Friday Flotsam

Frrrrrrrrrr ah! dah! Fla! tsa! amah!

I have a lot to cover today, but I’m trying to figure out my approach. It has to be a bit strategic. Do I tell you about the mouse FIRST THING? Or do we discuss your favorite Taylor Swift lyric? Like your very very favorite. The one that stills you, haunts you, calms you, destroys you. That one. Or you do want to hear about the mouse first? Which one, you tell me.

Whoa, mouse it is! Okay, didn’t see that coming.

So the other day we were driving to the pool, and we approach an intersection that’s typically very busy. Like a bunch of lanes, cars going this way and that. Out of my driver’s seat window I spot a little mouse just zipping around ON THE ROAD. Perhaps a little confused, a bit out of sorts. I go, “Look, you guys – a little mouse! In the intersection. This cannot end well.” I figure the mouse would zip out of view and back to its little cave out of the way of traffic. Nat and Will say together as the light turns green (omg) and I start to move, “Oh yeah I see the little thi!- NOOOOOOOOOOO OH NOOOOOO IT SPLAT UNDER THAT TIREEEEEEE OH I SAW IT ALLLLLLLL!” (A few Phoebe Buffay moment if you ask me. “My eyeeeees! My eyeeeeees!”)

Like, completely flattened under an SUV’s (not mine) tire. Blood spewed out in all directions. Hey, Natalie’s words, not mine!

So, RIP little mouse at 75th and Mission. Not quite the American Tail we all expected. The end.

You’re wishing you could change your answer now, don’t you?

(And now we look for the leftover splat every time we pass through the intersection. Oh you would too, don’t look at me like that.)

Your FAVORITE Taylor lyric. Let’s get on in. I have many. Which is obnoxious, yes. But she’s Taylor, there’s no WAY not to have multiple favorite lyrics. I prefer the more somber, gutting ones. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all about shouting about having bad blood and crying like a baby coming home from the bar, but my FAVORITES? And your FAVORITES? I need to know. What are the lyrics that obliterate your soul?

I’ll name a few:

You kept me like a secret but I kept you like an oath. (are you KIDDING me.)

Hold your hands through plastic now. (I tear up every time remembering the pandemic.)

All these people think love’s for show, but I’d die for you in secret. (um, wow.)

And the heart I know I’m breaking is my own. (OMG)

I’ve never been a natural, all I do is try try try. (hold me.)

Chasin’ shadows in the grocery line. (she rules at imagery)

I love how she intertwines casual sayings with rock solid poetry. She’s just a mastermind.

Okay, your turn!

So this past week I listened to two podcasts that you NEED TO KNOW about. I rarely ever listen to podcasts, but I had some solo runs I needed to knock out and a basement to prepare for a visitor, so in went the ear buds and off I went.

One was The Retrievals. It’s about a group of women undergoing IVF and during their egg retrieval, they experience the worst sort of pain imaginable. As in, they can feel everything. And you’re supposed to be completely asleep or heavily heavily sedated. I was UNDER. Completely under for mine. So why are they feeling every little thing? What’s happening to the drugs? Why aren’t they working? And why does no one even care? It’s infuriating. You have to listen. You’ll find yourself teetering on what the right thing is (I mean, I teetered for like half a second but NO.) as compassion surfaces while you look at the bigger picture. (again, for me like a nano second.) Go listen and tell me what you think!

The second one is a freaking doozy. It’s called Scamanda and a bunch of you are already listening after I posted it in Stories a few days ago. OMG, it’s about this girl named Amanda who lies about having cancer for like, EIGHT YEARS. She cons nearly every single person around her, lies constantly about treatments and money and travels and it is absolutely bananas. You just will not believe the donations, the trips, the freebies, the destruction with her step daughter. And like – why? Why did she do it for so long? Or at all? What’s the motive? You go listen and come back and we’ll discuss. Also listen to the bonus episodes! Lots of good grit to uncover there.

Now, what do I need to be listening to next? I need something gripping and seriously unreal. Spill it!

POLL: who here is already looking at blazers for the fall?

Weekend plans?

Aaron’s headed out for a dude’s weekend on the lake, so my sister-in-law is visiting! Not because he’s leaving. It just worked out that way. I think?

We’ll run, swim, hit an estate sale, the farmer’s market, make something delicious to eat and sit around sipping wine, discussing your favorite Tay lyrics. Duh.

From this week! Let’s have Baked Peaches with Rosemary and Cinnamon. SO SO GOOD. And also, your August mixtape! It’s light and breezy and you neeeed it.

Okay, I expect podcast recs out the wazooooo, you guys.

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10 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Pathom August 4, 2023 at 9:18 am #
    From “Mine”: you made a rebel of a careless man's careful daughter.
  2. Anonymous August 4, 2023 at 9:40 am #
    Bev! Taylpr lyrics--this isn't how I expected to spend my morning. And I know I could add like 50 more! But before I get to that, pod rec: "Who shat on the floor at my wedding"? It's a humor true-crime-esque podcast. The "lead detective" is a Kiwi and gah I just love that sense of humor. Really, it's just three friends being ridiculous a "Tell me, when did your winning smile Begin to look like a smirk?" "Forever is the sweetest con" "And the voices that implore, 'You should be doing more' To you, I can admit that I’m just too soft for all of it" "And I swear I'm only cryptic and Machiavellian 'Cause I care" "Salt streams out my eyes and into my ears" "You know there's many different ways that you can kill the one you love The slowest way is never loving them enough" "She'll know the way and then she'll say she got the map from me I'll say I'm happy for her, then I'll cry myself to sleep" "Chasing make-believe status, last time you felt free Was when none of that shit mattered 'cause you were with me"
    • Bev Weidner August 4, 2023 at 9:48 am #
      AHHHHHHH! Okay SO with you on "and the voices that implore......" all of it - YES. First time I heard those I closed my eyes and could barely take it. And OMG - I read the one out loud to Aaron the first time I heard, "You know that there are many different ways......" YES. I died. So good. Ugh!
  3. Stasha August 4, 2023 at 9:56 am #
    If you liked Scamanda, you need Believe in Magic! So freaking good.
  4. Jamie August 4, 2023 at 9:35 pm #
    I had a marvelous time ruining everything, at every table I’ll save you a seat, there’s many different ways to kill the one you love the slowest way is never loving them enough, Peter losing Wendy, I should have asked you how to be, you’re not my homeland anymore, gain the weight of you then lose it… gah I could go on and on. Favorite game ever. Oh! I looked through the windows of this love, even though we boarded them up. Kills me every time. Podcasts…. I love Armchair Expert but it’s ongoing, not a series type.
  5. Danielle August 5, 2023 at 5:21 am #
    “Gain the weight of you then lose it” absolutely wrecked me the first time I heard it; also “walking with his head down, I’m the one he’s walking to”, “Peter losing Wendy”, “so casually cruel in the name of being honest”, and “I used to scream ferociously any time I wanted”
  6. Danielle August 5, 2023 at 7:09 am #
    If you liked Scamanda you will love Scam Goddess with Laci Mosley. Laci is an absolutely hilarious comedian and each episode she tells the story of a different scam artist. It’s amazing.
  7. Caitlin August 7, 2023 at 7:53 am #
    The fave Taylor lyric question is the most important question you’ve ever asked omg. In no particular order, *some* of my favorites: Forever is the sweetest con I see me padding across your wooden floors, with my Eagles t shirt handing from the door Starry eyes sparking up my darkest night You can hear it in the silence, you can feel it on the way home, you can see it with the lights out, you are in love p You showed me colors you know I can’t see with anyone else Once upon a time the planets and the fates and all the stars aligned/ you and I ended up in the same room at the same time Drawing hearts in the byline Relatedly- have you heard the snippet from one of Taylor’s acceptance speeches about how she categorizes her lyrics into three buckets? She says she has three “genres” of lyrics: glitter gel pen lyrics, quill lyrics, and fountain pen lyrics.
  8. Quinn August 8, 2023 at 3:00 pm #
    Re: Taylor lyrics! "Paper cut stings from our paper thin plans." - death by a thousand cuts "I bury hatchets but I keep maps of where I put 'em." - end game MEET ME BEHIND THE MALL, lol. the whole hopeless romantic young love story of 'august' is relatable x 100. plus mall culture, baby. and gotta love salt air and rust on your door haha. ...same goes for the premise of 'invisible string.' - "One single thread of gold tied me to you." dying for that music video to become a thing. Thank you for sharing so much of her concert on Insta for all us fomo-ers out here - such catharsis and magic you got to experience!!! And how about which Taylor lyrics you wake up with stuck in your head, or have running through your head at night? Mine are: "In the middle of the niiiiiiiight, in my dreaaaams." (naturally). - ready for it? "So where we gunna go?? I wHisper in the daaark." - i think he knows "And I've been meaning to tell you that I think your house is haunted..." except my brain always says: "I've been meaning to tell you I think your horse is haunted" and then i giggle meself to sleep.
  9. ALOT August 14, 2023 at 10:47 am #
    I am a little late with this reply, but "The Retrievals"?!! Wow... how horrific. I am beginning my first IVF cycle at the end of the month, and I cannot imagine. And, the sentence the judge imposed was appalling! My heart breaks for every one of those patients. I already have one child, I just started having children very late. I am approaching 44. If it doesn't work for me, I will be okay. But, these women who were trying so desperately to start their family and then had to experience this... I was fuming by the end of it!

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