Friday Flotsam

Feh Reh IIIIIIIII deh Aeh Yay.


I just now, JUST NOW, this week, a few days ago, JUST NOW learned the exact word to describe my home approach. And of course it’s a weird word to write and say, so I find it very serendipitous to my life strangeness.

HYGGE. Hygge! But pronounced Hue-gah. You know like, HughGa-rant. Some other people say HOO-gah, but not as forced. I say HIGE. Just kidding.

I say hoog. The hoog. The hoogs.

Have you heard of this hygge-ness?! Where have I BEEN? Apparently last fall it became this super trendy word and approach to lifestyle. I think so much to the point that it became obnoxious and made fun of. But I can’t help but really resonate with it. It’s basically Danish for “cozy.” It’s all about the little ordinary moments that you make special and sweet and extraordinary. Specifically rituals. Uhhh, I’m totally a ritually-driven person. My morning coffee isn’t just morning coffee. It’s this whole experience that I genuinely, like FOR REAL treasure and look forward to every day. You’re rolling your eyes right now BUT LISTEN SO AM I.

Like a troll, I’m using the word as a verb, because now I must hygge everything. We moved our microwave to another area of the kitchen last night, opening up all this counter space for simpler, special-er things. Hygge-d!

Now I’m on the mission to hygge my bread box. We’ve had a stainless box for years and years, and it makes my eyes barf out of their sockets. I know I want something white and ceramic. A little smaller than what we have. I’m so gonna hygge this thing.

Wait, are you asleep?

stuffed animal - UP CLOSE

I had this epiphany the other day as Aaron and I were tossing around ideas for this 40th birthday next month. He’s not a spotlight guy, so there will be no party, no big celebration, no hats and balloons. (actually, there will be balloons. he just doesn’t know it yet. don’t tell him!)

But what he DOES want is to go on an overnight hiking trip with this best dude friends. Much like my boozy wine trip to Hermann last summer. Only with hiking boots instead of linen dresses, and a mini backpacking stove, instead of wine glasses. (boooooriiiing)

Which is honestly fine with me, because while he’s camping slash hiking, I’m going to have my local bestie and her newborn over for a wine/pizza/’80s movie slumber party! She’s never seen When Harry Met Sally, and that makes my soul weep. WHAT WORLD ARE WE LIVING IN WHEN SOMEONE HASN’T SEEN THE GREATEST MOVIE OF ALL TIME? I’ll never understand this.

What was I saying? My epiphany! Right.

You guys, camping is a dude’s way of getting away with having a slumber party. It’s 100% the same thing! Only with roaches and brown recluses and peeing on a rock. NO THANKS.

Next time your dude’s like, “Let’s go camping.” Say to him, “You mean a slumber party in nature?” Him, “No, camping.” You, “Right, a slumber party on soggy ground and bear poop.” Him, “NEVER MIND.”

I’ve been camping a few times. I’ll have to tell you those stories some day.

Zoo blooms

You know what I reaaaaaaally wanna do? Get into flower arranging.


I’m serious! I know nothing about the art of flower arrangements, and lately it’s all I can think about. Well, that and Ben Covington’s (finally-growing!) hair. Surely there are some local workshops I could relentlessly pester to let me into.

A few years ago, my Colorado bestie took this FORAGING workshop with Dram Apothecary, where she scoured the woods all day for various wild plants, so that later she could make herbal tea out of them. She’s like a modern, hipster SABRINA. But with more tattoos.

I bought this book for my mother-in-law about five Christmases ago, and I think I desperately need it for myself.

Do you arrange flowers?! Is it hard? Is it soothing? Do you drink coffee while you arrange? Dark roast or medium roast? Do your ears hang low? Do they wobble to and fro?

Can you tie them in knot, can you tie them in a bo- okay.

Zoo weirdness

Oh! If you’re into cheese and chicken and beans and Mexican flavors and your skillet, THIS IS FOR YOUR FACE.

Make it this weekend. You will dah.

Zoo wheat

What are you doing this weekend?

We’re FINALLY getting back into our FFFFFFFFFFF  (or, Fabulous Friday Flashback Film Fun, for long) ritual. (See? Rituals! I’m a turd.) Since we never watched the original Ocean’s 11 weeks ago, that’s our life mission tonight. That and I NEED TO WASH MY HAIR. It’s been 11 days and I am not pulling your leg chain.

One more thing! Send me more arm workout videos. It’s March, and you know what that means. BAT WINGS BE LIKE FLAP FLAP. (I hate myself for that sentence.)

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11 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Jesse March 3, 2017 at 9:10 am #
    Have you ever tried a body pump class? They are great for toning everything, but especially arms. The routine (that words makes it sound awful, but it's not) changes every six weeks so you never get bored. They offer a couple different times/days at Element Fitness at 79th and Quivira. I love it!
  2. abby March 3, 2017 at 9:22 am # so easy so quick i am trying to combat my bat wings before all these freakin' weddings i am in!
  3. Sarah Macon March 3, 2017 at 10:30 am #
    I just laughed my way through this post then I clicked over to chicken bake dip thing and died. Dinner for me, all for myself, bc husband is literally going to a nature slumber party this weekend.
  4. Debi Radcliffe March 3, 2017 at 10:46 am #
    Eleven days?! For reals??
  5. The Sunny Side March 3, 2017 at 2:52 pm #
    Hygge is my next post and I SWEAR I didn't steal it! Resurrecting a Medium post I wrote this winter. 🤓👈🏼that's my hipster hygge emoji. sleepovers as an adult = even better then when you were a can swear and drink all you want! Cheers! 🥂
  6. Klara Donovan March 4, 2017 at 8:08 am #
    Oooo I'm just getting into the Hygge too! Like you, I'm all about making the little things special - like having tea out of one of my specially collected tea cups every day, instead of just pulling them out for special occasions. It just makes life better!! As for camping, well, funny you should mention that because today I went camping. And by that I mean I attended the day-time part of a camping bachelorette weekend, sweated out in the hot Aussie sun, sat on the edge of a muddy river, peed into a long drop toilet, got bitten by a ton of March flies... then came home and scrubbed it all off. While my friends are swatting mosquitoes and trying to sleep out in the heat tonight, I'm perched on my bed with coconut oil in my hair and a big glass of cold water by my side. Way better. Hope your weekend is AWESOME.
  7. Rachele March 4, 2017 at 1:11 pm #
    I didn't know you were a cougar...You just keep getting cooler with every passing post. Also, I'm super happy that I now have a word to use for my obsession with making everything cozy and special. Thank you!
  8. Elizabeth P March 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm #
    oh my gosh! I was just thinking about getting more into flower arranging as well! I went to an event the other night and they asked me to bring a themed table decoration. In an effort to save a little cash and not bring something too tacky I decided to make a couple of small flower arrangements. I went to goodwill and found little votives to use, grabbed some flowers and gave it a shot. They actually turned out super cute! Plus I found it so relaxing and it was satisfying to have to beautiful finished product. I was so into it that I made another for a friends birthday this weekend. I haven't looked into it more (classes, books, or anything) but was definitely thinking about taking it up as hobby. So, if you come up with good info please share!
  9. Meg March 9, 2017 at 10:49 am #
    Look up Nicole's Classes online! I took floral arranging 101 and wedding workshop last year and loved it! Now I'm a floral designer at a local shop in Cincinnati! Hope this helps! Good luck!!! :)
  10. Leah March 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm #
    So, love this! :-)

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