Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Lessons Learned

It’s been a very odd sort of week for me, with all the problems of a four year old’s first piano recital. Wrong notes, false starts, and an overwhelming desire to just get the whole thing over with as fast as possible. That being the case, I thought I’d write up a hodge-podge collection of lessons learned and insights gained over the past seven days.

If you step foot inside a mall during the month of December and do not have a clear plan of action, you will leave with far more things than you intended to buy. At least one of those things will be chocolate.

The preferred time of day for cats to hawk up hairballs is 4 am. The preferred location is somewhere you will step in it before you can find a light switch.

No matter how much time, energy and effort you have put into a project; someone out there believes they more capable of doing the job than you ever were, and are waiting with bated breath for the moment they can sweep in and undo all your work in order to “create change” and “improve” on everything you’ve built. This goes double for the online gaming community.

Not all coffees are created equal.

If you spend several hours setting up a fake Christmas tree, bending branches into place and wrestling the entire mass into the perfect spot in your living room, avoid using a salt based skin scrub the next morning. The resulting burn/itch/pain will make you uncomfortably aware of just how many scrapes and abrasions you sustained while tree wrestling.

It is next to impossible to write horror while listening to Christmas carols.

When you live on an island, it is vital to assume that someone within earshot of anything you say knows the person/place/incident you are discussing. They may not realize the connection, but better safe than sorry.

No matter how many options are available when picking out an item, you will invariably select the one that the other person wanted.

Beef and green beans in black bean sauce goes surprisingly well with cream of mushroom soup. (attention lapse + two pots = new and strangely tasty food combination)