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Front row seats for the fireworks

Happy New Year’s! How did you spend yours?

I could have gone to a party with some friends, but decided to see the fireworks from my parents’ new place instead.

So rather than trekking across town, dressing up in clothes I would have bought, and taking a plate, I settled in with some Boysenberry cider (I bought two large bottles for $18)  and I think I might have had one of the best seats in the house…you decide.

Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight

Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight

Big red lips graced the Sydney Harbour Bridge this New Year's Eve

Big red lips graced the Sydney Harbour Bridge this New Year’s Eve

So close, I almost felt I could touch the fireworks!

So close, I almost felt I could touch the fireworks!

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Hand washing vs using the dishwasher

Most of the time I hand wash my dishes

Most of the time I hand wash my dishes

One of the best things about moving into my own place is that it has a dishwasher. However, I rarely use it. If I have a dinner party or am feeling particularly lazy I will stack it up over a few days and turn it on occasionally. Most of the time I wash my dishes in the sink and let them dry in the dish rack.

Somehow I feel that I am saving water and electricity by hand-washing my dishes. I am not at all sure that this is true. I think I’ve been told that a dishwasher uses the same amount of water as washing dishes in the sink, but I really can’t believe it. A dishwasher must use more electricity though, surely?

My empty dishwasher

My empty dishwasher

One thing about washing dishes by hand is that I feel virtuous when I have all the dishes stacked up and drying. A load in the dishwasher doesn’t give nearly the same sense of completion. And the fact that I live alone means that dishes sit in the dishwasher for ages before I have a full load, so it must be more hygienic to wash my dishes in the sink, right? When I was a kid in a family of six we couldn’t live without a dishwasher. When it broke down it caused all sorts of sibling angst. When it’s just me, it seems a bit decadent running a dishwasher.

So if washing up in the sink feels good, I’ll just continue, with the hope that I am saving a little bit of money, electricity and water by not turning the dishwasher on!

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It pays to think ahead

Tonight I went to a house cooling party. I took some cider and a bag of handmade chocolates. The chocolates were worth $26 but I had a voucher from GrabOne that expires on Monday. I’d bought the voucher knowing it would come in handy for a time just like this. I only payed $10 but got more than double the value. It definitely pays to think ahead.

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