Friday Flotsam


chamomille flowers

Who else here thinks, “La! A note to follow so” is a little bit of a cop out?

I mean, come on. Up until that point we have a female deer, a drop of golden sun, a name I call myself, a long long way to run, a needle pulling thread, and then – A NOTE TO FOLLOW THE PREVIOUS THING I JUST SANG ABOUT? And then a lovely little drink with jam and bread? But La gets NOTHING?

No. Rogers. Hammerstein. Let’s rethink this, ‘mkay?

What about, “La, the first half of latteeeee!”

Or, “La, a French word meaning feminiiiiiine!”

Or, “La, for decking all those haaaaaaalls!”

RIGHT? What do you think, fellas?

No? . . . Really?

I won’t let the door hit me on the way out.


Guess what I’m totally going to try to start this afternoon on Instagram Stories.


Wait, why are you rolling your eyes?

It’s going to be super simple. (because I’m lazy) Nothing official. (because no time) And super fun! (in my head)

It’s called BEV’S BOOK CLUB, because my creativity knows no bounds.

I’ll announce the books this afternoon, but I’ll tell you here, in case you want to get a head start on ordering or reserving. Right now I’m about halfway through Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (loving it, omg), and I plan on finishing it this weekend. Maybe early next week, we’ll see. But! Here’s the list:::

Little Fires Everywhere

A Place For Us

A Day in December

Where the Crawdads Sing


A Man Called Ove

Hidden Bodies (the sequel to You!)

Okay, let’s start there. And if you have any books you’d like to recommend, I’ll add it to the list! Aren’t we already having so much fun? (you can keep the answer to yourself.)

THIS IS WHAT WE’LL DO. Basically there are no rules. You read with me if you want. When I’m done with each book, I’ll give you (a very short) review on Stories! BUT, if you want to submit questions in Stories (like with that fun little question thingy) we’ll do that, too. And we’ll drink rosé. Obviously. WHAT’S A BOOK CLUB WITHOUT WINE?

I’ll start with a tiny recap of Oliphant, and then we’ll non-officially go from there. Sound GEWD?

Who’s in??

baskets in a window

And now, a word from our sponsor – my daughter Natalie James.

“Will I toot when I die?”

“This egg is going to become poop in my body!”

“This chicken doesn’t know we’re eating it.”

and the best for last:

“Toots are invisible, right? Like God.”

You know, just in case you needed that today. (Will-isms coming shortly)

dainty flowers

I have some fun news! In case you didn’t see it on the Facebooks or the Stories, this Saturday morning I’ll be making my television debut on THE KITCHEN! (television SHOW, that is. Commercials non included.)

THE KITCHEN! On Food Network! And I have to say, GZ is what you think he is. NICE. Like, really nice. He came into my dressing room (which was literally five feet away from Teri Hatcher helloooooo) to say hi, and was absolutely pleasant. We talked about Kansas City bbq (which I know very little about but pretended none the less), and what I do for a living (which I know very little about but pretended none the less).

So, you should watch! I cook some cheesy roasted pizza potatoes with the hilarious Sunny, and forget to serve everyone when I’m done. It’s fantastic.

10am CENTRAL Saturday morning on The Food Network!

And yes I’m barfy nervous to watch.

bird tracks in the snow

Weekend plans?

No snow over here! Rain comes Sunday night, but the high is 40, so I don’t feel the need to punch something.

Tomorrow morning we’re watch-party-brunching at our besties’ house (I’m bringing a spinach a goat cheese frittata!), and then we have another bowling birthday party in the afternoon.

Oh! Also, I’ll be making crusty bread, a rustic kale gratin and buttermilk-brined cornish game hens for you, as a V-day menu idea! (Not venereal day, just to be. . .clear.)

. . . I still feel like La deserves more in this world.

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29 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Debi January 25, 2019 at 9:10 am #
    I love the idea of a book club! Question...I’ve watched You but haven’t read the book. Should I read it real quick before the sequel? Also, La totally got ripped off.
    • Bev Weidner January 25, 2019 at 9:23 am #
      I never read You, but I hear it's incredible. I'll probably skip it though and dive right into Hidden Bodies. But feel free to! HB is a bit out, so you've got time.
  2. Autumn January 25, 2019 at 10:09 am #
    "this chicken doesn't know we're eating it" made me lolololol can't wait for the Will-isms :) And I'm all about the Book Club! I'm already in a book club with my girlfriends and I read a ton on the side as well... I've already read Eleanor Oliphant and loved it, I've read Little Fires Everywhere and it's fantastic, A Man called Ove is so touching and I'm in the middle of Becoming right now and don't want it to ever end! Looking forward to hearing your thoughts on them as well :) happy weekend! and excited to see you on Food Network!
  3. Tracie Wilburn January 25, 2019 at 10:31 am #
    Love it that you analyzed “My Favorite Things”!!!!!! You always make me laugh!!!!?? Raindrops on Roses.............Have a great weekend and congrats on your debut!!!!
  4. toni January 25, 2019 at 10:36 am #
    "The Boys in the Cave" kept me up until 2AM...awesome..."toots are God"...bwahahahaha
  5. Michelle January 25, 2019 at 10:51 am #
    My book recommendation? Educated by Tara Westover. I couldn't put it down. (Apologies if you've already read it.)
    • Bev Weidner January 25, 2019 at 10:52 am #
      Oh yes! Adding immediately. I've had others recommend this one, so thank you!
  6. Jackie January 25, 2019 at 12:14 pm #
    Just finishing up A Man Called Ove - it is beautiful and hilarious and emotional. Great choice! Love the book club plan!
  7. Melissa January 25, 2019 at 12:21 pm #
    Yes! Started Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine per your story a few days ago! It’s so good. Love this idea!
  8. Ali Vizzo January 25, 2019 at 12:45 pm #
    Book club! I’ve already read Little Fires and A Place for Us and have been dying to hear other people’s thoughts. I started listening to Becoming this morning. It’s fun to hear Michelle read it to me. Can’t wait to watch the Kitchen tomorrow!
  9. Stefanie January 25, 2019 at 12:56 pm #
    This is a great idea. Book clubs are literally always a great idea. I have two recs for you as well! “A Place For Us” is great btw. Mine are “My Year of Rest and Relaxation” which is just such a beach read and toes the line of being barely believable, but also deserves accolades because of the genius time setting (year 2000 nyc) and surprisingly excellent character development. And “Convenience Store Woman” in which I’m barely started but have heard it’s wonderful.
  10. Andrea January 25, 2019 at 1:25 pm #
    What about The Hate U Give?? I haven’t read it yet (it’s in my cabinet patiently waiting) but I’ve heard many good things!
  11. Lisa B January 25, 2019 at 2:38 pm #
    I’m in. I need this in my life and you crack me up!
  12. WimsattA January 25, 2019 at 5:59 pm #
    At first glance I thought the white picture above was toilet paper! I’m here for the book club. I’ve been needing some ideas so, perfect timing.
  13. Robin C. January 25, 2019 at 6:36 pm #
    There is a very distinct theme running through Nat’s mind right now...poop and chicken:) I can't wait to see you tomorrow on big screen (my tv)!!
  14. Bev January 25, 2019 at 8:39 pm #
    Oh gosh!! Book clubs-LOVE!! My favs- Beartown (same author as A Man Named Ove), The Break—seriously amazing and set in my home town in Winnipeg (which is colder than Mars), The Alice Network—read them....or don’t, but really you should. Xo
    • Kacey January 25, 2019 at 8:59 pm #
      Us Against You (Beartown #2) Equally as good!
  15. Annie vR January 25, 2019 at 9:22 pm #
    I am SO excited about this book club! I’ve been meaning to read almost all of the books on your list anyway, so this is going to be awesome sauce.
  16. Ana January 26, 2019 at 5:45 am #
    I'm so hear for this! Loved Little Fires Everywhere and Becoming! I have heard great things about The Man called Ove. Happy Reading!!
  17. Dea January 26, 2019 at 8:57 am #
    Great post! Have you read Tell the Wolves I’m Home? It’s a good one. Need hat kale gratin stat.
  18. Emily M January 26, 2019 at 10:04 am #
    La really does need some love. It’s like they just quit on that one. Tsk tsk Rogers & Hammerstein. And I am so excited about the book club. I haven’t read any on your list so i’ll do my best to keep up. I am finishing “China Rich Girlfriend” and then I’ll start “Little Fires...”. It’s been on my kindle wishlist for months! Going to check out your current read as well.
  19. Anonymous January 26, 2019 at 10:09 am #
    The death of Mrs Westaway!!!!! Read it!!!!! Sorry to be so loud.
  20. Anonymous January 26, 2019 at 10:35 am #
    The great alone. A must.
  21. Sarah January 26, 2019 at 5:43 pm #
    Where the Crawdads sing is so good.
  22. Randy January 30, 2019 at 3:00 pm #
    EEEEEE! I lurved Where the Crawdads Sing! Read it in a weekend!
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  25. StorePlay Apk June 10, 2021 at 10:44 am #
    EEEEEE! I lurved Where the Crawdads Sing! Read it in a weekend!

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