The Joys of Podcasts

I spend a lot of time alone. That’s an understatement. Most of the time, I’m alone. That’s the childless (thus far) housewife life, guys. I volunteer twice a week and go to the fabric store more than I should, but when I’m at home, I’m hanging out with two cats and a dog. They’re great conversationalists and they take criticism really well. (“You already have food, you dumb shits.” “Lulu, I’m not leaving forever, I’m just getting some chicken out of the chest freezer in the garage.” “Vincent, stop stepping on my boob.”)

After realizing last summer that having the TV on all day was depressing me, I decided to start listening to audiobooks. You can get them from the library using Overdrive. It’s pretty wonderful. Then a friend recommended Welcome to Night Vale and MY WORLD CHANGED. That sounds like an overstatement. It is not.

Welcome to Night Vale is a podcast. It’s a (hopefully fictional, oh please let it be fictional) radio broadcast from a small, Southwestern town called Night Vale where weird shit happens. It’s scary and sweet, and the writers do a great job of building this bizzaro world. Details from past episodes that seemed tangential and unimportant become important months and months later. It’s so richly realized. If you love spooky things and episodic storytelling, check it out. They’re releasing a Night Vale novel in October! (Not great for kids because it’s creepy as hell.)

After I caught up on WtNV, another friend recommended Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine. Hosted by Dr. Sydnee McElroy and her husband, Justin, Sawbones is exactly what it sounds like: each week, they choose a topic like lobotomies or blood-letting and talk about the awful things we used to do to each other in the name of health. It is hysterical, despite being about lobotomies and blood-letting. (I guess you could let your kids listen, but it’s sort of gross sometimes. No cursing, though.)

Justin McElroy is also on another podcast, which is my current obsession: My Brother, My Brother and Me. It’s an advice show for the modern era, which means people send in their questions, and the Brothers McElroy (Justin, Travis, and Griffin) make you shoot coffee out your nose because it is the funniest thing I’ve ever listened to. Here’s a sample. They also find questions on Yahoo! Answers and holy crap, that is where the dregs of humanity hang out. (There is lots of cursing, so get ready for how awesome it is. Definitely not for children, which they say in the disclaimer at the beginning.)

The great thing about podcasts is that you can listen to them anywhere, anytime. However: do not listen to Welcome to Night Vale while you’re in the bathtub at night and your husband is not home. It is creepy and you will become super jumpy.

Happy listening, and I’d love to know what podcasts you like!


Daily Double!

So remember how a while back I said that I just wanted one good thing to happen?


It did.


I have been selected to be on Jeopardy!!!!! I’ve taken the test every year since I was eligible for the College version, and I was chosen to try out in person twice (once in college, once last year). I got the call yesterday that I’m going to be on the show!!! I fly out to LA in August for the taping. This does not feel real.




Even More Spam Poetry

Whatever weird computer program generates spam these days missed its calling as a beat poet of yore.

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Self-promotion, that is.

Did you guys know that Gainfully Something has a Facebook presence (a phrase that I both hate and use frequently)? Well, it does. Give it a like if you’d… like. I post some stuff on there that I don’t post on here, like Unemployment Tips and links to videos of puppies and stuff.

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Thanks, folks!

More Spam Fun

Since I posted about my constant, chronic back pain, I’ve gotten some fun spam, mostly from “Manhattan Chiropractic Care,” which isn’t really relevant to me, since that’s… 1,000 miles away. And I couldn’t afford it even if I was in Manhattan. And they’re not real.

Anyway, this latest spam contained another lovely sentence that I thought I’d share with you:

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Make that today’s mantra. Also, say it out loud, because it’s pretty fun.

Some Spam Wisdom

This site has a spam comment filter (and I approve all comments before they’re posted, so that’s why it might take a few hours for yours to show up), and sometimes the spam is hysterical. I thought this was a real comment for the first sentence, but then it gets weird… and then it gets sort of nice again.

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