I’m not going to lie, these days I get a little cranky when too much time goes by without the opportunity to make a little sawdust in the shop. As far as I’m concerned, that 300 square feet is officially The Happiest Place on Earth. (Note to self: You really need to get on the heat situation out there so that you don’t turn into a murder-your-face-off rage monster from a lack of shop-time this winter.)
With hurricanes and Halloween this week, I’ve been too busy battening down the hatches for the windstorm that hit us Tuesday, and then dealing with the aftermath in the form of a 24 hour power outage that resulted in having to flush the toilets with buckets full of water from the tub and cold sponge baths in a 50 degree house. So what I’m saying is, yes. Yes my life is as glamorous as you imagine it to be.
Wednesday, after I did my usual passing out of candy to the trick-or-treaters routine (which usually results in at least one small child bursting inexplicably into tears), I drove home got out of my car, and heard this:
Yeah. You know that moment where you’re totally exhausted and nothing in the world sounds better than crawling into bed in your newly powered-on and heated-up house, but instead you end up dressed like a lumberjack laying underneath your car trying to figure out how the eff to remove the spare tire?
I revel in that moment.
Truly. And I mean, it sucks right? Nobody wants to be laying on their garage floor at midnight on a Wednesday pondering the mysteries of lug nuts. But I’ll tell you what, the Universe and I have a little agreement… right at the point where I think I’ve taken all I can take, when I’m saying I’ve done all that I can do, whatever fates govern things like houses and flat tires look at me and say, “Listen girl, this is not all that you are made of. You can handle more.” And then they give me another…
Another house. Another challenge. Another unexpected expense. (Hello, four new tires that I probably needed but was putting off buying so that I could get a generator.) Another problem to solve. Another project to start.
And every time the Powers That Be add one more thing to my plate, it reminds me how grateful I am. I’m grateful that my car essentially got a flat tire in my garage (instead of on a dirt road in the middle of nowhere). I’m grateful that I own a lot of tools. I’m grateful that I feel capable enough to handle any new challenge that comes my way, even when I’m a little frantic and tired and ready for a break.
I’m definitely grateful that I own purple uggs, which not only compliment my lumberjack outfit nicely, but are also good when you want to stand on a tire iron in order to loosen a lug nut. (Hey, it worked.)
But now… Now that the power is back on and the water is running and my car has four new tires, I’m really, really grateful that I get to take a nap. And then go play in my shop.
Happy Friday, Internet. Hope it’s full of sawdust, challenges, and awesomeness. And cookies.