Last winter was exhausting. I worked long hours because my company was short-staffed, and I never had any personal time. Even when I wasn’t in the office, I had to be available by phone in case of an emergency. When December came, I decided to take a week-long vacation. I wanted to go somewhere to relax and escape my job. I decided to rent a cabin in the mountains. The one I chose was so removed from the city that it didn’t have wifi, cable, or central heating and air. That was fine by me. I knew that I would have to chop wood for the wood-burning furnace to stay warm all week, so I made sure to take a good ax with me. The first few days were great. I would wake up in the morning, drink coffee, read a book, and go out to chop wood. After that, I began to miss the comfort of having a heater. Although I wasn’t able to take any work-related phone calls that week, I still had to spend a lot of time chopping wood. When I think about how convenient it is to control a heater using a thermostat, I realize that I much prefer to be able to press a button and kick back in the comfort of my home. When I returned from vacation, my mind was in much better shape, but I had sore arms for a few days. It was nice to relax beneath the air vents and take in the warm air without having to lift a finger.