TLOunge

Posted on May 16, 2014

Glittering, fabulous Old Hollywood style,darlings! Let’s DO this!

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TLOunge-5-16-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)Dry San Sebastián Bar, Hotel Maria Cristina, San Sebastián, Spain

 

That’ll do. Here is where we will be holding court all night, in our imaginations. Pack your imaginary passports. Imaginary drinks are on us.

We have had a decidedly uneventful week, except for a bout of jury duty. Our exciting weekend will be spent cleaning house, because our imaginary fleet of servants has the weekend off and they’ve left the place a frightful mess. That’s it. That’s all there is to report. To be honest, after 5 straight months of poledancing for our book, we’re pretty happy about the lull. We told y’all we’d get back to “Be Me or Do Me Bingo” after almost a month since the last entry, so we promise we’ll do one every day next week. Also: don’t forget the Orphan Black review on Sunday and Mad Men review as early as possible Monday morning. And to the winners of our Mother’s Day book contest, we apologize, but there was an unexpected SNAFU (i.e., we fucked up) with the mailing of the books. They’re on their way, darlings. Sorry about the delay.

And you kittens? How are you all doing at the moment?

 

 

[Photo Credit: hotel-mariacristina.com]

    • @Biting Panda

      Cheers, Darlings!

      There are no plans, no worries, for this weekend. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to be in the sun and by the water.

      A toast to our youngest, who sang her little heart out, at her Kindergarten graduation program.

      • Lucía Gavello

        How precious! What was the repertoire? My little cousin treated me to a reading, singing and dancing session yesterday that kicked me right out of a serious funk.

      • marlie

        I know she was fantastic. :)

      • annla

        I’m taking my 3 daughters to the red carpet of Drag Race viewing party here in Vegas on Monday. They (and their guy friends who watch) are all dying to meet Adore. I’m team Bianca.

        We are hoping and assuming there is a red carpet…. there has to be a red carpet, right?

      • BLauD

        That sounds like a lovely way to pass the weekend.

        We have a Kindergarten and a Preschool program coming up. I’m spending the weekend avoiding the thought that I will have 2 in elementary school next year.

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

        Your little ‘un has the most adorable smile. I suspect her of being able to get away with anything through force of personality.

      • NinaBoo

        I wish you the luck of Sobaika!

    • demidaemon

      Wow, I’m one of the first ones in here. Wonders never cease. Anyways, I finished my grades, and only one person failed, and that was because this student quit school, unfortunately. I received all the infor for my apartment in Baltimore (man, there are too many rules for graduate student housing), and may possibly have an awesome opportunity that I am not ready to discuss just yet, just in case I jinx it. How’s everybody else?

      • @Biting Panda

        May the winds of Fortune blow your way.
        Xo

        • demidaemon

          Thanks!

      • Grumpy Girl

        Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

        • demidaemon

          Thank you!

      • marlie

        Good luck!

        • demidaemon

          Thank you.

      • Lucía Gavello

        A loud “Buena suerte!” from Argentina :)

      • Sarah

        Good luck, friend. And make sure you go to the American Visionary Art Museum when you get there. It is truly amazing.

        • demidaemon

          Thanks! I will try, but, if my opportunity works out, I am going to have about five minutes of free time between work and classes. :)

          • Sarah

            Five minutes of free time will be spent finding parking, if my friends who live up there are telling the truth!

            • demidaemon

              When I was in Baltimore in March, this was the truth!

      • formerlyAnon

        That all sounds great-to-promising! Fingers crossed!

        • demidaemon

          Mine too! I should know more by the end of next week and I will definitely keep everyone updated!

      • decormaven

        It’s all coming together. Fingers crossed for the awesome opportunity. That would be some sweet icing indeed.

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

        Sending unjinxy good wishes!

      • Alloy Jane

        Sending the good mojo!

      • PastryGoddess

        As a Baltimorean…I welcome you to our fair city!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          Another Baltimore BK! Squee! I was born in Baltimore and raised in the suburbs(Glen Burnie). I’ve been in the Maryland suburbs of D.C. for over 30 years, but Baltimore is my hometown.

          • PastryGoddess

            *waves* I was born in the city and lived in Woodlawn growing up. I moved to Chicago, France, and DC before moving back to Baltimore 5 min from my parents house. But I work mostly in DC

            I feel like a salmon coming home to spawn…except the whole spawning thing :)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Waving back at you! My mother and her family grew up in South Baltimore, and we used to visit one of her cousins who lived her entire life in S.Baltimore. The cousin was a very accomplished seamstress, who used to give me bags of fabric scraps when I learned to sew-one reason why my and my younger cousins’ Barbies were very well dressed.

            • homespunner

              Born and raised in Baltimore County (Lochearn). Graduated from Woodlawn Senior High. Moved to Utah for a bit and then to outside of Boston, where I’ve been living since. I love it here but a piece of my heart will forever remain in Baltimore.

      • Kent Roby

        Baltimore, how Divine! And good luck with the opportunity…but what does Jinx Monsoon have to do with it? ;). Good luck with the preparations for the move, and when you get there tell John Waters I said Hi!

        • demidaemon

          :)

      • NinaBoo

        I wish you the luck of Sobaika!

        • Sobaika

          :D

          I wish you small the happiness I’ve experienced in the past month! And I hope mine sustains ;)

      • Kitten Mittons

        Congrats on finishing your grades, and good luck in all other things. I’ve never been to Baltimore, but really want to go. Hope you love it!

    • Musicologie

      Time marches on. The baby is growing and attempting to crawl (he hasn’t figured out forward yet–he keeps rolling side to side). I almost have a draft of another dissertation chapter, but I’m struggling to get the good ideas to spread throughout the whole thing. As for pop culture, I can’t believe that this week marks the end of both Mad Men and The Americans for the year. Then what will I look forward to at 10 pm?

      • heybethpdx

        Wait.. this is the last Mad Men (for a year)????? augh I have not been bracing myself appropriately!!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Isn’t MM on this Sunday and next? There are two episodes to go, right?

        • heybethpdx

          Whew, the interwebs report that the 25th is the final one of this season – so yes, 2 eps to go.

        • Musicologie

          Oh, great! Hooray, more Mad Men than I expected! Well, that’s a pleasant surprise.

    • marlie

      Happy Friday, gang! It’s been a hectic week… my office moved this week, so there’s been all sorts of related insanity, but I love my new workspace (getting locked in the stairwell notwithstanding). I’m fighting off a cold, so I’m spending my weekend relaxing and recovering.

      Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

      • @Biting Panda

        Yay, for new spaces. Get lots of rest. Much love to you.

        • marlie

          Thank you my dear! Hope you all have a great weekend too! I’m a little jealous about the possibility of the beach though…

          • @Biting Panda

            Don’t be. I’ll be poolside, at best.

      • Lucía Gavello

        Feel better marlie! Happy weekend :)

        • marlie

          Thanks!

      • Sarah

        Feel better!

      • Qitkat

        Relax, recover and rejuvenate!

      • 25or6to4

        It sucks to have a cold during allergy season, so here’s to a speedy recovery! Also, getting locked in a stairwell sounds like an interesting story… When my graduate lab was moved onto a new floor, I managed to get myself locked into a single-person bathroom. For four hours. Hell hath no fury like a claustrophobic twenty-something.

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

          When I was a teenager, my mother and I had a bunch of waifs & strays over for Christmas lunch. One of them got stuck in the bathroom and we didn’t notice for about 2 hours – we were too loud to hear her yelling and when people saw the door was shut they went to the other loo… it wasn’t our finest hour as hostesses.

      • decormaven

        Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Put your feet up and indulge in a little tv time. Glad you like your new workspace.

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

        You’ve been under the weather quite a lot lately! Hopefully this new building will have lovely clean air conditioning and you can stay healthy for a bit.

        • marlie

          My boyfriend said the same thing this weekend. Usually I get *maybe* one bad cold a season. This year, it’s going on 3 maybe 4, I think.

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

            Hopefully this is the last one then! Summer colds are miserable.

            • marlie

              Thank you, love!

      • Kitten Mittons

        A change like that at work can be very refreshing. Hope you feel better!

    • ojosazules

      Hire a cleaner and relax. You deserve it.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      A very humid, damp day here at home, with the hard drive on my venerable Dell PC clicking slowly to oblivion. There’s some big IT shopping in my pretty near future, though not until after Memorial Day – just don’t have the time or oomph to follow my IT guru’s very prudent suggestions yet, but soon, soon.

      As part of getting ready to jettison this old equipment I’ve spent the afternoon going through folder upon folder of e-mails so that I can delete, delete and delete. Which I’ve done, but may go back and do more. I’m good about tossing real stuff, so this e- stuff needs the same rigorous scrutiny. If I don’t look at it… and it’s years old… well….

      My sister’s double mastectomy surgery will be performed this coming week, and she and I will have a long chat this weekend about her preparations. She got through the skin sparing/establish-new-blood-flow intermediary surgery a week ago with the bruising still quite evident 8 days on.

      Looking forward to COSMOS (my fave, even more than “Mad Men”) and MM on Sunday night – my thrills are pretty gentle. Dunno about my seeing either a week from this Sunday as I’ll be visiting my brother’s family, and I’m not sure they get AMC in their cable package, though Cosmos will be a lock, since they’re die-hard Simpsons fans.

      Work at IP Central was pretty non-stop this week, which is good for billables and makes the business days go by quickly. Between brushfires and prosecution to tackle and then a couple of nights out to see friends, this week has flown. And so has today. I need to rustle up a little dinner! Hope the BK community is managing mid-May with aplomb.

      • Lucía Gavello

        A big bear hug to your brave sister and you!

      • marlie

        Sending good thoughts to you and your sister.

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

        Your sister will have some rough times ahead but I am certain you will be a rock for her. Good karma is being sent your way! (and thanks so much again for sending the photos, they were just great!)

        • NDC_IPCentral

          I’ve been meaning to send a reply to the nice e-mail you sent me, but this computer at home is on its last legs – the hard drive is ticking non-stop, so I’m avoiding turning anything on very often! You looked lovely in those photos, no thanks to me but rather to the subject.

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

        Positive thoughts from me to your sister, too. ( I am ‘here’ most Fridays, just not too vocal.)

      • Qitkat

        Blessings and courage to your sister. Your presence for her must be so sheltering.

      • @Biting Panda

        You know you have all the love the Bitter Kittens can send.

        • Sarah

          Hear hear.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        You BKs are really good folks. You were so supportive to me two years ago when I was battling cancer; your support now for my sister’s fight is equally precious.

        • Lilithcat

          And they were to me, as well. My thoughts are with your sister, and you too. A hard road ahead, but, as you know, it can be done, with determination and support. Nothing like family for that.

      • demidaemon

        IT updates are always the worst. Wishing good thoughts for your sister.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          My PC is really, really old, so it’s time to upgrade to the 2nd decade of the 21st C, equipment-wise. I have a really savvy tech consultant whom I hired for the system I’m now replacing who will do the installation (definitely not my metier) of the new stuff, and he’s given me some very wise recommendations on what to purchase. As he does this repair/installation/rescue all the time, he knows what’s good and what isn’t, so I’m relying on him.

          Thanks for the good wishes. If all the powerful positivity could only ensure an optimal outcome….!

          • demidaemon

            I definitely know how that is. I’ve had to take my current one in for repairs twice (one for added memory) and replaced the monitor that originally came with my current tower. I’m probably going to have to make a similar update in the next twenty four months, much as I dread it.

            I am a definite believer that putting positive thoughts out into the world helps engender positive outcomes. The amount of positive outpouring here should hopefully have a huge effect. :)

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Sending good thoughts to your sister-may the surgery go as well as possible. Big hugs to both of you.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Good thoughts and positive vibrations to your sister and you.

      • formerlyAnon

        All the best to your sister! It must be so . . . odd to be going through all of this from the other side. May the ominously ticking PC be the worst thing in your world for the forseeable future!

      • decormaven

        Trusting that all will go smoothly for your sister. Sorry for the computer woes; hope you can make the jump to a new system soon. That clicking means time is money- pretty soon, that thing is going to be a big ol’ paperweight.

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

        Good luck to your sister! But brushfires sound worrying.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          My brushfire allusion was for our BK cohort on the Left Coast where the drought is persistent and dangerous. Here in the Evil East we’re plenty damp. Mildew and flooding are the concerns ’round these parts.

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

            Also unpleasant. But less imminent danger.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Best wishes to your sister, and to you.

      • Paula Pertile

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      • bitchybitchybitchy

        It’s good to have an IT guru. Mr. B3 and I have one and we treasure him. He’s bailed us out of several computer problems.

    • Lucía Gavello

      This week refuses to end… I worked overtime nearly every day, the apartment downstairs was burglarized today -no one was hurt thankfully-, and I still have a tedious workday tomorrow… I need something potent with little hangover effects… vermouth perhaps?

      • marlie

        Hope you’ll at least get SOME down time this weekend! Sorry to hear about the break-in downstairs; that sort of thing is always unsettling. Stay safe, and try not to work TOO much! xo

        • Lucía Gavello

          Thanks, I will!

    • PastryGoddess

      Hey everyone,

      Gin and tonic for me. This has been a VERY satisfying week career wise, which makes up for the fact that I had to dump someone. Maybe I should make that gin and tonic a double.

      • heybethpdx

        Sounds like the good outweighs the bad, therefore you clearly should celebrate with a double. Please pour one for me!

      • formerlyAnon

        Cheers! It sounds as if the future is bright!

      • decormaven

        May things fly swiftly as your load is now lightened. Cheers to you!

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

        I didn’t realise that there was an option *other* than a double! Sorry about the need for dumping, but a satisfying week career wise sounds like something to celebrate!

        • PastryGoddess

          I typically switch between an extra dirty Sapphire Martini and G&T’s, hence the single. However, I did need that double last night since I had to turn my phone off to avoid the ex.

          Asshole

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

            You should probably have another one tonight. I’ll have a small one in solidarity!

      • Paula Pertile

        ew, gin, ew, but otherwise, yay for you!

        • PastryGoddess

          Hey! with Gin, there is no mistakenly getting sauced. It’s hard to hide underneath other flavors the way vodka does.

          • formerlyAnon

            Ha! Never thought of it like that. I developed a taste for gin because my father drank it (and scotch, but I didn’t manage to bond with it) and like all acquired tastes, I think, once you really like it, nothing else is going to fill the bill.

            (I was about to cap the evening off with a beer – a seasonal one made with with grapefruit and ginger – but I now have to think about maybe a gin instead.)

    • Bexxx

      Y’all, I am going to go see Laverne Cox speak at my alma mater for commencement tomorrow. I will try to report back with all of the details. It’s an extremely small school with relatively few people commencing so hopefully I will get a chance to introduce myself.

      • sienna elm

        Sweet! That will be amazing!

      • marlie

        Tell her the bitter kittens love her!

      • Lucía Gavello

        OMG so jealous! She is a goddess, have fun!

      • Sarah

        Wow, cool! Very nice that they invited her to speak. Lucky!

      • BobStPaul

        Amazing the things one learns on this blog. I was unfamiliar with Hampshire College despite a lifetime in academia but it sounds like a very interesting place. And it was nice that the students got to choose the commencement speaker.

      • formerlyAnon

        Very cool! Waiting for the report.

    • sienna elm

      I get the ‘privilege’ of turning forty on Monday (which is a holiday here, thank goodness!), so I’m going to try to escape the scary number by running away to Montreal for the weekend. 40 won’t find me there – right?? [please don't tell me the truth!] xo

      • Lucía Gavello

        40 won’t find you, in fact, we will hold 40 hostage until you feel up to it ;) Happy Birthday!

      • Qitkat

        Happy Birthday! Montreal is great.

      • Jackie4g

        You baby, you. No worries about 40, nothing will change and some things will get better, especially for the nearsighted. Have a great time! Happy Birthday, anyway.

      • Violina23

        Just celebrate the 2nd anniversary of your 39th birthday!! ;-)

        Just kidding, enjoy! Here’s hoping forty is fabulous for you :)

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Happy Victoria Day! And Happy Birthday to you. I have found that it is a good idea to spend big birthdays away from home because you’re distracted from the birthday by all the fun you’re having. And my forties were some of my best years, so enjoy!

      • Lilithcat

        Speaking as someone who went on Medicare her last birthday, all I can say is, the 40s are fabulous, and you’re a mere babe! ;-)

      • formerlyAnon

        The 40s are (can be, anyway) such a seamless transition from the 30s, that one forgets to consciously enjoy the more-or-less last pre-menopausal-changes decade. (ETA: assuming you’re a girl, that is!) That was my story, anyway. ;-D Go ahead and have a blast.

      • aeascot

        I spent my 40th birthday in Montreal too. Even though I didn’t pack it, 40 showed up anyway! But it was a great weekend in a great city. Many Happys!

      • decormaven

        The forties are fun! Embrace them; the next decade is when things get a little tricky. Montreal sounds like a great place to celebrate.

      • Paula Pertile

        Happy Birthday! 40’s nuthin to worry about. :~)

      • Anna

        The happiest of birthdays to you! Montreal is a fabulous place to run away to at any time, especially for a birthday. Hope you enjoy some famous Montreal eats and the beautiful city!

      • Kitten Mittons

        A very happy birthday to you, and have a great trip!

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

      Right now I am feeling battered by the weather. We had a freakin’ TORNADO here yesterday–complete with National Weather Service blasts over the cell phones every 15 minutes, and all the emergency sirens–*and* there was SIX INCHES of rain. Yes, kittens, you heard that right: six inches in about 12 hours. I wish we could have shipped some of the precipitation to all the poor people in Southern California who are battling brushfires. :-( Today, it’s just gorgeous: 70 degrees, sunny, breezy, not a cloud in the sky, as perfect as it gets. My younger daughter is a nanny for a family with 18 month old twin girls, and she brought them over to my house for a while this afternoon. We blew bubbles and drew with chalk on the driveway, then made clover flower chain necklaces. Ah, youth!

      Spent a lot of time in the garden today since the ground was so wet and fertile. Planted a ton of annuals, weeded, pruned, and generally overdid the whole Earth Mother thing. It’s Chianti time now. Tomorrow will be “sit around and baby my sore back and shoulders” day, I feel certain. Hugs to all the BKs!

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

        Enjoy the good times!

      • Sarah

        Driveway chalk rules. Your garden will be worth it, I’m sure!

      • demidaemon

        I do not miss tornadoes at all from my time in the Midwest. Glad that you and your family made it out relatively unscathed.

      • Lilithcat

        It snowed in the western ‘burbs of Chicago this morning! It’s friggin’ May 16! WTF?

      • decormaven

        Yay for garden time! That’s in my future today. Sorry about the tornado scare- no fun, indeed.

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

        That’s a LOT of rain! The garden’s going to go nuts!

        We’ve had weird weather here too – not as extreme as yours, but half hour stripes of torrential rain, followed by bright hot sun. The grass grew 6″ in a week.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Oh how lovely. I hope to be doing some similar planting soon . . . if I can just get straight the oldest child’s transportation needs.

      • Paula Pertile

        Tornados (tornadoes? is it like ‘tomatoes’?) are scary. Give me a shaky earthquake any old day (OK but not a bad one – been there).
        Glad you have sun and a garden and chianti and bubbles!

      • Alloy Jane

        Southern California would definitely like to take at least one inch of rain from you, if you don’t mind. Hold the tornado though, thanks :)

      • Kitten Mittons

        Glad you survived unscathed!

    • Sobaika

      I am apartment hunting and have strep. I’ll be drinking Theraflu in the corner!

      Cheers, all!

      • Lucía Gavello

        Sorry to hear that! Good luck with the hunt, have some tea with honey and get some rest!

      • @Biting Panda

        Bless your heart. Strep is miserable.

      • Sarah

        Oh, sorry! Get better fast.

      • marlie

        That’s a bummer. I hope you feel better soon, AND I hope you find the perfect apartment!

      • Violina23

        Feel better soon!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Be a good, compliant patient and take ALL your meds. One of the ways drug-resistant bugs develop is when patients don’t consume the full course of their prescriptions, just enough for the wily bacteria to mutate to their advantage. Don’t overstrain and get better soon.

      • BLauD

        I’m in misery just thinking of you having strep! Feel better!

      • formerlyAnon

        Just give in and sleep as much as you can. Don’t know if you’ll recover faster, but at least while you’re unconscious you aren’t feeling sick.

      • decormaven

        Ooh, sorry for the illness. You’ve been moving fast. Hope a great apartment turns up pronto. Take it as easy as you can.

      • Paula Pertile

        Oh sorry. Good luck with the apt hunting!

      • Alloy Jane

        Oh no! Strep is making the rounds this season, isn’t it? Feel better and don’t forget to salt gargle. I hope an awesome apartment is consolation for the bacterial invasion.

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

      I wish I had the poise to waltz in here wearing a pale pink, bias cut slinky satin gown a la Harlow, but probably not going to happen. In my dreams!

      • decormaven

        In dreams, we all have that poise. Waltz on in!

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

        I’m seeing the icy coolness of Grace Kelly.

    • Paula Pertile

      One of the cats caught a mouse last night, and he rang the bell on the front door today and had the poor thing, very dead, right there on the doormat. All proud. And now I get to have a mouse funeral.

      In other news, I’ve been drawing chocolate all week, so there’s that.
      Need a drinkie though!

      • Qitkat

        It’s been a week for amazing cat stories :)
        Yours can ring the doorbell? Or is that hyperbole?
        Surely chocolate trumps mouse funerals, depending of course on whether young sad kids are involved.

        • Paula Pertile

          ha, no, no doorbell. I have a cowbell on a string hanging from the doorknob. It works great! They all ring it … often in the middle of the night since they weren’t ready to come in at a civilized time. I have one on the garage door coming into the house, too, and in the past, in walk-in closets. Anywhere they can get stuck or shut in or out. Its all very “servants hall”, with me listening, and getting up to answer a bell.

          And no sad kids. But lots of Snickers bars.

          • Qitkat

            Such a great idea.

            • Sarah

              My cats would abuse the hell out of a bell. Then, they already abuse my doorjambs, so maybe that would be better….

            • kittentoes

              Mine bang on the bedroom window.

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

              I just got yelled at until I went and sat out on the doorstep – her Furry Highness didn’t want my company, she wanted my thighs as a sunshade. The thought of being at her beck & call via a bell is frankly scary.

            • Sarah

              Me too! I told my fiance about the bell over the weekend, and we discussed that being a possible method for our Outdoor Princess, and then we realized that she’s quite the in-and-out if you are willing to let me at my whim kind of girl, so a bell would have us hopping at her behest far too often.

      • Sarah

        Go Kitty! He loves you :)

        • marlie

          I saw my bestie’s cat do that once, and I swear I’m still traumatized by it. Another friend had her cat leave a bunny on the steps at the back door. EW, EW, EW.

          • Sarah

            Yes, very gross. But it is their biological imperative at work. I always had indoor cats growing up, and my best friend from third grade moved away after the school year was over. My mom drove me to NJ to visit that summer, and we had a grand time, until the morning we went to play in the yard and there was a headless bird on the welcome mat. I screamed, because it WAS bloody murder, to me, but my 8 y/o buddy was like “What? That’s what cats DO.”

            • demidaemon

              It’s true. They are just showing to their mommies and daddies that “Look Mom/Dad, I can feed myself. Aren’t you proud of me?”

            • marlie

              I know; it’s still icky. That’s one of the reasons why I’m not a cat person. ;)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I was stunned the first time I saw our cat really “play” with one of his toy mice-if it had been real, there would have been screams galore-and not just from the mouse.

            • marlie

              My friend’s cat managed to smuggle a live mouse in from outside, and then proceeded to “play” with it in the living room. Needless to say, I was completely useless because I was trying not to completely lose my mind.

              ETA: My friend did end up rescuing it and setting it free outside.

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

              We had the same thing with a frog. No idea how she hid it until after we went to bed, but we woke to frog screams. With my well-established failure to cope with frogs, you can imagine how well that went down.

            • Paula Pertile

              Last night he caught a bird, which I managed to rescue and release. I’ve had lots of hunters, and have seen lots of headless birds and cut in half lizards and worms even, and mangled mice. There’s a critter graveyard in my old yard in SF – if anyone from the future does excavating they will wonder about who lived there and buried all those little creatures.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I’m impressed that your friend managed to rescue the mouse. Our cat is not allowed to go down to our basement(too many possibilities for him to get into trouble), so of course he hovers around the door to the basement any time that my husband or I go downstairs. We joke that the cat is convinced that we have a collection of mice and birds that we won’t allow him to see.

          • Alloy Jane

            Ooh, my poor deceased Fuzzy Lumpkins once caught a baby bunny. Where she got it, I have no idea, but we had a theory that she was like the queen in Snow White, and was out to kill anything cuter than she was. The bunny thankfully was still alive, probably because they were the same size. Fuzzy was petite and so sweet and so deadly. Now that she’s gone, my yard is full of live birds instead of dead birds because the other cats are kinda lazy.

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

            A friend of mine claims her cat brought one of the neighbour’s prize koi carp through the catflap. She didn’t own up when they came round to say they’d been robbed.

      • T C

        We had an excellent hunter for 21 years; she’d bring her presents in and corral them upstairs in a corner under DH’s desk, waiting patiently until one of us would take a shower so that she could gift us on the bathmat. After present time, she would sit in the shower and watch water droplets on the tile.

        She reveled in Fleet Week, camouflaged under the lemon bush, licking her lips and wiggling her hindquarters, salivating at the F-14’s; she really really wanted to bring in one of the big birds.

      • Lisa_Co

        I still remember when I was a teen and a cat that wandered into our yard for a few days (and got all kinds of good things to eat) left a dead chipmunk on our back door mat. I knew it was a “present” but ICK.

      • decormaven

        Nothing like a hunter kitty wanting to display the latest catch. It can be disconcerting to see, though. Hope you had a proper funeral for the mouse. Put a baby Snickers bar in his pine box for his journey.

      • alyce1213

        Came back and just saw your post. I recently read the notion that cats recognize us people as poor hunters and that’s why they bring us offerings — cat caring and loving.

        • Paula Pertile

          I wonder what they think when we come home with bags of groceries and cat food – no doubt they think we go ‘hunting’ for cans of Fancy Feast and deli turkey and milk, in some special hunting ground that requires a car to travel to.

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

      Just finished booking the trip of a lifetime. Going to do the classic transatlantic crossing on the QM 2 in the Penthouse. Once in Southampton, several days in London, then driving around Scotland to visit friends. Home via air. Now I get to plan the details for my mother, my brother and me. Planning the wardrobe now.

      • Wendy

        Good for you! I’ve always wanted to do a transatlantic crossing, and your itinerary is more or less what we’d like to do for our honeymoon. I hope you’ll love every minute of it!

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

          I plan to, thanks!

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

        Sounds glorious…..if only I didn’t get seasick! Nothing treats it. I’m the woman who went to Venice on her honeymoon, and puked over the side of the gondola.

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

          Oh no! I am hoping my predeliction for seasickness doesn’t kick up on this trip. I’ve only taken one other cruise, and I didn’t get sick. But, put me in anything smaller, and I’m heaving in no time at all. I hope you were able to enjoy your honeymoon aside from the gondola incident.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        How fabulous-that truly sounds divine!

      • Lilithcat

        What? No Orient Express?

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

          I know, right? *le Sigh* next time…

      • formerlyAnon

        That sounds awesome. Go you!

      • decormaven

        You go! The BKs are down in steerage, eyeing you with complete envy. No, honestly, that’s a great thing. Travel is the best, no matter which way it is accomplished.

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

          Thank you! Blushing a bit here…It would be wonderful if the BKs could come with. As it is, the Uncles and BKs will be with me in spirit as I hear various comments from both as I go about trying to put together the wardrobe for this. We are going to have 3 formal nights, so this in itself is a challenge. I’m about Melissa McCarthy or Gabby Sidibe size and shape, so more challenge. But, I’ll get it done and hope to bring honor and glory to the BKs and Uncles. Truly, I’m still pinching myself.

          • marlie

            Whatever you end up wearing, as long as YOU feel stunning and the family thinks you look stunning, that’s all that matters. But I know you’ll knock them dead. :)

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

              Thank you, Marlie, for the vote of confidence. :)

          • decormaven

            Loving it! Look at Tadashi Shoji- there should be some perfect choices for formal nights.

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

              Yes, one of my top choices. Gorgeous things there, and he does know how to dress the large woman.

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

            Go for separates. Bring a basic skirt or palazzo pants with basic tops you can jazz up with statement jewelry. Less to pack and you’ll look as if you’re wearing something different each night. You only need one pair of dressy black shoes, too. And believe me, if you duplicate the first night on the third, no one is going to notice.

            Have a great time!

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

              I have been considering just this. I have several gorgeous tops that could go formal with as you say, statement jewelry. I need a suitable bottom covering, and am considering a long skirt in black (of course), but I’m stuck on bias or pencil, and 4 ply silk or silk jersey. Choices, choices.

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

              Silk or silk jersey! What wonderful decisions! I think silk jersey pencil skirt.

      • Paula Pertile

        Wow! Sounds fabulous.

      • Kitten Mittons

        That’s amazing! You will have such fantastic time. Good for you for grabbing life with both hands.

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

          Thanks! You know, it was one of those things where it came together so oddly and quickly, you just knew it was ordained. I had been ogling the Cunard website for weeks looking at the Transatlantic crossing page and wondering how could I do this alone? I had even made it my home page. Our friends in Scotland called my mother and they had a long chat. Mother called me to relate the incident, and she said during the course of the call that she would love to go back to Scotland one more time. At 91, you need to act on those things quickly. I thought it would be nice, and then it hit me…wait..I know how to get around once I’m in the UK, so lessee here. We could take the cruise, from Southampton it’s a short hop to London, then there’s trains (which we love) to Perth. From there it developed to why not rather recreate the trip my late husband and I took some years ago. We rented a car and drove to Gairloch, on the west coast. It’s his ancestral home, being the home of Clan Mackenzie, and the town where his great grandfather emigrated from to the US. My mother had the great idea of scattering some of his ashes at the old home place (now mostly rubble). So, this we are going to do. To make it complete, my brother asked if he could tag along, meeting up with us in London. He had spent a semester abroad in London while in college, and he’s always wanted to go back. Plus, he wanted to see our friends in Perth. It just so happens we all have clear calendars with our lives, or can make them so for that time, so here we are.

          • Corsetmaker

            What a fabulous holiday! A proper voyage :) And you’ve picked an interesting time to visit my wee country. There’s a lot of excitement and energy about at the moment, and there are lots of things on this year between the Commonwealth games and the Homecoming events, Bannockburn anniversary etc. Of course that depends on when you’re visiting.I hope you have a wonderful trip.

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

              Ah, then perhaps you will know why it’s been a bit of a chore to book lodging. We are staying In the Perth area the week of November 8-15. I have a timeshare with Hilton, and they also work with RCI. Our first choice was Hilton Dunkeld House, then Moness, and all are booked solid for November, December and January. Is that fishing season? We never have a bad time in Scotland. I love it. Love it.

          • Kitten Mittons

            That it’s truly amazing. What a trip! I hope you have the absolute best time.

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

              Thank you! We certainly want to.

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

      I believe the large B/W photo on the left is of a VERY young Bette Davis, when she was a sweet little blonde starlet. I love the pencil thin eyebrows. And I love this lounge! I wish it were closer than in Spain, though, and I hope “DRY San Sebastian” doesn’t mean they don’t serve liquor…..that would be very sad. This lounge is screaming for soft lights, a little piano music tinkling unobtrusively in the background, and many beautiful people drinking very dry martinis.

      Although now that I look again, I see a large selection of bottles behind the bar. So Dry San Sebastian must mean something else. Anyone know what?

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

        Don’t be anxious – apparently it is called DRY because it specialises in martinis, on their menus the Y is a martini glass. “The “Dry” bar is an homage to Bette Davis,
        pictured here on the cover of the menu, smoking and drinking in the
        hotel’s watering hole just a few hours before her death. This is the
        last picture taken of the actress while she was alive. She had been in
        town attending the Film Festival in 1989 where she was being honored.
        Mr. Nader offered an interesting tidbit: Bette Davis died in her room
        later that evening. But, as hotel officials did not want it to be known
        that she had died on the premises, her body was whisked across the
        border and the official story remains that the legendary actress died in
        France.”

        • decormaven

          Now that’s a classic story! [Lifts glass in general direction of Alicia]

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

          Wow..great story. She did *everything* with such class.

    • Sarah

      Happy Friday, guys! I finished my semester’s schoolwork today, THANK GOODNESS. Free for the next six weeks until my summer course starts. So happy! Heading to my school tomorrow (about an hour and a half away in the mountains) to be inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda, and then camping at our favorite spot afterwards. The campground has tame bunnies, a river, a waterfall, and four hot tubs. The mister has had a hard week at work, so we’re really excited to feed rabbits and soak our overtaxed bones accompanied by many beers. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

      • BLauD

        That sounds like the most perfect weekend ever. Cheers!

      • marlie

        Sounds lovely. Have a great weekend!

      • demidaemon

        Yay! Congrats on the induction!

      • formerlyAnon

        Yay, Hooray, and ENJOY! (And congrats on the recognition of your scholarship!)

        • Sarah

          Thanks, friend! It was a lovely weekend.

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

        I’m not entirely sure what “inducted into Alpha Sigma Lambda” means – is it an honour society? But feeding bunnies and drinking something nice with someone nice in a hot tub sounds absolutely ideal!

        • Sarah

          Yes, an honor society for adult students. Very pleasant camping indeed! I beat the mister at mini-golf, too – quite handily!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Congrats and enjoy the break, which is well-deserved.

    • Qitkat

      Mr Q is celebrating one of those BIG birthdays this week that ends in a zero. Family hike and picnic planned for Sunday. The weather people calling for a nice day, it had better be as it snowed on Mothers Day and we still haven’t gotten our new flower plants in the ground. Need to find a safe picnic side dish to create and figure out what flavor of cupcakes will be a hit. Thankfully he will enjoy pretty much anything. Any suggestions?

      Have a great weekend everyone!

      • marlie

        My Mr. is partial to red velvet. And you can’t go wrong with chocolate!

      • formerlyAnon

        I made some marvelous lemon cupcakes recently (a bit of lemon juice and lemon zest gave them fantastic flavor). But I am good with any cupcake that’s not too dry. (As long as “hike” is on the agenda, no birthday ending in a zero can be all that bad!)

      • decormaven

        My vote’s for salted caramel. A hike sounds like a perfect way to celebrate.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Mr Grump would vote for carrot cupcakes . . . Me, I’m going to echo the vote for lemon. And I agree, too, that any birthday that can include a hike is a great one.

      • Paula Pertile

        I always vote for chocolate. If you add coffee to the batter they’re even better.

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

        One of the blogs I read, A Southern Grace, has the most amazing-sounding cupcake recipes. I am not an aficionado, so I can’t really help from personal experience! Safe picnic side dishes – is there anything better than potato salad?

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

          Not safe if you add mayo and don’t refrigerate for hours. Non-dairy cole slaw or pasta salad are good.

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

            Ah! Clever! You can tell that my “picnics” usually take place within sight of the fridge.

      • Qitkat

        We had a lovely hike and picnic today. I made lemon cupcakes with chocolate ganache frosting. Very yummy :-) Thanks so much to all the BKs who weighed in on suggestions for flavors. We all had a lot of fun, the hike was more like a stroll, a little over a half mile, through a wooded path up in the foothills of Denver, near a nature center and the beautiful Boettcher Mansion, a favorite site for weddings locally. The recent rains gave the three little boys, 2, 4, and 7, lots of mud to stomp through. They also climbed rocks and enjoyed seeing several deer. The weather was just below 80, close to perfection for a day of lightweight fun in the mountains. We each brought our own sandwiches, and shared sides, all so delicious, mine was a lemony chickpea salad (I guess I had lemon on the brain), we also had an Israeli couscous salad, and a green bean, pea and snow pea salad, and chips and mango salsa. Very complementary. And all without even coordinating with each other. Then Mr Q and I came home and took a nap! Tuesday is his actual birthday, so it looks like we are planning high end sushi (yes, you can get excellent sushi in Denver) and a movie, yet to be determined.

        Cheers, y’all, hope everyone is having a swell weekend!

        • formerlyAnon

          Sounds like a glorious outing!

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

          Sounds absolutely perfect! Happy birthday to Mr Q for Tuesday!

    • BLauD

      You will find me sleeping on the lovely long sofa. The Mr is away for the weekend at a friend’s wedding, leaving me alone with our kids. The kicker is that he’s bringing his mom back with him, so I can’t just let the house go to hell while he’s away. Too bad it’s not nice enough to make them campout all weekend…

    • Frank_821

      wow so weird. no events this past week for us except Game of thrones. We don’t get HBO but there’s a club that airs it live on a 25 foot screen and it’s free to to enter. The ick and creep goes up 10 fold on a screen that big

      Anyway Rick is busy prepping goodies and drinks. 1 of his models has been staying with us these past few weeks. He graduates from Univ of Texas tomorrow. We’re having a little soiree here at the house for him with his family and friends. His name is Margo which is short for Margarito. He’s actually Margarito jr. So we looked up online and got a recipe for a drink called a Cilantro Margarito. It’s made with the herb, raw sugar, lime, seltzer and a splash of tequila

      He’s a good kid and a good model. he was sporting those copper vinyl pants in Rick’s mash-up contest photo entry. It’s been kind of a nice having a youngin staying with us. Almost forgot what its like to be 23. Qirky fact about him, UT has a quidditch team. There’s actually an international Quidditch league. Its a unisex team sport and they play with a broom between their legs. His team are won the world championships last month

      • formerlyAnon

        So fun! My kid’s high school had an unofficial quidditch playoff every year. On average, more injuries and bone breaks per game than any other school activity. They loved it!

    • 25or6to4

      Well, as of 8:30 this morning I finally finished my formal schooling (sort of) — 13 years of prep school, 4 years of college, a year of grad school to get a MPH and… 8 years of medical school and grad school to get my MD-PhD! It’s so strange to realize that I’ve been in school longer than a lot of people have been alive. Anyway, I have a little less than four weeks until my residency starts, and aside from packing up my worldly possessions to start all over again (and getting a little tipsy throughout), I’m going to be hitting up Netflix like there’s no tomorrow. BEST. VACATION. EVER.

      Also, I paid off the last of my student loans two weeks ago, so there’s that. And I just ate an entire box of Tagalongs. Happy Friday, everyone!

      • marlie

        “Congratulations” doesn’t even begin to cover it! You definitely have reason to celebrate! Enjoy the next few weeks – you totally deserve it!

        P.S. What are you doing your residency in?

        • 25or6to4

          Thank you so much! I’m going into urology with the long-term goal of becoming a urogynecologist — I’ll need to get into a special fellowship in Urogynecology and Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery after my residency — and will eventually be putting my PhD to good use by joining a lab that focuses on developing various technologies like pelvic mesh and bladder slings. Still, I’m open to the idea of going into reconstructive urology, so should that fellowship not work out, I’m essentially doing the same thing.

          • NDC_IPCentral

            And in your copious free time in coming decades you can Do Truly Good Works in the third world repairing fistulas. (I’m not being arch, truly – as you probably know, this is a terrible problem in certain underdeveloped countries.)

          • marlie

            Interesting! A friend from college is a urologist, but his concentration is urologic oncology, so his patient base is mostly men. Good luck – it sounds like a fascinating field. :)

            • 25or6to4

              Thank you!

          • decormaven

            Very interesting degree- there’s definitely a calling for your line of work. Congratulations- you’ve put in the hours. Huge happy dance for getting the student loan monkey off your back.

      • Sarah

        Oh, man. SUPER jealous about the loans part! I’m dreading the Era of Repayment. Congratulations on the end of your long school journey! What an incredible accomplishment. Have a great break!

        • 25or6to4

          Thanks! I’m sure your loans will work out in the end — I was particularly lucky, but we’re all in this together!

          • Sarah

            Well, I am a public servant, so I’m hoping that will help. It is a shame how much they charge for education these days, though, I firmly believe it. Not so much my school, which is reasonable, but plenty of others.

            • 25or6to4

              Agreed. I just found out how much it would cost to send someone to my undergrad alma mater — simply outrageous! At this rate, I’m not going to be able to afford to send my hypothetical child anywhere. Good thing said hypothetical child is a National Merit Scholar, I guess…

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

        Wow! You have got it going on right now! Congratulations. Savor it.

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Formidable accomplishment. What will your specialty be, have you decided? We need more medical professionals to take care of us aging kittens (I now want my docs to be younger than I am….), so I wish you well in your residency and a rewarding, challenging and productive career in the healing profession.

        • 25or6to4

          Thank you so much! I’m going into urology, with the end goal of being either a urogynecologist or a reconstructive urologist, depending on what fellowship I get into. After my fellowship, I plan on joining a lab that focuses on the development of various technologies used in certain reconstructive surgeries (i.e., bladder slings, pelvic meshes, etc.), but that’s roughly seven years from now. Who knows what will happen in the meantime?!

          • Lisa_Co

            Congrats 25or6to4! I’m an MPH myself (and ABD for Ph.D.). Good for you putting in all those years. And still ready to put in more. Enjoy your break!!

      • demidaemon

        Wow. That’s amazing and wonderful! Best of luck in your residency!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          just chiming in to add my congrats to 25or6to4!

          • 25or6to4

            Thank you so much!

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

        Congratulations, good luck, and remember, some day a nurse will save your butt, so be nice.

        No, seriously…….that’s fantastic. Good for you for having a vision and sticking to it. I mean, a whole box of Tagalongs….that’s an awesome accomplishment.

        • 25or6to4

          They’ve been hiding in my freezer for over a year (don’t know how that happened!)… Definitely the perfect thing to nibble on during the Barbara Walters special. Also, nurses are some of the best people around and deserve all the niceness in the world.

      • Lilithcat

        I don’t know what a Tagalong* is, but I think you should do whatever the heck you want to celebrate paying off student loans! It’s almost (but not quite) as thrilling as finishing school.

        * okay, I just googled it. Sounds hideously delicious and decadent.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Wow, that’s fantastic. Enjoy and celebrate!!!

      • formerlyAnon

        ENJOY! I hope you love your residency. I hung with a lot of med students through those years, and if they weren’t happy in residency it was the worst part of their training. If they’d hit on the right area for them, they were happier than they’d been in years, despite the work!

      • rainwood1

        Congratulations on finishing up both school and student loans. That’s quite the achievement. And I’m sure you’ll be a great doc-doc.

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

        Huge congratulations!

        Given that a couple of weeks ago half the kittens in the TLounge had UTIs and kidney infections, TLo might need to keep you on retainer.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Wow! I feel like the world’s biggest slacker. I think I could compete on the box of Tagalogs, and that’s about it. Congratulations, many times over!

      • Paula Pertile

        Wow, I’m impressed! Congrats on it all!! And Tagalogs too, gosh.

      • Alloy Jane

        Holy wow that’s awesome! You Netflix it like there’s no tomorrow and enjoy a nice break before the madness of packing. Cheers to you!

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

        Yes, definitely congratulations are well in order for you.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Congratulations! Those are some major accomplishments! You’ve definitely earned those cookies.

    • Violina23

      Hey you guys! It’s finally FRIDAY! Hallelujah!

      I’m getting out of the house (YES!) for a girl’s night out tomorrow in Manhattan to go see the new Les Miz revival (I’ve been listening to that music since I was a kid, WAY before I could understood what exactly “Lovely Ladies” was about, if you catch my drift). Needless to say, I have a huge soft spot for the show and will no doubt eat up every minute of it, even if the Tony-Nominated lead actor (Ramin Karminloo) has an injured leg and may not perform.

      And the Take Shape for Life nutrition plan I’ve been doing has been going pretty well — I’m down 26 pounds! A lot more to go, but it’s still encouraging to feel like the pants are getting looser (even if I don’t really “See” the difference yet). Having a health coach to strategize and talk through a lot of my food issues has been HUGE.

      And finally, Sunday is dance recital day! I have a super-excited 4-year-old who will be dancing to “Put on a Happy Face” in the cutest little sequined purple dress.

      • Sarah

        Congrats on your success! Nothing like loose pants to make you feel great. Sounds like a fun weekend, enjoy.

      • formerlyAnon

        You sound like you’re doing fabulously! Enjoy your weekend!

      • decormaven

        Congrats on the nutrition plan- you’ve shown a lot of fortitude to hang with it. Best of luck to your lil’ dancer.

      • Molly Dowd

        Oh wow! Congratulations on your weight loss! That’s awesome!

        As a fellow Les Miz fan, YES to that girl’s night out! I think it might be coming to my city soon. It has a dear place in my heart.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Your progress is amazing! Way to go, that’s really great. And the dance recitals are just so entertaining. I adore those types of things.

        Enjoy Les Miz, it’s such a great show. Definitely one of my favorites as well. I knew the songs long before I understood their meanings too :)

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      What a fabulous location :-). I’m taking a break from packing for my trip to Chicago early tomorrow morning. I’ll be there a few days to go to the MLA conference (any other medical librarians amongst us by chance?), and then staying on afterwards to visit with friends/family in the suburbs. I decided to try taking Amtrak, so hopefully that won’t be a disastrous experience. I hope the hotel I’m staying at has AMC so I get my Mad Men fix Sunday night. Hope everyone has a lovely weekend :-)

      • Sarah

        Nope, public. Amtrak is okay, if you have money to spend in the club car. It can get rough on overnights if you don’t have your own room, though. Have fun on your trip!

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          I’m just traveling from St. Louis, so theoretically it shouldn’t be bad. I’ve just had bad experiences in the past with long delays. Ooh, are you going to ALA this year? I just read that Jeff Bridges is scheduled to speak about his role in The Giver. ALA seems to be better able to draw the star power. I wish I could go to both conferences (especially with ALA being in Vegas this year!)

          • Sarah

            No, no money in our system for that, unfortunately. Jeff Bridges! I’ll let my friends who are going know! Very cool.

          • Lilithcat

            If you get the train that originates in Texas, it’s always a crap shoot.

          • Jacob Bowen

            The St. Louis Amtrak is a piece of cake; it should be a relatively mundane experience. I haven’t had many delays at all taking it!

          • PastryGoddess

            You’re not at WashU are you??

            • Angela_the_Librarian

              Yep, I work at Becker. Are you from STL?

            • PastryGoddess

              Nope, but you probably know my friend Susan who also works at Becker. I’m insanely jealous that you get to work with her awesomeness 40 hours a week. Give her a hug for me next time you see her :D Please

      • Lilithcat

        If you have time, take the Chicago Architecture Foundation river cruise.

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          I wish I had time to go on one. I actually grew up in the burbs but never managed to go out on the river (I’ve don’t a few tours on Lake Michigan), and I’ve heard the architecture tour is fabulous. I will, however, be going to the Field Museum after hours later this week for a vendor event, so I won’t be stuck at the conference center the entire time. :)

        • Kent Roby

          I love that; I’ve taken it 3 or 4 times over the past 25 years.

      • decormaven

        Ooh, medical librarian- are you affiliated with a university system? Enjoy the conference- sounds like you have a fun week ahead.

      • Grumpy Girl

        OMG–I worked as a medical librarian (that’s actually how I got into the field, from working in the library at a medical school), but that slowly morphed into computer work, and now I am (sadly) a computer chick, rather than a librarian, not even affiliated with a library or information center. Now I will feel so wistful when I am in Chicago next week, too, but for a collaborative technologies meeting within the corp. where I work.

      • Kent Roby

        I hope you had a good experience with Amtrak; I’ve taken it several time from New Orleans to Chicago and have really enjoyed the ride (as long as I have DVDs and/or a couple of good books with me!).

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          It was actually a pretty good experience. We arrived a little ahead of schedule and the train had free Wi-Fi access! Now I just hope to have a similar experience on my return trip :)

    • kimmeister

      My husband is out of town for two nights in a row for the first time since we’ve been married because his brother is an idiot and my husband needs to help him out. My girls night out for sunday got cancelled because my best friend’s brother in law dropped dead of a heart attack, so she’s out of town to comfort her sis. So, I can use that time to start training for my upcoming obstacle course race. And maybe go to the movies.

      • Lisa_Co

        So sorry about your friend’s BIL. That’s awful & undoubtedly unexpected. At least you’re using the freed up time productively.

      • formerlyAnon

        On the movie front, Only Lovers Left Alive is not precisely riveting, but it is very, very scenic. Not just pretty ectomorphs, but there are rooms of vintage & modern recording gear and lovely string instruments to look at.

        (And if you are a movie person, with all that family sad, you deserve to go to TWO movies.)

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

          But there are lovely ectomorphs, yes? I have been binging on pictures of Hiddleston recently. I think he may be my perfect man.

          • formerlyAnon

            Oh, very, very, lovely. And he’d definitely make the short list.

      • decormaven

        Whoa, rough waters all around. Another vote for two movies; an escape sounds like a Very Good Thing.

    • DagnyReardon

      Today was my birthday – a really big one – GULP! But my husband took me to a really beautiful and famous restaurant in NYC and we drank champagne at lunch. But I did think of you. A woman came in wearing the most hideous outfit but had on those $800 Valentino pumps. Had major shoe envy.

      • 25or6to4

        Happy Birthday! Shoe envy aside, today was your day and I hope it was a great one!

      • Lilithcat

        Happy birthday! Champagne at lunch is always delightful.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Happy Birthday to you!

      • CatLady

        Happy birthday!

      • decormaven

        Happy birthday! Fun to celebrate a birthday in style. BK points for spotting the Valentino pumps!

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

        Happy Birthday! Champagne with lunch sounds like an excellent way to celebrate.

      • alyce1213

        Happy Birthday!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Happy birthday!

    • GinnyThePainter

      Is there a table in the lounge for deeply confused BKs? I can’t how to proceed with two different studio projects. Should the portrait commission be a pastel or an oil? I’ve been given free rein. How ’bout this mosaic project? Introduce more colors or no? Should it be free-form or more structured? Should the background be chartreuse tile or more of a Caribbean blue? I can’t decide how I feel about Cate Blanchett’s Cannes look or this current season of Mad Men. Can’t decide if I dislike the new Coldplay music or if the memory of Chris Martin dancing on SNL is just ruining it for me. Can’t decide if I should get a new puppy, given that I have a cranky old lady dog who hated the last two dogs. Was she mean to them because they were both nuts (certifiably so) or was her meanness the cause of them going nuts? Can’t decide if Jon Hamm is a good actor. I mean, he’s a great Don Draper and I loved him on 30 Rock, but not impressed with what I’ve seen in the trailers for the new flick. And he was not good in that Larry David movie. Not good at all. I can’t even decide if I want to make a chocolate chip pie tonight. Oh fuck it. I’m going to make a chocolate chip pie.

      • 25or6to4

        I understand this general feelings of confusion, especially re: Jon Hamm… He was smarmily wonderful in Bridesmaids and he’s done some great voice acting in Archer and Bob’s Burgers, but as someone who went to school in St. Louis for several years, I think I’m contractually obligated to love him for his Cards-loving, gooey-butter-cake-eating, St. Louisan roots.

      • Jacqueline Wessel

        Oh, come sit at the table for deeply confused BKs. Decision making is tricky business because you always wonder “what if.” Sometimes I wish I weren’t single because I want someone to help me with decisions. (Fortunately this doesn’t happen often.)

        Personally, I would do the portrait commission in oil because it’s more durable and I think it’s still viewed as more valuable. However, you know your client best, so you will make the right decision!!!

      • decormaven

        The chocolate chip pie will bring clarity. Have a big slab, and let the answer about the portrait come to you. It’s those still moments when the muse speaks.

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

        Let your old lady live out her days as Only Dog. Harder for you when you become dogless, but nicer for her.

        And I am a sucker for any sea-colours in mosaic, so either chartreuse or Caribbean blue would work for me! At one point I almost convinced some flatmates to rent a really unsuitable house based on the mosaic bathroom.

    • GorgeousThings

      Darlings, I’m laying claim to one of those curtained areas to celebrate clean bloodwork at my oncologist’s! I have one more appointment in 6 months, then, if all goes well, I’ll have reached 5 years and I’ll be back on the yearly plan. Here’s hoping! Meanwhile, Sunday is GoT, so that’s the only TV that’s officially on the agenda

      • Lilithcat

        Have a glass of champagne on me!

      • formerlyAnon

        Hooray for you and your beautiful, beautiful blood!

      • rainwood1

        Oh, that is wonderful. Celebrate, celebrate, celebrate!

      • decormaven

        Wonderful news! Toasts all around!

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

        That’s a great milestone to reach! Lovely clean blood!

      • NDC_IPCentral

        Congratulations, Gorgeous one, and best wishes for remission continuing unremarkably. Sunday without “Mad Men,” though?!?

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

        Congratulations! That’s wonderful news. 35 years here and counting.

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Just got home from Carnegie Hall. The Bavarian Radio Orchestra performed Berlioz Symphony fantastique so I’m still high from that. The chimes intoned from the back of the hall and there were off-stage drums. I don’t really even know that much about music, but I love to go and have the sensory experience. Sometimes the music makes your sternum vibrate. And it’s incredibly beautiful that all these talented people have gotten together to perform such majesty.

      The rest of the weekend involves a lot of ironing. It’s time to swap out the wardrobe and my bedroom looks like a closet exploded all over it. Have a great weekend everyone!

      P.S. My eyelid surgery turned out really well and it is one of the best things I ever did for myself. While I did it for cosmetic reasons, I have benefited in that my eyes are more open and my peripheral vision is wider and my eyelashes are free at last.

      • Lilithcat

        Congratulations on the successful surgery.

        The rest of the weekend involves a lot of ironing.

        I find ironing very relaxing and zen-like. Which is a good thing, because in summer I wear a lot of linen! If I had the space, I’d splurge on a mangle so I could have freshly-ironed sheets, because “relaxing and zen-like” as ironing may be, I’m not ironing sheets with a hand iron! (I have been known to iron a tablecloth on the table, though.)

        • Jacqueline Wessel

          A mangle!!!! I haven’t heard that word in years and wasn’t aware they still make them. They were fascinating to watch, but I never personally used one.

          • Lilithcat

            They are now called “rotary steam irons” and run a couple of thousand dollars.

            • Jacqueline Wessel

              Well “rotary steam iron” is more to the point, but the word mangle is just so active. It will mangle your clothes into neatness.

        • decormaven

          You’re a dedicated housekeeper if you iron linens. I use a steamer for tablecloths- wrangling 80 inch rounds and above is a fat pain.

      • Lisa_Co

        I just got back from a rather mediocre night at New York City Ballet. Oh well, not everything can be a masterpiece. Meanwhile, it was raining so hard that the ultra short haircut I got earlier today is already fizzing up. I’m dreading what I’ll do in the next 1.5 weeks before my keratin appointment (yes, first world problems).

      • decormaven

        Great news on the surgery. A friend had similar surgery and has been pleased as well. Glad you got to experience that performance. Nothing better!

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

        I grew up on the Solti/Chicago Symphony recording of the Berlioz. When I was in college, shopping for a “sound system”–remember those?–that was the LP I brought with me to check out the system I was considering! Still one of my favorite pieces. My father-in-law was a violinist whose gigs often took him to NYC. He and my MIL used to always stay at a small hotel across 57th Street from Carnegie called The Salisbury, and would always eat at a little Greek restaurant called Piraeus My Love. I wonder if those places are still there, with all the construction of mega-towers for super rich foreigners to use as investment/crash pads. Actually, I’m amazed Carnegie Hall is still there. I’m sure the real estate is far more valuable than the revenue from its use as a performance space. Thank God Isaac Stern & Co. led the fight to have it landmarked so many years ago.

        Congrats on your good results from your blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery). I’ve heard from more than one person that it is truly life changing. Enjoy your rediscovered field of vision, and stock up on new mascara!

        • Lisa_Co

          I’m not sure about the restaurant but The Salisbury is still there.

      • formerlyAnon

        I love hearing you had a great musical experience. And thanks for reporting back on your eyelid surgery. I want all the anecdotal & empirical evidence possible for All the Things that I might someday be considering. (Even if many of them are dependent on a major lottery win.)

      • Alloy Jane

        Oh I love that piece! It’s one of my favorites. The greatest thing about live music is that it isn’t just an auditory experience, like you said, there’s a physical aspect to it. Not that I think there’s such a thing as the brown note, but there are some pieces that really do get you in the gut.

    • Lilithcat

      Drive from hell this evening! Every single road was backed up for no apparent reason, and every alternate I tried, well, everyone else was trying them, too. I was late meeting a friend for dinner, but she was even later! Instead of dinner at 5, it was dinner at 6; fortunately, the restaurant wasn’t crowded.

      Worth it, though, because we then went and toured about a half dozen Frank Lloyd Wright houses. Doing it again (+ a few more) tomorrow with other friends. If I ever win the lottery . . .

      • decormaven

        Oooh, put me in your back pocket. Touring those FLW houses would be heaven, sheer heaven.

    • Jennifer Bober

      Okay Bitter Kittenland, I started my weekend early. There was an exhibit at the Cloisters ending this weekend that I wanted to see, so I drove into the city. I managed to take 115 photos, many of them of the amazing stained glass (yes, we’ve already established my geek creds). Afterwards, because your badge is also good at the Met, I decided to take in the Charles James exhibit at the new re-opened Costume Institute.

      OH. MY. GOD!!!!!

      Bitter Kittens in the NYC area need to go see this. It is fantastic and the Met has done an amazing job with it. One of the coolest things they’ve done is the computerized projections that go with each dress. They point things out on the dress and they take it from 2D to 3D. Anyone with any interest in clothing construction will be hard pressed to not squee like a little fangurl. I was in heaven. His designs were groundbreaking and I have a feeling he influenced Oscar de la Renta, because they both really like to play with volume. The dresses are to die for.

      So, make plans to see it if you can. You will not be sorry!!

      • decormaven

        Thanks for the James exhibit report. Makes me want to head to NYC; pity airfare has hit the stratosphere. Glad you could attend.

      • marlie

        I SO want to see the Charles James exhibit! I was supposed to go tomorrow, but I’m debating whether I feel up to it. I don’t know if I can wait two weeks!!

      • alyce1213

        Yay! The Met Costume Institute exhibitions are always wonderful, and the Charles James is truly extraordinary, for all the reasons you mentioned. I’ve seen so many clothes shows there — it’s been one of the joys in life I can count on year after year. When you see these creations in person, you’re transported, you just gawk, open-mouthed (or squee), it’s quite an experience.

      • Corsetmaker

        I am incredibly jealous! I’m desperate to see this. I’m hoping they tour it, but I’m not holding my breath.

    • CeeQ

      Oh wow I want to sink into one of those lovely blue couches =)
      I’m doing well, just got back from a great day in the city with a good friend and a colleague from overseas. It was unseasonably cold (it snowed this morning!) but it was still nice to hang out, walk around, chat and eat and drink =) And exchange travel stories and life stories =)
      Today was a good day….. =)
      Have a lovely weekend everyone!

    • http://redheadedwolf.wordpress.com/ Laura Renee

      I am jumping in here for the first time to tell you all that earlier this week, I dreamed that TLo not only sent autographed books to the winners of the Mother’s Day country, but also actually flew around the country to have dinner with each of us and our mother-figures in turn, too. Naturally, the majority of my dream was about primping to the very last second. I do remember them showing up, and then…it was very odd. Tom…had a baby. I was relieved to wake up and recall that reality was more logical than that. Still sad I missed out on the actual dinner part, though.

      • formerlyAnon

        I am not sure which line would be longer: those of us who would be . . . disconcerted, to put it mildly, to unexpectedly acquire a baby, or those of us who would be thrilled. May we all have places in the right line!

      • decormaven

        I’m skimming posts quickly this a.m.; I actually thought TLo did visit you. What a funny dream!

    • formerlyAnon

      Sounds like some good news for a lot of the BKs this week. Wonderful! I have not much to report. Spent the weekend and early in the week engaging in more outings than I usually do in two weeks, and while it was worthwhile, I spent the rest of the week feeling socially fatigued. I need to keep to routine this weekend. Getting Shit Done in May continues, but god working through the lists – whether it’s the tasks or the large-ish amount of time spent out of routine – is sparking a lot more seriously introspective life analysis than I am used to. I assume it’s a good thing. As long as Shit is Getting Done, I’m happy.

      • decormaven

        SGD is hard work. Be sure to intersperse some silly fun time during all the hard work. You didn’t get to where you are in a minute, so it’s going to take a little bit to correct the course and turn in a new direction. Best of luck to you as you move forward.

      • bluefish

        Love love love “socially fatigued.” Genius!

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

      Hope everyone’s Saturday is treating them well? We’ve spent some quality time working in the garden and the rest of the afternoon is dedicated to sloth and gluttony. One of our neighbours just dropped a note through the door saying they are having a party tonight and apologising in advance for the noise – a lovely bit of courtesy which is all too rare now!

      • @Biting Panda

        I’ve had snuggles, coffee, phone scrolling, and The Princess Bride. Soooooo I’m going to call the morning a wild success.

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

          Sounds perfect!

      • Jacob Bowen

        It is 9am, so I just arose from bed, but I can’t wait for a day by the pool and then a concert/5k run tonight with MARY LAMBERT (and the Goo Goo Dolls) performing! I am looking to get my tan on today.

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

          Don’t forget to baste at regular intervals! I’m not sure how a concert/5k run works though. Do you have to do the run to get to the concert?

          • Jacob Bowen

            There is a concert first, then we run 5 kilometers and it ends at another concert stage. The whole run is glow in the dark/black light!

            ETA: No worries, I will definitely be protected while tanning…I have some unfortunate tan lines from Wednesday.

            • formerlyAnon

              Sounds like big fun!

            • Kent Roby

              Bitten Kittens like me are likely to have all sorts of humorous and/or inappropriate images come up at the mention of “unfortunate tan lines”! I trust your day was as fun as expected, and that some evening-out of your tan occurred!

            • Jacob Bowen

              I’m right there with you when it comes to inappropriate images…but unfortunately it was just stupid lines from playing drunk Yahtzee while sitting partially in the sun. San Francisco did NOTHING to fix my lines as it was cloudy, but luckily I did some Sunday morning tanning to give my other half some color.

            • Kent Roby

              Drunk Yahtzee in the sun? That may be the very definition of “living life fully”!

      • formerlyAnon

        Sloth and gluttony are my favorite vices! You go!

    • Miranda Reseigh

      I have kittens that are currently terrorizing my five year old kitty. She runs away when she sees them.

      • formerlyAnon

        This makes me smile every time I think about it!

      • Gatto Nero

        Call Jackson Galaxy!

    • bluefish

      Love love love the gorgeous lounge … How fabulous is that?

      Just saw that some guy tried to dive under America Ferrara’s ball gown at Cannes and got himself arrested on the red carpet. Scary for her and, really, what on earth?

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

        I saw that. Poor woman! How did he even get that close to her?

        • bluefish

          Now that I think about it — yeah — yipes. Scary not just for her but for everyone else in the vicinity. When you think about it, one of the few remaining spaces where a certain innocence remains in place.

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

            I can see why people like GaGa have hot ginger handlers – they do genuinely need personal security.

    • alyce1213

      Has anyone sees Andrew Garfield in Arcade Fire’s “We Exist” video? Very moving, powerful.
      And now we know why he shaved his head.

      This colors of this lounge are very calming.

      • bluefish

        Thanks for the tip … Will look it up. Anyone who likes Andrew Garfield should check out his amazing turn on BBC’s Red Riding. I’m hoping he is soon freed from Spider Man after made some serious cash and gets back to some real work. He talented.

        • Lisa_Co

          Love the Red Riding trilogy!

      • bluefish

        Just saw it on YouTube based on your tip. As a 60-year old dona de casa I think I can say without shame — AWESOME!

        It’s really nice to live long enough to see so many walls knocked down. On the other side is the sweet, sane, and funny. Everything that makes life worth living. Thanks for the heads up.

    • ThaliaMenninger

      I have been looking for a bracelet to wear with a particular outfit, and this bar is exactly the right mood and color for said bracelet. How does one turn a bar into a bracelet, anyway?

      • bluefish

        Sorry, guys, if I broke a rule about promoting outside businesses. Didn’t realize and won’t do it again if it’s a no-no.

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

          If you posted a link, it might just be going through moderation. Sometimes it takes a day or so if TLo are doing something more fun (or more important) than policing us.

    • Alloy Jane

      My house is being assaulted by ants seeking refuge from the heat so that’s been taking up more time and energy than I would like. Plus my lungs burn from all the vinegar we’ve been spraying around, blech. The garden is a bit stressed but will survive. I may have lost a recently transplanted blueberry, but we’ll see if it survives. It’s pretty burnt up despite me throwing a shade over it. The only plant that seems really happy with the recent record-breaking heat is an ever-bearing strawberry plant I picked up at the farmers market a few weeks back. That thing is thriving, lol.

      • bluefish

        I feel for you — Wish I could offer some guidance. The business of ants is a puzzle.

      • PastryGoddess

        See if you can find some diatomaceous earth or insect dust. Sprinkle liberally around doors and windows. It basically acts as sandpaper and dries the insects out. Completely non toxic to humans and animals.

        • Alloy Jane

          Unfortunately, putting down diatomaceous earth just made them get clever. They started coming in through some hidden holes in the ceiling. My sister broke down and sprayed poison last night and they haven’t come back today, but that might be due to the drop in temperature. Or from the borax bait I’ve been putting out. Not sure what did it but I’m glad ants are no longer circling my kitchen like vultures.

    • Kent Roby

      After having a horrible day early in the week, my weekend is shaping up nicely. I saw my doctor yesterday and discovered that I have corrected my high cholesterol in 3 months thanks to becoming vegan (no meds; yay!). Last night I had a few friends over for dinner/drinks before walking over to see Chelsey Handler. I sat by the pool for an hour this morning, am about to bike over to the bayou for a festival. Tomorrow I’m spending the day with my friend Brooklyn (she’s my close friend who is transitioning); she’s heading to Provincetown Tuesday to do a show all summer with our friend Jeff Roberson (aka Varla Merman). Oh, and yesterday I booked a trip to see them and Jinx in P’Town. So, all is good!

      • alyce1213

        Good for you on the cholesterol! I’ve been thinking of going vegan for awhile now, but I have this fear of running out of ideas for things to eat. I often default to animal protein, etc. and I have a taste for same, so I haven’t yet. I think I’m able to commit to a trial for a couple of weeks. How did you get started? Did you use recipe/info/help books or anything?

        • Alloy Jane

          Going veg is easy when you have a strong motivator propelling you to that choice (like life-threatening health issues or ethics). But if there’s no guillotine hanging over your head and you’re worried about being able to stick to it, maybe start off with Meatless Mondays. One day out of the week shouldn’t bring too much pressure for having to get creative, and it’ll give your taste buds time to adjust. There are some really good analogues like Gardein and Beyond Meat, but I wouldn’t depend on them because they’re expensive and IMO junk foody.

          • alyce1213

            Thanks, good suggestion. I think my big challenge is giving up the ‘everything else’ (other than actual meat) for veganism, since I already do vegetarian meals from time to time. You know — eggs, cheese, milk, cream, butter, all the really good (bad?) stuff. I am conflicted, but I’m gonna give it a shot. I mean look at Bill Clinton, Poster Boy for Veganism – he’s never looked better.

            • formerlyAnon

              I have a couple of meats that keep me from going full on vegetarian, but I can’t imagine vegan for the exact reasons you cite. IF I were going to try to be hard core for health reasons, I’d go vegan except for egg whites. I use them a lot when I want the satiety of concentrated protein without cholesterol or fat.

            • Alloy Jane

              Ooooh, yeah, there are some subs for that stuff too but they’re even more junk foody than the meat analogues and I’m not sure how the taste compares. My non veg nephews really liked a brand called Follow Your Heart for fresh mozzarella type cheese, and Daiya for toaster oven pizzas. And there are some really awesome vegan mac’n’cheese recipes out there too. Coconut cream and oil are really good for subbing that rich feel but if you dislike coconut, it’s hard to not taste it. But coconut oil is good for eats in general and my health nut cousins are really into it from an athletic standpoint. Avocado as well.

              The one vegan dairy replacement you won’t have to worry about is ice cream. They’ve been doing that successfully for years and in all “milk” versions, in case you have soy sensitivities. Oreos are vegan too. Oreos are the devil.

            • alyce1213

              Thanks for the tips. Oreos are vegan? Hot damn.

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

          I’ve heard very good things about Mark Bittman’s vegan before 6 program. Maybe have a go at that and see how you go?

          • alyce1213

            Wonderful idea. I will try it – I still have my old, dog-eared, food-stained copy of How To Cook Everything. I trust him.

        • Kent Roby

          I searched online for vegan recipes and eventually found a blog that i love (have since bought her cookbook). Luckily, I love to cook, so I’ve really enjoyed the challenge of learning new approaches, and it’s been especially fun for me to wow friends when I have them over for dinner (no one could believe that the tomato cream basil sauce I made recently had no cream, butter, or cheese). But before getting “fancy” with cooking vegan I just started roasting pretty much any vegetable I could get my hands on, tossing it in salads or in wraps.

      • decormaven

        Congrats on the good news on the medical front. Sounds like you have a fun summer planned. Enjoy, enjoy!

      • Alloy Jane

        Huzzah for better health! It makes me happy when people are able to take on their health issues without medication. But that’s because chemical dependency scares me and I have adverse reactions to most medications, so I just don’t trust pharmaceuticals :-p

      • bluefish

        Can’t endorse products here but find a emulsifier of greens and produce — something anything — and crank it. With almond milk, herbs and greens.

        And yeah congratulations.

        • Kent Roby

          Yes, I just got my new high-speed blender last week; it has been vital in some of the recipes I’ve made!

      • formerlyAnon

        Congrats on knocking down that cholesterol – so many try, so many fail! You, however, are made of stronger stuff, with your flat out vegan approach! & it sounds like you’re continuing the Living Well agenda, excellent!

    • Molly Dowd

      Cheers, kittens!

      I just finished my junior year of undergrad. All As this semester! And taking a much-needed break. Tomorrow I’m going to Houston for the Boldface Writer’s Conference. There will be a bunch of great authors there, with the opportunity to hear craft talks and workshop your own work, so I’m excited about that! In other news, I don’t get a lot of time to read for pleasure during the school year, so I’m just now starting to read the Game of Thrones series. I’ve managed to be completely in the dark about it for so long. My friends (who know how much of a LOTR fan I am) always gush about how much I would love it.

      • bluefish

        Congratulations to you and have fun. Kudos your your wonderful grades. My 18-year old is finishing up his Freshman year and had done okey-dokey too. Enjoy this time in your life to the fullest. Sounds like you are. And enjoy binging on GoTs. I will look up Boldface Writer’s Conf.

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

        All As! Congratulations!

        I’ll be interested to hear what you think about ASOIAF. It seems odd that people assume that if you like LOTR you will like it because other than sharing the “epic fantasy” label I can’t think of anything they have in common! I like them both, but very different.

        • Molly Dowd

          Yeah, I’m only a few chapters in, but that combined with (very limited) exposure to the show, I can already see what you mean. I’m sure they meant the general fantasy aesthetic, but ASOIAF seems more of a character-driven political drama, while LOTR is very plot-driven, and less “gritty”. Still, I’m enjoying it thusfar. I just wish it didn’t do that typical fantasy novel “we’re going to dump about 50 characters on you at once, try to keep up” thing.

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

            I know. I’m 3 books in and I still pretty much need a wall chart to keep track of people.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Be sure to read the books slowly, almost as a standalone. I found myself increasingly dissatisfied as I got to the (currently) last one, and wish I’d stopped one before. That said, I love that type of epic fiction but can’t count myself as a major LOTR fan. Agree with Alicia that they are very different reading experiences.

    • bluefish

      Just wanted to thank Tom and Lorenzo for all the great Cannes work. I’ve been cooking and cleaning and scraping and arranging for a family party here at our suburban shack for over a week now. Prep work is crucial, right? and it was fun and relaxing in the midst of my domestic Les Mis to come here and look at all the wonderful clothes and read all the great comments and original evaluations. Really, really fun and definitely one stop shopping. Kept me sane — although eventually too much sanity can led to accidents and errors in judgment, BKs.

      Jury duty not the greatest time a body or two will ever have so I was surprised to find out that the week online was what it was while folks were busy doing their civic duty. And sorry about earlier on, you know … I’m older and excitable but I do no better than that. A momentary lapse — the happens at least 6 times a day.

      I do want to say since this was my take-away for the week. Julianne Moore is way too beautiful and talented and lovable to be running around like this any longer! That Louis Vuitton mess was just way way extra. Intervention needed, Uncles.

      And I checked out the BeMeDoMe link and was SO pleased to see the homage to Chloe Sevigny! I’ve not had time or means to buy the book yet and plan to but I thought your acknowlegment of Ms CS and the way it was phrased was epically funny, classy, and generous. Everything that makes your blog that Olympian experience. Muito obrigada, titios.

    • bluefish

      Just cause I could be carted off at any minute and will be embarrassed and not come back for months — truly — Anyone who liked remembering Todd Rundgren, thank you Gaga, remember one of most beautiful love regret songs ever. Rundgren and Hall. Can we still be friends? Love Philly.

      • formerlyAnon

        Remember it? Absolutely. (And hope you return before months!)

        • bluefish

          I know … Dinner parties kill, right? And it is a definite dinner party even if happening before sundown. I made my own homemade mayonaisse to make a crab salad. With real lump meat. I am a real housewife!

          • formerlyAnon

            Homemade mayonaise is delicious. Your guests are fortunate!

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

            I would die of happiness if someone served me crab salad with homemade mayonnaise. So delicious!

        • bluefish

          Isn’t it nice? — the Hall and the Rundgren doing such a chestnut in what I think is a Berkshires home studio? An old now and beautiful song about love, new love, lost love, friendship love. And Spike Jonze’s Her.

      • decormaven

        Can We Still Be Friends is a great, great song. Robert Palmer did a nice version of it as well. Now that’s somebody I miss, a lot. Style, grace, and an amazing set of pipes.

    • MartyBellerMask

      I am excited because some of my friends from high school just got engaged. After 20 years of distance, failed marriages (to other people), life changes and general growing-up, these two are back together and tying the knot.

      Just gives ya the aww-shucks-warm-fuzzies.

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

        Wow! How lovely!

      • formerlyAnon

        Aaaawwww. I’m sure I’m not the only Bitter Kitten to wish them well!

      • Grumpy Girl

        What a wonderful story!

      • bluefish

        My younger brother, born In London very handsome in Hugh Grant way and sometimes insufferable, often actually, but still my brother, found his high school love again — or she found him on FB when it was starting over a decade ago. They got back together 30 years later and have been what I call married for like I said a decade. On Tuesday they fly out to Copenhagen for a vacation. Stuff happens. All the best to your friends. Love is a wonderful wonderful thing.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Glorious weather here today, such a treat after the rains on Friday. Perfect Preakness weather!

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Hello fellow Bitter Kittens. This weekend I will be doing homework for summer school; just finishing the first year toward my doctorate. I’m in my late-ish 40’s (the “old lady” in the class) but after 20 years of wanting to do this I am accomplishing my goals and dreams!

      Can’t tell you how many times reading TLo has made me laugh / smile / feel better [on "study breaks"]. I love this weird, wonderful little online community we have with our beloved Uncles, and just wanted to say you guys are absolutely hilarious, and always make my day.

      • bluefish

        I am in constant awe of the ladies and peoples who go for their PhD in this way. Bless you, babe, for going after it and making it happen. So so important and wonderful just to read about — Can’t imagine living it. As an old Aussie boss used to say — Good on ya.

        I don’t love the shoes but do definitely love you.

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          Made my whole dang day. TY!!!!

          • bluefish

            Be happy all over again, DebbieLovesShoes. This is an achievement that makes it. I’m in bold typeface, garlic, at the end of long week and day == cooking, So proud of you. I am either lounging and watching and trying not to regret — as in trying not to wince at certain memories — or am lately engaging in certain domestic arts that don’t need arting.

            Good for you all over again. Whomever you are brushing up against as you do all this is very very lucky and blessed.

      • decormaven

        Congrats to you for pushing on toward your dreams.

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          Thank you thank you; it’s really scary to push myself out of my comfort zone to try to absorb all this at my age. I get really tired sometimes, but am determined to see it through.

          My intention is work as an advocate for the marginalized: specifically those in recovery from domestic abuse or those in recovery from postpartum depression.

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

            Fantastic intentions – that sounds so worthwhile and interesting!

            • DebbieLovesShoes

              TY Alicia!

          • decormaven

            Both fields with much potential for work. Best of luck to you.

            • DebbieLovesShoes

              TY!

          • formerlyAnon

            Having a clear end game, and knowing how the degree will help you to carry it out will carry you through the process. You will have an easier time than some of your younger peers who are not as focused. Really!

            • DebbieLovesShoes

              That’s so encouraging, as I look around the classroom at people who are literally half my age, hip, cool, smart, etc. But yes, not as focused and driven as me.

      • BawlmerGurl

        I was 44 when I got my Ph.D. There will always be someone to root against you. Ignore the kids.
        Congratulations on starting your journey and enjoy the ride!

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          Thank you so much for the encouragement!

      • formerlyAnon

        I’m mid 50s and recently quit my PhD ABD. I know so many wonderful people, most younger than I, who I met through that process. I hope you have the same experience! ETA: Obviously, the meeting people part. Not the deciding it is time to bail, part!

        edited again, to prune the oddly numerous exclamation points.

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          Yes, I’ve met some really sharp people who are young enough to be my child! I have to keep reminding myself that what I lack in youth, I make up for in life experience!

          BTW, I hope you can find it within yourself to go back and do your dissertation to finish. The world needs more people like you.

          • formerlyAnon

            I’m pretty certain that I’ve burnt my bridges as to going back, and more certain that I am good with that. Short version: my dissertation research changed mid-study, as it does; that change drastically reduced my interest in the dissertation research, and I realized that I did not have a concrete enough purpose for the credential to devote another solid year, at my age, to a process that had been making me depressed and unproductive for more than ten months already.

            The world is stuck with me for while longer (I hope!) and I walk away from the process with skills and knowledge I hope will be useful. YOU sound (from what you said elsewhere) as if your trajectory will be very different, and for good reasons. GO!

            • DebbieLovesShoes

              YES! Dissertation work is NO JOKE, so if your heart isn’t in it, good for you on setting your own boundaries. To me that is much healthier than denying what was happening and trudging through something without a passion for it. Life is too short to go around unhappy. Find what fills you as a person and enjoy your life.

      • P M

        Wow – I’m impressed! And very proud of anyone who has the guts and the intellect to be able to put an original and deep amount of thinking and so on.

        What area is the doctorate in?

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          Clinical psychology with a concentration in women’s health.

          • P M

            I’m bowing down. OMG. So exciting. I’m in psych myself. I’m in awe of anyone who’s surviving this field. It’s really competitive right now.

            • DebbieLovesShoes

              Yes, it is. Only the strong (or really determined, like me) survive.

            • P M

              Hang in there! I hope you have a really good mentor and some really supportive friends :)

    • bluefish

      Tom and Lorenzo took me to Lady Gaga took me to Todd Rundgren, and to some side dishes of Darryl Hall (and Oats) and Nils Lofgren. And then a song I’d totally forgotten about from the Ice Age. Al Stewart and Year of the Cat. Some form of parboiling is going on.

      Thank you, Gaga and TLo. Music and fashion and fashion and music.

    • bluefish

      Gerry Rafferty and Baker Street. What we all need is the TLo greatest hits — music.

    • Corsetmaker

      What a beautiful bar!
      This weekend has been spent on the last stages of a replica of a Dior corselette and today, making an underskirt for a skirt to go with a corset made with silk from a 100 year old kimono! In between, it’s been the more mundane supermarket, cleaning etc.

      • decormaven

        What interesting projects! Is much of your work by hand, or can it be achieved on a machine?

        • Corsetmaker

          By machine with quite a bit of hand finishing. You need the strength of machine stitching for the construction on most corsets. And then there’s the added tools like a bench grinder, bolt cutters and grommet press. Corsetry is hardcore :)

          • decormaven

            Got it! Then you have an industrial strength machine for sure. That’s got to be so cool working with the shapes- very precise work.

            • bluefish

              Wanted to thank you for taking me to Robert Palmer’s Can We Still Be Friends … Many thanks … Putting the last touches on the whatevers, which seems to involve popping pop corn the old fashioned way, and thanking my stars and my internet buddies. BiPolar 2 here — actually a pretty nice old lady — and the late late lunch early dinner is for 90 year old father, who wasn’t the warmest in some significant ways that hurt but took me to cities that had to do with his career that were beyond awesome and defined my love of fashion, music, and food … Rome, London, Port-au-Prince and Rio de Janeiro (from where my late mother came). And of course the USA — love love love the USA. So DecorMaven, writing you back a bit tipsy and incoherent to say thank you for the RP tip and let’s go with the corelette. I have a kimono or two from back in the day that I’d love to pair up with some good foundation garments and the now once in a lifetime — sob — high heel.

            • Corsetmaker

              Combination of a regular domestic and vintage Singers. I’d love an industrial but not where I am at the moment. But yeah, very precise. It can be quite sculptural, and I love the variety as it can go from delicate to armour-like.

          • Gatto Nero

            Architecture for the body.

      • Gatto Nero

        These pieces sound amazing. I’d love to see photos of your work!

        • Corsetmaker

          Ah but if I gave away too much I’d have to put away my bitchy card LOL!

      • bluefish

        Can’t find the original thread but wanted to say thank you for Jared Leto story. I love him and thought he was amazing in DBC. He was also amazing in one of my all time get out shut it sister films — ALEXANDER!

      • GorgeousThings

        How cool!!!! I haven’t made a corset, but I’ve made several bustiers. Some day I may try my hand at corsetry. Someday…

    • Corsetmaker

      I’m going :D I can’t wait, and it’s sooooooo far away!

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

        The pea green glow on the horizon will be me.

    • Jessica Freeman

      Hello kittens! My time in Cali was both exhausting and exhilarating. I finally caught up on my sleep by waking up today at 1.30. It was most glorious. The jail site visit proved to be a lot of work, but it will pay off. The meetings went well, but there is much work to be done. Which means we are now to my favorite part of what I do, the actual design. This one is like a puzzle with a lot of small pieces, which is my favorite kind.

      I did at least get to read up on TLo in my down time. Cannes was interesting and lovely. Can’t wait to get back to my norm starting tomorrow. Hope you all have a great rest of the weekend. Ciao!

      • decormaven

        Glad travel was productive. Enjoy your moment of respite.

    • Jessica Freeman

      My initial thought was “I think she actually looks quite lovely”. People are cruel when they have the internet to hide behind. I tend to think that most of those mean people wouldn’t have the audacity to talk like that to anyone’s face.

      • P M

        Not to mention a lot of them probably don’t look much better / put together than she did.

    • bluefish

      Scrolling thru trying to find CorsetMaker. Eu desisto = give up.

      My next door neighbor, from Venice, make up artist extra extra worked on Rita Hayworth back in the day when she was here to pick an an award. My neighbor is a love so took her many years to tell me that Rita, glorious, was at best insecure.

      I met Gene Kelly in the 80s when he was filming a docu intro scene at the Renwick Gallery, back in the day. We knew he was coming of course and security was again what it was a few decades ago. I always dressed nicely, 80s = sometimes 50s, back in the day and was hanging back watching Gene K film.

      This odd older guy dug me out from back of the thin crowd to say hello to Gene, which I did — and mentiioned a few of his films, which thank goodness I had seem more than once. He was so gracious but as we walked back — it was all very quick – – I asked the guy who fished me out, What was that?

      He said, Gene’s nervous and unhappy and you look just like his daughter.

      I tell my son this story and he doesn’t yet care. I love it.

      • formerlyAnon

        Thank-you! Great stories!

    • formerlyAnon

      I’m ambivalent. I think the woman’s response is appropriate. OTOH, anyone in the public eye can get enormous negative feedback – and I flop flop on whether making a big public response to that feedback is worth the effort. In the end, she wanted to make her point and I think she did, and well. I also think that she looked quite good, especially considering how many dresses just don’t flatter a rounder person. (And this was the BAFTAs. I bet there were a LOT of downright dowdy attendees, albeit older than her and thus, presumably, exempted from some persons’ idea that women are supposed to look ‘hot’ all the time?)

    • embers618

      I think she was right to respond to the body shaming – that’s always inappropriate. And it’s appropriate for her to point out that she’s not being offered a ton of free designer wear like the other stars, so it’s understandable that she’d look different from them. And it’s appropriate to point out the men ARE often held to a lower standard in their dress (though not by TLO – just another of the many things I love about them). However, if you’re going to work in entertainment, there is a certain level of success that’s going to result in being invited to red carpet events, at which point it is actually part of your job to think about how you look. Yes, her achievements are important – and good enough that they got her invited to the BAFTAs. Dressing appropriately for that particular event involves a hair stylist, a makeup artist, and your best support garments. I think she looked good, and most of the criticism was more about fat-shaming than fashion, but yes, it is her job to look put together on a red carpet if she’s on one.

      • Corsetmaker

        Which is what it was all about really. The BAFTAs isn’t as designery, or as stylist and loan heavy as the US awards, apart from the film actors and bigger names, or more naturally glamorous. She was no better or worse dressed than many. Had she been skinny there wouldn’t have been anything like as many negative comments. Good on her for answering back.

    • Malia C.

      Where are the Mad Men-ers? :o

      • PastryGoddess

        Here!

        • Malia C.

          Woooo! I can’t believe we’re down to the final two for eleven months. AMC sucks.

    • PastryGoddess

      So based on the 3 minutes of the Turn I see every week it’s about white people who dress up in wigs and fancy clothes while standing around looking tragically beautiful and/or talking in accents that no longer exist.

      • Malia C.

        Ha, best description I’ve seen of that show yet!

      • PastryGoddess

        Also there is an Indian and he is WISE

        • Malia C.

          But of course.

    • Damien W

      Yay! We’re gonna see BOB tonight! (from the ‘previously’)

      • Malia C.

        Yup (already saw a breakdown courtesy the Chinese airing).

    • PastryGoddess

      I love Peggy, she’s so condescending even when she’s trying to be nice

    • Eric Stott

      Pete’s comb over is looking a bit desperate

      • Damien W

        Best Performance By Brylcreem In A Supporting Role

    • PastryGoddess

      Uh oh Sunshine Barbie in the gritty city

    • Malia C.

      Joanie radiant in her purple…

    • Sally

      Do we know where Joan’s apt is?

      • Malia C.

        I thought she lived near the Village.

      • PastryGoddess

        she lives in Greenwich village near the Stonewall Inn

        • Sally

          Oh yeah, I remember now

    • PastryGoddess

      Oh Meredith. Don’t ever change

    • Damien W

      MEOW! Meredith is a fightin’ bitch when another blonde enters the room.

      • Malia C.

        I read that as her being typically ditzy. “Do you need me to fake interrupt you from this unexpected guest in five minutes?”

        • Damien W

          I read that too, but I felt a layer off “Back off!” in there too.

          • Malia C.

            True true :)

    • Malia C.

      Lou Avery drinking game, commence!

    • Damien W

      Is it me, or is Peggy dumbing down her pitch for Lou’s tastes?

      • Malia C.

        I think Lou’s very existence dumbs everyone around him down.

      • Eric Stott

        It’s a decent pitch, no one wants to make waves right now

    • Eric Stott

      Lou….you were nice, don’t step in it.

    • Malia C.

      Ha, vintage Roger Sterling :)

    • Eric Stott

      That is QUITE a bar

    • PastryGoddess

      I’ve missed the smug condescension of Pete in the office

      • Damien W

        Pete can’t help one person without completely screwing someone else at the same time, can he. And he never understands why he’s never the hero.

        • Eric Stott

          I pity him

    • Eric Stott

      You know things are bad when Lou is the nice guy in the room.

    • Malia C.

      Ah, the long-awaited return of Bob Benson. Beloit, Wharton…

    • PastryGoddess

      I”m going to go watch the Joan “There’s an airline here to see you!” clip on YouTube.

    • Malia C.

      Oh seriously AMC, using the Ginsberg quote to promote your new IT show? Yeah, I’ll pass on that.

      • Eric Stott

        New show has a good cast, I’ll watch at least the premier

        • Malia C.

          Who is in it? I didn’t recognize anyone (though without my glasses on, everything is a blur).

          • Eric Stott

            Lee Pace from Pushing Daisies

            • Malia C.

              Hmmm I’ll have to look him up, I never caught that show.

    • Damien W

      Mad Men cimputer tie-in during the promo for Halt & Catch Fire … whorishly clever.

    • Elizabeth Flowers

      Clara is pregnant?!

    • Eric Stott

      Don is Peggy’s albatross

    • Malia C.

      Oh go suck a lemon, Megan. No one likes you and your acting stinks.

    • PastryGoddess

      “I didn’t know he was married”!?! WTF

    • Damien W

      I’m looking at Megan, and suddenly my head is filled with Jane walking into Sterling-Cooper after marrying Roger…

    • Sally

      Stan doesn’t look healthy.

      • Eric Stott

        He smokes pot on company time…not the best sign.

    • Damien W

      OK, could there be any more layers of conflicting loyalty displayed in 20 minutes time?

    • Eric Stott

      OMG

    • PastryGoddess

      whoa! dude! Head Blown

    • Malia C.

      Just as well, didn’t the XP flop terribly?

    • Malia C.

      Now *this* would have been a far more interesting narrative arc for Bob last season instead of that silly telenovela-ish stuff with Pete’s mother and Manolo and “Don Draper II.”

      • PastryGoddess

        In-deed!

        • Eric Stott

          I still loved Pete and his brother’s lines:
          “She loved the sea…”
          “And she’s with Father…”

    • Eric Stott

      Oh Peggy….that’s a nightie your mother might wear

    • Damien W

      Peggy Peggy Peggy…you will never stop letting Don get into your head, will you…

    • Damien W

      I never thought we’d see the Cos Cob house again.

      Heh, Daddy is scary.

    • bluefish

      Mad Men is taking a seat. I’m 60 years old and hosted and cooked a late late lunch for 12 people in honor of my 90-year old dad in a 1200 square foot house built in 1949. They loved it and the food was good and I’m done. The attention to detail can be extreme and derail … the night before.

      Done done and done and still loving Blanchett’s red white and blue weirdness on the red carpet. Team Lo. Best outfit of the week just cause I said so.

    • Malia C.

      Jump Megan, JUMP! :)

    • Eric Stott

      Trudy has a maid….with a UNIFORM. She’s one up on Betty.

    • PastryGoddess

      I just had a seizure looking at Pete’s suit

      • Malia C.

        I’m fairly certain my father still owns that suit.

        • Eric Stott

          It’s eye-searing, but quite on trend in those days

          • Malia C.

            I can’t tell him that, he’ll start gallivanting about in public in it ;)

            • Eric Stott

              If he wears it with a nice polo shirt it will still pass these days

            • PastryGoddess

              He has to break it up. Pants and shirt. Jacket and slacks

    • Elizabeth Flowers

      were those pants on Peggy?!

      • Malia C.

        I think it was a skirt…

        • Elizabeth Flowers

          PANTS!!!

          • Malia C.

            Dang, I must have confused sequences. There’s a later scene where I’m sure she’s in a skirt :/

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

              Saturday pants, Sunday skirt.

    • Damien W

      Trudy’s got a man…

    • Sally

      Good grief Pete. So do you.

    • PastryGoddess

      This is the most unhappy 5 min of television ever.

      And I like a jealous Pete

    • Eric Stott

      Pete is being an ass, but so is Trudy.

      • Damien W

        Pete talks about Trudy being immoral with his Barbie a phone call away? Trudy should shoot him in the gentles.

        • Eric Stott

          but if this was a planned visit Trudy should have been home, if only to pass over the daughter.

        • P M

          OMG Trudy with a shotgun would be wicked.

    • Damien W

      What the… we’re entering cartoonland here. Peggy has turned into a 12-year old and Pete is suddenly Turbo Steroid Pete? Things are falling too neatly in Don’s lap…is there going to be a Red Wedding at the pitch?

      • PastryGoddess

        Hahaha

    • Elizabetta1022

      What a dick move, Pete.

      • Cheryl

        Nope, it’s a pete move, dick.

    • Cheryl

      Oh Calcutta opened June 17, 1969 (The Stonewall Riots were June 28, 1969) dates courtesy of The Bowery Boys on Twitter.

      • Damien W

        And the Moon landing is only a month away from that…

      • Eric Stott

        Part of me wants to see a glimpse of Sal in the riot footage

        • Sally

          ME TOO!!!! Oops, didn’t me to shout.

          • Sally

            mean

        • Damien W

          I watched him getting fired on this morning’s AMC reruns…sad!

      • Sally

        I wondered if we were getting close to Stonewall.

      • Malia C.

        Great catch. I was wondering where in the month this was set.

    • Eric Stott

      I love Joan’s mom

    • Eric Stott

      Megan has strange looking teeth

    • Cheryl

      Not LA, not here, maybe Kansas?

      • Malia C.

        Neverland!

        • Lisa_Co

          Megan’s leaving him (fondu pot, John Kennedy assassination) and Don knows it.

          • Malia C.

            “Don’t let the door hit ya in the ass, Megan!” (Okay, just what I WANT him to say.)

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

            I didn’t get why the Kennedy assassination newspaper was laying there waiting to be read. Kind of old news at that point.

    • PastryGoddess

      Can we have a show with Joan and Bob with occasional appearances by Mom?

    • Eric Stott

      Oh Pete…don’t blow it with TWO women on successive days

    • Damien W

      BEEP! First f-word of the season! Bad Barbie!

    • PastryGoddess

      Poor Pete, All of his women are pissed off

      /sarcasm

    • Sally

      This is fascinating.

      • Eric Stott

        and that top looks great on her

    • Eric Stott

      Is Bob going to put a move on Joan now?

    • Pennymac

      I must be getting dumber in my old age.I find myself having to watch these twice to get it all.

    • Malia C.

      Bob’s going beard-hunting…

      • Sally

        Yep.

      • Damien W

        Or he is a sociopath after all, and will eventually join Ginsberg in the hatchery.

    • PastryGoddess

      OMG!!

    • Malia C.

      If I had a dime for every time I had to say that to a guy.

    • Sally

      Joanie knows all.

      • Damien W

        Bob is forgetting that he’s telling this to Joan the Partner.

        • Sally

          Thank you.

    • Sally

      Has bob forgotten that Joan is a partner?

    • Malia C.

      Playing the age card, Bob? Tsk tsk.

    • Eric Stott

      OK Bob, way to put your foot in it

      • Malia C.

        Really, like, that’s just what every woman wants to hear, even if it is just a cover marriage. “Aren’t you afraid of dying old and alone?”

        • Eric Stott

          Maybe he’ll propose to her mother now

          • Malia C.

            HA, that would be a great twist.

        • Damien W

          Well, in “fariness,” before WW2, that was an accepted reason in many circles…

          • Malia C.

            True, but they are on the cusp of 1970 now. And Joan’s a partner, so she’s achieved quite a bit on her own.

        • PastryGoddess

          There are still women and men who believe that today

          • Sally

            Sadly, that is true.

          • Malia C.

            Oh I know, but it’s one thing to think it and another to have it thrown in your face. “You’re old!”

            • Eric Stott

              If he DID marry her, he’d say “I can suggest some outfits very flattering for your age”

            • Cheryl

              OK, he is sort of an updated Eddie Haskell.

    • PastryGoddess

      She finally said it out loud!

    • Elizabetta1022

      Yet another man trying to use Joan…god. Even Bob.

    • PastryGoddess

      That incident with the Chevy exec scared the hell out of Bob. Scared straight if you will

      • Pennymac

        I see what you did there

      • P M

        That whole scene was ominous and scary.

    • Damien W

      Holy crap, it’s already 10:52? This hour flew by — and there’s only one more till next year…damn.

      • Cheryl

        But it will go fast – only 11 more months.

    • Sally

      The fastest hour in television!

    • Sally

      I wish I could drink at work.

      • Cheryl

        Me too, but my preschool students would frown on it.

        • PastryGoddess

          Yes but you would be the most awesome teacher ever

    • Eric Stott

      Peggy is great when she’s a little buzzed

    • Sally

      Ah! Now we know what’s been up with Peggy.

      • juliamargaret

        I felt bad that *I* didn’t remember her birthday. No wonder she’s been so out of sorts.

    • Malia C.

      Thank god these two are collaborating again. They’re far better when they’re on the same team than as adversaries.

      • Eric Stott

        and Lou might ditch them BOTH

        • Malia C.

          Lou needs to get pushed out a window.

          • Eric Stott

            He likes Peggy…I’ll give him that.

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

              But does he?

            • Wellworn

              I saw manipulation. He has her where he wants her. He’s playing himself back into the game, and she’s so happy for the attention that she doesn’t even see it. Well she saw it for a minute when she said he tainted the original idea, but now she’s lapping up this collaboration with a spoon.

            • Malia C.

              Do you mean Lou or Don?

            • Wellworn

              Don

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

              Ooh, I was talking about Lou. I don’t think there was ever a doubt that Don likes Peggy, even when he’s angry with her. A great case of an indirect antecedent. In reading this thread, it’s hard to follow whether Eric is talking about Don or Lou when he says, “He likes Peggy…”.

            • Wellworn

              Ya I’m not sure who Eric meant either. I need to be careful when just using pronouns in a thread. I don’t think that Lou likes Peggy, but maybe Don does. But I do think that this collaboration was not borne out of affection for Peggy, but Don’s game playing. He is trying to work his way back up. Peggy was so angry with Don last episode but now it’s seemingly melted all away. He is going to present, and it will be an idea that he and Peggy collaborated on, even though he says she is doing it her way. Don is playing this master manipulation at the agency, flitting in and out of meetings, and quietly playing who he can play. “My Way” seems to be his theme song at work.

        • PastryGoddess

          Oh please, they’ll wipe the floor with him

    • Sally

      Wipes tear.

      • Malia C.

        Great moment.

    • PastryGoddess

      no kissing you two! NONE!

      • Damien W

        Right? Thank God they resisted the temptation to go into eepy-cray territory.

    • Eric Stott

      Plane Hijack?

      • Malia C.

        We should be so lucky. I looked and unfortunately, there wasn’t one that month.

        • Eric Stott

          darn

          • Malia C.

            Yeah, as soon as I saw that scene and the curtains closed, I was googling “commercial plane crashes June 1969.” Dammit!

            • Eric Stott

              I still think something’s gonna happen in that plane – maybe sickness, ir a bomb like in AIRPORT

            • Malia C.

              Maybe the plane experiences sudden de-pressurization and Megan’s teeth explode.

            • Eric Stott

              If they depressurized her boobs might burst

        • Wellworn

          Ha! I googled it too.

      • Damien W

        I was thinking plane crash…

    • Malia C.

      I agree with Pete. I totally loathe the word “family.” But this is a cute scene.

      • Damien W

        Meanwhile, Don motions to Pete to wipe his mouth clean, just like a family would in that situation…

        • Malia C.

          I sort of wish the “My Way” sequence could have closed the episode, if only the chronology had worked out. But that’ll do.

    • Eric Stott

      Pete’s actually nice when he relaxes….it only happens once or twice a season

    • Sally

      The Peggy and Don scene was perfection.

      • Malia C.

        One of their best. Right up with anything in “The Suitcase.”

        • Sally

          I almost added that.

        • Damien W

          A perfect bookend.

          • Lisa_Co

            Harry is suddenly a partner? And who else but Joan abstained?

            • Malia C.

              Roger walked out.

    • kittentoes

      I need cookies. I need them badly.

    • P M

      …. And we have another fire reference: Bob playing with a lighter.

    • P M

      I’m so surprised we didn’t see any Pete / Bob scenes. OTOH, Pete may have saved Don by insisting he be at that meeting.

    • P M

      OMG WHY did Joan tell Roger that?!

    • P M

      I actually wrote TLo on their Facebook page and suggested we/they do an attagirl/ werq post for her.

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

      I thought she was being faintly disingenuous. She has been in the business for a long time and has been very successful – I am not hugely familiar with her comedy, but what I have seen was a persona that plays on being slightly naive and very Northern, down-to-earth played for laughs – I have no doubt at all of her sincerity that she thought she looked pretty and that the criticism was brutal and hurtful, but at the same time she admits to having played the “who are you wearing” for laughs.

      • formerlyAnon

        Interesting take – and you know more about her than do I. It makes sense, you don’t reach her level of success without some ability to manipulate one’s image/presentation.

    • Kent Roby

      I flew to NYC a few years back to see that exhibit; it was amazing!