Friday Flotsam

Frahdee Frahdee Frahdee.                                              Frahdee.

Pons on Feet. Feet on Hammock.

I had this crazy dream like an hour ago that I have to tell you about. It’s quick and painless, I swear!

I was returning some jeans to a store in the plaza, and I took the grems, and the store didn’t have a play area for them, so the store officials sat them in front of a big screen and showed them Fight Club. Ha!

Yeah that would be bad. But they liked it!

Which is no better.

Anyway, remember when I told you we were putting this hammock in a back corner of our yard, between a big tree and a post? And the post wasn’t sturdy enough, so Aaron needed to simply pour concrete into the hole to sturdify it? (I say simply because I obviously know what an easy task this would be.) It still has yet to be done. Maybe I should just do it, since I’m positive it would be an effortless ordeal.

It would take like 10 minutes!

There’s the mixing of the concrete. No prob.

There’s the digging of the 3-foot hole. Sure, sure.

There’s the carefully pouring of the heavy concrete into said hole with sound steadiness and precision. Hmmmm.

There’s the leveling of the post to make sure it’s upright and not tilting. Um…..

There’s the tidying up of the top of the concrete pourage to make sure it’s even and no grass is damaged. Oh.

There’s the keeping of the toddlers away from the hole so they don’t fall in and glue themselves to a hammock post until high school graduation.

. . . Hey, Aaron? Can we talk?

. . . Aa . . . Aaron?

Sweet Will cooking Cheerio stew

Have you ever been on verbal autopilot whilst on the phone with a stranger? Say, ordering takeout from a restaurant or something, and you accidentally end the conversation with, “I love you.”?

“That will be $27.60, and will be ready in about 20 minutes.”

“Great, thank you! I love you.”


And then you’re like, “Oh sorry! I said I love food. FOOD. I love food. Never mind bye.”

THEE WORST. And you can’t go in and pick up the food. You can’t! You have to either send someone else or wear a camouflage garbage bag over your torso.

Has this ever happened to you??

A friend wants to know.

Cold Brew! Dig dig dig

We cold brewed!

Have you ever done this? Listen to what kind of idiot I am. I thought cold brewing was simply brewing coffee the regular way, then letting it cool, then pouring it into a bottle, then sticking it in the fridge until it is chilled and ready for slurping.



That’s not how you do it.

  1. You coarsely grind the beans. Aaron even bought a cold brew BEAN, yo. Specifically FOR cold brewing. For COLD brewing. For cold BREWING. (<–did that whole thing just annoy the tar out of you?)
  2. Then you pour the grounds into some sort of container thingy. He thrifted two huge plastic water bottles for this part. Then pour water over the grind. The grounds. The ground grinds.
  3. Then stick the bottles in the fridge for about 18 hours. We tasted at the 18-hour mark and at the 24-hour mark. Aaron preferred the 18-hour taste over the 24-hour taste. I couldn’t tell a diff.
  4. Oh! Before we tasted the brew, we (he) poured the coffee through our regular Chemex filter and into the Chemex carafe.
  5. Theeeeeen transferred the brew into a glass bottle for slurping! Sipping. Gulping. Whatever makes you bawl like a baby.

It was SO GOOD. However, I’m a total sissy and can’t drink coffee straight black, so a teensy bit of cream met mine.

Have you done this? Do you have tips or tricks to add?

I have to say, one of my favorite times of day is when I put the kids down for a nap right at noon, and head to the kitchen to pour a little bit of cooled leftover coffee over some ice. It’s like, WHAT I NEED, MAN.

I dig it!

By the way, I think I might be phasing out What We’re Diggin’. Would that make you incredibly sad, or would you care? Should it stay or should it go?

Hold on let me put this whole subject in its own space. Hold on.

Market goodies - fava beans, huge scallions and something else

You guys, I think I might be phasing out What We’re Diggin’. Would that make you incredibly sad, or would you care? Should it stay or should it go, now? Or should it be weaved into Flotsam somehow when I feel like it?


I should have said poll in the beginning.

Summer toddlers in the sink

Weekend plans?

My culotte romper arrived, you guys. And it is darling and I will love it forever. I’m wearing it today. I’ll snap it today. You scoffed! You sent messages to sway me. You said prayers for my newfound path of fashion destruction. You even sought therapists. But you’ll see. You will see the cuteness. And I shall laugh like this, “HOOO HA HA HAH A HAH AH AAAAA AHAHA” with my face looking upwards into the sun and foam at my mouth and blood under my nails.

But probably not the last two things I just said.

Anyway, we have friends and family coming to town today! A whole crew of ’em. So we’re gonna be hangin’, drankin’, playin’, splash parkin’, kid wranglin’, backyard movie nightin’, and beyond. 

I guess that’s it for now. I love you.






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15 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Leslie June 17, 2016 at 8:47 am #
    Personally, I would love a culotte romper. You are going to look great in it! Please also post a pic here or on Instagram, as I have not yet succumbed to snapchat.
  2. Deana Greenberg June 17, 2016 at 8:54 am #
    What do you use to pull of the movie night thing? What kind of projector?
  3. Lindsay June 17, 2016 at 9:15 am #
    WHAT WE'RE DIGGIN' -> love! Keep as is!
  4. Liz June 17, 2016 at 9:16 am #
    I cold brew! No fancy tricks, though. I've followed the PW way since she posted years ago: Café Bustello (cheap from Amazon and WalMart of all places). I have a pyrex 8 cup thing with lid so 5 ounces of Café Bustello, fill the rest with water and 18-24 in the frig. I usually mix mid-morning and filter the following morning ... Chemex same as you, and then into a large mason kind of jar. My fav drink mix is 1 part coffee, 1/3 part milk, TAZA Mex chocolate disk (1/2 cinnamon, 1/2 chili ... they are slightly sweetened), 4-6 ice cubes and whiz in Vita-Mix. You end up with an icy/frosty/spicy mocha. Perfect afternoon pick-me-up.
  5. Phi @ The Sweetphi Blog June 17, 2016 at 10:04 am #
    HAHAHAHAHA to the "I love you" at the end of the phone call - I have definitely done that...mine was at the end of a call with a new client, ooops, at least we now can joke 'i love you' when we sign emails.
  6. Simone June 17, 2016 at 10:16 am #
    My husband and I are going through the first few seasons of Seinfeld and I couldn't help but think of you. So many good quotes. I think my favorite so far is the new jacket and George freaking out "Did you pay seven hundred dollars for this jacket? Is that what you're saying to me?! You are sick!.... Alright, fine. I'm walking out of here right now thinking you paid a thousand dollars for this jacket" I was laughing so hard!!
  7. Carly June 17, 2016 at 10:35 am #
    I have a Toddy for cold brewing- it's awesome!
  8. Tina June 17, 2016 at 11:35 am #
    About the autopilot 'I love you!' thing... My husband did it once about 13 years ago. It was hilarious because we were all in the room together when he walked in from his office and just before he hung up, he said 'I love you!' All four of our kids were present and we all looked at each other and wondered who else he ended his calls by saying that to. Well, he realized it right after he had hung up! Turns out our financial adivisor is also a trusted friend but not usually THAT close... we all cracked up and still talk about it. I need to try the coldbrew method now!
  9. Laurie June 17, 2016 at 2:10 pm #
    I've done the thing where instead of saying "thank you", I said "your welcome". It really confuses the other person!
  10. Heather June 17, 2016 at 2:23 pm #
    Yay cold brew! And I also literally can't wait until noon for the kids to nap and for me to finish off the coffee. Thoughts on What We're Diggin: since some of the items are sponsored (which doesn't bother me at all, I get it) I like that it's seperate from Flotsam because Flotsam is subject to whatever the hell you want to talk about. I like the seperatation of "doing business" and the equivalent of gabbing over cocktails. But I'll read it either way :)
  11. Dj June 18, 2016 at 2:34 pm #
    I love What We're Diggin'!
  12. Connie Bohling June 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm #
    I love What We're Digging! Please keep it!
  13. Denise June 20, 2016 at 11:57 am #
    Thinking about those colettes, wanting cold brew and DO NOT stop What We're Digging!!
  14. Terri Morris July 5, 2016 at 8:56 am #
    Sooo... I am a little late, but please DON'T stop the What We're Digging!! I'll be sad all over. Where's the cullote pic? I've scrolled the Instagrams, no cullote :-(
    • Bev Weidner July 8, 2016 at 7:45 am #
      So, I'm not getting rid of WWD! In fact, I have a new post up in about a month. :) And here's the cullote! It's actually called a jumpsuit, but whatever. ;)

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