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Confession: I wasn't fully focused on Wednesday's show when I listened to it. I was busy doing three things.

1. Trying to locate our baby monitor… which is still MIA.

2. Building up the courage to kill some giant flying bug… which is still lounging right next to the comfiest part of the couch.

3. Waiting for the food related stories… which never happened.

So tonight was a real winner for me.

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There was something about Ikea? Andrew doesn't care for it, and Burbank prefers to buy stuff at surplus stores. Also, Andrew's office is sad and Luke isn't the best furniture maker you'll meet.

That was my takeaway from the show. I'm off to raid the pantry in search of the baby monitor and Reese's.

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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If you haven't listened to Tuesday's show, here are my 3 pro tips.

1. Don't eat while listening.

2. Don't operate heavy machinery while listening.

3. You may wanna bring some Kleenex.

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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I started a conversation on the sTens page that made Andrew nervous. My bad! I was just genuinely curious where everyone started entered into the TBTL story. And Luke, if you're reading this, you are still beloved. But don't read the comments. Don't ever read the comments.

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So over the weekend I asked on Facebook what the whole Ice Bucket Challenge thing was about. I had seen stuff on the interwebs, but much like Burbank, if something is becoming super popular I shy away from it. Mostly for a couple months until it's not "the thing" anymore and then I'll hide under the covers and check it out so no one knows I finally gave in.

There were some mixed reviews on the whole thing and I'm not really sure what side of the fence I fall on. I guess I'll go with the gents and say that if it's actually raising awareness, and if it's actually raising money, then I guess I can't say bad stuff about it. But… water is kind of a valuable resource these days and parts of the country are going through a drought so.. is that cool? Just something to chew on.

And Song of the Summer! Get your votes in! It's a real barn burner this year.

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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I always love when Sean's on the show. It's nice to have a fresh voice in my ear holes every now and then, ya know? Maybe some of you feel that way about the blog. And that hurts, guys. That really hurts.

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So Sean got his Vibram toe shoes and he and Luke are going to go for a jog together to test them out. For no good reason, these guys trying out these shoes is still one of my favorite things they've done since the Hell Pizza challenge. I just love the idea of them jogging together with their segregated toes. And, in an unlikely turn, all the positive feedback from the listeners regarding them… kind of makes me wanna take up running again. Kind of. Maybe. I've tried twice in my life to be ‘a runner." I think it's something I'd enjoy — the alone time to think my deep thoughts, the exercise, the freedom from spilled milk. Every time, though, I come to the same realization:

I don't like running.

But maybe… since everyone says to start slow… and I don't think I could run around the block without oxygen waiting for me at home… maybe I should give it a try. I'd have to get some real running shoes anyway. What do you think? Should I do it?

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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I'm an A++ ten because I knew the reference in the title. Those were good times.

I will not spoil anything, but Luke explaining how his mom used to get in her daily water intake made me laugh way too hard. Man, I love that woman. We need to get her to the picnic.

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The gents have been a bit cynical this week. Is it just me? Facebooks, life hacks, indie films, upworthy, they are leaving no pop culture phenomenon unscathed. I agree with them about most of the items they're going after, but, as Gob would say, "Come on!" How's about we stop pointing out what drives us crazy and celebrate what makes us happy? Of course, I remember Jen describing the show as a discussion about what fills them with joy and what makes them angry, so I guess they're doing exactly what they should be. I'll answer the question everyone's asking: My podcast is fine, thank you.

Not really. I don't have a podcast.

Monkeys, intellectual property, Wiki… I couldn't sum up an opinion. Tell me yours.

I'll admit I spent most of my time waiting for the McDonald's story so I don't really know what happened for most of the show. Feel free to fill me in down there in the ole comments section. As much as I waited… I don't really have much of an opinion on it either. I guess my kids sucked the opinions right out of me along with my energy to do anything more than lay on the couch and watch Top Chef on Hulu. I'm on Season 6 and I'm still upset Marcel didn't win.

This is a mess of a blog post. I'm sorry.

-toni hammer // whitestten@gmail.com // @realtonihammer

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TBTL Backyard Picnic
When: Thursday, August 28, 6:30pm to 9pm
Where: Chateau Ste. Michelle lawn | Map
What: It's down home potluck style, so bring a dish to share with your Tens friends. Well behaved and leashed dogs are welcome. There will be lawn games and, of course, TBTL.

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