Podcast Me Crazy

I have a new favorite thing.

Podcasts are my new favorite thing. BUT to be honest, I don’t like listening to what ERRYBODY listening to. I have tried, on occasion. I’ve been listening to podcasts consistently now for over a year. Sometimes I browse the “popular” charts on my Podcast app and see what’s new at #1. I have varied tastes from book talk to crime/investigative shows, to pop culture. I have varied reasons why I listen to podcasts; to help me go to sleep, to escape traffic, or to find some new recommendations (as in books, etc.) I can only say I listen to a handful on a weekly basis. Here are my top 5 favorite podcasts, as random as I can be.

5. Ear Hustle. A show produced and recorded in San Quentin Prison (California) and co-hosted by a man serving a life sentence. The topics range from week to week about what life is like on the inside. I like the fresh perspectives, and the topics/stories shared by actual inmates on the show. The episodes tend to be between 30 minutes to an hour, perfect for those with short attention spans.

4. Where Should I Begin? With Esther Perel. This is a new release on iTunes. If you never heard of Esther Perel, that’s okay. She is a Belgian author and leader in the psychotherapy world and a proponent of rethinking how we view infidelity (read: polyamory.) In her podcasts, she shares actual therapy sessions (meaning you get to be a fly on the wall) with couples going through different struggles including intimacy, infidelity and emotional baggage.

3. MyTaughtYou with Myliek Teele. I haven’t consistently listened to this podcast, but I enjoy listening to her entrepreneur tips and gems she has learned along the way. Myliek is the founder of CURLBOX. She doesn’t come off like a know-it-all, just kind of like your good girlfriend sharing advice.

2. S Town. S Town is a very involved investigative story. That’s the best way I can describe it. THIS has been the best podcast for 2017 in my opinion. I started listening to it in the house, and then my boyfriend liked it so much that he began to listen to it on his hour commute to work. I won’t even bother explaining what it’s about…JUST LISTEN LINDA!

1. Dirty John. Bear with me here. Another investigative story. A woman named Debbie meets a man online named John and they proceed to move very fast in the relationship. They get married within 2 months…but wait, does she really know who John is? He reads like Mr. Charming on paper, but who is he REALLY?!

That’s all I got folks. Let me know what podcasts you hold dear to your heart…

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Podcast Me Crazy

Hello There: What’s Rocking My World

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What I’m thankful for:

  • Life
  • Forgiveness
  • A heated home
  • People who care
  • People who show they care
  • My mother
  • Love
  • Grace
  • Sweaters
  • Healing
  • High boots
  • Sleeping through the night
  • Having insurance
  • Sunsets
  • Music, when I don’t have the words
  • A space to call my own
  • My thighs
  • Fall television.
  • You, for partaking in my thoughts.

What are you thankful for this month?

-She

Hello There: What’s Rocking My World

What’s Rockin’ My World: Fall Twenty Fifteen

So much going on in life I don’t even know where to begin.

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Meet Julia, new muppet character with autism.

For starters:

  • Weave went bye-bye. It lasted for 1 month and 9 days and I was very proud of myself. I am a person that loves to wash her hair so much and not being able to touch my scalp bothered me. That hair wash yesterday was so epic.
  • The weather has been pretty amazing (cooler mornings, warmer afternoons) but I know the colder temperatures are just around the corner. Time for coats to come from hibernation.
  • My job is going good so far. I enjoy working with children who have autism, they are all so very unique. It’s about to be a busy time this coming week with Quarter 1 ending. There’s progress reports to do, testing, meetings and therapy. Kind of hard not to day-dream about the holidays at this time.
  • In current event news, Sesame Street has a new muppet character with autism. Her name is Julia. This initiative was created as a resource for families with children who have autism, and a way to reduce the stigma associated with autism. Children with autism are more likely to be bullied at school and the videos on the website show real stories from real families.
  • I am going to visit a friend in Houston in 2 weeks! I’m super excited as it’s my first time visiting. What should I not miss eating or doing?
  • I go through my bouts of love and hate with social media. For the most part, I stay consistently on Twitter. But even with Twitter, if your favorite folks are not engaged with you…it can get kind of boring. I actually like to interact with people online. I haven’t decided when I’m going to fast from social media, but it’s looking like pretty soon.
  • I’m back to falling asleep on my couch. I don’t really rest when I sleep in my bedroom and I’m trying to figure out what that’s about.
  • I need to get back into talk therapy! Due to work conflict, I stopped attending the group therapy in September as well as individual therapy. It’s about time I start getting the care I need again.
  • Living alone has been pretty cool. I really cannot complain about it, and I can’t imagine going back to roommates again.
  • I am not confirmed for Costa Rica just yet this Christmas but I’m still making a countdown clock because it WILL happen. Stay tuned for more news in November.
  • Remember how I wanted this when I got my own apartment? Definitely gonna happen soon. I’m gonna rescue a kitten!

What’s rockin’ your world lovely?

-She

What’s Rockin’ My World: Fall Twenty Fifteen

The First: Is You Ready?

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Whew! Where has the time gone?! Can you believe we are in November already? We blinked our eyes and summer was over. The cold has settled in and I am not quite ready to say goodbye to 2014. Changes are still happening around me, however, I am in a better mood to engage in life, my job, and my short term personal goals. I have been able to work it out so that I can still attend group therapy during the work week, and my brand spanking new roommate moved in today. I can’t believe to tell you what  a relief it has been to secure a roommate. That means that I don’t have to sacrifice my whole paycheck for one pay period a month. It means freedom! It means I can eat Chipotle once a week. It means I can buy some bottles of wine to keep my fridge stocked (and my stressful evenings at a minimum). It means I can pay all my bills when they are due. And it means I generally have more room to breathe (financially) week to week.

I moved out of DC to save money. That just hadn’t happened the past 3 months. It’s feasible now. I walked into the apartment today and sensed the difference though. It smelled different. But, that’s minor. I think this roommate business has its pro’s and con’s. I summed them up below:

Pro’s to having a roommate:

  • You’re not alone very often. To a person with depression, company could be a good thing.
  • You have someone who pretends to care when you’re sick, suffering, etc. Or they may not be pretending. Generally, you “pretend” at first.
  • The MOST obvious, you’re saving $$$.
  • You have someone to share your food with.
  • You have someone to share a drink with.
  • It’s like a never ending sleepover, a good thing if a friendship is cultivated.
  • You learn how to compromise.

Con’s to having a roommate:

  • You’re not alone very often. To a person that thrives from personal space and time, this may be stiffling.
  • I can’t pee with the door open.
  • I have to spray after I use my bathroom. (for courtesy)
  • My morning routines (including playing music, etc.) may have to change.
  • You have someone to share your food with, and may feel obligated to share with them in order to appear as if you have home training.
  • You have someone to share a drink with. Then you get paranoid and hide your alcohol because you don’t trust your roommate.
  • It’s like a never ending sleepover, and you just want your space back.
  • You can’t remember what food in the fridge you bought.
  • You’re afraid over every little noise when you’re not sure if they are home or not.
  • You can’t be “spontaneous” with company. Sexy time is “courteous.”

These are just some of the anxieties I may deal with later down the road, but as of right now I’m still on the high of saving $$$. Especially today, the First of the month. November is already looking up! So today, I celebrate new beginnings, more money in the bank, the cold making a grand entrance and the writing process.

What are some things you’re celebrating on the First? Any Pro’s or Con’s to add to the list?

Wake up!

-She

The First: Is You Ready?

Everyday DC Sights

I’ve been trying to honor DC with a post for a couple of days, now. Life keeps getting in the way. As I’m officially a DC resident (15 months counts, right?) I’ve come to know this place in ways only a non-driving, loan-budgeting graduate student can. So, here are some of things I’ve come to learn and know about DC.

Mumbo/Mambo Sauce– I have no idea where the craze for mumbo sauce was born. I don’t even know how to spell it because of DC’ers unique pronunciations. The sauce is reddish/burgundy in color and can be requested at any Chinese food establishment to be devoured on wings, among other foods. Although I’m not a big sauce person, I tried it. It tasted like a concoction of barbeque and hot sauce mixed together. Nothing to write home about. But, still, big enough to get a mention.

Round-about’s– These dizzying road diversions are abundant in the District. If you’re driving, get ready to yield and cautiously exit at least 2 to get from one neighborhood to another. 

Go-Go music– You can only appreciate this music genre (locally born) by listening to it. So do it. Basically every popular song you know, has a Go Go version. It’s more about the beat and the mood it puts you in. Learn about The Godfather of Go Go, Chuck Brown.

Don’t Own a Bike here– I don’t know what the statistics are on bike theft in DC, but I have heard that people “saw” U-locks in broad daylight and no one does anything about it. I read an article in the free newspapers that were giving commuters tips on which TWO bike locks to purchase and how to lock their bikes down to prevent theft. There’s currently a Tumblr for people to list-serv their stolen bikes. Sad, but true. Also, if you’re in the mood for an amusing true-life bike theft story, read the City Paper’s Ride it Like it’s Hot column.

Howard University’s Homecoming– Anybody who’s anybody knows there’s nothing like Howard’s homecoming. I didn’t attend this year’s festivities but it is something I look forward to coming back and being apart of as alumni.

New Balance sneakersDC folks love them some New Balances. Don’t ask me why.

And now for the visuals:

Row-home kitty…
Sculpture Garden
World-War I memorial during the March on Washington 2013
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Metro Bus.
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Mouth of the underground metro
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Inside the metro station
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Fall in Columbia Heights
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Capitol Hill

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Have you ever been to DC? If so, what were your lasting impressions? If not, would you like to visit?

Everyday DC Sights