Friday Flotsam


Okay, let me start by saying, I’m not going to leave. I don’t want to leave. I can’t leave you, are you kidding me! Naw, girl.


Everything has changed. (as they do.) Persnickety algorithms, uninterested clients, lost work, shifted interests – it all changes. And to be honest, sometimes my joy suffers from it. I really try and keep my head away from the stats mentality of it all. The likes, the shares, the pins, because who cares.

All to say, I need a micro mental reinvention, if you will. A way to remember the fun in it. To find the joy in it. I’m telling you what, I know it’s hard to get excited about a sliced cucumber (well, it’s not hard for me, but I’m weird), but our DIALOGUE is what keeps me going. Hearing from you. This whole community that started well over a decade ago. Sharing each others’ lives is what it’s all about for me. (that and mascara brands.)

And I know I womp womp about this every few years, but sometimes it has to get out, man!

You are important to me, so I’ll keep going. I want to keep going. I’m sure the kids will need braces at some point so I gotta keep going, my word.

This is all to say, do you ever pick a booger and it bleeds?

Look I’m serious!

And it might not be a booger booger, but it’s a specific strip of skin right inside my nostril cavern that dries out and turns into wallpaper and when I pick at it (don’t x out) it makes my left eye water and it feels like the whole side of my face is ripping off and it bleeds.

This doesn’t ever happen to you?


And the thing is, the strip of wallpaper skin is probably the size of a pinprick, but it feels like a timeshare down in Destin.


Okay, what’s your favorite SNL skit? Or skits? Or skit series? I realize I’m asking the impossible.

I ask because Nat and her friends have just gotten into – HOLD ON.


DID YOU REALize (I’ll bring it down a notch) that Kristen Wiig’s character is actually named Dooneese? “AND I’M DOONEESE.”

Dooneese! Not Judith! Or Junice! I’ve been living a life of lies.

So anyway, Nat and her friends have just gotten into the Maharelle Sisters and it is side-splittingly hilarious to watch. Nat plays Dooneese (DOONEESE?!) and pitches her voice up with a slight scratch and scrunches her fingers together in little points and sings about “chasing cats and is that bad” and nothing is better. Yes, our friends have tiny hands. Yes, they’re going to be in the Variety Show next year as this act. No, I’ll never recover.

That recurring skit, hands down, is a favorite. But what else! What era of SNL is your jam? (sorry I said it like that.)

I mean besides Kate McKinnon’s face is Ryan Gosling’s butt.

Here’s something else.

I was sitting outside with my friend Mindy the other day while our kids ran down a storm drain, found worms to give CPR to and then dry out in the sun and have tiny funerals for (story for another day), but she said something to me that I can’t let go of.

We were talking about cooking I think, and I said something like, “I’d say tomatoes are my favorite food of all time. Can’t get better than a good tomato. And the tomato LEAF is my favorite scent. Of all scents.”

And SHE said with a scrunched up face, “That would NOT be a favorite smell of mine. No.”

And I blacked out after she said that and haven’t come to since because what? How can one not thoroughly enjoy the fragrance of a tomato leaf? I can’t understand this. Is she okay?

Do YOU like the scent of a tomato plant? The vine?? The leaf??? The whole experience????

You guys, Mindy might be an alien. Don’t tell her I said that.

Weekend plans?

I’m walking with a friend this morning, estale saling with said alien above right after, then reading aaaaaall day outside. That’s my plan and nothing can shake it. A VERY early soccer game tomorrow, farmer’s market, a triple-birthday party tomorrow night – back deck style, and then the KC Current game on Mother’s Day! I’m worried about parking. Of course.

From this week: Greek Meatballs with Elbow Mac! This is super super flavorful, so you best. Here’s that video, too.

Okay be honest, did you know it was DOONEESE?

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26 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Kristin May 10, 2024 at 7:17 am #
    I LOOOOOVE the smell of tomatoes...the fruit and the plant. So good. And the best summer tomato always makes me think of my dad, because that man also appreciated the perfection of a peak summer tomato. Yes, I know that strip of skin (it can't be a holds on too tight) that makes your eye water. What IS that and why is it so persistent? Now I need to go search for videos of SNL, because this character came after I stopped watching.
    • Alien Mindy May 10, 2024 at 11:18 am #
      Hi! Alien Mindy here. But would you WEAR the tomatoe leaf scent if it was given to you in a bottle?
      • Kristin May 11, 2024 at 12:08 pm #
        Probably not, because I won't wear any scent. The older I get, the more irritating I find perfumes, scented fabric softener, etc.
  2. Dee May 10, 2024 at 7:51 am #
    Dooneese skits are the best of the relatively recent SNLs. But back in the good old days Roseann Rosannadanna, by a mile! I like the smell of tomato leaves too, reminds me of childhood for some reason. And I'm glad to hear you're not going anywhere!
  3. Rebekah S May 10, 2024 at 8:11 am #
    I knew it was dooneese but only because I saw it with captions. I love the smell of the tomato plant as the plant. Heavenly. But don’t give to me in a candle. 🥴 I finally went to the doctor about the painful strip thing that you have to peel off and they said it was actually staff and gave me some cream for it. I had just been peeling them off for years thinking they were attached boogers that bled. Blogs are still my favorite of all time. Don’t leave.
  4. Cathy May 10, 2024 at 8:38 am #
    Soooooo glad you are not leaving!!! Off the top of my head, one of my favorite SNL skits is Kristen Wiig dancing like Ann Margaret trying to throw away a wad of paper. She is so talented!
  5. Sarah May 10, 2024 at 9:10 am #
    I love the smell of tomatoes. It's like the smell of cut grass for me, just smells like summer. I also love the SNL skit about Zillow being basically a porn site, the recent one where Nate Bartgatze is George Washington dreaming about a country with weird measurements, Lazy Sunday, and anytime with Kate McKinnon
    • Cathy May 10, 2024 at 10:21 am #
      That one with Nate Bartgatze is great!!!!!
  6. Kaye May 10, 2024 at 9:14 am #
    Mrs Meyer's brand makes a tomato leaf scent that I love! It's usually only available for a limited time in the summer so keep your eyes open for it!
  7. Marnie May 10, 2024 at 9:30 am #
    I love Kristen Wiig as the Target Lady
  8. Nicole May 10, 2024 at 10:27 am #
    Whenever I refer to something I learned from your blog my husband will say, who are you talking about? I always reply, you know my best friend Bev. It has become a running joke between us. He gets it know. He used to give me a side eye. Anyway, glad you are still here.
  9. Katy K May 10, 2024 at 10:35 am #
    Yes! I love the smell of tomato plants! It is very nostalgic for some reason. Nothing beats a fresh, homegrown tomato! Especially in a sandwich! Sadly, I have a black thumb when it comes to growing food, so I stick to flowers.
  10. Laura Lee May 10, 2024 at 10:46 am #
    The smell of tomatoes - YES! The plant's smell- definitely not! It's gross. COFFEE TAWLK and the Church Lady for me. I don't think SNL has been funny sine the late 90s, I find it painful to watch now.
  11. Jennifer C. May 10, 2024 at 10:59 am #
    Maybe I'm showing my age but I LOVED Wayne's World skits on SNL (pre-movie)! I haven't watched SNL in years but now these comments make me want to look all these up. Also, this is the first time I've even (almost) heard you mention FLORIDA. Signed, resident of Okaloosa County
  12. Shauna Bartel May 10, 2024 at 11:03 am #
    The recess SNL performances by the girls Crack Me Up! Love those characters(girls) and their personalities. Top level parenting when they can perform the sisters. Even better would be the Sweeney sisters in costume but not sure that many rhinestones still exist these days.
  13. Meredith May 10, 2024 at 12:50 pm #
    We were reminiscing about Jack Handys Deep Thoughts the other night and laughing hard. Tomatoes 🍅 are the best!!
  14. Lindsay May 10, 2024 at 2:02 pm #
    Hahaha I love you and hope you live forever!!!!! No I do not love the smell of tomatoes or their attached leaves. Always felt out of this world so I guess I’m an alien too! Cheers Mindy! My favorite skit is (I can’t remember who is in it but it’s like 90s old) the oops I crapped my pants!!!! Gets me every time! Toodles!
  15. Liz May 10, 2024 at 2:27 pm #
    YAAY!!! Don't abandon us!!! SNL's Black Jeopardy is hilarious! Love the scent of tomato plants, so summery! Also love the smell of geranium leaves, they are a bit similar I think. Happy Mother's Day to you! Hope you get spoiled which you so deserve!
  16. Nat May 10, 2024 at 5:16 pm #
    Yusssssss to the dried up wallpaper booger bleeding moment. Its.a.thaaaaang.
  17. Cathy May 10, 2024 at 5:17 pm #
    I (being oooooold) still love Gilda Radner’s skits featuring Roseanne Roseannadana even today SNL is a good show.
  18. Ranelle May 10, 2024 at 7:19 pm #
    Hmm….love tomatoes but gotta side with Alien Mindy on this one. It’ll be a hot one for us this weekend in Seattle ( we start to melt at 80 degrees) but I have a weekend of no plans! Savoring soccer free weekends before summer tournaments start up.
  19. Robin May 10, 2024 at 8:13 pm #
    Please don't leave! I've been here since the twins were toddling cubsters. I enjoy your humor, energy and creativity. Honestly, the only recipe of yours I've ever made (lemon poppy seed cake) was a failure but that could have been me. Keep doing you!
  20. Steph P May 10, 2024 at 9:15 pm #
    I always loved "Debbie Downer" (played by Rachel Dratch) or "Brian Fellows" (by Tracy Morgan).
  21. Kindy May 10, 2024 at 10:11 pm #
    Don’t ever leave us, Bev!!😄
  22. Kristy May 11, 2024 at 1:01 am #
    I can't stand the smell of a tomato plant! It's so off putting to me. No sir, I don't like it. 🍅
  23. Alex May 12, 2024 at 3:09 am #
    Dooneese is one my favourites!! And the Ms. Rafferty Alien Encounter ones :)

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