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: The pothole I hit this morning was the biggest I’ve seen, ever. Even bigger than the one by Reagan Airport.
    Rant: The roads here are worse than most Texas country backroads.

    • I have a similar rant about the metal plate on the road at H & 9th NW by the construction. It rattles my bones every morning as the bus clatters past it.

  • anon. gardener

    Rant: freakish weather = migraine. WTF Mother Nature? WTF?
    Rave: Seems I got the meds and the triple espresso on board in the nick of time, and I might be on top of this monster.
    Extra Rave: a week of vacay starting tomorrow. so bring it on, neurons, bring it on.

  • Rave: I got Portlandia The Tour tix for the second show just now! Very excited.
    Rant: Having to drive to work. I think I may have a stroke one of these days… it’s very true what they say about MD and VA drivers.

  • Rant: Litter
    Revel: Squirrel Fuel

  • Bear

    Rave: I think 2012 is going to be an awesome year. That is all.

  • claire

    Rant: Fell asleep last night and my roommates went out, then shortly after I got a call from one of my basement roommates (we’re all on a lease together but the basement is its own separate apartment) that she’d come home and the double front doors to the house were wide open.
    Rave: Before I’d even woken up, she’d rescued my cat from the street, did a quick check to make sure nothing was amiss, and then came back upstairs with the other basement roommate and their friend equipped with makeshift weapons (bike lock, etc) to check on me, do a full sweep, and make sure no one had gotten in. Seems like the doors had probably not been shut fully by roommates and had blown open, and it could’ve gone really badly really easily…

    • anon. gardener

      I had house mates like that once. They’d walk out and not look back to see if the front door was actually closed. Somehow nothing ever got stolen, which was a miracle. Very very unnerving to walk up to your house and see the front door wide open.

    • WHOA. Roommates fail. But neighbor win! So glad you and your kitty are okay.

    • Yikes, glad everything turned out ok!

    • Geez. Glad that you and the cat are ok. In my wildest dreams, I can’t imagine being that stupid and careless. If it was my cat who had escaped, there would be hell to pay. (And then, being a good Catholic, I’d somehow forgive them… I think).

      • I know a roomate that left the door wide open once – she was in a hurry. Luckily no one broke in while everyone was gone at work.
        Another person I know, had his sister come visit in London, then on departure walked out with the keys in the front door and the door wide open. Luckily his posh London hood is safer than DC and not a thing was missing.

    • Emmaleigh504

      My parents did that to me in high school. I was sick as a dog and they went out with a friend who was visiting and left the front door wide open. I was too sick to get up and close the door-heck part of the time I thought I was hallucinating the door was open. Luckily no one stole me and the pets didn’t escape.

  • Rave: Friday!
    Rant: That Rebecca Black song just came into my head when I typed that. No. I don’t ‘gotta get down on Friday’.

    Rave: Everything about my life, my health, PoPville, and feeling awesome today (except I still can’t get that song out of my head). Have a great weekend, everyone!

    • re: your rant: NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. my day is ruined. 😉

    • oh man if i wake up on friday, and the first thought that pops into my head is “IT’S FRIDAY!!!” that song is stuck there for a good part of the morning. of course i have to start singing it to share my misery with my boyfriend. i have a feeling he passes it along to his coworkers as well.

  • Rant: Car broke down yesterday. Hours of ped/transit to deal with kids pickup across town.

    Revel: Warm weather at night, able to work past midnight to replace part.

    Rant: Still wouldn’t start at 12:30.

    Rave: Woke up, cranked and cranked, and vroom, car is working again. Must have been some air in the fuel line.

  • Rave – Went to doctor’s appointment this morning and doctor has assured me that I do NOT have the medical condition (potentially serious, but manageable) that was initially suspected. I can get on with life and just need to be monitored 2xs a year.

    Rant – called my husband and he didn’t even ask how my appointment went. That really took the wind out of my sails.

    Rave: Promotion!
    Rant: The woman who let her dog run up to my two dogs and after I politely asked her to pull her dog back a bit told me to “Chill out, Bitch”. One of my dogs isn’t that fond of dogs bigger than him and I was trying to keep everyone safe. My dogs were safely at my side with and completely under my control. She just let hers wander up to anyone and any dog. Dumb owners like that give us all a bad name.

    • I was at the beach recently (love the beach in the winter) and a woman’s unleashed dog tried to pee on my son as we were sitting on a blanket. I swatted the dog away (as gently as possible) but the owner sat there and did not say a word. I am all for lettling dogs run and play where appropriate but I agree you have to exercise some good judgment.

      • Ugh that is the worst! Unfortunately since I didn’t want to touch the dog because I didn’t see an owner and thought it could have mange or rabies, I wasn’t able to stop it from defecating on my towel (it was standing on it and I tried pulling it, but the dog was huge). The owner arrived, saw the whole thing, and just called the dog’s name, and said absolutely nothing to me. Then he proceeded to plop his chair right in front of me on an extremely empty beach. Then he leashed his dog and tied it to the chair, and walked away, leaving the dog there barking incessantly.

        So I did what he wanted and left my towel there and never came back.

        It was the perfect spot, but still, that guy doesn’t own it.

    • Saw a dog running loose on the sidewalk last night at rush hour on 16th. I only realized a moment after that the owner was meandering after the dog about 30 feet behind the dog. I was concerned for the dog – I mean come on, it’s 16th street during rush hour and I’d hate to see that dog get hit by a car.

    • I think she was talking to her dog.

      • Haha, I am going to let myself believe that because it was such a rude jolt to my otherwise really great day.

        To be clear her dog was on a leash, she just wasn’t controlling it and I was trying to squeeze past them and continue on our way.

  • Rant- Been applying to jobs for ages, and have been really selective on what I apply for, making sure that I really am qualified, but haven’t gotten any calls back yet!

    Question for the crowd- what’s your perspective on contacting the office where a vacancy is located directly? I applied for a university job, and have researched the general email address of that office. If I want to send an inquiry email, should I stick to the main HR office, or would it be ok to email the department directly? I want to stand out, but not in a negative way!

    • My personal opinion is that you do everything in your power to get a POC in the office through your personal/professional network, and then contact that POC through that route. Keep asking around until you find someone. I realize this could be difficult but don’t give up, esp in this city where networks inevitably interweave with other networks.

      You can also delicately nudge HR to give you a POC in that office. Last resort you could email the office expressing your interest, acknolwedging HR is your main POC but you’re wondering if there’s anyone who would be available for an informational interview. Good luck to you!!

    • I’m on the same boat, being referred by someone who knows you it’s the best way to land a Job, I have applied to postings on websites and newspapers and never received any answer, however, I posted my resume in different job websites and have received offers, few of them fit my profile, but I had interviews and I’m waiting for a decission on their part. I tried DICE.COM

  • Rant: Have just been feeling weird for a few days. Kinda nauseated. Generally uninterested in stuff. Really tired. Can’t get anything done at work. This week felt impossibly slow.
    Rant: My thyroid nodule has grown to the point where I can feel it with my fingers, and I can see it in the mirror if I tilt my head back. I am having it biopsied for the second time next week. It was benign the first time, and should be benign now…but I wonder how much this thing can grow before it’s an issue.

    • I’m sorry you’re going through this. I know it’s easier said than done but try not worry about it until you have to, and be persistent about getting an explanation to relieve any of your concerns. Good luck.

    • sorry to hear about this. I’ll probably have to get mine biopsied sometime in the future. I’m sure you’ve done your homework and know that since you’re taking care of it, it’ll just be something you have to manage… not that serious in the grand scheme of things even if the biopsy results aren’t the best. dealing with ongoing health issues is a PAIN! but I always like to think about a few young women I know in their 20s and 30s who had breast cancer, lung cancer, malignant melanoma, and lupus.

    • p.s. you’re not pregnant, are you? 😉

    • Bear

      Have you had your thyroid tested? If the nodule is interfering with hormone production it could be affecting your mood. Mine is underactive and the symptoms you’re describing are exactly what I experience when it’s out of whack (and it can change significantly with seasons/stress levels/weight changes).

      • Yeah. My bloodwork is always at the cusp of being overactive, but I’ve never crossed the line yet (and I am generally in good health) so my doctor hasn’t put me on anything.

    • saf


      About 6 years ago, I had thyroid cancer. Any thyroid issues are, IMO, a pain. Messing with hormone levels, biopsies, all that.

      Best wishes that it is still benign, and that it STOPS growing!

    • I had a partial thyroidectomy a couple years ago for the same reasons. My doctor made the point that nodules never get smaller, just grow bigger – so, take that for what it’s worth. I had a great surgeon – very tiny scar, and since I only had half removed the other side took over and my hormone levels are normal. Let me know if you’re looking for Dr. recommendations!

      • saf

        I had a total thyroidectomy. It is AMAZING what they can do to hide the scars. Not even my mother can see my scar without concentrating.

  • Rave: Lots of interesting opportunities for research and travel coming up at work that I get to be a part of…

    Rant: Got to wade through a bunch of crap operational/admin work to get out to the other side.

    Rave: This weekend. I hope to just relax, read, enjoy the company of friends, and eat good food. Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Rant: Scary video…We’re meeelllltttttiiiinnnnnnggggggggg……

  • Rant: Apparently Clinique changed the formulation o the eye cream I use. Woke up to one of my eyelids so swollen it hurt to open it. I know I have sensitive skin, but come on! Now I have to go out in public looking like a freak. Anyone have a suggestion for an eye cream for sensitive skin?

    Rave: Hair appointment which shold make me feel a bit better.

    • Re: eye cream–Kiehl’s is really good, don’t know about sensitive skin but possibly.

      RAVE: I am having an awesome day today, even with the rain. Got a ton done this week and feeling really good about it. Also made it back to the gym (Balance, which rocks) on a more regular basis-feeling great. If I keep it up maybe I will be able to fit into the bridesmaid dress I have to wear in April!

    • I used to use Clinique until it started making me break out. I’ve had a lot of luck with the Olay products made for sensitive skin.

      • same here. i have incredibly sensitive skin — olay is the only thing that works for me. the definity eye cream is really good.

        • Olay products are the best! I’ve been using the sensitive skin daily moisturizer with SPF 15 since I was about 14 (I’m 27 now) because everything else under the sun irritates my skin (breakouts or allergic reactions), and Olay has been my go-to for 13 years (wow). Highly recommend!

    • Yikes. Ah, sensitive skin, I feel you! I agree on the Olay for just a normal SPF 15 moisturizer, and I’ve really liked the Burt’s Bees sensitive eye cream. Good luck!

      • anyone know where I can get a good 30+ spf? preferably 45? I use skinceuticals, which is the only one that uses zinc. what I’m really looking for is something without all those crazy chemicals. just natural stuff and zinc oxide. trying to conceive and I don’t want to expose the bean to all the crazy things in lotions.

        • You just need to find a good SPF 15 and apply it diligently. From the interwebs: SPF 15 product blocks about 94% of UVB rays, an SPF 30 product blocks 97% of UVB rays, and an SPF 45 product blocks about 98% of rays.

          I myself always look for zinc formulas too, a pain to rub in, but I feel better about it. I used to get Jason Natural at whole foods in summer, but you have to read the ingredients, not all of them are zinc based.

          • spf 15 really just isn’t enough for me (even my dermatologist recommended 30 at minimum). I’m fair with freckles and melasma. I’m also completely unwilling to spend hours of my day taking off my makeup and reapplying 5x. 🙁

        • Blue Lizard is the best sunscreen ever.

    • Bear

      I really like Paula’s Choice products–no dyes, perfumes, any of that stuff. The website also has good info on skin issues and ingredients that are commonly used in beauty products–helps give you an idea of what ingredients to look for and avoid.

    • Maybe I don’t know what I am doing? I don’t have sensitive skin but I do seem to have sensitive eyes! Any type of eye cream, moisturizer, sun block, etc. eventually seems to work its way into my eyes and they start stinging. Am I doing something wrong? Is there a product for sensitive eyes????

      I blame my mother for not teaching her sons how to apply face creams. Also I wish I knew how to sew a button on.

    • anon. gardener

      I use DHC products – www dot dhccare dot com . olive-oil based Japanese skin stuff. you can sign up to have samples sent to you on the web site. I have super sensitive skin, and this is the one skin care line that my skin tolerates with no problem. Kiehl’s is good too. Also Dr Hauschka and Weleda, which you can buy in Whole Foods.

  • Rave: Took my dog to Flyball training for the first time this week. She’s not ready for it yet, and has a lot to learn, but when she does it will be great for her. She’s part border collie, so this will be natural for her when she she’s ready. Do a youtube search on flyball if you don’t know what it is.

    Rant: Girlfriend’s grandmother is in really bad shape, with lots of serious health problems. She’ll probably be going to a hospice soon.

    • How fun! Where do you go for flyball? I tried looking into flyball and agility a few years ago but couldn’t find anything close into the city (except for a place in Silver Spring and they never returned my call). My ball-obsesses pup would love to do something!

  • Rave: Keeping myself very busy! Volunteering with a MUN program, social media consulting for a nonprofit, meeting up with friends, learning two languages (1 class, 1 self-directed), working, land trying to keep up with routine personal stuff like cleaning my house and doing laundry. Luckily I thrive on being busy and overextending myself. Penciling in relaxation time too.

    Rant: Not enough time and money to do all of this at the frenetic pace I’d like. Also, I have stalled out on the amazing book I am reading.

    Follow up to rant: I’m looking to take a seminar or course in Excel to improve my analysis skills. I’d be paying for it myself, as it’s for personal gain for the type of career I’d like to get in to. Has anyone taken a day-long course, or maybe online seminar in intermediate Excel (regressions, graphs, data manipulation) that they think is worthwhile? Also, since I’m paying for myself, I would definitely prefer something under $200, if that’s even possible. Recommendations would be much appreciated!

  • me

    Rant: Having a rough couple of weeks.
    Rant2: Filled a prescription yesterday, and the woman filling it said “Oh, your birthday is a day before mine, you’re a day older than I am!”… and she looked OLD. Ugh.
    Rant3: I know that I am a full-grown adult, but you know what? On rare occasions, sometimes I just feel like I want my mommy.

    • 🙁

      Last weekend I had a stomach bug, so I went to my parents’ house and they took care of my 30yearoldass. It was fantastic. No shame in wanting your Mommy sometimes.

      • me

        Right?! I mean, I am happy to have my husband, pets and friends, but sometimes, I just want a hug from my mom (who is unfortunately about 8 hours away) and just have her sit with me and say that even though things can get a bit rough, everything will be okay. She is a good 7 inches shorter than me, but somehow, I feel small and safe when she gives me a good ol’ mom hug.

    • On Rant #2, try to look at the flip side: This woman your age might be looking old, but presumably YOU do not.

      • me

        🙂 Thanks- I tend to thank people that card me for drinks and then comment that they thought I looked younger than I am (young 30s). But it’s still a scary comparison when the pharmacist said that. I remember thinking, yikes.

  • Rave: Last day of working pregnant. Wooo hoooooo

    Rant: Brand new contact feels like it’s scratching the heck out of my eye. I feel like I’m wasting contacts (even though I have a year’s supply) if I throw one out after a week.

    • Meg, I’m sure you’ve heard this from your doctors, but I can speak from personal experience, to be very careful with caring for your eyes. I got a nasty infection back in college from falling asleep with my contacts in and wearing a pair too long. I thought I was over it and resumed wearing contacts with a doctor’s ok, but here I am two years later, and I had to stop wearing mine altogether because they would irritate the hell out of my eyes (turning red, itchy, oozing grossness) after only a couple of hours. I’ve had to stay out of contacts for about 3 months, and I’m wary of going back for at least the next 3 until I completely heal. It’s annoying as hell, but it’s too scary to think of the consequences for eye health and vision. Take care, and definitely don’t wear them if they are bothering you. Your doctor can probably give you a steroid eyedrop, since presumably you haven’t damaged your eyes nearly as bad as I did mine. Good luck!

      • it might just be your eyes are more sensitive during pregnancy. I’ve heard this can be an issue.

      • Thanks ew. I really think it’s just this contact, since it’s only my left eye. It was bothering me yesterday as well, but I’ll go to the drug store and pick up some solution and suffer through the day until I can take it out. I can’t be all cyclopsy.

        Funny, sort of related story. When I was younger (mid-20s) I got it into my head that not only would I not take out my contacts for days on end, but I would also start wearing fake eyelashes everyday. You would not believe the number of times I got pink eye.

  • Rave: I’ve gotten so much accomplished at work this week, and today is continuing that trend.

    Rave: Working from home today, all comfy in my jammies, erm, loungewear.

    Rant: Surgery scheduler still hasn’t called me back.

  • rant: I got a rude and early awakening from my downstairs neighbors this morning – if they need to be up at 5 a.m. in the morning occassionally, it does not mean that I want to be woken up then too! Feeling sleep-deprived/dizzy/nauseous as a result of lack of sleep…
    rave: okcupid date #3 today after work! I don’t think the guy is a good fit for me, but he’s been fun to email/talk to so far so I’m looking forward to meeting him regardless 🙂
    rant/rave: loud clap of thunder scared the crap out of my cats this morning – I feel bad laughing, but it’s pretty funny to see them both jump straight up into the air and have their tails get big and puffy, lol

    • me

      A couple of days ago, my husband burped really loudly and scared the crap out of our napping cats, who jumped up and looked around like a bomb had been dropped nearby. I laughed for a good few minutes about that one.

    • That loud clap made my tail puff up as well. I thought i saw lightning, but dismissed it because it’s January.

      Rave: love thunderstorms.

    • Some jerk that I don’t know called me 4 times between 5 and 5:15 this morning. It was ridiculous. I actually thought it was a dream, until I read your post and checked my phone just now – really happened and is the reason I’m so tired!

      And my cat freaked about the thunderclap, too. I thought she was levitating!

    • My cat is mostly deaf, so he usually doesn’t get the scared puffy cat look, but the occasional thunder or a helicopter overhead will shake the house enough that he’ll shoot straight up off the floor, all feet at once, and squeak. Love it!!

  • Rant: Does anyone else in Petworth feel that the 63 bus service has been cut back too much, especially during evening rush hour? It is kind of galling to see a dozen S2/S4 ahd 42 buses go by before my twenty minute wait is over.

  • Rant: Decided to walk to work since it was so nice out (at 7:15). Five minutes into my walk it started POURING. I had an umbrella but my feet got soaked and my hair looks like crap now.

    Rant: Got to work only to find out the water had been turned off for a repairs. I never realized how dependent I was on water– fours hours without it and I felt dehydrated and headachy.

    Rant: Contacts are screwy and I can’t see properly.

    Rave: Got my tuition reimbursement from last semester, in addition to my regular pay. I feel rich now. 🙂

  • Rant: Getting caught in the rain this AM without an umbrella 2 blocks from work. What it couldn’t hold out for 5 min?

  • Rave – booked a week in the Carribbean for the family.

    Rant – still two months to go before our vacation can start.

  • Rant: Just as I was about to leave this morning, already a few minutes late, the downpour started. It was so nasty that I decided to wait a few minutes and eat my muffin. Still got soaked, then was raining again by the time I got to Dupont.

    Rave: It’s FINALLY FRIDAY! This has been one looooong and boring week. To the point that I don’t care if anyone catches me on PoP or reading my book.

    Rant: Not wanting to spend tonight alone but feeling dizzy and overally ‘yucky’ will probably keep me in.

    Rave: Still getting used to working for a large organization that actually has money! It’s so nice to be able to buy the things I need to do my job!

  • Big Rant: That picture! I just found some squirrel monsters in my attic and they are running through the walls!

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