One thing about moving is that my commute has grown. We knew this was a consequence of moving out to where we did (and being 3 miles from my parents and waking up with cows across the road more than makes up for it). Mondays and Wednesdays, it's out to the university, then the community college, and then home (43.6 miles, all told). Tuesdays, it's just out to the community college (41.5 miles, round trip). Thursdays, it's out to the community college twice (83 miles in a day, something I really just try not to think about; at least it's mostly highway with only one annoying merge), and Fridays, it's out to the university (28.6 miles round trip). So, 240.3 miles in the week, if I don't do anything but go out to work and back.
I've been spending a lot of time in my car.
So I've been listening to podcasts lately. I love music, but one can only listen to the same mp3s and songs so many times. Podcasts are free; free new music is a lot less easily obtained.
- This American Life, The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar
(This American Life episodes are free to download for a week, then free to listen to online but pay to download) - really wonderfully told story of families, family legends, the stories they tell ourselves, and how we use that to shape our lives
- This American Life, This I Used to Believe
- I found the segment about the football coach a little bit annoying, but "Scrambled Nest Egg" was wreching and "Pants Pants Revolution" was hilarious
- This American Life, Scenes from a Recession
- did you know there are FDIC secret agents? I didn't. Totally fascinating.
- This American Life, Fine Print
- worth listening to just for the segment "Occupancy May Be Revoked Without Notice"
- I relistened to Kate Braestrup's interview with Speaking of Faith
, and it was as lovely as the last time I listened to it
; you want the unedit interview, dead middle of the page. It's long but lovely.
- a random episode of Savage Love
, and half of another random episode - I have to be in just the right mood to listen to this; in the right mood, Dan Savage is funny and biting; in the wrong mood, he's a little too biting
- an okay but not great interview with Laurie R. King
, a little about The God of the Hive and a little bit about the Russell books in general (and dammit, why isn't it April yet? :) )
- a podcast with madrobins
reading from an unpublished third Sarah Tolerance book (*swoon*) [I can't find where she posted the original link to the podcast, but if you want to listen, I'll email it to you]
I've been listening to some really good stuff. Next up is Torchwood: Lost Souls, and then the other radio dramas in order (and whoever has Asylum out can please to be giving it back to the library now), so that I can watch Children of the Earth (it might not be strictly necessary, but I'm a completist) and tomorrow I'm picking up the audiobook of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
from the library. I don't normally do audiobooks - I'm too impatient for them, I can read faster than they can - but in the car, it'd be a good solution, so I'm going to give it another try.