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You have one of these? Cuz I sure as hell don’t!!

You know… whenever you think it’s too good to be true, right?

Okay.. so let’s do some catch up first:

Weed :: who really should be renamed “deadbeat” :: was in jail when T3 :: who I sometimes call “Timbo” :: was born.

He was released from jail while the baby was still in NICU :: withdrawing from FUCKING HEROIN, mind you :: and if memory serves, went up to the hospital.. um.. twice??

He proceeded to sofa surf.. wound up back in jail.. then into rehab.. then back to sofa surfing.. got a job that last all of 2 days :: because OH! He’s not “.. fit for manual labor” :: … did some more sofa surfing until the tide ran dry.. went back to rehab.. then to a half way house.. and now resides in a sober house about 40 miles north east of where I live.

Phew.. I get exhausted just trying remember this shit!

Anyway.. since the baby has been home with us, he’s seen him about 6 times in 18 MONTHS. Doesn’t help out financially… doesn’t even call and ask how he’s doing. In fact, when he was over for Thanksgiving dinner :: not my idea and that counts as visit 5 of the 6 :: he never once expressed gratitude that the son he called begging and pleading not to become a ward of the state was right there in the middle of the room being supported and raised by me and Chief.

AND, on Christmans :: visit 6 of 6 :: he didn’t so much as bring the kid a dollar store teddy bear even though he “supposedly” is working. Because if there’s one thing the sober house did that Chief didn’t.. was force the kid to get a job to earn his keep.

With both Weed and Bubba, you never heard from them unless they need something. While this doesn’t bother Chief.. it bugs the shit out of me. And it really doesn’t have anything to do with the fact that I’m the only one working.. it has more to do with respect.

Another post for another time.

So the fact that we don’t hear from Weed at all actually makes my life easier.

But y’all know that wasn’t going to last for long.

Last night, Weed calls Chief. The two things I hear Chief say is “… what’s going on” and “.. yknow i’m not working, right?”

And that really is all I need to hear because I know then that somehow, someway, this is going to cost me money. The big question is how much and what it’s for.

See, there’s a reason why they call Chief and ask. Me? I wouldn’t be able to get HELL NO out fast enough.

So Chief talks to him for a few minutes and tells him he’ll call him back.

He walks past me on the couch.. goes into the kitchen.. starts making a cup of coffee.. I purposely ask him if he wanted to watch a movie.. he said he didn’t care.. and then silence.. silence.. silence.. silence.. silence…

I know what he’s doing.. he’s trying to figure out the best way to ask me to give Weed money because he feels embarrassed and awkward and feels like he’s put in a bad position.

So I flat out ask “.. so what was that all about?”

He tells me that Weed is working but for some reason, hasn’t gotten paid yet. “.. remember he said something about that at Christmas? Huh? Huh? Do ya? Do ya?”

NOTE: everything after “.. at Christmas?” I added using the beauty of poetic licensing

I tell him I didn’t but whatever.

He tells me that Weed is 100.00 short on his rent and if he doesn’t have it by tomorrow afternoon, he’s going to get kicked out. IN! 9! DEGREE! WEATHER!

And of course, I have all these questions that he can’t answer.

Why doesn’t he have his rent? Can’t he explain the paycheck situation with the landlord? Can’t he have the landlord call you? Can’t you give him a money order? Can’t you deposit it right into the landlord’s account? Etc. Etc. Etc.

Believe you me.. I did NOT want to give this kid money. For rent or not. I’m not a fucking bank and I have issues making it from one paycheck to another as it is. I also know that once you get him out of a bind once.. that phone will never stop ringing. I also know that Chief can be a pussy when having to play “bad cop” and so I figured that giving him 100.00 bucks is going to serve 2 purposes.

One, he’s going to be told to not even ask for a used tissue until the money is paid back and two, Chief is never going to grow a pair big enough to ask me again on his behalf.

Not to bore you with the details, but it was THAT kind of conversation.

So Chief calls him back and tells him that we’ll bring him up the money. He wanted to see where he was living :: if it was what he said it was and not a crack den :: AND he wanted to give the money to the house manager. Being that he lived in a house for recovering junkies and got a last minute call for money did anyone THINK it was going into his hands?? Right.

Weed texts me his address and when I asked what time the house manager was going to be there, he replied that he would have to get back to me because the dude wasn’t home from work yet.

Fine.

About 10pm he sends a text that we could go up “anytime” because he had to work and wouldn’t be there.

So now I’m going to drive 40 miles :: did I mention that we were hit with 7 inches of snow, temps not breaking 12 degrees AND I go into severe anxiety when I have to drive in bad weather? :: hand some money to some stranger without Weed being there and that’s ok?

Don’t think so.

Chief calls Weed and is told that he has to work and wouldn’t be back until around 4. Chief tells him that we’re not driving up there that late because we’re victims of a toddler’s schedule … HIS toddler’s schedule .. and we’re not going to be put out all night because the kid falls asleep in the car way before he’s suppose to. So Weed tells him that given the circumstances, he’ll try to get off work early and be at the house around 3.

Whatever.

So this afternoon, around 230-ish, Weed calls Chief and asks him what time we were leaving. Chief tells him that we were just gearing up and should be there in an hour. Weed THEN tells Chief that he’s at his girlfriend’s house :: haven’t thought of a name for her yet but she’s another recovering addict that has a 6 year old son and lives with her parents :: and could we pick him up there?

Are you fucking kidding me?

No. No. No. No. No. HELLS NO.

I get bent.. even Chief gets bent.. and I told Chief that he’s acting like he’s doing US a favor and that WE should be grateful enough to go traveling all over eastern Pennsylvania to give him money.

Get the fuck out of here.

Chief actually put his foot down which was impressive. Finally.

We get to the house and it’s not a crack house.. but it doesn’t look line the Sober House on the Dr. Drew VH1 series, that’s for sure.

The girlfriend was there.. she’s nice enough. So far. And we met the house manager and some of the other recovering junkies that live there.

Chief reverted to a teenager and didn’t act one iota like a pissed off father who drug his wife and grandson 40 miles in bad weather to bail him junkie son out once again so I had to be the bitch and lay down the law regarding money. Again.

I had to be the bitch who made it perfectly clear that his son has no idea who he is AND I was the bitch who put his girlfriend on the spot by asking if the father of her son was in his life. Her answer was no. I asked if it pissed her off. She said it did. I then asked if her son’s father was a deadbeat and it pissed her off then why would she want to date a deadbeat?

It’s no secret that his kids think I’m a bitch so why not take the opportunities when the present themselves?

Unfortunately, we were there a lot longer then I anticipated or hoped to be. Maybe a half hour? Less then an hour? But it was at such a time and weather was the way it was that I couldn’t drive. I didn’t feel safe. So Chief had to drive home.

Did I ever mention how bloody car sick I get when Chief drives?

I literally thought I was going to die.. that hot feeling, stomach flipping up to your throat? I was literally in tears because I just wanted to get off the damn highway but we couldn’t.. it was bumper to bumper the whole way down because guess what?

Eagles’ playoffs.. that’s what and the only way we could get back to our house was to drive right past bloody Lincoln Field.. at prime drive time.

Chief did make sure.. in my ear shot.. to ream Weed out about the money, about not even dreaming of asking for anything again until it’s paid back, and for acting like a complete dick about not being at the house.

Like that’s going to make a difference.

At any rate.. that was my day! How the hell was yours??

 

 

 

Whoosh!

All is right in my world now that Project Runway is back on the air! And the best part of it’s move from Bravo to Lifetime is that IT’S ON DEMAND!!! The good Lord definitely knows what I need to make my life easier… LOL!

Anyway…

So, yknow, with 16 contestants it’s a little hard to keep every detail straight so this post is basically just an introduction to the designers and my first impressions of ’em

NOTE: Other then having an art degree, I have no clue about how the designers do what they do so if you’re looking for some professional criticism or critiques then you came to the wrong damn place!! LOL

So Episode 1’s Challenge is to crate a red carpet dress that shows the designers point of view.

NOTE: After five seasons of the show I still don’t know what the hell “Point Of View” means!!

Guest Judge this epi was Lindsay Lohan who.. well.. didn’t seem as dysfunctional and random as Perez Hilton makes her out to be. Maybe it was the lighting.. dunno.

Althea Harper

Althea Harper

Althea is everything a tall.. good looking 23 year old should be. Cocky as all hell!

Her gown was just ok. It was some silvery – grey satiny number that had some flowery something or other on the bust line that at first, reminded me of something Demi Moore wore to the Oscars like 20 years ago or something.

I really wasn’t that impressed especially after hearing say how incredibly brilliant she is.. but you know, it was the first challenge and I guess nerves worked into the equation. We’ll see how she does. She’s not at the top of my list but really isn’t at the bottom either.

Ari Fish

Ari Fish

Okay.. this Ari chick was nothing short of fucking weird. Alright.. so maybe I shouldn’t have said that but come one.. look at this picture and tell me she doesn’t look like Mia Farrow in “Rosemary’s Baby” meets the Clockwork Orange dude.

She wants to make clothes that are multi-functional.. like a halter top that turns into a tent with water filters and air purifiers built in. Just completely random and strange. I was like.. WTF???

If I remember correctly, she doesn’t have any formal training :: if she does, then I apologize for the error :: and while I really don’t believe that it’s necessary… I really don’t believe that she was selected. I’m certain I heard a collective howl coming from the other designers who tried out and weren’t selected.

Needless to say, her mylar soccer ball looking halter thingy just had people’s head scratching and poor Ari was sent home.

She did have a parting word or two of wisdom :: seriously :: that I thought was very insightful but right now, I can’t remember it. Too late.. not enough caffeine!

Carol Hannah Whitfield

Carol Hannah Whitfield

Carol Hannah is another young girl all filled with piss.. vinegar and confidence. Unfortunately, I don’t think she’s AS talented as Althea but what do I know.

She made this tan-ish gold – ivory dress that from the waist down wasn’t bad.. I just wasn’t too crazy about the corset-y top with the piping stuff all over the place. I think in the preview, she made a number of pieces the same way so maybe that’s her “signature” or maybe :: like Althea :: she had the butterflies and just resorted to something that she knew how to do.

Christopher Straub

Christopher Straub

Okay… I like this dude. I really do and I really hope that he makes it to the end and at least has an opportunity to do a collection for the finale.

I like that he is self trained.. no formal schooling. I like that he doesn’t pretend like he does :: he had asked the other designers about certain terms they used that he hadn’t heard of :: but what I like most about him is that he uses material from Wal-Mart in real life to create his designs. To me, it only proves that you don’t have to have a lot of money to either build your dream or in the case of one of his dresses… buy your dream.

He got emotional when his dress appeared on the runway and I don’t blame him… it was a big deal and I can appreciate that.

He also won .. and has immunity for next week. TEAM CHRIS!

Epperson

Epperson

I truly like this dude. He’s just so calm and serene and laid back and so NOT about the drama.

He’s just a real cool cat.

He definitely has talent.. but I wasn’t feeling this particular dress. I liked the plumy color but wasn’t too thrilled about all the scarf action happening at the neck.

At any rate.. I hope he does well. I also hope that he goes far enough so that his world changes for the better and he gets to have his own line or whatever it is he wants to do.

Gordana Gehlhausen

Gordana Gehlhausen

Ok.

This chick scares the hell out of me.

She reminds me a Nazi matron that yells YOU VILL LIKE MY DREVESS while hitting you with a riding crop.

I did like some of the designs they showed from her shop but what she created on the runway for this episode was just “eh”.

Looks nothing like the design she sketched which is a shame because I liked the sketch better then the actual dress.

She always looks miserable though and I can count on some kind of drama with her this season

Irina Shabayeva

Irina Shabayeva

My jury is still out on Irina.

I did like the dress she created.. it was a neutral lace sleeveless top with a deep decolletage over a satin skirt of the same color. A black sash belt made it pop and to me, it just moved like water.

Don’t know whether or not I like her personality or not but realistically, it’s about her talent so I guess I can’t say too much.

She does have a dog so really.. how bad can she be??

Johnny Sakalis

Johnny Sakalis

Ok.

I like Johnny.

I REALLY like Johnny.. even though he has a penchant for flip flops and that’s just wrong but anyway…

Johnny had a rough time this episode. He’s a recovering meth head and I give him all the props for turning his life around.. but I guess being in the high pressure situation he was started playing with his head. I felt bad for him.

I kind of figured that if Bravo went so much into detail about his melt down then Johnny was going to shine and he did. I wasn’t too crazy about the bubble hem but everything else was sexy as hell and if I had the body to wear it, I’d scoop it up today.

I hope he does well. I really do.

Logan Neitzel

Logan Neitzel

Dunno how I feel about Logan.

Ok, I guess.

I wasn’t exactly godsmack at his designs in the preview and wasn’t really impressed with the two tone gown he designed for the runway.

But we’ll see… there’s still a lot of show to go.

Louise Black

Louise Black

Weezy got some quirk to her.

She’s some kind of throw back to something but I give her credit for walking the talk.

Her clothes are a little quirky too.. definitely has an old school 20’s or 30’s feel to them..

Her design followed the same mode but I wasn’t really two thrilled with the frilly stuff on one shoulder or the movie theater drape hem but it wasn’t all together awful.

Not sure if she will go far in the competition or not but she is an interesting character to say the least.

Malvin Vien

Malvin Vien

Malvin is … well.. I’m not really sure how to describe Malvin.

He appears to be one of those young designers who are under the philosophy that anything he designs tells a story longer then War and Peace.

Sometimes a dress is just a dress, yknow?

His design was okay.. A little grey number. Nothing that I was like OMG about but we’ll see what he does in the coming episodes.

Mitchell Hall

Mitchell Hall

Oh Mitch!

What the hell were you thinking, buddy?

Mitchell started out with this .. this.. “thing” that resembled something that Queen Victoria would wear.. this high collard bunched up thing that wound up not fitting the model right.

Under the gun, he basically just wrapped the model in the left over SHEER NUDE COLORED FABRIC basically ensuring that she would be showing all her naughty bits under the bright television lights.

In hindsight.. it was a good thing his original design tanked.. because I think he would have been sent home. We’ll see how he does next week.

Nicolas Putvinski

Nicolas Putvinski

The self described PRINCE OF FEATHERS or something like that reminds me of some way other there make up artist on some other reality show on some other network.

You’ll have to forgive me.. I try to watch them all and sometimes forget the details!

Anyway… his black dress was okay. I mean, I liked it but it could have been something that you’d find at Hot Topic or Charlotte and Russe.

Qristyl Frazier

Qristyl Frazier

OMG.. girlfriend got SOLD!

All the judges slammed her dress and I have to be honest with you.. I didn’t think it was that bad.

I mean.. yes, the dress did look like a solid one and a print one ripped in half and then sewn together but my GOD they made it seemed like something that was horrible.

Maybe it looked different in person then it did on tv.. I don’t know but this was just one of those moments that made ME feel stupid because I wasn’t seeing what the “professional” were seeing.

Ra'mon Lawrence Coleman

Ra'mon Lawrence Coleman

I like Ra’mon.

I do.

I like that fact that he’s smart :: he was a pre-med student before chucking it all to be a designer :: and I like that he really understands the body.

Most of all.. I liked the fact that when Johnny was having a serious meltdown, Ra’mon went to talk to him.. to try and understand what he was going through.

To me, that showed the kind of heart he has and I hope as the season continues he excels.

Shirin Askari

Shirin Askari

Okay.

This kid is my favorite.

She’s a new fashion grad with a WHOLE lot of confidence but doesn’t come off cocky like Althea.

She’s goofy.. she’s sweet.. she laughs.. and she makes amazing clothes.

The dress she made for this challenge though, fell a little short from the designs they showed in the preview but, like the others, it may have been a little bit of nerves and a little bit of the lack of time they had to actually create.

At any rate, I hope she does well. She just has that IT thing going on

So there you have it..

I hope you watch the show.. and I hope you add your own comments.

Being in a house full of testosterone means that I’m in serious need of girl stuff to talk about!! LOL