Friday Flotsam


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I don’t like Chardonnays.

WHAT.SHE DOESN’T.I don’t. YOU DON’T. I don’t. WHY NOT. WHAT. HOW. HOW ARE WE FRIENDS. I don’t know. I just don’t. YOU DON’T. No. NOOOO. HOW. HOW. I just never have. WHAT. I CAN’T. Yes you can. I CANNOT. I CAN’T SEE. MY EYEEEES –

Listen. I can’t help it! I just get this massive vodka-y aftertaste at the end of each sip that sometimes always make me a gag-o-tron. What’s that taste?! Why does it feel like I’m drinking MTV’s Spring Break at Cancun? No.

I brought this up on on my little “Wine Talk” Snapchat series last night, and oooooEEE did that get you guys going. The uproar! The outrage!

Tell me what KINDS to drink. This is how awful I am at the Chards. I don’t even know if I’d prefer oaked to unoaked. All I know is that I’m getting squiggly lines under both of those words, so it has to mean something. Hey, maybe the ironic black fly would HELP the taste? Alanis knows.

Thing is, I think I need to taste them all side by side. Oaked, unoaked, different regions, different flies, you know.

Give me the goods. Tell me what to drink. (this is why my “Wine Talk” is only sauv blancs and rosés. hahahaha! oh.)


Summer strollin' in Prairie Village. (PONS Avarcas shoes)

Okay, I have two new TV addictions and they’re completely swallowing me whole.

I AM OBSESSED WITH THE WEST WING. Like, positively and utterly obsessed and in love. It’s like Law & Order, but in the White House instead of a court room! It’s making me certifiably crazy how much I love it. And SEVEN seasons. Each 22 episodes long. My life is complete! It’s my goal to watch the entire series before the fall TEE VEE lineups start.

How am I JUST NOW WATCHING THIS SHOW? I’m screaming a lot right now but I feel like it’s obviously justified. A major TV void in my heart is finally being f i l l e d. (don’t tell Friday Night Lights I just said that. Gah, I miss that show and Matt Saracen’s face and chest so much my pancreas hurts.)

I can’t get over how beautifully developed each character is. The PACE of the show. All the walking. You realize so much of it is one take, because they just walk walk walk through the halls and in and out of rooms, and the camera just follows follows follows. The dialogue is fast, but easy to understand. The language is witty, but not too politically pretentious. I’m just so massively crazy about it. It’s probably going to ruin my marriage because I basically plead and beg Aaron to watch Sam, I MEAN the show, with me every single night. But he has issues with television. He only watches certain TYPES of shows. He has a hard time committing to a long series like this. Boy be cray.

Did you watch the show when it was on? I also adore Martin Sheen. I never knew how lovable he was! And Allison Janney. You can’t get any better than her.

I can chill right now.

HOWEVER (I’m almost done), if you’re nooooot into political drama….

Will and Nat on the trampoline. Not scary at all.

. . . There’s The Carbonaro Effect. (<—Aaron totally watches this one.)

O.M.G. – have you heard of this show? I can 2394974636593%%% guarantee it will become your new favorite thing ever ever ever to watch. It’s a HIDDEN CAMERA (screaming necessary) MAGIC TV SHOW.

It’s like Candid Camera, but with magic! You watch these normal people in everyday situations get their minds completely blown. It is a BLAST to watch. You’ll laugh hysterically, gasp at the crazy tricks he pulls right in front of their faces, aaaaand fall into a major crush for the host, Michael Carbonaro.

He is perfection at his job. So chill, so nonchalant, an insanely crafted bullsh*tter, so likeable and trusting. You’ll want to stick him in your purse and call him Fred.

The show’s on Tru TV, but you can seriously just YouTube clip after clip after clip after clip after clip after (hold on I need to take a breath) …clip after clip after clip after clip after clip after clip after clip after clip.

I am telling you, you’ll add ten years to your life, just by the amount of laughing. You’ll question everything you know about physics and the circle of life. It is absolute insanity and you’ll never be able to stop yourself. WATCH IT TONIGHT. (and the West Wing, duh.)

Aaaand TV talk has now concluded. Are you tired?

Oranges in Paris

Fun announcement alert! :::

Would you believe that Aaron’s been running his Etsy shop, Flotsamist for an entire year? AH KNOW. To celebrate, he’s (we’re. I’m helping) hosting a popup on August 5th (First Friday!) at Mid Coast Modern, in the Kansas City Crossroads. (I have a babysitter.)

We’ll have wine, cocktails, some light snacks, and lots and lots of woody goodies. (that sounded better in my head.) Also, we’ll have a babysitter, so I’ll actually be able to have a good old fashioned, uninterrupted conversation with you. Holy cow, right?

Mark your calendars and please come see us! I’ll be reminding (read: annoying) you again, closer to the event. We’ll probably be there from like, 5-9ish. Something. (did I tell you we’ll have a babysitter?)

(we have a babysitter.)

Lunch at Spring in Paris, France

Weekend plans? We’ve got a play date park walk this morning, a couple of lawns to mow, a French-themed outdoor movie night to attend tomorrow night, an oats risotto to shoot (?!), and some massive chill time with this summer mix in my ear holes.

And rosé.

. . . And The West Wing.

. . . . . . . And The Carbonaro Effect.

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . And not a Chardonnay. CAN’T.






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20 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Nix July 8, 2016 at 8:01 am #
    I'm not a fan of Chardonnay either. It makes me feel too drunk when I'm sure I'm not .. I'm not ... maybe it is that vodka taste - pahhhh! And BTW - you are an absolute hoot on Snapchat!! Oh, how I laugh .. to myself .. as I drink the Chards .. hey?? Nooo .... ! ;-)
  2. Alexandra July 8, 2016 at 8:43 am #
    Ah, the West Wing. It is my favorite fave. Do you know about the West Wing Weekly podcast? ( It's hosted by a darling-sounding guy and an actor who played a West Wing character in later seasons (who is also currently on Scandal, if you watch that). It's really fun! They discuss one episode of the West Wing per episode of the podcast. The pace of the podcast might not be that great for binge-ing (because obviously you HAVE to binge it because it is SO GOOD), but it's a really fun way to relive each episode. And they have special guests sometimes...whatever, it's fab. Jed Bartlet 2016. Jed Bartlet 2020. And 2024, 2028, 2032, and forever.
  3. Jenna July 8, 2016 at 9:18 am #
    do NOT like Chardonnay - the aftertaste tastes like a butter bomb to me. And I mean, usually butter is good, but not in my wine.
  4. Jenn I July 8, 2016 at 10:00 am #
    The West Wing is my favorite tv show ever. I've watched it I don't know how many times - my mom gave me the box set for Christmas a billion years ago and whenever I don't have anything to watch or don't want to watch anything, I put it on. When it came on Netflix, my life was complete. I'm always in the middle of an episode - I know most of them by heart. It's bad. A sickness. But I love it.
  5. Tillie July 8, 2016 at 10:05 am #
    I'm with you on the Chardonnay. I REALLY like Reisling, though
  6. Tif July 8, 2016 at 10:19 am #
    I want my Chard so buttery I can cut it with a knife. Weird. Gilmore Girls is my West Wing. But I'm getting a leeetle annoyed at the Lorelei's lately so it's time for the WW binge. Wine Talk on Snapchat is a highlight of my day. Please, keep drinking. It's for the good of the group! And now I'm drinking wine out of mason jars too. Love.
  7. Melinda July 8, 2016 at 10:54 am #
    I HATE THE CHARDONNAY. It turns out that I hate anything cured in oak. You say vodka, I say it tastes like tequila or (barf) whiskey. So yeah, once I realized that all those things are cured in oak, I decided to steer clear of all things oakey. Plus, there are so many other delicious wines out there that I'm not gonna feel too bad about hating ONE of them So there.
  8. Heather July 8, 2016 at 11:40 am #
    Very cool to hear about Aaron's pop-up show, so exciting! I hate to say this but...I hate Carbonaro Effect, it's not for me in so many ways, I'm no fun I guess. I do love Impractical Jokers though on the same channel.
  9. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob July 8, 2016 at 12:33 pm #
    Happy Friday! I despise Chardonnay. Doesn't matter if you give me the bestest of the bestest most expensive one. Yuck. Can't do it. LOVED the West Wing. Watched it live back when you had to "record" things. You're making me consider rewatching it from the beginning because I can't remember any of it and it was so good.
  10. Gwen July 8, 2016 at 12:53 pm #
    Bev-I thought you liked the "buttah" chardonnay! I seem to remember a certain snapchat with Amanda a while ago. On another note....Michael Carbonaro was in Cedar Rapids in a small venue comedy club a few months ago and we went. He is perfection! And just as nice and cute in person as he seems on screen. Our jaws were on the floor for half of his show. How DOES he do that? Happy Weekend, Amanda's mom :)
    • Bev Weidner July 8, 2016 at 1:22 pm #
      Gwen!! I'm completely dying that you commented. Hi!! And YES - you're so right. We DID drink the buttaaaah Chard that night. I can't remember if I liked it though. Ha! Don't tell Amanda. ;) So you know the French-themed movie night I'm referring to. I'll be at your daughtra's house! I'm so glad you commented. You made my whole day. :)
  11. Caitlin July 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm #
    Chardonnay used to be the only white whine I would drink, because I didn't like the ones that tasted like flowers. But after a few too many open bars at weddings and massively horrendous Chardonnay hangovers, I couldn't bring myself to drink them anymore. Now I'm all about a sauv blanc (so light! so fresh!), and if I do drink a Chardonnay, I wonder why I ever liked it in the first place. However, an aerator does wonders to the taste of any wine, even my 7 dollar screw top bottles! So glad my fiance gave me one for Christmas and helped me become a real adult. :D
    • Alison July 14, 2016 at 5:54 pm #
      Bahaha, "real adult". You are so right, aerator EVERYTHING. Sometimes even my iced tea!
  12. Liz July 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm #
    I like Chardonnay - the butterier and oakier the better. Also like New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc but not the U.S. S.B. - NZ are kind of herby to my mind. Last year tried the dry rose and like it. I also like some Pinot Gris/Pinot Grigio ... never sure if they are same or not. BUT, do we all need to like the same thing??? We do not :) !! I've had wine persons tell me A.B.C. (anything but Chardonnay) ... very sniffy. I drink what I like and celebrate that one I like: Barefoot is a 3rd or bottom row ... currently on sale any my local for 5.99. I like Yellow Tail which is often on sale here and I've been told much spendier in Australia which is where it is from. Kendall Jackson is a favorite. Clos du Bois.
  13. Melinda July 8, 2016 at 3:55 pm #
    Us too. We take the entire boxed set with us on the road and watch in the motor home every chance we get on the road. Try News Room next, also by Aaron Sorkin. Only 2 seasons though. Then watch Sports Night. I LOVE Aaron Sorkin!
  14. Julie July 8, 2016 at 4:19 pm #
    We watch the Carbonaro Effect, too, & actually got to see him live when he toured this year. He was even more adorable in person! And funny! Oh & the magic was good too. ;)
  15. Q July 8, 2016 at 5:51 pm #
    Yea! for Sports Night. It's the only show I loved as much as WW. Have you watched Allie McBeal and Boston Legal? Those are two favorites as well. I wish I could watch all of these again for the first time and can't forget Lost!
  16. Becky Winkler (A Calculated Whisk) July 9, 2016 at 9:29 am #
    I don't like Chardonnay either!!! Can't do it. My fiancé can't either so I kind of assumed no one really liked it? I don't get out much. I haven't seen West Wing but I've gotten kind of into Veep! Might have to try West Wing next.
  17. Alison July 14, 2016 at 5:52 pm #
    That "C" wine is funny, because you really, REALLY, really have to find the right Chardonnay and it will be good to you, but problem is, who can stomach drinking all the wrong Chardonnays to find a good one. I've had some great ones (wine industry perks), BUT they are expensive ($$$$) and ain't no one got time for that. Stick to your Sauv Blanc's and Rosés, they're easier on the wallet and palate.
  18. online kredit May 31, 2017 at 11:07 am #
    Awesome post! I just made a word document made up of lists such as things i need to do before travelling, things I want to do, and places i want to go. ACTION,ACTION,ACTION!

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