T LOunge

Posted on April 18, 2014

Darlings, we’ve had a perfectly SHITASTIC week! Come and throw yourselves dramatically on chaises with us.

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TLOunge-4182014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)District Bar, San Francisco, California

 

 

It took us until Wednesday to get over the jet lag from last week’s mini-tour. Seriously. We were nodding off in the middle of the day and then up till 3 watching crap TV. Piling two Mad Men writeups (which are easily the most labor-intensive posts  we do all year, except for the Miss Universe costume posts), plus a whole salad bar full of behind-the-scenes tech issues, and ladies? We were knocked flat. Tomorrow we head into New York to see Emmett and plan the Bitter Kitten party and then Sunday we have a combo of Easter/T Lo niece’s first birthday – and we still haven’t gotten her a gift. NYC Bitter Kittens, where’s a good baby store in NY with fun, unique gifts?

Back to the Bitter Kitten “Be Me Or Do Me” party, in case you haven’t heard. T Lo bestie (and Best Man at our wedding) Emmett McCarthy is hosting a celebration party in honor of our book and all y’all who can make it to New York City on May 3rd (hammering out the time with Emmett tomorrow, stay tuned) should absolutely do so. This includes the New Jersey and Philly area Kittens. We’re working to add more book tour dates in other cities, so it’s not likely will be in those areas again for signings. We’ll make it worth your while! We’ll do our little clown show for y’all, which is mostly a lively Q&A with a reading and a signing, but this time, because we’re throwing the party, we get to mingle with the Kittens! Drinks and nibblies, even! All in the gorgeous little backyard garden behind Emmett’s store (240 Elizabeth Street, New York NY 10012) where we got married last summer and where we met Tim Gunn for the very first time (not to mention Emmett himself, and a whole bunch of other Project Runway folks, back in the earliest days of this little adventure). It’s a place with a lot of meaning and meeting up with our Bitter Kittens has been the very best part of this whole book poledance thing, so we wanted to bring  some of that “home,” so to speak. That’s May 3rd, two weeks from tomorrow, in the afternoon and probably into the early evening. More details to come, darlings! Picking out our outfits as we type!

And how are all of you, then?

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: districtsf.com]

    • @Biting Panda

      The bullshittery is rampant. I’m working hard on my attitude, but I’m not Polly Fucking Anna.
      As always, I’ve appreciated the distraction of hilarity, comradery, and bitterness. Thanks, TLo, for providing the space.
      Whiskey. Neat. Thanks.

      • Pennymac

        New vocab! “Rampant bullshittery” will be used with relish at my meetings this week!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Rampant bullshittery is a wonderful phrase, which I will now steal with glee. My abiding thanks to Biting Panda for this one.

    • Lena Abu-Ali

      I found out I got a 42% on my physics test today, but I’m buying jewelry to keep my mind off it. Cheers, fellow BKs!

      • kimmeister

        What did jewelry did you get?

        • Lena Abu-Ali

          A necklace and some bracelets! My wardrobe has been lacking lately so I figured a few new pieces are an easy way to add interest :)

          • kimmeister

            Absolutely! Bold accessories will jazz up or even transform any outfit.

      • siriuslover

        I always thought a 42% is considered “good” for courses like physics, calculus, and chem? But yay for jewelry!

        • CelandineM

          Yeah lol got a 42% on a physical chemistry test once and it was a passing grade. Pchem, physics and chemistry all rolled into one, the stuff nightmares are made of.

      • demidaemon

        I hope they graded on the curve!

      • decormaven

        Jewelry adds the bright spots in our lives. Enjoy, enjoy!

      • poggi

        The 42% will go away, but the jewelry will remain. Also cheer up, it’s usually not the grade itself but how you did relative to everyone else. Hope for a low mean and enjoy the jewelry.

    • another_laura

      DISTRICT! Only my fave wine bar in SF. Ask for Justin, he’ll take care of you.

      This has been a craptastic week for me as well. Just too damned busy at work. Plus apparently I’ve put some weight back on. Grumble grumble grumble, Justin, bring me a flight of aromatic white wines and let’s get started….

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

        Throw your glass into the fireplace before you fling yourself onto the chaise, for maximum drama points.

    • Sobaika

      DRINKS ARE ON ME, BITCHES!!!!!

      I just landed my dream job. No, really. My dram job. Starting Monday. Dying of happiness. Unfortunately I will not be able to make the May 3rd BK shindig. Why, you ask? I’ll be on a visit to Greece for the aforementioned dream job.

      Happy weekend to all.

      • another_laura

        WOW! Congrats to you Sobaika!

      • kimmeister

        Congrats! What kind of job is it?

        • Sobaika

          I’m in nonprofit management :)

          • kimmeister

            Greece is totally on my Bucket List. So awesome that you get to go.

            • Sobaika

              From what I understand (very little, at this point) I’ll spend the majority of my time working. I’ll try and sneak in some fun stuff!

      • @Biting Panda

        AMAZING!!!!! Well done!!!!

      • EveEve

        Congratulations! I’d say going to Greece or going to the BK party would be a tough choice. I’ll probably be in Singapore, so we’ll both have to live vicariously through other BKs.

      • siriuslover

        Congratulations, Sobaika! Enjoy Greece. And you can ALWAYS find time to get out and enjoy the places you travel to.

      • formerlyAnon

        Very Well Done! Also, Congratulations!

      • SouthernGirlRena

        Dream job and trip to Greece – many congratulation!

      • Jackie4g

        Congratulations! Having a White Russian in celebration of your good fortune and continued success. (This was just the impetus I needed.)

        • SouthernGirlRena

          Ooo, I haven’t had a White Russian in ages. Have you had a frozen one (made with vanilla ice cream). It is hard not to gulp them down.

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

            That sounds good!

      • Alloy Jane

        That’s awesome!!! Congrats and happy packing for freaking Greece! :D

      • travelingcat

        What wonderful news, so happy for you! Hope you celebrate in a big way.

      • marlie

        YAY!! Congratulations! That’s great news. :D

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Congratulations on landing the dream job…and one that takes you to Greece, no less. That at least is some consolation for having to miss the BK party

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

        Congratulations!!!! Best of luck and have a safe trip.

        Oh, I’m so jealous. Is it selfish that I wish it were me? I don’t even need my dream job or a trip to Greece. A paycheck big enough to cover my expenses will do.

      • Jacob Bowen

        OH MY GOSH! Congrats! I am SO jealous you got your dream job AND get to go to Greece! My grandparents were from Greece and I still have family there I’ve never met! Enjoy!

      • MilaXX

        Congrats on the dream job and the trip to Greece. That sounds most awesome!

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

        Congratulations! Brilliant!

        Is it normal to work Easter Monday in the US? It’s a bank holiday for us.

        • Sobaika

          Not really, but I think it’s an industry thing – this organization uses floating holidays instead of set ones.

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

            Nice to be able to choose your own.

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

          I’ve never heard that Easter Monday was even a thing. But many companies give part or all of Good Friday off.

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

            In the UK and Australia it’s a 4 day weekend, although most shops are open on Easter Saturday.

      • decormaven

        Fabulous news!

      • TigerLaverada

        Wow, good for you! Congrats!

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

        Greece is on my “must visit sometime” list of places so go and have a wonderful time and make great memories to share with the rest of us! Congratulations on your good fortune and talent!

      • poggi

        Congrats! It’s got to feel good to have a job you really want and to be doing something positive with a non-profit.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Very late to the Lounge (Monday afternoon…), so belated but most sincere congratulations on the new job. I’m just disappointed I won’t get a chance to meet you in fewer than two weeks since we managed not to connect at the B&N NY reading-and-signing on that snowy winter evening.

    • kimmeister

      Sorry it’s been such a rough week for everyone. I nearly killed one of my new coworkers yesterday, after I peer pressured him into going to the exercise class with me. The guy is like 32 and you’d think he’d be ok for a fairly low-key class (ok, so we did kind of a lot of abs for a newbie, plus it was on the stability ball with weights) but he nearly barfed, took at least 40 min in the locker room just to recover/shower, and said his biceps were jelly. Did I mention he was using only 5 lb barbells? But, on a positive note, he doesn’t hate me, and he is determined to keep coming to class. It will get easier!

      Bonus: I came up with the perfect anniversary present for my husband (4 months early) and score – it was on sale online with free shipping!

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh, you must be fun to work with! (No sarcasm intended.)

        • kimmeister

          I’m particularly fun if you like puns, cats, and/or fashion!

      • demidaemon

        Nice! I do understand about the exercise thing (which I need to get back into, damn it!). The first day is always the hardest. if he can maintain the motivation (hopefully through your expert cheerleading), he’ll be singing your praises in no time!

        • kimmeister

          Everybody’s got to start somewhere. I spent my entire youth as an overachieving “brainiac” with zero athletic talents. Now I’m in my 30′s and in the best shape of my life, with others viewing me as being super fit. It’s a bizarre turn of events!

          • Kitten Mittons

            I love hearing stories like this. Good for you!!

    • ‘Becca’lise Deveaux

      Survived work, chasing around a million two year olds. UGH. TGIF. Happy weekend!

    • Frank_821

      OUT magazine posted a list of the 10 Most influential gay fashion bloggers. Obviouslt the uncles are on the ist. I wasn’t familair with most of the others. they wisely did not rank them

      can you imagine the bitchery if they did?

    • Musicologie

      This is one of those weeks that I can’t believe I survived. Unfortunately, I blew a writing deadline and had to turn something in to a client three days late. It meant I stayed up until 1 am writing one night–not a great move when you have an eight-and-a-half month infant.

      But that all happened, and the baby FINALLY figured out how to roll (he’s very behind on that, mostly because he’s huge)! Fortunately, we’re going to see two of my favorite people tonight, visiting from Germany. This will be their first time meeting the baby, and I’m so excited!

    • siriuslover

      Thank you so much for plowing through this week after a major travel spree for the book. Of course, we BK’s benefited from it since you had the MM recap up so quickly ;). Enjoy the BK party everyone! TLo, if you’re able to schedule more dates for the book signing, can you try for Orange County California? It is half a world away from LA!

    • formerlyAnon

      I am TIRED. Not for any exciting reason. ‘Tis my personal season for mowing through The Lists, getting through the backlog that the blahs I always have in February leave in my personal ecosystem. Having had more meh weather and more good people & personal events going on than usual, this year the backlog dragged on through March. It is still pretty backed. And logged.

      And it is fucking GORGEOUS outside. So very tempting . . . So we’ll see how it goes. At least I have ducked out of all Easter revelry this year.

      Those chairs and chaises in tonight’s bar look dangerous for the drunken. One might lean and find nothing there upon which to lean, turning said lean into a fall. Worse (or maybe better?), one might find oneself leaning, perhaps excessively, upon one’s companions.

      • kimmeister

        I think my backlog is pretty similar! I just caught up on some long ignored clothing alterations. Soon I must declutter the spare room and office in preparation for both my mom and brother visiting at the beginning of May.

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

        I was thinking I’d have to reserve one of the couches with a back – I can’t sit on chaises like those!

        • Lilithcat

          But you don’t sit on a chaise! You recline on it, while staff brings you champagne and bonbons.

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

            In a perfect world, yes. But looking at those, you’d be crammed in with hoi polloi lacking respect for your personal space.

    • rainwood1

      Craptastic doesn’t even begin to describe my week or the two weeks before. I haven’t posted about it lately because it’s all been such a downer. My husband who almost died in January when his leukemia went on the rampage then almost died in February when most of his red blood cells went missing has been in the hospital since the last day of March unable to walk and in terrible pain from what has been diagnosed as Guillain-Barre syndrome. He’ll now have to go through intensive and lengthy rehab to get his arms and legs working again. I wish the health gods would stop fucking with him. The poor man has been through enough.

      Needless to say, no one would want to be me this week, not even me. And no one would want to do me because I ain’t interested in being done. I’d have a drink, but I need to be back at the hospital later. We’ll get through it, but it still sucks.

      • Shibori Girl

        My Dear,

        So sorry to hear about your husband’s ordeal. Guillain-Barre syndrome is no joke (especially with other health issues.) Just a small word of encouragement – a friend had GB, was hospitalized, and made a full recovery. My hope is for a speedy recovery for your spouse and a better time ahead for both of you.

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

        I am so sorry for what you and your husband are going through. Illness is the worst!! I hope you have some support for yourself—you can’t be a good advocate for your husband if you never have a break. Taking care of yourself is SO important, Ms. Rainwood. Wishing you peace and patience and keeping my fingers crossed that convalescence and rehab go smoothly. It won’t be short, but people DO recover from G-B. Blessings on both of you.

      • @Biting Panda

        Oh my. Offering healing thoughts and all the patience I can send you.

      • Malia C.

        @BitingPanda:disqus, @NurseEllen:disqus, and @Shibori Girl:disqus have said it all far more eloquently than I could, but I am sending you and your husband my best thoughts during this difficult time.

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh dear. So very, very unfair.

        I do hope his recovery is underway, successful, and simpler than one would expect. I hope you catch every break, and all the good luck going, both of you. You have so much hard practice at taking care of yourself and someone else who is sick, it sucks you are doing it again.

      • Pennymac

        ((hugs)) from the interwebs. Theres not much I can think to say except how awful for you both. Sending healing thoughts!

      • Alloy Jane

        All I can say is that blows and that I wish you and your Mister an unending reserve of stoicism and patience and red blood cells. ehugs from this bitter kitten.

      • PastryGoddess

        awww (((rainwood1)))

      • Celticharpist

        Sending the best of thoughts your way. Hang in there!

      • marlie

        So sad to hear, but wishing him a speedy recovery. Hugs to you and your family.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Oh, dear, that is dreadful. I wish your husband well with rehab, and send much love to you both.

      • MilaXX

        oh so sorry to hear. Sending good vibes and thoughts your way.

      • Lisa_Co

        So sorry to hear about your husband’s illnesses. Try to be good to yourself as not only does he count on you but you are vulnerable to stress maladies yourself. Just know that we BKs are keeping you in our thoughts and sending healing “vibrations” your way.

      • kimmeister

        I could only hope to be as compassionate and long suffering as you, were I to be in a similar situation.

      • Glam Dixie

        I’m so sorry, sending virtual hugs and positive thoughts your way.

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

        I’m so sorry to hear that! I hope you have lots of people looking after you.

      • decormaven

        You come back here when you can- flights of fantasy (and snark!) will do you well. Healing thoughts all around your husband; G-B can be overcome, so take hold and take heart.

      • TigerLaverada

        I went through a very similar scenario with my husband a few years back. Sending massive hugs through the ether to you.

      • Peeve

        Sometimes you want to yell, “Enough!!! Go pick on someone else for awhile!” I don’t know why, but sometimes it seems to me that the most wonderful people go through agonies, while the real shits get off easy. I know that’s probably not true, but it sometimes seems so. My best wishes, thoughts and prayers for both you and your husband. Keep venting to the BKs if you can. They’re truly a terrific, caring lot.

      • poggi

        Dear Rainwood,

        I am so sorry. That is a lot for both of you to be going through, and for so long. Don’t assume that your friends wouldn’t want to be around. Many good friends feel so useless at times like these, they would probably like to hang out and help however they can. Take care of yourself and ask for help and support wherever you need or want it from. I hope for quick recovery and calmer times ahead for you both.

      • Qitkat

        I want to join with the rest of the Bitter Kittens in sending you massive (((hugs))) and positive thoughts your way. What an extreme challenge for you both. I hope the progress of your husband’s condition begins to reverse itself and that better times will come soon.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Sending the biggest hugs I can your way. Thoughts and prayers for a quick recovery for him, and strength for you.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Dear friend,

        I’m late to the Lounge so my expressions of concern and solidarity are tardy but nonetheless heartfelt. I hope your doctors and care facilities bring their A-games to your husband’s situation and to you. Lean on other friends and family to perform chores and tasks so that you can marshal your energies to look after your spouse and yourself. Keep us, as you have the energy and desire, in the information loop. Your TLo community is rooting for you both.

        NDC

    • Malia C.

      Argh, your shindig is on Derby Day, so I can only be there in spirit :/

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

      We are going to a TRES chic, black tie, formal wedding tomorrow (Saturday) night at a TRES swank spot in Chapel Hill. Months ago (January) I reserved a dress with a company called Rent the Runway (it’s a dress by Catherine Deane, called the “Patricia” gown). It was perfect! Long sleeves (I get cold in air conditioning), modest yet not frumpy, I could wear a bra with it, not solid black (I hate wearing black to weddings), stylish, gorgeous, price was right. Paid the fee upfront, whiled away much time planning accessories, makeup, hairstyle, etc. On Tuesday–3 days before the dress is to arrive–I get an email from RTR which says the dress has been returned damaged beyond repair and is therefore not available for me. I called, the rep was fantastic, and said I could pick out any 3 dresses at any price point and they would ship them overnight no extra charge. Sounds great–but–it literally took 3 hours to find dresses that were available in my size. And we could only find two.

      Dresses arrived tonight. Only one looks good. Now I am trying to accessorize a sleeveless (which I didn’t want) mostly black (which I didn’t want) dress which will require completely different hair & makeup than I have envisioned for all this time. Plus they’re predicting rain and blustery weather with temps in the mid-50s tomorrow. SO unhappy! I can’t fault the company–they have tried their best to help, they can’t predict when careless customers will return damaged dresses–but I am just all “at sixes and sevens”, as a British friend of mine always says. Where is a stylist when I need one? (The new gown is Theia “Here With You” if you want to look it up.)

      Talk about your first world problem! I think it’s time to grab that bottle of Cointreau and drink myself into a better attitude.

      In other news–I am SO looking forward to NYC with the Uncles and BKs! My family is mildly miffed that I do not want to spend every waking hour with them but I am straightening my shoulders and practicing a version of “Too bad, so sad, love you, mean it, seeya” which might be acceptable to my mother. I’m hoping that when she sees how thrilled I am when I get home after the event all will be forgiven.

      Happy Easter to all!

      • CatherineRhodes

        I guess this is why starletts have a back-up dress for the Academy Awards. Sure, it’s a first-world problem, but it’s obviously an important event and you had put in a lot of effort, so your disappointment is understandable. Throw on the black sheath and strut in there like you own the place! Have fun.

      • formerlyAnon

        I love looking forward to something and HATE having expectations and having them disappointed. Yes, it’s a first world problem, still disappointing. Hope you have so much fun you forget the dress, and that you get a lot of compliments.

      • PastryGoddess

        Ok saw the dress. Tis a bit awkward

        No necklace. MAJOR earrings and possibly a bracelet. You have hair, so I would do curls and volume. Maybe even a veronica lake side sweep with a sparkly barrette. Turn the makeup gun up to tramp and use sparingly, don’t Paz de la Huerta yourself.

        Find a Charming Charlie location near you they have jewelry for days.

        • Pennymac

          I call Charming Charlies the Girl Crack store.

          • Jacob Bowen

            Ummm…and me too. I buy SO many earrings, scarves, and watches there!

            • MilaXX

              I bought a floor length mirrored armoire thinking I’d get my costume jewelry under control. By the time I put everything in it was filled to the brim.I have a smaller jewelry box for the few real pieces if jewelry I own, but my costume jewelry situation is out of control.

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

              I finally went to Michael’s and bought two large wooden thingys that are supposed to be holders for spools of thread. Bolted them to the wall in my bedroom and now one holds necklaces and one holds bracelets. Efficient and cheap.

          • PastryGoddess

            The sales associates squeal with glee when they see me walk in the door.

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

          This all sounds like great advice, except for Charming Charlie. Not only is there not one near me, I’ve never even heard of it before. More sadness. With the performing I do, I will say I have many pair of killer earrings at hand–or, at ear. Plus two daughters to borrow from. So that part will probably be a snap!

          • MilaXX

            Hit up a Claire’s and get something from their bridal section for earrings. I think this dress only needs a few statement pieces. Dangly earrings, maybe a fancy barrette, a skinny bracelet. Remember with makeup it’s eyes or lips, not both. I would go with a cat eye and a soft peachy or pink toned (depending on your coloring) lip.

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

              I see your avatar, MilaXX……no wonder you’re an advocate for a cat eye! But seriously, I was thinking I’d watch a few You Tube videos about how to do just that so it’s nice to have my instinct echoed by an outside opinion. I’m wavering on hair between big soft curls and a ’60s type chignon, with a few loose strands pulled out to soften it a bit. The dress is so sculptural, I’m thinking maybe it needs an equally sculptured ‘do? What do you think? My hair can do anything.

            • formerlyAnon

              I have no advice, except to sigh, wistfully over “My hair can do anything.”

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

              My hair has always been my best feature. Fortunately my ego is held in check whenever I glimpse my nose in profile. It’s not very pretty and now it’s got a permanent indentation on the bridge from 50 years of wearing glasses.

            • MilaXX

              I like the chignon idea.I think a few loose strands could work as well depending on the weather. If it’s going to be too nasty you don’t want something limp & lifeless hanging out.

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

              True that! I see lots of hairspray in my future.

            • decormaven

              Voting with MilaXX here. Go for the elegant look with hair.

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

              Go the chignon – you know the bitter kittens don’t like it when the sculptural interest around the shoulders gets hidden by hair! And it’ll highlight the killer earrings better.

              If you have an upper-arm bracelet, I’d wear that too.

            • decormaven

              Definitely some type of cuff – wrist or arm- for the arm. I think this gown is stunning. Use the Accessory Wall wisely!

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

              BRILLIANT! Arm cuff is totally right with this!

          • PastryGoddess

            Awww Charming Charlie is the best! I thought they had a few locations in NC.

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

              I looked it up–there is a store in Raleigh but it’s about 30 miles away and it’s pouring rain here. I will put it on my “to visit sometime soon” list, though–perhaps before my daughter’s wedding in August. Thanks for the heads up, PastryGoddess.

      • MilaXX

        Wow that Patricia gown is a stunner, no wonder you wanted it. I also like the Here With You, but I understand your dilemma. I can’t imagine a jacket working well with the dress, so you may have to rely on a wrap or wear a coat and carry a wrap. Not sure what type of accessories you have but make sure your bra is a demi cup so it’s not peeking out of the cut out. I hope you have fun at the wedding.

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

          The RTR people do send a package of fashion tape along with the dress so I will be using it in exactly that area!

        • decormaven

          Voting again with MilaXX on a very simple wrap. Don’t cover the gorgeous details in the bodice with a shrug or jacket. If it’s a bit chill, fortify with spirits.

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

            Yes, the alcohol overcoat is the best idea!

      • Sophie

        I actually prefer the Theia gown, so I’m very jealous now. I’ll just echo the others and say: earrings! And a chignon. Will you wear a jacket or a wrap or something else with it?

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

          I have a few of those ubiquitous “pashmina” wraps in various colors, just trying to parse which color to pick, or if I should just go with white. I’m thinking I may wear a pair of turquoise pumps I have (for the obligatory “pop of color”, plus they’re actually really comfy for 3.5″ heels) and a little silvery evening purse.

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

            Turquoise pumps sound great. And either a black or white pashmina, preferably with a bit of sparkle in it if you have one.

      • Lilithcat

        (I hate wearing black to weddings),

        Thank you! I thought I was the only person old-fashioned enough to consider black at weddings inappropriate. Glad I’m not alone.

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

          Most definitely not alone! I think anyone like me who had a host of Italian aunts who always wore black to every affair instinctively recoils at doing the same. Probably explains my dislike of so many Dolce & Gabbana designs, too.

    • sockandaphone

      I know this is a week late, but you guys were so much fan at the book signing. Im so glad you guys were as hilarious and charming as I imagined.
      Also I went to two concerts this week, both amazing, and now Im getting pumped for the crazy dance-a-thon that FRANZ FERDINAND will be this Tuesday.

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

        Thank you, doll!

        • sockandaphone

          OMG! *be cool* no, thank you!

    • JulieTy

      Good evening, fellow BKs! I’ve had an exhausting but good week — saw Of Mice and Men, went to the gynecologist, had lunch with a friend visiting from London . . . two out of three ain’t bad!

      Dearest Nephews, if you are staying on the UWS, there are TONS of great kids’ stores on Amsterdam and Columbus. If not, you really can’t go wrong with a pink sparkly tutu. Every girl needs one. Just hold off on the boa until she’s over three years old! Or . . . I just gave my one-year-old niece a hooded bath towel – pink, and the hood looks like a jeweled crown. No fit issues. Otherwise, books books books. One can never have too many copies of Goodnight Moon, Pat the Bunny, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, etc. They always get torn or lost. And it’s nice to include some for when she gets older, too (Harry Potter? Shakespeare for Kids? From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler?).

      I will try to make it on May 3, but need to check with husband, kids, dogs for schedule clearance.

      Now . . . what to drink? Glenlivet 12 year on the rocks with a twist, as usual, please!

      xoxoxoo

      • @Biting Panda

        Harold And The Purple Crayon is also a clutch kids choice.

        • JulieTy

          Excellent call. :-)

        • travelingcat

          Bitter kittens after my own heart. I am the book Aunt. I tried to give a niece something other than a book one year and her mother told me in no uncertain terms I wasn’t allowed. According to her, the kiddos liked knowing I would be giving them books and those books were the only presents that didn’t end up being forgotten or donated inside of 5 months.
          Moo, Baa, La La La and Barnyard Dance are fun for young ones as well. Voyage to the Bunny Planet books are fun when they get a little older.

          • @Biting Panda

            This!

            Another favorite for young kids, anything by Todd Parr.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Mr. B3 and I are the book people in our extended family-we love giving books and the kiddies enjoy them as well. I’m quite fond of the Max and Ruby books by Rosemary Wells, as well as Grandfather Twilight(hard to find, but absolutely lovely).

        • MilaXX

          Goodnight moon is my personal fav.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Goodnight Gorilla. It’s an under rated classic, and the baby gift I give.

      • SRQkitten

        Anything by Eric Carle is good with the wee ‘uns as well.

        • JulieTy

          Yes — he wrote The Very Hungry Caterpillar!
          Another good author is Lois Ehlert (Color Zoo, etc.)

          • travelingcat

            Oooh, I’ll have to check out Lois Ehlert. Thanks for sharing!

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          All of Eric Carle’s books are kind of the same. Sandra Boynton is soooo much better. And she has some lovely books/CDs with original songs and some pretty cool people involved (Kevin Bacon, Laura Linney, Weird Al, Kate Winslet…).

          • Jacob Bowen

            See, for children’s literature that’s not as big of an issue though, especially for the younger ones. His books use A LOT of repetition, are familiar for beginning readers, and SO full of colorful pictures that add SO many context clues/details that they are much more useful than you would guess. PLUS, he is SUCH an awesome guy and if you have your class write him letters he sends some (one time a WHOLE BUNCH) of personal letters in reply. Sandra Boynton is FANTASTIC as well, I LOVE “Snuggle Puppy”! I am INCREDIBLY interested and fascinated by children’s lit (especially the ages 3-7 group) so sorry for the long reply…

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Thing is, adults have to read the children’s books. I know that kids like repetition – it’s common in kids books. But Eric Carle bugs. However, I am not a teacher or a parent. I am just the cool aunt who used to be a bookseller. I’ve had conversations about “Moo Baa Lalala”

          • embers618

            Sandra Boynton is one of our favorites! My kids have Barnyard Dance memorized, and the Bellybutton Book is perfect for kids who are just starting to learn their bodies.
            Right now my kids are also obsessed with Lynley Dodd (Slinky Malinky, Hairy Maclairy, etc), and Pinkalicious.

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

          Didn’t he write “Frederick”, about the mouse? I swear, my kids wore out copies of that one. SO sweet. PS: I am a book aunt, too, and the gift opportunities grow along with the kiddies. Plus there’s the added fun of time spent in the children’s section of my local bookstore. Book Aunts Unite!

          • SRQkitten

            I think that might be Leo Lionni, another of my faves – he wrote Swimmy as well, which could be seen [evil grin] as introduction to organizing for preschoolers.

      • Qitkat

        Such great suggestions for children’s books. I’m taking notes on what everyone else said too. I’m a big fan of giving them to my grandchildren, and once even took a class in college on Children’s Literature. Of course that was so many years ago, and I’m hopelessly out of date. I try to always look for the Newberry and Caldecott winners and finalists.

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

          Do you know the site A Mighty Girl? It’s a great resource for books for girls of all ages.

          • Qitkat

            Thanks, I will look for it, as I love great children’s literature, but I only have grandsons. And a grand-niece who lives in the Phillipines, so I don’t mail gifts except at Christmas, and can’t easily know what they already have :(
            Heck, it’s hard to know what my local grandsons have in the way of books or toys. I appreciate better the issues my mom had trying to gift from Florida.

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

              That’s where gift vouchers come in handy! Not personal, perhaps, but practical!

            • Kitten Mittons

              My mom often tries to give books that are just slightly above my son’s age range, in hopes that others haven’t given him the same books already, and it’s worked fairly well.
              So many good ones, I can barely even think. She just gave him his first Curious George book (I couldn’t believe we didn’t have ONE yet!), and he was ecstatic, as he knows CG from PBS now.
              One of my all time favorites is Corduroy. I’ve read it to him about 100 times in the last six months, and I could read it 1,000 more.
              We’re also just getting in to the Dr. Suess stuff, Fox in Socks, etc. I can’t wait!

            • Qitkat

              Excellent point.
              Corduroy sounds vaguely familiar, I’ll have to look for that for my 2 year old g’son.
              It’a a delightful discovery time, since they always want to hear books over and over again, finding the ones you can stand to read multiple times. As an aside, anything to do with the Cars characters or Thomas the Train ones drive me personally nuts. So many other more imaginative, better written ones out there.

              I love your excitement at introducing your son to all this :)
              Books are the best magic.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Yes, I’ve always been a huge reader, and I pray pray pray that he will be, too. So far, so good. :)

              Unfortunately, even the readers love Cars and Thomas. I, personally, had no idea that the Thomas empire had so many damn songs that I would have to know by heart and sing on command during bath time, driving, etc. I can honestly take Thomas and Cars waaaaaay more than I can take Elmo, though. I like educational TV, but that furry red monster can just go back wherever he came from. And he has literally taken over Sesame Street. He gets about 4 times the amount of screen time as any other puppet. That laugh……the stuff of nightmares.

              (p.s. Corduroy is a stuffed bear who lives in a department store, loses one of his buttons, and goes looking for it. Nothing special, just one I loved from my own childhood.)

      • NinaBoo

        Stand Tall Molly Lou Mellon, Sheila Rae the Brave (most Kevin Henkes books are great), Stellaluna, Click Clack Moo – Cows that Type, Mice and Beans, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, A Bad Case of Stripes, No David!…

        These are some of my faves. Look up the Newberry and Caldecott winners as well.

    • GorgeousThings

      Oh honeys, I am so with you. Let’s talk shitastic weeks, shall we? I had to deal with a customer who f*cking nickeled and dimed me to death, and then sent me a whiny email about how when I refunded her money like she asked, it hurt her feelings terribly. So after calling her up to apologize profusely (no joke, 24 “I’m sorry’s” in less than 6 minutes) and her trying to get me to give her all sorts of discounts, to no avail, my husband suggested I Zillow her house. Guess what? She lives in a gated resort community, in a house she bought last year for…
      are you ready for it?

      $5,586,000.00

      No joke. And she’s trying to dick me over for $10.50 in shipping costs. You know what? You take that first 5 off the number, and her house is still worth than mine, and my cars, and my piano.

      If she tries it again, she’s getting bupkis.

      • PastryGoddess

        You have got to be kidding me. I’d fire her as a client and tell her to go pound sand.

        • Pennymac

          Ditto! And kick rocks!

          • MilaXX

            with open toe shoes!

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

        I feel your pain. One thing I won’t miss about my dearly departed store are the negotiators.

        After much back and forth, I would finally convince them that my prices were fixed and they would eventually agree to pay the ticketed price. Then came the same nonsense over the sales tax, which I would never give an inch on. So they finally pull out their money to pay full price plus tax and what do they invariably give me? Hundred dollar bills, of course! Never failed. Jackholes.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Some people have no shame. She gets bupkis-squared.

      • kimmeister

        Some of the most generous people I know are the poorest. Sadly, the reverse is also true.

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

        Rich people stay rich by hanging on to their money. What a pain you had to deal with it!

      • decormaven

        Hon, that’s why she has all the ducats. People like that will cut you over pocket change. Sending you over a bottle of vitural champagne- the REALLY good stuff- for dealing with that putz.

      • Qitkat

        My son used to valet for a big hotel where a lot of NFL players stayed. Most of them didn’t tip as well as regular folks. Money can’t buy class.
        It must be quite the challenge to handle all the types of clients out there when you have your own business. It’s been quite admirable to see your ads appear on TLo year after year. There must be a lot of real satisfaction when you have the people who keep you successful, hopefully the majority of them.

    • Anna

      I am chilling the hell out this weekend, it’s been a rollercoaster month. The good: getting through training during the dreadful winter mostly healthy and injury-free, crossing the finish line of two 10K races. Not so good: job interview that turned out to be a bust. Dad having health issues. Heartbreaking: losing a friend to a long and hard-fought battle with cancer the same week as race #2.
      Thanks for the laughs and entertainment, it really has helped keep me sane! Have a great weekend everyone.

      • @Biting Panda

        Harsh week. May your weekend be lazy and restorative.

      • marlie

        So sorry to hear about everything. It’s a perfect weekend to recharge your batteries, and I hope things turn around next week.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope you arrive at Monday with some relaxing and some processing done. It sounds like it’s been a slightly overwhelming time.

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

        Hope your dad gets better soon, and I am so sorry to hear about your friend.

        I admire people who run.

      • decormaven

        Sounds like a quiet weekend is in order. Sorry about your dad’s health issues and the loss of your friend- those are two tough things. Glad you’ve been able to get in two 10Ks- that is an accomplishment.

      • Anna

        Thanks for all the kind words and support all you wonderful BKs! You guys truly are the best :)

      • Qitkat

        I’m sorry for the loss of your friend, and your dad’s health problems. My son has been a runner, and I know what hard work and determination it takes to continue on in the face of challenges such as yours. Here’s to hoping things turn around.

        • Anna

          Thanks for the kind words. My dad has chronic weight-related joint and back problems, he’s made some progress regarding the weight-loss, but it’s understandably a hard cycle to break (his joint and back problems make exercise difficult for him, but he needs to do it in order to lose weight, which will help relieve and ease his chronic pain). That, combined with my family history of heart disease and diabetes is what prompted me to start running and getting into shape again in the first place, as I also inherited my dad’s love of food and I knew I’d be headed on a similar path if I didn’t do something.
          I almost didn’t make it to the starting line of the second race because it was very emotionally overwhelming, but the late, great Sharon’s favourite expression was, “Suck it up, Princess.” I knew she’d be the first to point out how far I’d come and all the work that went into training for those 10Ks, and she’d also tell me how lucky I was to be able to be strong enough to accomplish something like that. She was a long-time runner herself and I sadly never got to run with her as she’d had to stop a couple of years before I started.

          • formerlyAnon

            Thank-you for sharing a little bit about your second race and your friend. I’m sure she’d be happy that memory of her helped you to make the race. Everyone’s life – no matter how ordinary and seemingly limited – is made up of so many stories, big and small, recognized and unrecognized. They fascinate me and I truly believe that each in its own small way makes me more of a person. Which is not exactly what I mean, but as close as I’m going to get.

            • Anna

              Thank you for reading :). I find people’s “unrecognized” stories fascinating too, I love your comment regarding everyone’s life being made up of so many stories.
              Yup, Sharon was a firecracker. She fought bravely and very hard. She didn’t believe in backing out of things, didn’t like excuses and especially did not like people feeling sorry for themselves. Even as that horrible illness took its toll on her physically, it never took her spirit and she did not complain once. A true hero and an inspiration.

          • decormaven

            Congrats for using your family history of circulatory issues to speed you to a more healthy lifestyle. Almost all the 8 siblings on my dad’s side died before age 60 due to heart disease, and my dad wrestled it hard until it flipped him for three agonizing years before death. Not going that way, no how, as long as I can steer the boat.

            • Anna

              Totally agree about not going that way. We’re all big eaters in my family, myself included. I have a hearty appetite to begin with, and when you add emotional/stress eating into the mix, it’s just not a good combination. I have a cousin who’s only a couple of months older than me who was diagnosed with adult-onset diabetes a few years ago and has already been hospitalized for her heart.
              Scary, and I would’ve been headed in that direction if I’d kept on the path that I was on.

            • decormaven

              Then all the more kudos to you. No use to head straight on into the ditch. There are plenty of pot holes along the highway as it is.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Reading all the Lounge posts late. So sorry about your friend. And I hope your dad is feeling better and able to keep making progress.
        And hope you thoroughly enjoyed a quiet weekend, which is well deserved!

        • Anna

          Thanks! Dad has been taking aquafit classes a couple of times a week now, which I think will really help get his activity level up without stressing his body too much. And he seems to be really enjoying them, which is a plus.

          It was a great, relaxing weekend. I took a week off running after the last race, sleeping in on Saturdays and Sundays feels so luxurious now!

          Hope you and yours had a happy Easter weekend!

          • Kitten Mittons

            That’s great! My mom loved her aquasize classes for the longest time, but she’s now transitioned to yoga (she’s 68! :D). Water classes are great exercise and easy on the body, so that’s wonderful.

            Our Easter weekend was so busy, but mostly great. I did my first 10k Saturday!!! It was awesome, the weather was purrrfect, and I made my personal best time, so I’m pleased.

            We went to a crawfish boil after that, and my 2 yr old fell in the deep end of the pool, which gave us quite a scare. I think we had him out in less than 5 seconds, but whoah. He is physically fine, and doesn’t seem too traumatized, though he did tell me several times after that, “Mama, I fall pool”. Guilt trip for life.

            Easter was at our house, and was crazy busy with more than 40 people there, but it all went off without a hitch, thanks to my parents being in town and really pitching in. They are awesome, amazing, fantastical, mythical creatures, and make me feel very grateful for everything.

            Also, I hit my goal weight this morning. Tiny little back pats and squees from my corner :)

            • Anna

              Oh, I’m so sorry about the scare with your little one. Glad he’s OK though! I remember my parents going through similar scares with my brother when he was little. He had quite the track record of being accident-prone for awhile there.

              DOUBLE CONGRATS!!! *jumpy claps for you* Awesome on hitting the goal weight! Soo glad you had fabulous weather and a PR to boot, amazing!

              That’s incredible about your mom and yoga, active seniors are so inspiring to me. That’s definitely a goal of mine, is to stay active for life.

              Easter was a quiet this one this year, which wasn’t a bad thing for once. But I did miss the big family get-together on Easter Sunday, my family’s all over the place so we don’t get to see each other as much as we’d like. Yours sounds like it was a blast!

            • Kitten Mittons

              Yes, he’s doing fine. I think it scared all the adults way more than him. In other baby news, my mom got him a seersucker suit to wear yesterday, complete with vest, tie, and hat. It was unbelievably adorable, but I wasn’t sure if he’d wear it all day. Well, as soon as I put it on him, he looked down and said, “Mama, like Sir Toppam Hat!” (from Thomas the Train). He was sooo pleased with himself, and WOULD NOT take it off the rest of the day. Huh-larious.

              My side of the family is pretty spread out, too. Yesterday was nearly alllll in-laws :) But it still went very well. Hope you get a family fix soon enough.
              And thanks!

            • Anna

              I love seersucker! That sounds too freaking cute!

            • Kitten Mittons

              <—Tiny blurry photo

            • Anna

              J’adorable!

            • Qitkat

              Little ones, and big ones, have a way of giving us the most unexpected scares. I’m glad your son is fine, I’ll bet he’ll be talking about it for some time to come. Parenthood stays with you for life, as your wonderful parents pitching in proved, that’s a huge undertaking, more than 40 for a holiday. Congratulations on your successful race, and meeting your weight goals. So awesome. And hopefully your heart has stopped racing from the pool scare of Saturday.

            • Kitten Mittons

              You are so sweet, thank you. I think I actually freaked out the least of anyone, because I go straight into survival mode and just do what needs to be done. My husband and his aunt were a wreck. But we’ve all recovered, and are on to the next unexpected thing :)

    • snarkykitten

      This has been the work week from hell, and the holiday has pushed my pay day back to Monday, but my taller half’s name change approval form came in! One step closer to her transition being complete!

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

        “Taller half” – I love that!

    • PastryGoddess

      Any Maryland/DC Kittens wanna do a road trip. I have great taste in music. I will also act as a surrogate bitchy gay to tell you to calm the fuck down when you are stressing over your outfit.

      Also, just joined up with an amazing non profit that’s doing great things for vets. The great SOP re-write is done (may you burn in hell).

      My cat is losing hair in her underbelly due to an allergic reaction and is over this weather cause she’s cold. The other two bitchily tell her to get over it as they groom their long and medium length fur.

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

        Would love to see some of our DC-area kittens again! You guys were awesome!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          And we would love to see you again! You two are absolutely the best.

    • Pennymac

      Well,I still have a job but no raise has come through. I got the key to my new historical-type digs,and ITS A SKELETON KEY! My next door neighbor is a professional potter. His wife spins her own yarn from alpaca wool. I’m in hippie heaven,

      My nagging back ache ended up being a significantly bad kidney infection, and included a trip to the ER. Major antibiotics on board and I still feel like shit. Cranberry juice without vodka or Baccardi Limon in it is nasty, y’all. Glad this week is over…..

      • Celticharpist

        Kidney infections can be scary! I was almost on my way to the ER with one myself a few years ago. Take it easy on yourself and drink buckets of water. Hope you feel better soon!

      • @Biting Panda

        Bless it.

        Pennymac And The New Bohemians?

      • MilaXX

        You can get cranberry pills but be forewarned they will turn your pee neon orange. It’s a brand called Azo. I have found the generic brands do not work.

      • formerlyAnon

        You sound like someone who gets too much done for you to lose your job simply because you asked for a pay raise with . . . unpalatable facts.

        Hope you feel better soon.

      • Qitkat

        I’m glad you found out what was wrong Pennymac, and hope you feel better very soon. Some things just suck. So am I finally getting better, finished 6/10 days on antibiotics for my throat and ear infections. They make me very tired, but I summoned up the energy to watch my nearly 2-1/2 year old grandson today, all day, as his day care was closed for Good Friday. He was such a dear, fun to play grandmother as I pleased. Not a single tantrum, and what does he do when his dad gets home? Yep, threw himself on the floor because he wasn’t ready to eat dinner! So funny, I am able to be quite mellow about such things when they don’t live with me.

        So relieved that Easter dinner will be at their house too, I could not have managed the workload. Bringing a Marie Callendar chocolate silk pie, deviled eggs, and some easy salad concoction with peas, asparagus, sunflower sprouts, and tortellini I dreamed up.

        I’ll mostly be low key on here, trying to recover my equilibrium from 2 weeks of feeling lousy and recovery, and doing a slam-bam thank you mam on the taxes. I’ll have to refile amended for both state and federal :(
        And had to pay state of Colorado $806. Ouch.

        There’s more, but nothing really on the shitastic or fantastic continuum, so I bid all a great weekend, and blessings on all BKs with issues ongoing and serious. And happy for those of you with good news to share. Tired now. Beddy-bye.

        • formerlyAnon

          Night-night!

        • decormaven

          Another fan of the yogurt! Hope you’re feeling better as the weekend progresses. Thank the heavens you have been relieved of Easter dinner hostessing. Your contributions to the table sound delicious.

      • decormaven

        Ouchies! Keep the water flowing to flush those toxins out and move the antibiotics to where they need to work. Remember to eat yogurt to counter the effects of antibiotics. Your new place sounds GREAT! I love the skeleton key- you should use a photo of it on your “I’ve Moved” cards.

        • formerlyAnon

          Brilliant idea about the cards.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I have had 3 days off to do nothing in particular. It’s been GREAT. There’s been teeth cleaning, birthday shopping, checking of the eyes, lunch of pho, watching of movies, and reading of books.

      It also occurs to me that I find my co-workers exceptionally exhausting, and I want to push them all down. Oh. And I kind of hate my job.

      • @Biting Panda

        That pho looked like heaven.
        What movies did you watch?

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Pho is heaven.

          I have watched Philomena, The Cornetto Trilogy – my love of Simon Pegg then sent me to the recent Star Treks. I have also caught up on Once Upon a Time, Justified, Grimm, and The Good Wife.

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

            Did you love “Philomena”? And isn’t Judi Dench wonderful?

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              She was indeed wonderful.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Yes! To both. I got all misty eyed. And missed my mom – who was not a little Irish woman, but who was a formidable little woman of a certain vintage.

            • Jacob Bowen

              I DEFINITELY got misty eyed as well. I’m looking to be an adoption lawyer in the future, so this movie was my FAVORITE of last year.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Good for you!

          • demidaemon

            I saw Philomena on DVD while shopping today, was sorely tempted to get it, yet avoided the temptation. I consoled myself with a Cher CD for $5.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Totally worth it. I saw Cher in concert once. The gays and I lost our shit.

            • demidaemon

              SO. JEALOUS. Hopefully, she’ll tour again soon!

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              If you get the chance – GO. She is all that much fun and then some. She is everything that Madonna wants to be.

            • demidaemon

              I definitely will!

      • formerlyAnon

        That sounds like an amazing 3 days. And if you are hating your job, you deserved it.

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

        Pho is good! Are you reading something wonderful?

    • Alloy Jane

      It’s been an interesting week. Time flies when you feel like garbage and can’t sleep. My nephew donated his strep throat to me and while I actually feel human today, walking around makes me dizzy. Even after having food, being up was still wearing. Overall, I’m in a good mood and quite happy despite the grossness. Wish I could go for the BK Garden Party but am still happy I got to meet you two charmers at the Grove. Feel better and I hope the tech things have worked out!

      • formerlyAnon

        Huh. Somehow I missed that you’ve been sick too. This is Contagion Month among the BKs, apparently. Hope the weekend sees you feeling better.

        • Alloy Jane

          Thank you! I’m feeling MUCH better today. I do hate that feeling that the week has been wasted but so it goes. Seems like most of us had a rough week so here’s hoping the weekend goodness brings relief to us all :)

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

      I think I’m going to wear to the TLo shindig the outfit I picked out for my failed Mad Men premiere party (too many things were going on that weekend).

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        The last party I hosted was a Mad Men party. Granted, we didn’t actually watch Mad Men, but we dressed the part, and there were period-appropriate cocktails and appetizers (and candy cigarettes!) It was fab. I think you should have another one!

        • formerlyAnon

          That sounds marvelous.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            A friend came fake-pregnant, just so she could balance the martini glass on her tummy while wielding her fake cigarette. Another was there with her 6-month-old son. We have a lovely pic of her, her son, her cocktail and her cig.

            We all discovered that rum punch is great and that while champagne is good, a champagne cocktail is better.

            • formerlyAnon

              Good times! I must now google “champagne cocktail.” The only one I know has a sugar cube with bitters dripped on it at the bottom of the glass – and I can’t say that has ever sounded too enticing.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              That’s it exactly! It’s way better than it sounds. :-)

            • formerlyAnon

              Then I must try it! Probably not till summer, though. For some reason the only months we ever use the bitters are the hot months.

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

              @Swiftlytiltingplanet:disqus is right – the champagne cocktail is lovely! Sugar cube, bitters, and a dribble of brandy or cointreau before the bubbles.

            • formerlyAnon

              Y’all are doing a good job of selling it!

        • decormaven

          Ooh, I love that party theme. I’m doing a tablescape for a charity fundraiser; unfortunately, it is holiday themes, or I would appropriate your ideas in a heart beat.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Oh, and tomorrow, I’m going to Fargo to friends’ for Easter. Yes. All of you internet-know someone who was born & raised in ND and who used to actually live in Fargo. :-)

      • MilaXX

        I have friends who were born and raised in Minot

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          My hometown (Velva) is 20 miles from Minot.

      • demidaemon

        I’ve been near Fargo, I think, as I once traveled all the way from Cedar Rapids Iowa to the top of Minnesota. I would actually like to visit that area again some time.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Oddly, I have never been in Iowa. And I currently live in St. Paul.

          • demidaemon

            Eastern Iowa is pretty interesting, especially with Iowa City and its culture. But Western Iowa is pretty much no-man’s land until you hit Nebraska. So you aren’t missing a whole lot.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              When you say “no-man’s land” remember that I’m from North Dakota. :-)

            • demidaemon

              True, true. But at least North Dakota has a variable landscape.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Hills. Rolling hills. Where the horizon meets the sky, and you can’t tell the difference Sometimes I am so homesick I am breathless.

          • altalinda

            Iowa BK here (well, once upon a time). I grew up in the eastern part and love its undulating open landscape. I’ve never been to the western half except on a family-history expedition from Omaha to Sioux City to Sioux and Lyon Counties (the farthest west and north). I reveled in the landscape. Someday I’d like to visit North Dakota.

            • embers618

              I grew up just east of Des Moines, and have just moved back to the area after a 10 year hiatus. I love the hills – growing up I could see for at least a mile from my front porch at the top of a hill, and I never got over feeling stifled living in town. We have a family farm that’s about 20 miles SE of Des Moines, and from the highest point you can see buildings in the city. It’s the type of view that makes you want to sing till your heart flies away. I love hiking through Eastern Iowa – around Iowa City and towards the Mississippi.

            • Qitkat

              For all you Iowans, @BobStPaul:disqus , @altalinda:disqus , @embers618:disqus , a few years ago my husband and I took a detour through Iowa on the way to his high school reunion in Ohio. I lived in a tiny town near Winterset, named Truro. It was a strange visit, nothing looked familiar except the tower in the park in Winterset, but then again I left before I was six. The town of Truro is still tiny, although surrounded by so many subdivisons, I’m sure the farm house we had lived in had long since been torn down to make way for them. Everyone was so polite in the little bar where we had lunch, but we stuck out as strangers like a sore thumb. Winterset is lovely, with a true town square with a farmer’s market, I felt much nostalgia for the mid-western way of life. But a cool thing happened in Truro, we found the elementary school, although not the same location as when I attended, and they were so nice in the school office, they located my old record, from the early 50s, with my dad’s signature of enrollment for me, and made me a copy. And the company he had worked for was still there, just off the interstate now, but they didn’t have records for his employment going back that far.

            • embers618

              Winterset is lovely – they have really invested in making the town accessible to artists in a lot of fields, and they have one of the best yarn shops I have ever been to. There’s a cute little bed and breakfast that’s between Winterset and Indianola – probably not far from Truro. I can’t remember the name of it, but we almost booked a weekend getaway there last fall. Maybe we need to look into it again for summer.
              I love that you could experience the Midwestern welcome – and that everyone was so helpful on your quest for information.

            • decormaven

              Need to tuck this Iowa info away; Mr. DM has RAGBRAI on his bucket list.

            • embers618

              I have lots of friends who do RAGBRAI – you can jump in for just a day or a leg of the trip, but if you’re going to do the whole thing, it’s helpful to join a team with a support vehicle. It’s an amazing experience – and the host towns on the route really go out in planning a party and a welcome for the riders.

            • decormaven

              Yes! Mr. DM did RAIN- Ride Across Indiana- with a support vehicle and team. A lot of our friends have done BRAG, the Georgia version- as well. It’s a great way to experience a state, and as you say, the host towns really work hard to make riders welcome.

          • BobStPaul

            For almost every one of the seven years I lived in St. Paul (having moved to Palm Springs last fall) I said this is the year I’m going to make it to Fargo – but never did. North Dakota is one of the few northern or western states I’ve not yet visited. But I did live for 8 years in Iowa so I’m one up on you there.

          • embers618

            We’ve been living in Des Moines for about a year, and we’ve already taken two trips to Minneapolis/St. Paul. We lived about 20 minutes from IKEA at our last house, and if you’ve got young kids it really is the best place to get playroom supplies and furniture that can take a beating (and coloring, and climbing, and spills) for a few years. We’ll probably be up that way again in the next few months – you’ll have to give a couple restaurant recommendations :)

    • alyce1213

      I know the downtown baby/kid stores:
      Bundle, 128 Thompson Street, between Prince & Houston
      Babesta, 66 West Broadway @ Murray St
      Giggle, 120 Wooster, between Prince & Spring
      Happy shopping! Looking forward to seeing you all on the 3rd.

    • kittentoes

      Still fighting a uti. The meds make me feel too blurry to drive, so I spent all day cleaning the stove and canning jars. I’m going to enjoy that for 4 minutes, and then start the jam.

      • kittentoes

        I made the jam. I made cinnamon rolls. I want to just stand in the kitchen eating them.

        • formerlyAnon

          Well, you’re entitled, you made them through the haze!

          • kittentoes

            And haze indeed! I accidentally washed my mouth out with dishwashing soap.

            • formerlyAnon

              Hahaha!

              I will never live down the night I came back from a bibulous Big Night Out when I had babies, and tried to brush my teeth with Desitin (diaper rash cream.)

            • Qitkat

              There needs to be a word for the cringe-laugh. Yikes!

            • formerlyAnon

              Had to throw *that* toothbrush away!

            • decormaven

              My mom used Preparation H for toothpaste one morning when trying to get us all to school.

            • formerlyAnon

              Your poor mother.

            • kittentoes

              I’m thinking of the foot cream switch in Amelie.

    • prisma

      I’m struggling at work because I have a brand new staff and my bosses are expecting me to do something that would be tough for even a seasoned staff to do. I was complaining about it to someone tonight and he introduced me to a great expression: You can’t put nine women in a room and expect them to have a baby in a month. I’m totally using that, probably next week. I thought I would share it in case anyone could identify.

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

        Looking for an opportunity to use that one.

      • Kitten Mittons

        That is golden. Hope I can remember it to use it. I’ll probably screw it up a la “Tommy Boy,” though.
        Good luck with your work situation, that’s a tough situation to be in.

    • GeoDiva

      My week started with a trip to the ER on Monday and getting a morphine drip for kidney pain. Spent the rest of the week home taking on pain killers and antibiotics trying not to get too far behind with work. My only bright spot is getting to see Bruno Mars on Saturday.

      • formerlyAnon

        I hope you’re feeling better soon. Sounds like No Fun At All.

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

        It seems to be a bad month for bitter kitten kidneys and urinary tracts! I might take some prophylactic cranberry tablets. Hope you feel better soon!

        • kittentoes

          Is this three so far? I’d go get that cranberry.

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

            I think so – you, @GeoDiva:disqus and @Pennymac:disqus. All having too much sex.

      • Qitkat

        That sounds like an awful pain, do hope you are now on the mend. Enjoy your concert tonight.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/TheOctocornNetwork International Model

      I am picking out outfits, too! Seeing my short about an intergalactic caterpillar that lives in a thermostat in the LA Comedy Fest next Friday. Apparently, there is something faux-red carpet-esque. Learning my lesson from Shailane Woodley, finding something attention getting. Will likely wear the (very loud) hillbilly kimono (bought for $0.50 at a thrift store) with a little black dress (a department store Isaac Mizrahi I got at the same thrift store eight years later for $10) and yellow suede heels (bought after a fight with my husband with his insistence). Debating on a beret…(yes, no, black, white, blue or red? Or buy a new green or yellow one?) I have to live up to the standard of the poster a fan did for us – and the car stickers. It’s a good night.

      • formerlyAnon

        I am no help with color choices, but sounds like it will be a great night!

      • demidaemon

        That’s awesome! Congrats!

      • kittentoes

        You need a raspberry beret.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Home after attending the official opening night performance of Henry IV, Part 2 at the Shakesepeare Theater in D.C. tonight-wonderful production. We saw Part I on Tuesday night(they are doing it in repetory). Great productions of both plays, but I will confess to being just a teeensy bit distracted on Tuesday night by the fact that the actor playing Hotspur is shirtless in Act I, and damn, but he has gorgeous abs. Oh yes, there was also a play!

    • marlie

      It’s been a good productive work week, but I’m glad the weekend is here. I get to meet a good friend’s new baby tomorrow (1 week old!), and then the bf and I will spend Easter with my fam. He’s a brave soul; two weekends in a row with my family, and he hasn’t run away screaming yet. Still bummed that I’m going to miss the party in NYC, but I don’t think I can skip my HS reunion, especially since I’m one of the hosts. ;)

      Happy (Easter) weekend, all!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Uncles TLo-about the birthday girl-you just cannot go wrong with some pink and sparkly. Also, keep in mind for her second birthday, butterfly wings(bought online from Hearthsong, I think)-we gave a pair to our great niece for her second Christmas and she immediately had to put them on and fly….need I say too cute?

    • Jacob Bowen

      I get to be the EASTER BUNNY tomorrow!!! Yes, this is the Easter Bunny for my town’s parade and egg hunt…and yes I’m oddly excited! My personality is really mixed bag; for instance I LOVE to perform and be friendly, but I’m also not the first person to volunteer to do so, or the first person to start a conversation. But, put me in a costume and tell me to be perky and fun and I am ALL IN! The only issue was I didn’t have white shoes, so I just ran to Walmart (a RARITY) and paid $9 for some. This makes me regret not purchasing the shiny, white leather shoes I wanted to go with my book signing outfit…All of my cousins are taking their kids and the oldest (10) knows I’m the bunny but isn’t allowed to spoil it for any of the young ones.

      • formerlyAnon

        Kudos to you, sir. All the kudos!

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Good for you! Have a marvelous amount of fun!

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

        Pictures, or it didn’t happen.

        • Jacob Bowen

          Check Twitter tomorrow!

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

            Still waiting!

            • Jacob Bowen

              I had to find photos. Luckily I remembered my mom chased the float down Main St. like a crazy person taking pictures…because everyone would OBVIOUSLY know that was her son in the costume.

    • demidaemon

      I’ve had my personal crankiness this week, but, all in all, it’s been pretty good. Except for shopping today, where just about everyone was a rude asshole to me (which happens a lot to shorter people) and I found a great pair of shoes on sale but THEY DIDN’T HAVE MY SIZE. Grrr. Also, I found out this week that I won’t know about what I will get for financial aid until the first week of June at the earliest, which is cutting it just a wee bit close.

      I’m sure everyone else is probably going through much more serious shit, but i appreciate you all letting me vent about my lesser stuff.

      • formerlyAnon

        Vent away. You have to deal with it, and better to vent here than to unload on humans who are physically present and may re-gift you with your bad mood latter in the day/week.

        • demidaemon

          Yeah. Everyone at work was wishing me a happy Easter and all I could think was “I have absolutely no plans for Easter.” Though I did wish it to them back, of course. The only thing I have on my agenda for the weekend is to read a rough draft of one of my student’s and possibly binge watch Orange Is the New Black.

          • formerlyAnon

            After “doing” Easter clothes for the family, big Easter meals, colored eggs and Extreme Preparatory Yard & Lawn Care for years, I am overjoyed to have no plans this year nor the last couple. I’ve left most of my formal religious observance behind, my family members who were big on Easter are dead, and my kids are grown and either ignore Easter or go to their dad’s (they have younger sisters from his 2nd marriage). I usually color eggs for my own entertainment, even if I’m the only one doing it, but I felt no urge this year. I miss hiding candy for the little kids, but that’s the only thing.

            Of course, I AM the person with the half-serious List of Reason Why I Will Probably Die Alone and Prefer it to the Company of Others. So, possibly not the best role model for anyone, let alone someone at your stage of life. ;-)

            • demidaemon

              Well, i hope not. If, at the very least, you have this community to prevent that aloneness. But, for me, I think it’s just been a busy and draining first quarter of 2014 and there are other, more pressing things than Easter on my mind. So, I’ll enjoy the spirit of it, maybe die some eggs (though I think most of the eggs in the house have been ear-marked for baking), and see what comes.

            • formerlyAnon

              Oh, I’ll only die more alone than I want to be if I go unexpectedly or if I work really hard at alienating people for several years. I have good kids and good friends. It’s more my way of admitting that I may actually want more alone time than is consistent with living on close terms with anyone, lover or family or friend.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I have no kids, and approximately 4 friends. Luckily, I have a niece that’s quite fond of me.

            • formerlyAnon

              Ha. I have lots of friends, but only 2 that will “stick” if one of us moves a fair distance away. Most of that is me; while I will pick up with you as if no gap existed if we move out of and then back into each other’s orbit, I am possibly the world’s worst at maintaining a long distance friendship (the two women above are the notable exceptions.)

              However, based on my observation of others, one or two friends is enough, most people only keep up with a few as they age. The trick is that at least one has to be younger or you have to die before they do. Your niece probably fills the bill. ;-)

              I actually had a very good conversation with my daughter today about end-of-life decisions. I expect and hope we’re 30 years out from that, but I’m of the same opinion about myself as I am about pets: better too early than too late. I want my family to have no hesitation about it, if the decision comes down to one of them.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I keep thinking I need a will. I have not much by the way of assets, but I do have a house, and I have some random things that should be kept in the family. I haven’t been to a doctor in over 10 years, but it has recently occurred to me that I should have an end-of-life directive.

            • formerlyAnon

              The chores of being a responsible adult just continue, don’t they? I’m reasonably good about the doctor, because I do have decent health insurance and my family is prey to problems upon which prevention and early care can make a difference of several decades in how soon one is seriously disabled. But I only have a handwritten will, not a proper one, which should I die in a car wreck I am assured will protect my kids from having to give the state too big a chunk of what I have to leave. I keep meaning to take care of that. (All you lawyers & those with hideous experiences of people dying intestate on here, I swear it’s on this spring’s list. It is, really.)

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Oh, my not going to the doctor is not because I don’t have insurance. I do. It’s a matter of me not particularly caring. Mainly, I’m alive because there’s one person I don’t want to think less of me…and no one wants my cats. I am, if nothing else, a responsible pet person. :-)

              And, yes, I do use my decent health insurance for anti-depressants and a therapist. They’re what make me aware of the fact that there’s someone I don’t want to disappoint. (Knowing I’m responsible for my cats is what kept me alive before that.) They don’t stop me from wishing I could just die.

            • @Biting Panda

              It breaks my heart when you talk this way. Though, I am grateful that you are honestly sharing these feelings among people who do care about you. I wish Internet friendships felt more sustaining. I wish we were in the same city. I wish I had the magic cure for Depression. You are my friend and I care about whether you love or die, and I’m not even a cat.

            • TigerLaverada

              Mmm. I know the not particularly caring feeling. Wish I could give you a hug. I think everybody in the world needs more hugs, and I’m not being facetious.

            • Qitkat

              I have known that feeling in my life at times too, and if if takes keeping cats to keep you here with us, we’ll take it. But I sincerely echo everything Biting Panda said before me, and I do hope that some power in the Universe can give you more reasons to exist and find more joy and love in being alive.
              Your name always makes me smile, it reminds me of a stuffed bunny my youngest son used to have, named Swift Heart Rabbit, great for cuddling and hugs; and yes, I do know it’s the name of a book, that I intend to get around to reading some day.

            • formerlyAnon

              Well, what everyone else said. I’d miss your contributions here if they stopped, and I have to believe there are others who know you better who feel the same about your contributions to their lives. But clinical depression is a bitch and not susceptible to a rational calculus. If I knew you in real life I’d probably be pushing a new adorable kitten on you every three or four years. ;-)

              I’ll keep the intention in my thoughts and what passes for my prayers that your biochemistry will give you a break and living regains its savor, at least most of the time.

            • SouthernGirlRena

              I’ve been there too, only it was a dog that kept me going. He also helped in that I had to take him out for a walk twice a day. I think the forced exercise and sunshine helped more than I realized. It was a really dark time but it did eventually get better. I will pray for you.

            • makeityourself

              I’m sorry to hear that you’re on antidepressants yet you haven’t been to see a doctor in 10 years. He/she is doing you no favors by refilling that prescription without abiding by the law’s mandatory check-ins every three months. You may be taking a medication that is making your situation worse. Please call your doctor and get an appointment. I do care.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I see the therapist regularly. Really.

            • decormaven

              Do yourself a favor and get the Power Of Attorney and End of Life directive paperwork in hand now. I thank the heavens my mom did this well in advance of her demise. I call them the “keys to the kingdom” – when someone is starting to roll downhill, those pieces of paper are worth more than gold. Both of these are on my to-do list this year. Mr. DM & I have no children, and I want to make absolutely sure that there are no extreme measures made on our behalf when the time comes. Sorry for the downer talk; I’ll go check the batteries in my Life Alert pendant now. (grin)

            • formerlyAnon

              Oh, I spent much of my 20s and 30s among medical personnel – my end-of-life stuff is taken care of, and power of attorney is temporarily (when they have a few more years under their belts, that’ll be switching to my kids. IMO opinion they’re still too young for that responsibility.) Heard too many stories of people whose wishes weren’t respected for one reason or another.

            • decormaven

              Hear you on that one. Good to know you’ve got things nailed down.

            • Shibori Girl

              This is the best gift you can leave behind … whether you think you have anything or not. After my only-child husband died unexpectedly, I watched over and helped his mother until she passed on a year ago. Her willingness to do that paperwork, update her will and have my name added to her checking account so I could pay bills if she was incapacitated made it possible for me to both care for her toward the end of her life and then to settle her estate. Grief is bad enough. Grief coupled with a Hugh pile if red tape would have been unbearable.

              I have all that stuff in place as well. With no children it seemed important. As big a pain as it is to think about this stuff, once it is in writing, you can get on with the business of living.

            • decormaven

              Sorry for your loss, and bless you for helping your mom-in-law. You’re not kidding- my mom had co-signed me on everything. I started being her “secretary” before things got really dire, so it wasn’t a hardship when I truly had to take reins in the situation.

            • Shibori Girl

              Thanks – sometimes I think I know how Xena, Warrior Princess felt. Can’t imagine how much worse it could have been.

              It has been about a year since she went. I miss her and her son but am beginning to look foreword to a less eventful life.

            • demidaemon

              I can totally understand this. Sometimes, you just need your own time, and it can be hard to express that to other people or find people who are willing to give you that time when you need it. Something I suffered through with my ex, when I needed time to digest and he thought I was ignoring him purposely.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I would dye eggs with you. I miss that. Just as my niece’s kids where getting old enough…they moved. I’ve considered dying non-hard boiled eggs, but it’s really not a solitary activity.

              My retirement plan is large appliance boxes under a bridge – luckily, I’m not a large person – so I will likely also die alone. :-)

            • formerlyAnon

              Your retirement plan is as sound as mine – which depends heavily on working forever. And on the lottery. Which I rarely remember to play. So.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Me, too!

            • altalinda

              Mine, too! It’s occurred to me recently that I should be nice to the one niece and nephew I have since I may be relying on them not to house my Alzheimered self in a welfare ward.

            • TigerLaverada

              We’re twins. I figure I’ll have to work until I drop in harness. Every 7-10 years something has knocked my world sideways and I’ve had to basically regroup and start over. I jfantasize about winning the lottery (aka the redneck retirement plan) but I rarely play. So it goes, to quote one of my favorite authors.

            • Grumpy Girl

              Must disappoint you: you are NOT the ONLY person with said list. . .

            • formerlyAnon

              There are probably quite a few of us, it’s just not something that comes up much in conversation. ;-)

          • KinoEye

            Oh dear. I know that song and dance, but for me, it was AP style. The people whose work I edited hated me because of my insistence on following it. Oh well — I’m sure they’ll get it! I bet you’re a great teacher.

            • demidaemon

              Thanks! I hope they do, but Chicago is, unfortunately, not very clear or logical. But I do my best and try to give them as many additional tools (like using our very lovely librarians) that they can use.

      • @Biting Panda

        I was unaware of rudeness to those shorter than themselves. WTF?

        • demidaemon

          I’ve noticed that, especially when it gets a bit crowded or you go to a more general department store, people have a tendency to run over those who are particularly short and not apologize or say ‘Excuse me” to them. My mother and I have often commiserated over this very irritating fact.

    • BluesD

      My cat got sick, I got sick, and work has been extremely stressful. At least I have an extra day off this week.

      • formerlyAnon

        You convey misery with your very succinctness. Hope the weekend brings an uptick in your ability to enjoy life.

        • BluesD

          Thanks. It will all get better eventually. And I also know how to give medicine to a cat now.

          • formerlyAnon

            If you have friends with aging and mean cats, don’t let that fact get out. You will become the de facto cat sitter.

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

        Hope you and the cat feel better soon!

        • BluesD

          Thank you, we’re both feeling a little better today!

      • KinoEye

        I hear you. Wishing both of you a speedy recovery and a stress free weekend!

    • Judih1

      TLO I totally enjoyed being part of the audience at your SF book signing and thanks for answering my question about how you came up with the name Bitter Kittens for us.

      Turns out we have a six degrees of separation. Way back when you were Project Rungay, I ran an ad on your blog to promote my business – Mannequin Madness. Well Emmett McCarthy saw the ad and he purchased some mannequins from me for his store. He and I chatted over the phone about our Project Rungay connection. The mannequins were probably “silent witnesses” at your wedding ceremony at his store. I so wish I could be there at your May 3 event.

      Your blog has inspired me to write “in or out” posts about window displays with mannequins! Thanks!

    • Sophie

      Is the lounge open all hours? I finally got my visa for Taiwan, after many difficulties getting the required documents assembled. I arrived two hours late at the consulate, for which I’d spent two and a half hours in the train, and the only remaining secretary took pity on me and accepted the folder.

      • formerlyAnon

        Thank goodness people can be decent!

        I’m rolling off to bed, but I’m sure there’s a bartender for every time zone!

    • Syarief Thalib

      Very good. Weldone!
      twitter @syarief_thalib ; instagram syariefthalib

    • altalinda

      I hear you when you talk about getting over jet lag. Between returning from the west coast late last week and running on too little sleep as I got ready to take a couple of important depositions, I’ve had a hard time staying awake and focused the past couple of days. And the weekend brings more work as I try to sprint toward a major deadline next Friday. My wife rightfully feels shortchanged.

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

      We would have loved to come out and do a signing during Austin Fashion Week, but unfortunately, our last emails went unanswered. I guess they just weren’t interested. Wish Rick good luck from us!

      • decormaven

        Harumph! Did those organizers ever miss out.

      • Frank_821

        WHAT!
        UGH!!!
        And I had picked out a hot muscular handler to escort you to your book signing

        • formerlyAnon

          Damn, you’re heading up any hospitality committee I have any say over!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Yes, that’s the kind of hospitality that is really welcome.

            • Frank_821

              Oh yes. I have 2 friends, Camron and Robin, that I was going to approach. Masculinely handsome but adorable who are also personal trainers and fitness competitors. They also love to cosplay as superheroes-so that would have been a bonus for Tom

            • formerlyAnon

              It just gets better . . .

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Yum!

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

      No plans for the Easter long weekend, but a bit of relaxation, knowing that the rent is paid and the cat has food. Of course, husband has come down with a cold (always the way – first couple of weeks of the London transport system after a while and you get EVERYTHING. He may have the plague) so he really just needs to rest.

      • KinoEye

        Always a good feeling to have the rent and kitty squared away. I’m just relaxing, too, though there’s not much relaxation with a 7-week-old kitten bouncing off the walls. At the moment, she wants to “help” me type. Hope husband recovers from the plague quickly!

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

          But 7 week old kitten – how adorable! Ours was 6 months when we got her and we are occasionally wistful that we missed out on the very small kitten phase with her. On the other hand, she’s still completely crazy at 5 years so I can’t imagine what she was like when she bounced off the walls as a baby!

          • KinoEye

            6 months is still plenty of kitten, but I know what you mean! I got my last boy at 4 months and wished I’d been able to lure him into the house sooner (he was feral).

            She’s so cute I can’t stand it. She’s half Maine Coon with what looks to be Siamese. And silly. She moonwalks! Also falls asleep under my chin, and starts trying to nurse my neck when she wakes up. Smart as a whip, too. She’s not gone outside the litterbox once. I’ll gladly forfeit relaxation for her energy bursts. She’s a princess, just like her namesake — Grace Kelly.

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

              Great name! And Maine Coon/Siamese is likely to be an accomplished conversationalist too!

            • KinoEye

              Thank you! My mom actually came up with it. She’s partly named for comedian Gracie Allen, too — wife oh George Burns, who shares his name with my previous gentleman. Seemed like a good way to honor him, and it fits perfectly.

              Gracie is indeed a conversationalist — very opinionated, just like me. I love it. I think she’s telling me now to quit disrupting her afternoon nap by playing on the iPad klick,l,,,

              Yep. That was her.

            • kittentoes

              That is a dangerously adorable combination.

    • KinoEye

      Happiest of birthdays to your little niece! She’s got the best uncles in the world, and will grow up to be a fabulous lady, no doubt.

      Oh, kittens. It’s been a shitastic week here, too. It began with finding out my mom was forced to resign from her job. In a way, we’re relieved. Those people have been treating her wrong for most of the 19 years she worked there. For example: about a week after my dad died, a woman tried her damnedest to get my mom fired because she was “driving people away.” Did I mention this is a church? When I found out, I almost jumped in my car to drive two hours to that place to tell that pastor he is no kind of man and no Christian. Because firing a 63-year-old widow who’s kept that church together for decades is just low. Really low. But at least now she has a chance to find a job where people aren’t crazy.

      My job is being threatened by a bitter old woman who has hated me since I started. She made me sign some emails, which said I’d been late every day ( I haven’t) and that I was holding up the presses by not meeting deadlines (the paper prints on time every week). She also blamed me for pissing off one of our advertisers by not putting some picture of them in the paper (it is absolutely NOT my job to keep them happy as an editor — those two things are separate at every other paper). Finally, she tried to tell me that I go out of town every weekend (I don’t) and that I can’t do that anymore. This woman has developed a reputation for treating employees as a punching bag — she did it to the editor before me — and now that her regular punching bag is gone, I’m becoming the new one.

      Joke’s on her. The same night, I got an offer for a new job. Just waiting on the publisher to make it official next week. I will not be controlled, pushed around or harassed by this woman, or anyone else. Besides, this job has everything the current one is missing. So, lots of driving and house hunting awaits me. But I am very, very excited, and hoping this doesn’t fall through — I don’t think it will, but I’ve become accustomed to expecting the worst lately.

      • decormaven

        All the hugs to you. I once worked in a similar situation for a small mom/daughter-owned business. Daughter was bipolar and noncompliant on meds; she became very combative with me, which I tried to avoid/deflect. Her mom liked me, which only added fuel to the fire. I had to quit (during a time where I was financially/physically/emotionally strapped), but through grace, I made it through. All I can say is – life is too short to take that carp. I’m so happy for your new opportunity. DISCLAIMER: I make no aspersions on those who battle mental illness; I felt for the person who had issues. I removed myself from the situation for the sake of us all.

        • KinoEye

          Yuck. Glad you got yourself out of that situation! I had planned to stay in this job for one year, so it’s time for me to move on now. In addition to the old bat, my real boss is unpredictable and cheap, I work with a married couple who’s always arguing, and there’s one source who thinks it’s acceptable to ask me (jokingly, he thinks) what color my underwear are. Not to mention the threats I received after publishing an article about a drunk driver — one asshole said he would have put me in the hospital if the drunk driver had been his family member.

          All and all, ready to go to a different place where people love their town paper, I get PTO, and I work with reasonable people. Hugs to you, as well :-)

          • decormaven

            Again, I identify. My last job was with a company, run by a woman who brought in her husband in a faux executive slot. Wonderful couple in a social setting, but so very not in a business setting- they sniped on each other all the time. It was a small office, so I was often in the crossfire. That experience led me out of the corporate world; trusting not to return. What doesn’t kill you, yada yada.

            • KinoEye

              Nepotism’s the best, isn’t it? It’s all over the place at this company.

              These two are the redneck version of the Odd Couple. One is 30 and the other is 60. I like them both very much, but… I don’t know if you’ve ever heard two rednecks get into even the most mundane of arguments, but it’s terrifying. I’m the only other person in the office, so I just hide behind my computer and leave snarky comments on TLo while they argue about tractors and such.

              The more I think about it, the more I realize this job would make an excellent premise for a fish-out-of-water comedy.

            • decormaven

              Absolutely tuck that back for future reference. And given my entire life has been in the South, I’ve been present for all things redneck. My condolences.

      • Anna

        I’m so sorry to hear about your mom and her troubles at her former workplace. I am just speechless that she was treated that way, even more so that it was happening in a church. That is just absolutely low.
        I left a very toxic work environment just over a year ago, I can completely relate to being the punching bag. In my case, my boss was also the owner of the company. He clearly abused his position of power and the fact that he signed the paycheques made it all the more difficult (at least for me, anyway) to stand up to him. I lasted just under a year and I’m not the type to quit without having something else lined up, but it got to a point where I felt it was necessary to do just that. Fingers crossed that the offer becomes finalized soon, sending good thoughts your way!

        • KinoEye

          Oh man. That’s terrible — when your boss uses intimidation to keep employees down, that’s not a good way to do business. Mine does the same. I’ve wanted to move on ever since I found out that I got the job because he pushed the previous editor out — but moved her to a different position she hated. In the same office. And told her to show me the ropes. Thankfully, she was and is a wonderful person, and didn’t hold it against me. But she’d worked there for 15 years. If he does that to a loyal employee, it doesn’t bode well for me.

          I don’t think the man who interviewed me would have said they’d make me an offer unless he meant it, but I’m trying not to count my chickens til they hatch. Still, tremendously excited. Apparently reporters there get free tickets to the movies!

          • Anna

            Wow…just wow about your boss. I really hope you get the fuck outta dodge. As decormaven said, “Life is too short to take that crap.” Especially when you’re being intimidated and essentially bullied in a work environment. Your co-worker should be given sainthood or something for being a loyal employee for that long and for being so gracious, professional and not taking it out on you.
            I agree with you about the interviewer not making an offer unless he was serious, but I’m superstitious as well so I’d feel the same way. Very excited for you, and free movie tickets too! Awesome! Really hoping this one works out for you!

            • KinoEye

              Agreed in the sainthood. She’s become one of my role models: tough, intelligent and very gracious. If nothing else, I’m glad I was able to meet her. But his approach was the heighth of unethical. I don’t plan to wait around for the other shoe to drop.

              Also, he’s asked me multiple times if I’m dating someone. His current wife (#3 — much younger) started out as his employee. Isn’t that weird and a little creepy?

              I feel like a starving dog that’s been offered a bowl of food. “What’s this? Paid time off? Movie tickets? Respect? OM NOM NOM!”

            • Anna

              OK, to me that is beyond weird and creepy regarding your boss. Ugh. Can’t wait until you’re outta that place!
              And I totally get the starving dog analogy. I find you get into a certain mindset when you work in that kind of environment (I was always on the edge and felt that I had to be prepared to defend my work at all times at the old place as my former boss LOVED to micro-manage) and going somewhere where you’re actually treated with respect and provided with benefits can be a bit of a shock to the system at first.

      • Shibori Girl

        All the best to you and your mom. During a long career with multiple employers, the one thing I found to be constant in this situation is that leaving well is the best revenge. When the “Bucks to Bullshit” ratio veered too far in the wrong direction for too long (always some bullshit – that’s why they are called jobs) I would start the hunt. The whining by your oppressors about how they can’t do without you is just the parasol in your celebratory cocktail.

        Much luck to you and your mom.

        • KinoEye

          Thank you! I was expecting some bullshit, but the ratio has skewed much too far in that direction. And it’s really not worth it when I get, at most, 2 days off every year. Not including holidays.

          But yes — I definitely wanted to leave in triumph, and it looks like I’ll get my wish.

      • Qitkat

        Your stories reminded me of when my mom worked at a church too for several years. She never got fired, but it was among the most stressful places ever, everyone had an agenda, and Christian charity was scarce amongst the employees. I hope your mom succeeds in finding a job, looking again at 63 is no fun. As for your job, congratulations on getting the new one, and being able to leave a toxic work environment. I’ve dealt with that too, so many years ago, but that awful feeling is so hard to shake, even when you know you’ve done what is best for you.

        • KinoEye

          You nailed it. All hidden agendas and general insanity. Shortly after that incident I described, they tried to get her to take anger management classes because one of the members told a bald faced lie about her feeling threatened that my mom might hit her. Insane. Furthermore, my mom wasn’t even a member, and she always went out of her way to help people who needed it. Just the other week, she got a motel room and groceries for a homeless, pregnant young woman who came in asking for help. She paid for it out of her own pocket and didn’t even ask for reimbursement. It will be a huge loss for them, and they don’t seem to realize it.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Your mother sounds like a jewel.

            • KinoEye

              She’s my hero, and should also be a candidate for sainthood, as far as I’m concerned. :-)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              You mom sounds like the kind of person I most admire-those who do good quietly and because they want to help others.
              May I say that you’re blessed to have her.

          • decormaven

            Bless your mom. She is a good-hearted woman. May something else become available to her. I truly believe the karma wheel rolls; it may take a lifetime to see it, but it does roll.

            • KinoEye

              If anyone’s got good karma coming their way, it’s her. She’s worked her ass off since she was 17, in restaurants, as a racehorse trainer, on cattle ranches, as a paralegal. Survived one incredibly abusive marriage with a man who later ended his own life. Another marriage full of neglect and confusion. This time, to a millionaire, of whose wealth she was completely unaware before the fact. Finally ended up with my dad, an old friend. My other hero.

              Smartest woman I know. Read and loved Remembrances of Things Past by Proust when she was 21. Reads the New Yorker religiously. No college degree. She can sew, garden and cook like a French chef. She can also work on cars and repair the plumbing. And then have in-depth conversations about film, politics, religion and everything else.

              Basically, I have the greatest mom in the world.

            • decormaven

              Biggest blessing in the world. She is a dearie.

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

        That is, sadly, pretty much what I have come to expect from churches. A lot of them are not very good at looking after the people who keep them functioning. Now your mum can go somewhere where she will be appreciated! And fingers crossed for your new job offer coming through officially. It’ll be so satisfying when you resign!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        First, I will cross my eyes, fingers and toes in hopes that the job offer is solid and allows you to get away from that dreadful woman.
        Second, In C.S. Lewis’ The Screwtape Letters I have always loved the letter in which Screwtape discusses the usefullness of other “Christians” in helping demons pluck new believers away from church. It sadly is true at times.

        • KinoEye

          Oh yes. Apparently, there’s a book called Toxic Church that describes many of the things that have gone on in that place. That church is a big part of the reason why I don’t trust organized religion, although I’ve been fortunate enough to meet truly good religious people.

          And it’s funny, in a way. They claim to be Christians, but seem not to realize that one of their own is living the parable of Job, mostly thanks to them. Sigh.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Toxic and Church shouldn’t be in the same sentence, but sometimes, sadly, it’s appropriate. Sigh.

      • formerlyAnon

        I so hope the new job doesn’t fall through.

        Unsolicited advice: better to lose a job than to sign documentation that admits to patterns of problematic behavior or infractions for which one can be terminated. I will spare you the stories of what I’ve witnessed happen with a crazy supervisor with an imagined grievance, but crazy/vindictive people can make sure stuff llike that follows you for years. It’s bad enough if it’s a “my word against theirs” deal. If you have “admitted” to it, you may never convince a third party otherwise.

        • embers618

          I agree – signing anything that contains falsehoods can become problematic down the line. Unfortunately, it’s a tactic that I’ve seen used as a power-play a lot.

      • embers618

        I hope that new job works out for you, and that it’s much less chaotic and tense. Hostile work environments are so problematic, not just for the employees, but often for the quality of the work. Good for you for continuing to get your job done – and here’s to you getting an employer who appreciates it!

      • DeTrop

        You should report this ‘bitter old woman’ to HR. She should not be allowed to act in this manner. You should document everything she has done against you and bring it to the attention of the proper person or persons. If this goes unreported, she’ll just keep up this unacceptable behavior. If you get your new job, and I hope you do, don’t let this pass unreported. Good luck.

    • Lilithcat

      From that old post (and, boy, am I glad to have found your archives!): We’d be terrible celebrities.

      No, you’re not! You are excellent celebrities!

      • KinoEye

        I don’t think the world could handle as marvelous a couple as TLo on the red carpet. You know they’d shut it down. Every. Single. Time.

    • boweryboy

      I commiserate with your shitty week. I came down with an epic bout of food poisoning Tuesday and I’m finally getting over it today. No more ghetto teriyaki lunches for me.

      I envy the NY/NJ/Philly Bitter Kittens. That party is going to be off the charts with fabulousness. I think I would implode just trying to figure out what to wear.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Those who attend will have to placate the rest of us with lots of photos.

    • formerlyAnon

      That’s a very dramatic shot! So Austin, too. Could be out of a Robert Rodriguez film and the copper/could be burnt orange is very clever. I enjoyed going through the shots & identifying the settings.

      (I most certainly don’t have my finger on the pulse of the fashion world, but I was underwhelmed by Daniel’s part in his team’s entry. The photographer and hair dresser get my props.)

      • Frank_821

        Thanks. The shot was taken out on the bridge at Richard Moya Park. It’s near the F1 racetrack on Burlson and 972. BTW That copper was so shiny and reflective, you could see rainbow off the creases!

        The park was closed until June because of those awful floods back in November. all the trees are bent over and sagging from the damage. We had to sneak in and got found out by the police. we managed to finished shooting there before we got kicked out

        The image is part of an ongoing series Rick conceived 2 years ago. He’s basically tackling each of the 4 elements for each year’s mashup

        First year was fire and he got inspired by the Bastrop park fires. He had the idea of a Phoneix rising out of the ashes and we shot out in the burnt out areas. It was a tribute to them

        Last year was water and a sea goddess. Rick made a flowing faboo blue gown and she was dripping in opulent accessories and shoes that EVERY woman who saw them wanted. When decided to do it, Hurricane Sandy hit New Jersey

        Just an extra scary bit of irony. the weekend we shot the guys was when that big quake hit Chile

        Next year is air-so beware of any nasty tornadoes :P

        • formerlyAnon

          Well, nasty tornadoes show up more years than not, so probably a safe bet.

    • poggi

      Today is my birthday. I have a sitter, a new dress, and driver for the evening. Margaritas are in my future. I am doing well.

      • formerlyAnon

        I admit to having reached a point in my life (and this cab-impaired town) when a designated driver is more thrilling to me than any piece of jewelry with which one could gift me.

        • decormaven

          That’s why there’s a lot of backporch sipping at my casa.

        • poggi

          Exactly. My town Aldo gas no real cab service so the nicest gift I could be given sober transportation and assistance in walking across the brick streets in heels.

      • Qitkat

        Happy Birthday. This sounds like a grand celebration.

        • poggi

          Thanks, it was fun.

    • embers618

      Rest up, Uncles, and Happy Birthday to your lucky niece! If I recall correctly, pulling a lot of brightly colored tissue paper out of the gift bag is the best part of any gift at that age. Blocks, books, and “pretend” play are all good for kids who are growing and learning at a fast pace.
      Have been having a fairly decent week – lots of gardening, and planning, and scheduling things for summer. We found out about a family wedding, which means family pictures for posterity, so I am in the market for a new summery gown, preferably that goes with at least some accessories that I already have. Being a planner, I put together about 20 looks on Polyvore to show to my husband, and of course the only thing he notices is that nothing I showed him is even remotely in our budget. I guess I’ll be planning a visit with friends to do some consignment shopping in the next few months ;)

      • decormaven

        Thumbs up on consignment shopping. If you are a standard size, you should have good luck with that.

        • embers618

          It’s my go-to. My husband’s parents live pretty close to some nicer high-end consignment shops – I’ve found Coach boots and BCBG gowns massively discounted and never been worn, and I had several Calvin Klein sheaths and a Chanel jacket before I had kids. I do tend to be on the larger end of what most stores have available, so I have less luck than I used to in my skinny college days, but I can almost always find something if I’m persistent.

      • Shibori Girl

        I love consignment. In Seattle WA and in Davis CA there are a couple of shops I like situated near affluent neighborhoods. Those ladies often only wear something once. Works for me. Besides, consignment shopping saves the worry about sweatshops. I am not directly supporting manufacturers who mistreat their workers.

    • Qitkat

      Well my effort to not post much for the weekend has been a failure! But there are so many BK stories that touch the heart. Thank you again Uncles for providing this caring personal forum amongst the interwebs.

      And is anyone else having problems with Disqus this past week/weekend? It seems to come in spells. First world annoying ;)

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

        I haven’t been having problems this weekend, but it often is pretty glitchy.

        I know what you mean about the BK stories. I was so shocked to read recently that they get 10 million hits a month, or something insane like that, when this feels just so comfy and supportive. The other place on the internet where I get this kind of nurturing has 15 members, most of whom have met in real life!

        • formerlyAnon

          I figure most of the site visitors skip our comments and just read the Uncles. It’s such a time investment, these comments – I only follow three blogs regularly, I’ve almost entirely given up t.v. time in favor of Internet time, and I still can’t read them all. (Hard as that might be to believe given how much I post here.)

          • Qitkat

            I’ve found I watch more and more of my TV on the internet, it feels more intimate somehow, even though we have a lovely big HD in our family room. I have found it’s best for me if I just stick to this one blog, it’s rare that I post elsewhere. It’s a time sucker, I agree.

        • Qitkat

          I wonder if in actuality we might each interact regularly with around that number of folks on here.

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

            I think there are probably about that many that I have regular chats with, but more whose comments I recognise and look for.

            • Qitkat

              I agree.

    • @Biting Panda

      I’m :::this::: close, Kittens. It’s 1am, I’ve only got 2 episodes of season one Orphan Black left to watch. I’ll finish it in the morning. Hell of a binge watch. I’ve got the premier on the DVR. I’ll be caught up by the end of the weekend, if I play my cards right.

      Two words. Holy. Fuck.

      • decormaven

        Wow, that can cause brain bleed. Isn’t that one amazing show? We will watch S2E1 tonight.

        • @Biting Panda

          I’ve always had issues with moderation.
          My mind has been good properly fucked. Tatiana Maslany is everything.

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

      I must remark on the SQUEEness of gorgeous baby Prince George at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney. Plenty of pics on the daily mail and UK sites, as well as the sites like What Kate Wore etc..

      THOSE CHEEKS. :)

    • Vanessa

      I guess it is too late,and I don’t think you mentioned your niece’s age, but Bombalulus Childrens Clothing on West 10th street in the Village has the best — most Noo Yawk baby clothes — my favorites are the t-shirts with little handscreened taxis on them, and “New York” written in the New York Times typeface.

    • Therese Bohn

      Sorry you had a heavy week, but ever thankful for the Mad Men recaps. Get your rest, boys! (after MM of course!)

    • PastryGoddess

      Almost time for Mad Men.

      Who wants a glass of wine. All that gin last week was not good for my work ethic

      • MartyBellerMask

        Ooh, time for my exit then. :) Watching in the morning, and hoping the next 11 hrs are spoiler-free. ;)

      • Pennymac

        I’ve eaten so many Dove chocolates that I have a stomach ache. I’d just get a wine/chocolate headache.

    • Sally

      It’s time!

    • Eric Stott

      So- do we see the new Betty this week?

    • Sally

      Well, the patio doors are fixed.

    • Eric Stott

      I notice Dawn has enough confidence to say she can’t stay, even if Don wants her to.

    • Cheryl

      February 1969 Valentine’s Day? They’ve skipped the infamous Mayor Lindsay snow storm.

      • Eric Stott

        They just threw in a reference

    • Eric Stott

      You just KNOW that girl irons her hair

    • Pennymac

      OMG Ginsburg!!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

      • Eric Stott

        can he possibly be any more of a dweeb?

    • In_Stitches

      Shirley’s skirt! That was some leg.

    • Sally

      Gossip in the break room.

      • Eric Stott

        that was some deep dishing

      • Pennymac

        Love that they called each other my the others name! Point made!

    • Sally

      UH oh busted

    • PastryGoddess

      sally always finds out about the good shit first

      • Sally

        Now what? And where was Joan?

      • Eric Stott

        and she’ll know how to get some leverage out of it

        • PastryGoddess

          Because she is her father’s daughter

          • Eric Stott

            I hope they get back to last season’s finale…just how much did Don tell her about his childhood?

    • PastryGoddess

      All we needed was Sally screaming “There’s an airplane to meet you!”

    • Malia C.

      Oh suck it, Lou Avery.

      • Eric Stott

        by his standards he was positively warm to her

        • Malia C.

          Touche ;)

    • PastryGoddess

      Oh Peggy, you are so clueless aren’t you

      • Sally

        And so pissed off.

    • Malia C.

      Yay, Bert sighting.

    • Eric Stott

      Pete & Bob face-off in the future

    • PastryGoddess

      Roger’s original #sorrynotsorry

    • Eric Stott

      “Collective ex wife” . HAHAHAHA

    • Malia C.

      Don can’t be that stupid to think Sally didn’t ask ANYone about him and has the heads up, can he? Jesus.

      • Eric Stott

        She’s not a very good liar

    • PastryGoddess

      Jesus Don haven’t you learned not to lie to Sally. She’ll see right through you

    • PastryGoddess

      Sally is such a little bitch. Luv Huh

    • Sally

      Sally has it going on…..just tell the truth.

    • Guest

      Sally: Just tell the truth. Hilarious.

    • Malia C.

      *rage level rising at Lou Avery*

      • Pennymac

        If you’re going to act like a turd, Lou, go lay outside in the yard.

        • Malia C.

          Better yet, fall down an elevator shaft already. God, what a dick.

    • Sally

      Lou is a douche

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

      Totally called it last week: Don not having told Megan. I knew it.

    • Sally

      I would have thought the way the season ended, Don would be more honest with Sally

      • Cheryl

        Yeah – leopard, spots, etc.

      • Pennymac

        Don can’t be honest with Don. How is he going to be honest with someone else?

        • Sally

          So true, so true.

      • Eric Stott

        I think that he knew that she knew something – and he just wants to see how much.

    • Eric Stott

      Don is going to try and shield Dawn. I wonder if they might end up with an affair?

      • Malia C.

        Anything that gives Dawn more screen time, I can get behind!

        • Sally

          Me,too! She has really gotten more confident.

          • Cheryl

            That’s just it – I don’t think she’s that dumb. She’s very clear about drawing boundaries.

            • Eric Stott

              I agree – but I wonder if he’ll try to take things further

    • Malia C.

      OMG UP YOURS LOU AVERY.

    • Pennymac

      This can’t be good.

    • Sally

      Go Dawn Go!!!

      • Eric Stott

        and she might just be going

        • Malia C.

          Ugh.

    • Malia C.

      Oh shit…. what an asshole.

      • Pennymac

        Understatement

    • PastryGoddess

      This is going to bite Lou in the ass

      • Malia C.

        Hopefully what bites him is the size of the velaciraptor that ate Newman in “Jurassic Park.”

    • PastryGoddess

      I think we need to come up with new words to describe the level of Lou’s ass-hattery

    • Sally

      He didn’t fire her, did he?

      • Sally

        Damn.

      • Eric Stott

        She’s no longer his secretary- she’s going to reception.

        • Malia C.

          That’s a major “fuck you” downgrade though. I did that to someone once (but she really WAS the receptionist and was acting like the office manager so I had to go Joan on her and put her in her place).

          • Cheryl

            I’d rather be the front desk receptionist than a private secretary. More glamour, less work.

            • Eric Stott

              less money

            • Pennymac

              Less Lou

            • Eric Stott

              Here’s one thought – SCP is progressive enough to put a black woman in reception.

            • Malia C.

              Or not. :(

            • Eric Stott

              Whoops!- Bert Cooper dissaproves

            • Cheryl

              I”m sure Joan will make sure there’s no cut in pay.

            • Malia C.

              True but less freedom to get up and roam and you have to deal with all walks of public life.

    • Pennymac

      Love me a Pete Hissy-fit!

    • PastryGoddess

      Pete’s back

    • Malia C.

      Time for Pete, Don, Peggy and Dawn to hit the road and form their own agency.

    • Cheryl

      Don and Betty redux.

    • PastryGoddess

      Lord this is painful

      • Pennymac

        Right in the feels…

    • Sally

      Is Peggy drunk?

      • Eric Stott

        power-drunk, maybe

    • Malia C.

      Shirley, just end Peggy’s agony already.

      • Eric Stott

        made it worse.

        • Malia C.

          Seriously. At least no one can say “nothing is happening” so far this season. What a shitstorm.

    • PastryGoddess

      Peggy stop just STOP

    • Sally

      Wow.

    • Pennymac

      Shew! Palpable humiliation!

      • PastryGoddess

        Yes, that was painful

    • Sally

      I can’t think of anytime before this I have thought Peggy stop talking.

    • Cheryl

      TLo’s Twitter: “Peggy Good God Girl, Get a Grip”

    • Malia C.

      Is AMC now only showing Tom Hanks movies? They apparently showed “Forrest Gump” every night last week.

      • PastryGoddess

        Maybe it’s his birthday or something

    • PastryGoddess

      somebody get Joanie a drink

    • Pennymac

      UGH

    • Sally

      WTF Bert?

      • Eric Stott

        Only excuse is, he’s really old.

        • PastryGoddess

          I think he was born around the turn of the century or so.

      • PastryGoddess

        I’m not really surprised

    • Malia C.

      I’m not so crazy about California Betty…

      • Eric Stott

        It will not end well – I think she’ll frighten him.

        • PastryGoddess

          I think that’s a good thing with Pete. He’s used to treating people like shit and not getting it back.

          • Eric Stott

            I’d like to see him at least reach some kind of balance. Maybe he needs a few Miltowns.

    • Eric Stott

      Another Pete Campbell affair – but at least this one isn’t some kind of psycho. She’s really pretty aggressive

    • Malia C.

      Oh christ Peggy, STOP.

    • PastryGoddess

      Those Damn flowers

    • Malia C.

      Wow, Jim Cutler to the rescue?

    • Eric Stott

      Cutter is actually showing some sense!

      • Malia C.

        Hopefully that means Joan replaces herself (Dawn?) and gets her own assistant (Shirley) *fingers crossed*

        • PastryGoddess

          Your words to the writer’s fingers.

          And then they have to find someone for the front desk

          • Malia C.

            I have a feel that dingaling (I can never remember her name) at Lou’s desk won’t last long there :)

            • PastryGoddess

              Meredith. She and Lou might get along famously. She’s just dumb enough to laugh at his “jokes”

            • Malia C.

              That’s true.

        • Sally

          That would be fantastic.

        • PastryGoddess

          Called it!!

    • PastryGoddess

      Who new Jim Cutler would be Joan’s saviour

      • Eric Stott

        What next – he starts buying her flowers?

    • Sally

      At least Peggy knew she shouldn’t fire Shirley.

    • Malia C.

      Oh my god I just realized… we’ve made it almost an entire hour without an allusion to Sharon Tate. Praise be!

    • Eric Stott

      Where’s Betty?

      • PastryGoddess

        Sally stood in for her

        • Eric Stott

          Yeah, but I’m still anticipating Betty, with a hairstyle that needs a full can of Adorn to set.

    • Malia C.

      What the hell, Don is dining and dashing?

      • Eric Stott

        a little flash of the old Don

    • Eric Stott

      Fakeout!

      • Cheryl

        Eat and Cheat.

      • Malia C.

        I fell for it!

    • Sally

      No matter what happens, Don and Sally really do have a special bond.

      • Eric Stott

        She’ll have some interesting memories

    • PastryGoddess

      Fuck you Roger

    • PastryGoddess

      YAAAAAAAAS Dawn!!!!!!

    • Malia C.

      YES, Joanie way to go getting Dawn a promotion!

    • PastryGoddess

      Oooooh burn

    • Sally

      Joanie…..Dawn…. nice.

    • Eric Stott

      Cuttler is getting rather interesting.

    • Malia C.

      Great ending, great song.

      • Cheryl

        I’m not sure about them, but we set our wedding date last weekend (February 10, 1969) and were married on December 28, 1969.

    • PastryGoddess

      “I won’t forget the way you helped me when I was down”

      • Malia C.

        I have such a strong association with that song to the Nike ad showing Earl Woods teaching Tiger how to golf… I wonder if that was intentional. I’ll take it over 1000 Sharon Tate references any day.

    • Malia C.

      Just remembered where I know the song from: Nike used it in a Father’s Day/U.S. Open ad showing Tiger and his dad after Earl died that year. (It’s on YouTube.)

    • housefulofboys

      Always, the shortest 60 minutes of the week. Fascinating, I’ll have to think about this for a while to figure it all out. And then I’ll change my mind.

    • Sally

      I have been thinking about this. Do we really think Peggy would have just picked up those flowers at the beginning of the episode? I know she is hurt by Ted and certainly she was in a bad way last week, but is that something she would do?

      • Malia C.

        I guess she was still reeling from Ginsberg’s masturbation crack. Peggy was acting high the entire episode.