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Thanks for the well-wishes from some of you on my surgery! I’m about 2-1/2 weeks out since repairing a deviated septum and I can breathe out of both sides of my nose again! All in all, it’s been a good recovery. I’m just still trying to learn how to get a good sleep through the night on my back. I imagined I’d watch a lot of TV, but as it turned out, podcasts were my best friend. I could keep an ice pack on my eyes and listen. For some reason I spent lots of time deep-diving into SNL history… mostly with Dana Carvey and David Spade’s Fly on the Wall, which I came to from a Smartless interview with Spade. But also via Conan O’Brien Needs a Friend and the new Bob Odenkirk memoir on Audible, Comedy Comedy Comedy Drama. Other favorites remain Everything is Fine, You’re Wrong About, You Are Good, Reply All, and Pop Culture Happy Hour

The TV shows I did binge: Working Moms and Life & Beth—both wonderful! Aron and I watched the first season of Working Moms together and loved it, but then we sort of lost interest during a so-so season two. But now I sort of feel bad for watching season three without him because it was wonderful! Sorry, Aron. Same with Life & Beth. Together we’re so excited about the new season of Better Call Saul that we’ve been re-watching the start of Breaking Bad to remember how Saul and the other familiar faces enter into the fray.

What sort of shows and podcasts are keeping your attention lately?

A few links of note… 

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Happy April 1st! I successfully pranked the kids this morning—with no tears like the time I replaced lucky charms with confetti—so my day is complete. How about you? Any good pranks this year? My goal is always to be as gentle as I hope they’ll be on me when they finally remember the day of the month.

We just came back from Costa Rica, where we spent a week for spring break. It was wonderful! We visited the same places that Aron and I went back in 2010, but of course everything felt different with kids. It was thrilling to see it with them.

This weekend my plan is to finish downloading photos and to catch up with friends, because next week is my surgery to repair my deviated septum (I can only really breathe out of one side of my nose) and I’ll be out of commission for a couple of weeks. If anyone has had a similar procedure and has last-minute tips, I’m all ears!

So, only a few links this week, as I’ve been a bit out of the loop. Let me know what pop-culture finds on your radar. I’d love to stockpile some entertainment!

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We watched Wonder Woman with the kids last weekend and the premise—that it’s Aries, the God of war, who is causing mankind to destroy each other so unnaturally—keeps coming back to me this week as being especially prescient right now. As in, there must be some fantastical explanation why people keep starting wars and killing one another. How else can we understand it? I am worrying for Ukraine like everyone, of course — and then oddly living as if all were (mostly… there is still a pandemic to contend with) fine. That looks like a mix of doom-scrolling through the CNN news ticker, listening to podcasts about the history of the Soviet Union and Putin’s rise to power, at the same time as appreciating the spring blooms, going to Little League games, watching a new movie, planning summer camps and looking forward to spring break vacation. What a strange time.

One of the podcasts I enjoy most these days, Everything is Fine, talked about the whiplash of it all (around 6:45 min mark)—”mardi gras selfies, war, the Gap is having a sale”—and I’m not sure how to post on here at all without contributing to that. Honestly, that’s how it has felt for the past two years. What do I have to add that isn’t just silliness? I guess I have to assume that we are all getting our news from real news sources and doing our best, readying ourselves to make sacrifices, and then also be one of those distractions.

So, if you’re in the mood for distractions, some links…

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