Reanna and Melissa talk about the new routines we're falling into and fighting for as shelter-in-place resets our life's rhythms. Reanna shares some important updates on her son's worm experiment, and Melissa offers up some ideas for getting kids involved and invested in family responsibilities.
We also introduce a new segment, For After, where we talk about the places we fantasize about going after this is all over.
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Reanna recommends @wolfgang2242 on Instagram for some great escapist rescue animal videos.
Melissa recommends Reanna's Instagram (@arkayokay) for some kid-friendly, informative chicken facts.
Apocalypse Book Club
Reanna recommends Joseph Heller's The Dog Stars, another post-epidemic dystopia book (but only if you can handle that sort of read right now).
Melissa recommends The Long Earth, the first in a series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter, with parallels to our situation, but through the lens of parallel universe travels.
Melissa is looking forward to revisiting L'Albatros (for date night) and Luna (for family breakfast).
Reanna is hoping 17 Public Square and The Farmer's Table, both in Medina, make it through this.
Don't forget to buy gift cards to support your favorite struggling restaurants right now if you can swing it!
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It isn't easy finding time to ourselves with two little kids in the house that we can't leave, so Davis and I took advantage of naptime and unsupervised playdough and TV time to record another date night (and by night I mean 2:13 p.m.) This time, from a tidied-up bedroom, besieged by noisy pets. Because we're NEVER alone.
An unsettling deep-dive into Reanna's and Davis' respective psyches, notably Reanna's spiraling neurosis and Davis' uncanny ability to compartmentalize (and equally uncanny ability to repress almost all emotions related to the crisis at hand). Skip ahead about 15 minutes in this episode if you don't want to hear someone wallowing in despair.
How we're managing with kids in the house, practically and generally speaking. Routines, as they were, are out the door, and new routines are slowly forming.
#Farmlife: What we're planting this year, an argument about crabapples and the backstory on our chickens, plus unsolicited advice for the chicken-curious. Looking to start your own garden? We *love* rareseeds.com. Reanna is now featuring the flock on her Instagram stories and making them kid-friendly, to compete with the dozens of zoos sharing behind-the-scenes tours every day. Check them out @arkayokay.
Movies (And Other Things) by Shea Serrano, who has been giving out cash to people in need via Twitter these days
The Power of Positive Dog Training if you find yourself similarly trapped in a home with a wild puppy and no training classes
Ordering books from independent bookstores instead of Amazon when you can. We really like Carmichaels out of Lexington, Kentucky. You can find a local one (that will ship to you, of course) at IndieBound.
In this sweeping global crisis, all communications are crisis communications -- from how your organization or brand communicates with stakeholders, to how you coordinate impossible work schedules with your coparent and now coworker (spoiler: not well!)
We talk about actual, useful information for anyone having to communicate on behalf of an organization, thanks to Melissa's PR expertise. Reanna discusses the tough choices nonprofits are having to make right now, and we reflect on how donors and funders can best help organizations who are serving those most affected by this crisis.
If you work at a nonprofit and are working on trying to pivot your fundraising efforts, here's a great list of resources from AFP: https://afpglobal.org/covid19resourceguide
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Stephanie's pick: Cleveland's The City Club has a deeper-than-deep archive of past discussions to help fuel conversation, keep you informed and serve as a resource for parents of older kids looking for at-home civics lessons.
Melissa's pick: The National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma has deputized its head of security as a social media manager during the COVID-19 social distancing.
Reanna's pick: Jimmy Fallon's kids are all our kids--talking over us while we try to be professionals, climbing us like the playground equipment they're not allowed on anymore, and fighting for equal access to snacks. Tune into The Tonight Show: At Home to bask in the relatability.
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Have questions about crisis communications? Want to send us a video of what's in your medicine cabinet? Did hearing little baby noises in the background of this episode make your ovaries explode a little? Want to be a guest on a future episode? Get in touch on Twitter at @distancehour, @ReannaKwrites, @koskim or @scchicks33.
Reanna and Davis welcome Tyler and Marissa, who couldn't take a hint that they shouldn't buy a house and now are responsible for the terrible misfortune that has befallen the entire human race. Our dear friends are stranded in Pittsburgh, where beer is scarce and expensive and there are too many people enjoying the great outdoors in their neighborhood.
To atone for their karmic mistake, Marissa has devoted her Instagram account to prescribe dinner ideas to her cooking-challenged friends. She performs admirably in a live pop quiz. Tyler sneaks in a movie recommendation that violates the terms of this podcast.
We say goodbye twice because we forgot to talk about beer.
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Spice up your beef stew with this recipe from Eat Train and Love or Epicurious. Marissa's top tip: sub the lemon with orange.
Need your own dinner diagnosis? Hit Marissa up on Instagram @marissanorrisa
Tyler's book recommendations: the short story Harrison Bergeron from Kurt Vonnegut (which you can read for free online), and if you're feeling REALLY ambitious, the 1,000-page mammoth Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Just think, even if you don't get into it, that's 1,000 pages of toilet paper or kindling when society collapses. It's a great investment either way.
Watch Shin Godzilla. What's more relatable than a bumbling bureaucracy mismanaging an unprecedented crisis? It's bonkers (in a good way).
Want a great apocalypse-Lovecraft-detective noir mashup? Check out Carter & Lovecraft, then read the second book in the series, After the End of the World. Then grieve the fact there are only two books in the series and you'll be left feeling empty and unfulfilled.
Watch High Fidelity on Hulu. Relate to Tyler's apparent persona as a Music Douche.
Reanna erects the podcast tent for better audio quality. Melissa has career options in the new economy. Stephanie reflects on her first day "back" from maternity leave. Most importantly, it's late enough in the day that we finally all get to share a drink while recording.
Really: What are you supposed to do with your kids while everyone is working? And will Reanna help upgrade George's pet digs before it's too late?
The Like Button: A little levity for these dark days
Pet Tic Tac Toe
We Rate Dogs celebrates #NationalPuppyDay
Chelsea Peretti offers some STUPID makeup tutorials
And, because we can't ignore the bad stuff altogether: If you're sheltering in place with your abuser, here are some domestic violence resources.
Everyone, be careful out there. Stay home if you can. And either way, wash your hands.
Today (March 29, 2020), Governor DeWine issued the order for Ohioans to shelter in place at home for the next few weeks. Reanna and Davis debrief in the minutes after the press conference. Reanna equates luck and guilt.
It's a lot.
And so...Enjoy a mid-episode stress break with a minute of backyard birdsong, recorded today from our back porch.
Then, an imperfect but still delightful interview with Reanna's childhood friend Leigh, featuring Shelter in Place Would You Rather, a discussion of one's Internal Age, a hidden gem (secret beer drive-thru) and a deeply uncivilized alternative to toilet paper.
Leigh's Reading and Listening Recommendations:
Tina Fey's Bossypants
Happy Friday, listeners! Reanna, Melissa and Stephanie reconnect after a few days of special guests. Stephanie faces down the uncertainty of returning from maternity leave next week (from home), Melissa tests out some new podcasting gear and Reanna tries to justify the most insane Target trip she's ever taken.
We also tackle all the ways we've panicked, come up with some great ideas for future episodes and have lots of time on our hands to really weigh in on just how corrupt and awful most of our leaders are. This involves a decent amount of swearing. Relevant reading: The coronavirus is exposing the arbitrary, cruel realities of America's rules.
>>> More Relevant Links:
The Like Button - The best things we've seen on social media lately
Melissa's Pick: Homeschooling While Working From Home During a Global Pandemic Bingo
Stephanie's Pick: Pandemic Poem
Reanna's Pick: High school choir performs canceled concert remotely
Apocalypse Book Club
Reanna’s Pick: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel - the on-the-nose post-plague dystopian future book
Melissa’s Pick: **Do Not Google, Do Not Read Reviews, Do Not Watch the Prime show if you don’t want spoilers** The Girl With All the Gifts - Mike Carey
Stephanie’s Pick: The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History - John M. Barry
Convincing Boomer Parents to Take the Coronavirus Seriously
The Cleveland Foundation has announced a rapid response fund. Learn more here: http://bit.ly/CLEgives
This episode kicks off with a hot take from the Target parking lot. Anxiety is a hell of a drug, and it made me overspend like you wouldn't believe.
The real takeaway from this episode, though, is the wealth of resources my guest, Brandan, shared for staying connected through remote work. If you're new to this environment, he recommends finding ways to stay connected beyond calling and texting, particularly:
Boom (just kidding, that's not a thing.)
We also talk about the ideal work-from-home setup vs. the reality of working from home when your house is full of other people--which, somehow, he's managed to evade, even while responsibly social distancing.
If you're a freelancer/solo entrepreneur in Northeast Ohio, come on over to the SPARK Cleveland private Facebook group. We're lots of fun. Just make sure you answer the questions or you'll languish in limbo, and who wants to do that? Hahahahahahaha :( :( :( (That was an indefinite social distancing joke.)
A big thanks to Brandan for talking with me today. If you'd like to chat, please Tweet at me at @distancehour or find me on Instagram. Not interested in a live chat, but still have something to say? Leave a message here and I'll feature it on a future episode. And if you're enjoying the Social Distance Happy Hour, please consider sharing it. Here's a link: https://anchor.fm/socialdistance.
Now, go wash your hands.
Introducing zero-time listener, first-time guest, and Reanna's husband, Davis. We pour a few glasses of red wine from Aldi, shove the dogs to opposite ends of the couch and get cozy. We may be stuck in the same house, but our days have been wildly divergent. Reanna reveals shocking information about what the puppy pooped out, and Davis DOES NOT CONDONE PIRATING.
Reanna's Recommendations - Want to really lean into the COVID-19 talk? Here are several podcast episodes to throw into the bottomless pit of your anxiety:
Death, Sex & Money - Alone Together: A COVID-19 Call-In
The Mom Hour - Stuck At Home? Us Too. Here Are Some Ideas
Life Kit - Disrupted and Distanced: The Latest Advice On Navigating Coronavirus
Mom and Dad Are Fighting - The Quarantine's a-Comin' Edition
My Favorite Murder - "Maxisode" 166
One Bad Mother - The First Ever Pandemic Genius Spectacular
What Works - COVID-19 And The Impact on Small Business Owners
Also, you should totally, totally check out the Batman Forever Soundtrack. Even though it definitely does not have a Portishead song on it. I'm a complete dilettante.
Drive to Survive on Netflix
Football Weekly podcast
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WASH YOUR HANDS! [wash your hands] Wash your hands.
Today, Reanna, Stephanie and Melissa talk about the hot sizzle of anxiety around working while parenting at home, how to properly eat an entire birthday cake with your nuclear family, and the broader impact of social distancing in Ohio right now . We're not parading, we're not voting and we're definitely not paying enough attention to our kids during this call.
Our resident fitness role model, Melissa, shares these links for online workouts:
SHED Fitness Columbus is offering free online workout classes (more info here)
The Down Dog app has a bunch of free offers for yoga enthusiasts to keep up their practices while studios are closed
Core Power Yoga is offering a collection of on-demand, online classes
Plus, a guest segment with Reanna and Chance (@blancogigante). Chance has had the unique privilege of having worked, at separate times, with both Reanna and her husband, Davis. He has two daughters, and his wife is essential staff at a hospital. Plus, he's starting his own sports podcast. Check it out here! Oh, and he's tall. Like, *really* tall. We don't talk about that in this episode, but it's something you should know about him.
How are you managing the work/kids dichotomy right now? What's the wildest thing you've seen at the grocery store? What's something we can offer our delivery people, grocery store employees, reporters, health care workers and other essential employees keeping our society afloat while we're stuck inside? Leave us a quick message here, or Tweet at us at @distancehour or @reannakwrites.
We couldn't coordinate a full recording session today, but wanted to share some updates anyway. We want to hear how your experience is going! Leave us a message here: https://anchor.fm/socialdistance/message
Hello and welcome to the inaugural episode of the Social Distance Happy Hour!
Meet Reanna, Stephanie and Melissa, three friends in Northeast Ohio who are facing down the prospect of a strange, new normal ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Governor announced on March 12 that schools would be shutting down for at least three weeks, and today (right after we recorded) announced the closing of restaurants and bars across the state.
Every episode, we'll check in with our guests on how they're holding up and what strategies they've put in place to cope through COVID.
Today's recommended readings for the Apocalypse Book Club
The Testaments by Margaret Atwood
California by Edan Lepucki
Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins
and the real-life apocalypse tales spun by @Aslavitt, former Medicare, Medicaid & ACA head for Obama.
We also worshiped at the altar of Dr. Amy Acton, director of health for Ohio's department of health, who's leading us through this crisis with poise, aplomb and wisdom wholly foreign to any national response to this crisis.
Join us for our pilot episode! We appreciate your patience as we figure out the audio. We don't know what we're doing, but it's feeling like a real smoke 'em if you got 'em situation with any passion projects we've been putting off.
Find us on Twitter at @DistanceHour