Ahh, Mondays. How I (and the rest of the world) despise you. Not only do I have to get up at the ungodly hour of 6:30 a.m (which never ends up happening considering I snooze until I have just enough time to get ready if I sprint to the bus), but I also don’t finish my day until over twelve hours later.
I thought doing grad school part-time would keep me youthful and somewhat replicate a bit of the life I had in undergrad. Like when I used to start my day at 10 by meeting a friend for breakfast, go to class, go to the gym, skip the afternoon class and go shopping at the mall.
Unfortunately this isn’t the case. Instead, I struggle to get up in the morning, get through work, and then rush to class and try to make it there for 4:00 where I have to drink a few coffees to stay awake for the next three hours.
It’s only past 7:00 that my Mondays start looking up. That’s when Monday is actually almost over, seeing as I’m in bed at 10 p.m. on weeknights. Annnnd that’s when I can head out to the pool and go swimming. Even though I’m not a strong swimmer, I love it. It’s a great low-impact workout and helpful cross-training for my 10k run in May.
After swimming I usually go to the sauna to dry off and relax. And after that, I pretty much get home and pass out. Even the loudest of snorers can’t wake me up.
As you can see I lead a very exciting life.
I never used to listen to the radio, unless I was driving, in which case I would only tune in to stations that played “Top 40s” just so I could sing along.
That was a joke. That never used to happen.
But over the past year or so I have gotten hooked on one particular radio show. Every week I wait eagerly for the latest episode of This American Life, knowing it will never disappoint. Through narrative journalism (in other words, storytelling), the show focuses on real characters, emotions, and stories that are true and events that have happened.
They document stories involving ordinary people who have unordinary things happen to them, or that may just have an interesting story to share. Every week, there’s a theme and the show is split into Acts with stories that all relate to the common theme. All the stories are pretty entertaining.
Last week’s episode was about coincidences, and in one of the Acts, a contributor tells the story about how when his parents met his fiancé’s parents, his mom realized she used to date his fiancés dad (um…awkward?).
And this one time they told a story about an FBI agent pretending he was Muslim, seearching for terrorists at the local masque. Yeah…that actually happened.
Another time they just sat themselves down at a 24-hour diner in Chicago for 24 hours and interviewed people who came in day and night.
The host, Ira Glass, is a phenomenal storyteller and will often have you laughing —sometimes even crying.
Or laughing and crying at same time if you’re listening to an excerpt of comedian Tig Notaro’s stand-up talking about being diagnosed with cancer. (Don’t listen to this episode at 7 a.m. while walking to work. Everyone around you will think you’ve lost it when you uncontrollably sob while laughing hysterically. Alone.)
To hear for yourself, check out http://www.thisamericanlife.org/ or download the app on your iPhone for $2.99—well worth it considering you can listen to any show that’s ever been broadcasted.
They also produced a television version of This American Life which won three Emmys. I have yet to see it but I am sure it won’t disappoint.
tumblrbot said: WHERE WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO VISIT ON YOUR PLANET?
Right now (and for the past 3 years) I can’t stop thinking about Australia!