Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

breatheneon

The world seems to be falling apart, but instead of focusing on this week’s news — especially “Brexit” and what it means for all of us — I’m going to think instead of the ripples of positivity set in motion over the past few days. We got to see Jackson graduate from pre-k earlier this week in the sweetest little heart-warming ceremony at his school. I was prepared to cry, but I actually didn’t shed a tear. Instead, I’m mostly excited to see him growing more independent and looking forward to summer camp and kindergarten and all the new friends he’ll make at both and the new things he’ll learn. It’s true what they say about parenthood — the days are so, so long (so long!), but the years are short — and watching Jackson reach such a big milestone is a nice reward for the hard work we’ve put in thus far. And it was heartening to share that moment with lots of other families we’ve come to know over the last couple years. The sense of community that comes along with raising kids in a small, tight-knit neighborhood is really nice (I know it seems weird to think of a NYC neighborhood that way if you don’t live here yourself, but the neighborhoods really do feel small-townish, like Sesame Street), especially when the rest of the world — and life, really — can seem so unstable and a little frightening.

Anyway, before I sign off for the weekend, I wanted to alert you to the the annual Summer tag sale at Athropologie. Here are a few of my picks of the sale items (some marked up to 50% off):

Ruffle-Neck Tank

I love this pretty spoon rest.

Curved Crescent Hoop Earrings.

Embroidered Gauze Jumpsuit

This mix-and-match bikini (so many colors and patterns!).

These are the dishes we’ve had for a couple years and always get compliments on.

Merewen Peasant Top

and I ordered this cute top for myself (I hope it fits!).

(These are all affiliate links, so I make a commission on click-through and purchases. Thanks for your support, and happy shopping!).

That’s all from here. I hope wherever you are and however your week went, that you have a wonderful weekend with at least pockets of peace and moments of feeling part of a community. It’s those things that keep us sane in the midst of so much chaos around us…

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  • othy

    othy June 24, 2016, 3:07 pm

    Some positivity here – I just got to spend a long weekend with my grandparents, to celebrate my Grandpa’s 90th birthday. My brother, his wife, and kid also came out, so my grandparents got to see their only great grandchild. And, my brother (who currently lives in Portland) has announced they’re moving to SLC with me sometime in the very near future. So all my nieces will be in the same state. I’m very excited to be able to spoil her rotten (I’m her only aunt, so I feel it’s my job).

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      Wendy's Sister June 24, 2016, 3:43 pm

      That’s great! I love, love, love being an aunt!

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      • othy

        othy June 24, 2016, 4:38 pm

        Me too! I have 3 nieces nearby and then the fourth who is moving here soon. The oldest is 6, and they’re so much fun. I love taking them on adventures and sending them home again when they get tired.

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      • Portia

        Portia June 26, 2016, 8:58 am

        I’m so jealous, my nieces and nephew live in another country at the moment and we’re lucky if we see them once a year. I miss them so much!

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    Wendy's Sister June 24, 2016, 3:43 pm

    Tomorrow is our grandmother’s 87th birthday. She is nearly deaf, so we can’t talk on the phone, but I sent her a card and am sending her happy thoughts. Wendy and I are so lucky that we’ve had grandparents (our grandfather died three years ago) for so long. Wendy will be 40 this year, and our grandma has been able to meet her two great grandchildren, so I’m really grateful.

    Also, I’ve only been a member at my synagogue since last fall, but they asked me to join the Board of Directors (they help make decisions about where the Temple is headed), and tonight is the installation. I’m excited, and I have a lot of ideas, so I’m excited to see where this will go.

    Most excitedly, I get to see my sister and her family, including the almost-one-year-old and almost-kindergartner, in eight days!

    Have a great weekend!

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark June 24, 2016, 4:18 pm

    The only thing I can positively say right now about the state of the world is that I am positively NOT voting in the next election. Fuck it. Stick a fork in it. It’s over. And I’m fucking done.

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      bittergaymark June 24, 2016, 4:20 pm

      EDIT* Nice dishes, by the way… 🙂

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        bittergaymark June 24, 2016, 5:15 pm

        EDIT* More positivity… Okay, I am looking at the Entertainment Weekly’s ROGUE ONE coverage. Now, I am admittedly so NOT surprised that Darth Vader is CONFIRMED to appear in this next stand alone film. But am I still excited? HELL YEAH! And the photograph of Stormtroopers wading on what looks like a tropical beach… AMAZING!!!

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    Ange June 24, 2016, 4:42 pm

    I get to watch ice hockey this weekend! USA and Canada are touring here in Australia and we snagged tickets. Apparently Wayne Gretzky is doing an exhibition match beforehand too, so cool. Can’t wait to see how it looks live, though they probably won’t fight as much as we hope lol.

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    Kate June 24, 2016, 4:46 pm

    Well, I’m on a fuckin bus. I had to go to an emergency meeting in Burlington VT, because someone messed up. Flying wasn’t an option, and I didn’t want to waste 4.5 hours driving when I could supposedly hook up to wifi on the bus and work. So I got on at 7am yesterday with an Analyst, and we had this driver from hell who wouldn’t let anyone talk, and kicked a bitch off for giving lip. The client meeting lasted 4 hours. They did have snacks, I’ll give them that. Then the Analyst and I went to dinner and the Research VP drove home. The Analyst decided to take the 2:30am bus home, which I guess was an hour late so she was sitting at the bus stop in the wee hours all alone. I won’t be home until like 9pm due to a clusterfuck Greyhound saga. Do not trust their tracker app. Better yet, never take them. They won’t allow you to buy the wine in the to-go cups at the rest stop.

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    dinoceros June 24, 2016, 6:17 pm

    I feel like a super ninja detective! I noticed the other day that suddenly one of my floor mats in my car was not there, which is an odd thing to lose. And then I thought back to being at the body shop and a guy asking if I ever figured out my “floor mat thing.” I just stared at him, and another guy was like, “Oh, no, that’s a different car. Same make and model, but somebody else.” So he walked away. Anyway, that conversation popped into my head and I called them, and a couple of people searched and eventually found that they did have a rogue floor mat! I’m glad I remembered that conversation because the work they did really shouldn’t have necessitated that they even opened that door (at least as I understood it), so I wouldn’t have really thought about it otherwise.

    I know that’s kind of a lame story, but I felt like Nancy Drew.

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    Kate June 25, 2016, 12:44 pm

    If you need a summer hairstyle to keep your hair under control and out of your face, I’ve been doing this lately:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Air8o2RGyXc

    And getting compliments on the street. Like the main fashion street in Boston. I only learned to braid 6 months ago and I suck at hair so if I can do it, you can.

    All of a sudden white girls are catching shit for braiding their hair, but I’ve been wearing braids in the summer since the 80s because I have texture and frizz to control. It’s a godsend.

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      kare June 25, 2016, 2:53 pm

      I love braids! I’m not great at them, but mine still turn out serviceable. It’s my go to style when I don’t want to blow dry my hair. Then I take them out and have beachy waves the next day. Win-win.

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        Kate June 25, 2016, 3:31 pm

        I thought the beachy waves thing was a myth! I just get kinks.

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    • Portia

      Portia June 25, 2016, 3:14 pm

      I love braids too. I’ve been doing French braids in my hair during the summers since high school for the same reason, frizz everywhere.

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      RedRoverRedRover June 26, 2016, 2:34 pm

      Wait, white girls can’t braid their hair anymore? Haven’t white girls been braiding their hair for hundreds of years? I haven’t heard of this one, what’s the supposed issue?

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        Kate June 26, 2016, 6:10 pm

        I guess the Kardashians started doing tight braids that kind of look like cornrows, and there was all this uproar that white women took over the style once it started being called “boxer braids,” but it’s a style black women have always worn.

        http://jezebel.com/white-people-are-rebranding-cornrows-as-boxer-braids-1765012240

        The braids I’m wearing are trendy right now because of the stupid Kardashians, but yeah, I’ve always worn similar ones when I could get someone to do them for me.

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      keyblade June 27, 2016, 7:58 am

      I also love braids in the summer! My favorite these days is a side bride to keep hair off my face and loose beach waves.

      Kind of like this:
      http://www.prettydesigns.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/Braided-Half-Up-Hairstyle.jpg

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        keyblade June 27, 2016, 7:59 am

        but with looser, beachier, waves

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        snoopy128 June 27, 2016, 9:38 am

        ooh. I like that!
        I often bike to work, so braids are a go-to for me. I can usually get waves/curls to sort of hold in the bottom half of my hair underneath my helmet

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    Girltuesday June 26, 2016, 10:20 am

    My SO and I had the “do we live together talk?” last night and it went well. We’ve been together under two years and are taking things pretty slow. I feel like we are on the same page. The solution that we both came up with is that we will research things first and then bring it up again in a few weeks. There’s no lack of love, nor is their uncertainty about our relationship, we just have really unique situations. (We are both rent controlled and neither of us have ever lived with an SO and are a little nervous). Putting those two into account is hard. I was also staunchly anti living together too, but I’m getting tired of the back and forth between our places.

    I don’t know, tough decision and a big point in our relationship! But happy we are trying to move forward in some way!

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      andameda June 27, 2016, 7:18 am

      Good luck with moving in! 🙂

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      K June 27, 2016, 9:56 am

      Good luck! I’ve been with my SO for just under 2.5 years and we’re still doing the back and forth – luckily we only live 10 minutes apart. But, I essentially live at his place and we stay at my place once in a great while. At this point, I would like to be engaged before moving in, since we’ve waited this long already. I’ve also never officially lived with an SO before. And, my mom is very anti-living together before marriage, so if we are engaged first hopefully that will partially stifle her fury.

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        girltuesday June 27, 2016, 10:49 am

        I’m on the same page as you, IDEALLY I would like to be engaged first. Ahh – good luck to both of us! I’m sure we will find something that works 🙂

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