Joining in with Emily Freeman to share what I’ve learned this month, from the significant to the shallow.
In no particular order:
1. It’s not you, it’s your makeup.
Years ago, I learned that if your hair isn’t working for you, the problem might be your stylist, not your hair. I made a similar discovery this month when I reordered a favorite product from Sephora (Makeup Forever lipliner in 14C, Rosewood—I wear it practically every day) and could not get it to work.
The product went on roughly, looked a little weird, and kept breaking when I tried to sharpen it. This was my third or fourth of this exact product, and I couldn’t figure out what I could be doing wrong. I ordered a new sharpener. I googled a bunch of tricks about how to get a good point on it (put it in the freezer! the microwave! use a kitchen knife!)
I finally gave up and went to Sephora, where they took one look at my lipliner and said Sounds like you got a bad batch. So sorry! and sent me on my way with a new one.
The problem wasn’t me, it was my makeup. (And the new liner has been working like a charm.)
2. I’m not the only one whose bones are getting old and creaky.
I went to the doctor earlier this month, and we talked—as we usually do—about strategies for me to spend a lot of time at the computer without suffering the effects of too-much-typing syndrome.
It’s bad enough for you and me, she said. But don’t get me started on my kids! My doctor is about my age; her kids are my kids’ ages. So of course I wanted to know what she was talking about.
She told me she had just returned from a seminar on kids and media: not what they’re consuming on mobile devices, but how they’re consuming it—and specifically, their posture during usage times. When you spend much time hunched over a screen, it does bad things to your body, whether you’re seven or seventy. (Seems obvious, but I hadn’t thought about it much, even though I’m acutely conscious about my own texting posture.)
My doctor is extremely strict with her kids. They are supposed to prop their iPad at eye level using pillows or other furniture before they use it. The first time she catches them hunched over their screen they get a reminder, the second time they lose their device for a week.
3. The autoimmune protocol is rough.
At this same appointment, my doctor recommended I give the autoimmune protocol a try to see if it could help with some mild but not fun symptoms I’ve been having. Think strict paleo, minus several more categories of foods: no nightshades, no nuts and seeds, no eggs.
I was strict gluten-free for years. We had several years after that when my daughter couldn’t eat anything (or so it seemed). I didn’t think this would be hard. But y’all: it is hard. And the nightshade family is bigger than I realized.
4. I’ve been doing my taxes the hard way.
Okay, maybe not my taxes, exactly. But the record-keeping for taxes? Definitely. When Will and I were at the accountant’s on February 2 (the earliest ever for us), I made some comment to him about the horribleness of tracking receipts. He said: aren’t you just using the app?
We’ve been using Quickbooks ever since we started using this accountant. It has its challenges, but I love it because all I have to do it hit one button and my accountant has complete access to everything, which is amazing. I had no idea there was an app, and now I’m using it regularly to photograph my receipts before I throw them away.
5. I might be in love with the bullet journal (finally).
I’ve been reading blog posts about the bullet journal system for over a year and in February I finally tried it … and I kinda love it. It’s way too early to see if it will stick long-term but so far, so good.
6. There are decent clicky pens in the world.
I believe the technical term for this is “retractable” but I call them clicky pens. My bullet journaling adventures led me to all kinds of pen recommendations, which this pen geek loves. I’m not a huge fan of clicky pens (even though my house is well-stocked with G2s) but I was so intrigued by the reviews on the Pilot V5 that I ordered a handful and they are terrific.
I still love my fineliners, forever and ever, but sometimes you’re just in the mood to branch out a little. Pen geeks, you understand.
7. Connie Britton came this close to being Tom Cruise’s love interest in Jerry Maguire.
One of my favorite recent podcast discoveries is Off Camera with Sam Jones. I especially loved this episode with Connie Britton (which was well-timed, because Will and I were just finishing our second viewing of Friday Night Lights when I heard it). She hadn’t been on my radar before FNL, and it was fascinating to hear about her acting career pre-Tami Taylor.