Friday, January 9, 2009

a new year, a new dryer

Well.... I put a new [clothes] dryer in... I have been reminded [over the course of several breaks, "give ups", & depressive "time outs" to clear my head] that I am not a "handy man". In any way shape or form. I have a friend [maybe 2 over the course of my life] who are "good with their hands". I have nothing but respect for this, ability. I, however, suck to the umpteenth power, at this. If you "aren't a guy unless you are a handy man/ fix it guy"... guess I'm not one then. And I cannot get people to understand this, at all. I can probably change the position of a satellite with an iPod. [you should have seen the stereos I've "Frankensteined" together. They looked hideous, but they sounded good!] But, sadly, I'm no good at stuff that "normal people" can do. But my Dad [parents think you can do anything, build a third world country with tin foil -no problem] said "it's easy, you can do that yourself". sure. He helped me get the old one to the curb, put the new one in the laundry, & away we went [to return the truck]. So I went out & got that "non flexable" vent duct work "stuff", & went home to put my dryer in. [that was Thursday] I just about had it when it hits me: "I had a door on here at the front, where's that white little square on the bracket for the closet door... oh, there it is." [about 5 inches behind the end of the dryer, nice] So I tried, unsucessfully, to fix it & just couldn't get things to line up. So I gave up for the night. I came home tonight & tried again. Again, after several "time outs", it just didn't look like it would work. So I took yet another break [to remind myself how much I suck at home repairs] & Mick comes upstairs to me & says "how about I call my Dad & see if he can come over & help you?". At this point I inform her that it isn't helping me, but he can take over & "do it right" if he wants to. So, she calls... & I decide [after a few more moments of hating how bad I am at this crap] I decide I'll go do & try one more thing that popped into my head. Now that help was on the way [&, honestly, a conversation with Him. That you wouldn't want to eves drop on] I went downstairs to give it one more shot. And it worked. So, when my Father-in-law & brother-in-law came over they looked over my work & both thought it looked good. So, partly feeling badly for them coming over for nothing, ..."could you help me with my micro?". So, finally, both are replaced & working well. I do feel a little bit of satisfaction with having done the dryer myself. [wish I'd have been able to be a little better at the how I did it/ felt while doing it, but you sometimes take your tiny victories where you can get them]

As for the new year... I don't really remember being very into doing the whole resolution thing. I did try to go a whole year without buying a single piece of music. I think it took three years of trying before I succeeded. This year I am more setting goals, making plans & time lines for doing/ finishing things. Having the micro & dryer done were on the list. I've resolved to keep a bit of a journal/ word doc. on these things. So that when I get to the end of this year, I can see how far I've come. My sinuses seem to be clearing, but I am still getting "chunks" out at times. And when I "rinse" my nose every night, I'm choking a bit while doing the left side [it's not draining as well as the right is currently]. I'm getting more energy, which is mostly good.

I saw a really cool website tonight. Points with a Purpose. It's art with a purpose. How cool is that? Sad, that each dot in the picture represents a sexual abuse or rape survivor, but wonderful that an artist would think to do something like that.

well... we all need to sleep sometime. I'm just really glad that the dryer & micro are in. up, faucets [ugh]...

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