I had a moment of frustration the other night. I had a long day at work, and needed to get gas on the way home. The fuel door on my car wouldn't open. Because I needed gas, and tried to get the fuel door open for about 15 minutes at the gas station before slamming my doors and driving home. When I got home, I snapped at Allison and banged around the house for a few minutes in annoyance. For a few minutes, I fretted about a stretch of minor annoyances we've had at home the last few weeks: we put a new radiator in my car, I replaced the power window in the passenger door of our van, our dishwasher sprung a leak, and I had to take our microwave apart to fix its keypad assembly.
Back to the other night: I came inside and watched a couple of videos online for how to access the fuel door, I opened it, and make a quick run to the gas station to fill up. I still need to fix the release cable, but the car has gas and it's ok.
When Evan woke up last Sunday and I had the microwave mostly taken apart, he asked what I was doing. After I explained it, he said "I'm glad there are videos to help you fix things." I realized he's right. While I would definitely prefer not to have things break or malfunction, I am thankful that I have the means, resources, and ability to take on most of the minor repairs that we've faced recently. I'm also thankful that the greatest frustrations at home that I've faced this week were a microwave and a faulty cable to a fuel door. I'll repair the fuel door soon (with a little help from the internet), and try to remember that I'm fortunate to have solutions to most of the problems I encounter.