Friday Flotsam

FRRRRRRRRRRRRRimuh! I mean day.

Can you hear radio broadcasts in teeth fillings?

You know, like when one “feels a storm brewin'” in their knee joints or their shoulder pins. Is it the same?

I’m reading All The Light We Cannot See (first of all, I can already tell it’s going to be one of the most special reads of my life. the writing is spectacularly delicious, even if it’s describing Nazi bombings) and in one of the chapters there’s a mention of hearing a radio broadcast in a tooth filling and I was like OHHH YEAH THAT’S A THING. I THINK THAT’S A THING. …is that a thing? Surely that’s not a thing, you guys. I seriously hope that’s a thing. Maybe you have to wear aluminum foil hats like they do in Signs for it to work.

At least maybe you can tell me this: when the weather shifts, or the barometeric pressure drops, can you feel it in your body? Can you tell if “somethin’s a comin'”? And if so, how. I need these specifics.

Please tell me you can hear radio broadcasts in your teeth. Please. Why else are we even here?

Listen, I have question for you. And I’m okay if the answer is no. I’ll be totally okay, okay?

Instead of me doing a deep dive on this on my own, I thought I’d come to you first, to perhaps save me the frustration and the general feelings of let down over and over.

Here goes.

Are there any songs off of Taylor Swift’s new Fearless album that I’ll even kind of like a little bit? And you can give it to me straight. Are there? And by that I mean, they need to feel like bonus tracks on Folklore or Evermore. They need to fit right into those albums like (salted) butter on (grainy) toast. So far I’ve listened to three and have had to skip past. They feel like Miranda Lambert or something. They’re lacking that sultry, dreamy, woodsy maturity that FL and EM ooze. These just feel like cheesy arena country with a bad perm. Bleh. BUT LIKE I SAID, I might not be listening to the right songs! Can you help me?

Also can you hear them in your fillings?

I don’t like rhubarb.

There, I said it.

I do not care for rhubarb.

It’s PRETTY, yes. However, I feel its only purpose is to look farmer hip in Instagram photos.

Plus I feel like the stringiness would get stuck around your tooth filling and how else would you be able to listen to your favorite radio program?

Book poooooooooooll-ah!

And you’ll dig this, I promise.

Okay, I already have our next round of five books chosen and on the night stand for after ATLWCS. BUT – I’m curious to know your suggestions for LIGHT, FUZZY, FUN, BEACHY, STEAMY, SCANDALOUS SUMMER reads. All caps obviously necessary. I’ve thrown in some already, and I’ll announce books in about a week, but I’d love to start gathering titles for our summer. And I know you’re going to have the goods. Old and new, anything goes so spill it.

Also can you read a kindle in your teeth fillings?

Weekend plans?

My parents are up! Hashtag thank you vaccines. However, the HIGH today is FORTY NINE with steady rain and I’m trying to hold it together. Tomorrow’s much better, so I think we’ll show them the spring market at Fox and Pearl, and perhaps some Gypsy Jazz at French Market. Obviously.

From this week, in case you missed it!::: Your April mixtape. ALL LIVE MUSIC, so please please please get your ears in that. At least just skip to the last track and listen to Coldplay’s Amsterdam because nothing is better than that swell of guitar paired with the bass line. Nothing. And then some Cilantro Turkey Meatballs with Lime Rice! Insanely simple and absolutely scrumptious.

Wait, could you read this entire blog post FROM YOUR TEETH FILLINGS?

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14 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Nancy April 16, 2021 at 8:17 am #
    You crack me up! I can't tell anything about the weather thru my body nor can I hear anything thru my fillings. Thank God for that! My book rec is "The Husband's Secret" by Lianne Moriarity. I thought it had one of the best endings to any book I've ever read. Because I hate the way a lot of books end by just wrapping things up all nice and neat. Just me?
  2. Jennifer Creek April 16, 2021 at 8:54 am #
    I 100% agree about rhubarb! I’ve tried and tried but cannot find a single thing it improves. Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie? How about just delicious Strawberry Pie without the added stringy tartness? Thank you for giving me the space to share this unpopular opinion!
  3. Janine April 16, 2021 at 10:18 am #
    ah me. i am a confirmed rhubarb lover. imagine lovely rhubarb pieces roasted with fresh orange juice and spices like star anise, cinnamon sticks, or cloves, then spooned over warm pound cake. Or a rhubarb strawberry upside down cake with earl grey gelato? or even better for the texture haters -- rhubarb concentrate/cordial. Take all that rhubarb you don't want to eat, fill a pot, add water, cook, strain, add sugar, and you've got a gorgeous rosy rhubarb simple syrup to add to drinks -- rye and rhubarb, gin and rhubarb, rhubarb martini, or plain selzter and rhubarb. freeze it to make slushy drinks for when temperatures finally rise. And All the Light I Cannot See is a gorgeous book. As for summer suggestions, this is not a new one, but Barbara Kingsolver's Prodigal Summer pushes all my summer read buttons. As does Timonthy Findlay's The Telling of Lies, a murder mystery set at the Aurora Sands Hotel in Maine.
    • Dee April 19, 2021 at 7:57 am #
      Wow, Janine, thanks for all the great rhubarb suggestions! I'm a fan of the simple rhubarb and strawberries cooked together but these drink ideas sound awesome.
  4. Tif April 16, 2021 at 10:50 am #
    The Idea of You by Robinne Lee. Caution - it's tres steamy. Like, whoa steamy. But so so good. Imagine if you took your 12 year old daughter to see One Direction then you yourself had a relationship with Harry Styles. And you're French and own a super hip contemporary art gallery in LA. I love this book.
    • Kimberly April 19, 2021 at 11:16 am #
      I came here to say this book too! SO GOOD. And the only time I have followed an author on Twitter to beg for a sequel!
  5. Sydney April 16, 2021 at 11:08 am #
    I also do not care for rhubarb. I think it is stringy and disgusting. My husband loves it and often uses it in desserts he swears I'll love and then I try it and am like EW!!! WHY??? I do not like it. It has the texture of about-to-go-bad celery.
  6. Tracy April 16, 2021 at 3:42 pm #
    I second The Idea of You by Robinne Lee. So steamy & scandalous. You cannot put that book down! It has quite a fan base which even has a Facebook page.
  7. Sydney April 18, 2021 at 10:40 pm #
    Massive Swiftie over here!!! Give the new version of Fearless another chance! You might like Untouchable, White Horse, Breathe, Forever & Always (Piano Version) & The Best Day. Those are more slow songs that have some of the quieter feel of Folklore/Evermore. But what you should really listen to are a few of the “From the Vault” songs that were written for the original Fearless but cut from the album and unreleased until now. Aaron Dessner & Jack Antonoff (the producers of Folklore & Evermore) produced all 6 of them. You might like You All Over Me, We Were Happy, That’s When, Don’t You, & Bye Bye Baby! The only one that you might not be into is Mr. Perfectly Fine but definitely give those last 6 songs of the album a listen.
    • Bev Weidner April 19, 2021 at 1:22 pm #
      Ahhhh this is exactly what I needed! FROM THE VAULT. Okay, they're much more in line with FL/EM. Thank you!
  8. Shannon April 19, 2021 at 11:22 am #
    I'm with you on the Fearless album because I was never really into Taylor Swift's country stuff BUT I LOVE the reason for why she made that album. She's got big props from me for standing up for herself and taking things into her own hands rather than just letting 'the man' steamroll her. Also, love the new mixtape. I always look forward to when you share a new one!
  9. Katherine April 19, 2021 at 9:05 pm #
    I get headaches in my teeth when it is going to rain. This morning, the forecast called for 30% chance of rain. I said, “With this headache in my teeth this morning, I’m predicting a gully washer.” You have to say things like that when you can predict the weather with your body parts. Sure enough, it poured all day! My teeth don’t lie!
  10. Christi Moisant April 30, 2021 at 2:20 am #
    1. that pic of the scallops is EVERYTHING. yummmmm 2. I also do not like rhubarb (yuck).
  11. Tif W. May 1, 2021 at 8:54 am #
    Lucille Ball claimed she could tune in to the radio through her fillings! Maybe that's where that story started. 😂 Did you finish 'All the Light We Cannot See'? It's on my favorites list. Try 'The Night Circus' by Erin Morgenstern. That's higher on my list. And I can feel the change in air pressure in my knees right before a thunder storm. I wonder if it's connected to having childhood joint pain. 🤔 Oh! And strawberry rhubarb > only strawberry anything. Strawberries are too sweet on their own. The rhubarb adds sourness. 😋

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