T LOunge

Posted on May 30, 2014

Darlings, we’ve made it to the end of another week and we’re fixing to get ourselves some SWANK and DRANK going on.

TLOunge-5-30-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)

TLOunge-5-30-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Lang Bar, Waldorf Astoria Berlin

 

Perf.

But because our week never ends, you can expect to find not only our Orphan Black review over the weekend, but our first in what we hope will be a regular feature of movie reviews. First up: Maleficent, of course. Check back tomorrow for that one.

And in other T Lo poledancing, we played a round of #BeMeorDoMe Bingo with the sudden revelation that Chris Evans and Sandra Bullock are possibly a new and exciting celebrity genital combination, but even more importantly, we had one of those magical author moments where you find your beloved book nestled someplace you’re delighted to find it. If anyone sees our book on a table somewhere in a bookstore, send us a shot. We love that shit. Especially when it’s under a sign with the words “humorous” and “odd” on it.

How are the kittens doing?

 

 

[Photo Credit: waldorfastoria.com]

    • shirab

      Am I the first one here? I’ll just order a kir royale and sit on this banquette. This place is swank but looks like it might be loud, with the shiny floors and ceiling.

      • PastryGoddess

        It’s very Waldorf Astoria-y, but I’m not sure if I like it. Yes it does look loud

      • formerlyAnon

        I’ve had to admit that I am undeniably old (still lower case) now, because I complain about loud restaurants.

        • decormaven

          It’s all due to the trend of no carpeting and minimal textiles. Nothing to absorb the clink and clank.

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

            It’s actually done deliberately. Maybe to keep us grumpy old ladies away.

            • decormaven

              It’s working. I want to be able to converse during a meal. I am hoping hospitality decor will start taking in the need for enhanced acoustics. Let’s face it- boomers have hearing probs from too many loud concerts and kids have jacked the earbuds up one time too many.

            • formerlyAnon

              Yup. I go out with friends to enjoy their company, not bellow and strain to hear.

              (And that Outlaws concert in 1978 has a lot to answer for. 10 rows back from the speakers. Ears rang for more than a day afterwards. And I don’t even like the Outlaws all that much.)

            • decormaven

              Ha ha! I saw the Outlaws as well, at least I think I did. They were an opening act for Dan Fogelberg in 1975. We were late for the concert, so missed much of their set.

            • Jackie4g

              “Twas Foghat at the Academy of Music that done me in. Can’t even remember the year.

            • decormaven

              Probably 72 or 73.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              When one of my favorite DC restaurants, Jaleo, redid their decor a few years ago they decided to include painted floors in the restrooms that feature faces staring up at you. It’s a bit jarring, plus the new decor led to a much louder space.

            • decormaven

              Aww, I love Jaleo. I was there in 2007, so I figure the reno has been done since that time. Is the sangria still good?

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I’ve never had their sangria, oddly enough. The food is still great-I usually go with a good friend and we always try to mix a couple of our favs with some new items on the menu. I could cheerfully eat the bacon-wrapped dates and potato omelet at least once a week. Also their fennel and apple salad….yum!

            • decormaven

              Mmm! Their tapas are the best. Hoping to go to another conference in DC so I can eat there again.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              If you are in D.C. sometime, we’ll have to link up and hit Jaleo for sangria and tapas. As a retiree, my schedule is pretty flexible, and I’m always up for Jaleo.

            • decormaven

              It would be an honor and a pleasure. My oldest sis’s hubby hails from Chevy Chase- we used to go into DC all the time, back in the day.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Looking forward to meeting a fellowBK someday!

            • smayper

              Drooling…let’s order both of those, and I’ll have a sangria. Anyone else? A pitcher sound good?

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              A pitcher is so much more economical-so it makes sense to order one!

            • TLJezebel

              We’re not grumpy, dammit. You kids keep it down!

            • Peeve

              And get off my lawn!

          • formerlyAnon

            You left out the fad of high, open ceilings that are all exposed beams and brick/cinderblock.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              It’s just a matter of time before the trend turns again…..eventually we’ll be reading about designers saying how “diners want to feel comfortable, and to have an inviting space in which they can have a cozy conversation”….well, I can dream.

            • formerlyAnon

              God, please, before I get so old I can still go out but I can’t eat or drink anything challenging.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Yes, please. When I go to Jaleo in D.C. I tend to go on the early side of the evening before it becomes cacophonous.

          • Julie Ree

            I design restaurants and commercial spaces, and I thought I was the only one who had the loud acoustic issues. Thought I was just getting old, too. Clients come to us and say they want open ceilings and stained concrete floors mostly because they think it costs less ( it doesn’t). I have literally looked a client in the eye who said they wanted stained concrete and said no you don’t. Really good designers think about the complete experience including acoustics. Just sharing.

            • decormaven

              Thanks! Just gotta wait for this trend to pass. People need to understand that it is more than a flat space- it’s an environment, and acoustics play a big part in how it’s all perceived. Keep pushing with your clients!

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

              Fight the good fight! We also want handbag hooks under the tables and lights bright enough to read the menu by. Now get off my lawn!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              And turn down that music!

            • Sophie

              I have to disagree on the handbag hooks, unless they are strategically placed. I’m a bit paranoid when it gets to my handbag, since it usually contains quite a lot of things I’d hate to have to replace.

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

              Oh they definitely have to be strategically placed!

            • Kent Roby

              Yes, there’s a bar that I frequent (though I blame my sweet whippet Adam; he literally pulls me in there on our early evening walks so he can get treats and tons of attention; I grab a couple of cocktails while accompanying him!) where I occasionally bump my knee on the hooks.

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

              And turn down the air conditioning! It’s blowing right on me.

          • Grumpy Girl

            Oh now I am sad. I was thinking the seating was a velour-like substance–and I was loving the shade of blue. But if it’s something sleek (the textile, that is), ech.

        • smayper

          I always have! In my 20s I hated loud bars and loud college parties.

        • Qitkat

          Yep, I’m old too, and shrieky oblivious people at gatherings are obnoxious too. Even outdoors. We attended a high school graduation party this afternoon for a distant relative, when a group of adult women friends of the mom trooped in and briefly took over the sound system. The high schoolers were tame by comparison, and probably mortified. My husband and I were cringing. You would have thought they hadn’t seen each other for ten years instead of a couple of months.

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

            Hey, Qitkat! Where ya been? Is this the weekend you’re in Seattle?

            • Qitkat

              Hey back GC! I’m still around, just been trying to cut back a bit, to get real life stuff done :) Not in Seattle yet, we go June 18, four days in Oregon at Cannon Beach with family, then Seattle for a week, actually found a sweet cottage on Bainbridge Island, where we can hop off to Olympic NP, various sights in Seattle area, enjoy being leisurely on the island. Can’t wait!

              How’s the job hunt going? I saw your post about possibly applying for a visitors bureau job. Sounds like it would take someone with tolerance and patience and a sense of humor for oddball questions from tourists, and ability to keep a lot of esoteric knowledge foremost in your brain. Might be fun, if you are a big ‘people person.’

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

              Your Pacific Northwest trip sounds great. Have a wonderful vacation.

              The Visitors Bureau job is an administrative position, not dealing with the tourists although I wouldn’t mind that at all. I’m going to send in my resume to see what happens and will report back if I see any signs of traumatized employees.

            • Qitkat

              Thanks. It’s the first real vacation for the two of us since 2007, we’ve gone with the family for several weekenders but not spent any vacay time alone in way too long.

              Crossing my fingers that you get a job soon, and that it will be very much to your liking.

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

              Thanks, Q. I hope I have the luxury of getting one that I like instead of one I dislike being the only one offered. At this point, it’s pretty much whoever offers me a decent-paying job, gets me. (Boy, those are two very awkward sentences.)

    • kimmeister

      What a pretty ceiling!

      My company hires actual shepherds to bring sheep in to eat the dry grass on our large campus for fire hazard abatement purposes, and today they’re just outside my building! So cute.

      Just started season 3 of Downton Abbey last night, so looking forward to more episodes this weekend.

      • EditKitten

        Cute meaning the sheep or the shepherds? May it be both!

        • kimmeister

          Ha, I can’t say I’ve seen any of the shepherds up close. But my cuteness cup runneth over this week (after having seen a red panda on Monday) so I have no complaints.

          • EditKitten

            Oooh, I saw a red panda at the Atlanta Zoo last week — so cute!

      • MartyBellerMask

        Adorable!!!!!!

    • Kerri

      I will have a Moscow Mule (my new fave drank) and some Whose Line on the telly, please. :-)

    • PastryGoddess

      Hello! My birthday is tomorrow. Drinks on me all weekend.

      In other, news a friend of mine is moving to the opposite coast, so we’re having a going away party tomorrow.

      In other other news, The Taste of Three Cities is happening tomorrow and I’m planning on gorging myself on yummy food.

      In other other other news, I have no clue what’s for dinner tonight.

      • alyce1213

        Happy Birthday!

      • @Biting Panda

        Happy Birthday!

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

        Happy birthday from me, too!

      • Kerri

        Happy Birthday!

      • WendyD

        Have a lovely birthday weekend filled with tastiness of all kinds. :)

      • decormaven

        Happy, happy, happy birthday!

      • Anna

        Happy Birthday!

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        Happy birthday! Hope whatever was for dinner was something you didn’t have to cook. :)

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

        Happy birthday! Does the Pastry Goddess have to bake her own cake?

        • PastryGoddess

          Heck no! That’s what minions are for

          • smayper

            For your birthday, I hope someone hires you a brace of minions.

      • formerlyAnon

        Birthday wishes! Celebrate for at least a week. The older we are, the longer our birthday celebrations should be. Gotta pace ourselves. ;-) Plus, we’ve earned it.

        • PastryGoddess

          I usually go camping on my birthday weekend. But I’m going camping next weekend for National Trails Day, so yay.

          • decormaven

            If you don’t mind asking, where is the camping destination? Mr. DM & I don’t camp as much as we used to, but we still hike.

            • PastryGoddess

              I usually go to Shenandoah National Park and stay at Big Meadows (showers!) or Matthews Arm Campground. But I’ve done Ricketts Glen state park, Assateague Island, and Delaware Water Gap as well.

            • decormaven

              We’ve not done that area. Much of our adventure hikes have been centered in the Southwest/Southeastern US, with one foray to Canadian Rockies and a bit in French Alps.

            • smayper

              Assateague and Chincoteague are lovely! I went in the off-season with my mom and saw great wildlife. We didn’t camp, though. She’s 77.

            • PastryGoddess

              You’re lucky. During the summer, the mosquitos and chiggers are ridiculous.

            • Qitkat

              Omg, I lived at Big Meadows more than once, hubby interpretive ranger there back in late sixties til mid-seventies. Seasonal housing every summer, lotsa stories and memories, first son had his newborn baby home there. Have a blackberry ice cream at the camp store, the absolute best treat for summer. Sniff, haven’t been back in so many years.

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

        My birthday was today, and very little special was done. I think I will keep celebrating tomorrow, in honor of your birthday. and as someone said on this thread, we need to celebrate more as we get older.

        • formerlyAnon

          I find it much more efficient to plan my own birthday treats, and to space them as convenient. My loved ones mean well, but none of them really understand that garlic mashed potatoes with red wine can be far better than any birthday cake on the planet. (And all extrapolations from that example.)

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

            or MikeSells ruffled potato chips (Ah the Midwest) and french onion dip and white wine, as I am doing now, getting grease on the keyboard. I will do fun things tomorrow! Or look again at the Downton Abbey costume posts – amazing.

            • Peeve

              MikeSells are the best! (Especially covered in Esther Price chocolate!)

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

              I see we have another bitter kitten from SW Ohio!

            • Peeve

              Yep, a long-ago transplant from Michigan to Dayton. MikeSells, Esther Price candies, and Dorothy Lane Market are some of the best things about the place!

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

          A very happy birthday to you, too. I’ve always bought myself a present just to be sure I’d receive something I like.

          • decormaven

            Heck, yeah. Nothing like something you really want for your special day.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            And who better than you to choose something that you’ll adore? That’s my theory and I’m sticking to it.

        • PastryGoddess

          Gemini’s Unite!!

          Happy birthday to you. May you have many more

        • travelingcat

          It’s still your birthday for another 20 minutes where I am so it’s just under the wire officially. Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful extended celebration.

        • Grumpy Girl

          Happy belated birthday. I have found if I don’t do something myself for my birthday, the chances of something happening are relatively slim.

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

          Happy Birthday! Celebrate all week. In fact, someone found out today that she missed my birthday (… which was in September) and she is now determined to do something. I call that milking it!

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

            Thank you, and thanks to everyone who commented. I will indulge myself this week.

        • decormaven

          Well, go do something extra special for yourself. There’s only one you, you know.

        • Peeve

          …maybe you should celebrate all the way to…um…Flag Day? Then VictoriaDiNardo and I will take over until, say, July 4th.

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

            Sounds like a plan!

          • PastryGoddess

            I can do that. Actually it won’t be that hard. I hung out all this weekend. I’ve got friends coming into town this week. Then next weekend I’m going camping. I’m pretty sure I can find something to celebrate next week as well.

      • Paula Pertile

        Happy Birthday!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Happy Birthday-enjoy!

      • Peeve

        Ah, a fellow Gemini! All the best on your birthday. Thanks for the drinks! (Mine’s in 2 weeks.)

        • VictoriaDiNardo

          Mine too! ( Flag day too be exact, the least celebrated national holiday, except in this house! )
          Happy birthday fellow Geminis! Cheers!

          • Peeve

            Mine’s Flag Day as well! As a little kid, I thought all the flags out that day were for me. Then I found out that it was just a holiday no one really observed…

            • VictoriaDiNardo

              Ha! My dad told me the flags were for my birthday. I stopped believing him around the same time I realized that he was saying the white streaks in his hair were house paint and we had stained our house brown the year before!

              A few of my friends continue to remember my birthday on Bastile Day!

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

              As I recall, I used to think the parade in my hometown was for Memorial Day – and for me too!

      • Kate4queen

        Happy Birthday!

      • Sarah

        Happy B-day, and a wonderful year to come, I hope!

      • travelingcat

        Happiest of birthdays to you!

      • Grumpy Girl

        Happy Birthday!

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

        Happy Birthday!

      • Violina23

        Happy Birthday!

      • PastryGoddess

        *smooches* Thank you all for the birthday wishes.

        I would just like to say. My 79 year old grandfather left the house on Friday night around 10pm. He didn’t come back in the house until 9am on Saturday. Me on the other hand, I was in bed by 1am.

        I have no clue how he does this.

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

          I do NOT have the stamina for all-nighters any more! That’s amazing!

    • juniper

      always love me some TLo.

      I am glad the week is over. Here at UCSB it has been a struggle after the Isla Vista tragedy. I grew up in IV and now work at UCSB. We are all in shock right now and I’m sure most of us need this coming weekend to get some rest, hug a loved one and continue to heal.

      In other completely unrelated news because I am reminded that life is just too short: if you like food/cooking, please check out my blog: juniperinherhair dot com.

      • MartyBellerMask

        Big, strong, hugs to you and your community.

      • kimmeister

        My thoughts are with you and the community. I was born in SB and lived in Goleta for my early childhood. Totally surreal that it could happen right there.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I am so sorry-my sympathy goes out to you and your community.

      • decormaven

        Sending peaceful thoughts to you and those around you.

      • formerlyAnon

        Life is short. Sympathy for you and your coworkers and neighbors.

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

        Some nice looking stuff on your blog!

        My thoughts have been in Isla Vista this week – take care of yourself!

      • Qitkat

        So sorrowful for another tragedy. Blessings to you and all in your community.

    • MilaXX

      My BPPV has been acting up this week making for not so fun times. On the other hand it means I’ve been home most of the week and am currently on season 4 of Mad Men rewatch,

      • kimmeister

        Sorry about the BPPV. I hope the kitty has been an understanding companion.

        • MilaXX

          Thanks. Unfortunately kitty is aloof an donkey cares that there is kibble in the bowl

      • decormaven

        Have you tried Epley maneuver? BPPV is no fun.

        • MilaXX

          ENT gave me a printed sheet of the exercises but I just put in a call today to see if I can get a P/T referral

          • decormaven

            Fingers crossed. It’s so tricky to treat- a real grab bag.

      • formerlyAnon

        That must be insanely frustrating. Hope you get some help figuring out how to keep it from interfering too often with life.

    • MartyBellerMask

      It’s hot here. I’m hot. Last couple months were the only all year where we didn’t use heat or A/C. And I fell in love with the electric bill. I’m fighting turning on the A/C (especially since I’m pinching pennies for an upcoming road trip)… but I don’t think I can take much more.

      In other news, I just ordered “Be Me Or Do Me”! Hopefully it will arrive in time for said road trip!!

      Off to have a very cold beer.

      • kimmeister

        If you don’t mind my asking, in what area do you live?

        • MartyBellerMask

          Texas! It’s only going to get worse. In two months, we’ll be begging for this weather again.

          • kimmeister

            Oh no! I’m actually going to be in TX at the end of July! (Dallas/Arlington area.) I’m dreading the weather already. I’m not accustomed to humidity, so any tips about what to pack in terms of clothes or makeup would be appreciated!

            • formerlyAnon

              Layers. Breathable fibers. Bottom (visible to the public layer) should be as abbreviated as you will allow yourself to be in public, and all breathable fibers. Other layers as you deem fit to deal with air conditioned places which will range from barely cooler than outside to walk-in freezer in the Antarctic.

              Makeup is a lost cause. Bring blotting papers. (Also, sunscreen, and a broad brimmed hat if you will wear one and will be outdoors any significant time.)

            • kimmeister

              Thanks! I welcome any excuse to wear an awesome diva hat and not look like a weirdo. I think I know just the one…

          • KinoEye

            No kidding. I shudder to think of the blistering months of June and July, capped off by the coup de grace that is August. Ughhh.

      • decormaven

        Keep the lights off as much as possible and avoid oven cooking. If all fails, go hang in an air conditioned public space. Keep pinching the pennies for the trip. It will be worth it.

    • GeoDiva

      On my lunchtime break, so I got some time before I can enjoy pau hana! I am helping to throw a baby shower for my sister-in-law tomorrow. My brother is finally having a baby and I am so excited to be an Aunty. It has been 17 years since we have had a new baby in the family. Can not wait till he is born just so I can smell him.

      • kimmeister

        Congrats, Aunty-to-be! Any fun games or crafty decorations planned? At the baby shower I attended a few weeks ago, they carved a watermelon into a baby stroller (complete with melon baby inside) and made a diaper-motorcycle because the baby will be named Harley. People are waaaay more creative than I could ever be!

        • MartyBellerMask

          I have actually made a diaper motorcycle. It’s really not that hard to learn. :) You can learn anything on YouTube.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I”m picturing Martha Stewart constructing a diaper Harley in my mind…of course, the diapers would have been woven on a loom by her minion from artisanal cotton grown on Martha’s very own farm, etc.

    • @Biting Panda

      Hi Kittens.

      I’m in for another family packed weekend, but with a different cast. My In Laws and all them folks. Much less driving required, pool included, libations expected. I’m free of complaints.

      Cinderfella has arrived here from his mom’s. With the potential of staying most to nearly all of the Summer. We are happy. Cinderella is working, taking a college prep course and going on a cruise with her bf’s family. She’ll try to pencil us in. Ahhhh, to be 17 again.

      • kimmeister

        So Cinderella has a Cinderfella? Cute!

        • @Biting Panda

          Cinderfella is my stepson (15)
          Cinderella is my stepdaughter (17)

          But yes, Cinderella has herself a fella. And she is going on s cruise with him and his family.

          • decormaven

            You have a lot going on! Enjoy the pool and the libations. Mr. DM has gotten hooked on Malibu Black and OJ- it’s his new summer drink.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Lovely bar-I’ll go native and order a Berliner Weisse mit erdbeer! Mr. B3 flew off to London yesterday for a D-Day tour(he’s on duty as a historical expert), so I consoled myself by watching Thor:the Dark World ( I have a lifelong weakness for blonde men), and found it entertaining, particularly Tom Hiddleston as Loki.

      This bar reminds me of our most recent trip to Berlin, which was in May 2012. We treated ourselves to coffee and decadent pastries at the Hotel Adlon’s outdoor cafe-felt very posh.

      • Sophie

        How interesting, what is his duty as a historical expert?

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          He’s required to give a couple of prepared talks of around 40 minutes on topics concerning the D-Day invasion, and to be available to the group (23 people) for questions, and I think to supplement information provided by the guides at the various sites included in the itinerary. Tomorrow they do Bletchley Park. I talked to him today and one of his main concerns is that his voice holds up through the tour! I told him to have lozenges, drink some warm beverages, stay hydrated, and also to consult the other guides about how they handle talking for extended periods.

          Post-tour he’ll write a report for the tour company that I presume will be distributed to the tour members. He’s done a great deal of prep work for the tour-for the past few months his D-Day library took over our living room.

          • Sophie

            It is very interesting, not at all too much, thanks for replying so thoroughly. I visited the Museum of London two years ago and really liked the room they made about the Blitz (after the renovations). Only one of my late grandfathers was old enough to get drafted during the war (he was in the German anti-aircraft division, if that is the right word) and I recently found some photos and letters of the time. I discussed it with a friend whose grandfather was in one of the later waves of the Normandie landing (an American), so to see your post came at the right moment. And now you know far more than you wanted to.
            As to Jane Austen, my mother is trying to organise a trip to Bath during the Jane Austen festival for the both of us, so you’re in good company.

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

            How’s it all going? I’ve seen a few pictures of veterans visiting the Normandy beaches this week – very moving!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Thanks for asking. We’ve talked several times this week and the tour is going very well. The tour is staying in a posh hotel in Bayeux, with a beautiful view of the medieval cathedral. On Wednesday the group visited the American cemetary and each tour member laid a rose on a grave. My husband helped a tour member find a grave of an unknown soldier to lay their rose. He said it was quite emotional for all. Today they were scheduled to visit a museum and then visit Omaha beach.
              On Friday they leave at 6am to travel to the site for the D-day ceremony, when the visiting VIP’s will speak.

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

              That sounds really special!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I’m looking forward to having him back home so he can fill me in on everything!

    • marlie

      This kitten has had another rough week, so I’m calling it a night. Hope everyone has a good weekend!

      Correction… I’m shutting off the phone, going to a concert (solo), and THEN calling it a night.

      • kimmeister

        I hope the concert rocks!

      • decormaven

        May the concert be the ticket easing out the kinks of a tough week.

      • Anna

        Enjoy the concert, so sorry to hear about the rough week. Hope things turn around soon!

    • WendyD

      Tonight I’m FINALLY getting to see SWINTON & Hiddles in ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ on the big screen! The awesome independent theater in my town starts showing it tonight. I begged the program director for months to get it. I volunteer and get to see the films for free. I usually just volunteer once per film, but I MAY be volunteering 3 or 4 times this week… Tomorrow’s late night screening we’re giving out red popsicles (if you’ve seen the trailer, you’ll get the joke). This theater has become my home away from home and I’m REALLY FREAKIN’ EXCITED.

      • Anna

        I am REALLY FREAKIN’ EXCITED for you! Hiddles and Swinton are a dream team, what a cool idea for the Popsicles! Enjoy!

        • Lisa_Co

          The Popsicles are really funny (in a vampirish way) once you see the movie.

      • formerlyAnon

        It is really, really pretty. Recording gear porn as well as ectomorphs being beautiful. Some nice blazing glories of the nightscape scenes, presented almost entirely as throwaways.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        OMG-I love that movie, and Hiddles and Swinton are the smoothest, hippest vampires ever. They just GLIDE through the movie….enjoy, enjoy!

      • WendyD

        It was everything I hoped for AND MORE! I can’t wait to see it again tonight! The coolest vampires ever. I didn’t think anyone could be cooler than Alexander Skarsgard, of course SWINTON & Hiddles could pull it off.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’m over the moon that you loved it! Hiddles and Swinton are divine.

    • Musicologie

      I love the trapezoids on the ceiling!

      What a week. First of all, I’m a grad student at UCSB, and we live less than a mile from the murders. The atmosphere here is, unsurprisingly, somber. I didn’t attend the memorial service on Tuesday because of the baby, but we listened to it on the campus radio station and watched people stream from the stadium when it was over. But the thing that’s surprised me the most (and worn me out the most) has been seeing the endless coverage on the internet. I’ve seen that happen with other tragedies, but this is the first one that I’ve been close to, and it’s overwhelming. I have friends here at UCSB posting on Facebook every single blog post that comes out about it. It’s weird seeing friends with no connection to UCSB post about it, and it’s even weirder to see it come up in discussion threads on sites I visit, just because they’re so removed from it and talking about it in abstraction while I’m here and it’s very real. Anyway, even though I didn’t know any of the victims (one was the student of a friend), it’s definitely affected this week.

      Other than that, though, I got back on my feet after the baby and I were sick the week before. We got back on top of things, which feels good, but I really can’t consider this to be a “good” week.

      • decormaven

        Sorry for all this. The reverberations must be strong in the area after this event. Hug your wee one tightly.

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

        I can’t imagine the horror for the students, families and the community at large. The Santa Barbara area is much too beautiful to undergo so much bloodshed.

      • formerlyAnon

        Glad your little micro world righted itself. Let that anchor your feelings within the ambient tragedy.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I can’t imagine how dreadful this tragedy has been for the families who lost children, and also for the extended community. I send sympathy and hopes that people will rally for each other.
        Glad for you that you and baby are well again-consider yourself hugged.

      • Qitkat

        Sending peaceful vibes to you and your family. The horror when this happens so close to home tears a piece of your heart away.
        Having seen close hand the tragedies at Columbine (2 miles away, youngest son had friends there, he had graduated the year before) and Aurora Theatre, where a friend of an inlaw died, and Arapahoe and Bailey High Schools, and many other local murders I am sorry to say, we began to wonder what is it about Colorado? And then there have been so many more of these senseless murders everywhere, and the endless coverage just as you say, I can scarcely speak coherently any more. It’s all so dreadful to have it happen again, I ache for all the families who lost a precious child to this violence. I can say it is quite incredible how communities rally together in the face of such devastating losses. Hug your loved ones close, feel blessed for every moment you have, and don’t let fear rule you. I am so sorry.

      • Violina23

        I’m so sorry you had to go through this. It’s really surreal when something tragic happens so [physically] close to you, even if you weren’t directly impacted. I felt similarly when Tyler Clementi died — I play violin in a community orchestra with which he participated while a high school student. I actually sat with him a few times — he was an amazing musician and a really sweet and friendly kid. When the news broke about what happened, and the whole world was talking about it, and I was seeing celebrities and news reports covering it, it was just the strangest feeling. People I knew were being hounded for interviews, and most of us just were trying to digest what happened and figure out how to deal with it. Then I started seeing the facebook posts/laments about what happened and I felt conflicted — I wanted to share my feelings, but I didn’t want to make it about me.

        Hang in there, and I wish healing and peace to you and your community

      • Qitkat

        Musicologie, I read what I posted to you earlier again, and I felt that I had to add this: I really didn’t mean it to sound that my community has had more tragedy than yours, which I would never ever want to be interpreted that any one new tragedy was less important, because that would be awful of me to say that, and I don’t believe that at all; but we have had a lot, and it just becomes so wearying, and here we go again, when it has happened over and over practically in my back yard. I was hoping just to send love and support because the first time something like this happens so close to home, it is so excruciating, and unbelievable, making it so real, and not something you have just read about in the newspaper or have seen on TV happening somewhere else. The reality of it puts all those denials of ‘this could never happen here’ as the lie that it is, and it is just so painful for all of you. It is brand new for your community, and hits everyone in the gut and heart, it is so wrenching. And it is very painful for our Colorado community to watch the devastation that these murders bring to your community, and to any other community, because we know that it means nothing will ever be quite the same again for everyone who lives there.

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

      I just had to share this with you guys. This was the last item in a very long list of job requirements in an ad for the Santa Monica Visitors Bureau. I was going to apply for the job until I came to this little nugget: High tolerance for adversity and uncertainty.

      Since I’ve already had enough adversity and uncertainty for the year, I think I’ll pass on this one.

      • decormaven

        Smart move. I wonder who would willingly run toward that job opportunity? Continuing to beam good job vibes your way.

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

          I just can’t imagine why that is included in the job listing. Could it be written by a disgruntled employee or is it a trick to be sure you’ve read the whole ad? I’m kind of tempted to answer it anyway with some kind of acknowledgement that it’s there.

          Thanks for your ongoing support, DM. I had two good interviews this week and I’m still waiting on the one from last week. I’ve tried everything I could to get the guy off the pot, but still no answer.

          • decormaven

            That might be a smart move on the visitor center job. It may be a bit of a wank, just to see how people will react. My sis used to live in SM- I’m sure it’s much changed from when they lived there – mid 80s-90s.

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

              I don’t think Santa Monica has changed a whole lot over the years. There are a lot of high tech companies there now. Some call it Silicon Beach. Bobby Shriver was Mayor in 2010. (He’s now running for the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, an extremely powerful position.)

        • kimmeister

          The uncertainty bit makes perfect sense for people in, say, sales or the stock market, but tell adversity bit is bizarro to say.

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

            The “uncertainty” could apply to job stability. I also am at a loss about the “adversity.”

      • formerlyAnon

        That seems like a warning off, not a requirement. I can see it not phasing someone young and brash.

        Glad you’ve had some interview activity – good wishes!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        High tolerance for adversity and uncertainty-code words for “this place is a F#$#$king freak show”?

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

        I admire anyone who applies for a job with that requirement! I would definitely give it a miss.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          It would seem to require a spine and nerves of pure steel.

          • Sophie

            Someone I know was recently offered a job in Somalia, no requirements or warnings. Unsurprisingly, she declined the offer.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Were they saying something about the type of visitors you deal with? But it sounds like they are suggesting the hours are not regular/guaranteed, too. Good to focus your energies where there is more appeal.

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

          The position doesn’t call for tourist interaction; it’s a salaried administrative position. I’m just too curious not to send in my resume. Will report back if I get an interview.

    • ChelseaNH

      I was watching Ru Paul’s Drag Race when a commercial for Maleficent came on, and I thought, “Of course.” That’s got “drag icon” stamped all over it.

    • KinoEye

      Movie reviews?! A thousand times, YES!! I’ve been adrift in terms of film critics since the great Roger Ebert passed away, but if anyone could fill that void for me, it’s you two. I’m constantly impressed by the vast film knowledge you have, not to mention some of the most insightful analyses of media I’ve ever read. Can’t wait!

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        TOTALLY agree. I miss Roger. I still reread my favorite reviews of his.

        Which would be every review he wrote.

        • KinoEye

          Every time I watch a movie that I know was released during his career, I immediately look up his review after I’m finished. And every time I see a new movie in theaters, I can’t help but wonder what he would’ve thought about it.

          • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

            Aww :'( I do the same exact thing.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        One of the things that I most miss about Roger Ebert is his love for movies-all kinds. He could call a bad movie a bad movie, but he was never mean-spirited.

        • Violina23

          What I liked about Ebert was that he was not afraid to say that, by all measures, a movie might be god-awful, but it could still be a lot of fun to watch. Sometimes reviewers have such a stick up their butts that they forget that movies are inherently about entertainment, and it’s OK to be entertained even if something isn’t an Oscar-Winning masterpiece ;)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I was talking to one of my nephews this evening about movies, and we agreed that sometimes it’s good to switch off the brain and indulge in a blockbuster or two. His current recommendation is the new X-men movie.

        • KinoEye

          Yes, yes, yes. I love that he took each movie on its own terms — for instance, he compared comic book-inspired blockbusters to others of the same ilk. He innately understood what each film was trying to accomplish and criticized it accordingly. And he was never afraid to go against the grain in terms of what other critics liked or didn’t like. But man, when he didn’t like something… it’s some of the most hilarious writing I’ve ever read. The Village, for instance:

          “Ivy would like to marry Lucius, and tells him so, but he is so reflective and funereal, it will take him another movie to get worked up enough to deal with her. Still, they love each other. The village idiot also has a thing for Ivy, and sometimes they gambol together. Gamboling is not a word that I use lightly.”

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You have to treasure a man who could use the word gambol.
            I still remember one of the old Siskel and Ebert shows when they were discussing the concept of the “idiot plot”-a movie plot that the viewer could detect the weaknesses withing 15 minutes. I think one of their examples was an absolutely dreadful flick that starred Morgan Fairchild.

    • decormaven

      Mr. DM is watching Dr. Who & I am unwinding with a glass of wine. Not sure what the weekend holds, other than completing the mulching in the yard. Summer is now in full force in the South, so I need to close out mulching before it becomes brutal.

      • Coolekat

        I live in the south near the beach. There is nothing like the ocean on a brutally hot day wears you down.

        • decormaven

          I always say here that it is the humidity, not the heat.

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

            Southern California has its trials and tribulations, but thank goodness, we don’t have humidity to deal with. This always amazes me since we have so much ocean. In the late spring, we have a thick marine layer in the mornings, which makes us gloomy but not wet. Every summer, usually in August, we do get a few damp days, mostly due to some tropical storm to the south of us. This year we have had summer since the beginning of the year. It will be interesting to see if Edgar Cayce was right about the poles flipping and this is the new normal.

            • decormaven

              I love California (at least the parts I have seen- LA, Sacramento, SF, and Yosemite) for the vegetation, especially around Sacramento. I would be stone broke, for all my money would go to the nursery. The plants that can just sprout forth with seemingly little effort- It’s like fairyland.

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

              We have so many microclimates that you have to buy your plants where you are going to grow them. I’ve always wanted to grow fuchsias, but my area is too dry for them. I’d have to move 20 miles away to the beach for the moist climate they need.

            • decormaven

              Amazing! I have the best time walking around the nurseries when I visit my sis. So many plants that are unavailable on the East Coast. Wondering how the dry conditions are going to affect this summer around CA’s Delta region. It’s definitely going to affect produce prices.

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

              It’s definitely going to affect produce prices.

              Something else to look forward to.

            • decormaven

              Yes, and it gives me a sad. This is the year I may attempt a truck patch for veggies. After paying $1.29 for one lonely tomato, I think I should give it a whirl.

    • 25or6to4

      Well, I am fully packed and ready to leave the humid, pollen-heavy city of St. Louis on Monday. I’ll be driving to Baltimore, making a pitstop about a third of the way through in my hometown (Louisville, KY) and picking up my doggies, who have had to stay with my mom for a few months due to some apartment drama. It’s been 3 months and 15 days, and I’ve missed them terribly… T-minus 64 hours!

      • decormaven

        Safe travels! Know your dogs will be glad to see you.

        • 25or6to4

          Thanks!

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        Aww, I’m sure your doggies have missed you terribly. The pollen has been TERRIBLE in STL this week! I haven’t been able to wear my contacts and I feel like I need a benadryl drip. Safe travels :-)

        • 25or6to4

          Thank you! Also, I’ve lived in STL for 12 years (not consecutively) for school, and is it just my imagination or has allergy season been getting worse? (Louisville is actually the worst place in the nation for allergies & asthma — but that’s mainly mold, tree pollen & pollution, which don’t play as much havoc on my sinuses — so I’m kind of used to being miserable)

      • formerlyAnon

        Happy road tripping!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Have a safe trip, and a happy reunion with the puppers!

    • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

      I knew this was going to happen. Uncles featured Jax Teller on the site today, and I’ve fallen into a Sons of Anarchy hole on Netflix.

      Oh well, worse ways to enjoy Friday night! How is everyone else doing?

      • decormaven

        SOA can indeed become a time vortex. When will Netflix add S6?

        • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

          I don’t know!! I am so lame. I can only get up to the first episode of season 4 (which is prob my favorite episode of the series) before I have to stop watching. I cannot handle some people dying. Even if they’re fictional characters.

          • @Biting Panda

            I’ve lost whole weekends to SOA benders. I am so ready/not ready for September. I’m not ready for this cast to go away. I think it’s such an amazing ensemble of character actors.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              I totallly agree. I now have a thing for guys with beards and long hair. (Ok, my ex was to blame for that as well.)

              Supposedly Kurt Sutter is in talks for a prequel series?

    • Anna

      This kitten be shopping. I held off for as long as I could, but after steadily cleaning out my closet, a few trips to the consignment store to try and offload the nicer pieces (and get a bit of spending cash), I have had it with basics. Time for pretty!

      So far, I’ve found 3 spring/summer dresses that will hopefully last me through the next phase of my fitness journey. I’m actually looking forward to getting dressed for work on Monday!

      Happy weekend all!

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        Yay for shopping and MAJOR yay for fitness! You go.

      • PastryGoddess

        Oh I love pretty dresses for summer.

        Good luck on your fitness journey.

        • Anna

          We’re finally getting some warmer weather in my neck of the woods, so it’s nice to celebrate the accomplishment with clothes that make me feel good! Functionality was fine for winter, but lately I’ve been wanting to nominate MYSELF for What Not to Wear.

      • decormaven

        Yay! Nothing like some cute dresses for summer. Congrats on your progress on your fitness journey.

      • Coolekat

        I am restarting this week on my fitness journey. Anna, you are my inspiration.

        • Anna

          Thank you, good for you for re-starting. It’s always hardest at the beginning and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to re-start. Even during this particular journey, which I’ve considered to be the most successful so far, I’ve still had to do mini re-starts because I just felt like enjoying life that day and going for the cheeseburger, fries AND chocolate milkshake.
          Take it one day at a time and if you find yourself having a day, or days, where you feel like you’ve fallen off the wagon, don’t give up and throw away the good progress you’ve made, just promise yourself to do better the next day. You can do it!

      • kimmeister

        Nothing better than looking awesome in clothes that fit the body you currently have. Good for you.

        • Anna

          Thanks! I’m trying not to over-buy as I’m not at my goal yet, but the wardrobe situation was starting to get rather grim. It felt great to get rid of the things I’d been holding onto for some new stuff.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Have fun shopping, and congrats on your successful fitness journey!

      • Violina23

        Congrats! I’m part-way through my own journey, and I’m not quite at the point where I feel *great* about how I look, but shopping for clothes is something I *almost* look forward too… and that little bit of a self-esteem boost is hopefully enough to keep the motivation up for the rest of the journey!

        Congrats and keep up the good work!

        • Anna

          Thanks! Congrats to you too :), I’m all about celebrating the small victories along the way to keep you motivated.

      • Anna

        Thanks for all the ongoing support and encouragement as always, BKs :)! It means a lot me and is much appreciated!

    • formerlyAnon

      I have 5 kinds of olives (SALE!), crusty bakery bread and cabernet. Also ingredients, ohhh so many ingredients. I am thinking they are going to be lonely, untouched ingredients tonight, no matter what the plan was. Also: my son’s girlfriend loves olives as much as I do. So it’s just hospitality, right? Right? No Not mere self-indulgence.

      • decormaven

        The three elements named sound like dinner to me.

        • formerlyAnon

          Precisely my revised plan.

      • Sarah

        I love olives so much that my neighbor (also a kid) gave me a jar for my 8th bday. You are eating in style, friend!

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      The hubs and I have a pretty busy weekend ahead of us. First on the agenda, looking at more houses. I’m not too enthusiastic about the prospects we have lined up, but I suppose we need to start looking again (we haven’t seen any houses since we lost out on an offer a few weeks ago). We’re also planning to go see the new X-Men movie.

      Ooh, I just finished watching season 1 of Orphan Black (it’s really great, and you can watch it for free on Amazon Prime if you don’t have cable). I’ll have to look back at TLo’s recaps once I have had a chance to watch Season 2.

      • decormaven

        Orphan Black is our new go-to. It’s especially needed for me now Mad Men has flitted away until 2015.

      • Violina23

        How’d you like X-Men? My husband has been itching to see that since the first previews came out, but we’ve been so busy and lacking in a babysitter.

        Good luck househunting! It’s stressful, but exciting.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          just chiming in to say that my nephews in L.A. both recommend the new X-men movie.

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          I just saw it this afternoon. I really liked it. There’s lots of action (if you’re into that), but the story is also pretty solid and the pacing is good (it doesn’t feel like an over-bloated monster of a movie). I’ve always enjoyed the X-Men more than the Avengers or other super hero movies (apart from Nolan’s Batman trilogy).

    • Kate4queen

      I think I deserve a drink at this gorgeous bar. Can I mention that my alter ego the romance writer hit the USA TODAY bestsellers list last week? Just once? It was a bit of a lifetime dream achieved for me. :) and I can keep that sucker for ever.

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

        CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Do tell us more, like the title and your pen name, so we can all read your book.

        • Kate4queen

          Thank you :) I’ve written a lot of books and the one that hit the list was my first ever published one written back in 2007 which makes no sense at all LOL But my pen name is Kate Pearce if you want to check me out. :)

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

            Those are some very steamy titles and cover art. Is there the option of a plain brown wrapper?

            • Kate4queen

              I believe that’s what e-readers were invented for ;)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Steamy cover art is half the fun-congratulations on your accomplishment!

      • formerlyAnon

        Did you??!! SAY YAY, ALL Y’ALL!!!

        Seriously. So many people would like to say that, and so few even get to the point where it’s less than delusional, let alone achieve it! And yeah, just tell us your pen name, if you’re comfortable doing so. Otherwise I have to google who hit the USA TODAY bestseller lists with a romance novel last week. And I’m on my 3rd glass of wine so that’s more challenging than I’m up for right now. ;-)

        • Kate4queen

          I did it in a very back-arsed kind of old publisher reduced price on old book and did a bookbub ad way which was totally out of the blue :) But its still nice after toiling in the trenches of romancelandia for many years. :) my alter ego is Kate Pearce. I write very very steamy books. :)

          • Peeve

            That is really awesome! Celebrate lots with all your family & friends–a really huge achievement!

            • Kate4queen

              Thank you :)

          • Sarah

            That’s wonderful, so glad for you! It is a real achievement to be a bestseller! I have a cousin who writes, and she’s been soclose, only to fall back. Have fun celebrating!

          • formerlyAnon

            I will have to check out Kate Pearce. I usually get soft [or not-so soft] porn in the fanfic I read, but one can’t ever have too much genre fiction in life!

            After Googling, I find I HAVE read you – I read the regency mystery you wrote as Catherine Lloyd! And will read the next one. The world is sometimes a small place.

            • Kate4queen

              OMG that’s hilarious! It is indeed a small world ! book #2 of the mystery series comes out in November btw. :)

      • decormaven

        Wonderful news! Enjoy!

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

        Congratulations!

        • Kate4queen

          thank you :)

      • Grumpy Girl

        Congratulations!

    • GinnyThePainter

      May we talk Mad Men, kittens? My best friend and I were discussing which actors are the best at seeming “of the time period.” We think Hamm, Slattery, Hamlin and Hendricks are completely believable. I don’t always buy Slattery as a blueblood, but I see someone that Irish-looking and think he should be herding sheep in Sligo (my peeps loves sheeps!). Jon Hamm has a face out of those 50’s instruction books on how to draw people. Hendricks always seems restrained and disciplined in her gestures and movements in a way that feels right for the period to me. Moss loses me when she starts uptalking. I keep thinking she’s ordering a latte at a Starbucks in Calabasas. Hate it when the Califerrrrnnnnnia accents creep in. I think the actors playing Pete, Harry & Stan do a pretty good job, esp. Stan. I’m on the fence about Megan & Betty, but I’m not sure they’re the strongest actors. Then again, the writers don’t help the situation when they have the actors use miserable modern grammar or insert a “really?” into every conversation.

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

        There’s a certain angle where I think Jon Hamm looks like Robert Mitchum, so totally of the period.

        • GinnyThePainter

          I know! His profile is so 50’s. As an artist, it blows me away how some people are so much more time-stamped than others. My cousin’s husband looks exactly like many of the men in those old Italian paintings. And other people look so contemporary. I notice it with actors. Someone like Julia Roberts is never believable in period movies, but Meryl has made it work since French Lieutenant’s Woman. Then again, maybe it’s the acting.

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

            One is exceedingly lucky to be born in the right period. Not just your face, but your whole body type. (Rubens, where are you when I need you?) I know two women who spent the last 60 years bemoaning their very large derrieres. Now they are suddenly in vogue, but they’re too old for it to do them any good.

          • Sarah

            I dated a guy for ten years that looked like a Civil War soldier, so much so that if you look at the old photos, you can see his face. My current fella belongs in a seventh century British king’s war band and I couldn’t be more Scottish Shepherdess if I tried. I think you’re right about Meryl, both looks AND acting-wise.

          • Paula Pertile

            I love this thread! I used to hire people to model for “clothed figure drawing” (period costumes) classes in art school, so was always looking at people and mentally putting them in different get-ups. I still to this day catch myself staring at people and imagining them in period drag of some sort: the grocery store clerk who is a perfect Civil War guy, all the street people who’d make great raggedy Dickens characters, my neighbor who needs a kilt and sword, someone else I know who is an Old West whorehouse madam, on and on. Its fun, and helps pass the time in line at the post office or wherever.

            • decormaven

              Oooh, I love that idea. Some people are in desparate need of being reworked in another era’s costumes- and undergarments. Foundations were called that for a reason, people.

            • Sophie

              I’d love to know what period I would fit in. On the first day of choir, one soprano struck me as belonging as a tragic figure into a painting – I have yet to remember the painter she made me think of, but perhaps someone from the 19th century. Long brown curls, cheeks, small red mouth, big dark wet eyes, black clothes and black background. Maybe you have an idea?

            • Paula Pertile

              Gosh, it could be lots of artists. I don’t want to hijack this blog and go all geeky about art history. So I will just suggest a few – Bouguereau, Anders Zorn, even Sir Alma Tadema. She sounds very “Les Miserables” (not the movie). Lots of people (women artists too, who no one’s heard of) painted in that style for many years. You might want to google 18th and 19th C European painters and look at images to find ones that match the ‘look’ you have in your head. (18th C is pre – LesMis but people were already painting like that – even Rembrandt, some).
              OK, I have to stop!

            • GinnyThePainter

              You wanna get all geeky about art history? Sit by me.

            • Sophie

              Thanks! I thought of Rembrandt too, but she also made me think of Byron, though I don’t know if it was in relation to his work or his portrait. I’d never heard of Anders Zorn before, and I think of the three of them Bouguereau comes closest.
              Thanks again for your help!

            • Grumpy Girl

              Oh that is a game I may have to start with–except at this point i am so much more reliant on posture and stance than actual looks (unless I get very, very close), because of failing vision.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          I think the Robert Mitchum Face has had a resurgence. Hamm looks like him, and McConaughey was totally channeling him in the first few episodes of True Detective. To me, it’s the ultimate Brooding Bad Boy face: long chin, heavy eyes, good hair.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            MItchum was such a fine actor-his performance in the original “Cape Fear”(and do NOT mention the Scorcese-DeNiro remake in my presence) is so chilling-incredible sense of menace. The heavy eyes are what my college friends and I used to refer to as “bedroom” eyes.

          • alyce1213

            Robert Pattinson, when he looks macho and surly, gives me a Robert Mitchum vibe.

      • T C

        Hamlin comes off as a little too 1970s to me, it might be my
        exposure to men in his age bracket at California offices during the
        relevant years. The E in “Califernia” comes from the mouths of recent arrivals; my family has pronounced the O since the middle of the 19th century. I never heard the E in LA and other SoCal during many trips back then either. Perhaps it exposes hometown and original socioeconomic status.

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

          I’ve lived here all my life and have never heard Califernia. Arnold Schwarzenegger was often called on his pronunciation of the state when he was governor. He was actually using the correct Spanish pronunciation but it’s not the common way to say it.

          We did have a mayor a few decades back who mispronounced Los Angeles. When he was criticized for it, he instituted a study and of course, the results were that he pronounced it properly. What a waste of money.

    • formerlyAnon

      Onwards, all. I’m off to deep clean the kitchen, maybe reorganize some cabinets, and make two kinds of salad. In theory. Since I’m drinking wine and playing dance music at the same time and child-units are supposed to show up to share food. The side tracking possibilities are endless. ;-)

      • Sarah

        Side-tracks are the best things in life, no?

        • formerlyAnon

          They are where I spend much of my life – not complaining!

      • decormaven

        Wow, I’m impressed with your multi-tasking skills. I usually have to focus very careful on my wine drinking and dancing skills. :-)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I once tried to wallpaper after wine-drinking-not a good idea, as the design was upside down.

    • demidaemon

      I have nothing meaningful to add from my week. However, in the time honored tradition of offering great TV recs, I give you “The Supersizers Go,” which I am rewatching on Hulu. If you have any interest in food, history, culture, or the intersection of the above, you will love this show. It’s about a pair of Brits, living a week in different historical periods and eating the food of the age and participating in the culture. It’s extraordinarily entertaining and educational. However, I recommend that you don’t watch it while eating, as some of the crap they force themselves to eat on this show is REALLY nasty. But, everyone should go out and watch this gem.

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

        My daughter had a high school history teacher who taught with food, music, etc. of each time period. Much more meaningful than just remembering names and dates.

        I caught a bit of the new CNN series on the ’60s. Looks enjoyable.

        • demidaemon

          I took a class on the history of the twenties and sixties in college. The information was interesting, but every history professor I had in college was insomnia cure, unfortunately. I wish I had had your daughter’s teacher. It sounds a bit how many of my English profs taught lit in that same college.

        • Sarah

          I had an advanced class freshman year of HS that was English and History combined. It was really fun and enlightening. I just took History of Furniture this past semester toward my art history degree, and I wish I had taken it concurrently with History of Architecture, which I had several years ago. Furniture and architecture are very much intertwined. I think your daughter’s class sounds great. Should be more integrated teaching out there.

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

        Those are quite fun. I have such a crush on Sue Perkins.

        • demidaemon

          She’s adorable, isn’t she? I was watching the Elizabethan episode the other day and the smile she gives after she replicates Queen Elizabeth I blackened teeth is something to behold many times. So well timed and utterly hilarious and yet adorable.

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

            She’s one of the hosts of Great British Bake-off, and is the reason why it is worth watching.

            • demidaemon

              I didn’t know that. Cool.

    • Paula Pertile

      Those bar seats look nice and roomy and comfy. Love the ceiling!

      Spent time at Home Depot drooling over stuff I can’t afford, then sort of flirted with a man in a very bad wig who was in charge of the shed department. Buying a new shed . . . how exciting is that? Now I get to hire some sweaty guy to come take out the old one, and some other sweaty guys to put up a new fence. Glamorous life!

      I have a McDonald’s chocolate sundae for later, and may watch John Malkovich’s show (Crossbones?).

      • Coolekat

        I had the same reaction to the bar “stools” and booth seating. Looks wonderfully comfy. Cheers!

      • Sarah

        My fiance is a huge Blackbeard fan, and he is PISSED that they cast JM as him. Not looking the part, he feels. The man WAS famous for his beard, so it is a bit odd. We have his “wanted” poster framed in our house, so we know what he was supposed to look like. JM is not it. However, he’s a great actor, so I’d give it a shot. You’ll have to tell us how it is. Also, I envy your shed! Mine is a wreck. It is standing, but that’s the best I can say about it.

        • Paula Pertile

          I liked it! its “fun”. I’m with you on JM maybe not being the perfect Blackbeard, but he’s such a good actor, he can make anything work. The pilot episode it worth watching just for the scene of him with a head full of acupuncture needles (not giving anything away). If you’re a real diehard BB person you still may not like it, but its and entertaining hour. And the sets are pretty cool.

          • Grumpy Girl

            I stumbled on it (I am a die-hard channel flipper–you cannot allow me to hold the remote!), and Mr Grump made me let go of the remote. It was enjoyable, even though we missed the first 10ish minutes. I didn’t really catch on to the Blackbeard part (the spouse googled it during a commercial), but in general it is something we will watch again.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        I really enjoyed Season One of Black Sails on STARZ. May have to watch Crossbones at some point and compare.

      • decormaven

        Hey, a sturdy shed and good fence are high on my list! Congrats.

    • snarkykitten

      I got my second tattoo (on my forearm) so I’m curious to know what the kittens views are on chest tattoos. Not necessarily if you’d want one or not, but if you think that you have to “earn” the space like you do with hand/face tattoos.

      • Sarah

        Do whatever you want as long as you have given it sufficient thought. You don’t have to earn the right to make choices for your own body!

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

        Being a totally non-tatoo person, I’m not familiar with “earning the space.” Please explain.

      • decormaven

        Since tattoos are a personal preference, if that is what you feel is right for you, then I think that’s the best barometer.

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

        Pure anecdote – a friend brought a friend of hers to a performance that I did, and the friend had a large chest tattoo. Several of us were really intimidated by her, and when we were talking later, we realised that every single one of us had more ink than this woman was showing, it was purely based on the location. For me, face, neck and chest are just steps too far.

      • formerlyAnon

        I think anything in a place that is perceived to be “less usual” and/or can’t be easily covered is a bigger commitment – lives change, and the trade-offs we are expected to/are willing to make in order to navigate all social waters (friends, work, neighbors, kids’ friends’ parents, extended familiy, church family, etc.) change as well.

        I am too indecisive to commit to any tattoo, so I can only comment as the audience – neck & face tattoos are the ones that sometimes take me aback. Chest or hands don’t grab my attention any more or less than would a similar acreage of ink anywhere else that it was visible.

    • Sarah

      Hi all. I like this lounge! I’ll always go for a comfy booth, given the chance. This week was better for me; I got over the thesis rejection and now am just planning my re-attempts and my back is better. On the other hand, a rough week for those close to me. My sister’s oldest borrowed his dad’s car on Wed. night and used his phone to navigate while driving. He dropped it, and reached to the floor to pick it up (NO NO NO kid! WTF were you thinking??) He totaled dad’s car, and bruised himself up pretty bad. He’s a great kid, but my sister freaked out and called me crying and saying it was a disaster because the insurance won’t cover the loan BIL took out for the (new) car he’s only had for a few months. She said it was hard to see the good side of “this mess,” and I had to remind her her son is alive. Talk to your kids about this, though, folks. It’s mad dangerous even to navigate with your phone while driving. Also, my bff’s cat got hit by a car, and she’s super sad. She found his body in the neighbor’s yard. We’re going up to the country tomorrow to stay at her mom’s house and drink beer and lament the untimely loss of Mose, a beautiful fluffy black wild boy with white boots. The only good thing about misfortune – yours or anyone else’s – is to make you realize what is good in life. Hope everyone has a peaceful and pleasant weekend.

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

        Hi, Sarah. Glad to hear you’re feeling better. Your nephew is a very lucky boy. I hope he learned his lesson.

        • Sarah

          Hi GC. Me too. He’s an amazing nineteen year old, who is feeling terrible right now. I’m glad I’m going out to see him in MI next weekend for his brother’s graduation, so I can give him some non-parent support.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I think having support from a non-parent support is priceless.

      • kimmeister

        Sorry about the misfortunes. I hope you went home and hugged your kitties (or am I the only one who does that?) Yay for your back and improved outlook re: thesis though!

        • Sarah

          Nope, you’re not! I told our outdoor in very stern words that she had better stay FAR away from the road. She said she would, via soft black snoot rubbings.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, glad you’re in a better place and that your back is improving. Hope your nephew appreciates how lucky his close call was!

      • decormaven

        Glad you are better, and thankful your nephew is ok. The interaction between screen and driving must be improved- everyone is using maps on screens so it should be built into the driving experience. However, until it is, navigation should be delegated to the non-driving passenger.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’m with you about leaving navigation to non-driving passengers. I discovered a few years ago that my sister’s superior mapreading skills are due to our dad making her his navigator when she was old enough to learn to read maps. It was a useful skill that also made the baby of the family feel like she was a real partner on our trips.

        • Sarah

          Yes, true. I think the problem here was that he dropped it and went for it, because he felt he needed it to continue. I remember when I got my license over twenty years ago, they showed us a film where a kid dropped a soft drink and reached to the floor while driving, causing a bad accident. I always remembered that!

          • decormaven

            It’s the age- just thinking that split second won’t make a difference.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Back in the day our school system showed a cautionary movie titled “Signal Seven”-basically it was to scare the bejeezus out of teenage drivers. I think it even included a decapitated head….yuck.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        That is a rough week. For your sis, her son’s alive-the best thing to take away from an unfortunate accident. So sad for your bff-Mose must have been a treasure-mourn him and celebrate him.

        • Sarah

          I’ll miss him running up to say hello when I go over to see my pal. She lives on kind of a busy street, and didn’t want him to be outdoor, but he wouldn’t have being indoor. Peed on everything until he was let out. She has two others that will not be leaving the building, I can vouch for that.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            A good friend of mine has an outdoor cat who simply will not or cannot adapt to becoming an indoor kitty. We were fortunate that when our Genghis entered our lives that he adapted to be an indoor kitty-I think it was easier because he had belonged to someone in the past. He seems content to sit in windows or on our laps for occasional outdoor trips.

      • Paula Pertile

        Oh, so sorry about Mose. :~( Also about your nephew.
        Drink lots of beer.

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

        Poor Mose – my husband reckons that the fluffy black and white ones are always crazy, but they are so endearing!

        Glad your nephew is OK, and has had a good but relatively painless shock.

    • tinyredlocks

      I need a drink or 6. While in rehearsal for our upcoming show at Alvin Ailey in a few weeks, one of our dancers collapsed. Turned blue. Stopped breathing. CPR was performed on him by another dancer until the ambulance came. They worked on him for quite some time before taking him to the hospital. We don’t know how he’s doing. We are all in shock and just praying that he is OK…

      • Sarah

        Oh, gosh. I hope he’s okay! Much strength to you and your fellow dancers in any event. Here’s six virtual drinks on me.

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh no. Sounds scary. Hope your colleague is o.k. in the short term AND the long. And it’s nothing that would keep him from dancing, once recovered.

      • decormaven

        Prayers for discernment in treatment. His excellent physical shape should hold him in good stead.

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

        That sounds terrible! Hope he’s OK.

    • Frank_821

      just ready to go to bed

      tomorrow is a full day. Once daylight hits, we’re treating the back deck to watre seal it. Not using typical water sealant. those are a pain to work with. We’re using motor oil. then Rick has to attend an orientation for a workshop

      we just tried out a new place in Austin called Silo on 7th. They’ve been only open for a couple months but they were voted in the top 7 best burger places in town. And they have excellent burgers. Rick had a bold concoction. It was a burger with a pineapple slice, roasted beet slice and an egg. he liked it but was stuffed to the gills.

      They had some nice drinks too. I had a drink made from deep eddy vodka, strawberry lemonade, a splash of sprite and some blackberries tossed in….does that sound too gay?… :P

      • Sarah

        Nope, sounds pretty tasty! Motor oil, huh? My deck needs sealing…maybe I’ll try that.

        • Frank_821

          The motor oil works pretty well and it seeps nicely into the cracks. The best part is the application is easy. We already did the front deck. Water sealer dries very quickly and you kiss the brush goodbye. The motor oil doesn’t screw with your brush

          Rick says he knew a guy back in upstate NY who treated his log cabin with oil. It treats the wood and protects the wood from bugs

          5 quart bottle of motor oil is cheaper than a gallon of sealer

      • formerlyAnon

        Blurgh. Daylight shows up some time around 6:30, or a bit earlier. Enjoy it. I hope to be asleep!

      • decormaven

        Hmm- Hope the sealant treatment turns out successfully. With the brutal heat your area receives, it cooks it right back out of the board! I think your drink sounds yummy. I usually stay away from the fruity drinks usually because I’m having more than one.

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

        “Rick had a bold concoction. It was a burger with a pineapple slice, roasted beet slice and an egg.” – that is approaching what we down under call “Hamburger with the lot”. Although that would also need a slice of cheese and some bacon. In fact, a traditional Australian milk bar hamburger is incomplete without pineapple and beetroot.

        • formerlyAnon

          This pineapple and beetroot thing is new to me. How much the BKs add to my ability to pass for sophisticated and well-travelled!

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

            The old-school Australian hamburger is an unusual concoction. I don’t know how the pineapple came to pass!

    • ShaoLinKitten

      The Lang Bar looks like an extremely upscale diner. Like, the most upscale diner imaginable. And that’s a compliment.

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

        Exactly what I thought. Hamburgers with caviar and potatoes fried in truffle oil.

    • kimmeister

      I forgot to mention that I was inspired by this site and created a bingo card for my coworker Marion because she was grumpy and I wanted to make her laugh. It has columns related to fashion, work interactions, her particular sayings, etc. She said I made her year and that I am her favorite person in the universe right now. I can’t take all the credit! Thanks for the inspiration.

    • John11581

      This weekend’s lounge is reminding me of an over the top Long Island or New Jersey diner for some reason (Trust me, I’ve been in my fair share of them.). Add a dessert display next to the cash register and you’re good to go.
      I’m thrilled that you’re going to be doing movie reviews (on top of everything else you already do) because during the Project Runway offseason, I always introduce new readers to your site by making them read your Sound of Music synopsis, and it’s all automatic favorite added after that.

      • BLauD

        Now I know why it seemed familiar!

    • Kathy

      Had a great Friday. Work-related stuff turned out to be better than expected. Got home and, on a whim, re-binge-watched True Detective. I liked it even better the second time. Thanks to all the BKs who mentioned it here. :)

    • AlisonS

      This place looks like the kid of place you take your mistress to dump her. But it’s Berlin so I’m all kinds of okay with that. I missed stopping in last night because my husband was a good husband and took his wife out to karaoke. Even though he got all the drinks, fun night was had.
      This is the first and last Saturday I will be at my home for the next 5 or 6 weeks. Soaking in all the time I can get with my kitties before then, and rereading the MadStyle posts of the season because once is never enough. Of course the kids are fighting so my quick line to drop is constantly interrupted by my need to tell Audrey to stop hissing at Capote and telling Capote to stay away from Audrey’s food. Life of a cat mom.

      • decormaven

        Read them Roberts’ Rules of Order. They’ll stand to. Ha! Cats just let you think you are in charge. Glad you had fun at karaoke.

        • AlisonS

          The cats know I look forward to the Kitty Overthrow. Audrey will become a general, and had better remember who fed her and spend $300 to get her dental work done. Capote will probably stay with me because he’s too fat to make the grade. My tubbo boy.
          Karaoke is my stress relief! I know I’m in a small group of karaoke lovers but I could seriously do it every night…. Well maybe not every night. My set list is only 65 songs deep that I actually attempt. Maybe 20 that I’m good at!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I simply love your cats’ names: Audrey and Capote-utterly divine!

        • AlisonS

          Thank you! There was a Bowie there between the two of them but he left us last November. I may be going in alphabetical order using pop culture / literary names… My next 52 cats have names!

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Do they live up to their namesakes? I’m picturing Audrey as elegant, and Capote as being very, very particular.

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

      I will now like to mention that on various websites, in the world, there are photos of a recent event at Variety Studios.

      In the same room were Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Tony Goldwyn. Daryl, Jesse, and Fitz. No wonder volcanos are erupting on the other side of the world.

      I cannot imagine what kinds of explosions will be created when the cast of Triple 9 get together and start shooting. Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, and more.. If they added Lupita to the cast this would surely be one of the signs of the apocalypse, no? :)

    • Frank_821

      Got most of the deck done today. its 25 x 10 so it took a bit.

      helps to have a 23 year old model staying with us to help with the work. Poor boy. got so hot he had to take his shirt off. We had some period music blasting and he said he felt like one of those egyptian slaves. Again I ask, does this sound too gay… :P (lol)

      • decormaven

        Sounds like a nice tableau to me. One must enjoy nature where it is found. :-)

      • formerlyAnon

        I am grinning at this synopsis!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      FYI, I just read that there will be a new baby prince or princess in Monaco later this year…..

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, mission accomplished. I guess.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The photo of Albert and his wife that accompanied the article showed her looking a tad pensive. But I suppose the principality will now be safe from France….

    • formerlyAnon

      Getting Shit Done in May is officially over!

      Of course, I fell short of my more optimistic plans, and I can’t believe the whole month shot by like that, but on the whole it wasn’t too shabby. Today I finished about half of the “reclaim the back yard” project (don’t ask) and mowed the front, so I am enjoying a well deserved beer and vegan chile prepared by my son and his girl friend. (It’s very good . . . for vegan chile.). Also avocado: yum.

      I’m pondering declaring Getting Shit Done for June, as well. I should probably declare for the entire summer; if I did three more months like this one, I’d have my shit more together than it’s been since I had my second child. (This, sadly, is absolutely the unvarnished truth.)

      • decormaven

        Too late! I have to ask about reclaim the back yard. I guarantee you it’s better than my neighbor’s back yard. He had several trees cut down, but hasn’t had the cut down trees hauled off. Some are deep in the lot so they are not visible, but there’s several scattered toward the front of the lot. Add discarded plastic toys from his child (who stays primarily with his ex) and bits of chewed-up pillow from the lonely puppy who lives outside and it’s quite the tableau. The neighbor is keeping the front yard neat, but the back yard, not so much. As we say down South, “He’s going through a rough patch.” Soon as I finish mulching, I’m putting up some type of climbing vine that can soften the view. A small victory- the lonely puppy has finally learned to come to me (thanks to many Beggin Strips). Next is to teach him to bring the ball to my hand (which just does fit through the chain link fence) so I can throw to him when I’m out gardening. I’m cooking for the neighbor on the other side of me today, who just had cancer surgery. I’m going to divide the casserole and take some to Mr. Rough Patch as well. Sowing seeds of kindness…

        • formerlyAnon

          Kindness is All.

          My lot is ok in the front, like your neighbor’s, if not by a long shot the prettiest on the block. The back is large, originally water-sucking grass, and every year is copiously populated with “volunteer” shrubbery and trees thanks to the birds & squirrels. A couple of years ago I read about a scientifically blended! for my area! new “native plants” mix with which to replace one’s lawn, and began encouraging my grass to die by reducing watering to just enough to prevent spontaneous combustion and allowing weeds to take over (they seem easier to get rid of than the grass.) Last year I had a big enough grass-free patch to seed. THEN I read the fine print. Which basically said for the first two years you will have to water copiously if needed (we’re in a multi-year drought-of-record) or, conversely, hand weed if you get a lot of rain.

          I just couldn’t. So I let nature take its course for a year. Now I am undoing nature’s plantings and am going to divide whatever bare earth there is between the precious native mixture and supposedly low-maintenance herbs, while spending odd bits of time researching the alternatives till the fall planting season. Worst case I get more wildness, which isn’t actually terrible – lots of flowering vines in the spring, some fast growing trees, and a ton of Queen Ann’s lace – which is the rub, since as soon as it flowers one must start pulling it up lest it reseed too overwhelmingly.

          Long, but you did ask. ;-)

          • decormaven

            Sounds like a yard challenge. Designate several large natural areas and sprinkle some pots of color about. Most of our yard is in the shade, hence the large amounts of mulching.

    • Sally

      What are going to do tonight at 9 pm!!??

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

      I saw the book at my favorite lunch spot, Kinokuniya bookstore of Bryant Park. It was in the “Self-Help” section which I enjoyed.

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

      Thanks for the interesting link. My grandfather got a pretty nice looking tattoo with his initials on his forearm during WWI. More like a fancy monogram than something a drunken soldier would get. He was so embarrassed by it later on that he never wore short sleeves. I guess this formed my opinion of them early on and I have a hard time appreciating 99% of what I see.

      However, I must say that I am very taken with the chest tattoo on the girl on “American Pickers.” She actually dresses to enhance the artwork and her clothes show it off beautifully.