Friday Flotsam


Backyard flowers and a gold windchime

I need help.


My coffee grinder just went on the fritz. (not to be confused with, my coffee grinder is puttin’ on the ritz.) It died on me this week! And we’d only had it for six months. What GIVES, grinder.

I think it’s my fault. (you’re like, I KNEW IT.)

The one I have is a Bodum, and it doesn’t have that little container dealy that you pull out AFTER you grind your goods. So like, you grind the beans, then you turn the WHOLE machine over to pour the grounds into the pour-over vessel. Instead of unscrewing and removing the little cup thingy and pouring THAT into the coffee vessel. Know what I mean, Vern?

That said, often times I just stick the whole grinder in the sink so I can rinse it out later. I thiiiiiink (and this is just a skeleton hypothesis) that the waaaater in the siiiiink maaaaaaay have fried my grinder. Due to . . . well, me.


So! I need a new coffee grinder. Preferably one with that little cup/container/thingy that unscrews from the grinder. Thus making it more user friendly for my moronic noggin.

What do you use?! I hear Burr grinders are the way to go. What makes a Burr a Burr? Is Burr the brand? Or the technique? And why isn’t it called a Purr? (I feel like they needed me in that meeting.)

Rosés with my gal

DAWSON’S CREEK. (you’re like, PASS.)

I’m not hating it anymore!

I’m in Season 2, in the first half. TAMARA just came back (can’t stand her), and Pacey’s accepted that it’s over (Good, because Pacey and I belong together.) I feeeeel like he’s starting to like the little blonde gal with the wide smile, Andie McPhee. I like her! She’s like a super wholesome Gwyneth Paltrow meets a 1998 dELiA*s catalog.

Dawson’s curled copper/blond bangs couldn’t be worse, and Jen’s confused, choppy Lilith Fair hair makes me want to rip my eyeballs out.

I THINK Dawson’s parents are to split. The very last thing I saw was Dawson’s mom’s giant bangs say, “Mitch, it’s time.” And Mitch’s biceps reply, “I’ll go.” DU DU DUUUUU.

Jen’s grandmother’s “exorcised-a-demon” hair is one of my favorite characters on the show. Hands down.

Joey drives me bonkers, but I need her tan. And her long neck with no thinning skin and zero jowls. Right now she’s discovering her artistic side, and Andie’s brother just kissed her at the diner, under that HUGE (not fake at all) full moon. Will she tell Dawson?! Or will she not?

Basically, I’m finding myself getting invested. Finally. I’m D Y I N G to see sparks fly between Joey and Pacey. (Also, I read ahead because I’m that person, and there are things I need to see unfold! Will Pacey and Andie date? Will Jen stop wobble talking? Will Joey and Jack hook up again? Will Dawson shave his head? I HAVE TO FIND OUT. Know what I mean, Vern?)

Garden overgrowth and Thursday rosés

I think the word “anyhoo” can rot in hell.

Rosé with my gal at Ca Va

You saw my plant post, right?! Just making sure you saw it. I forgot to mention that we also have that TINY FAMILY LOVE CACTUS (remember from Valentine’s Day? Or did you block that from your memory, too?), aaaand a few aloe plants scattered around. I didn’t show you those because they’re so common. But I like common! Common’s good. Common’s special. Never mind.

You’ve listened to this mixtape, right? Just making sure you’ve heard it. It’s a gud’n.

Oh! A lot of you are asking about my ladies trip to Boulder, and what recommends I would give. I have a full post (I almost typed pull fost) coming on that trip next week. SIMMER DOWN, ALREADY. (<–just kidding.)

Jewelry and plants in a Colorado window

Weekend plans?

We have family coming to town today! BUT, it’s going to be the hottest this Earth has ever experienced the very days they’re here. 97 degrees tomorrow, with a humidity of SCREW THIS. All our plans are outdoors! What the hay, may? My picture-perfect summer itinerary of visiting a nearby farm town and its outdoor wineries, a picnic at a splash park, outdoor grilling while the kids swim in our blow-up pool, capped with another backyard movie, all sounds like a complete muggy poo poo fest. But I’m not bitter or anything.

We’ll figure it out, Dawson. I’m an artist, Dawson. Let me breathe, Dawson.

Oh hey – what does carpal tunnel feel like? Asking for a friend…

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14 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Andrea June 16, 2017 at 10:33 am #
    Oh I loved Dawson's Creek back in the day, was THE best. I'm not sure I could re-watch it now though in my mid 40's, think the eye rolling would kill me. And BTW Pacey is mine, he's always been mine!!! Still have such a soft spot for him.
  2. Carla June 16, 2017 at 10:50 am #
    Burr grinder have 2 burrs that grind the beans in between them for a more consistent grind, versus the single blade that just basically chops beans. Definitely the way to go, but more expensive. We have a Kitchen Aid burr grinder that was only $50 ish, (as opposed to $100+) but it's LOUD. Like, wake the upstairs neighbor up in the morning loud. But it grinds like a BOSS and has a pull out thingy.
  3. Nicole de B. June 16, 2017 at 10:59 am #
    Definitely a burr grinder is the way to go. I have the Capresso and I love it. I don't "wash" it-- it does have the pull out cup so you don't have to pick it up and turn it over to release the ground coffee, but I do blow it out with compressed air occassionally. And to be honest, I've had my grinder for at least 6 years and it's been trouble free. You can set the grind from very fine to very coarse, so that's very convenient as well. IT's a workhorse and I highly recommend it. Definitely worth the investment.
  4. Tina June 16, 2017 at 11:27 am #
    Bev , everyone needs you in their meetings to name things , you would pull fost and Name Things Right!! love your plant post :D
  5. Aimee June 16, 2017 at 11:47 am #
    I have a Burr grinder and it is the best grinder I've ever had. It wasn't super expensive, I think I paid $30 for it at Costco, and I've never had an issue with it. It has the little cup thing to pull out for the coffee so you don't have to slap the grinder around to get it all out (or maybe it's just me who did that). Dawson's Creek! I never watched it while it was on the air but I worked with someone who was a huge fan around the time the series ended and she convinced me watch it. I liked it a lot more than I thought I would.
  6. Rachel June 16, 2017 at 12:37 pm #
    JavaPresse manual grinder. Take back your life and your counter space. ?
  7. Jenn I June 16, 2017 at 12:43 pm #
    1. We have a Baratza Virtuoso burr grinder. It's spensy, but my husband is a crazy coffee person who likes that shizz. It's easy to use and not too loud (we've had some LOUD effing grinders) and it has the cup thingy so you don't have to wash the whole thing. You can also order additional cup thingys in case of catastrophe. 2. Dawson's Creek is the best ever and I love it so much. Joey and Pacey forever. I hate Jen Lindley, but I love it when Busy Phillips comes to play in Dawson's Creek: The College Years. 3. Everwood. Did you do this one already? Because I feel like you might love/hate it.
  8. Amanda June 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm #
    Reading this post while at work and FLAILING AT MY DESK. Dawson's Creek is my all time favorite. Paaaaaaaaacey. Oh Pacey. I can't wait to see your reaction to Pacey/Joey. SQUEE! Honestly, I clung on to that show in the hopes they'd end up together. I'm a sucker for that kind of story. You're making me want to rewatch it but I have so many other shows I haven't watched yet and want to get to. Why don't we have more time for TV marathons?!
  9. Laura Kovacs June 16, 2017 at 4:13 pm #
    The carpal tunnel thing just killed me. I'm a dietitian, and after 8 hours of typing... I just look at my wrists and make the "WAHHHHHH" emoji face. Wine helps... right?
  10. Rachele June 16, 2017 at 8:31 pm #
    I love that you have transported Vern to the 0-tens.
  11. Susan June 16, 2017 at 10:12 pm #
    My husband is a coffee nut and researches (yes, seriously) every coffee-related purchase for days before committing. He has a Krups grinder and, trust me, we have gone through several but this is the only one he hasn't complained about. Ever. Don't know what it cost but don't care. The man is so low maintenance over all, and the only thing that he truly must have is a good cup of coffee to start his day.
  12. Klara Donovan June 18, 2017 at 11:48 pm #
    JEN'S GRANDMOTHER. Thank you. This is not relevant AT ALL but you have just solved a major brain crease that I have been experiencing this week. I started watching The Good Wife, and she is the good wife's MIL. BUT I COULD NOT WORK OUT WHERE I KNEW HER FROM. And I didn't want to admit defeat by consulting the Google. Bev, don't take it lightly when I say you have changed my whole world from bad to good with this post. I can feel my brain relaxing with a big WHOOSH as we speak.
  13. Kristin June 19, 2017 at 1:30 am #
    I have a Baratza Encore grinder and I love it for French press coffee. Should last me a long time!
  14. Heather June 19, 2017 at 11:30 pm #
    Ok, this is an investment at $250, but (but!) the KitchenAid Burr Coffee Grinder is insanely reliable, consistent and working like a dream 8 years in! Freaking 8 years. And they are still making the same model because obviously it's just that good. Has the 'cup' that slides in and out (no screwing) and ability to fine tune coarseness. We don't do anything with it in terms of maintenance (like blowing out grinds or anything), we just use the heck out of it (3x day) and it just sits there and does it's work. Got ours at Williams Sonoma back in the day, but I'm sure they are on Amazon. Can't say enough good things.

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