- Conceive of an idea -- this is a fifty-fifty split between Pete and me. Sometimes I have the brainstorm, sometimes he does.
- Pitch idea to spouse and try to win him/her over. If the spouse prefaces the idea with "Now hear me out on this one," then it's a doozy. You may not like it, but try to have an open mind.
- If the idea sucks -- such as painting the front foyer pumpkin orange below the chair rail -- then the idea is discarded. If, however, the idea does not suck, it will be discussed further. Possibly for an hour or more. The IKEA! catalog may be involved. A measuring tape might be needed.
- Continue bouncing the idea around for days, possibly weeks, and occasionally even months. Spend time online researching/shopping. Make scouting trips to the hardware store.
- More discussions. More tape measure. More IKEA! catalog.
- Sometimes, paint chips are necessary. Make another trip to the store to pick up 27 variations on cobalt blue. (I wish I were kidding. But our first floor bathroom looks great!)
- Agree to proceed with project. Make extensive plans.
- Get started with the project. Realize that some critical component of the original plan will not work, so conceive of a new one.
- Cuss. A lot.
- Go to the hardware store and pray for inspiration.
- When inspiration is not forthcoming, cuss even more while scowling and stomping around the hardware store. Scare off hardware store employees and customers with the hateful look on your frowny face.
- Find brilliant solution. Continue work on project.
- Sustain minor injury, such as splinter, paper cut, or smashed thumb. More cussing while finding first aid kit.
- Tell Graceful that whatever it is you just muttered under your breath is not appropriate for nine-year-olds and that perhaps she should find something else to entertain herself.
- Hammer. Drill. Screwdriver.
- Make a mess, but also make progress.
- Take a break to have a snack, as hands are shaking from plummeting blood sugar levels.
- More work. More progress. Holy crap, this might just work!
- Finally, the project is complete. Rejoice and celebrate. Then, share with blogging community.
Sunday, January 06, 2008
12 step programs are easier to complete
Here's how a typical home reno project goes down here in Jenworld:
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