Woman peeling wallpaper

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Lesson 5: You Can Still Be Your Girly Self
Having a mother-in-law who could sand through 12 layers of paint, sew curtains, and strip furniture set a high bar for me. So when Jason (then my fiancé) asked me to help peel old wallpaper from his hallway, I did my best not to mention that I'd just, that very morning, had a $35 manicure. I'm happy to report that while he likes to joke that my singing voice can peel paint, it turns out that I'm efficient at stripping wallpaper, too. In the end, I didn't even mind that my manicure got totally and completely jacked up. I was proud of a hard day's work well done. And if, when he kicked back with a cold beer, I was honest in my preference for a glass of cold Champagne, then I don't think that makes me any less of a kick-ass DIY chick. 

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