Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

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This morning I took my first preschool tour (my first as a parent, that is). Here in NYC, the world of schools in general, and pre-schools specifically, is a crazy, kind of intense one. For a variety of reasons I won’t bore you with, children start school early here (like, at 2 years old) and even those from middle-class and lower-income families attend private school until kindergarten or first grade (and often longer, of course). We hadn’t planned to send Jackson to private preschool next year, and still may not, but for a variety of reasons I won’t bore you with, it is now an option we are considering.

And here in NYC, if you want your kid enrolled in private preschool in September, you pretty much have to make all the decisions (which school, what program, how many days, etc.) by, like, March at the latest. Little kids change so much and so quickly that it seems almost impossible to know what will be a good setting or a good match for your (my) child eight months in advance. At the tour today, I asked a question about how I should decide whether Jackson, who will be just shy of 3 years old in September, should be enrolled in the class for 2- and 3-year-olds or the class for 3- and 4-year-olds, and the woman said, “Well, is he potty-trained?” And I’m like, “Well, not yet, but hopefully in eight months he will be…” And WHY DO I HAVE TO MAKE ALL THE DECISIONS NOW?? I can’t even freakin’ decide what movie to watch on Netflix on any given night. Seriously, ask Drew. I make him sit through the first 15 minutes of like eight different movies before I decide I’m too tired to watch anything and want to go to bed. And now I have to decide what class on what days in which school is our preference for Jackson when he doesn’t even know how to go to the bathroom yet?

ANYWAY. Change of subject: the Golden Globes are this Sunday. Should we have a live chat in the forums? I think we should. Bring some bubbly and a snarky attitude so we can make fun of celebrities making fun of celebrities. Any predictions who will win what? I say “Breaking Bad” will probably win everything.

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    bethany January 10, 2014, 4:08 pm

    Count me in for Golden Globes fun. I bought 2 single serve bottles of champagne at the wine store last weekend specifically for situations like this 🙂

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      bethany January 10, 2014, 4:20 pm

      Oh, and seriously, Wendy- your hair is insane (in a very good way). It looks so pretty in that picture!

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        Wendy January 10, 2014, 4:25 pm

        Thanks! Today was a good hair day, but this picture is also at a funny angle where it makes me look like I have like 50% more hair than I do.

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      TECH January 10, 2014, 4:21 pm

      I LOVE the Golden Globes, and awards shows in general. They help me escape life for a little while. Can’t wait for Sunday night.

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        veritek33 January 10, 2014, 5:28 pm

        I’M IN! I LOVE AWARDS SHOWS AND DRINKING!

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    GatorGirl January 10, 2014, 4:12 pm

    The way preschool works is so bonkers to me. Even the DAYCARE at GGuy’s university has a waiting list you basically have to get on the day you get pregnant to even have a hope of your 2 year old going. How do you even know what day care you want when you haven’t even had the kid?! Ugh stresses me out.

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      GatorGirl January 10, 2014, 8:59 pm

      I just bought the book club book! Whoop. I might actually need till march to read it. I’m slow. Also I scored a huge like 16×20 picture frame at Michael’s for $8 tonight and found out our new JoAnne opens 2/2! I can’t wait.

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    lets_be_honest January 10, 2014, 4:15 pm

    I wish I had your hair. I think next time I go for a cut, I’m bringing a picture of you instead of a magazine picture and asking for a dye job also.

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      lets_be_honest January 10, 2014, 4:18 pm

      …and then I’ll move to Brooklyn and start watching Single White Female on repeat. haha

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        CatsMeow January 11, 2014, 3:04 pm

        One of my friends and I buy the same clothes..same makeup…same boots… We already had a similar haircut but I just dyed my hair dark and now it looks like I’m seriously trying to BE HER.

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    jlyfsh January 10, 2014, 4:16 pm

    I finally got medicine! Apparently I have a raging sinus infection, though my teeth don’t hurt and they usually do when I get one so I really thought it wasn’t that. Either way I’m taking giant horse pill antibiotics and wonderful cough syrup that helps me sleep at night. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, one day I am going to feel well again! And hopefully I get my voice back really soon too.

    I bought a ton of new cleaning supplies today and tomorrow I am going to clean my house from top to bottom. And then I’m going to sit on my butt for the rest of the weekend. And next week hopefully I will be well enough to go to exercise class and run again!!

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      bethany January 10, 2014, 4:21 pm

      If you’re on augmentin, try to take a probiotic with it (preferably a yeast based one, like Florastor).

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        jlyfsh January 10, 2014, 4:27 pm

        i already take one! but i can tell my stomach isn’t happy. oh well, it’s worth slowly being able to breathe normal again!

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        bethany January 10, 2014, 4:48 pm

        The last time I had a bacterial sinus infection they gave me augmentin, and it gutted me. My stomach wasn’t right for almost 6 months because of it. It wasn’t fun 🙁

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        jlyfsh January 10, 2014, 5:39 pm

        that’s awful! yeah i already take an acid reducer and a probiotic so hopefully it stays at just a little unhappy!

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      Moneypenny January 10, 2014, 6:58 pm

      Gosh jlyfsh, I didn’t realize you were so sick! (You’ve been sick for awhile right?!) Hope you feel better soon!!

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        jlyfsh January 11, 2014, 12:55 pm

        yeah it’s been ridiculous! BUT i slept for longer than 3 hours at a time last night for the first time since Christmas Eve. It’s amazing. And I can almost breathe through my nose!

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    kerrycontrary January 10, 2014, 4:17 pm

    Yeh I hear for daycare in DC you have to sign up when you are 12 weeks pregnant (they won’t let you sign up before 10 weeks). I’m not looking forward to it. Wendy, can you imagine having Jackson in school!? What will you even do with the time? (of course you have a million things to do with the time, but it will sure be a change!)

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    beelzebarb January 10, 2014, 4:33 pm

    Classes started back up this week. I have each class once a week for three hours, so today was the first day of one of them. The subject material is not very exciting to me, so I wasn’t looking forward to it. Then the professor walked in this morning, and the class suddenly became fascinating. He is THAT hot. Ok, just had to share that.

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    • othy

      Othy January 10, 2014, 10:00 pm

      Hot professors make all classes more interesting.

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        beelzebarb January 11, 2014, 8:38 pm

        We also have a hot librarian (I’ve posted about him before). In unrelated news, I’m very studious.

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    starpattern January 10, 2014, 4:39 pm

    Ugh, Wendy, that sounds really stressful. I am also really indecisive – I mull over decisions for WEEKS at a time, even the un-important stuff.

    Has anybody else had the longest week ever? I can’t even tell you how happy I am it’s Friday. A million tiny things have gone wrong this week and I just want a nap.

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      rawkmys0cks January 10, 2014, 4:49 pm

      Agreed on the longest week ever. I hadn’t worked a full week in like, three weeks? This week is horrible. Luckily I have a partial work week for the next two (only working two days next week, and four days the one after that), soo yay!

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    lemongrass January 10, 2014, 4:41 pm

    Your netflix routine sounds like torture. Just sayin’. Anyways, I just bought E’s birthday present and I’m pretty sure I like it more than he will. I’m pretty excited for his party next week. It’s just going to be a big play date with booze, cake, and food. Any ideas for food, people?

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      lets_be_honest January 10, 2014, 4:47 pm

      What is it?

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        lemongrass January 10, 2014, 5:29 pm

        It’s an airplane ride along toy! When you press the buttons the front propeller spins around and sings songs that aren’t that annoying (yet!)

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      kerrycontrary January 10, 2014, 4:48 pm

      +1 on the netflix routine. I have trouble keeping my mouth shut when my boyfriend takes 15-30 mins to pick a movie from all the choices in netflix, HBO, on-demand free movies, on-demand pay per view movies. I miss Blockbuster.

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        kerrycontrary January 10, 2014, 4:49 pm

        Oops fiance, not boyfriend. I know I’m only going to get used to “fiance” a week before our wedding.

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        theattack January 10, 2014, 5:10 pm

        I still call my husband “boyfriend,” and he hasn’t been my boyfriend in a year and eight months. Change is hard. Let’s hope your fiancé also has trouble remembering so it’s all good.

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        lemongrass January 10, 2014, 5:28 pm

        I don’t let my husband make simple decisions because he takes too long. Anything longer than a snap is too long for me. He loves it because he hates making them anyways.

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    rawkmys0cks January 10, 2014, 4:48 pm

    I’m leaving for Las Vegas on Wednesday! People who have been there: do you have any suggestions for what I should do/check out while I’m there? I’ll be staying at the Aria hotel with my fiance, future in-laws and my future sister-in-law. I think we’re doing dinner every night, and one of those nights we’re going to an awards thing for my FMIL, but other than that, no plans.

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      katie January 10, 2014, 4:56 pm

      see penn and teller. they are awesome. also see the beatles love cirque show. the beatles love is one of the coolest things i have ever seen, and im not like super into music or the beatles or cirque.

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      • rawkmys0cks

        rawkmys0cks January 10, 2014, 4:58 pm

        I really want to see the beatles show. I hope we can get tickets/squeeze it in!!

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        katie January 10, 2014, 5:05 pm

        oh also, one of the best meals ive ever had- andre’s in the monte carlo. it was pricey, but amazing.

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        rawkmys0cks January 10, 2014, 5:19 pm

        My dude’s family always asks for my recommendations for restaurants, so maybe I’ll be able to steer them towards that restaurant for a meal…Thanks!

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        Nutella January 10, 2014, 5:25 pm

        Beatles Love show is great, you might want to try and get same day tickets which are cheaper. There are stands all over the strip that will sell them, Tix4Tonight is one of them I think. Jersey Boys is a great show too and isn’t as expensive as the Cirque Shows.
        Aria has super comfortable beds and since I’m tired myself right now, that’s all I can think about. Aria also has a really good stakehouse, Jean-Georges, it’s pricey but I always think it’s worth it whenever I’ve been to it. My personal favorite restaurant it Lawry’s and it is just off the strip and the prices there are a little more reasonable and the food is amazing.
        I think you mentioned you wanted to go to a club or something, that I don’t know much about but every casino has a club and to me they are all the same because that is not my scene at all.
        If you do rent a car Hoover Dam isn’t far and is a nice drive and is interesting to see. There is also the Mob Museum downtown, I keep meaning to get to that myself but life gets in the way. There is a zip line you can do downtown as well.
        I think Bellagio has an Andy Warhol exhibit on right now in it’s gallery and I think the Venetian still has an art gallery too. If you’re into to cars the Imperial Palace has a car museum which has some amazing cars to look at.

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      bcamber January 10, 2014, 4:58 pm

      Rent a car and drive to Valley of Fire (only an hour from the strip)

      Go to Mesa Grill for dinner

      Fremont!

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        rawkmys0cks January 10, 2014, 4:59 pm

        Ahh I’ve been to Mesa Grill in NYC. I love that place! Thanks for the tips, I would really love to go see some nature out there.

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      othy January 10, 2014, 10:04 pm

      Definitely see the Ballagio water show. And it’s 1000% cooler at night. And get a drink the size of your head!

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    Fabelle January 10, 2014, 4:55 pm

    All this TV talk is making wish I watched something other than Law & Order: SVU, & NCIS marathons? (Also, Fabello & I just discovered that the Esquire network—stop laughing—plays Parks & Rec marathons, so we watch those now too). My TV watching habits are wack

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    sarahhhh January 10, 2014, 5:12 pm

    I hate daycare. I didn’t put my oldest in until she was 19 months old and with my baby, I left my job and got a part time job so that I could be home with her, partly because there were too many waiting lists and it was hard and confusing.

    So my oldest is 6 today, which is crazy. And I get off in 20 minutes to go throw her a birthday party at Chuck E Cheese (ew).

    Also, I am cleaning my house like a crazy person tomorrow while my husband takes the kids to visit his parents for the day, and I am super duper excited. That is all.

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  • theattack

    theattack January 10, 2014, 6:57 pm

    Wendy, how does Jackson get along with miles? Or how does miles get along with Jackson? When my young cat saw a baby for the first time a couple of months ago she hissed at it. Do your babies ever cuddle together?

    This weekend I’m drinking all the wine, and reading a bunch of Harry Potter. I’m also going to the funeral of my favorite cousin who died of a freaking bladder infection, just like his grandfather/my great grandfather. How stupid is that in 2013?

    Since I’m complaining nonstop lately, I’ll add something positive: I got a dyson on NYE, and it changed my life. Amazing. Carpets have never been so clean, and all I want to do is vacuum.

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      Moneypenny January 10, 2014, 7:01 pm

      I really want a Dyson!!! That is like, the creme de la creme of vacuums!! One day, I will get one, I love having clean floors/carpet. (dorky sentence of the day!)

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      lemongrass January 10, 2014, 7:08 pm

      So sorry about your cousin and all the other crap piled on you right now. On your positive comments: I have a dyson and I love it. Also, my MIL has this asshole cat that hates E but E is in love with it. He gets so excited to see the cat, literally more excited than anything else he has ever seen. He screams, drops everything and follows that cat around.

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        AK47 January 11, 2014, 12:17 pm

        There seems to be something about little kids and cats. My boyfriend’s little nephew looooovvvveeeesss the bf’s cat, despite the fact that the few times he’s been around her she’s run off or jumped up somewhere he can’t reach her. He asks about her every time we see him. I’ve noticed a lot of little kids tend to go nuts for cats, even though dogs are much friendlier and oftentimes actually enjoy playing with children. I’ve seen cats that will tolerate a child crawling all over it and tugging on it, but never ones
        that actually liked being around children.

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      GatorGirl January 10, 2014, 8:57 pm

      Ugh that sucks about your cousin!! Such a treatable thing! But also why I run to the doctor anything things feel weird in that area.

      Hooray wine! And clean carpets!

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      • theattack

        theattack January 10, 2014, 11:30 pm

        What’s scary is that he DID get treatment for it. I think he must have skipped some antibiotics or taken them incorrectly though, because surely bacteria isn’t quite that resistant yet

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    Moneypenny January 10, 2014, 7:06 pm

    I’m going through separation anxiety or “fear of change” or something, because my apartment (condo) is being sold. It went on the MLS today, and the first open house is Sunday, so I have to make sure everything is spotless and tidy and be gone for 2 hours. I’m so sad! I know it’s the right decision, but knowing I’m leaving makes me sad. (I’ve lived there for almost 6 years and it’s a really great place, I was so lucky to find it.) I don’t like change. I complain when nothing is happening in my life, and then when something -does- happen, I am having panic attacks and questioning my decisions. Am I the only one who does this?

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    • katie

      katie January 10, 2014, 7:29 pm

      well first off, everyone hates moving, so not wanting to do that makes sense, lol.

      where are you off to? what are the plans for the future? that is the exciting part- that is the part that gets you through the scary parts.

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        Moneypenny January 11, 2014, 1:26 am

        To be honest, I don’t mind the packing part, it at least helps me organize and sort through my stuff! I don’t know exactly where I’m off to, which is the scary part. I’m staying with my parents for a few months to save money. Stuff is up in the air right now, so until it settles I won’t have a firm plan, but for now, I have a safe, yet unglamorous, temporary plan at least. It’s the unknown that is scary until things settle themselves out.

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    rachel January 11, 2014, 12:30 am

    My life is a confusing mess, but I’m drunk, so it’s okay. We watched Saving Mr. Banks tonight – Emma Thompson was brilliant in it.

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    Fabelle January 11, 2014, 11:48 am

    I finished my first full week of the new job yesterday, & I’m getting slightly more used to it (i.e. don’t feel like crying anymore). They also had me doing new things, I was a bit busier, etc. so that was good. One anxiety-inducing thing, though, is that maybe about half the office—it’s small, like 8, 9 people?—all eat lunch together every day?? in one of the conference rooms. So, I’m new, & have been forcing myself to go eat in there, too, but I can get a bit socially anxious around new people/larger groups so it’s nervewracking to sit there like, “Okay… do I interject here? Am I talking enough? Do they think I’m A GIANT WEIRDO?” (Does anyone else get like this?)

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      rachel January 11, 2014, 12:10 pm

      I definitely get like that. New social settings are so awkward. It’ll get better though!

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    • Lyra

      Lyra January 11, 2014, 12:12 pm

      When I was working as a substitute teacher I would typically eat lunch in the classroom but there were times when other teachers would invite me to join them in the staff lounge. Typically I wouldn’t know anyone. I don’t do well with small talk with people I don’t know, but if someone asked me to join them I usually would.

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      d2 January 11, 2014, 3:13 pm

      I am the same way. I prefer to keep working at my desk instead of going to lunch, and will go to the lunch room only if specifically invited.

      For lunch, I usually bring a small baggie of few fresh veggies from home to munch on. Everybody else either stands in line at the cafeteria to buy their lunch, or stands in line at the microwave ovens to heat up what they brought from home. So if I do go to the lunch room, I end up sitting at a table by myself for five minutes waiting for the others to join while they get their lunches. Then I have so little food, I am done eating while they have barely started, and I sit there with nothing in from of me. Ugh, so awkward.

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    AliceInDairyland January 11, 2014, 11:55 am

    I’m back from vacation!! Perhaps the longest vacation I have ever been on. 3 nights in Vegas, 6 nights in Palm Springs and I am SO happy to be home. It was fun though, and I am sort of dreading going back to school on Monday but also looking forward to it. Also I got through the hardest part of my sweater I am knitting so hopefully I can finish it up right by the beginning of February. Yay! I missed everyone… were there any terrible fights?!!?!

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    • katie

      katie January 11, 2014, 4:10 pm

      Haha I love how the first thing you ask is if there were fights.

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  • Lyra

    Lyra January 11, 2014, 3:24 pm

    Today has been spent perusing DIY kitty things on Pinterest — toys, beds, trees, etc. Now all I want to do is take a trip to Michael’s and get a bunch of supplies to make kitty things!

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    Sansa January 11, 2014, 3:33 pm

    Hope this isn’t weird but whenever I see this picture, I’m like, omg Wendy is soooo pretty!

    Hope everyone is enjoying their weekend!

    I’m binging on the original 90210, I’m hooked.

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