T LOunge

Posted on February 07, 2014

Darlings, we are exhausted and jubilant at the same time, which means it’s time for drankin’.

Connaught Bar, London

 

Our book finally dropped on Tuesday, people seem to like it, and we enjoyed ourselves at not one, but two very well attended and lively readings and signing where we got to meet many of the Bitter Kittens. Meeting you guys has been the cherry on top of this whole sundae, darlings. We can’t thank you all enough for your support over the years.

Also: exhausted, because this whole poledance while attending Fashion Week has been kicking our asses all over the place. Can’t say we mind, though. This has been a really great week for us.

And how about the rest of y’all? How you doing?

[Photo Credit: the-connaught.co.uk]

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  • AvaLehra

    Fighting a cold (tooth and nail) and alternating between Emergen-C and malbec. Congrats on the book! It’s all so very exciting! Have a beautiful weekend.

    • Imasewsure

      Sounds like new take on Sangria…. you are a bit of a genius.. feel better!!

  • Scimommy

    Congrats on the book! Wish I could’ve come to one of the signings. Me? Uh, maybe not. I’ll just sit here in the corner, stone-cold sober, & listen how everyone else is doing (but not in a creepy way).

  • lexilexi

    Got your book and will dig in this weekend – and so looking forward to it. It’s raining in Northern California!! Yippee… book reading weather!

    • decormaven

      Praises for rain in CA. Keep doing the rain dance to keep it rolling.

  • formerlyAnon

    You deserve the success and I’m so glad that despite the weather, BKs were able to make the signings.

    I would be happy as a pig in s–t, the exercise endorphins are flowing and life is good, but for missing a [minor] deadline today. There will be no consequences, it’s a self-imposed deadline, but hitting deadlines consistently is one of my current self-improvement kicks, so color me . . dispirited.

    Whine, whine. Some nerve I have complaining, right? Well, first virtual round is on me and my virtual credit card. I can’t have a real one till the work is caught up, but virtually pour me three short gin & sodas: one with Hendricks, one with Tanqueray, one with Beefeater. It’s time to decide conclusively which I prefer. The Connaught looks like the kind of Bastion of the Empire that’d have something curry flavored around, some tapas plate for 15 or 20 pounds. If not, send a minion out for flavored crisps. (Childishly proud I remembered to call them crisps. That’s how lame I am right now.)

    • kimmeister

      I’m so alcohol-ignorant that I’ve only heard of Tanqueray because of that Amy Winehouse song.

      • formerlyAnon

        I’m in the completely schlubby “I know what I like” category – but can’t, as so many people I know can, have actual conversations about the various kinds of alcohol. I’ve been known to sit quietly and let people assume I don’t drink beer or cider at all, rather than reveal that I don’t know the words to properly describe the ones I’ve had.

        • kimmeister

          I live in wine country, and yet I do not like wine. At all. I’m like the bipedal equivalent of a facepalm.

        • SierraDelta

          I was on a Rhine River cruise with a Dutch crew about five years ago. One night we had a gin tasting, which I didn’t think I’d particularly enjoy, but there was a thick, almost syrupy, liqueur that was either gin-based or a new (to me) type of gin. It was a gorgeous ruby red color, smelled like fresh picked juniper, and is one of the best things I’ve ever drunk. Like you, formerlyA., I lack the proper vocabulary to describe it to the experts at a liquor store, so I don’t know if I’ll ever find it again. It’s a happy taste memory, though.

          • formerlyAnon

            This past summer, I was researching Pimm’s Cup recipes and somehow devolved into researching British boutique gins and that devolved into gin in general, with sidetracks into advanced cocktail mixing competitions. I’m POSITIVE I came across an article that had a beautiful photo of a liqueur similar to that which you describe somewhere in there. So it is remotely possible that you might find it via Google (and in English, I was definitely not reading Dutch), if you’re willing to waste enough time on it!

          • SierraDelta

            Huzzah! (Or whatever the Dutch equivalent is!)

          • formerlyAnon

            Because I’d rather waste time than sleep: Google “Gin Liqueur” and then hit the tab for “images.” There are many bottles, and at least half of them are some degree of red. Sloe Gin Liqueur and Damson Plum Gin Liqueur and Raspberry-infused Gin LIqueur. (I’m now rather hot to try Sloe Gin Liqueur) Lots of lush prose at some of the sites linked to the photos. If you don’t remember what the bottle looked like, you’re now set for some rather expensive taste testing!

          • SierraDelta

            Dear Gin Sister,

            Thank you for ruining my sleep, too. Now I have visions of gin-and-fruit liqueur bottles prancing around in my head.

            Potently yours,
            SD

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            Sloe and damson gin are wonderful. There’s a damson bush on my walk to the train station, but a large middle-aged butch lady always beats me to them. She says her “old lady” likes damson cheese and she’s too big to fight, so I’ve not been in a position to make it.

          • formerlyAnon

            Funny. Thanks for the positive reinforcement to procure fruit gin liqueurs!

          • SierraDelta

            I can’t even tell you how much joy it brings me to try to imagine this scene in my head.

            FWIW, you’re a BK! You can take her.

          • TropiCarla

            So since I’m obsessed with the Kittens who are Bitter, I told your story to my coworker when he mentioned that he’s knowledgeable about gin. He thinks you may be referring to Sloe gin. I hope you find it again. GL!

          • SierraDelta

            Thank you! I may spend the forseeable future slightly pickled and trailing gin fumes, but I’m pretty sure I’ll be happy in a fuzzy sort of way as I conduct my. . .research. Yeah, research because formerlyAnon and foodycatAlicia and I all need answers.

      • guest2visits

        I’m right there with you. My parent’s and grandparents and all their friends were definitely the cocktail generation. My dad made an assortment of Old Fashioneds, Whiskey Sours, Manhattans, Brandy Alexanders and the like – probably every week. I know absolutely nothing about mixology (except those fruit slices can get mighty tasty sitting in all that booze).
        I’m afraid I’m not into hard liquor or even beer. Such a party pooper. And my wine consumption seems to revolve around the holidays; November thru January. And for me; that would simply be a shiraz or a Champagne. That’s it. Occasionally for a night out there’s the rare opportunity to order something yummy; but I’ve been disappointed with many trials.

        • kimmeister

          Beer is just gross to me. But things work out; I married a recovering alcoholic (8 years sober) and it doesn’t bother me in least to never have alcohol in the house except for cooking and first aid.

          • formerlyAnon

            Total congratulations to your husband. And you’re right, your lack of taste for alcohol is perfect. Plus, overall, healthy.

          • guest2visits

            I would never miss it. On the other hand, I will pine for a chilled glass of chocolate milk. Hands down my favorite thing. Such a wonderful testament to strength and grace; to both of you.

          • kimmeister

            If I had to give up chocolate or cheese, I would fall off the wagon instantaneously!

          • Constant Reader

            If I gave up chocolate and cheese I’d probably lose 20 pounds, but I know it will never happen.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      My sis and I got so gut-emptyingly ill on some gin-based drinks one night when we were living together in Soap Town 37 years ago that we both have been put off gin for life. I can’t even stand that juniper smell.

      • formerlyAnon

        Yeah, I love that juniper smell. I also love the smell of scotch, because that was my dad’s nightly cocktail, but I’ve never learned to drink it.

        I’ve never really drunk much besides gin and red wine – with a little tequila on the side, so either I’ve never been sick enough to put me off (hard to believe, given a couple of incidents I recall – something – of) or I’m really stubborn.

        • Sarah

          I HATE scotch because it was dad’s nightly (and afternoonly, and all-daily) drink of choice, but I like that juniper smell either, even though I don’t drink gin. I did have a friend leave some Bombay at my house over the summer, though, and it sure smelled lovelier than it made me feel the next day :)

        • NDC_IPCentral

          We made something we called limey coolers – gin, lime sherbet and maybe something fizzy. That sugar vehicle made them too easy to glug down, and whoa nellie, we were wretchedly ill afterwards. Complete aversion therapy ill. Can’t even abide the smell. I have a bottle of Bombay Sapphire in the back of my liquor cabinet that I bought for drinks for a favorite cousin of mine who was partial to it. And he’s been dead and gone for nearly 20 years….. (an amazing man who was on the first US expedition to Mt. Everest, and he did make it to the summit…….). I expect that bottle will sit there, untouched, unless some house guest/dinner guest calls for gin.

          The smell of scotch, though, I associate with the old liquor cabinet scent that is a fond memory, but I’m not a scotch drinker either, though I do have a recipe for a scotch-based cake (from cooking school back in the ’90s) that is moist and extremely tasty.

          • formerlyAnon

            Your cousin sounds like an interesting guy. I recently threw out the dregs of a bottle of whiskey bought for my wedding reception in 1987 (or ’86?). I didn’t want to sit down and figure out how houses and apartments I’ve moved that bottle into and out of without ever opening it.

    • embers618

      Great idea re: the gin test. I’ve found I like different gins in different drinks. IMO, Beefeater makes the best dirty martini (extra olives), Tanqueray is best with soda and a twist of lime, Hendricks is good for mixing. My husband likes them differently. We’ve never tried them side by side, though, to see if we just like one the best as a gin…

      • formerlyAnon

        We do that in my family. Whenever there’s a full house, somebody will come home with four bottles of ketchup or three brands of red pepper hummus or vinho verde or whatever is on sale or in season and set up a taste test, and then debate the cost/taste benefit ratio.

        • embers618

          We do it with beer, wine, scotch, cheese, etc. but I’m the only one who really likes gin and other liquors, so we’ve just never tried them. We’ll have to add them to the list for future get-togethers!

          • formerlyAnon

            Salsa has to have sub-categories though! At least divided into the fresh-made (purchased or home recipes) which only holds a few days up to a week without fermenting and the shelf stable! Then there’s green or red, roasted or not, sugar/sweeteners allowed, fruit/no fruit (or as my son says “normal or with weird stuff in it”) chipotle/jalapeno/habanero – salsa is eeennndleeesssss!

          • embers618

            And this is my summer :)

          • kimmeister

            I’ve made strawberry and cranberry salsa recipes recently that I had misgivings about, but they turned out to be amazing on chicken or fish. It’s good to be adventurous!

          • formerlyAnon

            My favorite [nontraditional] fresh salsa is a pineapple/cilantro/onion that is supposed to be for fish, but I eat it by the spoonful.

          • kimmeister

            Oh yesssss! Pineapple or mango salsas in fish tacos? LOVE.

          • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

            My husband is on a big fish taco kick at the moment. I will have to try mango salsa on him. If I can get decent mangoes.

          • decormaven

            Yes- they are the best.

          • SierraDelta

            Which is exactly how I eat lemon curd!

          • marlie

            Mango salsa is one of my favorite things ever.

        • Sarah

          Sounds fun! My sister is a Pie-Master. She tests divine pie recipes on us. I heartily approve of that.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      The UK isn’t on euros, we’ve stuck with sterling. While you are tasting your gins, let me strongly urge you to add Sipsmith to your rota.

      • formerlyAnon

        How I underestimate the stubbornness of the British character. I don’t know if Sipsmith is available over here, except to order on line, but it’s not like I’ve ever looked for it. I will make a note. (This may develop into a party once the weather gets hot.)

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          It is a gin so delicious I will drink it on the rocks.

        • SierraDelta

          Road trip!

    • decormaven

      Add one with Bombay Blue Sapphire if you’re into gin.

      • formerlyAnon

        I had forgotten Blue Sapphire. Duly noted. I had some years ago, I think.

    • Lisa_Co

      No, formerlyAnon, the British have refused to adopt the Euro. It’s still pounds £.

  • kimmeister

    I wish I could attend a book reading in CA! I would probably lose my stuff like TLo did when they saw grumpy cat.

    Today has had 3 things going for it: 1) Blessed rain for our parched state, 2) Someone unexpectedly bought me a delicious pupusa, and 3) a kind coworker gave me a $100 restaurant gift cert that she won at an event, because it’s too far away from where she lives. It’s for an Italian restaurant that I’ve passed a billion times but have never gone, so that might be on the agenda for this weekend!

    One strike against today, though, is that I’ve been trying to prep for onboarding a new employee who is starting on Monday, but not all of her stuff I ordered has arrived. She has a mousepad, but no mouse. She has a monitor, but the laptop is still being setup by IT. Plus it’s weird that not only is her name also Kim, reporting into the same org as me, but we have the same birthday.

    • formerlyAnon

      The same birthday thing IS creepy. Same year, as well?

      • kimmeister

        Nah, she is 9 years older than me.

        • formerlyAnon

          O.k. There probably isn’t the plot of a movie I’d be too chicken to watch developing, then.

          Close call, though.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Hope the rain was of a significant amount. I have friends in California, as I’m sure most of us do who aren’t there themselves, and I’ve been concerned about the drought’s impact upon their daily lives. Gotta say, with such extreme climatic swings (not to mention geological) CA is not a place I’d be comfortable calling home – peril seems to be just over the horizon. Years and years ago — gee, more than 30, I went out to LA for a job interview, and the prospective employer seemed keen on me. Part of the trip was a meeting with a Realtor who put the nail in the coffin by displaying for me, in complete seriousness, maps showing fault lines, average smog density, and hours to drive to work. Talk about killing a sale.

      • kimmeister

        They say that if we get 5″, we might get to be as “good” as the drought levels in the early 70′s! :-

        Funny you mention the hours to drive to work. Just this week I was forwarded a funny email about what you can expect if you retire in various states. One thing on the CA list was that people refer to the distance between two places in terms of driving time, not the number of miles. Do people not do that elsewhere?

        • NDC_IPCentral

          I know that time v. distance reckoning is quite Californian, but I actually do it out here, too, since it is astonishing how poor many people’s sense of distance (or direction, don’t get me started on ignorance about the points of the compass!) is. If traffic is a limiting factor then time rather than mileage is more informative.

          • kimmeister

            Not only is traffic a factor, CA is such a long state that when the miles get into the 3-digit numbers, they just lose meaning. How far away is LA from me? I think something like 390 miles, but really, it’s about 7 hours speeding on I-5.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            My experience occurred in Los Angeles back in 1981, nearly 34 years ago – just think how much worse it is now. Glad I stayed on this side of the country. Not long afterward I got an in-house job in mid-town Manhattan and took the train into GCT for 13 years. I am a big fan of mass transportation and have been fortunate to have been able to use it for most of my working years (and am doing so currently).

          • kimmeister

            I have to defend my beloved NorCal by saying it’s practically a different state than SoCal. Once, a SoCal friend visite me on his way to OR and literally thought he had already left the state.

          • decormaven

            Big mass transit fan. Hope I live long enough to see true metro mass transit in the ATL metropolitan era.

          • formerlyAnon

            Planning on living to be 215, are you?

          • lexilexi

            Kim – where are you? I’m in the Bay Area, and there’s glorious rain all around!

          • kimmeister

            Same! Sonoma County representing!

        • http://www.GiftedCollector.com/ The Gifted Collector

          We in L.A. have always quoted travel time by the clock rather than by miles. And we’ll give you alternatives saying, “It’ll take 20 minutes if there’s no traffic, 45 if there is.” I don’t know the distance between most places, but I sure can tell you how long it’ll take you to get there.

        • embers618

          We do that in the Midwest. I grew up in Iowa, and we always say how many minutes (or hours) rather than miles. Of course, we rarely have traffic, so unless you’re really speeding, the number of minutes is fairly consistent day to day.

    • decormaven

      She needs a nickname, stat.

      • SierraDelta

        An older man in my building has been married multiple times, all to women named Betty. When I met the current missus a few years ago, she was introduced to me as Betty Three.

        I was kind of appalled, although B3 seems to tolerate it.

        • demidaemon

          This sounds like a movie where the man has married androids that he keeps replacing for some reason or another. Creepy.

          • SierraDelta

            Thank you for agreeing about how creepy this is. Other people in the building seem to think it’s normal — maybe it’s a generational difference?

            And now I’ll have to keep an eye on B3 to see if there are any subtle changes in her appearance or behavior. *shuddering slightly and turning on every single lamp in the house*

          • demidaemon

            Be careful!

        • kimmeister

          At least he doesn’t have to worry about calling out the wrong name!

          • SierraDelta

            I wonder if “Betty” is a tie breaker when he’s in the market for a new wife?!

    • KinoEye

      Re your new employee, yikes! Hopefully it won’t turn into a Single White Female situation, like I’m currently dealing with. My intern is creeping me out. She wants me to help her pick out a pair of sunglasses like mine, wants to dye her hair red, and has starting doing her eye makeup like mine. She always wants to go to lunch with me, spend time with me after work and on weekends. And she creeps through my internet history and Facebook page on my computer, thinking I won’t notice when she tries to start a random discussion about Anna Wintour. UGH.

      • marlie

        WHAT? That’s SUPER creepy. Can’t you get rid of her?

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        Jesus.

      • demidaemon

        If she applies for a job there, RUN!

  • alyce1213

    Olympic Opening Ceremonies are about to start. I hope hope hope we’ll get a rundown on the athletes’ outfits from T-Lo, at least the notable ones.

    • kimmeister

      I’m putting in a request for a figure skating costume critique right now. That would be almost as over-the-top as the Miss Universe posts!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        That would be delicious! I have fond, bitchy memories of one figure skating competiton at which extra fabric or feather were added to Katarina Witt’s costume because it was deemed too scanty!

        • kimmeister

          I don’t remember that incident! But Katarina Witt was particularly voluptuous for a figure skater, if I recall correctly, so I can see why she would have been singled out.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You’re right, Witt did have a curvy figure for her sport. She skated the shit out of that routine, by the way-she wasn’t always the most athletic of skaters, but she was a fierce competitor.

          • Frank_821

            Witt I think was the last champion who had a a real bust. I recall a skating special where they gathered Olympic champs composed of her and winnrs after her. She towered over them and was the only one with breasts

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Katarina Witt was one female skater for whom you could use the adjective “statuesque”.

          • Frank_821

            It was a “showgirl” type costume too evoke broadway musicals and was composed of a broadway medley. Thee Olympic folk bitched that too much of her butt was being exposed. In fact after the 88 Olympics the ISU clamped down on costumes with severe regulations. It was called the Katarina Witt rule. One of the rules was that men were no longer allowed to wear tights-the bastards!

          • kimmeister

            The men’s butts still look plenty good in pants, especially when skating backwards preparing for a jump. Hubba Hubba!

          • demidaemon

            Mmmhmm. I saw Evan whatever his last name is (the USA gold medalist from the last Winter Olympics) on E! news, and he is a fine looking man.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          Don’t you mean, “too much tootie?”

      • Violina23

        SECONDED! I used to follow figure skating like a crazy person (I even ran a cheesy geocities fan page for Michelle Kwan back in high school), so one of my favorite TLo posts is when they ripped the US Figure Skating costumes one year…. I remember laughing uncontrollably at my cube at work ;)

        • kimmeister

          Will do! Although the mere mention of Michelle makes me gnash my teeth, because everyone and their mother used to tell me I looked like her when she was on the scene.

          • formerlyAnon

            There are worse people to be told you look like. ;-)

          • Violina23

            I was NOT a fan of Tara Lipinski at the time, partially because I loved Michelle so much (I’ll admit it, there was a bit of sour grapes!), and partially because Tara got away with a lot of technical flaws, like taking off on the wrong edge of her lutz (“flutzing”) and severely under-rotating her jumps, including her famous triple loop/triple loop combination. It seems like these things are definitely taken into consideration in the new scoring system — if you under-rotate a triple jump, it gets credited as a double, for example.

            I was watching some of the Grand Prix events this season and Tara Lipinksi was doing commentating with Johnny Weir and they were both REALLY great as commentators. So I’ll forgive her. Plus, Tara did a routine on Jimmy Fallon in honor of the Big Lebowski, so you have to give her points for that ;)

            MIchelle Kwan did OK for herself — she was doing some kind of diplomatic work at the white house, and apparently is married now to someone who is running for governor in Rhode Island. She wore a really beautiful Vera Wang gown!

        • MilaXX

          I watched the pairs skating yesterday. Russia’s team looked like a Disney Prince & Princess

          • kimmeister

            It was totally Cinderella and Prince Charming.

          • Lisa_Co

            I was a dancer and I can tell you what that last Russian pair did was fantastically hard. Ballet dancers would have trouble with those throws; I can’t imagine doing them with heavy boots and on such a hard surface like ice. Their bodies will be broken down very quickly doing stuff like that but it was terrific to watch.

          • Violina23

            Their jumps and throws were HUGE!

          • MilaXX

            YES!

        • demidaemon

          Me and my cousin used to get violent about it. Seriously. We had huge hater-ons for Tara Lipinski.

      • Sarah

        The fairy blogsisters over at GFY like to do a figure skating roundup, if memory serves…

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          They do! They actually seem to know what they are talking about too (or enough to convince the completely ignorant like myself).

          • Violina23

            Oh fantastic! I saw they were tweeting a lot about it! :-)

      • marlie

        I don’t remember if TLo did it in the past, but the FugGirls have. It’s hilarious.

        Edit: I should have read further down. :P

    • Kimbolina

      LOVE when they live tweeted the parade of nations last time around.

    • Pennymac

      Did you see Lewis Black’s comments on the sweater Team USA is wearing? Funny stuff. And right on.

      • sagecreek

        I didn’t see that, but OMG that sweater is pure Walmart Christmas season.

        • Sarah

          SO bad.

        • formerlyAnon

          I have never SEEN a cardigan so loud.

      • alyce1213

        Yes I did. Hot mess, right?

        • Violina23

          Hey, at least they were made in the USA this time!

    • embers618

      Yes! I need to see a close-up of the Russian ladies’ coats, and most of the the other coats for that matter. And the US sweater debacle was a huge record scratch in the midst of some decent coat porn.

      • Lisa_Co

        I was out most of the evening so when I got home I fast forwarded the DVR through the costumes to get to the ballet bits (which were very disappointing). I’ll go back and critique the costumes over the weekend.

        • embers618

          Agreed on the ballet. To be fair, it’s might have been really cool for people sitting in the first few rows. But really, ballet just doesn’t translate well to arenas or the camera angles they were using. It’s one of those arts that is always a million times better if it’s seen live.

  • DKBB

    So many congrats on the book…it is a really fun read! As to how I’m doing, well I am drowning in snow, but that’s the norm here in western Wyoming. Eight inches last night, more coming tonight through Sunday. Might have to break out the snow shoes and go on a walkabout. Keep the faith, uncles!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    Still jazzed from seeing Tom and Lorenzo last night at the Tribeca Warren St. Barnes & Noble and listening to Tom’s droll reading from Chapter 3. By the way, Alex’s illustrations enhance the book and are so in sync with your tone. A wonderful collaboration. I can completely understand how tired you must be, Tom and Lorenzo, but you sure didn’t seem weary last night. You charmed the room.

    We so need to have a real, genuine, elbow-bumping, glass-clinking TLOunge patronized by real, live BKs and Our Boys one of these days. i’d travel apiece for that live get-together. Now I’ll read the entries of my sister and brother BKs so that I can weigh in on their lives.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Squeeee! So glad that you got to go! and yes, we do need a real TLo lounge-I’d do a trip to Philly or NYC should that happen!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Tom and Lorenzo are really very dear men. And great huggers. So glad I got a smidge of time to talk to each of them.

    • Annaline39

      TLo Con would be totally awesome. Just think of the fashion.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        But completely voluntary – the fashion, that is. Tom and Lorenzo are very, VERY clear that their judgments are reserved for celebrities. They completely understand that we civilians are held to different standards.

        I’d look forward to some real chattering conversations. Alas, last night most of the BKs were pretty reserved in the audience – no hostility, mind you, just rather shy. I did a bit of button-holing, but the event manager (the B&N official) didn’t encourage lingering. More’s the pity.

        • formerlyAnon

          If we get them down to Texas, I’d predict more chattiness. As Americans are to Swedes, Texans are to the more reserved states, in terms of happily engaging with strangers. Plus, I’m going to advocate name tags with one’s screen name, if one posts.

          • Frank_821

            Oh yes we have to get them down her to Austin. I wonder if Austin Fashion week could invite them down. They are having a runway night with just PR alum. Imagine having a TLO event!

          • formerlyAnon

            When is Austin Fashion week? (I won’t even PRETEND I know these things. It is futile.)

          • Frank_821

            It’s Apr 24th to May 3rd

          • formerlyAnon

            I’ll be sure to mention that as a possible tie-in when I contact the Barnes & Noble stores in Austin to ask about a possible book signing. Hopefully that’s plenty of lead time, right?

        • Lisa_Co

          That’s too bad. When Tim Gunn spoke at the UWS B&N about 1 year ago it was so crowded & people were chatting. The event ended up lasting about 3 1/2 hours. In fact we went to eat down the block because the line was so long. After dinner we went back to BN and Tim was still there(it was about 9:45 and the event had started at 6) but leaving. The crowd seemed very friendly and Tim spent about 10 minutes with each person.

        • Annaline39

          Oh yes. I envision something similar to the evening costume shows at science fiction conventions I’ve attended. People could compete as their favorite whiteboard celebrity as they wished. The rest of us could enjoy. :)

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Hey, it was lovely to meet you at “The Book”signing last evening. I’ll certainly join in the glass clinking!

    • Lisa_Co

      It would be great if we could all meet at the Empire Hotel lôunge (their Wed. Post). It’s convenient for them & many Manhattanites. (Would it be a trek for you NDC?) Maybe they could even smuggle us unto some shows:). There are also the Mandarin hotel lounge and several restaurants in the Time Warner building 1 block south. Really would be fun to meet up.

    • EveEve

      so envious!

  • Musicologie

    I’m giving a pre-concert talk, then being a single mom with my six-month-old while my husband goes to Florida for business for five days. I wrote a 30-minute speech in one night. I neeeeed this lounge (but after the talk).

    • sagecreek

      Knock ‘em dead!

    • Violina23

      Good luck, momma!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Knocking that draft out in a single evening means you know your stuff. Just look at your audience and consider them all to be friends that want you to do well, and that’ll help you relax and deliver your talk with conviction and sparkle.

      • Musicologie

        Thank you! It went pretty well, I think. I love doing these talks. Now for the other side of life…

  • sagecreek

    Lovely bar!

    I don’t share much, but I can say that you Bitter Kittens got me thru this week, yes, you did. Big smooches all around.

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    So happy for my fav uncles that the book launch and signings have been such a success-you two deserve all good things-truly.
    The house of B3 is getting ready for my departure on Sunday morning for warmer climes-a short trip to Costa Rica to ogle birds. I”ll miss the BK’s and tales of TLo at Fashion Week!

    • NDC_IPCentral

      I’ve never been there but my bro’s and sis’s families both have and thought it was beeyouteeful. You’ll see a lot of wonderful wildlife and completely lose your winter chops. ;-)

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Thanks-I’ve heard lots of good things about Costa Rica, and am excited about the trip, especially the bird life-but I’m going to be happy with everything that I see and experience!
        Mr. B3 gets to stay home, have the computer all to himself and tend to the great and powerful Genghis!

    • decormaven

      Oh, supreme envy. Costa Rica is great for bird watching; I’d love to do the Backroads trip.

    • kimmeister

      Going to sneak in some zip lining? Seems de rigueur for everyone I’ve known who has gone there. I’d be too chicken!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Just back from a very full and enjoyable trip-no zip lining for moi, but I did sneak in an unexpected trip to an ER in San Jose after a fall and deep cut-good news, their care is very skilled, efficient and they take Visa, so the trip went on as planned.

  • @Biting Panda

    I’m in an actual fun bar. Drinking fun drinks. And hot lady bartenders. Peace Kittens.

    • formerlyAnon

      You deserve it.

  • Isabel

    Uncles – May your book keep selling! May your next book be just as fab.

    Right now – I am trying to book a hotel for a business trip.

  • Sarah

    Congrats, Tom and Lorenzo! Your star is rising, and rightfully so. Birthday week in the Sarah world rolls on – big brother is 44 today. He is a kick-ass, Harley-riding, muscle-car drag-racing, all-around manly man, and gave me two awesome nephews and a great SIL, so I’m toasting him with my usual beer and some steak fajitas (cooked by my own kick ass manly man), since he had to work even though it’s his birthday. Good news is I found out that the phone messages I was ignoring (much like I ignore my US mail) were actually from a job I applied for that wants me to interview next week! Fourth time’s the charm? Maybe? Using this as an excuse to go out and procure A. New Interview Outfit and B. New Interview Shoes tomorrow with BFF. Can’t lose, RIGHT?

    • formerlyAnon

      Hooray! For job and new duds. And manly fajitas and beer!

      • Sarah

        They were delicious, as we watched the sort of pretty, sort of awkward opening ceremonies. I was particularly amused by the woman who adjusted the mike for the man who did the speech before Putin officially opened the games. She was dressed in a plain, rather severe suit, but damn if she didn’t have some SERIOUS leopard stiletto five inch heels on. Like she was thinking “I might be a silent attendant on this podium, but I’m SO wearing my eff-me shoes for the Olympics.”

        • formerlyAnon

          Did anybody you were with make one of the “I guess that last snowflake didn’t feel it was safe to come out” joke? I thought my son’s friend was sooo clever, but so far I’ve heard from a number of friends that the same joke came up in their groups. (I guess my brain is so bad at jokes I get overly impressed.)

          • Sarah

            We didn’t tune in until after that particular moment, so I only read about it. We had plenty of jokes for the rest of it though. But then, what’s live TV if you don’t ruthlessly mock everything/everyone on it? Not worth watching, at least in our house.

    • another_laura

      Have fun shopping and great good luck on the job!! Hooray!! It’s still hard out there so good on you, Sarah!

      • Sarah

        Thanks! Really nice of you.

        • another_laura

          You are going to NAIL it, girl, I just know it! :)

    • embers618

      Congrats on the interview! Sounds like a new outfit and shoes are exactly what’s needed :)

      • Sarah

        Thanks! I hope so! I revamped my resume for this application, so I figure a new look can’t hurt either.

      • kimmeister

        I think that statement applies to every situation in life. :)

    • marlie

      Good luck with the interview! Fingers crossed for you!

      • Sarah

        Thanks! I just got a new blazer, a pink/red/black blouse (which I would not usually pick but I think is good for an interview – I tend to go funereal and I think bright colors make people notice/remember you, plus I’m a redhead at the moment and it is a good color scheme for me) and some nice black pants. I usually do skirts for interviews, but I figured Lady Suit was a good choice, instead. Didn’t find the right shoes, but I am getting ready to go shopping in my closet because I’m pretty sure there’s something in the 40 pairs I’ve already got that will do it.

        • marlie

          That sounds great! My old-fashioned mother actually thinks that pant suits for women aren’t really “professional,” but I prefer them because I tend to feel more confident and self-assured in them. And there’s nothing like a fairly simple black pant suit with a bold shirt or necklace, and some kickass heels.

        • formerlyAnon

          I prefer the pants suit because I know I usually carry myself more authoritatively in them. If it’s a library- or library-adjacent job, they’re just as acceptable as a skirt, IME.

          • Sarah

            Yep, Library Specialist III. I wear a pant probably 70-30 vs. skirts, so I dunno why I default to skirt for interviews. I guess I thought they were fancier, but really a pant is what I like best, too.

          • formerlyAnon

            I work in an academic library. More than half (60-65%? just a guess), – of the ones I’ve seen – of women who are brought in for final round interviews wear a suit with a skirt, the rest wear a pants suit. Plenty of the ones wearing a the trouser option get the jobs. It just doesn’t seem to have any bearing.

          • Sarah

            Ha! Well, that’s funny because this would be the jump from Public to Academic for me, which is kind of like switching sides in some sort of unspoken cold war, but I can still get on board with it because helping students is the same high for me as helping citizens at large, I’d like to think.

        • kimmeister

          I hope the interviewer doesn’t think the pink and red are a nod to V Day next week.

          • Sarah

            Oh, you are so right! I didn’t even think of that, but it doesn’t matter, it turns out. It fit super weird. Right size, major wrong cut. This is what you get for the cardinal sin of not trying on, but I thought the blouse was loose cut and it turned out to have this weird nip in a spot that was not my waist. S’ok, I got a blouse that’ll do. My major score was the jacket – black corduroy, purple & white spot lining, nice tailoring.

          • kimmeister

            Faux pas averted! (Well, maybe not a faux pas for you, but I have inadvertently worn colors that have made people accuse me of celebrating all kinds of things I’m not at all celebrating.) But a well fitting jacket covers a multitude of sins.

  • LeelaST

    Wow! I’ve been to the Cannaught – but only for Afternoon Tea! I feel like celebrity – LOL!

    Congratulations, TLo, on your book success, hope to see you in LA for a signing. Yes?

    Re Fashion Week – does anyone know if any of the “Made” Fashion Week shows are being streamed? They usually cover The Blondes and I can’t find info anywhere – especially not from the Milk Made site. They have reviews of shows so far, but no streams listed.

    • MilaXX

      I’ve gotten a few emails about live streamed shows but I’ve been a bit too caught up in Olympic fever. If I come across them I’ll let you now.

      • LeelaST

        Thanks! MBFW always streams and those are great but I love the less mainstream designers too.

        • MilaXX

          Vogue and Vanity Fair are pretty good places to look. I think Nina Garcia is worth following on Instagram and I believe Cristian Siriano lived streamed his show last year so he may do that again last year. His partner, Brad Walsh usually does the music and it’s pretty good.

  • Paula Pertile

    Congrats on the book! I know its ‘to die’. “clink”
    Its raining here, finally, which is nice, and we can flush again with no guilt; also though, the cats are now stuck inside and literally climbing the walls.
    Tucking in to watch the Olympics and eat chocolate pie.

    • Sarah

      Cats stuck inside when they want to be out = very unpleasant cats. I always wonder where that “sleep 18 hours a day” thing goes when I keep mine in, because she will NOT relax if we don’t let her out. Here’s hoping yours take a snooze and let you enjoy the pie.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Two of mine are currently taking up half the couch. Two! Admittedly, they are the largest two, but I stand by my theory that cats inflate as they sleep.

        • Sarah

          And get like 20 degrees hotter. My lap can attest to that.

      • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

        Mine went out this morning when the sun was shining and the weather flipped a switch and she got hailed on. I have not been forgiven.

        • Sarah

          Oh, boy, I can imagine the steely cat glares hail would induce. I just let mine in – she was standing on the ledge by the back door making Huge Cat Shadow in the window which is her Bat-sign for “I need kibble NOW.”

  • boweryboy

    Sadly, I still haven’t received my book. Although it appears to be “In Transit”. All week I had to resist the urge to pop into a bookstore on my lunch hour just to read a bit of it until my copy arrives. I won’t because the anticipation will make it even better when my copy finally arrives.

    Also, seeing some friends who are in a rock band play Madonna covers tomorrow night. It’s a benefit show for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Should be fun.

  • Kate4queen

    have started your book and I’m enjoying it immensely-however have to get a book in myself by Monday so I’m editing that and writing a new ending and hoping to get back to something more enjoyable, i.e. your book next week. :)

    • demidaemon

      Good luck! Editing and revising is the demon all writers must bow to.

      • Kate4queen

        Thanks its one of my Catherine Lloyd historical mystery series and I’ve had to rejig the beginning to get the dead body closer to the start 3.5K words cut and a new ending to write LOL My brain hurts…

        • formerlyAnon

          But you make it sound as if you’ve got it all under control!

          • Kate4queen

            Remember, I make up stuff for a living, I can make you believe anything. LOL
            I think it’s done now, I can’t look at it without wanting to scream which is usually a sign to hand it over to my editor. :)

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    Boys, we love ya… drink lots of water and dont get sick…you have a shitton of posting to do after fashion week! def. want to be you boys this week. cheers.

  • another_laura

    I’m loving the book and recovering from a kind of pain in the ass week. I won $2 in the Tuesday mega millions drawing, so there is that … Think I’ll start a bottle of red wine and watch the Olymics opening ceremonies … Zzzzzzzzz wow what a night ….. Zzzzzzzzz

  • guest2visits

    Yay for book tour and BKs and Fashion Week hullabaloo! I will apparently be the last person in the country to get my copy since I preordered along with other items yet to be released, and bundled to save on delivery. That’s ok. I’m still looking forward to it. It will be exactly like when I finally get to see a movie that’s left the theatres and everyone is talking about it! That’s my life.

    • formerlyAnon

      Oh, I’m sure their book will have “legs.” People will be gifting it to their friends all the way through next Christmas.

      • guest2visits

        Absolutely. I’m slated for delivery by the end of the month. Not so bad.

      • marlie

        I actually ended up with two copies because Amazon didn’t ship mine right away due to a glitch, so I bought a book at B&N for the signing on Tuesday. I’m not going to bother returning the Amazon copy, though, because I know I’ll be able to give it to someone as a gift!

  • dalgirl

    I’m taking your book on a girls’ trip to Colorado tomorrow-I can’t wait to share it with my friends. There will be howling! Oh, and y’all need to come to Dallas!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

    I saw an article on CNN’s website about Carmen Carrera modeling for Glamour UK. The article is called “In the Spotlight: Carmen Carrera.”

  • roche

    Congratulations on a fun and fabulous book signing in Tribeca Tom and Lorenzo! Also thanks for posing for photos with the bitter kittens. I sent the one I took with you to my friend E. who really wanted to be there but she was stuck in S.Dakota because of the Tundra weather. When she received it she texted me back: “You dirty bitch”. That’s how much she likes you guys. I started reading Be Me or Do Me on the train ride home and it’s (of course) hilarious. Thank you TLO.

  • guest2visits

    Are peoples still watching UTG…?…..did you think it was a bad idea to give a mentor (Anya) the power to auf her designers? I don’t get why they selected 3 judges if they were not able to do it; and I think it makes the show more about which mentor is closer to winning the car than about the designers, their work, THEIR contest. This means in spite of how they spin it; these are teams headed by the mentors. Especially botched when none of the mentors gave good advice this week, imo. All 3 mentors wanted a lot of do-overs from the designers – and they complied. I thought many of the first ideas were better, but all except one instantly started over. Only Isabelle seemed reluctant and wanted to stand by her initial work (not that I like her style, but the 1st dress at least looked like something).
    It was between Michelle’s exotic ombre dress and Blake’s simple black net dress at the top; I liked Oscar’s from the waist up, although it was made well all over. I liked Natalie’s red gown w/blk net too.
    I thought Sam’s was a junior mess, and Isabelle’s was just a last minute concoction that didn’t work. They were the worst for me. Brady’s had nothing to do with vampires or spooky, mysterious elements… but the dress was cute. The jacket was boring and tacky, but made well. I actually liked Nicholas’s simple brown dress w/chains to place it in the middle. I liked the expert construction of Asha’s but the great looking jacket and turban seemed to be a different theme from the red pieces; but a good voodoo vibe anyway.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I thought Anya’s advice was particularly ridiculous. Vampire Academy is a movie about teenagers, yet she scolded Brady about going too Juniors? Then kicked him off when he made something frumpy? It was her bad advice that undid him. Similarly, I think Nick did Isabelle no favors. He missed the point of the hip design on her dress– it was not to make her model’s hips look wide, it was a couture styling element. I thought her dress was weird but by no means worthy of an auf. She is not long for this show, I fear. She keeps second guessing herself then running over time.

      As for the win, I liked Michelle’s and Oscar’s about equally. Oscar seems like a really nice person, so I’m currently rooting for him to win.

      • guest2visits

        Agree & agree. The helpers were not helping. And yes – I don’t know why it was so important to take apart the architecture of Isabelle’s dress, so it exaggerates the hips. Big deal, I don’t think that’s reason enough to shoot down the design….sometimes a little extra shape is what makes it work. And this was more of an avant garde/ unc-materials challenge, not like they were making something for the mall rack.
        Although I think it’s a long overdue idea to give out prizes along the way to the big win – I’m not sure I agree with this one. Did I hear Tim say this was an award for helping out another designer? I may have missed all the information. I mean, I think it’s nice to help out when there’s time to do it and the designer will let you… but not everyone is in that happy spot where they have the leftover time to give, and may vary from challenge to challenge. I thought the prizes should be based on some merit due to the design, and the votes it may have gotten from the public or something about their work. Or I’m just that much of meany.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          Tim said that Oscar swept the work room and cleaned up so that the other designers could focus on their work and not on cleaning up. I mean, that does seem like a nice thing to do. I don’t mind Oscar getting an extra $1,000. He could be this season’s sleeper–I thought his design this week was killer, and if he’s a fast sewer, he might have a shot.

          • demidaemon

            I repeat that I am so glad I am not watching this show. My best friend mentioned it to me on Thursday and I basically said, “I’ve heard (via the BKs) that it’s bad. I’m not watching it.” Thanks to everyone here for opening up my Thursday nights. Right now, my big obsession is Cold Justice, which is a great show. Watch it!

    • Sarah

      I agree, it is totally bizarre to give Anya any say when there is supposed to be a competition amongst the mentors, too. Perhaps because it was two of hers in the bottom? Regardless, no judge should be competing. Ridiculous. I thought Brady’s jacket was too big, and didn’t go with the dress. He missed the brief entirely. And it was the perfect example of why it was ridiculous to have a challenge that was supposed to be “unconventional materials” and set almost no parameters for how much they were supposed to use them, and actually offer them fabrics to lean on – with 5 bolts to choose from! Brady just made a look that he would make any day, and then sewed little teeth to it. Awful. I was okay with the win, though – it was pretty, and did call to mind some sort of creepy temptress to me. Which, btw, to hell with product placement! Lets just SHOW A TRAILER and have them design based on it! Blech.

    • Lorelski

      I’m watching Under the Gunn it and I like it. I see a lot more talent among the designers — and a lot more variety — than I’ve seen in the more recent PR seasons. The mentoring aspect can be frustrating, but I also think it is an interesting aspect. I just don’t get why everyone is hating on this show so much. Oh, also, I think the judges are a lot less bitchy than the PR judges.

    • DuBey2

      Yes, I’m watching it and rooting for Mondo’s people.
      I need more BK input, so let me know, please, if there’s anywhere else on the TLo site where people are discussing the current episodes of UTG.
      signed, The incurable PR addict

  • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

    I’m still giddy about my boyfriend getting my book signed (and y’all saying he’s cute). Aww.
    Also, now off of work to study for the NYBar. Less than 3 weeks left, eeeek!

    • formerlyAnon

      He took your book to get it signed? Aaawwww! What a guy.

      Good luck with the studying. You’re in the home stretch.

    • alyce1213

      He sounds like a keeper.

      • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

        That’s what TLo wrote in my book, hee!

  • Jacob Bowen

    Cracking open my book now!!!! So excited! The Olympic Opening Ceremony costume critiques on Twitter made it SO worth watching! #GayingUpSochi

  • Jackie4g

    I received your book on Wed. So I brought your book to the Consumer Testing I was doing this week and laughed so much between samplings that two people came over to ask what I was reading. So I ‘splained it all to them. Hope they will go out and buy one or two. I am enjoying the read very much.

  • Jacqueline Wessel

    It was so much fun to attend Tom & Lorenzo’s most fabulous book signing Thursday evening. Passages were read, questions were answered, we were all entertained. It was a lovefest. Tom & Lorenzo are real sweethearts. As for me, we are busy at work so I plan to do as little as possible this weekend, good thing I have this new book to read. ;)

    Congratulations TLO!!!!

  • blondie65

    Amazon says my book is “delivered”!!! I came home at lunch and no mail yet.
    So the rest of the afternoon, as bad as it got at work (and it did…) I thought,
    at least I’ll have my TLo book this weekend.
    And when I got home from work, there was a key in my mailbox!!! That means
    I have a package!!! (we don’t have individual mail boxes in front of
    our houses. We have mail stations throughout the neighborhood
    and if we have a package, inside our small box is a key to a bigger
    box….)

    Anyway, I’ve had trouble with this particular key before. Today
    has been raining. Everything here swells/generally just does not work
    when it rains. So…the lock would not open.
    Which means, my TLo book is locked in a G0d damn mailbox that I cannot open!!!
    What circle of hell is this????
    I even went back to it with plyers & WD40 in the dark in 30 degree weather trying
    to get the damn thing open. (won’t mention how many times I kicked it…)
    It WOULD NOT BUDGE. So, just consider me the bitterest (is that a word?) kitten ever.

    • formerlyAnon

      Oh, sweetie pots. That IS tragic.

      My try at cheering you up: Have you seen Britiain’s Channel 4 ad supporting olympic athletes? If not, google “Channel 4 Gay Mountain” It definitely comes from the country that gave us Benny Hill and Monty Python. I won’t say it’s tasteful, but it’s funny. (I posted a link earlier that’s still in moderation to it and to the Canadian Institute for Diversity & Inclusions’s more tasteful (well, it’s only as risque as your own mind – of COURSE, they’re Canadians!) public service announcement on the topic of the Olympics and gays. Google “Canadian Institute [etc.] Olympic luge.”

      • MilaXX

        Canada was pretty cheeky too

        • formerlyAnon

          Yeah, but the innuendo in the Canadian one is pretty much in the eye (or mind) of the viewer. Channel 4 doesn’t require that you have a mind that ‘goes there.’ ;-)

      • marlie

        I just watched them both, and the Canadian one had me laughing my ass off.

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Oh no! THWARTED! Hope you can get it out in the light of day.

    • alyce1213

      How frustrating. Just think “delayed gratification.”
      Hope you got it open by now.

      • blondie65

        YES! This morning (perhaps with the sun & WD40 sitting in the lock all night), it turned and I got my book!! (and also a gorgeous pair of pumps for work from a recent ruelala sale!) My DH just took the boys to see the LEGO movie so I have the afternoon to myself to read!!

  • MzzPants

    Well, lessee….my daughter Emo Girl and her friend have been planning Friday night shopping all week. On the way to get the friend, I snow banked the car twice. God bless kind total strangers! Went home, got a 4 wheel drive vehicle cuz’, dammit, I promised shopping to teenaged girls. By God, we were going shopping! Asian food, sale racks, lots of giggling. Good times.

    I love reading about you BKs who’ve gotten to a book signing. Lucky ducks, all of you!

    Have a great weekend everybody!

    • formerlyAnon

      You are an awesome mom, also, intrepid in the snow!

      It is both lucky to be able to, and smart to take the time to, enjoy one’s kids at that age.

  • roverrun

    Just getting ready for the real bitches at Westminster Kennel Club…

  • GeoDiva

    Got my book today….so you’ve made it to Hawaii!

  • KinoEye

    All the love in the world for TLo, their dedication to their pole dance and NYFW. I imagine y’all look as fierce as fierce can be. :-)

    Well, it snowed in Texas, so that was nice. I enjoyed it through the windows of my empty office, because my lone coworker went on vacation to Nola. So I ran the office for a day. Not too bad, save for my intern who I think is trying to Single White Female me. She does her eye makeup like mine now. She wants to dye her hair red. And, I’m pretty sure she was creeping through my Facebook when I left my computer for all of five minutes. I have to keep it open to update our newspaper’s page, and I posted a photo of myself on my personal page in a hookah lounge a while back (Hey, don’t judge — it was a slow day, and I was excited to find the picture). A little while later, she asks me out of the blue what I think of hookah lounges. I don’t know if she thinks I’m stupid, or if she’s crazy, but I’m getting creeped out. Plus, she never does her work. Bah! That’s what 12-packs of beer are made for, I guess, since I’ve been working my way through one since last night.

    • formerlyAnon

      Time for a little chat about how important it is to you – and to her continued presence in the office – that she focus on the work. That may cool her ardor a bit.

    • guest2visits

      Pretty funny actually – when it’s happening to someone else!
      I could tell stories about the same person. I’m told imitation is a form of flattery – but it just pisses me off.

    • Sarah

      Oh, creepy. Sorry for the awkward work moments, and I fully concur that that’s what 12 packs are for, but do make sure you say what needs saying, if it needs saying. No point in beating around the bush, just to save the face of a weirdo.

  • Anna

    Congrats and continued success! I’m still waiting with bated breath for my copy, which is still showing as “in transit.” :-/
    In the meantime, I’m watching the women’s short dance program (Girl shit! Illusion netting! Glitter! Tears!) and trying to become human again after going to a friend’s going-away party last night. I peaced out on my training plan/my fitness pal for the night and enjoyed a nice, messy, minimum-5-napkins-required bacon cheeseburger and fries post-party. I’d forgotten how delicious late night food is, late night food is the best food.

  • MilaXX

    Just heard there was a streaker at Prabal Gurung! Wearing a crown and a (hideous) leopard print thong.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Is there any other kind of leopard print thong?

    • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

      Male or female?

      • MilaXX

        Male

        • http://foodycat.blogspot.co.uk/ foodycatAlicia

          Disappointing. I was hoping it was Gaga in a desperate bid for attention.

  • TLJezebel

    So happy for you two. Please come to Denver for a signing!!!

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    Are there Twin Cities Kittens planning on venturing to the Mall on the 23rd?

  • in a pickle

    Just bought the book!

  • demidaemon

    I thought I would save this comment for the TLounge over the last post, but I finally saw what Peter Pilotto looks like on E! News last night. Here’s the kicker, everybody: he designs collaboratively. Just contemplate that for a moment.

  • Jacob Bowen

    I am currently babysitting, and this night could not have started out better…the 9 year old boy left, and it’s just the 7 year old girl and I. PERFECTION. She and I baked sugar cookies (butterflies & hearts for Valentine’s Day, and everyone in her family’s initials) and white chocolate, blueberry granola bars. This is the most calm she has EVER been. We even studied for a test she has Tuesday and talked about her life. Sadly girls her age are ALREADY BITCHY. She was telling me about how her “best friend” had a sleepover and invited ALL of the girls in the class except her, and went up to her at school and said, “sorry, you’re not being invited to my party”. I told her that she needs to think about how a “friend” should treat another friend and to think about if that girl is really being a friend to her. She has some self esteem issues and I really hope she can step out of her shell a bit more, she’s HILARIOUS and kind-hearted. Kids, gotta love ‘em.

    • formerlyAnon

      O.k. You’re up for Babysitter (is it also Uncle?) of the Year Award.

      XOXOX

      • Jacob Bowen

        Nope, these aren’t my nieces and nephews…but I do spoil them, too.

        But you’re too kind, this makes babysitting SO much better for me, too! It goes WAY faster when you have to make 50 sugar cookies.

  • Jacob Bowen

    BKs, who is on Twitter?!?!?! I am @crashandtumble8 which is what I used to post on here under, and I would LOVE to follow you! I know there are a few of you.

    • formerlyAnon

      I will go follow you on my recreational account. But I almost never post, so I’m not very entertaining.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Woooo! Followed you back!

  • http://www.ellenciompi.com/ NurseEllen

    I am finally relaxing after a day off (and I use the term lightly) that was filled with errands, dress fittings (for my concert next weekend), a big rehearsal (also for my concert next weekend), and doing publicity (again, for my concert next weekend). If any of the BKs are in the Durham, NC area next Saturday the 15th, I hope you will come hear me sing! I will tell the folks at the ticket table that if someone comes up and says, “I qualify for the BK discount,” they get 2 tickets for $15 rather than 2 for $20! website is ellenciompi dot com, details on location, time, etc. are there. Do let me know if you’d like to be on my mailing list, too.

    The TLo book arrived yesterday and I have been torn between racing through it as quickly as I can so that I gulp the whole thing, or reading slowly, savoring each morsel of humor and observation. I’ve also been reading some of the more pithy comments out loud to anyone who will listen (husband, usually), and enjoying his reaction, too. Really, Uncles, quite well done, and a great accomplishment. All accolades are absolutely well-deserved. I hope your drink, or two, or three, tonight helped take some of the sting out of the pole dance of book release/fashion week.

    Love to all! Almost midnight here, I’m turning in.

  • Constant Reader

    Can I move into the Connaught Bar? Not for the drinks, for the decor.

  • carnush

    I am enjoying the book thoroughly. The book signing was the highlight of my week.