Friday Flotsam


Can we talk about guilty pleasures?

Guys, I don’t think I have any! Is this sad? Reason I ask is, the other day my friend Trisha texted me about some song she loves and how it was a guilty pleasure, and I said to her, “But wait, why is it a guilty pleasure? I love that song!” And she asked me, “So what’s your guilty pleasure?” And I said, “I would say blasting Wilson Phillips at top volume but again, not guilty.”

And then it got me wondering (Carrie Bradshaw style), is it possible to not have guilty pleasures? Why must there be guilt involved? I MEAN OKAY, if I’m driving with the windows down and I pull up to a stop light and Amy Grant’s Baby, Baby is exiting my mouth and car (totally normal by the way), I miiiight turn it down. Just a hair. But then again I just feel like it would be a missed opportunity for a shared bond with my next door driver.

Tell me, what are YOUR guilty pleasures? Trash TV? Grocery store novels? A hilarious podcast that no one understands but you? Amy Grant’s Heart in Motion? (I felt the collective nod.)

Because I feel like if you tell me yours, it might jog something in me that makes me realize my own. “Help me, I’m pooooooor.” (<–also not a guilty pleasure.)

So, I’ve got huge news.

I think I can tell the difference between the UPS truck and the FedEx truck. (you’re like, did she honestly just type that out?)

YES! And from like, a mile away.

Okay hear me out – the UPS trucks have a deeper, rounder sound. A bigger engine maybe? And their brakes are squeakier. And they always honk! FedEx never honks. Why is that, I wonder?

And the FedEx truck has a lighter, higher engine sound, with no squeaking in the brakes. You hear a truck rumble in the distance, and you know it’s big, and you know it’s a delivery truck, because of the sound of the AIR in the engine. It’s different than say, a trash or recycling or construction truck. Delivery trucks just have that hollowish sound, ya know? I always try and guess which truck is coming down the street when I hear that distant hooooo, and every single time I sing the song from The Music Man, “Oh the Wells Fargo Wagon is a, COMIN’ down the street oh please let it be for meeeee! It could be curtains, or dishes, or a double boiler, or it could be, yes it could be…”



Okay, I need a little clarification from you on this whole “wearing gloves while you wash the dishes” thing. Yeah I saw your face perk up just now.

Tell me – do you wear a single pair of sturdy ones, over and over? Or do you change them out every time you wash, using thinner disposable ones? It makes me think of that one time on Friends when Monica is secretly dating Chandler and he picks up her and starts walking across the room with her while kissing her and she starts to take her yellow cleaning gloves off and he goes, “No, no, no! Leave the gloves on.” And Monica said, “I just cleaned the bathroom.” And Chandler said, “Yeah, why don’t we lose the gloves.”

In other words, what gloves are you wearing? Because all the light bulbs broke in my head that day you mentioned it. Gloves! Who knew.

Besides you.

And Monica Geller.

I guess we should unroll the tent for my earrings.

Weekend plans?

Besides trying to detect the difference between UPS and FedEx trucks?

I have an ongoing French lunch date today with my friend! The food is French, not my friend.

Also, it’s our second week to collect the postcards you’re all sending! (PO Box 8753, Prairie Village KS 66208) I’ll post them this afternoon and show you what we get! Sorry about all these !!!

We’re making burgers tonight and watching PARASITE, finally. And then tomorrow and Sunday – leaaaaves, baby. It’s going to be in the UPPER 60s and sunny (deliriously excited for this) and so I plan to rake every last leaf out of our garden beds to expose all the pretty green new growth underneath. I like it more than Christmas day, you guys. Some people love unwrapping gifts to find a treasure, I love raking leaves out of flower beds to see GREEN!

I did mention needing a life, right?

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14 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Nancy March 6, 2020 at 9:44 am #
    One of my best friends in post college days always wore rubber gloves when she washed dishes and she had the most beautiful hands. I should have gotten a clue and I really did try to use them but somehow I always seemed to get water inside the gloves and it drove me CRAZY! So I quit using them. It was the worst feeling to have water inside the gloves. Guilty pleasures? Some might say that The Sound of Music being my favorite movie is a guilty pleasure but I know you wouldn't. I'm sure there's some song I love but can't think of right now that is definitely my guilty pleasure. It'll come to me as soon as I hit "submit"........Happy Friday!
  2. Jenn P March 6, 2020 at 10:11 am #
    My guilty pleasure is Nora Roberts (and her pseudonym JD Robb) books. I've read them all. Multiple times. They're my comfort food, my safe place, my "I just need a book that I know I'm going to like that requires no effort to read" books. I love the formula, the way she never seems to use the same names, the way I know what 3 women are going to hook up with what 3 men within the first 20 pages. I love that the sexy scenes - not too sexy, we're not talking 50 Shades here, these are light years away from that in that they're actually well written and believable - are always at the end of a section or a chapter and I can skip them if I want. I love that they are interesting romance novels that don't make me feel like an idiot while reading them, and that even though the lead characters get in a terrible fight 3/4 of the way through the book, they will be back together and engaged before the last page. Every freaking time. But I will not tell you what I'm reading on my kindle if I'm reading one of them. They are my guilty pleasure, and I will 100% lie to you and tell you I'm rereading the Crawdads if you ask.
    • Deanna March 6, 2020 at 2:38 pm #
      My guilty pleasure is anything by Janet Evanovich for all the same reasons. Thankfully with a kindle no one can see what I’m reading any more.
  3. Katy March 6, 2020 at 10:32 am #
    I always wear yellow kitchen gloves for dishes. I reuse them until I get a hole in them. I use disposable gloves for bathroom cleaning. My dog barks at delivery trucks. She hears them blocks away and won’t stop barking until I walk to the front door and show her. She can tell UPS trucks from the others. She barks more at UPS.
  4. Emily March 6, 2020 at 10:34 am #
    I am totally with Jenn P there with Nora Roberts novels. I started reading them in HS, and I'll NEVER STOP. My very first one was "Honest Illusions".... read it. Jewel thiefs in a circus. 'nuf said. We are off for a spring break road trip to Gatlinburg next week, so I am totally sending Nat & Will a postcard from there. I'll also do one from my small MS town! I don't use gloves for dishes.... i should. I totally impulse bought the ones from Instagram that are covered in what looks like cilia and make all the suds to really CLEAN, and I still don't use them! I even gave a pair to everyone in my family for xmas! I need to get it together.
  5. Heather March 6, 2020 at 10:35 am #
    I always use the sturdy pair of gloves to wash dishes. My water gets too hot, so the gloves protect them and make washing dishes bearable :). My guilty pleasure is reading YA romance novels (I'm 40). I love them, but like you said I don't really have guilt over them. I hope that you like Parasite as much as I did. I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the movie! Lastly, now that you mentioned UPS vs. FedEx trucks I'm going to be listening extra carefully. Although, we mostly get UPS and not many FedEx trucks.
  6. Autumn March 6, 2020 at 10:44 am #
    omg I totally perked up and had a big smile on my face when you mentioned the gloves! #ineedalife lol bc I was totally one of them that mentioned them! So I buy the Playtex kitchen gloves and use the same pair until they eventually get a hole in them or look like they need replacing. Like one person above mentioned, if you get water in them it is the worst cringey feeling ever, so try and avoid that haha! And I mailed my postcard last Wednesday so it should totally be in your mailbox for this week! yay!!! have a great weekend!
  7. Meredith March 6, 2020 at 2:12 pm #
    I feel the same about "guilty" pleasures, no shame in what I'm into! ;-) Also, and this may be unpopular...I don't wear gloves to wash the dishes :-p
  8. Anonymous March 6, 2020 at 5:01 pm #
    If you have Meijer in your area their brand of latex gloves come in a pack of 2; 1 for kitchen one for bathroom. Genius! I usually get a pack once per month unless my dish gloves get really grimy. Another benefit as mentioned above, they allow to use the hottest water possible. I too, need a life.
  9. Shara March 6, 2020 at 6:59 pm #
    I’m the opposite. I feel guilty about But lately my guilty pleasure has been Babylon Berlin on Netflix. Set between WW1 & WW2... all in German (I love foreign films & tv!). The costumes, the setting, the murder, the mystery, all of it. So. Good.
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  11. Toni March 8, 2020 at 1:01 pm #
    My guilty pleasure...fried Spam sandwiches on soft white bread with sliced tomatoes and tons of mayo. Only once a year or so...I recently went to my mega store to buy Spam and they were TOTALLY OUT! Stupid COVID-19 panicked people. Reading...when I need comfort...I read Betty MacDonald..."the Egg and I" or "Onions in the Stew" or "The Plague and I"...I wash dishes with bare-naked hands...but my nails are always clean!
  12. Joanna March 9, 2020 at 8:45 am #
    My guilty pleasure is the entire Bravo Real Housewives franchise. I'm legitimately a little embarrassed that I love them so much.
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