Friday Flotsam


Can you gleek? Do you remember gleeking in the ’80s?

I mean, it’s still here in 2023. It’s not like gleeking has disappeared. But at this age it’s no longer a SPORT. For me it’s purely accidental, and normally lands on pages of my book mid yawn.

Natalie can gleek ON PURPOSE. What sort of 1985 Goonies wizardry ish is this? Girl can jut her chin out, angle her lips just right and give the world a shower. It’s disgusting.

Perhaps I’m just jelly because I secretly always wanted to have a gross hidden talent. And she got it.

Do you have a weird hidden talent you’d care to share with the class today? Can you GLEEK? If you can we’re done here.

I’ve decided that I’m very uncomfortable when anyone sings the Star Spangled Banner. And not for any deep cut political reason. I’m just too nervous for the singer. That starting note is everything. If they start too high, they’re doomed. Those rocket’s red glare? Your voice will be red glaring if you’ve started too high! And I hate all the trills that diva singers add to it. Keep it straight, bro. You’re making everyone squeamish.

I don’t know where to look. I don’t know how to stand. My hand on my heart? Fingers splayed or not? I can’t ever remember!

I’ve decided that I only have room for one Star Spangled Banner in my life, and that is the one at the very beginning of Poltergeist. Where the TV signs off at 2:37am in the bedroom with footage of Washington and then goes fuzzy while everyone sleeps. It’s purely instrumental and it’s creepy and dark and sinister setting and amazing. No other Star Spangled Banner can compete with that one.

Try me.

Can we talk about hollyhocks please? Do you grow them in your garden or by your door or along your fence or in your dreams? Pick one.

Just kidding.

I saw a photo on Pinterest the other day and I’m certain I’ll never recover. It had me immediately pivoting my entire garden life plan in a new direction and this weekend I’m making it happen.

Hollyhocks! Like look at this. I am near dead looking at this photo. Please tell me if there are tips or tricks to getting my life to look like that. I’m going on Sunday to get a few to perhaps line the fence. I LOVE the door framing look but I think they need more sun to make that really work.

If you have luscious hollyhocks ANYWHERE in your yard or garden, pleasepleaseplease show me. Send a photo. I won’t be able to rightly survive without it.

These sheets!

A billion of you have bought them already. They’re fantastically soft and at a great price. Here you go, for those not on IG.

And here are Nat’s too. A little more pricey but sooooo pretty to look at.

The rooms are almost done and I’m oozing with giddy goo. (<–sorry) I’ll show you soon. It’s all coming later this month. Eeee! (<—sorry again)

Weekend plans?

We’re getting the most random heat wave tomorrow and Sunday. 90 as the highs! What on earth. And of course my parents are visiting this weekend with their friends for a nice “spring” Kansas City getaway, but Mama Nay Nay got drunk and is giving us summer. Someone tell her to chill out.

We have a fun wine tasting night at our friends’ house tonight. Like a professional one. Anna won at it our school auction and we all get to benefit from it. Yay! *hiccup* Tomorrow we have soccer and the Royals game in the evening! It’s going to be 89 degrees. It’ll be all we talk about, just you wait.

From this weeeeeek::: Your May mixtape! Please put it on and wrap your head around that jazzy vibe. And Pappardelle with Veggies and Herbs! IG won’t let me make a reel, but I’ll try again today and see if I make progress. What if my reels are broken forever? I will cry. Like really.

Okay: hollyhock advice. And CAN YOU GLEEK? So jealous.

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8 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Rebekah S May 5, 2023 at 8:03 am #
    I can’t gleek on cue but my husband and a couple of kids can do it. So gross. Lol I made the Pappardelle dish last night and tweaked it just a tad. I added some herbs de Provence and a little cream. So good!!! This one will be on repeat.
  2. Nancy May 5, 2023 at 8:21 am #
    I had to google gleek and let's just say I'm disgusted! Ha! I didn't realize you liked baseball. I love it. Always have. Are you watching on TV or going in person? Enjoy it whatever your viewing situation :)
    • Bev Weidner May 5, 2023 at 8:26 am #
      I'm not a baseball fan really, but my parents' friends bought our tickets, so we're all going to the game!
  3. Emily May 5, 2023 at 8:30 am #
    The deer love hollyhock so if you have deer in your neighborhood keep that in mind. Mine always get eaten! 😭
  4. Rayna May 5, 2023 at 8:37 am #
    I am a child of the 90s and we too gleeked for sport. I can distinctly remember myself and my BFF in middle school trying to gleek on command in the lunchroom. our theory was that if you ate something with a really strong or bitter flavor (chocolate, a juicy bitter apple, or really minty/cinnamony gum) and then tried to gleek it was much more likely to happen. Or if you kind of rolled and squished your tongue around in your mouth (OMG WHY AM I TYPING THIS), your chances of gleeking was much higher. Okay... I'll block myself do you don't have to :)
  5. Sarahd May 5, 2023 at 11:10 am #
    Just did it, just now, for the first time in DECADES and it's all your fault! So thanks I guess? I had completely forgotten gleeking was a thing. A little salt or lemon (or both!) helps as I recall if you wanna try that!
  6. Rose May 5, 2023 at 11:16 am #
    I successfully grew hollyhocks from seeds, (plus way too many tomato plants!!!) and they are now planted out and growing - but ive read they do not flower the first year from these seed plants so i bought some tubers as well. We'll see i guess!
  7. Tracy May 8, 2023 at 5:45 pm #
    I was at the game Saturday night too!! Maybe we saw each other?! Haha! That was quite an impressive crowd. It was a fun night even tho they didn't win!

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