Friday Flotsam

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odd but beautiful plants

Does anyone actually know what a sump pump looks like?

No. No one does. Not even the men or women that install them. No one knows what a sump pump looks like. I don’t know what a sump pump looks like. It dawned on me the other day that I’ve never known or even wondered what a sump pump looks like. I guess in some way I’ve always imagined it to resemble the fleshy, gooey goopy Mind Flayer monster thing from Stranger Things season three. (yesi’mstilltalkingaboutit)

But like.

It’s this rumble. This churning gear-like growl coming from under the house. But it only revs up when it needs to puke out the collected rain water from the Blair Witch crawl space below the depths of civilization. WHAT IS A SUMP PUMP, YOU GUYS.

And don’t google it, ya boob!

I guess I’ll never know. I don’t wanna know.

(the American is clearly Hopper, right?)

vintage faucet

Can’t we just all agree that “brunch” is an excuse to swig booze before noon?

Because really. No one gets excited about “going to brunch” if troughs of alcohol aren’t part of the equation.

But if that’s truly the case, then I don’t see why the world’s not foaming-at-the-mouth enthusiastic over a bowl of soggy Fruit Loops and a fizz-less Coors Light at 7:45am. BUT IT’S BRUNCH. I’M HAVING BRUNCH.

I like brunch, don’t get me wrong.

But it’s the exact same thing. By logic. Not style! Logic and human denial.

The end.

pretty window


We must discuss this show. This genius slice of British breaking-the-fourth-wall wit encapsulated in 20-minute segments for (only!, ugh) two seasons IS JUST BEYOND. Have you seen this show?!

First of all, Phoebe Waller-Bridge is my hero. I love her tall, lanky slinking-through-life nature, the shape of her mouth and teeth, her hilarity – her warmth. She’s just brilliant! I feel like if I had a show I’d continually make awkward, grossed-out glances at the camera like she did. But she already did it so I won’t. Not that I’m getting a show. Never mind.

But I absolutely love that Fleabag made US, the audience another character. Such a cool move.

(And hi, Andrew Scott can do no wrong. I can’t get enough of him as Hot Priest! Why was he so hot? How did he do that? “Kneel.” WELL I MEAN IF YOU SAY SO.)

You’ve seen it, right?!

I need more shows like this in my life. I know she also wrote Killing Eve, which I’ve not watched yet. Is it just as great? What other Fleabag-like shows are out there that are quick to get through, and will have me in teary hysterics? Or gripped. Or both.

feet and flowers

Speaking of life guidance (you do know me, right?) – I need help!

Tell me what facial exfoliator you love. Would you believe that all month long in Oregon, I didn’t exfoliate. Not once. I’m so gross, I know. I just forgot it at home. And then I kept forgetting to buy some. And then I forgot all about hygiene completely and stopped brushing my teeth and using deo and started saying words like “donk.”

Just kidding.

What do you use? What do you SWEAR BY. I read something the other day about being in your 40s and the proper exfoliating routine. It said to exfoliate more often, but more gently. So a light rub, every three days. In other words, don’t take 40-grit sandpaper from your dude’s toolbox and savagely grind it into your face crust.

Okay, fine.

hand and flowers

Weekend plans?

I’m going to pickle all my millions of garden turnips today, per your suggestion, ooooo! Go me. I’m scared.

Also, I’m headed to L.A. Sunday morning! I get to be a part of a really fun show (I’ll tell you about it soon), so I’m staying at the swaaaaanky historic Roosevelt Hotel and am going to celeb stalk like an absolute maniac. But I need help! I have all day Sunday TO MYSELF, so if you have any brunch suggestions (that obviously include soggy Fruit Loops and a fizz-less Coors light) I’m all ears. And of course any shopping gems or interesting neighborhoods to visit that afternoon (OR OMG A HOLLYWOOD TOUR BUS I am not above it), holler!

I’m taking you with me. This is just the way we do things.

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32 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. JC July 12, 2019 at 8:05 am #
    My all natural facialist recommends baking soda for an exfoliator. I make a paste with warm water or my cleanser and apply/gently rub with a Konjay sponge (from Amazon). I let it sit on my skin for a few minutes and then use a warm wash cloth to wipe it off-heaven.Very gentle and non-irritating.
    • Bev Weidner July 12, 2019 at 9:55 am #
      Oh I love that idea!
      • Jo July 12, 2019 at 8:54 pm #
        Check out Younghouselove blog. She uses ACV and coconut oil— not for exfoliation just as a beauty routine! People love it and say it’s great. Anyway it has to be Braggs Apple cider vinegar with the “mother”. And dr Bonner’s coconut oil
        • Bev Weidner July 13, 2019 at 7:43 am #
          Awesome! I've already got both, so I'll absolutely try it. Thank you!
    • Erin Davis July 14, 2019 at 6:00 am #
      The entire time I was reading City of Girls, Phoebe Waller-Bridge was always my Vivian Morris.
  2. Maria Russo July 12, 2019 at 9:02 am #
    Manhattan Beach is my favorite neighborhood in LA. Pop into all the little shops (I especially love Gum Tree), grab an ice cream (MB Creamery) or sushi (Katsu-ya) or Vietnamese food (Little Sister), then stroll the boardwalk. Or just plop on a bench and hang out. :) Great people/surfer watching and incredible sunsets.
    • Bev Weidner July 12, 2019 at 9:55 am #
      Thaaank you, Maria! You always have the goods. :)
  3. Jennifer C. July 12, 2019 at 10:18 am #
    I just watched Fleabag last week and LOVED IT! I was so disappointed when I tried to look up when season 3 was coming out and found out that's it! She was amazing! I loved her sister and dead friend too! priest! That statue! Ha! Thanks for the memories!
  4. Becky Embree July 12, 2019 at 10:52 am #
    My dermatologist told me to stop exfoliating totally since I use a retinol (which encourages cell turnover). Easy enough for me to be told to stop buying something-I can spend the money on plants instead hahaha!
  5. Denise July 12, 2019 at 10:54 am #
    I think you'll like Larchmont. Farmer's market is on Sunday. It's gonna be HOT here. If not, Sunday brunch at République on La Brea
  6. Laura July 12, 2019 at 11:09 am #
    I use Origins Modern Friction about 3x/week!
  7. Alli July 12, 2019 at 11:23 am #
    Crashing is another show she wrote (on Netflix)! It's basically pre-fleabag and just as funny.
    • Heather July 12, 2019 at 7:36 pm #
      You should check out The Good Place w/ Kristen Bell on Netflix. She is so awesome!! And as far as exfoliant, you should look into Rodan and Fields new face masks. We have many different ones for different skin types and we can even get around the Retinal issue.
  8. Molly July 12, 2019 at 12:02 pm #
    I second Crashing. Also Lovesick and the Letdown on Netflix.
  9. KJ July 12, 2019 at 12:31 pm #
    I like Beautycounter’s Nourishing Cream Exfoliator and also LOVE their Overnight Resurfacing Peel! I have three episodes left of Fleabag and I do NOT want it to end!! I’ll be so sad when it’s over.
  10. Kate July 12, 2019 at 12:34 pm #
    Go to Blue Mercury on the Plaza and ask them for some samples of the Power Peel chemical peel. You won't recognize yourself when you wake up in the morning (in a good way). My favorite scrub is Kiehl's Clearly Corrective Exfoliator. See if they'll give you a sample of that, too!
    • Bev Weidner July 12, 2019 at 1:23 pm #
      Ohhhhh on it! I have no idea what Blue Mercury is, but I just googled it and I'm so in. Thank you!
  11. Heather July 12, 2019 at 1:11 pm #
    My and husband and I just binged watched both seasons of Killing Eve, soooo good! Jodie Comer is amazing as the assassin! Her facial expressions are incredible. She is able to pull off so many accents and does them so well. I love her character. Now that we are done with Killing Eve we are going to watch Fleabag because we were impressed with this show.
    • Bev Weidner July 12, 2019 at 1:23 pm #
      Oh, you will OBSESS over Fleabag. I can't wait to hear what you think! And I gave nothing away, promzeeeee.
  12. Gisele July 12, 2019 at 1:16 pm #
    Omg Fleabag is soooo food!!! I did a poll on my IG and nobody had seen it. Whaaat? Also, yes, killing Eve is phenomenal!!! Also, have you watched Dr Foster????? Also British. Also awesome. Dark. Great!
    • Gisele July 12, 2019 at 1:17 pm #
      How many typos and “alsos” can I write in a small sentence??? ?
      • Bev Weidner July 12, 2019 at 1:22 pm #
        Hahahahah, I loved it! ALSO, I just watched the trailer. Also, I think it looks right up my alley. Also also, Killing Eve is officially on the watch list!
  13. Victoria July 12, 2019 at 1:36 pm #
    LOVE that you LOVE Fleabag. She really can do no wrong...she’s on the writing team for the next Bond film so I’m expecting some really amazing female roles and a dark brooding emotionally agonising Bond. We’ve just finished a very dark BBC show here in the UK called Years and Years...look out for it, I think it’s on HBO x
  14. Jen Jones July 12, 2019 at 1:55 pm #
    The pool at The Roosevelt is soooo pretty. I went to a party there once and it was awesome. Felt so fancy! Please Insta!
    • Bev Weidner July 13, 2019 at 7:42 am #
      I definitely plan on spending Sunday afternoon by the pool!
  15. Debbie Crownover July 12, 2019 at 3:52 pm #
    Sump things funny about your post!!! Mom has a sump pump....saves her from flooding carpets with backed up condensation. is noisy, but with it. Her pump is in hallway behind filter vent. So...I DO know what a sump pump looks like.
  16. CYNTHIA R July 12, 2019 at 6:23 pm #
    I use retinol and still exfoliate..especially my forehead! I love using 2 parts oatmeal, 1 part white sugar, 1 part baking a bit of olive oil and my fav essential oils.
  17. Rosa parks July 12, 2019 at 6:30 pm #
    A sump pump goes in a hole in your basement to pump water out of your basement if it floods
    • Bev Weidner July 13, 2019 at 7:42 am #
      Ohhh I know WHAT it is. We've had it for 12 years. :) My post is about not knowing what it looks like. I'm mainly joking. ;)
  18. Allison July 12, 2019 at 7:43 pm #
    I have used for years the Philosophy brand and swear by their products. Love their Purity cleanser and Microdelivery Peel. They make a GREAT gentle exfoliating scrub as well! I’m 38 and receive compliments on my skin by my 20 something cousins all the time...or I have turned into the old lady and they are just trying to make me feel better about aging. Nope, it has to be the Philosophy products!
  19. Anonymous July 12, 2019 at 8:00 pm #
    You’ll love killing eve but absolutely nothing like fleabag! I also thought the same thing about the hot priest! Fleabag stuck with me for good!
  20. abby July 20, 2019 at 5:17 pm #
    In a pinch, raw honey is the best exfoliator- the grainy-ish kind. I use it as facewash daily, it's anti-bacterial and very soothing. It also rinses off well. Otherwise, the "Aquareveal Satin Bright Soft Water Peel for Face" Is one of the best I've found.

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