Taking Emily Freeman’s lead to share a handful of things I learned this month, from the (occasionally) significant to the (mostly) shallow.
1. What happens after your kid puts a baseball through your kitchen window.
Despite having read about this in many a Beverly Cleary book, when my kid hit a baseball at high velocity through our big window I had no idea what would come next. The broken window was in our kitchen door, right next to the lock, right before we were scheduled to leave town (of course).
First of all: I was completely surprised by what an enormous, scary mess it made! Glass went everywhere.
Second, security was a problem: you could reach right into our house and unlock the door from the outside, and it turns out it takes over a week to custom-order a pane for an old house. The window specialist told us how to secure everything while we were away: put a big sheet of plywood on either side of the door, and drive seriously large bolts through. Really ugly, but really secure.
2. There’s a new audio edition of Northanger Abbey and it is fab.
Two words: Emma Thompson.
3. It was time to break up with my Fitbit.
This was more like an enforced separation: I lost it in the yard and by the time I found it three weeks later, it would turn on but not track steps. I decided that maybe it was for the best.
I’ve been wearing a fitness tracker since early 2012, so it’s no surprise that the first few days felt really weird. But after more than 4 years of always having a little gizmo tracking my activity, it’s been … nice.
4. I like my water better with extreme amounts of lemon.
I’ve been trying to drink a whole lot more water this summer. (Have you heard about the increasingly common gallon-a-day recommendation for better health? That’s not what I’m aiming for, but I’m intrigued by the suggestion.)
Water gets really boring, really fast for me. I’ve always preferred it with lemon, which makes it a little more interesting. But then I read on my can of lemon Spindrift (I’m addicted) that there’s one and a half lemons in every twelve-ounce can. That’s a lot of lemon!
So: instead of putting a wedge into my own twelve-ounce glass of plain water, I started squeezing in a whole lemon, with an actual lemon squeezer. It is sooo much better. I use the little lemons in bags from Trader Joe’s, which are just the right size (and also just the right price—not those 89-cent ones from Kroger!)
5. Bad things happen when you don’t update your bullet journal for a month.
True confessions: I stashed it in a drawer before we left for the beach earlier this month … and now haven’t updated my reading log in a month. (I couldn’t even find my journal for the first few days after we got back!)
It’s a scary situation.
This won’t be the first time I’ve gone off track with my journal, so I know what it takes to regroup. But if you have any brilliant tips, of course you know I’d love to hear them in comments!
What did YOU learn in July?