Friday Flotsam


mini spring bouquets

Guys I think I have to go to jury duty.


That dreaded bright yellow card landed itself in my mailbox the other day, and the moment I saw my full name in all caps on the front, my heartbeat immediately fell through my butt.


So I filled out the short questionnaire online, because they’ll come arrest me and throw me in a lion’s den if I don’t, but there was no place to say, “OKAY SO, when would this be exactly? I’m going out of town soon. And then again after that. And then again after that for an entire month. Sooooooyeaaaaaaahaboutthat.”

What am I going to do!?


This is the thing. I’m not opposed to jury duty. I watch a LOT of forensics and detective shows, and the whole thing is ultra fascinating to me. I actually think I would love it. B  U  T, not now. Not in April or June. I have a little time in May, JUDICIAL DISTRICT. Let’s chat then. Guys, what am I going to do!? You don’t get to pick which case you want, right? Or what time slot? Maybe I just won’t get picked. Surely they won’t pick me. I’m scrawny.

Don’t pick me!


Have any of you ever been? I know if I DO get picked, I can’t say a ding dang word, so don’t expect Friday Flotsam updates on Granny Fern who robbed a bank with her slimy gang of Bridge broads.

I’m seriously going to stress out about this until I know more. Do any of you know how long it takes to find out if you’re chosen? Maybe they’ll pick me in July! Or in the fall. Or next year. Or 2087.


Lennie Briscoe better be there or I’m OUT.

avocado and sprouts toast

T.V. (!) (!!!)

Okay so PER YOUR SUGGESTIONS, I started Everything Sucks. I dig it! Mainly because 1996. You know.

I know it’s already cancelled (boo!), and I have two more episodes to go (boo!), and theeeen it’s WILD WILD COUNTRY, omg.

I know very little about this docu-series, but the entire universe is freaking out about it, so I’m in. Mainly for the color palate. ALL THAT RUST.

And theeeen I’ll swim up Schitt’s Creek. (<–haha! oh.) It SOUNDS very awkward/hicuppy/hilarious/Christopher Guest-ish to me, so of course I have to do it. Because Catherine O’Hara + Eugene Levy.

(Buffy’s been put on hold! Don’t delete me from your life. I’m just not feeling very sci-fi in my soul right now. Unless the case I get selected for jury duty has anything to do with hot vampires. THEN we’ll revisit. Maybe.)

So that’s the VIEWAGE TIMELINE. Anyone want to join in?

OH AND, I still want to watch Thirtysomething, but I can’t find where to stream it! It used to be on Hulu, and of course the moment my girlfriend and I nestled in to start it, it was gone! GONE.

Maybe my jury duty case is about its disappearance. I WILL FIND THE KILLER, YOU GUYS.

polar bear and baby arms

. . . What does one WEAR to jury duty?

Dark sunglasses and a scarf tied under my chin? Because I can do that.

pudding and rosé

Tell me your favorite tea! Preferably what you drink at night. Is it minty? Floral? Musky? Clovey?

I need a new nighttime tea.

Not to be confused with, I need to tee tee.

Well, I do. So never mind.

Tea me!

I mean tell me!

And tea me.

Tee me!

I’ll stop.

tulips and shoes

Weekend plans?

It’s going to be warm today (!), but then the arctic vortex of stupid blows its evil breath upon us tomorrow and Sunday and it’s cold and lame again. Which means gardening has been put ON HOLD AGAIN. It’s fine. I’m okay.

Maybe my case is about the disappearance of spring! I WILL FIND THE KILLER, YOU GUYS.

. . . Well now I need to tee tee.

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26 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rebekah S April 13, 2018 at 7:55 am #
    You can just call and tell them that you won't be in town and they will let you skip it this go-round. Easy Peasy. Tell us your gardening plans! I want to do a garden this year but I will be gone all of June and am afraid it will be taken over with nasty bugs when I get back and all that work will be in vain. I live near NWA so all that nasty weather is headed my way. You can keep it if you want. Really. I won't complain.
    • Bev Weidner April 13, 2018 at 11:44 am #
      It's THAT easy!? Oh, you have seriously made my DAY. Whew! As far as gardening - we'll do our usual giant Zinnias, some tomatoes, peppers, lots of herbs! And then kale and broccoli!
      • Dee April 16, 2018 at 10:21 am #
        Don't know what it's like where you live, but in California, they allow you to postpone it, but not skip it! Sorry!
  2. Marisa April 13, 2018 at 8:41 am #
    I reported once for jury duty and was selected that day for a federal bank robbery case. The trial started the next day and lasted a week. It was really fascinating! And kind of sad, honestly. Make better choices, young people.
  3. Jennifer C. April 13, 2018 at 10:26 am #
    Green tea with honey, cream and cinnamon! Yum!
  4. Leslie April 13, 2018 at 10:40 am #
    Shitt’s creek is my everything. Enjoy. Plus it is really short so you can get an episode in here and there. Eugene Levy’s son writes and stars in the show and he is a delight!
  5. Amanda April 13, 2018 at 11:08 am #
    I agree with Rebeka above. I called the courthouse and told them my travel plans, it was that easy! I was prepared to give them details such as reservation #s, but it wasn't even necessary. :)
  6. Susan April 13, 2018 at 12:19 pm #
    Catherine O'Hara and Eugene Levy in anything and everything! YES!!! I think green tea at night tends to make my sleep less than ideal so I avoid that. I love my "Bowl of Soul" which is chamomile tea, pinch of cinnamon, honey to taste and warmed milk (cow, coconut, almond, whatever you like).
  7. Turner April 13, 2018 at 2:16 pm #
    I’m from New York so this might not be relevant to your state but here, after you initially register to be in the just pool, then later you get a card in the mail that calls you for a specific date. Once you have that, you can either show up or you can defer (in advance, don’t just not show up) and get a later date. IIRC you don’t actually get to say when you prefer to serve but you can defer a few times if the dates they call you for don’t work for you. Eventually it becomes mandatory so it’s good to get it out of the way if you can make it work. Last time I did this it was all done by mail but it may be online now, IDK.
  8. Heather April 13, 2018 at 3:54 pm #
    In regards to jury duty, I used to be on their frequent mailing list (not a real thing, but felt like it because I got a summons at least once a year). I had the option to defer it, but at some point you have to go in. Once you go in, you wait in a room with others and wait until your number/name was called. Sometimes it was and sometimes it wasn't. If it wasn't then you are done and excused from jury duty. If you are picked then you and a bunch of others go into a courtroom that has a case and there they will start the jury duty picking. Almost every single potential juror that was called up had some sort of excuse of why they shouldn't be picked. It was pretty hilarious. Depending on when you were called during the day you could be picked that day or have to come back the next day to continue with the picking (this happened with me sometimes). I got called to be on the jury for one case. It was a case of two women that got into a fight at a Bebel Gilberto concert at the Hollywood Bowl. This is my experience in Los Angeles, so it could be different for you. It was an interesting experience. In regards to tea, I usually drink Tulsi tea in the evening :)
    • Dee April 16, 2018 at 10:24 am #
      My dad was an FBI agent and my husband's a pastor. They never pick me. Ha!
  9. Teresa April 13, 2018 at 5:45 pm #
    I love mint tea at night — just pour boiling water over mint leaves. And if I feel like it, i’ll add some honey. Good luck with juri duty, i’m sure all those CSI viewing hours will come handy ;)
  10. Shannon April 13, 2018 at 5:57 pm #
    I got the jury duty letter this year and wrote them back saying I have little kids and they need me more than you. The judge wrote back in a couple weeks saying he agreed. On a different note, Wild Wild Country is where I live. I mean not right where I live but a couple of hours from there. I was a kid when that all went down and for some reason I didn’t pay attention to people wearing bright red outfits. And now when I watch that show I’m like what the...!?!?! Thinking my parents should have had a better stranger danger convo with me back then.
  11. Erika April 13, 2018 at 7:45 pm #
    My favorite anytime drink tight now is crio bru. It’s cocoa beans that you steap and they come from all over the world. You can get them from Venezuela, Ecuador, Ghana, etc. and they all taste different. It’s so good. I like the Ghana and Ecuador best!
  12. Katie April 13, 2018 at 9:02 pm #
    Have you seen “The Americans”? Such a good show... and Keri Russel!
    • Bev Weidner April 14, 2018 at 10:07 am #
      It's on the list!!
    • Melissa Murphy April 16, 2018 at 1:09 pm #
      Is that strictly on Hulu?
  13. Hannah April 14, 2018 at 12:16 pm #
    Peppermint tea for daysssss.
  14. Kim April 14, 2018 at 6:12 pm #
    Wild Wild Country is amazing. Schitt's Creek is funny, but just makes me wish I were watching Arrested Development. Also, I second The Americans! ^^^
  15. Natalie April 14, 2018 at 7:34 pm #
    I drink Tulsi turmeric ginger tea at night, it's stress relieving and delicious:
  16. Erica April 15, 2018 at 3:51 pm #
    David on SC is liquid g o l d ummmmmmm ya
  17. Kris April 16, 2018 at 9:02 am #
    I ditch out on jury duty every time I get called for it. I write a letter telling the judge that I have important work to do and I can't be bothered to come in. Always works for me. In other news I had no idea "everything sucks" was cancelled, I loved it! "Scott's Creek" is the best. I love that show with every fiber of my awkward being!
  18. Lisa April 16, 2018 at 10:28 am #
    Honey Lavender by Yogi tea is my all-time favorite and is ULTRA relaxing at night time!
  19. Stephanie April 18, 2018 at 4:13 pm #
    I've always wanted jury duty and have never been summoned. They'll work with you, though! Don't stress. It's not a tea per se, but I've been obsessed with golden milk lately. So nice at night. You can make it iced or hot. I should measure, but I don't. I use unsweetened almond milk (but you can use whatever your heart desires) and add: cardamom, turmeric, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, a pinch of black pepper and some honey. You can buy pre-made mixes, too. So many health benefits and delicious, too!
  20. Jenna April 23, 2018 at 10:35 pm #
    Lol I got a jury summons in the mail last fall. I'm a wahm with a kid that had just turned 3 at the time. When I called to say ummmmmm....yeah... my kid started screaming in the background and the clerk on the phone was like, "Are you sure you don't want jury duty?" I was like, "Welllll..." But she did say I was excused.
  21. Berlyn April 25, 2018 at 8:13 pm #
    My advice as an attorney: During the voir dire (when they ask you a bunch of questions) tell them you love watching forensics & CSI and they'll strike you in a hurry.

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