My Podcast List

One of my goals for this year was to consume less true crime media. To accomplish this. I deleted a few of the many murder podcasts I listened to both during my commute and my workday. Here is a list of my favorite podcasts:

Comedy Podcasts:
Dear Hank and John - Brothers Hank and John Green give dubious advice to their listeners. They also give you some news about Mars and AFC Wimbledon.
Delete This - Hank Green discusses his weekly Twitter feed with his wife Katherine.
How Did This Get Made - Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, and Jason Mantzoukas discuss terrible movies.

Stories:
Welcome to Night Vale - A community radio show hosted by Cecil Gershwin Palmer that shares all of the strange happenings in Night Vale.
Mythology - An audio drama recounting various mythological stories from around the world.

True Crime:
My Favorite Murder - A true crime comedy podcast hosted by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark.
Criminal - While most true crime podcasts are about murder, Criminal tells stories about crime. Sometimes the stories are sad; sometimes the stories are silly, but they are all illegal in some way.
Small Town Murder - A more graphic true crime comedy podcasts about murders that happen in small towns around the United States.

Miscellaneous:
The Golden Ratio - Jen and Ingo, owners of the five best golden retrievers in the world, ramble on about the dogs, their lives, and whatever else pops into their heads.
The Anthropocene Reviewed - John Green reviews random things on a 5-star scale.
The HoneyDew - Ryan Sickler discusses the highlights and lowlights of both his life and the lives of his guests.

I do have a few other podcasts that I use as fillers when I have run out of new episodes of these shows. (I have a one-hour commute to work each way and an eight-hour workday….) But they aren’t really my favorite podcasts. And, yes, I did cut out a handful of murder podcasts. If you are interested in hearing the podcasts I cut out, leave a comment below. It’s not that I didn’t like those shows, I just needed a better mental space.

Now I need to know - what are your favorite podcasts? New shows are always welcome here!







Ah, February

OK. So we’ve now figured out that I am terrible at posting every day. At first, I can’t think of anything to write about (yeah…I probably should have thought about whether I really had 28 favorite things to share) then I get overwhelmed when I can’t think of anything to write about and it ends up in a big fail spiral. Sigh.

But I’m going to try to get back on track. I do have a few more favorites to share, though I might not get them all out before the month ends. I’m OK with that.

As for March, well, we’ll see how that goes. I have a few ideas brewing but I’m not sure if they are ready to come out. My daughter has a dance competition in a few weeks, which I will gladly talk about if anyone thinks it would be an interesting topic. Hopefully I can get this back on track.

February Favorite #13: Lore Olympus

I recently came upon a WebToon titled Lore Olympus. Some of my friends have been raving about it for awhile, thanks to a snow day, I gave in and quickly caught up in one day. I should have known that I would love the series. I’ve always been a fan of Greek mythology and Persephone’s story is one of my favorites. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Lore Olympus is, specifically, the story of how Persephone and Hades came to be married. It shows how all of the various gods, goddesses, nymphs, and other beings, both mythological and mortal, interact with each other. Even though Persephone and Hades are the main characters, you will also see Artemis, Apollo, Zeus, Hera, Poseidon, and many others. Rachel Smythe tells the story in a slightly different manner from what we are used to. Many of the gods aren’t related in order to avoid all of the incest goings-on. Also, Hades doesn’t outright kidnap Persephone. It’s a more romantic plot. Think of it as a sort of soap opera, which is appropriate for Greek mythology.

Currently, there are 49 episodes in the series. New episodes are uploaded every Sunday. It won’t take you very long to catch up to the current episode and the story is extremely intriguing. I can almost guarantee that you will love the story just as much as I do. It’s a MUST read.

February Favorite #12: Dancewear

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As I have said before, my daughter dances. That means I buy a lot of dance clothes. So I thought I would share my favorite websites for buying dance-related clothing. Note: Not all of the clothes are leotards. Some are just cute shirts.

Dancewear Solutions has a big variety of pieces that are appropriate for both classes and the stage. I tend to buy the pieces for my recital costumes from the clearance section.

Discount Dance Supply also has a large variety of dance clothes but the pieces they offer tend to be on the funkier side of things. I’ve bought a few leotards and tutus here.

Sugar and Bruno. A lot of the tank tops my daughter wears in dance class are Sugar and Bruno shirts. They are super comfy and have a lot of cute sayings on the front.

This one is a little bit of a cheat since it isn’t exactly a store. Every quarter, my daughter gets the Kathryn Morgan subscription box from DancersHaul. Every box comes with tights and a piece of clothing. Sometimes it’s a leotard, sometimes it’s shorts and a top.

Finally, here are the dance shoes my daughter wears. Her pointe shoes are Gaynor Minden, her tap shoes are Bloch, and her lyrical and soft ballet shoes are Capezio. (For hip hop, she wears a couple of different pairs of shoes. Leave me a comment if you want me to go into those.)

I think that sums up most of the items my daughter wears to dance class. Do you have any favorite brands? Give them a shout out in the comments!

February Favorite #11: Dog Twitter

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Last Monday, I gave you my favorite dog Instagram accounts. Since Mondays usually suck, I’m going to give you my favorite dog Twitter accounts today! After all, dogs make everything better!

Bunsen Berner, BMD - Bunsen is a Bernese Mountain dog. He’s also a scientist! OK, his dad is a scientist. I believe he’s a high school chemistry teacher. Bunsen frequently hands out science facts and debunks the science fiction on his Twitter. And he’s freaking adorable when he does it. The world needs more dogs like Bunsen.

Theo-sophy - Theo is a philosophy doggo. Every day, he gives a super positive pup tip of the day. He is also freaking adorable. (OK, spoiler alert, all of the dogs are freaking adorable. That is why they are on my list.) Theo is always good for a Monday morning pick-me-up.

The Golden Ratio - Yes, these golden retrievers were on my Instagram list. However, GR Mom Jen also has a Twitter account for them. (Each of the girls has their own Twitter account but I don’t think they are updated very often.) They also have a Snapchat and YouTube channel (where they upload the snaps).

Oh My Corgi! - While the other accounts have a specific dog (or dog family) behind them, this one is all adorable corgis. It posts both pictures and videos of corgis being cute.

Lincoln the Dachshund - I started following Lincoln fairly recently. From what I can tell so far, he doesn’t necessarily post every day but when he does post, watch out for the cuteness! It just might kill you!

These are my very favorite dog Twitterers. But I always have room in my feed for more! Leave a comment with your favorite dog Twitter accounts.

February Favorite #10: Spooky YouTube Channels

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Even though I have been trying to get away from murder-related entertainment, I still sometimes enjoy watching some spooky YouTube channels. What I actually enjoy are the channels that discuss horror/scary things around the internet. I like hearing their theories about what the stories mean. Here are a few of my favorites, in no particular order:

NightMind
ReignBot
Noir Ascii
Nexpo (formerly Nightmare Expo)

I hope that you enjoy their theories as much as I do. If you have any other channels that are similar, feel free to hit me up with a link either in the comments or on Twitter.

February Favorite #9: Longwood Gardens

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When the weather is nice, I enjoy taking my camera out for some pictures. One of my favorite locations is Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, PA. While I prefer to go there in when the weather is warmer, they do have year-round displays, including an amazing Christmas display that everyone should see. However, if you do want to go in the colder months, they do have some beautiful indoor displays. Right now, their main display is the Orchid Extravaganza.

In addition to the gorgeous gardens, Longwood also offers classes, talks, and musical performances. The classes range from ‘how to start a vegetable garden’ to landscape design to identifying plants. Spotlight talks are guided tours where you can learn more about Longwood and their plants. But if you love music, Longwood really is the place to go. They have a variety of performances every year. Jazz, Irish, Pop - it’s difficult to list the range of the performers. Longwood has a calendar of events on their website. I recommend taking a look at it to see if anything interests you.

If you ever get a chance to visit the Philadelphia area, I highly recommend taking some time to check out Longwood Gardens. You need to see their fountain shows, at the very least. Don’t believe me? Check out their Instagram to get a glimpse into what they offer.

February Favorite #8: Disney Doorables

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I’ll admit that I am a bit of a kid. I love blind boxes and I love cute things. Disney Doorables checks both of those boxes. You can buy them separately in playsets or you can buy the big blind box. I prefer the blind box, of course. But what are Disney Doorables, you ask? Well!

The Doorables are tiny little Disney figures. They feature everyone from Mickey Mouse to Winnie the Pooh to Rapunzel to Marshmallow. (You know, the giant snowmonster from Frozen.) Most of the figures feature sparkly eyes or glitter dresses. However, in each series, one of the character groups are all fuzzy. In the first series, all of the Winnie The Pooh characters were fuzzy. It is pretty awesome.

Whenever my daughter and I go to Target, we pick up at least one box of Doorables. The big box has anywhere from 5 to 7 figures inside. (You can get them at Walmart and Five Below as well but I’ve never seen them there.) While we have a lot of figures, we haven’t quite completed the first series yet. The second series released recently so I’m hoping we’ll still be able to get more boxes of the first series. I want to complete the set!

For the record, our favorite figure so far is Boo from Monsters Inc. So cute!

February Favorite #7: Purl

I know I’m a little behind on my February Favorites but I’m going to try to catch up. The video I’m going to share with you is a Pixar SparkShort titled Purl. While it is very adorable, it does highlight an important part of American society - the difficulty women have fitting into a male-dominated workforce. The short was both directed and produced by women. (Kristen Lester and Gillian Libbert-Duncan, respectively.) While it sucks that work inequality is a thing, I’m glad that Pixar put this out there to, hopefully, start discussions about it.

February Favorite #6: The Masked Singer

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In case you have been living under a rock, there is a new show on Fox called The Masked Singer. It is the Americanized version of the Korean show, King of Mask Singer. And it is AMAZING. (Both of them are amazing but not everyone is insane enough to watch a show in a language they don’t speak.)

Here’s the basics: Celebrities of varying degrees dress up in elaborate costumes to hide their identities. Then they sing. It is up to us and the judges to figure out who is behind the mask.

The show started out with 12 celebrities. As of right now, five have been unmasked. (Another will be unmasked tonight.) I’m not going to give any spoilers. If you want to know who the unmasked celebrities are, you can look it up.

While the premise sounds a little dumb, it really is amazing. I have some ideas who some of the celebrities are but I’ve only been right once so far. You end up having to rely more on the clues that are given than the actual voice. I think that makes it more enjoyable to watch. It would suck if the identities were easy to guess!

If you haven’t watched the show yet, you need to get on board. A new episode airs tonight!