Friends S9E19

No, Chandler, you have to find the line between stealing and taking what the hotel owes you. Um, for example, hair dryer, no, no, no. Shampoos and conditioners, ah, yes, yes, yes. Now, the salt shaker is off limits, but the salt….



Too much thinking

You know when you’re looking forward to something and it’s there in your mind? Never far away from the surface, always popping up (sometimes at the most inopportune moments). This happens to me quite a lot. Somethings I just really look forward to and sometimes, I start thinking about it too much. In my little head I keep “at it”. Thinking of details, scenarios, possibilities. Because for me, the anticipation plays a big part. And the more “complex” the anticipation, the more possibilities there are, so the more there is to think about.

Of course, this is totally fine. I can still function, do my work and carry out my responsibilities. What I do forget though, is that other people haven’t been “at it”. They haven’t been thinking about all the stuff that I have. So, of course, the discrepancy between my state of mind and someone else’s is way off. And this, sometimes, leads to awkward moments when realisation hits.

After a while, I do come to my senses and try to dial it back. And it works… for a time anyway.


Change happens. For better or for worse, you can’t avoid it.
Now, in certain walks of life, that’s a good thing. Technical, medical and scientific advances and changes are all things that we (mainly) embrace and profit from.
Other changes, sometimes, not so much. “Früher war alles besser” which loosely translates to: “Everything was better before/earlier”. But of course, we only feel that way if we’re having a hard time right now, at this moment with whatever it is that has changed. Who hasn’t ever regretted saying something, or doing something that they shouldn’t have, that has changed something for the worse? Yes, and when that happens, maybe everything WAS better before/earlier. But that doesn’t mean it can’t get as good ever again. It doesn’t mean it’ll stay “as bad” as it is right now.

With a bit of change, by making it different… who says it can’t be even better than it was?

(Lego being the prime example here, obviously)

Brain work

I’m getting old. I make a noise when I sit down and when I get back up again. I like to think of myself as “fit-ish” but if I really take myself to task, I’m not. Also, my brain is (obviously) getting old. I haven’t noticed any performance drops yet (are they noticeable though?) so I thought I’d at least give it something to work at every now and again.

Do you remember the Nintendo DS game Dr. Kawashima’s Brain Training. How old is your brain?

provides simple mathematics, reading aloud, and other exercises, offering the best in brain training that is also fun to play every day.

I got a DS just for that game.

Well in that vein, I’m trying out both Peak and Elevate brain-training apps. I’ve only just started and can’t say which I prefer yet. While Elevate has more challenging writing and math exercises that actually teach you as you go, Peak’s problem solving puzzles are addictive, and you feel like patting yourself on the back after solving them. Here’s a good comparison review (appadvice July 2015)
And let’s be honest, why not grow your “brain map” while tending to business?