Friday Flotsam


Want to know what I love most about a court trial?


Who made that up, you think? It’s not because cameras aren’t allowed because we’ve all binged true crime documentaries like unhinged nutcases. Listen, you can’t have a legit trial without a solid courtroom sketch artist.

I remember being somewhat curious about them as a child. Why draw, when you could take a picture – I used to think. But now as an adult I just have this fascination with the character and nuances of these sketches and yes I’m actually saying all of this. The shadows, the muted colors, the sharpness of emotion and the squiggly pencil drawings just barely askew like wispy hair. I LOVE THEM. I could study them for hours. I might even prefer courtroom sketches over regular art, which is concrete proof I’ve been in this house far too long.

What’s your favorite courtroom sketch? (<— a sentence no human has probably ever typed.)

Here are some good ones to peruse if you need psychological help like me.

You know else what I could watch all day long?

You’re like, oh here we go.

Clips on Instagram of women putting on under-eye concealer. Yes, they’re ads, but I don’t care. I need to see it blend, okay?!

(okay, I’ve got a question about okay. we’re getting to okay in a minute. don’t let me forget, okay? okay.)

It’s like . . . what’s it called, ALSM? No. SPF? no. VHS? no. SMHL? nope.

ASMR! It’s that for me. Especially if you hear clicking fingernails or the dropper or anything whispin’ around softly in the background. Could watch that forever. Espeeeeecially if they use a little sponge to blend. GUT LAWRT, yes.

Wait, did you just x out?

Okay, we need to talk.

Gen Zers, are you seriously telling me that typing out the word okay is not actually okay? It’s now just k? Or ok? Or kk? WHAT IS GOING ON HERE. How is it not okay to say okay?

Speaking of, this is one of my absolute favorite Key & Peele skits. It is hilariously perfect. There’s some cursing, if you’ve got your spawn next to ya.

Also, I’ll forever use the cry laughing emoji and we’re going to be just fine.

(gentle reminder: this comes from someone who looks at COURTROOM SKETCHES as entertainment, so.)


Do you add plant shine to your plants, or do you just wipe them down with a wet paper towel?

Yes I’m in my mid-forties, why do you ask?

Weekend plans?

I’m painting my hood! My kitchen hood. The one above the range. Solid white with brass buttons. I’ll slap it in Stories if you need some nonsense in your life.

Also, we GET ABOVE FREEZING THIS WEEKEND and I could not be more giddy. How’s the sitch where you are? Is everyone okay out there? Do you have power? Water? I ache for those who are suffering from all this weather. Let me know how you’re faring. (I almost typed farting.)

From this week, in case you missed it::: Maple-Braised Pork with Apples and Onions. Different! But really good. And our neeeew KITCHEN WINDOWS. (said like the dude from The Price Is Right) I’m in loveloveLOVE and I know you dig home stuff like this, too. (plus a discount!)

What are you baking this weekend?

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7 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Meryl February 19, 2021 at 8:00 am #
    Lawyer chiming in to say that there are still a lot of courts where cameras aren’t allowed, most notably the US Supreme Court. Also, if you’re really a fan check out the sketches that Art Lien (the SCOUTS sketcher) has been doing since they started doing phone arguments for the pandemic. It’s fascinating (if you’re into that) what people wear and how they set up when they won’t be seen.
    • Bev Weidner February 19, 2021 at 8:42 am #
      Ooooooooo so into that! Is this what I'm looking for?
  2. Lacy February 19, 2021 at 10:26 am #
    Mist those plants and wipe them down. No plant shine. Ever. Plants shine on their own. You had no idea I would say something like that. This weather in Texas is terrible so my plants are having a spa day in a warm shower stall with a gentle misting. Mother of Dragons and Begonias. That's me.
  3. Stef February 20, 2021 at 7:24 pm #
    Legit LEFT the post to go study each picture and read each and every caption on that court sketch page. And there are approx 9,965 more archived?! THANK YOU FOR THIS GEM. Obviously I came back because here I am commenting at the end of said post? I mist and wipe my plants, no shine. And I love your windows and the fact that you got cranks makes me so happy (always thought they are WAY more practical than double hung, ick). Virginia is cold as heck but we’re hanging in there. Heart hurts for Texas and people going through tough stuff everywhere (thanks for mentioning that).
  4. K~ February 23, 2021 at 1:02 pm #
    Since you asked, I am in Fl and just came out from the garden. What is the pie in your post please.
  5. safetrading February 27, 2021 at 3:36 pm #
    Hi! Its very interesting. Thanks. It looks very impressive!


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