Friday Flotsam

Frrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr r r r r r r rrrrrr.

Last week I got to say the words out loud to an actual human being friend, “I dropped the Burberry off at the dry cleaner.” I said those words! And I totally felt like I was in a Seinfeld episode because who even goes to the dry cleaner? No one except the cast of Seinfeld.

I’ve lit-rally only been in a dry cleaner like one other time in my entire life and I cannot remember why. I don’t dry clean anything. If the tag says “dry clean only” – hard pass. To quote the memorable Mitch Hedberg, “This shirt is dry clean only, which means . . . it’s dirty.”

Same, Mitch. Same.

But it’s not just the dry cleaner. It’s having the word BURBERRY in that sentence too. Other level. And then to add to THAT, it was when I said it. I had popped into a favorite French cafe to meet a friend, and as we were sitting down to our tiny table, pulling arms out of our winters coats and draping them over the back of the chairs I said to her, “Sorry I’m a hair late, I had to drop the Burberry off at the dry cleaner.” And we both scrunched up our faces and gut laughed at the lava of pretentiousness that oozed from my face. It was so out of character. And . . . okay, admittedly satisfying to say out loud.

But like, on that. You all know I found a vintage Burberry trench at an estate sale for TEN BUCKS (mainly because I will not let this go), and it smelled like old. But not in a good way. So I took it in to be dry cleaned (what IS dry cleaning anyway? I cannot wrap my head around this.) and now I feel like it smells faaaaaintly like cigarettes. Because the girl who runs the dry cleaner is a heavy smoker. And the whole place sort of smells like ghost cigarettes, ya know? What is dry cleaning supposed to smell like? A spring meadow? The morning dew? A baby’s butt?

Anyway, maybe I’ll Febreeze it and call it a day.

Thanks for being there for me.

I know the world is sick of talking about this, but tell me your Taylor Swift Tickets Horror Stories!

Did you manage to snag them? Did you have a bad blood? I mean code? How long did you wait in the queue? Was your link broken?

It was mayhem, as you all know by now. And I also saw last night that Ticketmaster (which SUCKS) has now cancelled the general public sale due to “insufficient inventory.” Okay what does that even mean? Surely she won’t be playing to half-filled stadiums. I don’t get it. Maybe they need to get their sh*t figured out before opening it again? Tell me what you know.

We had a group of like, seven moms all “verified fans” with our links ready to go to buy six tickets each to cover our big group of 26. So we were already so completely stressed out in a Zoom meeting together, locked and loaded with sweaty brows and sweaty boobs and sweaty pits and sweaty everything. Only to be in a queue that was “temporarily paused” for hours. HOURS. We went about our days, taking shifts staring at our screens while juggling Chat ‘n Chew and pickups and blah blah blahs. Then right around 4:40pm we were in. IN. And at the same time!! THE SAME TIME. And unbelievably, we somehow only had mild-ish panic attacks and bought two rows (in a semi-crappy section, but one that fits our budget) and we got all 26 tickets. All of them!!!

I died. I cried. I screamed over and over and jumped around the living room for hours and slept so well that night. The end.

Tell me your story or nightmare or heroic tale.

Fire cider!

Have you heard of this? I discovered it on Pinterest last week like a hippie turd. It was a really pretty illustration that won me over, obviously. But I made a version of it on Monday and we’ve been taking little sips (a tsp for the kids, Tbs. for the adults) every morning and I love it! It’s like, a super pungent ultra-medicinal natural potion to stave off sickness. (I call it potion so my Harry Potter-loving children will take it.) I will say, it’s getting more and more intense, the longer it sits. But get this, it’ll last for like, ten months in your fridge. Is that not insane and gross but cool and wild? Ohhh the powers of apple cider vinegar.

Also, we all got Covid boosters and flu shots on Wednesday, and my arm is STILL red. Is that normal? It’s been less than 48 hours, so I think it is. Is it?

Is my arm going to rot and fall off later today?

Tell me what you put in your Fire Cider and if you enjoy saying Fire Cider like R.E.M.

FIYAAAAAAAAAAA Cider.

Never mind.

Halfway through The House Across the Lake and I LOVE it. It is so, so Rear Window and I could not be more obsessed.

Where IS Katherine?

I’m finishing this weekend and will let you know! (not where she is. what I thought of it. never mind.)

Weekend plans?

I’m helping out at school today for the Thanksgiving Belinder Families lunch. (don’t ask me if I thought “families” meant actual parents and if I thought I was being asked to take mashed potatoes to school. oh no, it’s SCHOOL families. within in the school. okay, cool.) Moms night tonight, a fun French brunch tomorrow, and a Girl Scouts event on Sunday! Actually, while I have you, if you live in the KC area, come by Windsor Park (in Prairie Village) on Sunday from 1-4pm, as we’ll be selling hot apple cider and homemade dog treats. It’s all tied to Harvesters in some way but I can’t remember because I’m still embarrassed that I thought I was supposed to bring mashed potatoes to school.

From this weeeeeek! Did you see that I hung French Café Drapery in the kitchen? Come look! And then a VERY simple Sheet Pan Buffalo Chicken Nacho platter. Sinfully delish.

Like I truly thought I was being asked to bring mashed potatoes to school, you guys. Help.

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15 Responses to Friday Flotsam

  1. Stefanie November 18, 2022 at 8:28 am #
    I would think I would need to bring mashed potatoes as well! So what is the event exactly?! Lol
    • Bev Weidner November 18, 2022 at 9:58 am #
      I realize I didn't explain that very well! It's families WITHIN the school. Like a couple kids from each grade come together to form families. I had no idea! #mashedpotatoes
  2. Ally November 18, 2022 at 10:06 am #
    Yall got 26 (TWENTY SIX!!!!!!) tickets?? Together? At a reasonable price????? My experience is still too raw and traumatizing to discuss. But I will tell you that I’m extremely jealous of you in this moment.
    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2022 at 8:58 am #
      I KNOW. It's basically unheard of. We cannot believe our luck!
  3. Nancy November 18, 2022 at 10:20 am #
    All I have to say is Thank God I don't care about seeing Taylor Swift! I said what I said and y'all can hate me but I just don't get it.....I do like a couple of songs that she put out on those albums during the pandemic but yeah, not where I want to spend my time and money. Y'all have fun though because the more I hear, the more it sounds like an impossible feat to get 26 tickets, much less 2, all together! When and where will you be seeing her?
    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2022 at 8:58 am #
      Haha! We'll be seeing her next July here in KC. A huge slew of mom friends with our third grade daughters. We're elated!!
  4. Renae November 18, 2022 at 11:19 am #
    Can highly recommend hanging out in the bright sunshine for a couple of days. That should cure it of stank. ;) Congratulations on your score!
    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2022 at 8:58 am #
      I tried sunshine but I might need to give it another go!
  5. Mary November 18, 2022 at 1:46 pm #
    The whole Taylor situation hurts, but happy for you! I stayed home from work 2 days in a row for failed attempts. I was trying to get 4 tickets - I got waitlisted for the Verified fan presale and was ready to try for Capital One on Tuesday (that got postponed), then on Wednesday got up 1374 in line for CapOne presale, only to sit there for 2 more hours until it started flying down to 1... only to say the next sale is on Friday (which as we know, did not happen) :( I've seen Taylor 3 times and her show is 1000% worth the money and effort. She really covers the whole stage so no matter where your seats are, at some point she'll feel close to you. Ahhh have the best time!
    • Bev Weidner November 19, 2022 at 8:57 am #
      Ohhhh, well I hurt for you! At least you have some good memories seeing her. We're super pumped for the concert! A bunch of moms and third grade daughters. Ha!
    • Lolo November 20, 2022 at 10:37 am #
      You took time off work to get concert tickets….? And to see TS of all people? Yikes, you swifties are a special breed.
      • Bev Weidner November 20, 2022 at 10:49 am #
        No poking fun at Swifties, please! This is a safe space. No judgment.
  6. Adriana November 18, 2022 at 8:49 pm #
    Put the Burberry in a closed box with charcoal bags for a few days, they will absorb the smell.
  7. Soraya November 22, 2022 at 5:16 pm #
    I wash everything with cold water- even if it says "Dry Clean Only." Some things in the washer others by hand then I let them dry hanging either folded on a hanger or regular way. I steam out any wrinkles later and I can honestly say that I have never had a problem - even with wool items. if they shrink after washing then -they were not meant for me! :)

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