Currently \\ February 3, 2018

Reading: All over the place! I have 3 books going at the moment. I appear to be felled by some form of flu (aches and fever so far, no other symptons #weird) and am just exhausted. So I started The Apparitionists: a Tale of Phantoms, Fraud, Photography, and the Man Who Captured Lincoln’s Ghost by Peter Manseau because who doesn’t want to read about death when feeling like death? I’m also reading Idiot Brain: What Your Brain is Really Up to by Dean Burnett which is crazy interesting. I actually understand the how and WHY I can walk from one room to another and forget why! I was reading Artemis by Andy Weir, but I appear to have left it at work, in my rush to get home after starting to hurt all over and feel like complete crap at work. I suppose it could be in my car, but I have no intention of walking to it. What if I can’t get back??? lol

Watching: I was supposed to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, but apparently no one wants the flu and I have been banned. How rude.

Listening: I haven’t finished to an audiobook since early December. I am SORT OF listening to Age of Myth by Michael Sullivan, which is REALLY good, but my attention span for listening is at an all-time low. So I’ve been binging LOTS of podcasts.


Eating: Not much. It’s kinda scary how little appetite I have. And nothing tastes right.

Loving: My cats. They have been lovely company while I sit around and try to rest.

Looking Forward: To feeling better!

Have a great week! DO NOT GET THE FLU.


Podcasts of the Month! More like months.

Since I missed July and August, I thought I’d do the two months together. I would just skip July, but I listened to some truly great casts and I just have to tell you all about them. Sooooo…


Classical Classroom, Episode 173: Mozart’s Death Demystified – If you’ve seen the BRILLIANT movie Amadeus…it didn’t happen that way. That doesn’t make Mozart’s death any less mysterious. And fascinating.

Singing Bones: The Red Shoes – I cannot being to tell you how much I love this podcast. It is the ONLY one I can think of that I have listened to each cast more than once. EACH CAST. The Red Shoes is the newest episode and boy did it deliver. I love how Claire, the host, gives such thorough background on each story and still makes it interesting.

Very Bad Words: The C-Word – Yes, I have a potty mouth. No, I don’t say the C-Word. Yet, the feminists the hosts interviewed for this episode make a very strong case for doing so.

Human Race: Episode 25 – Rosco’s Runners – People running with donkeys? Hell yes!


Curiosity Podcast: Why the 2017 Solar Eclipse is Such a Huge Deal – I listened to this podcast with the kids before the podcast and it really added a layer of scientific fascination to the experience. Even though the eclipse is past, it’s still a good listen. I learned a lot.

Criminal : Episode 73 – Carry A. Nation – I’ve heard of Carry A. Nation. I had no idea what she did. This was a great look at this amazing lady and early pioneer of feminist’s life.

I have so many podcasts to listen to right now, because I have just finished a long audiobook. I hope I have lots of great casts to share with you in September. 


Currently \\ September 3, 2017

Reading: I have started my RIP reading! I started Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett today.  I have tried to read it several other times, but it has never stuck. It’s time has come because I was immediately hooked today!

Watching: For the first time in YEARS, we have TV! We have relied on Netflix and Hulu for several years, after we realized satellite was too expensive and we were never watching it anyway. Since we moved though, we found we had to get satellite internet because our only other alternative was AT&T and it stinks. We have bundled Dish Network and Hughes Net and it’s working perfectly! I found a show on the History Channel On Demand called Found and we binge watched it this weekend. There were only 6 episodes though and I really want to track down more. We all loved it.

Listening: I’m listening to The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon, also for RIP. It’s completely creepy and sad. I almost gave up on it, but Andi convinced me to keep going. Never doubt Andi people.

Playing: SIMS Freeplay on my phone. It’s safe to say I’m completely addicted.

Eating: It’s been spotty. I mean, I am EATING, but I haven’t been putting much thought into it. I ate granola bars and yogurt yesterday. And potato soup. Homemade. It’s one soup I’m pretty good at making!

Loving: Our new house!

Looking Forward: A day off tomorrow. I’m ready.


June – Podcasts of the Month

If you know me at all, you know I’m a huge listener of podcasts. I am currently subscribed to 40+ and they are all so good! It’s hard to pick favorites, but if I had to narrow it down, these are my favorites for the month:

Science Solved It: The Ghost Trees – On the fringes of the redwood forests of California, live what people call Ghost Trees. These redwoods look like albino trees. These trees lack chlorophyll and if you remember anything from high school biology, you know that trees need chlorophyll to survive. It’s how they make their food! So how do these ghost trees survive? Well, they think they’ve figured it out. Give it a listen to find out!

Human Race: Don’t Call it a Comeback – I am not a runner, but I adore this podcast. Every episode is inspiring, but this on in particular really pulled on the heartstrings. And maybe even inspired me to take up running. Because any excuse I may have pales in comparison to what the subject of this episode is going through. And he’s still running.

Classical Classroom, Episode 72: You Don’t Know Fifth! – Classical Classroom has long been one of my favorite podcasts. I love a lot of things and music and history are very high on that list! CC has been fascinating as it teaches so many things; history, and theory, and more. This episode was so interesting, being all about Beethoven (who is fascinating anyway) and the long history of the 5th. There’s so much more to Beethoven than his brilliance and his deafness.

Levar Burton Reads, Episode 1: Kin – Reading Rainbow. For adults. As a child of Reading Rainbow, I can have nothing but love love love for this podcast. Each episode so far has been a gem. Levar is such a great reader and the three stories he’s picked so far were diverse and amazing. And I don’t usually care for short stories! In short, I can’t wait for more.

Very Bad Words: Talking Sh*t – I’m sorry, but there is nothing as satisfying as a well-placed curse word (if they don’t insult you, very few bother me) and I can think of nothing so satisfying as learning the history of cursing. This is a very new podcast; Talking Sh*t is the first episode! As the favorite curse word of my grandmother, and she rarely if ever cursed, I was excited this was the subject of the first episode. And it was great! If they stay this good, this cast will be fucking awesome! 😛

Sidedoor: If These Bones Could Talk – There are over 154 million treasures in the Smithsonian. I’ve been to the Smithsonian 3 times in my life. So, I’ve missed a lot, as I’m sure you have as well. Sidedoor goes into the “sidedoor” of the Smithsonian to bring these treasures to light. It just started its second season and If These Bones Could Talk just goes to show that this cast is only going to get stronger and stronger. These bones are those of Robert Kennicott, 19th century collector for the Smithsonian and now, also, a permanent display.

Do you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites?


Currently \\ June 18, 2017

Reading: I am deep into An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir and it is just incredible. I’m still working on More Was Lost by Eleanor Perenyi, which is so good.

Watching: The daughter and I are still working our way through Sherlock. She loves it, but is frustrated that she can only watch one episode a night!

We also went to see Wonder Woman yesterday and holy cow! It was so good! The boy was punching away in his seat and the girl had stars in her eyes. So good.

Listening: I started My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier this week. I’m reading it with some other blogging friends. It’s read by Jonathan Pryce and he is an amazing reader. So so so good.

Playing: Sims Freeplay. It is taking up way too much of my time but daaaang it’s fun.

Eating: The kids are making Daddy breakfast for Father’s Day and my son is frying me an egg. Pray it’s over hard. I don’t like runny yolks!

Loving: Air conditioning!

Looking Forward: Moving? Sometimes I think it’ll never happen.


Currently \\ June 4, 2017

Reading: I started collecting and reading NYRB books this year and I’m reading More Was Lost: A Memoir by Eleanor Perenyi right now. It follows the author and her husband’s lives post WWII in Czechoslovakia. It is wonderful.

Watching: Saturday, my daughter walked in while I was starting to watch the new season of Sherlock, since it finally hit Netflix. She watched the whole first episode with me and was completely lost. So, we’ve gone back to season 1 and she is so hooked. I can’t believe how young Cumberback and Bilbo look!

Listening: I started Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk by Kathleen Rooney Friday. It’s read by Xe Sands and, of course, I was immediately hooked. God, I love her voice. The book is pretty fun too.

Playing: SIMS Freeplay on my phone! Way too much!

Eating: Too much! Ha! We have a new Mexican restaurant in town and I am hooked on their carnitas. I could go for some right now!

Loving: there is a storm brewing outside right now and one of the only things I love about summer are the storms!

Looking Forward: Moving!! It should be soon now!