The other night as I was cleaning up from dinner and rinsing some plates in the sink, I smelled a terrible, terrible smell.
So like all good wives do, I said to Matt, "Something really stinks over here, you come here and smell it."
With a whiff and a reach into the drain to discover old broccoli, tuna fish, and other unidentifiable food, we knew Wednesday night was going to be the night we replaced the garbage disposal.
Matt had purchased a new garbage disposal on Black Friday that we planned to use when we remodel the kitchen, so we conveniently had one on hand.
I was downstairs when Matt started on the project, but when he walked through the family room to his workshop to get some tools, he said, "Do you think you could write a blog about this?" So here's Matt, happily prepared to replace the garbage disposal. This smile was before he realized that it had been on there for 40 years and was therefore terribly corroded and almost impossible to remove.
After several minutes trying to remove the old disposal, Matt said, "Hmm, maybe it actually twists the other way."
And then "Well, I might just have to take the torch to it."
It was after that last line that I took my mom's advice about what to do when there is a plumbing project going on.
"Always leave during plumbing."
Of course I didn't actually leave because it was 7:30 on a week night and who goes out at that late hour? But I did go upstairs and reorganize our closet and got rid of several things I haven't worn since college, yet have moved with me to three apartments and a house. I'm talking to you, l.e.i. brand tan corduroy pants that I actually wore OUT TO A PARTY in college.
With a navy blue polo shirt.
When I was finished with my closet reorganization project, I went town to the kitchen to discover Matt had the brand new garbage disposal up and running perfectly with its powerful 3/4 horsepower motor.
So in 2016, my resolution is to run that garbage disposal all the time.
And not to wear any more tan corduroy pants.
I think both of those things are achievable.