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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  • The fiscal year has ended and its so quiet in the office.

  • me

    Rant: Why must some women absolutely douse themselves in perfume? It is making me so nauseated.

    Rave: Heading out of work early for an appointment with a pre-conception clinic. Hopefully they can figure out what’s going wrong.

    • Good luck to you!

      • me

        Thank you, but unfortunately, there’s nothing. Apparently a year of trying is normal, and he’s sending me to yet another place. What a pain.

    • I’m guilty of accidentally doing that occassionally…then I feel bad for everyone around me for the rest of the day. I suppose I should just change clothes next time I do that.

    • Unfortunately, it’s not just women. The worst offender in my office is a man who covers himself in cologne. It’s not a bad scent (well, I don’t think it would be, when used sparingly). But, my, he uses a lot of it!

  • pablo .raw

    Rant: looks like I’ll spend my whole day waiting for reviewers at DCRA
    Rave: wi-fi
    Rave: wearing a similar leather jacket as the lady i the photo. $ 40 on Etsy

  • Rave – It’s the Feast of St. Francis

  • claire

    Rave: I saw some sun this morning!

    Rave: Think I’m going to make fig pesto when I get home.

    Rave: Really enjoy my job.
    Rant: But I’d still rather be cooking all day.

    • msmaryedith

      Fig pesto? Explain, please!

      • claire

        Well, I was inspired by a recipe for plum pesto that was basically your standard pesto but with a couple plums tossed in so now I think I’m going to do it with some figs instead since I happen to have a lot of basil in my garden and a box of figs in my fridge! Thinking it could be good on sandwiches or pizza. If it turns out well, I’ll post a recipe to my blog.

    • Would love to hear how it turns out.

      I’ve made fig and olive tapenade & a fig and walnut butter – always interested in other good fig recipes!

  • Rant: Stress of applications for renting a place. Please like me and let me live on your property.

    Rave: Hilarious tenant meeting at my building last night. Old lady screaming about “hoodlums” [kids, probably ones that live in the building] skateboarding in the parking garage.

    Rant: Mice in the building. Althought I haven’t seen one yet, I’m pretty sure it’s only a matter of time before I do.

    Rave: Decided to go into the baby naming business. “Applebloss Lionheart,” just on the fly. You can have that one for free.

  • Rant: Hubby in NYC for the next three days.
    Rave: Homemade meatloaf for dinner(Hubby is vegetarian) with friends and the Phils.
    Rant:Surgery on Friday.
    Rave: Mom’s doing great after her neck surgery last week!!

    Potential Rant/Rave: Where can I find canned pumpkin in Dupont Circle? Safeway and Whole Foods didn’t have any when I looked this weekend! I want pumpkin chocolate cookies!

    • Oh no. During the Libby pumpkin shortage of 2009 the only place I was able to find it was at Whole Foods. I did hear a rumor that there problems with the pumpkin crop again this year.

      • I looked at Whole Foods (P St) last weekend for canned pumpkin to no avail. I wanted to make pumpkin oatmeal. I’ll try Yes Market tonight.

    • While the Northeast has had a very tough pumpkin year (due to a wet spring, an outbreak of fungus, and flooding from Hurricane Irene), the rest of the country is doing OK, thanks very much.

      Libby’s, the chief supplier of canned pumpkin to America’s bakers, had this to say in an August press release:

      “While much of the country has been suffering from unusually high temperatures this summer, the weather seems to be perfect for growing pumpkin! That’s right, thanks to Mother Nature and the hard work of the dedicated pumpkin farmers in Morton, Illinois – the pumpkin capital of the world! – Libby’s Pumpkin is happy to report that consumers will be able to find a bountiful supply of their beloved pumpkin on grocer’s shelves in plenty of time for the 2011 holiday season.”

      So, it may be difficult to find your favorite brand of canned pumpkin at the moment. Especially in the Northeast, where local manufacturers – e.g., One-Pie – may be having trouble with their supply.

      But hold tight; the new crop should be hitting your supermarket shortly.

      • Woohoo!!
        Thanks for the info!!! I think I may need to stock-up when they do hit the shelves.
        Don’t worry, I’ll leave some out there for you all.

        • I have a can of Libby’s Pumpkin (the big size!) in my cupboard – willing to sell to the highest bidder!

        • It’s already on the shelves in the Columbia Heights Giant – I bought myself a can last weekend. Hopefully they’ll last the week!
          (Sorry to spoil your auction, victoria)

    • claire

      It is *so easy* to make your own pumpkin puree (and very tasty)! Buy a pumpkin (Whole Foods should have some), cut it in half (or quarters if it’s extra large), scoop out the seeds, and put in the oven at 350 until the flesh is tender and easy to pierce with a fork. Scoop out the flesh, drain in a colander overnight (optional, but cut the liquid in your recipe down slightly if you don’t do this), and use as desired!

      • claire

        Oh, and store in the refrigerator or freezer. Should be good for a month in the fridge and for 6 months in the freezer.

      • I appreciate non-canned goods from scratch as much as the next person and put in my time in the kitchen, but picking up a can of pumpkin sounds a heckuva lot easier than homemade pumpkin puree. Hats off to you for doing it. Maybe if I really loved the stuff I’d be willing to invest the time & effort, but for the 2x a year I use it, a trip to the store is a lot more convenient.

        • claire

          I’m the first to admit I occasionally overdo it with these things 🙂 Do quite a lot of pumpkin cooking in the fall & love going pumpkin picking so that’s probably part of why it seems worth it to me.

          • I’ve done this with the pumpkin – multiple interesting varieties that we grew out on our farm, but unfortunately, it can be hard to tell the difference in the pies.

      • this is “so easy”? one hour worth of work, 12 hours worth of waiting time, and 30 minutes of cleaning. forget it.

        • plus, it’s more expensive to buy a pumpkin than it is to buy canned pumpkin.

        • Yeah, I make most things from scratch but have only done pumpkin puree once or twice. It’s messy, and more expensive, plus I actually like the taste and consistency of canned pumpkin better. Making a pumpkin pie is a big enough undertaking as it is. However, it is a reasonable solution if canned is not available or you want a more squashy flavor. Butternut squash is a good substitution as well.

          • And “Halloween” pumpkins – the most available – are generally not so great for cooking – watery and less flavor. (Any bids yet?)

    • saf

      Yes on GA Ave had a whole bunch the other day.

    • Rave: Giant on Park Rd has a ton of canned Libby Pumpkin. Plus all check outs open from 4-8pm, free rotisserie chicken if a healthy checkstand is not open during this time frame.

  • Rant: health problems. Taking steps to figure out what’s up but in the meantime I’m googling my anxiety to painful highs.

  • Rave: Working from home, which means I get to do laundry, spent my usual time commuting to work at the gym instead, and not wear make-up!

    Rant: I’m working from home for a Comcast visit and mattress delivery dudes. Hope all the logistics work out today, and that Comcast actually brings the right stuff this time, unlike the last few times they were here….

    RAVE: iPhone 5 coming out today, conveniently timed 1 week after my “due for an upgrade” date 🙂

    • I don’t have issues with Comcast in general, but they do have some serious issues with internal scheduling. If I call to install phone service they send someone to fix the cable. If I call to add another cable box they guy shows up without it.

  • Rant: Damn biological clock kept me up last night.

    Rant:Wishes women were asexual, so we wouldn’t need men to get pregnant.

    • Well technically you don’t. At least, not a man physically there during conception.

      • I guess I should say, it’s more cost effective for me if I could get pregnant the good ol American way, but since I’m doomed to be a spinster, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen. I’ve looked into AI, but I can’t afford it and my insurance doesn’t pay for that.

        • a one night stand usually only costs you a couple of martinis.

          • You’re a female. It won’t cost you anything…

          • doctors bills for the possible diseases and lawyers fees when he finds out you were trying to stud him.

            I believe this was an episode on the L Word about 5 years back, from what friends with showtime tell me.

        • Jonesy, didn’t you say somewhere that you’re 32? Give yourself a few (or several) more years before getting too stressed out about this. You aren’t facing imminent infertility; you’ve got quite a bit of time to meet someone and get pregnant.

        • And moving overseas? Didn’t you mention going into the military? Whatever the case, don’t give up and don’t conclude that you are doomed to be spinster, the right person may be just around the corner.


  • RANT: My country bumpkin cousin is starting a job in DC (supposedly) next week and is staying with me (and my boyfriend) our one bedroom apartment until she can get on her feet. Says she’s giving herself “until December” to find a place. Is it unreasonable to expect someone brand new to the city to find a suitable apartment in under a month?

    • Seems like a month should be enough. Maybe a month and a half??

      Sounds like you probably ought to establish boundaries (in the form of an end date) _before_ the cousin arrives.

      • you are so right. boyfriend and i are going to have a sit down with her this afternoon, I think.

        • I would say month is reasonable time for someone in the area. My girlfriend and I moved up last summer. Prior to the move we spent maybe 3-4 hours on the internet looking for places and took 2 days to come up and view places in person. We found a great place in NW convenient for her school and for my work. This in all took us 2 days and a few hours in our old city. 1 month is plenty.

    • Took me one day…but I had been previously searching for months.

    • I stayed with my cousin when I first started working in Northern Virginia, and found an apartment within a month or so. Since I still didn’t know DC that well, I decided to play it safe and live in Alexandria. Maybe your cousin will do something similar.

    • claire

      Make some really loud awkward sex noises with your boyfriend and she’ll probably move out pretty quickly … just kidding!

      In all seriousness, offer to help her look for places since you probably have a better idea of what neighborhoods she’d be comfortable in/are in her price range. Give her rides/public transport directions to open houses. Hopefully you’ll help her quickly find a place she really likes with a move-in date of November 1 and that’ll be that.

    • Took my friend from Texas 2 months to find a place – and that was with constant pressure from me to be out looking. Given the economy, the rental market is tighter than it used to be.

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: Pretty sick and miserable, might need to take tomorrow off.

    Rant: Swamped at work so I feel guilty about taking a sick day.

    Revel: Friend coming to visit this weekend, we’re getting dressed up, and going to the MD Renaissance Festival. Want to be healthier for this.

    Revel: Despite the cold, enjoying the sweater weather.

    General Statement: My landlords are looking to rent their English Basement Apartment on the Hill (full disclosure, it’s under me and Mr. Squid). Trying to help by sending folks their way but not hearing much back nor getting the info I need to share with interested parties.

  • Bear

    Rave: Back to Uganda tomorrow!

    Rant: Couldn’t sleep last night. So tired.

  • Rant: car needs major repairs, can’t refinance our mortgage because the property isn’t worth enough. Even though husband and I have good jobs, it feels like we are regularly behind the 8 ball. It’s just so expensive to live here. How can we even think of starting a family if this is the reality of our situation? How do people make it work?

    Rave: i could be unemployed and living in alot of other less desireable places. things can always be worse.

    • I think many people leave the city to raise kids. You save on daycare and schooling. At least, that’s how I’ve seen it.

      • Why would you save on daycare? I think those costs would increase because the kid has to be there longer (assuming you work in DC & live inside or just outside the Beltway– you’d spend an extra 2-3 hours commuting each day).

        • Most daycare centers don’t charge on an hourly basis; it’s a flat rate to have the kids there during the hours they’re open (dependent on age, etc., of course). It’s a quality of life call to decide whether the monetary amount you save is worth having your kid there for longer hours, but, unless you’re consistently unable to make it there by the time the daycare closes (and thus are paying costly late fees), you won’t be paying more to have your kid there longer hours.

    • I’ve decided to move back home when buying my first property. Brand new condo for $53K? Yes, please.

    • I don’t mean to be condecening at all, but how far along the process have you gone to try to refinance. I know someone who was sure he couldn’t refi. He complained for a long long time. Then finally he found someone who just got it done. He was in the same situation as you where his place wasn’t worth enough.

      Look back here tomorrow and I will get you the name of the person he used. He said they were pretty amazing.

      In full disclosure, he DID have to put some money into it (I think) but it wasn’t much at all.

  • Horrible-bad-mood-rants:

    1. People who use the word “hubby”.
    2. People who have more than a kid or two and will some day complain that there aren’t enough jobs and our economy is bad. There are so many children who need homes, even cute little white ones. Adopt.
    3. My cat is old and I’m having trouble deciding whether it’s time to put him to sleep.

    1. My vet is great and not pressuring me about the cat.
    2. Just finished my last big house project- finally.
    3. Weeding in the fall is 428 times more enjoyable than weeding in the summer.

    • + a million to all of your rants

    • You must hate the Duggars then. I would agree that overpopulation is/can be a concern.

      • Haha, yeah- they’re a pretty big drain on society. And they’re weird, but that’s beside the point of course.

    • Pumpkin chocolate chip cookies make-up for bothering you with the word hubby (I could call him Handsome Husband, but thought that was a little much).
      Good luck with your kitty though- that’s a really tough time.

    • me

      YES to all of your rants, and I have been looking into adoption… I wish it wasn’t so expensive… the nest egg we’ve been building to actually care for the child would have to go simply towards adoption costs, and that’s before we’d even get the child. It’s so frustrating and heartbreaking at the same time.

  • Rave: Healthy baby girl born in mid-September. She is a real blessing.

    • Oh and Linds, it is kid # 2. I am not sure of the connection between parenting and a lack of jobs. Of all the fears I have for the future of my kids, I don’t think I once thought, they took our jobs.

      • Overpopulation, TG. It doesn’t seem like anyone sees that connection, especially our elected leaders, so I’m not surprised you don’t either.

      • overpopulation is the connection.

        • Oh I see the connection you are trying to make, it is just logically flawed. Our birth rate is slowing and our country is aging. If anything, we will need more people to become a part of the work force in the near future, not less. You have heard of the baby boomers, haven’t you? They make about 25-30% of our population and they aint gonna be around forever.

          • Wait…isn’t the large number of Baby Boomer retirees the reason why social security is in trouble?

          • Yeah, who cares if we wreck havoc on the environment? It’ll still support all those people, right?

          • Exponentially speaking, we just can’t keep up this birth rate. I think lots of people are being very selfish these days with how many children they are producing.

            In any case, it was my personal rant, so you can disagree as much as you’d like.

          • me

            Linds, I would love to adopt. But how do I pay for it? When the costs are paid just to adopt, I wouldn’t have any left over for the child. Believe me, I’m trying…

          • TG gets it, Linds does not. Just look at Japan & old Euro countries with negative birth rates + little tolerance for immigration. America needs more young people, not fewer, to avoid their problems.

            (BTW, U.S. birthrate is currently near an all-time low.)

    • TG, congratulations on your new baby. That’s exciting and a blessing for sure.

      And Linds, sounds like you need to get a little sunshine. Yikes. I am sorry to hear about your cat, though.

  • Rant: New businesses moving into Truxton! Keep up the good work!

  • Rant: My new boss spends almost all day with his door closed (in a three person office) and never says Good Morning or Hello when he does emerge to acknowledge myself and the other employee’s presence.

    Rave: I get a perverse joy in saying Good Morning/Hi to him whenever he does come out and forcing him to respond and acknowledge my existence.

  • I just saw a policewoman patrolling (?) near Judiciary Square on a BIG gorgeous horse with fluffy feet. Clop clop clop.

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