Friday Flotsam

Fridaaaayyyyyeeeeeeeeiiiiiiiiiiiyyyyyyyyeeeeyyyyyyyy.     (!)


Who else is completely terrified of the back of a hairdryer?

You’re already like, PSYCHO.

You know, that little round eggy area with the mini mesh prison bars? What goes ON in there? Are there tiny hairdryer elves living and breeding inside that wee vortex of death? I’ve always been nervous when I blow dry my hair. Which is why I only do it once a year. I mean week.

This one time, not at band camp, when I was about 14 years old, I was blow drying my hair and the back of the hairdryer started SMOKING. And I noticed it was only when I shook the hairdryer harder than usual. You know how you kind of shake your hand back and forth to get your hair good and dry? Right, it started making a weird ticking noise and smoking. I thought I was about to see the gates of heaven, dudes.

WHAT IS IN THERE? Why am I scared? Why is my hair still wet?

the last of our spring peonies

Speaking of shaking your hands, this next segment may very well have you adding my name to your prayer circle.

If you’re a Chemex coffee drinker, have you ever noticed that when you clean your carafe, you look like you’re strangling it? You dump the soap in, hands around its neck, WHY I OUGHTAAAA.

Now you’re seeing it.

I straight up Homer Simpson that thing.

One day, if I ever happen to break my beloved Chemex, I’ll stand for a moment in silence, and imagine a slew of handsome crime scene investigators standing around with hands on their hips, “Bruce, do we know how this happened?” (one of the detective’s names is Bruce.)

“It’s unfortunate, Franklin, death by strangulation.” (There’s a Franklin there, too.)

Poor carafe. Had such a life ahead of it.

I’ll go ahead and stop talking right now.

Me at Spring in Paris!


I have an issue.

…okay, another issue.

Every year about this time, when the temperatures begin their muggy climb, I get a rash on my wedding ring finger. It looks like the mossy land from the underworlds.

I’ll even give my ring a deep clean, getting all the sweat pool crevices (<–why do I do it?), the moldy nooks and rotted crannies (<–I can’t stop) and I STILL get a blasted rash.

I always tell Aaron, “Guess I’m allergic to our marriage, hahahah! Hah ah ah a!  h a hah ah a.


Then he goes outside and mows the lawn.

What can I do!? Is there a certain ring cleaner I should invest in? An ointment for my finger? Amputation? Marriage counseling? Ryan Gosling?

Obsessed with this copper

Why are they called cookies, and not bakies? You don’t cook cookies. You bake them. They’re clearly bakies.

I’m writing a letter to Congress.

Toddlers at the window

Weekend plans? I’m on the hunt for a fabulous denim skirt. Nothing too pencil, and nothing too peasant. Something in between. Right at the knee. A classic wash. Maybe buttons down the front? You’re asleep.

Oh! ANNNNND I’m picking up a projector today from a friend downtown. Hooray! We’re officially hosting a backyard movie night next weekend with our best buds. And of course, the official quest is on: WHAT MOVIE SHOULD WE WATCH? Aaron vetoed Dirty Dancing as soon as DIR came out of my mouth. “Ohhhh, what about Dir!-” “NO.”

The Goonies? Something Hitchcock? THE NOTEBOOK.

That’s not super summery though. Give me classic summer movie ideas. Before my rashy slime wedding finger eats my entire body whole. (<—wish I was sorry.)


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34 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Jennifer C. May 20, 2016 at 7:40 am #
    Movie vote: Little Miss Sunshine
    • Jennifer C. May 20, 2016 at 7:52 am #
      On second thought...maybe a good, clean, true story, sports movie would better fit the bill: Woodlawn Or my favorite true story sports movie EVER: Invincible
  2. Shelley May 20, 2016 at 8:34 am #
    The Sandlot! (Streaming on Netflix, currently!)
    • Katie May 20, 2016 at 8:44 am #
      I was just coming down here to write Sandlot! Or Stand By Me. Or Pee-Wee's Big Adventure! I love movie night.
  3. Leah May 20, 2016 at 9:41 am #
  4. JL May 20, 2016 at 9:43 am #
    First, I love your site and your words and pictures make me laugh all of the time like a crazy person. Sadly, my first comment ever on your site is going to be about the finger issue, because I also get a rash on my ring finger on and off throughout the year. After going through a couple doctors, I figured out that it was a contact hypersensitivity issue, which is essentially an allergic response to any friction on your skin. If you're sweating more in the spring/summer, it's probably permitting your rings to move a bit more than normal, and with your skin being wet, it's more easily irritated. The things that worked best for me were to not wear my engagement ring when my fingers flares up (insert sad face), because that's the ring that moves a lot for me, and to apply copious amounts of Cerave (from the tub, not the bottle - it's watered down to go through a pump); Cetaphil (also from the tub) also works. I'm sorry to have to welcome you to the Funky Finger Club, but it can be helped. Also try to avoid wearing bandaids and other things that directly stick to your skin as much as possible (Tegaderm works way better), because it's likely that you are just becoming generally more reactive to skin irritation. Hope that helps!
  5. Michelle May 20, 2016 at 9:51 am #
    In your letter to Congress, can you also ask them why they are called "apartments"? Clearly they are anything but APART. They should be called "togethers". "I live in a's so small and cute." "Well me and my hubby bought an apartment because we needed to be away from neighbors and wanted a backyard." WHO's in charge of these terrible decisions? ;)
  6. Jessica Jones May 20, 2016 at 9:58 am #
    I saw denim skirts with buttons down the front at Target yesterday and at Old Navy and they're having a huge sale today!
  7. Nicola May 20, 2016 at 10:13 am #
    Concussion with Will Smith? Or just go for it and do Pitch Perfect so you can have an all out vino sing/dance along!
  8. Susan Spilecki May 20, 2016 at 10:16 am #
    You are a goofball. You must watch Buckaroo Banzai: Adventures in the Eighth Dimension. This may or may not be a movie night move. But YOU, Missy, must watch it. I guaran-damn-tee that you will love it to death. (or you get your money back--good thing your blog is free). Go. Watch. It.
  9. lisatberry May 20, 2016 at 11:22 am #
    The perfect outdoor movie is Hitchcocks Rear Window.
  10. Katherine May 20, 2016 at 11:25 am #
    Cute denim skirt on sale! x
  11. Adie May 20, 2016 at 11:33 am #
    Hi Bev, I think cookie comes from the Dutch word "koekje", which means little cake. I'm not a super word nerd or English teacher or anything, so mostly just a guess. My husband is Dutch and before we traveled to Holland I made sure to learn all the important words. So, koekje is cookie, bierje is beer, stroopwaffel is a really tasty syrup cookie, and at a "coffee shop" you don't order a latte... You know, priorities.
  12. Amy May 20, 2016 at 12:32 pm #
    I immediately thought Sandlot! Funny, classic, reminds me of summer and great music!
  13. Christen May 20, 2016 at 12:39 pm #
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off!!!
  14. Shereen @ Shereen Travels Cheap May 20, 2016 at 1:02 pm #
    Summer School! (Remember that one?) I also second Ferris Bueller and Pitch Perfect. OOOORRRR Blast From The Past! I love that movie.
  15. April May 20, 2016 at 2:02 pm #
    Shag is the perfect summer movie!
  16. Thea May 20, 2016 at 2:10 pm #
    Meatballs! Does that totally date me? I don't care. I love that movie. ps. I was in grade school when it came out.
  17. Deanna May 20, 2016 at 3:06 pm #
    You should definitely watch What About Bob? It's not summer until it's been viewed. Basically scientific fact.
  18. Bryn Broussard May 20, 2016 at 3:14 pm #
    "Shag" obviously! It isn't summer until Pudge is shaking it!!!
  19. ginger m. May 20, 2016 at 3:34 pm #
    JAWS... oh hahahahahahahaha
  20. Darcy Sexson May 20, 2016 at 6:56 pm #
    The Sand Lot! Or Remember the Titans - both kid and adult friendly. :) And try drying your hands really well after you get them wet (like washing).... I get the same thing and my dermo said it's the skins reaction to too much moisture. (It's worse in humid/hot months.) Happy Friday!
  21. Dj May 21, 2016 at 11:29 am #
    American Graffiti is a great summer movie!
  22. Susan May 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm #
    I swear by Aloe Aid, by Magic of Aloe for everything. I've used it for probably 40 years and keep a jar in almost every room. Any skin irritation or cut and I'm all about getting it on! They're on line and no, I don't work for them. (= When you get to be in your 70s, you just know these things!
  23. Anonymous May 21, 2016 at 8:16 pm #
  24. Andrea May 22, 2016 at 11:23 am #
    Don't put a ring on it! The warmer temps are giving you something like Athlete's Foot (Married Finger?) when you get moisture trapped under your rings. Take them off when you wash and dry your hands and use a little AF cream on your finger when the rash appears. Or just get divorced. I'm not a financial whiz, but the cream seems cheaper.
  25. Rachel May 24, 2016 at 8:34 am #
    Midnight in Paris is our favorite outdoor movie night movie! Or the Parent Trap for kiddos.
  26. Abby May 25, 2016 at 9:35 am #
    DUDE. Wet hot american summer!!!!! There's a rule that anything with "summer" in the title is a summer classic. Maybe excluding "I know what you did last summer" ... that one can stay home.
  27. Amber Morris May 31, 2016 at 2:34 pm #
    I think to reply to all your questions the answer is ALWAYS: Ryan Gosling
  28. Stef June 1, 2016 at 11:14 pm #
    I realize I am late to this game, but if you are having ANOTHER movie night (duh), then The Rocketman neeeds to be on your list of contenders. I hope you have already seen it. But if not,'re welcome.
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  30. Jess Raney June 9, 2016 at 10:58 pm #
    Sister in law from another mother: I am 100 percent with you on hairdryer, Chemex and ring rash. My rash NEVER goes away. And it smells. Only solution is to aerate your finger my dear-and stop being so dang cool/DIY-ey/active/hands-on/chef-ey and let your hands rest. But that's not you ;) We just had a movie night in downtown Rogers and it was......wait for it.....Honey I Shrunk The Kids! Highly recommend. Anyone else remember when Amy goes in for the french kiss with Russ Jr,? Sexy stuff. I'm out. Bev -when Yall are in fayetteville next, holla at us. ️Xo. -JR
  31. Rachel June 17, 2016 at 3:26 pm #
    Catching up on your blog so someone might have already answered this... It's probably a heat rash and has nothing to do with the ring itself. In the summer I get a little rash in the crook of my elbows and on my shoulders under my sports bra if I go for a long run. I've found a steroid cream is the only thing that works
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