Friday Flotsam


Remember “To be Continued…” back in ’80s and ’90s sitcoms?

Weren’t those the absolute worst things to ever happen in your life?

And they happened at the most crucial times! Which, I know, is the point. They weren’t often, but when they were, you were a jumbled mix of shocked, devastated, floored, unhinged, empty, how-can-I-even-go-on-right-now?


I had completely forgotten what that felt like until last night when we were watching the last two episodes of Season 2 of Cheers. (yes we’re still only that far in, stop laughing) Diane leaves the bar with that hippie Doc painter man “against” Sam’s wishes, and after she’s gone he walks out of his office, makes an “I’m-okay-everyone” announcement to the crowd, looks around, leans forward to a customer and asks, “Where’s Diane?”

OMG so dramatic, I know.

And the screen freezes. And the music takes a somber downturn. And the yellow letters pop up on the screen, “To Be Continued….”

NOOOOOOOO! HOW CAN THEY DO THIS TO MY FRAGILoh wait we can watch it right now that’s right it’s 2020 this is Netflix.

Remember that?

We seriously need a new dishwasher.


I might have even talked about this before. But we need a new dishwasher. I’ve been delaying the search because nothing has been open since 1987. But now that they ARE open once again and my dishwasher still sounds like an ostrich owl in heat, it’s time.

For months now (and I mean mooooonths) I try and time running the dishwasher when we go to bed at night. I even put a big piece of paper on my pillow (not pellow) after dinner that says, “DISHES, BEV DO NOT FORGET.”

You’re like, “Why not an alarm on your phone?”


Eh, paper works.

Do you have any dishwasher suggestions? We have LG right now (I almost typed “we’ve got LG right now” and then remembered one of your comments about hating the word “got” <when we were talking about words we hate> and how it’s filler and not needed. Well now I’m hyper aware of it! Of course!), and I’ve always liked the brand. But I’ll take suggestions if any of you have strong opinions about dishwashers. Which I feel like you might, because why else would you even be here?

Have you ever noticed how bizarre nerve endings are?

Like, for as long as I can remember, I’ve had this nuclear vampire’s tooth.

Wait, that’s something else.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve had this tiny bump on the back of my right arm, and when I pick at it (you’re like, just stop now) there’s this tiny spot on my lower back that reacts. In an itch!

Do things like that happen on you? Where you scratch one part of your body, only for another part, not even close to the original itch, to erupt in an equal itch, because the nerve endings are somehow tied. WHAT EVEN IS THAT?

Oh! Speaking of, this is how jank Aaron is. And tell me if this happens to you, too.

If he touches something vibrating with his left hand, like a shopping cart, his right eardrum reacts in an equal vibration. TO THE POINT where he’ll often push a shopping cart with this right hand only because he’ll go insane in public otherwise.

He’s never met anyone in his life with this same “condition” (weirdo), so let me know if anything like this happens to you so I can relay it to him.

I have this feeling it’s all tied to his not liking cheese. I mean I’m just sayin’.

Weekend plans?

Well it just started raining so I OKAY I GUESS I’ll have to avoid cleaning and finish A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I have 140 pages left and I’m absolutely adoring every page. What a freaking treasure. Francie is 14 and I have a feeling ish gets craaaaay-zay.

Other than that, I’m going to see my friend Amanda’s new brick and mortar today (mask on, air hug, ya know) and support her new obviously-right-up-my-alley home shop! I might even buy Aaron some milled French soap and a linen tea towel for Father’s Day. TOTALLY for him. He’ll looooove it?

From this week, in case ya missed it:: A summer salmon supper with bacon and corn and all the things. (you’re already making it!) And a cozy French-Inspired Tuna Casserole. Yum yum. Both ludicrously simple. Both so delish. Get awn it.

You’re like, “okay but hold on, what exactly is a nuclear vampire’s tooth?”

Wouldn’t you like to know.

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24 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Mary June 19, 2020 at 9:44 am #
    Hi Bev, We have nothing but love for our KitchenAid dishwasher (1.5 years old). It cleans amazingly, and is SO quiet. I actually enjoy turning it on, which is almost everyday now during quarantine. Also watching Cheers, because of you. Fun to watch as an adult, as I 'get it' now.
  2. Nancy June 19, 2020 at 9:56 am #
    Ooooh, I love your friend's store! I will go back later when I have a smidge more time and see what I can find! And also, I hated the "To Be Continued" thing and even in the modern age of Netflix, I get that same feeling when a season of a series ends and you have to wait longer than a week to see what's next and by then you've forgotten so much about the previous season(s), that you almost don't even care when the new season comes out. I think that's worse than waiting a week :). Like I just finished Sweet Magnolias (don't judge; I needed the fluff right now) and I want to see what happens next and they haven't even signed for a 2nd season, I don't think. Never mind......
  3. Donna June 19, 2020 at 10:33 am #
    Rarely do I post to anyone about anything, however, dishwashers are those 'daily' things you wanna get right when you purchase it, ya' know? We reallllly love our Bosch dishwasher (Bosch Super Silence Plus 39 dBA). It is scary quiet, I even wonder if it's on sometimes. It has many features but not so many that it's over my technical capabilities (as many things seem to be these days). It has a third top shelf that we use all the time for knives and small items. We can put plastic dishes on the bottom level as it has no exposed heating element. We've owned Kitchen Aid and top of the line GE prior and this far surpasses both. And, since I'm posting, I always look forward to your FF!
    • Renae June 19, 2020 at 11:17 am #
      Nuclear vampire tooth...I have one. It’s awful and crackles when it gets cold. I literally feel ya, gurl.
      • Maureen June 20, 2020 at 8:06 am #
        If you really want a fabulous dishwasher, I recommend Miele, but they are spending as heck. KitchenAid makes some of the best dishwashers out there that actually clean the dishes and DRY them. As a personal chef, I have worked in many kitchens with many different dishwashers and I have found these two far surpass any others. I am not a fan of Bosch at all, because they always seem to leave the dishes on the top rack damp and tend to have a really weird smell after a while.
    • Rachele June 20, 2020 at 6:41 am #
      I second the Bosch...look into the difference in the way it dries because I am not going to do it any justice by trying to explain it, but it is a game changer. So much easier on the dishes, nothing gets melted. Had it at my old house, and then bought the exact same one when we moved.
      • Kristin June 20, 2020 at 4:19 pm #
        Third the Bosch. We love ours, and especially the silverware tray at the top.
        • Nicole Regehr June 21, 2020 at 4:09 pm #
          Welp ours died a few weeks ago and we splurged on the pretty and quiet and and and oh ya, 3rd rack magic! It can hold mugs, tumblers and a shallow removable basket for all the weird stuff ?
  4. Renae June 19, 2020 at 11:13 am #
    Do NOT buy an Electrolux. Thank you for coming to my TED talk. To be continued...
  5. Katy June 19, 2020 at 11:24 am #
    For dishwasher-Kitchen Aid all the way. It’s a fabulous machine, works so quietly I forget it’s on. We can actually watch TV AND run the dishwasher! Plus-it’s made in the USA, if that matters.
  6. Dayna June 19, 2020 at 11:48 am #
    We've had a Bosch in our previous house and we loved it. Sooooo quiet....I'm just waiting for the one in this house to go belly up so I can justify getting a Bosch. Also been waiting for things to open trying to justify....
  7. Becky K. June 19, 2020 at 12:25 pm #
    No dishwasher recommendations here as it seems all of ours seem to go kaput after a few years. I swear nothing is made to last anymore. Anywho, I'm here to say that I have the same "condition" that Aaron has and I really never thought about other people NOT having it. I just thought it was a thing we all had. It's not as severe as it sounds he has it though. I just happen to notice it from time to time. Sorry to disprove your theory though......I love all things cheese. Speaking of things not everyone can do, did you know there are people walking around who cannot picture things in their mind? Like they don't "see" pictures in their minds. I just found out about this and my mind is blown. How do they read books? You strike me as a see with your mind person. Are you? I ask this question to all my friends and family now.
    • Bev Weidner June 20, 2020 at 7:09 am #
      Wait wait - really? Like, they can't see pictures in their minds? I might be lost on this, but isn't that imagination? Can they see color? I had no idea this was even a thing! I see things and scenes and pictures and color in my mind 24/7. Okay I need to know more!
      • Becky K. June 23, 2020 at 1:51 pm #
        I know! If you say picture a tree in the middle of a meadow, they can’t “see” it in their head. It’s more of an abstract concept to them. Supposedly they don’t have dreams either. Google it and go down the same wormhole I did.
  8. Simone June 19, 2020 at 12:35 pm #
    We just finished Season 2 of Cheers (and ironically I wore a buffalo plaid print dress that looked strikingly like Diane's yesterday!). We will start Season 3 this weekend. I'm trying to remember all of her witty comments that I can use in everyday life.
    • Bev Weidner June 20, 2020 at 7:08 am #
      RIGHT? My favorite is, "NorMAN!" You have to hear me say it. :)
  9. Jenny June 19, 2020 at 2:17 pm #
    I’m in the early part of season 4 of Cheers. I have a mini panic attack when seeing the notification that it’s going away on July 1st. Going where? I can’t binge that many more seasons in 2 weeks!
    • Bev Weidner June 20, 2020 at 7:08 am #
      Oh seriously??? Going away in July? Well we're screwed. ha!
  10. JC June 19, 2020 at 7:29 pm #
  11. Heather June 19, 2020 at 11:33 pm #
    Miele for dishwasher wins! Love ours :)
  12. Peter June 20, 2020 at 5:37 am #
    We all love kitchenAid dishwasher last 8 months
  13. Erin June 20, 2020 at 4:11 pm #
    Whatever dishwasher you decide on please use Lemi-Shine with each load. Seriously. Just throw a tablespoon in each time and your dishes will be clean because your dishwasher will be clean. Also, use white vinegar in the rinse aid. I own a cleaning company and I have been preaching this to clients for years because I feel passionate about my dishes being clean. :)
  14. Alicia June 22, 2020 at 3:04 pm #
    When I do shoulder shrugs during workouts, my right upper lip twitches. I look like I’m practicing my Elvis impersonation - a really bad one at that - in front of every gym-goer in the building. It’s mortifying ??‍♀️???.

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