Dear Wendy
Dear Wendy

Weekend Open Thread

Happy Friday, guys! Hopefully, a lot of you have a long weekend this weekend, in honor of the great MLK Jr. who is rolling in his grave over what has happened to and in our country over the past year, and especially over the racist remarks from shit-for-brains Trump yesterday (you have to check out the cover of the New York Daily News today). And hopefully weather isn’t too bad where you are like it was here last weekend, oh my GOD, was it cold. I was outside for a total of maybe fifteen minutes and my hands still hurt from how cracked and chapped they got during that brief window of time in 4-degree temperatures. (With gloves! Double-Layered! I ordered some Uggs gloves on eBay — similar to these, but a fraction of the price — to help save my hands the next time it gets that cold.)

What are you up to this weekend? We’ll be continuing nesting — getting stuff on the walls, ordering throw pillows, surfing Etsy for hanging planters and cool art. (I’m looking especially for something to hang above our couch as I’m kind of over the gallery wall of family photos we’ve done in the last three apartments.) Tomorrow night Drew and I are going to a 40th birthday party at a shuffleboard place. I’ve never been shuffle-boarding before. Have you? Jackson has a birthday party on Sunday, and he’s going to theater camp on Monday when school’s out (Drew is working, Joanie will be with our nanny, and I’ll be right here). Have a good one! Oh, and if you’re looking for something good to watch, Drew and I rented this and really liked it. Pretty much anything involving Greta Gerwig is bound to be good. Also! Dave Letterman’s new show airs tonight and his first guest is Barack Obama. Let’s watch and pretend it’s 2015 and that we don’t live in a post-apocalyptic dystopian society with a disgusting, moronic bigot at the helm.

Have a great weekend!

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  • Portia January 13, 2018, 9:18 am

    Shuffleboard? Like the kind on the ground that retired grandparents in Florida do, or the one on a tabletop? I’ve done both and like the tabletop one more – there’s a dive bar in DC that has it, and after a few drinks, people get into it. Whichever is is, have fun!

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    • Dear Wendy January 13, 2018, 9:38 am

      Like the kind on the ground that retired grandparents in florida do! There’s a place in brooklyn and though I haven’t been yet, I know it’s clientele is NOT old grandparents.

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      • Dear Wendy January 13, 2018, 9:39 am

        From 2014: https://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/23/fashion/Brooklyn-Royal-Palms-Shuffleboard-Club.html?_r=0

        “Snow fell at a punishing slant across the darkened warehouses along Union Street in Gowanus, Brooklyn. It couldn’t be further from the sunny retirement communities of Florida, but inside one former factory, the spirit of St. Petersburg lived on.

        Like the lido deck of some deluxe retirement home, 10 bright blue shuffleboard courts were lined up in a neat row, but instead of retirees, they were filled with 20- and 30-something players wielding sticks and pints of beer.

        The Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, which opens next week, may be the first shuffleboard club in New York, and it’s trying to turn the pastime favored by septuagenarians into the next Ping-Pong among the borough’s barhopping millennials.”

      • Portia January 13, 2018, 12:24 pm

        Love it! Of course they’re targeting millennials… Looks like a fun place!

      • Copa January 15, 2018, 11:46 am

        I went to that bar a couple years ago and had a lot of fun! Hope you did, too.

      • Dear Wendy January 15, 2018, 12:34 pm

        It was fun!

  • d2 January 13, 2018, 7:26 pm

    When I was a kid, I had a tabletop shuffle board game that was about 4 or 5 feet long, but I never played the full-sized floor game. I didn’t realize that contemporary shuffle halls were becoming a thing. That sounds like it would be fun to do with your friends.

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  • ktfran January 13, 2018, 11:32 pm

    I love tabletop shuffleboard! Never played the floor kind. Hope you had a blast!

    My birthday is tomorrow, woohoo! Since it’s MLK and my birthday, the family is in town and we’re taking my nieces to see Wicked tomorrow. So excited. It was their Christmas present. Today we took the the bus over to Michigan Ave and went to Dylan’s Candy Bar. The girls love it. We had drinks… speaking of 40th birthdays… I kind of want mine at Dylan’s. Their alcoholic beverages are quite tasty. Anyway, after the fam leaves Monday, I’m getting a massage and then meeting a girlfriend for cocktails. Speaking of drinks, today was my first day back on the wagon after sickmas 2017. I’m thinking this weekend is a win.

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  • Kate January 14, 2018, 11:17 am

    We tried Hello Fresh this week because I got a coupon for $50 off. It is WAY simpler and easier than Blue Apron. My husband made Sweet and Sour Pork the other night, and I just cooked BBQ chicken with Mac & Cheese and green beans in almost no time. You put the green beans in the same boiling water as the pasta. And it’s just as good, with less time spent cutting stuff up.

    I did hear Blue Apron is offering Whole 30 meals now for people who are doing that. And their meals are delicious.

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    • JD January 14, 2018, 12:05 pm

      I just heard that Plated is now selling their meal kits at Albertson’s Could be a good chance to try one without signing up just yet. I might give it a go one day.

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    • ktfran January 14, 2018, 9:03 pm

      I got a good coupon for Hello Fresh too and am considering it.

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  • Kate January 15, 2018, 2:57 pm

    Man, I’m watching the first episode of this A&E show (on demand) called Undercover High. 7 adults pretended to be teens and went back to school for a semester at a large, diverse high school in Topeka KS. Hoooooollllyyyy shit. So far, it’s as bad as you would think. Actually worse, because I would think phones would be banned in class, but they’re not. I have more sympathy now for my 15-year-old cousin who’s adopted from another country, not Caucasian, had to go to a huge public middle school a couple years ago when her family moved to a new city, and got in some serious trouble (police involved). Just wow.

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