I am married to an engineer. A mechanical engineer. He wasn’t actually an engineer when I met him, he was only aspiring at that point. It took him many years to get to where he is now. He just started actually BEING an engineer this year. He designs stuff. I’m not really entirely sure what he actually does at work. He draws pictures. He gets free pop and popcorn. He gets a free gym membership (have I mentioned I’m jealous of the gym membership?)
Sometimes he builds stuff. Sometimes he even finishes what he starts. Sometimes. Occasionally. Often when he starts something it morphs into something much, much bigger.
The deck: We have a pretty nice fenced in backyard. There is a concrete patio area out there. For some reason, he felt we needed a deck. Is that a guy thing? I had no strong deck feelings either way. What started out as a very small deck turned into a quite large deck complete with rails and lights and a transformers looking gate. The deck is still standing, the gate didn’t make it. Don’t get me wrong, I have enjoyed the deck!
Then there was the Barbie house. My daughter had just turned three. She was obsessed with my old Barbies. At one point while watching her enjoy the Barbies he got a wild hair, as he calls it. It started out small, and then grew and grew and grew. You see, engineers have to build things to scale. So he built a three story Barbie house based on the dimensions of a real house.
It’s big. You can fit humans in it. It’s deep. I often walk in to find my daughter’s behind sticking out of it. At least she’s using it now. There for a long time she would simply take everything OUT of the Barbie house. Barbies sat at their table eating food on her bed. Not sure if that is something that little girls dream of (WOW a house that is nothing but a bed…). Or all of the Barbies would be out on the floor, possibly meeting their fate of being stepped on by Mom in the middle of the night.
The Barbie house remains unfinished. It has fared better than many projects in our house. I have done a lot of work on it-I “wallpapered” rooms (scrapbook paper and modge podge), painted rooms, made mattresses and blankets, not to mention spent hours perusing rummage sales and online auction sites looking for furniture. The outside that was supposed to be finished with trim remains undone, the roof has yet to be assembled, I finally gave in and painted the outside. I guess I can’t complain considering the lumber that is now my sons bed sat in the living room for months waiting to be put together…
At one point recently he told me he wanted to scrap the whole house and build a new one. ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH! I have a couple of things working in my favor here-the fact that he works a zillion hours a week and the fact that he has to be properly motivated.
The very latest project just recently was completed-that would be my son’s bed. It finally got painted after years of being left undone a couple of weekend ago. It’s quite nice. Now if only my son would actually stay in his room when he’s not being punished! Now my husband wants to build our daughter a canopy bed. She doesn’t even know what a canopy bed is but she thinks that if dad wants to build it therefore it must be cool. She has no idea what she could be getting herself into. I do…if it’s started it may get completed around the time she starts 1st grade.
I’m not complaining. I’m sure other people have husbands who do the same thing. Not necessarily build giant human sized Barbie houses but start projects and don’t finish them. I guess I am guilty too-the kitchen was partially painted for quite some time and that was my project. My husband’s parents house has had the same unfinished doorways as long as we have been together-currently they are still working on an enclosed porch that finally got a door that wasn’t made of plastic sheeting. Much like my husband’s projects, this too was one that started small and got much bigger. And I wonder where he gets it.
I always have to interject that I married “the interesting guy”. He would rather be known as an “evil genius”.