Saturday, August 31, 2013

Eight Things I Learned in August

Well, at the end of my What I Learned in June post I said I was going to do one in July. I didn't. I had great intentions. That doesn't mean I didn't learn anything in July. I did. Maybe I'll tell you about it sometime. Anyway, here are eight things I learned in August.

1. August marks the month that I lose all steam to keep my porch flowers green and thriving. I don't know what it is, but all the internal hooplah that hits me in May, has gone and seeped out this time of the summer. Futility sets in and my thoughts go something like, "fall is on the way and they're going to die anyway, so what's the use?" I know, lame.

2. Orange Leaf moved in down the street. I like going there too much. I discovered Cotton Candy flavored yogurt yesterday. And, even though I wouldn't get it every time, I am actually quite impressed how much like the real thing it actually tastes. I had the thought that it was quite miraculous that I could eat something that tasted like cotton candy that was somewhat healthy for me. Well, at least healthier than real cotton candy. Humor me, please.

3. With two young adults living with us for awhile, we've discovered that our Endangered Species chocolate bar disappears much faster. I set a limit (which I thought was rather generous) of two squares of chocolate per day, per person. I had to. That chocolate bar is about $4.00. We can't go broke buying chocolate. (and we don't want to give it up, either.)

4.  My daughter gave the first season of Duck Dynasty to my husband for his birthday. Since we don't have cable, neither one of us had seen it before. (This might be a shock to some of you.) I've decided that other than Uncle Si, the show isn't that appealing to me. Especially the unexpected scenes of blowing snakes' heads off in the swamp, chopping up frogs and chopping up fish. I know I'm weird, but this is too PG-13 for me.

5. On Facebook I happened across a video clip of the space shuttle launch. This is not new information, but this particular one had enhanced sound by Skywalker Sound. I have a Star Wars addicted household, so this video drew me in. I was not disappointed. In fact, I was thinking I was pretty cool when I got to show this video off to my two young adult sons. Not sure if they thought I was cool or not, but I felt cool. Here's the video clip. Watch it. Especially with a big sub woofer. 

6.  I heard Henry Cloud speak at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit. One of the big take aways from his talk is that the brain needs three things for survival. 1) oxygen 2) glucose and 3) connection. I kind of knew that, but hadn't heard it in quite this way before, that the brain needs connection. Not just the heart, but the brain. This explains a lot.

7. I could easily become addicted to Sonic Cherry Slushes.

8. Best quote I read in August (and there were many great ones): "Be so full of faith that you run into hell with a water pistol." by Joseph Prince. Yep, that's the kind of faith I want and need!

What have you learned this month? I'd love to hear from you!

linking up again with Emily at Chatting at the Sky Join in or stop by to see what other people are learning! It's actually quite a hoot, if not a bit enlightening and fun!

1 comment:

  1. These are great, Anne! Glad to know I'm not the only one who gives up on plants mid-season. A few years back, I had a sprinkler system installed for my lawn and was shocked that my grass didn't have to turn nasty brown every year ("It's always green again in May," I would say.) If only there were a self-mowing device as well. Best to you!


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