I'm nearly one week into Shimelle's online class, "Learn Something New Every Day." And, while I've scrapped exactly one page (yes, just one page), I have been keeping note of what's going on around me. So here's what I've learned this week.
Sept. 1: I woke up wondering what I could possibly learn by myself at home all day. Then I looked out my back window, and saw the sun glinting off a spider web that ran from my deck to the redbud trees at least 30 feet away. How could something that tiny accomplish such an amazing engineering feat? My son says that spiders ride the wind as they spin. (He's full of all kinds of useless knowledge; it's one of the things that makes me so proud of him.) So now I know that: You can accomplish great things, no matter your size.
Sept. 2: Today, I pulled out all my old paper supplies to scrap the first day of the class. I learned that: While I love using paper and glue, I really, really hate the mess. There's a reason I moved to digital art. Maybe I need to work on my anal retentive qualities.
Sept. 3: My husband told me I needed to go shopping. I don't know if I looked that bad, or if he's just a great guy. In any case, I headed to the mall where I found jeans that fit perfectly. I bought four pair. It's worth spending a little extra to find a pair of jeans that make you feel like a million bucks.
Sept. 4: I woke up feeling achy and cranky, so I did my quarterly Internet search, googling for information about fibromyalgia and my hometown. I just know that somewhere out there is a doctor that can help me become the energetic and pain-free person that I once was. And, the first thing that popped up was a notice about a local class being conducted by one of the pioneer researchers into this condition. I signed up immediately. When you ask for help, it's often offered. Don't forget to ask.
Sept. 5: It should have been a lousy morning. My husband's van broke down at the dog groomers, just as he was leaving to take our dog Mac to the vet for his annual check up. It was early, and I was still in my pajamas, so I had to get dressed quickly, drive across town, pick up the dog, and head to the vet. But instead of feeling rushed and stressed, I turned up the radio and rolled down the window for the dog. He came and nestled his head next to me, and we had a great drive. My lesson: A little rock and roll can make any situation better.
Sept. 6: My husband and I went to see 500 Days of Summer on Sunday. It was arguably the best film I've seen this year. The movie was funny, romantic, quirky, and beautifully done. What did I learn? Age has nothing to do with feeling romantic. Yes, we held hands in the theatre.
Sept. 7: It's still early in the day. I wonder what I'll learn today.
How about you? Have you learned something new this week that you're willing to share?