Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

Happy Weekend! Happy Easter! Happy Passover. And, best of all, Happy Mad Men Season Premiere!

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    snoopy128 April 4, 2015, 12:31 pm

    Ooh! I have to go to a Mad Men themed bachelorette party soon. What should I wear? What is Mad Men style?

    Happy Easter weekend everybody!

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    Kate April 4, 2015, 2:48 pm

    I replied but I didn’t enter my info, so sorry if this is a dupe. Red lipstick, teased updo with lots of spray. Pencil skirt and tucked in blouse or sweater. Panty hose. Heels. A brooch, or pearls, or some sort of vintage looking jewelry. Or a sheath dress with a belt maybe.

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    Kate April 4, 2015, 2:53 pm

    So my whole retirement fund has been missing for a week and no one will answer my inquiries as to its whereabouts. It was supposed to roll over automatically by March 31, following our company’s acquisition by a huge global company. But it’s nowhere to be found. They have mishandled every aspect of this acquisition so badly, I wouldn’t put it past them to lose my 401k in the cloud or something.

    I guess we’re having ham with my parents tomorrow.

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      Skyblossom April 5, 2015, 9:53 am

      That’s scary!

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      Sunshine Brite April 5, 2015, 6:10 pm

      Oh no! I hope it all works out.

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        Anonymous April 5, 2015, 7:11 pm

        Thanks both! I also did my taxes today and it seems they forgot to send me a form… If I’d had the form I’d have owed a few thousand on my taxes, but since I didnt, I barely owed anything. I just know this is going to come back to haunt. I kept asking about the tax implications of this stock thing and they would never give me a straight answer. Assholes! And I still don’t know where the money is that I’ve been saving for 15 years!!!!

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        Skyblossom April 6, 2015, 8:08 am

        The 401K is tax deferred and your contribution should be taken out before tax so that it effectively lowers your income. I think you should do your best estimate of your income, there should be to date information with every pay statement.

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        Kate April 6, 2015, 11:40 am

        The tax form was for something different, but yeah, I’m uncomfortable.

        I did find out we are in a blackout period with the 401k rollover, which was never communicated. So that mystery is solved. It should be showing up in my Fidelity account this week.

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        Skyblossom April 6, 2015, 1:35 pm

        Glad to hear that. The thought of losing 15 years worth of retirement is frightening. You need all the years for it to build.

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      MsMisery April 6, 2015, 11:28 am

      I feel sick for you 🙁 🙁

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    Portia April 5, 2015, 7:08 am

    Happy Easter and Passover!! We celebrate both over here (and by celebrate, I mean Bassanio goes along with any sort of celebration I want to do because he doesn’t really care about holidays), which means he’s got his chametz cabinet and I get tiny chocolate bunnies (any excuse for chocolate). I made my first potato kugel and it was a success! I forgot that Bassanio is a fan of matzo, though, so I don’t think I got enough boxes…

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      Dear Wendy April 5, 2015, 10:19 am

      We sort of celebrate both. We go to a passover seder (and eventually I will host one, but maybe not this year) and Drew keeps a passover diet all week, and we take jackson to an Easter egg hunt (but we don’t do the easter bunny/ easter basket stuff).

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        Dear Wendy April 5, 2015, 10:20 am

        And for dinner tonight, I’m making brisket, which is definitely more Passover-ish that Easter-ish, but we’re just calling it a holiday dinner.

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        Portia April 5, 2015, 12:35 pm

        Brisket, love it! I have many fond memories of my bubbe’s terrible brisket (what she lacked in cooking skills she made up in being an awesome grandma). And it sounds to me like you’re celebrating both 🙂
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        I love holiday combo meals too! We used to have an Easter/Passover brunch with our family friends every year, complete with an awesome egg hunt (good complement to the afikomen search from the Seder). I’d joke we’d have a Passover ham and kosher-for-Easter flourless cake.

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    Mr. Cellophane April 5, 2015, 2:36 pm

    Today is my birthday, and my in-laws were here for Easter. My FIL said something on the car ride home from church that pissed my MIL off. So they left right after Easter Dinner like they were shot out of a cannon. I feel kinda sorry for him. It is gonna be a long chilly car ride home.

    My Birthday wish was to not clean up the mess I made making The Dinner.

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      Mr. Cellophane April 5, 2015, 2:38 pm

      In other news, I’m kinda starting to hate my birthday.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray April 5, 2015, 3:03 pm

        Happy birthday! Why hating your birthday?!?

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      • Mr. Cellophane

        Mr. Cellophane April 5, 2015, 9:55 pm

        Because I am getting OLD.
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        Also, it is always in the middle of spring semester; Academic Crunch Time. Since Mrs. (Dr.) Cellophane is a professor, my birthday is often an afterthought. The holiday just makes it worse than usual.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray April 6, 2015, 11:41 am

        I hear ya. Mine always falls on or near Thanksgiving. I can’t tell you how many pumpkin pies I got in lieu of a birthday cake. Cheapskates! 😉

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      Dear Wendy April 5, 2015, 3:43 pm

      Happy birthday!

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    • Lyra

      Lyra April 5, 2015, 8:27 pm

      Happy birthday!!

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      • Mr. Cellophane

        Mr. Cellophane April 5, 2015, 9:57 pm

        Thanks, ladies, for the well wishes!

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    Addie Pray April 5, 2015, 3:06 pm

    I’m taking a poll. Easter-celebraters, growing up did the Easter bunny hide your basket? Not mine. I’d just wake up, and there it would be, usually right by my bed. But a friend mentioned on Facebook that the Easter bunny always hid her basket, and in the comments there appeared to be a 50-50 divide. I had no idea some people hid the baskets! (Hiding the eggs, yes of course, but not the basket!)

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    • LadyinPurpleNotRed

      LadyinPurpleNotRed April 5, 2015, 3:14 pm

      My basket would be outside my bedroom door in the morning so I wouldn’t wake up my parents looking for it.

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      snoopy128 April 5, 2015, 3:17 pm

      My easter bunny only hid my eggs, not my basket. But the only point of my ‘basket’ was to collect the eggs. Usually eggs would be hidden or I would have to follow a trail of smaller eggs to a bigger egg/prize

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      Dear Wendy April 5, 2015, 3:45 pm

      The bunny his my basket. Once it was hidden in the washing machine. I didn’t find it that year until the 4th of July.

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        d2 April 5, 2015, 4:36 pm

        Ahh, but it was a real clean basket by that point!

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        Addie Pray April 6, 2015, 11:39 am

        I had never heard of anyone hiding the basket! I like it. But, yeah, to hide a big basket, you’d need to get creative. Lol, d2

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      RedRoverRedRover April 5, 2015, 9:16 pm

      Never heard of it. Our baskets would be laid out in the living room, with clothes and toys around them. My mom always made a huge deal out of holiday gifts. 🙂 I used to be so confused when other kids said they just got chocolate. She only buys us chocolate now (as adults), but she got my son a picnic table!
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      Also, I didn’t get my son a basket and my MIL thought we were bad. First of all, we’re atheists, so it’s not like we super care about Easter. I don’t think she really believes we’re atheists though. Second, he’s not even two, and we don’t give him chocolate or candy. He has no idea it’s Easter, and even if we did, we’d have nothing to put in the basket!

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      d2 April 5, 2015, 9:56 pm

      Only the eggs were hidden. The basket contained candy, fruit and miscellaneous items(pencils, books, small toys, socks, underwear, etc.). I was never much of a fan of Easter candy. I ate the fruit and some pieces of chocolate. But I used to secretly sneak some of the candy into the trash so my mother – er, the Easter Bunny – wouldn’t be offended.

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      MsMisery April 6, 2015, 11:32 am

      My basket was never hidden, but my mom hid eggs around the house. They had small things in there: coins, candy, sometimes a note with the name of an actual toy to be received later. I am an only child so there were usually 5-10 in each room and some outside if the weather was cooperative. And yeah, my mom. I knew of the “Easter Bunny” phenomenon but, like Santa, it just wasn’t a thing in my house. I knew it was all my parents’ doing.

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