Friday Flotsam

FrarDEE FRI. (<–do you ever tire of these? didn’t think so.)

bloody mary

SO GUESS WHAT! (just jumping right in.)

We officially booked our Oregon summer home! Which, when I say “Oregon summer home,” I realize that it sounds like I’m all Midge Maisel with one hand swooping up into the air as I clutch a little brightly colored elbow bag in my foyer, “WE’RE GOING TO THE CATSKILLS!”

It’s not like that. Although I’m not opposed to standing in my foyer and reenacting that exact moment come May 31st. “We’re GOING TO MANZANITA!” You know what, I’m doing it.

But we booked! Got our June home all settled! And guys, this place. The little beach town in itself is sickeningly picturesque. And the house we booked? Floor to ceiling windows that match the line of the mammoth neighboring mountain. Just gorgeous. It’s so Brady Bunch, this house! Can’t wait to show you.

So NOW, much last like year when we spent all of June in Connecticut, I’ll need all your fabulous recommendations for tucked-away restaurant gems, day trips to movie locations (hi, Goonies, Point Break, Short Circuit, The Ring, TWILIGHT) (and yes, lots of Twilight was actually filmed in Oregon, even though it’s set in Forks, Washington. You know me and my obnoxious research.), must-see spots in Portland, and anything else you can think of that’s cute and quaint along the coast!

We have four months until we’re officially in our Subaru with two five-year olds and an aging dog headed west. ALL THE WAY WEST. Like, can’t get any farther west without fins and a wet suit. Hold me.


So I totally made up a new word.

And get this, I made it up in my sleep! Seriously, I woke up about a week ago in a jolt, grabbed by phone and fumblingly typed it into notes before it faded.

And it might already be a word that people use, I dunno. I googled the word the next day to see if I’m an OG, and I’m seeing lots of strange videos related to the word, but not entirely having anything to do with MY meaning of the word.


Like, celebrate, but MELLOW. Mellobrate! A super-chill, low-key “woo hoo” thingy. Isn’t it fabulous? Mellobrate! (still working on the exact spelling)

I think this word basically sums up my life. Because I’m always trying to find things to enhance, experiences to make a tad more magical, but always MEGA CHILL. I don’t like big to-dos. I love teensy, darling, minimal low-key celebrations. Hi, MELLOBRATIONS.

Don’t steal my word! Just kidding, you can use it. Just remember to say, “I learned it from this majorly cool gal blogger who compares herself to Midge Maisel and clearly needs a life.”

Let’s mellobrate! See, this way you can still be in bed by 8:15 pm. (<–noggin at work, you guys.)


What string cheese camp are you in?

Because there obviously four string cheese camps that one could potentially fall into.

There’s a) the camp in which you eat the string cheese in the intended way it was meant to be eaten: pulling tiny strings off one at a time.

There’s b) the camp that doesn’t give an ish about the string pulling, and goes straight in with average sized chomping. Right down the stick, chomp chomp chomp. (preposterous)

Then there’s c) the camp with good INTENTIONS and begins the journey with the obligatory string pulling. Then gets halfway through the stick, realizes he’ll never have the patience to keep up with all this tedious pulling, and commences with chomping the rest of the way through the stick.

And lastly, there’s d) the camp that KICKS OFF the journey with impatient stick chomping, gets halfway through, then feels a pang of guilt, realizing that the string cheese had a greater purpose its stringy life, and finishes the stick off by gentle pulling, showing the stick what its worth truly was.

What’s your camp?

birds in a plant

How do you piddle at home?

I love piddling! It’s my favorite hobby. I love days when we wake up and look at the agenda and proclaim, “TODAY, I PIDDLE.”

But everyone has a favorite different piddle task. And I don’t really mean cleaning, or even tidying up. It’s those tiny random piddle projects that maybe you’ve been meaning to get to, something to reorganize, yada yada yada.

For me, I love picking off dead plants leaves. I hover over a plant, take a damp paper cloth and wipe down each leaf, letting that chlorophyll’s self esteem surface again. And then I go through and pick through any yellowing or shriveled leaves. It gives me such joy! (also, I need human friends.)

What’s your piddle project? Refolding sweaters? Alphabetizing meds? (weirdo) Rethinking the coffee table layout? Tell me how you piddle!


rock crystal

Weekend plans?

It’s going to be SIXTY on Sunday. 60! We might have to sunbathe in our skivvies.

Tomorrow our besties are coming over and I’m hosting a wine/cheese/chocolate pairing! I’ll post it before Valentine’s Day, if this kind of thing is your bag. As it should be.

Oh, oh! Where do you stand with Little Fires Everywhere? I’m 200 pages in, and plan to finish this weekend (hopefully). So I’ll talk about it early next week, for all my book clubbies! ALSO, if you’re reading Oliphant, I’ve got a little recap saved in my InstaStories. Just figured out how to do that! Ha. (again, human friends.)

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24 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Dee February 1, 2019 at 8:04 am #
    Camp A for me. My husband's in Camp B. Can't believe Camp B is even a thing! And smoked cheese sticks forevermore.
  2. Rebekah Green February 1, 2019 at 8:23 am #
    I think I'm mostly in Camp C. At least I start out with good intentions. Question: Do you cut off the yellow leaves or just yank them off the plant?
  3. Denita February 1, 2019 at 9:57 am #
    Camp C...usually.
  4. Julie February 1, 2019 at 10:16 am #
    Oh my.....the snowy sledding shot is breathtaking.
  5. JC February 1, 2019 at 10:50 am #
    I love a good piddle!! My favorite way to spend the day-usually thinking hmmmmm - love to think of different ways to do thing, moving decor around, changing things up. Mellobrate-less is ALWAYS best!!!
  6. Nicole February 1, 2019 at 11:06 am # We love Manzanita!!! We go every summer. We only have a 2 hour drive. We live near Portland Oregon. Check out the Mcmennamins properties. They are really fun!!!!
  7. TW February 1, 2019 at 11:36 am #
    SO much to do and see on the Oregon Coast! Tillamook Creamery! Oregon Coast Aquarium - Mo's (an Oregon coast institution) - Visit Seaside ( and Astoria (agree with the comment about the Astoria Column - fabulous view) Rent a quad or dune buggy for the sand dunes (near Pacific City is fun!)
  8. Vanessa February 1, 2019 at 2:06 pm #
    Where I come from we pootle about instead of piddle, which means something else entirely (tinkle) ;-D
  9. Nancy February 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm #
    Not a string chees fan. It's too stringy :) I just started Little Fires Everywhere but I'm not plowing thru it as fast as you. But I'm liking it so far. I guess I better speed up if I want to join in the club! Happy Friday!
  10. Lauren February 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm #
    I just moved to Eugene, Oregon from Northern Virginia last June. Grew up around this area (Northern California - Humboldt County. If you have the time, a visit to the Seqouias, specifically Redwood Park in Arcata, Ca would be a great place to visit. We have spent the last 6 months exploring the Oregon Coast and have just fallen in love with it out here. Newport is a must. Yachats has a great little beach perfect for the kids. Depoe Bay is the best for whale watching. I can’t wait to hear where you plan to explore - what town are you planning to stay in, if you don’t mind me asking.
    • Bev Weidner February 1, 2019 at 5:32 pm #
      Oh I said it! Manzanita. We'll be there for four weeks in June!
  11. Carrie February 1, 2019 at 4:18 pm #
    The Hoke House in Portland is the Cullen house from Twilight. You can't tour it but you can drive or walk up to it and see it quickly. Someone actually lived there when I visited so I didn't want to come across all stalker like. Ha!
  12. Claire February 1, 2019 at 4:21 pm #
    I’m camp C! And I love a good piddle! My favorite piddly task (while tough to choose) would be either organizing the pantry or arranging my girls’ bookshelves in rainbow order. I know there’s more I’m forgetting. Anyway, I love you and you need to write a book some day! :)
  13. Elise February 1, 2019 at 4:54 pm #
    Just about spat my tea out laughing. Growing up my mum would refer to going to the toilet for a number 1 as needing a piddle. So I was very confused by your question
  14. Emily F February 1, 2019 at 5:34 pm #
    I’m mostly Camp A. Occasionally Camp C. :-) and i love the Oregon coast!!! I lived in Cannon Beach for a year and just love that whole area!! Manzanita is absolutely beautiful!!! My recommendations are: if you go north, you have to go to Hug Point at low tide. Cannon Beach is so cute and charming! Tons of shops and places to eat. Mo’s at Cannon Beach is the best. Seaside is a fun place. And then your close to Astoria! Astoria Sunday market. Astoria tower. And then you should just drive over the Astoria bridge and check out Long Beach!! If you do that you definitely have to drive on the beach! And there’s go carts, mini golf, treats from the Delicatessen, and I’ve creamfrom Scoopers. As well as Jake the Alligator Man. Can’t miss a visit with him. And if you go south, check out Tillamook Creamery.
  15. Katie D February 1, 2019 at 5:52 pm #
    Camp E: coat those cheesy babes in herby almond flour crumbs and pan fry in oil, or bake until crispy. Dunk immediately in marinara sauce. ::all the heart eyes::
  16. Laura February 1, 2019 at 10:57 pm #
    Manzanita is so amazing. I actually have so many recommendations I should email you... My husband grew up in Tillamook and his dad still has a farm on one of the rivers there and my parents lived all of last summer in Rockaway. We live in Portland. Manzanita is the cutest town. Definitely for running just go out to the Nehalem state park and there are tons of great trails all the way out to the spit! And the better wine is inland near Portland TBH. But the seafood is good if you know where to go. Definitely recommend clamming at low tide in gearhart and crabbing but June is pretty early in the crab season. You can get these amazing bay clams if you go clamming the kids and hubs will love it and the tide is really low in the morning like -10 and if you cook the little ones in a white wine sauce after brining they are amazing. Oh and the crawdads on the rivers are amazing and delicious too!
  17. Judy Trembath February 2, 2019 at 12:09 am #
    What the fudge is string cheese?!
  18. Brittany February 2, 2019 at 2:36 am #
    You have to go to Cannon Beach! And check out Sleepy Monk coffee... they have weird hours but the best coffee and pastries and an even better front porch. And if you can get out to Bend- do it! We lived there for a few years and miss it everyday!!!
  19. Carla February 2, 2019 at 7:32 am #
    Multnomah Falls and the Columbia River Valley are both worth stops.
  20. Klara February 3, 2019 at 1:06 am #
    Where I am from, piddling = urinating. I was like, why are we discussing this? Literally never heard it in the context you've used it in. I mean I believe you. It was just a weird moment for me. I don't like string cheese but I get disappointed if my son doesn't pull off every individual strand, and instead goes in for the kill. He's 3 so his emotional response to string-cheese eating is nothing like mine.
    • Bev Weidner February 3, 2019 at 7:48 am #
      Hahaha, I've had a few other people from the UK also tell me that piddling is peeing. UM, SO SORRY to put you in that weird mental place. :)
  21. Anonymous February 4, 2019 at 5:47 pm #
    I never cared for string cheese, until I was waitressing at a (rather upscale) Mexican food restaurant in Houston and saw how the cooks made the cheese enchiladas....string cheese-style cheese stick rolled up in a tortilla, stuck in an oven, then topped with “Mexican gravy”. 😳 And those enchiladas tasted amazing! 🤷🏻‍♀️
  22. Wendy February 11, 2019 at 2:27 pm #
    Yay! Nice pick! We loooove Manzanita. So many amazing places on the coast. One of ours favorites is the Lazy Susan cafe in Cannon Beach. Little house with a tiny dining room up a narrow flight of stairs. Charm for days. Gingerbread waffles. Benedicts. Marionberry scones. Mmmmm.

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