Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

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Well, summer has come and gone then, I suppose, though I always like to think of the first two or three weeks of September as transitional ones — maybe not still summer, but not quite fall yet either. Fummer? Sall? Whatever it is, I’m a fan, and not just because I like back-to-school sales (even as an adult who is long out of school) or that my birthday falls in this period (it’s Sunday!) or even that new episodes of favorite TV shows start up again (actually, I can’t think of any shows I’m excited for, sadly, and I’m already beginning to miss “Breaking Bad” even though there are three episodes left). It’s not even because Starbucks starts selling Pumpkin Spice Lattes (the only reason to go to Starbucks, as far as I’m concerned; well, and the comfy chairs).

I love that these few weeks when the temperature hovers around 70-82, you can still get away with wearing no socks, but you can start incorporating jackets or the occasional scarf. I love that for three or four blessed weeks, you neither sweat nor freeze your balls (or whatever) off waiting for the bus or taking your kid to the park.

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Speaking of taking your kid places, last week we took Jackson to Chicago for the first time. The purpose of the visit was to attend my friend Brooke’s wedding (a child bride at 43), but as with all trips to Chicago, I managed to see some great friends, too, and even take Jackson to the beach for the first time where he got to meet none other that Miss Addie Pray. It was a good, good time. Even the flights there and back were tolerable. Jackson actually napped! Curled up on our laps! Pigs really DID fly (flying pigs were the theme of the wedding; Brooke and her now-husband finally tied the knot after ten years of on-again-off-again. See, there’s hope for those of you in similarly offbeat relationships!).

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Anyway, I danced so hard at the wedding that I’m still sore, four days later (why yes, I am officially moving into my late 30s…). But it was worth it. And it was the perfect way to close out summer and welcome fummer. Or sall? Whatever it is, hello, I love you.

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    shanshantastic September 6, 2013, 4:15 pm

    This is perfect, and I love the shot of Jackson with AP!

    I also love the transition; I’m such a big fan of the leisurely slide into fall, which then lasts SO LONG here until the dreaded lake effect you-know-what begins. I’m so psyched for this fall because it’s our first with Arthur, and even though I know he won’t really be interested or remember it I want to do ALL THE FALL THINGS with him – hay rides, pumpkin patches, dress his cute little self up for Halloween…

    Oy, and the PSLs. They came early, and that’s like Christmas coming early except more delicious.

    23 more days until REVENGE!! (I’m not excited. Okay, I am. And my friend Kaitlin is writing the weekly Revenge review over at TV.com, and I’m so proud of her.)

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      rachel September 6, 2013, 4:22 pm

      Your son’s name is Arthur? That’s adorable.

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        shanshantastic September 7, 2013, 1:06 pm

        Yep! He’s named after his grandfather and great-grandfather. 🙂

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      Taylor September 7, 2013, 8:02 pm

      Yay fall in OH!!!! We need to make that OH gettogether thing happen =) My mom is moving here this week, it’s going to be an interesting rest of the year…

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    rachel September 6, 2013, 4:25 pm

    I love this time of year, too. It’s perfect and warm and breezy during the day, and cool enough at night that I can snuggle in my blanket and not sweat all over my sheets. And there’s football! I want to hold on to summer for as long as possible. I’m certainly not ready to deal with what comes after fall.

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    Classic September 6, 2013, 4:25 pm

    Huh. 102 degrees outside here right now. The photos are so cute! Except the one of Drew and Wendy– in that one Wendy looks hotter than the weather here.

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    Fabelle September 6, 2013, 4:27 pm

    These pictures are so great, & that last one of you & Drew— you both look fantastic!

    I LOVE this weather. I’m so happy it’s not a bajillion degrees anymore.

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    GatorGirl September 6, 2013, 4:31 pm

    I would pay for 70 to 82 degrees. Our high is 90 or above for the next 7 days. Plus killer afternoon thunderstorms. 72 is my favorite temperature ever and we won’t see that as a high until maybe November. This is the worst time of the year to live in FL, I miss fall.

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      LadyinPurpleNotRed September 6, 2013, 4:35 pm

      Same weather for me here in Memphis. I agree. I miss fall so much!

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    MaterialsGirl September 6, 2013, 4:32 pm

    We’ve got a wedding to go to at a lodge in a park in Ohio. Carpooling with friends there tomorrow morning. Should be great.

    OH THE BEST NEWS OF ALL! MATERIALSGUY GOT A NEW JOB AND NOW HE WON’T HATE LIFE ANYMORE!!!

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      Addie Pray September 6, 2013, 4:40 pm

      Oh that is great news!! Where? When?

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        MaterialsGirl September 6, 2013, 4:51 pm

        out just past oak park

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      CatsMeow September 6, 2013, 5:36 pm

      I’m seeing The Killers this weekend, MG! I’m sure you’re totes jelly. 😛

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        MaterialsGirl September 6, 2013, 9:38 pm

        Wwwhhhhhaaaaaattttt where omgomg. Just ogle Brandon flowers

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        CatsMeow September 6, 2013, 10:32 pm

        I’m gonna jump on stage and grab his ass.

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        CatsMeow September 9, 2013, 12:11 am

        Sweet mother of jesus, I am old. I think I lost 40 lbs in sweat. I guarantee you, no one – NO ONE – in all of Forest Park tonight likes the Killers as much as I do. They were amazing, as always. I think this is my 8th time seeing them. I flirted SO HARD with security to try and get backstage (ha!) but no luck. I got the security guy’s phone number but I still didn’t get back there. Oh well!

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      shanshantastic September 7, 2013, 1:07 pm

      Where’s the park? Prob nowhere near NEO, right? But I still have to ask. 🙂 Have a great time!

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    iwannatalktosampson September 6, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Transition my ass. It’s 94 today. At a mile above sea level! Bullshit.

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      sarita_f September 6, 2013, 6:38 pm

      Yeah! What she said!

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        Sue Jones September 6, 2013, 9:54 pm

        What they both said! But I am still hiking 1 if not 2 14ers on Monday!

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    Addie Pray September 6, 2013, 4:38 pm

    You guys, you couldn’t tell but Jackson loved my kiss! Or tolerated it just fine. I got to kiss him like three times. He’s delicious! I also got to meet Drew! He looked just like Drew! Just like I expected him to. And I saw Wendy in a bikini. Hawt. You’re all jealous I know! 🙂

    I am in the car with my mom. We just rounded Milwaukee and gonna drive through Madison, Minneapolis bound. I freaking love Wisconsin. Not sure what it is about this state but I love it. I know, the cheese curds you can buy everywhere, even in gas stations! Vivement le cheese curds!

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      rachel September 6, 2013, 4:49 pm

      Why didn’t you stop and say hi???

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow September 6, 2013, 5:34 pm

        Psh. *I* would have stopped and say hi.

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        rachel September 6, 2013, 5:35 pm

        Thanks, cats, I know I can count on you.

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        Addie Pray September 6, 2013, 7:16 pm

        Hahaha I did! I knocked and knocked and knocked and no one answered so we camped out on the sidewalk for awhile but when you never showed we hit the road…

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        Sue Jones September 6, 2013, 9:56 pm

        AP, I thought you had short blonde hair. You mean you don’t look like your avatar? Now my mental image of you is all screwed up!

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        rachel September 7, 2013, 2:24 am

        Psh, liar. You have my phone number. I’m onto you.

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      Jessibel5 September 6, 2013, 4:56 pm

      I freaking love cheese curds. Eat some for me too!!!

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    • Lyra

      Lyra September 6, 2013, 5:45 pm

      Minneapolis! Are you going to arrange a DW meet up while you’re here?? I now live literally like 5 minutes from Minneapolis…

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        Addie Pray September 7, 2013, 6:53 am

        just passing through. next time i will though! 🙂

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    quixoticbeatnik September 6, 2013, 4:38 pm

    I wish we had more of a transition period here in Houston. It stays pretty hot until October/November….and even then it doesn’t really get that cold before it warms up again. I would like it to get cooler so I can wear my maxi dress without melting. I would also like to get more maxi dresses….and lose weight, but I digress.

    I am going dancing tonight and I am super excited! I am also hoping to find out today if I got the full-time job that I really want. I had two interviews for it that I thought went well…but I feel like I probably didn’t get the job. I will hopefully find out today though!!!

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    lets_be_honest September 6, 2013, 4:45 pm

    We were supposed to head to the beach last night, but I got super busy with crap, my boyfriend did too and we decided not to go at all. I could’ve cried. Then I woke up this morning, said fuck it and headed to the beach just me and Lil. Long drive I hadn’t made “alone” in a while but damn is it worth it now! Mmm vodka lemonade! Happy end of summer everyone!

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      GatorGirl September 6, 2013, 4:46 pm

      Have fun!! Time with your little one will be fun!

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      iwannatalktosampson September 6, 2013, 4:48 pm

      Haha I love your attitude sometimes. I hope I’m still taking spontaneous vacations and drinking vodka lemonade when I have a kid. You make having kids look awesome. It’s like a built in friend that HAS to go on all adventures with you because they don’t have a drivers license to get away.

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      lemongrass September 6, 2013, 5:15 pm

      That’s great! Those spontaneous trips as a kid are the ones you don’t forget.

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      CatsMeow September 6, 2013, 5:25 pm

      YAY, glad you went. Have fun!

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    lemongrass September 6, 2013, 4:46 pm

    Great pics! I find this time of year bittersweet. I’m not quite ready to be done with summer but I’m also looking forward to fall. I love switching from my quilt to duvet, the first light of the wood stove, forgiving sweaters and boots. I love boots.

    I’m currently feeling like crap. Not quite sure why but I just feel like moping around with no bra, eating popcorn and watching chick flicks and crying. PMS? Who knows. I’m really happy to have Mr. Grass here to give me a sick day. E has been starting with separation anxiety by crying every time he sees me until I hold him. He’ll be totally fine with Mr. Grass, eating his breakfast and then if I come downstairs he’ll just burst into tears. It’s draining. Oh and he cut his first tooth!

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    GatorGirl September 6, 2013, 4:50 pm

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      rachel September 6, 2013, 4:57 pm

      Haha, awesome. Ross said I should learn how to twerk, so I just sent him this video, like are you SURE?

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    AKchic September 6, 2013, 4:54 pm

    I love fall. However, Anchorage isn’t playing ball. It’s been raining almost non-stop for a long-ass time and I’m really tired of it. Either give me the picture-perfect fall days, or snow already. I’m tired of rain.

    On top of the rain, I’m still looking for a new(ish/er) vehicle. Apparently never taking out loans or getting a credit card in my life wasn’t a good thing. Huh. But borrowing when I couldn’t obviously afford to was the right thing to do? I don’t think so. I’m so going to end up paying a LOT of money for a newer vehicle and may not end up with what I want (a small car instead of a small SUV/station wagon with a 3rd row seat) as our second vehicle.
    I’d like to call a do-over on my financial history.

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      rachel September 6, 2013, 4:58 pm

      Maybe we can average my history of too-high balances with your history of NO balances? That’d be good.

      Shop around for your car loan, you don’t have to go through the dealer’s preferred lender.

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        AKchic September 6, 2013, 6:11 pm

        I may have to. Even my bank doesn’t want to give me a loan right now. Wants to wait until dividend time. I don’t think my truck will last that long. I may have to go through a car lot’s dealer then refinance later through a bank.

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        rachel September 7, 2013, 2:25 am

        Ugh, good luck. Car problems are the worst.

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    katie September 6, 2013, 5:18 pm

    this is the first time i have ever been a tiny bit excited for fall to come. i love summer and could do it forever. but im excited to eat stews again. thats really it, haha, i want short ribs and stew and chili again. yum.

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      iwannatalktosampson September 6, 2013, 5:21 pm

      mmmm pork roast stew and cinnamon rolls. I make it pretty much every Saturday for football, haha. I can’t wait until it’s cool enough to do so. Shit at this point I would consider low 80’s cool enough.

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        katie September 6, 2013, 5:29 pm

        haha, yea i cant believe how hot it is in denver. its just starting to get cool here at night, but its still like 80 or so during the day. they were saying this morning on good morning america how weird the weather is being. i think they called it bipolar?

        do you make gluten free cinnamon rolls?

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        iwannatalktosampson September 6, 2013, 5:41 pm

        No I just bake them for other people, haha. I just love the smell of them. And I love baking in the fall. I also buy cinnamon candles. Fine, I’m weird. But fall is my favorite season. Weather is technically only one thing I love about fall, but I’m still annoyed at how hot it is. My fear is that it will once again go from summer to winter in Denver like it did last year. It was in the 80’s one month and then snowing the next. We had no time at all in the 60’s (my favorite!) and 70’s.

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        katie September 6, 2013, 5:50 pm

        ohhh have you made mulled wine yet? i bet that would make your house smell amazing.

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        shanshantastic September 7, 2013, 1:10 pm

        This whole discussion makes me so hungry. And I want mulled wine.

        I’ve been making one of my two favorite stews about once a week for the last month, even though it’s been hot until just a couple of days ago. It’s called kokkinisto, a Greek recipe (I use beef instead of lamb). My favorite is Guinness beef stew, so now I need to go buy beer. 🙂

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow September 6, 2013, 5:58 pm

      FALL IS THE BEST. I love everything about it, but especially Halloween!

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      • katie

        katie September 6, 2013, 6:23 pm

        oh god halloween- the freaking previews for the scary movies are already starting. i hate having to censor my tv

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      • theattack

        theattack September 6, 2013, 6:28 pm

        Holy crap yes! Did we talk about this last year? I think there should be a horror channel on basic cable, and nothing scary is allowed anywhere else. No one should have to see a half dead face between Full House reruns.

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        CatsMeow September 6, 2013, 10:34 pm

        I’m doing a collaborative costume this year, and it has a fairly elaborate back story. I always think my ideas are brilliant, but then I get mad when no one “gets” it, so I don’t know why I’m doing this to myself. I get sick of explaining things, and now I’m setting myself up to be telling a story all night. It’s a good story though!

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      • katie

        katie September 6, 2013, 11:39 pm

        your gonna say that and then not tell us what the costume is? really?

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 10:19 am

        I had to build up interest first, katie. But since everyone now is DYING to know…

        I had been toying with the idea of being Bride of Frankenstein because I really like classic horror, and it’s fairly easy, but I couldn’t decide if I wanted to be pretty or scary. I kinda prefer scary, but most of the wigs I could find were more campy and I wasn’t sure how they’d go with my disfigured face and blah blah blah.

        So here’s what we’re gonna do: Frankenstein (the monster) wanted a mate and so he had me created. But I turned out too ugly, so he rejected me. Then he had another mate created (my friend) and she turned out very pretty. His plan backfired, though, because she didn’t love him and instead fell in love with me. So together we murdered him and ran off together. We’re going to carry around Frankenstein’s severed head. We are Frankenstein monster’s lesbian ex-wives.
        Ta-da!

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        Addie Pray September 7, 2013, 1:59 pm

        I love your creativity and passion! Can you make a costume for me? My MO is always: think of the easiest costume with the dorkiest play on words and be done with it. Like just taping the letter P on your shirt and putting black make up around your eye. That’s a one-eyed pea. Or whatever. I’m lazy with costumes.

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        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 2:33 pm

        I think you would look adorable as a tap dancing bumble bee.

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        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 2:36 pm

        Ooh ooh, here we go. Many many years ago, I decided that I wanted to be Kinky the Evil Sex Fairy. I was going to be like an evil fairy and use a dildo as a magic wand and sprinkle horny dust on people. I never worked up the balls to do it, AND THEN the evil fairy thing kinda blew up (I swear, y’all, I totally thought of it first because I’m sooooooooooo cool), so I scrapped it. It’s time for Kinky the Evil Sex Fairy to make her appearance, and I think you, AP, are the perfect person for it.

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        Fabelle September 7, 2013, 3:54 pm

        Can you make up a costume for me, too? I feel like I peaked when I was a Victoria’s Secret Angel (yes, I totally do the “slutty Halloween costume” thing haha) My bf’s cousin told us we should go as a terrorist (him) & soldier (me), but— even though I think we’d look dead sexy— that’s pretty, PRETTAY (anyone watch Curb Your Enthusiasm? I’m doing Larry David’s thing right now) offensive/insensitive/not PC? for my liking 🙁 Especially… now.

        Oh, I was also a Saloon girl once. That costume was pretty awesome, but my ass was out literally the entire time. I had to have my friend constantly adjust the sheer fabric I had tucked into my waist cincher, & then when she left the party, my ass was just out, unchecked. OOPS

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        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 4:12 pm

        Well if you like the sexy sexy, maybe YOU should be Kinky the Evil Sex Fairy. I mean, come on… horny dust! I think it’s so brilliant. If you wanna do a couples costume, you could be like the circus performers… you know the one where you’re the cute assistant and he tries to shoot an arrow through an apple on your head? If you want to make it more halloween-y, then maybe he missed and you have an arrow in your head. Or you could both be bearded ladies, haha. Or magician and assistant? Hmmmm…. I also like creepy doll and/or ventriloquist dummy costumes.

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        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 4:29 pm

        Or he can be a lion tamer and you can be a sexy lion. He can carry a whip and make you jump through a hoop. Haha.

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        rachel September 7, 2013, 2:26 am

        Haha, the year I was “raining cats and dogs” I had a fun time watching people’s faces as they tried…and then GOT IT.

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        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 10:20 am

        haha that sounds awesome.

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    thewriteway September 6, 2013, 5:33 pm

    I don’t much care for summer, since I’m not a fan of high humidity and any temperature 85 and above. Even 80 sometimes is pushing it if it’s really humid. It is only about 70 or so here today and I freaking love it! I’m hoping to be living in NYC this time next year, and I’m already dreading the entire month of July because that month is oppressive in the city. I was expecting the same in August, but it was thankfully pretty comfortable!

    Also, my Call me Maybe ringtone just went off during a conference call, and I think I’m going to be embarrassed in team meetings for however much longer I stay at the company LOL. Everyone got a good laugh, but the ringtone that came about as the result of a joke with my friend now has to go. Sad but true. LOL.

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    CatsMeow September 6, 2013, 5:36 pm

    I’m going to happy hour tonight, then tomorrow I’m going to get day drunk with my friend and practice belly dance, and then on Sunday I’m going to Lou Fest. Whew! Busy, boozy weekend ahead, starting in 1 hour.

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      iwannatalktosampson September 6, 2013, 5:41 pm

      Drunk dial me sometime will ya?

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        CatsMeow September 6, 2013, 5:59 pm

        Yes’m!

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    theattack September 6, 2013, 5:46 pm

    So not excited for fall. We didn’t really get to do summer because of P’s very slow recovery from his surgery in June. I’ve pretty much been a couch potato with him because I feel bad for him, so we’re both ready for summer to start. I’m thankful for a beach trip next weekend so we can at least soak up some last rays of sun.

    Random downfall of looking young for your age: when you forget that your SO still has your driver’s license (from not wanting to carry a purse) and you try to buy beer, the cashiers basically think you’re a young hooligan criminal. I want to go back with my ID just to prove that I wasnt lying.

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      katie September 6, 2013, 5:49 pm

      do hernias usually take this long to recover from?

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      • theattack

        theattack September 6, 2013, 5:55 pm

        Apparently so. Up until a couple of weeks ago he couldn’t even go on a twenty minute walk. It’s going to suck when it’s winter and all he wants to do is play outside to make up for summer.

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        katie September 6, 2013, 6:12 pm

        dang! i guess i know nothing about hernias, i just feel like they shouldnt take so much recovery time lol

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        theattack September 6, 2013, 6:18 pm

        They really shouldn’t. We didn’t know it would until after the fact. They do cut you open and put crap inside of you though. It’s rough on the muscles. I’m never having a C section after seeing what he’s been through.

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      iwannatalktosampson September 6, 2013, 6:04 pm

      Ha that’s awesome. A few weeks ago I was in the courthouse, with my client, in a suit, and a lady in the elevator said “Aw you’re all dressed up you look like an attorney” in a completely straight face I looked at her and replied “I am an attorney”. I hope she felt like an asshole. The only time it really bugs me is when I’m with clients because it’s like, why don’t you just tell them I’m incompetent in front of me? Seriously. When it happens at a bar I’m excited and flattered. I’m sure no one cares about that story. But I needed to complain about it again. Also boo on hernia surgery.

      I’m guessing Tennessee stays pretty hot late into the fall though right?

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        rachel September 6, 2013, 6:11 pm

        That’s so awkward. I hate when people assume I’m a student at work. Like, no, I have a phd. CALL ME DOCTOR. Not really for the last part, but come on, maybe ASK what I do instead of assuming.

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        GatorGirl September 6, 2013, 6:18 pm

        Yeah, I get “so how many years do you have left?” all the time around town. I’m like, well I got my bachelors about 6 years ago…

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        katie September 6, 2013, 6:16 pm

        i dont know if this is the same thing, but i think ive become the designated “whats hot right now” person. im constantly like “oh i saw this on pinterest” … and then my director goes “you young people and your toys” or something.

        its awkward.

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        theattack September 6, 2013, 6:22 pm

        Oh god that must have been infuriating. So how many times did you punch her for it?

        Tennessee stays decently warm through about mid-October, but not anything like Florida or wherever.

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        iwannatalktosampson September 6, 2013, 6:43 pm

        Well normally I just smile and am really sweet about it – because whatever I am young even for brand new attorneys and on top of that look young. Mostly I blame looking young on being only 5 feet tall, but I still think I must have a young face or something too. I was bothered by it that day because earlier that week I had a judge, on the record, ask me if I was an attorney while I was at the podium, and then ask for my bar number – which I have asked other attorneys about and they have never had that asked. I mean when you introduce yourself on the record as counsel for X – I mean why would you be lying?!? Just because I can barely see over the stand does not mean I am not old enough to be an attorney.

        You should float down a river and drink beer in a cowboy hat. If I lived in Tennessee I would do that every weekend.

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        CatsMeow September 6, 2013, 10:38 pm

        I look soooo much younger than my age. I used to hate it. Now that I’m over 30, I like it. 🙂

        Plus I’m embarrassed to be getting a 2nd bachelor’s degree, so I like that I “blend in” with all the other undergrads. But when I was working and no one took me seriously, it sucked balls. People used to ask me why I wasn’t in school. I’m like… what school? HIGH SCHOOL?! One lady told me I was too young to be wearing heels. WTF?

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        theattack September 6, 2013, 10:58 pm

        Oh god, don’t even get me started on the shit I get in the workplace. The worst was an elderly volunteer who came in and said that she thought I was one of the abused little children. People usually mistake me for a 16 year old.

        I’m glad you’re getting some use out of it though! People always say that I’ll appreciate it when I’m older, and I always want to roll my eyes dramatically because stfu!

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      Sue Jones September 6, 2013, 10:10 pm

      I want to be carded! Please, card ME!!!!!

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    jlyfsh September 6, 2013, 5:48 pm

    fall was more fun before i developed an allergy to cinnamon.

    this in between time is my favorite at the beach. it’s 90 so i can still go sit out with friends but all of the tourists are gone. one of the best times of year to live in a beach town.

    i’m also jealous Jackson got to meet AP! 🙂

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      kmentothat September 6, 2013, 5:48 pm

      *feels smug because she knows AP in real life* Hahaha

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        jlyfsh September 6, 2013, 5:50 pm

        according to AP i should be jealous she knows YOU in real life! 😉 apparently this means i just need to visit Chicago!

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        kmentothat September 6, 2013, 5:53 pm

        Hahaha all the DWers love! And yes, it’s a fantastic city to visit!!

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    • theattack

      theattack September 6, 2013, 5:57 pm

      I’ve missed you, jlyfsh!

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      • Classic

        Classic September 6, 2013, 6:37 pm

        Me, too.

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        rachel September 7, 2013, 11:34 am

        Me 3!

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        jlyfsh September 8, 2013, 5:44 pm

        I’m kind of back and half way tipsy after two beers at happy hour. I should not play on the internet right now, oh well.

        Happy Birthday, Wendy!

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    kmentothat September 6, 2013, 5:48 pm

    Oh Wendy. You and your clan are like, ridiculously adorable!

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  • Lyra

    Lyra September 6, 2013, 5:53 pm

    I’m spending my Friday night doing school stuff…because I’m AWESOME haha. I’m currently at a coffee shop using their free wifi because I don’t have internet at my apartment yet, so I’m mooching and drinking an awesomely delicious smoothie. It’s also SUPER hot here. 90’s all weekend. Not a fan. My car does not have air. At least my apartment does…

    Tomorrow will probably be spent with friends and/or being lazy, haven’t decided yet.

    I’m happy to say the first week of my new job actually went really well. Of course, this isn’t how the entire year is going to be, but I’m just glad that my kids seem super duper awesome and I’m just super happy with my recent life changes. 🙂

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  • Dear Wendy

    Wendy September 6, 2013, 7:18 pm

    Thanks for the compliments, you guys. I spent like three days — well a few shopping trips over three days — looking for a dress to wear to this wedding that didn’t make me look terrible. I finally settled in the one in the picture and luckily my hair cooperated for once and so I had to take and share a photo just to document the occasion. Drew doesn’t look half bad himself, I think.

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      Addie Pray September 6, 2013, 8:44 pm

      Yea that’s a great picture. You and Drew make a smokin’ couple. Your friend’s wedding looked/soubded cool, fun, original – was it?

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      lemongrass September 7, 2013, 10:21 am

      It took me that long to buy a dress for the wedding I just went to. Shopping post-baby just isn’t the same. I don’t know where to start or what will look good on me. My body feels foreign!

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      rachel September 7, 2013, 11:33 am

      You guys look great! And I think you’re too hard on yourself Wendy, every picture I’ve seen of you, you look awesome.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 2:20 pm

        Yeah, I mean, you could totally change your blog name to Dear Hottie. 😉

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    Bethany September 6, 2013, 9:37 pm

    Hi guys!!
    I’m laying in a tent in Nova Scotia, waiting for my husband to put out the fire and come to bed! Our trip has been great, but exhausting so far! I’m looking forward to doing nothing for a few days. I miss you guys!!

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      Addie Pray September 7, 2013, 6:55 am

      chicka chicka bow wow! (i dunno)

      your trip sounds great. have you been camping mostly? staying in hotels? staying with friends? what are all the places you’ve driven through/by/seen? can we get a detailed play by play of the whole trip?

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    Sue Jones September 6, 2013, 10:00 pm

    I am hiking 1 and hopefully 2 14ers on Monday! And my 10 year old got his trombone for his school music program! I have always loved band geeks! They were the only ones who would date me in high school!

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  • bittergaymark

    bittergaymark September 6, 2013, 11:26 pm

    Its is hideously HOT in LA. A fact walking dogs all day makes painfully accute. Plus I just got back from San Francisco… And LA has NEVER looked worse. Smoggy. Grimy. Garbage everywhere, much of it human garbage, too. My patience with the homeless is at its end. Get the fuck out of Los Feliz already!

    And now we are about to enter another pointless war… Proving my cynical fears that all along, Obama REALLY was just Bush with a tan. It’s all very depressing. There seems no point in anything. Certainly nobody in power ever learns anything. Yes, it’s rather taxing to see the same stupid mistakes trotted out again every ten or so years. First, the Gulf War. Desert Storm. Iraqi Freedom. Whatever shall we call this one? How about some truth for once? Oh, how I’d laugh to see the talking heads on all the networks cheerfully updating us on Operation Syrian Slaughter…

    And so I say: Fuck you, America’s leaders. Democrat or Republican you are simply too fucking stupid for words… It is truly astounding.

    I suppose much of my rage stems from the fact that my life feels like a dreary, rambling novel that should have ended a hundred pages ago. I am just barely going through the motions… Maybe I’LL run off to Syria next. At least it’d be one hell of an exit.

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    • Lindsay

      Lindsay September 7, 2013, 1:24 pm

      Yeah, I’ve been one to defend Obama whenever anybody goes off on him being “the same,” but I’ve kind of run out of steam. I get the argument that innocent people are being killed there, but we have plenty of things killing droves of people here that nobody seems to be trying hard enough to fix.

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    • Fabelle

      Fabelle September 7, 2013, 2:31 pm

      Yeah, with you on the Syria/Obama/state of the world/politicians thing. Just, ugh.

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  • AKchic_

    AKchic_ September 7, 2013, 1:43 am

    Two miracles to update tonight.

    1) The sun came out this afternoon and we had a beautiful sunset tonight.

    2) I got a 2007 Ford Explorer. Now I’m scared about being a real grown-up.

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    • theattack

      theattack September 7, 2013, 10:46 am

      Yayyy!!!!! I’m glad the car worked out for you afterall. 🙂

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      d2 September 7, 2013, 2:05 pm

      Glad the car thing went well. Hope the grown-up thing does too.

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      Amanda September 7, 2013, 2:27 pm

      Congrats on your car!

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle September 7, 2013, 3:49 pm

    So I’m day drinking wine at the moment & am sad because my boyfriend is in AC for the night for a bachelor party. I’m trying to figure out what to do with myself— I made plans, sort of, with one of my friends, but she’s the one with the douchole bf & I don’t know if I feel like dealing with… them. I wish all you DW loves lived closer to me!

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 4:14 pm

      Yeah, I’d hang out right now. I’m definitely in the mood to day drink. I was supposed to day drink and practice belly dance with my friend, but she’s sick. 🙁 Oh, well.

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle September 7, 2013, 4:23 pm

        Aw, we should all get private planes or something (& flying lessons) (to visit each other. In case that wasn’t clear, haha.)

        Sorry plans with your friend fell through! I’ll belly dance with you in spirit

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        rachel September 7, 2013, 4:44 pm

        Problem with that plan: FUI. That’s gotta be a pretty hefty fine.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 4:51 pm

        Oh god it took me wayyy too long to get that. Ha!

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        rachel September 7, 2013, 4:54 pm

        Haha, who’s the one who’s been drinking today?

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle September 7, 2013, 4:55 pm

        I have! Guess I’d have to plan ahead with that—fly to Cats, THEN get crunk

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 5:03 pm

        Haha, I’m not drunk yet. I’m still on my first beer! I guess I’m just slow. So I’ll pick Rachel up in my private plane and then fly to the east coast.

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle September 7, 2013, 4:54 pm

        hahaha, word

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    • Classic

      Classic September 7, 2013, 4:49 pm

      I have Rain organic vodka. My son gave it to me for my birthday. You guys should have kids so that they will grow up and then buy you booze that’s organic.

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle September 7, 2013, 4:54 pm

        Oohh, I remember Rain! I bought a bottle years & years ago & drank it with one of my friends (over the course of a few weeks? I HOPE, haha) I had the empty bottle foreverrrr, in my room, because I thought it looked cool. Enjoy!

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        Classic September 7, 2013, 4:59 pm

        I know! The bottle is so pretty, and it has that blue glass cork. I will probably keep the bottle for a short time, but the cork top can definitely be re-used to close wine bottles overnight.

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        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 5:04 pm

        I like wine that is distilled with grapes.

        You know what you should do? Get some violet liqueur and make a vodka tonic or vodka club soda with a dash of violet. It’s delicious, I swear.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow September 7, 2013, 5:08 pm

        Not wine, vodka. Jeez.

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        rachel September 7, 2013, 4:55 pm

        Um, or I could NOT have kids and spend all the money I would spend on diapers on booze.

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        Classic September 7, 2013, 5:08 pm

        Yup! 🙂

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        rachel September 7, 2013, 4:55 pm

        But let us know how the vodka is!

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        Classic September 7, 2013, 5:06 pm

        Haha I am drinking it now, so I can say– it actually has a flavor, which is unusual for vodka. It tastes slightly like cream soda, for some reason. Hah I can drink any type of vodka, whiskey, tequila, or red wine, I’m not fussy. But this is very nice.

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    d2 September 8, 2013, 12:06 am

    Happy Birthday Wendy!

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  • Classic

    Classic September 8, 2013, 12:21 am

    Happy Birthday dear Wendy!
    (Happy birthday to yooooouuuuuu)

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    rachel September 8, 2013, 12:33 am

    Happy birthday Wendy!

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    Christy September 8, 2013, 10:14 am

    Happy birthday, Wendy!!!

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow September 8, 2013, 10:24 am

    Happy birthday!!

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  • Dear Wendy

    Wendy September 8, 2013, 11:58 am

    Thanks for the birthday wishes (and donations), everyone! You’re all so sweet.

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    sarolabelle September 9, 2013, 9:32 am

    between 70-82 sounds like November here in TX!

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