I actually did a fair number of dishes from Friday night's dinner immediately after shabbos, so I don't even have much of that mess to contend with (since I did nothing yesterday since I was out of pocket). Then again, I didn't serve food on real dishes. I used plastic. But that's another story.
Seth called USAA today to find out about getting a home improvement loan and they will, indeed, give us a loan, so we can proceed on plans for redoing the kitchen. No idea what this is going to cost, but hopefully, it won't be too outrageous. Kitchens can cost anywhere from $10K to $100K. So I'm not especially looking forward to finding out what it all costs, but I am very interested in seeing it FINISHED. That will be a happy thing.
I looked up some contractors today and gave the numbers and websites to Seth for him to contact since he'd confirmed the loan eligibility from USAA. Seth reached only one of them, and faxed them a letter and a diagram of the space we're working with. Hopefully, we'll be able to get a good response from the company we called. But I want at least three plans/quotes. So we'll see.
Anyway, it's nice to know that we're starting to move forward!