Thanks for the info on the dishwashers, sublime. I chose the FP just for that reason. I'm here alone four days out of the week, so I don't dirty very many dishes. I like the option of doing small loads, but having the capacity to have do a large one in two drawers.
I chose Corian because I can get the look of granite without the cost. My kitchen guy says that granite will pit, too. They also have a faux granite that is made up of stone chips in epoxy (I guess) that looks exactly like granite, but is less porous and doesn't pit. It's still too pricey for my budget.
Soz, If your wood floor is newer it probably has polyurethane. You don't need to wax it. The dullness may be due to soap build up. When we had our wood floors refinished, the refinisher said not to use soap or detergent on them. Just wipe with a damp mop.
I'm looking forward to living vicariously through swimpy.
Freeduck, I don't think I've ever heard anyone say THAT before. LOL