Friday, August 28, 2009

Freaky Friday

My five bits of randomness for today:

1. Dominick Dunne has passed on to that great courtroom in the sky. I picture him as a bespectacled angel, sitting on OJ's shoulder and poking him in the ear. Years ago I wrote for a very earnest, rather boring trade magazine. We were, however, owned by American Media, which at the time also owned The National Enquirer, Star, and Weekly World News. Not only did I get a copy of each placed on my desk every Friday, I got to work elbow to elbow with the gossip hounds. This was during the OJ trial, and I had the inside scoop on stuff that never made it to the mainstream media. Those people worked hard. And they worshipped Dominick Dunne. I remember all of us walking across the street to a Chinese restaurant on the day the verdict was announced. We ordered Mai-Tais in the middle of a workday and sobbed when OJ was acquited of the heinous crime we knew he committed. "Dominick's going to be pissed," our office manager, Reggie, said. And he was, but Nick Dunne, ever the gentleman reporter, communicated his outrage eloquently with the written word. RIP, Mr. Dunne.

2. Girl Crush of the Week: Emiliana Torrini. Oh, this girl! This voice! Am I the last one to the party? Does everyone know about her already? This Icelandic-Italian songstress will have you humming her tunes in the shower, the car--wherever. My favorites: Big Jumps and Sunny Road. Get thee to itunes and enjoy...

3. Grapefruit seed extract is truly a natural wonder. It's anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, non-toxic, and you can use it internally, externally, and even on your kitchen sink. How `bout them apples? (Just don't ever use it full-strength--it has to be diluted, big-time!)

4. Alexander Sarsgard. Yeah, I know I had him on the list last week, but he deserves another mention. I want to wipe his blood-tears. Oh yes I do.

5. Nursing is hard with a newborn. I'm not currently nursing (DCFS would pay me a visit if I was--my boys are in grammar school!), but my sister-in-law and close friend had babies this month and are on the every 2-4 hours feeding schedule, which puts even the best of us in a semi-zombie, perpetually foggy state after a few weeks. If you can get through the first thirty days, girls, it does get better, I promise!

Have a great weekend, everyone!


  1. 1. Working at a magazine sounds fabulous. Even a boring one. And RIP Mr. Dunne. He lead a fascinating and sometimes tragic life. I hope he's been reunited with his daughter.

    2. Ooh, I'm always years behind on music. Just clicked on your links and loved Emiliana. Definitely downloading.

    3. Ok, this I would love to try! I love the idea of using something safe and natural to clean the bathroom and kitchens.

    4. Don't even get me started. We only have two more weeks. I'm going to be the one crying tears of blood after the finale. A whole year without Eric? I die.

    5. I've had one really great experience with nursing and one really difficult experience with nursing. The first few weeks are definitely the most difficult. My theory is that I go for as long as it's easy. For Jack that was 3 months, Mia went for 10. To each his own!

  2. I could write a book on nursing. But then NO ONE WOULD EVER WANT TO DO IT. Hell I tell you, personal teeth clenching HELL for all three. But *pats herself on the back* It got better, right before I weened them at two years old. Two years of agony? For each? Yes that makes four years of agony...Sooooo worth it. I think.

  3. Suzanne--I think it's worth it, especially if allergies run in your family. It also strengthens that bond, even if you just do it for a little while, you know?

    L&L--A YEAR! That's how long it'll take before we get a new season. Oy.

  4. Okay--everyone here is scaring me just a little off nursing. Luckily for me (and unfortunately for my mother-in-law), Joe and I plan on waiting a few more years before baby time.
    What's that saying though about man making plans and God laughing?
    I'll just shut up now.

  5. Oh, no! That's not what I meant to do, Jo! If you can get past that first month, it's so much easier than formula (and cheaper!). You can hold your nursing baby with one arm and negotiate a deal with the phone in your other hand. Seriously!

    And, yes, be careful! Surprises definitely happen!

  6. #4 - I'm right behind ya.

    #5 - My sisters never told me how tough nursing was. Dang. I had a chubby hungry kid too!