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Podcasts I Am Obsessed With

I love my podcasts! My podcatcher of choice is Stitcher.  It's classy, it does the job, it's free.

I find it too difficult to listen to them while on the treadmill
Problem 1: no beat
Problem 2:laughing while already maxed out on air intake and output
So, I save them up to listen to on short drives, walks outdoors, doing chores, etc. I have a real problem with podcasts I like to listen to that are WAYYY TOOO LOOONG.
Dudes, a good podcast should be about 30 minutes per episode long.

2017 Faves 

Nerdette  this was my gateway podcast and I still love it! I used to work a shitty stock part time job that allowed me to listen to four hours of whatever while I cut open boxes and pulled out merch to go on the floor. I wasted so much of that job listening to audio books. When I found podcasts, I never went back.

Homecoming- I love some spooky, fictional podcasts.  Check out the talent behind this one!

Welcome to Night Vale- I have od'd on Night Vale right now. We are taking a break from one another. I think I listened to it nonstop for a year and a half, plus the bonus episodes, plus the books and I just found myself sitting in the dog park, at night, without an angel and said, "I need a break"
Don't get me wrong, it's still awesome and SHOULD be a bigger pop icon then it is, but I need a few months off.

Reading Envy- I used to listen to Sword and Laser (still do occasionally) but I realized I cared more about how Jenny, who was? is? also in the group, said about the book then anyone else. When I found out she had a podcast, I was in. I have listened to the great majority of these.


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How to Make a Sharknado for Your Shark Craft

I have had an insane amount of fun this summer, but I always try to do something for Shark Week. This year I called it Shark Lab and we are making three crafts I have never done with the kids before.

But for ME, I wanted a Sharknado.
Inspired by this post, and I tried several different dish soaps and NONE of the tornadoes looked as good as they did in this lady's posts. She must have magic soap, but it really works!

Then I went to three stores to find either plastic sharks that would be light enough to float and not just sink to the bottom of the jar and/or shrinky dink material (make my own damn sharks!) Both hunts were fail, so I made them myself using  a template I cannot find again. Sorry.

 I flipped the images, cut them out, glued them together and then book-taped the hell out of them! Presto, waterproof.

The jar needed I made a small label with
"Sharknado" bookended with some fancy orange chainsaws and voila!

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Teddy Bear Storytime

Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

My opening song is Hello Bubbles which I learned from Read Sing Play here. BTW this woman is a storytime goddess and I have picked up many great ideas on her blog.

Story the 1st: The Red Hat by Lita Judge

 Why? Because I want to get across to my kids that books do not always have to have words in order for us to "read" them, and I want to give pre-readers a chance to feel proud they finished a book on their own. I plan to try to read or highlight at least one wordless read for the next couple of storytimes.

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