let’s share what we learned in september

Here are some things I learned in September, listed in no particular order. Scroll down to add a link to your own list of things you learned this month.


1. This red flower in our front yard is a canna lily, as confirmed by the professionals on instagram. I’ve always wondered what it is as there are several of them right near our porch. But this is the first time I really looked at it and thought, Wait a minute. That thing is huge and red and tropical-ish. And it’s North Carolina. And it’s late September. What is this thing?! So thank you, instagram friends.

2. VSCO Cam is my current favorite iPhone app for photos. Thank you for that, Lore Fergusen.

3. So last week I was eating lunch with Annie Downs and as we got our ketchup for our fries she says “So have you seen that thing on Pinterest that explains how we’ve been using these ketchup things wrong?”

And I’m all, Nope (which I just spelled Knope, by the way. Parks and Rec anyone?)

She goes on to demonstrate how to expand the little white upside-down chef’s hat ketchup holders so they hold more ketchup, as was the intention of the original design. This will be one of the things I learned in September! But then I don’t take one  single photo of her doing it so I can’t show you.

To have at least have some reference to tell you how this works, I decide to just Google it. But then I think, I have no idea what to Google for this.

I started with the only words I could think of to look this up: “ketchup things.” And of course, there it was.

ketchup things expand

Go forth and expand your ketchup things.

4. If I’m cold, I am useless. Subconsciously I’ve always known this. But there was a day early this month when I was trying to write at Starbucks and I couldn’t think or focus because it was free. Zing. I have learned which coffee shops and restaurants are unreasonably cold and now take a blanket with me when I go there to work.

5. I am a terrible speller. This I’ve always mostly known. For example, poast for post. Every. Single. Time. Now that I’m doing these things I learned poasts, I am noticing this more than ever.

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  1. Erin in CO says

    Yes! The ketchup thing! Used it last wk when we went to GoodTimes…shocked at how much more it holds. Pinterest…time-sucker, or life-improver? You be the judge…

  2. says

    Okay, I’m so with you on number four. I can. not. focus if I’m cold. Also, I literally shiver and teeth chatter at the smallest change of temperature, so I can’t even mask it.

    Also, in writing my post, I realized I almost always spell September ‘septemeber’ apparently an extra e seems more natural. ha!

    Love the list! Thanks for hosting this, I love reflecting on the month! :)

  3. says

    I shared the ketchup thing with my son who is the king of ketchup in our family. He’s so excited to try this the next time we’re out. Who knew? Apparently Annie and now the rest of us. Thanks!

  4. says

    Hi Emily!
    I’d sworn off linkups because they suck my time, but this one is fabulous. AND once a month. I can handle that.

    Thank you for hosting such a fun and informative party!
    btw – Cannas are blooming up here in Roanoke, VA too. Go figure!

  5. Teresa says

    Its cold, gray, rainy and I have a sore throat but your post just made me laugh out loud. Thank you Emily………….I can’t spell either.

  6. says

    oh – WOW! the ketchup thing is so exciting… and I don’t even really eat ketchup much anymore… totally trying this next time I have the opportunity to use one of those ketchup cups :)

  7. Krista says

    I’m learning: panic is a waste of time. And I’m more likely to be on time in the morning if I get up 15 minutes later, and take a five-minute break during the madness, apparently. Who’d’a’-thunk it?

  8. Carolyn says

    I just love this series, it is so fun. I am enjoying your honesty and a lot of things you are talking about I did not know either, so I am learning. My parents instilled a love of learning in me, I don’t think they were being intentional about that, it was just who they were. I have always loved to read and learn. So I love blogs and the internet and that whole huge world out there that God created.

  9. says

    I tend to do weird, dyslexic spell-y things when typing. But I don’t do these same things when writing on paper or reading. I do like VSCO cam, as well. I’ll leave a mini list of September “Things” here:

    1.I learned flax seeds are nearly impossible to grind into flax meal using average impeccable kitchen appliances. Purchase flax meal instead of going all fancy.
    2.Also, it’s hard to fit a heavy card stock message in a bottle. 20lb paper, sure. But card stock? Try grinding those flax seeds first.
    3. Nearly half the current locks I had can fall out in a month’s(ish) time and I won’t be bald. Good to know, but knowing this does not make you feel better about the hair lost. You will still want the other half back.

  10. says

    Your book? AMAZING. I love you, for keeping your nose to the grind, for doing work that matters, and for writing words that heal and inspire. It’s so good, Emily. I will shout it from the rooftops.
    Sending you love,

    p.s. I joined your party, too!!

  11. says

    I look forward to this each month of what i’ve learned.
    1. Im learning to listen.
    2. Im learning to let my children workout their differences.
    3. I like quiet.
    4. Beautiful things.
    5. Im looking forward to using senior discount in about 5-7 years….

  12. says

    Thanks again for doing this Emily! I love getting the chance to look back over my month and see what God is teaching me!

    Also, I am finding that I relate so much to being cold and unable to do anything. I am a total wimp in cold. Somehow, all of my sweaters and fleece-lined tights and blankets make more sense!

  13. says

    i’m useless when i’m cold too.
    can’t wait to link up. i finally paid attention this month so i would have something to write and i can’t wait to read your book! congratulations!

  14. says

    The ketchup cups, the ketchup cups!!!! I can’t believe it. Honestly, I’ve always wondered what they expected us to do with so little ketchup for so many fries. Genius. I can’t wait to act all smart next time I get the chance. :)

  15. Cathy says

    I learned that September has two seasons…the first feels like it is still summer and I want the pool open all the time. The second feels like it is pre-winter and I am confused about what to wear while wondering where my tan went.

    I learned that it is harder to teach teens ownership than jumping to their rescue all the time but well worth the pain as teach.

    I learned this month is a great month to clean windows inside and out until I talk husband into replacement windows.

  16. says

    At a fast food “restaurant” last week with hubby. Said to hubby, “Oh, I learned this trick on Pinterest {hubby eye-rolls} where you open up the ketchup cup wider to hold more ketchup.” Filled the cups in Pinterest fashion, went to table and as I took them off the tray to place on table, THEY ALL FELL OVER!!!! Ketchup MESS!!! Hubby says, “Guess Pinterest doesn’t know everything.”

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