Monthly reviews are my new favourite tradition. Here’s how it works – every month I come up with some things I learned. Then, I ask you all to join in with some recent revelations of your own. And we all learn and grow and what-not. Or at least share a laugh at our own expense, because some of these lessons are both hard-fought and funny. Sound good?
So, without further ado, here are some things that I learned in December.
Things I learned in December
1. I discovered that I can say ‘um’ 37 times in 5 minutes and 18 seconds, for an average of one ‘um’ every 8.6 seconds. But I am proud of my needle felting how-to video all the same.
2. I learned the thrill of victory when I made it into the final round for two Canadian Blog Awards, and the Blog to Inspire contest. And then I learned the agony of defeat when I did not win any of them. Although I did come in second in the ‘Blog Post Series’ category of the blog awards, so that’s something, right?
3. Hannah and I discovered local ventriloquist and children’s entertainer Kellie Haines, and had a great time at her show.
4. The value of my auto club membership was confirmed when I had a flat tire and a dead battery on the same Monday morning. I was overjoyed when a very nice man solved both problems and had me going again less than 30 minutes after I made the call.
5. I learned from you guys that if I don’t want my gingerbread house to collapse into rubble, I should build the house and allow it to harden for a while before decorating. Thankfully, rubble tastes every bit as good as an intact house.
6. I learned that I am going to be an aunt in early July. Hooray for babies!
7. I re-learned that if I don’t want to be up until 11:30pm sewing on Christmas Eve, I should start my projects before the last minute. I’m sure I will re-learn this one again next December, too.
8. I was reminded how quickly it can turn from an ordinary Saturday morning into an emergency when Jacob choked on a piece of Hannah’s jewelry.
9. I discovered how much I rely on social media when I changed my Twitter password and my account was locked for days. Word to the wise – disable TweetDeck before changing your password to avoid the same fate. The whole episode was rather embarrassing, but thankfully has now been resolved.
10. In the middle of the chaos, I found the joy in seeing Christmas through the eyes of a 4-year-old. It’s pure magic, it really is.
What about you? What did you learn in December? Please share!