What I Learned in October

Today I’m sharing what I learned in October. It’s mostly silly, sometimes serious, and everywhere in between.  Join me?

1. Being a dunkee for a dunking booth is a workout–I was sore for days. Being dunked at a fall festival is part of being a teacher in a, “Oh, alright, I’ll do it” sort of way, but to be nominated is also an honor in a weird, twisted way. So thank you to all my 9th grade fans out there.

Dunk1 Dunk2

2. Weddings make for great high school reunions. At the wedding of my friend Brianna, I saw people I hadn’t seen in nearly 6 years, and though we still laughed about things from 8 years ago, it was great to see how much we had all grown up.



3. Our school had a lockdown last week, and I learned two things:

a. Candy is really good for bribing students to be quiet.
b. Seniors are still young enough to need comforting during a real lockdown.

4. Indian food is quickly becoming my new favorite food.  I’ve been making curry for awhile thanks to my friend, Shamini, but JD and I recently discovered an amazing, hole-in-the-wall restaurant in Austin, Curry in a Hurry, and I tried their garam masala, opening a new door in my cooking.  I had to figure out how to make it myself after the first time I tried it, and it was so good that we had garam masala three times in two weeks.  It’s on my list to make again this week.


5. My dad still plays the “Who Sings This?” game with my mom when they’re in the car together. He played this game as we were growing up when he had 80s and 90s music playing. I like to think I have a thorough knowledge of the great music of that time period because I was never exempt from the game, even when I was 10 and clearly had never heard the song before.  There are no learning curves in “Who Sings This?”

6. Popcorn is still an acceptable meal for me. When JD worked nights, and I commuted from a job 45 minutes away, I was usually too tired and too unmotivated to whip up an entire meal for just myself, so I would make a piece of peanut butter toast and an entire bowl of popcorn, and turn on old episodes of Parenthood. I mean, I would do this 3-4 times a week, so you would think I would get sick of it. But two years later, it’s still my I-don’t-want-to-cook meal.


What did you learn in October?


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