Friday Flotsam


fall leaves

Okay, teacher readers.

I HAVE AN APPLE TO PICK WITH YOU. (Haha! Did you see what I did there? Instead of a bone to pick, it’s an apple? Because you’re a teache- right.)

(And I don’t really have a bone slash apple to pick. I’m teasing. I love you all. Don’t leave me.)

But I do need you to explain something to me, because every time this topic comes up with other school mom friends, my head explodes.

What is the difference between PRE-K and preschool?

Isn’t Pre-K  . . . preschool? Isn’t it the same thing? And I know you’re like, “No no, it’s that certain age where the kid is still too young for kindergarten.”

THEY’RE ALL TOO YOUNG FOR KINDERGARTEN. (I’m not yelling at you. I love you all. Don’t leave me.)

But like, there’s this class at my kids’ school that’s specifically “PRE-K”, but Will and Nat aren’t in it. They’re in preschool. Yet they go to kindergarten next year. So how is it different?

And then what’s this about JUNIOR kindergarten?? What the wonk is that? Is that the same as Pre-K? Which is the same as preschool? Which is the same as too young for kindergarten? Which is the same as pre-going-to-regular-school? Which is the same as where’s my ibuprofen.

‘Splain it, Chachi.

vintage jars

I need help!

Besides the above and the rest of this post and all the things relating to my life.

Okay, ladies. Remember on IG Stories a few weeks ago when I purged my closet and donated like 50% of my wardrobe to a thrift store? (don’t fret! I only got rid of the crappy old clothes that I’ve not worn in over a year and look like a muppet who got dressed in the dark. All the good investment pieces stayed.)

But as I re-organized my shoes, I realized – I don’t have any casual shoes! Not like, sandals or leather slides or slip-on mules. I have PA-LENT-AY (not to be confused with placenta) of those. But I mean like, walk-around-the-zoo shoes. Tennis shoes. Not RUNNING shoes, I have those. But they’re way too athletic to knock around in.

I NEED KNOCK-AROUND SHOES. (My mom calls things “knock-around.” And I love it.)

Something along the the lines of a minimal sneaker. No bulk. No giant laces. No overly-thick sole.

Something that says, “I’m a hip mom at Target alone at 9am picking up toilet paper and Bengay.”

They don’t have to say that.

Girls, where do you shop for sneaks? Do you call them sneaks? Can I call them sneaks? I’m calling them sneaks.

. . . .sneaks.

puddle jumpers

Um, I’m sorry, but Shel Silverstein drew that man WAY TOO OLD in The Giving Tree.

You know the part when the boy comes back and says he’s too busy to climb trees? And that he wants a house and a wife and a family to take care? HE LOOKS SEVENTY FIVE ALREADY. He looks like a man who wants a DIVORCE. Saggy gut, giant receding hairline, weak chin. Dude is gonna have a haaaard time findin’ himself a lady looking like that. What on earth happened to that poor guy? Did he just eat dog-crap dinners all of his 20s and 30s?

I just feel like Shel could have drawn him to look more like, oh, I dunno – RYAN REYNOLDS.

globe on a shelf

By the way, Ryan Reynolds in Deadpool is everything. EVERYTHING.

(Mom, don’t watch this movie. It’s um, not for you.)


Weekend plans?

This morning I’m going to my fave lil’ shop to curate a table for Monday afternoon’s season release PARTAY. Which by the way, if you didn’t see THIS INVITE, you’re totally welcome to come! Season 2 of my Food Network show launches on Monday (!), so we’re drinking rosé to celebrate. Please come, so I can finally accost you in public. Weee!

I’m also picking up the kids from school today and taking them on a FRIDAY FUN DAY day. I said day twice. We’re gonna get cheese dip, then head to the library to return (probably overdue) books, play a bit, then head to the thrift store to start brainstorming Halloween costumes. THEN we’ll finish with ice cream. THEN rosé. For me. Not them. THEN tacos for dinner. Crunchy this time. THEN a sheet mask and bed because I’m old.

What are you doing tonight?

. . . sneaks.


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32 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Caitlin September 14, 2018 at 8:20 am #
    Keds and TOMS are my go-to kick-around shoes. :)
    • Shannon September 14, 2018 at 10:32 am #
      Sanuks are totally up your alley. Comfortable as can be.
  2. Kate September 14, 2018 at 8:58 am #
    Allbirds are just great. I got their wool runners before knocking around the UK for a few weeks. SO comfortable and machine washable to boot.
    • Tif September 14, 2018 at 10:17 am #
      I second this 100P. All-Birds FTW.
      • Kaye September 14, 2018 at 4:13 pm #
        I too love my Allbirds. I have the charcoal tree loungers and lurv 'em!
    • Melanie September 17, 2018 at 11:19 am #
      I third this. Allbirds are the best!
  3. Stephanie September 14, 2018 at 9:01 am #
    OK SO our Daycare (calling it what it is, dude) has Preschool, Pre-K1 AND Pre-K2. My head explodes trying to make sense it. Looking forward to the responses as I've got nothin. I keep buying various pairs of Chuck Taylors for my "kick around" shoes, but find them to be horribly uncomfortable :-/
    • Marielle September 14, 2018 at 9:39 am #
      Agree on the chucks! I love what they look like but my feet freeze. Old school New Balance are my favs.
  4. Quinn September 14, 2018 at 10:06 am #
    I used to teach Pre-K, at our school that was the kids who would be going to Kinder the next year, so mostly 4-5 yr olds. The preschool class was 3 year olds turning 4 that year. I occasionally had 3yo in my class, but it was rare. I love APL for comfy sneakers. They're good for workouts, but low-key enough to pair with jeans, and there are several styles. And Chucks are always in style (I just got some mustard colored kicks, but my guy calls them "okre" cuz he's an artist and knows more colors than I do).
  5. Hannah September 14, 2018 at 10:21 am #
    I have a pair of of those new vintagey New Balance and I couldn’t love them more. But I’m also a really huge fan of Keds. No thick soles please!
  6. Autumn September 14, 2018 at 10:29 am #
    omg I just got these sneaks ;) at Nordstrom Rack that are actually Sketchers (I wouldn't have thought to buy Sketchers otherwise) but they have like fake laces and they slip on and they are ultra lightweight and they have memory foam.... they are heaven! and I'm not a sneaker gal, except at the gym. But I LOVE these for kick around shoes! haha :)
  7. Laura September 14, 2018 at 10:45 am #
    I have these Soludos sneakers, and I'm obsessed! Plus, they're linen and the insole is cork!
  8. Kyle September 14, 2018 at 11:15 am #
    I love my Veja Esplar. I have a couple pairs that I have purchased from Madewell. Vince also has great tennis shoes!
  9. Tara Fleck September 14, 2018 at 11:19 am #
    Toms and Brooks Heritage. Cute, classic, and sooo comfortable.
  10. Leslie September 14, 2018 at 11:34 am #
    TOM'S all the way!!! Plus it's one for one so you're giving back which means guilt free shopping!!! It's a win win:)
  11. Dee Dee September 14, 2018 at 11:45 am #
    For the love of life... get some Vans! Old Skool.. they are comfy and stylish! You will be the "cool" mom.. haha! After all .. isn't that what we are all after? ;) (wait, I think they might be "has beens" by now, I'm a little late to the table)
    • Catherine Lee September 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm #
      Vans for the win! Totally agree, best daily kicks ever!
  12. Sarah September 14, 2018 at 12:18 pm #
    Supergas! I get mine from Nordstrom but I'm sure they're available other places.
  13. Adiya Brook September 14, 2018 at 1:30 pm #
    All birds! They have wool And non wool items! I would wear toms but my feet are too wide :(
  14. Laura Lee September 14, 2018 at 4:53 pm #
    I say kick around clothes. I have a cute wooly pair of slip on keds and a pair of sketcher shoes I wear for casual.
  15. Jessica September 14, 2018 at 4:54 pm #
    I saw Katie Aselton wear a pair of Nike court royales on instagram and had to have a pair. I’ve pretty much lived in them on the weekends ever since.
  16. Jenelu September 14, 2018 at 6:32 pm #
    I told you Deadpool was gonna be awesome! I don’t like Toms, no support. I prefer Keds (flowers and plaid!) or sketchers.
  17. Nancy September 14, 2018 at 8:20 pm #
    Vans all day! I have at least 5 pairs in various colors.
  18. Nicole September 14, 2018 at 8:29 pm #
    Allbirds !!!!! Just do it... Minimal and comfy. Two things of upmost importance.
  19. Lori September 15, 2018 at 11:28 am #
    I say knock around all the time! I finally broke down this summer and bought two pairs of Sperry - mainly for knocking around and for casual work outfits. Grey with wider fabric laces that are a bit more structured than canvas and then white canvas tennis shoe style with the laces that stay untied (I'm so uncool if there is a name for these for love of god I don't know what it is). I love them - the grey took longer to break in but the white have been comfy from day 1 and haven't stretched at all.
  20. CarrieP September 15, 2018 at 1:37 pm #
    Allbirds, Native’s more athletic options (though the Jeffersons are great for summer) or slip on Vans (go for silver or perforated leather in any color). I love the look of Superga but find them too heavy. Or, go for a streamlined New Balance. If you want to splurge, seek out a pair of Vejas and then buy me a pair too because I want them so badly.
  21. Kristina September 17, 2018 at 5:58 am #
    Junior Kindergarten and Senior Kindergarten (JK and SK) are Canadian :) They're the first two years of public school system here starting at 4 y.o.
  22. Kristen October 25, 2018 at 11:07 pm #
    I have old school saucony/ retro looking ones in burgundy- love them I also have a navy pair of superga
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