I'm getting handy! (Sort of)
I like to believe that I have a few talents. I can skate pretty well. I make decent cookies. I can simultaneously type up a blog, share thoughts on Twitter, read and reply to emails and keep an eye on my website.
But, arm me with a paintbrush or hammer and I might be in a spot of trouble. I wouldn't call myself helpless, I'm just lacking in confidence — and tentative doesn't really cut it when you're tackling repairs around the house.
With her help, I learned how to handle my plaster-mucked up outlets. In the kitchen, the light switch and outlet were hanging a few inches out of the wall, and the screw holes were all slimed over, making fitting them back in a little tricky. So, we'd been giving that area a wide berth.
But, after turning off the power, of course, Mag helped me use a screwdriver and a hammer to chip away the mess and uncover the box. With cautious, almost dainty tapping, I made slow progress.
My first attempt resulted in a rather crooked alignment of the switch and outlet, then a bit of embarrassment when I had to admit that I didn't own a level, but with the help of a handy iPhone app we got it squared away. And, I learned to leave the screw lines vertical, helping them fade into the background.
A small job? Definitely. But I'd been wary to tackle it, partly out of fear of all things electrical (hey - I just bought the house, I don't want to be the one who burns it down!) and now I feel confident enough to tackle the rest of the hanging out outlets (and maybe some other projects around the house), and even teach Mr. Speedy my mad new skills!
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