Usually in a marriage, there is the one person who is the designated assembler of things that come with instructions: kids' toys, furniture, etc. Are you the "Handy" or the "Handy-capped"? I myself am not totally incapable of assembly, but I prefer to have my husband (who has a degree in mechanical engineering) do most of the hard stuff, lest I end up putting lives in danger (I mean, if the instructions are more than 6 steps, I start to go cross-eyed and get a touch of Bell's Palsy... my brain's not wired correctly on the left side).
However, since we are not always on the same task schedule (I want things done now, and he wants to do them later - way later), I will often start a project hoping that he'll see me doing it and then take over because he thinks I'm incapable of a successful assembly.
And what happens when neither of the two main figure heads in a relationship are handy? When we sold our townhouse in 2008, the buyers wanted everything fixed before they moved in because neither of them was handy. How can two Handy-cappers live together? That's like two people joined forever who both hate driving... they could never go anywhere.
Whenever it's time to assemble something or do a project that requires tools, Mark always busts out his favorite line of, "You can never have enough tools!" which I suppose is somewhat true, just as you can never have enough shoes! (there are just so many different outfits, seasons, occasions!) I think that's his excuse to buy more tools, but hey, I make up excuses to buy more clothes and shoes all the time so I guess it's okay... and I may have bribed him with a new miter saw in order to get chair rail into Leighton's room.
Regardless, when it comes to stuff from IKEA, most people become Handy-capped a little, but those instructions are pretty much the most awful ones a person can come across in a lifetime and were perhaps designed by a mentally Handy-capped person. So, if you've successfully assembled multiple pieces from IKEA (without injury, lawsuit, swearing, or failure), you may be a "Handy" - good for you!
Image Credit: AskMissA.com (http://askmissa.com/2010/05/23/what-a-woman-learns-from-home-ownership/)
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Cyndi M. Frick
This lifestyle blog is my outlet to share and advise about the things I love. I always have an opinion!