On 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.
Hi Gang, welcome to the 100th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast. I have an awesome guest with me this time and it’s my amazing wife Emily! This episode follows a brand new format and I think it’s pretty snazzy! If you want to compare this episode the first one, you can listen to it here.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at the outline we were working on off of the big board:
And this is a picture of what my wife calls a Boyfriend Pillow, but what Target calls a Bed Rest Pillow.
Meanwhile, Bedknobs and Broomsticks is far more entertaining than Babes In Toyland.
I thought Adventures Time Season 5 was parentally informative, but Em’s still not a big fan of our 4 year old watching it. We’re both not sure about Monster High.
Book-wise, I’m a big fan of all three of these, even if Jack thinks books should all have touchscreens. Frozen Fever: Anna’s Birthday Surprise, Joy’s Greatest Joy/Simply Sadness and Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! are aces in my book.
Unfortunately, these two have seen better days, so I’m going to try cleaning them up with some Clearasil Stayclear Vanishing Acne Cream as suggested on this site. I’ll let you know how it goes.
This week’s Pop Poppa Seal Of Approval goes to Jack’s favorite toy, the Kid O Hide and Seek Discs!
The crazy-delayed 99th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast is finally here, even though it was recorded nearly a month ago! Just push play to hear about surviving a sick house, going “down the Shore,” one crazy night and my first official comic book pitch!
The comic shop I mentioned visiting is called October Country. It’s in New Paltz and it’s rad.
I’m not sure when I’ll be back for the next episode, but I’ve got a few fun things planned to celebrate the hundredth episode! Stay tuned!
Good golly it’s been a long time since I did one of these! The 98th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast features some stuff I recorded back in April and then follows it up with an update from this week! It’s not a complete update, but you’ll get the deets on both kids’ birthday parties, the swingset construction and more!
Guys, first off, Kite Day was more fun than I expected. Kites are rad, even cheapo ones from the drug store (just don’t get those crazy-long tails tangled up).
I talked about the Charlie & Lola cartoons back in PPNC #84, but here’s a look at the artwork I mentioned.
Charlie and Lola art sample
Birthdays! Cakes make kids even cuter. It’s a law of nature.
Here‘s the list of tips I came up with for throwing a solid pre-schooler birthday party. It’s pretty much the best thing you’ll read all day.
And finally, behold the glory of a more organized garage!
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.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 96 covers my new job writing for Geek.com, my better mood thanks to the weather and how I hope that leads to better times with my kids this summer!
If you’re in the Orange County area and like comics, do yourself a favor and check out October Country in New Paltz.
I wrote about fried-egg-coverd BLTs in this post, which you should absolutely check out. Fried eggs also played into Feed Me Phoebe’s excellent Mexican Sweet Potato Hash with Black Beans and Spinach and Smitten Kitchen’s fantastic Spaghetti Pangrattato with Crispy Eggs.
In an effort to make up for no episode last week, I’m posting The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 95 a bit early this week. I’m feeling good lately thanks to the snow melt and a working car, plus I’m looking forward to seeing where Jack’s next year will take us!
It’s not overly clear in the recording, but Lu’s version of “All About That Bass” translates into “All ’bout that face, ’bout that face, ’bout that face, no travel.”
Here’s the Fluttershy Lu got along with the Horror Classic Funko Mystery Minis Jason Vinyl Figure I scored.
Meanwhile, if you want to check out Astro City, I highly recommend going to the beginning with Life in the Big City, but you can also pick up the book I just did called Through Open Doors. The Spider-Man issue I mentioned is actually Web of Spider-Man #81 and I reviewed it over on UnitedMonkee.com.
To see the Frozen elements in Big Hero 6, head on over here.
I called Aunt May Peter Parker’s grandma. Obviously this is a huge geek goof. It’s clearly his aunt. Please forgive me oh wrathful geek gods.
My review of *deep breath* My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic Adventures Of The Cutie Mark Crusaders can be found here. *whew*
Miles From Tomorrowland is on the Disney channels all the time, but you can also give it a look on Watch Disney Junior.
Kid O is awesome, do yourself a favor and check out their stuff.
Here’s the poo mug I mentioned. I still haven’t been able to figure out which booth it was at.
If you’re unfamiliar, this is what LEGO Friends sets look like. The characters are a bit more doll like and the colors more in the pastel spectrum. The woman I talked to told me they spent four years researching the kinds of LEGO sets girls would want to play with and these were the results.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 91 covers a gnarly stomach bug, all this snow and video game fun times with the eldest child.
If you’re curious about why The Protector 2 was so disappointing, read this.
Here’s Patton Oswalt’s routine from Werewolves & Lollipops on birthdays that I mentioned. It’s probably NSFW.
Here’s the video I mentioned of my doing Alphabet Sounds when Lu was a baby. I wrote about doing this with Lu back in 2011.
If the Retron 3 sounds like something you’d be interested in, check out the following link on Amazon: Hyperkin Retron 3 Video Game System for NES/SNES/GENESIS – Gray
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 90 might sound a little echo-y because of the new computer, but it covers Guardians of the Galaxy, snowy days, Steven Universe and way more.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 89 covers our continued sleep problems, plus costume and karate cuteness as well as my problem with stories like Mulan.
Can you handle the cuteness? To see Lu giving Jack and I check-ups check out the Photo Diary post from January 15th.
It took more looking around than I would have through, but I finally found a story about the Miss America contestant I was talking about. I’m not so sure about the article’s tone, but it seems like I got the basics right.
Am I being too sensitive about Mulan or is it better to wait and show our daughters material that includes stereotypes and long-held anti-women beliefs that in turn contradicts those idea?
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.
The TTT video I mentioned that I was reminded of while watching The Goldbergs can be seen here.
Check out the Babes In Toyland post I wrote here.
WebMD has a solid post on Fifth Disease.
Littlest Pet Shop Season 1 gets a big thumbs up from me!
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 86 covers Christmas, sickness, sleep and Sh-Ra with a surprise appearance by Lucy!
For more information on Watts Christmas Wonderland, check out their site. Above you can see a shaky shot of the light-filled neighborhood we discovered and the solid Santa at the Newburgh Mall.
My First Disney Princess Frozen Snow Glow Elsa Singing Doll was a big hit with Lu. She also got Frozen stickers, jammies, jelly beans, slippers and more.
Above you can see She-Ra – Princess of Power – Season One, Vol. 1 as well as Lu brandishing her paper roll She-Ra sword!
Apologies once again for the late episode, but the 85th episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast covers pre-Christmas preparations, our continued sleep issues and Lu’s adventures with my Star Wars toys.
My original Itzbeen post can be found here.
2 Alices really is the best, they just opened up a second location in Newburgh. Check it out if you’re in the Orange County area!
Here’s a few Star Wars toy photos. First, you’ve got Lu going through the box, then Mighty Mugg Mace Windu. The red-armored Luke figure I mentioned is officially called Luke Skywalker in Imperial Guard Disguise according to RebelScum.com.
Lu and Jack both got in on the Christmas tree-decorating action.
If you want to hear more about Eggbert, check out the Christmas podcast I did with my pal Brett a few weeks back.
A few weeks ago, my buddy Brett White and I started talking about our love of all things Christmas so we decided to record a podcast about it! You might notice I sound like I’m a little under water for the first 20 minutes or so. This is the first time I’ve recorded via Skype with the monitors on which was throwing me off like crazy. Also, I thought about cutting my daughter’s quick appearance, but it was just too cute.
And now for some show notes!
I highly recommend checking out Brett’s appearance on Hear Me Out. It’s even Christmas-themed!
The Santa’s Workshop LEGO set Brett mentioned can be seen here.
Dig my list of non-traditional Christmas movies over on Topless Robot.
For what it’s worth, right after recording, I saw that one channel shows The Santa Clause 1 and 3, while another shows 2.
Don’t believe me about Eggbert? The New York Times did a story on him a few years back.
I mentioned the MiniMate Christmas village from a few years ago which you can see above. Shot on my very first “smart” phone, I believe. As if you couldn’t already tell.
Here’s Muppet Family Christmas, which Brett mentioned and I haven’t watched yet, but I want to!
I thought I’d talked about the Mickey Christmas specials I mentioned on Netflix, but apparently I haven’t. They are Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas and Mickey’s Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse, or as my daughter calls them Mickey Christmas Red and Mickey Christmas Blue.
Charlie and Lola, Vol. 2 and I can’t seem to find the exact Hello Kitty DVD after minimal searching.
You can’t tell me this Bubble Guppies song isn’t catchy as all get out.
If you’re curious about why I posted so little in October, you can check out all the links to what I wrote that month over on my pop culture blog UnitedMonkee.
I’m a big fan of Every Cowgirl Needs a Horse after reading it just the one time so far.
The movies I mentioned are My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales, My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rainbow Rocks and Planes Fire and Rescue which were all are great. Still waiting to watch Maleficent.
A 90s Gak commercial, if you’re not familiar:
Even after several weeks, I’m still a big fan of Julius Jr.
DC SUPER HEROES: MY FIRST BOOK OF GIRL POWER is a must-get for comic book loving parents who want to introduce their kids to DC’s list of super-heroines and what it means to be a hero in general.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 80 was recorded two weeks ago, but covers the lead up to New York Comic Con, the longest parenting day so far and Wonder Woman teaming up with the Scooby Gang!
I loved seeing Velma and Daphne take center stage with Wonder Woman in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #5. Such a fun comic! The Scooby-Doo books I mentioned having a problem with were talked about on PPNC #73.
I accidentally referred to The Berenstain Bears Halloween Family Fun as Fall Family Fun, please forgive me.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 79 covers Jack’s continued teething problems, Lu’s new school friend and me sharing my thoughts on the #HeForShe campaign.
Most of the horror movies I mentioned seeing were done during kiddo nap time, though a few were watched after everyone went to bed. If you only see one newer scary movie this year, make it Resolution!
The book I mentioned really enjoying on my phone is R.L. Stein’s Red Rain. Great stuff so far.
Disney’s Sleeping Beauty: Diamond Edition is fantastic. Pre-order a copy or just wait until it hits stores next week on Oct. 7th.
Here’s a video of Emma Watson’s UN speech as well as the blog post supporting stay at home dads by Aaron Gouveia over at Time.com. And, for a funnier view on the whole thing, read Dead and Buried’s “Just Say No To Parenting Equality.”
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 78 chronicles a grind of a week and the glory of The Muppet Babies. Plus you get to hear my bad imitations of Frank Oz voices.
If you’re jonesing for some Muppet Babies, dig this YouTube clip, we have. The article I mentioned about Disney acquiring assets for Muppet babies can be found on Vulture.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 77 covers Lu’s first two weeks of school, the difficulties of going to the grocery store and a few words on the NFL-based child abuse cases.
The cartoon I mentioned is called Peep And The Big Wide World.
Speaking of arts and crafts, Tomie dePaolo’s book The Art Lesson is a personal favorte. Above you can see the cover as well as the title page of my version which he signed back in 1991. The song I mentioned is called “Flowers Are Red.”
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 76 kicks off a new weekly release schedule, gives an update on the house stuff and chronicles Lu’s first kinda-sorta first day of school.
Tom by Tomie dePaolo is a pretty weird book that creeps me out, but my kid loves it.
Over the Hedge and My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: Spooktacular Pony Tales both get the thumb’s up from Lu and the Pop Poppa Seal Of Approval from me. If you’re interested in my original thoughts on My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, check them out here. The MLP movie I mentioned that’s on Netflix is called .
Late as it may be, the 75th episode of the Pop Poppa Nap Cast praises DVD projectors, chronicles a trip to the flea market and more!
A note to listeners before jumping in, I recorded this episode last Wednesday, but the editing process got away from me, hence the lateness. Looking forward, I’m most likely going to switch up the posting schedule for the podcast. I’m just running into so many roadblocks when it comes to posting halfway through the week on Wednesdays. I’m thinking it might make sense to record throughout the week and give myself until Friday to get the show up and ready. That being said, I’m hoping to double-ship this week and hope to have another episode up by this Friday at 3:00PM. Wish me luck!
The projector we use is the Epson MovieMate 62. It’s pretty great.
Check out Stormville if you live in the area!
As this posts, Lu is on her way back from her first sorta-first day of school, which I will talk about in Friday’s episode.
The League is fantastic. Check it out on Netflix or FXX!
Heh, I already stopped using that nap spreadsheet.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 74 recaps the last two weeks, including our trip to New Hampshire (Jack’s first long car ride), a solid house update and a special appearance from this week’s co-host, Lucy.
I should note that when I said I was thinking of going to the store on Tuesday, I said “alone,” but meant “with the kids.”
If you’re in the area, keep an eye out for Tumblebus.
Tomboy: A Graphic Memoir by Liz Prince is fantastic. A funny, witty, clever and emotional personal story that I think all parents should read. It gives an interesting look behind the curtain of a young woman dealing with gender issues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 70 is pretty scattered thanks to Jack’s repeated interupptions, but I do talk about not getting the house we were looking at, our continued search and a few things about this weekend’s San Diego Comic-Con. My apologies for changes in tone and voice, plus all the ums and uhhhs.
The phone interview I mentioned doing last week was for this story posted on CBR about the cool new Mondo toys!
If you’re interested in bidding on Iron Fist’s first appearance or lots of Iron Fist and/or Power Man & Iron Fist, go check out my ebay auctions.
The park we hit up in PA is called Firefly Field. It’s worth checking out if you have kids.
If you’re in the area, do yourself a favor and check out Dutchess Marketplace in Fishkill, NY! Here’s Lu and her new, old Lisa Simpson doll.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast 69 not only features a guest host in Jack Dietsch, but also gives an update on the moving situation and talks about kiddie troubles.
Here’s Lu playing with her new Avengers toys!
Batman: Brave & The Bold is the best kid-friendly Batman cartoon in ages. Check it out on Netflix or buy it on Amazon through that link.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 68 covers further adventures with the kids while my wife returns to work, a new book review and a huge, life changing announcement. Sorry about the background noise, it’s way too hot here to turn the AC off for recording.
If you cook, you should definitely start your own Big Blue Binder (choose any colour you like).
Here’s Lu and Danny, formerly Annie, playing with the Fisher-Price Farm House.
The episode of The Simpsons with the Finding Nemo-based plot point is called “Homer Scissorhands.”
I wasn’t kidding around when I said you see Tarzan’s dead parents in the Disney animated version. That movie is DARK.
The current version of Arthur’s Eyes by Marc Brown is available on Amazon. I have no idea if the interiors have been re-drawn or not, but the cover clearly has.
The books and movie I mentioned in the book review section are Ludwig Bemelmans’ classic Madeline, the Madeline: Meet Me in Paris DVD and Pinkalicious: The Pinkamazing Storybook Collection by Victoria Kann. if you’re curious about any of them, follow those links right to Amazon.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 66 covers Jack’s recent growth spurt, Lu’s early mornings and a few thoughts on the children’s books If You Give A Mouse A Cookie and In The Night Kitchen.
I can’t believe I haven’t written about the Fisher-Price Newborn Rock n’ Play Sleeper before here on the blog! It’s a great bed-side sleeper for infants and is also super portable and can be folded up during the day if you’re tight on space like we are. It gets the Pop Poppa Seal of Approval even though I didn’t say it int the episode!
Do your kids like If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff and Felicia Bond and Maurice Sendak’s In the Night Kitchen? Also, the animated Sendak DVD I mentioned is called Where the Wild Things Are and Other Maurice Sendak Stories.
While talking about the cartoon I can’t remember all the way, I called it Nintendo instead of Nickelodeon. Woops!
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Pop Poppa Nap Cast Episode 63 bestows the virtues of Aarón Sánchez’s cookbook, the Vanderbilt mansion property, Joovy strollers and Barbie, while grousing about crummy internet and nap frustrations.
The fantastic Aarón Sánchez cookbook is called Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours, check it out if you’re even remotely interested in Mexican cooking.
The Vanderbilt Mansion is actually a National Historic Site. Check out this site for more information.
The stroller we got is called the Joovy Caboose Ultralight , ours is orange.
Let’s talk Barbie links! Barbie Life In The Dreamhouse can be seen here. It’s also on Netflix Instant. The exact doll Lu got is called the Barbie Bedtime Princess Doll. As you can see, Lu was very happy with hers. Finally, the two movies I talked about are Barbie: A Perfect Christmas and Barbie Fairytopia Magic of the Rainbow. I fully support all but the Fairytopia movie which wound up feeling a lot like the far better Tinkerbell flicks from Disney that are also available on Netflix Instant.
Not only does the 62nd episode of The Pop Poppa Nap Cast recount our Memorial Day weekend woes, but also lays out the groundwork for Lu’s new mastery of the potty and a brand new intro.
The potty we use is the white BABYBJORN Smart Potty.
I wrote about my first time using the Lost It! app over on Monkeying Around The Kitchen last year.
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.
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.
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?
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.
My buddy Todd Casey is co-writing the Krampus movie.
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!
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 Food, Hot 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.
And finally, here’s the video go Lucy meeting Jack for the first time.