I matched with H after he liked one of my pictures that was essentially a family portrait I took of myself and the cats when we first got them as tiny kittens. I looked through his profile where he had a picture of himself with daisies laced through his beard and I commented back: “Daisy beard is a strong look!”
He replied that my ‘smile game’ was strong, which is the first compliment of it’s kind that I had ever heard. I noticed early on that his way of messaging was… irritating. Lots of short messages one after another, and too many ellipses where they weren’t necessary. But, I gave him the benefit of the doubt and gave him my number when he asked for it.
I could tell from his profile that he was a comedian – one of his profile pictures was, after all, of him against a brick wall with a microphone in hand. If that wasn’t telling enough, there was another photo where he was wearing a sign that said ‘don’t feed the comedian’. I asked him about it.
“Only at nighttime,” he said, “during the day I’m in meetings that take up most of my Tuesday.”
Back in August, I wrote a little post delving into my journey with podcasts called 5 Podcasts You Should Listen To, and this time I am back to tell you about some more.
I’ve really taken to this form of media. It reminds me of my childhood and early teens, when I would turn on the radio to tune into Southern FM’s daily breakfast show (any Brighton natives remember Danny and Nicky in the Morning?). Hearing the bright chirpy voices was a great start to the day. However, as I got older, I started to favour listening to music or watching YouTube.
Podcasts are great, because they give you a chance to consume something as passively or actively as you want. I not only listen to podcasts when I travel, but when I’m cooking or cleaning, before I fall asleep, or even just in my bedroom when I feel like closing my eyes for a bit and not have to endure the silent abyss.
We don’t know how she does it. Amy (Mila Kunis) has a seemingly perfect life, with a her high school sweetheart husband, over-achieving kids, beautiful home and a career. But she’s also exhausted, over-worked and over-committed. And she’s about to snap.
Even though I’ve always been aware that podcasts exist, I didn’t start properly listening to any until about a year ago – and I’ve never looked back.
Being in a long distance relationship, I have a lot of in-between time spent travelling to and from Sheffield to where my boyfriend lives. Those three and a half hour journeys are long, and there’s only so long I can sit listening to music (though I have spent many-a train journey listening to the Hamilton cast album on repeat). Occasionally I’ll spend my time listening to an audiobook, but podcasts are definitely the best way to pass the time, in my opinion.
They’re so relaxed and conversational, and depending on how good the chemistry is between hosts/guests, it can often feel like you’re just sat chatting with a friend (in a very one-sided manner, of course). I don’t just listen to them when I’m travelling, I’ll also listen to one or two while I’m at work, or even around the house when I’m cleaning or cooking.
I thought I’d share with you all ones that I’ve been loving so far.
Yesterday, Wednesday 9th June 2016, I went to see Sara Pascoe perform at The Leadmill in Sheffield.
Some background: Sara Pascoe is a stand-up comedian I’ve recently discovered through YouTuber Hannah Witton’s video, Are We Sexually Liberated? If you haven’t watched it, I really recommend that you do. It’s a really funny, clever video that’s just two women chatting about sexuality and feminism is a super casual way.
Straight after watching that video, I went into full-on research mode as I made it my quest to learn all about Sara Pascoe. I read articles she’d written for the Guardian, the Independent and Standard Issue Magazine. Her book, Animal: The Autobiography of a Female Body, went straight onto my TBR pile. And, of course, I watched her stand up clips on YouTube, and quickly realised, oh yeah! I have seen her before on Live at the Apollo! Needless to say, I’m now in love with Sara Pascoe.