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Okay, that's a lousy subject header. But! Today is a glorious day for my fellow Texan AND Leo, st_salieri! I hope that YOU have a better day! Incidentally, she wrote a fic that had me squirming in a GOOD way (and it was her first slash fic, too!) It's Starting From Nowhere. Between her and entrenous88, they're getting me interested in Xander/Riley, and I don't READ them. Except when they write it, apparently... Oh, speaking of recs, EntreNous wrote a HILARIOUS and "Feels Like An Episode" fic Cherry Boys. SERIOUSLY. It's a Spander fic for non-spanderers, like me. Or for hard-core Spanderers. Or people who like funny and well-written fic. Read and feed, people! st_salieri? Have a FANTASTIC day today!

Now. Who watches "Project Runway?" So Keith was KICKED OFF. Keith, who was the most talented of all, and the biggest asshole. WAIT - was he the most talented? How do we know he didn't really use his PATTERN BOOKS to help make his creations so impeccable? For those who don't sew (and I used to have my own sewing business) that's like taking Strunk & White to the SATs. The point is to see if YOU have the knowledge, not using a crutch.

A pattern book is TOTALLY an unfair advantage. If you're going to make a pair of extremely fitted trousers (like he did), a pattern book will show you the fastest and most efficient way to put in darts, how to make a Hollywood-waistband - like their trousers did - the zipper... GOD zippers suck. Not to mention collars, armholes.. Yes, you can lay muslin (like they do - that white flimsy material? They're making their own patterns) on a form and pin and mark and cut and pin and ... But if you have a book that gives you shortcuts, estimates, etc., you have the advantage of not wasting time, of not wasting material, and getting a MUCH smoother finish. (Think of Bradly and his diaper-bagged trouser seat.)

And I have to say, I can totally see who knows how to sew and who doesn't. Those machines are PRECISION machines - and there have been some SLOPPY hems. Yes, they're pressed for time. But if the bottom isn't finished right (or if the designer doesn't know how to make a handkerchief hem/invisible hem on a dress that's more or less gauze, it hangs wonky. I'm totally down with Kayne - the boy can SEW, sequin loving aside, Uli - my lord, she makes ethereal clothes! - and Michael, because he LOVES how women are shaped, and makes sexy clothes. Plus, he has NO training, and I love a guy from out of nowhere story. I like Alison, too, but I can't tell about her overall skill as a seamstress. Yes, I'm a nerd. I do like how she has a very clear style and vision, but it all is coming off the same to me. Black, white, asymmetrical hems, random pieces to give it a ragged look. Can she do anything ELSE?

And Heidi is totally bugging me with her dramatic pout approach to "hosting." But whatever. She's a pretty hangar.

And I overslept today, which means it'll be too hot to exercise this morning, which means I'll not wake up properly, and I'm already feeling grumpy and weird, like I forgot to put pants on. *checks* And I've done that before. Walked out the door without PANTS on. I never claimed to be the smartest person, people. (Alright, I was 8. Still.) I can't sleep at night - stayed up watching War of the Worlds and I don't care that he's insane (and he is) Tom Cruise was fantastic in that movie, and I don't wanna hear it. He's a good actor. He's just batshit insane in real life. So I can't sleep, my house feels dirty to me, but I have ZERO motivation to clean it, Mr. S gets home tonight, and we're planning a big weekend, and I just want him HOME and I want a maid or housekeeper, and I want to sleeeeeeeeep.

Which means I'll have to mop (again! I mopped yesterday! What are those kids DOING in my kitchen???) today, and scrub bathrooms and vacuum and... BAH. All of which REALLY means I'll be playing Mahjongg late into the day and scrambling to clean house when Mr. S is driving back from the airport like a naughty kid. I'm so lame. (I bet you think this song is about you?)

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southernbangel
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:02 pm (UTC)
Maren and I were all hepped up about last night's episode because we can't stand Keith. I was hoping he would be the one kicked off and he WAS. The heavens opened and I swear I heard the Hallelujah Chorus. Although, I was secretly hoping he would be kicked off because he was a robot or something. But still, no more Keith! He was a good designer but like you said, how do we know his great designs weren't because of the book?

I would totally go gay for Heidi Klum. Yis.
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:08 pm (UTC)
You would? FOr Heidi? I have to say, her manner of "performing" is driving me NUTS and making me not like her. BUT. She's married to Seal, who is so awesome I can't stand it, which means she must be alright. But I do like looking at her, so...

And Keith is an ass, yes, but he made FABULOUS clothing. But yes, total asshole. (You know who I don't like? Laura. She makes the same thing, just different material. She's irritating, imo. It's clear she likes Caroline Herrara's designs - everything looks like an homage. Heh.)

SO. BIG QUESTION, LEE. Are you watching the US version of The Office??? (It's RIGHT UP YOUR ALLEY. Funny, adorkable, hilarious, and mock worthy. What's not to love????)
southernbangel
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
I freakin' love Heidi and Seal together. I love how they love each other, you know? BIG SAP AM I. But yeah, I think Heidi is *gorgeous* so based on purely superficial reasons, so gay for Heidi.

OMG YES! Maren and I were talking about that last night. What drives me crazy about Laura (which I do like her style of clothes but it is very repetitive--mix it up, woman!) are the constant mentions of her children and how hard her life is. I just know she's a "Mountain Brook mom" -- one of those stay-at-home moms who have live-in nannies and maids who raise the children while they live it up, doing lunch with the girls and playing tennis all the time. I think stay-at-home moms DO NOT get the respect and admiration they deserve, but the women who *don't* raise their kids and shove them off on someone else give the others a bad name. Argh, soapbox rant done.

I'm trying to watch it--so many people on my flist are all IT'S THE BEST SHOW EVER OMG! so I want to watch it (and HELLO. Steve Carrell, have my babies plz). I adore the UK version so I was a little reluctant at first to watch the NBC one, but I see I HAVE TO CHANGE MY WAYS. If something is adorkable *and* mock-worthy, I'm so there.
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
<-- i love him!! He's Jim on The Office
Yes, yes. She has help, are you kidding me? Upscale NYC mom with 5 kids (yes, we heard you had 5 kids, enough) she TOTALLY has live in help. Which... YEAH. ANyone can raise a shitload of kids with outside help!!! Some of our close family friends had 10 kids, they were incredibly well off (I'll put it this way: none of the kids a) shared a room or b) wore hand-me-downs. Ever.) and they had TWO housekeepers, AND her MIL lived there. Oh, and they three had their own quarters, too.

So anytime Jana mentioned how hard it was with 10 kids, I scoffed. She just ran a mini-corporation, you know?

TANGENT. Laura = not doing it for me. (And thanks for the stay-at-home shout out. I've had people look at me with PITY because I gave up my career. Um... excuse me? Sorry for being RESPONSIBLE FOR MY OFFSPRING'S WELL BEING.)

And YES to The Office!!!! How can I facilitate your viewing?? DO you need me to upload episodes for you? WHAT CAN I DO, LEE??? It's seriously my new favorite show. OF ALL.
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tinpanalley
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:14 pm (UTC)

*pulls covers over both of us* I'm right with you, girly! Sleep has become like a Holy Grail over the last couple of days. I hope we both get it soon! And, I hope you have a very relaxing weekend.

*sends Rosie from The Jetsons to clean your house*
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:15 pm (UTC)
*welcomes Rosie with OPEN ARMS, OMG*

I can NOT get to sleep at night!! Then I wake up groggy and I need to get my GAME ON. The kids are going back to school soon, and this wanting to sleep in thing has to stop!

*stifles yawn*
wickedgrdn
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:20 pm (UTC)
stayed up watching War of the Worlds and I don't care that he's insane (and he is) Tom Cruise was fantastic in that movie, and I don't wanna hear it. He's a good actor.

I loved War of the Worlds. I saw it in the theater and you would have had to pry me from my seat with a crowbar, that's how intense the movie was for me. And yes, Tom Cruise is a fantastic actor...he really brings it to the screen in a BIG way. Now if he wasn't such an asshat in real life...I'd love him even more than I already do. Have you seen A Few Good Men? Also an example of very good Tom Cruise acting. :)
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
I'm not gonna lie - I know ALL of Cruise's movies. I'm a fan of his acting - he's really underrated, imo.

But yeah. He's a bit... off. He's becoming the Michael Jackson of the acting world - minus the molestation.
wickedgrdn
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, great actor...but a little o.0. I love Tom Cruise, the actor. But the person? Not so much. And poor Katie Holmes. :(
entrenous88
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
I bet you think this song is about you?
Don't you, don't you, don't yoooouuuuu!

**resists urge to sing verses at you via phone posts, only in part because people at work would be all O_o**

Yay for Mr. S. coming home tonight!!! Boo for housecleaning. *lends a hand by organizing magazines and then gets distracted by all the Will Ferrel articles*
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
YAY for Mr. S!! I'm missing him big time... It doesn't help that I know he's gearing up for another long trip to SA. :(

And hahaha! I TOTALLY have Will magazines all over my house. TALLADEGA NIGHTS!! So. Excited. It's getting terrific reviews, and he's been on late night TV all week, and the morning news shows, and did you know I love him?? He said his wife (who's expecting their second child) got pregnant by Chuck Norris. Hahahaha! And he and Jon Stewart had an mpreg!! Heeeeee!
southernbangel
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:39 pm (UTC)
OMG I CANNOT WAIT FOR TALLADEGA NIGHTS!
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entrenous88
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:40 pm (UTC)
He said his wife (who's expecting their second child) got pregnant by Chuck Norris.
OMG, it's like he's inside your head! Or you're inside his!

Oh dear, I didn't realize another SA trip was coming up soon. I hope this one won't be as long as the last. *hugs*
entrenous88
Aug. 3rd, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
Ah, and thank you so much for the rec! I forgot to say that in the first go-round, but thank you so much. :-*
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st_salieri
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Eee, thank you! I'm celebrating by totally blowing off a workshop I was supposed to attend today. And since I'm at home I'm SANS MY PANTS, although I suppose I'll have to put some on for my eventual Starbucks run.

Why are we not seeing more of Michael on Project Runway? I like his stuff so far, and I like the little partnership he has going on with Laura, which is adorable. (And yeah, I like Laura. She totally needs to start showing more versatility, but I dig her and her utter disgust with Keith's asshole-ishness.) Michael's featured heavily in the promos for next week, which is making me nervous.

And Keith! Seriously, his shit was pretty good so far, even though he's a complete jerk. I've been so impressed by the way his clothes always fit his model like a dream, and the thought that he used a crutch to do it? Pffft. He deserved to be unceremoniously booted.
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
I'm worried about Michael and next week, too. I love that he's straight, loves women, and makes clothes that make women SEXY, and not look like 12 year olds in drag. It's a thing, as a curvy woman. :)

Yay no pants! I mean that in the most non-skeevy way allowed. Heh.

Keith - GOD, such a drama queen. And way too cocky, and I used to make allowances for his attitude, because his outfits were FLAWLESS. But how do we know that he hasn't been using the books?? We don't. Buh bye. I see Laura being hired by Caroline Herrera or St. Johns or something like that. She's classic, no lie. But it's all the SAME. God, I love that show.

I hope today is FANTASTIC! Yay for skipping workshops! Today is YOUR day! *hereby declares it Your Day, officially*
st_salieri
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, I forgot to ask...what are your thoughts on Angela? Is she bugging you as much as she's bugging me?
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:31 pm (UTC)
Angela is WEEDS. (That's Stoney household speak for needs to be CUT.) She's a bit of a basketcase, disorganized, and the friggin' POUF SKIRTS and Yo-yos! Oh, the technical term is "rosette," but grannies all over the country make them in calico and sew little precious blankets out of them and ACK.

I do NOT see her advancing to the final rounds. Yes, she's an impeccable seamstress (really. The poufs that I hate, those gathers are NEAR IMPOSSIBLE to get to lay right.) but I'm not feeling her broad sense of style. I think Uli is amazing - from fabric choices to cut to the easy feel of her pieces. And Michael, of course. Kayne makes me happy, too.
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elcazavampiros
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:52 pm (UTC)
You? Sleep in? That's very un-
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You? Sleep in? That's very un-<lj-user="stoney321">! And you missed your walk.

You'd be very proud of me, I've been walking every morning for the past three days. For some reason this summer, I've been waking up at 6:30 almost every day, even though I wasn't teaching until night. So now I figured, I'm up anyway, might as well get my ass out bed and get a little bit of exercise (before the sun comes out and gives me heat exhaustion). I'm hoping it will rub off on <lj user="crazydiamondsue">.

RE: Tom Cruise. I enjoy all of his ouvre, but his RL antics?!!!?
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 04:58 pm (UTC)
CAZA!! That's excellent to hear!! I DID miss my walk. I might try and go tonight with Mr. S when he gets home... I need to exercise everyday, if only to clear my thoughts. It gets jumbled up here. Heh.

I hope Sue starts going with you, too! It would make her feel better about herself, I just KNOW it! :( I wish she wasn't so hard on herself...)

DITTO ON THE CRUISE-INATOR. The man in crazy. Which makes me secretly glad. (And I bet in RL, if you met him, he would hypnotize you into thinking he WASN'T. Honestly, I just think he's going through a MASSIVE midlife crisis. I don't think he's LITERALLY insane.)
ropo
Aug. 3rd, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
I loves me some Project Runway! You have to go to ... I forget where, fourfour.com, I think, where they do these recaps where they say that Allison wakes up to rainbows and unicorns. NO, REALLY! So. Great.

I like Uli too, but so far she's made THREE halter dresses. A little more diversity would be nice. And Laura may be annoying, but I love how she said "Keith, what an asshole. I'm glad he's gone." Heee!
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Oh, Laura is a self-possessed woman, no doubt. And she has a DIRTY mouth. I can get behind that. Hmmm. I am just now realizing that about Uli. BUT. She's making very marketable outfits, but that's a good point.

I'll be checking that site out ASAP!!!
knotted_rose
Aug. 3rd, 2006 05:55 pm (UTC)
Love love *love* me some Project Runway!

I'm a total fangirl about the whole thing, too, from watching the show to reading all the sites to waiting breathlessly for Tim's podcasts. . . they all make me very happy.

I'm glad Keith's gone, though I would have liked to see more of his clothes. I think he did amazing work, even if he was a complete and total asshole. The rules really do apply to him, as well as to everyone else, yes, something that I hope he's actually learned -- this could be a really good wakeup call for him.

I'm glad Bonnie's gone too -- she was an easily forgettable designer. I'm *so* glad that Robert's still there! I don't know if he'll make it to the top 3 or 4, but I like I've seen so far of him.

Like you -- I've done a lot of sewing in my time. I agree that Angela's only saving grace is that she actually can sew. (OMG the horizontal pintucking in that extremely short amount of time. . . Much amazement.)

You may, sometime, want to check out this site -- it's the official fan site for Project Runway -- so they get lots of attention (and email!) from contestants this season and other seasons, as well as from Tim (who I ADORE)

http://bloggingprojectrunway.blogspot.com/
stoney321
Aug. 3rd, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, and Keith's whole: "now I'm going to be a laughing stock and my career is RUINED."

Jeeeeeezus. He's gotten all sorts of attention, and the boy will be working in NO TIME FLAT. I mean, hello Kate Moss! The fashion world loves a fallen angel. As for Robert, he looks like a Teddy Bear. I just worry about how difficult the transition from doll clothes to people clothes is proving for him. I mean, doll clothes are HARD to make, no lie. But female bodies aren't easy to dress well. I'm rooting for him, if only because he and Kayne are ADORABLE buds.

And HURRAH for you knowing what I meant with the sewing!! Even with double needles, it's so hard. And hers were PRISTINE. I was amazed by that whore outfit from the doggie challenge. Mostly because OH MY GOD, ENOUGH WITH THE POUFS, but also because that bodice was FLAWLESS. I don't want her to be good. :)

YAY FOR LINKS!! *hearts you tunz, underline!!*
lettered
Aug. 4th, 2006 09:11 am (UTC)
I'm not watching as it airs, but right now I'm watching S2. Project Runway, I mean. Why is it so addictive? Anyway the winner has a boutique in Houston right by my university so now I have to check it out.

And I'm with Lee; Heidi is the cutest.

I hope your day today went better than it sounds.

I hate you for getting Carly on my head at 4 a.m.
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