Eating, Reading, Listening, Loving

Hey all!

Hope everyone had a nice long weekend – we took a couple of days over the long weekend to go camping (RV, this girl doesn’t do tents) and our campsite had no cell service – it was nice to completely disconnect for awhile! We also kayaked and hiked and just had a generally nice relaxing time (except for that surprise thunderstorm that popped up at 4 a.m. – rain is SUPER LOUD in a camper!!).

I’m going to try something new for the fall – I have a rough posting schedule planned out and one of the things I’d like to do is a regular post called “Eating, Reading, Listening, Loving” wherein I tell you what I am currently…wait for it…eating, reading, listening, and loving at the moment! So here goes:

Eating: Herb Chicken Mediterranean pizza from Papa Murphy’s. Yeah, probably not the healthiest thing on the planet, but damn it is GOOD. Olive oil and garlic for the sauce, spinach, roasted red peppers, and herbed chicken toppings, baked on thin crust. Actually, it’s probably not terrible health-wise, at least I hope it’s not because I ate this for three meals in a row over the weekend.

Reading: I just finished reading Rough Beauty by Karen Auvinen. Auvinen is a poet and a university professor and you can tell that in this memoir. This is her story about living in the mountains of Colorado and it’s also a love story – between her and her husky dog Elvis. I enjoyed this book, but I think I’d like to re-read it this winter when I can take my time and really appreciate how descriptive Auvinen can be with her words. If you enjoyed Cheryl Strayed’s Wild, then you will probably like this book as well.

Listening: I just discovered a podcast call “Sincerely, X” by the Ted Talk people. The stories are told anonymously – usually because the people telling them are embarrassed about what happened, but instead of just giving us a voyeuristic peek into someone’s mistakes, this podcast offers solutions and great ideas to turn the unfortunate circumstances into something good and helpful. For instance, one woman tells of how she has a kind of “freak-out” in public but one man knows how to calm her down and talk to her – her solution is to suggest that the public be educated on how to handle situations like these. We have CPR training for heart emergencies, why not have a training to help people who are having mental emergencies? It’s good stuff and I’ve only just started listening so I’m excited to hear what else is on tap.

Loving: I have never been what you would call an “outdoorsy” kind of girl, but lately I really love being outside in nature. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed kayaking – I’ve never done it before and I really loved it. So much so that I really want to go do that again – soon. We also went on an hour-long hike and although it was hot and I was sweating like crazy, it was beautiful and peaceful and I got lots of pictures. THAT is the kind of fitness I like – if I could do those things everyday, I’d be fit as a fiddle in no time.

So that’s it. Is there anything you are eating, reading, listening, and loving that I need to know about? Share in the comments below!

Listen Up!

Since I am so avant garde, so cutting edge, so on the brink of the next big thing, I have discovered a new type of media: stories told in an audio format. I believe they are referred to by the millennials as “podcasts”.

Go Google it…I’ll wait…

I like listening to podcasts while I work because it keeps me on task and makes the day a little more enjoyable. And there are as many different kinds of podcasts are there are genres of movies, so I think there really is something for everybody. These are some of my favorites:

When I need my faith in humanity restoredSincerly, Hueman

This is a newish podcast that tells stories about people who are making a difference in the world and having a positive impact. When you feel like the world is a hopeless place, this podcast will give you oodles of renewed optimism.

When I need to laugh: Mortified

Mortified is a series in which adults read from their childhood (mostly middle school/high school) diaries. Beware though, sometimes episodes can get a wee bit raunchy – not all episodes are that way, but a few are…just so ya know.

When I’m feeling sentimental or emotional: Terrible, Thanks for Asking and Strangers

I LOVE TTFA and Strangers mostly because the episodes stay with me  – I find myself thinking about them for hours after listening. These episodes make me feel all my feelings.

When I want that Stranger Things vibe to continue: The Polybius Conspiracy

Bobby claims he was abducted by the makers of a new arcade game back in the 80s. Follow this series when you want a bit of nostalgia for the days when you used to spend your Saturday afternoons (and all your dad’s quarters) at the arcade.

When I just want good storytelling: This American Life

Probably the granddaddy and gold star of podcasting, TAL is so good at what it does. With years and years of archives, there is no shortage of stories that will interest folks of all walks of life. This is what I listen to when I don’t know what I want to listen to.

Other notable audio gems: Serial (this is how I got started listening to podcasts), S Town, Missing Richard Simmons, In the Dark (I just started listening to this one – I’m only on episode 1).

So anyway, that should be enough to keep you busy for awhile. There are so many podcasts now that it’s hard to sort through them all. What are some of your favorites and when do you typically listen to them? Sound off below!

 

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