Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

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TGIF! It was a big week for me. As of Wednesday, I am now the mother of a 2-year-old! Jackson has thoroughly enjoyed his birthday week and all festivities around it, including not one, not two, but three parties (well, the third will be this weekend when we hang out with Drew’s family, and the second one was really just dinner and cake, but there was singing and guests so that counts as a party in my book), countless subway rides (the kid is obsessed), several cakes, one very cool 2 Train shirt from Daddy, as well as so many gifts from family and friends I have started looking for three-bedroom apartments to rent just so we can have extra space for all the toys. Anyway, Mama’s tired this week. Happy, but tired.

In addition to birthday festivities, I spent the week making a dent in my eBook I hope to have finished by the holidays Valentine’s Day (finally, after what has seemed like endless things, both planned and unplanned (like a funeral or a site re-design or going out of town for a wedding or our babysitter needing a week or two off), I have a chunk of time to sit down and work on something beyond just writing the next day’s columns, which is great and feels almost like a luxury. I also have enjoyed getting into fall cooking (I made butternut squash soup yesterday and plan to make some chicken hash this weekend and maybe a hearty stew next week).

Oh, and I saw a movie! My friend Rachel took me to see “Gravity” for a belated birthday treat — only, I think, the fourth movie I’ve seen in the theater since Jackson was born (and the second one in three weeks, so I guess I’m on an upswing). Like some of you, I didn’t think “Gravity” lived up to its hype, but I enjoyed it and was happy to be sitting in a dark theater, wearing funny glasses, and not worrying about anything or anyone else for a couple hours. My favorite part of the whole experience, actually, was watching the previews before the movie and picking out what I want to drag Drew to in the next couple weeks when we take up our friend Mary on her offer for free babysitting some night (see, I told you I was on a movie upswing; then again, we could just get sidetracked by the nearest dive bar, which has been known to happen on occasion).

Anyhoo, that’s my week. Whatchoo been up to, Magoo? Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving to our friends up north, and long weekend to those of you who are lucky enough to get Columbus Day off.

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  • MaterialsGirl

    MaterialsGirl October 11, 2013, 4:10 pm

    Jackson is the cutest! So much cake! lucky boy!
    Tonight is family dinner night and I’m making my famous chicken pot pie! (family dinner night is when my brother and his gf come over).

    TOmorrow, we’ve got a BIG day planned.. home depot, olive garden, i dunno what we’ll have time for. Actually, we’re definitely getting a ceiling fan, possibly looking at new carpet, checking out other furniture and house stuff. Got tickets to see gravity in IMAX tomorrow night!

    Sunday is the BIG day, though.. Marathon day in Chicago! I’m guiding my blind friend, Israel for the last 13.1. Super excited cause the weather is supposed to be perfect.

    Next week, MGuy and I will be traveling a lot for work and might only see each other on Wednesday night when I get back from Montreal and when he’s on the way to Minnesota.

    also, i’m seriously hankering for some Halloween candy.

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      TECH October 11, 2013, 4:13 pm

      That’s really cool about the marathon. Did I read that right, that you are guiding your blind friend on the marathon for half the route? That must be really difficult. How do you guide a blind person running? I have so much admiration people that run marathons. But doing it blind must be so hard!

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        MaterialsGirl October 11, 2013, 4:23 pm

        yup! I’ve guided him a few times before. He has a tether that he wears around his chest (since he’s shorter than I am) and that I hold the end of. He will sometimes hang on to the line between us to get an idea of the direction, but normally i just call out everything i see; time, rough patches, water stops, etc. He also does triathlons and was just at the paralympics in london.

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        bethany October 11, 2013, 4:26 pm

        Awesome!! Have a great time!

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        painted_lady October 11, 2013, 5:13 pm

        And I officially feel like a total slacker.

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      scattol October 11, 2013, 4:21 pm

      If you intend to drive in Montreal, please keep in mind that many highways and downtown intersections are closed for repairs and as a result there are delays driving everywhere. Plan accordingly. It’s bad enough that for the last 2 weeks cops have been running the street lights on some corners

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl October 11, 2013, 4:24 pm

        no driving for me… fly into the airport.. take a taxi to the hotel.. run/walk where i need to go. I’m going for a conference up there and also to visit our sister company up in Sorel.

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        scattol October 11, 2013, 5:46 pm

        If you are walking around town then you should be ok. You may run into construction driving to Sorel while getting out of the island.

        Keep in mind that they are calling for rain and cool temperatures next week. I would tend to believe them.

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        rachel October 11, 2013, 4:39 pm

        Whoa, I didn’t know we had a DWer who lived in Montreal. scattol I may have to pick your brain about your city at some point.

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        scattol October 11, 2013, 6:06 pm

        The best pizza in town is here:
        In general you won’t run into a really bad restaurant, at least in town. Tip is 15%. Note that the penny no longer exists. Cash transactions are rounded to the nearest nickel.

        – Touristy things to do are the botanical gardens and other attendant science museums. That should eat up a day
        – Mount-Royal belvedere (nice walk from downtown if the weather is cooperating)
        – Old Montreal is the touristy corner of town. It’s all outdoors though so it depends of the season. Chuck full of restaurants, odds are though that’s not where your hotel is but it’s walking distance if you aren’t out of shape.
        – Montreal Underground City is unique. I would recommend only the shopping mall parts, you can get in through any of the main downtown malls. Usually blows the visitors away and tour companies host guided tours (well they must you see them every week being like lost puppies with their cameras). You are lucky if you are in a hotel that is attached to the underground city.
        – If you have time (and if it’s still open when you are here) The Biosphere is worth the detour, not really for the museum part but for the architecture. It’s the USA Expo67 pavillion and it’s an impressive structure. The islands themselves are nice and you can rent bikes to explore them including riding on the F1 race track (seasonal).

        There are other things to do. Art Museums are decent but honestly they don’t hold a candle to the NYC or Paris museums. The city is safe to walk around. There is no real risk of running into an unsafe area.

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        MissDre October 11, 2013, 6:23 pm

        Love Montreal 🙂

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        rachel October 11, 2013, 10:40 pm

        I’m actually looking at a job there. How bad would you say things are, REALLY, for an anglophone? I’ve heard mixed views.

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        scattol October 12, 2013, 9:50 am

        You can still live in english only in montreal. I know many people that do this to this day. There aren’t language based violence (like religious violence in Ireland for instance) and in Montreal you can get service in english pretty much everywhere you would care or need to go. That widespread availability of english in montreal is a recurrent complaint of the PQ. If you go in Pointe-Aux-Trembles then english will be harder to come by but really I doubt you would end there by mistake.

        Lack of french will be limiting in the long run. Probably more career wise. Depending on the industry it will be harder to find work with just english as many workplaces have a large, often majority, french speakers. So if you are offered a job you shouldn’t worry you will have to live in hiding. Will you be able to have a successful 30 year career with no french? This I can’t really say. It depends on the industry you are in and the luck of the draw.

        Remember that the PQ’s job is to build a french-only country and one of their goto strategies is to piss off anglos, in and out of Quebec. How much this gets under your skin only you can judge.

        I am guessing you are from Canada, and probably young. If that’s the case, Montreal will be an adventure.

        Can you party hard in english only? Sure. Try these:
        http://www.mckibbinsirishpub.com/home.php
        http://dublinpub.ca/home/
        http://www.hurleysirishpub.com/en_home.html

        http://www.winniesbar.com/

        http://english.mesa14.com/
        And there are plenty more up and down the street from these

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        rachel October 12, 2013, 12:04 pm

        Thanks! I’m from the US, actually. I would obviously try to learn a bit of French before going, if I were to take the job, but I know someone else in a similar situation who said his high school French got him a lot of bad treatment. It’s hard to know exactly what his attitude was going into it, though.

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        scattol October 12, 2013, 5:55 pm

        It’s common to switch back to English when foreigners struggle with poor french, mostly to expedite conversation, and I can only guess how bad American high-school French second language can be. It’s hard to say what really happened. Especially if he’s trying to use french in an english part of town.

        WRT to learning a second language, it’s really a matter of practice more than anything else. How much practice you get, really depends on exactly where you will be and where you will hang out with.

        On the upside, montreal is like moving to europe (france) but still with the same hollywood movies and TV shows and an easy english escape hatch should you need it. For an american, this would be a far easier move than say Germany or Italy where english could really be few and far between.

        Actually, hasn’t Addie Pray been to Montreal and a big fan of it? Maybe she can tell you what she thinks of the town and give you an american’s perception.

        Addie?

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        Addie Pray October 14, 2013, 10:17 am

        I loved Montreal! I was there for just about 24 hours but did a lot.

        I rolled in in the late afternoon, found a hotel, and then walked to Old Town (“Vieux Port” I think it was called) for dinner – it was so pretty! The next day I biked all over town. I biked to the Jean Talon market and was just drooling over all the food. I ended up buying a baguette, 3 kinds of cheese, 1 tomato, and a snatched a plastic knife and a packet of salt and went to town on a nearby bench. I then sat there for a bit with coffee and people-watched. Then I biked around and got lost a bit but eventually found McGill University and biked around campus. Holy fucking hills, Batman!! I think I biked like 7 hours straight that day. By mid afternoon I hopped back in my car and drove to Quebec City.

        My deep thoughts on Montreal based on just 24 hours: they have great bike lanes!; everyone is pretty; it seems like a really active and outdoorsy city; not as diverse as Toronto; French/English speakers were 50-50; had a professional vibe – like this is where you’d need to work if you were French Canadian and wanted to be a city lawyer or business professional or writer or whatnot, whereas Quebec City would be limiting; felt big and modern (vis-a-vis QC for sure) with a mix of old architecture and more modern, but less pretty, buildings. Did not feel as big and worldly as Toronto, NYC, or London, which to me those cities feel like cities of the world, if that makes sense! Maybe it’s because how diverse and happening those cities are? I don’t know.

        Also, everyone was friendly and spoke French with me which I appreciated because I was on a mission to just speak French.

        There you have it, my deep thoughts after not enough time at all!

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        scattol October 15, 2013, 8:55 am

        That sounds about right. Quebec City is a much smaller government town and less diverse than Montréal. Quebec City is more representative of the french Quebec than Montréal is. Montréal metro is about 3M pop which is half the population of the province and where almost all the anglo population is located.

        Addie, you biked up and down Mont-Royal but apparently didn’t get to the top. That’s a shame because the Belvedere is probably the best sightseeing spot in town On a clear day, the mountains you see on the far horizon are in Vermont (we suspect one of them is Jay Peak). That should be on the itinerary for the next trip 🙂 if the reviews are to be believed

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      rachel October 11, 2013, 4:26 pm

      You have a friend who is blind and running marathons??? Man, that’s badass.

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl October 14, 2013, 9:48 am

        yeah.. he did awesome! 3:55 (he had hoped to get a 3:45, but since he had been training for worlds (the triathalon at paraworlds), he hadn’t gotten to do as many long runs as he would have liked.

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    kerrycontrary October 11, 2013, 4:13 pm

    I’m cooking turkey chili for the first time tomorrow. I’m trying to add in some new crock pot recipes to our normal rotation this fall/winter. I’m also going to make pumpkin cream cheese croissants. I love hearty fall foods! And watching my alma mater’s homecoming game tomorrow evening 🙂 We’ve been traveling like every weekend, which isn’t going to stop anytime soon, so I’m looking forward to this weekend where I don’t have to travel.

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      Megustalaplaya October 13, 2013, 4:08 pm

      I love turkey chili! I make it with garbanzo beans and light red kidney beans. Yum! How are you going to make yours? Mine is never spicy; garlic/onion/cumin/paprika/chili powder. Yay for fall food!

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  • katie

    katie October 11, 2013, 4:20 pm

    i got done with work early, came home and had a hard cider and some leftover pizza. im currently watching katie couric talk about super bugs.

    be jealous.

    i have nothing going on this weekend. next week i start up travelling again, but i will get monday ranomly off! yay! tues-friday probably in missouri, and then hopefully maybe the week after that im going to go to atlanta!

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    • GatorGirl

      GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 4:24 pm

      I have no patience so I’m asking you again (I asked you on the other thread too) can I put homemade cream cheese icing in a piping bag? Is it too thick? (To go with my pumpkin cupcakes for Canadian Thanksgiving.)

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        katie October 11, 2013, 4:30 pm

        ah sorry, i just saw it and answered on the other thread too!

        yes you can. it shouldnt be too thick, if it is, just let it sit a little while and warm up, or keep creaming it to warm it up.

        but as a rule, you can pipe anything that has a pipe-able texture. anything. mashed potatoes, icing, roux- anything!

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      • GatorGirl

        GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 4:33 pm

        I’m like the most inpatient person ever, sorry. Can I make it less thick somehow?

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      • katie

        katie October 11, 2013, 4:35 pm

        add milk.

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      • katie

        katie October 11, 2013, 5:39 pm

        is it ok?? i need to know now.

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      • GatorGirl

        GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 6:44 pm

        Not making it till Sunday, but I will def let you know!

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      • katie

        katie October 11, 2013, 6:48 pm

        ohhhh. well since we have all this time, what is your recipe?

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      • GatorGirl

        GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 6:56 pm

        Um, let me dig it out of my recipe file…I haven’t made it in a few years.

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        GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 7:01 pm

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      • katie

        katie October 11, 2013, 7:05 pm

        oh yea, thatll be fine. when you said your icing is usually thick i thought it might be some weird recipe.

        if the fats are at room temp, you should be fine. and then yea, add tiny amounts of milk if you still think its too much. then, when you pipe, try to like … separate out about a handful of the icing in the bottom of the piping bag from the mass of icing (i hope that makes sense). if you try to pipe a whole huge mass of icing, the force you need is huge. if you give yourself little handfuls to work with at a time, the force you exert is a lot lower.

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        GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 7:08 pm

        Yes totally makes sense! I finally have a real piping bag (well a Martha Stewart one…) rather than a ziplock like I used to use with my nozzle haha

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      • katie

        katie October 11, 2013, 7:12 pm

        oh good! haha, thats hard enough to explain to people in person…

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      • GatorGirl

        GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 7:29 pm

        I actually took some cake making classes when I was a teen, and even won second place in a fair! But it’s been like 15 years since I’ve done it.

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      • mylaray

        mylaray October 11, 2013, 5:30 pm

        Oh my god, now I wanna make turkey pot pie “cupcakes” with mashed potato piping on top. That sounds delicious. Is that a thing? It should be.

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      • katie

        katie October 11, 2013, 5:38 pm

        totally a thing!

        http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/originals/f2/08/66/f20866df76651d86033524e8a9c10182.jpg

        those are meatloaf cupcakes, but, eh, close enough.

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      • mylaray

        mylaray October 11, 2013, 5:40 pm

        Mmm that looks so good and I don’t even like meatloaf. Okay now I know what I’m making for thanksgiving!

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow October 11, 2013, 8:28 pm

        I don’t like meatloaf and am not a big fan of pot pies, but y’all are giving me all kinds of cravings for meat cakes.

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        starpattern October 11, 2013, 6:29 pm

        This is an excellent idea. I hope you don’t mind if I steal it!

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      • mylaray

        mylaray October 11, 2013, 7:43 pm

        Steal away! I think I’m gonna have to make some this weekend because I can’t wait 6 weeks or so until Thanksgiving. I love food this time of year.

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    • katie

      katie October 11, 2013, 6:30 pm

      ok, no missouri- im going to PA. and there are no hotel rooms because of a toy train collectors convention??? i wish that was a joke..

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow October 11, 2013, 7:59 pm

        OMG. I would loooove to go to that convention and people-watch! All I can think of is that show they used to make fun of on The Soup with the old guy in his basement playing with his trains.

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    jlyfsh October 11, 2013, 4:26 pm

    i’m going to charleston for the weekend with a college friend. and we’re going to drink all the wine and eat lots of shrimp. and then do all of those touristy things you can never make yourself do when you live near somewhere historical, like carriage rides and ghost tours and looking at antebellum houses!

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      jlyfsh October 13, 2013, 9:58 am

      on our carriage ride the horse’s name was AP well officially its Ashepoo which is a native american tribe and river but our guide kept calling him AP and it just gave me a good chuckle!

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  • iwannatalktosampson

    iwannatalktosampson October 11, 2013, 4:27 pm

    I am having a do nothing Friday and I can’t wait. Although Colin and I might hot tub and cook dinner and drink beer, but when we’re doing it with just us it feels relaxing and the same thing as not doing anything.

    Tomorrow I’m going to a friends house to watch football and eat food and be silly and Sampson is coming with us and all the dogs are friends and I can’t wait. Oh but before that Colin and I are running 10 miles. Then Sunday we are going to Estes assuming we can commit to driving the extra hour out of the way since both the main roads to Estes are STILL closed from flooding. But Estes seriously is so pretty this time of year I really really really want to go before all the leaves fall. (Oh random – I saw 4 deer on the drive into work today – I love Colo!) Then we’re watching the bronco’s game in our matching navy and pink coozies because why not? And then going to dinner for his brother’s birthday.

    I should also probably study at some point too, but that sounds awful.

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    bethany October 11, 2013, 4:29 pm

    I’m excited for the weekend! Tonight I’m heading to my parent’s house, then driving up to NY, where we’ll stay with my grandmother on Saturday, then Sunday is my cousin’s wedding. Dave is staying home, so I get a hotel room (and BED) all to myself Sunday! WOOO HOOOO!!
    We’re not really super close with this side of the family, so I’ll only know 6 people there (including my parents), but whatever. It’ll be nice just to get away for a while.

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  • GatorGirl

    GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 4:31 pm

    Wendy, Jackson is so stinky cute. He is so lucky to have so many friends and family to celebrate with him. (Also he looks SO much like Drew. It’s adorable.)

    This weekend we’re staying in and relaxing. After our crazytown weekend last week, I’m absolutely pooped and just want to sit at home. My plan is to sleep in, cook, hang some curtains and get ready for the Canadian Thanksgiving potluck we’re co-hosting at our house. I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited to do basically nothing.

    I am annoyed FL has ZERO fall activities…no pumpkin patches, corn mazes, apple orchards…heck it’s supposed to be 87 tomorrow. How does one make chili and drink pumpkin beers and make jack-o-lanterns with hoodies on when it’s so damn hot!

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      kerrycontrary October 11, 2013, 4:49 pm

      “I don’t know if I’ve ever been so excited to do basically nothing.” yup, this is me every weekend my boyfriend and I get to stay in town. I get freaking psyched to stay home and clean too.

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  • Moneypenny

    Moneypenny October 11, 2013, 4:33 pm

    Jackson is such a cutie! Having multiple birthday parties is the best!
    I was *supposed* to take part in a sandcastle building competition tomorrow at the beach. It’s a fundraiser for a local non-profit who brings art and artists into local elementary schools, and the event partners up local schoolkids with architects, contractors, and the like to build giant sandcastles (you get 20 feet by 20 feet of beach to work with). However. The beach this takes place at is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is controlled by the federal government, and they sent word on tuesday that the event permit would not be valid and shutdown the event. So. My team won’t be building a James and the Giant Peach sandcastle and these 5th graders won’t be having a blast in the sand.
    Anyhow, my plan B for tomorrow is to go to a street fair.

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      jlyfsh October 11, 2013, 5:54 pm

      Ugh sucky! The sandcastles sound awesome!

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        Moneypenny October 11, 2013, 6:46 pm

        It is! It’s a lot of fun actually. You get to design a sandcastle and then as a team build it, and they’re huge! And the ideas get really creative. 🙂

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        jlyfsh October 11, 2013, 6:59 pm

        They used to do something similar in Virginia Beach, it’s absolutely amazing to see what people can make out of sand!!

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      • Moneypenny

        Moneypenny October 11, 2013, 7:52 pm

        Oh cool! I can imagine it’s a bit warmer in Virginia Beach than here though…

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle October 11, 2013, 4:34 pm

    Ahh Jackson is adorable, I can’t believe he’s two already (like, I remember being on this site when he was born, & it’s just… ah, time.)

    My weekend is low-key, I think. My boyfriend & I figured out yesterday it’s going to be pretty rainy, so the plans are cuddling & whatnot. Saturday, we might go out (or, depending— I might go out with my friend, if she’s around. I sort of bailed on her last weekend because I had cramps/was generally not feeling up to anything, & did that thing where I was like, “well, if she doesn’t call… I won’t call…” :-|)

    I want to do something with my hair. Because, first, it needs a trim BADLY (I think the last time I trimmed it was something like March??) but I sort of want to put a semi-permanent red over it (which would make it turn out, like, subtly auburn, I think? Since my hair is dark?)

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      iwannatalktosampson October 11, 2013, 4:42 pm

      I WANT TO DO SOMETHING WITH MY HAIR TOO. Go stalk my facebook and then tell me if you think I should go blonde again. I don’t have that many pics up so it shouldn’t be too hard to go back to like 2006ish?

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      • katie

        katie October 11, 2013, 4:44 pm

        guys i just cut my hair last night!! its amazing. i encourage you all to do whatever you want to your hair.

        i went short, probably the shortest ive ever had it? ahhh it feels amazing. and actually, i drove home with the windows down and my hair didnt even bother me! that has never NEVER happened

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        Fabelle October 11, 2013, 4:52 pm

        WHOA you look so different! BUT HOT, so I say go for it? (Although I do like your dark hair because of the dark hair/light eyes combo. I’m a horrible person to ask, haha. What is your natural color?)

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        iwannatalktosampson October 11, 2013, 5:35 pm

        My natural hair color is pretty much what I have now – normal brown? Like it doesn’t qualify as light brown or dark brown really. I originally kept it normal starting around 21 because I was doing big kid things like going to law school and my mom essentially told me I had to have at least one graduation picture with normal hair, haha. But from 13-21 I had different color hair and highlights all the time. Now I have a stable job and essentially wouldn’t get fired unless it was too silly (like purple streaks) so I feel like I should go for it.

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      • katie

        katie October 11, 2013, 5:38 pm

        AHEM ……

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      • iwannatalktosampson

        iwannatalktosampson October 11, 2013, 5:42 pm

        WHAT? What did I do?

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      • katie

        katie October 11, 2013, 6:05 pm

        haha, i have purple streaks. and red ones, after last night!

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        Sue Jones October 11, 2013, 5:50 pm

        Ah, it’s only hair! My friend let his teenaged daughter dye her hair purple…. My 10 yr old son wanted to grow his hair long so he could wear it in a braid or ponytail like his best friend does, but he never kept it out of his eyes and it was in that awful in between stage, so we cut it… I said maybe we can try again in a few years when you take better care of your hair!

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        bethany October 11, 2013, 4:53 pm

        I just stalked. I prefer you with brown hair.
        I highly recommend short hair!! I have an old album on FB where I cut off all my hair for locks of love- I LOVED that haircut. It was the best.

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      • GatorGirl

        GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 7:52 pm

        Omg I hate my short hair. Don’t do it IWTTS!

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        Christy October 11, 2013, 9:06 pm

        I personally like the brown hair. But I totally advocate going short. It’s awesome! I love my short hair. It’s so easy.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow October 12, 2013, 12:57 pm

        I like your hair brown, but you could go a bit shorter if you wanna do something fun. I bet it would look good on you! And it always grows back.

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    Sue Jones October 11, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Tonight I am taking a friend out to one of my favorite places to eat. May have my 10 year old too. Tomorrow we are hiking somewhere (forced family fun! ) then we are having my son’s friend over for a sleepover, then they are going to visit art studios for a school assignment and then he has a rehearsal for a play he is in. Meanwhile I will cook and shop. Last week I made this delicious spaghetti squash recipe with the pesto I made. This weekend I may fire up the old crockpot and cook an amazing stew!

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    • Lady_Red

      Red_Lady October 11, 2013, 8:14 pm

      Mmmm, I love spaghetti squash w/ pesto!!!

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    MissDre October 11, 2013, 4:49 pm

    YAY! Happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone 🙂

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray October 11, 2013, 5:06 pm

    Happy birthday, J, and Happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

    I’m in St. Louis now, touch down 2 hours ago. Finally drinking wine on a patio with my mom!

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow October 11, 2013, 8:29 pm

      Have fun!!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray October 14, 2013, 9:24 am

        I brought an Imo’s pizza home with me and ate it last night. It was glorious. Chicago’s got nothing on Imo’s.

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  • kmtthat

    kmentothat October 11, 2013, 5:39 pm

    Yay, my I-hate-Gravity thread got called out by Wendy! Glad I’m not alone…but more glad you got to get some movie time :). And as someone who doesn’t really want kids…that picture of Jackson may have single-handedly awakened my maternal instinct because AWWWWWWWW.

    My weekend looks like work, work, work. And I’m filming a comedy short with some friends from Second City so that should be awesome! Also the Chicago International Film Festival so going to try to see something exotic and artsy haha.

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  • Lyra

    Lyra October 11, 2013, 5:40 pm

    I’ve had horrible luck with old people today. I got cut off by this obnoxious 85 year old man today in traffic. It was merging to one lane, I was OBVIOUSLY in front of him by 50 feet, then he literally hits the gas so he can awkwardly get in front of me while almost causing an accident. I don’t care that he was 80 something, I blasted my horn at him. Ugh.

    Before that I was grocery shopping and was in line behind this old couple who was apparently using their son’s food stamps card. (????) It was weird, and I was eavesdropping, but apparently they didn’t have any money left on it or something because the son had used it all. This woman tried all her cards and they were ALL declined. All my groceries were already on the belt and it would have been super awkward if I had packed them all up and went to a different lane because there were two people behind me. This woman’s husband had already brought the groceries out to the car, so she had to physically walk outside to get their checkbook. This whole ordeal took about 15 minutes. It was so frustrating but I felt so bad because I was getting really annoyed at old people…

    Tonight, the music guy is coming over and we’re cooking dinner. He suggested we do something fancy to make up for the fact that our first date was supposed to be at a fancier restaurant but the weather was crappy. I had wondered if we were just friends, but now he’s texting me more frequently and suggesting ideas for future dates and such, so we’ll see how things go. The adorable cute kisser hasn’t been in contact — last I talked to him he was applying for jobs, possibly out of state. If he calls, I’ll most likely go out with him again but I’m not going to wait for it. Too many other guys to go on dates with!

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      rachel October 11, 2013, 6:40 pm

      Oh god, I was that old couple at the supermarket once. It was right after I had moved and had switched banks, so I had money split between 2 debit cards, and it turned out neither had enough to cover my groceries, so I tried both and then ended up writing a check and felt AWFUL for the people in line behind me. It was so embarrassing.

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      Sunshine Brite October 11, 2013, 6:47 pm

      Gah, Minnesotans, myself included, can’t merge. And those stupid entry lanes do not help matters any, almost everywhere else I’ve gone has longer merging and exit lanes I feel like.

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      • Lyra

        Lyra October 11, 2013, 7:38 pm

        I KNOW. Minnesotans don’t know how to drive and it’s so frustrating. The saddest part is that people here are better drivers than the drivers in North Dakota…

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    • GatorGirl

      GatorGirl October 11, 2013, 7:03 pm

      Do not come to FL. Worst drivers ever. (Myself not included, I don’t count since I’m not from here 🙂 )

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    • Classic

      Classic October 11, 2013, 10:49 pm

      I got carded again this evening. Sixth time in 2013. Yay for old people and the young ones, too.

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    • Lyra

      Lyra October 12, 2013, 12:47 am

      What an awesome date! Wheeeee!! We kept things very simple — he came over, we made dinner, and watched a movie. We were going to go bowling too but it got to be too late and he could tell I am exhausted. I got to cuddle with him (finally!) and got a hug at the end of the date. No lip locking yet, but we’re going to see each other again sometime soon. He moves sloooooowly physically, which is probably really good for me but I just want to make out with him! At the same time I don’t want to push it too far too fast.

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  • thewriteway

    thewriteway October 11, 2013, 6:00 pm

    Has anyone ever changed careers or had to start over with work/job stuff for whatever reason?

    I am thinking of job searching again (OK, I kind of sort of am, but not seriously so because I still have my job and I can be picky), and I’m a little bit nervous about getting back on the market. Part of the reason is because I really want to fulfill my goal of working in sports (highly competitive industry) and I know I will probably need to take a step back and do an internship. That is OK; I feel I am now in a place to do what it takes and feel more committed than I have before. I’m just nervous about taking something on top of my full-time job, plus the possibility of moving. I applied for grad school for sports management too, even though it’s not necessary, because I just want to learn more about the business and it will be easier for me to get internships if I can get credit for them. And yes, I know, school is not necessary, but I’ve found a few that seem like a good fit for me, and I figure the worst that will happen is that everyone rejects me! Ha.

    I know this is what I want, but I’m also a bit nervous about the sacrifices and added demands on my time. I also plan on keeping my normal job until the right match for a job/internship comes along, as I’m mostly content at work, so if I go to an interview or get an offer that doesn’t feel right, it’s not the end of the world.

    Any advice to help me be a little bit less nervous about all of this?

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      Christy October 11, 2013, 9:22 pm

      Corporette just posted about this:

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  • beelzebarb

    beelzebarb October 11, 2013, 8:27 pm

    Wendy, can you post the recipe for the buttnernut squash soup? I got a huge craving for some as soon as I read this. I don’t care if it’s still 90 degrees here. I want soup!!!!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy October 12, 2013, 5:35 am

      This is my favorite butternut squash soup recipe, but I only do half the cream cheese and I use chicken broth instead of water and bouillon cubes:

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb October 12, 2013, 3:37 pm

        Thank you! And yeah, when I make soup, I always use broth even if the recipe calls for boullion cubes. I’m so excited about this soup!!! 🙂

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      • katie

        katie October 12, 2013, 8:13 pm

        down with boullion!! you guys rock. haha

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    starpattern October 11, 2013, 9:15 pm

    Oh man, when I was a kid I LOVED the multiple birthday party thing. But I remember when I turned 7 I got soooo sick of cake. I don’t know how that was even possible but it did. I hope Jackson continues to enjoy his birthday celebrations 🙂

    I’m gonna get my hair cut for the first time in 6 months tomorrow… I always say I am not going to wait that long to get it cut. Oops. I am so torn on whether to get it colored or highlighted. I never have before. I mean, I really like my natural color but I’m kinda bored? I was thinking of like, subtle reddish blond highlights. Maybe. Also? Helmet hair is a serious problem.

    Other than that, lazy weekend. Sewing, cooking, enjoying this perfect weather. I am getting the 3 day weekend (yay!) but I’ve already had a continuous 10 day weekend so… I can’t say I’m not enjoying it, but it gets a little lonely during the day, plus I’ve seen The Price is Right more times than I ever wanted to.

    Anyway, hope everyone has a great one!

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    Jenny October 11, 2013, 9:18 pm

    Wendy, where did you get the Elmo spoon? My son would love that 🙂

    Happy Birthday to Jackson! He’s beautiful.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy October 12, 2013, 5:32 am

      It was a gift from my parents, but you ca find the set here:

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  • Classic

    Classic October 11, 2013, 10:46 pm

    Jackson is so cute. He looks like both of you. So precious.

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  • kare

    kare October 11, 2013, 11:43 pm

    I got a raise today! But I also kissed a coworker last night. So I’m not feeling like a super put together professional. We’re the same level and my team is pretty lenient about that whole thing, so it’s not a huge deal. I feel bad though because I’ve always been against doing things with coworkers. Fortunately when I saw him at work today it wasn’t weird at all. He’s an awesome guy, it’s not against company policy at all, but I still feel like I broke some sort of personal moral code. Ugh.

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  • Classic

    Classic October 11, 2013, 11:56 pm

    Congrats on the pay raise! I think that if you like your coworker a lot– in this case, no problem, and it seems very sweet and natural.

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    • Classic

      Classic October 11, 2013, 11:58 pm

      This was for kare. I have lost my ability to reattach my reply to kare 🙁

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      • kare

        kare October 13, 2013, 8:32 pm

        Thanks! 🙂

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  • call-me-hobo

    call-me-hobo October 12, 2013, 2:02 am

    Last weekend, I got engaged! So this weekend we’ll be starting the planning process, I guess. I’m really excited!

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    • Dear Wendy

      Wendy October 12, 2013, 5:29 am

      Congratulations! He’s a lucky guy.

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      MissDre October 12, 2013, 9:48 am

      Woohoo! Congrats!

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    • kare

      kare October 13, 2013, 8:32 pm

      Congratulations!!!

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow October 12, 2013, 10:20 am

    I’m going to Oktoberfest today! Beer and sausage, mmm. Of course, I’ll be dressed like a beer maid. It’s raining right now (ugh), but supposedly it will clear up by this afternoon.

    And I got A’s on my finals! Yayyy.

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    AliceInDairyland October 12, 2013, 10:31 am

    Last night I had the most amazing night. Benjamin and I stayed in, cooked dinner, and then laid in bed and watched 3 episodes of breaking bad. It was awesome. Besides that, we have a relatively busy weekend. I have an x-ray exam (ahhhhh) Wednesday so I am studying for that in any free time that I have.

    We are also having our annual CSA member bonfire/par-tay tonight so I am getting all ready for that. We will probably end up having 60 people (out of 125 shares) come out to the farm to eat delicious grilled food, veggies, booze, and look at our chickens and goats and stuff. Should be fun, the last party we had out here all the little kids were completely enamored with the goats and the goats were ridiculously well behaved… Like just come up and stare at little kid with adorable eyes and stand there nicely waiting to be scratched. I am so amazed at how tame they are considering we don’t spend THAT much time with them.

    Then Sunday farmer’s market and more studying!! Argh.

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    Bethany October 12, 2013, 11:50 am

    You guys, I just discovered the most amazing thing EVER!! Cadbury is selling “Screme Eggs”!!!!!
    This is the best news ever! I don’t need to wait till Easter!!!

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    vizslalvr October 12, 2013, 6:32 pm

    I took the best nap this afternoon. My husband never naps, but he decided to take a nap with me and we let the animals in the bed and for once the dog didn’t stretch out and take up the entire bed, and the cat didn’t lay on our heads and purr, and it was so super cozy and excellent.

    I love naps.

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle October 13, 2013, 9:11 am

    My weekend was not as chill as I thought it was going to be— my friend (not the one I said above I might hang out with, even) came into town unexpectedly & we all went out with a group of people to this fashion show that an adult sex shop was hosting? But the venue was crazy crowded, & it was like a restaurant/club with all these different rooms, & a different cover charge to get into each room. We got in for free, but then I think we paid to get into the room where the fashion show was… and thennnn we didn’t even watch it, because we all went out for a cigarette before it started & sort of uniformly were like, “okay, we’ve had enough of this, let’s go.”

    (That was anti-climatic as fuck, sorry. haha. The-end, P.S I made mac & cheese when I got home)

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    • kare

      kare October 13, 2013, 8:35 pm

      It is NEVER anti-climatic if mac & cheese is involved.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray October 14, 2013, 9:22 am

        WKS

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