Friday Flotsam (Basically Portland Part Two)


Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Have you ever noticed that when you’re pouring olive oil from its packaged bottle to a label-less, clean bottle how unbelievably stressful that is? Do you know what I mean? It’s like, you CANNOT move during the pouring. You have to stand over a sink, in case of any accidental spills, so painfully still as you attempt to balance that tiny bottle head against the other. You’re basically under an anxiety-ridden spell just to GET THIS JOB DONE. And during the pouring, if someone happens to walk in and ask you a question it’s like, DO NO TALK TO ME RIGHT NOW. CAN’T YOU SEE I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF AN INTENSE OIL TRANSFER?

And you think you’ve got it. Most of the bottle is poured into the other bottle. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel. You can hear children laughing and birds chirping, the smell of an apple pie wafting from your neighbor’s windowsill. You’re in the homestretch and nothing can stop you now.

Aaaaand then your hand involuntarily jerks and oil spills everywhere.


Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Trivia!! (I love games) What popular (no longer airing) HBO TV show does this dying flower photo remind you of? I’ll give you a hint. I’ll give you two hints. Opening credits is the first one. Okay I’m nervous that if I get you the second hint it will be too easy. So I’m sticking with one hint. GUESS GUESS GUESS!!! I love games. Aaron guessed it right. Then he told me I needed a life.

I always love to play life Trivia with my mom, dad and sister. I’ll text them every once in a while, “It’s tiiiiime for another round of Blann Family Triviaaaa!” And then ask a question about our childhood just to see how closely they paid attention. Most of the time they text back, “Unsubscribe.”

Maybe I should check to make sure I have the right numbers?

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

So apparently the carpet at the PDX airport is famous. Kristen and I had no idea about this until a few ladies at the conference asked if we’d taken our feet photo yet on the notoriously hideous carpet. We were like, do what now? So they showed us the IG hashtag #pdxcarpet and LO AND BEHOLD, you guys. There are over 54 thousand photos of the above. I guess the city went into an uproar when the airport announced it was going to update the carpet. Like, car chases and exploding buildings and ish. So there’s a specific area where they left the carpet original and people are CA-RAY-ZAY about taking their feet photos on it. So obviously Kristen and I had to jump on the repulsive carpet bandwagon.

I actually don’t mind the carpet, to be honest. I mean, I wouldn’t put it in my house or anything. But it works for an airport. Especially the Portland airport. Little bit funky.

Wait, are you asleep?

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

I have a new Food Network article up! Hollaaaaa.

It’s all about Pasta Primavera, but two ways! A super stripped-down version for your kid’s face, and a slightly gussied up, veggie-packed, wine-soaked version for your adult face. You’ll dig it. You’ll prima dig it.

Are you still trying to figure out my TV trivia question? You better.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Weekend plans? I think I’ll just stare at this photo of my new favorite store of all time that I can’t visit because I’m a trillion miles awaaaaaay waaaaaah. Look at all the plants! The succulents! The cacti! I die. I cactdie.

Our weekend looks pretty standard, if this dang rain cooperates. Spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner tonight. We’ll walk to our fave neighorhood coffeeshawp in the morning, tend to a little bit of yard/garden maintenance, attend a Spanish-style baby shower complete with paella and sangria (hail yes), and just piddle with le bebes. Try to keep them OFF THE FURNITURE YOU GUYS THEY CRAWL UP ON THE SOFA NOW. Sorry to scream.

And they don’t understand it when I’m like, “You can’t get up there. Not without adult supervision. You’re stressing me out. You’ll fall down and die and I’ll have to go to your funeral and I am NOT washing my hair twice this week.”

Can I just have my sangria now?

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17 Responses to Friday Flotsam (Basically Portland Part Two)

  1. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog June 5, 2015 at 7:20 am #
    That pizza ... looks amazing!! Also, a baby shower with sangria ... YES! And, I'm terrible when it comes to trivia :( Happpppyyy Frraaaiiiday!
  2. Erica B June 5, 2015 at 7:36 am #
    SIX FEET UNDDDEERRRRR omg I loved that show. scuse me while I go watch all seasons.
  3. Darcy June 5, 2015 at 9:11 am #
    Haha - your last paragraph is too funny! And I live here in Oregon, so OF COURSE the carpet is kind of a big deal. ;)
  4. amy June 5, 2015 at 10:25 am #
    Those shoes in the bad carpet picture. I must have. Where did you get them?
  5. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob June 5, 2015 at 11:33 am #
    Six Feet Under? My favorite show!!
  6. Gaye June 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm #
    The PDX carpet was also the star of the Starlight Parade last weekend. Yes, Portland is wierd but I love it!
  7. Shereen Travels Cheap June 5, 2015 at 2:41 pm #
    I want to go eating with you next time you're in town. I'm still drooling over your last post. I love the food carts...and pretty much just all the food that doesn't have cilantro.
  8. dianne briggs June 5, 2015 at 3:30 pm #
    Six Feet Under??? I loved that show but don't remember that. Now I need to go cry because that show made me really sad. I mean, really sad. I cried and cried and cried when Nate died because he reminded me so much of my oldest son. Wonderful show
  9. Krissy Allori {self proclaimed foodie} June 6, 2015 at 1:11 pm #
    Hi there Bev! I was one of those ladies who told you about the #pdxcarpet hashtag at the conference. I wanted to tell you that I have fallen in love with your blog, your photos, your writing style, your style, you, YOU, I can't stop internet stalking you now! I really enjoyed your presentation at the conference. I'm somewhat new to the world of blogging so that's my excuse for never having heard of you before last week. Buuutt, now that I have met you in person and seen how incredibly captivating your blog is, you're my new hero. Seriously. Is it weird that I have a framed picture of you on my wall now? Anyway, I wanted to thank you for being so truly inspiring. I hope Indulge is in Portland next year so I'll be able to stalk you like a certified loon by then. :) Krissy
    • Bev Weidner June 7, 2015 at 2:04 pm #
      Wellllll you have just made mah day! Thank you!!
  10. Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk) June 6, 2015 at 5:58 pm #
    LOL cactdie. I have no idea what show you're talking about at the beginning of the post but that cactdie, that's my kind of joke :).
  11. Stephanie @ Mrs Tea and Mr Coffee June 10, 2015 at 3:52 pm #
    You must use a funnel for the olive oil will change your life :)
  12. Caitlin June 11, 2015 at 10:54 am #
    SFU forever! I'll always <3 Nate Fisher

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