What I Learned in September

This week I’m linking up with Emily Freeman as we share we’ve learned in September.  Some of it is serious, but most of it is silly.

1. The second year of teaching feels less like drowning and more like being awake while climbing a semi-familiar terrain. If that doesn’t completely make sense to you, welcome to my life as a second-year teacher. There are still some kinks to work out and late nights to endure.

First round of Sonnet Coffeehouse

2. Portabella mushrooms not only make for good burgers, but also make for amazing pizza “crusts”. You probably already knew this.

Pizza with basil-cashew cheese.
BBQ burger with a side of roasted plantains

3. You have to change your account information on Amazon when you get a new debit card in order to buy books on your Kindle. I know this seems intuitive, but somewhere in the back of my mind, I felt like we already had the technology for it to just happen magically. Perhaps it’s because I start 10th grade each year with a surplus of dystopian fiction. Anyway, I learned this lesson the hard way after buying A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman for $1.99 a few weeks ago, but when I went to begin it a few nights ago, I realized that the order had been cancelled due to lack of payment. Because I had the wrong card linked up to my Kindle purchases. And now the book is back at $8.99. And this is the end of my tragic story.

4. If you haven’t heard, GILMORE GIRLS IS COMING TO NETFLIX! Well-played, Netflix. Well-played.

5. Sometimes, it takes a dying car, [almost] all of my friends moving away, evenings on the porch, and a few bleary-eyed moments at 4 AM to reveal some poor theology in my heart. As I read Job this month, I saw 2 things: 1. His comments from a dark yet understandable place, 2. His idea of how righteous living worked was fragmented in his grief. This communicates to me that it’s okay to have bad theology, as long as I allow God to reshape it as I see it. And sometimes that reshaping comes through uncertainty, loneliness, and exhaustion.


6. It is really easy and prudent to store stuff on the cloud. I am officially part of the 21st century. Shout out to my friend Brooke for convincing me that storing all of my school documents only on a little jump drive is unwise.

What have you learned?


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