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What Miss Plumcake is… | Manolo for the Big Girl

What Miss Plumcake is…

It’s Tuesday, time to find out what Miss Plumcake is…

What Miss Plumcake is…for September 8 2009

Reading: Travels in the Scriptorium by Paul Aster. A slim but dense novel in the style of  both Beckett and Bradbury.

Watching:Equus starring Richard Burton. Saw this on the West End with Richard Griffiths and Dan Radcliffe, one of the most powerful plays of the contemporary theater.

Hearing: Doolittle by The Pixies.  If you’re young and like Nirvana, listen to these guys. Cobain admits The Pixies did it first.

Smelling: Cumming the Fragrance by Alan Cumming and Christopher Brosius. Dirty and Scottish and deeply perverse, just how I like ’em.

Loving: Health Alliance for Austin Musicians. A great local charity that does what it says on the tin. See if they have one in your city.

Hating: Pears. Pears can&^%$ right off. I’ve had a half-dozen organic, hand-picked, college-educated pears in my possession for 5 days now and they REFUSE to ripen.

Wanting: Green Hermes foulard. I think this one is from the Jardins Creole collection, and virtually impossible to find. I don’t know how, but I blame pears.

Buying: Cantaloupes. UNLIKE those pomaceous bastards the pears, I have been just spoiled with the best cantaloupes EVER this year. I’ve been eating a half a melon a day.  Excessive? Perhaps. Do I care? Not in the least.

What’s watering YOUR melon this week?

17 Responses to “What Miss Plumcake is…”

  1. Suz September 8, 2009 at 4:00 pm #

    Give one of those pears a try right now. You might be surprised. Pears ripen from the inside out, so by the time they feel ripe to the touch, they are probably too far gone.

  2. Mrs. Hendricks September 8, 2009 at 5:05 pm #

    I nominate Alan Cumming for a Monday hotness. God, I love that man. And that fragrance!

  3. Plumcake September 8, 2009 at 5:18 pm #

    Mrs. Hendricks, he IS divine isn’t he? And I was pleasantly surprised with his fragrance too. I’m not a huge fan of Christopher Brosius –the brain behind Demeter and CB I Hate Perfume– because his scents don’t usually have the arc of development traditional perfumes do. I think I’m going to be layering this with some more traditional “old lady” perfumes and see what I get.

  4. Erica September 8, 2009 at 5:38 pm #

    Reading: The Governor by G-Rod. Or, I really want to read it. I find him incredibly disgusting, yet entertaining…and I am so excited about today’s release!

    Watching: Top Chef, because it’s insanely addictive and gives you lots of things to talk about. Seriously, if you don’t already, you should watch this show.

    Hearing: The baby talk. Or, loving hearing the baby talk. or both. or all of the above. I’m just so shocked that she’s so verbal and vocal at 11 months old…

    Smelling: buttercream frosting. or, i should be smelling buttercream frosting.

    Loving: Diet Coke, as always

    Hating: The fact that this house is never done. There’s always something that needs to be done to it, and it just needs to be done. Irritating.

    Wanting: Tickets to a cultural activity in Italy. Along with a hotel stay and a two week vacation!

    Buying: Party supplies for the first birthday coming up!

  5. Plumcake September 8, 2009 at 5:55 pm #

    Erica I don’t watch TV because I have no self-control. I didn’t grow up watching TV so I never learned moderation. Give me a remote control and I’m like a chimpanzee with a gun.

    Have you tried Cherry Coke Zero? I’m too delicate a petal for caffeine usually but I’ve been having one a day after lunch and maybe it’s because I don’t drink soda often or who knows what, but it’s SO GOOD.

    Happy almost birthday to your little one! I don’t like babies, but if I did I bet I’d like her!

  6. Catherine Wood Hill September 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm #

    Plumcake, I nearly wet myself laughing so hard at your response to Erica! I too find most babies offputting, especially when they cry and smell (although, Erica, I am sure you have lovely spawn). That is exactly the kind of comment I wish I had the tatas to make.

    I’ll take babies of the canine variety. Thanks.

  7. Cat September 8, 2009 at 7:42 pm #

    Erica, how did you put those embedded links in your comment?

    Reading: I am actually waiting impatiently right now for the UPS man to bring me my recent Barnes & Noble order. I ordered several books, but I believe the one I’ll read first will be The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday: Unexpected Encounters in the Changing Middle East by Neil MacFarquhar. I also ordered Tears of the Desert: A Memoir of Survival in Darfur by Halima Bashir, Oblivion by David Foster Wallace, This is Water by David Foster Wallace, The Cider House Rules (that will be a re-read for me), and The Octopus and the Orangutan: New Tales of Animal Intrigue, Intelligence and Ingenuity.

    Watching: So You Think You Can Dance (tomorrow)

    Hearing: I’ve had Christina Aguilera’s Stripped album in my car’s CD player this week.

    Smelling: Decadence perfume oil from Villainess

    Loving: Melissa McEwan’s blog, Shakesville

    Hating: Nothing springs to mind, but Plumcake, I feel your pain. Last week I had some bananas that refused to ripen. They went straight from green to black.

    Wanting: A decent night’s sleep

    Buying: Aside from the aforementioned books, I am also waiting on a large order of bath and body goodies from Lush.

  8. Ruby September 8, 2009 at 11:47 pm #

    I’ve been reading this site for a while and I LOVE you guys!

  9. Ruby September 8, 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    Erm, it ate the rest of my comment, in which I made naughty comments regarding Sean Connery and Alan Cumming (OMG).

    Alan for Monday hotness, please. OMG.

  10. Erica September 9, 2009 at 9:37 am #

    Plumcake – Self control with tv is always difficult, even for me, so I don’t watch much of it, with the exception of Top Chef. I also don’t watch many movies (too much of a time commitment)…and I’ve tried Coke Zero, but never Cherry Coke Zero. I have had maybe five regular cokes in my entire life, and don’t like those either, though…

    And I recently found your blog and love it! Thank you for doing it!

    Catherine – I don’t like it when she cries, or the diapers either, but the rest is really incredible, and she’s a good tempered baby so she doesn’t cry often (maybe once a week?)…

    Cat – You can imput a link by doing the following (minus the spaces) the text you want highlighted

  11. Erica September 9, 2009 at 9:39 am #

    Cat – Apparently my demonstration of a link actually made a link that goes to nothing, I hope…anyway, you can find out how to do it here since I can’t figure out how not to make it link in the comments.

  12. ChloeMireille September 9, 2009 at 10:51 am #

    Reading: Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. I’m not exactly reading it at the moment, but I’ve been at it for over 7 years now and still haven’t gotten past the first 1/3 of the book. So, until I get to the last page, I will always be reading it.

    Watching: Tonight’s TV selection will be “America’s Next Top Model: Shortie Edition” followed by the second episode of “Glee”.

    Hearing: My randomized playlist on Last.fm. So far it’s been Carole King, Adele, and Daisy Chainsaw.

    Smelling: Nothing at the moment because my favorite perfume has gone the way of the dodo. There will always be a place in my heart for Escada’s Ibiza Hippie.

    Loving: Churrascarias…but not Fogo de Chao. I am the carnivore your parents warned you about.

    Hating: So many things. So. Many. Things. This is including but not limited to: my job, half my family, raisins, concern trolls that made me late for work, and lotion that smells like anything dessert-oriented.

    Wanting: a better job and a black camisole(I broke the strap on the last one)

    Buying: a completely new makeup stash. I’m looking for a true-green eyeshadow, a cherry or apple red lipstick(not a true red), and a new foundation that doesn’t turn me orange or breaks me out.

  13. Plumcake September 9, 2009 at 11:00 am #

    Chloe, I very strongly recommend Chromium Green Oxide from from Coastal Scent. I’ve been hunting for a true emerald green for ages and this is just tremendous! It looks darker in the picture, but it’s a true, pure green.

    http://www.coastalscents.com/cfwebstore/index.cfm/product/259_34/chromium-green-oxide.cfm

  14. Chicklet September 9, 2009 at 11:35 am #

    Cat: Replace the [ or ] with in the following to make a hyperlink: [a href=”URL you want to link”]text you want to highlight as the link[/a]

    So, if I wanted to link someone to this very entry, I would use the and type the following:
    [a href=”http://manolobig.com/2009/09/08/what-miss-plumcake-is-2/#comments”]this very entry[/a] Voila!

    It took me a few weeks of posting to LiveJournal back in 2002 to get it memorized, but once I did, it was imprinted on my brain like whoa. :-)

    Right now, I am reading One Bullet Away: The Making of a Marine Officer, by Nathaniel Fick. Fick is one of the men depicted in the HBO miniseries Generation Kill, and once I saw that, I decided I had to read Fick’s book. So far, it is very good.

  15. Chicklet September 9, 2009 at 11:37 am #

    Huh. The software edited out the diacritical marks that are necessary for making hyperlinks! Instead of [ or ] (brackets), use the left-facing or right-facing carat marks that appear on the comma and period keys on a QWERTY keyboard. Oy, with the poodles already.

  16. Plumcake September 9, 2009 at 11:40 am #

    FYI: putting hyperlinks will almost always put your comment into moderation or our spam, so don’t worry if it doesn’t show up immediately.

  17. Cat September 9, 2009 at 12:28 pm #

    Thanks, Erica and Chicklet! I shall have to practice this new skill.