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 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 39 – WE CAN BE ROYALS

After an almost six month delay Mike and Megan are back! They have the microphone,  the jar of random topics and a bottle of ….. prosecco?! Everything has changed, yet everything remains the same, in this NEW episode of 100 Things In A Jar. In addition to what has been going on the last half year , the unofficial start of Season 2 has a brand new missing purple baby saga, big family addition news and even fancy stemware Megan discovered in the basement! The mood is lightened by some unexpected visits from the kids as well as the jar topic which deals with the complexities of language … or is it something deeper? Well they can’t figure it out, so instead the talk turns to a new easier segment, “IS IT A MAMMAL?” , talk of the Royal Wedding and some truth bombs regarding marriage. Mike and Megan are all in and they hope you are as well!

EPISODE PROSECCO – LAMARCA PROSECCO

CLOSING SONG – “ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE” THE BEATLES

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EPISODE 35 – SEX AND CANDY

Mike and Megan are back just in time for a Halloween themed episode which leads them to discussions of their favorite costumes of yesteryear, the differences between suburban and city halloweens and Mike’s healthy fear of 8 foot rabbits ransacking his home. There’s another impromptu food themed F, Marry, Kill and some other silliness before the jar sways the conversation to the topic of edible underwear, which is hopefully something nobody gives out this year for trick or treat.

EPISODE WINE – 2014 RAVENSWOOD PETITE SIRAH

CLOSING SONG – “SEX AND CANDY” MARCY PLAYGROUND

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EPISODE 34 – MOIST DELUXE

After a one week hiatus Mike and Megan are back and it doesn’t take long before they’re delving into such disparate topics like dirty talk, gross words and Megan’s superstitious sports viewing habits. The jar presents a topic about having dinner for breakfast which leads to an impromptu breakfast themed F, Marry, Kill. Time is seemingly only going quicker so stop, relax and enjoy Episode 34! It’s “shock”sukingly delicious!

EPISODE WINE – DARK HORSE PINOT NOIR

CLOSING SONG – “I WON’T BACK DOWN” Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers

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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 31 – THE INEQUIVALAXANCIES OF LIFE

Well, it’s back-to-school season and Megan’s brain is totally fried, which explains her struggle with language in this episode. A conversation about lingerie for men leads to her first lapse in linguistics, and it’s all downhill from there. After deconstructing the week’s chaos, and a discussion about their recent fateful date night, your hosts move on to their first-ever dream analysis* with client number one: Kerri. She’s lost her shoes and can’t move. What does it all mean? Listen and find out. (*Dream analysis is 1,000% inaccurate and unprofessional. Not meant to be taken seriously. At all.) The jar delivers a delicious topic that inspires a debate about the best kind of donut. And, hey, who exactly is getting up these days to make them? We may never know. Sink your teeth into a Boston Cream or a Jelly and devour the newest edition of of 100 Things in a Jar.

 

EPISODE WINE – 2015 MIRASSOU CABERNET SAUVIGNON

 

CLOSING SONG – “SUGAR, SUGAR” THE ARCHIES

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EPISODE 28 – TIME TO TAKE OFF THE TRAINING WHEELS

Warning: Megan had a stubborn cough when this episode was recorded. We’re pretty sure germs don’t permeate podcasts, but if you’re a hypochondriac, have the Purell handy. AHEM. Number 28 starts off with a whoosh (or is it a wish?) because Meg and Mike still don’t have central air. But they persevere through the heat to discuss things like the “fit mom” phenomenon, double dating with parents and—courtesy of a journal kernel—the particular loneliness of a Sunday night in one’s twenties. After a 90210 F, Marry, Kill, your hosts pluck a topic from the jar that’s initially tough to decipher and requires a call to Michael’s mom for clarity. The conversation soon turns to fear of the unknown, and how hard it is to take your own advice. But it’s easy to take this advice: grab a few Halls and settle in for the latest episode of 100 Things in a Jar.

EPISODE WINE – 2014 STERLING VINTNER’S COLLECTION MERLOT

CLOSING SONG – “DARLING DO NOT FEAR” BRETT DENNEN

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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 25 – CAN I KICK IT? WITH MY THUNDER THIGHS?

Bette Midler was right: Ya gotta have frieeeennnnds. Especially the kind who send in quizzical topics like the one Michael and Megan pull out of the jar this week. But before that little piece of paper inspires a wide-ranging conversation about everything from erotic wedding dance lessons to the pleasure of impromptu dinner parties, Megan shares a Very Special Journal Kernel that prompts Mike to call for a drunken fight with a villain from her past. Whether you’re a Janet Jackson on the dance floor, or more of an Elaine Benes, you’re plenty cool enough to join your hapless hosts out on the rhythm rug for another episode of 100 Things in a Jar.

EPISODE WINE: 2014 NOBLE VINES 667 PINOT NOIR (again)

CLOSING SONG: “CAN I KICK IT”  A Tribe Called Quest

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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 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 12 – WHERE DO YOU WANT TO GO TODAY???

After a false start that was scrapped 10 minutes in Michael and Megan rebound with a jam-packed episode all about travel. Where have your hosts been? Where do they want to go? And has anyone else heard of something called Airbnb? Michael is intrigued! Also this week: Megan reads aloud from her old journals, and Michael weighs the perks and perils of becoming a firefighter.

 

EPISODE WINE: SMOKING LOON PINOT NOIR

CLOSING SONG: “ROAM” B-52s

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EPISODE 8 – YOU GIVE US 22 MINUTES, WE’LL GIVE YOU A DIFFERENT TOPIC

After 7 episodes Mike and Megan feel comfortable enough to have some guests join them in the kitchen, and as usual the friends they have invited do not disappoint. John and Antoinette stop by and sit in for what is by far our most random topic to date. Luckily a tale as old as time known as the 2014 Beerfest Debacle provides a welcome departure from the confounding topic the jar provides and results in one of the funniest and most fun shows to date.

EPISODE WINE – DARK HORSE CABERNET SAUVIGNON, JOSH CELLARS CABERNET SAUVIGNON, MENAGE A TROIS PINOT GRIGIO                               

CLOSING SONG – “HEART OF GOLD”  NEIL YOUNG

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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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