Exhaustion and Star Wars

This week I’ve felt like sleep is something other people do and I only have the scant privilege of experiencing on occasion.

tuesday

Tuesday: Everlane sweater and Sacai Luck pants.

wednesday

Wednesday: Banana Republic top and Yohji Yamamoto pants.

thursday

Thursday: Everlane top and Brass Clothing pants.

friday

Fri-yay: J Crew top and Grana jeans while drinking my favorite cocktail.

First and foremost, the cocktail in today’s photo:

Blackout Manhattan: 1 oz Rye, 1 oz Pims, 1 oz Averna – dashes of orange and walnut bitters with a dirty cherry.

I’ve made many variations of this drink. Today I used my husband’s bourbon because I’m out of Rye whisky. The “dirty cherry” is just a Bada Bing cherry, which you can get in a jar from the grocery store. It’s not one of those disgusting Maraschino cherries that taste like plastic. These are real cherries brined in syrup. Orange bitters are easy to find at most liquor stores and even some grocery stores, walnut bitters can easily be found on Amazon, which is where I got mine.

Also, I want to note that two blogs I follow had amazing posts this week:

Work from Home Wardrobe – Navel gazes and I found myself nodding: It’s as issue that aging women all deal with but rarely talk about. I want to hear from more women about this. This also had me thinking: what the hell does “aging gracefully” even mean? Discuss.

Dr It Girl  – The misogyny of minimalism – I was fist pumping about this. It’s SO TRUE.

This week I’ve feel pulled in twenty different directions. Finish shopping for the holidays, get house prepped for 2 weeks of guests, social engagements, work being… WORK and then some…

Wednesday night after dinner I was driving around to stores for a few things thinking the crowds wouldn’t be bad. Wow was I wrong. Anyway, I was standing in line at Macy’s to get a few gifts and a couple near me were also buying gifts and the woman asked if I found really soft PJs because she saw me looking in the same stacks they were. Then she and her husband were trying to figure out if they bought enough just to use a 15% off coupon and realized they didn’t so she got upset and said that holiday shopping was nothing but a racket to make people buy more junk. I smiled at that and enjoyed their bantering on the subject. She was overjoyed one minute at finding a nice present for her daughter but then cursing holiday shopping the next minute. Holiday shopping really brings out extremes in people.

Last night the hubs and I met up with a group of friends to go see Star Wars. Non-spoiler-very-generic-review: it was good, but I felt it didn’t throw the emotional punches it could have to make it great. The dialogue had me wondering if they got Lucas to write parts of it (that’s a sarcastic way of saying it felt very stilted). There was a lot of comedy in it as well that felt a little out of place – like it was trying to be a Marvel movie. In general I did enjoy it a lot and was glad I got to see it opening night. I know there are lots of people who hate movie crowds and such, but some movies really are better when you experience them with a large crowd of like-minded fans who all “AHHHHHH” and “Awwwww” and gasp and cheer at the same time. Mark Hamil does a lot of voice-over work and is famously known for his Joker voice he’s done for the Batman cartoon series for so long ( and all the video games – Arkham Asylum, etc..) so when I first heard him on screen all I could think is: the Joker is a Jedi! It took me a while to adjust and hear him as Luke Skywalker instead of waiting for a cackling laugh a la Joker style.

3 thoughts on “Exhaustion and Star Wars”

  1. I want to start an all female thrash band called Crepe Neck Speed just ’cause I am finally getting a crepey neck. I mean, I get it and why it’s supposed to be bad. It’s a total shock when I notice it sometimes and part of me wants to grown my short bob in to “lob” length to hide it — but mostly that’s for laziness because I don’t like to shave the back of my neck as bob upkeep and also I’d like to be able to tie it back. I am also favorable to young people calling me “m’am” though. My bf heard a girl say “M’am, I really love your blue glasses” and I was like, “Why thank you” (the “whippersnapper” was silent). Like, I’m in my 40’s – I deserve respect! You BETTER m’am me, young lady!

    I totally agree re the corny comedy in the new Star Wars. I didn’t realize this one had a new director until someone told me. It was a little hokey for my taste.

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    1. That is hilarious! I used to hide my neck with hair too, but I keep my hair really short now so I’ve had to just suck it up and deal with it – and wear lots of turtlenecks….

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  2. Thanks for the link – unfortunately, I could talk about “aging gracefully” for days on end…

    Your blackout manhattan sounds delicious. Every time I have a great cocktail at a bar or restaurant, I resolve to add bitters and other flavored liqueurs to my cabinet at home – but I always forget to seek them out. So instead I have the basics, which are not enough to make an interesting cocktail. (I even have a small bottle of Pernod wasting space until I buy the rest of the ingredients to try making a sazerac at home).

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