Enter my husband. He also did not want any of those things, but regardless, began youtubing (is that a word?) how to replace the dryer belt. He ordered the belt on Amazon (and new roller thingies and another part too) and over the weekend commenced to taking the whole thing apart (and down from on top of the washer) in preparation for repairing it when the new parts came in.
Let me tell you some things about my husband. He is not the kind of person who grew up taking things apart and fixing things. He doesn't have a "natural" inclination to repair items. He also has little to no free time. But -- he is very smart and has a let's-get-it-done-attitude, and is not afraid of a challenge. He has an ability to look at a task and break it down to get it figured out. And of course, he has youtube!
So that's what he did. I emptied the laundry room into the dining room (it was a good time to clean the laundry room anyway), and he took the whole dryer apart. When the parts came in from Amazon, they were not all the correct ones, so we had to make another order from a local place. By Wednesday night (after Advent worship), he had all the pieces he needed, and by midnight, he had it all put together and had cleaned out the dryer vent in the basement. By Thursday morning, I was back in the laundry business.
The upside to not doing laundry for seven people all week is not doing laundry all week, but the downside is the ginormous amounts of laundry awaiting me. I started the laundry on Thursday, but by Thursday night wasn't feeling well and ended up staying home sick on Friday, and doing no laundry whatsoever until today. Therefore, I have done very little laundry in a week (save a few loads I air-dried and a few loads I ran to the laundromat to dry on Sunday). When I don't do laundry for that long, my kitchen island looks like this:
So. We all have clean clothes now and will not be scantily clad this week. And I have a husband who is awesome, and once again saved the day.