That Time We Accidentally Got a New Pet


Meet Taylor Rudy the Turtle. We think they’re a box turtle. Taylor Rudy the Turtle will be living with us for the next 6-months or so until they’re big enough to survive on their own outside.

We were headed out to run an errand on Saturday afternoon when Zachary spotted something moving on our front porch. “Hey look, it’s a baby turtle!” He exclaimed. Jay picked it up to examine it and discovered that not only was it a baby turtle, it was a newly-hatched baby turtle, yolk sack and all. Box turtles generally hatch in late summer and it was cold outside, so Jay brought it inside and we changed plans to head to PetSmart to pick up materials to make a little turtle habitat.

Since we don’t know if Taylor Rudy is male or female, we decided to go with a unisex name. (In the past, when we named our pond turtles, we picked turtle-related names like Lisa, Mikey, Leonardo, Mitch, etc.) Zach and I were on #TeamTaylor while Alex campaigned hard for Rudy. Combining the names was the compromise, lol.

I’m not super thrilled with having a turtle habituating on my kitchen counter, but it’s only temporary, and I’ll admit that Little TR is pretty cute. Jay bought a tank, filter, heat lamps (one for day and one for night lol), and mealworms. He set up a little ecosystem with mulch, leaves, and stones from our yard, water, and some little green-fake shrubbery stuff. Unsurprisingly, Taylor basically sleeps borrowed into the mulch like 90% of the time. Good for the turtle, boring for the kids who really want to watch and engage with it, haha. Hopefully, Taylor Rudy will grow nicely and be ready for the outside world once they’re big enough to survive and it’s warm enough outside.

Here’s a video of when we put little TR into their new home. We originally thought it was a painted turtle like the ones that live in the pond out back but quickly realized it was a box turtle and made adjustments to its habitat, like more land and less water.

So, how was your weekend? Haha.

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A Broadcast Catch-Up: Fall Edition

Greetings! HAPPY OCTOBER!!!

I’m taking a little break in between cleaning house and decorating for Halloween to do a big Broadcast catch-up post. We’ve got a big October coming up on the Broadcast, including some date changes:

    • Monday, October 4: Modern Shakespeare movies – Romeo & Juliet (1996), O (2001), Much Adieu About Nothing (1993)
    • Thursday, October 13: Live show for the Patrons
    • Monday, October 17: Halloween movies, including Hocus Pocus 2 and Beetlejuice
    • Tuesday, October 25: Halloween costume party over Zoom!

We’ve also had a lot of really fun episodes lately, including our bi-annual bloopers!! Here are episode names, descriptions, and links to listen to through the website.

    • Ep. 7.7 “But His Crudité” Colleen has COVID-related hair loss, Amanda had a parents’ weekend out, and Shandy gets a new HVAC (this is more exciting than it sounds). The Broads also ponder the question of what folder colors and school subjects, espionage, crudité, and more. Colleen talks about the movie Prey.
    • Ep. 7.8 “I Am the Comfort” Shandy is sick, Colleen has a migraine, Eden has a nose faucet, and Zach has a virus. Colleen recommends A League of Their Own and Girls5Eva season 2. Shandy and Colleen talk about the first episode of House of the Dragon. The Broads do an AITA and a story from the ‘No Sleep’ subreddit.
    • Ep. 7.9 “Bloopers & Outtakes 8” Here are all of the bloopers and outtakes from the second half of The Broadcast Season 6!
    • Ep. 7.10 “Nadia is Inevitable” Let’s do the time loop again! Starting at approximately 28:27, The Broads discuss season 2 of Russian Doll. For the first part of the show, Amanda and Colleen reminisce about their IKEA experience back when they lived together and the Broads decide on their fall schedule.
    • Ep. 7.11 “I’ve Got a Tune For You!” Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen are back after a week off and recount all of the crazy things that happened in the world while they were away (The Queen’s passing, Adnan Syed being released, discovering the QAnon theme song, Leo’s dating patterns, etc.). They also read a particularly amazing story from the TIFU subreddit, and get some great feedback from listeners, including a new question to replace the “Sock shoe/Sock sock” debate. Colleen watched some movies/TV shows and recommends The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent, Veangeance, and Panic.
    • Ep. 7.12 “Pants Smarter, Not Harder” Cock-a-roaches and snakes and hurricanes, oh my! Gabby had her first run-in with a copperhead while Shandy’s dealing with indoor pests, causing Amanda and Colleen to stroll down memory lane. They also read stories that people have shared about having premonitions that saved them or a loved one from something bad happening. There’s some great listener feedback that weighs in on the zipper/button question and are challenged to even more decisions. TV talk includes She-Hulk and A League of Their Own.

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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That Time I Broke a Blood Vessel in My Eye

Sooooo you may or may not have seen it on my Instagram stories, but I accidentally broke a blood vessel in my eye on Tuesday night. It looks pretty ugly but whatever, I guess.  So here’s what happened:

My makeup remover pads weren’t in the bathroom because Alex took them out to make a snowman or do some sort of arts and crafts project where he needed stuffing so he pillaged the pads and cotton balls. I was too lazy to go find them and decided to just use a tissue to remove my eye makeup. I was wearing waterproof eyeliner and mascara so I applied more force than I should have used given the flimsy de-application tool I was using lol. I ended up feeling a tiny pinch in my eye and messing up my contact. I blinked it back into place and thought that was that. A few minutes later, I was laying down with Zach to read with him and he goes, “Mommy, why is your eye all red?”

I just assumed that it was normal irritation and brushed it off. It wasn’t until a few minutes later that I went into another room to talk to Jay and he audibly gasped at me. “Your eye!” He exclaimed. “I think you popped a blood vessel!”

I rushed to the mirror and, yup. Silly old me. It looks worse than it feels. Alex has been a bit squeamish to look at it (we had a convo about how just because someone has something that may be uncomfortable to look at, it doesn’t mean they aren’t still a good person or, in this case, the person you know and love, blah blah blah). I’ve been wearing my glasses for two days so that helps detract attention from it. I’ve heard anecdotes from people who have broken a blood vessel in their eye before that it takes anywhere from 4 – 14 days. Fingers crossed I’m one of those 4-day-ers! 😉

And that’s my story lol. (Not very graphic, thumbnailed-sized) pictures after the jump for anyone who likes to look at semi-gross stuff.

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Alex Goes to Pre-K

I can’t believe my little Lexi started Pre-K and that at this time next year, he’ll be in kindergarten! Where does the time go, seriously? So proud of this child and his spirit, creativity, independence, and all-around eagerness to learn.

Here’s a side-by-side shot of Alex and Zach on his first day of Pre-K. They’re wearing the same outfit. 🙂

 

 

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The Broadcast Ep. 7.6 “But His Septic Tank”

Well, I was doing a good job blogging for a while there, but then we went to Disneyland at the end of March and I lost my momentum! 😛 Trying to get back into the groove and starting with an easy gimme post: This week’s episode of The Broadcast as well as our upcoming schedule. I’ll start with the schedule.

    • Aug. 16: By popular request, I watched Prey and will talk about it.
    • Aug. 23: Live for the Hangout-level Patrons
    • Aug. 30: Off from our live recording
    • Sept. 2: Bloopers!
    • Sept. 6: Season 2 of Russian Doll
    • Sept. 13: Off

And now for the official description:

It’s been a bonkers week in American politics and in Broadcastland because Shandy moved into her new house! Topics this week include Shandy’s move, Colleen’s desire to have a Hot Ones Challenge party, Eden’s first boat ride, the FBI’s visit to Mar-a-Lago, Alex Jones getting what’s coming to him, and much more. But his septic tank!

As always, 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.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading/listening. 🙂

Listen to “Ep. 7.6 “But His Septic Tank”” on Spreaker.

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The Broadcast Ep. 6.35 “A Period Piece”

I’ve told a bad job blogging this past week, I’m sorry! I’m trying to do at least one or two non-Broadcast posts each week, but for some reason this entire week got away from me! On our most recent episode, we talk about the HUMP film festival that we watched from home last week and the movie Turning Red.

Official description:

Shandy shares some big news! The Broads recap this year’s virtual HUMP Film Festival and talk about Disney/Pixar’s Turning Red, including children’s emotional intelligence and, since Shandy watched Encanto, the family themes in Encanto vs. Turning Red, as well as other Disney/Pixar movies that have similar themes that haven’t been protested. The Broads also share stories of sleepytime adventures.

Don’t forget we’re watching My So-Called Life to talk about on April 5!!

As always, 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.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading/listening. 🙂

Listen to “Ep. 6.35 “A Period Piece”” on Spreaker.

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The Broadcast Ep. 6.34 “Pis, Ides, & Leprechauns”

Here we are again at the end of another week with a new episode of The Broadcast. On this week’s episode, which has a title that absolutely DELIGHTS me but is probably not the most enticing lol, we make plans to watch Turning Red and talk about all of the times Disney has been more “mature” than showing a girl coming-of-age. We also talk about some TV shows we’ve caught up on and how we were affected as kids by things adults said to us.

Official description:

On this week’s episode, Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen do a little bit of time-traveling. They make plans to watch Turning Red and talk about it on next week’s episode, and think about all the times Disney has featured things way worse than a period in their movies. Colleen watched KIMI, finally finished Search Party, and has started Upload. Amanda finally finished watching What We Do in the Shadows and Shandy finally watched White Lotus.

Don’t forget we’re watching My So-Called Life to talk about on April 5!!

As always, 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.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading/listening. 🙂

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Movie Review: Kimi

Jay and I watched the new Steven Soderberg movie, Kimi, on HBO Max this past weekend. Starring Zoë Kravitz and featuring Rita Wilson, Erika Christensen, Devin Ratray, and Byron Bowers, Kimi is a thriller written by David Koepp, the screenwriter behind Jurassic ParkMission: ImpossibleSpider-Man (the Tobey Maguire one), Panic Room, Death Becomes Her, etc. Kimi is set during the mid-to-late-COVID era. It’s centered around an agoraphobic remote worker named Angela (Kravitz) who monitors errors in the voice commands of “KIMI” units, a fictionalized version of Alexa or Siri. One of her error message logs reveals a woman (Christensen) in distress and naturally, Angela becomes concerned and wants to get to the bottom of it. Mystery follows! Danger ensues!

And, beyond this point, *minor* plot *spoilers* will also ensue.

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The Broadcast Ep. 6.33 “We Had a Time”

Another Friday, another new episode of The Broadcast with Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen is out. On this week’s episode, which runs a little over an hour in length, we go down memory lane to when the pandemic was in its early stages in Feb/March 2020 and get educated on Tik Tok challenges. We also read a particularly ridiculous AITA that has Shandy ROTFLHAO.

Official description:

On this week’s episode, Amanda, Shandy, and Colleen reminisce about life just before the pandemic started and suddenly, they’re a Taylor Swift song. They also learn about the ‘Drop It’ Challenge on Tik Tok and read an amazing AITA.

HUMP with us on March 17 at 10 p.m. EST: https://btt.boldtypetickets.com/events/120542858/the-2022-hump-film-festival

April 5: My So-Called Life.

As always, 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.

Have a great weekend! Thanks for reading/listening. 🙂

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The Broadcast Ep. 6.32 “The Broads with the Power”

Ooops, I totally forgot to post about the latest episode of The Broadcast last week! A new episode comes out tomorrow, but I really liked last week’s episode. We’re trying something out where we do a new “themed” show each month to give us some more focus and not just do the “shoot the shit, do a Buzzfeed quiz” type episodes. For our first theme, we did 80s movies that at least 1 or 2 of us hadn’t seen, focusing on 80s fantasy movies (LabyrinthThe NeverEnding Story, and Goonies) and then randomly throwing in the movie Working Girl, which we probably should have saved for another month and swapped in The Princess Bride or Stand By Me or something. Oh well, haha. We talked a  bit about Shandy’s recent trip to the Big Sky Film Festival in Montana in the beginning, but the movie talk starts at 27:30. I think this episode is a lot of fun to listen to, even if you haven’t seen all of the movies in question.

Official description:

It’s 80’s fantasy movies (and Working Girl) week! Join us as we talk about The Neverending Story, Labyrinth, Working Girl, and The Goonies (starting at 27:16). Which movies held up?  Are any of them just straight-up ridiculous now? What does Amanda call, “the easiest geocache ever?” Shandy also catches us up on her birthday trip to Missoula and the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, Amanda shares a harrowing experience, and Colleen read a book!

Our next topic is My So-Called Life (the complete series) and we’ll be recording it on Tuesday, April 5, 2022 so get your feedback in by then!

As you know by now, 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.

Happy listening, and thanks for listening!

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