Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Outsourcing my stress

"Whether you think you can, or you think you can't- You're right."  - Henry Ford

This phrase from the guy that made the first car is thrown around in a ton of circles. Its meant to inspire you to do your best, believe in yourself, and all that crap. Its pretty much a Rah Rah type deal and up until now I was tired of seeing this phrase everywhere on the internet. After some thought though, I think Hank may have been saying "Know your limits, save yourself the stress (and potential humiliation), & let someone else do it."

The reason I've been pondering about this phrase and not spending more time watching the  "Look at me Now" video and celebrating Busta Rhymes return is because we are starting the process of destroying our kitchen and rebuilding most of it from the ground up. This project is going to require some labor hours from me on the demolition side. We are going to tear out a wall and everything. Furthermore being the great husband I am, I even offered my wife to try and do a lot of the rebuilding part myself. I'm not a stranger to doing manual labor and building stuff around the house. About 2 years ago I finished off my basement and so far all the walls are still standing.

It looks better than this trust me.

Well it was the "try" part that made my wife tell me one of the greatest things she's ever said to me. "If you end up doing the kitchen yourself, sure we will save a bunch of money. But if you do something wrong, I have no one to get angry with but you. If we have someone else do it for us, I can yell at them." Bless you Honey. This phrase has taken so much stress off of me on this whole project. Now I can focus my efforts on destroying whatever I want and not have to worry about putting anything back together. And, while this isn't the manliest thing to say, I don't know if I could do the job the right way, on time, and without killing anything either. Now I didn't say earlier I was a wizard with manual labor, I just said I was not a stranger and I know my limits.

So thanks Mr. Ford for your words of wisdom. I'm not sure if you would approve of me taking them out of context but hey at least I am applying them.

Also I'll be sure to keep up with the pictures, posts, and progress of this monster.


  1. I can't wait to see the follow-up photo's. I don't blame you at all for hiring somebody to do it, it's a lot of work and if you haven't done it before....

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