Brad, Self, Sewing

This American Life

June 26, 2011

Well, a couple weeks ago Brad (the hubby) told me that Ira Glass is coming to Utah. . and I was like, “What! We’re getting tickets!!!”

Ira Glass

If you don’t know who Ira Glass is, he’s the host of This American Life, my favorite podcast show of all time. (Now my quilt/sewing followers are probably dropping like flies reading this but if you go on, I promise it might pay off. . if not just move along to the next sewing blog and I promise to post something sewing related this week.) The best way I can describe the show is, each week it has a theme and stories that go with the theme.

Act One: The Guilt & the Money
Well I decided if I was going to drop some cash on tickets then I should probably make a date with the hubby. I don’t know if you’re anything like me but dating after 12+yrs of marriage is kind of rare. . .almost like finding a diamond in a cow turd. There’s a couple reasons why we don’t date that much:

1. I feel kind of guilty leaving the kids. . we have a 12yr old and a 1 yr old. I know that most of the stuff we do, Lucas (12) can go to. . like movies. . or theater etc. So I rarely leave home without the kids.

2. It’s kind of spendy. . . Here’s an example, the tickets cost $72. . dinner $85 (yeah we have to go to a nice place since it’s a date). . babysitter $30. . . . yeah that’s $187. Brad said. . “We don’t go on a date that much so stop thinking about the $$$.”

Act Two: The show and my feelings
Well the show was G R E A T!!! It was like attending a live show but a little more intimate settings, even though we were in the balcony and I couldn’t really see Ira. After awhile, I thought. . I don’t need to see him I can hear just perfectly. We had a bunch of laughs for sure.

He went through why their format and why their choice of format made people listen.

Act Three: My favorites

Recent favorite: Old Boys’ Network

Oldie but good: Matchmakers

Creep’d me out: Fear of Sleep

Act Four: Sewing Peeps and anyone who loves good stories
If you’re a sewing peep, you should know we sit at our machines and sew away. Some of you have a movie going in the background or music, so you can drown out the silence. Well try listing to This American Life podcast instead! It’s really good. . . and you don’t need to have the try to sew and watch the tv at the same time. And if you’re like me the laptop is sitting right there anyway.

Best I could get!

The date was worth it. . . . We figure we’ll try to do that once a month. . . or at least a couple times a year. . . the romance isn’t dead!

You Might Also Like


  • Reply Pétra (Creative Mom) June 26, 2011 at 9:16 pm

    What a great night! I don’t know about everyone else out there but I am not only listening to This American Life but Car Talk and Fresh Air they are my favorites.

  • Reply Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy June 27, 2011 at 3:55 am

    That is too funny, I listen to a lot of NPR while I sew, too, but my fave is Wait…Wait…Don’t Tell Me – though I do definitely listen to a lot of This American Life too. That’s so awesome that you got to go see Ira speak in person!

  • Reply Melinda June 27, 2011 at 4:46 am

    As soon as I saw “This American Life” in my Google Reader, I was here. I have the biggest auditory crush on Ira! I listen all the time and I absolutely love his laugh. I will say he looks nothing like I thought he would from his voice. I looked him up one time because I was curious. I’m so jealous!

  • Reply suzee June 27, 2011 at 6:02 am

    I will have to check that out!!! and I’m glad you aren’t listening to The New Kids on the Block………hehe Glad you have a great date night!!!

  • Reply Brooke June 27, 2011 at 8:46 am

    I love This American Life! My inlaws went to see Ira on Saturday too. For some reason, the mister and I had no idea he was coming until the Wednesday before, which didn’t leave enough time to get tickets. I’m glad you had a good time.

  • Reply Sherrie June 27, 2011 at 11:18 am

    I LOVE This American Life! I will sit in the car and wait until it is done on the weekend if possible! Our kids love it too. So interesting. I haven’t seen Ira, but I caught David Sedaris when he came to town a couple of years ago. Definitely worth the date money!

  • Reply Meryl June 27, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Do it! We do, at least once a month (it was once a week last year!) go on a date. It’s worth it!

  • Reply Colleen June 27, 2011 at 2:14 pm

    I knew I liked you for a reason! I so wanted to get tickets, but it wasn’t in the budget right now. I frequently have NPR podcasts on while I sew. Music is ok for only so long… and there is such a variety on NPR to listen to! I love:

    This American Life
    Car Talk (even though I do nothing with my own cars)
    Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me
    All Things Considered
    A Prairie Home Companion

    And so many more! I do, however, have one note for when I listen live (which is pretty much all the time in my car). Dear NPR, I do not like Jazz music! I know, most of the pretentious people who listen to your programming love jazz. I (pretentious though I am), however, do not. Don’t make assumptions about me, ok?

    Thanks for listening to my rant…

  • Reply Amanda July 8, 2011 at 8:00 am

    I had some fun thoughts when I read this. First, you have a 12 YO and a 1 YO? You are indeed super mom! Second, your hubby is a keeper. I love that he would tell you not to think about the $$. And third, must start listening to this show! Thanks for sharing!

  • Leave a Reply