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Podcasts I'm Feeling Lately

January 15, 2017

I'm really into podcasts lately. It's almost taken away from how much I listen to music. Don't get me wrong - I listen to many different artists and still make playlists regularly. Follow me on Spotify here! Podcasts are really therapeutic for me in the same way that watching reality TV is. I can get caught up on someone else's true story - good or bad -  and not worry about my own stressful life. I also like listening to other people's commentaries about topics. It's great ideas for part conversations. You can hear me talking about something I heard about on a podcast at least five times every party.

Also, some podcasts focus just on pop culture and movies. On "Not Too Deep" with Grace Helbig, they did a whole hour-long episode reviewing the movie Krampus scene by scene, and now I feel like I've seen it. Youtuber Mitchell Davis and Producer Jack Ferry are going to start a podcast soon just with that premise. I feel like with podcasts based around pop culture and media, I can be on top of my media consumption without actually consuming it. I can hear the reviews first. Now that you've heard the reasons I'm obsessed with podcasts I'm loving at the moment.

Love comedienne Erin Gibson and actor  Bryan Safi (Alan from Young & Hungry)? Love talking about how the world we live in is an upside down place for minorities, the LGBT community, and any other marginalized population? Tune in to this charming banter between these two hilarious individuals and their guests. This is also becoming a real live TV show on TV Land starting January 17th, 2017 at 10:30/9:30C.

Guy Branum and panelists Wynter Mitchell, Academic Karen Tongson and Digital Strategist Margaret Wappler provide a weekly roundtable about pop culture and media including their favorite jams and what they're all about that week. A new topic every week is discussed such as cooking and reality shows.


It's no secret that I am obsessed with realty TV shows. I'm just so nosy and interested in people - it's like anthropology, right? I'm basically the next Jane Goodall. I also love comedy and stand up comedy. I love consuming it as well as producing it - whether it's writing it or performing it. This podcast is a mix of both. Rachel O'Brien is friends with many Vanderpump Rules cast members and she appears on the show sometimes. On this podcast, she discusses life and comedy with fellow comedians.

This is just me indulging my obsession with all the cast members of #PumpRules. She interviews many cast members and talk about pop culture and life. However, she also interviews many interesting other guests such as Kristen Chenoweth. 

This is the first podcast I listened to. This is also the first YouTuber I idolized and looked up to. She's so humble, talented, and self-made  - she's the actress, author, and producer Grace Helbig. On this podcast, she interviews YouTubers and entertainment industry names like Ross Matthews and Mike Rugnetta. However, she doesn't touch just on their life and successes. She asks purely human and odd questions that catch people off-guard and give us insights on how their minds work. 

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January 12, 2017

Costa Rica is NOT for the traveler of faint heart. That being said, there is something for everyone. Costa Rica is not Sandals Jamaica. It is NOT the place to kick back on the white sands with a drink in hand, looking out onto clear waters. If you're on the Pacific Ocean side, it is in fact a place to relax on the gray sand while looking out on the tumultuous gray waters. This rare beach day will be sandwiched between your adventurous days in the mountains doing adventurous activities. You also may have an Imperial (the official beer of Costa Rica).

Honestly, that sounds like a great day to me, and I know it is for a fact because I lived it for five days. I went on a waterfall tour during my time in Costa Rica with a lovely lady from New Orleans and she said that when she was researching vacation destinations, she saw that Costa Rica was the place to get down and dirty - and all out adventurous. She couldn't have been more right.

I was relieved to be out of the chill of the Northeast and to be wearing sporty tanks, shorts, and either trails shoes or Tevas every day. It really inspired me to kick start my health in the New Year, since our trip was from December 26 - 31. I got out of my rut. Their "Pura Vida" way of life is an invitation to explore the unknown and challenge yourself. No wonder everyone there is so happy, they dedicate their lives to breaking the ordinary.

The Food
Really, this is what you're all wondering about. If you like fresh food and basic ingredients - plantains, rice, beans, meat, eggs, and tortillas - then you're in luck. With the overcomplicated and contaminated food in the US and all the fake promises of "health" foods, it was relieving to eat this simple food. We also tried some of the more adventurous food - chicharron pork skin and meat and yucca fries with hot sauce. Paired with their local alcohol "Guara" and lime juice, this was honestly the best meal of the trip - and in a WHILE. This meal was made in a little restaurant surrounded by farms (the supply chain). It was made by an old Costa Rican woman out back - how more authentic can you get?

The Adventure
The defining thing about Costa Rica - and South America and Central America in general - are their huge mountain roads. The drives up and down the mountains to the zip lining and the waterfall tour were the scariest rides of my life. It was scary driving up to Monteverde - quite literally a city on a hill - because I was concerned about driving in the darkness on the way down. However that did not take away from the thrilling zip lining experience! There were about 20 different stops on the tour over the cloud forest. The last stop was "superman style", so I just flew face down, belly facing the abyss of trees.

I was so proud of my parents during the waterfall tour. We had to hike down a steep hill to the first waterfall, then walk through the river, on the side of rocks, avoid slippery slopes, and even hike to all ten waterfalls. At the last waterfall, my nearly 60-year-old father jumped ten feet off of a cliff into a pool. We ascended the final hike to the top of the mountain and my parents were beaming at the top with pride.

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