Thursday, June 19, 2008

When the Home Handi-woman and OCD Team Up.

On day two of unpacking, some crazy OCD struck and I was convinced that I could NO LONGER unpack until my washer and dryer were hooked up. I asked my husband to hook them up and his response was..."I have never done that, you always do that." Some of you might know that I am the home handi-woman; which means if there is something to be fixed.. I will attempt to fix it. Apparently, I have done this fixing before.. and you would think after 7 moves in 8 years he would have done it ONCE.. but apparently NOT.

I couldn't immediately find the dryer hose although, I DID look in the dryer (which seemed like the most logical place to put it) So, we had to do a Home Depot Run to get one so I could wash clothes because they seemed to be multiplying from children stripping down naked on the spot where-ever they were standing when I said pool time.. which means, they were all over the house. I was convinced that I would not be able to organize the house until these clothes were picked up, cleaned and organized. Hence, the desperate need for a washer and dryer. (OCD strikes once)Exhibit "A"
Exhibit "B"
Exhibit "C"

Husband then went off to do what he does do VERY WELL and that would be take the kids off my hands (thank you honey) so I can unpack without interruptions and in peace... that would be until OCD Strikes again and when OCD strikes, it makes it virtually IMPOSSIBLE to do ANYTHING in a timely manner. (Doesn't it?)

The dryer door now opens facing the garage door. That can't be good, because if the dryer were left open and the garage door swung open, they would collide causing possible damage to both doors... RIGHT? Solution: Change the swing of the door.

Does the home handi-woman wait and ask her husband to do it? NO, because if she should say: "Husband, I would like the door on my dryer to swing the other way." He will give me a crazy look, make up a thousand reasons why he can't, we shouldn't or it won't. Me, on the other hand, will get out the tool box and attempt to do it myself. OCD Strike two.

Open the instructions: Take door off hinge.. (Don't bother to read the rest of the instructions at this point because it seems simple enough and you see the holes on the other side of the door and you will just turn the thing upside down and VOILA. Fixed.. Done. Home Handi-woman is AMAZING.) Not quite so fast.

Swing the door shut and BANG. Door bounces back open. Apparently, that little straight part of the door needs to be right side down.. Capiche? Yeah, look at the instructions further and it turns out, you have to unassemble the ENTIRE DOOR... and turn it all around thus spending the entire time you were supposed to be unpacking to turning the door around.. while sweet un-handy honey was distracting the disturbing minions...


PS- The dryer hose WAS IN THE DRYER.


THE END. Let us all hope that OCD doesn't come back soon.

11 comments:

Jill said...

Oh my gosh, there isn't anything wrong with having OCD...it's YOU...superwoman!! Wow. I would never want or know how to attempt something like that. You're amazing. It's hilarious your husband doesn't even attempt either, he just gladly lets you do it. You've trained him well :) You go girl.

jessica said...

I am a handi woman too! I have used our tools more than Aric has for sure. My problem is that I am impatient and have OCD. It is not a good combination when kids or husband are around. They need to be far, far away or someone is bound to get hurt by a flying hammer or mean words.

Tina said...

W.O.W. I would just wait til dear husband did it...and yes, that would have taken FOREVER! Way to go girl! You are wonder woman!

Thea said...

Totally relate to the reality of OCD in relation to the tasks at hand. I have a theory that the normal rule of "projects always take longer than you think they will" gets somehow tweaked in hyperspace when time is really critical and the project at hand puts a halt on daily function.

Sounds like you are having fun setting up your new pad...getting any sleep yet?

Jeanelle said...

I had no idea you were so dang handy to have around! I'm good at all of the electronics set up but that's about all. I love your new patio furniture too. Hope you're enjoying the 112 degrees there today. It's going to be 77 where I live and I'm thrilled! Twilley & Sean were the ones sent home this week. Sean was a little bit of a surprise, I guess? Glad you're settling in -- hope you're getting rest too!

Jeanelle said...

p.s. love your new blog layout!! Pretty!

Melissa-Mc said...

You are amazing to be unpacking AND hooking up AND changing door hinges AND taking your children swimming AND...

Heidi said...

You go girl!! But my OCD would tell me that if I changed the dryer door to the other side I will now have to reach over the door in order to throw clothes from the washer into the dryer, not very convenient according to my OCD brain.

Natalie said...

I'm with Jessica. The tools are mostly mine and I love them. However, what you described sounds EXACTLY like something that i would do! So frustrating! And my husband wonders why I am not very productive sometimes...If only he knew the internal strife that comes with being the OCD handiwoman.

Ilene said...

Waiting for the husband to do stuff around the house that doesn't involve flat screen plasma t.v.s or some kind of video game is like waiting for pigs to fly.

But they do make great babysitters which is what I rather have him do anyway.

Emily said...

hey I found you! blog stalking is great!! in exhibit 3 it looks like you were racing to strip down too!! jareds never installed anything either, i do it all or pay some one to do it.

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