Last Saturday I had my first shot of Covid vaccine, I’m so glad! It went quite smoothly, I went to a community center converted in vaccination center in Paris. I didn’t feel too bad afterwards, just tired. It means that we will be able to have more peace of mind from now on, and smooth holidays this summer. Kids here in France have school until the beginning of July, so it’s still a long way off, but it is such a relief! We slowly start to go back to “normal”, whatever it is, although we’re still cautious. The country is progressively opening back up. As a book lover I should perhaps say that I look forward to going back to bookshops and libraries, but those have not closed down in the last lock-down period, so what I look forward to is more frivolous: movies, date night, a lunch with the girlfriends at the restaurant and perhaps a fancy pedi and massage? What about you, what are/were you most eager to return to?
- Edit Your Life Podcast #234 “Editing Out Stress around Hobbies”: I loved this episode! Hobbies should not be about competition and perfection, and I needed that reminder that while we learn new hobbies it’s normal and even fun to mess around!
- This American Life #737 “The Daily”. Mmh, not their most memorable show.
- The First Draft Club [new-to-me] #38 “The Four Notebooks Method”. I heard about this podcast through Tsh Oxenreider’s newsletter. This method is just about writing stories by hand. I love to hand-write my journal, but for stories, I like to go back and forth with a computer. Otherwise my paper version is just a huddled mass of words.
- The First Draft Club #37 “Let me guess, the idea was better in your head?” I enjoyed the first show I tried so I took a second helping, and it was really good and comforting.
- Sorta Awesome #297 “Awesome Haul, women-owned businesses!” A solid show that made me want to buy some pretty things, although most are not available for overseas shipping. I should say that I am still faithfully downloading Sorta Awesome’s Friday episodes, but I don’t really care for their newest additions, it feels way too much for me.
- Hidden Brain: “Afraid of the wrong things”. Good science about the human being’s skewed estimations of risks. I learnt a lot, but I’m afraid the tone was a bit too subdued for me to remember all the facts. On that subject, I’m rather partial to Science Vs. show, whose tone is a lot more punchy. But I still quite enjoy this new addition to my science pods.
- The Best Advice Show [new-to-me] “Writing joyful lists with Sylva Florence”. I heard of this very, very short podcast on the Daily Good newsletter, and it is amazing! Only 5 minutes packed with wisdom and good words.
- The Best Advice Show “Pooping with Kira Newman” as you can see, this show has the weirdest topics ever! I won’t spoil it for you, but it is indeed good and sane advice. I also listened to “Leaving with Max Linsky” and “Repurposing Food with Zoe Komarin”.
- Retire Sooner with Wes Moss [new-to-me] “Building Exceptional Relationships with Carole Robin”. I heard of this podcast through Gretchen Rubin, and I must say that at first I was a bit reluctant about this show, because the title seemed a bit… gimmicky, but the content was actually awesome
- Part-Time Genius [new-to-me] What are the secret rules the Royal family has to obey? This show was also a recommendation from the Daily Good newsletter (because it comes daily, it churns out a lot of great content!). This episode was absolutely adorable, I guess I will tell all these weird anecdotes to my kids and my friends.
- Part-Time Genius: “9 Surprising things invented by women” – loved it too.
- Rough Translation: “Welcome to the Vaccination Club” Interesting take about how to entice people into getting their vaccine shots, but it’s from March, focused on Israel, and it already feels a bit dated. How fast things go!
- Change ma Vie by Clotilde Dusoulier: #191 “Devenir le vent” (to become the wind… of change)
This week I tried no less than 4 new shows and all were great! This quest for fresh content is really bringing me some nice rewards. We are lucky to live in a period where the podcast contents are so rich and varied. There’s so much out there that I feel less guilty to let go of shows that aren’t as fulfilling anymore.