I hope summer's been treating you all great! With the kids home much of the time, I've been off the computer more than usual, so I'm taking that time to get some organization done around the house.
Note: I love organizing, and so does my son. My daughter...not so much.
Anyway, in cleaning up my office, I got some new bookshelves to fill a wall! I know, how exciting is that? There's nothing quite like new bookshelves to get you excited about cleaning up, right? The good news was that I had tons of new space. The bad news was the thermostat was right behind the shelves. Not so convenient for changing the temperature. So I had to move the thermostat and figured I'd move it over to the right a couple feet (behind the picture on the purple wall). Easy enough since the attic is above.
The problem was once I got up in the attic, it couldn't have been more of a pain in the rear. There were about five reasons why it wouldn't work, and so after the hot frustration that is an attic in Texas in the summer, I took a shower. And that's where I had my "eureka" moment.
There was no reason the thermostat had to stay on that wall. The world was my oyster since it was upstairs. There was a much better spot in my office proper that already had a new switch wired to it. All I had to do was follow the wire. (see the spot on the far left on the golden wall.)
So why does this matter?
Because I was set in the mindset that I had to keep it on the same wall, and that was bogus. Sometimes I/we get so set in a paradigm of how things have to be done that we don't open up our mind to new possibilities. Happens in moving thermostats. Happens in writing. Happens in revisions. We need to shift perspectives.
In revisions this is one of those things that comes so much more quickly once I've had time away from a manuscript (like years). So the trick is learning to do this sooner rather than later. If you figure out how to do this, let me know. Maybe I should add it to my checklist.
PEANUT UPDATE: Nobody ate the peanut. We did have fun waiting to see if my husband would, but he didn't bite.