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. But please no personal attacks. I’ll open this thread every morning at 10am.

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  • Rant: Absolutely no motivation to work
    Rave: At least I’m teleworking, so I can work in my pjs

  • me

    Rave: I passed my professional certification exam the other day.

    Rant: Now my company wants to send me to a project that is 41 miles away from me (one way). I lease my car. Not to mention, I’m not thrilled with the project itself. This is not going to work… but I don’t know what to do. :-/

    • Congrats on the Rave. I know you were really worried about that!

      Don’t know what to say about your Rant…perhaps touch up your resume and put your feelers out in the meantime?

    • anon. gardener

      Congrats! Here’s hoping it’s the last certification you’ll ever need.

      Can you telecommute?

      • me

        Thanks, guys! 🙂 Unfortunately, telecommuting isn’t an option. I was hoping that 2012 would be a bit easier than 2011, but this isn’t helping things at all, ha!

  • Rave x 10000: My new rescue dog! I am totally smitten and so proud of how he is adjusting. Seeing his big fluffy tail wag when I grab his leash melts my heart every time.

    • +1 i love my rescue dog too… although she is quite nuts and has caused me much stress with her behavior sometimes, i could not for a second imagine being without her!

      • I love my rescue, as well. I had to put in quite a bit of work with him (he was young, but an adult when I got him, so I had to help him unlearn a lot of behaviors), but it has been worth it! I love having him in my life.

    • Congrats! I got my rescue last Saptember and she’s awesome. We’re planning to start intermediate obedience training soon.

    • Congrats!! I’m waiting for a call from the foster mom to schedule a pickup time for my rescue dog, can’t wait!

      • CONGRATS! We have only had our rescue since Saturday but I already can’t imagine my life without him. Yeah, I have to get up an hour earlier, I haven’t cooked a single meal all week (unless you count a salad made with bagged lettuce…), and I am sleep deprived, but I wouldn’t change A THING!

  • Rave: Seeing local stores doing well and expanding

    Rant: Seeing local stores doing so well they become national chains

    Is there a happy medium?

    • Do you not wish success on people? Where do you think McDonald’s came from? They were probably at one time a “local chain.” I’ve never seen such a huge deal made about local vs. big retail anywhere but here.
      Everyone has to start somewhere and work their way up!

      • I agree, we want the local businesses to do well. But what happens when they can’t do well because a national chain moves in and undersells them?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: It’s freezing in my office. I left a purple sweater here yesterday and wore a purple shirt today. The purples don’t match.

    Rant: Undecided on whether to go to a destination wedding and do activities I don’t enjoy including boat rides and beaches or blow my money on designer leather goods that will last ages.

    Rave: I took tomorrow off.

  • Rant: Micromanagement. I would feel a bit better about it if the person micromanaging were actually competent.

    Rant: Still with the “Posting comments too quickly”! C’mon!

    • In my experience people micromanage exactly because they are incompetent. Competent people tend to be confident in their abilities and the abilities of others and are able to grasp concepts without hearing the minutia. Incompetent people don’t understand so they need all the tiny details, but then they still don’t understand which causes them to micromanage even more.

      • My former boss micromanaged to the point that eventually I stopped trying and just let her tell me what to do. Why try if nothing I do is what she wants?

        New boss is exactly the opposite and boy, does it take some adjusting!

  • Rave: My husband got me at least half of the books on my Amazon wishlist for Christmas. My too-read stack is reassuringly huge, and the one I’m reading now is fascinating.

    Rant: I’m at work today instead of home reading my fascinating book.

  • Additional Rave: Having a convo with my sister in PoP comments.

  • Rant: Family drama

  • Rave: Wearing a new dress and purple sweater today. Feelin’ pretty snazzy.
    Rave1: Finally having our office holiday party today – lunch at Filomena’s in Georgetown! Woohoo!
    Rave2: I work in a hospital and my office is next to Admissions. Every time I walk through I notice how miserable everyone looks and feel extremely GRATEFUL for my health!

    Rant: Incoming rain is making my hair all funny. Darn you, humidity!

  • Rave: Baby flipped! Looking like I won’t need that csection after all.

    Rant: Bumpy roads. Seriously.

    • Fantastic news! Now the little munchkin needs to stay there.

    • Wow, that’s awesome. So which little trick do you think did it? That’s really great!

      • Who knows? Maybe he just got the message. Maybe it was the flashlight we used on him (fetuses hate flashlights, btw).

        • Sidenote: Felt bad about torturing him. 🙁

          • Ah, it will give him a little fortitude and a sense of humor when he arrives. Baby: “She thinks she tortured me? I had her thinking she was going to have to have an operation the whole time. (wink)”

          • Yeah, he’ll be torturing you with sleep deprivation and other age-appropriate (or not) nonsense for the rest of your life. No need to feel bad; consider it early payback. 🙂 And I say that with nothing but love for my own 2.5-year-old torturer!

    • Congratulations and good luck. Two pieces of advice: 1. beware of the breastfeeding cult, and 2. the epidural is your friend.

      • Tommy, I’m pretty sure the whole reasonable world agrees by now that try as best as you can to breastfeed, but you and your baby will be fine if you can’t.

      • I’d just broaden that to “beware anyone who tells you you ought to be doing one specific thing even in the guise of being ‘helpful'” especially when their username hints that they never have and never will bear a child.

        • Whatever happened to “we’re pregnant?” I will not let gender or biology prevent me from giving tongue in cheek advice.

          On the breast feeding front I was half serious. My wife was not capable of breast feeding but no less than 20 people felt the need to tell her how important it was and she had to do it for the best interest of her child and on and on. Really, it seems to be the one very personal area that people feel compelled to insert themselves. I am talking casual acquaintances, neighbors, co-workers, random people etc.

          • Oh, god. Using the phrase “We’re pregnant” also disqualifies you from giving advice–at least advice that should be taken seriously.

            Kidding aside, I fully agree with you about the breastfeeding thing. People are nuts over that and it’s really none of their freaking business. But I don’t agree with you the epidural. It really can stop labor cold and besides, everyone should do what’s right for them. Most people want the best for their kid and themselves, so all choices to that end are equally valid, whether it’s nursing or formula, daycare or nanny, staying at home or working, crying it out or co-sleeping, whatever. When I was pregnant/a very new parent, I wish I’d had a thicker skin or was better able to tune out people who couldn’t help but voice their opinions that there was only one right way to do things. It would’ve saved me a whole lot of beating myself up unnecessarily.

    • Maybe it was the bumpy roads that did it!

      • Believe me, until my SO started taking an alternative route, I thought I was going to go into labor everytime we bumped down Sherman.

  • claire

    Rave: Boyfriend coming home from a business trip tonight!

    Rant: Just found out that the paper I worked long hours on prior to + immediately after the holidays didn’t even get finished and submitted!
    Rave: Boss out of town for the rest of the week so at least everything’s a bit more relaxed now.

    Rave: Salted chocolate toffee cookies.
    Rant: Somehow burned my arm on the oven door.

  • Rave: Working from home for the third day in the row. I must say, it has its merits but I will be returning to the office tomorrow as I really need to stop looking like I crawled out of a sewer.

    Rave: Thankful for everyone in my family and in my circle of friends that has good health. Can’t get much better than that.

    Rant: The slight nagging feeling that staying at my boyfriend’s place for three days straight has quashed my independence. It’s a stupid thought, but I have this secret fear that settling ruins one independence forever. Sigh.

  • Rave: Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake- yum.
    Rant: An evening eaten up by the husband having to run to a work dinner, work on a presentation, etc. all before he leaves town for work.
    Rave: An evening spent baking so he and my co-workers and friends can enjoy some yummy desserts.
    Rave: Mad Men. I know I’m late but I just finished season two and LOVED it. Thank god for the dvds at the DC library. Cannot wait to grab season three.

  • Rave: Worked out yesterday for the first time in 10 days. Hurts so good.

    Rant: I’m considering a diet…I’ve never dieted before, and while I’ve been much more conscious of eating healthy the last year or so, I’ve still managed to gain weight. Target goal is to lose 10 lbs, but I think that is unrealistic. I don’t want or need to do anything drastic though, so I’m thinking the Special K challenge. Has anyone tried it?

    Rave: Hedda Gabler at the H St. Playhouse and the Film Neu festival at E St. Cinema this month!

    • Invest in Weight Watchers. It’s the only diet that actually teaches you how to eat real food and not starve, so it can have lasting results. It’s the only diet that has scientific backing for effectiveness. Special K might work, but only cause you’re basically starving yourself, and eventually you’ll go back to eating normally and gain the weight back.

      • Weight Watchers has a limit where they won’t take you if it’s you don’t have any real weight to lose. Not sure what the limits are…

        so Rave: I’ve lost 63.4lbs on WW since Dec 2010 – well, WW coupled with a huge amount of fitness.

        Rant: I’m exhausted from working out so much.
        Rant: I’m at a plateau

        Rave: We’ve hit 70% of this deployment, and my husband hasn’t seen me since very early August and i gather some of that weight loss will show since he’s last seen me.

        • If you’ve hit a plateau, considering changing your workout in small ways. If you usually do cardio before weights, try doing weights before cardio. If you do weights in the same order every time, try doing them in the opposite order. Our bodies adjust quickly so every 6 weeks, even just changing the order of the things you do can shake things up.

    • me

      I used to eat Special K Red Berries all the time- for lunch, dinner, etc. I am at a healthy weight (142-145lbs, ~5’10”) and when eating Special K, I did lose a bit of weight, but nothing more than a few pounds. I don’t think you will lose 6 in 2 weeks (if that is what they say their target is) if you don’t really have that much weight to lose in the first place, but it really was a “diet” that didn’t feel like a diet.

    • Try http://www.sparkpeople.com. You tell it how much weight you want to lose, how long you want it to take, and your activity level and it gives you a calorie range. The website is great and there is an iphone app too. I find it much easier to stick with than weight watchers, which wants you to lose 10% of your body weight in 12 weeks, and if you are not a HUGE person to begin with you get very view points. I worked out at one point that weight watchers gave me a daily calorie range of 900 – 1200, which is just not enough that you don’t want to binge after a couple of days.

    • I wouldn’t recommend the Special K diet. I’ve never tried it, but eating that much processed food can’t be good for you. I like the Weight Watchers approach a lot, and it seems pretty easy to follow.

    • Actually, losing 10 lbs is a very realistic goal if you plan to do it over the right period of time. Most experts say that losing weight at a rate of 1-2 pounds a week gives you the best shot at keeping the weight off. If you’re talking 10 pounds over 2-3 months, you should be fine.
      As far as dieting is concerned, here’s my recommendation: Take what you are eating now and eat less of it. Dial your portions back by 1/4 or 1/2. That way, you’re not denying yourself anything. You’re just having less.

    • I’m using myfitnesspal.com – it’s also an app for the Droid, iPhone, iPad, etc. It tracks your food and your fitness, and it’s more user friendly I think than Spark People (personal opinons, you should try a few different free apps and judge for yourself!). I also used the Livestrong Daily Plate food/exercise tracker on the website, but the app sucks. The “Calorie Counter” app is also pretty good, but I forget if you can track exercise. I’m sticking to a 1200 daily calorie diet with about 60 minutes of zumba or dance 4 times a week. Giving myself a cheat here and there and a few rest days. Hardest thing is going out to eat every day! I’m glad Philly makes national chain restaurants put the calorie counts on their menu (almost mispelled “counts” and forgot the O!!!).

      Best of luck to you! My mom’s motto is “nothing tastes as good as thin feels” for whenever she’s reaching for the chips or chocolate, which I find helps me as well.

      • claire

        That motto has always made me feel really uncomfortable – think it often goes along with very disordered eating (not saying that is the case for you and your mom!). But maybe this is also because tasty food is a really important part of my life… certainly more important than being skinny. Being healthy, on the other hand, is also pretty important to me, and luckily eating tasty food and being healthy often go hand in hand!

        • yeah I also enjoy very tasty food! Like I said, I think we just use the motto when reaching for the potato chips or extra chocolate. Not when actually having a meal!

      • I’m a little late to the game but I just want to put in another vote for myfitnesspal. I’ve been using it since October and I love it!

        I typically to stick to 1200 calories a day with two intense workouts per week (usually swimming and Bikram yoga). The rest of the week I try to squeeze in a light workout (say 30 minutes of pilates or yoga), and of course I get a lot of walking and biking from living in the city.

        Unfortunately, I’ve only lost 1 pound so far. Does anyone have advice on how to get the rest off? I’m trying to lose 5-10 lbs but at this rate it’ll take me years. I’m 5’2″, 117 lbs.

    • I tried the special K thing and I was always hungry, plus it seems like they’re trying to sell their snacks and stuff all the time. I’m actually using an app called “Lose it” now, and you track your food/exercise and try to keep it under a certain total per day. You can change your “plan” based on how much weight you want to lose and how many pounds per week. I’ve lost four pounds in the 2 weeks I’ve been using it!

    • I’m using a diet in a book I found at the Petworth Library used book sale. It focuses on high protein and weight training and encourages you to eat six meals a day. The in-between meals are things like protein shakes. It also is a high-fiber diet and low on the “white carbs”—regular pasta, white bread, etc.

    • Thanks everyone 🙂 I think I am not quite ready for a commitment to a program or a drastic calorie cut. I’ve mostly cut out white pasta/potatoes/bread, so I’m going to try to make that a complete cut, as well as drastically increase my water intake and decrease my soda (the ultimate craving) intake. I’m not at the point where I want to do a huge dietary overhaul, because I feel that I won’t stick to it, since my weight isn’t to the point that I need an overhaul. Rather, I am thinking in terms of “lifestyle adjustment” which is why I thought of Special K– their recommended meals are things I would cook anyway, and include a lot of healthy ingredients and they have a calorie count (most meals are around 650 calories). However those app trackers seem good, and especially the ones with fitness trackers, since I do work out regularly. Again, thanks all!

      • Have you considered switching from regular soda to diet soda?

        Depending on how much soda you drink, that could make a huge difference in the amount of calories you consume.

        • Actually I hate diet soda with a passion, so I’ve always told myself (and am trying to stick to now) that I would rather drink water and no soda than diet soda. Also have been enjoying seltzer water with fresh lime juice as an alternative!

        • No! It’s the other way around. Artificial sweeteners fool your metabolism and you actually gain/ retain MORE weight than you would if you just consumed those 150-300 calories in sugar.

          I lost 10 pounds with zero effort when I switched from diet to regular. Fake sweet is evil.

      • I’ve cut out soda completely. And those yummy juices as well. Now I pretty much just drink water all day or my favorite—vanilla soy milk. Yum.

      • yeah, 10lbs doesn’t seem like much. I’ll bet if you cut out soda you’ll lose the 10lbs just by doing that. it might be over a longer period of time, but still. I’d also recommend cutting out or down your meat consumption and cutting alcohol a little too.

      • claire

        Was going to say you should aim to do something you can stick with as a lifestyle change, but looks like you’re already thinking along those lines, so good for you! I know a lot of people who’ve had good success with the slow carb diet (lots of beans and veggies and protein, then one day a week when you eat whatever you want).

      • It sounds like you’re already on the right track. The Special K Challenge seems like much more of a drastic, quick-fix dietary overhaul that’s difficult to sustain (a friend of mine who tried it was always hungry and quickly gained back the couple of pounds she’d lost).

        In addition to the cutting back on starches, my one recommendation is to be mindful of portion/serving sizes.

      • Not that you need any more advice or anything, but here’s my 2 cents:

        Don’t try to follow any diet or meal plan made by anyone else. That won’t work because it’s not based on what YOU like to eat. Just try making small changes to how you currently eat. For example, if you normally have a bag of chips for a snack, have something healthier (e.g., fruit, yogurt, or nuts). Also, check in with yourself when you think you’re hungry – are you really hungry? If so, eat. If not, move along. Add more movement into your day – take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk on your lunch, etc. Small changes like these are sustainable in the long term, which is what you need if you want to lose weight and keep it off.

  • Gorgeous picture!
    Rave: Had an incredible birthday weekend!! Thanks to my luv for making it so special. Happy birthday to all Capricorns!
    Rant: My eyes are still bloodshot; thought I would have to make a doctor’s visit.
    Rant.2: Forgot my (black) shoes at home. Didn’t realize until I got out the car with my flip flops on. Only shoes in the trunk were brown. I’m making a new fashion statement in gray with brown shoes. Yikes!
    Rave.2: Being able to laugh about it!

  • Rant – water heater fail (at 2 a.m. of course) in tenant’s apt. Had to drain it with ziplock baggies and waste basket.

    Rave – Home depot, Sears & John Barry plumbing all say they can install a new one tomorrow – all similar cost – who do I trust?

  • Rant: Twinkies can survive zombie apocalypse and nuclear meltdown but not the recession. Hostess filed for bankruptcy yesterday. I propose a tax payer funded bailout!
    Rave: Its probably just a restructure bankruptcy filing and Hostess will remain open, thus not denying us of the twinkie.
    Rave: Going to buy twinkies & cupcakes for the office in a show of support for the company. OccupyTwinkies!

  • rant: working with super religious people and feeling like I always have to be on guard with my words. I’m not even talking about toning down anything hateful (not my style) but just talking about reasonable things. also makes me feel like I can’t relate to my coworkers on a personal level.

    rave: hopefully will be working for myself in the next 6 months.

    • You might open up a little. You could be surprised at how much they might want to know about your life. If they’re good Christians there will be no judgement passed on you nor will they try to force their beliefs on you either. I used to feel very uncomfortable around a particular girl that I knew was like Superwoman to the Church of Christ. Now we are great friends because I opened up to her and did not treat her differently.

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