You should have thrown it back... everyone knows that frying pans shouldn't be washed in an automatic dishwasher!
My ex loved giving me guidelines. She probably 'pounded' me with the frying pan rule slightly less than the 'off to bed with no supper' clause. :(
To be fair to the crazy bitch, sorry lady, she had been an army wife for 16 years beforehand and only knew army life. Her husband left her for another women when he had to start living with her full time. Oh and she had a thyroid problem. Steer clear of women with thyroid problems who choose not to medicate.
Good grief, where do you men find these crazy women? Must be a Northern thing. Might I suggest a trip to the deep South to meet your next significant other? I have never been around women who would behave and treat their husband/boyfriend in such ways. That is awful! I'm sure there are deep phsychological issues surrounding their behavior, but we (women in the South) tend to handle things in a different manner. Don't get me wrong; when treated incorrectly, we will set your car on fire; but give us respect and love and you've never been treated so well in all your life! Southern boys so love their mamas ... and women down here tend to base husband skills on how well a man treats his Mother. :)
So, precisely how badly do you want that Hassy? If your family can't 'truly afford' the expenditure then do you want it so much that you're willing to cause your family hardships? Are you willing to possibly damage your relationship with your wife, perhaps forever? It's not a difficult question but the answer can be a bit of a struggle for many of us because we're 'polluting the primary issues' with secondary and tertiary thoughts. Forget those other 'ideals' and think... "Can my family (not me) afford to spend that money right now"? Boil it down to that one and only absolutely valid question and answer it yourself. Then talk about it with your wife if you truly believe it's a good time to spend the cash.