Matt, you need to play man's trump card. The 'affable well meaning try hard goon' technique. You know, like the look your dog gives you when it has eaten your favourite shoes, rendering you unable to be angry with him without feeling guilty, even though you know you are in the right.
Perfect this technique, use it regularly, and not only doeas it get you out of tight spots, but it lowers your wifes expectations of you on a daily basis without diminishing her affection.
Work on it Padawan, and your life will become bliss. Now seems a very good time to start.