Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

What a great day! SCOTUS legalized marriage equality for the whole country AND the new Nina Simone documentary is being released on Netflix (with a kickass soundtrack featuring the incomparable Lauryn Hill covering some of Nina’s biggest hits). Feeling good, indeed. Ooh, plus Drew and I got to see Lucinda Williams play Celebrate Brooklyn in Prospect Park last night (for free!), rounding out a two-day trifecta of awesomeness. Now, if I would just have a baby this weekend or next (I’m still 3+ weeks early, but I’m impatient and I’m READY!) and if we were to get good news next week about Jackson’s school situation (he’s on a waitlist for a pre-k spot at the school next door to us and waitlist offers start on Monday), I’d be the happiest lady around.

What’s new with you? What are you up to this weekend? What are you feeling good about?

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  • honeybeenicki

    honeybeenicki June 26, 2015, 3:13 pm

    This weekend is going to be pretty awesome (and exhausting)… the surprise birthday party I’ve been planning for my mom for over a year is tomorrow! I have put so much time and energy and money and sweat into it and I’m so ready for it to be here. So far I’m pretty sure she doesn’t know anything, so that’s awesome. We have family coming in from all over and friends that she hasn’t seen in a long time and I’m so excited I could pee myself (or maybe that’s because I’m pregnant). Of course, when I first started planning it, I didn’t know I’d be 35+ weeks pregnant at the time of it but oh well.
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    I hope you get Jackson into that school! That would be awesome for your whole family 🙂

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy June 27, 2015, 8:55 am

      Hope the party goes off without a hitch and your mom loves it. and I hope it doesn’t wear you out too much! I could not be hosting a big party right now, that’s for sure. Hope you have some help!

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki June 28, 2015, 8:18 am

        It was pretty awesome. She was surprised! Unfortunately because we couldn’t tell her about it, she had an appointment to go buy a new car, so about 2 hours after getting there she had to leave for a little while but she came back. So not only did she get a surprise party, she got a new car!
        I’m exhausted today. Even with all the help I had, I was still on my feet way too much (very much in violation of my midwife’s rules that she just set on Thursday) and then managed to get a migraine that kept me awake most of the night. And now I’m at work for a few hours. I can’t wait to go home and hang out on my couch, although in reality I know I’ll only do that for a little bit before I feel compelled to get up and be useful. I suck at relaxing. I hope I get better at it once the baby is here.

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        Dear Wendy June 28, 2015, 9:58 am

        HAHA on relaxing after baby is here. 😉
        But that’s great that the party was a success! Hope you DO try to relax this evening after work — you definitely earned it.

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      • honeybeenicki

        honeybeenicki June 29, 2015, 8:40 am

        In my head, I decided that the first month after he’s here and we’re working on learning to breastfeed will count as my “relaxing” 😉 Maybe not so much in the traditional sense of the word, but I’ll probably have to sit still longer than I’m used to. I don’t handle sitting still very well.
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        I did manage to chill out for a little bit last night, but that’s only because my feet were so swollen they hurt.

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  • Diablo

    Diablo June 26, 2015, 3:16 pm

    Lucinda Williams is great! I saw her in 2011, and i’m going to be seeing her in a few weeks at the Calgary Folk Festival. Tonight, M and i are gong to be seeing the New Pornographers and Viet Cong at the Saskatoon Jazz Festival. I’m really excited about both. Then tomorrow, some friends of ours who host house concerts will be performing their own music for the first time ever. With the sudden heat wave that has hit town, it should be a sweet weekend, with a short week coming up (Canada day being July 1st, we’ll take the 2nd and 3rd off for a super long weekend). Hope everybody has as good a time as I’m planning to have!

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  • Ika

    Ika June 26, 2015, 3:40 pm

    This is the1st weekend in a while that will be quite relaxed for us, only one birthday party with 4 y.o. and dinner with friends tomorrow night. Sunday is apparently going to be very stormy and rainy so we’ll probably just relax at home. It will be a nice change, for the last month or so we have had at least 3 events per weekend. While fun, for the most part, it is also exhausting.
    My husband is making me listen to Pearl Jam nonstop, he got (expensive) tickets to go see them in november, so now apparently I have to become a fan so I can go see them. When I told him originally to go with a friend. Oh well.

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  • othy

    othy June 26, 2015, 3:41 pm

    I didn’t have any plans for tonight, but now I’m going to to go a celebration rally downtown. I missed the last couple we’ve had (from the various big decisions in our state), and I really don’t want to miss this one (even though all of my friends are lame and can’t make it!).
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    Also, I’m hitting up the big arts festival on Sunday. But it’s supposed to be crazy hot, so here’s hoping I don’t get heat stroke.

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  • Portia

    Portia June 26, 2015, 4:32 pm

    I’m crossing my fingers for Jackson’s school! That would be so fantastic for you all.
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    I’m going to 2 going away parties this weekend, birthday brunch for my sister, cake tasting, and getting a lot done. I’m exhausted just thinking about it.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy June 27, 2015, 8:55 am

      All I read was “cake tasting.” Have fun!

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    • Lyra

      Lyra June 27, 2015, 2:02 pm

      We are purposely saving cake tasting for last. Mmmmm cake.

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    • Portia

      Portia June 27, 2015, 6:52 pm

      Yeah, cake is gonna be pretty awesome. My sister and her bf are coming along too now 🙂 I’ll report back on what we pick.

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    • Portia

      Portia June 28, 2015, 5:40 pm

      I’m so full. The cake lady is my new favorite wedding person.

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    mertlej June 26, 2015, 4:53 pm

    Jurassic World. Raptor squad. ‘Nuff said.

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    Sue Jones June 26, 2015, 5:05 pm

    Watching my son play “Grandmaster Chad” in Legally Blonde this weekend! Then a cast party, a sleep over for him and my husband and I get some alone time!

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  • thewriteway

    thewriteway June 26, 2015, 5:11 pm

    I am having something of a career and job crisis. Despite job searching now for a year…including several months before I was let go and since I lost my last job two months ago, I have not turned up anything full time. My only offer was for my pharmacy tech job, which pays less than $9 an hour and offers no benefits. I’m in training for that now, but I am overwhelmed by all the laws, safety practices and customer service procedures I have to know in my new company. I also have to train at three different stores for my job, so I have to fit travel into my plans too. Before I go to classroom trainings, I have to complete computer trainings, and there are several assessments I have to take and can only pass if I get 100%. I’m not questioning the reason behind the scoring, but I do worry that I looked at the wrong field and won’t be able to master. The other new pharmacy techs in my training class want to be PAs or pharmacists, and I don’t think I have the knack needed to master all the hard sciences and go on to a career in that.

    As far as my career goes…I’m not really sure what to do next. Jobs in my chosen field (communications/marketing) are intensely competitive, in addition to being almost non-existent in my hometown. I’ve taken my search out of the area but it hasn’t been enough. I get a lot of compliments about my application, background, etc…and then get notice that someone else was hired. Since I’ve started searching, a lot of my friends have landed good jobs and they love them and are happy. They say “Something will happen for you too,” but it’s hard to hear that from people who have success already and enjoy their lives.

    The only other career I can think of that I’d enjoy is restaurant management. I did food service in college and liked it…I got cross trained on different stations, had ownership of one during my shift and the students knew me for that. I like the energy of a food service environment and know I have good customer service skills. In fact, during one of my trainings the other day, the employee helping me noticed I was very friendly and also said she was impressed by how quick I picked up on the POS. I think about just taking a hostess job in a restaurant and learning the business from there, but I have both spoken and unspoken pressure to deal with the pharmacy tech job and master it. However…l have a second interview with a chain restaurant on Tuesday, and part of me is looking forward to it.

    I really just want to sort out this part of my life, as I feel more mature and confident than I did when I first came here, but this career thing keeps me up at night sometimes…

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    • honeybeenicki

      honeybeenicki June 28, 2015, 8:21 am

      I vote you try for the restaurant work. It sounds like what you really want to do. Sometimes you have to disappoint people to make yourself happy in things like that.

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  • mylaray

    mylaray June 26, 2015, 10:06 pm

    Today has been such a great day in Georgia. <3 And with some Pride stuff this weekend, it'll only get better.

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  • sobriquet

    sobriquet June 27, 2015, 8:36 am

    I am looking forward to a productive and relaxing weekend. My husband is starting on the crib today and it makes me so happy that he’s building it himself. I am going to document the whole process. Tonight we’re going to a karaoke thing for my cousin’s birthday and we have a lot to celebrate (he’s gay and recently came out to his very religious family). Afterwards everyone is going barhopping and I am expected to join. Is that a thing pregnant women do? It sounds miserable. Going to a bar is one thing, but hopping around multiple bars? No thanks. I have no desire to be around drunk people these days.
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    My mom had to have spontaneous surgery on Wednesday to remove some intestines because they found tumors. I didn’t know the details of the surgery until I visited her on Thursday evening. It’s so difficult to see her in pain and to think about something like cancer. I haven’t let myself get too emotional about it, though I feel like I could cry and cry. She will live forever, dammit! My husband and I spent our Friday evening with her at the hospital and she was doing a lot better. I brought her some books and set her up with Netflix on my iPad- much better than the shitty basic cable TV in her hospital room. All of this is another reminder that I married a good one, too. Having a supportive and compassionate spouse makes all the difference.

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  • Lyra

    Lyra June 27, 2015, 2:07 pm

    Lots going on these past few weeks. This summer is just FLYING. Lots of little things to get done this weekend…cleaning up the house and finally getting things a bit more organized after moving a while ago, running errands, maybe having drinks around the bonfire with NG’s family, and essentially just kicking back a bit. It’s so nice having a weekend with no “real” plans.
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    In other news, NG had a job offer this week which brings a HUGE amount of relief for both of us. I know he is getting really sick of sitting at home and applying for jobs and not being able to go anywhere or doing anything because of lack of money. Yay for gainful employment!!

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    snoopy128 June 27, 2015, 4:16 pm

    Last night’s party went really well despite some last minute illnesses!

    And today is about working hard and then watching Canadian women kick butt in soccer.
    Tomorrow, more working hard, maybe cheering a friend or two on in their half marathons, and hopefully some sleep.
    It’s the final stretch for my Master’s project and I’m trying so hard to stay motivated when it is extra beautiful outside and there’s is so much going on (personally and professionally) that could use my attention!

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  • Dear Wendy

    Dear Wendy June 29, 2015, 2:18 pm

    Update: We just got a call from the school where Jackson was waitlisted and they offered us a spot for him for this coming year!! Yay — we’re so relieved and excited.

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