It's been awhile since our last update. There were some technical problems with the blog, and ongoing health problems in the family...we even passed our one-year house anniversary in February without so much as a peep. But mostly, we're flat-out exhausted.
Just consider this a reboot. We have much to share - some photos, a few ideas, and maybe even the inkling of a plan, but we don't want to wait until the chaos has settled because we're starting to realize it never will. So instead we're bringing you back in with us, embarrassing as it may be.
We didn't heed the advice and have been multitasking a few too many projects. Studies show that multitasking stunts creativity and rewires our brains in ways that make it impossible to concentrate deeply. Or multitasking may be good for the brain. So we're either wrecking our health or getting super smart.
(Sleep kills. So does lack of sleep. Ah! Don't confuse me! - Portlandia S4:E1.)
One thing we've learned so far is that absolutely nothing is easy or simple about this house. Even with the diversity of architecture in Colorado, mid-century moderns are comparatively rare here and finding people who are familiar with the house structure remains a challenge. Case in point: last summer we had four HVAC companies visit to see if there's any possibility of adding central air conditioning. These are not incompetent people! Though we did lose confidence in the one who asked where the crawl space was.
"Never give up" says Geek #1.
Before we bought the house we were living a quiet and structured existence. Geek #2 enjoyed minimal distractions in her own hacker hostel - no attachments, no worries. It was tidy and banal.
"I decided my life is too simple, I wanna complicate the hell out of it," Harrison Ford's character Quinn Harris utters in Six Days Seven Nights, which about sums it up for us: we were too comfortable. But there have been days where we've yearned for the old apartment living. Things didn't work better and they certainly weren't cheaper, but now we've skewed a bit too far outside of that comfort zone - both emotionally and physically.
"Life is all about tradeoffs, and most good things - whether successful startups or great relationships with your family - require you to put in the time," says Chris Yeh, a Silicon Valley angel investor who writes about technology startups and work-life balance.
Yeh's blog is just the motivation we need to keep moving forward with our little bootstrapped mid-century startup. As we head into Year 2, we've already had two HVAC visits to see if we can at least make it a more comfortable one.