First up was the coffee maker. The old one was one of my parents' old coffee makers which had been replaced when they did an upgrade. That one died early this year, and I used a 4-cup freebie one I'd gotten years ago from Gevalia while I fiddled around and researched and generally put off buying one. I did have fun reading online reviews which included comments about how some coffee makers "let too much sentiment into the carafe" but it wasn't until mid-September that I finally made up my mind and got a Technivorm MoccaMaster. It is worth every single penny. It's quiet, quick, energy-efficient, makes great coffee and I don't even care that it isn't programmable. You also get to watch the bubbles as the water boils for the coffee!
Next up was the water heater, which was more than 15 years old, and then a new dishwasher, which was just installed today. The dishwasher was actually delivered a week ago, but the Home Depot installers wouldn't do anything because the water shutoff was in the basement. I hired an actual plumber and it turned out to be a bigger job than either of us anticipated. He was here for over three hours, but it's working now and it's lovely. As a bonus, because he had to turn off the breaker for the back half of the house, I got the guest bedroom neatened up and all the houseplants into the garage because I wasn't sitting in front of the computer.