Linking up with Emily Freeman to share what I learned in July:
1. Take a risk. I’ve been taking the Nester’s cozy minimalist course (closed for now, but I’ll let you know when it opens back up) and one of Myquillyn’s key ideas is you need to take one big risk in every room. With that in mind, I didn’t hesitate (too long) when my boys asked to paint their room navy. (And guess what? It looks amazing.) Now I’m thinking how to apply this to the rest of the house …
2. My kids like Jane Austen more than I thought. So much so that they agreed to give our new puppy an Austen-inspired name. I never saw this coming. I thought it so unlikely that I didn’t even make an Austen-ish suggestion until day 3 of the Great Name Debate, when we still couldn’t agree on a name everyone liked. I threw out “Bingley” and they agreed.
(A commenter pointed out that our previous chocolate lab was named Harriet—another Austen name, and I hadn’t even realized it.)
3. There’s a reading mudflap girl. I’ve never been a fan of this iconic silhouette—especially when it’s slapped on the back of somebody’s truck. But Will and I spotted a version that’s not half bad when we were out for coffee last week.
4. Mosquitoes adore my Type O blood. I’ve always gotten more than my fair share of summer bug bites, but it wasn’t until this month that I realized there was a concrete reason. Some research suggests people with Type O blood (me) are twice as likely to get bitten as people with other blood types (although this study is still being debated).
5. Drive-through sushi isn’t a terrible idea. When a drive-through sushi place opened in my town, I thought it sounded like a terrible idea. Will works right around the corner so he tried it way before I did and assured me it was awesome. We picked some up for date night last week and oh my goodness, it is amazing. If you’re in Louisville, check them out (on Lyndon Lane).
6. The ice cream flight is an excellent idea. You know wine flights. You might even know book flights. Now a local ice cream place does ice cream flights: three little scoops for less than $5, so I can try all the flavors without eating my weight in ice cream. We definitely need to bring the kids back before summer is over.
7. Lots of readers love big, fat books. I posted a list of 500+ page books for summer reading this month, and I was blown away by the (100+) comments. It turns out a whole lot of readers want to read long. (If you want to add a lengthy novel to your reading list, check out the comments—there are so many good ideas there.)