I got the lamp assembled! It doesn't work!
Two apparent problems: the peg-in-hole that's supposed to mate to hold the light to the stand... doesn't. And the thing just doesn't plain make light - it seems the bulb is blown before I've even used it! Checking the online reviews for the product (Utilitech 500 W light with stand) tells me... now... that I am far from the only one with this problem.
This shouldn't be a big deal. It was a $24 light. But it feels like a big deal, because running simple errands (to the hardware store) aren't simple with the kids. I feel stupid, because why did I buy (one of only a few available models of) a light without researching it online first? (Answer: Because it's a lamp! How hard is that to get right?!) I feel guilty, because I'm trying to buy less crap and create less garbage, and here I am about to toss a brand-new $24 hunk of junk out. I feel frustrated, because I'm trying to take this 'baby steps' approach to actually getting things done, instead of waiting for magical free afternoons to appear, so having the light not work represents nearly a week of time wasted.
If feels like a big deal because, when you are strongly goal-oriented, failing to achieve any goal - even one as trivial as "set up a lamp" - is failing. Failing! FAILING!!!!
It's not rational.
Rather than rush out to duplicate this comedy of errors, I think I'll contact my friend who first told me about using high-power lights to set up a mini-studio in his home. Maybe 500 W was too much, or too little, or something, anyway. Research!