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Memorial weekend is usually the kick off to summer. This year we decided just to take a day and do something fun but pretty much are going to lay low. What are your plans?

 

I do wonder what the Duggars and Bates are doing. I know for a fact Josh is using this weekend to officially not work. I wonder if they will go on some stupid road trip.

 

Thoughts?

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I didn't even know it was memorial day weekend. I am going downstate to visit grandma for the summer, but that's got nothing to do with the holiday. We'll probably do nothing special, maybe go yard saling. saleing? sailing? Whatever.

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My parents and in-laws are coming in to visit. My husband's parents live father away, so this is their first time visiting us in our new place.

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We don't have that here, but our long weekend was last week for Victoria Day. For that I had a ginormous family reunion, which the Duggars wouldn't mind except of the ebil alcohol, or dancing, or pre-marital kissing! Even...same sex pre-marital kissing! I also don't think they would have approved of all the working and educated women! And no man there had a submissive wife. My family is cool:)

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DH's family reunion, full of conservative catholic Italian-Americans. So I expect as much misogyny, homophobia and Obama-bashing as any Duggar get-together.

-_-

I've already been (very passive aggressively) instructed by my mother in law to keep my big fat mouth shut, because she "doesn't need any more heartache" in her life. :roll:

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I am going to the Greenville Scottish Games. And I plan on wearing celtic garb that from the back might be "fundie approved" but from the front definately is not. (NOt with the girls spilling out, lol).

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DH's family reunion, full of conservative catholic Italian-Americans. So I expect as much misogyny, homophobia and Obama-bashing as any Duggar get-together.

-_-

I've already been (very passive aggressively) instructed by my mother in law to keep my big fat mouth shut, because she "doesn't need any more heartache" in her life. :roll:

I make a point of NOT listening to my mother in law. Whom THANK G-D i am not seeing this weekend or any time soon.

Headship is working all 3 days. But monday he works a 1/2 day so we'll be going to a BBQ in Wisconsin probably, we haven't decided yet.

Tonight me and thing #1 will go to our synagogue's Shavuot thing- the kid portion anyways. Tomorrow, we'll probably hang w/ my friend Lauren or i'll just fill up the kiddy pool and sit in it like the beached whale I am while the toddler plays. (we don't have central air)

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What's Memorial Day? Forgive me, I'm English ;)

Its basically a day when a LOT Of people barbeque (i can never spell that word). But its a day meant to honor the folks who served in the military.

Edited for riffles.

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Its basically a day when a LOT Of people barbeque (i can never spell that word). But its a day meant to honor the folks who served in the military.

Edited for riffles.

Is there a particular reason it's on the day its on? Is it a thing where everything is closed and no one works, or only select things are closed and some people work? I only ever knew it as the American first long weekend of summer, and nothing else :D Ooo and are there fireworks? Our first long weekend of summer has fireworks, everything but tourist attractions are closed and it doesn't have meaning to anyone anymore

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Well, so far I bought two new bookcases (to replace ones damaged out in my move) and am unpacking evil heathen books (mostly my juvenile collections, featuring such hussies as Nancy Drew, Cherry Ames, Laura Ingalls Wilder, etc) and deciding what books have to stay in boxes because I don't have enough wallspace. Then I have to update the catalog and maybe rearrange on existing shelves a little.

My daughter and I are obeying the dictates of our furred headships and lazing around the house today.

Memorial Day isn't just for honoring those who served, but those who were killed in wars. It started post-Civil War in the South as Decoration Day. There's generally an emphasis put on decorating graves at cemeteries, including every grave at Arlington National Cemetery.

It also pretty much kicks off the summer season.

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Is there a particular reason it's on the day its on? Is it a thing where everything is closed and no one works, or only select things are closed and some people work? I only ever knew it as the American first long weekend of summer, and nothing else :D Ooo and are there fireworks? Our first long weekend of summer has fireworks, everything but tourist attractions are closed and it doesn't have meaning to anyone anymore

Unfortunately, most tourist attractions are OPEN. Like the zoo. Holy fuck you could NOT get me to the zoo on memorial day for $1,000,000.

Some places have fireworks but that's mostly a 4th of July thing, however i'm SURE i'm going to have to call the cops on some of the idiot teenagers who live on my block who set em off at 3 am.

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Memorial Day started after the Civil War; it is a day to recognize the dead, especially those who have died in service to their country. I guess it is like your Poppy Day? It used to be celebrated by going out to the graveyard and decorating the graves and children reciting poetry, but these days most families celebrate by going shopping and having a family Barbecue. In fact it has become a sort of kick-off to the start of the summer season and if you asked a child what Memorial Day stood for they wouldn't have a clue. Banks, ABC stores, and most offices close. Restaurants, cinemas, and stores stay open.

I make a point of NOT listening to my mother in law. Whom THANK G-D i am not seeing this weekend or any time soon.

I'm sorry for those of you who have problem MILs. Although my MIL is a fundie who believes the earth is only 6000 years old, she is a sweet woman who is nothing but kind to me even though I am an atheist and 11 years older than her son. My own mother is a problem but thankfully she lives 3000 miles away-- so much easier to ignore.

As for our plans, we drove to the coast to visit with the in-laws last weekend (4 hour round trip) so this weekend is just for us. Unfortunately my husband does not get the day off so we will do what we always do: garden, woodwork, nap, feast, watch a movie. We have ribeye steaks, fresh corn, and the Eurovision Song Contest. :dance:

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Memorial Day started after the Civil War; it is a day to recognize the dead, especially those who have died in service to their country. I guess it is like your Poppy Day? It used to be celebrated by going out to the graveyard and decorating the graves and children reciting poetry, but these days most families celebrate by going shopping and having a family Barbecue. In fact it has become a sort of kick-off to the start of the summer season and if you asked a child what Memorial Day stood for they wouldn't have a clue. Banks, ABC stores, and most offices close. Restaurants, cinemas, and stores stay open.

I'm sorry for those of you who have problem MILs. Although my MIL is a fundie who believes the earth is only 6000 years old, she is a sweet woman who is nothing but kind to me even though I am an atheist and 11 years older than her son. My own mother is a problem but thankfully she lives 3000 miles away-- so much easier to ignore.

As for our plans, we drove to the coast to visit with the in-laws last weekend (4 hour round trip) so this weekend is just for us. Unfortunately my husband does not get the day off so we will do what we always do: garden, woodwork, nap, feast, watch a movie. We have ribeye steaks, fresh corn, and the Eurovision Song Contest. :dance:

Both my mother and my MIL would follow me if I moved far away. They just would.

I wish my husband didnt' have to work, i've got a garden that I'm DYING for help weeding!!! He misses every holiday, even though its supposed to be a rotating schedule, he always gets to work on the holiday. Especially the religious ones because we're Jewish and you know, Hanukkah NEVER cooincides with x-mas NEEEVEERRR

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In fact it has become a sort of kick-off to the start of the summer season and if you asked a child what Memorial Day stood for they wouldn't have a clue.

Depends on what kids you ask... my almost-six-year old knows, but then she's grown up around people in uniform.

Here it's big this year because a whole bunch of our troops just returned home from their deployment.

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Nothing!!!! And I'm going to love every minute of it! haha!

Actually, I will probably get boring "around the house" stuff done, like getting all of the laundry put away finally (that happens a few times a year it seems), possibly sew that damn skirt I've been meaning to get to, play lots of Castleville on FB, maybe watch a movie.

The hubs is working the entire weekend.

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Memorial Day started after the Civil War; it is a day to recognize the dead, especially those who have died in service to their country. I guess it is like your Poppy Day? It used to be celebrated by going out to the graveyard and decorating the graves and children reciting poetry, but these days most families celebrate by going shopping and having a family Barbecue. In fact it has become a sort of kick-off to the start of the summer season and if you asked a child what Memorial Day stood for they wouldn't have a clue. Banks, ABC stores, and most offices close. Restaurants, cinemas, and stores stay open.

I'm sorry for those of you who have problem MILs. Although my MIL is a fundie who believes the earth is only 6000 years old, she is a sweet woman who is nothing but kind to me even though I am an atheist and 11 years older than her son. My own mother is a problem but thankfully she lives 3000 miles away-- so much easier to ignore.

As for our plans, we drove to the coast to visit with the in-laws last weekend (4 hour round trip) so this weekend is just for us. Unfortunately my husband does not get the day off so we will do what we always do: garden, woodwork, nap, feast, watch a movie. We have ribeye steaks, fresh corn, and the Eurovision Song Contest. :dance:

Thanks for the answer! Here in Canada we have Rememberance Day November 11, which i guess is the same as Poppy day because we wear poppies? It seems to have the same purpose as memorial day. Though we don't get Rememberance Day off so it's mostly stayed with its original more serious purpose in recognizing people who have died in service to their country, and we're taught about it in school starting kindergarden, so kids have an idea.

Your plans sound fun! :)

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I am celebrating Memorial Day by enjoying the quiet while my kids go to a parade and then decorate graves with my husband.

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My Memorial Day starting off depressing. We had lots of rain and the temps are quite chilly. However, the skies have cleared and it's getting warmer.

However, I'm still chained to my computer. I just applied for some jobs. Ugh, what a painstaking process. The Interwebs has made job searching a hot damn mess. But I did make contact with an old HS chum via facebook about employment opportunites at the place she worked. She said right now things are in a state of flu but she'll definitely keep me posted.

Tomorrow I have to run errands and I'll probably watch a bit of the Memorial Day Concert on PBS tomorrow night.

On the actual Memorial Day I'll probably stick close to home and clean, do laundry, maybe watch a movie. Exciting, eh?

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I can bet my bottom dollar Josh closed the car lot yesterday already for Memorial Day Weekend. He might as well take the whole week off. Oh wait he sort of does already

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Today we ran a bunch of errands including getting some things from a local butcher's shop for my husband to grill later in the week. I also stopped by a yard sale and got a fireman's outfit for my son for $1 along with some other good deals on kid stuff. Later today after my son's nap we're going swimming. Tomorrow we're going to a pick your own orchard to pick strawberries and also get other various local produce at their market. On Monday my husband is cooking dinner on the grill and then we're going to a local ice cream/snowball place for the first time this year.

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Today I took our toddler to a swim lesson and then went to the fabric store (to buy fabric for some church fair items that I've volunteered to sew - surely that would be Duggar/Bates-approved, no?). In a little while we're headed out to my husband's cousin's kid's birthday party. My headship is at work today, so I'm flying solo with the kiddo.

Tomorrow there's a pool party at a friend's house. Booze will be involved.

Monday we're grilling a lovely London broil and setting off sparklers in the backyard, then once the kiddo has gone to bed we'll have some wine and make a fire in our fire pit.

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We're attending two activities meant to honor veterans, one today and one at 8am Monday morning (yes, when your spouse is in the military for 27 years, you do things like get up at 0 dark 30 to go to memorial services).

I really do wish that we in the US did more this weekend to honor those who died for our freedoms. I've been in Australia for ANZAC day in April and Canada from Remembrance Day in November and they are altogether different things than the "start of summer" bashes we practice in the US.

Oh, and as for the Duggars and Bates...it's a sure thing they're doing NOTHING to honor veterans. They are part of that sickening group of far-righters who are always so anxious to rush to war, but equally anxious to exclude themselves from any involvement (Jesus isn't calling them in that direction, don't you know?) and who are first to raise their hands in favor of cutting veterans benefits. Kind of like George W. Bush, Sean Hannity and pretty much ANYONE at Fox News.

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