Friday Flotsam


rosé in a sun ray


(how can I not just jump in. also, no spoilers! praise be.)

I have two to go. Two left. Only two.

AND I WILL SAY, the last two episodes that I watched didn’t leave me wanting to sell my eyeballs and heart on Ebay. I survived them! With very little damage. But I hear the end is beyond brutal, and I don’t rightly know how to prepare for this. All I can say is that Elisabeth Moss has completely redefined what incredible acting is for me. I have never seen someone morph from strength to weakness back to strength to revenge to defeat all in a matter of nano seconds like she does. Her FACE. She’s unbelievable! And I love her teeth. When she smiles really big, how the back teeth kind of shrink up just a tad along her gums. It’s like a sexy puppy dog. This is taking an odd turn.

So, once I finish Handmaid, I’m jumping right into The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel! Have you seen it? I feel like this show would be just the appropriate antidote to all the soul punching.

Theeeeeen after that Breaking Bad. Because apparently I enjoy torturing myself.

bikes in the snow

I need help! (you’re like, GIRL IT IS ONLY JANUARY THE FIFTH.)

Guys, I think I might want a sewing machine. Wait, stop laughing.

You know how I obsessively make these rice sacks in the winter time? Well we’re down to one (my old ones were like, years old and starting to look like regret.), so I’m on a hyper-focused, not-obnoxious-at-all mission to make a few more this month. Matter of FACT, I’ll be shooting video (!) later this month on this exact craft. Don’t punch me for saying craft.

I normally hand sew the sacks, but I feel like a simple upright sewing machine might make the job much quicker, right? I SAID STOP LAUGHING.

Now listen, I already have one of those jank hand sewing thingies. And I can’t get it to work. So I’m thinking I need a real, bonafide MACHINE. Something to sit at. But nothing huge or intimidating. I need tiny, compact and simple for this challenged seamstresses. And it has to be cute. Duh.

THIS WAY, I can make more cozy, wintery things for the blog like lavender pouches with a buffalo check pattern on the outside. You know that’d be pimp.

Do you have a sewing machine? Do you sew? Can you give me the lowdown on a SIMPLE machine that raging morons like me can figure out?

Maybe I’ll do a gingham pattern on the outside.

coffee date with huzbee

I need to figure out how to thin my own hair.

Why are you looking at me like that?

I do. Just the back, though. Not the sides. How do you do it? Do you take a straight edge and sort of wisp down starting at the middle of the shaft? Do you do the under hairs first or the outer hairs? Or do you do the unders at all? Or only the unders? I guess I could Youtube this.

Seriously, why are you looking at me like that?

the last of Christmas

Tell me your 2018 goals!

I’ve got 5:

1) I want to get into black rubber bands.

2) More Norah Jones in my ear holes.

3) More Buffalo check in my life. *see above

4) Live on the coast of New England for an entire month.

5) And my ultimate goal is to own a pair of Jesse Kamm pants. I WILL FIND A WAY, I TELL YOU.

K, your turn.

Christmas brunch

Weekend plans?

The gremlins turn FOUR tomorrow. How is this rightly possible. Wasn’t it only five minutes ago I was suffering through the madness of IVF? Needles here, pills there, hands here, tears there. A knee-jerk fist in a doctor’s face. You know.


This morning we’re taking in a slew of mini chocolate bundt cakes (with pink icing for Nat, obvs) to their class as school. We’ll sing. We’ll read books. They’ll do show ‘n tell. We’ll look at the confusing birthday posters they each made yesterday with questions like, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” “A MINI BALL PUZZLE.” …Okay.

Tomorrow morning we’ll go eat pie for breakfast (a tradition started three years ago) at our favorite lil’ bakery. Then it’s on to bowling! #winterbirthday Our best pals are coming over tomorrow night to officially toast to mom and dad surviving four entire years. Our dinner will be SUPER fancy, you guys. Don’t be jealous. Fried rice, white cheese dip, and (a box of) macaroni and cheese. Their picks.

(And rosé. My pick.)

. . . You’re still worried about me thinning my own hair, aren’t you?

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31 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Elease January 5, 2018 at 8:17 am #
    I live on Plum Island in the dreamy town on Newburyport, MA and just so happen to be renting our beach house out for the summer! Also- we should have dinner! Also, I’m happy to give you some New England tips ir suggestions if you’re looking for other areas! How exciting for you!
    • laura January 6, 2018 at 10:27 am #
      Hi Elease- I am looking for a beach house to rent this summer while our daughter is at camp in NH.(We live in MA.) Can you please send me some info on yours? Thanks! Laura
  2. Becky Zea January 5, 2018 at 9:10 am #
    Yurp. I AM still worried about you thinning your hair! I have been a hair stylist for 11 years and let me tell you my clients have only regrets with their at home hair escapades. Don't do it girl. Step away from the razor, shears, knife or whatever. Just STEP AWAY. Call your stylist and see if they do free bang/neck trims. We do that at our salon. It's a free 15 minute apt to take care of any quick needs to keep your hair looking fab until your next cut!??
  3. Caitlin January 5, 2018 at 9:38 am #
    Happy birthday to Will and Natalie!!! I am curious to see the recommendations for sewing machines. I've been saying for like three years I'd like to invest in one and actually start sewing, and...yeah. I just get my stepmom-in-law to do it for me. Also, it's crazy - the other evening my husband and I were watching a movie on TV, and he asked me who sang the song that was playing. I said it was Norah Jones, and then thought to myself that I should start listening to her again. Must be the Year of the Norah!
  4. JC January 5, 2018 at 10:09 am #
    I have a Brother sewing machine I got about 2 years ago and serves the purpose of craft sewing. Might Google-there is a website (Susie's?) and she has literally tried every sewing machine made and wrote basic reviews. Amazon reviews were also good.
  5. Erika January 5, 2018 at 10:13 am #
    This was my first sewing machine and it was so easy to use but it still stitched evenly and everything. Bernette Seville 4 Sewing Machine Then once I started sewing more I upgraded to a bernina. Bernina is such a great brand and the bernette is made by them. It's just smaller and cheaper.
  6. Susan January 5, 2018 at 11:03 am #
    Wow, so many things going through my brain here. DON'T do your own hair; that won't end well. Suck it up, pay the stylist and move on. If you are going to get a sewing machine I'd suggest looking for a small portable one to start with (maybe even a used one?). First of all, they are easily hidden when all of your aspirations don't materialize and, second, they are usually a basic machine that is easily mastered. It's a good thing to own to quickly repair a seam without a trip to the tailor or dry cleaner. Warning on Breaking Bad: I got so emotionally invested in the characters that I genuinely became a wreck while watching it on Net Flix. I kept telling myself these people are actors, really very good actors, and to stop worrying about the characters who are clearly jacked up. I'm not watching it anymore but I still worry about Jesse Pinkman because I'm broken like that. And finally, it looks like you have a cat litter scoop in a photo of food and beverages. I consider myself to be pretty savvy in the kitchen but this has my completely scratching my head and just a little grossed out.
    • Bev Weidner January 5, 2018 at 11:09 am #
      Cat litter scoop!? What on earth? I had to google that, because I've never had a cat. :) It's a vintage casserole spoon from my grandmother. No need to gross out. ;) Thanks for the sewing machine advice! (and the emotional preparation for BB.) (hold me.)
      • Brenda January 5, 2018 at 4:03 pm #
        Pretty sure the cat litter scoop is from a Fry Daddy or Fry Baby fryer that came out in the mid to late 70s. I still have it from my dad’s house. Lolz.
  7. Susan January 5, 2018 at 11:31 am #
    So, my 7yr old daughter asked Santa for a sewing machine this year. And I don't sew at all. I mean never in my life! Santa did ALOT of research and she got the Singer Start 1304. And it's been great! We have already made pillow cases and some pajama pants. I have shocked myself that I can actually make things!
  8. Tara Sherin January 5, 2018 at 11:33 am #
    I have a Brother CS-6000i sewing machine that’s been great! Also, I made some of your rice sacks and my kids loooove them.
  9. Maria January 5, 2018 at 11:56 am #
    I have a Bernina that was passed down to me from my grandmother. It's great for smaller projects and more advanced projects. Love it! They are great quality and built to last
  10. Robin January 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm #
    Good television watching choices! I'm diving into The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel as soon as I finish the second season of The Crown. Breaking Bad is amazing. The storytelling and characters draw you in. You'll be screaming at the television so perhaps hold a pillow when you want to cry out "No" so you don't wake the house. Now that your kids are four, you've hit the wonderful cruise zone of childhood. Enjoy it! And don't touch your hair. Are you nuts?!
  11. Elizabeth McD January 5, 2018 at 12:11 pm #
    If you want simple and easy, get a brother! There are definitely other great machines but they can get so pricey! I have a Brother CS-6000 currently and it has held up so well! I whole heartedly recommend it!
  12. Katheryn January 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm #
    Just a quick reply to say I watched Mrs Maisel last month, and it might be the greatest thing I watched in 2017. Love everything about it.
  13. Nicole January 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm #
    I have a brother cs6000i sewing machine, and I like it a lot! It's pretty powerful, it's simple to use. It's also like, $145 on Amazon right now, including a carrying case. It has more stitches than I will probably ever need, but maybe someday! I am new to sewing and have started making a quilt ... idk why I picked something so difficult as a quilt for my first project, but it's slowly coming along. I had to put it away for a couple months, but I looked at it again yesterday, and I'm actually pretty proud of it! Best wishes to your sewing adventures!
  14. Amber H January 5, 2018 at 1:01 pm #
    Juki sewing machines are the best! They can do anything. So if you find yourself needing to sew through denim or leather or upholstery weight fabric, they got you (just get the appropriate needles). I broke THREE brother machines trying to make a quilt for my baby niece. Three!!! Juki machines are used in a lot of factories, so they’re legit. And not overly expensive. The one I got was $700, but they have even less expensive models. And of course more expensive models.
  15. Emily January 5, 2018 at 1:19 pm #
    The Marvelous Ms. Maisel is sooooooo gooooooooooooood. SO GOOD.
  16. Natalie January 5, 2018 at 1:34 pm #
    A Singer Featherweight - look on eBay or Craigslist! They are cute and perfect for basic sewing.
  17. Sue January 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm #
    The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is just delightful. I enjoyed every minute of it! Breaking Bad is also a Must See.
  18. Ashleigh January 5, 2018 at 3:27 pm #
    I’ve been eyeing the metal singer on amazon! Doesn’t have all the crazy options and the highest rated I’ve seen. Price is great! I know a few people who have it and they love it!
  19. Sarah Jean January 5, 2018 at 3:47 pm #
    Singer is life. Super basic. Super affordable. Great way to start! Also Marvelous Mrs. is everything. Miss your face!
  20. Anna January 5, 2018 at 5:48 pm #
    I have a Janome NQM 2016. And I love it! Its a step up from basic because I didn’t want to be limited if that makes sense! Also, Breaking Bad is awesome. You will love it!
  21. Nicole January 5, 2018 at 8:11 pm #
    I am addicted to the blacklist right now. It’s so good!! If you haven’t watched it you should definitely put it on your list. Dont cut your hair!!!!
  22. Sydney January 6, 2018 at 10:03 am #
    I too have a Brother Sewing machine that works great for small and medium projects. I’m a shorty so I always need to hem pants. It’s very user friendly without a billion settings. Just the stitches normal people need. I’ve had it for years! Here’s one similar on amazon: Don’t think your own hair. That’s cray, girl!
    • Sydney January 6, 2018 at 10:04 am #
      Ugh. THIN not think.
  23. Natalie January 7, 2018 at 6:32 pm #
    Sewing machine you say? Cute you say? BAM. You're welcome.
    • Bev Weidner January 8, 2018 at 7:43 am #
      UM, this is perfect! And that PRICE. Ordering today. One question, because I'm a dingbat - this is great for basic fabric crafts, right? Not just paper? thank you so much for sending!
  24. Sarah January 9, 2018 at 8:49 am #
    My grandma is an amazing seamstress and just gave me my first sewing machine for Christmas. She gave me this one: . I haven't really dug into it yet but it looks like it will be a simple machine for a beginner like me. She found it at a thrift market so you may get lucky if you look around! Also, I live in Boston and you should definitely spend a month in New England! I personally love Maine and New Hampshire. Let me know if you need any Boston/New England recs!
  25. Kristen January 11, 2018 at 1:36 pm #
    Mrs. Maisel, yes. Just yes. Such an amazing show. I binged it while I off from work over Christmas break. Breaking Bad is a stellar show. My husband and I binged that a couple of years ago and it was legit like falling down the rabbit hole. Say goodbye to your social life and any and all obligations, you won't have time to do anything except watch that damn show! It seriously sucks you in. Mindhunter is a good one, we just finished that and we both really enjoyed it. Atypical is a good one that's trending on Netflix and if you want to go backwards and watch something that has a lot of seasons, long episodes, and a ton of drama like Breaking Bad go for Sons of Anarchy. Another one that's like falling down the rabbit hole. I watched it back when it was on tv, but every friend that I have recommended it to has been up for hours into the night watching "just one more episode" to find out what happens next. How did we survive before netflix!?
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