New Year, New Rules

Oh no! Another New Years resolution blog post! Yes! And no. 

Sure, I have goals, but this year I decided to set some new rules for myself. 

1) Be in bed, phone off, by 9:30. This ensures I get at least eight hours of sleep. I’ve been doing this for the past several days, and what a difference! I can think more clearly, I’m more focused, and I have more energy, but not in a manic, shakey, caffeine way.

2) No more caffeine. With getting more sleep, I’m finding I need less caffeine anyway, but the biggest motivation is the cost. We are a one-income family with two mortgages (anyone want to buy our beautiful lakefront house in Newport News, VA?), and my crippling Starbucks habit is NOT helping. I finished draining the money available in my app, then deleted it. 

Also, caffeinated beverages don’t really boost my energy anymore, and just kind of make me irritable. 

3) No more Facebook. It’s another crippling addiction. Since I deactivated my account a week ago, I’ve had more time to not just clean, but declutter and organize. Plus, I occasionally get angry about stuff, and I post it to Facebook, causing lots of butt hurt. Which brings me to…

4) Write it in a journal. When I post about how I really feel about things, people’s widdile feewings get hurt. Overly sensitive people can’t get their feelings hurt if I write how I feel in a journal. 

5) No more shopping from my phone. I buy a lot more crap than I need when I can jump on the app and hit “buy now.” You may remember I mentioned that we’re a one-income family with two mortgages. We can’t exactly afford for me to get whatever shiny catches my eye. So as soon as I get my last few books I ordered in, I’m deleting my Amazon and Ebates apps. 

Now don’t misunderstand, I plan to still shop online. It’s just now, I have to do it from my slow, frustrating computer. 
So there you have it, my rules for the rest of my life. I have other goals for the year in motion already, and I’ll post about them as I find motivation 😊


When your washer dies… 

Our washing machine has been making screeching noises for months now, but not every time we washed laundry. We thought we had more time with our machine. 

Yesterday, after the drum filled with dirty clothes, water, and laundry soap, the washer started to start agitating… and SCREECH! Then silence. Then black smoke. I immediately unplugged the washer, to HOPEFULLY keep my house from burning down. 
I’m screwed, right? We can’t call a repair person until Monday, but I can’t leave a load of laundry sitting in water either. Then I remembered my grandma and my great aunt (my grandma’s sister in law, who was like a blood sister, and they served in the Air Force together, and raised babies together. More on those amazing women another time) talking about washing clothes in the bathtub. What did I have to lose?  I jumped on YouTube for further instructions. 
Right off the bat, I ran into a problem. A couple problems, actually. We don’t own a plunger (we left ours at our previous house last summer), an our bathtub doesn’t plug. 
After running to Home Depot for a plunger (and a Christmas tree!), I set to work, um, this morning because I like my sleep, agitating the laundry IN the dead washer with my new plunger. 

Why yes, I am in my pajamas, and yes, that is bed hair. 
I plunged, and plunged, and stirred, and plunged, until the water was really dirty (probably about 20 minutes. Gonna have some big shoulders after this!). 

The bathtub may not plug, but it does have clean, hot water, and it can actually drain, unlike my dead washer. So, one by one, I pulled clothes out of the dirty water, squeezed out the excess water, then plopped them in a bucket for transport to my bathtub. 

Since the bucket wasn’t very big, I have to make two trips. I rinsed the first batch, then carried it back to the dryer. Then I repeated with the second batch. 

Fun times! 

The key here is to keep moving the item around and keep rinsing until the water runs clear. 
Once everything was rinsed, I threw it all in my (still working for now) dryer. Yay modern technology! 
I’m not sure if I’m going to wash laundry in this manner (after fixing the plug in the bathtub, of course), but it’s good to know that I can, and I know I saved the money and time of dragging it all to the laundry mat! 
Have you ever washed your clothes in a bathtub?