Thursday night, I didn't notice the washer stop mid- cycle. To be fair, my kitchen is loud, especially when all of the appliances are running. And that night, I had the dishwasher, clothes washer, and dryer all going at the same time. One less source of noise had little consequence on the overall cacophony of domestic life. At first, I didn't realize that silence was a death knell. I thought it was another minor inconvenience. But, before we get too far down the rabbit hole, let me tell you the story of how I managed to stuff a house's worth of appliances into a 2 bedroom apartment.