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 is super-jealous.
"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.
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 and stuffing. Mmm, stuffing.
07:52 The West Wing: On "Election Night," we get a little bit of everything: triumph, tears, LOLs, and a growing sense of dread for Sam Seaborn. Mentioned: the West Wing Weekly podcast.
18:39 Challenge Round: The Big Sick: Catherine challenged Terri to watch this well-done and deeper than usual romcom (hear her talk about it on our September 5 episode). Terri was glad for the forced viewing. Mentioned: The movie's writer and star Kumail Nanjiani on PCHH and the Sporkful.
For next week, Terri challenged Catherine to watch some Hill Street Blues (after consulting with Alan Sepinwall): season 1, episode 1, “Hill Street Station,” and season 3, episode 1, “Trial by Fury.” We're doing two since The West Wing Weekly podcast is taking a week off, so we won't be watching The West Wing. We will still watch The Good Place ("What We Owe to Each Other," "The Eternal Shriek," and "Most Improved Player," all from season 1).
And in case you need a little extra lead time, for a future challenge we will be reading Sepinwall's book The Revolution Was Televised. Grab it and get started!
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 Shopping: Will we be proactive about replacing things that are about to break or just keep clinging to them because we fear change?
07:40 Make It a Habit: We have a checkered history when it comes to habit-forming. Does it count if we're good at creating the same good habits over and over again?
22:32 Monday Speed Round: We Can't Remember: What was it we were going to talk about? It must be written down here somewhere. (Mentioned: Google Inbox's snooze feature.)
30:10 Roundabout Roundup: Catherine is using dinner prep kits from her local supermarket, while Nicole is using Instacart to have the market come to her. And Terri's feeling productive with the Tide app.
Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music. If you're reading this somewhere without hyperlinks, come to http://parentingroundabout.com for the full recap experience.
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 seem to be picking not at this post-Thanksgiving moment, we thought we'd figure out when exactly we think the carols and crooning about chestnuts should properly begin. Day after Thanksgiving? December 1? Two weeks before? Eve of?
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, marshmallows, or Jello? We run through the many possibilities for turkey-day cuisine and draw the line at the things we will not eat. Or will, enthusiastically!
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 merciful lack of barefoot contemporaries! And shirtless reindeers!
15:47 The West Wing: Speaking of winners, President Bartlet triumphs in a debate in "Game On." And we win because Joshua Malina's character, Will Bailey, arrives on the scene.
28:06 Challenge Round: Sitcom Thanksgivings: Terri challenged Catherine to watch two Thanksgiving-themed episodes of TV: WKRP's classic "Turkeys Away" (which Catherine had somehow missed these last 40 years) and How I Met Your Mother's "Slapsgiving". We compare and contrast the sitcom of yore with the one of ... more recent yore, and we're thankful for both. Mentioned: Little House on the Podcast.
For next week, Catherine challenged Terri to watch The Big Sick. Plus, we'll watch The West Wing's "Election Night" and also start catching up on The Good Place with episodes 3, 4, and 5 from season 1 ("Tahani Al-Jamil," "Jason Mendoza," and "Category 55 Emergency Doomsday").
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?
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. Since none of us has a glorious HGTV-touted mud room, we talk about where that stuff ends up.
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 Parenting Roundabout schedule starting Monday, November 27. For today, we offer you a second helping of our Thanksgiving episode from 2016. Bon appetit!
07:46 Holiday Downsizing: We talk about the pressure — external and internal — to have a portrait-worthy holiday and our attempts to bring expectations down to snapshot size.
19:15 Friday Speed Round: Do You Shop on Black Friday? Some folks can't wait to hit the stores, some blanch at the idea of fighting strangers for bargains, and some find the idea of making Thanksgiving all about commerce offensive. Turns out, we're not quite any of those.
24:42 A Well-Mannered Quiz: Just in time for a big, judge-y family meal, Catherine came up with a quiz about etiquette rules for children that may have you using your napkin a whole new way.
Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music. Look for more Turkey Day Replays on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week, plus an all-new Round 2 on Wednesday for the Dancing with the Stars finale and more.
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