… from a cluttered mind:
- This TV season is so full of gems that our DVR can’t catch a break. If you’re not watching “Community,” “Modern Family,” “Parks and Rec,” “Castle” and “Prime Suspect,” then you are missing out. Not to mention perennial favorites such as “The Office,” “Survivor” and “Amazing Race.” And this is even before “Cougar Town” and “30 Rock” come back. On the other hand, perhaps this is why I never can find the time to
finishstart the great American novel.
- Saving money doesn’t always save money. For instance, my
debit-card-pinching Scrooge-likesensible and financially-savvy husband instituted a crazy and unworkable spending banthought that we should perhaps maybe reign in the spending for a while. “I’ll show him,” I snarled to myself.Fair enough. However, saving money is relative. Take Worcestershire sauce. In our house, fall signals the arrival of Chex-Mix Season and it was time to make that all-important first test batch. Mindful of my husband’s Draconian desire to save moneythe budget, I carefully collected the necessary ingredients. And since you can’t scrimp on the stars of the show — you know you always can tell when somebody uses generics — I made up the difference on the supporting cast. That’s how I ended up with a huge bottle of store-brand Worcestershire sauce that was 2.3 cents cheaper per serving than the small bottle big-name brand I usually buy — until I got home and dropped the bottle on the kitchen floor and tons of watery salty fishy liquid went everywhere and the bargain buy turned out to cost me $9.46 to make up for the lost first bottle, the small-but-expensive replacement bottle, the half-roll of paper towels used in clean-up and the emotional toll on our four cats who spent the remainder of the evening frantically trying to find the anchovies they knew had been there.
- A Grove-going Ole Miss fan confirmed my suspicions that most Grove-going Ole Miss fans are more interested in the Grove-going than the actual football game. And given their season so far this year, you can’t really blame them.
- Do people actually wear this stuff? In a T.J. Maxx checkout line, (Note to Husband: I was there to return things. Really. That is all. Promise. Could I help it if that black Kenneth Cole jacket literally jumped into my cart and wouldn’t take “no” for an answer?), I noticed posters of outfits that were supposed, I guess, to inspire us style-wise. One look was a pair of bright pink tights, a black satin ruffled micro-mini skirt and an off-the-shoulder gray jersey sweatshirt. The other look was short red-plaid shorts, a patterned sleeveless blouse and a big furry vest — reminiscent of what got Anthony Ryan booted from “Project Runway.” What I really think happened is that the editors and marketing folks got together and said, “Let’s test our power by convincing our customers to buy and wear the most god-awful things we can think of.” (Maniacal evil laugh.) But guess what, people? IT DIDN’T WORK!!!! I thwarted your dastardly plan by buying the Kenneth Cole jacket instead, plus two dresses, a pair of shoes and this really great saucepan I think I probably will need sometime. See???? You cannot influence my spending at all. Take that!!!!!!!
- My husband and I failed our house’s intelligence test the other day when we had to call the builder for instructions on how to access the windows so we could clean them. Which means I’m embarrassed about not being able to figure out how our windows work as well as living in the house for almost a year before getting around to washing them.
Just imagining the scene…spilled Worcestershire sauce and the four cats cracked me up. I really am missing out. Of all the TV shows you mentioned, the only one I watch is “Project Runway.”
Carolyn — Yes, you are missing out! But who’s your prediction for winning Project Runway? I’m pulling for Anya — love her sense of style.
I do like Anya and the way she can pull things together. I must admit, there was something within me that didn’t like her winning the challenge when she actually had to sew the model into her clothes. But that is an error in time management and not in design. Much to my husband’s chagrin, I like Viktor best. His styles are usually very good and he makes me laugh. This has been a good season.
I assume final three will be Anya, Viktor and, ugh, Joshua.
Looks like we were right. I was not at all pleased to see Joshua make the cut, but that was pretty much a no-brainer. I think there is a rule that all reality shows must have at least one person we love to hate.
Carolyn & JP — I love watching Project Runway with you all! I’m still rooting for Anya — I think I secretly covet her hair and wish I were cool enough to rock a similar look.