You learn something new every day, right? I like to think so, and I think it's what makes life interesting. Not all lessons learned are good ones, but not learning would be a form of brain death for me. Even if it's something small or trivial, I like learning something new.
So here's what I've learned recently...
I like owning the Yellow Pages. There, in one list, are all of the plumbers, fitness clubs, doctors, whatevers. If I try to Google, I end up with half a dozen links that are wastes of my time because they're either in Madison, Wisconsin, or Huntsville, Texas, or the search terms brought up someone's blog, etc. Now, for some reason I get two books every year (from different companies) and that's a bit of overkill, but I do like having one.
Hummingbirds are cool. I knew that already, but since we have hummers in our backyard (they love my Rose of Sharon bush), I've been watching them a bit more closely. They're smart little dudes, too. I have a feeder outside my kitchen window, and today when one of the hummers turned up his beak at it, I realized I'd forgotten to change the nectar. I brought it inside, and while I was making more sugar water, the hummer kept coming back to hover at the window like he was wondering what was taking me so long! (I'm such a sucker for the hummers that I got up from my dinner to fix his!)
There are some people that you just can't make happy. At the same time, there are people who are always going to surprise you. This can be frustrating, but it keeps life interesting.
Reading all seven Harry Potter books back-to-back has given me great insight and understanding of the Wizarding World, and I still enjoy them even though I know how they'll all end. My respect for JK Rowling's talents grows all the time. (However, now I'm starting to pick things apart. Like why do the kids use quills? Ballpoint pens can't handle magical places? And do they learn any normal subjects like math? And if wizards can transform one thing into another, why did Ron have to wear those horrible dress robes? These kids just learned to turn teapots into turtles and can Reparo! Harry's glasses, so why can't they transform those robes into something more stylish?)
I can be my own harshest critic, but I can blow my own horn pretty loud as well. It's an odd feeling.
The publishing world is changing so rapidly that it's nearly impossible to keep up. The Publishing 101 workshop I gave last summer is already out of date and will have to be revamped before I can present it again. It's a scary, yet exciting, time to be a writer.
Willful ignorance makes my head explode. I just have no patience at all when it comes to the willfully ignorant.
Barnes and Noble has a 14-day return policy (hm, and it's even written on the receipt). Many thanks to the awesome manager who took pity on me and gave me store credit.
There are like 900 different recipes that use a can of cream of mushroom soup. It's quite possibly the glue that holds the universe together.
The T-Rex had hollow bones and is probably related to birds. Also, if you are the one to find the dinosaur fossil, they will name it after you. (We saw the T-Rex named Sue.)
Have you learned anything fun/new/exciting recently?