Friday Flotsam


Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

So, lately I’ve noticed this weird clicking in my neck spine when I run. CLICKING. Every step: click, click, click. I’d honestly be more freaked out about this clicking if I hadn’t noticed it before when I was much younger. I distinctly remember sitting in 11th grade English, Mrs. Whitman’s class, as it was stiflingly quiet in there. Nothing but the sound of young minds absorbing vast knowledge, aaaaand my neck spine clicking like a dang grandfather clock. It doesn’t click on its own, just when I move my head from side to side. I remember almost passing out when I first noticed it. Like, WHAT IS THAT CLICKING IN MY NECK SPINE. Is this normal? Is my head about to SNAP OFF and roll down the classroom aisle? Am I about to become the headless English woman student of Hobbs, New Mexico? Bringing haunted messages to all the students of the land?

So then I forgot all about it. The clicking. For years.

Until this week.

Click, click, click. OMG there it is! With every single stride: click, click, CLICK.

How does one forget about neck spine clicking? Does this happen to you? Does your neck click when you move it left to right? Try it real quick. Any clicking? Don’t even make me look this up on the WEB MD. I’ll be ruined for life.

What I really need to know is, how often do you paint your toenails?

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Look how incredibly brilliant my son is, creating this masterpiece on his own! Just kidding, I drew this. It’s like, the one character I can draw. I can draw her hair and eyes a little different from time to time, but she’s basically the same person. I call her Glynda. But with a y.

Oh this reminds me! I did write a little thangy thang for What to Expect on summer activities for toddlers. We’ve done all of these ideas, multiple times, yet I’m on the verge of completely losing my mind. I’m telling you, we could be outside for hours if it weren’t for those #$@%$ mosquitoes! I HATE MOSQUITOES. Remind me of their purpose in life again? What exactly do they do that’s helpful to this planet? Why do they exist?

We’re thinking about buying one of those cylindrical fluorescent electrocuting zapper things, ha ha ha ha! Not only to zap bugs with it, but obviously to be super ’90s. Those things were everywhere in the ’90s! I miss the ’90s.

’90s ’90s ’90s.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Okaaaaaaay, Wet Hot American Summer lovahs, have you watched the Netflix series yet? (no spoilers ahead!) It’s been out a week already so I’m suuure you’ve watched it at least thrice. What did you think? Are you completely obsessed? Was it not so great? It was so great. So funny. So insane. So weird. So genius. So perfect.

I really liked the show, if I didn’t make that clear.

Tell me your favorite parts! I need someone to dork quote with.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

So a couple of days ago I had to go to Macy’s to get my mom some socks that she can’t buy IN HER OWN TOWN. (Just kidding, Ma.) They’re these tiny, hose-like nude socks that barely cover your feet, and have a little rubber thingy on the heel, to keep them from slipping. That rubber thingy on the heel was the entire reason for the trip. “Don’t get them if they don’t have the rubber heel! I can get those here!” she texted. Multiple times.

I sent her a few photos of the socks to pick from (all having the rubber thingy on the heel, you guys!), and as I waited for her response, I pushed the stroller up and down the cramped aisles, in an effort to keep Will from turning into a demon-possessed alien murderer. In this attempt, I accidentally rammed the stroller into a tall rack of socks. CLANK, as multiple pairs of socks fell to the thin, department store carpet. I quickly looked around to scan for witnesses, picked up the socks from the floor, and delivered an overly cheesy, “WELL THIS STROLLER JUST KNOCKS YOUR SOCKS OFF.”

No one heard.

The end.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Weekend plans? Nawt march ‘roun her. Aaron has a lot of commissioned work (thanks to you guyzzzzz!) for his shop, Flotsamist. I think I’ll lie around and ponder toenail color options, neck spine clicking and bug electric chair options while I listen to my NEW MIX. (did you listen yet? yewwwww better.)

Go get yo’ weekend.


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17 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Ashley August 7, 2015 at 8:14 am #
    My ankles CLICKS like a mo'fo'. It hasn't fallen off...yet! So.....I did not like the WHAS show. I was like....when do I laugh??? ..... ???? ...... Hope we can still be friends.
    • Bev Weidner August 7, 2015 at 8:55 am #
      Waaaat! You can't tell me "Barnt. Braid." didn't have your entire face in tears. You can't do it.
  2. Sues August 7, 2015 at 8:27 am #
    My neck clicks when I run, too!! It drives me crazy. I have not checked Web MD yet and I really don't think I should...
  3. Jenna August 7, 2015 at 8:51 am #
    I don't have a clicking in my neck, but my knees crackle when I go down stairs. Drives me crazy. I, too, enjoyed WHAS. I think we watched the entire thing in 2 nights. I'm horrible at quoting shows though, so I can't dork out with you, sorry. Love your photos and your commentary. Have a good weekend!
  4. Sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog August 7, 2015 at 8:51 am #
    Wet Hot American Summer Aahhhh soooo goood!! I may have watched the entire series within two days ... also Paul Rudd will always be known as crap bag to me ... and he was AHHH-MAZING!
  5. Aspen Cross August 7, 2015 at 9:49 am #
    Love reading your posts. You're hilarious, but I'm sure you already know that! Find something to do this weekend and enjoy!
  6. Tina August 7, 2015 at 10:21 am #
    My ear clicks when I run - also bizarro! But hey, I'm 52 so maybe it's normal? Whatever. I am just glad to still be able to run some days. I love your posts and so appreciate your sense of humor - where would parents be without a funny bone??
  7. Kathi @ LaughingSpatula August 7, 2015 at 10:55 am #
    I'm 56...everything clicks...or grinds or rubs on something. I kinda like it. Keeps me awake between naps :) Going to check out WHAS!
  8. Terri A. August 7, 2015 at 10:59 am #
    Clicking ankle when I run/walk/breathe (not really on the breathing part). Neck would be annoying. I agree with the above poster - Paul Rudd = Crap Bag.
  9. Lisa August 7, 2015 at 11:34 am #
    My neck sounds crunchy, my knees creak. It just happens when you get older. That's what the sports medicine md told me. I refrained from hitting him. I have yet to find time to watch WHAS but plan to this week since we will be on vacation. Love that movie like crazy.
  10. Heather B August 7, 2015 at 2:31 pm #
    I miss the '90s too. Have you watched Portlandia? The dream of the '90s is alive in Portland, you know, and you've been there now so it's a must watch! Really enjoyed your birthday/rose mix! It's fun to discover new music.
  11. Judy August 7, 2015 at 3:33 pm #
    Neck spine? Never heard it referred to that way. Neck spine. Huh.
  12. Shereen @ Shereen Travels Cheap August 7, 2015 at 6:40 pm #
    Cut lemons in half and stud cloves in them, because that keeps mosquitos (and flies!) away, especially from food. I have also heard that if you keep a dryer sheet in your pocket (or tied to your belt loop) it will keep them away, too. Both might be more attractive and cheaper than a 90's bug zapper, plus you're just driving them away, so nobody has to dispose of their gross dead bodies ever :)
  13. Melissa @ Treats With a Twist August 8, 2015 at 2:14 pm #
    I'm sure you hear this all the time (in your head) but you should just go to a chiropractor and have peace of mind about the neck thing. Plus, you probably popped it at some point and it made it stop clicking...and then recently something slipped back and your back to clicking. And I HATE mosquitos. I'd spend so much more time outside if they were gone and if it weren't so darned hot!
  14. Julie August 10, 2015 at 10:00 am #
    My mother always sends me on little errands, too! I tell people I'm her personal shopper. :\
  15. Jenny P August 11, 2015 at 11:17 am #
    Not to be one of those people, but we're trying out sippy cups here with my one year old and Nat's is adorable. Where did you find it? Also, happy to come out from lurking here for over a year to say hi. Your blog and Insta feed are consistent highlights of my day.
    • Bev Weidner August 13, 2015 at 2:18 pm #
      The orange sippy is Boon! You can find them really anywhere- Target, Amazon, Babies 'R Us. Good luck! (and thanks for the sweet words!)

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