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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  • Emilie504

    Rant: The people upstairs are always hammering.

    Rave: King cake is on it’s way to my house! (I have the best parents in the world.)

  • Revel: First full day of temperature below freezing in 2 years.
    Possible Revel: Forecast is calling for snow on Friday!

  • Rant: I have been asking DC Water to fix the underground water leak for months now. Still not repaired so now have a big inch thick ice sheet in front of the house.

    Revel: DC is apparently going to send a salt truck.

    • I hate to break this to you, but if the leak is on your property from the main to the house, there’s a good chance you’ll be liable for it. I don’t know the DC rule, but almost no city covers service lines from the main to the house. And insurance doesn’t usually cover it.

      I hope that’s not the case in your situation.

      Best of luck.

      • I hope hope that the leak is on their side of the meter! It seems to be coming out of the street, so pretty sure it’s their problem, but you never know!!….

  • rave: being back in school after a decade of being out. both nervous and excited!

    rant: a few things that are unfinished and looming over me, makes me very anxious.

    rave: january has been seriously sucktastic. it’s almost over. here’s hoping february is a little better.

  • Rave: Despite all the BS he had to put up with, glad my husband got to march in the parade yesterday – in 2009 he was deployed so I know it was important for him to part of the day.

    Rant/Rave: gave myself my first IVF shot last night. Once I got over the “omg I’m sticking a needle in myself” it wasn’t bad – I never realized how hard it is (mentally) to give yourself a shot. But, now we’re officially started. I really hope this is it – I don’t know if I can go through this again. It helps me to know I’m not alone (oddly, DCUM has been a great resouce) and it helps me know that 1) my husband will be an amazing papa and 2) my parents will be awesome grandparents. So I’m trying to stay positive (“when this works” vs. “if this works” thinking). Trying to ignore when my husband talks about his pregnant sister who poops rainbows and kittens and bleeds cupcake frosting she’s so perfect. I know it’s not intentional, as I’ve asked him to stop, but it’s hard not to internalize that stuff given what I’m going through (because of him, no less!). What we do for love, huh?

    • I’m on my fourth night of injections for IUI. You’re right, the mental fear is much worse than the physical pain. Glad your first one was a success! My fingers are crossed for you that you are one and done. This process sucks, but it will be worth it in the end.

      • Thanks, crossed for you, too – we weren’t IUI candidates (MFI) but I’m sure it’s its own kind of hell.
        The first shot was the worst. Though, there are lots more and eventually more than one a day, I guess…so I might be talking too soon about it not being difficult!

        Hopefully it works. I know it’s a crap shoot, but still….sigh…

    • Best of luck with everything – I have to regularly give myself shots of blood thinners and the biggest help for me is to think of why I’m giving myself the shot. Usually for me, it’s so I can fly to a new and exciting place (or fly home) but for you perhaps thinking the positive thoughts of the end product of the shots (i.e. a baby!)…

    • novadancer

      it gets easier with time. I wish you the best of luck :) I am on day 4pt so good thoughts all round!

      • I see a lot of people who comment on PoP about pregnancy troubles. Out of curiousity, how long did you try before starting shots? Are you older, or are there other reasons it has become difficult?

        My husband and I started trying, so I am curious about fellow neighbors and how its been :)

        • novadancer

          for me it’s all about the age :( 43 while hubby is 36.

          • YAY! I’m also 7 years older than my husband. It doesn’t bother me (most of the time anyhow) as he acts at least 10 years older than me, but I’m starting to worry about what it will be like as we have kids/get older.

        • The standard rule is if you’re under 35 to try for a year before seeking help, and if you’re over 35 to try for 6 months. I would modify that rule to add that if you have known problems (endometriosis, for example) or have lots of infertility in your family to go for testing sooner. Testing can be as simple as getting blood drawn at different points of your cyle, and as complicated/expensive/invasive as an HSG or even IVF (which is sometimes called “the ultimate test”, as it’s one of the few ways to determine the quality of eggs). Testing can never hurt, in my opinion. I’ve never heard anyone say “I wish I hadn’t gone to a RE so soon”.

          I wish you the best of luck. Look out for all the pregnant women and babies that seem to be EVERYWHERE when TTC. Seriously, they come out of the woodworks.

          • The part about all of the pregnant women and babies coming out of the woodwork is completely true. My husband and I are going through the process of starting IVF now, and there are pregnant women everywhere. Avoiding Facebook is a good idea.

        • My husband was born premature with undescended testicles – fixed when he was a baby, but there is still a huge chance of fertility issues. So about three months in to us seriously trying, he got an analysis and yep – poor count and morphology, poor enough for IVF (IUI wouldn’t work). I mean, could we get pregnant naturally? Possibly eventually – Dr gave us a 1% chance. Given that I’m still relatively young (31), I didn’t want to age any more before trying. We moved to IVF right away. I’m hopeful. If you’re at all suspicious, I recommend getting the basic tests (blood work and SA) to give you peace of mind.
          That said, I wouldn’t wish this on anyone that I liked.

    • Good luck to you. I am home now with my two week old IVF baby right now. I remember how stressful it was starting those shots but they ended up not being that bad once you get used to them. Hang in there and try to ignore unhelpful comments (“just relax and it will happen” or “you can always adopt” etc). and given the rage on DCUM, I was also pleasantly surprised by how helpful they are in the infertility forum! Hang in there.

  • Is it me or does the DC water supply have more chlorine or something funky than usual? Seems to have an off odor over here near Capitol Hill.

  • binpetworth

    Rant: Pulled/strained my serratus anterior muscle and have been in pain for 5 days now, especially when lying down.

    Rave: Winter finally arrived! Praying for some snow that sticks.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: I was called “talented” and “gifted” after singing with my band at a Ball on Saturday.
    Rave: Progress on personal projects, things are happening.
    Rave: President’s speech
    Rant: Having to do some outdoors work today

  • Rant: Stupid people who say stupid things who catch an attitude when gently corrected.
    You say “Donkeys are baby horses” and I say “Well they aren’t. A foal is a baby horse. A donkey is a different species” and then you say “Girl Whatever! Who asked you!!?”
    Really? hmmm
    Rave: Spa day and dinner reservations for my birthday are booked!

  • RANT: The GOP members of the Virginia Senate. Jesus H Christ, these are some race-baiting a##holes. I hope they get their ass handed to them in the state supreme court.
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2013/01/republicans-dirty-trick-inauguration.php

  • Rant: Mild headache for the past three days plus husband leaving town
    unexpectedly for work tonight…

    Rave: Cousins in town for inauguration – they loved the city and want to come back soon :-D. I love showing suburbanites the wonders of our beautiful city!

    Rave: Planning to grab a nice dinner for myself and work on a “personal statement” I have to put together. Now if only I could find a fireplace to work in front of :-D

  • Rave: Really too soon to be dating but a friend came through with tickets to the bash last night (for free!) and so I ended up digging out the tuxedo and remembering how to tie a bow tie and having a wonderful night with a brilliant woman that started at Rogue 24 and ended with us in black tie at the Raven, with a little First Couple, Fun. and Stevie Wonder in between.

    Rave: Four more years!

  • RAVE: My law firm had a stunning VIP party yesterday and I had the best seat ever for the parade.

    RANT: For the first time in may years, I had to take public transportation yesterday.

  • Rant: The movement sensor toilets that flush multiple times before I get off the toilet. When I press the “button” to make them flush, they often don’t. I often walk into the stall or bathroom with unflushed toilet paper presumably because others have the same (t)issue.

    • Emilie504

      Do you work at my working place? The bathrooms there make me insane.

    • This too is my hell.

    • I have an autistic niece who is terrified of these things. My sister has to carry stickies to cover the sensors so that my niece can niece can pee without flipping out.

      • Not even autistic niece – but my niece – and all little kids are scared of auto-toilets! Anticipate this, cover the sensor up and spare them all the trauma!

    • Similar rant: At my office bathroom, the sinks are also controlled by motion sensors. But as one is washing one’s hands under the running water, which usually involves moving them around over and under one another, these hands are also in direct line of sight of the soap dispenser, which sees the movement and then proceeds to squirt wasted soap over and over into the sink as the hands are washing. Squirt squirt squirt squirt squirt. It’s annoying and wasteful and almost no way around it.

    • I hate motion sensor bathrooms, doors, everything. For some reason (maybe because I’m small?) they hardly ever detect me.

  • C’mon snow on Friday!! (I could use another 3-day weekend)

  • squish

    RANT: My office HVAC. I am so goddamn cold in this office. This might be Reason #478 why I love working from home–I control the thermostat!!! I love winter and snow and all that jazz, but when I’m inside, I want to be able to feel my fingers.

    Rant: Reiter & Hill’s office in Chevy Chase. All I want to do, the ONLY thing I want to do, is place a refill prescription with my physician. Why do I need to speak with 3 different people and get put on hold for 45 minutes?! Get your act together, jerks.

    Rave: Decided that I’m going to make warm mulled wine tonight. That’ll warm me up :-)

  • Rant: Security lines.

    Rave: The cross section of very interesting and sincere people you meet in security lines, many from rural areas or whole parts of the country that often get summarily dismissed as backwards and boring.

  • Rant: There are some seriously ugly, mean, stupid and racist people in this world. I watched the YouTube video of Michelle rolling her eyes and made the mistake of reading some of the comments at the bottom. I’m sorry to inform you, horrible people, but its not only African American women who roll their eyes. Race has absolutely NOTHING to do with it.

    Rave: Overall great time at the Inauguration.

    Rave: Going to the Caps game tonight!

    Rave: Someone gave me a package of M&Ms for helping them fax something! M&Ms make me happy.

  • Rave: The Inauguration. I had to work but still had a unique experience. Plus the energy all day was high and the weather much better than four years ago.

    Rant: I’ve had maybe 8 hours of sleep in the past 48. I am so beat right now.

    Rave: I can lay on the sofa and chill all evening! I see a warm cup of soup and some hot chocolate in my future.

    Rant: This weather. I hate the cold. HATE IT!!! I work in a hotel and every time someone opened the door I got blasted by the wind. I don’t think I ever warmed up completely today.

    Rave: At least it wasn’t this cold yesterday.

  • RANT: I am a bit hung over….drank one too many beers at the show last night…

    RANT: The only reason I went to said show was to see the opening band and I missed them. F**CK!

    RAVE: Art is cool.

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