Camille here, confessing: I'm the world's worst planner. Whether it's what to wear, where to go, what to write, whom to call. Or what to learn.
It's an unplanned life. Not necessarily recommended. I greatly admire those who can plan for the future, and pull it off.
I have no idea what I'll learn in the future, but I can tell you 10 things I learned this week.
1. A joke. A hammer walks into a bar and introduces his 2 friends: this is the saw, and you know the drill.
2. If you call AT&T after hours, they will let you give all your information and select from a vast multi-layered menu before telling you to please call during business hours.
3. A new word: gravid. My sister-in-law, a microbiologist, referred to her daughter, also a microbiologist, as "gravid." Apparently, that's lab talk for pregnant.
4. The NBA's Dampier's first name is Erick (from the NYTimes crossword puzzle, 6/24/12).
5. n-e converters rely on secondary electron generation in a CsI photocathode by interaction of a recoil p or d generated in an inelastic collision between the incident n and nuclei. (A tidbit from my day job.)
6. Where Istanbul is (courtesy of Joseph Kanon, in his new book, Istanbul Passage, a terrific spy story.)
8. 56 people signed the Declaration of Independence. (OK, I learned that in 5th grade, but I re-learned it getting ready for my Fourth of July party.)
9. Rosa Parks was an introvert. (This from the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, for discussion at my next nonfiction group meeting.)
10. If you have Sees scotchmallows in your freezer, you don't have to thaw them first. Just pop in your mouth.
oops, guess I over-planned.
11. A cool math trick. Amaze your friends at your next party!