With everything that’s going on right now, we’re the first to admit that house stuff feels trivial, but we’re keeping our podcast going in the hopes that it’s a welcome escape for anyone tuning in (it’s definitely a nice distraction for us). This week we’re answering the most common question we’ve gotten in the last few days: how the coronavirus is impacting our Florida move and our house sales (spoiler alert: one contract has fallen through). We’re also having a strangely thorough discussion about high-tech toilets and bidets. Plus, we’re sharing two things that are helping us make the most of being home with kids 24/7.
- Note: As promised we’ve rounded up ways that you can help people during the pandemic at the bottom of this post
- In case you need the backstory on some of the news we updated you on in today’s episode, these links will be helpful:
Can We Just Talk About Bidets?
- Here is the article from NPR’s Planet Money that opened the floodgates to this discussion, which is entitled Why America Is Losing The Toilet Race
- Pictured above is a Toto Washlet, which is available on sites like Wayfair and Amazon at various price points and models (some over $1000! Just for the seat!)
- And below is the video on the Toto Washlet website that dances around the subject matter quite a lot.
- On the other hand, the Tushy website takes a much cheekier approach to embracing the topic (pun most definitely intended).
- The Tushy (and Tushy Spa with temperature control) are significantly cheaper and don’t require an outlet, but obviously have far fewer features than some of the pricier bidets.
- Also slow clap for the Tushy Ottoman for spinning the term “ottoman” in one of the most creative ways we’ve ever seen (it’s basically a competitor to the Squatty Potty. Speaking of which, this bamboo version of the Squatty Potty isn’t bad looking.
- We also mentioned our past experience with cloth diapering our kids (more on that here), including adding a sprayer attachment to our toilet. They don’t seem to sell the bumGenius-brand version we used anymore (at least I can’t find it online anywhere) but this one seems similar.
- Last but not least, I regretfully have to link to the Travel John, um, disposable urinal bags that Sherry ordered in that denial/bargaining stage of things about a week ago. Yowza.
- Here’s a peek into the Lego Masters show we’ve been watching as a family on Hulu (regularly on Fox, but I also so available for purchase on YouTube and Amazon).
- We mentioned the “Cut In Half” challenge from one episode where contestants had to complete the other side of an object that was sliced in half (like a bicycle or cuckoo-clock). But instead of literally complete it, they were supposed to put a creative spin or interpretation on it. This started as half of a telescope (below) and the players used it to bring to life the idea of childhood exploration and imagination. That smoke plume under the rocket tho.
- Oh and if you also want to track your or your family’s walks, this is the free Map My Walk app we’ve been using.
Ways To Help During The Pandemic
- As promised, we’re also shouting out some ways that you can help others, from the heroic people on the front lines providing medical care to restaurant workers and the Red Cross
- If you’re able to donate N95 masks (check your DIY supplies and donate them all! Even one or two can save lives!) here’s all the info you need
- Blood banks are experiencing a severe shortage on blood, so here’s how you can make a huge difference & save lives
- We’ve seen so many good ideas for how to help small businesses, like buying gift cards to use later (call them up & order them over the phone) and this article about supporting independent bookstores.
- This is a great write up full of other ways you can help. It’s amazing to see all of the helpers coming out of the woodwork. We’re all in this together.
If you’re looking for something we’ve dug in a past episode, but don’t remember which show notes to click into, here’s a master list of everything we’ve been digging from all of our past episodes. You can also see all the books we’ve recommended on our Book Club page.
And lastly, a big thank you to Rothy’s for sponsoring this episode. Check out their shoes and their new bags (also made from repurposed plastic water bottles!) at Rothys.com/YHL where you get free shipping and returns on every order!
Thanks for listening, guys!
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