Now that I'm finished writing this, I realize it's a year long. Scroll down for the podcast list.
I recently wrote to a friend that the only thing I allow myself to collect (okay, perhaps hoard) is books. Growing up, I collected a lot of things. My family often teased me about this. I tried to be a good sport about that teasing, but, well, I'm me, and I'm just a wee bit sensitive. I didn't really feel that I saved everything. I mean, I didn't save trash or anything grossy and moldy.*
But somewhere in my early twenties, I decided to just get rid of stuff. (You really wouldn't know it to come into my bitty little apartment, but I promise you it happened.) I don't collect little tchotchkes. I used to. I don't collect clothes or shoes or, well, whatever it is that people might collect. I do collect books. (And, oh geez, I guess I collect work-related materials, which includes a lot of papers, but I've even purged these from time to time.)
So I collect books. I rarely give any of them up.
Books are the physical things I hoard. But they represent something else I collect: information; more specifically: lists of things to get to one day. Things to read, things to listen to, things to watch, and things to do.
I have more books than I'll ever read. But I also have a booklist I'll never even begin to make a dent in. Just on my to-read Pinterest board, I currently have 916 books, most of which I have not yet read. Once in a while I have a mini-freakout that I'll never be able to read all of these books, but I've been better about that lately. I look at my to-read list (only most of which is on my Pinterest board; I have more titles scribbled and bookmarked elsewhere) as a list of possibilities, things I can graze on now and really get into years down the road.
I have a couple of bookmarks folders full of activities I might want to get to one day. (Just checked and I have over a thousand bookmarks in just one of those folders.)
I have a bookmarks folder full of articles I've come across (mainly via people posting them on Facebook). That folder currently has 788 items. (I have another folder, or four, for work-specific articles, but the big one is a general folder I throw pretty much all to-read articles into.) Last month, that folder had 833 articles in it.
I finally decided that I needed to start working my way through that folder. I like the action of marking days off a calendar, or keeping a countdown to some big date, or crossing things off a to-do list, or paying down a debt and keeping track of the diminishing balance.
A few weeks ago, I decided to start working my way through that massive articles-to-one-day-get-to folder. I think I'm moving through it at a good clip (when I actually get around to it). It helps when I'm on a tv hiatus, which, now that I've finished watching/rewatching Psych through season seven, I am on.
Even as I read through these articles, though, these intangible, online articles, I hesitate to delete them when I'm finished. But for some of them, I have to shake my head at myself. Really why am I considering keeping an "article" ("post" may be a better word for a lot of these) about "awesome things Jennifer Lawrence has said" or whatever else I long ago added from Buzzfeed? So I've begun to read through the articles and then let them go back into the ether.
There's something satisfying about that. I sometimes find myself drowning in possibilities. A few weeks ago, I could only look at the folder full of articles and think that there were too many articles in there for me to even think about starting to read through them.
I've been working on not allowing myself to be daunted by the overwhelm of possibilities. (And, yes, I know I'm talking about possibility piles I've built myself...I know I'm talking about things that don't matter in the grand scheme of my life (or anyone's life), but I'm working on this all the same.) So I'm reading through that list, mercilessly purging. I might share a link here once in a while, but I might not. I'd really only be saving the article for myself as I do nothing to share this space with others (thank goodness I have zero designs of being a for-money blogger).
* Okay, so I did used to let things like milk turn lumpy or apples disintegrate to see what would happen, but these weren't possessions for which I had a particular affinity. The were more experiments. There was a bit more to it than, that, but now's not the time for that story.
One more thing before I go, though: podcasts. I just checked to many hours of podcasts are waiting for me to get to them (which is much more difficult to do on the newer incarnation of iTunes I have on the computer I'm using right now). The number of hours? Well, it's days: 95.4 days' worth of stuff to listen to. 4388 items to get to. (I'm listening to a podcast as I type this, actually.)
I have a number of podcasts I regularly listen to, or at least try to keep up with. I have a couple I'm trying to catch up on. (I like to listen from the earliest episodes on.)
I once started a list in this space, but never got around to finishing it. So tonight I'll include a list of podcasts I currently like to listen to (this won't include the podcasts I'm saving to get to one day). I'm not caught up on all of these, but I'm pretty dedicated to finishing them/continuing with them.
- Activated Stories (we saw Kimberly and Dennis perform at our library a few years ago and started listening after that)
- The Writer's Almanac
- The Dinner Party Download
- Grammar Girl
- Grammar Grater (this one is no longer recording, but I like it a lot)
- Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin (not always too keen on Baldwin, although I did like to watch him and Tina Fey in 30 Rock...like a bajillion other people, I'm sure, but I do like to listen to this - one warning, though, don't listen to the Rob Morris: Love 146 episode while in public if you're a cryer as I am - side note: I regularly read Simple Homeschool and there's a Love 146 tie there too...I like finding these little connections)
- The History of English (love - got C hooked on this one too)
- A History of the World in 100 Objects (I'm still pretty early on in this one - the book is on my to-read list)
- How to Eat Weekends (this one is finished recording - Splendid Table side podcast)
- NEA's The Big Read (this one is finished recording)
- Ask Me Another
- Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! (it's a sad weekend for me when they run a repeat)
- Popstuff (finished recording - this is how I finally figured out who Benedict Cumberbatch is...a couple of years, at least, later than everyone else)
- Science Friday (I'm really far behind on this)
- Slate's Audio Book Club (sometimes I like this more than other times - I have a lot of these saved to listen to when Pic's not around)
- Song of the Day (I like (or at least am okay with) most of the songs here - I've tried other song-of-the-day podcasts and have had less success)
- The Splendid Table (I've been listening to this pocasts for years and I'm still nowhere close to being caught up - I'm pretty sure there's been a major shift (as in new episodes might have ended), but I'm trying not to think about this)
- Storynory (we started listening to these last month, so we're not very far in - we're still listening to episodes from 2010)
- Stuff Mom Never Told You (SMNTY, pronounced sminty - I kind of love that Cristen was homeschooled for a good chunk of her schooling)
- Stuff You Missed in History Class (there have been a lot of different hosts on this one, but I've stuck with it)
- Stuff You Should Know (I know the Stuff podcasts aren't for everyone, the conversational tone and host interaction aren't for everyone, but I will listen to these three as long as they're on)
- Talk of the Nation (I know this ended, but I still haven't listened to all of the episodes I picked to listen to)
- Useless Information
- The Diane Rehm Show (I don't save all of these to listen to, but I'm still so far behind in listening to these episodes)
- A Way with Words (love)
Whew! Those're in normal(ish) rotation. (SYSK is what I'm listening to right now.)