Friday Flotsam

F R I D A Y F O R E V E R T R U E L O V E L Y L A S T A T A F O R N O W. (<-ugh)

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

I have to tell you my dream real quick!


Okay, so a lot of our Fayetteville pals were in town, and we were all hanging out downtown Kansas City. But it wasn’t Kansas City, you know. It all felt different. The buildings looked different. It smelled like sawdust and bananas.

So we’re all chilling, but then Aaron, Julie and I decided to ditch everyone and walk across this huge open field with tall, tan wispy grass. The kind that you’re like, “IS THAT A SNAKE. I JUST FELT A SNAKE. THERE’S DEFINITELY A SNAKE ON ME.” We walked until we found this older woman’s cute little hut-style house. It was circular in shape, had tall white walls and a gas fire place in the middle. (I bet it would rent out like crazy on Airbnb.) So the older lady lets us in and we unpacked our things. I have no idea what things and why we were even packed in the first place.

Then the door BLEW open and this witch in the sky put a freaking SPELL on her little cute hut house and every single thing in it! The dogs started barking at the sky (she was like zipping around all witch-like. I don’t remember if she had a broom or not. Maybe it was a fire poker?)

Then the next morning my friend Sarah called and asked if we wanted to hang out in the H&M parking lot. Not inside the STORE, mind you, but the parking lot. We’re cool like that. I told her about the spell and cried a little. She was like, “Whatever, a spell? You’re so lying.” I was like, “SARAH, I AM NOT LYING.”

Then Aaron was like, “We need to get out of here.” I was worried that the spell might stay with us if we left the house. How would it affect our future?! Our children?! MY HAIR? So we began to cross the snakey field again. I think Julie stayed behind in the cute little house because I feel like the woman was her aunt? Julie wasn’t even phased by the spell. She was like, “It’s cool, you guys.”

As Aaron and I were crossing the field, I said, “WHAT ABOUT THIS SPELL, AARON!?” And he said, “It’s okay. If we leave the house within 24 hours of the spell being cast, we’re all good.”

Then it started raining. And I spotted our friends in the distance. In the H&M parking lot. They waved.

The end.

I think what it means is that I need to go shopping at H&M.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Let’s talk about pens. GOOD PENS. Your favorite pens.

Pens are very important, ya know? Pens can make or break your handwriting’s self confidence. Pens can send your cursive’s self esteem beaming with pride, or into the pits of DESPAAAIR. (name that movie)

I need better pens. The current pens I’m using are okaaaay, but I need a pen that can make my handwriting a little more chic and a little less like Satan’s claw lacerations.

What are you FAVORITE pens? Do you like ballpoint? Fountain? Ultra-fine tip? A six-foot ostrich feather dipped in blood?

I can only write with a black pen. Seriously cannot deal with blue ink. And it has to be just the right amount of glide. But not too slippery!

I realize I’m talking way too much and way too long about PENS. This is my life.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

I’ve come to accept that I’m a teary person.

I choke up easily. I’m moved often. The knots in my throat now pay rent, they’re around so much.

But do you want to know what I cry over the MOST? Not hurt animals, or school bus crashes, or even a mall on fire.

I cry when Ellen visits people in their homes. Like, legit bawling. IT IS SO SWEET. Those people are hand tremblingly giddy that Ellen’s assistant is jumping up and down in their crowded little doorway with Ellen’s smiling face staring back in the camera. It makes their life! And then I sob like a dang baby. Oh that Ellen.

This was a boring story. I’ll move on.

Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Quick quiz!

What two characters, played by the same actress, said/sang these exact two lines?

“I am kind, but extremely firm.”

“I will be firm, but kind.”


Friday Flotsam / Bev Cooks

Weekend plans? Crap, it’s the Super Bowl, isn’t it?

Well, if you feel like doing a little shopperin’, you need to know something. I mentioned this on Instagram, but I’ll also tell you here, just in case you prefer only medium to deal with my obnoxiousness.

All February, I am curating the ultra-hip kid shop Darling Clementine! I get asked a lot where I shop for the grems, so I’ve hand picked a bunch of items from her shop that I love. AND, she’s offering a 15% discount all month when you use the code “bevcooks” at checkout. Peep it!


I really wish Ellen would visit me. And bring me pens.

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15 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Laura @ Raise Your Garden February 5, 2016 at 7:07 am #
    Dreams are just plain weird! It's rare that I get a dream that I think back on and think, huh, that was nice. Mine are WEIRD! No more pickles, ice cream or root beer before bed. And I'm with you on the black ink. Blue ink, bleh.
  2. Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb February 5, 2016 at 7:27 am #
    BIC Atlantis Exact Retractable Ball Pen, Fine Point (0.7 mm), Black are MY LIFE now. I had a pen crisis not long ago and set out on the big adventure that is the Target stationary Aisle and met my truest love in the pen version. Clean penmanship, but not so clean that you scratch your paper and slender in my hand, so something can feel slender on my body but not scrawny where I cant hold onto it properly. I hate overly fat or overly skinny pens. They make all my letters suck. Don't get me started on notebook paper...
  3. Zoe February 5, 2016 at 7:29 am #
    Julie Andrews as Mary Poppins and Maria in Sound of Music. She is so lovely.
  4. Caitlin February 5, 2016 at 9:18 am #
    Bev. Sharpie Pens. They are satisfyingly inked, smooth as all get-out, and don't bleed through the paper. I am irrationally obsessed with Sharpie Pens. I feel like I'm truly writing with a purpose when I make my to-do lists!
  5. Ellie | Hungry by Nature February 5, 2016 at 9:27 am #
    Bev! Muji gel-ink pens are the best. And you can get them in all colors (if you are willing to deviate from black...) but black if of course an option. AND you can get them in varying thicknesses - 0.5 mm is my fave. Have a great weekend!
  6. MC February 5, 2016 at 9:50 am #
    Love the Pilot Precise V7 RT pens.
  7. Marcia | Domestic Disposition February 5, 2016 at 10:04 am #
    BLACK INK! YES! They actually had to specially order black pens for me at work because all they had was blue or red and I just couldn't deal. I felt so high-maintenance and also slightly neurotic but it would appear THAT I'M NOT ALONE! Gosh I love the Internet. And Julie Andrews :)
  8. Jennifer C. February 5, 2016 at 10:45 am #
    Marry Poppins and Maria (did she have a last name?...quiz!)
  9. Lesley February 5, 2016 at 10:47 am #
    Pentel EnerGel 0.7mm ball Metal Point Liquid Gel Mad in Japan Pen. UPC CODE 072512235409 ITEM BL27-A. You don't jack with your pen integrity when you're left handed, your palm go rubbin through that ish all the time and you look like you're 2-years-old with leaky ink stains on your hand if you don't watch it.
  10. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob February 5, 2016 at 11:03 am #
    The Pilot G-2 07 gel pen in fine (not extra fine). LOVVVVVVVE. Glides like butter.
  11. Liz A February 5, 2016 at 11:23 am #
    Bev, if these are your normal every-day dreams, then you MUST write about some of your pregnancy dreams. They must have been amazing. I never in my life remembered any dreams until I became pregnant, and WOW is it so cool. Except when you have an amazing dream and you dream that you wrote it down, but then when you wake up you realize you only actually dreamed that you wrote it, and all is lost forever. I also prefer to only write in black ink. My favorite is an extra fine point sharpie, but I have to settle for standard Papermates at the office... :(
  12. Heather February 5, 2016 at 11:52 am #
    I want to be the first nerd to provide Maria's last name: Von Trapp (maiden name Kutschera and did you know the real life Maria was born on a train? Anyway, I adore both movies. Also, I totally cry when I see those scenes on Ellen.
  13. Katheryn February 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm #
    Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music
  14. Ashley February 5, 2016 at 10:57 pm #
    I'm just a little obsessed with pens and these are my faves...
  15. Heather February 12, 2016 at 10:58 am #
    Ok some how I missed this Flotsam! My favorite pen is a ballpoint by pilot. I've got not great handwriting and need a little bit of resistance to help (hate gel pens!) but it's a smooth roll- you don't feel like you're pushing it around. Have to say though that I prefer blue, it stands out better. Anywho...I like hearing your dreams, my are never normal either.

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