The Broadcast Ep. 5.25 “Bloopers and Outtakes 5”

I promise I won’t cheat by only posting Broadcast stuff on here, but I did want to share that the bloopers & outtakes from the first half of Season 5 are out on The Broadcast’s feed. I changed up the usual format of how I do them this year and added one section that I really enjoy, haha.  My next post won’t be podcast-related, I promise!

If you do want to check this episode out, you can listen to the latest episode below or via jayandjack.comiTunesSpreakerSpotifyStitcherGoogle Podcasts, etc. You may have better luck searching for us as “The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen” since there are a few other shows called The Broadcast.

As always, happy listening, and thanks for listening!

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Happy 1-2-21!

Helloooo! I’m here! I’m glad that you are too! Happy New Year!

I know it’s been a while, but I have been wanting to get back to blogging more frequently. I wish I could say that I have been doing great big things that have kept me busy, but truth be told, I’ve had other outlets (The Broadcast, Facebook, Instagram, etc.) to share things on and anything else, I no longer felt like I had any authority on or interesting/exciting way to say it. Plus, kids, work, life, and the amount of time/effort that goes into editing The Broadcast each week had me worn out and feeling otherwise stretched thin. (Don’t worry, I’ve had other hobbies; I started Geocaching in April 2019 and have gotten really into solving puzzles to find coordinates, I go for 5+-mile walks/hikes to relax, and I still try to be crafty.)

Over the last year or so, I’ve stopped checking Facebook as much and I’m rarely on Instagram nowadays. I was spending an unhealthy amount of time on Political Twitter and it was making me angry, so I’ve been taking a little break from that too. Thanks to the pandemic, we haven’t done a whole lot to have many personal stories to share on The Broadcast and honestly, I think the show is much better off (and easier to edit) without my stupid rambling and taking too long to get to the point. There’s also an element of the older I get and the older my kids get, I realize that I don’t always have to say what I’m thinking or share every little detail about everything.

Anyways, I’d like to try to get back into blogging in 2021. I have some of those writing prompt challenge books that I’ve acquired over the years in an attempt to get back on the horse and I’ve been jotting down ideas here and there. I can’t promise I’ll blog as frequently as I used to, but I am going to try to hold myself accountable to blog more this year. Even if no one reads them, I’ll have things for myself to look back on, like I sometimes do with recipes I’ve posted in years past or even to remember a story or event I shared, haha.

Zachary (Zachy) and Alex (Lexi) are getting so big now. Zachary is six and in first grade. Alex is going to be three next month, although you’d think he was going to be 15. They may look a lot alike, they’ve got very different personalities. Zachy is really creative, smart, and caring and loves to build things. Lexi is goofy, tough, and clever and loves to play with action figures and toys. They’re both such loving little boys. I’m so proud of them. I love them so much and I love watching their relationship with each other grow.

On that note, it’s late and I have to get up early tomorrow for a long day. I will leave you for now with a picture taken in late November.

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3rd Annual Broadcast/Real Weird Sisters Crossover!

It’s time for the third annual Broadcast/Real Weird Sisters crossover! Shandy, Amanda, and I had a blast chatting with Martha and Alice this past week. Just like last year, we had enough content to do two weeks’ worth of shows, so be sure to listen to both parts!

On Ep. 4.27, “The Real Broad Sisters (in Bed), Part 1,” we play catch up, learning that Martha is now only the moderately weird sister and chat about The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Sex Education. We also discuss Greta Gerwig’s version of Little Women and then visit the Twitter party #AddAWordRuinABook. It’s a fun, smooth-flowing show and we hope you have as good of a time listening to it as we did recording it.

You can listen to the latest episode below or via jayandjack.comiTunesSpreaker, Spotify, StitcherGoogle Play/Android, Podcast Addict, Podchaser, etc.

As always, happy listening and thanks for listening!

Here are the links to our previous crossovers:

Ep. 230 “I’m With Hersicus: The Real Weird Crossover” (Feb. 18, 2018)
Ep. 3.28 “The Real Weird Standies: Part 1” (Feb. 1, 2019)
Ep. 3.29 “The Real Weird Standies: Part 2” (Feb. 8, 2019)

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Christie Runs a Marathon

My little sister Christie ran in the NYC Marathon last Sunday! I flew up solo for a quick weekend trip to cheer her on and I had a BLAST doing so. Seriously. It was so much fun.

About a week before the marathon, she had sent out a spreadsheet listing where she would approximately be running by if she kept up her target pace and then gave us assigned spots to cheer her on from. It was really helpful for coordinating and going to a target area vs. meandering along and hoping for the best.

Bisquick is an old nickname (& her first AOL screen name!).

My sister Katelyn, my parents, and I met up with Christie’s boyfriend, Nick, at our first assigned stop in Brooklyn, right around the 8-mile mark. We got there with a few minutes to spare, but we were so nervous because we didn’t know what to expect! Katelyn and Nick have both cheered on runners in the NYC Marathon before and I have cheered friends on in the City of Oaks Marathon (in Raleigh), but we were all still pretty nervous and excited for Christie. She knew exactly where we would be and although we were tracking her via the Find My Friends function on our iPhones, we were still so nervous that we almost missed her! In fact, the picture I took is of the dude running next to her, hahahaha!

After Brooklyn, we split into two groups. Nick, Katelyn and I jetted up to the E. 72nd St. subway station to catch her at the Mile 17 marker. We were way more prepared this time around. We even had time to stop to use the restroom and get coffee and bagels! We had a great spot, knew from tracking her on her phone when she was approaching and had our cameras and air high-fives ready!

After we left the Upper East Side, we walked over to Central Park to catch her at our next assigned spot, which was around the 23-mile mark. We ended up getting there much quicker than we anticipated so we decided to walk as far along the course as we could go before it got too crowded or we were stopped.

We got as far as the boathouse when Kate has to use the bathroom. As we were waiting for her, Nick spotted fellow bystanders with beer on to-go cups so we went to investigate. Turns out the Central Park Boathouse knows what’s up and sells beer. We grabbed a beer and then headed back outside. The area outside of the boathouse was surprisingly quiet, all things considered. It wasn’t very crowded and we found a spot along the fence where we could sit and rest our beverages on, so we decided to stay there. We were somewhere between miles 24 and 25 and we had to have been fairly close to mile 25.

We waited a bit, chatting and tracking her progress. I took a few minutes to find a virtual geocache or two that were near where we were set up. My parents, my grandma and aunt, her college friends, and her work friends were all at different points of the race as well. My parents and her friends also went to a few different spots, so she never had to go more than a few miles without having people to cheer her on. She even got to give my grandma a hug at Mile 20, which was an awesome pick-me-up when she really needed one. 🙂

Christie definitely looked like she was over it by the time she got to us. She told us later that she was expecting us to be around Mile 23, so when she saw us, her thought was, “Holy shit, I have another 3 miles of this?!” Hahaha! She realized after a few minutes that we had not, in fact, been where she thought that we were and therefore, she had gained at least a mile. Woo-hoo, mental boosts for the win!

She finished the marathon in 4 hours and 10 minutes. We are so proud of her! It really was such a great day and a great experience. Have I mentioned yet how proud I am of my little sister?! She has inspired me to get back into running a little bit. I used to run all of the time, for anywhere in between 45-75 minutes a day, but my knees couldn’t take it after a while and I had to switch to walking/hiking. I would love to run a marathon someday…I think, hahaha. Even if I wasn’t bitten by the marathon bug, I was definitely bitten by the marathon spectator bug.

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Oh, and speaking of the marathon bug…the funniest moment of the day was when we asked Christie if she’d do it again. She was hugging my mom and still had her face buried in her embrace. She looked up at us and bluntly said, “Fuck no.”

I told one of my amazing marathon-running friends, Shandy, this story and she went, “Mmhmm. Everyone says that after their first one. We shall see…”

Either way, I’m totally in for another round of cheering while eating bagels and drinking beer. So proud of my little sis!

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The Broadcast Ep. 4.17 “Little Mermaid Madlibs”

The latest episode of The Broadcast is out! This week’s, we talk about having a lowkey Election Day, how dumb it is to end daylight savings time, the NYC Marathon [blog post], what our safeword or phrase would be in the event of our kidnapping, and more. We also take a couple of Buzzfeed quizzes to determine our favorite Halloween candy and what they are most thankful for and end the show on a singalong that gets somewhat dirtier than planned. I hope you’ll check it out!

You can listen to the latest episode below or via jayandjack.comiTunesSpreaker, Spotify, StitcherGoogle Play/Android, etc.

As always, happy listening and thanks for listening.

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Halloween 2019!

I love Halloween! Since Zach was born, I’ve made sure that we always decorate and do something to celebrate. So far, we’re five years in and I can still pull off family costumes, which I am going to do for as long as I possibly can, haha. Luckily, Zachary shares my enthusiasm for Halloween, dressing up, and parties. We’re still working on Alex lol and Jay humors me.

This year, we weren’t able to do a Halloween party and both times we planned on going to a pumpkin patch, we got rained out! Instead, I took the party to The Broadcast and had a live show where the three of us dressed up and read spooky stories from the Internet/shared our own. [Check it out here: iTunes, Spreaker, jayandjack.com, Google Play, Spotify, etc. al.]

I digress. Back to #GlatsquaredDoesHalloween. This year, we asked Zach what he wanted to be and be said, “Mr. Potato Head!” So, the theme became Toy Story 4. Jay was Woody, Alex was Buzz Lightyear, and I was Bo Peep. I had found a Jessie costume for Zoe on Amazon but it sold out before I could buy it! I don’t think she minded though 😝.

Despite the thread of storms, we were able to get some good trick-or-treating in during our neighborhood’s annual hayride around the neighborhood extravaganza. Jay’s family came over for some pizza and Halloween fun. Zach was super into it right away and Alex freaked out when he saw me putting on my costume, including the blonde wig (I make an awful blonde hahaha). I thought having him see me get ready would help, but nope. His face got darker and darker with every new piece of the costume and he kept backing up slowly. When I went to pick him up and reassure him that it was me and all was well, he started crying. He then screamed and protest-cried for the next 10 minutes as I changed him into his costume.

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A Geocache Adventure with Dad & Zach!

So, I’ve wanted to find a certain geocache in Raleigh pretty much since I started geocaching back in February, hahaha. When I lived in my old apartment, one of my walking/running routes went over a bridge that has a quarry on one side and Crabtree Creek on the other side. I have passed this area for years and always wondered what was down there on the non-quarry side. I’ve considered checking it out before but my view was always from like 100 feet up while on top of the bridge, so it was always a “pass!” kinda thing.

Then, I started geocaching and I started looking at any caches that were hidden in areas that I was familiar with. I noticed that this one was hidden along Crabtree Creek, less than a quarter of a mile from the road. All of the logs from previous finders mentioned a breathtaking waterfall. Obviously, I had to see it for myself. However, I didn’t feel safe going alone (unknown terrain, snakes, the 0.2% chance that I could get kidnapped in the woods, etc.) so I had to wait until the time was right.

My dad came to town on Sunday. He, Zach and I have geocached together on Long Island, but never in Raleigh. He’s an avid hiker and mountain climber, so he was down for the adventure.

And adventure it was!

We had such a blast hiking to the area where it was hidden (once we got Zach to stop freaking out about potential snakes in the higher grass areas lol), the search itself, and finally making the find. We got “lucky” in that Raleigh hasn’t had a lot of rain lately, so the water levels were really low and that helped our search a bit. We decided to give up after about 35-45 minutes. Just as we had resigned ourselves to come back another day, something caught my eye and we found it! Yay! 

The waterfall lived up to the hype and my dad & I plan on going back to check it out after we’ve had more rain to see it in full action. This experience was a joy from start to finish. We took the more woodsy way out and Zachary found a spot that he wants to possibly hide his ammo can from Fall Fling 2019 in. I can’t believe this cache has gone unfound since Nov. 2014. It really is in such a great spot. I also can’t believe that it’s one of the few undisturbed spots in the area. What an adventure.

We celebrated with beer and burgers at Lynwood Grill afterward. It was a really fun afternoon with my dad and my son. 🙂

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Leslie Odom Jr. in Raleigh!

On Saturday, October 19, Jay and I saw Leslie Odom Jr. perform in concert at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, NC. He was great. He opened with one of my favorite songs from Hamilton, “Wait for It,” which surprised me. I thought for sure that we’d have to wait until the end for that song. It kept getting better from there. He sang a variety of songs, including a Nat King Cole song and an audience-singalong of “The Hi De Ho Man.” The other Hamilton songs he sang were “Dear Theodosia” (Jay’s favorite) and “The Room Where It Happened.” He also sang “Without You,” from Rent. All in all, it was a really great show.

Here’s a short (under 2 minutes) video that Jay made that compiles clips of the Hamilton shows he did.

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NCGeocachers’ Fall Fling 2019

Last Saturday, Zachary and I drove to Goldsboro, NC, to attend our first geocaching Fall Fling. Fall Fling is a yearly meetup for geocachers in North Carolina. It’s essentially like the meetup that we host for our podcasting friends every May.  People were there from all over the state. One woman even came down from Virginia.

We had a blast! I met a lot of new people, including people whose geocaches I’ve found all over the Raleigh/Cary area and people that I’ve messaged before looking for hints on where their caches are hidden, haha. Everyone was super nice and welcoming and very patient with Zach, who was feeling very headstrong and independent that day, hahaha. They had giveaways and a “creative cache” exchange. For the kids, they had cornhole and, the big winner for Zach, the opportunity to paint their own ammo can to hide someday. Zach painted two, of course, and was not shy about his very desire to stay at the picnic table areas and paint rather than join the small groups that had broken out to go find geocaches hidden in the park.

Here’s Zach with an adjustable walking stick that he “won” and his two painted amo cans:

I wasn’t going to do the creative cache exchange because I have no idea where or how to hide a geocache, but I also didn’t want to show up empty-handed so I took to Pinterest the night before we went and made ones for me and Zach to exchange. They’re okay. I feel badly for the people who won ours because they were kinda lame compared to some of the ones that I saw being exchanged (it was a blind exchange so you got what you got through luck).

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The Joker Isn’t a Joker After All (Movie Review)

This review contains light-to-medium spoilers. If you want to be completely unspoiled, please come back and read this after you have seen the movie.

Jay and I saw Joker on Saturday. I was a bit hesitant to see it because I had heard that it was dark and my sister had given me the heads up that it was more of a startling portrayal of mental illness than a straight-up villain origin story. Although I didn’t quite know what to expect going into it, that bit of knowledge changed my expectations. I think it gave me a different perspective on the movie overall than I would have had if I had gone in blindly.

I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this movie. Here’s my tl;dr take:

It’s beautifully shot. The acting is spectacular. I liked the ways that they tie it into the comic book universe. It’s not really as gory as people are making it out to be. All of the John Wick movies are about 100x’s more gory as this movie is. I loved the shot of Arthur in the police car that pays homage to the iconic shot of Heath Ledger’s Joker leaning against the car window in The Dark Knight. I’m a simple movie-goer. I love the sh*t out of Angel Has Fallen this past summer. Even I can appreciate how well-made this movie was.

I think Joker makes people uncomfortable because it’s much more “realistic” than a normal comic-book movie. You leave feeling icky because you know that it’s not really that much of a stretch. The Joker isn’t a campy agent of chaos; he’s a mentally ill individual that the system failed over and over and over again and we have seen that happen in real life over and over and over again.

If you’ve seen all of the Batman movies/TV shows and think of the Joker as some grand villain, then Joker is a buzzkill. The Joker’s backstory in Joker is tragic, but it’s not movie tragic. It’s real-life tragic and that really takes the fun out of the character. When you hear that it’s “dark,” that’s actually code for “could and does happen in real life.” That’s not what you watch a comic book movie for!

Okay, if you’re reading this on my main page, then here’s when you can click to read further. If you’re good based on what I wrote above, then we cool. Check out Jay’s video review of it on Geek. Dad. Life.

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