Balancing Chaos
#40 Back to School!

#40 Back to School!

August 23, 2018

Gretchen and Kelley are headed back to school, and sharing how they feel about that and what they do to prepare.

Fact Check: We had eight snow days and five early release or delayed start days, so Kelley was actually more right than Gretchen.

(Near the end, during favorite things, you hear a big jet taking off, even though we were recording in her basement! It's not a plane at your house.)

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Mentioned on the podcast

Prominent pink paper-mache pig a product of political passion

Target Boys' Clothes

Hanna Andersson


Old Navy

Old Navy Maternity Tween Pants

Distressed Rockstar Jeggings




Lee Plain Relaxed All Day Pants

TOMS Fox shoes

Melitta Pour Over Filter


Our Favorite Things

Kelley: Bodum french press

Gretchen: Pyrex Simply Store 20 piece set (There are sets available at lots of places, but this combination had the right amount of what I needed.)

Here's the glass divided lunch container that Kelley mentions: Bentgo glass lunch container


#39 Interview with Dustin Smiley

#39 Interview with Dustin Smiley

August 16, 2018

Kelley and I interview Dustin Smiley (husband of Sarah Smiley from two past episodes) about retiring from the Navy, becoming a LifeFlight helicopter pilot and real estate agent, and realizing that Bangor was going to be their forever home.

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Mentioned on the podcast

Lifeflight of Maine

Dustin Smiley, real estate agent

(We talked a lot about Sarah's various articles, so here are some that were mentioned!)

 Sarah Smiley: What makes this state stand out

Sarah Smiley: Snowblower Lesson Spells Trouble

Sarah Smiley: Dustin hoards shoes - for mowing the lawn 

Sarah Smiley: More than two years later, tough decision to stay in Maine worth it

Our Favorite Things

Kelley: Lucerne Beach Club

Gretchen: Fujitsu Heat Pump

Dustin: Bangor, Maine

#38 Summer Reading Report
#2 Dr Nurses and Techie Teachers [rebroadcast]

#2 Dr Nurses and Techie Teachers [rebroadcast]

August 2, 2018

It's a rebroadcast of our second conversation! Work travel for the techie teacher got in the way of recording a new episode on time!

Kelley talks about her resistance to being called Dr (and she totally is one!) and Gretchen talks about her resistance to "leaning in." 


Hillbilly Elegy


National Institute of Nursing Research

Favorite things:

Kelley: DevaCurl

Gretchen: Plated 

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