Parenting Roundabout

1123 EpisodesProduced by Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics

A weekly look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.

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Name That Mom Phrase

March 21st, 2019

9:38

A Buzzfeed article obsessing about mom catchphrases naturally led us to do the same. At least one of us has upped her game by adding Broadway show tunes to her catchphrase repertoire.

Last-Minute Shopping Emergencies

March 20th, 2019

11:55

On this week's Round 3, our complaint is with kids who suddenly need essentials like salt, black shoes, and Revolutionary War-era costumes at the …

New Relationships and Cute Couples

March 19th, 2019

13:56

On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, we enjoyed the Valentine's Day fun on One Day at a Time; it was our favorite episode of the season thus far. On The West Wing, new "couple" Josh Lyman and Congressman "Call …

Rethinking College

March 18th, 2019

14:04

We just talked about college decisions last week, but we had to revisit the topic after the Operation Varsity Blues scandal broke. Could it lead to …

Roundabout Roundup: Success Stories and a New Shop

March 15th, 2019

9:34

On today's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine recaps her trip to the Fixer-Upper mecca in Waco, Texas (mentioned: Chip Gaines' book, Capital Gaines). …

Unsound Sleep

March 14th, 2019

11:03

Today's obsession is sleep, and whether our kids are getting enough of it. Because when the kids aren't sleeping, neither are the mothers. It's quite the vicious cycle.

Kids and Rejection: College Acceptance Edition

March 13th, 2019

12:44

On this week's Round 3, we complain about those who dare reject our kids (the nerve!). 'Tis the season for college decisions, and it's never easy to …

Old Chestnuts and New Beginnings

March 12th, 2019

17:29

On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, One Day at a Time serves up a classic sitcom plot in "Nip It in the Bud" (but at least the episode …

Remembering Luke Perry

March 11th, 2019

10:47

Whether we watched him on Beverly Hills 90210 in our college days, John from Cincinnati in the more recent past, or Riverdale today, Luke Perry was a …

Roundabout Roundup: Handy, Comfy, Professional

March 8th, 2019

8:53

On today's Roundabout Roundup, Terri's shouting out her public library's handy-dandy printing service. Nicole has revamped and relaunched her …

Launching a Young Adult

March 7th, 2019

11:59

With her daughter off to college soon, Nicole is obsessed with teaching independence and life skills. Terri and Catherine offer advice, despite …

Like Talking to a Brick Wall

March 6th, 2019

11:20

We've tried cute little notes, temper tantrums, and repeating ourselves over and over (and over) again. And yet, our families ignore our wise counsel …

Brothers, Sisters, and Writers

March 5th, 2019

9:50

On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, One Day at a Time shows us what a daring sitcom it is by not having a phone go overboard (on "Hermanos"). It also introduces us to yet another relative we've never before …

All-or-Nothing Activities

March 4th, 2019

16:05

In this episode, we're talking about kids today—or really, kids' activities today and how they're really kids' and parents' activities. Because why …

Roundabout Roundup: Good Service, Four Ways

March 1st, 2019

7:45

On today's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine shouts out the Pocket Yoga app. Nicole reveals the hotel chain she raved about yesterday, and Terri thanks …

How Hotels Win Our Hearts

February 28th, 2019

11:20

It turns out we're all obsessed with certain hotel amenities. Free, fast Wifi is a given, but you can also make an impression with easy access to hot drinks, USB ports, lap desks, and Netflix.

Bothered by Baby Talk

February 27th, 2019

10:42

Parents, trust us when we tell you we would rather listen to your child's tantrum than your cringe-y baby talk. We usually try to show solidarity …

A Big Benefit, a Big Summit, and a Big Actor

February 26th, 2019

14:15

On our entertainment-themed Round 2, One Day at a Time continues to befuddle us with its weird continuity situation (while still charming us with its actors).  On The West Wing, the drama is high as President Bartlet …

Casserole People vs. Spoon People

February 25th, 2019

13:29

Inspired by Amy Brown's podcast, today we're talking about casseroles vs. spoons. Actually, we're all confessing that when it's time to contribute to …

Roundabout Roundup: Word Work, Word Play, and New Music

February 22nd, 2019

10:42

On today's Roundabout Roundup, Terri is cautiously recommending a tool she's long been leery of (Microsoft Word), Catherine shares her latest …

Motivating Kids to Move

February 21st, 2019

12:13

There's almost nothing more delicate than trying to encourage a kid to exercise ("Are you saying I'm fat?!"), which explains why we're all a little obsessed with our children's fitness habits.

Check-Out Line Chaos

February 20th, 2019

10:10

Even though she's moved on from having to wrangle small, grabby children in line at the store, Nicole still has some complaints about the system (or …

In the Room and On the Couch

February 19th, 2019

14:47

On our entertainment-themed Round 2, One Day at a Time gives us the family-centered episode we were hoping for ("Outside"), but keeps all the characters couch-bound and Talking About Issues—never our favorite scenario. …

Who's Spying on Your Refrigerator?

February 18th, 2019

11:04

When we heard that photos from inside a wifi-enabled refrigerator might be used in a dating app, we started wondering—and worrying—about where else those pics might turn up.

Roundabout Roundup: A Good-Dog Game, a Fresh Feed, a Shiny Site

February 15th, 2019

4:32

On today's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine's looking forward to the upcoming card game from We Rate Dogs, while Nicole recommends the Instagram feed …

To Work or Not to Work

February 14th, 2019

11:48

Terri's been obsessing about her kids' jobs for a while, and now Nicole is joining her. How much pressure should we put on our high-school students …

The Unsolicited Schedule Shake-Up

February 13th, 2019

12:32

Kids thrive on routines, but so do parents. So today we're complaining about having to deal with changes to our daily habits—and the best ways to bug other people until they fix things.

A New Season and a Promise of Change

February 12th, 2019

14:43

On our entertainment-themed Round 2, we return to our West Wing watch with the season 6 episode "A Change Is Gonna Come." We are very much looking forward to some changes (say, no more clunky explanatory dialogue for …

See You in Court, Mom

February 11th, 2019

9:49

If kids can sue their parents just for being born, do we need to be prepared to defend our every parenting decision in a court of law? If you'll all be on our jury, we'd feel better about it.

Roundabout Roundup: Online Homes for Art, Gowns, and Podcast Love

February 8th, 2019

8:00

On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine shares her brother's new shop for customized art that illustrates your life story (also on Instagram). …

The KonMaybe Method

February 7th, 2019

14:59

Marie Kondo and her KonMari method are all over are social media feeds, thanks to her new Netflix show. So on today's Round 4, we discuss our tidying-up takeaways. In a nutshell: We're #KonMaybe. Also mentioned: …

The Mom Flu

February 6th, 2019

11:28

Nicole has a cold, and she's griping about how hard it is for moms to take a sick day. How come there's no such thing as the mom flu, equivalent to …

A Super Comedy and Somewhat Super Ads

February 5th, 2019

22:10

On our entertainment-themed Round 2, we paused our West Wing watch because the West Wing Weekly podcast took a detour from its episode-by-episode …

Second-Generation Phone Phobia

February 4th, 2019

11:43

Today we're talking about talking on the phone—more specifically, helping our kids make their own calls to employers and insurance companies and other fun places. Why can't we do everything online, please?

Roundabout Roundup: Behind-the-Scenes Peeks and Bargain Buys

February 1st, 2019

6:47

On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Catherine's shouting out Aviation Exploring, which is giving her son an insider's view of aviation careers. Terri's going behind the scenes with the Dancing with the Stars pros on …

AirPods? More Like WherePods!

January 31st, 2019

10:47

Many kids (and teens and young adults) that we know are obsessed with AirPods, Apple's pricey wireless earbuds. Some are lucky enough to have their …

To Snow Day or Not to Snow Day

January 30th, 2019

11:43

Kids complain when they don't get a snow day. Parents complain when they do AND when they don't. This is why we don't want to be the snow-day decision-makers.

Teary Times on The West Wing and The Good Place

January 29th, 2019

22:14

On our entertainment-themed Round 2, The West Wing tugged at our feelings in a sappy way ("The Dover Test"), while The Good Place did so in a much more heartbreaking season-ender ("Pandemonium"). For next week, we'll …

Careful with That College Reveal!

January 28th, 2019

11:45

Apparently college reveal parties (and godmother proposals) are a thing? Today we're talking about the extra-ness of it all, and why you shouldn't be …

Roundabout Roundup: Family Tracking, Funny Photos, No-Frills Lip Balm

January 25th, 2019

7:46

On this week's Roundabout Roundup: Catherine's tracking her family with the Life360 app, Nicole's giggling at Old School Dads (and Moms) on …

Skin Care Struggles

January 24th, 2019

9:55

We got our skin care and beauty advice from Seventeen magazine, and our daughters get it from YouTube. Because they definitely don't want to hear it from us.

Instant Adulthood

January 23rd, 2019

10:40

Happy birthday to Nicole's daughter, who just turned 18! Who know that meant she was supposed to be a fully functioning, 100% independent adult …

A Silly West Wing and a Surreal Good Place

January 22nd, 2019

15:30

On our entertainment-themed Round 2, it's a missable episode of The West Wing, as Josh fails to understand the Internet yet again and the writers fail to live up to the snappy dialogue standards of Aaron Sorkin. On The …

The No-Win Screen-Time Situation

January 21st, 2019

11:25

The latest study on screen time and its evils left us sighing and justifying our lack of limits. Since we can't seem to cut back on our own use, it's hardly fair to make our kids go screen-free, is it? (Mentioned: teen …

Roundabout Roundup: Better Hair, Better Concert, Better Decluttering

January 18th, 2019

10:08

On the Roundabout Roundup this week: Catherine solved a hair problem she didn't know she had; Terri found a better way to see a concert; and Nicole …

The Old College Try

January 17th, 2019

12:31

What are parents obsessing about right now? At Nicole's house, it's everything about the going-to-college process, from applying to deciding to (of …

Jury Deliberations

January 16th, 2019

16:15

Complaining about jury duty is a perennial topic, but we've managed to find a new, parenting-related twist on it. Would you make the same decision …

New Faces on The West Wing and The Good Place

January 15th, 2019

19:31

On our entertainment-themed Round 2, we meet some new characters on The West Wing (thanks for the spoiler, opening credits). And on The Good Place, …

Should Parents Be Talking Out of School?

January 14th, 2019

11:13

An incident at Catherine's daughter's high school got us talking about talking: As in, when parents gossip about what's going on at school without …

Roundabout Roundup: Podcast, Playlist, Perfect Gift

January 11th, 2019

11:31

On this week's Round 5, our shout-outs: • Nicole is listening to an Australian true-crime podcast called Teacher's Pet, which prompted Terri and …

Planners Parents Need

January 10th, 2019

10:16

On today's Round 4, calendars and planners: every parent needs one (or several), and if we could only find the perfect one, everything would just …

Car Trip Complaints

January 9th, 2019

12:18

Wednesdays are complaint day on Parenting Roundabout, and this week's subject is car trips with kids. So much to not like: arguments over the stereo system, bringing way too much stuff, the entire state of Indiana.

A West Wing Surprise and a Big Night

January 8th, 2019

18:27

On today's Round 2, two very different roles for Allison Janney: On The West Wing's "Third-Day Story," she's competent press secretary CJ Cregg, and …

Our Finger on the Pulse of Parenting Books

January 7th, 2019

13:44

Happy New Year, and welcome to a new format for Parenting Roundabout! Instead of a lengthy group chat every Monday and mini-episodes the rest of the week, we'll bring you a short segment every Monday through Friday …

Speed Round: Holiday Travel

December 21st, 2018

4:03

Today's question: During the holiday break, would we rather stay home, or visit family, or take a vacation? It's complicated. Happy holidays to you, …

Speed Round: Holiday Food Picks

December 20th, 2018

10:12

When it comes to holiday foods and treats, Terri and Catherine are very much aligned. They'll take everything Nicole doesn't want, except possibly …

Speed Round: Holiday Shopping Challenges

December 19th, 2018

8:31

It's so noble when people don't want anything. And yet so infuriating!

Round 2: The West Wing and In Plain Sight

December 18th, 2018

18:08

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 The West Wing: In "The Birnam Wood," come for the lecture on the Israeli-Palestinian stalemate. Stay for the extended footage of a beloved character's …

Episode 244: A Perennial Mom Debate

December 17th, 2018

48:00

00:31 Surprise Hamster: Santa Claus did some unauthorized shopping. 08:36 Clickbait Debate: A Buzzfeed article about a chart comparing stay-at-home and working moms prompted us to talk about all the different points on …

Speed Round: Holiday Gifts for Pets

December 14th, 2018

5:02

Today's question: Do you buy holiday gifts for your pets? 

Speed Round: Holiday Movies Game

December 13th, 2018

4:51

Today's question is "How many of these holiday movies have you seen?" (With a secondary question of "Is that a holiday movie, really?")

Speed Round: Holiday Candy

December 12th, 2018

4:29

Today's question: What is your favorite holiday candy? Or are you quite happy with everyday, year-round treats dressed up in holiday wrapping? (If …

Round 2: DWTS Juniors Finale, The Good Place, and The West Wing

December 11th, 2018

27:16

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:31 Dancing with the Stars Juniors: We have a winner! And we're very pleased to see Sky take home the trophy. 09:58 The Good Place: Speaking of winning, this …

Episode 243: True Lies

December 10th, 2018

46:58

00:32 Tired Terri: Her new Fitbit may be contributing to Terri's couch-sleeping, early-rising habits. 06:50 Lies, White Lies, and Santa: Inspired by this Offspring article, we confess some of the lies, fibs, and …

Speed Round: Watching Sports

December 7th, 2018

6:27

Today's question: What sports do you find the most boring to watch? The most exciting? 

Speed Round: Do You Play Video Games?

December 6th, 2018

3:46

From arcade games of yore to the e-sports of today: Do we play video games?

Speed Round: Big Box or Mom-and-Pop?

December 5th, 2018

5:28

Today's question: For shopping during the holiday season or any time of year, do you prefer the big box stores or small mom-and-pop shops?

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars Jrs. and Dogs on Netflix

December 4th, 2018

19:20

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:59 Dancing with the Stars Juniors: It's the semi-finals, so the field is narrowed from four stars to... four! In a surprising twist, the producers opted not …

Episode 242: Parenting Dos and Don'ts

December 3rd, 2018

52:37

00:33 Lunch Delivery: Nicole's daughter came up with a clever new solution to the old problem of the forgotten school lunch. 06:29 Raising Kids …

Speed Round Replay: Favorite Christmas Movies

November 30th, 2018

3:57

It's that time of the year: Replay time, because we were unable to record new speed rounds for this week. But maybe this one is new to you! Have a …

Speed Round Replay: Gift Wrap or Gift Bags?

November 29th, 2018

4:18

It's that time of the year: Replay time, because we were unable to record new speed rounds for this week. But maybe this one is new to you! It's the most gift-wrappy season of all. Do you play it fast and easy, or take …

Speed Round Replay: Do You Switch Your Closet Over for the Season?

November 28th, 2018

5:38

It's that time of the year: Replay time, because we were unable to record new speed rounds for this week. But maybe this one is new to you! For those with petite closets and serious weather shifts, it's time for the …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars Juniors and The West Wing Weekly

November 27th, 2018

18:00

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 Dancing with the Stars Juniors: We've now divided the field into Big Kids and Littles, and guess what? We're rooting for the little guys. 09:08 The West …

Cyber Monday Replay: Force of Habit

November 26th, 2018

40:20

What with all the traveling, cooking, and eating last week, we could not record a new episode. So please enjoy this serving of leftovers from …

Speed Round: Events that Defy Explanation

November 23rd, 2018

8:29

We tell our tales of cars that pull off magical U-turns, a family assembling itself from across the globe, and close encounters with groundhogs.

Speed Round: Happy Thanksgiving

November 22nd, 2018

3:20

In honor of the Thanksgiving holiday, we go around the virtual table and share what we're grateful for this year.

Speed Round: What Annoys You About Your Phone?

November 21st, 2018

3:02

Can't live with them, but definitely can't live without them: Our phones and their pet peeves.

Round 2: DWTS Finale, DWTS Jrs., The Good Place and The West Wing

November 20th, 2018

36:05

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:37 Dancing with the Stars: Unlikely champ Bobby Bones takes home the mirror ball! Mentioned: An early October episode of Bobby's podcast (#141) featuring his …

Episode 241: Saying Goodbye to a Pet

November 19th, 2018

56:46

00:32 High-School Graduation Gifts: Options range from "a pen" to "a trip to Iceland."  07:09 Losing a Pet: For Terri's family, the loss is fresh. …

Speed Round: The Perfect Day

November 16th, 2018

4:31

We'll use our perfect day to catch up on our entertainment and just generally be slothful.

Speed Round: Overrated Vacations

November 15th, 2018

5:44

Our thoughts on what's overrated cover rather a lot of ground: Beaches. Amusement parks. Water parks. Camping. Leaving the house ever. (See also: Our recent Speed Round on theory vs. reality.)

Round 2: DWTS Semi-Finals, DWTS Jrs., The Good Place and The West Wing

November 14th, 2018

32:27

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:32 Dancing with the Stars: It's the semi-finals, and two stars are eliminated—one deserving and one maybe not so (but we have a theory about why it's legit). …

Speed Round: Most Recent Movie

November 13th, 2018

3:50

Our entertainment-themed Round 2 will come to you tomorrow, so today we offer an entertainment-themed Speed Round: What is the last movie you watched? (Terri's is Lady Bird, and you can hear her thoughts about it on …

Episode 240: Hometowns and Heartache

November 12th, 2018

50:37

00:27 California Here We Come: Catherine and her daughter headed to sunny SoCal for a skating competition, and Nicole gets to come and watch. 05:25 …

Speed Round: What Is Your Favorite Kitchen Smell?

November 9th, 2018

3:41

None of us is an avid chef, but we are all very happy to eat delicious-smelling desserts, bread, and bacon.

Speed Round: How Often Do You Check Your Phone?

November 8th, 2018

6:35

Just how poor of an example are we setting for our kids, really?

Speed Round: Favorite School Subjects

November 7th, 2018

4:26

Terri's a writer through and through, so her favorite subject won't surprise you. But Nicole's and Catherine's might.

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The Good Place, and The West Wing

November 6th, 2018

24:24

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:30 Dancing with the Stars: On Country Night, it's a double-elimination do-si-do. 12:11 The Good Place: "A Fractured Inheritance" finds both Eleanor and …

Episode 239: The World of Work

November 5th, 2018

49:55

00:30 Busted: It was bound to happen sooner or later: Nicole's daughter calls her out after a comment on Instagram. 11:25 Career Check-In: Nicole is …

Speed Round: Would You Rather: Careers

November 2nd, 2018

4:12

When given the choice between two occupations, we'll always try to figure out which one has the lower potential for stress.

Speed Round: Would You Rather: Clothing Choices

November 1st, 2018

6:12

If you peek in our closets, will you find quality or quantity? Flats or heels? Navy or black? Mentioned: Sherry from Young House Love and her minimalist wardrobe.

Speed Round: Would You Rather: Approaches to Life

October 31st, 2018

10:01

It's "Would You Rather?" week for all of our Speed Rounds, and today, we take on WYR questions about how we approach life (and chocolate).

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, DWTS Jrs, The Good Place and The West Wing

October 30th, 2018

37:21

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars: It's Halloween Night, and we get a cringey show-mance and a "star" with unfortunate staying power. Mentioned: Frankie and Witney's …

Episode 238: Spooky, Scary Childhood Fears

October 29th, 2018

55:43

00:32 Volunteer Woes: Nicole was fired and Terri's retired, leaving Catherine the only sucker who's still putting in those volunteer hours. 09:25 …

Speed Round: Reality Check

October 26th, 2018

5:49

We cop to those experiences that sound like a great idea, but kinda suck in reality.

Speed Round: What Kind of Business Would You Start?

October 25th, 2018

4:06

In case this podcast thing doesn't take off, we have some other business ideas.

Speed Round: Health Procrastination

October 24th, 2018

7:06

We know we should do all these important health tests and tasks, but we just don't wanna.

Round 2: DWTS, DWTS Juniors, and The Good Place

October 23rd, 2018

35:52

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:28 Dancing with the Stars: Disney Night meant a lot of reenacting movies, visits from the Junior stars and pros, and a parting gift from Mickey. Mentioned: …

Episode 237: Yearbooks of Today and Yesterday

October 22nd, 2018

57:12

00:32 Canada Calling: Nicole got to visit the motherland for her annual dose of autumn weather and ketchup chips. Mentioned: Prince Harry gives up …

Speed Round: What Is the Last Thing You Googled?

October 19th, 2018

4:11

Two of us are ashamed of our searches, while the third just needs a pretty hair-do.

Speed Round: What Is the Perfect Outdoor Temperature?

October 18th, 2018

4:53

We try to appreciate those (very few and far between) days when the weather is just perfect.

Speed Round: What Is Your Ideal Ice Cream Sundae?

October 17th, 2018

6:37

Our discussion of sundae toppings leads Terri on a walk down SoCal memory lane.

Round 2: DWTS, DWTS Juniors, The Good Place and The West Wing

October 16th, 2018

31:45

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:39 Dancing with the Stars: Trio Night ends on a downbeat note, with excellent dancer Tinashe going home and Grocery Store Joe... not going home. Mentioned: …

Episode 236: How to Ace a Parent-Teacher Conference

October 15th, 2018

46:34

00:32 Sanitation Situation: People in Catherine's town have big thoughts and feelings about garbage and recycling bins. 07:04 Meet the Teachers: 'Tis the season for parent-teacher conferences. With many (many, many) …

Speed Round: What's the Longest You've Stayed in the Hospital?

October 12th, 2018

3:44

We've been pretty darn lucky. Our family members, not so much. 

Speed Round: What Single Thing Makes You Most Nostalgic?

October 11th, 2018

3:18

Songs and shows from our youth, and the tappity-tap of an old-timey typewriter, bring back beautiful memories.

Speed Round: Do You Have a Dining Room?

October 10th, 2018

2:53

Open-concept homes may be all the rage, but at least one of us has a dedicated dining space—sometimes even used for meals!

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, DWTS Jrs., The Good Place and The West Wing

October 9th, 2018

36:13

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:36 Dancing with the Stars: This season's was a surprisingly upbeat edition of My Most Memorable Year, with fewer sob stories and more enjoyable dances.  …

Episode 235: Beyond Tiger Moms and Helicopter Parents

October 8th, 2018

39:16

00:31 Hospital Stay: Nicole gives an update on a hospital visit that kept her from podcasting last week. 07:15 The Fill-in-the-Blank Parent: First it …

Speed Round: What's the Weirdest Thing You've Found?

October 5th, 2018

7:52

Inspired by this post at Go Fug Yourself, we tell our tales of finding weird (sometimes disturbing!) items.

Speed Round: Solids or Prints?

October 4th, 2018

3:01

When it comes to our clothing choices, are we bold and bright or solid and simple? (Or "whatever hides the dirt"?)

Bonus Round 2: DWTS Las Vegas Night

October 3rd, 2018

18:53

Instead of our usual Wednesday Speed Round, today we bring you a bonus Round 2 so we can cover Dancing with the Stars' Tuesday night edition. Hear our thoughts on voting, time management, and costuming shenanigans—and …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The Good Place, and The West Wing

October 2nd, 2018

26:12

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars: It was New York Night, which turned out to mean Broadway, the subway, and skyscraper-high scores from the judges. 11:04 The Good …

Roundabout Replay: Giving Ourselves a Break

October 1st, 2018

48:21

In lieu of a brand-new episode today, please enjoy this October, 2017, flashback. We'll be back with a new Round 2 tomorrow and new speed rounds for the rest of the week. 01:03 Post-Renovation Debrief: Terri's bathroom …

Speed Round: How Much Sleep Do You Want?

September 28th, 2018

3:49

In our dreams, we would get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. But we never dream, because we don’t get that much sleep.

Speed Round: Are You Happy with Your Phone?

September 27th, 2018

3:39

Our kids may nag us regularly about upgrades, but we're pretty content with our phones—cracks and all.

Bonus Round 2: DWTS Elimination

September 26th, 2018

10:37

Instead of our usual Speed Round, today we bring you a speedy Round 2 so we can cover Dancing with the Stars' Tuesday night edition—in which the first star is sent on her way. Plus, we got a preview of Dancing with the …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars and West Wing

September 25th, 2018

29:24

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:30 Dancing with the Stars: Season 27 kicks off with an onslaught of sparkles and stars (some starrier than others). 16:10 The West Wing: We found this week's …

Episode 234: Big Kids, Big Decisions

September 24th, 2018

56:48

00:31 Traffic Rant: Terri's tearing her hair out over the poor parking etiquette on her street.  13:36 Too Old to Fail: ...but too young to make smart decisions. That's the pickle we find ourselves in as our kids grow …

Speed Round: What Word Does Not Describe You?

September 21st, 2018

2:38

Is there just one word that sums up who we are not? For at least two of us, there is.

Speed Round: Would You Rather: Summer Foods vs. Fall Foods

September 20th, 2018

9:38

Summer offers delicious food and drink, but then again, so does fall. Don't make us choose!

Speed Round: Who Loses Things at Your House?

September 19th, 2018

5:11

Which of us are the losers in our households, and which the finders?

Round 2: West Wing, Elementary, and Fixer Upper

September 18th, 2018

26:17

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 The West Wing: Terri had to pass on "An Khe," an episode loaded with false notes and overly easy drama. 09:45 Challenge Round: Elementary: Terri …

Episode 233: Risky Business

September 17th, 2018

55:53

00:32 Pet Roundabout: Time for a quick status check on the animal members of our households. 12:30 Safety vs. Strength: Do we want our kids to take …

Speed Round: Do You Like Spicy Food?

September 14th, 2018

4:42

One of us is at the top of the spice chain ... but only the New Jersey-level spice chain.

Speed Round: What's On Your Fridge?

September 13th, 2018

5:42

We've talked about what's inside our refrigerators before. Now, we want to know what's stuck to the outside.

Speed Round: Do Your Kids Have a Curfew?

September 12th, 2018

5:54

What time do your kids turn into pumpkins, and who makes the rules? (Turns out, it's not always the parents.)

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance Finale and Making It Finale

September 11th, 2018

31:46

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:52 So You Think You Can Dance: We have a winner, and it's Hannahlei. Power to the tiny, …

Episode 232: Commandments and Consequences

September 10th, 2018

46:04

00:32 Shoe Situation: Wearing two different shoes all day: Cause for concern, or fashion statement? 08:28 Thou Shalt Obey These Rules: We set out to …

Speed Round: What Are You Watching on TV?

September 7th, 2018

7:37

Since Nicole doesn't usually join in on the Round 2 fun, we each give a little report on what's on our TVs these days.

Speed Round: Who's Buying?

September 6th, 2018

6:18

If you take us out to lunch, we will gladly pay our share and maybe even yours too. (Just please, take us out to lunch!)

Speed Round: What Emoji Do You Use the Most?

September 5th, 2018

7:20

Back in 2016, we shared our most frequently used emojis. Has anything changed in two years? 

Round 2: SYTYCD Top 4 Perform, Making It, and West Wing

September 4th, 2018

31:03

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 So You Think You Can Dance: No eliminations, as the top 4 performed a total of 14 different dances for our review. Did those dances help us decide who to …

Episode 231: Vacation Dreams

September 3rd, 2018

44:09

00:31 School Security: We would like our kids to be able to move about freely, but also stay safe. It's a conundrum. 10:26 Vacations We Need: …

Speed Round: What Baby and Little Kid Stuff Have You Saved?

August 31st, 2018

5:59

Turns out we're better at passing along clothes, toys, and baby gear than we are at tossing birthday cards (with a few special exceptions, of course).

Speed Round: College Essay Tips from an Expert

August 30th, 2018

18:05

Hafeez Lakhani, from Lakhani Coaching, is Nicole's guest on this special Speed Round. Hafeez gives us insight into what universities are looking for, …

Speed Round: What Do You Do with Birthday Cards?

August 29th, 2018

4:33

Birthday cards: Lovingly selected, handsomely paid for, proudly displayed. And then what? 

Round 2: SYTYCD Top Six Perform, Making It, and West Wing

August 28th, 2018

36:51

00:33 So You Think You Can Dance: In this blink-and-you've-missed it season, the Top Four have been named, and there are just two episodes left to go.  12:34 The West Wing: We finally reached Terri's breaking point: She …

Episode 230: Parenting Job Descriptions

August 27th, 2018

45:34

00:31 College Competition: When do teens have time to live their lives, if they're so busy stocking up good deeds for their college apps? 12:55 …

Speed Round: What Apps Have You Actually Paid For?

August 24th, 2018

4:08

We share those few apps that actually make the leap from free to premium—and whether those few bucks were really well-spent.

Speed Round: What Kind of Playlist Do You Need?

August 23rd, 2018

5:32

Forget the running playlist, the breakup playlist, and the poolside playlist. We have some other ideas for songs to live by.

Speed Round: What's the Last Photo You Took?

August 22nd, 2018

6:17

It's time to return to the urgent question of most recent photos on our phones, and this crop is more exciting than last time: A memorable souvenir, a nimbler-than-expected dog, and some possibly illegal activity.

Round 2: SYTYCD Top Eight Perform, Making It, and West Wing

August 21st, 2018

35:14

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:45 So You Think You Can Dance: Turns out it was Prop Night on SYTYCD, starting with a group number featuring giant rubber bands (?!). Aside from that one, we …

Episode 229: Born Too Late, or Too Early

August 20th, 2018

39:49

00:31 Spirit Week: Nicole has questions about her daughter's high school's interpretation of a theme. 09:42 What We Missed Out On: New parents today …

Speed Round: What Kid Activities Did You Enjoy Most?

August 17th, 2018

5:56

Not all of our children's activities are exactly fun for us, but there are those things that became as much a part of our social life as our kids'. On today's Speed Round, we give a cheer for team sports and marching …

Speed Round: Senior Pictures

August 16th, 2018

8:38

In our day, senior photos involved slapping on some sort of drape-like thing and smiling pretty. Now, there are whole photo shoots, with props and …

Speed Round: The Doctor Will See You Eventually

August 15th, 2018

8:47

Doctors whose office is closed when you're sick. Orthodontists who don't keep kid hours. What we wish phone physicians could do. Yep, we've got a few …

Round 2: SYTYCD Top Ten Perform, Making It, and West Wing

August 14th, 2018

38:51

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:21 So You Think You Can Dance: In a non-shocking elimination, two dancers are sent home. Also non-shockingly, we have some complaints about the producing and …

Episode 228: Those Little-Kid Days

August 13th, 2018

37:52

00:28 School Days: Nicole's daughter is starting her senior year, and Catherine's paying fees for the whole year to come. Mentioned: Last week's …

Speed Round: Favorite Book Series

August 10th, 2018

5:22

Nicole's favorite TV series has let her down this season, so she's picked a book series as her fave, and Catherine and Terri followed suit. Our …

Speed Round: Pet Patrol

August 9th, 2018

5:51

Loud bark-y dogs, stealth hedgehogs, attack ants, and black pooches playing speed bump in the dark are on the job of defending our homes. Play it safe—stay away!

Speed Round: What's the Last Photo Someone Took of You?

August 8th, 2018

3:15

On this week's group chat, we talked about first day of school snapshots of our kids, but when's the last time we were the focus of the photo? Our …

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Making It

August 7th, 2018

32:43

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 So You Think You Can Dance: Finally, the live shows begin! In two shocking surprises, someone tap-danced, and Terri preferred a contemporary routine over …

Episode 227: Back-to-School Traditions and Regrets

August 6th, 2018

42:28

00:31 Critter Update: What's going on with Terri's ant invasion and Nicole's personal zoo? 08:04 Back to School, Back to Guilt: An article about …

Speed Round: What Age Is Best?

August 3rd, 2018

6:08

In a question that proved almost too hypothetical to answer, we try to determine what age we'd like to remain forever and ever. Two of us are going for 30, and the other one can't quite commit.

Speed Round: Local Beauty

August 2nd, 2018

6:00

We look at the pretty places near our homes, from a New York City skyline view to the California beaches--with a stop in the Midwest for historic homes and ice shanties.

Speed Round: Pick Two

August 1st, 2018

4:25

A Facebook post inviting us to keep only two from a list of (allegedly) crucial items made us realize we can get by with some basic essentials.

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and My So-Called Life

July 31st, 2018

37:10

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:35 So You Think You Can Dance: Just like last week, 10 dancers were whittled down to 5, and we have complaints about a lot of it. Mentioned: This "lyrical …

Episode 226: Name That Tune

July 30th, 2018

40:32

00:32 Hedgehog Happenings: Catherine reports on her spiky houseguest, and Terri also has some guests (overstaying their welcome). 08:54 Sing a Song: We name the tunes that put little ones to sleep, perk up a road …

Speed Round: What's on Your Coffee Table?

July 27th, 2018

7:00

If you think we live in pristine houses with immaculate furnishings and tables accented just so ... you haven't listened to this podcasts before, …

Speed Round: Stressful Slang

July 26th, 2018

10:24

Nicole's enjoying #Australian slang, Catherine not enjoying being called "extra," and Terri just wishes people would stop making language harder. …

Speed Round: Busted Air-Conditioning Blues

July 25th, 2018

9:31

While Terri waits for her central air to be repaired, she's collecting tips on how to hack some chill, or just general gripes about the difficulty of …

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Lady Bird

July 24th, 2018

32:04

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:45 So You Think You Can Dance: The heartbreak continues, as we just barely met the top 10 women and 5 of them are gone at the end of an hour. 10:45 The West …

Episode 225: We'll Be the Judge

July 23rd, 2018

45:25

00:27 Plane Plague Tales: Nicole's back from Australia, and she brought home an unwelcome souvenir. 07:47 Kids in Flight: Speaking of planes, is it …

Speed Round: Would You Rather: New Entertainment or Old Favorites?

July 20th, 2018

7:09

Today's speed round is a Speed Round 2, with Catherine and Terri bringing their Tuesday entertainment chat to Friday for a special round of "Would …

Speed Round: Helping Children Understand Inclusion

July 19th, 2018

4:54

We've talked a lot about inclusion on this podcast (did you hear that Nicole wrote a book?), and today we welcome author Ann Yurcek to tell us about …

Speed Round: How Has Humor Helped Your Parenting?

July 18th, 2018

7:26

Our guest for today's Speed Round is Tim J. Myers, author of Glad to Be Dad, who shares some of those stories of family life that you just might as well laugh at.

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, West Wing, and Royal Pains

July 17th, 2018

31:13

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:34 So You Think You Can Dance: We tried to skip the audition process. Turns out we failed, because the Academy is just "gotcha! more auditions!" 12:07 The …

Episode 224: Sick-Day Sampler

July 16th, 2018

25:56

00:50 Plane Plague: With one podcaster down for the count, we bring you an assortment of our past conversations on sickness and health. Your road map: 01:07 When Parents Get Sick: When Mom or Dad is under the weather, …

Speed Round Flashback: Inclusion in Action

July 13th, 2018

7:59

[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. No surprise that she picked this one from April 2018.] Hey, did you hear …

Speed Round Flashback: What Weird Food Combinations Do You Really Enjoy?

July 12th, 2018

4:33

[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. This one originally ran in April 2017.] On today's Speed Round, we talked …

Speed Round Flashback: Have You Had Any Weird Pets?

July 11th, 2018

5:27

[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Nicole. This one originally ran in September 2016.] Catherine's son is still …

Round 2: So You Think You Can Dance, The West Wing, and The Martian

July 10th, 2018

36:00

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:36 So You Think You Can Dance: After giving up on this show two years ago (during an ill-fated "next generation" season featuring tweens), we are trying …

Summer Rerun: Teaching Kids Resilience

July 9th, 2018

45:42

[We're taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Nicole raided our …

Speed Round: What Would Your Dream Mall Have?

July 6th, 2018

7:08

Nicole brought to our attention an article about American Dream Miami, soon to be the biggest mall in America, but not exactly our dream of the …

Speed Round: What Could You Eat Forever and Never Get Tired Of?

July 5th, 2018

3:38

There are plenty of foods we have limited interest in, or enjoy in small amounts, or enjoy not at all. But is there anything we can imagine indulging …

Speed Round: Would You Rather Get Over It or Get Even?

July 4th, 2018

3:09

Sure, it's healthy to let things go, and to appreciate that the only people we can change are ourselves. But can we always manage that? Do we still try to get even with people? Or just yell at them in our heads? It's …

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and Burn Notice

July 3rd, 2018

27:53

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 Trophy Wife: We come to the end of this one-season wonder, wistfully. It's quirky …

Episode 223: Summer Then and Now

July 2nd, 2018

35:02

00:30 Greek Salad Truths: Catherine has just returned from Greece, and can confirm: There should be no lettuce in your "Greek" salad. 07:47 What I …

Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather Be a Superhero or a Sidekick?

June 29th, 2018

3:31

[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in September 2016, and includes our old friend …

Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather Reverse Decisions or Stop Time?

June 28th, 2018

3:21

[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in September 2016, and includes our old friend …

Speed Round Flashback: Would You Rather—Dessert Edition

June 27th, 2018

5:21

[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Terri. This one originally ran in August 2017.]  We do some quick takes on pies vs. cakes. Also cookies vs. brownies, hard ice cream vs. soft, and fruit …

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and Coco

June 26th, 2018

25:21

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:47 Trophy Wife: Terri has figured out why this show works: Its pleasantly surprising plot pivots, like the Scandal parody in "The Minutes." 06:25 The West …

Summer Rerun: Our Lives Are Like a Bad TV Show

June 25th, 2018

44:06

[We're taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Terri raided our …

Speed Round: What Cast or Actor Would You Like to Hang Out With for a Day?

June 22nd, 2018

4:36

We can't really enter the imaginary worlds of our favorite movies, TV shows, and plays, but we could theoretically hang with the folks who make them …

Speed Round: Have You Ever Dug Something Out of the Garbage and Eaten It?

June 21st, 2018

6:49

So someone throws, say, a PERFECTLY GOOD banana muffin into the trash, one you had planned to eat for breakfast, and it's in a SEALED BAG, and it's in the kitchen trash that got emptied not THAT long ago, and you can …

Speed Round: Would You Take Three Years and Travel the World?

June 20th, 2018

5:08

On a recent Speed Round, in the course of a different discussion, Catherine mentioned this question: "If someone paid you to travel the world for …

Round 2 Flashback: Spoiler Phobia and Fading Family Dramas

June 19th, 2018

22:45

[Catherine and Terri are taking a vacation week on Round 2 and bringing you excerpts from a couple of entertainment-related episodes from way back in 2015. Next week's episode is new, though, as are all our other …

Episode 222: Carpenters and Gardeners

June 18th, 2018

36:23

00:32 Rory the Hedgehog: Catherine catches us up on her prickly summer visitor. 08:23 Are You a Carpenter or a Gardener? Our discussion of this …

Speed Round Flashback: Student Awards We'd Like to See

June 15th, 2018

6:20

[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Catherine. This one originally ran in October 2017.] To follow up our serious …

Speed Round Flashback: Favorite Regional Foods

June 14th, 2018

3:59

[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Catherine. This one originally ran back in January.] From cheesesteaks to gelato, barbecue to ketchup chips, we shout out some location-specific …

Speed Round Flashback: Why Would You Ask Me That?

June 13th, 2018

5:05

[This week's speed rounds have been selected from our archives by Catherine. This one originally ran back in February.] Whether they’re questions we don’t want to answer in front of our kids or questions that throw us …

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and White Collar

June 12th, 2018

23:14

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:28 Trophy Wife: We both say "Awww" to a brand-new twist on the sitcom wedding—and "oh …

Summer Rerun: Other People's Parenting

June 11th, 2018

45:29

[We're taking turns picking out some favorite episodes to share with you on weeks when vacations disrupt our usual chattiness. Catherine raided our …

Speed Round: Pizza or Pasta?

June 8th, 2018

3:37

We're not unanimous on this important issue of the day, though Catherine can't imagine there'd even be any question. 

Speed Round: How Dog-Friendly Is Your Neighborhood?

June 7th, 2018

5:56

Terri's just trying to walk her dog around her nice suburban neighborhood. Why are people treating her like public enemy #1?

Speed Round: Would You Rather—Musical Genius vs. Fluent in a Language

June 6th, 2018

3:59

We borrowed a question Catherine saw on an AV Club interview for today's Speed Round: "Would you rather be fluent in another language or a genius at …

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing, and My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

June 5th, 2018

25:00

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode:  00:56 Trophy Wife: We tried to tell Kate not to go into business with Jackie ("Foxed …

Episode 221: Privacy Policies

June 4th, 2018

46:02

00:32 Live and In Person: Nicole and Catherine got to see each other IRL! Terri joined via Photoshop. 11:52 Love Is an Open Door: With six teens and …

Speed Round: Would You Want a Convertible?

June 1st, 2018

3:40

They look fun, but some of us don't live in places with a super-long pleasant-outdoor-air season. 

Speed Round: Do You Read Advice Columns?

May 31st, 2018

3:14

People have problems, and they put up with way more than they ought to. That's what we've learned from reading advice columns like Dear Abby and Ask …

Speed Round: How Often Do You Change Your Profile Picture?

May 30th, 2018

3:47

Nicole frequently cycles her profile, but Terri's more set-it-and-forget-it, and Catherine's got a go-to childhood photo that endears her to Skype …

Round 2: Trophy Wife, The West Wing Weekly, and Grey's Anatomy

May 29th, 2018

26:45

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:32 Trophy Wife: We're still laughing at this show every week, but we have some questions about the ads on the ABC app. 09:33 The West Wing Weekly: Instead of …

Episode 220: Mildly Peevish

May 28th, 2018

42:07

00:37 Shopping Shocker: You won't believe the article of clothing Catherine purchased for herself.  09:48 Gentle Ranting: We tried to rant about our kids, but it didn't really work out. We reserve the right to try again …

Speed Round: Would You Get Another Pet?

May 25th, 2018

6:02

Nicole's getting some pressure to add a puppy to the family. Though we're pretty sure she's gonna cave, we talk about all the reasons why we should …

Speed Round: Does Your Pet Have Any Funny Habits or Irrational Fears?

May 24th, 2018

7:30

We've talked about our dogs plenty on this podcast, so consider this listing of their fears and desires and coffee-stealing habits more as a review than a revelation.

Speed Round: Have You Ever Been Bitten by an Animal?

May 23rd, 2018

5:39

We have tales of being bit by dogs and monkeys and even bicycles, but we're not holding grudges. (If those lizards menacing Nicole ever do attack, …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars Finale, Trophy Wife, and The West Wing

May 22nd, 2018

30:20

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: Nice try, DWTS, but this idea did not really work …

Episode 219: When Best Friends Are Banned

May 21st, 2018

49:48

00:32 Lake Fly Season: Keep your mouth closed and your umbrellas at the ready if you visit Catherine this week. 08:26 BFFN (Best Friends For Now): We …

Speed Round: Beverage Choice Overload

May 18th, 2018

4:18

Nicole's encounter with a soda machine bearing many options she'd never heard of got us talking about what we get when we go to fill up our cups.

Speed Round: Do You Wear Sandals?

May 17th, 2018

5:42

It's a good time to set feet free from shoes and socks. But sandals can be problematic if your spouse disapproves, you have a foot condition that requires sturdier footwear, or your part of the country demands pricey …

Speed Round: Will You Be Watching the Royal Wedding?

May 16th, 2018

5:03

Is even a big fancy wedding with lots of people in hats worth getting up at 4 a.m. for? We think the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle might …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, Trophy Wife, and The West Wing

May 15th, 2018

29:31

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:44 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: Week 3 and it's already the semi-finals? We are not in favor of this shortened season business (nor did we approve of who …

Episode 218: Stage Mothers

May 14th, 2018

52:39

00:31 Earthquake! Nicole was jolted awake by a quake—and the realization that she's not going to survive an apocalypse. 08:58 Stars of Stage, Screen, …

Speed Round: Do You Send Birthday Cards in the Mail?

May 11th, 2018

4:56

It's the kind of thing we'd love to say that we do—especially Terri, who used to work for Hallmark—but between the cost and the time and the organization needed to actually buy and mail something, we're not exactly on …

Speed Round: Do You Celebrate Your Dog's Birthday?

May 10th, 2018

4:58

We love our dogs so much we talk about them all the time on their podcast (and sometimes you can even hear them in the background), but birthday …

Speed Round: Thermostat Wars

May 9th, 2018

4:34

Catherine confesses to some passive-aggressive temperature shifting, Nicole declares her intention to keep her home "Canada cold" year-round, and …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, Trophy Wife, and The West Wing

May 8th, 2018

33:40

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:35 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: We said goodbye to both basketball players this week, meaning the remaining competitors are evenly split between figure …

Episode 217: Spoilers

May 7th, 2018

50:58

00:31 Movin' On Up: Nicole's son is graduating from college, and we have a business idea for white-hat hackers. 7:01 Who Are You Calling …

Speed Round: What's a TV Plot Twist That Has Stunned You?

May 4th, 2018

5:47

We recall some shocking plot developments that took us by surprise ... and mourn the fact that watching things months after the fact on our DVRs means it's hard to be shocked anymore. Mentioned: The Extra Hot Great …

Speed Round: How Do You Protect Your Privacy Online?

May 3rd, 2018

6:56

We know we should be more careful, but finding the balance between staying safe on the Internet and having fun on it is getting harder and harder to …

Speed Round: Do You Have a Favorite Talk Show Host?

May 2nd, 2018

6:27

From the latest in late night to our college daytime-show faves, we talk talk-show hosts and who we remember most fondly.

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, One Day at a Time, and The West Wing

May 1st, 2018

30:33

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:32 Dancing with the Stars Athletes: In a four-week season, the premiere was especially brutal, with two eliminations. As for your podcasters, we are Team …

Episode 216: Feeling Powerless

April 30th, 2018

43:53

00:31 Conference Recap: Catherine reported on the Untitled Town Book and Author Festival she attended. Also mentioned: Katherine Reynolds Lewis and …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Spring Flower?

April 27th, 2018

4:03

In praise of Catherine's hearty peonies, Nicole's too-fast-fading tulips, and any flower that's not making Terri sneeze.

Speed Round: Do You Answer the Door?

April 26th, 2018

7:01

Spam phone calls are bad enough, but what about when salespeople come to your door—do you open it or hide until they go away? Or what if it's a kid selling cookies? Or a neighbor with a dead goose? We assess our degree …

Speed Round: Have You Been to a Conference?

April 25th, 2018

6:10

Catherine's plans to attend a local writer's conference, and that inspired Terri to share her formative experience with the Santa Barbara Writer's …

Round 2: One Day at a Time, Trophy Wife, and Nailed It

April 24th, 2018

24:53

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:36 One Day at a Time: Things get pretty dark for our heroine in "Hello, Penelope," but she has an unlikely savior—and makes a pretty great discovery in …

Episode 215: Share and Share Alike

April 23rd, 2018

39:45

00:32 OTT Proms: Forget the school gym or a de-iced hockey rink. Nowadays, schools are putting on their parties at racetracks! 7:07 Sharing Is …

Speed Round: Inclusion in Action

April 20th, 2018

7:50

Hey, did you hear that Nicole wrote a book? And it's finally here! We celebrate her book-release day with a little talk about Inclusion in Action: …

Speed Round: Do You Participate in Surveys?

April 19th, 2018

4:34

Seems like hardly a day goes by without a survey of some sort accosting us via e-mail or phone. Do we share our opinions? Pass the opportunity by? Only respond if it's some fun BuzzFeed thing? It'll only take you five …

Speed Round: The Good News About Bad Behavior

April 18th, 2018

7:21

On a special speed round, friend of the podcast Katherine Lewis shares some of what she learned while researching her new book, The Good News About Bad Behavior. Visit Katherine at katherinerlewis.com.

Round 2: One Day at a Time, Trophy Wife, and He's Just Not That Into You

April 17th, 2018

24:03

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:51 One Day at a Time: In the season 2 episode "Exclusive," we get a look at the dating …

Episode 214: Horror Show

April 16th, 2018

39:51

00:31 Baby Driver: Catherine's daughter is now licensed to drive, despite a mishap during her road test. 04:20 Frightening Films: Inspired by the movie A Quiet Place, we pitch our scariest parenting-themed horror movie …

Speed Round: Celebration Traditions

April 13th, 2018

5:42

It's family birthday season for Catherine and Terri, and book launch season for Nicole, so it seems like a good time to review our celebration …

Speed Round: Creating Passwords vs. Cleaning Toilets?

April 12th, 2018

4:30

A tweet about a survey saying Americans would rather clean a toilet than create a new password they'd then have to remember got us thinking ... …

Speed Round: Stress Awareness Month

April 11th, 2018

5:46

April is Stress Awareness Month, so we took a little look at the stress situation in our personal homes. And we don't even mention the stress of putting out a daily podcast.

Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, and But Enough About Me

April 10th, 2018

30:20

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 One Day at a Time: In season 2's "Lockdown," we feel for Penelope when her Alone/Boyfriend Time is cruelly interrupted by a neighborhood lockdown (and a …

Episode 213: What's Your Excuse?

April 9th, 2018

46:54

00:32 Birthday Week: It's official. All our kids are now Facebook-legal (13 and up). 8:16 Self-Care Stagnation: With all these grown-up, independent …

Speed Round: Gas or Electric?

April 6th, 2018

4:09

The gas line work being done in Terri's neighborhood, as mentioned in yesterday's Speed Round, is good for a second topic as we discuss gas vs. electric, if that's even a thing.

Speed Round: Do You Chat with Workers in Your House?

April 5th, 2018

5:11

Gas line work in Terri's neighborhood and the need for a young fellow to come in the house and turn stuff off and on led her to wonder: Is it good …

Speed Round: Top Sheet or No Top Sheet?

April 4th, 2018

4:52

Like folks didn't already have enough to disagree about these days, top sheets have become a hot topic on the Internet. (Or they were when we …

Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, Trophy Wife, and Go On

April 3rd, 2018

28:47

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:30 One Day at a Time: We continue season 2 with "To Zir with Love" and "Roots," which had a nice balance of Big Issues and Rita Moreno Zingers. 7:25 The West …

Episode 212: Family Values

April 2nd, 2018

37:35

00:32 SAT Triumph: Nicole and her daughter got a happy middle-of-the-night surprise. 7:10 Valuable Advice: First, we have to figure out what values …

Speed Round: Amusement Park or Beach?

March 30th, 2018

5:03

This or that: sand and a sunburn or roller coasters and expensive fun? We're not all that enthusiastic about either one, TBH.

Speed Round: What's the Worst Diet You've Been On?

March 29th, 2018

6:02

It's a delicate subject, but we do all have some bad diet story or other, from grapefruits to cabbage to partial vegan. There's one we give thumbs-up to, too.

Speed Round: What World Monument Would You Visit?

March 28th, 2018

3:38

We're dreaming again on today's Speed Round, this time about an all-expenses-paid trip to whatever world monument we'd like to see. Special guest …

Round 2: One Day at a Time and Two Biopics

March 27th, 2018

28:39

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:31 One Day at a Time: Season 2 kicks off with some serious conversations about race, immigration, and the stress of juggling everything. Since we recorded, …

Episode 211: Anger Management

March 26th, 2018

42:50

00:36 Woot Canal: Like C.J. Cregg before her, Nicole had a "woot canaw." And it turns out we all have dental time bombs ticking away in our mouths. …

Speed Round: What Did You Google Last?

March 23rd, 2018

4:00

Some days your searches are all business, sometimes you're falling down a reality TV rabbit hole, and sometimes, you're all about the podcast topics.

Speed Round: Splurges

March 22nd, 2018

4:30

Our splurges aren't exactly extravagant, but our teeth, hair, and Fitbits have been the beneficiaries of some special spending. But are we always …

Speed Round: Most-Liked Social Media Posts

March 21st, 2018

5:25

Even if you're not a teenager living and dying by the amount of likes your posts receive, it's always nice to get some attention for the things we put on Facebook and Instagram and what-all. Today, we chat about some of …

Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, and Ocean's Eleven

March 20th, 2018

28:12

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:31 One Day at a Time: We close out season 1 with "Quinces," an episode we enjoyed very much. Overall, cheers to Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, and Stephen …

Episode 210: The Sting of Rejection

March 19th, 2018

45:58

00:32 Injury Report: Terri's husband is sidelined, which means many different challenges. 5:45 When Kids Face Rejection: We've found that helping our …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Weekend Day?

March 16th, 2018

3:49

Having picked our favorite weekday, we now turn our attention to Saturday and Sunday, and wonder whether there's a definitive fave or "it depends."

Speed Round: What Was Your Most Memorable Birthday?

March 15th, 2018

3:51

Things that make for memorable birthdays: proximity to weddings, proximity to big cross-country moves, proximity to alcohol.

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite US City?

March 14th, 2018

5:33

From the West Coast to the East Coast, from the suburbs to the sprawl, we shout out some cities we've loved or liked or had mixed feelings about. It's complicated.

Round 2: Family Viewing, One Day at a Time, and Sing Street

March 13th, 2018

21:43

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:36 Family TV Habits: When we're not watching, what's on TV? Terri's husband and Catherine's son might be kindred TV spirits. 8:42 One Day at a Time: We're …

Episode 209: Peers, Protests, and Pressure

March 12th, 2018

40:05

00:31 SAT Aftermath: The test may be over, but the stress is still lingering. 6:09 About the Walkout: When students walk out of class this …

Speed Round: What Did You Last Order from Amazon?

March 9th, 2018

5:52

From vitamins to pop-sockets to surprise boxes, we talk about our latest purchases and some Prime particulars.

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Girl Scout Cookie?

March 8th, 2018

2:28

It's that time of year when we start dreaming about Thin Mints and Samoas and those peanut-butter sandwich cookies we can't remember the name of. Mmmm, cookies.

Speed Round: Do You Name Your Car?

March 7th, 2018

5:08

Do you identify your car by something impersonal like color, make, or who drives it? Or have you come up with a more creative tag, like Blueberry or …

Round 2: Oscars, One Day at a Time, and The West Wing

March 6th, 2018

34:29

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:30 The Oscars: Have we seen these movies? Barely! But will that stop us from commenting about attire and random clip montages? Not at all! 20:15 One Day at a …

Episode 208: Documenting Kids' Lives

March 5th, 2018

44:10

00:31 Warnings: We have a public service announcement about a phone scam, and some questions about the anonymous skunk in our Google doc. 05:58 Take a Picture, It'll Last Longer: But will you be able to find it when you …

Speed Round: Sofa Pillow Overload

March 2nd, 2018

6:28

It's nice, value-for-money-wise, to get lots of lovely throw pillows with a new sofa and love seat, but when there are so many that there's no room for humans to sit, things start getting out of hand. Of course, it …

Speed Round: Kids and Inappropriate Weather Wear

March 1st, 2018

6:13

From Wisconsin and New Jersey, where kids wear shorts when it's freezing, to Southern California, where kids wear woolens when it's warm, we discuss …

Speed Round: How Useful Would You Be in a Zombie Apocalypse?

February 28th, 2018

4:39

A chat about our zombie survival skills gets sidetracked by our musing about how people in breakdown-of-civilization movies somehow always have …

Round 2: Black Panther, One Day at a Time, and A Is for Alibi

February 27th, 2018

24:24

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:53 Black Panther: Catherine saw the highly anticipated film at the beginning of its run, and loved its production design, bad-ass women, and layered …

Episode 207: Helping Stressed-Out Kids

February 26th, 2018

41:04

00:32 The Flu Strikes Again: It's traveled from Terri's house to Catherine's. Watch out, Nicole! 05:05 Stop the Madness: When seventh-graders are …

Speed Round: Overrated Books, Movies, and TV

February 23rd, 2018

8:22

Nicole's questioning of her husband's movie taste led us to a chat about works of entertainment we just can't get on the bandwagon with, from Harry …

Speed Round: Are You a Covers Stealer?

February 22nd, 2018

5:10

Covers flinging, pillow stealing, preferred bed size, dog bed hogs, and more bedtime issues have our attention today.

Speed Round: Winter Olympic Ticket Wishes

February 21st, 2018

5:10

Upside: No constant blather from NBC commentators. Downside: Below-zero temps. Though we like watching the Winter Olympics just fine, we're not so sure what we'd want tickets for.

Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, and My Next Guest

February 20th, 2018

33:41

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:31 One Day at a Time: The great and good Rita Moreno continues to delight in this show that is very good, but not quite great. Mentioned: Moreno on WTF with …

Episode 206: Mom Friendships

February 19th, 2018

52:03

00:33 Lenten Sacrifices: Tread lightly, for Terri has given up coffee for the next 40 days. 07:15 Child Proximity Associates: We turn to the one and only Ron Swanson for a description of our current friendship life. …

Speed Round: What Time of Day Do You Most Dread?

February 16th, 2018

5:20

It's that time of day that goes by really slow. Or that time of day that goes by way too fast. And maybe, depending on who you're talking to, those are the same time of day.

Speed Round: What's in Your Freezer?

February 15th, 2018

5:10

Depending on which one of us you're visiting, you might find barbecue sauce, bread, or waffles. But don't count on ice cubes.

Speed Round: Do You Buy Used Items?

February 14th, 2018

6:46

We've had some luck buying stuff from Goodwill and giving stuff away on Freecycle. Also mentioned: Craigslist Oodle Sell.com Facebook Marketplace NextDoor.com

Round 2: One Day at a Time, The West Wing, and Company

February 13th, 2018

33:05

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:47 One Day at a Time: With The Good Place in the void for now, we checked out Netflix's re-imagining of the classic 70s sitcom. Rita Moreno and Justina …

Episode 205: What a Shame

February 12th, 2018

47:11

00:33 Up in the Air: While her daughter travels, Nicole is more dependent on WiFi than ever. 07:40 You Should Be Ashamed: We go beyond dogshaming.com …

Speed Round: Updating the Board Games of Our Youth

February 9th, 2018

4:59

We think Clue, Careers, and that game Catherine's family got at a garage sale could use some freshening up.

Speed Round: Husbands and Hobbies

February 8th, 2018

4:37

Nicole recently discovered a surprising hobby of her hubby's, which made her wonder whether Terri's and Catherine's spouses also have unexpected …

Speed Round: Why Would You Ask Me That?

February 7th, 2018

4:44

Whether they're questions we don't want to answer in front of our kids to questions that throw us into an existential career crisis, we recall some questions we wish we'd never been asked.

Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and Godless

February 6th, 2018

37:43

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:31 The Good Place: In the season 2 finale, Eleanor went back to Arizona (maybe?) and Ted Danson went back behind a bar. And we went into mourning at the …

Episode 204: Changing Course While Parenting

February 5th, 2018

49:41

00:32 Cruising vs. Camping: Nicole and her college student have different ideas about spring break travel. 7:09 Course-Correcting as a Parent: Let's …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Kind of Cake?

February 2nd, 2018

4:51

Some of us have specific requirements for cake, but others? You had us at "cake."

Speed Round: Three Easy Ways to Help Your Child with Separation Anxiety

February 1st, 2018

2:45

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Beverage?

January 31st, 2018

5:52

We have our faves, sure, but it depends on whether we're at a restaurant or home; or it's morning or evening; or we're in the US or Canada.

Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and How to Deal

January 30th, 2018

28:00

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:45 The Good Place: We're watching with bated breath as this season nears its close; we're already worried about how we'll be left hanging for months after …

Episode 203: Teaching Kids Resilience

January 29th, 2018

44:38

00:27 Travels with Catherine: We know you'll be jealous when you hear where Catherine stopped on her 15-hour trip from Wisconsin to Kansas. 06:22 The Buzz About Bouncing Back: "Resilience" is a big buzzword in parenting …

Speed Round: What TV Channel Do You Wish Existed?

January 26th, 2018

6:06

Though it seems like we already have too many channels to watch, we can still think of a few we wish we could see — whether they don't exist yet or …

Speed Round: What TV or Movies Do You Refuse to Watch?

January 25th, 2018

3:47

We try to avoid the sounds of human suffering and anguish, whether from Criminal Minds or The Bachelor or sports.

Speed Round: Do You Play Video Games?

January 24th, 2018

5:19

We talk about the video games we've played, the video games we've watched other people play, and the apps we'd like to call video games.

Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and Little House on the Podcast

January 23rd, 2018

26:59

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:37 The Good Place: The gang travels to the Bad Place HQ, apparently via the Wayback Machine. 08:47 The West Wing: Yay, West Wing is back, and also sends us …

Episode 202: This Is a Drill!

January 22nd, 2018

45:19

00:29 Kristen Goes North: Nicole's daughter is planning a trip to the motherland. 07:20 Way Beyond Fire Drills: What happens at school when there's a …

Speed Round: What First Attracted You to Your Spouse?

January 19th, 2018

4:56

Did he have a nice hairdo? Did he wear a very stylish shirt? Was he simply, blessedly available? We look back at the things that made our guys stand out.

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Poem?

January 18th, 2018

5:17

Whether you're into hifalutin rhymes, delightful children's verse, or stuff that will make Terri have to dig out the bleep sound effect again, we've …

Speed Round: Would You Go Back to School?

January 17th, 2018

4:56

Whether for an advanced degree, motivation to finish a project, or a chance for random people to destroy our will to create, we contemplate returning …

Round 2: The Good Place and Suits

January 16th, 2018

22:47

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:33 The Good Place: Terri has a theory about the connection between this show and a classic movie... and she's not alone! 09:56 Challenge Round: Suits: Terri …

Episode 201: Other People's Parenting

January 15th, 2018

44:21

00:31 Homework Crisis: What assignment did Catherine's son leave to the last minute? Recording a podcast! 06:43 Just Trying to Help!: Step in, and you're judgey. Ignore, and you're heartless. What do you do when another …

Speed Round: Smoothies vs. Shakes

January 12th, 2018

5:39

Here's a this or that for you: delicious ice-cream-rich beverage or something people use to hide spinach and worse? Yeah, Nicole and Terri are all-in …

Speed Round: Do You Buy Concert T-Shirts?

January 11th, 2018

4:58

We've got our piles of past concert souvenirs, sure, but the cost of doing memorabilia business has gotten to us in recent years.

Speed Round: Favorite Regional Foods

January 10th, 2018

3:39

From cheesesteaks to gelato, barbecue to ketchup chips, we shout out some location-specific specialties we love.

Round 2: Golden Globes, The Good Place, and Bridesmaids

January 9th, 2018

32:30

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:30 The Golden Globes: Awards season is here. We start with a show that's mercifully …

Episode 200: Reflections on 200 Podcast Episodes

January 8th, 2018

43:10

00:37 Hawaii Report: Catherine shares some highlights of her trip; Terri's just glad her fellow podcaster didn't stumble into an episode of Hawaii Five-0. 10:21 Celebrating 200 Episodes: My, how we've changed, and …

Speed Round: This or That—Activities Edition

January 5th, 2018

8:04

Printing or cursive? Board games or card games? Painting or drawing? Writing or reading? Hear our answers to this latest batch of questions and play along!

Speed Round: Who Has Been the Biggest Influence on Your Life?

January 4th, 2018

4:04

We give credit to the people who have made us who we are today, for better or worse.

Speed Round: What Chore Did You Most Dislike Growing Up?

January 3rd, 2018

3:29

Back in our day, children, we had to haul firewood! Bring up our laundry all the way from the basement. Even practice the flute! 

Round 2: The Good Place and The Revolution Was Televised

January 2nd, 2018

32:11

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 Vacation Entertainment: Who would watch a goofy movie musical set on a Greek island …

Episode 199: Best of 2017

January 1st, 2018

36:35

00:28 USA! USA! Nicole's family is celebrating their first decade in the United States with a party. Mentioned: Factile, an online Jeopardy-style …

Speed Round: Children's Book Heroes and Heroines

December 29th, 2017

3:43

We pay tribute to a few characters we identified with as kids and one who speaks more to our current parenting identity.

Speed Round: Looking Ahead to 2018

December 28th, 2017

4:20

The future's so bright, we've gotta watch televised sports, renovate our home, and publish books. 

Speed Round: Three Things that Make Us Happy

December 27th, 2017

5:36

In this holiday week, we're focusing on happy things, like having family around us, and maybe having podcasting friends around us too.

Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and The Big Family Cooking Showdown

December 26th, 2017

31:59

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:35 The Good Place: It's season 2! Hang onto your hats, lest you drown in a chowder fountain. 11:57 The West Wing: We still can't explain the title of "Arctic …

Christmas Regift: Holiday Traditions and Wistful Wishes

December 25th, 2017

49:37

Merry Christmas! Today, we're flashing back to a holiday episode that first aired on December 16, 2016. 06:02 'Tis the Season — Family traditions …

Speed Round: Gift Wrap or Gift Bags?

December 22nd, 2017

4:08

It's the most gift-wrappy time of the year. Do you play it fast and easy or take a little time to wrestle with rolls of paper?

Speed Round: What Do You Do With Christmas Cards You Receive?

December 21st, 2017

4:25

Decorate with them? Make crafts with them? Let them collect in a pile on the table and leave them there until March?

Speed Round: Favorite Comfort Food

December 20th, 2017

3:12

We know we shouldn't be turning to food to make us feel better, but ... mashed potatoes are delicious. And warm bread. And ketchup chips. And …

Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and Moana

December 19th, 2017

29:10

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:48 The Good Place: The twist at the end of season 1 was every bit as good as we hoped, even though we knew it was coming. Mentioned: This video of the …

Episode 198: Taking Care of Us

December 18th, 2017

41:53

00:30 Holiday Prep: Let's just say we're not the type of people who buy all their Christmas gifts in July. 06:42 Self-Care: Our methods may not be …

Speed Round: Neighborhood Holiday Decorations

December 15th, 2017

6:03

We've noticed an uptick in inflatables and projections; when did those become such a thing? We're divided on whether they should be put away …

Speed Round: How Neighborly Is Your Neighborhood?

December 14th, 2017

4:13

When it comes to neighbors, some of ours are good friends we'll miss when they move, some are like grandparents to our kids, and some we barely wave at from our driveways.

Speed Round: Do You Buy Service Agreements for Products?

December 13th, 2017

3:28

Seems whenever we buy an appliance or furniture or anything tech-y, we're offered the opportunity to shell out some additional money to extend a warranty or compensate for possible damage. Do we pay our money, or do we …

Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, and Waitress

December 12th, 2017

33:40

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:34 The Good Place: We're in the home stretch of season 1 (episodes 9, 10, and 11). …

Episode 197: We've Got Issues

December 11th, 2017

43:14

00:37 Holiday Baking: Nicole worries about homemade goodies for a party, and Catherine ("Turnips!") and Terri ("Storebought!") try to help. …

Speed Round: Do You Shop in Wholesale Stores?

December 8th, 2017

4:38

Sometimes bulk buying at places like Costco makes sense, but other times, we'd just as soon go to the regular grocery store a whole bunch of times …

Speed Round: Facial Hair for Men: Pro or Con?

December 7th, 2017

4:06

A funny article by Brian Grubb of Uproxx on "The Mustaches of Godless, Ranked" inspired us to see if we had strong feelings ourselves about men's mustaches and beards. Which led to another question: Is it possible to …

Speed Round: Dry Skin Remedies (and Whining)

December 6th, 2017

6:35

It's dry-skin season, at least for the two non-Californians among us, and that means either disgusting greasy lotion stickiness or constant itching. Terri's hoping for some go-to moisturizer tips. Maybe you have some? …

Round 2: The Good Place and Hill Street Blues

December 5th, 2017

29:55

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 01:12 The Good Place: Things heat up for Eleanor in episodes 6, 7, and 8 of season 1, as she narrowly avoids a trip to the Bad Place (for now). 12:52 Challenge …

Episode 196: Making Small Talk

December 4th, 2017

49:33

00:32 It's Getting Cold in Here: Two out of three of us are shivering through this podcast. The transplanted Canadian just wishes she were. 04:55 …

Speed Round: Favorite Christmas Movies

December 1st, 2017

3:42

It's the most wonderful time of the year for watching those films that fill us with holiday joy, including Love Actually, Elf, and ... Toy Story?

Speed Round: Do You Switch Your Closet Over for the Season?

November 30th, 2017

5:27

For those with petite closets and serious weather shifts, it's the most arduous time of the year as the T-shirts and shorts go away and the sweaters and long pants emerge. No need for that in your life? Know that Terri …

Speed Round: Invent a New School or Personal Holiday

November 29th, 2017

4:46

"Homework Catch-Up Day," "Stress Overload Day," "I Can't Find Two Matching Shoes" Day, and other day-off excuse we'd like to be able to make.

Round 2: The Good Place, The West Wing, The Big Sick

November 28th, 2017

31:54

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:34 The Good Place: We gobbled up three episodes ("Tahani Al-Jamil," "Jason Mendoza," and "Category 55 Emergency Doomsday") like so much Thanksgiving gravy …

Episode 195: Force of Habit

November 27th, 2017

39:42

Welcome to our new schedule: Group chats every Monday morning, with Round 2 on Tuesdays and speed rounds Wednesday through Friday. 00:31 Cyber Monday …

Turkey Day Replay: How Early Is Too Early for Christmas Music?

November 24th, 2017

4:16

From November 29, 2016: The seasonal music switch is officially flipped now to Christmas tunes, whether we like it or not. And since so many folks …

Turkey Day Replay: Holiday Foods We Love or Loathe

November 23rd, 2017

10:23

From November 27, 2016: Happy Thanksgiving! Are you eating a lot of traditional family foods today? Do many of them involve cream-of-mushroom soup, …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The West Wing, and Thanksgiving TV Comedies

November 22nd, 2017

42:19

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:42 Dancing with the Stars: We have a winner! And a couple hours of faffing about! And a …

Turkey Day Replay: Foods Our Kids Won't Eat

November 21st, 2017

5:48

From November 4, 2016: It's no surprise that some of our kids won't eat vegetables, but do we really have a kid who won't eat chocolate?

Turkey Day Replay: Where Do You Stow Your Winter Gear?

November 20th, 2017

7:31

From December 2, 2016: Maybe you decorate your home with trees and ornaments and wreaths this time of year, or maybe you just decorate with the jackets and scarves and gloves and hats and boots that get flung about. …

Turkey Day Replay: Norman Rockwell We Ain't

November 17th, 2017

41:27

00:32 Podcast Listening Habits: We discover that in our own listening, we love starting the week with shiny new episodes, so we'll be shaking up our …

Speed Round: If You Had to Live in the Last TV Show You Watched, Where Would You Be?

November 16th, 2017

4:12

Catherine's going to debate camp, Nicole's ending up in Chicago with the Gallaghers, and Terri will either be old-person out with NYC …

Speed Round: Do You Keep Your Children's Old Toys?

November 15th, 2017

6:19

There's a nostalgic tug that keeps us from throwing away those toys our kids outgrew ... and also a sharp memory of how much money we paid for that stuff. Let's just go with the sentimental angle, shall we?

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, The West Wing, and Beauty and the Beast

November 14th, 2017

33:26

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:44 Dancing with the Stars: "Iconic Dances" night with a side of injuries meant even more pressure on the remaining stars. Good luck in the finals, everybody! …

Speed Round: Do You Ever Read Your Horoscope?

November 14th, 2017

3:26

When it comes to horoscopes, we've read them and we've even written them. The believing part, though? Depends what they've got to say.

Speed Round: How Many Cookbooks Are in Your Kitchen?

November 13th, 2017

5:53

Brainstorming Speed Round questions in the kitchen brought last week's topics on Tupperware and refrigerators, and today's on those collections of …

Episode 194: Healing a Kid's Broken Heart

November 10th, 2017

49:55

00:32 Winter Weather: Not only is snow in the forecast for Catherine, her daughter has to learn to drive in it. 07:19 Baby's First Heartbreak: Nicole …

Speed Round: How Organized Is Your Refrigerator?

November 9th, 2017

3:28

Organized? We're just happy if people know generally which quadrant to look for stuff in, and to keep stuff out of the corner where everything freezes. (Mentioned: Tupperware edition.)

Speed Round: Baths or Showers?

November 8th, 2017

2:21

Is the relaxation of soaking in a tub worth the hassle of cleaning a tub? We're not so sure.

Round 2: Dancing in the West Wing with All of Me

November 7th, 2017

33:56

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:43 Dancing with the Stars: The remaining stars danced in couples and in trios, with varying degrees of success, but we enjoyed seeing some of the past …

Speed Round: Favorite Easy Household Fixes

November 7th, 2017

7:32

Terri's ongoing war with coffee-dive-bombing gnats led to a chat about satisfying homemade fixes for everyday annoyances ... like apple-cider-vinegar traps for GNATS GNATS GNATS! (Mentioned: our Tupperware abundance.)

Speed Round: How Many Pieces of Tupperware Do You Have in Your Kitchen Right Now?

November 6th, 2017

5:27

How is it we have so many? They multiply, don't you think? And why can we never find the right lid? We compare notes on …

Episode 193: Truths About Lying

November 3rd, 2017

44:06

00:37 Autumn in Vancouver: Nicole is stocking up on ketchup chips, but is still waiting for an opportunity to wear her raincoat. 05:03 White Lies and …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Single-Use Kitchen Gadget?

November 2nd, 2017

3:29

Whether we're trying to pry off a lid, cut up an apple, or toss something hot, sometimes the humblest tools are the most useful.

Speed Round: What's with Trader Joe's?

November 1st, 2017

4:07

Nicole doesn't get why people love Trader Joe's and Terri's still holding a grudge because they didn't hire her family members, but Catherine would …

Round 2: Dancing with College Kids in the Good Place

October 31st, 2017

34:13

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:36 Dancing with the Stars: Terri discovered that she can enjoy a contemporary routine, but neither of us enjoyed the very rushed double elimination that …

Speed Round: Candy "This or That"

October 31st, 2017

8:32

We've previously gone on record with our dessert decisions (or indecisiveness). Today, in honor of Halloween and bags of sweets coming into homes everywhere for moms to pick through, we play "this or that" with hard …

Speed Round: Student Awards We'd Like to See

October 30th, 2017

5:58

Last Monday, we talked seriously about some possible additions to valedictorian in honoring high-school seniors. Today, we take a lighter look, …

Episode 192: Dealing with Dating

October 27th, 2017

57:58

00:38 Homecoming: Nicole gets to visit Canada, and the season  of autumn. She packed sweaters! 06:33 The Romantic Lives of Our Teens and Young …

Speed Round: What Hobby Do You Have That's for Someone Much Older Than You?

October 26th, 2017

3:16

To be honest, we have some hobbies and habits that make us wonder just how over the hill we are.

Speed Round: Is There a Product You Take for Granted That You Can't Find Anymore?

October 25th, 2017

5:57

Have you seen the pictured remove-dog-hair-from-upholstery item in a store anywhere? Let Nicole know, would ya? She's searching for that, and Terri …

Round 2: Dancing in the West Wing with the Goon Squad

October 24th, 2017

37:56

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:41 Dancing with the Stars: Movie Night brought us everything from a hockey-themed paso doble to a classic Rhumba for a Dead Person to a pretty unfortunate …

Speed Round: Should Teens Trick-or-Treat?

October 24th, 2017

3:55

Some folks want to put limits on who gets to hit us up for candy, but we're more likely to impose a minimum age limit. (You want candy for your …

Speed Round: Beyond Valedictorians

October 23rd, 2017

8:21

With some school districts considering ditching the valedictorian designation due to out-of-control competitiveness, we propose some other efforts …

Episode 191: The Parenting We Got

October 20th, 2017

50:39

00:29 Canada Mourns: Nicole is saddened by the loss of two important Canadians, actor John Dunsworth and Gord Downie of The Tragically Hip. 06:40 …

Speed Round: Do You Have a Garden?

October 19th, 2017

5:45

Having talked about things growing indoors, we move to the wild outdoors to see if Catherine and Terri can at least make things grow in the yard and …

Speed Round: Do You Have Houseplants?

October 18th, 2017

7:07

Catherine and Terri both have black thumbs, but Nicole ... ah, Nicole used to be a houseplant person. Listen to her sad, sad plant story. (Mentioned: …

Round 2: Dancing with Time Zones and Junebugs

October 17th, 2017

41:39

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars: It was Disney Night, so we got wigs, jungle creatures, and one slow waltz of awkwardness, plus said goodbye to Sasha (the star, …

Speed Round: How Many TVs Do You Have?

October 17th, 2017

4:31

As we did a while back about computer screens, we count up the number of TV screens in our homes.

Speed Round: What TV Show Would You Like to See Revived?

October 16th, 2017

5:08

We long for the return of The Brady Bunch, thirtysomething, and Trading Spaces. (And also kind of butcher the Brady Bunch theme song.)

Episode 190: Our Most Memorable Years

October 13th, 2017

45:38

00:31 Renovating in Secret: Home repairs continue, but please don't tell the city inspectors. 08:33 We Remember It Well: We take a cue from Dancing …

Speed Round: Do You Answer the Phone If You Don't Recognize the Number?

October 12th, 2017

3:22

Seems like actually answering one's home phone is an activity of the past, like being excited about the mail delivery.

Speed Round: What Time Does Your Mail Come? (And Do You Care?)

October 11th, 2017

4:00

With direct deposit and online bill-paying, the daily mail delivery has become less of a thing. But it's still a nice distraction for freelance writers and dogs.

Round 2: Dancing and Romantic Comedy-ing with the Stars

October 10th, 2017

34:42

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:56 Dancing with the Stars: The cry-fest known as "My Most Memorable Year" was actually pretty enjoyable to watch, even with all the dramatically barefoot …

Speed Round: What's Your Next Home-Renovation Project?

October 10th, 2017

5:13

With Terri's bathroom finally finished (yay!), she's thinking of which disaster in her home will move to the front of the line. Catherine and Nicole …

Speed Round: Are You a Digital Hoarder?

October 9th, 2017

7:32

If you think we're the kind of people who keep our digital storage neat and trim, you've forgotten that Nicole's phone has nine screens of apps.

Episode 189: Gimme a Break!

October 6th, 2017

47:50

00:31 Post-Renovation Debrief: Terri's bathroom reno is complete, but it will never be perfect. Just like our reflections in every mirror we …

Speed Round: Do You Have a Special Pen?

October 5th, 2017

3:37

Terri needs her black stick pen to do her crosswords, Nicole clings to her trusty Parenting Roundabout pen, and Catherine talked pens with her …

Speed Round: What Are You Looking Forward to on Fall TV?

October 4th, 2017

4:38

We're looking forward to returning shows This Is Us, Speechless, and Scorpion, and curious about The Good Doctor, but already we're behind in our viewing.

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars and Winston Churchill

October 3rd, 2017

33:35

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:31 Dancing with the Stars: Guilty Pleasures night was also Happy Judges night and Let's Not Ruin Our Mood by Eliminating Anyone night. 16:39 The West Wing …

Speed Round: Should Twitter Go to 280?

October 3rd, 2017

4:47

Twitter's apparent intention to switch to a 280-character limit from 140 has us mourning that poetic short form and dreading longer rants to read. (Mentioned: @Lin_Manuel, @MayorEmanuel)

Speed Round: What Annoying Task Are You Currently Putting Off?

October 2nd, 2017

6:01

We give a shout-out to all that need-to-do stuff waiting on us, and then stuff it back in our purses and inboxes for a little while longer.

Episode 188: Parenting Is Not a Panacea

September 28th, 2017

46:35

00:31 Our Handyman Friends: Catherine got some good news on a household project, which led to a discussion of how familiar we are with some of the …

Speed Round: What Facebook Group Do You Wish Existed?

September 28th, 2017

3:58

Catherine belongs to a group for displaced magazine editors, and that got us thinking what other niches of professional and personal interest we'd like to be able to crawl into.

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars and Leroy Jethro Gibbs

September 27th, 2017

32:37

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:41 Dancing with the Stars: We cover four hours of dancing in about 11 minutes, plus award our own prizes for Entertainment and Enthusiasm to two of the …

Speed Round: Have You Traveled by RV?

September 27th, 2017

3:57

It seems like a good idea at the time, but are we really ready to roll in a humongous moving house? Nicole shares her dream.

Speed Round: What Reality Show Would You Go On?

September 26th, 2017

4:35

Since we're past our stage of life for shows like The Bachelor and Big Brother, we broadened our choice to Food Network and HGTV shows, and allowed ourselves to imagine we're foreign travelers and stars.

Speed Round: Do You Have Any Dietary Restrictions?

September 25th, 2017

6:23

Terri's upcoming trip to the Gluten Free and Allergy Friendly Expo got us thinking about all the different allergy-accommodating foods available today and whether we really have to have that restriction to enjoy them.

Episode 187: Get Off Our Lawn

September 22nd, 2017

45:00

00:31 Parental Independence: Catherine's son is walking to and from school by himself, and it's a beautiful thing. 04:45 Kids (Parenting Kids) Today: …

Speed Round: Who Do You Fangirl Over?

September 21st, 2017

3:58

Terri already had her fangirl experience (listen to the podcast ep and check out the book mentioned), but Rob Lowe, Jared Leto (conditionally), and Lin-Manuel Miranda are still on our list.

Speed Round: Road-Trip Snacks

September 20th, 2017

5:47

Snacks for the road! Two of us advocate for every kind of junk food, diets be darned, while one will allow for apples. We're leaving her at the side of the road.

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars, the Emmys, and More

September 19th, 2017

37:18

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:34 Dancing with the Stars: The season kicked off this week with an appealing and promising cast of characters. Fingers crossed that it will continue that …

Speed Round: Are There Foods You Limit to Certain Seasons or Occasions?

September 19th, 2017

4:45

Is it weird to eat hamburgers on a random Wednesday instead of at a cookout? Do you ever put a turkey with the trimmings on the table outside of Thanksgiving? We chat about the way certain foods get attached to certain …

Speed Round: Are You a Candle Person?

September 18th, 2017

4:20

The school year has started, and soon kids will be bringing fundraising catalogs home from school for our perusal. We chat about whether we're eager …

Episode 186: Our Canine Kids

September 15th, 2017

57:05

00:31 Reno Report: Terri's master bath is getting a makeover, and we get a progress report (there is some!). 07:57 Pupper Parenting: We recount just a few of the many ways that caring for our pets is remarkably like …

Speed Round: What Animal Are You Most Afraid Of?

September 14th, 2017

3:39

Following up on yesterday's chat about zoo animals we love, we talk about animals we're somewhat less fond of (that is, hiding from right now).

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Zoo Animal?

September 13th, 2017

3:32

We're talking about our fave koalas and pandas and trained seals, and Nicole's dog is eating noisily in the background to represent for domesticated …

Round 2: Here Comes Dancing with the Stars (and Lots More)

September 12th, 2017

37:17

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars: We preview the stars (or "stars") who'll appear this season. We'll be watching, so check back every Tuesday for our recap. 07:55 …

Speed Round: What's the Worst Physical Pain You've Ever Felt?

September 12th, 2017

2:54

Cringe with us as we recall labor without drugs. Mighty migraines. Gum surgery. And strep toe.

Speed Round: Technology Disappointments

September 11th, 2017

5:05

Why do Facebook Messenger, Fitbit, and autocorrect hate us so?

Episode 185: Apples, Oranges, and Sibling Jealousy

September 8th, 2017

41:00

00:31 Aloha: Speaking of jealousy, Nicole and Terri are feeling a few pangs over Catherine's Christmas plans. 07:15 Sibling Jealousy: Forget "growing …

Speed Round: How Much Do You Agonize Before You Post Something on Social Media?

September 7th, 2017

4:00

We admit to some posting paralysis when it comes to tossing off comments, updates, and tweets.

Speed Round: What Did You Want to Be When You Grew Up?

September 6th, 2017

3:13

Our childhood aspirations ranged from doctors to lawyers to linguists, but only one of us got our dream from Day One.

Round 2: The Big Sick, John from Cincinnati, and Amelie

September 5th, 2017

28:57

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:54 The Big Sick: Catherine entered an actual movie theater to see this movie, which is …

Speed Round: Can You Parallel Park?

September 5th, 2017

4:17

Parallel parking used to be a thing that new drivers had to learn and old drivers took pride in. Self-parking cars haven't stopped that just yet.

Speed Round: Do You Make Your Bed?

September 4th, 2017

4:17

Theoretically, making your bed lets you start off each day with one thing accomplished, but who has time for hospital corners?

Episode 184: Career Counseling

September 1st, 2017

49:08

00:33 Sunrise, Sunset: School is starting, and Catherine's daughter has a strange tradition. 07:05 Triple Career Crisis: Turns out all three of us …

Speed Round: How Do You Know What Day It Is?

August 31st, 2017

3:35

Who tells you the date? A calendar? Your phone? Your computer? We compare notes and even learn a new trick.

Speed Round: What's Your Go-To Potluck Dish?

August 30th, 2017

4:55

Finding something that everyone will enjoy and won't sit idly growing cold in the back corner of the table? It's stressful!

Round 2: DWTS, The West Wing, and John from Cincinnati

August 29th, 2017

29:59

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars Pros: Before heading to D.C., we made a quick stop in the Ballroom to discuss the pros who will be competing in the upcoming …

Speed Round: What Is Your Go-To Birthday Gift?

August 29th, 2017

3:49

We are glad to be living in the age of the gift card, let's just say.

Speed Round: Would You Rather—Dessert Edition

August 28th, 2017

4:59

We do some quick takes on pies vs. cakes. Also cookies vs. brownies, hard ice cream vs. soft, and fruit vs. chocolate. Mentioned: discussions on bake …

Episode 183: Kids These Days!

August 25th, 2017

44:00

00:32 Eclipse Report: Catherine traveled to a country road along the Path of Totality to watch the eclipse, and says it really was worth it. 12:30 What Kids Are Watching: Terri wondered whether she's the only one whose …

Speed Round: What Part of Town Do You Live In?

August 24th, 2017

5:17

Uptown? Downtown? On the wrong side of the tracks? In the suburbs? We put ourselves on the map.

Speed Round: What Could You Win a Gold Medal In?

August 23rd, 2017

3:12

We wonder which of our talents would gain us world ranking if we could make any activity an Olympic sport. What would you be a contender in?

Round 2: DWTS Live, The West Wing, and John from Cincinnati

August 22nd, 2017

38:55

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 Dancing with the Stars Live Show: We chat with a friend of the podcast who got to see the DWTS tour when it came to Milwaukee earlier this summer. …

Speed Round: What's the First App You Open in the Day?

August 22nd, 2017

3:15

Maybe we'll start the day by clearing out that e-mail inbox ... just as soon as we finish this game.

Speed Round: When You Make a Call, Would You Rather Talk or Leave a Message?

August 21st, 2017

3:24

Thanks, technology, for making it easy for us to be hostile introverts!

Episode 182: School-Year Milestones

August 18th, 2017

55:19

00:32 Incoming Australians! Nicole has visitors; later in the episode, we'll discuss how they can earn their keep. 10:43 Milestones to Love and Hate: …

Speed Round: Name a Significant Number in Your Life

August 17th, 2017

5:00

We scour the addresses, phone numbers, and birthdates of our lives to discover digits that seem to be following us around.

Speed Round: What Kind of Art Do You Enjoy the Most?

August 16th, 2017

4:26

Monet, the pre-Raphaelites, and the textile work of folksy artist collective the GAP have caught our eye.

Round 2: Master of None, The West Wing, and 30 Rock

August 15th, 2017

33:50

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:43 Master of None: We say "buona notte" to this season, having liked it quite a bit (Catherine) and with some reservations (Terri). 11:37 The West Wing: In …

Speed Round: How Different Was Your Life Exactly One Year Ago?

August 15th, 2017

4:17

In the past year, our kids have started high school, started driving, and started new jobs. And us? We're working, publishing, and podcasting on.

Speed Round: Does Your Husband Wear Things Until They Completely Fall Apart?

August 14th, 2017

7:17

It's not just us, right? Wearing shirts so worn through that it looks like they've been in a knife fight is some kind of guy thing?

Episode 181: Our Lives Are Like a Bad TV Show

August 11th, 2017

43:03

00:31 Back to School: Nicole's daughter headed back to school, which somehow led us to reminisce about Gym Classes of Our Past. 07:35 All the Drama, …

Speed Round: How Many Houses Have You Lived In?

August 10th, 2017

6:09

Nicole's got us all beat as we count up the houses, apartments, dorms, and other domiciles we've occupied in our lives.

Speed Round: What Food That You Hated as a Kid Will You Eat Now?

August 9th, 2017

3:34

Yesterday, we talked about foods we loved as kids that we'd leave now, and today we flip the question to tally the foods we've grown up to enjoy. (Still no to liver, thanks.)

Round 2: Master of None, The West Wing, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

August 8th, 2017

36:30

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:33 Master of None: Terri tends to like every other episode of this show, and this week's "Amarsi Un Po" was the "nope" after the "yes!" of last week's. (But …

Speed Round: What Foods You Loved as a Kid Do You Hate Now?

August 8th, 2017

4:36

Hate's a strong word, but Nicole might use it to describe her grown-up feelings for Shake-and-Bake chicken.

Speed Round: What Kind of Case Do You Have for Your Phone?

August 7th, 2017

6:42

Our case choices at the moment seem to be style over substance, but a big fat protective case can't fit in your pocket. (Mentioned: PopSockets, iPhone leather case)

Episode 180: The Push-Pull of Independence

August 4th, 2017

45:28

Excuse the thunderstorms and technical difficulties in this week's episode. Just keepin' it real for y'all. 00:32 Doggie Diagnosis: Think good …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Game Show?

August 3rd, 2017

2:36

Is it possible that our Canadian member is the only one who doesn't pick Canadian-hosted Jeopardy?

Speed Round: How Late Do You Stay Awake?

August 2nd, 2017

3:48

Turns out we're two night owls and one "don't you dare bother me after 11 p.m.!"

Round 2: The Emoji Movie (!), Plus TV and Movies That Actually Made Us :)

August 1st, 2017

31:07

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:34 The Emoji Movie: It's true, Catherine took one for the team and saw this with her son. Her review is a sad face and a thumbs down. 07:35 Master of None: …

Speed Round: What Were You Obsessed with as a Kid?

August 1st, 2017

4:07

Yesterday, we talked about what's obsessing us now, as, you know, old people. Today, we share what we were into as kids.

Speed Round: What Are You Obsessed About Right Now?

July 31st, 2017

4:06

Catherine's trying to duck a movie, Nicole needs her Canadian iced tea, and Terri would like you to make our podcast stats move, please.

Episode 179: The Competitive Sport of Raising Kids

July 28th, 2017

50:29

00:31 Bathroom Beautification: Terri's master bath is getting a spruce-up, to ensure that the floor doesn't cave in. 06:22 You Win Some, You Lose …

Speed Round: How User-Friendly Is Your Clock Radio?

July 27th, 2017

5:24

Checking out the Kickstarter for the super-duper Sandman Doppler clock radio got Terri wondering why ordinary clock radios are so @#$%@ inscrutable.

Speed Round: How Do You Get Your Music?

July 26th, 2017

3:47

We're listening to Spotify, Apple Music, satellite radio, and iTunes purchases ... yet it's hard to let those old physical music-bearers go.

Round 2: Master of None, The West Wing, and Elizabethtown

July 25th, 2017

27:18

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:48 Master of None: "Door 3" brought us back to more conventional storytelling, and got us thinking about a totally different show ("My Grandmother's …

Speed Round: Have You Ever Been Robbed?

July 25th, 2017

5:27

A chat last week about losing things loaned leads us to today's discussion of actual deliberate theft. And mugging!

Speed Round: Regionalisms We Have Known

July 24th, 2017

7:55

We check in from California/Canada, New Jersey/California, and Wisconsin/New York to compare notes on the different way people talk about things like carbonated beverages, major driving thoroughfares, an Italian …

Episode 178: The Guilt Game

July 21st, 2017

48:36

00:31 Camp Report, and an Apology: Catherine's son successfully brought home three dirty rags from camp, and Terri has a correction on last week's …

Speed Round: Are You a Leader or a Follower?

July 20th, 2017

2:39

If called on to lead, oh, all right, we'll do it — but we'd rather be the workhorse or the puppet-master.

Speed Round: What Have You Loaned and Not Gotten Back?

July 19th, 2017

5:20

Books, photos, and a stuffed cheetah just seem to have wandered away.

Round 2: Spanning the Globe with Master of None, The Royal We, and More

July 18th, 2017

35:01

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast, featuring NYC, DC, LA, and London: 00:40 Master of None: This week's episode, "New York I …

Speed Round: What Was Your Worst Hairstyle?

July 18th, 2017

3:53

Let's just say that perms have not been our friends. Also, if your hairstylist is wielding a shaver? Ask.

Speed Round: What Is the Last Photo Someone Took of You?

July 17th, 2017

3:46

We've been recently captured with lunch companions, new jewelry, and trolls. (See photos on our Facebook page.)

Episode 177: Balking at Talking About Money

July 14th, 2017

46:22

00:31 A New Fitness Trend: Why and how is trying on clothes like working out at the gym? 06:33 Shame-Rich and Cash-Poor: We talk about the weird ways having money, not having money, spending money, and not spending …

Speed Round: Would You Renew Your Wedding Vows?

July 13th, 2017

3:26

We're just glad we got our guys to participate the first time around. Why push our luck?

Speed Round: What's the Yummiest Thing in Your Fridge Right Now?

July 12th, 2017

3:41

Some of our yummiest things didn't even last long enough to be talked about. (Though Nicole's showing some heroic cheesecake restraint.)

Round 2: Wonder Woman, Master of None, and The West Wing

July 11th, 2017

28:09

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 01:48 Wonder Woman: Catherine and her daughter thought this super-heroine summer movie was …

Speed Round: What's the Last (Non-Online) Store You Went To?

July 11th, 2017

3:46

We're always on our computers and all about the online shopping, but occasionally we have to go to an actual brick-and-mortar non-virtual emporium. Can we even remember the last time?

Speed Round: Favorite Instagram Accounts

July 10th, 2017

3:27

Mentioned: Awkward Family Photos, Images of Canada, The Well-Dressed House, Poppystone, and ... something called PR Podcast!

Episode 176: The Ready-for-Kids Checklist

July 7th, 2017

55:53

00:31 Congratulations, Nicole! She finished editing her book manuscript, so all that's left is waiting for fame and fortune to arrive. 07:24 Ready …

Speed Round: Do You Have Any Brands You're Really Loyal To?

July 6th, 2017

4:34

Whether it's computers, sneakers, iced tea, ketchup chips, or coffee creamers, we're true to our faves.

Round 2: Battle of the Network Stars, Master of None, and The West Wing

July 5th, 2017

26:57

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 01:01 Battle of the Network Stars: Well, that was a thing that happened, and we're not …

Speed Round: How Do You Deal with Creepy-Crawlies?

July 5th, 2017

7:06

On lizards in shoes, lake flies, ticks, and that moment you realize the bug you thought you captured to take outside is now probably crawling on you somewhere. Eek!

Speed Round: How Do You Feel About Fireworks?

July 4th, 2017

3:33

Happy Fourth of July! Will you be enjoying today's pyrotechnic displays or just providing moral support to your freaked-out dog?

Speed Round: If You Could Master Any Form of Dancing, Which One Would It Be?

July 3rd, 2017

3:20

Ballroom? Latin? Tap? That annoying barefoot contemporary stuff Terri hates on the TV dance shows? We name the styles we'd learn if we could.

Episode 175: Teens and Screens

June 30th, 2017

42:49

00:32 Delegation Fail: Terri tried to stay out of the doctor visiting, but the doctor had other ideas. 06:45 Teen Screen Queens: We are very …

Speed Round: What Was Your Favorite Cartoon as a Child?

June 29th, 2017

3:08

When we took on the question of favorite childhood cartoon, there was some confusion over comic strips vs. animation. So we answered both.

Speed Round: Who's on Your Concert Bucket List?

June 28th, 2017

4:08

After crossing U2 off her bucket list, Nicole's wondering who we're still waiting to see.

Round 2: Master of None and a Double Dose of the West Wing

June 27th, 2017

21:53

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 01:15 Master of None: Season 2, episode 3 gave us a light-hearted, but still thoughtful, …

Speed Round: What Is the Last Thing You Fixed?

June 27th, 2017

3:54

Just how handy are we? We can fix stuff, sure! And also, call the Geek Squad.

Speed Round: Licorice — Black, Red, or No Thanks?

June 26th, 2017

3:31

On the hot topic of licorice, we have divisive opinions on black licorice, and we're particularly unsure about the salted kind Catherine brought back …

Episode 174: Our Casa Is Not Your Casa

June 23rd, 2017

55:35

00:31 Travel Report: Catherine is back from Iceland, which she loved despite the prevalence of dried fish; and she recommends the tour company Pink Iceland to anyone who's thinking of visiting. 09:42 Terms and …

Episode 173: On the Road Again

June 9th, 2017

46:24

00:31 Ice, Ice, Iceland: Catherine and her son are headed to Iceland. Wish them luck with the jetlag, and the part where the kids have to sing in …

Speed Round: How Many Computers Do You Have in Your House?

June 8th, 2017

4:35

We count up all our household computers — the living, the dead, the well-used, the idle, the laptops, the desktops, the iPads, and the ones that come …

Speed Round: What Is the Worst Thing About Going to the Doctor?

June 7th, 2017

3:55

It's important to look after our health, sure, but some of the stuff we have to put up with before and during that exam make us kind of sick of it.

Round 2: Master of None, West Wing, and Cougar Town

June 6th, 2017

27:52

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:47 Master of None: In the second episode of this season, Dev's very tall pal Arnold …

Speed Round: Is Your Husband Still Friends with His Groomsmen?

June 6th, 2017

3:03

Last week, we checked in to see whether we're still friends with the women in our wedding party. Did our husbands do any better with the guys who stood up with them?

Speed Round: Funny Things That Calmed Your Baby or Young Child

June 5th, 2017

5:25

A funny story from Ellie Kemper about what calmed her baby on a plane got us thinking about unusual things that comforted our little ones.

Episode 172: One Size Never Fits All

June 2nd, 2017

57:23

00:31 Boarding School Dreams: Catherine's daughter is angling to move away from home three years early. She'll have to win the lottery first, though. …

Speed Round: Our Long-Ago Proms

June 1st, 2017

6:21

On last week's group chat, we talked about graduations, and earlier this week, our topic was weddings. Today we finish our review of late spring/early summer with a look back at our own long-ago proms.

Speed Round: Board Games of Our Youth

May 31st, 2017

4:53

Here are all the games we could name from our childhood, with links to the Board Game Geek site to prove we didn't make them up. Not even "Barbie …

Round 2: Cooking with Master of None, West Wing, and Chef

May 30th, 2017

33:53

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed (and cooking-themed, it turns out) podcast: 00:31 Master of None: Allora, Catherine loved the first episode of season 2 of this Netflix original series created by Aziz …

Speed Round: Are You Still Friends with Your Bridesmaids?

May 30th, 2017

5:24

Even though our ceremonies were back in the day before enormous wedding parties were a thing, we don't all have happy stories to tell.

Speed Round: Weird Things That Make You Happy as an Adult

May 29th, 2017

4:57

A cartoon from Hedger Humor for Babble (go look at it now, we'll wait) got us thinking about the sweet simple things that make us happy now, in our grown-up years.

Episode 171: End-of-the-School-Year Stress

May 26th, 2017

55:24

00:32 Desk Excavation: Next week, Terri may be podcasting from her new/old office. Stay tuned! 06:19 Stop the Calendar, We Want to Get Off: It's late …

Speed Round: What Do You Never Leave Home Without?

May 25th, 2017

3:07

Along with more obvious essentials like wallets, keys, and phones, we speak out for the need to have constant access to things like bandaids, lip balm, and hand sanitizer. You never know when you'll need 'em!

Round 2: Dancing with the Goldfinch in the West Wing

May 24th, 2017

33:53

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:37 Dancing with the Stars Finale: One of our favorites, Rashad Jennings (and Emma), won the Mirror Ball, but only after the show tossed in one last …

Speed Round: Air-Conditioning or Open Windows?

May 24th, 2017

3:17

Some prefer the fresh air; some prefer to never ever be hot; and some can't quite figure out where the line between pleasant and sweltering falls.

Speed Round: Stuff We Need to Get Rid Of

May 23rd, 2017

5:50

We checked out a Good Housekeeping list of 50 (Big and Little) Things It's Finally Time to Get Rid of and found ourselves guilty of having most of them hanging around.

Speed Round: Things We Used to Do All the Time That We Never Do Anymore

May 22nd, 2017

4:38

We chat about things that have completely fallen out of our everyday routine, and hatch a plot to fool today's kids about what that ancient relic the …

Episode 170: Married with Children

May 19th, 2017

45:52

00:32 Reunion Report: Catherine went back to school for a college reunion, which baffled our resident Canadian. 08:27 How to Live Happily Ever After: …

Speed Round: Things Our Mothers Did in the Kitchen That We Never Do

May 18th, 2017

4:56

We're still in awe of how they put dinner on the table night after night. But the cooking grease under the sink or the alfalfa sprouts among the glassware? Not so much.

Speed Round: What Is One Place You Never Ever Want to Go Back To?

May 17th, 2017

4:05

Maybe it's the four-hour plane ride. Maybe it's the old unhappy memories. Maybe it's some recent memories that aren't so great. For whatever …

Round 2: Dancing (with Controversy) in the West Wing

May 16th, 2017

26:22

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed podcast: 00:57 Dancing with the Stars: It's the semi-finals! The question of whether this is a …

Speed Round: The Fidget Spinners of Our Day

May 16th, 2017

6:17

Before there were computers and smartphones and fancy prefab fidget spinners, we kept ourselves distracted with ... taking apart pens. Peeling pencil paint. Unwinding paper clips. Doodling. So much doodling. (For more …

Speed Round: What Do You Lose Sleep Over?

May 15th, 2017

3:31

Ah, sleep time, when the subconscious opens the door on every stupid thing you could possibly imagine worrying about or wondering about or thinking …

Episode 169: Dealing with Disappointment

May 12th, 2017

49:39

00:32 Holding a Grudge: Nicole has a bone to pick with a high school boy. 06:25 Well, That's a Bummer: There's a very fine line between encouragement …

Speed Round: What's the Last App You Downloaded?

May 11th, 2017

3:28

In which we download but maybe do not keep apps for virtual reality, car financing, and (Terri's nemesis) Spotify.

Speed Round: What's the Last Thing You Borrowed from a Neighbor or Friend?

May 10th, 2017

3:04

Howdy, neighbor! Have you a baseball mitt we might borrow? A wheelbarrow? A hand-me-down wardrobe, perhaps?

Round 2: Dancing with Brothers and Sisters in the West Wing

May 9th, 2017

29:36

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:33 Dancing with the Stars — Trio Night brought a trio of stupidly sexist dances (with varying levels of grossness), but it also brought an end to Bonner's …

Speed Round: What's the Last Podcast You Listened To?

May 9th, 2017

2:26

Our most recent listens: The West Wing Weekly podcast, TV Avalanche, and ... what's that? A little thing called "Parenting Roundabout"?

Speed Round: Favorite Quotes on Motherhood

May 8th, 2017

2:42

Mother's Day is coming up this Sunday, and to mark the occasion, we've gathered a few of our favorite thoughts about what it means to be a mother. We tend to hit it right between inspiration and negativity.

Episode 168: That's Gonna Cost You

May 4th, 2017

45:50

00:31 School-Day Survivor: Who will make it out of the house alive, the kids or the parents? 05:08 Junior Financial Know-How: Teaching kids about …

Speed Round: What's the Last Song You Played?

May 4th, 2017

2:24

Sometimes we're feeling classical. Sometimes we're feeling pop. And sometimes certain songs just play themselves.

Speed Round: What Was Your School Mascot?

May 3rd, 2017

3:04

We are the Rockets! The Mustangs! The Terriers! We are the Quakers! The Gauchos! The Lancers! The Little Lions! And we are a bunch of mascots Nicole …

Round 2: Dancing with Phineas and Ferb in the West Wing

May 2nd, 2017

26:43

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:30 Dancing with the Stars - "A Night at the Movies" had a tragicomic ending, as we said goodbye to Nancy (boo) and Nick (yay). Mentioned: Last season's …

Speed Round: What Was Your First or Most Memorable Concert?

May 2nd, 2017

4:49

As seems to be the thing to do on Facebook these days, we talked about some concerts we've seen — and no lies on the list. (Mentioned: Terri's report on Lyle Lovett/Bonnie Raitt vs. Aaron Carter.)

Speed Round: Are You Right-Handed or Left-Handed?

May 1st, 2017

3:34

Statistics say 10 percent of the population is left-handed, but for our podcast, it's more like 33.3%. Guess which one of us is the leftie.

Episode 167: Wait for It

April 27th, 2017

43:50

00:32 A Major Award: Nicole's brother was nominated for an Emmy! 4:17 Ladies in Waiting: When we were handing out our own awards a few weeks ago, we …

Speed Round: What Was Cool When You Were a Kid But Is Not Cool Now?

April 27th, 2017

4:22

On our Thursday Speed Round, we consider the degree to which the cool things of our youth — Walkman! Stirrup pants! The Seventies! — have not fared …

Speed Round: What's Your Cure for Hiccups?

April 26th, 2017

2:57

When it comes to hiccups, some form of not breathing is our go-to strategy.

Round 2: Dancing with Juno in the West Wing

April 25th, 2017

30:20

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:40 Dancing with the Stars—Last week, we hoped we wouldn't see Julianne's top-knot …

Speed Round: What Weird Food Combinations Do You Really Enjoy?

April 25th, 2017

4:11

On our Tuesday Speed Round, we talked weird foods we're not afraid to say we like. Hear us justify our appreciation of rice cakes with margarine, Brussels sprouts, and Vegemite.

Speed Round: Try New Entertainment or Repeat the Old?

April 24th, 2017

3:09

When it comes to TV, movies, and books, do you prefer trying new things or revisiting old favorites? The sheer volume of new entertainment these days …

Episode 166: Buyer Beware

April 21st, 2017

47:11

00:32 The DMV: Nicole takes a birthday trip to everyone's favorite government agency. 06:36 Purchasing Power: Spending money is stressful, especially …

Speed Round: Have You Ever Been on a Cruise?

April 20th, 2017

4:58

We recall some cruises we have experienced, both life-changing and nausea-inducing, and wonder if we'd still enjoy them as much today.

Speed Round: Do You Use Coupons?

April 19th, 2017

2:35

Clipping coupons seems like such a good idea, but sometimes, our time is worth more than 20 cents off. (Mentioned: Honey.)

Round 2: Dancing with Hamilton in the West Wing

April 18th, 2017

36:04

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:34 Dancing with the Stars: Disney Night was self-promotional in a very adorable way. We …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Smell?

April 18th, 2017

2:14

We chatted about the odors that bring back memories, and found that one person's delightful campfire smell is another's emergency brushfire alert.

Speed Round: Have You Ever Been in a Car Accident?

April 17th, 2017

4:53

Following up on our crisis chat from Friday, which included an account of Nicole's son's scary car crash, we talk about some other car accidents in …

Episode 165: Crisis Management

April 14th, 2017

47:13

00:32 You Need What Now?: Catherine fields a strange "I forgot my..." request from her high-schooler. 05:45 The Situation Is Critical: We're lucky …

Speed Round: What Website Do You Visit Most Often?

April 13th, 2017

2:22

If you're looking for us, we're probably checking our social media pages, or maybe our bank balance.

Speed Round: What Should Everyone Do Once in Life?

April 12th, 2017

3:59

Whether it's suffer like we did or learn from our mistakes, we've got some suggestions for essential life experiences.

Round 2: Dancing with Big Little Lies and an Idiot Abroad

April 11th, 2017

38:35

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:44 Dancing with the Stars: "My most memorable year" week was surprisingly upbeat, with some notable exceptions. We were happy that one Miss T (Tonya Harding) …

Speed Round: When People Come to You for Help, What Do They Need?

April 11th, 2017

4:07

If you want to find something, research something, or maybe get some under-qualified tech support, we're your girls.

Speed Round: What Job Would You Be Terrible At?

April 10th, 2017

3:44

We'd like to think we're good at writing and teaching and maybe even podcasting, but there are some jobs that are just not for us.

Episode 164: What Do You Want, a Medal?

April 7th, 2017

43:17

00:31 Alpaca Love — Catherine's son received a birthday gift that fuels his passion for alpacas (just don't tell him that his gift actually features llamas). 05:05 The Award Goes To ... — We decided that parents aren't …

Speed Round: What's the Most Recent Photo on Your Phone?

April 6th, 2017

2:56

Beautiful scenery, adorable kids, amusing animals? Nah. Our latest snaps are much more utilitarian.

Speed Round: Book or Movie?

April 5th, 2017

2:46

On the one hand, literature. On the other hand, a story you can multitask to.

Round 2: Dancing with a Cute Brit and a Dramatic Family

April 4th, 2017

32:07

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:36 Dancing with the Stars: Week three brought a theme well-suited to the ballroom's vibe, a toe-tapping opening number, and another no-surprises here …

Speed Round: Can You Drive a Stick Shift?

April 4th, 2017

2:41

We can remember when stick shifts were cheap. But can we remember how to drive them? 

Speed Round: How Long Can You Go Without Checking Your Texts and E-Mails?

April 3rd, 2017

2:01

If you can sit and listen to this three-minute podcast without having to check your phone for important messages, you're stronger than us.

Episode 163: The Delicate Art of Delegating

March 31st, 2017

52:13

00:31 Beverly Hills Mammogram — Nicole actually had a very positive experience getting a mammogram! PSA: You should get one too, even if you can't …

Speed Round: What Would Your Stage Name Be?

March 30th, 2017

5:00

This isn't one of those name games that uses the name of our childhood street or pet. We're just wondering whether we'd ditch our last names — which people find unaccountably confusing to pronounce — for something more …

Speed Round: Do You Like Your Clothes Loose or Tight-Fitting?

March 29th, 2017

3:27

Maybe because we work at home in sweats and yoga pants, we're all for comfortable over constricting. But only really sloppy-looking sometimes.

Round 2: Dancing with a Beauty, a Beast, and Some Quirky Ducks

March 28th, 2017

38:39

Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:43 Dancing with the Stars: The first elimination was no big surprise, and we've got the next one picked out too. Are you watching? 18:10 Beauty and the …

Speed Round: What Household Chores Do You Secretly Enjoy?

March 28th, 2017

2:58

Household maintenance can be a ... well, chore, but some things are surprisingly satisfying. (Look for the stuff that has a clear finish line.)

Speed Round: What Do You Like Least About Where You Live?

March 27th, 2017

3:24

After praising what we like best about our current hometowns in last Thursday's Speed Round, we go all negative on our burgs on today's edition.

Episode 162: Be Cruel to Your School

March 24th, 2017

41:16

00:32 Luge Camp Report: Catherine's son had another round of learning how to fly downhill on a tiny sled without your mother screaming "No!" 03:57 Reading, Writing, and Ranting: When we read a Popsugar post about a …

Speed Round: What Do You Like Most About Where You Live?

March 23rd, 2017

3:01

We like our towns walkable, Norman Rockwell-like, and full of supportive people.

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Day of the Week?

March 22nd, 2017

2:37

Could anybody not have Friday as a favorite? Could anybody actually like Mondays? We mix it up a little with choices predictable and un-.

Round 2: 24 Dancers, 1 Fake Psychic, and a Funeral

March 21st, 2017

32:11

Your road map to this week’s entertainment-themed episode: 00:33 Dancing with the Stars: It’s time to return to the ballroom, and we’re happy to see our beloved Tom Bergeron, the pros, and (most of) the celebrity …

Speed Round: Do You Care About March Madness?

March 21st, 2017

3:35

Are we closely following the NCAA basketball tournament? What do you think? One of us doesn't even know what brackets ARE. 

Speed Round: Do You Have Friends from College?

March 20th, 2017

2:58

Last Monday, we talked about our oldest friend, which got Terri wondering why she had old friends from elementary school, high school, and her …

Episode 161: Hey, Don't Talk to My Kid That Way!

March 17th, 2017

52:34

00:32 Nicole's SXSWedu: It may be all cutting-edge and stuff, but SXSWedu needs to step up its snack game. 06:16 That Ain't No Way to Treat My Baby: …

Speed Round: What Do You Always Get When You Shop for Groceries?

March 16th, 2017

2:43

On our Thursday Speed Round, we talk about those things that wind up in our cart on every shopping trip (at least, the two of us who ever go shopping …

Speed Round: What Annoying Habit Bugs You the Most?

March 15th, 2017

3:31

On today's Speed Round, we talk about those things other people do that drive us up a wall. All we'll say here is, be careful eating around Nicole.

Round 2: Dancing, Downton, and an Untimely Death

March 14th, 2017

35:40

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:33 Dancing with the Stars: Our favorite pros are back with the usual motley crew of stars ... er, “stars.” We’ll be watching when the show premieres next …

Speed Round: Have You Ever Saved an Animal's Life?

March 14th, 2017

3:33

Normally our Speed Round questions are kinda frivolous, but today we take a turn into something potentially serious. Fortunately, though, the hamster …

Speed Round: Who Is Your Oldest Friend?

March 13th, 2017

5:34

We've talked about class reunions and our high-school selves, and now we see if we still have some friends from those old times, or maybe even …

Episode 160: Change Is Hard

March 10th, 2017

38:33

00:32 Everybody's Talking About the Weather: And so are we. Can you hear that wind? 03:29 Today's Topic: Don't Ever Change: We try to keep things steady and stress-free for the kiddos, but there's not much we can do …

Speed Round: Fiction or Nonfiction?

March 9th, 2017

2:30

We've read a lot of parenting books in our day. But when it comes time to read something for enjoyment, do we like our worlds real or made up? 

Speed Round: How Organized Are Your Medical Records?

March 8th, 2017

4:25

On Monday, we talked about how organized the apps on our phones are or are not. Today, it's our medical records. Can we even say with any certainty where they're at?

Round 2: The Postmistress, the West Wing, and the Last Five Years

March 7th, 2017

28:11

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:33 The Postmistress: Catherine did not appreciate the way the author, Sarah Blake, needlessly killed off a character at the end of this book. But things are …

Speed Round: Have You Ever Been to a Class Reunion?

March 7th, 2017

3:55

Catherine's got a college class reunion coming up, so we chatted about some not-that-spectacular reunion experiences ... sort of confirming Nicole's …

Speed Round: How Organized Are Your Apps?

March 6th, 2017

4:14

Almost a year ago, we chatted about the relative neatness of our computer desktops. Today, we look at the handheld version and talk about whether our phone apps are orderly.

Episode 159: Accentuate the Negative

March 3rd, 2017

46:12

00:32 This Is Us, Total Wrecks Over This Is Us: Catherine and Nicole are still drying their eyes from That Episode. (Mentioned: the cast's apology …

Speed Round: Changes We'd Make in Our Parenting Style

March 2nd, 2017

4:06

The last question in that US News and World Report article on parenting vision statements asks us what we'd like to change about our parenting, and ... yeah, regrets, we have a few. You too? Tell us about them in the …

Speed Round: What Are Your Priorities as a Parent?

March 1st, 2017

2:44

We continue answering questions from a US News and World Report article on dad vision statements with a look at parenting priorities. Ours aren't so complex. How about yours? Share them in the comments.

Round 2: The Oscars, the West Wing, and Argo

February 28th, 2017

26:12

Your road map to this week's entertainment-themed episode: 00:30 The Oscars: We talk about that one thing that everyone’s talking about, but also touch on some other highlights and lowlights of the evening. 10:11 The …

Speed Round: Things You Hope Your Child Won't Say About You

February 28th, 2017

3:22

We continue our fun with that US News and World Report article on dad vision statements with a look at the things we hope the warm glow of memory will erase from our children's perception of us. What are you hoping your …

Speed Round: How Will Your Child Look Back on Your Parenting?

February 27th, 2017

3:57

An article in US News and World Report proposing that dads create a parenting vision statement made us think for a second and laugh for way longer. All this week, though, we'll be looking at the suggested vision …

Episode 158: Good Night. Sleep Tight?

February 24th, 2017

39:07

On this week’s group chat, we talk about kids and sleep (and adults and no sleep); recognize some important family milestones; shout out some stuff …

Speed Round: What Happens in Your House When Parents Get Sick?

February 23rd, 2017

4:22

We've chatted before about what happens when our kids get sick. On today's Speed Round, it's Mom and Dad who are under the weather. Does everything stop? Does life go on? Does it matter which parent we're talking …

Speed Round: Have You Ever Taken Enrichment Classes?

February 22nd, 2017

3:05

An earlier conversation on skills we'd like to learn got us wondering if any of us had ever actually gone to a class to do so. What we've mostly found out is that learning new skills is easier said than done. Have you …

Round 2: Speechless, West Wing, and Lost

February 21st, 2017

32:19

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri check in on Speechless, continue watching The West Wing, and try out an episode of Lost on the Challenge Round. Here’s …

Speed Round: Do You Plan Your Travel or Wing It?

February 21st, 2017

4:29

Maybe we'd feel more excited about a carefully planned-out trip if the work of making that happen didn't always fall to us. As it is ... there's a …

Speed Round: How Would You Describe Your High-School Self?

February 20th, 2017

4:09

You've seen that meme going around Facebook where you answer questions about your senior year in high school, right? There are way too many items on …

Episode 157: Daughters and Dudes

February 17th, 2017

48:09

On this week’s group chat, we talk about family nicknames on our Friday Speed Round; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup; hear an interview with a special-education advocate; and do some shameless …

Speed Round: Junk Phone Calls

February 16th, 2017

4:57

Today’s a mini-rant day for just complaining about the constant calls we get from telemarketers and scammers. Leave us alone! Do we have to just stop answering the phone? How annoyed are you by junk calls these days? …

Speed Round: Stores We Wish Existed

February 15th, 2017

3:39

Catherine’s “grocery fair” typo already gave us inspiration for a discussion of fantasy school fundraisers, and now we extend that to any sort of …

Round 2: Grammys, Grandpas, and a Sky Full of Holes

February 14th, 2017

35:25

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The West Wing, listen to some of Catherine’s favorite music on the Challenge Round, and discuss the …

Speed Round: Valentine's Day Wishes

February 14th, 2017

2:46

Happy Valentine’s Day! Today we talk about what we hope we’ll get for the heart-filled holiday. Candy? Flowers? Cards? A quiet house? We can only …

Speed Round: Embarrassing Tech Mistakes

February 13th, 2017

3:50

As much as we love our computers and devices and online opportunities, it’s hard not to think sometimes that things were simpler when we couldn’t …

Episode 156: That Thing You Do

February 10th, 2017

35:00

On this week’s group chat, we consider the importance of helping kids find things they’re good at, imagine new fundraisers we’d like to see schools …

Speed Round: How Environmentally Friendly Are You?

February 9th, 2017

4:33

Sure, we recycle, at least if there's a bin handy. But when it comes to major lifestyle changes that might have a bigger impact, we're not so consistent. Are you gung-ho or not-so about environmental friendliness? Tell …

Speed Round: What Skill Would You Love to Learn?

February 8th, 2017

3:27

Catherine's noticing of crafting moms on a skate-team bus made her think of what she'd like to learn how to do, and ask the rest of us for our skill wishes. Music and maintenance are at the top of our list. What's on …

Round 2: Super Bowl, Super Sad Sam, Super Romance

February 7th, 2017

36:54

On this week's super-sized episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The West Wing, check out the Super Bowl (mostly for the commercials, of course), and …

Speed Round: Do You Sleep on Your Side, Back, or Stomach?

February 7th, 2017

4:01

Finding the right position for comfortable sleep is important. It's sometimes made more complicated, though, by the humans and dogs who share our bed. How do you sleep? Share in the comments or on our Facebook page.

Speed Round: If You Could Live in Outer Space, Would You?

February 6th, 2017

3:30

Space may be vast and full of wonders, but the idea of living in it makes us feel cramped and claustrophobic and depressed. Do you long to explore …

Episode 155: We Don't Get Out Much

February 3rd, 2017

29:43

On this week’s group chat, we explore the sorry state of our social lives, assess our level of interest in the Super Bowl, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and do some shameless self-promotion. …

Speed Round: Would You Rather Be Rich or Famous?

February 2nd, 2017

1:37

Our answers to this "Would you rather" question were pretty quick and unanimous. Whether that says something about fame today or our personal …

Speed Round: Would You Rather — Small House or Big Apartment?

February 1st, 2017

4:41

We debate a bit as to whether today's question on where we'd rather live is about size of abode, freedom from yard work, or sharing walls with strangers. However we frame the question, though, we've got opinions. What …

Round 2: A Man Called Ove, a Movie Called Rushmore

January 31st, 2017

28:26

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The West Wing, Catherine gives a book report, and our entertainment challenge continues with …

Speed Round: What Quality Do You Appreciate Most in a Friend?

January 31st, 2017

2:47

Understanding? Honesty? A promise to always listen to your podcast? Today we consider the things we expect and appreciate from our friends, and find out that one of us has dangerously high standards. What do you look …

Speed Round: What Is in the Trunk of Your Car?

January 30th, 2017

4:46

Peek in our car trunks, and what will you find? Let's just say that we're safe from earthquakes and starvation, but we're stumped when it comes to storing spare tires or removing dog hair. What's in your trunk? Reveal …

Episode 154: Sweating the Small Stuff

January 27th, 2017

37:07

On this week's group chat, we let off some steam with some big rants over small annoyances, imagine what kind of grandparents we'll be, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and do some shameless …

Speed Round: What's Your Least Favorite Errand?

January 26th, 2017

4:43

Groceries. Bank. Post Office. Bills. We warm up for tomorrow's rant-filled group chat by lamenting some of our least-favorite errands, both out and about and online. What errands do you most hate (or love, for that …

Speed Round: Who Taught You to Drive?

January 25th, 2017

3:07

With Nicole's daughter recently getting her driver's license (as preemptively worried about on last week's group chat), we thought back to our own …

Round 2: Hidden Figures, West Wing, and In the Heights

January 24th, 2017

20:24

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The West Wing, plus tee up a new challenge for each other. And Catherine even saw a first-run movie! …

Speed Round: Have You Taught Yourself Something on YouTube?

January 24th, 2017

3:41

A story about a mom who built a house by following YouTube videos inspired us to chat about things we may have learned how to do from YouTube. Like …

Speed Round: What Is Your Favorite Cold Remedy?

January 23rd, 2017

4:32

Ah-choo! On last week's group chat, Catherine sang the phrases of an Advil flu remedy, and we thought we'd talk a little more about for today's speed round. Do you prefer chemicals, natural remedies, a little of both, …

Episode 153: Whose Grade Is It Anyway?

January 20th, 2017

40:30

On this week's group chat, we talk about grades and how much we should care about them, talk about celebrating big birthdays on our Friday speed …

Speed Round: Do You Like to Exercise in Groups or Alone?

January 19th, 2017

2:32

When it comes to exercise, some of it is best done in groups, some with maybe one or two agreeable companions, and some all alone. We compare our exercise-company preferences in today's episode. Are you a person who …

Speed Round: How Do You Amuse Yourself on Car Trips?

January 18th, 2017

4:20

Yesterday, we talked about how we keep kids amused on car trips. But car trips can be tedious for adults too, even if there are no kids yelling "Are …

Round 2: Bye Bye Baking, Welcome Back West Wing

January 17th, 2017

21:28

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The Great American Baking Show and The West Wing, plus tee up a new challenge for each other. Here’s …

Speed Round: How Do You Amuse Kids on Car Trips?

January 17th, 2017

4:10

The era of personal electronics and in-car DVD players has certainly made things easier, but a lengthy road trip can still be a test of a parent's creativity and endurance. We share some of our strategies for keeping …

Speed Round: Do You Have Any Phobias?

January 16th, 2017

3:32

After talking about claustrophobia in a chat about riding up the St. Louis Arch on Episode 152, Terri asked her fellow podcasters about their …

Episode 152: Winter Break Report

January 13th, 2017

29:21

On this week’s group chat, we talk about our recent winter travel, share some tourist-attraction disappointments on our Friday speed round, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and do some shameless …

Speed Round: What Should Be on Your Business Card?

January 12th, 2017

2:35

Time for a little truth in business cards. We need ones that confirm our status as family insurance case managers, celebrate our …

Speed Round: How Many Canadian Provinces Have You Been To?

January 11th, 2017

3:42

Yesterday, we talked about how many states we've been to. Today, to keep things fair for our Canadian podcaster, we went north of the border and …

Round 2: Baking with the Golden Globes

January 10th, 2017

26:54

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The Great American Baking Show …

Speed Round: How Many States Have You Been To?

January 10th, 2017

3:27

As a relative newcomer to the US, Nicole’s well behind Catherine and Terri in the “states visited” count. Surely she’ll show us up, though, in …

Speed Round: Do You Play Winter Sports?

January 9th, 2017

5:29

At least in the snowier parts of the US, it's the season for skiing, sledding, snowshoe-ing, hockey playing, ice fishing, and all manner of winter sports. On today's episode, we assess our level of enthusiasm for snow …

Episode 151: Resolutions and Replays

January 6th, 2017

52:46

Happy 2017! But before we’re totally done with 2016, Catherine and Terri take a little look back at the pop culture resolutions they made and sort of …

Speed Round: What Are You a Snob About?

January 5th, 2017

2:46

Everybody's got an opinion, and a strong opinion about something or other. Us? We're a little on the snobby side about TV we don't like and hotels …

Speed Round: What Kind of Museum Do You Prefer?

January 4th, 2017

2:33

Say, hypothetically, you weren't ridiculously overworked and had time to hit a museum in some mythical free time. Would it be the art, history, or …

Round 2: Baking with an Eligible Miniaturist

January 3rd, 2017

25:29

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri continue watching The Great American Baking Show and listening to The West Wing Weekly podcast. Plus, Catherine read two …

Speed Round: The Kindness of Strangers

January 3rd, 2017

3:38

The person in front of Nicole at the Starbucks drive-through bought her coffee the other day, and she wondered if Catherine and Terri had similar …

Speed Round: What Would You Like a Lifetime Supply Of?

January 2nd, 2017

1:54

A new year has begun, with unlimited potential (for good or bad, we suppose), and it got use thinking about what we'd like an unlimited supply of if we had a chance to choose. While Terri went a little big-picture with …

Episode 150: We’ll Just Be Over Here Photosynthesizing

December 23rd, 2016

41:55

On this week's group chat, we discuss yet another new parenting philosophy, confess our childhood misdeeds on our Friday speed round, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, look forward to upcoming pop …

Speed Round: Do You Have Any Tattoos?

December 22nd, 2016

3:13

Some of our Speed Round topics are just frivolous or fun, and some offer an opportunity to find out things we never knew about each other. This one …

Speed Round: A Good Thing That Happened to You Last Week

December 21st, 2016

2:56

It's a stressful time of year, but c'mon, there's got to be something good going on. For today's Speed Round, we challenged each other to come up …

Round 2: Baking with Royalty

December 20th, 2016

29:27

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri check in with Netflix’s original series The Crown, and continue watching The Great American Baking Show and The West …

Speed Round: Are You a Cat Person or a Dog Person?

December 20th, 2016

2:54

You don't have to listen to our podcast very much to know that we're dog-friendly. Our episodes are often punctuated by barking or collar-jingling or …

Speed Round: Tell Us About Your First Car

December 19th, 2016

4:38

Our first cars were largely large — the ones we learned to drive on, anyway. The first cars we bought were smaller, possibly explosive, and in one case not purchased until after marriage and family. Listen to our …

Episode 149: Holiday Traditions and Wistful Wishes

December 16th, 2016

49:09

On this week's group chat, we discuss holiday traditions, list some things we wish we could put on a wish list, share some stuff we love on the …

Speed Round: What Is Your Signature Dish?

December 15th, 2016

3:48

Two out of three of us don't particularly cook, but still the question came up: what's that special thing you make, your signature dish? Baked goods, …

Speed Round: Who Is the Last Person You Called on the Phone?

December 14th, 2016

3:24

Not everybody in our households has embraced texting and other handy electronic communication, but we have. If it was up to us, maybe we'd never talk …

Round 2: Baking with Hairspray

December 13th, 2016

25:34

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri check in with NBC’s latest live TV musical and …

Speed Round: If You Could Meet Anyone in History, Who?

December 13th, 2016

2:39

A famous woman, a favorite author, and Nicole's possibly felonious forebears make an appearance in our fantasies of which historical figure we'd like …

Speed Round: What Was the Last Thing You Purchased?

December 12th, 2016

4:34

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us and holiday shopping in full swing, we've got buying on our minds. In discussing our latest purchases, …

Episode 148: The Doctor Will See You Now

December 9th, 2016

39:43

On this week's group chat, we discuss kids speaking up for themselves at the doctor; talk about holiday decorating on our Friday speed round; shout …

Speed Round: What Is Your Favorite Ice-Cream Flavor?

December 8th, 2016

1:35

Come to think of it, this probably would have been a better topic for summer, but we all eat ice cream even when it's icy out, right? Listen to hear …

Speed Round: What Is the First Thing You Do When You Wake Up?

December 7th, 2016

3:19

Shower? Breakfast? Paper? Yelling at kids to hurry up and get ready for school? There are all sorts of ways to start your day, but it shouldn't …

Round 2: Baking with the Hamilton Mixtape

December 6th, 2016

26:13

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri check in with a new TV series and an old one, plus …

Speed Round: Are You a Spender or a Saver?

December 6th, 2016

3:36

Sometimes in our lives, time is worth more than money, and we can spend for convenience without hyperventilating Other times, when money is not so easy to come by, we're willing to invest more of that time thing. In …

Speed Round: What's the Condition of Your Couches?

December 5th, 2016

5:06

Our couches get a workout, between dogs and kids and grown-ups who fall asleep there. We assess the sorry state of our sofas and congratulate Nicole …

Episode 147: When Teasing Is All in the Family

December 2nd, 2016

46:43

On this week's group chat, we discuss parental teasing; talk about winter gear on our Friday speed round; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, hear an interview with occupational therapist Meghan …

Speed Round: Curtains or Blinds?

December 1st, 2016

3:47

We all agree that covering your windows is important (though some of Nicole's neighbors? Not so much.) But what are we covering them with? Blinds? …

Round 2: Visiting "The Little Paris Bookshop" and the Movies

November 30th, 2016

31:54

On this week’s episode of Parenting Roundabout’s entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri take a break from all the TV they’ve been watching. Instead, they report on a book and two movies, and (because they …

Speed Round: Who Fills Up the Cars with Gas in Your House?

November 30th, 2016

3:10

Are you in a "you drive it, you fill it up" household, or is gassing up the vehicles part of the dividing up of household duties? Surprisingly, the …

Speed Round: How Early Is Too Early for Christmas Music?

November 29th, 2016

4:31

The seasonal music switch is officially flipped now to Christmas tunes, whether we like it or not. And since so many folks seem to be picking not at …

Speed Round: Are You Happy with Your Computer?

November 28th, 2016

3:14

The great deal Terri got on a laptop on a bygone Cyber Monday got us thinking about the computers we're using now and whether we're due for an upgrade. Is this your long weekend for tech-shopping? Tell us in the …

Episode 146: Norman Rockwell We Ain't

November 25th, 2016

44:47

On this week's group chat, we talk about special-occasion pressure, discuss the start of the holiday shopping season on our Friday speed round, shout …

Speed Round: One Thing You'd Change About Your Appearance

November 24th, 2016

2:46

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you're not surrounded by nitpicky family members who make you feel like something's wrong with you. But come to think of it, there might be something we'd like to change about our appearance, …

Speed Round: How Much Do You Pay for a Haircut?

November 23rd, 2016

3:51

We seem to be talking about grooming a lot this week, and today's question asks about how much we can bear to pay for hair cutting (and styling and …

Round 2: Dancing With the Mirror-Ball Winners

November 23rd, 2016

28:59

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri discuss the two-part finale of Dancing With the Stars, finish off their Sports Night episodes, and continue on with West …

Speed Round: How Expensive Is Your Shampoo?

November 22nd, 2016

3:29

Continuing on our grooming theme for the week, we look at shampoos and wonder how much is appropriate to spend. Our preferences range from pricey salon selections to the bottom of the supermarket barrel. How much do you …

Speed Round: Bar Soap or Body Wash?

November 21st, 2016

2:17

This turned out to be kind of a grooming-themed week of speed rounds, and we're starting out with a discussion of good old-fashioned bar soap vs. …

Episode 145: Parenting Burnout

November 18th, 2016

48:12

On this week's group chat, we talk about parenting and work burnout; look for our own traits, good or bad, in our kids; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup; chat with Robert Rummel-Hudson about the …

Speed Round: How Faithfully Do You Go to the Dentist?

November 17th, 2016

5:12

Terri's having a fight with her dentist. Nicole's always shopping around for a better one. Catherine lives in dread of being sent back to the gum …

Speed Round: What Natural Disasters Do You Deal With?

November 16th, 2016

4:48

Earthquakes. Fires. Tornados. Floods. Hurricanes. Hurricane panics. We've seen 'em all, and in some cases bought the insurance. What is Mother Nature up to in your part of the world? Share in the comments here or on our …

Round 2: Dancing with the Stars and Turkeys

November 15th, 2016

24:46

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri watched the next to last week of Dancing With the Stars, the next to last batch of Sports Night episodes, and a real …

Speed Round: Do You Ever Make Your Own Clothes?

November 15th, 2016

3:42

Hobbies like sewing, knitting, and crocheting theoretically have as their end product something somebody can wear. For today's question, we wanted to see if any of us are quite that industrious. Maybe our moms were, and …

Speed Round: When Was the Last Time You Took a Sick Day?

November 14th, 2016

4:26

Being sick is no fun, but sometimes, we wish for the ability to just put school or work on hold for 24 hours and take good care of ourselves. Sick …

Episode 144: Clashes with Coaches

November 11th, 2016

45:50

On this week's group chat, we talk about grown-ups who bully our kids; wonder if our families could figure out how to pay bills without us; shout out …

Speed Round: Do You & Your Spouse Like the Same Entertainment?

November 10th, 2016

4:28

Sure, we're there in sickness and in health, but in the watching of Adam Sandler movies and the adoration of Hamilton? Spousal unity may only go so far. On today's speed round, we shared the state of our entertainment …

Speed Round: If You Were Invisible, Where Would You Go?

November 9th, 2016

2:37

Harry Potter had his invisibility cloak, and we're jealous. If we had the power to move about undetected, just think of all the good intel we could …

Round 2: Dancing With the Broadway Stars

November 8th, 2016

27:00

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri watched the third to last week of "Dancing With the Stars," our second to last batch of "Sports Night" episodes, and …

Speed Round: Who Was Your Favorite Celebrity as a Child?

November 8th, 2016

1:54

Catherine's son wanted to know who the Justin Bieber of her day was, and though we can't quite figure that out, we do recall some of our celebrity fandoms and crushes from years gone by. Who was your fave celeb when you …

Speed Round: What's the Craziest Thing You've Done?

November 7th, 2016

3:59

Whether it's moving to a new country at a moment's notice, moving to the big city with big dreams but no job, or traveling abroad without really being sufficiently wordly, we've done some things in our lives that still …

Episode 143: When You Can't Be Two Places at Once

November 4th, 2016

46:15

On this week's group chat, we talk about tough choices moms have to make; share some kid food quirks on our Friday speed round; shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Round-Up, and hear an interview with …

Speed Round: Which of Your Parents Are You Most Like?

November 3rd, 2016

4:09

In appearance, in temperament, in lying-down-in-a-dark-room-with-a-wet-rag-over-your-eyes anxiety, we all take after one or the other of our parents. Find out which side of the tree our apple doesn't fall too far from, …

Speed Round: What's on Your Bucket List?

November 2nd, 2016

2:47

A while back we talked on a Speed Round about places we'd like to visit, and thinking a little more along those lines, we share some other things we'd like to do before it's too late, from education to travel to all …

Round 2: Dancing With the Stars on Halloween

November 1st, 2016

27:31

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri chat about Dancing With the Stars, three season-2 episodes of Sports Night, and the latest episode in our West Wing …

Speed Round: What's the Scariest Place You've Been?

November 1st, 2016

3:31

From high cliffs to dark forests to a scene right out of a suspense movie, we share some scary spots we've found ourself in. What's the scariest place you've been? Relive it in the comments here or on our Facebook page.

Speed Round: Favorite Halloween Costumes

October 31st, 2016

4:59

HAPPY HALLOWEEN! We're marking the day with a speed round on some costumes our kids have worn that we're proudest of, or maybe just happy they took as little work on our part as possible. Watch our Twitter feed for a …

Episode 142: There Goes the Neighborhood

October 28th, 2016

50:42

On this week's group chat, we talked about neighborhood life; shared some family rules on our Friday speed round; shouted out some stuff we like on …

Speed Round: Where Do You Keep Your Family Photos?

October 27th, 2016

4:14

Used to be, family photo clutter meant shoeboxes full of snapshots to sort through. Now it's more likely to be thousands of phone-snapped images …

Speed Round: Which Screen Do You Watch Most?

October 26th, 2016

3:52

Home TV screens are getting bigger, yet phone-size screens are more and more becoming the place our eyeballs soak up entertainment. We talked today about which screens we're most likely to watch TV and movies …

Round 2: Dancing With the Hamildoc

October 25th, 2016

37:27

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri chat about Dancing With the Stars, the #Hamildoc, four season-two episodes of Sports Night, and the latest episode in …

Speed Round: Have You Done Any Home Automation?

October 25th, 2016

4:42

TV commercials for Alexa have got us thinking about our personal degree of home automation and whether we wish we were more hooked up. Are you living it up in a Smart Home? Tell us about it in the comments here or on …

Speed Round: What Do You Give Out for Halloween?

October 24th, 2016

4:05

Candy bars? Chips? Toothbrushes? We share what we'll be dropping in trick-or-treat bags—or eating ourselves if the trick-or-treaters are sparse—on today's Speed Round. Let us know what you're giving out in the comments …

Episode 141: School (Mis)Communications

October 21st, 2016

45:52

On this week's group chat, we talk about the dreaded Letter from the School; share some favorite quotes from past podcasts on our Friday speed round; …

Speed Round: How Do You Get Rid of Your Junk?

October 20th, 2016

3:45

Yesterday we talked about reappropriating other people's trash for our own purposes. Today we turn to the junk we're looking to get rid of. Do we turn to Goodwill, Freecycling, or any of the numerous organizations that …

Speed Round: Have You Ever Taken Other People's Used Stuff?

October 19th, 2016

4:16

An episode of Speechless that featured the family scrounging home furnishings from the curbside discards of neighbors got us thinking about whether …

Speed Round: Do You Still Use a VCR or DVD Player?

October 18th, 2016

4:13

Accumulating tapes and discs seemed like a good idea back when that was the only way to watch our favorite movies and TV shows at will. Now that …

Round 2: Dancing With Stars, Mascots, Consultants, and Republicans

October 18th, 2016

30:03

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri chat about Dancing With the Stars, the start of the second season of Sports Night, and the latest episode in our West …

Speed Round: Ergonomic Correctness

October 17th, 2016

3:44

Sure, we know the right way to sit, the proper sort of chair, the right angle of wrist over keyboard. Sure we do. But do we pay any attention? One of us does, and she will be taking care of the other two one day when …

Episode 140: A Kinder Kind of Kid

October 14th, 2016

52:18

On this week's group chat, we contemplate the problem of entitled children, consider how likely we are to get the whole family around the dinner …

Speed Round: Do You Care About the Baseball Playoffs?

October 13th, 2016

3:48

There are baseball playoffs on the TV in at least on of our homes, but does that mean we have to pay attention to it? Maybe. A little. Especially if a local team is playing. Do you pay much attention to the playoffs, or …

Speed Round: What Would You Make With a 3D Printer?

October 12th, 2016

4:15

3D printers promise the opportunity to produce any item we want at will. Our thoughts run from the practical, like travel mugs and reading glasses, …

Speed Round: Favorite Blogs

October 11th, 2016

3:41

Sometimes your favorite blog changes with the shortness of your attention span, and sometimes you find one you love and check it faithfully forever. …

Round 2: DWTS, SNL, SN, and TWW

October 11th, 2016

27:13

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri chat about Dancing With the Stars, the Lin-Manuel Miranda-hosted episode Saturday Night Live, the end of the first …

Speed Round: Anyone Who Knows Me Knows I Love _____

October 10th, 2016

3:07

We have a little fun with a Facebook meme on today's Speed Round, revealing our knowledge of one another and in a couple of cases what our family members think of us too. If you've been listening to us for a while and …

Episode 139: Their Own Two Feet

October 7th, 2016

51:56

On this week's group chat, we find out whether Nicole brought her daughter's homework to school after last week's podcast, laugh at our kids in a …

Speed Round: Pumpkin Spice — Pro or Con?

October 6th, 2016

4:29

Back off, haters — we're coming out in favor of pumpkin spice, and we're not ashamed. In fact, we demand pumpkin spice pastries year-round. Listen to our pumpkin pros and cons and share your own feelings about this …

Speed Round: Do You Like to Gamble?

October 5th, 2016

4:56

We're all a bunch of low-rollers for sure, but sometimes a trip to Las Vegas or Atlantic City is fun. In today's Speed Round, we talk about whether …

Round 2: Dancing With the Sorkin Shows

October 5th, 2016

41:43

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri chat about Dancing With the Stars, Sports Night, …

Speed Round: Strong Feelings About Pizza

October 4th, 2016

4:04

Mmmm, pizza. Some of us appreciate anything that involves bread and cheese no matter how it's configured, while others have preferences for specific …

Speed Round: Have You Been to a Make-and-Take Painting Studio?

October 3rd, 2016

4:03

Painting with your friends seems to be a thing at the moment, and for today's Speed Round question, we check in with the current state of our artistic endeavors. Have you dabbled in this kind of creative social …

Episode 138: This Was and Is Us

September 30th, 2016

51:36

On this week's group chat, we're inspired by a new fall TV show to think about our own family's entertainment potential; wonder if we'd reconfigure those families if we had a chance; shout out some stuff we like on the …

Speed Round: Would You Rather Have Grandma's Name or Hair?

September 29th, 2016

3:09

For the fourth installment of our weeklong "Would You Rather?" game, Nicole asked us to choose between our grandmother's hairstyle or name, and at …

Speed Round: Would You Rather Be a Superhero or a Sidekick?

September 28th, 2016

3:10

You might expect people who talk as much as we do to be ready for a little action, but when it comes right down to it, we're a sidekick kinda group. Find out who alone among us was ready to assume both great power and …

Round 2: Dancing With the New Fall Shows

September 28th, 2016

36:22

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri chat about Dancing With the Stars, Sports Night, and (spoiler alert!) some new fall TV shows we've consumed, including …

Speed Round: Would You Rather Reverse Decisions or Stop Time?

September 27th, 2016

3:00

All this week on Parenting Roundabout Speed Round, we'll be playing a game of "Would You Rather?" Today's question, chosen by Catherine, is: Would …

Speed Round: Would You Rather Talk or Punch Your Way Out?

September 26th, 2016

2:35

All this week on Parenting Roundabout Speed Round, we'll be playing a game of "Would You Rather?" Today's question, chosen by Amanda, is: Would you …

Episode 137: The Sacredness of Routine

September 23rd, 2016

57:52

On this week's group chat, we talk about how much we value our oft-neglected routines, figure out what to do with all that clutter our kids bring home, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and hear …

Speed Round: Funny Folks to Follow on Twitter

September 22nd, 2016

5:23

On Tuesday we talked about procrastination, and one resource that's contributed heavily to our procrastination potential is Twitter. On today's …

Speed Round: Are You a Procrastinator?

September 21st, 2016

4:21

If you've been listening to our podcast for a while, you probably have a pretty good guess about who among us puts things off and who does things promptly. See if you're right and find out why we do what we do, and then …

Speed Round: Philanthropist for a Day

September 20th, 2016

3:26

On our Round 2 episode earlier today, Catherine and Terri chatted about an episode of Sports Night, "The Quality of Mercy at 29K," that focused on a character trying to figure out how to make a charitable difference …

Round 2: Dancing With the Stars and Emmys

September 20th, 2016

35:46

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we chat about the Emmys, the second episode of this season of Dancing With the Stars, and four more episodes of Sports Night. Here's your …

Speed Round: Have You Had Any Weird Pets?

September 19th, 2016

5:05

Catherine's son is still angling for an alpaca, and while none of us has ever had one of those in our backyard, we have occasionally accumulated …

Episode 136: Decisions, Decisions

September 16th, 2016

53:29

On this week's group chat, we talk about the burden of decision-making, debate the pros and cons of school schedule changes, shout out some stuff we …

Speed Round: What Do You Do With Old Electronics?

September 15th, 2016

4:18

Yesterday, we talked about clutter in the form of tiny little pieces of paper. Today, we move on to big pieces of plastic and metal in the form of …

Speed Round: Do You Save Receipts?

September 14th, 2016

3:55

Theoretically, it's good to hold on to receipts to keep a record of purchases, confirm credit-card charges, and maybe support tax deductions. …

Speed Round: What Do You Have Delivered?

September 13th, 2016

5:24

Deliveries are popular among our podcast crew — everything from milk and eggs to prescriptions and dry-cleaning. But does anybody do emergency …

Round 2: Dancing and Drama With the Stars

September 13th, 2016

30:53

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we greet a new season of Dancing With the Stars, continue our Sports Night marathon, and watch along with the latest West Wing Weekly …

Speed Round: Do You Buy School Pictures?

September 12th, 2016

5:39

School's back in session, and all too soon it will be photo day, and after fighting with your kid over what's appropriate attire and hoping that …

Episode 135: The Perils of PTA

September 9th, 2016

1:00:55

On this week's group chat, we talk about a news story that makes us wonder about school volunteering, recall our college living arrangements, shout …

Speed Round: How Organized Are Your Books?

September 8th, 2016

3:22

If books are a thing you enjoy having, you may have a system to keep them neat and orderly and easily found, or you may have them in random piles all over your living space. On today's Speed Round, we compare notes …

Speed Round: Are You Ready for Some Football?

September 7th, 2016

5:02

When it comes to the topic of high school football and whether we'll be hitting the bleachers this fall, Amanda sums it up well: "All of us have …

Speed Round: How Do You Get to School?

September 6th, 2016

4:06

So how sorry do we feel for kids who have to walk to school? Hmmm? Maybe not so sorry. On today's speed round, we chat about how our kids have gotten …

Round 2: Two Podcasts and a Sitcom

September 6th, 2016

38:30

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss a new Hamilton fan-podcast, start our Sports Night marathon, and watch along with the latest West Wing Weekly offering. Here's …

Speed Round: Do You Watch Documentaries?

September 5th, 2016

8:46

Documentaries are a constant viewing choice in two out of three of our homes, anyway. Listen to us talk about the documentaries we've particularly …

Episode 134: Blood Is Thicker Than Water ... and Messier

September 2nd, 2016

55:12

On this week's group chat, we talk about just how extended our family is right now, discuss our hobbies or lack thereof, shout out some stuff we like …

Speed Round: Our Dream Cars

September 1st, 2016

3:45

For some folks, a dream car involves a specific make and model. For others, it's the features inside that count. Hear what we're looking for in our …

Speed Round: Are You Looking Forward to Fall TV?

August 31st, 2016

5:05

Do you have your eye on any of the new TV shows coming our way this new fall season? Terri's looking forward to Speechless, Amanda can't wait for a new season of Scandal, Catherine is anticipating another …

Round 2: Hello, Dancing With the Stars! Farewell, Pawnee!

August 30th, 2016

30:06

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss the newly announced cast for the latest season of Dancing With the Stars, finish our Parks and Recreation marathon, and check in …

Speed Round: Magazines We Still Read

August 30th, 2016

3:47

We've chatted about magazines before, and today we're checking in to see whether and what we're still reading. Maybe not so much with the glossy paper these days, but if you broaden the definition to include online …

Speed Round: Our Songs of the Summer

August 29th, 2016

4:05

Fifth Harmony may have won the VMAs "Song of the Summer" title last night (for "All in My Head"), but in our cars and on our iPods, we're more likely to be listening to something by Lin-Manuel Miranda, with Terri and …

Episode 133: Movin’ on Out

August 26th, 2016

56:47

On this week's group chat, we talk about kids moving out on their own, discuss how likely we are to take selfies, shout out some stuff we like on the …

Speed Round: Where Do You Online Shop?

August 25th, 2016

4:47

Whether it's finding the right shoe size, shopping at stores we don't have handy to us, or picking up whatever odd thing we want whenever we want it, …

Speed Round: Roller Coasters — Yay or No Way?

August 24th, 2016

2:58

Some people enjoy being hung upside down, whipped around corners, corkscrewed, and jammed by centrifugal force. In today's Speed Round, we declare …

Round 2: Closing Ceremonies

August 23rd, 2016

30:59

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss the closing ceremonies of Rio 2016, watch our next to last batch of Parks and Recreation episodes, and check in on the latest …

Speed Round: Favorite Junk Food

August 23rd, 2016

3:45

Fries. Chips. Doritos. Can these truly be called junk food if they are, after all, full of potato and corn vegetable-y goodness? We debate and get …

Speed Round: How Do You Deal With Tech Problems?

August 22nd, 2016

5:02

When you inevitably have a problem with your computer or phone, what's your first move? Googling for fellow sufferers? Turning the thing off and on? Giving it a good smack? Maybe just calling for a tech-competent …

Episode 132: Choosing and Losing Your Battles

August 19th, 2016

40:58

Today on the podcast, we'll be talking about the infinitely wise (if hard to stick to) parenting strategry of choosing your battles, reveal our #first7jobs, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Roundup, and …

Speed Round: School-Supply Nostalgia

August 18th, 2016

4:52

We chatted about back-to-school shopping for a recent group chat, and we got nostalgic for our younger days in a speed round earlier this week, so …

Speed Round: What Is Always in Your Fridge?

August 17th, 2016

3:00

Is your fridge always well-stocked? Or might you come back from a long trip to find a few dicey condiments hanging out together? We told about the …

Round 2: Great British Baking and a Great Pawnee Feud

August 16th, 2016

31:22

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss the Great British Baking Show, watch the first four episodes of Parks and Recreation Season 7, and check in on the latest West …

Speed Round: What’s the Last Music You Bought?

August 16th, 2016

2:52

Tom Petty, Nicky Minaj, Justin Timberlake, and Hamilton (Hamilton!) are among our recent music purchases — some of them even in old-school physical …

Speed Round: There Are Places We'll Remember

August 15th, 2016

6:29

Whether it's someplace we actually lived or just wished we could, we talk today about places we remember fondly from our youth or young adulthood. …

Episode 131: Controlling Your Inner Control Freak

August 12th, 2016

45:10

Today on the podcast, we’re going to confess our control-freak tendencies, dig into what we’re complaining about right now, shout out some stuff we …

Speed Round: What's Your Most-Used Emoji?

August 11th, 2016

2:06

This week, we've talked about our favorite apps and favorite viral videos, so today we figured we'd look at one more item of online importance: those little images that express our moods. What's your most-used emoji? …

Speed Round: Our Favorite Viral Videos

August 10th, 2016

5:02

Viral videos are fun to watch and great for procrastination purposes. So of course, we have our favorites, maybe so many that it's hard to choose one. For today's episode, anyway, we picked these as our faves: + Terri: …

Round 2: Summer Olympics and a Unity Concert

August 9th, 2016

43:23

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss the Rio Olympics opening ceremony and opening week, watch the last four episodes of Parks and Recreation Season 6, and check in …

Speed Round: Favorite Summer Olympics Sports

August 9th, 2016

3:42

The Olympics are in full swing, and that means we have our every-four-years opportunity to take in some beach volleyball, some synchronized diving, …

Speed Round: What App Is Making Your Life Better?

August 8th, 2016

4:36

When it comes to apps, we're looking for song titles, we're looking for pretty pictures, we're looking for a ride, and we're looking for an ATM in our vicinity. In today's ep, we sing the praises of Shazam, Soundhound, …

Episode 130: ... But Now We're Stressed Out

August 5th, 2016

49:34

Hey, you spend enough time listening to the radio in cars with kids, you get to drop Twenty One Pilots references. With that refrain ringing in our heads, we chat about stress monsters and generational social-media …

Speed Round: Do You Keep a Journal?

August 4th, 2016

3:02

The idea of writing down all your thoughts and feelings sounds ... inspiring? terrifying? like a waste of good blog material? On today's Speed Round, we chat about our journaling experiences or lack thereof. Are you a …

Speed Round: What’s Weird on Your Desk?

August 3rd, 2016

4:15

The weird things that wind up finding a home on our desks get their moment in the spotlight today, from bamboo plants to chicken coupons to bottles of badges. What's weird on your desk? Comment on our Facebook page, or …

Round 2: Reading With the Book Club

August 2nd, 2016

38:11

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we discuss The Rosie Project, four episodes of Parks and Recreation, and the latest West Wing Weekly offering. Here's your road map: …

Speed Round: Kid Movies We Don't Mind Watching Again

August 2nd, 2016

2:54

Chances are, you've seen your child's favorite movie so many times you almost have it memorized. Sometimes all that repetition is painful, but …

Speed Round: Have You Ever Served on a Jury?

August 1st, 2016

7:31

Two of us have never actually sat on a jury, but the other two have some stories to tell. Listen to our tales of trials far from the conventions of TV legal drama, and share your own stories in the comments on our …

Episode 129: Back-to-School Shop Till You Drop

July 29th, 2016

48:07

On today’s podcast, we’re going to talk about how old our kids were when they got phones, shout out some stuff we like on the Roundabout Round-Up, …

Speed Round: Have You Been Banned from Anything?

July 28th, 2016

5:07

Now, we try to make friends wherever we go, goodness knows. And yet, there have been times when we and ours have been ... less than welcome. Find out what we've done to be persona non grata, and share your own ban …

Speed Round: How Do You Handle the Heat?

July 27th, 2016

3:44

When it's too darn hot, do we hit the pool? Head for the beach? Enjoy cooling beverages? Seek a slab of shade? Nah. We sit in the air-conditioning …

Round 2: The Closest We Can Get to "Hamilton"

July 26th, 2016

31:50

On this week's episode of Parenting Roundabout's entertainment-themed Round 2, we find Dory, sing the Hamiltome's praises, and continue our two TV marathons. Here's your road map: 00:48 Finding Dory — Catherine's family …

Speed Round: Are You Pokémon Go-ing?

July 26th, 2016

4:35

We're amazed by the speed at which this game has taken over the online conversation. We're disturbed by some of the places people have been looking for Pokémons. We're concerned by the unsafe behavior of some Pokémon …

Speed Round: Morning Person or Night Owl?

July 25th, 2016

2:29

Here's what happens when you get older, kids. If you were a night owl, you start falling asleep early. If you were a morning person, you can't fall …

Episode 128: Kids and Money, Money, Money, MONEY

July 22nd, 2016

56:19

We’re down one chatter but taking up the time with some new features and a new interviewee. After spending a moment admiring Catherine’s new high-tech shower set-up, we meander our way into the topics for the week. …

Speed Round: Are You Doing Summer Reading With Your Kids?

July 21st, 2016

1:05

In a super-speedy Speed Round, we assess the state of enforcing reading in our households this summer. Oh, the joy of having kids too old for …

Speed Round: Favorite Summer Footwear

July 20th, 2016

2:29

It's sandal weather where we're at. But is that what we wear for the summer, or do we have other picks (maybe even the same thing we wear all year long). Listen to our shoe story, and then tell us what you're wearing …

Round 2: So You Think You Cannot Watch SYTYCD

July 19th, 2016

33:28

This week, we checked again to see if So You Think You Can Dance: Next Generation is as bad an idea as it looked at first, checked in a little late on a show people have been raving about, and continued our Parks and …

Speed Round: What Swimwear Can You Bear to Wear?

July 19th, 2016

2:06

It's not our favorite topic to even think about, but we do manage to have as quick a conversation as possible about our least comfortable article of summer clothing. As will surprise no one, we are in favor of coverage. …

Speed Round: What Are You Obsessed With Right Now?

July 18th, 2016

3:46

We're the podcast about, among other things, what parents are obsessing about right now, so we thought we'd take a Speed Round moment to go into …

Episode 127: To College or Not to College?

July 15th, 2016

46:08

We've got business travel, overstressed kids, Bridezillas, and sad semi-departures on our minds today. Here's a road-map to our conversation: 1:26 What's New With You? — We are all very impressed that Amanda can have …

Speed Round: Do You Love a Good Garage Sale?

July 14th, 2016

3:30

On Monday, we talked about the contents of our garages. Today, we wonder whether we'd ever go and buy junk from other people's garages. Are you a fan of garage/yard/rummage sales, or whatever they call them in your …

Speed Round: Do You Watch Late-Night TV?

July 13th, 2016

3:35

Oh, late-night TV! We remember when we watched you. We remember when we were loyal to Dave or Conan. We remember when we'd record episodes and …

Round 2: Catherine's Travel Entertainment Report, Part 2

July 12th, 2016

37:14

After last week's special Friday catch-up episode, we're back to Tuesday talking about entertainment. Catherine's got a couple more movies from her travels to talk about, and we've got our marathons of Parks and …

Speed Round: Favorite Family Restaurant

July 12th, 2016

4:02

We've got anniversaries and birthdays all over the place this time of year, and so the need arises to think of a place to go with the family that will be both special enough for a celebration and plain enough for our …

Speed Round: What's in Your Garage?

July 11th, 2016

4:02

Some garages have room for cars, some garages are overrun with stuff, some garages are apathetic, some garages have chimneys for no particular reason …

Round 2: Livestreamed Broadway and Travel Entertainment

July 8th, 2016

30:53

Parenting Roundabout Round 2 is coming to you on a Friday today, because our weekly group chat is taking a week off and because coming back to our entertainment chat after a couple of weeks off feels like a special …

Speed Round Replay: Fashion Trends We've Loved and Loathed

July 7th, 2016

5:57

This week, each of us is picking a favorite Speed Round to give another listen to. Terri's pick is our April 5, 2016 Speed Round in which we revisited, among other things, the highly dubious fashion choices of the …

Speed Round Replay: What's In Your Purse?

July 6th, 2016

4:55

This week, each of us is picking a favorite Speed Round to give another listen to. Nicole's pick is our March 28, 2016 Speed Round on what happened …

Speed Round Replay: Hotel-Room Arrival Routines

July 5th, 2016

2:46

This week, each of us is picking a favorite Speed Round to give another listen to. Amanda's pick is our March 21, 2016 Speed Round on what we do to settle ourselves into a hotel room. Listen to our habits and then share …

Speed Round Replay: How Do You Celebrate Your Birthday?

July 4th, 2016

5:38

This week, each of us is picking a favorite Speed Round to give another listen to. Catherine's pick — appropriate for today's Happy Birthday to America and also to her upcoming big day — is our February 23, 2016 Speed …

Episode 126: Disasters at Home and Travel Abroad

July 1st, 2016

48:59

We're a little discombobulated this week by fire fighter visits and jet lag — though really, do we need a reason? — and our recording may be a little …

Speed Round: Do You Buy in Bulk?

June 30th, 2016

2:48

Purchasing groceries in huge quantities may be the way to go for many families, but we're not sure we want to make that kind of commitment to any …

Speed Round: Which Spouse Drives?

June 29th, 2016

2:56

Whether it's too-fast California freeways or the lure of playing with our electronic devices, sometimes we're happy to have our husbands doing the driving. On the other hand, if that means they'll be messing up our …

Speed Round: How Nice Do You Need Accommodations to Be?

June 28th, 2016

4:13

A weekend trip has Terri wondering whether her family is tilting too much to the pricey side of the cheap vs. not gross scale of hotel/motel choices. She asks her fellow podcasters what they choose when they're on the …

Speed Round: Where Do You Put Your Pet?

June 27th, 2016

4:30

One of the less-fun things about going away for a weekend or a week is leaving your furry children behind. We wondered whether our pooches go to the doggie spa or doggie jail, or maybe just hang out at the homestead. …

Episode 125: Parenting Fails and Coworker Tales

June 24th, 2016

48:26

We're having a little trouble with the space-time continuum today, but we'll battle through it to bring you a new group chat. Here's a road-map to …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Season?

June 23rd, 2016

3:07

Here at the start of summer, we thought we'd take a look at all the seasons of the year and pick the one we each like the best. But of course, that depends on where we live, what we're used to, and what we miss. What …

Speed Round: Do You Still Read Newspapers?

June 22nd, 2016

3:03

With such a lot of news coming at us online whether we want it or not — just checking your Facebook feed is like getting smacked in the face with the daily edition sometimes — we wondered whether actual physical …

Round 2: Our Fangirl Pilgrimage to #Ham4Ham

June 21st, 2016

13:41

On a special, Catherine-less Parenting Roundabout Round 2, contributor Kathy Ceceri joins Terri to recall their jaunt into New York City last Wednesday to visit the theater where Hamilton happens and try to snag the …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Awards Show?

June 21st, 2016

4:46

Fresh off our Tony live-tweeting and podcasting, we take a moment to talk about awards shows — which ones we love best, and whether we even bother with them at all. Tell us which show wins your prize on Twitter at …

Speed Round: How Brave Are You About Changing Hairstyles?

June 20th, 2016

2:53

Amanda's cute new 'do got us thinking about how frequently we change our hairstyles, and how that reflects on our courage, our cheapness, and our …

Episode 124: Starbucks Interventions and Censoring Ourselves

June 17th, 2016

40:34

Energy up! We're talking judgment over coffee on this week's Parenting Roundabout episode. Here's a road map to our conversation. 01:05 Intros and What's New With You — We're all a little sleepy, to be honest, after a …

Speed Round: Talking or Texting?

June 16th, 2016

4:01

Texting has revolutionized communication, making it possible to have conversations without being overheard, get in touch without synchronizing your …

Speed Round: Do You Save Gift Wrap, Gift Bags, and Cards?

June 15th, 2016

3:44

Speaking of Terri's dust collection a while back, a staging ground for many of these exhibits is the gift bags and greeting cards she can't bear to …

Round 2: The Tonys and Yay! Hamilton

June 14th, 2016

32:53

Fresh from our live-tweeting of the 70th Annual Tony Awards — and many victories for our mutual current obsession, Hamilton — we chatted about the ceremony, the host, the numbers from the nominated musicals, the …

Speed Round: Have You Taken Your Kids to a Drive-In Movie?

June 14th, 2016

2:55

Remember drive-ins, and the fun of going out in your PJs and watching a movie from the back of your parents' station wagon? Three out of four of us do, but is it enough to drive us to take our own kids to one now that …

Speed Round: Backyard Playthings Our Kids Have Loved

June 13th, 2016

4:28

With summer vacation coming or already here, finding things for kids to do in the backyard is becoming an urgent matter. Inspired by Catherine's articles for Highlights on backyard play, we share some of the things …

Episode 123: Sports, Sleepovers, and Other Supposedly Fun Stuff

June 10th, 2016

41:59

Everybody can hear Terri this week, so already we're off to a better start than last week. Here's a road map of where we go from there. 01:34 Intros …

Speed Round: Three Words to Describe You

June 9th, 2016

3:15

Picking up on those Facebook games that ask others to describe you in three words, we imagined what our husbands might come up with if posed such a …

Speed Round: Too Many E-Mail Accounts to Count

June 8th, 2016

4:12

E-mail accounts are getting out of hand, aren't they? It's so easy to start new ones, and then all of a sudden you're checking all over the place and missing mail because you forgot passwords. We checked in today to …

Round 2: Our Favorite Twitter Entertainers

June 7th, 2016

25:08

The Tony Awards is this Sunday (go Hamilton!) and we'll be live-tweeting the ceremony and probably some red-carpet action beforehand. Since we have Twitter on our minds, we thought we'd share some of our favorite …

Speed Round: Did You Do Sports as a Child?

June 7th, 2016

4:32

When it comes to youth sports, it turns out that two of us were accomplished young athletes and two of us were clever shirkers of organized sports. Listen to find out who skied and skated and swam and who …

Speed Round: New Nutrition Labels — Yay or Meh?

June 6th, 2016

4:08

Have you heard that food nutrition labels are changing, in ways that make them easier to read and somehow more judge-y about your devotion to PopTarts and Cheetos and Oreos. Do you welcome this nutritional kick in the …

Episode 122: Celebrations, Cool and Cringe-worthy

June 3rd, 2016

39:11

Pro podcasting tip from Terri: If you're trying to podcast and people can't seem to hear you, check the mute button on your microphone. It's that thing that's flashing in your face. After a false start due to self-made …

Speed Round: Best Thing You Won at a Raffle

June 2nd, 2016

3:46

As Amanda puts it, "We go from cozy to yummy to hip to really kind of scary" in our list of things we've won in raffles or tricky trays or other low-stakes games of chance. Have you won anything noteworthy or beloved? …

Speed Round: The Silliest Thing You've Done for Your Kids

June 1st, 2016

4:07

Sometimes we do things that embarrass our kids, and sometimes we just embarrass ourselves. But always, on the spur of the moment and with Mom adrenaline coursing through our veins, it seems like a good idea at the time. …

Round 2: Time-Traveling With 2016 TV Trailers

May 31st, 2016

37:36

This week's episode marks our transition from talking about Dancing With the Stars to talking about So You Think You Can Dance. But the first episode of the new kiddie version of the dance competition has us so …

Speed Round: What Else Should Twitter Change?

May 31st, 2016

4:11

News that Twitter is making some changes — hooray for graphics no longer taking up character space! — got us thinking of other improvements we'd like to see in our favorite succinct social-media source. If you have some …

Speed Round: Stuff Our Kids Have Stolen from Us

May 30th, 2016

3:54

We talked about Chewbacca Mom in this week's group chat, and one of the things we most related to is having your fun toys and other personal objects of value appropriated by your kids. So for today's Speed Round, we …

Episode 121: Finding Friends and Going Viral

May 27th, 2016

43:33

A parent support group and a parent people can't stop laughing with inspired our topics this week. Here's a road map to our conversation for your fast-forwarding convenience. 00:35 Intros and What's New With You? — This …

Speed Round: Do You Like Spicy Food?

May 26th, 2016

2:45

With a former Californian, a transplanted Canadian, a Midwesterner, and a New Englander on our panel, we thought we'd see how our tastes range in terms of liking food hot and spicy. Let's just say we're not exactly …

Round 2: Dancing With the Stars, Reading With the Book Club

May 25th, 2016

35:32

Another season of Dancing With the Stars has pirouetted away, with our season-long favorite Nyle taking the mirror-ball trophy. We come to you one …

Speed Round: Plane Trips or Road Trips?

May 25th, 2016

3:08

Which strikes more terror in your heart: wrangling kids through an airport and a plane flight, or being stuck with them in a car for hours upon hours? We consider family travel transportation on today's speed round, and …

Speed Round: What Is Your Favorite Piece of Clothing?

May 24th, 2016

3:22

A discussion of favorite clothing reveals that we hang onto comfortable garments long after they have started to disintegrate; we buy in bulk when we …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Book?

May 23rd, 2016

3:40

Naming a favorite book on the spur of the moment comes easy to three of us, who apparently have a lot of reading time on their hands, and not at all to one of us, who can only shamelessly self-promote her own work, and …

Episode 120: Saving Face on Facebook

May 20th, 2016

45:47

Today, we're fretting about Facebook. Here's a road-map to our conversation so you can tune in where you like: 00:56 Intros and What's New With You — Catherine's traveling this week, and based on her recent flight, she …

Speed Round: Do You Prefer a Big Party or Small Gathering?

May 19th, 2016

2:23

Get-togethers are great, but would you rather have a full house or a few friends over? Does it depend on who has to clean, who has to cook, and who …

Speed Round: What's the Worst Pair of Shoes You Ever Wore?

May 18th, 2016

3:44

Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. We've all worn shoes that remind us with every step that we've made a bad footwear decision. For today's Speed Round, we combed our anguished memories for the Worst. Shoes. Ever. Do you recall a pair …

Round 2: Dancing With the Stars Gets It Two-Thirds Right

May 17th, 2016

32:29

So one of our final three Dancing With the Stars contestants is a big pile of meh as far as we're concerned, and one of the folks who went home is …

Speed Round: What Were Your Favorite Soap Operas?

May 17th, 2016

4:05

Though we don't watch soap operas anymore (unless you count Downton Abbey, which we do, or all the nighttime dramas that traffic in soap-opera tropes), we can all remember which ones we spent serious time with in our …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Game Show?

May 16th, 2016

2:37

After reading a news story on the return of The Match Game (hosted by Alec Baldwin), we decided to have a little quiz of our own on the topic of our favorite game shows. Do you have a game that always has you guessing …

Episode 119: Time and Punishment

May 13th, 2016

44:34

We're down one regular podcaster this week, as Amanda has no voice to speak of or speak with, but our old friend Katherine Lee, who writes about …

Speed Round: If Money Was No Object ...

May 12th, 2016

4:06

Fantasize with us today about a world where you could afford a fabulous house ... a private jet ... an international lifestyle ... a cook to cater to …

Speed Round: Do You Have Any Collections?

May 11th, 2016

4:14

Mugs. Matchbooks. Mickey Mouse ears. Snowmen. "Tiny cups." Dust. These are just some of the things we've collected. Do you have a collection you're …

Round 2: Dancing With the Stars and Tonys

May 10th, 2016

34:00

Dancing With the Stars is starting to get real -- well, not real, like having anything to do with real life, but real like people who you wish would …

Speed Round: What Was Your Favorite Class in College?

May 10th, 2016

5:02

What makes for a memorable college class? Getting to make things? Meeting famous authors? Sitting in a dark room watching slides? The opportunity to …

Speed Round: Do You Sleep Holding Your Cell Phone?

May 9th, 2016

4:25

Inspired by a Tweet from Shonda Rhimes suggesting that 60 percent of people have slept holding their mobile phones, we thought we'd find out if that …

Episode 118: Appreciating Teachers, Moms, and Summer Vacation

May 6th, 2016

36:05

From the land of noisy trucks, stalled construction projects, deadlines, and book-completion euphoria we come to you for our weekly chat. Here's a road map to our conversation: 0:48 Intros and What's New With You — …

Speed Round: Do You Have Any Family Heirlooms?

May 5th, 2016

3:17

Don't be calling us hoarders! That there is an heirloom! Even if it does look like an ancient typewriter, or a dusty teapot, or a grizzly-bear part. Show some respect! And tell us all about your family heirlooms, in the …

Speed Round: Are You Looking Forward to Any Summer Movies?

May 4th, 2016

3:31

Summer movie season will soon be upon us, or at least
those of us who haven't replaced "catch the newest release in the
theaters!" with "Netflix and chill." We have a hard time getting
our enthusiasm up, so maybe we need …

Round 2: Dancing With Your Councilwoman and Congressman

May 3rd, 2016

30:59

On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, Catherine and Terri
chatted about the latest episode of Dancing With the Stars and
Icons and Easily Confused Paddle-Wielders; continued their
Parks and Rec marathon with Season …

Speed Round: What's Your Biggest Morning Challenge?

May 3rd, 2016

2:08

Is it getting kids to brush teeth, finding lost
items, forcing breakfast consumption, general sloooooowness, or
getting your own lazy butt out of bed? Listen to our morning
challenges and then confess your own in the …

Speed Round: The Hardest Thing for You to Give Up Forever

May 2nd, 2016

2:14

A few months ago, when Terri was engaged in her
annual Lenten coffee fast,
we chatted about things we could give up for a while if we knew
we'd get 'em …

Episode 117: Parents, Caregivers, Schools & Information Overload

April 29th, 2016

44:53

Through snow and carpooling and book finishing
and bad parenting karma we struggled to bring you this group chat.
Here's our road-map of what we …

Speed Round: What Was Your Last Home Renovation Project?

April 28th, 2016

3:21

The work being done on one of Catherine's bathrooms
has made a cameo appearance on a few of our podcasts, between the
noise and the reflecting on Bluetooth ceiling fans. Will the rest
of us be providing similar …

Speed Round: Middle Names and the Stories Behind Them

April 27th, 2016

3:14

Middle names: we've all got 'em, but unless you're
filling out a form or your mother is mad at you, they don't get
used that much. We thought we'd have …

Round 2: Dancing With the Stars and the Endless, Endless Gimmicks

April 26th, 2016

33:56

On this week's entertainment-themed podcast, Catherine and Terri
wonder why people can't just dance on a dancing show, who
should be cast in …

Speed Round: What's Your Favorite Fast Food?

April 26th, 2016

3:49

Sure, it's fashionable to diss fast food
as fatty and non-nutritious, but that doesn't stop us from
wanting a really gross cheeseburger from time to time. Where do you
go when you've just gotta have some fries, some tacos, …

Speed Round: What Bores You?

April 25th, 2016

3:43

Hey, look alive! This podcast is too short to be boring. But we do talk about boring things in it — specifically, the things that make us bored. Like uni-tasking. Listening to people talk. Watching other people's video …

Episode 116: Carpool Madness and Missing Our Childhood

April 22nd, 2016

38:53

Since carpooling schedules so often interfere with our efforts to schedule podcast recording times, we thought we'd take some time today to talk …

Speed Round: Do You Still Use Snail Mail?

April 21st, 2016

3:50

Given the convenience of online correspondence, we're getting less and less interested in dealing with paper and envelopes. Is snail mail still a major part of your friend-contacting and bill-paying? And if so, can you …

Speed Round: What Work Advice Would You Pass on to Your Child?

April 20th, 2016

3:35

When teens and young adults have setbacks in getting a job or keeping a job or tolerating a job, parents need some sage advice to help them stay the …

Round 2: Dancing, Judging, and Politicking with the Stars

April 19th, 2016

27:38

We've got four shows to discuss on this week's entertainment episode of Parenting Roundabout. In case you want to fast-forward over stuff you don't watch or care about, here's a road map through the episode:
0:27 Dancing …

Speed Round: What We Miss About Working in an Office

April 19th, 2016

3:11

We're all lucky enough to work at home, as freelancers or remote-based workers, and that's all kinds awesome when it comes to being able to wear comfortable clothes and tend to your kids and record podcasts. But do we …

Speed Round: Does Your Spouse Love the Internet Too?

April 18th, 2016

4:12

It's no secret that the four of us spend way too much time hanging out on the Internet, enjoying the excellent procrastination opportunities that social media affords us. But what about our spouses? Are they similarly …

Episode 115: The Parenting Finish Line

April 15th, 2016

45:09

Can parents ever stop worrying? Ever, ever, ever? And should we be worrying about not having friends to worry with? And why does Catherine's bathroom …

Speed Round: What Do You Treat Yourself With?

April 14th, 2016

2:56

When things aren't going well, sometimes all you need is a little chocolate to make things right. Or a pedicure. Or maybe a latte? We share our go-to …

Speed Round: Healthy Foods We Just Won't Eat

April 13th, 2016

2:56

The Internet is all about the should, and goodness knows we try to be trendy, so when Catherine saw a Tweet from About.com Health that asked, "Name …

Round 2: Disney on DWTS and at the Movies

April 12th, 2016

28:38

On this week's entertainment episode of Parenting Roundabout, we've got four things to talk about. In case you want to fast-forward over stuff you don't watch or care about, here's a road map through the episode:
0:30: …

Speed Round: How Neat Is Your Computer Desktop?

April 12th, 2016

2:49

Yesterday we talked about our clutter problems in our actual physical homes, but what about clutter on that desk that lives your computer screen? Is it buried under icons or emptier than any real surface in your house …

Speed Round: What's Your Biggest Housekeeping Challenge?

April 11th, 2016

4:22

Mold? Mildew? Clutter? Dust? What aspect of housekeeping causes you the most trouble? Wipe off your computer screen, clean the lint out of your …

Episode 114: Pride and Pestilence

April 8th, 2016

42:51

Appropriately for an episode on which we discuss illness, we have a podcaster down this week with laryngitis. We miss you, Amanda! And we've all done our best to talk more to fill your shoes. Here's a road map through …

Speed Round: Do You Know Your Family's Heritage?

April 7th, 2016

3:35

In our years of podcasting together, we've learned a lot about each other, but we've never talked about where we're from -- not California and Wisconsin and New Jersey and Maine, where we live now, but where our …

Speed Round: What's for Breakfast?

April 6th, 2016

3:33

How do you start off your day? With bacon and eggs? Cereal with milk? Or just cooooffffeeee? On today's Speed Round, we share how we handle that opening meal, and how disturbing we find others' choices. Share your own …

Round 2: Dancing With the End of the World

April 5th, 2016

36:39

Dancing With the Stars Week 3 involved the "stars" recalling and dancing to something at least vaguely related to their most memorable year. …

Speed Round: Fashion Trends We Loved or Loathed

April 5th, 2016

5:57

Travel with us back to the '70s, when Terri wore crushed velvet hot pants and Amanda blended in with her couch. Or to the days when ladies wore hats, or way back to when men wore high heels (although come to think of …

Speed Round: What's the Last Movie You Saw in a Theater?

April 4th, 2016

3:00

Netflix is making it all too easy to watch our favorite grown-up fare from the comfort of our own sleep-inducing couches, so maybe that's why we have not exactly been keeping up on the latest flicks in the theaters …

Episode 113: Peers Who Pressure and Lying Liars Who Lie

April 1st, 2016

43:25

Speaking of peer pressure, among the things we've pressured one or the other of us to do this week are get up super-early, tell lies, and figure out something we've done that's worth sharing. But parent-to-parent peer …

Speed Round: How Do You Feel About Makeup?

March 31st, 2016

5:35

We talked recently about giving your children constructive criticism, and since one of the topics that causes tension for many moms and daughters is makeup, we asked ourselves today whether there are …

Speed Round: What's the Last Book You Read?

March 30th, 2016

5:52

Even in these days of endless Internet distractions and Netflix, we try to make time to read actual books now and then. And what's on our e-readers and audiobook-players and night tables at the moment? Here's a short …

Round 2: Treat Yo Self to DWTS, P&R, and TWW Too!

March 29th, 2016

32:04

For this week's Round 2, we not only watched the Parks and Recreation episode that introduced Donna and Tom's annual day of self-indulgence (it's the …

Speed Round: Family Customs

March 29th, 2016

3:18

On today's Speed Round, we share those silly little traditions our families have built that make us unique, from punning together to guessing celebrity birthdays to including the dog in group hugs. What weird little …

Speed Round: What's in Your Purse Right Now?

March 28th, 2016

4:55

In an earlier Speed Round, we talked about what exactly we haul our stuff around in, but now it's time to take a closer look at the stuff itself, …

Episode 112: 'Helpful' Criticism and Unhelpful Fears

March 25th, 2016

40:11

We'd love to give this episode some sort of click-baity title like "10 Ways to Give Your Kids Constructive Criticism That They'll Really Listen To," but we're afraid we haven't exactly figured that out yet ourselves. …

Speed Round: Where in the World Would You Like to Visit?

March 24th, 2016

2:37

Nicole's son is going to Japan for an internship, and it made us wonder where we'd like to go if we could go anywhere. Europe? Asia? South America? A …

Speed Round: Do You