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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  • Rave: super fun morning at the park with my bouncing pup chasing after sticks, squirrels, and other dogs. Seeing the pure joy on her face while romping is a great mood-lifter

    Rant: days like this make me really hate juvenile renal disease. Super sad knowing that my sweet dog probably won’t make it much past 4

    Rave: days like this make me grateful that she’s still happy, pain-free and full of energy with only very minor symptoms. Going to take advantage of all the good days we have left (however many or few that may be)

    • special_k

      I’m so sorry about your puppy’s health issue, but it sounds like she’s so loved and living a happy life; what a wonderful gift to her.

      • Yes, truly. Not every dog’s owner is willing to take them out to the park on a very cold weekday before work (this dog owner certainly is not!). :)

    • ugh so sorry to hear – is there anything they can do for her?

      It’s so tough to fall so hard to a pup when you know they aren’t here forever. good on you for making her life the best it can be – I’m sure she enjoys it and loves you unconditionally back.

      For me, my girl is my heart…

      • Thanks all for the kind comments :-)

        Jindc- Essentially the only thing they can do is slow down the failure of her kidneys, but can’t stop or reverse the damage/process. She was diagnosed right before Xmas so right now we’re in a wait and see to see how she does on a new kidney-friendly special diet and to see how fast everything progresses. Our vet is hopeful as they caught it really early and it seemed to be progressing extremely slowly before she got on her prescription diet (so hopefully the food will make her kidneys work less and last even longer). She’s 3.5 right now – our hope is she can make it to near 5. But with the unpredictable timeline of this disease, we’re just making the most of every good day while she’s still our energetic little love bug.

        We’ll have to send in a photo of her one of these days for the afternoon animal fix :-)

        Rave: all the wonderful pet owners on PoP! Loved reading all the antics and stories today!! It’s amazing how much joy they can bring us in their short lives

        • re: Diet. My dog had elevated creatnine and all that, showing signs of early kidney failure. They wanted me to feed her the “kidney diet” from the vet. I researched, and decided to give raw food a try. She wouldn’t eat raw meat so I bought her Primal patties. When I tell you that her next blood test was improved not three months later, I’m not kidding.

          I only say this to be cautious of any food the vet pushes because they often push low protein, but the proteins that are there are low quality. Primal is very moist (good to get moisutre in them) and the quality of the protein is top notch. We ended up stopping it because I couldn’t afford it any more (she’s 100lbs, was eating a ton of it) but her blood levels have stablized.

          I’m sure you’ve researched, but I definitely recommend considering something like that.

  • Rant: Loud drunk bros at the Highland Park apartments above the Columbia Heights metro kept me up all night with their “woooo” yells from a balcony. Grumps.

    Revel: I spent two weeks in France and Germany over Christmas, during which I consumed a diet almost exclusively of cheese, bread, and mulled wine. Miraculously, I seem to have LOST weight? I think Europe is magical and they put something in the water.

    • Auggh! Misery loves company! Unfortunately, this company lives right next door to drunk bros at Highland Park. I finally went over at 3 a.m. and rang the doorbell. Guy was nice but I sure hope it doesn’t continue.

    • kind of related maybe, i heard a bunch of drunk guys in the alley behind those apartments last night screaming and fighting, then joking around seeing who could yell “yeah boy” the loudest.

    • Emilie504

      I hate woo boys so much. What is so damn fun about yelling “wooo”?

    • I would have called the police regarding the loud noise. Some people can be inconsiderate of others and especially in living in apartment buildings. My neighbors kid woke me up early this morning in their studio apartment at 2 a.m. screaming and crying. This has happen a lot. When they walk in that tiny apartment, they walk like elephants and they constantly are dropping hard objects on the floor and they have carpet. I email management this morning and their reply, they were moving this noisey tenants to another apartment. I don’t know why landlord allows overcrowding in apartments. This would be allowed in Ward 3 apartments or the new apartments/Condos built around the District.

      • I’ve called police on other parties in the building before (I don’t live there, but share an alley), as well as their front desk. Just didn’t feel like it last night.

        I’m used to lots of loud alley sounds (random altercations, garbage trucks, etc.), so I can sleep through almost anything. But not woooing! Ugh.

  • Rave: Friday with fun weekend plans (dancing! hiking! dating!)

    Rave: Friend’s lost cat came home

    Rave: Fun bike ride to work this morning. But my hands got really cold. Anyone have any recommendations for good cold weather biking gloves?

    • I bought some North Face gloves from REI, and they were pretty good until it got really cold. I switched to the regular gloves I wear in the winter (don’t know the brand name, and I probably bought them at target.) They’re thick enough to keep my hands warm, but thin enough to not get in the way of my brake and gear controls.

    • City Sports makes a commuter glove that is perfect for keeping the cold and rain away.

    • I bought a pair of Thinsulate at Marshall’s last year and they worked very well for me even when biking fast downhill in a cold winder morning.

    • Thin liners are key — plus a lightweight windproof outer glove – I have some Land’s end outer, and probably REI liners.

  • special_k

    Rave: My beautiful, sweetheart of a foster dog is being adopted this weekend!

    Rant: I’m going to miss her so much. There have been a lot of tears.

    Rave: I now have a much deeper appreciation for all the foster parents out there who open their hearts and homes to these wonderful animals, knowing they’ll eventually give them up. It’s been a bittersweet combination of joy and heartache. Plus, it requires a tremendous amount of faith trusting that the new parents will love and care for these animals their whole lives. So rewarding, but so very hard.

    Have a happy life, my sweet puppy!

    • I’ve thought about fostering, but I’m not sure if I’m ready. My dog would love to have a (temporary) friend to play with during the day. I started volunteering for a rescue organization last year. I’m always happy to find out one of our dogs has found a home, but it’s always kind of bittersweet because I end up missing seeing them at adoption events.

  • Rave: Waking up to my sweet pup snuggled next to me. However, it did make me want to just stay in bed all day.

    Rant: Treatment for an ongoing medical thing has me on a large amount of hormones that are turning me into a crazy person.

    Rave: My completely understanding and sympathetic husband, who takes my new craziness in stride.

  • Rave: Going to the movies tonight with a friend who I haven’t hung out with in a while. Looking forward to catching up beforehand.

  • Rave: Continuing the dog trend… my dog turns 4 today and I made her cupcakes!

    • Oh, and another rave… I put out mousetraps before going to bed and was rewarded with a catch this morning. Hopefully that was the only mouse we had. Though I’m a bit annoyed that my birthday girl wasn’t up to the task– isn’t rodent-catching what terriers were bred for?

    • Also on the dog trend – I found someone’s lost dog in Rock Creek Park today and it was the best thrill! (Though my own dog didn’t think sharing the car with interloper was so cool.)

      But they actually had 2 dogs run off yesterday – so please keep an eye out for a mostly black husky/shepherd mix. It does have tags and the owners are desperately searching.

  • My next door neighbor informed me, he had a mice problem and he’s captured about 9 mice. I told him, the previous tenants in his apartment had bed bugs, mice, and roaches. It was a family of 4 living in a one bed room apartment. I’ve had bed bugs, but I’ve never had a mice problem. HOwever, I think bed bugs are worse than mice or roaches because it’s much harder to get rid of bed bugs than mice and roaches.

    My manangement company gave my apartment the heat treatment last summer and so far, I haven’t seen any more bed bugs.

  • Emilie504

    Continuing the pet theme…

    Rave: My kitty’s new meds arrived today! Hopefully they will clear up her sinus infection.

    Rant: If the don’t, she has to go to a specialist and maybe have surgery. I don’t want that bill.

    Rave: Hopefully the meds are fast acting so she can quit hating me for “torturing” her, aka wiping her nose so she can sort of breathe out of it.

  • Rave: so many loving pet parents here on POPville!

    • Cheaper than real children.

      • that’s debatable….my cat has to go in for $4,000 surgery next week! ugh. It’s for a chronic, but not life threatening condition, so my options were don’t do the surgery and let him be in pain for the next 10+ years of his life, or put a 4 year old, otherwise healthy, cat to sleep.

        • It’s awful to have a sick animal, and a difficult, emotional decision as to how much to pay for treatment. I understand that people make emotional bonds to helpless animals, but honestly, consider what else $4000.00 can do – pay for 16 children to have cleft-pallet surgery, or provide 4000 doeses of Oral Dehydration Salts for children dying of diarrhea.

          Also consider that there are 50 pages – yes PAGES – as is 500+ kittens and cats needing homes on Petfinder within 100 mile radius of DC.

          It isn’t always compassionate – or just, or right or moral – to pay extraordinary prices for a single pet.

    • Rant: People who refer to animal owners as pet parents

  • Rave: My dog is such a snuggle dog – it makes it hard to work on my laptop when she wants to lie across it and have me rub her belly.

    Rant: She turns into a demon dog when she sees the mailman and will pounce on the mail when it comes thru the mail slot and toss it around the room.

    • GiantSquid

      We used to use our mail slot in the door, then one day we came home to find one of our dogs (who also attacked the mailman and mail) had papier mached his mouth shut. He had taken a big bite of the glue end of a manilla envelope, it got all stuck up in his teeth, and glued his mouth shut. Had to take him to Friendship for emergency cleaning and then again, a few days later, because the paper he had ingested tore up his insides. Needless to say, we installed an exterior mailbox. I hope you can avoid something similar.

    • I echo your rant. We’ve tried everything, but demon dog hates the mail carrier and the mail. Other delivery people are also very much disliked.

      • She’s a demon dog around our male mail carrier, and the fedex and ups guys (and all their respective trucks).

        But she loves the female mail carrier in the neighborhood. I’m sure the fact that the female mail carrier carries treats has nothing to do with my dog’s preference…

  • Rant: The Georgia Ave post office – staff are excruciatingly slow. It takes way too long for simple transactions.

    Rave: I left a book of stamps at the counter and the clerk mailed them to me (I’d sent a package so she had the return/my address).

  • Rant: Thrown under the bus by a senior person over something they are responsible for.

    Rave: My supervisor understands and we successfully got everything out the door. Now it’s the waiting game.

    Rave: It’s Friday. I’ve worked twelve hour days since Dec 26th plus weekends and holidays. I’m ready to not look at my computer at all this weekend.

    • Updated rave: Votes of confidence from three colleagues (two more senior then the one who threw me under the bus).

  • Rave: In love and moving to my favorite city to be closer to my guy.
    Rant: Need a job first and unfortunately, said city doesn’t have as great a job market as DC. Hoping the stress of finding something isn’t too overwhelming.
    Rave: I’m in love!!!!

    • Good luck with the job search. However, I would never move to another city without having a job offer, unless I was married to the person. Sometimes, relationships don’t last/

      • Good advice.

      • Thanks for the advice and concern, but I’m not going anywhere without the job first, no way! :) Plus I have the distinct advantage of knowing many people where I want to go so if things didn’t work out I’ve already got my own distinct form the other person support network.

  • Rave: I also have the snuggliest princess in the world – if you know Lucy, you know love. She loves us so much. I know that I’d be lost without her, especially in the past with my husband’s military deployments – she was my company.

    Rant: Adopting a dog for $200 then learning about their health problems. Two ACL repair surgeries in 2013 for her. She’s 5, and a large breed, so we can’t really hold off.

    But, I don’t think it has anything at all to do with the shelter or her unknown origins. It’s just that karma is funny.

  • Rave: 17 weeks today, and second day in a row of feeling awesome & energetic – is this what they keep telling me about the second trimester???

    On an unrelated note – anyone know what happened with the FrozenYo across Connecticut Ave from the zoo? The windows were boarded up this morning when I passed it.

    • yes! second trimester is awesome. especially when you really start showing so you look all cute and you feel great. I’ve been pretty lucky that the third trimester hasn’t been too bad either, but putting on socks is quite a challenge.

  • talula

    Rant: I really want a dog but my landlord does not allow it. All these dog posts are making me sad :-(

    Rave: Glad to hear there are so many great pet owners out there! My family had two dogs when I was a kid, they were so fun and lovable. Can’t wail until I can adopt one of my own.

    • Volunteer at the shelter or another rescue group – that’s how I got my dog fix!
      Another idea is to be a lower cost pet/house sitter. If you care less about making money but care about spending some QT with a pet, it could be a good way to make a few extra bucks an get some time with a pet.

      Just an idea!

    • I wouldn’t have considered a dog when I was renting, even if my current landlord allowed it, because it really limits your options when you decide to move.

  • Rant: Spent 2 hours tonight trying unsuccessfully to score a table for 2 on 14th St (at Hanoi House & Matchbox)

    Rave: Gave up and got take out from Great Wall for less than we spent on 2 cocktails at Marvin while waiting. Love them! (But the rest of you, please stay away from Great Wall. Thx.)

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