Month: September 2009

Muppet Whatnot Workshop

Hanging out with a Muppet at FAO Schwartz

Hanging out with a Muppet at FAO Schwartz

While in New York over the weekend we had to go to the 5th Avenue Apple store to pick up a replacement power supply for Jennifer’s laptop. Ironically, it was more convenient to get that thing while we were in New York than it would be to get one here in Atlanta.

To our surprise, the legendary FAO Schwartz toy store was right next to the Apple store, so we headed inside just to look around.

Overall, I was very impressed with this place. We didn’t buy anything because most everything could be purchased for cheaper on Amazon, but one thing you could only get at FAO Schwartz was your own personalized Muppet in their Muppet Whatnot Workshop. And for that, I was tempted.

Basically, you get to pick all the parts of what you’d want your Muppet to look like. You choose from three different body types, a bunch of different hair styles, eyes, noses, clothes, and other sundry things, and the FAO Workshop employees will build your Muppet right there on the spot. And they actually look like real Muppets straight from Sesame Street.

In the video you’ll see me playing around with one of the demo ones they had sitting around. I admit, this was somewhat like a childhood dream of mine. I’ve always loved the Muppets, and to actually get to play with one was uber-cool. But I just couldn’t imagine tossing down $130 for a puppet that I’d only play with for about 10 minutes before our kids would appropriate and then eventually destroy it.

But that minute of goofing around in FAO Schwartz was a lot of fun.

Searching For Balto (VIDEO)

photoAfter our show in New York on Friday, we decided to enjoy the crisp Fall weather and head over to Central Park.

Every time we come to New York, our boys ask us to try to find the statue of Balto the Dog in Central Park, just so we can tell them we saw it. They’ve never been here with us, mind you. They just want to live vicariously through us.

Considering this was our fourth trip here in fourteen months, this time I decided to deliver and I was pretty determined to find this stupid dog statue!

Using Google Maps, a Central Park iPhone application, and a few articles on Wikipedia, I knew we were headed in the right direction but couldn’t quite find the statue.

Finally, as I felt like we were getting close, we decided to make the attached video so our boys could relive the experience with us.

We did it, boys! We found Balto! (Click through to see the video)

Radio Archive #26: Comedian Tom Shillue and the Ultimate Weggie

cndpodcastrss1In this episode: Comedian Tom Shillue stops by, and we talk about my childhood battles with my brother Paul. This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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Radio Archive #25: Mike Aquilina and One Year Anniversary

cndpodcastrss1In this episode: We discuss one year at The Catholic Channel and talk with Mike Aquilina about Fire of God’s Love: 120 Reflections on the Eucharist. This podcast is courtesy of Sirius 159/XM 117 (The Catholic Channel). You can get a full three hours of The Catholics Next Door, Monday through Friday from 10AM to 1PM EST, only from Sirius/XM. Sign up today!

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Stucco Guy Outside Our Window

Picture 2We had some hail damage on the front of our house so this week, courtesy of our insurance company, we are having a new stucco front put on our house.

Yesterday, the workers were quiet during our show.  No big deal.

Today, however, there is a constant, LOUD, scraping noise right on the other side of our studio.  We’re really hoping they’ll get this bit done before we go on the air in 45 minutes.

Check out this video of the weirdness of seeing a guy outside our second floor window.

One Year of The Catholics Next Door

On the top of the following image, you’ll see a picture of us from one year ago today. On the bottom is a picture of us today as we prepare for the 1-year anniversary launch of The Catholics Next Door on The Catholic Channel (Sirius 159/XM 117). Jennifer aged much better than me.
TCNDBeforeAfter
In the picture on the top, Jennifer was a few months pregnant, and I was about 25 pounds heavier. We had no idea what it was like having a girl in our house. We had not yet had our tiny screened-in porch converted into a tiny little bedroom for our soon-to-be-born-daughter. Read More

Dancing Skeleton

Picture 2Our youngest son, Tommy, discovered an old skeleton costume in our costume bucket and just looks too funny dancing around in it.

Judge for yourself.