I have written what I consider to be a very amusing account of my experience installing the attic stairs. It involves a long description of my thoughts about following directions vs. not following directions. Here are some of the key points:
It’s poetic and revealing and now you can relate to me better as a fellow human being.
I also have a funny story about buying the stairs in the first place:
Again, I assume you will relate to basic struggle and also lying about the struggle. We are all human after all aren’t we?
Then I describe the difference between what I thought I needed to do BEFORE installing the attic stairs and what I actually needed to do:
NOW the stairs were ready to be installed. Not one month later, but eight!
And here they are:
It's not quite complete, but complete enough to actually sleep upstairs if we want. My husband found us a futon frame for free on craigslist but, if we want to sleep up there this winter we will need to cut a hole for the heat from the wood stove to travel into the loft—and we are working on that. We are soooo close!:
Honestly, I’ve never been so happy to work so hard and I’ve never been so proud of anything I’ve done. It is a completely unique experience for me to be pleased with doing “a pretty good job” and not avoiding a task because I can’t do it perfectly. I feel really blessed to feel so excited about the future—that’s also a new thing!
Footnote: I also wrote a big long thing on how all of this was accomplished by carving out any amount of time we could to drive to Vernonia and back while still attending to our responsibilities as parents and showing up for work and other obligations. It is no small thing trying to conserve fuel, time and energy—and I flipped out about it often enough. The good news: I’m getting tired of flipping out and doing it less. The reality though: I still flip out.
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