Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

New York City has been offering up its traditional late-July weather this week, ranging from miserably hot to horrendously humid, and every time I’ve left the house my clothes have been sticking to me within minutes. I finally had to start toting Joanie around in a stroller instead of strapped around me in the Ergo I normally prefer (and, actually, my first preference in a Moby wrap, but I decided right off the bat to wait ’til fall to layer myself in all that warm fabric because the body heat between us was creating small fires everywhere we went.

We have zero travel plans this summer, for obvious reasons, but next year, when we aren’t waiting and wondering when a baby’s coming and we can actually plan some things in advance, I want to get the hell out of Dodge. Maybe for the whole month of July. That’s my dream one day, anyway. I’d like to skip town for most of July and August. Does anyone in, like, Northern California or Oregon or some place with civilized summers (even my beloved Chicago!) want to swap homes and come spend two grueling months in hell? Anyone?? Our place even comes with two cats whose barf you can clean up on the regular. Hit me up for more details!

Anyway, what’s new? Are you on vacation? I think everyone is on vacation this weekend. (Well, not us). Where did you go? What are you doing? What’s the weather like where you are?

Me, I’m getting my thrill by buying cute, new, post-pregnancy underwear since I stretched out all my other underwear with my huge third trimester belly. (By the way, there’s an anniversary sale at Nordstrom for just a couple more days if you want to check that out). Not that I’m wearing the new undies yet since things are still not, let’s say, quite back to normal down there. It’s been like a 3 1/2 week-long period around here (TMI?). Which is not what you want to deal with when it’s ranging from miserably hot to horrendously humid outside, but, damn, at least I can drink a couple glasses of cold rosé now.

Anyhoo, before I say anything else that might embarrass my poor, long-suffering husband — who really should be glad I refrained from discussing my nine months of constipation in great detail — I bid you adieu. Have a happy weekend (and a wonderful vacation, you 98% of people who are living the dream his week)!

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    memboard July 31, 2015, 3:14 pm

    To fix cat barf, feed them tuna in water straight from the can. It can be the cheapest flakes you can find at Costco. Kept many cats alive long past catfood came back up on the regular

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    mango July 31, 2015, 4:57 pm

    Hey, I’m in Northern California and would gladly swap houses with you. However, it’s been over 100 every day this week. (It was 108 on Wednesday!) So I have a feeling you may not be interested.

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  • honeybeenicki

    honeybeenicki July 31, 2015, 6:44 pm

    I’m in WI and would switch but its like 8000% humidity here, so there’s that. And my place comes with an obnoxious kitten, an elderly bulldog, an ancient hedgehog, a penis-less tortoise that humps rocks, a bearded dragon and a bunny.

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  • Lady_Red

    Red_Lady July 31, 2015, 8:27 pm

    It’s been pretty hot in the PNW this summer, and it’s making me grateful that I had my baby in the fall, so I didn’t have to do the practically constant breastfeeding that my newborn required while it’s super hot out. I thought I had wanted to try to have the next kid in like late spring/early summer, but now I’m thinking fall is where it’s at.

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    booknerd July 31, 2015, 9:25 pm

    In Park City, UT it’s in the mid 80s today, but it’s been around 75-80 lately, dipping into the fifties, or even as low as 28 a few mornings ago. I can’t say I’m excited for winter, but I love the weather here. It gets cold every night which is so refreshing.
    We went for an awesome hike today, up in the mountains and it was like a hike on the eastern side of the cascades, except there was a noticeable lack of slugs. We really miss the PNW.
    And I’m hunting for gently used baby stuff, because a little stupidly we sold or gave away most of ours when our son outgrew his first car seat, swing, bassinet, etc. Dumb. I do not have attachments to items, so I like to give it away or get rid of things when we don’t need them. I’m kicking myself in the butt this time. Baby stuff is $$$!

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    Ange July 31, 2015, 11:42 pm

    Hey if you can handle the commute it’s winter in Aus but a balmy 74 today where I am lol.

    We have a huge weekend, did a cocktail night for Meetup last night but it was a bit disappointing. The drinks were amazing but the setup wasn’t conducive to mingling. Tonight we have tickets to see one of my favourite comedians and tomorrow there’s a travel expo for America and we can’t wait to check it out as we want to visit next year. Stay cool over there you guys!

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    shakeourtree August 1, 2015, 2:27 pm

    I’m at home with my family in the mountains for the month of August after a crazy week. I took the bar exam Tuesday and Wednesday, and then my lease expired, so I had to move out of my apartment yesterday. It was 70 degrees last night when I got into town after moving all day in the hot sun and 90+ heat. It usually stays about five degrees cooler here than where I normally live. And it’s gorgeous, of course!

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny August 1, 2015, 9:04 pm

    I’m in Northern CA (Bay Area), and it’s been hot this week- high 80’s-low 90’s but no humidity! I would totally swap. At the very least, come for a visit for a couple of weeks! Thank goodness for the marine layer!

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    freckles August 2, 2015, 6:11 pm

    I was in the Bay Area this week and I was SO bummed at how hot it was. I was super excited to get out of the hot weather I normally live in, and enjoy some cool Bay Area weather. Oh well, guess I brought it with me. Sorry! 🙂

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    Kate August 3, 2015, 8:57 am

    Ugh, I had a huge breakdown or meltdown last night. My husband and I were on Cape Cod and planned to drive back really early this morning because the traffic situation has gotten so bad. We were having a nice day yesterday at the beach. We got new beach chairs with flip-up roofs for shade, and we had a nice lunch in this outdoor bar. Everything was fine until I got a third drink, an oyster shooter. I was pretty tipsy but still having fun on the beach and going in the water a bit. Then on the way out I though I should have another drink. That’s when it all went south. I was really out of it on the drive back to the house, and then when we got home I was kind of just lying around semi-conscious and I’m sure not being very pleasant, and eating salty snacks.
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    Then I started freaking out and wanting to get out of there and drive back to the city, which my husband was like WTF. Then I just sat on the floor and hyperventilated and ugly cried for quite some time. I guess a lot of shit had been building up. Mostly having to do with work. Long-ass story, not worth recounting here. But also some personal stuff, and something sad that happened to a friend, and how fucked up my family is. And feeling old and fat. Just everything all at once. After a while I stopped crying and we went to dinner, but when we got back I cried some more.
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    I’m not going to drink for like a month.

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    • Nookie

      Nookie August 3, 2015, 9:01 am

      Yikes Kate, that sounds rough… I hope you’re feeling a bit better after getting it out of your system somewhat?

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    Kate August 3, 2015, 9:06 am

    Thanks Nookie! I still don’t feel great, and the work situation is ongoing. I think a good night’s sleep tonight will help. I’ve been having the Sunday Scaries really bad lately, and alcohol makes it worse, so usually I just have one drink on a Sunday. I feel bad that I ruined a really good day.

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    • Nookie

      Nookie August 4, 2015, 10:56 am

      It happens to the best of us, I’m sure he totally understands that you needed to fall apart a little. Take it easy on yourself, do lots of things that make you feel nice.

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    K August 3, 2015, 11:18 am

    I was away in California last week so I escaped the NY humidity! It was hot most of the places we went, but we were in Yosemite and Sequoia so at the higher elevations it was around 70 and beautiful! On the last night of our vacation, we had dinner in SF at Fisherman’s Wharf and came back to our rental car window smashed in and my boyfriend’s backpack (with his camera in it) stolen. Apparently this has been increasing over the last year in SF because it’s no longer a felony if you steal less than $950. You aren’t going to see any jail time, you just get a citation. After tallying everything up he lost about $900 worth of stuff, including the backpack itself and some other things inside. It was really upsetting because he had hiked Half Dome and I didn’t go with him, so the only photos were on his camera and he’s been wanting to hike it forever. So now he has no pics of it. At least we didn’t get mugged or something worse, but it was still really frustrating.

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