Robin Williams & Bobcat Goldthwait

12_wildcat_williams-pg-horizontalIf you are like me you may still be thinking about Robin Williams, especially on the anniversary of his death.

Well if you want to indulge that a bit and get a deeper glimpse into him as a person, listen to this touching Comedy Bang Bang podcast with Bobcat Goldthwait, (did you know they were great friends?).  He shares some sweet stories and I actually felt a little better after listening.  It seems as though Robin was going one way or another, he just chose his exit before it was too late.  He is still missed immensely.

Also, here are some comments made by his friends on Twitter and a sweet tribute video.  And here is my post from last year.

We miss you Robin…

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Keeping it Krispy

Mad-Men-Nerdist-Bowling-CropI’ve been trying to get some new things going in my life which I will hopefully share at some point in a future post.

But trying to make change can get really hard.  And as much as I want it, sometimes the obstacles feel insurmountable.

I was in a major funk last week and it just wasn’t getting better, even over a few days.  I decided I needed to get out of my head so I started scrolling through my list of podcasts.

One of my favorites is You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes.  I went back through the guests and found two I wanted to listen to.

They helped me get out of my head for a while and gain some perspective by hearing someone else’s story.  It also gave me a little boost of motivation to keep pushing forward so I thought I would share.

The first is with Chris Hardwick who was on MTV with Jenny McCarthy back in the day and then spent many years struggling in his career and in life until he got sober, lost a bunch of weight and started the Nerdist empire.  Just a really down to earth and genuine guy who really loves people and especially other comics.

The second one is with Jon Hamm who was in Hollywood for THREE YEARS before he got an acting job.  And he is really insightful and well-read and I totally enjoyed his perspective.

So if you need something to get you through a funk, too, take a listen.

What do you do to get out of a funk?  Or do you have any podcasts you love that get you through the day?

Falling in love with New Orleans

I was just having a conversation with a coworker about the enchantment that is New Orleans.  She reminded me that before we moved there we watched this video of Ingrid Lucia over and over again.  The song and video say it all.

Who doesn’t want to visit after watching that?

Have a stunning weekend!

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Have you seen these live video feeds that come out of Monterey Bay Aquarium?  What a beautiful way to spend your day.  I really love the Jelly Cam and some very cool things happen on the Open Sea Cam.  Marine life is…stunning.

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The shark and the turtle are both swimming through a huge school of fish which is parting around them!penguinAbsolutely adorable.

Book Nerds

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After I had kids I really struggled to find time to read.  It was super busy and I was tired and when I finally found some time, the book was nowhere to be found.

So just recently I started going back to the library and checking out books but they were inevitably late and I started racking up library fines.  Luckily they are the most forgiving fines.  But still!

That’s when I (re)discovered Overdrive.  I had known about the app but I really started embracing it and now I am a total addict.  I love that the books just expire after 14 days so I don’t have to worry that they won’t get back on time or get lost.  They are always available to me on my phone so I can read whenever I have a spare moment (which means the book actually gets read).  And the apps allow you to adjust brightness and text size so I can read in the dark when I’m putting the kids down or in bed.

Now I have library cards in three municipalities which increases my odds of getting the books I want.  One of them uses the 3M app which apparently it has a smaller library but they are very open to requests.

If you are a book lover and haven’t tried these apps, I highly recommend them.  Although I so miss having a book to hold in my hand, the convenience of reading on my phone is too much to resist.  I guess I need to read more than I need the actual book!

Anyone else addicted?

Michael Jackson

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I have noticed recently that Michael Jackson has been playing all over the radio.  Has anyone else noticed this?  I figured it’s either because he’s awesome and/or something else is up.  So, of course, I Googled him and realized that the anniversary of his death is coming up at the end of the month.

I remember I was in the office when I heard the news but it was after 5pm so I went running up and down the stairs trying to find someone to talk to about it.  I had such a crush on him when I was younger and I have always felt his story was such a mix of genius and tragedy.

I found some great pictures and the below interview with him when he was a kid.  Man, he could really move…

 

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