Rainy Day Distractions

You guys! This rain is killing me. To cheer us up today, I thought I would share a running list of podcasts and documentaries that have been keeping my mind busy these last few weeks.


Stuff I Missed in History Class: My daughter Grace discovered this one and shared with me and we both love it because it digs deeper than the surface history lessons we may have learned in high school. The first episode I listened to that was from their archives was about Wallis Simpson. While I always thought the scandal surrounding her was that she had been married twice before she married the future King of England who had to abdicate his thrown for her, when in reality it had to do with her public support of Adolf Hitler and the boyfriends she had on the side even after she married Prince Edward. (And her real name was Bessie!)

Two Gomers: I’ve refound one of my favorite podcasts since we’ve been quarantining. I started listening to them about 10 years ago when I was training for my first marathon and they were doing the same. This year, these two friends who grew up in Madison have challenged themselves to each lose 20 pounds. They discuss their journey and it’s so real and so hilarious and I can’t get enough.

Bad on Paper: Every week, Grace Atwood and Becca Freeman, two single, professional women in their 30’s living in New York, release an episode that originally started around their love of books. Realizing that was a heavy commitment for them and their listeners to read a book each week, they’ve branched out to include interviews with like-minded folks, as well as covering topics such as asking for a raise, balancing work and life, and what it’s like to be quarantining in NYC.

Two Judgey Girls: On the chance you think my podcast choices are a little “high brow,” have no fear. I live for “Two Judgey Girls” where podcasters Courtney and Mary breakdown all of the programming from Bravo each week. Their play-by-play of the Real Housewives franchise is the best (and a little bit dirty so better not listen to these with kiddos or even husbands around)!


Hillary: Available on Hulu, I found this 4-part series incredibly compelling. Politics aside, I thought the producers did a magnificent job telling the story of the rise (and fall and rise again) of Hillary Rodham Clinton in context. Especially given that we’re in an election year with her past foe, it was very good television.

McMillion$: This HBO documentary series McMillion$ takes a look into the con that allowed one man to rig the results of McDonald’s popular Monopoly game for an entire decade. This story is so far-fetched it could only be true. You will never look at your Big Mac the same again.

Tiger King: This series took Netflix by storm and I’m still not sure why. I watched it because everyone else was and I’m still in shock that such things were happening/are happening in our world. So strange, but it definitely passed the time.

This week I hope to start “The Last Dance” about Michael Jordan. I also heard that “Waco” was very interesting…both of these are available on Netflix.

I’d love to know what you’re doing to keep your mind off things! Please share.


My name is Ann Marie Scheidler and I'm thrilled you've decided to check out my blog. I'm a pearl-loving yogi with a thing for travel, a weakness for beautiful bags, and a passion for storytelling. In this space, I'll be sharing stories about my family, go-to recipes, my wellness journey, fashion and beauty favorites, and my love for Chicago’s North Shore. I find new inspiration wherever I go. Thanks so much for coming along for the ride!


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