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Jon of All Trades ranks the Muppet Babies characters from Animal to Fozzie. December 18, 2018.

Muppet Babies Characters, Ranked

Almost three years ago, I, a parent of young children, took it upon myself to provide you, presumably since you’re reading this, also the parent of young children, the service of ranking all the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters. You’re welcome. [...]

December 19, 2018 Blog, Film and Television, Parenthood
Jon of All Trades ranks the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Characters

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Characters, Ranked

It’s a cliché at this point to describe your noble parental intentions not to allow your child to watch television and succeed where the millions of parents before you failed, only to succumb to the relentless unhappiness and subsequent shrill [...]

February 26, 2016 Blog, Film and Television, Parenthood


I know it’s wrong to use profanity around children, but fuuuuuuck, sometimes the situation just calls for it, right? As of tomorrow Kristin and I can officially celebrate keeping this baby alive for a whole month. Hooray! As I Monday [...]

November 26, 2014 Blog, Parenthood

Halloween II

What a difference a year makes. Christ, look at where I was last year. Just for fun, here are some of the pertinent pull quotes from that article: “There’s nothing quite like Halloween to bum you out about infertility.” “…my [...]

November 1, 2014 Blog, Parenthood


As we approach the birth of our child, we’re checking off more and more of the preparation to-dos. When you first consider the prospect of bringing life into the world, it seems overwhelming to the point of suffering paralysis thinking [...]

October 7, 2014 Blog, Parenthood


There’s nothing more rote, pedestrian, or undeniably American than talking about the weather. I took an Intercultural Communication class in college, and my instructor noted that Americans talk about the weather more than any set of folks on the planet. [...]

September 23, 2014 Blog, Parenthood


Last night a long discussion unfolded on my wife’s Facebook page. The origin of the discussion was this video that showed, in rapid succession, the impoliteness with which society regards pregnant women vis-à-vis “Hey let’s just ask you whatever bluntly [...]

July 29, 2014 Blog, Parenthood


Quite possibly the only benefit of going through months and months of infertility is that if you’re lucky enough to become pregnant, you get to have lots and lots of ultrasounds. Whereas most people only get one, maybe two, we’ve [...]

June 17, 2014 Blog, Parenthood


(I wrote this while half in the bag Friday night. Outside of a few minor grammatical corrections, this is untouched from that writing.) I’m watching WWF Vengeance 2001 on the WWE Network. It’s the one where Chris Jericho unifies the [...]

May 13, 2014 Blog, Inside My Head, Parenthood


Back before two years of infertility sucked much of the whimsy out of trying to conceive a child, one of the ways Kristin and I toyed with announcing our pregnancy was to show the commercial below and threaten to name [...]

April 22, 2014 Blog, Parenthood