T LOunge

Posted on February 21, 2014

Darlings, we’re afraid we’re going to have to beg off on T LOunging with all y’all tonight because we’re utterly wiped out and have a big weekend ahead of us.

 

230 Fifth Rooftop Lounge, New York City

We made it up to you by picking a place with comfy couches. Enjoy, darlings.

As for us, we’re still basking in the afterglow of our fabulous night in D.C. last night, reading, signing, and A-ing the Qs of a whole bunch of Bitter Kittens. It was our biggest crowd yet (150+ kittens) and you fabulous people bought up every copy of our book in the store. The event went on for over three hours and we had a ridiculously fantastic time. Then we got up this morning and did our very first live morning show, Fox 5 in the Morning in D.C., which was also kind of ridiculously fun.

And if that wasn’t enough, we get up horrifically early tomorrow morning, hop on a plane, and head on off to not-so-sunny Bloomington, Minnesota, where we’ll be reading and signing for a whole bunch (we hope) of Minnesota Kittens. Come on, you guys. You don’t want those pantywaists in D.C. to kick your ass, do you? Let’s break the kitten turnout record!

Remember, that’s:

 

MALL OF AMERICA
MACY’S COURT
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd at 1 PM

 

Come out and see our big faces and hear our cartoon voices!

Please forgive us, D.C. Kittens. We’re tired and didn’t meant to call you pantywaists. We love you. Now excuse us while we fall face first into something and sleep for the next ten hours.

Oh! One more thing! Our publisher is adding several cities to our little tour. Shout out the name of your metropolitan area if you think you’d like us to come pay a visit. They’re paying attention, so now’s your chance!

And thank you once again to all the BKs for their overwhelming support as we poledance our asses off for this little baby of ours. We couldn’t do it without y’all. Truth.

  • formerlyAnon

    AUSTIN.
    Austin, Texas that is. Not Austin Minnesota.

    Not so terribly far away from Houston, San Antonio or Dallas/Ft. Worth (well, a little farther there), once you’ve gotten half way across the country like that, so you could hit up a BUNCH of big-ish cities.

    • Frank_821

      Yes Austin which is central to all those other Texas cities. And shoot for the end of April/early May so you’ll be a faboo event occuring during Austin Fashion week!

      was that too subtle?

      • formerlyAnon

        Too subtle. Put it in another comment somewhere, all caps. Just in case the underling or intern the publisher has scanning the blog is tired or hungover.

    • Melissa Joulwan

      YES! Austin, Texas. Please, please, please.

    • MMS_SMS

      If you make it to Austin, swing by Houston!

    • SierraDelta

      But Austin, Minnesota, has the Spam Museum! Top that, Austin, Texas.

    • Jenna Ledford

      Yes, Austin! Or Dallas! I will drive to either!

  • Glam Dixie

    Y’all have got to come to Richmond, VA. Get some rest, have fun in Minnesota!

    • Sarah

      RICHMOND FTW!!!!

      • Grumpy Girl

        Yes, yes, yes! Richmond VA!!!!

  • @Biting Panda

    A T L A N T A !!!!!! FOR THE LOVE OF LUPITA!!
    It’s in Georgia. Find it on any map. Call me if you need directions.

    • decormaven

      Alrerady suggested the Dear Uncles pick a Barnes & Nobles near a MARTA stop. Perimeter looks like best bet. ATL offers good connections to other cities, and from what I can gather, there’s a pretty solid contingent of BKs in the metro area.

    • Dee

      Yes YEs please Atlanta. We’re so bitter and kitteny you wouldn’t believe. With Southern accents!

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        And don’t forget the modern Southern womanhood!

    • Renaissance_Man_ATL

      YES, ATLANTA! But not somewhere out in the burbs, please.

      • decormaven

        Yes- that’s why Perimeter may be best fit. Intowners can ride MARTA, those of us OTP can get there “easily”.

  • Jodi

    It is actually very sunny here. Incredibly cold, but still sunny. See you Sunday!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      You forgot to mention the motherf*cking snow.

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        There is so much motherfucking snow here right now. My nightmares are orchestrated by the sound of snowblowers.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          My house faces north. I won’t see my front yard until July or so.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            Just in time for flooding! Hooray!

      • KateShouldBeWorking

        And guess whose husband got the car stuck, part way into the driveway. Stupid road plow threw a whole mess of snow on up on my clean-blown driveway.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          As much as the snow plow is annoying, there is a *special* place in hell for the people who don’t move their vehicles for plowing. Tag & tow, my ass. The crap plowing in St Paul is legendary (and true!) and part of is due to these assholes. It ruins the street for the rest of the winter since they won’t plow the residual drifts because it might damage the blade.

          Sorry. I’m as surprised as anyone that I’ve become this incensed about plowing.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            You’ve got a shitty situation over there; I don’t blame you in the slightest for having strong feelings.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Yep. We’re going to be friends.

    • AnotherCelia

      The plows have been busy today, so perhaps we can all drive again tomorrow. It was SO PRETTY (even though I’m f-ing sick of winter). I kept humming “Lara’s Theme” with the balalaika music in my head, since it looked like that glorious scene in Doctor Zhvago. The bright blue sky and the super sunny day made all the ice/snow on the branches sparkle.

  • formerlyAnon

    Other than my greedy shout out, I’m skipping the Lounge, this evening. Working till I just can’t, and then also falling into bed. Party happy, friends. Be excellent to each other.

    • @Biting Panda

      I’ll have your shot.
      XoXo

      • formerlyAnon

        Sounds like a plan. XO, yourself.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Can I have your other one?

          • formerlyAnon

            Of COURSE!

            It’s virtual money so I’ll get a round for the house! (I am SO generous when it doesn’t cost me anything.)
            See all y’all later, or tomorrow or . . . soonish!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            You’re the BEST!

          • @Biting Panda

            I bet if we keep talking, we’ll get her to stay.

          • formerlyAnon

            You know me sooooo well.

            wait . . . it’s AS IF you know me!

            I really, really don’t want to work on this. Which is why the last few days have been hell and most of the next week will be as well. Been putting it off for weeks and weeks.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Are you implying that we don’t really know you? If so, I think I’m offended…you may have to buy me another drink.

          • formerlyAnon

            This is like when we were little and my brother kept talking to me after we were in bed for the night and we’d get yelled at but I just couldn’t NOT answer him.

            You only know my endless stories about my life, mostly the earlier portions of it (see above). And my age-inappropriate (except not really since I’ll never meet them) admiration for thinnish youngish men with nice bony faces. You are totally missing out on my most annoying traits and tics because, well, Internet.

            And I’m good with that. ;-)

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            So you’re saying we know parts of you that you think make you you. Even some of the dark parts. Excellent! Because that’s what you know about us.

            I still want another drink. (I always want another drink.)

          • @Biting Panda

            Lord. Given my total lack of boundaries and couth, I can only imagine what I have revealed about my true self.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!

            For mine is an evil laugh!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            …….I’m so sad that no one seems to know the quote…….

          • Beth

            Curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!

          • formerlyAnon

            Drink up. On me. I am reliably informed that virtual hangovers are a breeze. It’s only if you’re pouring the real stuff that you have to watch it.

            Now I’m ignoring you all and SUFFERING because I deserve it. If I had more discipline I’d be done with this long ago. *sigh* We get older, but the growing up seems to lag, somehow.

          • decormaven

            Suffering is highly overrated.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            + 10,000,000

          • formerlyAnon

            True. But sometimes necessary. Even self-inflicted.
            The one aphorism I can NEVER remember in time: “When you realize you’re in a hole, stop digging.”

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Of course, suffering is sometimes necessary – it’s a part of life, after all – but the “character building” and “spiritual growth” is a load of crap.

          • Eric Stott

            I’ll drink with you – do you have any vintage plaid pattern glasses?

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            If only! I must start scouring thrift stores!

          • @Biting Panda

            I’ve been doing the same. I may have to work a little this weekend, and it’s my own damn fault.

          • marlie

            Same here. {grumble}

          • @Biting Panda

            I’m a Sagittarius, spreadsheets will always get bumped to the bottom of the pile.

          • decormaven

            Procrastination is my middle name. [Lifts a glass in your general direction.]

  • Danielle

    Pass me some wine, We were unsuccessful at trying to get pregnant for another month… *wallows*

    • http://ayearofmommyhood.blogspot.com/ Tabby_abby

      Hugs. Ttc sucks.

    • @Biting Panda

      : (

      • Danielle

        :)

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      We love you!

      • Danielle

        And I love you!!

    • formerlyAnon

      Awww. I went through a mild go-round with that with my first, but drugs fixed things right up. Hope you are as lucky, soon. If you can, have a drink. And we’ll trust that soon enough you’ll be off the booze for 9 months!

      • Danielle

        I’ve been looking into Clomid but haven’t been able to work up the courage to ask my doctor yet.

        • formerlyAnon

          I can’t speak to what tests or procedures they might do because my experience was over 23 years ago. Medical practice changes. I did have to see a specialist (but, again medical practice changes.) I can say clomid gave me no side effects (except a bit more PMS, which as it came with more regular ovulation was good with me) and I was pregnant in under 6 months. It was a bigger deal than an annual visit, but not at all the series of wildly invasive procedures and tortured emotional rollercoaster infertility treatment sometimes is. I’d ask about it if you’re at the point that another period is seriously upsetting. (I’m of the opinion that being really upset about not conceiving, while hard to avoid, doesn’t improve the chances.) You don’t have to act on information if it’s not time for you yet.
          Also: I was very surprised to conceive the second child without assistance within a couple of months of going off birth control.

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

          Do ask.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      My brother and his wife tried for 10 years. They adopted a boy and were ready to be done when they finally conceived my niece. Take heart!

    • Aidan B

      Aww, sorry to hear that. Here’s hoping you have more success next month!

    • Musicologie

      Good luck. Hang in there.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Well, darn. Have a glass of wine, allow yourself a petite wallow and then plan on more quality time with the husband. Good luck to you,dear.

    • http://www.momforless.com/ Crystal

      Much love to you my friend. Been there and done that. Pour yourself a nice big glass.

    • Missy

      Oh honey. I’m so sorry. Husband and I are going through the same thing right now. Wine is the only upside. (Drinking some right now.)

    • marlie

      Sorry to hear that. I’ll be sending positive baby thoughts your way.

    • alyce1213

      I’ve been through it (years ago) and I want to send you good wishes. Don’t feel dejected by “unsuccesses” on the way and try to make the best of the effort. I don’t just mean the sex, I mean the whole experience, even though I know it may bring some physical discomfort and emotional challenges. I promise you, one way or another, however you can, you will build a family. And down the road, you’ll have the advantage, at certain times, of telling your children, like I do, how much trouble you went through to have them – an ace in the hole. xo

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

      I can’t imagine how that feels, so I will just send you a hug and buy you a drink.

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

      I’ve been there, more than a few months. thinking good thoughts.

  • GeoDiva

    Honolulu! The sunshine will do you a world of good!

  • http://ayearofmommyhood.blogspot.com/ Tabby_abby

    Come to Seattle!

  • BendinIntheWind

    Minneapolis!

    • AnotherCelia

      Well….it’s not like the Mall is THAT far away from Minneapolis! ;-)

      • BendinIntheWind

        Oh wow, reading comprehension…

  • Swiftlytiltingplanet

    I am looking forward to Sunday! My sister – who lives in Panama so I really don’t feel all that badly for her – is extremely jealous. And I will be bringing a piece of stationary to have signed for foodycatAlicia.

    Bring winter boots. Traction is more important than style.

    • KateShouldBeWorking

      You can’t look stylish if you’re wiping out all over the place.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Are you going to be at the Mall on Sunday? I think it would be fun for Bitter Kittens to convene…and perhaps have a cocktail. :-)

        • KateShouldBeWorking

          I will be and I’m down for booze! Any suggestions? I have zero preference, I’m a very flexible lush.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Yay!!! I was just thinking something in Mall, for simplicity’s sake. Or in the general vicinity.

            I am coming from St Paul. You?

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            New Hope. I agree that the Mall is easiest.

            I’d like to NOT do Hooters; I cannot stand the scrunch socks.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            No scrunch socks!

            I confess, I generally avoid the Mall (except for Nordstroms’ shoes and the Body Shop) like the plague, so I’m not totally sure what’s there.

            Shall we meet – and how will we know each other (and any other Bitter Kittens) – and the signing, squee our hearts out, and then have celebratory cocktails?

            Maybe we should have a Bitter Kitten sign on a stick. I find that oddly appealing.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            It wouln’t be in time for your meet-up, but perhaps the BK’s could convince Alex to creat a BK logo for Tom and Lorenzo’s minions!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I can’t believe we don’t have one!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Wouldn’t it be fun to have one? I picture a stylish and slightly disgruntled kitty lounging on a couch….

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            With a cocktail, of course.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Oh the cocktail is exactly the right touch!

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

            It’d have to be a chaise longue, I think!

          • SierraDelta

            You said chaise longue instead of chaise lounge. I love you truly, madly, deeply, Alicia!

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

            <3

          • marlie

            That would be so awesome… it would be the perfect “secret handshake.”

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            That makes perfect sense. Signing then boozing.

            I’ve decided to wear a grey, high-necked sweater-coat. Otherwise, I look mostly like that picture, but more haggard.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I will have on a red coat over a white/grey striped sweatshirt dress, black tights, and boots of some sort.

            I look nothing like a punch-out, fold-up Tardis. I have shoulder length dark hair (bangs!), red framed glasses, and have been known to answer to Damaris.

            I may also have Bitter Kittens on a stick. Because we should collect as many as we can.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            “On a stick” is how we Minnesotans roll.

            Looking forward to meeting you and all the other BKs we grab up!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Technically, I identify as a North Dakotan (I may have lived in Minnesota for 20 years, but I will always be FROM North Dakota), but “on a stick” makes everything better!

          • Call me Bee

            My two DDs lived in Minneapolis for a few years and were at the Mall every Sunday. I ventured there at least four times a year (we have relatives in Plymouth.) I’d love to join you, but, alas, it is not to be. Can’t make the trip this weekend.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Do we need to have a book signed for you?

          • Call me Bee

            I have the book–and I’m crossing my fingers for a Chicago signing. Thanks, though, for the offer. That’s very sweet. (Everyone knows how nice we Middlewesterners are… )

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Well, I’m getting a piece of stationery signed for Alicia…maybe we can get a bit of paper signed for you, too. Just in case.

          • Call me Bee

            That would seriously be awesome! (Have them sign it: To Toni, aka Call Me Bee. I’d absolutely swoon!!!)

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I’m sure we can do it!

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            I’ll do Bee, you do Alicia.

            Bee, I’ve got your request down and I’ll rustle up a nice piece of paper.

          • Call me Bee

            Oh my gosh you cannot know how excited I am right now. Squeeeee….

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            You’d do the same for us. :-)

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            Easy-peasy.

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            Bee! I’ve got your signatures! I was so distracted talking with Tom that I never told Lorenzo what was going on with the dual signing and almost screwed it up. Almost: we’re all good.

            Anyway, we gotta figure out how I get your address without splashing it all over the internet. I’m afraid I don’t have any clever suggestions. Thoughts?

          • Call me Bee

            Well….you can find me on Facebook: Antonija Mitt in Milwaukee and befriend me and we can PM…or–what the hell–one of my email addresses is–[email protected] It’s an address that will be going away soon, so it doesn’t matter if all the BKs see it. :) Send me an email and we can make arrangements. I am excited beyond repair! You’ll have to tell me all about it!

          • KateShouldBeWorking

            OK, Bee, I sent an email. Maybe check to make sure it went through and, if so, you can edit this post to get rid of the email address. Or not, do what you want ;)

          • Call me Bee

            Got t. Edit done. Thanks once again. So exciting….:)

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Perfect!

      • Missy

        Jumping on the thread to say YAY OTHER MINNESOTANS! :D

      • SierraDelta

        I never owned long johns till I moved to Edina. Nothing like a Polar Vortex to make you think Klondike Kate is your look.

        I can’t make it Sunday, but if you BKs do find a way to convene, feel free to raise an actual glass for me and all of the other missing Kittens.

        • KateShouldBeWorking

          I wear long underwear as leggings all the time. Tres chic.

          • SierraDelta

            Where do you get yours?! Mine are definitely not suitable as outerwear, except around home. As long as I’m alone.

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

      You are a kind and generous person! Thank you so much!

  • Aurora Leigh

    Ooh! Come to Denver!

    • cbt22

      Yes! Denver!

      • mini_d

        YES! Denver!

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

    Brooklyn! Technically it’s a separate city from NYC (separately incorporated). ;) (Ah, but I would hate for other BKs to miss out, but fingers crossed y’all come back and I get to meet you personally and not just vicariously). <3

    Also, who else is watching Under The Gunn because it's so bad? I feel a little bad for Nick, who is not coming off well at all (bad editing combined with likely producer-encouraged bad instincts), and the entire show is just so incoherent most of the time.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Me, too! Isabella threw him completely under the bus! He replied that, yes, there had been some difficulties, and he has been pilloried!

      • alyce1213

        Anya’s been a cool customer, but her team was in the bottom this week, as it was the week before last. Somewhere in the coming attractions I heard her saying she’d have to re-evaluate how she’s mentoring, and someone on her team fearing that “nice” Anya was going away.
        Nick’s been too controlling, but I gotta say I don’t know how his head didn’t explode from Isabel. What a nightmare. She may be a wonderfully creative loon, but she was thoroughly out of touch. His team miraculously pulled out a good mini-collection last night, once they started to play nice. Mondo’s team was meh, and Anya’s team had two pretty bad pieces — Nicholas’ being worse.
        (I do realize, of course, that this is all manipulated.)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          From these descriptions I feel that in skipping “Under the Gunn” that I’m not missing much.

        • SouthernGirlRena

          I do think Isabel is nutty as a fruitcake but i she is good designer. She was obviously incapable working in the timeline they have to on these shows. But I kind of wanted to tell Nick to shut up too. They had a brief time to decide what they wanted to make and sketch it out and he would not stop talking long enough for them to think, much less sketch. All that to say, she needed to go, Nick is getting bad editing, and this show is sooo bad. I don’t know why I keep watching it.

          • alyce1213

            True, Nick wouldn’t shut up and his team did better once he did. I guess I watch for the clothes, the spurts of creativity. But I don’t watch the first broadcast. I’ll watch later on DVR and speed through some of the nonsense. Actually, the drama hasn’t been anywhere near as bizarre as a typical PR season. But the show is pretty bad.

          • Sarah

            Yeah, I watch for the creativity too. Much as I feared, the format is proving eminently cumbersome, though. It’s fascinating to me that it seems that it is turning the into “What movie is premiering this week? Make an outfit inspired by it!” show. Better than yogurt I guess?

        • aahlife

          Anya’s team being on the bottom and not eliminating anyone which would put her down to just two people reminded me of the blatant favorism of her own season so she would not lose.

      • MoHub

        If anyone has thrown Nick under the bus, it’s the producers. They have done everything in their editing power to make him the villain of the series, but I just don’t see it. I will root for him to the bitter end.

        • Sarah

          He is not that bad, I agree, but I do get the feeling that he just wants to be making the outfits himself. Too much hands-on is a legit problem, mentor-wise. I really liked all his team made this time, though, so things are looking up?

        • SRQkitten

          I’m with you on the Nick editing, it just seems like they have story arcs they’re working and (my cynical mind at work here) because Nick is so from the much better Bravo years, he’s their natural choice to edit as villain. I knew his group was going to win this past week because the story arc of pulling it together as a team was so obvious. He also had something of last dibs on the designers who seemed to choose Mondo and Anya (why on her I’ll never understand) which means he’s may have the harder lot to mentor. He needs to step back just a mite though or he”ll be weaving his own noose.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I was soooooo aggravated that Anya didn’t lose a designer last night. Why didn’t they throw Nicholas off? That outfit was so amateurish and horrendous. There was no excuse for those fraying, asymmetrical, hand-cut diamonds. Total producer manipulation, and if I were Nick or Mondo, I would be crying FOUL to the rooftops.

      I agree that Nick is coming off badly, but my god, the two women in his group are whiny and lame. I felt Oscar’s pain in dealing with them. Natalia’s drama queenish, “Oh, Nick hates me! How do I know? I JUST KNOW!” made my eyes roll hard.

      • JMB_edits

        I’ve been wondering who Nicholas has compromising pictures of that he is still there. Twice he should have gone home for boring and poorly made clothes and it was manipulated to keep him there.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          I have seen nothing of the “potential” they keep citing as his reason for remaining. In a competition where one designer is kicked off each week, why would they suddenly choose not to kick someone off? And more to the point, why do they need to keep trying to make Anya happen? Because that is the real question here, am I right?

          • Carrps

            HA. Indeed. Anya is so NOT happening. I was extremely pissed that she didn’t lose a team member. Ugh.

          • aahlife

            Anya’s team being on the bottom and not eliminating anyone which would put her down to just two people reminded me of the blatant favorism of her own season so she would not lose. I do not understand why the producers are so enamored with her.

          • alyce1213

            You’re right, you are.

        • MoHub

          My theory as well. His work has been meh at best, and more often, it’s been truly auf-worthy. I even wonder whether the producers made Anya eliminate Brady in favor of Nicholas when that decision was made.

    • DeTrop

      Under The Gunn is turning out to be another ho-hum show. We had our cray-cray moments with Isabella and all I can say is good riddance. Tim Gunn is disappointing in that he has focused his attention on Nick, who was dealing with Miss Cray-Cray and who was also driving Tim over the edge. Now she is gone and Tim is still criticizing Nick. Nick may be too hands on but both Mondo and Anya are too laid back. Mondo, I feel, thinks he’s a sure winner and is too cool for school. Anya is in over her head as we can see from the last 2 weeks. Tim should focus more of his attention on Anya. She escaped, yet again, by not losing a member of her team even though they were the losers. I can’t figure this out. They open the show with ‘one member of the winning team will win $5K and one member of the losing team will go home’. Or may be not. Let’s see which team is the loser and then we’ll decide what to do. They’re losing credibility with each show. Tim should pull himself together and right this ship.

      • Call me Bee

        Yeah–that was just a huge cop-out last night. I actually liked the white dress with the bandages, though it really was badly sewn. And the outfir with the diamond trim was plain awful. Nicholas should have certainly gone home.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I confess, I quit watching last night after the whole “I know I’m Nick’s least favorite”.

          Apparently I can only watch it when I’m in the mood to be annoyed.

          Also, Tim makes me sad.

          • Call me Bee

            I’m not sure why I do watch–perhaps out of loyalty to the PR franchise. There were some interesting designs last night, and now I want to see the Getty Villa, or wherever the heck they were to be inspired. But the pandering to the sponsors is just cringe-inducing. Every challenge has a tie-in to a commercial. Ugh.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            It’s not the PR franchise, it’s Tim.

          • Call me Bee

            Well…yeah.

          • Carrps

            The Getty Villa is a cool place. It’s a copy of a villa in Naples IIRC, and situated so that when you look out at the ocean (it’s on a bluff above PCH), the view is nearly identical to the view the original villa had.

    • Lisa_Co

      What an awful show! I didn’t think PR could get worse but it has. I’ve been watching the Olympics, DVRing UTG & then forwarding through most of it. However, I have been loving the Fashion Fund on Ovation. Anyone else watching that?

  • KateShouldBeWorking

    Super-excited to see you guys on Sunday! If you get in early and wanna see something uncommon but deeply Minnesotan, check out the Crashed Ice event on Saturday.

  • sienna elm

    Ottawa (Canada)…or Montreal or Toronto – I’d drive there if it’s on the weekend. xo

    • Anna

      I second Toronto! But would also make a trip to Ottawa or Montreal.

  • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

    PITTSBURGH!

  • crash1212

    SAN FRANCISCO!

    • another_laura

      If only I could upvote more than once! San Francisco San Francisco San Francisco!!!

      • Janet B

        San Francisco!

    • random_poster

      There are also plenty of Barnes & Noble locations south of San Francisco, too. If your West Coast tour only hits weekdays, we Silicon Valley ilk would be eternally grateful for you to come visit us here (i.e. weekday traffic SUCKS).

    • Jacob Bowen

      San Francisco the week of May 12th-17th!!! I will be there!

    • CF_SF

      Yes! The Bay Area! (But maybe bring your own water.)

  • Maria Photinakis

    Boston! Oh please oh please oh please!

    • Nice_Shirt

      Please come to Boston in the springtime…

    • Sweetpea176

      Yes, count me in for Boston, too!

      Also, are you guys going to be too busy for RPDR Season 6? I haven’t seen anything about it here on TLo — did I miss something? Am I the last to know? I’m always the last to know.

      We (this Bitter Kitten and a friend as yet uninitiated to TLo) are starting up a second RPDR watch party in Boston (in JP, the gayest zip code in the land, for you Bostonian Kittens), so I’m even MORE obsessed with this show now, if that’s even possible! Massive marathon re-watch, collecting of fun facts and trivia questions, purchase of “sequinsed” clothes! What will we do without a TLo recap and BK commentary?!

  • JimiG

    PASADENA, CA!

    • serenab44

      Yes Vroman’s would be perfect!

      • Carrps

        Vroman’s would be awesome!!!!!

        • tired_mommy

          Agreed!

  • somebody blonde

    San Francisco or Oakland!

  • charlotte

    Indianapolis. Pretty please.

    • http://www.momforless.com/ Crystal

      Yes! This! Come to Indy!

  • boldprint

    Cleveland, pretty please?

  • vitaminC

    Chicago! Weather’s crap, but the food is le awesome.

    • http://wineandwhiskeygirl.blogspot.com Amanda Semrick

      Yes! Chicago!!!

    • homofascist

      Oh hell yes Chicago!

    • Sofia Bentivoglio

      CHICAGO!!!!!! PLEASE!!!!!

    • BadWolf99

      Please, please, please come to Chicago! Anderson’s, Unabridged Books, lots of options!

      • Lexie

        Seconding Unabridged here in Chicago!

    • Jacob Bowen

      Please Chicago!!!!!!

    • TropiCarla

      I will happily mob any Chicagoland location. Make it happen, publishers!!!

  • Genesis Hansen

    Orange County, CA (or anywhere in Southern California – LA, San Diego…)

    • Rand Ortega

      Both works for me, too. South Coast Plaza would be killer. Use to love blowing my paycheck there.

      • Genesis Hansen

        South Coast Plaza is great! Do they have a book store there anymore, though?

        • Rand Ortega

          OMG. SCP does NOT have a bookstore anymore. Tragic. There’s is a Barnes & Noble across the street.

          • Carrps

            Heh, I used to drive an hour to shop at SCP, but haven’t been there for years. It’s probably massively changed since I was last there. I was so sad when Piret’s was closed.

    • Sabrina Stern

      San Diego! Come to Warwick’s in La Jolla, its neat the beach and amongst all the designer stores!

  • Luv2Birdie

    SEATTLE!!!

    • rainwood1

      Yes, definitely Seattle. We are one of the biggest demographics for both PR (before the Lifetime move) and Downton Abbey. We may not dress well, but we have excellent taste.

      • Elana Bryan

        Seattle or Portland would be fine…I’ll drive 2.5 hours if I have to! C’mon TLo!!!

  • RohanMBN

    San Francisco!

  • Aidan B

    I’m house-sitting this weekend and plan to take full advantage of my parents’ liquor cabinet once I get there. To your success, uncles! And cheers to the bitter kittens as well!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Hooray for parents’ liquor cabinets!

  • DamiaRain

    Oh please come to Saint Louis!!

    !!!!

    Happy weekend!

    • CPK1

      Left Bank Books downtown would be a perfect venue!

  • Musicologie

    Santa Barbara! It’s warm and beautiful here. I think you’ll get a kick out of it.

    Anyway, thanks to other BKs for the kind words last week. It looks as though my husband may be starting a new job next week (he was told in person that he has it, but the follow-up has been less certain), so this bout of unemployment wasn’t as long as the really scary one we had in 2008. We’re not out of the woods yet, but…there’s reason to be optimistic. Thanks again for being such lovely people.

    I love this lounge. I want to drape myself over the corner of one of those couches, wineglass in hand, throw back my head, and laugh. About anything.

    • decormaven

      Thank the heavens for swift action on the job front. Fingers crossed the deal is knitted up pronto.

      • Musicologie

        Thanks! We just got word that it’s a go. Whew!

        • @Biting Panda

          CHEERS!!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Good things do happen!

        • decormaven

          Now that is serendipity! Woo hoo!

        • formerlyAnon

          YAY!

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

          Hurrah! Drinks are on you ;)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Here, Here! Allow me to join the congratulatory chorus!

        • SRQkitten

          YAY! Good news is always welcome!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Hooray!

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

      Good luck! My husband had an interview last week and is still waiting to hear. It’s a dismal process.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    Tampa Bay, Florida or Miami area. You know you want to come to Florida in the winter….

    • SRQkitten

      Tampa or Orlando! then Miami. After the wretched winter you’ve had, doesn’t it sound wonderful to go somewhere without having to pack boots or coats? And SUNSHINE!! We have it!

  • NDC_IPCentral

    So happy to hear that the book tour is going from success to success. Hope the book sales are rocketing, too.

    Lots of fog made for a dismal afternoon here north of Manhattan today, with a little thunder and rain to aid a bit of melting, but there’s a lot of concrete-consistency snow out there that isn’t going anywhere quickly. Outside of two loads of laundry and getting well into Catherine Coulter’s and J.T. Ellison’s “The Final Cut” (good Topkapi-like thriller) I’ve been doing not much today.

    No interest in “Under the Gunn.” While I think Tim Gunn is a lovely gentleman he seems never to be able to carry a television show as a principal. He’s better used and more comfortable as a supporting player.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Good assessment of Tim Gunn, I think. For him to be more effective on a TV show he needs a co-host who has a bit of an edge so that his gentility can be a counterpoise.

    • Call me Bee

      Hi NDC! Nice to see you again.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Hi, Bee! I was out of town last weekend, not Lounge-accessible. And how are things in Dairyland?

        • Call me Bee

          Oh same-ol’. Weather has been…challenging…so I’ve been stuck at home a lot. Watching the Olympics a lot–did you all see what the ice skaters were wearing? Fun to watch.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            You guys in the Midwest have had a real wallop this year. My sis has been telling me (as has the weather section in the paper) that SE MI hadn’t been above 32 until yesterday since the 1st of the year, and 75+ inches of snow. I lay that on any of the folks ’round these parts when they get to griping.

            This is probably unAmerican, or unOlympian, but I have not watched any of the Olympics save for what was on the big TVs at my gym last week W and last night. I look at the coverage in the NYT – just a skim, and … just don’t care. So fraught and all. I guess I’ve watched too many Olympics…. I did watch a fair amount of the London Summer Games, but then again, I was at home during my medical leave that summer, and I’d have it on while I was doing tasks here in my study. Now my cable company (and it IS the cable company, as friends have tried to help to no avail) has hexed the TV I have in here so the remote won’t work, nor the manual buttons, so…. another reason not to bother. Yes, I need to call them for tech support, but… I just don’t bother.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I haven’t watched any of the Olympics. Partly because I’m not that interested and partly because if we boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics because the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan why didn’t we boycott this one because of the way they’re treating their own people?

          • NDC_IPCentral

            I agree. And I remember that 1980 boycott, too. I’m that old, and older.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            As am I. I also know exactly where I was when we beat the Soviet Union in hockey that year.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Well, I probably watched a bit of the 1960 Olympics with my dad, and I’m sure I did with him for ’64, and I remember the ’68 ones in Mexico because that was just before I started college…. I remember the summer games better than the winter ones. I guess I’m a sucker for track and field!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Mark Spitz in 1972 when I was 11 (I’m sorry that I’m that much younger than you :-) ) is what I remember. I’ve never been all that interested in the Olympics. But that 1980 hockey thing was A Moment.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Spitz of course with his 7 medals and his TIME Magazine cover! 1980 WAS A Moment. The first “USA! USA!” chanting.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I was at the ND State High School Wrestling Tournament. They halted the competition and announced that the US had beat the Soviet Union. The whole place went nuts. It was Proud. The movie “Miracle” makes me cry.

          • 3boysful

            Same age. Huge deal–one of the sororities at my school invited the entire hockey team to their formal. They couldn’t make it.

          • Call me Bee

            I’ve always loved the winter games–and now we just go ape-shit when the Estonian flag and atheletes come in. Before 1990, they were under the Soviet flag. Booooooo. But I like the winter sports much better.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            Do you have Estonian roots? I was in Tallinn for a day as part of a Baltic cruise in August ’11, and Tallinn was one of the high points of the trip for me. Good beer there, seriously good beer on a hot day ( snagged a cold one at a kiosk on the quay going back to the ship at the end of sightseeing, that was a real pleasure), which has to resonate with a Milwaukee gal…..

          • Call me Bee

            Oh yes–my mother was off the boat in 1951. Last September, The Hubs (whose parents were both Estos) and I were in Tallinn and took a side trip over to the island of Saaremaa, where my mother was born and raised. You are correct Very good beer, and excellent fish. And such a cool Old Town.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            The Old Town was the walking tour we had from the ship, but after it ended, one of the ladies I was traveling with was game enough to leave the Old Town with me and cross over to a shopping mall across a highway. It was fun to get inside and see what was displayed, the prices, and I was tickled to wander through a grocery there, too. Always like to go into regular-folk stores (though this was probably a little high-end) to get a sense of the area and people.

          • Call me Bee

            Oh me, too. We stayed in the apartment of a friend (his city apt–he had a house in the country) and it was just a few blocks from the Old Town in a neighborhood called “Kassisaba which means “cat tail”. Went to the neighborhood C-store often and felt like a native.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Really. Can I be your friend and travel with you?

          • Call me Bee

            Absolutely. We’re going back this July for the big song festival. 20,000 people on stage with 100,000 watching in the ampitheatre. Should be interesting…

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            That’s so amazing. For all intents and purposes, I have no family.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Our friend’s mom(who is 92 plus and sharp as a tack) gave me a book about the Singing Revolution for Christmas a few years back-really fascinating reading and insight into Estonian culture.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Mr. B3 and I have a very good friend who is Estonian-Americans. Her parents immigrated before she and her twin sis were born(sis is sadly deceased). They all made a trip back to Estonia in the 1990’s after the demise of the Soviet Union, and took their father’s ashes home to interred in Estonia. They have a video of that-very moving.

          • Call me Bee

            That is exactly what The Hubs and I did last summer. My mother’s ashes were buried with her parents, and The Hubs’ mother’s ashes were scattered in the harbor, where his dad’s ashes were scattered 30 years earlier. I guess they all want to go home….

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Our friends’ father had been a noted literary figure in Estonia before the Russians moved in,so being able to take his ashes back meant a great deal to them. I think that his work wasn’t published in Estonia during the Soviet years.

          • MoHub

            I’m a year younger than you, and the 1960 Olympics are the first I remember. Lake Placid was interesting because one of my former college Art professors had a project on display there, so I had an OMG moment.

            However, the Olympics just haven’t been “right” since they split the summer and winter games over 2-year increments.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’m right there, with you, NDC! Remember the 1980 boycott of the Moscow games.

          • MilaXX

            I remember those and the 72 Olympics (the source I suspect of my Olympics love). I think thing are bad, but I also think we are seeing more of it because of social media. I’m watching but I watch very little of NBC’s primetime coverage. I watch as much as possible live on the other sports channels.The coverage is better. Seriously who knew Johnny Weir had it in him t knuckle down and give good commentary? I get a feeling they sent him to make an anti gay statement but thought he’d be all glitter and no substance, yet he and Tara are really good AND glittery.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            “I think things are bad, but I also think we are seeing more of it because of it because of social media I’m watching but I watch very little of NBC’s primetime coverage.”

            This is not the place for this sort of discussion, and I don’t intend to have it, but I have to ask: WTF does that even mean?!

          • MilaXX

            Sorry 2 separate thoughts.
            1. I’m not not watching because the the governments crappy stance for a variety of reasons, but (in general) because I don’t think this is the first Olympics games in a country with crappy laws & conditions. It’s just the first with this much social media coverage. Didn’t mean to spark a debate on whether or no the US should have boycotted, just that I don’t buy the 1980 boycott as a precedent for boycotting.
            2. (entirely separate thought). I dislike NBC primetime coverage. It’s sucks for many reasons. I prefer the live coverage on the other sports channels.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Thanks for explanation.
            1. Of course this isn’t the first Olympics in a country filled with crap. And, yes, social media is providing information about conditions in Russia. On the other hand, there’s quire a bit of “normal” media as to what’s going on in Russia, in general, and in Sochi, in particular. And Putin IS a thug. In 1980 we boycotted because the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. In 2014 we know that they’re treating their own citizens like crap. Why are we there?
            2.I don’t care.

          • Lisa_Co

            We are there because the Cold War is over and we need to work with Russia on a variety of international issues (Syria being the most important one currently).

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

            Would be nice if TLo did a summary post of Weir’s commentary outfits. That pink coat was EXTRA fabulous! Tara just can’t compete with him.

          • Lisa_Co

            Johnny & Tara are great & I love seeing ALL the skaters, not just those NBC decides to cover in prime time. Just sorry I didn’t discover their coverage until the women’s events.

          • MilaXX

            I found them quite by accident. I haven’t like the primetime time shifting coverage sine they started it. The year Beijing hosted I realized the other sports networks carried live time coverage and this past summer games I discovered the livestreams of the opening games. Anyway I’m an Olympics fan so I just find it a more satisfying experience. Also the Fug gals have been doing a great job of recapping the games and Johnny’s outfits.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            A friend cued me in on Johnny and Tara’s commentary, and I watched their coverage of the ladies’ free skate. I did like seeing that on NBC Sports Network that they showed all of the competitors who qualified for the long program.

          • SRQkitten

            I couldn’t stand the inane comments of the NBC skating commentary but somehow missed Johnny &Tara’s commentary – were they only on in the daytime? Haven’t heard of NBC sports network, most likely due to my complete lack of interest in the dozens of sports channels in my cable package. Drat! Would have loved to see the full show of skaters not just NBC prime times stupid packaging and cutting here and there with other events. ( very bitter kitten on this!)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Tara and Johnny did the commentary during the live coverage, which was during daytime. I thought they were a big improvement over the prime time coverage-among other things, they tended to talk less during the performances;they didn’t seem to feel the need to blather for no reason, unlike the prime time.

          • SRQkitten

            Drat! This work thing gets in the way sometimes. Yeah, the inanities the prime time commentators had to offer was dreadful, there’s a drinking game to be had with all of the times one hears how “she had to really work for that” or “a really beautiful program”…. I could have watched more happily minus the blather.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I heartily dislike NBC’s prime time Olympic coverage, so I’m also a very BK about that. I know that Scott Hamilton has a lot of fans, but for me he’s played out. I’d be happy if they retired all of their prime time skating talking heads and went with Johnny and Tara for the next Winter games.

  • Call me Bee

    Milwaukee! Wisconsin, not Oregon.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Isn’t Milwaukee, WI, the only real one?

      • Call me Bee

        Well of course. The Milwaukee in Oregon is actually Milwaukie and that’s just not right.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Good god!

          • Call me Bee

            I could live with TLo in Chicago, too. Though I like Mlps better, it’s 5 hours away. Chi is a mere 90 minutes (for most humans–sometimes I make it in 70-75…)

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            *whispers* I have never been to Chicago.

          • Call me Bee

            Oh well then come on down! Really–lots of folks here in MKE complain about the traffic and all, but I like it. My DH is from Chicago–and it’s a fun city. We can show you around.
            I was going to say I have such an affinity for Mpls and MN, feel like we’re (Wisconsinites and Minnesotans) like twins. Well–except for that Packers/Vikings thing, but I don’t care about that. I feel the same about N Dakota-ites. Have met a lot in Mpls.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I would be delighted to meet you. :-) And even roam around Milwaukee or the Cities.

            The Vikings/Packers thing is only fun if you know a rapid fan for the (whichever) opposing team to torment. Other than the actual games, I mean.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            A wonderful, wonderful city. Three g/fs of mine from the dorm (and floor, and corridor) we lived in for our first two years at The Maize And Blue U and I got together for a we’re now all 60+ reunion in Chicago (where one lives) back in May ’11 and had an outstanding time. The Field Museum of Natural History! The Art Museum!! The Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in Oak Park. It was a grand, grand time, and we’re thinking of reprising it in a year or so.

          • decormaven

            “whispers” Neither have I.

          • Jacob Bowen

            70-75 isn’t that unreasonable…you just have to prepared to slow down when you get toward the border on 94…Kenosha cops are MEAN!

  • JenJW

    COME TO CHICAGO! We love you here.

  • Emily

    Come to Portland, OR! Pacific Northwest Kittens would love to meet you! :)

  • dash1211

    Little Rock! We could get Korto to come!!

  • bitchybitchybitchy

    Darlings, meeting you was such fun last night! Loved Tom’s reading from the RC chapter, and both T and Lo were so generous in answering questions, and signing books! Safe travels to Minneapolis tomorrow!

  • Nice_Shirt

    North Carolina, please! Now I know you’ll be tempted to hit either Raleigh or Charlotte, because those are the 2 big metropolitan areas. But if you come to Greensboro, you’re smack in between and Bitter Kittens from both cities would have a manageable drive.

    • 3boysful

      OK, that would be my second choice!

    • formerlyAnon

      And, Greensboro is a short drive from Winston-Salem, home to Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem State University (some of those girls turn themselves OUT), Salem College (traditionally women’s college) the NC School for the Arts, and a fair number of hip young (and no longer young) people who choose to live in a comparatively culturally rich small city. In other words, I bet there is a fond Bitter Kitten contingent there.

      (I am completely unbiased. That I used to live there has Absolutely No Bearing. None.)

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

        Madam, I can’t help but notice that you are posting when you said you were not going to be in the lounge this weekend. Have you finished your work or do we have to just ignore you until you go finish up?

        • formerlyAnon

          Popping in here is my reward for working! If I go 8 or 9 hours without at least checking to see if anyone’s posted it probably means I’ve diverted myself to cleaning or cooking or doing taxes – all things I would be blithely ignoring on a Saturday if I wasn’t supposed to be working. Now, if I’m here conversing for an hour then yes, beat me with sticks. Or, ignore me.

          • Sarah

            I have a friend who is working on her dissertation for the fiftieth year it seems like. She puts things on FB like graphics that say “Keep Calm and Finish Your Dissertation” and status updates that say “If you catch me on here, tell me to get back to work!” So, naturally, we do, and she will be gone for a day, and then her compulsive need to spread every media conspiracy IN THE WORLD overtakes her, and next thing you know, she’s back on FB with articles about how eating quinoa is ruining the lives of native Bolivians. In her defense, I think her doctorate is about media something or other, so it is sort of her work, but really. Girl is not practicing what she preaches.

          • formerlyAnon

            Your friend could be me, except wrong subject of dissertation and I’m probably 15-20 years older. Also, I waste time here, rather than FB. (Though, man. That quinoa story bummed me out when it went around because I cook a lot of quinoa). #guilt #procrastination #anxiety #avoidancebehaviors #FUN

          • Sarah

            This is also where I waste time. Or enjoy myself. Which is generally a mutual thing, I find. I am both working a shift and writing a paper on Ancient Jewish Sectarianism while I man the book return. Why I am I here??? But then, why am I writing the paper? Because YOU made me feel guilty ;) So I wouldn’t be doing it if I hadn’t been hanging around on TLo today. Justification! Yess.

          • formerlyAnon

            Well yay! I will count getting you to work on your paper while at work (EXCELLENT use of time) as my good deed for the day.
            I am flagging. Just sidetracked into a “discussion” with my son who is a more . . . intense? idealistic? young! that’s the one! feminist than I am over some cultural tropes that he is astounded and offended do not much offend me. It is so hard to struggle against the criminal indifference of old people. I remember it well. ;-)

          • Sarah

            Well, that’s the truth. It is hard when you’re not a kid anymore, too. I’m an INFP. That’s idealistic to the max in Meyers Briggs terms. Life is hard on us types. Offended kids are sweet. He has a good chance of getting what youngsters like to think of as jaded in time enough, right? Re: the paper, I actually enjoyed trying to figure out how to make my keyboard type Hebrew with all the correct accent marks. Total nerd satisfaction! And thank you. It needed to be done!

          • SRQkitten

            Team INFP!! We are small in numbers but help make the world such a better place!

          • Sarah

            Yeah! That’s what I tell myself when people don’t understand that I have FEELINGS and loyalty is a VIRTUE for chrissake.

          • SRQkitten

            She might be doing something similar to what I did. “X” number of pages gets you a break, TLo was one of my absolutely favorite brain breaks because it was well written and funny, which is exactly what the almost-doctor needed. It’s such an endurance course, with massive hoop jumps throughout. Good friends are a huge help.

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

            Fair enough! Hope the work isn’t too much of a drag.

          • formerlyAnon

            People the world over (even here, in these United State) would kill for the opportunity to struggle under my burdens. That said, I am flagging. I am soooooo tired of feeling a combination of pressure and mental fatigue. (yup. “first world problems” “entitled first world problems, even.”)

          • @Biting Panda

            I do the same. Today was basketball games and a grocery run. I’m looking forward to some chilling and maybe outside painting with the kids tomorrow.

      • decormaven

        Are you a native Tar Heel? I am.

        • formerlyAnon

          Nah. My formative first 5 years were spent in New Jersey & Connecticut. But then I moved to NC and except for 18 months in Minnesota and 2 years in Boston, stayed there till I was 23. Miss it sometimes. (ETA: I still go back most years to visit family and friends. But I miss the way the seasons smell as they turn – think that’s one of those things that get ingrained in you if you grow up mostly in one place.)

          • decormaven

            Completely understand. I’m a child of the South- born in NC and have moved all over the South during my lifetime.

  • Stubenville

    FOR THE FIRST TIME IN PROJECT RUNWAY HISTORY… I said “meh” and watched a home remodeling show instead. Okay, it’s actually Under the Gunn but still, it’s turned out to be better than Ambien at putting me to sleep. Just give it to Mondo and rerun old D grade movies, Lifetime.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Oh, Stubenville! How I’ve missed you!

      • Call me Bee

        Me, too! Hi!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Clearly he doesn’t care about us the way we care about him. Bastard.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      So. You popped in. And then you left. You’re mean.

  • JMB_edits

    Charlotte, NC. Let us southern kittens show you some hospitality!

    • 3boysful

      I voted for Charlotte, too! The Southpark Barnes & Noble!

  • rebeemoon

    Come to Boston! Brookline Booksmith, one of the most successful independent bookstores in the country, has its own room attached for readings that seats 100+. We’ll treat you right.

  • Tracy_Flick

    Anchorage!!! Oh, I’m being silly. I’m SURE we’re already on your itinerary, fashion-forward metropolis that we are.

    • @Biting Panda

      Anchorage??? You’re an Alaskan Kitten? That’s cool.

      • Tracy_Flick

        I am indeed! I love the irony of nit-picking designer fashions while I (and everyone I know) wears clothes that would be snubbed by vagrants in the rest of the country.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Oh, I don’t know. I’m originally from North Dakota. I suspect Alaska has higher standards.

  • ballerinawithagun

    Palm Springs/Palm Desert during El Paseo Fashion Week. You’ll accomplish two events at once!

  • LisaS

    Portland, OR – Powell Books (best damn bookstore in the whole USofA)!

  • Frank_821

    Thinking about people’s comments so far today about Under the Gunn, it dawned on me one of things that is hurting the premise. Tim should not be in the workroom at all. He’s mentoring the contestants on top of the team mentors. And he’s mentoring the mentors on mentoring. He should have just left them to their own devices and kept his distance from the contestants. he should just stick to hosting and give advice to Nick, Anya and Mondo only if they ask him directly

    I agree that Chicago would be a good stop. It probably is in the works since it’s a major city that should be relatively easy to get to

    That being said I’m under orders to scream AUSTIN! again…..lol….

    what can I say. I want them here and I have to make sure the publishers can hear me.

    • formerlyAnon

      Good job!

      • @Biting Panda

        !busted!

        • formerlyAnon

          Girl, I am desperate.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        So. How’s that “work” thing going for you?

        AUSTIN.

        • formerlyAnon

          I worked for . . . . a whole hour of the 80-ish minutes I’ve been away from the blog. And I AM going back, because if I don’t get this package of stuff together and out tonight I am going to be doing everything else under a black cloud of “does not meet deadlines.” BLURGHHHHH. (We all know I’m not 13 or even 19, but that’s all the maturity I’ve got going now.)

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I’m very proud of you.

          • Frank_821

            if it helps, I’ve been working late trying to trouble some problematic results in my experiments. I am just done for the night and heading home to my little puppy dog

  • Fanny_Trollope

    Please come to Boston. In the springtime. Or whenever.

  • http://www.momforless.com/ Crystal

    Indianapolis! Bring some sunshine to this barren wasteland.

  • Morgan

    Cleveland, OH!! Please come see us.

  • NMMagpie

    I vote Denver or Phoenix. Since you will definitely not be coming to Albuquerque, that’s my vote as I could make the drive to see you. :)

    As to Under the Gunn: I thought it was hilarious that Nick’s team did much better without him there. Oscar’s garment was without a doubt, the best thing he’s produced yet.

    Nick’s stubborn insistence on needing to be “Hands-On Nick” is not only cringe-worthy said aloud but in all probability, in his mind only. I just laughed when he was telling his team he’s been to Pompeii and he knows what that needs to look like. Way to go literal.

    Anya was one big MEH this week. Nicholas should have gone home. I think they are keeping him on to justify Anya’s aufing of Brady, which is looking more and more like a mistake. And what was she saying about not throwing a team member of hers under the bus? OOPS… she’s already done it!!

    I wish Mondo’s team had gotten more love than they did. Yeah, they went literal but at least nothing was terrifically awful.

    I agree with @Frank_821:disqus; the overlapping mentoring is not good. And @NDC_IPCentral:disqus has it right about Tim as a supporting player. If only he weren’t so dang popular… :)

    • http://sayanayogaslu.com Island_Mo

      I was so thinking that Nick should not get a prize if someone from his team wins because he is stifling their creativity. I LOVE Mondo’s team. Nicholas really needs to go home.

  • Saturnine

    MIAMI– The lovely Books & Books in Coral Gables :-)

    • VictoriaDiNardo

      I agree – but counter with MIAMI BEACH BOOKS AND BOOKS – because BEACH! ( but I will travel to CG if I have to…..)

  • carolynmo

    St. Louis!!! Please! I could help organize if extra assistance is needed.

  • another_laura

    SAN FRANCISCO – Seriously, not coming to San Francisco would be like breaking some kind of rule, wouldn’t it?????

  • tinyredlocks

    Come to Jersey! Not all of us can cross the river to get to the city for a book signing and we love you here!!!!

    • MilaXX

      South Jersey? I’m hoping they do. More importantly I’m hoping the weather on the East coast will ease up enough to give me a chance to attend a book signing.

      • tinyredlocks

        I’m in North Jersey. But I’m willing to meet in the middle. Central Jersey!!

        • MilaXX

          Ah, couldn’t tell if it was cross the bridge into NY or cross the bridge to Philly. I’m down with anywhere I can get to on the East coast.

  • travelingcat

    AUSTIN, TX – We have to be the bitterest kitten city in Texas, you would love it here. :)

    • Frank_821

      Plus if they come during Austin Fashion week, they might be around for the runway shows from the PR All Stars that are coming

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        PR All Stars? Explain.

        • Frank_821

          One of the runway nights is devoted to PR designers . Friday May 2nd I believe. They haven’t announced who the deisgners will be but Christian won’t be amongst them, alas.

          Some of the folks from the last PR All Stars did a charity show here in Austin back on Labor Day weekend for AIDs hospice. Daniel (of course) along with Jeffrey, Melissa and Mychael. It’s possible they may be in this show

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            How fun!

  • Erica

    Dallas! We’re just up the road from lovely Austin, and it’s quite nice here in the Spring (the Summer sucks sweaty balls, of course).

  • Alyssa

    Tulsa, OK!!! I can’t really tell you how nice it is here, because it’s not. We have lots of wind, and it can be 20 one day and 70 the next! Keeps you on your toes. Also, I’ll take a glass of wine. I’ve only had one glass this month (I was starting to drink too much for my liking, so I gave it up for awhile). I’ll take all the virtual glasses I can take! :)

  • Scorsagian

    From my current home to my previous one…I hope the MN BKs turn out in force. DC enjoyed having you!

  • LJCdoc

    San Diego! I have nothing more to add, except that I need a LOT of whatever they serve here (really good scotch would be nice); I’m doing taxes.

  • Missy

    Oh, MN is totally sunny you guys! It’s just cold as f*ck. :D

    My sister and I will be there representing!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Look for “Bitter Kittens” on a stick!

      • Missy

        Love it!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          No. Don’t love it. Look for it.

  • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

    I know this would probably never happen, but what the hell – INDIANAPOLIS!!!!!!!

  • sockandaphone

    PLEASE COME TO LA AND PREFERABLY WEEKEND WHEN IM NOT EXHAUSTED OF WORK.
    or orange county.
    whatever i’ll freaking drive through all that dreadful traffic anywhere the LA area. Just….WEST COAST PLEASE.

    • little_miss_strange

      FOR SERIOUS. I WILL DRIVE ANYWHERE AS LONG AS IT IS ON THE SAME COAST THAT I LIVE ON.

  • little_miss_strange

    LOS ANGELES. COME ON. IT’S SUNNY AS FUCK HERE.

    Y’all would have to do it in some kind of theater or something though because we don’t really have big bookstores anymore. Well there’s a few but they’re getting hard to find, but then I live in the Valley. Not exactly literacy capital of the world.

    • Slanted & Enchanted

      There is still a Barnes & Noble in Marina Del Rey (pretty close to LAX)! I’ve mostly been going to independent book stores, when I can find them. I miss living in Berkeley – there were book stores on practically every block. Good times.

      • little_miss_strange

        Yeah I’m sure there’s still some bookstores down there in the more glittery areas. I don’t get down there much. But I’m totally willing to drive wherever TLo is if they come to California.

        Shiiiiiiiit I remember when there were bookstores all around the damn Valley, there were bookstores in malls too, all that shit is gone now. Used bookstores are steadily vanishing and will soon be gone entirely just like the big chains. Pretty soon it’ll all just be Amazon and Kindle….

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

      You should get a job at the tourism bureau. I’d pay good money for a “Come on, it’s sunny as fuck here” bumper sticker.

  • SFgirlfriend

    San Francisco please. You know you have a natural audience here.

  • marlie

    Safe travels, TLo, and have a great weekend, Bitter Kittens!

  • Mary Elizabeth Poytinger Baume

    MILWAUKEE! please please please milwaukee!

    • Call me Bee

      Yes–I’ve been campaigning for MKE as well.

    • Jacob Bowen

      That would work for me too! I am half way between MKE and Chicago on the border!

  • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

    SYDNEY AUSTRALIA :)

    • @Biting Panda

      Australia is on my dream travel list.

      • 3boysful

        Wouldn’t that be awesome–to plan a BK tour Down Under so we can meet TLo?!

      • TigerLaverada

        Australia is the best. Have family there and I’ve been a number of times. I’d move there if I were rich enough — you can’t just go, you have to either have a skill they want and can’t supply incountry, or enough money to prove you won’t go on the dole. Sensible of them, but :(.

  • little_miss_strange

    Also in support of adding LA to your tour I’d like to add: your book is about celebrities. It would be ridiculous not to bring the poledance here.

  • Lorelski

    Looks as if I’m the only one here who is enjoying Under the Gunn.

    I think it’s just as good as the past few seasons of PR, plus we don’t have to put up with Heidi or any of those bitchy judges. The mentoring aspect (though Nick is infuriating to watch) allows us to see more of the decisions and even the techniques that go into sewing. And I find a higher percentage of attractive, interesting and wearable garments being produced by the contestants than on recent PR seasons.

    Oh, and Chicago. Come to Chicago, T Lo!

    • MilaXX

      I am totally addicted to The Fashion Fund. So far I like 3 of the contestants; The urban design duo Public School, a middle age designer named Todd Snyder, and a jewelry designer named Marc Alary. I like each of their work and how they are approaching each challenge so much I can’t designer who I want to win.

      I like that everything is both intense and low key at the same time. I wish the show was on a challenge that more people got because I am dying to talk about it with folks.

      • Frank_821

        We watched the first couple episodes of Fashion Fund but then we downgraded our cable and lost the channels. I cheated and I found out who one and who were the runners up. I didn’t realizes the 1st and 2nd runner up get $100,000. sweet deal still

        • MilaXX

          Yeah I accidentally got spoiled for the winners, but I’m still rooting for those 3 and want to see what happens to them. The French jewelry guy’s stuff looks so unique, I would love to price his pieces, but I’m afraid the prices would hurt my feelings.

      • Lorelski

        Fashion Fund? Never heard of it. I’ll have to check it out. Thanks.

        • Frank_821

          Ovation channel. sadly no episodes posted online anywhere!!!!!

          • Lorelski

            Drat. I did find some clips but no dice otherwise.

      • Lisa_Co

        I’ve been watching. My fav episode was last week, when they did Fashion Week, cause we really got to see the clothes. I like Todd Snyder, Nonoo, and Ovadia. Like you, I know who won and am puzzled over it. Good that the runners up also got some money.

        • MilaXX

          Oh I like the chosen winner, that was one of my favorites.

    • LambeeBaby

      I’ve been watching “under the Gunn”. I’m enjoying it more than PR. Better judges and and challenges and some surprises.

      • Mo Wilson

        I too have been watching under the Gunn. I find it more interesting than PR. I wish they would be more mentoring.

    • BuffaloBarbara

      I’m enjoying it. Not wildly, but enjoying it nonetheless.

      Nick’s mentoring is a little frantic, but frankly, he was a lot more polite than I’d have been about the designer who thought the rules didn’t apply to her. I wouldn’t have bothered throwing her under the bus. I wouldn’t have let her get on the bus down to the runway in the first place.

      The problem with the concept is that we’re supposed to be interested in how they mentor, but all they’re really encouraged to do is the occasional walk-through, a la Tim (I love Tim, but in PR, he’s doing nudging more than mentoring, and he’s more a Team Dad than a teacher in context). If the basic advice is, “Nod a lot and encourage them,” then there doesn’t seem a lot of point to the show, or to giving the mentors prizes. Anya’s backing too far off, and Mondo… I kind of just want to give him a little miniskirt and a pair of pom-poms. So none of the three of them, imho, are actually shining in the capacity of teaching.

      That said, I enjoy the kind of low-key personalities among the designers, and Oscar’s one of my favorites in ages. (LOVED that outfit he did on Thursday.)

      • guest2visits

        It’s a confusing concept. All the extra mentors-in-training are just cluttering up the runway. And Tim is still there, coaching them and feeding them advice. But I think all the fledgling mentors seem to be more closely involved with their designers than Tim ever was. (Of course; they have a stake in a nice size prize package). And while I know a mentor has the ability to make the process either more difficult or easy; I don’t think the mentors should try & take credit for a designer’s creation, good or bad. Which is kind of what they’re doing in this show.
        To me, The Mentor (Tim) has been the one in charge of enforcing the rules and bringing order to the workroom; making sure the designers are following the parameters of each challenge and guiding them to ‘be themselves’ (I can’t help but think of Julie Hagerty singing to Ryan Reynolds in Just Friends). Hands-off, but helpful ‘nudging’ in a positive direction.
        Agree – Oscar’s was the winner. Nicholas should have been auf if this was a fair competition.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I’m kinda sorta enjoying it. The oddest thing about it is, Nick is actually trying to TEACH, and he’s being told to back off! It’s weird. When I think of a mentor, I think of someone who will actually show me how to do things, critique me constructively, and definitely tell me if I’m on the wrong track. Nick seems to be trying to do that, and people are telling him to shut up, that he’s overbearing, etc. Now, I realize that he sometimes goes too far and stifles their creativity with too much input. That is a pitfall of teaching, that the student can become overly dependent on you for help. Nick get go a little and they flew. However, it could be argued that this only happened BECAUSE he helped them so much early on.

      I wonder why Nick is getting the asshole edit so far. I also wonder why the producer tampering is SO DAMN OBVIOUS. Anya is about to lose her second mentee and BAM. No one gets kicked off. Stuff like that makes me not want to watch the show. I’m guessing that they need three on each time for the next challenge, but that’s poor planning. Nicholas deserved to be out.

  • LaMamanduPoeteetSainte

    Providence, RI or better yet, beautiful Newport!

  • MilaXX

    Anybody watching Helix on Scy Fy? It’s so creepy. I love it!

    • Call me Bee

      The Hubs likes that one. Too ickky/gory for me…

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

      Watched the first episode, not sure I will keep going.

      • MilaXX

        I wasn’t sold on the first ep, I think it kicked into gear by ep 3 for me and really started humming by 4 or 5. Now I love it for all it’s craziness.

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

          I’ll persevere then!

    • mjude

      i am watching Helix, being a horror fan i think its not bad & i love the creep factor. it keeps me from watching all trash on tv.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I’m watching it and I like it in a non-serious way. I’m a huge horror fan, and I love mysteries, so I’m along for the ride. Also, I’ve had a crush on Hiroyuki Sanada since The Last Samurai.

      • MilaXX

        He’s creepy hot in this. Loved Jeri Ryan too.

  • LaSylphide

    Come on out west and leave your hearts in San Francisco!

  • Christopher

    Ft Lauderdale!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • PastryGoddess

    Someone please get me a pitcher. I’ve started the weekend with a viewing and will end with a funeral.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      What would you like in the pitcher? And how much should I hug you?

    • Sweetpea176

      So sorry.

    • decormaven

      This will be a long weekend for you. Pace yourself and find a moment for a quiet time just for yourself- if you can lock yourself in the bathroom for a soaking tub, please do so. Be as kind to yourself as possible.

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

      Lots of booze and a bowl of macaroni cheese then. I am so sorry.

    • PastryGoddess

      Aww thanks guys. Alicia, I may take you up on that mac and cheese. At this point, I’d drink everclear from the pitcher with a straw.

      Death is a shitty shitty thing.

      • Sarah

        So sorry about your rough times. Shitty doesn’t even cover how shitty death is. Hugs.

      • formerlyAnon

        Sorry. Be as easy on yourself as you can be.

  • AllisonAndStuff

    Chicago, please oh please!

  • Lau7ren

    San Francisco, please! Share your fabulousness and opinions with us! And congratulations on all your success! Xoxo

  • aahlife

    San Francisco. It is warm and cool at the same time.

  • 3boysful

    Charlotte!! (As opposed to Charleston or Charlestown, tho I’m sure there are BKs in those lovely cities who’d die to see you as well!)
    Specifically, the Barnes & Noble in Southpark, please, dear book publicists! Please let us know asap–it will take some time to choose an outfit!

  • Sarah

    Yes, please sirs! Come to RICHMOND VA!!!!
    Sorry to have missed the fun last night, y’all. It has been a helluva week/s around my little world. S’posed to have a big interview last week, but got snowed out. Rescheduled, got snowed out AGAIN. This week, scheduled for Thursday. Decided to take this test I found out about that is administered by the ACT people – the Career Readiness Certificate test – in hopes that that would up my chances. Had to be at the community college testing center 30 mins away at 8 am sharp on Weds, but got POISONED by Subway on Tuesday night. Spent whole night wretchedly ill, but made it to the test. Three hours, three sections, bubbling it in, doing math with a calculator, puking some more on the fifteen minute breaks. Managed to pull a Gold Certificate (I aced it. Not a PERFECT score, but shit, I was hella ill) but had to call out of work and sleep it out between heaves all Wednesday. Finally had Interview on Thursday, felt better, but instead of snow it was 70 frikkin’ degrees. So nothing I bought to wear was appropriate for the temp, and I had to rethink my whole game plan. Put on Power Lippy, dragged self in, extolled personal virtues, went to work evening shift at current job, had Big Meeting there, got up & worked again yesterday, came home, promptly passed out. Oh, yeah, and I just have a little thing called college – coupla papers, thesis draft, discussion boards – that I’ve been wholly ignoring. AND sometime last week the fluffy white precious in my avatar snuck onto the closed sun porch and committed her one crime: Destroying Christmas Ornaments (that should have been put away long ago) with Great Revelry. OVERWHELMMENT. AND I’m working Saturday. I am starting virtual drinx now, kittens. By the end of my workday, I will be virtually snockered. Then I can get on with the real thing!

    • formerlyAnon

      Get your self together, then get on that course. You are SO close to being done – just one more hard-to-schedule class after this one, yes, if I remember? Do not let all that work slip away (well, you know what I mean – end in a big old ball of complicated making-up-work-and-taking-extra-things-and-it-all-dragging-out because of distractions at the end. Drawing a veil over the ugliness, I know whereof I speak.

      • Sarah

        You are so right, but I’m a champion of Poor Time Management. “Ignoring” may be hyperbole, because I have been putting in the bare minimum of effort to not be a no-show, but when one knows what their full attention would produce, one does feel guilty. Good news is summer class listings are coming out soon, so hopefully I can find my stinkin’ Renaissance Art course somewhere on the planet and be done with this biz.

    • decormaven

      You are so close! Keep your eyes on the prize. You’re in the short rows with your education. A year from now, you will be past this. Push!

    • mjude

      once your tummy has settled I will gladly pour you what ever is your poison. maybe we should start of with a mimosa? congrats my bitter kitten friend!

      • Sarah

        Thanks! My tummy is settled, but the amount of stories I’ve heard in the last two days about the evils of Subway and how many others have been poisoned by them is frightening. Will be avoiding in perpetuity! Mimosas sound divine. I will imagine there is a whole mess of ‘em in my cube right now :)

        • mjude

          you will never forget that experience! leaving work for the day, serving the last of the mimosa’s in my fine tiffany glassware. :)

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

      Maybe stick with the virtual drinks – real booze might hit a bit hard after being that ill.

      • Sarah

        You are so sweet. I’ve really been much better since Wednesday night. It was sort of like a deep cleanse, in the most unpleasant way imaginable.

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

          I know the feeling. Unfortunately it was my own cooking, fortunately I wasn’t working so I could just ride it out. Fortunately also, we have two bathrooms.

          • Sarah

            We only have one, but it was the middle of the night. And daddy’s black kitten was kind enough to lay with me sweetly while I toughed out the in-between moments in the spare bedroom. I won’t tell him – he’s very possessive and would consider that a traitor move, but it was nice to have somebody care about my poor weak self in the wee hours. Cute lil softy :)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Sounds thoroughly dreadful, glad that you’ve rejoined the land of the living!

    • @Biting Panda

      Bless it.
      You are a force of nature right now.
      Keep on keepin on, Kitten.

      • Sarah

        Meeeow! Kitten power! Thx, love :)

    • Grumpy Girl

      So glad you are feeling better.

      And want to vote again for Richmond! I cannot drive at night to have gotten to DC. (sad). Compounded by the fact that 20+ years ago, someone had decided that 2/20 was a perfect day for a wedding –what crack were we smoking?!–so was off doing the anniversary dinner thing.

  • kimber8888

    I live an hour from the Mall of America, which isn’t a big deal, but the roads in MN are A MESS. Freeways are supposed to be covered in ice for a few days. I will look south and wave sadly.

  • TRSmith

    Raleigh/Durham, NC please.

  • guest2visits

    Congratulations on your tour! Thanks for your continuous work with the site too!

  • mjude

    i wish i could go to MN, not that far but roads are not that good. throwing this out boys…des moines, iowa

    • embers618

      I second Des Moines!

  • DeniseSchipani

    Said it before but it bears repeating (to your publicists): YOU HAVE TO come to the BOOK REVUE in Huntington, Long Island.Very quick trip from NYC and us North Shore types are huge book people.The Book Revue is a major stop on celeb book tours. Srsly. Come. I will roust the Long Island kittens for you.

  • ShaoLinKitten

    How many Bitter Kittens are True Detective fans? I am absolutely OBSESSED with this show. In my opinion it is perhaps the single most intellectual TV show of all time, and I say that with three episodes still to go. It definitely rewards close viewing (and reviewing). The internet is abuzz with theories, and Nic Pizzolatto makes so many deep, esoteric literary references that the show practically has a recommended reading list. Also, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY. AMAZING.

    • guest2visits

      I have to get this show somehow! I saw the launch for it when our carrier had a bunch of free trials this past month. It was terrific; maybe a rival for Breaking Bad for it’s natural, instinctual character development. McConaughey IS amazing. He can’t seem to lose these days what with Mud and Dallas Buyers Club.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Depending on how it ends, True Detective might end up being better than Breaking Bad. The 8 show anthology format means that storylines will not be drawn out far past the point where they are interesting. The trajectory of the story is clear. Pizzolatto knows how it will end, so we won’t suffer from LOSTitis, or the dreaded X-Filesitis. There will be resolution in some form by the end of this season. We can credit American Horror Story with reviving this idea, which I think is going to be great for reducing many of the things that destroy shows that start off well. There is so much depth, such rich rewards in True Detective. I think a lot of people are going to buy the DVDs so they can watch it over and over.

        As for McConaughey, whoever has been picking his projects for the last 3 or so years deserves a HUGE raise. The potential we saw in Lone Star and Frailty has come to full fruition. I think he might get an Oscar AND and Emmy this year, and both well-deserved.

        • guest2visits

          Oh hell yes – who wants a story that never resolves it’s self, never progresses where it naturally needs to go – just circles the same issues or open ended questions until you just don’t want to hear that song EVER again. People and situations mature, change, grow, even end. Unless we’re talking about a Kardashian reality. That will never end.

          I know I’ll be watching this series; it looks like something I will be looking forward to on DVD, and that’s not a bad thing.

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          I completely agree – it is riveting and so well done. It’s a great format also, for all the reasons you mention.

          There was an interview with McConaughey, maybe last week, maybe on CBS Sunday Morning, and he said it was a conscious and thought-out decision with his wife, to pull back from acting for a couple of years and then re-boot – that it was the best way he could see to change the roles he was getting and the work he was doing. Might be on the CBS web-site. It was interesting, because I was wondering the same thing – how the hell did he go from bad rom-com to THIS!

        • MilaXX

          I’d toss The Walking Dead in that lot as well. Now that I think of it, TWD would benefit greatly from being an anthology series. It could be a series of short stories about life in the ZA. They could even leave the same characters but have them weave in and out of each others lives alternating with their own separate story arcs.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            When it comes to story, less is more. Every writer worth his salt will tell you that. TWD collapsed under its own weight, and now that it’s so highly rated, it’ll likely never pull out of the tailspin it’s in. True Detective makes TWD look like amateur hour.

          • MilaXX

            ITA – What kills me is seeing Kirkman on Talking Dead thinking he is oh so cleaver, especially when they introduce a comic character or recreate a scene from the character. It’s lazy, sloppy, unsatisfying storytelling. I really wish they would create original stories and paths for all these characters.

          • ShaoLinKitten

            My feeling on TWD is, “We have to destroy this show in order to save it.” They would have to so completely blow it up at this point to make it worthwhile, and I am 100% sure they don’t have the guts or the wherewithal to do it. What I find so puzzling is why MORE people are watching now! It’s so greatly deteriorated from its original appeal IMO. I agree that an anthology zombie show would have been great–a TV show version of Max Brooks’ World War Z (not the Brad Pitt version, which was unrecognizable from the source material).

          • MilaXX

            I don’t mind it using the comics as the starting point, but I wish they wouldn’t try to tell same tales as the comics. It should be original stories.

          • Grumpy Girl

            Somehow “cleaver” as used above is the perfect typo!

          • MilaXX

            lol corrected!

      • Grumpy Girl

        I’m not supposed to know this, but my son watches it from somewhere on the internet. So it’s out there for the viewing . . .

    • MilaXX

      I just caught up today! The internet theories are making my head hurt.

  • tired_mommy

    Pasadena, CA or anywhere in LA–I will drive!
    Also, a few thoughts if you have trouble finding a large enough bookstore, there is a bookfair company, Mrs. Nelson’s, in So Cal that supplies bookfairs and events that might be able to handle the book sales end if you host the event in a non-bookstore (i.e. a College, school, or theater). If it’s hosted at a school, Mrs. Nelson’s, lets the school keep a portion of the profits. My kids school uses them for a large annual bookfair ($40,000+ of books are sold in a week). There are featured authors that speak to adults only groups where books are pre-sold and sold at the event. A school might sound odd, but private schools in this area often have performing arts centers that can accommodate 300 people and do have adult only events. Just a thought. Would love to attend!

  • http://www.hilonwheels.com/ hilonwheels

    ALBUQUERQUE! You could take a picture in front of Walter White’s house even.

    Any NM Bitter Kittens around?

  • HeathersUtopia

    KANSAS CITY!

  • DeidreRobbers

    I’m in Saudi Arabia, but if you can get to Dubai, I can certainly do a road trip! :)

  • Malve Lyborg

    BERLIN! I can’t promise you 150+ BKs, but I’ll be there.

  • GinnyThePainter

    Please don’t boycott Arizona just because our legislators are bigoted morons. Oh, and it’s 72 degrees here right now.

    • Trickytrisha

      Dunno, Ginny The Painter… those bigoted morons get into office because other bigoted morons elect them. Arizona needs a makeover!

      • GinnyThePainter

        We Tucson liberals tend to blame Phoenix for all that nonsense. Now that AZ has the reputation it has, I worry it will keep attracting more & more wingnuts, and I wonder if things will ever get better. By the way, the biggest nuts here tend to be from other states. We import ‘em, but we really don’t breed so many.

        • Trickytrisha

          I think a lot of older conservatives retire there as well. I’m in CA, the land of nuts and flakes, and know a few who’ve gone to AZ. Can’t be for the climate.

        • SRQkitten

          LOL! you can be thankful they’re too old to breed! We have a lot of the same in FL where our evil legislators gerrymandered the districts to ensure their reelection. The only salvation is term limits but then they’re replaced by wingnuts equally bad or worse. [sigh]

        • alyce1213

          You’ll surely be getting some extreme right upstate NYers, since our loose-lipped guv recently said there’s no place for conservative politicians in NYS (which was SO wrong, so BAD to say, btw). But — be vigilant, be vocal! Sending you positive, progressive, tolerant, and inclusive energy from lib-land.

    • alyce1213

      I read a quip that Barry Goldwater is rolling in his grave. He’d be considered a moderate/liberal nowadays.

  • Julia

    Chicago!!

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

    We’ve had a lovely sunny day – warm enough to barbecue sausages for lunch! It’s such a treat after the rains and high winds we’ve had for the last few weeks. It looks like the park may reopen (it flooded) so we may even get to go for a walk tomorrow. Exercise, my poor body won’t know what’s hit it!

    • Sarah

      Yes it is beautiful here, too. I walked with my friend around the boat lake near my house earlier this week before I got sick, and it was delightful. Have fun!

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Finally got outside today after being ill the past few days — so warm, Thank God!!! :)

  • emilaweb

    Melbourne, Australia! (hahaha right)

  • boweryboy

    SEATTLE! Plus, we have the Space Needle.
    Although, I will hop the train and trek down to Portland if you guys manage to make it down there.

  • http://asskickingadviser.com/ Ass Kicking Adviser

    Boston, Boston, Boston!!! We need the distraction. It’s longest frickin’ February on record!

  • Suzanne Moore

    Hey, what about the southwest? Come to Tucson…or Phoenix. But come soon, before the temps soar in May.

  • Bethany NS

    Kansas City, Missouri or Kansas We’ll come to you!!

  • lesmaha

    Austin and Atlanta!!!

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

    I know Ohio has zero chance so, Chicago! Road trip!!

  • Sara McDarby

    ALBANY, NY!!!!!!

  • MilaXX

    Watching NAACP Image Awards. Lupita looks radiant. I have to wait for the pictures to hit the ‘net but my impressions from seeing her on tv were as follows; 1.She looks radiant. 2. Her arms rival Michelle Obama’s 3. I think she may have correct her shoe issues 4. She is fabulous!

    • alyce1213

      1.2.3.4. Yes!

      • MilaXX

        FYI – Essence (dot) com has pictures up. My favorites are Lupita, Naomi Harris and Idris.

        • SewingSiren

          Did you see the pictures of Lupita in Essence Magazine? All done with extremely intense make-up such as orange lips, turquoise eye shadow and glitter purple. Lovely.

          • MilaXX

            I missed that. Let me go google

  • MilaXX

    Ooh not loving Kerry Washington’s hair at the awards.

    • alyce1213

      Not loving her dress either.

      • MilaXX

        It’s a standing/posing dress. the minute she needs her arms it doesn’t work. Still I’d give the dress a pass if it wasn’t for that hair.

  • Jen Cole

    SAN FRANCISCO

  • Jacob Bowen

    CHICAGO!

  • Jacob Bowen

    So, just put the youngins to sleep, but tonight we baked 2 LAYER CAKES! We baked a 1 chocolate cake and 1 vanilla cake (from scratch of course) and then made frosting! Then, it took every bit of control and patience we had to wait for them to cool so we could try not to eat all the frosting so that it could get on the cake. It was SO much fun and it was an early celebration for my birthday. This is my favorite method of babysitting, because there’s no time for them to get out of control.

    • Sarah

      Baking with kids rocks! Fun times. Happy impending B-day!

      • Jacob Bowen

        Yes it does! And thanks, I’ve still got like 19 days but the kids and I won’t see each other till after.

    • embers618

      Happy Birthday! You’ve been posting such awesome things you do with your babysitting kids. I love that you have so much fun together!

      • Jacob Bowen

        Thank you for the early happy birthday! I LOVE to do fun things when I babysit because I remember having babysitters (good and bad) when I was their age and HATED when they didn’t want to do anything. And, these children are a HANDFUL (even while baking) but the amount of tasks presented in baking keeps them in line. At bedtime we planned out the next few babysitting nights. Next up is cooking dinner!

        • formerlyAnon

          1. You are so smart to realize that a “real” task/series of tasks with a desirable endpoint is a great way to wrangle active kids. Honest, I know parents who don’t really get this.
          2. FROM SCRATCH! SO MUCH WIN. So many people never experience the [usually] much better results. And it’s the easiest way to understand cause and effect in cooking. Demystify the process.

          My kids’ most awesome babysitter knew an EMT that worked on one of the rescue boats that our fire department keeps on our recreational lake/river. The day they took a rescue boat field trip was THE gold medal babysitting event, ever, but you sound like you are in the running for first runner up.

          • Jacob Bowen

            Wow, that’s stiff competition, but I’ll concede defeat to that well-connected babysitter. I take my kids on my own personal speed boat, but the rescue boat would be AMAZING. I would even be excited!

    • @Biting Panda

      Happy bday, boo.

    • alyce1213

      Happy Birthday!

  • Kari Roberts

    Hi, new to posting, but been lurking looooooooooong while now.

    For Under the Gunn… Showing my inner gamer, Blake’s and Oscar’s designs made me think of Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO. Blake’s was Sith, and Oscar’s was Jedi.

    • formerlyAnon

      Welcome!

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

      Good to have you posting!

    • @Biting Panda

      I love it when the lurkers come out of the shadows. Hi!

  • Sophia Finfer

    Come to BOSTON!!

  • Sophie

    Um… France? There might not be many people in the store, but you could take in the sights… Some sort of second honeymoon with a book signing in between two castles/shops/cafés/whatever?

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

      If they do a signing in Paris I’ll see if I can get cheap Eurostar tickets and do a day trip!

      • @Biting Panda

        If other BKS get to hang out with Uncles in Paris, I’m going to kill myself. I couldn’t survive that kind of envy.

        • decormaven

          Really! This is when the Dear Uncles need to partner up with all the couture houses they’ve been featuring and sponsor a “Fly A BK to Paree” sweepstakes. Or some business that aspires to be style-conscious- heck, Target or TJ Maxx. It can be Mickey’s Malt Liquor Big Mouth for all I care. I would love another visit to Paris- it’s wonderful but hard on the pocketbook.

      • Sophie

        Or they could go to London? That way, I’d get a cheap Eurostar ticket, and I’d finally see London again… Outside the tourist season, you can get very cheap tickets, so a day trip can be very affordable. I’d be happy with anywhere in Europe, actually, but some places are easier to get to than others. (I saw Berlin upthread, which I have never been to.)

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

          I haven’t been to either Berlin or Paris!

          • Sophie

            If you take a Eurostar ticket about three months in advance, you’ll probably get the special cheap prices. I used to go to Paris rather often, since it only takes an hour by train from my hometown, but they raised the ticket price (from 9 to 20 Euros!) and then I moved… As to Berlin, I’d probably need some extra incentive to go there, since the trip there would be very expensive. It might even be cheaper to fly from London to Berlin than from my place – of course, I have no idea how expensive and/or time-consuming it is for you to get to London.

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

            I’m in the outer suburbs – so 40 minutes on the Tube to the Eurostar station. We’ve been meaning to go to Paris ever since we moved to the UK, but when we have time we don’t have money and vice versa. I also have enough frequent flyer points to get to Berlin!

            All wishful thinking at this stage, of course. Just have to stay jealous of the US-based kittens.

          • Sophie

            Well you saw some of the other answers and thumbs-ups… While we’re jealous of them being in the US (are you from there originally?) and getting their books signed, we are a stone’s throw away from Paris.

            I’ve never been to America before, so that’s something I should get onto when I have the time and money someday…

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

            I’ve never been to America *either* – I’m Australian. And not hugely well travelled. But yes, Paris on the doorstep is something to be proud of!

      • Jacob Bowen

        If they do Paris I say we organize a BK Eurotrip! I have been DYING to get to France, cause I’ve only been over to Ireland/Scotland.

      • SierraDelta

        Well, why don’t we just charter our own BK Express, with stops in major US cities and selected Commonwealth
        and European
        countries!?

        Of course, this would have to be virtual. . .

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

          A T.Lo Orient Express – with ocean-crossing capabilities!

          • SierraDelta

            Even better!

            Reading Agatha Christie in my teens made me think the Orient Express was the ne plus ultra of travel. I’d have to invent a new superlative for the T.Lo Orient Express, though.

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

            My sister in law wrote her MFA thesis on the interior design of the Orient Express and Queen Mary & how they represented the meeting of Art Deco luxe and modernist practicality. It was a good read!

          • SierraDelta

            Is it available to non-relatives? It sounds like something I’d like, too. I inherited a lot of my grandmother’s stuff, and I’ve got some Art Deco beauties. I don’t know if I love them for themselves or because they remind me of her.

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

            Sadly I don’t think she has an electronic copy!

          • SierraDelta

            My son’s going to be in the UK next month. Maybe he could jump off the T.Lo Orient Express long enough to meet you to borrow your copy (and, no, he would have no idea what I’m talking about).

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

            Haha! Brilliant! What’s he doing here?

          • SierraDelta

            Technically it’s a business trip, but I’m trying to convince him to take the time to go to York to see if he can get a copy of my English grandfather’s baptism certificate.

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

            He should go to York anyway, but the chances of that are pretty slim – my mum had to get a copy of her own birth certificate recently and there were inordinate numbers of hoops to jump through. I think you can request them online though.

  • KinoEye

    Dallas, darlings! Spring is here, and it’s warm and lovely. We could do with a springtime dose of fabulous and opinionated!

  • LambeeBaby

    Ovation is playing 5 episodes of “The Fashion Fund” today and the finale later this week. Several of the BK’s have recommended it.

  • KinoEye

    Fellow cat owners: anyone ever had a kitty with an obstruction? Had to take my sweet boy to the emergency vet after a day of crying, throwing up, peeing outside the litter box and extreme sensitivity in his back end. The vet diagnosed an obstruction and said he’d have to stay a couple of days. He also said obstructions can be life threatening… Just wondering if anyone else had experience with this; I know the kitty love is strong in these parts!

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

      I haven’t – hope he’s OK!

      • KinoEye

        Thanks! I’m sure he’ll be fine — he’s young and otherwise healthy — but the term life threatening always rings alarm bells.

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

          I’m sure getting him to the vet so quickly helps.

    • alyce1213

      Wishing your kitty and you well.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      No experience to share, just hugs and good wishes that your kitty will be well ASAP!

    • Anna

      Sorry to hear that, sending good thoughts your way and hope he makes a quick recovery!

    • Gatto Nero

      It depends on the obstruction. My kitty ate an 18-inch long bootlace (while in someone else’s overnight care) and when I returned I knew something was wrong but didn’t know what. (Once they start eating something like that — yarn, for example — their tongues are rough and keep feeding the thing in; unless they chew it off, they can’t stop ingesting it.) An x-ray revealed that her intestinal tract was crimped up in a way that implied she’d eaten a long string of some kind. The vet advised surgery and said that the longer we waited, the more friable the bowel would become. Post-surgery she was sore, but fine. (I was a wreck.)
      That was 15 years ago — Lucy is 19 years old now, and still going strong.
      Maybe your vet will do an ultrasound or some kind of imaging to figure out what’s in there?
      In any case I hope your sweet boy comes through this all right and lives many, many more years!

    • ewes_urn_aim

      I’m sending you and your kitty good vibes and happy karma.

      My sweet baby (she’s close to 16, now) has had her rear-end glands obstructed, but not bowel blockage. I sure hope your buddy bounces back. Keep us posted.

      • KinoEye

        You’re all unbearably wonderful :-) thank you so much for all the well wishes! The vet said it could be a urinary obstruction, since I found blood in his urine and his bladder was really swollen. I had a calico who got UTIs all the time with the same symptoms. But no obstructions, so this is new territory for me. George is 3 and a half and was remarkably healthy before this, so I’m sure he’ll be OK. And at least he’s not hurting since they’ve sedated him to put the catheter in. That’s the worst part — knowing they’re sick/in pain and being able to do jack squat on your own. I know the vet from my work at the paper, so I think he’ll be inspired to take the best possible care of him. Though it was kind of infuriating when he started discussing business after cooly telling me it could be a life-threatening situation.

    • SRQkitten

      Hoping your kitty is ok! Our female has a fascination with the tinsel on our Xmas tree and we had to watch out that she didn’t have opportunity to nibble away. We were fortunate that all we got were a few unhappy tummy hairballs.

    • travelingcat

      i haven’t had experience with this either, just adding my good thoughts to the BK love for your kitty and you.

    • LambeeBaby

      My sweet Petie had a urinary obstruction when he was about a year old. He tested positive for FIP and we were told that would make him prone to them. Similar symptoms, crying n peeing in unusual places. Thankfully he made a full recovery and we we fortune to have him until he was an arthritic old gentleman of 16. I sincerely hope your boy does well.

    • Sarah

      Yes, I had a Maine Coone, Fozdick, who suffered from the urinary obstruction not once but four times in his youth. It turned out that he had a choice in the end: removal of his man-part (not the gonads!) or we could try feeding him prescription food for the remainder of his life. (This went down about age 5) My father, who had not had an opinion either way prior regarding the cat, announced firmly that we would NOT be removing the poor boy’s penis, even if it was for his health. So we tried the food. It worked, and he lived ’til 14. He was the equivalent of My Dog Skip, cat-wise, to me, so being able to save him was a godsend. Point: they can live through it, but there might be some arrangements that you have to make to see that it doesn’t keep happening, depending on kitty’s physiology. Good luck with yours, I hope it goes away and kitty is feeling better in short order!

    • Lilithcat

      Yes, one of my cats had the issue. Naturally, on a Sunday when it was dark and pouring rain. Dashed to the emergency vet, who saw him right away. He did well afterwards, but needed a special diet. This issue is much more common in male cats than female.

      • KinoEye

        Same here! It was all dark, cloudy and awful. Plus, it was around this time of year that I lost my calico girl, so that makes the feeling worse. I wonder if the obstruction was helped along by my changing his litter from clay to corn cobs… I guess I’ll find out. I hope it won’t continue to be a problem, but I’ll do whatever it takes to keep him healthy.

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

      How’s Mr George doing?

      • KinoEye

        You’re too sweet to ask :-) Still at the vet’s, but recovering. Apparently his bladder was full to the breaking point (2 ounces!), but they flushed it out. Not sure what caused the obstruction yet, but I’m hoping they can tell me today and he can come home — apparently he has to pee before they can let him go. The vet said he was “tired of being back there,” as if most cats were just thrilled to stay in an animal clinic. But that sounds about right for the cat who “snapped” at the vet who neutered him.

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

          Poor little boy! I bet he is sick of it. But the progress is sounding really good. I hope they explain to him that he just needs to pee to be allowed home.

          • KinoEye

            If he’s feeling better, he’d give them the same look he gives me when I try to tell him what to do: disdain, and mild amusement. But here’s to hoping he’ll listen to the good doctor!

          • KinoEye

            He died. He died last night. They don’t know why.

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

            Oh honey. Oh I am so sorry. Is that the beautiful boy in your avatar now?

          • KinoEye

            Yes. Just got the autopsy results… he had a rare, genetic heart condition. I had no idea. It doesn’t make it easier… but it’s good to know it’s nothing I did. Or the vet. Thank you so much, Alicia. You’re a queen.

          • little_miss_strange

            Kino honey I’m so sorry about your cat :( that is so so horrible…. I just lost mine last year to an ear infection that turned into nerve damage. So sudden. It still makes me angry and sad sometimes. Now I’m taking care of a friend’s cat, which helps. Lots of sweet little kitties out there needing a home. You have the deepest sympathy of myself and all Bitter Kittenkind! <3

          • Anna

            My condolences, that is heartbreaking to hear. I’m so sorry.

          • KinoEye

            Thank you, Anna dear. That means a lot to me.

  • Jasmine Gonzalez

    Seattle!!

  • cindiaune

    Phoenix anyone?

  • AlisonS

    INDIANAPOLIS! If the publishers are still listening. Dreadful hangover and I’m just now catching up on Friday’s posts. I’m a horrible BK.

  • ewes_urn_aim

    First, I missed Sandra Bernhard when she was here, last month. Now, I missed you guys!!! You picked a great day to come to Minneapolis- a balmy 10 degrees (at least it’s ABOVE zero, finally!) .

  • queeniethebold

    Please, please, please consider Charlotte, NC. i live in Winston-Salem, so of course you would never come here, but Charlotte is A Real City. And centrally located for lotsa BKs (of whom i consider myself one, though i am a dog lover exclusively) (please don’t kick me out).

    Charlotte. The Queen City. Really. That’s what it’s called in these parts. Isn’t that reason enough for you to schedule a trip here? Hee hee!

  • TheLaurenJean

    It was such a pleasure meeting the two of you, and a real treat that you more than lived up to your blog. It made me proud to have been reading you since the early days! I hope you thoroughly enjoyed your time in Minnesota, and that your trip back goes smoothly!

  • Mary Carpenter

    OMAHA! OMAHA!

  • SisterSue

    You guys are amazing! It was great to meet you. Thank you for visiting our city in the middle of winter. Hopefully you felt some of that Minnesota Nice warmth today.

  • Stephanie Joyce

    I know you’ve been travelling all over and probably are exhausted, but could you please do an AbbeyStyle for the Downton Season Finale? That episode was so special, fashion-wise, and the styles so surprising. Mwah!

  • Eric Stott

    Coming up next week- Ru Paul’s Drag Race!

  • StephieW

    Come to Atlanta! Please! We’ll come out in droves!

  • JenniferA

    Hartford/Springfield or Boston area, pretty please!

  • schoep

    TLo, my husband had such a great time with you at the MOA yesterday, especially when you chose him as the first person for the book signing! I was so bummed I couldn’t be there, but he was a great replacement! Although now he considers himself an expert on celebrity fashion which is going to get old pretty quickly.

  • Walburga

    BOSTON. So many lovely bookstores to sign and greet in. Pretty please? We love you guys here!

  • Lilithcat

    CHICAGO! (not the suburbs).

  • ellenaim77

    Definitely Dallas! <3

  • Jennifer Brown Reager

    Thought I would de-lurk so I could yell out MEMPHIS! Or anywhere kinda close!

  • Elizabeth Neale

    Montreal please! Make some Canadian kittens very happy!

  • mcr7833

    Kansas City! …please. :)

  • @Biting Panda

    Hey Publisher People…..If you will note…the request for ATLANTA received the most upvotes and several who agree with me. So, we’ll see Tom and Lorenzo….when????

  • greatscoutm

    SEATTLE. I am begging you.