Friday Flotsam


Should I just go ahead and invest in the dang Stasher bags already? (jumpin’ right in.)

I see them EVERYWHERE. ALL THE TIME. EVERYONE has them, and I must be like everyone, right?

Just kidding.

But! They look like fabulous little (exprawnsive) bags that I can’t stop day dreaming about. I have some cheaper ones from Amazon that have worked just fine since August. But still. They’re all so cute. And they appear to be super sturdy. And the sizes, like which one(s) besides all of them would I get? AND THE COLORS. That Mojave bundle is damaging me.

Are they worth the hype? Will I never be the same?

Be straight with me in 2020.

Do you have any friends that call you a pet name?

And I don’t mean a nick name. I mean like, “honey,” “baby, “sweetie,” “booger,” – along those lines. I was talking with my sis-in-law over Christmas about this, and she was on the verge of projectile vomiting because one of her acquaintances called her “sweetie” in passing. And she was like, “Do you have any friends that call you a pet name like that? I almost punched her.”

And I realized, I do! I do have one! Only one. (Are you already completely grossed out?) Because at first I was like, “Are you kidding me, no. No one calls me anything, and if they did I would hurl all over them.” Because this is the thing. Most of my closest friends are dry and sarcastic by nature, so that sort of buttery velvet expression isn’t natural between us.

EXCEPT ONE. Who funnily enough, is the most dry and sarcastic one of all. But when she sees any of us in person, she pats our butts gently (I’m serious) and says, “Hi, honey,” in this soft, connective voice that’s not awkward but smooth and calming. I don’t know how she does it! And she’s the only one who can get away with this type of nonsense.

I’m curious though – do you pet name your pals? Or would you roundhouse kick them in the boob before being called “sweetie?”

These are the things I think about at night and all the time.

I’m finishing The Great Alone this morning (yeah I’m still talking about it) and I’m falling apart at the seams over this.

IS IT WILD. (no pun intended) Omg, what an adventure this book has been! Also, remind me to never go to Alaska in the ’70s. Or to name a child ERNT.

I have 50 pages left and I can’t imagine what’s left. So much has happened. So much insanity. But everyone’s telling me these last 50 pages are a doozer. (yes I know it’s doozy but you do know me, right?) Please please let it be something to do with Matthew, ugh.

I’ve been cold the entire time reading this book, too. It’s weird how reading about Alaska makes your bones hurt. It also had me googling words like “ulu” and “mukluk” and “bunny boots” and “cheechako” and “breakup.”

It’s not the Brad and Jennifer kind, just so you know. Although it was icy HAHAHAHAHAHA.


Do you have goals for the new year?

Mine are simple:

1) find a bra I actually like.

2) accept my eye color.

3) run a 10k

4) renovate our hizz

One is massive, one is doable, one I’ve already done, and one I’ll figure out at some point.

Tell me yours! Big or small. Trivial or pivotal. It all matters. And if you’re still here (wait, did you leave?), here’s my one tip for this new year:

Find beauty everywhere. It’s there. And if it’s not, create it. And then stand back and appreciate it and yourself. Not every day has to be perfection, it never will be. But that’s okay because once you find reverie in the unspoken things that make life so great, you’ll find it. And by it, I mean happiness. The end.

That was either hugely vague and obnoxious or insightful and awakening. I’ll leave it up to you, honey!

Weekend plans?

We’re getting snooooooow! And ice, too, but mainly snooooooow! I have MAJOR plans on Saturday during our snowstorm which include a fire, a book, a cup of tea (on a full-blown wine break for January except one day because we’re having friends over), new curtains for our bedroom, art to hang, ceramics with the gremlins, and chili.

So, yes to the Stasher bags or . . .

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20 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Jenn P January 10, 2020 at 8:26 am #
    I don't like the Stasher bags because the opening isn't big enough. I need the opening to be about a half inch bigger - it's just too hard to get your snacks in there. I picked up a pack of the ReZip ones at Target and I love them. They are not as cute as the Stasher bags, but I think they work more like a traditional plastic bag. And the opening is much bigger and easier to use.
    • Stef January 10, 2020 at 11:36 am #
      I agree with the stasher bag opening being ever so sliiightly inconvenient, like I guess it could be bigger, but that’s doesn’t stop me and all of my family from LOVING them. My six y/o is the best ever and always remembers to bring his home because he loves them so much. Super easy to clean, we hand wash. And it doesn’t hold smell!! And I have every single size in my amazon cart all the time so I’ll get notified if there is a price drop, upon which I go and SNATCH the STASHers.
  2. Maggie January 10, 2020 at 8:32 am #
    As soon as you're done with The Great Alone, read True Colors (it's her newest book) - it's amazing!
    • Joe January 16, 2020 at 1:41 pm #
      True Colors was published in 2009
  3. Rachel January 10, 2020 at 8:57 am #
    Yes to Stasher! I love them!
  4. Nancy January 10, 2020 at 10:27 am #
    I don't have any Stasher bags but I have some homemade reusable bags that I bought at the farmer's market that I am fond of and they cost a whole lot less than Stashers. I do have a few friends that have pet names. One calls me sweetie and I her, one calls me Tater & I call her Puddin' and one I call Mrs. T because that's who she dressed as for Halloween many moons ago and it stuck. When I call her that, she says "I pity the fool that messes with my huband!" I love it!
  5. Nancy January 10, 2020 at 10:28 am #
    P. S. It looks like you hung Nat on a hook outside the bowling alley!
    • Bev Weidner January 10, 2020 at 12:09 pm #
      Hahahah! She levitates, you didn't know? :)
  6. Steph P January 10, 2020 at 11:58 am #
    Amazon will have stasher bags on sale on earth day!
  7. Liz January 10, 2020 at 12:19 pm #
    I'm doing the no-wine January too, except I already cheated once! So thank you for confessing to your planned cheat : ) I try and limit wine to weekends, do you do that? But let's just say that over the holidays that did not happen. At all. So cheers to tea time - Tazo green ginger is lovely.
  8. Bev C. January 10, 2020 at 12:21 pm #
    What if your child forgets to bring the bags home? That can get pretty expen$ive. My child is long grown up but I recall her never bringing home any of the containers that I packed with little salads and stuff even into her high school years! 🙄
  9. Tracey January 10, 2020 at 8:48 pm #
    I call one of my besties Kiki. No one but her!
  10. Sam January 12, 2020 at 10:09 am #
    Tell me how you make time to read with two littles? I steal time at night when they’re asleep but otherwise?? Weekends I have my husband schelp all three to the gym with him for a couple hours. But I’d love nothing more than to spend an entire Saturday squirreled away in a book but howww? Tell me your ways! :)
  11. Joanna January 13, 2020 at 11:01 am #
    My name is Joanna and one of my best friends calls me Banana as a pet name. It's very endearing!
  12. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) January 13, 2020 at 7:11 pm #
    I'm totally that friend. Hopefully people don't hate me lol I just pet name EVERYYYONE. Tis my way.
  13. Christi January 14, 2020 at 5:33 pm #
    Reading = cold. Here's the thing, I decided in November that I wanted to read books about the holidays (craving that snow and colder temps). I chose a few Christmas titled books, but..... the first 3 books took place in Australia. Um, it's freaking summer . Huge fail. Found several cold books after to ease that.
  14. Smith January 20, 2020 at 4:42 am #
    I think Amazon will have stasher bags on sale on earth day!
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