5 Fandom Friday

My Favorite Podcasts

I have never understood the appeal of podcasts. Most of the ones I had heard about seemed like boring radio talk shows that I had no interest in. Just let me listen to my music please! One day I happened to be reading the IGGPPC hashtag on twitter and I forget who it was, but fellow geeks were talking about some podcast called “Welcome to Night Vale” and how awesome it was. I looked it up and it did seem interesting so I downloaded the first episode on a two hour car ride and I was hooked. After that I realized that like music, books, and all fine things podcasts come in different categories to suit your interests. Not every one of them is full of monotone boringness, and so I am going to share my favorite podcasts with you.

Welcome to Night Vale

Welcome to Nightvale

Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide.
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One Bad Mother

One Bad Mother

One Bad Mother is a comedy podcast hosted by Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn about motherhood and how unnatural it sometimes is. We aren’t all magical vessels! We deal with the thrills and embarrassments of motherhood and strive for less judging and more laughing.
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I adore One Bad Mother. It’s one of the very few parenting type podcasts I have heard that have made me feel better about myself, and my parenting abilities. It has made me realize how normal the things I go through are. They also have a wonderful Facebook group community set in a similar style.

Two?! Just two podcasts to share?!

Sadly, yes. I don’t listen to very many podcasts on a regular basis. I have some episodes saved from various podcasts to check out, but I can’t recommend them until I listen to them. Curious what they are?


Alice Isn't Dead

Alice Isn’t Dead

Alice Isn’t Dead – a new serial fiction podcast from the team behind Welcome to Night Vale.

A truck driver searches across America for the wife she had long assumed was dead. In the course of her search, she will encounter not-quite-human serial murderers, towns literally lost in time, and a conspiracy that goes way beyond one missing woman.

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Lore is an award-winning, critically-acclaimed podcast about true life scary stories. Each episode examines a new dark tale from history, and presents it in a style that’s been compared to a campfire experience.

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The rest of my “to eventually listen to” list are some parenting podcast episodes some women in the One Bad Mother group recommended. If you’re a podcast listener I would love to know what ones you recommend!




My E3 Excitement

Like most gamers I have been super excited over the announcements at the annual E3 conference. Sadly, my internet connection is too slow (1.5/mb up and 0.5mb down) to watch the live streams, so I got all of my announcement excitement secondhand.

It was amazing to watch my Twitter feed blow up over E3 announcements and see so many of my friends passionate about the same things I am. Being able to discuss enthusiasm or distaste for announcements makes the experience that much more enjoyable, and exciting.

Now that E3 is over and I am breathing at a normal rate I want to share what I am looking forward to. I will try not ramble too much, but there are just some things that I’m passionate about.

• Amiibo
I have tried to limit my “collect them all” obsession to the Super Smash Bros line, but every so often there are amiibo from other production lines that I just cannot pass up. For example Animal Crossing – Kicks, 8 Bit versions of Mario, Wolf Link, Yarn Yoshi Amiibo, and the Animal Crossing amiibo cards. There are 400 of those cards, so I’ve really tried to focus on characters I like. It is hard.

I had a feeling when the Wolf Link amiibo released with Twilight Princess HD that Nintendo had plans to expand and produce a Legend of Zelda line. Much to the misery of my wallet Nintendo and their E3 announcements proved me right. As a huge fan of Legend of Zelda these are just not something I’m going to be able to pass up, even the ugly guardian one.

Beyond the Legend of Zelda line, Nintendo also announced a second wave for the Super Mario Bros amiibo. I wasn’t interested in wave 1, but upon seeing Rosalina and Boo being announced for wave 2 I knew I had to have them. They are two characters I adore.

Wave 2
To my shock preorders for wave 2 appeared on Amazon quickly after Nintendo updated their E3 website. Not wanting to go through another fiasco like I did with Target to order Rosalina, I preordered them at once. It’s better to preorder and have the ability to cancel later, than to not preorder and regret it because it’s sold out everywhere. At least that’s my philosophy.

Nintendo just keeps trying to take my money. Just look at the three displays available to hold amiibo. The Legend of Zelda one makes noise when you remove the Master Sword, which is a stylus! I think the Donkey Kong one would be awesome to own and display the whole collection, but Super Smash Bros has 59 characters and it only holds nine. Still pretty nifty looking.

• Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild


Step into a world of discovery, exploration and adventure in The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, a boundary-breaking new game in the acclaimed series. Travel across fields, through forests and to mountain peaks as you discover what has become of the ruined kingdom of Hyrule in this stunning open-air adventure.

The name for this new Legend of Zelda game kind of surprised me. It’s not a name I can grasp right out the gate and I’m curious how it will tie into the game. I wish that Nintendo had given us a solid release date for the game. All we know right now is that it’s set to release when the NX console releases, which is possibly March 2017.

Breath of the Wild steps into a different direction with the franchise. Instead of being directed by NPC’s you are able to explore the world of Hyrule. Producer Eiji Aonuma said that you can even skip the story and go to the end boss to beat the game if you desired, but it’s not the recommended style of play. I couldn’t imagine not exploring the wilds of Hyrule in such a new open-world concept of a game. There are over 100 Shrines to discover and puzzles to solve.

10 More Weeks

Today I went for a post-op checkup with my Orthopedic doctor and they informed me that I am looking at about 10 more weeks on crutches and being non-weight bearing with my foot. They also told me that the pins in my foot might be removed at that time, but the screws will stay in forever unless they start to bother me after a year.


It was interesting to see what my foot looked like inside and out after they took the splint off and took x-rays. The green plastic parts are the caps for the pins that go into the bones of my foot. When I got there I told the nurse that it felt like a plastic piece was poking the outside of my foot and making it sore. Sure enough, it’s the pin that’s making the skin sore in that area.

So, 10 more weeks on crutches… all the way through summer. Bummer.