with Angella Dykstra
I'm a mom of three, a professional accountant, and an amateur photographer and writer. I am not a marriage expert. But my husband and I take "Til death do us part" seriously, and here I'll be sharing how we keep our marriage strong while we both do that insane work-life juggle.
Check out my Work It, Mom! profile and my blog, Dutch Blitz.
Back in the days when I was single and trying to be an Independent Woman I had a friend teach me how to change my oil. I did it! I never did it again because paying someone else to do my dirty work was far more rewarding than my sense of accomplishment. I can, however, change headlights and windshield wipers and hang photos in a ridiculously straight angle. I can also build IKEA furniture like a mofo, but my husband tells me that is assembling, not building.
My husband is one of those “handy” types. He has renovated our entire house, pretty much single-handedly. Not only is he the master of the reno, he has built everything from cupboards to bay windows to kitchen islands to coffee tables. The dining room table hasn’t been done yet, nor our master bed. Yes, we’re sleeping on a mattress on the floor - we’re just trying to hold onto our youth. Or something.
He can also tinker with machinery (cars and ATV’s and snowmobiles, oh my!) and has actually rebuilt engines. Which then worked.
This past weekend we took a day trip to hike up a mountain and suddenly found ourselves with a broken ATV. He pulled out his trusty tools, borrowed nuts from one tire to make the other one work and we limped our way down the mountain. Because I know my husband and know how handy he is, when I saw the tire fall off I did not freak out. I just figured that he could fix it, like he always does. And if not, then I would have a minor fit, as I always do. And he would stay calm, as he always does.
(Can you see why we work so well together?)
(I’d like to throw in for the record that while he held up the ATV I was down on my hands and knees in order to get the tire back on. GO ME.)
How is it in your relationship? Is one of you the “handy” one? Or do you both have equal prowess when it comes to being wielding power tools?
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