7 things I learned in July

by gidget on August 2, 2013

in life is beautiful

My three.

It’s time for another retrospective look at what I learned in the past month. Linking up with Emily again where it’s okay if “sometimes it’s educational and informative but usually not.”

1.  I shouldn’t watch movies that might provoke fear in me (no matter how inspiring the story is). I’m too visual, and tend to replay things in my mind that stick with me in a bad way.

2.  It’s better to load up with the right amount the first time through rather than going back for seconds. This is just one of the Rules I learned from Michael Pollan’s easy-to-read primer on eating. I don’t agree with absolutely everything he says but I really love him. Also, it felt good to finish a book.

3.  According to Good Reads I’m currently reading nine books, and this is probably not even all of them. I didn’t exactly just learn this about myself but I think I learned that I need to cut back just a wee bit and actually finish a couple of these. Also, expect a literary confessional in the near future.

4.  It is SO worth the road trip to get to spend a weekend with family and friends. Although I also learned that this very same thing then reminds me  that it’s sad that we don’t live closer to said family and friends.

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5. Bacon is good on even popcorn. I would link to the recipe but you just need to buy Joy the Baker’s cookbook because that’s where you’ll find it (Maple Bacon Popcorn)– totally worth it.

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6. Indeed chalkboard paint works, and it is super fun. And yay for a completed project. (Thanks, Amy, for the inspiration!)

7. Dave Ramsey’s way of money-handling is hard. Somedays it downright sucks. (didn’t I learn this last month, too?) But it is totally worth it and we are so close to paying off my student loans that I can taste it. We won’t be “done” then, as we’ll then be saving up for a fully-funded emergency fund but it will feel like such a burden lifted, and I might just be able to afford to join my local CrossFit (I think I might have a death wish, but I feel called to it for some reason).

P.S. Top photo is my new favorite snap of all three kids. <3

Here’s to an enlightening August!

 

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Sheila August 2, 2013 at 2:18 pm

It may be a death wish :), but my husband and I both love Crossfit. I highly recommend it!

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gidget August 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

I did it for about a month on a groupon and have been looking forward to going back someday. Hopefully soon!

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Krissa August 2, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Love that pic of your kids at the top! Adorable!
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gidget August 4, 2013 at 11:13 am

Thanks, Krissa!

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Deb Weaver August 2, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I am very visual too! My kids (18 & 24) think it’s hilarious that I still am a little freaked out by large flocks of birds and that I refuse to rewatch The Birds. My older sister was babysitting and didn’t want to watch it alone when I was about 6 or 7 years old. She made me watch it, and it terrified me!

Deb Weaver
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gidget August 4, 2013 at 11:14 am

Agh!! I watched that in jr. high and it totally freaked me out!! ;)

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Breanne August 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm

1. I LOVE the picture of your three. So adorable and lovely lighting.

2. Crossfit scares me but I will cheer you on, from my jogging stroller.

3.Totally agree on the movie thing.
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gidget August 4, 2013 at 11:16 am

we are such kindred spirits. ;) Btw, did I ever share that Gigi’s middle name is Brianne? Named after a dear friend of mine who went home to the Lord in her 20s.

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Breanne August 4, 2013 at 4:16 pm

Aw, that is really beautiful. What a special way to remember your friend.

And I agree, if (and when) we make it to SD, we would have lots to connect over. =)
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Deanna August 2, 2013 at 6:21 pm

Okay, that popcorn looks amazing! And I agree, it does stink to not live next to family. I keep hoping that someday we’ll be within an easy weekend trip of my parents.

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gidget August 4, 2013 at 11:29 am

We thankfully live (relatively) near both of our parents but it was nice to see David’s sister’s family who we see only a time or 2 per year!

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Stacey August 3, 2013 at 3:25 am

Chalkboard paint on an OUTSIDE wall/door – genius.

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gidget August 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

Yes, no chalk dust in the house!! And it’s mostly protected by the eaves so I’m thinking it should last there.

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Amy L. Sullivan August 3, 2013 at 4:37 am

Bacon on popcorn??? Say what?? I must learn more.
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gidget August 4, 2013 at 11:30 am

It was enlightening. :)

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