I hurt my foot in some way at least once every year. Got it out of the way early this time. Woke up thirsty in the middle of the night, didn't realize my leg was asleep, boom, fell like a house of cards. Had to cancel the substitute job I had today, and put off tutoring this afternoon. I can walk on it, but only barely. The left side of my left foot has some bruising around the toes - hurts to bend or even touch. Still, I've had worse, so I can't complain too much.
I had four days of subbing last week, plus tutoring, and I've picked up yet another side job helping a fellow sub with his flea market booth. He came in to give me a lunch break, but I'd already eaten, so we had a nice long chat instead - in the process, I was offered a job helping him price all the stuff he's bought so he can get it sold.
He rents a booth at a flea market not far from where I live, so I took home some boxes of books and gave 'em all price stickers. Even tossed in some stuff I didn't want anymore for him. 2017 seems to be going pretty well for me (knock on wood).
Tomorrow, I'm going to see The Phantom of the Opera - the tickets were my big Christmas present, so hopefully I can walk better by then. That ought to be fun.
The cold weather is back with a vengeance, so I guess it's just as well that I've been too busy to go outside. But it looks like things will warm up for the weekend, so maybe I'll get to enjoy it a little. Play some Pokemon or something, take Seth and Noah to the library. It'll be nice to wear sandals again. While I've been inside though, I've been working my way through a ton of podcasts.
Homecoming - picked this one up cause I'd seen all the good press. I wasn't that impressed myself, but that's more because I have better stuff in my lineup than any failing on its part. I hear it's being developed into a TV series though, so have a listen if you wanna get a jump on your friends.
Rabbits - the one I'm most excited about, from the same team responsible for The Black Tapes (also very good) and Tanis (which I'll talk about in a moment). So far, Rabbits is about some sort of secretive, ancient game that the narrator gets involved with when her friend goes missing. As someone super-into games or all kinds, both for their own merit and the culture surrounding them, this one had me hooked at the premise.
Tanis - just started it's third season after leaving us all on a heck of a cliffhanger. Twenty-six episodes in, and it's still unclear exactly what Tanis is - a place? A message? An event? Unlike, say, Lost, the ambiguity fascinates instead of frustrates, and I'm hopeful that season three may finally begin providing some answers.
LifeAfter - I've yet to start this one, but it's from the same people that produced The Message, which was a short-but-good series with a definite endpoint instead of the multi-season I keep getting into I know it's about a man who begins getting voice messages from his dead wife, and it sounds like there's some kind of theme revolving around life and death in the digital age, which is right up my alley.
Lore - if you aren't on this train, you're missing out. Think Mysteries at the Museum, or Ghost Hunters minus the sensationalism. Narrator Aaron Manhke has a great voice and uses it to explore the facts and myths surrounding all your favorite folklore - from ghost ships and haunted hotels to massacres, serial killings, and strange disappearances.
The Lost Cat - definite Night Vale and Lovecraft influences, but still very much it's own thing, I think this was the first podcast I really got into. Seeking his lost cat, our narrator braves a world like our own in some ways, but one where leviathans sleep and it's wise to bring a gas mask when venturing out. While season two is a complete, single story, seasons one and three each consist of more-or-less stand alone episodes dealing with some new manner of strangeness such as living worry dolls and monsters than live in your shadow.
I hope I've sold on at least one of these podcasts, cause I need someone to nerd out with, especially for the serialized ones. I don't know anyone else that listens on the regular