Many of the projects or maintenance activities around here don't get finished because I want to do them bigger and better than they currently are. For example, the porch floor. Ever since we moved in I have wanted to tile the porch floor, but then there are other things I would rather spend money on and a tiling project would undoubtedly require at least one new tool and I wouldn't be able to run over to the Depot and pick out tile because nothing would ever be that easy and on and on it goes. Until the porch floor is crumbling and I break down and paint it. It looks good painted, that's probably why the porch at this house has had a painted red concrete floor for decades. It occurred to me while I was painting all of the bugs and dust (reinforcement for crumbling concrete) that this must be some kind of learning disability, maybe a form of ADD which I suspect I suffer from anyway. This inability to just perform maintenance activities in a timely manner without worrying about how great it could be if I only added this extra detail or that special touch. Another symptom could be project pile up syndrome which is when you start thinking about one project and that leads to the next project and then you realize that you have a lot to do (before the snow flies) and before you know it you have a tall bloody mary in your hand and you're sitting on the porch looking to the other houses in the neighborhood for guidance. Generally the other houses and I agree that this house isn't so bad and that nothing actually needs to get done at all. And the terrible aluminum storm windows weather another winter...
Monday, August 4, 2008
Adult ADD - PPS
Lately I haven't been able to work on a project without thinking about all of the other projects that I hope to have completed by the time the snow flies. These projects have seen lots of snow in their current state, but every year I hope to have them finished.