Saturday Share: Podcast Round Up

I have a new obsession. Apparently, I am constantly obsessing over things. I’m not sure why, but I digress.

I am currently obsessed with Podcasts, I don’t know why, they are completely outside of my usual interest, but over the last month I have found some great ones that I enjoy listening to, I’ll even binge listen! It started with my favorite MTV Challenge cast member: Sarah Rice. Coupled with Susie Meister, also a MTV Challenge cast member, Sarah started promoting their new podcast on her social media accounts that I was following. I was a big fan so I ventured over and fell in love. Over the last month I have sought out other podcasts and have rounded up my favorites to share! It’s no surprise that each of them are centered around my favorite television shows.



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[The Brain Candy Podcast] The one that started it all! Susie and Sarah are brilliant, funny, thoughtful, and diverse in the topics they cover. I started listening because of my love for Sarah and the MTV Challenges, but have stayed because of the insight they share, and their true personalities that have become like friends that I look forward to chatting with. One of my favorite episodes is “Episode 60: Serial Killers, Mental Illness, & Forever 21?” The ladies broke down some serious mental health disorders, include narcissistic personality disorder, which I am INCREDIBLY interested in. The Brain Candy Podcast has been a great thing to listen to as I go about my work during the week. The only thing I would improve is to have more than one episode a week! Check out their website to read Susie’s blog, check out their store, and support the podcast on Pantheon  to get access to behind the scenes videos, extra interviews, and even a book club!


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[Gilmore Guys] I just recently found the Gilmore Guys Podcast and have been jumping around to listen to episodes that interest me. With the Netflix Revival coming in November, I’m trying to stretch out my Gilmore Girls binging so keep me juiced while we wait for Thanksgiving weekend. I cannot wait for Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall! The podcast recaps each episode of the show with one host watching for the first time, and the other being a Gilmore veteran. The guys are knowledgeable, insightful, and funny! My favorite episode so far has been “Gabs – Scott Patterson” which is an almost 90-minute interview and chat session with Scott Patterson, who played Luke Danes. They talked about the making of Gilmore Girls, the cast, the prospect of picking up again, and Scott’s life. It was great to listen to. Follow these guys on Twitter: @GilmoreGuysShow



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[The West Wing Weekly] Again, another television related podcast, maybe my actual obsession is my favorite TV shows, but I love this podcast! Josh Malina, who you know from The West Wing and Scandal hosts with Hrishikesh Hirway, a musician and well-known composer, a conversation about each episode of The West Wing. I find Josh hilarious and have been a fan for a while so when I realized he was also hosting the podcast I jumped in with both feet! Both Josh and Hrishi are incredibly smart and insightful, and give you a behind-the-scenes view of the making of the show. So far, it has been incredibly interesting to listen to Josh describe the early episodes before he was cast as Will Bailey, and you get to hear is point of view as more of a fan of the show. I’m so happy there is a way for me to indulge in this show so long after it originally aired. As a (relatively) new fan, it’s so nice to be a part of a current conversation of The West Wing. Check out their website for more information on the podcast, get some background on the guys, and other fun West Wing things!



Throwback Thursday: Alert the Authorities!

You'realwayswith meToday, as I sit here, half awake, sipping my coffee and watching my usual morning news I am filled with anticipation for what has become one of my favorite events of the year.

It’s Girls Weekend!

One weekend, every year, women with suitcases full of crazy supplies, travel toward northern Michigan to spend four days laughing, catching up, being crazy, and relaxing. It is usually the only time of the year that we are all together. We plan for months to celebrate our relationships with each other, it is an import part of our lives.

For this year, in particular, I am in desperate need of this weekend, to spend time with some of my absolute favorite people and let them build me up again. In about four hours I will be getting in the car, driving the four blocks to pick up my mother and we will be hitting the road for our restorative four days in the woods.

So, in honor of my morning of anticipation and packing, let’s throw it back today to TWO posts on previous Girls Weekends. Last year’s post The Parade and 2014’s Hazy, Crazy, Lazy Days of Summer.

Alert the authorities, the ladies are on their way!

Chef Spaz

I am, by no means a chef. I can hold my own in the kitchen but usually that comes from my inclination toward improvising in the kitchen. I tend to have a very difficult time following a recipe. I don’t know why, but I get flustered, something gets burned, I don’t know what some of the words mean, and I end up stressed and sweaty by the time I sit down. Whew, following a recipe is a workout!

Lately, it seems like there are an abundance of services that send you materials or products in a monthly box – usually a subscription service. I’ve been curious and interested in about 98% of them but never could justify the cost in our household budget. In an effort to experiment and try new meals in the kitchen, I’ve been most interested in the meal service subscriptions, but still, I’ve never fired the shot and tried any of them.

Enter our super awesome neighbor.

Last week, I got an interesting text from our neighbor, offering me a “complete meal” but she needed to explain and that she was in the backyard. I debated whether or not she seemed like a the type to order a mob hit and then ventured toward the back of the house. She had received three HelloFresh meals that she wasn’t going to be able to use and was offering me one of them, I went for the beef stirfry.

A little nervous about what I was getting myself into, I put the meal into the fridge and gave myself a few days to work up to it. On Sunday afternoon, after three days of very little activity, I decided I needed  a good workout and went to the fridge for the HelloFresh meal.

hellofreshI followed the directions the best that I could, and for the record, the meal turned out very well even though I have no idea how to mince garlic, peel and prepare ginger, or how to chop bok choy. I only slightly burned the beef after becoming distracted by the slicing of vegetables, and only ended up with beef marinade on half of my body. While I felt like a supreme spaz, I managed to make a pretty decent meal. The directions were clear and had a few pictures to aid in the process, the recipe incorporated a couple of new foods into my world (bok choy, ginger, and jasmine rice), and gave me a new meal to add to my rotation.

Overall, I would say that the experience was a success. And yes, I was sweating when I sat down to eat. While I still don’t think that I could justify room in our monthly budget for a regular subscription, I do think that services such as HelloFresh could provide a solution for those that don’t have the time to shop on a regular basis and are looking to make smaller amounts of food. I was excited to have access to new foods, with very specific instructions on how to use them, it will undoubtedly be a source of inspiration as I plan meals in the future.

Lucky for me, that super awesome neighbor dropped off four more meals last night and I have a whole fridge full of new foods to try this week!

One box subscription service tried – 10,000 to go.


Coffee & Dog Farts

This morning the weather is as close to “up north” weather as we get in Metro-Detroit. It’s about 55 degrees, a slight breeze, and the sun is shining. All I need is a lake and no schedule to make it perfect. 

The birds are chirping and I’ve got a full cup of coffee, I’m huddled underneath my favorite purple blanket with the puppy curled up at my side. I’m feeling fresh and clean from my shower, my hair is slowly drying from the breeze coming in the window. It’s slightly chilly. 

I’m listening to Morning Joe replay the events of the last few days: Istanbul, Brexit, Trump, Hillary… 

I sip my coffee and hear a little snore out of said puppy. Then it hits me like a ton of bricks. Not puppy snores, but puppy farts. 

Nothing like an eye-wateringly dense puppy fart to break your coffee by the lake fantasy. 

There’s not much you can do when the puppy farts take over a room. You can pull your shirt over your nose, you can run, but you surely can’t hide. My love bug puppy is now getting side eye glances and I think he’s starting to pick up on his influence on the room. He doesn’t care. 

So here I sit, spending my morning hour with my shirt over my nose trying to sip my coffee in between puppy farts. 

This is the life.