Friday, October 26, 2012

Self-Reliance

The other day, out of nowhere, Charlie said, "You rely on me too much."

What?!  That's something I've never had a guy tell me.  "You're too independent."  Oh, yes.  "Why don't you ask for help once in a while?"  All the time.  But being accused of relying on a guy too much?  Never.

So, in the spirit of self-reliance, I decided to remove the crappy old vanity from the little bathroom.  This is something I know how to do.  This is something I've done before.  And without the help of any man.  I am confident.  I am independent.

And then I discovered the shut-off valves under the sink don't really shut off the water.  Even if they did, I can't get to the nuts under the faucet without a basin wrench.  (See?  I am independent.  I am a girl who knows what a basin wrench is.  I just don't own one...)  So out of frustration I kicked the vanity repeatedly and not only kicked a hole in the side of it (it's rotted) but I also knocked the seal loose between the sink and the pipe, so now I have to brush my teeth in the kitchen.

Still determined to demonstrate my self-reliance, I sorted through all the stuff in my head that needs to be done (and that's a lot of stuff, y'all) and came up with this:  put up the ceiling trim in the bathroom.  I'd previously wallpapered the ceiling, but it looked unfinished without trim.  I was not deterred by the fact that I've never put up trim by myself.  The fact that I have no miter saw...now that's a deterrent.  But I improvised.  I overcame.  I adapted.

I stole the trim from the laundry room with its already-mitered corners.

Oh yes, I did.  That way I only had to make straight cuts, which I did and I messed up just one time.  Unfortunately it's right in the middle of the wall above the door.  I think caulk and paint will cover it.  I hope.

So when I told Charlie about all this, he said he was proud of me for starting and completing a project in one day and for my ingenuity.  Then he said, "Just leave that vanity for later when I can help you with it."

Oh, really?!

6 comments:

  1. Shaking my head at Charlie. How many people, let alone women, have accomplished what you have? Darn few.

    I'm sure that piece above the door will come out okay. I may have mentioned having to patch trim where the POs of my previous house had chopped pieces out of it to build on a closet. I patched the gaps with spackle, sanded, painted, and it came out fine.

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  2. Hey! I just noticed the twitter pic on the sidebar - the new haircut looks great.

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  3. Ohhhh I like the new do. Thumbs up!

    Charlie Charlie Charlie....this woman can do stuff...lots of stuff without any help. It's just that sometimes 4 hands can do what 2 hands can in 1/4 the time. Plus...it's a lot safer.

    Look at that trim as a craft project. Spackle and sand and no one will notice. That's the beauty of painted trim. Just remember when you are working on it.....that you are 6 inches from it and everyone else will be 5 feet from it.

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  4. A little paint, a little caulk, it's all good.

    I'm impressed you attempted the vanity thing, I would be lost.

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  5. That's hilarious, considering that the one place in OUR bathroom trim -- a rare screw-up by Lawrence -- is RIGHT ABOVE THE DOOR. Yep. Separated at birth. :-)

    But kudos to you. You are VERY independent and self-reliant. You are woman. Here you roar! *cues "Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves"*



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  6. Good! that he's willing to help out with the faucet. I was trying to DIY replacing my leaking bathroom sink faucet a week or two ago, but I didn't have the strength or the tools to get the old one off. Called a friend to borrow his, and he ended up coming over and doing most of the heavy lifting himself. No complaints from me-- even with the right implements, he had a hard time getting the old faucet off, himself.

    That said, what the silliness was he talking about, about you needing to do things on your own? Oh, well!

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