My previous narrative post began with me maniacally painting my way to insanity and ended with me sleeping it off–and then with me hinting at a relapse. And so we continue…
After a good night’s rest, I awoke to the rest of our boxes to unpack. Mainly, these boxes were filled with books, which didn’t have bookshelves yet, so I couldn’t unpack those. I then eyed two boxes of CD’s: Perfect! All of the CD’s are in racks–all I need to do is find a place to put them. But there was no place to put them. No place to put them. What am I to do? On-and-off throughout the day I tried to answer this question. My handymania began to kick in again as I was lying in bed awake: I dreamed up some imaginary blueprints and decided to make a trip to Home Depot the next day. Before I knew it, this was my situation:
(My verbal ambiguity should give you a clue as to my working knowledge of woodworking.) Using only primitive tools (i.e. hand tools), a power drill, sloppy geometry, and my intuition, my manic dream began to materialize:
Eight 2×4’s, five 1×3’s, dozens of screws, one broken drill bit, a sawdust-ridden bedroom floor, and a few marathon sessions of woodworking later, my CD case was complete. Minus a few sloppy angle measurements and the overall unsoundness of the structure, I feel pretty good about the result–I think it could have turned out much worse if I had less luck. Without further ado, I present to you the culmination of my mania:
Now, for the dramatic finish to my mania: it took ahold of my subconscious. Evidently, I accidentally built a doorstop (which we were in need of) while I was building the CD case:
I hope none of you reach the end of this mini-saga believing that I am actually manic–I just got really excited about trying these new handyman activities, and I thought that portraying myself in a downward spiral of insanity would somehow make my furniture-painting and CD-case-making an exciting thing to read about. In reality, I really enjoyed painting & woodworking. I had never really done either of these things, and so diving into them has given me the confidence that I actually am capable of doing handy things around the home. Except for plumbing–I’m gonna leave that one to the plumbers.
shoes & blues,