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: Light bulbs blown out in the kitchen that are to high for me to reach even with a ladder and no boyfriend around to help me. God I hate being single….

  • msmaryedith

    Rant: 10% paycut for all staff. Boss made a big deal of the fact that she was cutting hers 20%–but given that she has raised her (non-profit) salary about 100% over the last three years, it just means that perhaps she’ll have to do something a bit less extravagant than a safari for this year’s vacation.

    Rave: Maybe this is the kick in the pants I need to get the eff out of here.

  • Rant: Bus (brand new) died over a mile away from home yesterday, so I had to walk up Mass Ave. Sciatica went crazy. Not happy. That’s the third bus issue I’ve had in a week, and I’m wondering if I should just give up and start driving at my own expense.

    Rant: Can’t find any good day cares, and time is running out. Any recommendations for day cares that take kids as early as 6-8 weeks?

    Rave: This lemon Sanpellegrino.

    • Where are you looking for the daycare to be? Your best bet, if it really is short notice, might be a home daycare and there are several in the CH/Petworth area. You should be able to find an updated list from the DC Dept. of Health–search for child development centers and child development homes (their term for home daycares). Otherwise, join whatever neighborhood listservs you can and start looking for a nanny share.

      Finding daycare stinks. It was one of my least favorite parts of being pregnant/on maternity leave.

      • Well we’re in a little bit of a pickle because we’re planning to relocate up to the Columbia area in November. So ideally, I’d like a daycare up there, but I’m desperate and I’ll take something that’s relatively close to where I work in DC near 15th and M.

        Thanks for the Dept of Health reference. That’s super helpful. And thanks for the comiseration. It’s terrifying to think I’d have to quit my job if I can’t find a day care in time!

        • Here’s something to think about: if you choose a daycare near your home (in Columbia), then your baby is going to spend longer hours in daycare because s/he will be there the length of your commute + your workday. If you choose someplace downtown-ish, then you have to commute with your baby, but the hours that s/he will spend in care will be fewer. Neither is inherently better or worse, just different. This, of course, assumes that you’re keeping your job downtown and you and your partner won’t be able to stagger your schedules to minimize the time spent at daycare.

          Also, maybe I’m missing something, but unless you’re due any minute, late November isn’t much more than 8 weeks away. And you will not have to quit your job–you will find something. Everyone does, even if it feels hopeless at the moment!

          I am sure you found this, but here you go if not: http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/MSDE/divisions/child_care/child_care.htm

          • No no, I’m not due until January, but I’ve heard horror stories about waitlists. We looked at one place a month or so ago that had a waitlist until NEXT August.

            Thanks so much for all your help, really!

  • Rant: Very sad to see that the Natty Boh guy lost his other eye.

  • Rant. Interviewed for a job on 8/31. Emailed the next week to see what was up and got no response. Called HR the following week and was told that they would have a decision by Friday, 9/16. It’s Tuesday and I’m still sitting here waiting. I hate the lack of respect for job seekers.

    • sometimes it’s the system. we’re hiring at my place of business and due to red tape, the applicant doesn’t hear from us for a good three weeks to a month after applying, which is just as frustrating to us as it must be to them. It’s crazy because when we finally get to see the applicants on paper, all the viable ones have most likely committed to other jobs…

  • Rant: My dog won’t take his meds. For the last few days I was able to use peanut butter but he won’t do that anymore

    Rant: I feel like a very bad dog parent this am. I didn’t have chicken for him this morning so I had to give him a bunch of treats for “breakfast”.

    Rave: Wow, can’t think of one right now. Maybe something fun/exciting will happen during the day.

    • Ugh, I know this pain. Try taking a little bit of turkey hot dog and putting the pill in there. When he eats it gently hold his head up so he can’t spit it out, and feed him another hot dog bit right after you give him the one with the pill so he swallows it to take the other treat. Good luck!

    • Try giving him the pill the old fashioned way, just shove it down his troat and hold his mouth shut. That’s what I do when a foster is difficult with pills. Works every time.

      • Agreed. Just open the dog’s mouth and put it way in the back. Then close his mouth and rub his throat so he has to swallow. My dog will only take pills this way. Also, i try to cook up a batch of chicken or meat one night during the week and save it in tupperware – enough to last for 2-3 days. It saves on rushing around the next morning and trying to cook “breakfast”. Don’t feel guilty about giving him treats this morning – a little junk food for breakfast won’t hurt him. Hang in there.

      • This worked for me when my guy had his cateract surgery. The only thing worse than all the pills were the eyedrops! Five different kinds of drops, some of which had to be administered 3 times a day. I tried my best but I was lucky if half of them made it into his eye.

    • Thanks for the info on getting him to take his meds. Last night I put it in a bit of chicken (when I had chicken) but I didn’t have any this morning. I tried bread with honey, some cheese, peanut butter AND cheese AND honey and no luck. I will try the hot dog idea when I get home and if that doesn’t work it will be forcing time! Which he won’t like but, gotta do what you gotta do.

      I think I got my rave too!

      Rave: All the help on giving my dog his meds from PoPville! 🙂

    • Try pill pockets or depending on the size of the pill you can try butter to grease it enough to swallow it.

  • Rant: My health is not at 100%. Booked a doc appointment for later this week to see what’s up.

    Rave: Comfort food.

    Rave: Boyfriend helping me build my website.

  • christanel

    Rave: My office Keurig is finally here and I love it.

    Rave 2: DADT ended today.

    Rant: Troy Davis was denied clemency.

    • me

      I had a Keurig at my desk, and my office now disallows them (or any personal coffeemaker, desk lamp, etc) because they’re trying to save on energy costs. 🙁

  • rave: bannana cafe

    rave: skins are 2-0

    rant: dc united pwned by seattle

    rant: raining out

  • Rant: Jackhammer noise all morning outside the office window

    Rave: I have a window and I don’t have to be outside in the mucky drizzle

  • Rant: I didn’t get much sleep last night due to a loud alarm going off in the neighborhood a little before 1am until after 2am (at which point I had turned on many fans and buried my head under pillows). I called the police since there was a flashing light associated with the noise and it seemed to be coming from Safeway or the new apartment complexes.

    Rave: Only one hour until lunch time

  • Bear

    Rant: Jetlag. I keep waking up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep. This afternoon is going to be rough.

  • Rant: got stung by about 8 ground bees while on my run this morning. I’ve never even heard of ground bees until now…reader beware!

    Rave: treated myself to a Caribou hot chocolate this morning. It’s the little things… 🙂

    Double rave: going to Kiawah Island for a mini-vacation this weekend.

    • yikes, I’m sorry to hear that b/c it must have hurt. When I moved to Boston for grad school the first thing I did was go for a walk along the Charles River and I was immediately stung on the foot/ankle by a bee. That “welcome to Boston” moment was pretty indicative of what the next 2 years of would be like – painful.
      I guess that was my rant, a rave? my boss is the most agreeable person ever and this is the second day in a row that I’m working from home.

  • Rant: the dreary rainy day.

    Rave: Amused by my dog’s pouting over the rain. He HATES going out in it and generally prefers to nap all day.

  • Rant: I can’t find an apartment, or a house share for love or money

    Rave: Ice cream leftover from a party makes an excellent late morning snack at the office.

    • It might be an exercise in futility, but I had some luck with hotpads.com when I was looking. Also, apparently Craigslist is the way to go in these parts.

    • padmapper.com is an aggregator that displays apartment listings from craigslist and other websites on a google map. very helpful, but sometimes the craigslist postings are outdated or they get snatched up fast but the listing still shows up.

    • i feel your pain. i just signed a lease last week and really thought it wasn’t ever going to happen. try the usual craigslist and padmapper. Also call apartment buildings in the neighborhood where you’re looking to live. That’s how i found my place-it wasn’t posted, but a friend lives in the building and she suggested I call.

  • Rant: Knee acting up 10 months out from surgery- Doc says another surgery might be the only way to fix it.
    Rave: Saw three park police on horse back on my ride to work today :-D.

    • What kind of surgery? I also had knee surgery (March)for a meniscal tear & recently experienced pain/inflammation. My ortho guy gave me a steriod shot & said use ice & advil for two weeks.

      He said if this doesn’t help then another surgery might be indicated. The good news is that it has really helped.

      • Tore off a piece of the medial side of my femur (inside of my left knee) and had to have it screwed back together. Also had a PCL tear (which was not repaired). Fine through 8 months (olympic distance triathlons, hiking, biking, soccer, etc.) and 2 months ago (no trauma) it started popping, inflammed, pain, etc. Been through cortisone shot, steroid dose pack, etc. See the doc tomorrow…
        I’m glad to hear your knee is doing well since March- fingers crossed it stays feeling good! Good luck in the recovery- I hope you and I don’t end up back in the operating room!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: My cousin sends the best thank you notes. It makes me want to send her and her new baby lots of things.

    Rave: It’s fun thinking of totally impractical gifts to give the baby like china and silver.

    Rant: Silver is spendy, so I’ll let her Grandparents buy that for her.

    Curious: I wonder if they gave her a silver pattern yet.

  • Ditto to C.L.’s post:
    Rave: Happy Ask and Tell Day! Free at last.

    Rant: Sick about Troy Davis. Unbelievable. I abhor the death penalty.

  • Rant: I hate my job! I work the front desk for an elementary school and there’s an irate helicopter parent that calls or comes in to complain about everything… like she doesn’t like how the teacher is giving her son too much homework, or she’s offended because the other parents didn’t ask her to “volunteer” for a project.

    Rave: One more year of school and I’ll be a registered nurse!! 🙂

  • Rave: Out of the office early on Thursday and all day Friday for a friend’s wedding.

    Rant: No money, and its a problem.

    Rant #2: People who hate New Jersey. The cast of the Jersey Shore and the oil-storage town of Elizabeth are not legitimate reasons to hate a whole state.

    • +1 to you Rant #2. I’m a Jersey Girl and proud of my state :-D.

      • Another Jersey Girl here! It’s funny how many people think I should have an accent. I lived in the state until I was 22 and didn’t know a single person who spoke that way.

        • andy

          debate with the wife: in NJ, does “Harry” rhyme with “hairy?” Do people in NJ consider that proper English, or do you use the ‘a’ in ‘cat’? In my western homeland, you pronounce Harry and hairy the same way, like Mary and merry, etc.

          (We read our kid a book, “Harry, el perrito sucio,” and have been debating how to pronounce this name (when spoken in English, of course)).

          • I pronounce Harry the same as hairy. I don’t think your wife’s pronunciation is a NJ thing but just her own peculiarity. 🙂

    • And what about the people that hate on the Turnpike? I WISH the highways around here were that nice. People like to complain about NJ drivers, as well, but they are nowhere near as bad as the drivers in the DC area. I learned how to drive in NJ and still get scared driving around Northern Virginia.

      • My first week in Fairfax County I got pulled over. It was my first moving violation, and it was one of those ambiguous secnarios where it was the cop’s word against mine. Since I had a witness who agreed I was not at fault
        I felt it was worth taking to court for re-evaluation. The fine Southern gentleman who judged my case took one look at my records, saw I had NJ plates at the time it happened, and cited the New Jersey Turnpike as justificaiton that I’m a reckless driver who must have deserved the ticket. I was stunned.

      • I’ll take that “no pumping your own gas” situation any day

    • Just in case you Rant #2 was in response to my comment above, I should clarify. By “New Jersey” I meant the MLS team that plays in Harrison, New Jersey, not the entire state of New Jersey. Sorry for any confusion.

      • andy

        May I also be clear, there are many bad things about NJ, including swamps masquerading as “meadowlands,” rampant overindustrialization, bad accents, malls everywhere, sprawl, too many highways, a soccer team, etc., but my wife is great.

  • Rant: My tenants never paid the rent they owed me at the start of the month. A week ago they annouced that they were moving out, even though they still had 9 months left on the lease. I was nice about it– frankly they’ve been difficult tenants so I’m glad to be rid of them– and even provided a referral for their new place. They’ll be done moving out this week. What really gets to me is that they’ve had the audacity to demand the security deposit back.

    I had a long phone conversation with them, where I explained that they got to live there 10 days rent-free, and that they broke the lease and hardly gave me any notice so I am not legally obligated to return any of the deposit anyway, but I’m still getting harassed with emails about it. They’re citing various problems that they had with the house, all of which I responded to as soon as they were reported, and some as ridiculous as a few of the cabinets not being clean enough when they moved in. I typed up a reply restating what I told them on the phone.

    Am I obligated to interract with these people any further? I’m tired of being harassed and I need to focus my energy on getting the place cleaned up and finding new tenants. I understand they have moving expenses but it shouldn’t be my repsonsbility to cover them if they choose to move. I think I’ve made my position quite clear and I’m not interested in repeating myself any longer.

    • Whoops– meant to say they lived there TWENTY days rent-free!

    • See Jane’s post above….she’s looking for an apartment! Problem solved. Glad I could help!

      • Ok Jane, if you happen to be looking for a 3-bedroom house in Trinidad for $2k you’re in luck!

        I’m not that concerned about finding new tenants. I was overwhelmed with responses when I originally placed the ad back in June, so at most I think I’d lose a month of rental income. I just don’t think I owe these tenants what’s left of the security deposit after I deduct for rent.

        • That’s perfect, Jane–start your own group house! 🙂

        • Agreed. Start a group home. Done deal!

          In reference to their security deposit. You know what the right thing to do is. No need to seek justification on here. They are screwing you out of what they contractually agreed too (9 more monthly payments) and got to live for three weeks for free. You should ABSOLUTLEY keep their security deposit.

          Rave: Getting those clowns out of there and starting fresh, with Jane and her new group home!

  • Rant: I’ve had an unemployed friend living in my house for free for a couple of years since he “can’t find work.” In lieue of rent and food he is supposed to do my laundry and keep the house clean, feed the dogs, etc, I also have a cleaning lady once a week so its not like the work is endless.

    Rave: I finally told him he needs to be out October 15 unless hes starts paying rent.

    Rant: He is been really curt with me since I gave him notice.

    Rave: October 15!!!

    • Ugh, I’ve been in that situation too. You’d think if someone were home all day and not paying rent they could at least do the ONE thing I asked (in my case taking out the trash twice a week). Maybe there’s a reaosn they don’t have jobs!

    • leftcoastsouthpaw

      Two years? I think you have gone above and beyond your duties as a friend. He should be thanking you every day until the 15th and probably for a long while after.

    • curt because his reign as Betty Draper has come to an end…

  • austindc

    Rave: Got into school! Time to get educated. . . to the max.

    Rave: My first home brewed pumpkin beer is coming along great and smells delicious!

    Rant: The new rain barrel system I built looks like it was built by a drunk man. To be fair, I was drunk, but I think I need to redo the darn thing. Don’t worry Anacostia River! I’ll have it fixed soon!

    Rant: I wish my new bike was here so I could ride around in the nice fall weather! It’s still being shipped.

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