T LOunge

Posted on August 29, 2014

American Kittens, your three-day weekend can now officially be considered OPEN. Please make the most of it.

Tlounge-8-29-2014-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLOCafé Vienés. Casa Fuster Hotel, Barcelona

 

We will spend it alternately packing for Fashion Week, which starts next week once again, or resting up in preparation for Fashion Week. Also: not eating, in preparation for the clothes we hope to fit in for Fashion Week.

The all-consuming (and shallow) life of fashion blogging, darlings.

And how are we? And by “we,” we mean you, darlings. Sound off. And keep sounding off all weekend. Make a party of it.

Ciao!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo Credit: Casa Fuster HOtel]

    • RussellH88

      I’m drinking and watching Project Runway.

      On a random note, a pair of formerly loose jeans are now tight because my ass is getting too big from working out.

      • formerlyAnon

        Working out booty is good booty.

        • RussellH88

          It’s certainly better than having jello molds hanging off my ass.

          • formerlyAnon

            Though if they have those raised pineapple designs on ‘em it’d be an interesting novelty . . .

            • RussellH88

              But not a sexy novelty.

            • Shibori Girl

              Unless your date is a pineapple fetishist….

            • RussellH88

              Considering I’m 26 and I’ve only had 3 dates in my entire life, I’ll take it where I can get it.

            • marlie

              We need to figure out a Bitter Kitten dating service. There are a couple other bitter kittens lamenting singlehood, and that’s just not right.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              Sign me up now. I am so over being single, I can’t stand it.

            • tinyredlocks

              Word…

            • RussellH88

              I fill that hole (no pun intended) with cooking, video games, working out, and reading.

            • marlie

              I kept myself occupied when I was single too, and I was happy that I did. I didn’t believe it when people said it to me, but I did eventually meet someone (after a 5+ year dry spell), and it was well worth the wait.

            • RussellH88

              I’m annoyingly monogamous, so I’d rather stay in at night and play a video game than go out and troll for menz.

            • marlie

              There’s nothing wrong with that; I’m that way too. Bars and clubs were never my thing. Now, elevators? Apparently that’s my thing, because that’s where I met the bf.

            • Lisa_Co

              I met my husband in the elevator of the building I lived in (he had just started subletting an apartment)and we’ve been married more than 20 years, so yes to elevators!

            • MilaXX

              In my 20’s I loved to go out dancing, but I was never the hook up, one night stand gal so I understand. I’ve always been monogamous. Dry spells hit us all.

            • Jackie4g

              You’re right. Do what you like to do. Be good to yourself just the way you are doing. As soon as you don’t give a damn, is when you’ll meet someone. Trust me, I’m old and I know. You’ll be fine.

            • RussellH88

              I get along better with old people than I do younger people. My pop culture references are usually more to their taste.

            • marlie

              Have you considered groups where people like some of the same things as you? A cooking class or book club or something like that?

            • MilaXX

              Or a travel club. I did that once. So much fun! Even when it’s just the US.

            • Jackie4g

              You’ll find someone who shares your likes if you look. But if you look, you can’t not care. So maybe you should just think about making some new friends. It’s been said the best way to meet someone is through a mutual friend. And if they don’t know anybody, at least you’ll have people to hang out with.

            • RussellH88

              I live in a small town in Ohio and I have no friends. I’ve pretty much accepted that I won’t have friends until I go to grad school.

            • Jackie4g

              Well then, you can have online friends right here. (They’re often preferable).

            • Sanglots longs

              Grad school may well be your place! Decide who you want to be before you go, however, and be that person. Svelte, fit, smart, stylish, motivated, talented, etc…from your comments here it sounds like that’s who you are, so run with it. Your classmates and professors will be fascinated.

            • Saturnine

              This has a way of working out in time, I’ve found– you’ll be able to relate to a wider swath of people. Heh. “Swath of people.” I’m a little tipsy. You knew what I meant, right?

            • Snailstsichr

              I tell my unattached male friends that cooking is the most attractive thing a man can do. Keep cooking and someday someone wonderful will realize what a gem you are.

            • RussellH88

              The one boyfriend I’ve ever had appreciated that, I actually made a triple layer raspberry cheesecake for him once.

              I miss having a guy to cook for.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              You made a triple raspberry cheesecake-I am very impressed; I agree with other BK’s-someone else will come along who will appreciate you and your talents and interests. In the meantime, be good to yourself.

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

              Cooking and dancing. God I love a man who can dance.

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

            Im happy in my singlehood. After 3 marriages, I’m done. Not that it wasnt good; well, the 3rd one made up for the other two, but still. I feel as if I finally struck gold, so I dont want to take the chance of messing up Karma. Now, I wouldnt mind meeting a gentleman with whom I could ‘keep company’, perhaps have as an overnight visitor *ahem* from time to time. Im a wonderful cook, great company, and can be fun.

            • conniemd

              After 29 years of marriage I’m happily single. It’s nice not to have to consider someone else’s needs, wants, etc.

            • smayper

              Congratulations. Right there with you…after 23 yrs.

      • another_laura

        Funny, I work out to achieve exactly the opposite effect….

        • RussellH88

          I’m not really trying, it’s just a side effect.

          Being a great big fat person and losing weight has made me have an odd view of my body, because it doesn’t even feel like it’s mine.

          • Fanny_Trollope

            You are awesome. Period.

            • RussellH88

              That’s very sweet!

          • Tlazolteotl

            I feel you. I lost 50 pounds about 3 years ago, and it took me a while to feel like my body wasn’t some strange thing that I was waking up in every morning. But it’s whole, healthy, imperfect, and mine. Give your lovely and perfectly imperfect body a big ol’ hug from all of the BKs.

            • RussellH88

              I used to be over 400 pounds until about 2 years ago, but now I’m around 210 after putting on muscle. I’m still not used to actually looking at my body and thinking of it as mine. I love buying clothes and whatnot, but I feel like I’m dressing someone else.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              Oh my gosh. You are amazing. What a journey. I hope you are really really proud of yourself.

            • RussellH88

              I’m not, really. I know it’s the wrong mindset, but I see it more as correcting my mistake as some sort of “You go girl” type moment.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              Well I get that. But you did an amazing, amazing thing for yourself.

            • RussellH88

              I did treat myself to a $300 Ralph Lauren peacoat when I lost the weight. Since I could only buy 4x clothes, being able to buy a medium is exciting.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              Oh that is a FABULOUS way to celebrate! I always am in favor of celebrating anything with shopping. :)

            • Kitten Mittons

              Buying clothes is a great way to treat yourself. Excellent job. You should be be proud of that!

            • Saturnine

              Coats are my go-to sartorial reward. Too bad I live most of the year in the South. . . .

            • marlie

              I’m so impressed! Be proud of yourself for all of your hard work; you deserve it.

            • kerryev

              That is a crapload of very hard work. Nice job!!

            • Tlazolteotl

              You are fabulous and now officially my hero.

            • Aidan B

              Wow! Congratulations on such a transformation!

            • Janet B

              Quite the journey you’ve been on.
              Congratulations!

            • BobStPaul

              Seriously? You’re 210 with a 32 inch waist? That’s remarkable and a major achievement! You should be very proud of yourself. Congrats!

            • RussellH88

              I always feel the need to mention my waist size and that I wear a medium because I think 210 makes me sound bigger than I am.

            • heybethpdx

              I’m assuming you’re tall? because yeah, 210 sounds pleasantly beefy, and a 32-inch waist sounds more slender than that.

            • RussellH88

              I’m about 6’1.

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

              That is mega-impressive! Congratulations!

            • formerlyAnon

              I’ve lost significant weight (60+ lb) before, but nothing like that. You’ve done an amazing, challenging and difficult thing. Ask your doctor what percentage of people who try to lose even 25 pounds actually do it and maintain the change. It’s tiny. I’m sure you’ve read the same things I have, that it can take years to completely adjust mentally to such a big physical change. But it sounds like you’re continuing to take good care of yourself, you’ll get there, or close enough it lies dormant in your head for long, long stretches.

            • MilaXX

              Aw you sound so awesome. I just wanna hug you!

            • cocohall

              Honey, you are still traveling in a foreign country. It takes time to become “local.” It isn’t just how you see yourself, it is how the world reflects their assessment back at you. And if you go from 400 to 200 lbs, the world, fair or not, will make different assumptions about you at each weight. And yet, all the things that make you you, (your humor, your compassion, your talents, your foibles) have not changed. Major transformations take much longer to catch up with mentally than most people expect. We live in a culture that operates at warp speed in terms of information, but not in feeling. There is NOTHING wrong with you for feeling a bit “out of body” still. Have you ever watched a butterfly come out of its cocoon? It SLOWLY EMERGES and then spreads its wings. And then it waits before it takes flight for its wings to dry. You take your time, and take care of yourself.

            • smayper

              YES!

      • alyce1213

        But it’s a good big, right? Muscle big, which is hawt.

        • RussellH88

          Yep, from squats and deadlifts.

          I assume it’s muscle anyway, 32 inch waist with a big ass wouldn’t be fat, right?

          • MilaXX

            Nope not at all

          • Jackie4g

            Nope, it would be aesthetically pleasing.

      • kimmeister

        I feel your pain – I’m currently suffering from hulked-out shoulders from training for the obstacle course race I’m doing Sept 13. I’m looking forward to un-hulking.

    • snarkykitten

      My wife & I may have a landmark case here…if we can find a lawyer.

      • formerlyAnon

        Jesus. Having seen friends through a couple of different iterations of Our Legal System I hope you don’t have to go through that. But if you do, ONWARDS TO VICTORY.

        • snarkykitten

          Well since no one, not even the judge knows if we’re still legally married, we need /someone/ to help us out.

          • @Biting Panda

            Oh my. I hope the universe puts the right person within your grasp.
            Love to you both.

            • snarkykitten

              Thanks :) There’s a really great clinic in D.C. called Whitman Walker (highly recommend it, the staff are great & it’s 100% LGBT friendly) that has legal aid people, so we’re going to try there first to see if they know where we should start!

            • Tlazolteotl

              Best wishes and hopes that they are of great help to you.

            • formerlyAnon

              Good luck. No one needs that kind of crap.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Hope y’all can find someone to take on your case, best of luck to you both.

            • decormaven

              WW is great. You should get some good advice there.

      • Aidan B

        I hope you can. Good luck fighting the good fight! What state are you in? I may have missed this initial discussion.

    • another_laura

      I’m still sitting at my desk, finishing a letter. There are only three of us left on the floor so far as I can tell. The few, the proud, the unable to manage our time well enough to leave early. Looking forward to popping the cork when I get home.

      • marlie

        I was one of three holdouts at my office too. And even then, I was the last one there. Happy weekend!

    • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

      I just ate my weight in Mexican food and margaritas. It was amazing. Now the rest of the night I’ll be recovering on my couch with a marathon of West Wing.

      Happy weekend, everyone!

      • DeniseSchipani

        oOOH, West Wing. Which season?

        • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

          Five – right now I’m on the episode where news breaks of Hoynes’s book deal! I swear I watch the whole series and then just start over again. And then go back and watch my favorite episodes.

          • carrie

            I’m rewatching the Sopranos and loving every frickin minute of it.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              I have never watched that show! I know, terrible. I also haven’t watched Breaking Bad, but I swear I will one of these days.

            • RussellH88

              If you’re making a list, definitely add The Good Wife. Such a great show.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              Added. I’m always looking for more good shows!

            • RussellH88

              I can’t think of many shows that are 5 seasons in and just now delivering their best episodes.

              It’s a very adult show. It’s subtle, and most of the moments make sense and feel earned.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              Nope, usually it’s the opposite, isn’t it. Sons of Anarchy is like that as well – just gets better and better.

            • @Biting Panda

              Tick Tock Tick Tock….that’s my internal countdown until the premier. I am so sad it’s ending.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              Me too. I need another show with hot bearded men immediately.

            • @Biting Panda

              Outlander (Starz) is really, really, good.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              Yes, I loved the pilot! Unfortunately I don’t get Starz…

            • Tlazolteotl

              Oh, how I wish I had Starz, too! All three of my sisters are watching Outlander. Only one of them has read the books, so she’s keeping me updated on whether or not the series lives up to the book. (According to her, it does.) If you’ve read the books, Jezebel is doing a very, very funny weekly recap on Mondays.

            • @Biting Panda

              Read them. Outlander, twice. I’ve been in love with Jamie and Claire for a long time. The actors are doing a remarkable job with the chemistry and yes, so far, they are plot on plot with only some minor (and understandable) tv format adjustments.

            • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

              I’m reading the book right now. The pilot was so, so good that I’m thinking about ordering Starz just for the series.

            • heybethpdx

              I’m so glad you mentioned the recaps! I’ve read the books at least twice (except the most recent, which I’ve read once and was sad it was over). I’m illegally streaming the series because I don’t have cable and don’t see any legal options available to purchase the eps. I just this very second finished last week’s episode (the 3rd) and WOW I am so impressed with how they’re doing.

            • MilaXX

              I enjoyed it as well, which surprised me because it’s a lot schoompier and romantic than I usually like.

            • decormaven

              Gotta go with schmoopy!

            • Wendi126

              Deadwood. Although a lot of them are repulsive bearded men and sometimes in long johns :) it’s very good if you don’t mind extreme swearing

            • Snailstsichr

              The actors inhabit their characters. I am terrible at spending shows trying to remember where I have previously seen an actor. I don’t with this show as the actors “are” the characters they portray. (I hope that makes sense.)

            • Wendi126

              Friday Night Lights is five seasons and wonderful. Freaks and Geeks is awesome! Only one season and everyone I know who has watched it loved it..esp if you were in high school in late 70’s-early 80’s.

            • carrie

              Sopranos is probably my favorite show. I loved the WIRE with all of my heart too, and definitely enjoyed BB. It had some of the most exciting scenes I’ve ever watched on a TV show.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Hubby’s rewatching The Wire as we speak, for the bazillionth time. Great show.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Home after a downtown trip for a lovely, relaxing pedicure-I would truthfully pay just to sit in the massage chair-so wonderful. My toes are now bedecked with OPI’s “Romeo and Joliet”.

      • @Biting Panda

        A classic!

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I love OPI’s names, and I’m sure that I’ve picked colors simply because the name amuses me.

          • decormaven

            [wearing Party In My Cabana as we speak...]

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Party on! I do love those names-they really put a smile on my face whenever I”m at the salon!

            • 3boysful

              Charged Up Cherry here. Highly recommend.

          • Anna

            I do that with lipstick, nail polish and blush ALL the time.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Jealous of your pedicure. Sounds divine.

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I’ve been going to this salon for years, and really like the woman who does my manicures and pedicures. Since she didn’t have another client immediately after me, I was able to relax while the toes dried and go through another cycle of massage-heaven.

          • Kitten Mittons

            That’s double the pleasure! Like a BOGO sale, but better.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              If I had that massage chair at home, I seriously would be tempted to spend all day in the chair.

            • Kitten Mittons

              I had a massage today and it was glorious. Fastest hour ever, though.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              Yes, that time goes by quickly!

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

        Pedicures are a wonderful indulgence, and I’m glad you got one!

      • Saturnine

        I LOVE Romeo and Juliet. I didn’t know they still make it. Off to Amazon . . .

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I suppose that OPI retires colors, or renames them from time to time, but the salon is still carrying this one. Mr. B3 complimented the color too, which is unusual, so I picked well.

      • rainwood1

        The massage chairs are fantastic. Having pretty toes at the end is just a side benefit.

    • Tanya Wade

      A wonderful, restful weekend to all the bitter kittens! I got the job I wanted from the two interviews last Friday (thanks to all the good wishes I got here), so one more week of freedom and back to the working world after a four-month break, that did include getting my first knitting designs accepted for pub in a major magazine. Looking forward to making money again! Happy Labor Day, everyone.

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        Congrats, that’s great news!

      • PastryGoddess

        woot woot!

        yay for making money

      • marlie

        Congratulations on the job AND the knitting designs. Be sure to let us knitting kittens know when it’s published!

        • TiffanyJWhite

          I just got paid
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          I just got paid
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      • Shibori Girl

        Partway! Great news!

      • MilaXX

        Congrats!

      • Aidan B

        Congrats on the job!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Congrats, that’s great news!!

      • heybethpdx

        How lovely that you got the job AND a week of freedom (that you can actually enjoy!). And do let us know when those designs are printed – I’m a ravelry fiend.

        • Tanya Wade

          Thank you to EVERYONE (wish there was an all reply feature here) and yes to all the knitting kittens and Ravlery friends, I will put it up next year when it’s pubbed!

      • rainwood1

        Sounds like a really great week. Congratulations!!

      • decormaven

        Gainful employment toast to you!

      • demidaemon

        Congrats!

    • formerlyAnon

      Just finished eating tacos laden with MEAT (now that the vegetarians have moved out.) And a beer. Working on the Weekend List. But not much lollygagging tonight, I’m taking the vegetarians to Costco as we don’t have enough membership cards to go around. And then prepping . . . something with fruit. That’s easy to serve to people who’ve been drinking. Watermelon-dominated fruit cups, maybe.

      Why?, (you weren’t asking but I’ll tell you.) I volunteered to help set up (and to do more if bodies are needed) my employers’ (university libraries) tailgating presence at tomorrow’s football game. Have I mentioned that I have been employed by and/or a student at this university for 19 years and have NEVER tailgated? Or been to a football game. Not my thing. At least the temperature isn’t going to crack 100 tomorrow. *SIGH* Raising one’s profile and being seen as one of the team is so fucking tedious. To be fair, my co-workers are mostly interesting and lovely people. I hope those are the ones who show up tomorrow.

      Getting Shit Done drags on. Not much joie de vivre, but there’s still life in it. Barely. Onwards! Nurse Ellen, hope your wedding weekend is FABULOUS.

      • @Biting Panda

        I don’t know if there will be sliced fruit on hand for snacking….but Philadelphia Cream Cheese (1 pkg) well blended with Marshmallow Fluff (1 small jar) is the fucking jam!!! Of course I double or triple that, depending on crowd size.

        • Barbara Affolter

          Greek Yogurt mixed with berry purée and sweetened with agave nectar is also a delightful fruit dip.

          Enjoy your first tailgate! I’m a huge football fan, and also a huge fan of drinking beer & eating grilled things, so I’m pretty excited for tomorrow’s tailgate. It’s supposed to rain, but in Tennessee, that just means that it might cool down a little.

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

          I like half greek yoghurt & half thickened cream, whipped together, then sprinkled with dark muscovado sugar and left in the fridge for an hour or so. The sugar melts into a toffee sauce, which then ripples through the yoghurty cream while you dunk stuff in it.

          • formerlyAnon

            Everybody else’s sounded tasty. This was flat out food porn. You are in the right field.

        • demidaemon

          My mom lives by that recipe! And they try to sell a similar product for its weight worth in gold when it isn’t remotely the same or as tasty.

      • heybethpdx

        You are truly a team player! any chance you can attend the tailgate and skip the game? I’m all about the food-parties but football…I just do not get it and I don’t care to try.

        • marlie

          I consider it a badge of honor that I’ve never been to a football game, unless you count my 9-yo nephew’s games.

          • heybethpdx

            One of my deep dark secrets was that I was captain of the color guard in high school. You know, the flags? Yeah, that was me. I LOVED it. And attended lots of football games as a consequence…and never had the faintest idea what was going on. I stood up and cheered when everyone else did!

          • Kitten Mittons

            Mm mm, dress blues. Lucky lady.

        • @Biting Panda

          Skip the game? Blasphemer!!
          (i kid, it’s not for everyone)

        • formerlyAnon

          Oh, one of the plusses is that the tailgating (and pushing University Libraries swag) IS the event. Actual tickets to the football game are prized, expensive (unless you’re a student) and spoken for way ahead of time. ETA: I could hang out and watch the game on t.v. with the enthusiasts. But by kickoff I’d have been there for 6 hours, outside in the heat. And in theory more enthusiastic colleagues will have taken over by that time.

          • rainwood1

            I used to love football when I was younger, but now it just looks to me like a bunch of guys giving each other serious brain trauma.

            • formerlyAnon

              Yeah, trust medical science to take the fun out of EVERYTHING! ;-)

      • Kitten Mittons

        If there will already be drinking…… you can slice up some watermelon, throw it in a ziploc bag, and pour in some coconut rum. Chill and serve. It’s pretty good, but will be a hit with those who are already boozing.

        Football can be fun, hope you have a decent time and can stay cool. Just be loud and obnoxious! The watermelon will help with that, too.

      • Sarah

        You are super-cool, fA. Library business is good business, I find; really, you couldn’t ask for more civil people to work with, right? I hope it’s not too hot. Watermelon is always good!

        • formerlyAnon

          Yeah. My coworkers are pretty awesome. We are a VERY oddly assorted lot, but almost all interesting and smart. And nearly but not quite as many kind.

          • Sarah

            Same here. Lot of turnover, lately, which is unusual, but I still get along well with everyone. They’re all pretty cool in their own ways.

      • SouthernGirlRena

        If we’re sharing favorite fruit dip recipes, my fave is a tub of Marzetti’s Caramel Dip (often found in produce by the apples) mixed with two bricks of softened cream cheese. SOO good with apples. If you want to go crazy, crush up a graham cracker pie crust and dip apples first in the dip and then in the crumbs.

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

        Thank you so much, fA. I love it that you thought of me!! Also, enjoy the football game. Which one? State or UNC or Duke?

        • formerlyAnon

          Heh. I’m out west. University of Texas v. Texas Tech. (I did go to NC State, though, back in the Dark Ages & my ex- did grad school at Duke.)

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

            My bad, somehow I thought you were in my neck of the woods. Yes, there are three home football games here this weekend, just because the whole weekend was not complicated enough for us. Not looking forward to fighting traffic every time I get in the car.

            Enjoy yourself! Not a football fan myself. This is basketball country here, but I’m a Yankees girl…..love me a good extra-innings game.

            • formerlyAnon

              I grew up mostly in North Carolina, and still visit there every year. Probably how you got that idea.

          • another_laura

            Ah, in Texas and not a football fan – I feel for you! But a good party is a beautiful thing. You’ll find a way to have some fun!

          • 60Gal

            Hi! I’m new here, but I enjoy all of you. Just wanted to say that my daughter manages the café in the alumni center at UT. She, her husband, and daughter #2 all live in Austin. Daughter #3 is a student at TCU. Texas is a rough place in the summer.

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

              Welcome! Nice to have you here.

            • 60Gal

              Thank you. I think all of you BKs are awesome. *trying not to gush* I hope I can keep up.

            • formerlyAnon

              Texas is so hot in the summer, though this one’s been easier than the last several. I’ve been in that cafe, it’s a bit nicer than most of the places to grab a coffee on campus!

          • Grumpy Girl

            Woo hoo NC State folk who work in libraries!

      • rainwood1

        You remain my inspiration for GSD. And I’ve never tailgated either and do not feel the lesser for it. Good for you for taking one for the team though. Sometimes, you just have to suck it up and deal. Especially when gainful employment remains important.

      • decormaven

        Take one for the team! Hoping the heat isn’t too brutal. Football in the South is a punisher indeed.

      • 3boysful

        I just hosted for the weekend my 9 yr old niece, who soberly informed me she has been a vegetarian for 3 months. Then on Saturday morning, she downed 3 strips of bacon! Cutie-patootie.

    • 25or6to4

      My baby brother just finished his first week of college (and is most assuredly getting very drunk right now) while I’m snuggled into a couch, waiting to be told that I can leave. Seriously, I’ve already put in way more hours than what is technically allowed per week and I just want to get started on my 36 hours of non-hospital related fun! Still, I’m pretty excited for my first date in two years, occuring in T-minus 24 hours, but I’m wavering over my shoe choices, as I’m already 6’1″ and the guy in question is only 5’11″… We’ll see.

      • PastryGoddess

        Rock the heels. If he can’t handle it…too damn bad

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        Own being tall (I am too!) – you’re fabulous and he’s lucky to be going on a date with you! I almost cringe to admit I have never been on a date before. (but if you can’t admit that here, where can you?)

        • 25or6to4

          Who needs dates when you have Netflix and TLo, really?

          • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

            :) True… but one does get lonely.

        • PastryGoddess

          are people blind?

          • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

            Bless you!

            • marlie

              They don’t know what they’re missing.

      • marlie

        Good luck on the date. And maybe go for some cute flats/sandals for the cobblestone date. Also, some people don’t mind their significant other being tall. I’m taller than the Mr., when I wear heels, but he likes it. ;)

        • Constant Reader

          I’m taller than the Mr., too. Granted, he’s only 5’6″, a height that means a guy either accepts it and quits making an issue of it or turns into kind of a jackass. He chose the former. :) He likes it when I wear heels, too.

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

          Did you see the thing on Jezebel the other day about relationships with shorter men being more likely to last?

          • marlie

            I didn’t. That’s kind of cool!

      • MilaXX

        A confidant guy won’t care , wear the heels!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Good luck on the date! Above all, have fun.

      • rainwood1

        Yay for rowers!! I live in serious rowing territory out here, and some of my family are rowers/scullers. Plus, I just finished reading ‘The Boys in the Boat’ which reinforces how hard core you have to be to pull an oar. Rock every inch of that 6’1″!

      • demidaemon

        Don’t wear heels with cobblestones. I have horror stories from my friend who did the same and you will regret it.

    • Tlazolteotl

      Sitting on the couch, drinking a beer, and mulling over the current house reno project: rebuilding the front porch. Some hoser poured concrete over the wood and on top of that didn’t pitch it right, so now about 25 years later, a rotting, crumbling mess. Happily, the demo is done and cleaned up for half of it, and we get to start rebuilding that half tomorrow.

      • Kitten Mittons

        When it’s done it will be lovely. And I love the word hoser. So useful.

      • rainwood1

        I too enjoyed ‘hoser.’ It gives me flashbacks to Bob and Doug.

        • Tlazolteotl

          Beauty! It’s also the only thing that I can bring myself to call the folks who did all the 1980s “improvements” to this house in front of my kids :)

    • PastryGoddess

      I’m hungry with nothing to eat in the house. I’m either going to get some indian food or justify cake for dinner

      • Tlazolteotl

        Indian food and cake. Both very good things.

        • PastryGoddess

          true, but if I eat just the cake, I’ll end up starving later.

          I just don’t feel like putting on a bra

          • Tlazolteotl

            I know that feeling well.

          • formerlyAnon

            Not hungry enough then. Give it another 45 minutes. ;-)

            • PastryGoddess

              by then I’ll be ready to fry up a cat for looking at me wrong

            • formerlyAnon

              I laughed. Immoderately.

            • Shibori Girl

              Naan! Stat!

          • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

            Yeah, been there. Sports bra it?

          • another_laura

            So don’t! Let the girls go free for half an hour. You might make someone’s day…

            • PastryGoddess

              I wish I could, but I cannot walk out of my house without proper undergarments. My southern grandmother beat that into my head for years.

              you know, what if you get into a car accident….blah blah blah

            • Shibori Girl

              The Spanish mother version of that lesson led me to believe that either (a) I would be indestructible if my underwear met a high standard of cleanliness and holelessness or ( b) that the EMTs checked your underwear and if it didn’t measure up, they would leave you bleeding in the road. Good times!

            • PastryGoddess

              Yes! exactly

            • Sophie

              The French version for me was that I’d get the best hospital room, but only if I got run over in clean underwear and on the pedestrian crossing. That’s two conditions, and the “pedestrian crossing” one is very difficult to fulfill for most French people.

            • Jackie4g

              Big shirt. Just go and get something to eat.

          • MilaXX

            Order delivery!

          • @Biting Panda

            If I shared how often I did or did not do things, based on the requirement of my bra, you all would be direct dialing my therapists.

            • DeTrop

              That’s why I like the cold weather. Who can tell under a coat or jacket. Freedom rules.

            • formerlyAnon

              O.k. I’m dead solid sober and laughed out loud.

          • Shibori Girl

            Didn’t we burn those things in the 60’s? If you’ve got the money, the Indian place will ignore the girls. And no one’s mother is looking!

            • Qitkat

              “We burned our bras and we burned our dinners and we burned our candles at both ends…”

            • formerlyAnon

              That’s apparently today’s theme song!

            • Shibori Girl

              Thank God!

        • Saturnine

          Those are very excellent things!

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        Totally go for the cake.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Totally! Her name is PastryGoddess, after all.

      • formerlyAnon

        I vote Indian food. Because then you can have some cake for dessert and probably have some left for breakfast. It’s very good with all those breakfasty drinks like tea & coffee, right?

        (I have enabler certification, oh yes I do.)

      • marlie

        Same thing. Pizza and onion rings here. Don’t judge.

      • PastryGoddess

        Indian food has been procured. Since I was driving by Wegmans anyway, I stopped and got a dozen cookies.

        Came home to find 3 cats taking up my entire queen size bed. How do they do that?

        • Sarah

          Stealth. Large burritos and chocolate cookies, here! Hope the Indian was delicious.

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

          Cats are a fluid. They just spread to occupy all available space.

    • marlie

      Happy Friday, kittens! I’m looking forward to the long weekend, but I’m clearing out of my ‘hood as soon as possible before a big music festival descends for the weekend. I hope everyone has a safe and relaxing weekend, whether it be a holiday or not. xoxo

      • Kitten Mittons

        Happy long weekend!

    • carolynmo

      And once again, I’ll offer my services as your assistant during Fashion Week.

    • @Biting Panda

      Gather ’round Kittens…story time…

      Last week was sweaty balls awful. (Not what this story is about, don’t run!)
      This week was doing its damnedest to be just as shitastic. (Also not about this)

      Thursday, after reaching my absolute breaking point at 10:00am, by lunch time I thought I may have a murder death kill situation on my hands.
      So, I grabbed my book, and I took myself to a patio for lunch tacos and 1 – ONE – margarita. Something I never do. But tequila is like liquid Valium for me, so I thought it would take the edge off and I’d go back to the mountain of work on my desk, ready to kick some ass.

      The sun was shining, the humidity was low, the salsa was spectacular. My plan was working.

      Then I got an extremely frustrating email, that in a nutshell, meant the hours I’d suffered all morning in Insurance Provider Hell, were fruitless. And as I read this email, my lovely senorita, walked past my table, nodded questioningly at my drink and I nodded back.

      Somewhere during the second I realized I was more than relaxed, more than tipsy, I was drunk. Food didn’t help. Water didn’t help. Months of not drinking (I don’t mix alcohol with my medication) had started my tolerance level back on Beginner setting. I was not quite wasted face, but I knew I wasn’t driving back to the office. Which was technically within walking distance, but not actual ability. And I knew I’d get so hot I’d hurl, because it was still near 90.

      I had to call my coworker friend, sheepishly apologize and ask her to come get me. She laughed her ass off but all was good. We walked around Lowes for a minute (she needed shit) and then headed back.

      Of course I sobered up, rather quickly once I was back in my office. I didn’t go home until 2 hours later. I was clearly marked for trauma though, I was almost involved in 3 accidents, all caused by and involving other people, that I either evaded by skill or sheer luck of it happening behind me as I pulled forward. It was a nerve wracking drive home.

      And the moral of the story is, maintain bitches, maintain.

      • marlie

        Word.

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        I love you for telling this story.

        I’m sorry you had two crappy weeks. I hope things will be going up soon!!

      • Shibori Girl

        Girl, the good news is that shit storms can only last so long. They gotta stop eventually. Margaritas sound like a good way to ride it out, especially sans driving. Fingers crossed that a three day weekend will be the start of a turn for the better!

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

          Winston Churchill: If you’re going through hell, keep on going.

          • formerlyAnon

            Don’t know who: The only way out is through.

            • Saturnine

              Me: I can have margaritas at work?

      • Tlazolteotl

        A work friend who will come get you and laugh at you (without malice, and with good nature, I assume) in that kind of situation is a good friend to have. Hope things take a turn for the better this weekend!

      • Aidan B

        Hopefully it was a really good margarita.

      • Kitten Mittons

        I’ve never had a drink at lunch during work. I feel the need to do so now.

        Maintain, honey.

      • Sarah

        Bitey, bless you. You’re the maintainingest.

        • formerlyAnon

          Sarah has summed it up perfectly.

          • @Biting Panda

            as she does

      • formerlyAnon

        Girl, every day an adventure, no?

        Or, sometimes, 3 or 6 of the adventuring little sonzabiches, all in one day.

        • @Biting Panda

          I’ve always been a chaos magnet. My Irish(?), Sagittarius, Year of the Rabbit self, appreciates how l have a touch of Teflon around me.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            That rescuing coworker did right by you. Sorry that you’ve been having a shitstorm whirling around you. I hope it moves off very, very soon.

      • UsedtobeEP

        You make me laugh.

        • @Biting Panda

          Thank you.

      • rainwood1

        Another great new motto for me. Getting Shit Done and now Maintain, Bitches, Maintain. I love the BK’s!

      • decormaven

        DH’s new job (since Feb.) takes him closer to the Traffic Hell that is ATL. He told me this a.m. he saw his first (close to him) wreck on Thursday. Traffic around the holiday weekends is always bad, but with DragonCon, two college games Sat., and baseball, no wonder you had near-brushes. Thinking positive thoughts that the pendulum starts swinging toward more beneficial elements for you.

    • Glam Dixie

      So a snake disappeared inside of my garage today and I am not happy about this. On a better note the sister in law is coming over tomorrow to play with the piglets and then we are going antiquing (sp?) (woo!) and then I get to finally meet the oldest daughters new boyfriend. Can’t wait.

      • marlie

        What are you going to do about the snake? I’m guessing that burning down the garage isn’t an option?

        • Glam Dixie

          I’ve decided to forget I ever saw the snake. A few more glasses of wine and I might even believe it.

          • another_laura

            This is the only sensible thing to do.

          • demidaemon

            *nods sagely* What snake?

      • Shibori Girl

        Hey, if you don’t like the BF, you can always send him to the garage for something and let the snake take care of the problem.

        • Glam Dixie

          As high maintenance as the daughter is and as hard as it is for her to find someone who doesn’t drive her crazy, I’m inclined to love him sight unseen.

      • Fanny_Trollope

        Conundrum, right? You don’t ever want to see the snake again but oh, shit! You totally don’t want it to disappear! Because what if? But honestly? Odds are you’ll never see it again. Kumbaya.

      • Kitten Mittons

        My advice is to let the snake win, and just move.

        Do the piglets have names yet??

        • @Biting Panda

          Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner if they don’t find that snake.

          • Glam Dixie

            The piglets are about a mile away from my garage and mama has their backs. She’s a good 550-600 lbs but very sweet. Babies are all going to be in my freezer in about a year anyway, snake or no snake!

        • Glam Dixie

          Piglets are truffles, bacon bits, Mariah, speck and I’m not sure what the last boy is being called yet. I only wound up with 2 girls which messed up my names I wanted. The snake won, I’ve left him alone and am trying to forget I ever saw him.

          • Sarah

            Ha! Bacon bits! Snake, he doesn’t want to hang out with you, anyway. He is totally gone and thinking “I never saw her I never saw her I never saw her” right now.

            • Glam Dixie

              That’s what I’m hoping.

      • decormaven

        Open the garage door. Chances are the snake will figure it’s in unfriendly territory and head back out.

        • Glam Dixie

          Oh believe me, it spent the entire day open but when I watched him go in he went right under the door so I don’t think he would have any trouble getting out either way but just to make outside nice and inviting, I opened them both.

          • decormaven

            He’s probably outside now. If not, he headed for the warmest corner of the garage. Check there.

    • Shibori Girl

      Friday greetings, BKs of my heart! I’ll have champers, celebrating a college entitled “Spiderweb Moon” making it into a juried show in Kenmore, near Seattle. I promise photos in FB once the show opens.

      • heybethpdx

        You got it accepted!! That’s so exciting! You are genius, well done!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Way to go!!

      • formerlyAnon

        Fantastic! Congratulations!

      • Call me Bee

        Excellent, Shibori! I have yet to have the courage to enter anything in any kind of juried show. I want to be just like you when I grow up….

        • Shibori Girl

          I have a dear friend and art mentor pushing….that is, encouraging me. She gives me courage, here’s me passing some on to you!

          Remember, if you don’t enter, the answer is automatically, “No”. But if you enter, it may be “Yes”. Also, my friend helped me realize that any given judge may respond negatively, or the piece doesn’t meet their concept of the theme, or blah, blah, blah. Hard not to take personally, but it isn’t always about the work. I had two pieces rejected by one show, and accepted a couple if weeks later in a different show. So, do what you love, and when you feel like it, enter a show. Abrazos (hugs in Spanish)

          • decormaven

            I love the way you have answered this. Art is the definition of being true to yourself, your vision.

      • rainwood1

        Congrats!! You’re setting the PNW scene on fire lately!!

    • Aidan B

      Happy weekend, kittens! I launched off the holiday weekend by plunging my sink; all clear now, thank goodness. Now ‘m off to sautee some pierogie and spinach and await hubby-to-be’s return from work. In other news, reruns of “Rome” are on HBO and I’m getting sucked in; any of the kittens seen it? Opinions?

      Love to all you fab people!

      • http://smalltownbigwardrobe.com/ Catherine

        YES OMG. Possibly the best show ever. Atia is a badass motherfucker. You’ll love it!!!!

      • MilaXX

        I loved Rome.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Thumbs up to pierogi! Nom.

      • another_laura

        Loved it. Good choice.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        OMG-I adored Rome, and the husband and I am happily enthralled all over again. Love, love that show. Great cast, I love the recreation of what everyday life might have looked like for the average Roman, as well as the ‘upstairs’ look at the ruling class. I thought that all three actors who played Octavian were exceptionally well cast. That series introduced Kevin McKidd to the world, I think. As wlell as giving us full-bodied portrayals of Atia and Servillia, both of whom could have eaten entire cohorts for breakfast,lunch or dinner. Yes, I loved it.

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

        In my top 5 favorite TV shows. Mark Antony, mmmmmmmmmm.

    • MilaXX

      I’m invited to cookouts Saturday & Sunday. Both are w/ good friends but I have to bring my food to the one on Saturday because they tend to have lots if stuff that I’m allergic to,

      • Kitten Mittons

        Yay for food and friends! Sounds fun, enjoy!

      • formerlyAnon

        Sounds like the very model of the American Labor Day Weekend. Hope you enjoy!

      • Constant Reader

        Thank you for being a person who brings food if you have a lot of food allergies. I’ve had people I didn’t even know HAD food allergies show up at events and make a big drama of not being able to eat. I do my best to accommodate people’s dietary needs, but sometimes (especially with a big event) it’s just not possible to anticipate everything.

        • MilaXX

          I’ve had too many trips to the ER and 4 days in a medical induced coma. My allergies are life threatening. I’m not holding anyone responsible for my health except me. A cookout is just asking for cross contamination.
          I’m also a vegetarian but even then I don’t hold people responsible. If I am invited to a dinner party I make my allergies known to the host. However, an invite to an open house or a pot luck or a general invite where I don’t really know the host? I’m either bringing my own or pre eating at home.

          • Constant Reader

            Good call! Better safe than sorry.

      • decormaven

        Food allergies- so tricky. What are your worst triggers?

        • MilaXX

          I have a lot. Red dyes, seafood(not shellfish, everything including tuna fish), processed foods, stevia and artificial sweeteners. I also have to go back for more testing because Morning Star sausage breaks me out. We’re going to double check soy and wheat.

          • decormaven

            That’s a tough combination. Can you do Boca vegan burgers?

            • MilaXX

              Dr. Praegers

            • decormaven

              I keep meaning to pick those up at Costco. I look for vegan burgers because they work well for the version of Weight Watchers I use for maintenance.

            • MilaXX

              I like them because they have fewer additives. I make veggie burgers at home, but I like having them for convenience.

            • MilaXX

              I like Dr. Praegers and I just discovered Beyond Meat products. I also get tempeh and seitan.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            You’re very wise to eat beforehand or bring food to get togethers-taking good care of yourself is so important when you have these kinds of allergies.

            • MilaXX

              Cookout #2 was even better! Even in the rain and they always have food I can eat. Slept in this morning. Was a GREAT weekend.

    • JulieK

      Am currently in theatre waiting for Sin City 2 to start. Don’t worry about me being rude with the phone on, my husband and I are the only people in here. (The things we do for love!)

      • @Biting Panda

        Oh do tell us the “best” parts.

        And hey, if the theater stays empty……

        • JulieK

          Best part was probably the unexpected cameo by Lady Gaga. Rosario Dawson was also fantastic and didn’t get nearly enough screen time.

      • Sophie

        I once ended up watching a movie with my sister and there were only two other people in the room (4 people is the minimum for screening, otherwise they usher you out and reimburse you), We ended up singing along while the two others chatted and looked things up on their cell phone.
        Hope you enjoyed at least some parts of the movie/ situation!

        • JulieK

          Two other couples turned up, do the show went on. The story was weak but the visuals were stunning and bonus Ray Liotta ass!

      • Saturnine

        So tell us: how lovely was Eva Green? She’s just so stunning. I bailed on Penny Dreadful, though.

        • JulieK

          She was gorgeous. And naked for a lot of the movie. She acted circles around Jessica Alba.

          • demidaemon

            I think a rock could act circles around Jessica Alba.

    • Jacob Bowen

      I finished my first full week of teaching 13 year olds! Bless you, parents of 13-14 year olds, because I am SO glad I only have to see your children for 80 minutes a day. Their attitude and lack of drive to do ANYTHING is exhausting. BUT, I get to go out for drinks now with one of my ONLY lasting friends from high school and her serious boyfriend who she is moving to Memphis with in December (but I’ve YET to meet him) and drink at least 2 martinis!

      I am also blessed because standardized math testing is Tuesday, so my 3 day weekend became a FOUR day weekend because I don’t have to have ANY plans for that day!

      Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

      • marlie

        Yay for making it through the first week! You have one of the toughest jobs out there.

        • Jacob Bowen

          Today my students asked if they could follow me on Pinterest…which would suck if they did because I would have to block them so they don’t see my inappropriate jokes. I told them they could follow me as high schoolers…hopefully they forget by then.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Nosy little rugrats :) Congrats on your first full week!

          • formerlyAnon

            I live in a conservative state, so I may be paranoid, but even as high schoolers: BLOCK THEM ALL. Better yet, set your access so you have to approve anyone before they can see anything on Pinterest, FB, twitter, instagram, tumblr – and all those things I’m too old to have caught on to. Or invent a pseudonymous personality and use for social media containing anything that might remotely be seen as “inappropriate,” Teachers in Texas lose jobs over things that I, as a parent, find entirely innocuous. All it takes is a couple of very conservative parents with a church behind ‘em.

            • decormaven

              fA speaks the truth. Something you may find innocuous could be used against you. It stinks, but it’s part of this very real world.

            • @Biting Panda

              Smart advice, Jacob. Sadly.

            • demidaemon

              Agreed. It’s an explosion waiting to happen.

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              One of my sisters-in-law teaches high school and has not opened a Facebook account because she doesn’t want anything that could cause problems.

          • Saturnine

            Not even at the college level do I allow students to follow me. I’m afraid it will mix the streams and Gozer will appear. Not all my colleagues agree, thought.

            • demidaemon

              I think it is okay post-graduation. But they have to be completely out of the institution where I am before I will allow it.

          • demidaemon

            I’ve had students friend me on Facebook before. I always, always reject them.

          • cocohall

            Being on social media with your students is like having drinks with your students. Just a NO GO. And they will likely think more highly of you for setting clear boundaries. However, you could create a Facebook for the class(es) you are teaching that relates only to course content, homework help, outside resources, etc. My kids are in high school and do rely on those sorts of groups, especially if they had to miss class for some reason. And BLESS you for teaching 13 year olds. I work with 10 year olds, but some of them are precocious, (and I have 16 year old twins of my own) so I have a good idea of what your day is like. BLESS YOU.

      • formerlyAnon

        Bless you. I wouldn’t do what you do for long, too exhausting. Yay for your 4 day weekend, hope the friend’s boyfriend seems like a good guy.

      • boweryboy

        I have great respect for school teachers (I’ve had a handful that had a major influence on who I am today). One of my friends is a teacher and I think what he does is amazing. I don’t have the patience.

        I hope the boyfriend meets your approval. If you’re a friend like I am then he has some high standards to live up to.

      • Saturnine

        No, bless *you* for taking on the herculean task of teaching my daughter math (I assume from the testing schedule?) so I don’t have too. Interestingly, while my daughter struggles in math, she usually loves her math teachers every year. They must be doing something right.

      • demidaemon

        You are a saint. In a past life, I ran an after school activity for that age group, which made me decide that middle school teaching was going to be my very last bet. Scroll forward ten years, and I am teaching freshman comp to college students on what feels like a high school teacher’s schedule. But, I tell myself, at least it isn’t middle schoolers.

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

      I’m finally getting my act together and doing a rewatch Breaking Bad blog. In order not to spoil anyone I’m doing it a bit differently and linking to each blog post in the sidebar, so you have to click on the episode name to see the post for it.

      I’m doing one episode a week and the pilot is up – you can find it at rewatchbreakingbad dot wordpress dot com. :)

      • Jacob Bowen

        Ohhhhh maybe I should start watching it now…

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

          Well I am biased because I love the show so.much – I think it is worth the effort.

          I do understand some people will sometimes have to watch the next episode right away, because some of them leave you hanging.. but I want to give each episode the same treatment and it is somewhat time consuming to do. :)

      • Kitten Mittons

        Oohh, thanks!

    • heybethpdx

      Oh hello holiday weekend and the BKs! I’m grateful for the wit and laughter I’ve already found here this evening. No major plans for the weekend: hike/bike/bike. It’s my last weekend of training before my big ride starts on the 7th. Thank goodness because I’m sick of prepping.

      Sadly, no other social plans for the weekend. Add me to the list of single BKs; I’ll get around to looking seriously someday… I keep hoping it’ll just happen in real life but I’m getting a bit long in the tooth to pin my hopes on that one! But at least I’ve got company here on my Friday night. Cheers, all!

      • Kitten Mittons

        We have no plans either this weekend. But I have the best single guy friend that I want to hook up. Any chance of moving to New Orleans? ;)

        • heybethpdx

          Ooooh… I made the mistake of leaving Portland once and I don’t expect to do it again! any chance he’d be willing to divide his time between cities? (I just love that obnoxious phrase!) (though to be fair, I’d want to be here at least 75% of the time!)

          • Kitten Mittons

            I think he’s a southern boy for good, which is good and bad. New Orleans boys stay put, mostly. I’d know, I married one. He used to say he could live in Colorado. I know better now.

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

      I am taking a much deserved week off darlings. YAY

      • Constant Reader

        Enjoy!

        • decormaven

          Cosigned.

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

      Wedding weekend is upon us here at Chez Ellen. I’ve cooked, cleaned, packed (we’re staying at a hotel even though it’s only one town over; just easier that way), bathed, paid the bills, watered the plants, and otherwise done everything I could think of to make life easy. Now just praying for good weather (which around these parts means anything under 95 degrees and 40% humidity) and on-time flights for our family & friends.

      The day took an unexpected turn when I dropped a gallon of sweet iced tea and somehow the plastic container broke. I had to mop the kitchen floor three times before it was no longer sticky. What a pain in the ass! But I guess if that’s the worst thing that happens this weekend it’s all good.

      Trying for some horizontal time now, because my feet are killing me! I will check in with everyone as I can. I do love the TLounge, such a tonic for all of us at the end of the week. xoxo to all

      • Sarah

        Sticky tea! Yes, I’d say that’s enough of a mess to count as a bother, but if it’s the worst, you’re in the clear! Hope it goes even better than expected!

      • formerlyAnon

        Good luck! May everything important go well, and may somebody hide (or handle quietly) any little issues from the bride, the groom and you!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Good luck to you, and a very wonderful wedding and happy, long marriage to the kiddos! What a fun, difficult, rewarding and worthwhile journey they are starting.

      • decormaven

        Smart woman to book a hotel near the event. Football weekends in the Research Triangle area = traffic challenges. Hope the hotel has room service; after all your efforts, you deserve some pampering. Best wishes to your daughter and soon to be son in law.

    • Sarah

      Hello Kittens! Today was a landmark day for the mister. He had to get a Haircut for work reasons, and donated fourteen inches of hair to Locks of Love. We talked to the lady and I explained that he couldn’t go too short because of his curl but we wanted a sort of choppy shag look. Well, I couldn’t sit where I could see her working and…oh. He’s adorable, don’t get me wrong – especially since he is feeling weird and keeps giving me those “I’m still hot, right??” looks, but, um, it’s really….Liam Ghallagher. I guess we should’ve realized that the girl at SPORT CLIPS (I want to watch the game. Can we go to Sport Clips?) might not realize what I had in mind exactly, but here’s a man who is used to looking all Sons of Anarchy and now he looks like Zach Galifinakis.

      Good thing our love is stronger than hair, but I am doing my best to ply my poor Samson with beer and chocolate drop cookies. Poor, shorn man. Hope everybody has a hirsute and fabulous weekend!!

      • Kitten Mittons

        I’m giggling, but in sympathy. Get him some products, and it’ll grow out soon. Poor baby.

        • Sarah

          It will. His hair grows like two inches a month, I swear. And really, he still has ALL of the beard – he got it “trimmed” but the hair was already off and he just couldn’t part with it. Such a baby, though. I had to cut off thirteen-year long dreadlocks to get my job, so HA.

          • Kitten Mittons

            SUCH babies. But at least they forget quickly, like babies, too. Beer and cookies should work.

        • demidaemon

          Same here. Hopefully, it will grow into something decent.

      • @Biting Panda

        ouch, bless your hearts.

        maybe he needs to take it all the way down, rock the post jail Jax short and start over???

        • Sarah

          OH MY GOD. He would be so mad if I made that joke!!! Hahaha. He still calls Bugles, Juice Barrels, and ramen “jail food”

        • formerlyAnon

          Girl, you evil! But there’s fun in your heart.

          • @Biting Panda

            I wasn’t being shitty!! : )
            I loved “Jax” with his short hair. Sometimes the extremes are better than the middle on the men.

            • formerlyAnon

              I will agree with your statement on hair & extremes.

      • Grumpy Girl

        My oldest’s good friend cut his hair yesterday. A wonderful, post-shoulder length white boy fro, perfect as the front man in their band. Hair with a life of it’s own. All gone now. The oldest is still in tears/rage over this. (And yes, the oldest has a shaved head with wild blue fringe around the face, so seems an odd reaction–although the poor boy looks 8+ years younger and 100X tinier.) He supposedly did it to find a job, although am not sure what he qualifies for to require a shorn head.

    • Snailstsichr

      My daughter is at Dragon Con and met Patrick Stewart, but I am not jealous. (Please don’t tell Santa I lied!) I’m watching Fashion Police and wishing Joan a speedy recovery.

      • Kitten Mittons

        Poor Joan, so sad.

        • demidaemon

          Same here. :(

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

        I have occasionally sung a song called “Bald Headed Men”, which is basically about how they are sexier than hairy guys. Patrick Stewart is one of the famous baldies mentioned and I have no problem with that AT ALL. So wonderful that your daughter met him!

        As a human, I wish Ms. Rivers a speedy and complete recovery, but honestly, I can’t stand her, or Fashion Police. I watch it about once a year, and then remember why I skip it the rest of the time. She is just so very, very vulgar at every opportunity, and I can’t stand how her sycophants—whoops, I mean, co-hosts—fawn over her every tasteless insult. If she was unable to continue as host, I wouldn’t be upset.

        • Saturnine

          I’m not a fangurl as a rule, but I even got giggly at the Patrick Stewart wax figure at Madame Tussauds. Love him.

        • kerryev

          I had to quit watching Fashion Police when they expanded it to an hour. With or without Joan, though, I don’t think I can start up again. For unknown reasons I like Kelly Osbourne but I think I’ve reached some sort of lifetime limit regarding Guiliana Rancic.

          • Lisa_Co

            I assume Joan executive produces Fashion Police so if she can’t do it, I assume there will no longer be a show. More important, after what happened to her there is no way I am letting either myself or my husband have a colonoscopy that isn’t done in a hospital. There are so many clinic out there doing outpatient surgery but that don’t necessarily have proper equipment (I assumed any clinic doing procedures would have a crash cart but apparently no…..)

      • @Biting Panda

        I almost went to dinner with friends at Trader Vic’s tonight. The Friday of DC is my favorite night of the year.
        The costumes are great, but the befuddled faces of confused SEC football fans as they step of the MARTA into the craziness, is brilliance!

        • decormaven

          I’d almost brave battling Fri pm traffic to have seen that show. Gotta love it!

          • @Biting Panda

            The boys are with their dad and some folks for the parade.

    • sockandaphone

      its been VERY STRESSFUL between work kicking my ass, housesitting after work, and a job interview this morning (which looks like it went well fingers crossed!!!!) so now its finally friday, im drinking vodka cranberry and watching my Angels kick ass on tv!

      • Sarah

        Fingers crossed for your interview!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Good luck, wishing the best for you on the job!

      • formerlyAnon

        Good luck for the job!

    • Kitten Mittons

      Good week overall. Hilarious toddler is hilarious. Shitty job is shitty. But I’m being productive, knocking out stuff so that I can hopefully be ready to quit in 3-6 weeks. I’m also making tons of doctors’ appointments, filling prescriptions, and getting a new pair of glasses before my insurance disappears, and new insurance kicks in (hopefully). I also cooked a lot, and made four loaves of delicious zucchini bread.

      Spurred on by Ms. Panda, I also scheduled a massage (with a gift card, because I’m cheap) for tomorrow. I’m ELATED. Can’t wait.

      The big news, though, is I found out that not only am I still in the running for the job for which I interviewed, I’m the only one in the running. I have another four hour interview this coming Friday, to meet some people and tour the office in which I’ll be working. If I don’t fuck it up, they’re going to make me an offer. I’m on Cloud 9, basically. I’m planning my outfit for the interview, drinking some wine, and being smug. We went to IHOP to mini-celebrate with breakfast for dinner, because bacon. A real celebration to follow when things are actually cemented in place.

      Wonderful happy vibes and zucchini bread for all!

      • Shibori Girl

        Yay, You! Hard to type with fingers crossed, but I am doing it!

        • Kitten Mittons

          Thank you!

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

        Mmmmm…..zucchini bread! It’s been years. I can smell it now!

        • Kitten Mittons

          I have all my coworkers and my daycare ladies hooked. It’s like crack.

          I have a coworker with her own veggie garden, and she used to bring me one monster zucchini per season. Last time I got twelve cups of grated zucchini from one, which makes twelve loaves, so plenty to share. This year her zucchini didn’t grow, so I had to go buy twelve puny ones at the store, which gave me 20 cups grated. My freezer is stocked for the fall. I am ready.

          • SouthernGirlRena

            Too bad you don’t live near me. My aunt is desperate to find people to take the zucchini from her garden. She picked all the ripe ones and got 50-something, then went back 3 days later and go 76!

            ETA: Fingers crossed for you job interview!

            • Kitten Mittons

              Ugh, jealous. They were $1.89 a pound in the store. I would keep her in bread fora year, I promise!

          • kerryev

            I went to grad school in Vermont, and after giving me a brown grocery bag full of zucchini for introducing myself, the school librarian joked this was the only time of year people locked their car doors, for fear of more gift zucchini.

            • Saturnine

              Gift zucchini is a beautiful thing.

            • decormaven

              I’d take it. The first year Mr. DM and I had a garden, I overplanted zucchini. I baked a ton of zucchini bread- froze some, ate some, and gave some away.

            • Kitten Mittons

              So funny!

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

              I love that. I read Barbara Kingsolver’s Animal, Vegetable, Miracle a while ago, and that was the first time I heard about locking your house when you go to drop off tomatoes with a neighbour, in case another neighbour is dropping off tomatoes on you!

      • BLauDGaspode

        Fingers all crossed!

        • Kitten Mittons

          Thanks!

      • Sarah

        Breakfast for dinner! Girl after my own heart. Can’t wait to hear the good news about your position!

        • Kitten Mittons

          Leslie Knope and Ron Swanson are my people.

          • Sarah

            I am jealous of that Bacon and Eggs and Brunette pic on Ron’s office wall. Classic.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Classic indeed.

              Eggs are the only breakfast food I don’t do. They are my nemesis. We do not get along at all. A shame, but there it is.

            • Sarah

              Yes, sad, but so many other options are available for breakfast, and just anticipating listing them in type made me drool a little, so I won’t, but you know what I’m talkin’ bout…yeah, you do.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Mmhmmm. I do.

      • @Biting Panda

        ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ l o v e ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

        • Kitten Mittons

          Back atcha

      • formerlyAnon

        Awesome. SO awesome. You’re just a whirlwind of productivity, of this be fucking proud! And eat a little more bacon.

        • Kitten Mittons

          When I’m depressed, I shut down. When I’m stressed, I start cleaning and cooking. As the news about the job came just today, I’ve been very productive this week.

          Unfortunately, when I’m happy, I celebrate with food, so more bacon is in my future I’m sure. Good and bad…..

          I swear one day I’m going to leave all my auto corrects in and just let y’all figure it out. “I celebrate with” became “I velveteen wuthering.” Bleh.

          • decormaven

            And we would get it!

            • Kitten Mittons

              If curse your wood!
              ;)

            • decormaven

              Perfect!

          • formerlyAnon

            “I velveteen wuthering” tells me that your autocorrect is FAAAAR more literary than mine!

          • altermyego

            I just watched the first couple of episodes of the new Great Food Truck Race. One of the competing trucks is “Let There Be Bacon”. It’s too bad we don’t have smell-a-vision or eat-a-vision but maybe you’ll enjoy rooting for them.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Smart team to choose bacon as a theme. Appeals to pretty much all meat eaters.

      • decormaven

        Fingers and toes crossed for you.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Thank you!

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        Wishing you much, much good luck with the prospective job, and hoping that you’ll be able to plan that celebration very soon.
        BTW- I like IHop-the mister and I have breakfast at the local one at least twice a month-as you said, BACON.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Thank you! The service at the one near us is notoriously awful, but if you go for dinner then it’s pretty empty. You can usually get what you ordered, at least :) Breakfast for dinner is just the bee’s knees, so it works out well.

          • bitchybitchybitchy

            Bacon-it works any time of day for me. Our IHop actually gives pretty good service. We’ve gotten to know one of the more experienced servers, and if she can’t seat us in her area, she still makes sure that we’re well taken care of.

            • Kitten Mittons

              You must be good tippers ;)

            • bitchybitchybitchy

              We are;we have been well schooled by one of our nieces who has worked as a server and bartender. Plus, we believe in compensating good service. PSA over.

            • Kitten Mittons

              My father in law has started tipping at the beginning of a meal, to ensure better service (mostly at buffet type places, where you know what the bill is ahead of time). In general, it works, but it feels kind of odd. I can’t bring myself to do it. It feels like I’m saying that I don’t trust them to do a good job otherwise.

      • Anna

        Great news about the job! Fingers crossed we’ll be toasting a job offer in a not-too-distant TLounge! Zucchini bread sounds incredible, a coworker brought in a batch of zucchini chocolate chip muffins into work a few months ago and those things changed my life (ie perfect justification for eating chocolate chip muffins, the zucchini is a serving of vegetables, right?).
        Hope the massage was relaxing!

        • Kitten Mittons

          Thanks! Zucchini chocolate chip muffins sound delicious and dangerous.

          The massage was fantastic, and then I walked into a two year old melt down at home. Such is life. But it gave me the calm attitude to shrug it off. A nap for everyone fixed things :)

    • KendraMR

      I’m playing caterer this weekend for my cousin’s 44th birthday. My great aunt loves my cooking so much that she wants me cook dinner for 30+ people. This will be my first and only time doing such a thing. I really enjoy cooking, but not enough to make a career out of it. Plus I’ll be cooking a meal I don’t care for (southern fish fry). I can’t wait for the weekend to be over.

      • Sarah

        Wow good on you for taking that on! That’s a lot of cooking. Good luck!

      • formerlyAnon

        Good luck! You’re giving a gift no one else can.

      • boweryboy

        That’s awesome!

        Southern fish fries are crazy. My mom was a master at it, using fish my father would catch in the morning – including gutting and cleaning. The end result was always delicious.

      • decormaven

        I have never fried anything, so my hat is off to you. It’s all in the breading and correct oil temp- my late dad had many a fish fry in his day. I’d kill for some of his rockfish muddle.

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

        I cannot even begin to imagine frying fish for that many people! I can just about manage it for 2.

        • KendraMR

          The guest list is about 30-40 people. It’s gonna be a long afternoon…

    • Frank_821

      we’re just tired

      I took the day off just to decrompress. life is goign to get pretty rough in the next couple months

      anyway out surrogate son/model comes back tomorrow. he went out to LA with his folks for a trip and he got spend time with his girl

      Rick and I will be cooking in the morning. Making stew with hatch chili peppers. Then gets some energy to go to a viewing party for Doctor Who at a local comic book store. Cool part is they got copies of the series and they show it at air time sans any commercials

      Sunday Rick is having a meeting about mounting a show for Novemeber with some other designers-ones who normally get to do shows. Then that evening launch party for a new magazine

      Monday I have to start on my contributing chapters to a book talking about the TV show The Avengers

      • formerlyAnon

        Busy, but it sounds like you’ve built yourselves a rich life full of creative pursuits. You should give talks at schools. (Only half-joking!).

        • Kitten Mittons

          Seconded. Such diverse interests!

    • Linderella

      Helping a friend’s husband move his business from one warehouse to another. I am much too old for manual labor. Ergh.
      On the plus side, am putting the finishing touches on a novel I’m going to self-publish on amazon next weekend, just to say I did it.

      • formerlyAnon

        Go you!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Share the name when it’s published! I love new books. Congrats to you.

      • boweryboy

        Congrats! I recently met with a friend of a friend who is a successful freelance editor in regards to self-publishing. I’m working on second drafts of short stories I want to self publish.

        Do share when it’s published.

      • Linderella

        Why, thanks Bitter Kittens! I will (provided my partner follows through on helping me–I have no temperament for this computer stuff). It was written quickly and it’s a very timely topic, which is why I’ve elected not to do the look for an agent, etc. etc. etc. route. (I’m saving that for my “real novel” which I’ve been working on for two years–this is just a quickie I banged out in three months. Gotta do something while I’m unemployed!)

    • boweryboy

      Well, I managed to preserve my weekends for a while but will be pulling some overtime tomorrow. I’m ok with it because the partner is trekking across town for a haircut around the same time, and we have nothing else going on this weekend except for a good friend’s end-of-summer garden party Sunday which is low-key and requires no effort beyond showing up.

      Now drinking some wine out of a box – leftover by the partner’s father from last weekend (funnily he’s an aficionado of the juice boxes for adults); catching up on TLo (what an epic week of posting!) and half-heartedly watching season three of Game of Thrones with the partner (he’s a fan, much to my surprise; I enjoy but I’m not really into it).

      Hope all of you have a fantastic weekend.

      • Kitten Mittons

        See if you can convince him to switch to the Simpsons marathon ;)

      • decormaven

        So glad you have been able to keep your weekends. Question: I have never tried box wine. What is a good choice in box wine? Not sure if I need to broaden my wine horizons- they’re pretty expansive as it is.

        • boweryboy

          The partner’s dad swears by Black Box. He loves the Cab Sav. We’ve tried Bota Box Pinot Grigio and Pinot Noir. The grigio is actually nice.

          • PastryGoddess

            I also love me some boxed wine. I’m drinking Black Box red elegance and bota box Sauv blanc. Not at the same time of course. That would be low classy

          • decormaven

            Thanks! I will take a look at it.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well, you staved weekend work off for quite a while, and it sounds like it’s still bounded. In the circumstances, that’s admirable! Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

    • GeoDiva

      After spending hours looking a microfilm of mid-1800’s newspapers in a cute small town library in Houlton, Maine, we drove into Canada from Maine tonight amd found a room in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Off to Nova Scotia tomorrow to see where my family lived 4 generations ago. So excited to see The Bay of Fundy extreme tidal changes on Sunday. Its suppose to be amazing! Hope everyone has a fun, safe holiday weekend.

      • Sophie

        Were you looking at microfilms out of interest, or with a particular goal in mind? I found yesterday a compilation of letters from Englishmen in Taiwan from 1860 onwards in the local library, which would be much more interesting if I managed to decipher the writing.
        Hope you have a great time in Nova Scotia!

        • GeoDiva

          Looking up birth, marriage anouncements and obits for my Grandfather’s family. Also stopped at a few cemetaries to take pictures of old grave stones.

          • Sarah

            Wonderful journey, it sounds. Good for you!

      • decormaven

        What a great trip! That’s great to be where your people stood many years ago. Enjoy watching the tidal change- that would be amazing.

    • Sophie

      Got my hair cut this week and the hairdresser cut more than I wanted – I haven’t had hair that short in over eight years. I have been complimented quite a lot, and I rather like it myself, but it still feels a bit strange to look in the mirror or rake my hand through my hair. My long week-end is only next week, when I will see the Mid-autumn festival. I have no idea what I’ll be doing then, because when I asked for any special event I could go watch, the only answer was “grilled meat”.

      • Saturnine

        “Mid-autumn festival” sounds so lovely . . . .

        ETA; grilled meat sounds good too.

        • Sophie

          It does! It’s one of the most important days in the year in Taiwan and China. I’m not exactly sure what people do on that day, except eat moon cakes and grilled meat and watch the moon. There were supposed to be a woman and a rabbit on the moon (look up “Chang’e” if you’re interested), but, as a text I recently read in class said, “Neil Armstrong ruined the dreams of generations when he landed on the moon and said no one else was there”.

          • Saturnine

            What a gorgeous image! I hope you have a wonderful time. That quote about Neil Armstrong is so wistful . . .

          • decormaven

            As for Neil Armstrong, there was no one else there- that he saw. We’ve only scratched the surface of space exploration.

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

            I like Chinese food and I am reasonably open-minded, but I just cannot cope with mooncakes. They look so good and taste of disappointment. Eating grilled meat and watching the moon sounds lovely though!

            • Sophie

              Haha, the last ones I had looked exactly like they tasted, so I am more looking forward to grilled meat. My university is also organising an introduction to the festival, so we’ll get to eat stuff there.
              As to Chinese food in general, I ate some really good niurou wulongmian today (noodles and beef in a very flavourful broth). I recommend it!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Hope you’re enjoying your new cut! It’s always an adjustment, but it’s amazing what a change a new ‘do can make.

        • Sophie

          I am! It is much lighter for once (the hairdresser chopped off a good 30 cm when I asked for 10). The last time it was so short, I tried desperately to straighten it, making it look rather awful, but I have decided five years ago to embrace the curls. A friend said it looked very elegant too. And it’s less hot than before (34°C and extremely humid weather for the last two month here). I just hate brushing my hair and scraping my brush along my shoulder because I expected there to be more.

          • Kitten Mittons

            Yes! Like hair amnesia.

            Short and curly, sounds very cute.

            • Sophie

              I certainly hope it is!

    • kimmeister

      I took this week off from work to do some training for my volunteer activities . . . but was sideswiped by an old lady on Saturday, rendering my car unusable. I’ve been carpooling and now I have a rental car, but it’s been a pain in the butt with insurance calling me all the time when I have been totally busy with the training and unable to answer calls during business hours. Fortunately everyone is ok physically, just the timing and inconvenience of it all has been a bummer.

      I’m totally behind on my TV watching (have only watched half of the Emmys, much less PR!) and look forward to maybe doing some catch up. However, we are also spending Labor Day painting a new shade structure that was built in our backyard last week, and prep needs to be done for that. One of these days I’ll get around to cleaning my house . . .

      • Sarah

        Oh, sorry about your car! I always think the WORST THING about being a grownup is Red Tape. I wish for you that it works itself out smoothly. As for cleaning the house – you and me both. On of these days….

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

        Glad no one was hurt, but what a pain in the backside!

      • decormaven

        Glad you are ok, but sorry about your car. Hope the damage is taken care of soon. Housecleaning can wait- I vote for the shade structure. Outdoor work is good for the soul.

      • @Biting Panda

        bless it.

      • Shibori Girl

        The thing about housework is that it just waits ( unfortunately, self cleaning is just a myth.). Hope you get some Labor Day rest time.

      • formerlyAnon

        Housecleaning will always wait. Hope next week is less fraught with logistics.

        What kind of volunteering, if you don’t mind my being nosy?

      • Kitten Mittons

        So sorry about your car, what a pain. Glad you’re ok, though!

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

      So, mother came through her mastectomy OK yesterday. Unfortunately she hadn’t set up any sort of mechanism for letting us know how it all went, so I was on tenterhooks for 12 hours until she started commenting on facebook… then she emailed. Probably another couple of nights in hospital.

      We’re going to a fairly fancy birthday dinner this evening – boys have been asked to wear suits, girls “evening dresses” (he meant cocktail dresses), so my sheer dismay at having a husband who will not dress up, no way, no how, has been activated. I’ll be wearing lace (I KNOW – a betrayal of Bitter Kitten principles but it’s the only one of my dressy dresses that fits me at the moment) and he will be in jeans.

      • decormaven

        Oh, he is a man of principle. I know that kind full well. Thanking the heavens your mom made it through OK. So rough to wait for that news; may the road to recovery be swift.

      • SewingSiren

        I love lace.

      • kimmeister

        Glad your mom is ok..

      • Shibori Girl

        So glad your Mom did okay. How worrying as one waits. You have earned a lovely adult beverage tonight.

        On those rare occasions when my late husband refused to meet the occasion sartorially speaking, I just pretended we were going to a costume party as Beauty and the Beast.

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

          At least we have ample celebrity role-modelling of men half-arsing it on the red carpet when the women are in gowns. I’ll just pretend he is Idris Elba for the night!

      • Sophie

        I’m glad your mother is alright.
        I’m sure your lace dress is tasteful and suits you well, because you bought it and didn’t get it handed to you by someone who didn’t even take your measurements.

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

          It is rather nice – it’s a black corded lace over coffee-coloured satin skirt and top. The top should probably be altered as it is faintly gape-y but the skirt fits like a glove.

          • poggi

            Sounds beautiful, and so great with your coloring.

      • formerlyAnon

        Glad good news from your mom.

        Men. Men with “principles.” *sigh* At least you’ll look lovely.

      • Sarah

        Oh, glad to hear about mom! I hope she continues to heal well. I have one who doesn’t dress up, either, and it’s a shame because he cuts a fine figure in a suit. I’m sure you’ll look lovely in your lace :)

      • Kitten Mittons

        Hope you enjoy your event, I’m sure you’ll look lovely (I have a favorite lace dress too, shhh). Getting hubby to dress up is possible, but always a negotiation. “If I wear a jacket, I don’t need a tie, right? And I can take the jacket off after xx, right?” I feel you.

        So very glad your mom is through her surgery. Best wishes for a smooth and speedy recovery.

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

          He amazed me, by coming downstairs in his work suit and a decent pair of shoes. It would have rated a T.Lo “you look like an accountant” but it wasn’t jeans!

          • Kitten Mittons

            Awww, very sweet. That was an act of love, to be sure :)

          • Grumpy Girl

            Oh how lovely. My spouse is an all-black, jeans and shirts man, and every now and then he befuddles me by putting on a suit, or part of a suit–except that it never fits right because it’s been so long, and . . . I’m glad for you that he tried without asking.

            And glad to hear about your mother, too.

          • decormaven

            That was formalwear for him. That’s love!

          • poggi

            Good for him and you. I like to dress up ad my husband does not (he is going back to school for nursing and excited because he will get to wear pajamas for work). We both look fine, but never like we are going anywhere together. I am glad to hear about your mother.

      • bitchybitchybitchy

        I have every confidence that you were stunning in lace. Very relieved and glad that your mom is OK!

    • decormaven

      Good morning! Long day in work chair yesterday. Heading out to meet Mr. DM at our favorite close-by hiking trail. He’s already out, but is looping around to catch me on second loop. Not much planned this weekend- this may be when we catch up on movies as pm tstorms are predicted. Hope all the BKs are enjoying the weekend. Thanks to the dear uncles for efforts above and beyond in covering VMA and Emmy red carpets this past week.

      • @Biting Panda

        Happy Saturday to you my friend.

        • decormaven

          And the same to you! That’s great your kids are seeing the Dragon Con parade. Hope the weekend is restorative for you.

      • Shibori Girl

        Enjoy your hike, and avoid those Tstorms.

        • decormaven

          Thanks! It was great- met Mr. DM for a loop, and peeled off afterwards. He’s still on the trail. Domestic chores called…

    • Anna

      Happy weekend kittens! I made it home just as it started torrential downpouring from the longest distance I’ve ever run to date with my running group: 10 miles (only 3.1 away from a half marathon, whut). Having group support at 7 am really helps, as does post-run carbs, all the carbs.
      This afternoon I’m meeting up with my bestie and his BF at our favourite ramen place and then we’re having a spa afternoon, CANNOT WAIT for my reflexology foot massage and pedicure. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

      • @Biting Panda

        Well Done You!!!!

      • decormaven

        Congrats on the run! Have not ever had a reflexology foot massage, but Mr. DM’s aunt said she “studied” reflexology and wanted to check my foot health. She said she found a “crystal” in my foot and was going to take care of it. She kneaded on it, and I almost passed out! I didn’t let her touch my other foot. Hope yours is relaxing – it’s well-earned!

        • Kitten Mittons

          I had a reflexology massage once. I don’t have the time or money to go frequently, but she did kind of make a believer out of me when she felt around on my foot and could tell me that I hadn’t eaten breakfast, and had gone to the bathroom that morning, because my digestive tract was empty. She also was able to pinpoint the exact places on my husband’s back that bother him. She didn’t really work them, though, precisely so she didn’t make him pass out, she said.

          • decormaven

            Mr. DM’s aunt is more of a homespun reflexologist. I would like to go to a professional- it’s an interesting premise.

        • Anna

          Oh dear! I only have a very basic understanding of it, but have never come across anything to do with crystals. Definitely well worth seeing a professional. Done properly, it’s supposed to help with circulation and relieve tension (something to do with various acu-pressure points on the hands and feet being connected to various vital organs).

          I used to work mostly on my feet and have been going to this particular therapist for a few years now and to me she works miracles. I don’t know that it’s improved anything internally per se, but I do feel better after a treatment!

      • formerlyAnon

        Longest distance to date = the entire weekend is already marked in the “win” column!

      • Kitten Mittons

        That’s awesome! 10 miles is a huge accomplishment, girl! Your body needed and deserved some carbs after that.

        • Anna

          Thanks! I was thisclose to bailing, mostly out of fear of not being able to keep up etc, but knowing people would be waiting for me made a huge difference. I know I could’ve done it on my own, eventually, but having people to answer to made me less likely to talk myself out of it.
          Plus, my friend and usual training partner would’ve kicked my ass since she’s out with a hamstring injury and had to cancel her fall marathon she was in the middle of building up for/is already sick to death of injury rehab.

    • GinnyThePainter

      Dad’s 86 year old cousin sent me a treasure trove of 1000+ old postcards this week. Some are used, many are over 75 years old, and they’re from all over the world. Many of my ancestors had serious wanderlust, but in particular, I had a pair of great aunts who worked for the state department, traveled extensively, and always remembered to sent postcards to their nieces & nephews from exotic locales. Luckily, the postcards were preserved. There was even a 1918 one from my grandfather talking about seeing his first bullfight in Portugal. So have a great weekend BKs roving out & about! I’ll be staying in and going through my trove!

      • decormaven

        Oooh, I would love looking through those. Vintage postcards are important, because they oftern show buildings or attractions that are no longer standing. What a nice gift!

      • Shibori Girl

        How wonderful! Treasure trove is the right description!

      • formerlyAnon

        OH MY GOODNESS. That is a treasure trove indeed! Intersects with several of my fascinations.

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

        How amazing! What a treasure.

    • Frank_821

      Oh just a shoutout to all the Austin area BKs

      the Austin gay film fest will be starting up in less than 2 weeks

      there’s a screening of a film that may be of interest on closing night

      for their closing night documentary they are screening “Dior and I” which covers Raf Simons first haute couture collection for Dior. Now whatever you think of Simons’ work, a film chronicling the making of an haute couture collection should be pretty fab. The trailer actually shows a 5 staff members hand beading a gown together around a table!

      The film will air Sunday Sept 14th at the Stateside Theater downtown at 5:30 PM. street parking is free downtown on sundays

      • decormaven

        Would love to see that. Handwork is intriguing to me- that’s such craftsmanship.

      • formerlyAnon

        Thanks for the heads up. There’s always So Much To Do on top of the Stuff That Must Get Done, and I miss so many things because I don’t hear about them in time. Now to go investigate and see what’s on for that weekend.

      • travelingcat

        Oooh, thank you for the heads-up, I could possibly do this. (I must get better about leaving the house more often on weekends now that I actually have weekends again.)

    • PastryGoddess

      I feel amazing! We did 2/3 of our kitchen tile today. we would have finished except A: we ran out of simple mats B: we discovered that the guy that did the drywall neglected to finish mudding and taping the bottom half of the wall. I guess he assumed we wouldn’t see it.

      I’ll have to figure out how to post pics and share.

      • decormaven

        Congratulations! You’re inspiring me. Have to start bathroom demo soon and not looking forward to it.

        • PastryGoddess

          Demo is the fun part. It’s putting it together that is a pain in the rear. I would recommend hiring out the cement board, taping and mudding.
          We had a guy come in and do our kitchen and it took him about 4 hours to do the whole space. It would have taken us 4 weeks to do the same.

    • MilaXX

      Back from cookout #1. Had a blast, even did the wobble. Itching a bit so I’m off to get some bug spray for cookout #2.

      • PastryGoddess

        My great aunt taught me the wobble a few years ago. She’s so awesome

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

        I don’t know what the wobble is… but glad you had a good time!

        • MilaXX

          It’s a line dance the along the lines of the Electric Slide. youtube(dot)com/watch?v=siqrFpXBvBU

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

            That looks so fun! And big shout-out to that bride for giving her bridesmaids sensible shoes!

          • alyce1213

            Thanks ! Just what I needed to watch. I want to be there.
            (BTW, since we’re here on T-Lo — the wedding party in that YouTube are exceptionally gorgeous and well dressed, no?)

    • CatLady

      I wish I had a 3 day weekend. Terrible Job likes to promise things like that, then pull the rug out from under me at the last minute. I’ve been job-hunting for a while and will leave as soon as humanly possible.

      • Shibori Girl

        Bummer! Hang in there. Another job will come along!

      • decormaven

        Trusting you can find something that affords more benefits. Nothing worse than working for an employer that doesn’t deliver on things. Hang in there.

      • travelingcat

        Sending good thoughts your way for the perfect new job!

    • demidaemon

      Jesus, it’s been a long week. I need this three day weekend. Good news: My contract is signed. Thank God. Bad news: I still haven’t gotten the key to my office, and I am despising the hoofing needed to get to the Physical Plant. Otherwise, I have a little homework this weekend, but mostly I need to work on my course websites, which are tedious but necessary.

      • Kitten Mittons

        No key yet? This is when lock picking skills are needed.

        Is most of your students’ course work done/submitted online now? I didn’t mind that in grad school, but it seemed like some students would only come to class on test days then, because they could get all their assignments online and turn them in online. I wasn’t sure it was such a good thing. Just curious.

        Enjoy your weekend. A long weekend also means a short week!

        • demidaemon

          EXACTLY.

          I actually do not use online submissions. I tried it out with some of my classes at my previous position, and I found that students used it as an excuse to slack off and blame technology for assignments not arriving on time. So no to that. I use the course website for posting readings, notes, exercises, etc. I’m also having them workshop all of their essays in class, so they get a greater deal of feedback. :)

          I also use it for my gradebook, mostly because my math skills have totally atrophied and it allows me to just punch in numbers and watch their grades automatically total. :)

          • Kitten Mittons

            Yes, technology ate my homework :)

            • demidaemon

              RIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIGHT. ;)

            • Kitten Mittons

              Does no one own a dog anymore?

            • demidaemon

              I know!

          • travelingcat

            I’m surprised there are university environments where anyone could skip that much class and not automatically fail. My grad program was set up where any more than two absences in a class resulted in a lower letter grade. Each professor was different regarding turning in assignments, whether online or in class, but even those online resulted in points lost for any submission past midnight on the due date for any reason. Technology ate my homework was answered with “why didn’t you plan enough ahead of time to address any glitches?” Too bad, so sad. btw, I love your having students workshop essays in class, you must rock as a professor.

            • Kitten Mittons

              For me, it definitely depended on the class. I actually had a class where the professor probably cancelled at least 4 times during the semester. He had a proctor give us the midterm, and then he ended up canceling class on the day we were supposed to give our final presentations. He said it was due to a family emergency, which it may well have been. But there was no makeup day, nothing. We prepared all semester for the presentation, which was a culmination of a semester-long project, and then nothing. Got an A, but I almost would have rather presented and got a B, for all the work and worrying that went into it. He readily would have accepted a “technology ate my homework” excuse (Project Management course, funnily enough). Others were much more on top of their game.

            • travelingcat

              Oh the irony. Sorry to hear of your experience, that must have been quite a let-down after all that work.

            • demidaemon

              Thanks! The policy at my place of work is three unexcused absences for undergrads equals automatic failure while one unexcused absence for grad students equals automatic failure. I totally agree with everything else you said.

      • formerlyAnon

        Well enjoy! Rest up, knock out some preparation, rest up some more, and if the weather isn’t terrible, do one thing that either helps you explore the neighborhood or is a “Baltimore” thing. Hope you’ve met some of your cohort of doctoral students and have been able to start feeling them out to see if there are kindred spirits.

        • demidaemon

          I have! There is definitely one I feel a kindred spirit with. She’s from Alabama, has had her MA since 2001, and is now going back to school to ensure her position at her place of work. We also have all the same classes together, so we might become study buddies, which I’m probably going to need for my linguistics class.

          • decormaven

            So glad you’re finding your way. May things continue to roll in your favor.

    • Peeve

      I’m late to post to the lounge this weekend. Got sicker than a dog Friday night. It started as a cough in the morning, and by the time I got home from work, I felt terrible. One of my co-workers had been out sick for 6 days, and it sounds very similar to what she had. I went to Urgent Care yesterday, and had an oxygen level of 85. Oops. I don’t have asthma, so this was a surprise! They told me if they couldn’t get the level up to at least 90 I’d have to go to the hospital. Fortunately, after a steroid shot, a breathing treatment, oxygen, and pounding me on the back for awhile, my oxygen level went up to 92 so they let me go home. Some kind of nasty respiratory infection, or possibly the flu. Fortunately, not pneumonia. Glad to be home, and feeling a little better today!

      • formerlyAnon

        Glad you’re feeling better. But if you start to backslide, try to take it seriously. Nobody wants to leave home when they’re feeling puny, but breathing is important.

        • Peeve

          Actually, I was scared enough on Friday night to seriously consider going to the ER. I went to Urgent Care on Sat. to see if I could get a dose of TheraFlu. I didn’t realize my breathing was that bad until I went. If I start to feel that bad again, you can believe I’ll go! There was a bit of a panicked response at the Urgent Care, so I know enough to take it very seriously. Thanks for caring enough to point that out!

          • formerlyAnon

            Thank-you for not feeling I was overstepping. I do that with people sometimes. Hope you’re feeling better!

    • poggi

      All of last week, I was looking forward to the three day weekend (great)n and then next week will be mercifully short (yes!). We should have off every other Monday.

      • formerlyAnon

        Excellent plan.

      • Peeve

        I worked at a job for quite some time where they tried 4 10-hour days, telling us that if our productivity stayed the same, we could keep it. Productivity went up. A lot. And regular 3-day weekends were wonderful! Unfortunately, I don’t work for a place that has that anymore. Damn.

    • bitchybitchybitchy

      Attention to the BK’s who, as I was, am entranced by the thought of a marmalade that would include Jameson’s whiskey-it exists. Jameson Whiskey Marmalade(oranges, spices and a touch of Jamesons), made by Follains, an Irish or European company. I found it in a catalog, Old Durham Road, purveyor of all things for the Anglophile.I haven’t tried it yet, but give me time….

      • formerlyAnon

        Hmmmm. :-)

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          I think that as a public service to the community that I am honor bound to buy at least one jar of this for testing purposes…..

          • PastryGoddess

            Bless you

      • 60Gal

        As the great W. C. Fields said, “I’ll have mine squeezed.”

        • bitchybitchybitchy

          And I’m not going against the great one!

    • RussellH88

      I’m drinking again (I only drink on weekends) and watching season one of The Good Wife.

      If you are not watching this show, do yourself a favor and start. One of the best shows on TV

      • PastryGoddess

        Agreed. I love that show. The writing is top notch

      • another_laura

        Hey, RH88, I’m right there with ya. Back from a dinner and feeling like there must be a nightcap somewhere nearby. I, however, have gotten sucked into the second installment of The Hobbit, on HBO. I’m so disappointed in this adaptation. Ah, okay, Enough Tolkein-geek whining – where’s that toddy?!?!? I don’t have the energy to watch anything deeper.

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    • Kitten Mittons

      I feel lost without celebrities to pick on during a Monday morning. I suppose laundry will have to suffice.

      We tried to go get beignets yesterday, but there was an accident that shut down the highway, and what should have been a 20-minute drive took two hours. By then the mall had closed, and the kiddo was understandably restless, so we had to settle for a trip to Barnes & Noble, where we could get coffee, a cookie, and let him play on the train table in the children’s section.

      Today holds housecleaning, cooking, some work I brought home, and a barbecue with the in-laws this evening. Where is the day off in that?

      Happy holiday, US kittens!

      • Shibori Girl

        Why they call it a ” freeway” is a mystery to me!

        • Kitten Mittons

          Or an expressway, equally as mystifying.

      • Anna

        Ha, well we can always cringe/laugh at the latest celebrity phone hacking/leaking of photos they supposedly don’t want the internet to see and their mock outrage at the invasion of their privacy.
        I know what you mean about long weekends, just when I start to relax, I realize I should probably do all the things around the house I’ve been putting off. Cleaning and laundry day for me here too, and I am geeking out over the fact that I recently discovered they have episodes of Nova on Netflix.

        • Kitten Mittons

          Heh, celebs and their nekkid photos. Oh, the drama!

          • Anna

            I was laughing until I read the Giant Grande Spider’s name on the list (which of course she is saying is not her). The fact that there may potentially be photos of her of this nature existing out there is yet another check mark in the gross out column for this person. So far there are none in the redeemable qualities column.

            • Kitten Mittons

              Blech. That makes me so squirmy.

    • frannyprof

      Hello friends! I’m late to the Lounge this weekend. I was in Colorado, visiting with a dear friend, hiking the Rockies, and drinking (sometimes both at the same time). Home now, to a quiet, but dirty, house. Last week was momentous–I finally came out of the closet. Literally. I’ve been at my job for 10 years, and my office was a converted closet. A “real” office finally opened up, so I spent the week packing, cleaning, and unpacking. Oh, and teaching. So, cheers to an office with a window, good friends, and Swiffer!

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

        Windows, yeah!

      • decormaven

        What great news on all fronts! So glad you have a better work environment, and happy about your hiking. Mr. DM & I are headed there next year. He’s hiked/biked there for last three years, so he’s already scouted the terrain.

        • frannyprof

          Thank you! The window makes all the difference. I never knew. I loved my stay in CO. So, so beautiful. I will definitely go back for a longer visit and take my daughter with me. If you and Mr. DM have suggestions, let me know!

    • KinoEye

      Hey, Kittens. I bring you good tidings of great joy. Because after a 9 hour round trip to south Texas, I officially have a new job!!!

      Now the logistics of giving my notice, finding a place to live and everything else within the next three weeks are freaking me out, but it will all be well worth it. On top of a better salary, environment and upper management, my office has a live-in cat. What more could one ask for?

      • frannyprof

        Congratulations!

      • Anna

        SQUEE!!! So happy for you! Sorting out logistics is stressful, but the good kind as you have great things on the horizon.

        A supportive work environment and upper management are SO important and I’m glad you’ll be better compensated in this new role. Plus a live-in cat, awesome!

      • Kitten Mittons

        That sounds pretty close to perfect. So happy for you! You deserve all the extra benefits and upgrades you’ll be getting. Good luck as you move on to your new adventure, and the logistics will work out in the end.

      • PastryGoddess

        yay!!!! You go girl. Your office cat makes me officially jealous

      • formerlyAnon

        That’s awesome! You most certainly deserve more money and less crazy from work!

      • Shibori Girl

        BKs everywhere are raising a glass to you!

      • decormaven

        FABULOUS news! So glad you persevered. That was what I was trying to communicate in my late p.m. post last weekend. You are too fine to be in anything else but the best place for yourself. Happiness! As for the move- you can do it. Bit by bit….

        • KinoEye

          Yes! I saw the post several days after the fact, and meant to get with you, but life wouldn’t quit happening :) Thanks so much, and I’m doing my best to think of the move in pieces rather than one huge chunk. Too overwhelming that way.

      • KinoEye

        Thank you, one and all! I couldn’t wait to tell the BKs the good news :-)

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      I just got paid
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    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QFW22QV426LUOEPGASPZJWJMDE MishaFoomin

      New store, the sox market, in my local mall is carrying socks designed by Mondo Guerra under the Sock It To Me brand, complete with his own stylized M logo.

    • PastryGoddess

      Baltimore/DC Kittens, to continue a post from last week. How about brunch? Is next weekend too soon? I have the Star Spangled Spectacular the following weekend and Baltimore Book Fest the last weekend in September. So I’m free next weekend AND the weekend of the 20th. Our favorite uncles are due in DC on the 20th. (sqeeeeeeeee)

      Ahem…so what say you DMV kittens? If we do the 20th, TLo are scheduled at 1pm. Do we do a boozy brunch and then continue on to lunch afterwards, or maybe a boozy lunch afterwards.

      • formerlyAnon

        Wish I was in your part of the world! Sounds great.

    • formerlyAnon

      Hope everyone’s squeezing the last few drops out of the (for most of us in the U.S.) three day weekend. My 7 hour tailgating for my employer went well – they were a bit thin on people so I had something to do the whole time (and hence the 7 hours) and most of the people there were in the “win” category as far as my coworkers go. I proselytized on library services and campus community hard to students for 4 of those hours. Also saw one of the most beautiful tats I’ve seen in ages on a young man. Almost a full sleeve, koi swimming down his upper arm, pond vegetation including something floral, with intense color above the elbow fading gradually to subdued blues and greens over his forearm. Of course, as with clothing, it looked even more awesome for the the 20-something skin and muscle.

      For the rest a semi-lazy weekend with housework and yardwork & some working out to keep it from being a complete fail.

      Onwards into the week!

    • DebbieLovesShoes

      Starting Year #2 toward my doctorate, tomorrow. Wish me luck, all.

      • decormaven

        Luck! All the best.

        • DebbieLovesShoes

          TY! Late 40’s, waited as a single mom to raise my kid! Pursuing my dream now!

      • formerlyAnon

        Oh, good luck!

      • Kitten Mittons

        Good luck!!