Here is a picture of the new washing machine we had to go and order today. The man at Lowe's promised me it would be in my house in less than seven days:-)
I was attempting to start my enormous pile of laundry yesterday, and the first load I did would not finish--it kept throwing an error code with 1 minute left. When Shon got home, he was able to get the door unlocked, but that was it. I should preface this by saying we had a repairman come look at the washer in August, and he told us it needed a new motor control board, which runs $700 for the part alone. So we knew it was only a matter of time. I attempted this morning to do another load of laundry, and it flat out would not start a cycle at all--I tried all of them. After talking with a sweet woman from Sears and finding out what they had in stock, we almost went with a Kenmore Elite, but the price tag was just too much for us right now. SO we picked out a Samsung, which is what we were leaning towards anyway.
However, we literally had 4 full laundry baskets and a huge hamper full of towels that needed to be washed. Shon suggested we head to the laundromat, so that is what we did. Apparently it has been way too long since I have been to one. I figured it wouldn't be more than $1-$2 at most to wash the clothes. The huge washer was $5.50 (!) and the smaller ones were $2.75. Thankfully it was only $.25 to dry, but the dryers needed to run about 3 times for 1 load. I left Shon at the laundromat and went and picked up Emma from ballet and supper for everyone at McDonald's. The kids ate in the van while we finished the laundry. We ended up bringing home about 3 loads that were still damp, so my dryer is working overtime right now. However, it was pretty great to be all done with all that laundry in less than 2 hours (washing anyway). I'll post a picture once my pretty new washer gets here--it has steam and everything:-)