Friday Flotsam

Frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrack! I mean back! Flotsam’s back. I took last Friday off for the Girl Scouts campout. You didn’t notice? Oh. Never mind.

Last week we had lice.



And I’m not 100% we’re lice free. I don’t think I ever will be. My friend Mindy went over my head two nights ago, so we’re feeling good about my situation. Aaron and Will are all good. I keep combing out teeeeeny little things about of Nat’s thick hair though. Even after the 15,000 treatments we’ve all done. And I’ll keep going and combing until they’re all out. I feel like what I’m pulling out at this point are dead leftovers lice ghosts. (you’re welcome) No live bugs though. None of that anymore. We just have to keep those teeny dead leftover lice ghosts from coming back to life and morphing into bigger bugs or I’ll never be able to relax again.

Have you ever had lice? Or have your kids? How many years did it take for you to be like, “Okay we got this under control.”

Anyway just wanted to start this blog post in the most horrific way possible.

Are you itchy yet? Because you will be.

Go check your kids’ heads.

And yours.

In more settling news, I’m irrevocably obsessed with my Garmin watch. (which isn’t in this photo but I didn’t plan on talking about until lit-rally this very second.)

I love it! It does so much!

And for those of you looking at me scratching your head (see? you’re scratching) like, “You didn’t realize what a smart watch actually does, Bev?” No. No I did not. You know I’m a grandma in a visor with these things.

I bought the watch to track my runs. That’s why I got it. To count steps, track mileage and keep me running longer and farther. I had ZERO idea it would track my stress, my sleep, my cycle, my fluid intake. It’s so fascinating! I even joined four June running challenges within the app (look at me!) and to watch that little bar creep over as I log these miles is so satisfying I cannot even tell you. Last night my friend Ashlee was like, “But you’ve always been into challenges like this. It’s just that you can now SEE IT.”

She’s so right. I normally just add up the miles in my head. It’s a different game looking at the progress logged on an app. And yes you are correct, the nerdery is unhinged over here.

I’ll tell you what doesn’t track though and that is lice. It does not do that.

This is the exact watch I have. (mega on sale) It looks good on, too. Very stylish with any clothing.

(Is that an itch on your head?)

I’m about 120 into The Husband’s Secret and I AM DYING. This book is exactly what I need right now. I wouldn’t even say it’s a summer book. It’s just juicy. Webby. Lots of drama about to unfold and dynamics brewing and it’s about to get insane. I can just tell.

Last night Ash and I crafted a skeleton summer reading list, so I’ll fill you in on that.

Right now. We’ll do this right now.

On my night stand I have The House in the Cerulean Sea.

Next week I plan to get an old Elin goody – Summerland. I also want to get Mad Honey after the zillions of recs from you all. Also very interested in Pineapple Street. Have you read it? I’m seeing it everywhere. We need this to happen. The Whispers sounds really really good too. And let’s add another Sarah Addison Allen! Which one should we read next? Oh! Also Happy Place. Let’s do that.

What else? What are you reading this summer? Tell me everything.

Also tell me what you want to see on the blog this summer.

Less food? Same amount of food?

More garden-y things?

More lifestyle things?

Less lifestyle things?

More RUNNING things? (whoa I felt the no real quick there.)

Tell me. I need your juicy feedback.

Weekend plans?

I’m hitting up an estate sale this morning and the pool with the kids this afternoon. That is IT for today. Chicken is going in the crockpot for easy burritos tonight. Mindy and I are joining a running group EARLY in the morning for a longer run (10K), so watch out for all the nerdy running content in Stories! I’ll be gentle.

From this weeeeeek! We have some Gruyere and Herb Puff Pastry Twists for your next party or snack. And a fun video. Simple and seriously delish. And then Will and Nat’s new rooms! All the updates. All the links. Here’s a video on that. And another one because I cannot stop.

You’re super itchy right now, aren’t you?


16 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Sam June 9, 2023 at 8:24 am #
    Never had lice with my 3 children, but about 12 years ago my 3 year old granddaughter stayed with us (sleeping right next to me on my pillow) and she had lice…I bought all the lice products at the store and put that poor child through so much to get rid of them. Then, yep, I got some. Let’s just say, 12 years later, my head still feels itchy! Good luck!!!
  2. Maggie June 9, 2023 at 8:35 am #
    Happy Place is sooooo good! I read it in one day amidst working. I didn't want it to end but found myself racing to finish it so I could see what happened. All of her books are great! And we had lice a few years back (right before Covid). My son's was done after the first night. My daughter and I had it for two months and finally had to get a prescription from the doctor to make it go away.
  3. Nancy June 9, 2023 at 9:13 am #
    My son had lice when he was probably around the same age as your twins. I think he had it twice.😵‍💫 I guess it just comes with the territory when you have kids that are around other kids! I’m so glad you’re liking The Husbands Secret. It makes me want to read it again. I read.Other Birds based on your enthusiasm for the book, and it did not disappoint! And as far as content for this summer, I would love to see some homemade ice cream, popsicle, smoothies recipes. Stuff that tastes refreshing in the heat! Happy Friday!
  4. Rebekah S June 9, 2023 at 9:43 am #
    All the food and lifestyle!
  5. Sydney June 9, 2023 at 11:40 am #
    The epilogue in The Husband's Secret is SO GOOD! I cannot wait for you to read it. For me, it took the book from good to great. Mind blown. I'm having the summer of rereading along with trying to get through the Iliad and the Odyssey. So far so good! I'd love more running content. I have the same Garmin and I love it so so much. It's been just short of a year and it's made a big difference for my running life. Also in getting me to walk more. It's great! And cute! I get lots of compliments.
  6. Anonymous June 9, 2023 at 11:53 am #
    Just finished Happy Place and Pineapple Street. I enjoyed both, but felt Pineapple Street was a bit better written. Now reading Kunstlers in Paradise, and can already tell it will be excellent.
  7. Bonnie B June 9, 2023 at 11:56 am #
    I recently finished both Happy Place and Pineapple Street. I enjoyed both, but felt Pineapple Street was a bit better written. You will love Mad Honey. Just started Kunstlers in Paradise, and I can already tell it will be great!
  8. Julie June 9, 2023 at 1:20 pm #
    I want to see your fun patio/relax area and learn about your flower gardens. Are they mostly perennials? what's growing good/easy etc.
  9. Cynthia R. June 9, 2023 at 7:48 pm #
    My daughter had lice several times when she was in forth grade (so, 23 years ago). To this day, I am still traumatized and wonder EVERY time scratch my head: is this lice? do I finally have it??? A word of advice: after many over-the-counter treatments, the thing that finally eradicated them was coating her scalp and hair in olive oil every night for a month and covering it with a shower cap, which she slept with for that month. It was something to do with suffocating the lice and their eggs. Good luck with the treatment, but you'll always wonder when you scratch your head from now to eternity . . . :)
  10. Anonymous June 9, 2023 at 8:21 pm #
    Loved The Husband's Secret! Actually, I've loved most of that author's books. Head lice are the devil. Our older daughter got them in first grade and it just went on and on. So much laundry, so many shampoos, so much fine combing. UGH.
  11. Susan June 9, 2023 at 8:23 pm #
    I loved The Husband's Secret and all the other books by that author. Head lice are the devil. Our older daughter got them in first grade and it just went on and on. So much laundry, so much shampoo, so much combing. UGH.
  12. Lori June 10, 2023 at 8:32 am #
    I would love some running content. I am a slow, casual, 2-3 mile at a time kind of runner. But I love it. But food, lifestyle...I like it all.
  13. Elizabeth June 10, 2023 at 10:11 am #
    I have three children and only one of them ever got lice, but she got it FIVE times in one year! We get rid of it and we go a couple of months and then she’s got it again. Turns out she loved sharing peoples brushes and combs because she had very long, thick blonde hair and loved the feeling of the brush and comb. She also loved to wear hats, and if somebody else had a hat she liked, she would snatch it off their head and put it on hers, UGG! I told her if she got lice again I was going to chop all her hair off. Never got lice again.
  14. Jennifer June 10, 2023 at 4:43 pm #
    Pineapple Street did NOT do it for me. I am so sorry for that poor character with her $37 million dollar trust. Must be terrible. I did really enjoy True Biz, which taught me about different intersectionalities in the Deaf community. Currently really loving I Have Some Questions for You--campus novel, murder mystery.
  15. Holly June 12, 2023 at 2:03 pm #
    My daughter had lice when she was in preschool (about 4 years ago) and I FLIPPED OUUUUT. Thankfully a friend of mine told me about a place in Overland Park that gets rid of it. I guess you could call it a lice removal salon?? I believe it’s called Miracle Sisters. So I called them, they were able to see her that afternoon, and they removed all of the lice that day (thankfully we caught it quick-there were less than 10 on her head total). It was a little expensive, but totally worth it.
  16. Alexis June 12, 2023 at 8:17 pm #
    I love all your content honestly…you do a great job balancing all those topics. But since you asked…running content to mix it up at bit! I need inspiration 🙂

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