What would you do if your washing machine broke right before you were going to move away (to, say, China...)? Would you buy a new one? Would you clean your clothes at the laundromat?
This, unfortunately, was a decision we just had to make...
The argument for the "back to grad school" plan:
- scoping out a new washer would take time away from other, more crucial move preparations
- buying a new machine would cost real money at a time when we are squirreling away as much as possible
- most importantly, is it a good idea to have a new appliance sitting there unused for a year?
- it will be a hassle to have to buy a new washer right after we get back (there will be so much else to do...and so much jet lag!)
- it is unclear just how good or bad our finances will be after a year of living abroad
- most importantly, who wants to spend a month of their life hanging out in laundromats?
- laundromats are HOT in the summer!
- laundromats are claustrophobic (I guess that's good practice for China...)
- laundromats are full of creatures of the night...as I write this, cockroaches are pouring out from under/behind a washing machine that is leaking something fierce...