Friday Flotsam


We’ve been here a WEEK.

Well, a week tomorrow.

A week tomorrow evening at 6:13pm, EST. Not that I’m that psycho freak who remembers every time stamp in life (read: I’m that psycho freak who remembers every time stamp in life). But it feels like 13 YEARS ago. In that healthy glow way.


I told this story in my IG Stories, but I’ll tell you here, because it’s just so insane! And guys, you know I’m not that nasty person trolling Yelp, looking to throw over tables and start a bar fight.

But today . . . I is.

In short, we’d just driven 197 hours from St. Louis to Akron, OH last Friday night. We arrived tired, hungry, needing to poop (them, not me. okay, me). Aaron goes into the lobby to check us in, when he promptly returns to the car, jaw in his shoes and eyes wider than two Roswell UFOs.

“They cancelled our reservation. cancelled our reservation! We don’t have a place to stay tonight.”

OKAY, let me back up. I’ve never used a third-party site to book a hotel. Aaron was in charge of the travel lodging, and he booked our St. Louis boutique hotel direct, but he used (Trivago at FIRST to filter out the non pet-friendly places – which then directed him to to book our Akron room. Following?

It’s a mess, I know.

SO THEY CANCELLED OUR ROOM. Without a REAL reason. And without notice! No phone call. Only email. Which is stupid because if you’re driving across the country YOU’RE NOT CHECKING EMAIL. You’re clearly listening to Indigo Girls on repeat, duh.

So I carefully but blood-boilingly combed the email they sent to him at 11am that day, looking for a direct phone number. But of course there is none. So I got on the site and called the main number, and of course I’m passed around a bunch of automated empty chambers like a stray kitten.

Sooooo we start driving east. Stopping along the way at highway hotels and motels, looking for a room. But NOTHING. At least not pet friendly.

They finally call around 8pm. EIGHT PM. HOURS AND HOURS after they emailed us about the cancellation. Mind you, the only explanation they give in the email is “unexpected maintenance.” But the hotel had no knowledge of any “unexpected maintenance.”


cottage bathroom window

Aaron had a theory, and I want you to tell me if this could be true.

Apparently hotels have handicapped rooms that sit empty. At least that’s what I’ve heard. So when the hotel is full, they’ll book that room to anyone. Anyone being us. WELL, it being one week since Memorial Day, Aaron noticed a huge group of veterans sitting in the lobby. The noggin starts wiggin’. Some vets might have been injured during their time served. THEY WOULD NEED THAT ROOM.


Wouldn’t they? Do you think we just got the boot? And then the hotel would alert to give us the bad news? Surely not.

I mean, I have no idea – this is just a theory.

Another IG follower said that after working in the hotel business for maaaany years, sometimes “unexpected maintenance” could seriously mean . . . well, death. In that room.


Either way, we had no place to stay. And once they DID call, we’d pulled over to a random Cracker Sh*tbarrell, and FINALLY, finally found (and comped) us a pet-friendly room, back in Akron. Which was totally annoying, but I just didn’t care at that point.

And by the time we made it to the (way nicer!) hotel and got fully unloaded and settled, Charlie crapped on the floor.

Which we found appropriately poetic.

But guys, we still had to pay for the room we never used! Don’t you think they should REFUND US? For all that inconvenience and trauma to my dog’s bowels?

Should I fight this? Or just let it go?

I’ll have a lobster roll while you think on it.

fish at mystic aquarium

And of course all day Saturday the car filled up with dog toots that smelled like rotting beef jerky.


frog in a lily pad pond

I’mon’ change gears here because I feel like you might be deleting me from your life.

New song for you. And this is going to seem so random and weird, but trust me – it will change your ears forever.

Bolero, by Maurice Ravel.

Or go listen on Spotify!

We listened to this song during a thunderstorm in the car on the way here, and again the next day in the car as we crossed the CT border, and again a few nights later over linguine with clams here at our cottage. It’s A DRUG. It will put you in a trance and take your soul innards on a relaxing, but invigorating joy ride. It’s looong, so be ready to commit to this. The kids are OBSESSED. You’ll be incredibly surprised what this sort of orchestration does to little ears.

It’s become somewhat of an anthem for us!

The end.

But come back and tell me what you think of the song! I have to put it on a mix at some point, omg.

buoys in Lord's Point

Weekend plans?

Today we’re headed to Attleboro, MA to visit Aaron’s aunt and uncle for the weekend! It’s only an hour away, so we plan on stopping in Providence this afternoon to do some hanging. Anything specific we NEED to eat or see? I just re-read a comment from earlier this week about Harry’s on the Hill and PV Donuts, so those are officially added to our list. (thank you!)

Next week we’re DEFINITELY going to explore Noank for lobster rolls at Ford’s and Abbott’s. Maybe another winery. A drive to Newport to gawk over mansions. The Engine Room for dinner in Mystic. A drive to New Haven for Pepe’s. More clam digging. (Aaron dug up two yesterday!)

WE STILL HAVE OVER THREE WEEKS here and I could cry forever.

(Don’t be mad about the rotting beef jerky thing, okay?)

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18 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Susan Mortensen June 8, 2018 at 9:11 am #
    heck yea they should reimburse you that is unbelievable that would even not reimburse should be a given ...they cancelled on you!!!!!!!! I just can't get over this!!!!
  2. Jeanne June 8, 2018 at 9:16 am #
    Bev, it's interesting your story about one of my neighbors was also on a trip and had their hotel cancelled, no explanation by the company. Given this isn't the first time I've heard this, I'd say, fight the having to pay for the cancelled room! So what they comped you a new room, to me, that's not a wash. Sounds like y'all are having a nice time in CT. Enjoy New England!
  3. Rose June 8, 2018 at 10:37 am #
  4. Kathy H June 8, 2018 at 11:18 am #
    I wanted to comment on your note about Bolero by Maurice Ravel. My parents had many albums of classical music and played a stack of four at time on a record player in our hallway at bedtime. Every night. And I loved "Bolero." The album cover was a very dark and mysterious bull fighter swinging a red cape. I love it that your kids are so enchanted. Keep playing classical (along with all the other cool music you come up with!) for them. An unexpected effect...I can hum along with almost any (popular) classical piece now, from the days of classical bedtime music.
  5. Karen B. June 8, 2018 at 11:58 am #
    Aging myself, big time...Ravel's Bolero had a healthy resurgence in 1980 when it was in a movie called "10" with Bo Derek! Love the music. Karen P.S. Of course should reimburse you, unbelievable that you even have to ask them. Maybe my expectation of service for inconvenience is further aging me! :-)
  6. Rayna June 8, 2018 at 12:22 pm #
    I am so glad you are going to try Harry's and PVDonuts! This weekend is also PVDfest where they close down a few streets and have food, DRINKS!, street performers, local artists, etc. Perfect weekend to visit! Enjoy!
  7. Meredith June 8, 2018 at 1:25 pm #
    allie's donuts in RI, it may be a little out of the way....but their sprinkle donuts are soo good and they make a donut cake that we now get for every occasion! Capron park is a little zoo in attleboro, with a splash pad and a playground. We love bliss brothers dairy for ice cream, it has diner-like food too. mac and walt's in norton is good too!
  8. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) June 8, 2018 at 3:54 pm #
    GIRL FIGHT THAT, THAT IS NOT COOL! also...ugh...akron...I'm sorry. It's the worst. I live in a nicer suburb near it but Akron itself is just blech.
  9. Kristen Anderson June 8, 2018 at 5:47 pm #
    Do you remember Bolero from Season 1 of Felicity? It’s towards the end - I think it’s when she and Ben are thinking of traveling cross country. Always reminds me of their excitement! Ugh, now I need to google pics of Ben.
  10. Danielle Delomas June 8, 2018 at 10:29 pm #
    Wait.....wait wait wait. Wait. THEY cancelled on YOU and still made you pay?! Fight that ish. You didn't stay in that room! Why are you paying for it?! The room they paid for is what's owed and expected for the inconvenience! You owe them NOTHING!
  11. Dianne June 9, 2018 at 2:42 pm #
    Ummmm Really old here. ?. First listened to Ravel’s Bolero in 1963!
  12. Nicole June 9, 2018 at 7:09 pm #
    Is Bolero the one Torvill and Dean ice skated to at the Olympics?
  13. Heather June 9, 2018 at 9:41 pm #
    Dispute the charge on your card ASAP!
  14. Susan June 11, 2018 at 3:54 am #
    Totally fight it.....of course when you return home from your month in lovely New England.
  15. Dee June 11, 2018 at 8:32 am #
    I booked a room through, had to cancel it and was charged the full amount, including tax. Found out it was a non-refundable room. Never heard of such a thing. Tried to reason with them, never got any response. Check out reviews sometime. You'll get an earful from really unhappy "I'll-never-use-them-again" people. As for me, I'll always book directly from the hotel from now on.
  16. katherine June 11, 2018 at 2:44 pm #
    I just listened to this radio lab podcast about bolero/ravel and it was super fascinating!!
  17. Judy Potocki June 26, 2018 at 8:30 am #
    Heeeeey!!! Bev and lovely family -- and everyone else... To experience Ravell's sensuous, hypnotic BOLERO in an unforgettable way, check out the Gold Medal-winning ice dance by Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean (Great Britain) in the1984 Olympic Games. BTW... a perfect score.
    • Bev Weidner June 28, 2018 at 5:47 am #
      Just watched it and ommmmmmmgggg!!! MAGNIFICENT.

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