This has been an unforgettable summer for me; I’ve been traveling non-stop and having some major adventures. As I unpack from my latest trip, I’ve been thinking about a few of the things I’ve learned during the past few weeks:
1. You Won’t Miss Your Phone Until it’s Gone
As much as I love tech, I’m also a big fan of turning my phone off and unplugging. I relished getting the chance to camp in an area with no cell phone reception last month! But when your phone gets forcibly taken away, it’s not so fun. My primary smartphone died during the middle of a trip to Los Angeles earlier this month, and I was in a panic. Fortunately, being a typical blogger, I had a second phone with me – utilizing its own separate data plan and number – that I quickly set up to take the place of my primary phone, but I’m still feeling discombobulated as I try to merge over all my contacts and so forth. The funniest part? The only phone that my main SIM card could fit in without an adapter was Jai’s original Android smartphone from 2006, which amazingly still works after all these years. Since I had to quickly leave on my next trip and had no time to order an adapter, I just rolled with it and took this ancient brick of a phone with me to NYC in case anyone called my main number while I was away. Hey, it’s vintage!
2. Hanging Out on a Yacht Might Make You Feel a Little Seasick…
…But Once You Get Your Sea Legs, You’ll Be Fine!
I was in New York for the Blogger Bash conference, which was held on a yacht. The combination of being on the boat all day with the Manhattan humidity left me feeling a little seasick and singing this song:
Fortunately, I had a fashionable pair of Sea Bands to wear and still had a great time. It was totally worth it, especially for the chance to cruise down the Hudson river and see the Statue of Liberty for the first time!
3. How to Prepare Crickets
Another fun part of Blogger Bash was meeting Aketta, makers of cricket flour and products. They brought along a few samples for me to taste test during Speed Pitching, including a cricket flour cookie and cricket trail mix. The GIF above describes the trail mix well, as it really does have a salty/nutty taste to it, while the cookie tasted like a pretty standard oatmeal/wheat flour cookie. I’d never tasted a cricket previously, so it was yet another first on this trip for me!
You never stop learning; no matter how old you get or how many times you’ve done something, there are always new things to discover and new experiences to have. As someone who was homeschooled, I was raised with the idea that every situation is a learning opportunity, and to keep a sense of curiosity. Just watching a documentary on Netflix with Jai can give me all kinds of new insights – like the time I was getting a behind-the-scenes tour of the Draper Museum’s lab in Wyoming and recognized a tank of flesh-eating beetles from taxidermy shows I had watched on Netflix. 😉
So if you feel yourself (or your family) falling into a summer slump, might I suggest firing up a few shows to stimulate the brain and get conversation going? If you’ve got tots in the home, Word Party can help with those vocabulary skills! Or maybe you want to inspire your tween girls with the smart STEM action in Project MC2? Even better, try bringing the whole family together to watch Chef’s Table and learn some new culinary skills – maybe you’ll think up a new cricket recipe I can try!
So what have you learned this summer? Tell me in the comments below, or better yet, make a GIF summing it up and share it with us!