Once again joining Emily Freeman to share what I learned last month, from the simple to the serious.
1. A lack of rain mutes fall foliage.
I didn’t notice the difference at first because my favorite neighborhood tree (above) is looking beautiful as ever, but everything else is definitely looking a little crunchier than normal, and that’s while the leaves are still on the trees.
2. My local ice cream shop will “split scoops.”
Let’s start with the serious stuff. This means if you want to taste two flavors, but only want to get one scoop … you get it, right? This is important stuff.
3. If you want a good conversation starter, share a ridiculous dress code.
Will and I attended an event earlier this month where the invitation specified dress was “outdoor chic.” What?
It was a fancy tented event, in a big field, in the rolling Kentucky hills, and this last-minute dress code news threw me. So I asked on twitter, and got more interaction than I think I’ve ever gotten on twitter about anything, ever. None of it was particularly helpful, but it all made me laugh.
@AnneBogel It means taking wardrobe agony and indecision to a whole new level 🙂 Maybe just wear a blanket and pretend it’s a wool poncho?
— Stephanie S. Smith (@heystephsmith) October 13, 2016
— Spooky Fancy Bear (@Daniel_bearman) October 14, 2016
(The answer? The same navy (or maybe black? I can never tell) dress I always wear, plus boots. Clunky brown boots. It worked.)
4. Bras come in half sizes.
Minor miracle: you can get half sizes for the cups. From ThirdLove, a company I found when they sponsored What Should I Read Next. I ordered one (with my own cash money; this isn’t sponsored or perked) and am really happy with it. If we were having coffee I might tell you my bra woes, but unfortunately we’re not (at least not today), so I’ll just leave it at that.
5. VRBO is a total pain.
I’ve used VRBO and airbnb in the past and have had wonderful and easy experiences. I recently learned that I was experiencing beginner’s luck. When we went to NYC earlier this month, I contacted more than twenty places (admittedly too close to the last minute) to ask about availability. Every single one that responded said, whoops, it’s booked those nights, sorry I didn’t update the calendar.
Does this just happen sometimes, or do I need VRBO/airbnb training? I’d love your tips.
6. You can add any web page to your phone as an app icon.
Listen up, because this is so useful—and so easy! Here’s what to do: open the website you want in your Safari browser, tap the share button (the middle button at the bottom that’s a box with an arrow coming out) and select “add to home screen.” That’s it!
You can do the same thing on android. In Chrome: tap the 3 vertical dots next to the address bar to open options for the website. Scroll down to “add to home screen” and it adds a direct link to your screen.
Now the MMD Book Club sits on my home screen, making it even easier to access, and it’s pretty, too.
I’d love to hear what YOU learned in October, whether it’s serious, silly, or somewhere in between.