3 random things on my mind….
1. Audiobooks vs. Podcasts
I mentioned last week I’ve been listening to The Self-Driven Child on audiobook (checked out from the library app). On the whole, the book has improved I think quite a bit and it’s actually turning out to be pretty good.
I used to listen to audiobooks all the time, but fell out of the habit when I started listening to more podcasts. What a conundrum! In theory I love the idea of listening to audiobooks (will help me get through my never-ending list of books to read!). But, there are also so many good podcasts!!! Even in the ~1 week I’ve been listening to the audiobook, I’ve fallen WAY behind on many of the usual podcasts I cycle through.
I just don’t have a ton of time anyway that I usually listen to audio, period (no commute, not currently walking/ running a ton…). I’m thinking maybe I will just listen to audiobooks occasionally- like one every month or two- with big gaps in between so I can listen to my podcasts. Curious what others do?
Ivan and I have been talking about this lately, and then one of Asher’s friend’s moms mentioned something about it too recently to me….This whole pandemic thing is extra hard (well, was– we are all very used to it now) for people who are, generally speaking, NOT germaphobes!
In our family, we are not really big germ freaks (in normal times). I mean, we’ve always washed hands frequently, etc. But when the kids were babies, let’s just say we were NOT the people Chlorox wiping every inch of the grocery cart before putting the baby in. We also might have been the people that picked up the dropped pacifier, wiped it on our jeans, checked for any visible dust or hairs and then popped it right back in baby’s mouth. hehehe….
It’s just funny to think about what a huge shift has occurred. Now, it’s like…wash. sanitize. mask. disinfect. MAINTAIN YOUR DISTANCE!!! lol. Kind of stinks, as I traditionally would really prefer the mindset of, “We have white blood cells in our bodies for a reason. Let them do their thing.” (Obviously, COVID is a different beast, soooooo…my old logic does not apply nowadays.)
But we’ve been wondering about how this year+ of serious isolation bubbles will affect little kids! (if at all). I mean, when the boys were little, they were in daycare, preschool, McDonald’s playgrounds, mall tot lots, etc. constantly. They were like little walking petri dishes, probably. Ha. And yeah, they got sick a bunch- colds, stomach bugs, etc. were pretty common for a bit. But now, it seems like as a result, they have developed nice, solid, strong immune systems. I think, anyway! Pre-covid, they very rarely got sick anymore.
Just makes me wonder…what happens to a young, developing immune system when it has NO EXPOSURE to germs??? I bet some kids literally have not had contact with another person since last year- and maybe won’t for a long time. I don’t know the answer, but it’s kind of interesting to think about.
3. This is Us
SERIOUS QUESTION for This is Us viewers….
Do we EVER find out what happened to Jack??!?!?!?!?!? OMG!!! We are only a few episodes into Season 2 but have been kind of binge watching a bit. Every episode, we think, “ok, here we go! This is the one! We will find out how he died!!!” Nope. Nope. Nope. 🤣🤣
Ivan said, “Maybe this is actually the entire premise of the show…to keep this hidden until the series finale or something!!” Hahaha. LOVE THE SHOW though so much!! So, so, so good.
I am grateful for good TV shows!