content overload


Way too much to read, listen, see, do, eat, drink, watch, write, and make. I want to do it all and every day I just find out about more stuff!

I will be honest that TV has taken a bit of a backseat lately. We don't have any shows going right now. Although we did start Boardwalk Empire. Egads, that thing is about MEN being MEN and being POWERFUL. Which I'm not so sure I need to see another show like that, but it's very well done so....

I've been reading at night instead of watching stuff and am trying to read during my lunch at work as well. It's going okay! Here's a master list of the things I'm trying to consume this week...maybe just this afternoon!?

An hour long video interview with Ashtangi Laruga Glaser. She is amazing. I can't wait to watch this.

I'm currently reading two incredible page turners.  I was making fabulous prgress on the second book in the Elena Ferrante trilogy when I listened to this episode of Books on the Nightstand. I am now obsessively reading The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I'm not sure how great a book it is (quality wise), but it's definitely entertaining...the Gone Girl of 2015 for sure.

My podcast feed is out of control. Trying to listen through it all, but getting bogged down. Especially with the slew of new albums being released right now too!

Oh, and let us not forget, the internet. There is my Feedly list of blogs, which is downright gigantic. The flood of daily news (thank god for NYT Now), op-eds, long reads, twitterings, and vlogs. Yep, I said vlogs. Perhaps my secret obsession with YouTube channels should be saved for another post entirely...

And on top of it all, today is Thursday and Thursday is when the GOOP newsletter arrives in my inbox, ready and waiting for ridicule!

It's all too much...but in a good way I'm pretty sure.

painting above from Dorothy Goode



My internet...part I

ahhh the internet. Every morning I get up about an hour and half before I have to be at work. I don't shower in the morning (I have a weird, OCD like obession with having to shower RIGHT before I get in bed at night...), I don't wear makeup, I don't have to walk the dogs, I barely have to do anything...but I still need at least an hour. Why? To browse the internets in peace with coffee.

After checking email and social media outlets Twitter, Instagram, Facebook (blech!), etc. I make the some rounds:

Google News Slate...although, since their redesign, I'm not so sure...I've never seen a website that is this unpleasant looking...horrible Daily Beast NPR Vulture Entertainment Weekly

Of course, after checking twitter and the like, I find myself in various random corners of the internet and ultimately, laughing to myself while looking at Buzzfeed lists.

I'll be back soon with part II, focusing on my favorite blogs.

life is better with...the Summer Strut Playlist

[spotify id="spotify:user:smickdougle:playlist:74cCJZaPDbzhMXNWdk47Mg" width="300" height="380" /] For three summers now, I've looked forward to the Slate Culture Gabfest's Summer Strut playlist. This year is no exception, it's fantastic! I love it especially because the songs submitted do not have to be current...I'm able to discover so many great songs I've missed!

Right now I'm currently obsessed with these songs:

life is better with...this new podcast

I recently found a great new podcast. Three  intelligent ladies talking TV?!?! YES PLEASE! Fair warning...if you do not watch cable/prestige tv, this is probably not in your wheelhouse. But I do and I LOVE it!

These ladies are fantastic. I discovered it via one of my favorite twitter friends,  Britt Julious. She and two others, Alison Cuddy and Leah Pickett have great discussions regarding current television. However, what I especially like about this podcast is that the given opinions are fully fleshed out with attention to broader cultural, literary, and cinematic impact. Unlike some pop culture podcasts I listen to...that is all...

Anyways, here's the link, their podcast Changing Channels  is part of WBEZ Chicago. Listen to it.

All-Time Greatest: TV

10tv Entertainment Weekly has been extra fun lately. With its new 100 All-Time Greatest issue, they have put out some definitive, "All-Time Greatest" lists of books, movies, tv, music, and style. I love me a good top ten list! And of course whenever I see anyone else's lists, I feel inspired to make my own.

Here are my ten "all-time greatest" of television in order:

10. Friday Night Lights

9. Curb Your Enthusiasm 8. LOST 7.  Arrested Development 6. Freaks and Geeks 5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show

4. Breaking Bad

3. Sex and the City

2. Louis Theroux's Weird Weekends

1. Mad Men

Please note: This list has been made without having watched The Wire or The Sopranos. We are about to start the latter.

life is better with...tami taylor If you follow me on twitter, you probably have noticed that I've been gorging myself on Friday Night Lights. I'm about to start season four and omg. I can't even talk about it I love it so much. Tami Taylor? Flawless. Coach Taylor? Perfect. Matt Saracen and Tim Riggins? Favorites.

I know I'm about five or so years late to the party, but I don't care. I love this show.

too much to do


I want to ask the question: how is it possible to be bored these days?

There is so much I want to do, read, see, make, eat, drink, watch, that at the end of every day I am left wishing I had a few hours.

I love this show and want to finish it, but also have this show and my favorite show ever starting back and I have still never seen The Wire, which let's face it, I know I'm missing out big time.

I am reading this book, but also have another bookclub selection, and some books for work that I'd like to read...Not to mention the long awaited My Friend series that always just sits around waiting...

Then I get really overwhelmed when I start thinking about all the classes I want to do here...then I would also love to get back into running...then I would also love to cook every recipe on Sprouted Kitchen, Shutterbean, andhere.

Oh and I would also like to this restaurant, go to the Louisville Science Center to see this exhibit

PLUS......I would love to plan/go on a vacation, take more photos, more motorcycle rides, blog posts to write, blogs to read, cocktails to make, yoga workshops to attend, and ETC, ETC, ETC, ETC.

I love how accessible things are these days and how much Louisville has changed since I last lived here. There are too many options and I love it...but it kinda makes my head want to pop off...please tell me I'm not alone?!?!

Oh wait...I guess I also have to work too....


Happy Friday Y'all!

20130308-063912.jpg20130308-064119.jpg20130308-064143.jpg20130308-064157.jpg I think these GIRLS paper dolls from Vulture are amazing. I loved paper dolls as a kid and Vulture never disappoints:

However, I am happy to announce that I have stopped watching HBO's GIRLS. I realized that the anger it incites in me is not healthy and all the elements I enjoyed last season have virtually disappeared this season. In short....Enlightened > GIRLS.

Ready for the, whoa. It was a tough week at work full of standardized stressed, staff stressed.

Family from out of town arriving on Sunday. Can't wait!

life is better (I guess) with these podcasts...

IMGP8139 Talk of the Nation, Fresh Air, The Diane Rehm Show, On Point, Q, Radiolab, Filmspotting, Two Gomers Run for Their Lives, Nerdist, Intelligence Squared and more.

Okay. So those are some podcasts that I truly enjoy almost every day. I learn a lot and I feel mentally stimulated.  And then there are these:

The Joy the Baker podcast

NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour

Slate Culture Gabfest

Double X Gabfest

I don't like to say that I "hate-listen" to these shows, but I'm afraid it's kind of true. Every week I find myself simultaneously annoyed and amused. They almost always incite a rant that begins with something "OMG I can't believe these people!?!?!?!" So....WHY do I keep listening? I have lots of interest in the topics,, yet I often disagree so strongly with the hosts' opinions that I find myself wanting to pull my hair out. It's like being at a dinner party with no ability to interject and voice one's opinion!

I mean, c' endorsement of banana pudding: "the ultimate summer dessert concoction of bananas, pudding, Nilla wafers, and whipped cream" or an in-depth analysis of Nicki Minaj's judging technique on America Idol?!

However, it might not be so bad to listen to the viewpoints that differ from your own...I suppose it's good for me...

Do you "hate-listen" to podcasts/talk radio?!? Am I the only one?!

Favorite Watches of 2012

 Like this poster? Breaking Bad? Anyone? Typically, I have a somewhat irrational hatred for these "Keep Calm and..." posters, but this one made me smile.

My favorite television and movies of 2012. Of course please keep in mind that I have not seen Les Miserables yet (going with whole fam on Christmas Day! So excited!)

Life of Pi

Nashville (ABC)


Breaking Bad (AMC)

Girls (HBO) I seriously have a love-hate relationship with this show. Regardless of things I don't like about it, it is very well executed and does great things with music.

Mad Men (AMC)

Can you tell that I still think television is far better than movies these days?

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Happy Friday Y'all! November 30, 2012

Highlights of my week:

Liz and Dick, Christmas trees, portabello mushroom ravioli, Sassy Fox, not feeling sick anymore, and reading this book aloud at work.

Also some great podcast listens this week...which reminded me of the RIDICULOUS mistake I made of leaving this lady off of my list of lady role models:

WHAT IS MY PROBLEM?!?! Dolly is one of my all-time favorite ladies..I love love love love her. Sorry Dolly...

Listen to this:

"After Decades of Dreaming, Dolly says 'Dream More'" Talk of the Nation - November 27, 2012

"Dolly Parton" On Point with Tom Ashbrook - November 28, 2012

"Slate Culture Gabfest" November 28, 2012

"What Changes When Women Lead" Talk of the Nation - November 29, 2012

"Flight takes on on Questions of Accountability" Fresh Air - November 29, 2012


Movies I'll Watch a Million Times

I'm in love with this series of audio clips from NPR featuring filmmakers, actors, actresses, writers, etc talking about those movies they will watch again and again.

Of course, I'll never pass up the opportunity to offer my two cents. This list is the official "You've Got Mail" memorial list:

When Harry Met Sally...                                 Anne of Green Gables    Speed                                                                     Only You   

And NO, of course I could never pick just one. I could barely narrow it down to these!

my gal pal round-up of living ladies to look up to

Happy Tuesday Y'all! I have Wednesday-Friday off, so it's my Friday. yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

In addition, I have something to say about us ladies.

There was such a strong emphasis on the importance of "women" in this election. I put the word in quotations because I will never understand referring to 51% of the world's population as a special interest group. And, as a lady who does not find weddings particularly interesting, does not wear makeup,and  does not have babies, a lot of target marketing and media is lost on me.

Here's who I look to:

Tina Fey

Terry Gross

Claire Danes

Ellen Degeneres

Joan Didion

Joy the Baker For more sane lady talk, I also recommend:

The Hairpin Jezebel Slate's DoubleX SmartLadiesLoveStuff

I'll be back a bunch this week with some fun stuff - yay for a work break + Thanksgiving + my birthday + wedding anniversary!

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Happy Friday Y'all!

Happy Friday! Thank god, again. It's been a rough week filled with no voice and yet another flare up of the sinus infection that will never die. Booooooo

NPR has got its groove back...except for all the Petraeus related coverage, but hey, I'll take what I can get!

"Deb Perelman: 'The Smitten Kitchen' The Diane Rehm Show - Monday, November 12, 2012 I've been reading Smitten Kitchen FOREVER. Love it--probably my favorite food blog. Hands down.

"Kushner's 'Lincoln' Is Strange, but also Savvy" Fresh Air -- Thursday, November 15, 2012 How am I just now finding out that Tony Kushner wrote the screenplay for Lincoln?! Crazy! Yeah, and I'm still not going.

"A Young Reporter Chronicles her Descent into Madness" Fresh Air -- Wednesday, November 14, 2012 OMG OMG Literally one of the craziest interviews I've ever heard. SO fascinating.

DoubleX Gabfest: the PetWell Edition Slate -- Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Heavy Rotation: 5 Songs Public Radio Can't Stop Playing" NPR Music - November 16, 2012

So ready for the weekend--hope you have a good one!





Happy Friiiiiiday! And some something...

How is it already Friday again...HOW?!?! Not that I'm complaining--I'm mostly just giggling in excitement. Potluck with my lovely yoga dears from OYTT tonight--it's been too long, can't wait to see you!

oh deeeeeeeear. I know I'm not going to get any relief until after November 6th, but NPR, PLEASE I'M BEGGING YOU! Please cover something without somehow tying it back to the presidential election!?!?! PLEASE?!?!!?

In the past two weeks, I've managed to find a little something via podcast, but also have been on a bit of a Spotify binge in protest, here's what I've been listening to...

"What the 'Influencing Machine' teaches College Kids" Talk of the Nation -- September 17, 2012 Had to drive straight to the library and check out this book while listening to this discussion.

since when do I listen to Maroon 5? And like it?!?! [youtube=]

As usual Fresh Air is one of the only shows that keeps it up with great interviews lately: Andrew Rannells, W. Kamau Bell, and Michael Shannon

I'm going to try and go through the archives and catch up on the rest...will maybe throw out some more selections over the weekend.


Listen to This!

"Top 10 Films of All Time" Filmspotting One of my most standby podcasts...finally lay out their all-time top 10...very thorough as usual.

"First Listen: Gaby Moreno, 'Postales'"  NPR All Songs Considered  - August 19, 2012

"Bill Hader on Sketch Comedy, his love of Old Films" Fresh Air - August 23, 2012

"Unexpected Meetings" On Point with Tom Ashbrook - August 21, 2012

"Sidekicks, Holograms, and PCHH 101" NPR Pop Culture Happy Hour - August 24, 2012 Worth listening to just for the discovery of this cover of "I Wanna Dance with Somebody"