Generally, two things motivate me to change my behaviour: Someone whom I care about or want to impress OR extreme pain. I suspect this is the same for most people. However, this past few days, I went ahead and did some things without either one of these behaviour-changing catalysts.
I am finally going to do something about my living room. I've lived in my apartment for over three years now. The only areas which are lived in are the bedroom, bathroom, and my work area. occasionally when I get a wild hair up my butt, I'd used the kitchen. ("Using the kitchen" means eating toast over the sink because I am too lazy to use anything which I will have to wash and clean later!) In other words, the living room is anything but living. I've been using it to study the long term effects of dust particles on floor tiles.
I went on out and actually bought furniture. At last! My once baron living room will actually look functional. Come this weekend, I will put on my Martha Stewart cap on and attempt to make my place look habitable. For now, the living room looks like a warehouse with boxes of furniture all over the place. Why not do it now, you may ask? Well, because there is a damn hole in the ceiling. Long story.
I also got me a new computer for "work" today. Another shocker for me. I've been planning this for months and finally did it today. I've been doing all my heavy-duty production work on an Intel Celeron 600MHz. It's almost embarrassing (yet cool at the same time, no?) People have faster computers to play solitaire. Not only did I get a new PC, I got a wireless access point too. Which means, I've upgraded myself from "geek" to "uber-geek" by having a wireless network at home. Finally, I can live my life-long dream of being able to surf the web while sitting on the crapper. Bliss!
Very soon, I will have a living room that looks like an IKEA showroom and a wi-fi network. I will be able to watch the stuff I've downloaded on TV in the living room. And I will have this really cool shelf thing I got from IKEA to hold my whopping 14-inch TV. (Dang...I knew I forgot something!)
Speaking of which, I got a little gift from IKEA today. I bought this modular storage system which you can mix-and-match to get your own entertainment unit of sorts. I ended up with seven pieces of furniture. However, the cashier did not charge me for one of the pieces! Saved me RM480! Being the responsible customer I am, I am going back there tomorrow after my workout at the gym to pay for this piece of furniture.
Finally, the biggest shocker that takes the cake is that my fellow recording engineer and I have decided that we are going to buy this original piece of software. Imagine that! What is this world coming to? Yes folks. I will be paying more than RM5 for a piece of software.
So, in review, I think I am going through some kind of pre-midlife crisis. I feel like it's almost a preview to more desperate times ahead. Somehow I feel better. Amazingly, I still have no life. But at least I will have a living room.