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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Approaching DIY Projects: A Marriage Made in Heaven

I decided to tighten our coffee table.  It was wobbly.  :)
My husband and I are extremely compatible in all the important ways.  But there are a few areas where we diverge dramatically.  And I mean DRAMATICALLY.

One of those is in the area of DIY projects.

Ian tends to buy a book on the subject, read all of the instructions, check out YouTube videos and confer with friends and neighbors on the best way to approach a project.  He plans ahead, insures he has the appropriate tools at hand and goes about the task with almost military precision.  Slow precision, but precision nonetheless.

I, on the other hand, usually just jump headfirst into a project with hammers and nails and paint brushes a'flyin'!  I HATE reading instructions, being patient enough to wait until I have all that I need to begin, and researching the best methods.  When the mood hits to tackle something, I just like to ride that wave of desire and get to it!

As a result, my husband often walks in on me in the middle of a non-scheduled project.  I'm usually awash in various tools (never having exactly what I need) and slightly bemused that the project isn't going quite as smoothly as I'd expected.  He does his best not to laugh, bless him.

But the truth is, we both need a little dose of each other.  Ian needs my energy, creativity and fearlessness when attacking something we've never done before.  I need his patience and practicality and ability (no, DESIRE) to read and understand directions.

And, you know what, I think that's kind of cool. I like that we pull each other out of our comfort zones and toward a balanced middle.  I like that we each have unique skills to offer.

I like it.  I like it a lot.

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