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Posted on February 14, 2014

Le Comptoir Bar and Restaurant, Marrakesh

 Darlings, it’s the end of a very long week for us, so grab a seat and let’s start a tab. Since we’re frozen to the bone after 8 days of NYFWing all over the arctic isle of Manhattan, we’ll meet you all in sunny Marrakesh.

We are sore from lugging 300 pounds of Fashion Week ensembles on and off trains, in and out of cabs, up and down icy sidewalks. Our dry cleaning bill will be epic in scale, we have no doubt.

In other, more poledance-y news, Nina Garcia loves our book:

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For reals. We went up to her to say “Hi” at the DKNY show and she leapt out of her seat and said “Oh my God! I Love the book! It’s HILARIOUS!” Made our week, we can tell you. And because we’re whores, we whipped out a copy and said, “Would you pose with it?” To which she said “OF COURSE!” And then she art directed the shoot, telling us where to place her and how to hold the camera. Ever the editor.

And over on the book site, we’ve been playing what Bitter Kitten foodycatAlicia has dubbed “Be Me or Do Me Bingo,” where we take current celebrity attention-whoring and dysfunction and relate to the ideas in the book. There’s one about Drake and the race against other celebrities’ misfortune, one about Ryan Phillipe taking our advice on social media attention-whoring and another one about Shia LeBeouf and his ongoing apology tour. If you’ve read the book, let us know if you spot any other examples of “Be Me or Do Me Bingo,” darlings.

Also, we just want to remind our D.C.-area kittens that we will be appearing at the Barnes & Noble at 555 12th Street NW, Washington D.C., on Thursday, 2/20 at 6:30 pm for a reading, Q&A, and signing. Show up, kittens! As we said last week, the very best thing about this whole book poledance has been the opportunity to meet our fabulous Bitter Kittens. And we’re pretty sure the ones who attended our Philly and NYC signings had a fun time. If they didn’t, they were all lying to us about it for some odd reason.

Oh, and happy Valentine’s Day, darlings. We’re apparently experts on the topic.

And how is our little community today?

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: comptoirmarrakech.com]

    • RussellH88

      I’m a touch drunk, I’m single, and I’m bitter.

      So today is Happy House of Cards Day for me.

      • PastryGoddess

        Will you be my Valentine?

        • RussellH88

          Sure. I make good food and I bake, so I’m a total catch.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            And bitter. Don’t forget bitter!

            • RussellH88

              I’m only bitter until I’m not. Then I’m a fucking delight.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I may be just a little bit in love…

            • RussellH88

              Explore these feelings.

      • Suzanne Moore

        House of Cards is big on our agenda tonight, too. The best Valentine’s Day present…Francis Underwood.

        • RussellH88

          I do have a crush on Kevin Spacey. I blame American Beauty.

        • decormaven

          I want those cufflinks!

          • Suzanne Moore

            Weren’t those cufflinks something else? The end of Episode 1 really made me chuckle. I only got to watch Episode 1, despite my urge to binge watch this weekend. Being an adult with responsibilities is completely underrated!

      • Sobaika

        Not ashamed to admit that I stayed up until 3 am to see the premiere. Obviously the single and bitter life is where it’s at.

        • RussellH88

          It’s not bitter, it just means you have your priorities straight.

          What will keep you warmer, some temporary boyfriend or Clair Underwood’s sleek and powerful Bitchface?

          Boys are temporary but Bitchface is forever, assuming it’s preserved on film.

        • SassieCassy

          as i stalk your instagram i can say for sure that i am not sure why your single, unless its your choice and you dont want anyone and all that

          happy valentines day all, the boy and me are going to snuggle with the underwoods too

      • JasmineAM

        House of Cards marathon here too! Can’t wait for Claire Underwood’s bitch face.

        • Adrianna Grężak

          I covet Claire’s style/wardrobe. Even her pajamas are fierce

      • MilaXX

        We put the B in Bitter Kitten. Here’s to the after the holiday candy sales!

        • RussellH88

          I prefer booze to candy.

          • MilaXX

            Completely understandable

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Don’t we all…

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

              A very well-respected British wine writer tweeted yesterday that maltesers (do you have those in the US?) and Laphroiag whisky are a match made in heaven. So I’ll take booze AND candy!

            • formerlyAnon

              We have something called malted milk balls (brand name Whoppers), which I am told are the closest US equivalent. (Crunchy inside, thin coating of chocolate or maybe “chocolate” on the outside.) Don’t know how close they are, at least one person I know thinks they’re inferior to Maltesers.

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

              The only American chocolate I’ve had has been Hersheys, which is pretty horrible, so I am going to go out on a limb and agree that they must be inferior! But still, worth trying with a good single malt whisky.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Hersheys tastes the same way dustbins (US trans: trash cans) and wee (US trans: pee) smell. How that company has the temerity to call its product ‘chocolate’ I have no idea….

            • CPK1

              Hersheys tastes like vomit. I am however obsessed with Resse’s Peanut Butter cups

            • Sobaika

              In college I did a study abroad in Geneva, and it was SO SAD because I’d finally had real delicious chocolate in my life only to return to the States and this inedible muck.

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

              Every Christmas when I was little the Swiss relations would send us a big box of chocolates – it set my standards pretty high!

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              too bad you’re not getting your phD in chocolate. you could have great sabbatical leaves in your future.

            • AnneElliot

              Dove and Ghirardelli are much better and widely available nowadays here in the U.S. You can also get excellent imported chocolate like Lindt at almost any grocery and drugstore too. I’ve also seen Malteasers and other British chocolate at World Market.

            • Adrianna Grężak

              Good Lord, Hershey’s is terrible! I originally immigrated from Poland, so I grew up eating things like Milka. I went to a very American high school (no immigrants) and they didn’t believe me that Hershey’s tastes watered down

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Somehow Whoppers taste stale in comparison to Maltesers. Sorry US candy – you suck! (Aside from Dove which is essentially ‘Galaxy’ I think and therefore okay.)

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

              You get Dove in Australia as well – yes, similar to Galaxy and not bad.

          • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

            but the two together are bliss. dark chocalate and brandy were made for each other. i like to dip the former in the latter.

      • Adrianna Grężak

        I’m in a relationship, and we spent our night eating fried chicken and watching House of Cards!

    • PastryGoddess

      I have wine, gin, Korean fried chicken, and cats to share.

      …and 2 dz mini cupcakes.

      • kimmeister

        I’m hoping cats aren’t on the menu alongside the chicken.

        • demidaemon

          It probably depends on their behavior.

        • PastryGoddess

          They almost were, it’s amazing how much space 3 cats can take up on your bed. It’s also amazing how a 7 pound cat can suddenly gain 40 more pounds to keep from moving.

    • EveEve

      By some cosmic miracle, I am not single this year. We are sipping read wine, watching Olympics mens curling, (the best outfits my BK friends!) and nibbling on stinky cheeses and pate’. Marrakesh looks divine from our snowed-in little home. cheers all.

      • MilaXX

        Every Olympics I get hooked on a new sport. I have gotten sucked into curling this year.

        • Rand Ortega

          Love those Norwegians! Their curling uniforms are fabulously cracktastic!

          • MilaXX

            The US should have save those crazy jackets for this sport. My sister thought the US team were the refs because their’s were so plain compared to the Russians.

        • lundibleu

          I haven’t watched much this time, even figure skating which I’m normally hooked to. I do love the curlers outfits though, and curling is such a bonkers sport.

          I am looking forward to Commonwealth Games too, especially as they’re near home for me.

        • Anna

          I’ve gotten really into it too. I don’t quite understand it, but I’m enjoying the uniforms.

          • MilaXX

            I think the rules are a bit like pool but I’m too lazy to google. I just enjoy watching.

        • Guest

          Even better.

      • RussellH88

        I both want to say congratulations and give you copious side eye for snatching a boy.

        • EveEve

          Who said boy? :)

    • lillyvonschtupp

      I don’t care about Valentine’s Day, but I got a sweet VD Barbie collectible. Dont have money for champagne no more, so I’m getting some beer.

      • kimmeister

        For half a second, I was shocked that there was a Barbie with venereal disease.

        • camsteerie

          Having just staggered in from trying to find a place for my old blind dog to pee in 3 feet of frozen snow, I really needed that laugh – and oh yes, a stiff drink. Thank you.

        • Violina23

          I thought the same exact thing! LOL

        • @Biting Panda

          She do get around…

        • lillyvonschtupp

          Im surprised that people don’t see the connection between Valentine’s Day and VD.

          • VictoriaDiNardo

            Try having those initials…..

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              Lol!! Oh hon…

    • Rhonda Shore

      I’m looking forward to the DC book signing!

      • Sobaika

        Have fun! It really was the best time meeting the Uncles.

    • @Biting Panda

      I am not Participation Mom, so I was secretly more than a little excited to not have to worry about Valentines for Kindergarten and Second Graders. School has been out most of the week due to ice shenanigans, and other than too much family togetherness, we survived without losing power, so I m a grateful Kitten.

      Bring on the drinks.

      Love to your loves.

      • RussellH88

        It’s my goal to be the sassy Gay for some mom who needs a steam release from her kids.

        • @Biting Panda

          I need more sassy gays in my life. At the moment I only have @Hughman and a lovely lesbian couple.

          • RussellH88

            I need some lesbians in my life. I love lesbians. Not in a “Look at my pet lesbians” way, because I always assume lesbians know the truth behind monogamy, relationships, and woodworking.

            • MilaXX

              Speaking of which, have any of the BK’s checked out The Foster’s on ABC Family? It is surprisingly good.

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

              According to one lesbian friend of mine, the key is to lower your standards because there ain’t a whole lot of choice. Which is quite close to my uncles advice “the key to a good marriage is apathy and low expectations”.

            • SierraDelta

              “…(T)he key to a good marriage is apathy and low expectations.”

              In my world, it’s separate bathrooms.

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

              Also helpful. Last spring we both had food poisoning and I declared that I would never live in a house with only one loo.

            • SierraDelta

              I was the token female — one husband, two sons — and I refused to share a bathroom with ANY of them. I also regularly threatened to paint bullseyes inside their toilets.

              Fast forward to empty nest (!!!!) — one husband, still two bathrooms, still married.

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

              Another friend of mine swears by putting a pingpong ball in the toilet whenever she has parties. She says it focusses drunk men’s streams…

            • SierraDelta

              Genius! (And can I meet your friend?)

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

              Sure. We’re over at the bar (AFAIK she reads but doesn’t comment here – so hello Shan if you are reading!)

            • SierraDelta

              Do we need leave the bar to sneak into the men’s room with pingpong balls?!

              Hi Shan!

            • NYCGlamourpuss

              In our world, it’s separate residences! Honestly, I love my boyfriend more than anything, but I have to have my own place.

            • SierraDelta

              Yeah, I read Virginia Woolf’s “A Room of One’s Own” after college, before I had even met my husband, and I knew at 21 that private space was a deal breaker for me. In our first apartment, the “room” was a closet; and in our first house (with two kids), it was a promise that there’d be a room for me in our next house.

              We’re empty nesters now, but we each have a private space. My husband’s retired, but “How can I miss you if you never go away?” still applies. ;-)

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I have no gays. I am sad.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Wait. That came out wrong.

            • Rhonda Shore

              That reminds me of that joke…what’s the difference between a gay and a guy? A couple of beers!

            • @Biting Panda

              I took a Buzz feed quizzes today, that deemed me, officially, Kinda Gay. Does that kinda help?

              Related….I can never resist those stupid quizzes. I’m Wolvetine, Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies and Led Zeppelin.

            • formerlyAnon

              *I* am John Watson. Trumps Wolverine any day, sez I.

            • @Biting Panda

              *DR* Watson, I presume. : )

            • RussellH88

              If you were Martin Freeman I’d propose marriage on the spot.

            • formerlyAnon

              If you were Rupert Graves, I’d say yes.

              Sadly, my quiz did not assign me an actor, just a role.

            • embers618

              I was excited about the quiz that told me I was River Song, but I got irrationally upset about the one that said I was Fanny Price. In what world are those two results even possible for the same person?

            • formerlyAnon

              Ha. Maybe River Song was a strangely passive young girl but wised up before we see her?

            • embers618

              Maybe. She did spend most of her first generation being brainwashed…

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I love those quizzes! I do, however, doubt their veracity because I came out to be the Girl Scout shortbread dipped in chocolate (I forget the name), when I am clearly a Tag Along (otherwise known as Peanut Butter Patty). Ask anyone who knows me.

            • formerlyAnon

              I am shocked! Shocked! How can it be that an Internet quiz with a handful of questions might not be a clinically accurate assessment of personality and character?!

              My world reels.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I’m sorry I had to be the one to tell you. But it’s really for the best that you know.

            • formerlyAnon

              You’re right. I’ll be properly grateful once I’ve choked back the tears.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Nice to meet you, I should be living in LA or alternately Connecticut, I’m Eleanor Dashwood, Pink Floyd, should be an astronaut and also Henry Rollins. *shrugs*

            • formerlyAnon

              I think being called Eleanor Dashwood is character assassination. Consider legal action.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Oh, I wish it’d all been cancelled hereabouts; my 7 yr old’s school has simply postponed the Valentines’ party… “yay”

    • sleepycat

      Despite being in a warmer climate, still cold (I left Philly yesterday for California, which I was thankful I could get out in the first place). Still very single, bitter, depressed, but home in CA for a mini break from the <32* weather. (Yet I still want to go to grad school at Northwestern) With my parents, Frank Underwood, and Philadelphia air pollution research tonight. 6/10

    • marlie

      This bitter kitten has spent Valentine’s Day in bed, and not for a good reason. I have the plague (ok, just a bad cold), meaning that the boyfriend’s plans to celebrate V Day tomorrow are in question. My plan for the night is to make some tea and move from the bed to the couch so I can watch the Olympics. Hugs to all the bitter kittens, and have a great weekend!

      • @Biting Panda

        Well, that’s rotten : (
        I hope you get to feeling better, asap!

        • marlie

          Thanks! Nothing a little rest and cold medicine can’t fix. xo

      • MilaXX

        Feel better soon!

      • Anna

        Feel better!

    • kimmeister

      I am working from home today because I had to go to the local post office, which is open for like 3 seconds and is not in the city where I work. My dad is out of the country for 3 months and has me picking up his stuff from his PO Box, but he keeps on having tricky mail situations that require me to come in person. Ugh. I’m also on hold with the Maytag folks since my 2.5-year old dishwasher has died, and I want to see if it’s cheaper to fix it or just get a new one. But, I have the lovely smell of curried cauliflower roasting in the oven.

      • MilaXX

        mmmm curried cauliflower.

        • kimmeister

          It’s another weird fusion night at the kimmeister household. Curried cauliflower, Thai-ish baby back ribs, and couscous.

          • Anna

            That sounds incredible!

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

            I’m drooling. What time is dinner?

        • RussellH88

          I have a great recipe for cauliflower pizza casserole. Bake some cauliflower, then add pizza sauce and whatever toppings you want and it’ll blow your mind.

    • Violina23

      2 snow days in a row with two young children. Send wine!

      Also, watching lots of Figure skating… I adore Jason Brown and I want to give Jeremy Abbott a hug after his fall in the short program. There were a lot of hilarious costumes begging for commentary, uncles! Johnny Weir’s outfits alone for commentating could fill a post… he’s been Instagramming them, it’s hilarious!

      • MilaXX

        You should check out the IG that he and Tara have. They have totally become BFF’s.

      • Lisa_Co

        I have to say my favs are Japanese Hanru and Canadian Patrick Chan. I love them so much. Jason Brown is personable but IMO nowhere in the same class as those 2.

        On another topic, did anyone watch The Fashion Fund? This week was definitely the best so far because we finally got to see the clothes. I really like Todd Snyder, Ovadia & Sons, and Nonoo. I do not get the love for Public School. Well I guess that’s why I don’t work at Vogue.

        I also watched Under The Gun because figure skating wasn’t on yet. What a terrible show! The real surprise for me though is how bad a mentor Nick is (he threw his designer under the bus this week) and how good Mondo is. But the judges are terrible and Tim not shown to his lovable best.

        • Violina23

          Jason Brown still has ways to go, but I love his clean style and technique. So many skaters just toss the quad around and it all looks rushed and haphazard. For that reason, I adore Patrick Chan! But my god, you can feel the pressure he’s under with every skate this season. I’ll refrain from additional commentary since I already watched the men’s free skate, live on nbcsn….

          • Lisa_Co

            I just watched and am seriously sad for Chan. He has such artistry with his athleticism. But he (and everyone else) seemed under serious pressure tonight; everyone had missteps. Also skating (a very hard surface to jump on!) 2 days in a row can’t be easy. But Hanyu is great and congrats to him.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Right there with you!

    • SuziQue

      I cannot WAIT to see you guys in DC…I am coming with my friend Jeffie who introduced me to the site and my friend Jules…who I introduced to the site. So much love to share…and OMG…what will I wear for you guys?

      • Scimommy

        Have fun, and yeah, judging by the twitpics most BKs try to look as stylish as possible when meeting TLo. Lord knows I would!

        • SuziQue

          How can you NOT try to look stylish? We all want our own personal WERK from them!

          • Scimommy

            See, the very, very sad fact is that I myself don’t own any stylish clothes. If TLo did a book signing near me, I would go, of course, but I’d wear Gap cords and an Old Navy sweater. The piece de resistance would be the a coat that I got at Marshall’s for $60, but that at least aspires to have some style to it.

            • SuziQue

              I buy stuff from Gap and places like that…it’s all in how you put it together. Sometimes I go into Target and think…”oh gee…everything I have on is from here…kind of sad…”

            • MilaXX

              The key to dressing like everyone wants to BE ME is all in the attitude. Think about the celebs who show up on the RC in crazy clothes with a look of complete satisfaction on their faces.

            • formerlyAnon

              I saw the audience pics. You would not stand out in a bad way.

              If they come here I will be dressed more like you. I don’t have many fancy duds and I don’t think anyone expects them.

        • RussellH88

          I’d wear my Ralph Lauren peacoat and my red chinos and hope it comes across and moderately aware and follow fashion

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Oh dear god. I hadn’t even considered the wardrobe issue! I was thinking I may brave the Mall of America to see the Uncles and now I’m not sure am fashionably able.

          • marlie

            GO!! Don’t let your worries about fashion scare you away. I know that TLo will love all of the bitter kittens who come out, no matter how they’re dressed!

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

            You have to go because I can’t. It is a mercy mission for me!

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Do I need to get a book signed for you? Because I will.

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

              That’s so sweet of you! If you go, I’d love you to get a piece of paper or something signed that I can stick in my book.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Sure, I can do that. It’s not entirely altruistic, either – if I’m doing something for you, I’ll actually be able to make myself go. :) (I’m rather short on real-life friends, so I tend to just…not…do things. Plus depression.)

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

              I was hoping it’d be a motivation! But if you are having a bad day, don’t beat yourself up on my account if you can’t go.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              I came here to make the same offer but – in the interest of encouraging @Swiftlytiltingplanet to go to the Mall of America event – I will instead ask – are there any other International kittens who want a book signed on Thursday in DC? Happy to help!

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I like your shoe.

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Why thank you!

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

              Just go, find swiftlytiltingplanet and have a lovely time!

            • Eclectic Mayhem

              Alas and alack I think we’ll be at different events but I do hope to say hi to any other DC area kittens on Thursday if possible. Do we have a secret handshake/red carnation/rolled up copy of the Washington Post type signal for each other yet?!

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

        Something warm! Comfort is stylish.

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        We swear to God, we never judge “civilians” on the street. If you’re not wearing a $75,000 gown and $500,000 worth of jewelry while you hawk your new movie or TV show, we don’t care what you wear, so long as you’re happy with it.

        Can’t wait to see you too!

        • SuziQue

          I just want to look pretty for my favorite bloggers…LOL

    • rebeemoon

      Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. I recommend you read TLo’s tips on the subject. It gave me a whole new perspective on the subject, and for that, my single self thanks you, Uncles.

    • Musicologie

      Gorgeous lounge! This is possibly my favorite so far!

      • Musicologie

        In sadder news, I really need the escapism now. My husband lost his job today. I’d already planned a home-cooked meal for Valentine’s Day, so at least we’re not sitting in a fancy restaurant trying to spend as little as possible. I’m also strangely optimistic, but I wonder how much is just denial.

        • formerlyAnon

          Boo hiss. That sucks. Good luck. Maybe the strange optimism is prophetic.

        • MilaXX

          I hope better times find you soon!

        • @Biting Panda

          That sucks and is worrisome, I’m sorry that happened. If it helps at all, I was very unprepared when I lost mine, but the subsequent hunt, lead to me to a much better place. Stay optimistic, because good energy, etc. etc….

        • Sobaika

          I’m so sorry. I was laid off two weeks ago. It’s tough. But optimism is the way to go, it’s very easy to get dragged down in all the harsh realities. Count your blessings and on to the next! Good luck to your husband.

          • SierraDelta

            Oh Sobaika — a ton of finest quality virtual chocolate is on its way to you.

          • formerlyAnon

            Well that’s a pisser. Hope you find a better job soon.

          • decormaven

            Something good is definitely in the wings for you. Hang in there!

        • guest2visits

          That is sad news, but I hope it turns around for you, and quickly! Sincerely wishing you all the best.

        • SierraDelta

          My husband and I have been there, and it can be very, very tough for you both. Good luck and positive energy heading your way.

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

          I’m so sorry about your husband’s job. Hope he finds something really quickly!

        • decormaven

          Hang in there. Been there, done that twice in last 13 years with Mr. DM. Something else will turn up. Best interview advice: “Wear the smart-looking suit and ace them.”

    • MilaXX

      Frozen. The trouble with living on a small street is that the snowplows actually do more harm that good. The neighbors had to shovel out cars and then had to chip away at the snow/ice buildup where the street met the curb because it was creating a logjam that had water flooding the side walks. Here’ hoping next week’s heat wave really does some good.

      • kimmeister

        Heat wave? What kind of temperatures constitute a heat wave in NY in Feb?

        • MilaXX

          I’m in Philly, we’re expecting 40′s & 50′s. That is a heatwave considering the freezing temps and constant snow.

      • Pennymac

        I live on a small, icy, cul de sac of death. The plows pass by, piling the snow at the top of the hill to the main road. I totally sympathize.

      • embers618

        With you on hoping some warmer weather gives some relief. We are in a constant battle with snowplows creating a huge wall right at the bottom of the driveway here. We dig ourselves out and clear our portion of sidewalk like nice, responsible, suburbanites, only to have the plows come and create 2 foot piles of ice that block us in, or, on one occasion, out.

        • MilaXX

          Now I’ve got a leaky bathroom ceiling and it’s still snowing. Someone is coming out to look at it, but I seriously want to cry.

          • embers618

            That sucks! I hope it’s an easy fix. Until then, I hope you have a good book, TV, or movie to snuggle up with, along with some chocolate and/or booze, according to your preference ;)

          • decormaven

            Hang in there. Calvary’s coming!

          • formerlyAnon

            Boo hiss. Hope it was a relatively easy fix that did not deprive you of a bathroom. Or (temporarily) running water.

            And if it’s your problem (rather than a landlord’s) I am praying the roof is not involved.

            • MilaXX

              Sorry. temporary freak out. I won’t be bathroom deprived. It’s patched for now. I’ll need the roof re tarred once the weather clears. Sadly I own the joint so no landlord to pay for the repair.

            • decormaven

              Glad things are settled for now. Thank goodness the weather is lifting this week.

    • another_laura

      Greetings to all the BKs from San Francisco where it’s the usual mild cloudy weather. Please send us some of that snow and rain because we’re parched.

      I’m with the House of Cards gang, once I’ve groomed some of the undercoat off my dog and given him a bath. Clean little dog and a bottle of Ribera del Duero. Cheers!

      • kimmeister

        It drizzled this morning in the North Bay. Supposed to rain tomorrow afternoon and maybe showers Sunday!

        • another_laura

          Get out the rain barrels! We should all start doing rain dances.

          • Janet B

            I’ve washed the car and left the sun roof partly open.

            • another_laura

              Thanks, Janet B, that guarantees some precip!

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

              Get your hair blowdried – always brings rain for me!

    • SassieCassy

      so mad i didnt get to see you in tribeca! the weather was terrible but ill get you guys next time! more books to come i hope!!!

    • demidaemon

      Well, I’m off to watch Cold Justice an Fashion Police shortly. My boss is tres stupid because she apparently doesn’t want me sitting out and greeting students (thanks to my ESL prof friend for filling me on on office politics) and I had some minor bitterness earlier because it’s THAT weekend.

      Luckily, tomorrow, I’m treating myself to a dinner out with the folks and a tax refund funded shopping spree. Whoo!

      • Anna

        THAT day/weekend is gross anyway.

        Tax refund-funded retail therapy is the best kind. Order lots of delicious things at dinner and buy lots of things. Enjoy!

        • demidaemon

          I will!

      • @Biting Panda

        Tonight is a retched time to dine out. I’ll take my romance other ways and on all the other days.
        I’ll also be watching FP, despite my feelings on how hard it is to stomach the idiot that is GR.
        xo

        • marlie

          My friends call tonight “amateur night,” and we all generally avoid going out ON Valentine’s Day.

          • Lisa_Co

            My husband and I too. Every restaurant menu is limited and overpriced. So we went to a movie. But he did give me some beautiful red roses. Nice to know that even after 24 years, romance can still live.

        • demidaemon

          Exactly why I’m going out tomorrow at not peak hours.

          GR was actually okay tonight. Everyone must have an okay day, correct?

      • formerlyAnon

        Treat yourself, love on somebody in a platonic way. It’s all good.

    • Pennymac

      The last of the home made chili for dinner, with weekend plans of watching the last episode of HOC to refresh and then a big old binge on season two. More snow tonight. GAH!

    • Anna

      FINALLY got my copy of the book and it’s a long weekend here, those are the highlights of my week. Not single but neither of us give a flying fuck about Valentine’s Day, although he was happy to be the guniea pig for the sticky toffee pudding recipe I tried out. I’ll be reading voraciously when my make-ahead meals for the week are simmering. Have a great weekend!

    • lundibleu

      I’m a touch tired and fed up with work, but glad it’s the end of the week and I have a week off. We don’t do love day, so haven’t done anything special, and I’m just claiming it as happy Friday.

      Also, I’m curious, what do Uncles and the other BKs think of Kim Basinger at the Ralph Lauren show? I thought she looked fabulous.

    • DKBB

      I am drowning in snow, melting snow, and rain….the weather in western Wyoming is totally schizophrenic today and it’s exhausting me…..I don’t know whether to shovel or bail. Think I’ll just ignore it and read your book some more….I need to smile. :)

    • embers618

      Seems like the kids might finally be in bed. *fingers crossed* I am playing fillings roulette with a box of chocolates bigger than my head, drinking more wine than I usually allow myself when I’m the only adult in the house, and reading all the websites at once. I have an amazing Crab Rangoon dip ready to go into the oven if my husband can get home from work, and if I succeed in not eating the whole thing myself while he’s gone, he will know for sure that I love him.

      • @Biting Panda

        To quote a dear friend’s recent tweet “Almost every day I wish 6 o’clock were bedtime #WitchingHour #Parenting”

        • embers618

          Ain’t that the truth. I actually quit making dinner tonight halfway through and made PB and J, even though I’d finished all the hardest parts. I just couldn’t handle one. more. thing.

        • formerlyAnon

          You know what I like about my kids? (Other than they’re both brilliant and talented and generally wonderful, of course.) They’re both young adults. People moan about the empty nest. It’s damn nice.

          • embers618

            You have no idea what a beacon of hope this is! I like my kids more as they get older, and I get more and more glimpses of the funny, independent, opinionated people they will become. It’s just that those moments are so fleeting in the toddler and preschool years…

            • formerlyAnon

              I found very young children the most stressful time. I’m not good at paying attention ALL THE TIME EVERY MIINUTE. Plus, mine did not need a lot of sleep so I was always exhausted. But those years are also the most amazing because you can almost see them putting the pieces together and figuring out their little worlds. Plus, cuteness.

              I will not lie. One of mine put me through hell for about 2.5 years in high school. One minute my fantastic child, the next a stupid idiot child with unpleasant attitude and no common sense. (Not tragic, like many less fortunate parents, no hospitals or rehabs and very, very minimal contact with police & juvenile courts). It was not fun. But we all hung in and she seems to be over the pointless rebellion and managing her high achieving life well. Fingers crossed.

              For me watching them stake out their interests and goals as young adults has been GLORIOUS. I spent almost every day of their lives with them, dragged them to rehearsals and practices, washed stuff and bought stuff and thought I knew them – and then at 19, 20, 21 they just burst out in new and fascinating directions I’d never have predicted. It is fucking wonderful to see.

            • embers618

              Yes – young kids can wreak such havoc in such a short amount of time! And I’ve heard that the most brilliant kids are the ones that don’t need sleep, sounds like it was true for yours :) You’re totally right about the cuteness and the learning and the wonder of childhood. Sometimes in the “on and on-ness” (to quote Countess Grantham) it’s easy to lose sight of those things.
              As much as I look forward to them being more independent, I am a little wary of the High School years. It sounds like you had good perspective about things, and must have handled things well based on the results! I’m learning that “hanging in” is just about the best thing you can do for your kids.
              You sound like a rocking parent – happy and supportive of your kids growing into themselves and discovering parts of the world that are theirs. A toast to your glorious grown children, and your sweet empty nest!

            • formerlyAnon

              Thanks for kind words. Everybody does their best with their kids and then dumb luck and genetics steer the ship.

            • @Biting Panda

              Hang in there! When they start to be entertaining to each other and grab their own yogurt on a Saturday morning, while you get just a bit more sleep, you’ll start to feel human again. I became a stepmom when the kids were 2 and 4. And we still decided to have two more once the kids were older. We wouldn’t have done it, but for that, once on the other side, you look back and saw that you not only survived, you thrived.

            • embers618

              Thanks! You’re right, I would kill to sleep past 6:00 some morning while they get their own food. And I’m glad to hear that once you were through the first set you had enough energy for more! They are starting to play together more often, which means the non-playroom areas of my house are finally starting to look put together consistently. Today was rough, but I know we really are doing well most of the time. I just need to be talked through it sometimes :)

            • SierraDelta

              One of my absolute favorite pieces of parenting advice: In 20 years, no one will know if your house was neat, but everyone will know if you read to your kids.

              There a a lot of books you can read to mini-people that will also entertain you. Although many fellow guests at adult parties don’t seem that enthusiastic about plot and character development in kiddie lit.

            • embers618

              Yes, once we can get out of the house again we will be hitting the library! My kids would read every book we own every day, so I have about 30 of them memorized. I’m looking forward to some new material :) I’m also looking forward to having one of them learn to read so they can read to each other.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              My brother is 3 years older than me, so Mom naturally encouraged him to practice his reading on me when he started school. Because of this, I had some basic reading skills before I started school – he figured that if he could read, there was no reason why I shouldn’t and did his level best to teach me. Win-win!

            • 3boysful

              So right. And my kids were little bitties when–shudder– Barney was the bomb. Amazed we lived through that.

            • formerlyAnon

              Burned. Into. My. Brain.

              “I love you, You love me, We’re a happy familyyyy.
              With a great big hug and a kiss from me to youuuuuuuu
              Won’t you say you love me too?”

            • 3boysful

              Stop. My ears are bleeding.

            • formerlyAnon

              Bet you heard the godawful tinkly tonkily musical intro, too, didn’t you?

            • Janet B

              We ended up at the emergency room once with my youngest and the doctor was so happy that wasn’t my song of choice, apparently every other parent sang it to their screaming toddler.

          • SierraDelta

            Second that.

          • Stefanie Mackenziews

            I was not a good baby mom. I was an amazing, fabulous young person, teen and young adult mom. My kids both needed a Dr. and a nurse for parents when little. Instead they got a flipped out, nervous, and largely panicked mom and a terrified father. Once they got older so I could talk to them (and know they weren’t going to die), it was wonderful. I loved seeing them react to things, watch them form likes, opinions, and talk to them about it all. They’re grown and off on their own journeys. Son is in Japan as a teacher in rural Japan, daughter is medical researcher, newly engaged to her GF. They continue to amaze me and we continue to enjoy each other. It is nice to have them out of the house.

    • formerlyAnon

      I am single without much temptation to change that. Had nearly two decades of a mostly damn good relationship and unless the universe provides unexpectedly that’ll do me. I’m baking blackberry oatmeal and chocolate chip banana bread muffins to share as not-Valentine’s gifts this weekend with a bunch of people, some of whom I love unromantically, others for whom I have no strong feelings. My weekend is full of friends, work and projects and will be good.

      I do remember being bitter, venomously bitter and there’s some real satisfaction in wallowing in it sometimes. Listen to breakup songs, wear black, write your own obituary in which dying alone (tragically, triumphantly, pitifully – your call) features prominently. Write bitter poetry. Somewhere I have sketches for the twisted, deformed piece of jewelry I wanted to turn my wedding ring into. It strikes me as hilariously funny, now, but at the time it was very satisfying.

    • lillyvonschtupp

      Watching ‘East of Eden’. Am I the only one who thinks that James Dean was extremely overrated?

      • NMMagpie

        What? His Cal Trask is awesome. Have you read the book? I am not asking that in a superior tone. Cal Trask is a hot mess in the book.

      • TigerLaverada

        You’re not the only one, although I know it’s considered heretical to not like James Dean. I always found his acting style tortured and overly mannered. Cal Trask was a messed up character in Steinbeck’s book, but I didn’t like Deans interpretation.

    • rainwood1

      Hey, fellow BK’s, I could use your help. I have what appears to be repetitive stress injury from too much mousing and smartphone use. Not carpal tunnel as my wrist doesn’t hurt, but more forearm and shoulder pain with a little bit of index finger pain. I’m cutting way back on both mouse and smartphone use, and have started to do some stretching exercises specifically for RSI due to technology devices. Anyone else have this and what remedies work for you? Other than cocktails, of course, which goes without saying in the T Lounge.

      • formerlyAnon

        Icing? Ibuprofen? I do that for all nagging overuse aches. But I am not a medical professional and my computer overuse usually hits me in my back, or in the tendons running up the fingers and over the back of the hand, not arms.

      • embers618

        That stinks. In addition to resting, stretching, and icing, I use an NSAID like ibuprofen. They’re safe to take with alcohol, so the cocktails are still a go :) I’ve had a lot of luck with massage and acupuncture. You can also soak it in Epsom salts.

        Maybe you could take this opportunity to become ambidextrous? It didn’t work for me, but you might have some success!

      • Lisa_Co

        Physical therapy can be helpful. I’ve seen those similarly afflicted do exercises squeezing a rubbery sort of tennis ball. Also instead of a mouse I’d suggest a flat track pad so you don’t have to round out your hand. They’re quite cheap; you can get them on Amazon or (if you live near one) an Apple store. In fact newer Apple keyboards come with a built in track pad. Much more ergonomic than a mouse.

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

        Make sure you have good posture and a properly set up workstation. One of the things about the UK is all employers are supposed to do work station risk assessments for people who use computers a lot, and the last one I have was utterly groundbreaking for me. I was getting some upper limb and hand problems in part because I was reaching too far for my mouse – because I don’t do a lot of numerical entry at the moment I have moved onto a mini keyboard which doesn’t have the number pad. It means I can have the mouse several inches closer to me and the difference that has made to the tendons in my hand is extraordinary.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Many thanks to TLo and the BKs who made surviving the 2.5 days indoors bearable. Many great wishes of warm weather!

      As always, I am so happy and proud of the Uncles who continue to march on to their greatest dreams.

    • Kate4queen

      I totally loved the book! (and I know how hard it is to write one) Every time I see a picture of a celebrity going shopping now I reassess their appearance and try and work out what they are really trying to tell me. LOL Totally enlightening. Thanks guys x

    • Kate4queen

      After 28 years of marriage we still celebrate Valentines Day with a card and not much else because back in the day, the 80′s in my case, that’s how we originally hooked up. We sent each other cards!! So it’s kind of a special thing. I also bought him a curly wurly bar to eat so he is a very happy man. :)

    • guest2visits

      Nice, toasty lounge. The only one a little hotter might be the Putin Lounge, apparently.
      Still bookless and miserable about it. What’s going to happen is I’m going to haunt the bookstore like I do every week and wind up with one in my hand
      and one still in the mail. Be Me or Do Me Bingo…? I want !
      So yay a good win for Asha on UTG….thank God Isabelle is gone. Watching her work was just torture.

    • BobStPaul

      If you’ve not seen it already, I highly recommend the documentary “Bill Cunningham New York,” available on Netflix. It’s a hugely entertaining doc on the NY Times fashion photographer whose videos by themselves pretty much make a digital subscription to the Times worthwhile. The man is pretty amazing, has led a very interesting life, and he pretty much lives for fashion.

      • alyce1213

        Great doc. I loved it.

      • Gatto Nero

        Great film, funny and touching. What a marvelous man.

      • decormaven

        That’s one of my all-time faves, and cheers me up when my faith in fellow man is flagging. The acceptance speech he makes when he receives the Officier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres gets me every time. Love that man!

    • trisker

      In the upper right corner of the contiguous 48, we are hoping against hope that your book tour will reach Far Seattle….Stay warm out there!

    • NMMagpie

      What a night. Tim Gunn has two victims of thrown-under-bus syndrome on his show and Claire Underwood out plays Lady Macbeth at the power game. Who saw that coming?

      In a related opinion, Shan’s fringed leather jacket was to die for.

      And Nick… I am so disappointed in you. Isabelle tossed herself off that cliff and then you decided to jump off just to give her a push in the back. Tsk.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Shan should have won it. That outfit was perfect. I liked Asha’s too, so I guess it was just a matter of taste. I though Zendaya was actually a good judge.

        As for Nick… well, here’s the thing. Everyone was telling him to back off, and Isabelle flat out told him to shut up. Then she cut her fabric wrong, sewed the trim on wrong, and didn’t finish. What was Nick supposed to say? That things were going great between them? That she was open to his advice and that he took responsibility for what she did? I found Isabelle quite annoying. Her only redeeming quality was that she incited Tim Gunn to apoplexy on several occasions. That was hilarious.

        Nick’s crop of designers is pretty meh. I still think he should have taken Rey Ortiz and left Natalia on the runway. It was his initial designer selection strategy that will be his undoing.

        In the throwing under the bus realm, Anya’s shanking of Blake was much worse. She told him to design something for a 35 year old, then when he did, he got skewered and she abandoned him.

        • NMMagpie

          I agree about Zendaya; I did not have great expectations and she was much better than I was thinking she was going to be.

          I agree that Nick and Isabelle’s relationship was doomed no matter what but Nick needed to be smart and be silent when Isabelle finally spoke. That mess she put on the runway was going to eliminate her anyway, excuses and all. Nick needed to be thinking about the other people still on his team; he played the douche-card and folks don’t forget that.

          Isabelle was all about the excuses. Her saying she thought the 15 minute call was when the models were going to be there was incredible. I mean, the models were clearly in evidence. She felt the rules that she agreed to did not need to apply to her, full stop.

          Anya got rid of the one designer who would have killed it on this challenge. She had to have been thinking about that. And Blake… I completely agree with you.

          It’s like any other reality TV train wreck: you just can’t look away.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            You are right– Nick should have said as little as possible. I think he was hurt by her telling him to shut up and spoke from that. Not the smartest thing in the world. However, his designers being all “He’s going to do that to me next!” was a little silly. Don’t Anya’s designers feel the same way about her? Even more so, considering that her bad advice is what killed Blake.

            If Isabelle had asked Nick’s help with cutting the fabric, or sewing, or anything, she might have made it this time (though could you see Zendaya in a white and silver jumpsuit? What is this, Xanadu?). I place the lion’s share of the blame on Isabelle, though Nick should realize that loose lips sink ships.

            I agree that it’s a trainwreck. Who are you rooting for? My two faves are Oscar and Shan.

            • lifeisastory

              On behalf of Xanadu, I am offended.

            • Gatto Nero

              Oscar has killer skills but needs to dial down the Vegas hootchie.
              No one is really knocking me out so far.
              However, I wish they had more than a day for each challenge and could really show us their stuff.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              Agree about Oscar, and that’s Nick’s job, to help him do that.

            • NMMagpie

              I honestly don’t think Isabelle wanted Nick’s help. When all you think you hear is “no” or “not good enough” out of someone rather than what you want to hear, you are not going to be able to communicate constructively. Isabelle pretty much said that herself.

              Nick needs a thicker skin. In a world that celebrates outrageous behaviors, a “shut up” can be dealt with or learned from. A mentor of mine has taught me there is sometimes more to learn from the negative feedback than the positive.

              I am always rooting for Tim. :) But I am thinking I would like to see Shan take it. Oscar is just too much sometimes and his taste is not the type that survives on any of the Project Runway brands.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              Nick definitely does need to shut up a little more. I think they were both obnoxious, though. Isabelle’s time management issues were no one’s fault but her own. I mean, really? She cut the fabric wrong and sewed the trim on backwards? That’s not even slightly on Nick. His only mistake was speaking his mind about her when the judges asked. Beyond that, they just didn’t mesh well. I do think he was wrong last week, when he didn’t listen to her or let her do her thing, but there was a lot of that going around with mentors last week.

              I think Shan has so far done the most consistently good work. Oscar just seems like such a sweetheart.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              i agree the both isabelle and nick have trouble taking criticism. nick has the sort of inability to listen that many young professors display. isabelly has it in spades! if she had even minimal people skills should might be able to survive on her vision and creative ideas, but no. she is truly obnoxious. i looked in the dictionary under ob and there she was.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              Hahahaha! Isabelly! WTF was that all about? Was it a nickname or a mispronunciation on Asha’s part?

            • Lisa_Co

              In Brazil, the e at the end of a name is not silent but pronounced. So it is correct to say her name as Isabel eee.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              Thank you for explaining that. The way Asha was saying it, it sounded wrong. But I guess everyone else was mispronouncing it!

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              there was a character in the show “weeds” who was the pre-teen girl with a slight weight whose mom was a skinny crazy LA bitch. her name was isabelle but her mom always called her isabelly, while trying to put her on starvation diets. the daughter ends up being a lesbian with a great head for business on her shoulders, as opposed to her mom who hit bottom and get on going down. this probably has nothing to do with why everyone else is calling her isabelly…she doesn’t have much of a belly, but to me it has a nice ring to it.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              which reminds me of a little personal anecdote. those who have heard enough from me please stop reading here. when i was a teenager i had a close friend whose mother was a fairly recent widow, and she was able to cheer her mom up with her crazy behavior, although i believe said mom did more than occasionally call her obnoxious). we’d be riding in the back seat with her mom driving and suddenly murf (as we called the aforementioned friend) would say “i feel like being…..OB!!!” and she would launch into this hilarious over-the-top laungh-in style go-go dance, and everyone would shriek with laughter. we could all use a little murf in our life. obnoxious, but in a good way. isabelly, not so much.

            • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

              a shipwreck AND a train wreck. two transportation disaster metaphors for the price of one! kudos.

            • ShaoLinKitten

              So now you have some idea how bad it is ;)

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          i agree on all counts. 1. zendaya was great! she truly is my fave disney childish star. i only watch when my six-year-old fashionista linabelle is here visiting, though. i haven’t got TV addiction THAT bad. 2. nick was feeling a little like a raw nerve, but he did merely tell the truth. 3. tim gunn incited to apoplexy is hilarious. in a good way. hick’s designers are more than blah. they are blah-blah-blah. 4. the shanking by anya was is an apt description, for an example watch last weeks justified.

        • kerryev

          He contributed. Blake’s interpretation of “remember that 35-year-olds exist” was a woman that wears a sequined minidress to drive her late-teens daughter to prep school.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            Who said that the outfit had to be for a 35 year old in the first place? I agree that his blazer was ass, and the dress was boring. But the 35 year old aspect was put into his head by Anya.

      • SRQkitten

        I somewhat wondered if Nick is getting the nasty lifetime edit as he is of the Bravo vintage and heaven forbid it doesn’t seem like lifetime cuts the Bravo era folks any favors. He does have the most challenging group to mentor. Was SO happy to see Isabelle gone.

        • guest2visits

          That’s crossed my mind too. Sure, Nick’s got some flaws in his tv mentoring; he’s way chatty and totally bubbling over with enthusiasm and eagerness to engage or assist his designers….but I can’t find any fault with his style this week. He came to Isabelle’s aid with a quick fix for her construction problem, gave her encouragement for her design idea, then let her take charge of her project. He was concerned, but he let her try and wrestle through – which is really all Isabelle would allow and that’s all he should’ve/could’ve done. She ended up exactly where she needed to be. That was a bottom look she made – worse than Stephanie and Nicholas’s. And it’s all hers and no one else. I thought he handled it much like Tim would.
          The question at the end was just gratuitous PR drama to me. Tim knows what difficulties Nick had with Isabelle – TIM had huge problems with Isabelle. Was it just to underline the headaches she caused him? Besides, who asks Tim at the end of every auf’ing, how did Tim get along with this designer or that – no one. It’s not about getting along, it’s did the designer get the benefit of sound advice and fair treatment offered to each. But with a race for a prize between the mentors, SOMEthing has to be manufactured to throw some shade around. M&A helped with their spliced in commentary there too.

          • SRQkitten

            Exactly! Lifetime manufactured drama. And since Mondo and Anya are of lifetime vintage, we know which mentor will be the one to get the nasty edit. [sigh] lifetime, not known for creativity in manufactured drama.

        • NMMagpie

          That’s a definite possibility. I also think that “hands on Nick” thing of his is not doing anyone any favors.

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

      We don’t really do Valentine’s Day, so yesterday was a normal sort of Friday night – roast chicken, pommes dauphinois, quite a lot of wine. We’ve got a howling wind around the south east of England at the moment, so we’re keeping an eye on our fence and being driven nuts by the noise.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        pommes daphinois and good wine is a normal friday nite? i’ll be right over.

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

          The spuds don’t happen every week, but reasonably often!

    • Gatto Nero

      Congrats on the Nina love! That one’s hard to please.
      I had forgotten all about V Day, to tell the truth. Just as well.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        la senora is usually so dignified, it’s fun to imagine her squealing like a fangirl. for valentines i bought my puppy a huge bone and she was thrilled. the hubby grilled filet steaks and i was thrilled as well.

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

      Here in NC, we are finally back to normal after a week highlighted by
      snow, ice, more snow, and more ice. The amounts are not nearly what
      you all experienced in the Northeast, but we are so unused to this kind
      of weather abuse, the fallout is just apocalyptic. The governor
      declared a State of Emergency, which apparently gave everyone license to
      do whatever the hell they pleased to prepare for being “snowed in” for
      all of 2-1/2 days. There was a major “will-it-or-won’t-it-be-cancelled”
      fracas over the Duke/UNC men’s basketball game (it was, but not until
      less than 3 hours before start time, thereby immeasurably adding to
      commuting woes). Not that I attend basketball games, but I work at UNC
      hospital and the entire campus achieved perfect gridlock as spectators
      struggling to get to the game suddenly had to turn around and go home. A
      freakin’ nightmare.

      My sympathies to all parents who were stuck at home with kids who are were out of school. I remember those days, not fondly.

      Fortunately, it was almost 60 degrees yesterday, which melted much of
      the snow, and rain is washing away most of the remainder today. It’s
      supposed to be up to 70 degrees early next week. Ah well, another day,
      another season.

      Hope everyone had a lovely Valentine’s Day! If you’re in the area
      tonight, Saturday, come hear my annual Valentine’s concert! Free
      admission to any BK who comes! xoxo

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        and here we are in norcal, crying for snow. this is our third winter with next to no beautiful white stuff. however, i did live through one epic storm three years (ok, epic for norcal), when i narrowly escaped a head on collision trying to get home. and it was late march. i had to turn back to “town” which is 30miles from our house. and because the power was out in the lower elevations, all the wusses had to flee their vacation homes and their was no room at the inn(s). so biblical. the next day i thought i would die once again as my dog and i had to walk a quarter mile in powder snow up to my ribs. i lost my ugg boots in the driveway and couldn’t find them for three weeks. our snow plow guy was hospitalized. oh the drama. when you live with snow, it makes all the difference if you don’t have to go to work or school or such. i only had to get back in my house to finish an art piece, which had a deadline (after the storm, fortunately). it was kind of fun that winter being isolated with nothing to do but make art. my husband was still living in “the big city” (oakland) then. so here we are now, snug as bugs in a rug, but dry as a bone. i have exhausted my supply of similes and metaphors now, so i will rest my case (oh no, there’s another one). now i truly must shut up as i have run out of punctuation marks as well.

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

          My husband is a wine professional and all he keeps hearing is how devastating the drought has been for the vineyards, how prices will be through the roof, etc. He generally likes to buy a few cases of each California vintage to put away in the cellar for aging, but this year he’s been buying older Italian & Portuguese & South American wines instead.

          The concert was very successful–SRO! Tired but happy. Going to bed right now and I’m not even taking off my makeup.

      • Suzanne Moore

        Here in Tucson our house is open, it’s almost 90 degrees outside, and it’s sooo dry. The drought is affecting Southern Arizona too. The last significant rain here was in December. January and February are supposed to be our winter monsoon months. Send some precipitation our way, please!

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

          If only we could ship it on over for you, believe me, there’s not a citizen of NC who wouldn’t oblige. Y’all are USED to this in the north; we just ahn’t.

    • Susan Velazquez

      Hey, to anyone who pre-ordered for the giveaway: have you received your magnet and stuff yet? My book came but no gift :(. I await for that magnet to hang on my fridge.

      • Suzanne Moore

        I haven’t gotten mine yet, but I imagine it will take a while. Gives us something to look forward to!

      • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

        We’ll be making an update announcement on the book site this week, but the giveaway closed on the 4th and then we left for Fashion Week on the 5th, which means we’ve barely started the work getting hundreds of postcards signed and mailed out. We hope to have the first batch out this week and then to keep releasing batches of them until we’re done, hopefully within a few weeks after that. So stay patient, kittens! We’ll have your postcard and magnets soon!

        • decormaven

          Bless you, dear uncles. I pray you are using the collective “we” and the work is being carried out by PR minions. Because if you have time to personally cull all those postcards, you are superhuman.

          • http://www.tomandlorenzo.com/ Tom and Lorenzo

            Oh no, doll. It’s just the two of us. Part of why it’s taking so long.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Be sure to schedule yourselves for some good hand massages and/or manicures once you’re through the book tour!

            • formerlyAnon

              Ice & ibuprofen for overuse issues.

            • decormaven

              I stand in amazement. You two are the best. Sa- lute!

        • Susan Velazquez

          Yay! Glad our uncles haven’t forgotten about us!

    • boweryboy

      Grrrrr….I’m a really bitter kitten. Turns out between Barnes & Noble and DHL they lost my book in the mail! I’ve been patiently wating for the last week and a half for it. Fortunately, B&N gave me a refund so now I’m about to head out in the rain and pick up a copy.

      On a upbeat note, the other half and I had a great VD. We met up with friends for drinks, lots of drinks, and wound up at bar where a bunch of drag queens gyrated on our table top that they covered in glitter and pretended to snort. It was a riot. Now there’s glitter everywhere in our apartment.

      E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E.

      • nosniveling

        ah yes, glitter, the herpes of crafts :)

        • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

          when my daughter was little, she made her first valentines out of doilies and stickers and positively coated them with glitter. like fryers in batter. some of our friends were not pleased when they opened their mail. however, they were all quite cordial about it. who can resist toddler valentines?

          • boweryboy

            Back in my letter writing days, I would deliberately stuff the envelopes with hole punch confetti just to mess with my friends. I think some of them still resent me for it to this day.

        • boweryboy

          One of the drag queens told me her friend calls glitter “fairy scabies”. Too funny.

      • formerlyAnon

        I LOVE finding errants bits of glitter weeks/several vacuumings later. I don’t even mind when 2 days later I’m finding bits in my hair. For me, surprise leftover glitter is the very best in low-rent glamor & cheer. (Of course, my housekeeping standards can be generously described as lax.)

        • boweryboy

          Our entire carpet is shimmering. I’m enjoying it for now as a reminder of an epically fun night, but my anal retentiveness won’t let it last past tomorrow.

    • LJCdoc

      Tired. Cold. “Vacationing” in MN to see family and friends. In February. As you do when you live in Southern California.

      • American Cannibal

        Are you drinking a lot these days?

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I feel compelled to point out the last few days here have been almost balmy! You missed January. That was lots of fun.

        • LJCdoc

          I heard that quite a bit over the past several days, actually.

    • Lisa_Co

      It’s snowing AGAIN in NYC. Oh goody:(

    • alyce1213

      My son has a bad cold and I don’t have the fixin’s to make chicken soup, so I ordered in ‘Chicken Chinese Herbal Soup’ and some comfort foods for him. It’s kind of pricey for soup, so there’s a good chance they actually used Chinese herbs. Let’s hope for the best. I’m having duck with loquats.

      • American Cannibal

        Sounds delicious. But you do know the chicken is really imitation chicken, right?

    • http://www.dogsdotcom.blogspot.com/ Plink

      What about the San Francisco kittens? Huh? What about whoring yourselves on the west coast for our TLo pleasure? We’re absolutely parched for your attention.

    • American Cannibal

      Yes! Finally, a blog for pretty people. Thank god I found you, T&L! I couldn’t stand being on those other sites. I can’t wait until we have walled cities to keep the ugly fattie dumb people out. Who needs them! This place is FABULOUS & OPINIONATED. I’m gonna fit in like a tom cat at the whore house.

      • Qitkat

        Excepting we don’t call names here. Snark all you like, with humor and tongue in cheek.

        • American Cannibal

          Don’t worry. I’m PRO good looking people.

    • Qitkat

      The weekend is winding down, and I have discovered the thrill of curling in the Olympics! It’s still all too easy to make fun of, but there is a lot more finesse than I ever realized that is involved.

      V Day was relatively low key, in as much as spending it with seven and four year old grandsons can be. We took in the Lego movie, which thrilled them no end. I still prefer Kung Fu Panda and Lion King styles myself, although never much of an animated film fan. This movie throws everything and everyone in the vault and Legoville at the screen and is as a result overly layered with action zooming by almost constantly. It eventually turned into a sweet story, with the second half better than the first, IMO. Great animation, but I think it’s a case of just because you can now do it digitally, it may be time to dial it back with some subtlety. No wonder kids have ADD, even those who don’t.

      My previous week’s three days at the Sewing Expo were excellent, fun and creatively stimulating. In one workshop, I made a scarf from wool roving, using a technique called Reverse Nuno Felting. Very cool, and easy to do. I’m thrilled with the results, and may make some for gifts. The sewing and quilting worlds are not what they used to be. Everything is machine quilted on the most amazing machines, but I’m still “old school” and love the look of hand quilting. And there are those who are very technical and precise with tailoring, which is also not my ability or desire; and then there are those who are loving the “artsyfartsy” and that’s not me either. But I gleaned enough about some new (to me) styles of painting and embellishing fabric which ought to keep me busy for weeks and months and even years to come. The good news is that my stash will finally become part of creative endeavors. And it was all very tiring. I don’t know how TLo makes it through the franticness of Fashion Week without literally collapsing when it’s all over. And this year on top of all the book business.

      Speaking of which, I finished my copy within a week of getting it, and laughed out loud a bunch of times. It’s now in the hands of one of my DIL’s, who will now know of my secret identity, if she ever comes to the website. Haha, then I’ll have to change my name! Hopefully, when I get it back someday soon, it will be because Tom & Lorenzo are coming to Denver, and I can get it signed. Hoping…hoping…BKs, are some of you out there in Colorado??

      Hubs and I took in sushi for a day after VDay dinner. I could eat sushi seven days a week if I could afford it. I have seen enough skiing and skating and ice and snow on the telly to last me for the next four years. Just not quite into it as I used to be. Is Downton Abbey on tonight?

      • http://viridianpostcard.blogspot.com/ viridian61

        Hello from a fellow quilter, still somewhat old school too.

        • Qitkat

          Glad some of us are still out there! I realize it’s now a serious business, but, dang, when you have to spend over $20grand just to get set up in it, that’s like starting a franchise or something.

      • formerlyAnon

        I like the look of the hand work, but it seems that is only for the old school home hobbyists or very specialized artistes, these days. I am not a quilter (though dabbled a bit with my mom, who was, in my youth) so I don’t have any strong opinions, but I treasure the quilt gifts I’ve received. (All a mix of hand and machine work.)

        • Qitkat

          Of course you are right to treasure the quilt gifts you have received. They really are a labor of love, and much hard work, whether all machine or combination machine and hand work. I have always worked both with machine and hand work, even though it really has been years since I did any serious quilting. I think it’s just like so many other things, new technology is embraced, and if you have never seen these quilting machines doing their thing, it is damn amazing, and creates effects that a hand quilter would be insane to attempt. I’m probably just showing my generation, who did do the actual piecing by machine, and quilting by hand, as previous generations before me, had no choice but to do most of the work by hand. I’m just a little sad that hand quilting has fallen so out of favor, when I didn’t even realize that is what was happening. I know I will continue to hand quilt anything that I make myself in the future, even while using the machine for other effects.

    • NYCGlamourpuss

      Hope you had an awesome valentines day, TLo! I sent you a message on Facebook about a particularly juicy article in the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair – they ripped celebrity Scientology wide open, and it’s glorious!

      In other happy news, I finally got off my ass and ordered THE BOOK! I was going to get it at the book signing, but had to miss it, but I’ve now righted that wrong!

      And SQUEEE!!! Foodycatalicia got a shout out for her game!!! Yay, girl, I’m so proud of you!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I took that issue of VF to read on the plane, and just read the Scientology article. That issue is chock full of good reads-especially enjoyed the one about celeb stylists.

    • Jacob Bowen

      (Ignore my profile pic, it’s 1 day only) I just got back from visiting a friend, and I went EARRING CRAZY. I bought 6 pairs this weekend, and I cannot get enough!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I have 2/20 circled on my calendar-can’t wait to meet TLo at Barnes and Noble! Just back today from a lovely short trip to Costa Rica to birdwatch, so I missed the week of miserable weather. Happy to be back home with Mr. B3 and the great lord Genghis kitty, and of course the BK community!

      • decormaven

        Oooh, that’s one of my dream trips. So glad you could go!