Friday Flotsam


We’re going to Worlds of Fun today. Well, tonight. Later later on today. 4pm. Ya know, when the temperature’s at its absolute most brutal. It’s okay though! I’m going to take scarves for us all and wet them down at every mister.

If you don’t know what Worlds of Fun is, it’s an amusement park here in Kansas City. The kids have been saying forever, “Mom, we need to go to a city with an amusement park!” And I’ve said forever, “Kids, we live in a city with an amusement park.” So we lassoed some friends and are driving the 25 minutes north and we are DOING THIS.

According to history, I’m into amusement parks. I can take any thrill ride. Get me on a coaster, bruh! However, it’s uh, been a minute, so I’m not sure how a near-47-year-old’s equilibrium will handle the ups and downs and upside downs and this ways and that ways and zigzags and swirl-de-dos and is that barf? Is that my barf? Might be.

Have you been to an amusement park in a while? I remember as kids it was HEAVEN for us to go to Six Flags over Texas. Our entire childhood happiness revolved around that one summer day every few years where we’d stay the night in a hotel the night before, and get to the gates the LITERAL MOMENT the park opened and not a second later. The lines were so long. It was so hot. We looked like beat up gutter rats (<–oh! let’s come back to this!) by noon. I’m sure my parents hated every minute of it. It was the best.

What’s your favorite ride? Are you a coaster freak or do you prefer a gentler approach to an amusement park? And by that I mean do you stay home?

I love the Scrambler. I could ride that thing for hours. (by that I mean one time.) It was my favorite as a child and is still my very favorite.

Also what are the water bottle rules at Worlds of Fun? Does anyone know? I’ll look it up, but you’re cuter.

And are there bars? Ha! Just kidding.

(but I’m not.)

Okay WHAT is Threads?

Not to be confused by what are threads. I know what threads are. But Threads. What is Threads? I keep seeing Instagram posts that look sort of like tweets but I don’t think tweets are a thing anymore because when I see tweets now they’re just an X. But the IG boxes are white in the middle and then a swirly black thing (is that the thread? Like a string?) behind it. What is that? Why is that? Do we need another thing?

Are you threading? (Sit down, crocheters.)

I won’t be grumpy about it unless you give me a reason to be grumpy about it.

I’m in a great mood today! Why do you ask?

Speaking of: no one, and I truly mean no one should ever be allowed to wear a bikini thong.

Well, in public.

Why anyone wants to wear a bikini thong is beyond any comprehension I’m capable of. It is butt floss and nothing more. It can’t be comfortable, can it?

Do you wear a bikini thong? And you’re okay with this chosen path in your life? Explain. I just need help in this arena. Tell me why this happens.

Also, gold hoops! (I’m switching directions because I can sense you hovering over that x in the upper right hand corner.) I’m in the market for some dainty gold hoop earrings. Not so thin that they hug the lobe like a nose ring, not that. And not so chunky that it looks like I mean business. Not that either. But every day small gold hoops. I know Etsy’s probably the gold mine, and I’ll look. But maybe you know of a certain shop I need to peep. When I was in Israel back in the winter, our host Bar had these perfect small gold hoops in. And she wore them every day and I was like, “BAR, these earrings are lovely. Where did you find them?” And of course her answer was, “Oh these old things? I found them at a flea market in Paris.”

Woes me.

Speaking ooooooof: and we may have already chatted about this a while back but I can’t remember.

Okay, and this is kind of gross, but I’m prepared to have you wigged out for the sake of helping me. My left ear has always been tender (ew) in the earring hole. I think when it got pierced years ago (but maybe not, I dunno) it was infected (ugh) and had some tissue built up in it (hurl) and it’s thicker (omg) than my right ear (sorry) and I’m not sure what to do. It’s harder to get an earring in it than my right ear, but I shove it (what) through the tissue (my word) each day and it sort of hurts a while (stop, bev) and then settles down. HOW DO I FIX THIS? Hydrogen peroxide on a q-tip? I’ve done that. How we find out why my lobe is swollen (we’re starting a band called Swollen Lobes) and get it to chill out? Am I just doomed with irritated tissue lobe for the rest of time? Tell me what to do. I’m all ears. HA!


Weekend plans?

You mean besides staring the face of Satan’s breath with these horrific temperatures? We have visitors the next two weekends before school starts, so I’m jumping on all the little areas downstairs, upstairs and outside that need some hacking, trimming and tidying. A few planters have crispies in them and need to be replaced. A patio curtain got ripped up in the storms and also needs to be replaced. I also plan to finish Romantic Comedy today! I’m loving all the KC references. I’ll report back on that later.

From this week! Just one recipe because kids still at home. We’re having a Feta and Tomato Dip and it is so, so good. You all suggested this for the block party that did/didn’t happen because of said storms. Please try it! Here’s a video.

Okie doke! We have earrings to discuss, a nasty lobe to tend to and bikini thongs to violently avoid. We got this.

(Oh! The beat up gutter rats. We’ll come back to that a week from today. So much anticipation, I’m sure you can barely take it.)

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17 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Amanda July 28, 2023 at 7:28 am #
    1. The Scrambler is THE BEST ride hands down. My next favorite is Tilt-A-Whirl. 2. Threads is FB/Meta version of Twitter and about a month ago it was all the rage and “everyone” was going there. I compared it to the craze of Lemon8 and how it will go away quietly in the night like that did. My opinion is that since I keep seeing people share their Threads posts to their IG stories it must not be doing so hot if they need to drum up business on their IG.
  2. Christine July 28, 2023 at 7:31 am #
    I don’t know the solution to the ear lobe problem but I have it, too! My left one is thicker than my right one! And yes, sometimes it can a little tender. Is it a blonde thing? I’m blonde, too. I have no idea but it’s weird.
  3. Floy Beth July 28, 2023 at 7:37 am #
    Rubbing alcohol! When I pierced my ears they got infected immediately, and have had all those problems you mentioned, and it is barf city. I cleaned them morning and night til the pain went away, now I just do it periodically. Everyone says it’s too harsh but it’s the only thing that healed my ears. I also wear gold studs 24/7 and just switch them out for fun earrings during the day and that helps too
  4. Jenn P July 28, 2023 at 8:10 am #
    My ear holes (seemed appropriate) get infected ALL THE TIME. It's just my life. I clean the ish out of a good pair of earrings - stainless steel or gold post style earrings - and then dip the post in neosporin and put the earrings in. If the ear holes still hurt, I usually end up leaving earrings out for a while, making sure I clean them often and neosporin them in the morning and before bed. Also Advil for inflammation. Once they've calmed their ish, I nepsporin earrings and start with thinner earrings of good quality, but I take them out at the end of the night (I'm an obnoxious person who sleeps in all of her jewelry constantly). Hope that helps!
  5. Amanda July 28, 2023 at 8:45 am #
    I have the hoop answer! It's Catbird! I had the same dilemma earlier this year and found some in their soho shop:
  6. Wendy July 28, 2023 at 9:20 am #
    It looks like everyone else answered the other, perhaps more important, questions, but WOF does allow reusable water bottles through the gates (or unopened bottled water). I hope you find a solution for your earlobe. That’s got to be frustrating. Have fun at the park! I always enjoy your posts!
  7. Anonymous July 28, 2023 at 10:34 am #
    Watkins Petro-carbo on your ears- it’s a drawing salve that pulls icky gunk out! It’s been around for 8000 years. Works on bug bites, chiggers, stings, shingles…. They sometimes have Watkins at hardware stores here in SD. Hope that helps!!
  8. Lola July 28, 2023 at 11:13 am #
    I don't have a favourite ride anymore! About 5 yrs ago my 12 year old ask me to go on the Tilt A Whirl with him and I quickly said yes, of course! Big mistake! I didn't hurl on the ride but was close. After we got off we had to go home. My husband put me to bed and I was in the fetal position till morning. Something happens to your inner ear after you turn 40!! Let's just say I learned that the hard way!! Enjoy the amusement park!!
  9. Nicole July 28, 2023 at 11:14 am #
    I feel your pain with the heat. Going on 30 days of temperatures over 110. We live in Az and its around 116-119 with a low around 90 all month. We just visited a super cool Amusement Park in PA, its called Knobles. It is vintage at its best. Also, its free to get in! Old school wooden coasters are the best!
  10. bc in edmond July 28, 2023 at 1:17 pm #
    Hope you have a great time at Worlds of Fun! We went there on our honeymoon – 49 years ago! Maybe we should go again next year for our 50th?
  11. Renae July 28, 2023 at 2:52 pm #
    I used to have that blanket, but my green checks were much more garish. RL does make a good blanket! I haven't been to WoF in so long! But yes, anything that scrambles my brains is my jam. Orient Express and going upside down, floor dropping out from beneath my feet, Zambizi Zinger, the Viking Voyage...bring them on! Maximum water on the last one was the only way to keep cool! May the force be with you tonight...sounds brutal. :)
  12. Laura Lee July 28, 2023 at 3:56 pm #
    At 48, I cannot do rides anymore. Something has gone kerpluey in my brain and I get all weided out/dizzy if I twist up a swing and then let it spin. Even ferris wheels are unpleasant. I too have a messed up lobe. The left lobe has always fought against its piercing. If I don't wear earrings for a few days it closes up and I have to shove the post through and then it's sore etc. I clean it with alcohol and then put some neosporin on the post before I put it in. It calms down, but to avoid this, I just wear my tiny little platinum diamond studs all the time. Even sleep with them. Satan has been breathing on NY the past 3 days so I feel your pain!
  13. Kristin July 28, 2023 at 5:15 pm #
    Love the Scrambler and the Tilt-a-Whirl, but am afraid that my ears may have done that thing that happens when you pass 40. My favorites are roller coasters however. Hope there are lots of misters going, and that you have a great time. We are in Wisconsin visiting family, and went to a state park to hike and kayak, and I saw two women wearing thong bikinis!!! It looks so uncomfortable!
  14. Susan July 28, 2023 at 10:04 pm #
    Neosporin, Neosporin+Pain or Polysporin should all help. Stick the part that goes in the hole (and no, I can't think of the name, but then put gently in the hole. I kept that stuff right next to the mirror for as long as I wore earrings.Move it a little if you remember....
  15. Sarahd July 31, 2023 at 12:53 pm #
    THREADS! The Zuckerberg answer to crazy Musk Twitter! I've never been much for Twitter but I'm trying out Threads and I don't hate it. If you are someone who thinks Twitter has become an extremist cesspool, Threads is for you, I think.
  16. LouLou August 1, 2023 at 6:23 pm # I have the Freya hoops, and they never bother me. Not sure if you are looking for higher end 14K gold, but these are pretty nice for the price. Nice variety.
  17. LouLou August 1, 2023 at 6:30 pm # Not sure if you are looking high end, but this is a nice site for not so high end. I have the Freya hoops and they never bother me.

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