Social isolation means anxiety, discouragement, and disappointment, but we're finding some ways to cheer ourselves up (most of them involve food and drink). Mentioned: How to have a virtual game night at Chris Loves Julia; Applebee's Chicken Tenders Family Bundle.
We know life has changed forever because of the coronavirus outbreak. And that might be a good thing, if we never have to exchange awkward hugs and kisses with acquaintances again.
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist had an extraordinary guest star (Bernadette Peters!) and continued to under-use another extraordinary guest, Renee Elise Goldsberry. Next: The season finale, "Zoey's Extraordinary Dad."
On Veronica Mars, the plot of "Clash of the Tritons" was full of holes, but we enjoyed watching Veronica's sleuthing skills. Next: "Lord of the Bling."
Thanks to the pandemic, the tables have turned: Instead of students pleading to be admitted to the colleges of their choice, universities are now scrambling for students. They have some ideas for incentives, but so do we.
On Speed-Round Sunday, we share a mini episode from our past for your weekend listening pleasure.
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 yours?
On Second-Listen Saturday, we share some fun moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure.
We worry about a Time article on the negative spin our kids may be putting on our helpful advice and support. Can we win? No, we cannot.
Want more? Listen to the rest of this March 2017 episode.
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup: Nicole's Instagram Minute offers @itsabandoned, a beautifully creepy account showing abandoned places. Terri suggests Social Tea Biscuits for your social isolation dieting needs, and Catherine recommends the optimistically funny book Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America by R. Eric Thomas.
Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music, which you hear on every episode.
Opinions on what the current lockdown is doing to teens (especially high school seniors) range from "worst tragedy" to "will make a good story one day" to "don't throw them a pity party!" We share ours, which you won't be surprised to find are somewhere in the middle of that spectrum. Mentioned: "Why teens may never be the same after the pandemic" on CNN.
All this family together time during social isolation is great. Just great! It's a Norman Rockwell painting up in here every day. [Help!]
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week, Zoey returns with an "Extraordinary Outburst." This translates into rather a lot of yelling, but there's also a lot of singing and dancing. We'll take that as a win. Next: "Zoey's Extraordinary Mother."
Veronica Mars took a turn for the serious this week, with a serial killer lurking in Neptune and Veronica uncovering a years-old switched-at-birth situation in "Silence of the Lamb." Next: "Clash of the Tritons."
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