Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

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It is spring!! Hallelujah, it is spring!!

This morning Jackson and I celebrated the beginning of a new and better season by skipping dance class and hitting the playground, where we saw a bunch of friends and had a great time. I had to go and ruin the good vibe by taking him to a barber shop for an overdue haircut, though. This is the fourth place we’ve tried for a haircut and still no dice. In fact, we got kicked out. I took Jackson to this place specifically because I was told they were so great with kids and, though I didn’t have my hopes up too high — this is the fourth place we’ve tried for a reason, I didn’t expect we’d actually get kicked out. But we did. Apparently, being good with kids is different than being good with my particular kid. They were very nice about it — so nice that I almost didn’t realize we were getting kicked out until they actually, literally pushed me toward the front door. I tried to pay them — they cut half of Jackson’s hair, after all, before giving up — but they refused to take any payment from me (I did finally manage to get a ten-dollar bill in the stylist’s hand). As we walked out, the owner yelled after us: “Bring him back when he’s not so tired.” Well, no, I don’t think we’ll be doing that. And, anyway, he wasn’t tired. He was Jackson. My son, my temper, oh my.

Tonight, a friend of mine is hosting a ladies’ night at her place because she originally thought her husband would be out of town, but now he’s not so he’s just going to have to make himself scarce because his home will be overtaken by a bunch of women wielding cheeseballs and plates of cured meat. I heard there’s going to be cake, too. And tomorrow we have not one, but two, playdates scheduled, including one with Jackson’s Jersey cousins who are coming to visit us in ol’ BK. And Sunday night I’m taking a friend to the movies as a belated birthday treat. (The last time I went to the movies was when she took me for my birthday many months ago). We’re going to see “Grand Budapest Hotel.”

Whatchoo got planned for this weekend?

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    No Pants March 21, 2014, 4:14 pm

    Mr. Yes Pants and I arrived in Brookline, MA last night. We spend the day just walking around downtown Boston and jumping on and off the T to explore Cambridge. It’s freaking freezing here, Mr. Bigglesworth, but we had a really relaxing day. We’re en route to visit my aunt and uncle north of Boston. Thanks to everyone who gave us fun tips in the forums! I think we’ll do the Freedom Trail tomorrow. Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

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      No Pants March 21, 2014, 4:17 pm

      *Spent

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        Kate March 21, 2014, 4:23 pm

        Excuse me, miss, it’s WARM here today.

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        Kate March 21, 2014, 4:25 pm

        Monday will be a high of 28. WTF!

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        No Pants March 23, 2014, 1:01 pm

        Ok, I wave the white flag – Friday night and yesterday were gorgeous! I did feel like I was going to get blown away a few times when we were walking around Copley Square last night. We had such a nice weekend.

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      • mandalee

        mandalee March 21, 2014, 4:58 pm

        Yeah, I walked outside with a light jacket on today, that’s how warm it felt haha. The winter has officially gotten to me. However, I saw a lady walking around the Trader Joe’s in Newton in freaking flip flops. Wishful thinking there. Anyways have a fabulous time in Boston No Pants! It’s beautiful despite being cold as hell.

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      • LlamaPajamas

        LlamaPajamas March 21, 2014, 6:08 pm

        My general rule is sandals if it’s 48 degrees or warmer. I love my Birks and I have a serious heat intolerance.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 8:35 pm

        Whaaat?! Midwest born and raised. 48 is not warm enough for sandals!!! (Although, I spent 4 years in Vegas and definitely prefer their weather. I don’t haaate winter, but I will take the dry heat any day). It was a high of 75 today and I still wore leggings, flats, and a jacket. Haha.

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        No Pants March 23, 2014, 1:03 pm

        We saw a ton of people wearing flip flops on the T! And a few people in shorts!

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    bethany March 21, 2014, 4:16 pm

    I have a great big nothing planned for this weekend, and I’m thrilled. Adjusting to life with a dog (and 2 cats who hate him) has been a bit overwhelming, so I’m excited to have some time to catch up on things at home. Tonight Dave has a late hockey game, so I plan on taking a nap with Mr Rudy-pants on the couch. Then tomorrow I’d like to sleep in with my cat and do a little snuggle time and then to take Rudy on a veeeeery long hike. Oh, and I want to drink wine. That’s it. That’s my whole weekend.

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      No Pants March 21, 2014, 4:22 pm

      Do you plan on initiating Rudy into the family by dressing him in pirate hats and sweaters like the cats?

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        bethany March 21, 2014, 4:32 pm

        Yes. Maybe we’ll give that a go this weekend?

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      • LlamaPajamas

        LlamaPajamas March 21, 2014, 4:52 pm

        Photos! Please take a ton of Pirate Rudy photos! You too, No Pants – I want to see Boston!

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        bethany March 24, 2014, 4:42 pm

        My Pirate hat was too small. Will have to scout out dog-sized hats!

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      bethany March 21, 2014, 4:27 pm

      I just had a man call me at work to ask why his email wasn’t going through. Instead of using [email protected] he was just using wednydearwendy.com

      uugh. I need to go home!!

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        No Pants March 23, 2014, 1:06 pm

        My mom did that when she first got email.

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  • LadyinPurpleNotRed

    LadyinPurpleNotRed March 21, 2014, 4:16 pm

    I get to dress up and be all fancy for the spring release party for the literary journal I work on tonight. Other than that, enjoying the beautiful weather, exercising, cleaning, grading…the usual.

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    • LadyinPurpleNotRed

      LadyinPurpleNotRed March 21, 2014, 5:19 pm

      YES! All are welcome! Come on up to Memphis.

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    • LadyinPurpleNotRed

      LadyinPurpleNotRed March 21, 2014, 10:41 pm

      Whoops! Got drunk on the best bourbon based drink ever. Mmmmm

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  • Addie Pray

    Addie Pray March 21, 2014, 4:18 pm

    Bring Jackson to me, I’ll cut his hair!

    This weekend, I am, in no particular order:

    1. Cleaning all the poop Moose has left on my friend’s 4th floor terrace – whoops;
    2. Buying said friend a thank you something for having me and Moose this week;
    3. Returning the cable box to the cable company;
    4. Doing my taxes, finally!
    5. Doing the inspection on my new condo;
    6. Moving into Temporary Housing No. 2, which will be fun because it’s a furnished 2 bedroom that belongs to a friend that is in a neighborhood I’ve never lived (River North) so it will be fun to see what *that’s* like for a few weeks – and it will be nice to have the place to myself though I have THOROUGHLY ENJOYED living with my friend – so fun to have people to come home to and to chit chat before bed and in the morning time; Moose has loved the company too, which includes my friend’s dog named Janet. (Janet, the dog. The dog’s name is Janet. Janet. JANET.)
    7. Watching and reviewing a movie. I don’t know what yet though. I saw a really cute animated docurama called Approved for Adoption by this Korean born, Belgian adopted man that tells his story what it was like growing up adopted – it was really touching and maybe I’ll review that but I like to review movies that people can actually see, and this film was playing for just a couple of days at this one artsy film theater and is already gone – what film theater, you ask? Oh, the one I’m moving RIGHT NEXT DOOR to – I’m muy pumped about that.
    8. Getting dinner with a friend on Sat. – don’t know where yet but I’m really craving something spicy. Last night I had dinner at this French restaurant that was really fancy and the food was really creamy and … and I realized I think I like food that is spicier and less bland and creamy.
    9. Getting Moose groomed for the first time -eek!
    10. Starting a diet, after my dinner plans, ha.

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    mrmidtwenties March 21, 2014, 4:34 pm

    Well it sucks, today was my day off so I have to work all weekend. Tonight I’m going to the Hamilton food and drink show, so I may get a little tipsy there. Then I have 6 deck design appointments with people tomorrow at work. Then I’m hoping to have a date saturday night, but I suspect I won’t be able to pull that off. Then Sunday I work all day, then all the young people at work are going after and getting wastey pants.

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    • LlamaPajamas

      LlamaPajamas March 21, 2014, 5:02 pm

      Wastey pants? I’ve never heard that but I love it. I want to get wastey pants this weekend!

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 8:35 pm

        Wastey face. Stole that from IWTTS.

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    Banana March 21, 2014, 4:35 pm

    Have you thought of getting clippers to use at home? (You probably have. You’ve got this mom thing down.)

    Grand Budapest Hotel is amazing! I hope you enjoy it!

    This weekend: Shamrock Fest. The last two years, I showed up when it started, around 3pm, and got worn out before the headliner even went on, so this year we’re planning on rolling in a bit later. I don’t know, though. It’s exciting and I’m looking forward to it, but who knows, this could be my last year going. I have a sneaking suspicion that next year I’ll just feel too old for that sh!t. So this year I’m going to make it count, and try to stuff a bunch of mini bottles of Jameson into my bra to sneak them in.

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      kerrycontrary March 21, 2014, 4:41 pm

      Oh so…My SIL cut my nephews hair (he was only 3 months old but he’s half asian so he just has a TON of hair) and it looks sooo bad hahaha. Like laughably bad. But it’s fine cause he’s a baby and whatever it keeps it out of his eyes. but pretty hilarious.

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        Banana March 21, 2014, 4:46 pm

        My middle brother got a clipper when he joined the USAF, and one time he asked me to buzz his hair for him and I was too afraid of messing it up to do it! Though to be fair, for a while he did the fade to slightly longer hair on top, and I was convinced I would screw that part up. I think I could have done it if it was just the same all over.

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      • Lyra

        Lyra March 21, 2014, 5:24 pm

        Navy Guy should get a clipper. He still pays to have his hair cut every time he has a Navy reserve weekend (like this weekend for example).

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    • Regina Chapman

      Regina Chapman March 22, 2014, 5:27 am

      Have fun! And BOOH to being too old for festivals. These days I visit the ones where everybody else is not eighteen years old, and that helps a lot. Also sneaking beer cans in inside my luggage last year made me feel like I was fifteen again.

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    kerrycontrary March 21, 2014, 4:37 pm

    I just realized today that my fiance and I will be apart for the next 4 weekends due to other plans, followed by a weekend at his parents. So like 6 weeks until we have a weekend alone again! So no big plans this weekend other than getting outside on Saturday. So I’m kind of sad about that. Oh well I’m sure I’ll work out and hit up the farmers market and cook something and all that jazz.

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      Banana March 21, 2014, 5:00 pm

      Aw, that’s a bummer! Well, we’ll have to sweep you away with the meetup!

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  • thewriteway

    thewriteway March 21, 2014, 4:42 pm

    I am going to Pittsburgh this weekend for two hockey games! The only bad part? Our bus is leaving at 4:30 a.m. tomorrow morning. Ugh. I am the farthest thing imaginable from a morning person.

    Other than that, I could really use some good vibes. I applied to a job at a college a couple weeks ago that I would really, really want. I didn’t go to this school, but a lot of my family members did, so I know it’s a good place to be and I have been around the campus community to get to know the culture and I feel like everyone there is so respectful and supportive. The job is also in my chosen work area (it’s not a sports job, but rather, within my major from school) and I feel it would be a good fit. I sent a follow-up to the hiring manager yesterday and she told me they would start scheduling interviews in the next week or two.

    I’m trying not to be too enthusiastic/excited, and I do have other applications out, but this is my first choice position. It would be great if you guys could cross your fingers!

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      Banana March 21, 2014, 4:48 pm

      That’s so exciting! Good luck, and I think it’s awesome you’re getting out there an applying to a broad variety of things! Sometimes you can be surprised by the career you stumble into, and then fall in love with.

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    • LlamaPajamas

      LlamaPajamas March 21, 2014, 4:54 pm

      Good luck, good luck, good luck!

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  • LlamaPajamas

    LlamaPajamas March 21, 2014, 4:50 pm

    Hooray for spring! I’m hoping to turn a new leaf (get it? a spring pun?) this weekend and get out of my winter funk. I just found out that my dad has 6 more months of chemo to go even though they removed the last of the tumors from his liver last month (his oncologist doesn’t want to take any risks with stage IV cancer), which is getting really close to my wedding date. Mr. LP and I found out that my dad was sick a few weeks after we got engaged so we have lots of contingency plans for the wedding, but it’s still a huge bummer and I feel like this is never going to end. And it’s hard to see my dad depressed again when he was so optimistic that he’d get a chemo break for a while. But, to cheer myself up, I’m going to spend lots of time outside, far away from the treadmill, training for a 5 mile race I’ve registered for at the end of next month. And Mr. LP and I finally decided on a honeymoon location (Boston, Boston Harbor Islands, and the surrounding area) so we get to work on travel plans! I’m extra excited because this will be our only vacation this year. And I’m going to drink lots of beer and get lots of snuggles in with my cats. And I’ll make it up to Mr. LP for being pissy with him this week – I take my frustrations out on him every time I get bad news about my dad, which I hate but can’t seem to help. Luckily Mr. LP is a Very Understanding Guy.

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      Banana March 21, 2014, 4:59 pm

      Awww, I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. That’s really tough. Is your wedding in the evening or the middle of the day? If you have flexibility with the time frame, could you consider moving the ceremony to midday so he’s at his peak energy level for the good bits? I’m sure you’ve thought of all of that, though, you sound like you’re really on top of it. I hope everything goes okay, and it sounds like you’re managing the situation with a very level-headed attitude.

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      • LlamaPajamas

        LlamaPajamas March 21, 2014, 5:09 pm

        Thanks, Banana! The ceremony and reception are both at my fiance’s mom’s house so my dad will be able to rest as much as needed, assuming he can make it to Vermont in October. If he takes a turn for the worse before then we’re going to do a little ceremony near my parents’ house and get legally married so he can at least be present for that. Basically we’re having the ceremony and reception in Vermont this fall regardless, but we may or may not already be married. 🙂 Fortunately I just want to be married – the wedding day is a minor little detail. 😉

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  • theattack

    theattack March 21, 2014, 5:06 pm

    My dream job interview this week was good I think. He called my references at 8am the next day, and even though he originally told me it would be two weeks until he decided, today he told me that they were making the decision very shortly. That’s got to be either really good or really bad, so I’m on edge!
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    Also I’m going caving/backpacking with my little cousin this weekend at a parent-scout trip because his parents won’t do anything with him. I’m so excited to be a parent for a night! And I’m sleeping in a room with like fifty preteen boys, so that should be a unique experience. Haha

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    Sue Joness March 21, 2014, 5:27 pm

    Tomorrow is the first day of Spring Break so my husband, my son, his friend, and our chihuahua are taking a road trip to Santa Fe! We decided to try and do it by packing light and cramming into our hybrid car rather than taking the gas hogging minivan… so away we will go! I haven’t been to Santa Fe since that year that I lived in the middle of nowhere in New Mexico with my college boyfriend ( I have written of this..) but Santa Fe is a great place and I hope we can have fun without driving each other crazy! We will be staying in a nice 2 bdr apartment so we won’t have to eat out all of the time… I am really looking forward to this. Then once we come back it will be time to get my veggie garden together for this season! I LOVE doing that! Then my son has his play and I have my concerts. So we will be moving into a busy but FUN time! Our taxes are all done so I can go out and play now!

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      Sara March 21, 2014, 5:50 pm

      I just got back from a trip to Santa Fe! I already miss the mountains and the food. 🙁

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  • buttoned

    buttoned March 21, 2014, 4:31 pm

    1. Cleaning my tornado of a room. My roommate’s parents suddenly put our apartment on the market, without giving us much warning until a realtor showed up today. So, now we’ve got to keep the place spick and span until someone buys it.
    2. Going to my university’s festival celebrating the earth. It’s where all the hidden hippies and weed and hula hoops and cute puppies come out to lay out on blankets with free bands.
    3. Contemplate studying for my medical nutrition exam.
    4. Probably not study for my medical nutrition exam.
    5. Drink margaritas and eat cheese and shrimp and spinach quesadillas!

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  • Lyra

    Lyra March 21, 2014, 5:32 pm

    I’m sick sick sick right now so this weekend will be super low key. This coming week is my “pseudo” spring break since I still have my after school job and I have to work Thursday and Friday. I get to sleep in but I can’t spend the whole day at home. Navy Guy has his Reserve weekend so I’ll see him tonight and tomorrow night. Tonight he’s bringing over a pizza and we’re having a movie/cuddle night (aka Lyra falls asleep halfway through the movie). Tomorrow night we’re headed to his parents’ house for dinner if I’m feeling better. If not, I’ll stay in my yoga pants and cuddle with my cat.

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    • Lyra

      Lyra March 21, 2014, 6:39 pm

      OK y’all. I’m planning summer right now. I reallllly want to go to a Backstreet Boys concert in June…as long as I can afford it I’m totally doing it, but I can’t find tickets for less than like $130. I can’t afford that. Hopefully it’s just a fluke with TicketMaster. Then I realized that my community has beginner tennis lessons on Thursdays in June and July, for like $80 for 6 lessons. Should I do it? I’ve never played tennis before…but I have always wanted to.

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      • Paki

        Paki March 21, 2014, 10:55 pm

        I would say do it! I have went to three rounds of tennis lessons and greatly enjoyed them. I still not a pro by far, but it something I didn’t know how to do before and the classes were fun. There other classmates were a diverse crowd. Plus it was fun going into lessons and seeing all the retired tennis players sitting around having a beer after playing all day!

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      • Lyra

        Lyra March 22, 2014, 9:05 am

        Thanks for the reassurance Paki! I AM going to do it because I found out the $80 is for non-residents. Since I’m a resident of the community I only pay $45!! I just have to go out and get a tennis racket now…

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  • mylaray

    mylaray March 21, 2014, 6:00 pm

    My bff is in town visiting until Sunday. At our house, we play a board or card game every Friday so we’re gonna play Cards Against Humanity with her tonight. She’s definitely not the type to play this game, but I gave her fair warning, and she’s down for it. Ohhh, it’ll be interesting.

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  • Astronomer

    Astronomer March 21, 2014, 6:05 pm

    Tonight, we’re having a small “I didn’t die in surgery” party with beer and cheesy party games like Taboo. Yay, I have an excuse to put on a new dress (thanks for the recommendations, DWers!) and see friends! Seriously, though, the maxi dress thing is changing my life. I’ve learned that instead of feeling short and stumpy in maxi dresses, I now feel like a glamorous dress wearer.

    I did just find out one friend is bringing her special needs baby AND toddler along and another couple RSVPed, like, an hour ago, so the food situation might be…interesting. Oh, well. We can always order pizza and break out the applesauce if shit gets dire. And maybe I should put away the breakables? I don’t really understand baby-proofing or toddler-proofing. And I can’t even lift babies until at least Wednesday because of the stitches. (Fun fact: I can’t lift my own cats, either, since they each weigh well over 10 pounds, the fatties.) I guess the kid thing bothers me because the mom expects that other people will watch and take care of them in group situations. It changes the whole dynamic when everyone has to keep an eye out to make sure her kids don’t eat glass or stick their fingers in the sockets. I totally get that it’s probably nice for her to ignore them for awhile, because everyone needs a break, but, uh, my house isn’t kid-friendly. Like, at all. And I’m not in a good position to be caring for babies and small children right now. They are really cute kids, though. Hm. I guess we’ll see how it goes.

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    • Astronomer

      Astronomer March 21, 2014, 6:40 pm

      Yay, she’s bringing her teenager now, too. Holy hell, we DO NOT have enough food. Why can’t people RSVP in a timely and appropriate manner?

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      • LadyinPurpleNotRed

        LadyinPurpleNotRed March 21, 2014, 6:41 pm

        That’s incredibly obnoxious

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      • Astronomer

        Astronomer March 21, 2014, 6:53 pm

        I like all these people. I really, really do. I invited them because they’re part of my friend family. I just hate being put in an awkward hosting position like not having enough food or a toddler-safe apartment, and I hate getting peevish with people I want to be thrilled to see, dammit.
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        It’s cool, though. My husband can stop and get groceries on his way home from work before he rearranges the furniture and breaks out the giant table. He’s been really awesome about lifting all the things. I think he secretly likes his new, manly lifting responsibilities.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 8:37 pm

        i’m pretty sure toddlers would die in my apartment.

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      • Astronomer

        Astronomer March 22, 2014, 7:31 pm

        “Is your printer plugged in?”
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        “I don’t think so. Why?”
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        “Oh, thank god. Kid is sticking his tongue in it.”
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        THIS REALLY HAPPENED. Hahahahaha. Oh, well. At least no one died.

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    Ella_ March 21, 2014, 7:29 pm

    My big plans for the weekend involve buying a new suitcase because I am going to Spain next month! Yay! Other than that, I should do a spring clean of my apartment, even though spring isn’t here yet and keep cleaning out my closet.

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  • CatsMeow

    CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 7:33 pm

    I had such an irritating week. Mostly the last 2 days. Sometimes I want to murder nursing school. We’re starting all our clinical rotations, so we had one actual shift on Monday – I’m no a children’s oncology unit. 🙁
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    Then yesterday, we had lab (classroom) + hospital orientation. So from 7 am – noon, we learned 3 new skills and immediately took written quizzes on them. They told us we had to test out on two of those skills the next day (today)…. AS WELL AS… every fucking skill we’ve tested out on since the beginning of nursing school. Foleys, IVs, central lines, NG tubes, ALL OF IT. In addition, we had to present one of these to a group. They told us this yesterday and we had to do it TODAY.
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    So then we had to go to our clinical site and were supposed to get lunch “on the way”…which we had no time for… and then did computer training and orientation. OF COURSE my instructor kept us way past the time we were supposed to get done. I carpooled, so my friend (same hospital, different floor) had to wait AN HOUR for me to get done before she could go home. We were both so pissy by the end of yesterday that she smoked a cigarette with me… IN HER CAR… and she is not a smoker. I didn’t get home until 6pm (left the house at 6:20am that day) and then had to eat and study fucking EVERYTHING. I was too tired, so I went to bed at 8pm and got up at 2am to study.
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    Not only that – our clinical group is short 2 people because, oh yeah, tons of people failed out this semester. So instead of presenting on one skill, I had to do TWO to make up for the people who weren’t there…including one I have previously learned or practiced.
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    So today we had a math test at 7am, and then 10 skills tests. Instead of getting to test out with my clinical instructor, we had to be tested by the director of the accelerated program because our clinical instructor couldn’t be there. And of course she kept us there longer than every other group.
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    Good news is, i passed everything, and now I am F I N A L L Y home, in my muumuu, drinking beer. I also bought pickles and ice cream. And cat food. (I can’t imagine why I’m still single???). Also, SPRING BREAK!!!

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 7:39 pm

      Sorry, I had to vent. I’m glad it’s all over…for now. HI, DW! I MISSED YOUUUUU.

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      • mandalee

        mandalee March 21, 2014, 7:48 pm

        Ahh that sounds stressful! But at least it’s over! I’m starting a combined accelerated BSN/NP program in the fall and I enjoy/am terrified by your updates on how things are going in your program. I know it will all be worth it in the end but three straight years of nursing school stress seems like a lot to get through. I’m afraid I may be a wino by the end to deal with it all.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 8:07 pm

        OMG. I wish I could combine my BSN and APN. Most nurses (RNs, APNs, whatev) say that you “shouldn’t” do that because you have to get experience between RN and NP, but ehh… I’d go for it if it was offered. I’m graduating in August, will probably (hopefully?) take (and pass!) the NCLEX in September, start working, and then try to get into the Master’s or DNP program the following August. And then continue working part-time throughout all that mess.
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        But yeah. Get ready to be stressed non-stop and give up the rest of your life. I think it’s just a normal nursing school thing. All nurses talk about going through it like it’s a rite of passage. Accelerated is definitely its own beast, though. And they all warn me that the first year working as a nurse is just as bad, if not worse. The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know, and clinicals just can’t prepare you for everything. There is so much I haven’t done yet, and I only have one more semester after this one!!
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        And yes, you will be a wino. I’m even less healthy now than I was before I started – junk food because I don’t have time for “real” meals, not enough exercise (I had to skip dance class 2 weeks in a row because I had 4 tests in 7 days – actually, we had 14 tests in 8 weeks on top of all our homework and reading), NO SLEEP, cigarettes (I intended to quit but fuuuuck, it’s not happening with all this stress), and booze every chance I get. Wouldn’t you think nursing would inspire you to be healthy? NO. Not so much.

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      • CatsMeow

        CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 8:09 pm

        Christ on a cracker, sorry for the novels. I’m all high strung and worked up and sleep deprived and starting to get buzzed. Ahhhh!

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      • mandalee

        mandalee March 22, 2014, 10:42 am

        Yeah, I was met with mixed opinions about the combined programs. I had a friend of a friend who pushed me in the direction of applying since she went into a Family Nurse Practitioner path like I plan to and was met with less resistance and landed an awesome even though she only having a year experience as an RN. Apparently, it’s harder to make the transition when you do the acute care path since that hands-on hospital RN experience is really important in that pathway.

        I am lucky ( or maybe unlucky) that the program am going to “strongly encourages” you to work as an RN at least part-time once you pass the NCLEX and move to the APN portion of the program. So, basically taking accelerated grad level classes and working as a first year nurse. Sounds like fun. lol I have the option to scale back to part-time in school if it gets to be too much, but just makes the school portion drag on even longer.

        Thank you for all your input though! It definitely helps. At least I’ll be prepared to be stressed and unhealthy. haha

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    • CatsMeow

      CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 8:13 pm

      One i have *NOT* previously learned or practiced. But oh well, I did it anyway.

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    CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 8:37 pm

    BAM. Dominating the sidebar. Take that, AP!!

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      CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 10:07 pm

      fine, I’m not proud. It’s because i’m drinking at home alone in my muumuu, with my 3 cats, and I just cut my toenails for the first time in a month. And my legs are hairy.

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        Northern Mermaid March 22, 2014, 12:28 am

        Cats, your evening plans are like my evening plans.

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        Addie Pray March 22, 2014, 12:59 pm

        My Friday evening plan was this: order a large pizza for 1, open a large bottle of wine for 1, order “Frozen” (at age 35, with no kids as an excuse) from On Demand, fall asleep at 9 pm, wake up at midnight because Moose is thirsty, which Moose drink a whole bowl of water and then vomit in my open suitcase of clean clothes. I still love him so much. 🙂

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      Addie Pray March 22, 2014, 12:57 pm

      You go girl!

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    CatsMeow March 21, 2014, 10:17 pm

    HI DW. I’m obviously bored and drunk. So, I just drunk-talked to my dad for, like, an hour because it was his birthday. I may have mentioned that he is recently divorced. Well, after his rental condo told him that he can’t park a pickup truck there (dumb HOA rules – it could go in the garage, but oh, it doesn’t fit because it’s the tiniest garage everrr), they said he could move out by May 1 if he doesn’t want to deal with that shiz. So he is telling me he is “homeless” as of May 1. (He is not homeless by any means – he could easily find another place and is not even close to struggling financially). So he just got a camper and is basically going to just…. drive… and go everywhere… since he technically has nowhere to live.
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    THIS IS MY DREAM.
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    That is EXACTLY what I would do if I was retired and had the means. We talked about everywhere he should go. OMG I told him a million places to go. (Some that I know personally from road-tripping Route 66). He has already been pretty much everywhere in the continental U.S. but hasn’t done all the stupid road-trippy stuff.
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    BUT – i feel bad because he just got in a MOTORCYCLE WRECK. He said he just has road rash and a sprained ankle, but shit! That’s scary! He’s like, “I have had the worst week. No, not week, but worst since-March-9th.” I’m like, “No, *I* have, lemme tell you about nursing school” but uhhh that was before i knew he was physically hurt in a MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT. So I’m an ass. Also, he asked for legitimate medical advice since I’m almost a nurse. And I gave it! But I shouldn’t. Because fuuuuck I don’t know what I’m doing.

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    • Lyra

      Lyra March 22, 2014, 9:01 am

      That’s scary about the motorcycle accident. My dad actually just got a motorcycle a few months ago and just passed his permit test this week. I’m not sure what to think of it because he’s definitely not the type of person you would imagining driving around on a motorcycle. He’s a safe driver and he’ll be fine I’m sure but my biggest fear is that he’ll get in a bad wreck.

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        CatsMeow March 22, 2014, 2:11 pm

        Super scary. He’s lucky it wasn’t worse.
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        But I think I am going to visit him between semesters, and if he’s roadtripping then we can meet up with him pretty much anywhere. I’m thinking DENVER. And Utah.

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    rainbow March 22, 2014, 12:16 am

    Tomorrow is my first day training as a firefighter! So I’m staying home tonight and trying to go to bed early (though it’s a bit late for that, it’s 1 am here).

    And I’ve been clean of alcohol and drugs for 18 days and beginning to deal with the emotions I have been numbing for years. Hopefully I’m done sweating. I’ve been going to AA nearly every day and then having dinner with my favorite friends, and that’s helping a lot, but my mood has been terrible. Today I snapped and talked to my boss in a horrible tone and had to apologize, I felt ridiculous. Luckily he does the same all the time but never apologizes so he couldn’t really get mad at me.

    This day had like 35 hours already, I’m watching Cosmos episode II (didn’t like the first one, long post about it ahead when I’m less tired) and then going to bed.

    Good night.

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    • Regina Chapman

      Regina Chapman March 22, 2014, 5:22 am

      Wow, good for you thought about the 18 days sober! Keep going!

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      • Regina Chapman

        Regina Chapman March 22, 2014, 5:35 am

        *though*

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        rainbow March 22, 2014, 9:44 pm

        Thanks! I’ll do my best. So far it’s not as horrible as I anticipated.

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      iseeshiny March 22, 2014, 9:38 am

      Hey that is so cool, 18 days is nothing to sneeze at. I didn’t know you wanted to be a firefighter! Is it like a volunteer thing or are you changing careers?

      I missed the first episode of Cosmos, caught the second one though. I didn’t learn much I didn’t already know but I enjoyed it anyway. I think the animation manages to be attractive and cheesy at the same time, but I like the way NdeGT explains stuff. I could listen to him talk all day.

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      • rainbow

        rainbow March 22, 2014, 9:53 pm

        Hi Shiny! How are you darling?

        The first level (good old regular firefighter) you volunteer for, and train every Saturday for two years. And then after that you can go for levels 2 and 3 and make it your career, but I’ll see when I get there. I spent the day CPRing dummies of all ages and sizes, it was awesome. And then I had to run a lot, which was not so awesome, and I nearly needed CPR my couchpotatoey self.

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    Regina Chapman March 22, 2014, 5:20 am

    We have some gravel in our backyard that I wanted to get rid of, so I put it up on the interwebz and somehow ended up giving it away to this old, disabled lady who lives literally two blocks from me. From the way she sounded in her email she seemed really lonely. So now I’m bringing her all the gravel, bit by bit, in a wheelbarrow, and working in her garden with her this weekend.

    I kind of feel good about the humanitarian turn this has taken.

    Then to balance that out I’m drinking with my best friend tonight and talking about sex toys, per her request. Maybe I’ll bring my brand new vibrator over because we’re silly like that. We’ll probably end up dressing it up in doll clothes and drawing faces on it.

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      No Pants March 23, 2014, 2:46 pm

      Yay! Congrats!

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    iseeshiny March 22, 2014, 9:40 am

    Heeey guys I am having a boy! You heard it here first 🙂

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    • Dear Wendy

      Dear Wendy March 22, 2014, 9:50 am

      Yay, congrats!!

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    • Addie Pray

      Addie Pray March 22, 2014, 10:00 am

      Congrats!

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      d2 March 22, 2014, 10:01 am

      Woo Hoo!

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    • Fabelle

      Fabelle March 22, 2014, 11:19 am

      Aww congrats, ieeshiny!!

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    • Classic

      Classic March 22, 2014, 1:58 pm

      Congratulations, iseeshiny!

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      iseeshiny March 22, 2014, 3:43 pm

      Thank you thank you thank you!

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    • rainbow

      rainbow March 23, 2014, 1:41 pm

      yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay <3

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  • Fabelle

    Fabelle March 22, 2014, 11:27 am

    I drank too much last night & dropped my phone off of a table (like, a high table? we were sitting on barstools) & cracked the screen. EXCEPT when I told Fabello that this must have been how I cracked the screen, he was like, “no, it was already cracked before we got to the bar.” So I don’t know how, but I cracked the screen on my galaxy s3 & am SO ANGRY. AND I NEED A NEW HARD DRIVE FOR MY COMPUTER SO I CAN REMOVE ALL THE PICS OFF MY PHONE BEFORE I GET IT FIXED (do I have insurance? Maybe)

    Sorry. Anyway, today I am going to a family party with Fabello, then we’re going to a friend’s birthday/St. Patrick’s day party. In attendance at the later will potentially be both of our exes (& their S/Os), & the exes of our married couple friends (who we’re going with & will probably just sit in the corner with them the whole time). I have a green St. Patrick’s day garter with a mini flask attached, & I’m going to need it 😛

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    • Lyra

      Lyra March 23, 2014, 12:05 pm

      How did the weird ex party go???

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    Jennylou March 22, 2014, 12:04 pm

    I just saw Grand Budapest Hotel last night! I’m so excited you’re going to see it! It was so well done – Ralph Fiennes was fantastic. Enjoy!!!

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    sobriquet March 22, 2014, 7:42 pm

    Nigel and I just drove 2 hours to a 1:00 PM wedding that turned out to actually be a 6:00 PM wedding. Sigh. This is why invitations are important (it’s my cousin’s wedding and I just got the information from my dad; apparently they had a hard time deciding on a time and changed it). The wedding was (is?) at my aunt’s house and we could see them setting it up when we drove up, so we just kept on driving! I thought about knocking on the door to say “hi”, but figured they were possibly scrambling inside getting ready for the wedding, so I didn’t think it would be appropriate to drop in… 5 hours before the event. We stopped by my grandma’s, at least, and chatted for a bit and dropped off our gift. Then we just drove back.
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    Such a bummer.
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    I’m a little hungover, too, and reallllly wish I had slept in this morning. Nigel is at the gym right now and I’m gonna take a nap. On the bright side, I wore this ) new Gap dress to the wedding that we didn’t attend today and I love it, so now I can wear it to our wedding shower in a couple weeks and no one will know! It has POCKETS and is incredibly comfortable and super flattering and looks a lot classier/nicer than you’d think. I bought it with a giftcard and was afraid it would be really casual/sack-looking, but I’m pleasantly surprised.
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    Also, we got the proofs for our wedding invitations last night and I really love them. I’m getting so excited. Seeing the invitations makes it seem so REAL.

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    trixy minx March 22, 2014, 11:32 pm

    I’m finally able to ride my bicycle to and from work now. It is still snowing but the days are getting warmer so the snow melts quickly enough. Although doing any kind of cardio at 9200 ft is hard. It’s gonna take a couple weeks to get back to being okay with it. Plus my way home from work is 2 miles uphill the whole way.
    I’ve had a few dates with guys from okc. They all went well but nothing clicked on any of the dates. I Am in area where there are way more men than women but I’m in an office all day long by myself and two I’m very introvert. So obviously I’m not doing as well as I could be with the guys.
    I want summer to get here already! I want to ride my bike around the lake.

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    rachel March 23, 2014, 7:26 pm

    ooh, we saw Grand Budapest on Thursday night, and it was awesome! This weekend we drove 4 hours to spend the weekend with Ross’s good friend from college. Him and his wife are great, and they have a 7-month old son who we hadn’t met. It was a lot of fun!

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    • Classic

      Classic March 23, 2014, 10:06 pm

      Hi Rachel!
      When are you moving to San Diego? Will you be here soon?

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        rachel March 23, 2014, 10:17 pm

        Hi! In about a month. My last day here is April 15, and my new job starts May 1, so in between will be moving and apartment hunting. Looking forward to it!

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        Classic March 23, 2014, 10:26 pm

        Oh good! Let me know if you need anything. See you soon, I hope! I have a (run-down) 4-bedroom house in case you have any gap in between your move. I don’t live in San Diego, but just 30 miles out.

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