Friday, January 29, 2010

Question and Answers and a Spanking

My favorite part of the British form of government is when the Prime Minister has to come to Parliament and directly answer questions from the opposition.

Well guess what?
Today President Obama went to the House Republicans at their two-day retreat in Baltimore and not only took questions from the lawmakers there, but spanked them around a bit.
(The only thing missing was the hoots and boos that the Brits engage in.)

You can watch here on C-SPAN's website.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Book Giveaway

Back into the pile of books.
This week I'm giving away The Last Queen by C.W. Gortner.
Book is about the life of Juana, the third child of Queen Isabel and King Ferdinand of Spain and sister of Catherine of Aragon (Henry VIII's 1st wife).

Juana was either a woman made crazy by grief and the bull shit she put up with from her father, husband AND son OR a powerful woman who did not do what the men in her life wanted and was painted as mad to take what was rightfully hers.
It is a very compelling, but tragic story and the book is the same.
Even though you know what her fate is you are compelled to read on.

So leave me a note in the comments and I'll pull a name out of the magic hat next week.

For more information on Juana of Castile try these sites:
Scandalous Women
Juana of Castile

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Chanel and Dior

Via Project Rungay.

That's a lotta look there, scrumptious and I even like those shoes with the peep toes, weird since normally I think runway shoes are ridonkulos and ugly.

I hate the shoes, everything else is lovely...except for the fact that there are "formal" culottes. Fresh take on the Chanel look.

and WTH? is up with the crazy ass hair?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

On The Nose

I was just reading a review of I'm Sorry You Feel That Way by Diana Joseph, which I have yet to read, but one of the quotes from the book is this:

I adore you.

What the hell do you want from me now?

I'm sorry! I'm sorry! I'm sorry!

That sums up my life with my husband and son.


Article in The New Yorker about Neil Gaiman.

"Gaiman’s two most recent novels, “Anansi Boys” (2005) and “The Graveyard Book” (2008)—a retelling of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book,” set in a graveyard—d├ębuted at No. 1 on the New York Times best-seller list in their respective categories, adult and children’s literature. Yet Gaiman remains somewhat marginal. The Times of London recently referred to him as “the most famous writer you’ve never heard of.” The New York Times waited to review “The Graveyard Book” for several months after its publication, by which time it had won the 2009 Newbery Medal, one of the highest honors in children’s fiction, and been on the best-seller list for eighteen weeks. “I have at this point a critic-proof career,” Gaiman said. “The fans already knew about the book.”


We went to Ed and Kay's restaurant in Benton (AR) last night.
I got the veggie plate (purple hull peas, green beans, creamed potatoes and rice casserole) just so I would have room for pie.

Their lemon pie has about a 6 or 7 inch meringue on it.

I love lemon meringue pie and my Grandma Fickel made the best, but the one I had last night might just be better.

I think it is time for me to try making one.
Maybe next week.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

What They Said...

A letter to Andrew Sullivan pretty much sums up my feeling about the Republican party and conservatives:

"But I can't remember the last time I felt such overwhelming rage toward a group of people as I have felt toward the Republican Party and the conservative movement since President Obama's election.

I simply cannot grasp what motivates these people, what compels them to thwart even the smallest attempts to clean up the enormous destruction they wrought under Bush and Cheney. Irresponsible, hateful, mendacious, sleazy, destructive - these words do not even begin to describe them."


"And now some low-rent hairdo, whose sole claim to fame is posing naked for some ladies' magazine way back when, may happily destroy whatever chance this country has at moving in a more just, humane, and morally and fiscally responsible direction.

As you stated, the Republican Party of this new century is shot through with nihilists. Unabashed nihilists. But what leaves me shaking with anger damn near every day since President Obama's inauguration is the pure smugness and nonchalance of their nihilism.

Palin, McConnell, DeMint, Boehner, Cantor, Rubio, Scott Brown and the rest of the Ailes- and Limbaugh-warped GOP: Would you trust any one of these goons to greet you at Wal-Mart, much less govern our country? The question answers itself. They literally care nothing for America."

Yeah, what they said...

Go read the rest....
Oh and fuck off MA if you vote Brown* into the Senate.

(*not that the Dems and Martha herself do not deserve the beating they might get...but really, what the hell is the matter with people that they would think it is a good idea to vote for a Republican supported by teaparty folks? )

Monday, January 18, 2010

Vivienne Westwood and Blue Steel

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you.....Dere-lict!!!

Please tell me that Vivienne Westwood is just having us on and is aware of Zoolander.
Because if not, then this is a fail of massive proportions.

and where the hell is BLUE STEEL?

Via Projectrungay.

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Has Anyone Seen My Fan?

I'm feelin' just a bit flush y'all....

It's like a mix of 60's Irish Mob and the Godfather when they were in Sicily.
Jebus, so freaking hot.

See more of the Dolca & Gabbana Menswear Fall 2010 at Projectrungay.

Thursday, January 07, 2010

And the Winner Is...


You've won A Dress to Die For.
I'll get in touch with ya and mail it out.

Look for another post later today with the next book to be offered.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

My Retro Christmas Gifts

I got one of these for Christmas.

I already have 2 Mixmasters....
The first is a 40's Model 9 one that works, but is rusted up in the housing for the beaters and when I have used it tiny bits of rust fall into whatever I'm making.
My late 60's one belonged to my mom and it has been awesome, but the beaters fell apart this year during all the holiday baking and I just did not have the energy to go searching for the correct beaters so hubby bought me a new "classic" Sunbeam Mixmaster. Not as powerful as the older one, but so far I'm pretty happy with it.

My mother gave me a lovely scarf made out of local Missouri Alpaca wool and an adorable apron. Not vintage, but very vintage looking and I can wear it in place of the vintage one I was fixing to wear out.
And it is big so it actually fits me.

I also got a new flat screen monitor from my son. It is kinda cool once they have a job, but no real money responsibilities and they want to spend some of it on you.

What was you best gift this year?

Oh and we still have no fucking snow....

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Arkansas Diners

If you are a local reader, here is a great post from Tie Dye Travels with a round-up of some of the better diners in Arkansas.

Makes my mouth water just reading it.
The hubby will be off work on Monday, I think we'll head to Dan's for lunch.