Friday Flotsam


Okay, I need your help! (you’re like, girl I just woke up.)

I WANT to say we’ve talked about this before, many ancient moons of blogging yesterlore ago. But let’s bring it back because I need a fresh coat on it. No pun intended. Once you know what we’re talking about.

I need help with my FINGERNAILS. (My friend Laura is like, “finally”.)

I want to help their little self esteems because right now it’s a sad situation and we’re about to need to enroll in self-help summer camp if I can’t figure this out.

I want to grow them out a little. Not like Barbra Streisand (although there are no better hands on the planet), but just . . . an itty bit. I’ve always been that person that has one random long pretty nail, while the rest are chewed, uneven and bleeding out the sides. And when I was in New York for that long shoot, I got a manicure the day before and I told the girl, “Can you just even these out and make my hands look camera ready because right now they look like newborn aliens.” She looked at me and trimmed them all back to nothing. I almost cried. I mean, technically she DID even them out because one was a mangled pile of trash, but she didn’t have the make the rest match, gah! Anyway, that was weeks ago and they’re finally starting to look sort of decent. Maybe.

Guys I need to STRENGTHEN THEM. Is that it?

I need them to not tear at the sides, and just stray strong for Mommy. Haaated the way that came out just now.

What do you guys use for strong, longish pretty nails?

(I don’t know why I even try because the second I wash my dishes they all break and fall off and we’re back to newborn aliens.)

We’ve been Netflix binging Cheers this week, you guys.

I never actually watched it growing up because when it started in 1982 I was only 6 years old, and my parents were in church work, so obviously there was no bar-focused sitcom watching in that household. And by the time the show ended in 1993 I was 16 and still too young to understand its humor, subject matter and remember it was in a bar? Yeah.

SO, it just never happened for me. Obviously I’ve known the theme song since the ’80s, and obviously Ted Danson (did you know he’s always worn a hair piece?!), Shelly Long (Brady movies, hi!) and Kirstie Alley and Woody – yes yes yes. But for the first time in life, Aaron and I’ve been watching the show from the beginning and it’s just FANTASTIC. But hold on, it’s more than that.

(I should also mention that Aaron totally watched it with his family in the late ’80s. He’s got distinct memories of certain scenes, running gags, the whole bit.)

I should ALSO mention that Aaron hates sitcoms. Loathes them. The formula, the canned laughter, the forced transitions from awkward to sweet moments. Makes his skin crawl. The only sitcom we’ve successfully been able to watch together in our near 15 years of marriage is Seinfeld. That is ALL. The rest he would happily flush down the toilet.

But not Cheers. This is the thing. When he comes home from work he’ll throw it on while I’m cooking or the kids are in their rooms playing. And the sounds of it, omg you guys. While it’s nostalgic for him, it’s oddly comforting for me. To hear the mix of ’80s canned laughter and audience laughs, and the dry wit and the sounds of the banter and that familiar SITCOM SOUND? I love it. Especially at dinner time. It’s giving me so much life. I had no idea I missed that sound! Takes me right back to the Cosby Show days, Fresh Prince, Blossom. The clanking sounds of the kitchen meets the sitcom formulaic jokes from the small television set in the living room and my bangs. It’s just wonderful.

We’ve got 10 seasons left. See you in the September, bye.


Wait, did you leave?

Today I’m headed to the post office to pick up a key and an official P.O. Box number becauuuuuuse I’m starting a fun project with the kids and I need your help!

Will and Nat are totally obsessed with postcards right now. Which I think is adorable because there’s nothing more charming than a postcard and I love their old souls. (the kids’, not the postcards’.) They also love MAPS. Knowing where everything is in the world, understanding other countries’ locations in relation to us and our state and how big everything is. Guys Russia is huge.

This is what we’re going to do, together. All of us. And spread this info like bonkers because I want it to be a total freaking success for them.

I’m starting the Weidner Postcard Project today. I’ll be back here (and on Stories and IG and Facebook) with the address to our P.O.Box and I’d just loooooove if you would send us a postcard! From anywhere. All over the world. Bottom of the ocean. Everywhere.

What we’ll do is every Friday for the next few months (yes it’s a long project because I’m a maniac like that) I’ll take the kids to the post office and see how many postcards we get! I’ll show them to you in Stories, tag you if you include the info, and pin our maps (U.S. and world!) to show where they come from all over the planet. I think this would be the coolest thing ever. But I just need your help, if you’re into this!

And it can be places you’re traveling, where you live, anything. ANYTHING. There are no rules. This is all for fun. Guys let’s fill up these maps with dang pins.

Stay tuned later today for the address!

I should probably unroll the tent for my earrings, right?

Weekend plans?

Tomorrow we’re headed to a UNICORN PARTY. It’s not a birthday party, no no. It’s a random unicorn party thought up by a three year old. You’re like, man I was certain it was code for drugs. Nope! It’s just Will, Nat and Frankee, our besties’ daughter. Obviously I bought a unicorn backdrop for photos, a giant metallic unicorn balloon and Pin the Horn on the Unicorn game. Necessary. It’s probably going to be the most fun we’ve had all year. I’m just sayin’. I’ll take you with me, bunnies. I mean unicornies.

Wait, are you googling “Ted Danson hairpiece?”

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17 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Nancy February 21, 2020 at 7:43 am #
    "Cheers" is the best! I'm older than you guys so I was allowed to watch whatever I wanted when it was on. Ha! Have you watched "Frasier", which was a spinoff from "Cheers"? It's a good one, too. At least, I think so and for some reason I find it comforting in the same way you describe "Cheers" as comforting. I think it's because my Dad loved it. Plus it's pretty darn funny!!
  2. Courtney Turner February 21, 2020 at 7:54 am #
    i am dyyyyying over the tent comment. never forget!
  3. Autumn February 21, 2020 at 10:14 am #
    totally googled "ted danson hairpiece" and I say good for him! Whatever makes you happy man! Because he looks fabulous on "The Good Place"! And as for your mani and washing dishes... wear kitchen gloves! I grew up with my Mom always wearing kitchen gloves to wash dishes and thought that's just what everyone did. So I've done that since I moved out at 18 and still do at 39 now! I've definitely had girlfriends tease me about it (in a good way), but gurrllll it helps! I can't wash dishes without them, because I can't touch a wet sponge (ew) without them! And buy OPI Nail Envy! It keeps my nails so hard! but you gotta follow the instructions and put it on every other day! It works! ok bye! OH and can't wait to send a post card to Will & Nat! Such a fabulous fun idea!!!
  4. Maria February 21, 2020 at 10:16 am #
    I think the postcard thing is awesome! Now, your nails, the best thing I’ve found Is the Perfect Formula nail gel. It’s helped me recover from the damages of salon gel manicures. It’s not a gel that you put under light or anything like that. It strengthens and brightens your nails. It comes in clear, a barely there pink, a light creamy pink, and nude too. I’m sure there are other colors now but those are what I tend to get. Oh, and get yourself some gloves girl! I never do dishes or cleaning of any kind without wearing rubber gloves to not only protect my nails but to keep my hands away from any harsh cleansers/chemicals.
  5. Liz P February 21, 2020 at 10:47 am #
    I am currently trying to break my nail picking habit! I am treating myself to gel manicures because 1. It’s stronger than regular polish and 2. It looks all pretty and I paid for it so I don’t want to ruin it and waste money by picking it. It’s been a few weeks and so far so good but it’s so hard! Don’t you wish nails were just like chia pets?
  6. Emily M February 21, 2020 at 10:49 am #
    Don’t unroll the tent until next years camping trip and find the earrings then!! All of us that have been following this drama will celebrate with you. Love cheers... reminds me of my childhood and my parents. And the postcard idea is fantastic! Totally in for that!!
  7. Laura T February 21, 2020 at 11:09 am #
    Oh, my nails are AWFUL too. Full of these awful long ridges, probably from washing my hands a 1000 times a day as an art teacher and mother. I am going to try the perfect nails stuff. I love the postcard idea. Our daughter, now 17, still loves to receive mail with her name on it. She looks at it, the postage, what the person or organization has to say. All for her. We will definitely send something your way. And I LOVE your blog, your recipes, many of them have graced our table and book recommendations. I have used some for my own book club, I just finished Daisy Jones (but I cheated, I listened on audio...the voices were dreamy). Enjoy the UNICORN party, it sounds fun.
  8. Stephanie February 21, 2020 at 12:58 pm #
    Dip powder manicure! Got my first one last month and I'm hooked! It is STRONG! I feel like I could grow my nails to high heaven if I wanted to (but I like 'em real short)
  9. kb February 21, 2020 at 1:50 pm #
    Dip powder manicure ... HIGHLY recommend. Lasts for WEEKS, doesn't come off like shellac does. It's a miracle. Last one I had lasted 5 weeks. Granted I could barely type my nails were so long at that point but you know - life.
  10. Trish February 21, 2020 at 3:29 pm #
    You should definitely look into It has taken my pathetically wimpy nails and turned them into pretty, strong nails that I know longer need to hide in my pockets when in public. I like that it is free from all the nasty products found in most nail formulas. Can't wait to send a postcard off to your little ones.
  11. lori February 21, 2020 at 5:31 pm #
    Re: nails - I've tried everything over the years. Former nail biter and while that's over, I'm being punished by soft nails that split and tear all the time. I've tried two things that I would call successful, although they still tear occasionally (winter weather is also horrible - they are much longer in the summer). Essie All in One - it can be used as a base but is a treatment as well. The other one is the Ella and Mila First Aid Kiss. I saw it EVERYWHERE and finally broke down and tried it. I wouldn't say it's any better than the Essie plus I hated their nail polish whereas I love Essie. The gel topcoat is also fabulous.
  12. Kathy Salsbury February 21, 2020 at 6:07 pm #
    I’m loving your postcard project! My 10 yr old grandson’s class did that last year at school as part of a geography project; he loved it & learned a lot. Count me in!
  13. Susan February 22, 2020 at 6:07 pm #
    My nails peel and split and I used to pick at them, like it was my job. They didn't have a chance until I tried OPI Nail Envy (get the Original formula). If you're feeling ambitious, use a cuticle remover, wash your hands, and let them dry for at least 5 minutes. Apply two coats of the OPI stuff. Then every other day put on another coat like while you're watching TV or something. At about a week or so, take everything off and start again. It doesn't take that long, the results are pretty impressive and it gives your nails a finished but natural look that stays looking good for at least a week. No color so if it chips it doesn't show, never looks janky, ever. I'm going out to look for a post card now. My kids used to LOVE getting mail!
  14. JC February 23, 2020 at 5:50 am #
    Take biotin, use cuticle oil every night, OPI Nail Envy. Gel or powder manicures make your nails look nice and strong but even when they are careful removing it, your nails are a wreck.
  15. Anonymous February 26, 2020 at 7:50 am #
    Wear gloves while you do dishes and take collagen!
  16. Rosemarie February 26, 2020 at 8:03 am #
    Late to the party, but definitely agree with gloves when doing dishes (I also pour some bleach in there during the winter to help fight against everyone getting sick. In the water, not the gloves). My nails also suck, but I happen to really like short nails. I think they look better!
  17. vex 3 May 25, 2020 at 11:49 pm #
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