Things I Learned in February.

Things I Learned in February.

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I’m linking up again with Emily at Chatting at the Sky to share some of the things I learned this month. This is by no means an exhaustive list, just some of the cool things I took the time to share or write down somewhere.

Perhaps this should have been obvious from the start but I learned that sugar probably isn’t any healthier than high fructose corn syrup. Definitely worth a read.

I learned that sometimes white and gold really do look like blue and black. Yes, I’m talking about that damned dress. I almost didn’t even read about this but curiosity got the better of me and then after reading through and looking at the pictures I’ll admit, I was a little bit shocked. I know part of this is just the balance of colors in each photograph but it still surprised me. This comic about it made me laugh.

BB is 44 inches tallI learned that my daughter is the shortest kid in her class. I’m not sure how I never noticed this as she always seems tall to me at least in comparison to her brother at her age, but at 44 inches tall she is about 4 inches shorter than most of her classmates and 6 inches shorter than the tallest kid in her classroom (her best friend coincidentally).

I learned how Emily at Chatting at the Sky keeps track of what she’s learned each month. I like her idea for a bullet journal and I’ve been giving it a try for a couple weeks. I’m not super consistent with it yet but I like the idea.

20150219_184648I learned that Walt Disney and Amelia Earhart used to date! And that Neil Armstrong one had a job as a muffin maker. There were lots of cute little facts about famous people from history at my son’s class Wax Museum this month.

I’ve been learning a lot about progressive lenses (a no line bifocal) at work and what types of shapes and lens materials are better for progressive wearers. Not a cut and dry answer but I’ve appreciated all the suggestions and tips I’ve learned from the other people I work with.

I also learned a little bit about the dangers of sun and our eyes and why sunglasses are important and the difference between the more expensive sunglasses we sell and the ones you can get for like $5-15. I also learned that kids eyes are much more susceptible to UV damage than adults. I can’t remember all the science behind it, I’ve got more research to do though for sure.

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I learned that no matter how many episodes and seasons of Parks and Recreation that I watch, the show just continues to get better and better. I’m still on season 5, way behind the rest of the world, but continue to be OBSESSED.

cinderI’m also obsessed with the Lunar Chronciles series by Marissa Meyers (if you haven’t yet, stop everything and read Cinder right now – just be warned that once you’ve read it you will want to read all the other books in the series basically immediately).

I’ve learned that the reason why Mercury gets so cold at night is because their atmopshere is so thin from being so close to the sun. Venus, on the other hand, has such a thick atmosphere that it’s hot at night and during the day. According to my husband, this is kind of the basic science behind Global Warming and the changes to our seasons that we’ve been seeing.

What have you learned this month?

Link Love 2015: Volume 5

Link Love 2015: Volume 5

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My kids have no school today so I may be hiding in my office for a few minutes to mentally prep myself for the day ahead. Or maybe I’m just taking the morning to be productive. This is productive right? Clearly it’s equally as important as doing the dishes and laundry, right?

Here are 5 things to read online that are more interesting than dirty dishes.

5 ways your kids can start keeping a journal at The Art of Simple: This post has some awesome ideas that go beyond your basic “Dear Diary” kind of journal. I kind of want to try all of these.

Harlow’s version of The Very Hungry Caterpillar at Mommy Shorts is possibly the cutest thing I’ve seen today. I love that two year old rambling kind of speech – adorbs.

Have you heard about the new Youtube App for kids? Geek Mom tipped me off to this one and I’m looking forward to trying it out with my kids. Geek Mom has been on a roll this week. You should also check out her message to Pinterest Users (which is about so much more than pinterest) and Body Image and the Geek.

No time to cook? New Leaf Wellness has 17 freezer meal prep sessions to save your life – or at least your weeknight.

I’m not sure how I feel about Princess Awesome and the fight against Pinkification (via The Guardian). Don’t get me wrong, the idea of my daughter wearing clothes with the Pi symbol on it sounds pretty great and I like the idea of fighting gender stereotypes but are clothes gender neutral if they are only made for girls? Something in their wording and approach seems like they aren’t fighting the right problem. Thoughts?

Have a great weekend!

7 things that make me happy.

7 things that make me happy.

I don’t always participate in Mama Kat’s World Famous Writers’ Workshop, but when I do it’s because a prompt either made me giggle or instantly inspired me. This week Mama Kat wants to know 7 things that make you happy. And she wants to see it in gif form. I like being happy and I like gifs. And frankly I’ve been running a little low on natural happy these days (blame it on Winter) so it’s always good to remind myself of remedies for the blah days.

Here are 7 Things that Make Me Happy

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books! one of my favorite ways to escape reality

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dessert – momma has a sweet tooth
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dancing to some sweet jams
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though that usually looks more like this.
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spending time with my family
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treating myself to a mini shopping spree – or a window shopping spree
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traveling (through time and space or otherwise)
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John Mayer’s music. And also John Mayer.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, just the first seven or so gifs that matched up to my ideas. What are some things that make you happy?