It hit us rather suddenly one evening as we sat at a perfectly lovely dinner party.
Sheryl and I were debating the pros and cons of Bamboo Clicks versus Addi Turbo Clicks. But before our poor unsuspecting guests could even guess that we were talking about knitting needles, we jumped over to Downton Abbey and then some how cross referenced the new Civil Wars CD and then the best episode of My So Called Life. We were like some bizarre pop culture octogenerian hybrid firing squad. Our friends looked at us with accommodating smiles. Sure, they got some of what we were talking about, but most of it was beyond them. And I don’t say that in condescending way at all. I mean, it was beyond them in that they seriously didn’t give a s**t.
In fact, it kinda felt like they thought we were being dorks.
How could that be? We have tattoos.
Okay so we love Foyle’s War and knitting our own sweaters and Harry Potter. But we also love Alexa Chung and Tom Ford and DJ Steve Aoki. (Okay, we don’t really love DJ Steve Aoki, but at least we know who he is.) We aren’t not cool. Ha!
Sheryl and I are non-sexual life partners. We realize that we are basically the same person in two bodies, though she is admittedly more hipsterish than me, but that’s because she only has one kid and can live in super trendy East Van. I have three kids and am not a zillionare so I live in the mountainous suburbs of North Van where the good high school is. Other than that, we really are eerily the same girl. Surely, we thought, there are others like us. Women are complicated creatures, full of contradictions. It’s not weird that we’re members of the Jane Austen society but still like to watch The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, right?
So we decided after the dinner party that things were gonna change up in here. We were going to create a perfect world. We were going to use the construct of an old English Manor house and mentally put all of the things we love inside of it. This would be not only our escape, but we would reach out to others like us and invite them to our wicked cool house party a la the BBC classic, Regency House Party. We called this place The Heatley Cliff and began a weekly podcast. Each week we talk about what is capturing our attention at that moment – Sons of Anarchy and Ralph Lauren’s Gatsby-inspired S/S 2012 collection for example. We also, like the loyal NPR fan girls that we are, choose a theme to discuss as well. This week, it’s my love of Wallpaper and how I plan to Wallpaper bomb Sheryl’s house when her husband is sleeping. Stay with me! Wallpaper is much more exciting than you think! Okay, maybe not, but we do our best to make it interesting. Although I will say that I personally have to work on saying “like”, “I mean” and “you know?” so much. It’s a process.
Does this sound familiar? Do you belong with us at the Heatley Cliff? Everyone is welcome at our table. We aren’t mean girls. The only thing we ever get critical about really is what some celebrities choose… and maybe Sandy Bullock’s ex-husband.
We’ll be posting complimentary material each week on HelloGiggles along with our podcasts. But I’ll spare you all my deep, deep Wallpaper jones. For now.
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