We aren’t taking this week lying down — we’re only reclining slightly as we try a new way to get relaxed for the podcast. A game of Would You Rather makes Carly wonder whether she dislikes the game or just the player, we discuss the ethics of breastfeeding—like whether to look a mom in the eye while she breastfeeds and how long moms should breastfeed their kids for—and review a meal delivery service that was supposed to make life easy (and–spoiler–didn’t).
Mother’s Day is upon us, and for some strange reason our perspective on this has shifted over the past 15 months or so… (hmm, I wonder what changed? *cough*wehadababy*cough*)
We’re chatting about our new appreciation for our own moms, dissecting how well we divide the work between mom and dad in the household, and speculate on how prominent gender roles still are in the general modern household.
We share a song that Carly wrote for her own mom several Mother’s Days ago, and the story of how it gave her a profound experience on her first day of being a mom.
Also, Johnny talks about the social media move that got him in big trouble as Business Moose when he worked at Club Penguin, and we discuss the contradictions of our social media philosophies and practices.
Here’s the song featured in the podcast:
Tensions are running high as Johnny is coming out of the busiest few weeks of his life and I can’t seem to say Infinity War right.
We recorded this podcast right after seeing Avengers: Infinity War, and I decided to try structuring the podcast a little more by postponing talking about the movie (with ZERO SPOILERS, btw) until later in the podcast. It evoked the rebel in Johnny, who wanted to talk about it right away.
Other topics include:
-being “that dad” from movies, the one who works too much (ie. Peter Banning in Hook)
-how directors become dicks
-finding a balance in parental roles when fitting into gender stereotypes
-Forest’s music video debut
-our new favourite comedian (see links below for trailer!)
-bad comedy crutches
-what NOT to do before seeing Avengers: Infinity War in theatres
-why plastic is so hard to kick
None! We totally nailed it this episode… unless I’m wrong.
Links mentioned this episode:
-James Acaster Netflix special trailer
This week we’re going from talking about what kind of Halloween candy the show Riverdale has become to pulling up random Proverbs on Google and applying them to our lives out of context, then arguing about what bible-thumping literally means.
We also introduce a Merriment drinking game, then talk about the developmental leaps that babies go through and swap confessions of accidentally losing our cool when our one year old son can’t sleep. (drink!!)
Bible-thumping definition, a la Wikipedia:
“The term derives from preachers thumping their hands down on the Bible, or thumping the Bible itself, to emphasize a point during a sermon.”
Links to stuff mentioned this episode:
That podcast where Johnny heard that thing about dreams
–Duncan Trussell Family Hour with Anthony Jeselnik
Johnny pulled his favourite prank ever on Carly’s brother, Carly realizes she’s been protecting Forest from discomfort too much, Johnny thinks Carly’s hair might turn into a volcano with her new baking soda shampoo and they’ve figured out possibly the best way to maximize date night.
Corrections and fact-checking:
-umm, so it’s a mortar and pestle apparently
-baking soda comes from the minerals nahcolite and trona
-we meant that laughing releases endorphins… not pheremones, or hormones
Links to stuff mentioned this episode:
Mango Muffins (aka Suzi’s Mango Bread)
-Friggin delish. I used coconut sugar instead of white sugar, making a dozen muffins instead of two loaves. Baked for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.
Homemade Baking Soda Shampoo
-1 part baking soda with 3 to 4 parts water
Homemade Vinegar Conditioner
-1 part of vinegar (apple or white) with 3 to 4 parts water.
- *1/4 Cup of Baking Soda
- 1/4 Cup of Arrowroot Powder
- 4 Tablespoon Coconut Oil, Soft (room temperature)
- 1/4 tsp essential oils
*I use 1 Tbsp less baking soda and add 1 extra Tbsp of arrowroot powder for my sensitive skin
Jillian Michaels – Yoga Meltdown
-At 18:20 – “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable”
The Disaster House video I showed Johnny
Back from a week away on separate trips, we’re talking about the hellish last 100km of C & F’s roadtrip, how different fresh shrimp from the organic Vietnamese mangrove tastes, new hairy patches and the subtle gender oppression felt when falling into mom cliches.
We’re off on separate adventures this week, so instead of our weekly chat in our living room we’ve dug into the vaults and found something a little different. It’s a call that was recorded just two months into our romance, when Johnny frequently called me at work. You’ll hear me go on the air a few times while returning to some ridiculously enthusiastic or wacky conversation with Johnny. It is definitely obvious we’re still new and shiny! We hope you enjoy.
As we prepare to head off in separate directions for the next week after one crazy busy month, we share some merry musings about baby geniuses, psychedelics influencing science (and also Johnny’s work), the best and easiest April Fools reveal and how to handle a moody partner when the honeymoon phase ends.
Mercury is retrograde you guys (IS retrograde, ditch the “in”—you heard it from us) and it’s affecting your mail.
We went into this week’s Merriment podcast feeling a little lacklustre and sure it would be a low key night, but somehow we got all jazzed about Mercury retrograde and how we can blame things on it. We also have a rousing discussion about where ideas come from, and when exactly baby feet get stinky.
Big Magic – Elizabeth Gilbert
Everything You Need To Know About Mercury Retrograde
Vox video – Mercury retrograde, explained WITHOUT astrology (below)
You guys, it’s been a funny kind of week!
This video we posted of Forest dancing to MGMT has gone viral since the last time we spoke. Apparently our kid is making people cry laughing all over the world. How great is that?!
So in this conversation we’re talking about the video, what was actually going on in the room, we talk about some of the comments, as well as the parental concerns and licensing logistics that came along with Forest’s popular dance moves.
Bear Walking Upright