Best Laid Plans life

Some Non-Pandemic Things

July 29, 2021

1- The last ~2 weeks have been really challenging. I am so ready for a new month. Clean slate. New season. All of the back-to-school energy. I just feel like the second half of July has felt stagnant and fretful. Turning over the calendar page always helps.

(Also, I love when a month starts on a Sunday or Monday – helps me to be able to get my Monthly Review process done right on time and just feels good!)

2- I accidentally deleted all of my podcast subscriptions!!!! For listening purposes, I use Podcruncher, a $2.99 app I purchased years ago. It usually works really well for me but got stuck in a glitchy feedback loop where I couldn’t figure out how to turn it off, and so I deleted the app thinking my subscripitions would still be ‘remembered’ somewhere.

Turns out, nope! Not at all. There’s no ‘account’ so the app popped up as a blank slate. I was annoyed for a few minutes but then decided starting fresh might not be the worst thing. I think I remembered all of the ones worth remembering . . .

3- BLP (new ep) returns on Monday! I have already booked up most of the ad slots for the fall with two sponsors that I am very genuinely into (yay!) but if you are a small business and interested in sponsoring an ep, there are a few weeks left. Let me know!

4- Today is a major work catchup day for me. I’ve had a lot of patient care (call) and feel so behind. I’ve had some emotionally difficult meetings too. I have high hopes that things will feel better when I have this week behind me and my work wrapped up.

(Just in time for everything to pile up again on vac, but oh well.)

((Already mad at myself for not taking Monday off. Instead it’s a super busy clinical day. Ahh well. I will try to get in the mindset of just focusing on the patients in front of me that day, and treat Tuesday as a catch-up.))

5- I haven’t seen much of the Olympics yet because we seem to be unable to navigate how to easily purchase streaming access (other than live . . . which seems to be during the work day)! Fully respect Simone Biles’ decision not to compete but I am also sad I won’t get to watch her! (Of course – there are many older videos that could be enjoyed in lieu of the current competition).

I want to see more running events, swimming, diving, and (obvs) gymnastics! Hopefully this weekend.

(Unfortunately the kids are not very into watching. I feel like when I was A’s age I would have loved it!? Have current fast-paced kids’ shows and games ruined their attention spans? Is it a rebellion thing? Not sure . . .)

a VERY rare moment so here’s proof it happens once in a while


  • Reply Nelle T. July 29, 2021 at 9:25 am

    Olympic track and field starts tonight (Thursday) so you haven’t missed anything yet! A lot of my friends are watching via Peacock which has some live-streaming, although mostly I’ve been using my cable login and going straight to Seeing the dressage earlier this week really made my day.

  • Reply Lisa of Lisa's Yarns July 29, 2021 at 9:48 am

    I got peacock for the Olympics but have found it kind of disappointing… I thought I’d be able to replay things more quickly but there is a delay in replay so it is very much ‘old news’ by the time it’s available for replay… I tried to avoid all news on the day of the team competition so I could watch it w/out knowing what happened but accidentally heard them announce what place the women’s team took during the news. Doh. My husband couldn’t believe I got through an entire work day w/out hearing about what happened. He was like, ‘oh there is news!’ So I thought it was about the team’s place. Never would have imagined that Biles would drop out of the competition! Poor girl. She was at the top of her game so you know things are not good if she felt she had to drop out of something she worked so hard for. Our son has watched a little bit of gymnastics. He seemed to find it interesting but at 3, he’s too young to really get it. A might just be a bit too young to really get into it? The first Olympics I really remember was 1996 when I was 15. It was nice that it was in Atlanta that year so gymnastics was live during prime time. I can vividly remember watching Kerri Strug land the vault on a broken ankle! So maybe in 4 years she’ll be more into it?

    I hope your week off is very refreshing! That plus a new month will be a good combo. I’ve been feeling very off/meh lately, too, as we have some family stuff going on that is out of my control and very sad. I’m not good at dealing with things that I can’t control or impact or help out with. I’m glad I am back to running as that is therapeutic for me!

  • Reply Mrs. Candid July 29, 2021 at 10:11 am

    Very cute photo of C and G 💜

    About your podcast subscriptions getting deleted, you said it right, we usually remember the ones worth remembering, so enjoy the accidental clean slate 🙂

    • Reply Chantal July 29, 2021 at 11:14 pm

      My kids haven’t been that into it either (8 & 4). They will watch the horse events as they are fast paced and we have horses! My 4 yr old is into the surfing..I think because she is obsessed with the beach??!

      The first Olympic Games I remember was in Barcelona! I was 11yrs old! So maybe A will be more into it the next time round??

  • Reply gwinne July 29, 2021 at 10:11 am

    We’ve been watching some strategic ‘replay’ via Peacock as well. Gymnastics and skateboarding mostly (the women’s skateboarding was SO fun we actually did the entire final)! TAnd you can watch Biles in the prelim rounds (we did).

  • Reply omdg July 29, 2021 at 1:29 pm

    I’ve been using YouTube to watch Olympic videos the day after the performance. It’s free, albeit a little annoying with the ads.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 29, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      Since we are not watching ‘real time’ for most events anyway totally makes sense .

  • Reply Amy July 29, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    We’re using Sling which gets us full coverage from most of (?) the NBC stations so we’ve gotten to see some of the more obscure sports like canoe slalom and air rifle. It’s fun to be able to choose from the different broadcasts.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger July 29, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      I think Sling is what we will end up using.

      I have definitely never seen Canoe Slalom before!

  • Reply Sara B. July 29, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    For podcasts I’ve used overcast and Castro. I like Castro’s queuing system a little better but Overcast’s developer is amazing and it is more reliable. You can also export your list of feeds as a backup. Although honestly sometimes a clean slate is nice too.

  • Reply Danielle July 29, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    The first Olympics I really paid attention to was the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer. I was in the fourth grade, I loved ice skating and I had a Nancy Kerrigan poster in my room.

    Also safe to say that was the first time I got sucked into the drama of strangers!

  • Reply Alyce August 3, 2021 at 7:14 am

    I feel like such a doofus because I didn’t know there are podcast apps. I’ve always used Apple podcasts, which has always been fine, but never great. Until of course the most recent update and it’s now garbage and driving me crazy for a few weeks now. I’m sorry you lost all your podcasts, but I’m grateful for the revelation that there’s something better out there than Apple Podcasts.

  • Reply Alyce August 3, 2021 at 7:16 am

    Also, the ’96 Olympics in Atlanta was the first time I paid attention to the Olympics. It was so exciting – in my hometown and we got to go to some events in person! But then there was the bombing – on my birthday – and that was kinda surreal. Memorable to say the least.

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