I am reading a great book by Gretchen Rubin titled The Happiness Project. Gretchen is a happy person who sets out on a year-long experiment to be happier. One of her monthly challenges was to try new things and push her boundaries.
I was inspired.
First of all, I must say that for the most part, I am spoiled. I am blessed with an amazing husband who takes care of SO many details in my life. However, I find myself taking for granted and relying on (dare I say "expecting") his courtesy.
Enter the dripping faucet.
Following a kitchen remodel project last summer our kitchen faucet began dripping. And it was irritating. Everytime I turned it off I spent several seconds attempting to get the handle in the exact position that would stop the incessant plinking of water. I think in the back of mind I just assumed this was a project for my Man. (I know, I never would have made it as a feminist.)
But, wait...Here was a perfect opportunity to "push my boundaries" and try something new. I would fix the leaky faucet.
And I did it!
It wasn't easy. I googled "leaky faucet fixing". I watched several YouTube videos. I called the Delta faucet hotline (yes, there is one and they are pretty nice). Come to find out, breaking through the mineral build-up on the faucet parts was the most difficult part. Once all the parts had been sufficiently doused in vinegar they loosened up. I found the parts that my research indicated were the most likely cause of faucet drips - the seats and springs. I made a quick trip to the local hardware store, bought the parts and reassembled the whole thing. I hesitantly turned the water supply on and lifted the faucet. Water came out - but then that was not the original problem. I turned the faucet OFF and guess what? No more drips!
And you know what, it made me very happy!