I'll spare you the boring and very self-indulgent rant about feeling as there is no end to the To Do List, and simply cut to the chase in this post.
No matter what the project is. No matter how well it is planned out ahead of time. No matter how much time you have set aside to complete whatever you're working on. No matter how many helpers you have. No matter if you set out all the tools you could conceive of needing to use. You will always end up making at least three trips to the hardware store (or stores, isn't that fun when it happens?!) when you are doing a home improvement job that someone is often paid to do.
Today the task was reasonably simple: replace the kitchen faucet.
And yet, there it was ... three trips later (to two different stores, of course) before it was all said and done.
You can reason it out all you want. Make excuses of how you couldn't possibly have foreseen the changes or additions to the original project. It doesn't matter. Life would be much easier if I could learn to just accept that I'll need to make three trips. Then there won't be frustration when the first or second change comes up. Instead I'd be elated that I only have two or one more trip to make!
Song Of The Day:
What could possibly be a better song for this post than Weird Al's ode to that manliest of manly places: the "Hardware Store" ?!
If you can't commit the full 5 minutes to the video (which was done by a fan and is pretty amazing in itself - it even has outtakes at the end), at least listen to Weird Al's ridiculously amazing list of available items at the hardware store beginning at about 2:30 (min:sec) into the video. I promise you will NOT be disappointed!