Ya got that vibeology, that V-I-B-E-ology

Ya got that vibeology, that V-I-B-E-ology

Say twaaaat? Two RuPaul’s Drag Race blog entries two days in a ROW? I couldn’t resist. Why just today I was recommending this show to one of my patients, who told me that she “loves drag queens”. She cited “Kinky Boots” as a favorite movie, so it seemed necessary to tell her about the best reality show EVER: RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Last night we watched Episode 9 of Season 6: “Queens of Talk”, featuring guest judges Georgia Holt (Cher’s mother!), Chaz Bono, and Paula Abdul. The queens had to host a talk show and interview Georgia and Chaz. The best interviewers turned out to be BenDeLaCreme and Courtney Act, who showed interest in both her interviewees (and empathy!), didn’t appear nervous at all, and rightly won the challenge.

Highlights included RuPaul’s faaaaabulous 1960′s-esque final runway outfit (loved it loved it loved it), Darienne Lake’s awful elephant outfit (why was she not read for those damn tusk earrings already?), Paula’s immobile face, and a new term to add to your Drag Vocab: “meaty tuck“. The final lip sync was between Jocelyn and Trinity to Paula’s “Vibeology” (which has been stuck in my head ever since), and it was an AMAZING lip sync.  In the end it was Trinity who got the boot, which I had been anticipating for the last couple of weeks anyway…although I must say, her animal-inspired runway outfit was fierce.

Phew! It gave me great pleasure to recommend this show to someone today…she even took notes! Probably the highlight of the day…today at work was a little stressful. Eh, some coffee, a little dog walk, Blogilates and Mulligatawny soup tonight and I’ll be ready for Friday tomorrow. Friday already, good grief! This next week is going to FLY.

Join me tomorrow and hopefully I’ll be posting the gorgeous tulip photos from last weekend.

Funny Girl (s)

Funny Girl (s)

Hola squirrelfriends, welcome to another Lizzy recap of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Season 6 episode 8: “Drag Queens of Comedy”. The queens write and perform a stand-up bit for an audience made up of random geriatrics, the usual panel of judges, and guest judges Bruce Vilanch and Jamie Pressly (whenever I see Jamie I always think of her “My Name is Earl” character drawling “The wide wide world of webs“).

Notables for this episode include LaGanga’s COMPLETELY over-the-top runway/stand-up outfit and bit (“They’re drag queens–what do you expect?” pointed out my husband) and eventual (spoiler alert!) dismissal. Thank the Lord, because she was getting reeeeeaally annoying. I expected to be bored to death by Trinity’s stand-up but lo and behold, she pulled it off! And I loved her little Asian dress. Fabulous. Bianca Del Rio blew EVERYONE else away in the stand-up challenge, but else would you expect? I loved her runway/stand-up outfit too–a towering orange wig, fabulous 60′s-esque dress and neon orange eyeshadow. It was all working for me, Miss Rio!

Apparently we’re behind–I noticed last night episode 9 has also been posted, so perhaps I will watch that tonight and post my recap tomorrow. I’d like to watch it right now but I have to wait for Joshy. We do these things together.

Today is rainy and blustery–a perfect day for an indoor jog on the treadmill. Of course I still have to figure out something to do with these pets. Someone at work today said, “It’s been driving me crazy…you look so familiar. I know this sounds weird but…were you ever a Scottish dancer?”

Pretty random, but I took it as a compliment. She added something about the way that I carry my body, and I told her that ever since I started doing Pilates I’ve noticed a real change in my posture: I don’t slouch as much! My spine is straighter! This was the first time someone pointed it out to me, and it made me feel good. Maybe all the Pilates has been reversing my slouchy computer posture…that would be grrrrreat. Thanks Blogilates!

The Electric Palette is bold and beautiful!

The Electric Palette is bold and beautiful!

Something very exciting showed up in my mailbox on Friday! Urban Decay’s faaabulous new “Electric” eyeshadow palette. Ooh baby baby ooh. I was on the fence about it, but then Sephora conveniently had a 15% off coupon and after an encouraging text message from the Broad (“You hardly ever buy eyeshadow–won’t it be nice to take to Hawaii”?) I WENT FOR IT.

Urban Decay Electric palette
And boy was I glad I did. Just look at those colors!

Electric palette close-up
Mind you, I did read online that four of the colors–the neon pink, orange, glitter pink and purple–are not recommended to use around your “immediate” eye area, which is definitely a turn-off. Then I remembered all the years I doused my immediate eye area in craft glitter and figured eh, I’ll work around it…

Electric test
…so I smeared the unsafe ones ABOVE my immediate eye area. There was definitely a little staining the next day, but soap and baby wipes removed it. Now, my eyes actually have been bothering me since I removed my contacts yesterday, but I suspect it’s from the sunscreen/sunshine/being outside all day long + allergies combo I had going on yesterday, and not the eyeshadow. Just to be on the safe side, however, I thoroughly washed my eyeshadow brushes.

Electric glide
The beauty of the colors got me so excited I had to put on my neon floral vintage pantsuit and bop around the house! I even made a little Instagram video declaring my love for the Electric palette. Mawwwww.

floral jumpsuit
I had Joshy take a couple of “action” shots. The inspirational power of a neon eyeshadow palette, eh? Good Times!

Josh and I attended the Tulip Festival yesterday and then had a glorious afternoon at Marymoor Park…more about that later, including lots of beautiful tulip photos. Right now it’s time to run with the dogs outside. Sunshine is calling!

Holly Woodlawn, psychedelic scenes and nature

Holly Woodlawn, psychedelic scenes and nature

Holly in progress
Current painting in progress: Holly Woodlawn, the 4th painting in my Factory series (first was Edie, then Jackie, then Candy). I’m looking forward to having time this weekend to spend on ol’ Holly here. To Glitter or not to Glitter? That is the question. Christopher says no, I say yes, because why on earth not? Sparkle, Neely. He encouraged me to do a nice Pucci-esque, psychedelic pattern on her shirt, which I completely agree with. I’ve always loved Pucci.

Don Draper about to get psychedelic
Speaking of psychedelic, here’s Don Draper looking extremely out of place at this fabulous trippy rich hippie party on “Mad Men”. Season 6 is SO GOOD. I was kind of losing interest for a couple of seasons back there but now I’m riveted again.

“This is what my ultimate dream party would have looked like when I was in my 20′s,” I said to Josh about this scene. Gladiator sandals? Mod babydoll dresses? Big hair and even bigger false eyelashes? Exciting, giant hookah puffs? Oooh yeah. I’ll still take the fashion, but skip the hookah now. Cough.

Speaking of coughing, I finally removed that youtube video wherin I’m smoking my last vanilla cigarette. It was my most popular video of all time, but I quit smoking 4 years ago, and really don’t need to encourage that kind of attention any more.

woods portrait
I suppose this is more my scene now: raincoat, pockets full of doggy poop sacks and lipbalm and a handkerchief for my perpetually drippy nose…

over the bridge and far away
…with my three furry family members along for the ride. Er, walk.

man on a bridge
Dear Seattle weekend weather: I’m not asking for a lot, mang. Just a couple hours of sunshine would be fab. ONE OR TWO EVEN.

Josh and BC at the park
Joshy looking cute. Last night I watched “In Dreams” for the first time while Josh finished up our taxes, and Robert Downey Jr.’s psychotic killer character wears a long-sleeved top JUST like the one Josh has on in this photo. “In Dreams” came out in ’99, that’s probably how long Josh has kept that shirt. When both members of the family are clothing packrats, there tends to not be a lot of closet room. The Dream: a massive walk-in closet. Some dayyyyyy…

happy Cub
I’m about to have my afternoon pre-dogpark coffee. Today is my running day–I like to alternate Blogilates with running days so I hurt all over my body, instead of just one or two places. I even bought a newfangled fanny pack–it’s called a “hip pack”, but we all know the truth! FANNY PACK FANNY PACK! It’s black and just large enough to hold my iphone and my car key fob. I haven’t tried it out yet, but I suspect it will be far better than my purse hanging down and slapping my ass every time I go for a run.

giant yellow lilies
A closer look at the giant yellow lilies I always see at the park these days. They stink, but they’re so cool-looking!

Ooh ooh! In the time it took the compose this blog entry the clouds are starting to part. Time to go chase down that sunshine! Have a marvelous weekend blog-logs.

Covergirl! Put the bass in your walk

Covergirl! Put the bass in your walk

Hey gurl heyyyy. It’s time for another episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race: “Glamazon by Colorevolution”. The queens had to pair up and make a video schilling RuPaul’s line of cosmetics! Notable notables for this episode include RuPaul’s amazing rainbow dress on the final runway…not to mention his neon eye make-up was to DIE for. Speaking of neon make-up, Corinne peer-supported me into buying Urban Decay’s new Electric neon palette and I can’t WAIT for it to arrive, oh mannnnn the fun I’m gonna have with that baby!

Ahem, back to the episode. Courtney Act dons a fabulous glitter-saturated Klaus Nomi-inspired outfit for the final runway featuring an oversized rainbow glitter fish as part of the ensemble and earns points for “not relying on pretty!” (I guess), my Seattle fave Ben DeLaCreme pairs up with bitchy Darienne Lake for the lip sync, SHOULD HAVE WON, gets kicked off but thank God, RuPaul changes his mind at the last second and keeps him on. GOOD MOVE RUPAUL. Why is Trinity still on the show again? Hey, don’t I say that every week? Uh huh uh huh.

I don’t like Darienne’s bitchface and mean comments but you gotta agree that she was COMPLETELY channeling Dawn French in French and Saunder’s “8 1/2″ spoof last night in her commercial, good grief. Joshy and I had to watch a little French and Saunders after we finished “Untucked”…I actually stayed up until midnight (gasp!) last night but it was worth it.

We also had a howl at the ever-classic French and Saunders spoof of “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” If you’ve never seen it before, dear blogreader, ENJOY. Hysterical.

I’ve got Hawaii on my mind

I’ve got Hawaii on my mind

trying out some cat-eye sunglasses
Trying on some cat-eye sunglasses at T@rget (I pronounce it “Tar-jay” just to be obnoxious.). Every time I go to Tar-jay I remember that I dislike it, but somehow I got suckered into thinking it might be a good place to stock up on a couple of items for Hawaii: cheap sunglasses, a sunhat, maybe some shorts. Josh came with me and we spent a little time in the men’s section trying on shorts. Why do they make women’s shorts so stinkin’ short? What about a nice Bermuda length? I discovered in men’s sizing that a 32 waist is too large for me and 30 is a smidge too small, so I didn’t buy any shorts.

orange sports bra success
I did, however, buy this cute little reversible sports bra, because I’m always needing more sports bras. I love reversible clothing. Maybe I was attracted to the orange color because of the hat I was wearing that day (thanks for the hat, Kissy!).

Mad Men bikini bottoms
We started Season 6 of “Mad Men” recently, and lo and behold, the first episode starts out with Don and Megan in Hawaii! Talk about perfect timing. I had just purchased my paisley bikini from “Victoria’s Secret” too, and when Megan’s adorable bikini popped up on the screen I howled “THAT’S THE PERFECT BIKINI!” Unghf, I love vintage swimwear. Modcloth: take some tips.

Joshy tries out the pink fuschia armchair
After yet another unsuccessful trip to Tar-jay we ambled over to Cost Plus, which is always a good time. I needed to pick up a couple of nice thank-you cards: one for my old boss, and one for my new boss, and Cost Plus has an excellent card selection. Not to mention browsing is always fun. This fuchsia armchair caught my eye.

fuchsia armchair
Oh yeah. I’d do it. 300 bucks? Reasonable. And that cuh-luh!

Superfuzz beer
Josh perused the fancy beer offerings. The “Superfuzz” label caught my eye. I bought some blood orange flavored Pellegrino for myself. Mmmm. They had an enormous Easter section which triggered my desire to eat a Cadbury egg, but when I inquired if they had any, they told me no. Easter without Cadbury eggs? Inconceivable.

pretty plate set
We’ve been talking about getting a nice “grown up” (ie: matching) set of plates for a long time, but never seem to agree on a pattern. I thought these floral plates were nice. Who wants white? BORING.

I had some assistance at work today so I’m done a little earlier than usual. Thanks to Midol and the coffee I’m about to glorp down, taking the rogs for exercise should be manageable. Had a nice phone conversation with Brenna about Joshy’s upcoming birthday on the 21st: the old man is turning FORTY. 4-0. I’m having more difficulty processing it than he is.

“Do we need to watch the “Ab Fab” episode where Eddie turns 40 so that I feel better about it?” I said to him. I think we do! After all, it contains one of my favorite Ab Fab quotes:

Eddie: [on turning 40] This is something that is happening to me. This is something that I’ve got to deal with, alright. I’m sorry if that sounds selfish, but it’s me, me, me!

Never gets old.

Corinne’s Kitty Camelot

Corinne’s Kitty Camelot

Maggie loves Auntie Corinne
Hey blerg. I took the girls to visit Auntie Corinne last week–it had been tooooo looooong, and I missed her. Here’s Maggie giving Corinne a little doglove. I had the dogs in her backyard, and later on when I let them into the house Corinne kindly put Novocaine in the guest room (now Cat Room). We wish our animals got along, but they really don’t.

Novacaine and cat playground
Corinne’s roommate got married and moved out, and her place is now a Kitty Camelot (or Pussy Palace)…totally devoted to her cats. A cat playground on the living room floor, a kitty water fountain in the kitchen…

Corinne's custom cat tower
…a custom-ordered kitty climbing tree near the back door…

kitty garden
…special cat “gardens” on the windowsill, including a separate container for wheatgrass.

“Do you eat the wheatgrass?” I asked her.

Novacaine is handsome
Nope, it’s reserved for this dude right here. Novocaine is spoiled rotten. As someone who spoils their own pets to the point of driving them to Dairy Queen for “dog cones”, I completely understand this behavior.

Not pictured: Matilda, her new addition, a rescue kitty still recovering from the trauma of being at a shelter and getting fixed right before Corinne brought her home. Matilda mostly resides in the Cat Room, under a futon. I attempted a photo (without the flash–animals hate that) and it turned out as a black schmear. Heigh ho. I’m sure she’ll come around.

hippie hat
Her roommate left this cute little sequined hippie hat behind. Score!

I officially started my new job today! I started early this morning and was able to get off work early enough to enjoy the fabulous sunny, clear skies with my pets today. Josh is out back poisoning the dandelions, so the girls are now inside with me. I’m planning on hacking great big hunks of fur off of Bear Cub at some point today. Homemade jambalaya for dinner tonight, from a recipe I grabbed from “Allrecipes”. Mmmmmm.

On Kurt Cobain, 20 years after his death

On Kurt Cobain, 20 years after his death

Kurt Cobain
I just spent a good chunk of time this morning rifling through my old sketchbooks, trying to find the pencil drawing I did of Kurt when I was a teenager, the source photo being this famous shot of him from “Unplugged”. I was not successful, but it was fun traveling back through my teenage drawings. Note to self: more drawing.

I remember buying my very first c.d.’s through one of those c.d buying clubs as a young teenager. I don’t remember every c.d. I purchased in that first batch, but the ones I do recall included “Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits”, “The Best of the Doors”, Guns ‘n’ Roses “Use Your Illusion I” (I used to headbang to that one getting ready to go candy stripe at the hospital–memories!), and of course, the most important and definitive album of my teen years: “In Utero” by Nirvana.

My mother must have picked up the liner notes and read them one day, or perhaps she just looked at the song titles, but she definitely did NOT approve of the song “Rape Me” (this was also, incidentally, the first song I taught myself how to play on the guitar). I accompanied her to the nearby high school track we often walked at and watched her dump “In Utero” in the trash, along with the Guns ‘n’ Roses c.d. for good measure (maybe she didn’t like the song title “Back Off Bitch“?). Of course my mother didn’t realize that I made about 4 tape-recordings of each c.d. before this was accomplished (clever girl!) so I could still listen to “In Utero” over and over and over again. Even now I have the entire album memorized. I would kill at Nirvana karaoke.

When Kurt died 20 years ago this day, I was only 14 years old, and just getting into Nirvana. I had just started my obsession. His death just made me more obsessed. I lovingly recreated his image on paper, with pencils and markers. I bought some crappy old jeans from one of the thrift stores I was always shopping at and dubbed them my “Kurt Jeans” (and I still have them).

Kurt Cobain jeans
Wearing my Kurt Jeans last October, to paint in.

I saved magazine and newspaper clippings in a giant manila envelope, stuffed under my bed…which I eventually traded to my cousin Erika for a pair of her mother’s vintage wooden disco heels. Erika was always more into Courtney; but my love…my love was strictly reserved for Kurt.

cobain unseen book
Christmas gift from Josh, 2008.

Kurt was far too delicate for this world, certainly too delicate for the enormous fame that Nirvana reached so quickly. He was sensitive and sweet and an artist and a feminist. Now that I live in Seattle, the rainy days make Nirvana sound that much better. Yesterday my favorite local radio station KEXP did a day-long tribute to Nirvana. I heard “Radio Friendly Unit Shifter”, a title from “In Utero”, on the way to work and teared up a bit right here:

Hate, hate your enemies
Save, save your friends
Find, find your place
Speak, speak the truth

…even at 7 o’clock in the morning, 20 years later, that album still has an emotional grip on me. I can’t say the same for most of the other music I listened to during that time period…Alanis Morissette? Nope. Nine Inch Nails? Great at the time, but I don’t listen to them any more. Ah Kurt. I can’t believe it’s been 20 years.

Today I plan on listening to at least TWO Nirvana albums (care to guess which ones?), donning my Kurt Jeans and perhaps some oversized, round sunglasses, if the sun comes out. Fitting that it’s raining today.

Andrew in drag, nature photos, and work news

Andrew in drag, nature photos, and work news

I suppose all that March rain is good for somethin
The only girl I ever loved is Andrew in drag
That song has been rotating in my head ever since I popped on FB a moment ago to see Josh’s cousin’s new profile picture–in full drag. I admire his stromph. I commented “WERK”. Maybe someday he’ll be a contestant on my favorite reality show of all time! Yay!

Saw a nice rainbow on our walk today
The new part for our broken treadmill came 5 days early, and Josh is currently fixing the treadmill. I’m scared that it’s not going to work out, so I’m doing my best to not pester him while he works. FINGERS CROSSED. I need to be training for “The Color Run” next month! It will be our 3rd Color Run. I plan on really going over-the-top this year with my outfit. I’m thinking neon fishnets, hair chalk…hair chalk would be fun! I mean, I’m already going to be blasted with colored powder, why not start with rainbow hair?

Cartoon-like giant yellow lilies.
Josh pointed out these giant, cartoon-like yellow lilies on a hike last weekend. I saw them again today when I took the dogs for a jog/walk at the park. I’d like to bring my real camera to the park and get some nice close-up shots of them–they are very unusual-looking.

Maggie enjoying some grass near a patch of purple clover.
Another week of work complete, and I officially got hired today, which means my new job will start Monday. No more temping! No more week or month-long stretches without a job! No more having to do an hour-long commute through downtown Seattle! I am so relieved. This has been a long, loooooong time coming.

The sandals in #delias are cute right now. I never need more sandals, but I can't stop buying them...
Looking at fondly, but not purchasing, cute little sandals from Delias. The only item I’ve bought in preparation for our Kauai trip is a new bikini…I’ve stockpiled sunglasses, sandals, and dresses over many, many years…what else do I even need, really? Maybe a new pair of shorts. I’m tempted to bring a bunch of my pettipants to Kauai and remove them from the store. It’s not like they’re selling like hotcakes, and they all fit me.

Matchy goodness: floral nail stickers + paisley bikini.
Two beauty treatments that I am getting before Kauai, however, include eyelash extensions and nail shellac. Beauty without maintenance is best for a tropical vacation.

Maggie meets an adorable new puppy friend. Couldn't you just...? ❤️❤️
PUPPIES! Never gets old. I am so happy the parks department built that new dogpark…we have such good times!

Ohhhhh I think we’re going to the Mongolian Grill for dinner tonight. Mmmmm. Stay tuned for my “Remembering Kurt Cobain” post tomorrow–April 5th, 2014 is the 20 year anniversary of his death. KEXP has been playing wonderful Nirvana and Nirvana-influenced songs all day, and it’s making me nostalgic. In a good way.

Reading is Fundamental

Reading is Fundamental

Hello Hello Hello! (I have to restrain myself at work sometimes from using that greeting in RuPaul’s voice). Welcome to Season 6, episode 6: “Oh No She Better Don’t”, featuring one of my favorite “Drag Race” traditions: The Library is Open! (because reading is what? Fundamental). My top quote this season came from who else? Bianca Del Rio, of course!

Bianca Del Rio: Joslyn Fox? She’s so gay, even her asshole has a lisp.

BAH HA HA that’s one to remember! Special guest judges included Trina and Eve, and the challenge was to star in a 90′s inspired rap video. Queens rapping in obnoxious 90′s-esque outfits? YES MA’AM! This episode is notable for Courtney Act’s glamorous sleep inspired final runway outfit, Adore pretty much killing it in the rap video, Darienne Lake being mean to Ben DeLaCreme which I do NOT APPROVE OF ONE BIT, and finally…I have to put a spoiler here: MILK IS ELIMINATED. Before Trinity, you say? How could such a thing be? Maybe RuPaul fell for Trinity’s fabulous Naomi Campbell-does-acid in the 1960′s-neon final look, because her lip sync wasn’t anything to write home about. Ah well. Milk, you’re a total weirdo and I love ya. That Pinocchio nose was Next Level Drag, dahling!

In other news, I’m 99.9999% sure I just got hired to work full-time at the job I’ve been temping for the last few months, so I am EXTREMELY happy about that! Finally! It has happened to me. Today: a little jog with the pets, and then later: “Coneheads” from Netflix. It was on the “saved” list for a shocking amount of time…I wonder if it’s as funny as I remember?