Managed TV

There are so many ways to watch TV these days you’d think it would be easier to stay on top of your favorite shows. However, with more choice comes more complexity. If it’s important enough we will look for or devise a solution to help manage it or simplify and reduce our choices.

Since I watch most of my TV online, I’ve employed this low-tech, manual process for managing what I watch. The sticky you see to the right includes entries for all the shows I follow that includes these details:

  • name of the show
  • last episode I watched
  • link to where I watch it
  • when the show returns from hiatus

It works well for now, but many of my shows are on hiatus. When they start airing again and I start to watch them with my husband and friends, this will quickly become more work than it’s worth.

I patiently wait for the day when Fancast can do this for me.

‘Tis the season for donating

Donating to charities is an important responsibility we exercise each year. As much as we want to donate to all the organizations out there, it’s just not possible. Therefore, every year it’s a challenge to determine how much we can spread around and where. Where we donate is a statement about us and our values.

We support a number of organizations — local, national and international — that help affect the things we hold dear:

  • environmental responsibility
  • eradication of cancer and disease
  • protection of animals
  • access to safe family planning
  • safety and opportunity for children
  • spread of free information and ideas

What do you support?

Second Marathon

This past October I ran the Baltimore Marathon with my good friend, Regan. It was an incredible accomplishment. I finished 5 minutes faster than my first marathon in Philly the previous year and with a much more challenging, hilly course.

The City of Baltimore knows how to hold a marathon. Although it may not have been the best for businesses or city-folk, it was really great for runners. The race closed down a lot of the city streets making it impossible to get from one side of the city to the other by car, public transit or even by foot.

The race began with just the marathon runners at Camden Yards where we had full access to the stadium parking lot, clean bathrooms instead of porta-johns, and lots of space to queue up and stretch out. The course wound through the city hitting all the parks and high-points like Druid Hill, Clifton Park, Patterson Park, and the Inner Harbor.

The half marathon race joined us at the Inner Harbor when we were halfway done. They kept us energized and motivated all the way until the end.

The best part of the race was the support along the way from the great people of Baltimore. There were very few, short segments of the race where there wasn’t a crowd of local spectators cheering us on and passing out food and drink. Residents came out in droves to blast music, dance and cheer for everyone. It was amazing.

I would certainly run the Baltimore Marathon again. I found it to be more challenging, but more rewarding than the Philly Marathon.