Joys: Things That Get Me Through the Week

{This post was meant for  Monday, July 6th, but that didn’t quite work out as planned. Either way enjoy the content for it is still applicable.}

The Monday coming back from a holiday is always the worst especially when it’s a summer holiday like the Fourth of July.  This particular holiday makes you sluggish on Monday because you’ve usually spent the weekend at the lake or beach using loads of energy swimming and playing with sparklers and ingesting lots of yummy food. So I know that I have to start now to find the simple joys that are going to help get me through the week.

This is a list of “work-friendly” things that get me through.


My absolute favorite way to keep my brain active during the day and there are so many great podcasts out there these days! Here are just a few of my favs:



This is a production of The Southern Foodways Alliance and ‘shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat’. I love food and I love hearing people tell their stories, perfect match.

Stuff You Missed in History Class


This podcast is brought to you by the guys that do the How Stuff Works site so you know it has to be good. Each week Tracy V. Wilson and Holly Frey bring to you a history lesson that you probably had to idea about. Anywhere from the history of Sea Monkeys to the history of the lindy hop.

Tiny Desk Concerts



This is a broadcast of NPR and is a short concert where the artist/band plays about a 3 song concert at the All Songs Considered Desk (another NPR broadcast hosted by Bob Boilin). Great way to discover new bands and listen to new music from you favorites.

Live in Concert


This is another NPR music subset that brings performances from bands from all over such as SXSW. My favorite are the Newport Folk Festival performances. I’ve probably listened to the Nickel Creek one a hundred times.



This podcast delves into the history behind scary stories. I’m a huge Stephen King fan and love all things creepy. So if you are like me you will love this podcast and hate that it is only bi-weekly.


This Amazon affiliated site is basically convenient audiobooks. You can pay a monthly fee and get a credit each month and discounted audiobooks. You are able to listen to the audiobooks on all devices (i.e. laptop, iPhone, Android, tablets, etc.)

Ask The Past

“Ask the Past gathers advice from the past and applies it obligingly to the questions of the present.” In other words it takes a scenario from today such as How to Run and answers it with advice from 1657. With everything that we know these days these questions and answers are quite humorous. What makes this site even better is that it is written by a teacher at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Elizabeth Archibald, who has a Ph.D. in History from Yale University and researches medieval education and the history of the book. So she knows her stuff!

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee

This is my favorite work distraction which is why I save it for my lunch breaks. This is a 20 minute segment where Jerry Seinfeld picks up a fellow comedian in a car he feels suits them best, they grab some coffee, a quick bite to eat and have a conversation. It may sound pretty complacent but it’s hilarious.

*Disclaimer: Work-friendly doesn’t mean the same everywhere. Make sure it is ok with your boss to be wearing headphones at work and that it doesn’t distract you from your job.

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