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Starting and Stopping

Hi everyone,

It’s me. I have been sitting here for the last two hours trying to write a blog post. I almost finished one and then decided that I don’t like it well enough to hit publish yet. Then, I started another about the dark circles under my eyes and how I’ve tried every eye cream under the sun. I even made a list – hydrating, anti-aging, concealing, and total eye care. Nothing has worked, and I still look like I walked into a door. I also stopped writing and Googled one article about how I should drink more caffeine and take vitamins C and K.

Fascinating, right? This is how my writing is going at the moment. I’m blocked, but after writing more than 20 posts already this month, maybe I need a break.

And now, I’m tired, and The Big Bang Theory is on. And, there is a glass of Riesling beside me with my name on it.

Hopefully, I’ll have more to write about tomorrow. And if you have any ideas about getting rid of dark circles, I’d love to hear them.

Sleep tight everyone,

Elisa

Seven Podcasts I Never Miss

I avoided listening to podcasts when they first started to become popular. Why? Because I knew if I went down that rabbit hole, I’d find a few podcasts to follow and have FOMO about the ones I didn’t know about yet.

I wasn’t too far off base. I now follow about 20 different podcasts, and I’m always on the hunt for more. Yes, half of them are about books, but the rest are a nice mix of current events, celebrity interviews, and random behind-the-scenes episodes about movies, scandals, etc.

Here is what I’m listening to on any given day.

The Problem with Jon Stewart

I loved The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and when it went off the air, I cried. I’m still shocked that he decided to leave right before the Trump administration began. His voice of reason was what I needed in the early years, and I felt abandoned in my time of need. Thankfully, he has re-emerged and has a new podcast.

Read the show’s title, and you would think the podcast was anti-Jon Stewart. But “the problem” is not with the host; it’s with the rest of the world. He has a lot to weigh in on, and now he can curse whenever he feels like it. Somehow, this gives him the edginess I never knew I needed.

Clear & Vivid with Alan Alda

Who doesn’t love Alan Alda? He brings his warmth, intelligence, empathy, and charm to a podcast about how we communicate with each other. In each episode, he interviews someone fascinating. Sometimes he interviews celebrities like Katie Couric, Kevin Bacon, and Goldie Hawn. They don’t talk much about their latest movie project. Instead, they have honest conversations about their lives, how they navigate their fame and stay grounded. He also talks to scientists about topics like happiness and human behavior. Alan Alda’s interviewing style reminds me of Fresh Air’s host, Terry Gross. He isn’t there to get the dirt on people; he wants to hear your story and learn.

Seriously, I can’t recommend his podcast highly enough.

Pop Culture Preservation Society

I’m just going to list a few episode titles from this podcast. You will quickly know whether or not you will love it as much as I do.

“How Deep Is Your Love For The Bee Gees”

“Looking Through The Eyes of Love”

“I Rank the Songs of Barry Manilow”

“Little GenXers on the Prairie”

Convinced yet? Let me know.

Sounds Like a Cult

Ever wonder how modern-day “cults” we all follow started? This podcast dives deep into the “cults” of LuLaRoe, Celebrity Megachurches, SoulCycle, and more. Another bonus for this podcast, most episodes are only 30 minutes long instead of the entire hour.

You’re Wrong About

Remember the scandals surrounding Tammy Faye Baker and Vanessa Williams? How about some of the most prominent court cases of our lifetimes – The O.J. Simpson trial and The Prom Mom? Get the whole story and not just what you think you know. The journalists on this podcast break it all down in a systematic and fascinating way.

The Readerly Report

I listen to a ridiculous number of podcasts about books and reading. Each podcast name tops the next one with their bookish puns like “Literally Reading,” “Reading Glasses,” and “Novel Gazing.” They are all so good, but The Readerly Report is one of my absolute favorites. It is smart and funny, and there isn’t time for random chitchat because the hosts are so excited about the books they are reading.

What Should I Read Next

This is the other bookish podcast that I love. Hosted by Ann Bogel, the queen bee of the Modern Mrs. Darcy book club is a literary genius. She interviews someone about their reading life and gives them recommendations based on three books they loved, one book they hated, and what they are currently reading. The format is the same every week and never gets old. The reason my TBR list is so long is because of this podcast.

What podcasts do you enjoy? I’m always looking for a new one! Let me know in the comments.

What’s Her Poison?

My daughter is turning 21 years old next week. How crazy is that?! I remember when I became of legal age like it was yesterday.

Well, I remember some of that day. Actually, it’s a bit of a blur.

Anyway, I decided to be “the cool mom” and buy her something from the liquor store to celebrate. A typical visit to the store lasts about five-ten minutes – just enough time to pick up a last-minute bottle of wine after realizing the restaurant we are going to is a BYOB. This time I spent half an hour trying to decide what Jenna might like and left empty-handed. I don’t know what the kids like these days, and I certainly do not know my daughter’s drink of choice. But I’m not under the illusion that she doesn’t have one.

When I was her age, I loved my Seagrams wine coolers and rum and cokes over the more affordable and highly accessible Coors Light and Corona. Remember Zima? I was a big fan.

But, my prior knowledge of alcoholic beverages from the 1990s was of no help to me right now. Does she like Malibu Rum? Or is that too sweet? A little Bailey’s Irish Cream, maybe? That’s more of a coffee drink. How about a nice bottle of wine? Where do I start? The options are endless! I briefly considered a bottle of pre-mixed sangria, but then I shook my head and kept walking. I didn’t think it would be this hard.

Or maybe my brain can’t accept that she is turning 21 and able to walk in this store and purchase whatever she fancies. When she was a little girl, her favorite drink was chocolate milk. Maybe I would have had better luck at Wawa; they have Yoohoo.

Frustrated, I bought myself a $20 bottle of wine and went home. My firstborn is turning 21. I need a drink.

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