Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

Happy Friday! Did you know Tuesday would have been Billie Holiday’s 100th birthday? It’s true. I love me some Billie Holiday. She is usually on heavy rotation at the Condellberry household (this week, I discovered and added Panda Bear’s newest album, “Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper” to the rotation and really like it). In addition to Billie, Drew also had a birthday this week. He’s not 100 though. Yet. He turned a young 45 on Thursday, the same day Jackson turned 3 1/2. (Here are the birthday boys at Grandpa’s house). To mark the occasion, I think Jackson is finally, totally, completely, fully potty-trained (and, God, I hope I don’t regret making that grand statement, though I am anticipating some potential regression when the baby is born, and, of course, occasional accidents from time to time). You guys, this potty-training business took TWO YEARS. Apparently, girls are much faster with this, so I’m keeping my fingers crossed this baby on the way proves that to be true. Because for two years of potty-training, there is not enough wine (and for the last six months, I’ve had to mostly abstain, so it’s been especially . . .fun).

Anyhoo, I’m excited because after a week of rain and depressingly low temperatures (it was 38 degrees yesterday morning, which is totally unacceptable), it’s supposed to be sunny, sunny, sunny and around 60 degrees all weekend long. Still not quite warm enough for my taste, but I’ll take it. And tomorrow night, we’re getting a sitter and I’m taking Drew out for a birthday dinner. Since I’ve been pregnant, we haven’t been going out on as many dates lately. I’m just so tired all the time and find myself fantasizing about my full body pillow and bed as soon as the sun sets, which sort of defeats the purpose of paying a babysitter $15 an hour to sit in our apartment. But tomorrow night I’m going to summon the energy from somewhere and enjoy being out with my husband at night, wearing something other than maternity leggings and and an oversized t-shirt.

Other than that, I suspect we’ll spend a lot of time outdoors with Jackson, enjoying the sunshine and weather warm enough to finally ditch the winter coats, hopefully until November or December (yesterday, when I had to pull mine out of the closet again, I almost cried, mostly because it’s so tight on me now that I can’t breathe in it, but also because, on April 9, one should not have to wear a winter coat). What are you up to this weekend?

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  • Ika

    Ika April 10, 2015, 3:56 pm

    Billie! <3

    Happy weekend everybody! After two 3 day weeks in a row this 5 day week nearly killed me!
    itΒ΄s good to be back since the phone company finally decided to install internet in the neighbourhood. So no IΒ΄m slowly catching up on what I missed out. Congratulations Wendy on the pregnancy!!!! (and Drew, and Jackson!)

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy April 10, 2015, 6:35 pm

      I wondered what happened to you! And thank you πŸ˜‰

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      • Ika

        Ika April 10, 2015, 7:14 pm

        πŸ™‚

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      d2 April 10, 2015, 7:22 pm

      How is the new house lka?

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      • Ika

        Ika April 11, 2015, 6:07 am

        Amaaaazing!!!!! We are all totally in love with the house and the neighbourhood. The girls run outside to play as soon as they get home, the peace and quiet is the best.
        Thanks for asking! πŸ™‚

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    Sunshine Brite April 10, 2015, 4:07 pm

    Damn, oh well, Mr. Ginger will have to find a job next year instead of just wanting to find a different one. They aren’t asking him back but that’s been clear for awhile.

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      Dear Wendy April 11, 2015, 8:30 am

      That sucks — I’m sorry!

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        Sunshine Brite April 11, 2015, 4:17 pm

        Thanks, I think it’ll be ok more than him. First year teaching and whatnot in a weird environment for a first year so I think there’s only more chances to try again. Eventually he’ll find somewhere that matches, maybe something that’s not just teaching electives.

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  • mrmidtwenties

    mrmidtwenties April 10, 2015, 4:11 pm

    Gah, what a week. This week has shown me that I definitely need to leave my company and find another job or go back to school. My company has screwed up so much stuff with me, it’s actually unbelievable. I’m scared I’ve been pigeon holed into doing sales the rest of my life, and while I’m good at it, I just don’t see that as my future, so I think I need to go back to school and get some sort of certificate in some sort of specialty area to rejig my career future. Other than that, the weather is supposed to be nice, so I’ll definitely be outside, and will probably work on some small wood projects with a buddy that I’m looking at starting an Etsy store with.

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    • mrmidtwenties

      mrmidtwenties April 10, 2015, 4:14 pm

      Also this week, I pulled a side ab, so moving around has been super painful, but in good news I’ve shed a bunch of body fat, so my cutting cycle is working exactly how it’s supposed to.

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      • gigi

        gigi April 11, 2015, 7:34 am

        Ouch I did that too a couple weeks ago, sneezing sucks! Its finally starting to feel better now.

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  • Stonegypsy

    Stonegypsy April 10, 2015, 4:16 pm

    It’s supposed to be really gorgeous this weekend, and GoT comes back on Sunday! So I’m gonna have some people over and make lime chicken tacos and sangria and watch that.

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    • veritek33

      veritek33 April 10, 2015, 4:47 pm

      those tacos sound delish

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  • veritek33

    veritek33 April 10, 2015, 4:34 pm

    I have a date tomorrow with an old co worker who found me on match.com. Pool and burgers at a local joint. And, I might have lost my mind because I’m considering getting a cat. Like, totally fell in love with one at the shelter over lunch. His name is Charlie.

    I’ve never had a cat and have no idea what I’m doing.

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    • Ika

      Ika April 10, 2015, 4:37 pm

      Cats are the best! One of my favourite pet cats was called Charlie. πŸ™‚
      What is he like: kitten? or older?

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      • Ika

        Ika April 10, 2015, 4:39 pm

        also what colour? Did he seem cuddly or standoffish?

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      • veritek33

        veritek33 April 10, 2015, 4:46 pm

        He’s 8 years old, black and white with a little Hitler mustache of black on his face. He came right up to the cage door and kept trying to get my attention which to me is like the signal for TAKE ME HOME HUMAN I LOVE YOU.
        It’s a wonder I made it out of there without him.

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      • Stonegypsy

        Stonegypsy April 10, 2015, 4:58 pm

        Veritek, I have two cats and came super close to adopting another a couple weeks ago (leading me dangerously close to crazy cat lady territory). We decided to go into the shelter to play with some of the cats, and there was a siamese cat named Monk who had the most beautiful blue eyes I’d ever seen, and came right up and started rubbing his head against my hand when we opened his cage. It was soooo hard to leave without him

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      • Ika

        Ika April 10, 2015, 5:06 pm

        AwwwI love when animals choose their humans!!!! And Hitler cats are awesome. πŸ™‚
        nd good on you on getting an older cat!!!

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    • kare

      kare April 10, 2015, 6:02 pm

      Cats are awesome. My mustache cat is amazing. He’s nestled under my arm taking a nap as I write this.

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  • kare

    kare April 10, 2015, 6:10 pm

    I’m going shopping with my mom tomorrow and on Sunday I’m going to visit my god daughter.
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    This week has been weird. My ex is moving in with the crazy girl we work with, so every day I’m in the office I hear their plans for decorating a condo. Then yesterday my FWB was totally wasted and told me he loves me and wants to marry me.

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  • othy

    othy April 10, 2015, 6:42 pm

    I love that Jackson shares a half birthday with Drew. My oldest niece shares a half-birthday with her grandpa, and another niece shares a birthday with my brother. I’ve got a niece due this month, and I’m hoping she’ll be born on the 18th so she’ll share my half-birthday.

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    d2 April 10, 2015, 7:38 pm

    I’ve had three 70-hour weeks in a row without a single day off. This morning we finished the project we were working on, so I left the office before lunch to take a long weekend.
    We are supposed to have wonderful weather this weekend. Tomorrow after I run a few errands, I plan to go hiking, biking, then have a nice steak dinner in the evening with champagne.

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    Kate April 11, 2015, 6:55 am

    Last night was amazing! I solved my hotel party problem! Lianne and I were meeting our friend T who is from NYC but in town for a work event. I was already at the restaurant and Lianne was walking there. She was running a little late and happened to run into our friends L and J who were working out and had to go home to change but then joined us. After Lianne texted me, I asked to be sat and they gave me a table for 5 by the window with an electric socket for phones! Then when L showed up we all ogled her new engagement ring. It turns out she wants to be married in Sept in Boston so she’s been looking at hotels. She said the one I picked is way too dignified and the lobby is quiet so they immediately ask how they can help you. She said just have it 2 doors down at the ____ which, she is so right!!! There’s a concept restaurant and bar in the lobby so people always milling around and it’s a party atmosphere. I went on my phone and booked a 1200-sqft suite with water and city views, which said “perfect for entertaining.” Yayyyy!!! And we had an awesome 4 hour dinner before T had to go back to NYC. We even talked about Dear Wendy.

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      Dear Wendy April 11, 2015, 8:31 am

      Yay for 1200-sqft hotel quotes that are perfect for entertaining!! And also 4-hour dinner with friends.

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    • Portia

      Portia April 11, 2015, 8:54 am

      That sounds perfect! I was just talking about the hotel party I went to last night and how fun it was. We also discussed this protip: everyone will remember much more and have slightly less of a hangover if there’s no Fireball shots, so now I know why my memory is a little fuzzy on the details. Although I think that’s just a general life protip…

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    • Lianne

      Lianne April 13, 2015, 8:38 am

      It was an amazing night indeed. Followed by a super amazing weekend. The sun! It was out ALL weekend. It was exactly what I needed to lift the winter blues. Yesterday afternoon, A and I took a walk around our hood and ended up sitting on a patio of a restaurant, drinking prosecco, eating antipasti, and people watching. I almost started crying I was so happy. I said to him, “I feel like we are in this super special place, and it’s where we live. How lucky are we?!”

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    Kate April 11, 2015, 8:56 am

    Haha! Yes, someone made a point last night of saying no Fireball. Tequila yes, fireball no.

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    • Portia

      Portia April 11, 2015, 9:06 am

      Yeah, good call πŸ™‚

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    Regina Chapman April 11, 2015, 3:55 pm

    Am I really, really weird for wanting a full body pillow even when I’m not pregnant in the slightest?

    Happy weekend everyone! It’s been uncharacteristically sunny here in Holland too, and I took the opportunity to revive our (urban vegetable) garden and went from grump to outdoor goddess over the course of two days. Also, I helped out a 86-year-old neighbour with his plants that he hasn’t been able to take care off for the last 20 years, and did a lot of socializing and tea-exchanging with some others. Neighbours, wine, laughter and planting of seeds… If only it could always be sunny and spring!

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      Regina Chapman April 11, 2015, 3:57 pm

      *care of, not off.
      **socializing and tea-exchanging with some other neighbours. Not some other plants.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy April 11, 2015, 4:44 pm

      I fully intend to use my full body pillow long after I am done being pregnant. It is awesome.

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  • Pamplemousse Rose

    Pamplemousse Rose April 11, 2015, 6:33 pm

    Today was phase 1 of our move. We loaded most of our stuff into storage. We will spend the next few weeks staying with my parents. Then we will move into my condo (which we normally rent out but the renters are conveniently moving). Then at the end of June we get our new home!! It’s all a bit of a pain so many moves but I’m really excited about our house – it was worth waiting for. I’m also excited because my hometown team made the Stanley Cup playoffs and we get tickets to game 3!!

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      Pamplemousse Rose April 11, 2015, 6:36 pm

      Also my team is going to play my husband’s team. Any suggestions as to a friendly wager we could make?

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    Kate April 12, 2015, 2:07 pm

    I don’t watch TV so I never watched Sex and the City, but now I’ve been binge watching it on my iPad. Can I just say, everything that everyone writes into this site about is covered on that show? Everyone should watch the episode called No Ifs, Ands, or Butts in season 3. It’s about deal-breakers. It’s amazing. I think Carrie is doing roller sets in her hair in that season though and they’re not doing her any favors.

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    • Lianne

      Lianne April 13, 2015, 8:36 am

      I love that you’ve fully embraced SATC, even if it is 10 years since the series finale. πŸ™‚

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