Me: So... I was thinking, we might need to buy a new oven.
J: Oh, really. Pause during which realization occurs. Wait, what? We need a new oven? What's wrong with the one we have?
Me: Um. It's kind of, like, you know, broken.
J: You're kidding?
Me: No. Can you believe that shit? Shaking head profusely and assuming a look of complete exasperation at ridiculous oven.
J: But... uh... didn't you just cook dinner in it tonight?
Me: Uh, yeah, it just broke. As I was making dinner.
J: Blank stare: combination of confusion and suspicion.
Me: What! What! Oh. Okay. If you must know, it needs to be cleaned, and since neither of us are prepared to do it, and since it's pretty old anyway, I thought we should just... buy a new one.
J: Blank stare: suspicion is turned to calm disbelief.
Me: If you think about it, it's really not an unreasonable idea. Not really. I mean, if you think really hard about it. We could get a really pretty shiny one?
Me: Or! Hey! I've just had a great idea! I'm away at classes this weekend.... You could tackle it....
Me: Big optimistic grin.
Me: Or we could just get a new one. Ooh. This one! Researching online despite being ignored. Think of all the amazing things I could cook in this!
Maybe one day...