Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend

Night of a Thousand Truths!

Written by Alison | August 26th, 2015 at 8:57 pm | Comments

Oodles of stuff comes out in this one! Listen and find out heretofore unknown details about  Alison and the Thursday gang (Jenna Kim JonesAllan MossGreg HellerDaniel Quantz and Jeff Fox). There’s fidgeting! Nail biting! Hairspray! Honey butter chips! Wives! Home Decor! Talk of chickens! SECRETS AND MORE. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

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Also, our live podfest ep with Doug Benson and Matt Costa is now available!

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Executive producer: Alison Rosen

Producer: Jeff Fox

Music: Trapp Dog Tom Rapp

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Paul F. Tompkins Returns

Written by Alison | August 23rd, 2015 at 9:00 pm | Comments

Paul F. Tompkins returns to Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend to talk about where he learned improv (“podcasting was a huge school of improv for me”), performing improv opposite puppets on No, You Shut Up!, feedback from an exec that sent him spiraling, anti-depressants, fabric flowers, making up words, relationships, the appeal of Werner Herzog, Spontaneanation, “the tyranny of the template,” acoustic toothbrushes, wanting to matter, relationships, Comedy Bang Bang, anxiety and fear and more. Plus we took your questions over twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Download the episode from iTunes.

HOT SUMMER JAMS ALERT: The HGFY and TOUCH THE TUSHY and #AL QUIZ ringtones/singles now available for all platforms!!! Go to Gumroad.com/alisonrosen.

Also, our live podfest ep with Doug Benson and Matt Costa is now available!

Wondering how to contact the show and submit your Just Me Or Everyone?

This show is brought to you by Amazon (clear your cookies first and what the hell, make a bookmark!) and Blinds.com.  And shop in my Amazon store!

Credits? We have some!

Executive producer: Alison Rosen

Producer: Jeff Fox

Music: Trapp Dog Tom Rapp

Logo: Kezilla

follow @alisonrosen and @ariynbf for updates. Don’t use iTunes? Subscribe to the show’s RSS feed.

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And read Alison’s new column!

And  read this review of ARIYNBFand read this article about ARIYNBF and buy the live episode from podfest.

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The Jordan Quiz (Plus Gross Chips and Alison’s Tears)

Written by Alison | August 19th, 2015 at 8:43 pm | Comments

Special guest Jordan Morris is back and he’s brought a quiz. How well do Alison and the Thursday gang (Jenna Kim JonesAllan MossDaniel Quantz and Jeff Fox) know Jordan? Also where in the world is Greg Heller? Plus Alison’s licking disgusting lamb flavored chips and crying in the recovery room, Jenna has pregnancy brain, we’re over Vine, everyone’s unwrapping cinnamon roles and we’re talking ear wax. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

A note about this episode (a #FERTALERT): A day after recording, Alison found out that the egg she was told had a “very low” chance of fertilizing actually DID fertilize overnight and now she and Daniel are happy to say they have another high quality embryo. This will only make sense if you listen to the episode and/or are Alison’s doctor.

Download the episode from iTunes.

HOT SUMMER JAMS ALERT: The HGFY and TOUCH THE TUSHY and #AL QUIZ ringtones/singles now available for all platforms!!! Go to Gumroad.com/alisonrosen.

Also, our live podfest ep with Doug Benson and Matt Costa is now available!

Wondering how to contact the show and submit your Just Me Or Everyone?

This show is brought to you by Amazon (clear your cookies first and what the hell, make a bookmark!) and Naturebox and Blue Apron.  And shop in my Amazon store!

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Executive producer: Alison Rosen

Producer: Jeff Fox

Music: Trapp Dog Tom Rapp

Logo: Kezilla

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And  read this review of ARIYNBFand read this article about ARIYNBF and buy the live episode from podfest.

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Mary Katharine Ham Returns, Again!

Written by Alison | August 16th, 2015 at 4:26 pm | Comments

Mary Katharine Ham makes her triumphant third appearance on Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend to talk about her new book End of Discussion (recently featured in The New Yorker), her co-author Guy Benson who came out in a footnote in the book, fighting with Bill O’Reilly, Joan Rivers, free speech, religious freedom, babies, “homocons,” Greg Gutfeld’s height, left vs. right, guns, women shooting guns, drugs and so much more. Plus we took your questions over twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Download the episode from iTunes.

HOT SUMMER JAMS ALERT: The HGFY and TOUCH THE TUSHY and #AL QUIZ ringtones/singles now available for all platforms!!! Go to Gumroad.com/alisonrosen.

Also, our live podfest ep with Doug Benson and Matt Costa is now available!

Wondering how to contact the show and submit your Just Me Or Everyone?

This show is brought to you by Amazon (clear your cookies first and what the hell, make a bookmark!) and Blinds.com.  And shop in my Amazon store!

Credits? We have some!

Executive producer: Alison Rosen

Producer: Jeff Fox

Music: Trapp Dog Tom Rapp

Logo: Kezilla

follow @alisonrosen and @ariynbf for updates. Don’t use iTunes? Subscribe to the show’s RSS feed.

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And read Alison’s new column!

And  read this review of ARIYNBFand read this article about ARIYNBF and buy the live episode from podfest.

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The Jeff Quiz, Snack Chat, Drama Between Alison and Greg

Written by Alison | August 12th, 2015 at 8:25 pm | Comments

How well do Alison and the Thursday gang (Jenna Kim JonesAllan MossGreg Heller and Daniel Quantz) know Jeff Fox? Find out in this episode. Plus live #snackchat, some drama between Alison and Greg and a discussion of walking around nude. AND MORE. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Download the episode from iTunes.

HOT SUMMER JAMS ALERT: The HGFY and TOUCH THE TUSHY and #AL QUIZ ringtones/singles now available for all platforms!!! Go to Gumroad.com/alisonrosen.

Also, our live podfest ep with Doug Benson and Matt Costa is now available!

Wondering how to contact the show and submit your Just Me Or Everyone?

This show is brought to you by Amazon (clear your cookies first and what the hell, make a bookmark!) and Credit Karma (text ALISON to 89800 to download free app).  And shop in my Amazon store!

Credits? We have some!

Executive producer: Alison Rosen

Producer: Jeff Fox

Music: Trapp Dog Tom Rapp

Logo: Kezilla

follow @alisonrosen and @ariynbf for updates. Don’t use iTunes? Subscribe to the show’s RSS feed.

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And read Alison’s new column!

And  read this review of ARIYNBFand read this article about ARIYNBF and buy the live episode from podfest.

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Kevin Pereira Returns

Written by Alison | August 9th, 2015 at 9:00 pm | Comments

Kevin Pereira returns to Alison Rosen Is Your New Best Friend to talk about dark thoughts, Hack My Life, hidden camera shoots, MDMA and responsible drug use, growing up in an emotionally abusive home, being desensitized to violence, Twitch, empathy, Christian Science vs. Scientology, relationships and so much more. Plus we took your questions over twitter and did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Download the episode from iTunes.

HOT SUMMER JAMS ALERT: The HGFY and TOUCH THE TUSHY and #AL QUIZ ringtones/singles now available for all platforms!!! Go to Gumroad.com/alisonrosen.

Also, our live podfest ep with Doug Benson and Matt Costa is now available!

Wondering how to contact the show and submit your Just Me Or Everyone?

This show is brought to you by Amazon (clear your cookies first and what the hell, make a bookmark!) and Casper.  And shop in my Amazon store!

Credits? We have some!

Executive producer: Alison Rosen

Producer: Jeff Fox

Music: Trapp Dog Tom Rapp

Logo: Kezilla

follow @alisonrosen and @ariynbf for updates. Don’t use iTunes? Subscribe to the show’s RSS feed.

ALSO ALSO: like us on Facebook!

And read Alison’s new column!

And  read this review of ARIYNBFand read this article about ARIYNBF and buy the live episode from podfest.

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How I Feel at this Point in the IVF Cycle

Written by Alison | August 8th, 2015 at 11:18 am | Comments

I’m now at the point of the IVF cycle where I wake up wanting to punch something. It’s like my PMS has PMS only it isn’t PMS it’s a shitload of injectable hormones coursing through my system making me super irritable. I can sense people fidgeting in other rooms and I WOULD LIKE THEM TO STOP RIGHT NOW.

You, with your leg bouncing up and down making that squeaky sound. JUST STOP.

And the clock in my bathroom, ticking. Is it always this loud? It’s all very Edgar Allan Poe.

Someone just honked. I hate that person.

And my dog with her breathing. Actually, she gets a pass.

My stomach just growled or gurgled and it was deafening.

OH THAT INFERNAL TICKING. I have half a mind to march in there and yank out that double AA.

The real kick in the pantaloons is I’m trying to stay calm and relaxed because I think everything works better if you’re calm and relaxed however yesterday my anxiety and frustration began ratcheting up and today it is off the charts.

And the thing with hormones is you can’t be SURE that’s why you’re feeling so easily agitated. Maybe everyone really is being a fucknut and clocks are ticking loudly and nothing’s going right and no one cares and everyone’s ignoring you and THINGS ARE SUPER FUCKED. Probably not, but maybe.

Yesterday I began crying at the fertility clinic and I’m kind of surprised it’s taken me this long to lose my composure there considering the nature of infertility and all the hormones and the clinic’s insistence on early morning appointments and my not being a morning person.

So I trudged in there with my very little buffer yesterday and found out that even though everything looked really promising this month (it varies monthly and if things don’t look promising they will make you come back the following month instead of trying to do a cycle of IVF on a month where it won’t be effective. This has happened to me repeatedly and sometimes it’s a relief because I feel like I need a break and sometimes I just feel disheartened and as if I’m losing time), and even though my labs were excellent, like better than they’ve ever been, and even though I’m now on day 7 of jamming needles full of drugs into my stomach, and even though I’ve been feeling so positive about this cycle and so in tune with my body in a way I never have before to the extent that I thought I’d turned a corner and worked through whatever was holding me back prior to now and here we go, now my body will respond to the medication like most women respond and I can be like everyone else who does IVF and finally I’ll produce a bunch of eggs, enough that they can sort through them and find the good ones and we can create a real family with more than one kid instead of me being this weird outlier who for whatever undetermined reason isn’t pushing out many eggs (one in five eggs are good however I’m producing fewer than 5 eggs a cycle which means the road ahead is long and hard) and isn’t really responding to the drugs, um, this sentence has turned into a word labyrinth and I can’t find my way out.

Or maybe it’s turned into a corn maze of words? I could go either way.

Anyway, I guess it’s kind of silly to think just modifying my lifestyle a bit (working out more, changing my diet, meditating, getting massages which is as close to acupuncture as I can get presently because it scares me) would change something so fundamental inside me. And yet I kind of got into a magical thinking trap.

I’ve seen people close to me do this: blame themselves when their physical ailments or illnesses don’t abate despite a lot of mental work. And it always breaks my heart because it’s like, life is already piling on and now you’re kicking yourself too?

But for the short time when I thought that somehow I’d righted this ship by trying to take control of my mood and thoughts and “energy” and all that, I felt so empowered. And to fall back into what is probably the truth: that it’s capricious and random and out of my control, feels more scary than liberating.

Aaaand I’m realizing I never finished my thought above which is that I found out yesterday that my right ovary is “sleeping,” meaning it isn’t responding to the medications. My left is producing a few eggs which is good and which means all hope for this cycle isn’t lost, I just thought I was clearing the finish line and instead I’m in the dugout. (That’s the correct sports metaphor, right? I AM JOKING.)

And I know I said my goal was to be not tethered to the outcome. To live my life and do everything I can to get pregnant but not to be so hung up on if it’s working because it’s out of my control and etc. But things were looking so good that I allowed myself to really get my hopes up even though I wasn’t aware at the time that’s what I was doing.

But really, if I’m being honest which I am, this is partly about having a baby and partly about feeling like a weirdo outlier like I suggested earlier. It’s about feeling like I’m running in a race with all these swift, able bodied people but I’m lame and misshapen and my body just isn’t working like it’s supposed to. And I realize there are a thousand judgments and distortions in that sentence but it’s kicking around my brain and probably napping on my sleeping ovary.

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Road Rage! Tutorials! Greg in the Shower!

Written by Alison | August 5th, 2015 at 9:00 pm | Comments

Alison and the Thursday gang (Jenna Kim JonesAllan MossJeff FoxGreg Heller and Daniel Quantz) discuss Greg’s binder clip art, corporate retreats, tutorials, how to make a single into a ringtone, Alison’s Bumbershoot guests, Bachelor in Paradise, road rage, pregnancy, IVF, what Greg does with expensive shampoo in the shower and so much more. Plus we did a round of Just Me Or Everyone.

Download the episode from iTunes.

HOT SUMMER JAMS ALERT: The HGFY, TOUCH THE TUSHY and #AL QUIZ singles now available for all platforms!!! Go to Gumroad.com/alisonrosen.

Also, our live podfest ep with Doug Benson and Matt Costa is now available!

Wondering how to contact the show and submit your Just Me Or Everyone?

This show is brought to you by Amazon (clear your cookies first and what the hell, make a bookmark!) and Blue ApronAnd shop in my Amazon store!

Credits? We have some!

Executive producer: Alison Rosen

Producer: Jeff Fox

Music: Trapp Dog Tom Rapp

Logo: Kezilla

follow @alisonrosen and @ariynbf for updates. Don’t use iTunes? Subscribe to the show’s RSS feed.

ALSO ALSO: like us on Facebook!

And read Alison’s new column!

And  read this review of ARIYNBFand read this article about ARIYNBF and buy the live episode from podfest.

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