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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 101 Featuring Geof Grubb

pop poppa nap cast logoOn the 101st episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast, I’m joined by my longtime friend and internet superstar Geof Grubb. You can check out his Reddit (I don’t really know what that means) here and also the Instagram account he set up for the patches he draws on for his daughter Layla every day here. In the episode we talk about everything from being stay-at-home dads to the joys of spending some mindless decompression time with video games.

There aren’t much in the way of show notes this time around, so I’ll embarrass both of us by posting this picture of Geof and I from high school. This is us before prom our senior year. I cut out the ladies because I haven’t seen them in over a decade.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 97

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 97 reflects back on a year of Jack, his many developments in recent weeks and our struggles to get our daughter to sleep in her own bed.

If you want to listen to the episode I recorded after Jack was born a year ago, you can find it here. I also chronicled the events in the Photo Diaries from that month.

sign for moreHere’s me doing the sign for “more.”

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 88

pop poppa nap cast logoThe Pop Poppa Nap Cast #88 delves into the worlds of work, sleep (or the lack thereof) and She-Ra!

Follow the links for my posts on last week’s menu, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and the books I mentioned that were written and drawn by comic folks if you’re interested.

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The TTT video I mentioned that I was reminded of while watching The Goldbergs can be seen here.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 87

pop poppa nap cast logo The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 87 goes back to cover New Year’s and my wife’s birthday, plus my attempts to get on an hourly schedule and the various ways they were thwarted this week.

Check out the Babes In Toyland post I wrote here.

scheduleHere’s a look at the schedule and check-list on the wipe board in my office.

WebMD has a solid post on Fifth Disease.

littlest pet shopLittlest Pet Shop Season 1 gets a big thumbs up from me!

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Who Decided That Bead Mazes In Doctors’ Offices Were A Good Idea?

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The giant bead maze at our doctors’ office.

Last night our daughter started getting a some red bumps on her face. They started on one cheek and traveled around her forward and down the other side. She didn’t seem to mind, but when they were still there this morning, I called the doctor and set her up with an appointment. But, this post isn’t about the actual problem — which the doctor thinks is the not-as-serious-as-it-sounds Fifth Disease and an ear infection — but instead the insanity that is a pediatricians’ waiting rooms.

Our doctors have always been great. Aside from one doc who left the practice shortly after we signed on, we have always had excellent care. Sure, they tend to run late, but what doctor’s office doesn’t? However, I do have one big complaint: the giant bead maze table in the middle of the waiting room.

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She literally can’t stop herself from playing with this thing!

Now, look, I love bead mazes (even though it took me about 20 minutes to figure out what they’re actually called). I was a big fan as a child and still like sitting with my kids as they play with the smaller version we have in the playroom. But it’s inconceivable to me that doctors’ offices still have these things in their waiting rooms. Who knows better than medical professionals how easily germs can spread amongst people in an enclosed space like a waiting room? You then throw in the fact that you’re dealing with little kids who love playing and these things — which are like toddler and pre-schooler catnip — and it seems nearly impossible to keep the spread of germs to a minimum when an enormous bead maze is just sitting there, begging for tiny hands to push dozens of colored blocks wherever they can.

Worse yet? This one has beads going around the legs. You know what that translates into? Kids crawling on their hands and knees all over the floor of the waiting room! I don’t consider myself a germaphobe, but I am extra cautious when I’m in a place like that that’s just packed with potential sickness. Needless to say, I Purelled the heck out of both of us as soon as we got into the actual exam room.

I hate when people complain about things without offering a possible solution. Unfortunately, I’m not sure I can come up with one for pediatricians’ waiting rooms. On the plus side, these toys help calm the kiddos down before they see the doctors, but on the negative there’s the whole GERMS ARE EVERYWHERE thing.

What do you guys think? Am I being crazy about this or do you share my distrust of waiting room toys? Let me know in the comments!

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 73

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 73 gives a few house updates and gets into important subjects like Plastic Man cartoons, the state of Scooby-Doo and how I turned a laundry basket into a baby bathtub.

 

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Princess & The Frog is a severely underrated, fairly progressive Disney princess movie in the vein of Frozen.

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The Plastic Man: The Complete Collection is delightful. Apparently I talked about this set back on PPNC 7.

Scooby-Doo! and the Witch’s Ghost, Scooby Doo and the Weird Water Park and Scooby-Doo and Aliens, Too! aren’t the best Scooby-Doo offerings ever, but Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated is pretty fantastic. Check it out on Netflix.

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Here you can see my makeshift kitchen sink baby bath. It’s just a smaller laundry basket with an inflatable, waterproof back rest. It won’t work once he’s a bit taller, but for now, it’s just the ticket. Also if you check out the Photo Diary from April 6th, 2011 you can see the pool noodle tub solution I mentioned.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 72

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 72 gets into our new house, my three worst days as a dad and a scary encounter on the train tracks. Also, I’m joined by my recent co-host Jack who grunts and snorts his way through the episode.

The post I wrote about colic her on PopPoppa can be found here.

I mentioned Marco White’s The Devil in the Kitchen as well as Anthiony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential and Medium Raw. My reviews of the latter can be read here and here.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 65

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In The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 65 I talk about our Father’s Day weekend, extol the virtues of our library system and go on and on about my comic book fandom, all ages books and the movies from my childhood they remind me of.

To see the Hot Mess dish I mentioned from Handsome Devil, head on over to Monkeying Around The Kitchen.wusic waterproof speaker

For Father’s Day I scored the Wusic Bluetooth Wireless Speaker and the Back to the Future: 25th Anniversary Trilogy [Blu-ray]. I’m so jazzed about both. bill and ted toy catalog page

If you’re in the area, I highly recommend checking out the Stormville Airport Flea Market. Just don’t buy any Bill & Ted action figures if you do go. I call dibs.

If you’re looking for an RSS feed reader, I’m a pretty big fan of Feedly.

For more of my thoughts on E.T. and Cloak & Dagger, follow their respective links. This reminds me that I really need to review The Goonies. I recently read a book called Finding Gossamyr that fits in with these movies along with more fanastical ones like Labyrinth.

Leave It To Chance Vol. 1: Shaman’s Rain, Zita the Spacegirl and Tiny Titans Vol. 01: Welcome to the Treehouse are awesome comics that kids can dig into. Check them out!

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 64

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 64 goes over the recent wave of sickness sweeping through our house, a parent-enabled friend party and a few ways I’m trying to reframe how I think about work and get organized for my wife’s inevitable return to work.

For more of me check out UnitedMonkee.com, MonkeyingAroundTheKitchen.com, Comic Book Resources and @PoppaDietsch on Twitter.

The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 61

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 61 covers Jack’s first cold, the ups and downs of potty training and our switch from reusable cloth diapers to disposables for the time being. This one’s a bit scatterbrained because Jack was sitting next to me and not the best co-host.

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If you’re interested in checking out the NoseFrida, you can head to their website or grab one on Amazon via this link. I thought it was the silliest thing around when we first got it, but it works like a charm.cloth diaper rolled and half unfolded

I went into more detail about what the reusable newborn diapers are like in a post from a few years back.

Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises gets more interesting, right?

A few of the toys we grabbed from storage include the Skwish, Sophie and a variety of rattles.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 60

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 60 offers thrilling updates about Jack’s weight, Lu’s sleep and potty habits and my thoughts on the Cleveland Browns drafting Johnny Manziel.

Brooklyn Brewery‘s Lager, as well as everything else in their standard multipack, is pretty fantastic. brooklyn brewery logo

My buddy Todd Casey is co-writing the Krampus movie.

Guys, I’m super excited for the Browns to (hopefully) get better thanks to Johnny Manziel.manziel browns draft

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 59

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The 59th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast gives a general Jack update, details Lu’s birthday and also a daddy-daughter day co-opted by other kids!

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If you’re at all interested in checking out any of the gifts I mentioned when talking about Lu’s birthday they are as follows: Melissa & Doug Cutting FoodHot Wheels Mega Jump Track Set and Melissa & Doug Stacking Train.

Here’s the bubble-related video from Knocked Up, it’s a bit NSFW language-wise.

Captain Carrot And His Amazing Zoo Crew ran for 20 issues between 1982 and 1983. DC collected a few of the issues in Captain Carrot and the Final Ark, but they’re collecting the whole thing in an upcoming black and white volume called Showcase Presents: Captain Carrot and His Amazing Zoo Crew TP.

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And finally, here’s the video go Lucy meeting Jack for the first time.

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The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 58

pop poppa nap cast logoMy apologies once again for the lateness of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 58, but our little dude has been taking up a lot of our time. Plus, who wants to cut a podcast when you could be holding your new kiddo? Still, this one covers Jack’s homecoming, his first meeting with Lu and a few more odds and ends from last week.

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I haven’t posted the video of Lu meeting Jack yet or even gotten it off the camera yet, but I’ll keep you posted. Here’s a picture, though!

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