1. I had a totally squealing fangirl moment when I saw that Carol Burnett is going to be guesting on Glee this season as Sue Sylvester’s mother. OH MY GOD! I love, love, Carol Burnett, grew up watching her variety show after school, and just finished listening to her memoir, This Time Together. Okay, so I’m a little obsessed. But she is HILARIOUS and I can’t wait to see what they do with her. If you don’t know much about Miss Burnett, go over to YouTube and do a search, especially of the bloopers from her show. Hilarious. Glee, I so heart you.
2. I’m on a short hiatus from writing, waiting to jump back into my revision, so I’m spending some time watching documentaries, which feed my brain like books do. I guess if I’m not writing a story I want to be experiencing them. Anyway, today I saw Homeless: The Motel Kids of Orange County, which was just so heartbreaking. It’s all about the families that can’t afford housing in the O.C. and so live in motels week to week or month to month, in unsafe conditions with so little food or money. Such a contrast to the Real Housewives of the O.C., like a heaven and hell or something, a dream and a reality. Fancy women who lunch, children who have no dinner. The world is tough. I think I better start writing again, because these documentaries are making me seriously depressed, even as they make me think.
3. My daughter is getting to the age where she’s asking a lot of questions. Normally, I can answer them, i.e. Where is my giraffe? or Can I have a cookie for dinner? Today, though, we were looking at some old pictures. “Where am I?” she asked, and I told her she wasn’t born yet. Easy enough. But then she said, “Where was I before I was born?” and I was completely stuck. I stuttered something about how I didn’t know but she was here now and I was SO glad. Not the perfect answer, but something. Man, I thought the sleep thing was hard. Now we’re getting existential. Whoa.
4. I know I already wrote about the new show with Santino Rice and Austin Scarlett, after Project Runway on Lifetime, but I just have to say I am TOTALLY in love with it. Mostly this is because of Austin Scarlett, who is just this delicate flower of a person, so adorable and funny and I just want him to come here and make me over or have tea with me or just watch Bravo shows and talk back to the TV. I’ve only seen the first episode so far, but it was this sweet mix of fashion and heart and even Santino didn’t come off as a big jerk, which just made it all that better. They made a cowgirl a gingham ball gown. How can you not love that? I dare you not to.
5. We’re now at about ten days and counting before what I am calling The Great Disruption, also known as getting our floors refinished. This is a big deal. My husband has been wanting to do it for years, but always got voted down because it will be, well, a great disruption. We have to move out all the furniture from the first floor, then decamp with toddler and two unruly dogs for five days. Dear God. Of course, I was like, “Let’s go to the beach!” but with the dogs and babysitter schedules and everything else it’s not happening. Instead, we are moving into town to stay at my parents’ house, which will be either wonderfully nostalgic or totally regressive, depending on what day you ask me. I WISH there was a better way to do this, but we’ve thought about every angle and we can’t come up with one. I’ve decided to look at it as a grand adventure, like a staycation. We can get takeout! Walk to Whole Foods! With both dogs…and toddler….oh, dear. Give me strength.