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  1. Mike says:

    We need an edit button. I just wrote that David Cameron directs movies in another post and I can’t change it. So now my only option is to see if my connections at the Ministry of Silly Walks will help me convince the PM to direct a movie so I won’t look silly.

    • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:


      • Mike says:

        I know, I am so out of my league here. It’s just that I can’t always the mistakes in my posts.

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      Well, maybe they can’t afford an edit button. Maybe we should see if we can put together a collection. I’ll design the label for the collection cans. It will be full of spelling errors and grammatical mistakes, to show the world that our need is genuine.

      No but seriously, I totally agree that an edit button would be much appreciated. I haven’t seen any offical comments on the lack; has anyone heard from the staff regarding this topic?

      • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

        Under the main text on the can, it should say “what was the last type of button that you made a contribution for?”

    • Copper says:

      Yes, yes we do. Also reply notifications. Why is Consumerist so far behind the times? This stuff was available in 2005.

  2. raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

    So the other week someone linked me to Passive Aggressive Notes. Anyone else read it? There are so many productivity killer websites out there; it makes me wonder that anyone can get things done. XD

  3. CrankyOwl says:

    Awww…cute doggie! I met a sweet black Lab therapy dog on the train to work a few days ago. She put her head in my lap & when I petted her, proceeded to thoroughly lick my arms and hands. Her human said…”yeah, we’re still working on that licking thing”. LOL.

  4. savvy9999 says:

    I would like everyone to have a nice weekend. That’s all.

  5. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    aww, puppy looks sad!
    currently stalking the fedex truck to make sure the driver actually delivers my new computer today.
    signature required and i have the day off, so i refuse to miss it after i asked for delayed delivery to make sure i’d be here
    got a big kitten adoption event this weekend- 60 kittens in the program are currently adoptable and their best chances for finding homes is while they are still little and cute i’m doing a lot of prep for that, mostly public relations.
    and then a charity fundraiser for a different charity on sunday – a screening of Serenity to benefit Equality Now and Kids Need to Read. it may turn out to be a date. with a 27 yr old. i’m 35, but it’s online dating and he started it so he knew about the age difference before he hit on me. here’s hoping it’s fun!

    what does your weekend look like?

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      That link did not take me to adoptable kittens! Do you have anything in the stripey-cuddly-loud purr-gives kisses-sleeps on the bed-girl kitty category? We still have three cats minus Clare, but they all love my husband the most and I’m feeling lonely.

    • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

      I hope your date goes well! I don’t miss those days at all… =/

      Weekend is looking okay. My old man got me sick so I think it’s going to be soup and orange juice all weekend.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      fedex still isn’t here. glad i took the day off work completely, otherwise i’d be leaving for work in an hour with no computer.
      on another note, i don’t have a smart phone so i’d never played angry birds, but kept hearing about it. last night i discovered that it’s available for free in chrome. so i’m waiting for fedex while playing angry birds. huge time drainer, eh?

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Actually, I’ve got tickets for that same fundraiser for tomorrow at a local drafthouse. Not Austin, unfortunately, but my first trip to a drafthouse cinema….since my daughter was born, at least! W00T!

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        i’m not in austin either but the local ‘cinema-grill’ works for me!
        i won a gift basket of sake and a pair of Blue Sun shot glasses in the raffle last year.
        can’t decide if i want to split the raffle tickets with my date or let him buy his own if he wants any. i paid for the tickets and i will buy him dinner if he wants, or go dutch.
        raffle tickets are a weird miss manners sort of question though

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      You are busy!

      For me: cleaning, and getting ready for my bf to come visit next weekend. Yay! I have to do all my articles ahead of time for next week’s posting on Sunday because I don’t want to work while he’s here. I already have to work a half day at the day job on Friday (he’s coming in Thursday night). Poo and crap. But he’ll probably sleep late anyway so no big.

      I CAN’T WAIT

  6. JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

    I’m having a problem with inviting someone to our wedding. This might be a “Bridezilla” (God I hate that term) moment but bear with me for a moment. I could use some sage advice.

    The future Mr. Cupcakes wants to invite this one co-worker of ours (we work at the same company). I don’t want to, and I’ve made it very clear to him that I think she is an awful person. Here are the facts:

    1. She invited us to her wedding; however, it was her 2nd wedding and it was the most boring wedding I’ve ever been to in my entire life. There was no music, shitty drinks, and the food must have been catered by the local hospital.

    2. She is incredibly rude to Mr. Cupcakes on a daily basis. For example, she just got back from California, and he asked her as a courtesy how it was. She didn’t dignify him with a response. She has been incredibly rude to me as well. She never congratulated us on our engagement, she’s screamed at me (literally SCREAMED) on several occasions when I asked her for help, and she is just all-around a horrible person to deal with.

    3. She went to CA to WILLFULLY cheat on her husband. And everyone at work knew about it, and they were making fun of him for it. He is a shy, timid man. He’s barely said three words to me the whole 3 yrs that I’ve known him, and she was his first girlfriend/wife/sexual encounter, as well. Personally, I think that he deserves better than her and he’s got every right to divorce her and keep all of her stuff, especially since there is evidence EVERYWHERE (even on Facebook for crying out loud) that she went to CA to cheat on him with someone she met online.

    4. She had and still has a crush on Mr. Cupcakes. Not that I’m worried that bitch be stealin’ my man, but that obviously infuriates me to no end.

    5. There quite possible could be no room for her. I’m not just saying that because she happens to be a LARGE woman… I’m saying that we have a limited amount of space in the hall, and my mother-in-law dominated the guest list with a lot of her family and friends. FYI: she is paying for them so that is okay with me and Mr. Cupcakes. Plus, none of the co-workers we ARE inviting like her very much.

    6. Neither of us works with her department. Ever. I haven’t talked to her in a year and obviously Mr. Cupcakes hasn’t had a decent conversation with her either.


    Do you invite someone to your wedding just because they invited you?
    Do you invite someone that is a total bitch to both you and your future spouse and will ruin everyone’s time?
    Do you invite someone that is willfully cheating on her husband and has broadcasted it to everyone?
    Do you invite someone that has a crush on your husband-to-be?
    Do you invite someone that the co-workers that you are inviting do not like or get along with?
    Do you invite someone that you haven’t had a decent conversation with in several months to a year?

    Thank you.

    PS I am going to HIDE THE INVITATIONS and if he happens to give her one, so help me I am going to tell her to fuck off.

    • Copper says:

      No, leave her out. You don’t have to invite ANYONE you don’t want to. Maybe I’m just a bitch, but this is your day and it’s your and Mr. Cupcake’s decision.

      /coming from someone who would tell family they couldn’t invite people I dislike, even if it’s their omgbestfriendintheentireworldandtheywannapayforit

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        I don’t think you’re a bitch, we share the same mentality and I for sure don’t think I’m a bitch ;)

    • Mike says:

      I had an open invitation style wedding with about 300 people, no meal, just hors d’Å“uvres and cake just to avoid this sort of thing. With that many people I really didn’t know who was there or not, and I didn’t care to be honest, neither did my wife. We didn’t have a wedding party either, no need to fight over who is the bridesmaids, best man etc. We hate emotional politics, waste of time and energy.

      That said, in your case I would invite her, register at an extra store for only big ticket items and only tell her about that store. Nothing like some good passive aggressive planning to fix everything.

      Good luck.

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        Assuming she would actually BUY us a gift? Or pay for anything?

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        If I re-planned my wedding, there are some individuals I would not have invited. I had a damn fine wedding, and paid a hefty price to throw a party for my friends and family, and I learned that some individuals were talking crap about our wedding while they were there.

        • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

          That’s just not cool. I’ve been to shitty weddings, granted, but I don’t personally talk crap to people’s faces about it. And certainly not AT the wedding itself.

    • slyabney says:

      Well some of these can be answered by:

      You don’t know what other transgressions your other guests might be guilty of, so you should pass on that. And you don’t know who else might have a crush on you or Mr. Cupcake so you’re getting into very picky territory for one person.

      On the other hand:

      How much would this possibly really ruin your day? It seems that your assuming she’s going to ruin your day just because she will. Not because of any other evidence. Much like you assumed you’d hate doing anything with your company.

      How much of a hardship will it be to extend the offer? She may not even take you up on it. If you think she’ll be an issue, ask other friends to keep an eye on her.

      Is your opinion really more valid that your husband-to-be? He obviously has a reason to want to invite her, so ask him why.

      Give her an invitation, say I know you’re really busy but I’d like to invite you. Hope she doesn’t come.

      Don’t start your marriage out on a fight over one guest…that’s all in the end.

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        There have been dealings with her staying over at our co-workers’ house (mother and daughter) because she doesn’t want to be at home with her husband. I’ve asked these co-workers what they would think if we invited M, and they said that they would be much happier and have a better time if she wasn’t invited.

        Mr. Cupcakes wants to invite her based on the fact that she invited us to her wedding, and he feels sorry for her because she doesn’t have any friends. Personally, I don’t think you should be held accountable for inviting someone just because they invited you, and the fact that she has no friends is her own fault because she doesn’t make an effort to be a person.

        In addition, there are other women in her department that I worked with when we got engaged, and I think it will start a huge shit storm if M gets invited and they don’t. They’re all very catty back there, which is why I wanted out so bad.

        I might be nit-picky and it might not be a big deal since I’ll be so overwhelmed that day, but I just don’t want her there. I don’t like her. I don’t like who she is and I don’t like what she does. She rubs me the wrong way. And if I have a few drinks in me, who knows what I’ll say to her?

        • slyabney says:

          Then I would dicuss with Mr. Cupcake how you think it would unfair to invite her and not the others from the department.

          It also seems like you wanted opinions but you’ve really made up your mind she’s not coming anyways, so I’ll just take this as venting and stay out of this thread. Can’t offer suggestions on a situation when a mind is already made up.

          • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

            I just wanted to see if anyone else thinks I was being unfair. I’m glad you commented, you provide a voice of reason that helps me see a side that I didn’t originally see. I’m usually governed by my emotions but I appreciate any insight that you could provide :)

            • Not Given says:

              Tell the future Mr Cupcakes that if he invites her it will ruin the day for you. You’ll always look back on it and resent her being there. Ask him who he intends to live with for the rest of his life?

            • HogwartsProfessor says:

              I don’t think you’re being unfair. It’s your and Mr Cupcakes’ WEDDING. It’s not a day where you should have to invite a coworker you barely know, don’t care about AND who treats you both like pugshit. (A nod to the very cute pic up top)

              I don’t get why people invite coworkers anyway, unless they also hang out with them outside of work and would be friends even if they didn’t work together. My coworker just the other day married our other coworker’s daughter, and none of us were invited (it was a beach wedding in Florida so we couldn’t have gone anyway). No one cared.

    • IT-Princess: I work in IT, you owe me $1 says:

      I wouldn’t invite her. What are you going to lose if you don’t? It’s not like she’s nice to you anyway, and if the coworkers don’t like her it’s not like they are going to look down on you.
      Pros and cons, sounds like there’s a lot more cons.

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        Fo sho.

        Hey, you wanna come? ;) No peanut butter cake is to be had but there is plenty of booze and good music.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Just because she invited you doesn’t mean you need to invite her. However, you not liking her wedding isn’t an excuse.

      Numbers 2, 3, 4, and 6 are reasons to NOT invite her. Number 5 is not a reason.

      I’ll add a caveat though: if you choose not to invite this woman, what kind of fallout might you expect?

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        Honestly I don’t think there will be any fallout afterward because like I said, neither of us have to work with her. She’s in a separate department entirely and the only reason Mr Cupcakes is able to talk to her is because they take break at the same time.

        Also, I mentioned in another comment that she is in a department I used to work in, and I think if the other women in that department know she was invited and they weren’t, I think we’d have an even bigger mess on our hands.

    • dragonfire81 says:

      I’m curious as to what his reasons are for wanting her there as, based on what you said, I can’t understand why he possibly would.

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        Mr. Cupcakes has a big heart and wants everyone to feel included. Which I think is an admirable quality – except in this case. He feels bad for her because she has no friends, but that is her own doing because she is such an awful person to everyone. You can’t have a conversation with her without her giving you attitude.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Your wedding. Fuck her.

      • slyabney says:

        Just gonna say it’s not just her wedding, I believe it’s just as much her husband-to-be’s wedding as well.

    • Straspey says:

      We were married in 2005.

      Her parents were both deceased, and my mother was in a nursing home.

      We planned and pretty much paid for the wedding ourselves – and did it on a very tight budget.

      Very early on, we both decided that we would only invite the people who we really wanted – so there was never any discussion about, “We really HAVE to invite Alice & Jim” – or even – “We *have* to invite Aunt Lilly”.


      On our wedding day, at the reception, no matter where I turned – no matter which way I looked – no matter who I bumped into, or who came over to offer congratulations…it was somebody who I really cared about and was happy to see them – especially on my wedding day.

      Whenever my wife and I talk about it, invariably one of us says, “That was a happy day.”

      In fact I get a little teary just typing this…

      It’s YOUR day. !

      You are under absolutely no obligation whatsoever to share this special days with anyone other than those who you are sure will help add to the joy and happiness of the day.

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        Thank you!!! That’s what I was thinking too. We’re having a “relatively” small wedding, and a ton of people that I don’t know are invited (thanks to my mother-in-law). I really just wanted people that I love and know there, who will be just as happy to be there as I am that they’re there too. If I look back on my wedding photos, when i don’t work here anymore, and i see her there, I know I won’t be happy.

      • IT-Princess: I work in IT, you owe me $1 says:

        You get teared up thinking about your wedding day???? HOLY CRAP. Single brother?

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      make an alternates list and put her on it. it looks like compromise and if enough people rsvp no, invite her later.
      then spike her punch with cyanide

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        Funny you should mention that – I was thinking of putting her on the D list of people… seat fillers, basically. We were on the D list for her wedding so it only seems appropriate.

    • Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

      Fuck no, don’t invite her. As far as I’m concerned she is a rude bitch. It’s your day and you have every right not to have her there.

    • myCatCracksMeUp says:

      I gotta say – your reason #1 sounds really, really, really petty.

      There is nothing wrong with inexpensive weddings, and I’m sure she didn’t intend for the food and drinks to be bad.

      But the other reasons are valid ones why you shouldn’t invite her.

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        I wouldn’t have mentioned it if she didn’t go on and on about how great her wedding was, and how much she spent on it… I just don’t like when people put on heirs about how fantastic and expensive things are when they clearly did not pay as much as they say they did. I know how much she paid after I was doing research on halls… I didn’t say anything to her, but what she was doing was really childish and it rubbed me the wrong way.

        That might be petty, but that’s how I feel.

    • Bativac says:

      My wife and I were married a little over a year ago. We decided that we each had veto power – if one of us didn’t want a guest, the other party dropped them. It worked out very well. Just make sure your husband’s top hat and mask fit properly. …Or was that just my wedding?

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        He wanted a top hat! But we both settled on some cool zoot suit shoes. It’ll go well with my vintage-inspired outfit. :)

    • larrymac thinks testing should have occurred says:

      As far as I’m concerned, you could have started and ended with the cheating. Completely out of the question to have somebody like that at the SOLEMNIZATION OF WEDDING VOWS.

  7. JulesNoctambule says:

    Oh, pensive small dog. . .climb into my handbag, and I will take you home where you will be fed on tasty food and chase squirrels and not look so forlorn any longer!

  8. slyabney says:

    Well some of these can be answered by:

    You don’t know what other transgressions your other guests might be guilty of, so you should pass on that. And you don’t know who else might have a crush on you or Mr. Cupcake so you’re getting into very picky territory for one person.

    On the other hand:

    How much would this possibly really ruin your day? It seems that your assuming she’s going to ruin your day just because she will. Not because of any other evidence. Much like you assumed you’d hate doing anything with your company.

    How much of a hardship will it be to extend the offer? She may not even take you up on it. If you think she’ll be an issue, ask other friends to keep an eye on her.

    Is your opinion really more valid that your husband-to-be? He obviously has a reason to want to invite her, so ask him why.

    Give her an invitation, say I know you’re really busy but I’d like to invite you. Hope she doesn’t come.

    Don’t start your marriage out on a fight over one guest…that’s all in the end.

  9. Straspey says:

    I usually don’t post here – but today I will make an exception, just to make everybody else feel better about their upcoming weekend:

    On Wednesday of last week (not this one just passed), I spent three and a half hours in the dentist’s chair having three teeth prepared for a 3-piece crown and bridge – including an extraction.

    For those who may be unaware – in spite of the tremendous and impressive advancements achieved in the level of dental procedures and techniques over the past 25 years…there is still only one way to extract a tooth – and that is to grab it with a a pair of pliers – excuse me, “forceps” – and yank it out.

    In fact – the only difference between the way they do it now, from the way they did it during the Civil War, is – back then they gave you a bottle of whiskey, while now they give you a couple of shots of Novocaine.

    Anyway – so my dentist (who I should point out is really, really great) is working on one of the other teeth when she notices a “problem”.

    Uh -oh…

    So – she stops to take a couple of x-rays and discovers that one of those teeth has too much decay and will need a root canal before she can finish the job.

    She proceeds to close up the area and apply a temporary, and tell me to make an appointment with their root canal specialist.

    Fine – except, my dentist operates seven days a week, and his root canal specialist only works on the weekends.

    So I make an appointment for this coming Saturday (tomorrow) – but the next day I receive a call from the office telling me there’s been a cancellation and would I like to come in on that Sunday and get it done.

    That sounds like a good idea, and I make the appointment.

    So – I got a two-and-a-half hour root canal for Father’s Day – and have spent the better part of this week on 800mg Motrin as I wait for the area to heal and the soreness to subside.

    I go back in a month to take impressions for the permanent bridge/crown.

    Have a great weekend everybody !!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      good luck with the recovery. wish i could have novocaine and whiskey at the dentist. would be much better all around

    • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

      OUCH! That sucks, I’m sorry :(

      I’ve been blessed with good teeth (knock on wood) so I hope this never has to happen to me. I hope it doesn’t happen AGAIN to you!

    • raydee wandered off on a tangent and got lost says:

      Ow. I’ve been in similar shoes, though my root canal was on an un-involved third tooth, in a follow-up to the extraction and bridge procedures.

      The most agonizing summer of my life was the month and a half I spent with a temporary bridge while the extraction site recovered so they could take “final impressions” for the bridge itself. My mouth constantly tasted like “dentist’s office” and the temporary kept falling out between visits.

      I hope you don’t have piles upon piles of follow ups in the months to come!

    • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

      Just the other week I went in on Monday for the root canal, and then on Wednesday for the temporary crown.

      That just fucking hurt, let me tell you. My mouth was sore, my jaw was sore, the root canal guy HIT A NERVE and the dentist is a lesson in how efficiency is NOT always the best way. Gentleness counts.

      Then I went in last week for the permanent crown and a filling. He could not have been rougher if he tried. I know I have a small mouth, but doesn’t he work on children? Why the roughness? Now I have a freaking canker sore from Hell that has become so painful I’m putting steroid cream on it (doctor’s Rx). I’ve been eating like a kid all week since non-spicy easily chewed food goes done easiest.

      I feel your pain. I do.

    • lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

      I think dental work should be done under general anesthesia only! Including cleanings. God I hate going to the dentist.

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I agree. I had a broken tooth pulled and it had to be worked out quite hard, because the root was curled up into my jaw. They gave me lots of Novocain, so I didn’t feel any pain, but there was scraping and pulling and jolting and at one point, I could ACTUALLY FEEL THE SHAPE OF MY SKULL.

        Now I have a lovely gap on the side like some meth head. :(

    • HogwartsProfessor says:


      I’m sorry you have to do that. That sucks!

      • Straspey says:

        Thanks for all the sympathy and kind words.

        The good news is I *love* my dentist. She’s very patient and capable makes me feel as if we’re taking the journey together.

        Also – as much as everybody hates the dentist, I would advise all of you to take my story as a warning…years of avoiding the dentist and not taking care of business brought me to this point – and while I am fortunate to be receiving the excellent care – in the end, I have nobody but myself to blame for this.

        Dentistry has achieved great advancements – and it’s worth a little pain now, to avoid a whole lot more later on.

        I’ll keep you all posted with updates as the work progresses.

        Thanks again to everybody – above and below – who expressed concern.

  10. dragonfire81 says:

    I finally finished writing my first book! It’s called “Shop at Dole’s: Tales from Aisle 9” and it’s a collection of fictional work stories as told by a guy who who worked at a grocery store for 10 years, most of those as the store manager. It’s largely inspired by real life experiences I and others have had at work dealing with corporate bureaucracy, health insurance, problem customers, irritating colleagues and so forth.

    I hope to to publish is at as e-book by the end of the summer. I’m currently polishing up the second draft. A major life goal I set for myself was to write a book by the time I was 30. I cut it pretty close (the big 3-0 is less than two months away for me) but I made it!

    • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

      I’d read it! I have a “book” I never finished. I wonder if I should just get it published in an e-book?

    • Bativac says:

      Congratulations! I had a similar goal and just barely made it. Mine was a children’s book and we self published it a few months after I turned 30. Close enough.

      Good luck with it!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Congrats! I’ll read it if you read my police procedural if I ever get it published. :) Yours sounds kinda neat!

  11. Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:


    So, I have a follow up appointment this afternoon with my eye doctor. My glasses were delivered (finnally!!!) on Monday and I can’t see out of them. Something is up. Boo.

    Tomorrow is my mom’s birthday, and I called her to see if she wanted to do anything and she said, “I dunno, ask my husband!” so I did. He said he’s taking her to eat at a veerrry fancy place. Then I asked him if he wanted us to get together durring the day and he said, “Oh, if you want to see her I’ll just take her to the fancy place on Sunday” O.O NO! I will not ruin fancy surprise birthday plans to a super fancy place! Holy moly that could have been bad.

    So what I did was I sent her a gift overnight thanks to Amazon. I hope she doesn’t have it already, and I even sprung for the gift wrapping. (Here’s a hint: The hills are alive, and blue ray-ish.)

    The only other news is that I’m getting my hair done on Saturday. I need something more…. out-there haircolor-wise. Apparently my red highlights were just too subtle for people to see. Mr. Aroo wants to “SEE IT!!!!” so… who knows.

    Hopefully a good weekend is ahead.

    • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

      So what color are you planning? PINK!?!?!?! :D

      • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

        Oh, no.. I can’t do that because 1. I hate pink, and 2. I do have a job where that kind of thing would be.. er…. not too good. lol.

        I really wanted blue highlights but I wanted them to look “professional” and I tried googling pictures of blue highlights and now I’m convinced that there is no way to do it and look nice unless you’re Asian, which I am not.

        So I guess I’ll just wait and see what my stylist comes up with. She’s actually my cousin through marriage, but she’s a professional stylist and she just built a salon at her home. It’s really nifty! (And I get a family discount. Heh.)

        • slyabney says:

          I have to be ‘professional’ at work too. But I went from blond to full red and haven’t gone back. So many of the same people I’ve worked with for years don’t even remember I’m blond.

          Do it!

          • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

            I have brown hair, and I would like to stay in the brown family, but I’m thinking maybe a darker/richer brown with some funky highlights. I’m really not sure and pretty awful with trying to decide what looks good on me.

            • HogwartsProfessor says:

              I have light brown to medium brown hair with reddish highlights, but it’s turning gray in spots (started when I was 28 due to thyroid disease). I color it red now, have for several years. Nice and Easy 110 used to be my color, but it’s kind of bright. Maybe they changed it?

              I went to the next darkest shade and I’m pleased with it. It fades out too fast for my taste, though. I need to do it this weekend so it’s settled before you-know-who gets here next week. :)

              The cool thing is, the gray parts color like highlights because they are lighter. So the Lily Munster streak looks like sun-kissed instead. :)

          • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

            Going from blonde to red is a good transition (and vice versa). it is like a coppery red? I used to do a purple-red back in my younger, wilder days.

            • slyabney says:

              It varies slightly on the seaons. It’s a brighter copper red in the spring/fall and a darker sort of browner one in winter. I go next week to pick a summer version!

              • JulesNoctambule says:

                I’m a natural blonde and I also do the varying shades of red. My only problem is that my hair is super-light blonde, so no matter what red (or brown, for that matter) I start out with, I always end up with bright red after a few weeks!

                • slyabney says:

                  Have you tried a semi-permenmant color? Mine fades out to a brownish-red since it’s designed to wash away. I go every 6-ish weeks for touch ups.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          i have this red dye i picked up and then forgot to use. and now i have mousey brown hair profile pics and a maybe-it’s-a-date sunday so i kind of want to, but i am not sure if t would backfire
          sucks about the glasses. i had that happen once but it turned out to be blood sugar differences from getting diabetes and i was diagnosed before the glasses arrived but after they had been ordered. i hope in your case they just screwed up your prescription

        • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

          Awww, I love pink! It’s my favorite :) I wish I could still do it.

          I’ve got light brown highlights now that I have to get retouched in a few months. So far I really love it. I used to do full blonde when I was in high school but I can’t make that kind of commitment anymore. Plus it’ll TOTALLY RUIN my skintone. I’d have to throw out all my makeup ;)

  12. Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

    Update from last week: The Florence and The Machine concert was amazing. Had a fantastic time even if it was packed and hot.

    The exciting-ness for this weekend is me trying to get my drivers license. Wooo.

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Are you just now learning to drive? I am. : / I feel like I’m the only one ever, even though I know I’m not.

      Good luck with yours!

      • Wasp is like Requiem for a Dream without the cheery bits says:

        No, I had a drivers license when I turned 18 and everything but I let it expire since I moved to the city.

        I just have to retake everything to get it back. Good luck to you too! Just relax!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      good luck!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Good luck! :)

  13. You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

    I just bought tickets to see Erasure in concert! I have been waiting for this forever! It’s the only band that I have any desire to see live. I can’t wait!

    In other news, I just spent the past hour figuring out who to contact in the Army about a distant relative who threatened to kill himself on FB. Hopefully he can get the help he needs!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      uhoh! good luck. just lost a friend to suicide. it’s bad to see loved ones in that much pain and needing so much help
      enjoy the concert!

    • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

      Find out any info you can: Company, unit, brigrade, location. Then look up the command info on that particular post. Call the commander. If that doesn’t work or even if you can’t find all that out, call the MP station on that post and give them any information you have on the soldier’s whereabouts and unit. Follow up with that.

      Suicide is very serious, and it is a HUGE problem in the service right now. Good on you for wanting to take action.

      • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

        Done and done! I talked to an MP station and gave them the only information I had. His full name and location.

        He’s posted similar things on facebook before, but I didn’t want to take the chance that he would end up doing something to hurt himself. Usually they are passive aggressive updates, but today was very explicit.

        • wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

          Good for you! The Army is a tricky, nasty place sometimes (Army wife here). The military is trying to “curb” suicide but when command gets out of control, hormones take over young men and you give them all the freedom of an adult without any training on how to be responsible- well, things get ugly and fast. I hope your family member is taken seriously.

          But alert those closest to him. Some Army docs will through meds his way and tell command to keep an eye out, which might not happen. Maybe friend some of his Army friends. I wish things were better than this, but this what we’re dealing with.

          Again, good on ya. It’s hard to be “that person”.

  14. wonderkitty now has two dogs says:

    Can I just ask where this new poor-typing thing came from? I see a lot of this:


    in lieu of this:


    And I just don’t know how that even happens. What happened to teaching grammar, sentence structure and punctuation? I know I’m not perfect, and I sure as hell typo a lot- but damn. I don’t even know how half this shit happens.

    That is all. Have a great weekend!

    • You Can Call Me Al(isa) says:

      One of my pet peeves is when people add extra letters to the ends of wordsssss. I always end up reading it in my head the way it lookssssss.

      E.g. “I’m having such a good timeeeee!” I read it as “I’m having such a good timey!”

      • JennyCupcakes misses her grandson says:

        The correct way to write that would be “tiiiiiiiime” because you would draw out that letter in the word.

        That’s one of my pet peeves too. ;)

  15. smarmyjones goes cattywampus says:

    I finally saw the movie “Red” and it is very very good. Just wanted to share.

  16. lovemypets00 - You'll need to forgive me, my social filter has cracked. says:

    Oh Happy Happy Friday! It’s been a good week! I rec’d new EOB’s from the health insurance company, and it looks like they’ve reversed most of the $3200 “penalty” incurred because I didn’t call 48 hours after my husband was hospitalized. I totally missed this in the contract. No excuse on my part, but the footnote mark was so tiny it looked like a stray blip on the paper, and the footnote itself was almost too small to read with bifocals. They had me dead to rights. I called and pleaded my case, and it looks like they took pity on me.

    I am so grateful!!!

    One more week until staycation – Next Friday at Noon, I’m sprung until July 11!! WOO HOO!!!!!!!!!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      whoohoo! on both counts.
      i got sucked into my roku last night – finally tried out justinTV on it. some very interesting stuff there

  17. Straspey says:

    Sad news from the entertainment world today…

    Peter Falk – most well known as “Columbo” – has died at the age of 83.

    The NY Times has a full-length obituary:

    For those of us who are old enough to have seen his work, Peter Falk stands out as one of the great character actors in the history of film and television.

    Truly, a sad day.

    • JulesNoctambule says:

      How sad that he spent his last years incapacitated by such a horrible illness.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I saw that today. :( RIP, Mr Falk! I wasn’t a Columbo fan (my parents were though). But I loved him in Murder by Death and Princess Bride.

    • Red Cat Linux says:

      Awww, I just saw this, and I’m very sad. He was one of my favorite actors.

      “Just one more thing, M’am…”

  18. HogwartsProfessor says:

    Apparently, doing well getting improvements on all the elements of a work personal improvement plan means that you then get heaptons of crappy shit work dumped on you.

    I am so tired and ready to leave. But there’s this: I pulled my mouthy self up and beat that PIP. I win.

    *falls face down on floor and lays there, twitching*

    • Kimaroo - 100% Pure Natural Kitteh says:

      Oh no! Get back up!! You have lots to do before next weekend!!


      I wish you’d just get twitter already : P

      • HogwartsProfessor says:

        I would but I don’t think anyone would read stuff like that. I’m surprised you did!

        When I get more writing stuff going, I probably will. I don’t have a smartphone (can’t afford) so I would have to be at the computer in order to tweet. And I can’t do it at work now! :P