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 celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Rant: I watched about 10 minutes of Niki Minaj’s reality show last night and I feel like I have done irreparable brain damage to myself.

    Rave: Thanksgiving … nom… nom … nom

  • Rave – Randomly meeting my neighbor on the 15th St bike path during our commutes home last night.

  • Rave: Autumn weather.
    Rave: Thanksgiving!
    Rave: Forward momentum
    Rant: Think I might have to give up my apartment, move someplace cheaper, and possibly find a roommate. Anyone know anything about Takoma Park, Brightwood, Ft. Totten, or Hyattsville areas’?

    • I grew up in Takoma. Great neighborhood on both sides of the border, though it seems rents are rising in Takoma/Park and Silver Spring. If you can find something in your budget I highly recommend it.

  • Rave: Prepping for Turkey Day – I’m making apple cider caramels and “World Peace” cookies – yum yum yum.

    Rant: Bare fridge after weekend away and no motivation to grocery shop as we’ll be away for five days…

    Rave: Yay for takeout and always having baking supplies at home 😀

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: Giving old sofa to bro and sis-in-law. New to them! gets it out of our hair so we can repaint the living room.

    Revel: Having Zipvan available for the sofa handoff.

    Rant (ish): Co-worker is leaving this week and concerned about redistribution of responsibilities taking me farther away from what I really want to be doing.

    Revel: One bro arrives in town tonight, get to see most of the fam tomorrow, including my adorable six month old nephew.

  • rant: I found a giant cockroach in my bathroom now I am paranoid that there are going to be more all over… seriously grossed out and freaking out

    rave: short work week

    rant: means I have to be home with potential cockroaches

    • If it’s a really big one, it might be a water cockroach that accidentally found it’s way inside rather than a regular cockroach that would suggest a potential infestation.

    • Ohhh geez- was it one of those 2″ long, lighter colored ones with big wings? I had one in my bathroom over the summer, but haven’t seen another since thank goodness. They fly, and they fly right at your face- no bueno.

      • yes! It was huge and so gross. I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a bug that big before. I am really hoping it just accidentally wandered in and liked my balmy apartment. Too bad coming in here was a fatal mistake for him.

      • Ewwwww, I HATE those! There was one in my bedroom this summer. I was taking a nap on my bed and woke up because the damn thing landed on my foot!!! ::shudder:: I refuse to actually kill bugs so it escaped that time…but I found it dead on the floor the next day (and made my roommate get rid of it).

      • OMG I think I had a PTSD flashback when that exact same thing happened to me. I hate hate hate roaches, water bugs or whatever they are called!!! OH GOD! Now I have to do my breathing exercises.

    • It’s the tiny ones that should concern you. That means there’s a nest somewhere!

    • I have had one living in the face of the digital clock/display on my oven for 2 WEEKS. it is soooooo nasty!

    • Is this at the Carrollsburg? Mine was the size of my hand and had 2-inch long legs. It was even bigger than the roaches at the Insect Zoo at Natural History! I should have kept it because no one believes me about how big it was….

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: taking the time to organize myself and get even more serious about photography and music
    Rant: overwhelming amount of things to do!
    Rave/rant: big life changes ahead
    Rave: so many cool projects, so little time!

  • Rant: Found a mouse in my kitchen last ngiht.
    Rave: Quiet time in the office to get things done, epic Turkey meal coming up, my photo on PoP.

    • We dealt with a mouse problem in our last apartment. I am sorry to tell you this, but finding one means there are most likely more.

    • Can you tell me a little bit about your photo, please? I’m curious to know where this is. The b/w next to the intense color is really interesting. Did you remove the color to make it b/w or the reverse? Also, the b/w trees, is there a netting with festive lights or is it a particular type of tree? Again, interesting, thanks.

    • Love, love, love the photo !!! Well done.

  • Rave: Saw Eraserhead last night. Better than the first time.

  • talula

    Rave: The photo for this post is seriously awesome.

    • It is! But I cannot figure out the top vs. the bottom – what’s going on there?

      • It’s from Dumbarton Oaks. There’s this gorgeous installation (the top part of the photo) of metal mesh with crystals hanging from it. Definitely worth a visit on a sunny day!

  • Rant: Difficult family situation and they’re far away = Thanksgiving is always tough for me.
    Rant : Friends assuming I have somewhere to go for Turkey day, partner is out of town, end up pretty sad and alone.
    Rave : It only lasts ONE day, then I remember how fortunate I am!!!
    Rave : Life has been pretty awesome lately, in a great place 🙂

    • That really sucks.

      My boyfriend and I are hosting our 20something friends in Columbia Heights/Mt Pleasant. It’s a potluck; other people are bringing sides or pies or booze. You are welcome to come if you want to. A couple people had to cancel and there will be a lot of Turkey, rolls from Le Caprice, and stuffing made with bacon and bourbon (and the other essentials). It’s my first time preparing, but I like to cook, so hopefully it will go well. 🙂

  • novadancer

    rave: just found out 12/24 is a holiday! So officially off for 11 days 🙂

  • Rant: Last Monday, they found my neighbor dead. I kept promising myself I woul get to know him. I went over to pay respects to his family, we had so much in common, loved old movies. He lived directly across from me, I saw the newspapers accumulating and thought he was away for the long weekend. I can’t seem to shake this. I keep crying inside. I am not the crying type.

  • Rant: I need to not compare myself to other people. Just learned that one of my friends from engineering school just got his PhD. His wife, another engineer, got hers a few years ago, and they also managed to have a kid in their spare time. I’m not sure I want a PhD, and I definitely don’t want a kid, but it makes me feel like I haven’t done much with my life in the meantime. I just turned 30, and can’t help thinking about all the symphonies that were composed, and great pieces of artwork that have been created, by people younger than I am.

    Rave: Although I have a demonstrated inability to focus on large long-term goals I have a really strong appreciation for the little things in life.

    • binpetworth

      Just google Grandma Moses and look up the entry for Late Bloomers in Wikipedia–that’ll turn your rant around!

    • talula

      I can totally relate to this. Just yesterday, a random coworker told me time is running out for me and I’ll have to start planning my family soon since I’m almost 30. Geez lady, a) mind your beeswax; b) 30 is not the magic deadline by which my life has to be settled; c) I don’t even really want kids.

    • Don’t worry, you’re already a rare bird. Even though it’s out there for everyone to reach, appreciating the little things is not something many of us do on a daily basis. It’s easier to get a PhD than it is to appreciate the little things every.single.day.

    • I’m constantly comparing myself to other people and it’s a drain. Thus, I’m on a Facebook hiatus. The place that I thought I’d be by now (at 30), and the place that I WANT to be right now are much different than where I am. But I’m trying to enjoy my life as it is…

  • Rant: I get that DC traffic is crazy, and that translates into metro bus drivers being crazy. I have embraced the chaos, however, I was not expecting to be holding ice on my thigh as a result of public transportation.

    Rave: FL in 50 hours!

  • Rant: Boyfriend of 6.5 years asked me to move out last week. I will spend the holiday packing up my things and finding a storage facility while he is spending Thanksgiving in Hawaii. Hard to stay positive this time of year when you feel like you’ve lost everything and all the talk of “family” and “thankful” remind you of what you don’t have.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      So sorry to hear that. Wishing you lots of strength.

    • Ugh, sorry to hear that. The holidays aren’t all merry for people so don’t assume that. There’s actually a lot of *stress* that’s associated around this time of year, so don’t think that everyone else around you is all joy. That said, hopefully you have a support system and take this long weekend to be good to yourself.

    • What awful timing with the holidays. While you may feel like life will not go on now, take comfort in the fact that each day will get better! Speaking from experience. Time does heal all wounds! Pamper and treat yourself to many and all things!

    • So sorry to hear this. Last year my boyfriend of 3+ years broke up with me two days before Christmas. I was supposed to spend the holidays with him and his family in Mexico – which of course didn’t happen. One year later I am dating an awesome guy and my life is 100 times better. It is really hard at first but you will heal with time, I promise. Make sure you stay busy and spend a lot of time with your friends and family!

    • I’m sorry – timing sucks.
      New year, new you and better days!

  • That photo of the cloud terrace at Dumbarton Oaks! I meant to go see it then totally forgot – it closes Dec. 1 – so I still have time!

  • Rave: I love pointing out when my supervisor makes no sense. She gets so flustered. Ha! the little joys!

    Rant: no fried turkey! I feel like telling my friend that I’ll stay home with my Oscar Mayer cold cuts instead. Was looking forward to the juicy meat and crispy skin…

    Rant: my friend’s dog is still missing. I feel so bad.

    Rave: Lindsay Lohan in the Liz and Dick trainwreck this weekend plus a Quartermaine reunion on General Hospital this week.

    • Those are some cruel raves.

      • What– you think Lindsay is on her way to an Emmy and a Golden Globe? Or are you commenting on the supervisor rave? Well, if you had to put up with her telling bold face lies on you in a room full of other managers or asking you why she shouldn’t put you as AWOL when you had an e-mail convo about taking leave the day before, then you would have the same rave too. In truth, I don’t talk to her except to say good morning most days– and that’s b/c she said something about it during my appraisal. She makes my life a living hell and today I got a lil joy in killing her superior mood.

        But real talk–I’m grateful to have a job!

  • Rant: My family asking me if I have Thanksgiving plans and when I reply no, them telling me very awkwardly that they would invite me to their relatives (who I know and are on good terms with) dinner except the house is small and since I wasn’t really invited they don’t want to check to see if it’s ok if I can go themselves. So much for family.
    Rave: Was able to quickly make awesome alternate plans with another friend of mine with no Thanksgiving plans.

  • Rave: Almost Thanksgiving, which means I get to spend lots of time with family!

    Rant: My sister and her husband won’t be at Thanksgiving 🙁

    Rave: Friday I get to start putting up my new Christmas decorations! So excited to decorate our house for the first time. It also means we get a real Christmas tree this year – any suggestions from PoPville on where to find a relatively inexpensive one?

    Rave: We finally received a working fridge from Best Buy this morning. A month and a half, three fridges, and 8 phantom deliveries later.

  • Rave:

    Turkey for me
    Turkey for you
    Let’s eat the turkey
    In my big brown shoe
    Love to eat the turkey
    At the table
    I once saw a movie
    With Betty Grable
    Eat that turkey
    All night long
    Fifty million Elvis fans
    Can’t be wrong
    Turkey lurkey doo and
    Turkey lurkey dap
    I eat that turkey
    Then I take a nap

  • Question: Has anyone used one of those screw-in adapters that turns a light socket into an outlet? I’d like to have outdoor Christmas lights this year and this seems like the easiest and safest way to get power to them.

    • I use one for that purpose every year, and it works fine. The lamp is protected by the porch roof, so there’s not much worry about water.

  • Rant: It’s been nearly 10 months since my ex-wife left me. Have been trying to date and get out of my cave, with not much success. I am not sure when or if I will ever be happy again, nor am I sure I can stomach taking rejection again. I am pretty rational, but sometimes I feel I was destined for unhappiness and loneliness. Obviously the upcoming holiday season is making this worse.

    Rave: I am proud for doing things for myself that I would have never done when I was with the Missus Ex!

    • I could have written that post myself- same exact story. Even knowing I will spend Thanksgiving with supportive family and friends does little to minimize the sadness and anger at the unexpected turn of events.

      Here’s to happy and healthy holidays and a better and brighter 2013.

    • Sorry to hear what you are going through. During the holidays it can be espcially hard for those of us who are alone or find ourselves in new life circumstances.

      Can we please do a POPville Happy Hour soon for those of us who won’t be celebrating with friends or family?

    • Sorry you’re going through this. 10 months is really not that long … you’re just still in the process of grieving. But it won’t last forever, and you WILL be happy again.

  • Rant/PSA: Have been sad seeing some of the comments about people being alone on Thanksgiving. I’m hoping that everyone finds a way to enjoy the day regardless and get a little peace and quiet. The holidays put so much pressure on people to be happy even though some suffer from loneliness, depression, and isolation. Please be on the look-out for neighbors, coworkers, and others who may need a little cheer in their life this time of year, whether it be in the form of homemade cookies, a card, or a conversation to let them know they are cared about.
    Rave: Watching “Love Actually” for the millionth time- a holiday tradition. The last scene at the airport gets me every time!

  • Allison

    Rave: had a nice Chinese lunch with a professor yesterday. Sometimes you just need to hear other successful people tell you “I promise you will find a job” and that’s enough to get you through another day of 10,000 entry-level associate applications for 10,000 law firms.

    Rant: Bar application process is forehead-slammingly long and frustrating.

    I will be an attorney someday, I will be an attorney someday….

    • Hang in there, before you know it you will be there!

    • Wishing you the best of luck throughout this process!
      The law firm world is still pretty tough right now. Firms are still cutting people and lots of senior folks are trying to leave before the ax falls on them; or leaving because they just can’t take law firm life anymore. Not sure what your financial situation is and what kind of job you can afford to take, but don’t rule out smaller firms or non-profits. And to the extent you can manage it, try not to have any gaps in your resume. If you can’t get something full time, go for something part time; and if you can afford to do an internship or other unpaid position that will give you good experience, do it. There are even unpaid Special Assistant US Attorney positions in some districts.

      • Allison

        Thanks for the advice. I’m trying to find the right balance between holding out for a job that might actually lead to somewhere career-wise (I don’t have financial issues so I’m not totally desperate) vs. not being unemployed for so long that I’m looked at as “damaged goods” (like “er, why hasn’t anyone else hired her yet?”).

  • Can we all agree that we should never give up on love? To all the broken-hearted, love will find you but love yourself until it does. To all the newly in-love, relish the joy and treat your partner with respect and kindness. To the cynics and the doubters, wouldn’t you love to be proven wrong?

    I don’t care how corny I sound. This is what I want to say today. Peace to all of you on the holiday.

  • Rant: I don’t know if anyone else is having this problem, but I keep getting an Unresponsive Script warning in Firefox on your site at this address:
    Script: http://b.voicefive.com/c2/12336515/rs.js#c1=3&c3=620749&c4=3571599&c5=249877&c6=&c10=1&c11=&c13=160×600&c16=gen&ax_i=&ax_g=&:1

    It keeps locking up my browser.

  • Rave: Thanksgiving!
    Rave: Get to spend it with my cousin Vinny (for real)
    Rant: Fly out of Dulles at 430 tomorrow
    Rave: Coworker gave me upgrade coupons – First Class Baby!
    Rave: Free cupcake today!

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