Friday Flotsam

Frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrah! tah! sa! ma! da!

You want to know what else I can’t stand?

(I’m feeling fine! Why do you ask?)

SEEING SOCKS. Like out of a tennis shoe. Poking out like a little nosy turtle head. Nerp. I know it’s trendy. I know it’s cool with the Gen Z, but they’re wrong. I can’t even stand when I see my own socks! It looks so silly.

(children under the age of whatever are excluded from this rant. they can pull their socks all the way up their lanky legs and I find it achingly cute. but adults? stop it.)

Listen, I don’t mind if socks are peeking out of ankle boots that hug up over the ankle, that’s totally fine. Chic, even! But when a grown person has socks pocking out of tennis shoes to a substantial degree, Bev’s gonna laugh.

My friend Sarah even showed me videos on TikTok how it’s coming back in style and I could not have guffawed harder. This is also coming from someone who gets Talbots catalogues and AARP ads in the mail, so.

Let’s talk about kid electric scooters.

Do you have? Do you love? Do you hate? Are they pointless? Are they cool? Are they hard to charge? Do they take up space? Do your ears hang low, do they wobble to and fro?

It’s a Christmas and/or birthday contender this year, but I need to gather aaaaaall the info before we land on a decision. A lot of the 4th graders have them, and a slew of 4th grade girls scoot over after school every day and drop off notes and tiny toys for Natalie. She then makes a return note with a tiny toy from her stash and scoots (on a regular scooter) over to one of their houses and makes “a delivery.” And they go back and forth and back and forth until dinner time. This is almost every single day. And it’s super cute and very 1985, but of course now she “neeeeeeeds an electric scooter, MOOOOM.” And I’m like, “But your scooter works. It gets you from point A to B, and you’re getting exercise. And you don’t have to charge it. And you can leave it in the yard. And they’re a billion doll–”


So tell me, where do you stand with this? Are they really that great? Or meh?

Yes, I plan on selling a kidney to get us through this money pit of a life phase, thanks for asking.

ALSO, I really want to put together a gift guide this year for you. I want it in your HANDS (eyes?) right before Thanksgiving, but I’m coming up dry on what to freaking put in it! This is the thing, I’ve barely changed. Haha! The things I love and are obsessed with are items I’ve blabbed about for YEARS.

Would you still want that? Tell me what you’re interested in as far as a gift guide and I’ll jostle this noggin and start jotting down ideas. Skin care, for sure. Kitcheny stuff? Cozy things? Give me some specifics and I’ll do my best. It might be ten things tops but that might just what you need. Nothing overwhelming.

Also why did we never see photos of Taylor and Travis’s Halloween costumes?

The Talbots catalogues aren’t by choice.

Weekend plans?

I think we’re car shopping today. This afternoon? Maybe? I need to get out and bag up some of the garden that’s rotting and get that cleaned up for winter while it’s in the low 70s for the next few days. SEVENTIES. I’ll take it. Two soccer games, 1989 Taylor’s Version vault track obsessing (what’s your fave?!), boosters shots, and maybe a good long run. I’ve not been on a run outside since the race, and it truly has me in a funk. So I desperately need to carve out that hour for myself and get her done. I bet I come back in the front door a completely new person. (I SWEAR I’m fine! Maybe.)

From this week::: Just a mixtape. Ha! And an old one at that. But it’s SUCH a good vibey playlist that I feel like you’ll really love it for November.

Tell me what’s for dinner tonight.

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12 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Becky November 3, 2023 at 7:20 am #
    Had to chime in about scooters. They had great reviews on Amazon. We ordered for both our kids last Christmas. Come summer (prime scooting time) one stopped working when not plugged into charger. So how is a kid supposed to scoot plugged into wall?! We tried to reach out to customer service with NO luck. Our Amazon return window was expired, so they were no help. It is a major bummer. They also weren't cheap. I think we went for middle of the road $250 each. But they absolutely loved them for the 5 minutes they worked.
  2. Jules November 3, 2023 at 7:23 am #
    My ears do indeed hang low and something when I walk they wobble to and fro, but I really came here to talk electric scooters cause I’ve got some dish on that subject! Razor power core e95 is a great place to start! But my 9 year old is freakishly tall (5’ 2”) and is rapidly outgrowing his e95. His best buddy rides an e200 and that is one that can grow with you. One thing to note about the e200 is that they brake handle can rotate and if it’s not hanging beneath the handle bar it can be hard for little hands to grip. We love the electric scooters because they are fun. Do my kids get as much exercise with them? Nope. Do we also have regular scooters? Yes. Do they play with both? 100% yes. Also, it’s nice if my kids want to go on a walk with me they don’t complain as much because they have their electric scooters and I can get in my 4 mile walk without stopping for them to drink water or be tired. So it’s really a selfish gift, but one I’m willing to own up to and spill all the juicy beans about online so other mothers can revel in the same joy. 🤣
  3. Rebekah S November 3, 2023 at 7:50 am #
    Yes to the gift guide. Please.
  4. Kristin November 3, 2023 at 8:52 am #
    Wait, you can't even wear real socks with tennis shoes if you are wearing long pants? Sorry, I am old enough that it's comfort before fashion here. Our kids are in their 20s, and we told all of the grandparents not to give them anything with a motor before they had a drivers license, because we wouldn't let them have it. We also didn't let them have video games until our son was old enough to save money and buy his own. We limited them to computer games. And one hour of television per day. We are EVIL. But they are both independent professionals who are kind and smart and vote for the right people and causes and still want to spend time with us and everything else, so I don't think we screwed up too badly.
    • Bev Weidner November 3, 2023 at 9:09 am #
      Hey, I love it! I think you did it JUST fine. And if the pants are long enough, the sock are fine. Ha! (I'm honestly always halfway joking in these posts anyway. Zero judgement. Just fun.)
      • Kristin November 3, 2023 at 11:46 am #
        Whew! I will continue to wear the socks if I am wearing long pants! Good luck with your scooter decision and other tough parenting decisions!
  5. Jennifer November 3, 2023 at 10:40 am #
    I promise I am not a Debbie Downer but I could not type this comment out fast enough. Electric scooters are so dangerous. My daughter had one and fell off. Thankfully she had on a helmet but guess what helmets don’t protect? The big one is your teeth. Ouch! Also her little arm that got broken in 2 places. The risk (and the hospital/dental bills) are just not worth the reward in my opinion. We stick to bikes now. Sure you can still fall off a bike but you’re going at a slow enough speed that you probs won’t do the damage she endured falling off the scooter. OK byeeeee!!
  6. Belinda November 3, 2023 at 2:52 pm #
    Yes to the gift guide! All the kitcheny things.
  7. Lauren J. November 3, 2023 at 3:27 pm #
    We got ninebot scooters for ours last Christmas (currently 6th and 4th grade). They started regularly using them a few months ago as scooters are very in. Most of their neighborhood friends don't have electric. I skipped Amazon and went right through the company. Thus far no issues. I do worry about them getting hurt and they have but have also gotten hurt on ecery device they have I definitely let my socks show because I need socks (sweat) and would have a major sensory issue with no show socks. Nope. Super uncomfortable. I'm all about gift guides mostly for kids because they want magic and I have 0 ideas.
  8. Amy 😉 November 3, 2023 at 9:33 pm #
    Sometimes people that have big feet try to wear no show socks with tennies and the heel of the sock just slips off and gets all crumpled up in the shoe so these people wear socks that show because they don’t have a choice! Don’t laugh at me!!
  9. Jess November 6, 2023 at 12:23 pm #
    Don't your ankles get cold?! Obviously more of a winter issue, but I need my over the ankle socks for that reason.

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