It's Time We Came Clean About Something

(This is not a sponsored post.  But if Cascade wants to email me a coupon or two…)

I didn't grow up with a dishwasher.  We kids did it.  One would was.  Another dry.  One of my grandma's had a dishwasher, and I always remember how cloudy and etched her glasses always were.

Recently, we'd started having a problem with our dishes being cloudy.  I think they changed the formulation of my Cascade gel to make it friendlier for the environment. 

Now listen, we do a lot for the environment.  We use public transportation all the time.  We recycle.  We wash our clothes in cold water.  Is it too mush to ask the environment to let me eat off of dishes that don't have a cloudy film on them?  (Total first world rant, I know.)

We'd tried a couple of different soaps.  Some worked a little better, but the only way to get the glasses to really shine was to do them by hand.

Listen, it's 2013.  I've got a machine to do this drudgery, and to do it properly, and by gum, it's going to pull it's weight around here.

So Cora and I took a chance of some of those expensive Cascade Platinum gel packs that they've been touting on TV.  I mean, if commercials have taught me anything, it's that a "NEW & IMPROVED!" super premium product has to be at least marginally better than the base product.


And the dishes came out amazing.  The glasses where clear.  The plates had no dull film.  The silverware sparkled.

After the first wash.

And the routine "failures" of dishes that needed to be rewashed or hand washed have almost disappeared.

Are the dishes perfect?  No.  But I don't expect them to be.  Are the dishes a whole heck of a lot brighter and shinier?  Oh, you better believe it.

And hopefully whatever they are using in this doesn't get found to harm too many things in the environment, because I'm warning you, I'll start using paper plates and Styrofoam cups and really kick the environment in the twig and berries before going back to cloudy dishes.


And 3 Years Ago…

What were you doing 3 years ago?  I know what I was doing.  I was doing the smartest and easiest thing imaginable:

I married the most amazing woman that I'd ever met.

At the time I thought I could never be happier or more in love…

But I was wrong.  I'm happier and more in love every.single.day.


Cora, you brought with you the sweetest, most amazing daughter.  It's not just our anniversary, it's OUR ANNIVERSARY, the three of us.  And I wouldn't change a thing.


So last night, tonight, and all the tomorrow nights forever, when I get up, and walk across the room and give you a kiss for "no reason", there's always a reason.

I was 40 years old, and had given up hope on finding "The One".  And then I found you and our daughter, and I realized I found "The Two".  Those kisses are just my way (part of my way) of telling you,

"Thank you for saving me."