Happy Friday, freaks! Hope your week was a swell one. I’ve been taking iron supplements for about three weeks every night before I go to bed and with the exception of Wednesday when I had Jackson all day and he didn’t nap and I was exhausted and ready for bed by 4 o’clock, I finally felt a surge in energy this week. Psychosomatic? Maybe. But after weeks (months?) of feeling worn out all the time, I’ll take it.
I had so much energy, that I ran a mile — my third mile of my Tuesday morning run — in 7 minutes, 26 seconds! I started doing something called high impact interval training, which is just a fancy way of saying I run my ass off for like 20 seconds and then I slow down and then I speed up and then I slow down, and I do that for like 10 minutes or however long I can stand it in hopes that I literally run my ass off … or at least drop these five pounds I’ve been wanting to lose for like ever. If I can ultimately run faster, too, then that’s a nice bonus.
Also, I had mentioned in a deleted thread recently what a difficult phase Jackson is in and although it’s only getting moderately better — I’ll take that though! — I am trying really, really hard to adjust my attitude and be more patient with him and that is helping overall. A patient parent is a better parent and a better parent makes for a better-behaved kid. But, man, sometimes it’s hard being patient with other parents. Like, on Wednesday morning, we’d been out and about for a few hours — playdate at a friend’s house and then dance class — and we were both tired and I realized I didn’t have anything at home to eat for lunch, so I ducked into a cafe on our way back from class to pick up some soup. And this cafe is very kid-friendly and has a little play area in back, so as soon as we walked in, Jack wanted to go back there. I had been carrying him for half a mile and was dying to put him down (he’s very anti-stroller lately, which is another fun part of this phase, especially when he also doesn’t feel like walking more than a block before he’s ready to be carried. Did I mention he weighs 25 pounds?) so I let him go to the back (literally 15 feet from the front counter) while I paid for my soup. Well, there were two younger children (maybe 14 months or so?) playing with their mothers and, right away, Jackson went up to one and swatted her on the arm, which is part of this difficult phase he’s in right now — it includes lots of hitting and pinching and fun stuff like that. So, I run over, and luckily the little girl isn’t crying or anything and I don’t think he swatted her hard at all, but of course, he needs to learn not behave that way, so I told him, like I always do, that hitting isn’t ok and if wants to say hi he can wave or just say, “Hi!” And then I told him to say sorry, which I did, and I said sorry to the mother. And that mother! She just glared at me, and she held out her arms to her little girl — who, again, was FINE — and said really snooty like with her nose high in the air, “Come here, my love,” and then pulled her daughter in her arms real protectively and glared at me AGAIN! Like, I’m a horrible person and my kid is a little monster. And I just couldn’t with her. I mean, I really couldn’t. So I smiled a little too sadistically and said, “You know what? It’s a phase. And allll the kids go through it. JUST WAIT.” But of course, her little precious love will probably be PERFECT, I’m sure.
Anyway, I ran a mile in 7 minutes and 26 seconds this week, so there’s that! (My first race is on Thanksgiving — a 5 mile Turkey Trot; My goal time is 48 minutes). And this Sunday we’re having a “Friendsgiving” — a feast with a few of our close friends. My friend Mary is making creme brulee pumpkin pie! And we’re in charge of the turkey — something neither Drew nor I have cooked in years, so wish us luck.
Also! As you start/continue/finish your holiday shopping, don’t forget to click through my Amazon link over there in the sidebar to help throw a little commission coinage my way. Next week I’ll start posting my gift guides, starting with the baby/toddler set.
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lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:08 pm
Ugh, you should’ve thrown food at her. My sympathies are with you, that’s a tough age/phase.
Do you have any specific tips on how to be more patient?
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:09 pm
And YAY to gift guides!
I’d love a home good guide one day.
TECH November 22, 2013, 4:16 pm
I’m very much looking forward to the gift guides. I need good ideas for parents and brothers. I was at the mall the other day looking around, and instead of wearing myself out going to every store, I said, “Nah, I’ll just wait til Wendy puts out her gift guides.”
Kate B. November 22, 2013, 4:10 pm
I feel you on the iron supplements. I was very anemic for a while and my doctor told me to take two per day. Yes, two. First, they made me sick, then they made me super energetic. I went from literally falling asleep while driving to wanting to run everywhere. Now I jsut take a multivitamin with iron and I’m okay.
muchachaenlaventana November 22, 2013, 4:12 pm
WOAH the restraint you showed with that mom requires a round of applause. I would have not been so friendly. Sanctimonious woman who thinks she has the lockdown on how to parent. HA karma will bite her in the ass when her child is in that phase for sure. Sorry you had to deal with that.
–>is this bithcy? stuff like this just REALLY annoys me. I have a dog (not quite comparable but its all i have) and sometimes people are like that with their dogs like if she does something inappropriate at the dog park and I get that snooty nose in the air look and am like shes a f’ing dog, they eat shit get over it.
kerrycontrary November 22, 2013, 4:22 pm
Eh, I really don’t care if another dog eats poop, but if another dog attacks mine because it’s not on a leash in a leash-required area? I get super pissed at the owner. It’s dangerous and irresponsible. As long as your dog isn’t doing something dangerous to another human/dog then just be all like “haters gonna hate”, but if your dog is doing something like being really aggressive or biting another dog/human then I wouldn’t blame those people.
muchachaenlaventana November 22, 2013, 4:31 pm
oh yeah its not about that. i mean i get really annoyed at that too, and have had my extremely timid dog straight up attacked by dogs with their owners going “oh don’t worry shes friendly” when in reality their dog is a f’ing terror so yeah get that. its really stupid stuff. or a few times i have had her places and not had a water container for her or had one but not had it filled -last week and i was out for approx an hour-we weren’t exercising before- and these people made this huge deal of bringing over water and telling me how thirsty she was. i was kind of just like get away from me. to me this is annoying and irks me.
rachel November 22, 2013, 4:40 pm
I got really annoyed one day at Petco, because this guy was judging me for leaving my dog in the car. I had just taken him for a bath, and decided to buy him a new collar, and he’s kind of in between sizes, so I took his old collar in with me to match the size, so I couldn’t bring him into the store. I had the sun roof open and the windows cracked (but not open much because Toby’s dumb ass will jump out of them), and it took like 5 minutes to grab a collar and pay for it, and this guy was ready to give me a lecture. Geez. I understand the concern, but I’m not a monster.
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:45 pm
This is so interesting. Its like Mommy Wars, but DoggieMommy Wars.
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 5:10 pm
Eh I’ll admit it I rarely put Sampson on a leash. But he’s afraid of everything, including squirrels. And he listens really well, not because I trained him well, but because he’s too afraid of everything to go more than like 3 feet away from me. I get annoyed when people glare at me about it. It’s like he’s fine. He’s not bothering you, stop being the fucking leash police. Their dogs will start acting like lunatics (the specific incident I’m thinking of their little terrorist had to be MUZZLED) and I get glared at? ME? Glared at? For having a dog walking at my feet. I mean he doesn’t even bark. For real, he’s mute. I don’t know why. I think the cross breading of beagle and pug just took all sounds away from him.
rachel November 22, 2013, 4:22 pm
Dude, people get so cranky sometimes when Toby humps. He’s a dog. He humps other dogs. He’s small and wants to be dominant.
kerrycontrary November 22, 2013, 4:29 pm
yeh that wouldn’t bother me. Although my dog would have an anxiety attack if she was humped. she hates being touched by other dogs.
rachel November 22, 2013, 4:35 pm
Aw, poor anxious dog. Well we’re talking dog park here. I assume you’d keep your dog in the shy dog section. Once Toby humped the head of a huge dog, like, think great dane or something. I don’t know how he managed it. But the dog like flipped him over, and I laughed out loud from across the park.
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 5:01 pm
Haha. I dog-sat my friend’s wiener dog once, and he totally humped my most precious kitty. Except, it was more of like a humping motion without actually making contact with her. So strange. Purely a dominance thing.
jlyfsh November 22, 2013, 5:22 pm
my one dog was disturbed for a good 30 minutes after this male dog humped him, haha. he kept running around the dog park with his tail between his legs and kept looking behind him for the offender too. but, the dog had found something else to hump. and it didn’t stop him from enjoying the park. it was just mostly hilarious.
the only thing that blows my mind are the people who try and train their dogs in the big anything goes we’re all playing section of the dog park. i thought that’s what the other two smaller fenced off areas were for? multiple times the same two people have been trying to train their dogs and looked at the rest of us who let our dogs run and do whatever like we’re awful people. i thought that was the point of the dog park??
muchachaenlaventana November 22, 2013, 4:15 pm
Also I would love if a holiday gift guide included some like generic gifts for just guys in your life, as in I never know what to get my brother-in-law so invariably get him some variation of lame sports memorabilia/dress shirt or ties EVERY year and its just so boring.
Fabelle November 22, 2013, 4:17 pm
25 pounds, dayum Wendy, your arms will be jacked!!
And I’m curious if these are OTC iron supplements? I thought you could only get them prescribed. I’m all for supplements though, I’m taking 5htp lately & I feel like it’s helping my mood (but yeah, sugar pill effect? I don’t know)
But anyway, I’m glad you were icy to that lady (I’m picturing icy). She sounds like a biotch.
Fabelle November 22, 2013, 4:28 pm
Also, What I Am Doing This Weekend: going to a chocolate/wine event, like I said on the forum, so I won’t repeat myself, but I am pleased.
And I am finally getting an actual haircut? Before the Marine Ball thing-y I went to last week (2 weeks?) ago, I had my friend come over & trim the bottom/curl it (she is good with hair, cuts her own, & handles a curling iron much better than I). But I still need a professional trim, I feel. So I called my hairdresser & she was booked until Black Friday, which I think I’ll be away for(?), so I called again yesterday like, “Pleeeaaaase squeeze me in?” so now I’m going tomorrow. Yay!!
What do I do, though? I need layers cut back into it because it’s so damaged through the middle, but I’m thinking I’ll let her cut off more than usual? Maybe a long, blended bang? Also, I have a job interview on Monday, so I don’t want to do anything NUTS that I’ll hate.
Kate B. November 22, 2013, 5:08 pm
I got mine OTC from Walgreens. If your doctor does write you a prescription, you can get reimbursed if you have an FSA at work. Otherwise, you don’t need one.
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 4:18 pm
Holy Shit. God himself wants me to support you Wendy because I was (drunk) online shopping on modcloth last night for a Thanksgiving dress for when I go meet every fucking one of Colin’s relatives (no pressure) but for some reason I was like, IWTTS, you should wait until tomorrow to make this decision.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:27 pm
Have you met the family yet, at least the immediate family? Or is this the big meeting? Remember last year Stupid Head flew to Cali with me to meet my family? That was a perfect holiday. This one will be good too because I’M HOSTING! By “hosting” I mean everyone is staying at my place but: Mama is cooking, duh. She’s the best cook. She’s why I have zero skills. I was never forced to roll up my sleeves and figure it out – she had all the fancy stuff ready for me to stuff in my face.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:31 pm
When I went to college (well, when I moved off campus and no longer had the cafeteria) my mom had to teach me to boil eggs (it’s kind of hard if you don’t know, come on), and she taught me to make scrambled eggs, and she also randomly taught me to make ratatouille. I ate so much ratatouille that it made me sick – I still can’t eat. Eggs I’m really good at.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:40 pm
Also holy shit: I just read some of the post about volunteering – never would have thought “volunteering” would be attacked as a horrible, horrible suggestion. for real?
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:42 pm
So ratatouille is not just a little rat. Interesting.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:48 pm
they’re big rats. i was eating fried rat. i started baking it to help lose the freshman 15 though. fine, freshman 25, fucker.
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:50 pm
I am so uneducated and not worldly. I really thought I was making a joke about the Disney movie. So they really are rats? You baked a rat? And ate it?
Ever hear of trial 10? I never had until recently.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:52 pm
wait, now i’m confused. so i will take all our comments at face value: i got your disney reference, i was kidding, i did not eat rats, i did gain 25 years my freshman year, i did not lose the weight, i did not bake anything except brownies. one time it had pot in it but just once.
wow, confession time.
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:55 pm
haha. I still don’t know what ratatouille is. I thought it was just a Disney character. I know nothing about food except chicken mcnuggets.
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 4:59 pm
I made Colin take me through mcdonalds last night to get chicken nuggets. I am the best drunk Thursday-er ever.
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 5:02 pm
The Disney character was named after the dish!
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 5:03 pm
Also, wait. His name wasn’t actually Ratatouille, it was Remy. PAY ATTENTION, LBH.
rachel November 22, 2013, 4:54 pm
I can’t tell if you’re joking, haha. Ratatoullie is like tomatoes and squash an onions and stuff.
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:56 pm
Well now I’m embarrassed…
Fabelle November 22, 2013, 4:59 pm
I’ve only heard of it in The Sims, & I thought it was Simeese. Soooo (& I know things about food, is this possibly cultural? Like we don’t have a name for it in the Northeast?)
rachel November 22, 2013, 5:03 pm
It’s a french dish I think. I only know it because I had a lot of eggplant and squash to use up from my csa at one point.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:59 pm
here’s a pic – it’s mushy like this
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:59 pm
Looks like beef stew.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 5:05 pm
Yea kinda. But with all vegetables and eggplant. You know what it is? I hate eggplant. It’s so mushy.
Fabelle November 22, 2013, 4:52 pm
When I hear ratatouille, all I think of is The Sims. I have no idea what it is, it’s saucy? It looked saucy when my Sims made it.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:54 pm
it’s mushy and full of vegetables and it’s kind of saucy and i make mine (or i made mine) more saucy and you eat it just plain but i sometimes add noodles….
i dunno know what it is. but i OD’d on it.
dabbler November 22, 2013, 4:45 pm
I had to google how to boil eggs here recently…
I’d never made them before! When are you supposed to put them in the water, and for how long? If you throw them in boiling water, won’t they explode? So many questions! I love google.
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:46 pm
Don’t even bother dabbler. Its very hard. Mine always ooze and then look gross.
dabbler November 22, 2013, 4:54 pm
They actually turned out ok! I combined like 2 different “recipes” – not sure if you can call it that when you’re only boiling water? Haha – because one was really freaking complicated, but I liked part of the technique. Who knew boiling eggs was such a process? I just wanted to know how long they needed to cook.
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:58 pm
I for one consider you a 5 star chef now. I fuck up making pasta, though, so idk.
Your comment made me laugh tho!
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 4:47 pm
I have met the immediate family besides one brother. They are loud and catholic and italian and welcoming and obnoxious in the best way possible. But in their family Thanksgiving is like THE holiday, because everyone goes away to cool places for Christmas. But it shouldn’t be too much pressure because his oldest brother is bringing his girlfriend too and she’s only met the immediate. And in his family it’s not a big deal at all to meet girlfriends.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:49 pm
it’s not a big deal ’cause they don’t think you’re around for good? good to know. dun dun dun!
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 4:52 pm
Haha no I think that’s it, but not in a bad way. Like they’ll only get attached and treat you like a serious girlfriend once you are. Whereas my family acts like I’m a pregnant slutty 16 year old girl every time I introduce them to a boyfriend. Which fine, I’ve only ever introduced them to two. One I married. So now you know.
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:54 pm
Peter’s mom is like Colin’s. She had us pose for a “family portrait” type picture…the first time I went to her house. I swear to god.
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 5:02 pm
Now that i’ve been around his family I’ve had a huge epiphany about how every family should be like theirs. Like why is “meeting the family” such a big deal? Who fucking cares. They meet all my friends – how is someone you’re dating any different. You’re dating – so they’re meeting them as your boyfriend. End of discussion. The only statement you’re making is that – here is someone you should get to know because AT THIS POINT in my life I think they’re kind of neat.
GatorGirl November 22, 2013, 6:16 pm
Ugh my ex from college’s family did the whole family portraits right away thing and it totally freaked me out!! And now we’re broke up and he has weird pictures with me in it. Sucks for him!!
bethany November 22, 2013, 4:20 pm
I have wine club tonight! Yay! But I’m exhausted. I didn’t get much sleep last night because my husband had a hockey game at l0:45pm, and I woke up when he got home, then by the time he came to bed it was like 2am, and I had a hard time falling back asleep.
I took my cat to the vet last night (AGAIN!!!) and my credit card was declined! I was really embarrassed! I got home and looked at my account, and everything was fine, so I was really confused all night about why it was declined. Then this morning I realized that it was a new card and I forgot to activate it. Oops.
I’m not a big fan of Thanksgiving, but I am really looking forward to a 3 day work week, and a 4 day weekend. It can’t come soon enough.
Fabelle November 22, 2013, 4:22 pm
Yess I am looking forward to the short week so hard. It’s been a while since I had a legit day off.
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 4:26 pm
Braggy time: I get the whole week off! And I was off today, too. But I have 5,000 homeworks, so it barely counts.
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 4:24 pm
Okay I have a nosy question. You and (whatever your husband’s DW name is) don’t share finances, but do you have each other’s cards like in case of emergency like this?
Also, I HATE getting woken up in the middle of the night for this very reason, I won’t go back to sleep. But luckily it takes a LOT to wake me up. I’ve slept through many many many fire alarms.
bethany November 22, 2013, 4:27 pm
No, we don’t. I guess I could have called him to get his card number or something if I really needed it (or I could have called my parents if it were a true emergency).
The card I forgot to activate was a Visa, and my other credit card that I carry was a Discover, and the vet didn’t take Discover, so they just gave me a bill. I’m at that freaking office like every other month, so they know I’m good for it.
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:27 pm
I had that happen a couple months ago, and I said to the young woman at the counter that I was sure it should work and can you try again, and she gave me this look of sure, loser, i’ll waste my time and try again even though you obviously have no money in the bank. It MUST be the card error and not you. Jeez people!
bethany November 22, 2013, 4:29 pm
At the grocery store I worked at in High School, if the card was declined, it said “Decline 42” or “Decline 23”, and those number meant stuff like over limit or expired, or whatever. People used to ask if I could tell why it was declined and I always lied, because I didn’t want to be the one to tell them they maxed out their card!
lets_be_honest November 22, 2013, 4:45 pm
See how nice you are!
GatorGirl November 22, 2013, 6:19 pm
Omg you didn’t tell me that part of the vet story! Haha
I also didn’t know you didn’t share finances. I have so many questions the next ye we hang out now!! Aldo you think Dave would do a double date or too weird? It’s probably too weird.
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 4:24 pm
FINE, I’ll tell you all about my week. It was HORRIBLE. I won’t go into details, but I’m kinda day-drunk right now, and yesterday I took xanax to sleep through my panicky-ness because I just don’t want to deal. OK, so I just told you nothing.
Anyway, the highlight of my week: My first (!!) belly dance performance is coming up, but my class is too big to fit on the venue’s stage all at once (we’re changing venues for the next event because of this), so she split us into 2 groups, and I am in the “good” group. My teacher said she is going to rearrange our classes so that I and the other girls in my group are in the “advanced” class. I’m nowhere near “advanced” as a belly dancer, but we are the most “advanced” of her students right now, so I feel awesome about that. I had to take a year off dancing because of stupid classes, and when I first went back, I had ZERO confidence and was really, really terrible and it took me a while to re-learn, but I’ve been practicing my ass off, and now look at me, and yay, can we say run-on sentence?
BUT, also, I have been getting really catty about dance stuff. And I want to stop. Someone stop me.
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 4:59 pm
So, you say you want to hear how catty I am? OK, I’ll tell you.
First, one weekend my friend from class and I got together for drunk practice, which turned into drunk performance-video-critiquing. We would watch old performances while focusing on just one person at a time, and point out what they did wrong. There’s a girl in our class who is all up on the FB talking about how much she loves dance and devotes her life to dance and blah blah blah, so I always thought she must be awesome…. but she’s kinda not. Anyway, I was totally a mean girl that night, BUT. i realized the thing they say about mean girls is true: They are mean to make themselves feel better about their own insecurities. It’s totally what I was doing.
Then, on Wednesday, one of the girls in my group got super snippy with me because I was confused about something. She kinda sucks and we all wish she wasn’t in our group, because she’s flaky and doesn’t show up when she was supposed to (and THEN she got attitude with me!) so 3 of us told our teacher we don’t want her in our group. Oooops.
Then I did a thing where I found awesome dance pants, but I don’t want anyone else to get them, because I FOUND THEM FIRST.
Oh, wait. There’s more. We do a lot of formation changes in our choreo, and for one part, I end up hidden in the back behind the lady I don’t like, and she TOTALLY blocks me because she’s so big, and I don’t like it because it’s a cool move and I do it better than she does. I mean, this is only ONE performance at a tiny venue on a tiny stage where no one will care, so why do I care??
A few weeks ago, I was kind of shocked at how everyone was getting semi-competitive about who got to dance in “front” and shit, and thought I was “above” it. Now look at me. Please, everyone, tell me to chill out and stop being awful. Dance is my stress relief, I can’t let it turn into MeanGirlLand.
Seriously, I recognize how awful this is and I need a good slap in the face for being so petty and mean. This is, like, deleted thread confession material but I’m saying it anyway because I’m drunkish.
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 5:06 pm
Aw don’t be a mean girl. Just remember that the girl that was bitchy to you was probably bitchy specifically BECAUSE she is self conscious 🙁
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 5:10 pm
That was too nice. I thought at least BGM would jump in with all women suck and love drama, blah blah blah. You know what? I think most of these girls have bisexual tendencies too. BGM, COME CRITICIZE.
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 5:13 pm
By “I think these girls have bisexual tendancies” do you mean you yourself think they’re hott?
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 5:19 pm
Yeah, hotties. Most DO identify as bisexual, though. Also, here’s also why I’m awful: I’m happy that I’m not the fattest in my group and resentful of the hotter ones.
SOMEONE STOP ME. I am not usually so mean, I swear. I don’t know why this is bringing out the worst in me.
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 5:31 pm
Oh, but I mentioned the bisexual thing so BGM would have another thing to yell about, ha.
rachel November 22, 2013, 4:25 pm
My sister just called me to tell me she has to put one of her cats down 🙁 He was a family cat, my mom got him when I turned 16, and then my sister took him a few years later when my mom moved into a small apartment. Poor guy. 13 is a pretty good life I guess. I feel so bad for her that she had to make the call. I am not looking forward to having to be an adult like that one day.
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 4:27 pm
Stop making me cry!!
bethany November 22, 2013, 4:33 pm
Uugh, that is the worst. I’m sorry 🙁
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:25 pm
I just had a deposition and I’m AMPED. I need a drink.
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 4:51 pm
but let the record show i fucking hate litigation.
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 5:14 pm
Oh man I had the BEST deposition this week at the SEC. It was so fun.
rachel November 22, 2013, 4:26 pm
Well in good news, I’m excited for the weekend. Tomorrow is the Doctor Who 50th, and I think Ross and I are going to go to the nerdy bar in town and day drink while we watch it!
Roxy_84 November 22, 2013, 5:26 pm
I am SO excited. Did you play the Google doodle?
rachel November 22, 2013, 6:15 pm
Yes, that was so cute!
othy November 22, 2013, 5:45 pm
I’m excited for it, but not sure how I”m going to watch it. I don’t have cable, and my gym’s cable doesn’t carry BBC America. Do you guys know if it will be available on iTunes? A local theater is doing a showing on Monday of it, but it’s $14 a person.
rachel November 23, 2013, 12:04 pm
I heard the BBC would be streaming it, but I haven’t looked into that.
kerrycontrary November 22, 2013, 4:26 pm
Screw that mom. You should train Jackson to hit inappropriate parents (jk!). Also, and I could be totally wrong about this, but I hear that Brooklyn moms (not yourself included) can be a little….intense and scary. So it could also just be your area and I don’t think ALL moms are like that. What did the mom say when you said that? I would’ve paid $5 to be there. Try to remember that just because someone is a parent doesn’t mean they should be a parent or have the maturity to be a parent. Shitty people procreate. So just chalk it up to them being assholes and try to ignore it.
I’m going to my hometown tonight and my alma mater tomorrow for ANOTHER football game. I can’t wait 🙂 Working from home on Monday and then I’m off work for the rest of the week. I’m terrified at the prospect of holiday shopping soon…I never know what to get people.
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 4:32 pm
Semi-related to your story, Wendy, except totally not at all…
I was at a special ed high school yesterday. One girl had on a really cute outfit (um, I kind of want to dress like a 12-year-old all the time, but that’s beside the point), so I told her I like her outfit. And then she just WHACKED me really hard in the gut! Hahaha. Someone told her not to, but I guess I didn’t step away soon enough, and then, WHACK! again. It was my first time getting hit as a nurse, and surely not my last.
Amber November 22, 2013, 4:33 pm
Why does Canadian thanksgiving have to be before American thanksgiving…After hosting thanksgiving and a friendsgiving in October I am so over it, and now it’s everywhere and everytime I hear about stuffing and turkey my stomach hurts a little.
mrmidtwenties November 22, 2013, 4:40 pm
I wish I knew enough Americans so I could celebrate both. Oh well
mrmidtwenties November 22, 2013, 4:45 pm
Guys, it’s my parents’ 25th anniversary this weekend, so I’m home for that. I went on a date last night with a girl my friend set me up with, she told him I was awkward but that she wanted to go out again, so I think that may be a good thing. Anyway, I thought she was super cool, but we’ll see.
Banana November 22, 2013, 4:48 pm
Good luck! Awkward is cute. Roll with it.
So, does your family celebrate your parents’ anniversaries with them? My parents are having their anniversary this weekend, and we’ve always viewed it, as a family, as an event that the couple celebrates on their own. So, we’re all going to call and wish them a happy anniversary, but they’re just getting a quiet dinner together, and we’re not descending on them en masse until the holidays.
mrmidtwenties November 22, 2013, 4:54 pm
Well normally it’s just my mom and dad, but since it’s their 25th they wanted family and others to celebrate especially since with my dad’s health, who knows how many more they will get.
Banana November 22, 2013, 5:18 pm
Aww. Well I hope you guys have a really special time. Take lots of pictures! With a camera, and in your memory 🙂
Roxy_84 November 22, 2013, 5:34 pm
MR MID. Assuming home is Calgary we should have done a meetup! Tsk tsk.
Roxy_84 November 22, 2013, 5:36 pm
Also, I agree with Banana, awkward can be totally endearing. Yay for a good first date!
mrmidtwenties November 22, 2013, 5:38 pm
haha, I wish I was in Calgary, no I’m in Ontario, you know if I was in Calgary I totally would have arranged a meetup.
Roxy_84 November 22, 2013, 5:39 pm
Ok, you’re off the hook. Haha. Have a great time!
Addie Pray November 22, 2013, 5:45 pm
you two need to get a room already jeez
Banana November 22, 2013, 4:46 pm
Judgey people suck.
This week was stressful. Looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Biggest stressor: I don’t think my two new employees get along. I’m worried that one of them is bossing the other, and the other one is feeling steamrollered over and disrespected. As their boss, I’m worried if it results in either or both of them not getting their work done well or being dissatisfied in the company. As a person, I’m just really freaking annoyed. It’s hard to keep the Banana feelings inside while I only address the things relevant to being a boss.
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 5:05 pm
Be honest, was the Mom in the story GG?
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 5:23 pm
UGH. You know you all think I’m funny. Have I just exceeded my asshole limit for the day?
GatorGirl November 22, 2013, 6:22 pm
Hahaha!! Luckily I’m in a great mood today 😉
iwannatalktosampson November 22, 2013, 6:44 pm
Haha I totally did not mean it maliciously – just you know – making fun of you – but in a way that I felt like I was laughing with you. So I’m glad you took it that way. Also, go Broncos.
GatorGirl November 22, 2013, 6:51 pm
Oh I know it wasn’t malicious! I can be down with a go Broncos this weekend. We have a bye and GGuys team is playing the Dolphins.
Also, for the record- that mom sounded totally nuts.
jlyfsh November 22, 2013, 5:31 pm
I don’t get run my Turkey Trot because I don’t get to have my gallbladder removed until after Thanksgiving. I did get to watch them ultrasound my side though. The tech showed me the blood flow from my liver to somewhere? It was cool wherever it was going. And apparently I have a single stone the size of a quarter in my gallbladder. I had to leave work early today because the only way I feel comfortable is laying on my right side. It could be worse I know but I just want to eat again. I’ve been surviving on green beans and english muffins and I’m cranky. And being cranky makes me annoyed at myself and it’s a vicious cycle!
cmary November 22, 2013, 6:08 pm
I want my stupid ulcerative colitis to go away NOW. Like, right effing NOW. This week and last week were piles of shit. Ha, get it, piles of shit…because I have colitis? Anyone…anyone…? Okay. That’s all I’ve got. I want this gone. Also, I get iron by IV infusion, because I’m special like that. It’s weird. It gives a really metallic taste in my mouth like right away as soon as the IV starts, and then my pee looks weird after. Too much? Supposedly it’s helping, but I remain unconvinced. Though it does get me out of work at noon-thirty on Fridays. So there’s that. Is today over yet?
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 6:12 pm
I <3 both the poop jokes AND the use of "noon-thirty."
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 6:26 pm
I’m only halfway through nursing school, but I already find it funny how SO MANY people are reluctant and/or embarrassed to talk about their pooping habits and how many nurses (and other medical professionals, I’m sure) just DO NOT care. I don’t get what the big deals is.
I wish I could say the same about sex, but it seems as though too many medical professionals are squicked out about talking about it. Sad. Sorry for the mini-tangent, but reallyl?? Come on.
kare November 22, 2013, 10:25 pm
I work in a corporate office and there’s a group of us that always go to lunch and happy hours together. We definitely talk about sex, poop, and everything else. I never thought it was weird until once a guy came to lunch with us and was mortified/embarrassed on our behalf. Meh. Prude.
Addie Pray November 23, 2013, 6:23 am
I’m with cats. we approve.
Lyra November 22, 2013, 6:27 pm
I feel you — I have Crohn’s. It suuuuuucks.
sarita_f November 23, 2013, 11:20 pm
Sorry @cmary, I have only been diagnosed with IBS, so I can only feel maybe 10% of your pain. I remember coming across someone’s story who was diagnosed UI and she got really sick, but came through it all by basically going above her doctor’s heads and questioning conventional wisdom a bit. I’ll have to see if I can find it.
Anyways, I really feel for you, and truly hope you don’t have to go through the trauma of removal surgery or anything.
sarita_f November 23, 2013, 11:22 pm
Best of luck!
cmary November 25, 2013, 4:09 pm
Thanks for the link, Sarita- that was really nice of you! I really like that website- she’s got some great recipes – those peanut butter cranberry breakfast cookies are soooo good. I did the whole grain-free/SCD/Paleo thing for a while with no change. Which was a real bummer. But hopefully if/when the medication kicks in I’ll feel more like giving it another shot.
Sue Jones November 22, 2013, 6:21 pm
Don’t let the sanctimonious moms get you down. Just wait… there is PLENTY of time for shit to come up. Almost EVERY child has a challenge or 2 along the way. Would love to catch up with this mom and her daughter when the daughter is, like, 13 !!!!
d2 November 23, 2013, 8:53 am
Yes, sanctimommies suck…
Sue Jones November 23, 2013, 2:06 pm
“Sanctimommies”! I will have to remember that one! That’s rich!
GatorGirl November 22, 2013, 6:25 pm
Omg I am going home!! I’ve been in PA for ten days and I am over it. I want to hang out with my husband, our cat and eat normal food. Idk what my parents think is a food pyramid but I’m pretty sure Chex Mix isn’t part of it. Also it’s fucking cold here. And I don’t want to fly. Trafficked it so I can only have one beer preflight. Poor me!
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 6:29 pm
All I can say is… my mom BETTER be making me some Chex Mix for Thanksgiving.
GatorGirl November 22, 2013, 6:37 pm
Dude. I just bough Chex Mix at the damn airport. I think they brain washed me. Ugh!!
CatsMeow November 22, 2013, 7:08 pm
I will accept nothing less than homemade, with extra Worcestershire. 😉
Sue Jones November 22, 2013, 6:30 pm
I’m from PA originally – suburban philly. I actually like going there since I get to visit all of the people I grew up with. But it would be hard to move back since I love the mountains too much!
lemongrass November 22, 2013, 6:30 pm
That mom needs to get over herself. I hope you have a nice, comfy carrier for Jackson!
lemongrass November 22, 2013, 6:32 pm
Guys, E cracks me up sometimes. He’ll be playing on the floor for awhile and I guess he just forgets about me because if I say something to him he jumps and then gets so excited that he doesn’t know what to do and ends up crawling around in a circle.
Addie Pray November 23, 2013, 11:56 am
Man, that feeling of knowing YOU are making a little baby so happy and all he wants is YOU must feel so great! I need a kid. That’s it, imma go find one. Better hide your E.
lemongrass November 23, 2013, 1:19 pm
It is the best feeling! Watching him enjoy something feels better than getting that enjoyment myself.
Wendy November 22, 2013, 8:55 pm
No more carriers for j. I carry him in my arms balanced on my hip. And I’m sore all the time!
lemongrass November 23, 2013, 1:18 pm
That’s too bad! I just started wrapping with woven wraps when Mr. Grass went back to work. I always figured it was too much work and too granola for me but I love it! Apparently they last till toddlers too.
lets_be_honest November 25, 2013, 9:16 am
Do either of you find yourselves swaying as though you are still holding him when you are alone? I would catch myself doing that for years. Must’ve looked like a total weirdo.
AliceInDairyland November 22, 2013, 7:38 pm
Guys I missed so much today…. Gah.
I have a potluck to go to tonight, that is supposedly meant for Young Farmers. But all of them are graduate students (no offense people) with those “useless degrees” in sustainable community management. So I am probably going to spend the evening gouging my eyes out and/or drinking a lot because I am kind of emotionally exhausted and need to recharge.
Then tomorrow I have a pig necropsy to go to in the morning with free lunch. And I have to start studying for my exam. And Benjamin is gone hunting all this weekend so I am on animal duty and it’s lonely and boring already because I am bad at taking care of myself.
Lyra November 22, 2013, 8:03 pm
It’s my craaazy busy time of year. As in, I have no less than 6 Christmas concerts in the next month. I’m already freaking out about it.
Can I get all mushy and tell you how amazing my kiddos are? They seriously make my day. Like I can’t believe I get paid to teach music sometimes. I mean yeah there are days where I don’t feel like I get paid nearly enough for all the work that I put in, but then I sit back and realize that I’m making a difference in these kids’ lives and that makes up for it. Just typing this I’m tearing up. Sometimes I take that for granted. I love my kids and I know they love me. I’m not a mushy person typically…but man…
As for this weekend, tonight I’m headed over to a friend’s house to watch movies and crochet and probably drink lots of wine. I would be gone already, but right now 5 police cars/fire trucks blocking my street. There’s something going on right down the block and I’m feeling super nosy but I’m going to wait until they clear out to hit the road.
Sunday my bestie is coming over and we’re baking PIE. I’m on pie duty for Thanksgiving this year since my parents are hosting and I’m making at least 3. I kind of want to make more, but maybe that would be over the top? Ha.
Annnnnnddddd a suuuuper cute guy sent me a message on OKC this week and we’ve been talking for a couple days. Maybe the Official Dating Hiatus is over. Hmmm.
Lyra November 23, 2013, 5:30 pm
So that super cute guy? He just sent me another message saying how he had started a “spirit journey” in May and is currently living in his car with no job because he “doesn’t need one”. I just had to laugh at that one. In other words, he is blocked and the Official Dating Hiatus is still very much intact right now haha.
sarita_f November 23, 2013, 11:27 pm
Oh, @lyra, that’s too bad about the super cute man. I hate to say it but he’s probably starting to feel the chill of winter and is casting about for a few warm beds.
Reminds me of the joke our guide told us on my very first whitewater rafting trip – “What do you call a river rat who’s girlfriend just broke up with him? ‘Homeless.'” hahahahahah
Lyra November 24, 2013, 9:23 am
Yeah that was kind of what I was figuring too. Like I said, I just had to laugh because of how ridiculous it was! I’m definitely ready to end my dating break so I was excited at the potential, but I wouldn’t end my break for a homeless guy haha.
othy November 22, 2013, 8:21 pm
My 3 year old niece has been learning about mail in her pre-school. So she sent me a picture through the mail. She drew a picture of me, her, and Mr. Othy. And wrote our names on it (well, something that vaguely resembled our names). So Mr. Othy and I wrote back. I drew a picture of us at the zoo, and Mr. Othy wrote a thank you note on the picture. She got it in the mail today, and was apparently thrilled. “Othy drew this just for me! I love it! It’s so beautiful. I’m so happy!” Apparently I made her day.
Yeah, I’m the awesome aunt 🙂
Christy November 22, 2013, 8:22 pm
Alcohol as escape from perfectionism – might that be up anyone’s alley? Like, up EVERYONE’S alley?
rachel November 23, 2013, 12:34 am
painted_lady November 22, 2013, 8:43 pm
I’m sorry, I can’t hear you over the clinking of the two bottles of wine and six pack of beer in my backseat.
I’m not even kidding.
painted_lady November 22, 2013, 8:44 pm
(That was meant as a reply to Christy)
quixoticbeatnik November 22, 2013, 9:50 pm
Two bottles of wine are sitting on my kitchen counter! Sadly, can’t drink them because 1) they are for a Friendsgiving tomorrow and 2) I have to study for my final exam tomorrow morning that I am dread, dread, DREADING. You enjoy your booze, PL.
painted_lady November 22, 2013, 11:14 pm
Aww, so sorry – you will be fine, though! You SO got this. I’m out of school on the 19th so we need celebratory drinks after that for our respective end of semester.
Also, I don’t think it helps my case any that there was a martini waiting for me when I got home tonight. I have a wonderful boyfriend and poor self-control….
quixoticbeatnik November 22, 2013, 9:52 pm
I just want to post here and vent and cry all at the same time: I have to cram tonight for my final exam for the last class that I have to take in order to finish this certificate I am doing through the local community college and I just DO NOT WANT TO. I am so sick of school, literally. I slacked off all semester, which luckily, didn’t backfire on me because my professor seems to not really care if I turn in my homework super late and still gives me 100 for each one I turn in….which is good….but also bad.
Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It’s almost over.
quixoticbeatnik November 22, 2013, 9:58 pm
I am looking forward to this weekend though. Friendsgiving, yay! Hopefully there will be some cute guys there although my ex will also be there but whatever, we’re friends and I don’t care.
I hope that I will soon adjust to having a full-time job and get to the point where I can start going back to happy hours again or working out….because every day I come home and do nothing but read and take a bath. I’m just so tired every night that I don’t want to do anything. I wish I had a workout buddy. I also wish it wasn’t daylights savings and it just got super cold now so I REALLY don’t want to work out.
Also, I want to meet someone I like. I want to text someone and flirt and make out and go on dates and YES have sex because I’m dying. Okay back to studying.
CatsMeow November 23, 2013, 9:56 am
I feel you. This semester needs to be over RIGHT NOW.
kare November 22, 2013, 10:32 pm
I burned my hand last Sunday and had to go to the urgent care since it was all swollen, blistery, and like 6 inches long. I haven’t been able to get my hand wet so I’ve been using dry shampoo because it is impossible to wash my hair with my non-dominant hand. I feel so gross. But the painkillers they gave me are pretty awesome, so there’s that.
I also bought an awesome cat themed Christmas sweater and a Lush bath bomb today. 🙂
painted_lady November 23, 2013, 12:13 am
Ooh, which one? God, I love Lush.
kare November 27, 2013, 12:41 am
I got the “Shoot for the Stars”
I haven’t tried it yet, but I’m sure it’ll be amazing! My all time favorite is the “Phoenix Rising” bath bomb. 🙂
painted_lady November 23, 2013, 12:22 am
So, this weekend I’m working on the set for our musical this year, Alice in Wonderland. It’s partly a pain in the ass – I have to be at school for seven hours tomorrow! – and partly awesome because I’m really enjoying it, and the lead teacher/director is really trusting me to do my job, and so I’m kind of getting to play more than is normal. And tomorrow night after building all day, I’m going to a derby team potluck. I love everyone in the league – they’re amazing and funny and sweet and badass…but I REALLY love my team. I’m making mac n cheese and there’s going to be a lot of wine, and it’s so, so rare that we get to hang out like normal people, so I’m very excited.
And then Sunday, Walter and I are watching the Dr. Who 50th anniversary special which has me excited out of my mind because DAVID TENNANT Y’ALL.
Sobriquet November 23, 2013, 2:20 am
A cold front blew into Austin this morning and it’s supposed to last for 7 days! Yesterday it was 82 degrees. I’m excited that we might have a cold Thanksgiving this year. Speaking of which, I bought our tiny turkey today, so it’s official. I’m cooking. I’m actually really excited to spend the day drinking and watching football (instead of traveling half way through the Cowboys game) and cook a healthy meal. I’m makin sweet potato casserole bites (on toothpicks), roasted herbed veggies, mashed potatoes (with crispy skins), baked Mac n cheese, cornbread (made with Greek yogurt) and a cranberry walnut salad. And turkey. And stuffing! For dessert I’m making mini chocolate bourbon pecan pies.
I woke up with a mysteriously swollen eyelid this morning. It still hurts!
I think I’m gonna drop out of school. I have a lot of feelings about it that I haven’t fully processed, yet. I just cannot get into it anymore. I’ve had some issues with the university. I don’t want to pile up more debt for a degree I may not even use. The goal is to help out more with my fiancé’s growing business (I already do the bookkeeping/accounting for them). I’ve never been a “career” person despite my family’s push for higher education. So we’ll see.
This weekend we’ll be staying inside and keeping warm! I cannot imagine dealing with real winters. I don’t know how y’all do it. I would never go outside! We’re probably gonna invite my soon to be brother and sister-in-law over tomorrow night since they live in walking distance. My how things change!
Lyra November 23, 2013, 11:54 am
One of my friends lives in Texas and he posted on Facebook about how cold it was yesterday. “45 degrees! Brrr, stay warm everyone!” And he’s from North Dakota, so I’m confused as to when 45 became “cold” haha. All I can say is in Minnesota right now it’s about 10 degrees outside.
sobriquet November 24, 2013, 3:41 pm
Ha, yeah, we’re wimps. When it ices (every other year or so) the entire state basically shuts down. In our defense it’s pretty humid here so the cold has a bite to it. You get to make fun of us in the winter and we get to make fun of y’all in the summer whenever you call 95 degrees a heat wave!
Tax Geek November 23, 2013, 9:28 am
My boys’ mom gets back on Monday. We didn’t really do anything out of the ordinary while she was gone. But I’m glad I got to spend these 10 days with them.
I’m looking forward to getting back to “my” schedule, but I’ll also miss spending so much time with them.
Fabelle November 23, 2013, 12:50 pm
Were we talking about weird ways we know our S/Os love us the other day? My boyfriend did something this morning that I’ll just tell you guys before I forget—it’s a bit convoluted-sounding at the beginning though, so bear with me!
Basically, he listens to a lot of metal where there’s a male singer, & I’m always like, “that guy sounds hot.” Then we look him up, & I’m like, “UGH GODDAMNIT, he’s ~so~ not hot, I wish I never knew.” Well, today he’s playing a song, & I go, “I like that guy’s voice.”
Fabello: Yeah, me too. (Pause. Then, proddingly:) Don’t you wanna know if he’s HOT?
me: NO. I don’t even, I’m always disappointed.
Fabello: Okay, I’m going to look him up because I’m curious. Don’t look.
So I sit there not looking, & then a few seconds later as I hear him clicking away, he’s like, “Okay, you can look.” Because apparently he figured the singer’s looks matched my tastes. And I thought that cute. haha
Addie Pray November 23, 2013, 5:19 pm
SOMEONE HAD SEX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is a deleted thread, right? No? Oh. Whoopsie never mind!
CatsMeow November 23, 2013, 8:32 pm
mrmidtwenties November 23, 2013, 11:25 pm
spill it champ
AliceInDairyland November 23, 2013, 11:50 pm
I’m all alone and drunk with my two cats. Drinking and watching Six Feet Under. On a Saturday night. I need details on peoples’ exciting lives…
CatsMeow November 24, 2013, 12:44 am
Not sure if you heard me. DEEEEEEEEEEETS.
Roxy_84 November 24, 2013, 2:35 am
AP you cannot do this to us. Details!!!
CatsMeow November 23, 2013, 8:36 pm
HEY GUYZ HEY. We did a belly dance flash mob today!! We just ran out in the street while someone blasted the music out of their truck and went for it. It was awesome. They were filming some…thing… I dunno… across the street and the cameras came over and filmed us. I have no idea what it was for or where it will end up, HA. Also, it was below freezing.
CatsMeow November 24, 2013, 12:47 am
I messed up, though 🙁
But I was drunk and cold and wearing heels!
othy November 24, 2013, 12:00 am
Woo, my alma mater won their rivalry football game. And we’ve lost the last 5 years, so I was super excited. And, we kicked ass and won by 22 points. I went to a telecast, and I was the only one from my school, and the rest of the 25 people there were from the other school. But, it was still a fun afternoon and I’m glad I went.
katie November 24, 2013, 9:40 am
I’m going to see ap today!! And I’m sure I’ll get to hear about someone’s sexy times!!
Addie Pray November 24, 2013, 2:26 pm
no sexy times discussion at brunch (lunch?) – my IRL friend is coming and it’s kind of scandalous so hush.
katie November 24, 2013, 7:11 pm
ha, i JUST saw this. you are apparently lucky im not nosy. birthday miracle? lol