1. I cut the husband's hair for the first time (first time EVER cutting anyone's hair- YouTube FTW).
2. Our washer stopped working mid-cycle and I was able figure out the issue by reading some forums, bought the part online, and installed it myself (heavy lifting credits due to the hubby).
So proud of myself! PAT ON BACK.
So we started to discuss the idea of me cutting his hair over chat and I sensed some hesitation on his part....
they are closed today right (his haircut place is closed on Mondays)
im wondering if i should just let u trim it
me: i was just about to suggest
i can watch some youtube videos
2:19 PM lol
2:20 PM Richard: oh boy
me: hey man
Richard: the fading part
Richard: is hard
me: i'll be careful
Richard: are u serious
me: yeah dude
save us some money
Richard: even the fading
me: yea man
Richard: i wonder if theres a haircutting lessons place
me: i can try
2:21 PM if not
Richard: u wanna stare at eric doing it (Eric is guy who cuts his hair)
me: i can do it by hand
Richard: thats hard too
but i'm a perfectionist
Richard: uh, u wanna watch me get my next haircut
first (SECOND TIME he mentions this...)
me: y u so scuurd?
Well apparently he has some traumatic experiences with non-professional haircuts, one involving a bald spot on his own head, and another where a friend had to go completely bald because Richard eff-ed up his hair so bad HAHAHA (not his fault, the friend was convinced and begged Richard to cut his hair "because he is Asian- and all Asians can cut hair"- well he sure proved him wrong haha- poor guy). We agreed that I should try to cut his hair, and if I could do it well, then it could be game changing. Richard needs a haircut every 2 weeks on the dot and it's not cheap (we calculated it out to about $600/year). His head is like a chia-pet, I swear. Plus, my mom has been cutting my dad's hair for the past 32 years, and it saves time and money. I figure if she's able to do it, then I'm up for the challenge. Here's a true testament of our love:
Richard: so if its terrible
2:34 PM do i lie and say its great
So I watched a few videos (by the way, there are some really terrible DIY haircut video tutorials out there) and the next night, went for it. In all, it took about 30-35 minutes, and another 5 minutes to clean up. For my first time ever using clippers or cutting anyone's hair, it pleasantly turned out very well! I went a TEENSY bit short on one side but eventually blended everything in pretty evenly (can't tell unless you stare at it from the back, I promise) and I didn't really give him any shape/style on the top of his head. We bought better scissors (thank goodness because the scissors I was using were a piece of shit- pretty much equivalent to Pre-K safety scissors), a new apron/bib dealy, and some thinning shears to make blending his fade easier. I am looking forward to getting better and having bi-weekly bonding time with my hubby.
2. Fixing the washer
Well unfortunately, there is less of a story to this fixer upper. Basically I found out the lid switch (the switch that 'clicks' when you close the lid of your washer (we don't have fancy dancy energy efficient front loaders) which is a sensor/safety feature that won't allow the washer to spin or drain water unless the lid is closed) was broken, and is apparently a common occurrence after many uses and many accidental slams of the lid (guilty). I bought the part on Amazon for $6 plus rush shipping for a grand total of $12 (versus Sears Repair Center and other Parts stores locally and online, who were charging $35-40). We had to take the machine apart, uninstall, reinstall and put the machine back. 20 minutes, and $12 later, we have a working washer again! #winning