Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or rejoice about daily life in DC.

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  • Rave: First one.
    Rant: 2 Chelseys.
    Rave: Great weekend fun on the boat
    Rant: Weather
    Rant: sunburnt
    Rave: Life

  • Rant: Craziness in the neighborhood this weekend with the shooting and dead body.

    Rave: Husband loved his birthday gift and we had a great time with friends and family and with tons of good food (chocolate birthday cake was so so yummy, if I do say so myself).

    Rave: Eating my weight in yummy, fresh, high-quality produce every day.

    Rant/Rave: One week home for work travel, one week before leaving again for work. Ghana and Benin this time – any recommendations?!

  • Rant: Metro. Stuck in Saturday’s Metro shutdown and again this morning – brake issues at Dupont meant holding in Cleveland Park for 25 minutes. The first 10 minutes, there were no announcements regarding the problem. 20 minute commute became 60. Made it to my desk, husband called to say his train was offloaded in Dupont due to smoke. What the hell.

    Rave: Rosemary shortbread turned out great.

  • Rant: The Big Boss is back.

    Rave: Had a good weekend seeing my parents and a good friend.

    BIG rant: A mid year review coming up soon. Not sure how I am going to get through it knowing that I actually want to resign in the next couple of months (but want to avoid awkwardness by giving TOO much advance notice). Any tips PoPville??? Just pretend everything is going well??

    Rave: Hope.

    • I think just go through the review process as if you were planning to stay there for the forseeable future. I don’t know what your other job prospects are, so I’m operating on the assumption that you don’t have anything nailed down — but I’m one of those overly cautious people…to a fault. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Things could change and you may end up having to stay there a bit longer than anticipated, so I don’t think there’s any advantage in suggesting that you may be leaving. And besides, even if you’ve been thinking about leaving for awhile, they don’t need to know that now – when you do decide to leave let them think it was a recent decision.

      Good luck!

    • I received very good advice from a friend who worked in hiring, when I was wondering how/when to leave my job: never give more than two weeks’ notice. If you give more than that, you’ll be sitting at your desk in a lame duck job and it’ll just be awkward for you, your boss, and everyone else who knows you’re leaving. I’d just get through the review period as if you still were always planning to work there, and then when/if you get your new job, give the standard 2 weeks. If your boss gets annoyed, tough noogies….part of being a manager is dealing with turnover. Hopefully he/she would be happy for you as you take the next step in your career!

      Of course it’s different for higher-up director-level positions, who want to give their organizations time to draw up a transition plan, but for the rank and file employees like me…2 weeks was plenty. If you are a director of something, you can disregard everything I just said ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Rave: the use of “tough noogies” — my mom used to say that to my sister and I when we were growing up. Thanks for the childhood flashback ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rant: All the people complaining about the microphone being turned off during the Springsteen/McCartney concert in Hyde Park. Instead of blaming the police or the promoters why don’t they blame the musicians who were late taking the stage!

  • rave: leaving for vacation in the catskills tomorrow!
    mega-rave: hit a nice weight loss milestone – 15 lbs! so proud of myself for staying on the track of being healthy and fit.

    • Great rave and even better mega-rave. Congratulations!! Such a great feeling that you should be so proud of… keep it up!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rave: Offer letter signed, sealed and sent! New job starts in 2 weeks with a better salary (by $10K!), full benefits, an easy and free commute, better title, better work, and international travel (to a war zone, but still). Life is good.

    Rant: New job is on a government site…possibly minimal access to PoP during workdays. But hey, I have a smartphone for that.

    • Congrats to you!!!

    • Congrats! What wonderful news. I hope you get a chance to celebrate!!

    • woot! that’s a sweet raise. congrats!

    • Woohoo! Many congrats ew.

    • Congratulations!

    • Congrats! Speaking from experience, I know how hard it is to break into the development field. Which war zone are you going to be traveling to?

      • I’ll be going to Afghanistan, potentially several times a year for a couple weeks at a time, but staying on the military base in Kabul. Should be exciting/nerve-wracking, but I think it will give me a lot of opportunity to gain extremely valuable experience to put toward my career development! Thanks everyone for the ongoing support- for those of you feeling crappy about your jobs, just know that if I can move on to something better so can you. It’s been a 2 year process of trying to find the right thing…but I think I finally have!

  • Rant: Only got about 4 hours of sleep last night. Can’t seem to shut off my stressed brain.
    Rave: Looking forward to Screen on the Green tonight!

  • Rant: Parents are now the ones always on calls and playing video games while out to dinner. This is an annoying trend, especially since I never did this to them. I call them these days and they always have to put me on hold for every call that comes in while we talk. It’s impossible to hold a real conversation with them… They’re like teenagers now.

    Rave: I’ve been chasing a dream of being a stand-up comedian and Louie has encouraged me to try my chops at a local bar. The most difficult problem with doing so is that something keeps coming up every time I want to attend the open mike night… And it’s not excuses based on nerves. None of my friends have aspirations to do it as well, leaving encouragement all on me to make it happen. I hope that changes, I want to get up there and see what I can do!

  • Rave: Working at home today.

    Rave: Which lets me harass my kids. And they though summer was all about sleeping in. Hahaha!

    Rant: One of my favorite DC friends announced that she and her husband are planning to move to his (much lower cost) hometown next spring. Wah.

    Rave: Going on a business trip tomorrow.

    Rant: Have pulled something in my neck, which makes the prospect of spending tomorrow afternoon on a plane seem much less enjoyable.

    Rant: And I hate being on planes under the best of circumstances.

  • Rant: licensing my condo with DCRA giving me nightmares. Is it really that hard or would it be worth paying a real estate agent or other service like rentjiffy.com to file for me?
    Rave: I’ll be listing THE Best spot for morning cup or coffee and/or mojito, if anyone’s interested.

    • hi cj – we used Renty Jiffy and would absolutely recommend to all. Its pricey, but they have relationships with the inspectors which pays dividends when its time for the inspections. Plus, never having to travel to DCRA is a HUGE plus.

      Its a pain in the rear, but having it done with and renting a legal basement feels great. Good luck!

  • Rave: I’m somewhat obsessed with my ability to track electrical usage by the hour on Pepco’s website. It really does encourage me to use the bedroom with the window unit versus the entire house central a/c now that I can see the difference in usage.

    Rant: People thinking I’m a shill for Pepco.

  • Rave: Temporary unemployment! Start new job next month.

    Rant: Lenovo sent me an obviously defective laptop (busted case), which means endless hassle for me. 20 minutes on hold and counting….

  • Rant: None of my girlfriends are single. PoP bring back that HH!
    Rave: Good Monday so far and a no-bake berry cheesecake awaits me at home.

  • Rant: We had a great date, lots of laughing, but then you don’t return my email a week later asking if you want to go out again. Ack. What did I miss here? Trying not to be bummed…

    • Assuming that the target of the email is alive, well, and physically capable of answering email, the simplest explanation for the lack of a response is that s/he is just not into you. And it’s no fault of yours, except for the fact that the collection of things that make you you add up to a person that s/he is not into.
      Some people communicate rejection directly – i.e., “you’re a nice gal/guy, but . . .” Others are passive about it – i.e., if I just don’t respond, s/he will get the hint. Sounds like you got a passive rejecter. The last two women I went on second dates with were active rejecters. It stung a bit up front but the certainty was well worth it. I went out on a coffee date set up by a mutual friend and at the end said I’d like to do it again and would call. I did not call. Maybe that makes me a passive rejecter.

      • binpetworth

        Non e Mus is right. I’ve been on both sides of the scenario, and sometimes–especially if it’s a single date–it’s easier to let it go than try to come up with an explanation. Just remember: it’s not about you, it’s about them. And for what it’s worth, I found the book He’s Just Not That Into You very illuminating, and probably equally applicable to the other gender as well (she’s just not that into you).

      • Why would you say you had a good time and would call, if you weren’t intending to call?

        That’s not passive rejection; that’s actively expressing interest in furthering something when you’re not interested in furthering it. Not cool.

    • I feel your pain. We’ve neen out a few times, have loooong email conversations, but if I don’t initiate, nothing happens. I too am having to accept that she’s just not that into me. We gotta keep looking and moving forward, pal! We’ll be ok.

    • I just don’t understand why dating has to be this complicated. The lack of direct communication is a big turn off for me. It takes an adult to be able to communicate effectively, so if you are not just interested in going on another date, then the appropriate thing to do is communicate that rather than ignore messages and hope/assume that the other party gets the point. Itโ€™s a punk move!

      • The difficult thing for me is that she and I get along so well, and she does go out when I ask, but I get a little push-back when we’re out (we’re both women). And then she doesn’t ask me out or email. I’m thinking maybe she just wants to be friends and nothing more, and I have to accept that. Thanks, bf, for the book recommendation. I probably need to read it.

        • Someone who is passive in the face of attention – answers emails or texts that are sent but doesn’t send any; goes out when asked but never does the asking out – is She’s Just Not That Into You 101. You said you are both women and she gives push-back when you are out. Is it possible that she’s just not into women? Or just not comfortable being into women, at least in public? The end result is the same – she’s just not into you – but you can feel somewhat better because both explanations clearly have nothing to do with you and are all about her.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Star Hollow Farm’s tomatoes.

    Rant: I didn’t buy enough and I’m already out.

    Rave: I’ve almost figured out a pesto past dish that tastes like Semolina’s pesto pasta. Figured out the marinara part, now just need to figure out the creamy part.

  • Rant: Waking up with a migraine yesterday morning meant I slept on and off until 3pm when I could finally start to open my eyes. Unfortunately, this meant I could not go to bed until 3 am. Slightly dragging at work today.

    Rave: Being awake until late let me get a couple loads of laundry done with our brand new washer and dryer. Haven’t had one in six months and we are loving it!

    Rant: Our sweet little dog is having a possible melanoma removed today. Anxiously awaiting him getting out of surgery.

    Rave: The vet said on Saturday that his hunch is that the spot is not melanoma, which if is true, would mean that the cancer has not returned. Praying this is the case!

  • Rave: Went to my friend’s gorgeous wedding at the Hay Adams a few weekends ago.

    Rant: She let it slip that the entire weekend of events came at a price just north of $150,000. Is this normal??

    • Sounds about right for a wedding at the Hay Adams. My husband and I got married just under a year ago, and I was astonished at some of the costs. The site fees alone for a lot of these places are outrageous.

      However, you can do a really exquisite wedding in the city for much lower costs. It just depends on what you want and how much work you are willing to put in yourself.

    • The Hay Adams is one of THE most expensive places to have a wedding in this area. Plenty of other spots just as beautiful, and you can put some of that cash in the bank. Also, if she said “weekend’s events,” she must be including rehearsal dinners, hotel rooms for certain out-of-towners, after parties and day-after brunches. ALL of which can be toned down or eliminated.

    • I doubt she “let it slip.” She obviously wants people to be impressed.

    • Good lord. Being less then two months from my own wedding I know they can be pricey, but that’s almost half of PPercy’s take home monthly pay!!

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Back home from a wonderful vacation
    Rave: Brought too much coffee, but some of those coffee bags have names on them.
    Rant: going to the doctor today to see about the carpal tunnel thing, I can feel it when I’m using the mouse
    Rave: fortunately I use a tablet for photo editing!

    • claire

      My boyfriend has issues with carpal tunnel, and he uses a special mouse that’s supposedly a big help (it has a big track ball on the side that I believe is used for moving the cursor rather than actually moving the mouse) – you might want to look into it!

  • RANT: People who bolt to their feet for a standing ovation at any and all stage performances in Washington DC. Since when did this over-adulation become such an epidemic?

    Last nite, some friends and I enjoyed The Addams Family at the Kennedy Center. Was it entertaining? Yes. Was it the best stage performance I have ever seen? Absolutely not. Yet 75% of the audience leapt to their feet immediately after the last note. This happens all the time at the Kennedy Center. Am I just a theater snob for believing that true standing ovations be reserved for tour-de-force performances, and not every show of a road company provides that level of performance?

    Please DC — get a grip! Appreciation can be conveyed through a healthy applause, and that way we can all see what is still going on during the curtain call!

    • Hmm I’m thinking it might just be standard nowadays. I used to go to Broadway plays and musicals all the time with my theater-going grandma in NYC, and pretty much every one of them got a standing ovation at the end. Orchestra performances and ballets normally got them too.

    • If you really like what you saw/heard, you should feel free to give a standing ovation (even if the performance may not meet a critic’s highest standard). For example, I’m a trained pianist who wouldn’t pretend to know the finer details of what goes into musical theater or a fine quartet. But if I see a fantastic production of Chicago and or hear a quartet that moves me and leaves me speechless, I’m going to stand. I may be totally ignorant of things that were slightly off, but it there is an energy that I can appreciate- yeah, I’m going to applaud for the actors/musicians who brought it to me.

  • mtpgal

    Weird Rant: I can’t seem to gain weight during this pregnancy and the doc has officially told me I have to force feed. Let’s say you had to gain weight, which restaurant in DC would you visit and what meal/item would you order? (Preferably without alcohol.)

    • Since you probably don’t want to form bad habits now that will be hard to break once you are through breastfeeding (assuming you choose to) and want to lose the weight, I’d recommend also contacting a dietician. Loading up on healthy fats like nuts/nut butter, eggs, cheese and full-fat dairy products seem easy enough but you may be making other choices that are filling you up without filling you out.

    • Full fat yogurt (mmm) (I loved the European brands from Whole Foods while pregnant)
      Full fat vanilla milkshakes (I bought these almost daily from Potbelly)

    • Ice cream.
      add a baked potato or something else large to dinner that is easy.
      What about those nutrient shakes added to breakfast?

    • greenroofgoddess

      I was just prego last summer, so Taqueria DF’s tacos dorados with extra guac were my go to. Also, Mapleโ€™s gnocci with pesto is delish.

      For home cooking: half an avocado with honey on toast, summer tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella (buy it by the tub from Costco), eggs with goat cheese, chocolate milk from South Mountain Creamery, whole milk yogurt from Trader Joes, peaches with vanilla ice cream, and throw a few individually wrapped string cheese in your bag every morning.

  • Rave: home inspection this morning went smoothly (except they haven’t installed our fridge yet). Aaaand the construction company is doing all the minor fixes for us (paint jobs, etc)

    Rant: our mortgage still isn’t 100% nailed down yet because we’re still sending them boat-fulls of statements, letters, and tons of other paperwork. I know everything is going to be fine, but I wish everything was settled already!!

  • Rant: Just had my first eye exam. As expected, I need reading glasses, and I’m being overly dramatic about it.

    Rave: I have insurance, and it paid for the whole thing.

    Rant: I am NOT dealing well with this whole aging thing.

    • I feel your pain, but just wait until the reading glasses become ‘progressives’ – a.k.a bifocals!

  • My rant has to do with some of these new restaurant group eateries that have been popping up around DC. I recently ate at both Smoke and Barrell and The Pig. Both were very disappointing. As old businesses close around the district, new overpriced restaurants are opening. I am all for having nice restaurants and new businesses; however these new eateries are so bland and overpriced. There is a very corporate, sterile, almost Applebees sort of feel when you go in and the food has no taste. They have these great descriptions and presentation of the food, but there is no flavor. I asked the waiter at The Pig for his recommendations. He was very passionate and did a great job sellilng us on a few dishes such as the Charred Belly and the Pork Shank. The descriptions and his enthusiam got us very excited. Unfortunately, the flavors were extremely subtle and almost undetectable. At Smoke and Barrell, I had the wings and the bacon wrapped shrimp jalepeno poppers. Both were tasteless. The wings were not close to being bbq’d. They were just three small wings someone threw in the oven for 20 minutes and put some cheap sauce on. I don’t mind paying a lot for dinner, but please make it worth it. There are several privately owned restaurants around DC that still take pride in their food and charge a reasonable price. I still love going to Cactus Cantina for awesome wings or brunch, Russia House for Lobster Kulebiaka, or Tacqueria Distrito Federal for fajitas. Next time you open another high end restaurant, please take some of the money your group invests and spend it on making the food taste good.

    • Agreed!

      I get so excited about the new, hot places coming to DC. Then I go . . . and underwhelmed again for practically the cost of a (one) Michelin star bistro in Paris. Does no one take pride in their cooking anymore? I know running a restaurant is a business, but when that’s all it is, you can really tell.

  • Really bummed about my divorce. DC is an equitable distribution state, so I might actually lose money so the ex can maintain the lifestyle. And I don’t consider my ex’s drinking beer and playing video games nonstop non-monetary contributions. I feel like such a sucker for working hard all day and coming home to cook and clean. DOH!

    • It gets better. You’ll come through the other side with a better life, trust me. Right guys?

      • Right! Don’t feel like a sucker. The best thing I ever did was stop fighting and just give up the money in my (UK) divorce. I got wiped. Then I got younger, healthier and happier. This seeming calamity won’t be. You’re gonna be way better off.

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