Friday Flotsam

FRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRay! I mean Fri. And then day. Fray.

I think I’d like to get into Gin and Tonics.

Is this a bad idea?

Do I need to even capitalize that? Hold on, let me look.

I do! I think. I will. Anyway, I feel like I should get into them because lately in all my books it’s theee drink everyone’s always drinking. Much like last summer when that strand of four books were loaded with Sancerre and my life became about Sancerre. I think it’s time for a Gin and Tonic moment.

Am I taking a wrong turn in life? Will this be like that one time I announced (pre-blogging days, like 15 years ago) “Guess what, everyone! My new drink is a classic MARTINI!” And then the next day, “…guess what, everyone. I am no longer into martinis.” Ay yi yi.

I’ve not had a Gin and Tonic in years. YEARS. Twenty one to be exact. I can’t even remember what they’re like. They remind me of this specific life era, though. It was when the very first Coldplay album came out. Parachutes. That one. It’s so good. I was living in a teensy tiny janky apartment in Fayetteville, AR and all of my architecture student friends lived in this little white house across the street and up on the parking lot. I remember I’d walk up to the front porch every day after work and we’d sit outside all summer, listening to that album, sitting on G&Ts. (I know people call them G&Ts.) “And it was called ‘Yellooooow.'”


Do you drink these? I know it’s gin + tonic water + lime? Anything else? I know I can type these words into a thing called THE INTERNET, but you’re cuter.

Should we do this? (I’m looking at you, Ash.)

What’s your sleep style? Because you know we all have a sleep style. Do you hog? Do you stay coffin still? Side sleeper, back, stomach, twister, drooler, arm thrower – I NEED TO KNOW because you know I have no life.

Mine is weird. Tell me if this is weird because I feel like it’s weird.

First of all I need a lot of blankets. I need a lot of WEIGHT on me. Not to be confused with a weighted blanket. I just need an ish ton of blankets. And I need my feet dangling off the bottom. Yep, I just typed that. I sleep halfway down the bed on my stomach with my feet dangling off (I’ve come to term with the fact that the alligators living under my bed are friendly and won’t eat my feet or slit my achilles tendons) And I need my left arm shooting straight up to where I can feel the headboard. And my right arm snuggles a pillow. And that pillow is stiffer and flatter than the pillow under my head. The pillow under my head is filled with down feathers. And when I micro-wake in the night to shift, I pop my right wrist. Every time. I need the popping sensation to go back to sleep.

I don’t understand why your face is like that right now.

Tell me your sleep style. And please be weirder than mine.

Have you ever heard of a skin spatula?

Let me type those two words again. SKIN SPATULA.

Look, I’m going to tell you to google it. Watch some videos. And I’ll most likely land on your sh*t list today, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. IT IS GROSS. But like, captivating. Your eyes do their very best to pull away from this crime scene, but they can’t quite make it.

More specifically, do you have a skin spatula? Or have you ever had one used on you during a facial? Please tell me your nose pores squeezed out a tub of mascarpone cheese.

If I haven’t abused our relationship to the point of no return yet, I have a couple of quick things!

  1. Remember our new kitchen windows? (I AM STILL SO IN LOVE) Well, the discount that I’m running with Bordner ends at the end of this month, so you have a few more days to schedule a consultation, if new windows have been on your upgrade list. I walk you through how to fill out the form and everything. It’s super easy. We’re about to order five more and I’m already irrationally giddy. I’ll show you those too, if y’awnt!
  2. I realized I never actually gave you the LINK to my segment on The Drs! Here it is, in case you missed it on the tee vees.

That’s all.

Weekend plans?

I’m finally devoting all day tomorrow to our BACK YARD. Ripping out the dead, raking up the leaves, bagging up the grody. It is happening. New rug and curtains and pillows are on the way, so riiiiight after Easter I’ll be about to move all the plants out and really jush up that cozy space. I have a feeling you x-ed out right around the wrist popping, so I’m mainly talking to myself.

From this week, in case you missed it! Simple Fish Tacos, girl. Bright and zesty and beyond delish. And then Simple Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches! Apparently I was very into simple this week. Both of these are absolutely perfect weekend throw together meals, so get on in that.

So like, are we having a Gin and Tonic tonight or . . . ?

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18 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Peekiesmom March 26, 2021 at 8:11 am #
    Hi! You know, I like the sound of G&T, but gin and club soda is so much more pure and crisp. With a wedge of lime, yum, so refreshing. But it could never replace the pure perfection of wine.
    • Dj siler March 26, 2021 at 3:08 pm #
      Yes!! You hit the nail on the head! Gin, club dada and lime...yummm.
  2. Candace March 26, 2021 at 8:29 am #
    Yes!!!! Yes to Gin and Tonics. Use Fever Tree tonic water. It's the best and they have multiple types/flavors/vibes. My husband and I discovered them in Ireland where G&T's are SUPER popular. They even put peppercorns in their G&T's!!!!
  3. Sarah March 26, 2021 at 9:05 am #
    The only gin drink I like is a French 75 ??‍♀️ But now I’m intrigued by the G&T! I’ve also heard skin scrapers are no bueno for your skin, it’s not very diffferent from squeezing your own blackheads. Yum!
  4. Bri Giles March 26, 2021 at 9:09 am #
    Okay but Hendricks gin with a cucumber and tonic is life.
    • Bev Weidner March 26, 2021 at 9:11 am #
      CUCUMBER. Oh, I'm listening...
      • Renae March 26, 2021 at 11:25 am #
        So if you like cucumber I would suggest a Pimm's Cup. Drool. I hate cucumber, love me a Pimm's Cup. It has it all. Gin. Lemon. Sugar. Cucumbers. Do it, you'll thank me!
  5. Kelly @ Turned up to Eleven! March 26, 2021 at 10:46 am #
    I big PUFFY HEART G&T's. I always enjoyed them (only certain gin though - I had a rough night on some Tangqeray and Ginger Ale - WOOF!). So I have to say GOOD gin is key. Light, refreshing, and good tonic. We went to Ireland and I was floored at how great they are. The key is, they serve them in a large, goblet style glass (think big, round wine glass w/ stem), and they put ice, and gin in the glass only - they then add in fresh fruit (typically citrus, juicy grapefruit is amazing, and sometimes they do more savory with cucumbers and peppercorns). Then they place it in front of you with a full bottle of tonic - typically it was Fever Tree brand, sometimes flavored, sometimes basic. And they allow YOU to fill up the goblet to your liking - with as much fizz and tonic as you want or as little as you want. AMAZING! I think it's a great drink in the summer - and gives a bit more flare to your cocktail than a basic Vodka soda. Fresh citrus or cucumbers + good gin + fever tree or other specialty tonic and ice = yummy! (Fave Gin currently: Gunpowder Irish Gin, Hendricks Gin, Bombay Gin (Sapphire) and Amsterdam Gin. All are no where near the PINESOL flavor of Tanggeray of my youth - Snoop Dogg raved about it but I'm going to say it was a NO for me dog.)
  6. Jeannine March 26, 2021 at 11:07 am #
    G&T’s are the best & super refreshing. Splash in some St. Germain or limoncello!
  7. Deanna March 26, 2021 at 2:49 pm #
    My go to gin and tonic in summer is a little high maintenance, but so good. It’s gin, ideally Fever tree tonic, lots and lots of lime (at least whole lime per glass) or lemon (because limes get to be $20/pound), and a half shot each of elderflower liqueur and limoncello. I call it the Verbena Road because I suck at cocktail names but I want to sound like a Kristin Hannah book
    • Deanna March 26, 2021 at 2:52 pm #
      Ooh and if you have a soda at read get the Jack Rudy Tonic Syrup. It’s delicious and I’m out and it’s too expensive to ship to myself
      • Deanna March 26, 2021 at 2:53 pm #
        Soda Stream. Stupid lack of coffee
  8. Lauren March 26, 2021 at 3:26 pm #
    G&Ts are the BEST! Drumshanbo gin is a big fav of mine if you can find it. so perfect for a gin & tonic. fever tree tonic all the way. love the indian one, it's my fav! a fun little twist is a dash of orange bitters (put them in first, then gin, then tonic!) and a slice of orange. Y U M. give me a warm, breezy afternoon on a patio, a big fat G&T, and a bowl of hot, salty french fries. heaven.
  9. Becky March 26, 2021 at 8:59 pm #
    No advice on the G&T here. Gin simply tastes like someone crushed up some pine needles and added tonic water. I’ve tried, but can’t hop on that wagon. I am here to share my weird sleeping habits. First off, if I’m not covered head to toe in body lotion and layers of skin care products on my face I cannot fall asleep. I have a pillow, but I don’t lay my head on it. I sleep on my stomach and push the top of my head into the side of the pillow. The blanket must cover my whole body. It just feels weird to have anything poking out. If I wake up in the middle of the night I have to take a sip of water before falling back asleep. That’s pretty much it. Now I’m going to head down a skin spatula rabbit hole.
  10. Robert R Reid March 27, 2021 at 6:24 am #
    While bourbon is my normal "poison of choice", a good gin and tonic is hard to beat, especially in the warmer months. The use of "top shelf" gin and also tonic can make all the difference.
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  12. Leslie April 8, 2021 at 1:12 pm #
    ALWAYS YES to G&Ts! I like to use Jack Rody Tonic concentrate so I can control the sweetness level, top with club and add a lime. Ultra refreshing! Enjoy!
    • Anonymous April 8, 2021 at 1:13 pm #
      Jack Rudy, not Rody.

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