As usual, last month I was going out of my way to try new things. It’s a habit I strongly recommend and I always enjoy looking back at the end of the month to see what I’ve been able to try. This month has been incredibly busy – I’ve been getting to grips with my new job, attending weddings, Fringe events, and Pride, playing DnD, meeting friends for brunch, coffee and beers (on different but also not different occasions), seeing family and getting my hair done but, on balance, not actually finding time to try that much new stuff.
As a result, my new things this month are a bit, I don’t know, “smaller” than they have been in recent months. That’s always been the point, though. It doesn’t always have to be about visiting a new country or taking a class in something you’ve never studied before – it’s more about pushing the limits of your comfort zone and appreciating the new experiences as they arrive.
In August I tried:
Alright, maybe this isn’t the most exciting thing I’ve ever tried but they work really well and that makes me happy.
The only other Pride event I’ve been to was in Seoul and I stumbled across it totally by accident (it was amazing). This is the first time I’ve ever been in the parade and it was so much fun!
Ok, I know it’s just an app but you guys I am obsessed. My entire to-do list goes on it, including work stuff, and then I obsessively complete my to-do list and then I try to think of anything else that I could do that might be useful. Just so I can develop my little 8-bit character dude.
4. Working in Edinburgh during the Fringe Festival
I’m going to level with you, I don’t recommend this. Next!
5. Bloom and Wild
Ok, so technically, I tried Bloom and Wild in May, because it was my mother’s birthday and my sister emailed to ask if I wanted to chip in for some flowers. Then, I tried them again in July because my mother and sister used them to send me flowers. Then, I tried them again to send my sister flowers in August because it was her birthday! Flowers for everyone! I’m counting it as new because I only made an account in August. So far I love the service and I’m having to fight the temptation to constantly order new bouquets.
So there you go! As always, I’d love to hear about any new things that you’ve been trying this month (apart from anything else it’ll give me ideas for September) and if there’s anything you think that I just have to try then I insist you share it in the comments.
If you want to see new things I’ve tried in previous months, follow these links:
Jan 16 | Feb 16 | Mar 16 | Apr 16 | May 16 | Jun 16 | Jul 16 | Oct 16 | Nov 16 | Jan 17 | Feb 17 | Mar 17 | Apr 17 | May 17 | June 17 | July 17
4 thoughts on “New things I tried in August”
I didn’t realise that people still used blotting paper. Is this for calligraphy?
As for my own ‘new things’, here’s what comes to mind:
Used the GP out of hours service and visited the new Southern General hospital (not for me; the person was fine but still not recommended!)
Manned a student helpdesk for people who didn’t have their new Campus Cards yet (bloody students etc etc)
Climbed a neolithic burial mound on a hill in deepest, darkest Englandshire
Went to a Lego exhibition (this was a two-fer, as I’ve also never been to Clydebank before)
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People do still use blotting paper for calligraphy! Sadly this one is for cosmetics.
I’m glad you and whoever was unwell are ok! The Neolithic burial mound and the Lego sounds much more fun, even if the latter was in Clydebank 😉
So then, as part of my continuing education into that field, why do you need blotting paper for cosmetics?
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It’s for if your skin gets a bit oily in the middle of the day and washing it and re-doing your make up isn’t practical.