Before we moved to Salt Lake, we used to have a laundry room, or rather a laundry corner, in our townhouse. One of the biggest challenges we found when moving up here was the lack of apartments with hookups for washers/dryers…which was technically fine because the washer and dryer we had in Saint George belonged to my sister and her husband.
After a long year of drudging laundry across the parking lot…and having to deal with some white trash junkie dickhead who decided to threaten my wife…we finally got ourselves a place with washer/dryer hookups. The only problem was we no longer had a washer/dryer to hook up. Instead, my poor wife had to drive far from our home and do the laundry on some off-site laundromat.
Well, ladies and gents, we now have a brand new washer and dryer. We got the thing Thursday and have been more than happy to drag laundry down two floors of stairs rather than outside in uncomfortable “laundry day” clothes. Hooray for us!
Friday night, the main (downtown) branch of the City Library held a stuffed animal sleepover for kids with a library card. Oriana was so excited to drop her lion (ironically named “Tigee”) though she knows he’s a lion so he could have a wonderful time coming to life and having fun with the other stuffed animals.
The next morning, the family and I headed into downtown Salt Lake City to pick up Tigee and see what he’d been up to the night before. We had some pretty good Dunkin’ Doughnuts while we watched a hilarious slideshow of the trouble the 100 or so stuffed animals got into. Oriana was thrilled to see her beloved lion which now that she “knows” can come alive, she has grown inexplicably close to him.
Since we were already downtown, we decided to make a day of it and took the TRAX from the library to City Creek Center where we spent some quality time in the Disney Store and then below in the food court where Oriana could play in their dinosaur-themed playplace.
While there, a man came in with an older woman (I assume his mother) and his two daughters. He looked extremely familiar to me but I couldn’t seem to put my finger on where I’d seen him before. My daughter and his daughters played a little bit and he and his mother(?) talked to Oriana and me a little bit.
After stewing a while over where I’d seen him before, I realized he looked very similar to Ty Burrell, the famous actor who is best known for his role in Modern Family (Oriana and I had just seen him in The Muppets Most Wanted.
Rach and I conversed back and forth over lunch just how much he looked and sounded like Ty Burrell but eventually decided that he couldn’t be…because why would a celebrity want to live in Salt Lake City, Utah?
It was only after he and his family were leaving that I decided to look up the actor online where I learned that he moved to Salt Lake City in 2008 where he and his wife adopted two little girls. There were far too many coincidences to be ignored and I still believe that it was him.
So…brand new appliances, my daughter finally having fun again after all the boring adult apartment-hunting, and conversing unknowingly with a celebrity, all-in-all, I’d say it was an amazing week!