I gave myself a Christmas present this morning.
I fixed my washing machine. The *$&%(#(@* thing has a pump that gets seriously disturbed if it catches coins. I swear I check my pockets before I shove my clothes in the machine. But evidently not. After calling a fixer twice (first time under warranty, second time I paid for it), I tackled it myself. And yes, I can do it. One large quarter. At least I know how by now.
Now my clothes are merrily being washed in time for Christmas.