KP’s Best of 2013

Everyone is cranking out their “best of” lists and I had to get in on the action.

Best tabloid moment

Reese Witherspoon bitching out her husband while they sit handcuffed in the back seat of a cop car in Atlanta. By far the best thing I’ve seen all year.

Honestly – this is so funny! They’re still pretty drunk and she is arguing with him like a crazy person. She doesn’t even realize why they’ve been arrested !? He has to tell her – DUI !!

Fun/awkward/nasty peek into a marriage. Go for it.

Best Downton Abbey Moment


After a particularly tricky conversation with her American daughter-in-laws mother ( Shirley Maclaine ) the Dowager Countess needs a drink.

She turns to the first male in a tux and says say“oh, I’m so sorry ,. I thought you were a waiter”

Best Downton Abbey Character


Thomas. Aka Mr. Barrow. Thomas if he is a Butler. Mr. Barrow if he is a Valet. What a year for him. Very happy to see a happy ending for him – although not exactly the kind of happy ending he was hoping for!!

Best cake


Nothing Bundt Cakes. These are ridiculously good. Had a slice of the gingerbread model at a family gathering – and then had 2 slices for my dinner the next night.

Stop what you’re doing and figure out when you need to buy a cake. Then go get one of these and try not to bring home any leftovers that might become dinner.

You’re welcome.

Best Sale


CP Shades 
2937 Main Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

Duh, CP Shades! They only do it once a year. Mark down practically everything in the store to the price matching the new year price. Racks and racks and tables and boxes of stuff for $20.14 each.  Stock up!

A Tale of 2 Sconces – the surprise ending.

I’m so happy.

Our search for sconces has come to an end.  And we couldn’t be happier about it!

Who can relate?

You see the hubby and I can agree on a lot of things.  But when we can’t agree – it’s epic.  We’re like the Republicans and the Democrats – no one is budging.

We live in a craftsman style house and RP really wanted the sconces to be that classic wood and glass box light look.  Me, not so much.  I was gunning for an updated version of that.  So there we were – stuck like that for weeks.  It was our very own little government shut down.

And then it happened.  A week or so ago RP says “you know, we don’t really need sconces in the living room at all”.

And he was right!  Why are we killing ourselves over stupid sconces?

Our living room is on the “cozy” side and we don’t need the sconces for more light.  We have 2 very nice floor lamps that do the job beautifully.

So there you have it.  We just saved ourselves a bunch of stress-filled conversations and money.  I’m so happy!!

Next week our painter will swing by to cover up the sconce openings and re-paint.  Done and done!

And we can all move on with our lives.

Happy Holidays, right!?


My day in Dallas


Way, way back in the summer of 1992 I was working in Dallas on a movie.  It was a big Steve Martin movie for Paramount Pictures.  The entire cast and crew spent just over a month filming on a sound stage in Dallas.  A group of us decided to visit the Sixth Floor Museum aka “the Book Depository where Oswald shot Kennedy”.  We were a bunch of young, smart ass movie people from LA and thought this would be a hilarious way to spend the day.

We started wandering through the museum checking out all the usual stuff.  Their wedding pics, JFK and Nixon debating on TV and lots of him in the White House with the kids.  Before we realized what was happening, we were at the far end of the room and looking out a window.  The Window.  We were standing right where Oswald stood and shot him.  We could see up the street in to downtown Dallas and then how the motorcade curved left in to Dealey Plaza.  It was all right there in front of us.  So now it was real.  

We stopped laughing and cracking jokes. We stopped being smart ass movie people from LA.  It got very quiet.  We turned to continue through the last half of the museum.  One photo really got to us.  It was a photo of inside the ballroom where JFK was due to speak and have lunch that day.  A podium with the Presidential seal and banquet tables on either side were empty – except for all the people standing around crying.  Some had their head in their hands, some were holding on to each other and some had their heads down on the tables.

Now we were really quiet.  We talked a little on the ride back to the set.  It was so abstract in the beginning.  Then all of a sudden we thought – he had such little kids, he had so many nieces and nephews, his parents were still alive.  What had started out as a silly day of sightseeing became something we couldn’t forget. 

A Tale of 2 Sconces


2013 has been our year of home improvements.  Finally.  We were so overdue.  Over the summer we had to have some work done on the foundation.  OK – definitely not a fun way to spend a big pile of $$$.  Once the foundation was level, we had to have all the cracked walls and missing chunks of plaster fixed.  Then we replaced 6 broken, ancient doorknobs.  And just like that, very civilized around here.  We now have 2 bathrooms with doors that will actually lock.

Then it was time to paint.  A fresh coat of paint is an amazing thing.  Throughout the house we choose very cool, soothing grays (Benjamin Moore Horizon and Bunny Gray) along with white ceilings and trim (Benjamin Moore Decorators White).  I know, I know.  I like to pretend I’m a decorator.  What would I do with out Domino Magazine?

Here’s where it gets complicated.

Replacing 2 hard-wired wall sconces located at the focal point of our Living Room.  They are on either side of “Pearblossom Highway”.  Love that print.

To be continued…