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Buhbye 2019!

Today’s episode “Buhbye 2019!” is on iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts.

Today is the last day of the year, and (does this come as a surprise to anyone) we were shooketh last week when we realized it’s also the end of an entire decade! Now that we’ve come out from under our respective rocks, reset those judgy eyebrows of yours. Even those caterpillars up bro. Look. Kris was shopping on December 23. It’s been a year, k? So we’re not here to just slam the door on 2019, but to remind you of some (though definitely not all) events that happened over the last ten years. Not all of it has been a blistering ride down that hot metal slide of life…some of it was quite amazing. A lot of it was forgettable. That’s why we’re here. To help you remember what color that dress really was, that one song about that one day of the week, when the world was supposed to end, and Fat Amy’s real name.

Ten points if you can figure out what Redd Foxx, Tuna Melts My Heart, and Ed McMahon have in common? Hint: nothing. We just make obscure references to them during our conversation. No big deal. As the other fox says, “moving on.” 10 points if you get THAT reference. This entire blog is a pop quiz. Yeehaw!

But of course, before we get into the heart of our retrospective, we ramble on about how Christmas was (good, decent, ok), a great new party game, and what it’s like to be the mother of a new teenage driver (gasp).

You can find a bigger and better list of all the memorable events from the last decade and year – from the intense to completely forgettable, depending on what you want to focus on, but the majority of our particular list came from goodhousekeeping.com’s November 2019 article “31 Things We Totally Forgot Happened This Decade” by Hannah Jeon.

And here’s the other list…the list of things we didn’t know anything about as we talked:

  • For that Hawaiian fake missile alert Kris couldn’t remember, here’s a great article by Sean Flynn from April 2018 at GQ.com on that scary incident. And it wasn’t Bob’s fault after all. Tsk, Kris.
  • Don’t know what the hell Pup’N’Taco was? It was a great little fast food chain from the 80’s and was one of Kym’s favorites. Find more information about it at We Miss the 80s. Yes we do, Rick. Yes. We. Do.
  • Disney’s movie The Black Hole came out December 21, 1979. You can watch it in all it’s 70’s Disney glory on Disney+ (not a sponsor…chyaaaaa AS IF).

You’re the best for reading our blog! Thank you so much for joining us here. Now to listen to our episode “Buhbye 2019!” on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher, iHeartRadio, or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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It’s Movie Time!

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Today we join Paul Wilborn and Doug Clair of the Having Beers With podcast to raise our coffee mugs (and their beer cans) in salute to movies! We have a rousing discussion about some of our all time favorite movies, including those guilty pleasure films we almost don’t want to admit to out loud. You might be surprised at what ours are…and maybe even discover you’re not alone in yours.

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Doug stumps us (Ok. Kris. Doug stumps Kris.) as we do a round-robin guess-the-movie-candy game. Apparently when Kris’ brain thinks, “Snickers”, or “Butterfingers,” or “Reeses Pieces,” her mouth spits out Jordan Almonds. Not literally, but you know what we mean. Kris would just like to say in her defense, it’s her mom’s favorite candy and Kris crumbles under pressure. We’re pretty sure Kym won the game, but Kris did guess the number one candy (of course, Paul helped by providing a great clue…ahem). No we’re not telling here. That’s what the podcast is for. Go. Go listen NOW. Shooo. Go on…

You’re still here?

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Ok, well, thanks for sticking with the blog. Anyhoo, we go on to to talk about the top money-making movies of all time, many of which have made billions of dollars. BILLIONS with a B. NINE. ZEROES. Kris and Kym would like to say, “DAYUM, we are in the wrong business!” Sadly, some of our favorite blockbusters (Jaws, E.T., etc.) were blown out of the water by today’s newfangled upstarts, but Kris’ nerd heart is stilled with the inclusion of two films from her all time favorite franchises, Harry Potter and Star Wars. #nerdsunite.

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Of course, what would a podcast episode with the Mugly Truth be – whether it’s ours or one we’re guesting on – without a major detour? So we veer off the Cinema Interstate and take the Bathroom Etiquette offramp. Yes, dear friends, we do Potty Talk on this episode. But fear not, it’s alllll relatable with no discussion about gross stuff. And there’s just one air-biscuit reference. 20 Listener Gold Stars if you know the movie reference without Google, and can answer before Kym.

Check out our “It’s Movie Time!” collaboration episode with Having Beers With on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Are You Hungary?

Kym In Budapest
Kym on vacation in Budapest, Hungary!

 

Happy Tuesday and hello week 2 of 2019! In today’s episode, Are You Hungary?, Kym recaps her adventures in her grandmother’s homeland of Hungary.  Her trip proved a lot may be different across the globe from continent to continent, country to country, city to city, but so much is also the same.

For instance:

  1. Teenagers – Ahh, the lovely demeanor of a teenager. To shake things up, make it a local bit…teen, and you’re a tourist. Can’t you just SMELL the insolence? If they’re sitting in your assigned bus seat, they’re not going to give a solid rat’s ass about how much you paid for it – you silly not-us person – and they will roll their eyes at you and make your life a living hell when you get adulty with them.
  2. Karma – Karma IS a bitch all over the globe, and one of those little brats on the bus found that out sooner than later. Can we get a ginormous “TEE-HEE”??
  3. The Knight Bus – The Knight Bus might be a fictional mode of transportation in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, but it’s very possible she got real life inspiration from a certain Pest bus driver.
  4. Traffic – crazy drivers and traffic sucks worldwide. Yup.
  5. The Cat Cafe there’s one in Budapest and one right here at home in Southern California (Los Angeles to be exact). They’re also in Korea, Austria, Spain, Germany, France and the UK. Did we mention Taiwan? It’s safe to say in ANY location it’s always awesome to have a cuppa with a big ginger feline checking in on you at your table to say, “How are thee hooman peasants? Java good? I allow you to scratch my ear. Behold my majestic tail. And now…I leave. Meow, bitches.”
  6. Snooty Waitstaff – When Kris was a girl, her grandma shared stories about being a waitress and the very worst thing you could do to show your disdain for crappy service was leave a penny as a tip. Kym and fam would have left a certain Viennese server a single, gunky, nasty, old penny had the damned gratuity not already been included in the bill. Big snooty jerk server man. Pffft.
  7. Car accidents – It’s about as NOT FUN to be in a fender bender halfway around the world as it is at home. But it’s really interesting when you don’t know what the hell you’re supposed to do when it occurs and you can’t speak the language to find out what’s going on. No one was hurt, which is the best possible outcome no matter where you are.
  8. New Year’s Fireworks. All. Night. – Yep, it seems New Year’s Eve is celebrated by loud, happy people with lots and lots of fireworks alllllll through the night no matter where you are trying to sleep in the world.
  9. Coffee – coffee adoration is universal, and even though it might be a little more difficult to get coffee “to go” in Budapest, you can find it if you look hard enough.
  10. Love Locks – Paris isn’t the only city where you can seal your love with a lock on a gate near a river. Just sayin’. But are you a key lock person, or a combo lock person? AHA! There’s a difference…as Kym found out.
  11. Late Flights – Ohhhhhhhhh YESSSS! The supreme joy of sweating your butt off as you sprint through an airport trying to reach your connecting flight and make it in the very, very nick of time. So. Much. Fun.

Even though the similarities might have elicited a smile (or a snarl) from our intrepid cohost, they and the unique elements of Budapest and Vienna are now incredible memories and lively stories for her and the family: a vampire tour of Buda Castle, an energetic hike up Gellert Hill, crossing one (or more) of seven bridges spanning the great Danube river, trying local food and drink, writing on walls in a “ruin bar,” dipping into the splendid Széchenyi Thermal Baths, experiencing the poignant and emotional Holocaust memorial Shoes on the Danube Bank…well, go ahead and listen in to hear Kym tell it.

Oh, and sausages in Vienna are definitely NOT NOT NOT the same Vienna sausages we have here in the states. #sansgelatinousgoop #actuallyrealfood #kymsaysyum

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Budapest thermal baths. Photo courtesy of Kym Wagner and Kayla Miles.

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Fitting in beautifully in the country of her ancestors. Photo courtesy of Kym Wagner and Kayla Miles.

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This lovely, king-of-the-scratching-post, gentleman graced Kym and family with a visit at their table at the Budapest Cat Cafe! Photo courtesy of Kym Wagner and Kayla Miles.

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View from atop Gellert Hill. Photo courtesy of Kym Wagner and Kayla Miles.

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Holocaust memorial along the Danube in Budapest.

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Kym likes a guy in uniform. Oh, wait. KRIS likes a guy in uniform. Maybe Kym’s giving this guy Kris’ number?

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Coffee love transcends borders, oceans and snooty Viennese wait-staff.

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The love lock gate of Budapest.

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The sign says it all! Photo courtesy of Kym Wagner and Kayla Miles.

Check out our ARE YOU HUNGARY? episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Merry Christmas Happy Tuesday

Santas and Jack
Part Kris’ Santa and Snowman collection with Jack Skellington playing the part of Elf on a Shelf

Happy Tuesday everyone! And MERRY CHRISTMAS!!! Today Kym and Kris talk about personal Christmas traditions, and also announce THE WINNER OF OUR CONTEST!

The winner is FERN ROUINTREE! Check out our photos from our last blog to see the contents, and here’s latest addition to the box:

The TMT mug!
We got the coffee and we get THE MUG! We like the mug! The gift box is almost complete! Just waiting on the TMT coaster.

Today we dive into our personal traditions at Christmas time. There’s the annual ornament purchase:

As well as what to get as stocking stuffers (and when we open them), Christmas Eve pajamas, special feasts, the songs, the movies, and the activities, like making snowflakes to hang around the house, and collecting our favorite Christmas icons (Kris gets a new Santa every year, and Kym is partial to Tomtes).

Snowflakes
It’s snowing in Kris’ household! There’s flakes (of glitter) EVERYWHERE!! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

ITOMTE
Kym’s FAVORITE! A classic Swedish gnome called Tomte.

Santa & Snowman Collection
Part Kris’ Santa and Snowman collection, including her latest tin Santa drummer (bottom right corner).

But one of our favorite traditions both of our families celebrate is to look at Christmas lights in Orange County. There are neighborhoods all over Orange County that go absolutely over the top, but two in our area are Olwyn Dr. in Tustin, CA (Olwyn Dr. and Redhill Ave.), and the historic section of Orange, CA (the Old Towne Orange Holiday Decoration Contest  held by the Old Town Orange Preservation Association).

In Orange, this year’s theme was the Stories and Songs of the Season. Awards are given for various categories, including Most Beautiful, Best Use of Lights, Most Whimsical, etc. And while it’s something residents throughout historic Orange participate in, it seems that one of the awards (Best Block) consistently goes to Pine St. (and deservedly so). Parking and walking (or driving very slowly) is something both our households look forward to participating in every year. If you’re interested in leaving the driving to someone else, you can ride on the trolley to see the lights in style.

Some of the families in both neighborhoods even offer up candy canes, hot cocoa, and bags of popcorn to go with the music, lights, and lots and lots of happy people oohing and aahing all over the place. If you’re in the area definitely check out these neighborhoods.

Some highlights from Pine Street:

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One of the more fantastic homes (even without decorations) on Pine Street in historic Orange, CA

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ITOMTE! Kym’s FAVORITE!!

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The theme on Pine Street in historic Orange, CA was Stories and Songs of the Season, and this family chose “Elf”

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One of the many award-winning home decorations on Pine Street in the historic area of Orange, CA. This family always decorates with bears, and they had Winnie the Pooh to tie in with the theme.

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One of the many award-winning home decorations on Pine Street in the historic area of Orange, CA. This celebrates the song “Winter Wonderland”.

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One of the many award-winning home decorations on Pine Street in the historic area of Orange, CA. This family did a bang up job with their “Home Alone” theme.

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This place. Unbelievably cool. Amazingly so. Don’t know what their theme was. Doesn’t matter. Winner winner chicken dinner you get the trophy because SPECTACULAR.

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The lovely gentlemen still participated with decorations (he and his wife lovingly decorated with the rest of Pine Street in historic Orange, CA every year), even with a broken heart. 

Check out our MERRY CHRISTMAS HAPPY TUESDAY episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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Episodes

Worst Gift Ever?

Kris and Kym Discuss Worst Gifts Ever
If you ever wanted a drum-set for Christmas and got socks instead you’ll know the pain of this week’s episode as we talk about the worst gifts we’ve received (and acknowledge that some aren’t horrible at all when it comes down to it). Photo by Kimberly Sickel, please follow @riverdeer at 500px.

Remember that one morning long ago (or maybe it was a month ago yesterday) you woke up KNOWING you were getting the best gift ever? The one you told everyone what you wanted (You covered all the bases man. We know. We applaud your exhaustive efforts. Especially the good old fashioned sticky notes on all the mirrors. Well done). You waited for what seemed forever, then the day finally came and you just knew as you pulled ribbon and ripped paper you were mere seconds away from The. Most. Epic. Present. IN. THE. WOOOOOORLD!!!!! (WORLD WORLD WORLD WORLD WORLD)…

(The stadium roars with approval).

…which actually turned out to be a box of commemorative carved toothpicks of all 50 states from Odd Uncle Vern? Remember? Mm-hmm.

We know your pain. We too have some Odd Uncle Vern memories.

Those toothpicks are in a junk drawer somewhere to this day, we’re pretty sure. Except for North Dakota. That one disappeared years ago. Shame, really, to have an incomplete set.

Sometimes intentions are good but the disconnect with reality is a wee bit off. (Wood block puzzle for 13 year old Dax? Aunt Pru, we need to talk.) Maybe appropriate isn’t a word in your Cousin Dave’s vocabulary. Maybe – just maybe – gag gifts are the nectar of life to your sister Sarah. To be fair, not all “worst gifts” are actually that horrible. Perhaps it’s just bad timing, or current lack of usefulness, or it could be that it’s just so bad it’s inadvertently the most hilarious present you’ve ever received.

Yes, it was awkward but most likely that gift was given with love. Eventually what seemed blisteringly awful so long ago becomes a moment we recall with new perspective, filtered by years of experience and wisdom, revealing the true meaning of such exchanges. Hopefully, the true meaning is a poignant one.

Orrrrrr, maybe it happened two years ago when that asshole Erwin in sales drew your name for Secret Santa, KNEW you hate Pumpkin Spice Lattes (who are you? You are dead to us. *folding arms, looking away*) and bought you two bags of seasonal PS beans from Starbucks. Oooooooh, such passive aggressiveness can shred festive spirit like so many cats on toilet paper!! (Cat owners: You know.)

So, how did you handle your worst gift? Laugh? Cry? Manage a polite thanks? Pout? Stomp around? Throw it across the room? Chuck it at Erwin’s head? Fill Erwin’s desk drawer with ground coffee beans? Pour burnt coffee on Erwin’s keyboard and stuff the empty coffee bag into Erwin’s car exhau…aahhahahahammm.

Staring. Blinking. Staring again. 

Did you exchange? Regift? Did you do what Kris does and make it your newest closet rock? She’s got a wall of those things in the back of her closet. A fortress of awkward, if you will.

Deep sigh.

Never fear. Before the pain (or tears of wheezy laughter) overcome you, Kym shares another childhood stunt that makes all the other stories pale in comparison, with a cameo by “Captain Looseass” Grandpa himself. Kris never met Kym’s grandparents but wishes she did. And don’t worry, we’re sure Kym has more stories up her sleeve so really you just need to keep tuning in every week.

Oh, and if you’re wondering what Kris’ plushy Wookie – which she got from her most awesome friend at work  – looks like, well, here you go:

Chewbacca Plush Toy
Toy Yorkie? Bear in a lion costume? Nope. It’s Kris’ tiny Chewbacca in a stocking! Ready to give you a hug. ***Sniff***

YOU’RE WELCOME.

Reverb.com Sale Listing
Photo from reverb.com sale listing (no longer available) of a Synsonic drum set from the 80s. This may even be Kym’s old one. Probably not, but that would be cool, yeah?

Check out our WORST GIFT EVER? episode on  iTunes/Apple Podcasts, SpotifyOvercast, Libsyn, Pocket CastStitcher or anywhere you listen to podcasts. Then all you need to do is 1) subscribe 2) download and 3) listen! AND!!! 4) If you enjoy what you hear, please leave a rating and a review (pretty please?). The more subscribers and reviews we get, the more opportunities we get to grow this podcast and bring you richer content.

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