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 and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or rejoice about daily life in DC.

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  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Very jerky metro ride to work today, very sick making.

    Rave: I’m leaving work early to spend the day with my parents!

    Rave: I have the next 2 days off to spend with my parents and sister’s family.

    Rave: I have an awesome family that I love to hang out with (it’s a wonder I ever moved out of my parents’ house we get along so well).

  • RAVE: Prince Harry is my hero.

  • Rant: I am busier in the last 2 weeks at work than I have been in the last 2 months.

  • Rant: An_a showing up on my vacation. Doesn’t she need some time off too?

  • Revel: Leaving for a much antipated beach vacation on Saturday. I’ve been looking forward to this since we left last year.

    Rant: have to get through 3 more days of work first. My brain is already on vacation.

  • Rant: The idiot who decided to honk repeatedly outside my apartment building at 1:30am this morning. Way to wake everybody up, jerk.
    Rave: Beautiful weather
    Rave: Seeing a play tomorrow night!

    • People in this city who pull up and honk their horns to get call their friend/rider outside…I think very bad thoughts about them. It’s just such a lazy, could-not-care-less-about-anyone-around-me move to pull. Take two seconds to walk your ace to the door or throw your hazards on and call the person on your cell if you can’t be bothered.

    • what play?

      • I’m going to ‘Alll’s well that ends well’ at the Shakespeare Free for All. I’ve never seen it, and it’s a free ticket, which automatically makes it awesome.

        I completely agree with the honking. It’s one thing to honk, it’s much worse when it’s the middle of the night in a residential area

  • claire

    Rant: Increasingly frustrated at landlord who insists on defending the truly incompetent and disrespectful contractors he’s hired.
    Rave: Moving out in a month. Just keep reminding myself of that.

    Rave: Saw a few gorgeous butterflies while walking into work today and that helped me release a little of my rage/stress.

  • Rant: My boyfriend and I are taking some space. He is struggling with a lot and it seems he might not be ready for something serious while he figures out the other stuff. I really love him and hate to see him hurting so much. I also hate that I’m hurting so much. Hoping that “space” doesn’t turn into a breakup, but that might be for the best. And that kills me.

    • No, it doesn’t kill you, it just hurts.

      Good for you, girl. You’re not responsible for his happiness, he is. Remember: even though he’s fascinated with your breasts, you’re not your boyfriends mommy.

    • I know that it really sucks but good for you. He needs to figure things out, and as Anonymous said, you’re not responsible for his happiness.

      That being said, I need to remember that my boyfriend is not responsible for my happiness. He’s actually been quite responsible for my UNhappiness and that’s not right, either.

  • Rant: Back on my heavy, slow bike today. At least I get a good workout in carting it around 😀

    Rave: Made an awesome dinner of ratatouille and parmesan couscous last night – leftovers for lunch!!

    Rant: Racking my brain to figure out a sugar-free dessert recipe for a friend who requested it. I don’t want to use sugar substitutes like stevia/sweet and low, etc. but may have to use honey or agave nectar… Not sure if that still counts as “sugar-free”. Any ideas?

    Rave: Branching out in my baking. It’s been fun adding avocados, white beans, veggies, etc. into my cookies, cakes, etc.!

    • How about a fresh fruit salad? Make a dressing with fresh lime juice and honey. It’s sweet and healthy.

      • ah

        +1. Baked goods have sugar. If they don’t, they’re not very good. If your friend can’t or won’t eat sugar, accommodate them with fruit for one night, and then go buy yourself a cupcake the next day.

        • The no-sugar request drives me nuts. My girlfriend’s mother is always requesting that I just leave out the sugar entirely when I bake something (“just throw in some raisins instead”). I don’t know how many times I have to explain that sugar does more than just make things sweet– unless you want your cookies to be hard inedible rocks I have to put some sugar in them.

      • claire

        Yes, this is your answer. Use orange juice instead of lime juice, and you won’t even need the honey (it helps to balance out the tartness of the lime). I recommend adding some fresh herbs too – mint is best, and basil also works well. If your friend is adventurous, add a pinch of chili powder!

      • My first thought is always “bake something” so thanks for reminding me that yummy fruit salad counts too! The only issue is… it’s for a get together and now we’ll need bowls and forks.
        The friend is pregnant and has been told to keep things “sugar free”. Fruit it is!

        • You might be able to make some sort of bar with macerated dates or some other sweet dried fruit.

        • Not to rain on your parade, but the natural sugar in the fruit may bother your friend. The fact that she’s pregnant makes me think it could be gestational diabetes. The sugar in fruit can bother blood sugar just like a cupcake.

          Don’t know – just giving a little warning in advance.

    • I’m assuming fruit sugars are ok… how about grilled or baked peaches topped with mascarpone (or creme fraiche, Greek yogurt, etc)? You could dust it with cinnamon and nutmeg and sprinkle pistachios or almonds on top.

      And I second your rave about leftover ratatouille for lunch– I’m having mine with buckwheat crepes!

    • Blithe

      Strawberries and blackberries with whipped cream and a bit of mint. +1 on the peaches!!! And if you want to bake, you could do shortcakes separately for those who eat sugar. This sounds yucky, but one of my favorite winter desserts is to sprinkle frozen peaches with nutmeg and microwave them for a few minutes. The juice thickens like syrup and it tastes like peach cobbler. If you’re feeling ambitious, there’s always making your own sorbet with frozen fruit. If you’re not, watermelon with mint is easy and something that most people like. I realize I’ve translated “without sugar” into — “not baked”, but that sort of goes well with summer desserts.

      • It sounds like gestational diabetes – I would look for diabetic friendly recipes. But a diabetic friend of mine is a big fan of either ricotta or marcapone cheese topped with strawberries mascerated in balsamic reduction. It obviously has some sugar in it, but not enough to make her blook sugar all out of whack. I know it is not really baking, but it is an idea.

  • Rant/Rave: required to do observation hours with an OT before I can apply to OT grad school.

    Rave: Pediatric hours are completed and it was really fun!

    Rant: Dealing with National Rehab Hospital since May trying to get in for adult OT observation. In the meantime have emailed/called/networked every adult OT I can find in the metro area and either get no reply or am told they don’t take students for observation hours. Have to get 20 hours in by November, had no idea it would be this difficult to find an OT to shadow.

  • Legitimate Rave: The discussion of AKin’s comments yesterday were very civil despite the delicate subject matter and the existence of strong opinions – Yay PoP.

    • pablo .raw

      Probably the “uncivil” comments were moderated by the rulers of PoPville!

    • Semi-related rave: It seemed like about 95% of PoPville was in agreement about the post yesterday from the person objecting to his/her apartment building’s not allowing bikes through the front lobby. (I.e., almost all responders said, “That policy is not unreasonable.”

      It’s pretty rare that PoPsters agree about anything, so I like it when there’s almost-unanimous agreement on something. 🙂

  • Rant: What is up with the stabbing at 14th and Perry last night? Any news on the victim or perpetrators?

    Rave: New plants for front garden!

    Rant/Rave: Putting final touches on house and hard before upcoming parent visits, but queasy about how they’ll react to recent violent crime in the neighborhood.

  • Rave: Made an offer on a house this week!

    Rant: There is another offer on the table.

    Rave/Rant: Find out today whether our offer was accepted. The suspense is killing me!

    • Good luck! Lost out on two bid wars myself, but third time was the charm.

    • Good luck!
      We were the third offer on our house (and we won!) and my husband was the fourth offer on his first house. You never know! Our fingers are crossed for you.

      • Thanks! All we keep talking about are plans for the house–it’s hard not to–so we keep having to take a step back and tell ourselves that it’s not a done deal.

  • Rant: Didn’t want to put bars on my house, but in the wake of yesterday’s break-in, it’s now a necessity. Thankfully, they did not get away with much.

    Rave: My neighbors are super awesome, and really helped me out during a tough night.

    • I’m so sorry that happened to you. If it’s any consolation, I was burglarized when I lived in a place with window bars. They might discourage a criminal, but they can still be bent. I’d invest in an alarm system too.

    • ugh… i know how that feels… I learned, while researching bars myself, is that you get what you pay for. Solid steel bars are expensive, but you would need some sort of mechanical jack to bend them. those $50 ones from home depot are junk and can be damaged quickly with a long pry bar. i also put in an alarm system. such is urban living i guess… people suck sometimes and you have to protect yourself.

      • Lots of suburbanites get burglarized too. One of the things I like about being in the city is that I can put bars and security cameras and alarm systems on my house and not look paranoid.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Helped my co-worker understanding how to use her new camera, and now she says that I should know that I’m “Kool and the Gang” 🙂
    Rave: Personal photo projects taking off!
    Rant: going through some tough personal stuff, I’m starting to see the light..

  • Rant- Sleepy’s salesman blatantly lied about mattress features
    Rave- Mattress is really comfortable 🙂
    Rant- Sleepy’s has now delivered 2 defective mattresses and I’m waiting for the replacement
    Rave- I didn’t have to pay delivery fees…

    Anyone else have a really lengthy and poor experience with Sleepy’s??

  • Rant: Very needy family member is pestering my parents.

    Rave: Absolutely beautiful weather today.

  • Rant: Squatters on our block, rumored to be part of the Occupy movement. They’ve moved into a long-abandoned house. We’re in Petworth a few blocks away from the Occupy house on Webster St that got all the press. I also saw posts from Taylor St a while back that there were people living in their van (Oregon plates). Curious if this is happening in other places? The police have been there several times…

  • Rant: Insurance not covering sonograms because I am not pregnant. I am covered under TWO plans (thanks to my parents extending coverage to my other siblings!) and neither insurance want’s to pick up any portion of the 1,100 bill.
    Rave: Hopeful. Everything will work out and I am grateful for such a thorough lady dr.

  • rant: so sleepy and my head hurts
    rave: I noticed last night that both the Shakespeare Free-for-All and Opera in the Outfield are coming up, hooray for free culture! Has anyone seen All’s Well that Ends Well? I’m not a huge Shakespeare fan but I enjoyed Julius Caesar last year. On the other hand, Don Giovanni is one of my favs so I’m psyched about seeing that one again (for free!)

    • I think I’ll go to Opera in the Outfield this year. The first year they did it I was annoyed that it was a simulcast and in a sports venue (I’m used to the free NYC opera that’s performed in-person at local parks). But it looks like the format is here to stay, and the stadium is close to my house, and I do love Don Giovanni… so I suppose I’ll set aside my snobbery for one night. 🙂

    • Oh, and there’s going to be a Millenium Stage performance where the young artists perform selections from the opera… should be good!

  • RAVE: This morning I became an American citizen
    RAVE: I get to keep my British citizenship
    RAVE: I have dual citizenship! Woo-hoo!

  • Rave: Free Sprinkles cupcakes at work.
    Rant: The cupcake I just had is apparently 459 calories. That’s like a third of my caloric intake for the day! Totally worth it though.

  • Rave: Quit smoking
    Rant: Itchy nicotine patch areas!
    Rave: Worth it

  • Rant: Wondering whether I should still go to my 20-year high school reunion, now that I’ve learned that the cost with early bird registration (so presumably it gets more expensive later!) ranges as follows:

    $45 – includes a picnic lunch that costs $10 on its own
    $135 – includes the picnic lunch, seated dinner with cash bar, and after-hours dance event with cash bar
    $165 – includes everything from the $135 package plus “discounts at local merchants” and brunch

    And it isn’t even exclusive to my class; it also covers the other classes celebrating a multiple-of-five reunion.

    • cash bars depress me.

      not that i expect there to be an open bar at a high school reunion – that would be prohibitively expensive – but drink tickets and that kind of shit makes me feel like the only thing available would be boxed chardonnay/white zin and o’douls.

    • Yeah, I wouldn’t expect there to be an open bar, but that just seems awfully expensive for a dinner that *doesn’t* include an open bar.

      I have a feeling that the school is building some kind of “mandatory donation” for itself into the reunion cost. Granted, I’m not an event planner, but that just sounds awfully expensive to me.

      I must not be the only one with objections, because they had a whole webpage trying to explain/justify the cost!

  • Rave/revel/root: NATS!

    Rant: rain delays and what is up with all the Braves fans at Nats Park?

  • Rave: Knowing that I work with a lot of liberal Catholic priests.

    Rant: Our residents are cleaning out their desks – last day is Friday. I am sooooooo BUMMED! Going to miss them so much!

    Rave: The weather!

    Rant: Planned on going to bed early last night. Instead I feel asleep on my bed, fully clothed, shortly before 10 and woke up at midnight. So much for early…

  • Rant: Work is a cluster goat rodeo today

    Rave: Leaving on time today despite it all

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