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Seven Minutes To Bedtime
Rick and Sydney Sanchez
That inexact time just before lights out where some of the most interesting conversations happen...
Feb 12, 2016
Weekly Recap 2/12
I try to lead by example, even when I don't make the right decision. This week I made the mistake of prejudging a guy, and we use it as a teachable moment. Then we talked about school schedules, and I tried to get Syd to try out for the girls wrestling team...She wasn't going for it. Also, we don't think mom is good at math as evidenced by the way she sleeps.
Feb 11, 2016
He's our friend, he's ok with it.
Improv, nicknames and a new scheduler.
Feb 10, 2016
You don't embarrass me.
Dad's on field trips, shaming parents, and showing people how good your relationship is.
Feb 9, 2016
I suppose that's a good idea because you don't want to look like a jackass.
Using your intellect, how many squares, and stupid people.
Feb 8, 2016
Why would you want your head to look like a stop sign?
Breakfast options, leftovers, poofy hair and big heads.
Feb 6, 2016
The Sixth Sense, spoilers, sharing a bed and mom's math skills.
Feb 4, 2016
I don't need you here anymore, go back to work.
Sharing blankets, dead batteries, AAA and a changed schedule.
Feb 3, 2016
You got a lettermans jacket.
Working out, sociology vs.psychology, and women's sports.
Feb 2, 2016
So it's like boom, chink, clunk.
Helicopter parenting, teachable moments, and who's coming home.
Feb 1, 2016
And she's not afraid to get dirty.
Grey's Anatomy spoilers, Shonda Rhimes, and starting the new semester well.
Jan 31, 2016
You just used 30 words that I don't know in one sentence
The best part, Dad questions and Con demographics.
Jan 28, 2016
Weekly recap 1/28
Time and what we do with that time is what matters...This week we made a date to see Star Wars (in 2017), relive stories of Sydney's youth, and discover something spooky about Mom...
Jan 27, 2016
Everything is a lie
Lying to our kids, growing pains, bullying follow up and smoothies.
Jan 26, 2016
One should be enough
Assault, standing up for yourself and what is not said
Jan 25, 2016
I lied a lot to you growing up.
Appendix location, parental lies, breakfast and talking crap about about improv.
Jan 24, 2016
You do not have a specific taste palate.
Sharpies, final exams, improv technique, and breakfast.
Jan 23, 2016
Second week in a row, mommy knows the killer on 48 hours.
Yawns, 48 hours, aching bones, finals and remote controlled bb-8.
Jan 22, 2016
I love you, but you puked a lot on me when you were younger.
Oreos and rice for dinner, getting sick, double speak and spreading germs.
Jan 21, 2016
Sometimes things are just too much to handle.
Pants on the stairs, falling asleep anywhere, improv games and stress.
Jan 20, 2016
When we go to see Star Wars next, you'll drive.
Star Wars, catholic church, praying for cooks, bad driving and a dash cam.
Jan 19, 2016
Ok, don't do that, first of all.
Parking location, sleeping on your back, R-rated movies and vandalism.
Jan 18, 2016
Bedtime is Bedtime, don't get out of bed.
Finding a blanket, making fins, backup plans, weird shadows and wearing makeup to bed.
Jan 17, 2016
It's entirely possible that your mother dreamed that.
Helicopters breaking up parties, a bunch of giggling and a reprimand to be quiet.
Jan 14, 2016
It's the SAME song.
French movie soundtracks, bright red kids, pajama stuck, perfect scores and teachers who don't call back.
Jan 14, 2016
Weekly Recap 1/14
From milk spills and memes to weird dreams about time, understanding soccer to yet another teachable moment, we really had an interesting week...Now, can we hurry this thing up? I gotta pee...
Jan 13, 2016
I could totally see that.
Dad is dragging up for the Con, cross dressing, soccer, Sydney's sports knowledge, and eating hockey pucks.
Jan 12, 2016
You see what I did there?
Riveting talk, Dads and Daughters, step parent rules, pagoda aggressiveness and stiff necks.
Jan 11, 2016
I was glued to the screen the entire time.
No spoilers, Star Wars, prequels, and changes made with cgi.
Jan 10, 2016
So, let's go back...What's a piranha gun?
Reflective versus absorbent surfaces, dungeons and dragons type games, and Cosplay pictures.
Jan 9, 2016
Lets make this quick, I have to pee.
Frozen to the core, watching spills happen and trading cats.
Jan 8, 2016
You're not the only one entitled to crazy dreams.
Long names, waking up early, weird dreams and the birth of Jesus.
Jan 7, 2016
Maybe he just needs a little encouragement.
Thunder and lightning, Good Brian, and positive feedback.
Jan 7, 2016
Weekly Recap 1/7
This week, with putting up an almost complete single night's episode. Earlier in the evening I made a joke about Sydney being very talkative. I said the reason was because she got so much sleep the night before. That set her off for the rest of the evening, and when we started to go to bed I found out that she was still upset. The conversation that followed dug down and we found the root. I'm airing this episode in its entirety so that everyone can hear, start to finish, the sometimes difficult but necessary conversation between parents and children in an effort to fully understand what goes on in their lives and how the way we speak to them affects them.
Jan 6, 2016
Are you still mad?
Interrupting, apologies, and understanding and beating up high school kids.
Jan 4, 2016
It's just not as impressive to me as a mime juggling.
Superficial compliments, finals schedule, soccer and Dad's schedule.
Jan 3, 2016
That's not true. We took it to e-recycling.
Tired, afraid of the dark, magical covers and alarm clocks.
Jan 2, 2016
You dropped me on my head so many times.
Hormonal imbalance, haircut plans, ugly shaped heads and quality wigs.
Jan 1, 2016
I like doodles, doodles are the journey.
Sketchbook drawings, remembering new years, and gunshot knowledge.
Dec 30, 2015
When do we ever look at a clock?
Jennifer Lawrence, meeting people at the movies, sneaking in snacks and fake new years countdowns.
Dec 28, 2015
How interesting this must be.
Beetle facts, dyed hair, colored skin and a lesson on Google maps.
Dec 27, 2015
I think you think it's a preference because for a long time it's been a necessity.
Syd's newly renovated room, room for Sayble, vanity mirrors and keeping it clean.
Dec 26, 2015
I don't know if I believe that either.
Bedtime, days off Parks and Recreation and Chris Pratt.
Dec 25, 2015
Do you have a favorite gift?
Christmas recap, makeup cabootle organization, napping and Cosplay.
Dec 24, 2015
Santa's going to be pretty teed off that we didn't leave him cookies.
Christmas stockings, forgetting to leave snacks, what Sally got, and a holiday without m&m's.
Dec 22, 2015
Aren't we all out of order?
Battery life, Sayble's grades, teachers who quit, being sick and prime rib.
Dec 21, 2015
This is not a free licence for you to go back into bad habits.
Kody lost a charger, Sydney gets a phone, Dad sets standards and wig styling.
Dec 19, 2015
I don't see any lice, but I do see three 6's.
Getting a tattoo, the mark of Satan and the anticipation of a new mattress.
Dec 18, 2015
You're like a puppet master, you just close a tab.
Spoiled children, living on her own, taking what's offered and being prepared.
Dec 17, 2015
Weekly Recap 12/17
I try to teach my kids to stand up for those who can't. This week is a perfect example of when we do that. Even though Syd isn't offended by the behavior of one of her classmates I think it's the kind of behavior that needs to be redirected. And then I find myself in an interesting situation where my prejudice stopped me from truly enjoying somebody's joke.
Dec 17, 2015
'Cause you sleep in a big pile of crap.
Mattresses, giving kids sedatives, kidneys on the black market and going to bed early.
Dec 16, 2015
Aaaah, dumb. Stupid, stupid,stupid, stupid, stupid...line.
Moted, faced, belief in Santa, bullies in elemrntary school, and messing up in front of an audience.
Dec 15, 2015
Peeple don't understand Halloween.
Monologue changes, Star Wars, costume choice and all the hair colors.
Dec 14, 2015
Are you certain that you're hearing those all in context?
Mattress info, comic book ads, hammocking, and Caitlin Jenner.
Dec 13, 2015
What the world expects from you.
Podcast feedback, stereotypes of 14 year old girls, hair color and Dad's hairstyle.
Dec 11, 2015
You seemed cool, you had cool hair.
An awesome day, homophobic kids in math class, a teacher who can't keep it together, and gym class.
Dec 10, 2015
Silence is uncomfortable.
Cool guys in the bank, trees that look like poop emojis, the scare, and monologues.
Dec 9, 2015
It's not my room if I don't enjoy it.
Christmas gift lists, the 1st time Syd dyed her hair, clay and a room renovation.
Dec 8, 2015
I'll give you hair dye if you come to work with me.
Cool dental hygienists, bribes, Popeye, hair dye, pranks and kidnapping.
Dec 7, 2015
Yeah, that's a good guess.
Crazy customers, preparing to have teeth pulled, running, and an essay revision.
Dec 6, 2015
Somebody ends up with a black eye.
A sock wallet, the Presidential address, gun control and bad breath.
Dec 3, 2015
Yep, that's a Shakespearean lift.
A play, a wedding, a fight and a prayer.
Dec 3, 2015
Weekly recap 12/03
It was a holiday week, so things were pretty light. Camp pictures need to be developed, I got schooled on what the front door looks like when it's locked and I ponder that because I'm older now I might have to lose a bit of knowledge in order to for the new piece. And then a couple of stories about how our friends help us fit in.
Dec 2, 2015
I have to do the math.
Butterfingers, San Bernardino shooting, probability of things happening and Go Kendra...
Dec 1, 2015
I expect to have grandkids by the time I'm sixty four.
Smoke alarm battery, giving up the podcast, hello to our future kids, and internet problems that last forever.
Nov 30, 2015
It needs to be recorded, I need to see this.
Being daddy's girl, teachers missing school, Steve, and a mini play that incorporates everything.
Nov 29, 2015
So don't repeat that at school yet.
Cold bed, really expensive sleeping bags, a real life "Up" and fact checking
Nov 26, 2015
We have a really odd family dynamic.
Knotts Berry Farm, Podcast feedback, three things to be thankful for, and blended families.
Nov 25, 2015
Ho, ho, ho...Baby with the weird shaped head.
High pillows, who's home on thanksgiving, the age of everyone, and Dad's doppelganger.
Nov 23, 2015
He would feed me a handful of facts.
Pulled teeth, friends who help us fit in and what to get done.
Nov 22, 2015
Hopefully that doesn't mean I'll forget one of my three kids names.
Outdoors look when they're locked, memory loss, camp photos, evangelical Christians, socialism and abortion.
Nov 21, 2015
So grandma P is the grandmother from Caillou?
Painting, things we remember, being a giant and cat sounds.
Nov 19, 2015
Weekly Recap 11/20
We think we have problems. From getting teeth pulled to making beds in the morning and how much sleep that takes away...It's easy to forget that life is precious. Appreciate the little simplicities and try to understand how people cope with actual problems. Listen to how Syd stammers at the end, struggling to put words to her feelings, wondering just how something like the terror attacks in Paris could happen. We don't have any problems at all.
Nov 19, 2015
They were responsible for my hour and a half commute, One Direction was.
Crazy dreams, Chicken wrapped in Parma ham, and One Direction.
Nov 18, 2015
No, like I'm gonna puke.
Bad teeth, Starbucks and Jamba Juice, Dad vertigo, and theme parks.
Nov 17, 2015
I would be a fantastic criminal.
Trying to catch Syd being bad, teachers pet, bad kids and criminals.
Nov 15, 2015
Not all of it is important, but all of it is really, really disgusting.
Bad phones, Kassidy forgets his keys, coming to Mommy's aid squeezing something, and wigs in school.
Nov 14, 2015
The truth is, God works through people.
Young people at a concert, bad things happen quickly, prayer and racism.
Nov 13, 2015
That's actually my name, don't actually rob me.
Dog treats, tableside magic, dollar tree playing cards, and favorite Cosplay.
Nov 12, 2015
Making your bed is a ritualistic piece.
Layers of clothing, habits, water colors and 10,000 hours.
Nov 12, 2015
Weekly Recap 11/12
I always think "teachable moments" are everywhere. This week found us discussing English grammar, cannibalism, where the meat is on humans and how to convert Fahrenheit into Celsius. So many lessons to learn...
Nov 11, 2015
A firm chunk of cat.
Bed Warmers, insulated houses, cats fur, smudged glasses and a conclusion.
Nov 10, 2015
Look, your the predator now.
Likes, hanging out in Michaels, long walks pulled teeth and weird comics.
Nov 9, 2015
There's a special kind of magic that happens.
Cleaning trash in the room, bad eyesight, tattoos, monologues, and theater.
Nov 8, 2015
That's a wonderful thought to put me to bed with
Space aliens, ufos, conspiracy theories and the complete annihilation of our planet.
Nov 7, 2015
We're already talking about the death of a fish we haven't even bought yet.
Teaching cleaning, the weight of pigs, and goldfish.
Nov 6, 2015
I'm my own Barbie head.
Compliance, Christmas, cash money, and makeup.
Nov 5, 2015
I bet there's a dirty sock in your bed right now.
Dad's toothbrush, germs, crazy statements made by presidential candidates, who made the pyramids, and the dark web.
Nov 5, 2015
Weekly Recap 11/05
This week our discussions included whether wishes came true, (they didn't) does Winnie the Pooh have a theme song, (he does) and who says only boys can talk about disgusting stuff with their dad? (Girls do too.)
Nov 4, 2015
Because its true. True statistics.
Cold weather, skiing, swimming and the CMA's.
Nov 3, 2015
I would never be able to eat someone
Linguistics, school, frostbite and cannibalism.
Nov 3, 2015
I'm gonna Google it in the morning.
Crispy M&M's, converting Celsius to Fahrenheit, climate as social science and experiencing real life.
Nov 1, 2015
It's like a salmon smoothie.
Food borne illness, sharing a bathroom, being good at throwing up, and threatening teachers.
Oct 31, 2015
Please give us the pizza!
Playful pizza guys, knee tumors and Criminal Minds.
Oct 29, 2015
Weekly recap 10/29
Since it's Halloween this week we figured we'd touch on a couple of Halloween issues. The big asteroid that's potentially going to hit our planet and the myth of the "rich" houses giving away full size candy bars. Syd needs new glasses and we talked about the possibility of her doing that herself.
Oct 28, 2015
You can't just walk in and be like, "Hey put me in the haunted house."
Participating in the haunted house, Winnie the Pooh theme song, $3 swimming caps, remembering the prayer, and what's that word again?
Oct 27, 2015
You're growing up in an era where there is tons of technology that allows you to do that.
Wishing wells, hot glue guns, fabrication of cosplay glasses, late work and setting alarms.
Oct 26, 2015
Oh my gosh, it's just the water guy.
It's you, band tshirts, missed school work consequences, and drama class serial.
Oct 25, 2015
You could make any story sounds boring
Wired at bedtime, baby hairs, gross faces, Sally and Dad's voice.
Oct 23, 2015
Like, entry level gang members, like, seventh graders...I could probably take them.
Joining a gym, monitoring security cameras, Dad Abs, and knee tumors.
Oct 22, 2015
Weekly Recap 10/22
This week was all about farce. From creepy dolls under the bed to poorly decorating Christmas trees, and chatting about El Nino, we had a really fun time. Syd put it best towards the end when she mentioned that by us pointing out all of the wrong things to do, it actually shows that we really know how to handle ourselves in a storm. I think that says a lot about other aspects of our life too.
Oct 22, 2015
You had me at hello.
Nickels, grass, the new peace sign, a"salt" rifles and klump.
Oct 21, 2015
You have to say a prayer because I have to Qtip my ears.
New glasses, going to the eye doctor alone, the last child, and cool frames.
Oct 20, 2015
Kit Kat. Kit Kat.
Giant asteroids, rich neighborhoods on Halloween, painting and the Maines twins.
Oct 18, 2015
Saying stupid things just to get attention.
I spy, priorities, star testing, presidential candidates and The Donald.
Oct 17, 2015
Cause that's the noise we use for everything.
Ghost stories, hurt knees, knee noises and athletes foot.
Oct 15, 2015
Weekly Recap 10/15
Syd is a great kid, and sometimes I forget to parent her properly. She not doing well in school all of a sudden and we talked about it. Not my proudest moment as a parent. I chose the wrong time and place, and didn't choose my words very carefully...I wish I had a "do over" button for talks (read, lectures )like these.
Oct 14, 2015
I think I've seen lightning, like, once.
Cough buttons, sneezing in concert, psat recap, swimming, and storms.
Oct 13, 2015
Maybe we can actually get some grass back
Heatwaves, el Nino, California weather and listener emails.
Oct 12, 2015
Do you want to talk about the elephant in the room?
Failing grades, priorities and how to succeed.
Oct 11, 2015
8 gigabytes is a lot of gigabytes.
Creepy dolls, decorating a Christmas tree, family holidays, old friends and data.
Oct 10, 2015
You want to turn into a father daughter vigilante thing?
Bad backs from hockey, working out, fighting bad guys, face tattoos, unproductive coughs, and drinking games.
Oct 9, 2015
That kind of makes my heart feel hurt.
Awake while asleep, packing up old books, heatwave and really hot ladders.
Oct 8, 2015
I don't know how to explain it in a good way.
Getting rid of a tickle in your throat, winking, and hitting snooze.
Oct 8, 2015
Weekly Recap 10/8
From phone screen protectors to hockey and regret, imagined bowling prowess to improv and racist cannibals there's no telling where our talks go. The last 4 minutes start by teaching Mommy instagram and end at Fairly Odd Parents...How did we get there? Who cares. I loved the journey!
Oct 7, 2015
I immediately regretted watching it sitting in the house alone.
Sleeping all day, broken closet doors, and American Horror Story.
Oct 6, 2015
It's ok, I don't either.
A podcast shoutout, Brennan our sound guy, improv, volunteer hours and head scarves.
Oct 5, 2015
So, you can dress up on campus?
Hospital bombings, Cosplay wigs, Halloween and rude statements.
Oct 4, 2015
That's called a Billy Ray, by the way.
An old dream, meeting Steve, catching up on assignments and Cosplay wigs.
Oct 3, 2015
Barbies rundown crackhouse.
Water and Top Ramen, recycling, getting rid of old stuff, and D&D alignment.
Oct 2, 2015
You would be effectively waterboarding yourself.
Sick talk, drinking upside down, and bad anatomy.
Oct 1, 2015
Your ultimate goal is to make money.
Gym class running, GSA club fundraising and a prayer.
Oct 1, 2015
This was an especially interesting week. We started out talking about an interesting comical entrance into a classroom by two of her classmates, we moved on to talking about whether or not knowing the future is something that we would want to do and we ended the week with an offline discussion where Sydney "came out" to her mother and myself, we picked up the conversation about that just as I was putting her to bed. This has truly been an interesting week.
Sep 30, 2015
You don't know how to handle your own failures and not being great.
Improv, other people's characters, and the benefits of competition.
Sep 29, 2015
Popular, I know about popular.
Minimum days, witches at the door and a really funny New York themed meme.
Sep 28, 2015
I would have made you wash with bleach.
Hockey, bowling, finding food, blue hands, coughing and new gel pens.
Sep 27, 2015
You got my wigs sweaty, I assume you'll get my hat sweaty too.
Dual use wigs, cosplay cons on Sunday nights, nickelodeon shows and hidden food.
Sep 26, 2015
My mom stuck my dead hamster on their fence.
Tired girls, barking dogs, threatening letters and "Cribs"
Sep 25, 2015
Don't actually die though. The paperwork involved in that would suck.
Walking for hours, Sayble can sleep anywhere, bad dreams and family members or to get you.
Sep 24, 2015
It's definitely a part of you but it's not entirely who you are.
Back to school night, LGBT club, sexuality, a coming out and realizing how we react to news.
Sep 24, 2015
This week we had a couple of conversations that some people might think are usually reserved for Moms. Syd made a friend based on the fact that she didn't shave her legs and I laid down the law about missing school because of menstrual cramps. We also talked about memory loss and if course I found a teachable moment during a conversation about developing film.
Sep 23, 2015
I get it. I hear you, but too bad.
Post Big Brother, spoilers, enjoying the journey, knowing the future, YouTube and a messed up prayer.
Sep 22, 2015
Make up something that's a little more appropriate for your age
Drama class characters, back stories and Dad makes a suggestion.
Sep 21, 2015
Don't live your life as a meme.
Ladies first, fun facts with Malik, Pi, memes, and laundry.
Sep 20, 2015
You bought really good cheese and you hid it from me?
Peanut allergies, Whole Foods, cheese, random facial expressions, old film and not using the word lame.
Sep 19, 2015
You got the bad luck of teeth.
Bad dreams, tooth brushing, PromStuck at the beach.
Sep 18, 2015
Did you speak French with Kody yesterday?
A little French, last minute Prom-Stuck details, and Syd's new "thing."
Sep 17, 2015
Weekly Recap, 9/18
We had a heatwave, Syd is planning a Cosplay Prom and school started, so we tackled some Fatherly advice this week. Some whimsical some serious. How did I do?
Sep 17, 2015
Don't say the F-word.
A new friend, an old nemesis, shaving legs and Science.
Sep 16, 2015
That's why I do so poorly at Socratic seminars.
Tsunami warnings, forgetfulness, planning a joke and school stuff.
Sep 15, 2015
Listen, you're a Freshman in high school, maybe it's time you start keeping track yourself.
Bedding etiquette, not making time, missing school because of cramps and menstruation tracking.
Sep 14, 2015
One of these days you'll realize that I am the smartest person you know.
Dirty clothes, a frustrating game, meeting Stephen Hawking and Anne Hathaway.
Sep 13, 2015
Missing assignments is where I'll focus my energies.
Negotiating the terms of the recycling deal, how effort is evaluated, and the sermon.
Sep 12, 2015
I don't think that's true, because I'm currently a child.
Recycling deal, crushing cans for the first time, living a long time and Eggies.
Sep 11, 2015
You shouldn't even upload this episode...
Falling asleep during Dateline, responsibilities in order of importance, some mumbling and a prayer.
Sep 10, 2015
Weekly Recap 9/10/15
Rick sets rules for missed assignments but finds that Sydney has already set her own. We recap the anime convention Syd attended and Syd explains the difference between a costume and a cosplay. While in drama class, Syd encounters a homophobe and she says it pretty common...and then Syd mocks a conversation we had earlier this week. I thought it was pretty funny.
Sep 10, 2015
I want you to participate in those things that you find enjoyable that are non school related.
Math in the morning, Prom-Stuck, school before hobbies and invitations with the wrong address.
Sep 9, 2015
If that happens, I'll go pretty quickly, which brings me some peace.
Beach-stuck, hot rooms and embracing the zombie apocalypse.
Sep 8, 2015
I am definitely going to be average, like, solidly in the bottom of the middle.
To cool to speak in math class, setting sights too low and parents are always right.
Sep 6, 2015
I'm not going to wear a Halloween costume to a Con.
Phone update, costumes versus Cosplay, car colors and a special request to God.
Sep 5, 2015
I'm not going to sugar coat this. I need new pillows.
Pillows, Sears, fake TV sets and IKEA.
Sep 4, 2015
I feel like your perception of me and how my brain works is from the past.
Class lists, bad and good teachers, Carrie, and falling into the trap of believing you are bad at something.
Sep 3, 2015
This week I found out that Syd actually enjoys getting up early, we both agreed about the Caitlyn Jenner costume but Syd articulates it better than I. We also discussed her volunteer hours and then we talked about the Sunday sermon where I get to hear a surprising view about success.
Sep 3, 2015
Yeah, I'm selling organs on the black market.
Room re-rganization, memes vs.GIF's, Syd's first french sentences and stereotypes.
Sep 2, 2015
That sounds like the start of am exciting year.
The elephant in the room, class schedules, and math teacher letdowns.
Sep 1, 2015
Another 9 more years and your brain will be fully formed.
The new bedtime, effort, almost a grownup and continuous learning.
Aug 31, 2015
I think I'm so sad, but I'm so happy right now.
School maps, pictures, Con assessment, and enjoying the journey.
Aug 30, 2015
You're at a Con, you do Con stuff...
Five words, free Coke, not eating, and finding pictures.
Aug 27, 2015
Weekly Recap, 8/23
Syd's friend Sayble joined us this week before school starts up again. We discussed how meatball trees would be a good idea, and the girls ran into a coyote. When Syd starts to tell me about her schedule, listen to how her voice changes as I tell her I don't really care if she has friends in her class. *note to self: "Listen to your children always. " And finally, listen to the evolution of an idea to package up "Dad Advice" for future dates. I'm doing this....
Aug 27, 2015
So pretend like I'm telling you you're not going to the Con...
Consequences for not cleaning her room, days of the Con, last minute instructions and fan fiction.
Aug 26, 2015
I guessed the password. I got it on the first try.
Curdled milk in a cup, packing for the Con, eating in Cosplay and a new phone.
Aug 25, 2015
Good talk, Son.
Getting up early, the Caitlyn Jenner Halloween costume, starting school, hitting snooze and femenist clubs.
Aug 24, 2015
Oh boy, I can't do that math in my head.
Battery recycling, volunteer hours and trying to do math in your head.
Aug 23, 2015
How we handle disappointment..
Preparing for failure, not playing well with others and not peaking in sixth grade.
Aug 22, 2015
I was secretly giggling to myself.
How to clean a room, a REALLY great idea, sinister voices, and "Bun."
Aug 21, 2015
Oh my gosh, my toe's a celebrity.
A wigs new home, fading walls and the shape of toes.
Aug 20, 2015
So, are you going to talk to us about our coyote encounter?
Broken phones and hooves, coyotes, wer-coyotes and negotiating a room cleaning.
Aug 19, 2015
Weekly Recap - 8/16
This week we talked about racism on the one year anniversary of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, I got a movie review, Syd went to camp and gave her testimony in front of over 100 people... We discussed levels of pride. Also, I made really good Kool-aid, Syd has a great idea about what we should be teaching our sons and then I got schooled on waking her up. Thanks for listening.
Aug 19, 2015
How did you end up toasting marshmallow on our kitchen stove?
On top of spaghetti, sourdough bread, paint splotches, and toasting marshmallows.
Aug 18, 2015
It says, "Introduction to kinesiology." Is that what they call PE?
Freshman orientation, class schedules and setting goals.
Aug 17, 2015
I can't just be the wingman...
Molding dragon heads, painting horns and planning our Cosplay finishing touches.
Aug 16, 2015
You said "A towel made of water," I can't say "Like breathing in Jello?"
A heatwave, Testers paints, homemade costumes and stranded with waffles.
Aug 15, 2015
Do you mind if I butt in right here before you keep going?
Headphones, Cosplay, dress codes, inappropriate behavior and gender rolls.
Aug 14, 2015
You want Bling. I want Bling too.
Testimony, hundreds, math class requirements and laminating schedules.
Aug 12, 2015
This week I got to teach Sydney about snack cakes and High School pranks. Also, I got to see how influencial of a parent I have been so far, and then I try to get to the bottom of why she stays up so late. In some respects Sydney seems wiser that the knowledge I think I have imparted. Really brings home that sense of how much influence her peers and the world have.
Aug 10, 2015
You have to curb your excitement, you can't get killed in the process.
Itinerary defined, three days, slow motion reunions and how to wake a teen.
Aug 9, 2015
Older brothers can do this to younger sisters.
Ferguson, racism, bully cops and a questionable suicide.
Aug 8, 2015
Go to bed... Like, actual bed.
Ant Man review, movie clichés, Cosplay checklists and preventable accidents.
Aug 6, 2015
Nothing good happens after 2 o'clock.
1500 likes, staying up late, swirlies, and the Republican debate.
Aug 5, 2015
I didn't read his sign, but he was holding a sign.
5 part story structure, anatomy games cores and feeding the homeless.
Aug 4, 2015
Don't be surprised if all of your stuff is out on the front porch tomorrow.
Ho-Ho's vs. Ding Dongs, sideways pizza and teachable moments.
Aug 3, 2015
No part of me is only school.
New pillows, writing with a stylus, Nick, and a really weird dream.
Aug 2, 2015
A recap of our week featuring bits of several conversions. We talked about hunting lions and the responsibility that comes with that, being self critical and, of course, I may have been overthinking this part! It's difficult to tell sometimes if the things I choose to use as teachable moments are worthwhile or it just falls on deaf ears. How do you change the mentality of the Internet mob that gathers when they sense injustice? And how do I teach my daughter to have a healthy dose of self criticism without letting it tip into self doubt and self defeating thought? Comments and suggestions welcome on Facebook and twitter. Thanks for listening.
Aug 1, 2015
I feel like sometimes you underestimate me...
When do we start caring about the world? How much of my focus will become Syd's? Tonight I challenged her to pay more attention to current events, specifically the presidential election. Her response surprised me. 0:00-4:30 Current events, 4:30-7:00 Bernie Sanders vs. Hillary Clinton, 7:00-12:00 The Internet doesn't always tell the truth. I opened a can of worms that we'll talk about very. Slowly. Any suggestions?
Jul 31, 2015
I think most artists dislike their own work.
Sydney seemed ashamed of some of the artwork she created and tonight we discussed the unsettled feeling I had about that. She defended her position really thoughtfully. 0:00- 1:00 A poorly constructed joke 1:00- 7:00 Self critical thinking and reasoning 7:00-10:50 The art she likes Prayer This is where my self critical thinking starts as a Dad. Am I making too much of this? Is this a teachable moment? I don't know. What do you think?
Jul 29, 2015
Where was the outrage when we were killing all those other lions?
Lion killing, Internet shaming, and all original material.
Jul 28, 2015
I'm 14 years old and I'm not grown up and mature...
Evaluating a painting, not doing your work, sharp comebacks and laying the groundwork for being a good person.
Jul 27, 2015
Isn't "You walk like a guy" similar to "You throw like a girl?"
ORT of the movie, walking home in the dark, and chalk for kittens.
Jul 26, 2015
So until the intense shining spotlight dims down a bit...
Caitlyn Jenner, the voice of a people, setting an alarmand Goldilocks.
Jul 25, 2015
Not into the ocean. That would make my problem worse.
A lost phone, why parents get angry, regular Taco Bell customers and a really hot room.
Jul 24, 2015
What's the difference between stacked and piled?
Mugs for drugs, desks in closets, and a definition.
Jul 23, 2015
Wearing the Cosplay makes me feel really, like, weirdly confidant.
Surreal painting, a new wig, making costumes and the way it makes you feel.
Jul 22, 2015
My art history knowledge is poor.
Impressionistic painters, the perception of time, nails, and running as fast as a car.
Jul 21, 2015
I think the volunteers would have to be unwilling.
Dentist challenges, playlists, poor sentence structure and dad's "tell."
Jul 20, 2015
The destination is Trust.
Types of plastic, interventions, Foreigner and a great message yesterday.
Jul 19, 2015
Don't do that. It's not as cool as you think.
Cosplay costume stress, Pinocchio with bad eyesight and new sunglasses.
Jul 18, 2015
Lately I feel like I'm, like, doing something with my life.
Cosplay stress, growing up and feeling good about it.
Jul 17, 2015
So, like I said, I don't know if it's appropriate to tell you...
Gushing about Gimlet, catching up on art class and buying bikes.
Jul 16, 2015
She broke a foot, Talia did...
Being polite, two point perspective, two year anniversary of the passing of Talia Joy, and leaving a mark.
Jul 15, 2015
Well maybe you could throw a fart joke or two in there.
Art class update, a great nap, smart alecs, and an apology.
Jul 14, 2015
If you actually had the anatomy of a hand that I drew, you'd never be able to open a can.
Collages, proportions of a face, learning to draw, lifeguards and teaching daughters confidence poorly.
Jul 13, 2015
I don't have to get up and run around in at class.
Cool toys, Talia, nail polish, self control, Snoop Dogg, and staying up late.
Jul 12, 2015
I think I'm going to get another wig.
Rosebud, self portraits, sharing earbuds, and costume changes.
Jul 11, 2015
It's not a matter of opinion of they're in the community, it's fact.
Pixar, pride, LGBT, and a disagreement.
Jul 10, 2015
Will wash babies for food. He had a sign.
Pescatarians, Syd's first day, washing babies and Old Gregg.
Jul 9, 2015
I'm never gonna be talking about colors like colors wearing sunglasses.
Sydney's birth day, no epidural, collage update and a play date.
Jul 8, 2015
It didn't start out as a positive message.
Cosplay organization, the don't judge me challenge, and Dad is pretty hip.
Jul 7, 2015
And you play for shoes and cigarettes and dime bags of cocaine.
Painting class, endangered orcas, dice and a play date.
Jul 6, 2015
Wow, so not where I thought you were going to go with that.
Long nails, drawing and painting class, shallow thoughts and a wake up time.
Jul 5, 2015
You can lay in it, you just can't eat it.
Open closet doors, where the line is, Cosplay costume and sunglasses.
Jul 3, 2015
How did we get to talking about the different types of old people?
Things I missed, time travel, old people and healthy habits.
Jul 2, 2015
I don't want you making long term decisions based on short term problems.
Sickness maintenence, art class, YMCA, and Cosplay.
Jul 1, 2015
So how is your summer going?
A guest, gay marriage, 4H and chicken shows.
Jun 28, 2015
Funny, you don't look like a 14 year old girl.
Health check, a call from Sayble and an understudy for Sydney.
Jun 27, 2015
You're not as funny tonight as you were last night.
Poor dieting choices, the need for fans, and the confederate flag.
Jun 26, 2015
That's you. You look like a chicken leg.
SCOTUS decision, doctors who use food metaphors, eating dad and Sydney's prayer.
Jun 25, 2015
It's like someone just stuck a needle in my throat.
A hurtful swallow and prayer.
Jun 24, 2015
Reading through an encyclopedia is like walking through a Dollar Tree.
Excited for high school, the purpose of tonsils and encyclopedias.
Jun 23, 2015
Fever, art class and sicky breath.
Jun 22, 2015
That's what you're taking exception with out of that sentence?
Fan pages, starting high school, pregnant at 16 and digging a grave.
Jun 21, 2015
Not everyone was a professional comedian for a portion of their life.
Dad's hair, Father's Day and starting school.
Jun 19, 2015
That's the perfect amount of grime.
Gilligan's Island, dirty screens, and grading an art class.
Jun 18, 2015
Just because it's a holiday doesn't mean it's a holiday from cleanliness.
Talking in captions, walking in Cosplay, taking summer classes and dad's painting.
Jun 17, 2015
Putting rocks in CK's water.
Rude spectators, 5 words, vice principals that watch the Bachelor and bad waiters.
Jun 16, 2015
Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
Pool parties, sleepovers and favorite roller coasters.
Jun 15, 2015
The green thing actually got me more excited for high school.
How to "do" Knotts, being a high schooler and setting goals.
Jun 14, 2015
So, when 8th grade is over and high school begins, I'm going to be expecting more original content.
Digital art, original content and the final exam.
Jun 11, 2015
It's Adam and Eve, not Adam and Steve.
Why we're role models, dad jeans, and delayed injuries.
Jun 10, 2015
We don't dig no chicks with buns and glasses.
Suit shaped cheese crackers, internet-based cartoons and frenemies.
Jun 9, 2015
My finger is just so disproportionate.
Tiny hangers, jammed fingers, and make up work.
Jun 8, 2015
High school was the best 35 years of my life.
Summer classes, going back to school, and service hours.
Jun 7, 2015
It would be things that are interesting to me.
Story Core, instagram, femenists and facts versus headlines.
Jun 6, 2015
I'm gonna cut you short unless you have something interesting to say.
Starting school, economically challenged students, and throwing shade.
Jun 5, 2015
That's what every almost 50 year old man wants to look like.
Water Polo, basketball, tennis, swimming pools and new glasses.
Jun 4, 2015
Oh my gosh, have you seen your knees?
Poor sports, consequences of taking risks, and the last of the math learning.
Jun 3, 2015
They pride themselves on being kinda smart and sassy.
Trolls, mean people and misspelling on purpose.
Jun 2, 2015
I'd really like to do something about this world hunger thing, but, uh...
Food in the bed, substitute teachers and a petty prayer request.
Jun 1, 2015
Persperating. That sounds so much cooler though. Just let it happen.
Caitlyn Jenner, team handball and getting in shape.
May 31, 2015
We're not the heros society makes us out to be.
On being cool, Shari Lewis and Lambchop, NPR and Southwest.
May 30, 2015
Instead of shaming fat people, they're shaming thin supermodels.
Exclamation points, fat shaming and the realization that we're not good role models.
May 29, 2015
Extra lunch period could be extra math period.
Double lunch, math dumb, how a room gets hot and scars.
May 28, 2015
If they were a snack or one of those physics things, I'd buy it.
Newton's balls, Ross, factory seconds and floral wire pets.
May 27, 2015
Answer the question, Rick.
Bad pillows, sick children, needy fathers and Don't Feed The Trolls.
May 26, 2015
I am not History class. I am not offering more questions than answers.
Back to school night, English vs. History, a method to the madness and Mormons.
May 25, 2015
Why'dya stop doing fun stuff when I was born?
Getting to the President, City Hall, cubicles and dioramas of the city.
May 24, 2015
Booya! No school tomorrow.
Sequels, Taken 3 and which is the best Shrek?
May 23, 2015
Not the chocolate milk stains. Those are my favorite.
Buying and selling beds, shopping trips and donuts.
May 21, 2015
When you eventually get your TED talk, lead with that.
Turning on the fan, take your Mother to lunch day, a driving lesson and going on a manhunt.
May 20, 2015
It's something that a pirate would stereotypically say
Homestruck, History debates, North vs. South and TIL..
May 19, 2015
I was trying to think if something interesting had happened to me today.
Pillows, crowd-sourced remixes, and Big Brother.
May 18, 2015
I didn't say it was a joke, I said it was a lie.
A clean room, hoarding, making diamonds and mind control.
May 17, 2015
TCB. What? Take care of business. I thought it was a sandwich.
Letters to dead people, BASH (Breakfast At Sydney's House,) and staying in touch with old friends.
May 16, 2015
That's just what the Pikstick was invented for, so 13 year old girls could give their fathers wedgies.
New shows, clones, and nature versus nurture.
May 15, 2015
So pee and poop would be fine, but throw up is where you draw the line?
Cleaning a room, stepping on stuff, and talent without technique.
May 14, 2015
Like, crunchy foods world hurt.
Crying about the middle, tightened braces and one tired girl.
May 13, 2015
I'd go 1000 miles per hour always.
Invisibility or flight?
May 12, 2015
And maybe not the being held in a cage by our gym teacher.
Weird dreams, face picking, and Abraham Lincoln.
May 11, 2015
You'll be an old lady by then.
Math, aging well, and porcelain dolls.
May 10, 2015
There you go, that's it, make a tshirt.
Mother's Day, crying over cards, going green and dresses that look like cartoons.
May 9, 2015
This entire cubby is filled with my porcelain dolls.
Factory restarts, room cleaning and spooky dolls.
May 8, 2015
This is a look in the life of Sydney.
Rain, pictures, and sad frog.
May 7, 2015
There's always two teams that are like, "What is a baseball? "
Surprise reunions, Sherlock, ice cream, paddle ball, and picking teams.
May 6, 2015
You could be eating fish baby pudding.
Pudding, church games, secret sister letdown and prayer.
May 5, 2015
Pigs. Where is this going?
Actors we know, great script writing, pigs and TED talks.
May 4, 2015
Longer tongues are just better for turning.
Bumps, head injuries, makeup and the length of tongues.
May 3, 2015
That's the deal you make for freedom.
Headphones, cleaning a room and Dad sets an expectation.
May 2, 2015
It's not disappointment, it's fear.
Fundraisers, hot dog let downs, milk after soda and honey.
May 1, 2015
I'm going to high school, I gotta spread my wings.
Sanyo C4, track meets, church camp and million dollar pay per view fights.
Apr 30, 2015
I am throwing shade. Don't tell him I said that.
Original characters, throwing shade, and missions to Mars.
Apr 29, 2015
Was it a good hot dog? Like a big all beef 4 to 1?
Bruises or dirt, snakes, bbqs, and hot dog sizes.
Apr 28, 2015
"Hey, don't support gay people son."
Supreme court, gay marriage, poor parenting and bad behavior in Maryland.
Apr 27, 2015
I like my regularity in my sleep and on my bowel movements.
Paddle tennis, being swatted in grammar school, Baltimore and sleep.
Apr 26, 2015
And then Rose. Rose is not a skinny waif girl.
Superglue, wall collages, formulaic television and Steven Universe.
Apr 25, 2015
Nice to see that John Travolta in drag is sending the same message that I have been trying to send.
Sally's birthday, hair dye and Hairspray.
Apr 24, 2015
I felt myself being nervous for him.
Apr 23, 2015
I know what all of those words mean and none of the content.
Gemz, malt shops, memes, and SpongeBob.
Apr 22, 2015
Can you hold off until we're finished, and then we'll let you rob us?
Really expensive markers, original characters, Dad's favorite TED talk, and church tonight.
Apr 21, 2015
That just sucked...horrible... Miserable freakin' Day...
Kiddie rides, safety harnesses and croakies.
Apr 20, 2015
I believe my daughters have the same right to a good night sleep as my sons.
School stuff, feminism and The Big Bang.
Apr 19, 2015
But I do like me some worship band.
Pastors, learning to pray, and a great drummer.
Apr 18, 2015
Can we wrap this up? Your voice is making me tired.
Hierarchy of needs, old friends, home schooling, and a rude comment.
Apr 17, 2015
If your leg falls off, call me.
Knee injuries, dreams and an early bed time.
Apr 16, 2015
Good talk, man.
History assignment, natural born leaders and respecting personal pronouns.
Apr 15, 2015
'Cause I'd prefer to talk about that than Spanx.
Compression clothing, marketing and picking classes for high school.
Apr 14, 2015
We have so many bigger things to worry about.
English tariffs, slavery, racism, and same sex marriage.
Apr 13, 2015
Mommy likes the more traditional mummy cats, with the white tape on them.
Zombie Barbie, bobcats and workmen, and mummy cats.
Apr 12, 2015
Where did you learn all this crazy?
Sleeping needs, protective covers, Harry Potter, and schrodinger's cat
Apr 11, 2015
I don't need my historian studies from sixth grade.
Handwriting, I dotting, and planning for school on Monday.
Apr 10, 2015
If I ever get arrested, I'll thank Mrs. Matt.
Police etiquette, seventh grade Miranda rights and a non sequitur.
Apr 9, 2015
I was very proud of myself for that dated reference.
Sleeping clothes, Chicagoland, eating makeup and a call to action.
Apr 8, 2015
On a completely different note, can I shave the side of my head?
Photography, kinkos, sleep overs and pushing the boundaries.
Apr 6, 2015
Dude, you wanna sneak behind the bleachers and eat some broccoli?
Pillows, peer pressure, and a path to photography.
Apr 5, 2015
You had to bring it full circle, didn't you?
Three hands, counterfeit money and a sad Easter.
Apr 4, 2015
Instead of saying a prayer, I almost said my phone number.
Art, how hands feel, and brain farts.
Apr 3, 2015
A pen you shall keep. Your hands are disgusting.
Keeping a journal, hair dye, electives, and good photography.
Apr 2, 2015
I think I was in prison when you were in kindergarten.
Kindergarten songs, gluten free art and spring break plans.
Apr 1, 2015
It's so tiny. I don't know why their calling it a fence.
Bad dreams, a talent for the creative and writing it down.
Mar 31, 2015
I was sitting there crying in 6th period and I didn't know what to do.
Dr. Seuss, egg drop post talk, stressing out and character defining traits.
Mar 30, 2015
And we're stuck, crouched in a bush...
Daddy daughter dance, planning Syd's life, picked last and a heart attack.
Mar 29, 2015
You had an epic beard when you were two.
Shaved legs, yetis, poor parenting and heart attacked.
Mar 28, 2015
We're gonna suck, but we're still going to have a fantastic time.
Piercing the veil, movie spoilers, badminton and found footage.
Mar 27, 2015
Maybe it won't kill me, but it might kill you.
Funny voices, Zayn quit, softball, termites in my hair and aging well.
Mar 26, 2015
Don't be afraid to leave it on stage.
Restriction, presentation and rules for the stage.
Mar 25, 2015
Zayn Malik is a beautiful human being.
Church games, public presentations, and One Direction.
Mar 24, 2015
Your always playing for second, boys.
Topless women, starting trends, and egg drops.
Mar 23, 2015
I'm not gonna get in trouble about some pajama pants.
Mean girl, a lesson about mean girls, free dress day and confidence.
Mar 22, 2015
You've said "like," like, 15 times in that sentence.
Free dress day, tv shows, and like.
Mar 21, 2015
Don't be a jerk.
Good advice, bad advice, picking boyfriends, and who's the boss.
Mar 20, 2015
Does the sound effect help?
Leadership posture, drawn pictures and theme parks.
Mar 19, 2015
That's not gonna happen, Ricky-boy.
Left for dead, cats, raising fake babies and math.
Mar 18, 2015
You turn a lot of conversations into lectures.
Bun, heart pillow, secret code languages, poor math grades lectures, and braces.
Mar 17, 2015
I'll try anything once. Except for guacamole.
Language, orcas, nurture, and big babies.
Mar 16, 2015
Sleeping and snoring.
Syd was out when I went in.
Mar 15, 2015
Asmr no more questions.
Bed rituals, show prep, fake realty shows and ASMR. (Yeah, it's a thing.)
Mar 14, 2015
We missed ultimate pi day.
Pi, new sheets, and "when is Sable ever going home?"
Mar 13, 2015
If you make anything with oven, pan needs to be cleaned.
Sable's hair dye, using the oven, and a really hot room.
Mar 12, 2015
We're raising people.
Eighth grade drama, Transgendered teens and Jesus.
Mar 11, 2015
Their parents must have been horrible.
Islam, Jesus, terrorists and racism.
Mar 10, 2015
I had a hat and a do-rag on in that picture.
Glasses, greys, and Japanese TV viewing habits.
Mar 9, 2015
It's like a White Elephant version of The Bachelor.
The Bachelor, Amber Alerts, and falling asleep to really interesting books.
Mar 8, 2015
"Took your baby. BRB."
Dog beach, shell shops, taking care of babies, and juvy.
Mar 7, 2015
They just put 'em in a box with a plexiglass top on it.
Lip licking, solving for x, fan fiction and embalmbing in Mexico.
Mar 6, 2015
Seriously? You thought I was coming at you with a tongue?
Wise quotes, quitter socks, forgotten Christmas stockings and braces.
Mar 5, 2015
Your group is exactly who your group is.
Consequences, the character of kids, the one thing that changes your life, and an unexpected death.
Mar 4, 2015
You have actual, like, purple bags under your eyes.
Consequences, school dance attire, and creepy dreams.
Mar 3, 2015
Oh look, it's the Blue Man Group.
Bully card follow up, creeping people out, a super nice guy, and microwave popcorn.
Mar 2, 2015
That behavior stops when it starts being illuminated.
Headaches, intolerance after the museum of tolerance, and the dentist.
Mar 1, 2015
If the ice cream truck is playing music, they are out of ice cream.
Dub step, success, lying to children, and the museum of tolerance.
Feb 28, 2015
Tough to do a podcast when Syd is sleeping.
A quick prayer because party girl can't handle staying up until 4am.
Feb 27, 2015
Sydney is at a sleepover
Contact information, social media and a request for feedback.
Feb 26, 2015
I dare you to eat that broccoli.
Standing up to bullies, being a fink, good peer pressure, and inspirational songs.
Feb 25, 2015
I'm not even afraid of mimes.
Laundry, making pretzels, a really bad dream, American Horror Story, and the death of a friend's dad.
Feb 24, 2015
Lipsticks don't dry out.
Dad's comedy before kids, zen gardens, math, and learning to read.
Feb 23, 2015
I will be "owning your iPad and phone Dad."
Princess and the pea, math scores, advertising and three completely unrelated topics
Feb 22, 2015
So, apparently, you have the cognitive thinking ability of a 3 year old.
Braids, brain function and secretive friends birthdays.
Feb 21, 2015
We'd get you a really nice hook... well, not like a pirates hook.
De-kidding the room, childhood injuries, hair extentions and a minor wound.
Feb 20, 2015
Flowers for Algernon
Ted talks, the brain, and germs all over.
Feb 19, 2015
The phrase tearing meat and spilling flesh was definitely in there.
Virtual reality glasses, split tongues, monkey paws and rewritten endings.
Feb 18, 2015
Improvement is the metric that everybody looks at.
Slurred esses, new rubber bands, and getting on the wall of fame.
Feb 17, 2015
Well, she's a witch. Whatja expect?
Braces rubber band colors, piercings, and a really great wedding.
Feb 16, 2015
If you look it up, you'll find it.
Can openers in bed, Obama stuff, and Star Wars.
Feb 15, 2015
That is true, some of it is gonna suck. But, I can promise you, it won't all suck.
Sadness, crying, and an early bedtime.
Feb 14, 2015
What happens next is pure magic.
The longest word, click bait, room additions, and presidents day.
Feb 13, 2015
I feel bad for laughing at those commercials. And rightfully, you should.
NECCO, candy heart phrases, life alert, and darning socks.
Feb 12, 2015
Perfect scores are not always the most, um, beneficial.
Chicken facts, math scores, and mistakes.
Feb 11, 2015
I owe you an apology.
Apologies and a course correction.
Feb 10, 2015
You do NOT have crippling social anxiety.
The downside of empathy, bad stomachs, how much pollution, and a made up diagnosis.
Feb 9, 2015
I don't see anything wrong with having a pizza on our time, Mr. Hand.
Gym class, the heart, surgery, categories, and childbirth.
Feb 8, 2015
In Dog we trust.
Blue hair, haunted houses, psychological experiments, hypocrites and matching.
Feb 7, 2015
A tired Sydney is like a completely untired Kody.
Blackfish, documentary truths, and a really tired girl.
Feb 6, 2015
I have to tell you, I hated Marley &Me.
Fitness tests, teachers hated books, Flowers for Algernon, and not raiding the fridge.
Feb 5, 2015
We're dusting for prints and yours aren't on that arrow.
Notebook hoarder, weird friends, Haley and Brian, going out, and talking the bus.
Feb 4, 2015
I could rule the world!
Corrections, things dad has on his head, running, Sable's birthday, perfect squares, and joining a gym.
Feb 3, 2015
It doesn't scare me. It just makes me like...
Saw, anonymous posts, Sable is back, and daddy daughter kisses.
Feb 2, 2015
We never would have secretly wished that Brett Michaels was in a relationship with Nikki Sixx.
Soil Love, "Shippers," Dad's pop culture primer, and loving people where they are.
Feb 1, 2015
We are God.
Moses, being an answer to prayer, high school, and working in a laundromat.
Jan 31, 2015
Redhead, sorry. Is that an offensive term?
Colored hair, "ginger," and moved stickers.
Jan 30, 2015
It smells like cookies. Don't even start with me.
Wet gym floors, brothers' tv, moved seats, and song lyrics written on your hand.
Jan 29, 2015
Dosi-doh your partner, and you dosi-doh your corner...
Talking to yourself, square dancing, and hat day.
Jan 28, 2015
You have to stop being shocked that you're good at math.
P.E. teacher lied, relay races with cards, math, sausage fingers and puns.
Jan 27, 2015
I will make a scene. I will make a complete scene.
Dance starts tomorrow, dealing with bullies, permission to push back, and what happens when Dad crosses a line.
Jan 26, 2015
I'm not sure what the standard for clay balls in bed is.
Discussion about clay balls in bed, Spotty needing some work, fear of success, and sharing creativity.
Jan 25, 2015
I thought it was, like, a "peace" sign...or a chicken foot.
5 SOS artwork, defining "ombre," the last week of the semester, and a preview of the witch dream.
Jan 24, 2015
We couldn't be alive right now... But we're alive right now.
New podcast called Invisibilia, living without fear, chemical signatures of evil, the wonder of how cool it is to be alive, and all of the things that we have stored up in our head.
Jan 23, 2015
I don't think the amount of thumbs really counts for the places your going.
Ted Talk about people's individual hard closets and being true to yourself, the pastor's last name, being an Uber driver, hitchhiking, and no participation of a kiss.
Jan 22, 2015
Moshdi was a neat guy until he started chasing squirrels and throwing things at them.
Death of a Saudi King, Women's rights, Shakers, petite friends, people who we thought were cool, messed up bedding, and husbands sleeping on the couch.
Jan 21, 2015
Drawing skeletons on your hand is not the kind of thing that's going to get you an A.
Changing tastes, freaky videos, drawing on your hand, knowledge of anatomy, and showing my daughter one phalange.
Jan 20, 2015
I feel like I need to have a talk with Susan.
Discussion of Don't hug me I'm scared, being desensitized, unsettled thoughts about harm coming to friends, cell phone pervasiveness, and changing society.
Jan 19, 2015
Try lots of things, you're going to suck at lots of them...
Syd on videos, creativity, Facebook posts, Dad's comedic mind, creative writing, and a lesson about not letting failure hold you back.
Jan 18, 2015
You smell like Kickin' Crab.
Body's shutting down, contagious yawns, Time's Person Of The Year, Ebola workers, sanitation, and crawfish tentacles falling from bracelets.
Jan 17, 2015
That happened. They swung me and threw me in a bush.
Clay sculptures, Sawdust Festival, what Syd remembers, and being thrown in a bush by older brothers.
Jan 16, 2015
Just pull your middle finger out of the jar you keep it in.
Queer Eye For The Straight Guy, looking like a corpse, gangrene, how you could flip someone off if you were the "Undead," and echo-location.
Jan 15, 2015
Life goes how it goes...
Cleaning out drawers, the history of the world on an unrolled roll of toilet paper, favorite dinosaurs, and when to come home from school.
Jan 14, 2015
I need to get Ashton and Luke out from behind my bed.
Lip plumping, correct grammar, tooth gaps, hair styles, and roll call of hung pictures.
Jan 13, 2015
I wasn't always the phenomenal father that I am today.
Remembering being 13, blocking out the bad, when is Easter, the wall of Fandom, dressing up as teachers, lumpy heads, and all the ways that Dad injured Syd as a baby.
Jan 12, 2015
Dad's advice on coping. (vol. 2)
Discussion follows the aftermath of a playful comment made by Mommy about the hairstyle Syd had at bedtime.
Jan 11, 2015
I wouldn't go any kind of shopping with you, except grocery shopping.
A discussion of bras, microwave bread, poor parenting, personal style, and going one last time to the mini-mall before they close.
Jan 10, 2015
When I move into Kody's room...
All the ways that Kody's room gets transformed into Syd's room.
Jan 9, 2015
Making clay sculptures, and maybe moving into Kody's room after he moves out.
Jan 8, 2015
American Horror Story. A primer.
Syd gives Dad an entry level course on American Horror Story.
Jan 7, 2015
Josh, not Josh...
Jumprope skills, and names we call people.
Jan 6, 2015
The story of the 5 monkeys.
The distance to the moon, eating habits, meeting new people, and a lesson about change.
Jan 5, 2015
Dead guys blankets, stolen scissors and a really inappropriate gift...
Sleeping with stolen scissors, garage sale finds, and the discovery of a gift given by a friend.
Jan 4, 2015
Your hair color doesn't define you.
How your hair color defines you.
Jan 3, 2015
Legalized pot edibles.
Discussion about marijuana in edible products.
Jan 2, 2015
What, does my breath smell?
Tired, bored, staying up late, dishes piling up, and Dad's bad breath.
Jan 1, 2015
Maybe I should start swearing in front of my kids.
Discussion of normal behavior when it comes to swearing in front of, or to, children.
Dec 31, 2014
There's a spray-painted starfruit in the corner...
Early New Year, a guys house that looks like a page in "I Spy," and shooting in the air.
Dec 30, 2014
I've always wanted to live somewhere where it snows.
New Years Planning, snow in Long Beach, and what it is like to live in a place where it snows.
Dec 29, 2014
If I stay (alternative endings)
Discussion of the ending of the film "If I Stay."
Dec 28, 2014
I don't want some guy coming in treating my daughter like a Princess...
Wanting vacation to end, Disney princess problems, and women's empowerment.
Dec 27, 2014
I was more chill because I'm used to "jump scares" and stuff.
Playing in the arcade, and disconnected buttons in elevators.
Dec 26, 2014
The three words I can't stand people saying are the N-word, F-A-G, and retarded...
A discussion of inequality, racism, and standing up for what is right.
Dec 25, 2014
In a band, in people, what matters most? Character.
Christmas morning recap, the longevity of a band as it relates to the character of individuals.
Dec 24, 2014
Will you always help me clean up my barf?
First Christmas Eve without an expectation of Santa, and a discussion of when you know you made the turn into a more grown-up state.
Dec 23, 2014
I used to have another Brother...
Profiling strangers at the mall, plans for Christmas, and hiding dead bodies in the floorboards of the bedroom.
Dec 22, 2014
They'll finally accept you because you have colored hair.
Tie-dye, Robin Sparkles, and how to be accepted in the mall stores.
Dec 21, 2014
Your vacation is not my vacation.
Mini Mall, dyed hair falling out, coloring, Christmas Trees.
Dec 20, 2014
If there was a "Pretty Contest," I would probably win...
Stalker towels, collecting canned goods, baby due dates, eviction notices, and buying presents.
Dec 19, 2014
Discussion of the choices we make and how they deceives people.
Dec 18, 2014
That was not a transition at all...
Discussion of meat, ethnic foods, teachers that don't know your name, and discussions of racism.
Dec 17, 2014
He's like the really old family dog...
What you would transition to if you could, needing time, math rules, and friends allowing you do do makeovers.
Dec 16, 2014
If you are going to shoplift, don't shoplift crap.
Early mornings, scheduling, Christmas present lists, and learning how, and what to shoplift.
Dec 15, 2014
This is going to be sarcastic, Isn't it?
Splitting hairs, sleeping in crumbs, jump rope songs, 8th grade nickname calls, and Mom's high school worries.
Dec 14, 2014
You have to be 17 to cough in your dad's mouth... Everyone knows that.
Homework, Christmas countdown, explanation of fooling Syd on Christmas Eve, snow days, and clown cars.
Dec 13, 2014
Not a long more time...
CK writing a text story, Syd mocking Dad about Ted Talks, happiness after loss, and a promise of cleaning a room.
Dec 12, 2014
"Rainy Day Lunch," by the way, would be a great name for a band.
Registering for High School, Dodgeball, and a discussion of teaching special needs kids.
Dec 11, 2014
So, have you done anything productive today?
Taylor Swift songs, APE evaluation, and no longer being a "pants girl."
Dec 10, 2014
Wow! Throwing shade...
Subliminal recordings, laughing at your own jokes, boys are children, and a discussion of how to react to "witchy" people.
Dec 9, 2014
Is there a Santa?
Dad finally gets a chance to share the short story about whether there is a Santa with Sydney. This is the first time that Syd admits to not believing.
Dec 8, 2014
I'm 13, I know the truth of the world...
What Syd can smell, after school calls, and the start of a conversation about whether Santa is real.
Dec 7, 2014
We saved Christmas
Christmas lights, saving christmas, sneaking peeks in the Temple, and troubleshooting a report folder.
Dec 6, 2014
I don't want to talk about it...
A hard discussion about coping, tantrums, how to make decisions, and when the training for adulthood begins.
Dec 5, 2014
My feet smell like Peaches and stuff... but not peaches.
Getting the giggles out, and a discussion about sleepover rules.
Dec 4, 2014
Dad's advice on coping...
A discussion about the transition to adulthood as it pertains to coping with difficult things like death.
Dec 3, 2014
Cool time with buds...
The smell of our home, poor classroom time management, leaving campus, and a discussion of a gutsy 6th grader.
Dec 2, 2014
Parents of the year...
Generous neighbors, lipstick stains, HS registration, and being a voice actor.
Dec 1, 2014
She found the Motherload!
Unpacking pillows, instructing special needs students, and The Outsiders.
Nov 30, 2014
A picture of a lizard on a skateboard, a blowpop...
Random stuff in bed, doing better in school, and Dad's take on why.
Nov 29, 2014
Discussion after watching the movie version of one of Syd's favorite books, The Giver.
Nov 28, 2014
The phone charging bra
Random discussion during a sleepover at Sally's house.
Nov 27, 2014
Let me put makeup on my ladyface...
Thanksgiving wrap-up, fawning over Dad's Turkey, semi-naked ken dolls, and a series of out-takes from the little screen.
Nov 26, 2014
Hot chocolate for breakfast, bad parenting choices, inability to remember Anna Kendricks name, and Star Wars posters.
Nov 25, 2014
Are you sure that's not one of the 1001 uses ?
Ditching Dad on Hunger Games, a discussion of duct tape uses, and a plan to have a kids rule book.
Nov 24, 2014
But I do worry about money...
Sleeping like logs, hay hair, testing sick cats, a discussion about who worries about money, and creepy smiles.
Nov 23, 2014
Neither chairs, nor a table, make Thanksgiving...
Another day with a messy room, and Thanksgiving plans.
Nov 22, 2014
I'm just worried about mommy...
Big Kitty is sick. Discussion about what will happen if she dies.
Nov 21, 2014
So that's where my tax dollars are going...
Dirty room, the first day with the new car, Markers on hair, and an after hours party in the bedroom.
Nov 20, 2014
Diego is sooooooo cute
Discussion of Sydney's time in APE with Diego, personal space, Thanksgiving games, and politically incorrect terms for Native Americans,
Nov 19, 2014
I was...ok with it...
Sydney's bad dream.
Nov 18, 2014