A Day for Details

Today, the weather was gorgeous.  I mean absolutely perfect. I was in love with the weather.  I even had time to put up my hummingbird feeder. I had to use a drill to get the screws in the wood and it took some time, but now we wait 🙂 I hope I can see some hummingbirds soon!

K and I decided to detail my car and a friend’s car.  Technically we detailed my car mostly yesterday, but some we finished in the morning. Most of the day we spend working on our friend’s car.  Let me explain.  As a hobby, we enjoy detailing our cars together.

Just an FYI, the featured picture is of the Hello Kitty antenna ball I got for my car. Isn’t it cute! 😀

 K, mostly, watches countless Youtube videos by these professional detailers out of California called Chemical Guys and he’s actually purchased a number of their products, which have turned out to be of incredible quality.  If you really want to get into detailing, then you need to educate yourself and these days Youtube can be just as informative as any technical training course, in my opinion.  Cleaning a car goes beyond just taking it to the car wash and hosing it off, using the harsh brush at the car wash, and then letting it air dry or drying it with a rough cloth.  You need to do everything with extreme care and a light touch.  We’ve come to learn over the years how to properly dry a car, wax a car, and basically clean any part of the car.  K mostly buys the products, but over the years, we’ve spent countless time and money on car care.  Here’s a picture of K’s latest purchase, a professional porter cable for polishing out swirl marks, scratches in the paint, and removing oxidation:

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Here’s what my car looked like after we finished:

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K specializes on the exterior mostly and I work on the interior and wheels.  I think we are the perfect couple because once we start cleaning our cars, we absolutely can’t stop until they are spotless or perfect in our minds.  Sounds like a lot of work, and it really, really is. We wash our cars about once a week using all of the proper techniques.

I know for me this need for perfection has to do with having OCD. I can’t stop until I’m dead tired or until it’s perfect and the way I want it. There’s no “good enough” with me, or K for that matter.  I’m not sure he has OCD, but there are things he does that make me think he might. He’s never been diagnosed.

I can’t for the life of me understand why anyone would not take care of their car, maybe not to the extreme level that we do, but at least washing it every couple of weeks and caring how it looks and is clean. Cars are a huge investment and should be treated as such.  It just boggles me the condition we find some of our friend’s cars in!  I think you can tell a lot about a person by how they treat their car. Seriously. I find that to be a reflection of character….

Anyway, we came inside the house about 2 hours ago, finally finished with detailing our friend’s car, which was an adventure. I brought back the interior to a nearly new state and K did an awesome job with the porter cable and bringing out the shine. Now we are seriously sore and we passed out for a nap on the bed for the past two hours! I am sitting on the couch now too sore to move.  We started detailing at 12 pm and didn’t stop until 5:00 pm. It’s clearly an obsession for us, but one that we mostly enjoy.

That feeling that I can’t stop until it’s perfect is extremely tiring though. I usually end up sore and exhausted like this for a couple of days. I tend to do this with most projects, including house cleaning. You might be surprised to find that my house isn’t spotless and perfect. I avoid cleaning if at all possible because I know that if I start, I won’t be able to stop, for hours and it usually means I’ll wind up getting nauseated or have a headache. Luckily, I’ve decided to switch to organic, all-natural cleaners and they help tremendously with cutting down chemical illness.

Well, that’s a day “off” in the life of Megan and K 🙂

Do you do any things to a near obsessive level?  Let me know what you think.

Also, be sure to stop by my friend Diana’s blog at dianasadventures.wordpress.com and visit her Instagram profile as well. She has some amazing life adventures and beautiful Giveaways to share, such as the one below 🙂

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Thanks everyone! If you’re in the US, have a wonderful holiday tomorrow!
Megan

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14 thoughts on “A Day for Details

  1. I am obsessed with clenliness. I have to be clean if I am not I get so upset!
    It sounds like you had a great day and did something you loved. I’m glad you toook that nap. Sounds like you needed it!
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  2. boy you get that from me that’s for sure. I know that feeling of not being able to end a project until YOU feel it’s done and it doesn’t matter what time it is or how sore you are, it’s a compulsion that you simply can’t control. For instance….saturday morning I got the urge to remove the window a/c unit in the garage because I was tired of ducking under it every time I went through there. This was about 7:30 am. I normally do everything by myself anyway so this didn’t seem like a big.
    I got everything in order and was prepared to grasp the a/c with my left arm and then with my right arm quickly push the window up….well it didn’t turn out that simple. It all happened so fast and the a/c unit flipped up with my arm and smashed it on it’s spiral descent to the ground. I immediately felt pain in my left elbow and lightheaded…all I could think about was that I didn’t have time for a broken elbow, I just didn’t have time in my life for such an inconvenience.
    I waited and waited to see if the swelling and pain subsided. I told “C” that I was going to mow, weedeat, and go to the grocery store and if it was still that bad then I would go to the ER. I had my mind set on doing these certain tasks that day and nothing was going to stop me. Besides I felt that if it was broke that would require a cast and I wouldn’t be able to mow so I had to get it done…one handed.
    I went to grandpa’s and had him take a look at it cause he’s my dad…..he wanted me to get it x-rayed. Around noon I reluctantly went to the ER….it wasn’t broke but had deep trauma and they all said they had bet it was broke. I was relieved….my life doesn’t have time for a itchy cast.
    So you see, no matter what the situation is, when I have a list of things to do in my head the OCD WILL NOT let me veer from that list of things to do.
    Call me cray cray…maybe I am.

  3. Where we sit in our van is quite tidy. I keep a lil Swiffer duster in the console and I dust our Kia as needed. Now and again we wash the insides of the windows and wipe the dash. We drive through the wash, or take it to Sparking Image, but we never have it detailed or fuss over the chrome.
    We worry more about keeping her in good shape 🙂
    In the back, where we do not sit, where the lil people sit, it is messy and strange, lol, like another world. Books, sweaters, sweatshirts, shoes, hair bands…just anything tween girls tote, all lie strewn about or tucked into pockets and doors. Now and then we have them go out there and clean up.
    It’s better with two kids than four, and way better with big kids vs toddlers.
    It’s been a very long time since we had an adult only vehicle, and I reckon we’ll both be rather pleased when the time comes again.
    I don’t handle messy environments well at all, let alone the dirty!

    1. Gah! I totally understand that. I respect anyone who ventures into the realm of child rearing. My sister is the same way. The front seat of her van is pretty clean, but the kids have free-reign of the rest. Just look forward to the day that they decide messes aren’t cool anymore 🙂

  4. I am no longer excessive in much of anything (except, perhaps, being on the computer). My car is now dirty. I intend to change that now that my hip is new and I can walk and bend without horrible pain. Still, the car is running well at 150,000 miles and almost 16 years old! I think that speaks volumes in itself.

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