‘Downton Abbey’ s5e3 – Paging Dr. Clarkson

25 Jan

So, Mary. Where are all your sketches?

Tony & Mary’s weekend special turns out to be almost a week of being seen together all over Cheshire. None other than Spratt himself comes to Liverpool just in time to see them depart the hotel together. But nobody knows, right? The smashing good fun is watching Granny’s mini-stroke when Spratt tells her. Paging Dr. Clarkson! The composure it takes to come up with such an adequate lie so quickly and deliver it so sweetly…the woman is a diabolical genius. Granny manages to actually turn it around so that Spratt feels embarrassed for even knowing about it, and when Mary arrives for a little chat, Granny slides behind Spratt to let him ask Mary how Liverpool was. My sides still hurt from laughing at Mary’s turn to have a mini-stroke. Almost makes up for the nausea I had watching Mary use Tony like he’s a dish towel. Just wait till she throws over Tony, and he goes (unknowingly) to Sir Richard Carlisle seeking retribution for it. I predict that Mary will be taking the same boat to America as Tom. Continue reading

‘Downton Abbey’ s5e2 – Widowed future countesses just wanna have fun

18 Jan

I hope you’re keeping up with technology. Things keep changing so much over the decades, so here’s a handy-dandy guide to keep you from getting confused:

British radio, or “thief of life” = Wireless
Having no wire = Wireless
Cellular phone or broadband = Wireless

Phew. That’s much better.

A few days ago I was watching a different period show where the characters started talking about “getting their mojo back.” One of the things I love most about Downton Abbey is the beautiful attention to detail in every aspect of production. It’s like Ralph Lauren’s philosophy that we get to hear every week before the show is taken straight from the production team. It’s not something that happens very often, and I just had to give kudos where they were due. Continue reading

‘Picture Shows & Petticoats’ DAs5e1 – The one where Elizabeth is Latin…or Irish

14 Jan

‘Downton Abbey’ s5e1 – Is Molesley Latin? Or Irish?

13 Jan

With most other tv shows, the time between seasons means awkward new hairdos and a very different look to the characters when a new season resumes, even if no time at all has gone by in their fictional world. But though it’s been almost a year since we were last at Downton, once again the transition to a new season is absolutely flawless. It’s like we never left. I love this show. Continue reading

My new favorite things…just in time for winter

9 Nov

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Desperation has led me to a wealth of glorious awesomeness, and I must share. My skin is always dry, but last winter it was way past dry…cracking and bleeding every day and nearly every time I touched anything. I’ve tried Neutrogena, Bath & Body Works, Jergens, Vaseline and a host of other over-the-counter products. I’ve tried eating lots of olive oil and avocados and berries and reducing carbs and hormone supplements. But no luck. I was miserable and desperate to find a cure and asking God to provide the answer I needed.

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Revelations from a snoring dog

8 Nov

So the other night I switch off the lights and I’m trying to snuggle down into blissful sleep when my dog starts snoring louder than a 747 at take-off. Continue reading

Two more glamorous cross-posts

7 Nov

I’ve recently written two other pieces for the fabulous fashion blog over at West 38th Street. Fashion shows are so much more fun when they’re for a good cause! (Click the links for the full articles…extra pics & link luv posted below.)

CACHE’ RULES THE RUNWAY AT THE OKC KINGS & QUEENS FASHION SHOW

YWCA of Oklahoma City Continue reading

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