T LOunge

Posted on February 28, 2014

Darlings, we’re limping to the finish line of our week. And this is exactly what we want to see right now:

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TLOunge-2-28-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)Monvínic, Barcelona

 

Of course it’s not really the end of our week, it’s just the lull before the BIGGEST WEEK OF OUR YEAR. That’s right, kittens! It’s OSCAR WEEKEND. We probably won’t have a minute where we’re not working. It’s likely will be updating throughout the weekend with pre-Oscars red carpetry, and then we’re on to the main event on Sunday as we live-tweet our way all the way through this mother, from the very beginnings of the E! red carpet coverage right on up to the Best Picture award. Then we stay up all night Sunday night throwing opinion after opinion up here, on every outfit that passed in front of our eyes. It’s a weekend without sleep, darlings! Remember when those used to be fun!

In other news, in case you missed it, the Minnesota Kittens came out in force last Sunday for our appearance at the Mall of America. We had a blast once again meeting y’all – and you guys couldn’t have been friendlier or more enthusiastic. Also: we got to talk bow ties with Bill Nye:

It doesn’t get much more awesome than that.

We should have an announcement very soon for new tour dates, darlings. We won’t rest until we’ve met every kitten face to face. In other book news, we’ve been playing “Be Me or Do Me Bingo” over on the book site, applying the tropes of the book to such fame whores as Alec Baldwin, Robin Thicke and Paula Patton this week. Join in! It’s fun!

And tying these two thoughts together (the Oscars and our book), we urge you to read this article at Vanity Fair, “Slaves of the Red Carpet.” Not only is it a great primer to get you ready for your Oscars red carpet bitchery, it’s eerily similar to the red carpet chapter in our book, except without the jokes. Go and read the whole thing. If you’re not familiar with this world, it should be eye-opening to you – and it should explain why we reserve the right to be such bitches to celebs who get it wrong on the RC.

So what are your plans for Gay Super Bowl?

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: monvinic.com]

    • MilaXX

      I’ve got a surplus of cranberries so I think I’m freezing some, drying a batch for snacking/oatmeal & then trying my hand at making cranberry vodka.If all goes well, my Oscar snacks will be popcorn and vodka. I have 2 more movies left to watch and I’ll have covered all the major noms. Even so I’ve finally made my choices for the big awards.

      Best Supporting Actress – Lupita N’yongo
      Best Actress – Cate Blanchett
      Best Supporting Actor – Jared Leto
      Best Actor – Matthew McConaughey
      Best Animated Film – Frozen
      Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity (although I would prefer Steve McQueen for 12 years)
      Best Picture – 12 Years a Slave

      • marlie

        What haven’t you seen yet?

        • MilaXX

          Dallas Buyers Club. Been putting it off cause I don’t feel like crying. I am the original cry baby. I weep at commercials.

          • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

            Jared Leto’s Rayon will completely gut you. I agree with almost all your choices — I think Gravity will win Best Picture, although it wasn’t half as resonating as Cuaron’s “Children of Men” was.

            • MilaXX

              That’s what I’m afraid of. I couldn’t sleep after Fruitvale Station. I know DBC is gonna hurt.

            • oldscrumby

              DBC is more mournful than tragic if that makes any sense. It’s sad but not painfully so.

            • SRQkitten

              But it’s also something to remember that time when AIDS & HIV were considered a death sentence and there was all kinds of prejudice against folks with that diagnosis. How far have we come in such a short time! And it was activists who made such a difference in the fight against AIDS/HIV. This history should be remembered.

          • alyce1213

            I won’t (can’t) see Gravity because I have an irrational fear of floating in endless space. Weird, but true. I can’t even believe they made a movie about it. (Shudders)

            • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

              I loved it the first time I saw it though not a huge fan of where they ended it. I thought the other half would like it – turns out he hated it and spent a lot of time critiquing it, and then at the end said he would like the last 2 hours back.

              When I watched it with him I could see a lot more faults with the film than I originally spotted, and for some reason the music really began to irritate me. So I don’t think you are missing anything. ;)

            • MilaXX

              I got caught on the hype of Gravity. Other than being a little nauseated with the 3D effect at the end all I could think was , “That’s it?” Apparently I missed all the existentialism in the story.

            • suzq

              I felt the same about 2001: A Space Odyssey. So sue me.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              When I finally saw Gravity I was underwhelmed, partially because I had bought into the hype about it. To be fair to the movie and the makers, the space effects are impressive, but the rest of it just didn’t work for me.

            • MilaXX

              Agreed, I can see getting nominated for technical awards and even for direction, but I just don’t see anything about it that deserves accolades for acting. Not with some of the movies out this year.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Aside from the FX,and I tip my hat to Cuaron, Gravity is a gal in jeopardy flick.

            • marlie

              I saw it, and I really liked it, but it made me incredibly uncomfortable for just that reason.

            • @Biting Panda

              rational.

            • alyce1213

              Yes, you are right — the fear is rational (the likelihood of it actually happening is irrational).

            • suzq

              That would disqualify you from that astronaut career.

            • alyce1213

              I need a tranq to get on a plane.

          • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

            I too weep at commercials but I have to be honest and say I did not cry as much as I could have re DBC. I was far too busy being thrilled by the incredible performances. There were some tears but some of them were appreciation tears for some truly incredible acting.

            MilaXX I hope you will find time this weekend to watch it before the Oscars, because if Matthew and Jared do win, you will appreciate it 100x more than if you had not seen the movie which is truly an awesome one and features incredible performances from everyone involved. :)

            • MilaXX

              Finally saw it. Mathew definitely deserves Best Actor.

          • formerlyAnon

            I won’t be able to see it, not for a long time. Like you & a lot of our age-mates here, I saw it at the time. In Dallas, before there were the drugs. There are memories I know I’ve buried and I don’t want anything to send me back there, to be honest.

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

              I know what you mean. I was a bit young to be too touched by it, but I was living in Sydney, which was hit hard in the first wave, and I have family members who are still grieving loved ones.

            • formerlyAnon

              You know, it’s not the grief for individuals that’s so hard. It’s going back to that atmosphere of mingled flat-out panic and determined denial. Being positive and supportive with coworkers and friendly acquaintances whom one didn’t know well enough to ask a real question of – even as you watched them literally waste away. Coworkers with the cough that never goes away, struggling to come into work every day, thinner and frailer. People who just disappeared from the scene, going home to die at their mom’s or gone into the hospital, or just . . . not heard from again. Looking forward to and dreading getting together with friends in a large group, because you didn’t know who you’d find out was sick that you hadn’t known about. The movie is, I’m sure, much more positive than that segment of memory, but I’m afraid there will be places that will trigger things I’ve put away.

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

              I can’t even imagine.

            • Lisa_Co

              I am a dancer and remember those days. So much worry, sadness and loss.

            • MilaXX

              My memories come from working is social services. First as a SCOH (services to children in their homes) basically child protective services and then as Child Life Specialist. I lost one coworker but mostly I saw the devastation from IV drug users and what was then called “crack babies”. Just gutting all of it.

            • formerlyAnon

              I so much admire people who can do social services work with children. I’m too much of an emotional wimp to even imagine doing it – thank god there are those who do. No one I’ve ever known who did it escaped seeing and hearing terrible, heartrending things. I get the *idea* that one has to concentrate on the good that one can do, not on what one can’t help – but I’m too thin-skinned.

          • decormaven

            Please see DBC before the Awards. Matthew and Jared’s performances will blow you away. I understand your hesitance, though. I’ve been postponing seeing 12 Years- even though I am dying to see Lupita’s performance- because the storyline is so painful, and true.

            • suzq

              I’m reading the book and wondering why the hell it took so long to make this movie! Kudos to Steve McQueen. The original SMcQ would be very pleased to share a name with him.

            • SRQkitten

              I’ve heard there was an earlier tv adaptation a number of years ago, not the same name.

          • AnneElliot

            I am an enormous crybaby and I cried during the movie, but I completely lost it in the car on the way home. It’s a really powerful movie, but please, it’s so worth seeing. Don’t skip it.

            Of course, I am the one who keeps putting off 12 Years a Slave because of the subject matter. I’m so chicken. (But I’m off work Monday and Tuesday and plan on going to at least one movie). And I’ll be drinking champagne and eating homemade lumpia.

            • MilaXX

              I watched, I cried, but not as much as I expected.

      • alyce1213

        I think you got it right. Place a bet somewhere.

        • MilaXX

          The Wind Rises is on my if I have time list.

        • suzq

          I may see The Wind Rises tonight, if we get a chance.

          • alyce1213

            I’m going with my 21 year old son this week. He was raised on Miyazaki (and Disney, of course). I always look forward to his films.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I like your choices. The only thing I’d add is that I hope Disney’s Get A Horse wins the animated short and that 20 Feet From Stardom gets the Best Feature Documentary.

        • SRQkitten

          Didn’t see the Disney movie but would second you on 20 feet!

        • MilaXX

          The only animated feature I’ve seen is Frozen. I figured it would get it on hype alone.

    • lexilexi

      Those of us who live in California are the lucky ones… Oscar night is not a late one for us. And on the topic of California, I speak for all of us out here when I say: COME ON OUT!! At least one trip to the North and one to the South. Several stops in each region would be better; this is one huge state with BKs scattered everywhere! I vote for the Bay Area personally.

    • frannyprof

      Come to Los Angeles! I promise this scary stuff they’re telling us is “rain” will be gone by then!

      • NinaBoo

        ATTENTION SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA KITTENS!!

        Like, post, jump up and down…let the Uncles’ publisher know we want them out here. Heck, we’re big enough for a few appearances.

        Please, please, please schedule a signing in Southern California, Mrs./Mr. Publisher Person. I want to get my book sign and meet up with my fellow PUFs.

        Sincerely,
        Nina…BOO

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          TLo’s Editor was apparently very firm about being a Bitter Kitten rather than a PUF so it might help the cause if you stick with the BK nomenclature. Good Luck!

          • NinaBoo

            And so it is.

    • marlie

      I think I’m too old for a weekend without sleep, for either fun OR work. I’m hunkering down for MORE snow, and just making sure I’ll have enough booze and snacks to last me through the Oscars.

      Stay warm and dry Kittens, and I’m sure I’ll see you all in the Lounge on Sunday!

      • @Biting Panda

        Bless your frozen kitten mittens!!

        • marlie

          As much as I genuinely love snow, I’m done. DONE, I say.

          • MilaXX

            I don’t like snow and I am terrified now that I have balance issues. I went out to the market this evening just in case.

            • suzq

              You need some cleats and trekking poles. I’ve started using the trekking poles on my 6-mile walks and they’ve been very helpful in those spots where the shoveling is not so good.

            • MilaXX

              Not sure about the trekking poles, but cleats are starting to sound like a good idea.

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

              Do you have Yaktrax? I know people who swear by them, and I keep meaning to buy some because I just cannot walk on snow. I blame growing up in the wrong climate.

            • MilaXX

              I never heard of them before, but they’re available though Amazon. I may give them a try.

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

              They may only be suitable for wimpy British snow! But the fact they slip on over any shoes is very useful.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            We had some sudden nasty fits of snow this morning. When I looked out the window and saw it, I almost cried.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        Last Sunday it was 70 degrees, then the weather remember it was still winter and it got down to 18. This Sunday is is back up to 70. I have worn spring cloths, fall cloths, and dead of winter clothes all in one week.

        • marlie

          It’s like seasonal whiplash.

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

        FFS, it’s MARCH. All your snow can fuck right off.

        Our mild winter continues mild, but very wet and windy.

        • marlie

          We’re on our way to having the second snowiest winter on record in Philadelphia. Argh.

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

            We’ve had the wettest winter since 1766 (how on earth do they know that?), Australia has had the hottest summer on record, you are having the snowiest winter. It’s all crazy.

      • suzq

        We’re bracing for that dreaded, mid-Atlantic “Wintery Mix” we all know and love so well. I’ll up cocktailed up with exclusive rights to the living room and the big hi-def teevee, now that Downton Abbey and the Olympics are over.

        Just hoping Putin stays the hell out of the rest of the Ukraine. I don’t want to see Diane Sawyer with breaking news.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I just checked the Weather Channel and they’re predicting 6-10 inches for Monday here….
          And yes, may Putin show some degree of sense and not advance from the Crimea.

    • Scimommy

      On Sunday I’m shooing the kids off to bed, then popping in front of the TV, laptop in hand, to enjoy the Oscars while reveling in Twitter snark from TLo and others in Twitterverse. I have seen hardly any of the nominated films but that won’t prevent me from forming opinions on what the stars are wearing and other Oscars shenanigans (and fingers crossed there WILL be shenanigans!).

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

        Sounds like we have the same plans :)

        • Scimommy

          Cheers!

    • Aidan B

      Glass of wine already in hand, darlings! And a box in the fridge to make sure we have enough for the weekend. Unfortunately i’ve only seen one of the best picture noms (Philomena) but I’ll be tuning in and rooting for the fabulous Lupita, of course!

      • Aidan B

        PS, did anyone see “22 Times Lupita Nyong’o Proved She Was a Flawless Fashion Genius” on Buzzfeed? Glad the rest of the world is catching on to what TLO and the Kittens have known all along!

        • MilaXX

          Did you see the rainbow of Lupita? I may make that my new screensaver

          • tinyredlocks

            I did! It is beyond fabulous!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That Lupita rainbow is so fabulous-who would have thought to do that?

        • understateddiva

          Anybody know any gossip as to which design house is making a gown for her? I’m dying to see what she wears.

          • Aidan B

            I know nothing, unfortunately.

      • Lisa_Co

        Speaking of Lupita, I had dinner tonight with another balletomane whose day job is to work for Hello magazine (she’s usually in London). Apparently, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury will be doing Lupita’s makeup for the Oscars. Say goodbye to all that blue often around her eyes. If you get Hello (I don’t) an interview with Charlotte will tell you what products she used and how to apply them.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Well, let’s see-scan the Hollywood issue of VF, consult TLo’s book(of course), lay in enough wine to get me through the Oscars pre-show and show. And that’s just Sunday!
      Off-topic-I did the Buzzfeed “What fashion icon are you”-and somehow ended up with Tilda Swinton-as if I could possibly, possibly even be worthy….but that was fun!

      • LongTall_Sally

        I took the same quiz and also ended up with Tilda! I was so pleased — it was the first one of those silly quizzes that gave me an answer that I liked.

        • Aidan B

          Holy shit, I got Michelle Obama! Based on all our answers so far these results seemed to be designed to flatter the user as much as possible.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          When I take those quizzes I have the strong suspicion that they are actually pitched to a different demographic than the one I inhabit, but they are entertaining.

        • marlie

          Sometimes I keep retaking them until I get the answer I want.

          • alyce1213

            I love you for saying that.

      • MilaXX

        buzzfeed quizzes are the new bitstrips, no?

      • another_laura

        Okay, you guys, I got Rihanna and I’m a middle-aged woman who likes opera and breaking up over tearful martinis. Do. Not. Get.

        • another_laura

          On the other hand, Buzzfeed also says Alfonso Cuaron should be directing my life, so that’s not so bad.

          • Sarah

            Buzzfeed told me that I should be a CEO last week, and that is just ridiculous. I’m so much a non-leader that I’d rather let someone else drive my OWN car rather than do it myself.

      • alyce1213

        I got Audrey Hepburn.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I could live with Audrey as a fashion icon.

      • Carrps

        I got Jenna Lyons, and I don’t even know who she is. ???

        • alyce1213

          Now THAT’S funny. (I don’t know who she is either.)

        • MilaXX

          I got her as well. She’s creative director at J Crew. I do love a good pair of glasses, but I’m not preppy at all.

        • marlie

          That’s who I got, too! Actually makes sense to me.

      • Anna

        I got Rihanna, which is hilarious. She’s cool and all but I have nothing in common with her in terms of fashion sense and tastes.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I would have pegged my fashion icon as Audrey Hepburn, but I got Tilda, which I loved-I think it’s because I picked the hairless kitten!

    • Frank_821

      I’ll be watching. More for the special tributes than the awards. Not that invested. They are doing a tribute to superheroes and to Wizard of Oz where Judy’s kids will be part of

      got lots of paperwork to do at home for the hubby’s website

      Keeping my fingers cross you can make Austin happen

    • Musicologie

      Beautiful lounge! My week had its drama–my husband was supposed to start at the new job this week, but the start date got pushed back to next Monday. At least I got some escapism in the form of really, really good television when The Americans returned.

      I propose that we turn this into a discussion thread for The Americans!

      -SPOILERS-
      Okay, the thing that struck me the most was how much they upped the stakes when it comes to the kids. Last season, Elizabeth and Phillip kept mulling over what would happen to the kids if one or both of them died. Suddenly, it hits them like a ton of bricks that it doesn’t even matter that the kids are innocent; they could be slaughtered (like Phillip did to the busboy at the beginning of the episode). All their care to keep Paige from finding out, and it may not even protect her. Welcome to season 2!

      • MilaXX

        All I know is they need to get some locks on their doors. Never thought I’d see that on basic cable.

    • Sobaika

      YAY for Oscar weekend! I will be live-tweeting and screaming at the television with gusto!

      As for NAY, here’s what happened to me today: I was hit by a cab right as I was heading in to a job interview. Nothing is broken but I am stiff and will likely be very bruised. Four strangers ran over to help me and called the police. I just began screaming at the cab driver from the ground. So there are five women who don’t know each other huddled on a corner of 6th ave while a police car, fire truck, and EMT vehicle try to find spaces to pull over and I’m just waving this idiotic driver away from me while he is attempting to apologize profusely. I just want to get to my interview. They fill out a police report and the EMTs are are trying to calm me down. I make it to my interview but I am crying and waving around my police report. The interviewer is an icy blonde lady who clearly thinks I am insane, but she gives me a few minutes to gather myself. I get it together and we have a good talk. Must’ve been alright because she wants a follow-up. I came home to a PARKING TICKET. A massive one. Congrats, universe. As if my life weren’t already sufficiently fucked.

      Just got back from the hospital, I went afterwards. I’m well (thankfully) just covered in bruises :(

      • Aidan B

        My God, and I thought I had a day. Glad you’re ok! Buy some wine to match those purple bruises and get started, honey!

      • marlie

        That’s horrible. First off, thankfully you’re injuries aren’t too serious. Secondly, I’m impressed that you managed to rock the interview (you must have, if she wants a follow-up) just after that happened. Third, grab a drink, put your feet up, and try to have a relaxing weekend. You deserve it.

      • alyce1213

        Glad you had a good interview after that, hope you feel better.

      • @Biting Panda

        Barkeep!! Shots!! Doubles!! Immediately!!

      • MilaXX

        EGAD! Now you’re a bruised & bitter kitten. Glad you’re okay and hope you get the job!

      • Lisa_Co

        So glad you are ok. Cab drivers in NYC are the WORST!!!

      • another_laura

        Barkeep, get my girl whatever she wants and keep ‘em coming!!

        You poor thing! I admire that you got to your interview and got through it – Good on you!!

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Good heavens. I’m so glad you’re OK!

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Holy crap Sobaika, I’m really glad you’re okay but… HOLY CRAP!

      • mommyca

        oh no… You definitely need a restful weekend… I hope you feel better and good luck with the follow-up!

      • EveEve

        Oh dear, Sobaika.
        You had a quite dreadful day!
        Glad you are okay.

      • formerlyAnon

        Holy Mary Mother of God!
        I’m . . . glad you’re o.k.
        And props to the interviewer who probably wants a chance to see who you are when you aren’t traumatized.

        • Sobaika

          That’s what I’m thinking – that she just wants to see how I function when I’m not shaking and stammering.

          • formerlyAnon

            Though you must have shown SOME promise despite all the stress or she wouldn’t have bothered. So I think it’s a good sign.

      • decormaven

        Oh my goodness, dear. Swaddle yourself in comfy clothes. You were running on adrenaline yesterday even before the cab encounter and interview. There will be soreness today. Gentleness is key for you this weekend.

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

        Glad you are OK but wow – the parking ticket is so shitty!

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

        You rest this weekend, Miss Sobaika. You will probably start to feel lots of aches in heretofore unknown muscles all weekend. Rest and ibuprofen will be your friends. SO SORRY to hear of your troubles but SO GLAD you are basically OK.

      • Sarah

        Wow! Glad you had a decent meeting with the ice blonde lady in the end! And that you’re not really injured. And that five women came to your rescue :)

        • Lisa_Co

          We NYers are really quite nice. The cab driver is lucky those ladies didn’t set upon him with fury.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Good grief-first, very relieved that you are OK, and second that the ice blond wants a follow-up. Park yourself somewhere very comfortable Sunday and scream all you want to at the Oscars.

      • guest2visits

        Wow…..I mean crap…I mean DAMN! So hoping you are well soon, and the interview turns out in your favor, Sobaika.

      • kerryev

        Make someone bring you some arnica for the bruises.

    • @Biting Panda

      Life is currently serving up the lesson entitled “You’ve got shit. So does everyone else. Your shit isn’t as bad. Suck it up. Help others.” It’s life’s favorite lesson to teach me. Apparently I’m a slow learner.

      But I’m still going to have to take my shit by the horns and straighten it out. I’ve reached the end of my toleration rope.

      Around all of that, I’ll handle regular weekend tasks and hopefully be able to declare an evening of solitude for myself by RC time.

      Peace, Kittens. I love y’all.

      • RussellH88

        I learn that on a daily basis. My supervisor loves to act as if the smallest things are absolutely horrible and it reminds me that there are worse things in the world, which helps me from getting into “Wow is me” Mode.

      • formerlyAnon

        Good luck with the straightening. As alluded to elsewhere on this thread, I am doing some of my own. Unusually enough, it is feeling really, really good. That hardly EVER happens (to me).

    • alyce1213

      Seems like the main Oscars this year are a lock: Blanchett, McConaughey, Leto, N’yongo (or possibly Lawrence since she won the BAFTA), and 12 Years. It makes the awards less exciting. I, for one, loved Judi Dench in Philomena. I think her performance is Cate Blanchett’s only competition, but Cate “won” the Oscar as soon as the film came out and no one, except maybe Sandra Bullock, had a big push like she did. I’ll watch for the fashion, Ellen, special presenters, and the memorial tribute to the recently deceased. My hubs and I always speculate about what major Hollywood star will open the memorial and who will take the last curtain call: my bet is Peter O’Toole to open and Shirley Temple to close it out. But then there’s Philip Hoffman, Harold Ramis. It always makes me a little farklempt (or verklempt).

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I’m not sure when the ‘cut off’ date is but Harold Ramis might not make it into the montage unfortunately, they have to draw the line somewhere otherwise they’d be re-editing it right up until they run VT.

        • alyce1213

          Great avatar.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Thank you! I, alas, do not own a pair of these eye-catching shoes; they were not available in my size. But ’tis better to have loved and lost than never loved at all…

        • MilaXX

          I’m not so sure he was much loved. I think they may slip him in.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            I really hope so.

          • suzq

            Him who? Harold Ramis? He only wrote the top five funniest movies of the 20th century. He was an absolute comedy movie powerhouse.

            • alyce1213

              I think MilaXX left out a comma: “I’m not so sure (that he won’t make it into the tribute), he was much loved.” Not that she wasn’t sure he was much loved. I think that’s what was meant anyway. :)

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

              Yes, I read the comma into it too! No doubt in anyone’s mind that he was beloved.

        • suzq

          They’ll get Harold in there. Anyone who dies this weekend, however, unless they get snag LL Cool J to come out and do a tribute (like he did for Whitney Houston when she died the night before the Grammys) may be out of luck.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I read an article a couple of years ago about the complicated process of deciding who is recognized in the Oscars memorial tribute-if I remember correctly, certain actors/movie people are absolute locks, but there is a bit of politicking about the inclusion of other, lesser known individuals.

      • Sobaika

        Agreed, it takes so much of the fun out of awards season when the winners seem predetermined.

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

        The “dead people” tribute is one of my favorite parts of the broadcast, but I had called it exactly opposite of you, Alyce: Temple to open and O’Toole to close. Hoffman in the penultimate spot. Ramis will be a toss-up as to inclusion this year, I think: it really is late for editing the video, but then again by this time next year, the love will have dissipated. I remember the year Whitney Houston died, and even though it was after the cutoff date, they included her. So who knows?

        • alyce1213

          You could be right. My hubs thinks you are.

    • MilaXX

      It will be interesting to see what Johhny and Tara do. I doubt they can steal E! thunder no matter how stupid Giuliana is, but I want to see them try.

      • SRQkitten

        Johhny and Tara are doing oscar commentary? Please, on what channel?

        • suzq

          E!

          • SRQkitten

            Thank you! Wretched disqus crashed about five times trying to get this comment up.

          • Lisa_Co

            No not E!, NBC.

        • MilaXX

          On NBC.

      • understateddiva

        I am hoping they do well. I have the feeling that it’s a MUCH harder gig than it appears to be.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I…I…don’twatchtheOscars. There. I said it. I wait and look at the pictures.

      • Tlazolteotl

        Me, either.

      • MilaXX

        As annoying as the host are, the E! red carpet is often more fun than the actual ceremony.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I know Mr. B3 and I will be watching E!’s RC coverage, with the remote handy so that we can hit the mute button whenever Kelly Osbourne starts one of her breathless “I am in loooooove” comments.

      • tinyredlocks

        Ditto.

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

        I used to, but now I just prefer seeing the dresses on here!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Which pictures did you think I meant? :-)

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

            Well, most of the boy stars aren’t wearing dresses and are nice to look at ;)

      • Sarah

        Me either. Yadda yadda yadda dresses. Yadda yadda yadda surprising speech! TLo and the interwebs will distill the essence for me, thank you very much.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Hmm, a walk off, bowtie category, between Tim Gunn and Bill Nye.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Thank Goodness for Sunday, and then bring on the Tony’s! I am having my best friend over and we’re doing our nails (and having a mani-cam) and eating and drinking. I will have my computer, iPad, and Phone going to post and see photos that TV doesn’t show.

      ALSO, just got done at dinner at “Au Cheval” in Chicago and it was TO DIE….plus the waiter was SERIOUSLY scrumptious…he had a British accent to boot. Chicago BK’s NEED to check it out if they haven’t. Awesome Gastro Pub by an English Chef!

      • MilaXX

        LOL, I do awards ceremonies just like that using the computer, iPad & iPhone!

    • @Biting Panda

      Speaking famewhores and bitterness,

      I’m documented as being extremely cynical regarding The Widow Michele. I am feeling pleased as snarky punch, and sufficiently vindicated. Have you seen her recent PR dance for her upcoming music release? Ha!!

      • alyce1213

        Have you seen her photo spread by Terry Richardson?

        • @Biting Panda

          Oh yes.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I am so confused.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Thank gods for google!

          • @Biting Panda

            ; p

      • MilaXX

        yes I had to eyeroll at the ad I saw featuring some song that has Corey’s last words to her or something.

        • @Biting Panda

          DM “They’d been planning to start a family.”

          Please.

    • marlie

      I just read the VF article, and two things struck me. First, one of the stylists acknowledged that “Young girls can get famous today without having huge roles in blockbusters, just by having style.” Which is further proof or evidence of why people like Blake Lively and (to a lesser extent) Jessica Alba still exist… just by looking good, they still have some sort of presence on the A-list, even if they might not be the most talented.

      Second, a studio exec said that “Styling for male actors doesn’t matter,” “Female
      fans don’t latch on to guys because of their clothes. Brad Pitt might
      have the best jeans on, and maybe Bradley Cooper a notch down, but no
      one notices that.” Seems like that statement is becoming less and less true, as it does appear that the guystars are starting to up their game because they can’t always get by by JUST being hot. Maybe it’s the image that they want to convey for a role, or to be taken more seriously as an actor, but it’s becoming more and more important for a guystar to “Willis it the fuck up.”

      Anyway, reading all that showed how much of a artificial and disingenuous business it all is. It seems an exhausting existence, TBH.

      • MilaXX

        I agree, I think this younger crop of male stars willing to take fashion chances are upping the game a bit.

      • altalinda

        That studio exec quote jumped out at me. He needs to spend some time with the Bitter Kittens, and learn the concepts of Pitting and WITFU. He’s clearly out to lunch. Also, when I saw how much less styling male stars pays, as compared to styling female celebrities, I thought, no wonder the guys show up looking like they’re on the way to the hardware store.

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

      One of the highlights of our year is going to see all the Oscar-nominated shorts at our local art theater. “Get a Horse” was cute but Disney needs another Oscar like it needs a hole in the head. My vote is for “Mr. Hublot”, which was wildly original and so creative, and done by a shoestring cast. I say, support struggling artists who are turning out these small miracles without the benefit of a huge Hollywood machine behind them.

      Best live-action Short should go to either “The Voorman Problem” or “Helium”, which were both wonderful; probably “Helium” will get it since it has the heartstrings plot of a dying child.

      Best Documentary absolutely “30 Feet from Stardom”, a great story imaginatively told.

      Blanchett, Lupita, and Jared Leto are shoo-ins. I agree with it but I do wish that June Squibb (of “Nebraska”) didn’t have such stiff competition from Lupita….her performance as a crotchety yet loving wife was totally extraordinary, and she deserves recognition for a long supporting career.

      Best Actor is harder. Somehow I’m not sure that Hollywood is ready to embrace Matthew McC as a Best Actor winner. Leo has been nominated what, 5 times, and never won? He may waltz away with it after all, although I wasn’t entranced with his performance, or the film for that matter. My favorite leading man performance wasn’t even nominated: Joaquin Phoenix in “Her”. I was blown away by how he interacted with just the voice of Scarlett Johanssen. And Robert Redford was totally robbed by not getting a nomination for his extraordinary work in “All Is Lost”. I would have taken away Christian Bale’s nomination and given it to one of these two gents……Bale was good, but not great.

      Picture will probably go to “Gravity” but again, if I had a vote, it would go to “Her”.

      Any bets on who will be wearing whom? I say Blanchett in Armani, just to kick things off.

      • alyce1213

        I didn’t see all the docs — I saw Cutie and the Boxer, which I loved. I’m pretty sure Matthew McC will win, not only because the oddsmakers are calling it, but because Hollywood loves a redemption story — rising from the ashes of an occasionally sketchy career to a perfect and perfectly cast performance.

    • alyce1213

      Any feelings about Under the Gunn? I thought this week’s show was good. The designers are dwindling down to the better ones and the work is getting interesting. Natalia’s wind-up dress was a real hoot, and I think it best met the challenge. Shan’s outfit was fierce, but not exactly steampunky. Blake and Nicholas came up empty — one of them should have gone home last week, and the other this week. I don’t think Oscar’s was avant grade, but he really does drape well.

      • Lisa_Co

        I thought Natalia should have won. Her dress was more avant garde and the wind up mechanism was brilliant. Meanwhile Anya should have had a designer go home last week. That would have left her with 1 designer to Nick and Mondo’s 3 each!

        • Carrps

          This was the first episode I enjoyed … and liked the pieces. Duh. They got two days. Agree — I thought Natalia should have won. Hers more closely captured the steampunk aesthetic. Anya was useless as usual (you’re right — she should be down to just 1 designer) and still haggy looking. Is the lighting especially bad?

          Also, hate the sylist judge. Trying way too hard and falling flat most of the time.

          • alyce1213

            She really grates.

        • unbornfawn

          I thought Natalia should have won too! It is very true to steampunk style to have your outfit have a mechanized element. I don’t really watch until the runway then I pay attention.

      • Sarah

        I liked the challenge but I’m OVER them giving the judging choice to Anya. I said it before: I don’t think the mentors should have anything to do with the judging if they are indeed competing on some level. It is weird and wrong. And smacks of manipulating the situation just to have awkward, pained scenes wherein she is forced to explain her feelings about Nicholas’s talent. Weirdly, Oscar is growing on me as a person, but I think his style aesthetic is too drag for most women. I LOVED it when it was pointed out that if there was a steampunk broadway show, his outfit would be perfect for it (was that Nick? Haha!) because it was Spot On, to me.

        • alyce1213

          You hit it – more drama, the tortured, handwringing decision. I agree the mentor should not be in a position to make a Sophie’s choice (forgive me for minimalizing that). That’s why they have judges.

      • guest2visits

        I think I’m going to agree with most everyone about the show. I thought it was Natalia’s, with Michelle giving her a close run for it. I liked Oscar and Michelle’s both for the construction and the visual end result – even if they were basic steampunk, with little avant-garde. Oscar’s veered into stage costume… still, I think steampunk is naturally a bit costumey, and a bit AG, with it’s incorporation of period clothing and hardware.
        I thought Blake and Stephanie’s were the least SP, the least thoughtful or inspired. Blake’s was barely an idea and Stephanie’s was so weird and unattractive. I would have picked either of them for the auf, not Nicholas – who got the obvious loser beat down from the start. At least Nicholas had some SP/AG in his look, it wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be. It had as much SP/AG as Shan’s, although Shan’s was better made, and more complex. It was clear by Shan’s fabric selection; he didn’t have an clue what SP was about. I thought the patterned material was a terrible choice, but he reworked his original draft with advice from Anya & Tim; the straps and spliced arms and legs rescued the look and brought it closer to SP/AG. I liked it, but not as much as the other 3.
        I thought Sam’s was interesting too, it reminded me of the stuffed dolls in that sad, dreary animated movie “9”; plenty of SP/AG. And I thought Asha’s was great until the squishy bodice; but it was still a good SP inspiration.
        I thought both Mondo & Anya have given mostly nice, appropriate and encouraging advice til now, although it really hasn’t been anything more than common sense. Now it looks like Anya is more concerned with the contest than being helpful to Nicholas, I don’t know how her bitchiness was supposed to guide him. And then there’s Tim throwing ninja stars into his back while he grabs something to eat!
        While the idea of mentors being trained by Tim on how to mentor is a bit entertaining – it seems to happen at the expense of the designers own competition. This mentor-contest angle just makes the program that much more of a game show than it already was. Too much hovering and input by ALL the mentors. Why are designers asking for mentors to sign off on their designs? I don’t recall Tim having that much veto power. Having to please a mentor with the ability to auf you is a whole different ethics for the show.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I can’t say I’m surprised that Anya might be more concerned with the contest than mentoring one of her designers. She was very savvy during her season on PR about advancing herself.

          • guest2visits

            Truly. She hounded Nicholas like he was her personal sweatshop worker; ‘Did you really make these pieces yourself…are you sure…I don’t believe this…what is happening….you are not doing the kind of work I see in this portfolio…you’ve got to do much better…you have to start sewing, right now…!’ HA. Funny to see Anya trying to give instruction on how to MAKE something – which she couldn’t do, by the way, she could only nag and berate.
            The nails came out when she saw the prize driving away and she wasn’t in it. But of course, kissy/hug after she auf’d him.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              NOt to pile too much on Anya, but I view her as someone who is savvy, charming, and very, very aware that she’s looking out for her own interests first.

            • guest2visits

              You are right, and this is just a little tv show that shows only a small piece of anyone. But I do wonder why she was picked to judge or instruct as a mentor when her own scope of design was shown to be so limited during her season. I didn’t see the charm myself, but I did see her get lots of extra goodwill from the judges and her fellow competitors. And then the last straw for me…when they gave the final 4 more cash and had them run out to Mood at the last moment; which I don’t think they’ve done before or since. It seemed obvious it was to assist Anya in creating some better looks for her RW collection. Which she then won. I am wary that UTG is ready to help her get yet another questionable win, and really…through no effort of their own one of these mentors is going to win a hefty prize. Now that’s Anya’s type of game!
              Ultimately, people like or dislike some of the contestants for various reasons…for me Anya never came close to the hype that I felt was given, and I thought her a bit manipulative. I will say she made some pretty things along the way, and for sure she had an eye for beautiful prints. ;)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I really think Anya is probably a better stylist than designer-as you noted, she has a good eye for prints,and she styled herself really well.
              As a designer I’d take Mondo over Anya any day.

    • RussellH88

      I’m drinking and feeling a bit pathetic that I’ve invested more in seeing the Oscar movies than I have in my social/romantic life.

      I cross my fingers that I’ll stumble upon a group of 50+ ladies and realize my dream of living in the Golden Girls.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        I’m 52…almost 53!

        • RussellH88

          I have a second bedroom!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I’m assuming the cats are welcome, too?

      • MilaXX

        I hit the big 50 this past fall.

      • formerlyAnon

        I am 54 and trust me, we are just as annoying to live with as any other demographic.

        Of course, I’m the one with the almost-entirely-serious running list of reasons “Why I Will Probably Die Alone and Find It Less Annoying than the Company of Other Humans.” (Or something like that. Not sure I’ve got the title perfectly memorized.)

        • SRQkitten

          Maybe more so annoying as I think many of us as women find our voices as we get older and don’t put up with nonsense. People can either appreciate it or not. The good part of aging, IMO.

    • Daisy77

      Can I change the subject? Regarding the earlier post of Chris and Criss… When did Glee jump the shark? I watch the latest episode and yawned. Has it been a slow decline or was there a moment?

      • MilaXX

        I’m thinking somewhere around the time they had Rachel pining for a white Christmas

      • kittentoes

        Gracious, it’s been ages. That shark probably retired already.

    • EveEve

      TLo: I read the article (the whole thing) and can understand how one could be cynical about it all. Is there any chance you will tweet/blog who the stylists are of the celebs walking the red carpet on Sunday, or any other day? In a way it seems they should be judged too, since it seems like so many of the celebs are walking paid advertisements, not just of designers, but of the stylists.

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

      Since I am old and have kids, I am partying via Twitter for the Oscars, via #OscarSnark. Great way to “watch” with one of my besties who lives hundreds of miles away.

      I reserve a column for TLo on my Tweetdeck during any award show. The commentary is always hilarious and on-point.

    • kimmeister

      Ha, I have always called the Oscars my Superbowl. Just made and ate Romanesco cauliflower for the first time. It was like eating alien math!

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

        I love it for just that reason – fractal vegetable.

    • formerlyAnon

      Hi all, belatedly.
      I’ve seen even fewer of this year’s movies than usual (usually I’ve seen 40-60% of the nominees in any category). My opinions are thus uninformed, mostly, and I’m probably going to keep no more than one eye on the Oscars. Johnny and Tara appeal, at the moment.

      I am motoring through a loong list of to-dos. I made a fairly big life/career decision this past week, first big one I’ve made in many years based on emotion more than logic. It feels great and I’m full of energy. I KNOW that no one from my physical life (where I’ve been asked to keep it quiet) is going to find out from these comments, but I’m superstitious. So the 8 of you who might feel even faint curiosity as to details will find out later.

      • marlie

        Congrats on the decision-making; I know that alone can be hard. Whatever it is, I’ll keep my fingers crossed that it goes the way you want it to.

        • formerlyAnon

          Thanks. For the short term, it already is going better than I’d expected. The long term is exactly that – gonna be measured in years – so who knows? I could be run over by the proverbial truck (or poor Sobaika’s inattentive cabbie) or any one of a thousand more likely factors come to bear. I have no serious worries.

      • rainwood1

        Congrats on your big decision. I’m sure it will work out fantastically, both long and short-term.

      • decormaven

        Good for you! Go for it- even though we have not met in IRL, I think you are one who has, for lack of a better term, good “gut.” Trust the river…

        • @Biting Panda

          Trust the river. Yes. Yes.

          • SRQkitten

            Trust the river, trust yourself. Congrats on making a decision that will take you on a new path.

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

        I’m sure there are more than 8 of us who want to know the details!

        I am terribly reactive about decision making, so I always like hearing how other people go about things.

      • @Biting Panda

        Oooooh, intriguing. I wish for you, all the good energies.

      • Sarah

        Good for you, FA. Any decision that makes you feel great and energized is a good one, right? I am excited to find out what is in store for you! I haven’t seen ANY of the Oscar movies – I generally do run low-brow with my entertainment choices, because my mom was my partner for Serious Movies and I haven’t found a replacement person yet. I also don’t go TO the movies, so since most of ‘em aren’t out on DVD yet, I must wait. I am mostly interested in what people WEAR anyway, and TLo will take care of that.

    • formerlyAnon

      Also, I forgot to bitch about today’s bar. [Alert: old person taking stance on porch, wearing ratty cardigan with folded up tissues in sleeves, babbling about her lawn]. It’s impressive, but I HAVE HAD IT with these cavernous spaces with their hard walls and ceilings, designed so that sound will bounce around endlessly, apparently.

      I went to a very good restaurant this evening with two lovely people I rarely get to talk with. And we conducted our conversation in half-shouts all evening, thanks to their recent renovation which improved many things and gave them a beautiful, not-too-trendy semi-minimalist ambience. Except they also tore out the ugly dropped ceiling (& stripped the walls to the cinder blocks) and painted it all artistically, efficiently rendering the space less conducive to relaxed conversation than when it was a badly overcrowded, slightly shabby place with that “strip mall, mom & pop” ambience.

      • decormaven

        Someone in restaurant design needs to wake up and realize that a very large demographic of adults has impaired hearing from years of headphones jacked to 11 and loud concerts. Dinner out for me is as much about the socializing as it is the food. If I can’t hear, what’s the point?

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        My main quibble with the downtown D.C. Jaleo, one of my personal favs, is that their re-design a year or two ago resulted in a much higher decibel level, which I don’t enjoy. Add the restroom floors that were painted with faces staring at you as you sit on the throne, and I have to wonder, WHAT were they thinking?

        • decormaven

          Mmmm, Jaleo. Tapas and sangria….

    • Lisa_Co

      P

    • http://www.snoskred.org/ Snoskred

      BK’s.. for those of us enjoying the Jamie Dornan coverage on TLo, might I recommend you pop over to you tube and do a quick search for Jamie Dornan Funny Walk. He was on the Graham Norton show with Aaron Paul and a few others, and talking about his walk.

      I am becoming quite the fan of Jamie Dornan.. Gorgeous accent, plus he is funny, and of course pretty..

    • GillianHolroyd

      I have also just read the VF article–urge everyone to read it. Ironically just a couple days ago I was motivated to find out the name of Lupita’s stylist and ended up reading a THR article about the top stylists of 2013. I remember TLo did a post on the awards luncheon about a year ago. The online article lists by number, the top 25 stylists as decided by, uh THR and some other commercial entity. The only name I recognised was Rachel Zoe at #3. And L’Wren Scott further down

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

        That is a surprise! I would have thought Maggie was too cool for a stylist (plus the results don’t exactly show).

        • @Biting Panda

          Well Maggie isn’t going to go schlepping through the Goodwill racks. She’s a movie star. Her thrift is delivered to her multi million dollar home.

        • MilaXX

          I think some of her more daring looks with side boob and cleavage are definitely the work of stylist.

      • MilaXX

        The one thing I will say for Micaela Erianger, so far neither Michelle nor Lupita has worn a shoe that didn’t fit. I wonder if that’s why Michelle’s feel so safe and Lupita often wears a variation of the same shoe.

      • GillianHolroyd

        I guess what intrigues me about the stylist thing is that there are times when **everyone** dislikes, eg, one of those Frankendresses that Julianne Moore wears, and one wonders how that came to pass. Did the stylist have to convince her it looked good? Did the client insist on wearing something out of her range? Was there a kickback from an emerging designer? Were all the mirrors broken that day?

        I’m not interested in the winning looks so much as how a clearly losing look gets the go-ahead.

    • altalinda

      Amen to the recommendation for the VF article on the stylists and all of the economic forces at play there. The article would have blown my mind but for the fact that the Uncles have schooled me well over the years both here and in the Book. Speaking of that issue of VF, I highly recommend that any BKs who are interested in Old Hollywood read the article by Robert Wagner, an interesting account of the folks he knew and the way that their homes did and did not reflect them. It made me want to read the book it’s excerpted from, so mission accomplished.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        That VF article is a good read-I’ve read it,re-read it too. I found the comment about the stylist who entered the Armani shop with another designer’s garb in a garment bag, saying that “everyone wanted to dress her client”, and then was told(politely, no doubt) that “Mr. Armani does not audition”, and that Armani would be keeping their dresses for clients who wanted to work with Armani -to be a good example of politely dressing down a stylist.

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

        The thing that really did blow my mind is that there are no contracts. That’s pretty precarious, but makes it even more surprising how some stars miss the mark again and again.

    • suzq

      I will be joining the Oscars already in progress as I have tickets to wonderful concert. I’ll be already dressed to the nines with makeup and hair done impeccably, without paid help. So I will be merciless to the stars as well.

      Funny, as my friend circles begin to expand ever so, I’m meeting make-up and hair artists who work on these award shows. So I see what they do and then I see your critiques. It’s very strange. I wish everyone well, but it would be nice to have some WTF moments.

      • alyce1213

        WTF moments are the most fun and often the most memorable.

    • Sarah

      Oh, I am SO looking forward to the barrage of TLo Oscar Coverage. I used to look elsewhere, too, but what’s the point when I have the perfect place to get all the details from my most favorite and respected bloggers? So, I have a second family, as precious as my first, and it contains two sisters, a niece, and an extra mom-of-the-heart. These people are so close to me that I am having my wedding on their farm, and I love them like I love my own blood. Extra-mom broke her ankle yesterday! She is tough, but at 75 that is not good. And I feel super guilty because extra-sister and I are supposed to go to Philly next weekend to see P-Funk and I don’t know if she’ll have to stay around and nurse her mom (which I would not deny her the absolute duty to do) instead. Weirdly, both my GF and myself have both broken OUR ankles/legs, so it is bizarre that mom did, too. And I know just exactly how much pain it is, and how she probably should not be by herself in her big, rambling house, so I’m just trying to prepare myself for the old “I can’t go, sorry” call. And I even bought new Party Pants. Dammit.

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

        Yeah, broken bones at that age aren’t great, poor lady. I get the guilty conflicted feelings too. Hopefully other sister and niece are close enough by so you don’t have to miss your Philly weekend!

        • Sarah

          No, sadly, they are in Colorado. I might be able to get somebody else to go, but tis difficult to ask someone to be a back-up date for a thing you’re not sure about. Girlfriend is possibly a bigger fan than me, though, so she’ll make a valiant effort to attend, I’m sure. Plus these tickets were her Xmas present from me, so !!!! Moms, I’m not really worried about. She could use some time off. Reports are that it is a clean break, (just the little bone) and she’s taking it like a champ. I just hope she heals well and it doesn’t take too much out of her in the long run.

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

            Nag her about doing whatever physio she is prescribed. That seems to be the biggest barrier to recovery!

            • SierraDelta

              Agreed. I was really conscientious about physical therapy, and it made all the difference. I also upped my vitamin D and calcium consumption on the advice of my primary care physician. I live in Minnesota, and a lot of us are seasonally low because of limited winter sun exposure.

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

              Interestingly, most Australian women are now low on vitamin D because we’ve absorbed the Slip Slop Slap message (which is the catchy yet disgusting skin cancer avoidance slogan). Many of my friends have been prescribed vitamin D!

            • SierraDelta

              I’ve always been religious about Slip Slop Slap when we’ve been to Australia. However, no one told me when I went to Perth that the “Slap” part would be constantly slapping away at the mind boggling number of flies trying to dive bomb me!

              The first boy I ever kissed (at age 11) was Australian, and I’ve had a soft spot for Oz even since.

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

              I’m glad he did our nation proud! I’ve never been to the West coast. Or Tasmania or South Australia!

      • formerlyAnon

        Good luck. Maybe you and GF can work out some complicated favor swapping with someone who extra-mom won’t refuse to accept as help for one day/night?

        Yeah. Doesn’t even sound likely from here. I KNOW you’ve thought of this and it IS playing dirty: Enlist extra-mom in convincing GF to go with you. If there really is a viable alternative company-keeper-helper, these are desperate times . . .

        • Sarah

          Heh – great minds think alike! Extra-mom has lots of friends, and really probably would be like “You kids go have fun!” but her daughter (and me for that matter) is fiercely loyal and I told her my own self after my real mom was gone that she should not waste one second with her own. She took me extremely seriously, because losing my mom was a shock to her as well, so if she wants to stay by her mom’s side I can’t blame her. It IS only ONE NIGHT though. And, as I said, new party pants are itching to go out dancing.

          • formerlyAnon

            As someone with probably a couple of decades on you – never miss out on a chance to go out dancing in good company. The occasions when the stars all align to make it possible and fun decrease as we get on, unless you have high tolerance for dancing with people who could be your kid to music that is mostly unfamiliar. Still fun, but not as much.

            • Sarah

              I was just told that we CAN go – mom is all right but sore, and said she’d be fine. Dancing it is! Yay! But now, we have to make sure mom doesn’t try to start walking before she should. If I know her, she’ll be attempting the riding mower by next weekend – she loves to work her acreage, and spring’s a’comin’. The woman is a Force of Nature. Keeping her still for the time it takes to heal will be a challenge.

            • Qitkat

              I’m glad to hear you will be able to make your concert after all. Sending healing vibes to your mom-of-the-heart. Love that!

      • SierraDelta

        I feel your pain, Sarah — I broke my ankle three years ago, and I had a mom-of-the-heart, too. I adored her, but sadly MOM — My Other Mother — died last year, and some of the radiance has gone out of my life.

        My grandparents-in-law and some of their kids farmed, so my experience is admittedly limited, but what always struck me was that there’s such a sense of community that one of the neighbors would gladly fill in for your GF so that you and she could still have your weekend. You’d be able to check in with extra-mom periodically by cell to reassure yourselves, but I’m pretty sure she’d want you to stick to your plans. She didn’t make it to 75 without an inner toughness.

        Thoughts, prayers, and healing vibes dispatched your way.

        • Qitkat

          Let me offer my support and love to you even after all this time in losing your MOM last year. What a beautiful and poignant way to express your loss. It is indeed a lifelong struggle when that radiance goes out of one’s life. Blessings, dear one. Your strength will allow you to persevere, and even prosper, but things never are quite the same again. Many is the time I talk to my mom, and wish she were still here.

          • SierraDelta

            *Typing through tears* Thank you. I’m deeply touched by your kindness.

            • Qitkat

              Tis difficult enough to lose a parent as an adult, losing your dad like that must have really shattered your world. I’m so sorry.
              Remembrance is key, I’ve even heard my parents’ voices in my dreams. Bittersweet.

        • Sarah

          Thanks! You’re sweet. Other Mother is doing well – mostly just frustrated and sore, but we’ll be off to our concert as planned. We’ll spend the night with her first – it’s an hour closer to where we’re going, so we’ll get a jump on the drive, and we can make sure she’s set up well for the weekend. I’m going to give her some fruit! When I shattered my ankle (18 pins and a plate!) I remember what those painkillers did to a stomach. Fruit is in order, I say.

    • guest2visits

      Yahoo!….got my (your) book this week and haven’t been able to stop picking it up; not least of which is the sexy cover-stock which I keep touching! Some kind of silky, suede-like, luxurious fabric feel to it. Funny, snarky, and rich with the knowledge that comes from experience; so thanks, you guys. Watching the Oscar parade IS better having read this blog; TLo – BK fashion & celebrity insight make it that much more interesting and entertaining.

      • @Biting Panda

        I’m so tactile, I love the feel of the book. So glad I’m not an ereader.

    • snarkykitten

      You guys get to go to fashion shows, wrote a fabulous book, AND met Bill Nye?? This BK is so jealous!

    • Qitkat

      This is for @SierraDelta :

      Grandma Kerr’s Skillet Scones
      (makes 12)

      HISTORY: This is a workingman’s recipe, not the fancier sweet baked recipe that is most often seen on the internet. My husband has eaten these all his life, as well as our kids. His mom, born in the US, passed the recipe to us. Her mom (Grandma Kerr) was born in 1881 in Calderbank, Old Monkland, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and immigrated to Canada in 1906, and later moved to West Virginia. She was raised by her grandma, who was born in 1838 in Cambusnethan, Lanarkshire, Scotland. We assume the recipe came from her, at any rate it is over 133 years old!

      3 cups white flour, sifted or stirred before measuring
      1 tsp baking soda
      1 tsp cream of tartar; buy fresh if yours is old (critical to rising)
      1 tsp salt
      1 Tbls white sugar
      1/2 cup crisco type shortening
      –Stir dry ingredients together. Use a large wide bowl, with extra room (helps keep it less messy).
      –Using a pastry cutter, cut crisco into dry til evenly mixed into small beads.

      1 cup + 1 Tbls + 1 tsp real buttermilk
      –Add to crisco-flour mix and stir with a fork just until it forms a ball.

      –Dust your clean hands and a clean counter surface with a small amount of extra flour. Dump dough ball out and knead and turn until fairly smooth, about 8-10 times. Form into one round ball, and cut in half with a knife. One half at a time, place cut side down onto flour dusted surface, and using your fingers press into a round about 6-7 inches by 1/2 inch. Cut each round like a pie into 6 wedges.

      –Have a nonstick electric griddle (not with ridges) pre-heated to 325-350 degrees. Gently (they are soft) place triangles on, not touching, and cook around 5 minutes per side. The cooking side will get golden brown unevenly. They should rise to around double in height. You can get all 12 on most rectangular griddles. They can be cooked on the stove top, seasoned cast iron works best, or teflon. You will just have to watch them more carefully. Of course, this is how Grandma did it, nearly every morning, for her family of 11 children!

      –Split while hot, slather on the butter and/or toppings of your choice, and enjoy. Or split and toast lightly in toaster oven, especially helpful if the interior seems a bit doughy after cooking, not a problem. Experience will tell you when they are done.Betcha can’t eat just one!

      –Store at room temp, loosely covered. Best eaten within one day or two at most. Or freeze, tightly wrapped, after cooling.

      NOTES: It’s really quite a simple recipe, I could have mixed a batch in the time it took to write this. If you want to make more, it’s best to do one batch at a time, goes fast, the seconds are ready to cook by the time the first ones are done. We have never ever met anyone who didn’t love these. I’ve experimented over the years, adding dried fruit, lemon zest, using different flours. Some were better than others, but the original always seemed to taste the best. Please do use real buttermilk, regular or low fat both work well. Grandma of course also used lard, my husband remembers eating those.