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  1. Avatar Maribou
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    Porch tonight, and then as little as possible for the rest of the weekend. If I weren’t stupidly paranoid about jinxes, I would point out that in theory I don’t have to work OR do tiresome life things on Monday. But I will not point that out.

    Sunday is one of the nephews’ family birthday party. Jaybird has been delegated to acquire presents.Report

  2. Avatar veronica d
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    Tonight, dancing. Tomorrow my wife and I will spend the day in Northhampton (probably), just going to shops and stuff. Sunday night she has some big surprise planned for me in Portland, ME ‚ÄĒ not sure what, but I suppose it will be a concert or something. (No spoilers if you know what bands are playing in Portland, ME on Sunday night.) Anyway, it should be an event filled weekend.Report

    • Avatar zic in reply to veronica d
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      squeeeeeee.

      Have fun in Portland

      (I’m really sad not to have been invited!)Report

      • Avatar veronica d in reply to zic
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        @zic — Well, it turned out to be a punk rock show, so I’m not sure if you would have had fun. But maybe next time ūüôāReport

      • Avatar zic in reply to zic
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        /used to hang out at the Rat, back in the day.

        But now, I’m careful of my ears.

        Hope you had a blast!Report

      • Avatar veronica d in reply to zic
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        @zic ‚ÄĒ OMG Yes!

        It was Against Me!, who I was supposed to see a couple months back, but skipped because I had a job interview the next day and I was super stressed and tired. Anyway, I had tickets to that show and was really devastated that I missed them. (On the other hand, I got the job.)

        So anyhow my wife saw the show listed in Portland and got tickets and then didn‚Äôt tell me. And surprise! There they were and I watched the show and got crazy. And there was an oddly large number of trans gals for a punk show, for some reason. ūüôā

        (Actually it was actually kinda amazing to be pressed against the stage beside some hyper-masculine dude with a buzz cut singing together the lyrics of Transgender Dysphoria Blues. It was like, I would not expect this. But fun.)Report

  3. Avatar Will Truman
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    So we bought a house! That, it turns out, seems to be a time consuming endeavor. Especially when we had no loan or any other preparation because we weren’t intending to for a few months.Report

    • Avatar Kim in reply to Will Truman
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      … you paid cash?Report

      • Avatar Will Truman in reply to Kim
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        No, we signed a contract that is contingent on financing. We were armed with a “pre-qualification letter” but they never asked to see it. Now we’re scrambling to get the documentation together for the loan. I’m beating myself up pretty hard because 2013 is the first year I failed to get our W2’s scanned and of course this is the first year I need to produce them. I’ve also been lax about keeping pay stubs for the previous two months, so I need to get copies of those, too. No home inspector lined up (it’s contingent on that, too), no movers lined up… sigh.

        We were not expecting to buy for another six months or so. Then the perfect house made itself available at $30,000 less than we otherwise would have agreed to pay for it.Report

      • Avatar Kim in reply to Kim
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        Will,
        Just relax a little. Everyone wants the deal to go through, so if you absolutely need an extension, it shouldn’t be too hard to pull off.Report

  4. Avatar zic
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    Just got back from AZ, a short ceremony to intern my mil’s ashes next to her husband, and an entire week of cleaning out her home — a job only half finished. She’s a depression-era child; hoarding useless things was a real problem despite her wealth. So I have some lessons learned to pass on from the great sorting:

    Do not bring home hotel soaps and shampoos unless you plan to use them; her husband travelled for work, and they travelled a lot after he retired. We threw out box upon box of carefully hoarded hotel soaps.

    Do not purchase bulk items just because they’re a good deal and there’s no chance to use them. Aluminum foil lasts, I admit, but nobody needs 20 rolls of it. And body lotion does go bad, so two or three bottles might be acceptable, but a case is excessive. And nobody needs cases of dental floss who’s not running a dental office. From food to cleaning supplies to health and beauty aids, more is not always better when there’s a shelf life, storage considerations, or you might find you simply don’t like the product.

    Wear your clothes, particularly the nice ones. Use your good things, don’t pack them away in boxes because they’re good. Put your valuable art out on display, not hidden away in a closet.

    Give your money away so that it doesn’t spoil the relationships between your children. If you have more than one child, give as much or more authority to the youngest, not the oldest, because the youngest is most skilled at negotiating with the other siblings. (My youngest brother in law is a fine man, and I’m proud to know him.) Do not treat you daughter and son-in-laws as liabilities who will take resources away from your family instead of family members who bring resources to your family.

    These things are really important, because boxes of hotel soap, hidden art and china and crystal, and designer clothes can grow in size until they overshadow a lifetime’s good works and cloud your children’s eyes with greed and judgement instead of family love. And that’s the saddest legacy of all.Report

    • Avatar dragonfrog in reply to zic
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      Thank you @zic, that is wise and beautifully written. I’m very sorry for your loss.Report

    • Avatar Miss Mary in reply to zic
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      @zic While I was at a conference this week, I learned that hotel shampoos and soaps are an asset to those people without homes. Hopefully that box you found goes to good use.Report

    • Avatar Jaybird in reply to zic
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      It’s weird. I am better with pets dying than with people dying.

      I’m sorry that this stuff is going on as you’re cleaning out closets and nooks. It must feel surreal when mixed in with the grieving process, which is a bear in the first place.Report

      • Avatar zic in reply to Jaybird
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        Thanks, @jaybird

        The biggest issue is that it seems to have supplanted the grieving process.

        And Miss Mary, we sent a lot to Goodwill and a local thrift shop, but not boxes of 30 to 50 year-old hotel soap and shampoo, it went into the trash.Report

  5. Avatar ScarletNumbers
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    This weekend is the annual gathering of (NSFW) The Floating World in Edison, NJ.

    According to its website, The Floating World is a pansexual community event with a focus on alternative lifestyle education and building community across boundaries, and a mission to support those efforts.

    You can follow them on Twitter @TFWEvents

    Please note I am not affiliated in any way with this organization. I just think it is funny that they exist.Report

  6. Avatar Glyph
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    Old friend in town this weekend, so socializing/food/outdoor events most likely.

    Still recovering from my way-overdue dentist visits (one more to go!).

    Planning a possible quick overnight roadtrip to see a show next week. When I was a young man, we’d just have driven straight back afterwards (what’s 3 1/2 hrs?) but I’m old and plan to have a beer or three at the show, so…Report

  7. Avatar Mike Dwyer
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    Two of our nephews had asked if they could come for a sleepover and since Uncle Mike can never say no, we had two little monkeys (6 & 5) sleeping on cots in our bedroom last night. There was Chinese takeout, ice cream, a walk to the ‘cool’ playground down the street and we saw Planes: Fire and Rescue today which I must admit I found charming and fun.

    Tomorrow there is house cleaning and laundry to do, dinner with my father-in-law because my MIL is out of town and he needs someone to feed him. UFC on Fox promises to be a good fight card. Sunday should involve some work on my Big Writing Project.

    One sad note for the weekend: One of our cats, Midge, passed away last night. She had been sick so it wasn’t a complete surprise, but we had hopes she was making a recovery. She took a bad turn around 9pm and was gone in about an hour. So….there were tears at the Dwyer house, plus we were trying to keep the nephews from finding out because that would have been too much to deal with. We secreted her out of the room in a towel and then, after they were asleep, we held her and said our goodbyes and then I had to go into the yard to dig her grave by flashlight. We lined it with brown craft paper and curled her into a little ball with one paw over her face, the way she always slept. Then we placed another sheet of paper over the top and took turns adding some dirt. It was pretty surreal having it all happen so fast. The universe is kind though. Our oldest daughter had just happened to stop by for dinner last night and to see her cousins. She got to spend some time with Midge and pet her, not knowing that she would be gone in just a couple of hours. Tomorrow our youngest daughter is helping me pour a little concrete tombstone for her that we’ll stamp with her name and put next to her grave. Closure is a good thing.Report

  8. Avatar Miss Mary
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    It’s a brain recovery weekend. I attended a “Gathering” (it is not a conference, it’s a “gathering”) and now my brain is exhausted. I’ve been celebrating my birthday with some of my most favorite people in the world for an entire week. Simultaneously, I had an old friend in town and was playing hostess. I was away from my baby boy for five whole days, which is highly unusual and tough on me as a single mom.

    Bring on the aimless strolls in the park and television. Mommy needs to recover.Report

  9. Avatar Michael Cain
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    Aauugh! I have to finish deciding how the Post-Zombie Apocalypse Constitutional Convention pool is going to work, and write/sort of test critical software for it (ie, download and extract comments and meta-data in a usable form). Before Prof. Hanley decides to provide an unexpected update. And send something off to Tod as a guest off-the-cuff.Report

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