Winter arrived early yesterday evening. The balmy 8° C spring temperature has hiked up her skirt and run off, leaving us with a sudden influx of -22° C (-31° C when accompanied by our friend “wind chill”). It’s so dry normally, and lack of moisture is making this the cold that steals your breath, freezes your eyelashes, and sand-blasts hard crusty snow into frost bitten faces.
With the influx of bitter cold, I tried to pick up the pace on knitting that scarf for J, but it’s not as successful as I’d hoped. I’m unused to knitting and tensed more than the experienced knitter as I’m talking myself through the process, my shoulders and fingers screamed for mercy by 6pm. So there we were. No television that interested us, christmas tree and decorations already packed away, kitchen and living room mostly tidy, and one of us (me) with idle hands and a hankering to do something useful or evil.
Finish art projects? Nah. Evict that organism living in the bottom of the fridge? Pffft. Organize the piles of stuff that’s laying in every corner of the house? You’ve got to be kidding. Instead, looking for a new movie to watch, I became frustrated with the slim cased DVDs – I can’t tell what the movie is unless I pull the whole thing out to reveal the front title. After repeating that process with over 20 titles, I was more annoyed than ready to be entertained. In a huff (it was a huff – a real aggravated “screw you, DVDs! I’ll show you!” type of vengeful huff), I talked J into reading out the titles of each movie while I typed them. I then printed the movie titles onto labels for the slim spine of each case, so tada! At a glance, we can see the titles of each case. One thing led to another, and before stumbling to bed, we realized that we had catalogued our entire movie collection – slimcase, DVD, & VHS. It was an adorable scene this morning as we imported all the data into the Ant Movie Catalogue software, which pulls details on each movie from IMDB, and went about examining the statistics of our collection. It’s odd.
This is the 3.33rd item I’ve completed since I began the 101 things on Dec 13. Could my list of 101 things be this easy to accomplish? Would I have done this organization spontaneously if I didn’t have the 101 list in the back of my mind, cheering me on and championing the “get’er done!” mantra? Is having the list making me a more effective person who accomplishes stuff? Am I statistically more efficient simply because I wrote down 101 (+10) things to do? Or is it just a matter of coincidence?
I don’t know the answer to that chicken-egg question, but I do know that numbers, no matter how they work, are tricky business. Penn & Teller think so too.