Friday Flotsam


mother's day nibbles

My nose always itches when I run the kitchen sink water.

Isn’t that weird? Always.

I’ll be gearing up to tackle the dishes, completely fine, itch free, and then I flip the water on, and as soon as the water + soap touches my hands and begins to lather, my nose itches like a 5th grader with chicken pox. Every time!

I don’t get it.

Why is that? Does it have something to do with the centrifugal force of Jupiter’s 12 moons plus the inertia of the water pressure competing with the compounding particles of wisping nose hairs and its surrounding environment divided by the downfall of humanity? Is that it?

Does this happen to you? Or something like it? Do I need a new nose?


Alright, it’s time me for to plan the three-day road trip busy bag extravaganza. We leave for Oregon this EXACT MOMENT (!!!) a week from today, and I need to wrap my head around them.

I can tell you what, I’m not making the same mistake I made last year. And that IS – zero crayons. Only colored pencils. And only six per child. That = only 12 for me to pick up every 30 seconds. I can deal with that.

What else?!

I did order two of these for the trip. Which I know you’re thinking, “Well if you ordered those you don’t need the pencils, ding a ling!” But I do, you see. My kids obsess over notepads. So this will just mean variety for them. Some hours they’ll notepad it, and others they’ll tablet it. THIS NOGGIN IS ON TOUR.

What else?!

I’m also not going to bring tiny toys that can drop out of their hands and past their legs and into the floorboard abyss of crumbs, colored pencils and rotting dreams. Only toys five inches or bigger. Maybe a new little doll for Nat (surprise! we have 29 hours of car time ahead of us!) and some evil Transformer thingy to TAKE DOWN THE DOLL RAAAAAAR. You know.

What else?!

Trays for snacks. Wet wipes at the ready. No slime. Their own travel water bottles.

What else?!

nest and legs

Have you guys seen Someone Great?

Is it something great? Ha! oh.

It’s not that I NEED a new show. I’m still traveling at a blistering pace down this road of books (speaking of, I plan to finish Into the Water this weekend, so we can talk about it next week!), but I did watch Dead to Me, and it kind of gave me the itch to watch something else great. Ha! Oh.

Tell me what you think. This scene gives me so much life, but is the whole show AS great at this particular scene? I keep saying great and it makes me giggle. Never mind.

What are you watching? What should I be watching? What is the world watching? (don’t say game of thrones or I will cut you.)

flowers and feet

So guess what. Tomorrow morning at 11am EASTERN, I’ll be back on The Kitchen!

And I’m grilling and I might fumble and almost drop the salmon but it’s fine. I’m fine. You won’t notice. Except for maybe when I go, “OH! UH OH! Oh. Okay.” Maybe they edited it out. Maybe they didn’t. It’s fine.

I’m fine.

I’m thinking they edited it out.

I think.

roses and gremlins

Weekend plans?

MY LITTLE HUMANS GRADUATE FROM PRESCHOOL TODAY. And I have some strappy clogs arriving later this afternoon. Can’t decide which one I’m more excited about.

Duh, the clogs.

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20 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Tobi May 24, 2019 at 7:42 am #
    Happy Friday! Two questions: what is the climbing flowering plant in the last picture - I love it! Also, have you compiled list of the books you've read so far for your book club? Thank you!
    • Colleen May 24, 2019 at 10:04 am #
      YES! TELL US ABOUT THAT STUNNING FLOWERING PLANT?? Congrats on graduation, what about bringing something new for them to open each day since you will be in the car for the next month?
    • Melissa May 25, 2019 at 10:59 am #
      I have the same itchy nose / kitchen sink problem!!! I can’t believe this happens to other people !!
  2. Heather May 24, 2019 at 8:16 am #
    For TV shows you might try PEN15? On Hulu, about two bffs in their first year of middle school. Set in the 90s. Totally funny and will remind you of how awkward that time in our lives was. Or Catastrophe on Amazon? Have you seen if? Truly an awesome show. congrats on preschool graduation! Ours is in a couple weeks! Wooo hoooo
  3. Anonymous May 24, 2019 at 9:10 am #
    The last picture just screams Natalie is so much like you and Will so much like Aaron. Not that I really know you guys but I say this from what I do know about you :) Regarding your itching nose, I've known people that had stuff like that. For instance, one of my bf's, every time she shops, she has to go to the bathroom (#2!), my ex used to sneeze every time before we did the horizontal bop (tmi?). I'll just leave it at that :)
    • Angelina May 24, 2019 at 12:12 pm #
      Haha, I totally was thinking the same about Will and Nat. Love it.
    • Bev Weidner May 24, 2019 at 12:36 pm #
      Hahahaha, I LOVE knowing this. But I'm a weirdo.
  4. Alyssa May 24, 2019 at 9:15 am #
    I hadn't even heard of Something Great, but that scene is everything. Helps that I just went to a Lizzo concert so I have been doing my version of that scene during my commute, while sitting at my desk, at the gym, while changing my children's diapers etc. I think I've successfully convinced everyone that this 37 year old pasty suburban lawyer/mama is actually 100% THAT BITCH.
  5. Stephanie May 24, 2019 at 9:15 am #
    My nose itches when I wear sunscreen and get in a pool. Just sunscreen, fine. Just a pool, fine. Sunscreen + Pool, itch city. Has baffled me for years. Can't wait for your Oregon trip!
  6. Janice May 24, 2019 at 9:27 am #
    Building on Nat's announcement she'd like to be an opera singer (IG stories yesterday) and in support of your efforts to introduce your kids to great music, here's an idea for your road trip. Have you heard of the Classical Kids series of CD's? They are a combination of music and stories from a child's perspective about composers and famous works - ie. Beethoven Lives Upstairs, Mozart's Magnificent Voyage, Mozart's Magic Fantasy, Vivaldi's Ring of Mystery, Tchaikovsky Discovers America, and Hallelujah Handel. They are so well done and expose children to glorious music in a fun way. My kids loved these over the years. Another option (and my kids' favorite) was the book & CD combo of "The Musical Life of Gustav Mole". This is the story of a little mole born into a musical family and is a perfect introduction to musical instruments, ensembles and occasions. My kids loved to pick out individual instruments in the songs and fostered their curiosity about all kinds of music. Anyway, just a couple of suggestions :)
    • Nancy May 24, 2019 at 10:46 am #
      This is a great idea. When my son was little, he used to love to listen to Peter & The Wolf in the car. It was one of my favorites as a kid, too, and just writing this makes me want to buy the CD!
  7. Tina Morrow May 24, 2019 at 9:59 am #
    I sneeze when I eat chocolate - just the first bite does it every time. So weird! Good luck with packing for your massive road trip. Happy Summer!
    • Kristin May 24, 2019 at 12:41 pm #
      Chocolate does that to my son too. And stepping into bright sunshine makes him sneeze.
      • Deanna May 24, 2019 at 2:56 pm #
        Sneezing in bright light is ACHOO syndrome! It a not harmful, but kind of annoying genetic thing. I do it too and won’t leave the house without sunglasses.
      • Tina Morrow May 24, 2019 at 4:04 pm #
        Wow, so glad someone else has the chocolate reaction! And I also sneeze in the sun but not every single time. Our bodies are fascinating and bizarre!
        • Kristin May 25, 2019 at 1:55 pm #
          That they are!
  8. CJ | A Well-Read Tart May 24, 2019 at 10:13 am #
    I just started watching THE KITCHEN! Can't wait to see you on there. :-) Shows to watch: I've become obsessed with THE WHITE QUEEN on Starz. It's based on the Philippa Gregory novels about the War of the Roses in 1400s England. I love all her books, and this show is a great historical drama, with lots of romance, intrigue, political maneuvering, and gorgeous costumes. A bit racy, though -- don't keep the kiddos in the room when it's on! I highly recommend the mini-series, which is only about 10 episodes (1 hour each).
  9. Emily M May 24, 2019 at 12:05 pm #
    The trays for car snacks can also come in handy as lap desk for rolling pencils and little toy parts!! Saw that tip somewhere recently... even using dollar store cookie sheets that have a bit of an edge around them. And that writing tablet thing! Added it to my cart so fast - so cool. My 5yo will flip over it. Congrats on Preschool Graduation. They are so darn cute. I am loving all the book and show recs... i have been a media hermit the past year since I decided to work on a certificatoin, so all my free time has been spent in online classes and studying. I'll finally be done in July and then I'm reading and watching it ALLLLLLLLLL. (except Game of Thrones! HA!)
  10. erin marie May 24, 2019 at 12:27 pm #
    So, Something Great is a movie, not a show (well, I mean to say, it’s not a series - just a one and done), and I would say that scene is the best part about it. Love Lizzo!! Lots o’ drugs and alcohol - there is no way that any human would be able to stand up and walk after ingesting what’s ingested. All that to say I wasn’t mad I watched it. I did a couple of loads of laundry whilst watching it and had no probs walking away to switch loads without hitting the pause button. It’s a fun little jaunty flick.
  11. Laura May 24, 2019 at 5:03 pm #
    That scene is definitely the best part of Someone Great. I got interrupted in the middle of it and debated finishing it. I did, hoping it would improve, but alas, it did not.

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