T LOunge

Posted on June 13, 2014

TLOUnge-6-13-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)La Galerie Lounge, Four Seasons Hôtel George V, Paris

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Okay, we’re lazy whores and we apologize for that. Here’s an insanely fabulous place for you to spend your weekend. Still love us?

Kittens, as we noted in our sparse offerings today, it’s a traveling day for T Lo, and no matter how much we try and plan these things out, there are times where it’s all just gonna get away from us.

In other words, this is a roundabout way of saying we won’t have our Orange is the New Black review up until tomorrow morning and we won’t have our Orphan Black review up until Monday morning.  Sorry, darlings. Fire Island calls – and there are cocktails with our names on them.

Talk amongst yourselves.
 

[Photo Credit: fourseasons.com]

    • prisma

      Dear, sweet, merciful Lord: I have never been so happy to see the weekend arrive.

      • Daisy77

        Amen

    • Danielle

      I just stumbled across the Baywatch intro on YouTube, what a way to spend a Friday afternoon.

    • PastryGoddess

      I spent the day away from my office yesterday. I’m making up for it today. I’ll be lucky if I can get away long enough for cheap chinese and wine

      • Grumpy Girl

        You and me both! Except I’m stuck with quickie salad. But definitely wine . . .

    • Rhonda Shore

      I always admire that you enjoy your weekends! I am looking forward to your OITNB columns. I finished the season last night and really loved that last episode.

    • GorgeousThings

      I’ve been there!!! It’s even more fabulous in person. But be prepared to drop two weeks’ salary on a couple of drinks. I need this weekend. GoT finale!!!
      And a very Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there, including TLo, the Daddies of us Bitter Kittens. xox

      • Sartorial_She

        Oooh! In less than 2 weeks I’ll be heading to Paris for vacation in order to celebrate a friend’s 40th birthday. I’m surprising her with tickets to the ballet while we are there. (Yves St Laurent has designed the costumes. So exciting!)

        GT: Would you recommend the George V for pre-ballet champagne and nibbles? Somewhere else?

        And do any of the BKs have a recommendation for a celebratory post-ballet dinner? (Preferably one that does not cost the equivalent of my mortgage payment for a meal.)

        • GorgeousThings

          Absolutely! It’s beautiful, and the champagne always tastes better at George V. :)
          I’m not sure how close it is to the Ballet, but the Hotel Lutetia has a great brasserie. Amazing seafood, and the prices are Paris-reasonable. Have a wonderful time!!!!

          • Sartorial_She

            Merci infiniment! I will check out Hotel Lutetia.

            • 3boysful

              And I would like to stow away in your luggage! Am ballet girl, and still speak good French! Passez de bons temps!

            • Sartorial_She

              My suitcase will be large, I am sure. Plenty of room for a stowaway or two!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Have a fabulous time-and how great that you’re surprising your friend with the ballet tickets!

        • alyce1213

          Brasserie Flo is very celebratory place, beautiful 19th C decor, very lively, they offer various priced menus, and they have a good house champagne.
          I’m not sure how late they’re open, though, or when the ballet is over, but check it out.
          http://www.brasserieflo-paris.com/en/

          (I envy)

        • MilaXX

          Sorry, the only must have for me in Paris is ice cream and a tart from Berthillon’s

          • schadenfreudelicious

            and chocolate and macarons from Pierre Herme…:)

            • GorgeousThings

              The pink peppercorn macarons from Ladurée were amazing, too. I didn’t make it to Pierre Herme.

            • schadenfreudelicious

              I have to give their macarons a slight edge over Laduree, but is a minor quibble :)

          • GorgeousThings

            Oh oh oh! And chocolat chaud at Angelina on the rue Rivoli. DH and I went there for breakfast. The quiche is to. Die. For. Get the hot chocolate as dessert. And bring home a tin for me please!!!!

            • schadenfreudelicious

              Oui, the hot chocolate at Angelina is amazing!

            • Sartorial_She

              Angelina for quiche and chocolat chaud it is!

            • Constant Reader

              That’s what I was going to suggest! Between the food and the Belle Epoque decor, I was so happy having lunch there.

          • Lisa_Co

            I can’t get even as far as you, Mila. We went to Paris about 3 years ago and thought the food was terrible. The food in the South, however, (the Riveria, Provence) is so much better. The French being the French, I’m sure that Paris has plenty of good restaurants well hidden from tourists (especially, Americans who don’t speak French)

        • schadenfreudelicious

          These are two favourites of mine, not inexpensive but no where near George V prices.
          Josephine “Chez Dumonet” and Le Voltaire. Bon Appetit!

        • Lisa_Co

          I really can’t name specific places but are you seeing the ballet at the Garnier (the old but beautiful house) or the Bastille (the new but larger theater)? There are loads of places around the Garnier since it’s on a very large, main street.

        • Lisa_Co

          BTW, a French ballet critic who writes in English and could probably give you some good places to eat at either theater is Laura Capelle. Her twitter handle is @bellafugural.

          • Sartorial_She

            Fabulous tip. Merci!

            • Lisa_Co

              Je vous en prie, bien sur.

        • Daisy77

          I suggest Georges at the top of the Pompidou. Delightful for a special outing.

          • Sartorial_She

            Thank you! The setting looks stunning.

        • Sartorial_She

          Dearest Kittens–thank you all so much for the lovely recommendations for dinner, dessert, etc etc!! The last time I was in Paris was NYE 1999, and so much has changed since then that I simply wasn’t sure where to go.

          I have made a list of all that you have suggested and am excited to try as many as possible. It looks as if I should plan on at least a 5-7 pound weight gain if I do this thing right. :-)

      • schadenfreudelicious

        I had dinner there last year, it was a mortgage payment for sure (but amazing!)

      • Judih1

        Here, here, – Happy Father’s Day to Papa Tom and Daddy Lorenzo – the best cyberdads BK’s could every hope for

    • Sarah

      Howdee friends! This bar is too Dangerous Liaisons for me. I feel I’d look a rube in there, especially once I got my drink on. I am having a week that should, by all rights, be making me miserable, but I’m not pissed at all. I’m still floating on the good goodness of chilling with my family last weekend, and getting my fella away from his crazy-making job for five days, wherein we were both able to remember that we are a great couple, and he isn’t REALLY Mr. Furious all the time. The broken AC, front doorknob, and sound bar (cats! You ruined my electronics!) for the TV, coupled with two trips to the DMV this week and another trip back in the morning are merely dumb crap I shall ignore. I am also very happy to be watching OINTB, even though I took a quiz and they said I’d be Alex. Which is RIDICULOUS, because I’m definitely a hetero Nicky.

      • Danielle

        Tell me about it, those tables don’t even look strong enough to dance on. Pace yourself with OITNB, I regret binge watching over one day.

        • Sarah

          I’m on 5 and holding, but tonight might be another story.

          • Danielle

            Spoiler: Larry is still an epic fucking douche.

            • Sarah

              No Shit. Haha.

            • Danielle

              I don’t think I would hate him quite so much if he wasn’t played by smarmy-ass Jason Biggs. Christopher Meloni, for instance, would be all wrong for the role but damn, I’d sure enjoy the eye candy.

            • Sarah

              I have disliked Biggs ever since American Pie. So, for his whole career I guess. He and Taylor have zero chemistry so it’s hard to believe they ever would’ve gotten together.

            • Denise Alden

              Have you seen Christopher Meloni in Veep? So good.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              OMG-Meloni is so hysterically funny and good as the personal trainer/eye candy.

            • KinoEye

              He’s such an asshat. Larry and that shrill Polly woman… Flames… On the side of my face… UGH. Most annoying TV couple for me apart from James and Donna in Twin Peaks.

        • Rhonda Shore

          i watched about two episodes a day and that worked out really well…but i might watch the entire season again, there’s enough detail to warrant that.

        • Lucía Gavello

          I was pacing myself but I’m sick and in bed and I’m pretty sure an OITNB binge is in my very near future

        • Kent Roby

          I’ve only watched the first 3 episodes of Orange so far, but I did a lot of binge watching of Mad Men this past month to get through all 6 seasons on Netflix (what fun! After each viewing, I of course read our Uncles review of that episode). I hope/assume Season 7.1 will be on Netflix before the last half so I will finally be up-to-date with the rest of the world of MM!

      • Rhonda Shore

        i love that ceiling though. I’m sure i’d so enjoy my diet coke there…

        • Sarah

          It’s a fine place for soft drinks, but I like my drinkin’ joints much dirtier and more suspicious-activities-in-the-bathroom-esque.

          • formerlyAnon

            I feel ya, but as I have aged my appreciation for the luxe has increased. I feel more entitled, I think.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              At some point I decided that the charming but amenityless pensions were a part of my traveling past; while I’m not in the 4 star luxe category, I do enjoy a comfortable bed and a bathroom in which I can safely turn around.

            • Sarah

              Oh, believe me, I’m all for luxe. I spent my youth sleeping in vans, the back of trucks, and tents. I do NOT skimp on lodging anymore. Mama needs her own bathroom, and a squishy bed. However, my taste in getting-a-drink joints is still rather low-brow, mostly because when I drink, I mean it.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              I hear you!

          • understateddiva

            exactly! my thought was, “where can a girl go to get a hard drink in a dark bar around here?” when I saw this.

            • Sarah

              Every bar will serve you hard ones. The problem is how well they tolerate you after you’ve had a few ;)

            • Sarah

              Our Illustrious Uncles like to provide refined eye-candy bars for TLounge. Perhaps were I a perfectly coiffed and turned out person, with much liquidity cashwise, I’d spend time in this joint. Still, we could wreck shop up in there!

            • Kitten Mittons

              “Eye-candy bars”

              Hee.

      • kimmeister

        Was that a Mystery Men reference???

        • Sarah

          But of course ;)

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

        It does look a little staid. This is where you go for your first drink of the evening before ending up in a smoky dive.

      • KinoEye

        Hahaha! I just took an OITNB quiz on Zimbio, and it says I’m Big Boo. That’s kind of awesome, although I also pegged myself as a hetero (ish) Nicky.

        • Imma Mäder

          I am Taystee, which I think is quite correct since I sometimes underestimate myself and my talents..

    • shirab

      Opinions sought, please. This week I got a LinkedIn invitation from an old college friend. We haven’t seen each other in a while, we keep in touch via holiday cards, etc. After accepting her “connect” invite, I Googled her, the way one does, and I learned that her mother died a little over a year ago. I would like to write to her to say that I remember her mother as being a lovely person and I’m sorry for her loss, but I’m not quite sure how to explain why I now have this information. Is it weird to just say up front how I found out? Is it weird for her to get a condolence note over a year latet? Knowing her, I think she would probably be OK with it, but it still feels a little awkward.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        You could send an email saying hi and asking how her family is. She will probably volunteer the info, and then you can legit offer your condolences. That’s how I’d handle it.

        • Sarah

          Good idea. I second it.

      • Rhonda Shore

        You could say you learned that her mom passed away last year, it’s not expected for you to say how you learned. I’m sure she would appreciate that sentiment.

        • alyce1213

          I’d put it just that way. Send a handwritten note, not e-mail. (I’m old fashioned about that.)

          • shirab

            I’m with you on handwritten condolence cards (and thank-you notes). I don’t think I will ever be comfortable with the “So sorry :(” that I’ve seen on people’s Facebook pages in response to news of a death.

            Thanks, all, for the helpful suggestions.

        • Kate4queen

          that’s what I’d do too. :)

        • formerlyAnon

          What Rhonda Shore said. I’d communicate the way you usually communicate with her – a mailed note, since you say you keep in touch via cards.

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

        I think everyone expects to be “Googled” when making contact after a long time. And condolence notes are never weird. Often it’s nice to know that people are still thinking of you, even a year after someone’s death. I don’t think it’s ever awkward to be considerate. Good luck!

        • MilaXX

          agreed.

      • MilaXX

        Simply say it’s just come to your attention that her mom passed this year and offer condolences. Most people appreciate the sentiment.

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

        It’s the modern world – “I saw on facebook your sad news” is a totally acceptable thing.

    • AlexisPayne

      Celebrate away TLo, after all you’ve done in the past 6 months you deserve a lazy day!

      It’s my birthday Monday, anyone want to buy this lady some shots?

      In reality, tonight begins a week of fine dining; my best friend and I are going out eat then staying in to watch Gidget and sip tropical cocktails. There will be a lot of quoting, singing along, and a midnight dance party.

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        Happy early birthday! Cocktails sound fabulous right about now.

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

        Happy Birthday! A week of fine dining sounds fantastic!

      • decormaven

        Fun! Enjoy all events pre and post your Big Day.

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

      I am still slaving away at work but SO looking forward to the weekend. Got a new mattress (first one in 20 years–yes, yes, I know, but who has that kind of money when still paying off college loans for kids?) and expect to “break it in” over the weekend. Wish I could saunter down to the George V bar after showering, and have a Campari or two, but that won’t happen, alas. I am going to try to assauage my bitter feelings by listening to a lot of Stephane Grappelli recordings. If you don’t know him, you should: he was the absolute BEST jazz violinist, ever. I bet he passed by the Bar George V on his way to or from his usual digs at The Hot Club of Paris. xoxo to everyone! Stay cool and healthy, and put on that sunscreen–this means YOU, Uncles T and Lo.

      • formerlyAnon

        Having given The Sunscreen Rant to 20-somethings several times this week (who goes tubing without sunscreen? future skin cancer patients, that’s fucking who) I fully support your efforts in that direction.

        • KinoEye

          Funnily enough, I had to explain to a man 20 years my senior why sun exposure wasn’t good for me, or anyone. Especially since skin cancer runs in my family. But according to him, I shouldn’t wear sunscreen because I’m too pale. I really wanted to tell him that I didn’t want to look like a leather handbag in 20 years, like he does.

          • alyce1213

            Does this man live in the Bizarro world?

            • KinoEye

              This man lives in a world where all women should conform exactly to his standards, because we totally exist just to provide him with visual pleasure. Besides, apart from the health risks, I like my pale skin. I think it’s pretty. I’ve never really wanted a tan for aesthetic purposes, and I’ve never thought I NEEDED to get one. He can take a long walk off a short pier.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’ve seen people who look like leather handbags-not a good look, in addition to being horribly unhealthy. We lost two very dear friends to melanoma in the last decade-both wonderful witty, caring, great women who died way before they should have. Wear sunscreen, a big ole’ hat, etc.

            • Lisa_Co

              On the other hand you need SOME sun in order to get enough Vitamin D. I’ve avoided the sun for 30 years, spend a lot of time indoors and my Vitmin D level was 2 (normal is 30). Of course, prescription supplements cured most of the problem but my point is a little sun is healthy.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              You’re right; we all do need some sun. We just need to remember to be mindful of how much exposure we get beyond that which is healthy.

            • KinoEye

              That’s terribly sad. :-( and it’s something that can be so easily prevented. At least once a year, I have an older relative that has to have surgery to have skin cancer removed. I don’t want that to be my reality 20 years down the line, and it will be if I don’t cover up!

          • travelingcat

            Wow. I ditched a man once for telling me i was too pale, my legs especially, and I needed to get in the sun more without all the sunscreen I slathered on. He hinted that it should happen before an outdoor party where he would be introducing me to friends. Alter what I look like so you won’t be embarrassed to be seen with me? with extra sun exposure which is obviously a risk to boot? Bitch, please. At the time he was in his mid-forties and looked it. I’m now in my late 40′s and don’t.

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

              How impossibly awful. So glad you ran in the other direction, @travelingcat!! I’m in my mid-50s and when people ask me, “How is it that you still look so good?” my reply is always (after shuddering at the rudeness of the question), “A lifetime of staying out of the sun.” I do a lot of work in my garden at home and so I get enough sun to fulfill the Vitamin D quotient but I’m never outside working without a hat, sunglasses, long pants, and sunscreen at least on my face, neck and arms. No leather skin for me!

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

              My mother – raised in England by a European mother who believed in moisturiser – looks a decade younger than her Queensland born-&-bred peers. Even without the health risks sun is very aging!

            • Sarah

              I always wanted my mom to use moisturizer. Her ginger self perpetually had a red, peeling nose in the summer. Such lovely pale freckled porcelain with an angry raw pink nose! I started using it on my face at 20 for that very reason. I also had the nickname “Pale Rider” in HS but I owned it.

            • KinoEye

              UGH. Glad you got the heck out of dodge. If he was that way about your skin, who knows what else he’d want to control? Not a good sign. The pale skin has never been a problem for me with significant others — in fact, most of them were drawn to me because they liked the paleness — but total strangers feel perfectly justified in telling me I need to tan, which I’ll never understand. I wouldn’t just walk up to someone and tell them they were too dark or something. I wouldn’t even say that to someone I knew well. It’s their skin, after all.

              Also, I adore your avatar. I had a black boy who looked just like that one. Still love and miss him :-)

          • tired_mommy

            Me and my pale skin grew up in California during the Ban de Soleil era–I was constantly told to get some sun and that i’d look better with a tan. I had skin cancer at 40 and my chest easily looks 10 years older than I do. Yet even my husband (who has much darker skin) will still question why i use so much sunscreen…Stay strong with the sunscreen!

        • GorgeousThings

          I have 7 stitches in my shoulder right now thanks to my family history of melanoma. My kids are already wearing physical sunscreen SPF 50. They have a love/hate relationship with being the whitest white boys in the neighborhood, but they understand the reasons why.

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

            I love toddler formulation SPF 50. Nothing gets through that!

      • decormaven

        Ooh, Grappelli recordings – very nice. Enjoy the weekend and the new mattress- you will be amazed how you slept on the old one.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      I’m psyched to read TLo’s OitNB reviews. Finally finished the season on Wednesday night. I say finally, as if watching 13.5 hours of TV in 5 days is somehow a long time. Anyway, I will have a lot more free time now. As a result, looking for some new good shows. Anyone have any impressions about shows they plan to add to fill the summer TV void? I was considering The Musketeers, Tyrant, and The Leftovers. Maybe Extant just for Halle Berry. I also saw that Vicious, starring Ian McKellen and and Derek Jacobi as a couple who has been together for 49 years, is coming to BBC America in a few weeks. I am wondering if this will be the first season, or if they are airing Season 2. In any case, this is a show that Bitter Kittens would love. Saw S1 and it was delightfully nasty.

      • Grumpy Girl

        With a name like Vicious, I will have to watch.

      • Sarah

        I’m thinking about giving that TNT series The Last Ship a try. I read the book, and it could be Lost-y if it is done right. Also, it’s very Navy, which is my background, so I got the book in a way that really made me want to try the show.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          I looked at that one… maybe I should give it a shot.

      • MilaXX

        Im going to check all of those out and see which ones grab me.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          How many eps do you generally give before you cut bait? I only watched one episode of Halt and Catch Fire before deciding it wasn’t for me. Then I wonder if I’m missing out… we dropped The Americans halfway through S1, and I’ve been regretting it ever since.

          • MilaXX

            Depends on the show, the cast and sometime critics review. A show with no media buzz and no actors I like typically have one RPGs to grab me. I’ll give a show with media/critic buzz 3 eps. If a so so show has an actor I like I’ll hang in there as long as half a season. Halt & Catch Fire lost me 1 ep in.

      • BKagainwiththesweatpants

        I have been DYING waiting for Vicious to come to BBC America. Doing the anticipation dance of joy in 3…2…1

    • Wink

      Have a delicious weekend, TLo! Love your work!

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      I finally bit the Amazon Prime bullet and it took about 10 minutes to be hooked on Orphan Black. There’s more plot in one show than in many series’ entire runs. It’s kind of thrilling and kind of scary, but also kind of distracting — it seems like the writers’ goal at each step is “let’s write ourselves into an impossible, series ending corner from which we can’t possibly escape” and then they write themselves out of it. It’s outrageous and shocking and I don’t know what’s going to happen in the next scene, much less in the next episode.

      Between Amazon Prime and Putlocker I might never leave the house again. And World of Warcraft summer raiding.

      • Sarah

        Holy Crap. I did not know about this Putlocker thing. I am now never leaving MY house.

        • MilaXX

          I will not even begin to mention the things I do with putlocker!

      • dash1211

        Speaking of Amazon Prime, I’ve been watching The Sopranos. I don’t have HBO, so I’d never seen all of the episodes–just an occasional one here and there. I find myself wishing our dear uncles had written episode recaps and style commentaries. I swear their voices are in my head when Carmella and Ade and Sil (not to mention many other characters) are on the screen! TLo definitely has influenced the way I watch television shows and movies–that’s a good thing, I’m thinkin’.

      • Kate4queen

        I do love Amazon Prime, Living in the middle of an ocean I appreciate getting the weirdest things from them for free mailing-last week? 6 boxes of Tetley’s British tea-half the price it costs to buy here. I know…but I do appreciate that and the videos. watching Vikings #1 at the moment and loving it.

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

          Nothing wrong with stockpiling cheap tea! Tea and books are really expensive in South Africa, so we used to send parcels over to my mother in law, but then for over a year none of the packages got to her so we have stopped – only send her things when we have someone going over to hand deliver.

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

        We just started our Amazon Prime trial today. We may never leave the house again.

    • Lower L

      Oh, for a glass of Chartreuse VEP to sip in that gorgeous bar. Instead I’ll be working all weekend, because it appears that a client has decided to see whether she can make my hands fall off at the wrists from typing 11-12 hours a day.

      • decormaven

        Bless the clients, espcially the ones that pay well and on time. Keep clicking those keys.

    • kimmeister

      The husband has saved up enough money to start working on his Bronco restoration project again. He knows a young guy who wants to increase his knowledge of mechanics, so bonus! He has a free assistant. Meanwhile, I shall be catching up with my BFF. We’ve also recently started using On Demand due to the summer TV lull and have been discovering The Mindy Project. What a cute show!

      • Qitkat

        Living in Denver area, my first thought was the football team, and much bewilderment ensued with your comment, lol. Duh, of course, she means the vehicle. Anyway, thanks for the laugh, which was obviously unintended :)

    • Jennifer Bober

      May it be a fabulous weekend, oh fabulous uncles.

      I’ll be working, but it’s okay. Singing is fun work. My dad won’t be back in town so the fantastic dinner my brother and I planned will be delayed. Instead, it will be the end of the year party for my church choir on Sunday instead.

      A friend issued a last minute invite for tonight, so I’m starting off right and hanging with some fun folks. It’s looking like a good weekend for me.

      Happy father’s day to all of the fathers, father figures and fabulous gay uncles who mentor us. MWAH!!

    • MilaXX

      No worries, everyone deserves a vaca, Have fun!!!!

    • Inspector_Gidget

      I feel like a powdered wig must be required to enter that lounge. Not that I’m opposed. In fact, let’s all get hammered and look down our noses at the peasants outside. Have fun in the sun while we preserve our Fine China complexions!

    • formerlyAnon

      This place is lovely, but I’m more drawn to the fancy London locations we’ve seen.

      Enjoy some relaxation Uncles. You deserve it.

      I’m getting shit done and rather cranky about the process. But as per usual, the week’s been rife within reasons to be glad I have my own lot in life and not that which others have been given. So, all good, on the whole.

    • Jessica Freeman

      A week and a half with the besties sweet newborn and I’m ready to get back to my single life and dogs. Gimme all the wine, please.

      • formerlyAnon

        Loving mother that I am, I KNOW that Mama Nature made babies cute because otherwise they’d have mostly been left outside for the wolves to eat, being the relentless life suckers which they are.

        • Coolekat

          Imagine if they popped out age two or thirteen. Talk about leaving them outside.

          • marlie

            OMG… I wanted to leave my 12yo nephew behind at a restaurant tonight. I love this kid, but somewhere in the last 2 years, he’s decided to challenge everything any adult says to him. Even me, the one he calls his favorite aunt.

            • Jacob Bowen

              Haha, those are the kids I LOVE to teach, but outside of the classroom, I TOTALLY get it. They are a pain! My 11 year old cousin is slowly moving his way to the “no extra time with Jacob” list.

            • Sarah

              My sister’s youngest was given a t-shirt when he was maybe ten that said “I KNOW” on the front. Because he knew everything, of course. With the corollary that any adult speaking to him definitely didn’t know what the hell they were talking about. Argh!

          • Kitten Mittons

            I have a two year old, and this made me laugh out loud. Good way to start the day :)

        • Violina23

          I usually say “otherwise we throw them out the window”, but that’s me ;-) (See my post about the sick 1YO… ugh)

        • Jessica Freeman

          She is the sweetest and good baby but it’s not a life I’m accoustmed to. It’s been a good time but it is exhausting work just being the helping hands. Bless the bestie for doing the truly hard work

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      You two just go and enjoy yourselves this weekend-revel in relaxing and drinking fabulous cocktails-that’s an order. Don’t make me send my flying monkeys!

    • icm

      As amazing as this lounge is, I thought there would of been one with a more beachy ,Fire Island kind of vibe for your Tlounge entry this week . That would be all the better to visualize you r&r-ing this weekend. OH if that sounded kind of creepy ,it was not meant to.

    • traceyishere

      I will be happy if TLo buy me a Negroni at the George V.

      • formerlyAnon

        I’m betting they’ve got a tab going. If not, put your next one on mine.

        (I love virtual drinking. It’s so inexpensive, and no hangovers!)

    • Angela_the_Librarian

      What a fabulous lounge. I love Paris! Anyway, just finished purchasing tickets to go to the Cardinal’s Jon Hamm night!! They’re giving out Jon Hamm bobbleheads..I could resist (though I couldn’t quite afford the 200 fee to go to a meet and greet before the game). Also we’re off to see more houses. We saw a potentially promising one a few days ago, so hopefully we’re zeroing in on one (I am so sick of my weekend being gobbled up by house hunting). Otherwise we’re doing a lot of yard work. In ST. Louis it has rained almost non-stop for the past week, so the grass and other plants have grown like crazy.

      Hope everyone else has a relaxing weekend.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Love the idea of Jon Hamm bobbleheads! I just read the Vanity Fair article on Hamm, and he comes across as a decent, pretty level-headed guy-I read the words when I could tear my eyes away from the Hamm eye candy!

        • decormaven

          [scampers off to find the Hamm eye candy....]

        • Angela_the_Librarian

          Yeah, I picked up that copy of VF too. I especially loved the pics with him and the English bulldog :)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Those were very good pics-well shot and witty. I like that Hamm seems to have a self-deprecating side to him-that makes him even more delectable in my book

    • snarkykitten

      I thought of you guys today when I went dress shopping this week. I found a really pretty LBD, tried it on, only to realize it had vagina curtains. Never would have made that connection if it wasn’t for y’all. Would have been walking around looking like a Georgia O’Keefe.

    • KinoEye

      I think Lorenzo should wear his Fire Island kitty sweater. I also think pictures should be taken for posterity. But that’s just one kitten’s opinion.

      • alyce1213

        Yes, PLEASE.

    • @Biting Panda

      I am mastering the art of the pleasant facade. I would rather be perfecting my tolerance for hard drinking.

      The younger two leave tomorrow, for (hopefully) two weeks. Mississippi has lots to offer in family and fun. Cinderfella is still here, Cinderella arrives late tomorrow night. I miss my girl, I’m looking forward to mani pedi time and hearing all about Young Lovers in Mexico.

      Mostly I just need space and alone time. The Hubs and I are going to be separating and keeping up the act around the kids has been incredibly draining. Of course the tension is so thick, I think they know that strange things are afoot at The Circle K, but we didn’t think it was fair to drop a bomb on them, then send them away. Hubs and Cinderkids will relocate to the MILs and we’ll take the next couple of weeks to get shit settled logistically. Good times.

      Now don’t cry for me Argentina. I’ve been to this breaking point before, but I at the time I was still deeply mourning my mom and I wasn’t strong enough to hold my ground. This is what’s best and if you offer me anything, let it be the strength to stay the course. True Love is bitch when it’s broken.

      I’m painfully jealous of Fire Island Uncles. I think drinks, waves, and hot yet unavailable men are exactly what the doctor would order.

      Cheers, Kittens.
      a-

      • alyce1213

        I do wish you strength and support, and as easy a transition (shall we call it?) as possible. You know we’re here to listen. xo

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Sending many, many good thoughts and hopes that you will find the strength to stay the course. Sigh. Consider yourself hugged, and let the BK community be a shoulder to cry/yell/vent upon.

        • @Biting Panda

          Thanks y’all. My twitter feed has been the most maudlin place on Earth the last few weeks. My only available outlet. Though I loathe vaguebooking, sometimes a girl just needs to post angry music and pitiful kitten pics, to make it through the day.

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

            I had wondered about those.

          • Peeve

            I’m not a terribly regular BK, but for what it’s worth, wishing you strength, good friends and an easy transition (although I know it never is). You seem like a really strong and together person, with lots of common sense. Your kids are lucky to have you.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        Well… blimey… sending best wishes to you and yours.

        (I don’t comment as much as I used to here so you’re probably thinking ‘who the hell is this?!’ but I read just about everything and have been greatly enjoying your contributions to the BK family. Much respect to you for how determined and grounded you sound.)

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

          Well, I certainly know who you are. You and Gorgeous Things were my favorite commenters when I first found Project Rungay lo those many years ago. I’ve missed you both and am always happy to see the occasional entry. Don’t be such a stranger.

          • Eclectic Mayhem

            Wow, what a lovely thing to say – thank you! And it’s a real honour to be named alongside the very gorgeous Gorgeous Things!

        • @Biting Panda

          *i know who you are too*

      • Violina23

        *hugs* Wishing you strength and peace

      • Kate4queen

        You’ve got to do what’s right sometimes even if it’s painful.

        • formerlyAnon

          This.

      • formerlyAnon

        Girl, I ache for you. Kinda wondered from the Twitterverse if there was that kind of trouble brewing, but was hoping not. It sucks, sucks, sucks to end a marriage when there are much-loved children involved. I hope for you the peace that comes with knowing you’ve done the best you were able, made the best decisions possible, based on what you know now. It’s not a painless peace but it can avert much regret. Hope all the grown ups (including grandparents) can live up to doing what works best for the kids. xo

        • @Biting Panda

          The grandparents are no worries. We will all be team kids. They (kids) have been a major factor in this merry go round of relationship drama. There are times when staying together for the kids is the better bet, but they are older now and I know that time has passed.

          Love is just not enough, no matter how desperately I wanted it to be.

          • Sarah

            If it was, there’d be no broken hearts. Self preservation is a powerful thing.

          • formerlyAnon

            “Love is just not enough.” Generation after generation, that’s the lesson we all learn only through hard, bitter, experience. Usually our own.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            One thing that always impressed me about my dear departed best friend and her ex was that they really did work to maintain a civil relationship for the sake of their son.IIt wasn’t always easy for them, but they did make the effort and their son is a very smart, funny, decent young man. So, no, love isn’t always enough, but you’ll get through this, as will your children. One step at a time.

      • Sarah

        You are amazing, BP. I hope you find refilling soon, from your drainment. Hugs.

      • travelingcat

        Sending good thoughts your way and wishing all the best for you and yours.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Sending the best thoughts, best bottles of imaginary wine, and the best images of hot, yet unavailable men my mind can conjure!

        • @Biting Panda

          Which is surely, pretty damn hot.

      • marlie

        I’m sure it’s a difficult time, but I know you’ve been spending a lot of time figuring things out, and wouldn’t come to this decision lightly. You always have my support, in any way that you need it.

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

        That really is tough. I can’t even imagine. Good luck for getting things sorted in the best and most consciously-uncoupled ;) way possible.

      • decormaven

        I knew there was a stir in the Force. Dear girl, be as kind as you can to yourself now as you move forward on this decision. Know that there is a lot of love for you, within your own IRL friends and among the BKs.

        • @Biting Panda

          Thank you my friend. When the smoke clears, we’ll have to have drinks and laughs.

          • decormaven

            Yes! Bes of luck as you move through this with as much grace as you can muster.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Sending strength your way to get through these trying times. I hope you can get some peace and quiet for yourself. Alone time in the midst of turmoil can help ground and center me, help me keep my conviction. If not that, a friend and some liquor, maybe? Sending strength and liquor.

      • Anna

        Sending you my best wishes during these tough times. I’ve experienced it from the other side, my parents stayed together until my youngest sister finished high school but I knew their relationship had been very rocky throughout those last years of their marriage, and they were just trying to do what was best for us.
        Hope the space and alone time brings you peace, and wishing you all the strength as you move forward.

      • KinoEye

        Wishing you all the strength I can muster. I can’t even imagine… Even though I don’t know you in the “real” world, I read your comments, and I think you’re one tough broad — I mean that as one of the highest compliments I’m capable of giving. You got this.

        And may I say I love the Bill&Ted reference, even with such a serious subject. :-)

        • @Biting Panda

          You don’t know how much that means to me. I need my inner broad to steer this ship.

      • smayper

        Oh, I am both sorry and compassionate. Been there. Husband left with no warning after 23 years. The good news (I know, maudlin) is that things do get better.

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

        Dear Amanda, You have been on my mind all weekend. I’ve tried several times to write to you, but couldn’t muster the right words to convey my sympathy and support. As a person who lived the subterfuge for several months at the end of a 34-year marriage, I understand what you’re going through. As if the separation, no matter whose decision it is, isn’t painful enough, protecting others by your silence only makes it worse.

        You are a very special woman and deserve only the best. Both my mother and her mother stayed in marriages way past their sell-by dates and I wasn’t going to repeat that history. I dedicated my divorce to them, even though they were not here to see me break the chain. As you know, things have been very difficult for me financially since my divorce 13 years ago, but I have never regretted my decision. Stay the course. We are here to support you. Multiple hugs, Nancy

        • @Biting Panda

          Nancy,

          Thank you so much for your direct and thoughtful words. I feel you know exactly where I’m coming from.
          I know you are in your own morning for your shop. Disappointment in dreams that wither rather than flourish is profound.
          I will be taking all of these comments and reading them when I’m lost in my head and feeling the downs.
          I truly love this special community.

          Amanda

      • Qitkat

        Sweet Amanda, I am late weighing in, but wanted to throw you my support in this challenging time for you and your family. So much good advice from all the BKs to you, I haven’t anything new to add, this community rallies round one of its own like is not always easy to find in the real real world. Your strength and resilience are evident from your posts, and your sense of humor will stay you through dark moments ahead. I’ve not been in your shoes, but have contemplated it more than once, and salute you for knowing and doing what needs to be done, to give your life forward the balance and sanity and grace and joy that it needs and that you deserve.

        Hugs and chocolate,
        Qitkat

        • @Biting Panda

          thank you lady. and you give mr qitkat a big squeeze just because.

    • A Shiny O’Connor

      TLo please tweet some smart shorts and shoes/sandals shots. My husband needs inspiration and doesn’t trust me.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Putting my feet up at last after a busy (in good ways) day. Mr. B3 and I met a dear friend for lunch at the downtown DC Jaleo-wonderful sangria, bacon-wrapped dates, cooked to order potato omelet for Mr. B3, along with the apple and fennel salad (with Manchego cheese and walnuts) that I absolutely must have. Then off to become blonde again, my semi-annual full highlights.

      • Sarah

        I is jealous of your meal! All of that is delicious sounding. I want to be blonde again, too, ‘cuz it’s my natural color and summertime, but I’ve gone and made mine red and that’s tough to remove.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          So much of the fun of eating tapas is sharing the food, and we were all good about sharing those bacon-wrapped dates.
          I was a towhead as a child, and now that I’m older my hair has turned a very blah dull blonde/light brown, so once or twice a year I splurge for the highlights. Interesting to me is that one of our nieces decided to go red a couple of years ago after being a natural blonde. I think I’m finally getting used to her as a redhead…after two years.

          • Sarah

            Mmm. Bacon-wrapped dates! I had the same thing with my hair. Whitish to a sort of ashy blonde, but every once in a while in the light, someone would say “Your hair looks so RED!”. My mom and sister were/are both redheads, so I always kind of wanted to match. I’m the only blonde in my whole generation – something about Nana’s genes. I am wanting to change back, I think, because I saw pics of myself outdoors at my nephew’s graduation and I had a distinctly Bozo looking quality. I need a cooler color, I think.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Last year when I was talking to our niece I (hopefully) mentioned that she could consider talking with her colorist about adding some strawberry blonde highlights to the red. In any event, it is her hair and if she’s happy, I as her doting auntie can quietly suck it up and compliment her. This is no mean feat, as everyone in my immediate family always has opinions which we are more than happy (cough, cough, ahem) to share…

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

        That sounds so delicious! I went quite blonde last summer, which is nice but really doesn’t suit me. And it fried my hair. I am much better as a red-head.

      • decormaven

        Aww, damn. Those bacon-wrapped dates at Jaleo are to die for. The sangria- I sometimes think I could recreate it here at home, but chicken out.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          They are good, and as Mr. B3 and our friend also love bacon unreservedly we could all enjoy.

    • Coolekat

      The flowers in the bar are gorgeous.

      • Eclectic Mayhem

        I was thinking the same thing, that purple (pansies? violets?) is just fabulous.

        • smayper

          I am in imagination slightly stoned in that lounge, and just loving the hell out of those flowers…

    • Violina23

      Oh, kittens, I need wine badly! My baby, who turns 1 year old TOMORROW, came down with the coxsackie virus, aka “hand, foot, and mouth” disease, named lovingly for the rash that breaks out on their face/hands/feet. She’s miserable and has been refusing sleep and has woken up crying 4 times since she went to bed. All the while, my 4YO finished school and I spent most of the afternoon trying to keep the drooly/cranky baby from climbing all over her sister in case for SOME reason she hasn’t yet been exposed. Then when everyone was finally quiet around 7:30, and I FINALLY started making dinner, I realized I was missing a key ingredient and had a complete irrational meltdown for my husband’s viewing pleasure.

      I’m wiped.

      In other news, I’m down approx. 35 pounds in my weight-loss quest! Still not even at the half-way point to where I want to be, but it’s times like this I want to throw in the towel and just inhale all the carbs in a 3-mile radius, so I’m considering it a victory that the bakeries have not yet been liquidated by yours truly.

      Thanks for listening to my vent… have an amazing weekend everybody. I’m going to be jealous of all the beach-going folks… perfect weather on the east coast after this miserable week of rain and gloom.

      • @Biting Panda

        Oh Honey!
        Y’all hang in there. I hate when a super crud infiltrates my nest.

        Congrats on your progress. Be so proud.

      • formerlyAnon

        Good luck. Sounds like a perfect storm of trials not big enough to get big sympathy from anyone and way to big to blithely sail through without batting an eye. Children will all be well and you will get a good night’s sleep, eventually. Until then, MAJOR congratulations on 35 pounds! And on not giving in to a 36 hour carb-o-rama.

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

        This is why I Costco and buy in bulk. So many times I have been making the dinner and that one thing I need is missing – now I have enough one things I need to make 20 meals and I will buy extra when I get down to 10. :) Seems crazy but it seems to work. It was really hard at first to get it organised but now I am a bulk queen.

        The reaction from people when they open your cupboard and find out you have 60 tins of coconut cream and 15 bottles of pizza sauce are also well worth the price of admission, lol. :)

        Also will be totally prepared if the Zombie Apocalypse happens, including my 120 rolls of toilet paper and 24 rolls of paper towel, I will not have to head out to the store to fight the left over humans for the scraps for at least 6 months ;)

        • Sarah

          I have always been slightly dazed since leaving my mom’s house (and kitchen) to find that I don’t have all the ingredients to make any recipe I might want already on hand. I have to go out and buy each thing, and then the next time, replenish. The fact that my mom could make any dinner, any baked good, and any other meal, really, at any time, continues to amaze me. I will only have some tuna, a half a bag of orzo, and some frozen tilapia if the Apocalypse comes :)

        • Violina23

          The funny thing is I had bought a bunch of that ingredient for exactly that reason, which is why I ASSUMED that I had it in the pantry! Ooops :)

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

        I hope at the end of the (totally rational, nothing irrational about that!) meltdown, your husband made the dinner for you! Or at least went to get that missing ingredient!

        Hope the baby is feeling better soon and WELL DONE – 35lb is fantastic!

        • Violina23

          He went out and got me the ingredient… and somehow managed not to get the wrong thing! I’m very proud of him (and I don’t mean it as condescendingly as it sounds…. based on my experience, men are easily confused in the supermarket). It was a new recipe and came out pretty good — just wasn’t ready until about 8:30/9PM :)

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

            They are. My husband invariably reads PLEASE DON’T BUY ANY MORE LETTUCE as “We need lettuce, get lots”.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Mine will buy one of each kind of said thing, because he didn’t know which one I wanted. So now I have all the spaghetti sauces.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              To this day, I still, at my husband’ request, leave him with specific instructions for reheating meals when I’m away for any length of time.

      • Kitten Mittons

        So sorry about the little one. Hope she feels better soon and y’all get some rest.

        Congrats on the weight loss, that is amazing!!! You are doing so very well.

      • decormaven

        Meltdowns with little ones in tow are completely acceptable. That’s when you break out breakfast for supper. Eggs and toast are very comforting. Hope today will be a better day- happy birthday to your new 1-year-old!

      • Anna

        So sorry to hear about your little one, hope she feels better soon.
        Congrats on the weight loss! I’m a comfort eater as well, it’s a constant battle/struggle and I’m just starting to kick myself in the butt after a week of falling off the wagon, so I understand where you’re coming from. You’re doing great!

        • Violina23

          A few more unhappy wakeups last night, but she woke up in a good mood, and too a 2.5 hour morning nap! Hopefully she’ll be in a good enough mood to enjoy her birthday cupcake. Poor thing has speckles all over her body that LOOK painful, but according to the doctor doesn’t typically bother them. I don’t care what her face looks like, I just want her to feel better! Here’s hoping we’re through the worst of it :P

          Thank you all for listening, everyone — BK’s are the best!

    • demidaemon

      I organized my closet this week, and realized I have way more clothes than I thought I did. I also am going to donate some clothes that no longer fit me/my current style as well. I am trying to get rid of a jacket that my ex bought for Christmas, but my mom called dibs on it (she was helping me out). Not what I wanted to do, but it does resemble the jackets all the women on OITNB where for the winter cold.

      I also have a few apartment woes (mostly with how it is being billed to me/payed for), but I’m hoping it will work out, or I may have to raise a stink with my new alma mater, which has set new records for what “glacially” means. I’m giving them a week, before I get my phone fu on them.

      • formerlyAnon

        Good luck with the Gods of Administration. I meet with very little that is done efficiently and correctly, so i’d say it’s just an opportunity to sharpen those phone fu skills.

        • demidaemon

          Tell me about it! I’m crossing my fingers, especially since I sent in my letter of resignation this week. No looking back now!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The Gods of Adminstration-somehow I’m picturing male as well as female versions of Harry Potter’s Dolores Umbridge, smiling sweetly yet malevolently as they piddle away their time not making decision or disbursing funds….

          • formerlyAnon

            I feel that there must be an entire Pantheon of Gods of Administration – there are so many special Aspects of horror they can encompass.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              We can start naming them now. I submit: Inertia(nuff said), Misrouta/Misroutus for starters.

      • Sarah

        I have way more clothes than is reasonable for a non-hoarder. Cheers to you for organizing!

        • demidaemon

          Isn’t it surprising, though, to realize exactly how many clothes you have. Especially since I just retrieved three pairs of pants I needed hemmed to add to said closet.

          • Sarah

            Yes it is! The last time I moved, I gave away seven garbage bags of pretty new clothes to an elderly man with a truck who said he’d be able to give it to his church. I’m not so bad, now. I think singleness makes me hoard. My mister is hella spartan in the way he lives, so I have cut way down not to seem excessive. Like, down to maybe four peoples’ worth.

            • demidaemon

              That is…a lot of clothes. But, I’m probably the same way about books as you are about clothes. Except I rarely ever give any away.

            • Sarah

              I am not even going to talk about how many books I have. I swear, it’s just clothes, books, and catz. I don’t hoard! Just books. And clothes, and the four cats. Really. And maybe a lot of hotel soaps and shampoos.

            • @Biting Panda

              That’s not hoarding. That’s good common sense.

            • demidaemon

              :)

      • Anna

        I feel you, I just survived a major closet clean-up. I am trying to be less emotionally attached to things, but it is a good feeling to clear out all those things you’ve been holding onto and can’t even remember why. I feel like my mind is somehow less cluttered when my home and living situation is less cluttered.
        Hope the apartment and admintrative woes are resolved soon!

      • smayper

        I give the results of my closet purges to Boomerang, an amazing thrift store that sends all proceeds to the AIDS foundation. I’m not sure if they are in any cities other than Boston, but I LOVE them. Also shop there regularly!

        • demidaemon

          That’s awesome! I usually end up donating all my give aways to Good Will, as it is the only one nearby. I also do shop there occasionally, as well.

    • Gatto Nero

      Gorgeous eye candy here.
      Enjoy your weekend, TLo. If your reviews are late, they’re late. We’ll forgive you.

    • tinyredlocks

      Hey Yall!! A couple of lounges ago, I said that one of my fellow dancers had collapsed in rehearsal and we weren’t sure if he was going to make it. Well, I found out later that he’d had a heart attack. But, he’s alive! Woohoo! Clearly, he won’t be dancing with us next week in the show, but he’s home from hospital and is going to be fine. Thanks to all those who sent their well wishes from the Lounge!

      • Sarah

        Oh, that’s a relief. Life! Makes heart problems seem pretty minor in comparison to the alternative. Glad to hear it!

      • formerlyAnon

        Thanks for letting us know. Poor guy, but if he’s going to make a good recovery I’m sure he’s feeling grateful.

        • tinyredlocks

          Exactly. He was not healthy enough yet to come and see the show, but we dedicated it to him in the program, with a very nice picture of him performing and well wishes from all of Ailey.

      • Lisa_Co

        Wow! If he’s a dancer he’s probably under 40yrs, which is too damn young for a heart attack! Hope his recovery is swift and complete.

      • decormaven

        Sounds like the show has gone on. Glad he is in good shape- must have been a congenital thing that didn’t pop out til midlife. As scary as it was, it’s a good thing it’s now being addressed.

        • tinyredlocks

          We found out he had 2 blocked arteries. Very scary. It could have happened anywhere, anytime, so it is almost a good thing it happened in a place full of people instead of home alone.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hey! Wait! I missed where you said “dancing . . . NEXT WEEK”!

        You’re no doubt crazy busy and unlikely to be posting till after (I guess) so:

        Yay! Hope it’s a fantastic show. Just thinking on those words “Alvin Ailey” is pretty exciting!

        • tinyredlocks

          Three shows in one weekend-Done! I’m still grinning :-) It was an awesome weekend!

    • marlie

      Enjoy the weekend in Fire Island! I hope the rest of the kittens have a great weekend. xo

    • Jacob Bowen

      So, while I should be putting together my plans for summer school (which starts on Monday!) I am instead chatting up/checking out boys on OkCupid….I have only been on for a week and it has been mostly looking, but there are a few potential suitors in the mix. I am also currently babysitting (we had SO much fun getting Taco Bell and playing Roller Hockey) and I’m waiting for either parent to show up so I can get some ice cream!!!

      I have a busy weekend ahead, but I hope to check back in on the rest of the BK’s! It has been AWFUL not being able to read/comment as the posts get put up! Have a great weekend (just think of James Marsden, WOOF!)!!!

      • Sarah

        Cutie. Sounds like you’re having a good time :) My summer class starts on 7/7 and it goes to 8/9, writing intensive! I’m not looking forward to that. I’d rather play Roller Hockey and eat the tacos.

        • Jacob Bowen

          Ewwww, writing intensive!!! The first class I’m teaching is a Children’s Literature class to a group of 1st-3rd graders, which will be SO much fun. The second starts in July and is a computer class for 2 different groups, a 2nd-4th and a 6th-8th. I think the first group will be a bit of learning about how to use different Microsoft Office/Google Programs and writing/illustrating our own books, and the latter will be a beginning computer programming class. Tacos and Hockey beat school ANY day, though.

          • Sarah

            Oh, wow. So lucky! I have been trying to get into Children’s Services for five years at the library I work for. I really want control of storytime! I already lead Krafty Kids’ programs, but endorsing children’s books is the shiz. It is so crazy to think that second graders could need to learn Microsoft, but I realize that’s what’s up nowadays.

            • Jacob Bowen

              I actually just realized I won’t even be teaching Microsoft, because the school got rid of all Microsoft programs because EVERYONE has a Chromebook so everyone uses Google Drive/Docs. Children’s Services at the library is also my dream…I totally applied to a “Library Media Services” job for next year because even though it pays a bit less than a teacher’s salary (not that much) I am TOTALLY OBSESSED with children’s literature and I dream of working as a children’s librarian when I retire. Reading kid’s books is literally a passion of mine and I fight my co-counselors at summer camp when it comes time to read.

            • decormaven

              That would be great if you got in Media Services. With your love of children’s literature, you would have a great knowledge base from which to work. Kids need all the inspiration they can get to find that love of reading- you would be great in helping them nurture that spark.

            • Sarah

              Ah, good man. Children’s lit is the best. Sucks that a main character has to die to make people consider it Serious, but I guess that’s the way most Literature is, come to think of it.

          • formerlyAnon

            No wonder your school wanted to keep you. You sound like you’re a veritable energizer bunny of child teaching, minding, guiding and constructive fun facilitation! Wishing you fun mixed into the work.

    • Alloy Jane

      Gorgeous lounge. I have no idea what the weekend holds but this BK is going to a VICTORY PARADE ON MONDAY!!!

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

        Go Kings!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Fun! I went to the victory parade in Baltimore in February of 2013 when my Ravens won the Superbowl, and it was great-I think my favorite moment might have been passing the courthouse and seeing the statue of Lord Baltimore draped in purple! Hey, congrats to the Kings, and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

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

      Morning kittens! Quiet weekend planned – husband has a cold and needs to rest – but we did go to a restaurant soft opening last night, which was fun. I had a fantastic mint julep and a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, with fried pickles and delicious skin-on fries. And of course, we were put on a table with the only other Australian in the room and an Australian waitress. Can’t get away from them.

      • Jacob Bowen

        See, I have the EXACT OPPOSITE problem…I WANT to be put with an Australian, especially a sexy one with the last name “Hemsworth”! A sexy non-Hemsworth would obviously work just as well.

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

          I think Hemsworths and Jackmans (Jackmen?) have skewed the world’s view of Australian men’s attractiveness. I think it is telling that very few of my friends married Australian men!

          • Jacob Bowen

            For me it was the Australian boys who moved in down the road for a few years…I was 13 and they were 18 and their accents alone confirmed my gayness for me…*shudder*

    • Constant Reader

      Relax and enjoy your weekend, TLo. Nobody deserves it more.

    • decormaven

      Happy weekend to the BKs! No big plans here, except for trolling for marked-down plants at the local big box store. ATL is getting its share and more of rain now, so the ground is ripe for planting. Hope the Dear Uncles have a fine time on Fire Island. We’ll muddle through somehow til the recaps appear. Everyone deserves R&R!

    • Fannie Wolston

      The color of the day here is “Pollen” is it caked on everything, yellowish, green gray silver, a sign of pine tree sex, it’s been an orgy here, achoo!

    • smayper

      I would just like to curl up in one of those chairs and drink something lovely and cool. And maybe smoke a joint from a long elegant holder, and just look at the ceiling, and stroke the upholstery. Anyone up for it? I’ll share.

      • @Biting Panda

        Oh my jesus, yes.

        • smayper

          We could also lie down on the carpet, admire its many colors, and eat ALL the snacks available.

      • Sarah

        Yes, let’s!

    • Kitten Mittons

      This has been a weekend of normalcy that was desperately needed. Life has been crazy for weeks now, and just going grocery shopping as a family was enjoyable.

      Tomorrow is chock full of fatherly activities starting with bacon and beignets. But tonight, tonight is for Crown Black, dice games, and other adult activities.

      Enjoy the evening, all.

    • formerlyAnon

      Happy Father’s Day to all the BK fathers, and to all the men who’ve listened, who’ve accompanied, who’ve talked and spent time with and just plain been there for young (and sometimes not-so-young) persons, even if they are not technically “fathers.”

      (And on a more immediate note, big appreciation for good friends & not-awful wine. Standards? Not so much as you’d wish.)

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

      So Trooping the Colour happened in the UK, and Kate wore Alexander Mcqueen – and her outfit contains the signature skull printed into the fabric.

      We truly are in the 21st century. I would never have thought we would see a skull print on a royal. If you want to check it out head over to What Kate Wore. :) Once you have spotted them you can’t unsee. :)

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

        Further to this – Prince George at the polo! The photos of the horse eyeing the baby and the bottle of water on the Daily Fail.. I die.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          That baby is adorable. After a suitable interval I sincerely hope that he will get a brother or sister.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I had to look Kate up after reading your comment-love that outfit, and the skulls-very subtly deployed! And Prince ChubbyCheeks(aka George) was absolutely adorable at the polo match. He’s going to be giving Mum, Dad and the nanny a run for their money once he’s walking!

    • JimiG

      Enjoy. Dying to hear your take on Orphan Black. I actually used your Orphan Black reviews in my summer Honors Boot Camp to teach correct internet citation. Your site is so well done that students can easily see how to cite author, page, etc. Thanks for making my life easier (and I think you have 100 new fans).

      • formerlyAnon

        Now THAT is cool.

    • Qitkat

      It’s getting late on Sunday evening, and I’m sure the lounge is deserted, but here I am with my two cents. Busy but lovely weekend, with a gathering on our back deck with the family, for a backyard BBQ, teriyaki grilled chicken, big green salad, 3 bean salad, Ghiradelli brownies, lactose free vanilla ice cream, very creamy and tasty, lemonade and beer. Love keeping it simple, everyone brought something, all I had to do was the salad and lemonade. Husband spent half of yesterday on a tall ladder clearing the gutters, again, so we don’t ever have another repeat of our basement window well, turning into an aquarium, and threatening to flood the basement. 20 years in this house with no issues, then the last four, he has to do this twice a year. Time to bite the bullet and get the lovely evergreen tree trimmed back. This year had the added treat of water standing in the pine needles, and the smell was so horrific, like a swamp full of dead alligators.

      My best friend’s husband had colon surgery this past week, to pre-empt cancer concerns, has received a clean bill of health. I am grateful to the universe that they can now rest easier, and that two wonderful people in my life can go on enjoying their lives to the fullest.

      We are heading out this Wednesday morning early for our flight to Portland and on to Cannon Beach, just in time for the sandcastle building competition, and relaxation with our oldest son, DIL, and youngest grandson. Then we two go off to Bainbridge Island for a week of chilling and checking out Seattle, staying in a sweet beachy cottage on an inlet. Hopefully I’m not overdoing my anticipation, as this trip away from life’s ordinary stuff is badly needed.

      I did read every post this weekend, and have lots of thoughts for all the BKs, going about your own life’s adventures, tribulations, momental changes, and ordinary stuffs. Hugs and love to all y’all. See you again in a couple of weeks :-)

      • Kitten Mittons

        All good news. Have a wonderful trip!

      • decormaven

        Sounds like all the planets are in alignment in your universe. That’s a sweet feeling- enjoy, enjoy!