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Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread: Waning Days of Summer

Happy Friday, everyone! At the risk of going overboard on the Jackson photos lately (sorry, but he’s in a really cute phase right now!), I have to post this new favorite of him and Drew that I took earlier this week. We were blessed with some gorgeous weather these last few days and on Wednesday, Drew got out of work a little early and Jack and I met him near the subway stop and then headed to the playground. Only, I got distracted on the way by a Mexican restaurant with outdoor seating and champagne sangria and the next thing you know, we were sharing a pitcher (Drew and I were, that is; Jackson enjoyed a bottle of almond milk). I’m still limiting my booze to just two days a week, and I can’t think of a better way to use up one of those days than with some sangria on a beautiful Wednesday afternoon with my cute, sweet husband and my cute, sweet son.

Anyhow, the sangria buzz made play time at the playground a little more fun for all. And after that we went and picked up our second CSA delivery, which included corn on the cob (hell yeah) and okra (an underrated veggie, in my opinion), so life is good.

Oh! Speaking of playgrounds, remember last week when I mentioned how I saw two women let their 4-year-old daughters crap in plastic bags in the middle of the playground? Well, the very next day, we were at the park — Prospect Park, which is sort of like Central Park’s younger sibling who lives in Brooklyn — and we saw another little girl — this one about 7 or 8 — pull down her pants, squat down and take a dump right in front of us!! The mom wiped her butt with some tissue and and picked up the poo with a plastic bag like you do when you’re picking up after your dog. Is this a THING now? I mean, that’s three little girls two days in a row who crapped right out in the open! And my friend Bill said he was on the Q train recently and he saw a woman pull out a little potty training toilet and her daughter sat down on it — on a crowded train! — and crapped right there in front of everyone!!! I mean, what is going on?! Is this just a NYC thing? I know other countries are a little more lax about these sorts of things, but it’s just such a shock to see public pooping right here in my own neighborhood.

Anyway, sorry to go off on a crap tangent. My mind, obviously, is boggled.

Quick, someone say something that isn’t poop-related. Have you seen any good movies lately? What are your plans for Labor Day weekend? How about them (fill in the blank with the name of a sports team who’s doing well…)?

P.S. Next week you’ll finally be able to buy a brand new Dear Wendy mug, so keep an eye out! Also, I’m going to start the DW newsletter next week, too, and you’ll be able to sign up for it starting Monday. AND, I joined Twitter again (after being hacked a million times and taking an extended break), so if you Tweet, give me a follow!

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone! Enjoy these waning days of summer…

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    Temperance August 31, 2012, 4:04 pm

    See, in Philadelphia we have a problem with homeless people pooping everywhere and grown adults pooping on the subway. I think I would be happy if one of them shit into a bag or onto a potty rather than the floor at this point. Sigh.

    (Still traumatized after I saw the guy poop on the subway last week. WE WEREN’T MOVING. HE COULD HAVE GOTTEN OFF AND POOPED LIKE A REGULAR PERSON ON A TOILET!)

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      Taylor August 31, 2012, 4:22 pm

      Ewwwwwwww.

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      That's_Bananas August 31, 2012, 8:27 pm

      Did you see the video of the cabbie pooping on the street near 20th and Fitzwater?! Ah, Philadelphia.

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        temperance September 1, 2012, 3:06 pm

        YES. OMG. That was so nasty! I wasn’t surprised, though. It made me remember not to take cabs.

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      bethany August 31, 2012, 9:25 pm

      Wait one second!! You’re in Philly?! Where we’re you guys for our meetup?!
      You have to come to the next one!

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        That's_Bananas September 1, 2012, 10:55 am

        Bethany, it was in CC, right? I remember seeing the info in DW’s forum a few days after y’all met up 🙁 I’ll be sure to pay more attention to the meetup info next time!

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        bethany September 2, 2012, 4:33 pm

        Yep! We’ll have to do another one in the fall.

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        temperance September 1, 2012, 3:05 pm

        I should! I’m a boring law student and don’t do a lot of fun things. LOL

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    jlyfsh August 31, 2012, 4:10 pm

    Wendy if you ever come to South Carolina you will find that okra is very much loved by many! 🙂 Although I can’t get behind the pickled okra, maybe because it’s usually by the picked pig feet which completely freak me out.

    I am so glad it’s Labor Day weekend! I’m hiding from all the tourists until Tuesday and then cheering when they all leave. I will not miss them or their terrible driving. I’m forcing myself to go through my clothes this weekend and donate anything I haven’t worn in a year or that I don’t like anymore and doing a little ‘fall cleaning’ 🙂

    I don’t think I’ve lived anywhere where I’ve loved fall as much as here in SC. It’s still warm enough during the day to go to the beach but it’s cool enough at night to light a fire. I’m also busting out the cinnamon candles this weekend. My house will now smell like cinnamon from now until Spring!

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    Diablo August 31, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Can’t say I ever saw that in a public park. I’m from Canada, so most of the year it’s way too cold to hang your ass out in the wind. However, if this IS a trend, could we please uninvent it?

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      Diablo August 31, 2012, 4:12 pm

      The crapping, mean. Okra is just fine.

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    Annia August 31, 2012, 4:16 pm

    I’ve been saying this about okra for YEARS (and most other slimy foods) to anyone who’ll listen, yet still scrunch their snotty noses at me. Thanks for the validation 🙂

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    iseeshiny August 31, 2012, 4:20 pm

    What? I… what? It’s a thing to let children poop in public now? Outside of diapers? I can’t even…

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      MaterialsGirl August 31, 2012, 5:27 pm

      Don’t people have any SHAME for goodness sakes?

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        iwannatalktosampson August 31, 2012, 6:42 pm

        WHAT HAPPENED TO SHAME? Everyone – get some. If you do embarrassing things – please for the love of god be embarrassed. And humiliated. Don’t “own” it.

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        katie August 31, 2012, 8:47 pm

        preach!!

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      JK August 31, 2012, 6:54 pm

      I don´t get it. Hell, I toilet trained the eldest at 1 yr 11 months and she NEVER had to go outside, we just took the adapter everywhere, and she´d ask to go to the bathroom. An older kid has NO EXCUSE.
      And now that she´s 4 she wouldn´t be caught dead pulling down her pants in public (she even wears tights under skirts so no one sees her underpants).

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        katie August 31, 2012, 8:48 pm

        i cringe at carrying an “adapter” around….

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        JK September 1, 2012, 9:05 am

        It´s like a mini toilet seat (that fits inside the normal one), I just carried it around in a plastic bag (inside a bigger Barbie bag) with some disinfectant wipes, and that was it!!!

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        iseeshiny September 1, 2012, 10:56 am

        I bet it makes things so much more convenient! I remember trying to help my brother try to balance on a public toilet so many times – the only time in my life I’ve ever really formed an opinion on the… gap thing? on the front of the lid (opinion formed: hatred) because he had to sit sideways on the seat to keep from touching the bowl.

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        JK September 1, 2012, 2:39 pm

        Yeah, it was awesome. My eldest has always been a skinny little thing, and she was scared of fallng in the toilet haha. Plus her adapter was padded, so more comfortable.

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    AKchic August 31, 2012, 4:23 pm

    If it’s a new trend – I am sooo not following it (the public pooping, that is).

    Home life is up and down (Yay for new season of Doctor Who! Boo for the first round of school-time illness hitting our house!) Work is pissing me off (I’m not getting into it right here because I’m ready to deck someone as it is).

    I got paid today, the SO got paid today, and my favorite Italian restaurant re-opens tomorrow (they always close for August to go back to Italy for vacation). It is actually cool enough with the rain that I can make my homemade macaroni and cheese for dinner this weekend (so long as the sun doesn’t come out from behind those rain clouds).
    Thanks to a crap season, I didn’t get much fish this year, but, I’m thinking of making some halibut this weekend to go with the mac ‘n’ cheese.

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      iseeshiny August 31, 2012, 4:47 pm

      1) Halibut is amazing.
      2) I bought a fez to wear while I watch Dr. Who. Fezzes are cool.

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        emmkat August 31, 2012, 8:41 pm

        You can’t forget the bow tie to go with the fez!

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        iseeshiny September 1, 2012, 10:57 am

        And suspenders!

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      Amanda August 31, 2012, 5:04 pm

      I can’t wait until tomorrow for Dr. Who! I will take out my bride and groom Dalek cake toppers for the ocassion. Yay!

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    Taylor August 31, 2012, 4:25 pm

    When you say to say something non-poop related, all I can think of are poop-related things! Eww.

    So, this weekend is the air show, and we have a killer view of it from our apartment, which overlooks Lake Erie. The plan is some beer, some friends, and watching people with way more hand-eye coordination than I have do amazing things. Yay for the three day weekend!

    And Wendy, the picture of your two guys is just wonderful!

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      AmyRenee August 31, 2012, 8:02 pm

      I work downtown and every year the Blue Angels scare the crap out of me on Friday (and sometimes Thursday) before Labor Day when they are practicing. You would think I would learn, but no, every year I hear them fly overhead and go into a panic mode before I remember what the noise is. They’re just so loud! Cool looking, but loud!

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        Taylor August 31, 2012, 9:27 pm

        Yep, the first few passes always get me. This year I was in lab, and had a moment of “uh oh, what’s that?!”

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    Addie Pray August 31, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Alright alright we won’t talk about poop. Except here’s a story that I hope everyone enjoys:

    When I was little I used to like to play – like, all the time, from the second I woke up until the second I fell asleep at night; I’d just wake up, and run outside and play, play, play. One day when I was about 5, I was having so much fun playing with Jeff from down the street that, when I had to go number two, I crapped my pants and continued right on playing – I was having too much fun to stop and use the bathroom. But I knew my mom would be mad – this was a little problem of mine – I refused to stop playing at all costs. I didn’t want my mom to get mad at me, so I did what any brilliant 5 year old would do: I took off my poopy underwear and hid it behind the dresser. Ta da! Disaster avoided! Except it turned that my mom was smarter than that, and she somehow found my poopy underwer, and she somehow figured out that *I* must have done it! I got in big trouble – so much trouble that from that day on, if I had to go poo, I stopped playing, and used the bathroom.

    Fast forward about 25 years and now I am an adult in Chicago – who by the way never ever craps in her pants anymore but sometimes pees but only when she’s laughing really hard – and I meet my good friend K. K’s father and step-mom come to visit, and I meet them, and guess what?! K’s step mom is the mother of Jeff from down the street! … And holy fuck shit she remembered me and she remembered the day I crapped my pants while playing with her son. I’d like to be remembered for other things, but hey what a small world and what a great memory.

    That’s my poop story.

    I also hid a burrito behind my dresser once – I wanted to eat it later but knew it wouldn’t last long in my house with all my siblings. But then I forgot about it until my mom found it. My mother is like super mom.

    Date 3 with my future husband is tomorrow, everyone. I’m so excited I could poop my pants!

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      gillociraptor August 31, 2012, 4:49 pm

      When my aunt was potty training my cousin, she had a hell of a time getting her to actually use the toilet. So, my aunt figured she’d just let the cousin run around without diapers on, and that my cousin would have no choice but to use the training toilet when she had to go.

      On the first day of the experiment, my aunt was on the phone, talking to one of her friends, when she felt my cousin tugging at her pants leg. My aunt looked down, and there was my three year old cousin, staring up at her, offering up an open hand full of poop.

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      Laura September 4, 2012, 1:49 pm

      When me and my brother were younger, we would sometimes babysit the kid next door. The kid was about 5 or 6 and was also one that never wanted to stop playing ever. So once he and my brother were running around and while in the hallway, the kid paused for a minute to let a piece of poop roll down his pant leg and onto the floor. It came out in a perfect little ball shape and as soon as it hit the floor, he continued running around like nothing had happened.

      Same family about 10-12 years later stayed in our house through most of December a couple of years ago (my parents were on vacation and they were losing their house, so my parents offered their room and the spare bedroom). Well, beyond it being SUPER awkward and awful while they were around, our parents didn’t believe/understand just how bad it was until they got home and the people were gone. We continued to find various hidden messes throughout the house for a couple of weeks following their departure. One mess my parents found…poop-stained men’s underwear. Hidden in a box. Too small to be the dad’s.

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    MaterialsGirl August 31, 2012, 4:28 pm

    pooping on the train/public places. I think this means you need to move back to Chicago. Drew could still take public transportation everywhere! *sigh*, but I know you’re in NY4Life. Still.. Chicago’s pretty nice this time of year.

    AP and I are hopefully going to yoga, followed by BYOB Indian at SIR, followed by drinks with her friends at Simons. The BF is outta town at a boys weekend in Tennessee doing “man stuff,” so I’ve loaded up on running dates and friend dates. Excited to see my grammy on Monday, though!

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      Addie Pray August 31, 2012, 4:36 pm

      Oh hey, MG, “K” in my story about is the girl whose party is at Simon’s, and I think her step mom will be there. Haha, my real world and DW world are colliding.

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        MaterialsGirl August 31, 2012, 4:38 pm

        that is hilarious. i have a pooping story too. it involves the lakefront, a wild animal/person and a burr bush. And my a$$

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      Wendy August 31, 2012, 4:54 pm

      I miss Simons!

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        MaterialsGirl August 31, 2012, 5:06 pm

        my first softball team: that was our bar. Now i’m in the CMSA league and our bar is Crew.. we’re the Tickled Pickles!

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      emmkat August 31, 2012, 8:45 pm

      It’s great to know that no one really poops on the trains in Chicago, since I’m about to move there this weekend. I was a bit scared about public transportation after reading Wendy’s NYC poop stories! Maybe Chicago is a bit more sophisticated? 🙂

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        Addie Pray August 31, 2012, 9:13 pm

        Heyyyy welcome to Chicago – best city in the world if I do say so myself! You wanna be friends with me, MaterialsGirl and Katie? We’re taking applications.

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        katie August 31, 2012, 9:18 pm

        heck yes!!

        lets plan a welcome-to-chicago meetup!!

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        katie August 31, 2012, 9:22 pm

        ok, and ill be honest- AP and MG can actually welcome you to chicago, you know, tell you the good bars and places to eat and fun stuff to do and whatnot… i live in the lame suburbs, so i hang out for the food and the company. ill be useless for anything else. haha

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        emmkat August 31, 2012, 11:17 pm

        I like having friends and I’ll need some in Chicago! Where do I apply?!

        I won’t be settled in for another 5 or 6 days (I’m driving cross country starting Sunday). Hopefully the Hyde Park area is nice!

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        Addie Pray September 1, 2012, 2:16 am

        We’ll organize another Chicago DW meetup soon, I promise.

        I just got home from the bars. I drug MaterialsGirl out to meet up with friends,… It was fun but I’m a little drunk right now. Wendy, MG and I drunk emailed you a picture of us at Simon’s. Because at the time it felt like the right thing to do!
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        MaterialsGirl September 1, 2012, 10:25 am

        It was totally the right thing to do. Also, grabbing a to go 6 pack was a phenom idea.and coming home to my brother making pancakes? Also a win.
        Getting up at 630 and running? Eh… At least I’m sober now

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        Addie Pray September 1, 2012, 10:28 am

        Wow, late night! I was in bed about 2 seconds after I last commented (before 1:30 am) and up at 7:30 am and just watched the sweetest documentary. It’s called Following Sean. I stumbled upon it while perusing the documentaries available to watch instantly on Netflix and then almost 2 hours later I had watched the whole thing. It was captivating. And so sweet and tender. I’m crying now. Geez, what a weird start to my Saturday, haha. I need some coffee now.

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        katie September 1, 2012, 10:32 am

        coming home to your brother making pancakes is a complete WIN!! awesome.

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        Addie Pray September 1, 2012, 11:25 am

        Just taking a poll: How many DW readers email Wendy drunk pictures of themselves? Lots of youz? Ok good, I feel better.

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      • MaterialsGirl

        MaterialsGirl September 3, 2012, 1:00 am

        Where did you end up living/finding a place? We had a forum discussion on this right?

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        emmkat September 3, 2012, 11:14 pm

        Is that question for me? Yeah, we talked about it on the forum. I ended up taking a University-owned apartment basically right on the UofC campus. Once I saw what the commute from somewhere like Lincoln Park would be like, I just thought “hell no!” I’ll stick to Hyde Park for now. 🙂

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    Heather August 31, 2012, 4:34 pm

    I am disturbed by all the public pooping in NYC.

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    gillociraptor August 31, 2012, 4:44 pm

    As far as I am concerned, I have like, the BEST Labor Day weekend plans. My brother-in-law just got back from a year in Afghanistan, so we finally get to see him, and it’s so, so wonderful to know he’s home and safe. Also, he gets to see his daughter, my beautiful niece, for the first time since he was home on leave in February, when she was born. For the first time in way too long, our whole family will be together safely.

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      Taylor August 31, 2012, 5:04 pm

      Having everyone together is the best! Have a wonderful reunion!

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      katie August 31, 2012, 8:52 pm

      my best friend leaves afghanistan in 4 days!

      yay for your brother! its a great feeling when they arent over there anymore

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    iseeshiny August 31, 2012, 4:46 pm

    Oh, for non-poop related things, we’re riding out the dregs of Isaac where I am, so I bought a new board game and a case of Charles Shaw and will be holed up with those all weekend. Except for if Monday is okay we are going out on the Meramec (assuming the water isn’t too high) and will be drinking beer instead of wine. The 45 minutes until the end of work are taking forever.

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    Medie711 August 31, 2012, 4:54 pm

    public pooping…wtf?!

    I’m LOVING this long weekend and a new season. I just found out I don’t have MS. After a shitty summer, I’m filling this weekend with many bottles of wine, horseback riding and having a good time 🙂

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      chicotia August 31, 2012, 6:01 pm

      Yay!!!!! So very happy for you!

      Music, hotsprings, and hiking for me this weekend! It’s 95 degrees in Denver right now and I can’t wait to get out of the city and into the cooler mountains!

      I am overly excited to buy a Dear Wendy mug!!!

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        Medie711 August 31, 2012, 7:17 pm

        Have fun!! 🙂

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    Aya August 31, 2012, 5:13 pm

    My husband and I are driving up to Taos for some camping and some serious hiking (14 hours). I’m about to head out to Trader Joe’s to stock up on beef jerkey and trail mix. I’m excited that we are taking advantage of the long weekend to get out of town and do something outdoorsy.

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      Wendy August 31, 2012, 6:31 pm

      I would also recommend some Kettle Corn from TJs. You’ll thank me later.

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    SGMcG August 31, 2012, 5:15 pm

    Wendy if you got okra, see if you can make okra fries. There are many recipies for it online. I personally like to slice them really thin, lengthwise, then bake in an oven, till dry. Then sprinkle seasoned salt on it, or whatever flavoring you would put on regular french fries – delish!

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    Sue Jones August 31, 2012, 6:21 pm

    No crapping in bags here! Though I do recall my son and his little friend, when they were about 3, climbing up into this rocket shaped play structure (the rocket at Scott Carpenter Park in Boulder) and whipping out their tiny penises and peeing off the side, about 30 feet up, so there were these 2 little yellow water arcs…. My friend (the other mom) and I just cracked up! Pee and boys, once they learn how to point and shoot, is another story as Wendy will find out…

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      Ally September 1, 2012, 3:58 am

      I’m from Scotland, but we stayed in Boulder for a while when I was a kid and I remember that park, it was brilliant fun! Would love to go back some day. Hope no one was below the stream… that’s boys for you though, right? 🙂

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    krissy August 31, 2012, 6:39 pm

    About the pooping outdoors thing, I am friends with a sort of new age mom, and she told me a story the other day about her son taking a crap in their front yard while she was on the phone. I was horrified! She, however, said that she is still in the potty training phase and doesn’t want to have any negative associations with bowel movements ever. So her philosophy is that whenever he goes anywhere except his diaper it is deserving of praise… So yeah… it might be a new trend actually. If I ever have any kids I will be very very clear about only pooping in a toilet!

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      MissDre September 3, 2012, 7:45 pm

      Lol my friend’s kid did that, but he’s not potty training. I think he’s 6? Anyway, he whipped down his pants and took a dump on the front lawn. She didn’t know whether to laugh or yell at him.

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    GatorGirl August 31, 2012, 8:04 pm

    My freshman years of college I was returning to my dorm room one night at maybe 1am and there was this girl wandering around. All the sudden she dropped her pants and started peeing. All of the damn hallway feet from my door. Ew ew ew.

    On a less gross note- college football is finally back!! GO GATORS!! We live with in walking distance of The Swamp and have tickets to the game. Woo! We’re having some friends over for some at home tailgate and then walking to the stadium. Sunday and Monday are devoted to figuring out wedding details. Womp womp.

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    katie August 31, 2012, 8:58 pm

    dang. so i have no awesome plans for this weekend. i feel lame. thanks guys.

    anyway, im glad to have a bunch of days off! i mean, im not gonna lie, i have the best job ever and i do get a lot of days off, but its just always nice. my paycheck never changes. its incredible.

    i just watched the hunger games and freaked the hell out. that was a really scary, disturbing movie and im sad that its a “young adult” (which just means kid) book. no kid should be reading/watching that story! yuck.

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      bittergaymark August 31, 2012, 9:37 pm

      I really liked the book, but thought that it was oddly NOT really what I would want young adults to be reading…

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        katie August 31, 2012, 9:48 pm

        thank you!!

        i was talking with some people about it on facebook, and there all, no it teaches you that you can break a system and show people the truth bla bla bla…

        if that is the “lesson” (which im not convinved of- i came to a very not after-school-special conclusion at the end), thats fine, but could we do it without the scene of the one kid bashing the other kids head in with a blood soaked brick? i mean seriously. disturbing.

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        bittergaymark August 31, 2012, 10:12 pm

        Eh, the main lesson I learned from The Hunger Games was that the way to succeed as a new and exciting author is to SHAMELESSLY rip off a 1980s movie based on a Stephen King novel (THE RUNNING MAN) — only water it down while Twilighting it so that all the teenybooper idiots and twentysomethings can easily digest it while foolishly thinking it’s super deep. Basically, it’s the movie equivalent of what Gaga routinely does to Madonna…

        Now I haven’t even bothered to see the movie, but it all looked… rather generic visually from the trailer.

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        katie August 31, 2012, 10:20 pm

        all i saw was, figure out the best angle to manipulate the system in your favor, and you will survive. yuck.

        i like yours better though! haha…

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        Sue Jones August 31, 2012, 10:25 pm

        Any book/ movie that is about kids killing kids sucks in my mind!

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      • bittergaymark

        bittergaymark August 31, 2012, 10:43 pm

        With the notable exception of HEATHERS! 🙂

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        Addie Pray September 1, 2012, 3:32 pm

        WBGMS!

        Grow up Heather, bulimia’s so ’87.

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        temperance September 1, 2012, 3:09 pm

        If you enjoyed the book, don’t bother. They took away all of the badass things about Katniss and made her sort of weak-willed. I hated that.

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      Caris September 1, 2012, 12:24 pm

      I watched the movie last weekend, ad read all the 3 books during the week, instead of studying and such. Oops. I am not sure what I think of the books. Probably not something teenagers should read. All the killing other kids, and people watching and enjoying. It’s messed up. It is horrible. It reminded me of Rome and gladiators, but way worse.

      I don’t think is teaching people that you can ‘break’ the system and show them the ‘truth’ (and in this case, breaking it is not necessarily a bad thing, if breaking it means no more Hunger Games). On the other hand, a revolution does not necessarily mean that the new system will be any better than the old one.

      I did like the books, I couldn’t stop reading them. At the same time, a lot of horrible things happen, and a kid bashing another kid’s head is not the worse thing that happens in the book.

      I have no idea if the movie or the books ripped Stephen King’s book. I haven’t read any Stephen King books (I know I should). But in a way it reminded me of Lord of the Flies. Young kids going around killing each other and whatnot.

      It is pretty messed up and I couldn’t imagine me or my friends going through all of that, but at the same time humans are pretty horrible and it wouldn’t surprise me if the world ended up messed up like that. :/

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    Girafe August 31, 2012, 9:03 pm

    Ahh! What is with the poop. Seriously. Like Diablo, I am also from Canada and it is too cold. Then again, I am not a parent and have not been hanging out at playgrounds to observe such appalling behaviour.

    This weekend, I am moving. I accepted my dream job in the next city over and kind of did some commuting for the summer. Mr. Girafe and I have called it quits, and I am ready for a new beginning. I am ready to live on my own again, get re-acquainted with myself.

    So I am moving to a tiny one bedroom apartment, which is in a heritage home. I hope it turns out nice, and I can submit to DW tours!

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      Taylor August 31, 2012, 9:32 pm

      It will be awesome, and I look forward to the tour. Congrats on your big changes 🙂

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      MissDre September 3, 2012, 7:52 pm

      Too cold? Where in Canada are you from? It’s been so effing hot and dry this summer I can’t even step outside. I spend all my time sitting next to the air conditioning. But then again… I guess it’s only like this 4 months of the year…

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        Girafe September 4, 2012, 3:05 pm

        Update: the move went very well, and I am 80% settled in my new place! YAY.

        I am from New-Brunswick! We’ve had the most fabulous summer in recent memory weather-wise. There have been plenty of beach days and lots of sun.

        I hope Old man winter is gentle on us on the East Coast!

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    fast eddie August 31, 2012, 8:22 pm

    We’re actually very happy when our sick kitty poops, she’s only done it twice since Monday. Still very worried about her. This afternoon she ate a good bit of tuna today which is a good sign. We had intended to leave for a two week trip to Seattle and BC but our baby girl come first.

    There’s a 37,000 acre forest fire raging 30 miles north of us and the smoke has triggered an air quality alert. This is the second nearby fire of the year. I shudder to imagine how the fire crews do their job in those heavy coats with the temps in the high 90s plus the heat of the flames. They don’t get paid enough no matter what it is. THANK YOU FIRE FIGHTERS!

    On a more happy note: The 5 kittens we’ve been fostering are doing great. This litter was feral when they came to us and extremely anti social. Patience and love has worked it’s wonder and while they aren’t cuddly yet they are friendly and very well behaved. I just saw them ripping a tissue apart and loving it. We love watching them develop day by day.

    I meet with the local Humane Society director this week to determine what they need that I can do and I’ll talk to the local retailers to solicit some donated building materials for some larger projects. Being involved with tasks such as this makes my heart sing. This community is amazingly supportive of animal care.

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      katie August 31, 2012, 8:56 pm

      so jealous you are a foster home. i cant wait when i have my own house- a whole room is going to be a scrapbooking/kitten room, and i will be a foster too! (hopefully)

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        fast eddie August 31, 2012, 9:32 pm

        Take Katie, while you have them it’s wonderful but when it’s time to take them back it’s not a good day. We put ourselves through it 2-3 times a year and we’ve never gotten used to it.

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        katie August 31, 2012, 9:36 pm

        oh i can only imagine… my friend fosters dogs and has had a few “failed” fosters where she couldnt give them back. hopefully ill be able to, though, because its so good for the kitties!

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        fast eddie August 31, 2012, 10:52 pm

        We kept 2 fostered babies over the years with no regrets. It’s a great way to acquire a companion because you know very well what their personality is before making it official.

        For anyone who’s interested in doing it, a small kennel to get them box trained makes life a lot easier. I got a cheap rabbit pen and put a sheet of plastic in the bottom. Typically they only stay in the kennel for a few days. Otherwise you may spend a lot of time shampooing the carpet.

        The big reward in fostering is that they are much better behaved and socialized therefore more quickly and successfully adopted. I’ve made valued friendships in the process.

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        GatorGirl September 1, 2012, 8:52 am

        I used an old play pen when I fostered a litter of six. It worked out really well. We kept one of the babies, who is now 5 and still nurses on my hand everynignt. So cute. I’d love to foster again but we live in an apartment.

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      jlyfsh August 31, 2012, 9:38 pm

      stay safe eddie!

      our humane society is getting ready to have a mutt strut. i love it, all of the adopted dogs and ‘well behaved in public’ cats (on leashes) walk through down town.

      i just don’t think i’m cut out to a foster home. i know how much good it does, but i just know me. i would be the crazy dog lady (allergic to cats) who kept every dog she fostered. and i don’t know how my current two would feel about that, haha.

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        fast eddie August 31, 2012, 10:54 pm

        Two’s a good number jlyfsh, the dynamics of 3 or more can strain your nerves.

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    bethany August 31, 2012, 9:31 pm

    I can’t lie. I pooped in a park once, at the age of 26. HOWEVER- it was a wilderness type park and I was trail running. I had no choice- it was poop in the park or poop in my pants. I pooped off the trail, wiped with a leaf and ran back to the car as fast as I could. Please don’t hate me!

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      MaterialsGirl September 1, 2012, 10:30 am

      Ive done similar… Runners don’t judge! When it’s an emergency, what else can you do

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      Anna September 1, 2012, 11:34 am

      That’s nothing to be ashamed of. In the wilderness with no one else around and no other option is different than just doing it in the middle of a crowded park when there’s a bathroom nearby that you could use.

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      temperance September 1, 2012, 3:09 pm

      Oh that is so different! MUCH different than pooping in a bag, on the el, or on a sidewalk. LOL

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    bittergaymark August 31, 2012, 9:34 pm

    Okay, the pooping thing, Wendy? I dunno. Maybe it IS a NYC thing. I’ve never seen anything like that, but that is seriously F-ed up… All those people should be ticketed for that. Seriously… Just jaw droppingly gross..

    Here in LA — summer can’t end quickly enough. I truly LOATHE summers out here. It’s just too HOT and too gross… YUCK!! Sadly, September is usually the WORST month as far as the heat.

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  • theattack

    theattack August 31, 2012, 10:31 pm

    I wish I could remember the name of the movement that the pooping thing is associated with. It’s a deliberate decision though, not just what happens to work. Those same parents in that movement don’t use diapers on their babies though. They try to ‘sense’ when their baby has to poop and then they hold them over a toilet. Why can’t I remember the name of this?!?

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      CatsMeow September 1, 2012, 12:17 pm

      Didn’t we talk about that on the attachment parenting thread?

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      AmyRenee September 1, 2012, 3:37 pm

      Its “Elimination Communication” and “Diaper Free Babies”. That’s what i thought too when I heard about this. There was definitely discussion of holding kids over bushes in various parenting boards. But that was INFANTS, not older kids. Ew people. Ew.

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    theattack August 31, 2012, 10:44 pm

    Oh, and today was the very last day of my long distance relationship. Between the two of us, we’ve driven about 50,000 miles to see each other over the course of our relationship. My car turned over to 200,000 miles last weekend on our very last long distance meetup, and it broke down on the interstate on the way back home. It seemed like a very fitting end to the long distance, and thankfully the repair was cheap. So tomorrow morning is the end of an era for us, and the beginning of a wonderful journey together.

    Also since I’ve been living with my parents for the past three weeks, they’re helping me move to the new city which his parents happen to live in. Our parents will be meeting each other for the first time tomorrow morning, and unfortunately my fiance won’t be there for it. His boss is forcing him to drive to a city four hours away to buy a freaking piece of furniture and then move all of it himself to their new office instead of hiring movers, so I get to spend the day heavy lifting, facilitating the move, and trying to establish a good relationship between our parents. Our dads might end up killing each other because they both have strong mechanical minds, hot tempers, and opposing views on how a move should work, which they both happen to feel very strongly about. Wish me luck on the family front this weekend!

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      call-me-hobo August 31, 2012, 10:56 pm

      theattack- Does this move mean that WE are going to end OUR ldr, and finally meet in person?

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        theattack August 31, 2012, 10:58 pm

        Yes!!!!!

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        call-me-hobo August 31, 2012, 11:00 pm

        WAAAHHHH!!! I’m so excited! Maybe there is a way that we could exchange emails/fb’s/etc?

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        theattack August 31, 2012, 11:06 pm

        Okay, I’m going to make a fake email account because all of my regular email addresses have my real name in it. Then you can send me an email with your FB info in it, and we can be real life friends!

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        theattack August 31, 2012, 11:12 pm

        My new fake email address is theattack6@gmail.com

        Everybody email me who’s interested in being real life/ FB friends!

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      Caris September 1, 2012, 12:28 pm

      Yay for the long distance ending! 🙂

      I wish the ldr with my bf came to an end already. It sucks to live so far away from each other :/

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        theattack September 2, 2012, 1:01 pm

        how long have y’all been long distance?

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        Caris September 3, 2012, 10:00 pm

        4 years 🙁

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    iwannatalktosampson September 1, 2012, 10:10 am

    Yay Labor Day! Although I’m underemployed so I’m not sure that I’ve earned the day off, haha. Last night I went to yoga, I’m going to yoga this morning, and then to a birthday party for my sister-in-law this afternoon. I will most likely spend it sitting in the basement by myself watching the husker game because the CU/CSU game is on at the same time. Such a bummer. I am pretty excited about the party – both sides of the family are getting together which is rare. I skipped last year and apparently my MIL got wasted and that was when everyone discovered her drinking problem. Or at least had concrete proof of it. I can’t wait to see what happens this yeah, haha.

    Sunday I’m going hiking with a friend in the mountains, and Monday I’m doing home projects! This is one of the happiest weekends I’ve had in a while. I love college football. LOVE LOVE LOVE. It’s like Christmas only better.

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      Addie Pray September 1, 2012, 10:30 am

      That sounds like a perfect weekend to me, IWTTS!

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        iwannatalktosampson September 1, 2012, 10:48 am

        You and MG will be yoga-ing I assume? Bringing that poor GYB out of retirement?

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    Anna September 1, 2012, 11:40 am

    I can’t be excited about Labor day because it doesn’t even mean a day off work with grilled meat and beer for me. I work at a 24-hour call center and Monday is my regularly scheduled night so I have to work. The only bonus is that I make double time to work the holiday. I guess I can’t complain about $30/hr all night.

    In regards to the disgusting things people apparently do in public parks, all I have to say is “This is why I prefer to live in the country with less disgusting people around me!” I have never once seen someone take a dump in public. The only time we do that is on a camping trip where there’s no bathroom.

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    Caris September 1, 2012, 12:33 pm

    That picture is adorable 🙂 And yay he’s got your red hair 😀

    Ew at the pooping in public. I’ve seen people peeing in public though. Mostly guys who think it’s ok to just pee on a corner or whatever. Then the streets/bus stops smell like death.

    I think my grandma told me once about a kid pooping on the train, except his mom never picked it up or cleaned it or anything.

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    FireStar September 1, 2012, 1:29 pm

    What am I hearing? I know you all seem honest and everything but I’m just going to have to believe you are all lying about the bathroom behaviour in public.

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    Caris September 1, 2012, 7:22 pm

    Whatever happened with RR, l_b_h and rainbow?

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      Wendy September 2, 2012, 1:43 pm

      RR quit her office job and doesn’t seem to be online as much anymore. Rainbow mentioned recently that she was taking a break after being turned off by drama in the comments section. And LBH, who was embroiled in much of the drama, took a break and then made a brief come-back to criticize my content (she was unhappy that I had turned the site into a “political site”), and when I told her to “move along” from a post if she didn’t like it (rather than continue leaving a string of comments complaining about the topic of the post), she sent me an email telling me how disappointed she was in me and how she’d be leaving the site for good.

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        Something More September 2, 2012, 2:29 pm

        Wow. I was actually surprised you hadn’t commented on the political issues before. I was happy to see your comments and don’t at all think your site has become political in the least. I have been on this site from the beginning and even though there are times I haven’t looked at in a week or more, I always come back to catch up.

        Keep doing you, Wendy.

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        Wendy September 2, 2012, 3:19 pm

        Thanks, I appreciate it.

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        MackenzieLee September 2, 2012, 2:48 pm

        not to mention RR has a steamy new/old romance to keep her occupied

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        Wendy September 2, 2012, 3:20 pm

        That would also explain her absence!

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        Addie Pray September 2, 2012, 5:28 pm

        I still talk to RR from time to time and it turns out she still reads DW but isn’t able to get to it until later in the day when, she feels, it’s too late to comment. What a bunch of hogwash, RR, come back!!!

        p.s. Who wants to hear about my new boyfriend? Anyone? Everyone?

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        Caris September 2, 2012, 7:07 pm

        Everyone? How’s that going? Getting used to texting?

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        Bethany September 2, 2012, 8:35 pm

        How’d your date go??

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        Addie Pray September 2, 2012, 10:45 pm

        The date lasted a long time – it was more like three or four dates in one, and it was magical! I’m a little tired and high on lurve right now. (Thank goodness he’s not on Dear Wendy — how silly would I sound right now to him?!)

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        Caris September 2, 2012, 7:14 pm

        Oh I see. Thanks for the reply 🙂

        I had no idea about lbh criticizing the content of the website. I guess it was that one time when all the comments had been deleted and I missed it because of school.

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      scattol September 2, 2012, 5:07 pm

      RR got back with here boyfriend after day long dates. I think she just lost interest. Addie Pray might know more

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    quixoticbeatnik September 2, 2012, 12:32 pm

    I am out in the Hill Country in Texas with my family and it is great! So relaxing and lovely out here….also, so many WINERIES! Pedernales Cellers and Wildseed Farms are awesome. So is Fredericksburg, even if it is kind of a touristy-trap. Still cute.

    But honestly, I’m kind of ready for summer to be over…or for it to at least be COOLER! In Houston, summer lasts 8 months out of 12. Right now, it’s just unbearable. Every time I walk around outside I am just instantly drenched in sweat and I hate it.

    But I will miss the carefree days of summer, which may be the last real summer that I have. I’ll be graduating in December and who knows what life will hold for me then?

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      jlyfsh September 2, 2012, 2:43 pm

      i feel you on the heat. it’s so hot here this weekend in south carolina. i just want to crawl in to the freezer. even the beach is too hot to enjoy…

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    AliceInDairyLand September 3, 2012, 12:01 am

    Late to the party. I had a pretty fantastic weekend, lots of it spent getting reacquainted with now-not-ex-boyfriend and I think it is going really well. Went out dancing Friday night, which was fantastic and reminded me that I need to go out drinking more often than I do. Saturday I spent the whole day canoeing down the Wisconsin River. It was windy in the downstream direction, so we basically didn’t have to do any paddling. Ate cheese and crackers, pasta salad, drank apple wine. Rode past a nude beach, which was a first for me.

    Then Sunday I helped out at the farmers market. After that we napped, picked grapes for making wine and apples for making cider… then SQUISHED them all in the press so now we have lots of various fruit juices to ferment into boozy deliciousness. Tomorrow I have lunch with the family, and I am kind of worried about telling them about getting back together with the boyfriend. BUT, there will be delicious food. And then I am meeting a friend tomorrow night, hopefully for booze and/or more food.

    Oh, also attempting to make cantaloupe infused rum. Fingers crossed on that one!

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    Megan September 3, 2012, 9:10 am

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    barry September 4, 2012, 9:55 pm

    Welcome back to twittwr!!!

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    phil September 4, 2012, 10:10 pm

    Well said!

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