Chaos Chronicles Podcast 220 is up!

by Lian on February 11, 2010

Good morning,  Chaos Crew…

It bright and early here, as I am off to Santa Monica this morning to see my mom and dad. Lunch and the search for a nightshirt for my dad is on the list. Recommendations welcome! But first, I have to assemble the BBQ Chicken Salad for the faculty luncheon at school. Wow, too much work for a salad, it what I would say about that!  (I combined a Rachel Ray recipe with a California Pizza Kitchen recipe– out of necessity.)  But the Shredded BBQ Chicken is going to make some top- notch sammies for dinner tonight, as I am going to put aside some for us!

And, GREAT NEWS, Sarah and her secret helper Blair have defeated the iTunes glitch witch. Everything should be up and running– with all information in the directory. If you regularly listen  on iTunes but have not yet subscribe to the podcast, please do. It really helps us track the number of listeners.

On the show:

My TV Audition. Behind the scenes as I screen test for a TV hosting gig!

Plus, Helicopter Parenting! You vote– Am I a helicopter parent to not? And, for more ont he topic of how to get your kids to do something without nagging, check out last week’s column on called Doing vs. Caring.

What I learned at Building a College Profile Night, besides “Bring  son next time!”

I am a Pisces. I think better wet.

I am a Pisces. I think better wet.

And, check out this item, sent in by my friend Stephanie! This is exactly what I need to get to remember all the things I’m supposed to talk about on the show. The AquaNotes! Great idea, Stephanie!

Spread the love this year. No crafting required.

Spread the love this year. No crafting required.

Finally, my dangerous Valentines To Do List! If you are still looking for ideas for Valentines Day, Cick here to see my suggestions at

Questions? Comments? Lemmeknow.

Embracing my Chaos, Lian



Lian February 15, 2010 at 4:20 PM


We try not to do anything on purpose! but stuff happens. here’s a dumb question– do you load the Zune from iTunes? We fixed all the iTunes problems that happened last week. So I am not sure how to help you. You are the only one I have heard of this week with issues. Any thoughts, Crew?


Kelly in PA February 15, 2010 at 7:24 AM

I have witnessed helicopter parenting for years. The kids who grow up in this environment seem less capable of managing their own lives once they are adults. As a parent of young children it is at times difficult to step back, let them make their own choices, and sometimes fail, but they are better off for it. The current generation of kids need lessons on self-reliance and not be micro-managed by their parents. Hope we can all make strides towards this!

Linda February 15, 2010 at 5:01 AM

Did something change in your podcast feed? I subscribe with my Zune and it can’t or won’t load this episode. I love to listen while on the treadmill and holding the computer doesn’t work as well as the MP3.

Debbie in Bethesda February 14, 2010 at 4:20 PM

Please tell us your thoughts on The Lightning Thief movie now that you’ve seen it, and your general thoughts on turning books into movies.. My daughter who loved the books and waited with great anticipation for the movie was disappointed about the changes to the story line (though she did give the movie a “10″). This used to bother me as well, but I now view it as somewhat of a benefit as it adds some surprise element to the story line. I look forward to the next.

betz February 13, 2010 at 2:14 PM

I’ve read (and experienced) that creativity happens when you are relaxed and happy. That’s the key! My best ideas happen in the shower when I *stop* thinking about the problem to be solved. Also as I am drifting off or waking up.

Cyndi February 12, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Helicopter parent or not? … I think the bottom line is that parents should care for their children and care enough to let them make some mistakes along the way and self correct. It’s hard to judge individual situations because, in the end, they all balance out. A few helicopter moments, a few “should have been there” moments … in the end it’s all good.

I think micro-managing every moment creates too much anxiety. It all works out in the end.

Lian February 12, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Sun in NJ: Please make note of T-Shirt for Chaos Chronicles Product Line: I Rest My Appliances.

And, Christine– when you are at iTunes downlaoding the next time ( thank you!) look for the buttong that sez “Subscribe to this podcast. ” When you subscribe, the podcast will automatically download when you click on the iTunes icon on your computer and go into your iTunes library. The show will be waiting for you– you won’t have to wait for the show.

and, I’m glad I could amuse you about the college night. Lian

Sue in NJ February 12, 2010 at 9:53 AM

Shower notes… fabulous idea!
Resting appliance success story: I dropped my portable phone into a cup of water about three weeks ago, maybe more. It “rested” for three to five days and appeared dead. I called the manufacturer and the handsets were out of stock. They still have not called to let me know they’re in stock. Good thing, too! Last night I put the handset into the cradle and the recharge light went on. Now I can read the phone numbers, the date, the time, everything. My phone needed more of a long vacation than a rest :-)

Christine P February 12, 2010 at 9:26 AM

Silly ? I know…how do I subscribe to your podcast? I download and listen each week is that not subscribing? Sorry, just switching my life over to apple after decades of pc.

Cleaning her bathroom unfortunately still occurs under thread of death-yeesh, please enlighten when you find the ‘magic caring bathroom ingredient’.

Sorry to laugh with you, but you didn’t bring your son to college planning night-so funny! That’s something we would have done but thanks to you… :)

Amy DeFazio February 11, 2010 at 6:08 PM

I hope that your barbecue chicken salad turned out well. I’ve never even heard of this dish, but I went to my favorite recipe website, Recipezaar and there were 12 recipes for variations of the dish and also each one was rated by people who tried the recipe. I might have to try it out. Anyway, if you are ever looking for recipes. I love Recipezaar.

Mary Olk February 11, 2010 at 1:52 PM

I can’t believe they make a writing pad for the shower. I seem to get my best ideas then too! I think it is because it is first thing in the morning. I haven’t yet looked I what I have to do or where I have to go. All I have to think about is getting in and out of the shower. My brain is pretty relaxed, open and half awake. Once I am dressed and in the kitchen, my mind is full — not much space for the creative process.
Embracing the Chaos in Minnesota,

Mari February 11, 2010 at 7:44 AM

I’m sitting at my computer working, listening to this weeks show and had an “ah ha” moment. My son (a senior in college) is ALWAYS with girls – usually 4 or 5 girls and him. I never thought it was because the ratio skewed things but this true. He also has a girlfriend (attending a different University)… you just described a piece of his life.

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