Friday Flotsam

F R A H D A Y .

Pizza and salad from Bella Napoli in Brookside

When you go through the bank drive-thru, do you take off your seat belt? You know, when you pull up to the giant Fallopian tube, and take out the follicle carrier (that you always nearly accidentally keep. and it NEVER HAS A PEN.), do you take off your seat belt for the duration of your bank stay?

I totally take off my seat belt. It helps my torso move around more during the reaching part!

But I’m the type of person who gets paranoid that everyone notices me without a seat belt and is mentally all, “Tisk TISK. That woman doesn’t drive with a seat belt. It’s no wonder the accident reports are up this month. It’s careless drivers like her! She should be ashamed of herself. Let’s all glare at her!”

And I’m positively certain everyone is glaring at me in the drive-thru lanes.

I’m also the type of person who, at the end of my transaction, once remembering to put the follicle carrier back in the Fallopian tube, will press the call button and say, “Just want you, and everyone else here to know, I do in fact drive with my seat belt. I just take it off here so I can reach the follicle carrier easier!” Meanwhile, Aaron’s climbing into the back seat, “BEV. NO ONE NOTICES OR CARES. YOU ARE PSYCHO.”

Wait, I still have their pen!

Sun chair, sun glasses and sun drink. My life.

I have this obsession with bagging my own groceries.

Anytime I’m at the store, and a bagger starts to load up my burlap grocery bags, I beg to do it. Is that rude? I’m relieving him of work. He should praise my existence.

It’s so satisfying, the tetris of it all! Also, type A control freak much?

This is the main thing – they always make the bags SO HEAVY. It’s like, really? Do you think it’s necessary to have both milks AND the orange juice AND the laundry detergent jug in the same bag? No.

I love the feeling of (ahem, taking over) stacking apples next to a cereal box. Arranging containers to fit snuggly, without getting lopsided. Organizing chilled goods in this bag, taller goods in that bag, and filling in the gaps with lemons and limes. Stopping every few items to lift the bag, “There we go! The perfect weight. Ahhhhh. My work here is done.”

The cashier just stares off into the distance, cursing my name.

I love it so much.

It makes me whole.

I have serious issues.

Balloons in the kitchen

Okay, who here has tried any of the Kardashian self tanners? ‘FESS UP.

I see they have a bunch of different ones, and the price wobbles all over the place. I’m so tempted to order a bottle! But I need to know which one is the pimpest.

Do they work? Are they worth it? Does it last?

Did you x out at Karda?

A cake that looks like Pacman.

Let’s talk eye glasses. I NEED NEW EYE GLASSES. I’ve had the same slim tortoise pair for y e a r s, but they’re so massively scratched up, it’s beyond obnoxious to wear them. Plus I think a want something a little different. Like what Mindy Kaling wears on The Mindy Project. Something like THIS. OR THIS. (omg that second pairrrr)

Which, I know those are both tortoise, but the shape is slightly different. A little boxier and bigger on the bottom. A little more nerdy-hot-librarian-wanna-be. Totally me! (the wanna be part)

Have you ever tried one of those “try-them-on-at-home-before-you-buy” sites? Like Warby Parker? I’m so curious how that all works. How do you get your prescription to them? Do you get a hand-written note from your doctor and mail it in? Haha! Just kidding.

Do you?

Field flowers. My jam.

Weekend plans, besides hosting your own backyard movie night?

I know I’ve been snappin’ and grammin’ about potty training, and while I totally plan on starting it today, I decided not to go completely bonkers in. They already sit on the potty, and talk about going potty, but neither kid has actually gone potty. (besides on my bed. thanks, Nat.) So –  I think we’ll just read more, talk more, sit more and sing more (read: drink more. <–me). If they don’t get it this weekend, no bigs! We’ll take this slowly. Dudes are like, WHY AM I STILL READING THIS.

p.s. I’m looooving Winter Garden! Ugh.

p.s.s. potty.






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36 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kiley June 24, 2016 at 7:52 am #
    Yes to this whole entire post! So.. when I pull up to the drive-thru ATM I always manage to be slightly too far away.. or my arm is too short? Anyway, so I have to not only take off my seatbelt but also open my door and kind of put one leg out so I can propel myself far enough to reach the screen. Hahaha. I haven't seen anyone else do it but I know there have to be others out there. And I like bagging all my things, and organizing my food as I put it on the belt or counter by frozen, cold, fresh, dry goods, etc. Total freak. Happy Friday!
    • Shereen @ Shereen Travels Cheap June 24, 2016 at 8:34 pm #
      Kiley, I totally do the same thing. No matter how close I get, it's not close enough, because I'm short and can't reach that far. I think people behind me think I'm an idiot. Glad I'm not the only one.
  2. valerie June 24, 2016 at 7:59 am #
    I have three pairs of reading glasses from Warby Parker (yes, I like to have them in multiple places throughout my home for easy access). I highly recommend trying them out - it was so fun to select the frames I wanted to try, and when they arrived at my home I was practically giddy with excitement! There's no risk, so I say try them out and see if you like any. Plus, I think their prices are quite reasonable.
  3. Lynn June 24, 2016 at 8:31 am #
    Yes! You had me until the Kardashian self tannner part! I worked for a few months in high school as a grocery bagger at our local store and now I am OCD about putting the dry goods in one bag, the cold items in another and the bananas on top. DO NO SQUISH THE BANANAS. I did Warby Parker but their glasses (while super fun to try on) are actually heavy and once you add in your rx info (if you have bad vision like myself and need thinner lenses) not as cheap as they could be. I love the brand SEE eyewear (not owned by mega-dr. evil-corp Luxottica) but they only have stores in select cities. / steps off eyeglass soapbox :)
  4. Alexandra June 24, 2016 at 9:10 am #
    WHAT is that cake (pie??!!) in your fourth picture? Is that PIPED pastry? Is piping pastry a thing? Can it work? Maybe it's meringue, but oh holy lord do I want it to be pastry. If you have these answers, I would love to know them. And if you think I won't be attempting to pipe pastry onto my next pie, you'd be wrong.
    • Bev Weidner June 24, 2016 at 11:11 am #
      I wish I knew! We had a lifestyle shoot at my house yesterday, and the prop stylist brought it. I know it's from a local bakery, but I'm not EVEN sure what it was. It was tall like a cake, but had a weird pie-like consistency. Maybe invent it? :)
  5. Liz June 24, 2016 at 9:15 am #
    I unbuckle but can't say I've noticed any glaring :) I don't usually take over bagging but I've been known to glare at the bagger!! And twice a bagger has caught my look, hesitated and re-arranged ... so she KNEW it wasn't right. Glasses. I spent $300 on a pair of sunglasses - big name brand, from my optometrist. One lens keeps falling out - my annual checkup is in a month and I'll be havin' a discussion. So, I just ordered a pair of glasses with clip on sunglasses (nerdy, yes but possibly convenient) and a pair of sunglasses from Zenni. I didn't read enough - made and shipped from China. They are now sitting in customs in KY. $160 for all including expedited shipping ($18). I will have to read more about the company, but this first order is almost here and if the 2 pairs get me through a year I will be very happy assuming they get to me. P.S. made the chicken-cream cheese-pimiento shells and have been riffing this week's mex pasta bake with cream cheese. Yum! I live in NW Montana so not so hot PLUS I found out that pasta does fine in my electric pressure cooker - I assumed it would turn to mush, but it is perfect... AND no added heat to the kitchen.
    • Liz July 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm #
      Got my Zenni glasses and like both pairs - scrip is perfect and quality exceeded my expectations. I also did a try at home of Warby-Parker and ordered a pair from them. Similar quality, but I like the U.S. business model of W-P better and that some of the $$ go to donation. Plus, fun communication and experience.
  6. Lindsey June 24, 2016 at 9:15 am #
    Warby Parker is awesome! I did a few rounds until I found the perfect frame/color combo, and it was awesome having it shipped to my door. The eye doctor just emailed me my Rx so I didn't even have to go in! I definitely recommend it.
  7. Lindsey June 24, 2016 at 9:16 am #
    Warby Parker is awesome! I did a few rounds until I found the perfect frame/color combo, and it was awesome having it shipped to my door. The eye doctor just emailed me my Rx so I didn't even have to go in! I definitely recommend it. P.S. I can't stop thinking and making the cheeseburger pizza, it is SO very delicious.
  8. Marilyn @ Supper Thyme Stories June 24, 2016 at 9:30 am #
    Highly recommend Warby Parker! I just scan my prescription and upload it. At the bank, I'm either taking my driver's seat rearview mirror off OR fully getting out of the car... no in between. Needless to say, the seatbelt is the least of my worries. I've always been too scared to try self tanner!
  9. saundra abel June 24, 2016 at 10:17 am #
    I too bag my own groceries in my bags i try to load the belt by bag and ask them not to start until i have emptied the cart........
  10. Steph June 24, 2016 at 10:19 am #
    Does your bank really still have the tube thing? Reminds me of my childhood, in the giant green wood paneled station wagon with my mom. Anyway, we didn't potty train til mine was 3. People were up in arms but he just wasn't totally ready. Then he turned three and like a week later he got it. Took about 2 days. Not a lot of stress.
    • Julie June 24, 2016 at 11:05 am #
      This comment totally reminds me of what my pediatrician said when I was potty training my daughters a LOOONNNNGGG time ago. "If you start when they are 2 1/2, they should be potty trained by 3. If you start the week before they turn 3, they will be potty trained by 3!" ha We just found that letting it be their idea made things less stressful for everyone! Good luck! :)
  11. Leslie June 24, 2016 at 10:24 am #
    Where did you acquire the adjustable sling chair?
    • Bev Weidner June 24, 2016 at 11:10 am #
      Ikea! This was last year, but I'm sure they have something similar this year. Go get one!
      • Leslie June 26, 2016 at 9:40 am #
        Awesome thanks!!
  12. Stephanie June 24, 2016 at 10:55 am #
    I ALSO am OCD and love bagging my groceries according to my own "rules" lol but the cashiers at the supermarket I go to always thank me for doing it! I've tried warby Parker - totally awesome! Try it. This way you don't have to drag someone with you for a second opinion on frames.
  13. Andria June 24, 2016 at 11:19 am #
    I have bought glasses from both Warby Parker and with great results both times. it's convenient because they have try on at home deals where you get 4-5 pairs of glasses, keep them for a week, try them on, pick the one you like, and send them back. if you don't find ones you like, send them all back and try 5's simple and so much easier than having to go to an eye place just to try on glasses.
  14. Sarah June 24, 2016 at 11:21 am #
    Warby Parker is amazing!!! I love my glasses, get compliments all the time (think a little thicker than Mindy Kaling's pair) and their customer service is super helpful.
    • Bev Weidner June 24, 2016 at 11:30 am #
      Oooooo I'm dying to see! Do you remember the model name or number? Or a photo!
  15. Caitlin June 24, 2016 at 11:28 am #
    I used to experience cashiers who wouldn't even want to use my cloth bags for bagging groceries/drug store stuff, and I would get annoyed that they'd almost expect me to do it. I always wanted to say, "Look, I just bring the bags! It's still your job to fill them!" But now, I end up voluntarily doing it because they always manage to screw it up royally. I'm the same about organizing all my items, and I know which bags are stronger/can handle cans and milk cartons, and which bags are better for my produce. And for the love of all things holy, don't knock my grocery store sushi sideways! And I am on my second pair of Warby Parkers and enjoy them. I echo the other commenter who said the price can add up - my eyes are at the level of, "Yeah, you're gonna need more expensive lenses." But my glasses are just backup for my contacts, and Warbys are still cheaper than buying glasses in store. I love the at-home try-on feature! Good luck making a decision though, ha!
  16. Tracy June 24, 2016 at 11:56 am #
    I recently purchased my first self tanner since Prom 1989 aka "orange nightmare." I was terrified but gave St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse a shot and it is AMAZING! Foolproof! You will be a bronzed goddess. Get the glove with it. I've tried Warby P with no luck. And, Bonlook. I've needed new glasses forever. The struggle is real. I take my seatbelt off and open the door at the bank - I too feel like a criminal! ;)
  17. Joni June 24, 2016 at 12:09 pm #
    I tried Warby Parker, but I have a giant melon head and none of their glasses fit me. It was very demoralizing. Bon Look has larger frames, so I ordered from them, but the alignment was off- I forget the fancy optical term they use- basically the lenses weren't centered with my eyeballs so they gave me major headaches. I ended up getting frames from Target. Self tanners: please try the Kardashian's self tanner and review it! I've tried L'oreal sublime bronze (sparkly. Made me look like George Hamilton, but glittery.) and Fake Bake. Jury is still out on the Fake Bake.
  18. Thea June 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm #
    Warby Parker is great. Have gotten a pair of glasses from there. Try on process and everything went very smooth. Actually looking for a new pair from there now. I looked at the glasses at Target. The frames and lenses were $400. No thank you. Will stick with Warby.
  19. katie June 24, 2016 at 12:52 pm #
    I absolutely love bagging my own groceries and become quite frustrated when someone else insists on doing it for me.
  20. Elle Marie June 24, 2016 at 2:24 pm #
    I had a really great experience with getting glasses online through Frames Direct. I have very poor vision and need ultra high index lenses, which most of the online places and Costco Optical don't do. I was able to get 40% off the lenses, so the total cost was hundreds less than I would have paid buying in person. I just uploaded a photo of my prescription. Easy-peasy!
  21. Michelle Lahey June 24, 2016 at 2:45 pm #
    I got my current pair of glasses off Warby Parker and I may never buy glasses anywhere else again. The trying-on-at-home-for-free thing was awesome and easy, and yes, you put in your prescription so the lenses are actually correct! And my glasses only cost $90...can't beat that!
  22. Lori S. June 24, 2016 at 2:52 pm #
    I LOVE that second pair of glasses that you posted - whose are they? I just bought dark, rectangular Kate Spade frames that I love - I'm all about tortoise!
    • Bev Weidner June 24, 2016 at 3:12 pm #
      They're these! I don't really like the blue flecks in them. But I looove the shape!
  23. Kelly @ Noodle to the Rescue June 24, 2016 at 6:44 pm #
    Yes! I got my "sexy-nerd-librarian-wannabe" classes from David Kind. You fill out a questionnaire & upload a photo, They send you 5 frames to try on. You pick one & send them back with your prescription (I totally did just have my eye dr write it down!) & they send them back done! I love mine & will definitely use again.
  24. Brandy Utter June 24, 2016 at 9:35 pm #
    I have been so happy with Warby Parker and love their Tom's esque business model of donating glasses. I have both regular and sunglasses - each for $99!! The process was painless!
  25. Simone Sika June 27, 2016 at 7:57 am #
    I tried David Kind and I am happy with mine! You pick 3 options and a stylist picks three and you can try them on for free! David Kind is more pricier than Warby Parker though I think!
  26. Nicole George June 27, 2016 at 10:54 am #
    Haha i'm dying. Thanks for making my Monday that much better. Yes, I always take off my seatbelt. It is impossible to reach that freaking drop thingy if we are all belted into the car. Next, I feel like people are always looking at me saying "tisk, risk." What can we do? Next, Warby Parker is a dream. Do it. You don't regret it. And I have heard SO many good things about these babies. Try these tanning towels! Okay, that's all!
    • Jelena June 27, 2016 at 5:16 pm #
      For the glasses, my entire family has been ordering from Zenni and we are super pleased! You can upload your picture and when you enter all the info from the prescription, it fits the size of the glasses to your face - calculating it from the pupilary distance!
  27. Brandi Spiva July 11, 2016 at 8:19 pm #
    Bev, this made me laugh so hard i am crying! I love you & Aaron is right you are a psycho ❤️

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