Post-Surgery Entertainment: Exploring New Frontiers

As you all know, I’ve had a lot of time on my hands.  No lifting, pushing, vigorous exercising, or reaching has put a damper on my daily activities.  Since I’m fortunate enough to be a stay at home mom of school-aged children, I’ve had a very quiet house from 8-3 each day.

I’ve extinguished most of the series I yearned to watch on Netflix and Hulu and, frankly, I’m just sick of tv.  I’m proactive, the stress being on the “active” part of that word.  Sitting in front of a tv takes more patience than what it’s worth on most days.

Behind the Times: Jumping on the Podcast Bandwagon

My husband has been listening to podcasts for years, but he spends a great deal of time in the car on his commute and doesn’t have children vying for his attention.  Up until these surgeries, I haven’t had the ability to enjoy listening to anything that requires mental attention.  Now, I find myself walking instead of running, and able to focus on listening for the first time in what seems like a decade.

Entertainment Roundup: Podcasts I’ve Enjoyed This Week

This American Life is a podcast produced by Chicago Public Media.  It’s host, Ira Glass, is an amazing storyteller.  The show is a collection of journalistic essays revolving around a themed episode.  Occasionally humorous, and sometimes heartbreaking, these stories will have you riveted.

The Minimalist Podcast is a collaboration between Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, known as The Minimalists.  I enjoy listening to their message, and each podcast has a different theme.  I recommend you pick and choose your episodes based on a topic that appeals to you. I will give them credit for having passion for their message, but there is a lot of repetition between episodes.  As even they have pointed out, you could play a dangerous drinking game with the amount of times they say the phrase “adds value to your life.”

Young House Love Has a Podcast is a spinoff of one of my favorite home decor and renovation blogs.  When home blogging became a thing back in the early 2000’s, this was one of the first blogs to which I subscribed.  Started in 2007, the Young House Love blog is a product of John and Sherry Petersik; known for their home renovation and DIY projects.  In June of 2016, they jumped on the podcast bandwagon and released their first episode. I listened to two podcasts this morning and found I really enjoy the lighthearted discussion and the simple format.

Recovery Entertainment: What’s next?

I’m on the hunt for my next podcast.  I’m intrigued by the self-help category; I’ve taken care of my body and now it’s time to take better care of my mind.  I’ve heard about the Good Life Project by Jonathan Fields.  The Good Life Project website states that the podcast includes interviews with “some of the wisest, most-accomplished teachers, creators and leaders, learning at their feet, then sharing their wisdom.”  Call me intrigued.

I’ll let you know my thoughts on that podcast in my next post.

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On the Podcast Bandwagon image via Rob_L. on Flickr