Friday Flotsam


red tree

You are never going to guess where my earrings are.

Wait. I should back up.

Remember when we went camping? Right. So, the second morning I’d put my pretty hoop earrings (the ones I wear a l l t h e t i m e) on the tent floor next to my pillow. Just like I’d done the night before. So I guess I should have said, “Both nights I put my pretty hoop earrings on the tent floor next to my pillow.”

So both nights I put my pretty hoop earrings on the tent floor next to my pillow. And the second morning when I got up to wrangle the children (said like Julie Andrews in Sound of Music) and head up to the main cleaner bathroom, Aaron got off his little sleeping pad thing and scooted over to my blow-up mattress. Noticing how close he was coming to my beloved earrings, I said to him, “Hey my earrings are right there on the tent floor next to my pillow. Watch out for them. We’re going to pee. Make me some coffee. Bye.” Just like that.

When we got BACK from peeing and brushing teeth and washing our faces, the earrings were gone. I go, “Aaron! Where are my earrings that were right there on the tent floor next to my pillow?” And he said, “Oh I put them in that flap,” and glanced over to my backpack at the foot of the tent.

“Ohhhh okay. That flap. Cool, thanks.”


So we get home from the campings. And I unpack all my ish. And I feel like putting my pretty gold earrings back in (the next day, you guys, I’m not an animal.) and they’re NOT IN THAT BACKPACK FLAP. He said he put them in the backpack flap! Or actually he said, “I put them in that flap,” – whatever that means. So I opted for different gold chunky hoop earrings for the time being. Such trying moments in life. (Yes I want to punch myself in the face, too.)

When Aaron got hoooome, I asked him again, “So you said you put my earrings in my backpack?” And he said, “No I never said that. I put them in that little bag mesh flap thing on the inside of the tent.



So here’s the conundrum:

Do we A) unpack the tent for my earrings? (huge hassle! but I save $20.)

Or B) do I just buy a new pair? (avoided the hassle! but out $20.)

Tell me what you’d do. Tell me what to do! I clearly need life guidance if I’ve bothered to completely bore you to this degree over a pair of EARRINGS.

Le sigh.

But really, unroll? Or buy a new pair?

giant pretzels

I feel like there are varying degrees on how to choose your friends wisely.

Character, sure.

If they’re kind to others, absolutely.

Common interests yet open mindedness to fresh ways to look at life, totally.

But . . . I feel like there’s one major component to fruitful companionship that must not be overlooked. Ever.

And that is . . . how ones likes their bacon. What, I’m serious!

You start to get close to someone, “Hold on! Before we go a moment further, do you like your bacon floppy? Burnt? Or right-in-the-middle brilliantly crispy?”

And if they say “turkey bacon” just run. Just effing run.

It says a lot about someone in the way they cook/like/eat their bacon. Floppy bacon with clear-ish wobbly parts? DID YOU EVEN TRY?

Charred, burnt bacon that’s shriveled and looks like petrified lizard tongue? You should be ashamed of yourself for trusting this person!

Bacon should be right-in-the-middle crispy, thick, that magical shade between bright and dark red, and glistening with impending pleasure that’s about to unfold in thy mouth.

And if someone tries to disagree with this, well, they can talk to the hand! But just one because my other one is shoving bacon into my face.

little scooters

Kansas City!

Or Overland Park, or North KC, or Olathe, or anyone ever::

Where do you order your firewood? I ordered mine from a company (that I’ve used for years now! Good wood, poor customer service.) almost two weeks ago, and when I talked to the dude on the phone yesterday he was a jerk-and-a-half face and basically said he’s got no oak. And doesn’t know when he’ll get it. So he refunded me and I’m back to square wood. I mean one.

Tell me where you order, and who you love. I ordered earlier this month, planning ahead for the fall (HI. SNOW NEXT WEEK.) and now I feel like we’ll fall to the very back of the line and basically I’m a winey baby gripe face about it. Waaaaaaah.

Who do you use?! I’ll tell them you sent me! Thank you and goodnight.

I mean good morning.


shoes and flowers

Who wants to become extremely jealous that next Tuesday Aaron’s driving to Fayetteville to attend a Mystery Science Theater 3000 LIVE SHOW with his dad.

Like, so much jealousy happening in my heart. I’m happy for them, whatever.

Anyone out there going to see them!? Anyone out there know what I’m even talking about?

Speaking of, this made me laugh. (only me, mind you) When we were at the campings, I said to a bunch of people, “Have you guys seen RiffTrax do Birdemic: Shock and Terror?,” and my friend Brandy said, “I have no idea what any of those words were.”

No one ever does, guys.

No one.ever.does.

golden trees

Weekend plans?

We’re watching Us tonight, going to a Halloween carnival tomorrow, carving pumpkins, hauling in all our outdoor plants, and I’m reading The Silent Patient over the next few days. I feel like that’s a pretty tight pre-Halloween weekend, right?

I’m also taking the gremlins to an ACTUAL BOOKSTORE today. A real-life used bookstore that smells good, feels good, is good. We’re taking their allowance money and going to lounge around for a bit looking for a few books to buy. Plus it’s right across the street from the best dumplings in town, so. There’s that.

(unroll? or buy?)

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18 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Dayne October 25, 2019 at 8:29 am #
    We saw Mystery Science live a few years ago in Milwaukee. Never have I ever laughed so hard!
  2. Melanie October 25, 2019 at 8:36 am #
    I don’t suppose you could wait until you go camping again? ? I guess if I absolutely needed that kind of earring to wear and they are only $20, I’d just buy another pair. I live in Upstate NY so I don’t think you’d want wood recommendations from me! And finally, I don’t recognize any of those words either ?‍♀️
  3. Angelina October 25, 2019 at 8:39 am #
    Buy for sure. Then you will always have two pairs of your favorite hoops!
  4. Nicole October 25, 2019 at 8:42 am #
    Buy a new pair.
  5. Natalie October 25, 2019 at 8:47 am #
    Where can one find those gigantic pretzels!?
    • Bev Weidner October 25, 2019 at 9:01 am #
      Ooooo KC Bier Co! Have you been? In Waldo - family friendly, SUCH a fun place. Go try it!!
  6. Kim October 25, 2019 at 8:54 am #
    I will eat bacon in any form!!!!! It never comes out correctly when eating out so I've learned to just go with the flow 'cause I don't cook it at home anymore. The already cooked type isn't half bad if you are craving a BLT or just 8 slices on buttered sourdough toast!!!!! Enjoy your weekend. Kim
  7. Nancy October 25, 2019 at 10:11 am #
    I want one of those pretzels, too! And I like my bacon chewy but fully cooked. You just have to cook it low & slow. If you are ever in Asheville, NC, you should check out You would probably love it. They have 3 floors of used books for sale and a champagne bar with lots of other wines, too. Happy Friday!
  8. Bev October 25, 2019 at 10:43 am #
    Assuming that the tent is not in an attic somewhere that you have to dig out, I think I would try to find them. I would “feel” those earrings sitting in a lonely flap and just wonder if they’re OK. LOL. I saw someone on IG cooking bacon on parchment paper in the oven and it looked perfect. I’ve never tried to “ bake” my bacon but it looked fairly easy and with less splatter. Have you done it? .Love your blogs and especially your Instagram stories!
    • Heather October 25, 2019 at 11:26 am #
      Yes, Bake your Bacon! Its the only way!! (we lay it on racks on a baking sheet, put into a cold over, then jack up the temp )
  9. Kristen October 25, 2019 at 2:48 pm #
    Buy a new pair. And a pair for a friend (or for when this happens again). Not even a question.
  10. Emily October 25, 2019 at 9:19 pm #
    Ummmmm. So much happening here. I would buy a new pair. Also, I am coveting those pretzels, and now wish I lived closer to KC. I am so with you on the bacon thing, it’s not funny. We have a Traeger Grill and you can “bake” the bacon on that like in the oven. When I tell you it comes out PERFECTLY I mean it. It’s amazing. Oh and that same live Mystery Science Theater is coming to New Orleans (which is where to travel to for live theater), and now you are convincing me we should see it. I always like broadening my horizons and seeing new stuff. Especially if lots of laughing is involved!! What did you buy at the bookstore?!
  11. Lindsay October 25, 2019 at 11:21 pm #
    Are you serious? In this culture of fast fashion and disposable goods, while we’re quickly destroying our planet with consumerism-driven climate change, it’s too much of a hassle to unroll your tent? Bev, your insta stories already read as quite “buy buy buy” all the time. I love a beauty Nisolo boot and classic trench as much as anyone but come on... just go unroll the tent. You don’t need to buy a “replacement” pair of the earrings.
    • Bev Weidner October 26, 2019 at 7:39 am #
      Oh gosh, Linsday! It's truly all for fun. And there's nothing wrong with boots or trenches. I'm not saying you MUST buy. I'm just excited to share brands and timeless clothing with those who appreciate it. That's it. And I think we're actually unrolling the tent today, haha! But if I'd chosen to buy a replacement pair, there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, either. We're all just having a good time here. No stress.
  12. Kristin October 26, 2019 at 8:36 am #
    I would totally unroll the tent because I am Scottish and Swiss (that's probably not politically correct anymore, but hey, it's true for me). Plus, tents don't always get rolled up great when you're out in nature, so you can do a better job...not that it really matters. We don't burn wood, but have a very small stupid woodpile AND our tree trunk from last Christmas if you want me to run them down to you when we get home tomorrow. You know you want to burn fir and walnut and whatever else has fallen in our yard, right? Finally, I'm so glad you like KC Bier. Our friends are original investors and college friends of the founder, and they are always happy to hear that people enjoy it!
  13. lynn October 27, 2019 at 11:21 am #
    I hope you unrolled the tent. Let the kids play in it for a couple hours then reroll it.
  14. Natalie October 28, 2019 at 10:18 pm #
    Reading this I knew exactly the little flap they were in and was like "her earrings are in the damn tent aren't they?" I'm sorry that happened... unroll it and get your earrings!!
  15. Karen October 29, 2019 at 8:41 pm #
    Where can i order the hoops??!

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