T LOunge

Posted on April 25, 2014

Darlings, pack your panties and your passport, because we’re all going to Dubai this weekend!

 

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TLounge-4-25-2014-Tom-Lornezo-Site-TLO (3)Sunken Lounge, Grand Hyatt Dubai

 

Fabulous.

It’s late in the day and it’s style light out here. Birds are singing outside the windows of Stately T Lo Manor. We simply must dash and grab some of that springtime. But before we go, a gentle, loving reminder about our “Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me” Bitter Kitten party on May 3rd in NYC (Kittens assemble!) and our Mother’s Day book giveaway contest, the details on both can be found here.

We’ll have Orphan Black up on Sunday and Mad Men up on Monday morning, darlings. Is it any wonder why we’re trying to dash out of here?

How was your week?

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: hba.com]

    • kimmeister

      We’re a little behind the game – we’ve watched the first 6 eps of Orphan Black, and the first season of Downton Abbey. Looking forward to catching up so I can read the TLo posts! One of these days I’ll have to do a Mad Men spree as well.

      Need to do massive cleaning to get ready for both my mom and my brother coming to visit next week and staying with us. I haven’t slept under the same roof with both of them since 2004, so this will be interesting. Caught what my hubby had, so it’s been difficult to summon up the energy for massive cleaning.

      • Sarah

        I know how you feel on the cleaning. I’m out of vacuum bags and they are hard to find for my model so the fur is mounting in my house, and we have relatives and friends threatening to come here now that the weather’s nice. I am paranoid and unable to really clean that well. Hope you feel better soon! My fiancé always says “screw the relatives, it’s our home, so if they don’t like how we keep it they can suck it.” Must be nice to not give a crap.

        • http://www.chifleschips.com Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

          He can not give a crap because you do.

          • Sarah

            So true.

          • BrooklynBomber

            From your mouth to God’s ear.

        • kimmeister

          My brother’s a total pig, and I’m sure he’s mostly going to be visiting his friends rather than hanging out at my house, so I’m not worried about meeting snuff for him. It’s the Judgmental Vietnamese Mother that has me a bit anxious.

          I only have half the amount of cats as you, but every time we vacuum the living room, I swear there’s enough fur to make an entire cat sucked up into the vacuum (we have the bagless kind). Hope you find the right bags soon!

          • Sarah

            Our convo made me check Amazon and of course they have a ton of them, so I have no excuse anymore. I’ve been doing the ol’ foot clean wherein you use your gum-sole to rub the fur off the carpet, but that’s just not as good after a while.

            • kimmeister

              I don’t believe I’ve attempted that method. Today, when I let some friends in to use my bathroom, I deployed the “finger rake” method on the dark rug that shows all the cat hair

            • Shibori Girl

              I like your gum sole carpet solution. I have two half Maine coon cat rescues. Sometimes it looks like they pulled the pin on a hair grenade around here. I find that lightly running a damp cellulose sponge on the furniture collects way more hair than any of those fancy things they sell to de-fuzz stuff. Reusable too.

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

              I have a furniture brush with rubber bristles which is very effective for de-MaineCooning the furniture. And a sort of rake with stiff rubber bristles that I have to use on the carpet before we vacuum – between me and the cat the vacuum cleaner just doesn’t cope without pre-raking.

            • demidaemon

              This discussion makes me so glad we finally have a carpet free house. Our dog sheds like crazy, so at least we can sweep up his hair rather than vacuum. I had a long haired cat for a long time in two fully carpeted homes. Sucking up all of her hair was a major bitch and she was incredibly cranky about being brushed (unless it was her mane-like neck fur). I totally sympathize with everyone’s plight.

            • Sarah

              I only have area rugs because full carpet grosses me out and with all these catz, there was no way. One does want a little something for color or softness here and there.

            • demidaemon

              I am a big proponent of the area rug! Just not full carpet. Never again! Really, we had all long-haired animals with full carpet in every room except the kitchen. It was not good. Also, they were some of the grossest colors ever: Mixed brown with a slight orange tint and, in my bedroom, baby spew green. And we couldn’t change them due to finances, fear of what was underneath, and the landlord’s choices.

            • Sarah

              My house was fully carpeted before we bought it, and the owner pulled it up, exposing the original 1926 pinewood floors. Unfortunately, the were in very bad shape and we wanted to refinish them before moving in, but we had to replace the kitchen and bath entirely and funds ran out. We have what I like to think of as “shabby chic” floors now. Still better than carpet!

            • Paula Pertile

              Raking – remember shag rugs?
              After burning through a few fancy vacuums, I broke down and went to a vacuum store and practically cried to the guy about the cat hair. He sold me a metal, heavy-duty with no attachments, basic, really good vacuum that has some serious sucking power. Its the kind they use a lot in restaurants (he said). Its doing a good job.

            • Sarah

              Yeah, I have a Meile, which is a beast and kicks ass. I could never have afforded it but my dad was throwing it away because it “didn’t work” and I took it off his hands and replaced the belt in it, garnering myself a very high-end vacuum that does a really good job on cat hair for free. Shags: I had a Flokati from Ikea that my old roommate’s cat thought equaled a litter box. She destroyed it in less than a month after I put it in our apartment. I always said that cat owed me $200.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              The cat would beg to differ-but then, cats are like that.

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

              That’s going to have to be our next one. We have a bagless high-rated blah blah blah pet fur whatever and it STILL doesn’t get the job done completely.

              We had cream wall-to-wall shagpile in the house where I grew up. Nothing, but nothing, has ever held fleas like that!

            • SouthernGirlRena

              I have the most luck with a rubber glove (the yellow kind you use to wash dishes). They do a great job getting hair off my micro suede sofa. Since it is a glove, it is easy to get into corners and down between the cushions.

      • Kent Roby

        I hope you feel better soon. Incidentally, I sometimes invite friends over for dinner or a party the next week just to motivate myself to clean. And, of course, I do more cleaning in the last 10 minutes before anyone is scheduled to arrive than I do in the previous week!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          We do that here at B3Central, too. It’s exhausting, but seems to work. That means I must plan so more invites soon.

          • decormaven

            That spouse is a keeper. :-)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Thanks. He is, indeed. We have our 41st anniversary coming up next month-and it’s hard to believe it’s been so many years!

            • decormaven

              Headed toward 35 in December. Time does fly!

            • SierraDelta

              Our 40th was last summer. I’ve known my husband longer than anyone but family. He still makes me laugh, so it’s all good!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              He sounds like a keeper, too!

        • kimmeister

          So true. What’s nice is that having guests spurs the husband into helping me too. However, since they will be staying one week (and possibly two, in my brother’s case), that is a whole other level of cleaning needed! (Like the shower that is only used by overnight guests).

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            My husband’s quite good about helping, for which I have to thank my late mother-in-law’s training; she really did keep a very tidy house, and that rubbed off on my spouse.

    • Musicologie

      Happy weekend! Once again, the lounge you picked looks divine!

      I had a solid week. The low point came when I accidentally tripped while carrying the baby and groceries on the way home from the store. A jar of tomato sauce broke, making the scene look a LOT more gruesome than it actually was! The baby and I got a few scrapes, but we’re fine.

      Today has been full of baby smiles, chapter revisions, peer encouragement, library trips, and other positive things. Oh, and I have some port for after the baby goes to bed. Yum!

      • kimmeister

        I’m sorry you and baby got some scrapes, but I must confess that I giggled at how macabre the scene must have looked, in stark contrast to what it actually was.

      • decormaven

        Good thing you didn’t take too much of a tumble. Port sounds lovely!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Glad you and baby are fine. My mom once slipped and fell down a flight of stairs while holding my (then) baby brother-of course her first thought was for his safety, and thankfully the little tyke was fine and calmly crawled away. Mom needed stitches to close a cut, but otherwise was OK.

        • MartyBellerMask

          There’s a story in my family about a tumble my grandma took while carrying my uncle. She fell from the first floor to the church basement, through an unmarked construction hole, and her mommy instinct kicked in. (Well, she called it the voice of God, but anywho…) Grandma managed to flip herself around and land on her back, which was a risky & painful move, but it spared the life of the baby on her chest.

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

            Wow! That’s impressive.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Never underestimate Mom instinct. As a follow-up to my mom’s story, that same day she was matron of honor for her baby sister, with a discreet bandage.

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      It’s Friday evening, and I’m watching Dr Phil…I’m not really sure what that means. And I posted cat pictures on Facebook. Sometimes I don’t know who I am any more.

      At least I’m having a drink – a grapefruit Old Fashioned. It is lovely.

      • Anna

        Sounds like a Friday night in Wisconsin :)

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          St Paul, so I’m close. (But my Old Fashioned is with whiskey, not brandy.)

          • Anna

            If you’re ever in the Madison area, try to get your hands on some brandy made by Wollersheim Winery – or, try the Old Fashioned restaurant downtown!

      • Violina23

        Because Cats are fabulous, even though, as TLo posted on facebook, they certainly don’t give a sh** :)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          When I try to interest our Genghis in playing with a cat toy, I invariably get a look from him that I interpret as “If you think this is so cool, you chase it”

      • decormaven

        Enjoy! I’m considering opening another bottle of wine; there was just one wee drinkie in the bottle tonight.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          In the case of only one drink left in the bottle, it is perfectly acceptable to open a second!

          • decormaven

            Yes! I may save it for the morrow, though; there’s a lot of outdoor work ahead of me tomorrow, so I will need to scamper.

      • Sarah

        Who doesn’t post cat pics on FB? I thought that was what it was for.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Being single woman of a certain age, with a posse of cats, I try to avoid at least a few stereotypes. :-)

          • Sarah

            Heh, I feel you. I’m not single but I have four cats, so it’s like that thing where you have like two snowglobes and people just start giving you gift snowglobes and you can’t stop the accretion. I mean, I like cats (obv) but my sister posts EVERY CATE MEME on my FB page daily, so now other ppl do, and it’s just a mess. My rep as a badass is totally shot.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I have had to gently – and in some cases, not so gently – tell people to Stop. With. The. Cat-Themed. Gifts. Just. Stop.

            • Sarah

              So, you have enough cat note cards, scratch pads, socks, calendars, FLANNEL NIGHT SHIRTS (that was my dad’s wife – WTF), S&P shakers, and magnets? I may have to consider this tactic as well, because I think I do.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              It was the cat lawn ornament that pushed me over the edge. I have nothing against lawn ornaments (or even cat lawn ornaments, really) but it was so obviously “I don’t know what to get her”….wander about store…”Oh, look! Cat!”

            • decormaven

              Not meaning to knock a gift, but I think themed gifts are lazy. If you know someone well, and you know they already have a solid collection of themed tchotkes, find something rlse.

            • Sarah

              YUP.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Exactly! I still don’t mind cat gifts if they’re thoughtful cat gifts, but mostly they’re just “Oh, look! Cat!”

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Sometimes you just have to be tough and tell folks no to the cat-themed stuff.

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

              I haven’t quite been able to convey that message. I like actual breathing furry cats, but I am not a needlepoint cat cushion person. I do not wear cat earrings. I do not use cat notepaper (actually, that is a lie, I sent a cat notecard this week).

              I have, however, seen a camoflage tshirt where the patterns are all cats, and I am seriously tempted by that, but I know if I get it more cat tea-trays will arrive.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I have a tshirt with a skull made out of kittens on it that I love. I bought it myself. Cat gifts are never that good. :-)

        • kimmeister

          That’s what the whole internet is for!

      • Qitkat

        I am late to the party, but am cracking up at you and @disqus_uaAgd5XTr8:disqus discussing cats!
        Also, a grapefruit Old Fashioned sounds delicious. Recipe?

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          4 oz grapefruit juice (Ruby Red from the juice aisle works just fine if you’re not feeling the effort of fresh squeezed)
          2 tbsp of sage infused simple syrup *
          2 oz of bourbon or whiskey
          2 dashes of bitters
          splash of sparkling water (I use club soda)

          *sage infused simple syrup (this is totally worth the effort)
          1/2 cup water
          1/2 cup sugar
          Heat until sugar disolves. Add 4 leaves of sage. Simmer 5 minutes. Turn off heat and let steep for 10 minutes.

          I stumble across the recipe online (thanks Buzzfeed!) It’s different, good, not that hard, and makes me feel like a grown-up.

          • Qitkat

            Thank you so much, STP (can I call you that?)
            I am especially intrigued with the sage simple syrup. This will be something to look forward to very soon. Updating my grocery list. YumYumYummy, I am certain :)

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              :-)

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

            I love the sound of that!

          • formerlyAnon

            Holy cats. Sage infused simple syrup is BRILLIANT.

            I am now adding herb-infused simply syrups to my above-mentioned lists of things I want to do someday.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              They are so easy, you’d be a fool not to!

            • decormaven

              It sounds like a great gift that some inspired person should give me. I know from experience I will never get around to making it.

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

              DM, I wish that I could send a gallon of syrup to you, fA, Qitkat, Alicia, Biting Panda, KinoEye, Sarah and all of the other wonderful BKs who have been so supportive of me through the sale of my store and the awful process of job-hunting. I can’t tell you all how much I appreciate the friendship you have extended to me.

            • decormaven

              I could not in good conscience do anything else. Mr. DM’s first trip through Unemployment Hell was truly a trial by fire. He was out almost 2 years. He hustled like nobody’s business; he went back and got extra hours to go on top of his MBA so he could teach two courses at the community college (adjunct pay), worked as a seasonal worker at the IRS, and did a stint with a neighbor who ran a landscaping business. None of these were at the same time, and none of them were even remotely close to his original pay. When he finally landed a job in his profession, it was with a completely different industry. It is brutal. Be as kind as you can to yourself, and affirm that you have tangible, dollar-valuable skills to offer the workplace.

            • SierraDelta

              But once you pass your early 60s, no matter how current your skills are, you’re invisible. My husband WANTS and NEEDS to work (volunteering only stretches the mind so much), but no one’s interested — and it’s been seven years. . . We’re fortunate because he had high-paying jobs throughout his career and we’re not spendy people, but our financial situation isn’t what we planned it to be.

              *goes off to find an unopened bottle of wine*

            • decormaven

              Bless! Mr. DM got a job on his 60th birthday, on the nose. He just left that job this year for another one- he’ll be 65 in November. We both feel incredibly fortunate that he’s been able to find work at an advanced age. I hear you on the financial situation; nobody counted on the financial market kaboom that rendered the 401Ks to 201Ks. I am thankful I am the child of a woman who saved string; it has stood me in good stead. I send you a case of virtual wine.

            • Sarah

              Best thing about kittenhood its it’s all mutual. Likewise, GF.

            • KinoEye

              You’re a sweetheart, but as Decormaven said — I could not in good conscience do anything else. Job-hunting can be so demoralizing that you need all the support you can get! I’m fortunate to have a job while I’m looking, but I remember when I didn’t. If I can lighten the load for someone else even a little bit, I’m happy to do so :-)

            • formerlyAnon

              You are a genius. (Or, I am an idiot. Choose one.) Clearly, I need to go over some of my lists of things I want to do/get done/produce some day and see which items can go on a list I give people who I know are going to want to give me a present. Genius!

          • Sarah

            Mm. But I can’t have grapefruit :( it messes with my meds. Only grapefruit though – do you think anything else would work?

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I’d think orange (maybe with a touch of lemon/lime to make it a little more tart) would work.

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

              How about tangerine?

            • Lisa_Co

              Anything other than grapefruit juice is ok with meds ((don’t know if you were talking about that or taste). Grapefruit juice, along with some drugs like Tagamet, makes meds last longer in your system (called increasing the ” half life”). Personally, if it’s a one drink thing, I don’t worry about it. If Nurse Ellen is reading, she might explain it better than me.

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

              I was going on taste, actually! I know about the weirdness of grapefruit juice with medications, and I thought that tangerine juice would be nice with the sage simple syrup. While they have different types of aroma, they are both very aromatic and I think would work better than, for example, meyer lemon in this drink.

          • Kent Roby

            J’adore cocktails with herbs or ginger or jalepeno in them; I had a drink with basil a while back that was really nice.

          • SierraDelta

            Grapefruit wreaks havoc with my meds — can you suggest a substitute juice?

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              It happens to the best of us. :-)

      • demidaemon

        There must be a true deficit of TV and entertainment if you have to resort to Dr. Phil. ;)

      • formerlyAnon

        I consider it an absolutely primo Friday night when I can collapse and watch or read lowest common denominator entertainment while eating something I like. Cheap wine or good booze a bonus.

        But I alternate periods of socializing (2-5 non-work-related forays into the Company of Other People a week is a red hot fury of socializing, for me) with periods when I have to force myself to initiate or even agree to doing things that require leaving my house. I like my house and it’s stuffed full of projects and lists and things to read and to watch that I’ll never get through.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          We too have a house full of books, magazines, my crafty stuff(which at least is confined to one room). I do periodic purges of the craft materials, sharing what I no longer use with the teacher up the street, or fellow crafters. I’ve also sold some of it at yard sales, for literally pennies-but, it’s no longer in my house, which is what counts. It’s time for another purge, methinks.

    • marlie

      Knitting, watching TV, listening to the rain outside, and having a cup of tea. I would have an “adult beverage,” but I forgot to pick some up on my way home. Happy weekend, Kittens!

      • kimmeister

        Whatcha makin’ this time?

        • marlie

          Finally taking a break from baby gifts, and doing some selfish knitting. I’m making a lightweight shawl in a dark turquoise. Unlikely to be finished before I go to a wedding in a couple of weeks, but a girl can hope. :)

          • @Biting Panda

            Sounds lovely.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            that sounds lovely-nice to do something for yourself after the baby gifts!

      • Nora Charles

        I’m doing the exact same thing! Why must Bay Area rain be so very cold?

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        Sounds like a lovely Friday! And you’re reminding me I need to get going on a hat that is…oh, two months late as a birthday present. :)

    • another_laura

      Happy weekend to all! A bit of rain passed through SF today (yay!) but the sky is very clear at present and I plan to make a dash for it as soon as possible! Tomorrow night, Mark Morris with a Handel opera and I’m happy. I am also a nerd.

      So many virtual drinks, so much virtual time. I think today it’s a fresh, zingy vodka gimlet – all this talk about a shortage of Mexican limes is making me crave limes. Go figure.

      • kimmeister

        The rain was welcome indeed, except my husband was bummed since he was planning to do some hard core mountain biking tomorrow, and it’ll be much messier with mud!

        • another_laura

          Yeah, I can see how the mud is not very appealing. But he’ll look so, well, rugged, right? Like an Action Bike Guy. And don’t you just love seeing green on the hills instead of that parched brown of February?

          • kimmeister

            I do enjoy the green, and the brief respite from allergies. I just don’t want my man getting hurt. One fall with a dislocated pinky cost me nearly $4K!

          • BrooklynBomber

            I was just out there and was happily surprised by all the green — lots and lots of it!

        • Janet B

          I’m hoping it’ll soak right in and not be too muddy. My husband is volunteering tomorrow on a trail rehab project.
          If I’m lucky whatever has given me swollen eyes has been washed away.

      • Paula Pertile

        Mark Morris – I’m jealous. I got to draw him about a hunnerd years ago when I was a student at the Academy of Art. He was rehearsing nearby, and they sent some of us over to do sketches. He’s awesome.

        • another_laura

          I’m not really a dance person but whenever I see his work it’s really enjoyable. He choreographed for a Met production of “Orfeo” and I loved that, I really like “Cracked Nut” and a few weeks ago I saw something of his at SF Ballet, “Caprice.” Tonight, it’s “Acis and Galatea” – a Mark Morris “setting” of an opera, which seems odd, but well, it’s Berkeley. Oh and for the BKs, Isaac Mizrahi is the costume designer!

          • Lisa_Co

            Mizrahi and Mark Morris are BFFs. According to a former company member (Tina Felhandt) Isaac started out just coming to MMDG shows and then gradually became a great friend.

            As a MMDG fan and NYC resident I always see the company when they perform in town. Just saw Il Pensero last fall. And after Balanchine’s Nutcracker, The Hard Nut is my fav Nutcracker (every choreographer does their own version!). The humor is incredible. Hope you had a great time, another_laura!

            • another_laura

              Lisa_Co, it was lovely! I’m more knowledgable about the music – the orchestra and chorus were brilliant, the soloists less so. It’s a chamber opera by Handel and a lot of the music is based on dance rhythms so it’s kind of a natural for a ballet, I suppose. Very very easy on the eyes and ears. There were some bbeautiful dance phrases and combinations that flowed through the piece. All in all, we were really happy.

            • Lisa_Co

              So glad you enjoyed it!

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

              Sounds wonderful!

    • Sobaika

      Happy weekend all, I’d like a double!

      • decormaven

        Hello! Is everything proceeding for Greece?

        • Sobaika

          I leave in a week!!

          • decormaven

            Congrats! Enjoy, enjoy.

      • @Biting Panda

        Yes, how was your first week?

        • Sobaika

          Super overwhelming but also pretty awesome. I’m still pinching myself!

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

      Had my first red carpet (or bath mat). I looked like the person who would have coke to deal (read: best dressed!). Tonight, I get to see the short I wrote and acted on a big(ger) screen that has the intergalactic caterpillar puppet I made and voiced. Pretty jazzed to see it and level headed enough to know that I won’t be quitting my temp job of seven years anytime soon.

      • marlie

        That’s so awesome – congratulations!

      • decormaven

        Congratulations! Keep the creative fires stoked.

      • Lilithcat

        Congrats!

        A “temp job of seven years”? That’s some “temporary”!

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

          …they made me a supervisor last year…I need to seriously re-think my plan.

    • Sarah

      Hey all! I had a lovely weekend last week at my friend’s wedding – hadn’t seen her in 20 years, but it was like no time passed. Great fun: cried like baby at ceremony, enjoyed meeting and talking to groom’s European family, had awesome time camping and having campfire fun with wedding guests and my own true love. Had a bit of a sinus thing, so after the wedding Easter was pretty much a snoozefest, in the most literal sense, but that was nice in it’s own way. This week, I buckled down HARD on my thesis, which is actually looking like I might be able to turn it in by Monday, Thank GOD. I had no drinks, no fun TV shows, no friends, just Work and Scholarship all week. Not bad, actually; sometimes it is nice to remember you’re a smarty and get some work done. Also, I found out I’m getting a raise! A whopping 3% that won’t be in effect until December, but still. If I haven’t gotten a new and better job by then, at least that’s something. A very meager, but nice something. The fellow is at work tonight, so me and the Catz are gonna watch a chick movie and I’m going to eat pork chops & mac’n’cheese, then turn in early to be fresh for the final weekend paper-writing haul.

      • kimmeister

        Friends with whom you can pick up right where you left off, despite the passage of a ridiculously long amount of time, are the best kind. Glad you had a great time.

        • Sarah

          Yup. I did tell her I won’t let 20 go by again! Some weird combination of the pre-cell-phone and FB era and a mutual move conspired to make us lose touch, but we know where each other live now, and have numbers and social media contact so I think we’re good.

      • marlie

        Sending good thesis vibes your way! And realizing that I’m still so far off from mine…

        • Sarah

          Thanks! I’ve dried up TWO BALLPOINTS on this mofo, but the end is in sight!

          • marlie

            I’m sure you’ve said it before, but what are you studying?

            • Sarah

              Art History – that good ‘ol topic that’s on the top of all the Top Ten Most Useless Degrees lists, along with Philosophy and Religion.

            • marlie

              I don’t believe that – it’ll come in use some day! :)

            • Sarah

              I hope so! I totally love it, so that’s all that matters. I’m a Religious Studies minor, too, so I’ve got all the bases covered on Things Not Considered Lucrative.

            • Violina23

              It’s still an amazing accomplishment no matter what! Do you know what you want to do when you finish?

            • Sarah

              I’ve been working in public libraries for 20 years, and I love it. I hope to go for an MLS and try to find a job in an art museum library someday.

            • decormaven

              I had the chance to get my MLS, but it was at a non- ALA accredited school so I didn’t go for it. I worked as a tech in an university library for a short time; I did conversion from Dewey to LC. Back when the dinosaurs roamed!

            • Sarah

              That’s funny because my BIL and nephew just went on a college tour and the BIL put up some pics of an old library at the U of Oklahoma I think. There was a spine shot of some books on a shelf among them and I noticed there were Dewey numbers on them, so I asked him to clarify since academic libraries are LC across the board now. He told me that was the “VERY old” part of the collection.

            • decormaven

              Har har! I did love my time in that library- it still had card catalogs. Working in there was like a nunnery- almost all the staff were women. A real cast of characters!

            • Sarah

              Yeah, it is still female-heavy, but I’d say we’re at about 70/30 female male these days, which is way up from my early career at around 95% female. I would be so bereft to not work in a library. I’ve had to be away from work for really awful life events – sickness, death, etc. – and I always feel like I’m coming home when I go back to work. The sun on the dust motes in the stacks, the books who never hurt your feelings, the good work that never gets finished, all of that conspires to comfort me.

            • decormaven

              Enjoy, enjoy! I used to say I wanted to live in the library when I was a little girl. Have you seen “Robot and Frank”? The take on the library of the future is sad and scary. I used to take great solace in the bound magazines, pouring over old Life magazines. And seeing all the newspapers from around the country on the wooden hangers; it made knowledge feel tangible to me.

            • Sarah

              I did see that. I’m not worried about it. We’re moving into the idea that libraries are a place for people to meet and exchange ideas and skills in person in a way they can’t online, so you’re going to see a lot of “maker spaces” in public libraries in coming years, along with increasing digital offerings. I like that idea a lot!

            • decormaven

              Ooh, nice! I also considered getting my MLS in information sciences. The time may have passed for that for me, though.

            • Sarah

              I have a good friend who got her MA in creative writing at age 71, so I don’t know if time passes if you’d like to do something.

            • Qitkat

              How inspiring!

            • decormaven

              True. I had to drop plans when my mom started to decline; she’s now deceased so perhaps it is possbile. Mr. DM’s parents are starting to decline, so there’s a few rivers to cross there. It’s all good- as scarce as jobs are, I want those below my age to have a chance. I’ve been in the rodeo a while.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I too love libraries, and remember discovering the wider world through reading. It sounds as if the new concept will have lots of opportunities for people to do the same, and perhaps more.

            • Shibori Girl

              Oooooh! We have something in common. My aunt was a librarian, so I spent many Sundays in the stacks reading while she caught up on work. Then shelving was my after school job, typed card sets for the catalog during the summers, worked in the campus library as an undergrad. I considered library school but was stuck at a university without accreditation. So I got a masters in public administration instead. I still remember most of the Dewey Descimal system and some of the LC system. The smell of old books- an e-reader can’t replace that!

            • decormaven

              Yes! The woman who was the head librarian of my hometown library- I used to tell her I wanted to live in the library when I grew up. I can conjure up memories of the books, newspapers, and magazines there any time and be happy.

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

              They don’t have card catalogs any more? I need to get to a library more often.

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

              They don’t use the Dewey Decimal System any more? When did that happen?

            • Sarah

              Public libraries do, academics use the Library of Congress classification system.

            • decormaven

              I was doing conversion to LC in 1985.

            • Violina23

              Sounds awesome! My degree is in computer science, but since having kids and stopping working for a while, I feel like I want to do something brand new. My biggest hope is to be able to find something that inspires me every day. Good luck!

            • Sarah

              Thanks! And good luck to you. I’m hoping to get on that family tip soon, so we can trade ambitions :)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I’m of the opinion that if you truly like it and are good at it that it isn’t useless. Granted, Mr. B3 and I were both history majors in college. I stopped with a bachelor’s degree, he went on get a Masters and Ph.D.

            • marlie

              The bf has a MA in history, and it’s led him to become a park ranger (through a circuitous route) at a national historic park. Totally NOT a useless major, if you ask me!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              That’s great. My spouse worked at the National Archives for 30+ years, primarily with their collection of WWII records;in fact, one of his achievements was creating the guide to said records. He retired around the time that TPTB decided that specialist archivists should be passe…..

            • Qitkat

              I wrote to the National Archives last fall, trying to get more information on my dad’s ship in WWII, which was involved in D-Day. They were nice enough to send me a month of the ship’s log of early 1944, but it turns out I would have to physically go to Maryland to read through the thousands of pages to find out details of the ship during D-Day and later.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              The Archives still has a lot of records on microfilm. when they built the MD. facility they underestimated how quickly they would fill the space.
              I’m glad that they could at least send you a page;the archives is understaffed. There are professional researchers but I suspect they are rather costly.

            • Qitkat

              Ohh! what park? (Mr Q is retired from the NPS.)

            • marlie

              Morristown in NJ. Where was Mr. Q?

            • Qitkat

              Several places. Shenandoah National Park where I met him when my BF and I went camping! The Great Smokies. National Capital Parks in DC. Harpers Ferry National Historical Park where he was the Chief Historian (oddly enough he majored in biology, not history). Several weeks training at Grand Canyon, where we took our very young family (great memories!). He finished his career at the Denver Service Center, where he traveled around the country helping various parks with their interpretive programs. Several in Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, Everglades, lots of western parks, battlefield parks, many others. However, he never made it to Morristown.

              I hope your bf enjoys his career. It was a very memorable one for Mr Q.

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

              I agree. Education is never a waste!

            • kimmeister

              Oh, but I’ll bet you feel like a frickin’ genius when you go to an art museum. I got to go to Europe shortly after having taken an art history class. I nearly writhed in ecstasy every time we saw something that had been covered in my class; meanwhile, my cousin was just like, “ehhhh.” I enjoyed that trip 10x as much as she did!

            • Sarah

              It is true, I notice Art everywhere. I also kick ass at art-related Buzzfeed quizzes ;) I haven’t been to Europe yet but I kind of want to just head over there solo; I really like to be alone when I go to an exhibit or a historical building so I can just stay as long as I want and drink it all in.

            • demidaemon

              If you do go to Europe, make sure you hit up Berlin as one of your stops. I believe it has the most museums per capita of any city in Europe (possibly the world; I don’t remember all the exact facts).

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              A note re: Berlin museums. In September, 2014, the Pergamom will be closing for an extended period for major structural work. That still leaves lots of museums to see!

            • demidaemon

              Oh, that’s too bad. That was one of my favorite museums when I visited there.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I’m sure the museum will see large numbers of visitors this summer;it is too bad. When you travel in Europe I think you can almost guarantee that some cultural site will be closed-new exhibits, renovations, etc. My husband is going on a D-Day tour as a historical expert this year, and the tour company just found out recently that the Imperial(or British) War Museum will be closed for much of the summer as they prepare a new exhibit for the WWI centennial.

            • demidaemon

              That sucks. When I was there, our tour guide was the former commander of the Western forces, which, while cool, made the tour feel like boot camp. Sometimes, people need to detox after visiting a concentration camp, you know? But not with this guy.

              Your husband sounds like he would be a great tour guide. If I wasn’t broke, I would love to go back and take his tour. :)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              That is so kind of you to say that. I’m excited for my husband, and think it will be a rewarding experience for him and the tour group. The tour also has a tour manager who will take care of the nitty gritty of accommodations, meals, transport. My husband will be the go-to guy for indepth information and questions.
              Tour guides can make or break a tour. I have done several birding tours, and the days are long-up pre-dawn, and looking for birds basically all day. to have a guide who knows the birds and also has good people skills makes those days so much more fun.

            • demidaemon

              :)

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

              You’d think that with the D-Day landing anniversary this year as well, they’d try to stay open and work around that.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              That’s my spouse’s opinion, too. Granted, the centennial of WWI is a very big deal; with this D-Day being the 70th anniversary, and likely the last commemoration at which vets will be able to participate, it would have been a good gesture on the museum’s part to work around the other exhibit. Ah well

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

              That’s the thing really – the veterans are in their 90s but there are still a few of them about. By the 75th anniversary there will be fewer, if any. The centennial of WWI is a big deal for history, but not really for participants any more!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              My dad fought in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII. He wasn’t one to talk much about it, but he did with my husband, given my husband’s interest in history. Back in the early 90′s my husband did a solo trip to Belgium and Germany and found the monument to my dad’s division, photographed it and we made an enlargement for my dad, which he kept on his desk-he was very touched,so it does matter to the vets. I”m sure your mum’s involvement meant a lot to the ANZAC vets.

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

              Her involvement was very minor – making sure they were healthy enough to put on the plane! But friends of hers did travel with them.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Given the age of the vets, her role was important. Her friends who traveled with the veterans must have had an amazing experience.

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

              I think it is important to travel with someone who has a similar travelling style to you. I like to know where I am sleeping every night and in between have freedom to wander around looking at stuff. Travelling with a friend who demanded breakfast at 8 and lunch at 12 every day was… challenging.

            • Sarah

              Don’t I know it. I went to Peru for 16 days with some friends in 2007 and two of us were of the “it’s cool we can eat when we get up” mind and the other three were very early-morning gung-ho. However, our trip was mighty scheduled so if it weren’t for the early birds we would’ve missed a lot of busses, trains, and tours. I went to Acapulco with the fella a few years ago, and he and I are both lazy types, so all we did was behave decadently for a week and it was very nice, too.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Very true. My husband and I have always enjoyed breakfast together on vacation, but after that we’re both fine with doing our own thing til it’s time for drinks and dinner.

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

              I need breakfast at *some* point, husband can manage on one meal a day, so I tend to have mornings to myself while he sleeps!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Yes, breakfast is a must for me, too. Several years ago I had to lay down the breakfast law to the husband, who then was happy to have donuts and coffee-nothing against either, but I need some kind of actual protein to start my day!

            • Lisa_Co

              That was my college major. What is your thesis?

            • Sarah

              Making the case for George Catlin being a proto-modernist.

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

              Since I’m just skimming here, I read that as George Carlin!

            • Sarah

              George Catlin was an early nineteenth century American painter who made it his life’s work to catalog the Plains Indians’ way of life in paint. He was not funny, according to the many many sources I’ve compiled on his life. Carlin would’ve been more fun to do a paper on :)

            • Lisa_Co

              Great topic! Original and ambitious.

            • Sarah

              Thanks! It is hideously difficult to prove if you’re the first person who thought of it (I’m not – I got the idea from an article in Forbes but it was a pretty light article with no real scholarship). I am currently mired in Baudelaire quotations and formal analyses of Courbet, Catlin, and Marsden Hartley. I know not which way is up, and I’m sure I’ll be cross-eyed by the end of this weekend, but at least it’s finally coming together :)

            • Lisa_Co

              Forbes? Really? How interesting. I’m really impressed with all the hard work you’re doing. When you finish you’ll have the satisfaction of not just being done but having produced a good piece of scholarship.

            • Sarah

              Yes I thought it odd, too, but the guy who wrote it – somebody named Jonathon Keats – is an art critic of some kind. I believe it was in conjunction with a Catlin exhibit in London last year. Thanks for the compliment! I am really looking forward to that “finished” bit :)

      • decormaven

        Wonderful! Keep pushing and put the final touches on that paper.

      • Qitkat

        It’s so great that you and your friend found your connection still sparked. It is AWESOME when that happens, and it doesn’t always. A raise is always something to celebrate, no matter the wait or amount. And bravo to you for the buckling down on your thesis. I am in great admiration at your stick-to-it-tiveness. We will all celebrate with you in the Lounge when the new degree gets awarded! And I love that there are so MANY smarties amongst us.

        • Sarah

          We lived in Japan together in HS so that forms a bond that’s hard to break. And she’s the nicest, most loving girl. She made me remember a side of myself that I’d let be diminished by all the negativity in life, and it was wonderful to be reminded that I was once a very happy, care-free, neurosis-free young lady.

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

            How lovely! To be neurosis-free… wow. There’s an ambition!

          • formerlyAnon

            And to be reminded that that young lady is still part of who you are!

      • demidaemon

        Yay! Congrats! You’ll definitely finish it by Monday. Just don’t spend too much time around here. ;)

        • Sarah

          Seriously. I’ve been lamenting the lack of a word processing typewriter because if you’re online, TLo is well-nigh impossible to resist.

          • demidaemon

            I know. My plan is to one day get a laptop that only has Word installed on it so as to prevent procrastination.

            • formerlyAnon

              As a life long and dire procrastinator I laughed out loud, literally. Procrastination can be delayed, it can be whittled down, short of unconsciousness, it can not be prevented! ETA: Though unconsciousness via napping can itself be fine procrastination!

              (They offered it its own super villain cape, but Procrastination spurned such crass display, being quietly confident of its power.)

            • demidaemon

              Tis oh so true. I overcame the procrastination demon on one front tonight, though, and completed spring cleaning of the office. Now, if I could only avoid him when it comes to grading and proofreading essays…

            • Sarah

              The Nap should be Procrastination’s sidekick. “Procrastinator and The Nap are coming! Look out! Time to call the Coffee and Guilt Guild!”

            • Sarah

              I may have to take my laptop out into the wilderness to avoid wifi to finish this semester ;)

            • demidaemon

              Good luck!

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope the paper-writing is proceeding apace! Sounds like the past week was good, I know shipping off this paper would start this next week off right. Especially if you could have some Celebrations of the event.

        • Sarah

          Thanks! I just accidentally switched the fonts and line spacing in my WHOLE PAPER with one keystroke, but I fixed it with select-all. After I submit this one, I’ve got an essay, two ten-pagers, a four page, and a couple of exams due by the end of the semester, which I believe is the 13th of May. I have not planned well, but I’m in Student Mode now, so it’ll be okay.

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

            If you’re on a PC, use Control Z to go backwards and undo what you have just done. In some programs, you can keep repeating until you’re back to the version you like. Don’t remember if that works for Macs.

            • Sarah

              I tried that! It didn’t work. I think I accidentally changed the “style” of the paper while I was messing with a text box quotation. It’s okay now, but thanks!

    • Violina23

      I’m wiped! Passover’s finally over, and my older one is back in pre-school (THANK GOD). The baby wound up with the treacherous double-ear infection / teething combination, and now I’m sick! Grrr. But I’ve managed to stay on my weight-loss plan, and so far I’m down approx. 16lbs in 4 weeks. Still got a long way to go, and it was HARD to not eat my favorite holiday foods, but I’m trying to stay focused and positive!

      I have 2 [community] orchestra concerts next week which means I have to rehearsal pretty much every night. Lots of fun music to play including: Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet, Gershwin Piano Concerto, and Beethoven’s 5th Symphony (which is so iconic, but I’ve somehow never played it with an orchestra before! Conductors must be so bored of it, I’m guessing…). Since the Beethoven’s 5th concert is on the weekend, my hubby can bring my 4YO! She’s so excited to watch the orchestra, it makes me so happy :)

      • decormaven

        Congrats on staying the course during Passover. Good luck in rehearsal next week; amazing you can focus with the kiddlies.

      • Paula Pertile

        The music sounds heavenly – some of my favorites!
        Good for you on the weight loss, and the self control. Sorry you’re sick though.

      • Munchkn

        I always crank up the volume when Beethoven’s Fifth comes on the radio. The sound system is pretty good on my Mini, but man, it was just outstanding on the Ford Taurus wagon I used to have.

      • Lisa_Co

        What instrument do you play?

        • Violina23

          Violin, hence my handle name. I’m far from professional, but I’ved played since I was 8 years old (an example of why public school music education can have lasting impacts..), I played all through college, and I now play in community groups. It’s my “sanity”, my thing I do for me when so much of my life is dedicated to taking care of other [mostly little] people ;)

          • Kitten Mittons

            Just seeing this now, but congratulations! 16 lbs. is a really big accomplishment, and over a holiday to boot! You are doing so well, and your encouragement of others will definitely pay off for you and hopefully for them as well.

            I’m so envious of your orchestra fun, that is really cool.

            • Violina23

              Thank you! Baby girl is much better, but she’s about to cut two teeth and has been waking up at night crying, and for the day at, like 5AM. It’s exhausting for both of us!

              I’m no stranger to ear infections, though — my older one (now 4) had so many infections she had tubes put in, not once, but 4 times! I think she’s finally outgrown it, but going through four (albeit minor) surgeries was no small task with a baby/toddler! Hope your little guy feels better soon too!

            • Kitten Mittons

              I’m about to start considering tubes. I don’t want to, though :(

              Too bad we’re not neighbors, we could have been keeping each other company at 5am.

      • Qitkat

        What lovely music. And major congrats for staying the course with the weight-loss, very impressive. I’d love to lose 16# in 4 weeks. Wish I knew your secrets.

        I can understand how ill your baby felt, as I just got over my double ear infection too, although I’m not teething ;-)
        Your plate is full, and that is such a blessing, even with the difficulties.

      • formerlyAnon

        Wow, you’re doing amazingly well to persevere with so much going on.

        In the moment all those healthy decisions can be a struggle, but hang on to the feeling of accomplishment of arriving at 4 weeks 16 pounds down! Time will pass whether you’re making progress or not, so might as well make some progress! (Lifted directly from my own self-directed pep talks. In case you couldn’t tell.)

        • Violina23

          I appreciate it! There is a Facebook group of people on the same plan, and I find it helps to try to encourage others because it inspires me to take my own advice. It’s been really hard, and I have SO much more to lose, but I really want to do this…

    • Shibori Girl

      Great lounge. I have my plug converter with me so I can turn on the heating pad for my back. Medicinal mimosa my drink of choice. Who knew trying to wheelbarrow two yards of dirt up three stone steps and into raised beds would be anything but a delightful stroll in the garden?

      All this so I can engage in the annual sport of trying to grow tomatoes in Seattle.

      Good to “see” all you fabulous BKs.

      • decormaven

        You have my sincere sympathies. I have three weeks of raking out, laying mulch, and washing the back porch & deck after a mountain of pollen.

        • Sarah

          Y’all are good. My garden still bears the dead skeleton’s of last year’s tomatoes.

          • decormaven

            No, I am propelled by necessity. Mulching early is a necessity here in the ATL area. There’s nothing worse than slogging mulch when it’s 80-plus and you’re swatting mosquitoes every other breath.

            • Sarah

              Good point. Richmond will be hot as heck soon, too, but I have to wait for things like gardening until after my semester’s over.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Would someone like to come teach me how to garden?

        • Shibori Girl

          I am with you re the pollen. The trees here are all attempting to get “dates”. They are all dangling phallic looking things, producing fuzzy yellow pixie dust and shooting come-hither looks at the bees. Hang in there. A friend recommends showering at the end of the day to eliminate any pollen that stuck to you during the day. I recommend nasal spray and an adult beverage.

          Swiftlytiltingplanet,

          The secrets of gardening, as far as I can see are as follows:

          Find a sunny spot
          Fill raised beds with good dirt
          Buy healthy looking starts (life is too short to mess around with seeds)
          Water when things look dry
          Pray for good weather
          Know the day and time for the nearest farmers market so when everything bolts, is eaten by a plague of pests, or fails to thrive from shear cussedness, you can still make a nice salad.

          • decormaven

            Yes. I call those phallic things “tree boogers.” They are covering the driveway as we speak. That’s why I am holding off spreading mulch yet; those things need to drop and blow away.

      • Qitkat

        Oooh, you’re in Seattle. Mr Q and I will be visiting the area around June 23-28, after we spend a few days in Cannon Beach OR.
        I’d love to hear any recommendations for fun stuff to do, any events going on etc. Thanks in advance :)
        We’ve got to get on some place to stay. Looking at Bainbridge Island or nearby.

        • Shibori Girl

          I will think about it (when I am not pooped and send you a note.). Bainbridge island is so beautiful!

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

          Do you have time to take the ferry to Vancouver? You’d love Butchart Gardens in Victoria.

          • Qitkat

            That would be BC right? I wish, but don’t we need passports? Don’t know if there is time to renew. I’ve heard they are lovely.

            • Qitkat

              @IAMSOBZ:disqus , I saw the comment with the link. How sweet of you to look it up for me. I will definitely check into this, I wasn’t aware of any card options.

          • decormaven

            That’s on my bucket list. Fairyland, indeed.

    • MilaXX

      Spring cleaning and attempting to do more decluttering/Goodwill donation. I am not domestic AT ALL and its all making me grumpy.

      • decormaven

        You will be glad you are decluttering. When you remove the unnecessary, you can focus on the things you really love.

      • Jackie4g

        I threw out 18 VHS tapes (exercise mostly with deep knee bends these arthritic knees can no longer do) and one garbage bag of give away clothes.
        Now I have to do that 30 times more and all will be well.

        • MilaXX

          last decluttering round I found a case of 24 blank VHS tapes. I used to record like crazy

          • Jackie4g

            What will become of our own media if we’ve still got photographs and VHS tapes and such? I personally have stereo equipment and a turntable and records, etc. I have a painted “townhouse” storage tower filled with VHS movies and CDs. I use a DUMB phone. I still have a land line. When the technology becomes the only thing available, I’ll switch, but until then, some of my antiquated stuff is staying. However, I can, with clear conscience, give away a metric ton of clothes.

            • decormaven

              Ha ha! When things slow down one day, I’m getting a MP3 turntable to convert my vinyl. I used to work at a record store, so I’ve got a pretty large collection. I still have my turntable as well.

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

              I just keep in mind a friend of mine who realised that the only copy of his CV was on a floppy disc, just after he got rid of the computer that had a floppy drive! He’s stuck in his current job until he can retrieve it or rewrite it from scratch!

    • Paula Pertile

      I’ll be tucked in drawing all weekend. And trying not to obsess about the squatters living in the empty house next door (at least they’re quiet).
      Hey, is anyone else watching Fargo?

      • Sarah

        I’ve got it recorded but haven’t watched yet. Drawing all weekend sounds really nice.

      • decormaven

        There was a piece on it in Entertainment Weekly; haven’t had a chance to check it out yet. Being cable-free means I am really choicy on what merits a single or season-view pass.

        • Paula Pertile

          I’m really loving it. If you liked the movie Fargo, you’ll like this. Its a different story and cast, but the same ‘feel’. And accents! Its very dark humor, and very fun.

          • Aidan B

            Good to know! I only recently saw the movie for the first time and liked it a lot more than I expected too. The accents were definitely the best part.

      • malarson2

        LOVING it! Dark and hilarious. The teens love it, too. It’s always nice to have a show we can enjoy together. Sometimes they even put down their phones for intense viewership. Also: Justified, Orphan Black, The Americans, Turn, The Good Wife, GOT, Mad Men (natch), Louie, Broad City, About a Boy, and The Goldbergs. And those are shows that are actually on RIGHT NOW. There’s so much more good stuff waiting for me in Netflix/Amazon that I have yet to get to. What an awesomely embarrassing problem to have.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Love the lounge this week. I binge watched Royal Pains on Netflix the last few weeks (it’s cute enough, highly predictable but good background tv) and decided to watch Mad Men from the start. I still can’t get over how much Kiernan has grown.The weather is calling me outside, thus time to get the flower beds ready for spring and summer….which means my body will hate me on Sunday and I will resume my position in front of the television.

      • decormaven

        You’ll be glad you have invested time in Mad Men- the first four seasons are sublime. Season 5 is the turning point. Season 6- gird your loins.

        • Jessica Freeman

          I have watched it all…many times. It’s just that good.

          • decormaven

            Yep! It’s my Tummy TV- I listen to it on headphones from IPhone as I go to sleep.

      • Violina23

        I was late to the Mad Men Party too… binge watched and finished towards the very end of season 5. I’d agree with most that Seasons 5-6 aren’t quite up to the bar set by Seasons 1-4, but it’s still better than so much on TV, it’s fascinating in almost all respects.

      • FibonacciSequins

        I’ve never heard of Royal Pains – I’ll look it up. I’ve never re-watched Mad Men, I’m holding off on doing that until after this season.

        • Jessica Freeman

          Don’t have high expectations on the level of Mad Men…just a cute little show. As I said, highly predictable, but that’s not always a bad thing.

          • Lisa_Co

            Speaking of TV shows, for all those interested in (and who greatly appreciated Uncles a TLo post on it) The Bletchley Circle, I’m sorry to report that ITV has cancelled it. I just learned of this last night from the IMDB message board:( For anyone who’s interested, there is an online protest on the show’s IMDB page.

            • Jessica Freeman

              I did finally watch that. It’s still on Netflix as far as I know.

            • SierraDelta

              WHAT IDIOT CANCELLED BLETCHLEY CIRCLE?

    • Kent Roby

      I had a fun week; Wednesday I saw the Drag Race tour here in New Orleans with 2 close friends, and we were given VIP access before and after the show thanks to a certain leading competitor in the current season. I had great conversations with Michelle Visage, Pandora. Carmen, Sharon, and Jinx; I spoke briefly with Ivy Winters, Phi Phi, and Mimi. This is one talented bunch. Most of them sang, Pandora and Jinx SLAYED with their comedy, and Carmen’s body is so ridiculously perfect in real life that words don’t suffice. I have to say that the group is also really approachable and down to earth. Incidentally, Jinx will be doing her own show all summer in P’Town; I can’t wait to see it as well. Y’all catch the Drag Race tour whenever it’s anywhere close to you!

      • Sarah

        Fun! Lucky dog.

        • Kent Roby

          I tell myself that daily! Last night I walked over to House of Blues to hear two North African groups play 4 hours of amazing music, Monday evening my dog and I followed a jazz funeral that went right in front of my house, tomorrow I will bike over to the Jazz Fest and to a crawfish boil afterwards…I’m definitely loving life in the Quarter!

          • decormaven

            You are killing me! The Jazz Fest is heaven on earth to me. Have some couchon de lait for me!

            • Kent Roby

              I would , but I’m pescetarian now !

            • decormaven

              Understand. I think Omar the Pie Man is still there- at least his kids run the booth.

          • Kent Roby

            Oh, shit, gotta run; I hear the fireworks starting (are on the river, but I can see them from the front of my house)

            • marlie

              Showoff.

            • Kent Roby

              He he. If it makes you feel better, I endured a difficult Easter weekend in my hometown where I’m always fearful of being lynched or sent off for re-programming; I literally cheer when I cross back over the Louisiana state line driving back home. Having that tough weekend has made me particularly giddy over my life in New Orleans, hence the obnoxious gushing.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              It’s not obnoxious, you’re just loving le bon temps!

            • decormaven

              Hey, enjoy it to the nth degree!

            • formerlyAnon

              Gush away! You are not bragging, you’re savoring. Too many times we forget to do that.!

            • marlie

              What you experienced over Easter isn’t something I’d wish on my worst enemy. Glad you made it through the weekend though, and are back to somewhere where you feel safer and more comfortable being yourself. xoxo

          • Sarah

            Yess! Hearty approval for all your pursuits!

          • Kitten Mittons

            Didn’t know you were in New Orleans. I’ll be at jazz fest today too!

            ROBERT PLANT!

            • Kent Roby

              Yay! Yes, I’m very excited about seeing Robert Plant with a few million of my closest friends, ha!

            • Kitten Mittons

              I know. Santana was pretty crowded last night from the little we saw of him, so I’m sure it will be packed. But for Plant, I will endure it.

              ETA: Happy Festing!

            • decormaven

              Oh, that will be fab. Nothing like the Fest! Robert Plant should be amazing. Still got the vocal chops.

            • Kitten Mittons

              It was AMAZING! Today was just about perfect, top to bottom. A great New Orleans kinda day.

            • decormaven

              So glad for you. I love Congo Square, and the gospel tent is not be missed. It’s like all the best music in the world in one place.

    • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

      Lovely lounge, uncles!

      I am using every excuse in the book (no pun intended) to *not* write mine. Writing is tough, y’all. Also picked today to start counting calories. Damn am I hungry.

      • decormaven

        Have you had enough protein? A hard boiled egg is good on calories, and gets some protein in as well. It will help cut the hunger.

        • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

          I haven’t today but I do have protein powder on my grocery list, and I’m going to start making hard-boiled eggs ahead of time. Thank you for the idea!!

        • Kent Roby

          I also keep cans of no-salt-added black beans and chickpeas on hand for a quick addition to salads.

      • Kent Roby

        I’m been mostly vegan for about 4 months, and I find that I don’t miss meat as long as I keep plenty of spice/heat. Last night I tossed cauliflower in hot sauce and garlic and roasted it at 425 degrees for half an hour, was really good with practically no calories! I will roast practically any veggie (usually w minced or powdered garlic, pepper, and a light spray of Pam olive oil) to have around. Good luck with your quest; you will do great and feel awesome! PS: I’ve managed to convince myself that vodka-cran has no calories!

        • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

          That actually sounds AMAZING. I love spicy anything – I am definitely trying this! Thank you for the idea!!!

      • formerlyAnon

        Egg whites. The kind that come in a carton, usually in or near the dairy section. Since I cut way back on meat and am trying to reduce salt, they are my savior when watching calories. Egg white omelets with any sauteed veggies, with a smear of a really garlic-filled hummus or baba ganoush, with cheese if you’ve got the fat calories, with fat-free re-fried beans spiced up with cumin, garlic powder & salsa. I also use a good bit of chipotle Tabasco on ‘em if I don’t have time to actually spice things.

    • Aidan B

      Kittens, I just switched out my sweaters for my warm-weather gear and filled half a trash bag with stuff that doesn’t fit either my tummy or my lifestyle anymore. Now I want to go shopping! But as I’m putting a catering deposit down for my wedding tomorrow…better not :/ but I’ll take a drink in Dubai to start off the weekend, please!

      • Sarah

        Ooh wedding fun! I’m still clipping articles and pinning things because mine’s not til next year, but I’m excited for you! I go to the thrift store when I have no money to shop. Especially since you have to drop off some donations….right?

        • Aidan B

          Mine is next year, too! April 24. But we have our venue and photographer booked, so now I feel like I can start thinking about little details. When’s yours? And there are some high-quality thrift shops in my area, so maybe I’ll go snoop around!

          • Sarah

            We are narrowing it down – May I think. Maybe Memorial Day weekend. We’re having ours on family property, so it is not as hard to plan. Mostly just décor and getting the church booked.

            • Aidan B

              Nice! We wanted May but our venue was booked solid. It’s for both the ceremony and reception though, so at least we only had to worry about getting the one place!

      • decormaven

        Good luck on the catering front. And defintely check out the thrift store when dropping off donations. There’s always a treasure near.

        • Aidan B

          Thanks! The menu is promising and the prices are a steal compared to everything else we looked at. I’m excited to start talking food!

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

        My older daughter is getting married in August and I think we have most everything nailed down except for a dress for ME. (The two big things I have to do when I go to NY the first weekend in May is 1) TLo Book Party! and 2) go shopping for a dress for the wedding.) Deciding on the caterer was one of the hardest things, I think, so good for you AidanB for getting that deposit deposited. Finding a florist was a close second. Who knew there was such variability? One says, yes, we can get peonies in August, but not anemones; the other says exactly the opposite; and a third says, we can’t get either but howzabout some chrysanthemums?

        • decormaven

          Peonies – swoon. Not sure if you want to wrangle your own flowers; if so, Costco is a good bet.

        • Aidan B

          There really does seem to be a lack of stylish Mother of the Bride dresses out there; my mom and i did some looking online together and we had laughed ourself to tears by the end because all of it was so NOT HER. To be honest I’m a bit nervous about doing the flowers for this thing; I really don’t know what I want and I’m hoping it won’t cost an arm and a leg! Good luck getting yours sorted out!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      A quiet evening here at bitchycentral. I saw “Only Lovers Left Alive” this afternoon and if any Kittens are either Tilda or Hiddleston fans you owe it to yourselves to see this one. Seeing Tilda glide through Tangiers at night is such a pleasure, and Hiddles is mussed up and is delectable. It’s a languorous movie.

      • Kent Roby

        All BK’s love Tilda; it’s a universal law! Thanks for the suggestion, I will check that movie out.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The movie has such a dreamlike quality to it, and Tilda is exquisite.

          • Kent Roby

            Is Tilda ever less than exquisite? Gosh, I would watch her read a phone book.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Very true-to both statements!

    • sockandaphone

      well a coworker passed away suddenly monday night. I work at a family business, and this coworker was extremely well liked at work, so this work week has been beyond tough. It’s a bit draining repeating every day “yes, unfortunately, xx passed away….”
      So Im having a easy relaxing night, catch up on my shows, have some blue moon.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I’m so sorry. That must be so difficult for the family and everyone who works for them. Do be kind to yourself.

      • Sarah

        Sorry for your loss. That’s sad and I’m glad you finally have a night to relax.

      • Qitkat

        So sorry. That’s always such a shock, especially for a family business. I hope you can decompress for the weekend.

      • decormaven

        Decompression time for sure this weekend. That is a hard loss.

      • formerlyAnon

        Wow, that’s going to be affecting your workplace for a while. Hope the weekend is restorative.

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

      We are under a tornado watch here in NC. No actual damage in our area but a lot of scattered badness across other parts of the state. My husband says there was a huge hail storm (I’m at work, no windows) and all the gorgeous flowers on the azaleas, dogwoods, and hydrangeas have been decimated. I’m so bummed. Also, the yappy little dog next door somehow got out of their yard earlier this week and managed to come into our yard and kill one of the bunnies that reside on our property. Very sad, such a sweet little thing. We have great neighbors but it’s hard to not be angry about this needless slaughter.
      In good news, I’ve discovered the wonders of the gel manicure. OMG, no more cracked & peeling nails!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Sorry about the bunnies; what is it about yappy little dogs? Our neighbors across the street have two of the little things, and they are so yappy-but they do stay in their yard, thankfully.
        Hope the storm watch expires without any problems for you.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        Really hoping you won’t be jolting out of sleep by a tornado warning. That is such an eerie sound, especially at night.

      • Shelby

        I hope the storms have passed through. There’s little worse than tornado sirens at night… :-(

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

        The best part of the gel manicure is no drying time. You can leave the nail shop immediately and touch anything you want. Also, the ends don’t wear off. I’ve been wearing Butterfly, a lovely lavender and constantly get compliments on it, especially from men. Who knew men paid so much attention to nail color?

      • Qitkat

        Stay safe. We’ll cross our fingers for you. Too bad about the gorgeous flowers. Denver hail has done that too many times for us too.

      • decormaven

        April storms in NC can be dicey. Hoping the plants and bushes will rebound. Nature is resilient. Congrats on the gel manicure. In your line of work, it must be impossible to maintain nails.

    • SouthernGirlRena

      This bar has no corners or places to hide. It is like Introvert Hell. At least it is beautiful and looks comfy. I’ll just have to be brave an actually talk to someone. The weather here has been beautiful. Dogwoods, Cherry Blossoms, Bradford Pears and Azaleas are blooming everywhere. There is so much pollen in the air I have to use my windshield wipers to knock some off in or order to see how to drive but it is totally worth it.

      • decormaven

        Ha ha! I feel your pain. I’m out raking in it right now.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Fellow introvert, and I actually appreciated the circle…seemed like at least a better way to people watch…

      • Sarah

        All the same blooming where I live, too – and the wipers are totally necessary. I am running out of washer fluid. I love it! I don’t have allergies too bad, though; I feel sorry for the folks that do. As for places to hide – I’m totally an introvert, but I find that when I’m in a bar is the one place I’m not! It’s the drinks, of course, but I am able to talk to people and be the life of the party at a bar, but man I’ll need to go home and be alone after.

    • Munchkn

      I’d totally forgotten there’d be a Mad Style post until this evening. I saw the TLounge was open and thought I drop in. I’ve been busy this week with my kitty. I had to take him to the oncologist on Wednesday. I’d taken him to his regular vet a couple of weeks ago for some white bumps that had suddenly appeared on his head and ears. She referred him the the veterinary dermatologist who did a biopsy. Snorpi has mast cell tumors on his skin and it’s metastasized to one of his lymph nodes. His abdomen is clean, thankfully. He started chemo on Wednesday and had his second dose on Thursday. I do wish he was a bit more cooperative about taking the meds he needs for his tummy though. He does not like Benadryl even if you hide it in a Pill Pocket. Maybe if I cut them in half. We’re keeping our paws crossed.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        We’ll keep our fingers and toes and paws crossed for you and Snorpi-hope the chemo licks the bad stuff for him.

        • Munchkn

          Thank you, bitchybitchybitchy and Shelby, too. Every positive thought that goes out to the Universe helps.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Please give Snorpi a gentle hug from me.

      • Shelby

        So sorry! Many prayers for your cat.

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

        Poor Snorpi! Paws crossed.

      • Qitkat

        So sorry for your furry loved one. I hope it was all discovered in time so Snorpi can return to his normal kitty antics, and you can stop worrying. No cats in my life right now, but I always feel for those with problems.

      • decormaven

        Adding good thoughts for full recovery. Get lots of cuddle time.

      • KinoEye

        Sweet Snorpi. All my love and good vibes to you both, and hoping for a swift and complete recovery.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, good wishes for Snorpi’s recovery. Poor kitty, and poor you.

    • @Biting Panda

      Hellooooo Kittens. Am I too late for chickadee cocktails?
      I refuse to comment on this week. I did my best to end it on a high note. I got a jump on shit around the house and I took the kids out for dinner.
      I can already tell it’s going to be one of those weekends that are so busy they feel more like work.

      At least I have Orphan Black to look forward to.

      Mmmmmwah!

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

        It seems like in general the BKs had a better week. Last week’s lounge was full of illness, death and other dark things. This week is more about sunshine and planting gardens.

        I hope your week was not too bad. They go so quickly, I can’t believe it’s Friday again. Still no job. That’s my week.

        • Qitkat

          It must be hard to face another week without a job. I have no idea what it’s like out there looking. Keep up your good spirits the best you can.

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

            I thought I would have to deal with my age, but I’m not even getting interviews. I’ve had a couple of meet and greets, but one paid bupkes and I didn’t get a call back from the other one. Something had better happen soon or I’m out on the street.

            • Qitkat

              Oh no, I didn’t realize it is that dire :(

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

              Anybody have experience with a reverse mortgage? I have a lot of equity in my house.

            • malarson2

              I gotta guy. He’s in Oregon but if that helps you, I can get you his contact info. Is it, possibly, the right moment in your life to follow your true passion? To do what you’ve always thought you should be doing? House equity + time on your hands = the moment to do what YOU truly want to do right at this very moment of your life. And it doesn’t necessarily have to be a job.

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

              Thanks for the inspirational advice, but I’ve already had my dream job–more than once. At this moment in my life, I just want to be able to support myself and it does have to be a job. Hopefully, time for fulfilling fantasies will come again in the future.

            • malarson2

              I get it. Sending you the best.

            • decormaven

              Bless you! Looking for work is a soul sucking job. Mr. DM has done it three times since 2001; manufacturing in the US is not for the faint-hearted. Beaming good thoughts your way for FT employment. Until then, have you considered temping? That’s one way to get a foot in the door.

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

              I’ve applied with the temp agencies, but no assignments yet. Thank you for your continued good wishes.

            • decormaven

              Take heart, and do not get offended when receiving no reply from applications/resumes. The two times Mr. DM was out of work, there is no telling how many applications, resumes, etc., he sent forward- and never got a response. It can really weary the soul. Something is out there for you.

            • KinoEye

              I’m so sorry to hear that. My 63-year-old mother was recently (and cruelly) fired from her job and is starting the hunt again. I wish I could help — it’s a nerve-wracking position to be in, to say the least. Best wishes and all the luck in the world.

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

              I am still angry about that on her behalf.

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

              Quite a few of the people around me are looking for new jobs to no avail. At least we have each other to commiserate with.

              Thanks for your support. I hope your Mom finds work soon.

        • formerlyAnon

          Good luck with the hunt. I’m just in the phase of retooling everything I’ve been doing for years to market it differently and and investing time in projects that will showcase what I can do at my current job (the one that doesn’t pay all of my living expenses, and except for a couple of thousand dollars a year for travel and live entertainment, I live pretty close to the bone). I expect it will be at least 6 months, probably closer to a year before I can leverage something that will work long term. It’s scary if I think about it too hard.

          • SierraDelta

            fa, you’re such a powerful writer and so insightful — can you do anything with that? You’d make an excellent Dear Abby (but blessedly without the snootiness).

        • @Biting Panda

          I know your current state of unemployment has got to be causing you stress. Stay positive, believe the right fit is out there. All things are possible. Go team go! ; )

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, that’s positive attitude, and props to you for ending the week on a good note. That’s real Grown Up Badassness, there.

    • altalinda

      JUST finished what seems like a 3-week sprint to complete 3 major projects at work why keeping family members docile, if not happy. Whew! I hope to take the weekend off an do something truly lazy, like watching movies curled up with the dogs, visiting the farmer’s market…anything but writing a legal brief!
      The BKs are so interesting; I enjoy reading everyone’s comments.

      • decormaven

        One vote for the farmer’s market. And buy yourself some flowers- you’ve earned them.

      • formerlyAnon

        Sounds like a good weekend. Hope the depositions you mentioned went well.

    • tinyredlocks

      Hey, Yall! The lounge looks awesome and I totally need a drink. I’m going to be dancing in a showcase at Alvin Ailey and just started a 9 week rehearsal process. It’s grueling and I love every minute of it.

      Also, I think I’ll be able to make it to the party on May 3rd! YAY!!!

      • decormaven

        Fabulous! Congrats on the dancing opportunity, and enjoy the May 3 soiree.

        • tinyredlocks

          Thanks! I used to be part of a dance company, so I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to perform again. (Especially at this age… )

          • decormaven

            Wonderful! Dance is such a beautiful art form. I’m forever impressed with the work and dedication that goes into it.

      • formerlyAnon

        Dancing in a showcase at Alvin Ailey is definitely something to work into casual conversation as often as possible! Get your rest, healthy food, etc.

        • tinyredlocks

          Super sore at the moment. Drinking lots of water to re-hydrate.

          Trust me… I try to work that(OMG! ALVIN AILEY! SQUEEEEE) into every conversation I have. :-) It’s really hard to pry the grin off my face when I think about it. I love dancing. It feeds my soul.

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

      So, it’s 05:40 and I have been awake since 03:30 when the wretched fuzzbeast sent a plate flying to the kitchen floor. Now she is whinging because I won’t let her back into the kitchen until I’ve been able to get all the broken china off the floor. I couldn’t get back to sleep so I thought I might as well get up until I got sleepy.

      • Shibori Girl

        Wretched fuzzbeast? Would that be what I call ” felidae calamitai? One of mine kicked my coffee cup off the arm of my chair this morning. Charming!

      • Sarah

        Mine knocked a bowl of foil covered Easter egg candies off the dining room table last night, and spread them about the house with glee. We will be finding them for months, I’m sure. Found one under toilet just now. Sweet little jerks.

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

          Fun for cats, less fun for people!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I woke up earlyish on Friday to the sound of a thud from the hall bathroom. When I checked it out, Genghis had assuaged his boredom/frustration by knocking items off the sink….SOP for cats, I think. bored? annoyed? find something to bat about. If it makes a loud noise and/or work for the humans, so much the better.

          • Sarah

            Yep. This dining room thing is an epic battle in my house. The cats KNOW it is off limits, and would not think to jump on it if we were awake and could see them, but after we are shut in the bedroom for the night, all bets are off. Drives me nuts. I’ve tried putting things all over it (doesn’t work – more fun stuff to bowl!) and keeping it totally free of stuff, which works kind of, but I know they’ve been there because of the fur on my table. The price we pay for adorable furry companionship.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Indeed. I have a clear stamp that says “2000 years ago cats were worshipped as gods. They have never forgotten this”. I think that’s absolutely true.

      • KinoEye

        The mini fuzzbeast decided 4:00 was a great time to get up so I could play with her and exhaust her endless supply of kitten energy — kittergy? Now, she’s sitting happily on my shoulder as I TLo. She is truly a bitter kitten.

        • Sarah

          Shoulder kittens rock! My avatar sat on my shoulder for the two hour drive home when I got her as a kitten, and ppl on the interstate were so tickled to see my fuzzy goiter. She still tries to do it, actually. She is too big for that!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            Bartok sat on my should leaning against my head for periodically through our (8-hour) trip home. I’ve always wished I could have seen what that looked like. As he now weighs something like 16 lbs that’s not going to happen again!

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

            That sounds so nice! Urchin sat in her cage and swore at me the whole trip home (fortunately only 30 minutes). It’s the only time we’ve ever had her in the car (we’re walking distance to the vet) and we’re aiming to not have to do it again!

            • Sarah

              Yes, we are also walking distance. Nobody likes the car anymore. It is just Not Done.

          • KinoEye

            This one is great about riding in the car, too. She passed out during the 2 1/2 hour drive to my mom’s, only waking up to try and climb my shoulder at the very beginning and end. I hope she’ll always be good about the car like that, since I like to go back home and don’t want to leave her here, even if it’s just for a weekend.

            Alicia, Urchin is a fantastic name!

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

              Thank you! We were doing random word association and Urchin came up and we just knew that was it! We fear nominative determinism though, because she likes looking like a scruffy street urchin rather than a refined pedigreed princess.

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

        Ended up getting back to sleep just before 07:00. As a result I definitely feel like something the cat dragged in now!

      • alyce1213

        My dog Pippin and cat Morgane regularly chase each other through my apartment at 03:00. They have no qualms about scurrying across people in bed. I’d try to stop it, I could close some doors, but I’m often up at that hour anyway and it’s entertaining — until something hits the floor or one of them squeals. I sometimes find them asleep, spooning. By some miracle I’m not allergic to my cat — I just love her to pieces.

    • GeoDiva

      I actually had a nice week, so I am wishing all of my BKs and TLo much Aloha.

    • demidaemon

      Well, I’m working my way through Orange Is the New Black so I’m all caught up by the time the new season comes out. I am also attending my community college’s fashion show together. I’m taking my mother, but she has been saying, “You don’t want to sit next to me. I will look hideous.” I keep saying that I am not going to abandon her and no, she won’t look hideous. Sigh. But, hopefully, we’ll have fun tomorrow and I’ll report back on the fashion for everyone here. :)

      • Sarah

        Cool! For both OITNB and fashion show! Fun weekend.

      • decormaven

        Just tell her the show is on the stage. The fact that she’s up and about is a fashion statement in itself.

        • demidaemon

          Well, it turned out not to be a problem, since 75% of the audience decided schlumpy was the appropriate dress code. *grumbles about dressing appropriately*

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

            Andy Cohen was complaining on his show the other night about how schlumpily everyone else was dressed for a Broadway play he had just attended.

            • demidaemon

              hmm. Seems to be a recurring theme that has trickled down from travelling to all other modes of life. One I don’t necessarily approve of.

          • decormaven

            Ha ha! What passes for appropriate attire is baffling.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope she calmed down when she saw the people actually in attendance. And realized that however impressive and sophisticated she imagines your life to be, you really do work with normal (well, normal-ish) people!

        • demidaemon

          It actually ended up being mostly parents of the students involved, donors, and professors. I’ll give a fuller report later. Also, refer to my comment to decormaven. :)

    • UsedtobeEP

      It’s morning in EP-land, and I have been missing the lounge lately, but I wanted to say a quick hello to everyone. Scrolled through comments, hope everyone is well this morning. I have to stop going out on Fridays! (To Little League baseball games, before you protest.) Am enjoying Mad Men being back on but that doesn’t expose me to all of your comments.

      • decormaven

        And the way the Mad Men posts have been running lately, it’s a full time job wading through those. The dear uncles must have eyestrain from working this board.

    • KinoEye

      Well, the kittens who remember my epic saga of work dissatisfaction last week may be disappointed to hear, as I was, that the potential job pays a good $7K less than what I make now. I can’t justify such a huge drop in pay at the moment, no matter how dire the situation is. And I’m not pleased with the smoke and mirrors routine the interviewers did with me regarding pay, so it doesn’t seem like they’d be much better than the assholes I work for now.

      So, back to the hunt for me — maybe this time I can find something in the same city where my mom lives, so I can help her out with house taxes until she finds a new job. It’s still a good weekend. Mom’s visiting and it sounds like she just pulled up with bounty from the local organic dairy farm. Much love and happiness to all the kittens!

      • Qitkat

        Enjoy your mom’s visit and all the fresh goodies. It sounds lovely.
        I don’t envy those kittens in the job hunting woes, best of luck in the future hunt.

      • Sarah

        I hate it when potential employers lie about pay. I am always trying to find a gov’t job, and they will post the salary range on the job listing – something with a 12G gap from lowest to highest, usually. It makes it hard to figure out if it’s worth applying – will they hire me at the pay I’m requesting or will they go for someone who’s willing to take the lowest number? Or worse, do they interview me and then pass me over for someone who is willing to take the lowest number? So frustrating. I know I’m lucky to be hunting while still employed, but it is a bitch to hunt anyway. I’m glad you have a good attitude! Enjoy your visit with Mom.

      • Shibori Girl

        Oh honey, I am so sorry! Sounds like bait and switch to me. My fingers are crossed for the better opportunity around the corner. Enjoy you mom’s visit and remember that one of the mysteries of the working world is that sometimes there are more rectums than humans in the room!

        Hugs to you and mom!

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

        That is so disappointing. The evaporating mirage is the pits.

        • KinoEye

          Evaporating mirage is a good way to put it. But if they lied to me right off the bat, that doesn’t bode well for how they would treat me or anyone else. Why is it so difficult to find honest employers? Bah, I say.

          • Gatto Nero

            Good that you found out now, I guess.
            Wishing you all the best!

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

            You are absolutely right, of course.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, crap. Good hunting. Glad your mom is visiting!

      • another_laura

        It’s such a drag to be on the job hunt. Chin up, darling, sending good wishes your way.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Glad that Mom is visiting with bounty from the farmer’s market; sad for you that the interviewers were playing with smoke and mirrors..Grrr.

      • decormaven

        I believe you’re in newspaper editing- that’s got to be a tough road with print budget cuts. I assume you scan Editor & Publisher. Are you wedded to this line of work, or would you consider looking at editing for journals, etc.?

        • KinoEye

          I’m definitely not wedded to it, since the only ways to survive in that field are to either work for a community newspaper (what I’m doing now) or get lucky enough to land a job at one of the old titans. Unlikely, since they’re cutting corners like crazy. I’m looking at pretty much anything that has a skill set related to mine, which will increase the odds of me finding a job in the city where my mom lives. Just applied for something else in that area — crossing my fingers, toes and eyes!

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

            I’m seeing a lot of want ads for digital editing jobs, even on Craig’s List. Have you thought of becoming virtual? With a job like that, you can usually live wherever you want.

          • decormaven

            Would you be open to working remote? If you are trying to locate near your mom, that may be a way to approach it. Look at mediabistro.

      • Anna

        Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that :-(. Job hunting is just the worst, so demoralizing. It probably is for the best you didn’t end up there if they were so evasive regarding the pay, but doesn’t make it any less disappointing. I like to think that the ones that don’t pan out just means there’s something even better on the horizon.

        Keep up the positive attitude and I hope you enjoyed the visit with your mom!

    • Anna

      Getting together with friends I haven’t seen in awhile for brunch and some fangirling when we watch Only Lovers Left Alive this afternoon. CAN. NOT. WAIT.

      Have a great weekend, kittens!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Only Lovers Left Alive-I hope you all enjoy it. I was silently squeeing at the fabulous Swinton and HIddles yesterday!

        • Anna

          We did enjoy it, thanks! SO much squeeing over Swinton and Hiddles! SOOO much cheekbones. My God, those two together were wonderful to watch.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            So glad you all enjoyed the flick. I could sit through it again and be happy. Hiddles and Swinton were meant to be together, and I thank Jim Jarmusch for this film from the bottom of my BK heart!

            • Anna

              I will definitely be buying this one on blu-ray. I’m SOO glad Hiddles replaced Michael Fassbender, it just wouldn’t have been the same. I loved them as Adam and Eve, if the entire movie involved just having to stare at them in Adam’s living room, I’d have been happy with that. Thank you to Jim Jarmusch, indeed!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I didn’t know that Hiddles replaced Fassbender. As much as I like Fassbender, Hiddles and Swinton were such a perfect pairing in this movie. Will wait impatiently for the DVD!

            • Anna

              I only found out recently as well. I like Fassbender as an actor and he certainly is capable, but it would’ve been totally different dynamic if he’d been cast instead. Hiddles and Swinton were absolutely perfect together.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              It would have been a different dynamic.I totally believed Swinton and Hiddles as a longtime(very) couple.

            • Anna

              EXACTLY. I’m trying to picture her with Fassbender and it just doesn’t work.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Hiddleston pulled off being very tightly wound and controlled, which made his fits of anger that much more effective.
              When Adam and Eve were walking in Tangiers and he responded to one of the men “Not what I need”-wow!

            • Anna

              He is VERY good at that. He comes across as having this goofy/dorky public persona, but when he does fits of anger, it’s something to behold. I noticed the same thing with his performance in The Deep Blue Sea.

    • MannahattaMamma

      I live in Abu Dhabi! It’s alllllmmmooooost Dubai. Or DoBuy as we like to call it. And it’s Saturday for the Uncles but tomorrow it’s Sunday and in this part of the world, that’s beginning of the work week.

      • Qitkat

        One of the fun things about this blog is the world-wide gathering of Bitter Kittens!
        DoBuy, that’s so funny. I guess most everyone assumes there are many pricey shiny objects to toss one’s money towards there. :-)

        • Shibori Girl

          Hey, Qitkat, once I have assembled my list of favorite things in Seattle, for your perusal, how do I get it to you? Shall I post it in next weekend’s lounge? Having just attempted to electrocute myself with the heating pad, I think I am done for the night. Thank God for circuit breakers!

          • Qitkat

            Oh goodness, that sounds like quite a misadventure. So glad you are alright!
            Sure, you can post it next week’s lounge. I certainly didn’t mean for you to spend too much time on it. I appreciate anything you want to pass on. If it is very long I could give you an email address, as I have one I keep for public occasions, rarely used, but I would be ok with that. Just reply back if you want it, otherwise I will look for you on the next Lounge.
            Stay safe, Shibori Girl!

    • SportifLateBoomer

      T and Lo, any sense of how late you’ll be at the book signing/party on 5/3? I would like to get there and will be coming in from suburbia. Do I get some kind of BK credit because the reason I can’t make it earlier is i’m going to a screening of the Advanced Style documentary? Who else here is going?

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

        That’s a good excuse! There’s one at the V&A that I am hoping to get to.

    • formerlyAnon

      Hey all. Better late than never – time is running away more quickly than usual this week, it seems. I absolutely believe that the participants in the various secret cabals who make decisions for the rest of us (Pointy long talons shall be seen! Sheer over granny panties shall hang on forever!) will have drinks here. They’ll be plotting strategy in small groups while casting an eye across the circle on other small groups, in order to lip read.

      Haven’t read through it all yet, but I am guiltily inspired by those embarking on major cleaning. Had a good week, finally! heard some good news from/about one of my usually-unrelentingly-cursed friends, got some work done, went to hear Bobby McFerrin on the last of my student discount tickets. (He has an awesomely good stage band.)

      Found out my August trip to London might fall through, but I can live with that. There are several other cheaper trips that can be taken with the money, which I probably shouldn’t be spending right at this minute anyway. Except we’ll all be dead a long time, so a little judicious irresponsibility is sometimes called for.

      • Sarah

        Bobby McFerrin is great. It is a shame how a lot of people only know him from That Song (that gets in your head). Sorry about your trip! I hope you can still do something neat. Great news about your friend, too.

      • Qitkat

        We all seem to have met a few friends like that, at least I have, and sometimes am that friend, so it’s good that your friend’s fortunes are looking rosier. Ugh, what a crappy sentence, and using ugh in the old-fashioned sense, as I’ve noticed that it is also used these days to express enthusiasm, which I shall never get used to. I digress.

        It is too bad about your London trip, I think I would not be nearly as sanguine. But in the arena of being dead a long time, I hope to take two trips this year, to make up for the Several Years Past of NO Trips. Wishing you to find something much more than satisfactory, mahvelous even to take its place.

        Since I only know BMcF from that song, I am glad to hear he is fun to hear for reals. I still like this lounge (those vivid colors, those textures, the echoing spheroids), but would not be able to relax much (hell, it looks slightly uncomfortable anyway) while picturing the meeting of those shifty-eyed characters.

        • formerlyAnon

          I had a great day in London on a trip to England nearly 30 years ago (god, it feels like 5 – how fast time slips by!) and want badly to go back, but since I won’t have to try to dredge up my minimal skills in another language, I don’t have to drive to get around the city, and none of my goals are athletic, it’s on my list of places I figure I have another 20+ years to get back to if I remain ambulatory. ;-)

          • Qitkat

            It’s very optimistic of you ;) I do hope nothing changes, but I’ve learned all too well what a difference 20 years will make, hell, even 5 years. Life as you must know has the most inconvenient curveballs just waiting to be pitched, unexpectedly. I’ve reached a realistic stage of not assuming anything, especially not the ambulatory part. I guess what I’m saying, is, don’t wait that long. If only, we could, you know, keep time in a bottle, just as Jim Croce once sang, but was denied those years he surely thought he had for himself.
            Apologies if I’m bumming you out. I’m bumming myself out. April is a wistful month, for all kinds of reasons, some personal.

            • formerlyAnon

              It’s smart advice, not bumming me out at all. The reality is that I really want to go back for a longer visit, but I won’t regret not doing so on my deathbed, ya know? I enjoy travel, but I don’t have the yen for it many people do. And I’m not planning to put this trip off till my 70s – but as I triage some of the things I want to do, there are definitely more physically and mentally ambitious ones. The world is so full of a number of things!

            • Qitkat

              As you most often do, you’ve put a well-reasoned consideration out here. I especially like your use of the word “triage”, in a way I hadn’t previously considered.

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

            My grandmother still comes over every so often (strangely, never manages to see me when she does!) in her mid 80s and blind in one eye, so yes, you have loads of time!

            • formerlyAnon

              I can’t imagine traveling any significant distance and not at least having coffee with a grandchild – but that’s easy to say without knowing the context. (I’ve certainly been within a hundred miles of cousins I was close to in childhood and now haven’t seen for years without even thinking about trying to see them.) How far away does she come from?

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

              She’s in Australia. We’re not close (awkward family history) but when we were living in the same country I’d go see her 3 or 4 times a year.

    • JimiG

      So glad you will be writing about Orphan Black. That’s as exciting as the start of the new season.

    • decormaven

      He’s bonafide! He’s a suitor!

      • Gatto Nero

        Loving the “O Brother” reference.

        • decormaven

          One of my favorites!

    • Qitkat

      She does sound like a better fit for him than supermodels and ex-wrestlers. A brain power match perhaps? Along with filling his need for a beautiful arm accessory. Ha, it’s all celebrity gossip at this point. ‘Engaged’!

      • Gatto Nero

        Yes — love the quotes!

        • Cheryl

          We all know that Mrs. George Clooney the First is also Mrs. Roger Sterling the First, do We not?

          • PastryGoddess

            Yes! I remember when I started to watch her name looked familiar and looked her up

          • Gatto Nero

            Talia Balsam — who is married in real life to John Slattery and is all kinds of fabulous.

    • formerlyAnon

      There’s many a slip ‘tween cup and lip, (to quote a proverb I’ve never heard anyone use in real life, EVER, but my reading is broad.)

      So maybe all that existential angstiness about being alone on the road is combining with Mama Nature’s sneaky wiles to get us all to procreate.

      Married or not, if it lasts another year they’ll get a baby out of it, is my prediction. And it’s probably sentimental nonsense, but I choose to believe that if they DO marry, George’ll try to make it work. The fact that he’s been happily single and treated like a demi-god for decades will work against his efforts to realize that the world does NOT revolve around him, and either SHE will divorce him or they’ll make it to his old age. Maybe even hers, if he’s exceptionally long-lived.

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

        He is certainly not a serial fiance, unlike Johnny Depp. I do believe that if he is engaged this time then the relationship has a fair chance of success.

    • PastryGoddess

      Hello everyone, I missed you this weekend. I’ve been teaching and hiking. And now I have to go and steal some wine.

    • Sally

      Almost time! Will there be a Betty sighting?

    • Eric Stott

      What movie?

      • Cheryl

        Model Shop by Jacques Demy

    • Cheryl

      Playing hookey at the movies again.

    • PastryGoddess

      Lord Don…get over yourself

    • Sally

      Dawn is not your secretary anymore, Don.

      • PastryGoddess

        And she’s realizing it too

    • Eric Stott

      Is Megan on drugs?

      • Cheryl

        I have a feeling Megan isn’t a very good actress.

        • PastryGoddess

          I have a feeling Megan knows she isn’t a good actress

    • Eric Stott

      Oh- the hair on that stewardess..

    • Sally

      Lou is such a prick.

    • Sally

      Betty!!!

    • PastryGoddess

      If that was Lou being nice…diety help us

      • Eric Stott

        He’s such a schmuck that even if he’s correct it comes across as assholeism.

    • Eric Stott

      BETTYBETTYBETTY!

      • Cheryl

        FRANCINE!!!

        • Eric Stott

          Between then there’s at least a full can of Adorn in their hair.

    • PastryGoddess

      Bitch’s words cut like a knife

      • P M

        Betty is old money and Francine is now solidly middle-class. Betty’s lording it over her.

      • P M

        Ouch. Her and Loretta. OUCH.

    • Eric Stott

      She’s either drunk or high

      • Sally

        High, i think.

        • Eric Stott

          yeah – it’s California.

    • PastryGoddess

      And now we start speaking the truth…

      • Eric Stott

        and she makes it all about Her

    • Sally

      Awkward.

      • PastryGoddess

        indeed

    • PastryGoddess

      Didn’t see that coming so soon

    • Sally

      I hope Megan doesn’t disappear. How will we keep the Sharon Tate rumors going?

    • PastryGoddess

      Has Don found his new wife

      • Cheryl

        I thought that was one of Sally’s friends.

        • Sally

          Or not. Or, I hope not anyway.

          • Eric Stott

            Maybe one of their mothers

        • PastryGoddess

          ewwwwww

        • Gatto Nero

          For a moment I thought it was Anna’s niece.

    • Eric Stott

      and the 60′s are beginning to swing.

    • Sally

      The orgy will be arriving soon.

    • PastryGoddess

      Love that dressing gown!

      • Eric Stott

        is it a smoking jacket?

        • PastryGoddess

          erm…or smoking jacket…

          • Eric Stott

            How very Hugh Hefner

    • Sally

      Damn, the balcony shot. I hate that.

    • housefulofboys

      I knew this was all coming, but I’m on pins and needles thinking of Don walking into the office on Monday morning.

      • PastryGoddess

        I can’t watch. Someone tell me what’s happening. Let me know if Lou and Don start brawling

        • Eric Stott

          Lou just dismissed him….and honestly I’d feel the same way.

          • PastryGoddess

            oooh BURN! I’m trying to decide if Peggy will be pissed or not

    • PastryGoddess

      hmmm anyone else willing to watch HCF in June?

    • PastryGoddess

      That was some serious side eye from Betty

    • Cheryl

      This is a bad idea.

      • PastryGoddess

        Yes but DRAMA

    • Eric Stott

      That is a very businesslike Peggy.

    • PastryGoddess

      Dawn is going to have to let Don know she’s not just a secretary anymore

      • Sally

        She will. Everyone except Michael seems a bit stunned.

        • PastryGoddess

          Michael and Meredith are both a bit dim

          • Sally

            Haha… I think Michael is just willing to go forward. And is happy Don is back.

          • Gatto Nero

            I think Michael’s really sharp — just socially inept. (And maybe a little nuts.)

            • kerryev

              And lately kind of a dick.

    • housefulofboys

      So where is Don sitting looking at his watch…is that before he went into the office, or after he gets thrown out? Tense.

      • PastryGoddess

        love your SN.

        • housefulofboys

          Ha, thanks! Husband, boys, dogs, I’m the only estrogen around.

          • PastryGoddess

            Ha! I come from a house with 4 brothers. me and my mom were the only females

            • housefulofboys

              Whew, I have three boys, it only feels like fourteen.

            • PastryGoddess

              I love the sound of silence. I tell people it makes up for 18 years of not having any

      • Eric Stott

        For a bit I wondered if it was reality & the walk through the office was fantasy.

    • Eric Stott

      Who steps in the cow muck?

      • PastryGoddess

        The winner is Bobby Draper

        • Malia C.

          I’m so impressed Bobby is the same Bobby as last season.

    • PastryGoddess

      This may be more awkward than the Megan thing

      • Sally

        Indeed.

        • PastryGoddess

          Was this a set up?

          • Cheryl

            I don’t think Roger really meant it.

            • P M

              I think Roger passed out after getting high.

    • Sally

      Wow, this is interesting. The not so triumphant return of Don.

    • Malia C.

      World War III at SC&P may be imminent. Also: F*** Lou Avery!

      • PastryGoddess

        That meeting is going to be a humdinger

        • Malia C.

          Never going to happen prediction: Roger and Jim wrestle in the middle of the creative lounge. Jim wins by default when Roger dies of a heart attack.

    • Sally

      I didn’t know you were going to eat. haha

      • Cheryl

        “Eat your candy” Mother of the Year

        • Malia C.

          Yeah, she still hasn’t grown out of her arrested development, has she – pouting over a sandwich? Jesus Betty.

          • PastryGoddess

            But it was HERS

        • Gatto Nero

          After giving her 12-year-old daughter a cigarette last season.

    • Malia C.

      Wow, Joan – Jim sure bought your loyalty rather easily.

      • Eric Stott

        I never thought Joan would throw Don under the bus

        • Malia C.

          Holy cow – Harry? :/

          • Eric Stott

            Harry is a pain, but he’s the most up to date and informed guy on the staff.

        • P M

          I think she’s trying to behave the way a partner “should”.

    • Malia C.

      Good for you Roger, bought friggin’ time you did something other than drop acid and bang hippies.

    • housefulofboys

      Yeah, Roger!!

    • Malia C.

      Is she STILL harping on the sandwich?

    • PastryGoddess

      She is still holding a fucking grudge 10 hours later!!!

      • Malia C.

        Honestly, maybe she should just drop on the floor and started sobbing uncontrollably. “I want my sammich!”

    • Eric Stott

      good lord, why don’t they at least repaint that kitchen?

    • PastryGoddess

      Best comeback ever from Bobby Draper

    • housefulofboys

      Damn, Peggy, that was ultimately bitchy.

      • PastryGoddess

        Peggy isn’t happy. And if she’s not happy, no one is

    • Malia C.

      No way it was a perfect day. You saw a braless woman milking a cow, Betty.

    • Sally

      Self awareness from Betty???

      • PastryGoddess

        More like self pity

      • Eric Stott

        with a dose of remorse and self pity

    • Malia C.

      YAY YAY suck it Lou Avery.

      Edit: Never mind.

    • Sally

      Foot in the proverbial door?

    • Cheryl

      OK??????

    • housefulofboys

      Report to Lou? Are you friggin’ kidding me? This is gonna be excellent.

      • PastryGoddess

        Maybe he’ll wind him up so much Lou will fly off his rocker

        • housefulofboys

          That’s what I’m hoping. I don’t think Lou has the brain power or temperament to go up again Don, and we’ve seen Lou burn even more bridges at the office than Don has.

        • Damien W

          Or Lou will wind Don up so much that the partners can find an excuse to dump him for good without having to pay him off.

      • Malia C.

        I have a feeling Lou isn’t longed for it. He’s such a prissy twit.

      • Gatto Nero

        I yelled at the TV.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        if don is on his game, he’ll make lou look like a total fool. i can’t wait!

    • PastryGoddess

      Oh Hello Naw! Report to Lou…as a partner

    • KayEmWhy

      Wha? Report to Lou?

    • Logo Girl

      Gene is too young. I am his age. Was not in a booster chair or being lifted out of my chair by my mom.

    • Sally

      Well! I cannot wait for next week.

      • Lisa_Co

        Well Weiner spent a chunk of change on that Jimi Hendrix music clip. Was it the lyrics (“I don’t mind”)? Or does someone about age 27 (Megan) die next week? OR BOTH????

        • decormaven

          If Six Was Nine! Perfect, perfect song.

    • Malia C.

      I’m shocked. AMC has given up hope on forcing people to sit through a replay of “Turn” before the “MM” replay? Huzzah.

    • Sally

      Poor Bobby. He was having such a good day.

      • Gatto Nero

        Betty has always had it in for him. The poor thing could never do anything right.

      • http://frankbettecenter.org/ sleah_in_norcal

        really. betty acted like she was the one in grade school, going home and pouting.

    • housefulofboys

      I cannot wait until the TLo commentary tomorrow. Mad Men always flies by, but I swear I thought it was about 10:30 when the final credits started rolling tonight. See y’all tomorrow!

    • Malia C.

      Anyone watching John Oliver’s new show? CC really missed out on keeping him for the post DS slot.

    • Damien W

      This is insane. That agreement was simply an excuse for the partners to dump Don at the first opportunity without having to buy him out. It was a set-up. And Don says “Okay.” Whatever is going on in his head? Does he just want Megan to move back to NY that bad? Is he that afraid of the big bad world out there? Is he going into a rubber room soon?

      Why is Joan against Don? I can understand Ted, he never really merged and he’s loyal to Ted. And Bert is a non-presence who likes his dividends and a clean carpet. But why is Joan so ready to let Don go? She’s moved up in the company, but she’s accounts and Don is creative. Why would he threaten her status?

      So is Roger next? He showed up late and drunk. I’m thinking they will find a way to get rid of him next, and he and Don and Pete will make some foolhardy attempt to start an agency,

      • Sally

        Does Don think he is too much damaged goods to get out in the world? He is a partner here. Was the offer the other guys made insulting? I don’t understand Joan either. Except she knows how office politics works. Don has a long way to go to prove himself.

      • FibonacciSequins

        It’s Don’s only opportunity to get his agency back. He’s gambling. If he fails, he can still get a job elsewhere. I’d like to see him and Roger and Pete start fresh, if it comes to that.

        Not sure about Joan. Maybe she just doesn’t want to give up her new office. I think she sees him as a liability, but knows his creative value.

        • Malia C.

          I still can’t figure out where it was left with Harry – is he fired? He would be a good pickup if Sterling Draper Campbell bolt (or are shown) out the door.

          • FibonacciSequins

            I’m not sure if Harry’s status has been made clear? If they do bolt, I hope they take Peggy with them.

            • Malia C.

              I’m getting a little fed up with Ms. Olsen. Her attitude this week and last has left a lot to be desired. I wonder what office she’ll be kicked into, now that Don’s taking hers.

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

        The stipulations were a ploy to make Don quit. They never thought he’d accept their terms. If he did, they could stop paying him, get back his shares and buy Harry a computer. Don called their bluff.

        • Damien W

          Maybe I’m missing something, but that doesn’t make sense to me — if he rejects the offer to come back under those terms, he’s still a partner that they would still have to buy him out under his current terms. By accepting the offer, he calls their ‘bluff’, but he risks his partnership stake. By saying yes he basically surrendered it to them when he could have guarded it by not signing and leaving it to lawyers.

          • siriuslover

            now that I’m thinking on it (and viewing it a second time), I wonder if Don is rising to the challenge. Like F-U, you wanna put these conditions on me? I’ve been putting them on myself, bitches! It was all kind of condescending. And, in what world did Joan think he could find a new job with his dignity intact if he had a non-compete clause in his contract? The partners “don’t work” as she suggests, since none of them have bothered to consult with each other. They just swept him under the rug and didn’t think anyone would actually turn the carpet over.

            • P M

              I just wonder how red Pete’s face will turn and how much he’ll hop up and down and pout (while secretly smirking to himself) about Don’s return and how they didn’t consult him! A partner! Goddamit!!

            • decormaven

              I’m pulling for a full on run the boards from Don. Go in there and outsmart the lot of them. And send Lou and his freaking tiki bar out the door, too.

        • siriuslover

          That’s a good way to think about it, because I was yelling, “WALK OUT DON, YOU HAVE AN OFFER, JUST WALK OUT!”

        • P M

          Is there also a sense of desperation in Don now, a sense that he’d better take this or else?

      • Lisa_Co

        Remember Joan was really pissed last season when Don fired Herb/Jaguar. She gave Don a speech about how they (the firm) always think about him and it would be nice if JUST ONCE,Don showed he was thinking about them.

        • Damien W

          True — but if that is Matt Weiner’s way of distancing Joan from Don, it’s sad that we’re to supposed to believe that all the bonding the two did in season 5 is suddenly negated. “Christmas Waltz” was one of my favorite episodes of all time. And she was touched by his chivalry when the rest of the partners were discussing trading her body for the Jaguar account. She shouldn’t be so personally cold about the situation.

          • P M

            I think she’s very very angry, deep inside, at Don.

      • decormaven

        Joan drank Ted’s Kool Aid.

    • Logo Girl

      Don is less important than a computer. How 70s

    • Aunt Tabby

      I think each partner contributed a “stipulation” for Don’s return. Cutler, of course, demanded the most insulting; that Don report to Lou Avery. Avery is Cutler’s inside man whose sole job is to squelch anything creative from the old Draper team leaving Ted the only creative star. Meanwhile Ted sits in the LA office doing nothing…

      Not allowing Don to pitch to clients solo, and having his pitches vetted by the partners will only work FOR Don. The partners will now be forced to witness the Draper magic, and will look like fools if they veto an obviously brilliant idea.
      Bless you Roger. That was probably his [and Bert's] “stipulation”. Bring it on!

      Pissy Pegs! Is she still so mad a Don himself, or is she more mad that Don’s screw up left her with Lou Avery? Lou Avery is also is clearly sabotaging her work.

      LOL! Meredith is Peggy’s new secretary!!!!

      LOL! Betty Draper at a FARM in heels, hose, and THAT PURSE, then drinking from a bucket! Golden! Smoking on the school bus, charming poor Bobby with her comic book “conversation” then crushing him over a damn sandwich. Not funny…

      Bobby’s teacher and Megan both go bra less. Just like Marlo Thomas on That Girl in 1969.

      Megan. Snooze. Bye. Unlike the strong connection made by the fabulous Sally Draper, Megan’s Hollywood story line and relationship just looks totally irrelevant to anything. Wrap it up.

      BTW, I was Sally Draper’s age in 1969. I just looked at my freshman year high school yearbook, and in my class and activities photos I had on a similar crochet vest, paisley shirt and mini skirt!

      .

    • kerryev

      I had to study late so just finished Mad Men. I swear I had begun to soften towards Betty. She’s even more The Worst than Lou.