Dear World: Choosing to, for a time, stay at home and take care of my small children did not erase all my intelligence, capacity, and analytical ability.
We are having a major household mechanical/electrical item replaced next week. In consequence, tradespeople and sales representatives have been in and out of my house all week. There was one in particular whom I wished to take by the shoulders and gently inform that "look here, little lady" was probably the wrong tone to take with me, i.e., the person who was going to decide where to spend $$$$.
I read somewhere that stay-at-home moms control about 90% of the household's finances, including major purchases. Because we are the ones making all the purchases. Because we are home to deal with it. Because we don't have to leave work to meet the person at the house.
So seriously, tradespeople of the world: don't piss us off. When I ask a question about the advantages, warranties, and durability of various systems, I don't know already know the answers, but I do expect a respectful answer. And I have a finely tuned bullshit-o-meter from many years of working with scientists.*
*Last week I, passionately and with great conviction, informed my spouse that Road A turned into Road B at Intersection C. In fact, they are four blocks apart and do not meet. But I was wrong with emphasis!!