It’s a good feeling to accomplish something or learn something new.
I love crossing things off my “Things to Do” list. Now my daughter, Elizabeth, likes to highlight her list so she can see what she did. But I take great satisfaction in inking out an item — even if it just is “get milk.”
The other night I was ridiculously proud of myself. I was shopping with my coupon at Kohl’s Department Store and saw a purse that I thought my daughter, Kerry, might like for Christmas. It was a Vera Wang bag and looked sophisticated enough for NewYork City. I called Kerry up and asked her about it. I tried describing it but I am not very good at fashion terms.
That’s when I did something new! I took a picture of it with my phone and sent it to Kerry. I felt so pleased with the fact that I could do this. Now I know many people will chuckle at this. However, for me it was a big deal and one more hurdle that I overcame as I challenge myself to learn more technology.
Now once you see what my husband, John, did today then you will really laugh at the fact that I was excited about learning how to push a few buttons. Still it is good to feel good about doing and learning. And boy, did John do a lot!
We were riding in Kerry’s 1993 Camry when John noticed a funny noise. His closer inspection led him to see that the left rear strut was broken. Most people would sigh and head off to their mechanic. John just opened his Toyota manual and got to work.
He had to pull out the whole back seat in order to do the job. This would be daunting to many people but not to John.
From there he had to work in the rear seat and jack up the car — and other stuff. I really don’t know exactly.
What really delighted me was how he proved to be a true MacGyver as he worked. John is very handy but even this dazzled me. He needed to measure foot-pounds for torque. He said he didn’t have a torque wrench but used a socket-wrench handle and a bathroom scale to figure out the right amount of pressure. Check this out.
It says, “I’d rather be reading Flannery O’Connor.” Kerry has liked O’Connor since college and wrote about her for America magazine where she works. I am “strutting” Kerry’s stuff by posting the link.
So go ahead and strut your stuff today.
I will be posting a yummy pecan tart recipe soon!!