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: Yup… knee surgery round two.

    • My sympathies, been there and done that. Work hard in rehab and you’ll be back in no time!

    • Have you gotten a second and third opinion? I read a compelling study that showed that years later, those who don’t opt to have their ACL repaired are often faring better than those who did get surgery. Of course, I don’t know if it’s your ACL, but it might be worth it to look into the latest practices… especially if you’re not a professional athlete.

      • Thanks for the support and advice guys!
        It’s a bone/cartilage issue (tore off a piece of femur- it was screwed back in, now 10 months later, knee not working right- need to go in to clean up cartilage, etc.)but I appreciate the input and still will look around.
        I wish I was a professional athelete- preferably on the Phillies!

      • andy

        makes me feel good for not fixing my knee after collapsing in knee pain while playing soccer and not being able to walk properly for a few months a few years ago. it only bothers me now if i step on something uneven or at a distance i didn’t expect. like, if playing soccer.

      • As someone who had unnecessary knee surgery last year, I definitely wish I had gotten a second or third opinion. (Actually, it would have been a 10th and 11th opinion, but that’s another story.) I wish you a speedy recovery and hope this is the final step towards fixing the problem!

    • Sorry ’bout that. Here’s to a speedy recovery!

    • Knee surgeries are like back surgeries – no one ever has just one. Hope you’re better soon.

  • Revel – I got married to the woman of my dreams earlier this month.

    Revel – Had a wonderful honeymoon in Italy (Rome) and Greece (Athens, Santorini, Mykonos and Milos). We really loved the Greek Isles, so beautiful.

    Revel – I will try and make everyday a honeymoon.

    Rant – Being back at work.

    Revel – Having a job to come back to.

    • Congrats! Im currently planning a trip to Rome and cant wait!

      • Thank you. Be prepared to WALK!! Rome is like NYC on crack. There are people everywhere you turn, try not to get hit by the cars and bikes coming down what you though was a walkway. If you visit the Vatican, I highly suggest going on a guided tour if nothing else for being able to skip the line. I want to say, without exaggeration, that we skipped well over 800 people standing in line to get in.

        Not sure if you have been there before but it is DAMN expensive over there and given the dollar isn’t worth a damn it makes it that much worse. I might suggest putting your money in your account and then pulling it all out of an ATM when you get there, otherwise you will be paying fees and commission that you don’t need to pay.

        If I can be of any assitance, let me know.


      • anon. gardener

        When I went to Rome, I wanted to go to the Vatican for one reason – the Sistine Chapel. I made sure we were there right when it opened, so we’d be the first in line. It was my plan to sprint through the place to get to the Sistine Chapel before everyone else, so I could enjoy it for 5 minutes while it was empty. Well. Surprise surprise, the Vatican doesn’t take credit cards. Cash or travelers checks only please. The nearest ATM? oh, prossimo, prossimo! Practically across the street! Right…. By the time we got back, a fleet of tour buses had pulled up and the line was huge. The Sistine Chapel was still amazing though. Get there when it opens. And bring cash.

      • anon. gardener

        oh, and there is a beautiful botanical garden in Trastavere, not far from the Vatican. There are beautiful views of the city, and a small museum and villa nearby to visit. A nice place to get away from the crowds and the traffic.
        Italy is such a dream – you’re going to have the best time!

    • me

      I’m so jealous… I’ve been married for 2 years and still haven’t taken my honeymoon yet! Stupid work.

  • Rant: Muggy weather like this confuses my senses. Hot? Cold? Ick.

    Rave: Birthday tomorrow – going up to Baltimore to celebrate with family.

    Rave2: Conked on on Benadryl last night for my cold and got a great night’s sleep.

    Rave3: Some nice gentleman gave up his seat to me on the bus.

    Rave4: Partner is bringing me spicy pho for lunch to battle these sniffles even more. He’s awesome.

    Everything’s coming up Meg!

  • Rave! Mr. On the Hill returned from a week-long business trip last night.

    Less than Rave: Said return was at 3:30am via Megabus. Did not sleep well after getting home from picking him up. Sleepy today.

    Rant! Tried out new-to-me Tres Semme dry shampoo today. GROSS. Hair feels worse than had I just not washed it or used the product stuff. Blech!

    Confused: Mother Nature, why are you acting like a girl and changing your mind? Stick to the plan — FALL FALL FALL!

    • seriously? “why are you acting like a girl and changing your mind?” Do women have some kind of monopoly on that?

    • Try Klorane dry shampoo, it’s expensive, but worth every penny. and it smells really good too!

    • claire

      Okay, this might make me sound like a crazy hippie, but I’ve had a lot of success with giving up shampoo and conditioner entirely. They’re basically full of weird chemicals that disrupt the balance of your natural oils and make it so you need to keep using them. For the first couple weeks after you stop using shampoo and conditioner, your hair will be somewhat greasy (washing with a mixture of baking soda and water and/or thoroughly combing in cornstarch when dry can help with this), but then it all settles down and you have beautiful, natural, cheaply maintained hair!

      Not necessarily for everyone, but just a thought. Haven’t washed my hair with anything but water for over a year, and it looks better than ever.

    • msmaryedith

      I like Oscar Blondi, but it’s a little hard to distribute the powder evenly. It smells nice, though. Lately I’ve been a fan of Suave’s dry shampoo. I like the smell (although it’s pretty strong–somewhat graprefruit-y) and it’s under $3! It doesn’t last as long as some but for that little, I don’t feel ripped off.

    • CVS also carries a dry shampoo that I swear by. It is called Psssssst (I know, weird name). It is comparatively inexpensive too.

      I have stick straight hair so I feel like you can easily tell when I haven’t washed it, but the dry shampoo makes it look and almost feel like it I just have.

      • Wow, Pssssst is still around? I remember using that in 70s when I was in high school. I don’t remember it working so well, but maybe they’ve improved it in the past decade. Funny.

  • Rant: being on a week long vacation with my boyfriends HORRIBLY ANNOYING and high strung mother.
    Revel: She paid.

    • I definitely hear you, but be glad your m-i-l is not your mother.

      Like your boyfriend, I have a HORRIBLY ANNOYING and high-strung mother. Although I know it’s been bad for *my* various boyfriends over the years, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s worse when you’re the child.

  • Rant – the global economy is broken.

    Revel – fortunately i took a lot of my money out of the market to buy a sweet house a few months ago.

    Rant – I really have no idea what to do with my non-401k savings at this point. The market just seems so volatile at the moment.

    Rant – what’s left of my 401-k savings

    (Caution: if you haven’t seen the market news today, I suggest you just go back to bed and try to sleep for the next couple of years)

    • i need to resist the urge to check out my stocks all day long.

    • Rant: I thought about transferring all of my 401(k) into bonds on Monday.

      Rave (sort-of): I won’t be retiring for another 30+ years (40+ at this rate?) so I can ride it out.

    • Rant – You own a home and have enough money to consider investing in the market. That’s far better than most people are doing, stop complaining.

      Revel – Having a 401k.

  • Rant: Lenwood Johnson, ANC1A10, is trading insults (“bitchassness”… I know some of you saw this) on the Columbia Heights Listserv. These are elected positions? Bleh.

    Rave: Seeing old college friends this weekend at a wedding!

    • I saw that. I also saw Rep. Lamborn (R-CO) and Rep. Markey (D-MA) get into a pissing match yesterday over 30 seconds of time and being gavelled down and whether it was fair to have let the witness exceed his time to finish his thought but not the Ranking Member and blah blah blah. Congress doesn’t act like grownups; why should the ANC members?

      Rant: the execution of a possibly innocent man. Officially disillusioned today.

    • Rave: people are waking up to Lenwood Johnson’s perfidy and incompetence. Recall him

      Rant: we have to resort to recall b/c we can’t beat him in an election due to the entrenched folks who feel he’s their last bulwark against yuppies, as if (1) he even lives in the district and (2) he’s done anything meaningful and lasting for this community. These are bamma analog to Tea party voters…

  • Revel: Having one of those days at work where all I have to get done is fill out spreadsheets, place online orders, and mail stuff. It is bad that I find it relaxing to not have to think sometimes?

    Rant: It is still not the weekend yet.

  • Rant: My husband recently started a year of Mandarin Chinese training for his next assignment and the amount of time he has to dedicate to studying is overwhelming. He goes to class for 6 hours and then has to study for 3 or 4 hours a night. And he is incredibly hard on himself when by all appereances he is doing very well in the class.

    Rave: We get to move to Hong Kong this time next year when he has successfully passed the class!

    Rant: I really am being as supportive as I can be, but I still feel like a bad wife. I don’t bother him when he is studying, but don’t care for only getting to spend an hour with him a night. I’m afraid of what consequences not being able to spend quality time together is going to have on our relationship.

    Rave: We have a very strong marriage that has survived a lot worse.

    Rant: He hasn’t learned how to order food yet. I want to be taken out and get to order off of the ‘native’ menu. =)

    • Hong Kong is awesome (but they speak Cantonese, not Mandarin, there).

      • I was going to mention this… although I suspect a lot of native Cantonese speakers there speak Mandarin as well.

      • Yeah, we are aware of that. He works for the government and he will be performing investigations that originate in the mainland. The wisdom of the US government says he will get Mandarin training.

        He is happier to get Mandarin as it will benefit him in the long run over Cantonese.

        I plan on doing an intense 12 week Cantonese course before we go to learn some basics.

        • Yeah, I figured his work must be government-connected. That sounds like an interesting job!

          I _think_ Mandarin and Cantonese are written the same (although Hong Kong probably uses the traditional characters rather than the simplified ones that the mainland started using sometime after 1949). So even if he doesn’t speak Cantonese, he’ll still be able to read street signs, menus, etc.

          Have a great time in Hong Kong! Sounds like a fantastic opportunity.

    • Aren’t most residents of Hong Kong still bilingual? It’s only been 14 years since Britain officially gave it up.

      • It is my understanding that I will be able to get by with English most of the time. I want to learn what I can otherwise. If I could quit my job and learn a language full-time I would.

        • oh, I’m all for learning a native language. I was just saying that in case the Mandarin isn’t 100% perfect, you’ll still be able to order dinner. 🙂

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: feeling rather blah today.
    Rant: current project is wicked difficult.
    Rave: Dialog brought us donuts.

  • Rave: I have a lovely boyfriend who is funny and supportive and an excellent cook.

    Rant: I’m sliding into depression again and will probably end up pushing him away.

    Rave: I’m employed.

    Rant: I can’t stand my job.

    • Go get help! Depression is awful, horrible, no good and very bad. But there is help available. Call your doctor today, right now. Tell your boyfriend what’s going on.

      I’ve dealt with this for years and knowing what’s going on early on is a HUGE help, you can get started on therapy and meds and maybe light treatments before things go completely to shit.
      I know it’s awful, I know you may have very little energy, but ask for the help you need.

    • I’m in the boat with you on the depression front, execpt I don’t have a boyfriend-got dumped a few months ago. Go see a therapist and get help, get on meds, whatever you need to do to help yourself feel at least a little relief. You don’t have to go at this alone. Good luck to you!

    • Hi rosasharn, I’ve been there re the first rant. Just make sure you tell him what’s going on and get some help since you already see it coming. It’s worth it. And you’ll find that having someone supportive while you’re depressed will help your recovery and give you more confidence in your relationships even if this one doesn’t work out. Good luck. It’s not always easy, but I know you can do it.

    • Ditto to the other commenters — go talk to someone, get on meds if that’s what’s right for you, and for sure let your bf know. If he’s supportive like you say, he’ll understand.

      I find that when I feel a slide coming on, it helps to go for a walk around the block at least once a day or commute sans headphones/reading/anything — allowing myself to BE and OBSERVE for 5 minutes a day opens up this whole world of little things that brighten things up, even for just a moment.

      Keep us posted — sending good thoughts to you!

    • Agree with everyone. I also found meditation helpful and left each time feeling a little lighter. Good luck!

  • Rave: Feels like a Friday.
    Rant: It’s still Thursday.
    Rave: Only 1 more day till the weekend!

  • Rave: Heading to Wisconsin tonight for my college friend’s wedding!

    Rant: Hangovers, and electricity bills.

  • claire

    Rant: Just got assigned a task that 1) is really tedious and difficult and 2) doesn’t necessarily make sense given the end goal in mind. I tried raising concerns, but they essentially went unheard. Feeling really frustrated. Sometimes I absolutely hate research.

    Rave: After six hours, I get to go home and not think about this for three days.

  • Rant: Health issues continue. Can’t breathe – is it asthma? Allergies? Whatever it is, it’s annoying.

    Rant: No health insurance to cover a doctor’s visit to figure out what’s up.

    Rave: Two awesome friends are coming to visit this weekend! Looking forward to a few days of dining out, catching up, and watching football.

  • Rant: Trying to rid my breath of onion smell. Not cool.

    Rave: Drinking chamomile tea so soothing.

    Rave: Half day at work today for doctor’s appointment.

  • Rant: Walk of shame this morning
    Rave: Last night!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rave: Today’s my 50th birthday!
    Rave: going to lunch with the staff!

  • msmaryedith

    Rant: My landlord emailed TWO month’s worth of Pepco bills to us and asking us to pay immediately–and they’re for July and August, and are $700+.

    Double rant: Got a 10% pay cut announced on Monday. Really bad timing for my next paycheck to drop 🙁

    • Do you have an account set up directly with Pepco? When I had a huge bill to pay, I asked to pay it in pieces, and they were surprisingly easy to work with (never mind that they haven’t read my meter in a year). You should look into that.

    • Are the charges based on estimated usage or the actual meter read? When Pepco tries to charge us based on estimated usage, they often overcharge by more than a hundred bucks. Eventually everything catches up, but in a situation like yours it might be worth looking into.

  • @Anonymous 10:24am: I too have an annoying and high-strung Mom, who’s behavior becomes even worse in a family vacation setting. Believe me, I feel your pain.

  • Rant: Repeating the embarassment of living among people who think our ANC Lenwood Johnson is a hero, like Marion Barry I suppose.

    Revel: my daughter repeating the embarassment of the boys on the other time out at the Tubman Elementary soccer pitch/field. Give it up guys. She’s a machine.

  • me

    Rant: I never broke out as a teen, and now that I’m in my 30s, I’m breaking out all over the place. Went to the Dr, who gave me stuff that simply deis my face out, so now I have dry skin on top of breakouts. What the hell.

    Rave: Had a killer tennis game last night and am still a bit sore, but it’s a good sore, like I actually did something good for my body.

    Rant 2: Dishwasher crapped out, so it’s appliance shopping this weekend.

    • I would have your hormone levels checked…… I have always had skin issues but right around the time I turned 30 it got much worse…. turns out I was seriously estrogen dominant. (of course i am assuming you are female) I will admit that it took some time to get it all straightened out but it has helped a lot.

      And I went to several dermatologists and not one ever said anything about hormones. It finally took going to a naturopath to get it straightened out.

  • Rave: Going to (finally) meet the dog I might adopt today.

    Rant: Won’t be able to adopt her until next week.

    Rave: Won’t be able to adopt until next week because I’m going to Ocean City tomorrow.

  • Rant: Was the unsuspecting third wheel on a very awkward date last night. Seriously who goes to IKEA AND Target for a date??

    Rant: My feet still hurt from all the walking around.

    Rave: I got an extra pickle with my chicken salad sandwich.

    Rave: Pressing the ‘SUBMIT’ button on a very important application today. Fingers and toes crossed for a good outcome!!

  • Rave: The fancy sandwich truck has the best sandwich right now- mozzarella, red peppers, eggplant, capers, aioli, maybe more? AMAZING!

    Any rant I may have had is currently overruled by my happy stomach and taste buds.

  • Rant: Temping is sucking my soul. Was given a project that was supposed to “take me all afternoon” I was done in 20 minutes. There is one more step that I can’t do until the supervisor finishes writing the thank you notes.

    Rave: Temp job provides me with the income I need to both pay bills and save up money to move to Seattle and start a new life out there. Which I plan to do in late october/early november.

    Rave2:After more 10 years of living many states and many time zones apart my best friend moves to Richmond this weekend with her husband for 6 months. They’re coming up this weekend after they drop off their kitties to stay for the weekend and go to the Legwarmers Concert! I am looking forward to having them so close for a little bit!

  • Rant: Have had a yucky cold and sore throat for a week. Is it just me or is this going around? Haven’t had a cold in years and not sure if I should go to the doctor.

    Rave: I have health insurance if needed and cable to keep me company.

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