Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. I’ll open this thread every morning at 10am.

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  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: That kid is adorable!

  • So I asked my unreliable brother to plan my bachelor party…

  • Rant: New York is looking a bit more tempting, job market-wise. Too bad my close friends, family and boyfriend are all down here!

    Rave: It’s Friday, and I am ready to cut a rug tonight!

    • You know, NYC isn’t a terrible place to live. For one thing, their summers are slightly less terrible than ours. If things are serious with your bf, maybe he could find a job up their and move too – and you could see each other most weekends in the meantime. And visit friends and family often.

      I know it’s tough, but if you think the opportunities up there are much better for you, making the could be worth the downsides.

  • rave: it’s friday! a leasing office actually called back about an apartment!

    rant: dc rents are too damn high. or i need to make more money.

  • Rant: Broke my coffee maker when I dropped it in the sink. It was a little French press with a glass carafe. The next one I buy will be all plastic.

    Rave: At least I broke it AFTER I made a cup with it.

    Rave: Three day weekend and road trip to the Poconos to play a Blues festival.

  • Rant: after reading that blog post about rats in engines 2 days ago, smelled something funky when i turned my A/C on in the car yesterday. Popped the hood and found – yep, a dead rat fused to the engine.

    Rave: smell is gone, and my sister extracted it out for me with bbq tongs 🙂

  • Rant: still coughing from this goddamn cold. Two weeks and counting and I still can’t kick it. My coworkers must hate me.

    Both a rant and a rave: husband and the little guy leave on vacation tomorrow. I am going to miss the heck out of both of them, but also will thoroughly enjoy having the house to myself for over a week until I join them.

  • Rave: Mom’s visiting this weekend AND Shark Week starts on Sunday!!!

    Rant: My company’s minimal/partial tuition reimbursement policy seems to be dependent on how the HR manager’s feeling that day. (Yes, I’m aware that this is a huge benefit and not everyone gets this) But seriously, how hard is it to document a policy that’s easy for *other* people to read?

    • Ugh, we had that problem when I worked for the Federal government. You had to be prepared to not be reimbursed because half the time you wouldn’t be. Given how expensive higher education is, it’s discouraging to have such an unreliable system.

  • That kid makes me want to have a baby asap. Not sure if that’s a rant or rave…

    • anon – assuming you are female and single, I’m game if you are!

      Speaking of that, how do you find single females in the city that want to stay single but have kids and be single friend-parents together, not married? I wanna be a baby-daddy : )

  • Rave: I am going to spend my Friday night at the gym, getting groceries, and doing laundry, and I could not be more excited about it. Ahh, getting shit done.

    Rant: Last night I was Crying Drunk Girl on the metro for the first time in, I don’t know, ever. To make it worse, I was wearing a DC kickball t-shirt. I don’t even like kickball. Argh. I’ll be mortified if anyone I knew saw me…

    • +100 on the getting shit done! I am thrilled to finally have a weekend to clean my house, drop off dry cleaning, do laundry and go grocery shopping! God when did I become such an old lady?

      Rant: My poor elderly dog hurt himself somehow yesterday while I was at work. I feel like such a terrible mom. I wish I could just stash him under my desk at the office during the day…no one would notice right??

      • +100 this happened to me once too. I think she fell down the stairs and I came home to a pup that could hardly walk. Waaaaa! I was so upset and felt so guilty.

    • Its ok Elza! Next time you see a crying drunk girl on the metro, you will be able to feel a little more compassionate – I’ve learned that the hard way too 🙂

    • girl we’ve all been there! chin up… your night sounds like a good time, i need to follow suit!

  • Rave: Todays picture! That kid is so cute!

    Rave 2: A good friend just got engaged…another one bites the dust!

    Rant: Today is going by soooo slowly!

    Rant 2: Even though I know its stupid…I can’t help but feel like everyone I know is moving on with their lives and I am stagnant?

  • Rave: Working from home today. Any day I work from home feels like Independence Day, and this freedom is totally free.
    Rant/Rave: I am an idiotic cheeseball. Can’t help it. Hate being chained up in an office so when I’m not, I’m all freaking smiles.

  • Rant: Have to get blood drawn (again!) today.
    Rant: Have to work on Saturday after a mega-long week.
    Rave: No plans (other than working) for this weekend- relax, hang out, read, eat yummy food- sounds like some good plans :-D.

  • revel: planning a wedding! and I don’t have an unreliable brother in charge of anything (nor crazy plans for a bachelorette party in Central America).

    rant: weddings are expensive, complicated, and require lots of tact and decisionmaking. It’s still a lot of fun, but it’s also a lesson in navigating family and in-law relations…I guess now’s as good a time to practice that, since we’ll be doing it for the rest of our lives.

    bonus revels: I went for a run yesterday and remembered how good I feel once I’ve worked out (if not during the actual exercise!) and my boss is taking me out to lunch today.

    • weddings are funny like that. people who you thought were normal suddenly turn into in-lawzillas the second you start planning a wedding.

      • actually, MY parents are the ones that are stressing me out! Luckily, my partner gets along well with them and I think we’ll have a wedding that falls somewhere in between what each set of parents is expecting, while still making us happy (at least, that’s what I’m hoping for!).

        • em

          Don’t let your parents stress you out too much. They love you a lot and just want you to be happy.

  • Rant: I have a pain in my ass…no, seriously. I slipped and fell on the ice in January and have had pain in the right buttock/thigh area ever since. Finally got the time and the inclination to visit the doctor today. Have to have physical therapy apparently as he says it sounds like “piriformis and gluteus muscle strain”…pain in the ass sounds so much better in my mind.

    Rant 2: My house looks like I’m auditioning for a part on “Horders”.

    Rave: It’s the weekend, the house is all painted and we get to move all the stuff back to the respective rooms.

    Rave 2: The house is all painted and looks fabulous!

  • I’m in love with this kid! RAVE

    • Rave #2: the stray cat i’ve been feeding (and have informally adopted) officially came back from his “hiatus”… i got attached to the old bugger, so i’m glad he’s back

  • pennyworth

    rave: finished w/ grad school

    rant: takes 6 weeks to grade comprehensive exams

    • Congrats, my “finished w/ grad school” buzz lasted for years, literally. Hope yours is the same.

  • Rave- I’m flying an airplane tomorrow!!!!

    Rant- Lost my car keys at Local 16 yesterday evening somehow. I wasn’t even buzzed, they just came off of my key chain

  • Rant: Republicans.

    Rave: The pool.

    • Rave: Tea Party shooting themselves in foot while shooting Boehner in the head.

      Rant: Tea Party’s actions — akin to economic terrorism

      • totally agree, but I’m unconvinced they’ll be taking the wrap for it, unfortunately. They’ll get kudos for holding the line against tax “hikes”

        • I’ve got my finger crossed optimistically. I think their apparent clout is being shown to be impotence. I mean, if people want to elect based on principle rather than effectiveness, have at it — but I think the “we elected you to change Washington” crowd has got to realize that jack shit (no bill) isn’t a very good result. The Bush cuts are still set to expire, after all.

  • Rave: All the suggestions I got last week for my visting 2nd cousin and his GF for youth hostels and other places to stay.

    Rant: His mother emailed me yesterday and said they changed their mind. The hostels here are “too expensive” especially in light of the fact they would also have to pay for parking

    Rant: I feel guilty that they couldn’t stay with me

    Rant: I really wanted to go owling with them at various memorials

    Rave: I won’t be invited to their destination wedding

  • andy

    RANT: Little girl is in the Upshur kiddy pool without a parent last night. Lifeguard tells her she needs to go find her mom because she can’t be there unattended if she’s under six.

    Young mom brings her back to the kiddy pool, transparently lies to the lifeguard that she is six and walks away. Lifeguard says to little kid, “Did you see how she just lied to me to my face?”

    RAVE: !Ir a la piscina con mi niño y mi esposa!

  • Rant: I swear today everyone (i.e., staff) at my job is going crazy AND I work in a mental health environment!

    I think it’s the heat, people get wackier with heat.

    Rave: Have no plans for the weekend. I may just hit a matinee this weekend by myself, just so i can enjoy not having to deal w/ (be nice) to anyone.

  • Rave: Found short-term housing! Thanks for all the advice last week.

    Rave: My car was accidently left unlocked on the street in Adams Morgan last Sunday (not by me) and it was still there when I went to move it today.

    Rant: Came home to a jury summons last night for federal court. Does anyone know what kind of trials Group I deals with?

  • Rant: Been apart from my wife and son for nearly 3 weeks. They know my work in Congress makes for an insane July and wisely left for the in-laws.

    Rave: Waking up to a text from wife saying that in one week we’ll be waking up together.

    Rant: Tore my calf muscle last weekend in a charity softball tourney. Undermining my efforts to be productive, and hurts like a mo-fo.

    Rant: Having to work this weekend as we limp ourselves to a debt limit increase.

    Rave: August recess is soon approaching.


  • Rant: Father Pleads Guilty Killing His Daughter.


    This poor, poor child. I hope she’s at peace now. Raped by her father for 2 years, then murdered by him. This guy can’t rot in hell long enough.

    In the past 6 months, PoP posted a picture of a handwritten announcement by a father offering a reward for info leading to the killer of his daughter. Is this the same case?

  • Bear

    Rave: Vacation starts tomorrow, and I leave for Africa as soon as I get back from that!

    Rant: Got thrown a MAJOR curveball on my South Africa research project. So instead of tidying up last-minute details before heading out for vacation, I’m frantically coming up with a Plan B and trying to nail down plans by close of business today.

    Rave: If I pull this off I could turn a small research grant focused only on South Africa into a six-country study. Wish me luck.

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