E42 – It’s Superbowl Sunday and raining gophers in Southern California! As we catch up on mom life and work life, we realize we want to switch roles a la Freaky Friday. Weens wants the excitement of kids, and Mouse wants a vacation from all the juggling. We discuss the transition from stay at home mom to getting back into the work force, finding purpose in your job, both paid and volunteer, and how to draw the line between the giving of and charging for your time. Mouse struggles with drawing the line on social media on her phone in front of the kids too, and Weens explains simplifying her life. We get sidetracked by Bert and Ernie, Carol Channing, and then reminisce about our boobies first growing, first tampons, and our PE teacher/actor dad playing sports with us after school while rehearsing scenes. Again, another Henson sidetrack gets us talking about Sesame Street and exposure to races and nationalities growing up in predominantly white suburbs. We end hearing a very spiritual dream that Mouse had about the afterlife, a possible message from dad, and a utopian society which reminds Weens of an Albert Brooks movie and some near-death experiences she has studied. Alan Alda also pops in at the end to give sage advice. We hope you enjoy this funny but serious, light but meaningful episode!
E27 – Mouse explains her family’s Jewish side – the non bar mitzvah birthday campout and the non bris bris. Is 13 a man? Technology, coddling, and helicopter parenting might be to blame. Free range parenting is getting pushback in Mouse’s community probably because of the past small town murders. We talk crime and burglaries, and Weens tells her stolen bike story, ending with a flurry of 80s George confusion! We remember a family camping trip and get into why men on our dad’s side are solitary – artsy Grizzly Adams or anxiety? Weens tells another hilarious work story, we do some car talk, and get into shame cleaning. Mouse knows new moms are notorious for this! Mouse is balancing her mini midlife crisis needing to go out and party, with working in the school garden, and we give props to all the teachers out there taking care of our kids. Please tell your friends about us. We would love some word of mouth support! www.MouseAndWeens.com
Music credit: “Balzoo” by Weens
E21 – Puberty, BO and penis oh my. Mouses kids are going through sex ed in their health classes so we hear what they have to say. The twelve year old also talks about a transgender student and Mouse relates community concerns. We recall our own sex ed schooling and compare memories and PMS patterns. Join in to discuss parent porn fears and how you learned where babies come from.
E15 – We interview our mom about her personal Garry Shandling story after we watched the Judd Apatow documentary “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling”. The story leads to our dads history as a football player who went from the University of Arizona to the New York Jets to the New England Patriots in the 1970’s. Our mom tells the story of their relationship and gives her feelings on our dad’s motivations and struggles. By our final discussion we end up seeing a lot of parallels between Garry Shandling and our father, who also went into the entertainment industry. Weens shares her thoughts on acting achievement and self-sabotage. It’s another episode to get to know us and our family This is us folks! We are being ourselves and we hope you gain something from it too. Music is “Palmetto Bug Stomp” written by Weens performed by Angelo Moore. Connect with us at email@example.com
E14 – Get to know our seriouser side, even though that’s not a word. Weens commutes home through LA while Mouse deals with mom guilt and effing up her kids. We wonder if our life paths were set as kids – baby Weens as a creative writer, and baby Mouse as a caretaker. We hit the hot, hot topics of weather, traffic, and road raging in teeny vehicles, then delve into Southern California wildfires and a little more self-analysis just to lighten things up. What do you do when friends and family show their political colors. Weens talks about seeing life through an actor’s eyes, a writer’s eyes, or from a give-no-effs perspective. We discuss friendships ending over Facebook fights, and when to be right or when to be kind. And we end on the light, light subject of what is the purpose of life. Song credits “Song for the Psycho” by Weens. Enjoy our deep thoughts and please reach out with yours too. We’d love to hear from you at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ep5 – Weens confesses to stealing Mouse’s stuff. We discuss odd celebrity crushes, stalking 90’s celebrities, life dreams, foot anti-fetishes, armpit disgust, pheromones, camel toes, moose knuckles, the real definition of a barker, David Bowie and his musicians, and more fun stuff! www.MouseAndWeens.com