Friday Flotsam

FRRRRRRRRRRRIIIIIIIIIDDDDEEEEEEEE Flotsam is back! (I’ve said that a lot this week.)

Do you ever have that moment when you completely forget what to do with your hands? Or your fingers? It’s more like, your HANDS forget what to do. Like the way you hold something or open something or apply something? And your hands go shock blank at the task they’ve been given. Anyone?

The other day I was wrapping a birthday gift for the kids ( and I grabbed the scotch tape to tape up the paper, and I had no idea how to hold the tape thingy or how to pull the tape out. No idea! Is it my right hand that holds and my left that pulls? Which fingers do the pulling? How do I anchor this clear plastic contraption in my hand again? I felt completely psycho. And it comes back naturally within a few moments, but it’s in those few moments when you question everything. Is this Covid? Did I just have a stroke? What year is it? When did I last wash my hair?

It’s only happened one other time a LONG time ago (like years) and I probably already told you in a Flotsam. I forgot how to put on face cream! Like once the jar lid was off and my right hand had dipped into the cream, do I put it on both fingertips and do the spreading? Or just the one hand? Do I set the container down before applying, or hold onto it? It was the wildest thing. Does this ever happen to you?? Don’t leave me alone in this.

It’s just coffee with milk, why do you ask?

Do you guys remember the era in the ’80s when you’d see a Styrofoam Sonic cup in the middle of the street and your mom would run over it in the car just to hear it pop?


It was my mom’s favorite thing. We had this brilliant brown and yellow wood-paneled station wagon in the ’80s, and there was this magical era when that’s all we did. We’d run those suckers over, hear the satisfying pop of foam and high five while Amy Grant’s El Shaddai blared wholesomely in the background.

UNTIL IT STOPPED. I’ll never forget my mom doing an about face one afternoon and announcing, “We can’t run over the Styrofoam Sonic cups in the road anymore.”

“What, why?”

“There are bombs in them.”


“Yep, teenagers are putting bombs in them, and it could do some real damage to the wagon.”

“How do you know this?”

“Oh it’s all over the local nightly news! Do you want cheese on your spaghetti?”

I miss the ’80s.

And yes I want cheese on my spaghetti.

Just what age were you when you realized it was MANILA folder and not VANILLA folder?

First of all, why the one l in manila and two in vanilla? That makes zero sense.

Second of all, I’m not going to tell you that I had to double check before sending a text to my aunt earlier this week as in yesterday. Not gonna do it.

Have any of you watched Being the Ricardos on Prime yet?

Be honest, is it worth it? Does Kidman do Ball justice? Honestly, it’s so hard for me to imagine Nicole having a funny bone in her body. (besides her actual funny bone in her elbow, ha) Does it work? Does it translate? Is there chemistry? Is it awkward?

All it’s really done for me is want to show the kids I Love Lucy. There’s nothing more classic. Slapstick meets wit in one. Pure genius, that Lucy. I used to have all the seasons on VHS when I was in college. I Love Lucy and Laverne and Shirley. I was a LUNATIC for Laverne and Shirley. In my head I was Shirley. Her little level-headed quick scoots around the room while keeping rebellious Laverne at bay. It was the best.

Who would win in a fight::: Lucy and Ethel vs Laverne and Shirley?

Tread. Carefully.

Weekend plans?

Not much! And it’s wonderful. I’m halfway through The Castaways (so scandalous!), so I’ll finish this weekend and hopefully start a new one in this batch. Speaking of, here’s my Book Recap of 2021, if you’ve not seen it yet! And your January mixtape! Give your ears what they want, already.

I really need to drag out EVERYTHING under my bed and go through it. There are picture frames and rogue socks and missing eye masks and crusty tissues and boxes of fossils. (don’t ask) It’s insane. Will you help me? Take a rapid test first. Ha.

It was always a Sonic cup, am I right??

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12 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Cathy Maronde January 7, 2022 at 8:45 am #
    I really, really liked Being the Ricardos, but it was not at all what I expected. Kidman was AMAZING. Bardem was great - so much energy! Of course, J.K. Simmons was perfection. I suspect the movie will be kind of boring to the kiddos, but my hubby and I enjoyed it, especially the parts where they recreated scenes from the I Love Lucy show.
  2. Andrea January 7, 2022 at 11:15 am #
    Wow, that was a lot to absorb. My brain is still in holiday mode so my comprehension skills are not fully functional yet. I am 52 and forget weird shit all the time. It’s like your brain just shuts down and says “ you are on your own kiddo”! Haven’t watched the Ricardo thing yet…not sure I want to. Laverne and Shirley would dominate!! Haven’t read anything recently but hope to start something new soon.Will be checking out your recap of 2021 for some ideas. Enjoying our first snow of the season in Northeast Pennsylvania!! Happy Friday y’all!
  3. Colleen January 7, 2022 at 12:32 pm #
    Omg, the other day I was washing my hair and thought, is this how we've always done this? This doesn't seem right. I mean, I got the job done fine, but for a moment.... just for that one moment, I lost my marbles. PS. Vanilla folders for lyfe.
    • Lopez Carol January 7, 2022 at 4:00 pm #
      I did not enjoy the movie. I thought Bardem was great. So pleased you are going to read The Gunkle. I loved that book.
  4. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob January 7, 2022 at 5:09 pm #
    Nicole Kidman isn't exactly funny in Being the Ricardos but she's not supposed to be. It's about the drama behind the scenes. But it makes you think - if that's how Lucille Ball was in real life, and then could act THAT funny when the cameras were rolling, wow she was a genius! Nicole is excellent in it. It just wasn't what I expected. Also, I do that with words where I question if a word is really a word. Could be any simple word that is 4-5 letters long and I question "is that a real word?" "Is that how you say it?" And I say the word several times as if I'm shocked that's how you say it because it feels so strange. As if I've forgotten language. And then it passes and I'm not a psycho anymore ;-)
    • Bev Weidner January 10, 2022 at 9:12 am #
      Right yes! I was saying that exact same thing in Stories. Since she's playing Lucille and not necessarily Lucy R., her serious tones still shine. it was so good! AND YES - like once I said "bird" in a grocery store so many times I had no idea what it was anymore. So with you.
  5. Tif Wahl January 7, 2022 at 8:44 pm #
    Oh man, I just had to pull El Shaddai up on Spotify. #wholesomevibes!
    • Bev Weidner January 10, 2022 at 9:11 am #
      Hahaha, nothing like good ol' Amy Grant. :)
  6. Christi January 10, 2022 at 9:49 pm #
    As a person who is still addicted to Sonic cups (I buy 4-8 Large cups of ice at a time), my favorite part of that story was the nonchalant transition from street bombs to cheese :) The manila/vanilla debate drove me crazy when I was younger and had an unhealthy craving for office supplies and stationery.
  7. Judy January 14, 2022 at 5:48 pm #
    I do recall a light-bulb moment about manila vs vanilla folders! My most difficult slap from reality was when I learned the word wasn’t “push-in;” it was “cushion.” I mean, isn’t push-in just so much more descriptive? I needed a lift.Thanks for providing!

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