Friday Flotsam

FRI-YDYDYDYDYAAAAAAY. (that was me saying Fri-yay without actually saying Fri-yay.)

Fayetteville Farmer's Market Peonies

I’ve been keeping something in for quite a while now. It’s a fact that I’ve come to accept about myself and embrace, without shame. Just yesterday, however, I was finally able to say the words out loud and not brace for disapproval or disgust. And I’m ready to share it with you all here. Today. Right now.

I do not like smoothies.

THERE. I said it.

I DO NOT LIKE SMOOTHIES. Pretty much at all. Aaron makes them on the regs and every time he sets a glass down in front of me I’m like, “Oh good, another glass of frigid, loose fruit chili.”


First of all, a smoothie is way too cold. Not that I’d prefer a lukewarm smoothie. I honestly cannot think of anything worse. But a glacial vat of slippery, frothy produce? Please.

If it’s going to be that blasted cold, it better have chocolate in it and rhyme with smice lream.

If it’s going to be breakfast food, it better have a runny yolk and melted cheese on top.

You know how much some people eat for their blood type? I think mine is Type NO SMOOTHIES.

Thank you for listening.

Flower Crown

Okay, I am absolutely obsessed with the idea of having a backyard movie night. Can’t stop thinking about it. And I’m talking – the old fashioned kind, with a white sheet tied to a tree, blankets and pillows scattered for days, buttered popcorn out the bazonka, pitchers of cocktails, tiki torches, DIRTY DANCING omg, the whole rigamaroo.

But what I’m hung on is . . . the projector. Now, I’ve been doing a lot of research (also known as a raging Pinterest whore) on projectors and I’m totally lost. All this talk about lumens and pixels and horsepower. No.

This is the thing – I don’t want to spend a bajillion bucks. But I also want it to work. It doesn’t have to be the BEST quality ever, because hi, we’re outside. And I’m on my third rosé. And I’m talking all the way through the movie like a tool. And you’re this close to punching me.


Do you do movie nights? Can you recommend a good projector? We’ll use our guitar amp for sound, hahaha! Oh.

I’ll even do a full post on eet eef yew haaayelp meeeeeh.


Iris and Natalie - BFFs

POLL: (I’m yelling a lot in this post. Terribly sorry about that.)

Let’s take a vote. You know how some people shorten favorite to either fav, or fave? Well, in my opinion one of these is wrong. Because let’s think about how it SOUNDS. Fav = FAHV. It’s my fahvorite? Nerp.

Now, fave? FAVE. FAVE-orite. That one is right. Don’t you agree? How do you shorten it? Fav has always really bugged me. It reminds me of this old indie band I used to listen to, Les Savy Fav. And it’s pronounced FAHV.

So there’s no way fav is right for favorite. No no. Ain’t right.

I’m spending way too much time in my head.

Flowers in the sink

New show recommend! You’re like, HOW is this post not over yet?

Have you heard of In an Instant? OMG.




It’s suuuuper intense. It’s as long as movie, nearly an hour an a half per episode. And it’s all about how one someone almost dies. But in CRAZY ways. Like, husbands trying to kill you, falling into a corn grain bin, bridges COLLAPSING INTO RIVERS, bears eating you, planes crashing and you’re stranded – terrifying. But it’s better than other dramatic reenactment shows. The actors are better. It’s more well produced. The interview lighting is brighter. (I notice these weird things)

You have to watch it, holy freak. We watch it on Hulu. Look it up tonight. I’m telling you. Start with the bridge one. Remember when that huge bridge in Minneapolis collapsed back in 2007? WATCH IT.


I still don’t like smoothies.

Northwest Arkansas at dusk

Weekend plans? We’re going to be working on our basement (organizing before we wrap our heads around a huge remodel, which is already giving me gas.) – and our backyard hammock corner! Remember on Snapchat when I showed you that huge wooden post that Aaron put way into the ground? Yeah, didn’t work. So we’re (he’s) going to pour concrete in it so that we (he) can better stabilize it. Then we’re (he’s) going to reattach the hammock so that we (I) can decorate it with blankets and solar string lights and a drink cart! I’ll keep you persted on the snerps.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to eat a runny yolk with melted cheese on it LIKE A NORMAL PERSON.


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21 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Sally May 13, 2016 at 7:45 am #
    I'm really going to have to agree with you on the smoothie-hate. I just don't get it. Especially when people drink smoothies instead of eating breakfast. But I already have a breakfast drink. It's called coffee! Also, solid food is a really good thing. And why do I want a brain freeze at 8 o'clock in the morning? WHY?!? I never thought about fave/fav (but I will agree with you -- fav don't make no sense). But my pet-peeve abbreviation is when people abbreviate congratulations into congrads instead of congrats. WHAT ARE YOU PEOPLE THINKING? Where is that "d" coming from?! There's a perfectly good "t" in the word -- why not use it?? Ugh. So good to get that off my chest. :)
  2. Marija May 13, 2016 at 7:53 am #
    I love you even more! Dirty dancing, me and my bffs fave!
  3. sharana @ Living The Sweet Life Blog May 13, 2016 at 8:07 am #
    I'll admit, I'm a smoothie girl - it's quick, it's easy ... I like the stuff. Now, a smoothie bowl .. i'm all what-the-what?! I don't get it. Sooo I'm going to pass on that. Although, runny yolk and cheese win any day .. except days where I've had waaaayy too many cookies the night before. And backyard movie night SO FREAKING FUN!! Love it.
  4. christine May 13, 2016 at 8:27 am #
    Why don't you just rent a projector whenever you want to do a movie night? That might make more sense.
    • Bev Weidner May 13, 2016 at 8:35 am #
      RENTING. I'd never even thought of that! Brillz.
  5. K Lizabeth May 13, 2016 at 8:36 am #
    I'm from Minneapolis & I was home when the 35W bridge collapsed. My husband covered it for the newspaper - it was an insane, unreal day. I'll definitely check out the series - interested to see if it does the day justice.
    • Bev Weidner May 13, 2016 at 10:30 am #
      I cannot even imagine. I think you'll appreciate the way they showed how it all happened. I was so on edge! Let me know if you watch it.
  6. Ashley May 13, 2016 at 9:21 am #
    Hahaha, that fav/fave thing reminded me of how much it bugs me when people say shorten vacation to vaca instead of vacay... vaca is Spanish for cow/cattle, if you're actually going to Hawaii on a cow sign me up for that adventure!
    • Anonymous May 15, 2016 at 5:30 pm #
      YES! Ashley! I had the exact same thought while reading this post - the vaca/vacay thing drives me BONKERS.
  7. Jenny May 13, 2016 at 10:08 am #
    I hate "fav" too! I also pronounce if "fahv" in my head when I read it. :)
  8. Katie May 13, 2016 at 10:22 am #
    We do outdoor movie night all the time! It is so much fun! We bought an Epson Powerlite HC 2030. It's a little expensive but if you plan on using it all the time then it might be worth it! I'm in Colorado so in the wintertime we bring it down to the basement and do movies down there! Plus if you connect with a smart DVD player you can stream Netflix, Amazon prime, etc. onto your projector.
  9. Julie Hoover May 13, 2016 at 10:28 am #
    Virtual fist bump on the smoothie hatred.
  10. Lori S May 13, 2016 at 10:50 am #
    I so look forward to Friday Flotsam posts and this one just made my whole morning. I am laughing at the whole thing! I do like smoothies (am obsessed with Boathouse farms vanilla chai) but like the person above do not understand the whole smoothie bowl thing - how and why?!
  11. Julie May 13, 2016 at 11:06 am #
    I'm def in the fave camp w/ you. Also agree w/ previous commenters re congrats & vacay. Glad we've got this settled so we can all enjoy the wknd. :P
  12. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob May 13, 2016 at 12:13 pm #
    I could get on board that fave is acceptable and it doesn't bother me, but here's why I stand by fav: because I don't think you should be allowed to shorten a word and then add a letter. The letter "e" doesn't come after the "v" in favorite. You can use fave, but fav should be pronounced with the long A sound because we all know what word it's referring to. You don't say "fahvorite" just because there is no e after the v. THERE. I have spoken. I think. Ha! I'm trying to think of similar examples to prove my point, but I can't. So, I may be thrown out of court.
  13. Bryn Broussard May 13, 2016 at 12:41 pm #
    Our library lets you check out projectors for's my fav
    • Bev Weidner May 13, 2016 at 3:13 pm #
      Bahahahhahah! I just tried three libraries here and they don't have any. Boo. I'll keep trying!
  14. Shereen @ Shereen Travels Cheap May 13, 2016 at 1:09 pm #
    I'm with you. I kinda hate smoothies, too. I don't get the hype. For my husband's birthday a few years ago, I bought a real deal movie screen and a Roku with a projector on it. For some reason, they don't sell it anymore. Here's the link though: It might help you as a jumping off point. It DOES need a speaker attached, but it works really well otherwise. I think you may be able to find one on Ebay. We love it, and sometimes just use it on the bedroom wall so we can watch netflix in there :) It's my FAVE (<---you're completely right about that one).
  15. Michelle May 13, 2016 at 1:28 pm #
    FAVE for life.
  16. Christi May 15, 2016 at 11:48 pm #
    Every Friday I love ya a little bit more. Can't wait for updates on the remodel and backyard adventures.
  17. Lisa May 16, 2016 at 11:49 am #
    I greatly dislike smoothies. I don't want fruit any way but plain.

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