Friday Flotsam

FRRRRRRReak out! FreakY, I meant. Like Freaky Friday. Never mind.

please melt, snow

11 days, 15 hours, 51 minutes and 10 seconds (9. . .8. . .7) left UNTIL SPRING.

Goodbye.

Will reading

I know it’s hard to believe with the naked eye, but this photo is not staged. What, you mean the yellow figure skating dress on the floor and blankets strewn everywhere in the wake of Hurricane Natalie didn’t give it away? (girl can’t keep her room clean worth ISH.)

The other day I went to check on the kids because as a parent you know that silence sends you into spiraling panic mode. “Why is it so quiet?! Did the windows accidentally fall out of their frames and crash into them? Did they choke on a dust bunny? Did the cascading pothos strangle them as they stood up to get a marker?” LISTEN, IT COULD HAPPEN. So I sped-sweat-sprinted into Nat’s room to find . . . well, Will. On her bed, all nonchalant “reading” a book that’s meant for a 5th grader. GUYS HE’S MIMICKING OUR IMAGINARY BOOK CLUB. He sees me like this, constantly, every single day, in various shapes and forms all over our house. And then he goes, “Yeah, I just finished my book,” all casual which made me want to birth 13 more of him.

Me, “Yeah?”

“Yeah, it was a Mardi Gras book. The family ran away from town. It was scary.”

My work here is done.

cheesy garlic bread

Which brings me to a Bev Books (my imaginary book club) update! Wait, did you leave?

Okay, these are the books I’ve (we’ve? I’ve) read so far this year, and then after that, I’ll list what’s ahead, if you want to get prepped. (you’re like, dream on, chachi.)

All We Ever Wanted
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Little Fires Everywhere
A Place For Us
One Day in December
Where the Crawdads Sing
You’d You Go, Bernadette

I couldn’t recommend these more. I loved EVERY SINGLE book in wildly different ways. I think the highlights (if I had to pick one or two) were Little Fires and Crawdads. Just incredible. Get your face in them.

I’m halfway through Hidden Bodies, and it’s, um – harsh. I never read YOU (only watched it), so reading Joe’s bluntly crass thoughts make me want to barf punch him 50 times. Obviously I’ll finish it out, because I’m invested in it and starting to get used to his run-on brain rant sentences. (which, embarrassingly I relate to. Ugh.)

What’s coming up next! (not in this exact order, but I’ll keep you posted in Stories on that.)


A Man Called Ove
The Woman in the Window
A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty
Dare Me
The Couple Next Door
The Wife Between Us
Educated
Becoming
Into the Water

I thiiiiiink I’ll actually start with Woman in the Window, as I had a tsunami of comments demanding I do so. Should I?! And then after that, either A Man Called Ove, or A Grown-Up Kind of Pretty. We’ll see. And please, definitely chime in with other suggestions! I LIVE FOR THIS.

And my children and husband and personal growth life happiness tranquil peace balance blah blah blah.

BUT MOSTLY THIS.

white texture

I wonder if anyone’s ever said Pancake Dinner.

“I’m headed to the pancake dinner.”

“The what?”

“The pancake dinner. Downtown at the city hall.”

“You mean the pancake SUPPER?”

You can’t say pancake dinner. It’s not a thing.

. . . that’s all.

massive bouquet

Weekend plans?

We’re headed slightly south tomorrow morning to meet up with my parents for a mini spring break train trip! (Because apparently the kids haven’t BEEN HOME ENOUGH YET THIS YEAR.)

I’m trying to figure out my train outfit, because that’s clearly imperative to the experience. You can’t just GET ON A TRAIN, you must look the part. And then call everyone Henry with a vintage detective accent because – trains.

We’re staying in a quaint airbnb like 5 seconds from the Bentonville square, which surprisingly I know very little about! (I’m from Fayetteville, ‘memba?) So if you’re from the area and have restaurant recommends (yes we’re hitting Crystal Bridges and no we’re not going to the Amazeum. Been there too many times for my murderous tendencies.) – holla!

All I know is that these nasty brown snow clumps better be DONE MELTED by the time I get back on Monday. (I said “done melted” like an old man with one tooth.)

What are you making for dinner tonight? Pancakes? Just kidding.

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16 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Karen Minor March 8, 2019 at 8:09 am #
    Enjoy your time in NWA. I live in Rogers but we enjoy these restaurants in Bentonville. Buttered Biscuit for breakfast. Table Mesa Bistro and The Flying Fish areright on the square.
  2. jude March 8, 2019 at 9:06 am #
    Okay, what is that yummy looking cheesy bread??? (It's not nice to tease us like this.)
  3. Tina Morrow March 8, 2019 at 10:25 am #
    I read Educated last year and it was intense! I read for an hour or so before bed and sometimes it was just too awful to handle before trying to sleep. But it was definitely compelling enough to keep reading. You will eat it up - in a good, 'how is this real?' way
  4. Elisabeth Lawrence March 8, 2019 at 10:57 am #
    Assuming you already have a reservation at “Preachers Son” and will go to “Pressroom”?!
  5. Catherine March 8, 2019 at 11:22 am #
    Not from Bentonville but I've been there a couple times. Food recs - Tusk & Trotter, Flying Fish. There's a little food truck area by the path to Crystal Bridges that has good ice cream and crepes. The restaurant in the museum is also terrific. For fancier eating, The Hive. If you can get away for drinks without the kids, there's a little bar under The Preacher's Son that is fun and has great cocktails. The Buttered Biscuit gave me food poisoning.
  6. michele @ i-heart-baking March 8, 2019 at 2:01 pm #
    i love the bunnies under nat's bed :)
  7. Victoria March 8, 2019 at 3:26 pm #
    Woman in the Window will be such a quick read! You'll enjoy it. I also just finished Before We Were Yours. Wow! Maybe I'm sensitive because I'm a new mom, but the story was so good in a really heartbreaking way. Recommend! This also brings to mind Small Great Things. Couldn't put it down. If you enjoyed Eleanor Oliphant and Bernadette, you'd probably like Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk. I also always recommend This Is How It Always Is; gives great perspective on a tender subject. Can't wait to see what you read next!
  8. Erin March 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm #
    I love your book recommendations! I would add Small Fry by Lisa Brennan-Jobs to your list if you haven’t already read it.
  9. Tracy March 9, 2019 at 3:46 pm #
    Daisy Jones and the Six!!! By Taylor Jenkins Reid. It's Reese Witherspoon's book club pick this month and she's making it into a TV show. I'm almost finished so can't give a fair review, but I'm loving it so far. Another book by the same author is The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. I think you'd love that one, too!
  10. A March 11, 2019 at 8:23 am #
    I just started ‘Dark Matter’, it’s really good so far! I wanted to be in your book club but you read too fast for me lol. I’m saving all your lists for future reads tho, I’m loving the recommendations, Little Fires Everywhere was great!!
  11. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) March 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm #
    Hahahaha guess what?? Growing up my church (I live in Ohio) totally had pancake DINNERS. I've never heard pancake supper! craaazy also I hope my little guy reads like Will when he's older!!!
    • Bev Weidner March 12, 2019 at 6:26 am #
      Hahahaha no waaaaaay! That is hilarious. :)
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  13. Quinn March 20, 2019 at 3:08 pm #
    I loved Educated. It was intense, sad, encouraging, empowering, and so many more adjectives. A friend recommended I read Hillbilly Elegy (by J.D. Vance) since I liked it so much. It was excellent and also extremely sad! It was about a culture in the U.S. I didn't even know existed. Definitely add it to your list!.
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    lbilly Elegy (by J.D. Vance) since I liked it so much. It was excellent and also extremely sad! It was about a culture in the U.S. I didn't even know existed. Definitely add it to your list!.

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