TLOunge

Posted on June 27, 2014

Kittens, after a long week of bloggerating, we feel the need for some place FUNKY and SWANK.

 

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TLOunge-6-27-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (4)W Living Room Bar, San Diego

 

And where they set the furniture on fire, apparently.

The call of sunlight is strong, darlings. We’re breaking the chains to our desks and heading outside to grab what we can.  Talk amongst yourselves. Here’s a topic: My week SUCKED/ROCKED because ___________________. 

And what the hell:

BEST/FUNNIEST/MOST POIGNANT ANSWER GETS A SIGNED COPY OF “EVERYONE WANTS TO BE ME OR DO ME.”

Because why not?

Peace out, Girl Scouts!

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: thewsandiegohotel.com]

    • Saturnine

      Well, shoot. Of all the times to have a perfectly flat week. How much time do we have? I’m sure I can rustle up some suck and rock.

      • MaggieMae

        Flat, normal week here too. And, I welcome it!

        • unbornfawn

          Flat is under rated.

      • Jackie4g

        Yeah. Everything was just OK. Even my kvetchiest friends seem mellowed out. Ya know, that’s not such a bad thing. No triumphs, nor any tragedies, either.

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

        I totally misread your last sentence and thought “Well that’s one way to throw the judging…” ;)

        • Kent Roby

          Me, too, but my mind generally goes to inappropriate places!

    • Imasewsure

      My week rocked because all of the attorneys in my firm seemed to be obsessed with the World Cup which left me alone to watch Wimbledon on my computer instead (while dabbling in my actual work too of course). And San Francisco… it’s gorgeous and I get to live and work here. Suck it (I mean that lovingly of course)!!

      • Saturnine

        Hee. I see what you did there :-)

      • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

        And dabbling in Paul Bettany.

    • Samantha Klein

      My week rocked. On Sunday I competed in my first-ever crossword tournament, and finished fourth. On Tuesday I successfully (tho that’s not official yet) interviewed for a job. Wednesday, I ran a 5k and missed a PR by two seconds. Today, I got an extension on my current job, and am finishing up the week with wine and homemade chicken curry. I am exhausted, but feel awesome.

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

        I am a total crossword addict, have been for years. Where was the competition? Congratulations on doing so well, especially the first time around!

        • Samantha Klein

          It was in the Twin Cities, just a small affair. Thanks! I had a good time.

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

        How does a crossword tournament work? I like crosswords but I don’t know I could cope with a time pressure!

        • Samantha Klein

          Everyone does the same puzzle(s) and points are awarded for both time and accuracy. Points are taken away for mistakes, which can weigh heavily. The one I went to there was an Amateur Division (me) and an Expert Division. Different puzzles for each, but the main round, you do three puzzles, and then the top three scorers move on to the finals, where they solve a puzzle in front of an audience. Fastest/most accurate wins. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the time pressure (15 minute limit) but really, you’re so focused on your own work that I didn’t notice particularly. It was fun, and I will totally do it again next year. There’s a great documentary called “Wordplay” about the American Crossword Puzzle Tournament which is highly recommended for crossword fans. :)

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

            I’ll look out for it! Sounds like loads of fun.

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

            Pencil or pen?

            • marlie

              Pen. It’s the only way to go.

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

              When I was a teenager, my father would buy two copies of the Sunday L. A. Times so we could both do the big puzzle. On the day I finally finished a whole puzzle, I proudly showed it to him. Instead of congratulating me, he pointed out that I had done it in pencil. Ever since that day, I only use a pen.

            • marlie

              One of my best friends would make photocopies of the NYT crossword and we’d all do it at lunch and see who finished first, or got the farthest in however much time we had. Total nerd-fun. I still do it every day, but I have the NYT crossword app on my phone, and it’s not quite the same.

            • Samantha Klein

              Always pencil. Pen is just asking for a mistake!

      • marlie

        The crossword tournament actually sounds really cool! Great job!

    • Connie Ray Titty

      My week sucked because I was recovering from gallbladder surgery. But it rocked because I had Li BingBing’s fugly bumblebee outfits to cheer me up.

      • Jackie4g

        May your recovery be swift and painless and may you continue to laugh at stupid stuff.

      • Jessica Freeman

        Many well wishes on your recovery!

      • Snailstsichr

        I hope you feel better soon. Tip from a friend – hold a little pillow on your stomach when you laugh. In the future when you double over – let it be from laughter and not pain!

    • PastryGoddess

      Hello all,

      Someone please order a double sapphire and tonic. My work day is not yet over and I have a feeling I’m going to need it

      • MaggieMae

        Got it. One double sapphire and tonic, and one sapphire gimlet up. Now sit down and let’s talk about anything but work.

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

          Make it two DS & Ts, please. And yes, ANYTHING but: work, politics, countries experiencing meltdown, ebola epidemics, repressive governments, the Supreme Court “safety zone outside abortion clinics” ruling, the World Cup, global warming, or “leaning in”. I just want to have airy conversation on supremely unimportant subjects, and thoroughly enjoy some honest laughter. It’s been a helluva week here in hospital-land.

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

            Double serving of frivolity coming up!

        • PastryGoddess

          Lets talk about jewelry, or even better royalty wearing jewelry

      • PastryGoddess

        Jesus please get me off the phone. My drink is sitting there mocking me

      • Saturnine

        I’m still working too, but I’m sipping a nice red as I do so, so I can’t really count it as suck.

    • Luee_T

      My week ROCKED because I finally got my husband to go with me to NYC (sans kids!) for our 15th anniversary to visit All The Art Museums.
      And then my week sucked because we returned home and I got a call that my mom was in the hospital following a stroke.
      So… yeah.

      • Annaline39

        I hope it all works out ok for your mom (hugs)

      • Aidan B

        Oh goodness, sorry to hear. I hope your mom is recovering smoothly.

      • MaggieMae

        I hope your mom recovers fully!

      • GorgeousThings

        Oh no! Sending good vibes, thoughts and prayers her (and your) way!!

      • Luee_T

        Thanks for the good thoughts! Luckily it turned out to be a “mini stroke” (is that supposed to make me feel better?) and she was sent home this afternoon with a heart monitor. Not how I expected to end my post-vacation buzz, though.

        • marlie

          I hope your mom recovers quickly from the stroke, and I’m glad to hear that they’re monitoring her heart too. The same thing happened to my mother about 18 months ago. She had a “mini stroke,” but it also caused her to have a mild heart attack while she was in the hospital. She fully recovered from both, but it was definitely a stressful time.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Whoa-so sorry about your mom. I hope that she’ll make a good recovery.

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

        Oh, man, talk about a bad re-entry. I hope things go well with your mom. Try to remember all the lovely & inspiring art work as you cope with whatever is thrown your way. Sending you good vibes!

      • Paula Pertile

        Oh, so sorry about your Mom. Hope she’ll be OK. I was all jealous about the museums part, but that’s really hard to deal with Mom news like that.

      • formerlyAnon

        That is one epic roller coaster from rock to suck. Best wishes for your mom’s recovery.

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

        Happy Anniversary! Hope your mum recovers really well.

      • Grumpy Girl

        What a great vacation. I am so envious of time in art museums, with a loved one!

        Best wishes for your mom’s recovery. If they let her return home so quickly, hopefully some TLC will bring her back to form (aside, no doubt, from everyone being shaken.)

      • Kitten Mittons

        I’m glad you had a lovely trip, but so sorry to hear about your mom. Good thoughts and prayers for her recovery.

      • marlie

        Oh no! I my thoughts are with you and your mom.

    • sydneypage

      ROCKED because I’m ME. And I had some good cocktails.

    • Annaline39

      My week sucked because my daughter’s car died and I am operating mom’s taxi until she can get a new car. My week rocked in that same daughter started her first post college job so she can afford a new car *and* I was able to treat myself to an order from JetPens and spend the time between drop off and pick up making new drawings. :-)

    • Jessica Freeman

      My week rocked because I got asked to be on a team chasing a billion dollar jail project. If we win it, it will be a career defining moment for me. (But am blessed to already have the book and a signed copy of the artwork from the book so I don’t want to be in the running) cheers to the kittens!

      • Aidan B

        That’s awesome, good luck!

      • MaggieMae

        Good luck! When will you find out?

        • Jessica Freeman

          Months from now which is can be agonizing. I’m just grateful to be part of one of the teams chasing it and honestly it was enough for me to be part of a team chasing it.

          • MaggieMae

            It’s a great feeling when work is satisfying. Cheers!

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

        $1,000,000,000! That would be quite the coup for a two-person shop. Good luck!

      • Grumpy Girl

        Congrats! And good luck; hopefully just being on the team will parlay into some cool new opportunities, no matter what.

    • Aidan B

      Well I’ll bow out of this one since I am lucky enough to already have a signed copy! Let’s hear about everyone’s weeks! I look forward to reading the entries.

    • MilaXX

      My week sucked because I had a sleep study that was pretty much a set up for failure. So of course I have to get fitted to a CPAP machine which will be an even bigger flop. On the other hand the rest of the week was actually pretty rocking for no reason at all. I don’t need to be in hoe running cause I have a signed copy.

      • Snailstsichr

        My first husband had a C-Pap and it really improved his quality of life. The first week he was on it, his boss sent him home early every day because he had so much energy he wore her out! I hope your machine turns out to be a blessing.

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

          I’m so impressed by stories like that – I look at CPAP machines and wonder how anyone could ever sleep in one!

        • MilaXX

          I wouldn’t be quite so cynical if other thing serpent taken into consideration. Number one ring I never sleep on my back but was told I had to tiff the study. I have abnormal tonsils. Of course it creates an airway issue when lying on my back. I also have a torn acl that cramps when lying on my back so I wasn’t comfortable and didn’t sleep. I have one working nostril due to shingles so I’m not sure how I’ll adjust to the CPAP

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

            Dammit, you fixed the auto-correct! I LOVED the apparently drunk typing from before!

            • MilaXX

              every time I type on my iPad of iPhone I have to come back and fix typos. Spell check HATES me.

      • decormaven

        Hope the CPAP helps- have two friends who use one, and both swear by it.

        • MilaXX

          I’m trying yo stay positive, but this doctor is not my fav. She’s a bit obtuse to others issues. I just have to build my case for ins co to allow me to out of plan.

      • Grumpy Girl

        My spouse has one, and he seems very happy about it. Plus he gets to claim his preferred side of the bed with it . . . I actually found it soothing, because it made such regular sounds, and he tosses and turns with much less frequency. He can sleep on side with it, but not on his stomach.

      • Kent Roby

        Look up “aveo TSD”; it’s a simple , inexpensive device that some people are able to use instead of CPAP., can be easily ordered by your dentist.

        • MilaXX

          That looks interesting. I actually do okay as long as I can sleep on my tummy. Thanks for the tip!

    • GorgeousThings

      My week SUCKED/ROCKED because
      because on Monday, my 16YO son decided that he was going to be the first to disprove the law of gravity. Score? Gravity: 1, 16YO: 0
      And BTW, if your own stupid 16YO decides to get himself a concussion, be prepared to stay in the ER for 4 hours for observation.
      I already have a signed copy of your fabulous book, so if I win, please give it to another deserving bitter kitten?

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

        Oh dear – hope gravity wasn’t too hard on him!

        • GorgeousThings

          He is, Alicia, thanks! I think it was more a bruised ego, though he did give himself quite an egg on his forehead. He landed feet first, thank heavens. Momentum carried him forward and he slammed his head on the ground but at a much lower speed. He learned two valuable lessons: 1, he’s no parcour master; 2, never bet against physics. Oh yes, and the third lesson is that, if you get a concussion, you’re off technology of all kinds for at least 2 days. That one hurt most of all.

    • Paula Pertile

      Mine rocked because I found out my bad neighbors are moving. Yee-HAW! I have chocolate moose-tracks ice cream to celebrate while I watch them drive away.

      • MaggieMae

        Congrats! Bad neighbors are VERY bad. Almost as bad as a bad boss.

      • MartyBellerMask

        Moose Tracks is THE BEST!

      • Snailstsichr

        Maybe the door will actually hit them on the ass on the way out!

        • Paula Pertile

          They’d just kick it, and yell “F*ckin’ door!”.

      • decormaven

        A sweet way to celebrate indeed. Bad neighbors are a drain on the soul.

      • Jackie4g

        Oh that is heaven! Bad neighbors going away forever. Hooray!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      I”m a cheerful BK because I finally caught the most recent X-men flick, and any movie that gives me a loving view of Hugh Jackman’s bare ass plus some of my favorite actors-Sirs Stewart, McKellen and Mr. McAvoy gets a thumb’s up from moi.

      • prettyinmink

        De-lurking for my first T-Lounge post: It took us two tries to see that movie. The first time we got halfway through it and our 3 year old decided to lock the babysitter outside so we had to head home. It took another two weeks before we managed to go see it again but it was sooo worth it. It was an excellent movie!

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

          Welcome aboard!

          • prettyinmink

            Thanks! I’ve been a lurker since the project rungay days but never bothered to create an account until “Lupita”

        • Grumpy Girl

          I love that story! When we first moved into our current house nearly 10 years ago, the boy across the street babysat. We’d put in a door to the backyard, and he didn’t realize it auto-locked, so he egged my kids outside to play ball (yeah for activities outdoors!) only to find out he’d locked all three of them outside. He was so mortified; I don’t think he ever babysat again.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I get my blockbuster movie recommendations from our 28 yr old nephew, who is always current on what’s hot and worth seeing.
          I asked him if not having seen the previous X-men flicks would matter, and he said no, I’d be fine. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
          P.S. Welcome to the lounge!

    • Lisa_Co

      My week rocked because it’s ballet season and we went twice (and going again tomorrow) and the performances were FABULOUS!

      • Paula Pertile

        What did you see?

        • Lisa_Co

          ABT’s Swan Lake and a contemporary rep program from Boston Ballet.

      • formerlyAnon

        Envy!

    • Brittney P

      My week rocked because I just got my first paycheck from my first “woman” (because fuck saying big girl, I’m a WOMAN) job. Celebrating by drinking a glass of wine and ordering a shit-ton of clothes online that I haven’t been able to afford for the past few months!

      Now that I have money, I’ll actually be able to afford TLo’s book! Can’t wait to buy it.

      • Jackie4g

        Try to remember to put something aside each pay period. Just a little, and you’ll have a cushion before you know it. Congrats on the new job!

        • formerlyAnon

          Yeah. Old person speak: save tons and save early. If you’re aggressive about it early on, it’ll give you choices in ten or 15 years that your income stream could never fund, or if you’re really lucky, in retirement.

        • Brittney P

          Thanks for the tips, y’all! Though I treated myself last night, I’m definitely going to be saving a lot. I lived on a very limited budget over the last year while I was in grad school (I’m talking $100 a week, which a large chunk of went to gas), so I already have experience with living cheap.

    • Alison

      My week rocked because I spent a good portion of it emailing links to the most cracked-out men’s collections from Paris to my office ladies, and then the three of us would secretly try to assign looks to the dudes of the office before dissolving into raucous, cackling laughter. Thanks for the ammo, TLo!

      • Imasewsure

        I would award you the book for that fabulous and worthwhile activity! Creative and subversive – and also fashion-related… plus screwing around … I mean bonding with team members…at the office… LOVE IT

    • ubreyn12

      My week rocked because I was able to fit into three new dresses that were not maternity clothes and I rocked the hell out of them at 8 months pregnant. OK, so I didn’t run the 800m like one pregnant woman did this week, but this is an epic fashion win. #thatmeansitisbetter

    • Funkykatt

      My week sucked all week and now it rocks because it’s Friday and next weekend it’s a four dayer for me and after two years of non running because of plantar fasciiits, I am going to start running again. Running is a great joy for me….bring on the runner’s high….I’ve missed it so much!

      • http://www.jaimieteekell.com/ Jaimie

        You have a fantastic avatar.

        • Funkykatt

          Thank you. I appreciate that. I think it’s probably the best picture I have ever taken.

      • formerlyAnon

        That is BIG congratulations about the running.

      • BLauDGaspode

        As someone suffering from plantar fasciitis, so excited for you! I’m not a runner, but I might be when this pain is over.

      • decormaven

        Congrats on overcoming PF- it’s such a pain in the patootie. Run on!

      • Anna

        Welcome back to running! Fellow plantar fasciitis sufferer here, I know how much it sucks to be sidelined from what you love because of injury. Happy trails!

      • kimmeister

        Has your plantar fasciitis gone away? If so, did it happen just from the break from running? Mine has gotten progressively worse over the past few years because of some of the high impact exercise classes I started taking. Orthotics have helped, but I still have to modify a lot of the jumpier exercises.

    • BobStPaul

      Mine rocked because I actually made it home from vacation after some fairly horrendous flight issues (three delayed flights, one flight canceled, overnight at a pricey airport hotel).

      • 3boysful

        How irritating to have to stay somewhere pricey and it’s an airport hotel, not the Georges V! But glad you’re back safely.

      • decormaven

        Nothing like bumps on the return flight- been there and so done that. Hope the rest of the vacation was stress-free.

    • Sarah Lang

      My week NOW sucks because…I don’t live in San Diego anymore and can’t go to that bar RIGHT NOW. Holy crap.

    • trisker

      Stomach flu and my credit card was compromised — I’ve had better weeks, but the “Olive Garden in dress form” cheered me immensely! Already have a copy of the book and waiting for you to come to Seattle or Portland to sign it!

    • Sophie

      My week rocked because I realised that I could actually communicate in (broken) Mandarin. And I’m going on a trip today in the company of a Korean friend who barely knows any English, so guess what we’re going to talk in! (I always take a while to ralise that kind of things – the first time I realised I could speak English was when I asked a tour guide a question and understood his answer, after over four years of lessons. I’m slow.)

      • Coolekat

        you can’t be slow and have what appears to be at least three languages – Mandarin, English and whatever is your native tongue. I commend you for your studies which obviously are working!

        • Saturnine

          That’s what I was thinking. . . . :-)

        • formerlyAnon

          EXACTLY.

        • Sophie

          Thanks! I meant that I’m slow to realise when I can speak a language, though I also have been slower than I should learning Mandarin.

          • DuBey2

            Don’t know your 1st language, but for English speakers I’ve been told Mandarin is one of THE hardest languages to learn. (Or was it Cantonese?)

            • Sophie

              Perhaps Cantonese? I think native English speakers find Mandarin pronunciation especially hard (most of those I’ve met had a particularly dreadful accent), and the writing is hard for everyone, but the grammar is actually far easier than for example Japanese or Korean. I haven’t dared try to learn Cantonese, because it has even more tones than Mandarin (your voice inflection modifies the meaning of the syllable/word, for example “ma”, which can mean “mother”, “horse”, “to scold”, etc, depending on the way you say it).

            • DuBey2

              Yes, it was Cantonese that they told us was so hard. As soon as you said “tones” I remembered the hilarious examples various people gave me. Good luck with your Mandarin, & count me impressed.

            • Sophie

              The examples are the first thing teachers tell us to motivate us to learn, and you always collect more on the way. Thank you!

    • DagnyReardon

      Tequila is not my friend. I am too old to not keep track of how many drinkie-poos I have. So I’ll just have a Diet Coke tonight please, with a big gulp chaser of H2O.

    • ShaoLinKitten

      This week sucked because it was perfect, beautiful weather every day EXCEPT the day we were taking our classes on a field trip to go swimming in the lake. The lake was 63 degrees and they still went in, but the rain put out the charcoals so everyone ate chips for lunch. Then we had our mandatory end of the year assembly the next day, when it was 90 degrees out. 600 tweeners emitting pit sweat and foot odor while sitting on metal bleachers for 90 minutes… sucked! But then it ROCKED because today was the first day of summer vacation and I got to take a nap for the first time since forever. Summer, how I love thee!

      • boweryboy

        Sounds like typical Seattle weather this time of year.

        • ShaoLinKitten

          Finger Lakes region of NY, which is very similar to Seattle (except for our horrendous winters).

    • Snailstsichr

      My week rocked because my divine husband took me to Tulsa to see Wicked for our wedding anniversary. Not only that but he arranged for me to leave work early and I got a surprise visit to my favorite embroidery store where I bought lots of spooky Halloween designs. I love being married to someone who worships the ground I walk on, adores Musicals, aids and abets me in indulging in my hobbies, and enthusiastically pursues the joy of cooking.
      Two days later, I had three cavities filled, but my lovely dentist gave me gas and every time the drill started up I just told myself, “No worries; its just the Millenium Falcon trying to get out of the gate.” Amazing, but it worked!
      All in all, a pretty good week back to work after spending the previous week camping with friends – where try as we might we just couldn’t get the hang of making shot glasses out of toasted marshmallows, but we did go to a kick-ass fireworks show complete with amazing home brew and nibbles.
      Next week will suck because said spouse is out of town all week on business, but he did leave a freezer full of food for me. He wouldn’t want me to sully my fingers with cooking. (Or perhaps it is self preservation since he can’t ever find anything after those rare occasions when I decide to be domestic??)

      Cheers to all my fellow bitter kittens and I hope your upcoming weeks rocks! You lift my spirits on dull days and always make me smile. I wish wondrous days ahead for all of you.

      • 3boysful

        Jealous!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Happy anniversary!

    • boweryboy

      My week rocked because it’s over and it’s GAY PRIDE WEEKEND, BITCHES!!!

      *drops mic. exits room*

      • MilaXX

        Try not to get into too much trouble, but have fun!

      • decormaven

        Enjoy, enjoy! Hope the weather cooperates!

    • Mothra

      I can’t remember the week. I have no idea what I did. Hopefully I didn’t hurt anyone, or get fired. Guess I’ll find out on Monday!

    • Vanessa

      I’ve stayed at this hotel. The lobby bar is not as swank in real life, so join me on the rooftop bar with the chair-bonfire — it’s lovely.

    • MissMariRose

      My week ROCKED because I was on a much needed vacation away from my moody asshole boss who was stressing me out on a regular basis. I spent a few (all too brief) days in Amsterdam, then came back to chill around the house. And now I’ve learned that I can keep the party going next week because my boss has been demoted and moved to another section. I won’t have to deal with his sh*t anymore!!

      • formerlyAnon

        Losing a moody asshole boss is pretty awesome.

      • decormaven

        Wave bye-bye to the bad boss! The karma wheel rolls on.

    • Vanessa

      My week ROCKED because I am in denial about how much my week SUCKED.

      • formerlyAnon

        Sometimes denial helps us do the things that must be done. Hope things improve soon!

      • Snailstsichr

        Denial is so much more than just a river in Egypt.

    • mila_8

      Rocked: I got to go to the beach for the first time since I broke my leg 3 months ago!

    • rainwood1

      My week both rocked and sucked. It rocked because my husband, who’s been in the hospital for almost 3 months, finally got to come home on Sunday. He went into the hospital with Guillain Barre syndrome on March 31st, but then raging cases of auto-immune disorders developed and ate his red blood cells and platelets at a furious pace, which even put him in ICU for awhile. It was touch and go for weeks, and most of the docs are surprised he dodged all those bullets.

      My week sucked because now he’s home where I have to take care of him, and no one would mistake me for Florence Nightingale. I was raised in the ‘Suck it up, buttercup’ mode and he was . . . not. It’s been an interesting week. I need wine and chocolate.

      • Paula Pertile

        I’m so glad he’s home! My Mom’s friend had that – it hit her a few days before Christmas, and she was in ICU for a while, then the normal hospital, and rehab – 3 months. She’s doing really well – so I hope your husband will recover well too. Its not easy being Flo, I know. ((virtual hug))

      • MilaXX

        My cousin came down with GB while on a cruise. They had to dock in S. Carolina and she spent 2 mths in ICU away from family and friends. She’s home now and doing amazingly well. but it was indeed a scary time. Hope hubby heals quickly.

      • formerlyAnon

        That’s a good news/bad news week all right. Glad you’ve got him home.

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

        I’m glad he’s home! Good luck being saintly… hope you’ve got lots of help.

      • GorgeousThings

        Oh man, I’m glad he’s home and doing better, but you poor thing!

      • decormaven

        This comment qualifies for the signed book, a bottle of fine wine, and some hand-dipped truffles. Being a caregiver is the toughest job I know. Grab some little moments for yourself, and don’t feel guilty about it one bit.

        • formerlyAnon

          Most eloquent summing up! I second the nomination.

      • marlie

        SO glad that your husband is back home. Hoping for patience on both your parts as you readjust to the new normal.

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

        You’re a wonderful spouse. Email us with your mailing address and we’ll send you a signed copy of the book, darling.

        • rainwood1

          Thank you so much, T Lo, and all the BK’s! The book will be wonderful summer reading and lots of laughs for sure! My spouse is worth every second of effort. He’s a wonderful man.

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

            Darling, did we get your mailing address? If we did, we apologize, because we lost it. Could you send it again to tlo at tomandlorenzo dot com?

    • Lynne

      My week rocked because my 5 year old grandson very thoughtfully explained to me how he would like to create a Bird Poop Shield for my car. Note: it would have a hole for me to see out of and two eyes on top…..

      • formerlyAnon

        Your grandson ROCKS!

    • Musicologie

      My week ROCKED because…I turned 31 on Sunday. This year has been the most challenging of my life–I presented two conference papers via Skype while quite pregnant (one of the conferences was in Wales, and I had to deliver it at 4 am my time), gave birth to a beautiful boy, then presented at three more conferences before he turned four months. It took me about six months to figure out how to work on my dissertation with the new baby. But I eventually did figure it out, and I’ve been managing staying at home with the boy AND writing my dissertation after he goes to bed each night AND working part time as a web developer while he naps. Thirty was a year for growing and appreciating my friends and especially my husband. So, Sunday was a celebration of all that, as my husband took me out to an Italian bistro for a lunch away from the baby followed by a trip to the French patisserie for a decadent dessert. Meanwhile, the baby was an angel for my babysitting friends.

      But most of the week was not my birthday. The baby’s seventh tooth cut yesterday, which meant that he spent the previous two nights waking up screaming. I looked over my current draft of the chapter I’m working on, and even though I know it needs to be better, I’m not sure how to fit in all the cool, smart stuff I want to say. I realized that my summer goal of turning one of those conference papers into an article to submit to a journal might not be compatible with finishing the dissertation by winter. The baby refused to nap this afternoon, which led to more screaming (from both of us). And the only alcohol I have right now is some Sailor Jerry’s to mix with Coke Zero.

      But my week still ROCKED. The baby is thriving, and I’m steadily making progress. Thirty-one is going to be even better than thirty–I’ll make it work.

      • MilaXX

        That’s a hella week. You rock on!

      • formerlyAnon

        If I had even HALF the grip and capability and flexiblity that you do, I’d be ruling my portion of the free world. Or at least, instead of just being mostly happy and fortunate in my life & friends, I’d also be (at least 2 of the three): rather well-to-do, highly regarded in my field, and/or changing the world in a meaningful way.

        YOU rock.

        • Musicologie

          Aw, thank you! I still aspire to change the world, but…I don’t think this subject is the way to do it. :-P

          • gin&tonic

            LOL from a fellow musicologist and mother. Remember: the best dissertation is a done dissertation. Don’t put all the “cool, smart stuff” into the diss–save it for a post-diss, pre-tenure article. Best wishes to you.

      • Snailstsichr

        I’m exhausted reading about your week! Don’t forget to add quality booze to your shopping list, because more teeth will be coming and we want you to be prepared!

        • Musicologie

          Thanks! Yeah, the husband went out for a booze run last night and got me wine and chocolate (along with some ginger beer).

      • decormaven

        You do indeed rock. Have you tried a cold washcloth for the baby to chew on? That might help with teething. Bless you for keeping your work focus while raising a wee one.

        • Musicologie

          Thanks! Yeah, the washcloth is his preferred teething aid.

      • Jackie4g

        Stale bagels for teething. You eat half and cut up the other half into a few pieces and give to the baby to gnaw on. You’re doing great!

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

          Or you can buy the mini bagels. Great for chewing and they don’t crumble.

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

        Your week did indeed ROCK. So much so, that we want to send you a copy of or book! Email us at tlo at tomandlorenzo.com with your mailing address, darling.

        • Musicologie

          Oh, wow! Thank you so much!!!!
          (Just to confirm it’s me, my email has a “42″ in it.)

    • Morgan Hoffman

      My week rocked because I have a vintage Eames lounger and ottoman to sell on Saturday!

    • Lisalady161

      My week rocked because it wasn’t last week, with its death anniversaries, actual deaths of loved ones and major surgeries of other loved ones. It was nice, boring and peaceful.

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

        A week like that makes one realize that you should never complain about boring.

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

        A bit of peace and boredom after all that sounds just the ticket! How are the other loved ones recovering from their surgeries?

        • Lisalady161

          Really well! One was minor surg and one major and neither lady will ever see this side of 60 again, but they’re both home, comfortable and healing.

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

            Fantastic news! Must be such a relief for you.

      • conniemd

        I hear you on that. Emotionally stressful weeks are very draining and it’s good that you had a week without such emotional drama to just relax and regather your strength and harmony.

    • Anna

      My week is rocking as I’m on vacation, World Pride has taken over Toronto, and I saw Bianca, Adore, Courtney and Darienne turn it out last night.

      Have a great weekend kittens!

      • demidaemon

        That’s so awesome and I am so jealous!

        • Anna

          Thanks, I’m going to need a week of sleep after the weekend is over, but it’s been great fun. Awesome to see so much support from the whole city and all the positive vibes.

    • MartyBellerMask

      Apparently there is a World Beer Championships, and the beer I’m currently drinking was a Gold Medal winner (according to the side of the bottle). That’s pretty rocking. But doesn’t really reflect my whole week.

    • conniemd

      My week has sucked (as have the last two months) as last week we discovered there is black mold on our floor in the office building and that explains why I have been wracked with wheezing, coughing, hoarseness and fatigue. I’ve been through 3 doctor’s appointments, 2 courses of antibiotics and prednisone, asthma medicine before I found out about the mold. I’m damned if I do and damned if I don’t, though it has been reported to workers’ compensation, just waiting for them to admit the claim.

      • formerlyAnon

        Damn. Hope you won’t have to actually work there now that it’s been discovered.

      • decormaven

        Ugh. That is one toxic environment. Workers’ comp better pony up on this one.

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

        Yuck – I did a health & safety course once where they claimed the majority of workplaces with “sick building syndrome” actually had poorly cleaned communal microwaves. Black mould sounds even worse!

    • Kent Roby

      I had a decent week, but vacation starts today, so yay! I spent most of today flying to lovely Provincetown, where I will see my friends Brooklyn and Varla tomorrow in Golden Girls, followed by Jinx Monsoon in her show (been getting raves), and Andrea Martin the following night. I should be able to fit in a couple of other shows; will do more scouting tomorrow to see what all is going on. Oh, and vodka!

      • formerlyAnon

        Living well is the best revenge!

    • Hanne Olsen

      My week sucked because I cracked a molar and it was not repairable, so they had to pull it. I’ve been living on soft food for days and need something crunchy! At least I can still drink wine :-) I had to pay my property taxes. The hot water tank went, today. It’s decided to rain just as I want to sit on a deck for some sun and cocktails. My week rocked because I did not run out of wine.

      • decormaven

        It’s the little things. Glad the wine flowed as the troubles swirled. May they abate quickly.

        • http://www.fivecornerscapital.com Hanne Olsen

          Thank you! Next week is a new week. With a long weekend :-)

    • kerryev

      Some good things happened (my husband got a job–on his birthday! and the TLo assessment about Nicole Ritchie not being able to work a camera if it came with its own monkey continues to make me giggle) but I’m studying for the bar and this week was my least favorite study week so far.
      I hope everyone who is not in this boat is having a marvelous weekend!

      • 3boysful

        Good luck on the bar! Just gut it out. I spent that summer by the pool with BAR/BRI and a hiliter.

        • kerryev

          Thanks! A pool would help immensely.

      • conniemd

        Good luck with the bar. My daughter did the Barbri thing and passed and a couple of months ago got a job with the County defending the indigent in criminal cases. She’s doing what she loves to do, but with little recompense, except that it will defray her law school loans.

    • formerlyAnon

      My week rocked but in smallish things and half measures. My friend with the bad horrible court case got some good news that will probably eliminate the need for some big trial expenses, though the bulk of the horribleness remains. My girlfriend-in-law accepted a decent-though-not-ideal job offer (and an old friend of mine who’s now a kick ass scientist helped her with the decision.) Unexpected car repairs happened but I had the cash to pay for them. I fixed a leaky drain pipe from my air conditioner with < $20.00 in materials and did not need to have a $75+ dollar service call. I had a really good jog/walk/run of 4 miles in a week where I thought I maybe should only walk, and I didn't have any repercussions with my bad knee.

      • Snailstsichr

        I firmly believe cars know when you have “extra” money. My cars have saved my from countless plastic surgery through the year

        • decormaven

          Corollary law: when one kitchen appliance goes, another goes with it. It’s like long-married couples- they can’t exist without each other.

        • formerlyAnon

          I totally agree on the car thing. Except they don’t actually really *care* if your money stashing schedule is keeping up with their money sucking schedule.

        • DuBey2

          This is hilarious. A great way to see the good in car (& appliance repairs/replacements)

    • Kitten Mittons

      My week sucked because my husband’s grandfather is in his last days. He’s been very ill since Mother’s Day, and steadily declining. We were told this weekend he would only last a day or two, bur he’s held on all week. At this point, I think everyone just prays for him to find peace and to suffer as little as possible.

      His grandma’s strength through all this. 90 years old and just a tireless caregiver.

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

        It’s so hard during that time, you can’t ever prepare. I hope he is peaceful and your family feels OK about saying goodbye.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Thank you, I think most have made peace with it. I know he’s ready, and that’s the hardest part, I think.

      • decormaven

        Sorry about your husband’s grandfather. At least the family has had time to say goodbyes, and you’re braced as he moves onward. Hugs to you.

      • Anna

        So sorry to hear about your husband’s grandfather. Wishing him a peaceful journey, and my thoughts are with you and your family.

      • formerlyAnon

        Sympathy. It’s a hard time, and it sounds like you’re in for several busy and emotional weeks, at least.

      • decormaven

        Blessings to you and the family. Share laughs, tears and memories of a life well lived.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Thank you. My husband’s lucky in that his family is very good at that. My (extended) family is a little more reserved about feelings, but his is good at these types of things.

          • decormaven

            Yes. It’s a time to laugh about the fun times and tear up over the sweet things. My dad’s side of the family treated it as a huge gabfest. Six of the 8 died before 60, so they grabbed the gusto while they could.

            • Kitten Mittons

              That is very young, I’m sorry to hear that. It sounds like they knew the importance of living while you’re living, though. I’ll try to keep that lesson in mind this week.

              I have been thinking of stories all weekend, though. He could be kind of crotchety at times, but had such a quick wit. He had a stroke abut 15 years ago that required him to use a cane most of the time. Of course he never wanted to use it. He was walking around without the cane when his wife started fussing at him. “I don’t need the cane, dammit!” he said. She said, “Oh, really? Then why are you limping around?” Without missing a beat, he said, “It’s the pain in my ass!”

              Sort of Ralph Cramden-esque, but that’s how he was. The biggest softies have the toughest shells.

      • marlie

        I’m sorry for your family’s loss. xo

    • tinyredlocks

      My week rocked because my Birthday was the 25th and I’m still celebrating! It also rocked because last weekend me and my fellow dancers had 3 shows(and 2 standing ovations!!) at the World Dance Performance at Alvin Ailey, and I am still riding that high. :-D

      • formerlyAnon

        Yeah, I don’t think there’s a birthday high that could compete with successful performances under the Alvin Ailey umbrella.

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

      This was the second sucky week in a row with no job interviews and no responses to all the resumes I sent out. The only bright spot was that my grandsons slept over on Monday night. Otherwise, it was sleepless nights and greasy hair and very low spirits.

      Then, all of a sudden, the sun broke through. I got a call on Thursday for an interview on Friday (today). When I got home from the interview, which was fairly positive, two more calls came in for interviews next week. Fingers crossed, please.

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

        Definitely fingers crossed!

      • decormaven

        Whisper prayers your way. Remember you possess many strong business skills, and a company will be lucky to have use of them.

      • Jackie4g

        Sending you good thoughts. So glad to hear the positive news!

      • formerlyAnon

        Fingers crossed! If nothing’s perfect, I hope there’s something that’s “good enough.”

      • conniemd

        Crossing fingers, praying, sending positive karma to you that you get a job. I know how hard it can be for women who are older (as a grandma) to be taken seriously in the workforce.

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

          Thank you for your encouragement. I’m not sure it’s a matter of being taken seriously. If I were a younger interviewer, I would probably be thinking about energy, stamina, fitting in with a younger group of co-workers, probable longevity with the company. If there’s training involved, is it worth it since this person might decide to retire in the near future? I can definitely see it from the other side, so I bring a lot of energy to the interview and try to assure them that I am physically capable of doing the job.

          I decided last week to face the demon head-on at my next interview, but hadn’t decided how. Then I heard an expert on the radio who suggested this question: What, if anything, would prevent you from making me your first choice for this position? I love this question because it demands an answer rather than a yes or no.

          I used it at my interview on Friday and they said that since I was the first to be interviewed, I was their first (and only) choice so far. That didn’t address the age issue, but I’m going to keep trying to find someone brave enough to be honest.

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

            Surely they aren’t allowed to? Aren’t there age discrimination laws in the US? If an interviewer responded to that question in the UK with any mention of age they would be sued so fast their heads would spin.

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

              Of course we have age discrimination laws, but it doesn’t stop the unspoken discrimination. It’s just my own fantasy that someone will give me the opportunity to change their mind.

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

              I think you are absolutely the woman to do it. I’m just surprised by the radio expert’s advice.

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

              The expert meant this question to be used as a preemptive strike against any negative opinions the interviewer might be forming about you. Her example was about a woman who asked the question and was told they had doubts about her writing ability. She asked them to give her a writing assignment and she got the job.

            • Grumpy Girl

              Great example, and I am sure you will rock it!

          • decormaven

            Mr. DM made his first job change in 2002 at age 55 when the company closed, his second job change at age 60 when the next company did a layoff (he got his new job literally on his 60th birthday), and he just traded up to a better company and job at age 64. It can be done. It helps to be in good physical shape and current in skills and thought process. If you feel confident that you can do the job, and can point to tools in your skill set that demonstrate your capability, you will do well. Stay on the positive!

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

              It’s so much easier for an older man. A man with gray hair represents wisdom, maturity and experience. A woman with gray hair represents an old grandma in a rocking chair. That’s why we dye our hair and men don’t.

            • Grumpy Girl

              It’s easy to say so, but when the firm where I am employed hired a younger CIO a few years back, and the inevitable wave of very senior level forced exodus began, there was a run on (obvious) hair dye and (rumored) botox, too. Of course, the fact that they were inexperienced with the entire experience showed with the undyed eyebrows, and other missed details, so the issue is still far worse for women–who were not even represented in those rank, for it to matter, so…

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

              I had let my hair go natural with quite a bit of gray when I was in my mid-50s. Then a 30-something was hired to be head of the marketing department in the corporate office and I was summoned to fly there to meet him. I couldn’t get to my hairdresser fast enough to cover the evidence of my age.

            • decormaven

              Mr. DM started getting his hair “highlighted” right before 60. He was a realist about it- he tried to eliminate any potential roadblocks to employment. I think the big thing for those sitting on the HR side is looking for candidates with no/low chronic health conditions. Mr. DM is a dedicated cyclist & fit as a fiddle, so that did not factor into the equation.

      • marlie

        Good luck!!

    • unbornfawn

      My week rocked. I went from part time temporary to full time employment. It’s been a long time coming. The next round is on me.

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

        Good for you! Since you’re paying, I’ll have a strawberry Margarita, please.

        • unbornfawn

          My pleasure.

      • decormaven

        Hope this change brings full benefits as well. Mazel tov.

        • unbornfawn

          It does!

      • formerlyAnon

        Yay you! I’m on a roll, here, so I’ll take a rain check on the alcohol. Just refill the coffee!

    • demidaemon

      My week rocked because I think my financial aid woes may be solved. Maybe. Kinda sorta. At least the aid looks like its coming. It’s just the when that matters now.

      My week sucked because TNT no longer let’s you watch any of their series on their website without having an active cable/satellite TV subscription, which I do not. *shakes fist ineffectually*

      • formerlyAnon

        Well yay for financial aid straightening out. Almost.

        You’ll find a new entertaining time suck, I’m sure. ;-)

        • demidaemon

          Oh, certainly. It just sucks because all my favorite scripted shows are from that network, along with probably the most high quality reality TV show, “Cold Justice.”

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

      My week rocked because I had dinner with Helena Christensen. Sort of. It would have rocked anyway because it was a lovely restaurant with one of the most delicious things I have eaten this year (a lemon, ricotta and artichoke crostini) but having her two seats down did put the icing on the cake.

      • decormaven

        Nice! And the crostini- mmmm.

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

          It was so good. Tricky to eat tidily but absolutely divine.

          • DuBey2

            Probably a good thing, then, that Helena C. was two seats down from you.

      • formerlyAnon

        One of those stories that can be told to make one’s life seem a great deal more glamorous than it is!

    • MemHey

      My week rocked because: I sold my first art piece (hello first steps to childhood dream becoming reality); the marriage counselors ran out of things to talk about with fiancé and me (hooray, so much better than the trauma we’d been going through!); my little sister told me that my crush of 12 years (lord, I had good taste in high school!) was taking her on an official date because he’d never met anyone so fascinating and it properly freaked him out; said little sister was finally home after months traveling, and my heart breathed a gigantic sigh of happiness just being with her, not to mention the delicious happy dance of joy that spontaneously erupted with her news about that man hunk’s honorable interest in her; I finally got the darts placed right on the muslin bodice of my wedding gown so I was able to begin cutting silk taffeta (yaaaay!); fiancé got called for 2 job interviews and is in touch with 2 other solid companies that he is actually excited about working for (he’s been living on savings as a student for the past year); I successfully made dinner for one vegetarian, one gluten-free, one health-conscious-but-nonrestrictive (me!) and one mostly-unheathy eater, all from just 3 dishes and 2 variations of dessert, all new recipes, and they were good!

      But the absolute best thing: yesterday, my home State of Tennessee became the first state to officially acknowledge and express regret for the Indian Removal Act of 1830 and the subsequent Trail of Tears. It was an honor beyond my heart’s reckoning, especially given the state’s stance of pride in homeboy Andrew Jackson, whom Daniel Boone and other Tennessee senators opposed at the time. The meeting at the Capitol was attended by representatives of many of the seven Indigenous Nations driven from the state, as well as men and women who had recognized for years the curse placed on a land when genocide is embraced and never addressed as wrong. In the evening, I attended a gathering in celebration, singing and dancing to the drums, declaring a new beginning for the state and stepping up as a member of the young generation to stand watch, guard, and steward what now was beginning. We danced as warriors as First Nations, White, Hispanic, and Black, as natives of the land and as newcomers, joining in the drum, joining hands, joining hearts. It is a new day for our land, a day to forgive and bless, a day to embrace with open hearts the destiny and calling on the Volunteer State. May what began be released throughout the nation of the United States, and may the world be affected in spiritual places by the power released in forgiveness that day.

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

        How very lovely! That sounds like such a moving event, and such an important step towards healing.

      • formerlyAnon

        Wow!

      • RedRaven617

        OK, you win in my eyes… for your eloquent state of much what is wrong with American history and not understood.

    • Nahir I. Otano-Gracia

      My week sucked because I just moved and my husband and daughter are visiting family without me and I miss them and my old neighborhood terribly. My week rocked because I got to organize the house by myself the way I want to and because I moved to Philly I know TLo are nearby and I can get the signed copy that much quicker.

      • marlie

        Welcome to Philly!!

        • Nahir I. Otano-Gracia

          Thank you! I really like it here! I am not a city person, but Philly is amazing. It has changed my perceptions of cities!

          • marlie

            Glad to hear that! The summer is a great time to move to the area because there’s SO much going on! There’s something to suit everyone. It can also be a hassle if you need to get somewhere else, so plan accordingly.

    • decormaven

      My week rocked- my 87 year old in-laws were able to attend my niece’s wedding after a year full of hospitalizations and close calls. I’ve been rescuing plants from the $1.00 aisle at Lowe’s and am nursing them back to health. I wore three pairs of pants that didn’t fit last year when I was recuperating from back surgery and I can now slip into a brown sheath linen dress purchased six years ago. We watched the first episode of Games of Thrones last night, and are looking forward to taking in all the seasons. I have a copy of BMoDM, and the dear uncles have a standing invitation to come to ATL for a signing event. A host of lonely BKs turn their lonely eyes to you! (insert sad Calvin eyes here)

      • Kitten Mittons

        Fitting in to clothes you already own is very satisfying, maybe more than buying new ones. Kudos! Glad your in-laws are mending and were able to attend.

    • Mersey

      My week ROCKED because after years of fulfilling my parents’ dreams (graduating from law school), I am finally chasing mine (auditioning for professional ballet companies).

      • formerlyAnon

        Whatever happens, if you can graduate law school AND stay in shape to dance at a professional level, you can do damn near anything.

    • LadyCelia

      The week hasn’t been too too one way or the other, but this morning, when I went to feed the chickens, I noticed a wasp nest in the rafters of the coop. It was a bit bigger than my fist and quite active. Being a bit slow on the uptake this morning, I picked up a long board and knocked it down. While I was in the coop. The wasps attacked, and a couple got tangled in my hair. Your first instinct when something gets into your hair is to knock it out, but…wasps. Luckily I had the hose running to fill the water trough, so I grabbed it and hosed off my head. There I stood, in my pajamas and muck-out boots, dripping with water, while the goats looked at me like I was crazy and the hens ran around eating wasps.

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

        The glamour!

      • formerlyAnon

        It is a really, really sad thing that chickens and goats do not carry cell phones with video capability!

      • Annaline39

        You win :-)

    • Matthew Vella

      Come on guys, more OITNB reviews! Stay away from the sunlight, its very damaging.

    • BLauDGaspode

      This week rocked because my sweet boy turned 5. This week sucked because my sweet boy turned 5. This is always the mother’s conundrum, isn’t it?

    • SouthernGirlRena

      My week rocked because I didn’t have to make a mortgage payment today when I was doing end of the month bills. I paid off my mortgage a last month! Now I get to plan some renovations and update some old, hand-me-down furniture. Today I am going to a local art gallery to try to find some inspiration.

      • decormaven

        Bowing down. Paying off the mortgage is a goal for us- it takes some commitment. Good on you!

      • BobStPaul

        Now that’s a major achievement! Congrats.

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

        Congratulations! I’ll be long gone when my mortgage is up. It was modified last year and extended to 40 years, so I’ll be paying until they bury me.

        • Grumpy Girl

          You and me, both!

    • Alyssa Mae

      I’m up to the challenge! So, my sister came into town, and we decided to hike along the James River. When taking a break with her dog, a very tan, older gentlemen came up to us and offered a flashlight. He was leathery tan, wearing hiking sandals and something that looked like a maroon, cloth diaper. “You can always use a flashlight!” he hollered, over the incessant barking of the dog — please note that it was 11 am, and there was no need for a flashlight at all. We thanked him and he kept hiking; it was a little strange, but no harm done. We came across him ten minutes later, and just as we were about to wave from a distance, he energetically removed his baggy speedo sarong off and flashed his butt cheeks at us. So, I’m not sure if that was a suck or rock moment, but it was definitely a moment.

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

        Definitely a moment.

      • decormaven

        Whoa! I think he had made too many trips around the sun. You just have to hope those folks are harmless.

      • Trickytrisha

        At least he didn’t turn around and flash the other side.

        • Alyssa Mae

          Yeah, we hightailed it out of there as fast as humanly possible; I’m sure that would have been the natural progression…

          Come to think of it, I wonder if the flashlight was some strange attempt at foreshadowing…

    • evave2

      Yo, the Stella McCartney Resort 2015 which Olivia Wilde wore on Letterman just won Fashole of the Week (aka worst of the week) on Fashion Police. Joan Rivers said it looked like what you wear when absolutely everything else is in the hamper so that you are dressed while doing laundry. Guiliana Rancic said No just NO looks like stuff my 7yo niece would give me to wear. AND Kelly Osbourne ragged on the sandals from the Resort 2015 show. I was in heaven.
      I know I’ve been going off on this, but PLEASE show Stella McCartney Resort 2015 just so I can snark myself to bliss.

    • Jacob Bowen

      My week rocked AND sucked. It rocked because I had an INTERVIEW for a middle school that I worked at all year to become a full-time math teacher!!! I’m hoping I get a second interview (I’ll hear Monday!) and if so that it goes well. My week SUCKED because I decided I am going to quit the summer job that I have worked for 5 years now. This year has (3 weeks so far) has been THE WORST because I have to work with one of my best friends who is a TOTAL BITCH at work. And, to top it all off, I have to go to a wedding with her tonight. I have tried not to let her work actions affect our out of work friendship, but there comes a time when those actions affect how you view them as a person, and that time was two weeks ago. I have never in my life dreaded going to a WEDDING, but I guess there’s a first time for everything.

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

        I’m going to ignore your “friend” – hope the wedding is fun despite her – but fantastic news about the interview. I am sure you nailed it! Fingers crossed for Monday!

      • decormaven

        Another set of fingers crossed for the second interview. Isn’t it amazing how some people can change when they’re in the work environment? Just focus on the good stuff tonight- be sure to mingle a lot so you’re not around the friend in question all night.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Good luck with the interview! I have a similar situation at work, and we just don’t hang out as much as we used to. I hope when I leave we can be closer, because I know she’s not a bad person. She’s just a terrible employee :)

      • formerlyAnon

        I hope the wedding was fun and you and your friend found a good space to be in for the evening. Congratulations on the interview! I’m sorry the summer job environment has been so unpleasant as to make you want to quit, I’m sure they’ll miss you. But a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.

    • SassyKansas

      My week rocked because there was an uproar in our neighborhood Hen House grocery store when Christmas music was accidentally played on the store sound system for three hours. Some customers became very upset and actually yelled at the poor gals in customer service! Apparently these customers were in no mood to “jingle all the way’ in June.
      Unfortunately, the music is piped in from some headquarters somewhere, so the store personnel couldn’t stop the jolliness.
      This news was not soothing to certain people.
      Anyway, I missed witnessing the actual event (dang it!) but Francesca the cashier told me about it the next day. She said, wide-eyed, “Some people were really yelling!”

      Don’t they know it’s the most wonderful time of the year?

      • formerlyAnon

        This sounds like a scene from a Christopher Moore novel.

        • Kitten Mittons

          It really does! I love his books so much. I haven’t read the newest one, but I plan to soon.

      • decormaven

        Totally tucking that scenario back for one of my many unwritten movie scripts.

    • Grumpy Girl

      Work was a week of Mondays, but the oldest child actually cleaned half their room. I believe, I may fall over dead any minute from the shock.

    • Tanya Wade

      My week sucked becauseI got nowhere on a deadline pattern and sample for a knitting magazine since I am the queen of procrastination (I have already wasted a month!), and now I have less than a month to finish it. A lunch date with a former best friend was awkward because the friendship is clearly dead, and then I broke my fourth toe on the left foot and cried a lot while watching depressing Danish movies with Mads Mikkelsen and that Katy Perry docu-pic for reasons I can’t quite fathom. But it’s almost next week, so pass the Merlot!

      • SouthernGirlRena

        As a fellow procrastinator and survivor of a broken toe, I am so empathizing with you. Broken toes hurt!

    • Ana the Hated

      My week sucked (or maybe rocked, it’s up to you) because I started Tuesday morning by walking into my office with a completely see-through blouse because during my manic outfit changes in the morning I had neglected to put on the tank top I usually wear under it. AND I was wearing a very sexy black lace bra underneath. Thankfully, I saw no one of consequence as I walked through the lobby and had a t-shirt in my gym bag to cover up with while I ran to my car and out to Target to buy another shirt, but I had one hell of a shock when I walked into my office and looked at myself in the mirror. I was wearing a pedometer and by 9:30am I had already walked 2 and a half miles, back and forth to my car and all over the building. What a week!!!

      • decormaven

        Not the way you want to start a day, but you turned it around quickly!

    • Brian G. Cox

      The burning chairs fire pit is on the rooftop bar. The cabana shown also has a fake “snow” machine to blow out over the patrons for a mind-bending twist on a San Diego winter. The lobby chandeliers were made from collected driftwood and were temporarily delayed when they couldn’t find enough.

      My week rocked because I finished my 8th half marathon (goal of 14 in ’14) last weekend in Mammoth, and I got to see my first bear in California; it sucked because the ‘Check Engine’ light came on upon return.

      • formerlyAnon

        That’s a pretty good week! (So often the check engine light is for something minor (read: cheap), hope it is so in this case!)

      • decormaven

        Excellent progress on your half marathon goal! Congrats.

    • Hetha Innis

      Rocked hardcore because my 8 year old (who is deaf and has autism, yeah, really tough combo) made his first friend on his own and we met them at an amusement park and had balls to the wall fun. Sucked a bit when a pit bull tried to attack him, but fortunately the dog was reigned in at the last minute by its derelict owner. I’m still riding the adrenaline buzz from that experience.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        That does rock! I’m so glad for your son and his proud momma.

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

        Fantastic!

      • decormaven

        So glad your son had some buddy time. I bet that made your heart happy indeed.

      • Grumpy Girl

        What a great story, that your son could make a friend. That is such an event!

    • DeTrop

      Well, I’m in for suck. I received a call Monday that my mammo needed to be redone. Something about it didn’t match up with last years. While, I was pretty certain nothing was wrong, it was still a concern. All is well. Then mid-week I was readying to water the backyard plants and do some pruning. Wearing my large strawhat and sunglasses, I went down the backstairs only to find myself missing the bottom step and crashing onto the garden step. I must have looked like a splatchcock (old) bird lying face down on my knees and forearms. Ouch! Remember when you were a kid those scrapped knees and elbows. Not very becoming on an (old) adult. I’m on the mend but it wasn’t one of my finer weeks. Happy weekend all.

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

        Your poor knees! A relief that the second mammogram was clear though.

      • decormaven

        Ouch! Thankfully nothing broken- just a little bruised dignity. :-) Great news on ok second mammo.

    • @Biting Panda

      Sucked.

      The kids came home today.
      So we had to tell them. That takes sucked to whole new levels. But honestly, I was a basket case from of all the worry, dred and anticipation.

      They say kids ate resilient. We shall see.

      • Shibori Girl

        Thinking about you and yours. Hugs to you!

      • formerlyAnon

        Kids ARE resilient. Especially when they have adults who care. And your kids surely do.

        Get ‘em a therapist (I say this knowing it can be financially out of reach and it can be hard to find one that’s a good “fit.”) if you are really concerned; having an adult ear outside of the situation whom they don’t feel they have to placate or reassure or be pissed at can be a good thing.

        I think of you every day.

        • @Biting Panda

          I think that won’t be necessary, thankfully. Bit I’ll keep an observant eye. Luckily if needed, they are covered. Even more luckily, my therapist is also a registered kid therapist. I get good input from her, regarding them.

          Thanks, y’all. For all your encouraging words and positive thoughts. XoXo.

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

        Jesus. At least you’ve done it now and can just deal with what is instead of anticipations of what might be. Kids are resilient and they are surrounded by people who love them. They are going to be fine. You also need to be taking care of you!

      • decormaven

        One hurdle over. I know your kids know you love them- just keep the hugs coming. You can do this- just know it doesn’t all have to happen today.

        • Grumpy Girl

          Amen on that; your kids know you both love them, and that trumps all. So many kids nowadays have parents in separate households, that at least the adjustments tend toward the personal, rather than the getting the peer-based as well. And if your kids have inherited at least some of your grace and wisdom, they will come out the other side successfully.

      • marlie

        I’m sorry about that – it must have been unbelievable hard. Thinking about you and sending hugs your way. xoxo

    • jhedman

      Rocked. Getting to spend time with someone you love at the end of her life is incomparable. It is not easy, and I’m trying not to be sad, because she says she’s had a good life (she has) and she has done everything she ever wanted to do, and she is at home where she wants to be. Her world has become so small now, and the things she can or will do, so few. So I cook and clean and drive, but none of that is really important. Being here is the important thing. Uncertainty unnerves me, and not knowing how long she has, or how this is going to go, is gnawing at me, but just being here is a blessing.

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

        That is so beautiful! Wishing both of you peace.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Beautiful outlook that I needed to see today. It is indeed a blessing. The uncertainty is hard, so let people help you when they offer, but know that everything you do for her, just your presence and your compassion, is a great comfort to your loved one.

      • decormaven

        Trying to figure out the sands in the hourglass will grind you down. Just enjoy the moments at hand; know that she is exactly where she needs to be. It’s a comfort for her to know you’re there.

      • http://urban-gypsy.com/ Tess Danesi

        This is beautiful and reading it made me feel a sense of serenity and acceptance. Im awful with uncertainty too, even when I know that everything but this very moment is just that. This reminds of what’s truly important. Thank you.

      • Lisalady161

        You and she are in my thoughts and prayers.

      • Shibori Girl

        Oh Honey,

        That uncertainly can gnaw at your center. If you could do something about this reality, you would, but we are not that powerful. So, hang in there in the knowledge that you are where you need to be and doing all the right things. Your instincts and heart are guiding you. Your loved one is blessed to have you and you her. You will avoid the stupid “if only I hads” because you are present now. And old song says ” gravestones cheer the living, they’re no use to the dead.” The gifts you are giving are priceless and given at the right time…now.

        Take care of yourself as well and be ready to rest up once she has gone to the next great adventure. I have been in your position and the fatigue that comes later was surprising.

        Thinking of you.

      • Jacob Bowen

        I am in awe of the peace that you have with the situation. Many blessings for the both of you.

      • MaggieMae

        May we all have someone like you, who loves us, at the end.

      • formerlyAnon

        The gift of time, love and presence you are giving her is immeasurable. We’d all like to have that at the end, but many of us won’t.

        It’s inevitable that you will, but try not to worry about all the uncertainties.

    • sagecreek

      Disqus question — response notifications to my comments used to go away once I looked at them, but now they don’t, so my little # of comments thingie up there on the upper right is useless — any ideas for how to clear those?

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

        If you figure it out, I’d love to know – mine’s been showing 2 comments for weeks!

        • sagecreek

          Ah, well, at least it’s not just me!

          Alas, I was taunting on a homophobic site a few weeks back and there are still like 49 screaming comments there in my queue. I would like for them to go away now.

    • JMEL

      My week rocked because I sent my kids to a very affordable art day camp and they made really cool stuff. While they were at camp, I took time for myself with the baby and exercised every day- taking long walks and bike rides. One part of my week that sucked is we had to miss my cousin’s wedding in Wisconsin. Just couldn’t make the trip. I would have loved to have been there.

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      Happy Gay Pride everyone. I am spending mine cleaning house and fighting the laundry monster.

      • formerlyAnon

        Comrade! The tyranny of the ordinary continues.

    • calimon

      Mine rocked both literally and figuratively: I spent my entire birthday week camping, hiking and canyoneering through the rivers and sandstone canyons of Zion National Park. It sucked because my very recent ex-boyfriend :( led the entire expedition. Still, I hiked a minimum of eight miles each day, and boy do my legs look toned!

      • decormaven

        You lucky duck! Zion is one of my all-time favorites. We did altitude climbs, but didn’t get to explore the Narrows. Did you do Angels Landing?

        • calimon

          Yes, indeed, I did. First thing in the morning after completing the entire Narrows hike from the top-down.

          • decormaven

            There you go! Good job. Really want to go back to explore the Narrows and canyons. Utah is just full of hiking opportunities.

    • marlie

      My week rocked because my boyfriend was here for the whole week (he normally lives 2 hours away)! It was really nice to establish a normal day-to-day routine, rather than trying to squeeze in everything we wanted to do over the weekend. My week was also good because we had a site visit at work that went SO much better than the first one a month ago.

      So kittens, how was everyone’s weekend??

      • decormaven

        Working weekend here, trying to get ahead of the dreaded disappearing act that happens around the Fourth. Today and tomorrow may be busy, but things will drop by Wednesday. Thursday, you won’t be able to pull enough together for a hand of cards.

        • marlie

          I’m actually looking forward to the holiday slow-down because it means that I can actually get things done. It’s already a ghost town around here. Both of my bosses are already gone, so now I can actually catch up on work. :P

    • Grace

      My week rocked because I convinced my boss that it would be great team building to stream the World Cup games while conferencing with our colleagues in Germany… and it was!

      • decormaven

        All right! Mr. DM’s work group held a working session on Thursday and streamed the US game. Pizza, work, and soccer- good times!

    • kimmeister

      My week rocked because I took Friday off and did things that fed my spirit rather than sucking it out of me. My week sucked because there was no new Orphan Black to watch at its end.

      • decormaven

        Yes, Mr. DM was bemoaning the fact of the end of Orphan Black season. That’s why we’ve started watching Game of Thrones on Netflix DVDs. That is a very satisfying watch so far.

    • FuhUgh

      My week AND weekend sucked because … I hate humidity. Period.

    • SuzyQuzey

      My week both sucked and was awesome because I became a surprise Grand Aunt. My niece was secretly pregnant (31 weeks) and went into early labor. The little peanut was born so quickly, a Code Orange (yes, that’s a real thing)(which means unattended delivery) had to be called. The baby also has Turner Syndrome (absence of an X chromosome) and is in the NICU for the foreseeable future, but what a cutie-patootie! This week = THE DRAMZ.

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

        Wow – congratulations! Hope the surprise package gets strong and healthy and can go home soon!