Friday Flotsam

FFFFFFalksdjflasdjfad erder.

I'm on a boat

Why no, a toddler’s not at my laptop, why do you ask?

Guys, listened to what happened.

And I’ll make this short. (FAT CHANCE)

So, we ordered this lovely outdoor sectional from Hayneedle. I’ve never bought anything from this site before, have you? And it arrives. And it’s a GIANT box. We carefully prop it up on a dolly and haul it around to the back of the house to unpack and unload. We get it aaaall unpacked yesterday, box broken down and in the recycling, and styrofoam packing destroyed and artfully scattered into the lawn by two foaming-at-the-mouth children. And a piece is B R O K E N. And! They didn’t send us nearly enough like, screws or bolts or something to put it TOGETHERAAAA.

What is this crap!

Now, I plan on calling customer service this morning to see what they can do. But I’m depressed because my m-i-l is up for the weekend later today, and we wanted to have our outdoor ish all pimped. (Also, let’s start a band called Ish All Pimped.) Aaaaand now we can’t.

A) I’m not sending this sectional back. Obviously.

B) I know we could probably walk down to our hardware store and buy the necessary tools to finish this out, but no.

C) I feel like we should have tacos for dinner.

Wait, wrong list.

WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN? Can they overnight the bolts and broken piece? Do they reimburse for the damaged parts? How do you think this will go down? Because I mean, you don’t just spend HUNDERS of dollahs to get JIPPED. Gipped. Jypped? Jiped. No.

I’m calling at 8am sharp with a full cup of coffee in my hand and one eyebrow jutting to the sky.

I’ll keep you posted.

(do you maybe want to call them for me?)

sand vs. green

I need a new oil diffuser!

Like, an essential oil diffuser. I need a new one. I’ve had two in the last five or so years, and they both kicked the oil bucket.

The first one was a Young Living one, but I had to paint the top plastic part white with spray paint because purple makes my eyes bleed. Which I’m positive cancelled out all benefits of the oils diffusing into the air but WHATEVER, IT WAS ALL WHITE.

And then the second (very cheap!) one I ordered on Amazon broke like half a second later. And of course I keep forgetting to order a new one. It’s like forgetting to buy wiper fluid. You only think about it when you get in the car and are unable to wipe down your filthy windshield of death. And then you go inside and it’s like a squirrel lives in your brain, “Look, cheese!” Over.

So now I’m actually remembering to think about talking to you guys about buying a diffuser. But I don’t know what to get that’s not complete crap or hideous. What do you have? But don’t tell me Young Living or Doterersraerwera or whatever. I don’t want those. And nothing that like, GLOWS all these hyper-headache colors. Naw, naw. I want ANCIENT STONE MADE BY MONKS.

But really. What chew got?

arbor in the fog


And I hope this isn’t annoying. (you’re like, UM WE KNOW YOU.)

So, what is IGTV?

I mean, I know what it is. It’s like YouTube, on Instagram. But why? Are you watching much IGTV? Is this the new hip thing? Because I can’t. (at least now.)

I just can’t. (watch, I will next week.) Why not just Stories? Why MORE? I totally understand that it’s a more polished forum, with music and editing and more like a SHOW. Or little tutorials that are put together all cutsie. But I just feel like it’s all so much. I can’t do ANOTHER thing. (not yet anyway.)

My question is, are you finding yourself spending actual time watching IGTV? Or are you still comfy just scrolling through photos and quick blips in Stories? What are you enjoying MORE? All of it? None of it? You want tacos for dinner, too?



Speaaaking of shows, I NEED A NEW SHOW.

Let me give you the rundown of what I’ve watched on Netflix super recently. So you can add them to your watch list and we can be besties. (too much?)

Very British Problems (HILARIOUS and I feel like I’m totally British at heart. Go watch. You’ll know exactly what I mean.)

Evil Genius (insanity.)

Food: Delicious Science (sooooooo interesting)

And then some show about murders in London, but I can’t remember the name.

I still need to catch up on Handmaid’s Tale, but I feel like I should send my soul to a massage parlor first. Or just tie a cinderblock to it and toss it over a boat. One of those.

What are you watching?!

canoes in New England

Weekend plans?

It’s going to be H O T.  But guess what – I’m doing a Wine Talk at 4pm today on Stories! First one since Watergate. So come watch if you like abusing yourself.

Other than that, cheeeeelin’. And hopefully ordering a diffuser. And somehow putting together this sectional. And avoiding IGTV. And showing you the finished pergola! And watching whatever you tell me to watch on Netflix because you make all my life decisions.

Cool okay bye.

*update! Hayneedle is giving us a substantial credit to our order, for the inconvenience. The broken piece is glued right now, and A’s picking up the necessary bolts and screws, man. All is well. Carry on. 


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35 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Hannah July 20, 2018 at 7:54 am #
    Watch Younger on Hulu! I’m telling you if you like GG and Sex and the City, you’ll love it...
    • Bev Weidner July 20, 2018 at 8:08 am #
      Ohhhh I've had a few people tell me about this show! I'll start it tonight. :)
  2. Jennifer July 20, 2018 at 7:56 am #
    Check out Saje for a diffuser! They are stunning!
    • Shay July 20, 2018 at 1:09 pm #
      I second Saje. They're gorgeous and have a lifetime warranty...
  3. Lauren July 20, 2018 at 8:15 am #
    When I’ve ordered from sites like that and something was wrong with the item they just sent me an entirely new item and told me to keep the first one. I was once dead set on these elaborate lime green mirrors but they kept arriving broken. I ended up with FOUR broken mirrors before I got one intact. WTF do you do with that many lime green broken mirrors?!
  4. Cathy July 20, 2018 at 8:21 am #
    I allllwwwayyyys go with Overstock. Their prices and customer service cannot be beat. Just sayin'. Glad everything worked out though.
  5. Melanie July 20, 2018 at 8:23 am #
    The Americans (it's on Amazon Prime) is AMAZING. My fiance and I both equally love it, and it came recommended by almost all of my 10+ immediate coworkers. Takes place in the 70/80s during the cold war, and follows a family in the US, that are actually Russian spies. The "husband + wife" were planted in America in their early 20s and now are in their late 30s // early 40s and have children (AMERICAN born children) who have no clue their parents are Russian. Amazing acting, great characters, super suspenseful and excellent plot lines that aren't overly cheesy or fake. Watch it!
  6. Candace July 20, 2018 at 8:26 am #
    Have you tried Queer Eye on Netflix? It is so heartwarming! All the good feels and happy tears. And i'm totally with you on diffusers that glow crazy colors! I got one as a gift and have to reset it every time so I don't feel like I'm at a rave. Have a great weekend with your MIL!
  7. Kel July 20, 2018 at 8:59 am #
    This diffuser is gorgeous!
    • Bev Weidner July 20, 2018 at 9:09 am #
      Ohhhhh now see, that is right up my alley. Ordering!! Thank you!
  8. Caitlin July 20, 2018 at 9:13 am #
    I have not watched one IGTV yet, haha. I already spend enough time scrolling through regular posts and Stories, and that's quite enough for me!
  9. Rebekah July 20, 2018 at 9:37 am #
    I never watch igtv. Stories are great but who needs yet another reason to stare at their phone? Younger is really good. And so is The Durrells in Corfu. Tacos are always a good idea. They weirdly never get old.
  10. Necia July 20, 2018 at 9:45 am #
    Have you watched nurse Jackie? One of those that I wish I could watch all over again for the firs time. Loved it.
  11. Ashley July 20, 2018 at 10:08 am #
    I also hate the look of most diffusers. My YL one is white, but plastic and ugly as ish. I have been wanting to buy this one but haven't splurged. Yet...
  12. Lesley July 20, 2018 at 10:10 am #
    Yeah, Hayneedle has that awesome "we can credit you and make life better and let's all be friends again, k?" experience. we just moved house, and 7 boxes. One piece did have a minor issue similar to yours, and Hayneedle really made it up to us. Great company!
  13. Autumn July 20, 2018 at 10:15 am #
    no to IGTV.. I don't get it either... I don't want ANOTHER thing I have to go watch. I'm happy with stories and pics :) ... but again, I remember when I was against IG Stories haha soooo for now no, but who knows ;)
  14. Melissa July 20, 2018 at 10:30 am #
    I like IG pics and stories, but I'm not about IGTV. No. It's too much. What next, IG MOVIES? HA.
  15. Ashley July 20, 2018 at 10:53 am #
    When we finished evil genius we started the confession tapes. My husband and I both liked it!
  16. Stefanie July 20, 2018 at 11:04 am #
    COMPLETELY AGREE with you about the IGTV. unnecessary as ish. buuut I did watch one person's little eppy about what workout clothes she had, because finding sports bras that are cute and FUNCTIONAL is hard as heck and I was curious if she had CRACKED THE CODE but alas she didn't even talk about sports bras at ALL and then I felt like I had truly sunk to new low (slash raised to the next level??) in Ways to Waste Time on Instagram. YEW GOT ME IGTV. and also, I think its spelled gypped! I have always spelled it gypped. but I agree, it does look weird written out. GYPPED.
  17. Ashley July 20, 2018 at 11:05 am #
    Please don't go IGTV! I refuse to watch those and hope it goes away ASAP. Have you watched Broadchurch on Netflix? So good!
    • Ashley July 20, 2018 at 11:05 am #
      *do :)
  18. Holly July 20, 2018 at 12:05 pm # for diffusers. :)
  19. Sharon July 20, 2018 at 12:17 pm #
    I agree. Broadchurch! Arrested Development if you want to laugh.
  20. Bri July 20, 2018 at 3:09 pm #
    I think this diffuser is gorgeous and seems to fit your style perhaps??
  21. Liz July 20, 2018 at 5:32 pm #
    Shetland for a tv show. You need to get your head into very Scottish speech patterns but the pace, the mystery, the location-scenery... Gorgeous!
    • Liz July 20, 2018 at 5:33 pm #
      Oh, glad you got a great response from Hayneedle. Like another, I've had great experience with
  22. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 7:28 pm #
    To feed your British love try “Lovesick” on Netflix, it’s hilarious. Also, Bates Motel is captivating. It’s a little intense at first but it evens out.
  23. Anonymous July 20, 2018 at 7:32 pm #
    Eden’s Garden is great for oils and they have beautiful ceramic diffusers that are reasonably priced.
  24. Marie July 20, 2018 at 8:29 pm #
    Do you have a post on what oils you diffuse? I'd be curious to know what you use. :)
  25. Hallie July 20, 2018 at 11:38 pm #
    I have the Home and Office diffuser base from and chose one of the vases to go with it. It sends out a pretty good stream and does steady as well as intervals. No glowing light except for the ring at the base but you can turn in off. They have some other cool ones -- I've got my eye on the metallic glass gold and ceramic marble ones right now!
  26. Nancy July 21, 2018 at 5:08 pm #
    No to IGTV! I agree with everyone; don't need another reason to stare at the phone! I don't watch enough TV to make any recs but I will say that Bloodline, which has been on Netflix for a while now, was an excellent series. I didn't expect to love it as much as I did! I guess they still air it. Kyle Chandler plays the main character. Nuff said :)
  27. Meg July 22, 2018 at 12:57 pm #
    Schitt's Creek on the Netflix! Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara...need I say more? No, but I will! It was created by Eugene and his son Dan Levy, who plays his son on the show. It is wonderfully hilarious. It was my go-to when I was weighed down by Handmaid's.
    • Bev Weidner July 22, 2018 at 1:00 pm #
      Finished it a few weeks ago! Totally blabbed about it constantly. I was OBSESSED. Can't wait for season 5!
  28. Lucy July 23, 2018 at 3:01 pm #
    I just ordered a new bed frame from Wayfair. It arrived with the completely wrong directions! Not even the same bed. My handy man was amazed that it actually had all the necessary bolts and screws. He said he sees that most frequently - not enough hardware included. Luckily he was able to figure it out but it took him 2 1/2 hours!
  29. Nan August 16, 2018 at 8:54 pm #
    Is it too late to recommend a diffuser? MUJI's! And they have a lot of nice scents.

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