content overload



Way too much to read, listen, see, do, eat, drink, watch, write, and make. I want to do it all and every day I just find out about more stuff!

I will be honest that TV has taken a bit of a backseat lately. We don’t have any shows going right now. Although we did start Boardwalk Empire. Egads, that thing is about MEN being MEN and being POWERFUL. Which I’m not so sure I need to see another show like that, but it’s very well done so….

I’ve been reading at night instead of watching stuff and am trying to read during my lunch at work as well. It’s going okay! Here’s a master list of the things I’m trying to consume this week…maybe just this afternoon!?

An hour long video interview with Ashtangi Laruga Glaser. She is amazing. I can’t wait to watch this.

I’m currently reading two incredible page turners.  I was making fabulous prgress on the second book in the Elena Ferrante trilogy when I listened to this episode of Books on the Nightstand. I am now obsessively reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I’m not sure how great a book it is (quality wise), but it’s definitely entertaining…the Gone Girl of 2015 for sure.

My podcast feed is out of control. Trying to listen through it all, but getting bogged down. Especially with the slew of new albums being released right now too!

Oh, and let us not forget, the internet. There is my Feedly list of blogs, which is downright gigantic. The flood of daily news (thank god for NYT Now), op-eds, long reads, twitterings, and vlogs. Yep, I said vlogs. Perhaps my secret obsession with YouTube channels should be saved for another post entirely…

And on top of it all, today is Thursday and Thursday is when the GOOP newsletter arrives in my inbox, ready and waiting for ridicule!

It’s all too much…but in a good way I’m pretty sure.

painting above from Dorothy Goode



life is better with…npr all songs considered’s mid-year show


I love this show every year…NPR’s All Songs Considered Best Music of the Year, So Far. I always hear great music that’s new to me and can’t help but feel validated if they mention something I’ve already been listening to. Ha!

Here’s a link to this year’s show, published today.

After listening, I’m now listening to this song on repeat:

life is better with…this interview

I already loved Neil Gaiman. I love his books, his speeches, everything. Seriously, he’s just perfect. I’m reading aloud his latest silly children’s book, Fortunately, The Milk to fourth graders right now and they are loving it.

So naturally I was thrilled to wake up this morning, check my podcast feeds, and see that he was on On Point yesterday. Listened to this hour of radio while getting ready for work …fantastic. What a great way to start my day!

Here’s a link to the interview…I highly recommend:

Happy Friday y’all!

It’s Friday! I’ve been off all week and I have all next off as well, but Friday is still Friday!

Fresh Air with Terry Gross has been really great lately…thought I’d share some of my favorite shows of late:

How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle to Stay Healthy in Modern Times
Breaking Bad Writers: This is It, There’s No More
Tom Hanks is Captain Phillips in High Seas Hostage Drama
From Child Actor to Artist: Radcliffe Reflects on Post-Potter Life
Big Pharma and Meth Cooks Agree: Keep Cold Meds Over the Counter



life is better with…this new podcast

I recently found a great new podcast. Three  intelligent ladies talking TV?!?! YES PLEASE! Fair warning…if you do not watch cable/prestige tv, this is probably not in your wheelhouse. But I do and I LOVE it!

These ladies are fantastic. I discovered it via one of my favorite twitter friends,  Britt Julious. She and two others, Alison Cuddy and Leah Pickett have great discussions regarding current television. However, what I especially like about this podcast is that the given opinions are fully fleshed out with attention to broader cultural, literary, and cinematic impact. Unlike some pop culture podcasts I listen to…that is all…

Anyways, here’s the link, their podcast Changing Channels  is part of WBEZ Chicago. Listen to it.

Camera Workout: Week 23


Patio sittin’

Got a new phone with much better camera…however, it’s not possible to turn off the incredibly loud shutter sound?! I have about twenty more of these I was taking while lying in bed trying to figure it out…boo

The fancy coming out for next weekend’s party.


Haven’t made these potatoes in forever…oh man, so good and so easy.

Of course these posts are never complete without at least one dog photo

This week’s photos are all thanks to my new phone. I’ll be back to the Pentax next week. Trying to get back into podcast listening this morning. Listening to Mara Wilson on Talk of the Nation right now…child stars are crazy! I’ll be honest, NPR has been a bit of a drag lately…