Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

Six Things:

1. It’s officially been spring for two days and yet it is still so frickin-frackin cold I just don’t know what. Ughhhhhh. I am dying to shed the layers, peel off my socks, slip into some flip-flops, and feel the warm sun on my bare arms like a hug.

2. Have y’all been watching “Top of the Lake,” a miniseries that premiered last Sunday on the Sundance channel? It’s really good, but watch it on iTunes if you can as the quality is way, way better than on Sundance. Basically, it’s the story of detective searching for a missing (and pregnant) 12-year-old girl (and also searching for who got the girl pregnant), but I suspect that that’s just the text and the subtext is where the real story-telling and character-development will happen. It’s shot in New Zealand and is visually stunning. Oh, and Elizabeth Moss (Peggy on “Mad Men”) plays the detective and she has a New Zealand accent, so there’s that.

3. I want to go to New Zealand.

4. I started a sort of diet this week which is really less a diet and more me just not stuffing my face all day. I also don’t eat bread during the week. Or ice cream. God, I love ice cream. And bread. But 5 PM Friday marks the start of the weekend, and I have a pint of ice cream in the freezer with my name on it. Actually, it does not have my name on it. It has the name of the flavor, which is Chocolate Flake, and I cannot wait to bury my face in it. Also, bagels on Sunday before Passover starts and I show my support for Drew by not eating eating bread for eight whole days.

5. I need a vacation. Ideally, to New Zealand, but since that won’t happen any time soon, I will settle on just a weekend getaway upstate. Drew and I have been talking about going away just the two of us. We haven’t had a real family vacation since last June and while we could go somewhere with Jackson for a week like we did last year, we decided that two days away without him would be far more relaxing and “vacation-like,” (if you consider sleeping past 6:30 am and not wiping someone else’s butt five times a day “vacation-like,” which, yes, please), so that’s what we’re gonna do. We haven’t settled on a place yet, so if you have a recommendation, let me know. We’re looking for a place we can get to via a train from NYC (less than three hours), unwind, eat good food, and maybe get a massage or something. And sleep, sleep, sleep, sleep. Oh my God, I cannot wait to sleep.

6. I thought I had more to say, but I just typed the word “sleep” five times and now I want to go take a nap for the 45 minutes or so left until Jackson wakes up from his.

Happy weekend!

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    Addie Pray March 22, 2013, 4:11 pm

    On Friends Ross fell asleep on the train and ended up… in Montreal. Assuming the train really does go all the way there, I’d go there!

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      A La Mode March 22, 2013, 6:54 pm

      And he met a super foxy babe when he woke up! I’d go there, too.

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    Grilledcheesecalliope March 22, 2013, 4:17 pm

    I want to be grandma but not a mom. I think adopting a 17 year old in my 40’s is the way to go… thoughts?

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      othy March 22, 2013, 4:41 pm

      Adopt them when they’re 25. That way, you can skip paying for college too!

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        Grilledcheesecalliope March 22, 2013, 6:51 pm

        Perfect, preferably already with a baby on tbe way.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy March 22, 2013, 5:20 pm

      Someone should start an organization that matches people who wanna be grandparents with kids who don’t have grandparents. Boom! That’s a million dollar idea right there.

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        AKchic_ March 22, 2013, 6:12 pm

        It’s called “Adopt a Grandparent”. Senior centers do it all over.

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        Cara March 22, 2013, 6:33 pm

        lol, go rain on her parade! πŸ˜‰

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      • AKchic_

        AKchic_ March 22, 2013, 6:59 pm

        Yep, it’s what I’m best at πŸ™‚ Just ask that parade I poured on a few months ago.

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    lets_be_honest March 22, 2013, 4:17 pm

    I bought 2 pairs of those $2 Old Nacy flip flops a couple weeks ago hoping it would push Spring along. Didn’t work.
    Also, bagels. Mmmm.

    Happy weekend!

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      Addie Pray March 22, 2013, 4:21 pm

      I *hate* flipflops. I never wear them. In the summer I just wear flats. Everywhere, flats, until the soles wear out and I’m basically walking around bearfoot. I just hate things separating my toes. Don’t even get me started with those toe dividers they give you after a pedi.

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        lets_be_honest March 22, 2013, 4:27 pm

        After years of searching, I have officially found the MOST comfortable flats ever. Vince Camuto’s Ellen flat. I buy half size up. Find them. Buy them. Thank me.

        I’d wear flip flops to work if it was ok. And I hate my feet, so its kinda weird.

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        6napkinburger March 22, 2013, 4:31 pm

        Reefs… that is all. (Best arch support ever, and they basically mold to your feet. I guess that was not all).

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        bethany March 22, 2013, 4:34 pm

        Reefs are awesome! So are Rainbow’s. But only when they’re wet.

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        GatorGirl March 22, 2013, 5:00 pm

        Wet Rainbows? Surely you don’t mean the leather ones.

        I’m obsessed with my rainbows. I wear them probably 200+ days a year. I hate real shoes.

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        bethany March 22, 2013, 6:49 pm

        Yes- the leather ones. The Leather is too slippery when they’re dry. If you get them wet (like right out of the pool/ocean) they are perfect!

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        Lemongrass March 22, 2013, 8:50 pm

        My husband refused to wear anything but nerd sandals (you know the ones, way too much Velcro) until he tried on a pair of sanuk’s. now he loves them and will tell anyone who will listen about how they are made from recycled yoga mats.

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        lets_be_honest March 22, 2013, 10:57 pm

        Yes! I got those last summer and they are sent from heaven.

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        GatorGirl March 23, 2013, 12:37 am

        You’re crazy. If you wear them for a bit a bunch of dirt gets smushed in them and then they are great! I hate when I get them wet. I’m on pair #3 in like 9 years. So 3 years a pair at $50 a pair. I’ll take it.

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        bethany March 23, 2013, 10:23 am

        Don’t your feet slide around in them? I can’t walk any sort of distance in them, because my feet slip out of them if they’re not wet!!

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        GatorGirl March 23, 2013, 11:31 am

        After the first week or so the sandles always mold to me feet like crazy, so no sippage! They are pretty much the only shoes I wear.

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        othy March 22, 2013, 4:42 pm

        An important question about these flats: Do they have toe-cleavage? I hate it when you can see the space between my toes. And it’s hard to find flats that don’t show that off.

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        lets_be_honest March 22, 2013, 4:48 pm

        No toe cleavage!

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        lets_be_honest March 22, 2013, 4:47 pm

        Cool! I didn’t post the link, but it showed up anyway.

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle March 22, 2013, 4:43 pm

        I’ve been wearing these ! (how do you do that with the text, by the way?)

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        Addie Pray March 22, 2013, 9:45 pm

        Those are cute. I usually have 3-4 flats that I rotate…. but then eventually one will become my run-down pair and so in the summer I will wear those the most.

        I have these in green and red and I wear them everywhere! (Well, when it’s not 5 degrees and snowing). I’m not sure if JCrew still sells them, I bought them last spring:

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        Taylor March 22, 2013, 4:33 pm

        Have you tried the Teva olowahus? The rest of the shoe removes that between the toe weirdness; they also run about a half size small. They are my favorite summer shoes ever, I always have a pair of them.

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        kerrycontrary March 22, 2013, 4:54 pm

        I had a pair of these and I loved them. More support/less chance for injury than flip flops. I need a pair now!

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        kerrycontrary March 22, 2013, 4:58 pm

        I just ordered them on Amazon. GD amazon makes it too easy to shop. I bought the ones with the pink straps. I hope I don’t regret my decision. But I’m such a neutral nancy that I have to push myself to buy colors.

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        theattack March 22, 2013, 5:01 pm

        hahaha, that was a matter of four minutes between your comments. Awesome.

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        kerrycontrary March 22, 2013, 5:07 pm

        I know…right. *sigh*

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        Taylor March 23, 2013, 12:49 pm

        Awesome! I got my new summer pair last week, and one of the ones with a small heel! It didn’t occur to me to look on Amazon, so mine are black and brown. Now I want a pink pair!!

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        CatsMeow March 22, 2013, 5:37 pm

        I HATE FLIP FLOPS TOO. I’m a flats girl all the way. Although, I do occasionally wear sandals, just not flip flops.

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        CatsMeow March 22, 2013, 5:43 pm

        BUT! I must say, flats in the summer can give me some nasty foot odor. Last summer I started using Odor Eaters and foot deodorant, and it helped a bit, but still… bare feet + flats = stinkbomb.

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    Taylor March 22, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Wendy, how about the Finger Lakes? Cute B&Bs, pretty scenery, and lots of wine!

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    TECH March 22, 2013, 4:45 pm

    Wendy, as far as weekend getaway ideas, Providence, RI and Boston, MA are easy to get to by train from NY, and so much to do!

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    kerrycontrary March 22, 2013, 4:53 pm

    Could you rent a car and go to the Adirondacks? Could actually be less expensive than train tickets. I would go to a B&B. They are so cute and you don’t have to worry about yummy breakfast! You can also meet some cool people. I think the train also goes up to Cornell area, and I hear Ithaca is Gorges (hahahah).

    I want spring to get here fast. I’m looking forward to: camping with my boyfriend and our friends, going to Annapolis for brunch (because it’s better when the sun is shining on you by the bay), and not wearing a coat to work.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy March 22, 2013, 4:56 pm

      Car rentals are really expensive here — could run close to $300 for the weekend. Trains tickets on the metro north might be like $24 bucks each round trip, so I think that’s a better option for us.

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        kerrycontrary March 22, 2013, 4:59 pm

        What! That’s crazy! More the cheapness of the train tickets than the cost of the car.

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        GatorGirl March 22, 2013, 5:02 pm

        The train is super cheap. I’ve just discovered this and want to take a train trip now.

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      • othy

        othy March 22, 2013, 5:13 pm

        $300 for the weekend? That’s nuts. The last time I rented a car on the east coast (I rented it in No. VA), I got it for about $60 for the weekend. I haven’t tried to rent out of NYC though.

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    Fabelle March 22, 2013, 5:02 pm

    I don’t know if you can get there by train, but Saratoga Springs (upstate NY) is pretty nice—I stayed in a hotel there one fall with my S/O, & basically just spent the time walking up and down the main street (they have little shops everywhere) going out to eat, & drinking mad wine. I recommend!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy March 22, 2013, 5:22 pm

      What hotel did you stay at? Since it might be our only true vacation of the year, we’re open to splurging, especially since it will just be for two nights.

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        bethany March 22, 2013, 6:52 pm

        Make sure there’s not a concert at SPAC when you go. It’s crazy packed and they’ll charge you an arm and a leg for a shitty hotel.

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        Fabelle March 23, 2013, 12:36 pm

        We wound up staying at the Holiday Inn—it wasn’t smack-dab in the middle of town, but the walk isn’t bad at all (and it had a park right out the back that you could cut through). There was also an outdoor fireplace right outside the bar downstairs, which was nice πŸ™‚

        I remember I’d actually wanted to stay at this one, though: http://www.saratogadowntowner.com/ but it was all booked up at the time!

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  • Diablo

    Diablo March 22, 2013, 5:22 pm

    Dear Wendy,

    My favourite advice columnist is complaining about not being able to wear flip-flops, but I have four feet of snow five feet from my door and covering my entire yard so that I cannot even see the fence between my yard and my neighbour’s. It is snowing now, and we expect a big dump this weekend. The snow-shovelling has distressingly actually been a factor in my level of fitness over the last 5 months. I am unlikely to see a blade of green grass until late may or so, even though the melt should be happening by now. This makes me so furious that I and everybody else in my city (and most of my country) could chew broken glass back into into sand. Is she being region-o-centric and insensitive, or do I need Severe Winter Rage Management Therapy?

    Also, my country limits my access to assault weapons, so I can’t even turn my rage outward unless I want to do all the hard work by hand. My letter to the local paper produced negligible results.

    Sincerely,
    Frosty Balls

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    • Diablo

      Diablo March 22, 2013, 5:39 pm

      Will someone out there please pity me and tell me it’s going to be OK??!!?? Is it ever going to be summer again, ever??!!?? *sniff*

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        AKchic_ March 22, 2013, 7:03 pm

        You’ll survive. For you, I’m assuming snow this late isn’t normal.

        Pretend you’re Alaskan. That means – a drink to fortify you before shoveling. A break (with drink) so you don’t overdo it. And a drink afterwards for a job well-done.

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      • Diablo

        Diablo March 22, 2013, 7:37 pm

        Actually, it’s rare that we don’t have a blizzard or two at the end of March, but usually it would be above freezing here and there, instead of bitterly cold the whole damn time. But it’s the amount this year. Meteorologists estimate that it’s close to 3 times the norm. This is the first time i’ve ever raked off my roof for fear of the weight of snow. Yet last year half my yard was uncovered for the whole winter, and I barely used my big coat, because it hardly got cold (in Canadian terms – it still wasn’t flip-flop weather). Bizarre. But there’s NO climate change – that’s just a myth.

        The beauty of Canadians is our capacity for frontier hardiness and weather denial, though. Lots of young guys here have started wearing shorts on principle, even slogging through the drifts. i think i keep with long pants until Easter, though. Or fucking June.

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        MissDre March 22, 2013, 9:01 pm

        Just want to say YAY for Canadians! And yeah, this winter has been a bitch!

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        Lemongrass March 22, 2013, 9:04 pm

        Thanks for reminding me that I’m in the right part of Canada despite how ridiculously expensive it is to live out here. 8 degrees average all winter? Hells yes.

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        AKchic_ March 22, 2013, 8:11 pm

        *laugh* Same with Alaskans. Some of the intrepid folks end up wearing shorts all year round. I call those folks “morons”.

        Last year, we had one of the snowiest winters on record. Either 1st or 2nd. We still had some snow piles in June.

        This year has been relatively decent. But in between the snows, we’d spike up to mid 30s and it would start melting. Then we’d get a hard freeze before more snow. So, that’s why we don’t have as much snow as we usually would on the ground right now.

        I am waiting for summer. Fish On!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy March 22, 2013, 6:01 pm

      OMG, I advise a martini, stat. And a few puffs off the ol’ one-hitter.

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      • Diablo

        Diablo March 22, 2013, 6:12 pm

        Rage… fading… urge to kill… replaced by urge to make a fire and cuddle.

        Whew! Wendy saves the day again!

        Have a great weekend everyone!

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    Jess March 22, 2013, 5:34 pm

    Um… Philadelphia! Heard of it? NYC’s cheaper little brother! If you are seeking something outside of a city, obviously forget it. But if you are open to a different urban experience, you can get a lot of luxury for your money here compared to NYC. And our restaurant scene is world-class. I can recommend dozens and dozens and dozens of memorable gourmet spots that won’t break the bank. Hotel-wise, I’d stay at the Palomar. Newly renovated luxury hotel in a historic building: http://www.hotelpalomar-philadelphia.com/

    We’ve got the founding fathers, great parks, the Barnes Museum….

    Plus, WENDY, martinis in Philadelphia are only like $12 rather than, you know, $22 in NYC. I mean…

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy March 22, 2013, 5:59 pm

      Ha! Yes, I do want to visit Philly some time. We’ll probably bring jackson there when he’s a wee bit older. For this trip, we were thinking non-urban, quiet, maybe even woodsy. If there’s like one great farm-to-table restaurant walking distance from where we’re staying, perfect. Other than that, we don’t care to do much other than just rest and relax (and stuff), away from the demands of city-living and child-raising.

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      Grilledcheesecalliope March 22, 2013, 6:57 pm

      A $12 martini, is that the average or is that the fancy martini bar kind? A $12 drink should come in a bowl.

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        lets_be_honest March 22, 2013, 7:46 pm

        All drinks should come in a bowl.

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        SpaceySteph March 23, 2013, 5:18 pm

        I regret that I have but one “thumbs up” to give for this comment.

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      GatorGirl March 23, 2013, 12:44 am

      Philly is an awesome romantic getaway. Love it.

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  • Cara

    Cara March 22, 2013, 6:37 pm

    We have so much snow here too!! Plus some really nasty winds, not helped by the proximity to the sea. Ugh, can’t wait for better weather!

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    Christy March 22, 2013, 6:42 pm

    Wendy, I want to go to New Zealand too! My best friend’s parents went and it sounds AMAZING. I need to set an actual goal to get there.

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      bethany March 22, 2013, 6:56 pm

      My husband and I were just talking about going to NZ last night. He surfs, so he want to go to Australia- I said no fucking way. He can go by himself. Too many things there that’ll kill you. Plus they have spiders the size of hubcaps!! But NZ doesn’t seem to have all that.. So count me in!

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        Nadine March 23, 2013, 3:48 am

        Yes, go to New Zealand! So much better than Australia, which is too hot and dangerous!
        My sweet sweet home country, now I miss it heaps after reading this. Thanks, Wendy!

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  • AKchic_

    AKchic_ March 22, 2013, 6:16 pm

    Everyone can quit bitching about the snow πŸ™‚
    Anchorage still has 2+ feet of snow on the ground and we got a blizzard warning in effect (and it’s snowing now).

    I’ve never had a vacation. I’m not even sure I’d know how to vacation (can I use that as a verb?). The idea sounds nice though.

    I need to work on my truck a bit this weekend. I think the snow is going to derail that idea.

    Can I be done with work and go take a nap now?

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy March 22, 2013, 6:32 pm

      You would love a vacation. My wish for you is that one day β€” and not too far away β€” you get a vacation. You deserve it.

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        AKchic_ March 22, 2013, 7:01 pm

        But if I took one – what would I have to bitch about?

        Oh yeah… tourists here in town. And our politicians. And the school board. And the bad drivers.

        Never mind, I’ve got bitching topics covered for the next 40 years, easy.

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    • Diablo

      Diablo March 22, 2013, 7:00 pm

      Saskatoon has more like 4 feet and a blizzard happening right now. And I happen to know from personal experience that NO ONE can stop bitching about the snow. No one I know anyway.

      I visited Anchorage when i was 11. It was awesome. (Of course, it was July at the time.)

      I hope you get a swell vacation sometime soon. Wendy is right, you deserve it.

      Settle for a new Evil Dead? (But no Sam Raimi and no Bruce Campbell…)

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        AKchic_ March 22, 2013, 7:06 pm

        The SO and I aren’t exactly keen on the idea of a new one. From the commercials, it looks like they took ALL of the humor out of the original trilogy (which is what made it a cult hit!) and added more spook-em crap.
        This may sound sacriligous, but I didn’t like the idea of Diablo Coty being attached to the movie either.

        We may pass and re-watch My Name Is Bruce and cry a little.

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      • Diablo

        Diablo March 22, 2013, 7:16 pm

        I was called Diablo for years before anyone ever heard of her. My nickname is based on Hunter s. Thompson’s Doberman in Where the Buffalo Roam, which i think is a credible pedigree.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow March 22, 2013, 7:19 pm

        Yeah… I’m not sure how I feel about the new one either.

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      Anna March 23, 2013, 5:27 pm

      Take a vacation to North Carolina…but not until after I move there! I’m going to try to arrange a DW meet up in the Raleigh area sometime after I move.

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        Trixy Minx March 24, 2013, 7:29 pm

        and when I move too!

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    Lindsay March 23, 2013, 1:36 am

    I don’t have much to say, except BASKETBALL. My brackets have gotten to the point where I care more about my personal preferences than what I predicted would happen.

    Also, I accidentally started a feud on my Facebook status over abortion. I posted something regarding North Dakota’s bills that have been passed (since I used to live there) and forgot that I’m Facebook friends with someone who works for the governor. Oops. She attacked me, and then my friends jumped in and yelled at her. It got a little out of hand.

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    lets_be_honest March 23, 2013, 2:47 am

    I am so sad right now. I hate being part of all this, dealing with my grandma dying and seeing how were all just deteriorating over this. I hate that I feel this way because its so selfish. I’m questioning every decision I’ve made about my life. It’s almost 3 am. I should just sleep.

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    • FireStar

      FireStar March 23, 2013, 8:01 am

      Aw. So sorry LBH. The one thing that helped me when my grandad died was just thinking about the life he had. He had a good life and people who loved him and lived his life to the fullest. At the end of the day – it’s kind of the most we could ask for. I know you’re hurting but in a way it’s a testament to how great a lady your grandmother is and what she means to all of you. I know it’s cold comfort but it must mean the world to her to have you all there with her. I’ll keep you and your grandma in my thoughts.

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      painted_lady March 23, 2013, 8:13 am

      Second Firestar’s advice. When my grandfather was dying ten years ago, I started asking him everything I could about his life and his family and all the things about him I’d ever wanted to know. I thought he was an amazing guy before, but I had no idea.

      Best to you, sweetie.

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      LuckySeven March 23, 2013, 6:01 pm

      I’m sorry LBH; I third what FireStar said. I’m sure all of us at DW are wishing you and your family the best.

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      lemongrass March 23, 2013, 11:40 pm

      I’m sorry. Losing a grandparent is a really hard thing. I’ll be thinking about you & her.

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      lets_be_honest March 25, 2013, 10:56 am

      Thanks guys. Hospice has been called in, and I got some great advice about coming to terms with this, and letting her know its ok to go. We had a nice weekend together. I really appreciate having this place to just vent. Thanks again.
      ps it was nice to get some good news this weekend from my sister (see update post) instead of just sadness all around.

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    painted_lady March 23, 2013, 7:59 am

    OH MY GOD, Y’ALL.

    I’m headed out to go build the banked track for my first derby game. This is freaking me out because:

    A) It’s not quite 7 am.

    B) I’m wearing fishnets and booty shorts for the game, which sounded awesome until my dad called to ask details, because he wants to go. Now I’m thinking that was a bad idea.

    C) What in the name of all that is holy was I thinking?!?!?! I must have been out of my mind to think this was a good idea.

    I will update after the game. If I can type.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy March 23, 2013, 8:05 am

      Have fun, and good luck!

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        painted_lady March 23, 2013, 8:10 am

        Thank you, Wendy!

        Also,
        D) I hope this is a nervous stomach and not, say, a virus or food poisoning (I poured some expired soy milk into the blender this morning, then immediately rinsed it…but still.)

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      Taylor March 23, 2013, 12:54 pm

      Roller derby?! That’s awesome! What’s your derby name? I’m psyched for you πŸ™‚

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      Painted_lady March 24, 2013, 12:31 am

      Awesome game! We won, I love the banked track, I only skated three jams but didn’t die. I did, however, kill my poor shitty skates on the bank. Duct tape solved the problem for tonight, but guess who’s getting new skates on Monday!!!!

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    Marge March 23, 2013, 2:30 pm

    You should check out the Hydrangea House B&B in Newport, RI for a short getaway. I stayed there for a weekend trip during Spring a couple years ago (before the real season starts up there) and it was wonderful. The two owners are very welcoming, great cooks, and there’s even a daily wine and cheese hour. My boyfriend and I had a lovely time and it was pretty affordable. We even drove out to LI and took a ferry over. Just one suggestion to add to the many.

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  • Lyra

    L March 23, 2013, 3:06 pm

    YES to being sick of winter. I have some major spring fever.

    I spent yesterday at a conference with some other teachers and I was fortunate to catch up with a lot of friends of mine who I haven’t seen in a while, including one family who I’m really close to (the parents are like my second mom and dad). They were able to meet my new boyfriend and they gave me their “stamp of approval”. πŸ™‚ They also know my ex really well and could tell that I’m happier with my new guy. That means a lot to me.

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    Anna March 23, 2013, 5:32 pm

    I really wish this apartment complex would get back to me. I’m dying not knowing if I got the place for sure, and I can’t wait to tell my awful boss I quit. My apartment is much cleaner than normal due to my ramped up anxiety and I keep pacing in circles. Hopefully they call Monday.

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      LuckySeven March 23, 2013, 5:57 pm

      Good luck Anna! A few months ago I moved into my studio, and I was so anxious because they took a few days to let me know I was approved too. When it’s been a week, can you call them with a friendly follow up to check on the application status?

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        Anna March 25, 2013, 4:36 am

        Yeah, I’ll have to or I’ll go crazy. I just sent in the application Wednesday so it’s only been 2 business days but it feels like forever.

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    SpaceySteph March 23, 2013, 5:25 pm

    Greetings from an 80 degree day in Houston. Last Monday set a heat record for that day, with 89 degrees. I don’t like our chances for summer, I’m pretty sure we’re going to have a record number of 100plus days again. I personally pray every Groundhogs day for a late spring. Sorry kids.

    In other news, I have some professional wedding pics up on my blog, which I promised I would let the team know. πŸ™‚ If you’re interested in that sort of thing, I invite you to take a peek! We also just got the electronic ones without the watermarks in the mail yesterday so I’ll be putting them in a flikr or something to share.

    Today and tomorrow is Passover cooking. Brisket is in the oven and chicken soup is on the stove as we speak! I’ve got 9 people coming Monday and 12 on Tuesday. Eek!

    We are on a bit of a bread-eating kick, too, in advance of passover. Bagels for breakfast, chinese food for lunch. Pizza tomorrow of course! And lots of beer. Goodbye beer!

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    theattack March 23, 2013, 10:16 pm

    I just had my first wedding shower today, and it was really fun! My best friend since middle school and her mom threw it for me, and my best friend from college surprised me by coming down for it. My fiance’s family all drove down for it, and it was so much fun! I’m such a sucker for girly parties with punch and games. I had a really good day!

    My fiance is in charge of the kittens this weekend, and they apparently learned how to rough house yesterday. They’re now pouncing on each other and swatting at each other. I can’t wait to go back home and see them tomorrow!

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      GatorGirl March 24, 2013, 6:55 pm

      You’re shower looked super fun πŸ™‚ Loved your dress!

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    quixoticbeatnik March 24, 2013, 12:47 am

    It’s been a good weekend for the most part. I’m visiting my parents for the weekend because I wanted to support my best friend in a show she had last night. Well, I ended up telling my mom how unhappy I was with my life currently and she just went into concerned mother mode – taking me to get my hair done, buying new clothes for me….it was nice. It’s nice to have pretty hair and feel pretty again, and it’s nice to have some new clothes instead of the same clothes that I’ve worn for the past couple of years. I feel like maybe slowly I am feeling more confident again. It’s amazing what changes with your body can do to your mindset. I mean, I am also working on other ways to make myself happier but I just feel/felt so stuck. It might take a long time to not feel so stuck. Anyways, it’s nice to know that I have my parents’ love and support. I love them so much!

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      quixoticbeatnik March 24, 2013, 12:50 am

      Also, when we went shopping, I had a REALLY good shopping day – where a lot of things that I ried on at this one store looked so good on me! Including a top/cardigan combination that I didn’t think would look good. Our saleslady was really nice and awesome. I haven’t had such a good shopping day in so long.

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    Katie March 24, 2013, 11:36 am

    Well you guys, after my epic 3 weeks of traveling, I pulled a yolo and switched my flight (saving my company some $, might I add!) to South Carolina! Jake got 4 days off randomly and drove down, so I met him and we are driving back to Chicago now. I took a leap of faith with my kitties and left them alone for a few days… Hopefully they are ok.

    It was great! I got to see Olivia again, who is just short of 4, and I met Charlotte who is now 7 months old. She was very fussy and cried all the way to get dinner lol but she is so cute!

    Yolo. I’ve been sleep deprived, caffeine and alcohol overloaded, and i get no weekend. Lol at least I work for religious people so I get Friday off.

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    sobriquet March 24, 2013, 5:55 pm

    Speaking of vacations, my boyfriend and I just went on a weekend getaway about a 1.5 hour drive from here! It was wonderful. We mostly just people watched while drinking champagne and wine on the river in perfect 80 degree weather. Our hotel served us complimentary wine, too! Never underestimate how much these little mini vacations can boost a relationship.

    Case in point: we just spent the afternoon engagement ring shopping. πŸ˜€

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      Trixy Minx March 24, 2013, 7:27 pm

      I’m really happy things are going so well with you. πŸ™‚ I too love mini vacations. Its really nice to get away from all the stress of regular life.. dishes, laundry, other crap.

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    GatorGirl March 24, 2013, 6:49 pm

    I’ve had a nuts weekend. I am so seriously exhausted. My full time job is being SUPER stressful right now and my part time job is giving me a ton of ours so I am fried. We also decided to drink way too much this weekend and I still haven’t addressed a single wedding invitation. And I need to do a few hours of work for my full time job tonight, but I think we’re going to go to the bar. Where I’ll most likely drink and do my work.

    On positive note, my fiance is the best and our cat is awesome. And it’s 81 and the sun is shining. And I watched Legally Blond yesterday.

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