February 7th, 2020


friday five: life skills!

Answers to this week's friday five

1. Can you do simple sewing repairs, such as replacing a button or rejoining a straight seam?
Yes I can, but my sewing machine is now packed away in the basement because I go to the makerspace and use their aresnal of sewing machines, scrap fabric, sergers and good company. And BUTTONS, omg they have a mega clear storage bin of buttons that you can run your hands through like scrooge mcduck's coin vault! Well - okay, for buttons, I'd steal them from the makerspace but then sew them on at home, that's easy. For seam repairs, makerspace serger.

2. Can you change a flat tire?
I don't. I have tried, but I proved to myself that I don't always have the brute strength needed to torque the lugnuts down tight enough. I also had a bad day with a ford where nobody could get the damn wheel OFF - even after the bolts were off, the wheel was stuck as hell, I tried, MENZ tried, a neighbor tried, we beat it with a 2x4, we called AAA and he couldn't get it, so he towed it in. Those are the experiences that have made me say fuck it to changing tires.

Things I will do: inflate my tires, change windshield wipers, add various fluids, change air filters. I have changed oil before but it's a real pain in the ass so I don't do that either.

3. Can you plan and cook a simple meal?
Getting better. A new years resolution was to cook real meals for my family when my husband is gone. He does all the cooking, so whenever he left the kids learned it was "mom cooks" aka "box mac and cheese" night. Two weeks ago he left, I made sweet potato tacos with black beans. I did okay cutting up the sweet potatoes but my nine year old said I botched the hell out of dicing an onion. Kid watches too many damn judgy cooking shows. Next time she can do it.

4. Can you rewire a lamp?
I haven't, but I'd give it a try. I've never had too. I bought several lamps for my first apartment when I moved here 20 years ago and none of them needed rewired. I replaced a plug on my vacuum cleaner, that worked.

5. Are you a spender or a saver? Are you able to switch from one to the other on occasion?
Saver. I can only switch to "spender" mode with my husband's help. He is in charge of booking all hotels for our vacations now after a bad family experience we had at a red roof inn plus that I swore would be a great idea since it was such a good deal... I mean, it was a PLUS. Now I have to listen to my terrible bourgeoisie first grader go off about how she hopes she never has to stay at a "motel" again.

If it wasn't for my thriftiness we'd be broke as hell, if it wasn't for him we'd be eating ramen every night. I would change every paycheck into a game of how much we can save.