T LOunge

Posted on June 06, 2014

Let’s all go somewhere rich, dark and luxurious, darlings.

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TLOunge-6-6-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)The Library Bar, The Leela Palace, New Delhi, India

 

We’re feeling it.

We’re also feeling a pizza and a bottle of wine right now. And then possibly passing out because we’re old and married and this was a bitch of a day.

Have a fabulous weekend, kittens! Come back on Sunday for our Orphan Black recap and once you get caught up on Orange is the New Black, don’t forget to check our review of the first three episodes, which was just posted.

Ciao!

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: theleela.com]

    • marlie

      This place is so beautiful and elegant! India is WAY at the top of my list of places to visit one day; I might have to add this to the trip.

      This week has been busy, but not as crazy and difficult as the last two, so I’m thankful for that. I have to do some work over the weekend, but I’m looking forward to holing up at my favorite coffee shop to do it, so at least I’ll be able to enjoy that. Anyway, happy Friday, everyone! I hope everyone has a fun and/or relaxing weekend. xoxo

      • kimmeister

        I have such a love/hate relationship with the idea of visiting India. Love, because of the culture and the food. Hate, because of the gang rapes hitting the news all too frequently, and a friend who went there for work for 6 months said nothing could’ve prepared her for the level of abject poverty that she saw. If you ever go, be safe!

        • marlie

          Thanks! I definitely won’t be going at least for the next couple of years ($$ and a couple of trips that will probably happen first), but the level of violence against women is certainly disturbing. I also had a friend who went there for work a number of years ago, and he said the same thing, that he was really shocked about the poverty and the conditions that people lived in.

          • misstressofsylar

            my boss is Indian and doesn’t want to return. She’s working on moving her mom and sister to England permanently.

          • Aidan B

            Yeah, my sister did a semester near Pondicherry last year and was pretty torn too. There were a lot of things she loved about the culture, but the poverty and the misogyny especially were really hard to swallow. Plus, she’s fair with red hair and TONS of freckles, so she got a lot of attention.

        • GeoDiva

          I have the same thing issue with Brazil. It is such a beautiful country but the corruption, violence and the shocking poverty (especially in Rio) are the worst. I have been all over the world, but Rio was so awful. I will never go back. I have also taken India off my list.

          • kimmeister

            I’ve only been to Sao Paulo, and what I loved the most was the diversity. I fit in better there than any of the 20+ countries I’ve been to (and I’m a Vietnamese woman who has traveled to Vietnam!). But yes, the whole shantytown side of it was heartbreaking.

            • Lisa_Co

              I was Venezuala a couple of times and yes the favellas are terrible. But what took me aback the most was EVERY restaurant, store & supermarket had guards with MACHINE GUNS! Very unnerving (as were the unplanned stops by the military on the highways). I would never go there again despite the beautiful weather and scenery.

      • Sobaika

        Don’t get scared! It’s a LOVELY place, delicious food, and beautiful sights.

        The poverty is hard to see, for sure. Abject poverty is found everywhere but it’s really in your face in India. And it’s an overwhelming place, I’d describe it as sensory overload – in a good way. Totally worth a trip, there’s nothing like it.

        • marlie

          Those are just some of the reasons why I want to go! India has been my #1 destination for years, and it just hasn’t panned out yet. I’ve been invited to go with friends a couple of time for weddings, and I’d love to, but the timing hasn’t been right yet. One day, though. :)

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

        It’s on my list too – although it is way at the top of husband and MIL’s lists, so I might stay home with the cat and let them do that trip together.

      • Sarah

        I would love to go, too. I’ve been to plenty of countries where abject poverty is the norm, so I’m not surprised by it, although it hurts. I would like to go to a market and buy fifty thousand bolts of fabric. And all the jewelries.

        • marlie

          I did that when I went to Thailand and Morocco. Actually in Morocco, I also went insane with buying pottery, and then had to put it all in my carry-on so it wouldn’t get damaged. SO. HEAVY.

          • Sarah

            I bought SO MUCH stuff in Peru I had to buy another piece of luggage. And yes, every time I wear the jewelry I think of that trip, which I consider one of my best times ever.

            • Lisa_Co

              That happened to me on a trip to Florence. The euro was not as high then and I had quite the shopping field day:)

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

            That’s a good idea.

            I remember about 15 years ago a friend of mine went nuts shopping in Morocco, shipped it all home to her parents (carpets, ceramics, loads of stuff). They were burgled before they’d unpacked the boxes and it all went :(

            • marlie

              That’s miserable – I’d be heartbroken. I did buy a rug in Morocco, but
              it was a small-ish area rug, and I was able to roll it up and put it in
              my backpack.

          • kimmeister

            That’s a good idea. If I spent a little more $$ on one particular keepsake, I might remember a little better where it was from. I have an inexpensive malachite frog pendant that I no longer remember where I bought it. Bali? South Africa? Who knows.

    • @Biting Panda

      I’m in a dark little booth, at our favorite Mexican joint. Just me and my youngest, for a girl’s night.
      Five bucks says I had the shittiest week here, but let’s not make it a competition.
      So glad ti finally be caught up for this week’s Orphan Black.

      Love Kittens

      • marlie

        I hope your shitty week gets better with some quality one on one time with the little one. Hugs to you both! xoxo

      • marlie

        “Her journey”? I love this kid. :)

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope things get better. Massively better!

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

        I’m so sorry to hear your week was so awful. I hope it’s not health related. My thoughts are with you.

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

        I love the little’un’s sticker obsession.

        Sorry your week has been shitty – hope there was a margarita for you!

      • decormaven

        Glad you had a girls’ night with your youngest. Sorry for the tough week; may it wash away as you move through the weekend.

      • H2olovngrl

        I bought my 5 year old one of the My Little Pony coloring books that comes with just the water pen and then it colors the whole picture. I didn’t hear a peep out of her for something like 3 hours. I spend A LOT of time with my little ones doing activities together, sometimes those brief moments of respite are so very welcome!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Stickers are great fun for little ones. Hope that you had a good girl’s night with your daughter!

        • Grumpy Girl

          I remember that stage, although my girl was not at all the type to sit still and color, especially when out and about. Hope your weekend is as wonderful as your week was craptastic.

          Also, to let you and Kimmeister (I think it was) know I was inspired by ya’lls posts about organized closets and finished mine today. Incomplete only because I couldn’t move the heavier winter stuff into the guest room because somebody’s husband had it all blocked with some project he was working on…

    • kimmeister

      It was looking like I was going to have to call in dead or comatose in early August, but now it looks like it might not be the nightmare it could be. We shall see. I seem to have hit a plateau in my goal of being able to do pullups: this week I was able to do them with 28 lbs of assistance with my palms facing each other, with them facing me, but NOT with them facing forward. Rats.

      Making jerk shrimp tacos tonight with pineapple salsa, to be followed by Downton Abbey s3e5. Looking forward to it!

      • Aidan B

        That sounds delicious! I’m making oven-fried fries and honey-lime tilapia. And good luck with your pull-ups!

        • marlie

          That sounds tasty. I’ll be right over! (@kimmeister:disqus’s sounds good too, but I can’t eat shrimp anymore.)

        • kimmeister

          YUM! And thanks. I have made progress with the pull ups. When I started in March, I needed 88 pounds of assistance. So my progress is not too shabby!

      • MaggieMae

        Are you using a pull-up machine at the gym?

        • kimmeister

          Yes, I am.

          • MaggieMae

            You go! I didn’t train with a machine at the gym. I used one of those pull-up assist resistance band contraptions, and I also did negatives (starting in the up position and slowly letting myself down). You can do it!

            What do you put in your pineapple salsa? Sounds delicious!

            • kimmeister

              I never considered trying negatives, I will now! Thanks. I have to admit I was too lazy to look up a pineapple salsa recipe, so I bought some from the store. But, I am making pina colada cream from sour cream, pineapple, and coconut milk.

            • MaggieMae

              Negatives really, really helped me build strength. Good luck! You can do it!

            • formerlyAnon

              My favorite easy pineapple salsa: Chopped pineapple. Fresh is better, canned (well drained, no syrup) works. Finely diced red onion (start at 1tablespoon per cup of pineapple, increase if you want.) Chopped cilantro (most people start with 1-2 teaspoons per cup of pineapple. I use at least a tablespoon). 1/8 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (NOT ground, whole seeds) per cup pineapple.

              Adjust quantities to taste. If you don’t have cayenne, a squeeze of siracha (rooster) sauce well stirred in will do. If you want to get fancy, squeeze lime juice over the whole thing. Ideally, make at least a couple of hours ahead of time so flavors can mix. The only people who don’t like it are those for whom cilantro tastes like soap.

            • MaggieMae

              Yum!

            • H2olovngrl

              When I make jerk pork loin, I make a mango salsa with mango, honey, lime, cilantro and jalapeño. It is to die for.

            • formerlyAnon

              God, that sounds delicious. Mmm.

            • Grumpy Girl

              I so want to come to ya’lls houses for dinner! I can’t do anything like funky salsa without getting the icky face from the family. I have a fantasy life where I get to make fabulous interesting foods, and be able to claim favorite recipes of them.

            • H2olovngrl

              I should let you know that the kids will eat it but my husband just gives it the hairy eyeball. I have just gotten to the point where sometimes I cook what he likes, sometimes I cook what he likes, and if he doesn’t want to eat certain things, that’s his problem!

            • formerlyAnon

              I had one good eater and one very picky texture eater. I made a lot of plain food with sauces/toppings/etc. separate. It wasn’t an every day thing – or even an every month thing when the kids were little. For a while life was an endless round of vegetables with ranch dip, plain cheese quesadillas, chicken fingers and oven fries. And noodles.

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

              Hopefully your family will get a taste for that sort of thing with time! I know someone whose husband (79yrs old…) has just started to like pizza in the last 12 months. Never give up hope!

            • kimmeister

              I’m fortunate to have a very open-minded husband who enjoys variety. I’ve made mango, pineapple, strawberry, and cranberry salsas, and he has liked all of them. This, coming from a Mexican who grew up only eating the traditional Mexican salsas!

            • 3boysful

              Yum. Cannot comprehend cilantro-hate. I ADORE it. Thanks for sharing.

      • Lisa_Co

        Pull-ups with your hand facing forward are the hardest (you can’t use your biceps) so don’t feel bad. You’ll work up to them I’m sure:)

      • H2olovngrl

        Oh yum. I need to try that.

    • misstressofsylar

      It’s the weekend kittens! Treat yourself to some clips of Benedict Cumberbatch reading D-Day bulletins over at BBC. I’ll be at the corner nursing a beer and catching up on Game of Thrones.

      • Aidan B

        Prepare yourself. The last few minutes of GOT are pretty brutal.

        • misstressofsylar

          An FB friend spoiled it for me (serves me right for going online a few hours after it
          aired). I was really hoping that they would diverge from the book as Oberyn is really hot and amazing. Oh well. There are by the way theories circling around that the reason Martin’s taking too long in writing his next book is because he’s killed most of his really interesting characters.

          • Aidan B

            Oof, sorry you got spoiled. I haven’t read the books so I had no idea what would happen. I turned my head just as it started to get bad and I am REALLY glad I did. My fiance was seriously disturbed. And that theory would not surprise me at all. If a few more major characters get killed off I’m going to ask myself why I’m even watching anymore.

            • misstressofsylar

              I’m loving “Sansa Fierce”!

            • Aidan B

              Oh, me too! I can’t wait to see where that goes.

            • Coolekat

              I’m not because it isn’t in the book.

            • marlie

              You know, it doesn’t bother me anymore. I read the books *years* ago, so I already got through the initial shock of some of my favorite characters dying. But you can still stay invested in the story and in the remaining characters, and there are new ones that you can throw your support behind!

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

            I wasn’t spoiled for that episode, but shame on my facebook friend who put up “THE KING IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE KING (and I don’t mean SCA)” as his status after the Purple Wedding.

            My theory about Martin taking so long in writing the next book is that he’s actually being overly influenced by the actors who have been cast. Instead of it just being his baby, I suspect he is seeing those actors and being derailed by how the show is portraying things.

      • Aidan B

        PS, everyone, potential GOT spoilers in this thread.

    • Aidan B

      Don’t worry Uncles: pizza, wine, and passing out is most weekends’ agenda for me and the dude, and we’re younger and not yet married. Tonight I’d make an exception for this bar, though. Fab. Pretty easy week for me, no complaints. Sunday I resume my search for something to wear for my engagement photos this week. Any advice, married/engaged kittens?

      • misstressofsylar

        Mazel tov! These days, I just ask myself WWLW (what would Lupita wear) and just go with it. The results have been pretty much colorful. Yesterday, I ended up wearing yellow shorts and a blue tank top (I live in the tropics BTW).

        • Aidan B

          Thanks, kitten! WWLW is an excellent strategy. In my head I’ve been picturing something like that; classic cut, bold color. I just haven’t been able to find it!

      • kimmeister

        A color that pops, and fabric that photographs well and allows you to move. Congrats!

        • Aidan B

          Thanks on both counts! :)

      • Wendi126

        Ours were done in black and white and we both wore fedoras. Ah 1985

        • Aidan B

          Love it!

        • H2olovngrl

          Could have been worse. Our friends wore Mickey Mouse ears in theirs.

      • formerlyAnon

        Not too fussy. A collar or neckline that flatters your face in shape and/or color. Most important and hardest to find, some days: it feels easy on and you like it so much that your posture is fabulous without even trying! NOTHING that makes you keep tugging or fixing or fiddling or sucking in. Walk around the store in it, in the shoes you plan to wear. Sit, bend, etc.

      • alyce1213

        That’s exciting! I say keep it simple and classic, something that makes you feel “Be me”and won’t make future generations cringe. You don’t want to look back and wonder “what was I thinking?” and maybe wind up on one of those Ellen posts of awkward photos. Unless you have a really hilarious sense of humor, and then anything goes.

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

        Digital photography is your friend. Take a picture in each outfit you’re considering to see how it photographs. You’ll know immediately when you have the right one.

        • formerlyAnon

          This is BRILLIANT. (It always makes me feel sadly mentally rigid when someone comes up with something so sensible and I know it would never have occurred to me in months of thinking about it.)

          • kimmeister

            Years ago, a friend wanted to know how the back of her hair looked but she didn’t have a 2nd mirror, so she just took a picture of it with her digital camera. It was like a revelation to me.

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

            Oh, fA, you’re making me blush.

          • Jackie4g

            It’ll occur to you now. There are also thing you do on autopilot that would impress the living daylights out of someone else. Nobody bats 1000. Some stuff you get, some stuff has to be demonstrated and some stuff needs to hit you over the head.
            And yes, Gifted’s suggestion is brilliant.

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

              Thank you, Jackie. This morning a friend called me an “idea person,” which I am immediately going to add to my resume.

        • Aidan B

          Dang, wish I’d seen this before I went shopping. I’m happy with my purchase, though; let’s hope it photographs well!

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

        Something that fits. I saw a friend’s engagement photos the other week and really wondered how she could look in the mirror and think it worked.

      • Sarah

        I am engaged, but we didn’t do photos. I mentioned it to my fiance, but he wasn’t down. My sister, however, wore a dress with a boat neck because it was seated and she wanted a good neck/shoulders look.

        • formerlyAnon

          We didn’t do formal photos. My in-laws, however, DID throw us an engagement party (since our wedding was not going to be the cast-of-thousands usual in their circles.) I did have a great dress I loved & wore for years, but my father-in-law took a ton of photos, none posed. In EVERY SINGLE ONE I was eating. Chewing, mouth open to put in the fork, use your imagination. I now tell people to have at least one posed photo, however stilted.

          • Grumpy Girl

            That is such good advice! We didn’t do formal photos for our engagement. Obviously, I was raised by complete non-romantics, because it never even dawned on any of us to do that.

            (All my college pictures are like your engagement party–but with beer. Always the can of beer, the bottle of beer, the go cup. And I wash not a significant beer drinker in college–perhaps those were the only parties people were willing to have/use cameras?)

        • Aidan B

          We’re only doing it because it’s included in the package for our wedding photography. I’m a little nervous about it (the engagement shoot), to be honest, since I’m not used to the attention and I’m a little insecure about how I look in pictures. I heard it will help get ready for the weirdness of being photographed constantly the day of the wedding, though. Plus I just bought a strapless dress in a really flattering red, and my bridesmaid who went shopping with me said I looked fabulous. Fingers crossed!

          • Sarah

            I’m sure you looked lovely! Love brings out the best in a countenance. All that matters, right?

      • decormaven

        I get a chuckle from current engagement photos. I’m glad the couple is now featured in shots; back in my day, couple pictures were out of the norm. Some papers would not accept them- bride-elect only shots. Progress, people!

        • Aidan B

          Seriously? They only took pictures of the bride? Weird.

          • decormaven

            It was. I’m glad to see both parties in the picture. It’s not all about the bride!

    • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

      I would love to go to India, if only for the chance to wear a sari.

      I have a date with my couch and Season 2 of OITNB. I’m going to *try* and not watch them all at once. Try being the operative word. Pizza sounds amazing but I have really being sticking with the diet lately. Ugh.

      • Sarah

        My friend got to go to India to participate in a friend’s wedding, and they all wore saris. The pictures were GORGEOUS.

      • Grumpy Girl

        I so want to go, at least for work. We have a major set of offices there, and half my team is based there. It seems all the managers who go are so bummed, and I’m eternally playing donkey, “pick me! pick me!”

    • MaggieMae

      The weather is finally warming up. I’m looking forward to gardening this weekend and hanging out with the dog.

    • UsedtobeEP

      HI everyone. House is full of screaming, grubby, shirtless little boys eating popsicles and running though the house. I am hiding from them so I don’t have to see the destruction. All my idea, of course…

      • UsedtobeEP

        And can I just say I miss the Mad Men lounge terribly?

        • CatLady

          Me too. I keep checking the news to see if they set a premiere date yet.

    • Musicologie

      Hugh week of change for the baby. He figured out how to roll back to front, then shortly afterward figured out that he can now move from location to location. With that also came an attitude change, as he’s determined to do more on his own, whether he actually can or not.

      So, with no Mad Men or The Americans, we checked out Turn, which is…okay. It’s a slow burner, and there are a few fantastic musical choices. But that’s having its season finale this Sunday, as is Cosmos. And Louie is burning through its episodes two at a time, so that will be done soon. The Mad Men replacement Halt and Catch Fire looks interesting, but…any other suggestions for summer viewing? (Binge watching is out of the question with a baby. We watch one show per night to unwind.)

      • formerlyAnon

        Yay for babies figuring out new stuff. Watching them do that was one of my favorite things about being a parent.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I still smile when I remember watching our oldest nephew at the age of 15 months after he had been chastised for minor misbehavior. He stood there, face still, and you could practically see the wheels turning in his brain,and then he unleashed an absolutely brilliant, megawatt smile! I felt as if he’d figured out, Hey, they love it when I smile!

      • FibonacciSequins

        Have you seen Derek on Netflix? Season 2 was just released there last week.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Your little guy’s world is expanding-very exciting for him-and you!
        No TV suggestions, as I”m completely out of the loop with new/old TV series. I’m sure other BK’s will have ideas!

      • Lisa_Co

        Well at least this week are the Tony awards; always a must see for me.

      • 3boysful

        Have been watching Turn with middle son, who likes history. He looks at me during a recent ep and says he needs to look this up on the internet to figure out what’s going on. I reply “Already did that; still no idea!” B/c we’re talking Revolutionary War spies, most scenes are in near-darkness. Makes it tough to figure out what’s going on. Also as spies, people aren’t what they seem. Still, we watch . . . .

    • Frank_821

      Austin is a little crazy this weekend. X-games are here

      Rick and I looking forward to episode 9 of GoT

      also catching the presumed series finale of Drop Dead Diva. I’v stuck it out this long to the end, even if it is a bit past its due date

    • Sobaika

      Settling in with carbs and wine to catch up on the new season of Orange is the New Black. So happy it’ll be covered here! About halfway through decorating my new place, but the rest can wait until tomorrow.

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

      I was thrilled to accidentally discover that Showtime began running “Queer as Folk” starting with S1E1 this week. They’re doing two episodes per night. I hope they’re going to take it through to the end.

      I loved that show and the characters so much that I cried when it ended. I don’t usually get so invested in a television show or a movie, but I wasn’t finished knowing those boys and wanted them to continue to be part of my life.

      • BobStPaul

        The entire 83 episodes are available on Netflix if Showtime doesn’t show them all. I watched all 83 in a period of less than two weeks. Although the show had a lot of problems – particularly, but certainly not exclusively, with continuity issues and problematic plotting – I actually got depressed when I finished watching it because there were no more episodes to see. When you binge watch a series there’s a tendency to get a little too involved with the characters…

    • Jacqueline Wessel

      Hey, I just polished off my pizza and wine and it was delicious. Friday night is party-night after all. Big weekend plans include window-washing and the rehanging of clean curtains … Love it when the sunshines in. Have a great weekend everyone.

    • NDC_IPCentral

      Well, I was in the process of completing a long post to catch the BK community up on me, and then this new laptop did something weird, and the message is gone. The old PC died, and I did my bit for boosting the economy at the Apple Store and sundry other vendors, too. The learning curve, though, for this 20+years person accustomed to PCs and OS is going to be steep. I’ll persevere.

      My sister’s 6 hour double mastectomy operation 2 weeks ago was a success – her lymph nodes, it turned out when the pathology report was issued six days later, are clear. No radiation needed. Chemo did the yeoman’s job of knocking out the tumor. She’s in pain from all the insults to her chest, but the reconstruction process (which in her case is a rather new procedure and quite lengthy, taking several months for the gradual laying down of autologous fat, will begin when she’s healed some more.

      I’ll be going out to The Mitten State to visit her in five weeks, and that’s a trip I’m awaiting eagerly. It will have been a year since I’ve seen her. Thanks to all you kind and thoughtful BKs for your encouragement and good thoughts. It has been very strengthening for me.

      Work is busy, tiring, frustrating, sometimes satisfying, but a job’s a job. I’m really done in by this week’s work load and dealing with transitioning to the new laptop. This ol’ gal is toast, so I’m off to lal-la land and a book. Hope the BKs are hanging in, thriving or enduring, as the case may be. I’d write some of you individual hellos, but I just don’t have it tonight!

      Be well and nighty-night from your Portia at IP Central.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hooray about your sister! You’ll be surprised how easy the transition to a Mac becomes, especially if you have a Mac user you can ask when figuring something out is tedious. (I transitioned to a Mac at home this year.)

        • NDC_IPCentral

          From your fingers to digits and brain, FA! As I mentioned to marlie, I probably will have my sister try to pound expertise into my noggin during my visit mid-July.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Very, very happy that your sister got good news on the pathology report; enjoy that visit, and sending loads of positive thoughts and prayers for her recovery and the reconstructive surgery when it takes place, dear.

      • marlie

        So thankful that your sister’s surgery was successful! Sending lots of love to her and to you, and hopes for a (relatively) speedy recovery.

      • marlie

        Oh – and re: the PC-to-MAC transition, one of my friends took the classes with a “genuis” and said that it was crucial in getting up to speed.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          I may have to go that route…OR have my sister, who’s Mac-savvy, give me a heap of tutorials when I visit her next month!

        • Lisa_Co

          My husband has been a Mac fanatic since the early 1980’s ( they were like cultists then). Though I had to use a PC at work, we always had a Mac at home. In the long run I think you’ll find the Mac much easier to use. They are also very reliable and rarely break down. Once you go Mac you never go back.

          • marlie

            Oh – I know… I’ve never owned anything but a Mac myself. And my family thinks I’m crazy because of it. :P

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

        Hi, NDC! I’ve been thinking of you and wondering about your sister’s surgery. So happy to hear that it went well and that her nodes are clear. The doctor who pioneered the autologous fat implants was a customer at my store. Lovely man.

        • NDC_IPCentral

          How interesting! This progressive build-up of autologous fat procedure is pretty new, so it’s possible that my sister’s physicians may write her up in a journal article. In any event they are keenly interested in what happens and will be following her closely,

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

            This new procedure sounds exciting. I hope it goes perfectly and that you’ll keep us informed. Use of autologous fat actually started in the late 1970s. I remember when it was announced and was impressed when, decades later, I met the doctor responsible for it.
            ,
            This is from the Breast Augmentation entry on Wikipedia:

            The advent of liposuction technology facilitated medical applications of the liposuction-harvested fat tissue as autologous filler for injection to correct bodily defects, and for breast augmentation. Dr. Melvin Bircoll introduced the practice of contouring the breast and for correcting bodily defects with autologous fat grafts harvested by liposuction; and he presented the fat-injection method used for emplacing the fat grafts.

            I guess liposuction had to be invented before he could come up with the mechanics of doing this.

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

        Fantastic news about your sister’s progress!

      • decormaven

        So glad to hear the good news about your sister, and thrilled you’ll get to visit with her. I went through the PC-Mac conversion about three years ago. My only issues was with Outlook; unfortunately, I was using the older version of Outlook that did not transfer elegantly. Other than that, all good. Tried vainly to get Mr. DM to get a Mac when he replaced his laptop at Christmas. He resisted due to his very PC-oriented work. I won’t fool with that machine; Windows is a PITA.

      • Sarah

        I’m in the Mitten State right now! I shall send good vibes for your sister. I’m so glad to hear she’s doing well. Much love to you and yours.

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

        Once you go Mac, you never go back.
        Seriously, it’s the best operating system. I’ve been a cult member for 20 years and nothing would get me use a PC at home.
        Congratulations!

        • Lisa_Co

          Haha. Hadn’t read your comment yet, Ellen, and said the same thing up thread about Macs.

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

          Of course, some of us wave the flag for linux and avoid the Mac/PC debate!

      • SierraDelta

        I find it wildly amusing when my son and his wife assure me that Mac use is “intuitive.” I’m beginning to believe that I’ve landed in the wrong century — I think I might do better using quills and homemade ink as my primary communication medium. . .

        Good thoughts and positive energy directed to you and your amazing sister.

    • formerlyAnon

      Pizza and wine and crashing with someone you trust is the DREAM for half the young things out on the town tonight. You’re entitled to look smug, if you’re conscious.

      I committed to Getting Shit Done again in June, so I’m compromising with housework, audio books, and wine tonight. Tomorrow serious gym time for the first time this week. Been neglecting my (rather desultory) program. I swear I am going to be able to do 40 proper pushups some day (currently at 14, down from a lifetime peak of 23. This could take a while.) Unassisted pull ups are only a distant dream, at this point.

      Will have a house almost full of young people for a week (son, son’s girlfriend, girlfriend’s sister, possible road tripping friend) which will be interesting but not time consuming as their agenda is full of things that do not include me. Hope to make great progress in the yard, definitely on some office paperwork.

      Yes, these plans please me. Being well into middle age is in no way ever going to look as satisfying from the outside (to the young’uns) as it can feel from the inside.

      • decormaven

        I agree. This part of the journey is just as good, because this is where you really get to the interior of yourself, rooting out the problem pieces (or making workarounds to better navigate them), and opening up to new possibilities. Best of luck in GSD.

      • SierraDelta

        My adorable 27-year-old niece claims she loves hanging out with us because being with us is “like having history books talk to you.”

        We *think* that’s a compliment.

        • formerlyAnon

          It’s a compliment whether she knows it or not! ;-)

    • unbornfawn

      Just a little tonic with a twist of lime and maybe an aspirin. I’ve been celebrating Beach Blanket Babylon’s 40th all day. Sequins, Big hats and lots of vodka darlings.

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

      This week I have been procrastinating on job applications with cleaning the house. I am not a good cleaner (and husband is worse), so the place has been a bit of a swamp and getting progressively worse as we haven’t been able to afford a cleaner, but now it looks the best it has in about 2 years. Quite a satisfactory result for procrastination. But I really do have to do those job applications.

      No plans and the weather is shite, so I think it’ll mostly be reading and cuddling the cat this weekend.

      • decormaven

        Cleaning always help- you might not be able to impact the events around the job market, but you can impact your own little universe. Kitty cuddles sounds like a good thing in inclement weather. Best wishes in moving forward on the job front.

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

          The weather has actually turned out to be lovely, so it was more chasing the cat around on the lawn (her favourite thing) than cuddling.

      • formerlyAnon

        Productive procrastination is a net good. You’ll get through those job apps. Just don’t let it get too close to any deadlines you want to meet before you start, so you avoid that panicky feeling on top of the general disinclination! In other words, do as I say, not as I do. ;-)

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

          Yes, that is the problem!

      • Sarah

        I’m 800 miles away from my cats and chilling with a nice, but very excitable terrier. I miss my catz! Five days without them! I expect I will be seeing a lot of asterisks when I get back.

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

          5 days without catz! poor you!

    • decormaven

      What a week, battling issues with dedicated phone line and the all-in-one printer/fax/scanner. Being the chief cook and bottle washer ain’t all it’s cracked up to be. But hallelujah, the phone tech is coming out- early!- to work on the phone issue. Hope it’s a quick resolution; I want to get some yardwork in before pm thunderstorms roll in.

      • formerlyAnon

        All my sympathy. A friend – who offices at home and runs two small businesses involving confidential financial records – has been without Internet or home/primary office phone service for over a week, thanks to a nasty storm. Been limping along on wireless phone, iPad and a fax line. Does AT&T care ? They do not.

        • decormaven

          I was fortunate with AT&T on this round. Tech came early and was very helpful; unfortunately, the problem is in the telephone accessory- both the old part (which may have been zapped by weather last week), and the new part which was purchased this week. Off to Radio Shack to return it; not sure if they’ve restocked yet. Servicing copper line is a losing business for Ma Bell now- I wouldn’t be surprised if they spun it off to a separate company to die a quiet death.

    • Sarah

      Hey guys – just dropped in to say hello. I’m in Detroit for my nephew’s graduation party this weekend. Having a nice time! Hope everyone else is too.

      • decormaven

        Is this the nephew who was involved in the wreck? Hope all is well on the home front there. Give him a big auntie hug.

        • Sarah

          Nope, his little brother. Hugs already taken care of for the older one. He is chagrined, indeed, but getting better. Able to laugh about it a LITTLE, which is good (the laughing coming from his parents’ account of how incoherent he was when he called from the scene of the wreck) and my sister and BIL have both commended him for telling the truth about how it happened, because the cop on scene said most kids wouldn’t. We are gearing up for a huge open house graduation party with Tex-Mex theme (graduate is going to U of Houston). The runner up from American Idol – Jena Irene? – will be here because she’s graduating from the same HS tomorrow and is pals with my nephew. Almost a celebrity! I don’t watch, but I hear she’s really good. Neat.

          • decormaven

            Sounds like a wonderful weekend! I love the Tex-Mex theme. Is your SO with you for this trip?

            • Sarah

              Indeed. He’s helping set up tents in the back yard right now. I had better go chop some veg for the taco bar. My sister is already, at 10 am, vibrating at near-hysterical levels of hostess-ness. I should slip a Valium in her coffee…

            • decormaven

              Nothing like the SO coming to a family event to test the mettle of the relationship. My first visit to Mr. DM’s family was hog-killing day. We made homemade sausage and had fresh tenderloin that night. Mr. DM knew I was a keeper, then! A little dash of Mother’s Little Helper might be just the ticket for your sis.

            • Sarah

              Totally mettle testing. He gets on well with my sister & family, but the spare bed we’re sleeping on is too hard, so his back hurts, and he is subject to an old hockey injury that tends to make his right arm sore, especially after he helped set up 100 folding chairs, three pavilions, eight 8-foot long tables, and tote about fifty cases of beer and soda around all day, then break it all down again in the dark, all after talking to hordes of people he doesn’t know all day long. Whatta guy he is.

            • decormaven

              Tie a rope and hang on. That man deserves a Medal of Honor for that duty.

            • formerlyAnon

              Damn. These are the days we put in the memory bank to pull out when the loved one does something THAT WE TALKED ABOUT, OK??!! for the tenth time and it is starting to feel like a personal attack. (So much easier than remembering the times we, ourselves, have been guilty of transgressing in order to shore up the patience.)

            • Sarah

              WORD.

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

              Good thing you didn’t announce that you were vegan at that point… I love those sorts of traditions.

            • decormaven

              Ha ha! His family no longer raises hogs, just cattle. It was a completely different scene for me; while I had relatives who lived in the country, I had never been exposed to this practice. For those who do eat meat, having fresh meat is a treat unto itself.

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

              Home made sausage is such a treat. My grandparents had friends who were “on the land” as they say in Australia – going into the kitchen to see an aunt waving a candle over a wild boar’s bristles, said boar having come down to Sydney on the train, was a memorable part of my childhood.

            • decormaven

              Love that picture in my mind. I think it’s important that people have a real understanding about the origin of what they eat. It’s not all out of a pack or a can.

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

      I always learn something on this site: just found out that “The Mitten State” is Michigan!

      My plans for today include participating in Durham’s annual event of sheer ridiculous mayhem: the 10th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant. Basically it’s an extended spoof of beauty pageants, populated by a large contingent of cross-dressers of both sexes, who compete in talent, swimsuit (“Wetlands Attire”), and evening gown sections. The winner is Beaver Queen for the next year and gets to preside at all kinds of community events like the Pride Parade, the annual downtown Art Walk, and of course throwing the switch to turn on the holiday lights at City Plaza. It’s a complete hoot. Every imaginable double entendre is shamelessly exploited. Spectators are encouraged to bribe the panel of judges to vote for a certain contestant, and usually 6-8 food trucks show up and donate a portion of the proceeds to the sponsor, a nonprofit whose mission is to protect and preserve and expand city park lands. For photos of the current contestants, and lots of links to stuff about previous years, go to beaverlodgelocal1504 dot org. I promise a bunch of laughs!

      I wish all the BKs could come enjoy this event with me, it would make you smile and be encouraged about human ability to embrace everyone. Just love who you love, is what they preach. And their motto? “Peace, Love, Beaver!”

      • formerlyAnon

        I am so sad that back in the ’80s when I spent a ton of time in Durham (boyfriend), this did not exist!

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

          I am just returned from the Pageant. You’ll be happy to know they added a special ceremony this year, the Blessing of the Kits. The benediction was given by Rev. Morning Hardwood, and each little kit was anointed with a water pistol by Sister Cherry Cherry Bang Bang. It was really touching.

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

            Did you win?

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

              Oh, no, I wasn’t one of the contestants. I’m part of the entertainment!

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

              I guess I should’ve ended my question with the dreaded LOL so you would know I was teasing. It sounds like a delightful event.

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

        That sounds like so much fun!

      • SierraDelta

        This sounds like SO MUCH FUN! If we charter a BK Semi-Express transportation device, with stops in multiple states, can we all come stay with you next year?

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

          Consider your reservation made. The BQP is always the first Saturday in June. I can sleep 10 at my house, no problem.

          • SierraDelta

            !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.homeremodelingexperts.net Jax Beckett

      Wow stunning!

    • @Biting Panda

      Pssstttttt….. I’m drunk. … Don’t tell. Shhhhh.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Psssstttt….I wish I was too, that was last night.

      • decormaven

        That’s alright, as long as you can function in the a.m.

        • @Biting Panda

          No worries. I’m all grown up and shit.

          • formerlyAnon

            Ahh, and that’s the bitch of it all, isn’t it?

            The gay (archaic usage) and devil-may-care abandon of extreme youth is gone, if one ever did have it.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Bought my first new car today!!! I got a black 2014 Toyota Corolla with 5 miles on it! I was originally looking at Priuses and Kia Souls, but a last minute test drive and moment to think changed my decision. This was a 5 month process that I am SO glad is over, and now I get to go for a drive tomorrow!!!!!!!!

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

        Congratulations! May you both have many, many miles of safe driving together. Are you naming it?

        • Jacob Bowen

          Oh yes, his name is…Magic Mike, and I’m looking for a front of car bow-tie!

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

            Be sure to park him safely in well lit areas. You wouldn’t want him to get stripped by any bad boys.

          • SierraDelta

            My 2001 Saab convertible is Spike because of a *massive* crush on Buffy’s poetry-loving Soulful Vampire. My now-adult sons are still embarrassed about it.

      • decormaven

        Congrats on your purchase! A new car is a pleasure, and you’ve made a good choice. Happy touring!

      • formerlyAnon

        Congrats! I have had great luck with Toyotas.

    • Qitkat

      Hey kittens, I’ve been lurking this weekend, “GSD”, dull but necessary financial/health recordkeeping, got behind years ago and never caught fully up, Trying to shortcut and create a new system, so as to do taxes easier. Went with a deductible/copay system this year, am super spoiled from past years of no deductibles, less paperwork, but higher premiums. None of it is fun, and my bum and my eyes are fighting for which is the unhappiest. And deadly boring. Sucks for more medical visits in recent years for both Mr Q and moi. We have no genuine complaints, very grateful to have insurance. Ending the evening to watch the recorded episode of tonight’s Orphan Black. Yearning for some adult beverage, may have to get creative.

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

        Definitely reward yourself for getting shit done though – sorting out boring paperwork is such a chore.

      • decormaven

        Healthcare is a jungle now, so your planning will pay off. Mr. DM bought a bottle of Malibu Black rum- I may have to have a taste tonight before the bottle vanishes.

      • formerlyAnon

        You deserve a MEDAL. That is the kind of paperwork I tend to let back up as well. Go you!

      • alyce1213

        You wouldn’t believe the pile of shit I’ve “set aside” and have to go through and organize. Oh wait — yes you would, comrade. I salute you and take inspiration.

      • SierraDelta

        Fortunately for me, I live with an amazing man for whom this shite is the very air he breathes. He speaks fluent Insurance Arcana, and peons on the other end of the conversation quail in his presence. This spring he patiently explained to the Mayo Clinic that my CPAP *is* covered by insurance if they enter the proper code. Who needs sweet nuthins whispered in her ear when she can have Medicare options explained succinctly and understandably?!

        • Qitkat

          What a honey! It’s a darn good thing there are folks such as him in this world, can he simplify the entire health care system while he’s at it?

          • SierraDelta

            Sadly, there are no easy fixes for any health care system. As you noted, the paperwork is daunting, and IMHO shouldn’t require you to wade through it with a bottle of wine and a repertoire of colorful vocabulary for company.

            My husband’s a retired HR exec, and I (and the rest of the extended family) would be lost without him and the depth and breadth of his knowledge! Our daughter-in-law recently changed jobs, but her insurance plan didn’t start coverage until two months into the new position, so dear old Dad did the research on temporary policies to cover the gap where she and my son would otherwise have been uninsured, a prospect *no one* wants to face these days.

            My darling has recently taken to glaring at me and demanding that I turn 65 ASAP, as my being on Medicare with him will simplify his paperwork. . .

            • Qitkat

              You are so fortunate. Your hubby sounds like the kind of knowledgeable guy we could have used. My husband is federal retiree with carryover health care plan, Medicare optional. Much too much to go into here but we had to make decisions that we have been second guessing for over four years now. And will probably never know if we made the best choices for us. Federal blogs are all over the map in giving advice to retirees. None of his coworkers had exactly the same situation as us. Freaking nightmare. Finally we just had to accept we were doing the best we could, and move on.

            • SierraDelta

              “Finally we just had to accept we were doing the best we could, and move on.” There’s a lot to be said for leaving decisions in the rearview mirror as you concentrate on the road ahead.

      • Qitkat

        Thanks, y’all, @alyce1213 @formerlyAnon @decormaven @Alicia
        I shall remember these positive thoughts when I get too mired down in the swamp, for now I’m warding off the gators, made it to 2014 items.

    • Corsetmaker

      ups and downs for me. Got a fab commission yesterday, but was up all night finishing a corset for collection today, and late the night before on another one. So my workroom looks like a big bomb of fabric and boning has gone off in the middle of it! Next task, attempt to tidy up! Quite fancy pizza and wine myself though… and a nap, a nap would be very welcome!
      Oh yeah, and found out I’m doing jury duty next month :(

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

        Pizza and wine is good for you.

      • decormaven

        Congrats on the commission! You’ll get the workroom back to right before long. A good bottle and a nice pizza sound like an appropriate reward for such hard work.

      • formerlyAnon

        Congrats on the commission! Hope you got the nap. All work goes easier when well rested.

    • smayper

      I’ll just curl up on one of these cushiony seats, put a little pillow under my head, and sip a mojito.

    • Lisa_Co

      OK, the Tony Awards are just TERRIBLE this year. Was this a boring Broadway season (I am woefully uneducated about the season even though I live in NYC). I don’t watch GOT so tuned into my DVR of this morning’s Rafa/Novack French Open. Infinitely more entertaining.