Friday Flotsam


You want to know what I think about at night and all the time?

These actors and actresses they find for true crime shows, OMG.

I get more enjoyment out of watching these painfully funny murder dramatizations and then getting to the end of an episode and seeing a photo of the real person. It’s like THAT’S WHO YOU GOT TO PLAY CANDACE? YOU THINK THEY LOOK ALIKE? BAHAHAHAHA.

Because let’s be honest, the actor is always way better looking than the actual criminal. But also only kind of? Same hair? Maybe the chin is similar?

It’s my favorite thing ever and yes I do need friends.

Also, where did VIVA PAPER TOWELS GO?

You know, the good paper towels. The ones that are soft but sturdy. The ones that have no bumps or patterns on it. The ones that feel like an actual cloth. The ones you buy when you get a pay raise or a Christmas bonus. The good paper towels.

I CAN’T FIND THEM. My grocery store has reorganized the paper towel aisle and it’s complete garbage. No Viva anywhere in sight. I can only find these wonk rolls of papery thin brittle and what kind of monsters actually make these?

So I looked on Amazon and the logo looks different. First of all, don’t do that to me. Second of all it’s like $500 for one roll. First the virus NOW THIS?

How could you do me like this, Viva. Where are you?

Can we talk about house shoes because I’ve got some devastating news. (I’m just fine today, why do you ask?)

I’ve had these slippers for over four years. The same PAIR. My girlfriends gifted me a pair of these slippers on a train trip to wine country for my fortieth birthday years ago and they’ve stayed with me for this long.


They’re falling apart. First of all, they’ve stretched to all get out. (is that still a saying?) Secondly, the right foot stitching is coming apart at the toe and I look like a character in Home Alone Two: Lost in New York. I tried hot glue (what, it’s fine) and staples (why are you looking at me like that) and nothing is working. Feel free to stop laughing.

My question IS: do I buy a new pair? Or do you have any good, cozy cute slipper recommends? Girl you know my steez. (is that still a word?)

I need warmth, sturdiness, minimal in style, and cozy out the wazoo. (is that still a saying?)

Give me the slipper goods.

Wait, are you hoarding all the Viva?

You know makes me absolutely insane in the membrane? (is that still a saying?)

The length of time it takes for a soap bottle to inhale its air after I’ve squeezed out the soap. WHY.DOES.IT.TAKE.THAT.LONG. It’s like, just pop back already. Inhale. Be speedy. Come on come on I got ish to do.

Guys I may end up in prison over the rage I feel with these slow-as-snot bottle inhalations.

You’re like, wait what are bottle inhalations?

I guess I could just take the cap off.

Never mind.

(I wonder who they’d get to act as me in the dramatization.)

Weekend plans?

N O T H A A A A N G. And it’s completely glorious.

I thrifted more brass frames last week, so I plan on working on my gallery wall some more YES I’M STILL TALKING ABOUT IT. I’ll finish One By One (loving it!) and start going through my fridge and freezer because supposedly our new refrigerator arrives Monday. It’s been delayed 47 times since JULY. I’m not holding my breath here. But I plan on dancing like a loon if I get the word that it’s coming. I’m fine.

From this week, in case you missed it::: Brothy Beans with Ham and Kale! The simplest, slurpy supper of all time. And a gorgeous Skillet Apple Cheddar Pie! You need it, trust.

Okay seriously – slippers. Go!

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25 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Peggy October 23, 2020 at 8:14 am #
    Ugg slippers are the best!
  2. Margaret Daley October 23, 2020 at 8:16 am #
    I’ve cut my use of Viva by using stacks of cotton dishcloths Much better for environment
  3. Diane October 23, 2020 at 8:58 am #
    I agree with Peggy!! Ugg husband got me some for Christmas last year. Super warm, comfy...and I may wear them out every now and then because they look like moccasins.
  4. Paige October 23, 2020 at 9:22 am #
    I bought those same L.L. Bean slippers based on your recommendations and I LOVE them. BUT they did get sort of beaten down, most likely because I wore them 336 hours a day for 47 years. Here's the another pair and they will feel SO SO amazing after wearing the beaten down ones. I've tried other slippers but nothing compares.
  5. Sharon October 23, 2020 at 10:40 am #
    L.L. Bean has a really good return/replacement policy. You might want to check it out if you want another pair. This article mentions a return that sounds like your slipper problem.
  6. erin marie October 23, 2020 at 10:54 am #
    I marvel at the superb acting in the crime dramatizations. Not only do the actors not need to resemble the actual people but they need no acting skill whatsoever. I have the same slippers as you and I loved them so much and feared so for their eventual demise that I bought a backup pair for when that time came. That time came but I kept wearing the grodie oldies any way. The backups look too prestine and frankly too good for me. Now that I don’t NEED to buy new slippers the ones I WANT are Manitobah Tipi Moccasins. Also love these:
  7. Shannon October 23, 2020 at 11:03 am #
    I LIVE in my UGG Scuffette II slippers. And they last forever so it will probably be a decade before you'll need to even remotely think about staples and super glue.
  8. Renae October 23, 2020 at 11:20 am #
    I am asking for the Ugg slippers for Christmas. These guys: Also, I forgot about Viva, but you’re right about them, of course!!
  9. katherine October 23, 2020 at 11:48 am #
    Amazon brand paper towels (I think they're called "Presto!") are A-MA-ZING and if you do subscribe and save you can usually get them.
  10. Jennifer October 23, 2020 at 1:58 pm #
    Ugg slippers! I've had mine for years, and I've worn them just about every day of pandemic life, and they've held up beautifully. Not a fan of Ugg boots, but the slippers are money.
  11. Sally October 23, 2020 at 2:29 pm #
    Acorn slippers! You simply must. ❤️💯
  12. Jeannine October 23, 2020 at 3:25 pm #
    Glerups, they’re simply amazing!
  13. Heather Platisha/heather_B_thyname October 23, 2020 at 5:29 pm #
    minnetonka torrey slippers in cinnamon. TRUST xoxo
  14. Nicole October 23, 2020 at 7:00 pm #
    So glad you posted this! I need new slippers too! I was told the LL Bean Wicked Good Moccasins were the best! Haven’t tried them yet tho!
    • Jillian Brooks October 24, 2020 at 10:31 pm #
      This is true, they are, return policy is great for non typ wear related defects. I’ve bought 4ish pairs now, mostly because like a fresh white towel they’re just so much better new. Treat yourself, feet hold a lot of tension, keep em comfy.
  15. Lori October 23, 2020 at 8:45 pm #
    No slipper recs, since I'm more of a fuzzy sock girl, but the husband likes LL Bean? They are sturdy with a sole (not soul hahah). I just had to comment that the phrase "soap bottle inhalation" made my whole week, and it's been A WEEK so thank you for that. :-)
  16. Amy October 23, 2020 at 11:23 pm #
    I swear by mahabis slippers, a UK brand. Good soles and beautiful materials; I wear them all year round!
    • Becky October 25, 2020 at 2:36 pm #
      Yes! I love my Mahabis!
  17. Amanda October 24, 2020 at 7:05 am #
    Ugg slippers are the best! Warm, sturdy, minimal, last forever
  18. Diane October 24, 2020 at 3:56 pm #
    These are my fave slippers - I even keep an extra pair in waiting, just in case they stop making them!
  19. Tracy October 25, 2020 at 4:52 pm #
    Do you shop at Hen House? My Hen House (117th & Roe) has Viva. I've also seen them at Price Chopper. Another rec: Kirkland brand from Costco are great paper towels if you want another option. I agree with all the Ugg lovers! I'm very interested to hear what you think of the book I'm Thinking of Ending Things. A real head scratcher!! I heard the Netflix movie is HORRIBLE. I have not watched it tho. Hearsay. I'm interested in your review of that too.
  20. Dee October 26, 2020 at 7:30 am #
    I'm not normally a fan, but I just bought a pair of Crocs Classic LINED (with fuzzy stuff) shoes because I slipped my croc-shaped feet into one of those recently and realized just how much the lining makes those babies super comfy. I'm more of a sock girl too but I needed something sturdy and warm to take my dog out in. I might have to buy them in all the colors so I never have to stuff my feet into a normal shoe again!
  21. rosemarie October 26, 2020 at 11:13 am #
    I also have some LL bean slippers and have worked from home for the past 4 years or so and am considering a new pair. Thinking about really splurging on a pair of Birkenstock slippers/indoor clogs for the arch support. Man. That sentence makes me feel really old.
  22. Kayle (The Cooking Actress) November 10, 2020 at 8:31 pm #
    FUN FACT-I'm one of reenactment actors on the "Green Widow" episode of ID's My Dirty Little Secret hahahaha. And after googling who everyone was playing looked in real life I can absolutely confirm. (The girl who played my mom was only 3 years older than me...for example lol)

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