Sunday, October 12, 2008

The Duchess, finally, and in the middle of the day, like a fancy-lady. But without any bon-bons. Which is sad.

So on Friday morning I was on the phone with my blog friend, Janell, aka Frumpy, who is recovering from brain surgery! No, seriously, it is incredible, but she had a tumor removed, and is okay and recovering, which is wonderful news. It was so great to talk to her. Hi Janell! But anyhow while we were talking, my sister Jen kept calling in, over and over, clickety-click-click, and I was like, stop calling me from the Bahamas and rubbing it in, cause I am on the phone long distance right now, and I can't listen to how your cabana boy is a bit slow with the diet cokes, but how the ocean is warm and clear, the sand pink and soft. So when I finally called Jen back she was like, HELLO, WHAT ARE YOU DOING? And I was like, none of your beeswax. And she was like, oh never mind, cause when we went to the airport last night to go on our trip to Disney World and the Bahamas, we accidentally got the wrong day, so our flight is actually tonight instead of last night, but try telling that to our boys who are all lathery about Disney and what-not, but then had to drag all the luggage home, and then go to school today, and school instead of Disney is a big bummer, even a parent knows that much. But the good news is The Duchess opens today, and it starts in 30 minutes, so get ready! Oh and bring Tommy over cause I've got the babysitter already, and why don't you click over when I call you, it was obviously an emergency, hello? 
THE DUCHESS
And I was like, hel-lo, I was busy talking to Janell, long distance and it was very important, you know, but then also in my mind I was secretly feeling very popular for 10:30 in the morning? Because, so many calls. So then I had to rinse the shampoo outta my hair cause Janell caught me in the middle of my shower, even though I told her I wasn't busy, but long distance is long distance, and gets special treatment, so I rinsed out the shampoo and jumped, wet-headed, into my blue van, but not before Tommy had stripped off nudie while I was in shower numero dos, and greased himself up head to toe in Aquafor (which is like lotion only with wax, and which we sometimes use as diaper ointment), and had to be wiped down a bit, but was still pretty greasy, let's be honest. It took some time to wrastle him into the car seat's 5-point harness, slick as he was. I threw my hair up and accessorized on the way over. I think the overall effect was good:


Here we are (above) just after the show. I told Jen, is declasse to put the knockers on display before noon, but she said no way am I putting these away! Is special occasion! 

So we missed the first 10 minutes of the movie cause I was hurrying but I'm not very quick and speedy, as most of you know, but we saw the rest of The Duchess, which was good but pretty racy, don't say I didn't warn you, and also so so sad, but in a good way, with some costumes that could seriously knock the socks off a body, if any body wore socks in the desert. It is way too hot for socks; but actually, now that I think of it, it isn't that hot today; is pretty nice actually, so a person could wear socks if she really wanted to wear socks, but who does? Not me. So I didn't. But if I had, they would been knocked off anyway, so the no socks thing was a good preemptive measure. So then I went back home, feeling like a fancy lady, watching movies in the middle of the day like that. I thought to myself, I could really use some bon-bons, which I've heard are the official snack food of the fancy-lady. I wonder if the Fresh & Easy has bon-bons? Am unsure. Anyhow, the whole movie theater was packed with effete, midday-movie-watching ladies like me. I was also pretty fancy cause Jen bought us matching Duchess necklaces on Etsy, which are so, so cute you might just die when you see them. I hope not, but it is possible, I warn you. Is not actually Georgiana on the necklace, but is close enough, you know? I could tell you it is Georgiana, and you might not know the difference, but I am nothing if not honest, eh? Maybe is Marie Antoinette? But before, not after you-know-what happened. Cause who wants a headless lady necklace? Is only creepy, not cute. Marie and Georgiana were late-1700s contemporaries and also buddies, cause G came to visit Marie here:
Jen and Kelly at Marie Antoinette's crib, May 2006.

So now Jen and I can wear our neck gear whenever we go see period films, or go to Europe, which is like, pretty much all the time. And I know I sound nerdy, but I am actually quite excited by my new regalia. Our Duchess necklaces are a little like the Starship Enterprise uniforms that Trekkies wear to the conventions; but more subtle, of course.


I am nothing, if not subtle.

What makes you feel like a fancy-lady?

18 comments:

Natalie said...

Oh, you're right...the bon bons would have topped it off. Still so lucky to have someone who will call you to run to a fancy-lady film like that and even arrange the babysitter! so jealous...

Shellie said...

I have never ever eaten or seen a bon bon. But I am so glad you got to see your movie. anytime a commercial for it came on I thought of you. as for your etsy necklace that is major cool.

Frumpy Luv said...

It was so good to talk to you, but so sorry you had SHAMPOO in your hair: mental note for next time "no really, are you busy? No really, are you busy? No really ...." I kind of had a sinking suspicion something was up - but quickly ignored that because I am usually wrong and my desire to talk to you outweighed my sinking suspicion. =)

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Knockers before noon? No, actually sooo classy! I would have had mine out too if I had been there.

Since I'm slightly twisted, I'd like my Marie necklace after, you know, she became headless.

Barbaloot said...

This is the first time I've read your blog and I LOVE your style. You almost made me want to go see The Duchess:)

And also-a pastry chef and writer of Mormon history...are we twins?

Marcella said...

So glad to hear that the Duchess is good! I'm hoping to see it with my sisters this week. Have you seen the previews for "Secret Life of Bees". I read the book, hope the movie is good.

wonder woman said...

Love the necklace and that you got to indulge a guilty pleasure. Isn't Janell the best? I'd totally keep shampoo in my hair for her. Oh, the movie sounds fun, too. =D

I feel like a fancy lady.......whenever I get to go somewhere without kids. (That's a little sad.)

Heidi Ashworth said...

Hey, nobody wears sox in the cold either, at least not around here. It makes me shiver just looking at all those people in down coats and flip-flops in January. Brr!! I have been wanting to see this so thanks for the review--not quite my time period or country (Regency England) but I can be flexible, especially when it involves European royalty since they're all related anyhow. Oh, and this post totally cracked me up all the way through! Thanks!

chlojo said...

Trader Joe's sells Bon-Bon's if you are having another fancy-lady moment. How dreamy to have a babysitter and a matinée.

Lorie said...

Love the necklace. I am sorry there were no bon bons. You cannot be a Dutchess without bonbons

cally said...

bons bons = expensive diapee wipes.

you know, the quilted kind.

joy and pleasure.

Jaime Theler said...

Oh yeah. Bon bons would be good. Or grapes. And some cute guy fanning you while you lounge in the tropics eating said grapes. That sounds pretty good.

Actually, I feel pretty fancy when I have time to shave my legs. (Not too hard to please, am I?)

LaDawn said...

The bon bons. It's all about teh bon bons.
I have a lovely bon bon recipe if you're interested.

Pam said...

I'm pretty sure the costume designer for the movie would have loved your take on this time period with the sunglasses and all. You and Jen could have easily been extras...what am I saying the lead roles for sure.
AND Who hasn't talked on the phone naked with shampoo in their hair for a good friend? That's what frienship is all about. You should write a bumper sticker or a Halmark Card about it with your witty words.
Love the necklaces - very English chic!!!

Kari said...

You make me laugh right out loud. I seriously could not get through this when reading it to Craig . . . preventative sock removal . . . no, way--is special occasion . . . slick babies . . . you just crack me right up.

Shanana said...

Definately more subtle than a Star Trek convention! Then again, when have Trekkies EVER been known for subtlety? Anybody who goes out the door dressed like a Klingon deserves a little mockery, in my opinion. Fancy-lady-necklaces adorning the knockers-region is a bit more on the demure side of fashion.

As to the question about how I feel fancy? Why, I grease up with aquafor and take off my socks, of course!

Brig said...

The duchess garb and sunglasses combo? Looks like the Pet Shop Boys have a new album out.

Heather said...

Love the necklace, I did almost die when I saw it today!! :)
You are always put together with your fine jewelry, I need you to accessorize ME!