Friday, December 29, 2006

Happy Pyjama Day, everybody!

It's the inaugural post-Christmas Pyjama Day here in the Zombie household, which, if it proves to be a success, will be established as an institution. A while back, Phlegmfatale was waxing eloquent about her plans to spend the weekend sometime in pyjamas. That idea has since become firmly planted in my imagination, so I stole it!

We first established some ground rules: (1) showering was allowed, as long as one changed back into a pair of pyjamas or reasonable fascimile afterward, (2) workout clothes were permitted if one was to partake of exercise (also allowed) - oddly, nobody had to use that option, and (3) meal preparation not allowed. I did boil up the turkey carcass to make stock, but that doesn't count.

We started off the festivities by listening to Grant Lawrence from CBC Radio 3 describe being harassed by Ruhee's band, Henri Faberge and the Adorables, (the entire venue chanting "Grant Lawrence, take your shirt off!"). Still hard to believe that our sweet Ruhee would belong to such a band of ruffians, but I understand that she was not in fact present at this hazing. I am so relieved.

We still have about 40 hours of South Park episodes on dvd to get through, but we seem to be stuck on watching episode after episode of What Not To Wear. I'm just not used to watching this much tv, particularly during the day. I am overwhelmed by it all.

We're planning to listen to the Radio 3 podcast of the Bucky awards on NewYear's Eve while watching the crap countdown programs on mute. Okay, I'm really just blowing out me arse here, as I'm not even certain if there is a podcast of the Bucky's, but hey, it's Radio 3, they're cool like that, so there's bound to be. Some of the nominees include Islands, Great Aunt Ida, Joel Plaskett and the aforementioned Henri Faberge and the Adorables.

In all the excitement, I completely forgot that it was Friday until reminded by the always reliable (and lovely) Just a Cool Cat and Dale.

So here is my Pyjama Day edition of the Friday random shuffle playlist. I was doing fine with the list until songs 9 and 10, which happen to be the two most cliched rock songs in existence.

Bring me right back to Junior High dances, they do. Standing in the corner desperately hoping that someone asks me to dance that all-important last dance, but praying it won't be that guy.

Party on Garth.

1. Lipstick sunset - John Hiatt

2. I hate the tv - the Violent Femmes

3. Fall - the Jesus and Mary Chain

4. Confusion - New Order

5. On the bus mall - the Decemberists

6. The eraser - Thom Yorke

7. Who was I kidding? - Martha Wainwright

8. What moves the heart? - Mudhoney

9. Stairway to heaven - Led Zeppelin

10. Bohemian rhapsody - Queen


Anonymous said...

Cliched but brilliant just the same like the rest of your list. Nice choices. I have inadvertently been playing your pyjama game and didn't even have to be warned of the rules beforehand. I'm such a sheep. What Not To Wear is pretty addictive and I've used the rules on friends.

Anonymous said...

Maybe it was a rerun, but did you catch the Decemberists on Letterman last night? They were great.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Next year, you must come and join us in the flesh for Pyjama Day, Dale - well, not the flesh, pyjamas, actually. Or you can just lounge about on your own couch (as I'm sure we all would rather do), and just phone in.

I just read your What Not to Wear post! hahaha thanks for posting that! You have to love a man who not only watches What Not to Wear, but who transforms friends. You need to redo my fasion next, please; I want a new job!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

WHAT? The Decemberists were on Letterman last night? John, you should have phoned me or sent a telegram or something!

Were they adorable? No need to answer - of course they were.

mellowlee said...

Ooo i want a PJ day too!!! It sounds great! Oh, did I miss the new years What Not To Wear Marathon? Damnit! I heart that show *G*

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Mel's back! YAY!

Mel, Pyjama Day is so great. We have decided we are going to have on every year from now on. I can't remember the last time I felt so relaxed, but alert too.

Next year, you have to join us for the blessed event.
(I'm not sure if this was supposed to be the New Year's WNTW marathon or not)

Deb said...

PJ day...isn't that every non working day? I'm in.

What Not To Wear depresses me because apparently my entire wardrobe is comprised of "not to wear" clothing. Frumpy = comfort for me.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'm all about the comfort too, Deb. Much as I enjoy watching Stacey and Clinton snark at people, if they tried to make me wear those pointy-toed shoes, I'd smash them. No-bra days are where it's at.

Anonymous said...

I love how nobody seemed to take up option number 2. It does seem to go against the whole lazy day atmosphere of a real good pyjama day.

Our junior high and high school dances always ended with Stairway to Heaven. I remember in grade 7 I wore pink plaid palazzo pants with a pink blouse with a collar long enough to wrap around my head if need be and a hand beaded choker with the name Fred written on it. I thought I looked really hot! Thank god there is no picture of that lovely "what not to wear" outfit!

Allison said...

Oh, I PJ day sounds so excellent, I want time for that!! People keep demanding my attention, making me go out and partake in the world, etc. GEEZ, the nerve!!

I was listening to Radio 3 last week and heard that clip, apparently I don't listen/read well enough. Ruhee is part of that band?? I've been digging them lately, I just added them to the podcast I'm working on.

Again, I'm probably the only girl who actually likes to wear a bra. I'm starting to think its a built-in malfunction, especially because I loathe dresses, etc.
I do love to watch What Not To Wear, but yeah there is a pretty hard-core sheep factor going on. Pointed shoes :S

kelly said...

sigh..and here i am...not owning any pyjamas

Anonymous said...

Sorry! I definitely should have emailed- though I didn't know they were going to be on until 5 minutes before (as I was flicking through, I cuaght Dave saying "after the commercial, we hear from the Decemberists") and sorrier to say still, yes, they were great- his voice is amazing. So crisp and unique.

michelle said...

I love pj's, I really do... but the hell if I don't feel like I passed out drunk in my clothes every time I wake up. Sober or not. :D My assortment of men's pj bottoms rule all!

hey Barb! How're they swingin'?

40 hrs of South Park? YOU BASTARD!

It just occurred to me how cool it would have been if Eva was born on 12/31. She'd be a New Year's Eva.

I am SO out of practice.

Grumpy Old Bastard said...


Sounds like you have the holidays covered. Please tell me you will be popping corn and playing full-contact croquinole? That would be a complete holiday experience.

Unfortunately, our girls have out done you. They have spent their entire winter break in their new xmas nighties.


tydes said...

I'm thinking of planning a weekend where I don't leave the couch once. I think I could coat my coffee table in enough bagged snack food that I wouldn't have to get up for food but I foresee potential problems with my need to go to the washroom. Minimal fluids and fibre might be the answer to that one.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Toccata, you have deprived the world of a truly glorious sight by not having any pictures taken of that particular outfit! I imagine you were a vision! I hope you hung onto that outfit as I foresee it making a big comeback.
And I have to admit that Eva actually used option #2 during the early evening. Shocked I was!

You are far too popular for your own good, Allison. Stop being so much fun and you will have plenty of time, like yours truly.
Yes, Ruhee was asked to join the Adorables shortly after moving to TO. The album was recorded before that but she does quite a few shows with them. She's played with a few other bands as well, and even dj'd with Jay Ferguson of Sloan. Sniff, I'm so proud.
Bra, but no pointy shoes - gotcha categorized.

Well that could make for a very interesting (but chilly) pyjama day, Kelly.

I'm glad you got to see the Decemberists on Letterman, John. I'm just living vicariously through you right now. Were they in costume or street clothes?
Damn, I've got to start watching more tv.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

New Year's Eva! Don't know why I never thought of that one, Michelle. But damn that would have been one hell of a long labour!
You and Eva would rivel each other, I think, in your men's pj bottoms collection.

GOB, you have raised your girls to know the true meaning of Christmas - slothing about in the new nighties for 2 weeks. YES!
I am embarrassed to admit that we have not yet brought the crokinole board out. Today we shall rectify that! See, we were getting so lazy we couldn't even fire round wooden things at each other's heads.

Jeff, you have raised the bar to a whole new level here, and I salute you. Catheterization is an option, I guess, but only goes partway to addressing the problem. And then there is the issue of what happens when you want your pizza warmed up?

Barbara said...

While reading this you reminded me to play my latest radio 3 podcast offer. The top 15 songs of 2006...Did you vote on the Buckys?
I love Grant L. and I would chant along with that crowd...
I'm still in my PJs but because I woke up with stomach flu, maybe bad food... not sure. I better be better for tomorrow because I have big New Years plans... Not gonna let bad milk or whatever slow me down.
So nows a good time for PJs but not a good time for a PJ party for me.
Going back to bed while I listen to Grant tell me what his fav songs are...

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Sorry you're not feeling well, Barbara W - I've been feeling sick on and off since Christmas as well, but you can't let that stop you, right?

Grant Lawrence is pretty hilarious. I loved his story of the fire in his neighbour's apartment.

mellowlee said...

It's nearly 1pm and Im still in my pjs Heehee. Ido have to go to the store tho (unfortunately)

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Way to be true to your school, Mel! I hope that I am in some small way responsible for your slovenliness.

Anonymous said...

Plain clothes. And I hope this makes up for it. Turns out it was a rerun as all the YouTube tags said "1 month ago".

mellowlee said...

Totally your fault my lady! But I broke down and now in jeans, tshirt, but still got the slippers in. I am so putting off going out into the real world BLECHY!!!

mellowlee said...

slippers on rather than in lol

Barbara Bruederlin said...

THANK YOU, JOHN!!!! You are the best!
Awww, they did such a good job.

I did some grocery shopping today, Mel, so now I don't have to go outside again till Tuesday. Woohoo!

Anonymous said...

EVERY day is pyjama day here :)

phlegmfatale said...

WOW!!! Awesome!!! Pajama day! woohoo. See how excitable I am? I have one more suggestion for your playlist and it's TV Party - my favorite Black Flag tune. (That's Incredible! Hill Street Blues! Dallas! Quincy!). The video is on Youtube & it's a great one.

I'm so proud of you all watching What not to Wear and hanging out in pajamas not cooking and not exercising. I think my work here is done!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You live a charmed life, Maureen, what more can I say?

Phlegmfatale, you have taught us well. We have now established the tradition of an annual PF Pyjama Day - the holiest day of the year.

Ruhee said...

I haven't been reading this blog lately AHH, but I am catching up on older entries and like a music/blog geek I love year-end lists. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I was mentioned in this!! WHAT! Well, actually, the first show that the Adorables played back in Toronto after the Western Canadian tour ... involved much underwear and nakedness. I was not at the Vancouver one, but I may or may not have been at the Toronto show. Translation: there are incriminating photographs out there of ALL the Adorables. ALL OF THEM.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh Ruhee, you wild thing! I shall have to send my spies out looking for those incriminating photos, you betcha.