ENTERTAINMENT, PODCASTS

I Didn’t Listen To Any Podcasts For A Week

This is such a random post, but I was sitting on the train listening to MUSIC when I decided to write this. Listening to music isn’t too crazy of an idea, but I really only listen to podcasts now. I didn’t listen to a single episode last week so I could save some for the plane ride to Denver (post coming soon!!) and here are my thoughts.

I would say the podcasts I listen to are one of the reasons I pop out of bed in the morning and get my commute going (maybe the idea of coffee or a matcha too). I always listen on the day they come out first thing in the morning. They inspire me, make me laugh, entertain me, educate me, and get me thinking.

I was talking about podcasts the other day at work and my manager said something about podcasts that she heard. It was along the lines of “people who listen to podcasts (not sure what kind) are some percentage (20-40%) happier with their career.” I found this vague fact and piece of knowledge interesting.

I think it’s true. I am newer to the workplace and really didn’t know what to expect with my job. I really believe the podcasts I listen to have inspired me to put everything I can into my job. But they have also kept me creative and pursuing my passions outside of work.

So to sum all of this up, I missed my podcasts. I still had a great week without them, but I definitely love life with them. I’m happy there are so many smart, funny, and creative individuals out there putting out content for everyone to enjoy. Leave your favorite podcasts in the comments!

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FAVORITES, LIFE

Five Traits + Six Favorites

I saw a fellow blogger, Becky Turner, post this on her blog and thought it looked fun! You can find her posts here. Basically, I’m going to share five traits I have and six of my favorites. If you read this and want to share your traits and favorites, I’d love to read your post! Or comment some of them on this post!

Five Traits

1. Conscientious: I have always been very aware of what I need to do and make sure to get it done. I make sure I am doing the right thing in everything I do. I think this was helpful for me throughout school, sports, and my job now.

2. Reliable: I always follow through on things I say I am going to do. I don’t like letting people down and want to make sure people can count on me! This definitely ties in with being conscientious.

3. Outgoing: I am a pretty extroverted and energized person. I am a huge morning person and try to have a smile on my face as much as possible. I love talking and I think that plays into me being outgoing as well.

4. Creative: I have been a pretty creative, imaginative person since I was little. I have always loved making up ideas and then bringing them to life. Right now, I try to be creative with my blog and instagram. Hopefully some new ventures will come to life this year!

5. Timely: This one is kind of random, but I love being early and am almost always on time (unless something stops be from being on time).

Six Favorites

1. My favorite genre of music is podcasts haha (not sure if that counts).

2. My favorite foods are ramen, cottage cheese, and blueberries.

3. I love traveling, so my favorite vacation spot is Miami.

4. My favorite animal is a cow.

5. My favorite color is green.

6. My favorite show of all time is “The Fosters.” I am watching the spin-off show, “Good Trouble,” now because I loved “The Fosters” so much growing up.

CHICAGO, ENTERTAINMENT

I went to the wndr museum

I went to the wndr museum on Monday with my friend Emi. We started the night off at my favorite ramen place in Chicago, Ramen San. After slurping up our veggie ramen, we headed over to the museum. It is kind of in the middle of nowhere, but kind of not, if that makes any sense. It is decently close to the West Loop and and The Fulton Market for reference.

We walked through the doors and that is when the experience began. The employees, who all wear white lab coats, scanned our tickets and then welcomed us to the museum. We were first asked to pick a color for a bracelet. It was really just a colorful piece of ribbon. The color was supposed to speak to us and our mood. I chose teal and Emi chose lilac. I will come back to this later.

We started out the actual exhibits in the front room. There were neon letters spelling “wndr” surrounded by flowers, candy machines, people typing out poems, a chalkboard, and these color-changing, squishy lights. There were also some areas for photo opps and some other neon signs. I can see why most of the people there were taking Instagram photos, because it was definitely designed for that.

We wondered through the front room, and then entered the neutrino room. The lady working in that area described the museum as moving from the smallest thing, the neutrino room, to the largest, which was the infinity room. I really didn’t care for the neutrino room. It was kind of bland so I didn’t even get a photo of it.

The next areas all kind of blur together. There was a really shiny area, which looked cool when the light hit it different ways. There was a room which gave the illusion of one person being way bigger than the other. We really likes this one. There was an exhibit made all from straws, which looked really cool. There was a room with rainbow clouds that looked like cotton candy on the ceiling. There was a room with a jungle gym feel, which I really didn’t love. It was too dark and not super unique. The final stretch of these exhibits was a room with a floor design that moved with you. That one was pretty cool, but we weren’t in there too long.

After moving through those initial exhibits and rooms, we went through a more scientific room which I liked. Then moved on into the final area with a few different exhibits. We went in a room with a ton of balloons blowing around. It was pretty funny because everyone kept getting hit with the giant balloons. I think there was a time limit of 3 minutes in that room, and I would say that was sufficient. This area had some other photo opp areas, like a giant globe and some rocks you could pretend to hold up with your hands or feet.

The best part, other than the final exhibit, was the bathroom, mostly because the employee made it seem like it was a must-see part of the museum– one of the employees came up to Emi and I when we were roaming around and asked if we had checked out the bathroom yet. We hadn’t, so we headed that way. It wasn’t a cool exhibit or anything. It was just funny because there was a big red button that you pushed that made the lights change and music play. I don’t know why, but Emi and I found that to be hilarious.

We basically ended the experience at the infinity room. We had to stand in a pretty long line to get to it because only so many people were allowed in at once. While in line, we saw some colorful cards on a table. The cards matched up with the bracelet color we picked at the beginning. They gave a little description of the color you chose and what that color meant about your mood. They also had questions on the back to ask other people. I think this was one of the better parts of the museum because it tied things together a bit more.

Once we got to the front of the line, we sat down and put on little booties. They helped protect the exhibit. We discovered we were only allowed in the exhibit for 1 minute. We snapped a few pictures and were back outside before we knew it. We agreed we could have used an extra minute or 2 in that room. After the infinity room, there were a few other interactive areas, but nothing too crazy. Emi and I exited through the gift shop and completed our trip to the wndr museum.

I think Emi and I had similar feelings about the museum. We thought some of the exhibits were cool, and agreed that it wasn’t worth 35 dollars. It seems like a good place to take kids or to take cool photos. There were a lot of people with fancy cameras snapping cool shots, but Emi and I really didn’t focus that. I think if you have been interested in going to the wndr museum, you should go just to see what it is all about. I definitely don’t regret going because I had it on my radar for awhile and Emi and I had a fun time! Have you been to the Wndr Museum? If so, what was your favorite exhibit? What pop-up museum experiences have you been to?

 

COLLEGE

7 Things I Did This Weekend

1. Went for a relaxing run around my neighborhood. The weather was perfect and I felt so energized.

2. Tried a new coffee shop. Connor and I went to First Sip. My friend Emi recommended it. We got “falling pumpkin” and “orange blossom” coffees.

3. Tried Strings Ramen. I got a veggie option and Connor got a spicy pork option. I enjoyed it, but definitely not my favorite ramen spot.

4. Caught up on the latest episode of The Good Place. If you haven’t seen it, you can watch it on Netflix or Hulu for the updated episodes.

5. Went to Walmart. I haven’t been to Walmart since moving to Chicago. We needed a few random things, so we decided we could justify a trip to Walmart.

6. Cleaned the apartment. There was a lot of laundry to do and a bunch of dishes piled up in the sink. I made a lot of progress until I made dinner and filled the sink back up with dishes. Sometimes I really wish we had a dishwasher.

7. Watched Eighth Grade. I really wanted to see this movie, mostly because I loved middle school (I might be the only person in the world who says that lol). The movie was ok. I was honestly a little disappointed, but it had a good overall message.

What did you do this weekend? If you are getting tired of my weekend recaps, let me know and I’ll try to hold off on them until my next big adventure!

FAVORITES

September Favorites

I have so many favorites for this month. I know it’s not technically over yet, but September has a been a really great month so far and I’m really excited about fall starting! These are some of my favorites from this month:

1. Glossier- I went to the Glossier pop up shop about a month back. Since then, I have been back one other time because I love everything I have tried from there so far. I am not really a makeup person and probably never will be, but Glossier has a lot of fun products. If you haven’t tried any of the products, you definitely should give them a try! I have really been liking the “Lidstars” because they are easy and look pretty natural.

2. Gray New Balance Sneakers- I got these sneakers during the summer. I had been wanting New Balance sneakers for awhile and saw them for a good price at TJMaxx. I just recently started wearing them and I love them. They are comfy, practical, and cute with most outfits. I can’t find the exact pair, but here is a similar pair that is actually on sale at Macy’s right now.

3. Softy Straws- Connor surprised me with these. He knew I was interested in getting sustainable straws and I love the ones he got! They are pink, silicone, and easy to clean. Also, good for the environment, of course. You can check them out here!

4. Aldi Take & Bake Pizza- The pizza at Aldi might be the best pizza I have have ever had. Connor and I get the cheese pizza from the refrigerated section and add our own toppings to it! It’s cheap and yummy for dinner!

5. Yogurt Parfaits- Plain Greek yogurt, frozen berries, chia seeds, and granola. It’s not crazy innovative, but it has made for a great part of my lunch or a good breakfast to bring to work.

6. What We Said Podcast- I feel like I talk about this podcast a lot, but I look forward to it every week and I don’t think I will ever get tired of it. Jaci and Chelsey do a great job of sharing inspiring stories and creating interesting content overall.

7. Atypical- I watched the first season super fast last year and it was the same for the second season. This show is the perfect combination of happy, funny, dramatic, sad, and inspiring. I think that’s why I like it so much. You can find it on Netflix.

8. Evening Walks- Every night Connor and I go for a walk. It’s so fun to get outside and explore. We have been able to find some cool places we want to check out, especially restaurants and coffee shops for our weekend adventures.

What have you been loving this month?

ENTERTAINMENT

Podcasts I’m Subscribed To

I actually listen to these too. There are some podcasts I am subscribed to that I never actually listen to and just scroll by. Maybe someday I’ll give those another try!

These are my favorites that I listen to each week:

Optimal Living Daily

Optimal Health Daily

Optimal Business Daily

The Advanced Selling Podcast

B2B Growth

In The Arena

The Health Code Podcast

What We Said

Gals On The Go

Thick and Thin

I am obsessed with podcasts lately. I barely listen to music anymore unless I’m running. I love that I always have one to listen to each day on my commute to work. I look forward to Monday morning when a ton of podcasts show up on my phone.

I have tried out some other podcasts over the past year or so, but nothing I have really stuck with other than these. I am always trying to find new ones, but I don’t always make time to listen to all of my favorites on this list either. Regardless, check out some podcasts because I am so glad I started listening to them!

What are your favorite podcasts? Do you prefer music or podcasts? Definitely comment some recommendations!

ENTERTAINMENT

Dinner Conversations: TV Shows

Connor and I were chatting about all of the shows we have watched together the other night at dinner. We went to Big Star to get tacos and drinks and pretty much the whole time we tried to remember the shows we have watched since we started dating. We have kind of watched a lot, I think. I wanted to share the list because I really enjoyed almost all of them.

Stranger Things

Peaky Blinders

The Sopranos

Weeds

The Killing

Shameless

Sons of Anarchy

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Atypical

Parks and Rec

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Queer Eye

Zumbo’s Just Desserts

Narcos

Fuller House

The People Vs. OJ Simpson

There are probably more shows that should be on that list, but these are the ones we could remember the other day. Of all of these, my favorites are Peaky Blinders, Weeds, The Sopranos, Shameless, and Parks and Rec.

We are looking for a new show to start. Any recommendations? What are your favorite shows?