Today I’m joining Emily Freeman for the first time in forever to share what I learned in April.
1. We moved into our new house last May. We didn’t live here for most of last spring, and it has been a hundred kinds of delightful to watch the perennials that we didn’t plant, didn’t work for, and didn’t expect to see popping up all over.
2. Except the ones we DID work for. I’ve learned that planning ahead and planting something is absolutely worth it, even if it doesn’t come naturally.
3. On that note, I’m inclined to put off tasks like those tulips: the ones that require advance planning and delayed gratification. This month I visited a local store and knocked off one of those tasks that I’ve been meaning to do since October. It took 3 minutes. 3 stinking minutes.
I’m learning that maybe I should just do those things already, instead of putting them off for 6 months.
4. On the other hand, I’m learning that sometimes things take much, much longer than I expect. Our vacuum has been on the fritz, and instead of ordering online, I wanted to give that business to a local store. So I visited my local vacuum store … four times. Once to actually buy my vacuum, and three times because they weren’t open as advertised or ready as planned. My default assumption is that local is better, and I hope my purchase is actually better for my local economy. But the experience was horrible, and I wish I’d just ordered it off Amazon.
5. Will and I are coffee snobs, but this month I had the best Folgers coffee of my life, which is saying something. I complimented the maker (just a dad helping out at church, not a pro or anything) and asked his secret. He said he’d learned to cope with all varieties of bad coffee at work: double the coffee, and double-filter the brew.
(If you’re not a coffee snob and you love your daily Folgers, no judgment here. I wish I wasn’t so high maintenance about my brew!)
6. I always carry around a few little notebooks in my purse for list writing and note taking, but I always worry I’ll forget to look at my to-do list, or forget which notebook I scrawled important notes in. This month it finally occurred to me to rip the covers off.
Yeah, the covers were cute, and it felt a little destructive. But I’ve had zero problem finding my notes this month. Worth it.
7. Somewhere along the way I got used to skinny jeans. So much so, that when I pulled out an ooooold pair of boot cuts this week because all my skinnies were in the wash, they felt … weird. If you had told 2010 Anne that one day in 2015 she would put on boot cuts and they would feel weird because they weren’t skinnies, and not the other way around, I never would have believed you. But there it is.
8. I ordered my first pair of Tieks this spring … and discovered a secret society. I get asked about them everywhere I go. (Are those Tieks? What size do you wear? Are they comfortable?) They look like plain old ballet flats to me: I’m surprised people can even tell the brand. (Maybe they can because mine are tangerine?)
I did not see this coming, and it’s kinda weird. On the other hand, I’ve met a lot of very nice strangers.
9. It’s totally worth it to take the extra twenty seconds to put my dishes away in ROYGBIV order. Or any kind of order. They make me happy every time I open the cabinet.
Of course, it also makes me very happy when the kids unload the dishwasher. But if I’m on dish duty, those extra twenty seconds are well spent.
(I pulled most of these photos from my instagram account. Follow me @annebogel.)
What did you learn in April?