beach photos :: dishwasher

Hi! Please bear with me as I divert from my usual Made In Brooklyn patterns over the next few weeks. I need to sort through over a thousand personal photos, plus two client shoots. I also need to get back in the habit of blogging and write about all of the transitions our family is going through. So, I plan to use this blog to help me with those goals: photo sorting and sharing…and personal processing…even though the photos and the processing will not match up. I guess it’s not that different from my regular ways…but just different enough that I feel like I should say: this is different!! watch out!

I am 35 years old and I have never, in my adult life, lived in a home with a dishwasher. Dishwashers are becoming more common in New York (and they are MUCH more common than washers and dryers) but before two weeks ago we had never had the luck of landing in a place with a dishwasher. Two weeks ago we had the luck of landing in a place with a broken dishwasher. That wasn’t really a problem for me. The dishwasher had always been an afterthought. I thought of it like this: “oh right. That apartment has a dishwasher, right? wait. Does it?” and not at all like this: “I can’t wait to use a dishwasher!”

When we go to the beach, there is a dishwasher. I know how to load it, because I grew up in homes with dishwashers…but I’ve never been through the extremely difficult task of adding soap and turning it on. In fact, I admit to times that I went to look for another adult to help me with that part. And like the magic, the other adult would casually walk over to the dishwasher, press a button and walk away. As though it was nothing! Still, I told myself, with the multiple button options, better to have someone else do the pressing.

This weekend our broken dishwasher was replaced with a new, working (and blue!) dishwasher. The kids were excited about the box. It’s now a house with a door and a window and the door has a lock on it to keep out criminals. I was nervous about the dishwasher itself.

How often should I use it? I know what my mom doesn’t put in the dishwasher…but I don’t know WHY she made those decisions. And there are plenty of my mom’s housekeeping standards that I’ve diverted from. For example: ironing sheets, polishing the silver once a year, cleaning the piano keys with diluted vinegar…perhaps I can divert from her dishwasher ways as well.

Dave was the first one to bravely load and start the dishwasher. And an hour later I opened it up to check things out and unload it. And you won’t believe what I saw! a cutting board in the dishwasher! a wooden one!! my wine glass was in there! And the knives were facing pointy end up! (my mom always loads knives pointy end down) oh heavens.

I talked to my friend Kirsten about it. “Dave and I recently brought a dishwasher into our marriage. I’m wondering if it will cause trouble.” We talked about how she loads it (no cutting boards, wine glasses or pots and pans…just like mom!) and how she has HER way of loading it while her husband has HIS way of loading it…and that that can indeed be annoying. She had tips on avoiding soaps with chlorine (it can seep into plastic?) and how to load fragile glasses so they won’t break.

I’m already feeling better about the whole thing. This morning, I put the breakfast dishes into the dishwasher, but didn’t turn it on because it wasn’t full….and my kitchen looks clean! Turns out, the dishwasher is a magnificent place to hide dirty dishes! I can definitely get used to that.

And as far as Dave and I and our opposing opinions on dishwasher use, we decided to reference the wikihow article on using a dishwasher and start from there. :) And in that search also learned you can use a dishwasher to clean a keyboard and bake a lasagna! What a handy machine!

I think I’m going to love it.

This series of photos is all from one early morning at the beach when the kids went crazy for the water. And my dad wandered around with his iPad snapping photos. :) It was VERY fun.

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About robyn

I stopped teaching Kindergarten in 2005 to become the mom of two crazy boys here in Brooklyn. At first I thought being a stay at home mom meant that I needed to pour all my time and energy directly into my sons, but I realized somewhere along the way that being a rockstar mom meant not only taking good care of my boys, but also taking good care of myself. And taking good care of myself means pursuing something creative...just about everyday. I started Made In Brooklyn to motivate myself in my creative goals as well as share my work with others and perhaps inspire them in their own creative journeys.
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6 Responses to beach photos :: dishwasher

  1. Oh Robyn, you are the only blogger I know who can write about post about a dishwasher and have it be thoroughly entertaining. :) You’re so cute. I suppose the thing I’ve always loved about having a dishwasher is the ability to hide dirty dishes, though I never thought of that being an advantage until I read your post. And I always load knives pointy-side down. When Doug and I combined households years ago there was a little learning curve for him because he clearly had never had any training on the proper way to load dishes until I came into his life. ;o)

    Love the beach photos!

  2. Amy says:

    Robyn, the Mythbuster guys cooked a lasagne in a dishwasher – hugely modified recipe but it worked … don’t plan on doing it myself!

    Marital conflict may indeed occur when one party refuses to rinse heavily soiled items before stacking them correctly in said dishwasher. I do put the pots and pans in but not the good knives ie the fancy schmancy ones for cutting before cooking, they are still handwashed.

    Good luck with all the changes :)

  3. Miss Vicki says:

    Small correction–until you left home you had never lived in a home without a dishwasher. :) The dishwasher detergent can dull the finish of pots and pans, it depends on how much you care about that :) As Amy (above) says, d/w’s dull the sharp knives. I would never put a cutting board in a d/w, but that would certainly “sterilize” it–another “smile”. And I never use the heated dry cycle–I am too cheap to use the electricity. And some small plastic things can turn upside down and collect the water–and it is usually yucky water :) If you need more advice, I’ll be outside waxing the garden hose (big smile). Mom

  4. janel says:

    Love your post…AND your mom’s response. Such glee-filled photos…looks delightful. Enjoy your dishwasher….btw….I NEVER put any knives in the dishwasher, other than the ones from the daily set…it dulls the sharp ones, but I have even put my good china, and my crystal in it…and it was wonderful. And, I too would not put a wooden cutting board in..:)
    Happy loading…it is the unloading that is a chore for me.

  5. Plume says:

    I’ve never in my life had a dishwasher. Not a common appliance where I’m from. (Don’t know about now, though. Haven’t lived there in almost seven years.) I think if I were to move somewhere with one, I’d just strangely look at it with a “What the heck do I do with this thing now” look, and probably move on.

  6. MamaV says:

    hah hah! once we moved away for good, our parents moved into a home with a dishwasher for the first time in their lives. stinkers!

    if lasagna can be made in your dishwasher, i wonder if you can bake a cake there! much more up your alley!

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