Just Winging It
91// New Beginnings

91// New Beginnings

May 24, 2020

Spring is peaking, the pandemic curve is sloping down, and we're all gradually emerging to figure out our new reality.

That new reality for Patrick and his family includes a new house in new state. He and John chat about the big move, what it has been like to transition homes at this particular moment, and how we're all feeling some sense of new beginnings.

90 // Just Zooming It

90 // Just Zooming It

May 10, 2020

We meant it when we said it's important to check in with each other during this time of insanity. John and Patrick bring on a group of listeners for a Zoom roundtable on how we're all managing life during a pandemic.

89 // Preparing For The Long Haul

89 // Preparing For The Long Haul

May 3, 2020

The school-year is officially canceled. Daycare is closed for a couple more months. What has felt temporary, is now settling into something more.

Patrick and John dig into what it's going to take to prepare for this longer-than-expected episode of life.

88 // Relearning How to Get Stuff Done

88 // Relearning How to Get Stuff Done

April 19, 2020

As we settle into week five of staying home and trying to balance managing a family and work, we're having to relearn how to keep up with parenting.

John and Patrick catch up on the latest life events and how they're getting stuff done, continuing to adapt, and maybe making some discoveries along the way.

87 // The Importance of Checking In

87 // The Importance of Checking In

April 12, 2020

More than ever, it's important that we find time to check in with ourselves and with our friends and family.

As the COVID-19 crisis peaks in the US, Patrick and John catch up on their weeks—the continued stress of parenting through a pandemic. Because honestly, what the heck else is there to talk about?

86 // Attempting Business As Usual

86 // Attempting Business As Usual

April 5, 2020

This is life now. It's socially distant. It's virtual school and work. It's 24/7 parenting. And as much as it's all feeling like Groundhog Day, each week has it's own flavor.

This week, John and Patrick describe what it has been like to attempt the things we had been doing before the pandemic. In the face of these challenges, the two dads try to figure out how they can do better.

85 // Adapting to Quarantine

85 // Adapting to Quarantine

March 29, 2020

Our society's response to COVID-19 has triggered rapid changes in how we live—with such frequency that we're left trying to adapt daily as best we can.

Patrick and John talk through how they're managing to settle into some kind of new rhythm with their families and what they're learning so far amidst this crisis.

84 // Processing a Pandemic

84 // Processing a Pandemic

March 22, 2020

Alright folks, now we are just winging it at a whole new level. Families everywhere are coping with the day-to-day uncertainty brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. And this is only the beginning.

John and Patrick take some time together to process the last couple of weeks—the closing of schools, the quarantining, the working from home with kids, and all the rest of it. As usual, we don't have any answers here. We're just learning how to be okay with that.

83 // Fathers Finding Friends

83 // Fathers Finding Friends

March 8, 2020

Socializing becomes a whole lot different after having kids; when it happens at all, it often involves a half-engagement with other people and half-focus on watching or thinking about our kids. We know friendships are generally a good thing to pursue, but who has the time to put into them anymore?

Patrick and John welcome guest Finn McSweeney to chat about what it has been like for he and John to connect via their kids. The three dads explore why the pursuit of friendship with other dads is a worthy one.

82 // The Best Laid Plans

82 // The Best Laid Plans

February 23, 2020

When it comes to planning anything with kids, there's the fantasy version of the event we hope will happen and then there's the reality. Parenting is all about how you mind the gap.

John and Patrick talk about their recent Valentine's Day and other activities they plan with their families—and how they've managed when things don't turn out the way they were "supposed" to turn out.