Five new things I tried in March

This is part of a series I’ve been trying to do every month in 2016. I love trying new things so I try to come up with the five most interesting new things I’ve tried every month. Of course, that may not always work out, but hopefully I’ll manage most of the time.

It’s partly because one of my New Years resolutions was to try new things. It’s kind of a cheat of a resolution because that’s something I like to do anyway but we’ll let that one slide. By my definition a new thing can be anything from a nail polish to a work out class, from an app to a recipe. Anything. So, here’s what I tried this month.

  1. Being in the audience for a podcast: Way back in January, P got me tickets for There’s No Such Thing as a Fish for my birthday. They were on tour and were visiting Glasgow’s Oran Mor as part of the Glasgow Comedy Festival. I’ve seen comedy shows before, but I’ve never been part of a live audience for one, or for a podcast. The evening was amazing, here’s the link.
  2. Joining a new book club: After my much loved feminist book club fizzled out I needed something new. I’d been meaning to go to Yelp Glasgow’s book club since they got started in January, but I’d always been unavailable when they met and then I forgot about it. Fortunately I remembered just in time for their March meeting and it turned out that I was free and happened to have read the book they were discussing, The Ocean at the End of the Lane.
  3. Applying for academic jobs: I’ve applied for jobs before but always either part time jobs or temporary summer jobs – unless you count my PhD. I’ve also in the past few months applied for the odd science outreach post, but not very hopefully since I wouldn’t have been able to take up a full time role until now. I’ve also been waiting patiently for suitable academic research jobs to come up and now one or two have and I’ve been working on applications. Let me just say, I hate applying for jobs of any kind, but it is good to be taking productive steps to help me figure out what I’ll be doing in the future.
  4. Vitamin D: It turned out that I was getting joint pain because I’ve lived in Glasgow, which is almost sunshine free, for nine years. Even though I like sunshine and I eat plenty of fish I wasn’t getting anywhere near enough vitamin D. So I started taking supplements. My joints still aren’t 100% but it’s early days.

There we have it. You can also see what I tried in January and February. Is there anything new you tried this month? Is there anything you think I should try out in April? Let me know in the comments.


17 thoughts on “Five new things I tried in March

  1. It’s such a wonderful idea to write about the new things that you have tried. Vitamin D! That’s a little sad…Having grown up in India where there’s enough sunlight throughout the year, I have probably taken Vitamin D as granted. But I realize that not all countries are that gifted…But good to know your joints are feeling better now! 🙂

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