Friday Flotsam




No spoilers, promzee! I’ll speak in CODE.

Just kidding.

But I swear I won’t give anything away.

Now, I’ve never been particularly DRAWN to Joel. He’s okay. A complete doo-doo face for what he did to Midge early on. But I know he’s in pain, and he’s trying, and he’s suffering. Right, got it. Still, not necessarily IN LOVE with Joel.

But . . . the way he grabbed her arm at the veeeeeery end of the season?




JOEL. Look at you! And I swear that gives zero away. You have no idea WHY he grabs her arm. And in what manner. And what lead up to it. (unless you watched it and if you did tell me you agree!!)


What do we think of Benjamin, by the way. TALL, very handsome, intelligent, a bill dull though, right? I’m just saying, for someone interested in WEIRD, he’s quite vanilla himself. (How many followers did I lose just now?)

I was actually halfway pulling for Midge and LENNY BRUCE. I thought maaaaybe there would be a spark between them at the bar when Midge was consoling him, and wanting to be supportive of his show nerves. But. Alas. Nothing. Meh.

What do you think will happen in Season Three?! I mean, how can they top PARIS AND THE CATSKILLS? They can’t. They cannot.

(what should I watch next?!)


MOMS OF SMALL SPAWN: Or any spawn of the age five or older.

How do I know when it’s time to get those booster seat things for the car? I have one more round of seats, right? Does it all depend on their weight? Size? Height? Leg length? If they’re in Kindergarden yet? (they should start a dating app called TINDERGARDEN. hahahahha. maybe not.) The texture of their hair? The moon cycle? If they’ve had pizza for lunch?

I ask because the seats they’re in now are a complete pain in my face to buckle. But I don’t want to jump the gun on new ones if it’s too early in their blooming, fragile lives.

I know I could ask Google, but you’re cuter.

sunlight on baskets

Speaking of five year olds. (dudes be like PASS.)

Moms – so like, when did you start OFFICIAL chores for your kids? Like with a chart and a clipboard and a pencil in your mouth.

And ALLOWANCES. Have you started that yet?

Because as of now, their only REAL chores are to pick up their rooms daily (simply so that I can get all Miss Hannigan on them, “This room better shiiiiiiiine like the top of the Chrysler building!” ) and take their plates to the sink once they’ve asked to be excused from the table. (“And we’re not having hot mush today. We’re having cold mush.”)

Like, when can I ask them to mow, do the laundry, paint the music room, pick up dry cleaning, run by the bank, and make mommy a taco.

Really though, I’d love to know how you guys implement little chores to your gremlins, and at what age, and how much, and did you pay them, and did they make you a taco and was it crunchy or soft.

patio set

Who do you think would win in a fight?

Meg Ryan vs. Drew Barrymore

Jennifer Aniston vs. Courtney Cox

Michelle Pfeiffer vs. Julia Roberts

These are the things I think about at night and all the time.

(And while you’re at it, tell me your favorite movies by all the gals above! Most adored Meg movie. Fave Julia flick. Best of Drew. Michelle at her finest. Jenn being Jenn. I call her Jenn. Courtney – wait, did she do anything else besides Scream? Tell me!)


Weekend plans?

Check out my very first water color! That’s not a spider to the left, by the way. Or dog hair. Or mini alien tentacles. I think.

There are SO MANY problems with it, but it’s my very, very first attempt, and I kind of love it! I’m gonna frame it and hang it on the ceiling above Aaron’s side of the bed, just to remind him daily and nightly of the immensely talented, crafted woman he married so many moons ago.

Just kidding.

So it’s going to snow today! HAVE YOU MISSED MY WEATHER REPORTS? You don’t have to answer that. It all starts with rain this morning, and then changes to snow mid afternoon, and it looks like five inches by the time tomorrow ends! We’ll see.

Aaron and I are going to have a date morning at a favorite coffee shop downtown, and then heading to an old beloved antique store to look for vintage glass doorknobs. Because you know my mission to turn my home into a Parisian cottage. It’s happening.

Also, I have to check Twitter every hour to see if I’m being summoned for freaking jury duty Monday morning at EIGHT A.M.

This is super long.


Bye bye.

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20 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. pamela January 11, 2019 at 8:20 am #
    I swore I saw something earlier in the week about tomato basil soup on one of your feeds prepping for V-day, now it's vanished? Chores, I did not initially believe for those for children to be paid. I felt chores are suppose to be things performed to help the family. My husband however, felt differently & believed in those extra chores to help the family household, but also some the kids need to do each day/week and see a payment for doing. We started paying ours; then ages 7 and 10 $ amount equivalent to their age. Since we could not remember to grab cash each week we started each of them a checking and saving account where their allowance is direct deposited. Two years later what we did is still working. Those accounts are just for each of them under our main account. They have college funds, etc elsewhere. Their allowance is deposited, but split into their two accounts. The checking is basically where they can spend on what they want. Their personal savings acct (is a portion of their total allowance, they decided that amount, $2/$3) where they can use if they feel strongly about a school donation, or charity, where they may think we did not donated enough towards. Basically it's for them to see $ build of their very own. The younger ran a race earlier this year and did not get a high donation pot as she wished so she requested to use X portion of that saved $ and she did. She was so proud to have used her own money to reach the total she wanted to contribute. They definitely ask to know their balances, but then do forget about the accounts & when checking back are happy to see the accumulation of funds. They used to ask for something in a store we did not want the habit built of asking and then purchasing each time to Target or wherever so we started to pause, look the item up on amazon to compare the price initially, but then quickly learned to just add it to their private amazon wish list (if less on amazon, or make a note where the best price is for item). Them adding to their list makes them think through if they really want drooled over item or could pass. Each having the allowance (checking portion), where they can spend from, oddly more times then not has yielded them not want to spend their own $. It forces them, without us initially realizing, to really think through if they want to spend their money. The check on the interest to compare pricing has taught them to price match or buy elsewhere to get their money to go further. I'm sure you've seen chores by ages on Pinterest; age 5 - set table, fed pet, match socks, fold dish rags/towel from laundry, etc... Such a fun area to start and see progress over future years!
  2. Another Sue January 11, 2019 at 9:37 am #
    Check state regs re: car seats/booster seats. I know people who followed their gut about what was good for their own special snowflakes. Let's say it did not go well with the highway patrol when they found themselves in a routine road experience. Just sharing!
  3. Autumn January 11, 2019 at 10:18 am #
    Winners in a fight: Drew Courtney Michelle haha that was fun! ;) ... and I loveeee Courtney Cox and if you never watched Cougar Town (worst name for a show ever) you would loveeeee it!! Courtney Cox, Busy Phillips & Christa Miller just drink tons of wine and have the funniest lines! ahhh makes me want to watch that show again! Do it!
  4. Jessica January 11, 2019 at 10:30 am #
    Team Benjamin!!! He seems quirky, but he enjoys that she does comedy! Plus, he's interested in hanging with her kids, and he's successful and generous. Once a cheater, always a cheater re Joel.
  5. Christine January 11, 2019 at 10:41 am #
    Must watch "You" on Netflix. You have to watch You. You, yes YOU. I mean you watch You.... ?
  6. Joni January 11, 2019 at 11:32 am #
    Drew, no question because she’s a badass. Julia, because I suspect she could throw a mean punch. Between Courtney and Jenn- I don’t know. My gut is Courtney because she’s hardcore. But I think that deep down Jennifer Aniston has stone cold killa in her. I think if it really came down to it, she could really kick some ass. Just because she’s got that desperate will to survive. I spent entirely too much time thinking about this.
  7. Emily M January 11, 2019 at 11:36 am #
    Favorite movies...... Meg- French Kiss for sure. Julia- I’m still a Pretty Woman fan through and through but do also love Mystic Pizza. And My Best Friend’s Wedding!! Michelle- Fabulous Baker Boys Jennifer and Courtney.... nothing comes to mind. And I’m too lazy at moment to google and remind myself! No allowance yet for my 5yo. Small chores like cleaning up toys, tidying room and making bed. Even helping put clean clothes away. We put her in a booster last year when she turned 4. I couldn’t handle the lazy-boy-car-seat-5-point-harness contraption any longer!! We justified it by the height qualification and haven’t had any issues. We also use this super cool booster that is so simple and space saving.... the Mi-Fold grab and go. $40 on Amazon. It is life changing!!
  8. Nancy January 11, 2019 at 11:41 am #
    I love your watercolor! I've tried them before but they never looked that good! Keep at it!
  9. Becky E January 11, 2019 at 11:45 am #
    I have a 4 and (almost!) 3 year old...I give them an "allowance" of a quarter every week because they love nothing more than dumping out their piggy banks and counting coins like like Scrooge misers. They have to pick up toys, bring their plates to the sink, help me feed the dog, and get dressed as much as they're able.
  10. Steph P January 11, 2019 at 11:49 am #
    Hi! My daughter will be 6 in feb but she’s tiny so I joke she will be in a 5 point harness car seat until she’s 14 ? seriously though, check your state laws, car seat / booster seat requirements and maybe even your pediatrician? My personal opinion is to keep them in the seat as long as possible. My girl can buckle herself in (I check when she’s done) but leaves me time to get my 2 year old in her seat. As for chores, I don’t believe in paying her to do them. For us, everyone helps out at home. It’s not a specific schedule but if the dishwasher needs to be emptied, they’ll come over and help me out or if I’m folding laundry they can fold easy stuff and my 5 yo can put her folded clothes away in her room.
  11. Sandy January 11, 2019 at 3:48 pm #
    Oh man. I'm so torn about the Joel/Benjamin thing. Joel, because he KNOWS he was a total jerk, and he really does love Midge. But, he was a total jerk. . . Benjamin, because he's steady and amused by her, not threatened. Also, he was Chuck in Chuck! And I loved his sweet goofy character. I know he's not Chuck now, but he was Chuck, and somehow in my brain that counts for something.
  12. Sarah January 11, 2019 at 4:26 pm #
    I was totally team Lenny Bruce too! Now Im team Benjamin because he's so handsome but you're right, he is totally vanilla. The arm grab though gave me some serious pause on Joel. AM I team Joel now? IDK?! but that was such a hot moment I might be.
  13. Dawn McPherson January 11, 2019 at 7:33 pm #
    Beverly You make me laugh!!!!!! I love your posts. Have a good weekend Dawn
  14. Michelle January 12, 2019 at 11:42 am #
    Car seats are a huge PITA but if they still fit into the kind with a harness you still use them because they are so much safer than just a booster seat! For chores, I think it is good to have certain things that they are expected to do but then also provide other things that they can do to earn their allowance. So they have some things that is a requirement but then allow them to choose whether or not they want to go above and beyond for the money. I think that helps teach kids that they are expected to contribute but then also shows them that if they want to have money they need to work for it, so if they choose not to do the work they don’t get the allowance.
    • Michelle January 12, 2019 at 11:45 am #
      I meant you should still use the car seats if Will and Natalie still fit into them but obviously it’s your decision. The way I worded it is like a demand and I didn’t mean it that way haha!
      • Bev Weidner January 17, 2019 at 6:13 am #
        No no, I followed you!! All good, girl. :)
  15. Anne Weber-Falk January 13, 2019 at 9:45 am #
    Maisel...opposites attract! Love that! I never pulled for the Lenny thing. It doesn't feel right and what he really needs is a good friend and confidant. I'm team Benjamin all the way. Now a comedy club partnership between Midge and Joel...
  16. Raynette January 14, 2019 at 2:57 am #
    I was not for Midge and Joel until the ending last night. This show is excellent.
  17. Jenna White January 14, 2019 at 8:40 am #
    Some people will say keep them in the harness until they are too big for the seat. Most 5 year olds are tall enough and heavy enough for the booster. The biggest question is if they are responsible enough to sit up the whole time and not move the belt around - also, if they tend to fall asleep in the car and slump over, you should keep them in the harness. Fights: Meg, Courtney, Michelle. I'd put my money on Courtney to win it all. She seems nice but still quite scrappy. And that's my favorite kind.
  18. Melissa January 14, 2019 at 2:15 pm #
    We just finished watching The Kominsky Method and it's REALLY good. Only one season so far though. I'm ready for more.

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