Guest Podcasting! With Amber Strocel & Randomness

First of all, my favorite quote of the week from Crappy Baby:

peaches patches

Otherwise known as the secret passageway. (Language adorableness like this is happening so much less often now. Sniff. Why’d they have to go and learn to talk properly anyway?) ย ย 

And totally unrelated…

Yesterday I chatted with Amber Strocel about my experience blogging here and she recorded it for a podcast: Chatting Crappy Pictures with Amber Dusick

amber strocel podcast

But first, let me tell you a little about Amber. Not me, the other one. The blonde one with the Canadian accent. On the left.

I’ve been following her blog for years. Years! About five years, which is a super long time in blog years. Blog years are the same as dog years. So we go way back. She is awesome and funny and thought provoking. One of my favorite imaginary friends in the computer.

So she interviewed me about my experience of having this blog, how it all happened and stuff. If you are a blogger or if you would like to hear me sound like an idiot (seriously, why do I sound like a wee little mouse when I talk?) then you can listen to it here.

If not, then please enjoy this picture of the weekend robot:

weekend robot

You might think he should have said ‘have a nice weekend’ but he can’t say that. He is only programmed to announce when a weekend is available to have. He doesn’t have the authority to promise any particular kind of weekends.

I hope you have a nice weekend! (The weekend robot rolled his eyes, said “humans” and walked away to talk to the espresso machine again.)

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82 Responses to Guest Podcasting! With Amber Strocel & Randomness

  1. Augusta Thompson says:

    Do you *have* an espresso machine?

  2. Sacha says:

    That was a very strange and random post. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Mama Meerkat says:

    You aren’t a dr who fan by any chance? Your robot reminds me of the exchange the dr has with the voice interface when he’s dying… (Pardon my extreme geekiness…)

    I will have a weekend.

    • amber says:

      I did watch Dr Who back in the 80s but nothing recent. I even had the scarf.

    • Erin says:

      I felt the need to jump in. My husband, 4 year old son, and I love Doctor Who! I know the episode you are referring to. That was a pretty good one, though they all are honestly. The 10th doctor (played by David Tennant) is my favorite. Great show! My husband and I are considering making an 11th doctor Halloween costume for our son this year, complete with sonic screwdriver. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Rachelle says:

        Huge Doctor Who fans here too! In fact, our 16 month old daughter was named after the 1996 tv movie companion, Dr Grace Holloway. We even took her to the Galifrey One convention in March to meet the actors. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I personally like the current Doctor and storyline the best.

      • jodie says:

        ๐Ÿ™‚ fantastic. we should trick or treat together, as my 6 yr old is going to be the 10th doctor for halloween ( his choice I promise.)

      • Bronwyn says:

        So pleased to find I’m not the only one subjecting my children to Doctor Who. My husband says I have desensitised them to televisual violence. I say “pish tosh” and dress my son up as a Weeping Angel for Halloween.

  4. Alissa says:

    Blog years are the same as dog years. Love it!!!

  5. Tanya says:

    I am going to try and work “the peaches patches way” into as many conversations as I can. And, just to up the ante, I’m going to try and get my kids to say it, without having to explain to them where it came from. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • amber says:

      It does sound like a lovely place. Would make a great kid/child product related business name. Maybe I’ll start it in all my free time.

      • Melissa says:

        You mean between writing your book and chasing two little ones around the house? You are more ambitious than I! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a weekend!

  6. Angela S. says:

    Will listen after i leave work! Thanks for the robot! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. Amanda says:

    I love the peaches patches way! I can’t wait to listen to the interview later tonight, will be my working out music on the treadmill.

  8. Kristi says:

    I believe that’s my husband you’ve drawn there

  9. jill b says:

    Thanks for the introduction to Amber Strocel, I added her blog to my rss reader. I laughed at the robot, you should put him on shirts for kids!

  10. Sara says:

    I don’t care what the robot says if he knows how to make (and bring me) espresso!

  11. Lori says:

    Yep, cuteness. My 2 year old used to say “bluebaby” instead of blueberry. I will forever miss it. But he still says “squaremix” instead of sandwich. So I still have that.

  12. Tanya says:

    I like randomness, especially when it’s funny. Like this.

  13. Kimmm says:

    My little bro used to say spaghetti-by-the-neighbours for “spaghetti bolognaise” .. haha!

    Love your blog and your cute kids ๐Ÿ™‚ Mine is turning 1 yr old on Thursday and has only just started talking so we have lots of future cuteness to anticipate ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Jennifer says:

    “One of my favorite imaginary friends in the computer.” <– Love it!

  15. AmberS says:

    Thank you so much for chatting with me, Amber!

    (I really still enjoy the whole Amber/Amber thing a little bit too much.)

  16. Rachael says:

    My otherwise extremely well spoken 4 yo calls the footpath the ‘poofpath’. (a footpath is a sidewalk and a poof is Australian slang for a gay man). It’s not offensive at all – just the cutest thing ever! I keep telling off her siblings when they correct her…it’s the last of the mis-spoken words!

  17. Jon Strocel says:

    That totally looks like my wife. You nailed it.

  18. Lynn says:

    My 4.5 year old has informed me that dinosaurs are instinct, which means they are out of town.

  19. Jennifer says:

    I also have a teeny, tiny, squeaky voice, when anyone calls they always ask me to talk to my mommy . . I always kindly explain I am the mommy, LOL.

    • Carley says:

      This happens to me all the time. Sometimes when I correct them they argue with me. Next time they ask for my mommy I’ll tell them she’s in the peaches patches way.

      • Meg says:

        I’m glad to know I’m not the only one with a super girly voice! I’ve also been asked on the phone if my mommy is home. I’m 31 years old and 5’11” but you’d never know over the phone.

  20. Sue says:

    Best post yet. ๐Ÿ™‚ So nice to know someone has a similar sense of humor out there…

  21. Lisa says:

    Rolling over here! My 3 year old was telling me all about peepee marmosets yesterday (pygmy marmosets).

  22. Lori says:

    My daughter has been quickly forgetting all the cute words and replacing them with correct phrases. (growing up is so hard on a mama) But I refuse to give up “Baby Suit”. (bathing suit) It started as Baby Soup, which was a riot to listen to but I refuse to let her siblings correct this one. “Please can I put on my Baby Suit and play in the pool?”

  23. Benita Washburn says:

    Even though my kids are teens now, I love your blog it reminds me of the cute times when mine were toddlers. Your language adorableness reminded me of a similar story. My husband was driving home and to a different route, calling it a short cut. From then on the kids would say, take the “hair cut”.

  24. Kristy says:

    Oh I love it!
    My son will turn 2 in December so I have loads of cuteness to look foward to! He used to call bananas “bum-nanna” His dad found it absolutely hilarious. (now he can say banana)
    Even though I am sometimes a responsible adult, I still get my words muddled when I am really really excited. My hubby nearly wet himself when I accidently called a Rhinoceros a “Rhinocerosaurus”
    He will never let me live it down…

  25. My older boy keeps figuring out all his cute mispronunciations in his own. I miss every one when it’s gone. He just started saying ‘normous (as in enormous) instead of normal and I refuse to correct it. It might be my last one. Luckily the baby is just two and I have plenty of cuteisms ahead.

  26. Charlene says:

    I love the mispronouned words. My son is starting kindergarten next week and has replaced all but two of his mispronounced words and I too will not let anyone correct him. He says prentzels instead of pretzels, and my favourite is Skele-skin instead of skeleton. Thankfully he makes up for his “good pronunciation” by saying the most hilarious things, and I have a 2 yr old to mispronounce words now ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. I want a toy of your robot ๐Ÿ™‚ He’d be a cute desk toy.

  28. Katie murphy says:

    ‘Language adorableness’ – this needs to be in the urban dictionary It perfectly describes these cherished phrases that only kids come up with. One of my favorite… “Frosty the snow man was a very apple sauce..”

  29. Jenna says:

    You make me happy. That is all.

  30. Christiana says:

    Congrats on all your success Amber! You deserve it.

    Keeping in context with cute mispronounciations my son really loved watching the “Ambalympics” on T.V. (Olympics)

  31. Janelle says:

    Just today my 6yo told me that her teacher’s name is Chlorine. (It’s really Corinne). I just went with it. Mostly because it made me choke a little on my Dr Pepper because it was funny ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Robonanny says:

      He he. We know a couple called Maureen and Clive so sure enough, they’re always known as Chlorine and Mive!

      • Heather C says:

        hahaha…me an the hubs are Heather and Larry, so everyone calls us Leather and Hairy. Great Blog!! I’ve been following it for over a year in actual time, which must be a lot in blog years..The first one I read was the cosleeping starfish one and I literally peed myself a little.

  32. Emily (the other one) aka Mole - E and M - way says:

    Our family collects these in a book. From my nephew: I’ll be there in a Jimmy (jiffy). From my niece pant-zees (panties).

  33. cath says:

    i would love to listen but my computer speakers arent working ๐Ÿ™ lol

  34. Jen says:

    My husband had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle camera when he was younger that said “Cowabunga! Smile!” every time a picture was taken. His much younger niece’s version on this? “Cunbunbunga! Cereal!”

  35. Loved the interview! I’ve been following CrappyPictures for a long time and it was great to hear a behind-the-scenes perspective (plus what it’s like to be a famous blogger!). Can’t wait for your book!

  36. Delora says:

    Heck, my 12yo still says “on purposely” despite literally hundreds of corrections. “I on purposely didn’t bring my saxophone home from school”

  37. Betty says:

    My older son used to say “earbrow” instead of eyebrow. We lived that! My younger one used to say “apple-pus” for octopus. The other night my older son said he wanted to make sloppy joes. From the little one: “What are sloppy Jews?” (I’m Jewish so the answer was obvious!!)

  38. Blog years are like dog years. Seven times, it is huge. I love this idea!

  39. Jessi says:

    My brother and I are both adults now, but since we’re 6 years apart, he grew up listening to my “big people” music well before he should’ve. While listening to a Green Day song once, he turned “melodramatic fool” into “marshmallow fool”, and to this day that’s how I sing the song because it brings back fun memories!

  40. Christine says:

    I still miss my kids saying calipitter for caterpillar. That one is my all time favorite. I was crushed when the older kids started correcting the younger kids. ๐Ÿ™‚

  41. Krystina says:

    My 3 yo just recently started talking, but he either leaves off the last consonant or it comes out sounding like a handful of different words. Bricks, breaks, sticks, big. Theyre all the same (hilariously, it’s b!tch!). Closet, daddy, Gavin (the brother), got it: they all sound the same too. Our conversations are so funny now. “dah-DEE?” “Gavin?” “no.” “closet?” “no” “daddy??” “uh-huh!” ๐Ÿ™‚

  42. Liz says:

    thanks for the interview w/ amber…fun to listen to. plus, i miss woodmouse! ๐Ÿ™‚

  43. After commenting that my older son is losing all his cute-isms, today I heard him singing: little miss muppet, sat on a puppet, eating her currs away!

  44. elizabeth says:

    amber, i love you. each time i read your blog it makes me smile, laugh & shake my head with empathy & understanding. You are helping make my world a better place. I simply cannot get enough of Weekend Robot. He’s going to get me through the week

  45. Melanie says:

    Amber! You are gorgeous!! lol
    I knew you were pretty as per your pictures but I just have to say how gorgeous you are! I enjoyed hearing your blog with Amber S : )

  46. Kara says:

    I’m pretty positive your book will sell, Amber! I’ve got it in my Amazon wishlist! Loved the podcast! I think Marriage with Crappy Pictures would be a great idea after you can’t post as much with Parenting. Another idea would be if your kids (when they’re teenagers) wanted to do crappy pictures from their POV to you (with you as moderate editor)…this way their stories could be told, but by them? Then again, this might be upsetting for you, but it could be a way to connect/build relationships together. (Something teenagers always seem to need…)

    As a child, my little sister (we’re nine years apart) used to say “glubs” for “gloves,” “Crusty Cream” for “Krispy Kreme,” and “bathing soup” for “bathing suit.” My mom and I still miss those and use them from time to time in front of my sister. ๐Ÿ™‚

  47. Melissa says:

    *Sigh* I love the cute baby pronounciations! My little guy is 3 now and the super adorable baby words are going away! One of my faves is ‘swibby’ which means frisbee. And Sponge Bob Square Pants was known only as Bob Bob Pants. I could go on… *sniff*

  48. Andrea A says:

    Was it just me that I read what the robot said in a ‘robot’ voice in my head???? Oh, it was just me….. Oh well. At least I will “have a weekend.” ๐Ÿ˜›

  49. Jen says:

    I weep inside a bit each time one of my son’s “baby words” fades away. I was so mad when my sister told him that they are called city buses and not “silly buses”. Thank goodness he still calls knives “cut-its”.