Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

On Tuesday evening I had a date with my friend Mary to take her to dinner as a thank you for watching Simone and Miles for us while we were in Austin over New Year’s. We planned to go to one of our favorite neighborhood spots — Chuko, a restaurant that specializes in some of the best ramen this side of the Pacific (and Atlantic, for that matter). It started snowing early Tuesday morning and, as the temperatures dropped and the snow continued to fall, I wondered if we should re-schedule our dinner for another night. Just then, I got a text from Mary: “Perfect weather for Chuko,” she said. And she was right. The restaurant, after all, was only a few blocks away from both of us.

Usually, there’s a line to get into Chuko, but that night we were seated right away at one of the two remaining empty tables. Within a few minutes, the small restaurant was filled, and Mary and I ordered a bottle of wine and some kale salad to share while we waited for our ramen. Outside the foggy windows, the snow continued falling — now for 12 consecutive hours — on our beloved Brooklyn neighborhood.

It’s well-documented that I’m not a big fan of winter, but in recent years I have been making a concerted effort to complain less and appreciate more. There are some beautiful moments in the cold darkness of January and February (March, I’ve still got it out for). I got engaged on a snowy walk in February one year — that was a pretty good winter moment. There have been plenty others.

The snow was still coming down fast, twinkling now under the street lights as Mary and I left Chuko. When I got home, I ran upstairs and told Drew he should put his coat and boots on and come downstairs for a minute. “It’s beautiful out,” I said. He bundled up, and we held hands in the quiet of the night and watched from our stoop as the snow continued falling, and we logged one more sweet winter moment to remember.

And… that is how I am surviving this “polar vortex” (aka “winter”). What are you doing?

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    Christy January 24, 2014, 5:31 pm

    On Tuesday, I wore thigh-high tights, leggings, hiking socks, jeans, and sweatpants, with 4 shirts and a heavy coat.

    On Thursday, I escaped to Florida for a long weekend. It’s great timing, I tell ya. Everyone here’s bundled up because it’s in the mid-50s.

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    Morgan January 24, 2014, 5:34 pm

    I am not surviving the polar vortex because my autoimmune disorder takes the cold as its personal signal to start trying to kill me. Right now I can’t walk because my toes are super swollen and painful, and I can’t drink to make up for the fact that I can’t walk because of my medication. I also have apparently developed arthritis in a second finger as of sometime in the middle of last night.

    About that less complaining thing…

    I’m having a hard time this winter in general though, and I’ve been trying to schedule fun things to do to make my life feel a little less small. Course, this weekend I was supposed to go wine tasting, but…right, not complaining. I think I’ve just gotten into a rut of living and working in my neighborhood, and doing the same thing every day, and just hating my routine. So I’ve been consciously scheduling routine breaking things to make my life feel like less of the same all the time. Tonight I’m going to hobble across the street to eat at one of the best restaurants in my neighborhood. So that should be fun and routine breaking 🙂 There. Less complaining.

    I’m also trying to schedule more friend time, to be happier and do new and different things. I did four friend things in two weeks two weeks ago, so that was really fun and good.

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    AliceInDairyland January 24, 2014, 5:38 pm

    Hmm… What did I do that was awesome this week? Benjamin’s mom and her husband were gone so the house has just us and the cats so that has been super awesome. I have been doing some major cooking:

    Roast chicken with potatoes with an apple cider pan sauce: http://www.strawberryplum.com/roasted-chicken-with-apple-cider-pan-sauce/
    It’s probably one of the best meals I have ever made. The chicken was super crispy, the potatoes were all delicious, and the sauce was SO GOOD. Make this.

    Then I used the leftover chicken to make chicken and dumplings last night:

    And I STILL have leftover chicken, and leftover stock from boiling the carcass so I am going to make another chicken soup once we finish up the dumpling soup. Thinking about a modified version of this one: http://www.food.com/recipe/new-england-soup-factory-flu-chaser-soup-469885

    AND, I have so much school stuff that I have been putting off. I have to get accredited by the government to fill out health certificates so that means loads of online modules and quizzes. I have to get through all my swine medicine course lectures, and review all the cardiology stuff we’ve apparently learned. And I have to start emailing people about externships. Gah.

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      lemongrass January 24, 2014, 9:30 pm

      How big was that chicken?!? I only ever get two meals out of one, maybe some scraps to put on a salad for lunch. But then again my kid will eat an entire breast with his meal. Or two drumsticks and a thigh. He really likes chicken.

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        AliceInDairyland January 25, 2014, 10:40 am

        It was a… good sized chicken. But we rarely just eat a chunk of meat as meat in our house, it’s always like chopped up into other things. And there was only 2 of us. So 3 meals plus maybe some for a sandwich or two.

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    theattack January 24, 2014, 5:43 pm

    I have yet another funeral to travel to this weekend. My brother’s grandmother died this morning (we have different dads), and he doesn’t have anyone in his life really, so I need to go down to be supportive for him.

    Other than that, I’m Pinteresting a bunch to help with meal-planning, and I’m trying to be an awesome temporary housewife. Tonight we’re having leftover barbecue chicken, biscuits, raw vegetables, and Cheetos. haha This weekend we’ll probably just read Harry Potter and have sex, because we’re being frugal.

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    CatsMeow January 24, 2014, 6:13 pm

    When I lived in Vegas, I’d check the weather in my hometown daily and be soooo grateful that I didn’t have to deal with winter! Now that I’m back in the Midwest, though, I guess I just don’t mind it as much as I used to? I don’t necessarily like it, but it doesn’t bother me a whole lot either.

    Humidity is another story, though. I guess living close to my friends and family trumps my desire for a humidity-free climate…for now.

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle January 24, 2014, 6:24 pm

    Has anyone been watching Spoils of Babylon? It’s a miniseries & everyone is in it & it’s hilariously absurd

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    • Fabelle

      Fabelle January 25, 2014, 11:38 am

      Nobody???

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow January 25, 2014, 3:59 pm

        I haven’t even heard of it!

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle January 26, 2014, 11:55 am

        The page is a bit too much for my computer (which is still in desperate need of an extra hard drive & running slow as fuck) but probably a good introduction?? I dunno, it’s ridiculous & I love it. My mom was actually watching it once while I was downstairs waiting for Fabello to come over, & I was like, “OMG what is this??” so she re-played the episode from the beginning, & now I love it haha

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    Dear Wendy January 24, 2014, 6:29 pm

    Since we’re sort of talking about recipes, here’s one I made this week and thought was delicious (and nutritious and super easy and not expensive):

    http://www.healthygreenkitchen.com/spicy-garlic-shrimp-with-kale-and-quinoa.html

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    • LadyinPurpleNotRed

      LadyinPurpleNotRed January 24, 2014, 6:33 pm

      Yum! That looks incredible

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    AliceInDairyland January 24, 2014, 6:58 pm

    Oh oh oh. So tomorrow night I am going to a somewhat trashy night club and so I am excited to dress somewhat ridiculously and want to go and waste some cash at Forever 21. People help me…

    I kind of want to wear a crop top? But like… I am not entirely sure how to pull it off? And I want to wear it with a mini-skirt that’s kind of high-waisted? Is that weird? I’m thinking maybe if it has short sleeves/long sleeves/at least a thicker tank top it won’t look tooooooooo trashy. Just trashy enough. Thoughts?

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      AliceInDairyland January 24, 2014, 6:58 pm

      …you’re only 23 once. And my belly button ring is a bull skull with horns so I think the world needs to see it.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow January 24, 2014, 7:01 pm

        DOOO ITTTT!

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        AliceInDairyland January 24, 2014, 7:04 pm

        Haha, thanks. I needed some encouragement, I am going with one of my really good friends from like elementary school and she will hopefully help me trash it up (I mean this in the BEST way, she’s a stripper and is AMAZING at doing crazy make up).

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        Christy January 24, 2014, 11:30 pm

        Awesome. You should post pics on fb, even if you only post so dw friends can see!

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      • Fabelle

        Fabelle January 25, 2014, 10:06 am

        Yes, do it!!!! And yes, that is a thing (crop top/high waisted skirt). I did a something like that recently if you want to check my Facebook pics, but it was a last-minute thing so the skirt isn’t ACTUALLY “high waisted” I kinda just made it so. If that makes sense. So you can pull it off awesomely if you actually go shopping, haha. ALTHOUGH if you want to show off your belly ring, you could go with a low-waisted skirt 😉 Don’t worry about looking trashy

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    Sansa January 24, 2014, 7:52 pm

    I’m waiting on the boyfriend to get out of work. Watching season 3 of the original 90210 and not loving it as much as the other seasons.

    I have to work for a bit tomorrow, booooo, but the puppy’s stitches from her spay come out in the afternoon, it will be nice to let her outside by herself again, especially when she’s barking at the cat. I can just open the door and let her run around the fenced in back yard.

    Has anyone tried to Saran Wrap a puppy’s legs to keep stitches clean and dry from outside? My utter fail in that area means a lax of potty training for this week. Hopefully we can get back on track when she’s fully healed.

    Next up is obedience class so that I become the boss of the pup 😉

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    rachel January 24, 2014, 8:52 pm

    Hm, I’m mostly surviving by complaining, that’s probably bad, but it’s AWFUL in Milwaukee this winter. Oh. And dreaming of the job I’m waiting on an offer for because it’s Somewhere.Warm. Though I wouldn’t move until spring anyway. And drinking.

    This weekend I’ve got no plans cuz I’m broke. I’m hoping I’ll get all my student loan statements so I can do my taxes, but I’m not optimistic.

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      rachel January 25, 2014, 1:19 am

      Re-reading this, I really do complain too much. Got to change that.

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  • paperheart

    paperheart January 24, 2014, 8:57 pm

    Hi guys!
    I’ve been gone from the site for a while because our computer got apple juice spilled on it and it didn’t live through that. Also my phone hates loading word-heavy sites for some reason, so just to read an article it would take like 30 minutes to load, and forget about trying to comment. But I recently got my old laptop working (turns out it just needed a new battery…oops.) so I can come back! 🙂

    Everything’s been pretty good here. It even snowed a little yesterday! (But by “snow” I mean little tiny flurries that didn’t even stick. I do live in Mississippi.) Today it’s miserably cold, but we’ve been inside most of the day. I really can’t wait for spring.

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      paperheart January 24, 2014, 9:00 pm

      Oh, and B and I have been watching Dexter on Netfix! We only have two seasons until it’s over. I didn’t think I’d like it at first but now I’m obsessed. It’s crazy how I actually started rooting for a serial killer, haha. Does anyone else watch it?

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        No Pantalones Today January 24, 2014, 9:13 pm

        Yes! My husband and I are watching season 5 right now! As in, I’m on the couch watching Lumen and Dexter this very minute.

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        othy January 25, 2014, 12:02 am

        I loved the first five seasons, was pretty meh about the second to last, and wasn’t at all impressed with the final season. But I stuck it out anyway. Still think the John Lithgow season was the best.

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      • paperheart

        paperheart January 25, 2014, 1:29 am

        Yeah, I’m not incredibly impressed with the season we’re on right now.(I’m not sure which season it is, but it’s the one with the doomsday killer? I’m too lazy to look, haha) But I’m assuming it’ll pick back up. The season with John Lithgow is my favorite one so far, too.

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        No Pantalones Today January 25, 2014, 12:00 pm

        I just finished the John Lithgow season and it was so weird seeing the guy from 30 Rock From the Sun and Harry and the Hendersons play a serial killer.

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow January 24, 2014, 9:07 pm

    I ordered Thai food, now I’m drinking gin and watching Labyrinth with my cat. I must be old and lame because to me, this is the perfect Friday!

    (Also, I *crave* Labyrinth. I want to watch it all the time!)

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    • Cassie

      Cassie B January 24, 2014, 10:28 pm

      David Bowie! I love Labyrinth.

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      HmC January 26, 2014, 12:45 pm

      YES! And there’s something so… sexy, about Bowie’s androgyny, in general but especially in that movie. Gotta love the sexual tension between him and Jennifer Connelly. I mean, that’s not the reason I loved the movie as a kid, it’s also got a great story and visuals. Something for everyone!

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow January 26, 2014, 3:14 pm

        Bowie totally steals the show!

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  • katie

    katie January 24, 2014, 9:41 pm

    Today I got that bridesmaids dress I talked about this week, and it was so simple and quick at David’s bridal. That was nice. They didn’t have the exact dress to try on, but they had two similar ones and I’m pretty confident that I’ll be good. The guy did say they will do exchanges for size, sooooo… I’m optimistic. 53 bucks. Pretty awesome.

    I finally started my gum paste flowers today. Jake even wanted to go downtown to my favorite restaurant and I said no because I needed to get these started (also, yes the weather, Jesus, I did not want to go outside again today at all). I’m so worried about getting them done! So many flowers and three different kinds and leaves and a freaking cake topper! Ahh. The next three months are going to be full of gum paste.

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  • thewriteway

    thewriteway January 24, 2014, 10:23 pm

    I now have to work on Friday nights and I hate it. They are overall not incredibly busy, but it’s still such a crappy night to work. I used to have off Fridays and Saturdays, but my boss decided he’d give me Tuesday and Saturday off. Like anyone would ever actually want to go out on a Tuesday! Oh well, there is still Saturday…

    I had another job interview this week and it was a dud. I do not do well on interviews where they ask “oddball” questions, and I see it as a sign that I will not fit in with a company who does such tactics. Some of the things they asked me were “what is a wacky thing you have done in front of a crowd?” or “If you had one day and unlimited resources and could do anything, what would you do?” My answers here were so lame, and I got off the phone convinced that this was not the position/company for me.

    I know employers do this to see if you’re creative, if you can think on the spot, etc. But I’m just not WACKY and FUN. This isn’t to say I’m closed off at work or that I refuse to ever be lighthearted, but I’m just not really crazy. I tend to be more business-like and reserved at work, and I just prefer job interviews where I can actually talk about my experience and background and learn more about what the interviewer wants. These kind of oddball questions quickly make me want to take a company off my list!

    Oh the joys of job hunting…

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      comeoneileen January 25, 2014, 12:16 am

      A lot of people have trouble thinking up stories and examples on the spot, especially in a nerve-wracking situation like an interview! Does it seem like these “oddball” questions are happening frequently when you interview? Is there a pattern to the type of weird question that is asked? As you allude to, you kind of know what traits they are looking for when they ask you those questions. You have probably done tons of things during the course of your career that demonstrate that you have those qualities, but it can be hard to think on your feet. If so, it might be a good idea to think of a few scenarios you can share beforehand so you’re not as caught off guard. Also, if you already have an idea of the story you want to share, it can be easier to tweak it for whatever specific question they ask you. For example, in my field of social work I can be relatively certain that during an interview I might receive questions about things like how I have worked with clients who are a different culture from my own, a time I used a creative intervention with a challenging client, and how I handled an ethical dilemma. While I probably have hundreds of different examples I could use, I try to keep a repertoire of a few different ones that I know inside and out, and even practice discussing in front of a mirror every once in while, that I can share during these situations so that I sound more polished and prepared.

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      • thewriteway

        Ali/thewriteway January 25, 2014, 9:11 am

        (I’m not logged in right now, hence the name split.)

        I don’t get wacky questions like this a lot. I had an interview last Friday that went decent, and the only unusual question I got was “What do you like to do for fun?” Most of the focus in that conversation remained on the position and the usual interview questions (greatest strengths and weaknesses, what is your dream job, etc.) and overall, it went better. It’s just that when employers ask me these weird questions, I’m not ready, especially since it seems to vary from company to company if they ask these. I think part of the reason I am still content with my current job (though I am hunting for change and to do something that will bring me closer to my career goal) is because I always remember how when they interviewed me, they didn’t ask anything like this and the process to hire me moved relatively quick. Granted, I was hired almost four years ago and their process may have changed, especially since we were bought by a bigger company last year, but even when I was promoted, it was no-nonsense.

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        Fabelle January 25, 2014, 12:39 pm

        Well, comeoneileen’s advice is still good though– it helps to have a several “go to” replies for different types of questions, because it makes you feel prepared (& then you ARE prepared). Even if the jobs that ask these questions aren’t the types of jobs you want, anything you can do to make yourself more prepared on an interview is good…

        Just think of it as practice– the more you practice, the more confident you’ll feel (this is what I learned when I was doing interview after interview before the New Year)

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        mylaray January 25, 2014, 2:49 pm

        I can see what you’re saying and I think how you fit in with a company culture is important. If you don’t feel comfortable with those questions, or feel you’re not fun or crazy enough, then maybe it’s not a good fit for you anyways. In my industry, the companies vary so much. Some are really corporate and serious and others are more creative and laid back. I remember on my interview with my company, they asked me questions like “where do you find inspiration?”, “what’s the most embarrassing song on your iPod?”, “where does your knowledge and experience come from?”, “what’s your secret talent?”. Those types of questions can help you relax and put less stress on the interview, keep it more conversational, and also see how good of a fit you are. You’re also interviewing a company in a sense and if you don’t feel that comfortable with their odd questions, then it’s probably not a place you would be happy at. And like the others said, it’s good to practice and have some responses ready to go, but it also sounds like you want to work at a different kind of company anyways, and that’s okay.

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      katie January 26, 2014, 11:18 am

      I actually think those questions are incredibly common. If I were you I’d I would start rehersing things to say, like others suggested.

      Companies are never just interested in your job skills and if you can handle what the company expects- maybe in early interviews, but when it comes to the final decision, they are interviewing a person who needs to fit into their team. At that point they don’t care about your work experience, ect, they care if you will mesh well with them. They want to get to know you, personally. I’ve been told that I got a job before because I would fit well over someone who was actually more qualified.

      I guess that maybe this is a new-ish approach to jobs, but it’s definitely normal now.

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    lemongrass January 25, 2014, 12:08 am

    I’m going to the spa tomorrow! It’s a birthday gift, From nov that I’ve been sitting on and OMB (omg) I hate autocorrect. Plus, wine I have had.

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    Breezy AM January 25, 2014, 9:48 am

    I am being cheerful about it when the temperatures are “warm”… like today, where it’s -9C!! It’s not that dreadful out, and I’m trying to convince people to go ice skating on the idea we might as well enjoy what we can, when we can. 🙂 I’ll definitely take the dogs for a long walk (they hate the super mega cold temps too) and do some major house cleaning this weekend as that always makes me feel productive. 🙂

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    No Pantalones Today January 25, 2014, 11:56 am

    My husband and I have been alternating between Walking Dead and Dexter this winter, and WD scares me a whole helluva lot more than Dexter. I’m not sure why, since rational, smart me knows that I most likely won’t be part of a zombie apocalypse, and that the shit happening on Dexter could be true. But anyway, husband just left for the day and it’s snowing and dark and dreary in Philly, and I can’t help thinking that if a zombie apocalypse were to happen that the scenery outside is perfect for it. So I’ve locked all the doors and am trying not to scare myself. Happy weekend to me!

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      mrmidtwenties January 25, 2014, 12:29 pm

      Oh man, the walking dead is awesome, the show definitely got me thinking about who I would want to team up with if something like that happened, also, my chosen location to go to would be either home depot or lowes or something.

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        No Pantalones Today January 25, 2014, 1:21 pm

        The thing about WD is that they are NEVER safe. They always have to be careful and aware of their surroundings, and I think that’s what scares me the most. My favorite thing about Dexter is when he’s trying to figure out human emotions and how he should be reacting to them (like when he and Rita are in therapy).

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      barleystonks January 25, 2014, 12:30 pm

      That’s exactly the same as me! I honestly can’t handle Walking Dead, but I mostly just think of Dexter as morbidly funny. And then my husband gets SERIOUS nightmares from Dexter, but none of the more traditional horror shows bother him at all.

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        No Pantalones Today January 25, 2014, 1:24 pm

        Hahaha I found Dexter unexpectedly funny (see my comment above). And the actors they get to play the serial killers are SO good. The only theme that really, REALLY scares me is demonic little kids, like in The Omen.

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      CatsMeow January 25, 2014, 1:00 pm

      I feel like I’m the only person in the world that doesn’t like The Walking Dead.

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed January 25, 2014, 1:10 pm

        I’m with you

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  • Lyra

    Lyra January 25, 2014, 2:26 pm

    Last night I spent some time with Navy Guy and his family and his adorable niece, which was really fun. I LOVE his family. His parents are great and hilarious and they apparently like me a lot! He’s on his Navy reserve weekend so I’m spending the day cleaning my apartment, getting some shopping done, and relaxing with my cat. Tomorrow will probably be more of the same.

    It’s supposed to get cold again on Monday and they’re talking two hours late/school closures again on both Monday and Tuesday due to -30 and -40 degree wind chills. As cool as it is to not have school, I don’t think anyone wants to go into the summer, myself included!

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    • Lyra

      Lyra January 25, 2014, 7:27 pm

      Wanting a happy animal movie, I watched Hachi, A Dog’s Tale today while crocheting. Needless to say, I started sobbing about halfway through and continued for the duration of the movie. It made me think of my elderly dog (who lives at my parents’ house) who despite having pretty bad arthritis still runs to greet me every time I come visit. I love her so much and want so much for her to live forever despite the fact that I know she won’t. Navy Guy doesn’t really understand my love of animals yet…he appreciates my cat, but doesn’t really understand just how deep my love for furry creatures goes. Ideally (once I get a house and yard, hopefully in the country) I want a bunch of critters. Tons of cats and dogs, maybe some other animals too. There are so many animals I want to rescue…

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        comeoneileen January 26, 2014, 9:32 pm

        Oh god, Hachi was the worst. I watched it with my parents once and all three of us were legit ugly-crying the entire time. Poor puppy.

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray January 26, 2014, 7:26 am

    Each time I’ve clicked on DW this weekend and seen that picture I’ve had this thought and since that means I’ve had this though 10 times or more, I feel I must say something: I love the picture of you and Drew. The light is perfect.

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy January 26, 2014, 9:18 am

      Aw, that’s sweet; thanks.

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      • coconot

        coconot January 26, 2014, 2:33 pm

        Yeah you two look really cute!

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    Morgan January 26, 2014, 11:06 am

    I love the app!!! So sneaky Wendy! It even remembers my log in 🙂

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    Morgan January 26, 2014, 11:09 am

    Also your face looks very lovely on my iPhone

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle January 26, 2014, 12:03 pm

    For anyone who cares about the state of my gel manicure— it began looking totally grown out (already! It’s only been a week) & I chipped more of the same thumb, so this morning, I was like, “hmm… these look so… peel-able…” & I peeled the polish off, nail by nail. I know you’re supposed to get gel removed professionally, but. Well, too late 😐

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    AliceInDairyland January 26, 2014, 1:07 pm

    Guys!! I was awesome last night. Not it was awesome, I was. I wore this top, and a skirt that was similar in shape/size except I pulled mine down a little bit lower and it was black with pinkish-purple roses. And I wore my 4 inch heels with the 1 inch platform. And I did shots of fireball and then I drank 2 tequila sunrises and then I danced on a stage with my friend in the middle of the dance floor and then we got invited to a VIP section that was having a bachelor party and then I danced on top of the VIP section seats with my friend and some apparent bachelors. And then they figured out we had boyfriends and weren’t going to go home with them so they kicked us out after we did more shots. And THEN we went to Denny’s and I ordered bacon and then we came back and went to sleep.

    And Benjamin did such a good job of simultaneously also getting really drunk and also taking care of me even when I started getting kind of Bambi-ish. We had so much fun!! Definitely worth the drive and stay in a dive-y hotel.

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow January 26, 2014, 2:08 pm

      Bambi-ish! I’m stealing that. I got drunk and fell on my face last weekend. Yeah. That’s a bit beyond Bambi-ish, though. (Hey, it was my birthday party).

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray January 26, 2014, 1:08 pm

    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE: AP had a date last night that went well. With an Italian guy born and raised in Paris. We spoke French most of the night. Isn’t that shhhexshy? Next date is Wednesday. That’s all. (I had to share because, well, it feels more real when I share it with the you/the internet.) Boom!

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      AliceInDairyland January 26, 2014, 1:11 pm

      YAY! Italian Stallion.

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      jlyfsh January 26, 2014, 1:33 pm

      go AP!

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow January 26, 2014, 2:09 pm

      How did you meet? I want more details. Did you kiss? Did you bang? Is he circumcised?

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      • Addie Pray

        Addie Pray January 26, 2014, 7:16 pm

        We did not bang. But we made out in my stairwell. My actual stairwell, lest you think that’s a euphemism for je me sais quoi. I can still smell the Italian on me right now (busy day, no time to shower, shut up). I’m actually in Minneapolis right now WHERE HOLY FUCKING SHITBALLS IT IS COLDER THAN AN ESKIMOS NUT SACK! (I dunno what that means, it’s cold ok?)

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      • Lyra

        Lyra January 26, 2014, 7:47 pm

        Minneapolis and St. Paul both closed schools for tomorrow…literally the 4th “cold day” kids have gotten this month. Kind of ridiculous.

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    jlyfsh January 26, 2014, 1:52 pm

    i love weekends. i don’t hate working, but i love not working. also i’m finally 100% better, i can even talk without sounding like i smoke a pack a day! and we might get snow on wednesday. my dogs have never seen snow! i’m so excited, i’m like a little kid.

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    Christy January 26, 2014, 2:00 pm

    So you guys. I’m in Disney World with my friend who works here, and he keeps referring to “BGM” which means background music to Disney employees, and I keep thinking it refers to our BGM and getting really confused. It amuses me.

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      CatsMeow January 26, 2014, 2:05 pm

      Haha. BGM = blood glucose monitoring in nursing world. It throw me too!

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      Fabelle January 26, 2014, 5:38 pm

      At work there’s an acronym I need to write on folders & what called “PL” so when I do it, in my head, I’m always like “PAINTED LADY”. It helps me remember, h aha

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        Painted_lady January 26, 2014, 10:37 pm

        I approve!!!

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    bethany January 26, 2014, 5:20 pm

    We got back from vermont yesterday. We drove home 9 hours yesterday (7 of which, it was snowing), so that we could be in a Bridal Show today. Hopefully we can book some jobs from it!
    GG, you would have died if you heard some of the stuff the lady running the show told the brides they could/should do. No wonder people have no clue what’s appropriate nowadays. The lady running the show seems like she’d be an authority on weddings, so brides probably listen to her. Anyway…

    I got on our computer to come catch up on stuff here, and when I opened the web browser a Petfinder page came up. Dave was looking at dogs for us!!! YAY!!!

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    bethany January 26, 2014, 5:20 pm

    We got back from vermont yesterday. We drove home 9 hours yesterday (7 of which, it was snowing), so that we could be in a Bridal Show today. Hopefully we can book some jobs from it!
    GG, you would have died if you heard some of the stuff the lady running the show told the brides they could/should do. No wonder people have no clue what’s appropriate nowadays. The lady running the show seems like she’d be an authority on weddings, so brides probably listen to her. Anyway…

    I got on our computer to come catch up on stuff here, and when I opened the web browser a Petfinder page came up. Dave was looking at dogs for us!!! YAY!!!

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      GatorGirl January 27, 2014, 8:38 am

      Ugh, I’ve only been to one bridal show ever, and I don’t plan on attending another. It was terrible! I have to get some of Dave’s card from you next time I’m up to put at our restaurant.

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    Painted_lady January 26, 2014, 10:26 pm

    Y’all, it froze over Thursday night on the fucking south Texas coast. It FROZE OVER. I know for a lot of people that’s insane that it would even be worth mentioning, but the last time we had any ice at all was 2004!!!! And then it looks like Tuesday will be even worse – wtf is happening??? It’s sort of like the occasional heat wave that the north gets and half the population has no AC – it’s not something that’s worth being prepared for because of how often it actually happens.

    I also had to shut Facebook off because I have several friends who are from places where it snows regularly who have moved here and were all like, “Oh my god, what’s everyone freaking out about? Why can’t you people drive on ice? Stupid Southerners.” Which makes me crazy because even though I drive okay on ice, it’s still pretty scary for me because I get to practice doing so once every ten years. It scares me. You win, asshole. But quit calling me stupid.

    Anyway, derby ball was last night and I got a little tipsy and danced a lot and won Most Improved Skater, which I fucking EARNED, but it was still incredibly touching to have my hard work acknowledged. One of my teammates broke her foot when another teammate was dancing and jumped on it, so that’s cool, and I had a bunch of texts this afternoon from girls who live an hour away from me (derby ball is held down the street from my house) asking if I could please run by the hotel and pick up the shoes/earrings/makeup they left in their rooms because they were so hungover this morning. I myself was throwing up all day for very mysterious reasons as I only ever got tipsy and did not partake of the absinthe shots that everyone else decided was a good idea about midnight. But! Totally worth it. Also, I looked pretty fucking fabulous – thanks for everyone who gave me ideas on jewelry/shoes/makeup!

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      CatsMeow January 26, 2014, 10:42 pm

      oh, please. I’ve lived in the Midwest for pretty much my entire life and I still suck at driving on ice.

      We had a high of 60 (!) today…. but it’s getting down to 7 tonight?! Craziness. The wind is howling and rattling my apartment.

      Also, I saw a pic of you in your green dress and you looked great! 🙂

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        Painted_lady January 26, 2014, 11:45 pm

        Hahaha, it’s something that’s symptomatic of moving south, I guess. Suddenly people become obnoxious know-it-alls about winter weather. Don’t know why, but I try really hard not to be dismissive of people dealing with weather they’re not used to handling.

        And thanks! It’s such a fun dress – hopefully I will have another occasion where I can wear it!

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      AliceInDairyland January 26, 2014, 10:57 pm

      Fabulous color choice for a winter… 😉

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        Painted_lady January 26, 2014, 11:47 pm

        Haha, right? I’ve always loved the color, but I’ve never found a dress I like in it, so it was wonderful to get to wear something I felt so pretty in.

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      Lyra January 27, 2014, 1:22 am

      Wind chills in the -40’s again tomorrow. Schools closed again. I’m so freaking stir crazy. I would KILL for a 32 degree day again. Can I come visit you in Texas? 😉

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      jlyfsh January 27, 2014, 8:33 am

      yeah PL we’re getting snow/ice for the first time this week in like 4 or 5 years i think? and i mean it’s hard. some people have only driven on ice 4 or 5 times in their life! and it doesn’t help that the cities don’t have snow plows, enough chemicals, etc to treat the roads. so basically it’s kind of a good luck and be careful kind of thing. it’s great if you’re a transplant and have chains for your tires, etc. but some kids have never seen a really cold winter and don’t even have a winter coat yet! why would their parent’s cars be winterized??

      but yeah it drives me crazy too!

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    GatorGirl January 27, 2014, 8:42 am

    Gah I’m f-ing tired. SO tired.

    Friday was the weirdest series of events. I met up with two friends to go to a gymnastics meet which was freaking awesome! There where like 10,000 people there! Then we went to this little dive bar where all the undergrads in town go, and stayed till 1 am. I was totally NOT dressed for the club like atmosphere it turned into. And then I got pizza from a walk up window. It was so odd.

    I’m so tired I can’t think straight today. Ugh.

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    misslisa January 27, 2014, 2:16 pm

    I was running errands with my friend Saturday & I was like “Damn it is hot as hell today!” My friend said “Yeah, let’s roll up the windows & turn on the AC, I’m sweating!” As we continued bitching about how Phoenix just gets hotter every year, I realized that the rest of the US, buried in snow and ice, would love to have our problems. And then I felt ashamed 🙁
    EDIT: I didn’t mean for this to be a reply; was trying to start a new topic. Still getting the hang of the mobile ap.

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