Thursday, October 4, 2018

Some things I Learned in September

I always think it is fun to read other writer's 'what I've learned' posts, so I thought I'd try it out this month too.

About The International Space Station

For Lego Robotics this year, the kids are learning about and doing a project on long duration space flight.  I've been trying to learn a little about it so I can help them along the way. In the process, I've learned about the International Space Station, which if you asked me last month, I could have answered that yes, I'd heard of it. And maybe it's some kind of a building on the Moon? Maybe a project they're working on to build on Mars someday? (The sum of my knowledge)

Now I'm learning! The International Space Station is a giant satellite-like research laboratory that circles the earth about every 90 minutes and has been continuously occupied by people for the last 17 years (Isn't that amazing?)  (I'm watching A Year in Space and since I know almost nothing about space, it has been so interesting!)

About Agricola

I learned that I like to play the board game Agricola. In the last few years, I've sat out of most family game times. I mostly felt like I didn't have the energy to invest in a long game, or the time to stay focused that long.  But in the last few weeks, we've started playing Agricola on Sunday afternoons while Isaac has napped, and it has been really fun. And fun that Porter has been able to start learning too.

About Fish Oil

My doctor recommended adding fish oil to my other medications for my arthritis. Before I started, I was reading about it to see what to expect, etc. and it was so funny and crazy to read all of the conditions that fish oil is used to treat.  It looks like it has been tried as treatment (some effective, some not) for pretty much any condition you could think of. I just imagine a lecture in med school all about fish oil "Here's the thing, if you have a patient and you're not sure what might help them, you might as well try fish oil..."

About our Honda Dealership

I've always avoided taking our vans to the dealership because I kind of assumed they'd charge way too much, etc. But we needed these specific little clips that another shop probably wouldn't have, so we really had to choose the dealership. I took our van in a couple of weeks ago, and they seriously went way out of their way to help fix the problem on our van in the least expensive way possible. I was impressed. And it was a really little simple thing, so I could understand what needed to happen,  and that made me more willing to give them a chance in the future when we need more substantial work done.

About Meal Planning

For a few weeks, I was doing a really great job of making a plan for the week for dinner and after school snacks. Then one weekend I forgot, and it was Monday, and I realized that I spent more time in minutes feeling stressed throughout the day because I didn't have a plan than it would have taken to just write down a plan. (I still haven't gotten back on track though... but it was a good reminder once again that if  can get myself to just take those few minutes to make a plan it really will pay off!)

About the Cello

I'm loving sitting down to help Ellie with her cello practice. So far, we've learned all the parts and the strings and had some tips on how to hold the bow, and I've even successfully tuned her cello by myself once now. I'm so excited for Ellie, and I'm excited to learn some little bits along with her too.