For this blog post we are tasked with following simple steps from one of 6 challenges from a podcast series titled “Bored and Brilliant.” I chose to do the 6th challenge, titled Dream House.
In this challenge, there are 4 steps: bore yourself, empty your wallet, build a “house” out of the contents, name and location of the house. I have detailed how this entire experience went, including “fun” (frustrating) pictures.
1. Boring Myself
For this task, we were challenged with writing alternating 1’s and 0’s on a small piece of paper in order to bore us out of our minds. I chose to use a note card, well eventually half a note card, but that’s a fun story coming up soon.
Thirty seconds in and I was already rushing and trying to finish, even though I knew that I had plenty of time in front of me. After another thirty seconds, I find myself with plenty of holes opening up and I am slightly aggravated that I know I will have to go back and fill them in. A few moments later, I realize I and now writing 10’s instead of alternating 1’s and 0’s. I then find myself writing much sloppier, with bigger text, and even just caring less when I make a mistake and instead pretty much just scribbling the entire time. It’s been about 5 minutes and I look at what I have completed and realize that I hate everything and just want to get on with it, so I decide to fold it in half, so that I complete it in a timely manner. I get near the end of the half card and find myself completing how many more rows I have to gauge how much more time it will take. It was only 3 more lines and I was so glad to almost be done. After I quickly finish, I drop the pen and stretch out after that fun little task. Here’s the finished product:
From looking at this, I noticed quite a few things. First, I noticed that my OCD along with my bad habit of 10’s meant that every line started with 1 and ended with 0. Also, all my numbers got bigger from top to bottom and from left to right. Finally, after the fact, I find myself realizing that I missed the point of this, but I’m not going to complain, because I am happy with the results.
2. Empty My Wallet
This task is pretty straight forward, but here are the contents of my wallet.
Firstly, yes that is my driver’s license and yes that is likely an accurate representation of how I felt after the first task. Secondly, I had way too many one dollar bills from freshmen paying me back nearly exclusively in singles. Lastly, so that may not be the entirety of my wallets, I did cheat slightly because I chose not to include my debit card or insurance card because of the information that is on them.
3. Construct the House
This task was straight forward as well, it was using the contents as building blocks for the house. Here is the process that occurred:
With the folding of the cash, I chose to try to make a square out of the dollars to make the structure. I thought about making these the rooms and putting others right around it, but first I was going to make a second floor.
After a frustrating few minutes, I was finally able to get the second floor done and able to not fall down. Now I wanted to make the second room close enough to the first room without knocking it down.
I was able to get the first part of it and decided to just leave it far enough away so if one fell, both wouldn’t fall, but now it was time for the second floor.
It’s okay, I’m not mad (see license picture again). I thought about and tried a different method and made floors by straightening dollars.
It worked a lot better and didn’t cause anger, so win-win. Now it was putting the finishing touches on it.
I put the ceilings on and put in a nice driveway with some sort of nice landscaping around it and a nice dog house for a cute puppy to grow into.
4. Name and State the Location
This step is probably the most straight forward, but also probably the hardest for me, creativity is a lot of work. I honestly could not think of a name, I tried for about 10 minutes thinking, but I am terrible with making decisions like this because I hate being responsible for something that could easily be torn apart and made fun of for how it is named (naming my children is going to be a blast). As for the location, I would want it to be someplace with no neighbors that close, with plenty of land for the dog and eventually children to play. As for climate, honestly, I feel like someplace similar to Indiana would be fine, as long as it doesn’t get too hot, I should be fine, I can handle the cold fairly well.
To wrap everything up, I would just say that I was actually fairly surprised with my final product, it wasn’t perfect, but with the materials that I had, I was happy with how I finished.