At the end of each month, I share things that I learned. This habit helps me pay attention to life, myself, and God’s presence. It’s my way of reflecting and celebrating. It’s how I take notice and be present. In no particular order, here are 10 things I learned this month:
1. Moving from Blogger to WordPress is a pain, but worth the work.
I finally sucked it up, and said goodbye to Blogger, home of The Larissa Monologues since it’s beginning in 2007. It took lots of work to import and edit, but I am so glad I made the change. Blogger was fine for a while, but it was time for me to move to a more helpful and functional platform.
2. People really like dessert recipes.
According to my site stats, these are the three highest performing recipes:
3. Always ALWAYS put clothes on a baby before he or she naps.
I made the horrible mistake of putting our 1-year-old down for a nap wearing only her diaper. An hour later, we discovered her naked in her crib, poop-filled diaper off, and poop smeared EVERYWHERE. Her crib, her face, her body. Lesson learned. And no, there is no photo of this horrendous event.
4. I have a severe inability to say no to Jehovah’s Witnesses who show up at our door.
Though I am not interested at all in reading Watchtower pamphlets, I smile and nod and act all engaged with the evangelists that show up regularly at the door. And of course now they think of me as a potential convert. It has gotten so bad, we have a strategy for next time. Steve talks and says no. I stand there silently.
5. Silpat silicone baking mats will burn under extreme heat.
I learned this awesome lesson while trying to make nachos in the oven. I accidentally left the pan of cheese and chips WAY too long in the broiler, and came back to an oven fire. Thankfully, no one was hurt besides the very charred pan and silicone mat.
6. I am really enjoying having a life coach.
I have lots of creativity and ideas, and constantly wonder what I should work on next. My life coach is so great at helping me move toward my goals and actually execute them.
7. Loving others in times of grief often means doing simple things without many words.
People in pain do not need to hear things like “Everything happens for a reason,” or “At least you have ____.” Those words are usually spoken from your own fear or discomfort, and really unhelpful to the person dealing with the situation. As their friend who cares, a better thing to say is, “I am so sorry. I’m here for you. Is there any way I can help?”
8. If you host lots of gatherings, you need these plastic food baskets.
Whenever we have potlucks or parties, we use picnic food baskets lined with sheets of wax paper liners. They are fun, easy to reuse, and create less trash than paper plates.
9. It is exhilarating and terrifying to ask your hairstylist to give you a buzz cut.
For my most recent trim, I got an undercut beneath my short pixie. The sensation of clippers buzzing through my hair was oddly relaxing.
10. Our household goes through an insane amount of milk.
You know how there’s that one item you run out of before anything else? Yeah, that’s milk for us. I now buy two gallons at a time, and that still doesn’t always seem to be enough.
Now it’s your turn. What lessons did you learn in April?