Friday Flotsam


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We’ve been here TWO WEEKS.

Well, two weeks tomorrow.

Two weeks tomorrow night at 6:13pm, EST. Not that I’m that nerdy loon who remembers every time stamp in life. (read: I’m that nerdy loon who remembers every time stamp in life.)

But do you want to know what majorish slash minorish but still sort of majorish difference that’s occurred since living here? Besides my rapid decline in writing sentence that make sense?


I’m not watching any shows! AND IT MAKES ME SO SAD.

But not really. Because I’m sort of treating this trip as a T.V. sabbatical. AND IT MAKES ME SO SAD.

But not entirely.

Because you know how like, when you’re in a new house, and you watch, say – a comedy special the very first night you’re in it, you have to watch comedy every single night after, because you set a pattern that very first night. A ritual. A HABIT.

That’s what we did. We watched Steve Martin and Martin Short’s special the very first night and OMG. Complete brilliance. Nothing better.

Of course, since then we’ve been obsessed with watching comedy every single night after we put the gremlins down.

So listen. I need you.

You’re like, I COULD SMELL IT.

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You have to tell me what comedians we need to seek out!

So far we’ve devoured Tig Notaro (She might be my favorite person on Earth.)

We’ve gotten buried in John Mulaney (want to stick him in my purse.)

Dipped our toes in Bo Burnham. (um, his performing soul is my life.)

And last night we got caught up with Mike Birbiglia. (been obsessed every since we slept walked out a second-floor hotel window years ago. YES THAT HAPPENED.)

What else what else!

Are there any comedians on Netflix we need to make the rest of our lives about?


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So you’ll never guess what I’ve been more into since being here.

Wine wise.

Except, maybe this won’t be a huge surprise because I remember figuring this out a few years ago and talking with you about it.

But all this time has passed and I’ve re-figured it out since being in New England. And now I’m going to finally tell you.

Next week.

Just kidding.

Steel Chardonnays! As in, UNOAKED. Remember a couple of summers ago when I was trying to find more unoaked chards because regular chards are like, evil butter bombs of college death?

You remember, yay!!

Would you believe that we’ve visited two vineyards so far (Saltwater and Stonington. Jonathan Edwards is next week!), and out of all the wines that we tasted, BOTH INCLUDING ROSÉ, I preferred the steel chardonnay.

Which I’m not even sure I’m saying it right. Can I say steel chardonnay or will it get me banned from New England?

Basically, I’m now on the search for some really good steel chards. (okay I definitely hate the way that sounds.) If you KNOW of this hidden treasure knowledge, why yew holdin’ out on me?

Don’t worry, rosé. I’ll never quit you.

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I have some heartbreaking news.

I’m getting back into arm exercise videos. I KNOW, I know, just look away!

I remember us talking a loooong time ago about Tracy Campoli’s YouTube workouts, and I was RELIGIOUSLY into her quick videos.

Well, I need them again. Because 41.

Is there anything you’re doing these days, like, TEN MINUTES long, no weights (weights are fine, but they’re in KC), that I can knock out every morning and not want to stab anything or anyone?

Thank you and goodbye.

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Weekend plans?

Today we’re headed to Newport, R.I. to look at mansions! And by “look at mansions” I mean drive past them at a semi-fast pace while Nat and Will complain about having to go potty and wanting macaroni and cheese for lunch AGAIN.

I hear the town is magical though. Our plans, and tell me if this is good, you Newport lovers: drive around the mansion area, park at the Cliff Walk, take a stroll and find a good lunch spot, then beach it for a couple of hours before heading home. I hear that Del’s Lemonade is a must, Black Pearl is a worth a stop, and Flo’s Clam Shack is to die for. Anything else? What am I forgetting? BESIDES A STEEL CHARD. (<–yeah, no.)

Also, I’ve had a lot of people ask when my next Connecticut-dedicated post is coming – NEXT TUESDAY, buttercups.

Until then, have a fab Father’s Day weekend! I guess we’ll have to go visit a vineyard with live music and eat oysters on the half shell all afternoon. I FEEL SO SORRY FOR AARON.

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31 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kate June 15, 2018 at 6:56 am #
    Ooh, comedy! I watched the most recent Ali Wong special on Netflix while working out the other day because I needed a break from Gossip Girl and Grand Designs (which is one of those oddly addictive British design shows with a subtly snarky host and magnificent reveals at the end, BTW), and anyway, I thought she was pretty funny! Arm exercises? Lifting a bottle of wine to pour into a glass counts, right? I've got nothing, but do share if you get a good suggestion!
  2. Carole June 15, 2018 at 7:10 am #
    Those are great plans for Newport! We like Brick Alley pub but I'm not sure how that will work with kids in tow. Ft Adams is also cool and probably easier with kids than the Cliff Walk. Have a blast!
  3. Em June 15, 2018 at 7:26 am #
    It just took me to the bottom of this post to realize that "steel chards" was steel chardonnay! (I thought you had switched topics and were talking about a leafy green, like Swiss chard.) Oy. If you need me, I'll be guzzling some coffee. I promise to fully wake up before reading your next post! :)
  4. Lauren June 15, 2018 at 8:04 am #
    The Mooring is one of the best places for seafood in Newport! If you feel like some good bbq (think pulled pork nachos) stop at the Smokehouse for a cocktail and an appetizer.
  5. Stephanie June 15, 2018 at 8:21 am #
    Big fan of the Tracy Anderson arm workout. Just youtube it. It looks realllll easy, but after 3 minutes you want to kick her in the teeth. That's how you know it's good.
  6. Lisa June 15, 2018 at 8:53 am #
    Casey Ho with Blogilates! Watch Quickburn Arms. She doesn't use any equipment. It hurts. A lot.
    • Bev Weidner June 15, 2018 at 10:01 am #
      OMG. Before I read these comments I did a Casey Ho Blogilates video! I'll definitely look up Quickburn Arms. And then hate you forever. JAY KAY JAY KAY. ;)
  7. Elease June 15, 2018 at 8:54 am #
    Iliza shlesinger (She speaks your wacky language!) sebastian maniscalco (you'll roll on the floor laughing. his last 2 specials were the best!) demetri martin jim gaffigan Ali Wong Judd Apatow
  8. Lynn June 15, 2018 at 9:16 am #
    Ooooh go to Perro Salado in Newport! Cute little house-turned-mexican restaurant and yes, it's legit mexican (I am from CA / TX and after living in Boston for four years, this place was a godsend).
  9. Bianca June 15, 2018 at 10:12 am #
    Okay Jim Gaffigan and Pablo Francisco are faves. Use your own arms as resistance! Look up some Zumba videos that are arm focused, and you'll be dying (in a good way)!
  10. Kate K. June 15, 2018 at 10:29 am # If you like historical homes, this one is great. Went there 14(!) years ago. Our 2 year old wasn’t impressed, but there was enough to look at to keep her occupied for a bit. The grounds are beautiful, too!
  11. Sara @ Cake Over Steak June 15, 2018 at 11:37 am #
    Tone It Up has great short workout videos on YouTube. A lot of their arm workouts use weights but some of them might not ... Worth checking out! Plus they're fun.
  12. Jess June 15, 2018 at 11:53 am #
    Loving all of your New England updates! Hope at the end maybe do a recap (could just be a list) of all the little towns you visited. Seems like you are really getting the most out of the relocation. One of my fav stand up specials on netflix is Chelsea Peretti's One of the Greats. Have you seen any of the show Comedian in Cars Getting Coffee? They are very quick and fun to burn through. That's on netflix too.
  13. Stephanie June 15, 2018 at 7:25 pm #
    Sebastian Maniscalco, Tom Papa, Jim Gaffigan -- ALL hilarious!!
  14. Nikki l June 15, 2018 at 8:48 pm #
    Tom segura.... go watch him right now! And Christina P.
  15. David June 16, 2018 at 12:04 am #
    We love Newport. If you want to switch sea food for burgers then Brick Alley pub is the right place, but if you guys still by sea food then Scales & Shells a small and busy as hell place (we were there couple of times and always good time). Have fun up there.
  16. Anonymous June 16, 2018 at 12:41 am #
    Russel Peters.... Canadian and Hilarious. Red white and brown...
  17. Megan June 16, 2018 at 12:42 am #
    Sorry... Russel Peters! Didn’t mean to be anonymous
  18. Ophelia West June 17, 2018 at 8:08 am #
    Trevor Noah, Hasan Minaj, & comedy k-i-n-g Brian Regan!!
  19. Rayna June 18, 2018 at 7:48 am #
    Instead of the Cliff Walk, you could stop on the other side of Ocean Drive at Breton Point. People fly kites and picnic and walk some scenic trails. There is even an old lookout that has amazing views! And it is right near Fort Adams (home of Newport Folk Festival) right around the corner. Stop for a coffee at Empire Teas and Coffees or CRU cafe which are both on Bellevue Ave right near the mansions and are just SO cute and tasty. Also a nice drive right near the mansions is the campus of Salve Regina University... the buildings are stunning. Have fun! I'm loving reading about your trip and watching your stories! Xo
  20. Stefanie June 20, 2018 at 10:06 am #
    I second both Ali Wong and Russell Peters. Been a Russell Peters fan for many years-his dad impressions are THE funniest. And after you finish binging comedy, check out Jerry's Comedians in Cars getting coffee because duh it's hilarious and will give you life and make you!want all the cute vintage cars. Hubby will love it too because duh it's hilarious and will give him life and make him also want all the detailed, gorgeous, pristine vintage cars. Just give it a go, you won't hate it!
  21. Lucy June 20, 2018 at 2:33 pm #
    You can always use the term unoaked chardonnay. Sounds a little fancier than steel chardonnay. :-) :-)
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    You should definitely watch any Bill Burr stand up on Netflix. Oh my lord he's hilarious!
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