Friday Flotsam

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I think we might be getting a Ferris Wheel.

Not at my house, ya boob. But our CITY. I think Kansas City might be getting a Ferris Wheel. And maybe I don’t even need to capitalize Ferris Wheel, but I’m going to anyway. A Ferris Wheel! Isn’t that random? I can’t decide if I’m like, THAT is fantastic idea, or if I’m like, okay?

The other day on the way back from ordering a new garage door (we’ll come back to this) Aaron mentioned the Ferris Wheel that Kansas City might be getting, so I looked it up and watched the town council proposal meeting online about it. First of all, in doing so I tipped more into middle-agedness, but also was wildly fascinated by this proposal. They’re pitching this whole big family entertainment district sort of downtown but not right in the middle (which is great because parking is a nightmare) – complete with a FERRIS WHEEL. Hahahaha! I might be leaning toward yes on this all of a sudden.

Other cities have Ferris Wheels. Seattle, London, Vegas. I loathe Vegas, but I had to include that city because of the feared onslaught of hate comments.

Tell me, does your city have a Ferris Wheel? Is it cool to look at? Do you get on it? And do you find yourself capitalizing Ferris Wheel, too?

The garage door.

We had to get a new garage door. And it is TIME. Ours has some nasty corrosion along the bottom and it’s all rusted and janky. It’s barely worked for years. And then the box thingy with the screw thingies that holds that cord thingy busted on Wednesday morning. Busted! And screws went a flying, and I was like, nope.

So we got a new one ordered. With windows. And a belt upgrade. Check me out with my bougie garage door! It gets installed in three weeks, so I’ll be sure and show off my intensifying-by-the-minute middle agedness once it does. (also, it’s not nearly as expensive as you might expect, so if this is on your impending house list, stress not.)

For now we just pull the garage door up and down like someone in a movie from 1965. Aaron likes it! Of course he does.

I’ve been listening to a lot of old Taylor Swift and I’ve absolutely fallen in love with a few goodies.

Do you want to know what they are? A good portion of you are eyeing that x button top right and I dare you to stick with me. Okay, these are my current faves on repeat:

Delicate. (It’s a track FIVE, of course I love it.)

Miss Americana and the Heartbreak Prince. (we cannot turn it off. it’s absolutely impossible to turn off.)

Call it What You Want. (that whole mood snuggles my soul hard lately.)

Out of the Woods. (holy epic ballad, turn it up and get in it.)

. . . Ready For It? (um, that BEAT. And I love her tour dance to the part about letting the games the begin. It’s so huge!)

Cruel Summer. (’nuff said.)

Lover. (of course. it’s so sweet and fun to sing along with. You should hear Nat belt the “you’re my, my, my, myyyyyy – lover.” She has such an amazing voice. Can’t wait to see where that takes her.)

London Boy. (It’s cute! I like the swinginess to it. RIP Joe.)

Okay that’s it. What else do I need to obsess over?

We’ll call this section Odds and Ends in Bev’s Brainhole:

  1. I’m only fifty pages into Other Birds and I’m obsessed. This is my second Sarah Addison Allen book and you guys are so, so right. She’s wonderful. Magical, floral writing, but it flows easily. Nothing pretentious. And I also want to live in a horseshoe stone apartment building with little turquoise birds everywhere.
  2. I’m going to get the fancy shiseido eyelash curler you all raved about. But listen to this: Wire cutter had a discount on it the other day if you buy two. TWO. That cancels out the money saving, bro. It made me curse a little.
  3. The kids’ bedrooms are coming along! I still have a lot of organizing to do, along with paint touchups and rethinking a few things. But we’re getting there. I need to thrift an end table for Will because his current one was level to the old little bed and now doesn’t work for the space. I’ll attempt that today. And I might have ordered an Eras Tour poster for Nat’s room. Maybe.
  4. I texted my friends Anna and Dave at 7:18am on Tuesday morning asking for a gravel update in their garden border. I USED TO PLAY IN INDIE ROCK BANDS, YOU GUYS.

Weekend plans?

I have an estate sale visit this morning with my friend Mindy, some focaccia to bake, soccer game snacks to pick up, and a race packet to pick up with my friend Anna! We’re running the Trolly Trail race Sunday morning with her 9th grade cross country/track runner son Fletcher, so that will be super fun watching him leave us in the dust. Yay? Other than that, window boxes and playhouse powerwashing are my big to-dos this weekend. Can I borrow your powerwasher?

From this week! Lemon Poppy Seed SCONES. And the video! Need some stressless baking this weekend? This is the ticket. And then Homemade Hummus! Plus video. Including tips from Israel to get the sa-moothest dip you’ll ever have. Trust it.

What’s on the dinner menu tonight?

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12 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rebekah S April 28, 2023 at 8:00 am #
    Our town (Fort Smith) has a Ferris Wheel and while it is really cool to see , you will never catch me riding it. It’s OLD. Two summers ago, it just stopped working and people had to just sit in the little seats at the top until the fire trucks arrived. NO THANK YOU.
  2. Jenn P April 28, 2023 at 10:51 am #
    I grew up in Las Vegas. I've been on that Ferris Wheel once. We took my dad - who was an anesthesiologist by trade but a handyman/woodworker/"master electrician"/"master plumber" by heart. So I knew he would love it - seeing the giant thing, trying to figure out how it works, looking at all the parts, etc. And he did. So I have very fond memories of those giant Ferris Wheels. My brother and I took his ashes to Japan after he passed and we rode every Ferris Wheel we could find. We are fans.
  3. Cindy D April 28, 2023 at 11:36 am #
    Our family is traveling to Kansas City in the end of July for a baseball tournament. When will this Ferris Wheel be complete??? Do you have any must sees or must to-do's or must eat recommendation's?
  4. Cindy April 28, 2023 at 11:36 am #
    Our family is traveling to Kansas City in the end of July for a baseball tournament. When will this Ferris Wheel be complete??? Do you have any must sees or must to-do's or must eat recommendation's?
  5. Danielle April 28, 2023 at 12:40 pm #
    Bev I love to hear you are getting into some older Taylor tracks! Delicate and Call It What You Want are some of my favorites. However, I have to save them for fall because I am a seasonal Taylor listener. Reputation and Folklore are autumn, Evermore is December/January. Cruel Summer and Carolina are summer. For the vibes. You get it.
  6. Joanne April 28, 2023 at 1:06 pm #
    I try to never ride Ferris Wheels... it's that whole heights.. and being built by the lowest bidder combo that usually gets me. I'm terrified to get stuck in one or have a big storm come up out of nowhere.
  7. Marielle April 28, 2023 at 6:35 pm #
    I live in Seattle, been on the Great Wheel - no Ferris in the title here. Its kind of one of those things you do once or twice and when people visit and then I'm good. It does scare the crap out of me but I always act like it doesn't. I guess you can order food on it now. Like your car comes by and they quickly pass you a cheeseburger and then you are back on your way. Fun times.
  8. Kristin April 29, 2023 at 6:41 am #
    Wait, a ferris wheel? Umm, I guess I need to look into this. I'm already grumbling about the possibility of a downtown baseball stadium in the vicinity of the Paseo, which is my go to when the highways are ridic and I need to get from home to south of downtown and back. And the highways are pretty ridic all of the time right now with the Broadway Bridge construction. I have also found garage doors to be surprisingly inexpensive, and hope Overhead Doors does not read your blog and increase their pricing. Happy estate saleing and Trolley running!
    • Bev Weidner April 29, 2023 at 7:30 am #
      Ya know, we just went to Home Depot and did the build-your-own situation. Super easy! I had no idea there was even a garage door COMPANY. Ha!
      • Kristin April 29, 2023 at 10:58 am #
        oooh! Look at you handy people!! Actually, my husband is pretty darn handy, but those springs are SCARY.
  9. Toni May 1, 2023 at 1:38 pm #
    Oh dissed my beloved Vegas...welp, I live in the Chinatown portion and love it...can see the Ferris Wheel from my house..."Ferris Wheel" was named for a guy named "Ferris" who invented it to "one up the Eiffel Tower...
  10. Situsiup May 3, 2023 at 11:21 am #
    are there many interesting places? I want to vacation there.

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