Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Two Sides of Living in the Moment

Pumpkin gave me two notebooks for my last birthday: one small one of the style that I use for my daily to do lists and one larger one with sparkles on the front.
Sparkly notebook

It took me a while to figure out what to do with the second notebook, but I eventually decided to use it as something like a gratitude journal. I wanted something to help me remember to enjoy the day to day things in life, and on a bit of a whim I decided that I would write an entry in this notebook every night before bed with three things:
  • A short summary of the day
  • Memories I want to keep
  • What I'm grateful for
For instance, last night's entry says:

Work, a quick trip to Kohl's after dinner w/[Petunia], rugby watching after kids' bedtime.

Memories: [Petunia] carefully trying on every style of boot before selecting the front-runner choice (Frozen-branded boots). How nice it is to work in the new office in the late afternoon.

Grateful for: having enough money for these things

The first entry says:

Beach day with [Petunia's] day care buddies.

Memories: [Petunia] going "out deep" with [her friend]. [Pumpkin] building a big sand castle on her own. [Mr. Snarky] making a river with a bunch of kids. Sitting in the shade eating Doritos and chatting with [other moms]. Snuggles from [someone's adorable baby].

Grateful for: Friends.

As you can see, these entries are not long or profound. To be honest, I tried this because I wanted to show Pumpkin that I was using her gift. I didn't know if I'd keep it up. I still don't, but I can tell you that it is a surprisingly nice bedtime routine.

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Monday, I had a dentist appointment. I hate getting my teeth cleaned. This is one time when I don't want to "be in the moment" at all. As I was lying there trying to not clench up while the hygienist scraped at something, I thought about how much nicer it would be if I could be reading the really interesting article I was reading on my phone right before the hygienist called me back.

And then I thought: I have finally found the killer use case for Google Glass.

5 comments:

  1. Alexicographer7:07 PM

    My endodontist offers something called Cinemizer -- you can google it -- and I once watched about 2/3 of Robin Hood while getting a root canal (a good thing -- Robin Hood, not the root canal per se, except that if one needs one...). Only problem is, movies run too long -- so, you're right, something with more flexibility would help!

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    1. The kids' dentist has movies. My dentist just has bland classic rock...

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  2. My dentist used to have this horrible looping video showing how dental implants worked. Luckily I think the video system broke down, because I haven't seen it in my last few visits.

    But I actually came here to high-five you about the Google Glass use case, and to tell a similar story: I recently discovered Amazon's "Dash" buttons and after a few minutes of being really creeped out by the whole idea, suddenly realized that there's a great use case for people who are elderly, disabled, housebound, etc. living independently. You could hook the buttons up to a family member's Amazon account, and then the person living independently can order additional supplies when needed but doesn't have to interact with the Amazon interface at all; the family members can keep tabs on the orders (and prevent multiple orders, etc.).

    I doubt that was what Amazon was thinking when they developed it, but it's an intriguing possibility.

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  3. I really wonder why they can't just throw a screen up there with a movie, like they do for the kids. I know plenty of adults that are just as scared of the dentist (if not more so, since they may have a reason to be...) than kids.

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  4. I once heard about a dentist who played Saw while performing dental work. His theory was that it was a really effective distraction from what was happening in real life.

    I do not want to go to that dentist.

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