What I’m doing…

I’m still not in great shape after the election results.  I’ve already been struggling hard with anxiety about returning to work, with new motherhood, and on top of that, I’m not feeling particularly great about our president elect or his ability to make sound choices.

However, continuing to be a pop culture specialist (I’m not sure I’m super proud of my endless/useless knowledge of all things pop), I’ve continued to find enjoyment in many many things.  I kinda talked about some of that here, but since I’ve started to ease back into working out and listening to podcasts and watching some dvred things that have long been neglected, I’ve picked a few gems that you may find interesting.

Listen to this (music).  These girls have been having the best year ever.  The Knowles’.  Beyoncé released her visual album, Lemonade in April of 2016, just in time for her tour.  Solange released A Seat at the Table at the end of September, which was gorgeously, flawlessly, and impressively well-done.  Give these a listen.

If you’re ready for Christmas music, Pentatonix’ new Christmas album, A Pentatonix Christmas, is incredible.  The group has changed the scope of a cappella, and this album is no exception.  I’m actually really really bummed that I didn’t get the chance to see them when they were here on tour, but I was super pregnant, and I didn’t think I could stand in the pit area for the entire show like I’d done for Gavin DeGraw’s show a few month’s earlier.  You’ve probably already heard their version of Hallelujah, and Up on the Housetop is pretty dope as well.

I kind of think Pandora is pretty much over due to Spotify slaying (they’re doing podcasts now, so you don’t have to go elsewhere for anything if you don’t want to), however, Pandora pushed their Thumbprint Radio Station, a station featuring everything you’ve ever given the thumbs-up.  Pretty genius, and really fun. Hip Hop BBQ is also perfect for background while you work.

Spotify’s Daily Mix is a mix that’s made just for you according to what you’ve listened to.  I have two mixes, one that’s a lot of pop, and another that’s just Latin music.

Watch this.  Unfortunately, since Baby Liam’s been here, my days of actually getting to watch anything when it actually airs are pretty much over.  But that’s why they invented TiVo, so I’ve been able to cherrypick some of fall’s best.

Issa Rae’s Insecure on HBO is awesome.  If you followed her YouTube series,  Awkward Black Girl, you’ll love some of the references to that.  Issa is still freestyling, still awkward, still hysterical, and still struggling with all of the things that we struggle with.  Highlights include ‘Broken Pussy,’ Molly asking Jidenna to leave clothes at her place (what!?), and Issa’s gang-banging neighbor.

Sarah Jessica Parker’s Divorce on HBO is genius.  I’m a big fan of SJP anyways, but she’s done it again with Divorce.  It’s smart, it’s real, and it’s funny.  I hate that the episodes are only 3o minutes, but it coincides really well with how long it takes me to nurse the baby in the morning.

RHOA is back.  Nene is not.  But Sheree is, and so far, she has not disappointed.  Cynthia and Peter are getting a divorce (should have never gotten married), Kenya and Sheree are in a race to finish each of their respective compounds, Andy let Porsha keep a peach despite multiple physical altercations with cast members, Kenya is still insane, Phaedra is funny, and Kandi’s son is adorable.

Listen to this (podcasts).

Psychobabble Podcast with Tyler Oakley.  This weekly show is a quick one.  It usually hovers around half an hour, and is a half-hour of pop culture review.  Tyler actually promoted his book, Binge, pretty heavily through the podcasts, which I really enjoyed as well.

In the Dark.  This podcast is kind of Serial-style, and follows the investigation that took place after Jacob Wetterling’s disappearance 27 years ago.  Reporter Madeleine Baran takes you through the investigation, but is not, imho, as skilled of a storyteller is Serial’s Sarah Koenig.  But if you’re into true crime, this is for you.  One note – this podcast gets pretty graphic and times, and some of the details of the abductions and the murder really are disturbing, and not for you you listen to while your kids are around.

The Read.  This one has been a favorite of mine for a few years.  Hosts Crissles and Kid Fury take on black pop culture, black excellence, as well as serious issues facing the black community.  Kid Fury used to vlog, so it was cool to see him make this transition.  These guys are really also a lot of fun to follow and interact with on Twitter.

What are listening to/watching/reading lately?

 

Running on freezing

So, it’s cold as eff here, and as far as I know, I’m still running a marathon in two months.

Lord Jesus please someone explain to me why the low on Thusrday is 5 degrees?  I live in North Carolina, this should not be the case.

via WRAL.com
via WRAL.com

This is straight, unadulterated bs. And I’m trying to figure out the best way to go about running this week without injuring myself or going crazy on the treadmill, not only because the treadmill is ridiculously boring, but also because the treadmills at my job try and close you out at 45 minutes for the courtesy of others. I may have to guest it somewhere and run on a treddie or a trail here that will allow me a little more time and still allow me to pack on the mileage. But hey, I won’t whine too much because I have a warm bed and a roof over my head.  More than some folks can say.

But I digress.

Beside the fact that we’re freezing for whatever reason here, I have an actual question for you all.

So, I may be the only woman on the planet, but I never read Fifty Shades of Grey.  I never got into it, and in fact, the summer when the series’ popularity had reached a fever pitch, I was working in the mountains of Pennsylvania, and I truly just didn’t have time to read it, plus I didn’t want my girls to see me reading it (even though a really decent number of them, juniors in high school, were reading it).

And now, with the movie last weekend, and with the proliferation of articles for and against it, I’m genuinely curious as to what all the hype was about, and if we ARE pushing something dark and abusive.  Knowing all of this, and knowing that I’m still training, and running a lot, I’m definitely considering putting that in the queue for treadmill books, really to see what this controversy is all about.  I honestly feel weird commenting on it at all without having read it, and I’m surprised to see that a lot of the folks who are writing blog posts and articles about it haven’t so much as cracked its spine.  But that’s just me.

Are you staying warm?

Did you read 50 Shades?  What did you think about it?

Currently reading…

Numero uno. It was my 27th birthday over the weekend. I only worked out a little, I ate ALL the food, and I think it’s nearly time for me to make a 30 Before 30 list. But anyhoo, my birthday weekend was absolute amazing – one of the best parts was this card that my husband gave me…

Orange CatBecause I had to ask him whether the card was custom made because that orange cat, looks exactly like Martin, the cat that I adopted back when we were only going to be a two-pet kind of family.  (We’re up to 4 now, and I cannot express to you what a crazy idea that is.) But I digress…

So first things, I have been able to read my first few books that I read since before I got engaged over the past few months.

So, after a fellow blogger mentioned this book…

BernadetteI went ahead and bought if off of my new, non-broken Kindle, and got to readin’.

A few things, without giving it all away?  This book is dark but hysterical, and if you kind of enjoyed Gone Girl, but you needed a little more lightness, this is the book for you.

But speaking of Gone Girl which I started reading when I was one the plane last week, I am so very much in shock.  Like the book starts, and you’re like, “OMG, this book is this way,” and then all the sudden the book just flips on you and changes the game.  READ IT!

I’m almost ashamed to admit that I haven’t read but two books since we got married, especially given that I’ve always been a reader, but I’m glad to say that I’m actually reading something pretty good!

What are you currently reading? 

 

Books I read as a child/young adult person.

I read a ton ton ton as an awkward kid.  Lemme break it down for you, the things I read to make me such a great, beautiful, and quality writer today 🙂 .   Also this post reminds me of – THE SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR!!!  Okay, here’s what I read.

Goosebumps.

Living-Dummy_jpg_250x1000_q85This was obviously a fan fave.  And R. L. Stine is a legitimate creep.  But the best part about these books would probably have to be the “pick your own ending” books.  Every time I died, I would just go back to the last page, and pick a different ending.  All I do is win.  Nice try though, creepy Stine.

Fear Street.

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Another creepy creation from R.L. Stine’s mind.  My mom bought me dozens of these from a book fair or something, and I read them over and over and over again.  Really sick.  Also there were books abut the history of fear street, and there was a really nasty series called Fear Street Seniors, where everyone in this graduating senior class was dying.  Sort of not cool, looking back on it.

The Babysitters Club

staceytruthDuh.  And in this particular book, the truth about Stacey actually is that she has Type I Diabetes.  Total Buzzkill Ann M. Martin.  But my dad is a diabetic, so it kinda made me feel like I could relate to him on some level.

Animorphs

animorphs_no_8_the_alien_frontcover_large_Rn8SRXSbgOEzoLRThis was probably as manly as I got with the books.  But these were rad.  I always kinda wished I could morph into an animal, not for the purposes of saving the world, but more so I could like, run really fast.   Also, Tobias got stuck as a hawk.  WTF!  That is so not okay.  You’re telling me there was no way he could turn back?  Ugh.

Sweet Valley Middle, High, and University

studies_in_crap_sweet_valley_university115Don’t even talk badly about his one.  These girls took us through Sweet Valley Kids, Middle, High, and University.  Bonus points for the fact that Elizabeth, the good twin, crashed her car in a DUI, but got out of it because the other driver confessed to driving like an idiot at the last second.  Also nailed it how the models on the covers of the Sweet Valley University (SVU) would change all the time.  That shit is really confusing.

This was so much fun to put together!  Now what did you read as a kid?