The weather this month was kinda miserable. I guess we had some decent days interspersed through the month, but it’s been a lot colder this winter than it has the last several winters. I am so ready for spring!
Invisalign refinements are pretty much just starting all over.
Invisalign is more like braces than I expected. You still have brackets on your teeth, they are just smaller and covered by the trays. The first appointment is kind of a long one because they have to cement all the brackets and hooks, and if you are really unlucky add TADs. Once you finish a round, they begin doing refinements, where they fix all the little things that cropped up over the course of the first round. It’s basically like starting all over, except when you start the first time, they only have to cement your attachments. The second go around, they have to remove the first round attachments and then place the new ones. And now, since everything is different, you get to relearn how to remove your trays. I will be so happy to be finished (hopefully that’s sooner rather than later)! This round is 17 trays.
I require big chunks of real solitude.
In Digital Minimalism, Cal Newport points out that constant consumption of other people’s work, takes away from the solitude that we each need. As an introvert that borders on being an HSP, I probably need more than most. I love podcasts; the problem with listening to podcasts is that you frequently learn about new podcasts. So my list of subscriptions had become pretty long and I found myself in a pretty steady state of someone talking in my ear. I’ve decided that 8 hours a week is probably my ideal number (I listen while doing work that doesn’t require much attention). I’m working on minimizing my playlist. I probably need to minimize all the media I consume.
There’s an app for that!
Speaking of media consumption, I don’t have cable but stream a lot of the television shows that I watch. One of my biggest frustrations with streaming is that unless I’m on the lookout, I might not know when a new season becomes available. Plus, it’s hard to keep track of which seasons I’ve watched. I had actually created a spreadsheet to track the series I like and which seasons I’ve seen. The TV Time app lets you track all your shows, it will tell you if there’s a new season and even tells you if the show has been cancelled. I use it in conjunction with the Just Watch app, which lets me keep a list of shows and movies that I hear about and want to watch later. Just Watch will let you keep a wish list and will tell you where it’s available to stream (so much easier than hunting around).
Efficiency and Creativity are mutually exclusive.
I had this epiphany about efficiency and creativity, while writing my morning pages. I’m a big nerd in my love for figuring out systems that improve efficiency. It’s so ingrained in my personality that I am constantly watching for ways to make these little tweaks. This does not work with creativity! Creativity is all about just playing around with things and seeing what sticks. It’s starting, stopping, mulling, tweaking, learning, practicing; it’s a lot of things, none of them efficient. I love the creative process – especially when I make a breakthrough. But, it’s only when I turn off that efficient nerd in my brain that I make the breakthrough.
Walgreens poster prints are good but not great.
Several months ago, I had a large poster print made of a photo I took at Red Rocks. It turned out surprisingly well. Although, I believe I did have to do some trimming to get it in a frame. I was so pleased with it that I had high expectations for some 16×20 prints I ordered of my Kauai trip. There was a white border on every one of them. They must have measured a little bit more than 16×20 because they didn’t fit in my frames, but cutting the entire border would have made them much too small. It didn’t help that the frames I chose to put them in are very unforgiving minimal frames. If you are looking for inexpensive large prints, Walgreens is a good option (especially if you plan to mat them). If you use a discount code (check Retail Me Not), it’s probably worth the price, but I’m not sure they are worth full price and I will definitely look elsewhere when printing for these particular frames.
Related: What I Learned in January…
What did you learn in February?