Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

Valentine's Day

Happy Friday, Happy President’s Day weekend, and Happy Valentine’s Day weekend! We’re back from our trip to Miami, just in time for a Polar Vortex here in NYC (and much of the East Coast and Midwest, I think). I was disappointed that Miami wasn’t warmer when we were there, but I’ll take 60 degrees over the 4 degrees that’s in the forecast here tomorrow.

Since we arrived back home at 4:30 yesterday, I have done 11 loads of laundry. ELEVEN! And it’s not like I didn’t do laundry while we were away. I did two loads, which was the bare minimum I could get away with doing over the five days we were gone. So, that’s thirteen loads in less than a week. (I usually do 1-2 loads every day, so the math comes out right โ€” it just feels surprising, I guess, doing most of it in a 24-hour stretch). And, wow, I’m sorry; I just wrote a whole paragraph about laundry and I didn’t even have the decency to at least get it sponsored like any other blogger writing a boring paragraph or two about laundry would have.

To make it up to you, I will spare you the details of our flight with a teething baby, who screamed in my face nonstop for four hours, and her older brother, who suffers the world’s worst motion sickness and who made it the entire week, through two flights and many car and cab rides, without getting sick once only to barf, finally, after we landed in Newark and were taxiing to our gate. To be fair, Newark always makes me want to throw up, too.

Anyway, despite the travel drama and the cooler-than-expected temps, we had a lovely trip. I’m glad to be home though. There’s no place I love more than New York City. I am reminded of that every time I leave (which is a pretty good reason to get away, I’d say).

Happy weekend, everyone!

PS For those of you who still watch The Bachelor, you might enjoy this shirt that Drew designed (you have to have seen this week’s episode to get the joke).

13 comments… add one
  • Bubbles February 12, 2016, 4:54 pm

    I’m glad you enjoyed your trip with your family! I’m from SoCal so we’ve been having a bit of winter heat wave (high 80’s) the last week or so and there’s more to come. No sign of El Nino anywhere ๐Ÿ™ Talk about a let down!!!

    I’m impressed that you got eleven (11!!) loads of laundry done in a 24 hour period. Wow! That alone would have been stressing me out during a family vacation which is why I always limited a getaway with the kids to only 2-3 days and not until they were past the age of 3. Good job.

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    • Bubbles February 12, 2016, 5:18 pm

      Oh, and while I don’t watch The Bachelor, I do read the recaps. So the T-shirt is hilarious. “Me two Olivia, me two.” [sic] LOL

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  • Moneypenny February 12, 2016, 5:01 pm

    I’m in NorCal where it’s been in the high-60’s all week, and today I’m wearing a sleeveless shirt. Definitely feels odd for mid-Feb. And I second what Bubbles says- where are you, El Nino?! What the heck. The good thing, though, is that the construction project I’m working on has been able to get things done without any weather delays.
    11 loads of laundry? WOW. I can’t imagine. That’s very impressive! ๐Ÿ™‚
    No Valentine’s plans for me (womp womp) but it’s a 3-day weekend, so I’m happy to have some time off to relax and get some personal stuff done! Have a lovely weekend, all!

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    • Bubbles February 12, 2016, 5:05 pm

      My daughter had an overnight in SF and went jogging this AM by the Embarcadero Waterfront today. From her pics, it sure looked beautiful there today!!

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      • Moneypenny February 12, 2016, 7:12 pm

        Yes! the weather is just perfect. But I really wish it would rain!

  • Vathena February 12, 2016, 5:08 pm

    I just can’t get into “The Bachelor” this season. Ben is sooooooo bland. We did watch the first season of “Unreal” and quite enjoyed that, though! Right now I’m watching the webcam at my daughter’s daycare, where my husband is volunteering at the class Valentine’s Day party. He sent me a text to confirm that a crap-ton of sugar is being consumed. (Not that I want to deprive the kids of their holiday joy, but they have no expectation of this stuff! They’d be thrilled with raisins and cheddar bunnies! WTF.) That means a wired toddler and post-bedtime takeout and wine for mom and dad. Happy Weekend!

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  • Kate February 13, 2016, 6:57 am

    Ha! I’ve been flying into Newark a lot lately, and it does suck! No good food, and the security line is SO LONG. Once I paid for United’s “speed through the airport” option (well, with my Corp. card) and I swear the line was even longer because Premier Access only had one agent and one scanner.

    Have you tried children’s chewable Dramamine? If you take Dramamine 1/2 hour before getting on a plane, train, car, etc, I find it works well.

    My husband got me a dozen pink roses earlier in the week because he’s smart and knows they jack the prices up later. We’ve done gifts already, and tonight we’re going to dinner. I’m wearing a sweater, jeans, and boots instead of dress and heels because it will be -2.

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    • Dear Wendy February 13, 2016, 9:45 am

      Yes, we did dramamine and it worked well…til the very end when, I guess, I should have dosed him up again. My bad. Have a great date with your husband!

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  • Kate February 13, 2016, 7:14 am

    Pro tip: Stock up on “hot hands” hand warmers at CVS, they have plenty. Once you don’t need them in your gloves anymore and they’ve cooled off just a bit, put them in your bra and wear all day! The warmth lasts for hours.

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  • SpaceySteph February 14, 2016, 1:55 pm

    LOL at your mini-rant about boring sponsored posts. Never fear, though, because your Google AdSense thing has seen fit to put a Clorox bleach ad on the sidebar, so it’s like you did write a sponsored post after all. Google’s got your back! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Hope you all are surviving your polar vortex up there. Here in Houston it’s a sunny, breezy 74 degrees and we’re grilling steak for dinner. I sound smug but it’s only to keep from crying because it hasn’t gotten cold enough to kill the mosquitoes, so it’s gonna be a rough summer.

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    • Dear Wendy February 14, 2016, 7:32 pm

      Steph! We watched Martian Friday night, which I thought was pretty boring, but the Nasa part made me think of you and what a cool job you have. Jackson is in an astronaut/outer space phase at the moment and I was trying to explain to him that there’s this woman I don’t really know but kind of know because she comments on the site I work on and she’s an engineer who works with astronauts, but Jackson basically only heard that I have a friend who is an astronaut and now he’s wondering if you can help him get to outer space because he’d really like to go.

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      • SpaceySteph February 15, 2016, 10:16 am

        Aww that’s the cutest! When he gets a little older if he’s still into it, you can use the astronaut thing to get him to do his math homework and eat all his vegetables, so he can grow up smart and strong and become an astronaut. ๐Ÿ™‚
        I think they may kick me out for saying this, but I thought The Martian was kinda boring, too. It is just a slog… one bad luck incident after another and SO much discussion of potatoes. The author came and did a book signing here and he seemed like a nice guy, but his book and the movie are both kinda dull…

      • Dear Wendy February 15, 2016, 6:07 pm

        I can use all the help I can get to persuade Jackson to eat his dinner. I can’t imagine the math homework will ever be a problem though. The kid is kind of a super nerd. My sister gave him math workbooks for his 4th birthday (per his request) and he does them for fun a few evenings a week before bed (I would have considered this punishment as a child, but somehow we share the same DNA). I took him to see the Oscar-Nominated animated shorts over the weekend and there was one called “We Can’t Live Without Cosmos” (have you seen it?). At one point, I leaned over and explained to jackson that the lead characters were taking tests to see if they were ready to become astronauts and after the movie, he goes, “Mommy, I need to take those tests! I need to be an astronaut and outer space.” For valentine’s day, I got him a shirt with a map of Jupiter that glows in the dark and he was so thrilled, he didn’t even ask me why I didn’t get him candy (because I’m a mean mom). Anyway, astronauts are a big deal in our home right now and Jackson is pretty impressed that I know someone who works at NASA and actually helps make rocket ships.


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