T LOunge

Posted on August 08, 2014

Praise Oprah, it’s FRIDAY!

 

 

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TLOunge-8-8-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (2)Tom’s Bar, Augustine Hotel, Prague

 

Comfy chairs and airy surroundings, darlings. Come and getchaself some. Sit right down and tell us about your week.

Here’s our news:

1) Celebrity Parents Mag wrote a fabulous review of “Everyone Wants to Be Me or Do Me,” which we are now going to quote to you because we’re attention-seeking that way:

Everybody Wants to Be Me or Do Me is less of a gushing love letter to celebrities and more of a laugh out loud wake-up call for those enthralled with the celeb life and wonder why theirs isn’t as amazing. Rather, the book shows you the ins and outs of what celebs had to do (and continue to do) to gain their A-list status, and gives you, the celebrity-smitten reader, a much-needed reality check. To give you an idea, chapter titles include “The Art of the Canoodle,” “The Well-Orchestrated Cheating Scandal,” and our fave, “Acquiring Children” with the subtitle “Props That Cry.” But being TLo, the biting advice comes in the form of fun, bitchy advice from your gay besties, which is exactly the way we like it.”

NICE, right?

2) All Washington D.C.-area kittens are ordered to come out to the Fashion 360 conference, on Sept 20/21 in D.C. where we will be giving a talk on our lives and careers as internationally fabulous fashion bloggers. And also to meet and greet, and sign books. The D.C. crowd was the largest book signing crowd we ever pulled, so we expect to see many of your shining faces again. Who knows? Maybe we can do a drinks meetup afterwards. More details to come as we get closer.

3) There’s greasy Dim Sum and Chinese beers in our immediate future. We’re going to shower, shave and shine and head on out while there’s still some sun in the sky.

Peace out, girl scouts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Augustine Hotel]

    • http://gabyrippling.tumblr.com/ Gaby

      Ooh I’m first to the lounge. Mostly because I’m still at work, shhh.

      • AlisonS

        Ugh. I’ve been there before…. I hope you are out now with a drink in hand!

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

      This week I had a dream that I was watching the fourth season of Project Runway All Stars. Bert Keeter was a contestant, and it was known by all viewers that he was the producers’ chosen winner, because of some info leak on the internet.

      So congratulations to you, Bert, for winning PRAS 4!

    • GeoDiva

      Telecommuting from home because of Hurricane Iselle. There have been periods of heavy winds and sideways rain and then sunshine off and on all day long. Just hope Hurricane Julio on Sunday night keeps to the north. Makes for a very eventful weekend! Aloha All!

      • @Biting Panda

        Stay safe.
        I’ve lived through a couple of hurricanes, and it was running from the churning Katrina that sent me back to Atlanta. So stressful.

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

          I’m a Floridian. Have mucho respect for hurricanes. Glad you’re safe.

      • kimmeister

        Which island are you on? My friend on Oahu has been “tarping and taping” for days.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Hoping you and yours are safe.

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        Stay safe! How scary; hope everything stays calm.

      • Aidan B

        Be careful out there! I hope the worst of it misses you.

      • decormaven

        May the hurricanes do no harm to Hawaii. Peaceful thoughts as the storms pass over.

      • marlie

        Be safe!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Mother Nature is no joke. Stay safe, and may you come through unscathed!

      • GeoDiva

        Mahalo everyone for the best wishes. Seems that the worst is over here on Oahu and now it is just heat and humidity. Guess beggars can’t be choosey! Having been through a hurricane in high school and spending a few months in NOLA working emergency response after Katrina, I respect and am in awe of what Miss Mother Nature can do. Now it is time for some on-line shopping!

        • Kitten Mittons

          As a New Orleanian, just have to pass on my gratitude for the Katrina relief work. Recovery would have been impossible without amazingly selfless people like yourself. Much respect.

          Glad you’re clear of the worst bits.

    • http://instagram.com/nevareese International Model

      With the satirical anti-penis graffiti memo eviction almost over with (and slowly becoming a badge of honor instead of the biggest anxiety inducing moment of my life), my husband and I are experiencing wonderful culture shock after being in painfully trendy and expensive downtown to North Hollywood. We live in the trashy area near two strip clubs, many check cashing places, and a karaoke bar. I feel more comfortable here, though I haven’t the heart to tell my suburbanite husband that the crickets he hears at night are actually roaches…

      • kimmeister

        Wha . . . ?

        • http://instagram.com/nevareese International Model

          Long story short: management stopped putting notices regarding water outages in the elevator due to someone always drawing penises on them. I wrote a satirical (and clean!) memo, the manager got mad, blamed me for drawing the penises, threatened to us evict over the memo, and then went through with it.

          • kimmeister

            I take it you were not the phallic artist? Man, what a petty manager!

            • http://instagram.com/nevareese International Model

              Petty and most likely wanted us out because they are now charging $300-500 more in rent to new tenants and our lease was now month to month.

          • Musicologie

            You’re pretty awesome. Good luck acclimating to your new digs!

            • http://instagram.com/nevareese International Model

              Bless!

            • @Biting Panda

              Who wants to live where penis humor is not allowed?

          • heybethpdx

            I hope the manager faces MANY YEARS of penis graffiti. I would volunteer to ink some myself if I were in that area! BK graffiti road trip!

            • marlie

              Hell, I’d pay someone else to make sure that it keeps happening.

            • decormaven

              You are my people.

          • Aidan B

            Holy crap! What an overreaction. Glad you’re taking it in stride.

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

            Here I can finally use a phrase I’ve picked up in TLo-ville: Sweet Jesus on a Breadstick! How awful! I firmly believe in karma so I am certain the sleazy manager will get his nastiness returned manyfold in due time. And I’m equally certain you will have some unexpected good news. Bless you for hanging in there! Also, you must have a different species of roaches than the ones I knew from NYC…..they were silent but nauseating. And in the worst cases, they flew when you turned the overhead light on. Ugh…gives me the shivers remembering.

            • http://instagram.com/nevareese International Model

              I have seen the flying ones! They are a new level of terrifying!

            • Qitkat

              Florida. Palmetto bugs. Two.Inches.Long. Childhood nightmares. The baby ones (quarter inch) hid in the toilet paper rolls. We kids would be sound asleep, and all of a sudden, hear my dad on a rampage, killing roaches.

            • Sarah

              Florida, and Georgia too. Childhood and college, plagued by them…and they don’t necessarily die when you step on them, drown them, or try to vacuum them up. I actually left Savannah at age nineteen not in small part because my crappy first apartment was FULL of them, and I just couldn’t stand it.

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

              They are. Avoid Queensland in summer – they fly in when you are in the shower and threaten to get in your hair. I’d rather face Norman Bates.

          • marlie

            What?!?!?! That’s f*cked up. That absolutely sucks for you. :(

      • decormaven

        Hey, you’ll bring class to your new environs. Life’s too short to be in a place where you’re not appreciated.

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

        Welcome to the Valley!

        I’m pretty sure your husband is correct. I don’t think roaches make noise and we have very fertile crickets around these parts.

        • http://instagram.com/nevareese International Model

          …that is a relief to hear…

      • AlisonS

        The karaoke bar can’t be bad! Or at least if you’re not me and have put a move to a new city on hold because you can’t find someone as amazing as your current karaoke DJ….
        In other news I’m sorry you got evicted for something so stupid and without merit. That manager clearly is only out for his pocket.

      • SierraDelta

        I’m trying to think of *any* way I can work “. . . satirical anti-penis graffiti memo. . .” into *any* of the conversations I’ll be having this weekend. Going out on a limb here, but I don’t think my mother would respond positively to it if I casually tossed it into our weekly conversation.

        Your former manager is a humorless cretin.

      • formerlyAnon

        Crickets or tree frogs are noisier than roaches, in my experience. Hope that proves yours. I am glad you don’t sound devastated by the ridiculous money-grubbers’ eviction on feeble grounds.

        Your neighborhood sounds a bit like mine: actually a nice, safe, once-suburban neighborhood (sadly, rapidly up-scaling) but it’s nestled between some very commercial and useful streets (cheap yummy restaurants galore!) and there is always the question when visitors fly in: do we bring them in the quickest way, or the way that passes the strip club not 5 minutes drive from the house?

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

      Bedtime for me – went out for dinner (steak tartare and choucroute Alsacienne for me, pate de foie & entrecote cep for him) & a movie.

      • random_poster

        I’ll have what you had. Sounds divine.

      • kimmeister

        I’ve always been too afraid to try anything tartare!

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

          No sashimi or anything? This was very much an entry-level tartare – very little beef flavour, loads of mustard and piquant seasonings and blended really thoroughly. Had I not ordered it I don’t think I’d have known it was raw meat.

          • Sophie

            I’m doing a semester abroad and I really miss pâté… (never really liked choucroute, though). I did eat Uyghur food for the first time today, and am trying to find the recipe in English online without knowing the English name of the dish.

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

              Describe the dish and I will see what I can do – I have very good food-based research skills!

              I love sauerkraut – Swiss grandmother’s influence!

            • Sophie

              The dish is called “zhengzhengmian” in Chinese (which seems to mean something like “chop chop noodles”). It might be an Uyghur adaptation of a foreign recipe, because I couldn’t find it among specilaties of the Xinjiang region on the Internet. It has a kind of sweet sauce with green bell pepper, salad, onions and noodles that look a bit like gnocchi.
              My German mother never managed to make me like Sauerkraut, but I suspect she doesn’t particularly like it either. I’m all for Rotkraut though, especially at Christmas.

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

              The noodles sound interesting – my (*extremely*) limited understanding of culinary Chinese suggests that mian/la mian is hand-pulled noodles, rather than a gnocchi/dumpling sort of thing. On the other hand, my Swiss side rears up to suggest that spaetzle is called a “cut” noodle, so they are probably working on the same logic. From wikipedia’s description it sounds like Shou La Mian, 手拉面, shǒu lāmiàn but that definitely sounds like a pulled noodle, not the cat’s ear gnocchi style.

              Sorry – totally less than helpful. The only Xinjiang dish I remember eating is a really delicious lamb & cumin thing.

            • Sophie

              Thank you for looking it up anyway! It definitela wasn’t lamian (that was in the name of several other dishes). The noodles were uneven and a bit bigger than gnocchi, and had little creases on the top as if made by a fork. I just found a recipe online in Chinese (but with rice noodles), so I’ll just have to translate it; it’s called 丁丁炒面. Thanks again! (As to the lamb and cumin – I also ate their great dumplings with that mixture, but I didn’t try the rest of the food.)

          • kimmeister

            No sashimi either. I think it’s related to being the kid of an old school doctor. Too paranoid about possible food borne illnesses!

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

              I suspect that if I lived in the US I would be more paranoid. I am not entirely sure that food safety legislation has a consumer focus.

            • Sophie

              My grandmother seemed to say that horse steak tartare is the safest of all kinds of raw meat. You could try that, maybe? (I love sashimi, but I rarely eat it because I get paranoid about bacteria.)

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

        Mmmm..pate….

    • schadenfreudelicious

      Hey, I stayed there last year, its a groovy lounge!

      • sienna elm

        with a ghost waiter, apparently. :)

        • kimmeister

          Egads, I hadn’t even seen him!

        • schadenfreudelicious

          I recall ours definitely not being spectral!

      • 3boysful

        I’ll be in Prague in November! And Mr 3boysful’s given name is Tom, so there definitely a drink in our Prague future. Plus it’s gorgeous.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Prague is lovely, but my trip was over 10 years ago, so I don’t have many recommendations to give. You’ll love it, though. Very beautiful.

        • schadenfreudelicious

          Definitely, it’s worth a visit :)

        • Jacob Bowen

          My sister visited Prague earlier this year and she LOVED it! She ended up going to a bunch of underground very local bars and had a GREAT time!

    • kimmeister

      Today’s my last day of doing my job, my boss’s job while she’s on vacation, and crazy activity related to splitting off of another company! I need a long nap.

      Tomorrow’s my 6th anniversary. While on vacation 2 weeks ago, I gave the hubby a tutorial on “what kimmeister likes and why” while we were killing some time at a mall, so we’ll see how he did with this year’s gift. He came back after a shopping trip last week, second-guessing what he had gotten. “Do you like orange?” he asked. “In fact, it’s my least favorite color and the only one I never wear.” “Oh crap! How about black and white?” “I LOVE black and white.” So the next day he did another shopping trip and came back satisfied with his purchase. I have the feeling it’s going to be a black and white Michael Kors satchel. Which would be a win!

      • decormaven

        I often include helpful pics, although most of my gifts are either music, bird, or wine related.

        • kimmeister

          My husband has usually defaulted to dainty precious stone jewelry, which is perfectly lovely, but I’m not really into dainty jewelry. In his mind the gift apparently has to be something I wear. Since he is actually quite interested in fashion (he always watches PR with me and is full of opinions) and very interested in my body, he was quite the avid student about what works for my shape. But he’s better off sticking to accessories since my various body parts are about three different sizes!

          • decormaven

            Yes, I persuaded Mr. DM to stay away from jewelry as well.

          • Shibori Girl

            My dear husband got me a number of lovely pieces of jewelry over our marriage. After a particularly nice bracelet I gently told him that I did not need a tiara (just in case that was the next offering!) Still missing him and wearing the bracelet!

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

            If we go shopping for “important” (costs more than $100 or it’s for an occasion) jewelry, we go together. The satisfaction factor far outweighs the surprise factor. Admittedly, and sadly, this doesn’t happen very often! The last time he surprised me with something was when we had our 25th anniversary. My engagement ring had been stolen before we even got married, and we were finally in a position where it could be replaced. But he had history to go on, so he knew what I liked! (Aside: I had been thinking at the time that he might replace the ring, but I wasn’t quite sure….he had been VERY close-mouthed about the whole thing. The package I got was large, like the size of a box that knee high boots come in, so at first I was thinking, oh well, not this year. The little box was separately wrapped inside the big box. The minute I saw it I burst into tears. He’s definitely a keeper!)

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

            I picked out a pair of earrings at Bloomingdale’s, got the salesperson’s card and handed it to my husband that night saying, “This woman knows what I want.You might want to talk to her.” He did and I got the gift I wanted. Unfortunately, it did not always go so smoothly. Many times he bought me things that he had already given me or that I already owned. Then there was the time I actually put a list on the refrigerator before the holidays and he had the nerve to say that he didn’t know what to buy me That’s why I always buy myself a birthday and a holiday gift.

            • decormaven

              You’re a very smart woman. Salute!

      • MilaXX

        Happy Anniversary!

        • kimmeister

          Thanks!

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

        Happy Anniversary, you children! (We will have #33 in September.) I have found Amazon wish lists to be most appropriate for hubby. Often he does the actual shopping someplace local, so I don’t see a package being delivered. The cute little sneak! Anyway, I hope you have a LOVELY celebration and your gift dreams come true. Allow me to send a bottle of champagne to your table!

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

          Happy Anniversary! I so envy you with the long marriages and someone to share later life with. Congratulations. My late father made a mistake one time by gifting my mother with this gigantic canning pressure cooker for an anniversary gift. It was replaced with this truly bordello fabulous lamp full of rococo cherubs, roses and the like. Thereafter, it was Velvet boxes. He learned fast.

          • EveEve

            And see, I would love a new canning pressure cooker! But there better also be a little Tiffany blue box inside it.

        • decormaven

          Totally borrowing that idea…

      • SierraDelta

        For my 40th birthday, my incurably romantic husband bought me four snow tires. . .

        • kimmeister

          Uh . . . at least he didn’t buy you only three? *shrugs*

          Have you ever seen the Kay Jewelers’ video (or is it Zales?) about being in the doghouse for wedding gifts like exercise equipment or industrial strength vacuum cleaners? My hubby has. He knows better than to attempt such a thing! :-)

          • SierraDelta

            One year my darling gave me a snow blower for Christmas, but that was allowed because I had begged and pleaded for it. My life was very male-centered at that time — one husband, two sons — and they all left for work/school in the ungodly dark hours of Illinois winter mornings, so I was the official remover of Whatever Was Piled High and Deep in the Driveway or on the Sidewalk.

            When my male offspring balked at learning to do their own laundry or make rudimentary clothing repairs, I pointed out that they could just get up even earlier to shovel if they wanted me to have time to mend or to do all of the other “girl jobs.” (My husband was pleasantly surprised that year when the boys asked to contribute to the cost of Mom’s Snow Blower. . .)

            I seem to have fanned the flames of feminism in the men in my life. Gender equality (and living in a condo where someone else does the outside work) — priceless!!!!!!!!

      • marlie

        The bf and I window shopped at the Kors store this past weekend, and I pointed out the B&W satchel as one of my favorites! I hope it’s all wrapped up with a bow for you tomorrow!

        • kimmeister

          That’s why I suspect it’s the MK satchel, because I’d seen an orange one in the window at our local mall!

          • Sarah

            Hope you’re right, and if it ISN’T the satchel, that it’s something else black & white even better! Happy Ann’y!

        • kimmeister

          Update: it was totally the satchel!!! Plus a black MK wallet PLUS a sweetly engraved pen cup for work. He knows I would never spend that kind of money on myself and wanted to be the one to do it. He’s a keeper. We both knocked it out of the park in the gift department this year. Then we stuffed our faces at a new churrascaria. All in all a great day!

          • formerlyAnon

            So glad. Sounds like a far better than average anniversary!

          • decormaven

            Happiest of birthdays! He’s a keeper for sure.

          • marlie

            Yay!!! Good for you! Glad you had a great anniversary celebration. :D

      • Kitten Mittons

        That’s kind of adorable. Happy anniversary!

      • AlisonS

        I’ve shared a Google Doc with my husband full of “stuff I wouldn’t mind having.” Yes it’s cheating but it’s about 3 pages long not including links for pictorial comparison. I feel like this way we’re both happy.
        ETA: happy anniversary!!

        • kimmeister

          I’ve dropped not-so-subtle hints, but your way would actually be better for Captain Oblivious! A couple of times, it was so bad that his gift was taking me shopping and then paying for what I picked out.

          • AlisonS

            I may have done the same thing my first Christmas with my now husband. I was woefully disappointed and we spent a day returning everything and buying me new stuff. I may be slightly ashamed now, but since I married him, I guess he loved me enough to do it.

      • 3boysful

        I am impressed that your hubby shops ahead of time! Congrats!

        • kimmeister

          A week ahead is the most he’s ever done it in advance! (Except the time it involved plane tickets.) Little does he know I got him his gift back in April . . .

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

        Happy anniversary!

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Will have to check out that conference. And speaking of D.C. I can highly recommend Oyamel to any BK’s in the area. Their guacamole is fab. I was there today for lunch.

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

        Oyamel does indeed have out-of-this-world quacamole.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          The area BK’s should descend upon Oyamel to meet and greet their uncles…and partake of worldclass guacamole and Margaritas.

    • Musicologie

      Congrats on the review! I just got my copy, and I love it!

      This week…well, last week at this time, I was in Las Vegas, splitting my time between attending a conference at UNLV and taking care of my baby at our hotel. I rocked the conference in a limited fashion, making a few new contacts and drumming up interest in my work, even though I couldn’t attend many papers or events. The baby turned one, fairly obliviously, though he did enjoy squishing the cupcake between his fingers.

      This week, though, has been a let-down. I’ve sent off those follow-up emails and gotten responses, but I haven’t been able to concentrate on writing. Oh, well. We bought some Chambord for our Vegas debauchery and brought the remainder home, and it’s been making a lovely addition to my hot chocolate lately. Cheers!

      • decormaven

        Grab some champagne and make cham-chams. Delightful!

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

      I am back from a few days in Las Vegas. Stayed at the Trump Towers. Really liked the room. Not hot about the supposed to be subtle but wasn’t floral fragrance all over the lobby. Went for a lovely meal at Bouchon.

      Highlight for me was going to the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and purchasing a Ron Rafaelli photo of Jimi Hendrix. I spent more for it than I have any single other item in my life with the exception of furniture. I justified it by saying A. I want it, B. He was representative of my era in history and C. I met him.

      Son and his best friend had a great time. She had never been to Las Vegas, so it was fun taking her places.

      Now I need to rest. It’s a hard traveling day.

      • decormaven

        Great purchase! And I’m envious you met Hendrix. Jimi Hendrix Smash Hits was my first album. Love, love, love his work.

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

          Yes, there was truly only one. I count myself among the incredibly lucky to have met him. Really a nice man.

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

        Wait, isn’t that shop the one that’s featured in a TV show? My husband is absolutely addicted to it. He will be drooling envious when I tell him you were there! What fun (for you going, not for him drooling.)

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

          Yes, it is. It’s a neat place. Right on S. Las Vegas Blvd. yep…Season 5, don’t remember which episode. A little drool is not such a bad thing! You’ll have to go some day. I think you are in NC? It’s closer than you think!

      • Kitten Mittons

        You met Hendrix?! Sounds like you had an awesome trip, but my brain can’t get past that fact. That’s justification enough for the purchase.

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

          Yes, I did. Long story, but the BF of that time was the hot lead guitar player in the South and in much demand by big musicians coming through Florida. There was a gathering after Hendrix’ concert in Tampa where it was a jam session/master class kind of thing. Outdoor venue. They played well on to almost sunrise. It was a really memorable evening. We did a lot of that kind of thing, and I got to meet lots of the famous bands of the day. Like Janis Joplin, BB King, The Allman Brothers, Derek & the Dominoes…so many more. we didn’t know how famous they’d be.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I’m in complete awe right now. What amazing experiences.

            I….. saw John Goodman in an airport once. Not quite the same.

            • 3boysful

              You just made me laugh!

            • Kitten Mittons

              Then I should end on a high note. I’ll curtsy and waddle off to bed. ;)

            • kimmeister

              I saw Lee Dewyze (one of the American Idol winners that no one remembers) OR his doppelganger at the airport 2 weeks ago. REALLY not quite the same.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Chris Traeger voice: I am LIT’rally laughing out loud.

              I know I live under a rock mostly, but I don’t even know that name. And I think I could name most of those AI winners. Poor little guy. Winner winner, no chicken dinner.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That is really, really awesome.

          • decormaven

            Who was the hot guitar guy? Not being nosy; just a big guitar fan. Lurved Duane Allman’s work; his Anthology album is a favorite.

      • alyce1213

        Jimi Hendrix and Gold & Silver Pawn shop, connected. I am impressed.

    • heybethpdx

      I am leaving work NOW and dashing out the door on a bike ride. Four more weekends (including this one) of training for my week-long cycling vacation (or “vacation” as many people consider it…myself included on low moments). Prague is very high on my To Visit list – I will go to this bar for sure when I make it!

      • decormaven

        I’ve done more of those types of “vacation” than I care to admit; however, they all include hiking. Your legs will thank you when you push off on your adventure.

    • @Biting Panda

      Do they make Alprazolam in a gum form? Monday of Doom is laying in wait and I can hear it breathing heavily. Giddy and hungry for my failure.

      Early mornings, feeding creatures, refereeing sibling squabbles, waiting on buses, gridlock, people who need shit from me, people who expect shit from me, well meaning yet nosy coworkers, people who care and will look at me with pity, people who don’t and will look at me with contempt, temptation, exhaustion, meals, dishes, laundry. So. Much. Laundry. housework, homework, work work.

      Alllllll these chickens are gonna need fuckin’ and I’m the only dick in town.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Stay steady, sweetie. You’re working under a load of shit and I feel for you.

      • decormaven

        Sending peaceful thoughts and virtual tequila. Take care of yourself, and to heck with coworkers et al.

        • @Biting Panda

          They are good people, I just don’t do up close and personal comfort. I like my support at a nice emotional and physical distance. I’m warm and fuzzy like that.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I’m the same way. Give short answers, and keep moving around, and the nosy but well-meaning coworkers will give you space. And as George Costanza says, just look really annoyed and they’ll think you’re very very busy.

            Slow and steady wins the day. Just deal with one piece at a time. And laundry can wait. Fluff and febreeze that shit. Calm and peaceful thoughts coming your way.

            • Sarah

              I second this. I do not express my difficulties at work but I’m not so dumb as to think that people can’t tell when I’m struggling. I just keep my nose down and when I’m not joking and being sarcastic about the vagaries of customer service, they can tell I’m Not in the Mood.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Truth. Sharing and caring at work is just not my thing, with few exceptions. People pick up on that stuff, though. They’ll give you your space, Panda, until you’re ready. Unless they’re assholes, in which case, tell them where to go.

            • Sarah

              Truth. I’ve got one Nosy Parker at work, who will ask you very personal questions as seemingly just a way to make conversation. I’ve seen her do it to just about everyone, and then when they aren’t around, I’ve heard her discussing what they told her. Therefore, when she asks me stuff like “how’s your relationship with your dad’s wife” or “do you think your fiance should get a better paying job since you’re getting married?” and other EXTREMELY LOADED questions, I just go monosyllabic and vague. I also refuse to pry toward others. There’s a new lady that started a couple of weeks ago and her license plate says “BLYDNCR.” I’m not asking until she wants to explain that one.

            • Kitten Mittons

              We have one of those, too. I learned my lesson with her when we went through a round of lay-offs, and she came in and confided that she was applying for another job where her good friend worked. Sounded like a lock and that she would be leaving soon. I admitted I had applied somewhere else as well, and I found out she almost literally walked directly to our COO to tattle. It didn’t end up making a difference, but she really could have effed me over if our COO was a jerk. She didn’t get the job in the end, which was a nice little karmic kick in the ass from my point of view.

              She is allowed two topics with me: our kids, and the weather. Period.

            • decormaven

              I feel for you. People like that need to be avoided at all costs. My motto is “I have to work with you, but I do not have to be friends with you.” I’m pleasant, but one’s private life is one’s own.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Amen.

            • decormaven

              Arrrgh! I would start droning about a completely inane hobby. Or offer to share tracts on a very arcane quasi-religious cult. Anything to get that person to back far, far away.

            • Sarah

              Hmm. Excellent plan. I shall put it in motion at my earliest opportunity!

          • formerlyAnon

            I echo: short answers. Also, bland answers that provide little data and are pitched a tad more positively than one might feel. I, too, am not interested in much real emotional contact at work. Work needs to be a neutral zone for me.

          • Qitkat

            This may make some people laugh,( or cringe), but reading about all the tribulations with nosy co-workers actually makes me miss being in a work environment. I’m totally probably having selective memories, I wouldn’t be at all surprised.

            Hope the Monday of Doom (great phrase btw) goes smoother than predicted. As for all the rest, it is amazing what one can put off and get by without doing, and the world still keeps turning anyway! Stay peaceful, breathe deeply a few times a day, and go hide in a closet whenever you feel the need. Restoration of one’s equilibrium takes time.

      • marlie

        Take a deep breath, and deal with everything one at a time. You’ll make it through, and you have an army of bitter kittens offering you support from near and far. xo

      • Aidan B

        Thinking of you!

      • Shibori Girl

        Hang in there Honey! Look blankly at the co-workers and ask them what they are talking about, and with luck they will go back to their cubicles and get to work.

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

        I’ve never heard that expression but I love it!

      • Sarah

        Much love to you. Housework = majorly low priority. Just make sure there’re enough dishes to eat, and there’s no actual crap on anything. And if they make it in gum form, I need some, too.

      • SoAnnaPropriate

        Monday of Doom? Yes, I know that name. The birdies are hungry and mama has to PRODUCE. My housework has been delegated to a lovely woman called Anna; I highly recommend any version of Downton Abbey shit-shuffling you can finagle.

      • formerlyAnon

        Girl, you can do it one bite-sized bit at a time. Also, Bad Housekeeping Tip from a Bad Housekeeper: Much housework can be saved for those times when you can’t sleep and see no point in lying there trying. It is not a Prime Time activity if your energy is limited. Also: folding laundry and ironing it are usually optional. It will kill NO ONE if clean laundry lives in a designated basket in each person’s room. Or, in other rooms as need be. Honest. I have proven this empirically for months at a time.

    • Paula Pertile

      Hey, I’m having greasy Chinese food too! No beers though, boo.
      Back amongst the living after whatever plague thing I had. The cats are wondering why I’m not taking 20 naps a day anymore though.
      Have a good weekend, kittens!

      • decormaven

        Sorry about the plague. Glad you’ve pulled away from it.

    • Wendi126

      Have the house to myself for the first time in a long time and I’m in my yard with my four cats, a bottle of Corona and enjoying the hell out of the shame of my sour cream and onion potato chip dinner.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Sour cream,onions and potatoes-it sounds very nourishing to me. Put your feet up and enjoy yourself.

        • marlie

          Dairy and veggies, right? Makes sense to me.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Absolutely

      • kimmeister

        Sour cream and onion is the 2nd best flavor of potato chips! (After cheddar and sour cream.) I’ve refrained from buying potato chips for weeks but UGH the craving is still there.

        • @Biting Panda

          I can never resist sea salt & black pepper.

        • Sarah

          AGREED. I’d throw a salt & vinegar in, too, if I still ate chips. Which I don’t. EVER. Even when they come with my sandwich….(not.)

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            I don’t buy salt and vinegar potato chips for the simple reason that I.will.eat.an.entire.bag.in.one sitting, and then hate myself.

        • formerlyAnon

          Potato chips and ice cream are two foods that are only allowed in my home in one-serving sizes. (Unless someone else is scheduled to appear shortly and eat them.) Years of experience have proven that in the right/wrong mood I cannot be trusted with more.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        If it makes you feel better, I had peanut butter right out the jar with chocolate chips sprinkled on top. And wine. I regret nothing.

        • 3boysful

          You go, girl.

        • kimmeister

          I’m so glad I’m not the only one who does that when I have a craving for sweets but have nothing in the house.

          • Kitten Mittons

            There are at least three of us, then. That’s one reason I can’t keep chocolate chips in the house.

      • Sarah

        Yay! Somebody else with four cats and terrible eating habits! Glad you had a good night.

    • H2olovngrl

      I hope this is a lounge where anything is open for discussion because I have a cool story to share: last night my daughter and I went with large mother daughter group to see Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach, CA. If you don’t know of this, it is an art festival that goes on during the summer, where they recreate famous works of art using real people. There is always a theme, and it is a really cool way to spend an evening. There is also art on exhibit, drinking and food, which is always fun. So, who else was taking in the pageant that night, AND took a selfie with me? BONO from FREAKING U2!!! I don’t go all fangurl very often, but let me tell you, I was a blithering idiot, barely managing to stammer out my please’s and thank you’s. He was so cool, and so gracious and amazing!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        wow-that is pretty damn cool!

        • H2olovngrl

          If you go on instagram, someone took a video of him there, and there are a couple pictures.

      • Aidan B

        That is amazing!! What a story!

        • H2olovngrl

          Thanks! I have been bursting with this all day and was dying to share it with all the precious unborn fawns!

          • @Biting Panda

            I once met Suzy Chapstick. It was not this epic. ; )

            • H2olovngrl

              Yeah, I once met Don King on an airplane. Not even close.

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

              Just about spit out my Perrier when I read that! Suzy Chapstick! Talk about a name from the past!

            • BrooklynBomber

              Suzy Chapstick! Hahah!!

            • kimmeister

              I just about did a spit-take just reading your post!

            • BrooklynBomber

              Haha. True story. It was at some sort of party or reception. I remember nothing of our conversation; only that he was eating cocktail nibbles while talking, a dangerous combination for the person standing opposite (in this case, poor me).

            • alyce1213

              What was the play?

          • decormaven

            I was at El Cholo in LA celebrating my sister’s 40th birthday, drinking mucho margaritas, when John Huston and Angelica Huston came in for dinner. I think we spoke to them; we were too busy getting our drink on to be in awe.

            • H2olovngrl

              Hey! I’ve been to that El Cholo! We used to go to the one in LA Habra all the time and went to that one before a concert many moons ago.

            • decormaven

              This was 1987, when my oldest sis turned 40. We were singing UNC fight songs by the time they rolled in.

      • MilaXX

        Awesome!

      • decormaven

        Yay for you! So thankful that celebrities can be gracious.

        • H2olovngrl

          He was so nice and he touched my phone! SQUEE!

      • your face

        I would poop myself. Which would be totally mortifying, because Bono, but unavoidable, because Bono.

        You talkin’ U2 to me?

        • H2olovngrl

          It was freaking surreal. After the fact I was looking at the picture bemoaning that I hadn’t removed my reading glasses and brought my hair forward, but I couldn’t think straight, because Bono!

      • marlie

        I’m almost hyperventilating right now. Lucky you!!! Bono is my alway-and-forever-favorite, and I think I might pass out if I had the chance to meet hi! Congrats!!

        • H2olovngrl

          You should have seen me and the rest of the 40+ year old moms, running around during intermission trying to find him, after he had been spotted earlier, totally his fanbase! It was hilarious!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Awesome! It’s always cool to hear when celebrities are friendly with fans.

      • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

        oh my god how thrilling! i have loved u2 for 3/4 of my life and seen them so many times — the first time was when they opened for j.geils! i saw them five times in one week, thanksgiving 1987! parts of one of the fort worth texas shows is in rattle and hum, they walked right past where we were with cameras on them. bb king opened one of those shows, and he’s amazing on his own.

        it is a goal of mine to touch either one of the band members. or one of edge’s guitars LOL — i think dallas schoo (edge’s tech) has one of the best jobs in the world.

        • H2olovngrl

          Love it!! I actually did touch Bono!!

          • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

            i am jealous! none of the guys were ever to my taste (although i do like really short guys — however more along the lines of pocket daddies like cap’n crunch), but bono had some amazing bone structure back when they were young, he was truly a handsome young man.

            • H2olovngrl

              He was pretty short. *maybe* my height, 5′ 8″… but, it mattered not!

            • YourBaloneyDontGotNoSecondName

              i hope the record comes out this year. i wish they’d release all the stuff they didn’t think was ‘good enough’ for us superfans. supposedly they are getting the 2016 croke park shows, which means european stadiums in summer 2016. which means us arenas in fall 2015 / spring 2016. which means the record still may be a year away. grrrrr!

      • Winter_White

        H2olovngrl, have you seen Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson in the movie “Enough Said” — the Julia Louis-Dreyfus/James Gandolfini rom-com? She’s lovely. But I was looking at her thinking, hmm, yeah, if I squint hard I guess I can see her dad in her…
        A week later, by chance, I happened upon the video of U2′s gorgeous Live Aid performance of the song Bad. At one point Bono turns to the camera…so young and earnest and….omg that face! Forgive the mullet — he was beautiful, and she looks just like him. (If you’ve never seen that performance, head to YouTube!) :)

        • H2olovngrl

          Mullet schmullet, he was beautiful then!

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

            It’s a beautiful name! I dance with a woman called Aisling. How do the people around her go with the pronunciation?

            • H2olovngrl

              We all pronounce it the wrong way, here in ‘murica. We pronounce it with the long a, because back when I was a kid, that is how I always thought it was (and loved) and as I grew older and knew the proper Irish way was ash, I didn’t care, and continued with the long a. I told her she would get called both, and either way is fine. What I didn’t count on was how many times she would get called Aslan, like the lion!

      • GinnyThePainter

        This loooongtime U2 fan is thrilled for you! I loves me some Paul Hewson.

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

        That’s pretty amazing!

        • H2olovngrl

          It was truly thrilling. I just wish I had come off at least coherent if not down right intelligent!

      • Denise Alden

        I’m pretty sure I’d be struck deaf and dumb if I met Bono. That man does things to me. How lovely that he was so gracious. I’m not surprised one bit. :)

        • H2olovngrl

          He was working his way slowly through the crowd, accommodating as many fans as he could while still slowly moving along. He is a pro. If you look on instagram, #pageantofthemasters, #bonoselfie, #bono, #hetooktheselfie, You can find a few more pictures and a video someone took.

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

      I got my Sept. copy of Vanity Fair today and read an article which mentioned……Tom and Lorenzo!! Did anyone else see it? The article is called “Wearing Out the Carpet”, by James Wolcott. The article was basically bemoaning all the awards, all the appearances, all the corporate sponsorships, all the stylists, etc. The exact quote Is: “I’m not a priss about the whole red carpet recap business. I can see the fun in the fashion postmortems. Like everybody else I pretend to know, I get big laughs out of Go Fug Yourself, Tom and Lorenzo (whose psycho-social deconstructions of the costuming in Mad Men are masterly), and other fashion blogsters, and the instant hilarity from some of the peanut gallery on Twitter.” Made me squee with excitement!

      The first week of retirement has been very nice! Catching up on reading, gardening, sleep, etc. And of course following TLo!

      • decormaven

        Back up! I must have missed your retirement announcement. Congratulations!

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

          Yeah, happened last week. I’m too young to actually retire so it’s more accurate to say I quit my job and I’m never going back. Either way it’s been a great relief and a boon to my health, too. Thanks for the shout out!

          • marlie

            I hope you had a great birthday celebration, too!

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

              It was really nice. Went out to brunch, and then went to the arboretum at NC State University, where my daughter will be getting married on 8/31. We walked the grounds, planned where to put chairs & refreshments & musicians, and had a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon. Hubby got me perfume (Ferragamo “Signorina Eleganza”) and a book (“The Romanov Sisters”–I’m a sucker for Russian history) and I have been reading while smelling delicious all week.

            • marlie

              Sounds absolutely perfect. Good for you!

            • decormaven

              Sounds like the timing on your retirement came at a good time. Best of luck in prepping for the wedding- that will be a gorgeous venue.

    • frannyprof

      Tonight, I’m cacthing up on PR and prepping the house for visitors, who are coming on Sunday. And tomorrow I have a date with my hot Peruvian boyfriend, and I am definitely going to get laid. I. Can’t. Wait.

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        Lucky duck. :)

        • frannyprof

          I do feel lucky! It’s been 3+ years since my divorce… I’ve been working and raising my daughter. It’s about time I had a little fun! Plus, he’s a really sweet guy.

          • Sarah

            I visited Peru about seven years ago, and it was pleasantly surprising how many handsome fellows there were. Our Inca Trail guide was a hottie for sure. It was very funny to see me and my four girlfriends trying to simultaneously flirt and climb arduously at high altitude in the Andes.

            • frannyprof

              OMG, my first date with my guy was a killer hike (his suggestion)! I wore yoga pants that made my butt look good, but it was such a hot day and I was sweating so much and trying so hard *not* to sweat that I felt like a total idiot.

            • Sarah

              Yeah, that’s a rough first date. Sweaty climbing may be even more awkward than the most discomfiting first date I had, which involved being taken to the English Patient. Rather heavy stuff for newly acquainted!

      • @Biting Panda

        mmmmm….hot Peruvian boyfriend…..that sounds like an excellent idea

      • decormaven

        Anticipation…

    • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

      Happy weekend, Uncles and BKs! This is my first free weekend in a month (holy hell wedding season), I had a mountain of sushi for dinner and I get to go see Princess Diana’s wedding dress tomorrow! Cheers.

      • AlisonS

        Last weekend was one my first weekends at home in forever and I too celebrated with sushi! ENJOY!

      • Aidan B

        I saw her dress a few years ago when the Diana exhibition came to Philly. Stunning! Enjoy!

    • Aidan B

      That bar is gorgeous and definitely a pro to add to the “Honeymoon in Prague?” worksheet. In other news, the work week is behind me, I’ve got a kitchen full of fresh groceries and my new favorite beer in my hand. Playing tourist in my city tomorrow, then finally getting in some beach time on Friday. Happy weekend, kittens! How’s everyone?

      • decormaven

        What’s the new favorite beer? Inquiring minds and all…

        • Aidan B

          Pynk by Yards! They’re local to the Philly area. This is brewed with sweet and sour cherries and raspberries, and it is so refreshing. Not sweet at all, just with a pleasant tangy flavor. Divine.

          • decormaven

            Very interesting! Love local brews.

          • Qitkat

            This sounds delicious to me. Colorado has become a great local craft brewing area, but the men in my life all eschew the fruity blends for stronger stuff, but I would certainly go for this one :)

            • Aidan B

              I definitely recommend it! My man enjoyed it too, and he normally prefers dark stuff.

    • kerryev

      You are all a great deal more interesting than practice questions, but I need to get out of here. I have one more exam to take, it’s tomorrow, and I’m supposed to be finishing up studying.
      When I finish it the man will be working a double shift so it’ll just be me and the expensive dog for a few hours, probably noisy hours. I am well and truly over studying law for a while, and a ruckus sounds good. (Dog waited until I was unemployed to require $700 of dental work, which is why she’s getting picked on for being expensive. She’s almost 12 and her checkup was otherwise fantastic, so I need to knock it off and be grateful.)

      • marlie

        Good luck – I’m sure you’ll do great!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Good luck!

      • 3boysful

        Sending you good legal vibes! You gotta be a good person to love your dog that much, and I would do the same. It’s only money . . . .

      • decormaven

        Dental work at the vet is always an eye opener. Best of luck on your exam.

    • decormaven

      Long day at the work chair. Now enjoying a tumbler of vin. Off to chat with Mr. DM and read; finally getting around to Gone Girl. Raising my glass to all the BKs. What a week it’s been!

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

        Read it with my book club; didn’t care for it very much. But then again I’m much more of a nonfiction girl. Hope the vin is bon!

      • Aidan B

        Oh I enjoyed Gone Girl! It definitely gets you thinking. Not sure if I’ll see the movie though. Enjoy!

      • AlisonS

        I could not put Gone Girl down! I think I finally told my husband one Sunday not to bother me I was finishing that book–and I still had half to go!

      • 3boysful

        Great read. Enjoy!

      • Jacob Bowen

        You’ll have to tell me if you enjoy Gone Girl! I have been wanting to read it but have stopped short of starting every time I get my hands of it…I’m hesitant.

        • decormaven

          It is good! I’m wondering how well it will transfer to film. It’s worth the read.

          • decormaven

            Update: Just finished Gone Girl! Loved it, and can’t wait to see how it’s handled in film version. It will take a very precise hand- kudos to the author for such a well-developed book.

    • largishbearishAtlish

      at the rate PR is going (with the advertisers, will Avon be doing the make up next season? just curious…Mary Kay? really?

    • Rhonda Shore

      Yay to Sept 20/21 in DC!

    • marlie

      Mmmmm, Dim Sum. This kitten is coming off of the high of being on vacation for the first part of this week. Three days parked on the beach with the sweetie, with no decision to make other than what time to go to the beach, what time to start drinking my margarita, and whether to read or nap on the beach. It was glorious. Hope you all had a good week, and have an even better weekend! xo

      • Kitten Mittons

        Hope you can enjoy a nice weekend before getting back to reality!

      • decormaven

        My kind of vacay… fun!

    • katetastrophe

      It took the cocktail challenge on the PR open thread to take me from long time lurker to current commenter because if anything can drag me out of my introversion (real and/or virtual) it would be cocktails. I’m looking forward to watching the first episode of Season 2 of Please Like Me this evening. Anyone else watching?

      • MilaXX

        I’ve not heard of this show. I may check it out this weekend.

        • katetastrophe

          It’s just a charming little slice of life story. As a grumpy Gen Xer, it me hope for Millenials. At least those in Australia.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Welcome! The cocktail challenge was good fun.

        • katetastrophe

          Thanks! I loved the cocktail challenge. So many clever, funny people here. I’m honored to have joined such an illustrious community.

          • Kitten Mittons

            I know, the wit and intelligence here blows me away on the regular.

    • Kitten Mittons

      I’m in my comfy robe because I just won a bronze medal in the Olympic support of toddler bathing and I’m soaked. Got my coffee mug of wine, because I’m not hand washing a damn thing tonight. Hoping to knock out some of the TV that is piling up on the dvr, eat some brownies I made for the hubby’s birthday today, and celebrate with an early bed time.

      Tomorrow we’re partaking in the Red Dress Run, going out to a birthday dinner, and then settling a grudge in mini golf. Sunday will be a blissfully quiet family day, which I need in the worst way. Cheers to all!

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

        Toddler wrangling should have medals. Glad you won!

        • Kitten Mittons

          There were no tears, and he ended up clean, so it was a win. If I’d finished with dry hair and unsmeared mascara, I could have gone for the gold…..

      • decormaven

        I like the idea of settling a grudge in mini golf! Game on!

        • Kitten Mittons

          We have a fierce mini golf rivalry that goes back at least 10 years or so. Mostly due to the fact that I SPANKED HIM CONSISTENTLY for about five years. It’s evened out recently, and we’ve tied the last two times we played and had no time for a rubber match. Tonight is pretty big stakes. fI’d let him win because it’s his birthday, but I’m way too competitive for that nonsense.

          • decormaven

            Love it! My family usually plays jungle golf when we are at the beach. It’s always been a fun time.

            • Kitten Mittons

              I don’t think I know what jungle golf is.

            • decormaven

              It’s like Putt Putt, but with ridiculously large statues of jungle creatures. Completely cheesy.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Ahhhh, OK. We have a similar one at home in Colorado, but they called it Adventure golf. The one here in NOLA is just regular old putt putt, but there are New Orleans -themed things scattered about. Everyone loves New Orleans, but no one more than New Orleanians :)

              I thought it was a different version of the game, different rules, etc. I got really excited for a minute. We do love games of all kinds. When golf got rained out last night, we contemplated going to play laser tag like a couple of tweens. More adult activities won out.

      • Jacob Bowen

        Toddler bathing is DEFINITELY an Olympic sport! I am SO GLAD my nephews and nieces are old enough to bathe themselves because it made babysitting so much more work. Hope your Red Dress Run and birthday dinner went well!

        • Kitten Mittons

          Yes, it will be nice when he can bathe himself. Although, I’ve found it’s good quality time, because there are no distractions, like tv, phones, etc. So I’ll miss it on some level.

          Red Dress Run was a blast, and excellent for people watching. We had a great time, and then went to an old favorite restaurant of ours that had closed down and since reopened. The whole reason to go there are their pepper rings (like onion rings, but made with bell peppers). I’ve never seen them anywhere else, so we’re so relieved the place is back again.

          Golf was rained out, but we are improvising!

          • Jacob Bowen

            Pepper rings sound FANTASTIC! And I totally get the quality time, it is a great time to play, chat, and just forget about distractions. There is absolutely ZERO chance you will be answering the phone next to a toddler in a tub….unless you plan on bathing the phone, too.

    • AlisonS

      It has been a long week indeed. I think I’ll just take a bottle of Jameson and go quietly to the corner.
      Boss out if town so I’m doing my job and his. Except I learn he doesn’t do his that often and I’m left holding the bag getting yelled at–which led to me yelling back in one instance.
      Add to this my mom’s successful but stressful breast cancer surgery and traveling home and trying to work (because I’m the only one in office who can do my job) and be there for the family…. make that two bottles please. I’m just thankful I had my favorite gay uncles to be there for with a laugh when no one else was around.

      • Anna

        Hope you get some much deserved R&R. I’m glad to hear your mom’s surgery was successful, my best to you and to her during her recovery.

        • AlisonS

          Thank you! She’s too tough (and busy) to keep down. The evening after her surgery she was talking about her lesson plans for her new school. (She’s an elementary school music teacher who’s working two schools this year due to cut backs in the arts in her district.) I often with I had even half of her energy and strength.

          • Anna

            Her toughness and resiliency are amazing and very inspiring! I lost a friend earlier this year to cancer and she was the same, her spirit was unbroken throughout and she never once complained. Good reminder to us all that there is strength somewhere to be found, even when we think there’s nothing left to give.

      • MilaXX

        YAY! for successful surgery

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

        Enjoy your whiskey! Glad your mum’s surgery was successful, but that all does sound very stressful.

      • decormaven

        Drinks are well-deserved in this case. Hope your mom’s recovery is swift and complete.

      • Qitkat

        Sending healing thoughts to your mom. My heart aches for anyone dealing with cancer.

    • Anna

      I’m jealous of the dim sum and beers. This kitten needs to start getting her act together as I’m about to start week 1 of 10 weeks of training for 2 races I have in October.

      I’ve spent the summer so far drinking a few too many patio cocktails/eating nachos and skipping a few too many workouts. I also have a wedding coming up at the end of September with a bridesmaids dress to put on, so it’s time to start busting my ass again.

      But first, I shall ogle Chris Pratt, I mean watch Guardians of the Galaxy, tomorrow night.

      Happy Weekend!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Summer nachos are necessary. You’ve got the tools and the determination to get back to it, so no worries.

        What races are you doing?

        • Anna

          Thanks, and good luck on the Red Dress Run!
          I’m doing a Run For the Cure with a friend and then a Toronto Women’s Run a few weeks later. I’m really looking forward to both, it’s just starting the process and getting used to turning down fun invitations because I have to be up early that will take getting used to again. But one is for a good cause and the other one is promising firefighters handing out chocolate and the medals at the finish line, so those are good motivations.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Eh, it’s more about boozing than running, but thanks :)

            Firefighters are good motivation.

            I mean charity. Charity is good motivation.

            Good for you!

      • AlisonS

        I’m right there with you the busting ass. Hubby and I were discussing how long of a hike we should take tomorrow BEFORE we go to the gym…. But it will be worth it. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

        • Anna

          It is absolutely worth it, starting is always the hard part though. Hope you have beautiful weather for the hike!

      • Howardcruikshank

        Wow thanks for sharing that unimaginable bore, what makes these idiots think anyone is interested in this shít I’ll never know.

        • Anna

          Wow, thanks! It must not have been that boring for you to be interested enough to take the time to read it and reply. Keep being awesome!

          • Aidan B

            Don’t feed the trolls! Enjoy your Chris Pratt ogling session :)

            • Howardcruikshank

              So because I don’t care for the mindless drivel of some dumb bxtxh I’m a troll? Your nose is a troll.

          • Howardcruikshank

            Get a life skank and keep it to yourself.

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

            Is this guy someone you know? Given all the drivel the rest of us are spouting, targeting you seems weird.

            • Anna

              No idea who they are! Guess I’m exceptionally boring and mindless!

      • decormaven

        Yes, I also want to see this flick this weekend. You’ll get back in the training harness in short order. Best of luck in prepping for your October events.

        • Anna

          Thanks!

          And I hope you got to see Guardians! A group of friends and I were planning to go Saturday night, but mis-communication resulted in us missing the last showing but since we were all there and everyone wanted to see a movie, we ended up seeing “Into the Storm” (I was outvoted). I’m still reeling. Richard Armitage was not enough to save the experience for me.

    • Sarah

      Oooh, nifty! I will try to make it this time!

      This lounge is very in keeping with the THREE HOUR EXAM I just now finished on All Things Northern Renaissance. Positively monastic. I got a 110%, with extra credit, so that’s gratifying. Onliest thing is, DAMN if I don’t wish I’d written my thesis on Dürer, or Holbein, or just about anyone from Germany or Flanders in the fifteenth/sixteenth centuries. Frikkin forgot how much I love that stuff and did it on an obscure nineteenth century American, instead. OH well, them’s the breaks.

      Gotta work at 9:30 am, so I’m going to imbibe as many beers as I can in the next hour and then pass out like a pamphlet.

      • Aidan B

        That’s intense! Good for you on the 110%. That deserves quite as many beverages as you can obtain before bed (without overdoing it of course). Enjoy!

        • Sarah

          “Overdo” is my middle name. But, in actuality, I eschewed the beers and had a bag of popcorn instead. Actually beginning to drink at eleven p.m. is not a good idea, and I got a lovely night’s sleep, so even though I have to WORK today, I’m in decent shape. (Until toNIGHT, that is…)

      • Kitten Mittons

        Such a smart little kitten. Was there any doubt, though?

      • kimmeister

        “Pass out like a pamphlet” – HA! I love it! And congrats.

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

        I love Durer and the N. Renaissance but I don’t think I could pass (even at 70%) an exam on it! Congratulations!

        • Sarah

          Thanks! It’s an area I already know pretty well, and I just complete five writing intensive weeks on it, so it wasn’t too hard. I did NOT get a grade like that on my final for Architecture, believe me. Had to take that class twice :(

      • formerlyAnon

        Well yay for you!

        • Sarah

          Thanks, fA! Nice to see you. Test schmest. No problem. I went to the National Gallery last weekend and saw the Degas/Cassatt exhibit and the Andrew Wyeth one as well (breathtaking), but I bought a bee-yu-tiful poster of a Dürer botanical that was left over from an apparently large exhibit they did of his work last year (where WAS I during that???) and I’m super excited to frame it and add it to my collection of forest-y art pieces. Art: the best thing in LIFE.

          • formerlyAnon

            I love the National Gallery, went there a lot when I lived outside of DC. Sounds like a great visit.

            I will argue that good food and drink nose out Art. But I’ll give it a strong second place!

            • Sarah

              Yes, well, cheese is mad at me for saying Art. And drink, of course…all kinds. And the forest. And catz. But yeah – Art.

          • Qitkat

            Ooh, I am vicariously loving this and at the same time extremely jealous. Mr Q and I saw several Wyeths many years ago, I am having trouble recollecting the details, but maybe in Brandywine PA? I think we even saw a house he lived in. Denver Art Museum is very nice, but the National Gallery is supreme.

            • Sarah

              Yes, Brandywine. His estate was in Chadd’s Ford, which is nearby. Oh, it was too lovely. My dad came and it was one of the few times that we could be happy together – he knows art like I do. I love the Wyeths, all of them! But this Andrew exhibit was all about his window paintings, which were a theme he liked to go back to. Great! I’ll say for the NGA that they have the most excellent curatorship I’ve ever seen.

    • Jackie4g

      Day three here in Philadelphia, enjoying every second of the Madame Alexander Doll Club Convention and feeling good tired, as opposed to just exhausted. Yes I have the world’s dumbest hobby and it makes me happy. Toda, I finally got out of the hotel

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

        Congrats on the new things for your stash. As a former sewer, I know the stash rules. That you have great weather for strolling and exploring is a big bonus. Enjoy!

      • MilaXX

        You’re in town for great weather. Hopefully you’ll get to see some of the sights.

        • Jackie4g

          Thanks! I have been here several times, once as a class mother for my son’s middle school trip when we did part of the historical stuff. Twice for clothing exhibits at the PAM, a little jewel of a museum, and once for the last ever Gene convention in 2010, before the arthritis affected me so much. It has been fabulous every time. Except for a deep and abiding hatred for the Broad Street Bullies, I really like everything about Philadelphia.

      • decormaven

        That’s great! Making clothes on that scale requires mad skills. I’m sure Madame Alexander doll collectors only go for the nicest things, so it’s a tribute you can make them. Enjoy your city time- glad mass transit is working. To me, that’s the best part of a city.

      • Kitten Mittons

        If it makes you that happy, it certainly isn’t dumb! Have a great time!

        • Jackie4g

          Thank you. Nice of you to say.

      • SewingSiren

        I applied for a job at Madame Alexander many years ago when they still had their headquarters in Harlem. I was given a little doll and they told me to take it home and dress it. I made a little black velvet “Mortica ” dress for her and brought her back, but I never heard from them again. But a few years later they did come out with an Addams family line!

        • Jackie4g

          I’m sorry you didn’t get the job. I loved that building in Harlem. It was originally the Studebaker building and I think they assembled some parts of the cars right there. The elevators were always an adventure, but there was a Company Store and the Heritage Gallery and the Showroom, plenty of eye candy. Now they have been acquired by Kahn Lucas, a childrens wear manufacturer, and the Alexander Doll Company offices are in midtown Manhattan. I have not yet been to the offices. Maybe when I get a new knee! Meanwhile I just attended a seminar and learned lots of history about Philadelphia and Wanamaker’s and Cissette dolls. I am sleep deprived, so it’s nap time for now.

          • decormaven

            Wow, you are a collector for sure. Have you ever met the fellow who is the go-to doll appraiser for Antiques Road Show? I always enjoy his information on dolls.

      • formerlyAnon

        That sounds like a great week. Shopping coups when traveling are the best!

    • demidaemon

      Oh, man, I’ll actually be in the area for the D.C meet and great. Hopefully, I won’t be too inundated with work and school to make it.

      As for me, I have a family reunion this weekend, which is going to be boring as all get out (no one ever has any good ideas for activities and new idea are strictly forbidden), but my moving and meeting woes seem mostly solved (it’s just going to be a crazy whirlwind when I get there).

      • decormaven

        So the move is completed now, yes? One hurdle crossed- congrats!

        • demidaemon

          Unfortunately, I’m not moving until the 22nd. It’s just the drama surrounding the move has been distilled down to the usual suspects.

          • formerlyAnon

            I like the way you put that!

            • demidaemon

              Thanks. In honor of you, I have purged what feels like fifty pounds of unnecessary paper from my life in preparation.

            • formerlyAnon

              My existence on the planet is justified for several months on the strength of that!

            • demidaemon

              :)

          • decormaven

            Hang in there! It will all come to pass.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Glad the moving issues worked out for you. Hope you get to go to the meet and greet, you’ll probably need some fun and relaxation! Though I’ll be terribly jealous of all of you.

        • demidaemon

          Thanks! I’m hoping to guilt/convince my best friend to come/take me with her to the meet and greet.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Maybe you’ll convert her into a BK.

            • demidaemon

              One can hope!

      • Sarah

        OOOh, you should totally go. I’m going to try!!! Yay for moving woes over, and see if you can at least enjoy some relatives you don’t get to see much at the reunion? Maybe?

        • demidaemon

          I did, actually. I was able to see my grandparents and my great aunt, who I can’t even remember seeing, as well as my cousins with their extremely cute babies and toddlers. I actually really enjoy my one cousin’s fiancee. Her goal in life is to be a stand-up comedian, so she’s really enjoyable to talk to, although I didn’t get to spend a great deal of time with her.

          • formerlyAnon

            Glad it went pretty well! I really hope you make it to the DC event – make it a whole day in the city! If you can afford to, stay the night.

            • demidaemon

              I do have a friend in DC, who, without enough notice, would probably let me crash at her place.

          • Sarah

            That sounds nice! I don’t have any older relatives anymore, aside from my dad and aunts. The previous generation is long gone. I think I have a great aunt in Boston, but out of the thirteen brothers and sisters of my dad’s father, she’s one that I haven’t met. I just spent last weekend with my brother’s kids, who are totally adorable. Not babies or toddlers, anymore, but it is so sweet to see kids of your gene pool being who they are!

            • demidaemon

              It was, for the most part. Unfortunately, my grandmother has Alzheimer’s/dementia compounded by low self-confidence, so she isn’t the same as she used to be, but I treasure the time I have with her anyway.

        • demidaemon

          Hopefully I’ll see you there!

          • Sarah

            If I can, I totally hope we can make it a date :)

            • demidaemon

              :)

      • Qitkat

        I’m glad your family reunion worked out better than expected. Your plate is certainly overflowing with your new life to come. Enjoy it all, even the challenge of moving. And now you may get to commune with other BKs. Totally cool!

        • demidaemon

          I will!

    • Yoshio

      Battened down the hatches for the first hurricane which fizzled (for our island at any rate) and keeping a wary eye on Julio. No special plans thanks to the weather but will go vote in the primaries today. Reading what all the BKs are up to entertains and cheers me, so thanks all!

      • decormaven

        Keep the battens down til this next storm passes. What a strange weather year! I can’t recall the last hurricane in Hawaii.

        • Yoshio

          Interesting you should mention it. The last major hurricane which damaged Kauai very badly was in 1992. The Big Island which took the brunt of Hurrican Iselle has never been hit in modern history – granted that weather history only dates to 1950 but still…

          • decormaven

            Thanks for the information. Hope this isn’t the beginning of a line of storms in that area.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Hope you’re faring well and pulling through! Looks like Julio is moving away, which is great.

        • Yoshio

          Mahalo for the good thoughts! All is well and back to normal in the Land of Aloha.

    • BrooklynBomber

      It seems to me the crucial question is this:
      What was the winning cocktail?!

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

        By votes, the Santino, but maybe TLo will put together a book of bar recipes!

        • Sarah

          We are supposed to DRINK these cocktails in the future, right? The Santino, while totally hilarious, might be a bit….full of it. (Much as the actual Santino is.)

          • decormaven

            I know! I wavered between concocting a proper drink, then ended up making up one for grins and giggles only.

        • BrooklynBomber

          Thanks. That’s a good one!

    • @Biting Panda

      Desperately Seeking @Qitkat:disqus!
      I just finished Wild.

      Thank you so much for the recommendation. It was both amazing and very hard to read. The number of similarities between her life and mine (down to same childhood horse’s name) was giving me too many feels. But in the very best way. As a Bitter Kitten and a native Tennessean, I look forward to Our Lady of the Parking Lot’s portrayal of Cheryl. This should be a gorgeous movie, yes?

      love
      a-

      • Qitkat

        Hey Panda! I am so happy you loved the book. I agree that at times it was very hard to read. I’ve never owned a horse, but some of that storyline was what brought me to tears in the SS office, as I originally posted (don’t wish to give any details away to other kittens who haven’t yet read it), I’ll bet you can guess exactly what I mean. So amazing that you had these parallels to your life with hers. I have led a more different life from hers, but boy oh boy, the way she wrote about her mom just hit home so very hard for me.

        I have great hopes for the movie too, wish we could have a Bitter Kitten screening :)

        …love,
        ml

        • decormaven

          Jumping in the convo just to say Wild is next in my e-queue, thanks to both of you.

    • Jacob Bowen

      Kittens, patience paid off and I have been a boat owner for the past 5 GLORIOUS days! I have spent every possible moment floating/swimming/tubing/reading and drinking on the boat, and it was all and more than I could imagine. My Dad bought his first boat at 18 (it was used) and it’s the same boat that I’ve grown up with (and he’s 54). It has been a beautiful experience using a boat that works so easily and having all of my family and friends over to try it out!

      Today was our neighborhood corn roast (one of my FAVORITE days of the year) and since my family runs it we have been busy shopping and setting it up. I ate at least 7 ears of corn, drank (quite) a few Angry Orchard ciders, tubed with my cousins, and now I’ve been babysitting since 5:30 CST. It has been SUCH a busy Saturday, but I am trying to get every amount of fun in this next week because on FRIDAY I meet my new colleagues and begin my first official full school year as a middle school math teacher!

      Hope everyone enjoys their Sunday!

      • boweryboy

        Congrats! All of that sounds lovely.

      • formerlyAnon

        Dude, this post is testimony you have the energy to teach middle school, that you actually *want* to do so means you have the right mindset.
        Glad you’re having fun, hope the school year starts well, and the Extensive Travel Adventures Fund fattens!

      • Qitkat

        I have to agree with fAnon. You seem to have energy to spare. I think those middle school kids are going to have a great year with you as their teacher. I am fairly sure I did not have any teachers with as much personality as you have. Hope you really enjoy the experience, that age can be challenging ;)

      • decormaven

        Love that you have such a great, happy family. You’ve got the foundation for being one awesome teacher. See your thumbs-up on Guardians; that may be in our future if it rains this afternoon.

    • boweryboy

      Ugh. I’ve spent the last three days bedridden with the flu. Sucks because I had to miss out on the annual sunset cruise a family friend throws every summer (live jazz band, dinner buffet, fancy desserts, and hosted bar of fabulous French wines and imported beers) plus a happy hour date with one of my besties. Also, work has become insanely stressful. I’ve inherited the bulk of the work of my co-worker who was recently laid off. There’s not enough hours in the day to get everything done. I’ve had to repeatedly remind people to be patient because I’m one person doing the work of two. I’m sure this is a factor of my illness as well.

      Any suggestions of streaming Netflix movies/series to watch while I’m recuperating? So far I’ve watched a lot of crap sci-fi and horror flicks (who knew there are four Wishmaster movies, each worse than the one before?).

      • Janet B

        I’m watching The Italian Job with my guys tonight. It’s okay, the original was better but isn’t available streaming. My husband keeps saying Ed Norton is David Arquette. (eyeroll) Charlize drives better than the rest of them.

        Sorry to hear you aren’t feeling well. Being sick in the summer is always more traumatic. Maybe you can catch a bit of sun tomorrow. The warmth seems to have healing powers for me.

        • boweryboy

          I hate being sick in the summer. Not only am I all achy and feverish, but it’s hot out as well. So, I’m sweating from being sick and being hot. It’s a brutal combination.

          • decormaven

            Bless. Cool showers and keep the AC a little low.

            • boweryboy

              I wish I had AC. They’re an anomaly in Seattle since the summers are typically mild.

            • decormaven

              Bless. That is rough. Kick that bug’s patootie fast so you can feel better pronto.

          • Janet B

            I hope your are feeling a bit better today.

            • boweryboy

              Better enough to return to work. : (

            • formerlyAnon

              Oh fucking joy. ;-)

              Hope they missed you enough to be nice about demanding that you produce all the work you weren’t there to do last week!

      • Qitkat

        Well that has got to be a major disappointment. I’ll bet everyone really missed you. Just treat yourself with extra kindness. Hopefully the work stress will ease up, too. Our bodies send us a slow down message, but it’s not always convenient when it happens.
        As far as things to watch, have you ever seen Battlestar Galactica? ( The second series, not the original.) I don’t know if it’s on Netflix. Also Six Feet Under. Or even Doctor Who.

        Hope you feel better soon.

        • boweryboy

          All good suggestions. Thanks.

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

        House of Cards? Small Town Security? .Lillehammer? You’ve watched OITNB, Yes?
        Feel better.

        • boweryboy

          Thanks. I’m a bit unsure about House of Cards – it didn’t grab me the first time I tried, but I’ll give it another go and the rest as well. I’ve watched OITNB. Love it. The last time I was this sick I binged watched that and Breaking Bad.

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

            Sometimes it’s a matter of mood and attention span. Small Town Security is sort of a guilty pleasure for me since I’m from the South. It took a few episodes to ‘get it.’ Lillehammer, too, required an episode or two. That one had so very many interesting elements to sort through, and Steven VanZant as Silvio (I thought) was great. If nothing else will work, I find binge watching Mel Brooks movies or old episodes of Carol Burnett to be useful for forgetting your plight. Then, there’s the true last ditch effort of old Rogers & Hammerstein musicals, or old Hollywood epics like The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur, GWTW, dr. Zhivago….

      • decormaven

        Bleah- always hate to miss out on fun social events, and that one sounded divine. My go-to on Netflix for streaming is Mad Men, of course. I’ve been revisiting the first seasons of Grey’s Anatomy. The woman who scores its soundtrack is a genius for picking good music. My GA playlist is one of my favorites.

        • boweryboy

          Mad Men is my go to as well. My initial sick day started off with it, but I figure I might as well use this time to explore something new. I could never get into Grey’s Anatomy and I gave it a good try. I do agree about the soundtrack.

          • decormaven

            I hear you. Grey’s lost it with me when it hit Gizzie, then Dead Denny. When I forged on through that trough on Netflix, I was surprised to see the franchise moving forward. It’s easier to tolerate the troughs when the material is streaming.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Hope you’re feeling better soon. When I’m sick, I much prefer comedies to cheer me up. Therefore, my suggestions are on the silly side: Bob’s Burgers is really very funny, and I wish I’d given it a chance sooner. Staying on the Jon Benjamin track, Archer is ridiculously silly and always makes me laugh. Funny that he voices both Bob and Archer, makes pretty much no attempt at making them sound like different characters, yet I love them both and never think of the other show when watching. If you have HBO Go, Veep is really worth checking out, as well. And of course, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. That show is criminally overlooked. Enjoy a chuckle and feel better!

        • boweryboy

          All of those comdies you’ve listed I LOVE!

          • Kitten Mittons

            I was always a huge Simpsons addict growing up, and Bob’s Burgers has that hilarious but still kinda sweet side that the earlier Simpsons episodes had. I enjoy each and every character on there pretty much equally.

            If you love all those, then you probably already checked out Curb Your Enthusiasm as well. Still worth throwing it out there. Also, The League is really pretty good, too. Very raunchy, very straight male macho sports-guy oriented. Having said that, I am none of those things (eh, raunchy is debatable), and I like it. I do live with a Fantasy Football fanatic, though, so I can relate to the earlier season stories quite well. The later seasons barely deal with Fantasy Football at all. And Rafi is worth it. Rafi episodes make my life complete.

            • boweryboy

              We’re kindred television spirits! Love Curb Your Enthusiasm and The League (and I’m neither straight, macho, nor into sports of any kind).
              It’s hard to pick a Bob’s Burger favorite. I think Tina is mine, but then I love Louise as well and Linda too. Aaaggh! They’re all favorites.

            • Kitten Mittons

              And GENE! God, I love me some Gene. Even the peripheral characters crack me up, like Teddy. And Mr. Fischoeder!!!!

              Linda may be at the top of my list, though, mostly because now whenever I say “Alright!” I have to say it in Linda voice. There is no other option. Tina is definitely up there, though.

            • boweryboy

              I swear the partner, my bestie, and I can look at one another, simply say: “What’s a kookaburra?” and we burst into laughter. Never fails.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Good people, all of you.

      • boweryboy

        Thanks fellow BKs for all your suggestions. I settled on Luther. Never heard of it but I’m hooked. And now I fully understand Idris Elba’s appeal.

    • formerlyAnon

      Hope everyone, especially hosts T & Lo are enjoying the weekend. I am just two days back from a visit to the remnants of my nuclear family of origin in the closest thing I have to a home town. Short version: saw friends and a selection of their aged relatives, did helpful things (mostly of the housework persuasion), was forced to go graciously to an outlet mall and through many charming, overpriced tourist town shops, saw some contemporary art, ate well, enjoyed gorgeous weather and much greener vistas than I have at home, and experienced some novel-worthy exposure to the remnants of the Old South, and to the New South which is largely The Old South, Revised.

      And then, praise Jesus, I came back to My House & my daughter flew in for a few days visit and I am so fucking happy with my averagely dysfunctional and under achieving life that there are no words.

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

        Bless you…happiness with your life is such liberating peace. Enjoy.

      • decormaven

        Yes. Going away helps you know that what is at hand is pretty damn good. Enjoy!

      • Kitten Mittons

        So glad for you and your contentment with life. A rarity, and a pleasure to read. Motivation for us all to appreciate the now.

      • rainwood1

        Contentment is a great thing to have. Glad you survived and it gave you such a wonderful perspective.

    • EveEve

      I will be in Prague next month for a few days and must at least pop my head into the Augustine for a look-see, though beer gardens will be more my speed.

      While my sister in law in Hilo is buffeted by hurricanes, we on the East Coast are having phenomenal sailing weather, praise be. And my weekend included dim sum too (plus sushi, pastrami and peach slushies) Dim Sum Go-Go in NYC Chinatown was terrific, and not so untraditional that you wouldnt recognize the har gow.

      We were blown away by Boyhood. As in “sat in my seat at least 10 minutes after the last credits rolled before I could get up” blown away. Go.

      • decormaven

        Thanks for the info. This dim sum talk is killing me. Need to plan an intown foray soon for dim sum. Nothing out here in the hinterlands.

    • decormaven

      Starting to assemble a 7 X 7 shed for backyard garden tools. We’ve read instructions, built a base, and getting ready to lay out the parts. It will either go smoothly, or require liquid fortification. Onward into the breach!

      • @Biting Panda

        Godspeed.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Hope it’s assembled by now, liquid fortification or no!

        • decormaven

          We were soooo closed until rain showers moved in. Think it can be finished in under an hour tomorrow pm. A friend came this afternoon to help with the roof part (I’m too short). Rain stopped the progress.

    • MoHub

      I need that chandelier.

      • decormaven

        Hey there! How’s the back PT going? Been thinking of you while I’ve been yarding lately. Couldn’t do any of it last year due to back surgery rehab. Keep pushing- you’ll be over the other side of the mountain in due time.

        • MoHub

          Thanks for asking. I ended the electrostimulus PT as it wasn’t really changing anything. I try to keep as mobile as I can, and I’m using the cane a lot less—not at all for short distances. So it’s a slow go, but things are getting better, I think.

          • decormaven

            I am glad progress is being made. Is massage of help to you? I was fortunate to find a massage therapist who knew how to work with my issues. It really helped to get what I called the “buzzing” out of my foot. Yoga also is a great benefit for me- the local studio has a class specifically for back care, as well as a gentle yoga class. Thinking good thoughts for you as you move down the road to recovery.

            • MoHub

              I do a lot of self-massage, take nonprescription painkillers, and use a lot of ThermaCare wraps. The heat pads have proved to be my best “treatment” although they don’t come cheap.

            • decormaven

              I hear you. I think I have tried about all the self-care options. Yoga therapy balls (work well on the feet), a foam roller for tight IT band, Yoga Toes (to help space toes, which can get in a cramp if the back is tight). My ice bag was a daily constant companion post rehab.

      • Kitten Mittons

        We stopped by a friend’s house this weekend to pick them up, and when I went in to use their bathroom, I said I loved her light fixture decorations. She said she HATED the chandelier underneath, so she had hung Mardi Gras beads all over it. Creative things I never think of…..

        The ones above are more my personal taste, though.

    • Qitkat

      Well, I’ve baked another cake, olive oil, orange, and rosemary. This one is for my fellow Leo DIL and her twin’s birthday picnic this afternoon at a city park. If only it doesn’t rain. Babysat all the grandkids on one day this last week, the two oldest for most of the daytime, the little one in the evening, found a set of Shrinky Dinks and thankfully that entertained them for quite some time, along with the usual Lego, stories, TV – they get one “show” and don’t even care what they watch, but it’s a challenge for me to find what’s age appropriate, (they are 5 and 7), any kittens out there can suggest anything that doesn’t rot the brain? I don’t get it, they beg for a “show” and sit there like zombies for half an hour.

      It is a treat to see my 33 month old youngest grandson twice in one week. He is a relief after the intensity of the older two. I had to laugh @disqus_sno6tFOqQq:disqus description of giving her son a bath, I gave my gs a bath too Thursday night when the parents went out for her actual birthday. It went so calmly I couldn’t believe this is a two year old. He is so mellow I’m starting to think he is a very old soul!

      I’m inspired to go out for dim sum for my birthday tomorrow, but don’t know if Denver has any decent places. Basically I’m trying to ignore this birthday, it is approaching one of the major ones in a few years, so maybe if I just ignore them, I won’t keep feeling older. Nah, time, she just keeps marching on.

      • @Biting Panda

        Happy birthday, in advance!!

        • Qitkat

          Thank you Panda. Sending many good thoughts your way for your week to come.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Happy birthday! I’d ask my parents about a restaurant, but they’re not the dim sum types, so I’d doubt that they would have a good recommendation.

        Glad the grandson was good for you, especially in the bath. An old soul perhaps, or maybe just better for grandma than his parents :) Either way, still enjoyable. Truthfully, even the messy baths can be enjoyable!

        • Qitkat

          Thanks Mittons! Upon research it appears all dim sum is served only as brunch/lunch items around here, so I’m looking into gathering as much of family as can come next Saturday during the day; there are actually 3 or 4 very good places. Tomorrow night will probably be just the two of us nearby.

          It is certainly true, grandchildren often act differently than for their parents. We have seen all of them turn into unrecognizable little monster beings ;) This is when we are glad we get to go home without them, I’m sure other grandparents can identify!

          • Kitten Mittons

            Denver has great food, but not always the widest selection. I’ve eaten dim sum, but never there and wouldn’t even know where to look. Glad you found a few, though.

            Truth on the kiddo thing. This is why I’m up at 3 am, waiting out a mini tantrum, because he wants to watch cartoons in my bed. Le sigh.

            Yes, I grew up there, and my parents still live in the metro area. They’ve been there about 40 years, I think? Funny that I’ve lived here about 13 years and do not plan to move in the near future, but still refer to Colorado as home. My brother lives there, too, so we visit a few times a year.

      • PastryGoddess

        Happy birthday to you!

        Orange and basil go very well together as well. I make yummy orange basil and orange ginger truffles. They are always a surprise hit among friends.

        • Qitkat

          Thanks goddess! Mmmmm, those sound like yummy combinations. One of my few green thumb successes is growing basil every summer in big pots on the deck. I love having more good ideas for its use. I’m a huge pesto fan.

          • formerlyAnon

            Mmmmmmm. Fresh basil. I didn’t stay on top of things this year so I have one lone plant. But it’s thriving, as if to chastise me. “See!” it says, “See! If you’d gotten the big planters done this year we’d have done right by you!”

            I water him anyway. ;-)

      • decormaven

        Age is a number, so don’t let it do one on you. Let the family love on you, and enjoy each and every gift. Love the cake you made! I’ll take one next Sunday, when I celebrate my own 58th trip around the sun. Leos, unite!

        • Qitkat

          Thanks maven, I appreciate the warm wishes. One of the really good parts of the cake was the mascarpone topping- a little frozen OJ, confectioner’s sugar, orange marmalade and fresh rosemary, added to the mascarpone.

          Another Leo! Wonderful, happy birthday in advance :)

          • decormaven

            That cake sounds great! Hope you can pull off the party in the park.

            • Qitkat

              It went very well, weather held off rain (not uncommon to get showers every afternoon here in summer), 3 kinds of cakes, other noshes and beer, people whom I hadn’t seen for quite a while, including several of their friends’ growing up cute babies. People ate a little over half the cake, it needs tweaking as I told fAnon ;)

      • formerlyAnon

        The cake sounds delicious! Was it as good as it sounds?

        I try to manage the birthday feelings (which I never had, even once, until I hit 50) through a combination of thinking how young this age will seem to me in ten years, and concentrating on how I feel, rather than on the number or the inevitable visible/functional ravages of time. Usually works, though time does persist in marching, as you say.

        ETA: Oh, and Happy Birthday, fellow Leo!

        • Qitkat

          Thanks anon. Excellent points. Did not know you are of the Leo tribe too :) When? Happy Birthday to you too.

          The cake was pretty good, but got mixed reviews, perhaps more savory than expected, orange flavor on the strong side. For my part I wanted the rosemary to be more evident. I like unusual cakes. Needs tweaking to meet my perfectionist standards :)

          • formerlyAnon

            Well, let us know when you get the cake right. I ask because I tried an “Italian shortbread” recipe made with olive oil instead of butter that got very mixed reviews from my tasters. I liked it better when I added lemon zest, but I think the addition of rosemary or basil (and a switch to orange) would make it work. (My birthday is near the end of July – quite a while till the next one!)

    • PastryGoddess

      It sounds like everyone’s weekend was much more interesting than mine. I spent all day yesterday and today trying to put our kitchen together. It was mostly spent painting, putting up moulding, and being frustrated by the stupid cabinets Even better, we miscalculated the size of one wall and now have a cabinet that is 4 inches too long.

      I would like a very large pitcher of Sapphire and Tonic. A houseboy to rub my feet would be divine

      • decormaven

        Bless, what a PITA. You deserve all the drinks. Hope there’s an easy, inexpensive way to fix the cabinet snafu.

      • formerlyAnon

        Aaarrgghh. But you were productive and you deserve a drink. Or several.

        • PastryGoddess

          Several drinks have been had. I’m feeling amazing. I expect different feelings tomorrow morning.

      • Qitkat

        Oh, remodeling kitchens, and cabinets that don’t fit. I can relate. So much work. But you will be thrilled with the end results I imagine!

        If only we could all pool our funds and hire a houseboy to be at Bitter Kitten beck and call!
        [Looks in yellow pages under HouseboysRUs, Worldwide Unlimited.]

    • Shibori Girl

      Ah, what a Sunday! Attended a lovely party on Camano Island, north of Seattle. Good food, congenial company, and bald eagles, herons and a kingfisher about their business over the water. Priceless!

      Hope all you BKs are doing well. “See” you at 4 am to watch the Perseid meteor shower despite the glow of the super moon, okay? What a planet!

      • decormaven

        Hope you could get a glimpse of the meteor shower. We’ve been alternating sun/clouds/rain for last three days so watching is pretty much a bust here.

      • boweryboy

        One of my fondest memories of my first year living in the Pac Northwest was spending a weekend at a friend’s cabin on Whidbey Island, traipsing down to the beach at 1:00am with a pitcher of gin and tonic, and watching the Perseid meteor shower. It was amazing.

      • Qitkat

        Now that I’ve been to the PNW I had to look up this island. I’m curious as to other places to visit when I return, especially the islands. Loved it up there!
        Hope you got to see the meteor shower!

        • boweryboy

          Any of the San Juan islands are amazing. Orcas Island is the most touristy with shops, restuarants, beachfront resorts and the like. My favorite is Lopez Island because it’s quiet, rural and largely untouched with intimate B&Bs and cabins, a quaint town (with a great Sunday market; and delicious pastries at the local coffee shop, Holly B’s), friendly locals – many of whom are incredible artists and lots of deer and wild rabbits. Also, it’s one of the best islands for bicycling because there’s very little traffic on the roads. And of course the scenery is breathtaking. It’s why I love living in the PNW.

          • Qitkat

            Thanks for all the in-depth information. I really appreciate knowledge from locals. My list is growing longer for places to visit next time. Love the rural places with artists and markets and coffee shops and light traffic. I’m still scared of bicycling because of knee replacement, (I do ride at the gym), but maybe I will try it again. I used to love it.

            I hope this Monday morning finds you feeling much better.