Friday Flotsam

FRRRRRRRRRoopy doopy loopy!



So last weekend in Stories I made a strata reference from a Christmas movie. You know the one – The Family Stone. But this is the thing, about 1/3rd of the poll submitters (submitters?) didn’t know the movie! And there were thousands of submitters! (submitters cannot be right) Which is fine. I’m not mad. (only a little) But aside from that, this was also brought up by many, many of you. And as the question arose in my DMs I thought and said out loud to no one, “Oh this is going in Flotsam. It’s war.”

Are you prepared for this? Because once these words are out there’s no going back.

In a fight (I added that part), who would win? The Family Stone vs. Love Actually.


Let’s break this down::: Both movies are (ahem) made for adults. Both movies have a similar pace to them. Both are studded with A-listers. Both showcase a bit of discomfort, a bit of humor and healing, a lot of warmth. And both have stellar soundtracks. But like, which one is better? What’s the better movie?

Also while we’re at it, I’m going to admit to you that I’ve never seen Love The Coopers, which is also holiday and also Diane Keaton and also dysfunctional family drama set around Christmas Eve. I’m so embarrassed. Making it happen. (Does it hold a spruce candle to the others, though? Be honest.)

Look it is Thanksgiving weekend EVE-ISH, we’re allowed to talk like this, okay?

(I would also like to state the fact that there is NO scene compared to the brilliance of Emma Thompson when she gets the Joni Mitchell CD at Christmas. Nothing. Absolutely nothing will top that. Her face, the way she straightens her dress and pats the end of the bed. Devastating perfection.)

The end.

How do you open a lawn bag?

Let me back up. I, I know how to open a lawn bag. A leaf bag. A leaf lawn bag. I’m asking how you open it? As in, what’s your style when it comes to opening a lawn leaf bag? Because of the nature of its long rectangular shape, it can be quite tricky to open. One must navigate strategically.

Want to know mine? My lawn bag opening style? (admit it, it’s like a car crash from which you cannot look away.)

WELL, I open the mouth of it (sorry) and then stick my entire torso into the bag to where it falls around my body. Then I take my hands and pound the bottom of the bag this way and that, which is now on top of my head, to open it completely. Make sense? Or did you just block this website?

Never mind.

But tell me yours. I cannot be alone in this.

The other day Natalie bounced into the living room on the verge of combusting and yipped, “GUESS WHAT I GOT TO DO TODAY! YOU WILL NEVER GUESS! IT’S SO COOL!”

Us, “What? My goodness what? Tell us!”


Dudes, her little body was hinged forward at her toes and her eyes were bugged out of her head in absolute disbelieving joy. Neck strained, hands clasped, subtle foaming at the mouth, the whole bit.

This is a hard reminder that we all need to severely lower our expectations and standards. And now.

I just want to take good photos of the moon. Is that too much to ask?

Weekend plans?

I guess it’s technically the holiday! Sort of. Kids are out of school next week, I’ve got a fancy lunch with my birthday bestie tomorrow, A farm party Sunday evening, a basement to deep clean and hall closets to reorganize. I’m swamped. (said like Princess Bride) (oh, I DID get my pantry cleaned so sound the trumpets, y’all.)

From this week, in case you missed it:::: French-Inspired Chicken and Dumplings! Luxurious but also simple. Just like we like it. And the Pumpkin Cream Cheese Skillet Cake! A few of you jumped on this and made it yesterday, which of course give me giddy pants. Make both next week. OR ELSE.

So right, are we Team Stone or Team Actually?

Tread. Lightly.

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17 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Amanda November 19, 2021 at 8:30 am #
    Team Stone and whats a lawn bag?
    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2021 at 8:34 am #
      Like a leaf bag! Those brown paper bags that you fill with leaves. Know what I mean?? (I'll adjust in the post!:))
  2. Meredith November 19, 2021 at 8:57 am #
    team stone. love the coopers is not on the same level at all, but definitely watch it!
  3. Megan November 19, 2021 at 9:05 am #
    Team Actually. Because it’s British, of course!! And I 100% open the lawn bag the same as you. I’m glad I’m not alone!
  4. Nancy November 19, 2021 at 9:32 am #
    It's been a while since I watched Love Actually but it's on my list for the season. I just watched The Family Stone for the second time (in my life; not this week!) and I'm going to say if I remember correctly, I liked Love Actually better. Don't hate me. I love The Family Stone, too. It is definitely a tough call. I also love your photo of the kids in the leaves! Happy Friday!
    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2021 at 9:38 am #
      Oh I'm not hating! I never said which one was MY favorite. ;) (thank you!)
  5. Dayna November 19, 2021 at 10:09 am #
    I totally open my lawn bags the same way. It cracks my husband up. Guess it’s a good thing I can still make him laugh after 50 years..right?!?
  6. Lacy November 19, 2021 at 11:37 am #
    Because I like to surprise you -- I actually and truly adore, Love Actually. Like for real. It's not my Die Hard (best!) level of love for a Christmas movie, but I love the cast, and to this day I will watch Hugh Grant in almost anything. I really only dislike the Mr. Bean part of the movie.
  7. Jessica Manzo November 19, 2021 at 11:44 am #
    I think The Family Stone is a better overall story and the ending gets me every time. Love Actually is very fun but I think some of the story lines don't hold up as well and goes a bit too schmaltzy on Christmas (but I still enjoy it!).
  8. Trisha F November 19, 2021 at 2:38 pm #
    Team Actually! It just makes me feel sooooo happy!!! But do love Family Stone lots and lots too... but if I had to choose... Love Actually will win!
  9. Sydney November 19, 2021 at 2:38 pm #
    The Nat signing a cast story made my whole week. I laughed out loud and have adjusted my expectations accordingly.
  10. Erin Winter November 19, 2021 at 3:48 pm #
    I am going to get 1000 stones cast upon me, but I find Love Actually blah and annoying (I can't stand that British singer guy) on a number of levels. I love The Family Stone. Have not seen Love the Coopers, will add that to the list this year. We don't have leaf bags in least not in my neck of the woods.
  11. Summer November 20, 2021 at 6:03 am #
    Team Stone! While, I do really like Love Actually, The Family Stone is just the better movie. It is warm and cozy and makes you nostalgic for a town, house, and family that isnt even yours. And I have never heard of the other movie but will add it in this year!
  12. Peekiesmom November 20, 2021 at 9:59 am #
    I can’t imagine a movie better than Love Actually. I never tire of it. Some of The Family Stone is a little too mean, but I love that one too. But Love Actually wins.
  13. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob November 20, 2021 at 3:24 pm #
    I love both of them so much but I have to go with Team Actually because it feels a wee bit more Christmas-y to me. And what about Family Man? This is one that grew on me. First time I was like - ok that was doable and now it's a staple Christmas movie every year. I love it!
  14. Carlie November 20, 2021 at 8:55 pm #
    Love Actually…Hugh Grant on the stairs singing his heart out, I mean….or what’s his name’s housekeeper jumping into the lake after his book pages…gah. I love it so much. Happy Thanksgiving!
  15. Danielle November 21, 2021 at 6:49 pm #
    Team Stone. I obviously need to get in my annual sobbing during the scene where the eldest daughter watches Judy Garland sing in Meet Me in St. Louis and we learn *spoiler* Diane Keaton’s character has breast cancer. Ugh. Gets me every year.

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