My Week in Podcasts

Hi friends!  Hope you all had a great weekend.  On Saturday, I inventoried my freezer, fridge, & pantry; I decided I did indeed have plenty of food & did not need to venture out to the grocery store.  Sunday I broke down & went to the farmer’s market & the grocery store.  What is wrong with me???  Everything I wanted to make was missing 1 or 2 ingredients.

Y’all, I went to H-E-B and it was the least busy I had ever seen it.  I have to say the grocery store was pretty well stocked aside from toilet paper, butter, and paper towels.  The employees were so incredibly nice, if not exhausted.  When I got to my car I cried.  I’m not exactly sure why other than I felt grateful for these hard workers, worried for the elderly gentleman I saw debating which can of beans to get, or grieving for what has happened thus far & what will come in a few weeks.  The scary thing is that COVID-19 is still in infancy in the US, & won’t peak until mid to late April.  That is scary.

Anyway, today’s post is about all the podcasts I listen to.  I’m a HUGE podcast fan & these are majorly helping me get through this! 61E70703-3AF0-4509-893B-477F5DF1B23BLet’s get to it…in day order & the order that I generally listen to them.  I know, I’m neurotic – just go with it.

Monday:

  1. Start Here – this is an ABC News podcast that is about 15 minutes long with all the news from the last 24 hours.  I would say it is politically neutral.
  2. What A Day – also a daily news podcast, but the hosts are my age (younger?) so it feels more relatable.  This one leans left politically.
  3. Pod Save America – Jon Favreau, Jon Lovett, & Tommy Vietor host Monday’s episode of PSA.  This comes out at the end of the day (around 5pm), so I usually listen to this one while making dinner.  The Monday episodes basically cover what has happened in the US news over the weekend & Monday during the day.  This one is definitely left, but has so much good information regardless of your political affiliation.

Tuesday:

  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. Dumb, Gay Politics – I have no idea how I found this pod, but I loved the hosts Julie & Brandy on The People’s Couch on Bravo.  To be honest, I usually skip the first 10 – 20 minutes when they talk about the gifts people sent them.  However, they are funny & I like their take on world events.  Their deep dive into Mitch McConnell was shocking & fascinating (because I’m dumb – see what I did there?).
  4. Bad on Paper – I actually usually save this one for later in the week, but I love Becca & Grace.  They give such good recommendations from books (obviously) to beauty products to who to follow on IG.

Wednesday:

  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. The Popcast – this is my GOAT.  So funny!  Knox & Jamie, the hosts, also recap The Bachelor/ette on Patreon & it is absolutely worth the $7 a month to be a BFOT.
  4. Pod Save the World – the hosts, Ben & Tommy, used to work for President Obama.  They are how I keep up with stuff going on in the world, not just the US.

Thursday:

  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. Pod Save America – this one is hosted by Jon Favreau & Dan Pfeiffer.  PSA on Thursdays catches me up on everything that has happened since Monday’s pod.  It also usually includes an interview with someone in the political realm.
  4. Hysteria – the main host is Erin Ryan.  She has a short conversation with Alyssa Mastromonaco who also worked for Obama.  I love that every week Erin speaks with 3-4 smart, capable women about things that matter to women.
  5. Bitch Sesh – I LOVE this podcast hosted by Casey Wilson & Danielle Schneider.  They breakdown my beloved Real Housewives, Vanderpump Rules, & Southern Charm.  They are hilarious!!!

Friday:

  1. Start Here
  2. What A Day
  3. So Money with Farnoosh Torabi – I really like this financial podcast.  Farnoosh puts out an episode on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays.  I only listen to the Friday episodes, as 3 days a week seems like a big commitment.  I prefer Friday because it is specific to listener questions & much shorter than the interviews; I find it really helpful to hear other people’s money questions.
  4. Deconstructed with Mehdi Hasan – Mehdi is a very no nonsense interviewer about politics.  On one episode Mehdi was interviewing Tom Steyer; he flat out told Tom to drop out of the race & spend his money for Climate Change another way.  It was wild.

Saturday:

  1. Lovett or Leave It – hosted by Jon Lovett.  This show is a hilarious take on the events from the week.

Sunday: 

Sundays are catch up days if I missed any throughout the week.

Seasonal:

  1. America Dissected: Coronavirus – I’m new to this podcast, obviously because it is about COVID-19.  It is hosted by Abdul El-Sayed; he is an Epidemiologist & usually interviews another medical expert.
  2. Here to Make Friends – Emma & Claire host a Bachelor recap pod.  Both ladies write for the Huffington Post, & recap the Bachelor from a feminist perspective.

Occasional:

  1. Be There in Five – I’m new to this podcast, in fact I’m on my first episode.  Kate Kennedy is the host & I’ve heard her on other podcasts.  I have to listen to this in increments as her episodes are well over an hour.
  2. NPR: Fresh Air – I love NPR podcasts.  This particular one puts out multiple episodes a week, & I pick and choose which episodes to listen to.

As you can tell, I listen to hours worth of podcasts everyday.  What can I say?  I like to be informed about numerous topics.

What podcasts do y’all like?  Any that I should listen to?  I’m not a huge true crime person…obviously.

Until next time…

Kiss Hug,

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Post 8: DIY Projects

It’s been a minute since I’ve done one of these posts, partially because nothing major has been going on (this is a good thing) in my life.  I’ve been working on a DIY project that I’ve been waiting to share until it was completed.  Well, the time has come – I finished it yesterday & I have to say I’m pretty proud of myself.  So, without further ado…

Take It: Vertical Gardens

About a year & half ago I pinned some garden ideas on Pinterest, some of which were vertical gardens.  My goal was to beautify my garage wall in my backyard; from my couch I look directly at this wall – it was tan & boring.  I’ve rented this house for 4 years now, & have done lots of things to cutesy it up (especially the curb appeal), & have a constant battle with the yard.  I have tons of things I would do – if I owned the house – but since I rent I don’t want to do anything too permanent, too costly, or something that would ultimately piss off my landlord.  He & his wife are super cool & my rent is so cheap for the area I live in!!!  It was a great find & a cute little “cottage”!

My friend Ruthy brought me a pallet from her husband’s (Paul) work, Karbach Brewery (shout out to some super delicious beer).  The pallet has been sitting in my garage for over a year (I kid you not).  Last weekend, the first weekend in a long time that I haven’t been booked with stuff, I got up at 7am (my attempt at beating the heat – didn’t work) to start working on the garden.  As you can imagine, I had very specific ideas about how I wanted it to look.  If you knew me personally then you would know that I am very particular about most things, but in a good way. 🙂

The pallet needed a few replacement boards & minor repairs, which I did myself.  #dustofftheshoulder  This is what I started with:  Pallet Before

Okay, so I replaced a board, cut down boards (using an old school hand saw) to fit inside the pallet to create “shelves,” sanded the entire thing, primed it, painted it, polyurethane’d it, & added a protective fabric to the back so soil wouldn’t fall out.  Phase 2

Please ignore the poor excuse for grass.  My entire yard is 90% shade 90% of the day, which is great for my utility bills but horrible for growing anything other than moss.  If you have any suggestions please share!  Yesterday, my mission was to complete the garden with shade loving plants.  My favorite are fuchsias, but the season has passed for them (at least in the Houston area).  Whomp, whomp.  After looking high & low yesterday, I found enough plants to fill the pallet & a small flower bed.  Phase 3

I love my vertical garden!!!  It was harder than I thought it would be, I am a novice after all, but didn’t take as long as I thought it would…once I actually started it.  Shout out to the amazing garden lady at Ace Hardware for giving me some Wandering Jew cuttings for free!  The only thing I would change is that ideally I would have mounted the pallet itself to the house.  Once again, I rent so thought it might behoove me to make it less permanent.  The plants you see are succulents, begonias, cyclamen, ferns, Wandering Jew, & a couple others I cant remember.  I’ll eventually add some herbs & what not in there.

 

Leave It: Lack of Time

Nothing terrible or dramatic is going on in my life – just the way I like it – but I could use some more time.  Can’t we all???  I feel like I’m being pulled in a couple different directions, which I allow so it’s a “me” issue.  I either need a caffeine drip intravenously or more time to myself.  I’m an only child, so I really thrive & value having “me” time.  My goal in the next few months is to commit myself to things a little less.  I used to read 2-3 books a week & now it takes me several weeks to finish 1 book – I’d like to get back to the former.

I have a few other personal projects going on, & once they yield results (one way or the other) I’ll share with y’all.  Thanks for reading & hope y’all enjoyed.

Kiss Hug,

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