Friday Flotsam


The other day Will asked me, “Mom, do ghosts have udders?” and I just feel like that needs to be right here, opening this blog post, for the world to see.

Let’s take a moment to appreciate that question. Do ghosts have udders?

I didn’t even answer him. I just looked at him, hugged him with tears in my eyes and said, “Child, you are a brilliant weirdo and are going to fix this world. Now finish your dinner so that I can show you a photo of a raw appendix.”

Look, I know this whole thing is very confusing to you. Stay with me, it’s about to make semi sense.

We’d read Madeline. The appendix one, ya know. And then we’d watched it. And then – hold on. I’ll tell you down there. One sec. Let me get there.

Okay – Madeline. We’d read and watched it.

And both kids quickly spiraled into obsession over what the appendix is, what it looks like, what it does, what the scar is like, yadda yadda.

And to be honest, I was like, “I don’t think I even know! Let’s look at a raw appendix! But after you finish that soup because what if it looks like a tortellini. Dad will gag.”

So we looked at a raw appendix once it was taken out of a body. Guys it’s just a skin tag on an intestine. It’s tiny! Like a bloated bobby pin. I had no idea.

Have any of you ever had your appendix removed, because Will and Nat both want you to spill your guts. Hahah! oh.

And furthermore, are you second guessing clicking on today’s Friday Flotsam?

I can get it.


Remember when you all told me stories a couple of years ago about your own personal latchkey kid experiences growing up?

Well, we’re starting to venture more into ’80s movies with the kids. The PG ones. UM, a PG rating in the ’80s is very different than what it is today.

AM I RIGHT ABOUT THIS OR ARE MARBLES SLIPPING? I feel like it would be backwards. Like way more lenient today with language, etc. How did we let kids talk like this in movies back then?? And no one had to check in with a parent. They could just get on bikes and ride around to different cities and galaxies and not a single person questioned it. We let everything slide in the ’80s. It was so great.

They’ve seen Goonies a lot already, but Aaron’s dead set on showing them every single star galaxy fighter whatever movie there is. The one where the dude wins a video game and then goes into space with Harold Hill from The Music Man. I mean, why couldn’t the whole movie have taken place at that adorable trailer park? It was so cute! And then another one with young River and Ethan. I can’t remember.

I feel like I had a point.

I miss the ’80s. These kids will never know the charm of that decade. It had a carefree looseness to it that nothing can come close to. Heck, maybe I’ll wear a side part today to celebrate! #genxforever

You’re still stuck on “raw appendix” aren’t you?

Weekend plans?

My friend Seth and I are going to run our own 10k tomorrow. YES, on purpose. We decided that since there aren’t any races this year, we’ll create our own! We’ll start at a trail next to a brewery (Aaron’s not convinced we’ll actually leave the brewery) and run all the way to Seth and Ashlee’s house in Coleman Highlands, where front porch beers will be waiting. (and deo, hey-oh!) It’s gonna be 65 degrees tomorrow. Need I say more?

Today Aaron and I are having a “date day” and we’re gonna drop of some glass recycling (our romance knows no ends), get a coffee at French Market and head downtown to look for antique swag lights, a small ornate pendant to put above our kitchen sink, and an antique stained glass window to put above our front door for when we vault the foyer. It’ll be ca-ute.

Wait, do ghosts have udders??

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22 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Diane February 26, 2021 at 8:59 am #
    Yes, I still have my appendix! Weekend up the lakehouse because we had a pipe burst last week during the cold TX snap. On the bright side...I may get to learn how to put up sheet rock! 🙌🏼 Oh...and Bingo at a winery...because it’s for charity! 😉
  2. Shannon L February 26, 2021 at 9:17 am #
    Yesss! Explorers with River and Ethan!!! I remember that one! I still have my appendix but I’m going to google what it looks like now because I’ve never seen one!
  3. Angelina Caliguri-Schrand February 26, 2021 at 9:21 am #
    I had an emergency appendectomy 6 weeks after I had my second baby. 0/10, do not recommend 🥴🥴
  4. Erin February 26, 2021 at 9:41 am #
    Explorers!! Oh man, how cute were Ethan and River in that movie as little best buddy space explorers.
  5. Jennifer R February 26, 2021 at 9:51 am #
    My appendix ruptured on me about 7 years ago! It was terrible and traumatic and I was in the hospital for weeks! 😳 when they removed it they said it was enlarged to the size of a large bratwurst (should be about the size of a small pinky finger) Needless to say I’ve never been able to enjoy a bratwurst since. 🤮
  6. Shannon February 26, 2021 at 10:08 am #
    I had my appendix removed about 10 years ago. You can tell Will and Nat that my scars are little, they used a robot to remove it and they went in through my belly button! Maybe the last part would freak them out, but small little spots for scars for me! I love that they ask alll of these questions 😄
  7. Janice February 26, 2021 at 10:23 am #
    Yep, appendix is gone here! I was five and it was a l-o-n-g time ago so I was left with a long scar. But recovery was quick at that age so I was hopping between hospital beds and making friends with the other kids within a couple days. The human body is fascinating to learn about, isn't it?!!
  8. Sharon February 26, 2021 at 10:43 am #
    Our kids loved the movie Batteries Not Included. It's on Hulu now. Fun for adults also!
  9. Hadar February 26, 2021 at 12:38 pm #
    I had appendicitis back in May 2020! It was really not much fun 😂 I felt like I had the worst stomachache of my life, then I felt like I was being stabbed, then I was crying on the bathroom floor and my husband drove me to the hospital where he wasn’t allowed in (covid). I forgot a hair tie so the doctor graciously held my hair back as I puked into a bucket and it took 2 morphine drips to get my pain under control! I got to the hospital at 10 pm and by 7 am I was in laparoscopic surgery to have it removed. They didn’t let me see it although apparently I asked. So now I have 3 little scars where they popped it out from!
  10. CJ February 26, 2021 at 12:45 pm #
    While at Mayo Clinic, for my daughter’s appointment, I had an emergency appendectomy. Not the best timing but couldn’t have happened at a better place. Had to extend our visit a couple days as we live a few states away and I had to drive home. It was removed laparoscopically & can’t really see the small scar.
  11. Rosemary Corning February 26, 2021 at 1:34 pm #
    That framed rose took my breath away!!!!! Gorgeous!!!! I still have mine, although i have no gall bladder -it was taken out while my 3 month old baby daughter was "nursed" at home by my husband -very similar story to the 0/10 comment - would not recommend! But my daughter just had an emergency appendectomy this January and said the hospital staff was wonderful beginning to end. Man, those folks deserve hero status for sure!!!!!
  12. Lori S February 26, 2021 at 2:17 pm #
    I legitimately thought when i scrolled down to that picture of the radishes that it was going to be some kind of antique medical poster of organs including an appendix hahah. Not sure what that says that my brain went there - probably that I am just the person that should be reading these Friday Flotsams lol.
    • Lisa Vivion March 2, 2021 at 11:51 am #
      I thought the same thing! 🤣
  13. Jamie February 26, 2021 at 2:23 pm #
    I had an emergency appendectomy about 8 years ago, also was removed via my belly button and I just have one tiny scar! Science is cool. My roommates wouldn’t take me to the hospital because they thought I just partied too hard the night before, until I doubled over and couldn’t stand up. They cried when the ER doc told us it was about to burst and it’s good I came in when I did! They operated 30 mins later and then my roommates nursed me through recovery to make up for their guilt, ha!
  14. Meredith February 26, 2021 at 6:05 pm #
    “Raw” appendix has me thinking about the alternative, cooked? 😜 Also my son’s name is River and my husband is Ethan so for a split second I was mildly confused, clearly it’s been a long week 🥴 Love Explorers! My other son had an emergency appendectomy at age 5 on October 31st, it was a Halloween to remember for sure. At age 9 you can barely see the scars and really only if you know they’re there. Celebrating my leopard print loving mom’s 70th birthday tomorrow and we’re all showing up donned in her favorite pattern. Have a wonderful weekend!
  15. Amanda February 26, 2021 at 9:36 pm #
    I had my appendix removed on Christmas Eve back in 1990, I was 11 years old. I was pretty much stuck in the fetal position before they took it out - quite the stomach pain! I didn’t even miss any school for it, so that was a real bummer. This was the same year Home Alone came out and I recall going to the theater to see it over Christmas break and brought a pillow with to push against my sore belly to help with any belly pain from laughing. And since this was back in the olden days, I have a 2-3” scar from it. Great memories!
  16. Jenn P February 27, 2021 at 9:33 am #
    I don't have an appendix - I was born with what's called an omphalocele, where your organs are on the outside instead of the inside (there was an episode of Grey's Anatomy, season 4 where Addison comes back to Seattle Grace because there's a baby born with it's heart on the outside. It was like that, except my heart was where it was supposed to be, but my intestines and other GI things were not). Anyway, they just didn't put my appendix back in when they put everything else in. Also, I don't have a belly button. Not sure how appropriate this is to share with 7 year olds, that said, almost all of my nieces and nephews know because kids are always interested in belly buttons and when they find out I don't have one, well, it's a story. *shrug*
  17. Danielle February 28, 2021 at 9:29 am #
    I had an emergency appendectomy when I was five months pregnant with my daughter. I happened to be working at the hospital at the time (very convenient!) and when symptoms started I was worried something was wrong with my baby. Finding out it was my appendix was such a relief and recovery was a breeze! I have two little scars, VERY Madeline-esque.
  18. Malissa February 28, 2021 at 7:48 pm #
    It is an interesting post. Nice to read it. Thank you!
  19. Marine March 1, 2021 at 11:33 am #
    I love reading other people’s appendectomy stories here! I just had an emergency appendectomy via laparoscopy back in October! I had what I can only describe as extreme gastric discomfort and stomach pain the two weeks leading up to it... I thought it was really (really really) bad gas or a complication with my IUD and when I finally couldn’t take it any more I went to an urgent care clinic after work and they sent me to the hospital after discovering my appendix had ruptured. It had a little sac on it that was holding all the inside stuff, well, in! It took a lot of pain medication for the pain to go away- I was admitted to the hospital at 11:45 pm and went into surgery around noon the next day. It was a little scary because I was by myself (my husband wasn’t allowed in because of COVID) and the doctors kept telling me everything that could possibly go wrong depending on how it looked once they were in there... but the nurses and staff were beyond amazing, I had a room to myself with a great view, and I watched the Mr Rogers movie while waiting to go in for surgery. Everything went well in surgery and I didn’t have to worry about any of those worst-case scenarios that had been described to me. Healing was a breeze- after the pain I had endured from my ruptured appendix, the pain of healing was much more manageable. I wasn’t allowed to lift any more than 15-20 pounds for about a month, and just had to take it easy. I have three scars from it- a tiny one above my bellybutton, a tiny one to the left of that, and a larger one above my pelvis where they took it out. Just happy the whole ordeal is a “once in a lifetime” thing 😂
  20. Aarin Kaur March 22, 2021 at 12:13 pm #
    When we look at human we see stories. Nice post keep it up. Great Job!
  21. Theresa March 29, 2021 at 6:15 am #
    I had a laparoscopic appendectomy in 2012 - where they use robot cameras and go through your belly button! Have to look realllllly hard to see the scars now. Honestly the pain prior to getting that sucker out/surgery was the worst I’ve ever had - and that includes labor/c-section! It didn’t rupture but man...glad it’s gone and only a one time ordeal! I loved Madeline as a kid too!

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