Wondering what “What I Learned” is all about? Check out my first post for details!

Here’s what I learned in July:

The difference between flotsam and jetsam. I knew most of the others on this list but I always like a little refresher. Anything with “grammar” in the title is total clickbait for me 😉 Flotsam and jetsam are used together so often I never stopped to consider the different meanings. Now I know!

U-Turn arrows exist. Like…instead of a straight turn arrow, the arrow is in the shape of a U on the traffic light. I should’ve just taken a picture instead of trying to explain. Regardless, there are U-Turn lights here and for good reason! U-Turns are to Cville what roundabouts are to Carmel, IN.

How to close our bank accounts while living out of state. This was a fun grownup experience 🙂 #sarcasm. Turns out, Chase doesn’t have banks anywhere near Virginia. Sooo…we had to open a new bank account here, then transfer and close out our old account all long distance. It was a headache. It is done now. Not sure we could’ve done anything differently to make it easier so let’s just hope this is a lesson we don’t have to learn twice!

Nail-only ledgers are not safe for decksand other fun facts from my new job at a structural engineering firm. I find this stuff interesting, which is making it a lot easier for me to get the swing of things here.

How to cut a mango. Thanks to this recipe, I tried to cut a mango for the first time and it. was. so. hard. Even after looking up how to do it, it probably took me ~15-20 minutes. I think our mango was ripe enough and everything but still…felt like I was doing something wrong. Needless to say, I’m not convinced it was totally worth it. A learning experience indeed – I learned I will stick with with pre-cut mango from now on 🙂

What stacked rocks on a trail mean. My parents and I saw an impressive collection of small stacked rocks (known as “cairns”) on our hike at Crabtree Falls. From what I googled afterward, this is a marker of others who have gone before us as a mini-memorial. Apparently there’s some debate as to whether or not it’s a good thing, though.

How to get free admission to Monticello. If you’re a resident of Virginia and take people from out of state, you get in free. We used this to our advantage when I took my parents to Monticello during their visit!

New podcasts for the month: My Favorite Murder (*explicit language warning*), Running for Real, and Revisionist History

New recipes for the month: Chipotle-Honey Chicken with Mango-Avocado Salsa and Shrimp Caprese Pasta

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