Friday Flotsam


sunflowers in the summer


(there’s really no other way to begin this post.)

We’re done! Finished! FINITO.

Okay, I think I liked the ending. I think. (spoiler alert, for those of you also two decades behind in life.)

So Jen dies. From some, what – heart thingy? The whole episode felt SO QUIET. Which sure, is appropriate for that kind of scenario. But I think I just wanted moooooorrrrrraaaa. SPECIFICALLY with Joey and Pacey.

I mean, they had that one moment on the dance floor where he leaned her down and kissed her to distract that other lame Tamara wannabe. And then the other almost moment in the restaurant kitchen when Joey almost expressed her continued love for Pacey. And then, fast forward, and they’re on the sofa watching a (terrible) show about themselves. And Pacey cries. And Joey makes fun of him. And they smooch. The end.

THE END? What? They skipped over everything! I have issues with that.

It WAS very inceptiony though, since one of the writers of Dawson’s Creek based the show on his own life. And then Dawson bases HIS show on his life. And on and on and on, a rabbit hole of bad hair and teen angst.


Also, we finally heard “I DON’T WANNA WAIT, FOR OUR LIIIIIVES TO BE OVERRRRAAAA I WANT TO – COULD IT BE?” It changes the entire show! The whole FEEL of that song paired with that show was 10 kabillion times better. I wanted to punch the replacement theme song in the freaking face, it was so painful.

I can’t believe it’s all over.

Next up – Friends From College! Wanna join?

fave champagne bar

You want to know something that I really reallyreallyreally love? LOOKING AT MAPS. (not sure why I yelled that.)

I love a good map. Maps and aerial views. I could look at a map of any state for at least . . . six minutes and not get tired of it. It’s calming! I think because a map IS an aerial view, you feel in control. Does that make sense? If you see the whole PICTURE. The whole PLAN. The whole LAYOUT, it just makes you feel like you can wrap your head around it and take on the world.

You know how people meditate to find inner peace? I look at maps of New York City.

Or a map of the United States. We have this GIANT earth-toned vintage map of the U.S. in Aaron’s bathroom, with muted silver straight pins stuck in all the places that he’s made a Flotsamist sale, and sometimes I choose his bathroom over our main bathroom, just so I can sit and stare at the map. It’s so peaceful! I mean peesful.

Add a full-on globe and some incense and you’ll never see me again.

a pine treetop in the summer heat

Do your ears click at night?

Hold on, let me try that again.


Ugh, okay. When you lie down in bed, do you hear your ears clicking inside your head? This is going nowhere.

There’s this CLICKING SOUND I hear inside my ears at night. I can’t figure out how I create the sound. But I CAN create it. You know how when you wiggle your ears just by moving your upper jaw? It’s like that! Only not really. It’s almost like you control the clicks with your miiiiiiiind. Only not so much.

I can even go back and forth from ear to ear, click click. Click click click. I have no idea what it is and it totally freaks me out but I’m obsessed.

Can you do this??? Do you know what I’m talking about?

Wait did you x out?

pretty wrapping paper

Guys, we don’t have our eclipse glasses yet.

Are we screwed?! Is it too late? AND, I need you to tell me or show me what the real ones are. Because apparently there are all these FAUX solar specks out there, and people will go blind from it. Like completely go blind.

I don’t want to go blind!

Are you doing anything to celebrate the eclipse? Are you THAT PERSON? Because I obviously am.

We have a big exciting shoot Monday morning with a big exciting website, but we’re wrapping by 11am, before the light gets all wonky and the earth blows up.

I’m thinking – Moon Pies and Capri Suns! HAHAHA. Oh you’re doing that, too? Oh, everyone is?


I have to get glasses today. TO.DAY.

The end.

greenery and stone

Weekend plans?

Aaron and I going on a date tonight. AN ACTUAL DATE. With AN ACTUAL BABYSITTER.

I’m thinking bowling. My 41st birthday is next week, so I feel it’s only appropriate to start celebrating right this very moment, amiright?

I’m gonna drop the gremlins off at their last day of summer school (waaaaah!), then go for a good Creek-cleansing run. (is this boring?) And then I’m gonna hit up a new thrift store that I’ve never been to later this morning. (this is boring.) One more freelance shoot this afternoon (this is really boring.), and then boom. Rosé o’clock.

Ohhhhhh I can hear the marching band from the high school a neighborhood away! Which means it’s almost fall. It’s.almost.fall.


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26 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Ali Vizzo August 18, 2017 at 7:49 am #
    Have you watched Shameless?? I think you would really like it!
  2. Lori S. August 18, 2017 at 8:48 am #
    I blew through Friends from College in one night. Really good!
  3. Jessica August 18, 2017 at 8:59 am #
    Thrift stores aren't boring to hear about! I want to see what you get!
    • Bee August 18, 2017 at 9:12 am #
      What she said.
  4. Debi Radcliffe August 18, 2017 at 9:16 am #
    My right ear makes a crinkling sound not a pop. I'm assuming it's some kind of sinus issue with me. Maps! Adored them.
  5. Emily August 18, 2017 at 9:22 am #
    I wanted to like Friends From College, it just didn't do it for me. I did love Fred Savage, Billy Eichner, and Nat Faxon though <3. I just wanted to see more of them. I'm interested to hear your take on it. Also, I'm not an ear clicker, but I am an ear rumbler. Can you do that? It's a whole thing. I thought I was alone in my rumbling until I discovered a whole subreddit for rumblers.
  6. Christine August 18, 2017 at 9:54 am #
    I work for a vending company here in Kansas City and one of my customers order a ton of Sunchips to hand out to employees Monday-- so add that to you Moonpies and Capri Suns :)
  7. Amy August 18, 2017 at 10:24 am #
    We got our glasses at Euston's! ;)
  8. Caitlin August 18, 2017 at 10:28 am #
    Ahhh, the sounds of high school really is one of my (million) favorite things about fall! We have a school a few blocks away, and I love to sit on the patio on a Friday evening and just listen to the sounds of the game.
  9. Amanda August 18, 2017 at 10:45 am #
    I kinda felt the same way about the DC finale. I wanted to see Pacey and Joey make there way back together instead of it just happening without the details. BUT at least they are together because if she'd have been with Dawson (I think I once read that was the original plan) I'd have been so angry. I love maps too. And globes. I have started a collection of globes. I'm on the hunt for a rose gold globe but every one I find isn't "the right one". My work is having an eclipse party. They are feeding us lunch then we are going to cross the street to a park and watch. They are even supplying the glasses. But I'm a little bit leary, Bev. Can I trust my eyesight to a piece of paper and plastic?! I like my eye sight. I like books and taking pictures and looking at maps. Everyone around here is having a hard time finding glasses. I hope you're able to! Marching bands are so delightful. I lived near a college for most of my life and we'd sit on our back porch and listen to them practice when the time came. Yay date night!!
  10. Mary August 18, 2017 at 11:22 am #
    Friends from College is so good! We watched I think episode 4 last night, and I was laughing out loud...I NEVER do that at TV shows. Hilarious! And my husband IS high school marching band director, so I feel like marching band has already been going on for a lifetime....this is his super busy season coming I guess, I have mixed feelings about the sound. :-)
  11. Susan August 18, 2017 at 11:23 am #
    Maps are kind of like my meditation. Love them.
  12. Kimberly August 18, 2017 at 1:01 pm #
    I love maps, loved Friends from College and I can click my ears too!
  13. Kristin August 18, 2017 at 4:14 pm #
    I skipped half the post to tell you I LOVE MAPS, TOO!
  14. Laura Lee August 18, 2017 at 4:22 pm #
    I can do the ear clicking thing but not each ear separately and the rumbling thing someone else mentioned. Since we're discussing weird stuff...does anyone else associate their petfumes with colors? Like Calyx smells green and turquoise to me and Eternity is more blue and purple and thus if I'm wearing those colors I must wear the coordinating perfume.
  15. Kindy August 18, 2017 at 5:06 pm #
    I love maps so much. I can seriously look at them for an abnormally long time too. My favorite is looking at a weather map, though. Map + weather = fun!
    • Bev Weidner August 19, 2017 at 7:47 am #
      OMG YES. I'm irrationally obsessed with the weather, so pair that with a MAP and it's over. Goodbye forever.
  16. JennaBell August 18, 2017 at 5:50 pm #
    I'm totally in for Friends from College! We are a few episodes in and love it! Dawson's Creek I didn't watch. As far as Jen's 'heart thing'. I suffered from heart failure for eight years before (diagnosed in my early twenties) before having a heart transplant a year and a half ago. You seem like such a kind person I felt the joking tone about heart disease could have been left out. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in our country and your followers need to know that. Good luck grabbing glasses, moon pies, and capri suns! We started school almost 2 weeks ago! I don't know about you but I was ready for them to go back ;) Cheers!
    • Bev Weidner August 19, 2017 at 7:46 am #
      Oh goodness! Let me please apologize for the way my comment sounded. I was in NO WAY making fun of heart disease. That's not who I am. I said, "heart thingy" because I didn't know WHAT it was. They didn't go into it enough. Or maybe I missed the specifics! I'm so sorry. I think it's amazing that you spoke out though, because I had no intention of belittling the condition. I was truly asking what it was in my post. Thank you for saying something! I also didn't realize it's the number one killer of women in our country. Again, I apologize for sounding insensitive! I truly didn't mean that. xoxooxox.
      • Jenna Bell August 23, 2017 at 10:14 am #
        Thank you Bev for being so responsive! New to your blog but loving it!
  17. Heather August 18, 2017 at 6:14 pm #
    I love maps too. When I was a kid I discovered that there were area maps in the back of the phonebooks, my mind was blown.
  18. Heather August 18, 2017 at 11:55 pm #
    I just finished (shame) Gossip Girl. So many WHYs? If you ever go down that road - there's much to love and hate.
  19. Klara Donovan August 21, 2017 at 2:15 am #
    My ears don't click, but I have this tiny little spot in my throat that is like... sticky? And it sticks and unsticks and pops when I lie down. It drives me bonkers. It doesn't stop me from breathing or anything but it is so freaking annoying. So you have my sympathy for your clicking ears... if that's what you want. I don't know, maybe you love it?
  20. Courtney August 21, 2017 at 9:05 am #
    My ears click ALL the time! Years ago I went to my regular doctor and then an ENT, and they told me it was from TMJ. The clicking was from air moving around in the joint. My options were wear a mouth guard at night, or just to stop clicking. So I made a concious effort to stop and am pretty good most of the time. Sometimes though I just can't help it.... CLICK CLICK CLICK! ;)
  21. Carrie August 23, 2017 at 11:26 am #
    You seriously crack me up 😂😂😂
  22. SuzaPaLooza August 26, 2017 at 8:41 pm #
    I LOVE marching bands!!! Just recently I keep telling my husband to shoosh at night and I perk up my ears because I think I hear the marching bands. Sometimes it's legit and sometimes I'm making it up in my fantasy world. Ha. Yes, I am that lady that slows down and rolls down her window to hear the marching band playing even if it's 100 degrees over here in MS. Da da da DA DA DA Daaaaaaa. Can you hear it?

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