What I Learned in December 2009

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.

Posing for the camera

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.

Handsewn cushion with my 4-year-old's embroidery

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.

Hannah posing in front of the nativity scene

What about you? What did you learn in December? Please share!

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  1. Amber I love this post. It’s just awesome. Great idea, great content. Here’s one thing I learned this December:
    1) When someone has a problem that annoys me; it actually weakens their ability to change it when I constantly nag them about changing… giving a compliment about something else that I find wonderful actually strengthens them to change. So I learned that giving compliments is a great way to change the world!
    And yes, I feel so much better when someone points out what I did RIGHT, rather then what I did WRONG. I still make lots of mistakes, but can recover quickly when I feel good about myself.
    I would like to come up with my own version of this kind of monthly reflection post. It’s just a great idea. Thank you!
    .-= Shannon´s last post ..What’s Happening …….. Wednesday =-.

  2. 1) Yorkshire pudding is very very finnicky while rising, but still tastes just as good when flat.

    2) Hex bug nanos are simple and simply FUN!

    3) Craiglist is a great tool/motivator for clearing “valuable” clutter.

    4) There is no time like the present for doing small hand-sewing projects… even during TV watching time.

    5) I really love my husband (I learn that every month)and spending time with him over the holidays just cements it.
    .-= *pol´s last post ..Something to Aspire to =-.

  3. I love this idea.

    1)I too need to step up my game when making xmas presents. (I STILL haven’t finished)

    2)My hubby can make mistakes too, and it is oddly satisfying to be the one to say “don’t worry, it’ll be ok”

    3)I REALLY missed blogging.

    4)Even when I finally get the art supplies that kept me from actually creating and getting into my art again, I’m too scared to try.

    5)Online friends can be more supportive and helpful than the people around you in the “real world”.
    .-= Joni Rae´s last post ..Curried Carrot Soup =-.

  4. Hmmmm . . .
    1) There are many more people (including my own family) that are hostile towards NIP than I realized. 🙁
    2) I need to develop thicker skin re: people who are NIP haters.
    3) Twitter IS fun! And it can be totally separate from (and in addition to) blogging.
    4) Doing crafts & small projects w/my toddler for Christmas is infinitely better than buying fancy toys, spending money on fancy pictures, etc. (I knew that already though, it was just super-reinforced.)
    .-= Dionna @ Code Name: Mama´s last post ..Some More Thoughts on Normalizing Nursing =-.

  5. Fabulous tradition although I’m going to have to think about what I learned a little.
    1. How to get beautiful clean lines when painting a different color ceiling from wall.

    The more profound stuff will have to wait.

  6. Congratulations on coming in second, Amber! That’s great!

  7. ZOMG, the Twitter/Password thing – SO ANNOYING!!! But it did that to me without me even changing my password! I didn’t touch anything. Twitter has been all kinds of messed up. For the last month, I keep getting this notice on my account (on the actual Twitter site, not in Tweetdeck) that my emails are bouncing and I have to change my email address. Okay, that’s not even possible. My email account is fine, and I’m not changing it. Twitter = stupid.

    Anyway, bummer about not winning the awards, but at least you got nominated. That’s a win in itself (or, at least that’s what I’ll tell myself when I totally do not win my Truman scholarship.)
    .-= TheFeministBreeder´s last post ..2009 Year in Review =-.

  8. Agreed. You only truly understand the value of your auto membership when you use it.

    Great list.

    I’m sure it was an honor just to be nominated. 🙂
    .-= Maria @ Conversations with Moms´s last post ..Sunday Jokes: New Year’s Resolutions Jokes =-.

  9. I learned that two weeks with my husband at home makes parenting twice as easy.

    I learned that I hate clutter and staying at home makes it more obvious that working.

    I learned that parents have no control over the presents their children will receive for Christmas, and it’s best to accept them with an open heart and then do what you need to do.

    I learned that 4 -5 months is an AWESOME BABY PHASE!

    I’m sure there’s much more but that’s it for now!
    .-= harrietglynn´s last post ..New Theme: Duotone =-.

  10. A delicious pile of rubble indeed. I hope everything with your car works out okay. I like the idea of doing a month in review. A great reflection practice. Ooh, and what a scare with your little guy! I’m going to have start putting up A’s small toys; I caught little bear trying to chew on a plastic bag the other morning. Scary!
    .-= Jessica´s last post ..Little Bear =-.

  11. I learned that re-setting holiday plan expectations works out just fine!

    I love seeing your needle felting.
    .-= Lady M´s last post ..Where’d the Time Go? =-.

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