Friday Flotsam

FFFFFFFFFFFFFFr eeeee delelelelele!

It’s Will and Natalie’s birthday! NINE.


How this happened is beyond me. Besides the whole time continuum thing. It’s so surreal. To see their faces and bodies start to change every so slightly. Taller. Lankier. The bigger teeth filling the awkward gaps in their mouths. Less cheek. More jaw definition. More everything definition. I want definition! Where did mine go! Time is rude.

The house is quiet right now. I have a single pale pink candle flickering next to me as I type this. A huge gold 9 balloon dangles above me from the dining room pendant. White balloons are scattered all over the floor. There’s a gold shimmery curtain in the hallway. French toast for breakfast. Fuzzy slippers as their before-school present.

It’s funny, so far we’ve raised our kids to value the treasure of COZY. Blankets and slippers as gifts. All things snuggly. Well, that and a Nintendo Switch.

What I’m trying to say is that after tonight’s Hot Cocoa Happy Hour party (you know how I do), my new year nesting mode officiaaaaaaaally starts. I can’t quite settle in until this is behind me.

In a good way! We’re fine!


hold me. (and my jowls)

Also I’ve decided to leave my citrus garlands hanging in the windows for a bit this winter. They give me such joy, and they don’t necessarily scream CHRIIIIIIIIIIIZMMAMAMAAASSSSSSS, ya know?

Do they? Do you leave yours up? Maybe I’ll get through January and think of something festive for February! Or maybe I’ll just leave them up all the way through February and take them down in March. Or maybe I’ll leave them up halfway through March, and once my taxes are complete and March MADNESS starts, I’ll take them down. Maybe I’ll do that.

Maybe I just need a taco.

Thank you for your support.

Does anyone remember losing their back teeth?

I don’t remember losing mine. I know kids lose them, but why don’t we remember? Perhaps because it’s so disgustingly traumatic we block the memory? No one remembers!

Try and tell me if you remember all your nasty molars falling out. You can’t. cannot.

These are the things I’m thinking about in the new year.

I know we’re all book obsessed, but are there any movies or TV shows you’re dying to watch this year?

Oh! I never finished White Lotus. I watched three more episodes, and then our rotating door of holiday guests swarmed in and never ceased. I need to go finish! Thanks for the reminder.

White Lotus and what else? Something fun or dramatic or scandalous! (yes I say those words all the time)

OH – Daisy Jones and the Six – this . . . March? Is it this March? THAT I will be falling apart over. Cannot wait.

What other books have turned into a series or movies that I need to know about? I want to say Elin Hilderbrand has something in the works, right? She’s had multiple things in the works for a decade, but isn’t something like, really really about to happen? Tell me!

Tell me what to watch! (<–coffee’s kicked in.)

Weekend plans?

I have a house to get ready for the party tonight. It’s going to be 49 today, so I’m thinking the kids can take their hot chocolates out back and sit in front of our chimenea on cozy blankets. Or play Nintendo downstairs. I basically need to apologize to all the parents coming for just how much sugar I’m giving their kids right before dinner. S . . . sorry?

From this week! MUSIC. Your playlist. You have to get in that. It’s my favorite of the whole year so far. And BOOKS. My reads from 2022, and your input in the comments! I have a very busy book year ahead of me, is what I’m hearing.

Also, Kansas City, you saw THIS, right? My mom friends booked a table in Feb. I’m about to fall apart.

Tell me your new year goals!

Kids are up!


I’ll show you the party setup later!

See ya!

I can chill.

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11 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rebekah S January 6, 2023 at 7:54 am #
    My citrus garlands are the only decor remaining and they are so delightful. I say leave them up all winter. My molars are the only teeth I remember losing. I can still hear that weird suction sound they made when they were So Close to being able to be pulled. I would stick my tongue under the edge and move the tooth to make the sound over and over.
    • Melissa January 6, 2023 at 5:21 pm #
      Rebekah- You described my thoughts on the molars exactly !! I only remember losing them and that sound!! 😂😂
  2. Nancy January 6, 2023 at 8:51 am #
    Can't believe Nat & Will are nine!!! I can't believe my son is 26! Oy! Happy Birthday to those sweet kids of yours!!
  3. hammondzoo January 6, 2023 at 10:11 am #
    Watch- Where the Crawdads Sing, Something from Tiffany's, and they are not books but Emily in Paris and Ginny & Georgia.
  4. Kristin January 6, 2023 at 10:47 am #
    Hmmm, I had nine teeth pulled for my braces, and I know at least four of them were molars. But they were permanent molars instead of baby teeth, because I have such a small mouth that they left me with only 24 teeth instead of 32.
  5. Stasha January 6, 2023 at 11:56 am #
    Nine!?! So it’s possible to survive that long with twins? Mine are five now and I still feel like I’m just barely surviving 😂 Happy birthday, kiddos! I’m also leaving my citrus garland up until…I get tired of looking at it I guess. Right now it makes me happy so it’s staying put. I don’t remember losing molars, but 🤮🤮. I definitely couldn’t handle it now! So. Gross.
  6. Renae Reis January 6, 2023 at 3:12 pm #
    Watch: Miss Scarlet & the Duke. It's beautiful! The people, the costumes, the sets. I LOVE a show with clip-clopping horse hooves. LOVE one! I also binged Emily in Paris and liked this season a LOT more than last season. Except Mindy's outfits. It's all kind of ridiculous, but the city and countryside is gorgeous! I have snowflakes in my office window. They're up through January, then they can come down. I think oranges are good any time!
  7. Kristy January 8, 2023 at 1:55 am #
    I just finished reading The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern and I absolutely loved it! Highly recommend!
  8. Jessica J January 8, 2023 at 7:56 pm #
    Fleishman is in Trouble is an amazing miniseries on Hulu that is based on a book. And Claire Danes is in it!
  9. Ellen January 9, 2023 at 9:46 am #
    I am all about cozy and did it with my kids, too. They are now in their 30s and they love cozy! And I am very happy you are leaving your citrus garland up!
  10. Ellen January 9, 2023 at 9:49 am #
    I am all about cozy, too! I raised my kids (girl and boy) that way - they are in their 30s and they love cozy still. And I love that you are leaving your citrus garland up!

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