Podcast Love

groovin on podcast love.

I love podcasts. The more I listen to them, the more I try to think about why I like them so much. Other than the fact that so many people tell me that I was born in the wrong decade – the 40s & 50s were really my time – and during that era radio shows were still popular, I think I love podcasts for their enviable storytelling abilities. They make up in fabulism what I severely lack.

I’ve made a list of my very favorites, and ones I’m getting ready to jump into because they have been highly recommended by people whose minds I know and trust.

  • My Brother, My Brother and Me (MBMBaM for short). Three brothers who give advice to those who ask for it, and ridicule (and possibly give very bad advice) to the people of Yahoo Answers. It sounds pretty straightforward, but these guys are so funny that they were my starting point for podcasts.
  • Thrilling Adventure Hour, especially Beyond Belief. I could only hope I can grow into the alcoholic shoes of Sadie Doyle. She is classy, sweet, saucy and terribly, terribly funny. And PFT, well, he’s just like his bio says, “America’s finest…” Start anyplace you’d like, but here is the link to the soundcloud audios.
  • How Stuff Works podcasts (especially Stuff You Missed in History Class). I like these on days I feel unproductive. They’re nice and short, and they make me feel like I learned something. So even if I don’t do anything else all day, I learned one thing.
  • WTF with Marc Maron. He’s a comedian who invites people on a show he produces from his garage. So awesome on so many levels. Sometimes his guests are people that he has had beef or problems, or didn’t like in the past, and that is a very interesting way to talk through it: invite them to talk about it on a public podcast! But since he’s been a stand-up comic for a while, he has a lot of great stories about being on the road, or to commiserate with other guests on the show. Amy Poehler got an apology from him when she was on his show because he would never help her out when she was first in the Second City circuit.

Here a couple that people have recommended, but I haven’t yet delved into yet for some straaaange reason:

  • Mike & Tom Eat Snacks, recommended by both GillianTheGreat and The Beau. “the podcast where your hosts Michael Ian Black and Tom Cavanagh eat, discuss, and rate snacks. ” I don’t think i need to say anything that hasn’t been said already. Sounds fantastic.
  • Hardcore History, recommended by Ben Fowlkes. With titles like “Death Throes of the Republic”, “Old School Toughness” and “Suffer the Children” how could I be kept away?
  • Pod F. Tompkast.  Recommended by everyone who has discerning ears. I don’t know why i haven’t gotten to this one yet. I listen to Beyond Belief, I listen to Comedy bang bang, those all have the Tompkins element, why don’t I take the leap?

Do you have any more recommendations for me to add to my heaping List o’ Listening?

Bunny Manual

I don’t remember how I found this Bunny Manual link, but with the Playboy Club TV show premiering last Monday (I didn’t watch it because I was too busy watching 2 Broke Girls), I thought I’d give you some more background bunny stuff I had floating around.

This manual has all the rules, gold star, and demerit info a young bunny would want or need to know about when starting out at a Playboy Club.

To read the whole manual, check out the ex playboy bunny site here.

the Bunny Dip is a back-breaking workout.

“Bunny Dip,” explained:
“Hold the tray with your left hand,
bend at the knee and
serve over your shoulder toward the back”.
Sounds exhausting to me.

I decided for the sake of this article, I’d give the show a chance and watch it on the nbc site. I was not disappointed, and David Krumholtz is in it, so it can’t be bad. I’m not going to say I like it yet, since I’ve only seen one episode, but I am going to say I will definitely be watching the next episode. Plus, can I just pause and talk about how ridiculously perfect everyone’s hair is? I would kill to be coiffed like that everyday.

The Astro-Phile Flies Over The Earth

The Beau showed me this amazing video this weekend and I got all misty-eyed just watching the whole world float by.

I love that it is silent, so I can feel free to add my own soundtrack.

The top 3 songs I picked I like to add pretty much anytime something moving and peaceful hits me:

Ground Control to Major Tom

La Mer

And, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Pt. 1, about 4 minutes in

Week in Review

Vintage Polaroid via HulahoopVintage

Let’s see about this week, shall we?

-As you can see from the photo above, I have been searching for an inexpensive land camera lately. I finished my first roll in my Holga (after a mishap had to re shoot a roll that wasn’t properly secured), and have been thinking about trying several different formats to see which I like best. With all this camera talk I might have to sell some of my older, less used ones to make room for ones I actually like.

-I wandered through labyrinthine antique stores looking for a little bit of everything, for only a couple of pennies. I was a little disappointed that I couldn’t find anything in my price range, so went down the street to the Goodwill-style thrift store. Imagine my surprise and delight in finding an entire outfit for $6! I will do an outfit post next week about it, but rest assured, my brain is totally in fall mode with it.

gif via dashedlines

Parks and Recreation and Community had their season premieres last night and I am just so happy to go back to some quality, hilarious TV time on Thursdays. (I could watch that gif FOREVER.)

-UFC 135 tomorrow! I love when there’s an MMA fight on Saturday nights, because 1) I love MMA and 2) we always get pizza that night. PIZZA!

My First Friendship Bracelet

When I was younger, I went to plenty of summer camps. Not the awesome East Coast kind – months at a time, in the woods, having to make friends with your bunkmates so they didn’t put a skunk in your bed – but just a day camp for a few weeks kind of thing. But still there was the obligatory arts-and-crafts class, where I became a master papiermâché-er. All the “cool” girls were too busy making friendship bracelets to give their friends, but being the dorky shy girl, I would much rather mâché a replica head to scare my sister than make a bracelet for some non-existent friend.

Which left me where I was before this experiment: totally confounded with the magic that is friendship bracelets. How do they work? How do knots make a pattern?!?! Luckily there are so many helpful websites, none more helpful to me than the purl bee. Molly’s sketchbook not only has easy to follow instructions for complete n00bs like me, but the photos, oh those photos. So simple, step-by-step and well-lit. It made me feel slightly more confident knowing I could just look back to that post and make sure I was doing the right thing.

Amazingly, it came out not as horrible as I imagined it would!

Plus, it’s an airmail pattern, always good.

Drinks of the Season

Lined up, ready to go.
Since this is the last week of summer (and with it expected to go back up to 112 midweek, it’s back to the pool for me!), I thought I’d share my favorite summer guzzler.
My hands down favorite drink of the summer has been just plain ol’ gin and sparkling water (I like to call it ‘If It Pleases and Sparkles‘)
But sometimes you can add just a splash of lime and still have a Fitzgerald-approved drink.
Also, the Juliet & Romeo (Beefeater, Mint, Cucumber, Rose Water) is as refreshing as drinking in a rose garden at sunset.
I think gin is my new favorite for summer because it feels so refreshingly pastoral, like a hidden stream had fermented into an alcoholic stream, most likely near the Big Rock Candy Mountain.
What is your favorite summer drink?