I was looking out the window earlier today, admiring a bright red cardinal against a backdrop of blustery snow (it was 70 degrees F yesterday 😯 ) when the power went out.
The internet and cell service go out here regularly, but the power rarely does. We’re constantly switching mobile companies because our house is in a strange dead zone (minus Christopher Walken, sadly).
Once I realized the power wasn’t going to flicker back on right away I started pacing, thinking of all the things I couldn’t do without power.
no television, no telephone, no heat, the refrigerator/freezer would become a problem after awhile,
no washer/dryer or iron (a real shame 😛 ) and if this dragged out all day then I was going to have to manually lift the garage door when I went to pick up my son from band practice too!
Notice my priorities: internet and television come before heat and food.
Hmm, what to do, what to do?
Normally I can spend hours with my head in the clouds, yet tell me what I can’t do and I’m suddenly as antsy as a smoker going cold turkey! I could easily peruse my bookshelf, but I didn’t want to start a book that I would just abandon when the power came back on. I was planning on vacuuming the stairs and doing some laundry, but now it looked like housework was off the list.
So what did I end up doing?
Moving all of the living room furniture around.
Half way through my unusual aerobics the power came back on, so I vacuumed under and behind everything before I finished moving it all into it’s new configuration. This is normal behavior for me: only do what needs to be done and then in a fit of passion, go above and beyond what’s really necessary.
Take away something and I suddenly feel like I have to have it! Tell me not to do something, and I eventually find myself doing it. I have to be careful with this stubborn trait of mine, because sometimes it can go horribly wrong.
Do you have a stubborn streak too?
Do you generally find it a hindrance or a motivator?