Okay, I don't usually do this, but here are some things I want to say today:
To my beloved husband, who doesn't want to fix the washing machine: (Backstory - our house was struck by lightning two weeks ago. The washing machine was running, so it drew the lightning to it and was fried. We called the company and they said it's either the electric motor or the control panel. They can send us both parts and we can fix it ourselves. Rock will be able to fix it himself. However, he went to the laundromat yesterday while I was at work and when I got home, said, "You know, doing laundry at the laundromat is less expensive than fixing the washer. We could just keep doing that.")
I thought that was a bad idea when you suggested it, but now I have proof. There is a small (but noticeable) hole in the sleeve of my sweater today. The sweater I bought LAST WEEK and washed at your mother's house on Sunday. Our washing machine would not have torn my sweater. You introduced me to the luxury of a Staber washing machine and now I am accustomed to it. (It has a metal inner tub that revolves instead of a wringer in the middle that wraps your clothes around it.) It is MUCH, MUCH gentler on my nice clothes that I wear to work than regular washing machines are. Last week, at the laundromat, one of my button down shirts was ruined because some jackass had used bleach on the last load of clothes. It was an old shirt, and I needed to replace it anyway, so I didn't say much when it was ruined. But this is TWO articles of clothing that have been damaged by inferior washing machines and I am running VERY LOW on patience with this situation. I DO NOT have a large enough wardrobe to ruin an article of clothing every week. PLEASE FIX OUR WASHING MACHINE WITHOUT ME HAVING TO YELL AT YOU.
To my MIL:
Please appreciate the house you live in. My husband built it, with minimal help from the rest of us. It is far, far nicer than anything you could have afforded to have built for you by anyone else. It is far, far nicer than the house I live in. You lived rent-free in my house for two years while we built it. You now live rent-free in YOUR house, because we pay your mortgage. I don't ask for much, but your lack of gratitude astounds me.