What I Learned in January 2012

Monthly reviews are my favourite tradition. Here’s how it works – every month I come up with some things I learned, and not always the easy way. 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 January.

January Monthly Review

1. I found out just what it takes to spur me to join a political party after listening to Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver on CBC Radio. I was so incensed with his comments and his characterization of environmental groups that I came home and purchased a three year membership in the Green Party. He lost me when he said that it’s okay for foreign oil companies to exert influence in Canada, but it’s not okay for foreign environmental groups to participate in the review process. I disagree. Go ahead, Mr. Oliver, call me a radical.

2. I learned that while I have a lot of tea, I can’t hold a candle to many hardcore collectors.

My 3-year-old photgraphs me beside some tea

3. I placed – and received – my very first order from a seed catalogue, and I felt a huge gardening thrill. In addition to the old standbys, this year I’ll be trying to grow quinoa and amaranth.

4. I played hockey for the first time, and learned that stick-handling is not my forte, but I can hold my own on skates.

Me and the fabulous Suzanne

5. I did my first-ever multi-interviewee podcast, and had a blast. Everyone was fabulous, but I got a special thrill calling up Allison on the phone.

6. I learned that after two-and-a-bit weeks of Christmas break, a bored six-year-old will be begging to go back to school.

Hannah tries to make it work

7. I found my mission in life … at least for right now. It’s to help other moms live happier, more fulfilled lives.

8. I had my first-ever facial courtesy of a free coupon, and it was heavenly. I highly recommend it.

Me and my skin

9. I spent a whole bunch of money on a fully-packed yoga bag at a fundraiser the Lunapads ladies threw to raise money for Shanti Uganda, mostly because the mat was PVC-free and I was on a mission to rid my home of PVC this month. In retrospect, I could have gotten a PVC-free mat much more cheaply, but I wouldn’t have had the satisfaction of supporting a good cause, so there’s that.

10. I watched my three-year-old son Jacob blossom as a performer. I’ve been serenaded during dinner almost every evening for the past few weeks, which is lovely. But word to the wise: don’t interrupt him unless you enjoy extreme sadness.

What did you learn in January? Please share! And read some of these fabulous monthly review posts to see what other people learned in January, or add your own:

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  1. You look good in a hockey uniform! I am a terible ice skater, so I’d imagine adding pads, helmets, sticks, and people who want to knock me down would NOT help the situation.
    This will be our first spring/summer in an actual house so I’m about to order seeds for the first time too. I’m worried that bunnies and racoons will eat everything before it’s ripe for human consumption, but I guess we’ll see!
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  2. I’m afraid to get on skates; it’s been SO long! Nice work. Love #10. Extreme sadness – no one wants that! *lol*
    Harriet’s last post … What I learned this JanuaryMy Profile

  3. Ongoing learning on grandparenting and walking the demarcation line between services and protesters. 🙂

    You… radical. Yay for joining the Green Party!
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  4. I learned that pneumonia is a really terrible thing to have.

    I’m picking my seeds this week. The lettuce variety is holding me back. Three pages of lettuce types has completely stumped me.
    Marilyn @ A Lot of Loves’s last post … Smiling Nicely is for Fools: Wednesday of Few WordsMy Profile

    • I went with organic romaine – “Coastal Star”. You could always just follow my lead. I’ve always considered myself a lettuce trailblazer. 😉

      (OK, that’s not true. Good luck deciding!)

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