EPISODE LIII – I POOPED ON MOOKIE

Episode 53—make that LIII—begins innocently enough with the revelations that Mike is a leaf (or is it a feather?) floating through life, and Megan has been keeping a secret book of amazing thoughts (not really). But the episode soon takes an unfortunate turn into what TED talks are and what big ideas Mike might share if he gave one of these so-called TED talks. Mike protests Megan’s answer, but then proves his co-host’s point when he almost unwittingly shares a story involving a public park, a well-placed copy of the New York Daily News and a gastrointestinal emergency. Oh shit! The jar saves the episode from going completely down the toilet—at least momentarily—with a question about whether aliens exist. All Mike and Megan know is that E.T. was awesome and David Duchovny was pretty hot on the X-Files. In the spirit of solidarity, Megan closes the episode with her own unhappy memory of pooping in public thanks to an ill-timed bout of food poisoning. Hopefully you don’t think this episode stinks, but we promise you it will be your current number one favorite. Or maybe number two.

EPISODE WINE – Menage a Trois Midnight Dark Red Blend

CLOSING SONG – “Mississippi” Dixie Chicks

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Episode LIII – I Pooped On Mookie Wilson’s Face

EPISODE 47 – DIARY OF A JUNIOR ROMANCE NOVEL WRITER

The latest installment of 100 Things in a Jar begins with an exhausted Michael ,which leads to a lengthy discussion on manspreading, the changing human brain and the anxieties associated with becoming first time parents. An upcoming party has Megan cleaning the basement while listening to podcasts she highly recommends as well as some books she thinks are nightstand worthy. Speaking of worthy reads, she also unearths some of her writing from circa 6th grade which leads to the triumphant return of Megan’s Journal Kernels where she unleashes venomous tween rage by rating her days, and ranting on being an alternate member of the Seven-Sational as well as a recitation of what is to believed her first attempt at romance novel writing. There’s some brief discussion about a recent weather emergency in the area before the jar kicks off a discussion about zombie apocalypse survival techniques, the various ways to kill a zombie and a live prank phone call. So sit back and grab your food buckets because there’s all that and a whole lot more to feast on in this alive and well episode of 100 Things A Jar !!!

EPISODE WINE – DARK HORSE DOUBLE DOWN RED

CLOSING SONG – “ZOMBIE JAMBOREE” HARRY BELAFONTE

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EPISODE 45 – DEAR KATE, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU’LL REMEMBER ME …..

Episode 45 begins with Mike and Megan following up on last week’s episode, with a discussion on Grandma’s in-law rankings. Mike had planned to interview his Grandma, but was unable to due to a phone bill quagmire that needed attention. Speaking of quagmire, the results may not be what Megan expected to hear. From there the talk ventures into playoff baseball, Yankee teams of yesteryear and an awkward encounter for Megan. Speaking of awkward, Mike still doesn’t have a question to ask Megan, so they go to the jar which allows them to revisit their most memorable dates. Megan goes back to a time where the two weren’t really together, but was most definitely an ideal and memorable date. Afterward, Mike finally does come up with a question which leads to a discussion on dating apps, bad dates and a letter Mike penned that just really wasn’t necessary. You’ll definitely want to swipe right on this latest installment of 100 Things In A Jar!!!

EPISODE WINE – CLINE CELLARS OLD VINE ZINFANDEL AND DARK HORSE CABERNET SAUVIGNON

CLOSING SONG – “NO MATTER WHAT” BADFINGER

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EPISODE 43 – NINJAS & HAMMERS & GHOSTS – OH MY!

It was a dark and stormy night, not unlike this one, when Mike and Megan – a bottle of wine and a microphone by their side, the room illuminated only by candlelight – sat down to record Episode 43. As the wind howled a haunted tune outside, they told ghoulish tales about ill-fitting Merona shirts, Michael’s bedtime reading materials and scariest of all – Brett Kavanaugh. Terrified by what was being discussed, they attempted to move on, but the fear fest wasn’t over yet, as a seemingly innocuous question led to discussions on regret, past failures and improper use of household tools. The jar seemed to be possessed and made sure to keep the theme going by offering the chance for both hosts to share some spooky real life encounters with spirits and beings not of this earth! So be brave dear listener, because there’s all that and a whole lot more, (including laughs) just in time for Halloween on Episode 43 of 100 Things In a Jar!

EPISODE WINE – 2016 CARNIVOR ZINFANDEL

CLOSING SONG – “IS THERE A GHOST?” by BAND of HORSES

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EPISODE 42 – KEEP THE CHANGE

Episode 42 can be described in one word – uncomfortable. Mike and Megan discuss a range of topics that makes them so uneasy at one point they need to take a break. The conversations range from odd bathroom habits to traits they would like to change in each other and in themselves. Luckily everyone holds it together long enough to get to the jar, which doesn’t do them any favors and provides the same topic they were already discussing! The episode has plenty of easygoing moments as well that won’t make you squirm, plus audio cameos from Mike and Megan’s dads that makes Episode 42 quite a ride, so strap in and enjoy this roller coaster of emotions.

EPISODE WINE – SMOKING LOON CABERNET SAUVIGNON

CLOSING SONG – “CHANGES” DAVID BOWIE

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EPISODE 33: THE BLUNDER YEARS 

Breaking news: Twenty-one years after he met her, Mike still hasn’t figured Megan out. Is she really a hippie in suburban mom’s clothing? But then why has she never smoked pot? And why didn’t she tell him about those co-ed sleepovers she attended in high school? These burning questions are answered (sort of) in the latest episode of 100 Things, which also features the harrowing tale of that time Mike got asked to “go with” a girl for the first time. (Moral of the story: pizza > girls.) The jar offers a topic that made even the writer of it go “ugggggh.” Are mom dates really a thing, or are some of us just missing our high school cliques? Who knows, but one thing is certain: Megan and Mike wouldn’t relive THEIR awkward high school years for anything. But hey, for old time’s sake, spritz a little Drakkar Noir on your pulse points and get ready to cringe. This is episode 33.

EPISODE WINE: BOGLE MERLOT 2015

CLOSING SONG: “THIRTEEN” ELLIOTT SMITH (BIG STAR COVER)

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EPISODE 30 – THE ONLY NUMBER I KNEW BY HEART

Mike is in a “flowy” mood this week, perhaps because he is manstruating. Can you hear Megan rolling her eyes? After a brief lesson about life with a uterus, the conversation zips from who is more like Oprah to Megan’s recent job interview and how a pair of tube socks has apparently kept Mike employed for the last 20 years. There’s a particularly vile F, Marry, Kill (how does Darth Vader poop?) and a brief debate about which Mike has shown up to record the podcast before the jar deals a topic that’s not easy to untangle. A snippet of cryptic song lyrics takes your hosts on yet another journey into the past, this time to an ill-fated date that actually sealed their future. Does this all add up to an episode that’s compelling, or not? You tell us.

EPISODE WINE – DARK HORSE BIG RED BLEND

CLOSING SONG – “YOU AND I” WILCO W/FEIST

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EPISODE 29 – I CALL MYSELF A FARTIST

Mike breaks with tradition and drinks beer instead of wine during episode 29 – and that’s just the first scandal this week. From the girl in short shorts who caught Mike’s eye that afternoon to the Valentine’s Day 18 years earlier when he crashed Meg’s pity party for one, there is no shortage of controversies this week. But your hosts eventually put aside their sparring to tackle a serious subject from the jar: farts. Specifically, euphemisms for farts. Whatever you call them – toots, cheek squeaks, stinkers, et cetera – we’re pretty sure you’ll agree that this week’s installment of 100 Things doesn’t stink. 

EPISODE WINE – REX GOLIATH PINOT GRIGIO

EPISODE BEER – BALLAST POINT MANTA RAY DOUBLE IPA

CLOSING SONG – “THAT SMELL” LYNYRD SKYNYRD

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EPISODE 27 – THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO OMMMMMMMM

Michael doesn’t bring Megan flowers anymore—but thankfully there’s someone who does. That guy, and Megan’s other “suitors” are among the things discussed at the top of this episode. Also included: the unfortunate end of Megan’s last job, what’s going on with Mike’s nose, and a journal kernel from the vault that inspires Mike and Megan to revisit some of their more…complicated times. The jar saves Mike from further douche chills (just Google it) with a very calming topic. Not that your hosts can stay focused on it for very long. Maybe you’ll do better—so get comfortable, close your eyes, picture a cascading ocean wave and relax with the latest installment of 100 Things in a Jar.

EPISODE WINE – PRIMATERRA PINOT NERO

CLOSING SONG – “WHO YOU ARE” PEARL JAM

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EPISODE 26 – TRAPEZOIDAL IN NATURE

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s a podcast! Before the jar poses a question about the geometrical incongruities of pizza, Mike and Megan touch on some very deep philosophical questions, like why certain sounds are more pleasing than others, why a work week is 40 hours and which Spice Girl or New Kid they would they sleep with first if given the chance. There’s a Lost-centric F, Marry Kill and a very cringe worthy tale from Mike and Megan’s past. So call your favorite delivery place, grab your favorite toppings and enjoy this episode of 100 Things In A Jar because even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good!

EPISODE WINES – 2016 CAVIT PINOT GRIGIO AND 2015 LITTLE BLACK DRESS MERLOT

CLOSING SONG – “LISA” DON’T STOP OR WE’LL DIE

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EPISODE 24 – CATHOLICS DON’T CARE ABOUT CHEMISTRY

The jar offers a compelling question about music, but episode 25 quickly delves into the murkier waters of first loves, teenage dreams and the advice Mike should have given Britney Spears but never did. For good measure there’s also a listener-submitted F, Marry, Kill (plus a bonus “Walking Dead” edition), a sad-but-promising Journal Kernel, and the horribly awkward line Megan uttered when she finally met the object of her prepubescent obsession (hint: he was in a 90s boy band). Quick, someone call Sarah from Honda. We need help!

 EPISODE WINE:  2014 Noble Vines 667 Pinot Noir

 CLOSING SONG: “The Soundtrack of Your Life” A Girl Called Eddy

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EPISODE 23 – COME A LITTLE CLOSER, LET US WHISPER IN YOUR EAR

The moment Mike and Megan always feared finally happens on Episode 23 as the jar gives them a topic related to the current political landscape. The timing couldn’t be any worse as Megan starts the episode by announcing she has given up reading any and all news having to do with the state of the world, in an attempt to stay positive. That leads Mike to put his minor in psychology to work as he plays armchair therapist while being sure not to interrupt and just listen, so as not to be punched by Antoinette. Look, they don’t have all the answers and they sure as hell don’t know what Trump whispered to Michelle Obama, but they do have lots of other things to say about surviving a zombie apocalypse, possible part-time jobs in the sex industry and gross hotel stays, so perk up your ears and listen closely to this latest installment of 100 Things In A Jar.

EPISODE WINE – 2015 GNARLY HEAD 1924 LIMITED EDITION DOUBLE BLACK RED WINE BLEND

CLOSING SONG – “CRY ALL DAY” WILCO

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EPISODE 22 – BE MINDFUL DAD, DON’T LISTEN TO THIS ONE

Let’s talk about sex, bay-bee. Let’s talk about you and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things—like doing it when your kids are in the room. Wait, WHAT!? After discussing Mike’s new professional ventures, the subject of mindfulness, and a Journal Kernel from Megan’s first day of college, the jar deals a legit R-rated topic…one Mike and Meg are all too happy to delve into. That is, assuming Meg’s dad skips this one and goes right to episode 23. (SERIOUSLY DAD.) The rest of you should dim the lights, slip into something more comfortable and enjoy this installment of 100 Things—which is possibly sexier than Real Sex on HBO. Possibly.
EPISODE WINE – 2015 RAVENS WOOD OLD VINE ZINFANDEL
CLOSING SONG – “I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW” TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
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EPISODE 21 – SARAH GIVETH AND SARAH TAKETH AWAY

The podcast is 21 episodes old, but there’s a case of arrested development as all of Mike and Megan’s technology has failed forcing them to record with limited resources. After recapping what was a wonderful vacation spent together at Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, a round of F, Marry, Kill and another stellar installment of Megan’s Journal Kernels, the jar gives a crappy joke. Mike suffers a mini panic attack, but Megan calms things down as the conversation goes into weightier topics like trying new things, dreamers dreaming and how much time they have to become as successful as Megan Mullally and Vinny Pastore. Whether in the jungle or at a bruhrerry, coloring with crans, or hanging with the mare, fire up the grill (but don’t burn the house down) and enjoy this grown up installment of 100 Things In A Jar.

EPISODE WINE – 2014 TOASTED HEAD CABERNET SAUVIGNON

CLOSING SONG – “RUSH” BIG AUDIO DYNAMITE

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EPISODE 20 – CALL ME AN OLD FOGEY, BUT A LITTLE THANK YOU GOES A LONG WAY

Episode 20 starts with an embarrassing admission from Megan and quickly spirals into Mike singing a variety of songs and testing out some lyrics for a new musical. After an impromptu  game of F, Marry, Kill the jar brings up the issue of thank you notes and cursive, topics Megan the writer are very passionate about. Mike attempts to refute her, but is so blown away by the strength of her argument he winds up wanting to become a hippy who writes random thank you notes to people he doesn’t even know. There’s that and much more, so put down your newfangled technologies, grab a meatball sandwich with your favorite UPS delivery man and hey, don’t worry about your lawn FFS.  You’re doing the best you can, so thank you!

EPISODE WINE – OLD TRUE ZIN

CLOSING SONG – “THANK YOU FRIENDS” BIG STAR

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EPISODE 17 – TIME AND TIME AGAIN

Nostalgia, the evanescence of childhood, and sex with celebrities—this episode is a mixed bag if there ever was one. After a meaningful discussion on the passage of time, Mike and Megan revisit Episode 14, and finally name who is on their free pass list. While Mike is quite interested in the bare tush of a gal on “Fargo,” Megan recounts the time she bought John Krasinski a Guinness. Finally, the jar brings them on a trip down memory lane, to summers spent at the beach and a bittersweet reminder that those days are gone forever.
CLOSING SONG: “BOYS OF SUMMER” Don Henley
EPISODE WINE: CAMPO  VIEJO RIOJA
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EPISODE 15 – IT’S A DRAMEDY

Our “hero” Mike is tired after doing some manly chores, but he soon perks up as the the conversation turns to table manners, some off key Frank Sinatra tunes and Megan’s latest writing. The topic is comedy or drama which leads to tales of Megan’s acting days, the lullabye of Broadway and our favorite movies in each genre. Just like life, there are laughs, there are almost tears and a little singing. Whether you’re alone or where everybody knows your name, we hope you enjoy it.

EPISODE WINE – 2015 ALAMOS MALBEC

CLOSING SONG – “WHERE EVERYBODY KNOWS YOUR NAME” GARY PORTNOY

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EPISODE 14 – FEELING HAWT, HAWT, HAWT!

It’s suddenly sweltering in this neck of the woods—but this episode ain’t about the weather. Michael and Megan are talking about celebrities: meeting them, shouting the C-word with them, and maybe, who knows, someday getting a free pass with a few. Meg’s friend Sarah provided this week’s topic and though no consensus is reached about Julian Edelman, plenty of other famous names are bandied about. But here’s the real question: who’s on YOUR get out of jail free list?

EPISODE WINE: GHOST PINES MERLOT 2014

CLOSING SONG- “I’M THE MAN WHO LOVES YOU ” WILCO

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EPISODE 10 – WHY ARE WE HERE?

Grammar lessons, tales of untimely farts, a call-in from Michael’s mother and an attempt to answer a question even the smartest, most insightful minds in history have failed to—all this and more is included in our TENTH EPISODE. That’s right, we’ve made it into the double-digits, thanks to you, our loyal listeners. Come to think of it, we are here because of YOU.

WINE: WOODBRIDGE SAUVIGNON BLANC

CLOSING SONG : “YOU AND ME SONG” – WANNADIES

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EPISODE 9 – WHAT’S YOUR DREAM? EVERYBODY’S GOT A DREAM!

After a hiatus from recording due to some everyday life roadblocks like vomiting kids, general testiness and a bad case of “pepper hands”, Mike and Megan settle down for another bottle of red and deliver lucky episode 9. After the usual back and forth banter, the jar offers the topic of dream careers. While Mike doesn’t quite seem sure what his dream career may be, Megan’s dream has the possibility of one day becoming a reality.

EPISODE WINE – MONTEFALCO SAGRANTINO

CLOSING SONG – “YOUR WILDEST DREAMS”  MOODY BLUES

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EPISODE 7 – FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION

Lucky episode seven opens with why we love “Naïve Melody” so much, then flashes back to our wedding day and Megan’s wardrobe malfunction—which Michael still hasn’t gotten over. We also discuss life goals, fear of failure, and why, in times of distress, it’s always wise to go to your happy place. Grab a sleeve of Thin Mints, your favorite latex partner and enjoy the show.

EPISODE WINE: FOLONARI MONTEPULCIANO D’ABBRUZZO

CLOSING SONG: “YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL” YO LA TENGO

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EPISODE 11 – NEVER GONNA KEEP ME DOWN

A late 90s one-hit wonder is the inspiration behind this week’s episode – and some inspired a capella from your happy hosts. After a little topic-hopping (destructive children, fitness goals and a small ode to Deep Blue Something), Michael and Megan delve into some of their not-so-great life moments, and how they bounced back. So grab your whiskey drink, or your vodka drink, or your cider drink or whatever the hell you drink, and enjoy this week’s reach into the jar.

EPISODE WINE – CASA CAPRIOLO GOVERNO TOSCANA

CLOSING SONG – “TUBTHUMPING” CHUMBAWAMBA

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