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New things I tried in October

Its been a long time since we had a New Things I Tried post. Sorry about that, life got a bit alarming for a while there. Now that it’s starting to settle down a bit I think it’s high time I got back to trying new things.

This is a post series I started in January, in which I’d list five new things I’d tried each month. If you’d like to see the other things I’ve been trying this year, you can find them here:

January | February | March | April | May | June | July

1. Bubble Waffles

Bubble. Waffle. Sundae. Coming soon to Tempo Tea Bar

Oh my gosh. Bubble waffles are amazing. I tried them at Tempo Tea Bar during a preview of their winter menu and they are so good. Light, eggy and very morish, especially served as they were with ice cream and chocolate sauce. I can see these becoming a favourite treat

2. Lecturing

M’collegue and I about to give our first lecture. Image credit: M’collegue.

I gave my first real grown up lecture! I mean sure, I’ve given hundreds of talks, and I’ve done a fair bit of teaching and I’ve run classes and workshops for highschool kids, but I gave a lecture for second year undergraduate physics students. It even worked! They enjoyed it! They got engaged and asked questions and afterwards a lot of them thanked me. I could get used to this.

3. Dungeons and Dragons


Through the Glasgow Geek Girl Brunch group I heard that a few “brunchettes” were organising an introductory D&D session. Always on the look out to increase my nerd cred (and being a big fan of other table top games) I asked if I could come along. Thus, my elf wizard character, Breuvial Dawntracker, was born. I’m so cool.

4. Contributing to Google Maps

I may have got a little carried away…

Google Maps kept nagging me to add photos and answer questions when I accessed it on my phone. Usually I responded “no.” Then, I ran out of space on my Google Drive. Now, it looks like for work stuff I’ll have to use OwnCloud anyway, so I could have just moved over to that but a cursory look at OwnCloud led me to pronounce it truly awful. Google gives you an extra bundle of space if you become a “level 3 local guide” so I did. What I found fascinating is which photos and contributions turn out to be the most useful to people.

5. Attending a cheese toastie festival


How could I ignore the foodie event of the year? I mean sure, I’ve tried cheese toasties before, but not like this. I can’t stop thinking about them. I’d attempt to recreate them at home, but who has the time to smoke their own ox cheek, really? Please, please, please, let it come back for 2017.

So, there you have it. A few of the new things I tried this month. Have you been trying any new thing? Is there something you love that I just have to try? Let me know!

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