I agree with you on the dishwasher thing. Even if you absolutely hate doing dishes, having a full sized dishwasher for one person is rather pointless. It's just as quick to do them by hand. Oh dear, sorry to hear about the drama, especially on a little one's birthday. A few days ago, my step-father's mother (I call her the Hutt because she is not pleasant, and pretty much as dumb as a slug) told my mother about my half-brothers -and I quote - 'the boys are basically my sons because I raised them', then, my step-father's sister goes and picks them up from school, without telling my mother. Now, my mother is far from a saint, but she is a decent mother and has raised my half-brothers to be decent as teenage boys can be, even though they get spoiled by their grandparents (their the only grandchildren). ANYWAY, my mother brings this up with my step dad and he tries to defend his family while attacking hers. And it all kinda went downhill from there.