That's all it took my new handyman BFF to replace the garbage disposal that had been waiting on my kitchen chair for the last *cough* three months. Or more, I've lost count. I used Angie's List to find another handyman, and when he was going to be out of town working on a job, he suggested this guy, who had worked for the housing authority in town and thus had lots of experience with this sort of thing.
Now, on the one hand, since it only took him 35 minutes, should I pay him for an hour's worth of work? This though crossed my mind very briefly, but I ended up giving him an extra $10 because I was so happy to have the job done, AND I believe that a person should be paid for their expertise. He even used a couple of small parts that he had, instead of opening up the packages possible things I'd need that I got from the hardware store. "You can take these back to the store". Now I'm starting to put together a project list of stuff that needs to be done around here.
It's funny, I've really gotten into the habit of not using the disposal, and instead am dutifully filling my compost pail and dumping it on the pile outside. The best bit, though, is that replacing the disposal fixed the leak where the thing hooked into the drain line. No more emptying out the pan under the sink after each load of dishes.
In other news, I'm going to a wine tasting tonight, with folks from a single parents group I occasionally do things with. There aren't really any romantic prospects there, but it's good practice for me to be out and mingling. And there will be other people at the restaurant. My goal is to chat with one guy that I don't know. I hired a sitter for Mr W, and it's someone from church that I used a few years ago. I'm trying to get Mr W's dad to switch back to the old schedule that I changed when I was dating B, but he doesn't want to. It gets so complicated when we all have to accommodate not only the x's schedule, but the schedule of the person he is dating and HER x. It's good, then, the Mr W has a sitter occasionally.