On our cross-countryish road trip Dan and I listened to the infamous Serial podcast. It reinvigorated my love of listening to information rather than just reading it. Because, let’s be honest here, I usually get my news from Jon Stewart and Facebook. My love of non-fiction reading has started to play second fiddle to my new love of book club recommendations. So I subscribed to a whole host of podcasts in an effort to educate myself. Plus now I have more interesting topics to add to conversations than just my current thoughts on lunch and geometry (all my tutoring kids seem to be learning trig functions right now).
Here’s my list:
Stuff You Missed in History Class
The Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology
My Brother, My Brother and Me
The Daily Show Podcast without Jon Stewart
Happier with Gretchen Rubin
Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!
I’m currently catching up on about a bajillion back episodes of Stuff You Missed in History Class (two more down on my way to work today!) but am always looking for more suggestions. So, three people who read my blog (thanks Dan and Dad), any suggestions for more to add to my list? Any SYMHC topics you want to discuss? I’m all ears…
I love challenges. I love books. I love lists. I found a challenge list of 50 different types of books to read in 2015 while Pinteresting, my new favorite. And while 50 books is beyond my reading goal for the year (finishing 24 is my actual goal), I know that I can knock out a few at a time with only one book. Multi-tasking (another thing I love).
So far this year I’ve finished three books:
- Watership Down by Richard Adams (rated: 3 out of 5)
- The Monogram Murders by Sophie Hannah (rated: 4 out of 5)
- The Road by Cormac McCarthy (rated: 4 out of 5)
…and so far I’ve crossed a number of items off the list:
- A book with more than 500 pages
- A classic romance
A book that became a movie The Road
- A book published this year
- A book with a number in the title
- A book written by someone under 30
A book with nonhuman characters Watership Down
- A funny book
A book by a female author The Monogram Murders
A mystery or thriller The Monogram Murders
- A book with a one-word title
- A book of short stories
A book set in a different country The Monogram Murders
- A nonfiction book
- A popular author’s first book
- A book from an author you love that you haven’t read yet
- A book a friend recommended
A Pulitzer Prize-winning book The Road
- A book based on a true story
- A book at the bottom of your to-read list
- A book your mom loves
- A book that scares you
- A book more than 100 years old
- A book based entirely on its cover
- A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t
- A memoir
- A book you can finish in a day
- A book with antonyms in the title
- A book set somewhere you’ve always wanted to visit
- A book that came out the year you were born
- A book with bad reviews
- A trilogy
- A book from your childhood
A book with a love triangle The Monogram Murders
A book set in the future The Road
- A book set in high school
- A book with a color in the title
- A book that made you cry
- A book with magic
- A graphic novel
A book by an author you’ve never read before Watership Down
A book you own but have never read Watership Down
- A book that takes place in your hometown
- A book that was originally written in a different language
- A book set during Christmas
- A book written by an author with your same initials
- A play
- A banned book
- A book based on or turned into a TV show
- A book you started but never finished
I would have to say that crossing off ten items with only three books is pretty impressive (pats herself on the back). So here’s hoping that I keep it up because, let’s be honest, one can only read so many papers about the hindgut hypothesis before getting a little stir crazy. Amiright?!?
Sometimes I get caught up in complaining. I enjoy making my complaining into jokes but really, that doesn’t make it any better. When Dan has a bad day I ask him about three things that make him happy or make him give me a list of five reasons why he loves me (the second one is mostly for my own benefit). So I suppose that I should hold myself to the same standard.
A short list of 5 wonderful things in life:
- Since fracturing my foot I’ve had to wear a post-op shoe or orthotic inserts every day. I finally went back and picked up the newer pair of orthotics from the doctor and am able to fit them into my boots. I’M NOT WEARING SNEAKERS TODAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN FOREVER!!! (Well, since the day of my wedding when I wore my heels because, you know, wedding shoes.)
- I’ve met a few amazing diabetics over the past few months both in person and online (as in, I went through a phase where I started following about a dozen diabetic Instagram accounts). It’s a great place to talk about the suckiness of diabetes with people who truly understand and it helps to know you’re not alone.
- Tea lattes.
- I blame the Serial podcast, but Dan and I have been having in-depth conversations about morals and mindsets and experiences lately. I love to goof around and, more importantly, to laugh, but these conversations with Dan have been strangely fulfilling and have also spread to other relationships in my life.
- Manicures. I currently have a oh-crap-I-have-some-important-meetings-so-I’ll-just-do-a-quick-coverup-job thing going on. But it still makes me feel good to have colorful fingertips.
Hope you’re all having a wonderful day…
My life is wonderful. And since I posted a quick post about 5 annoying things earlier, I thought I would make a quick list of 6 wonderful things.
1. My hair air-dried perfectly today.
2. One of my New Year’s resolutions is to accessorize more. I wore a necklace today.
3. After a bit more searching than expected I found the gift I am giving to Dan today for his birthday. Wahoo!
4. I am a part of an email exchange with an MD and a PhD where we all used the word “poopy” in reference to feces.
5. I made my first mug cake this morning. Technically it was a mug muffin but I’m still putting that in the win column.
6. Pomegranate blueberry tea latte.
A short list of things in increasing order of annoyingness:
2. testing of blood sugar because of aforementioned diabetes
3. pump alarms
4. pump alarms as a reminder to test blood sugar when blood sugar has been tested many times already but pump refuses to accept these numbers to calibrate itself