Monday, February 15, 2016

Dare To (Let Your Spouse) Repair

Looks as though I am further behind on book giveaways than I thought: I just stumbled across 2 of the books I read last summer during our vacation. Oh, well, better late than never, right?

The first book I read while reclining in our thankfully stinkbug-free camper was Wild, by Cheryl Strayed. Now, I am not even sure why I read this particular book in the first place, as I had spent at least a year assuming the author was just another self-absorbed twenty-something who had nothing better to do than waste her time wandering around some hiking trails out West. Making snap judgments about reading material might not be a good idea, however, because it turns out that Strayed had a really good story to tell and was fairly self-deprecating in the process. Also? Good writing.

So, yeah, DON'T judge a book by its cover. Kudos to me for just figuring that out at the age of 52. If there is anyone left who hasn't read this book, comment on this post and I'll pick someone (randomly) on Saturday, okay?

In other news, our dryer broke again. I mean, not completely, but when we use it, it leaves grease stains on clothes, because some sort of felt gasket around the drum fell out. Desperate to avoid the hell that is choosing a new appliance, I looked up the model number, found the part, and ordered it.

I know! I hardly recognize myself.

The website where I ordered the part featured a video on how to take apart the dryer and put the gasket in. I'll let Larry do that, though, because I don't want him to feel left out of this process. It's all about empowerment, you know...

[Dare to Repair image: Marie Claire]


  1. Now that you've read 'Wild'…I guess I am the last one who hasn't! Nobody has donated a copy to Goodwill yet, which is where I get most of my books. I recently had to have the Kenmore guy come repair my 10 year old dryer, after I diagnosed it via Google and determined it was beyond my skill set (see also: gas lines), but he was cheap and fast.

  2. Someone else will have to win your copy because I've already read 'Wild' -- but like you, I spent a year avoiding it first. Possibly unlike you, I put it in the same category of 'Eat Pray Love' which I thought was authored by a self-absorbed woman (it might have been the sobbing over her life in a beautiful house with clean bathrooms and working appliances).
    Good for you, ordering that part! I do things like tell my husband he has a certain number of days to fix the problem or I'm buying a new one without him. (He's never called my bluff, so my method continues to work. I hate shopping.)

  3. I haven't read that one yet, so count me in!

  4. Not only have I not read it, I've never even heard of it...yes, I live under a rock.

  5. I also have not read or heard of the book but I'd love to read it.

    I have a friend who fixed her own furnace with the help of a youtube video this winter.

  6. I haven't read "Wild" so I'm in for the book giveaway. I have been reading book after book about war (it just turned out that way), so a book about hiking in the woods would be a relief.

  7. I haven't read the book, "Wild"....I think I may have heard about it....maybe Reese Witherspoon was in the movie adaptation....maybe....I don't get out much.

  8. I've been told by MANY PEOPLE that I need to read Wild. Am I too late to be in the drawring? Yes I said drawring because I'm odd.

  9. I saw the movie and really liked it, but haven't read the book. I might be too late for the giveaway though. Good job on the dryer! Appliance problems are a real pain.

  10. Either your website or my computer just freaked out when I tried to comment. I hope I'm not too late to enter the drawing! I have wanted to read this book for a while but haven't gotten around to it. Pick me!



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