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WHAT was I thinking?

Ok, just because I don't have ENOUGH going on in my life *laugh*

Tonight, I signed up for Tae Kwon Do. I figure I'm bringing the kids in once a week and then I'm just sitting on my ass in the waiting area. Now, the boys and I are in the mixed beginners class (adults and kids five and older) together. I got my Gi, my training manual, and am looking forward to my first class with the boys next week.

After class, we went to an Oreck party a friend hosted. If you don't know what Oreck is, it's a vacuum cleaner that is supposed to be just GREAT. In the ads for it, you see the owner picking up a bowling ball with a canister vac? Well, they did that at the party. My boys really enjoyed watching them make messes and then clean them up. Michael even helped. They offered me 14 months interest free, and $100 off, so I got the Orbiter, dry cleaning package for carpet, stain pretreater, some additional attachements for the orbiter, and a 'no-return' stain cleaner. I also got a free car vacuum just for attending.

I actually can't WAIT to clean my carpets!!!! How pathetic is that? :)


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Jun. 8th, 2006 03:02 am (UTC)
Next time you want to buy a major appliance- let me know - I subscribe to Consumer Reports online and can tell you if you are getting the right bang for your buck.
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:19 am (UTC)
Oooh! GREAT! I'm in the market for a really big load washer and dryer. I was looking at Kenmore HE, Whirlpool Duet, Maytag Neptune, LG, GE, basically anything front load, high efficiency, dryness sensor, and at LEAST 3.7 cubic feet for the washer. :) Do they have any articles on things like that?
Jun. 8th, 2006 12:25 pm (UTC)
always - if it is a really new product - they may not have reviewed it yet...i'll check for you though
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:29 pm (UTC)
Washer -

Top 2 Rated
Whirlpool Duet HT GHW9400P[W]
This front-loader has a very large capacity and it did a very good job washing clothes. Low-sudsing detergent is recommended for the best results and washer performance. Like many front-loaders, it's very efficient with both water and energy and is among the quietest washers tested. An optional 13-inch-high pedestal with a storage drawer raises the washer for easier unloading.

Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE4t 4508[1]
This front-loader has a very large capacity and is among the most frugal with both energy and water. It did a very good job washing clothes. As with all front-loaders, low-sudsing detergent is recommended for the best results and washer performance. It was among the quietest models tested, but it had a rather long cycle time and is high-priced even for a front-loader. An optional 13-inch-high pedestal with a storage drawer raises the washer for easier unloading. This washer can be stacked with a companion dryer.

#1 Kenmore (Sears) Elite HE4 8586[2]
Spacious and very quiet, this high-priced model excelled in our drying tests. The low temperature of its delicate cycle treats lingerie and knits with TLC. The drum is large enough to handle bulky items such as comforters, and the large door opening makes it easy to load and unload. A signal alerts you when clothes are damp-dry so you can remove them for ironing. Gas equivalent: 9586[ ], 9587[ ]

#5 was Whirlpool Duet - they found it overpriced for what it does

I'd say go with the Kenmore - plus if you find it during Kenmore days you can get 15% off :)
Jun. 13th, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
Whatever you get, I highly recommend the optional pedestal. We have a Maytag Neptune set without them and on bedding wash days, moving sheets and comforters from washer to dryer all but requires that I wear my lower back support.
Jun. 8th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
I took tae kwon do for a few years and my son is taking it now. I had lots of fun, and so does Tony. I hope you enjoy it!
Jun. 8th, 2006 10:31 am (UTC)
I have had fun watching them in their 'Little Dragons' class, and have had to learn some of the movements in order to help them practice. However, I don't know how the adults and kids class, with the older people, will go over with my boys. Hopefully, it will be good modeling behavior for them to behave, versus being with the younger kids who get distracted and want to run around and play. I also hope that their mommy worship goes over into this as well and they try harder since I'm doing it too.
Jun. 8th, 2006 09:09 am (UTC)
I actually can't WAIT to clean my carpets!!!! How pathetic is that? :)

I'm the same way! Only I'm more pathetic. I'm having someone do it for me.

But I keep putting it off because I'm so embarrassed by how nasty they are. Makes sense, right?
Jun. 8th, 2006 10:29 am (UTC)
It's bizarre, I won't blink at spending hundreds of dollars with no planning on a day at the spa, shoes, dinner, etc. However, when it comes to spending money to get my carpet cleaned, fence stained, whatever, I am always so tight with the money. I don't ever want to pay it, because I am hyper critical of someone else's results. I always think that if it is yours, you will work harder to get it done.

The exception to this is my cleaning service, because I truly don't have the time or the energy to deep clean this house, so ANYTHING is better than me NOT doing it. :)
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
i have resigned myself to the fact that i will need a housekeeper once i return to work. once every 2 weeks, i think, to do the "big stuff".

but first, of course, i have to get everything organized so that she will be able to find surfaces to clean. as it is, from moving when i was so pregnant to having the new baby ... i don't have many flat surfaces that you can actually SEE...
Jun. 8th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
To be honest, I think taking the Tae Kwon Do classes will help relieve some of the stress you've been feeling with all that's going on with your life. I'm pretty proud of you for joining up for the classes. I hope the carpets come sparkling clean and give you much joy. :D Take care!
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
I'm hoping it is a stress reliever, and hey - I'm there anyway during that time for the kids to take their class. I also hope it will help with my back, since forcing myself to exercise helps somewhat, even though it can really hurt while/right after doing it.

How have you been doing lately, btw?
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:44 pm (UTC)
Doing okay. Stiff and restless due to the weather fronts moving through Indiana. But I'm sorta used to those. We had a small fight on our hands with my hubby's short term disability company. They didn't want to pay his benefits. In fact, they didn't for the whole month of May. Glad to say they're paying now. Lol, take care.
Jun. 8th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)

I've got a subscription to Consumer Reports, too. They have some free info on their website, as well: www.consumerreports.org. Of course, I just took a ton of my back issues to the Allen Library before the RV trip (they sell magazines as a fundraiser for 10 cents). Might go check it or Plano's libraries, too. The two issues I have don't have washer/dryer info, tho. They do have hedge trimmer, gas grills, lawn mowers, bicycles, exterior paints & stains, computers/laptops, monitors, joint supplements, room air conditioners, car wax, deck treatments, closet organizers (!), printers, digital cameras, online print services, chain restaurants. Lemme know if you want them.

Jun. 8th, 2006 05:35 pm (UTC)
Wait. You're supposed to ORGANIZE your closets??????
Jun. 8th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
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