Friday Flotsam

FFFFFFFFFFFFFare you ever worried how that’s going to end?

You know what makes me crazy?

You’re like, “right out of the gate, huh?

YES. Right out of the gate, Chachi. Because I feel like there needs to be a small (tiny!) change to the way reports their forecasts.

This is what bugs me: let’s say you’re looking at Tuesday day and Tuesday night’s forecast. And it says “Tuesday night: 1-3 inches of snow.” But then you click into the hourly and nothing at all starts until like, 2am.


That has nothing to do at all with Tuesday night. Tuesday night wrapped its gig at midnight on the dot. Punched its card ticket. Out da do’ and down the street with its trench over its shoulder and a cigarette dangling from its lips. It’s now up to Wednesday morning to carry out the forecast. Not Tuesday night. How is this so hard.

And then it gets super tricky when you’ve just read “Tuesday night: snow 1-3 inches” and then “Wednesday: snow 1-3 inches” and then “Wednesday night: snow 1-3 inches.”

OKAY HOLD UP. Are you trying to say 3-9 inches total, Or more like 2-6, since you’ve DOUBLE REPORTED in those wee hours? Don’t double report, man! This is entirely too much to figure out.

I’ve been getting fantastic sleep, why do you ask?

Tell me something.

When you go to the grocery store, what does your grocery list look like?

As in, is it in your phone? Or do you carry around a note pad or legal pad with a ball point between your fingers?

I’m team legal pad. And let me tell you why. How else are you supposed to mark off the items as you strategically tetris them into your cart? Oh, I’m SUUUURE there’s some app that lets you wiggle your phone or do the Hokey Pokey as you make your way down the list (for heaven’s sake), but I don’t know what that is, and I prefer a satisfying scribble. And it has to be black ink. Always.

I ask because the other day I was at the grocery store and I ran into my hair stylist and we BOTH HAD LEGAL PADS. (the small kind, simmer down) But it had truly and genuinely never occurred to me that there could be any other way to carry a grocery list. And she was like, “Look, we both have note pads for grocery lists! We’re so retro!” And I was like, “Mine even says legal pad!” and we laughed so hard in our Dolly Parton K925s right next to the avocados.

What does your list look like?

You guys, our rice is molding the same.

Our Love/Hate rice. It’s molding at the exact same rate. BUT – we keep forgetting to talk to it, so I’m sure that’s why. I can’t help but feel completely ridiculous waxing poetic to a damn carton of cooked rice about how pretty it is, and lovely it is to have it in our home. I can’t.

But to my surprise, what I can’t handle ever more is the negative talk. It makes me feel weird to tell RICE that I hate it. That it’s ugly. Like honestly, what sort of psycho tells rice it wants it to die. I can’t have that energy up in here! I’d have to sage the doorways everyday and howl at the moon for an hour to level it all out! No.

We’re throwing the rice out tonight.

I think there should be an unspoken rule that anyone the same age as you or above 20 or older than you but you’re older than 20 should not call you kiddo.

WE ARE THE SAME AGE. AND I AM FORTY FIVE. Don’t call me kiddo.

I can call my 8 year olds kiddo. And that’s where it ends. If you call me kiddo I am giving you the hate rice. End of story.

Weekend plans?

We’re having our farm friends over tomorrow afternoon for drinks and smoked cajun soup. It’s going to be 56 degrees, kiddo!

I’m also gonna finish Golden Hotel (totally into it) and will start Firefly Lane right after. Also also, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, we’ll be cheering for the Chiefs on Sunday. I know less than nothing about football, but I DO know that the buzzing energy of this city is palpable, and that Mahomes is a wizard, so we’re gonna buffalo SOMETHING and peep it. Just how impressed are you with this information?

From this week, in case ya missed it::: Penne with Arugula and Sausage! Super simple and so delicious you will punch something. And then the Loaded Thai Chicken Salad! Flavor and texture for months. Just surrender.

LAST THING, I’m gonna post a cute little festive Valentine’s Day gift list in Stories tomorrow (like five things because it’s just fun) – would you want a bonus weekend post with links in here, too? Or just in Stories. I’m happy to do either or both or none. Except not none. Whacha thank? Let me know. If you want. No big deal. I’m breezy!

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19 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kate January 28, 2022 at 8:51 am #
    Omg, I was just straight with the weather app on Tuesday. “Next 3 hours 2” snow, 12 hours 2@ snow, 24 hours 2” snow… so 6 inches or was that the total? Turns out, it was the total. I was starting to think I didn’t have enough eggs. I’m team notepad and I’m proud of it. I use it for everything I need to remember. There’s really nothing better than checking off list. I have also been known to add things to the list just so I can check them off. I’m an overachiever. I’m so happy you couldn’t be negative to the rice. I couldn’t either. I’m not putting that kind of energy out there. Nope. No way. Have fun with your farm friends, kiddo! & Go Chiefs. Oh, And I expect that VDay list of lovelies on a legal pad in stories. Xo
    • Laura Lee January 28, 2022 at 3:33 pm #
      I do a guideline sort of written list on a mini legal pad.
  2. Kristin January 28, 2022 at 9:18 am #
    I was JUST complaining about the snow totals thing like an hour ago! We’re getting snow here in the Philadelphia suburbs and it says 1-2” today, then 1-2” tonight… then 1-2” tomorrow. Am I adding them? Is that total? Why do I need to do algebra to see how much snow we’re getting? Please dumb it down for me, thanks. For the grocery list, we have Wegmans around here and they have a super handy app that you can make your list on and you can check off as you go. The best part is that the list is in order of the aisles so I’m not wasting time (and money) wandering around. Normally I’m a paper list-er, but I’ve been converted for groceries! I’d love a Valentine’s gift list post as a bonus, if you feel so inclined!
  3. Gina January 28, 2022 at 10:29 am #
    Aight... do you scratch and scribble the item off, check mark it, or straight line it? Assuming your list IS in order by the store aisles? "Enquiring (National Enquire, maybe before your time?) want to know.
  4. Liz January 28, 2022 at 11:35 am #
    Pen and paper list all the way! Bonus post please with the Valentine's ideas. Also wouldn't mind the recipe for that smoked cajun soup - sounds yummy! Go Chiefs : )
  5. Toni January 28, 2022 at 12:11 pm #
    use the "store apps for my list! tells me what aisle to go to and totals my cost for me...btw, I'm 77 years old...old dog, new tricks!
  6. Trisha F January 28, 2022 at 12:28 pm #
    All about writing the lists!! Even organized by "category"! Ha!! And using a red pen to cross off after they are put in my cart!! XO
    • Joanne January 28, 2022 at 5:44 pm #
      I doubt even mind those inconsistencies in weather nearly as much as tomorrow's forecast which calls for anywhere between 5- 24+ inches of snow.... I mean c'mon that's a crazy range! Can't they get a little more specific?? A few years ago my husband designed a grocery list spreadsheet organized by aisle. We check off or write in what we need from the plain printed sheets and I cross them if as I put therm in the cart. Though lately I seem to be circling unfound items so I can remember to look for them at another store.
  7. Jess January 28, 2022 at 12:28 pm #
    I love a paper grocery list - but it could be written on anything: decorative note paper at best, the back of an envelope at worst. I love to cross off as I go, and I try to order as close to by aisle as possible (at least by category).
  8. Tanya January 28, 2022 at 12:58 pm #
    Definitely weekend post with the Valentine links. I'm not on Instagram and don't want to miss out.
  9. Joy January 28, 2022 at 2:20 pm #
    YES!! The Weather App makes no sense! So glad I’m not the only one noticing this!! Yay, go Chiefs! Where’s your favorite local spot to get Buffalo wings? Or do you just go for the homemade?
  10. Julie January 28, 2022 at 2:31 pm #
    I too take a pad of paper list and ball point with me to the store otherwise I forget what I'm even there for! Yes to posting here a lil V-day gift list, thanks!!
  11. Sydney January 28, 2022 at 4:34 pm #
    Please post your valentine's list here too! Also I REALLY hate the word kiddo. In my first job out of college my boss brought me with her to a meeting and told me I was welcome to participate and say stuff. My boss and I were the only two women there and I was the youngest person there by probably two decades. I'm quiet and hate talking in front of groups so I only talked once when asked a direct question, and an older man said "good thinking, kiddo!" and it made my skin crawl. He called me KIDDO! In front of a whole group of people I was trying to establish professional relationships with! I was so embarrassed. Ugh. No. Team don't say kiddo to adults all the way.
  12. Jenn P January 28, 2022 at 7:13 pm #
    I use the Notes app and have a designated Note for my shopping broken down into stores. I organize it loosely by aisle, unless I’m shopping with my husband, which case it’s split into His/Hers and broken down by aisle. And I “cross off” by deleting the item as I put it in my cart, or when I’ve completed an aisle. (I’ve never said all that aloud and now I’m scared that I’m a little too OCD)
  13. Nicole January 28, 2022 at 7:43 pm #
    I used to be paper and pen.... Until my techie hubby showed me reminders in my I phone. It is so good!! I never forget it. Because... If I forget my handwritten list,I might as well just go home. Also..... your family can add to the list. :)
  14. Jenny January 29, 2022 at 7:20 am #
    I was always a pen/paper girl but recently discover in my Notes app that you can add bullets to any list. So I have a “groceries” list for home and separate one for travel. When you check the bullet beside the item it turns yellow and moves to the bottom of the list. Then, the next time I need it (as it’s always on the list) I can just uncheck it and it automatically moves back to the top of the list. SO much more efficient than my beloved paper. And best of all, as your list grows, and items become harder to find in said list, you can just use the search bar to locate any given item. It will highlight it for you so you may add it back to the top. Genius!
  15. Marine January 29, 2022 at 9:57 am #
    Handwritten all the way- usually on whatever piece of scrap paper is nearby, organized by aisle/general area of the store, sometimes color coded too because it’s pleasing to the eyes (or I’m just extra….) And OMG the other day a woman who looked barely older than me called me “sweetie” and “honey” in a tone that made me feel like she was talking to a child and it made me boil. It’s bad enough when old men do it, but a woman my own age?! Grrrrr!
  16. Sarahd February 2, 2022 at 12:17 pm #
    ( can strike-though text in the iphone notes app just like you can on paper. Or sometimes I use the check-mark emoji to mark things off as I go, instead:)
    • Bev Weidner February 2, 2022 at 12:38 pm #
      Of course, yes! But that takes entirely too long. Zero time for that. ;)

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