Let’s talk about podcasts

Are you doing podcasts?  What are you listening to?  When do you listen?

I’ve gone from not understanding how to listen to podcasts at all to figuring out Stitcher and now listening every chance I can.  Usually this is while I’m cooking, doing chores, or getting ready.

I keep thinking I’m going to make it through my backlog of podcasts, but I never do.  They just show up faster than I can listen.  Here are some of my favorites, and I’d love to hear what you’re into!  Even though I don’t have space for more, I’m always up to try.

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Decorating options for a rental

So earlier I talked about designing our new lives in KL.  Now I’m talking about design at home.  Specifically, how to decorate our digs for the next three years.

I struggle on this one.  Three years is temporary, but it’s still a decent chunk of time.  But should we be investing time, money, and energy into decorating?  There are so many things I like to spend my resources on.  (Namely travel and food.)  Where does this fall into the picture?  Is having a music-activated disco ball in the guest bathroom a need or a want?

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Designing your life

Moving can be a pain.  But it is also a time of new beginnings.  Fresh starts.

A good reminder that we get to choose what we want to do in our days.

I’m sitting here like a kid in a candy store trying to decide how we should spend our time.  On the one hand, it is early days.  On the other hand, early habits tend to solidify.  This is a special time to remake before habits become hardened, calcified.

In no particular order . . .

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Why am I so stressed about the school bus?

So as I mentioned before, KL is more of a driving town than Rome.  Maybe not if you were visiting and staying in the middle of downtown.  But for me, the combo of heavy traffic, bad sidewalks, and rainstorms is putting driving front and center.

When I first realized I couldn’t walk the kids to school, I freaked out.  HARD.  This was not part of “the plan.”

Then I started to practice driving.  It’s nerve wracking.  Other side of the road.  Cars EVERYWHERE.  Motorcycles zooming between cars on both sides of you.  Tight parking spots.  All around not my cup of tea.

It turns out that there is a pay bus that could take the kids to school.  Which feels silly because the school is right across the street.  (The giant, mega huge street.  Ugh.)  But it exists.  It isn’t crazy cheap, but it’s reasonable.  We could afford it.

So why am I not jumping at this bus option??  We inquired and found out the general pickup and drop off times.  I hadn’t wanted to add too much time to the kids’ day, but it turns out, it really wouldn’t be that much.  Morning pick up would be about the same as when they leave now.  Afternoon sounds like it would be 15ish minutes later.  So not nothing, but not crazy.

For the listers among us, allow me to present my pros and cons.

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Early thoughts on Kuala Lumpur

We did it.  We made it through three flights to arrive clear across the globe.  (Oof, those flights.  More on that later.)

Kuala Lumpur, or KL, is the capital of Malaysia.  The greater KL area has more than seven million people.  It feels like it.  Especially when you’re driving.

KL is 12 time zones different than Eastern Standard Time.  This is farther away than Rome, but I’m finding it to be easier.  It’s a snap to know what time it is back home.  Also, instead of just one call window, I have time in the morning and evenings now when I can call.  I’ve been trying to hype this as a positive for the grandparents.  I’m not sure they are convinced.  Yet.  Muhahaha.

There’s a lot of great stuff here.  And some things we’re finding challenging.  You know, the usual.  Here are some of my early thoughts on KL.  This is my first time in Asia so much newness all around.

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HI! How was your summer?

Hey!  How’s it going?  How’s your summer been?  Flying by?  I hear ya.

We’ve been in the US of A this summer.  Sorry for the long absence here.  We’ve been pinging around trying to squeeze in as much family and friends time as we could.  It really was wonderful to have this time.  We were very grateful.  But . . .

It was difficult as well.  Being homeless for so long was tough.  And the poor kids were so confused.  Are we going to Nana’s house?  Are we going home?  Are we in Malaysia?

Oh, right.  We’re doing our next three years in Malaysia.  Kuala Lumpur to be exact.  We’re actually already here!  It’s been just over a week.  We’re kind of unpacked and starting to get over jet lag.  More on this soon, but we’re having a blast so far.

I’ve missed you guys.  I’ve missed writing.  Hopefully, you can expect some uptick in posting around here.  They may not be the prettiest posts.  They probably won’t have pictures.  (You can always check out my IG for that.)

But this is a unique and special time.  A time of first impressions.  My thinking changes day to day.  I already have trouble relating to some of my thoughts from a few days ago.  I want to be able to look back and remember.

So you’re in Malaysia now . . . but still using Roman Reboot?

Yup!  For now anyway.  When I first started the blog, I thought it would serve me just fine later because it was a reboot on my life that happened to start in Rome.  Now, it does feel a bit too specific.  I’m trying to find a more general name, but as you can imagine, names like “The Reboot” are all taken.  If you have any suggestions, please let me know!

It will also require some techno thinking on my part to make a transition happen.  So it’s on the list.  Along with all sorts of other projects I want to attempt.  Writing, podcasting, Crossfitting, travel planning.  The boys are both in school, and the world is my oyster.  (Although I do feel conflicted on this.  More to come.)

Hope you’re doing great!  Talk soon!!


My Travel Capsule Wardrobe: Outfit 5

This was the day that got rainy AND cold.  I really tried not to be a downer, but I was also feeling a little under the weather.  But it was like the strikes just kept adding up.  Like baseball strike outs.  Not bowling strikes.  That would be awesome.  TURKEY!  Nom nom nom.

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