1. The Mrs. has put a number of our used books on the Amazon.com used book listings. The selection is weighted toward childrens books, particularly those that might be used in homeschooling, but there is plenty of other stuff too. More will be going for sale as time permits: our bookshelves are maxed out. I put a permanent link to our listing on the sidebar.
2. A disaster of gigantic proportions has happened in our household. Both our washing machine and our dryer have failed in the last week. Do you know what it is like to have 5 kids and have the laundry facilities fail?
Our government needs to mint some more quarters to handle this crisis, as all the quarters currently in circulation will be going to the nearest laundromat.
The washing machine has to go into the shop. It is an expensive side loader (they are great, and they really save energy, but we do put a lot of wear on them).
Today I tried to fix the dryer. I should say, I tried to get the part. It is amazing that no one has the temperature control switch on a Kenmore dryer in Erie, and the best I could do was to get it sent overnight to one of the local repair parts stores. I tried Sears, and you have to call their national number to get the parts department of the local store. When they gave me the number of the Sears repair center at the Millcreek Mall (after I convinced them that Buffalo and Ohio were not nearer to me than Millcreek, I called the local shop, and their answering system sent me back to the 800 number. So much for customer service.
I sure hope it is the right part. It is expensive enough.