This American Life

I am a HUGE This American Life addict. (For those of you not in the know, this is the BEST non-news show on NPR! For those of you keeping track, All Things Considered is the BEST news show on NPR.) I will listen to the same one over and over. I hate it when we are driving somewhere during the show and we drive away from the reception. Quite literally, I get all anxious and my stomach gets cramped. I start searching continuously for another radio station for a solid 5 minutes. (A just hates that about me…sometimes I get distracted in thought while I am searching for a radio station and he needs to bring me back to earth to yell at me to pick a channel.)

After my friend Sarah moved to Flagstaff, she emailed me to tell me about this show on NPR that I would just LOVE…it was This American Life. I told her that she I’d discovered it years ago.

I sometimes wish my life were interesting enough to be featured as a little vignette on the show. For those of you who love David Sedaris‘ dry, sarcastic humor, he is a frequent contributor. David Sedaris holds a special place in my heart and NOT because he makes me BUST out laughing when I hear him read his essays. When A and I first communicated, we were both reading his Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim…actually I was listening and he was reading. It was a good start, but he still needed convincing that I wasn’t morally corrupt for being ten minutes away from becoming a vegetarian, and I needed convincing that he wasn’t morally judgmental because he was a Republican.

I remember a time when I actually thought my life would be so awful if I listened to NPR all the time….Boy was I wrong! I rarely turn it off of NPR. In fact, I don’t even know who Amy Winehouse is outside of all the trouble and winning the Grammy’s. I have absolutely no idea what her songs sound like. What is ironic is that A told me the other night about how he heard this thing about her on NPR…it was about how she has transformed the British music scene and whatnot. A likes to think he is in the know about the music scene, so I felt better about the fact that he didn’t know any of her music either. I then asked if he’d heard about Reel Big Fish. He scoffed and said yes, but meant who do you think I am? Of course, I know who they are…duh!

Thanks to The 10,000 Hours Show, I’ll be attending the Reel Big Fish concert in April. I asked A if he wanted to go too, but I told him he’d better change his attitude first!


-30 with the wind chill

I feel like I’m back in Minnesota with these numbers! I didn’t plan very well, and I needed to stop and fill up the car during the worst of it. It took me three tries before I could actually get the car door open to get out, and then when I climbed back in to wait, my leg was nearly crippled as the door slammed on it. All limbs survived. Jakki and her three kids left for Florida today…perfect timing!

We had to go back out to J’s mid-year conference. Next time you see him you ought to be able to notice his brain has grown from all the hard work! I’m pleased to say that he got all my math skills AND uncle Jay’s artistic ability! Tonight when Mrs. Jacobson asked J about his math strategies and goals for the rest of the year, he said, “Well, I don’t think I have any more math strategies. I’m using all I know!”

Last night, J’s best friend Jose joined the Tiger Cub Scout den. We were surprised when we arrived to see him and his mom. J got to introduce Jose. (“This is my best friend Jose. He lives down the block from me. He walks over to play.”) I learned a lot about Jose that night…he loves to yoyo. He drew two pictures involving yoyo’s – one with a large white and blue yoyo and one with him yoyo-ing in his house.

I’ve taken to listening to Pandora at work. It is very clever how this works, and it really gets it right! You select a song or an artist, and it searches its database for similar characteristics. You chose and save your “station”; it is possible to save several stations. I’ve got Cake, Blister in the Sun and Bob Dylan. If you still haven’t listened to Bob Dylan’s Modern Times yet, you must!

The first time I heard the Violent Femmes was at my cousin Julie’s 12th or 13th birthday party. It was a fun party! As I remember it, Julie always had fun birthday parties.

Here is a picture of J’s Halloween costume this year…a Viking. It was a big hit!

Halloween Viking