The Station Wagon podcast: Seattle - Snoqualmie - Olympia

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Episode 32: Filler Words

Julie and Marc attempt and fail, attempt again, and fail again to stop using filler words. You know, er, um, uh. Spoiler alert -- failure is a wonderful teacher as long as she doesn’t smack one’s knuckles when accidently saying ‘um’.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Episode 31: Giving up Slouching

In this episode we talk about having good posture, and try it out for ourselves. We also take a journey through time with Princess Putrescence as she tries out ways to improve her posture. Spoiler Alert--One of us needed more help than the other.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Episode 30: Water

“In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.” - Benjamin Franklin
In this episode do you think Julie and Marc have gained wisdom? Nope- we stopped drinking wine. Did they gain freedom? Nope, they stopped drinking beer. All that can be hoped for is that their water was clean and bacteria-free. Their bar is low.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Episode 29: Giving up Humor

"Humor is just another defense against the universe" - Mel Brooks

So check it out. In this episode we give up humor, our usual defense against the universe. Instead we pick up flamethrowers and big guns ala Aliens - spoiler alert- humor would've been more effective. Here's some keywords that crop up during this episode: yucky, Hebrew, impulse control, and career limiting. Among all the great points to learn, here's one keynote from Julie: When you have something that happens that makes your family laugh, write it down, share it, and revisit. Remembering funny family events is better for improving relationship satisfaction than remembering “important” family events.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Episode 28: Giving up Killing Time with Screen Time

We explored the history and science of screen-time and then tried giving it up for two weeks.What's that mean? We gave up using our cellphones and other mobile devices to fill those unanticipated boring times we all have day-to-day. Some say this exercise is supposed to help a person be more mindful of their surroundings and contribute to relationship building. Spoiler -- Marc loves his cell phone.
"If you leave your cell phone at home, you feel impacted by not having it. It's an important part of your daily function and what you can do in a day." - Aimee Mullins

We couldn't agree more (at least Marc couldn't). 

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Episode 27: Giving up Caffeine

"Caffeine. The gateway drug." --Eddie Vedder

Congratulations to us, we gave up caffeine and we are still alive. Marc didn't think this was possible especially since we are the guzzling the awful grey soup known as winter in the Pacific Northwest. Listen to us and decide for yourself if you can give it up too! Spoiler, one of did and is still off of it, the other one is a tool!

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Episode 26: Giving up Touching

Julie and Marc are from Indiana where each person depends on a 36-inch circumference of personal space to maintain sanity. In this episode, the siblings get to have their wildest fantasy made real, expanding the 36-inches of space to infinity! That's right, they gave up all forms of touching. No high-fives, hugs, kisses, snogs, smooches, shoulder bumps, or shared-knee slaps.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Episode 25: Giving up Peanuts

Millions of Americans are allergic to peanuts. We gave up eating peanuts to try and walk a bit in their shoes and find out what it's like to go without this miracle legume. We talk about the history of peanuts, the science and psychology of having the allergy, and believe it or not, Julie gets 2 out of 3 questions right in our quiz.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Episode 24: Giving up the Snooze Button

How many times do you hit your snooze button in the morning? One? Four? 23? What about ZERO? That's how much we used it during this episode's field work. It is true we do not shy away from huge, life changing activities that force us to be mindful of our world and the impacts it has on us. You can listen to Marc's alarm sound here.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Episode 23: Giving up Wearing Pants

Yup. We gave up wearing pants. For some reason fans wanted us to do this, so we did. Not such a big deal for Julie except when she works out (and everyone knows exercise is bad for you). What are pants? What are not pants? Why do women wear skirts? What does Marc think about wearing a skirt for two weeks? Listen and find out.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Episode 22: Happy One Year Anniversary

We are a happy, cooing, gurgling one year old baby podcast! In this episode, we talk about our favorite episodes and the many experiments that have impacted our lives and the lives of those around us. We also get to hear wonderful greetings from some of our listeners!

Friday, July 29, 2016

Episode 21: Giving up Making Garbage

Please stop what you are doing and give your garbage collector a big hug; leave them an unopened packet of Sprees or M&M's; buy her or him a $25 gift card at your local coffee shop; do anything you can to let him or her know you care for, respect, and love them. You need to do this to make up for us possibly putting several garbage collectors out of work during this episode. We tried to give up creating garbage. The dire impact of our effort likely had rippling repercussions to this incredible service that keeps our society running. Enjoy.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Episode 20: Giving up Interrupting

In this episode we gave up interrupting. We stopped, as best we could, throwing our conversation partners off their thought-tracks with our own questions and comments. As Covey says in Habit #5: "Seek first to understand, then be understood". Spoiler alert: we found that yelling is a great way to interrupt, but not so good at attaining that understanding part; who knew?

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Episode 19: Giving up Unsafe Driving

“Sometimes when I'm driving... on the road at night... I see two headlights coming toward me. Fast. I have this sudden impulse to turn the wheel quickly, head-on into the oncoming car.” -Duane from “Annie Hall”

In addition to driving head-on into other cars, there are many other habits we all have that make us unsafe drivers. In this episode, Julie and Marc tackle three (Julie tackles four) of these habits. We give up distracted driving by not touching or looking at our cellphones, following too closely by making sure we have at least two seconds of distance between our car and the car in front of us, and going over the speed limit. 

Spoiler alert: It was a great experience. We both experienced a sense of calm and mindfulness that was not previously there while we were driving. We also became imbued with a level of smugness that we previously attained only by committing sic burns on each other. And, oh yeah, we found out that Julie is that annoying driver you give the bird to.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Episode 18: Giving up Shaving

In this episode, we gave up shaving. Marc gave up shaving his face, and you'll have to listen to find out what Julie gave up shaving. We talk about the history of various shaving practices, the social implications of shaving and not shaving, and whether the Puget Sound Area (i.e. Seattle and Olympia) is a sanctuary where body hair can live a long and prosperous life. Spoiler alert - one of us liked this experiment, the other turned into a porcupine (according to a 7-year old).

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Episode 17: Giving up Excess Calories

In this episode of the Station Wagon podcast, Marc and Julie give up eating excess calories. Spoiler alert: One of us loves this, the other is traumatized and has to come to a significant self-realization of her (ahem) own weaknesses.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Episode 16: Giving up Sleeping a Bed

In this episode we grew to appreciate our beds because we gave up sleeping on them, and any other, for two weeks.  We talk about bed bugs, water beds, the first TV couple seen in a bed together, and much more. Spoiler Alert: One of us broke a toe during the production of this episode the other enjoyed sleeping on the floor. (p.s. We take our art very seriously.)

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Episode 15: Giving up Music

In this episode Julie and Marc give up listening to MUSIC. Julie does an ok, not perfect, job on the quiz. Marc talks about this history of music including the earliest found flute, and the date when Dark Side of the Moon was published. In science, Julie talks about the impact of Music on health.
Spoiler Alert: Music is good. Listen to it.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Episode 14: Giving up Apologizing

In this episode we give up apologizing. Listen to this episode to get tips on how to give a non-apology (if you are an evil ratfink). Spoiler alert, among many other things, Julie apologizes on behalf of the weather, and Marc apologizes for his jittery Excel handling skills.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Episode 13: Giving up Good Hearing

In this episode we gave up our good hearing. That's right, listen to us talk about how, for two weeks, we couldn't hear very well. Spoiler alert: Ear plugs can be very itchy though fetching.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Episode 12: Giving up Changing Our Clothes

For the last two weeks we have not changed our clothes. Need I say more? How about, spoiler alert, one of us would recommend this and the other was mortified.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Episode 11: Giving up Sarcasm

It's true, and amazing: we gave up being sarcastic. This has been the most difficult challenge for us to pull off so far. Spoiler alert: One of us liked it, the other felt like a hollow, imploding shell of a person. Note: Feel free to sign up for one of our patented sarcasm reeducation programs today. (just kidding of course (not really though)).

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Episode 10: Giving up Three Square Meals

Are you hangry for some sibling snark? Buckle up, get in the station wagon, and hear how we handled giving up scheduled meal times. Spoiler alert: One of us has a new food baby.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Episode 9: Giving Up Complaining

We got no complaints. Truly! We didn't  have any for two weeks, and now you can find out how it went. Spoiler: One of us really liked it, the other is a whiney baby.

Friday, November 13, 2015

Episode 8: Giving up Gendered Pronouns

Giving up Gendered Pronouns. Yup – we did. (at least we tried). Spoiler alert (there’s one he and one she in this podcast).

Friday, October 30, 2015

Episode 7: Giving up Dressing Down

Eat your heart out James Bond - this is our 007th episode in which we give up our casual style and see what it's like to dress up all the time. Plot spoiler: one of us liked it, the other did not.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Episode 6: Giving up Paper

In this episode, we give up using paper products. No -- we did not give up using toilet paper. Yes - we did give up using all other paper (printer paper, tissues, paper towels, post-it notes, etcetera etcetera). Yes - it was very difficult. We hope you enjoy it.

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Episode 5: Giving up Going Outside

In this episode, we give up going outside. Yes - you read that correctly. We are not going to partake in any of the Pacific Northwest's cornucopia of natural splendors. Blurg. Yes, I said it, Blurg.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Episode 4: Giving up Consuming the News

In this episode we give up consuming the news in all its forms. That means, no news from all sources and outlets: TV, Radio, Internet, mobile devices, newspapers, word of mouth, etc. etc. etc.

What's news? Listen to find out.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Episode 3: Giving up Eating Utensils

In this episode, we have given up using Eating Utensils for two weeks. No forks, spoons, knives, chopsticks, chorks, sporks, or dorks. Well, actually there are two dorks, but you'll have to guess who they are. Listen to find out what eating utensils are, and a brief history of using them to cram food into our species' cake holes.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Episode 2: Giving up Swearing

In this episode, we have given up swearing for two weeks. That's right, no bad language, strong language, coarse language, foul language, bad words, vulgar language, lewd language, swearing, cursing, cussing, or using expletives. Of course, we bring you the latest definitions and history of swearing wrapped up with a bow.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Episode 1: Giving up Sitting

In this episode, we have given up sitting for two weeks. You know, that practice of putting one’s butt in a chair? Yup. We kissed that goodbye and then talked about how it went.