Tomorrow a handy person arrives to do some minor home repairs. Yes, they are minor… but I still want them done the way I want them done.

The difficulty in finding someone to: a) do my repairs, b) do them in a cost-effective way, and, c) do them the way I want them done has been a challenge. Today as I was signing the contracts, sending out emails of the last details, and generally making sure that if I appear on People’s Court I won’t look any more stupid than necessary, I noticed that the whole process of asserting that I wanted what I wanted felt very uncomfortable.

We all know the story of Goldilocks (interesting to note, from the Wikipedia entry, this story has several versions) that has given rise to the Goldilocks Principle.

Each bear has its own preference of food and beds. After testing all three examples of both items, Goldilocks determines that one of them is always too much in one extreme (too hot or too large), one is too much in the opposite extreme (too cold or too small), and one is “just right”.

Here’s the deal, I don’t want to have to get three repairs. I want the first one to be “just right.” Which makes me feel like the Princess and the Pea (a story I have always disliked.)

There just aren’t any good stories about people who want things done correctly and their way.

But wait… yes, there are. They are all villains.

  • Cruella De Vil: The woman wanted was a really good coat and didn’t want to accept any substitutes.
  • Queen of Hearts: Is it SO hard to plant the correct roses? “Off With Their Heads!”
  • Ursula: Well, Ariel DID break the contract. Shouldn’t she be held accountable?

The moral of these musings?

I guess I need to channel my inner villain!


Or maybe the real moral is don’t mess with me tomorrow!