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.

Rant: Anyone else noticing stink bugs starting to hit DC?

Revel: I’ve killed a few and they didn’t really stink.

72 Comment

  • me

    This is embarassing… but my birthday was over the weekend. Unfortunately, I couldn’t enjoy it, because my depression started to roll in again on that day and I couldn’t handle even the smallest stressors. So, I just ended up ruining the day for myself and my husband. And now I feel like I need to be reprimanded and punished in a way, because I feel guilty about how I handled the day and I’m trying to figure out how to just move on. This sucks.

    • you don’t need to be reprimanded. it’s a new day. a new year. make it something that will make you happy.

      though, if you want your husband to spank you, just tell him.

    • I’ve had birthdays like that. Don’t feel guilty about it; it happens to the best of us. 🙂

    • Be defiant.

      Refuse to be embarrassed.

      Refuse to punish yourself.

      When you feel you are sinking, when you feel the onset of those thoughts that are bringing you down, raise yourself above those thoughts and shrug them off yourself like Autumn leaves on a tree.

      We all have good days and not so good days. Don’t dwell on negative things or associate with negative people.

      Look for and strive to stay positive and associate with people that make you a better person.

      Be defiant against your depression.

      Savor and enjoy your every meal, and swallow your food.

      We are not cows. We are not ruminant animals.

      We’re just people.

    • Be glad you’re not in Somalia.

    • Don’t beat yourself up… that’s just the depression talking again.

      Try to think about things from here forward, not getting caught up in what happened in the past.

      And don’t listen to Jimmy Crack Corn. It’s not helpful when someone says, “Things could be worse.” Yes, technically they COULD be worse, but depression is very real and very painful. And unless you’re a paralyzed orphaned amputee in Darfur or something, things could (technically) always be worse. That kind of reductive/dismissive approach is not helpful.

  • Please tell me the Omega fraternity is gone now. What an incredibly rude, litter-y and generally obnoxious group of people. I would be ashamed to have anyone in my family affiliated with them after their behavior and lack of concern for our city/home this last week.

    • me

      What did they do this past week?

    • Were those the folks in the purple t-shirts?

      • Yes. They were celebrating their centennial and they were ALL over DC. I didn’t see any negative behavior going on though, but I did hear that the younger bunch is a little wild. Then again if DC was filled with thousands of ANY fraternity members I’m sure it would be equally as destructive.

    • I have to say I had the opposite reaction to the Omegas. The majority of the men I met were very polite, and one of them actually apologized to me for his friend calling out to me. The friend was not an Omega, or was at least not wearing letters at the time.
      I also live near the convention center, and I didn’t see any mess in MY home turf.

      • I didn’t know this was going on and got caught in the convention center area driving home. The guys seemed pretty subdued but it was annoying that they were congregating in the middle of the streets and causing traffic to pile up.

        • That was annoying to me as well when I walked down to the movies Saturday. I had to get around groups of 4-15 guys, but they were nice if they noticed me. I’m kinda small and I walk fast, so I didn’t have too much trouble. I did see bigger groups get caught by the Omegas blocking the road.

          This was when the guy called out, but his friend smacked him and I had to laugh instead of getting pissed.

  • Rant: No longer being able to comment (or even read comments half the time) on The Hill is Home blog. I certainly don’t mind registering, but don’t they realize the Disqus system is extremely buggy and doesn’t work for a lot of people? It must be hurting their readership like it did for DCist.

    Rave: Prince of Petworth is just as good at covering my neighborhood so maybe I should just stick to this blog.

    • Agreed. DCist sucks now that comments are powered by disqus. At least 50% of my would be comments are not posted because it takes so long to log in or just doesn’t work at all. And their new web layout sucks too… I spend more time on PoP now 🙂

    • DCist sucks. Always has.

      PoP rocks !

      • i liked dcist when it started, even though it’s always been a bit like a chain store.

        but they got the ball rolling and really helped local news.

  • Rant: I think I have Temporomandibular joint disorder… My jaw has been hurting like crazy and popping for 4 days. Going to Dr. Anyone else ever have it?

    • me

      I’ve had it for years. They’ll give you a night guard… it does help, though it’s kind of awkward the first few nights. I’m assuming you grind your teeth? Just try to be mindful of the stress you’re keeping in your jaw during the day. (Easier said than done, I know.)

      • Yeah, GF has said I grind my teeth for years but just having problems now.

        • Take care of your TMJ now – lots of info online, exercises, ways to prevent injury. Nightguard can make a difference. And it does tend to dramatically lessen as you get older – (40’s)

          • I love wearing a night guard. It’s a bit of a security blanket for me. If I forget to put it in before bed, I inevitable wake up aware that it’s missing and go put it in.

          • me

            I have one now that I’ve had for about a month or so, and I also had one many years ago when I was in high school. I would routinely wake up in the middle of the night, wondering where my night guard was. I would usually find it hurled across the room, apparently thrown there while I slept. 🙂

          • andy

            our cleaning lady found mine in my pocket in the (washed) laundry. it now has a crack in it but still fits in the mouth. Without it I grind my front lower teeth into dust.

    • this can often be attributed to an ear or sinus infection. you been in the pool/ocean a lot lately?

    • Do you chew gum? If so, you’ll need to stop.

  • Rant: Today is my boyfriend’s last day of work in the wake of the lay off. T-6.5 hours til we’re a one income household. I’m trying to avoid giving myself a panic attack worrying about what we’ll do.

    Rave: He has an interview on Thursday and found that there is the possibly that he can hash out a temporary gig with a former boss.

    Rant: Got completely sunburned at the (awesome – even to a non-baseball fan) Mets v. Nationals game yesterday.

    Rave: Even though I forgot to take a sweater this morning, the heat radiating off my shoulders and shins will keep me semi-warm in my ice box of an office!

  • Rant: GeekSquad has the worst customer service ever.

    Rant: Having a semi-breakdown yesterday morning to my boyfriend about how I felt lost and confused with my life’s direction.

    Rave: Opened my eyes to the bigger picture and asked my boss for a four-day weekend at the end of this month as I’ve had no time off since February. I plan on turning off the cell phone, laptop and whatever other crap I own so I can just disconnect!

    • Awesome – but take a week! I’m taking all of November (lucky to be able to do it, I know – first time I have ever been able to do so). May not come back.

  • Rave: Planning a two week work trip to Rwanda for mid-August.
    Rave: Planning our (delayed) honeymoon to Turkey and Greece for right after work trip.
    Mini Rant: Packing and figuring out logistics for a month long trip that spans Africa, Europe, and Asia. (I know, that shouldn’t really count as a rant 😉 )

  • Rant: Am working from home today to keep an eye on my pup who sliced open both her front paws at the dog park yesterday (Petworth). She won’t even get up to get water, poor thing. Anyone have that happen to their pup, or is this an isolated incident? I haven’t had any problems before.

    Rave: I get to hang with my pups all day today!

    • Poor thing! Yes, this happened to our collie almost every time we took him there to run. I know the surface is eco-friendly and easy to maintain, but it really hasn’t worked out for our purposes.

  • Stink bugs invaded my garden – destroyed the zucchini. I’ve been spraying them with soap & power washing their lairs, but no victory yet. Any solutions are welcome!

    I’ve seen a clever easy trap to make out of a plastic soda bottle to catch them indoors, but has anyone tried traps outdoors?

  • Rant: Just generally feeling disconnected from my job and friends, and I can’t seem to shake it.
    Rave: My birthday is on Saturday, and hopefully dinner at Shaw’s Tavern will be just what the doctor ordered!

  • rant: apt hunting. do i get a roommate and live in a nicer apt. or do i pay the same amount and live alone in a tiny space, but my very own teeny tiny space.

    rave: going to LA tomorrow. work trip, but will be fun to see friends.

    • I could never find a combination that worked either. One year I’d try living with a psychotic roommate (they always have to be psychotic don’t they?), another year I’d live alone in a small run-down studio, then I’d try my luck living in a rough neighborhood, then I’d move way out to the suburbs.

      Probably the best scenario was the studio. I did save a lot of money living in the suburbs but it was really depressing (although I wouldn’t have been able to buy a home if I hadn’t done it). Good luck!

  • Rant: It’s review time, and we’re told in advance that we won’t get a merit raise no matter what. So the paperwork exercise is kind of like salt in the wound.

    Revel: At least for some this isn’t true, was told to promote staff!

  • Rant: Bad hair day.
    Rave: Turned 35 this weekend (not necessarily a Rave) but still got hit on by someone much younger (24).
    Rant: He was too young and not all that interesting, so much for that.

  • Rant: The friggin’ stink bugs don’t have any natural predators in the U.S.
    Revel: They’ve been running rampant since last summer.

  • Rave: I am approved for a studio! Moving in last week of August!

    Rant: Logistics of moving

    Rave: My own space!!

  • I am in need of a cheap, clean sofa (loveseat) or whatever. I don’t want to go to IKEA and assemble it. Yall know any local furniture shops in DC that I can check out?

    My price range is 100-350.

  • Rave: Good time at Mia v Nomar charity event at SW Waterfront.

    Rant: The vendor sucked and ran out of water before half-time

  • em

    Rave: Went to a great ropes / adventure course in MoCo yesterday to celebrate my future brother-in-law’s birthday

    (Not-quite-a) Rant: A bit sore and bruised from climbing trees and swinging along zip lines

    Rave: Also went blackberry and peach picking yesterday, then made preserves – delicious!

  • Rave: I put up wallpaper and chair rail in my upstairs hallway yesterday, all by myself. Never hung wallpaper, never put up molding, never used a miter box before. I am so ridiculously proud of myself and how it turned out, especially considering that nothing in my house is flat or straight. I keep going upstairs to admire it.

    Rant: week three of coughing from this stupid cold.

    • I’m envious of your rave. Congrats!

      Did you end up buying or renting the miter box? I’m on the fence about adding to our collection of not-very-often-used power tools.

      • I actually used a handsaw and box, not a power compound/miter saw. This is the box I got and have no complaints: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00009OYGB I also bought the first recommended 10″ Shark saw; we had only a very crappy handsaw, so I wanted something decent. Altogether it was a little less than half the cost of a low-end power saw, so I didn’t save that much money, but I’m kind of intimidated by power tools (other than a drill, I rock with a drill). The box and saw also take up way less space and are easier to store.

        Although the chair rail was a pain in the ass to put up (hint: use a lot of construction adhesive if your walls are plaster!), the cutting was a lot easier than I’d expected.

  • Revel: The picture associated with this post (stink bug or not) is hella awesome.

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