Obsessing Over Obsessions


Haven’t been here in a while. Updated WordPress and watched the suggested video describing all the updates. WordPress apparently now supports retina image files and has a native REST-API. That’s all well, but it makes no difference to me. It won’t make my life more interesting, and it certainly won’t make me a better writer. But those are nice features, I will admit.
My son is 15 months old now, and he’s growing smart fast. His active vocabulary is very limited, but Anna and I are often surprised at the things he understands, like when we ask him to fetch us the remote control of our TV, and he looks around the room until he spots the remote control, and he proceeds to grab it and turn the TV on (by accident?) and then ignores the part where we said we wanted to have the remote control. Pretty clever.
A couple of weeks ago he hid behind my back while I was sitting on the living room floor and having a sandwich (in the hopes that maybe he would have some as well). As I turned my head to the left he leaned to the right, and vice versa. Every one of his leaning motions was accompanied with a giddy, mischievous laugh. As someone who likes making fun of unsuspecting people myself, I was very proud.
Today I made good progress laying the new pine floor in the mansard room. I hope I can finish laying the floor boards tomorrow. Next weekend we are going to visit a friend of Anna’s in Berlin, but I would like to rent a sander the weekend after that one and finish the project. Using a floor sander can be tricky and I’ve never done it before, so I hope I won’t ruin everything. But I’m also really looking forward to it, because I’m curious if I can make a really nice floor out of those super cheap pine boards I got at Hornbach.
I’ve been reading a book by Kelly McGonigal titled “The Willpower Instinct”. At first glance it seems as trite as any run-of-the-mill self-help book, but it actually offers a lot of substance. One of the core realizations in the book is that the things that we think promise the most satisfaction are often not the things that actually provide us with any satisfaction, and that many things that we think of as boring and unspectacular actually offer a lot more satisfaction than we are aware of. So I’m going to make a list of all the things I do all the time, and take note of how much satisfaction they promise, and how much satisfaction they actually provide. What things will make that list I have no idea. But I hope it’ll help me stop doing the things that promise a lot more than they deliver, like obsessively browsing Amazon for self-help books.