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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  • Rant: Pants are now too small. I thought I was emotionally prepared for unmitigated Akira-like growth in pregnancy, but I’m not. First day of wearing the “belly band” to be able to not fasten my pants but still wear them until I can get more clothes.

    Rave: So happy it’s below 90 degrees. Gorgeous!

  • claire

    Rant: Been sick for almost a week now. All I want to do is sleep and drink tea, but being an adult means I am obligated to go to work.
    Rave: Awesome boyfriend roasted a chicken for dinner last night. And my roommate made stock from the carcass. Maybe this means chicken soup can happen in the near future . . .

    Any tips for healing my raw throat? (Am already gargling with salt water.)

    • Myer’s Rum, hot water and lime. Works every time.

    • Try honey with your tea, or just a spoon of honey by itself. And definitely drink lots of tea! It has worked for me. 🙂

    • A couple of weeks ago I had a really bad cold, and the sore throat was the worst symptom. It was so bad that I took a prescription pain killer. That really helped, and I was able to sleep really well.

    • make a drink with hot water, lemon juice, fresh ginger, and honey. Tastes great and really helps a raw throat.

    • Be careful that it’s not strep! I came down with strep last week and my doctor said it was making the rounds in DC this summer!

    • Gargle with fresh garlic.

    • Apple cider vinegar. Rinse twice a day with it and your throat will be cured by the weekend. It’s disgusting but works! Regular vinegar can work too, just much more disgusting.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I had an really bad sore throat last winter and my doctor prescribed this God-awful tasting Novocaine gargle that made my throat completely numb. It was wonderful.

    • 1 cup of hot water, couple of tablespoons of salt, a glug or two of honey, and a TON of cayenne pepper. Like a tablespoon or so. Gargle in the back of the throat and spit it out. Do it every 10 minutes until the cup is gone. If you keep it mostly off your tongue, it won’t burn! This worked for me after a week-long terrible sore throat. One gargle and it was over. I was skeptical of the hippie stuff, but try it.

      • claire

        Okay, so I’ve been putting some cayenne pepper in my salt water gargle already, but maybe I should be doing even more . . .

        Thanks for all the suggestions!

  • Rant: Got dumped via e-mail this morning.
    Rave: At least I’m free to flirt tonight.

  • Rant: Nothing really to rant about today – just a general feeling of apathy. Deadline for a client project is tonight, and nowhere near completion with my band of interns.

    Rave: Having tomato and basil black bean soup last night in my apartment. Having a jumbo Aero bar for breakfast. Glorious.

  • Rant: Girlfriend had to gave an emergency root canal this morning. Not really my rant, I just feel bad for her. I guess I need to find some good soup and other soft comfort food recipes so I can cook for her.

    Rave: Never had a root canal and hope I’ll never need one.

    • The worst thing about a root canal for me was the cost. Even with insurance I still had to shell out a fair bit of cash.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I had a root canal once and it was (thankfully) not a big deal. Didn’t hurt and my dental insurance is great. Hopefully it’s not a big deal for your girlfriend.

      • She’s really upset about losing a tooth. When she sent me a picture I was going to text back that she could now think of a rap or hip hop career, but I thought that might not be a good idea. I’ll joke about that after she gets a crown and has recovered.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Oh that’s sad. I can understand that losing a tooth is upsetting. I was sad the first time I had one capped.

          I guess I have such hill billie teeth that I’ve gotten blase about crowns and such.

          I hope she recovers quickly!



    rant: I will die alone with 10 cats.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Twisted my ankle on the uneven, brick side walks in Alexandria and it hurts!

    Rave: Ordered a new dress from a store I just learned about; can’t wait to try it on!

  • Revel: Just absolutely amazed at how angry I am starting to get with my 2 and 4 year old for their goofing around, especially at dinner.

    Rant: I need to chill tfo, please PoPville, send some good parenting vibes my way.

    • RU angry with them, or at something else – they are 2 and 4 after all. Give them limited timeouts (separately) and keep your role as parent clearly established. Rise above getting frazzled…

    • For the sake of society, please continue to teach them to control themselves at dinner.

  • Why is it just Rant and/or Revel now? What happened to the Rave?

    • I’m pretty sure it has always been Rant/Revel, but for some reason just about everyone always say “Rave” instead of “Revel”.

  • rant: relationship of a couple of months ended. it was undeniably not working but still sucks to break up. being in a relationship has lots of perks that I’ll miss…like the physical aspects and having someone that cares about me and I care about him.

    rave: free! free to just chill and not talk to anyone for days if I don’t feel like it, without someone feeling like I’m blowing him off. free from expectations, demands, misunderstandings.

    additional rave: it’s almost the weekend!

    • I’m tell you love is for suckers! Love is not real anyway…

      • If love is for suckers then I must be one! I love love. La Bella Donna, love’s everywhere. it doesn’t have to be romantic love. let’s start small: I love you. Now pass it forward.

      • Sister to sister: comments like this are cute for getting attention when you’re 20, but if you seriously walk around espousing these ideas then it’s no wonder you haven’t found anyone worth being with. Wait until you meet a grounded man who knows how to be a human being.

        • If there were grounded men who knew how to be humans, I wouldn’t think love was for suckers now would I? I have tried dating every type from bus drivers to lawyers and every last one of them have broken my heart. I’m sick amd tired of nursing wounds. That’s why I think the whole idea of finding your solemate is an illusion. i’d rather be alone then to go through this crap again.

    • leftcoastsouthpaw

      Like with most things, a little time and a stiff drink makes everything better.

  • Can we get an update on that PoP dating feature a few weeks ago?

  • Rave: Making homemade alfredo sauce tonight.
    Rant: Fat and cholesterol from said sauce.
    Rave: Sinfully delicious fettucine.

  • Rant: Contrast
    Rave: Brightness

  • Rave: 10 days smoke free. It’s weird to feel like total shite and and a million times better at the same time.
    Rant. Angriest man in DC.
    Rave. Boss knows to avoid me for the foreseeable future.

  • Rant: I just got laid off.
    Rant: I also just bought a house.
    Rave: uhhh…I guess the weather is nice??

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