BEHIND CLOSED DOORS | COMMUTING

“Life in the Cube” doesn’t really fit since I now have an office (complete with a capitol view)! My series of posts about office life will now be filed under “Behind Closed Doors” to celebrate that rarefied privilege: an office with a door that closes.

My commute to work varies by season and when I get up. Depending on the day, I might be driving, car-pooling or riding a bus. No matter the transportation, there’s always an audio component.

On the way into work, I am a faithful Morning Edition listener. But, my commute home is rarely at the same time, so instead of relying on NPR, I usually listen to podcasts. My commute is only about 25 minutes long, but podcasts are on heavy rotation when I drive home to Kansas, too, so I have quite a collection.

Recently, I was asked which podcasts I listen to, and in true Lori style, I got really into it and provided an in-depth, long list. Then, not one, but two friends asked the same question on social media. Since podcasts are on the brain, I thought I’d share some of my favorites:

  • Slate Political Gabfest – This was the very first podcast I ever listened to. David Plotz, Emily Bazelon and John Dickerson kept me company as I learned the roads of Wisconsin as a sales rep, and I always enjoy it, even if I am vehemently disagreeing (usually with Plotz). Most importantly, although it’s a political podcast, there is absolutely no shouting. It’s a classic and is incredibly popular for a reason!
  • Pop Culture Happy Hour – Three regulars and a guest or two discuss two pop culture topics, as well as “What’s Making Us Happy.” I enjoy the personalities, chemistry and  camaraderie on this show, and their takes on pop culture are witty and smart.
  • Inside The New York Times Book Review – It’s the audio version of The New York Times Book Review! There are interviews based on what’s in the paper, a rundown of the best-seller list and publishing news. (They were all over Harper Lee publishing a new book.) It’s calming, but not boring, and I always have books to add to my Goodreads list after listening to this one.
  • Invisibilia – So far, there is only one season, and I can’t wait for the next one! This podcast takes a deep dive into all things, well, invisible. It’s hard to explain, but it’s brain science + human behavior + psychology, all with a This American Life flavor. How to Become Batman is a great first episode to try.
  • Whistlestop (Slate) – I’ve already sung the praises of John Dickerson on Political Gabfest, but he’s also a talented story-teller. Whistlestop is a wide-ranging collection of stories about historical Presidential campaigns. One week, you’re listening to Reagan, and the next, it’s a Taft tidbit. It’s a wonderful blend of history and politics. Unlike current politics, it’s not frustrating — all of the outcomes are already decided!
  • Can I Pet Your Dog? – This is a new addition. It’s pretty simple: listen to the theme song. If you like it, you’ll enjoy this podcast. If it’s too silly or weird for you, you’re probably not enough of a dog person for this one!

I listen to many more, but those are on heavy rotation on my phone. What are you listening to?

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I’M BAAAAACK!

Since I work at a university now, I guess we can call my long absence a blog sabbatical. Yikes! Since my last post, I have been up to a lot:

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LONDON IN SNAPSHOTS

IMG_0106In case you didn’t get the gist from my previous post, I took an unforgettable trip to the UK in April. I thought I’d share my view of London and beyond through random photos I took. Most of these wouldn’t make it in a travel book. Instead, they’re what caught my eye as I roamed the city. Continue reading

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LONDON CALLING

Last month, I was lucky enough to travel to the UK for 16 days. I went to visit a dear friend I’ve known since we were 11 and had a wonderful time in London, Bath and Windsor.

I managed to cram most of my “Absolutely Must Do/See/Experience” list into the time I was abroad, which means there are entirely too many things to list here. However, here’s a quick rundown of my favorites: Continue reading

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HERE, THERE & EVERYWHERE

Oy! Where has the spring gone? I would like to say my posts were washed away with all the rain Madison has gotten, but in reality, blogging was derailed by many adventures: Continue reading

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SHOW & TELL | HOUSE-KEEPING & GALLERIES

Oh boy, I had no idea what I was getting into when I decided to add materials to my online portfolio. By the end of my update, I had: Continue reading

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ALL ABOUT THE DATA

I consider myself both left- and right-brained. (For this post, we’ll ignore the fact that it seems to be pretty much a myth.) While I love design, color and all things creative, I also thrive on logic, organization and … data. Continue reading

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SHOW & TELL | MORE WORK

I had a meeting today that made me realize just how little of my portfolio is online. Sure, I have some recent work, but what about all of those categories under DESIGN that are waiting for content? Continue reading

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LIFE IN THE CUBE | EASY ON THE EYES

IMG_3044Like many professionals, I work in a cubicle. Although I’m not a huge fan of open-office plans, I have resigned myself to my faux walls.

But. The cubicles in my office aren’t exactly new. And they’re gray. Don’t get me wrong. I love a beautiful gray. But these are straight from the set of Office Space I am lucky enough to have a window, so the natural light helps a lot. But, as a person who adores orange, I still found myself visually recoiling from the storm clouds in my cubicle. Continue reading

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30 DAY CHALLENGE(S)

Last week, I participated in the 2013 Project Manager Conference. Every other year, the company I work for brings hundreds of project managers to Madison to teach, learn and network. (Pretty cool, huh?) Because we’re so far-flung, sometimes this is the first time I might meet a co-worker face-to-face. Continue reading

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