October Daily: AJ Jacobs & Jim Gaffigan Understand Me


Day 23: If you could hang out with a celebrity for a day, who would that celebrity be? Why did you choose to hang out with him/her? What would you do or where would you spend that day?

There are 2 celebrities I would love to spend a day with and I just couldn’t choose between them.

I would love to spend a day with AJ Jacobs and his family.

Handsome Hippie Hubby and I have some truly amazing friends. These people have stuck by our side through thick and thin and they have been incredibly supportive but, with only a tiny handful of exceptions, I’m not sure they “get” us.

We are the quirky ones in the group.  Our friends have actually said the following things to us. More than once.

“Hey, everybody! Let’s go out to eat. Uh… the restaurant doesn’t serve organic meat or non-dairy ice cream. Are you guys going to be able to come with us?”

“Guess what? We’re having a baby! Uh… we are going to have it at the hospital, though. No offense.”

“We’re planning the menu for your visit.  Uh… Is everyone in your house eating actual food right now?”

“My daughter got a flu shot yesterday. Uh… Are you still OK with her coming over to play?”

They are legitimate questions/statements in our world.

But a guy that does this:

year of living biblically photo

Or this:

sleep testing for healthiest man in the world


This guy wouldn’t think we were freaks for giving away half our income for a month or eating no solid food for 6 weeks.

He would wonder why we choose such short time periods.

And it’s important that he bring his family because it takes a special person to be married to or raised by a person who does things that everyone else in the world thinks are insane. All of his people and all of my people would have a lot in common.

Plus, he makes me laugh.  I don’t mean a little. I mean, his books make me snort and cry and generally look like a freak if I read them in public.

Except we’ve already established I’m sort of a freak, even without his books (not that his books made me a freak. I in no way hold him or anyone else responsible for my weirdness.).  But that’s OK because so is he. Which is why I think our families would get along fabulously. Though those around us, while we are all gathered together, may find themselves feeling profoundly uncomfortable.

If they’re not uncomfortable, they must be one of the tribe, in which case they would be welcome to join the party.

Which brings me to Jim Gaffigan.

Jim Gaffigan and his 5 children author of Dad is Fat (5/7/13)

He may be the only person on the planet that loves food and naps more than I do.  I find his dedication to eating and sleeping inspirational. I hope to achieve his level of success in these endeavors some day!

His wife, on the other hand, seems to be all about faith and family and natural living. Which is what I’m all about, too… you know… when I’m awake and being productive.

Also, he, too is completely hilarious and wrote a book that made me laugh until I cried.  In a good way!

So I think they would fit in with our little crowd fabulously!

The 6 adults could discuss our mutual awesomeness with great hilarity and much communal understanding while the children cover their faces and plot ways to help one another change their identities so that no one knows they’re related to us.

It would be the best day ever!

There are only 2 downsides, as far as I can tell…

#1) My lack of a published book, TV special, and general fame would leave me feeling inadequate, even though this blog is totally amazing and will, someday, no doubt, be wildly internationally famous.

#2) I find it painfully difficult to talk to people I don’t know. I get nervous and say bizarre things and over share.

Then again… I would be talking to a guy who has wondered out loud on TV if it’s OK to watch hotel porn after his grandmother’s funeral service and a guy who has spent two months of his life intentionally saying everything that was on his mind.

They might not even realize that I am being bizarre and inappropriate!  

Which is WHY I’d like to spend a day with them.

Seriously, if you aren’t familiar with these men you should buy their books today and read them (or watch Jim Gaffigan’s HBO specials or read AJ Jacob’s new Esquire magazine column).  These are funny and clever and informative guys and you will be a happier, healthier, smarter person for having discovered their work.

Here’s the part where I shamelessly self-promote:



If you share this blog post with your zillions of social media followers I’ll be your biggest fan forever! I mean, I’m already a huge fan but… I could become truly fanatical.  But not in a crazy stalker way, I promise.  I’m too lazy to be a crazy stalker.  It says so right up there in the URL.  More like in a, “See that guy on TV? He shared my blog on Facebook once!” sort of way.  I would even give you ad space on the blog for your latest project.  FREE ad space! And… seriously, guys…. dozens of people read this blog every week!  So… I’m not saying you have to share this post… but if you want to… that’s totally OK with me.

Are you, too, seeking to save the earth, promote world peace and raise productive citizens without expending too much effort?

Why not follow LazyHippieMama on WordPress, by email, Facebook or Twitter to get all the updates.

If we work on our goals together, they may be a little easier to achieve! 


11 responses »

  1. I am not as cool as you, but my husband did beg me once to buy paper towels and paper plates when his family came to visit once because he was so embarrassed by my commitment to avoid paper products. I get where you are coming from. And I LIKE it!

  2. Love the self promotion, hope one or both of them sees and shares your post! Wouldn’t that be fun?!! I could say I knew you when…well kind of, since I’m really just meeting you. I get what you’re saying here though. It’s all degrees. We tend to eat on the healthier side and sometimes people are shocked that our kids actually eat things like beets, asparagus, sunchokes, fiddleheads, etc, but they never really had a chance to say no. But it’s not like they never eat junk either. My daughter though will actually turn up her nose at a lot of “junk” food, like she can’t believe anyone would ever eat “that.” I could do a lot better on less waste though. Working on it!

    • Thanks! AJ shared it tonight on Twitter. I’m over the moon! 😀 Isn’t it funny that people think it’s weird to eat real foods and normal to consume chemicals? What a world!

    • He is super funny! The first time I heard him I was pregnant and planning a mid-wife attended birth and I heard his thing about “we hired a midwife because we believe in witchcraft. We were going to go to the hospital but I didn’t feel like putting on pants.” I was dying! LOL


  3. I love Jim. His hot pocket bit always gets me. I am now following you through the Blog Hop. Here’s my Blog Hop tale. When my daughter was still an infant & Bjorn bound, I like many other mommies used to do all my chores while holding her in the carrier. One morning, I was doing laundry. I loaded up a full load of whites & closed the washing machine door & went on to my next chore. My daughter was being uncharacteristically quiet, so it started to worry me a little. I went to the nearest mirror to see what it was that she was doing & found her happily nibbling away on a pair of mommy’s dirty underwear. I was mortified. Suffice it to say, I always check her hands & mouth after dropping in a load of laundry from that day forward.

    • I’m sorry I didn’t see this sooner, somehow it got sent to my spam folder. That is hysterical. My boy would do the same thing. He always finds a way to be getting into something he’s not supposed to be!

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