Friday Flotsam

FfFfFrRrRiIiIdDdDaAaAyYyY. (that was hard.)

I drank dish water and found raw chicken left in the car overnight, HOW HAS YOUR WEEK BEEN?

Really. I found my coffee cup in the sink (“Wait, did I put this here? I must have.), picked it up and took a big gulp. (“Why is this is so watery and thin? It doesn’t even taste like coffee. Oh no is this Covid?”) Took another gulp because apparently it wasn’t enough for me the first go around. (“What is IN this coffee cu- Nat’s bug jar lid! No! NOOOO!”) Spit it out, addressed the dim light bulb in my head and walked over to the microwave. Opened it and found today’s cup of coffee, now lukewarm because I heat it and leave it in the microwave for 45 hours. ALL THE TIME. THIS HAPPENS ALL.THE.TIME.

The microwave part. Not the bug jar dish water part.

Oh, the raw chicken, you ask? Yeaaaaah that was a good time. Apparently when I drove home from the store earlier this week, my chicken bag full of thighs, breasts and tenders slid out of the other bigger bag and all the way up to the middle of the car between the two seats and under two giant pool floaties. I never even saw the escape. Never even had a chance.

Until the next day when it was time to shoot my recipe involving chicken (“Where is that giant chicken bag? I had a giant chicken bag! Did I freeze them? Oh no is this Covid?”) Then I addressed the dim light bulb in my head, grabbed my car keys and uttered a few choice words as I walked back out to the car, realizing I have no solid memory of actually putting the chicken in the fridge because I was too busy maniacally wiping everything down with disinfectant wipes because the cashier looked odd and said she didn’t feel right. YOU DON’T FEEL RIGHT? “Well, I just didn’t get any sleep,” she said.

I almost asked to see a manager so that they could check her temp but I am way too young to Karen out like that. Plus, I just don’t have the right hair.

Yep, giant bag of rotting chicken in my steaming hot mid-July Odyssey.

I’ll recover by next summer.

Hey, I need your help!

You’re like, “I felt it coming.”

How do you get day five hair on day one?

Let me back up. I know most of you know this, but I wash my hair every Monday. Once a week, you read that right. My hair is on the (very) dry side, so even after a full seven days, it’s not greasy at the roots, only crimped in odd places due to persistant mid-summer top knotting.

Thing is, I’ve got a lot of volume. Which I only appreciate when I curl it out all late ’80s Meg Ryan. (it’s darn cute if I say so myself.) But the rest of the time, when I want a beachier, more relaxed look, I need it to be LESS PUFF all around. I look like I’m running for small town office, you guys. Vote for me!

My question is, is there a magical product that calms down freshly-washed wispy cotton ball hair and gives it texture, grit and sleekness? I know there is. And I know you know what it is.

I have that Kristin Mathis texture spray and I don’t really like it.

Mathis…that’s not right. Mannis? Moogis? Meepers? Hold on.

Ess! Kristin Ess!

Yeah, I don’t like it.

I feel like it just puffs it up and dries it out even more.

I need the complete opposite. Tone, texture, sleekness, grit, less volume.

And please don’t be mad because in the next section I ask for something else that I could honestly just Google, but you know who and how I am.


I’m really into the idea of an old fashioned but tasteful brass door bell. (why yes, another project, it’s fine.)

Do any of you have one? To be fair, I have Googled this, and I’ve not seen anything that screams (chimes?) at me.

I’ll keep looking, never mind.

Carry on.

On Monday, he ate through one apple.

Wait, that’s something else.

On Monday, I posted a photo to Instagram about my love for Mondays (it’s true), and apparently it spawned a small handful of you into curiosity about my weekly schedule. More specifically, through the years I get asked quite often, “How do you have time to read so much? When do you run and how often and how long? How do you work the twins around? Why did you stop posting mask night?”)

Guys this is why I only wash my hair once a week.

BUT – it clicked that maybe I could publish a “weekly rhythm” type of post, at the risk of sounding moon-beam-burn-your-bras-dream-catcher-y.

Is that something you’d be interested in? What our weeks look like? Day by day, how I chunk it up (ew), when we clean, when I read (during previous allotted mask night programming), when we work, when we play (“Excuse me, Captain, when do they play?” – name that movie.)

Y’awnt that?

Weekend plans?

I feel like I’ve asked you more than the appropriate amount of questions this week.

I just started The Family Upstairs, so that’ll be my weekend read. I like it so far! AAAAAAND we finally watched Hamilton. BLOWN. AWAY. Absolute perfection. I talk more about it in Stories, if you’re into that. I will say, I need more of adorable-faced King George and that psychotic spittle-slash-wild eyes action. Oh you know you agree.

From this week, in case you meeeeezed it: Bruschetta Shrimp Risotto for the ultimate summer supper, and another creamy winner with Pesto Turkey Meatballs and Pasta in a Creamy Basil Sauce. Both super summery, with an added layer of luxury. Get in that. Those. Both.

Tell me what music you’re listening to today.

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28 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Anonymous July 24, 2020 at 8:28 am #
    I like Eufora Full Effect texture spray but don’t have really dry hair. They have a similar spray called Details that has little more of a waxy feel. That one is fine in winter for me, but not in Arkansas humidity. I never thought to skewer my brats and sausages on the grill!
  2. Jennifer Harp July 24, 2020 at 8:31 am #
    The Family Upstairs was so good! I just read it last weekend after Mothers by Brit Bennett, which was even better. Currently waiting on The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett to come in from the library.
    • Sarah July 24, 2020 at 4:19 pm #
      Mothers was SO good, which is why I though VH would be too, let me know what you think. I haven’t found anyone else who read these two.
      • Jennifer Harp July 25, 2020 at 8:21 am #
        Those Mothers make a way bed Greek chorus than any Greek ever did!
        • Jennifer July 25, 2020 at 8:22 am #
          *better (fat fingers, too excited to talk about books)
  3. Hailey July 24, 2020 at 9:17 am #
    Yesss to a weekly rhythm type of post! I'm all for it :D
  4. Lacy Haguewood July 24, 2020 at 9:36 am #
    You know I've got answers for the hair part. Ouai texturizing hairspray and Ouai finishing creme. I also like Drybar's finishing creme,The Chaser. I adore Ouai products and recently switched from the Oribe texturizing spray ($$$) to Ouai. I use a lot less and the smell is divine. There is a bundle to try right now if you are so inclined.
    • Emily July 24, 2020 at 10:05 am #
      Yes to daily rhythms. I've thought so many of the questions you asked above. (I miss mask night! You have TWINS for crying out loud. Where do you find the time to be Super Woman?) Can you do a question box for things we'd like to see in your new blog post series? (How did you research and find a good Botox place? Where to begin?). Anyway, I'm listening to Taylor Swift's new album today, of course! What are you listening to?
  5. Anonymous July 24, 2020 at 10:06 am #
    R+Co Badlands hair paste is an amazing hair product! I think it’s exactly what you’re looking for
  6. Paige July 24, 2020 at 10:15 am #
    I'm with you on multiple counts--I go many days between hair washings and day 1 is the worst! And yep, for me the Kristen Ess texturizing spray is too drying (although I love the price and the smell). I really love Got Grit texture paste by Amika for texture ($25 from Sephora) but it admittedly doesn't check the 'sleek' box. If my ends get dry, I put a drop or two of The Ordinary marula or squalane oil in my hands and smush it into my ends (less than $10--can you tell I'm on a budget haha :). I also put it on my face--love double duty products.
    • Bev Weidner July 24, 2020 at 12:13 pm #
      Girl I'm always on a budget so this is perfect!
  7. Nancy July 24, 2020 at 10:23 am #
    Would love to hear about your daily rhythms. Don't know how you do all that you do with the twins and just life in general. My problem is finding motivation, especially during this effed up time we're living in. BTW, I only wash my hair once a week too and I could go longer because my hair is super thick and curly. I just worry about it starting to stink! TBH, I sometimes put EVOO on it to tame & moisturize it. Can't hurt!
  8. Angelique July 24, 2020 at 10:36 am #
    Did you ever watch Mindhunter on Netflix? All the adorable King George you can handle.
  9. Simone July 24, 2020 at 10:45 am #
    Would love a week-in-the-life type post! I've definitely discovered dairy items in my car in the 90+ heat/humidity days after the grocery shopping. It's not only devastating, it is a smell moment you never forget.
  10. Tobi July 24, 2020 at 10:45 am #
    I'm not sure if you're into gel hair products, but I have been using the Aveda Confixor liquid with good results. It smells great, too. Also, I get frizzy in the humidity, and on a whim I picked up a bottle of Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine oil (don't judge me). It's one of the best products I've used to make my hair feel soft and smooth, and it's not too heavy either.
  11. Lori July 24, 2020 at 11:24 am #
    I am dying at your microwave coffee story. My mom used to do this all the time when I was younger and I would constantly find cold coffee left in the microwave from at least that morning if not before. I HAVE STARTED DOING THIS!! I just said to my husband last week that I used to hate when my mom did this and now I do it. I also make an unbelievable amount of noise unloading the dishwasher and getting pots and pans out of the cabinets when he's watching TV, which my mom also used to do all the time. Thoughts and prayers hahah. :-) Also, fantastic Hungry Caterpillar reference. :-)
  12. Laura Tosto July 24, 2020 at 12:53 pm #
    How do you wash your hair only once a week? I live in Texas, and run almost every day, my hair is DRIPPING when I am done. Last week I braved it and showered but didn't wash my hair. I did have to blow dry it though to get some of that sweat absorbed! Then heavy on the dry shampoo. Tell me about your secret. Because sometimes, my hair is stinky after I run. I am reading a book by Lisa See right now, The Island of Sea Women. So good!
  13. Emily M July 24, 2020 at 1:19 pm #
    SOUND OF MUSIC is the quote. I can't believe I am the first one to answer that. ;) Abso-freaking-lutely on a weekly rhythm post. Man, the word "rhythm" is really weird to look at. i guess because the "y" is the only vowel. No idea here on the doorbell! Good luck. YASSS on Hamilton. Watched it again last night. I have seen it twice in person- it's very cool how the traveling casts match the original so well. They have done a fantastic job finding actors who are so similar to the originals to keep the aesthetic true to it. Also, fun fact - when King George first sings, and says "everybody" near the end of his first number, the ENTIRE audience chimes in with the "da da dahs...". Its so great.
  14. Liz July 24, 2020 at 3:05 pm #
    Yes please on weekly rhythm!!!
  15. Amanda July 24, 2020 at 3:57 pm #
    A while back when we were waiting at the bus stop (remember when kids went to school without a care? ?) my son found a completely petrified red pepper in the back of my car. Like it took a while to identify it. It was so gross. Also, yes I’d love a day to day what you do type post. Also yes, King George was my favorite and I needed more of him! Also a favorite, I’ve learned the guy who plays John Laurens and then Phillip Hamilton and the girl who plays Peggy and then Mariah Reynolds are an engaged couple and they are adorable. You’re welcome.
  16. Becky Van Drunen July 24, 2020 at 4:01 pm #
    Turn. Hat off. It's the dress. You'll have to put on another one before you meet the children.
  17. Kimberly July 24, 2020 at 4:41 pm #
    This is what you are looking for!
  18. Shannon July 24, 2020 at 5:20 pm #
    Yes to the weekly rhythm!!!
  19. Theresa King July 24, 2020 at 7:13 pm #
    YES WEEKLY RHYTHM! Also, what brand of shoes are those, if you don't mind?
  20. wallawallamama July 24, 2020 at 8:08 pm #
    Please yes the weekly rhythm. Thank you for The Sound of Music nod. King George was also Jessie in the first (and last) season of Glee. YOU MUST LISTEN TO THE CHICKS GASLIGHTER. Sleep at Night, Texas Man, Tights on My Boat, Young Man, Hope It's Something Good. Happy weekend.
  21. Danielle July 25, 2020 at 8:30 pm # Brass doorbell at Historic Houseparts! We have one and it’s great.
  22. Danielle July 25, 2020 at 8:30 pm # Brass doorbell at Historic Houseparts! We have one and it’s great.

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