Sunday, November 27, 2016

Podcasts

So lately I've been entertaining myself by listening to some true crime podcasts. There are a lot of really good podcasts and many that cover missing person cases which has always intrigued me.  Here is a list of my favorite podcasts.

1. Serial - This was the very first podcast I ever listened to.  I remember saying "what the heck is a podcast"?  But I went ahead and started listening about the murder of Hae Min Lee and the conviction of her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed. There are ten episodes each about 30-60 minutes long. Let me tell you...it just sucked me in.  I have found it so interesting that I have listened to this podcast over and over again. I think I just want to figure out what really happened. I always try to see the best in people and I really want to believe Adnan is innocent, but even after listening to it a bazillion times...I still don't know what to think.



2. Missing Maura Murray - I've been following this missing person case for years now. Maura was from Massachusetts so it was close to home. She disappeared the evening of February 9, 2004, after crashing her car on a rural road in Haverhill, NH. She was 21 years old and a nursing student at UMass Amherst at the time of her disappearance. I first heard about her case from the TV show "Disappeared".  It was a great episode that really left me wanting to know more. This podcast started out a little rough and a little disorganized in my opinion. I also felt the two male hosts, Tim and Lance, were a bit rough on Maura's father which I don't think he deserved at all.  He has lost his daughter and is heartbroken. He will look for her until the day he dies. As a mom, that I know for sure. However, they have lightened up on him quite a bit and have really covered this case in great detail. There are 33 episodes to date. They have all kinds of theories as to what may have happened to her and sometimes it just seems so convoluted and confusing. Want my theory on what happened to Maura? I think she simply wondered off into the thick New Hampshire woods as a very distraught, confused and perhaps a little tipsy young woman, trying to "hide" from the police. She got disoriented and succumbed to the elements. Some would say then why no footprints going into the woods in that area?  Because Maura was a track star and was really in great shape. I think she took off thinking the police were on the way. She could have run for quite sometime and then veered off anywhere into the woods to rest or hide.  I truly hope this mystery will be solved someday.


3. Someone Knows Something - I found out about this podcast after the first season was already completed. That meant I didn't have to wait a full week between episodes and was able to listen to all 11 shows over the course of a few days. The podcast is hosted by David Ridgen who is an award-winning independent Canadian filmmaker from Ontario Canada. Ridgen is a masterful storyteller. The first season is about the 1972 disappearance of Adrien McNaughton. Adrien was a five-year-old boy who vanished during a family fishing trip in Eastern Ontario. Ridgen is from the same hometown as the The McNaughton family.  He moved there with his family shortly after Adrien’s disappearance so I think that gives him a unique perspective on the case. He wasn't able to solve the case for certain, but he does enough to come up with the most plausible scenario as to what may have happened to Adrien. Ridgen just started his second season this past week about the disappearance of Sheryl Sheppard. Sheryl was a thirty-year-old woman who went missing in January of 1998 also from Ontario Canada. I've listened to the first episode and I'm already intrigued.



4. True Crime Garage - Each week the hosts of the show, Nic and The Captain, get into their garage and talk about true crime and drink beer. Simple as that. They have covered many popular true crime cases like OJ Simpson, The West Memphis Three, Johnny Gosch and Emma Fillipoff and then others that I've never heard of. I love how they often have such differences in opinion. They tell all aspects of every case and sometimes they agree to disagree about their thoughts and theories. They also add a touch of humor each week which is always fun. The cases can be heavy but they know how to keep it on the lighter side which is good for me. They have 62 episodes to date so there are lots and lots of good cases to listen to!


5. The Vanished Podcast - I will admit her first few podcasts were a little rough. This is also a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. It's hosted by Marissa Jones who, especially in the beginning, was very monotone and sounded like she was reading straight from a script. But I have to say she has really won me over with her sincere compassion for the victims and their families. I can tell how passionate she is about getting these stories out there. Most often she covers cases that are not highly publicized. There are 54 episodes available to date. Her most recent case is about two boys, Enrique Rios and Elijah Moore, who just vanished this fall only a few weeks apart. They were friends and both attended the same construction training program through their California high school. Their story has barely been covered because the police consider them to be runaways which their families insist they are not. After listening to their mothers interviews, I too believe they are not runaways.  Hopefully with Marissa's help, their stories will reach the right people and help these families find out what happened to their boys.



6. Thin Air Podcast - This is another true-crime podcast dedicated to investigating missing persons cases. This is a newer podcast with only 12 episodes to date, but so far in my opinion, all have been very interesting and well told. The first case they covered was the disappearance of Charlie Allen Jr. also from Massachusetts. He was 22-years-old at the time of his disappearance and a student at UMass Dartmouth. This was a case I first learned about on "Disappeared". His case is very strange and kind of similar to the Maura Murray case.



So take a listen and see what you think.  And if missing persons or true crime isn't your thing, there are lots and lots of other types of podcasts to enjoy.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Midget Hockey Banquet

Last night was Nicholas' midget hockey banquet.  It was a short season because these boys are now moving on to high school hockey soon.  They really had a great season.  It was a big team though with three goalies so Nicholas didn't get to play as much as he normally would.  The coach spoke a little bit about each player which I thought was very nice. The coaches had a lot of nice things to say about my boy especially that he was easy to coach...and I think that's a huge compliment.



The three goalies...


The whole team...



My young artist

Julia was asked to draw something challenging for her art class in school and this is what she chose to draw...


and look how it turned out!!


Pretty amazing. And if you look very closely at the face she drew...you can almost see her smiling. : )

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Jeremy & Jinger

I cried for the whole hour watching their beautiful wedding. 


I've said it before and I'll say it again...I love the Duggars!!!  Congratulations Jeremy and Jinger!!!

Monday, November 14, 2016

The weekend

Nicholas had his Midget team championship game this weekend.  They won the first game on Saturday but then lost the championship yesterday. Sad way to finish but they had a good season.  Nicholas was great in net this weekend. Very proud of my boy!






I took Nicholas shopping Saturday morning for his hockey banquet clothes. Boy of boy it's sooooo different shopping with a boy. First of all...what are all those sizes with the pants and dress shirts?  I just got lucky and we ended up with this...


Not sure why boys don't like to smile for pictures.  Is it not cool or something?  I did get him to laugh and smile and snuck a few pictures.  Much better than the serious look.




My beautiful babies...


Sunday, November 13, 2016

Happy Birthday

...to the most wonderful Mom...Love You!!


Monday, November 07, 2016

My favorite word

with one of my favorite silly girls...