On today's Round 3, we're complaining about friends who postpone plans again and again, and about how to teach our kids not to be those people.
What We’re Watching and Listening To: Good Place “Whenever You’re Ready” and West Wing Weekly “Tomorrow”
We weren't, in fact, ready, but both of our show watches have come to an end. The Good Place's series finale, "Whenever You're Ready," brought the series to a satisfying conclusion (Terri needed some convincing, but she got there). We appreciated the official TGP Podcast's final episodes, featuring series creator Mike Schur sharing a ton of background information about the making of the entire series.
Less successful and satisfying: The West Wing Weekly podcast's final episode on the West Wing series finale, "Tomorrow." Kudos to the podcast team on getting 30 (yes, 30!) WW cast and crew members to appear on their show, but it turns out we like our discussions to be a little more intimate.
Next up, we are going to dive into something new and something old(er): Zoe's Extraordinary Playlist, which recently debuted on NBC, and Veronica Mars (hi, Kristen Bell!) from 2004. The latter has an accompanying podcast co-hosted by Helen Zaltzman of The Allusionist, so we'll check that out too.
When you return home after a vacation or some other disruption to your routine, do you unpack and re-combobulate immediately? Do you shove your suitcase in a corner and ignore it for a week? Or do you freeze, overwhelmed and unable to decide what to tackle first? We talked it out in this week's Round 1.
On Speed Round Sunday, we share a mini episode from our past for your weekend listening pleasure.
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 surgeon. We're doing our best here to honor the concept of dentistry, but it's complicated. Are you a faithful dentist-goer?
On Second-Listen Saturday, we share some fun moments from past episodes for your weekend listening pleasure.
Catherine got a worrisome letter from her daughter's school, and the fact that it turned out to be part of a giant clerical error didn't keep her from wondering if there shouldn't be a better way to deliver big bad news than a cold white piece of snail mail. But is there really any good way to get bad news about your kid?
Want more? Listen to the rest of this October 2016 episode.
On this week’s Roundabout Roundup, Terri has an organizational tip that helps you give older clothes some love. Meanwhile, Nicole's loving her new Revlon one-step hair dryer and volumizer hot air brush, and Catherine recommends Caulipower pizza. Also mentioned: Noodles & Co. cauliflower noodles.
Thanks as always to Jon Morin for our fun in-and-out music, which you hear on every episode.
When our kids were small, we couldn't wait to get beyond hours-long bedtime routines and driving them all over the place. But now, we kinda miss those times—and enjoy revisiting them once in a while.
On today's episode, we complain about the division of household labor that puts us squarely in charge of all telephone transactions. Why, oh why, can't anyone else in our house ever place a call?
On our entertainment-themed Round 2 this week: After watching "Patty," the penultimate episode of The Good Place, Terri's hoping for one more holy-mother-forking-shirtballs twist to make the show work for her. Next week: "Whenever You're Ready."
On The West Wing, we said goodbye to all our favorites as the Bartlet administration headed off into the sunset on "Tomorrow," the series finale. But we're not quite done with this show. Next week, we'll share our final thoughts on the series and the podcast that inspired us to watch it, the West Wing Weekly.
We talk about ourselves and our families a lot on this podcast. But off the air, we're talking about other families we encounter out in the wild. Mentioned: Ellen Seidman's blog, Love That Max.
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