T LOunge

Posted on July 03, 2014

Darlings, it’s the start of a holiday weekend here in United States of T Lo, which means even if we could find anything worth discussing on the pop culture and fashion fronts (we can’t), there’d be almost no point in putting together a post, since the Ameri-kittens are all off beaching and BBQing and shooting off guns or something.

Instead, let’s get our drank on.

 

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TLOunge-7-3-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (3)The Rye Bar, Capella Washington, D.C., Georgetown

 

 

In a totally patriotic way, of course.

In other news, thank you to all those lovely kittens who voted “Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me” as the  BEST STYLE BOOK in the Entertainista “Best Of” Awards. All of y’all kittens rock. Also: congrats to musicologie and rainwood1, whose respective last weeks both ROCKED and SUCKED to such an extent that we felt they deserved signed copies of our book. Send us your deets, ladies.

We’ll be back on Monday, darlings. Behave yourselves. And by that we mean the exact opposite, of course.

Ciao!

 

 

[Photo Credit: capellahotels.com]

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

      Have a lovely long weekend!

      Mine will involve marmalade margaritas and quite a lot of lying about (not that it’s a long weekend here, just because the weather is nice).

      • sienna elm

        Marmalade margarita sounds like something I`ll have to try someday! :)

      • MilaXX

        recipe to share? I love all things citrus.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

          Citrus? In your libation? Such a thing!

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

          I’ve posted a link to the recipe – it’s just waiting to clear moderation (but if you google creamsicle margarita for national margarita day it’s the first link)

          You should see my drinks board on pinterest – it’s all citrus or ginger!

          • formerlyAnon

            Your drink parties would be FABULOUS.

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

              Certainly very boozy. And with lots of salty snacks.

            • formerlyAnon

              Meets most of my criteria for fabulous. The company makes up the rest, and based on these comments, you’ve got that covered. :-)

          • sienna elm

            And there’s a national margarita day…you enrich my life by the day Alicia! :)

          • MilaXX

            If you don’t mind, what’s your pinterest handle?

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

              I’ve DMd you on twitter to save the uncles from moderation duties.

          • formerlyAnon

            I thought of you last night! For our 1776! watching, my son made cocktails (no name offered) of bourbon, ginger-pear shrub, fresh ginger. lemon juice and soda water. Delicious. Even better when we subbed a “summer beer” (very crisp with strong grapefruit and ginger flavors) for the soda water.

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

              They sound fantastic! Did he make the ginger-pear shrub or is it a bought thing? Because it sounds divine!

            • formerlyAnon

              The shrub is artisanal and locally made and costs the earth. So they are now trying to produce their own. I don’t think their brewing methods are nearly scientific enough to be successful, but it’s fun.

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

              All I know about shrub is it contains vinegar.

      • ShaoLinKitten

        Recipe for the marmalade margarita?

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

          The link is in my response to @siennaelm:disqus – it’s officially called a creamsicle margarita but I am vague on what a creamsicle is, and this margarita contains no cream!

          • formerlyAnon

            A creamsicle is a frozen dessert-on-a-stick (ice lolly?) The outer coating is orange sherbet, the inner is a sweet cream ice cream-like substance. It’s texture (the inside) is a bit mass-produced-with-emulsifiers/stabilizers/what-have-yous to straightforwardly call it ice cream, but they are DELICIOUS.

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

              I see! Sounds like something I would like! One of my favourite things growing up was the pine-lime splice, which sounds like the same sort of thing but with pineapple/lime flavoured water ice on the outside.

            • Sarah

              They are magically delicious, but yes – rather like a frozen Twinkie.

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

        Yum! That sounds lovely for a summer afternoon. I cant imbibe any more due to med issues ( unless I want to get REALLY, revoltingly pissed), so I read drink recipes and taste them vicariously. Enjoy!

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Washington DC Baby!

      • MoHub

        I was born in DC and still live in the MD ‘burbs, and I can’t afford to even walk by this place.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I’ve been in the DC area for 6 years now (in two three-year bursts) and I’ve never yet even made it to Georgetown!

          • MoHub

            Unfortunately, the residents blocked Metro from digging up their streets to bring the subway through, and driving and parking there is extremely difficult. It was only a few years ago that bus access to Georgetown was increased. It’s a shame, because it’s a great part of the city.

            • Monabel

              When my daddy lived in Adams Morgan, we all used to walk to Georgetown. Then, drink Bass at Nathans.

            • Sarah

              I love Georgetown. Used to hangout there in h.s. You’d have to pay me to go into the District on the 4th, but when I was wee, my dad used to get us a great view of the fireworks from his high-clearance parking at the Pentagon. Good times.

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

              Sarah, we are learning about you and your family in little bits and pieces and it’s all intriguing. It seems you’ve had a very interesting life.

            • Sarah

              Hehee, you don’t know the half of it. I think everyone has an interesting life, when you get down to it, though. That’s why I love talking to you guys.

            • formerlyAnon

              Exactly! No one lacks a story – usually a TON of stories. We just don’t know our stories would be interesting to others, or don’t know how to tell them.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Ah, yes, the great semi-washed rabble of Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties would have descended en masse on Georgetown had the metro been run through that area. It is a shame. Mr. B3 and I used to visit Georgetown regularly in the 70’s and 80’s, when Chez Odette and Enriqueta’s were in business, as well as the good old days with Savile Books, Brentano’s and the late lamented Olson’s, also Georgetown Coffee was a fav.

            • Sarah

              I made my best friend for life at the Au Pied Cochon :)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              We walked by Au Pied Cochon many a Friday night. Sometimes we’d park in Georgetown, other times we’d park near Second Story Books near Dupont Circle and walk over-good times.

            • Sarah

              Funny story: I had a Government class my senior year (in Fairfax) and my teacher was a youngish Chinese fella. He fancied himself super hip. Anyway, he lived really far out – like Front Royal or something – but he would go into Georgetown to party sometimes, I guess. So one Monday, I come to class, and he SWEARS that he saw me in a club there over the weekend. I was sixteen. I was definitely not there. He REFUSED to believe me, and insisted that “He wouldn’t tell” but that “he knew I liked to party.” This was IN FRONT of the whole class. I swore he was wrong, but he pulled one of those “we’ll just pretend that we both don’t know the truth” things and it drove me CRAZY. Weirdo!

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Those who fancy themselves super hip can be painfully obtuse-as well as unhip. Weird, indeed.

            • MoHub

              I loved Au Pied de Cochon.

            • Sarah

              Corrected I stand ;)

            • MoHub

              You are stirring up memories. However, I got my Olson’s fix in Bethesda, so I didn’t run into the Georgetown issues. What’s sad now, is that most of the local chains and one-offs in Georgetown have been replaced by national chain outlets, and if that’s where one wants to shop, there are outlets in the ‘burbs with better access and parking.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              My husband used to frequent the Olson’s in Bethesda-I think he knew every bookstore and/or chain within a 25 mile radius of our home. The last time that I was in Georgetown, which was ages ago, was that the chains were taking over, and that’s a shame. There were a number of delightfully quirky independent businesses back in the day. Ah well

            • decormaven

              Sniffles. Brentano’s….

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Dabbing at my eyes. Brentano’s, and the Savile was a terrific bookstore, complete with a foreign language section. The lower part of Georgetown also had some unglamorous but very useful businesses, too. I remember finding an oven rack for the oven in our first home at a business on M Street

            • Sarah

              So good. Alas…

            • decormaven

              Truly. Getting over there is a PITA. My bro-in-law is from DC suburbs; spent many a happy hour in DC. Thank the heavens for the Metro; driving in DC is an experience.

      • mellbell

        This place is clearly so exceedingly fancy that, despite having lived here for over eight years, I’ve never even heard of it.

        • MoHub

          The Capella is pretty new and probably the most expensive hotel in the entire DC area.

          • decormaven

            Lobbyist haunt, no doubt.

    • Agnes Gooch

      Crushed the to-do list, got home from work early, soon off to the store to get the ingredients for tomorrow’s picnic dinner at our local symphony’s Fourth of July concert (each year we place bets on which section of the orchestra will get to the end of the 1812 Overture first: the smart money is usually on the horns).

    • MarissaLG

      Is ANYONE working right now? Because I definitely am not (though I’m technically still in the building)

      • Laurieandclaire

        I am literally sitting at my desk counting the minutes until the end of the day! That is all the work I’m doing!

      • MoHub

        Working from home, but with nothing in my task queue. Still can’t sign off without official word from above.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Technically, I’m getting some work done. But I promise you, I’m half-assing it hardcore.

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

          Me too – I was alternating between mental images of them sleeping off hangovers, and queuing at the vet with one of the cats.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Yes! Oh my word, I was even worried about their cats!

            I KNOW that I have a life around here somewhere……

            • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

              I was worried about the cats, too. We may have a problem.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              The BK’s know that our uncles would never neglect the cats. We care.

          • MilaXX

            I was hoping they were on their way to the shore and just stuck in traffic.

            • Sarah

              That was my hope, too! I wasn’t worried about the catz.

            • Kitten Mittons

              I was ready to start a knitting circle to send some Mittons.

            • Sarah

              Oh, I guess I’ve been hanging around here long enough that I don’t expect much outta the celebs (and in turn, the Uncles) on holidays. But, were they or their cats to have a tragedy, it would surely be painful to hear.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Painful indeed. I think it was more preemptive worrying, thanks to too much time with my in-laws.

              Honest to goodness, one time we were all together and someone offered to go get Dairy Queen. My husband’s grandma’s reaction was, “Oh, that’s gonna melt!” That’s all any of us can say now when we mention ice cream.

            • Sarah

              Haha that’s a good one. She had a point, though – takeout ice cream seems like it wouldn’t make it home…

          • kimmeister

            Well, we did establish last week that the TLo Manor cats are a bunch of drunks . . .

          • @Biting Panda

            I saw an actual pic of the 3 stars of Breaking Cat News and I squeeeeed, like a little girl. I need (more) professional help. : )

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

              I KNOW! They are so cute! Did you read the stories on the site about them? There’s an adorable picture of the three boys in collars and ties.

        • marlie

          I just assumed that they’d just started the holiday weekend early. I mentally checked out of work around lunch time, but I stuck it out until ~4pm. I was one of 4 people (out of ~60) still left in the office.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I was hoping, but I think my in-laws are rubbing off on me and I was worrying just in case.

      • MaggieMae

        Yes, but busy work. Killing time, in other words.

      • Grumpy Girl

        I am trying to work–just want to get one thing done–but my laptop is NOT cooperating. Been jonesing sooo hard for posts, so that I could better while away time than watching the hourglass icon. So now the office unofficially closed early, and I still have shit to finish. Dammit.

        • Grumpy Girl

          I now officially give up for the day. Packing it in for the office and heading home. Sure, I’ll have stuff to do from home, but presumably I’ll at some point get too frustrated with my family not to enjoy some good, fun Sarbanes Oxley audit-preparations.

          Gotta hurry up and get my workout in before dinner, so I can have a more-than-virtual lime-heavy gin and tonic.

          • Shibori Girl

            Yikes! You have all my sympathy. That particular opportunity is a giant pain.

      • http://angrynerdgirl.net/ Jessi03

        I’m working! I was bumming around the office for most of the morning, but then I got hit with a bunch of actual unfun financial work. Oh well, 2 more hours to go!

      • mlurve

        We were supposed to have a half day, but I guess management realized that nothing would be done and gave us all a full day off instead. Yay!

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        I was more productive this morning, becoming less so as the afternoon DRAGS on. At the moment I’m actually watching CDC Grand Rounds videos because they are technically loosely related to my job and are pretty interesting :-)

        • marlie

          Ooh – what kinds of videos? (I mean, what topics?)

        • decormaven

          You’re a medical librarian, yes? There are some good videos on that site; they often have transcripts.

          • Angela_the_Librarian

            Yes, I’m a medical librarian. I don’t do a whole lot with public health, but I still find the CDC videos to be really interesting. I watched one yesterday about the 25th anniversary of the discovery of Hepatitis c. There was a really interesting one filmed about a year ago about how the CDC manages emerging infectious diseases/epidemics.

      • MilaXX

        nope, on my way out the door to get a couple of bottle of wine. I’m in the mood for boozy popsicles

        • formerlyAnon

          I am currently feeling stupid on a brain damage level. Wine-pops have NEVER occurred to me. Now I am planning the sangria pops for my next dinner party. ETA: and by dinner party, I mean people hanging out and eating what I produce, haphazardly, while drinking and nibbling whatever I had ready ahead of time.

          • MilaXX

            They are insanely easy; wine (screw top is fine), simple sugar, freeze. I add a bit of whole fruit+ some of the fruit pureed. You can get all pinterest and add herbs like lavender, basil or rosemary. I haven’t gotten that adventurous yet. I just ordered new Popsicle molds off amazon so maybe I’ll try that when they come.

            • Kitten Mittons

              My mom gave me this mix for Christmas, and it says you pour the mix and a bottle of wine into a freezer bag, fill the bottle with water and add that, and then freeze for 3-5 hours. Makes wine slurpees, essentially.

              I haven’t tried it yet, but she said it was delicious. I need at least one more wine drinker around before I try to stuff it in my freezer.

            • tinyredlocks

              You can also make wine or sangria sorbet if you have an ice cream machine.
              Very refreshing.

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

              Or a wine granita without an ice cream machine! So delicious.

            • decormaven

              I want to attempt a watermelon granita. Sadly, I’m a pour and drink kind of gal.

            • formerlyAnon

              YUM.

            • decormaven

              Oooh! That’s perfect lounging by the pool fare. Thanks for the idea.

        • smayper

          oooooh, can I have one of those? It’s still 90 in Boston. And I’ve been doing dissertation edits all day.

      • KinoEye

        The pharmacy next to my office had its grand opening today, so we’ve been taking office field trips over there for free food and to ogle at the gift shop. On the other hand, I started an Instagram account for our paper, so I guess that sorta counts as work? Yeah. We’re listening to Britney Spears now. Things are indeed devolving quickly.

        • Sophie

          Sorry, grand opening of a pharmacy with free food and gift shop? Is that normal in America? Because that sounds really nice, and the most I ever get for free at a pharmacy is a travel toothbrush. I’m very jealous now.

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

            My mind was blown too – that doesn’t sound like the pharmacies I know!

          • formerlyAnon

            I’ve never seen one open with such fanfare. But KinoEye’s office is maybe in some terribly swank location?

          • KinoEye

            Hahaha, it was totally new for me, too. I never encountered a “luxury” pharmacy when I lived in the city. Now I’m in a town of about 2,000, where it’s a big deal when a new business opens. Plus, community involvement is important for businesses here — it’s a way of thanking the community for welcoming them. I’m thrilled they’re here, because we are sorely lacking in new business. And they have a ton of cool stuff in the gift shop — jewelry, blankets, scarves, baby clothes, home decor, candy, the works. I had to keep myself from a spending spree!

        • decormaven

          Sounds like you wear many hats at the paper. Do you still write for the paper, or fulltime edit?

          • KinoEye

            I wear all the hats! Except for design. I write, cover everything, take photos, manage social media and everything in between. I am the only editorial employee, and there are two others in my office. Efficiency at its finest… Or having the dictionary definition of a cheapskate as a boss. It’s fantastic xpetience, though.

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

              Proper old-school local journalism! I love it.

            • decormaven

              Whoa! Daily or weekly? That’s a lot of work, regardless. Hat’s off to you.

      • Sarah

        I’m working my ass off. People seem to feel that before they go on vacation, they need to hit up the public library, get new library cards for all fifteen of their children, and then request the most obscure/unavailable materials they possibly can.

        • demidaemon

          So it’s kind of like a pharmacy then. My mom has the same situation every Monday and pre- and post-holidays.

          • Sarah

            Depends on where you are, I guess. My community LOVES their public library, which is really well funded and has an excellent collection budget. My branch is also in a pretty heavily populated suburb, with both a large subdivision and a 55+ community in walking distance. I’ve seen libraries where you could sit there and no one would come in or out for the whole day. It’s also Summer Reading Club time, which is like the eight-week Black Friday of public libraries.

            • demidaemon

              Heh. With multiple librarians in the family, I get it. :) At least you aren’t bored!

        • decormaven

          I’m laughing over this. Bless all librarians- it’s all comers at libraries now. I am thankful people are at least motivated to read or take in new information in some form or fashion.

        • Aidan B

          That used to happen to me before every holiday!! And I was usually the only person working, since the library in question was about the size of my current apartment.

          • Sarah

            It’s a good thing I like the idea of the work, because LORDY customer service is rough sometimes! Bless their readin’ hearts, though.

      • kimmeister

        I’m working, although the parking lot was half empty, as so was my noon exercise class. I foresee slipping out of here by 3:30 or so though . . .

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        I’ll be at work until 11PM! Wa. Hoo.

        • Sarah

          I’m in library prison until nine. Fooey.

      • GeoDiva

        I’m at work but it is not even 11am yet! But of course, I’m not doing much since I am on this site.

      • AlisonS

        I got a new chair yesterday and am playing with all the settings….. I’m 5 minutes away from pounding my head on the desk.

        • decormaven

          Yes. This is when you miss the comfy old chair, even though it was no longer ergonomically correct.

      • formerlyAnon

        I approve of you and your coworkers.

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

        Take pictures and send to your mothers….

    • sienna elm

      I just came off the split-shift long weekend in Canada (our day off was Tuesday) and I`m heading to Saratoga Springs, NY for a July 4th Phish concert. Many minds will be blown I’m sure. Hoping the rain lightens up and the drive will be smooth. :)

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        We’re supposed to have a good weekend in the Saratoga area. Drink before or after you go to SPAC, because you don’t want to pay $8 for a cup of their beer.

      • Sarah

        Have a great show! The 4th is always a good one. I’m hitting the tail end of the tour. I haven’t heard the new album yet – I hope the shows are not all full of new songs. I’m rather ancient, by tour kid standards, so I like me some old standbys for my dime.

        • sienna elm

          I’m fairly new to Phish (it’s all for the boyfriend) I’m sure they’ll mix it up a bit, but I do like the new album.

          • Sarah

            Cool, I’ll see if I can listen to it. You’ll have a great time. I am most decidedly Not New (first show was ’94) so I have seen them do just about everything under the sun on (and off) stage, but there’s one thing I can guarantee: they NEVER have a truly bad show. And they have kickass fireworks!

            • KinoEye

              Words can’t express how jealous I am that you saw them in ’94. Love Phish. They were The Thing for my little group in high school. Never seen them live, but that’s something I plan to remedy.

            • Sarah

              DO IT. Ain’t no good on recording, my friend. Live it’s where it’s at!

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

        Oh, and if you love pastries, go to Mrs. London’s in Saratoga Springs, if you have the time. Everything there is so good. My favorite is the chocolate brioche. Yummmmmm yum!

        • sienna elm

          Thanks for the tip!

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

        Oooooh I went to undergrad school in Albany, and remember many wonderful trips to Saratoga. It’s so pretty! Have fun!

    • Alyssa

      I’m glad for a holiday weekend…I spent Sunday-Tuesday curled up in a ball due to an awful sinus infection, and I’m still exhausted from it. I’m looking forward to a long relaxing weekend with no big plans for me. My husband will be running 50 miles though!

      • Grumpy Girl

        Go him! Is that one 50-mile super-marathon (or whatever they are called), or a number of running events?

        Glad you are feeling better and will have this chance to relax.

        • Alyssa

          Thank you! And it’s a 50-mile ultramarathon. He’s using it as a training run for his upcoming 100-mile ultra. He should finish the 50 in about 12 hours.

          • MarissaLG

            I used to work with a guy who did ultra-marathons & such. I remember him talking about training for a triple iron man. So insane! Yesterday I ran 4 blocks from the subway to my apartment to avoid getting caught in the rain and was certain I would die.

            • Alyssa

              A triple iron man…wow. My husband’s done 4 regular ironmans, I can’t even imagine a triple. His next goal after this upcoming 100-mile is a new race in Tahoe that’s a 200-mile ultra. I’m pretty sure he’s addicted to endurance sports. And I’m with you…I have bad knees, so if I have to run to my car, I’m complaining!

          • marlie

            One of my high school friends does ultra marathons, and he runs in all types of weather, no matter what. I’m convinced he’s a little insane. I’m sure your husband isn’t though. ;) Also, my bf does the Tough Mudder obstacle run, and he LOVES doing them. I also think he’s a little insane.

      • MilaXX

        I feel your pain on the sinus infection. Glad to hear you’re feeling better!

        • Alyssa

          Thank you! :)

      • Anna

        Hope you have a nice, relaxing weekend. Glad to hear you’re on the road to recovery! Good luck to your husband on his ultra! I’m a newbie runner and can’t even wrap my mind around 26.2 for the marathon, nevermind anything longer than that. I have soo much respect for ultra runners.

        • Alyssa

          Ultras require so much mental strength…I honestly don’t know how he does it!

          • Sarah

            He’s amazing! That’s that we humans were made to do, though. Glad you feel better, too!

          • Anna

            It truly is remarkable what we can be capable of. I originally thought Ironmans and marathons were the ultimate endurance events, but nowadays they truly seem to be a gateway for all the different types of ultra and adventure races out there.

            I’ve heard that once you get hooked, seeing how far you can push your limits is a big part of the thrill as the actual accomplishment. But it definitely takes a certain personality type to enjoy the enduring and to basically embrace being comfortable with being uncomfortable for hours and hours, and in some cases, days.

            • kimmeister

              My hubby’s one of those. He only started cycling a few years ago, and now he’s signed up for a 100-mi course in October. I’m like, “How nice for you. I’m going to be over here, doing anything but that.”

            • Anna

              I admire the sacrifice and dedication, for sure. I’d like to work up to half and full marathons one day, hopefully, in my running career. My first race was a 10K, at this time a year ago, I couldn’t even run around the block and I thought 5K was far. So while the idea of marathons, nevermind ultras, scares the shit out of me, never say never I guess!

            • decormaven

              Laughing over here. Wait til he wants to do the real challengers, like Assault on Mount Mitchell. I still have my bike, but never ride anymore. All I care about is looking at scenery in the country- about an hour in the saddle and I’m done.

      • decormaven

        Glad you’ve got time to completely recuperate. Hope the 50-miler is a good one for your husband.

    • carnush

      Have an amazing weekend! Careful not to melt (or catch fire).

    • marlie

      Happy 4th and happy weekend everyone! Have fun and be safe!

    • Kitten Mittons

      Happy 4th to all! We’re going to Colorado to see my family, and I’m getting pretty excited. I haven’t seen my brother’s family since Thanksgiving. Can’t wait to see his kids, and hug my parents. And Mom food. And family boozing. And then more hugs.
      Be safe and have fun!

      • Alyssa

        I love Colorado…consider me jealous!

        • Kitten Mittons

          If you can make it to New Orleans by the morning, I’m taking an empty suitcase :)

      • Anna

        Enjoy the trip back home, time with family and the fresh mountain air! There’s nothing like mom food. All the years I spent working in professional kitchens, and my chocolate chip cookies will NEVER be as good hers (among many other things she’s better at cooking than I am).

        • Kitten Mittons

          I prefer almost all food the way my mom makes it. She asked if there was anything special we wanted, and our answer was basically, “Oh, don’t go out of your wa-WE WANT EVERYTHING.” Can’t wait.

          Seeing those mountains on the plane makes my whole body go, “HOOOMMMMEEEE!!”

          • Anna

            *sigh* I miss the mountains! And yeah, I have a standing order of things I want when I visit. I’m planning to go for Christmas this year, which should be crazy but fun.

      • Sarah

        Ha! My bff and honorary niece are leaving CO to come to VA this weekend. Unfortunately, then she and my other bff’s (they’re a family) are then leaving for Puerto Rico on Monday, and I’m left here working a six day week because I’m too poor to go. I wish I was going to CO, too – it’s gorgeous there.

        • Kitten Mittons

          The suitcase offer from below still stands.
          Enjoy your friends!! What a nice way to spend the weekend, just comfortable companionship.

          • Sarah

            It is going to be nice. All the more poignant because I will be rather utterly alone after the weekend, and I’m quite aware of it, so hamburgers in the backyard, swimmin’ in the river, and city fireworks are sounding very sweet.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Yes, I read below about your troubles, and I’m very very sorry. I hope this is just a quick bump in your path together, and I hope your friends visiting will give you comfort to get through the first few days. Big hugs.

            • Sarah

              Thanks, friend. I am hoping that, too. I’ve been through worse, really – just have to figure out how to put it in perspective.

            • decormaven

              Not sure of what has transpired, but trusting all works out for the best for you in the end. Enjoy your friends, and tuck back their smiles to enjoy in the week ahead.

    • Danielle

      Have a wonderful weekend, kittens!! We’re off to the lake. Big news first, it’s a GIRL! We’re so thrilled!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Congrats!

        Baby girl swimsuits are my favorite gift to buy. I hope you get at least a couple from someone.

        Lovely news!

      • Anna

        Congratulations! Enjoy the weekend :)

      • Alyssa

        Congrats, and have fun shopping for little girl clothes! :)

      • mlurve

        Congrats!!

      • Grumpy Girl

        How exciting! Congratulations, and enjoy the lake.

      • Sarah

        I’ve been wondering if you’d know soon! Congrats! Have a good time.

      • marlie

        Congratulations!!

      • decormaven

        Aww, baby gal on the way. Congrats!

      • formerlyAnon

        I missed this first time through! Congratulations!

      • Aidan B

        Congratulations!!

    • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

      HAVE A WONDERFUL AND SAFE HOLIDAY EVERYBODY!!! :)

    • Jennifer Bober

      Happy Independence Day to all of the American Kittens. It’s a combo of fun work and spending time with friends and family this weekend. I hope everyone else can enjoy themselves just as much.

    • mjude

      happy 4th bitter kittens. so looking forward to the long weekend. lets all toast to each other, I have the 1st bottle of champagne!

      • Sarah

        I will see you that bottle and raise ya another one. For each of us :)

        • AlisonS

          I just remembered a bottle I have leftover from a wedding in February. I think it’s time to bust it out!!!

    • mlurve

      Yay! I am moving to DC so I can actually check this place out IRL sometime soon. My fiancé (we got engaged less than two weeks ago ahhhh!!!! :) ) is already there, I’m just trying to get a job down there before I make the move myself.

      It’s supposed to rain a lot this weekend, but I’m hoping it holds out so we, and all the other East coast BKs, can get some solid beach time in. Have a great 4th everyone!!

      • MarissaLG

        Congrats!

      • MilaXX

        Congrats on the engagement!

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

        Congratulations! Good luck with the job hunting.

      • ashtangajunkie

        Congratulations! How exciting!

      • Veronica Mers

        Congrats! DC is a great place to live. I’ve been here since god was a boy and still find it thrilling.

      • Sarah

        Congratulations to you and your handsome fiance.

        • mlurve

          I was wondering how you knew what my fiancé looked like then I realized…the person in my avatar is Andre Brougher from Brooklyn 99, not my fiancé! Someone on another forum was commenting how cool it was that I got to meet him and suggested that I made our picture together my Disquis avatar so I did. Pretty funny!

          • Sarah

            NO I AM PSYCHIC. Hahaha no I didn’t look at it up close enough to see that’s who it was. He IS handsome, though. Ha – much needed laugh. I’m sure you are happy with the real one – that’s what engagements are about :)

      • kimmeister

        Isn’t it weird to call him your fiancé? Always such a short-lived title too. Followed by months of getting used to calling him your husband. Congrats!

      • marlie

        Congratulations on your engagement! Hopefully the rain won’t wash out too much of holiday weekend (fingers crossed).

      • formerlyAnon

        Congrats! It’s an exciting time.

      • decormaven

        Best to you and your intended.

      • Aidan B

        Congratulations on your engagement!!

    • Anna

      Have a fabulous long weekend, American Kittens! I’ve already had an extra-long weekend and it’s been slow at work anyway, so I suppose I can’t complain too much. I’m heading up to a friend’s cottage this weekend and hopefully the lake will have warmed up enough to stand up paddleboard, so excited!

      Be well and be safe!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Enjoy! Sounds relaxing and just plain fun.

    • Musicologie

      Happy 4th of July, everyone! And thanks for the supportive comments last week. We’re all making slow progress — the baby turned 11 months yesterday and is babbling constantly, and I got a bunch of feedback on my various writing projects. I read over the comments and decided to let them marinate (or perhaps pickle) in my brain over the long weekend before taking any action.

      (And YAAAAAAY, I won! Thank you so much!)

      • kimmeister

        Now I’m going to have to go back and see what you wrote!

      • decormaven

        You winner, you!

    • @Biting Panda

      Hello, Kittens (and TLo)

      I want you to know, I’ve been reading (lurking) but not finding myself with much to offer up to the conversation. Of course, I know you get the why, and I’m not stressing it. My humor has always been dark and snarky, so I’m sure I’ll find my voice again soon enough.

      Things aren’t as bad as you’d imagine them to be, the kids seem to be doing well and I am optimistic that this change will be setting them on the path to a happier existence, over all. Somewhere, deep down, I know things will improve for me as well, but when you’re in the trenches, it can be hard to see the daylight. Working on one’s self is a whole lot easier when you’re half in the bag of denial and extreme mental and emotional compartmentalization. Who knew?

      But, I know y’all have got my back and I’ve appreciated each and every person who has gone out of their way to show me the love. Both here in the Lounges, and on FB & Twitter.

      Many happy celebrations to those in the States and to those abroad, enjoy all the drunken bafoonery displayed on social media. On July 4th, the entire nation goes a little be Redneck.

      • Sarah

        I’m glad to hear from you, BP. And glad to hear you’re hanging in there. I was thinking of you yesterday – things are not okay in RVA and I thought “If Bitey can do it, and have the courage to tell everyone, and still be smart, funny, and kind, then if I have to do it, it won’t be the end of the world.”

        • @Biting Panda

          Bitch, don’t make me cry!

          XOXO

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

          Oy, is this the result of your little temper tantrum a while ago? You guys seemed so happy before that. I hope you can get back there.

          • Sarah

            Yes and no. Problems are a-piling up, and a we will be forced to separate for a while (explained in my other comments). He has not shown the most, shall we say, mental fortitude? of late, and while we love each other, that’s not always enough. I’m hoping that we’ll make it through, though. We’ve been happy for years. Bound to have some problems. This has just been a really bad patch.

            • marlie

              I don’t know how I missed this. Sorry to hear about your troubles. I’ll be keeping you in my thoughts as well.

            • Sarah

              Very new development. As in, Wednesday. Thank you very much for thinking of me!

            • marlie

              I just read your post below (above?). That sounds like a tough situation, but I know that you’ll make it through, and in the end, hopefully everything will be resolved with the Mr. xo

            • Aidan B

              Sorry to hear you’re having problems. I hope things improve for you.

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

        I’m trying to remember how old your kids are. No matter how bad things are during the marriage, kids always want their parents to be together. It’s usually harder on the oldest one.

        My grandsons (ages 9 and 10) are with me again. Their parents are trying to negotiate how they’re going to divorce and things are very unpleasant at home. The kids seem great with me, but have been acting out at school and camp. At least they can have a respite at Camp Grandma.

        • @Biting Panda

          That’s tough. I’m glad they have you.
          Kids are 6 and very soon to be 8. (Steps are 15 and 17) But living in world that is much more tension free is proving to be good for them. Of course I’m ever watchful.

          Things and plans that were fairly amicable in theory, haven’t worked out quite that well in practice. I think it’s hitting home, for him, that my word is no longer flexible, and my participation in passive aggressive, emotional games, is no longer going to happen. It’s been a week of pouting and hostility and my new way of not taking the bait is frustrating him.

          I’m going to a ass ton of therapy and reaching out to every supportive hand extended my way. Also tweeting like a teenage girl, because I have virtually no followers, and none of them are connected to him. It’s my vent space.

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I am so very sorry Ms Panda that I have missed all of this. I’ve abandoned Twitter, for various reasons – and I haven’t been here – which is likely why.

            • @Biting Panda

              It’s cool, my friend. You were so there for me that last time I tried to go down this path, and were supportive of me when I caved and backtracked. But things only got worse, and then they got MUCH worse and finally, enough was enough. Twitter is just where I get to let my ever changing emotions out, but fb, is still family filled and a very neutral, no drama zone. Except for my recent outrage over the SCOTUS decision, that is. But my conservative family is used to my left leaning ideologies. They ignore me and only comment on kid pics and such.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              You’re still fabulous!

            • @Biting Panda

              working on it

            • Shibori Girl

              Thinking of you! Life is a process and definitely not linear. Rough as this patch is, you are going to be okay. You deserve the best.

              Hugs comin’ at you.

            • Sarah

              GIRL. It is like the north and south pole on my FB feed. I can only like other peoples’ vitriolic posts but if I said what I REALLY think I would not know when my two expecting cousins deliver and lose my invitation to all future family functions. SCOTUS indeed, dammit.

          • formerlyAnon

            I think of you every day. My divorce was reasonably amicable, at least around kid-related stuff, but still kind of awful. Awful for months and years. The kids survived and have turned out great. SO.

          • decormaven

            It’s only a game if two play. Stand your ground. And kudos for getting therapy. Use all the positive measures to keep you shored up as the waves roll.

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

            In early 1999, I decided I did not want to take our dysfunction into the new millenium and gave Mr. GC until the end of the year to change his ways. Since ultimatums from both of us had never worked before, he continued on with the things that bothered me and I stood firm. All these years later, he still resents me for being the one to end it all, even though he soon found a wealthy woman to take him in.

            If this is what you truly want, stay strong. It can be done.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Just checking in with you to say that when my best friend and her ex decided to divorce many years ago, their six year old son was not surprised and in some ways was relieved;he’d picked up on the tension between his parents. Hope your two, and you, will find less tension to be a good thing-short and long term.

        • decormaven

          Yay for Camp Grandma! Glad they have this safe zone.

      • marlie

        Been thinking about you the past few weeks. If I can provide any kind of support, you know how to find me. I’m sending positive thoughts your way. xoxo

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

        I thought of Winston Churchill’s quote, “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

        • Kitten Mittons

          Good one. “Through” suggests an end, a new phase on the other side. And if you can get through hell, you can get through anything.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Kudos to you for you strength through this, and for working through your feelings. A lot of people don’t. Your kids are probably handling it so well because of your healthy, honest attitude about it all. Sending strength your way. Hope you can enjoy some of the weekend.

        • formerlyAnon

          Yes. Kids know when you’re lying, even with good intentions. Or at least, they know when something is “off.” They hear more than we realize and they are usually pretty shrewd about the people they love. Their emotions and thinking are immature – but they are usually brilliant at observation.

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

            Kids do see and hear EVERYTHING. Unfortunately, their immature observations can lead to inaccurate conclusions. For instance, when they hear a disagreement about how to raise them, they often interpret the argument as being their fault.

            My mother would warn other adults to watch what they said when we were around by saying, “Little pitchers have big ears.”

      • decormaven

        Huggles to you. It is going to get better. You are a smart, intelligent, funny woman with many gifts to offer. Keeping you close in thought.

        • @Biting Panda

          xoxo

      • Aidan B

        I only just caught up on your story after last week’s lounge, and it was truly heartwarming to see all of the supportive kittens rallying around you! I’m glad to hear that things seem to be going smoothly despite the tough situation. Hang in there!

        • @Biting Panda

          I was blown away. The lounges are a weekly Godsend.

      • Peeve

        I am only an intermittent poster and virtually a stranger, but I’ve been on the kid end of this situation, and I’m here to tell you that when you’re happier, the kids are too, in the end. You’re doing the right thing, stay strong. I felt much better when I knew my mom was happier and in a better place.

    • kimmeister

      I hope all the US BK’s with pets keep them safe and sound during the fireworks. They always get so spooked.

      • Alyssa

        My dogs have been cowering every night for a a good week now when the neighborhood kids start setting stuff off. I’m certain they feel this time of year coming and dread it the way I dread the dentist! Luckily, my daughter has taken to comforting them and cuddling them!

        • kimmeister

          The local university was good enough to notify residents of the community (via mail) that they would be doing fireworks shows at 9:30 both Friday and Saturday. The first time they did it, after their new state-of-the-art music hall opened, many residents heard the noise and thought it was gunshots! And the mailing included a note about pets too. Smart move.

          • Sophie

            Not a US BK with pets, but I am at the moment rather anti-fireworks – my
            grandmother once told me that it reminded her of the war every time
            (she lives in Paris, July 14th is hell every year). Not only does it sound like gunshots, but bombers also used this kind of lightning to see where to leave their bombs at night. My parents offered
            her to come visit them at the time, but she’s stubborn.

            • Grumpy Girl

              That is something I encountered as a camp counselor twenty-mumble years ago, when the activities director had to take the night off to hide and drink–she had been in the the middle east during a bombing run, and that was all she could think of with fireworks, My parents had never equated the two, despite each growing up during wars, but it was a really vivid example to me.

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

        Yes – I hate the proliferation of lost pet posters around here after any fireworks. I’m lucky my cat isn’t bothered by them (as long as we aren’t setting them off – the one time we had some rockets in the back yard she was not amused).

        • Grumpy Girl

          The clueless brigade at my house has never been disturbed by them–which is good since we leave in spitting distance of a baseball park (regular fireworks events) and a racetrack. I have never before had a dog that was utterly and completely unaware of the fireworks sounds–or the occasional gunshots, either.

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

            That’s amazing – I have never known a dog who didn’t even notice them!

      • Sarah

        Miss T’Challa, Kitten of the Night, will not be going out tomorrow. She will be PISSED, but I’d rather have her little stabby paws safe than be sorry.

      • KinoEye

        The babies will be safe and sound with mom in the city, with far less explosions nearby. They aren’t too bothered by them, thankfully, but it can still be spooky for them. I’m more concerned about the kitten in my avatar becoming a woman yesterday. She’s totally miserable — rolling around and “presenting” herself to anything and everything. Nothing to do for it but schedule an appointment with the vet to get her spayed. Wish I could give her some relief in the meantime.

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

          Yikes – we’ve had our cats spayed as soon as physically possibly, so I’ve never had to deal with that!

          • KinoEye

            She’s my first girl kitten, but even so, I knew they can go into heat as early as four months. I was thinking she’d be a bit older before it started — no such luck, obviously! It seems to have passed for now, but the spaying needs to happen soon. I will feel like a very irresponsible pet owner otherwise!

        • Sarah

          Ooh, a kitty in heat is a bad problem. You love that babygirl, but dang – she’s getting annoying, and you can’t help her! Poor you AND kitty. Hope that surgery comes soon!

    • Sarah

      Folks, enjoy every last minute of your weekends, 4th or not. You never know what’s around the corner. Last weekend for me for a lot of things. My summer class (last one – YESS) starts on Monday, my support group is flying to the Caribbean and leaving me rather without any humans to turn to, and I’m dropping the mister off at the magistrate to serve some time, which he has been ignoring for over five years, and which he cannot afford to ignore anymore. We don’t know how long he’ll be gone, but it’s at least a month, if not longer. Which, also, means he had to quit his job. So, I’ll be destitute(r) and rather significantly alone, and in a four week writing intensive class about the Northern Renaissance.

      So, I’m going to refill my scrip for Valium, quit drinking (no good can come of THAT) and put my nose to the grindstone. No choice, really. I’m glad y’all are here.

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

        We’re here – even if I’m here at funny hours!

      • Constant Reader

        Sorry to hear so much is going on. We’ll keep you company!

      • kimmeister

        Oh goodness. May your catz be extra lovey-dovey for the next month.

        • Sarah

          They will. I sort of forgot they’d be here. Thanks for reminding me. I have four of them for a reason! And two will be bereft at the loss of their Favorite Human, so we can comfort each other.

      • demidaemon

        :( I hope it goes by quickly and that, in the end, he comes back to great opportunities.

        • Sarah

          Thanks, friend. Its not a big deal – missed a court date, bench warrant issued, etc. etc. Type of thing a lawyer could get you out of, but we don’t have the $$ for that. And his job was fraught with dysfunctional immature drug addicts who were WAY too obsessed with being “cool” than adults have any right to be, so I’m not sorry he’s quit. I’m trying to remember that he’ll be able to get his license back after this, and maybe will be happier and healthier for having got it over with, but right now, it looks bleak. I’ll miss him. He’s been quite unpleasant for the last several months, but I do love him dearly, and I hate to see him in pain.

          • demidaemon

            Maybe there is a beautiful silver lining in this dark cloud.

      • Alloy Jane

        Oh no! Hopefully the class will be so absorbing that you won’t feel too lonely. It sounds like a fun subject. Maybe you can work in your own rebirth into it? I wish I had useful advice to give about getting around the need for live human contact, but alas, I got nuttin. I’ll join in the chorus of wishing you extra cuddly cats because there are few things that can defuse a bad mood like cat activity.

        • Sarah

          Thank you. I do have some other RL friends. I will just have to make sure I reach out if I need to. Yes, cats. One of ‘em was my only boyfriend for a long time. I’ll give him back his Bedroom Status.

          • decormaven

            Said cat is rubbing his paws together and saying “yassss, I knew you’d come around”….

          • Grumpy Girl

            Give? He will be reclaiming his rightful place (per his world view). :-)

            Sorry to hear about the troubles. Sounds like the Mr’s career choice is one that isn’t challenged by such outages, and involves a fair amount of rotation, so hopefully his reentry (before ya’ll know it) will be smooth.

            Nose to the grindstone is a wonderful way to make something good out of the whole experience, I’ve found. Because no matter the other side of the shit, the effort and focus on the work is a good thing. Sending you some good wishes.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You just know that cat is delighted that he’s getting Bedroom Status back. After all, you’ve been giving a human precedence-perish the thought!
            Seriously, dear, hope you get through this-sigh

      • @Biting Panda

        Lady, that’s the shits, I’m sorry.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Take care, Sweet Pea.

        • Sarah

          Thank you, Swiffly. I’m glad to see you :)

      • formerlyAnon

        This has all the hallmarks of a difficult but potentially productive juncture. The gentleman is clearing his slate (and hopefully getting his head where ever it needs to be to go forward in a healthy manner) and you get to do all the work and self improvement you can stand without distraction. With, inevitably, more personal time than you usually can fit in.

        It’s not the event, it’s the reasons for it and the way it has been and will be handled that matter. Good wishes and good luck.

        And post away, about all the trivia of daily life if that’s all you’ve got. We’re here.

        • Sarah

          I truly hope your hallmarks prove out. Thank you, my friend, ever so sincerely.

          • SouthernGirlRena

            formerlyAnon just said what was thinking so I’ll just add my support and encouragement to the pile. As difficult as this is for you both, it will be much better when it is in the review mirror rather than looming on the horizon.

            • Sarah

              Thanks lady. So kind of you! Hoping for the best is really all anyone van do, right? Best to face one’s fears than avoid them.

      • rainwood1

        I’m sorry to hear you and Mr. Sarah are going through tough times. There are definitely peaks and valleys in every relationship, and sometimes the valleys can seem very deep and really long. We’ve always managed to climb our way out, but sometimes it’s a very strenuous hike.

        And now for the bright side. You might get your best writing done because you’re alone. I do. I can still find distractions in almost everything present in the universe, but when I finally plant my butt in the chair and get down to serious work, I can stay up until some ungodly hour without having to explain to anyone, except maybe the dog. Oh, wait. You have four cats. You’d have lots of explaining to do. I grew up with four cats and the house always ran on their schedule.

      • Anna

        So sorry to hear about the tough times. Hope the time passes quickly and the two of you are reunited again soon.

      • decormaven

        Ok. Now I have an understanding of the situation. Dear girl, trust the river. Thinks are moving as they should. Your man is dealing with some leftover baggage that needs to be addressed so he can move forward. Use this time to press down on your studies and close out schoolwork like a boss. Not to worry- we’ll send you virtual drinks til the sun shines again.

      • Aidan B

        Hang in there, Sarah!

      • KinoEye

        Good man. Might sound like a strange thing to say, but no matter how long it took, he’s doing the right thing. Many, many people don’t. And I’m glad he was honest with you from the get go. That’s the mark of a good one. Is this his first time?

        Sounds like you’re both doing exactly what you need to do, but that doesn’t make it suck any less. Here’s to hoping the time flies by for both of you. As I said to another kitten recently: you’re one tough broad. You got this.

        Virtual spliffs (heh) and hugs to you, my dear. You know where to find us if you need us :-)

        • Sarah

          I thank you, Kino. Truly how I would prefer to look at it, for sure. Not the first time, no. For either of us – but it’s time to put that behind us, and yeah – he’s being kind of amazing in an angry way. We had a very Kick Ass 4th, tho. In the immortal words of Mr. Ice Cube – Today Was a Good Day. Ribz, beers, fireworks, and a long midday…nap ;)

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

            I love a midday… nap ;)

    • GeoDiva

      Aloha All! Hope you all have a fun-filled safe holiday weekend!

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

        I love your avatar!

        • GeoDiva

          Thanks!

    • rainwood1

      Thanks so much, T Lo, and all the BK’s!! Reading the book will be such fun! We’re headed to the island for the long weekend. The docs think it’s not a great idea, but we’re just a ferry ride away and we want to sit and relax and look at the water. Hope everyone has a great 4th!!

      • @Biting Panda

        I think relaxation and serenity is just what y’all need. You’re in my thoughts.

        • rainwood1

          And you are in mine, Panda. You’re going through such a tough time now and I feel for you. Knowing that you’re doing the right thing for yourself and the kids helps, but it’s still hard, hard, hard.

      • decormaven

        Pfft on the docs. Nature is the best medicine of all. Enjoy!!

    • Constant Reader

      It’s about a million degrees here. Okay, it’s really 97 degrees in the shade, but we’re not used to it around here. Plus the humidity is around 70 percent. There has been a lot of lounging on the back deck going on around here and not much else.

      • Sarah

        Consider yourself lucky it ain’t 90 percent, and have a great weekend!

      • demidaemon

        I wish I could spend more time outside, but we are having a major mosquito outbreak here in WNY, and it is no fun for humans or our poor puppy (he’s seven, but still a puppy at heart), and none of our anti-bug stuff is working. On the other hand, there are awesome firefly night shows every evening, as we are one of the few families on the block who do not blast our yard with pesticides.

        • Sarah

          Yay for fireflies! I love em. Tons in my yard, too. I also have mosquitoes, but I just ignore the bites. I’m hard core that way ;)

          • demidaemon

            Sometimes I can do it and sometimes I can’t. It’s a bigger deal for the poor puppy, because he gets miserable with them around and they fly in his ears when he already has some bad ear irritation that has never gone away since he was little.

            • Sarah

              Aw. Yeah, if they were biting me inside MY ears I would freak out too!

        • Alloy Jane

          Garlic is a natural mosquito repellent, not sure if it’s safe for dogs though. I believe lavender does as well, and you can do a lavender rinse for your dog, like you would a rosemary one to repel fleas. If Avon still sells that Skin So Soft bath stuff, that works as a repellent too.

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

            I think Avon got smart after all the years of people buying that product to use as an insect repellant and they are actually selling it as one now.

          • marlie

            My mom *swears* by Skin so Soft.

            • decormaven

              Mosquitos in my backyard laugh at that stuff. It’s Deep Woods Off or nothing.

          • demidaemon

            Thanks. The lavender is actually a great idea, because he likes the calming reaction it gives as well. I’m pretty sure Avon has discontinued that product, though, unfortunately.

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

              I found this on the Avon site SKIN SO SOFT Bug Guard Plus IR3535® Expedition™ SPF 28 Aerosol Spray.

            • demidaemon

              Hunh. That’s cool. My Mom used to work for Avon, though, and a lot of the time, stuff she ordered that stated it was available in the catalog or website would suddenly become unavailable once the order went through. It could go either way, really.

          • Grumpy Girl

            Yeast powder (not the kind that rises for bread)–that’s what the vet told us to give our dog when I was growing up. (She was so allergic she lost all her hair on her body all summer long.) She was cocker spaniel-ish in size and got a tablespoon a day safely.

            My father swore by beer for humans. He had a healthy dosing every evening, and rarely got bitten.

        • Constant Reader

          We lucked out that for the past few days when it’s been really hot the bugs haven’t been too bad. Earlier in the season, some little gnat things were really bad and I got some nasty bites. We’re having awesome firefly shows, too. We have a weed “garden” on a steep side hill and the fireflies love it.

    • AlisonS

      I have 1 more hour of work left… and ran out of work3 hours ago…. So bored. So ready to start drinking. So ready to not deal with tenants.

      Okay enough of that.

    • Frecks

      The T Lounge is a place to which I’ve actually been! That’s never happened!

      Have a great long weekend, kittens.

    • Janet B

      Looking forward to a long weekend with my family and if that fails I have some wine in the closet.

      • decormaven

        Sounds like a good backup plan!

    • Paula Pertile

      Have a ‘safe and sane’ holiday all! (OK, that doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?) The yahoos have already started with the fireworks around here, and we will brace ourselves for tomorrow night. But we have pie, so we should be OK.

      • Sarah

        Arrrgh. My sister just put up five pics of her incredibly delectable pies on FB – strawberry rhubarb, five-berry, etc. etc. with stars cut into the pastry tops, all made from scratch. They are, unfortunately, 800 miles away from me. MUST HAVE PIE.

        • Paula Pertile

          Those sound so good! There’s just something about a really good home made pie.

        • decormaven

          Oh, that’s mean! Five berry pie…..mmmm!

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

      I’m working. til 11 PM. Not happy at all. If you happen to have a friend, spouse, relative, or anyone that you care about who is even vaguely considering going into nursing school, please have him/her contact me. a half hour with me will spare him/her a career of misery.

      • Sarah

        My SIL is a nurse. She would concur, I believe.

      • Janet B

        My daughter wants to be a nurse. I’m so happy she has a goal, there is no way I’m going to let her know the trials of nursing. :)

      • formerlyAnon

        I’d only hook you up with the dim and/or unsympathetic ones. Smart, caring nurses have done a hell of a lot more for me and my family members’ comfort and ability to get effective treatment than most of the doctors I’ve had. Even nowadays, when most hospital nurses are stretched thinner than a rubber band about to break. I’m not doing anything to interrupt the pipeline.

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

          I am smart and I do care. That’s why I can’t stand it any more. The hospital system has beaten the starch out of me after 25 years. My husband used to say I should quit and go to a different hospital but any nurse will tell you they are all run exactly the same; the only difference is the name on the door. My pay has been cut, we haven’t had a “salary adjustment” in 5 years, the work is physically demanding and emotionally exhausting, and the patients are far sicker. About the only thing that seniority brings is the accrual of more time off, but the rules about when one can and cannot have time off approved are so stringent that it’s well-nigh impossible to use it. Then you get a notice at the end of the year that only 250 hours can be carried over in one’s vacation bank to the next year and anything over that will be forefeited. Nobody who’s a nurse opted to do it because of the great pay high respect but this is insane.

          • formerlyAnon

            All of my nurse friends say the same thing, and a number have gotten out. (The one that went into hospital administration nearly had a breakdown and says it was more depressing than direct patient care, though. Now she does medical system quality assurance consulting – which means she doesn’t have to watch the institution ignore all the recommendations and gut others because of money.)

            I’m selfishly glad there are still people like you in the system, though.

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

            That is insane. There is nothing I hear about the US healthcare system that recommends it to me. It seems designed to prevent healthcare professionals from caring for patients.

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

        My mum, aunt, stepsister and niece would disagree! Mind you, they’ve all structured their careers around not working until 11pm (except the aunt who has been on permanent night duty for 25 years).

      • decormaven

        Bless you. Nothing like nursing round the holidays. Hope it’s not a working weekend for you.

    • Alloy Jane

      Ugh, I hate fireworks, so I’m not looking forward to tomorrow. But at least that marks the tail end of exploding illegal fireworks in my neighborhood. In other news, my sister is leaving the country tonight to take her kids to meet my abuelita, who is in her 90s and not doing so great, so it’ll just be me and my mom for the most part. I’m really excited to be alone, as solitude is one of my favorite things in the world. My mom is also fairly solitary, so I’m hoping the break does her some good and that she doesn’t fight me too much on taking her meds or all the usual things she’s belligerent about. Life has been total bullshit lately so I really hope she’s not too difficult. I want to enjoy ten days of clean house as much as possible.

      • Sarah

        I’m glad you’ll be happy to be alone. It is sure nice sometimes. Sorry about your abuelita! I hope she enjoys meeting the grandkids.

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

        Solitude can be so restoring, I hope you and your mum enjoy it and get through the bullshit.

    • formerlyAnon

      So late to the comments! So, I’ll post without reading all. Congrats to the signed book winners. And may everyone have an awesome week end, whether basking in the glory of an extra day off or not. It’s been an up-and-down week, but the son’s girlfriend has been watching the Mondo/Gretchen season of PR (she’s never seen it) so that’s been a daily entertainment.

      I’ve been mired in the part of Getting Shit Done where one slogs through tasks that beget side tasks which beget etc., etc., without much in the way of Shit Being Done. But I did power through the last-business-day till Monday stuff today and intend to spend the evening drinking and cooking. (Oh my lord the beautiful fruit and veg I scored today!)

      Big plans for the rest of the weekend are Intensive Getting Shit Done (IGSD, henceforth, though that sounds like an acronym for a digestive tract disease) and forcing the girlfriend to watch 1776!. Neither my son nor I can believe she’s never seen it. My kids watched a lot of musicals amongst the cartoons, and that was one of our favorites. We started singing to her (truth: he sings, I murder the songs.)

      Hope everyone is doing well, and has an enjoyable and/or productive weekend.

      • decormaven

        IGSD – is that like GERD? Just kidding- good luck as you knock off the to-dos.

    • sienna elm

      Thank you!

    • Kate4queen

      Not being American, but having lived here for 16 years I’m all prepared to enjoy the weekend and do the patriotic thing for my DD who was born here. :) So baby turtle independence day launch at the Mauna Lani beach, and 4th of July parade in Kailua Kona town-then pick up Brit friends from airport for a vacation with us. I’m also trying to write a book but what’s new?

      • Sarah

        Very nice! Have a wonderful time.

        • Kate4queen

          Same to you! :)

      • Angela_the_Librarian

        The baby turtle launch sounds like the cutest event ever!

    • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

      <– firecracker baby.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Greetings, fellow kittens. A quiet day here, running errands, including a trip to our local wine and beer superstore to stock up for the holiday and beyond. We have a family cookout on Saturday, so we’ll get to catch up with everyone, and gossip about whoever can’t make it!

    • smayper

      Can I hang out and drink something other than rye?

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        Of course you can! As long as it’s not Zima.

        • decormaven

          Or O’Douls

    • ShaoLinKitten

      Happy Independence Day to the American BKs. We have no plans for the holiday. Some minor barbecuing on the 5th, that it.

      Did any BKs watch the Penny Dreadful finale? Want to discuss it in a spoilerific fashion?

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      Well, my plan is pretty much the same as it is every weekend – nothing. Outside of work, I’m mostly alone. Which is pretty much why I haven’t been around. I don’t seem to have much to contribute.

      Though this weekend-and Monday, because I still have 2 weeks of vacation to use!-I will be doing such things as cleaning my basement and sewing as well as the usual reading (I am always up for book suggestions!) and watching movies – it’s cliche, I know, but Netflix is my friend.

      I will sit outside tomorrow and watch all the illegal fireworks around the neighborhood (some of them are really quite nice) because fighting traffic and too many people to watch Official Fireworks is kind of my idea of hell. Plus, this way I get the added bonus of gun powder wafting through the air. Reminds me of my kid adventures of blowing stuff up. :-)

      • Sarah

        You contribute plenty by being nice, and I am glad you’re here. Netflix is MY friend, too. We should all get together sometime! I love illegals, and I have a crap-ton of ‘em in my shed. Unfortunately, were I to blow them up, the cops would be here so fast we’d BOTH be incarcerated. The City is hard assed about it. We are from the Country and were planning to go there for the Redneck Fiesta that is the 4th on the acreage, but it seems like since we have just this weekend for a while, we should spend it together, just us two. Books: I just read the book that they made into that TV show “The Last Ship” (I haven’t seen it yet – bad week but it’s on my DVR) and I really enjoyed it after I got over the rather Faulknerian prose. It’s a very fascinating exploration of a total post-nuclear war world, wherein very few people are left (and at sea) and what they do about it. Brinkley, I think is the author.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          I’m nice! Who knew?

          Our city patrols and looks at things, but as long as you’re under control and no one is complaining, they mostly leave you alone.

          I am from a small town in North Dakota. Growing up, blowing shit up was an average pastime, as was burning stuff. It was GREAT. :-)

          I was not aware that “The Last Ship” was based on a book. I am far more interested in the book than I am in the series. I love apocalyptic fiction.

          • Sarah

            Me too! I was always sci-fi and fantasy, but as I am grown I seem to gravitate to these apocalyptic/dystopian future/alternate history type of books. Man, that’s got to mean something. Or, maybe people are writing more of them? Hmmm.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Some of my favorites are not new (“Alas, Babylon”, “On the Beach”, “The Road”) are not new, but some are (“World War Z” – I have not seen the movie because I cannot conceive of it as a movie especially a movie with Brad Pitt, “The Walking Dead”- yes, I read it before it was cool, and I like the series, “Go-go Girls of the Apocolypse” -seriously).

              I like dark. I always have. I am fascinated by the social history of Europe between the Wars and during WWII. I can tell you a lot about it..

            • formerlyAnon

              Well, if you’re not nice, you give a good imitation here on line. Also: interesting, though since you already know everything you might say I can see how it doesn’t look like that on your end.

              I will try to think up something worthy to recommend reading or watching. As stated elsewhere, I’ll be watching the film version of the musical 1776! this weekend, I love it. And I’ve been jonesing to watch Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (again) for awhile now. I haven’t read anything not-work-related except facebook, tumblr, blog posts and a smattering of Sherlock fan fiction in weeks. Spot the trend? Yes, my entertainment needs are pleasant, escapist and lowest-common-denominator and I wish I could recommend something absorbing or high minded or even slightly dark, but no. I find real life harrowing enough. I used to read a lot of social history (though more New World than Old), so feel free to comment on Europe between the wars should you feel moved to do so. Perhaps it will kickstart whatever’s shut down in my brain.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Thanks. :-) I am remembering why I like it here.

              Oh, dear. I am not all high-minded and literary! I’ve read Jim Butcher’s Harry Dresden Files since before they came out in hardcover, I love Martha Grimes and Sara Paretsky. I am a Sherlock fan; my avatar is a print out, cut & fold Tardis; I watch true crime series enough that I have seen the same case on different shows from different perspectives. Oh, and should I come across “Roadhouse” while channel-surfing? I watch it.

              The commonalities of Europe between the Wars and the current socio-political landscape in the US? Frightening.

              PS
              If 1776! is streaming on Netflix, I intend to watch it.

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

              Have you read the latest Dresden then? It’s good. I thought he was losing his way a little in the last couple, but this is back on form. What about some Kate Elliot? Crown of Stars is long and dense but brilliant, Crossroads is original and has some of the most superb world building I’ve ever read.

              I don’t go much for dystopian, but I assume you have read Never let me go?

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I’m a bit behind on Harry – just up to Ghost Story. It’s an unfortunate thing when good series become commercial – well, it’s good for the author, but not necessarily for the fans. (Laurel K. Hamilton, I’m looking at you. Anita Blake has become unrecognizable and unreadable.)

              I’ll look for Kate. And “Never Let Me Go” made me cry.

              I spent 10 years part-time at Barnes and Noble (left 18 months ago), and I seriously miss the interaction with random books….

            • unbornfawn

              Except for the basement cleaning your weekend sounds like my idea of heaven! Look at you Swiftlytilitngplanet you just started the Bitter Kitten book club!

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I didn’t do it alone!

            • formerlyAnon

              So, can you recommend an overview book on Europe between the Wars? What I’ve read has been mostly centered on an individual country (and usually that country has been Great Britain, sometimes Germany.)

              The girlfriend tolerate 1776! well. I’d forgotten that the good songs are really front-loaded so the last 20 minutes or so of the movie is not so engaging as the first. But no one fell asleep.

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I haven’t read any specific history of the period – I tend towards more of a sociological perspective (if that makes any sense), plus there’s a lot of badly written history out there, and I’ve found much of it to better if it’s something more personal. That said, “The Orientalist” by Tom Reiss was fascinating and made me think of things I hadn’t thought of before. It’s the first book that popped into my head for you, as well.

            • Sarah

              The Road. That one is super Dark. Oh, On the Beach! Lordy! That’s much the same as the book I was talking about!! Armand Assante. I can’t believe I forgot that. I don’t know if for me it is about dark. Thinking on it, all the genres I named in my past and present interests are really sort of congruous in that it all speaks to escapism and the idea that people can surmount impossible odds. Hobbits are basically fighting zombies in an attempt to save their world from a sort of apocalypse, right?

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              Oh! I liked The Hobbit a lot. (I have also read the Lord of the Rings trilogy – and have vivid memories of yelling “Get out of the fucking forest!” during the interminable-ness of the Two Towers. I’m not sure I still geek-cred since I have no desire to read it ever again.)

              Look for “Alas, Babylon”. It’s one of my favorites. It’s from the ’50s, and I have one of the original-ish paperbacks because I have aged sisters, but it has been re-issued in the last couple years. And it’s not as dark.

            • Sarah

              I certainly will! I’m excited to read it. Have you read Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm? It is also really good. Set in VA, my home country, after a disaster – but CLONING. Ding ding – plot twist!

            • Swiftlytiltingplanet

              I have not. I have added it to my list. I love books so very much. When I move into my house 10 years ago, I made sure to move my 25 boxes of books before I had moving help – I’d heard all about moving my books the previous move. :-) I have been known to go buy a book after I’ve had it from the library because I just need to have it.

              Also old school, and more sci fi, “Farnham’s Freehold” and “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress” by Robert Heinlein (before he went off the rails).

            • Grumpy Girl

              Newer sci fi ish: anything from Neal Stephenson. (Lord, I hope I just got the name right.) He’s got the Cryptonomicron which revisits history interestingly, and other more dystopian-focused stuff.

              Completely different stuff, but dystopian, is a series, the Black Company, because any character can die at any time . . . and stay dead (for some reason, that is very refreshing to me.)

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

              I still have the copy of “Alas, Babylon” I never returned after we read it in junior high. Great story, well told. Next try “On the Beach” by Neville Shute.

            • @Biting Panda

              Hands down, one of the worst decisions I ever made was to begin reading The Road, during my first pregnancy. I HATED it, it gave me awful nightmares. I only finished it because I couldn’t take the not knowing. (I even put it in the freezer for a while.)

            • Sarah

              I hated it too. It was UBER depressing. I was fully tricked by the flap – something about a father and a son traveling the countryside living off the land – I was picturing a post-apocalyptic paternal Huck Finn type of thing. It is…not that. *shudder*

            • BobStPaul

              I was going to recommend “Alas, Babylon” as it’s one of my favorites but you’re already well aware of it. I also loved “On the Beach” in both its novel and movie forms. I recently read “World War Z” mainly because of the movie and I was excited to see the movie become available on Netflix. I stopped watching after about 15 minutes and I’m not sure I’ll return to it. The book was fascinating; those first 15 minutes of the movie bore virtually no resemblance to the book beyond the title. They’re not apocalyptic fiction but if you like “prophetic” or dystopian science fiction I’d recommend two books by John Brunner: “Stand on Zanzibar” and “The Sheep Look Up.” In the sixties he foresaw the development of what he called “muckers” (from the Indonesian amok) – people going crazy, running amuck and becoming mass murderers. There’s much, much more to it and I consider it a classic of the genre (I think the sixties and early seventies were really the heyday of science fiction). For some reason, both books are hard to find in libraries now and even used bookstores although one can usually find them on Alibris.

            • Grumpy Girl

              if super-quality writing is not needed, then there’s a fun series set during WWII in Europe, with German and French police officers. Herman and Louis St Cyr, written by an author whose last name I believe is James. Lots of darkness in the “regular” crimes they are charged with solving. And we immediately see why I am not a reviewer, because I can remember nothing useful, like author names, or titles (I know plots, characterizations, random trivia). I have a suspicion that my MA exams were an amusing read because I had to talk around all those kinds of critical elements and describe scenarios and plots and clothes or whatnot.

        • KinoEye

          I’m kinda sad I’m in the city for the fourth, because I can blow up shit all night at my place in the boonies. Even though I was alone on New Year’s, I had a pretty good night blowing up a set with a confederate flag on the package. It was called “Gittin’ It Done.” I doused the smoldering remains in cheap champagne after telling my neighbor that no, it wasn’t me setting off fireworks. Fun times.

          • Sarah

            Gitin’ It Done?!?!! That is hilarious. I bought one at Phantom in PA one time that was “Happy.” It cost like $100, and it went up maybe 100 ft and blew up huge purple to where you could feel it in your chest and smell the smoke. Shut the whole lot UP but then…slow clap. We still talk about Happy! Rock star fireworks!

      • Trickytrisha

        Ah the dread basement clean up weekend… I have a similar project, but mine’s the garage (not many basements in So Cal.)

        So you’re looking for book suggestions? If you’re up for a rather challenging read, I would like to recommend a historical fiction series by the late Scotswoman, Dorothy Dunnett. Her Lymond Chronicles (six long novels set in the mid 1550s, starting with The Game of Kings (yeah, Kings not Thrones) is bewildering, thrilling, engrossing, and likely the best historical fiction in the last century. I call it challenging because the list of characters is long, with both fictional and historical figures, and Mrs. Dunnett uses many phrases and quotes and obscure literary references and doesn’t bother to give us translations – she assumes we are clever enough to infer the meaning. I was absolutely enthralled as the hero (more like an anti-hero at times) traveled from Scotland to France to England to the Holy Land and on to Russia wending his way through the royal courts. This is NOT Romance Fiction, but it does have romance, intrigue, amazing villains, and best of all it has Francis Crawford of Lymond.

        Yeah, I gushed… this series is that good. I’ve read it probably 5 times and it’s about time for my next re-read. BTW, I keep a good dictionary by my side as I read. Otherwise I’d never have known what a mouldiewarp is.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          The original portion of my house was built in 1889 and has the non-water-tight basement to go with it. We, here in Minnesota, have had an extraordinarily wet Spring. While I’ve had very little actual water (enough to know that I will never, ever let it go so long without sweeping up the kitty litter that the cats throw out of the box….), it’s been non-stop damp and constant dehumidifier. It’s finally dry enough to do something about it.

          I like challenging reads. I read a lot of many and varying things – essentially whatever catches my fancy. :-) I will look into Dorothy Dunnett. Gushing is the highest form of recommendation.

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

      I’m getting ready to make an orzo pasta salad for a get together with my daughters’ fiancees family. The future in laws, I suppose I should say. I volunteered to make a dessert (I make awesome desserts), but was told no, there was a berry something or other being attempted by mom. Ok, um, since its typical American BBQ fare, how about some potato salad or macaroni salad ( I also make slap your mama good both of those)? Um, no, thats ok, DD’s fiancee is making potato salad, and well, its kind of her thing….so I thought ok, I get the idea. I’m turning into the grooms mother already. Wear beige, be pleasant and unobtrusive. Fine. I guess on the culinary front its bring something good, but not your best. For DD’s birthday a couple of weeks ago I made the Cooks Country Magic Flan Cake. Thats spectacular, and a lot easier to make than it looks. The in law family were here, and I there were no leftovers. The recipe was demanded and given. So, I’ll go and just try to blend in. I get to be the toast family this time.

      • Swiftlytiltingplanet

        No. You are a Bitter Kitten. Bitter Kittens do not wear beige. BKs are fabulous and charming, and, while being slightly more fabulous, share the limelight with grace and poise.

        Be a Kitten.

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

          Thank you for bringing me back to reality. Yes, this is my chance to let my inner Auntie Mame tempered by the ’60’s and God knows what else come out. This will be interesting letting the inner BK out. She hasn’t seen the light of day in I don’t know when except for brief sightings now and again.

          I will be a Kittten.

        • formerlyAnon

          YES.

        • Grumpy Girl

          That is a pep talk worthy of a sampler or some calligraphy for a frame!

          • Swiftlytiltingplanet

            I do my best.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I’m thinking that some creative BK could make a counted cross stitch or needlepoint chart of a Bitter Kitten-a stylized cat lounging in a really comfy chair next to a bottle of wine perhaps?

      • decormaven

        No beige, no way. Be you- there’s only one of you.

      • formerlyAnon

        Never bring second string when it comes to food! Food is LOVE, after all!

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

          Now there is something which should be one of the 20 or so principles by which you should run your life. Brilliant!

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

        It’s hard to blend families when everyone already has their roles figured out! As @Swiftlytiltingplanet:disqus – be more fabulous (and know that your dessert is better than the berry something…)

      • unbornfawn

        Be fabulous! Reminds me of the parties my dear friends, who didn’t have a lot of money, used to throw. The “rules” were that we could use their house and they provided paper goods. The guests brought something to throw on the BBQ, any beverage they wanted and something to share. Who cares if you have three potato salads? They usually were all very different anyway. The food was always plentiful and magnificent. The point was always to gather together and enjoy each other. To this day, these have always been the best parties I have attended.

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

        Thank you, everyone who reminded me to be me; in color. I was, we had a lovely time even if I did get trapped in a recliner and snored a bit while napping. My not my best but will do pasta salad was anything BUT beige. It was eaten with great gusto, and in fact there was much heated arguing over who was getting the leftovers. Again, recipe demanded, and the MIL is in love with my crockery. All in all, a success and much owed to all of you BK’s who reminded me to not let the BK’s down. I didn’t.

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

          Very good! Of course, you are now stuck making your second string pasta salad for every holiday for the next 25 years.

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

            Well, I’ve decided what I’ll do is say either that A. Everyone loved that new to me recipe so much, let me try a new one! Hopefully, everyone will enjoy it as well. Or B. Let’s take turns or rotations. I’ll make something else this time, and then the pasta salad next time? I don’t mean to be unkind, but my 2nd string pasta salad was better than any of the other sides.

            It seems Karma doesn’t want me living life in beige either as far as the kitchen. I was going to my mothers for a belated 4th celebration this afternoon. She, at 91, just returned from tramping around the wilds of Guatemala, and is getting ready to do same in Honduras beginning this coming Thursday. She calls and says now that my DD and her fiancée are coming, we don’t have enough sides. Would I please make some potato salad? Um, sure. It’s going, but it looks like I’m going to have to use some Mom mayo since the Dukes is running low. That’s one thing I have to say I love about being a competent cook. I don’t flip out if I’m running low on mayo. But there is the other side where Karma reminds you of your shortcomings in mastery of the kitchen. To wit: I roasted some big, gorgeous beets for a salad. They were almost done, so I turned off the oven to let them finish in the heat of the oven. Lovely. That was Tuesday. I didn’t retrieve them until this morning. *Sigh*

            • decormaven

              Whoopsie on the beets. Not what you intended. I see you’re a Duke’s fan- nothing better. Glad you rolled with colorful outfit. Being you is the best thing to be- you’ve had the most practice with it. :-)

            • Grumpy Girl

              So funny, my firstborn has declared themselves a Dukes fan, too. I typically bought it unthinkingly, but had to pick up Another Brand in a hurry (ie, you MUST pick up mayo on the way home for my sandwiches, mom), and was received the next evening with the upturned nose of disappointment.

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

              I’m fairly bi on that subject. Dukes is great, but then so is Hellmans. Either one is fine by me.

            • formerlyAnon

              I’ve done that beet roasting thing. Though not with beets, with potatoes.

              If I thought I’d be like your mom, I wouldn’t mind the idea that I might live to my 90s! Hope you had a good late 4th celebration!

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

              We did, thanks, although hardly any of the potato salad was eaten. I think we were all party fooded out by that time. I know the girls had had corn on the cob, potato salad and cole slaw 3 days in a row. My mother is a force of nature. Mentally she is only just now starting to show a little age. Physically, her back hurts and she takes one pill a day for an ailment; that’s it. The women in my family tend to pass well after the age of 90, most @ 95. My grandmother lived to 104. I tell my kids to observe, because I’ll likely be around to pester them for a while since I’m just a few days shy of 62.

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

              Haha – I hate it when that happens!

      • SierraDelta

        And garnish the hell out of your orzo salad!

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

          I think I did. There were lots of toasty pine nuts on top with the hand crumbled feta cheese and torn basil leaves. Lots of little, halved San Marzano tomatoes and hand torn rocket peeking up. Did I do well?

          • formerlyAnon

            I’d say so. You’re making the salad I am about to assemble for lunch look decidedly down-market.

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

              …as was the one I ate yesterday that came out of a cello bag which received a few frozen grilled chicken strips and a splash of dressing straight out of the bottle. I’m sure your creation is delicious.

          • SierraDelta

            Superbly so! And we BKs will all be joining you for lunch next weekend. . .

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

              Lovely! I’ll leave the porch light on for you….

    • decormaven

      Happy Fourth! We’ve got the backside of the storm- the nice, cool air and scrubbed blue sky part. Huge treat for the ATL. I’m off to paint some outdoor items and garden a bit. May all the BKs enjoy freedom in whatever form they choose.

    • Lisalady161

      Happy Independence Day, Kittens! It’s a perfect day in Michigan’s Thumb. Have a safe and fun holiday!

    • Aidan B

      Hey kittens! I’ll admit that I’m not feeling particularly patriotic on this fourth (rain outside from the approaching hurricane, depressing news stories circulating, stupid fight with my fiancé last night), but I am ready for the three-day weekend and the opportunity to see family. I’m planning on making a two-layer strawberry chocolate cake to my future sister in law’s later today, tomorrow I should be spending some time with my parents and sister, and Sunday are our rescheduled engagement pictures! The hurricane should be out of here by then so hopefully we’ll have some nice, sunny weather! Enjoy the holiday, all!

      • decormaven

        Hang in there- the storm will blow over and you should get some freshly scrubbed sky for the photos.

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

        Good luck with the weather for the photos!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Hope the storm left you unscathed, and good luck on Sunday!

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

        Best on the photos. Hope the hurricane will have chased away clouds from the fight as well.

        • Aidan B

          Thanks! We got over the fight pretty quickly and have had a nice weekend. Looks like we’re going to have great weather this evening, too!

    • ballerinawithagun

      Thanks, Alicia! I love unusual Margaritas! This one looked a little sweet for me but it provided inspiration for me. I have some fabulous Jalapeno Lime Marmalade that I’ll try adding to my Margarita today. Grilling swordfish for tacos.

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

        As you suggested, the recipe as written looked a little sweet. I used 1tsp of homemade calamondin and cointreau marmalade for 2 cocktails and it was perfect! Jalapeno lime marmalade sounds absolutely gorgeous.

    • alyce1213

      Happy Independence Day! Just quickly checking in to share this, which friend sent to me. For a smile.
      I’ll have to come back later to read the posts.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W_0IhqWd6fE

      Hope it gets through moderation. if not, it’s Grey Gardens – Little Edie’s Flag Dance on YouTube

    • krooie

      Marmalade Margarita would be a FABU drag name.

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

        It really would!

      • SierraDelta

        LADY Marmalade Margarita!