Friday Flotsam



I do this every year.

But I mean it every year. September is next week and it’s officially blazer hunting season!

Which is entirely differently from blazer season. I’m talking about the hunt. Just the hunt for one. Because I’ll never find one exactly right. Never. I’m not destined for it. I’ve come to accept it. But it doesn’t mean I’m not allowed to obsessively hunt for a blazer.

See, I need something with zero shoulder pads. And don’t tell me that they no longer have shoulder pads because they do. They might be lo-fi micro doodads, but they’re there. I can’t have that. I need a more drapey look. I’m getting a red squiggle. Drapy. No. Drapey. Draped. Whatever.

And it can’t be too too tailored in at the waist. An elfin dart is fine, but this cannot look like Express from 2005.

It also can’t hit right at the hips because see above.

I need a more masculine look. Slightly angular. A hair into boxy territory.

A classic Harvardy pattern wouldn’t kill me, either.

Never mind.


This came up in my GirlSquad text the other day, and I can’t stop thinking about it, so I’m bringing it to you. It’s the whole current notion of asking for money when you need help. Like, Go Fund Me or a random Venmo address on the back of a car. I think they can be appropriate (Like when a friend sets up a Go Fund Me for someone in need, totally! Totally.) – but my bestie Laura was behind a car last week, and saw this written on the back window, “Just eloped! Traveling across the country. Help us out!” And then their Venmo address.

First of all, they made a crucial error in not including their IG handle. If people are going to donate, wouldn’t they want something in return? Like to see where their money went? Case in point – House in Habit. Her followers fund her trips to these dramatic courtroom sessions and we all watch with bugged-out-eyeballs on the edge of our seats.

My poll is, does that bother you? Is it crossing the line? Or should asking for money strictly be reserved for people in need? Or do you think it’s sort of fun donating to whippersnappers jaunting across the USA?

Tell me. Where do you stand? Hellz naw, brah or hellz yaw, brah? (<–sorry)

Have you ever superglued a hang nail?

Like, a really bad hang nail that’s heartbreaking to discover? I did earlier this week. I superglued my thumbnail because I’ve worked so hard to get it to Barbra Streisand status, and the hang part is way down in the quick part and I could cry. . . part. So I superglued it. And it worked! Until I had to do dishes. So I’m about to superglue it again and again if it’s the last thing I do.

I’m going to post some bread links this weekend for you! Like, the book, the couche, the lame, the storage bags.

I suppose I just linked them for you now. Never mind.

Oh, question. Is 00 flour only for pizza? Or can you use it for other bread? Is it worth it? Do I need it yesterday?

Weekend plans?

I’m having a ZEN DAY TODAY and no one can stop me. Which just means a long walk, an estate sale nearby, and some detailed cleaning in a few areas around the house. Riveting, I know.

From this week, it’s just one post, so simmer down. My Summer Side Dish Series round up! All the recipes and reels, in one spot. Hope that’s helpful!

Off to find a blazer! . . . in 2087.

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15 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rebekah S August 26, 2022 at 8:35 am #
    The money thing is AWFUL. I wish it would go away. Can you link your butter dish? It’s fabulous. How do you find out about all these estate sales? Good luck with the blazer and keep us updated. I’m always way too invested in a stranger’s search for the perfect clothing item. The summer side dish round up is excellent. Now I want to throw a party focused just on side dishes.
    • Bev Weidner August 26, 2022 at 8:42 am #
      The butter dish! HERE YOU GO. It's a good one. Estate sales! I use this site and put in my zip code and they all appear! Side dish party, yes please.
  2. Jennifer August 26, 2022 at 8:55 am #
    I make a lot of pizza dough. I try a variety or recipes and have used 00 flour as well as all purpose. I also like to add seeds and a little multigrain sometimes. So fun and of course pizza is delicious! My verdict - 00 flour not necessary! What is necessary to John and me is semolina flour to sprinkle under the crust before putting it in the oven.
  3. Courtney August 26, 2022 at 9:21 am #
    On our recent trip to Colorado we saw two of those Venmo window messages, both said they were for bachelorette parties. I didn’t donate which indicates how I feel about them. ;)
  4. Laura Lee August 26, 2022 at 9:28 am #
    I have glued nails! Using a bit of teabag as a wrap in a pich helps reinforce it too. I tend to think people should only ask for handouts if in dire straits, but I'm the type to never ask for help because I don't like to feel beholden and I'm supposed to be a self sufficient grown sister on the other hand mooched off our Mother until the day she died so-
  5. Paula August 26, 2022 at 9:58 am #
    People asking for money is very triggering for me, don't even get me started! 😬 Having said that, there are some situations where I think it's appropriate.
  6. Kindy August 26, 2022 at 10:29 am #
    Check out the sweater blazer from Quince!
  7. Donna August 26, 2022 at 10:57 am #
    Son Brian had a dude ask him to cash app him some $$. He was appalled I have a closet full of jackets and blazers that I don’t wear. Time to eliminate a few.
  8. Maureen H. August 26, 2022 at 11:25 am #
    The money thing is getting out of control. I see people asking for help to pay their kids’ schools and then they’re on a vacation around the world. I don’t mind helping someone in need, paying medical bills, a teacher’s classroom. Victims of a war-torn country. Things of that nature. In the meantime, I’ll help myself first by trying some of your recipes starting with that baguette.
  9. Kristin August 26, 2022 at 2:16 pm #
    Go Fund Me for a friend with a TBI to help them get by until longterm disability kicks in, yes! Honeymoon for strangers, no! And can we talk about the Facebook birthday fundraisers? If we all supported all of them, we'd be broke.
  10. Maude August 26, 2022 at 2:59 pm #
    I think a GoFund Me for a family in financial need/hardship is understandable. I think advertising your Venmo is beyond tacky. I saw one that was "just married, Venmo please" and bachelorette party/it's my birthday Venmo requests are just awful and Ms Manners needs to respond to this
  11. Amanda August 27, 2022 at 3:18 pm #
    Yeah the money thing bugs me too. One time we were at Disney (we live here and our passholders) and a family had made shirts for their 21 year old with a QR code to his Venmo to send him money to buy him a drink. Everyone had on the shirt. But like, you have money to come to Disney and make custom shirts…
  12. Laurel Lee August 31, 2022 at 3:54 pm #
    What brand is the candle pictured above?
    • Bev Weidner September 1, 2022 at 6:22 am #
      It's from World Market! Clementine and Honey is the scent. So good!
  13. Peekiesmom September 3, 2022 at 6:03 pm #
    I like the relaxed and the oversized blazers from COS. Not sure if they come in any colors besides black, but black is all I need!

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