Thursday, November 22, 2007


I live with a perfectionist. I have spent so much time correcting things that just catches her eye as being wrong. I recall rebuilding a rabbit hutch three times. I recall fussing for hours over color schemes. I recall framing a wall of one of the additions I built on the house and then ripping a lot of it apart to move a door over 18 inches.

I admit that I live in fear that she will ask me to do something because I know it will never be correctly done the first two times. I do my best work while she is away visiting family. It is those times I can make all the mistakes I can possibly make and fix it with trim.

The new catch phrase around my house is, “But you know I’m a perfectionist.”

It was last weekend that I realized that I am an imperfectionist. I find great joy in the quirky and funky. I don’t even mind if the quirky and the funky are of my own design and creation. The only problem is that when a perfectionist goes up against an imperfectionist, guess who always wins… That's just perfect, isn't it?


Anonymous Columbiacontrolfreak said...

Perfection is boring! I drive my contractor neighbor NUTS because I build things with a minimum number of tools and rarely use a square. Sometimes I sketch out a plan on paper, but most of the time I wing it and build as I go.

My husband, bless him, has zero interest in ever nailing two boards together much less building a structure so he is fine with my quirky buildings.

I also buy cheap mismix paint so the colors are usually a surprise.

Your missus would be appalled. ;-)

7:51 AM  
Blogger Hahn at Home said...

Somehow, I think this combination of personality must work very well.

Happy Day, Guy!

9:00 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Sorry Guy; I'm with her on this one.

9:06 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

CCF, I might even be a little appalled.

Lori, It does in a bizzaro way.

Gearhead, of course you are on her side, being you are the poster child for perfection yourself.

9:27 AM  
Anonymous gearhead said...

Why thank you!

4:46 PM  
Blogger Mike S said...

Can't decide if I'm a perfectionist or just obsessive-compulsive, but I do ponder over it, and I change my decision a lot:)

12:28 AM  

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