Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The mommies may hate me...

but all the neighborhood dad's think I kick ass.

Kenny has been wanting an outdoor kitchen since before we even officially moved in. It is all he has talked about. When we put in the pool, we ran water, electric, and sewer lines to the spot that he chose for said outdoor kitchen. But then? We did nothing with it for months. On Sunday we bit the bullet, and started the project. By Monday, we had most of the right side of the base complete, except one board. One little angle wasn't working out. It should. But it wasn't. It worked on paper. But not so much when we put it together.

My mom, dad, and I spent all morning doing the math to correct it. Finally, we thought we had it. I measured it out, marked the boards. By God! It looked right. I really wanted to cut it. But? I didn't even know how to turn on the miter saw. Hell. I even call the saw the "cutty thingie." I couldn't call Kenny to ask, because that would ruin the surprise, and he had long since thrown out the instructions. So I researched. I looked up the manual online. And when I was fairly convinced that I wouldn't chop my fingers off, I practiced on a scrap board. And? It was fun! Brrrrwwwwww! Cut. Cut. CHOP! In no time, I had not only cut that board, but finished the entire left side of the base, all while Jill and the neighbor's kiddo happily swam in the pool.

By the time I dropped the neighbor's kid off, I was hot and sweaty from working in the backyard and never actually getting in the pool. Her dad questioned why I didn't just swim with the kids. So I told him about my little construction project. His eyes got wide. He got a goofy grin on his face. "Wow! Kenny is going to be very happy." He was in awe.

I spend everyday eating healthy, running, precisely applying makeup, carefully ironing clothes, spraying perfume, straightening my hair (okay, that is a bit of a lie....but you get my point). AND? I have never had a man look at me with such adoration as when I told him I not only knew what a miter saw was, but how to use it. Today? I am mastering the table saw and the drill. I am going to be the hottest mommy on the block.

11 comments:

rubyredruca said...

That's bad ass!!!!

Allie Bear said...

Its so funny because for christmas Luis got me a tool set, I was so excited. I have my own circular saw and everything, I love power tools, Luis could care less about that shit.

Tiffany said...

Don't be surprised if you get blacklisted from every female event in your neighborhood! No mommy margarita day for you!!!

I am Trish Marie said...

Uhhh. I am already blacklisted. I don't imagine it can get any worse!

David said...

YOu do so kick ass siter. I am currently up to my ass in alligators ripping out carpet, laying new flooring. Can you come over? Bring your Dewalt set.

J said...

Wow how cool. I will be coming down for a day of poolside drinks and enjoying that new outdoor kitchen. You just tell me when, and Im there.

amy <> said...

Ha! That's awesome. :)

I can't wait to see pictures of your project!!!!

Sheri said...

HAHAHAHAHA! Forget EVER making friends with those bitches now! :D

Did I ever tell you about the time the ex's hubby was talking to me about crown molding? He was talking to me like I suppose he would talk to her. You know, like she's stupid. :P Anyway, I left him nearly speechless when I could explain the whole simple process to him in correct terminology. That always cracks me up.

I am Trish Marie said...

J, I have a pool lounger with your name on it!

David. I am an expert at flooring! Kenny and I put in our wood floors all by ourselves. We also put in 18" travertine tiles in our kitchen and hallways. We are dorks. We like that kind of stuff.

Allie Bear said...

I was just thinking that tomorrow you should go out on your driveway in skimpy clothes and saw wood, then when you get hot (because its Houston and its fucking hot) you should pour water down your shirt. Maybe wear a white shirt too...lol. That would be so freaking funny.
hee hee hee!

Erin and Liann said...

yeah.... I know how to use all of that stuff.. (theatre classes required me to build sets... blech) but I was always scared I'd chop off a finger! Hat's off to you!!

Lee