Ms. Fix-It


Image by Kristin Breneman via Creative Commons on Flickr.

Today I installed two smoke detectors in my apartment.

It took three hours to install the first one, fifteen minutes for the second.

Lots of things are┬álike that. The first time is awkward, confusing, unfamiliar. But once you’ve done it–you can do it again, effortlessly, a million times.

There was some stress involved in this process. The dog didn’t like it. She was alarmed at the sight of me using power tools.

And I had to make a trip to the hardware store to get extra anchors and screws.

It all turned out great. I have now used a drill! And I met a neighbor because I lacked the correct size drill bit.

So empowering to fix something myself.