1. "I'll call Nick for you," I tell his mother on the phone. "He's just stuffing clothes into the washing machine." She laughs -- we're both so fortunate to have husbands who pitch in.
2. I like the time of the week when it is not possible to dust or wipe -- all the cleaning cloths are in the wash.
3. All quiet, but for the soft rush of bathwater falling down the overflow.