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Currently | September 2017

It’s late September and I just took a blissful outdoor shower (one of my favorite things about our Cape house).  I’m telling you that partly so you know I prioritize hygiene, and partly to express what a gorgeous summer day it is in New England… despite it technically being, like, the fourth day of Autumn.  Whatever, man.

CURRENTLY | SEPTEMBER 2017

currently september 2017

Serious question: How to you make your hands look cool and/or normal in photos?

Currently reading

Per usual, I have started 14 new books… and finished 0 of them.  We read so many great children’s books this summer (I need to add to this list), but now that I have a little time to myself while the kids are at preschool, I have loaded up my Kindle with non-picture books.  And it feels good.  Here’s what I’m reading:

Currently listening to

  • A whole slew of great podcasts: Pod Save America, Lovett or Leave it, Call Your Girlfriend, Fake The Nation, Style Your Mind, Fat Mascara and LeVar Burton Reads.
  • The Daily Mix playlists from Spotify (they nail it every time)
  • Grace singing “There’s a Potty in the USA”… because she heard Miley in the car once and now our bathroom has its own anthem.  

Currently watching

  • For out of state license plates… I printed a 50 states license plate worksheet thing (from a website called Mom’s Mini Van… in case my life status was at all in question, that should clarify things) mid-way through August.  So many people vacation on the Cape, I thought it might be fun to keep track of the different license plates we saw.  There are plenty of New Hampshires, New Yorks, New Jerseys, Connecticuts, Vermonts, Pennsylvanias, Floridas, and Maines here.  And a surprising number of Ohios.  I got very into this whole game, like… very quickly.  (Note that most of the summer it was just me and the kids down here… so essentially, I was the only one playing.)  And I’m not saying I purposely took the wrong exit to catch up to and record an interesting looking license plate…. but I’m not saying I didn’t either.  I saw Oklahoma and not only beeped, but frantically waved, and judging by the driver’s look… he was not into it.  And then, on Labor Day, as we made our way back to the city, I saw Alaska on Route 6 and lost what very little chill I had left.  Nick claims he knows someone who up until recently had Hawaii plates.  Likely story.  I started a brand new sheet the day after Labor Day, and I’m not bragging, but I have 40 of the 50 states already logged.  It helps that the entire country moves to Boston every September to go to college.  In their moms’ minivans.  
  • Nick brought his Netflix membership back from the dead so we could watch Ozark (thanks to Tina + Mal for the recommendation).  It’s dark, but not too violent and now I am obsessed with money laundering, so that’s fun.  To clarify: I don’t personally launder money, I’ve just developed a hobby/part-time job being suspicious of people who might.
  • Also on Netflix, Gaga: Five Foot Two.  Liked it a lot.  Love her a lot.

Currently feeling

  • Relieved to be back in a routine.  As fun as this summer was, I definitely appreciate (and need) order.  
  • Itchy, because I saw a spider approaching me 2 hours ago, but I lost track of it… so it’s only safe to assume it’s in my hair, texting its friends to come over.
  • Especially grateful.  We got a flat tire on our way home from Grace’s dentist appointment this morning and I know it’s such a small thing, but I felt myself getting so frustrated.  And embarrassed for being frustrated.  I am so lucky to have who and what I do.    
  • Speaking of embarrassed: Why did I write what amounts to a 10 page, double-spaced essay on license plate hunting?

Also On Tap for Today:

What has been the highlight of your month so far?

 

April 2017 | Currently

This is what life feels like at the moment, as I realize May is less than a week away:

  • Press 1 if you’d like time to slow down.  
  • Press 2 if you’d like to time to speed up to the part of the day when both kids are asleep and you can hear yourself think.
  • Press 3 if you have no idea what you want.

Now imagine me pressing 1-2-3 over and over again on the imaginary keypad of an imaginary phone.  Basically, that’s April in a nutshell.

april 2017 currently

APRIL 2017 | CURRENTLY

Currently enjoying

currently april 2017

  • What I’m calling a gentle return to consistent running (as gentle as things can get while pushing the beast that is a double running stroller).  No pressure, just getting out there.  Granted, I am registered for a few upcoming races, but in the interim, I’m enjoying getting back in the groove.
  • A turn for the better, weather-wise.  We spent this past Sunday visiting the baby animals (including two lambs that were only 3 days old!), checking out the plants, and enjoying a picnic lunch at Ward’s Berry Farm in Sharon (about 30 minutes from the city).  It’s remarkable what good weather and fresh air can do.  Like, it practically makes me a nice, normal person.

Currently watching

currently april 2017

  • Nick and Clark follow each other around, looking for adventure.  And snacks.
  • This Heineken ad, which seems like a masterful foil to Pepsi’s faux protest nonsense.
  • The last few episodes of The West Wing.  I must have inadvertently and magically saved them for times like these.  Imagine if CJ was Press Secretary in real life?

Currently reading

currently april 2017

Currently listening to

  • An old Ben Folds playlist. Nick and I danced to The Luckiest as our first dance at our wedding, and I think I played it thirty-seven times this week.  Grace asked me to turn it off all thirty-seven times.  Whatever, kid. Also on the playlist: Still Fighting It, Fred Jones – Pt. 2, and Philosophy… that intro always makes me wish I could jam on the piano. 
  • A whole slew of podcasts.  Current favorites: Pod Save America, With Friends Like These, Body Kindness, From The Heart: Conversations with Yoga Girl, Call Your Girlfriend, Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!, Up First, and Book Club Appetizer.  I’m also looking forward to DeRay Mckesson’s new podcast, which launches next week.  I’ve all but sworn off TV news (I can’t quit political rantings on Twitter, however… old habits), and find that a lot of these podcasts fill the void nicely.  Without driving me insane.  

Currently feeling

currently april 2017

  • Grateful for moments of solitude here and there, not to mention a loving + supportive family.  I found this piece of “almost sea glass” (in cobalt glass, no less) while taking a solo beach walk at the Cape towards the beginning of the month.  It wasn’t sharp enough to worry about someone’s safety, so I’m certain the right thing to do would have been to throw it back into the surf so it could become actual sea glass… but I kept it.  In a lot of ways, I’m feeling like the human version of somewhere between almost sea glass and actual sea glass.  As I shared in an earlier post, this month has felt like a real time of transition.  Having quiet time to reflect has been really good.  Life is amazing and strange and weird and wonderful.  Also, if I write a memoir, please talk me out of titling it “Almost Sea Glass: The Elizabeth Story.”  And more importantly, talk anyone and everyone out of publishing it.
  • Excited for the next few weeks.  Full schedules, full hearts, can’t lose.  Or whatever they used to say on that football show. (JK…Friday Night Lights was the best.)

OK.  Time to turn into sea glass.  Or maybe, like, put on real pants.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • All about Comic Sans (aka the font that burns my eyes) from The Guardian
  • Painting “magic beans” with Grace (in reality: they are seeds we found on the sidewalk and maybe this isn’t the safest idea… but regardless, we are painting them with sparkly neon paint)
  • The Benefits of Solitude from The Walrus

What has been the highlight of your April?

 

 

The next Serial | Imaginary podcasts

I love a good podcast.  And I love pretending I have the technical know-how, requisite storytelling ability and captive audience to manage a successful podcast of my own.  But um, I have none of the above.

the next serial podcast ideas

I do have some ideas, though.  A whole notebook full of ’em.  And they’re free for the taking.  Just please make sure, if you do go ahead and develop any of these ideas into the next Serial… let me know.  So I can subscribe.  Oh, and maybe let me do the MailChimp ad that will surely kick off each episode.  Cool.  Thank you.

THE NEXT SERIAL | IMAGINARY PODCASTS

Idea 1: Mystery Store

You might have one (or more) of these stores in your town, you might not… but you probably do.  The signage is sort of murky.  Maybe the store is called Jim’s or ABC America or Real Deal$  (for the record, I made these up, so if your store is actually called any of these things… sorry.  I’m especially sorry if you used a dollar sign instead of an ‘s’ to spell the word deals.  Really $orry.).  

Or perhaps there’s no sign at all.

Maybe the store presents itself as one thing, but you kind of get the sense it’s another thing entirely.  Like, you swear you’ve seen people walk in for a haircut and walk out with an electric keyboard.  Or you notice a bunch of not-so-gently-used baby strollers out front, but the advertisements hanging in the window feature a “catch of the day” special.  

Okay, so I’ve set the scene.  The way this podcast works is simple, if not a tiny bit dangerous.  You identify a store that fits the criteria outlined above.  You enter the store, poke around a little (while describing the things you’re poking so your audience feels like they’re in the trenches with you, obviously), maybe act interested in something specific.  When you’re finally approached by a salesperson, you engage them in some friendly banter and then BAM!  You hit them with the million dollar question(or maybe $7.99 question, all depends on the store, right?): 

OK.  But what do you realllly sell here?

It’s anyone’s guess where the episode (and frankly, your life and safety) goes from here.  Exciting, right?

Idea 2: Conversations from the floor

This one is inspired by the 2 year-old in my life.  She seems to be spending an increasing amount of time on the floor.  Sometimes she’s kicking.  Sometimes she’s crying.  Sometimes she’s looking for an errant cheddar bunny under the sofa.  

Toddlers are really, really funny.  This doesn’t always translate in the moment (tantrums can be really upsetting for everyone involved, and I don’t mean to make light of what seems to be an important phase of child development… except to say that we sort of all need a sense of humor to survive).  But they’re funny, nevertheless.  

Just this morning, I had the following conversation with Grace:

  • Grace: Mom.  Mom.  Mom.  Mama.  Mommy.  Mom.  MOM!
  • Me: Yes, honey?
  • Grace: Mom.  Mom.  Mom.  MOOOOOMMMMM.
  • Me: Do you need something, or are you just saying my name?
  • Grace: I’m saying your name.
  • Me: OK.
  • Grace: And I need something.  I need a reflection light.
  • Me: Can you tell me what a reflection light is?
  • Grace: I need it.  
  • Me: I don’t know what it is.  What do you use it for?
  • Grace: I need it to look at trees at nighttime.
  • Me: Can you tell me what it is again?
  • Grace: I said it.  It’s a reflection light.
  • Me: A flash light? (lucky guess)
  • Grace: Yes.  I told you.  Please, you’ll get me one at the store today.

Actually, maybe this podcast is more of a quiz show.  You guess what the H a toddler is talking about.  And if you’re correct, the toddler’s parents give you a handful of slightly moist Cheerios that they found between the seat cushions in their car.  

Idea 3: The Pregnant Shopping Cart Impulse Shopping  Why Am I Buying This? Title TBD

I’ll happily hand this one off to any currently pregnant moms.  Or maybe we can cast a wider net and call it Impulse Shopping.  Whoever grabs this tasty snack cake of an idea can sort of the details.

I came up with this one while nine months pregnant, carefully placing my organic produce on the belt at the grocery store check-out when… What’s this?  Six bags of sour gummy bears?

I’d be lying if I said things like this only happened when I was pregnant, but I believe my impulse shopping was especially cool, weird and interesting when I was expecting.  

And if you choose to stick with the pregnant lady angle, maybe this podcast could have a sort of public service element whereby you educate the masses on what you should/should not say or do to pregnant women.  Like in episode one, you could (genuinely) complement a mother-to-be for looking so radiant.  You ask her how she’s feeling.  You respond kindly and enthusiastically and non-judgmentally to any details she shares.  

You don’t say things like “Whoaaaaa!  You’re about ready to POP!”  Or assert that you’re positive there is a “secret twin in there.” (And yes, these are things strangers said to me when I was pregnant.)  And maybe you make a point of announcing into your micro-cassette recorder (Or does it all happen on your iPhone? I don’t know.  That’s why you’re making the podcast, not me.) that you are not touching anyone’s belly.  You’re just not.

Or…. maybe you just stick to interesting impulse purchases.  Or maybe you empower a toddler to make impulse purchases in a mystery store.  Yep.  That’s going straight to the top of the charts.

Also On Tap for Today:

  • Not buying a reflection light
  • Catching up on Oh My Gouache! videos
  • Homemade snacks for summer road trips from Whole Foods Market

What’s your favorite podcast?