I have such a hard time understanding marriage on a philosophical and practical level. I mean, I don’t know how people manage to stay together for 20 or 50 years without strangling each other (most of the time). Honestly, I don’t even know if I can manage five years as my wife absolutely drives me crazy sometimes. There are plenty of times I’m ready to get far, far away from her and it has only been two years now. Maybe this urge passes with time, or maybe people just lose their fight or flight instincts after a decade of dealing with someone else’s bullshit. What I do know for sure, is she had better stay away from the thermostat if she ever wants to see me again. I never thought that a simple replacement of an outdated dial thermostat to a digital temperature control panel would be the straw that broke the camel’s back for us. I thought we were making a long overdue update to our home’s central heating and cooling system which would allow us to set the program for our preferred temperature and then leave it alone. I thought this would reduce our energy bills enormously, considering we often forget to adjust the air temperature before we leave for work in the morning. I never thought that my wife would become so consumed by the task of perfecting our air temperature. She is constantly checking the temperature, logging the results, and trying to perfect the program. Instead of allowing us more time together and making life easier, it has become a problem and something my wife is completely obsessed with.