Well, it was a belt repair. Still set us back more than I'd like, but the repair man was polite, friendly, knew his stuff and actually CAME EARLY. If anyone in the Puget Sound area is looking to hire someone to fix your appliance, let me officially recommend Rob's Appliance Service.
And now the washer, she washes! Woohoo! Just in the nick of time, too.
I can hear her right now, muttering things in her sleep.
Oh yes, wish us luck -- we're going to attempt to drive into the maelstrom on Friday (or possibly even Thursday afternoon) in hopes of getting to Utah for Christmas. I do not fancy sliding all over the roads, so I'm hoping for clear driving conditions (or, barring that, good snow chains).