What I Learned in July 2013

Strocel.com What I Learned Last MonthMonthly reviews are one of my favourite traditions. 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 is what I learned in July – or some of it, anyway.

What I Learned Last Month

1. I learned that while I’m afraid of turkeys in general (also Canada geese), watching them posture for me on the other side of a secure fence is both funny and fascinating.

what I learned in July

2. I attended my first Fourth of July celebrations, and learned a lot. I learned that small-town parades are awesome, I discovered just what the phrase lit up like the Fourth of July means when the neighbourhood was as bright as day for hours that night, and I discovered just how much red, white and blue can be draped on people, plants and buildings.

3. When I got to try out Nourish Mom for my job at VancouverMom.ca, I discovered just how awesome having a personal chef is. I was so sad when I finished all the food that she prepared for me.

what I learned in July

4. I celebrated my nephew’s third birthday, and also his family’s move into my community.

5. My family visited Lynn Canyon here in the Vancouver area, and we saw people jumping off the cliffs into pools at the base of the waterfall. Then I lectured my children sternly for hours about how they must never, ever, ever do that themselves.

what I learned in July

6. I booked a centre for a small retreat that my friend Joyelle is organizing, and got really excited at the prospect of getting together with some other women for a much-needed chance to focus on myself.

7. My daughter attended two sessions of theatre camp, and I re-discovered just what a little performer I have. I also re-learned the anxiety of staying up late at night to put the final touches on a costume.

what I learned in July

8. I did a fun little stint as a model for a mom blogger event at the Nicole Bridger shop in Vancouver, and I discovered that if you can get over yourself, promenading around in borrowed clothing is a lot of fun. (You can see some of the photos here.)

9. My sweet, funny little boy finished up daycare, and geared up to start kindergarten this fall.

what I learned in july

10. I came up with a recipe for my ideal iced tea. I use 5 decaf English Breakfast tea bags and 1/2 cup of sugar with about 6 cups or so of boiling water (I fill up this teapot). I leave it to steep for about an hour, then take out the tea bags and add cold water to make 2 liters. I can’t get enough of this stuff!

I’ve shared what I learned – what did you learn in July? Leave a comment and tell me! Or, if you’d like to play along by writing a review post of your own, link to it in the comments. And please feel free to grab the button from the top of this post.

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  1. Commenting on your May or June post, I think I said I was going to write a business plan. Well, in July I did that. Good thing, too, because today I’m beginning to see that I really do need a change of careers. Still working at home, but a different mix of work than what I’ve been doing for the past six (SIX?) years.
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  2. I learned that if you are getting a mammogram just to check for any problems and to get a “baseline” image that can be compared to your future scans, you should do it in the first two weeks of your cycle. There are three good reasons. Yet the health care system I’m in doesn’t think this fact is worth promoting, and I bet they’re not unusual, so spread the word!

    I like your first part about the turkeys. They’re so imposing-looking, I can see how they could be frightening, but they’re also funny! I’m a little mistrustful of birds in general; they don’t seem quite like normal animals, more like robots in some ways, and I would not be surprised to learn that they came from another planet long ago.
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    • I’ve heard that chickens are the closest living relative of the T. Rex, which may explain why poultry is so scary on this odd level.

      And thanks for the mammogram tip – that’s good to know!

  3. I learned that the summer feels like it’s going on forever because I am working and do not have the luxury of spending every waking moment with my children as in years past. I really miss them – proably more in the summer than any other season 🙁

    The selfish mommy side of myself is looking forward to their return to school and routine and knowing that I am not missing out on their days because their time will be full of learning and fun with friends!
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