Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

halloween-candy

Today is the day people everywhere are all, “Holy crap, it’s already November? Next month is Christmas? Where did the year go?” It’s also the day parents of 2-year-olds get to eat lots of Halloween candy because their kids are old enough to go trick-or-treating but are too young to remember the day after Halloween that there’s a bag of candy somewhere in the house they should be asking about. Now… if only I knew were Drew hid Jackson’s!

Happy weekend everyone. I have a bag of candy to hunt down now…

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    Tax Geek November 1, 2013, 4:05 pm

    Maybe he took it to work to share…

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    kerrycontrary November 1, 2013, 4:14 pm

    Can’t wait to have a kid so I can steal their candy! Have a great weekend everyone. I’m going to my alma mater for a football game πŸ™‚

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      rachel November 1, 2013, 4:34 pm

      Jealous, have fun!

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle November 1, 2013, 4:20 pm

    I am glad I had the foresight to take off work today in advance, because I stayed out way too late last night & had too many tequila shots. I sort of wish I’d still managed to be productive, though—all I’ve been doing is vegging on the internet & making random meals :-|(I haven’t touched the candy bowl though, surprisingly!)

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray November 1, 2013, 4:29 pm

    It’s also …. (drum roll please)…. Addie’s Birthday Month, yay!

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    • iwannatalktosampson

      iwannatalktosampson November 1, 2013, 4:49 pm

      OH ME TOO. MY BIRTHDAY MONTH. Want to be birthday twins?

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 1, 2013, 5:56 pm

        Yes! Twinsies!!!!

        Also, I am 3 minutes from heading in to meet a guy for a date. If this date is not wonderful, that’s it I’m done dating for-fucking-ever.

        But no pressure. Wish me luck.

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      • rainbow

        rainbow November 1, 2013, 6:19 pm

        Good luck Addie!

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow November 1, 2013, 9:37 pm

        We need deets. Come back and report.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 1, 2013, 10:20 pm

        Date going well. We’ve kissed 4 times and entre just serves. Oy vey hubba hubba

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow November 2, 2013, 12:04 am

        Yay!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 2, 2013, 4:31 am

        Holy good date batman! We made out on the sidewalk which has become my standard for a good date I guess. He’s not a former child star but is very cute. He’s short with a full beard and I was digging everything! Hurray for making out – I’m not dead inside!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 2, 2013, 6:15 pm

        So I had another date this afternoon – another Tinder date, he’s this really nice and cute guy who has a cool job and loves his family and we have 8 friends in common. He’s sure we have met before but I couldn’t recall. He was so sweet and considerate and interesting. And then somehow gay rights came up and he had the most asinine ass backwards explanation for why he is against it. …. And then I started picturing Liz Lemon’s “that’s a deal breaker ladies shut that down”. Total deal breaker. Before I waste time on a date I should have men answer a few questions: do you want kids, do you believe in gay marriage, and do you think it’s cute when a woman playfully farts on your head, you know?

        Man oh man the date last night was SO GOOD. I want to kiss his face off again soon. But he lives in Philly though so….whaddyagonnado?

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      • othy

        othy November 3, 2013, 12:52 am

        Definite deal breaker.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 3, 2013, 10:27 am

        UPDATE: through FB detective work, I’m 99.9% this Philly guy has a girlfriend. WHAT THE FUCK?! I’m equal parts happy – just because sometimes I worry I’ll NEVER be attracted to someone but then BOOM there I met a guy and we hit it off and it was nice, so it can happen! And equal parts disgusted and want to swear off all men. Guys are so sleazy!

        How hard is it to find a good person? I mean, I obviously have very low standards – they can be unemployed and live at home at 36 and hey that’s cool! Or they can live across the country – hey that’s cool. But good god even then, it’s hard to find a good person! I feel like an 85 year old lady who thinks the world has turned to shit, ha.

        It’s ok, I got a really good nights’ sleep last night – first time in a long time – so it’s fine. It’s a new week, and we all got an hour extra, which I plan to waste right now watching TV. Muah!

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow November 3, 2013, 2:14 pm

        How did you meet him if he’s from Philly? Was he a Tinder guy? I have the app but I haven’t met anyone in person from it yet.

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      • mrmidtwenties

        mrmidtwenties November 3, 2013, 3:20 pm

        Tinder is the best.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 3, 2013, 3:30 pm

        I love Tinder too. Phil and I matched on Tinder two weeks ago when he was in town for his brother’s wedding. We started chatting and then I realized he was 600+ miles away. Told him oh too bad, not interested in a pen pal. Then he said he’s trying to move back to Chi (his whole family is here). Still, meh. What I like about Tinder is quick dates! But somehow we started talking daily, and he seemed pretty normal and nice and we had a lot in common and all that. He came to town and we had the best date ever! (See above.)

        But… I clicked on a girl in one of his FB check ins on, and her profile is not private, and he is in her profile pic and that was updated as recently as a few weeks ago. And the weekend he was in Chicago for his brother’s wedding (when we matched)? She was with him, and they are in these lovey dovey pictures and the comments are all “aw you guys are ao cute” and one was joking that he needs to propose.

        Barf! Even if they broke up the next day or had broken up recently but were still friendly, it doesn’t had up. I directly asked him if he is dating anyone and when he last relationship was and he said no, and two years ago. Well per her picture of them cuddling on a beach this summer and going to Paris earlier this year, that’s not possible! And he has said he wants a girlfriend and all that jazz but the dating scene sucks in Philly and blah blah blah. So that doesn’t add up. Busted.

        Thoughts? I mean, he doesn’t owe me anything – we are not dating. We have been chatting daily and had one date. But he’s lying, right? I mean of course. And I’d hate to be the girl whose dude is talking to girls on Tinder and flying to see her for dinner and groping on a sidewalk, you know? Oh oh he just texted “good afternoon beautiful.” Barf.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 3, 2013, 3:34 pm

        My weekend did a 180. Then another 180 and I’m back to being miserable haha.

        In other news, I wore this fuzzy navy blue sweater and the fuzzies are stuck all over me. I look hairy. My back is the worse. And it’s all over my chest too. I have navy blue fuzzy boobs. For real. I have taken 3 showers and a bath and I cannot get he fuZzies off. It’s not a good look! What do I do?!?

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow November 3, 2013, 3:42 pm

        Weird. i want to see! Show him to me on FB and I will investigate, haha.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 3, 2013, 3:52 pm

        Cats, you are brilliant. I FB’d her profile… Hard to argue she could just be his cousin, right? Let me know what you think!

        This is so weird; I’ve never – that I know of – been straight up lied to. I mean it’s so bizarre. We have been talking a LOT for two weeks. And he flew here. I mean what the what?

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow November 3, 2013, 4:09 pm

        I think he’s Shady McShaderton.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 3, 2013, 4:21 pm

        Right???? I am so smart. I’m such a savvy FB detective. I wonder how long he would keep this up. What’s the right thing to do here?

        1. ignore him, no explanations
        2. ask him if INSERT GIRL’S NAME would be ok with all our flirty texts and heavy petting?
        3. send her a message – your boyfriend is shady!
        4. finish my whole bag of Twizzlers in a movie I’m ’bout to go see alone, sigh
        5. give him the benefit of the doubt and just keep on keeping – I mean, this can’t go anywhere anyway until he moves here – I won’t hold my breath. I mean, who the hell knows what kind of relationship they’re in. Maybe it’s open, maybe it’s over and she’s in denial, maybe he’s evil. But…

        I’m leaning toward 1 and 4.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 3, 2013, 4:27 pm

        Ugh. Shady Phil and Nice-but-Idiot-anti-gay-rights guy are blowing up my phone.

        Here I go: I’m about to actually tell someone I enjoyed our date but I can’t see him again because he believes gays shouldn’t be allowed to marry. Dats a deal-breaker, ladies! I think I’ll just say I’m not sure we are a match.

        I don’t know what to say to Shady Phil.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 3, 2013, 4:31 pm

        And then, just to share, there’s this guy I’ve gone on 3 dates with who is very nice but he gambles. Like 20 hours a week at a casino. He gets all these perks there bc he gambles so much.

        Am I being too narrow minded for not wanting to give shady Phil, idiot (I call him idiot bc the reason he’s against gay marriage has to do something with how marriage is just about sex and gays can’t really have sex anatomically speaking so should be allowed to marry – I told him I’m pretty sure gays do just fine with z sex and also what???), and gambler a chance?

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        Christy November 3, 2013, 7:08 pm

        Idiot is an idiot. Sorry, that explanation about gay marriage might actually be the dumbest one I’ve ever heard. He probably thinks I’m a virgin, too.

        You shouldn’t bother talking to him again.

        And this is coming out of love, 100% love, but if you were an LW considering talking to him again, I’d tell you to aim higher.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow November 3, 2013, 8:19 pm

        I kind of like option #2. I’m dying to hear what he would say. Also, I agree with Christy about Idiot.

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      • rainbow

        rainbow November 3, 2013, 9:20 pm

        “And this is coming out of love, 100% love, but if you were an LW considering talking to him again, I’d tell you to aim higher.”

        Yup.

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      • something random

        something random November 4, 2013, 7:30 am

        Good God, ADDIE! WTF? You are way too awesome for gambling, two-timing, homophobes! Seriously, are the men of chicago all freaks? You can do much better. Join a church. A gay-friendly one.

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    • genevathene

      genevathene November 1, 2013, 7:00 pm

      Mine too. πŸ˜€

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    • lemongrass

      lemongrass November 1, 2013, 10:26 pm

      Ooh ooh! Me too!

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    • beelzebarb

      beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 12:21 am

      November is the best birthday month ever! Not that I’m biased or anything…

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 2, 2013, 4:27 am

        It is the best birthday month! We are products of a lovey Valentines Day.

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 5:07 pm

        Hmmm…my sister was also born in November. My parents say they don’t like Hallmark holidays so they don’t celebrate stuff like Valentine’s Day. I call bullshit!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 2, 2013, 6:27 pm

        Haha your parents were SOOOO getting it on that fateful Valentine’s Day. No time for all the hallmark bologna, they just were busy doing it all night long, slowly and tenderly … Now are you picturing your parents doing it? Maybe they got wild and did it in the shower – a quick wet one. Or maybe they role played – she was a horny exchange student from Latvia and he was the hot muscular gym coach…. That’s really gross – those are your parents!! Gross I feel I crossed the line.

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 6:59 pm

        Oh. My. God. I was about to go take a shower, but now…that mental image is too much. I’m supposed to have lunch with my mom tomorrow. How am I going to explain why I’m unshowered and unable to make eye contact. Waaaaaaah!!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 2, 2013, 7:02 pm

        I could be wrong. He could have had her up against the dryer.

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 7:06 pm

        …and now I will also be wearing dirty clothes. You’re a meanie butt.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 2, 2013, 7:35 pm

        Speaking of butts… Don’t you ever wonder if our parents have done it in the butt? These are things I will probably never ever find out because ewwwww, but don’t you want to know just a little bit? I hate not knowing things, you know?

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 7:44 pm

        Well. I walked straight into that line of questioning. I’ll be honest though – I have briefly entertained such questions before because I am weird. I hate not knowing stuff, but depending on the answer to the butt sex question, I think knowing might be worse. Have you ever wondered whether your grandparents had sex before they were married? My mom’s parents were SUPER-Catholic so I’m fairly certain they didn’t. My dad’s parents might have. His mom worked for Planned Parenthood in the South during the 60’s, so I wouldn’t be surprised.

        Ok, now I hate you for making me think about this in such detail!!

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 2, 2013, 7:51 pm

        Ha you’re like me, I think about that stuff all the time. I too want to know how long my parents waited for sex – that seems like an easier question to ask than, say, if my mom’s ever done it in the butt, but I just CANNOT bring myself to ask any personal questions like that of my mom. I just can’t. I get sick in the stomach whenever she even talks about sex even in vague terms. God, what did she say on our last road trip that made me have to quickly change the topic – I think she was talking about how hot my dad made her. I know, she was talking about how in marriages your feelings change a bit and sometimes you feel less close. And I thought that was kind of odd so I asked her if there were periods when she and my dad weren’t in love, and she said something like oh no we were always very much in love, and that she was always so hot for him … or something… Anyway, I couldn’t handle that, YET I’m still dying to know answers to all my sick questions. As far as how long they waited goes, I doubt they waited long. Because neither has ever mentioned anything to me about the importance of waiting for marriage… But at the same time my mom was so young, like only 19 when they met. My brothers are twins and my sisters are twins and whenever that fact was mentioned, my dad used to love to say something like he knew how to make twins, by getting the hiccups at the right time in bed… or something… Gag me, Papa!!

        So, yes, I want to know; and shit, maybe my parents are the kind who would share those details. But i will NEVER KNOW. But I want to, but I don’t, but I do, but I do not. But I do.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray November 2, 2013, 7:52 pm

        Ok, I guess we can stop talking about parental s-e-x.

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 8:16 pm

        I know my dad wouldn’t share those things. My mom might. I know they lived together for a year or two before they got married, and based on the timeline, they didn’t wait long to have sex. I also wonder whether they were each other’s firsts. My mom was the first girl my dad introduced to his family, but that doesn’t necessarily mean anything since they lived several states away. Fun fact: I also know that my mom grew weed in her dorm room in college. She admitted it without actually admitting it. That’s a funny story, actually.

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 8:20 pm

        I just saw your “end this conversation now please” post. I’m good with that. I can’t believe that I used to spend my Saturday nights partying, and now I’m sitting at home on DW, discussing my parents’/grandparents’ sex lives. What the hell happened? Last weekend’s open thread prompted me to go find my LSAT book (I keep everything) and do practice logic games questions. I’m the coolest kid ever.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow November 3, 2013, 3:09 am

        My mom hates butt sex. I know this.

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 3, 2013, 3:39 am

        @Cats…dare I ask how you know this?

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow November 3, 2013, 2:15 pm

        I can’t think of a specific instance where butt sex has come up, but on more than one occasion, she has expressed disgust that anyone would have butt sex. She thinks it is absolutely the grossest thing EVERRR.

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  • LadyinPurpleNotRed

    LadyinPurpleNotRed November 1, 2013, 4:43 pm

    Got an awesome new haircut and color today. I’m flying high!

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  • thewriteway

    thewriteway November 1, 2013, 5:38 pm

    I am a regular reader of Ask a Manager, which is an advice column about work for those of you who don’t read it. Today, they re-ran an old letter and it just happened to be one I wrote two years ago when I was struggling in my job search. It helped me see how far I’ve really come since then when it comes to doing well at work and how to find a job, especially since I’m somewhat on the market again.

    It also kind of made me think back to when I was an LW here over a year ago. Although those letters weren’t tied together, I think if I saw my old letter re-ran here, I’d be embarrassed in a way (because I was a fool when I wrote it), but I’d also be able to celebrate that I’m mature enough now to avoid a similar situation. It’s always fun to look back and see how far you’ve come and how what you wrote about then doesn’t matter on a grand scale anymore.

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    • rainbow

      rainbow November 1, 2013, 6:20 pm

      ooooohh I’m curious now. Can I have a hint?

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      • thewriteway

        thewriteway November 1, 2013, 11:20 pm

        Go back to May 2012 and look up the letter from “Crushed.” Just don’t judge me too harshly for what I wrote then because trust me, I don’t think now like I did at the time!

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        rachel November 2, 2013, 12:27 pm

        Yes, I love learning who the LWs are!

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      • rainbow

        rainbow November 2, 2013, 1:35 pm

        I won’t! Specially considering the fact that my comment in that letter started with “HA! I’m in a very similar situation right now. So I don’t think you’re childish or afraid of possible relationships or anything, I think you’re really cool and mature and everything =P Wanna hang out?”

        I’m glad you’ve moved on. I ended up making a mess of that situation (see whenever I mention Guy I Loved For Five Years But Could Never Trully Have Who Broke My Heart Three Times In A Year(TM)).

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  • theattack

    theattack November 1, 2013, 6:13 pm

    I get to bake a ton of stuff for work tonight. We’re having a tractor pull fundraiser tomorrow, and I’m auctioning off some of my baked goods and hoping to get some people who need desserts through the holidays so I can make some extra money. Plus I have to bake for work Tuesday to suck up to some really, really important people, and I just found out my agency is going to pay me to bake hundreds of desserts for our biggest, fancy, black-tie gala in February. Come at me, Katie! Super excited about all of that.

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow November 1, 2013, 6:31 pm

      haha @ “Come at me, Katie!”

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    • katie

      katie November 2, 2013, 11:07 am

      ohh i have all the ideas and recipes and formulas! and black tie fancy is my favorite!

      seriously facebook me. thats awesome

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      • theattack

        theattack November 3, 2013, 12:45 am

        Yayayay! I will definitely be facebooking you for ideas closer to the time. I’ll need to amp up my game big time for black-tie.

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow November 1, 2013, 6:31 pm

    GUYS. You’ll never believe this, but I actually didn’t dress up and go out last night. It came time, and I just…didn’t feel like it. It’s OK, I celebrated Halloween last weekend.

    In other news, I’m meeting up with Applescruffs and Veritek tomorrow!!!! We’re going to a zombie burlesque show. Who’s jealous? πŸ™‚

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    • rainbow

      rainbow November 1, 2013, 6:40 pm

      ME! ME ME ME!

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    • othy

      othy November 1, 2013, 10:24 pm

      Damn, I really need to get out to Denver. I’ve been meaning to do so for several years now. If I do, we totally need a DW meet up πŸ™‚

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow November 2, 2013, 12:05 am

        Yeah, I want to go to Denver too, but this one’s in St. Louis. πŸ™‚

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  • rainbow

    rainbow November 1, 2013, 6:39 pm

    I’m kinda depressed, I don’t know why. Maybe it’s because now that I’m done with my book I have a lot of free time to think of all the problems I’ve had this past year and sort of saved for later.
    And it’s raining a lot and I ran out of pot and I’d really like some. And I was supposed to meet with a friend to celebrate I’m done drawing and suddenly he changed the plans to include his girlfriend, and it’s pretty obvious that he did it because she’s jealous, and I will go anyway because that’s what accommodating friends of people with jealous girlfriends do, but I’d rather see him alone because she’s boring.
    And a man who broke my heart three times this past year (Dude I Loved For Five Years But Could Never Trully Have (TM)) was just dumped by his GF and is all over my FB again fishing for attention and even though I’m not giving it to him it makes me really sad that he would try to use me in that way.
    And I took one of those “Are you an alcoholic?” tests this morning and it said “yes, you are very much an alcoholic!” so I took another one and it said yes again and now I feel kinda guilty that I want some white wine.
    And it’s my sister’s fiesta de quince in a month, and I will have to see my abusive mother and absent father there and be polite when all I want is to smack them and call them monsters. And my aunt is trying to make us make up by posting “happy” old pictures and tagging everybody.
    Fuck it. Fuck all of them. I’m going to cancel everything and stay in bed with the 14 books by P.D. James starring Detective Adam Dalgliesh I just downloaded (yay for detective porn!)
    Sorry about this, I’m usually a very positive person, but today was complicated. Hello Adam darling. Come closer.

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    • rainbow

      rainbow November 1, 2013, 6:44 pm

      Ok, I just got confirmation that my monster parents will allow my little sister (the one who’s about to turn 15) to come to Ecuador with big sis and I in July, and we’re planning that as I type. Day is definitely looking up.

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        AliceInDairyland November 1, 2013, 7:04 pm

        I’m planning on drinking wine tonight because life just sucks sometimes. You aren’t alone. πŸ™

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    • beelzebarb

      beelzebarb November 1, 2013, 7:08 pm

      I LOVE PD JAMES!!!!! Detective porn is the best. Sorry you had a shitty day πŸ™ Adam will make you feel better though. He’s always been there for me.

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      • rainbow

        rainbow November 1, 2013, 7:36 pm

        She’s amazing! I had read Original Sin, Unnatural Causes and Death Comes to Pemberley a few years ago and loved them, and I just picked up Cover Her Face yesterday, and I noticed
        a) I didn’t remember how good she was structuring clues/read herrings/motives. It’s impeccable.
        b) I’m finding Dalgliesh and his good manners sexier than all the other more fucked up detectives I used to love (James Ellroy’s, for example) Therapy really works!

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 1, 2013, 7:49 pm

        a) She is so incredible! Her life story is really cool too. Did you know she’s 93? I’ve read all of her books. I NEEEED her to write a new one.
        b) I’m so glad there is someone else who thinks he’s sexy! My husband thinks I’m a lunatic. Oh well. Anyways, I’ve never read anything by James Ellroy, and I’ve been looking for new detective porn. Any recommendation for where to start? I just finished the latest one of Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie books, and I need a new book stat. Yay for Kindle instant gratification! Boo for the dent it puts in my bank account though…

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      • rainbow

        rainbow November 1, 2013, 8:04 pm

        I really like Ellroy. It’s a bit darker/more postmodern than James, but it has one advantage over many classic crime novels and it’s that it was written in the 80’s so it’s much less homophobic/heteronormative/etc.
        Have you watched L.A. Confidential? It was nominated for a ton of Oscars and lost them all to Titanic. It’s based on a book by him. It’s part of the L.A. tetralogy, which was what got me into crime novels in the first place. The first one, The Black Dahlia, is sort of meh compared with the others. The second, third and fourth (The Big Nowhere, L.A. Confidential, White Jazz) are much better. And even though they are about different detectives they are older and more fucked up in every book, and the time periods are also consecutive, so it’s like watching the detective archetype grow old and corrupted from 1950 to 1960. I highly recommend it.

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      • rainbow

        rainbow November 1, 2013, 8:06 pm

        darker/more postmodern than the three I’ve read, I mean.

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 1, 2013, 8:13 pm

        I LOVE that movie! I was so pissed about the Oscars that year. I mean, Titanic was nowhere close to the best of the nominees. I mean, L.A. Confidential, Good Will Hunting, and As Good As It Gets are all on my list of movies that I can watch a million times and still love.
        Do I need to read The Black Dahlia before I read the others? I hate starting with the “meh” book in a series. Omg I’m so excited for a new author! Yay!! Thank you! I dunno if this will make your day any better at all, but you’ve made this detective fetishist girl’s night πŸ™‚

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      • rainbow

        rainbow November 1, 2013, 8:23 pm

        Well, between that and the wine, what can I say… My day is definitely looking up.
        You don’t have to read The Black Dahlia, all of the books make sense independently, though I might have considered it meh because I read it last after White Jazz and everyone was suddenly so young and innocent it sounded kinda stupid compared to what came later. But I think if you read them in order you might enjoy it much more.
        They made a movie based on it too, but I didn’t like it at all.

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 1, 2013, 8:32 pm

        Yeah, I heard the movie sucked so I never watched it. I shall take your advice and start on The Black Dahlia. And a bottle of wine while I’m at it πŸ™‚ I’ll let you know what I think since I’m reading it before I read the other three.

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      painted_lady November 1, 2013, 10:59 pm

      I just had a mildly frustrating doctor’s appointment where he told me my thyroid is totally normal, so there’s no reason I should be gaining weight rather than losing it, and he was like, “Eat less,” and I sort of glared at him because I cut out sugar and gluten and processed foods and like 95% of my snacking, and he asked if I exercise enough, and I told him that the only way I could exercise more was if I quit sleeping, and then he was like, do you drink a lot and I was like, “………”

      So, apparently I have to quit eating sweets and bread and processed food AND quit drinking, and I decided I’d rather be 25 lbs heavier than I want because I like not hating life more than I like looking good.

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      • beelzebarb

        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 12:20 am

        I’m completely with you on that. If losing 25 lbs means losing fun, eff that. Nobody looks good when they’re busy hating life. Ugh.

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      • rainbow

        rainbow November 2, 2013, 1:43 pm

        “and then he was like, do you drink a lot”?

        I know you’re supposed to be honest with health care professionals, but if my doctor asked that out of the blue I think at first I would have the impulse to slap a fake mustache on and go “I say, old chap, that’s just not cricket” or something.

        Fuck those 25.

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        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 5:09 pm

        HAHAHAHA! Holy crap, that’s a hilarious mental image. I’m taking a fake mustache with me to my next doctor’s appointment. I guess I’d better work on my posh British accent!

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        painted_lady November 3, 2013, 10:19 pm

        It was totally in context – I had seen him the week before to get the blood drawn for my thyroid panel, and I’d told him I was headed to a Halloween party that night. So he had asked how it was and I told him it was great but craaaaazy boozy, and I don’t remember the exact wording but it was totally in the context of, “Well, you’re healthy, but you drink some, does that happen a lot, maybe that’s why?” I also was clearly like three seconds from grabbing him by the lapels, shoving him against the wall and demanding that he give me something to make me lose weight.

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        sarita_f November 2, 2013, 6:39 pm

        Sorry @Painted_Lady! I was just (finally) diagnosed with a moderately abnormal Thyroid on Monday and started taking Armour. I was tested by my gyno a couple of years ago and supposedly those tests came back normal but I suspect she only ran the basic test, not the full panel. Could you press the full panel issue with your doc? Also, have you thought about getting an adrenal stress test? I’m waiting on my results for that but have a strong suspicion that my cortisol levels are high – I am mildly overweight and noticed in the last two years that while my weight has been relatively stable, the pattern of where I hold my weight shifted – so much more in my gut now than before.

        Anyways, I am fucking FIRING my stupid gyno. She LAUGHED IN MY FACE when I told her I suspected thyroid issues and told me I just needed to diet and exercise (sorry, lady, last I checked running didn’t magically grow back my eyebrows). But like the ashamed-of-myself chubby person I was I just went along with it (“oh, those stupid fat people apparently don’t know what’s good for them”).

        She also laughed at me when I inquired about getting my Mirena out and switching to something non-hormonal, probably the copper IUD – she thinks patients are “silly” for being concerned about the effects of hormones but less concerned about the effects of a foreign object in their body (um, hello, the Mirena has BOTH of those, so what’s it to you if I want to eliminate at least ONE of those factors?). Lastly, she laughed at my pushing-40 friend who wanted to get a full fertility work-up because she wanted to waste little time and limited banked sperm (her partner had testicular cancer years ago) – told her to just go have sex and come back if that didn’t work in a year.

        Anyways. Apparently I have a lot of feelings about my gyno. Lovely πŸ™‚

        BEST OF LUCK to you!

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        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 7:03 pm

        Are you fucking kidding me? Wtf is wrong with that gyno?! What a bitch! Gyno appointments are unpleasant enough without having to deal with that crap. Jeez. I’m glad you were finally able to get the correct diagnosis from someone else and are getting the treatment you need.

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        rainbow November 2, 2013, 8:41 pm

        She sounds like a very very bad doctor and kind of a bad/careless person too. Drop the fucker.
        About the pattern of where you hold your weight, it’s supposed to be like that. As you grow older fat moves up. That’s why there are so few old ladies with thigh fat, and so many with big bellies.
        I’m enjoying it a lot, by the way. I always had a huge ass and thick legs and very skinny arms and small boobs, and now that I’m almost 29 I’m moving from pear to hourglass and I’m feeling very sexy.

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        painted_lady November 3, 2013, 10:26 pm

        At least for me, though, wherever the weight is – I never gained weight until about five years ago, and I’ve never lost it, I just gain about 5-6 pounds a year – isn’t as important as the fact that I seriously can’t lose it. Gym 5-6 days a week, derby 2-3 days, no refined sugar, minimal gluten, almost nothing processed and everything naturally lean…and I’m still gaining weight. I can lose about 5 lbs over a week or two, and a week later it’s back and it usually brings friends. Yeah, getting older and all of that, but considering I am eating better and more active than I ever have been…and I am the heaviest I have ever, ever been.

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        quixoticbeatnik November 3, 2013, 10:31 pm

        Is it fat or muscle weight, though? Although I guess if it was muscle you should still be getting leaner. That sucks though! Your thyroid could just be mildly off. Or it could be medicine you’re taking or something. Birth control?

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        painted_lady November 3, 2013, 11:12 pm

        I’m off all BC right now – plan is to get an IUD over Christmas break, but the BC shot should have worn off two weeks ago. I’ve definitely leaned up over the past year, but I haven’t lost any inches in the last six months.

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        painted_lady November 3, 2013, 10:34 pm

        I looked up the high cortisol symptoms, and it’s really similar to the thyroid issue except there are a couple of other symptoms that I have that don’t fall under thyroid disease. I will be seeing this doctor again in three weeks, so I might ask him. I just don’t want to be that hypochondriac that’s looking for an excuse for medical problems that are more about my own shortcomings (haha, I’m a little crazy).

        And yes, the doctor (NP actually) ran a full panel this time – first time anyone has – and I fall right dead center in all ranges. He only wrote a prescription for a month, though, and he did say that, at my size, he would have started me at almost twice the dosage I’m on now (he wasn’t the one to diagnose me) and so he said when I come back for my refill from him, if my weight has gone up again like it has my last two or three screenings, he will try me for a month at the dosage that he thinks should have been my starting dosage.

        Also, your doctor? She is a bitch.

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    AliceInDairyland November 1, 2013, 7:03 pm

    I also had a rather depressing day. Passed my suturing exam, so I am good to go for when I do surgery next month… which was good, because a handful of people do get really nervous and end up failing but luckily it went smoothly.

    But then Benjamin called me and turns out one of our baby (they are big now, but still) goats died. He checked on them in the morning, then gave them more hay at lunch, and came back 2.5 hours later and little boy goat was dead and all bloated out. Putting the pieces together, we are thinking it was probably due to them transitioning from fresh food outside to hay inside. The little ones had never eaten hay before, so he might have not eaten for a few days and then gorged when he did finally eat and create a sort of overload that created a lot of gas in his tummy.

    I feel really horrible. I had hay out with them so that they could transition gradually, but you can’t fix a goat just being stupid. *sigh* I did cry about it in the car home, and felt reaally guilty at first but now after piecing together the story there really wasn’t anything I could do. And I was so nervous about the other ones getting sick but all of them are bouncy and we’ve seen them eating hay so they transitioned fine. How do people raise animals? It’s like impossible to make a profit if you don’t take short cuts, and in order to do it well you have to be compassionate. But then shit happens and animals die and it feels so shitty. Gaaah.

    At least he had a kick-ass life of running around with his momma and climbing on logs and eating all this delicious different plants before he died. That’s good, right? Have I mentioned that all the goats are going to go be delicious soon? It just doesn’t make sense to keep them another year when I will be gone so much on clinical rotations. So that’s also kind of weighing on my mind. But I will be happy to see them have an awesome life with us and then go be the fanciest-fancy-pants restaurant dish ever that people will pay so much money for and hopefully rave about. Is my brain broken?

    I told Benjamin there has to be a waiting period before I can consider eating Little Boy so he’s going to go in the freezer tomorrow. I apologize for the depressing post, but there really isn’t anywhere else I’d feel comfortable putting it.

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      rainbow November 1, 2013, 7:26 pm

      That’s so sad about the baby goat! I know what you mean, we call it empaste here and it happens with cows all the time (I grew up in the country). If they know you they will come to you looking bloated and in pain and you have to stab their belly by the hip in order to save them. I don’t know how people manage, I don’t think I could stab a cow I like.
      My mo(ns)ther used to recite a poem about an old poor couple whose only milk/pet cow died in that way, and they had to eat it so the meat didn’t go to waste but they were really sad about it.
      I’m very sorry that you’re feeling like the poor old couple in the poem. I’ve already started with the wine (it’s 8pm here, I’m not an alcoholic! XD). I’ll have one for baby goat.

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        rainbow November 1, 2013, 7:26 pm

        Here’s looking at you, baby goat.

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        AliceInDairyland November 1, 2013, 7:32 pm

        Okay so this totally made me cry and feel so much better at the same time. <3 Thank you.

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        rainbow November 1, 2013, 7:37 pm

        <3

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      BreezyAM November 1, 2013, 7:33 pm

      That’s okay.
      I found out my dog has the worst case of hip dysplasia anyone has ever seen (I can’t even find a worse case on the internet) and they don’t even know how she stands since the “C” thing that’s supposed to hold her femurs in is like, gone. So we need to put her down. And meanwhile we’re cuddling and loving on her and I’m trying to figure out how to tell Almost 5 Year Old “So… We need to kill the dog.” Ugh. I keep telling myself “well, she seeeems okay today” but like, this is me being selfish. She’s in severe pain, and likely has been her entire life (she too is almost 5). Sucks. Why do animals have the ability to worm into our hearts? πŸ™

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        AliceInDairyland November 1, 2013, 7:44 pm

        Aww I’m sorry Breezy. Hip dysplasia is so crappy because it is so painful and dogs are always so incredibly stoic about it. We were just learning about it in radiography, and we saw some pretty bad ones so I can only imagine. πŸ™ I don’t have any advice for your little one, it’s painful enough when you understand what is going on. I was like 9 or 10 when my first kitty Buttercup had to be put down because he had leukemia. My mom just told me that he was very sick and he hurt a lot all the time so he was going to sleep and not going to wake up again. And then they took him to be euthanized and brought him back in a shoe box and I got to pet him before we buried him in the backyard. I don’t know if it was the best technique, but I grew up alright so I’m sure however you handle it will be right. <3

        Damn animals and their innocence and loveliness.

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        sarita_f November 3, 2013, 2:02 am

        awww… sorry breezy.

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      katie November 2, 2013, 11:11 am

      aw, that is so sad!

      i will also raise a glass to Lil Boy this weekend…

      and yea, the whole disconnect between loving animals but still eating them is weird. i just read a book where an alien comes to life and assumes this man’s identity to destroy information, and he talks about how somehow here on earth “cows become beef, and that makes it ok to eat them, but a dead cow is still a cow” or whatever and its this weird paradox for him to grasp.

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    Sue Jones November 1, 2013, 8:54 pm

    We always did a “Cash for Candy” thing with my son’s loot – through a dentists office where they buy the candy from the kiddos and they get a cool toothbrush that lights up, a lunchbox and a waterbottle, and send the candy on to the troops, but this year my 10 year old refused to part with his stash… Uh oh.

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    quixoticbeatnik November 1, 2013, 9:42 pm

    I didn’t really do anything for Halloween, and that’s okay. I’ve pretty much lost my urge to drink, and that’s a good thing. But I also realized that while I like the idea of Halloween….I don’t really like celebrating it. Not in the typical way, anyways – going out all dressed up, and getting wasted. That’s not fun, and I can never wear sexy costumes because I’m fat so it just makes me feel depressed. But I went to a pub and had a nice long talk with a good friend of mine (PL, thought of you – I was at the pub we went to with my friend you know!)

    This weekend isn’t going to be too fun. I worked my first full-time 40-hr week this week and I am EXHAUSTED. Trying to adjust to a better sleep schedule and trying to adjust to drinking less caffeine and alcohol, oh man oh man. It’s hard. I know it’ll get better but right now I hate my alarm clock. Also, I have to work all weekend at my second part-time job and I REALLY wish I didn’t have to. I’m regretting my decision to stay on and I plan on quitting tomorrow. I just want free weekends. I’ll miss my clothing discount for sure, but hopefully I can still be friends with the girls there. We’ll see. My new job seems okay. Super fucking boring right now since I am training, but it’s a small company and everyone is pretty young and seems really nice (and there’s a happy hour planned for next week!) and my commute isn’t bad at all so I think it’ll be good. It’s just SO FUCKING SURREAL to have an official “grown-up” full-time job…with benefits and everything. It’s nice. It’ll be really nice when I’m done with my certificate in a month and won’t have to do schoolwork until grad school. Thank god cause I hate schoolwork.

    Two good things so I’m not complaining in my entire post: 1) My beloved soccer team, the Houston Dynamos, is going to the semifinals for the MLS Cup!!! We handily beat Montreal 3-0 last night, which was great. I’m just so bummed I can’t go to the semifinals since I have to work! πŸ™ and 2) I feel so much better not drinking as much caffeine and alcohol as I used to, and also going to bed at 10-10:30 every night this week. It makes me feel more inspired to take care of myself and exercise and all that although right now I’m too tired to do anything but sleep. But I feel like I’m growing up and being more responsible and that’s awesome.

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      painted_lady November 1, 2013, 10:52 pm

      I saw that! We need to make another date to just hang out. The museum thing and the roller skating were ridiculously fun, but mostly I enjoyed going and sitting and talking πŸ™‚

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        quixoticbeatnik November 2, 2013, 10:22 am

        Yes, definitely!! I enjoy that a lot too! Although we still need to go to Barbarella for 80s night one of these weekends πŸ™‚

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    Lyra November 1, 2013, 10:06 pm

    I am well on my way to drinking an entire bottle of wine tonight. By myself. And it’s AWESOME.

    I’m not going to do too much this weekend. This evening I went out to run some errands and I ended up spending too much. Oops. It was worth it. I got a new work bag, some kitty supplies, new work clothes, and a new curtain for my previously super boring sliding door.

    I do have a lot of work to get done this weekend, so my life is suuuuper exciting haha. I also have a bunch of books to read. Here’s hoping for a rainy, gross day tomorrow. πŸ™‚

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      painted_lady November 1, 2013, 10:54 pm

      Yay for lazy nights with wine!!! I’m catching up on some writing and Call the Midwife.

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        Lyra November 2, 2013, 12:39 am

        I finished my bottle of wine. I feel so accomplished (and very buzzed, ha). I also did some buzzed cleaning — laundry done, bathroom cleaned! I’m on a roll!!

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        CatsMeow November 2, 2013, 1:27 am

        Oooh!! PL, I looooove Call the Midwife. I keep telling people to watch it, but so far I am the only person I know who has seen it. Good to know someone else appreciates it! It also makes me pumped to be a nurse.

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        painted_lady November 2, 2013, 2:28 am

        It’s so wonderful!!! I would probably switch careers if I thought I could be Nurse Jenny Lee.

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        jlyfsh November 2, 2013, 4:41 pm

        Did you see there was going to be a Christmas Special? Season 3 stars in March!

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    Firestar November 1, 2013, 10:43 pm

    We just buy extra chocolate and chips …and then the leftovers are ours! This year we had more ‘leftovers’ than we gave out…’accidentally’. Our street isn’t a prime location – houses far apart, long driveway, creek across the street – so we only get about 40 kids a year. My best friend told me her new neighbour gives out full sized chocolate bars and toys! And shots and glasses of wine and beer for the parents. I’m hitting up her neighbourhood when XJ gets big enough!

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    katie November 2, 2013, 11:18 am

    yep so jake didnt make it home in time on thursday to hand out candy, so we have an entire big bag of gummy candy to eat now…. ahhhh

    i am about to go get 50 prints from target for free (yay couponing!) and then the kitty shelter.

    and im going back to PA next week. i hate when i travel on fridays and then again on mondays. it makes the weekend seem so short!! but next week will be mon-thurs travelling which is my “normal” travelling, so that will be good.

    also, i need to take my vacation time! i might use some miles and go to CO in december. hmm..

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    kare November 2, 2013, 1:22 pm

    I went to happy hour with two coworkers yesterday and was home by 8. Then I went back out at 9:30, ran into a guy I used to date, and we went barhopping. Later on we tried to have sex and failed. Womp. Womp.

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    mrmidtwenties November 2, 2013, 1:52 pm

    Guys, I’m gonna turn into captain wastey pants tonight for my roommate’s birthday. Oh, and I called in sick yesterday to work because I didn’t feel like going and I have sick hours to use up before the new year. Oh and I hate that job, and am going to spend the rest of the day applying for new jobs before I get dreeeeuuunnnkkkkk.

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      mrmidtwenties November 2, 2013, 1:54 pm

      Oh, and I’m thinking of getting my little display pic thing on here tattooed on my back before the debut of the new movie “Dear Mr. Watterson” which comes out in couple weeks because Calvin and Hobbes was the greatest comic strip ever. No debate.

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        beelzebarb November 2, 2013, 5:11 pm

        I’m so excited for that too!

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        othy November 3, 2013, 1:00 am

        Calvin and Hobbes was the best ever. I’d challenge someone to a game of Calvinball if they dare disagree.

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        Christy November 3, 2013, 2:48 am

        Where on your back?

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        mrmidtwenties November 3, 2013, 3:18 pm

        probably under my music tattoo and I could go for a game of calvinball right now.

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        Christy November 4, 2013, 9:34 am

        I just stalked your whole facebook profile and I still have no knowledge of your music tattoo or its location. It’s alright, I’ll think creatively. (I’m picturing it on the small of your lower back, like where some chicks get butterflies. Because that idea amuses me.)

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    Lyra November 3, 2013, 2:58 pm

    My parents came to visit yesterday and my dad brought a scratching post that he made for my cat!!! It is AWESOME — 3 feet tall, very durable, and infused with catnip! I love my parents!

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      LadyinPurpleNotRed November 3, 2013, 3:21 pm

      How’s the kitty doing?

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        Lyra November 3, 2013, 4:33 pm

        She’s really good! She’s incredibly comfortable around me, but VERY hesitant with people she doesn’t know. She hid most of the time my parents were here yesterday. She likes to sit on my couch next to me and try to get in my lap when I’m trying to get work done. πŸ™‚ She also loves to sleep next to me and likes to play with her catnip mice for HOURS. She’ll throw them up in the air and chase them throughout my apartment. It’s adorable, but not after 11 pm haha.

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