Friday Flotsam


Coffee in the mountains

So, Ally.

I’m still liking it! But – it’s not SLAYING me like I need it to. Maybe it’s because I’m still early in (like 9 episodes), and character development is still underway. But, I NEED MOREEEEAAAAAAA.

First of all, who the hay is this Vonda Shepard lady and why is she all over every single episode with her giant mouth? I’m sure she’s a nice person in real life. But they need to replace her (and that horrendous theme song) with someone else. Tell me she goes away!

I swear I’m in a good mood.

Billy’s still giving Ally the EYES. AND he even told her he misses her. “But I love my wife,” he said. BUT I LOVE MY FIST IN YOUR FACE.

Promise I’m in a good mood.

I think my favorite character is Elaine. Matter of fact, I know she is. First of all, THE FACE BRA? Genius. And I need it. Seriously, when I run, my face goes up and down and up and down and up and down LIKE SHE SAID, and alllll I can think about is gravity. She’s totally right! That thing is going to be a crazy hit. Where can I buy one?

Also, I just like how lovingly condescending she is. Every word out of her mouth is a trash-talking insult disguised as a semi-believable kiss up. She’s like, a gossipy, moderately slutty baby panda. I love her.

See how much of a good mood I’m in?!

gremlins by a lake

Is there a certain protocol to drinking matcha tea? Because I’m scared.

I have a big bag of matcha powder that I need to bust into, but I want to make sure I do it right. And yes it’s super trendy right now and yes we’ve talked about it before and yes I added it to my green juices a few times and showed you on Eclipse day but LISTEN.

I need more specifics. And I could ask Dr. Goog, but you have better hair.

Is it JUST the powder and hot water? Mixed together? Is it best to drink on an empty stomach or do I need food? Is it best after a run, or first thing in the morning with the birds?  Or is it FOR the birds? (ha ha)

Is it dangerous to drink in the afternoon? It’s not caffeine, right? I know it has like, 17 kabillion times the horsepower than green tea, but I want to make sure I won’t be all all night.

OH WEIRD SPEAKING OF, Up All Night. My current favorite song from the new War on Drugs album. Are you completely sick of me talking about this record yet?


The Crescent Hotel banquet hall

Let’s do another quiz!

Remember last week’s quiz? Wasn’t that so fun? It was so fun.


1) A Clockwork ___

2) What’s Eating Gilbert ___

3) Duck ___

4) Fried Green ___

5) Rumble ___

6) ___ Little

7) ___ Express

8) Canadian ___

9) Cloudy with a Chance of ___

Aren’t these so fun!? They’re so fun.

So fun.

Field grass while my kids pee on gravel

One more thing about matcha.

If I were really going to get into matcha tea, do I haaaaaave to get that little bamboo whisk thingy?

Because I like the little whisk.

And I’ll get it if I need to.

Does it make a huge difference? The little whisk?

Because it is a cute little whisk.

Do I need the little whisk?

(just say yes.)

beer in the green

Weekend plans?

Besides obsessing over the old timey mixtape I made you!? Obviously.

We’re having one of those glorious weekends where we’re completely OPEN. I’m trying to take advantage of the slight slow-down in both of our schedules because it’s just unheard of. We may do some yard maintenance, hit up an apple orchard, take the gremlins to a park happy hour or a neighborhood jazz fest (“Nobody likes jazz that much.” <–name that show).

I also need a navy blazer for fall. Maybe need isn’t the word. I want a navy blazer for fall.

No no, need.

Need’s the word.

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8 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Caitlin September 8, 2017 at 10:37 am #
    BEV. "Up All Night" has been playing in my Spotify while I read your blog post. It KNEWWWWWWW you were going to mention that track!
  2. Dana September 8, 2017 at 10:28 pm #
    The babies are so cute. In the pic by the river it looks like there should be a speech bubble with Natalie saying, " you better don't."
  3. Steph September 8, 2017 at 10:49 pm #
    I totally saw a face bra at Mitsuwa marketplace. Also, I'm loving the new mixtape. Thank you for that!
  4. Lori H September 9, 2017 at 10:05 am #
    Thanks for introducing me to The War on Drugs. Never heard of them (?) and love them now. Vonda Shepherd never goes away, as far as I remember.....sorry. Life is too short to not get the whisk! Thanks for making me laugh, every time I read your blog.
  5. Sil September 10, 2017 at 10:59 am #
    You ABSOLUTELY need the little whisk! The one thing I wish someone had told me is not to use boiling water. It burns the tea. The temp of the water shouldn't be hotter than 175F/80C. This is a little less than boiling. Wet the whisk with water and then whisk briskly in a "W" shaped pattern for a minute or two until the match froths. I add coconut sugar to it and then almond milk. Then I add the rest of the hot water to fill the cup. For iced matcha I was told that the best way to make it cold is to still use the hot water, then after whisking (for iced I add the teaspoon of coconut sugar before it goes in the fridge- it dissolves better in the hot water) I put it in the fridge for 10-20 minutes and then after it has cooled in the fridge I add the milk and ice and more water. Truth be told I have a bamboo whisk but haven't used it yet! I have been using my mini wire whisk which is so wrong but the bamboo one is so pretty and I'm terrified to use it! Maybe I will use it today! You inspired me! Oh, I can't drink coffee on an empty stomach but this I can with no problems. Thanks for such a great blog!
  6. Steph September 10, 2017 at 4:42 pm #
    1. A clockwork ORANGE 2. What's eating Gilbert GRAPE 3. Duck SOUP 4. Fried Green TOMATOES 5. 6. 7. PINAPPLE express 8. Canadian BACON 9. Cloudy with a chance of MEATBALLS
    • Steph September 10, 2017 at 4:44 pm #
      Chicken little. What's 5???
      • Bev Weidner September 11, 2017 at 12:54 pm #
        Rumble FISH! (I didn't know that one either.;))

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