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Wizard and the Bruiser + Page 7 Live

At this point, you’ve heard me mention Last Podcast on the Left, several times. What you haven’t heard me mention, is that they have a whole podcast network. While not every podcast is my jam, the two mentioned in the title are a couple of my other favorites. Their subject matter is completely different than their parent podcast.

Wizard and the Bruiser is hosted by Holden and Jake. They take deep dives into various subjects in nerd culture. For example some of their episodes have included; Invader Zim, Smash Brothers, Junji Ito and Zelda. It’s a different form of edu-tainment than the true crime series. Informational and fun.

Page 7 is your pop culture fun zone. Hosted by Jackie, Molly and Holden, they discuss the latest celebrity gossip and deep dives into pop culture subjects. While pop culture is not one of my favorite subjects, the hosts are so damn funny that I don’t care what subject they talk about, I’ll listen.

Which brings me to to their live show that we attended last night in Pontiac, MI. I’ve never laughed so hard. While LPOTL is great, I definitely laughed harder at this show. Their energy was great and they fed off of the crowd. It was a smaller venue so we easily had great seats.

Jackie, queen of the stage.

After the show, my husband spoke with Jake and Holden briefly. Me? I lurked in the shadows. I never know what to say to people that they don’t hear a million times. My resort is just telling them that I love them and to thank them for coming to our area. My anxiety level sky rockets at even this amount of interaction.

Then, we waited to meet the queen herself, Jackie Zebrowski. There may not be a funnier, nicer person on the planet. By the time it was our turn to meet her, my anxiety dissipated and sank into Mr. C&M. So for once, he was the awkward one and I was fine. Lmao. She’s seriously such a warm person and has no problem striking up a conversation with anyone. We chatted for a few minutes,she graciously took a picture with us, hugged us super hard and thanked us for making it out to the show and showing our support.

If you haven’t checked out either of these podcasts and one or both appeal to you, I highly recommend that you give them a try. And if they tour anywhere near you, check out their live show. Your cheeks will hurt from laughing after.

Educated: A Memoir – Book Review

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Published Date: February 20, 2018

Publishing Co.: Random House

Pages: 334

Goodreads Synopsis.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Raised in a small Mormon town, child to a mentally ill father, forced to work in a junkyard pulling scrap or making essential oils and homeopathy in the kitchen with her mother, Tara Westover never had an actual education. In fact, she didn’t even have a birth certificate for nine years or an actual birth date. Everyone had a different account of the day she was born and even when that date was.

Her life was preset before her. Help her parents make money and prepare for the End of Days, then one day become a wife and mother. Those were the foundations of a good Mormon believer according to her father.

As she grew, she began to realize that this was not the life she wanted. However, she felt guilty, almost blasphemous for feeling this way. First, she had to survive her family. An older brother who was extremely physically and mentally abusive. A father, who wanted to live off the grid, believed the government would come for them one day, and did not believe in the Medical Establishment. Meaning, serious injuries caused in the junkyard were treated by their mother with oils and homeopathy.

Tara grew bolder when a different older brother encouraged her to teach herself and pass the ACT so that she could escape the life laid out before her. A large portion of the story is about her education, learning about historical events she never knew had taken place, like the Holocaust. Her struggle to maintain her grades and earn grants to continue school and even placing into study abroad programs, learning about a world she never knew existed. All this while struggling with the drama and control of her family.

You could not have had a more polar opposite upbringing than my own. I was raised in an agnostic/atheist household with a strong stance on the importance of education. Therefore, it absolutely amazes me that this woman was not only able to survive a brutal childhood, but to go on and graduate from a school like Cambridge. She is only a year older than me and has accomplished so much more than I can imagine but I wouldn’t trade my childhood or my family for it.

It’s such a weird life and way of believing that at times I thought this story was something set before I was born but no, these people are out there today, doing these same things they’ve been doing since before I was born. It’s so bizarre to think about.

I liked the author’s honesty about how hard and how long it took to detach herself from the toxic portion of her family, even if it wasn’t fully her choice.

If you’re looking for an inspirational read, you’ve found it right here.

SCIENCE!

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I won’t pretend that the current presidential administration hasn’t inspired me to do many things in opposition to them. Peaceful protest, signing numerous petitions, watching politics closely, no longer restraining my tongue against ignorance, supporting the free press, educating myself on the issues and researching politicians.

A recent discussion with The Shameful Narcissist and then with my husband, has fueled yet another quest in opposition. I’ve felt for a few years now that I missed my calling as a biologist, so after we purchase our first house, we’re both going to look into going back to school. Myself for environmental science and my husband for information technology. As my husband so eloquently said, “There’s no reason not to.”

Unfortunately neither one of us can quit our jobs and go to school full time (especially after buying a house) so it will be several years before I can even complete my Associate’s Degree but I’m excited none the less. FOR SCIENCE!

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