Friday Flotsam


strange pods found in a park

I have a weird question. (you’re like, OH SHOCKER.)

You know how in Instagram Stories, a lot of the responses to a thread are hearts? The heart emoji? I have a theory.


Hear me out!

A) The heart is so out of place. It’s not closure to a conversation like, “Dawson sucks so bad!” “I know, I know!” HEART. No. That’s weird.

B) My Brother-in-Law recently hearted one of our conversations about pasta, and he goes, “I didn’t mean that heart! Great, now this is incredibly awkward.”

C) I did it too recently and have no idea how the heart even appeared in the thread! What did I touch? What did I like?! WHO ARE YOU, HEART?

I just don’t think people are realizing it. Does Instagram place it there automatically at the end of a conversation? Because it’s happened so much and so randomly lately that I’m not able to sleep at night.


window treatments in a boulder condo

Speaking of Dawson.


I have two seasons left. They’ve all graduated from high school, and are going their separate ways. Aaaand I boo hoo’d like a toddler watching it. I REMEMBER the brittle emotions I felt at 17 when my core crew began its inevitable crack and started branching off into individual live paths. That is hard ish, man!

Pacey freaking took that job on the boat and missed his GRADUATION. (I’m still peeved at that.)

Joey and Pacey are no more. (Also bawled a bucket over that one.)

Gretchen hit the road. (Honestly, I adored her level-headed, mature look on life, and I feel she was perfect for Dawson’s healing season. Miss ya, Gretch! <—no.)

Jen’s hair is actually tolerable! Loose, blonde waves that hit right below her clavicle. Good work, stylists. FINALLY

I’m starting to soften to Drew Valentine. Don’t get me wrong, he’s still a douche tron and a half, but there’s sooooomething in his eyes that says, “I JUST WANNA BE LUVED.” Simmer down, Drew. We know.

DAWSON AND JOEY KISSED. What kind of B.S. is this?! I’m ruined forever.

I meaaaan, for the story, SURE, it’s good and whatever. And YES, Dawson’s looking more sexy like the captain of a swim team right now and not some dumb adolescent. RIGHT. OKAY.

But no. This doesn’t lead anywhere, does it? Tell me he still goes to LA and she goes to Boston. And then Pacey comes back and professes his love to Joey and they get married and have 33 babies, right?!

I can chill.


Gonna watch Friends From College (on Netflix) after Dawson. Is it any good?!

I want to tell you what’s after that, but I also want it to be a surprise. I CAN say that it rhymes with SmAlly Slickzeal.

Also, I’m lame at rhyming.

gremlins in a field by a barn

Who do you think would win in a fight?

Jess and Rory against Joey and Pacey?

Ben and Felicity against Tim Riggins and Lyla Garrity?

Ross and Rachel against Carrie and Mr. Big?

Marshall and Lily against Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano?

(these are the things I think about at night.)

My stunning grandmother

This is my grandmother, Mildred Sue Gaddy Blann. She was 93 years old when she passed away a few days ago. A spitfire, my grandmother was. Structured, poised, firm but soft right in the eyes. Not too many things could ruffle her feathers, but when they did, it was actually quite humorous to watch. She called “butt” a “rear end”, her home in south Arkansas was nothing short of magazine pristine, and her rich, southern holiday cooking was unmatched. And they had a riding lawn mower, so.

This weekend we’re driving to Little Rock to meet up with family from all over to celebrate her subtle but strong wit, and her charmed, humble life in the Delta. She was married to my granddaddy for like, SIXTY NINE years. Is that not insane? My jowls are going to be a raging mess by then.

If only I had a way to capture and share what my life looks like these days.

Oh wait.

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15 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Ali Vizzo July 21, 2017 at 7:54 am #
    1. Rory and jess. Always. 2. Tim and Lyla are definitely more badass 3. I have to say Carrie and Mr. Big, though this is the toughest one for me because friends ❤️ 4. Marshall and Lilly bc I barely remember my so called life. Have you watched Shameless?? I'm deeply obsessed right now. So sorry about your grandmother. What a beautiful picture and legacy you've shared ?
  2. tara July 21, 2017 at 10:06 am #
    Just watched Friends From College. Great: funny, anxiety-inducing, awkward.
  3. Jessica July 21, 2017 at 10:07 am #
    I'm so sorry for your loss, Bev. Lots of love to you and your family during this time. This is such a fun question you asked: 1. Jess is scrappy and Pacey is awkward, so Jess and Rory would win that fight. 2. Tim Riggins and Lyla Garrity and rough and tumble, so of course the would win. 3. Carrie and Mr. Big. 4. Marshall and Lily bc Marshall is a giant.
  4. Nicole July 21, 2017 at 10:43 am #
    Sorry for your loss. She rocked lipstick just like you.
  5. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) July 21, 2017 at 10:43 am #
    I'm so sorry about your grandma (omigosh was she gorgeous though!) and as for your question (with the shows I've watched): Jess and Rory against Joey and Pacey?---I feel like Rory is useless in a fight but I'm still saying her and Jess because Jess is the toughest of all 4 and will take Joey and Pacey by himself. Ross and Rachel against Carrie and Mr. Big? Carrie and Big are so much tougher and scrappier, them all the way. Marshall and Lily against Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano? Oh gosh...I've seen HIMYM but not My So Called Life...but isn't Jared Leto Jordan Catalano? If so probably them...Jared Leto is craaaazy.
  6. Amanda July 21, 2017 at 11:35 am #
    So sorry about your grandmother. Have a safe trip and enjoy the family time. Bev. Bev. Beeeeev. (that last one probably sounds more like "beav" when you elongate it out loud and that is not my intention) Now, I realize Dawson isn't as annoying as he once was but STILL. He's most definitely not my favorite and my past self was raging mad when he kissed Joey. I just never wanted them together and I would have rioted SPOILER had they ended the series that way. I'm a Pacey/Joey girl forever and ever, through and through. Drew does get less bothersome, by the way. The college years are gonna be hard for ya, Bev. Prepare yourself. Jess and Rory against Joey and Pacey? Joey and Pacey all the way Ben and Felicity against Tim Riggins and Lyla Garrity? Tim and Lyla because Tim Ross and Rachel against Carrie and Mr. Big? Oh. This one is hard. I never watched S&TC but I did watch Friends. I'm going Carrie and Mr. Big Marshall and Lily against Angela Chase and Jordan Catalano? I didn't watch HIMYM but Jordan was definitely more laid back and Angela, as much as I love her...well I could see the winner of this one being Marshall and Lily
  7. Sheridan July 21, 2017 at 12:01 pm #
    Rorey and Jess for sure!!! I'm so sorry about your grandma. I sure hope my grand-kids will say that about me one day. :) such sweet memories!!
  8. Elizabeth P July 21, 2017 at 1:30 pm #
    So sorry to hear about your grandma! She seemed like a pretty cool lady. On Instagram: the heart you are getting. In the "write a message" area there are two icons to the right. The first is to add a photo and the second is that heart you are talking about. So you can like what someone says like you like their photos. I would say that it is mostly intentionally placed but you could totally fat thumb it and accidentally add it as well. I do like your conspiracy theory though. I watched Friends from College and loved it. I agree with Tara's comment above, "funny, anxiety-inducing, awkward." However, my roommate was telling me that one of her friends found it depressing. I love that Fred Savage is having a moment again. Finally, Joey and Pacey because I feel like they would at least work together where Jess would pretty much be on his own. Tim Riggins and Lyla Garrity without question. Ross and Rachel because I just can't see Carrie and Mr. Big being very scrappy or even aggressive in that way. And I haven't seen enough HIMYM to make a call on the last pairing.
  9. Thea July 21, 2017 at 2:34 pm #
    Sorry to hear about your Grandmother. She sounds amazing! I binge watched Friends from College and agree with Tara. Sometimes I really didn't like the characters, but I liked the show.
  10. Lisa July 21, 2017 at 7:54 pm #
    Sorry to hear about your grandma :( Sounds like she was an awesome lady. Have you watched Pretty Little Liars? Time suck and the best. I watch it at night after the kiddos go to bed and then hide under the covers like a scared little kid and sweat to death because it's a million degrees here in the desert. I'd highly recommend watching it :) You will heart it. ;-)
  11. Jenna July 22, 2017 at 6:13 am #
    Sorry to hear about your grandma, but glad you had the opportunity to grow lots of great memories of her. Ok, so - Joey would totally kick Rory's ass. I feel like Jess and Pacey would be pretty evenly matched but I think Joey's help would swing that one for them. Tim & Lyla would ABSOLUTELY win that fight and I would internally be cheering them on despite an outward "no violence" stance because ugh, Ben. (And HEART Tim & Lyla). Hmm I was thinking Rachel would take Carrie out pretty easily but then I could imagine Carrie walloping her with a giant handbag or something. I think Ross & Mr Big would just do a bunch of lame posturing and then probably run away/ speed off in a cab so I'm going to give this one to... Carrie. Or Rachel. Maybe they can stop fighting & become friends and have a spin-off series instead. Marshall & Lily because Marshall is huge & Lily's pretty feisty. I don't have Instagram/ Stories. I'd only just figured out Snapchat when everyone abandoned it for IS
  12. Mary July 22, 2017 at 10:39 am #
    So sorry about your grandma. Why is it that grandma's cooking is the best cooking? So many memories are made around food. Enjoy your family time, and make some more memories. I'm sure your grandma would have lived that too.
  13. Brandy July 22, 2017 at 4:37 pm #
    so sorry for the loss of your grandmother, Bev. Also sorry for our Little Rock humidity :)
  14. Nancy July 23, 2017 at 9:54 am #
    So sorry about your great grandma. She was a beautiful woman! I can't comment on DC because I've never watched it. I am thinking about starting Friday Night Lights because I've never seen it. Seems like I've heard you mention it as one of your favorites. Am I remembering correctly? I fell in love with Kyle Chandler on Bloodline (which you might enjoy; never would have picked it myself but a friend at work told me it was set in the FL Keys and so I was in. Love the Keys! Show turned out to be very addictive, too) so I figure FNL will be worth the time just to stare at Kyle Chandler!
  15. Nancy July 23, 2017 at 9:57 am #
    Oops, sorry. For some reason I thought you said great grandmother.

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