T LOunge

Posted on August 01, 2014

It’s the weekend, darlings! Let’s jet off to Hong Kong!

TLOunge-8-1-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)TLOunge-8-1-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Ozone Bar and Lounge, Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong

 

We’ll meet you there. Save us a seat.

How is everyone in the Kommunity of Kittens? For once, we have no news to report on our end. There’s probably ice cream in our immediate future and then we plan on going to see Guardians of the Galaxy at some point this weekend. Other than that, it’s all boring domesticity and underwear-folding for us.

Et vous, darlings? What’s on the menu for le weekend?

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: ritzcarlton.com]

    • Eclectic Mayhem

      Yup, Guardians of the Galaxy is on my list too… but look – I have a new shoe! Isn’t it fabulous?!

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

        It is fabulous but I will miss your color blocked platform shoe.

        • Eclectic Mayhem

          I promise guest appearances from my old shoes!

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

        Have you seen the “A Shoe a Day” calendar? It’s just wonderful. I had one last year bur for 2014 I decided to try the Hats version. I have to say, it’s pretty good too. Next year: pocketbooks!

    • RussellH88

      I’m a bit drunk and catching up on Project Runway. Yay.

      • Kitten Mittons

        I’m a bit drunk and playing bomberman with two tween nephews!

      • Qitkat

        For this episode, that would have been the advisable way to watch it!

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

        This is the second week in a row that I have fallen asleep halfway through the episode. Not a good sign.

        • altalinda

          I tuned in just as the runway show got underway. So much more pleasant.

    • marlie

      VACATION!!! I finished my huge quarterly report at work, and this is the first weekend in about 2 months that I’m not bringing work home with me. Heading to the beach for a few days of R&R with the sweetie. Yay!

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

        How far away is the beach?

        • marlie

          It’s only about an hour away, but we’re staying at a friend’s house, at a nice quiet beach. Can. Not. Wait.

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

            Sounds lovely! Well deserved after hitting that deadline.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Well deserved!

      • Qitkat

        More beach vacays. My kind of people kittens. Have a blast!

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

        Have a great time!

      • Aidan B

        Congrats, enjoy!

    • @Biting Panda

      Well hey Y’all!

      This Kitten has been driving and crying today. I love, love, love a solo roadtrip. I pick my favorite tunes and I belt that shit out.

      Now I’m emotionally cleansed, in Mississippi with family, and ready to play the weekend away.

      Mmmmwhah.

      • marlie

        I’ve missed you, my dear. xo

        • @Biting Panda

          I miss y’all.

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

        Hi BP, I hope this week has been better for you. Have a wonderful visit with your family.

        • @Biting Panda

          It was, thank you.
          Xo

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

        I have a bumper sticker that says, “Caution: Driver Singing”. Sounds like you need one, too!

      • Shibori Girl

        Road trip arias are the best. For me, nothing is better than the blues to get over feeling low. Don’t know why, but there it is. Have a great weekend!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Hope the family recharges your battery.

        When someone tells me they saw me driving around town, I always ask if I was singing. And I don’t know why, because the answer is always yes.

      • Qitkat

        Solo road trips are da bomb! Hope you have had an excellent, restorative week. Happy family playing :)
        I’m almost afraid to ask, as I wondered if I oversold the book, but how did you like Wild?

        • @Biting Panda

          I’m loving it. I’ve only gotten half way through, but only because I’ve been busier than I wanted to be.

      • GeoDiva

        Best wishes!

      • formerlyAnon

        Cathartic crying in the car. During my divorce I did a good bit of that. Probably a road hazard, but the kids were both under 3 and it was the only time I wasn’t at with them or at work.

        Hope the weekend is going well, you deserve it.

      • rainwood1

        Have a great weekend with the family! Glad the solo road trip was therapeutic. Singing in the car can is the best.

    • juniper

      Saturday is double dinner date in lompoc with fabulous friends, pulled pork tacos, pineapple coleslaw, and a few choice chilled beverages

      Sunday is introducing my brother and sister in law to my favorite thai food restaurant in SB so far.

      Shameless self promotion: Sunday I am also posting a puff pastry churro recipe on my blog: juniperinherhair dot com

      Cheers to the weekend Kittens! Viva la Fiesta!

      • Qitkat

        I will check out the recipe! Sounds like a lovely weekend.

        • juniper

          Thanks! Yes. A weekend surrounding food is my favorite weekend. As long as I don’t eat all of it. ;)

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

        It’s a fact that everything tastes better if it includes puff pastry, but those pulled pork tacos and pineapple coleslaw sound mighty good.

        • juniper

          Agreed on both points. I’m excited to try my friend’s pulled pork recipe. And I added diced jalapeños so my pineapple coleslaw to try something new. So we’ll see.

          I also just experimented with peach jello and cool whip for Popsicles. Waiting for them to freeze is the hardest part! Fingers crossed.

          So far it’s been a lovely morning in the kitchen. Can’t hate that.

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

      I have to insist that “Kommunity” not be used again because of it’s close association to all things Kardashian.

      • Tracy_Flick

        Agreed. Also, the acronym is KOK.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Well, now I’m torn.

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

          Those Kardashians have ruined the letter K for many people.

    • Frank_821

      I plan on waiting a few days for Guardians of the Galaxy. Too busy with work

      Also the pretty boy model staying with us is competing in the Southwest Quidditch tourney. He’s a world champion seeker. Supposedly many of the best in the world are in the southwest and Texas

      • 3boysful

        A big Quidditch tourney (spectating) is now an addition to my bucket list.

        • Frank_821

          definitely put it on your list. it was a quite entertaining sporting event. A mix of rugby, basketball and rugby-with brooms

    • Abigail Chang

      Blueberry picking, a birthday party, and lots of seeing old friends! (And hopefully, studying)

    • Abigail Chang

      There’s something a little bone-chilling about discovering you love Urban Outfitters. But they make women’s clothes in BROWN!

    • Judy_J

      I’m going to a birthday party for my mom. She will be 83 on August 10. She is the most stylish person I know. She looks fabulous at all times. I am doing my best to keep up.

      • marlie

        I hope your mother has a wonderful birthday celebration!!

      • Jackie4g

        Happy B’day Judy_J’s Mom!

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

        Happy Birthday to her for the 10th! Hope she has a lovely party.

        • Judy_J

          Thanks y’all! I’ll tell my mom she’s been wished a happy birthday by the BKs on TLo. She’ll get a kick out of it!

      • 3boysful

        Wish her all things good from a fellow Leo.

      • Qitkat

        It’s wonderful to hear of a stylish 83 year old. We should all be so lucky, and as healthy. Happy Birthday to your mom from a fellow Leo.

    • frannyprof

      Picnic at the Huntington on Saturday eve, and then taking my daughter and my boyfriend to see Dragon 2 on Sunday…

    • Tanya Wade

      Sounds just like my weekend! Job hunting doesn’t start until August 11. Have fun at GotG!

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

      I am enjoying my first week of—-RETIREMENT. Yes, no more hospitals, no more on call, no more traumas and transplants and sore feet and relief that shows up late. No more bloody shoes. No more dingy locker room and no more stuffing my real clothes into a smelly locker for 12 hours. No more cranky surgeons, clueless administrators, petulant pharmacists, and exhausted nurses. Nobody ever quit a job with more of a desire to never, ever go back than MOI. My husband and family are all cheering! I am too. I am also getting up close and personal with a celebratory Entenmann’s Raspberry Danish.

      Don’t know what’s coming next but it’s not coming soon. I plan to relax and unwind and decompress from 25 years of OR abuse at least until the first of the year.

      This is the “potpourri paragraph”. It’s been raining for days, I am stinking of buying an ark. My backyard grass is so tall! But it hasn’t been dry enough to mow. Water is seeping into the (unfinished) basement but the roof is dry, praise be. My older daughter is getting married on 8/31 and my birthday is this Sunday, the 3rd.

      Oh, and did I mention—I’m RETIRED! Yippee!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Congratulations on retirement. I retired in 2011 and highly recommend it. After a quarter century of nursing, you have most definitely earned it. Wishing you the happiest of happy birthdays, and I hope that you have a great MOB dress picked out for the wedding!

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

          I think so! Look up “Patra Soutache Gown in Cornflower” and you’ll see a photo. I got it at Nordstrom but for about a third less than the price listed. I also had it shortened to tea length…..the better to see the shoes, my dear.

          • lexilexi

            Wow. So much to celebrate. Love the dress – cornflower is one of my favorite colors…. NurseEllen, where do you live? I’m in N California, and rain sounds so damn wonderful. We are cracking-ground dry here.

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

              I’m in N Carolina and believer, if I could ship the rain to to I would do it gladly. I’m starting to mold.

            • Shibori Girl

              I feel for you. I live in a Seattle, but grew up in Fairfield, CA. Things are bad as you know.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Off to check that dress out-and yes, you do want to show off the shoes! Great choice-love the color and style!

          • Jackie4g

            Lovely dress! Enjoy and many happy returns.

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

            That is a gorgeous dress! That neckline is so flattering. Tea-length sounds like a better option too. What shoes?

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

              Kelly & Katie “Doreen” in gold. But in reality, the shoes are very changeable–bronze in one light, or silver, or best, they pick up the color of the dress too. And the heel isn’t insanely high. Which is good because I intend to dance til I drop.

            • Demeter

              Love the dress! Gorgeous!

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

              Perfect! I was hoping you were going to say a metallic.

          • Qitkat

            What a beautiful dress! I adore that color. I’ll bet you’ll be able to reuse it for singing engagements.

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

              The thought had crossed my mind, Qikat. (Also, I have to say that until very recently I was a victim of speed reading your name and would have sworn it was Quitikat. A mind is a terrible thing to waste!)

          • MaggieMae

            Excellent choice.

      • Shibori Girl

        Yay! Congrats coming at you. Welcome to the light!

        I recommend listening to the commuter traffic reports for a week or two and reveling in the knowledge that you are not fighting traffic. Happy dance moves are encouraged.

      • MilaXX

        congrats on retirement!

      • BobStPaul

        Welcome to the wonderful world of retirement. If you’re like most people, it won’t be long before you start wondering how you ever found time to work.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Congratulations, sounds like you deserve a long rest and some spoiling. Enjoy!!!

      • PastryGoddess

        Woot! Congrats on your well deserved retirement

      • marlie

        This is really a fantastic way to celebrate your birthday!! Happy birthday, and happy retirement! xoxo

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

          Right?? I am being taken to Sunday brunch by hubs, daughter, and (almost) son-in-law. We’re going to a place that has a bottomless Mimosa and I predict they will lose money on us. Usually I don’t get this excited about birthdays–advancing age and all–but quitting that job is the BEST. PRESENT. EVER.

      • Qitkat

        Congratulations! May all your new freedom and upcoming life events bring you much joy. Clearly the celebration has already begun! ;)

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

          Roar it out, my astrological friend. When is your birthday?

          • Qitkat

            Next weekend, well actually Monday, the 11th. Still trying to figure out how to celebrate :)

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

              I’m going to wish you the very happiest birthday now just in case I forget on the 11th. However you celebrate, have a roaring good time.

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

        Please send some of that wet our way. My plants are dying because I feel guilty if I water them. Coyotes and mountain lions are roaming the streets because there’s no water in their mountains. We’ve been having uncharacteristic humidity due to a tropical storm somewhere, but we’re not getting any precipitation. And yet, UCLA was under 20 million gallons of water this week. But Randy Newman and I still love L.A.

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

          Can you collect greywater for watering your plants?

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

          Randy Newman……a difficult composer, but an important one. Do you know his song “Louisiana 1927″? I sang it at a benefit after Katrina devastated the state. Scarily on point.

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

            I just played it on youtube. The most difficult thing about Randy Newman is listening to his voice on a ballad. (At least “I Love L.A.” is uptempo and catchy.) But yes, that song was certainly appropriate to sing after Katrina.

            If we should suddenly get a really good rain, we could end up flooded, too, since the ground is so dry, it wouldn’t absorb all that water. Then you’d be hearing about homes sliding down the hillsides. You have to be careful about what you wish for.

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

        Happy Birthday for tomorrow! And very, very many congratulations on the retirement. I definitely think it was time!

      • 3boysful

        We share a birthday! Hope yours is great!

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

          Happy birthday to you for tomorrow, too!

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

          Happy Birthday to you, too!! I hope you’re doing something very fun to mark the occasion.

        • Qitkat

          Happy Birthday to you too!

      • alyce1213

        Rain notwithstanding, wonderful things are going on for you. Best wishes on them all. I looked at your dress, it’s just beautiful, especially with your (our) coloring.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Congratulations! My mom retired (well, she teaches 3 days a week for 3 hours in the morning for fun) after the 2011-2012 school year and she has been BUSIER than when she wasn’t retired. BUT, she says it is the best time ever, and I have been able to spend so much time with her now. It is the best! Happy Birthday and have a great time at your daughter’s wedding!

      • altalinda

        Big congratulations!

      • formerlyAnon

        Congratulations! You’ve sounded ready for a while.

      • rainwood1

        Nurses are the key to good health care. Thank you for your 25 years of service, and enjoy your retirement!!

        And send some rain our way. I’m in the Pacific Northwest and this is the driest summer in years. Muggy, but dry.

      • Grumpy Girl

        Congratulations on retirement. I am green with envy. And Happy Birthday, too!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      A quiet weekend planned here. I did bake a chocolate chip sour cream cake for a potluck that has since been cancelled. Instead of the potluck it will now become dessert for a get together with good friends.

    • Paula Pertile

      Getting over a ‘bug’ that’s been hanging on for too long. Almost keeled over in the grocery store this morning. No, no, I’m OK.
      And its too hot!
      But the kitties are OK, lol mom is OK, the fridge is stocked and I have cable. What more can a bitter kitten need.
      Have a good weekend all!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Feel better soon!

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

      Second week done and I get my first paycheck next week! It’s my first full time job since I got divorced exactly 13 years ago. The last one ended suddenly when the company closed on Aug. 15 and Mr. GC & I split 6 days later. It’s been a struggle ever since and I am so glad to now know precisely how much is coming in each week. Please join me in a virtual toast to me and the wonderful man who recognized my talents and hired me.

      • Sophie

        Congratulations!

      • MilaXX

        cheers!

      • kimmeister

        Wow, congrats!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Congrats! Wonderful news, hope you’re enjoying the new job.

      • marlie

        Congrats!

      • Jackie4g

        Only the best to you. You deserve it.

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

        Many congratulations! May I send a bottle of Perrier-Jouet to your table?

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

          Well, thank you so much. And I hope you enjoy the chocolate-dipped strawberries that I’m sending over to you to celebrate your retirement and your birthday and your daughter’s wedding and anything else wonderful that happens to you this month.

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

            YOU ARE PSYCHIC. I just received a shipment of……chocolate dipped strawberries. Did you tell my sisters to send them? Sadly, they left your name off the card. If you’re on FB I posted a photo. Ellen Ciompi.

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

              Those are very fancy strawberries. Too pretty to eat. And yes, I am psychic.

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

              They may be too pretty to eat but I’m sure I’ll manage. The company conveniently included the “nutrition information” card and they are 150 calories apiece. Sigh.

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

              That’s pretty scary considering that a medium strawberry is 4 calories.

              How are you planning to spend all those newly acquired hours?

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

              Oh (in no particular order): more gardening, more singing, more reading, more crossword puzzles, more work in the community, more visits with far flung friends. More singing. I’ve also gotten the “declutter and organize” bug recently so that’s on the agenda too. More singing. Attend more movies and concerts. More singing.

              I’ve been meaning to ask: what do you collect? For me it’s books, postcards, small boxes (preferably with mini surprises inside), sheet music, and shoes.

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

              Actually, “The Gifted Collector” was not meant to describe me. I chose it for my business to let folks know that I carried both collectibles and gifts. But I definitely have the collecting gene.

              Although I have many small collections, like small boxes, small crystal bowls, pressed glass bowls and plates, and perfume bottles, to name a few, my main collection is figural teapots and pitchers. No figurines allowed. I like things that do something. It’s what I sold in my store and what is on my web site. I had about 90 teapots and pitchers collected over 30 years until I had to start selling them on Ebay this last year to help support myself and my store.

              My small boxes are not figural trinket boxes, which I think yours are. Many litter my desk and are filled with paper clips, rubber bands, etc. There are others scattered throughout my house.

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

              Just visited (briefly) your website. WOW! Impressive!

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

              Thank you for liking it. Now that I don’t have to spend all my computer time trying to find a job (did I mention that I’m WORKING?), my next priority is upgrading my site and loading it with many, many more items.

            • @Biting Panda

              When we moved into my husband’s grandparent’s home, after they passed, there were HUNDREDS of tea pots and war glass (?) china. Much of which had been coveted by collectors as they aged.

      • Qitkat

        Yay, for two successful weeks under your belt! Cheers, may it long continue!

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

        Thank you one and all for your good wishes. I promise this is the last entry about getting a job. It took so long to get it that I figured I deserved three posts to crow about it. It’s funny that NurseEllen is so excited about retiring and I’m just as happy to be working again.

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

          You can do another one next week when you get paid!

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

            Thanks for the permission, Alicia, but I’m just going to do the happy dance and spare y’all the agony of reading about my employment once again.

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

              Agony? Hardly! We all celebrate the joys and woes of the BK community. Dance all you want, but post on!

            • @Biting Panda

              Hear, hear!

            • formerlyAnon

              Keep mentioning for as long as you are feeling happy about it! We all need to hear the good things that happen, and I love when a BK is happy.

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

              Hi, fA, where have you been? I missed you here in the Lounge.

            • formerlyAnon

              I’ve been traveling, as you may have realized based on other posts. Nice to know I was missed. I’ll be back!

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

        Raising my coffee cup to you (most importantly) and to your new boss!

      • Lisa_Co

        Congratulations on the job!!!

      • formerlyAnon

        I can only hope that the fella who hired you continues to recognize your worth. And gives you a raise, soon. (What? Can’t hurt to let the universe know what we’d like to see . . .)

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

          Actually, I negotiated my deal so that my salary goes up after the 3-month probation. Just 2 1/2 months to go.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I just wrote this down, what a smart tactic. No wonder they hired you :)

    • Shibori Girl

      Happy Friday, all. Make mine champagne. I am celebrating because the two pieces I entered in the fiber arts division of the 2014 Quilt & Fiber Arts Festival in La Connor Washington were both accepted. This is a juried art show and not everything makes it. I am thrilled.

      Shibori from Shibori Girl…life is good.

      • MilaXX

        congrats!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Good news all around from the kittens! You should be very proud.

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

        Congratulations!

      • Qitkat

        That is excellent! Post a link if you get a chance, would love to see your work.

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

        That’s wonderful news. I looked up Shibori. It seems to be part tie dye and part origami? It’s very beautiful. Is there a way to see your pieces?

        Good luck!

        • Shibori Girl

          Thanks to all for the kind words! When the show opens in October I will post photos on Facebook and alert y’all.

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

        How lovely! A friend’s mother took up shibori several years ago, but I haven’t seen any of her work since she started. It’s such a beautiful thing.

      • formerlyAnon

        That IS cause for celebration!

    • EveEve

      This is the start of a solid two weeks with no travel, domestic or foreign. And with any luck, no family or work drama either. It will be filled with farmers marketing and berry picking and canning, and lots of weed pulling, followed by hammock swinging, and if there’s any wind at all, some evening sailing. I do love summer.

      Is nobody else going to see Get on Up, the new James Brown biopic?

      • MilaXX

        It’s also on my list of must see movies.

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

        I am. Found out the sound track they are using for “Please, please, please” came from one recorded at his concert at Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in 1966 in Tampa, Fl. Well, moi was there; in person. I remember it vividly.

        • Qitkat

          That is pretty cool. In 1966, I was at college right across the bay, now called Eckerd College, then known as Florida Presbyterian College.

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

            I know it very well. My brother is a graduate of Eckerd College; 1979, as are 3 cousins. I’m a University of South Florida alum; 1975. Eckerd was and is a very fine institution.

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

          I have a CD of the Three Tenors’ appearance at Dodger Stadium, a concert that I attended. When I listen to it, I pretend that I can hear myself applauding.

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

            Oh, how I envy you. When they were touring I tried to get tickets, any tickets, to see them. What a great thing to have attended, and better to have the CD of the same performance. Lucky, lucky.

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

              It was a wonderful evening. Such beautiful music and song outside on a warm summer evening. It wasn’t the ancient Roman baths where they first appeared, but one could close their eyes and pretend.

      • Jackie4g

        I don’t like going to the movies, but I’ll bet the sound track will be AMAZING.

      • alyce1213

        I am!

      • formerlyAnon

        That sounds like a marvelous two weeks. I hope it happens just as you imagine – or even better!

    • MilaXX

      Not sure if GoG is on for this weekend, but I plan to see it soon. There’s a Torrid grand opening tomorrow that I want to go to. Plus size brick and mortar stress are few and far between, so I want to celebrate this.

      • Qitkat

        I’ve tried shopping at Torrid, but most of their looks are too young for me. But it also seems to have a pretty good turnover seasonally, so maybe I will give them another try. Enjoy your grand opening and hope you find something cute that fits your wants. Have you ever shopped at Maurice’s? They have a plus size division. I don’t know if they are all over the country.

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

          I agree about Torrid. They are now owned by the same company that owns Roamans and Woman Within. Their clothes are aggressively young and urban. I’ve been having some luck with Avenue. They seem to have stores nationwide. I also like buying on sale at Bloomies. They carry Nallie and Mellie (I think of them as Millie Vanilli), which is a very high quality, comfortable line. If you hit the sale right, you can get a stylish $100 top for half price.

          • MilaXX

            My style definitely leans urban. I buy dresses and shoes from Avenue. I think as a shopper you have to pick and choose. This is especially true as a plus size shopper. I know there are certain things I can depend on from certain stores.

            • PastryGoddess

              I’m a big fan of Lord and Taylor if only because of their sales. They often have 50% and 80% off sales. You have to dig to find things, but they even have most of the brand name stuff like Michael Kors on sale as well.

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

              No Lord & Taylor around these parts.

          • Qitkat

            Good suggestions, i will make a note. I don’t shop for clothes or shoes a lot. My vicarious highs come from this site!

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

              Gotta buy something once in a while. A girl can’t go nekkid.

        • MilaXX

          A lot of their stuff is young, but I buy mostly jeans and sometimes jewelry and shoes from them. I have different stores that are my go to for different things. Torrid is good about carrying wide width shoes and boots.

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

            Have you tried Clarks for shoes? Excellent quality. I recently discovered them and already have three pairs. Amazon is the best selection and price. Their own web site doesn’t carry the selection Amazon has, which includes discontinued styles.

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

              Love love love my Clark’s. Try Zappos for them as well. QVC carries a large selection and the Orthaheel brand of shoe which I also like a lot. Clark’s does have stores in some of the outlet malls.

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

              I actually discovered Clarks when I took myself to the outlets to buy job interview clothes. Then I bought more on Amazon when I got home. It’s so hard these days to find affordable leather shoes (synthetics make my feet sweat). And purses? Next to impossible.

            • altalinda

              Hear! Hear! for leather shoes. I have the same issue.

            • MilaXX

              I have a pair of Clarks but they are more for when I’m doing lots of walking. I need wide widths, but I still like shoes a little more fashionable. Sole Society has a lot of shoes I like.

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

              Clarks has a lot of different styles. The first pair I bought is a black leather wedge pump that I wore to my job interviews. (Did I mention that I’m WORKING?). The other two are very fashionable sandals, all in wide width. I’m going to check out Sole Society.

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

              I’ll have to check Sole Society out – I also need wide fitting shoes but I like them to be cute, if possible! And long-lasting. The majority of the wide-fit shoes I’ve found in the UK have been made of really cheap artificial leathers and have fallen apart after maybe 2 wears.

              Duo Boots make lovely shoes, in wide fittings (and boots in various calf sizes) but they are very expensive!

            • MilaXX

              I not only have wide calves, but sadly I also have cankles. I can’t fit most wide width boots because of the cankles. I bought and sent back boots from duo and wide width boots. Recently I discovered boot band extenders so I may give it another go this Fall/Winter.

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

              That’s a shame!

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

            You are also quite a bit younger than Qitkat and me, so you can feel more comfortable with their styles. I felt every year of my age the two times I walked into a Torrid store.

            • MilaXX

              LOL at 50 I don’t feel that young, but I guess everything is relative. I’ve just learned not to get intimidated by the things that aren’t for me. I even shop Forever 21 for accessories

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

              Here’s my sincere wish for you, Mila: May you live long enough to consider 50 young. From my perspective, you’re just a spring chicken.

    • SuzyQuzey

      GoG tomorrow!

    • GinnyThePainter

      Had lunch with a friend this week, and she told me her stepson is a major drag queen in Anchorage. Suddenly I’m obsessed with the idea that all states should have official drag queens. As in Montana: State Motto: “Oro y Plata.” State Bird: Western Meadowlark. State Drag Queen: Miss Lula Missoula

      So there’s your creative writing challenge for the week, BKs. You need to make up the official drag queen for your state, or any state.

      • alyce1213

        That’s such a fun idea. I don’t think I can come up with anything better than what we already have here in NY — the biggest, baddest, greenest drag queen of them all — the Statue of Liberty. She’s got a crown and a torch and carries a copy of September Vogue.
        I’m very pleased there are drag queens in Anchorage.

        • GinnyThePainter

          Hah! Now I’m going to look at Lady Liberty in a whole new light! She is a bit manly about the hands and arms, isn’t she?

          I’m from AZ and last night my best friend (also a Zonie) and I were discussing if Prickly Pears or Granny Canyons work as state drag queen names.

        • Tracy_Flick

          I’m in Anchorage as we speak, and will find out for you :) Mad Myrna’s, here I come!

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

        There is a real town in NC called Fuquay-Varina, so OF COURSE our State Drag Queen would be Miss Fuquay Varina. With names like that, it’s hardly a creative writing challenge, LOL!

    • kimmeister

      I have to work this weekend. Them’s the breaks when your company is split off from another company, and you are one of a select few who has access to certain HR systems, so you have to make sure they didn’t break during the IT split.

      But it’s nice to be back in my own house. Our concrete project in the backyard got done while we were away, and it looks great!

    • RussellH88

      I want to go on a road trip, which would involve me singing a lot if songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

      • PastryGoddess

        Co-sign

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

        I usually default to Sweeney Todd.

      • Jackie4g

        A road trip is not a Road Trip without some Marvin Gaye.

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

      Going to Las Vegas with son on Monday. We were supposed to go to the Grand Canyon today, but son hurt his back, badly, and we had to cancel Grand Canyon. He’s better now.

      Have a small for us luncheon on Sunday with visiting family. Only 17 people. Will be at a local restaurant. I’m the person who has 39 first cousins, so, well…family is everywhere..know I’m not alone with this.

      Are finalizing plans to get home from Scotland in November. Aer Lingus is going to get us home. Thought for a moment we’d have to stay.

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

        Glad his back is better!

        I’m from a small family – I have 5 first cousins, 2 of whom I have never met – so I’m always a bit in awe that people in big families can keep track of who everyone is!

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

          Thanks! I’m always surprised at what I remember. Some about 20 years ago it was really put to the test. My late husband (kids father, now deceased) found out there was the possibility our children might have myotonic dystrophy. His sister had just given birth to a boy that had it. Her Docs were saying everyone in their lineage needs to be tested. So, ok, round up the kids and take them to the geneticist associated with the teaching hospital here. I spent probably close to 2 hours with this very nice, very patient woman who charted every bit of my family, and my ex’s family. It was a huge undertaking. My mother was one of 10, my father one of 8. My ex had one sister, his father had 2 siblings; different fathers, mom had one brother. I shocked myself when I knew each of my aunts, uncles, cousins, who they married, if anyone had some possible genetic problem, if they died young, how many children they all had, and their health. Same for the ex’s family. She was charting it all on convention easel size paper pad. I think we filled out 4 pages. The kids did have to give blood samples also. In the end, kids do not have it, but the ex and his sister do. It’s what killed him, eventually. His sister is affected but doing well.

          Yes, we do keep in touch quite well. If FB had no other function, it’s wonderful for big families to keep up with one another. We use it a lot.

    • NinaBoo

      Yesterday I took my 10-year-old nephew to a science center for his birthday. My mom joined us and we were having a fabulous time when we got on the escalator. He was on the step behind my mom when he accidentally stepped on a woman’s foot. She slapped his arm. He turned around to see who hit him and then stepped down quickly and went to his grandma.

      I went off. She was still on the escalator when I yelled at her not to touch him again. This grown ass woman said, “He hit me first!”

      The hell? Are we on the playground and are you five? I continued to yell that I didn’t care what he did, he is a kid and she is an adult. I told her that if she touches him again I would take care of her. My nephew seemed unfazed and was eager to go see the IMAX movie he picked out. So I took my cues from him and moved on. Had he been upset or hurt, I would have had security there in two seconds.

      I hated having to tell my SIL (I let her tell my brother). They’re pissed but we are all taking our cues from the little guy. Best part? We had birthday dinner at my parents’ and he said, “Today was such a good day. What a great present from you. I loved everything. Well, almost everything but I’ll forget that other part.”

      I’ll forget it, too…but it may require a few more drinks!

      • boweryboy

        Yes, definitely take your cue from the little guy. Children are amazingly perceptive.

      • Qitkat

        That is some story. Glad all turned out OK. What a great attitude from your nephew.

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

        Good kid. But what the heck? Slapping a kid for accidentally stepping on your foot? That woman has problems.

      • kerryev

        Are you in DC? I think I was once stuck on the Red line with that nasty woman.

        • NinaBoo

          It must be her sister! I live just outside of Los Angeles…this happened at the California Science Center.

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

        That is CRAZY. Good for you for sticking up for your nephew. He may have taken it lightly but somewhere in his brain he knows that he is totally supported and there are adults who will protect him. That is GOLD.

      • Kitten Mittons

        What an amazing little guy, to act so wonderfully in the face of such terrible, inexcusable behavior. I wonder what part of her brain told her it was okay to hit another person’s child, um, EVER. Great job on handling the situation, because I’m quite sure I would have lost my sanity for a moment.

    • boweryboy

      I’m packed. Let’s go!

      Tomorrow, the partner and I are seeing Snowpiercer because of our mutual love of Tilda Swinton. We also want to escape the fresh hell that is the annual Blue Angels/Seafair weekend (although the sailors in full regalia wandering downtown is kind of nice …). Afterwards, we’re headed to the sculpture park to check out the newest acquisition – Echo, a 46ft bone white disembodied head. Then we’re going to have a nice dinner on the patio at The Pink Door.

      Sunday we’re celebrating the partner’s aunt’s 90th birthday. She’s amazing because she’s not what you’d expect for a 90 year old person. She’s mentally fit, very active (she and her partner go on hikes every weekend), and possibly one of the most intelligent individuals I’ve ever known. She and her partner have been together for almost 60 years (!!!) and have been openly and unapologetically gay even when it wasn’t acceptable. They have incredible stories.

      Overall, it’s been a rough week given the lack of sleep because of the crazy heat (85 degree-ish, easily) and today’s after work light rail fiasco that turned my 25 minute commute into 2 hours. So, I’m looking forwards to a very mellow weekend and I’m certain it will involve at the very least a bottle of chilled wine.

      • formerlyAnon

        I hope somebody has been recording your partner’s aunt’s stories. There’s so much richness in all of our bacgrounds and so often we don’t think to try to capture some of it till it’s too late.

        I am visiting family and very old friends for a time. There has been wine. There is going to be more.

      • rainwood1

        I love the Blues and all their roaring glory, but understand they aren’t everybody’s favorite. I used to love the hydros as a kid, especially the year Bill Muncey ran into and sunk a Coast Guard cutter. No one was hurt, thank goodness, but it was sure something to see. Haven’t been to the races in years and I think it’s a lot more drunken bedlam than it used to be.

        And have fun at the Pink Door. I love their deck and their olive tapenade. Hate the hot, muggy weather.

        • boweryboy

          Ah, fellow Seattleite Kitten! Pink Door was lovely and the weather was perfect (after the brief bout of rain). We’re partial to the penn cove mussels steamed in vermouth, butter, and cream.

          On the other hand I have a lot of thoughts about Snowpiercer.

          • formerlyAnon

            Thoughts about Snowpierceri?

            • boweryboy

              Snowpiercer is that movie with Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Octavia Spencer and bunch of young Hollywood actors I don’t know in which the world is frozen and the last of humanity lives on a train that travels the globe non-stop. The rich live in the front of the train and the poor in the back. Revolution ensues. The partner and I saw it this weekedn. With the exception of Swinton, who was comic relief (still unsure if it was deliberate), the rest of the movie was a stinker.

    • demidaemon

      I am in the middle of a small crisis regarding moving. My new apartment will not be ready until the 22nd. Unfortunately, there are mandatory meetings for new hires in about two weeks. thus, I am in the process of composing a professional e-mail for other options. Wish me luck. :(

      • Qitkat

        Sometimes grand adventures start with a stumble or two. Hopefully this will be a minor blip, and you will find your new digs and work/study situation to be optimal. Bon chance!

        • demidaemon

          Thanks! I’m praying for understanding, since my apartment complex is affiliated with the school.

          • formerlyAnon

            Maybe the department has a listserve that can hook you up who’d have a room for a couple of weeks, and maybe even a garage for your stuff, if you have to bring it all with? I guess you could go in for the early stuff and do the move later, but that sounds complicated and potentially expensive, what with travel. Whatever the eventual solution is, good luck.

            • demidaemon

              While that would be nice, truthfully I need the extra time to prepare, and I don’t really have the funds that might be encountered from moving early. I e-mailed my contacts and am waiting to see what they say.

            • formerlyAnon

              Hope they let you know sooner rather than later.

            • demidaemon

              Me too. I should (hopefully!) receive a response tomorrow.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Fingers crossed for you!

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

      Probably won’t see GoG until next weekend – husband wanted to go last night but he was grumpy and stressed all last week and not particularly someone I wanted to go on a date night with! He’s calmed down now, but it’s still likely to be a quiet weekend.

      • formerlyAnon

        Hope you found something to enjoy together today. If only real life were more like the (happy) movies!

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

          He’s cheered up and now it is a *pleasantly* quiet weekend, not a tense and quiet weekend!

    • Aidan B

      Morning, kittens, and happy weekend! I didn’t get to post last night as I wasn’t home at all. I worked a full day, hopped on the train home, got in the car, drove an hour (plus traffic) to my parents for a bit to visit, and to finally let my dad see my wedding dress…he was surprisingly composed! From there, zipped over to meet my future in laws’ at future hubs’ “Rockestra” concert, where he and the rest rocked out to about 14 California-themed songs arranged for orchestra. He did two of the orchestrations and it was a lot of fun watching him play. Then there was the after-party, and we didn’t get home until almost 1 AM. I’m never out that late anymore! And thus, my drink for this lounge turns out to be black tea. Hope everyone’s having a great weekend! xoxo

    • Miranda Reseigh

      I almost had a heart attack when I realized that Dragon*Con is less than a month away. My costumes are not ready.

      • @Biting Panda

        Happy birthday, lovely lady.

    • Sobaika

      It’s my birthday!! I plan on having too much cake :D

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

        Happy Birthday, gorgeous!

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

        Happy Birthday!

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

        Have a happy day and a wonderful year!

      • Denise Alden

        I know this will sound weird, but I would have totally guessed you were a Leo! Happy Birthday!

        • Sobaika

          I take that as a huge compliment!

          • Denise Alden

            Good! I meant it that way! This Aquarius loves Leos.

      • Qitkat

        Happy Birthday, have a wonderful day!

      • Yoshio

        Tanjoubi omedetou! Eat a couple of slices for me! What kind of cake, by the way?

        • Sobaika

          Rosewater and lemon! I’m not into super sugary.

          • Yoshio

            How divine! I love rosewater and lemon but I’ve never had them together. It sounds light and lovely and perfect. Like you, I’m not into super sugary.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Girl, have a GREAT day! Happy Birthday!

      • formerlyAnon

        Happy day! And week, at least.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Happy birthday!

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

        Another BK with an early August birthday. Love it! Hope the whole weekend rocks for you!

    • FuhUgh

      Lyle Lovett at Ravinia on Friday night (OK, last night – the show was great), dog beach (Mondog) in Chicago, then packing and primping for our trip to Alaska starting next Saturday. Any packing tips for Alaska cruising, kittens? I’m figuring it’s less “fabulous” and more “light fleece layers.” Thoughts?

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

        Just check the whether reports. We were quite comfortable on our August Alaskan cruise.

      • altalinda

        I did one of those a couple of late-summers ago. I’m against cruises on principle but it was wonderful and memorable. Yes to layers and light fleece layers! You will feel cool, although the locals will be running around in shorts and short-sleeve shirts. At least on the cruise that I did, there was no fabulosity, on or off the boat. We did treat ourselves to dinner at the fancy restaurant one night, so it was good to have some duds for that. Also, bring a raincoat bien sur.

      • formerlyAnon

        Bring a waterproof layer.

        Bring good walking/hiking shoes, assuming you’ll be stopping. My Alaska trip was a long time ago, now – late ’80s – but we saw so much amazing, beautiful wildlife literally minutes walk from a paved roadway. I will NEVER forget seeing salmon swimming upstream. But the walk was often a bit strenuous even if short.

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

          My cruise was ruined by the fact that we didn’t see ANY wildlife – not a damn moose, not a damn eagle, not a damn whale — NOTHING! The day after we got home, I drove to work along Pacific Coast Highway and saw dolphins, seals and pelicans. Shoulda saved my money. We did see the dead salmon who didn’t make it upstream. Whoopee. Bitter? Me? Why do you ask?

          • PastryGoddess

            You did an Alaskan cruise in the middle of summer? They are all eating their heads off in the morning and evening and sleeping during the day…bastards.

            Go in May when there are BABIES or September when they realize they have to EAT ALL THE THINGS! because winter is coming

      • Qitkat

        My husband hasn’t cruised, but made several trips to Alaska while in the park service. He especially recommends Sitka if your cruise is stopping there. As for clothing, this time of year, it can range from cool to 80 degrees on land.

    • Yoshio

      Going to the Westside to visit a client who is a gentleman farmer. He is trying to persuade me that taking home a piglet (the runt) is a good idea…vamos a ver!

    • KinoEye

      Oh, kittens. Not a good past few weeks in Kinoland. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised by how cruel, vile and atrocious people can be. But I am. Week before last, two toddlers were found dead in the town where I work. As the editor and sole reporter at the local paper, I’ve been wrapped up in this since day one. We got the preliminary cause of death report Thursday. Blunt force trauma for both Gabriella (3) and Natalye (1). We always knew it was murder. The question is whether the man who was staying in their apartment killed them… Or their own meth addicted, horrible mother. Or both, together. It is starting to look like it was the mother. Who was once under investigation by CPS and has skipped town.

      I didn’t know these girls. But it has been so hard. I was talking to their neighbors yesterday. They told me the girls were always hungry. Dirty. Sad, except for when they were together. My heart was already broken for those girls. But strangely, this is where I lost it: “Natty bug’s favorite color was green,” a neighbor told me, as she played with her own curly-haired, giggling baby girl.

      I have to write a story by Monday. And I feel such a huge responsibility to these precious babies to tell their story. Not the gory details. That they were innocent, sweet, helpless little girls who couldn’t speak for themselves. But I can.

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

        That is just heartbreaking. I’m sure you will write a beautiful memorial to them.

      • Qitkat

        Oh, KinoEye, this is so devastating. I wish I could read the story you will write. I know you will give these sweet innocents the voice they never got to share with the world. Take good care of yourself and your loved ones in this tragic time. It won’t be easy to stay strong, and it’s really not necessary. Feel all your feelings and let everyone know the tiny things about who they were, because I get it, that there is where it is so heart-breaking. I’m so sorry for you and all who are grieving.

        • KinoEye

          Thank you, Qitkat. It’s going to print as I type. I am drained, but satisfied with what I was able to do. If you do want to find it, it should be online tomorrow. If you google “Wood County newspaper,” that should take you straight to it ;-)

          • Qitkat

            I have found your moving story. The poem on the pink ribbons is so poignant. Your community needs to share their sorrow and your story will help with that. I hope that these little girls, so innocent and precious, will not be forgotten, the tragedy of child abuse that resulted in these senseless killings is beyond understanding, yet is way too common. Your journalistic voice is so important, as hard as it is to keep reporting and learning more as time goes on. People need to hear these difficult true stories, otherwise how can we learn to put a stop to this awfulness, it must not be ignored. Blessings and compassion to everyone in your little Texas town.

      • Shibori Girl

        Oh My Dear, what a tragedy. My heart breaks for these children and for you who must give them a voice. I am lifting you up as you accept this sacred job.

      • GeoDiva

        I am glad that someone like you who cares will tell their story and make sure people don’t forget!

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

        Oh god. This really is the responsibility of the fourth estate. I am sure you will do yourself proud.

      • @Biting Panda

        Oh honey. I know you will do them justice.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Sending hugs your way, and more hugs to these precious angels in heaven. And then I’m going to go hug my own baby. I know you’ll tell their story with compassion and love.

      • Peeve

        How difficult it must be to have to investigate this and then write a story about these two innocent babies. My heart goes out to you. But I also know that someone who cares so deeply to write their story will do a beautiful job of it.

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

        Tragic in every possible way. I know you will find the words of power and truth that you need to write the story. You couldn’t love these angels before they died but you can love them now. God bless you as you work and I hope you can take comfort in knowing the BKs are thinking of you.

        • KinoEye

          You’re all wonderful. Thank you. Two days, three rewrites and 1,500 words later, it’s done. I’m exhausted, but I don’t mind in the least. Wouldn’t have been able to get through it without the good thoughts and well wishes coming my way. Thank you, kittens. You’re the greatest.

      • formerlyAnon

        It is so hard to do the job that you do and still allow yourself to feel heartbroken. You can make it real to others, but it will take its toll. Be very kind to yourself, and make sure you get some rejuvenating time down the line. Don’t let the pressures of work and those you work for/with deprive you of that.

      • Frank_821

        I hope the story hasn’t been too taxing. what a horrible scenario to be part of

    • Qitkat

      Kittens! I just made the most delicious lemon blueberry coffeecake. Snicker, we had it for lunch:)
      Y’all come on by and grab yourself a piece!

      • BLauDGaspode

        Recipe?? Sounds sooooo good.

        • Qitkat

          It’s a fairly standard recipe, with a few tweaks for enhancing flavors, and taking high altitude cooking adjustments into consideration- most baking needs adjustment for liquid volume and leavening. I’ll have to look up specifics to post later :)

        • Qitkat

          Here you go, just keep in mind this is what worked for me at 5300 feet. Whisk in bowl dry ingredients: 1 cup white flour, 1 cup white whole wheat pastry flour, 1/2 cup each white sugar and dark brown sugar (it was very sweet, next time I’ll cut back to 7/8 or 3/4 cup total), 1/2 tsp salt, 1-1/2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp baking soda. In separate bowl, beat wet ingredients (by hand, no need for mixer): 2 large eggs, 1/4 cup plain oil, 5.3 oz carton vanilla chobani yogurt (greek), 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt, 1/2 cup buttermilk, 3 Tbl fresh lemon juice, 2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp each lemon oil, almond extract, lemon extract. Stir together the wet and dry just til mixed. Fold in 2 cups fresh blueberries tossed with a bit of flour – this should help keep them from sinking, but it’s still good if they do. Prepare a springform pan with cooking spray and parchment paper cut to bottom. Spoon half of batter into pan. Top with half of following sprinkle mixture: margarine, dark brown sugar, cinnamon, grapenuts, abt a quarter cup of each, 1 tsp spice, rubbed together. Add rest of batter, rest of sprinkles. Bake 350° middle of oven 40 minutes. Cool 10 minutes on rack. Carefully loosen sides of springform. Transfer to large plate, OK if paper comes with it (mine did). Drizzle over while still warm mixture of 1 cup confectioners sugar and 2 Tbl lemon juice (put in ziploc, cut tiny triangle off corner). Serves 8 generously or up to 12 servings. For lower altitudes, could decrease yogurt by 1/4 cup I think, increase baking powder to 2 tsp, leave off baking soda, I’m sort of guessing here. Baking time may also be less. Very moist and rich. Deep golden brown on top. Lemon oil is not easy to find, it has a very concentrated lemon flavor, is sold at Sur la Table stores. Substitute zest of a whole lemon or increase lemon extract.

          • BLauDGaspode

            Many thanks! I bake a lot, so I think I should be able to figure it out. Sounds really, really good!

            • Qitkat

              Good luck!

    • Jacob Bowen

      Well, this week has been interesting…I’ve been looking to buy a waverunner for the past 3 weeks and then last week I decided to ask my neighbors if they were still selling their boat. It turns out they are so I went with them on a test run this week on Tuesday and had a BLAST. So, the decision was made and I told them I wanted to purchase it. I walked over Wednesday with my check, only to be told that it was going to take them a few days to get all of the paperwork together; she wanted to find the manual and all the records of repair. I understand that it is a great for me to have all of this information, but didn’t understand why I couldn’t just get boat with the title and get the rest of the paperwork when they found it.

      Today I went back (figuring 3 days was enough) and she told me that now they want to keep it till Monday because they are having all of their grandchildren over (they are in their 70’s and have 15 grandkids). I would understand this if they were normal users of the boat, but it has sat there for 4 years and has never been used. So now, when I made plans to have friends over and cleared my weekend, they are going to use the boat. I have ONE week of summer left before I start my FIRST TEACHING JOB (excitement!) and I would love to get as much time on my lake in as possible in this last week. It is frustrating. I know I should be happy to have the ability to buy the boat and that it is only 2 days later, but I am just DYING to have my first boat and to have fun without my parents having to be present.

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

        Probably your offer made them suddenly all appreciative of their asset. It’s a bummer but you can’t really do anything except cultivate as Zen an attitude as you can under the circumstances. Good luck!

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, come vent here when you have to. This too shall pass, but that doesn’t mean it’s fun in the meantime.

    • GeoDiva

      It’s been a great week for me! I am finally an Auntie! My brother and my sister-in-law had a baby boy born Tuesday. So I have spent the last 4 nights at the hospital cuddling my nephew, especially since the birth was very long and traumatic. Everything is fine now and they are finally home today. I capped off my week with seeing Jack Johnson at the Waikiki Shell and it was such a mellow, relaxing show sitting on a blanket under the Hawaiian stars. Life is good!

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

        Quoting GWTW: “The best days are the days when babies come!” Congratulations, Auntie!

        • GeoDiva

          That is a great saying! Thanks!

    • Swiftlytiltingplanet

      I survived the family trip/wedding to Seattle. In fact, it went surprisingly well. (Of course, that may have something to do with eating and drinking more than i had in the previous 6 months or so!) The wedding was lovely, the party big fun, and the whole event was blessedly drama-free. I even managed to have a few actual conversations about things! Best of all, I got to see the great nephew and niece who moved across country last year – he is 4 1/2 and she is almost 3 – and they continue to be amazing. And they remember me! (I was really worried about that…)

      I got back on Monday and think I’m finally caught up on sleep. :-)

      Thank you Bitter Kittens for all your encouragement!

      • Qitkat

        It sounds like you have some great new memories and have also conquered a fear that was holding you back. Good for you! I’m so glad it went so well.

      • @Biting Panda

        I’m so, so, so, glad.

      • Shibori Girl

        I am so glad that the things went well. I tend to get into catastrophic thinking mode … Thinking that the worst will happen. It is such a relief when things go well! How cool to see your great niece and nephew. Cheers on a good trip!

      • formerlyAnon

        YAY YAY YAY!!!

        So glad it went well.

        I’m doing the Trip Back Home right now. So far so good.

        • Swiftlytiltingplanet

          Fingers crossed!

    • formerlyAnon

      Greetings all. I’m doing the Trip Back Home right now, and it’s going surprisingly well. Fingers crossed, many days yet to go.

      I could write a story about my first day back, it was like getting dropped into a stereotypical short story set in the Old South As it Still Exists Today. Replete with old persons, brick porticos, American flags, cigarettes, rehab faciities/nursing homes literally adjacent to corn & tobacco fields and So Much More. Horses and dogs and cats, oh my! Cleaning and cleaning and cleaning, the scourge of red clay everywhere.

      Also wine and coffee and modern art and locally grown veggies, so much richness.

      • Qitkat

        Oh, that red clay, so hard to get out of fabric. Alabama red clay is in my blood and soul :) If you like stories about the South, check out a site called The Bitter Southerner. It’s a blog out of Atlanta, with lots of great original writing and observations of today’s South and some of yesteryear.

    • Kitten Mittons

      A mostly good but exhausting Saturday to end a good but exhausting week. The recruiter I’m working with called again with encouraging news, and more promising questions that I could answer positively. Not much luck finding another recruiter yet, but the search continues.

      I spent an inordinate amount of time helping my parents look for my husband’s birthday present, but it paid off, as they found the perfect thing, and it was half off, And they got free shipping and another 15% off, AND I’ve kept it a surprise so far! I still have a week to keep my mouth shut, though. Eep.

      We also seem to be the home for wayward boys, lately, which is a title I would gladly take on, though it takes most of my energy to do so. It makes me amazingly grateful for my own completely charmed upbringing. In short, my husband is mentoring a former coaching prospect who has grown up in the most deplorable conditions, and was just released from juvenile detention. He has seen things at just 13 I pray I never see. But, if everyone has the capacity to change, then this kid is a perfect candidate. Smart, funny, sweet, and charismatic with all the potential in the world. A long road to go, though.

      We also took two of our nephews to the water park yesterday, which was fun and grueling at the same time (frueling?). My SIL is the pretty much scum on the bottom of the shoe of the most despicable person you can think of. We do not talk to her at all anymore, but that’s another story. We took her two oldest, and they were as good as you can expect given who raised them. But by the end of the day, you find yourself so angry at her for not teaching them basic life skills, manners, and for perpetuating her lying and excuse-making. You spend the day trying to teach them what you can, fussing, and loving as much as you can. I think I successfully taught the older one to figure a tip in a restaurant, and the other how to not eat a steak with your hands (an 11 year old), so….a small win. And the water park was really fun between fussings. And as crazy as they make me, I do love having a full house and watching my baby just have the time of his life with them. They are excellent with little kids, and he thinks they hung the moon.

      Another very very minor win, I think yesterday was the first time since I was a child that I have been in a swimsuit and was not uncomfortably self conscious the entire time. I consider that more of a mental win than an exercise win, but kind of both.

      • Qitkat

        Whew, you and your husband are showing what parenting really means, especially towards those not fortunate enough to have had such generous, warm people in their lives. It must be especially painful seeing your nephews with such potential and worrying about them when they’re outside of your scope. It must mean so much to them that you’ve stayed in their lives despite the family rift. Hugs and kudos to you both.

        And yay for the swimsuit moment, I agree, that can really be a psychological hurdle.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Thank you for that, we are trying. Two of her four are our godchildren, and all of them are innocent bystanders with regard to her terrible choices. They are the only reasons we didn’t cut ties sooner, so we are making a concerted effort to spend time with them when we can. The young man who isn’t family is just….a special case. Definitely a kid who grabbed us by the heart strings from the get go several years ago, so we’re glad he is getting a second chance at things and has come back into our lives. After reading about KinoEye’s experiences this week, the exhaustion and small frustrating moments seem a lot smaller and even more worthwhile, that’s for sure.

          • Qitkat

            Regretfully, my personal circle has narrowed considerably over the years. Hearing other people’s stories, triumphs and tribulations on the Lounge has kept me aware of what people may go through on a regular basis. We each have our challenges, but I agree, becoming more aware of the terrible things others have to deal with, gives me perspective and appreciation for my own relatively unburdened life.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Yes, most definitely. Perspective and appreciation sum it up perfectly. I’m also always in awe of the diverse lives and interests on here. Y’all are always opening my eyes to new things and getting me out of my own head, where an introvert like me could live comfortably for quite some time.

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    • Jacob Bowen

      Today my sister is wearing a pink and white chevron dress…which is really cute until you get to the SHEER LACE MULLET skirt. Forever 21, why must you kill me so? She attempted to buy a strapless denim romper yesterday, but I managed to subtly convince her that the proportions were not as flattering as other garments she was trying on.

      • Kitten Mittons

        I love reading your updates, Jacob. You always write with so much FEELING, and I can practically see your horror at the skirt. Well done, well done on the romper avoidance.

        • Jacob Bowen

          My overuse of capital letters is so annoying (even I’m annoyed) but it is so natural to my fingers that I just CAN’T stop it. I am (extremely) dramatic in real life, so it does truly capture the emotion that I convey when speaking.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Not annoying to me at all, I thoroughly enjoy it.

      • Gatto Nero

        You have done a great service to humankind.

      • PastryGoddess

        STRAPLESS DENIM ROMPER

        none of these things go with the other things. May it burn in hell

    • @Biting Panda

      It’s a hard knocks life, Kittens.
      I’m poolside, in the country, watching a gaggle of twenty-something year old, sweaty, young men play volleyball. Thank you baby Jesus, for Funday Sunday, at my aunt’s place.

      • Shibori Girl

        Eye Candy, it’s the best…no tooth decay! Glad you are hanging out. Stay cool.

      • Frank_821

        I empathize. We spent the weekend watching a bunch of young men in their early 20s playing quidditch. A damn nice assortment of wizards

    • Anna

      Tired from a busy weekend spent mostly outdoors, but a happy BK here. I opted not to go to Montreal for Osheaga this year and I think I made the right choice. I just CANNOT with outdoor music festivals anymore. I don’t want to say I’m old, but I definitely have less and less in common with the other attendees. Although I’m sure the fashions would’ve been hilarious. Maybe not quite Coachella levels of fuckery, but entertaining nonetheless.

      And I felt the line-up was only meh, so I went with a different group of friends up to cottage country and spent the weekend swimming, trail running and stand up paddleboarding along with eating s’mores and drinking beers on the beach. Muscles are the good kind of sore and I have all kinds of bizarre tan-lines, but this marks the first time in quite a while I haven’t felt heinous in a swimsuit. I’m glad we came back tonight though and beat the traffic so I can just take it easy tomorrow because it’s a long weekend!

      Be well, Kittens!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Your weekend sounds like an absolute blast. And congrats on the swimsuit WIN! It’s a damn good feeling to be able to let the self-conscious stuff go and just enjoy yourself. Having worked hard to achieve that makes it feel all the sweeter. Long distance high fives!

        • Anna

          Thanks! I’ve found that doing something and seeing what I’m actually capable of really helps with the hang-ups. My first few tries at paddleboarding were a bit embarrassing (spent more time trying to get onto the board and trying to stay on, than actual paddling), but this time I kept up with the group and seeing how far we went plus the amazing view of the mountains from the water makes you forget about your perceived rolls and sucking in your stomach. And as my friend likes to say, “You only have one body, don’t talk shit about it.”

          • Kitten Mittons

            Good advice from your friend. I’ve never gone paddleboarding, but I would love to try. Glad you got to, and glad you had a great time.
            Also, mountains! *sigh*

            • Anna

              I recommend it, so much fun! Once you get the hang of it, the feeling of standing on the water is so damn cool and I don’t really think it matters where you are, because the perspective and view you get from the water is unbelievable. Yes, these mountains were no Rockies but I’ll take ‘em!

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      I saw Guardians of the Galaxy yesterday, and I loved it! I usually shun action movies, but this is so much more. I haven’t enjoyed a sci-fi fantasy this much since The Fifth Element! Colorful, clever, exciting, even poignant, but above all FUN! So nice to see a summer movie that isn’t stepped in ennui! Hope you liked it too.