RS: how to pry a half-ton monster freezer out of your basement and live to tell the tale

The former home owners left us lots of little presents, but nothing tops the freezer. Apologies to those of you still trying to forget (you know we are), but here’s the deal – No ordinary appliance, this giant metal horror film prop had sat, unplugged, for years before we bought the house. Besides being ugly […]

why i work out with senior citizens (and why you should too)

After several years of membership at our local gym, my family has slowly caught on to the rhythms and unspoken rules of the place. The rhythms dictate our running decisions – well, it’s cold and raining, but it’s soap opera hour at the gym, so . . . rain it is. Additionally, pickup games are evening […]

RS: things are getting weird.

Well, things are starting to get weird around here. Last night I dreamed that my husband killed someone . . . for their Lowe’s gift card. If there are stages of DIY lunacy, this is definitely one of them. Specifically, in my DIY-overdose-induced nightmare, my almost pacifist (in real life) husband plotted an elaborate assault […]

RS: plagues and missing the point

Well. The HVAC folks determined that we needed to replace our gas line and alter our bathroom plumbing. HAD WE BEEN INFORMED ten weeks ago when the project began, this would have been simpler. But now we wait. (Do we do anything else?) Gas people showed up, said there’s no problemo, turned on our gas, […]

RS: is it because i’m a woman?

I’m the one with the spec sheets. I’m the one who thought of this project in the first place. I’m the one who lost sleep wondering, “Pine or cedar?” and, “How will I know if it’s been responsibly harvested?” I’m the one stockpiling paint chips and stain samples. I memorized the item number! He hasn’t […]