September 10 13

My husband is a great many things and there are many things that he is great at. I mean, he coached my son’s Bad News Bears-ish baseball team to a 14-0 championship win over the best team in the league this weekend.

So, while he is qualified to do many important and helpful things, he is exactly none of the following: plumber, handyman, carpenter, builder.

Nope. Not a one.

I mean, he tries and he means well and I like to indulge his dreams and I even allowed him to ask my grandfather to will him his plumbing snake, but, I mean, there was that time that we lost an entire day when he decided to change the screen in the screen door instead of making the wiser decision to a) call someone who is good at changing screens out of screen doors or b) replacing the damn door. And now we have a screen door that is a bit of a health hazard and an eye sore.

So, no. Not meant for manual labor and that’s totally okay with me.


Somehow I found him going out and renting scaffolding to replace the four lightbulbs in our over-20 foot ceilings.


Can you guess how this one ends?

Well, I will give you a hint: MY LIGHTS ARE STILL OUT.

But, my husband and his friends had a grand old time building the scaffolding, rendering my staircase useless, and risking their lives and limbs in their attempts to climb up there to reach the lights.

Everyone is still alive, though, so that’s a nice silver lining.

Me: So, uh, we’re going to call someone then?

Him: *Deep Sigh* Yeah, I guess.

Me: Like I had suggested before the whole scaffolding situation?

Him: *Deeper Sigh* Yes. Like that.


I was also thinking we should get a new screen door.



  1. I hear he’s a good cook, though…
    P.S. I’m coming to visit soon!

    Comment by Loukia on September 10, 2013
  2. Okay, so DJ will bring his 20′ extension ladder over and change the bulbs and Gav can make us dinner after.


    Comment by Meghan on September 10, 2013
  3. YES.

    Comment by ali on September 10, 2013
  4. Hahaha! Why would they ever be a good idea?

    Comment by Kristabella on September 10, 2013
  5. I have the same situation (high burnt out lights) but here’s the thing – WHO would you call to do this type of thing??

    Comment by nicole on September 10, 2013
  6. There’s a device you can buy at Home Depot that is probably way cheaper than hiring someone or renting scaffolding. It’s a telescopic pole with grippy “fingers” on the end that can open and close. They are intended for changing hard to reach light bulbs. We have the same issue with bulbs that are two stories off the ground around the outside of our house. My hubby just changed them using the tool this weekend and it worked great. Maybe your hubby can have the satisfaction of doing the job himself after all?

    Comment by Shannon on September 10, 2013
  7. He totally tried that first…buy these bulbs are super weird..they don’t just unscrew—you actually have to remove the entire unit from the ceiling, it’s not a simple screw-in. SUPER ANNOYING.

    Comment by ali on September 10, 2013
  8. He built scaffolding to change light bulbs…like built scaffolding…and couldn’t change the bulbs.
    Ohhhh…you better pull this gem out every time he picks on you.

    Comment by Kimberly on September 11, 2013

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