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: Popville begenning to remind me of prime time news with all the shooting, stabbing, and robery reports
    Rave: that picture
    Rave: althought its a heat wave im enjoying the warmer months

    • binpetworth

      It’s not prime time without our own Pat Collins.

      • “A man reported the news…..the time was prime…..the man walked to the camera….he spoke. But that was not all……the man wore a brown coat.”

        -Pat Collins

    • watching him “report” on the “news” that Twinkies were back was pretty epic. I think if a viewer were high, it would have been the best ever.

  • Rant/Rave: Not sure which one to classify this under but the ex-wife is going to stay with me for a few days next week. Haven’t seen her in years and she’s still in a relationship with some other guy. So I guess I’m just going to show her DC?

  • Rave: Feeling pretty good overall these days (after a bit of a slump).
    Rave: Spending five days in New Orleans starting tomorrow!
    Rant/Rave: Deciding whether to adopt a dog. He’s a good little guy; would I do well taking care of him?

  • Rave: Went through the DC car inspection without an appointment today at 730am. Was fine! no complaints at all. Online they said their earliest appointment was the 1st week of August. ..

    • Yea, never believe their appointment schedules. Just get there early and you should be fine.

    • I’ve never made an appt. I just roll up and roll through. I went at about 1 p.m. in April and was in and out in about 10 mins.

    • On super hot days be sure to check if they are open before you go down. They do sometimes close – or used to anyway.

      • epric002

        +1 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – On Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18, the District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles Inspection Station will be open from 5am to 1pm. The change in hours of operation is due to the excessive heat.

        Customers with scheduled appointments after 12:45pm must reschedule online.
        The Inspection Station is located at 1001 Half Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024.

        Sent by DC HSEMA to e-mail….powered by Cooper Notification RSAN

  • Rant: On to Hour Three of a four hour morning of conference calls and reviewing survey instruments. UGH. I don’t even have a break to get caffeine! Thank god for do not disturb so I can type while on the call (and check POP!).

    Rave: Incredible weekend – ziplining for the husband’s birthday, wedding of a wonderful friend with great people, and my brother’s engagement with his girlfriend of 12 years!!! So happy for everyone!

    Rant: Heat – to the point where I’m not sure I should be at the barn, riding the horses, it’s so hot!

    Rave: Cape May this weekend!!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Looking at a recipe I got from my great aunt last year, in the note she mentioned how nice it would be to see me this Christmas. She died a few months later from a sudden illness.
    Rave: She was an awesome lady and I’m happy to have known her and have her in my family. Also fortunate to have some of her artwork hanging in my apartment to bring me joy.

  • RAVE: The joggers who jumped the perp who had just robbed a girl on Sherman this morning and restrained him until the police showed up – kudos! There has been a rash of early morning bus stop robberies in this area and hopefully the guy responsible for them is now in custody.

    • I wonder if this was the hoopla I saw on Sherman this a.m. My bus goes down Irving and there were at least 3 police cars all over Sherman and Columbia (I think) this morning.

      • Most likely. Robbery happened around 7:15-7:20am. North bound Sherman Ave lane was shut down between Columbia Rd and Irving.

    • gotryit

      Wow, I was driving about a block from there and saw the police cars heading there.

      Kudos to people for helping. I hope no one got hurt. Okay, maybe I hope the robber got roughed up.

  • Rave: Homemade peach ice cream for breakfast!

    Rant: It’s stinkin’ hot.

    • I had homemade blueberry for dinner last night. But peach ice cream is the breakfast of champions.

      “And I didn’t come here to ask you to give me anything, not even a vote… To tell the God’s unvarnished and unbuckled truth, I don’t have to ask you. Not today. I still got quite a little hitch up there in the big house with the white columns two stories high on the front porch and peach ice cream for breakfast. Not that a passel of those statesmen wouldn’t like to throw me out. ..But it looks like they got to put up with me a spell longer. So you better just grin and bear it. It’s not any worse’n boils….No, I’m not here to ask you for anything. A vote or anything else. I reckon I’ll be back later for that. If I keep on relishing that peach ice cream for breakfast in the big house.” — Governor Willie Stark (D-LA)

    • You just made me realize I’ve only used my ice cream maker once this summer. I’ve got to do something about that!

  • Rant: I have seen the worst cases of offensive behavior on my way home from work yesterday. normally cops are patrolling Georgia Avenue for people cutting lanes, blocking intersections, and cutting in line but it’s all broken down. Reminds me of the old lawless days on DC streets. I hope these traffic offenders get speed camera tickets.

    Rant: Paying student loans on a degree that didn’t pay my bills.

    Rave: Calling in sick on strategically planned days when I’m not sick.

    Rant: Being sick on non-strategically planned days.

    • Ditto the student loan rant. I finally checked the national student loan data clearinghouse the other day to remind myself how much I still owe…after a long time of burying my head in the sand. Scary, but it felt nominally good to at least confront my finances head-on. Related rant: I remember when my interest rates were around 2.5%…man, those were the days.

  • Rant: On Thursday my wife says “oh..I think I forgot to tell you that my uncle, his wife, kid and mom are coming to stay here Mon-Wed.” Um…yeah..you did forget to tell me that, or ask me if that was ok. I would have said no. Our house is great for two people, ok for 3 and packed at 4 (2 bd, 1 ba and the bdroom is currently being turned into a nursery).
    Rant II: Had to drive to Erie, PA Friday evening for a baby shower w/ her family on Saturday. It was exhausting! Thank lob I got out of work early or I would have fell asleep on the drive..barely made it as it was.
    Rant III: We stay w/ her uncle usually so we can take our dogs. He only has full size beds. Ever share a full size w/ a pregnant woman? Yeah…I barely slept this weekend. The trip how wasn’t horrible. Not a ton of traffic, but it was still a tiring 7 hr trip.
    Rave: Baby shower was nice. Got some good gifts. Was a wine-tasting and “dinner” (flipping SANDWICHES!!). Makes sense to do a wine tasting w/ a pregnant woman right? Right? Idiots.
    Rant IV: The uncle, wife, kid and mother in law arrived yesterday. I was promised that they were bringing burgers to grill, but they didn’t. Hot dogs only….b/c they’re freakin’ cheap. I tried to go to bed early and almost fell asleep. However, they all thought it’d be a good idea to catch up in our living room, right next to our bedroom. Didn’t fall asleep. Went back to reading…started to fall asleep again when they headed to the basement for the night, but THEN our dogs started barking like mad b/c they didn’t understand why there were people in our basement. I lost my shit and seriously considered giving one of the dogs a halal death. I just Lol’ed at that b/c I can’t believe that scenario actually went through my noggin’, but it did. Good ‘ol sleep deprivation.
    RAVE…YEA! The uncle, wife, kid and mother in law are going to get their cheap asses into a hotel tonight instead of staying b/c the kid is seriously allergic to dogs. How this never came up in discussions of staying with us is beyond me, but who cares…as long as they’re not there tonight. I have a USMNT game to watch and some sleep to catch up on.
    By the way…the kid is great! She’s the only one I don’t partially or totally hate right now.

    • Is the Uncle that you are complaining about having at your house the same one that just welcomed you into his?

      • Was wondering the same thing.

        • …And hosted a baby shower for them! Sheesh.

          • No…completely different guy.

            The shower was the work of her mother and aunt. It was nice, honestly…but a wine tasting? Sandwiches? Weird.

            Look, I have no problem having family over..my wife’s or mine. The problem is having 4 extra people in our house at the same time. It doesn’t work.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Well, it’s really tacky for her mother and aunt to throw the shower, so what they served is the least of the problems with this party.

          • Wait, a mother and aunt throwing a baby shower is tacky? Who’s supposed to host it then? My mother hosted my sister’s…

          • epric002

            +1 to emmaleigh. family does not throw a shower. period.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Someone who is not so closely related like a friend or a cousin. The mom is basically throwing a party so people will bring her kid stuff for her grandkid. Tacky in some circles because it looks greedy.

          • epric002

            *immediate family

          • It is not tacky if the shower is a family-only shower.

          • showers are greedy regardless. Happy to be a no-shower-having religion. You don’t celebrate something that hasn’t happened yet. But to be fair, who cares who throws it? Some people don’t have a lot of girlfriends, some people don’t live near the bulk of people who would be attending so it’s easier to go “home” for the shower, etc. And regardless, people will always be offended by something you do – just like motherhood LOL
            But glad I don’t have to even think about this.

          • epric002

            +100 for not having showers!

          • I hosted my sister’s shower, at our parents’ house. I live 5 hours away; it’s not like I’m directly benefiting from the gifts she received. And I know her better than any of the other bridesmaids, so I was able to select food/decor/activities that best suited her tastes. Maybe there used to be a time when the rationale for forbidding family hosting made sense, but it doesn’t anymore.

          • epric002

            the etiquette hasn’t changed: immediate family should not host showers.

          • And don’t you dare wear white after labor day.

          • epric002

            emily post says it is fine to wear white after labor day. that did change.

          • Holier than thou etiquette is not etiquette at all in my world. Be a gracious guest, be a gracious host.

          • From the Emily Post Institute:

            It had long been considered a breach of etiquette for the bride’s family members to host showers.

            Why? Because the main point of a shower is to give gifts to the bride and it could seem as if her family were asking for gifts. Today, while it’s still a faux pas for an engaged couple to throw their own shower, pretty much anyone else can host one. Family members frequently step in to host showers, especially when common sense dictates such a solution. For example, the bride may be visiting her future in-laws and the groom’s mother or sister wants to invite hometown friends and family to meet her. Or, the bridal party is spread around the country and it’s difficult to pinpoint a common geographic location to gather and celebrate. Sometimes several of the bride’s friends or relatives may host the shower together—sharing the expenses and the organizing. Let individual circumstances be your guide when determining who should serve as host.

          • I would love to have a wine tasting at a baby shower. They tend to be so boring, having wine is a great idea. Just because the pregnant woman can’t drink doesn’t mean everyone else shouldn’t be able to.

          • Goodness, these days who cares who hosts the shower? A baby shower would only feel greedy to me if it was obvious that the host and/or mom-to-be were packing the guest list with casual acquaintances for the sole purpose of gift-grubbing. If a dear friend or family member of mine is having a baby, it’s about celebrating HER and the baby, which I’m more than happy to do with my presence at the shower and a (within my budget) gift, regardless of who organized the shindig. As for the wine-tasting thing…eh, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with serving wine at a baby shower, but it feels a tad bit inconsiderate to make it the focus or one of the key activities, when the guest of honor can’t partake. But that’s just me.

      • Blithe

        Ditto. And not just you, but your DOGS?

        • He LOVES our dogs. LOVES THEM!!! Asks about them more than us.

          • Blithe

            Since it’s a different uncle, I’ll retract my eye- roll, and give you a thumbs up for letting your uncle play with your dogs, and for letting your dogs get a vacation. 🙂

    • YOU had a had hard time sleeping with a full size pregnant woman? Trust me, she is sleeping even less. God bless her for being pregnant in this heat. You should sleep on the sofa so she has the whole bed to herself.

      • She slept like a champ. Sprawled right out on the bed while I slept on the edge.

        It’s good to know that people can rant on POP and then get torn the fuck up from rando anonymous commentators. Thanks everyone! Go pound sand!

        • andy

          You tell ’em man! You are my favorite PoP ranter of all time.

          • +1. For what it’s worth, I totally understood from your rant that you were talking about two different uncles and that your wife slept fine. People just have axes to grind and will jump to conclusions.

          • @andy & @kenyon- Thanks. Seriously. I thought I was going insane there for a bit..like WTF did I do?

      • Amen!!! Says a pregnant lady 😉

    • This is what Airbnb is for! Get the visiting family their very own apt.! There are quite a few in the CH & Petworth area. I have a vacation rental apt. in CH and often have visiting family rent it.

  • RAVE: Greek Yogurt!!! I don’t know why I waited so long to jump on this delicious bandwagon. I’m in love!

  • Rant: Someone decided that the 15th Street cycletrack was a car lane last night between U and T. Fortunately, he didn’t encounter any bikes mid-block, but I’m not sure what he did when he got to the end of the block since 15th Street is one-way the wrong way. Of all the things I’ve encountered while biking, that was definitely a first for me.

    Rave: My ride in this morning was much less stressful than my commutes yesterday. I seemed to have more close calls with cars than usual yesterday, so I was very happy for a less eventful commute this morning.

    • They turned from U Street and started driving south on the 15th Street cycletrack?!?

      Wow, what a dumbass. Either a clueless tourists (Deltas?) or a drunk.

      Did they cause any damage?

      • Yep, it was truly bizarre. I’m not sure how you could mistake the cycletrack for a driving lane. I’m not 100% sure, but I’m pretty sure he had a DC license plate. It didn’t look like there was any damage, the cycletrack is just wide enough for a car. He didn’t seem that concerned when he encountered the group of bikers I was among at T Street. He just kind of moved toward the vehicle lanes so we could get past. Like I said, I’m not sure what he did after that since I didn’t look back.

    • This happens more often than it should in the L St Cycletrack.

      • Yeah, but the cycle-track on L Street does have many merge points with automobile traffic. I could see how a driver not familiar with them could get confused and end up in it.

        This case is totally weird because the auto driver was driving the wrong way on 15th Street, which is a northbound-only road.

        I’m guessing the driver must have been a senile old man. Sheesh!

        • Nope, not that old. In retrospect, I sort of wish I had stopped and tried to ask him what he thought the cycletrack was, but it was so unexpected, I just kept going.

  • Rant: Commute this morning on the red line. Got to the station at 8:20, no trains on the board heading towards Glenmont and no announcements from the manager. Waited 20 minutes before trains started to come through and had to wait for three packed trains to go by before I could hop on. Finally got on and it was sloooowww. Holding at Woodley, stopping between each station. Finally made it to Farragut North around 9:05 and some intern doesn’t want to step off the train to let people out. Oy vey.
    Rave: Dress I wore on my honeymoon fits again, bringing back memories of Barcelona.

  • Rant: Driving to Annapolis on a weeknight to eat the same food I could have had in the city because the out-of-towners listened to another out-of-towner about where to go.

    Rave: Hanging out with friends I haven’t seen in a good while.

    Rant: My house is filthy and I’m mad at the cleaning lady so she can’t come back.

    Rave: Great weekend planned.

  • I hate, hate, hate my job. How some of these people ever were allowed to become managers is beyond me. If your management style is to smoosh people under your thumb, don’t complain when people are no longer willing to take initiative because you scream if someone does something that wasn’t your idea!!! And then blame your staff for your idea when the rest of the management team says your idea is stupid.

    Anyone need a meeting planner?

  • Revel: Gave notice yesterday! New job! Great riches await!

    Rant: BFF and grandpa both in ICUs hundreds and thousands of miles away from DC

  • Rant: I’m not sure why I thought it was a good idea to schedule my weekly appointments with my shrink BEFORE work. Probably it is really obvious to everyone in the office that I’ve been crying.

    Revel: My vegetable garden is making food! It is amazing that tiny seeds really magically turn into green beans, zucchini, lettuce, and eggplants, and then you can eat them. Why haven’t more people discovered this magical secret?! 🙂

    • I’m kicking myself for not following through with an idea I had earlier this spring, to uproot the bushes in my raised bed and plan vegetables. I was worried I wouldn’t water it enough, and it would look crappy in the winter. But you don’t need to water anything these days, and the bed has been looking crappy all summer because I can’t keep up with the weeds. Maybe next year!

    • Blithe

      Lol! Some of us are WAY urban, and last encountered this concept when we planted bean seeds in paper cups Many, many years ago. I’m embarrassed to say that at a dinner party, when a friend shared her ‘crops’, I gave a rather confused stare and asked: “We’re going to eat your YARD?” It was delicious. And might motivate me to do an herb garden in a window box or something!

      • My parents have grown vegetables for as long as I can remember, but I’m still intimidated by gardening. However, I’m thinking of planting some leafy and/or root vegetables for a Fall harvest. Would that be a good place to start? Any advice on what to plant or how to go about doing it?

        • Arugula is super easy – and tasty. I did some Golden chard this year (Renee’s garden seeds) that does well in containers and (so far) the heat. Radishes are also easy and fun. I’m going to try a fall crop of peas again, but they’ve never worked so far. (Spring crop however was great.)

        • Greens like spinach, kale and chard should do well. I usually have kale and chard overwinter which is a bonus.

          These are easy to grow – sprinkle on top of the soil and either rake in or sprinkle some soil on top. Water as needed.

          You can thin them as they grow (and use the “thinnings” in a salad)

    • Ah, I hear your rant. I used to have my therapy before I had to teach undergraduates. Was quite the look to go in with red, watery eyes and smeared make up.

  • Rave: Cuddletime with my puppy this morning. Love it when he lets me hold him.

    Rant: My Future Mother-in-Law finally sent a picture of the dress she’s wearing to our wedding (in 3 weeks). It’s hideous.

    • Future rave: no one will be looking at your MIL on your wedding day

      • Yeah, but she’ll be in pictures with her that will be viewable for the rest of her life.

        • andy

          Yeah, but what will the BRIDESMAIDS be dressed like? Peach and/or teal?

          • No peach or teal : ) I asked the bridesmaids to pick out their own black dresses.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Wait. The bridesmaids are allowed to pick their own dresses, but you have a problem with your future mother in law picking her own dress? And not sending you pictures of it in advance? I do not get the modern wedding industry at all. Just be happy people want to show up and celebrate your happy day!

        • After 20 years (or less) everyone in everyone’s wedding photos looks crazy – time passes, fashions change and you’ll look at them and think “How did we wear our hair like that?” or even more likely “MIL’s dress doesn’t look as bad as I thought it did – but LOOK at my wedding dress – what was I thinking?” And your kids will laugh at the photos.
          Relax and enjoy the day.

          • Emmaleigh504

            And then the grandkids will look at the pictures and think how cool everyone looks and wish the fashions would come back!

    • Congratulations on the puppy cuddle time and the upcoming wedding!

      Just try to tell yourself that people are more important than things. The dress may be ugly (not to her obviously), but your relationship with her is more important than her fashion choices.

    • epric002

      yeah, your rant should totally be a rave. people can talk about how hideous the dress is!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Oh the bright side, your dress will look that much better next to hers.

    • Some of your replies are hilarious and others are very wise. Thanks, all : )

    • at least you got a pic…my future MIL got a dress that was nothing that I said I would like for her to wear (after SHE asked what kind of dress I would like her to wear) and then informed me of it WEEKS later with the caveat that she wouldn’t have time to look for another (this was in February, my wedding is in the fall). Still trying to understand the point in asking me what I wanted when there was no intention of honoring those wishes.

      side note…my dress is awesome, my fiance is the best, and my best friend is the best maid of honor I could ever hope for so trying not to sweat the small stuff

      • Emmaleigh504

        Maybe she had intentions of getting a dress like you wanted, but decided it wouldn’t look good on her or really fell in love with the dress she found. At least she’s wearing clothes and not showing up in her birthday suit! Unless that’s what you wanted 😉

    • I accidentally wore the same color as the bridesmaids this weekend!! I was mortified for a moment and then realized my buddy (the bride) wouldn’t give a crap. How was I supposed to know?

      • epric002

        don’t sweat it. pretty much the only color you’re not supposed to wear is white.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Unless you get invited to a black and white wedding. Weddings are soooo much work these days, even for the guests! I salute the couples who elope or take a laid back approach!

          Full disclosure: I’ve never been much of a wedding person, they kind of bore me, so I am perhaps a little harsh on subject. I do like wedding pictures, so, please, always show them to me!

          • epric002

            WTF?! you don’t get to tell your guests what color to wear. you just don’t. i h.a.t.e. the wedding industrial complex and all the excess, narcissism, and greed it spawns. but i love the photos too 🙂

  • Rave: I have a job interview tomorrow morning that I’m pretty excited about. I hope they make me an offer – wish me luck!!
    Rant: If I don’t get it, I’m stuck at my current job that I’m not happy at until the next opportunity comes along.

  • epric002

    rant: this weather. UGH.
    rave: the walking skeleton of a dog that we met at WHS is healthy and up for adoption! abe is an incredible sweetheart, despite the shocking cruelty he must have endured. i hope he finds his forever home soon.

  • Rant: folks who have new jobs/interviews, are you networking or applying online? I’ve been doing both and no great results yet.

    Rave: I’m alive, and have a great partner who tolerates all my pissing and moaning about looking for work

    • Headhunter found me on LinkedIn. I truly didn’t think people found jobs that way until they called. But that’s because I am old (was almost out of college before the interwebs hit the mainstream) and am deeply skeptical of these newfangled technologies.

  • Rant: I have a huge, pounding headache. I’ve had a number of these recently, but only at work. Hopefully my eye appointment next week will address the situation.
    Rant: I have impatiently waited 11 months after the contraception cover portion of the ACA took affect for my plan year to roll over, so my birth control will be covered at 100%. Except my greedy insurance company lists mine, for which there is no other option, on their higher tier list. It’s not even discounted. I pay the same thing I’ve always paid. I spend almost $300 every year on this stuff and I take time out of my work to go to the Gynecologist and out of my nights to get the Rx. Men don’t have to worry about any of this BS. Ugh. I don’t want to change birth control.
    Raves: I’m having a lovely birthday dinner for my bf’s birthday tonight. That should put me in a better mood.

    • epric002

      thanks for reminding me i need to check on my BC coverage now that my plan just rolled over. i feel your pain on finding compatible BC, btw. that stuff’s a bitch.

    • Check on the off brand/brand difference. I was going to have to pay $150 for three months of the off brand and the pharmacist checked and the brand was FREE. Must be some deal with the drug maker and that insurance company. Check on it, just in case.

      • I use the ring, there’s no generic yet.

        • Try calling and really arguing with the insurance company. Don’t know what kind of plan you have, but I also use the ring and my insurance insisted there was a generic alternative. After 5 phone calls and hours on hold they finally appologized and agreed that ACA made it a $0 co-pay contraceptive.

        • I use the same and mine was $50, then $0 after ACA kicked in, and now back to $30 with new crappy insurance.

    • Mine was always highest tier ($50 a month, regardless of how I bought it. (oh, the irony of needing to do IVF to get pregnant after all that money on BC!)

      Call planned parenthood, see what they charge. When I was just on the pill, it was $10/mo at planned parenthood and I always gave them a little extra.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Thank you Obama! My BC has been free for the past year and it’s been awesome! (I’m lucky that my preferred brand comes in generic or I would have to pay too.) Maybe yours will go generic soon.

      • Mine too! I was so happy when the pharmacist rang me up and said – “no copay”. Thank you President Obama.

    • Sorry if this is TMI, but…have you considered an IUD? May not be right for you–depends on your needs and what your system can tolerate–but several friends and I are IUD converts, and I’ve found it’s a very under-the-radar option. The device got a bad rap in the ’70s, and a lot of doctors just don’t want to deal with it, plus there is a myth (perpetrated, unfortunately by some doctors and by one IUD model’s own ads) that it’s only for women who’ve already had children. (Untrue. There is no real medical basis to this myth, just the assumption that a childless woman wouldn’t want to block her fertility for 5-10 years, which is also a non-issue because the device can be removed at any time prior to its expiration.) Insurance coverage can vary, and it can also depend on whether the provider stocks the device already or whether they (or you) have to special-order it. The IUD is more expensive up front (usually) but less average cost over the 5 or so years. If your GYN does not stock the device or doesn’t deal with it at all, Planned Parenthood can be a good option–they usually have IUDs in stock since they have the volume and the demand. (I got mine there and all I had to pay was the normal co-pay for a GYN visit.) One brand is hormone-free while the other is extremely low-hormone (more so than the pill–the fact that you mention you only have one brand option for BC leads me to believe that you have difficulty tolerating the side effects of the other brands, which was my problem as well).

      • Emmaleigh504

        Boy did they get a bad rep in the 70s! Me and a bunch of friend all have older siblings due to IUD failure! I know IUDs are better now, but I know too many IUD people to feel comfortable using one myself.

        • That, and the 70s-era Dalkon shield killed people because of a design flaw. Prior to getting an IUD (but unrelated to my IUD quest) I read an interesting history of contraception, and part of the problem was that one of the doctors leading the research on that earlier model had a huge financial stake in the device that he never disclosed. Also, they were letting women into the study right up until the very end of the study–in other words, if someone who joined the study in its very last month didn’t get pregnant, they counted that as the same level of effectiveness as a participant who was in the study for a year or two and didn’t get pregnant. But these days, both Mirena and Paragard are extremely effective–I believe as effective if not more so than the pill, especially when you add in the potential for human error with the pill that doesn’t exist with an IUD. Having said that, some people do experience side effects, though, so…nothing’s perfect. For me, the IUD side effects are minimal (far less than with the pill), and I just do better with stuff I can “set and forget.” But I’m still waiting for the magical medical discovery that will allow us ladies to simply “will” our bodies not to get pregnant! 🙂 Sigh.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I have no bad side effects from my pills and take them with my daily statin (yay genetics) so I’m good. I looked into Implanon (sp?) the implanted BC so I wouldn’t have to think about it, but my insurance doesn’t cover it and it’s spendy! Totally agree that being able to will our bodies to not get knocked up or get knocked up (whatever the case may be) would be awesome! Science, get on that!

      • I know someone who just got the IUD with hormones. Her gynecologist said that it’s all the rage for female gynecologists, they all have them. I’ll have to put some more thought into it, but guaranteed my old school male gynecologist won’t have them and I doubt he’ll do it. He’s a good doc and I love his nurse, so I keep going. But if I decide to go IUD, I’ll probably have to switch.

        • I can’t vouch for DC Planned Parenthood, but my experience with Baltimore PP was great, and they will do a one-off appointment so that you wouldn’t have to switch GYNs (unless your existing GYN would have a problem with you getting an IUD from somewhere else). Actually, my nurse practitioner told me they do a lot of one-off birth control services, in many cases for patients whose regular GYNs are affiliated with a Catholic health system and won’t prescribe birth control. Not gonna lie, getting the IUD was uncomfortable for a minute, but in the long run, it was better for me than taking a pill every day (and the hormones for oral contraceptives made me kinda crazy). Side effect-wise, I felt like I gained a bit of weight…but to be fair, the IUD coincided with me getting into a relationship, nesting with the BF, and skipping the gym in favor of leisurely dinners, the occasional cocktail, eating gelato while watching movies, so…maybe it wasn’t all the IUD’s fault. 😉

      • One thing to watch out for the the IUD is cysts. I went on Mirena to try to control my endometriosis a while back, and ended up in even more pain with the cysts that it caused.

      • epric002

        i wish i could do a no-thought BC. one other contraindication for the IUD is if you’re using BC to help control hormonal acne. i was interested in trying it but all the cosmetic benefits of the pill would be gone. blarg.

        • YES. You are correct. I’m 6 months into a Mirena IUD, and I look ridiculous. I love it otherwise, but may end up being shallow and going off of it just because I am becoming one giant lump of acne. At at 27. It is depressing.

      • TMI-I’ve had my IUD for almost 2 years now (mirena) and haven’t had my period since. It did hurt the first day, but haven’t had any issues since, and my insurance covered it 100%. On my last dr. visit, my gyn mentioned that there’s a new IUD that’s even smaller than mirena, but I don’t know anything about it yet.

        • i’ve had the copper IUD for 5 years now and it rules. hurt like the devil going in, though. I recently read an article in slate that said, “the risk of contraceptive failure was 22 times higher with the pill than with IUDs in adult women” (from the article “Why Have Teen Pregnancy Rates Dropped?”)

  • Rave: YAY for my parents visiting this weekend. I really can’t wait.
    Rave: my hair still looks great. Thanks, Pilar at DryBar!
    Rave: trying to schedule more time to talk to more people at the place I interviewed.

    Rant: it’s stressful thinking of starting a new job at this point in my life….after so many years in government. Anyone else jump ship for the private sector and have this worry initially?

    • I’m looking at doing that in 2014. Time to jump this D.C. ship and get back to Chicago where I belong, but DoD jobs aren’t exactly plentiful there. I’ll be following your progress pretty closely. 🙂

      • I’m pretty concerned about keeping my doctor (baby and all) but I think GW takes just about every insurance, and I don’t think a large employer like I’m interviewing with will have a pre-existing condition thingy. We’ll see.

    • i just joined the private sector after 15 years in the public sector, and it’s been great. i was a little nervous, but it turns out 15 years of work experience — no matter what sector — leaves you with a lot of transferable skills. you will do great!

  • rant: one of my wisdom teeth has decided to come in in my 30’s. there’s not much space and i need to get it out at some point in the future. no pain so that’s a revel!

    my current dentist is dr. lasky (along with half of dc!). he says he can do the extraction, but his bedside manner is such that (those of you who know him i think would agree) i’m scared out of my wits about him doing the extraction.

    do any of you recommend your dentist or oral surgeon who did your wisdom tooth extraction? i know it’s a super common procedure, i just would like to find someone who will do a good job and most of all, make me feel comfortable and in good hands. (i would like to just use local anesthesia.) thanks!!

    • Dr. Samaddar has a wonderful bedside manner and is very gentle. She recommended I see an oral surgeon for my wisdom teeth removal because my situation is not be as easy, but she might do yours. The oral surgeon she recommends in up in College Park but I keep putting off calling.

    • Dr. Pamela Brady is AWESOME. I have soft teeth and go to her even though my insurance doesn’t cover the costs anymore (she is just that good). She called me after because she wanted to ensure I was comfortable AFTER the extraction. I mean who does that anymore??? LOVE her!!!

    • I went to Dr. Kazemi, at the Center for Oral & Facial Enhancement in Bethesda, and he was wonderful. Great staff and nice office as well.

  • Rant: Have been blessed with a wonderful summer cold, and can’t really take anything for it because I am pregnant. I was told that anything with a decongestant is pretty much off limits.
    Rave: I can leave a little early from work and try to sleep it off.

    • can you use nose spray? I had the arm and hammer spray when I was stuffed up and it worked – it’s drug free! Also, nose strips might help a little. feel better!

      • Thanks! I think I can use saline spray since it doesn’t have any drugs in it. I will check it out!

  • em

    Revel: Got a peek inside the Fuel on Pennsylvania between 17th & 18th when I happened to be walking by just as a worker was going in. The decor seems to be coming along pretty well – I hope that they open soon!

    Revel: Tiny tiny melons starting to develop on our giant giant green nutmeg vine.

  • anonymouse_dianne

    My wedding day, the only area of the church that was airconditioned, the AC broke down. It was so warm, the wedding cake listed to the left. We had thunderstorms. The flower shop forgot to bring the maid of honor’s bouquet so she held the throw away. They brought the replacement while we were standing in the receiving line. My husband wore a yellow tie.

  • rant: still dealing with a nasty bout of vertigo. ended up in the er over the weekend. going to my primary tonight so hopefully they can shed a little insight. can’t get an ENT appointment till end of July. Bah feel like Lucille 2.

    rave: can’t think of one at the moment 🙁

    • I have no idea what is causing your vertigo, but know at least 3 people who spent a lot of time trying to figure it out and in all cases it was finally resolved when they did a series of maneuvers to realign the little stones in their ears. At least worth mentioning to your doc is s/he doesn’t bring it up. It’s a treatment that won’t exacerbate anything if that isn’t the problem you have and might allow you to avoid having to take medications. Good luck!

      • binpetworth

        It’s the Epley manuever. It’s worked like a charm for me twice now when I’ve had bad vertigo, and there are helpful YouTube videos that demonstrate how to do it. Best of luck–I know how awful it can be!

    • Ugh, I sympathize. I had a similar inner-ear condition (not sure if it was technically vertigo, but many of the same symptoms). While you’re waiting for the ENT appointment, have you tried meclizine? My ENT gave it to me as a prescription, but it’s sold OTC as Bonine and I think maybe a few other brand names. It’s often marketed for motion sickness, but it helped alleviate some of my nausea and dizziness symptoms.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: I stayed up waaaay too late last night, so now I’m tired.

    Rave: I stayed up late making a cake to celebrate my daughter’s birthday.

    Rave: The “never fail” caramel icing didn’t fail!

    Rave: Fun family dinner tonight to celebrate Cricket’s sweet 16!

  • skj84

    Rant: Sick to the point that I had to call out of work. Just achy and tired. I slept till noon which I never do. I really don’t have the pto to put towards today.

    Rave: At least I got a raise last week. The lost day on my paycheck won’t hurt as much.

    Rave: I plan on watching Doctor Who all day. I wish I had my mom and her homemade chicken noodle soup for nourishment. Mommy powers are amazing!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Are you in a pho delivery area? Pho has magical powers, I promise! Feel better soon!

      • skj84

        Thanks! No Pho near me. 🙁 Had to settle for canned Chicken Corn Chowder. But it seems to be helping. Soup powers for the win!

  • Rant: People who use any mode of transportation on the ground including me because otherwise I would be a hypocrite. Walking, bike riding, scooting, driving, Metro-ing, roller blading, roller skating, longboarding, landskiing, skateboarding, wobbleboarding, jogging, qwoping, whatever you do. Point is, you, too, are a hypocrite. Get over your(my)self/selves.

    Heh, qwop.

  • Pop: Clicking on a link in the “Recent Comments” box still takes me to the top of the comments list, rather than to that specific comment. Just FYI 🙂

  • Places with a happy hour until 8pm?

  • Rave – spent the week of the Fourth of July in New Orleans at the Essence Music Festival. Did two different tours of New Orleans; went to a club on Bourbon Street and stayed until 2:30 a.m.; walked through the French Quarter, took a Sunday brunch boat ride on the Natchez River Boat, soaked up the music and history and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
    Rant – had to come back to D.C. and back to reality!

  • For Brooke who needed her wisdom tooth pulled, try Dr. Clara Rodriguez at 919 18th St NW. Never in my life have I had such a great time at the dentist. I was completely freaked out when I had to have a root canal and thought she was going to just take x-rays. She was utterly calm and gentle, did the preliminaries, leaned me back in the chair and did it on the spot. I couldn’t believe it. Her staff is unbelievable.

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