I am berserk, June's stupid life

Fifty flavors of cilantro fest

Girl, I got no time to gab. I have to make that lasagna for tonight. I know that takes, you know, 40 minutes, but still.

And the publishing company for whom I work said, "Everything you're doing! Toss it aside! We are

FEDEX

ing you a new package! Prioritize that! Even over your lasagna!"

So there's that.

And then Henry is obsessed with his mouse today. He needs it tossed every eight seconds. Which if you are memorizing the APA style guide you'd know should be "8 seconds." Because when you are referring to time you use the numeral. Unless you are referring to approximate time, then you say "approximately eight seconds."

Welcome to my world. And of course I don't have to worry about memorizing the APA style guide right now, because I am putting that aside to prioritize whatever the hell they're sending me today.

Wait, Henry needs his mouse tossed.

Do you think maybe I'm a chaos addict? And that's why I have 80 pets and 20 jobs and lasagna?

Oh, and the person hosting this potluck event tonight emailed to ask if we hated any food, so naturally I told the truth about my aversion to cilantro–is that rude? because what if she was planning a huge '50 flavors of cilantro' fest or something?–and anyway I warned her about my roots. I mean I figured I might as well steel her for the horror that is my roots, so she wouldn't accidentally say, "Oh, you have frosting in your hair" or "Is it snowing?" or something equally mortifying.

TUESDAY. My hair appointment is Tuesday. We can't meet new people in four days?

Hang on. Mouse.

Oh, you should see that cat scoot after that mouse.

Anyway, I had better go and begin flapping my hands around uselessly for several hours before I begin accomplishing anything. Attached please find a photo of Faithful Reader and Commenter Furry Godmother in her Bye Bye Pie T shirt. You can see her cute dog…approves.

Furrygettinfelt

You know what those dogs need? Are some fluffier ears and tails.

Okay, bye. Cause, mouse.

65 thoughts on “Fifty flavors of cilantro fest”

  1. Christy, in case Furry does not come back and read this, YES, that is her painting. I linked to her blog in that post, and her paintings are on her blog. Furry rocks.

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  2. Been lurking…but I just HAVE to know Furry.
    Is that your totally awesome painting behind those totally awesome earful dogs?
    Oh, and Hi June!
    Love ya sister. Just read through the entire archive in 48 hours. I’m just about to catch up in real time

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  3. Cilantro tastes fresh and citrusy to me, too, but everyone says that orange pith (the white part) is bitter and it is not bitter at all. To me it has no taste.
    Does orange pith taste bitter to everyone else?

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  4. i LOVE cilantro so much i want it to take me out behind the middle school & get me pregnant except i do NOT want to get pregnant and never did so I went to China because i saw the movie about where babies come out of and that is so gross I have no idea how anyone would ever choose to do that… my point being: i love cilantro and my body is intact!

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  5. oops!! I thought I read all of the posts. Then I reread them and the recipe is already there. Thanks. (Still would be good if everyone shared their fav recipe.)

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  6. June, you will have to have a bye bye pie recipe button. I would love to get the cranberry chicken recipe. With all of your readers, there must be quite a few really good (fav) recipes that could be shared. You could start the collection off with your lasagna recipe. 🙂

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  7. June:
    I don’t care for Cheetos either but if I start eating them I cannot stop. I’m glad to know that that is Stephanie Meyer’s (did I spell her name right?) secret ingredient in the Twilight books.
    For the record you guys I am on team cilantro and THANKS for the cranberry chicken recipe. I so have to make that soon!

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  8. Holy crap, Tee.. that chicken sounds genius!
    Furry, I always wanted my hair to do that but every time I’ve tried (and it’s been several) my damn part thwarts my bangs in half and then I look like Alfalfa, only without the spike in the back.
    (pssst, and since you asked yesterday, it *is* CIA..)
    I’m in the pro-cilantro club… I would love the fifty flavors of cilantro fest. You can all give me your tickets.
    And finally, June, since it’s your blog and all.. hope all your arm-flapping and food-making and fedex receiving all worked out and you’re busy meeting people right now and having fun and not worrying about your hair!

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  9. Back by popular demand.
    CRANBERRY CHICKEN
    8 chicken breasts halves, skinned & boned
    1 can (16 oz.) whole cranberry sauce
    1 envelope (1 oz.) dry onion soup
    1 bottle (16 oz.) French dressing (can use fat free) sweet & spicy
    Place chicken in ungreased baking dish. Combine other three ingredients. Mix well, pour over chicken. Marinate overnight in refrigerator. Bake covered @ 350 degrees for 1 hr. Remove cover, bake 20 mins. more until tender. Makes 8 servings.
    EASY, EASY, EASY. I don’t always marinate overnight.

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  10. While we are having All Furry All the Time Day, you can see much more artwork at http://www.canikeepit.com. I have the critters divvied up into categories, like dogs, cats, bunnies, etc. You can find out what a long trip down a short pier she really is.
    My spiritual advisor often says that we both married above our station. I think he is exactly right. And I, too, appreciate all the nice things you said about my precious gurl today. You guys really are the best.

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  11. Whewweee! I’m all a twitter and flush from the compliments. Sorry if the Rabbits (which are really “Bad Hares”) have left some of your readers scarred, June. If you saw the whole painting, it’s pretty funny. Lynn, you’ll have to fight Terra for the painting should I come to some untimely zoo accident.
    I’m on team sweetly citrus cilantro. I love it, but I found out several Summer’s ago that you can make a killer guacamole with fresh basil for those with an aversion.
    Yes, Zali and Simone are Papillons. My favorite breed. They’re funny, portable and loving. Like cat/dogs. The best of both. We do have a rather enormous Lab that I started to send dressed in the shirt,but her chest is so large, I was afraid she would stretch it out. (!)And I am not challenged in the booberage, if you get my drift. Dog is a ding dang horse.
    Now I must have a drink and toast you all. I am EXHAUSTED from a day of shopping for Tatia’s hat and dress for the Derby.
    Thanks again, guys. You really know how to make a girl feel special!

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  12. Whewweee! I’m all a twitter and flush from the compliments. Sorry if the Rabbits (which are really “Bad Hares”) have left some of your readers scarred, June. If you saw the whole painting, it’s pretty funny. Lynn, you’ll have to fight Terra for the painting should I come to some untimely zoo accident.
    I’m on team sweetly citrus cilantro. I love it, but I found out several Summer’s ago that you can make a killer guacamole with fresh basil for those with an aversion.
    Yes, Zali and Simone are Papillons. My favorite breed. They’re funny, portable and loving. Like cat/dogs. The best of both. We do have a rather enormous Lab that I started to send dressed in the shirt,but her chest is so large, I was afraid she would stretch it out. (!)And I am not challenged in the booberage, if you get my drift. Dog is a ding dang horse.
    Now I must have a drink and toast you all. I am EXHAUSTED from a day of shopping for Tatia’s hat and dress for the Derby.
    Thanks again, guys. You really know how to make a girl feel special!

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  13. Whewweee! I’m all a twitter and flush from the compliments. Sorry if the Rabbits (which are really “Bad Hares”) have left some of your readers scarred, June. If you saw the whole painting, it’s pretty funny. Lynn, you’ll have to fight Terra for the painting should I come to some untimely zoo accident.
    I’m on team sweetly citrus cilantro. I love it, but I found out several Summer’s ago that you can make a killer guacamole with fresh basil for those with an aversion.
    Yes, Zali and Simone are Papillons. My favorite breed. They’re funny, portable and loving. Like cat/dogs. The best of both. We do have a rather enormous Lab that I started to send dressed in the shirt,but her chest is so large, I was afraid she would stretch it out. (!)And I am not challenged in the booberage, if you get my drift. Dog is a ding dang horse.
    Now I must have a drink and toast you all. I am EXHAUSTED from a day of shopping for Tatia’s hat and dress for the Derby.
    Thanks again, guys. You really know how to make a girl feel special!

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  14. Target Steve: You and your lovely wife Beth are always welcome. I could introduce you to my friend Target Violet. Not that I’m assuming you want to hang out with just Target employees. She is a fabulous person, though and a black belt in Karate.
    I do like visitors, I just like them to give me some advance warning and perhaps visit in the off season after the flock of house tourists are gone.
    Furry has more lovely works of art on her blog, for those who want a little eye candy.

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  15. LisaPie that novel sounds interesting, I may have to check it out, but when you said you were reading a long-ass Mailer book, I thought maybe you were reading The Executioner’s Song. I read it as part of a Homicide in Literature class in college (yeah, yeah whatever) and that book just took over my life for awhile, both because of its length (> 1100 pages) and the bleak, yet somehow mundane, march through Gary Gilmore’s ill-fated end. It was a very compelling book.

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  16. Another way to put it is that,like me, Terra has married up. I think I caught Beth on the rebound. Some day we will send out Target Steve and Beth photos and you will see what I mean.
    I have tried to start reading Kelly and Joann’s blogs so we would have someone living in warm climates that we could come visit. What do you think? We would call first…We don’t care about filth, though I’m sure your casas are pristine.
    So Furry, the picture seems like one that would me think I have some disease House would have to diagnose at first, and then would grow on me over time. I really like the cat punching the dog in the face for sure. Funny stuff.

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  17. Hulk (Who has most definitely out-kicked HIS coverage but believes his nostrils are normal sized but now he is becoming obsessed and THANKS for THAT, Kelly...) says:

    The size of my nostrils?
    What the hell???

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  18. Add me to the list of cilantro-dislikers. It’s not the taste I dislike, it’s the smell. I HATE the smell of cilantro. And crayons. And honey. My sense of smell is very sensitive. If you’ve ever seen the size of my nostrils, you’d understand and empathize.

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  19. I HATE SURPRISE VISITORS! Have I said that already?
    Hulkster, come on down anytime, honey-pie, (oh sorry you don’t like that), but CALL first, K?
    Don’t forget to post the cranberry chicken recipe.
    I just had to stop by in between my frantic housecleaning efforts to make my house look like we keep it clean.
    That is so interesting about the gene for cilantro tasting. I don’t think cilantro tastes like soap, so I guess I’m without a gene. I also can not curl my tongue nor can I whistle. I know the tongue curling’s genetic. The whistling is because . . . I’m blonde? I don’t know. I just can’t get it.

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  20. You crazy folk, I was wondering what on earth this horrifying soap-like herb you were complaining about, but it’s just coriander! It’s the foundation for any good food. But I’m Indian, I probably had it mixed into my baby food with some chillis.

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  21. Back in a previous life (before husband and kids) I used to do typesetting, proofreading and some collating and binding for a print shop and a newspaper. And trust me, you don’t have to go looking for typos, they find you! I am sure June and all other editor type people will tell you the same.
    I don’t think I have ever read anything, be it a paper, a magazine, a book or whatever that I didn’t find something. Nowadays it seems to be worse since a lot of places only use their spell check and call it good. Where have all our standards gone?! In the toilet, that’s where. : )

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  22. Back in a previous life (before husband and kids) I used to do typesetting, proofreading and some collating and binding for a print shop and a newspaper. And trust me, you don’t have to go looking for typos, they find you! I am sure June and all other editor type people will tell you the same.
    I don’t think I have ever read anything, be it a paper, a magazine, a book or whatever that I didn’t find something. Nowadays it seems to be worse since a lot of places only use their spell check and call it good. Where have all our standards gone?! In the toilet, that’s where. : )

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  23. Back in a previous life (before husband and kids) I used to do typesetting, proofreading and some collating and binding for a print shop and a newspaper. And trust me, you don’t have to go looking for typos, they find you! I am sure June and all other editor type people will tell you the same.
    I don’t think I have ever read anything, be it a paper, a magazine, a book or whatever that I didn’t find something. Nowadays it seems to be worse since a lot of places only use their spell check and call it good. Where have all our standards gone?! In the toilet, that’s where. : )

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  24. Whew, LisaPie, that is an interesting theme for a book. Lots of possibilities, and none of them good. At this time I have to stay away from books. I’m like addicted. Once I start reading, I CANNOT put it down. And I have way too many sewing/craft projects I need/want to do for my new-to-me home. So…no books for me right now. 😦
    I’ve heard that when you are a proof-reader, you have a hard time actually following the story line. You are so busy looking for typos someone missed. Is that right, June?

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  25. Two words: Organ. Meats.
    Don’t do ’em so don’t you serve ’em.
    Lisa Pie: you are not alone. I love cilantro, too. But I will concede that it is an acquired taste. Some people even think it is soapy. I can see that. But you cannot make proper salsa without it.
    Furry: I am loving the painting. Looks like our house.

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  26. Arlene, Oh I am sure I could write a report about this. It was a really interesting read, and a little bit “out there”, kind of science-fiction-y. Written from the perspective of a demon who was in charge of orchestrating Hitler’s childhood to create the man he became. This is not something that will be quickly forgotten, like that horrible Dear John book. Anyhoo, it is titled “The Castle in the Forest”, in case you are interested in a book that will cause you to question all sorts of things you might or might not believe in.

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  27. Arlene, Oh I am sure I could write a report about this. It was a really interesting read, and a little bit “out there”, kind of science-fiction-y. Written from the perspective of a demon who was in charge of orchestrating Hitler’s childhood to create the man he became. This is not something that will be quickly forgotten, like that horrible Dear John book. Anyhoo, it is titled “The Castle in the Forest”, in case you are interested in a book that will cause you to question all sorts of things you might or might not believe in.

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  28. Arlene, Oh I am sure I could write a report about this. It was a really interesting read, and a little bit “out there”, kind of science-fiction-y. Written from the perspective of a demon who was in charge of orchestrating Hitler’s childhood to create the man he became. This is not something that will be quickly forgotten, like that horrible Dear John book. Anyhoo, it is titled “The Castle in the Forest”, in case you are interested in a book that will cause you to question all sorts of things you might or might not believe in.

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  29. LisaPie, I have a question for you. If you were asked to write a report on the “long-ass” Mailer book…would you remember what it was about??? I never was able to remember much about the books I had a really hard time reading.
    Furry: love the doggies, love the painting! Those rabbits have ATTITUDE! The one with the patch (Terra) is fabulous! The doggies are just out for what they can get. I think you are a talented lady. Terra is very lucky.
    June, are you still tossing that mouse for Henri?

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  30. June-
    So glad to hear that you are busy.
    Hulk-
    Thanks for the sports trivia. Sounds like a similar phrase to “jump the shark,” my personal fav.
    Furry-
    LOVE you, but LOVE the painting more. If you die, can you leave it for me? Don’t die, but still…
    All-
    Detest cilantro as well. Don’t know why but the genetic reason works for me.

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  31. Nice picture Furry G.! I wish you were standing up so that we could all see how TALL you are! I will never send June a picture because it gets blown up like a poster. I feel like I am invading Furry’s privacy!
    Hope you have fun tonight June. Take a deep breath, relax, and it will all be fine.
    Oh, and check for cat hairs in your lasagna.

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  32. Did you all know that there is an actual gene that some people have which causes them to think that cilantro tastes like soap? It’s one of those weird genes like the widow’s peak or hitchhiker’s thumb gene. To those of us who don’t possess that gene, cilantro has a really refreshing, light citrus taste that is very mild.

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  33. My m-i-l has one brown and one black papillon too! And they’re also always all up in your business.
    Tee, I want that cranberry chicken recipe too. It sounds divine already and I don’t know but 2 ingredients.
    Cilantro doesn’t taste soapy to me, but the flavor IS truly heinous.

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  34. Seriously? All these cilantro haters? I love it! I can’t grow enough of it. You can’t make decent Mexican food or Indian food without it. Maybe it’s because I am from Texas? Maybe it’s because I lived in Mexico? I don’t know, but I like it!
    It is interesting to me that all cilantro-haters say the same thing, “it tastes like soap”. People who grew up without root beer all say it tastes like toothpaste to them, too.
    Furry, you are gorgeous! And your little precious babies look like they were BORN to pose for the camera! Yep, that Terra is a lucky man.
    Waving to other Lisa commenter!!
    p.s. I FINALLY finished that long-ass Mailer book. So I can start on the elephant book. Woo Hoo!!

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  35. Seriously? All these cilantro haters? I love it! I can’t grow enough of it. You can’t make decent Mexican food or Indian food without it. Maybe it’s because I am from Texas? Maybe it’s because I lived in Mexico? I don’t know, but I like it!
    It is interesting to me that all cilantro-haters say the same thing, “it tastes like soap”. People who grew up without root beer all say it tastes like toothpaste to them, too.
    Furry, you are gorgeous! And your little precious babies look like they were BORN to pose for the camera! Yep, that Terra is a lucky man.
    Waving to other Lisa commenter!!
    p.s. I FINALLY finished that long-ass Mailer book. So I can start on the elephant book. Woo Hoo!!

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  36. Seriously? All these cilantro haters? I love it! I can’t grow enough of it. You can’t make decent Mexican food or Indian food without it. Maybe it’s because I am from Texas? Maybe it’s because I lived in Mexico? I don’t know, but I like it!
    It is interesting to me that all cilantro-haters say the same thing, “it tastes like soap”. People who grew up without root beer all say it tastes like toothpaste to them, too.
    Furry, you are gorgeous! And your little precious babies look like they were BORN to pose for the camera! Yep, that Terra is a lucky man.
    Waving to other Lisa commenter!!
    p.s. I FINALLY finished that long-ass Mailer book. So I can start on the elephant book. Woo Hoo!!

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  37. Eww! Never go to On the Border, they put cilantro in EVERYTHING. I’m surprised it’s not in the sweet tea as a freaking garnish. Just thinking about it makes me twitch…

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  38. Hulk, you got it right, brother, which is why I am always on the lee side of the camera. My face is made for radio. However, I know a beautiful woman when I see one and this one was not getting away from me. We fundraisers know how to ask…..
    I am honored to be the Hathaway shirt rabbit

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  39. Furry, your little Papillions are SOOOOOO cute! Love the picture!
    Also, nicely done artwork! I come from a long line of artistes (Bonjour, Henri!), so I know of what I speak!! Bon bon, oui oui!
    And Joann? I feel your pain. I have it the other way around over here in MA. We live on the coast so we run the “Your Pal from MA Bed and Breakfast” ALL SUMMER LONG. Seriously, one set of guests leave, I then clean up after them, and before you know it, the next set shows up shortly thereafter. It gets exhausting, right?!! Good luck!

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  40. Furry! How cute are you? I know I will probably be banned for saying this, but I am not a pet person…still, your dogs are pretty cute. And I think we ordered the same shirt, too – I DID remember to send my photo to June this morning, so you will see.
    I like cilantro in SMALL doses. Recently I decided to make it my mission in life to try the chicken tortilla soup every time I went to a Mexican restaurant (it’s the little things, people), and there is one place that may as well call it “Cilantro Soup.” Guh-rody.

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  41. Lisa, I know, right? I’m sitting in front of my computer in my coat because it’s so frigid and Fla houses aren’t made for cold, so they NEVER get all snuggy warm. Why won’t they all just leave me ALONE!!!! Cause, I have super important things to do, like comment on Juney’s blog.
    Tee, can I have the cranberry chicken recipe, too? I love anything with cranberries. And I’m glad you mentioned Hulk’s comment, because I didn’t want to say anything, because I’m blonde and it might just have been my blondeness that didn’t get it…So, good it is a sports thing and I don’t have a clue.

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  42. Joann~I thought I was invited!!
    Tee~when a beautiful woman is with a goofy-looking guy, we say that guy “out-kicked his coverage”. It’s a football thing. It is also known as the Christy Brinkley/Billy Joel Syndrome…
    You understood that, right Junie?

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  43. Love the whole pic Furry. The pups, the pose, the painting, the hair!! Wish I could have a style similar, but alas I lack the locks.
    I definitely have a strange aversion to thyme. Whenever I see a chef on tv get that sprig out and strip it into the pot, BAM!, I’m on to another channel.

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  44. Great pic Furry! LOVE the painting in the background. That is my kind of art.
    June, I feel your pain with the hair. My appointment is on Tuesday as well. Why is it that Mr. Munroe’s gray hairs look so fetching on his head? Mine…not so much.

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  45. I had my hair appointment this past Tuesday. The last one was in NOVEMBER. I totally know what you mean about not meeting anyone until Tuesday. I said that for two weeks before my appointment.

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  46. June,
    I have been in Vegas for 4 days without my computer and have so missed checking in on you. The only thing better than reading your blog every day is getting to read a bunch of entries all at once. Thanks for the laugh.
    I, too, was a Twilight snob but got a great deal on the set from my bookclub and once I started I could not stop. What is that all about????

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  47. Thanks, Hulk. Don’t you love the way Simone is totally feeling me up? And the Zali Lama looks like he needs a drink and a cigarette.
    lauren, that’s a painting I did called, “Last Call Bar Brawl” which is in my bar, unlike Simone, who is in my bra. That rabbit in the corner is Terra a couple of years ago when he was suffering from a series of detached retinas. He was mad all the time and looked like the Hathaway Shirt Man.
    And June. You’re missing out on Zali’s tail. It drapes over his back and touches hos toes!
    Okay. I’ll be back muchas tardes. My friend, Tatia and I are combing the city for a hat for her to wear to the Kentucky Derby…

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  48. Thanks, Hulk. Don’t you love the way Simone is totally feeling me up? And the Zali Lama looks like he needs a drink and a cigarette.
    lauren, that’s a painting I did called, “Last Call Bar Brawl” which is in my bar, unlike Simone, who is in my bra. That rabbit in the corner is Terra a couple of years ago when he was suffering from a series of detached retinas. He was mad all the time and looked like the Hathaway Shirt Man.
    And June. You’re missing out on Zali’s tail. It drapes over his back and touches hos toes!
    Okay. I’ll be back muchas tardes. My friend, Tatia and I are combing the city for a hat for her to wear to the Kentucky Derby…

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  49. Thanks, Hulk. Don’t you love the way Simone is totally feeling me up? And the Zali Lama looks like he needs a drink and a cigarette.
    lauren, that’s a painting I did called, “Last Call Bar Brawl” which is in my bar, unlike Simone, who is in my bra. That rabbit in the corner is Terra a couple of years ago when he was suffering from a series of detached retinas. He was mad all the time and looked like the Hathaway Shirt Man.
    And June. You’re missing out on Zali’s tail. It drapes over his back and touches hos toes!
    Okay. I’ll be back muchas tardes. My friend, Tatia and I are combing the city for a hat for her to wear to the Kentucky Derby…

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  50. You weren’t rude, they asked. I hate cilantro too and would have told them. Forget the lasagna, do the Cranberry chicken (check you e-mail), it will take you about five minutes to put it together and pop in the oven, after your return from the grocery store. LOL!
    Hulk, we not so sports fans need an explanation.

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  51. Very nice picture there, Fur-dog. Looks like Terra “out-kicked his coverage” with you…
    That’s a sports term, June. Let me know if it needs an explanation.

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  52. love it when hostesses ask. and, honestly, if you don’t ask – please assume that people do not eat seafood and pork.
    totally STOKED that FURRY stopped by my blog last night!!!! love the painting in the background Furry!
    june. not like your busy or anything but henri photo please? 🙂

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