What do you call a group of Uhauls?
That, my friends, is courtesy of some of our fun cousins in Vancouver. I now get excited every time I see a lot full of Uhauls…or Y’all Hauls.
Also, what are your opinions of Uhaul SuperGraphics? Generally, I’m all for the idea of fun facts and colorful animal illustrations all over otherwise boring, ubiquitous white box-trucks. However, the Hawaiian Spider ones freak me out every time I see them on the road. Just me?
After weeks of plaster dust and polyurethane fumes from refinishing some good old wood floors, this weekend we were finally ready to cart our stuff out of storage in my brother’s garage into our new house. What I was NOT expecting on moving day was a brood of chickens and one feisty rooster to join in. There was one point I was so sure that rooster was going to walk up the ramp onto the truck. Thankfully, he thought better of it and moved along (with great and noisy fanfare). My brother did almost get his knee taken out by him in the process of trying to corral them (hero!). Despite all that, their visit was a real day maker.
So, THAT is what I’ve been up to.
I’ve been working on a few fun posts to bring you in the coming weeks. But for today — since I’ve been doing a lot of solitary home improvement activities, I’ve had some time to do one of my favorite things — listen to podcasts! So, I thought I’d rummage through my list of old favorites and share them with you. (Podcasts are essentially like a themed radio program, except you can download them or stream them to your phone or computer any time you like.)
So, I was Listening to this Podcast…
I find myself saying that a lot. Being an aural learner, I am better able to process and synthesize information, ideas and stories that I hear, often times more effectively than that which I read. So, this wave of oldendays radio technology brought to new podcast life has been a great turn of events for me!
If you don’t yet listen to podcasts, welcome to the club! The very first podcast I ever listened to was a Radiolab podcast called Animal Minds. It remains a favorite, as does pretty much everything Radiolab comes up with. Here’s a lineup of some others that I found particularly compelling (kid warning: not all of these are suitable for little ears)
The Longest Shortest Time – Hosted by Hillary Frank (Honest appraisals of parenthood from parents of all kinds…though I don’t have children myself, I find it fascinating)
Strangers – Hosted by Lea Thau (former director of The Moth) (Stories of heartache and kindness and love and loss. Sometimes gritty. Always real.)
This American Life – Hosted by Ira Glass (An NPR Classic on a different theme each week. Endless archives to explore)
Death, Sex and Money – Hosted by Anna Sale (While these titles might sound like the reincarnation of the Jerry Springer show, I promise you they are thoughtful, tender, and insightful stories told by people who don’t often get to tell them. It’s about big questions and hard decisions that are often left out of polite conversation.)
And since I tend to gravitate towards the heavier, thought provoking fare, a few more lighter and brighter options, for good measure:
Things Cooks Know from Real Simple – Hosted by Sarah Karnasiewicz and Sarah Humphreys (Each episode has a theme, like “toast”, “smoothies” or “bananas”. I’m now inspired to try things with bananas even though I don’t even like bananas)
The Bowery Boys – New York City History – Hosted by Greg Young and Tom Meyers (175+ episodes of really interesting NYC history)
Note to Self – Hosted by Manoush Zomorodi (“the tech show about being human” – I especially like her “Bored and Brilliant Boot Camp”)
Reply All – Hosted by PJ Vogt and Alex Goldman (It’s simply a show about the internet…and it has been my husband’s gateway into podcasts 🙂 )
So, while I unpack some boxes, I hope you get the chance to listen to something new this week! And if YOU have a favorite podcast, I’ve still got another bedroom to paint and I’m in the market for some new ones in my queue!