Friday Flotsam


snowy trees

Who do you think the ORIGINAL Team-Off was?

That made no sense. Let me start over.

You know how we’ve been saying team this or team that for a bazillion eons now?

Team Edward or Team Jacob.

Team Ben or Team Noel.

Team Aniston or Team Pitt. (<–remember?!?!)

Team Jess or Team Logan.

Team Dawson or Team Pacey.

Team Big or Team Aiden.

Who was the OG on this team situation? And why did we start this? Tell you what, I want to shake the hand of the person who did, is all I know. Maybe buy her a rosé. I bet it was a girl.

But let’s think back – when was THE FIRST TIME you heard Team this or Team that? Was it Saved By The Bell? I never said Team Zack or Team Slater. (Zack for life) 90210? I don’t recall Team Dylan or Team Brandon. (Dylan, all the way)

WHEN WAS IT? Team Noah or Team Moses? Ha! Just kidding.

And who was your favorite and most memorable team-off of all time?

Clearly I need a life.

(Team Jess. Obviously.)

rosé with gals

Okay, bookies. It’s come to my recent attention that there is a hard line between those who dog ear, and those who bookmark. And it is an ugly crossover, so I’ve discovered.

Before starting my imaginary book club, Bev Books, I never paid attention (LIKE, AT ALL) to how you mark your place in a book. Stick something in it? Sure. Turn the page down? Yep.

Two times recently I was e-screamed at on Instagram for turning down a corner. Or – dog earring. I dog ear! So what! I don’t understand HOW THIS IS BAD. A) It’s my book. I bought it. End of story (<–hahaha). And B) I think dog earring is rather poetic! It shows the stops and pauses throughout the book. The journey of the reader. The story within the story! It doesn’t ruin anything, it’s SWEET, OKAY.

But hey, if you want to use a bookmark, I’m not going to think you are a heinous person. Dude, it’s your book, your life. I never even knew it was a THING TO JUDGE.

So of course, I must know – do you use a bookmark? Or do you dog ear?


(And while I feel like feeding the fire, do you remove the sleeve on hardbacks? Or leave it on?) TEAM REMOVE OR TEAM STAY?

I can relax on this.

white on white

Eye lash curlers!

I need one. I had one a mazillion eons ago, but it got clumpy and disease-y so I threw it out, burned it and howled at the moon. But I have a question.

ARE ALL EYE LASH CURLERS CREATED EQUAL? Or is there one that you recommend above all others that show up to work and curl like a madman? Because I feel like the one I had since the early ’90s was kind of lame. It didn’t curl Jack. Nor Jill. Haha! Never mind.

Tell me what you use. I know you hold the secrets.

cozy restaurant

And now, a word from our sponsor – my five-year old son, William Everett:

Me, “Who tooted?” Will, “Me! The toots are friends in my butt.”

Me, “Whatcha doing?” Will, “Oh, just letting my arm rest.”

“Mom, my coughs are hungry for medicine.”

You’re . . . welcome?

snow from the sky

Weekend plans?

Ohhhh you know, it’s GONNA*@$%^#SNOWAGAIN. But at least the forecast has gone down from tanks to buckets. I can deal. And I DO see a 51-degree day in the forecast two weeks from now! THIS IS THE ONLY THING I HAVE JUST LET ME HAVE IT.

I finished Where the Crawdads Sing yesterday (seriously, best book I’ve read in a while! That ENDING, omg. Never saw it coming. Obsessed.), so to celebrate I’m making a southern-cooked meal this weekend. Fried chicken, turnip greens, cornbread, GRITS. Yes, girl.


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25 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kristin March 1, 2019 at 7:32 am #
    I am team I like blooming crocuses in my KC yard in March, and NOT team I like snow in my KC yard in March.
  2. Rebekah S March 1, 2019 at 8:23 am #
    All eyeleash curlers are NOT created equal. The only one worth owning is the Shu Uemura curler. Worth every penny. I love seeing where someone else has dog eared a page from a past reading, but I usually use the inside flaps of the jacket as bookmarks.
    • Deanna March 1, 2019 at 3:02 pm #
      I agree with everything (eyelash curler and using the book jacket), but I hate the dog eared pages. I’ll accept dog eared books in paperback of a beach book, but never ever in a hardback. I’m a chronic rereader of books, and once the paper gets to a certain age the dog ears fall off which annoys me. And you can’t dog ear library books. People who do should get fined. Unrelated, I checked out a cookbook from the library that was full of post-its (Insert Romy and Michelle Post-It quote here) with notes about the recipes, and it was the greatest thing ever.
  3. Cathy March 1, 2019 at 8:54 am #
    Yes, that book was amazing! I totally thought someone else DID IT!
  4. Melanie March 1, 2019 at 9:14 am #
    I only read ebooks, probably for the last 15 years or so! I guess you can use an electronic bookmark in these but they open to the page you left off on. So I’m team ebook!
  5. Nicole March 1, 2019 at 10:09 am #
    Dog ear all day !!! It drives my husband crazy. Toots are friends in my butt is the best thing ever!!!
  6. Autumn March 1, 2019 at 10:12 am #
    omg this made me laugh because definitely Team Bookmark! and Team Remove Sleeve! I recently finished reading Becoming and lent it to my girlfriend and before I handed it over I had to tell her that I take very good care of my books and that she must remove the sleeve when she's reading it so that it doesn't get banged up, and not to dog ear the pages LOL and she was like, basically I can't breath on this book! hahaha ... and my response, exactly ;) and eye lash curlers: Kevin Aucoin! The best of the best! and yes if definitely makes a difference! I still can't believe you dog ear your pages.... BUT your response about why and it being poetic, made it not so horrifying :)
  7. Vicky March 1, 2019 at 10:18 am #
  8. Karina March 1, 2019 at 10:31 am #
    I feel this post on a spiritual level. First of all, dog ears are totally poetic. I love finding a book that has loads of them in it because it usually signals a tough read. I'm usually very against the notion that you can't do whatever to your book once you've bought it. I even WRITE in mine, sue me. Second of all, the eye lash curler. I went home to my parent's not long ago and discovered one I'd been using like 10 years ago, snapped it to my friends to be all 'hah, check out this relic!' and everyone was like 'uuhmm, this is a very normal thing to be using??' oh well. And thirdly, winter can suck it. We had one glorious week of non-snow and everyone felt very giddy with spring coming and then last night it snowed like nobody's business and I'm just so over it. Just so effing over it.
  9. Jill March 1, 2019 at 11:11 am #
    Team Dog Ear for paperbacks. For hard covers, keep the sleeve on for book marking purposes. The end.
  10. Jennifer C. March 1, 2019 at 11:36 am #
    Riggins 4-ever!
  11. Nancy March 1, 2019 at 11:53 am #
    I usually use bookmarks only because I get books from the library and they probs wouldn't like dog eared pages. That's the reason I've only read Little Fires because they didn't have the others. Well, they had them but they were checked out....But I'm gonna read Crawdads so no spoilers, People :) Y'all have snow; we have had incessant rain and I am effing over it, too. Happy Friday anyway!!
  12. Anne Weber-Falk March 1, 2019 at 11:54 am #
    Team KINDLE! Then I never have to worry about losing my place. Just dropping it in the tub.
  13. Denita March 1, 2019 at 1:28 pm #
    I'm team do what is convenient...old receipt laying beside me when reading, instant bookmark (these however do tend to fall out when your two-year mad grabs your book and dashes away to hide it under the bed), dust jacket has somehow managed to stay with the book the flap becomes a bookmark (also, very fallible bookmark when dealing with a two-year old in the house), my most frequent and reliable method of marking a book is dog-earing (two-year old manages to steal book that dog-ear is most likely staying put and even if not, it has left a mark of where it was). I do not understand why people care if the corners of a book have been bent, do not lend me your book if I don't dog-ear a page here and there my toddler might lose it for a few days (years)
  14. Laura Lee March 1, 2019 at 5:03 pm #
    Usually a post-it for a bookmark but I've been known to dogear in a bind. I hate the dust jackets. They just keep falling off. I throw them away on my children's books and take them off on mine and replace when I'm done.
  15. Susan March 1, 2019 at 5:31 pm #
    NOOO to dog ear, YES to bookmark! Every time. His coughs are hungry for medicine. Oh Will you are the sweetest.
  16. Bryn March 2, 2019 at 5:07 am #
    This one is my favorite by far! Team Shisheido
    • Bryn March 2, 2019 at 5:09 am #
      And I don’t know why it makes a difference and when I left my last one on vacation I tried to replace it with a cheaper version...but no. There’s a difference And I’m a bookmarker but can’t imaf telling you how to live your book reading life! It’s your book. Tear the pages out as you go...confetti fringe the ends. Can’t figure out how it would change my day!
  17. Toni March 2, 2019 at 12:13 pm #
    I always have this horror when using an eyelash curler that the rubber things have fallen out (no, they ARE there, right?) and the curler is going to CUT my eyelashes off at the root. Then, should I cut the other eyelashes off to even them up? Sigh....Team Dog Ear and Team Let my eyelashes stick straight out...
  18. Tillie March 2, 2019 at 3:43 pm #
    I'm a bookmark rather than dog ear kind of gal. Even if it is my book, show it some respect, I say.
  19. Stephanie March 3, 2019 at 2:42 pm #
    I am team bookmark and team WHY ARE BOOK JACKETS EVEN A THING?! I cannot stand them. Especially on children's books. WHY!?
  20. Stacy March 4, 2019 at 2:39 pm #
    I'm an avid reader of hard back books only. Jackets stay on. No dog ears. I use a dollar bill as a book marker. I started using paper money as a book marker when I was a teenager and just never stopped. I'm 55. Love your blog, instagram and personality. The twins are adorable.
  21. Caitlin March 10, 2019 at 9:59 pm #
    Team Riggins, and now I'm hankering for another rewatch!
  22. EmilyA March 11, 2019 at 1:50 pm #
    Loved this post for more reasons than just one. First, team bookmark all the way. I learned this from my mom. In our house it was an absolute sin to dog-ear a page!! The best bookmarks are old plane tickets in my opinion. I think there's something poetic about that! It's kind of like the journey thing you were talking about. Two, Team Jess and Team Riggins #folife Three, when you do get your eye lash curler you should make sure to warm it up for a few seconds, either by sticking it your bra or blow drying it for a few seconds. It makes your lashes stay curled way longer!
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