I have this quirky trait. I rotate the most unusual things because it keeps things vibrant, fresh and interesting. The opposite of being in a rut.
I can’t stand sleeping on the same side of the bed every night. So Jeff and I rotate sides every night. Even when we travel. It’s just better for my shoulders/back/neck to not fall asleep exactly the same way every night. Besides, we can’t rotate our Tempur-Pedic mattress, so let’s just rotate our weight. Jeff is down 100% with this now since he has a bad shoulder.
Every time we’re going to stream a movie or documentary, one of us asks: “whose pick is it?” We even have a rotation schedule when Elijah (grandson) comes for family movie night. This egalitarian method means I occasionally get to watch stupid, dumb movies (Daddy’s Home 2) and he gets to watch his heavier picks (which I end up loving every damn time.) Lately though, we’re tending toward a rut, as we’re both picking “the next episode of Parts Unknown or Homes by the Sea.) At least it’s a different episode, right? And besides, we rotate…….
That’s right. Every time we stream a movie, documentary or episode, we rotate sides on the couch. Left/right. Right/left. No one ever gets stuck in rut – or makes the cushion wear out faster in one place. Sometimes we even rotate couches, since we have two blue ones. But the long one doesn’t allow maximum comfort and TV angle like the shorter one does.
Coffee Cups and Coffee.
Jeff and I have several dozen coffee cups that are significant to our life travels and events. So we use those two for say, three to five days, then we’re ready to rotate and switch things up. New mood, new feeling with different cups. We even have seasonal coffee cups for Christmas and Valentine’s Day.
We rotate our coffee variety, too. We switch between Starbucks French Roast, Italian Roast, Gold Coast, Espresso and Nordstorm’s Dark Roast. Occasionally we’ll enjoy a special unique (translate expensive $$$) blend as a special treat.
But under no circumstances do we rotate the Coffee Making. Jeff feels (he’s not) superior when it comes to grinding the coffee and putting the right amount of water in the coffee maker, blah blah blah. So I always welcome his business trips so I can make my own coffee.
Only in a rare circumstance does Jeff get to cut the grass. That’s my domain, because I absolutely love rotating the pattern every week. My friends Rod and Dave told me about going in different direction every week so the grass doesn’t get those brown rut spots. See? Ruts! Anyway, being a homeowner (I didn’t cut grass downtown in the condo for 19 years) means weekly cutting, so I have four directions to rotate: horizontal, vertical, diagonal left, diagonal right. I think I double-dipped last year a couple times, so I’m keeping a chart this summer. No ruts! Vibrant.
What do you rotate or switch to keep things new and interesting? I’d love to hear. Thanks for reading.