Placeholder, Round 2

1. Last week Melanie and I recorded a podcast that, I’m sad to say, was nearly unlistenable.

2. I’m not sure if “unlistenable” is a word. But I’m running with it.

3. And make no mistake. For us to decide that one of our podcasts is unlistenable* should be a sign of how bad it was. Because, as our friend Carol has said before, it’s not like the podcasts are really about anything in particular. We just sort of talk about some things for an undetermined period of time, and then we eventually stop talking, and I don’t really edit anything out unless I say “I mean” six times in a row or one of our doorbells rings (and sometimes I don’t even take that stuff out) or we say “I don’t know” too often when we’re talking about a topic where, well, WE JUST DON’T KNOW.

4. But the podcast was blah as all get out. So I didn’t post it. And I figured I’d write some stuff later in the week.

5. But then that last thing didn’t happen because work was still super lively and there were a couple of nights where I talked to my husband for a long time, and then one night I went to dinner with two darlin’ young friends who just finished their first year of college, and then suddenly it was Friday and I started reading a book and I figured I could always blog this week.

6. So Saturday morning I went to Panera to do some writing (book stuff and blog stuff), and after about an hour I realized that I didn’t really feel very well.

7. I kept telling myself that I could just push through, but then I realized that it might be odd to put my head down on a table in Panera, so I packed up and headed home.

8. Well, technically I stopped at Chick-fil-A first and picked up some chicken nuggets for my people. I also got some ice cream for myself because it sounded like it would feel really good to the sore throat.


10. Once I got home, I delivered the nuggets and ate a couple of bites of ice cream and then I got in the bed and fell asleep and woke up about three hours later.

11. That is when I realized that I probably had some sort of virus.

12. So I went back to bed.

13. Short story long, I did some of my all-time finest sleeping over the next 36 hours.

14. Sunday morning, in fact, David said, “You’ve slept so much that you probably won’t be able to sleep at all tonight.”

15. However, not only did I take another nap after his prediction, I also managed to fall sound asleep by 11 o’clock last night.

16. Certainly I don’t mean to brag.

17. Somewhere in the middle of all the sleeping I managed to watch Saving Mr. Banks. I really liked it, but it was different than what I expected.

18. I didn’t really know that I had expectations, mind you. It just wasn’t what I thought it would be. But I enjoyed it.

19. And today I have felt so much better, though I have a cough that might win some contests.

20. However, at this time I don’t really have any plans to take my cough on the competitive coughing circuit.

21. We’ll have to save that dream for another day.

22. But, even though I sound like a cross between Lindsay Lohan and Carol Channing, Melanie and I are going to record another podcast again tomorrow, and our hope is that it will be utterly listenable.


24. Thanks for being so patient with me these last few weeks, y’all!

* – looked it up, and it’s totally a word, so naturally I am delighted

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  1. Completely jealous of all of your sleeping over the weekend …

  2. Well you know I love the podcasts! After we left Katy’s wedding, my husband said, “Is that the woman that you listen to talking on the phone with her friend?” So there ya go… It’s always completely listenable to some of us!

  3. If you find that competitive coughing contest, let me know. My 12-year-old and I have shared the joys of whooping cough this past month, and they were not even kidding about the “whooping” part when they named that disease. Wow. Hope that your recovery is quick and complete, and that all your future podcasts are eminently listenable. (And is there anything better than making up a word, and then finding out you really just have an enormous vocabulary?! Well done.)

  4. chicken nuggets– did that for my peeps too since Daddy was gone on business last week. And I got a throat virus too. I thought all of this sickness was supposed to go away when the weather got warmer!!!!

  5. Kristina says:

    You are so funny, I am going to start saying “short story long” because it tickled me so. That virus is going around knocked down my besty this week. Hope you have a better week.

  6. *utterly listenable* You are so funny, even when you’re sick. Hope you feel better soon!

    BTW I’m so jealous of all the sleep. My husband and I were joking the other night about how our dream vacation right now is for somebody to take the kids and let us sleep for a week straight. I’m sure our 25-year-old selves would just be so proud of our adventurous spirit. I’m also pretty certain they’d be very surprised by our life in general, haha!

  7. Sophie, I totally get this sleep thing…today, I took about a two hour + nap because I wasn’t feeling well…and I’m gonna sleep like no other tonight, too. Hope your cough feels better and you and Melanie can throw together another great podcast…I need something to listen to at the gym ;) (Except that I look a little weird laughing as I’m trying to run…)

  8. I love listening to you and Melanie rant. Hope we didn’t wear your immune system down last weekend Boo. I’m still thinking that I’d like to at least purchase and try on a pair of the sassiest SAS’s made just to prove that I could rock em!

  9. I hope you feel better quickly! I am SO thankful you were not sick the weekend of Katy’s wedding. Thank you, God, for your amazing timing. God really is so kind!

  10. Really looking forward to the next podcast! I just finished my own BIgBoo marathon where I listed to all 34 episodes again one right after the other (yes I know I need a life!) But I feel like I know you two and have listened to the kids grow up. It also brought back memories for me as I remembered where I was and what I was doing when I heard them for the first time. Fry Daddy is still funny and the best part is experiencing your growth from when you both though you would never write a book or talk in front of a group and look where you are now! (Side note, pleeeease -I know I’m whining- do an audio book of A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet. I promise I will buy it even though I have the eBook version.)

  11. I felt the same way about the Mr Banks movie. I was expecting a Disney-esque feel but it was more like a ‘picking the scabs of humanity’ kind of feel. I still enjoyed it, but one viewing was plenty, thank you. :)

  12. Julie R says:

    I had a similar virus/cough/sickness that started around the first week of April. I was still coughing until this past week. Be prepared!

  13. I ended my “Saving Mr. Banks” experience with the exact same conclusion. It was different than I’d expected, but I enjoyed it. I wasn’t expecting to feel all the feels, as the kids say. I just expected to feel happy, happy, happy.
    Hope you feel better soon!
    P.S. I always love listening to the podcasts while I’m doing dishes. Even if y’all think it’s random, it always makes me laugh. :)

  14. Sorry you felt bad! I have Step and taking meds for that. Both of my kids have had colds and infections this month as well. I am so excited for the upcoming podcast!!!!

  15. Julie Reynolds says:

    Looking forward to the podcast…. you & Melanie are always totally listenable! So glad you are feeling better, praying your cough departs soon. However, I am envious of your sleep.

  16. I felt the exact same way about Saving Mr. Banks. I really enjoyed it, just not what I expected.

    Now, get well. I must live vicariously through you this week. I mean, there isn’t anything important AT ALL going on in Hoover this week……..

  17. Ann in Maryland says:

    Yes, unlistenable is a word. I hope everything went well today, because I love your podcasts. You and Melanie always make me smile (and laugh!)

  18. That is some epic sleeping Sophie. Well done. Before baby I could easily sleep like that. My husband doesn’t understand; poor dear. And you both have said so much about this boring podcast I feel like it actually is probably amazing. Love listening to y’all chat; looking forward to the next one :)

  19. Oh, girl! You have a real gift for making what you deem boring become absolutely hysterical. I LOVE reading your posts and look forward to this week’s podcast! Trust me, all of us who read y’all’s blogs will be thoroughly entertained. You two are the funniest!

  20. You always crack me up! I love the podcasts no matter what y’all decide to discuss. :)

  21. I am giggling as I write this, so much so that I almost spelled write wrong ;)
    I always enjoy reading your posts! Thanks for making me smile!
    God bless

  22. kimberley says:

    It’s a few days later, and I’m reading your post….and all I can God…I love that girl…and I don’t even know you!!!