Resurfacing on the Web

Hello! I’m back on Idaclare after a 6-month hiatus. Unintentionally, child-rearing, cooking, job-searching, travel planning, packing and moving filled my after-work hours and left no room for Idaclare. But I’m glad to be back and hope to keep up regular posting.

Let’s talk TV. What are you watching these days?


I am caught up with Veep & Game of Thrones. Veep is my favorite, as I’ve written before. I tolerate GOT. It’s a little dark and gory for me. Also: zombies. Not my fave.

I just finished the entirety of A Chef’s Life via PBS. So, so good. More on that later.

I started and stopped Bloodline after the first episode. Too dark for me right now. Are we sensing a theme…

I watched as much of The Good Wife as I could until I was too disappointed to continue. No spoilers, but I’m just not motivated to watch it anymore.


Currently, I just re-started The Mindy Project and The West Wing, both of which I like a lot and give me two solid, but different, choices for evening viewing.


I’d like to watch Full Frontal with Samantha Bee (from Comedy Central) and Gilmore Girls: A Year In the Life when it airs in November 25.

Any new ideas on potential shows greatly appreciated! I’m always looking for new ones…




Around the Web

Happy weekend, everyone. We’re enjoying a sunny and warm(er) day, thank goodness. Here are some things I’ve enjoyed from around the web…

Great guide to writing thank you notes…

Listened to my first episode of this touching podcast. On mothers who struggle with motherhood..

Making this Butter Chicken recipe tonight. Mmm…

This sweater has been part of my winter uniform. Confession: I ordered it in 3 colors once it went on sale…

Just started Barbara Brown Taylor’s An Altar in the World. What an understated and lovely read.

During the snow, I broke out the Koala Crate Campbell received from SB for Christmas. What fun. So cute. I’m tempted to get a subscription.



Reading Updates

Happy Wednesday! We’ve been cooped up since Friday; more on that later. I have some thoughts on what made this snow-go-round easier than previous ones. But it’s a little too fresh. More on this later.

A few new notes on my reading life.

  1. I joined Audible. Yes, after hearing many good things, I joined because I now have a 30-40 minute commute on Metro most weekdays. I like it!  I find myself much less focused on how quickly the minutes are passing and whether my connection will be quick. My first book: Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. Funny and surprisingly cerebral.
  2. Listening to this new podcast: What Should I Read Next? written by author/blogger Anne Bogel of Modern Mrs. Darcy. On each episode, the host talks with a guest, who tells her a book they love, a book they hate, and what they’re reading now. Anne gives them several suggestions on what to read next. I like hearing them talk about books, why they love/hate them. And more than that, my book to-read list is growing!
  3. Just finished Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey and 2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino. I like to read several books at once (got that from you, Dad!), and these were both really good. Reviews–hopefully–to come.
  4. I’ve really enjoyed keeping a book journal, simply a list of books that I read. Even though i get behind sometimes, I love documenting this part of my life.

What are you reading these days?

Long Time, No See

Happy 2016! It’s been a while. But it feels good to be back.

The past few months have been a blur, but they have been full, rewarding, and, as always, exhausting, but in a (mostly) good way. Here’s a short update. My goal is to gather some thoughts for  some future posts.

Reading: Out of Sorts by Sarah Bessey and 2 AM at the Cats Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino

Watching: The latest seasons of Girls and Parenthood (latest season now on Netflix!)

Thankful for: Reducing to part-time hours. My life feels much more balanced even after just a few weeks of 24-28 hour work weeks. So, so grateful for the opportunity for flexibility.

Cooking: Lots of crock pot recipes, most recently this chicken chili – yum. And for the busy weeks, Blue Apron.

Doing: Prepping to train for a 10-miler, my first race in a while. I’m pumped about pulling out my running gear again.

Anticipating: Long-time friends moving back to town, weekend trips to see loved ones, and always more hilarious conversations with our almost-4-year old

Wearing: This sweater. So cozy!

Listening: Audiobook of Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance. (Funny! Especially if you enjoyed his new show Master of None on Netflix.) I recently downloaded Audible now that I’m officially a commuter via Metro. Any audio book recommendations?


“Faith Sees Best in the Dark”

I read this fabulous post by Sarah Condon last week; it highlighted the interview between Joe Biden and Stephen Colbert from a few weeks back, in which they discuss their faith and personal tragedies. As Condon writes,

Whatever your politics may be, there is something incredibly moving about these two men, who have experienced such profound personal tragedy, softly speaking to one another about how faith has carried them through suffering.

I watched the clip of the interview and it’s not the smoothest or most eloquent. But it is quite poignant. At one point, Biden, who recently lost his son, explains, “Faith sees best in the dark.” He finds comfort in the ritual and consistency of faith. His thoughts really touched me.

Vox it Up

I’m writing to report on a new discovery in communicating with friends: Voxer. For others of you who are late to the game here, it’s basically a tool to send voice messages between people without a phone ringing. Instead of sending a message by text, send a message by voice.

When it comes to staying in touch, I’m a big fan of email. Expression through writing has always come easier for me. But Voxer can save a lot of time. It’s efficient–just speak for a minute or so and send it right along. And listen while you’re driving or brushing your teeth. Also, you can still send text and pictures, too, if you’re on the Metro or something and would rather not speak.

A few of my college friends and I have a group Vox going, and it has been really funny and a neat way to stay in touch day to day. We’ve discussed children’s injuries, YouTube videos that are worth watching, and even events that are a heavier and sad. One evening, one friend modeled her stitch-fix pieces and we Voxed our input–so funny. It’s unbelievably comforting and neat to hear my friends’ voices when we don’t get to see each other all that much.

I wasn’t sure if I would like it, but it turns out, I’m a big Voxer fan. Anyone else out there?

For the Love of Gilmore and Podcasts

Happy Sunday. So I’ve written before about my routine of watching Gilmore Girls in the evening. It’s great background to paperwork, but it’s also worthy of my full attention post-dinner and post-toddler-bedtime.

Also, I’ve written about my love of podcasts to keep me company while cooking or applying make-up or etc etc.

With that, I give you my latest podcast find: The Gilmore Guys.


Y’all, these two young guys recorded their first podcast about the very first episode of GG right before the series was released on Netflix. They devote an hour of podcasting to each episode. (They may combine in the future, but at the beginning, they really break it down and moving slow and steady.) During the hour, they analyze characters, define cultural references, and talk about the outdated fashion choices. And the guys do it with a lot of humor. (They routinely invite celebrities to join as guests on the show, which is funny in the beginning episodes because they hadn’t become famous yet, but I actually think they get some celebrities on in later episodes.)

Check it out if you’re a GG fan, past or present. And warning: it’s an adult listening experience. No listening with kiddos in the car or in the general vicinity. Unless they’re distracted by Dinosaur Train or something.

Any new podcasts you’re into?

Image via Wikipedia.