Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

Happy Passover and Happy Easter to those celebrating either — or both — occasions this weekend. Jackson’s bed time is too early to take him to the family seder tonight, so I’m staying home with him while Drew heads to his cousins’ place. Our neighbor invited us to her seder, so I may take Jackson by for a quick hello before he passes out at 7 PM. No Easter plans this year — I can’t remember the last time I truly celebrated Easter — and I’ve begun to think about whether we’ll introduce the tradition of an Easter basket and all the trimmings to Jackson eventually or not. On one hand, he’s Jewish, so Easter is not his holiday. On the other hand, we do celebrate Christmas — albeit in a secular fashion — so where do we draw the line? Things to ponder…

Anyhow, we’ll keep this open thread short and sweet: what are your weekend/Passover/Easter plans? What are some of your favorite memories of these special spring occasions past?

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  • SweetsAndBeats

    SweetsAndBeats April 6, 2012, 5:14 pm

    My boyfriend is working and all the fam is out of town, so I will be sitting in the back yard chilling out and getting my summer tan started!

    Easter Egg party tomorrow morning and church on Sunday. Though I’m not looking forward to going to church alone, I’m still going to because I’m looking forward to the service, my pastor is really cool. I’ll make some sort of delicious Easter dinner for the boyfriend to come home to. That’s about it as far as obligations go, though!

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    • SweetsAndBeats

      SweetsAndBeats April 6, 2012, 5:28 pm

      Oh and also, I tried using self tanner for the first time last night (I’m dying for some color) and ended up with orange palms. SO. AWFUL! I’ve been washing my hands with apricot scrub and soaking them in lemon juice + sugar all day to no avail. I’m so embarrassed that I’m thinking about cancelling my plans tonight. I’ve been googling but nothing’s making it better!

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark April 6, 2012, 5:30 pm

        Wear some sort of fashionable gloves maybe? Yikes… Good luck.

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      • SweetsAndBeats

        SweetsAndBeats April 6, 2012, 5:32 pm

        :/

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      • FireStar

        FireStar April 6, 2012, 6:25 pm

        lemon juice and salt I’ve heard…

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      • SweetsAndBeats

        SweetsAndBeats April 6, 2012, 6:35 pm

        Crud, is it salt? I’ve been using sugar!

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      • SweetsAndBeats

        SweetsAndBeats April 6, 2012, 7:53 pm

        Okay well I used two different kinds of body scrub as well as washed myself over 3 times in the shower… I’m starting to look almost human… Going to try washing with salt (oh my poor hang nails) and go from there. Thank you for the salt tip!

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        JK April 7, 2012, 10:22 am

        I think either does the job, the important thing is that it has a texture that will exfoliate.

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    Rachel April 6, 2012, 5:38 pm

    I’m not religious, and neither are most of my friends, but we choose to celebrate Easter with an epic brunch. By epic, I mean the quantity of champagne that is consumed in mimosa form. I have been looking forward to this for weeks.

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    • katie

      katie April 7, 2012, 1:28 pm

      that sounds awesome!

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        rachel April 8, 2012, 8:14 pm

        Yep! Definitely drunk Easter for me!

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow April 6, 2012, 5:44 pm

    I’m not an Easter person. I’m not religious at all (although I was raised Catholic), and even though there are secular elements, it still seems like it’s mainly a religious holiday (more so than Christmas, anyway). So usually I don’t do anything. This year, however, my little brother’s birthday falls on Easter so I’ll be going BACK to my hometown to celebrate his birthday with him, then we’re having a small family gathering that is supposed to be an Easter/birthday celebration combo. I’m sure chaos will ensue, as is the trend for most of our family gatherings. I’m not looking forward to it. (I was just home last weekend and got into a fight with both my mom and grandma).

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    Eagle Eye April 6, 2012, 6:52 pm

    I’m throwing seder tomorrow night, its going to be one practicing Jew (me!), one lapsed Jew (not my boyfriend) and 13 non-Jews who are all very much not Jewish (but in all different ways!) and who also all have various eating issues (ie vegetarians and gluten free) so I’m turning it into a cooking challenge potluck dinner, where everyone has to bring something Kosher!

    I’m going to be tackling this rather difficult chocolate almond egg white cake, roasting chicken parts (for the non-vegetarians) and making vegetarian matzoh ball soup (the gluten free guy will get extra carrots!)

    Wish me luck!

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      Buzzelbee April 6, 2012, 8:20 pm

      Sounds like you are doing a lot of work. Cooking for a large group with a variety of dietary needs is always a challenge. Good luck!

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        Eagle Eye April 6, 2012, 9:10 pm

        well, I may or may not have just screwed up the cake, so I guess we’ll see!

        Thanks!

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      SpaceySteph April 6, 2012, 11:44 pm

      Hah that’s my seder too: 1 jew (me), one lapsed Jew (my friend), three Catholics (so I made salmon along with brisket since it’s Good Friday so they can’t eat meat), and two other Christians who hate fish. Fun times.

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        Eagle Eye April 7, 2012, 10:23 am

        Heh, yeah, its going to range from atheists to a range of Catholics to Protestants (some extremely religious, some not) , to my boyfriend whose half Muslim but who was also baptized Lutheran and whose dad is still kinda Catholic, eh, I love them all so it should be fun! 🙂

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    SpaceySteph April 6, 2012, 6:22 pm

    Whew, I’ve been cooking all day (and all last Sunday, and all last Friday for stuff that could freeze well) for my Passover seder which is starting in about 2 hours. With a grand total of 2 Jews in attendance, and 6 goyim. That’ll be a fun time.

    Then Sunday my fiancé’s mother is in town and they’re cooking Easter dinner (supper? what do you call a meal you eat at 3pm?) at his place. Interfaith relationships FTW!

    Wendy- Did you have Jackson formally converted as a baby or are you raising him Jewish even though he isn’t technically so by Jewish law? For those who don’t know: Judaism only recognizes you as born Jewish if your mother is Jewish at the time of your birth. Except that some Reform groups will recognize any child who has a Jewish parent as Jewish; but if he were to (maybe later in life) become more religious, the Orthodox and even some Conservative Jews wouldn’t consider him Jewish.

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    • FireStar

      FireStar April 7, 2012, 7:47 am

      But if Wendy says her son is Jewish – isn’t that where the conversation ends? Irrespective of what others may consider him?

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        savannah April 7, 2012, 8:35 am

        As someone else whose mom is not jewish I second this.

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        Renee April 7, 2012, 8:54 am

        At times I meet people who identify themselves as Christian, but no formal initiation. I do not in any way suggest they’re not Christian. But if you do identify yourself as anything, sooner or later I think it is important to make it pretty clear.

        I knew of a mother, who had a limited education, and she was freaking out that the public school was trying to convert her daughter to Islam. In middle school, they learn about different religions, and what is same and what is different from each one. Her daughter comes home talking about Islam, Judaism, Buddhism, and Hinduism, along with Christianity. She just wants to tell her mother about what she is learning about. Nothing big.

        I told the mother maybe she should speak to her pastor/church for direction on how to address it, to only find out the daughter was never baptized and they never gone to any Christian services. I encouraged her to find a church she liked, and consider going if this was important to her.

        So if religion is important and you want to share it with your children, do it before middle school is a pretty good guideline.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy April 7, 2012, 9:15 am

      The rabbi who married us — and only agreed to marry us if we promised to raise our children Jewish — and the moyle who performed Jackson’s bris both assured us that Jackson is Jewish (and we have the paperwork to prove it). I understand that not everyone will consider him Jewish since I am not Jewish, but the people who matter most will know the score.

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        SpaceySteph April 8, 2012, 12:48 pm

        I am sorry if that came off sounding mean. I think it’s great that you are raising him how you and Drew chose, and think that it’s silly that the more religious only consider half-Jews to be Jewish if the “right” parent is Jewish. How ridiculous is that?!
        I was just curious how you guys were doing it, because there are different ways.

        My fiance is Catholic and though we won’t have the issue of people considering our half-breed children Jewish, I was recently told by an orthodox Jew that if I have sons it will be bad for them because they won’t have a Jewish male role model. Apparently, it’s not enough to have a Jewish mother if you don’t have a father to teach you to read Torah and lay tefillin. So, really, no matter which half is Jewish, it won’t be enough for those people.

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      • FireStar

        FireStar April 9, 2012, 8:50 am

        But how lovely your children will have such an immediate example of tolerance and respect and the ability to find common ground instead of focusing on divisiveness being raised in a house that has two faiths.

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        Bunny April 16, 2012, 11:57 am

        Wendy, I’m so glad to read this because I have been thinking about this same exact topic. My boyfriend is Jewish and I’m not. We are getting ready to talk about how to raise our kids in the future and I was really worried that people would not see our kids as Jewish (its obviously very important to my boyfriend) solely because I wasn’t Jewish. At least I know now that there are people who would see them Jewish.

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark April 6, 2012, 8:02 pm

    Personally, I plan on going to the gym and cranking up Madonna’s latest CD in my ipod. That’s about as close to as a religious experience as I need at this point in my life.

    “i’m a sinner
    i’m a sinner
    i’m a sinner
    i like it that way…”

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    Buzzelbee April 6, 2012, 8:18 pm

    It’s my birthday tomorrow. I am spending the afternoon with my husband and then in the evening going out for dinner and drinks with friends. Not very easter themed but a welcomed break from lots of stress lately. My husband is baking me a double chocolate birthday cake 🙂

    I hope everyone has a wonderful and not too stressful time with family.

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    jlyfsh April 6, 2012, 8:42 pm

    it’s our first easter to be away from family, so we’re keeping it low key. i’m going to a sunrise service and then cooking a small lunch for my husband and i. then we might take the dogs to the beach and just relax. going to be much different from the shuffling between houses and families we usually do!

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    Renee April 6, 2012, 8:58 pm

    It’s easier to celebrate Christmas for non-religious individuals, over Easter because it is easier to participate in celebrating a birth over death/resurrection.

    Who doesn’t like a good birthday over a crucifixtion?

    Today is Good Friday. After a week of observing passages about the crucifixion, an atheist friend probably just unaware what is actually observed on Good Friday, made a little swipe at Christians. Even if you have no spiritual belief in the Resurrection (Yeah, that takes a leap of Faith), Jesus was an innocent man who died a horrible death as the crowds jeered and mocked him.

    Save your daily Christian teasing for Monday, and enjoy the weekend.

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    • SweetsAndBeats

      SweetsAndBeats April 6, 2012, 9:10 pm

      Are you just making a PSA about the teasing, or are you reading something somewhere on here that I’m not seeing?

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        Renee April 6, 2012, 9:16 pm

        No. Not here.

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark April 7, 2012, 10:26 pm

        Well, Christians are a truly oppressed group. First, there is epic the War on Christmas. Meanwhile thousands upon thousands of young Christians are routinely bullied at school, many to the point where they even commit suicide. Those that somehow survive must then endure countless wanna-be whackjob political figures on TV demonizing them all just to get elected… Oh, and they can’t get married either… Yeah, Christians really have it rough these days, you can’t blame them for getting defensive.

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        Renee April 8, 2012, 8:43 pm

        First this is Wendy’s website, and I’ve consider myself I guest here. I am very aware I share a different point of view then others.

        I’ll be glad to explain what Christians believe and not believe. OK. I’m sharing, not shoving it down your throat.

        Let’s start to get personal. I once like 99% of all other women, used contraception and had non-marital sex with young men I barely knew, and suffered the repercussion of that. I sinned. I sinned. I sinned.

        I still sometimes on a smaller scale sin, almost daily, and don’t go to confession enough.

        Over the course of my marriage, we moved from contraception to natural family planning, because the reproductive system isn’t by default diseased and need to be medically controlled. Natural ovulation and menstruation should be valued, not oppressed. If something is wrong with our cycle, let’s find better ways of correcting it without just handing over a young woman birth control bills to make sure she artificially bleeds every 28 days.

        Now that may sound nutty and wacky to everyone reading that. I get that.

        So currently President Obama has MANDATED without exception religious organizations the serve others in their missions to cover contraception (for free) by force the insurance company through the employee/employer pool, even if they are self-insured. If these religious organizations do not comply, then they will be SEVERELY fined to the point they can no longer serve those in need because they refuse against their conscience to support the use of contraception.

        Yeah, I feel a little oppressed right now.

        On the topic of marriage.

        Because objectively we all have a mom and dad (DNA tests), and it serves the common good when a mother and father love one another and cooperate with one another. This isn’t a religious belief, this is rather objective as we seen the effects of high rates of fatherless in the homes.

        Currently I live in Massachusetts, so I sort of use to your insults. I live with it, it’s sort of my cross I have to say.

        Our public policy on marriage is broken, if gay people want civil marriage it’s not much really there to have. Remember, you are talking to a woman who thinks oral sex, anal sex, and masturbation is wrong STRAIGHT OR GAY. A penis goes into a vagina. Simple. Evolutionary design. Yes, Catholics are OK with evolution and no it doesn’t conflict with Genesis.

        Don’t think this has to do with your orientation or I think gay relationships or icky. I totally get it, people for whatever reason are born to not like the opposite sex. It happens. In fact I believe there is an evolutionary role for it. The only natural way gay people can pass on their genes is through nieces and nephews.

        Ironically I deal with gay parenting in my field, but they are not parents by sperm donors or surrogacy in which babies are literally orders and bought. These gay parents are biological kin, who are raising their nieces, nephews, or younger cousins. Children belong whenever possible with kin.

        I’m a strong believer in biological kinship and we all have roots, and our roots are important to our identities. Even if our parents maybe unable to raise us (or are jerks), you have EVERY RIGHT to know who you are. I’m thankful everyday that there are loving relatives to help support and love these children and it doesn’t matter what their orientation is.

        Whew!

        Renee

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark April 9, 2012, 12:02 am

        Uh, okay, Renee. I rest my case. You are in no way oppressed. The cross you bear is hilariously tiny.

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      • SweetsAndBeats

        SweetsAndBeats April 9, 2012, 4:54 am

        Well, I don’t know how this is a response that actually talks about how Christians are repressed. Honestly, the only “oppression” of Christianity I have ever heard of or experienced was other people insulting Christians’ intelligence for believing in certain miracles/stories in the Bible, and pointing out some of the atrocities that have been done in the name of Christianity. If having your intelligence as a Christian puts a stick in your craw, I’d highly recommend being on the receiving end of uninvited verbal attacks regarding your definitive route to Hell, in order to see if that changes your perspective at all.

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  • iwannatalktosampson

    Iwannatalktosampson April 6, 2012, 10:17 pm

    I’m boycotting Easter with my husbands family this year. So I think we might make our own tradition – suggestions anyone? I’m thinking about going to the sunrise service at Red Rocks and then going to eat cheap mexican food and margaritas! Sounds like a good Easter to me.

    Also I can’t Drunk DW at the forum b/c I still can’t log in from my laptop – only my iphone – which lets be real – isn’t happening right now – but y’all can just know I’ve had 4 beers tonight. Shit is getting wild.

    I also started working again this week – and can I just say – I LOVE my job. Love it. Technically I probably can’t work there once I get my bar results – but ugh I just wish I could do what I do forever – even if I get paid shit. I have started “networking” at the job – which really means I go hang out with all the old chiefs and get them to like me so they will hire me later in life. I figure I can’t go back in time and fix my grades – so I pretty much have to work with what I got – which is an amazing ability to make friends at work.

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    lovelygirl April 6, 2012, 11:59 pm

    I just went to my first seder tonight and it was really amazing. I had a great time learning old traditions and meeting new people (my boyfriend’s friend from temple and her family with half jewish people and half christian). Tomorrow we will be preparing prime rib to bring to my parents house for Easter on Sunday. My family is not religious so Sunday is just a nice meal and a day to spend in the hot tub drinking rum runners. Not too shabby!

    The more I learn about Jewish traditions, the more I like. But in the long run I don’t see myself converting but rather worshipping with my boyfriend and learning to adopt his traditions into our life as we grow closer together.

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    • mandalee

      mandalee April 7, 2012, 8:44 am

      I love Jewish traditions too! I was raised Catholic but no longer practice, and spent two years as a preschool teacher at a Jewish Community Center. I absolutely LOVED my time there, and I was in love all the traditions/holidays/and pretty much everything they did.

      My friend’s boyfriend is Jewish and this weekend was her first peek into his traditions, and she was so nervous I sent her cheat sheets on the traditions/ meaning of Passover. She sent me a text this morning that she had a blast. I think even if couples don’t convert, it’s really great to be able to share in one another’s traditions.

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    savannah April 7, 2012, 12:13 am

    just finished seder 1 of 2. My parents throw them every year, and they are always a lot of fun and a lot of work. Today I thought we were having 17 people over but it ended up being 23.
    tomorrow will be more of a mad house with 32 in attendance. thats a lot of brisket but hey its all cooked already so we’re good. just have to reset the table and stuff more plague bags for tomorrow and we should be all set.

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    Emsz April 7, 2012, 7:45 am

    For us (my parents+ siblings) Easter has always been secular as we are non-religious. We just celebrate it with some good food, and loads of boiled eggs.
    If you want to celebrate Easter with Jackson you could just boil a load of eggs when he’s a bit older, and set him to work with some paint and a brush and let him paint the eggs, after which you eat them at a nice lunch 🙂 You could also introduce the Easter bunny if you want, egg hunts are quite fun for little kids (but if you do them in your apartment, best to make them chocolate, instead of raw/boiled eggs. Chocolate ones don’t smell when they go bad). 😛

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  • FireStar

    FireStar April 7, 2012, 8:58 am

    Easter egg hunts and decorating eggs and OD-ing on chocolate sounds like a great secular way to celebrate to me! Easter is chill for us – a nice big family dinner and maybe watching a movie or two. I’m making all the homemade breads and pasta today (my aunt is vegetarian so is all about the mushroom and spinach lasagna) so tomorrow will be a just fling everything in the oven day. I am making Pao de Queijo for the first time though – so I hope that turns out. It is always so yummy when I have it in Brazilian restaurants.

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  • JK

    JK April 7, 2012, 10:26 am

    Tomorrow we´re carrying on the tradition of going to my mum´s house for an egg hunt, she has a huge garden with lots of trees so my 4 year old has a great time finding everything! Last year we couldn´t go since I was like a million months pregnant (my 2nd was born 2 days after Easter) and I was uncomfortable as hell.
    And after the hunt a BBQ.

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    solitaryflame April 7, 2012, 12:53 pm

    I’m Wiccan, but we still do the fun holiday stuff, like Easter egg hunting and what not. While I personally believe that most Christian holidays have a basis in paganism, I don’t make that distinction to my son. My ex husband (my son’s dad) is Christian, so when he is with his dad he goes to church. We agreed that it is up to Cody to decide what he believes in when the time is right. I don’t see any problem in allowing him to enjoy the holidays in many different ways. It’s up to you two, Wendy, but IMHO there’s nothing wrong with letting a child see many different viewpoints and interpretations of a holiday. Kids are going to hear about all kinds of activities that their friends are doing when they go to school. Although we do not believe the same things as other families in my sons school, we still do some of the same activities because I know he will be curious and also envious of we don’t. Yes, Easter is a religious holiday, but there are many secular ways to celebrate. And, if you don’t want to teach the resurrection story, you can always talk about celebrating the coming of spring…that was the heart of the pagan celebration of Easter. And I don’t think that HAS to be a religious thing… Everyone loves to see flowers start to bloom, the weather getting warmer, and everything turning green. So, that is a way to celebrate without bringing Christian themes into the holiday… Just my humble opinion, and in no way am I trying to criticize, attack, or convey that any one religion is right or wrong.

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      Renee April 7, 2012, 9:33 pm

      Christianity has the propensity of taking absolutely anything and making it into a religious symbol. For instance Saint Patrick (who wasn’t Irish) took a clover to teach the Holy Trinity.

      In Bermuda, they fly kites on Good Friday. You have the day off, services are about an hour, you can’t do anything exciting, you can’t eat a big meal, what else are you going do? Fly a kite. It’s peaceful and there is a symbol of a cross within the structure of the kite, so that makes it something into practice.

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        Renee April 7, 2012, 9:50 pm

        It should be noted that the Good Friday Kite Festival is actually sponsored by the Department of Tourism in Bermuda, like Christmas it gets exploited and commercialized.

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  • katie

    katie April 7, 2012, 1:39 pm

    i have literally never celebrated easter…. lol. i never really thought about that before now.

    im pack this weekend, and i am moving in one week. yikes!

    so, if i can just bitch for a minute- last night i invited all my friends from high school out just to a restaurant for some drinks and food as it is the last weekend I will be in Denver. 3 people showed up. nate, keane, and nick. none of my girlfriends showed up, after telling me earlier in the week that friday worked great! so, i am disappointed to say the least. i had an awesome time, those boys are some of my favorite people, but i just cant even believe they didnt show up, and texted me all these stupid excuses. do they not realize im actually moving? like, for real moving? oh well.

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      Rachel April 7, 2012, 4:53 pm

      That’s lame.

      Good luck with the move! I’m assuming your bosses agreed on a start date?

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      • katie

        Katie April 7, 2012, 5:25 pm

        haha yes… its the 16th now. only a week more, but still a whole week more. im trying to pack today… i hate packing!! oh, and we think that we got a condo right in the area we wanted! we havent signed anything, but the guy sent an email that basically was like, yep, your credit is good, yep that move in day is good, ill get you the lease next week… which means we got the condo, right? lol

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        Rachel April 7, 2012, 6:03 pm

        Haha, it sounds like you’ve got the condo, but I wouldn’t celebrate until you get something signed.

        ps. I got the job in Oklahoma! The one I thought I might not hear about for another month!

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      • katie

        Katie April 7, 2012, 6:05 pm

        thats kind of how we feel… but at the same time, if he is saying all this crap to us and then is just like, oh well, we gave it to someone else i might hit him! you just dont tell people that kind of stuff unless its for sure.

        thats awesome!! that was the one you really wanted, right? congrats!!

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    Amalia April 7, 2012, 6:26 pm

    Is anyone else here also Eastern Orthodox celebrating Easter/Pasha next weekend? For us, this Sunday is Palm Sunday and then we will have Holy Week, ending in Great Friday.
    I can’t wait for the midnight Pascha service, it is definitely my favorite part of Easter. Well and lent will end then, too, and I can finally eat meat and dairy products again!

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    Amy April 7, 2012, 10:27 pm

    Passover has always been my favorite holiday but in the nine years that I have lived in Denver I have only been to one or two seders. Tonight I introduced my fiance to matzo ball soup and haroset. Tomorrow we are headed to a friend’s annual Easter brunch. I am making a salad and an asparagus and bacon quiche. Luckily we received a wedding gift in the mail yesterday…a food processor! Yay!

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    sarolabelle April 7, 2012, 11:58 pm

    Am I the only Christian here? I celebrate Easter every single year! The Christ has risen from the dead! I’d have to say it is probably my favorite holiday of the year.

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      Addie Pray April 8, 2012, 1:36 am

      I celebrate it! Just not in religious ways. Tomorrow I’m celebrating it by going on a hike at the Indiana Dunes with a boy we’ll call “New(ish) Boy.” He is in the FBI and carries a gun and tells the most interesting real-life stories. And though I don’t particularly like guns, there is something really hot about him always packing heat.

      I celebrate it in more traditional ways when my nephews and niece are around. But they’re not this time. Easter and Christmas just aren’t the same for me without kids around.

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark April 8, 2012, 2:18 am

        FBI? Damn. Now, THAT is HOT!!!!

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        Addie Pray April 8, 2012, 7:30 am

        The badge, the gun, the muscles… plus his “Oh don’t mind me, I’m a regular civilian” disguise (i.e., casual, slight-hipstery (just slight!) clothes and nerdy glasses) … So HOT. This Easter, I pray that an FBI agent walks in to your life, Mark, and one for each of you sweet DW’iers. All good people deserve a FBI agent. Sigh.

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        PFG-SCR April 8, 2012, 10:20 am

        I’ll take two!!! I just hope my husband agrees with your sentiment! 😉

        Have fun!!!

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        sarolabelle April 9, 2012, 12:17 am

        does he have a mustache too? From what you describe he sounds like the cop guy from the Scream movies….

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      jlyfsh April 8, 2012, 9:38 am

      You’re not. Happy Easter! My dogs came with me to an early morning beach service today!

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    • Lyra

      L April 8, 2012, 10:48 am

      You’re not alone! I love Easter too. I went to our church’s Easter Vigil service last night, which I consider to be one of the most beautiful and most symbolic services of the entire year.

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    • SweetsAndBeats

      SweetsAndBeats April 8, 2012, 12:26 pm

      I’m a Christian as well! I’m very happy today and I hope that everyone has a glorious day 🙂

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      Francine April 9, 2012, 12:13 am

      Nope. You’re not the only one. I spent Saturday night at a 3 hour Easter Vigil. The dark candlelit church, beautiful singing, readings, baptisms, etc made for an amazing service. Better than midnight mass on Christmas Eve.

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    fast eddie April 8, 2012, 9:40 am

    We’re doing the Easter egg bit with my goddaughter’s kids (8 and 10) in a non religious manner this morning. The prep has been going on all week and it’s great fun. Watching those beautiful little girls being happy is the best remedy for winter blahs. Any time we get to be with our nuclear family is treasure without measure. Happy holiday to all of you folks.

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  • MELH

    MELH April 8, 2012, 11:34 am

    This Easter we are going to my husbands family’s for the annual Easter egg hunt with all the kids and having dinner there. Then we’re going to have dessert with my family. Easter is a rough one for picking families since its not like thanksgiving and Christmas where if you skip one they know they will see you in a month!
    Easter is a disappointing food holiday for me though, I hate ham. So I end up stuck with appetizers and sides. Who decided Easter was a ham only holiday anyway?

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    • Lili

      Lili April 8, 2012, 4:05 pm

      Suggest Lamb! I love lamb and I think its Easter-y right?!

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      • SweetsAndBeats

        SweetsAndBeats April 8, 2012, 5:20 pm

        At a park Easter party yesterday two other people said they were doing lamb tonight! Ham isn’t the official meat, I don’t think. I actually like lamb better lol…

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      jlyfsh April 8, 2012, 9:04 pm

      oh yes the family shuffle. i actually just got off the phone with my grandmother and she’s all sad because it wasn’t the same this year because all the grandchildren are grown up and married. if only we could be in more than one place at once!

      my mom has a pork allergy so we always grew up with either beef or turkey of some sort along with the ham. a lot of people aren’t a fan so people were always happy to see another option!

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    applescruffs April 8, 2012, 6:52 pm

    Friday night I went to a seder at my boyfriend’s cousin’s house. Another cousin came up to us before the seder started and said, he’s never brought a girl to one of these before. How long have you guys been together? Things are getting serious, then? My boyfriend started stammering, I turned red, and his wife hit him and said, “Don’t ASK things like that when they’re right there!” Family togetherness is always entertaining. Yesterday I did another seder with just my dad, stepmom and me (the dogs found the afikommen), and today I gave into my overwhelming urge to watch The Sound of Music. Remember how it used to be broadcast on Easter every year? I think my body remembers that on a cellular level.

    Happy Passover, and Happy Easter!

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    Jakdrake April 8, 2012, 11:58 pm

    I think is OK for Jackson and other kids to celebrate Passover and Easter (or Christmas or Chinese new year or Kwanzaa or Hanukkah/Chanukah, etc). Let them share the joy that their friends and families celebrate.
    I myself a Chinese descendants living in Indonesia, which have national holiday for Muslims, Christians, Hindus and Buddhas. We also celebrate Chinese New Year (Chinese descendants are about 10% of Indonesian people) as national holiday.
    In my experience, my family celebrate almost every major religion holiday.
    We Visit our Muslims friends in rural area at Muslims New year, having Christmas tree and visiting my Christian uncles and of course we celebrating Chinese new year with our extended family.
    By sharing our cultural and religion heritage we learn how to enjoy and respect every culture that we have.
    Indonesia maybe poor corrupt backwater third world country. But by God, I love my Country.

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    • bittergaymark

      bittergaymark April 9, 2012, 12:09 am

      I was just in Bali and both it and the people were wonderful. Lombok, too. 🙂

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        Jakdrake April 9, 2012, 1:09 am

        Getting a positive comment by BGM is like winning lottery!
        Thanks Mark, this really brighten my day!!

        PS: If you seeking culinary experience, please visiting Semarang or Bandung (middle and west Java respectively) . If seeking beautiful beach, try Papua and Talaud Islands.

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        bittergaymark April 9, 2012, 2:31 am

        Good to know. I definitely plan to get back on over there one day, and for much longer than two weeks… Bali was fantastic. Everybody here? You all should go. It all started in Laplapan — near Ubud for two nights. Then we moved down into Ubud proper for two more nights and fed the monkeys. Next we headed north to Lovina where we chased the Dolphins. (3 nights.) Amed followed, where I snorkeled one ship wreck and scuba dove another. (2 nights.) Took the fast boat over to Gili Trawangan to snorkel with the sea turtles. (4 nights.) Then ended up right back where we started in Laplapan for one last night.

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