An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

An Italian-American living la dolce vita in the Deep South

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

If at first you don't succeed...ignore the instruction manual

Now, I consider myself an intelligent person. I speak three languages. I read up on world news. I may not be good in math (a teeny, tiny understatement), but I can follow instructions and put together a Lego set containing 760 pieces.

But this three shelf bookcase from Target took me almost three hours to put together.



THREE HOURS.

And I was on Step One for half that time.

The problem? A horrible instruction manual (all 15 pages of it) accompanied by very bad illustrations.

But I perservered and put that darn thing together.

And I think it looks very nice in my new office space.

6 comments:

GrandmaK said...

Indeed, it looks very nice!!!! Very nice office space!!! Love the shade of green for your walls! Cathy

Ellen Stewart (aka Ellie/El) said...

What a girlie little corner! I love it.

Good for you for sticking to the project. When Mac was little, my mom came home with a Little Tykes elephant slide. I remember how we toiled over putting it together, but we were so proud when we finished.

Accomplishment!

A few years back, I had a student in my room who had severe learning issues, but when I bought some shelves at the end of the year, he was the leader of a crew that put them all together. At the same time I think Lego would have frustrated him.

Strange how the brain works, eh?

:o) mg said...

I love how it is just feminine enough not to offend any of the men in your life. I suspect moms of all boys have to walk a thin line. You did very well. '
Good luck keeping it that uncluttered.

Tiziana said...

15 pagine di istruzioni??
Comunque, Maria, ne è valsa proprio la pena, hai fatto un bellissimo lavoro, complimenti, mi piace tantissimo come arredi la tua casa.

Lisa said...

It does look lovely; simple and elegant. And worth the trouble! I hate those danged instructions -- they're almost always terrible. I usually just go by the pictures -- or make my sons do it.

Christopher said...

I hate instruction manuals too.