What I Learned in November 2009

This is my third monthly review, so I say that it has officially become a 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 November.

Things I learned in November.

1. I learned the joy of possessing a pretty pink laptop. Oh, sweet Thusnelda.

Close-up of the pretty pink laptop

2. I learned, yet again, that November is my least favourite month. Can you say blah?

3. I found out that good leashes make good step stools, if you want to keep your toddler out of trouble.

Jacob's stool, tethered to the kitchen island

4. I discovered that I am not the only mom who just can’t seem to find the time to be sick. We’re busy, yo!

5. I learned that I sort of find my husband’s moustache cute, and less irritating than he does. He was so happy to get rid of that thing at the end of Movember, let me tell you.

Movember 20

6. I sent my first email to my Strocel.com email list, and found out that the people who signed up for it really did want to hear from me. Bless their hearts!

7. I remembered how very, very small a 5-pound infant really is. My daughter Hannah was born 6 weeks early, and I can’t even conceive of it now. I also wondered, yet again, where the time has gone.

Amber and 8-day-old Hannah

8. I learned that submitting an unsolicited article for publication feels a lot like handing in a term paper or applying for a job. As it should, because it’s sort of a little bit of both those things.

9. After some false starts I made my own sourdough starter and baked my own sourdough bread. Yum!

Successful sourdough

10. I was reminded, yet again, how much I hate handling the technical side of blogging when we switched web hosts. It’s amazing to think that I was a programmer for so many years, considering how uncool I am when any issues crop up here.

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

PS – Allow me to brag a little, and tell you all that my post, Battling the Toy Catalogues, was featured on the Yummy Mummy Club. Be sure to head on over and say hi!

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  1. Congrats on getting your article on YummyMummy! That’s really awesome.

    This month I learned that it was more difficult than I would have thought to send in an official resignation letter to a job I thought I wouldn’t miss but actually do.

    I also learned that my daughter is not really ready to give up her morning nap without letting us all feel her grumpiness along with her.

    And I realized that November sucks more than I ever realized before. I think it’s because this is the first November that I wasn’t working or dealing with a newborn and so I really had the time to dwell on the rainy days.
    .-= Marilyn´s last post ..I Quit =-.

  2. I learned that blogging every day is all sorts of things: exhilerating, frustrating, exhausting, maddening…I’m still 2 minds about sticking to a family focus sort of blog or branching out to comment on other stuff. And I miss the excitement of trying to meet that deadline…but I also feel extremely lazy about blogging about anything right now. LOL

    Congrats on the YummyMummy article! I’ll be sure to wander over and see it in all it’s glory 🙂 I’d love to be recognized like that, so cool!
    .-= Carrie´s last post ..Wordless Wednesday: Visit with Santa! =-.

  3. I like this tradition! I learned that our family really benefits from some sort of a routine to our week and that I can create freed up time by following the routine.
    .-= AmberDusick´s last post ..Minty =-.

  4. I love this tradition, too. These posts are really fun (and funny!). I think it would be a blast for you to read them down the road.

    I learned German – lots and lots of German – in November. I know there are other things, but this one has been my biggest priority in the month, so I should hope it’s where I learned the most. I really want to try making my own sourdough starter one day. Have you used it to make pancakes, too? That would be very cool!
    .-= Katie´s last post ..Chemical-Free Dusting =-.

  5. I learned that if it was financially feasible, I would enjoy being a stay at home Dad.

  6. I learned that my daughter is a freaking kick-ass reader (which has happened with very little help or effort on my part), that my son looks really quite goofy without regular haircuts (he’s suddenly rebelling against our monthly number four and six razor jobs), that bringing home one little flat-screen tv for my husband’s new man-cave (I mean office) in the basement is worth at least a dozen home-cooked suppers, and that it is a really bad idea to go to Farm Boy on the days when they bake the cinnamon buns. 🙂
    .-= Allison´s last post ..************Why did the Stay at Home Moms Cross the Road? =-.

  7. What I learned in November…
    1) Replacing carpet with click-down flooring involves WAY more than just changing the flooring.
    2) The kids can walk to and from school in not much more time than it takes me to pack-up myself warm up the truck and fight the other moms for a parking space to drop them off or pick them up!
    3) I sound like my mother too much for comfort when talking about my kids.
    4) Yo-yos are the coolest thing going on at the school right now!
    .-= *pol´s last post ..Because you asked… =-.

  8. I like the monthly reviews!

    Let’s see, what I learned in November:
    1) Cute toddlers have a super power over teenagers, old people, and pets alike. No, really. I didn’t believe it before, but I do now.

    2) Tempurpedic beds are heavenly.

    3) Wine in a box is just as delicious as bottled.

    4) A roaring fire, a cup of tea, and a book can soothe just about any mood.

    5) It’s pretty easy to get used to sleeping in the middle of the bed.
    .-= Jessica – This is Worthwhile´s last post ..Obviously, I’m in a funk =-.

  9. Fun Amber!

    I learned how to make creamy wild rice (turkey) soup. yum.

    I learned that Thanksgiving meals can be prepared without milk, eggs, nuts or soy. I even baked a pie crust from scratch for the first time ever.

    I remembered that funerals suck, and learned that it’s a lot harder to grieve and be sad when you are so busy taking care of little ones.

    I learned some Search Engine Optimization tips for titles in my blog posts that have increased google traffic to my blog. 🙂

    Finally, I have learned that I really can forgive people from my past.
    .-= Missy @ The Marketing Mama´s last post ..Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup for your Thanksgiving leftovers =-.

  10. How do we get in on this email thing? I’d love to hear from you. Is it that email box up at the top, or am I missing something?

    I’m allowed to be dense. Don’t mock.

    OK, what I learned…that I wrote a great deal too much in November and spent way too much time staring at a screen and interacting with virtual people, and eventually felt out of balance in terms of interacting with flesh-and-blood peeps (say, my son and husband) and the real world I live in (say, my tremendous slob den of a so-called home).

    That said, I did write 50,000 words in a novel, so go, me! But I also learned that that is only the first 50,000 words in this particular novel, so onward…but maybe not quite so much writing per day this next month.

    Congrats on your submission & acceptance! I have been wrestling with/fretting about this subject myself. I have a couple browser windows open for venues where I could/should submit some writing, but I haven’t taken the plunge (into certain rejection and doom — DOOM, I say!).

    .-= Lauren @ Hobo Mama´s last post ..Wordless Wednesday: 50,000 words down to one =-.

  11. I learned that making felt Christmas ornaments is harder than I thought it was (for me, anyway).

    Congrats on Yummy Mummy and also on the BlogHer reference. Did you see that?

    .-= Lady M´s last post ..The Return of Non Sequitur Theatre =-.

  12. What’s the Strocel.com email list? Also, I tried to say “hi”, but I got an email window. Congratulations on the feature!
    I learned that when your kids don’t eat cabbage for 6 months, they’ll refuse to eat it when it’s in season again!
    .-= Francesca´s last post ..A new stitch for a new necklace =-.

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