T LOunge

Posted on April 11, 2014

Darlings, since we woke up here this morning:

 

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TLOUNGE-Apr112014-2The Library, Public Hotel, Chicago

 

And found ourselves grief-stricken that we had to get on a plane and couldn’t stay to be fabulous just a little while longer in these chic surroundings, we’ve decided to make it our T LOunge this week. What better way to close out this, one of the best weeks ever for us? The second leg of our book tour got us out into the world once again to meet the Bitter Kitten community and it was a rousing success all around, as well as a ton of fun for us. We love the BKs.

Also, this happened.

Now excuse us while we fall face-first into something soft, like laundry, or a pile of cats. Talk amongst yourselves.

OH! And the Rupaul’s Drag Race review will go up this weekend. And don’t forget to hang out here to chat your way through Mad Men with the whole BK community.

We have to go right now, or we’re afraid we’ll wind up falling asleep right here on our keyboaMMMMMMMMnbbu0o98y['['98t'9qwefg7[vb'wq'[2974fgbqv[uo[zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

 

 

[Photo Credit: publichotels.com]

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

      Have a good rest! Hope the cats haven’t pooped in all your shoes.

      • decormaven

        That is evil- but not outside the realm of ticked off kitties.

        • Mildred20

          Would that make them the original Bitter Kittens?

          • hughman

            Shitter Kittens.

        • Aidan B

          My parents’ cat once shat on my mom’s pillow in the time it took her to open the bedroom door with her first load of stuff, go back downstairs for the second load of luggage, and bring it upstairs. How that cat is still alive is beyond me.

        • SRQkitten

          Truth! We brought the kitties home from boarding after one trip and our male kitty promptly showed how pissed off he was by doing that in Dh’s suitcase – while Dh was watching! Hell hath no fury like a kitty boarded (at least with our furball, he expects to be brought along)

      • prisma

        My cat once relieved herself in my suitcase as I was packing to go out of town. Another time she relieved herself in my suede lined boots that were sitting next to my suitcase as I was packing to go out of town. She’s since chilled out about me going out of town but I still won’t leave my suitcase open if I go out of the room for more than a minute or two if I’m packing.

        • Jackie4g

          If the suitcase is open, Genghis climbs in for a snooze. If I flop the lid over, Genghis goes to sleep on top of the suitcase. Mrs. Girl assumes a perch on the window sill and yells at me. Once, before my son moved back home, I had to call and invite him over so he could affectionate the cats and I could get some packing done. Once packed, the suitcases have to immediately go out to the car trunk, or there will be no end of foment (theirs) and unrest (mine).
          edited for typos.

          • Eric Stott

            Another parent of a yelling cat- welcome, and my sympathy.

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

            We get berated for all manner of crimes against felinity too.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Our Genghis gets noticeably disturbed when we bring out the suitcases-he knows it means that either one or both of his staff will be going away, and that definitely upsets his world.

          • BarniClaw

            I’m going to have to use the verb affectionate from now on. Just like you did there.

            • Jackie4g

              I know it’s totally incorrect, but it totally works, so what the hay!

      • Violina23

        Ours usually just meow at us disapprovingly when we come home from a long trip. Then we usually get some butts in our face. And some things knocked off the furniture at 3AM. Just to put us in our place, of course…

        • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

          I used to call that the ‘everything looks better on the floor’ decorating scheme.

        • Sarah

          I like to pretend that strident meowing after a return from a trip is just them telling me about all they got up to while I was gone. I just say “Really? Wow! You don’t say!” etc. Because; yes. I am that lady that talks back to the catz.

          • demidaemon

            I do the same thing with my dog sometimes, who thinks he’s a cat trapped in a dog’s body. I tend to blame it on the fact that he grew up with our dearly departed cat and took on many of her mannerisms. Luckily, he usually doesn’t have the one where he throws all of his food allover the place while trying to get into his mouth with his paw (She originally grew up with about five zillion other cats when I was younger and, apparently, was learning the negatives of being a cat hoarder. She learned this trick for the need of sustenance, in order that she could get food out when there five other cats cramming their faces into the bowl. We downsized to two during my later teens, but she never did give up that getting the food out of the bowl with her paw trick

            • Sarah

              I have had a few that did that. I always think it’s like form of “killing” the kibble. Getting it out of the bowl and pushing it somewhere private is a mini-hunt for an indoor cat.

            • demidaemon

              Mine used a particular scoop method with her paw to bring the kibble right to her mouth. What techniques did yours use?

            • Sarah

              Scooping for sure. Scooping, dropping, and then pouncing. Sometimes, shoving with snoot, then attacking with paws. My mom had one that had to drown everything – toys, food, bugs – in the water bowl. Weirdo!

            • demidaemon

              All kinds of adorableness! Think of all the Youtube hits we could get!

      • NinaBoo

        I made the decision to stay with my friend on Election Night. Her race for SCHOOL BOARD got mean and awful so I felt it was better to stay there….I missed The Uncles’ LA event.

        I’m bummed about missing them but I think I was where I was supposed to be. That being said, it looks like she will officially be declared the winner. Unfortunate that it went negative but the right person will have won!

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

          You made the right decision! How awful that something like that got nasty.

      • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

        I had one that were she displeased with you, would go and leave a giant steaming load in the middle of your bed. Then stand in the doorway to make sure you understood she did it.

    • lexilexi

      We are SO GLAD you feel the LOVE!! You wonderful uncles deserve it! Now rest. Lots to do this weekend.

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

      If TLo were there, why are they not in the picture? Just one TLounge selfie, please.

    • decormaven

      Ooh, what a shame to leave that place! Hope they comp you a free room next time, because I’m definitely tucking this back for a future CHI trip. Good job on promo’ing it.
      What a wacky week! Trying to hit a work deadline; looks like some weekend work may be required. Drinks, please!

    • Danielle

      Have a good rest, uncles! I’ll be joining you in slumber shortly. Gestating a human is exhausting.

      • @Biting Panda

        What is this little nicety?

      • Violina23

        Congrats! Hope you’re feeling good and that your BK in training is treating you well :)

      • Sarah

        Still so happy for you, mommy-to-be!

        • Danielle

          Thank you for all your kind words, BKs!! So happy to share this experience with you guys!

      • Kitten Mittons

        What wonderful news! Congratulations and rest up.

    • MartyBellerMask

      OMG, Mad Men is coming back! Can you even stand it? Oh, the waiting….
      I wish I could binge watch this weekend, but I’ve got a pretty full plate. Now, if i could get a full glass. ;) Cheers!

      • decormaven

        I tried to rewatch S6 to get up to speed for the new season, but Don’s Descent into the Fifth Ring of Hell was more than I could take this busy workweek. Looking forward to seeing his rise from the ashes on Sunday.

        • NinaBoo

          I read that as “Filth Ring of Hell”.

    • kimmeister

      So sad that I wasn’t able to see the uncles in SF. It has been a work week from el infierno though. So exhausted I nearly feel asleep while getting my teeth cleaned at the dentist yesterday! But, I haven’t been plane hopping like TLo so I will just shaddup.

    • zenobar

      Congratulations on your Best Week Ever. Stick the laundry behind a door somewhere, pour a cocktail, grab a cat and put your feet up. You earned it.

      • marlie

        Yep. The laundry can wait a night.

    • hughman

      I can so totally see Tom and Lorenzo sitting in those chairs by the fire, laughing gaily and throwing back their heads in amusement. Suddenly a whole murder of models and fashionistas walk in, see them, and began tittering amongst themselves while nervously pinching their wan, photoshopped arms to convince themselves it really is TLo. Then one young proselyte breaks from the herd, her perfectly matte face bowed in honor and walks over to the two men where she kneels on one knee.

      “Excuse me sirs. My shoes. Do they meet your approval?”

      TLo both purse their lips and examine her footwear. Thankfully it is not the dreaded “nude pump” and she will be spared.

      “Your footwear is in. You may go now.”

      She stands joyfully, one tear streaming over the waterproof mascara, and quickly thanks them before she rushes back to her waiting friends who crowd around her and make her retell what happened over and over again so that it enters Legend.

      • boweryboy

        I love that you used “murder”. Where they all wearing black as well?

        • hughman

          Bien sûr!

        • Jackie4g

          As in “murder of crows”, or “ostentation of peacocks”?

          • boweryboy

            I was thinking crows, but an ostentation of peacocks is equally apropos.

          • H2olovngrl

            for some reason, a group of models for me, has always been a “gaggle”.

            • Jackie4g

              As in geese. Perfect.

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

        In other words, just another weeknight for us.

    • Adrienne

      OH! And the Rupaul’s Drag Race review will go up this weekend. I have been checking the site ALL DAY for Drag Race updates. I’ve been absolutely jonesing for some commentary on this past week’s episodes. I realize you’ve been busy, but chop chop! :)

      • bowlwoman

        Jinkx!

    • bowlwoman

      Thank GOD for the RuPaul review. I’ve been frantically refreshing all week, jonesing for my super-RU fix!

      Glad the uncles had a fabu time on the tour. Come to Austin, dammit!

    • alyce1213

      I’d love to curl up in one of those fuzzy white chairs with some drinks and snacks on the table, and chat the evening away.
      I have a scary concern in my family. A cousin (who did not take care of himself very well over the past 20+ years) is gravely ill in hospital, multiple problems, quite serious. We are 6 first cousins, raised in close proximity, close in age, more like brothers and sisters. We’re hearing words like “cautiously optimistic,” “not responding to new meds.” It’s really shaken me up. I’m not ready for this stuff — not with my cousins. Oy.

      • Aidan B

        Oof. Hope you get some good news soon!

      • crash1212

        Wow. Sounds like one lousy week. I hope things turn around soon.

      • marlie

        My cousins are more like siblings as well, so I know the feeling. I’ll keep you and your family in my thoughts!

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        That’s rough. When the people of your own generation become seriously ill it’s particularly shocking. Good luck to you and your cousin.

      • Pennymac

        My boys are also close to their cousins.Sending hugs.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Aw honey. Breathe. Hope it’s OK.

      • @Biting Panda

        I’m sorry, love.

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        Saying a little prayer for your cousin. :(

      • Violina23

        *hugs* to you. Be kind to yourself…

      • Kitten Mittons

        Prayers and thoughts for your cousin and your family.

      • Alloy Jane

        :( As someone who is very tight-knit with my cousins, I feel your pain. I hope he gets through this and you have a chance to beat him up for scaring the crap out of your family. Virtual hugs and real prayers to you.

      • formerlyAnon

        Wishing you and your entire family well.

      • Jackie4g

        Hoping for a more positive turn of events. Sending good thoughts.

      • Sarah

        Best wishes for your cousin, and your family. And you!

      • Janet B

        Keeping you in my thoughts.

      • decormaven

        Hoping today brings more encouraging news. Hang in there!

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

        Hope he makes a good recovery!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Hoping that your cousin gets through this rough time, dear.

    • DLJoe

      I didn’t realize how big a fan of TLo I was until this week. I can’t watch an episode of Drag Race without reading the recap the next day. It makes the show incomplete somehow lol

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Why is the woman in the portrait on the left wearing a shower cap?

      • VictoriaDiNardo

        Oh, I love those photos! They are by photographer Hendrik Kerstens – he emulates Flemish paintings with modern disposable materials like plastic bags and bubble wrap, and usually uses his daughter as a model. Google his images, so cool. The plastic shopping bag is my favorite!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          That explains so much.

        • formerlyAnon

          Thank-you for the horizon broadening!

    • Aidan B

      I hope you have a nice, relaxing weekend, Uncles! You deserve it. I’ve had a hell of a week myself; my fiance got a flat 100 miles from home on Monday, in the middle of the night when no one could bring him a new tire, drove home on the spare much further than it was supposed to go and damaged his axel as a result. Forked over over $300 to get it fixed the next day. Yesterday we got a call that the car has been recalled; he’s had it for a month. My drink of choice this weekend will probably be tequila.

      • marlie

        Tequila’s my favorite. Enjoy it.

      • Sarah

        Argh – I had a tire replacement expense this week too. I was lucky though, because I thought my rotor was damaged and I took the truck into the shop and was told that my two front tires were so worn that it was a miracle that I was driving on them. Why I didn’t notice is not something I want to explain to my brother, who is a mechanic and would not forgive me for my negligence. I’m toasting your tequila with my beer!

        • Aidan B

          I would have been scolded my by brother in a similar fashion, haha.

      • decormaven

        As well it should be. What an unpleasant experience. Glad fiance is ok; the car stuff will get fixed.

        • Aidan B

          Thank you; that is definitely the most important thing!

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

        You deserve doubles!

    • crash1212

      First entry, is the painting on the right of a woman in large curlers? I really, really hope it is. I would so love to spend some time in that lobby. This has been a totally shit day and I can’t wait for it to be O.V.E.R. Wanted to be part of the BK audience in San Francisco but couldn’t make it at the last minute due to stupid. *sigh* Here’s to a nice weekend for all the BK’s out there and to our fabulous Now-at-Home Uncles.

    • marlie

      Happy weekend, everyone!!

      • Sarah

        Same to you!

    • BobStPaul

      For those of you jonesing (understandably) for the T Lo commentary on RPDR, you can head on over to the Queerty website. They have a weekly recap as well. It may not be as good as the one here, but it’s not bad – and might at least provide a temporary fix.

      • demidaemon

        You can also look at the Chad Sell website–The Sellout–who also does awesome fanart of the queens in addition to commentary and discussions on the episodes. It’s a real treat!

        • BobStPaul

          Thanks! That was fun and a somewhat different take from the usual analysis.

          • demidaemon

            Glad to be of help. I like how he has a discourse with another person, at least for most of the current season. And his art is pretty glorious, too.

    • DinahR

      You both deserve the thrills, fun and success!! I couldn’t make it to LA for the signing but was there in spirit. Hope I can make a future meet. Safe and speedy travels to you.

    • @Biting Panda

      Oh my goodness, this lounge is beautiful!
      Also beautiful, the city of Savannah. We had an amazing trip. I truly did not want to return.

      My kids just got home from their nonstop Orlando adventure. I forsee a weekend of snuggles. And laundry.

      Cheers, Kittens. Loves y’all bunches.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope the total family re-entry goes well. And glad the trip was amazing.

      • Sarah

        Oof – I went to college in Savannah. Lovely to visit, not to live in. Glad you enjoyed it, especially because spring is the best time to be there!

      • decormaven

        Home! Bask in the glow of yellow pollen.

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

        How did the new hair stand up to real life?

        • @Biting Panda

          So good! I still love it.

          I can use a curl/antifrizz cream and dry with a diffuser and get fantastic curls.
          I can blow dry with just a round brush and get soft waves. Or I can use the straightening iron after that and get it completely curl free.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        So glad you enjoyed Savannah so much. Enjoy the snuggles-you can do that while the laundry is getting done!

    • Pennymac

      I got approved to move into a renovated turn of the century dry goods store that was converted into a house!! I’ll be living in the main historic area of a beautiful little town, walking to the summer outdoor concerts and growing herbs for my homeopathic skin care sideline! So, SURPRISE, I’m moving! I also sent an email to the old straight white guys at work listing my accomplishments over the past 18 months and reminding them to review me while keeping “gender biased salary discrepancies” in mind.

      Edited to add: My middle son who is stationed in Japan as a helo pilot is getting married tomorrow. I was so excited to tell y’all about the house I forgot! BAD MOMMY!

      Maybe next weeks lounge I’ll be either unemployed or significantly more comfortable!

      • kimmeister

        Is he getting married in Japan, aka will you be present?

        • Pennymac

          He’s at NAS Atsugi, and I am unable to attend. The brides best friend as professional photographer/maid of honor and the grooms younger brother/fellow Naval Officer are the only guests. Friends and family are planning a huge party stateside this fall. I’m a former military wife, Blue Star Navy mom,and Marine Corps aunt, so while I’m disappointed,I’m not heartbroken. I understand the demands of the armed forces. I will be going to Japan before the year is out, hopefully!

          • Sarah

            Heh! I used to play Atsugi in soccer matches. My dad was stationed in Yokosuka. The pictures will be lovely, I’m sure! I pine for Japan. It is like a magical place that I dream of and I can’t believe how lucky I was to be there. Navy brat-dom has its unique privileges. Enjoy your visit!

      • Alloy Jane

        Congrats on the house and the symbiotic rebranding of your son! I hope he’s enjoying life on the biggest party boat in the world. Cheers to greater comfort!

      • formerlyAnon

        Yay for happy weddings and new houses! And may the old guard value your work appropriately.

      • Sarah

        Congrats on everything! Where is your son stationed? I used to live on a base in Japan, too!

      • Janet B

        Good luck and congratulations.

      • decormaven

        What a trifecta of good/promising news! May everything continue to roll in your favor.

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

        The new house sounds wonderful! And huge congratulations to your son.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I just skyped with my niece in Boston…and her 4-yr-old son and 2.5 yr old daughter. (Her husband waved and said hello.) They lived here until last summer, and Lola could show me her butt in person. (She is the daughter, not the niece.) I miss them all so, so much.

      Not to mention that Anna (the niece!) was drinking wine. Now I want wine.

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      So jealous, I’ve always wanted to stay at the Library Hotel. I really wish I would have been able to make it to the Chicago book tour stop (I’m originally from the Chicago burbs, but live in St. Louis now). I had a crazy week at work so alas I couldn’t get the time off. If TLo manage to make it to St. Louis (or Kansas City) I’ll totally be there.

      I can’t wait for Mad Men this weekend! Before hand though will be Once Upon a Time. Is anyone else watching OUAT? I’m not sure about the Wicked Witch of the West plot. It just seems like they were desperate to create a new villain. I am excited that this week’s episode appears to be Hook centric (though I really wish they would let him wear regular street clothes when he’s in Storybrooke).

      Hope everyone has a great weekend!

    • Violina23

      Almost 3 weeks into my new nutrition plan and I’m down 11 pounds! I’m nervous about the Jewish Holidays coming, since I’m basically on a no-carb diet to keep my body in fat-burn (so no matzah ball soup for me, just…soup), but I feel like I’ve gotten into the basic swing of things and it feels GOOD. The other fun thing is that I’ve been cooking so many new recipes that are tasty and actually healthy — 2 nights ago I made this cross between lasagna & enchiladas (using zuchinni instead of lasagna noodles), last night I made a fettuccine alfredo (again using zucchini to replace pasta), and tonight I made a chicken breast stuffed with spinach, feta cheese, and pine nuts. And I feel SATISFIED.

      AND Mad Men starts Sunday! Let’s make this next week a good one, BK’s….

      • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

        CONGRATULATIONS!!! What diet are you on?

        • Violina23

          I’m doing “Take Shape for Life”. It uses the Medifast plan (meal replacements + 1 lean & green recipe) to help lose the weight, but I think the real difference is that you get a personal health coach to help you work on changing your ways, so that it isn’t just a diet and a real lifestyle change. (That’s why I keep calling it a nutrition plan, I can’t bear to use the word diet, it feels too temporary!). What I like is that it focuses on the positive — trying to achieve a healthy outcome, vs. the negative (fear of illness, disease, etc). I’ve got a long way to go, but I’m taking it one day at a time, one challenge at a time… I think after struggling with my weight for most of my adult life, plus 2 pregnancies that weren’t kind to my body, I finally feel like I WANT it badly enough.

          (Sorry to sound preachy… I think I’m trying to cheerlead myself here!)

          • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

            Keep up the great work. :)

          • formerlyAnon

            Cheerlead yourself all you want, as far as I’m concerned.

          • Grumpy Girl

            Hearing about other people’s nutritional plan successes is very motivating to me. keep it up!

      • Kitten Mittons

        That’s excellent! All really positive news!

      • Alloy Jane

        Congrats on taking ownership of your good health! Silly question, what does no-carb mean? Does that mean no refined grains or no grains period?

        • Violina23

          Right now, it’s pretty much no grains period, including starchy vegetables like peas, corn, and even carrots. Fruits are also pretty much off limits for now. The idea is to that by keeping the sugar/carb level low, eating controlled meals every 2-3 hours to keep the metbolism going, your body will burn fat instead. It’s really strict right now, but once I reach my goal, whole grains, fruits, all veggies, etc come back into the equation.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well yay for results! And to have gotten through week three is a milestone. Anything that requires new ways starts getting a little . . . fatiguing by teh third week.

      • decormaven

        Good for you! Sounds like you’re getting into the swing of what will be a permanent lifestyle change. Eating healthy is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself. Congratulations.

      • embers618

        Go you! Sounds like you’ve got some healthy, satisfying foods to eat (that sound delicious, no less!), so that this can be a sustainable change for you :)

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Just want to add my congrats on your progress thus far!

      • Sarah

        Ooh, I want to stuff a chix breast with those things. Where are you getting your recipes?

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      Love the artwork.

    • Markatha

      Congratulations Boys. Very Happy for you.

    • PastryGoddess

      Hi Everyone!

      I’ve got the ‘itis after stuffing myself with yummy food truck grub. I’m so happy it’s spring

      • decormaven

        Spring and food trucks! It is wonderful.

    • CeeQ

      What a gorgeous hotel! I always want to spend at least one long weekend a year in one of these fancy Chicago hotels. I love when, in old movies, when someone says they are staying at a hotel, it is always something glamorous and amazing like the above =)

      This has been a long hella ass week – but it is Friday, I got to meet TLo last night, I can’t ask for better =D

    • GeoDiva

      Have a good weekend everyone. It’s pau hana time!

    • Qdahling

      Glad you had an awesome week and sorry you couldn’t stay in that fabulous hotel! I am waiting oh so patiently for your RPDR post since I know you guys have been busy. I’m dying to know what you guys think!

    • Alloy Jane

      Huzzah for the best week ever! You’ve contributed to my month of Birthday Happiness and I’m enjoying the book as thoroughly as I enjoyed meeting you. Have a nice weekend lie-in because come Monday, I believe the kittens will be extra bitter unless you pony up with the RuPaul recap.

      • formerlyAnon

        I thoroughly approve of the concept of a Month of Birthday Happiness.

    • formerlyAnon

      Rest, esteemed Uncles. Reassure the kitties of their place at the top of your priorities. The Madness resumes soon.

      It tickles me to hear that you are enjoying this next phase of the book flogging process – what better than enjoying one’s work?

      I saw some awesomely fit young people perform tonight (Motionhouse, a dance theater company from the UK), had drinks with friends. It is spring here, and if one is double dosed on the non-drowsy allergy meds, that means the 3 annual pre-summer weeks of pleasant al fresco drinking & dining are upon us. I declared a 2 day moratorium on healthfulness and intend to take advantage.

      • Pennymac

        Ah, allergy season. We’ve emerged from the horrid winter only to be covered in yellow, pollen filled rain. Claritin, take me away!

      • Grumpy Girl

        Clearly I am not yet awake: took me three reads to realize they were awesomely fit young people, rather than awkwardly. I was envisioning some theater of the absurd performance, aided by medications + alcohol. Or perhaps I am experiencing after effects from last night. Viva la allergy season.

        • formerlyAnon

          Given that the performance included aerial work, an entire stage-sized half pipe (like the curled wave) platform, projected images and billows of stage-covering parachute silk, awkwardly fit theater of the absurd would have been an amazing show, as well.

    • boweryboy

      Allergy season officially and unexpectedly started for me at work today. While sitting at my desk I suddenly found myself with a red itchy eyes, a runny nose and uncontrollable sneezing. Fortunately I have an emergency stash of benadryl in my bag. Unfortunately it knocks me on my ass. I just woke up from my stupor as I collapsed into bed as soon as I got home.

      I had another low-key week that whizzed by. The RPDR viewing party on Monday was off the charts. Ben de la Crème and Jinkx Monsoon! Who could ask for anything more (ok, maybe Sharon Needles to round out the group). It truly is the Olympics of drag. The crowd was cheering for their favorites and booing the not-so-favorites. It was just how a sporting event would be but only gayer and much more fabulous.

      Ben arrived late – seconds before the opening credits. She said she had just flown in from L.A. so that’s something to ponder. Final three? Official winner? Reunion show? She actually chowed down a plate of mac and cheese while the show played which was like a rare sighting of an exotic creature eating in the wild. I was sufficiently drunk (I had a lot to drink between the two hours of waiting for the show to start and three hours of the show itself. They played Too Wong Foo… and lots of fun dance music to keep us entertained while we waited), full from my Hunty Burger (all the food was appropriately named), in really good company with my three besties, didn’t get home until 1pm, and thankfully had the foresight to take the next day off of work. Good times.

      • Sarah

        Sorry for allergies! I don’t have them too bad, but I’ve had to hit the Claritin a few times in the last couple of weeks. I can’t use Benadryl – it really knocks me out unconscious. And for a person with many prescriptions for various “don’t operate heavy machinery” drugs, that is saying something.

      • decormaven

        What a great night! Glad you got to participate in that event.

    • Sarah

      You guys! Wake up! Nooo. don’t. Sleep with your precious kitties :) My four would be clambering around my lap if I left for a while, so I’m sure your catz are SO GLAD their daddies are home. And there’s nothing like going out, and meeting friends, to make you appreciate how wonderful your home and your life is, once you get back. I’m so glad for you both!
      It has been a very hard week for this BK – thesis is going poorly, mental illness is rearing it’s ugly head again in my world, and I had to buy two new tires for a total of $$$ I don’t have. BUT, I’m going to my long-time-not-seen friend’s wedding next weekend, and I am so excited for the chance to reconnect. We lived in Japan together in HS so we have a bond that few people can share – plus she’s marrying a bona-fide Frenchman, whom I am very excited to meet. And it’s a camping wedding, so me and Mr. Sarah are looking forward to the fun! Now, if this irritating 40+ page paper would just write itself, I could relax. Unfortunately, Difficulty is something I hate to deal with but will do my best to overcome. I hope all the other BKs are enjoying SPRING as much as me! Flowers, sunshine, and one very angry black kitten who will probably not forgive us for A: keeping her in tomorrow when the guy comes to mow the yard for the first time and B: mowing the yard, which is a nice jungle of clover and tall grass that she is enjoying immensely right now. Unfortunately, one does have to trim to avoid snakes and whatnot.
      Lastly: Yay for Oscar – he deserved the win and a Decent Guy award, also. Nice to see it come out right.

      • decormaven

        Can you divide your work into sections so that you get a sense of dealing with just one or two sections a day? You need to build that sense of daily accomplishment to help you push toward the end.

        • Sarah

          If fits and starts counts as sectioning, I’m already doing it haha. I know what you mean. Problem is I’m not entirely excited about my subject, but it’s too late to turn back now. Ugh.

          • decormaven

            Dangle some type of carrot in front of you to get the day’s alloted work done. I’m getting ready to tackle work for a Monday deadline; the outdoors is calling my name. I have chicken marinating, so I’m promising myself some grill time when I finish.

      • formerlyAnon

        Good luck with the thesis/long paper. Slog away, it’ll get there. Or somewhere in the approximate vicinity of there which sounds right now as if that’d be good enough for the moment.

        • Sarah

          Good enough is unfortunately not the case. Draft was due a month ago. Semester’s over in a couple of weeks. So weird how I can’t seem to get it together on this; it is not something that has ever happened to me. I am getting close to the wire, though, so I’m hoping that will force blood from the stone that is my procrastination.

          • formerlyAnon

            Your issues may not be my issues. If they are similar, though, at this very minute, thinking that this document has to be way better than the draft you didn’t hand in a month ago because it’s a month later is what’s stalling you out. WRONG. IT JUST HAS TO BE A DRAFT. Right headings, right order, everything you have in you to get on paper right now. If that is 20 pages of research and reasoned discourse and 8 pages of crap and 12 pages of -missing not there- , so be it.

            Once you’ve got that, if it’s still an option, ship it off *marked as a draft* to get reactions and once the email is sent THEN start fixing it so you’ll have the better version underway probably before whoever gets it the draft has even read it.

            Presumably whomever this gets reviewed by wants you to finish. Unless you’re their first advisee, they’ve been here before and they desperately want to know that you really do have something on paper that can be turned into a thesis in a finite amount of time. A couple of weeks, a couple of months, whatever. They’ve had students where you are who hit a psychological wall and had nothing but notes at this point. They don’t want that to be you.

            If no one wants to see anything other than the final product at this point, and they’ve told you that, order what you have as if you had to turn it in on Monday and then just chip away at what’s lacking.

            Worst case, it’s a crappy but barely passing thesis (I base this on the fact that your standard for your work seems high) and so what? Unless you give it to them, no one you interview with will ever read it. They just want those letters behind your name. If you want a product with which to sell yourself, turn it into an article or a series of articles for some publication. (That’s what I’m doing with my abandoned dissertation.)

            Depending on your program, your ace in the hole may be this stupid class you still have to take this summer to graduate. If the thesis really can’t be done before the end of the semester, can they call it an Incomplete and let you revise and submit at the end of the summer?

            None of this may apply. Just trying to help push you out of where you’ve been mentally and into where you want to be.

            • decormaven

              Good points noted above. Just think of it as you have all the ingredients there to make an amazing paper, and start culling. It’s a lot like cooking- a pinch here, a dash there.

            • Sarah

              You are very right. As always :) Thank you for taking the time to try to help me. I am taking @decormaven:disqus’s advice and writing a bit here and there – I have about five different “threads” going and I guess I’ll just cobble them together and throw ‘em at my advisor, so she at least knows I’m working. I think my problem is A: aforementioned not-too-jazzed-about subject matter, and B: I’m a narrative writer by nature, and my advisor is very keen on making sure this is the driest, most academic paper ever produced. Plus, I HATE FOOTNOTES.

            • demidaemon

              FOOTNOTES ARE EVIL. As is Chicago style. For my job, I have to be an expert in all three major styles. UGH.

            • Sarah

              Yess. Chicago style is what you use for art history (humanities I guess?) papers. Grrr.

            • demidaemon

              Yep. History and art history. I just showed a student how to insert footnotes in Word–lots of Western Civ papers coming into my tutoring sessions this past week. My brother’s thesis was in history as well. To be honest, Chicago is the most ass-backwards, redundant citation style. I do not understand why it still exists, and I truly feel for you that you are stuck with it. No one deserves that.

            • formerlyAnon

              Also, they’re stupid. Also they tempt people into overusing them when they should reorganize their paper’s layout and level of detail. And prove nothing except that you have outwitted your word processing program’s formatting. APA forever. (Not that it lacks flaws . . .)

            • demidaemon

              I, personally, am very pro-MLA, but, then again, I am a literature person. But at least I can grasp APA quickly, whereas Chicago just causes my eyes to spin.

            • decormaven

              Footnotes are the sprinkles! Not really – they’re the base, the foundation. Just think of them as the solid foundation you are laying for your paper.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I was so pleasantly surprised that Oscar won-Mr. B3 turned to me and asked “did they get it right?” and I said yes. Also happy for NIck as he figured out how to be a better mentor-so two decent guys got the prize!

        • Sarah

          Yeah, I would’ve been happy with Shan, too, but he did sort of under-edit that collection. I loved the red lace dress/leather jacket, but I agreed that there was too much muchness there. And yes, Nick got better, but I think Oscar really didn’t need him much, which made for a situation in which Nick found it easier to be “hands off.”

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Oscar was definitely the strongest designer on Nick’s team, and I think that did make a difference in terms of mentoring.
            I hope that Shan will continue to design; as the judges told him not every piece in the collection has to be a showstopper.

      • demidaemon

        Thesis work–sometimes a joy, almost always a drag. I remember doing mine–which was luckily a novel–but every time I workshopped a new bit and it got town to shreds, I just wanted to curl up in a corner and die. I’ve also edited two theses–one for fellow student, which was rough but at least I was paid for it, and one for my brother, which was interesting. So, I guess I’ve been heavily involved in three theses, as a cheerleader and other things.

        I am so dreading and yet looking forward to when I have to when I will write my dissertation.

        In other words, I know you can do it! Don’t give up!

        • Sarah

          Thanks man! I will keep on keeping on. I just wish I hadn’t gotten myself into a situation where I’m writing it on a subject that is very difficult to find sources for. I would kill to have a time machine that would put me in Paris in 1845. It would be easier…

          • demidaemon

            That would be so cool if you could, though. I do get the struggle of source finding. Something somewhere has to be out there for you! At least, that’s what I tell my students and myself. And if it isn’t, that just means you are breaking new ground and are a special sort of AWESOME for new thought!

          • decormaven

            How are you doing your research? I am assuming this is something to do with art history- do you pull from books on interlibrary loan, journal articles, etc? Are journals easily accessible online? God bless the internet- it’s made research much easier.

            • Sarah

              I work in a library, so I’m a research pro. Boolean operators and whatnot. I can get books aplenty, and also journal articles through databases my public library provides, as well as my school’s online database access and ILLs they will mail to me. My problem is it’s a thesis – i.e. I’m trying to prove something that hasn’t been discussed prior, and it’s pretty out there, so like @demidaemon:disqus said, I’m breaking new ground, which seemed like a cool idea until I found out that new ground is kinda hard to prove.

            • decormaven

              Condolences. Thankfully, you have fingertip resources. Sounds like heavy digging ahead.

    • Musicologie

      This is probably my favorite lounge yet! So cozy!

      The week flew by. I can’t believe how much happened. There was a riot about a mile from my apartment, so I got a bit distracted following the news coverage and commentary on the fallout from that, but I still managed to get quite a lot done.

      • decormaven

        Hope things quieted down. There’s been a number of trees taken down near my office this week. Lots of hollering from crew, chainsaws and crashes! Good for you for staying focused.

    • altalinda

      I am part way through a busy and tense season of activities. This week my Mom turned 75, and I had hoped to spend the whole week with her on the left coast, but work obligations shortened that to a Sunday-Wednesday visit (and really not Wednesday, since the Mrs and I left for the airport early in the morning). I love to travel, especially with a window seat and cloudless skies, but 5 hours immobilized in coach was too much. Still, mountains! Monument Valley! I thought, once back, I would immediately have to jump into entertaining my stepmom, who’s in town for a convention, but BLESS HER, she’s been very understanding about my work obligations and happy with the occasional dinner. Next week, I have to take 2 important depositions and am scared to death because this really isn’t my forte, and then there’s a looming deadline on the 25th. Please may the litigation gods smile down on me.

      • formerlyAnon

        This is how you become the seasoned litigator who has seen it all, done it all, and can out think most of the rest of the people in the room while making all the right calm, low key, appropriate noises come out of your mouth. A friend of mine who is going through a difficult legal situation has an amazing lawyer and I have spent a lot of time pondering how she developed into the force she is.

      • decormaven

        Hope you actually get to tour Monument Valley someday. Looking at those ancient formations is a very calming experience.

    • embers618

      Went out last night to celebrate a friend’s new job, so the kids are watching cartoons this morning while I gulp down as much coffee as possible and keep re-applying puff-reducing eye gel.
      In other news, we’ve finally had a full week of spring here! I’m waiting with bated breath to see if the iris I transplanted when we moved last summer will come up. I also need to replace a couple of items in my herb garden, so I’m trying to make decisions on the best use of my limited space. I’ve been researching vertical gardens like crazy to see if I can add some fresh veggies to the mix!

      • Grumpy Girl

        Oh I am so jealous! I want to start planting veggies and herbs, but I believe it would be a wasted effort this year. We have a herd of deer who have taken over our yard (front and back). They come thundering past at night when we walk the dog. If we approach them without realizing it (I tend to look at the ground while walking because . . . dog), they will stare you down like you are in their space. We find hoof prints closer to the house each week. The kicker is, we are in the city! Although we have a large yard, we are in an old city neighborhood, with sidewalks, and apartments interspersed with houses. So bizarre that they not just came . . . but have stayed now for a while.

        • embers618

          We have deer and rabbits, but they won’t climb the stairs to our deck, so I keep the herbs up there – I have hanging baskets and planters along every railing, along with some flowers in the corners for the bees. The flower beds around our patio are at ground level, but I had some luck last year using pepper wax spray on the leafier plants to deter munching, and we planted sage and lavender for the bees, but the deer don’t like them so they’ve stayed away from the plants they’re mixed in with. My in-laws have had some luck with a decoy garden, but they end up caging their roses and some of the “tastier” plants. It’s definitely a good idea to see if you can get the deer to move on before planting, if you can! Once you start providing them food, they will come back year after year.

        • Sarah

          My dad’s house has deer that come right up to within 10 feet of the building, especially to chew on tasty hostas. It is SO TRUE how they just stare at you. Like, “Whut? I’m supposed to be here. You’re the one who put your weird building in my woods.”

      • Sarah

        Vertical gardens are so cool! I love containers, but I don’t need them anymore. I can plant in my yard because we’re urban and totally fenced, so my main problem is slugs (don’t get me started on how gross/problematic they are). I just got all my seed packets last weekend, and I am so excited to plant them! The only thing from last year’s garden that made it through the winter is thyme, so I’ve got a lot to do. This year, though, I’m giving the cukes their own plot. We had so many last year they almost choked everyone else out and ran over the bed and out into the yard!

        • embers618

          I am so jealous! I can’t wait until we have a fenced yard with a full garden area. Right now we’re renting, and we don’t have a fence, so we have a few pre-approved plots that are part of the landscaping, but everything else has to be in containers. It’s not so terrible having things in containers while we’re renting – it’ll be easier to move it when we go. I was heartbroken to leave all my lovely perennials at our last house because we were going to be in temporary housing for too long to try to transplant. Luckily I planned ahead with the iris and pulled the bulbs into dry storage for the year to be replanted last fall. I really hope they make it – they were a gift from a neighbor who helped me learn to properly divide hostas and lillies.

          • Sarah

            My mom was a military wife, and she managed to move some iris bulbs between FOUR different houses while she was living. She loved her irises and was not going to lose them! I used to be in a third-floor apartment for about 10 years, and I would try to grow things in containers on my balconies, but squirrels would usually ruin it for me. And occasionally one bold possum who would come and poop in my pots. No joke. My little yard is cool, now, but there’s a person on the other side of the alley from me whose backyard is fully farmed – corn, sunflowers, the whole nine. I’m jealous of THEM.

            • Grumpy Girl

              Yes, we have neighbors across the street who have the whole shebang of vegetable gardens. Mine is much smaller than theirs, but it was still big enough for a variety. I assume someone started the rumor in the deer community, so that they are waiting for something to appear , , , In the past, we had problems with bunnies, but I found planting spicy peppers around the perimeter kept them away.

              I may have to try the sage and lavender mix approach, because I am not skilled enough to build barriers, etc. And am thinking if they are coming from top down (vs. plant-level like bunnies), they will just bypass the jalapeños and chilis.

            • embers618

              There are a lot of plants that deer aren’t particularly fond of, mostly herbs and pretty flowers. If they have enough other sources of vegetation nearby (we have a lot of neighbors with more extensive landscaping than we do), it might be enough to deter them, or at least redirect them to someone else. I think they sell ultrasonic mechanisms at some hardware stores (similar to the ones that keep dogs from barking), but I don’t know how well they work, or if you’d even want one around if you’ve got a dog.
              ETA: If the chilis are spicy enough, the scent of them might be enough to keep the deer away once they’re ripe. They might not help with anything that comes up before then, though…

            • embers618

              We had an opossum for a while, and we kept trying to put out traps for it so that animal control could take it away, but it was a wily thing. Until Halloween, when we left out our pumpkins a little too long and they started to ferment. If you have never seen a drunk possum, it is quite entertaining, and they’re easier to trap when they’re passed out on the lawn…

            • Sarah

              Around here, the animal control will not help you with possums unless they are rabid. They just tell you to trap them and take them at least 30 miles away because they WILL come back. I have had far too much “fun” with possums. They are suck freaky jerks. I had one on my porch and I said “GO AWAY” and he said “HSSS” and I proceeded to poke him with a stick. He just sort of leaned into it, and didn’t budge. He smelled bad, also. I thought they played dead before I did that. Then I read up and it seems they only do that if you’re planning to eat them. Otherwise, they have extremely sharp teeth and you should not taunt them. I won’t be poking anymore possums, but MAN I hate ‘em.

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

              There are opossums all over the Los Angeles area, even in the most populous parts of the city. They’re always turning on the motion detector lights in my yard.

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

          Slugs are foul. I just hope that one day I can have a hedgehog in my garden to eat them all. Because we’ve had such a mild winter it’s likely to be a hellish year for slugs and snails.

          • Sarah

            Oh, man. I would be so happy to have a hedgie for the slugs! Not indigenous to Virginia, I’m afraid. I just put out saucers of beer. Slugs LOVE beer. But then, you have to dispose of saucers of inebriated/drowned slugs each morning. Eeeeew.

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

              The beer traps are SO gross! There are wild hedgehogs in our area, but I’ve never seen a live one, unfortunately. Plus, I think it would be entertaining for the cat.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            We had a damp basement in our first home and I once found a slug there, proceeded to place a box on top of said slug,and then stomped on it in a complete frenzy-yes, it was overkill but it felt good.

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

              One of the downsides to a very hairy cat is sometimes slugs come in on her fur. It’s disgusting.

            • Sarah

              Yow! That is NASTY. So glad my outdoor cat is a sleek little thing now. The worst for me is that sometimes these huge slugs (like 2 or 3 inches!) come up on my deck and affix themselves in the vicinity of the back door, which makes it somewhat dicey to go outside without really checking – I had one on the jamb right next to my FACE last summer and it nearly made me pass out.

            • demidaemon

              After the experiences I’ve had with outdoor cats (mostly getting hit/disappearing; did have a few that were attacked by the neighbors kids), I have sworn to never have an outdoor kitty again.

            • Sarah

              We have just the one, and we got her especially for Squirrel Control, which is sorely needed since they wreak havoc on my house on a regular basis. She’s good at scaring them off. The worst thing that has happened with her (knock on wood) actually took place this evening. We went to call her in for the night but she wouldn’t come. We heard her crying and it turned out she’d jumped from the fence to the roof of our shed, which is like a little building in itself. She was scared to jump down, and Daddy had to get a ladder and pluck her off the roof after half an hour of us trying to coax her. Bet she never tries THAT again.

            • demidaemon

              I wouldn’t count your eggs on that just yet. My first ever kitty did that–jumping from the roof of a garage to the roof of our house at the time and then forgetting how to get down–multiple times. She even had a kitten up there (literally), which we also had to rescue. She was a great little huntress, sometimes to her detriment (she caught a baby robin once and then was attacked by an entire flock of birds, and she brought multiple half-dead things into our house to teach her kittens how to hunt), but, for some reason, she kept getting on the roof and then wasn’t able to get down. Her daddy might have to get used to getting out the ladder for her if she’s anything like ours was.

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

              Is she still quite small? Urchin had to be rescued from a few things, but now we leave her to it and she figures it out for herself. Except for getting off the top of the curtain rail, we still fetch her from there because of the chaos she’d cause jumping.

            • Sarah

              She’s pretty small. Just a year. I think she might have jumped eventually; she was trying many avenues as we called her from the ground. She would come to the edge of the roof, stretch down with her front paws, and then decide it was too dark/too far to jump down. She did this about forty times. I imagine if it was daytime she might have even gone back to the fence rail, which was only about 4 feet from her. I think the night and the excitement just put her at loose ends, because I’ve seen her on the neighbor’s shed roof (which is a little shorter) plenty of times, and she always jumps to – from the fence. I also would NOT put it past her that she just wanted Daddy, her favorite person in the world, to “rescue” her.

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

              Little cow. Urchin is also a daddy’s girl. She’ll go all over the house calling for him when he’s gone to work, and as soon as he gets home she gets into his lap for a cuddle. And if I am not home she sprawls out over my side of the bed and is totally relaxed about it. At least she was pleased to have me home when I got back from Australia last year.

            • Sarah

              Yes. I’m suitable if he’s not around, but she is Not My Cat.

            • Grumpy Girl

              I said that, too. Then Fat Boy adopted US (ok, the dog), and he will only evacuate outside. (I don’t blame him; I wouldn’t want to share a box with the Old Man either. He is a case for immediate box cleaning and getting stock in air freshener.)

            • demidaemon

              So, he’s basically a dog trapped in a cat’s body. I could deal with the bathrooming outside bit–I just don’t think I could let another one be too much of an outside cat. I have an affliction for long-hairs as well, and that’s asking for all kinds of trouble if you let them go outside.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Ewwwwww.

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

              Still not as horrifying as the time she got a live frog stuck in her tail and she didn’t know it was there. I was hyperventilating and crying and screaming. I don’t like frogs.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              that must have been miserable for you, the cat and the frog!

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

              The frog survived, the cat seemed to think it was funny and I missed a dinner with my mother in law and drank a lot of gin.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Gin in large quantities can be efficacious. Cats do have such unusual reactions, don’t they?

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

          I tried growing leafy herbs like cilantro and basil, but snails ate the leaves. Since I didn’t want to put beer out for them, I gave up on the home grown herbs. The funny thing is, I never saw a snail here before or after.

          My BIG problem now is gophers. Any suggestions?

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

            No idea about gophers, I’m afraid!

            Copper wire is a good barrier against slugs and snails, if you just have a few pots of herbs. Really expensive for anything bigger though.

          • Sarah

            Well I asked my fiancé, who has dealt with gophers, and he said “shoot ‘em.” Since I’m going to assume that you aren’t as martially inclined, I guess I’ve got nothin’. Sorry! Lava rock, cedar bark, or gravel chips will keep the slugs/snails off because they can’t slime across them easily. I had a sort of chunky mulch on one of my beds last year and they didn’t come near it.

          • decormaven

            Does ground up Irish Spring soap help to deter their scent away from holes? That works sometimes with deers. I think CA has laws against rodenticide (poison). You could resort to trapping them in a rabbit box (very humane, no harm) and give them a ride to a nearby wildnerness management area. That’s what we have done when we get a bumper crop of squirrels. They get a road trip to a nearby WMA.

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

              I went to Home Depot the other day and they had poison for the gophers. But I had my grandsons with me and they didn’t like the idea of killing them. So I bought repellent. But I think I have to go back to get the poison to get rid of the ones I already have before I use the repellent to keep new ones away.

            • decormaven

              Sadly, I think you are correct.

          • Grumpy Girl

            With moles, we were told to try putting mothballs around. Wonder if that would work for gophers, too?

            • SRQkitten

              That was what I was going to suggest too, we tried it with moles and it did work.

    • Jacob Bowen

      This hotel looks SO pretty when I see it, and the owner was a guest on WGN 720 a while ago and seemed SO nice!

      I would just like to say to all the BK’s, that if you have the opportunity to see TLo at one of their book signings, even if it’s a few hours drive and you can “Make It Work” go! It was a FANTASTIC night, and I’m pretty sure my heart stopped when Lorenzo said, “Hello Jacob” on his way in to sit down. They are just so charming and after 3 cities in 4 days I cannot believe they had the energy and heart to come to Chicago and give us the FANTASTIC poledance that they did. If I had a pocket full of Benjamins I would have thrown them all.

    • Shibori Girl

      Good Morning, BKs,

      If it weren’t so early in the day (PST) I would be having an adult beverage. The sun has got to be over the yardarm somewhere! I’m exhausted after the password changing drama. I never remember to sync up all the changes on the website, my computer. etc. so there is an extended horsing around during which I send my self “test” emails to see if I can still send and receive messages. I am thinking of becoming a Luddite (but only after I read this thread!)

    • Sarah

      Ooh, my dad just got a new cat! A 9-month-old Maine coon! I may actually want to go visit him now. Mmm, fuzzy goodness.

      • Shibori Girl

        Yay! Your dad should brace himself for a lot of fun. My two rescues are only half MC and are giant balls of busy personality. Never a dull moment. Fortunately they have to sleep sometimes.

        Enjoy the fuzzies!

        • Sarah

          We have had two MCs before as a family and they are the smartest, most loyal, and coolest cats ever. What’s funny is he said he went to the shelter to look at another cat but ran into a guy in the parking lot that was bringing this fellow in because he was moving to a no-pets apt. and Dad got to talking with him, so the guy let him hold the kitten. Well, it was all over then it seems because now he’s home with Dad getting to know his Havanese pup and enjoying the new digs. Fate, it would seem.

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

        Oh wow. That’s a life-enhancing addition! Ours is a Maine Coon and I don’t think I could go back. I’ve had cats all my life and none have come close to the intelligence and personality. And attention-seeking goofiness.

        • Sarah

          The one I had growing up was truly miraculous in his ways. Just amazing. I didn’t think I could go back either, but I have one MC mix and three regular short-haired (one with cow marks – that’s my avatar, one black silky, and one fat ginger stripy tom.) I love ‘em all the same, but there is definitely something about how a Maine Coon can get into your heart that is special.

      • Qitkat

        We had a Maine Coon mix for a couple of years. She gave us a litter of seven of the cutest kittens. It broke our hearts when we had no choice but to give her and the kitten we kept away, under the same no-pets apartment restriction. We had no choice cause at that time they didn’t allow National Park employees to keep pets in park housing. Later they reversed that :( We were crazy about those kitties.

        • Sarah

          Yes the kittens are to die for; so fluffy and cute. Dad has named him Bunker. Military guys. Jeez.

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

      Thanks for sharing that!

    • demidaemon

      It was a much busier week at work, thank god. I was afraid I was going to be bored stiff. Luckily, more people showed up and commenting with the BKs got me through it.

      In other news, I am planning some spring cleaning this weekend, mostly going through old manuscripts and papers from undergrad and grad school to make room. I also applied to the apartment complex I want to move into, got offered a possible lecturer’s position at the university I am going to attend come fall, and beat the newest Phoenix Wright game (where the majority of the character’s participate in some of the most nightmare-inducing styling I have ever seen and the logical loopholes cause your brain to melt, if the fashion hasn’t done it already). So, in general, a pretty good week for me. How’s everybody else?

      • Sarah

        Great news on your lecturer position! AND spring cleaning. Come and do it at my house :)

        • Neville

          Shut up bïtch, how’s that pûssy hole?

      • Neville

        No one gives a fûck fàggot

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope you get the right job, it sounds like they are giving you credit for your experience. Enjoy the weekend. So far mine’s been good. Dance performance & drinks yesterday, household stuff, nap and gym today. Work tomorrow. Maybe. ;-)

        • demidaemon

          My weekends’ been pretty great, too. Had sushi last night, watched a ton of shows on Netflix tonight, just generally relaxing and not worrying too much. Which is nice, for a change.

      • decormaven

        Great news on the job and housing fronts. Glad you’re having a relaxing weekend. I’m cooking ahead for the week and attending a neighborhood dinner party tonight. Made mini-cheesecakes with fresh strawberry topping. Mmm!

        • demidaemon

          Mini-cheesecakes, yummy!

    • guest2visits

      Thanks for another interesting, beautiful lounge to read in. So many busy peoples. Such wonderfully plush chairs.
      On the UTG finale…..
      Just read that Oscar and Nick did NOT each receive a new Lexus…. just the offer of a ONE YEAR LEASE. Which both declined. I wasn’t planning on viewing this show again, I found the mentor thing just made for too many other personalities and angles to consider other than the designers and their work. For a while I liked seeing Tim give advice to the mentors, but it still gets in the way of the primary reason I watch. The show is like a mini-tornado of people giving interviews. It feels even more rushed, if possible. I do like the white runway, the camera still manages to edit like crap though. I hope they keep awarding little prizes along the way – as long as the potential prize is announced prior to the challenges, so it doesn’t appear to be given out in a suspicious button-bag selection process. However, lying about the car prizes is such a low thing to do… I wouldn’t enjoy seeing any further editions of UTG, based on that.
      Glad Oscar won; I think his construction and fit was excellent – the designs were attractive and chic, but even Oscar would’ve benefitted from more time to consider his designs. Who knows what he might have made? And everyone else DEFINITELY needed more than 3 days to make a win-worthy collection. Most everything needed that extra finishing and organization/harmonizing.
      Can’t say it was a success as far as mentors go, because none of the 3 mentorites were all that good. Mondo turned out better than I thought he would – mostly sane advice and encouragement. But he went ugly on Nick and Natalia in some game playing that showed what the new format would bring for added drama. And most times Anya tried to give advice I must say it did ring pretty hollow and strained credibility. And she didn’t hesitate to get bitchy with Mondo about N&N, too. Nothing mentoring happening there. And Nick had a habit of just plain going nuts over (almost) every challenge as if he was designing the pieces himself. I think his heart was in it – but it made for some uncomfortable moments between him and Tim and the designers. In the end I don’t want PR to be a story of mentors-in-training, so this has been a bit of a trial to watch every week.

      • Sarah

        Gosh, dirty trick with the Lexus deal. I would’ve turned it down too. “Here’s a car, if you’d like to PAY for it, like you probably are already doing for a different car.” How lame. I agree about the format. It was cumbersome at best, but I always like to see people come up with designs to meet challenges, so I’d probably watch it again for that. I’m not kidding myself that I have standards, when it comes to fashion-based shows.

        • guest2visits

          Essentially a free rental, for a year, I guess. Pretty unglamorous. My thoughts are, do away with the mentor-money if that’s what the budget needs to see that the designer gets what he/she played for. And wth – is it too extravagant for Harvey to buy the cars…? Then don’t advertise them.
          I know I’d like to see what new designers can think up and produce on the spot, so to speak – but right now I just don’t know if I can watch it anymore. And they still haven’t figured out with their 3 day collection that people don’t want to see if it manages to stay in one piece on the RW; they want to see creative ideas, done WELL.
          I also see that this is more of a vehicle for past designers to promote themselves and I don’t mind them getting more mileage form the show, but is it worthwhile or interesting enough in their mentor roles to splice them into a line-up of new designers? Eh. I would rather see more designing from past designers than this mentor routine.

          • Grumpy Girl

            I agree wholeheartedly! The time constraints really ruined the competition for me, because it became all about “what could I do really fast” vs. “what would be innovative and interesting.” Sure it reduces production costs, but if they are that worried about the cost of the show, have fewer contestants. Or stop doing the show. I can understand one “make it super fast” challenge, but a season full of that is spiritually diminishing to watch–I deal with enough unreasonable time-based requests at work for creating applications or delivering code; I don’t need that as entertainment. A reasonable amount of time is just so much more satisfying. And a nicer yardstick for making me feel creative at home.

            • guest2visits

              Agree – and expressed perfectly! It seems obvious but the show avoids common sense like Tim avoids shorts.
              I think I should have your avatar and sign-on instead. I’m usually here to complain about anything and everything, like it’s my job! Or maybe I could login as: DearJesusWhatNowLady.org or NotAgainPlease.com….

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

        I noticed when the prizes were listed at the end of the show that it said “the use of a Lexus.” Tsk, tsk.

        • guest2visits

          Yeah I don’t believe the voice-over by Tim said anything about a leased car during each and every gushing recitation of their prize package. It appeared to be a bit of a surprise to the contestants too. There may well have been a flash of a disclaimer of sorts on the screen – but who would’ve conceived it meant the use of a rental car for 12 months. Seriously? That’s a prize to boast about,? No. They falsely advertised a flashy new Lexus as part of the prize cornucopia – it was meant to entice and add interest each and every time it was broadcast. I know the deceit doesn’t effect me like it would the actual contestants, of course, but the audience is also baited into participating in a kind of swindle too. It’s a cheat.
          UGH to UTG. Can these producers think of any more new ways to pollute the show?

          • Grumpy Girl

            And yikes! With a lease they are responsible for the more expensive insurance (on the assumption that aspiring designers are not driving luxury sedans), and what happens if anything happens to it during the year (spills, stains, dings)? I have never leased a car to know how that is managed. But I always figured from game shows and local contests, that part of the deal with winning a car, was that you could sell it. The only upside on a lease, is that has to be a better tax scenario for the winners?

            • guest2visits

              No equity in a thing that’s not yours, so not really a tax savings, and California even has a VLF fee assessed on the value of the vehicle. Doesn’t sound like a good deal to me, so thankyou very much UTG and Lexus!
              It’s just I think this is the first time I’ve ever heard of a prize that was a year’s lease on a car. A rent-a-car, really?
              The other prizes are pretty nice, the money, the workroom (also temporary I imagine), the Benefit Uniform Design, the Marie Claire editorial, and the trip to Paris. Unless Oscar will be staying at the Ramada Paris, that is.

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

              I seem to remember game shows where a prize was a leased car, but the show picked up all the expenses. How are we so sure that the UTG winner was responsible for the costs? Like, where is the benefit of winning something if it costs you money?

            • guest2visits

              The interview for Nick on BPR says he declined because he didn’t want to owe anything at the end of the lease due to any possible accident, etc. which leads me to think it’s a similar contract to other leases and rentals. I think legally you have to carry certain insurance – but even if the show offers to cover all fees for a year it still means he’s driving around a Lexus advertisement, he’s doing them a favor, it’s not his to sell or trade in, or do with as he wants or needs. And from the interview it sounds like something the winners didn’t know about until the end of the show, so incredibly, it seems they were duped also. But you should read the interview, and tell me if that is what you take away from it.

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

              I read the interview and agree with everything you said.

            • guest2visits

              *Phew*… relieved I’m not imagining it. I suppose the show couldn’t wrangle a good enough deal on two expensive vehicles. And the Lexus people might be reasoning it would look good to have a semi-famous person who was just on tv driving around in their brand, so a lease works for them.

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

              Or maybe Lexus felt it was spending enough on their sponsorship of a lower-tier show and didn’t want to put out more $$ by giving the winners new cars.

      • decormaven

        Wow, what a sham of a gift. Definitely colors my opinion of the show, which wasn’t too high to begin with.

    • Sarah

      Ooh, thanks! I love both goat and feta, so either way would be delicious. I really appreciate your taking the time to post this! I have a boatload of chicken breasts right now (Sam’s club deal) and it is always nice to have some new way to fix them up.

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

      My WTF? for the day–A manic Cameron Diaz with her face in her crotch talking to her public hair on Graham Norton. I wish someone could have pulled the lever on her.

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

      I just saw photos of Naomi Campbell with an Afro in a stunning animal print dress, and Lupita channeling Grace Jones in yet another stunning outfit at the GLAAD awards. So much fierceness in the one location at once, surely the earth moved and things asploded.. :)

    • Pennymac

      We’re Mad Men Lounging tonight, right BK’s?

      • decormaven

        I’ll be catching up in the early a.m. ITunes doesn’t allow downloads till some time in the wee hours. Cannot wait- enjoy, enjoy!

      • EveEve

        I will be in the Lounge tonight. It may just be you and me, which means we get all the booze, right?!

        • Pennymac

          Wow, you’re going to get really loaded if its just you and me. I’m a tea-totaller!

          • EveEve

            Bottoms up!

    • Qitkat

      This week has put the bitter in bitter kitten for me. Didn’t even feel up to checking in at the lounge, after suffering since last Monday with a sore throat “virus” I finally threw in the towel and went to urgent care this morning to be diagnosed with an acute ear infection (they didn’t do the strep test as I needed antibiotics anyway), but at least I can look forward to feeling better and being able to swallow without feeling like my throat has been scraped with sandpaper. NPR aired my tiny little bit on the Morning Edition on this past Monday, and spelled my name wrong on the website. I don’t even recognize my own voice (I know no one ever thinks they sound right to themselves), but I’ve heard my voice on our phone message, and I don’t know what I did, cause it’s not the same. Nervous I guess. Anyway if anyone who wants to find it, it’s the final story on 4/07/14, titled ‘Morning Edition Listeners Wax Poetic’. I also left a comment there.
      Looking forward to Mad Men tonight, if I can stay awake, since I’ve been sleeping like crap.

      • Shibori Girl

        Just went to the NPR site and listened. What a great piece! You paint such an evocative picture. Thanks for my brief visit back to the south (where I spent 11 years). You sure brought back some wonderful memories.

        • Qitkat

          Thanks, it was surprising how when something that has meant so much in my life just came forth as the perfect picture in my thoughts and words. I’m glad it touched a chord with you :)

      • Pennymac

        I listened at NPR! I made a mental note to remember to listen the other morning, but my brain is a sieve. Anyway, well done! Sorry your feeling so puny; glad you went to the doc. I’ve been dealing with lower back pain for about a week, but couldn’t remember what I did (Sieve!) Anyway, the thought occurs since its not easing up that I may need to get checked for a kidney stone or infection. No fever, but I’ve been taking Advil around the clock, so who knows. I’ll urgent care/walk in clinic myself tomorrow.

        • Qitkat

          Glad you listened. Hope you feel better soon. Tis true that fever is not always an indicator, I was sub-normal, wherein Mr Q wittily observed, not abnormal?

        • kittentoes

          Ugh. Me too. *passes the cranberry juice *

      • Sarah

        I’m so excited to listen! Can’t right now – going out – but will do as soon as I can! Sorry you were sick :( Take care of yourself.

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

        Hey Q, I was wondering where you were this weekend. So sorry to hear you’re ailing. I hope you feel better really, really soon.

        • Qitkat

          Aww, thanks GC, I miss chiming in, such a great bunch every weekend.

    • Sally

      Hello, nice to be back at the lounge waiting for Mad Men. Only 15 minutes to go!

    • PastryGoddess

      10 minutes left

      No..I’m not excited at all, why do you ask

    • Eric Stott

      Time to get behind the wheel with Pete

      • PastryGoddess

        Honey, we want you to LIVE to watch Mad Men.

    • Pennymac

      Ugh. This last hour has been endless!

    • PastryGoddess

      It’s time.

      Who wants a Sapphire Martini? I’m making a pitcher full

      • Cheryl

        Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaand we’re back!!!

    • Cheryl

      MAD MEN!!!

    • KayEmWhy

      Here we go!

    • Sally

      Yayyyy!!!!!

      • Cheryl

        That music!!!

    • Pennymac

      Woot woot!

    • Eric Stott

      Look who’s back!

      • Eric Stott

        I’ve wanted Freddy Rumsen back for a long while.

        • Eric Stott

          and Peggy wasn’t treating him as well as he treated her. She’s getting hard.

    • PastryGoddess

      God I love Roger Sterling

    • PastryGoddess

      aww poor Ken still can’t see

      • Eric Stott

        Seriously -he should be handling Hathaway Shirts

    • Eric Stott

      Dawn sassed Ginsberg – she knows he’s so liberal he won’t complain

    • PastryGoddess

      Go Joanie

    • In_Stitches

      That opening: you’re going to want to pay attention. Glorious. I was only half paying attention, reading the RPDR recap, but I snapped my head around at that line.

    • PastryGoddess

      Da-YUM!!

      And this music is fab

      • Cheryl

        Stevie Winwood!

      • Qitkat

        Talking ’bout My Generation!

    • Pennymac

      I may need to stop lounging and pay closer attention. Does this seem loaded to anyone else?

      • Cheryl

        Yes, I’m having trouble keeping all these people straight. Except Megan. Ugh.

    • Eric Stott

      Was Megan’s agent coming on to Don?

      • PastryGoddess

        maaybeee

      • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

        I came in late to the first broadcast. I hope TLo use the word “Swishy McSwish” to describe the agent. I can’t tell how I feel about the actor playing this way. On the one hand, it’s probably accurate. On the other hand, yikes!

    • PastryGoddess

      Ok Joan…so that didn’t work.

    • Annaline39

      Is that supposed to be near Sharon Tate’s house? Not again!

      • PastryGoddess

        jinx

        • Annaline39

          Lol

        • Annaline39

          Would you like a splash of whiskey with that Coke?

          • PastryGoddess

            Would you like a splash of Coke with that Whiskey?

            • Eric Stott

              How about just doing coke?

            • PastryGoddess

              …why can’t I close my eyes

    • PastryGoddess

      Shades of Sharon Tate

    • Eric Stott

      OMG- the apt has the Progress “Tiffany” ceiling swag lamp – so stylish then, so tacky now.

      • Cheryl

        This is a house, right? Megan said, “My next house.”

        • Eric Stott

          Shev said Next Apartment, and then quickly said “Next HOUSE”

        • Eric Stott

          OK- you were right.

    • Sally

      The book Helter Skelter opens with talking about the sounds in the canyons.

      • Pennymac

        Oooh, creepy.

        • Sally

          That book scared the bejesus outta me.

          • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

            The COVER scared me as a child.

    • Cheryl

      So, still not feeling the Megan-love. And neither is Don, it seems.

      • Pennymac

        Irrational hate list. Megan, not Don.

        • Eric Stott

          I’m not liking her pirate look

        • EveEve

          Jessica Pare hasn’t taken any acting lessons since last season. But loved the comment about gettiner her teeth done. That should be a fun plot twist.

    • PastryGoddess

      awk-ward..

      Pegsters got claws

    • Pennymac

      Haha! Petey!

    • Sally

      omg Pete hahaha

    • Eric Stott

      California Pete!

      • EveEve

        And his realtor is California Barbie

        • Eric Stott

          and not just a realtor- I think she has a range of services

    • PastryGoddess

      who is this person and what happened to Pete

      • Eric Stott

        Pete always seems to start the season on a high point & descend from there. I think he’s had a substance assist…

    • Annaline39

      That almost looks like Der Waffle Haus

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

        That’s Canter’s Delicatessen on Fairfax. Been there for about 65 years. Open 24 hours/day. Legendary but mediocre food.

    • kittentoes

      Feeling bitter about kittens. Just went outside to find my geraniums turned into a feline maternity ward. Anyone need a pussy?

      • Pennymac

        Babies?

      • PastryGoddess

        I’ve got three…fucking useless and full of cat-titude

      • kittentoes

        Yup, hot off the press.
        I have three kitties already. Dear God, I said I needed more CASH, not cats.
        Cute little beggars though.

        • PastryGoddess

          Cat Universe does not know the difference

      • KateWo

        Find the local no kill shelters in your area, they’ll likely take the kittens after they’re weaned from mom (6-8 weeks) and you can borrow a have a heart trap to do TNR and have mom spayed. They’ll be fine outside til then but call shelters now

      • Qitkat

        Geraniums, guess you’re not in Denver.

    • PastryGoddess

      Joanie goes to school

      • Eric Stott

        and she’s gonna school him.

      • Cheryl

        She looks sensational. Her hair is darker, I think. Not so brassy. And I’m loving all her jewel-tone dresses. She looks smart and classy – Megan could take lessons from her.

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

          She looks flawless. If only Christina could walk around with Joan’s makeup and lighting IRL.

    • Pennymac

      “This is a business school, doesn’t money work here?”Go, Joanie!

    • Elizabeth Flowers

      Mad Men is already giving me life. Kill ‘em, Joan!!!

    • Eric Stott

      So, the Hamm is in a Disney movie…did they write an underwear requirement into his contract?

      • EveEve

        Seriously. If Roger can make do with a telephone, why can’t Hamm make do with a … pint of whiskey? OK, he might need a pony keg of beer, but you get my drift…

    • Pennymac

      Good pacing, so far, Wiener is hitting all of the high points. Please, MM, no disappoints!

    • EveEve

      Blueberries in January? In 1969 LA? I don’t think so.

    • Eric Stott

      Status Symbol, here we are

    • PastryGoddess

      Megan has angry face, which looks remarkably like pouty face

    • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

      PERFECT TV reception snow issues. Just like Mom used to make!!

    • PastryGoddess

      For dieties sake Don. Take off the tie and dress shirt

      • Elizabeth Flowers

        your wish is his command!

        • PastryGoddess

          I need to test out these super powers

          • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

            You forgot to include the undershirt.

    • Eric Stott

      Oy….everything in that room clashes

      • Cheryl

        Especially Don and Megan.

      • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

        You say clash, 1969 says vibrant

        • Eric Stott

          Looks like it was all ordered from the Spiegel catalog

          • Pennymac

            Chicago, 60609!

          • PastryGoddess

            I just threw up in my mouth a little bit

    • KayEmWhy

      I Hate Megan!

    • Elizabeth Flowers

      Am I the only person who likes Megan?

      • Pennymac

        I think so.

        • Elizabeth Flowers

          Ha! You made me laugh.

      • Cheryl

        yes.

      • PastryGoddess

        No, I don’t mind her.

        I feel sorry for her, being married to Don “Thy name is Selfish” Draper.

      • Sally

        I do!

      • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

        I want to like her. But the only person I genuinely like on this show is Joan.

      • KateWo

        I like her but I want less her and more Joan and Peggy

    • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

      What is that movie theme song? Romeo and Juliet?

    • Eric Stott

      Has Roger put on some weight?

    • PastryGoddess

      Margaret asks for money in 10….9…8…7…6…5…

      • Eric Stott

        Is that her hair or a hat?

    • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

      Has Margaret been to Esalen?

      • Elizabeth Flowers

        What is Esalen?

        • EveEve

          Oh God, I’m old.

        • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

          The Esalen Institute — Big Sur, CA

          • Elizabeth Flowers

            Just looked it up. Does not sound like a place I’d want to go, but to each their own.

            • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

              It’s very beautiful there. Just drove down Hwy 1 right be there a couple of weeks ago.

            • Pennymac

              I had to Google it, too

          • Eric Stott

            back then they were more like an upscale commune

            • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

              I guess this was before the Primal Scream

      • Sally

        But they are not in LA, are they?

        • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

          No, but she could have flown out for an encounter weekend. Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice did.

    • PastryGoddess

      Is Marge taking LSD?

    • Sally

      Ok which cult?

      • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

        It’s too early for EST.

        • EveEve

          Erhard didn’t start EST until 1971. Do NOT ask me now I know that.

      • PastryGoddess

        Hari Krishna’s???

        • EveEve

          Maharashi Mahesh Yogi maybe.

          • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

            I think you’re right!

            • EveEve

              If she’d gone Krishna, she’d have given them all her worldly goods, including those throwback dainty white gloves.

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

              Yeah, and she certainly would not have been wearing that gorgeous outfit.

    • PastryGoddess

      Soooo I totally watching Forrest Gump all week

    • Elizabeth Flowers

      NEVE CAMPBELL!!!

    • PastryGoddess

      Neve Campbell?

    • Eric Stott

      Look at the amount of room on that plane

    • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

      No sleeping pill? How about some Black Beauties?

      • PastryGoddess

        You just gave away your vintage

        • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

          I’m only 47….

          • PastryGoddess

            Daddy….

            LOL

            • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

              The older I get, the younger my age is. This has taken me totally by surprise!

            • PastryGoddess

              Ha…so true

    • Elizabeth Flowers

      Also, Peggy sell that damn house and get an apartment in Manhattan!!! Brooklyn won’t gentrify for decades!

      • KayEmWhy

        She’s in Manhattan on the Upper West Side

      • Cheryl

        That is Manhattan. The UWS

        • Elizabeth Flowers

          Well, damn…Now I sound dumb, y’all.

    • Sally

      Who are these people with Roger?

      • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

        The usual random people that one could find at any apartment in NYC in the late 60s.

      • Eric Stott

        He probably doesn’t recall their names

      • Cheryl

        Free spirits/beatniks/ hippies/ yippees…

        • EveEve

          your usual 1969 counterculture stereotypes

    • Cheryl

      If Don has an affair with this woman, I’ll zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      • Elizabeth Flowers

        She looks like what’s her name that he had an affair with last year.

        • KayEmWhy

          Well…………

      • Pennymac

        Ugh, Don and his vulnerable women. Does she have a beauty mark? Cause she’s not wearing a babushka.

    • Sally

      Jeez, Don, You never change.

    • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

      Is that a DC-8?

    • Elizabeth Flowers

      What year is it? Do we know yet?

      • Cheryl

        Last year was December 1967 – 1968, so this is early 1969

        • EveEve

          January, right before the inauguration.

        • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

          And now we know courtesy of Richard Nixon’s first inaugural speech. He almost seemed happy.

    • Eric Stott

      If they do it in the bathroom….ugggghhhhhhh

    • PastryGoddess

      Philosophy at 38000 feet

    • Cheryl

      Who is Lou? Am I supposed to know who he is?

      • Sally

        Yeah, where did he come from?

        • PastryGoddess

          He was the guy Don met coming off the elevator after he was put on hiatus

          • Eric Stott

            I think Cutler brought him in

          • Sally

            Oh yeah. Thanks for remembering that.

      • Pennymac

        WAs he getting off of the elevator with Duck on the last episode?

        • PastryGoddess

          yes

    • Sally

      Ouch.

    • Elizabeth Flowers

      I hate Lou….Can he be a short lived character, PLEASE?!

      • EveEve

        Mr. Racist and Sexist Reactionary – the counter balance to the counterculture. This is such heavy-handed triteness. I can’t even.

        • Cheryl

          Still, I’d take him over Megan.

        • Pennymac

          Trite? I work with one of those dinosaurs. His mother was June Cleaver, and as a female manager, he’s threatened by me. They are real, and they are still out there.

          • EveEve

            Yes, the world is still full of racist and sexist reactionaries. Weiner is writing this character in a conventional, unoriginal way. That’s all. Even the counterculture had its racist and sexist element.

            • Pennymac

              True. Do you suppose they know that they are cartoon characters? LOL

          • PastryGoddess

            indeed…indeed.

            I’m so looking forward to work tomorrow

    • PastryGoddess

      Joan’s got game

    • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

      Who is Mr. Beard? And his hip-hugging jeans?

      • Eric Stott

        That’s Stan

    • Pennymac

      I can’t see Nixon with out thinking about Louis CK talking about his resignation.

    • Eric Stott

      Don and Freddie…..is this the Odd Couple?

    • In_Stitches

      I love when Mad Men does comedy. That was hilarious.

    • PastryGoddess

      I don’t like sad Peggy

      • Cheryl

        I’d rather have sad Peggy than the alternative (something terrible happening to her.)

    • Eric Stott

      OK- Peggy’s brother in law is going to fall asleep at the wheel & die & it will be All Her Fault

      • Cheryl

        I don’t think he actually drives the subway.

        • Eric Stott

          Sorry….well, he’ll get mugged or hit crossing a dark street or something.

    • Pennymac

      Holy shit that hour flew.

    • KayEmWhy

      Jefferson Airplane?

      • EveEve

        The Supremes

        • KayEmWhy

          That’s not who sang it.

          • EveEve

            Vanilla Fudge.

    • http://communionoflight.com/ Frank Butterfield

      And now the musical choice on Friday’s Fresh Air makes sense… I couldn’t figure that out.

    • Elizabeth Flowers

      Are the black girls getting a storyline?!

      • PastryGoddess

        Even if they do it’s going to be marginal

    • Sally

      That balcony, I hate it. It makes me so nervous.

      • Pennymac

        BAd feelings, everytime.

        • Sally

          It’s always in the shots of that apt. Ugh.

    • PastryGoddess

      *happy tears*

    • KateWo

      So looking forward to tomorrows recap! Here are some initial reactions:

      -loved the return of Freddy Rumsen! I liked the first line of his pitch telling us to pay attention, as if Don was telling Peggy to pay attention and fight for good work.

      - Peggy was just so so sad.

      - Don went to CA when Ted had a NY trip scheduled

      - Don sticks true to hobo code by finding a way to keep working through Freddy

      - I take it Don never told Megan he’s on leave

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

        I’m surprised Peggy didn’t recognize the work as Don’s. She knows Freddy is good, but not that good.

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

      It was hard for me to follow along with Mad Men and watch for my clothes. Didn’t see anything yet.