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The Tutor

My rubber mallet, where do I even begin? Well, for starters, I will let you know why I call it “The Tutor.”

When I think of a tutor, I think of someone (or something, in this case) guiding you into the right direction firmly, but without totally destroying you. Maybe I’m a little generous with my definition, due to the fact that I was a tutor throughout college. Others may feel that a better definition is a heartless someone (or something) that pushes you to your breaking point, but has a gentle facade to soften the blow and tricks any onlooker into thinking that the end goal was achieved without trauma. Honestly, both are pretty accurate.

I bought The Tutor on a whim. It cost a dollar at one of my many discount stores and who could pass that up? I am a huge believer in weighing your cost benefit, and The Tutor has been well worth that lonely dollar. I have used it for everything from jamming anchors into the wall, to thumping on paint can lids, to pounding out dents in a metal filing cabinet.

My only regret? Not having more students to put a hurtin’ on tutor.


About Kristen Van Loon

My name is Kristen Van Loon and this is the chronicle of my search for *Oomf!* Not only have I deemed myself qualified to revamp, repair, refurnish and refine my house, but I also jump into any DIY project that my friends, co-workers, family and practical strangers stumble upon. I would love to tell you that this is my full-time job and my complete life mission, but I make my bread and butter elsewhere and raise a daughter (Olivia). I have some experience but no time, no formal training and no money. My only saving grace is that I love figuring things out, I’m great at improvising and I’m always inspired. For the record, some things that I do (play with electricity, for one) may seem risky, and some of them are. I will always tell you what I’ve done, but I won’t ever suggest things for you that aren’t safe. Even though I push the envelope, I am only marginally incompetent. If sources (father, my brain, Google) tell me not to do something then I usually won’t. But if I do try and it blows up in my face (figuratively or literally) you will hear all about it, and you hopefully won’t attempt it. At the end of the day, I hope to inspire you. Space-Lift isn’t just a blog, it’s a verb. It’s an action that brightens your surroundings by assaulting everything that needs improvement. Nothing is off limits, and all possibilities will be considered.

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