Podcasts and TV: Watch and Listen

This is what happens when your kid goes to bed at 6 pm and you have some quality commuting time: you read, listen, and watch a lot of stuff.


I am a podcast freak. Le freak, se chic. I HIGHLY doubt that those are the right words to the le freak masterpiece. I am listing my favorite podcasts (all available FOR FREE in the iTunes podcast app) in no particular order.

  • Call Your Girlfriend: feminism 101. Looking for an introduction into the mind of Treana? Scary. This podcast is it.
  • Dear Sugar: their recent episode about choosing to be estranged from your parents made me feel all the feels about all of the feels. Great listen to try to understand the complicated and hard fought choices folks like me make.
  • Gilmore Guys: cracks my shit up. They are almost done recapping Bunheads, and I am going to miss them so much.
  • Crimetown: investigative podcast into the Rhode Island mob. Gangster and super well done.
  • Chris Loves Julia: just sweetie bloggers talking about home stuff. They are lighthearted and make me smile.
  • Recode Decode: ever wanted an inside look into Silicon Valley and the tech world? This is it. It's great.
  • From the heart: Yoga Girl's podcast. So far, so good. It's still new, but I am enjoying getting to know her as a momma.
  • My Favorite Murder: a comedy podcast about murders. Gotta be in the right mind space, but it's hilariously great.

TV... Recently:

I watch a crap ton of TV. It's ridiculous. But I really do love TV. Sorry not sorry.

  • Big Little Lies: loved it... along with the entire rest of the damn universe.
  • 13 Reasons Why: controversy aside, so moving and impactful. BE NICE TO OTHER PEOPLE, people. I don't think that high schoolers should watch this. That is my opinion and I am not a parent to a high schooler, but it graphically depicts sexual assault and suicide.
  • Girls: the series just ended and it was so fantastic.
  • Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: just got picked up by Amazon for two seasons-- the pilot was INCREDIBLE.
  • Billions: Paul Giamatti (sp? too lazy to google) drives me a little nuts, but LB and I watch it together and it's good.
  • OJ FX Series: we just finished episode 1, so the jury is still out. I didn't mean for that to be a pun but man, that was good.

So. What are you all watching and listening to?

Truly curiously yours,



Living in a Two Couch Living Room

I was born and bred as a person who cares what her space looks like (note: I am not an interior designer by any stretch of the imagination), in small spaces. There was only one configuration for things that made any logical sense. But this beasty living room has baffled me. 

Listing photo. 

Listing photo. 

How many chairs do I need? More than one couch? A sectional? Again a sectional? What about ottomans? I can't have more than one of those. HOW THE HELL SHOULD I FILL THIS SPACE?!?

SO when a Series of Unfortunate Events (TM) occured with our existing Interior Define couch and they offered to send us another one (OHHHHHH... 3 months ago. Hardly any time at all really. SMH), I calmly and politely said, "Oh sure, I guess I can find space for it." Yeah. Freaking. Right. Like a spider monkey I said, "Hell yes. Send it. Send it now." 

The first iteration of this room looked fine. Heck, we lived with it for like 7 months. 

The second/new couch was delivered and the living room finally feels full.*

*I still want to change the blinds out to white.**

**I still want to add crown moulding.***

***And a few more poufs. We use them all the time on the floor with Lyla. 

Lyla's downstairs toys are in the corner because they are in the corner. And she exists. And has stuff. That's the thing with this room: to me it feels grown up and modern, but is totally kid safe and comfortable. 

Under the white cabinet on this side is our maid: Zoila. Our made is operated by iphone and/or the touch of the button. We named her Zoila in honor of Jeff from Flipping Out (his maid Zoila has been with him upwards of 20 years). Zoila has been with us for almost a year and we love her truly. Lyla thinks the most fun thing is to chase the Roomba/Zoila around and my favorite thing is to see all of the dust and dog hair she scoops up. 

So those are the tales from our living room. I am coping in my super problematicly large living room. NO need to send help. I am fine. :)