Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

Aloha everyone and happy last weekend before Christmas. Or, if you prefer, happy penultimate weekend of 2013. Or, if you’d rather: happy almost winter solstice. Happy Friday. Happy day-before Saturday. Happy, happy.

Can you believe it’s almost over? This year, I mean? Was it a good year for you? It was a pretty good one for me. It was a year of change although my own day-to-day life stayed pretty constant. But my parents moved back to the states after 40 years overseas and the oldest member of our family died (Great Aunt Velda at 101) and my grandfather died and I don’t know, it’s just felt like something of a generational shift. Next year, I hope for less death and hard change and more happy settling-in. Or happy re-birth and growth. I guess we’ll see what’s in the cards, won’t we?

I hope my hair continues to grow out.

Last weekend was the big holiday party weekend, but we ended up only making it to one holiday party on account of the snow. Our sitter came at 6:30 and Drew and I headed out into the night, me in a silver sequin dress, my white faux fur coat and my Sorel snow boots (Silver heels tucked in a bag for later), and Drew in a white tuxedo jacket and black suit pants. We had cocktails and split an entree at a restaurant down the street with mood lighting and exposed brick walls. Afterward, we headed to our friends’ party. The hours went by too fast. I drank too much and didn’t eat and it felt like I was sort of floating through the night. On the walk home โ€” all 15 feet or so from their front door to ours โ€” I called out to Drew and said, “Oh!” as I bent over, still in my silver sequin dress, white faux coat, and snow boots, and got sick as the snow fell around us. It was worth it.

Starting next week, posting will be sporadic through New Year’s. Drew is taking almost two weeks off and we’ll spend Christmas here, just the three of us, and then head to Austin a few days later to visit my sister and my parents (who will be visiting from Missouri). This weekend, I’m going to get some Christmas baking and cooking done. I think I’ll make a delicious lasagna for our Christmas Eve dinner. (What do you normally eat and do on Christmas Eve?) And we’ll probably have peppermint ice cream for dessert. I hope it snows. Wouldn’t a snowy Christmas Eve be the best?

We’ll eat lasagna and peppermint ice cream and watch “The Sound of Music,” which I love to watch every year. And Drew and I will listen to “Marshmallow World” a few times and maybe drink a little whiskey and say, “Here we are, another year,” and it will be nice.

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    csp December 20, 2013, 4:18 pm

    I am very happy to see 2013 go. I love the optimism of a new year. It is like you get to start over. Basically, this year had a lot of disappointment. The one great thing we did in 2013 was our new years to do list. There were 35 things on it and we accomplished 34. Some were fun (go on vacation over 300 miles away), some were things around the house (paint the hallway), and some were things that we put off for no good reason (writing our will). Being able to look back at all we did was really great and showed that even without getting pregnant, we were able to have some fun and an overall productive year…This year is going to have 52 to dos so one a week.

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    lets_be_honest December 20, 2013, 4:19 pm

    Its kind of amazing you just made vomiting sound romantic.

    How nice the 3 of you will get some time together! Merry Christmas Wendy & family!

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    sarahhhh December 20, 2013, 4:26 pm

    Your Christmas Eve plans sound delightful! I have never even seen snow in real life.

    In my family we usually have a big Christmas Eve dinner but the past couple of years holidays in my family have been kind of off and we haven’t done much of anything except for open one gift each. I spend a majority of Christmas Eve with my husband’s family anyway, and they have a Christmas Eve party every year complete with dirty Santa. This year they are incorporating a talent show too, but I don’t know if I will participate. I don’t know what to do! I have no talents, at least not ones I can put on display. Anyway after all of that is said and done with I’m not going home but to a beach house my in laws rented for the week of Christmas for them, their children, children’s spouses, and our kids. That part should be fun.

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    Fabelle December 20, 2013, 4:28 pm

    Yeah, the snow messed up my plans to go to a friend’s party last week ๐Ÿ™ but it was nice staying in (Fabello’s party was also cancelled). This weekend is my mom’s work party that we’re all invited to, & I’m debating whether to buy a new dress or wear one I have. (The answer is wear one that I have, but I don’t know if I’ll do that…)

    On Christmas Eve, I normally go to church, even though I’m… an atheist. Is that wrong? I don’t feel like it is, I just like going because it puts me in a Christmas-y spirit. Also, I will probably go to my boyfriend’s family’s Christmas Eve dinner? But I don’t want to even think about that, because I still need to shop for more people. ahhg

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    • Lyra

      Lyra December 20, 2013, 5:46 pm

      It’s not wrong to go to church on Christmas even if you’re atheist. Trust me (as someone who works in 8 private schools) they won’t care.

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle December 20, 2013, 5:56 pm

        Oh, I mean, I know they won’t care— my question was more, I dunno, theoretical? I’ve heard (read even, from people on here) that they don’t feel right even being in a church, as a nonbeliever (like it’s disrespectful)? I’ve never had that mindset, so I was curious!

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        katie December 20, 2013, 7:03 pm

        well, think about it like this: if there was (and there are!) a sanctioned atheist celebration of christmas, would you be offended, theoretically or otherwise, if people who believed in god went?

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        Ammie December 21, 2013, 9:07 am

        If the people in the church don’t care, and you don’t believe there’s an actual deity who could get offended, there’s no one that you could be disrespecting. ๐Ÿ™‚ Go and enjoy yourself!

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      CatsMeow December 20, 2013, 8:04 pm

      I usually go to church on Christmas Eve also, as an atheist. I do it to make my grandma happy because it’s important to her. I used to not participate in communion, but last year I did. I figure it doesn’t matter if I do or don’t, since I don’t attach any significance to it, and no one around me knows I don’t believe… but I don’t know if it IS technically disrespectful to Catholics since it’s such a big deal to them.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow December 20, 2013, 10:27 pm

        Can a practicing Catholic let me know? I was raised Catholic and I feel like they wouldn’t like it much.

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        Christy December 20, 2013, 10:55 pm

        Honestly, as a former strict Catholic, I wouldn’t take Communion. It’s a really big deal to Catholics, and I think practicing-Catholic me would find it disrespectful. (Current me doesn’t give a shit, fwiw.)

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        CatsMeow December 21, 2013, 1:16 am

        yeah, I probably shouldn’t. As a raised-Catholic, I know it’s disprespectful. I just don’t like evil looks from my grandma.

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        Lyra December 20, 2013, 10:56 pm

        Technically, yes you’re right — the Catholic church would frown upon you participating. It is also frowned upon if someone of another religion participates in communion. My most recent ex used to come to church with me all the time and he would take communion…but he was Lutheran. It was kind of awkward because I told him that it technically was wrong but he still did it.

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        CatsMeow December 21, 2013, 1:19 am

        Right? Like, I need confession or something first. But Lutherans and Catholics are so similar that I feel like it shouldn’t be a big deal between those 2 religions. They seem basically the same except for allegiance to the pope. I’ve been to a Lutheran mass, and it seemed identical to the Catholic mass.

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        jlyfsh December 21, 2013, 7:23 am

        As a Lutheran we are so nothing like Catholics, haha. No offense to Catholics! But, there are actually a number of fundamental differences. I would never take Communion in a Catholic church because we don’t have the same belief system in regards to it. And maybe now that I’m thinking about it you went to a Missouri Synod church and not an ELCA like I great up in (and then there’s what a Wisconsin Synod too, right?). Because, the ELCA church service is really nothing like a Catholic Mass. It’s very formal still, but it’s still not mass? If that makes sense? And Lutherans definitely don’t do confession or any of that mess ๐Ÿ˜‰

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        Fabelle December 21, 2013, 9:26 am

        Yeah, I was raised Lutheran & the church I attend is in the Lutheran church where I was “confirmed”, & ~I’d~ feel not weird NOT taking communion? but I agree, the significance isn’t the same as it is in Catholic church. And Lutheranism isn’t the same at all– my pastor can be (& is) married, we’re cool with abortion & gays, etc. HOWEVER, the one time my boyfriend (atheist, raised Presbyterian, & has an ex who was Catholic) came to my church, he was like, “Dude, this is SO CATHOLIC.” haha. So I guess the services (we don’t call it “mass”) are similar on the surface?

        But anyway, thanks for your responses guys! I never really questioned myself attending or taking communion, but when I saw that other nonbelievers kind of alter their behavior while in a church, it made me wonder.

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        CatsMeow December 21, 2013, 12:47 pm

        Oh, really? I went to my friend’s Lutheran service in Springfield, IL and she came to Catholic mass with me and we both thought it was basically the same.

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        jlyfsh December 21, 2013, 12:57 pm

        Interesting! Well there are three types of Lutherans with the two main types being Missouri Synod and ELCA. I haven’t been to a Missouri Synod church but I’ve heard it’s even more formal than ELCA. It’s weird growing up in the Lutheran church and then going to a Catholic church it’s just so different to me. Just so very formal and just different, haha.

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        Wendy December 21, 2013, 1:30 pm

        I was raised Lutheran and think that the basic principles and beliefs are very similar Catholicism. Although the services and practices differ – no Lutheran would ever wander into a catholic service and mistake it for a Lutheran one and vice versa – the two branches of Christianity seem more similar to me than any other.

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        CatsMeow December 22, 2013, 12:10 pm

        Right. They wouldn’t be mistaken for each other, but they’re similar enough that as a Catholic, I could go to a Lutheran service and know what to do, you know? I went to my dad’s church once (I don’t know what denomination) and it was virtually unrecognizable. It was so unstructured compared to what I was used to! My stepsisters, on the other hand, went to a Catholic mass once and they were freaked out by all the “chanting” hahah.

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        jlyfsh December 22, 2013, 9:53 pm

        Oh yeah they’re definitely similar, but different at the same time! Just as a practicing member of either, it’s always funny to hear how people find the services similar when I find it so different.

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        Lyra December 21, 2013, 5:27 pm

        The fundamental difference is how the bread and wine of communion are viewed — after it is consecrated, Catholics see it as it takes form of the actual body and blood of Christ and only believers can take part in communion. Lutherans see it more as a symbol — as in, Christ is present after consecration but it doesn’t take the actual form of the body and blood — and people who eat and drink will become like Christ. Thus, both non-believers and believers are welcome to take part in communion.

        The reason why Lutheran services and Catholic masses are so similar is because when the Lutheran church was founded in the 1500’s by Martin Luther, he himself and his followers broke off from the Catholic church (95 Theses anyone?). There are still a lot of similarities because the framework of the Lutheran service was essentially the Catholic mass.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow December 21, 2013, 9:47 pm

        Interesting. Thanks! Sorry if I offended anyone with my ignorance. I guess in my 10 years of Catholic school I didn’t learn much after all.

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      • Lyra

        Lyra December 21, 2013, 10:24 pm

        Not a problem. ๐Ÿ™‚ I find religion in itself fascinating. I also spent 9 years in Catholic school but I also went to a Lutheran college. I’ve talked to many Lutheran friends about this kind of stuff.

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        Wendy December 22, 2013, 7:21 am

        Did you go to Valpo by chance? That’s where my parents went (and met and married).

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        Lyra December 22, 2013, 10:34 am

        Somehow I can’t reply to Wendy? Weird.

        No, I didn’t go to Valpo. I attended a small Lutheran college in Minnesota. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • katie

    katie December 20, 2013, 4:31 pm

    i am off for a week and a half starting just about right now! ha!

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    TECH December 20, 2013, 4:52 pm

    Guess who’s working until 5:30pm Christmas Eve? This girl. Missing out on half of the day’s festivities with my family. Working hard sucks.

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    • Fabelle

      Fabelle December 20, 2013, 6:15 pm

      Aw ๐Ÿ™

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    jlyfsh December 20, 2013, 4:53 pm

    I don’t go back to work until 2014! I have lots of preparing to do and then we head home for a week. Half the time with my family and half the time with M’s! Christmas Eve these days is kind of random, it depends on what family has planned. We pretty much do whatever. But, I do know we will be enjoying hanging out with our families! Even the ones who are difficult to get along with or tend to cause scenes. Because, we love them all even if they’re a little crazy! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Does anyone else feel the need to have lots of beverage and snack options when they travel? We’re lucky we’re driving and not flying, but I’m always scared I’m going to get to one of M’s family’s houses and I won’t like the food or drink. So, I always have a back up. I think I picked up like 4 different types of drinks for the trunk.

    2013 was a weird year. I’m happy where I live, what I’m doing, my marriage is great, I have new friends, I’ve picked up new hobbies. But, my Grandfather died this year and that has definitely affected how I’ve felt about a majority of 2013. I’m ready for a fresh start in January and hopefully having the sadness from that be less raw than it has been.

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    Lemongrass December 20, 2013, 5:09 pm

    I think it’s fairly obvious that 2013 was the best year for me yet. I have changed and grown up so much in this year. Not just becoming a mom, although that has been huge for me. Finally the feeling of looking to the future is gone and I have been enjoying my life in the present. I feel more calm, self assured and I have a newfound respect for my body and the strength that I didn’t believe I had until I used it. 2013 was good.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray December 20, 2013, 5:26 pm

    I need a good 2014. 2013 was not so great. The highlight was probably kissing Elliot. That’s so sad. I need more meaningful highlights next year.

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    • othy

      othy December 20, 2013, 8:21 pm

      Nah, making out with a well known movie star counts for a lot.

      What about getting a puppy? That’s a pretty big deal, if you ask me.

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        CatsMeow December 20, 2013, 10:33 pm

        I agree! Elliott and puppies are huge! Did you get your condo this year, or was that last year? Everything runs together.

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    applescruffs December 20, 2013, 5:42 pm

    2013 felt like constant changes. It was tough. But it was also the year I decided to say yes. And learn to pole dance. And made new friends. I felt like a real adult in my career. I lost a couple patients. But I helped a lot more. I got closer to my parents and my brothers. I traveled to Europe, by myself. So bring it on, 2014. Let’s do this.

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    Sue Jones December 20, 2013, 5:45 pm

    A pretty good year for the most part. My son is doing great and makes me a proud mama everyday. But for me an uneventful year is a great year!

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  • Lyra

    Lyra December 20, 2013, 6:08 pm

    2013 was eventful and full of change. Lots of good change, but change all the same. I’m coming out of the year a stronger and happier person than when I started 2013 and I’m very thankful for that.

    I have big plans for 2014 — as I posted in the forums a few weeks ago, my resolution is to simplify my life a lot. I plan on going through my belongings and to do a pretty major purge of the material “stuff” in my life so I can live on less. I’ve already made a few basic changes and I plan on continuing that through my break these next two weeks. The major project is my budget and the papers that have invaded my life. I think it will not only help me to live a happier life but I will live a healthier lifestyle because of it.

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow December 20, 2013, 8:15 pm

    2013 was a year of changes for me too! I changed apartments, quit my job and started school full time, went back to belly dance, and made new friends. I find myself visiting my hometown less because I’m getting to be a lot more settled in St. Louis. I can also say that I am completely “over” my ex that I clung to for way too long (although I can’t guarantee we’ll never have sex again, ha). My grandma got sick and had to move into an assisted living home, so that’s a big negative change. My dad is getting divorced, so that’s a negative change as well. I feel like with school it has been a stressful year overall, but 2014 will be the year I become an RN!

    I’m going to my mom’s for Christmas. I think I’m not leaving until Monday because I don’t like leaving my cats for extended periods of time and it’s too chaotic when I take them with me. I think I’m going to make some treats (cookies and Jello shots, ha) and get everything ready for Christmas karaoke! (But before all that – I need to finish my shopping. Oy).

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow December 21, 2013, 1:26 am

      Also, because I don’t think I’ve discussed this on DW yet, I’m SUPER PISSED about my dad’s divorce. His wife was an evil stepmom in every sense of the word, but I feel sorry for him nonetheless. She is apparently entitled to his money and stuff even though she is financially independent and they don’t have kids together. That shit pisses me off. She’s in HIS house that he bought and fixed up on his own because he’s super handy. He’s now retired, in Florida with no friends other than HER brother-in-law (not sure how that will work out), and renting a condo. He was settled in his retired life that he worked so hard for, and now has to start over. He told me he got a 3 bedroom condo so me and my brother could each have our own room when we visited, although he didn’t have beds yet. He was happy that he got his TV and entertainment center. Otherwise, he has no furniture. My heart broke. As much as I hate my stepmom, I also hate to see my dad be sad. ๐Ÿ™

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  • othy

    othy December 20, 2013, 8:25 pm

    Hey, guys, I have awesome news on behalf of my home state of Utah (or at least on behalf of awesome federal judges). A judge just deemed our same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional. So marriages are (temporarily) legal in my state. Granted, they are asking for a stay on the decision, but until that is given, marriage licenses will be issued here ๐Ÿ™‚

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    d2 December 20, 2013, 8:33 pm

    Is it Christmas time already? OMG, how can I be so not ready?!

    Whatโ€™s for dinner? For Christmas dinner, my tradition is to do a prime rib dinner with a bottle of champagne. On Christmas day (before dinner), I go for long hike in the woods to appreciate nature. On Christmas Eve, I go for a long hike around my town to see the lights on all the houses, then track Santa on Norad while drinking eggnog and tasty alcohol beverages

    Whatโ€™s new for 2014? I have just started remodeling my house (painting everything, moving walls, adding a pantry) and I am shopping for all new appliances. I have managed to accumulate enough crap for 16 people (what was I thinking?!), so I will be seriously purging (thanks to Lyraโ€™s living-simply motivation).

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    Megustalaplaya December 21, 2013, 7:34 am

    Wendy, I loved your description of your night out! It was whimsical and romantic, and reminded me of one of my favorite authors, Rosamunde Pilcher. (If anyone doesn’t know who she is, I highly recommend reading Winter Solstice or Coming Home).

    We are also having lasagna for Christmas (vegan and regular); it was my mom’s idea and I love it. At the end of 2012 my husband and I bought our first house, and this is the second year we are hosting the holidays. I’m excited! This year my family won’t let me do much since I’m pregnant, which is fine since I’m recovering from a sinus infection, but I’m still excited to host.

    2013 was a rough year for me; I came to the realization that I need to make a career shift, and struggled quite a bit with self-esteem and self-confidence. On the plus side, I started running again, and successfully got pregnant :). I’m looking forward to 2014, not least because the baby will be here in June, and I get to make a job transition.

    Now, what to do for New Year’s when you’re preggo? That’s currently my most pressing issue. (Never mind that I still need to finish Christmas shopping and grading papers before I go back to school). Ideas for New Year’s?

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      mandalee December 21, 2013, 10:17 am

      If you’re looking to go out for New Year’s, maybe go out for a fancy 5-course meal at a restaurant nearby? They’re usually overpriced, but to me New Year’s is the one year I ignore the prices and commit to just stuffing my face with amazing food. Or if your town/city does a First Night, maybe check that out?

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    Ammie December 21, 2013, 9:12 am

    2013 was a good year. Relationship-wise, I learned a lot about myself through dating the ex… I have no hard feelings about how it ended, even. Being with him brought out parts of me that I hadn’t paid attention to in a long while, for various reasons, and I feel like more of a complete person for it. Now I’m with someone new, and I’m hoping to take those lessons forward in this relationship and keep on growing.

    Everything else was also pretty good… I think I may have turned a corner in rehabbing a persistent injury, work is going well, I adopted my marvelous cat, and I started really falling in love with the town I live in and the surrounding areas. So I’m quite happy heading into 2014… hope to keep improving and going after the things I want to achieve.

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle December 21, 2013, 10:00 am

    I don’t know where to put this, but is anyone else getting ads on the side for a “game” called League of Angels, & it’s just moving images of animated girls with bouncing cleavage & close up barely-clothed ass shots? Obviously I think this is hilarious, but I’m wondering if I’m the only one who sees it, haha

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      mrmidtwenties December 21, 2013, 10:16 am

      No boobs for me

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    • othy

      othy December 21, 2013, 11:11 am

      I see that when I DW on my work computer, but not my home computer. Maybe because I always clear my browsing history and cache at work, so it’s not sure what to advertise to me?

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      d2 December 21, 2013, 5:47 pm

      I am getting Nordstrom ads. The girls from Nordstrom are fully clothed. They don’t bounce, jiggle, or otherwise shake their booty.

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      Ammie December 21, 2013, 7:47 pm

      I have an REI ad, which makes sense because I was just on that site the other day to check out trailrunning shoes and headlamps. Some of these sites tag you with a cookie or whatever, so if there’s ad space on a page, you get whoever you’ve got the cookie for (I think, from what I understand about this). But I don’t know where you get a cookie for a web game with half-naked girls, heh! Maybe that one’s a default.

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    • katie

      katie December 21, 2013, 10:30 pm

      I’ve gotten that ad a bunch, it’s hilarious.

      I assume it’s because of all our sexy talk. Oops.

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow December 22, 2013, 10:45 am

      I see an ad telling me now to get skinny, and another one telling me to buy bras.

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  • mandalee

    mandalee December 21, 2013, 12:32 pm

    2013 was a weird year for me. I feel like a lot of prep work happened, taking prereqs for grad school, saving to buy a house, etc., but nothing really big happened. We found a house but won’t close til next year, still waiting to hear back from grad school, etc. So it was more of a did a lot of work and wait and see how it turns out year.

    I’m missing out on Christmas Eve with my family this year but we usually do the Seven FIshes Christmas Eve Dinner and eat a lot of fabulous seafood. Then, we usually drink lots of wine and watch It’s a Wonderful Life and end up at midnight mass even though most of us are no longer Catholic. This year, I’ll be with my husband’s family, so I’ll just go along with whatever they do.

    My husband and I celebrate Christmas early before we travel to see everyone by going to see The Slutcracker, which is a campy, hilarious burlesque take on the Nutcracker. It has a little bit of everything, professional strippers, cross dressers, women of all shapes and sizes, prima ballerinas. It’s hilarious and a nice way to kick off Christmas before the rush and stress of travel happens.

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    LANY December 21, 2013, 2:54 pm

    Wendy, any chance you can share that lasagna recipe? Lasagna and champagne on Christmas Eve sounds pretty perfect ๐Ÿ™‚

    2013 was a pretty outstanding year… new house, got engaged, great year at work… I’m not traveling for 2.5 weeks, which is the longest stretch I’ve been home since March, so super excited about that. We’re staying home for Christmas with our tree (real, with about 300 feet of twinkly lights), for the first time in 6 years. (family is full of atheist immigrants, so Thanksgiving is our family holiday, and I’ve always traveled for Christmas) My brother is coming to visit for 3 days, we’ll do Christmas dinner with friends, and then a New Years Eve party at our house.

    Being a totally non religious person, I have to say that Christmas is still pretty much my favorite time of the year – the parties, festivity, lights, cookies, red cups at Starbucks… The only problem with LA is that we’ll never get snow. But Fabelle, totally get the going to Church thing – I haven’t done it at Christmas, but I imagine it’s beautiful and moving.

    Merry merry, all!

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      Wendy December 21, 2013, 3:14 pm

      Here’s the recipe, and it’s a good one. I do make a few minor tweaks for an even tastier dish. I double to ricotta and add about 1/4-1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg (this is truly the secret ingredient), and I add about 8 ounces of shopped mushrooms (button mushrooms, usually). Oh, and I use the no-boil lasagna noodles. Any time I make this lasagna for friends or family, it gets rave, rave reviews.

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      • Dear Wendy

        Wendy December 22, 2013, 3:36 pm

        As I’m cooking it now in advance of Christmas Eve, I’m remembering a couple other tweaks I make: I halve the salt; substitute red wine for water; and use brown sugar instead of white.

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        LANY December 23, 2013, 1:45 am

        Thanks Wendy!

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    bethany December 21, 2013, 3:06 pm

    I feel so out of the loop.. I took a half day Thursday, and took off all day yesterday. It was glorious. I went to Bikram, did some shopping, saw my friend and her 2 kidsโ€ฆ All around great day! Today I have Wine Club! Yay!

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      bethany December 21, 2013, 3:08 pm

      Oh, and to be on topicโ€ฆ For Christmas this year my parents are coming to my house for the first time ever! They’re coming on Christmas Eve, and my mom and I are cooking a big dinner. We
      re having beef tenderloin. Then Christmas morning we’ll get up, open out stockings, then have Cinnabons and coffee (family tradition), then do presents, then have a big breakfast. I can’t wait! It’s going to be weird having Christmas here, but I’m excited about it.

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray December 21, 2013, 3:32 pm

        Will they sleep over too in your guest room? It’s like you’re an adult now!

        Also, my new year’s resolution is to get back in Bikram shape, then I’m coming to Philly and you and I are going to have a standing bow off. This is ssssstherious.

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        Bethany December 22, 2013, 6:40 pm

        If they still come, they’ll sleep in the guest room! That’ll be weird/cool. We might have to cancell Christmas though. Their cat has cancer and has recently taken a turn for the worse. She had a really bad day yesterday, and might need to be put down any day. So they don’t want to leave her overnight right now. So we’ll see what happens. I feel really sad for them. She was my cat originally, but she fought with the other 2 all the time, so they took pity on her and took her. She was their first real pet, and they really grew to love her–Especially my dad. I feel really bad for them.

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    mrmidtwenties December 21, 2013, 6:43 pm

    Guys…I’m drunk and I think my roommate’s girlfriend is going to take us tobogganing and we’re gonna make a sweet jump and be so bruised tomorrow, it’s gonna be dope. Come join us everyone.

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    rachel December 22, 2013, 12:18 am

    I finished my Christmas shopping today! I also finished buying for my friend who just had a baby, and let me tell you, toys r us is NOT a fun place to be 4 days before Christmas. I wrapped all of Ross’s presents. I got him 12, haha. I’ve got a bunch of work and cleaning to do, but I’m kind of in vacation mode, so I’m pacing myself. Oh, and I bought a bottle of this Jack Daniels that’s mixed with apple cider liqueur and it’s delicious!

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray December 22, 2013, 3:55 am

    I’m in St Louis for the holiday and want to share a fun road trip game with you. I drove here from Chi with my mother and it gave us endless hours of fun. Whoever is not driving (me in this case) reads a letter from DW, then we talk about it and what the right advice would be, and then I read Wendy’s advice aloud and we talk about it some more, whether we agree or not, etc. Super fun car game!

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    Addie Pray December 22, 2013, 6:49 pm

    You guyzzzz I’m drunk in St. Louis and it’s not even 6 o’clock yet. Is tomorrow Xmas? I have no idea what day it is.

    Also Moose pooped in my hand twice today. I still love him.

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    • katie

      katie December 22, 2013, 11:17 pm

      I never want a puppy.

      I’m pretty sure my sheets are stained though. It’s probably per se the same thing…

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      jlyfsh December 23, 2013, 7:38 am

      Cajun poked a hole in our air mattress last night I still love him, he’s too cute to be annoyed at even when he ignores the no dogs on the air mattress rule.

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