Friday Flotsam


I wish I was a skirt person.

I TRY. I try with skirts. I think, “Look at that skirt! What a cute skirt! I need that skirt!” And then I hate the stupid skirt.

And I’ve tried Everlane, Madewell, Target, Old Navy, even F41 a few years ago, but nothing is quite right. Why are skirts so delicious on all of you and they’re rotting turds on me? I think I need to figure out my style of skirt. Which apparently is none. I used to go for pencil back in my 20s, but that was pre-kids and only worked .18% of the time.

I don’t like anything with too much fabric. So A-lines are tricky for me. I have such a short torso that if the skirt is too bulky I’ll look like a cartoon box car. But it can’t be too fitted, too. Hashtag c-section.

WHAT ARE YOUR G- sorry sorry, what are your go-to skirts? What works? Is drawstring dumb? I just need so much intense help with skirts.

Orrrrr maybe I’m just a shorts gal.

Thanks for being there for me during this dark time.

Okay you guys, let’s talk about King Crab.

. . . I’ve never had it! My friend James eats it all the time, and every time I see her post about it, I’m like, oh yeah, King Crab! (I keep wanting to type crap. King Crap.)

But like, what do you do with it? How does one prepare it? Because I see it at the seafood counter all the time, sprawled out like a giant angry pink spider over the glistening ice. And every time it’s equal parts tempting and terrifying.

I know it’s already cooked. Wait, right? It is, isn’t it? It’s not like lobster tail on ice where you sear or boil or sauté? So if it’s already cooked, we’re just warming it up, correct? What’s the best way to do that? I know I could ask Google but you’re cuter.

Tell me how to make it! I’m intrigued but also, does it take five years to eat? Because you know I have the patience of a drunk hummingbird.

And tell me how it all works. We need those claw cracky things? Are we dipping in butter like lobster? Do you serve with toasty bread? What’s the best part of meat? Sea meat? Sea meat. Maybe I’ll add this to my summer bucket list! Except I don’t have one.

Actually, I should have asked you this at the beginning of the summer and not after the Fourth of July (which to me is peak summer) but – what’s on your summer bucket list??

I don’t have one (which contradicts my plan orchestrating soul), so it’s probably lame of me to ask what’s on yours. Does SURVIVING count? Because that’s mine.

And I’m not being neggy peggy, I just thrive in routine. Not having a day-to-day concrete schedule with the kids should do me some good, but I’m just not built for it. But this is how I’m also a walking contradiction – the weeks where we have very little or no plans, I’m like, “Yay! Let’s do absolutely nothing!” And then five minutes in I’m like, “Hold on what can we do who can we see where can we go I need a plaaaaaan!” I’m not exhausting at all.

We’ve got one more road trip to see Arkansas family. One more week of summer camp. And our living room renovation! Which happens while we’re gone. Part of it anyway. The dirty work part. (I’ll definitely document all of that if you’re interested.) And that’s IT. School starts August 12th which YES, seems so early but remember they’ve been out since late May. Of 1985.

How do you handle summer? Are you your best with a schedule, or do you thrive with winging it? I definitely teeter. I’m not driven by spontaneity, unless there’s a skeleton plan surrounding it. Does that make sense? If there’s an umbrella plan at large, I can wing the rest. I think. Never mind.

I think it’s time to pinch (my sister says peench) my dahlias! Which I had no idea was even a thing, until a follower in Instagram told me about it. Do you pinch yours? It basically means that once they reach a foot tall, you cut them back a bit so that the flower works extra hard to make extra blooms. I think I have that right. I’m gonna watch a bunch of Youtube videos on it before I go all Bevward Scissorhands on them.

Hold me in your prayers.

Weekend plans?

We have an outdoor water (outdoor water?) birthday party tomorrow afternoon but the thunderstorm chances are 395%. Other than that, nothing! The temps will be stunning (low 70s, you guys), so I’ll be resting, reading, eating tacos, running, and that’s it. That’s all. And maybe look at the skirt links you show me. And pinch (peench) my dahlias. I’m nervous.

What book is on your nightstand?

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16 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. K July 9, 2021 at 9:57 am #
    Love your blog posts...thanks for bringing joy ❤️ My friend and I adore you and we are convinced the three of us would enjoy a glass of rosè together on your Did that just get weird? ? My summer outdoors enjoying nature as much as possible. Sitting in my backyard, going to the beach and camping! Enjoy your summer!
    • Bev Weidner July 9, 2021 at 11:27 am #
      Awww thank you so much for the kind words! I honestly feel like no one is listening. So I appreciate you taking the time to comment. It means the world! Have a fabulous summer!
  2. Kahala A Bray-Heiderscheit July 9, 2021 at 11:38 am #
    You make me smile and laugh. The book on my nightstand is: The Storied Life of A.J Fikrey, a novel.
    • Sarah July 9, 2021 at 3:31 pm #
      I loved that book!
  3. Nancy July 9, 2021 at 1:12 pm #
    Currently reading The Children’s Crusade by Ann Packer. I do actually have a summer bucket list. And completed one item this week! I visited a new town only 50 minutes away from me and it was a very much needed change of scenery. I don’t know why but wondered this week if y’all will ever do another summer relocation? I loved following the two you did in 2018 & 2019. Maybe I’ll put that on my list for next summer ?
  4. LauraLee July 9, 2021 at 1:26 pm #
    We're listening Bev! I've never had King Crap or Crab either...
  5. Anonymous July 9, 2021 at 3:34 pm #
    I love your blogging!!!! You are the best and don't even get me started on your great recipes!!! It may seem like now one is "listening" but trust me, people are. People get a little lazy about commenting and all but they are taking it all in. Keep it up and remember we so appreciate what you do!!!!
  6. Sarah July 9, 2021 at 3:36 pm #
    I loved The Storied Life of AJ Fikry that I see someone else recommended. I am reading The Masterpiece by Fiona Davis and am really enjoying it. And I just finished People You Meet On Vacation which is an enjoyable romcom beach read. I don't like lots of summer plans, but I do have a (continually growing) list of things I feel like we have to do every summer. I love your posts. They always make me laugh out loud. Appreciate your work!
  7. Nicole July 10, 2021 at 3:25 am #
    Skirts are the bane of my wardrobe too. I know why - it appears whatever top I put with it looks wrong on me, unless it’s a cropped jumper. They look odd with a singlet, t-shirt, shirt or long top, tucked in, left out or French tucked, fitted or baggy, white, block colour, striped or patterned, v neck, round or scooped. No matter what I try it doesn’t work. I see EVERYBODY else wearing them so well and I lament my inability to skirt
  8. Rebekah S July 10, 2021 at 10:07 am #
    We are listening! We’ve just become lazy about commenting.
  9. Renae July 10, 2021 at 10:31 am #
    I can’t believe you don’t look good in skirts, but maybe try one in a fleece with a drawstring? Or a cute denim number from JCrew? I think king crab can be done pretty delectably on the grill, with plenty of butter. But yes, I think it’s basically like lobster. No bucket list, trying to soak up every second of my last summer before my oldest graduates HS (hold me). Hope you enjoy the next month!!
  10. Joyce Wilson July 10, 2021 at 11:39 am #
    You'll be creating an expensive monster when you try King Crab. But you'll also forget about lobster, so maybe it's a trade off. I think King Crab is sweeter and has a smoother texture. And... it's so fun! You have to roll up your sleeves and get physical with it (that's part of the fun). Yes, you need the pinchers, crackers, and pokers to dig out the meat in places....and your prize is the ooh's and aah's of envy when you pull out the biggest solid piece. You'll also need the butter warmers that you fill with real butter, and sprinkle in garlic. Dip your morsels into the butter...and it is seafood heaven. Our New Year's eve party is a King Crab fest. One of us will buy the legs or knuckles from Costco (they have a fresh wonderful selection of huge legs) and then each pays for the selection they have asked for. (Usually one leg and one knuckle each). We furnish the boiled red potatoes, ears of corn, and another type of meat for those that can't eat the crab but don't want to miss out on the fun. It's become a great special tradition, and also is very special because you can't afford to do this often. Left over crab meat is saved and guarded to be used for breakfast or salads. Don't waste a single morsel.
  11. Amy Richards July 10, 2021 at 12:37 pm #
    We are here!! Look at that explosion. Hope you had a great Fourth! Will be DMing you about Fayetteville spots soon. ?
  12. Tracy July 10, 2021 at 3:56 pm #
    I love your blog and look forward to your posts, especially Flotsam! I just finished Local Woman Missing which was great! Twists & turns! Next up is My Lovely Wife. I'm in a thriller mood apparently!
  13. Trisha F July 11, 2021 at 7:03 am #
    The only thing on my summer bucket list… is to make sure my daughter has the BEST summer!!! XXOO
  14. Sabrina July 12, 2021 at 4:23 pm #
    King crab is my favorite. Boil a deep pot of water with a bag of Old Bay spice and just drop the legs in until they pink-up a little more than they already are. Serve the hot legs on a big platter. You can add lemon wedges and parsley to make the platter pretty. I have individual ramekins that sit on mini stands and heat up with votive candles under them to melt butter and garlic--I just use powder. Guests can add the lemon juice from the wedges if they like to the butter or directly to the meat. You don't really need any sides because the crab is so rich but you could do a boil type of thing where you also serve small rounds of roasted corn and little new potatoes on the platter. The legs are the best but your children would be more amused by the claws.

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