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.

Ed. Note: The reply function on comments should be working again!

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  • Someone reply to me so we can test this out!

  • Revel: Off to Dewey Beach tomorrow for a week with friends!
    Rant: Hope we’re all friends at the end of the week.
    Rave: Fun August full of travel.
    Rant: My bank balance at the end of August. Hello, September ramen noodles.
    Rave: Friday!

  • Rave: I GOT THE JOB! Found out yesterday afternoon, will be putting in notice today. I cannot wait to get back to doing what I love to do full time, rather than not really doing it at all.

  • Adrian Fenty dating Steve Jobs’ widow. Score!!

  • Rant: dr’s appt monday. I hate the “stop gaining so much weight” lecture I get EVERY f’ing appointment. No shit, lady. I know exactly what I eat, and how much I move. I also know that regardless of these two things, it’s more food and less movement than before I got pregnant. I also know how to take weight off and have a plan for when postpartum. The lectures don’t help me feel better about myself when I know I’m not doing anything specifically wrong (if I were sitting at home every night eating bon bons and ice cream it might make sense to lecture me, but I’m not). It’s just how I’m built, I gain weight easily. I don’t need a lecture.

    Rave: being able to rant about it.

    Rave: hosting a fundraiser for the best candidate for congress ever. Well, if you’re a progressive, he’s great. Looking forward to it – anyone want to tend bar for it? lol

    • Oh man…sorry. My wife has been getting the same treatment, though maybe not as harshly spoken. Thing is, she’s not doing anything wrong. She’s eating what her body tells her it’s needing to feed the tiny human growing in her and she happens to be gaining more weight than they want her to. I’m like..baby’s healthy, mom’s healthy, who freaking cares if my wife is 5 lbs heavier than you think she should be.

      • To me, it should ONE lecture. something along the lines of, “look, I just want you to know that after baby, it’ll be difficult so I want you to know that gaining this much doesn’t necessarily mean you’re hurting the baby, but it’ll be harder to take it off once you have the baby just based on logistics”. I get it. I passed BOTH gestational diabestes tests (I took the one hour twice) and my clothes fit and I’m not more uncomfortable than a normal pregnant lady. I just hold on to weight. I definitely eat more carbs but I don’t eat a lot of meat (and I usually pick complex carbs). But I mean damn, lady, I have a mom if I want someone to knock my weight! And for the record, I went to visit my personal trainer who said I looked good and he’d totally tell me if I were a fatty fatty again.

        • KSB

          Ugh, sorry you’re being subjected to pointless lectures! If it’s any consolation, I packed on the lbs with my first pregnancy (40+ I think) and by the time I had my six week postpartum visit, all of that plus some was gone. So if you’re putting it on easily, it may very well come off easily too! Things had shifted around a little, but that’s a different story 🙂 You’re building a human in there, to the doc can stuff it.

    • Sorry for the grief at your appointments. Everyone’s body is different with this stuff – some people gain close to nothing, others gain a lot. It happens. I have a friend who gained 45 with her first child and is moving into her third trimester with her second only up 10 due to awful morning sickness. I gained 50 and while it’s been a PITA losing it, it’s gone.
      Honestly, if you haven’t already said something to whoever is giving you grief, it probably doesn’t hurt to do so. In the meantime, good luck with the remainder of the pregnancy!

    • I gained about 55 lbs with my pregnancy. I’m not proud of it, but I ate healthy food about 95% of the time, and in healthy portions (getting daily allowances is tough). My doctor didn’t give me a hard time, but I really think it’s mostly your genes that determine how much weight you actually gain.

      • yes, I agree – I’m naturally larger, I had to work very hard to slim down in the last couple of years. I’m looking forward to getting a gym and Weight Watchers routine back. It’s just that they focus on the worst things and make women feel worse about themselves when they’re already vulnerable, you know? And it’s the FIRST thing out of their mouths. “Lets talk about weight gain” Why don’t we talk about whether the baby is developing fine and on track, and whether I have any questions/concerns and then go from there? that’s good care, not harping on something I don’t have THAT much control over.

        • Just so you know…because I had these grand ideas about joining weight watchers after my pregnancy and the weight just melting off…it doesn’t always happen like that (even if you’re breastfeeding). SOME women drop the weight in a snap, and SOME women (like me) have their body’s hold on to the weight while they’re breastfeeding as if that extra fat is completely crucial. I’m still working on it, 18 months later. MOST of it will come off for sure, but some may be really tough.

          At the end of the day, pregnancy changes you. It is like going through puberty all over again, with the rapid body changes, the hormones, the growth, etc. And just like you can’t reverse puberty, there are certain things about a post-pregnant body that will never, ever, ever be like a pre-pregnant body. But damned if having a baby isn’t the greatest thing I’ve ever done, and I don’t regret any of it at all, tiger stripes and all.

          • Oh, this I know! 🙂

          • KSB

            +1. I was big to begin with so my body didn’t need to hold onto the baby weight (I had the extra fat to spare while BFing) 🙂 Expecting my 3rd in January and my body is a hot mess. But it’s done some kick-ass things these last few years so no complaints!

    • I’ll tend bar as long as I dont have to “muddle” (sp?) anything.

  • Rave: A recruiter contacted me about a really cool job (traveling around the world convincing cities to go with energy-efficient upgrades to their lighting and other electrical systems).
    Rant: Didn’t get the job (have the technical expertise but not enough business development experience).
    Rave: It gave me the kick in the butt I needed to update my resume and seriously think about getting out of my (easy but dissatisfying) job as a defense contractor.
    Rant: Not finding a whole lot of jobs in the field I want to get into (energy efficiency/sustainability) and my current job, that I used to complacently accept, has become unbearable to me in the meantime.

  • Rave: Great coffee and good conversation today. Nice way to start the day.
    Rave: Spent last night just holding my wife’s stomach and feeling the tiny human move around. I’m getting very very excited to meet him.

    • when my husband first felt it, he said, “its magical”. I tried really hard not to laugh. He raspberries my belly and the baby kicks him in the face. it’s funny. When is she due?

      • Sept. 20th. How about you?

        I can’t believe I haven’t given her tummy a raspberry yet! Thank you for that..I actually do it all the time on her arm, neck, tummy before she was pregnant, etc., but haven’t done it at all yet. Oh..I’m so excited to see her later now!

        YES! Completely magical! The first time I REALLY felt him I came into the room singing to my wife and she was like “oh..he like’s that” and put my hands on her. I started singing to him and he just went crazy for 5-10 minutes, pushing against my hands as I sang a made up song to him.

        • late october, so you guys are way further along.
          My husband sings sometimes, but I go to bed earlier and just put on the pandora Journey channel. Maybe the baby will think Steve Perry is the dad! lol

  • epric002

    rant: husband and i walking the dogs last night were accosted (? attacked seems too harsh, since no one was hurt) by 2 terriers who were off leash. fortunately we could each pick one of our dogs up. if it had just been one of us, the situation could have been much worse and there likely would have been an actual blood-drawn dog fight, as our dogs are too big for one person to pick them both up. i know their owner feels horrible, but this is a PSA to please always keep your dogs under your control.
    rave: no doggies or people were injured, other than getting scratched picking up/holding our dogs.
    rave: happy friday popville!

    • What did the terriers do exactly? I have two of them, and they like to charge at bigger dogs and make a racket but it’s all for show. Of course, that’s precisely why I keep the crazy little rascals on a tight leash!

      • epric002

        they definitely came charging down the sidewalk. my husband immediately picked up our non-friendly dog, and i figured that our friendly dog would be fine with the terriers and i’d walk the 3 of them back to their owner/house, but they both went after our friendly dog (nipping and growling), so i immediately picked him up, and then each of the terriers was jumping up nipping at the tails of our dogs as we held them. honestly, i was more worried that our non-friendly dog would have hurt one of the terriers if we hadn’t been able to pick her up.

    • Did you tell them that they really ought to keep their dogs on a leash? I know I would have lectured them about it. Hopefully they learned their lesson.

      • epric002

        no, i was rather bewildered by the whole thing by the time she got there. she was very apologetic and was trying to corral her dogs and get them home. i don’t know the owner, but we live in the same neighborhood and so we wave and whatnot. until then, her dogs have always been leashed or gated on the porch whenever i saw them. dunno if they snuck out or what, but i’m sure she’ll be more careful in the future. i know she feels badly, i would have been mortified if i’d allowed my dogs to do that.

        • Sounds like they just got loose.

          • epric002

            i think so too. hopefully, they won’t escape again 🙂

          • Or the owner was trying to funnel them into the car and was unsuccessful. This happens to me sometimes with my Schnauzers, when I’m parked right in front of my house. I don’t feel like snapping on a leash to walk them across the width of the sidewalk, but getting them into the car has to happen very quickly before their attention is diverted by something else.

          • epric002

            whatever the reason for it, i’m just thankful that there were 2 of us. i am less concerned about our dogs getting hurt, and more worried that an unleashed dog approaching our unfriendly dog would get bitten. which is why ours is always leashed, and we avoid dog-on-dog contact with dogs she doesn’t know.

  • Rant: Women on dating websites who never bother to respond. You are missing out ladies!!

    • jack5

      Online dating is like playing a slot machine, you never know what you’re gonna get and most of the time you don’t win. 🙁

    • A few female friends and I are all on the same dating site. We respond to nice, thoughtful messages that actually engage us with questions and a dialogue. (not saying you do not do this) I will tell you what a fair of amount of men are sending out :
      How are you?
      You are hot!

      and other random and sometimes creepy messages. We tend to look past these…just got a message this AM from a dude that said “text me” and gave me his number. It is like the wild west out there on the sites.

      • Also, as an online dater, I tend to ignore generic-sounding messages. For example, ones that say, “Your profile is so funny! It sounds like we have a lot in common.” What exactly about my profile amused you, and what do you think we have in common? If you can stick in an example that shows that you actually read my profile instead of just sending out the same message you’ve sent to umpteen other women, I’m way more likely to respond.

      • It’s amazing that some guys can be so creepy and entitled. The messages I write are engaging and thoughtful…never to be responded!

        • I wouldn’t take it personal. All my female friends have told me that their inboxes on the various sites are absolutely crushed by creepy mccreepster messages so it’s hard to sift through it all. Unfortunately good guys like you are collateral damage most of the time.

  • I was wondering if people in DC with handicapped parking passes get a free pass at the meters? At the SW water front on Wednesday I parked at the meter at the exact same time as my co-worker and left at the exact same time and neither of us moved our cars or left during the day and I ended up with a ticket and he didn’t. This seems a bit unfair. The only difference was he had a handicapped parking pass in his window. How would an officer choose to give one car a ticket and not another for being at the meter too long? This is not the first time this has happened to me at the SW waterfront. Seems those of us without handicapped passes get tickets while those who have passes don’t and can park all day without consequence.

    • Check the meter for the rules, but I think handicapped people get a bigger time window to park on the street usually.

      • I think that’s right. If I recall, DC just changed its rules. Now, people with handicap placards are often exempt from the 2 (or 4, or whatever) hour window, but still have to pay.

        The problem is that the parking enforcement people often give them a pass, or think the (very) old rules are still in effect.

    • Not sure about DC, but in many states, handicapped passes give you unlimited time (usually for free) at metered spots. The idea is that if you’re disabled, it’s hard to constantly walk back to the meter to feed it every few hours. Yeah, I know that the idea behind the meter is that you’re not supposed to hang out there all day, but sometimes dinner goes long, and I need to run out and feed the meter again. It’s not a huge problem for me, but for some of my wheelchair bound friends, it can be a HUGE hassle — especially when the place they are at is not accessible, and may have had difficulty going up/down even a small curb or stair to get into a place. I often run out and feed the meter for their cars because it’s just too much of a hassle for them to navigate their wheelchair around a very crowded restaurant, but sometimes they are alone, or many times my friends actually value their independence and don’t like asking people to run errands for them all the time. So the not having to pay the meter is a small convenience.

    • Looking at the DMV website, the disability tags allow you to “Park for double the posted time in any metered spaces without paying the meter”

  • Rave: Breaking Bad returns on Sunday.

  • jack5

    Rave: Friday & 3 days off next week. If I don’t post much, it’s cuz I’m at the beach not thinking about DC drama!

    Rant: Steel plates and shoddy lanes all the way down Georgia Ave… Annoyingly ignorant construction work going on. Where are the inspectors?!

    Rave: Casual Fridays at work, if I could wear sneakers every day to work, I would.

    Rant/Rave: Gotta go to New York next week… Not rally a vacation in my opinion, it’s a big overpopulated and smelly city, but at least I’ll get to visit my brothers!

  • Rave: Replies appear to be working again!
    Rave: TGIF!
    Rave: Best friend joining me in Dewey tomorrow night
    Rave: Finishing out a week of acting as my boss feeling like it didn’t go that badly
    Rant: Didn’t hear from Mr. 2nd date last night until later and didn’t end up getting together. Oh well!

  • Thanks PoPville for all the congrats yesterday – I’m unbelievably excited.

    Rant: Still lots to do at work before I can duck out. But i cannot concentrate!

    Rave: Got a new job on the day I gave notice ;-). I’m going to continue working very very part time while in grad school with a former colleague.

    Rave: CT for family road race this weekend. Cannot wait to see the family and relax at my cousin’s gorgeous home.

    PS – BG from yesterday – where in England are you going to school?

    • Queen Mary, University of London for a Master’s in Law. How about yourself? Currently scoping out all these private furnished apartment buildings for a place to rent. (Woop for this comment ending up where I intend it to go.)

      • Excellent! Congrats! I’m off to University College London for an M.Sc. in Urban Development Planning. Still haven’t figured out a place to rent but have my visa and plane ticket so figure I’m good to go ;-).

        • Thanks, congrats to you too! Working on the visa and the plane ticket (July got away from me, totally kicking myself in the butt), but I’ve got faith it’ll all end up coming together.

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Replying to comments working again
    Rave: Enjoying the new guitar
    Rant: I am probably to sensitive or my co-workers are too loud. It’s time to close the door of my office.

    • I wish I had an office! I’m most productive between 3 and 5 pm when most of my coworkers are already gone for the day.

      • epric002

        me too! working in an open office when you’re an introvert is the pits. even when you like your coworkers, like i (mostly) do, it’s draining.

        • pablo .raw

          By “my office”, I mean my department’s office; when closer people gets too loud (i.e. when field coworkers come and want to talk about “the game”) my last resort are my earphones, big earphones :).

    • Blithe

      What kind of guitar did you get? I just got an archtop a few months ago — and I’m loving it. And I’m considering the possibility of a Gretsch in the very distant future . Glad you’re enjoying your new guitar!

  • Rave: Thanks to the folks who offered their WSC August offers yesterday. I didn’t see them until late because I went to PT then slept for the rest of the day. But can I just say that Popville rocks!

    Rave: I think a friend of mine has a WSC offer for me to use. He needs to look, but he thinks he has it. If not, I’m going to try the CH community center. If that doesn’t work, I’ll have Pop put me in touch with someone who offered one.

    Rant: Still so stinkin’ tired. Slept most of yesterday and missed my best friend’s call. 🙁

  • Rave: Met a wonderful woman last night (we both move in the same large social circle). She’s smart, adventurous, beautiful, flirtatious, interesting, and well-traveled, but still very laid back and confident in her own skin. We really hit it off, spent a lot of time chatting and making each other laugh. There was definitely a spark between us.

    Rant: We are both dating other people. I’ve been ambivalent over my current relationship for the last few months, as it’s become a source of stress rather than happiness. I have no idea what her situation is like, but she definitely seemed very interested in me. Sigh.

  • Rave: Back in the boat for the first time this week, testing the broken toe. Hurts a lot, but no more than walking, so might as well row.
    Rave: feeling as though the airfare I put down to get to Sarasota and the Masters Nationals next week will not be wasted.

  • Rave: Throwing a DIY taco party tonight! Already made the black beans and refried beans, the flan, the agua fresca, and the strawberry-lime sorbet. Already cut up limes, fried peppers and onions, sliced radishes, sliced and pickled red onions, shredded lettuce and cabbage, and bought the tortillas, hard shells, cheese, salsas, pickled jalapenos, hot sauce, and sour cream. The carnitas I slow cooked overnight look amazing. Now all I need to do when I get home is throw the corn, pineapple, shrimp, and chicken on the grill, whip up some guacamole and pico de gallo, and pour myself a drink!

  • Rave: Football season!
    Rant: Steelers lost. 🙁

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: Been a week since back surgery, it went really well, back and sciatic pain is gone.
    Revel: All the support from PoPville! Thank you!
    Revel: Can’t complain, just very thankful to be on the mend.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Just remembered my mom bought me a bunch of blueberries. They need to get eaten!
    Rave: Researching cobbler recipes.

    I bet tacos and blueberry cobbler go together…

    • Another good blueberry recipe– clafoutis! I use Julia Child’s recipe– besides blueberries, pantry staples are all you need, and it was so easy, I was able to make it even though I had a 100-degree fever (though I don’t recommend doing that if you can avoid it).

    • You should watch the Good Eats episode on blueberries. It’s probably on Youtube.

    • The blueberry bars on Smitten Kitchen are also wonderful (although I’d go with cobbler myself, as I’ve been thinking about cobbler a lot lately).

      • Emmaleigh504

        I have a ton of blubs, maybe both! lol I kid, I don’t really bake, so the easier the better. That’s why I was thinking cobbler.

        • The bars are really easy, probably even easier than a cobbler (then again I might not be the best judge of what is easy to a novice baker)! Although a simple jam might be the way to go if you don’t want to be stuck with a lot of baked goods.

          • Emmaleigh504

            That’s the beauty of cobbler! I can dump almost all of them in and have a nice fruity treat! The left overs can be added to a mixed fruit jam I’ll make later.

        • I’ve made the Smitten Kitchen blueberry bars a few times and they’re great. I’m not really a baker either and I thought they were really easy to make. Ignore the fork/pastry cutter in step 2 and just use your fingers.


    • This might be long for a comment, but trust me, it’s heavenly. I get asked to make it all the time.

      Fresh Blueberry and Cream Cheese Poundcake

      1-1/2 Cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
      1/2 tsp Baking Powder
      1/2 tsp Table Salt
      4 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese at Room Temperature
      1/2 Cup Unsalted Butter Slightly Soft
      1-1/2 Cups Granulated Sugar
      4 Large Eggs at Room Temperature
      1 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
      1 tsp Finely Grated Lemon Zest
      1 Cup Fresh (or frozen) Blueberries (you can also use wild blueberries)

      I set out my eggs, butter and cream cheese to soften at room temperature. Generously butter and sugar a 9×5 loaf pan and set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a separate bowl, combine all the dry ingredients until well blended. I used my KitchenAid mixer fitted with the paddle attachment on low (you can also use your hand mixer) to beat the cream cheese and butter until pale in color and little tails have formed. Slowly add the sugar until slightly fluffy scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl well. Add the eggs one at a time blending each egg into the batter before adding the next. Add the vanilla, lemon juice and zest and incorporate fully. Slowly add the dry ingredients . Mix until almost incorporated but not quite. Switch from the mixer to a stiff rubber spatula and mix just until the batter is well blended and smooth. Gently fold in the blueberries, reserving 10-15 berries. Transfer to your sugared loaf pan and stud the top with the reserved berries. If you’re using frozen blueberries do not thaw or the juices will streak the batter. Bake for 65-70 minutes for fresh blueberries and 70-85 minutes for frozen blueberries. Insert toothpick and check to see if there are a few crumbs clinging to it. if so, then the cake is done! Cool 15 minutes before inverting pan to gently take the pound cake out, completely cool and serve.

  • Rant: Lost $30 in a friendly social poker game last night
    Rave: I was out at a poker game last night, it was good to be out with people on a school night
    Rave: I think I’m finally really turning the corner on this depression. I’m starting to feel hopeful for the future, looking forward to coming days, weeks and months. I no longer feel crippled by unseen forces conspiring against me.
    Rant: This weather is still gross, I hope it’s somewhat gone tomorrow night when I have a first date
    Rave: The girl is calling me tonight just to chit chat before we meet up… that’s a good sign, right?

  • Rant: God people on the busses are so miserable – not saying i probably not looking mis’ myself but just to see everyone jam packed on a buss that early in the morning….makes me sick sometimes. Hoping the humidity leaves and i can begin biking to work again (moving at my own pace, alone, exercise, fresh air, free).

    Rave: I’m volunteering at higher education as a mentor and went to orientation last night, met some people who live in my neighborhood (ward 1 – represent) and was offered a ride home from. Its funny how much random people have in common especially around the same age group and living in the same neighborhood.

    Random: I have been out of a relationship for about a month and a half now (give or take), I am just wondering when I will meet the next someone. I have friends who I am interested in but I know the cat and mouse game that can be…also have been looking into online dating (at least to meet some new people and break the first date cobwebs) and its been pretty lacluster. I guess everyone is pretty busy over the summer especially in august so we will see.

    Revel: Breaking Bad Sunday – cannot wait

    • August is by far the slowest in terms of dating action. I usually just take a break from online dating for the entire month.

  • Rant: Met with a surgeon this morning and decided that it is time to have my gallbladder out. I have some serious surgery anxiety.
    Rave?: (Hopefully) getting the surgery in on an elective basis before it becomes an emergency.

    • Good luck! I had my gall bladder taken out in 2007 and it went really well. Laparoscopic, so just a few small incisions. Most people these days just have one, in the belly button. Mine was a Friday and I was back to work on Monday. Probably should have waited till Tuesday – it is still abdominal surgery and my muscles were sore – but I was feeling better quickly.

      • Thank you! I’m amazed at how quickly you went back to work, but it’s good to hear you had an easy time of it.

  • Blithe

    Rant: Humidity without sunshine just doesn’t seem quite fair, even for DC.
    Rave: As I slowly transition to living full time in DC I’m having fun creating an extended neighborhood and tribe for myself. Popville has definitely made this process easier and a LOT more fun.
    Rave: I hung out with a life-long friend yesterday, and reveled in the blessing of actually having life-long friends as part of my tribe.
    Rave: Noticing that I really DO feel better and function better when I consciously and conscientiously take better care of myself.
    Rave: Plans to hang out with the Object of My Affections- and to take a few brave-ish steps towards adding romance to our friendship. Gulp.

    • more on this last rave please!!

      • Blithe

        Lol! Thanks for your interest! I have a friend of many years who is now single – just as I, too, am more available for a serious-ish relationship. This will be our first time getting together since some kind & insightful folks from Popville encouraged me to trust the strength of our friendship enough to at least explore the buzz. I’ll say more when /if there’s more to say…..

  • skj84

    Rant: My attempts at getting Freefest tickets for free was completely unsuccessful both days. Despite trying with my phone and computer at the same time. I got through once yesterday and managed to bungle the security code which caused me to lose the tickets.

    Rave: I buckled down and purchased a ticket. I really want to see this show. Now I need to find friends to go with.

    Rant: Really should not be spending money at all. Between Freefest ticket, my rent and phone bill I’m flat broke. I received a pay raise last month and It honestly feels like i’m brining home less money than before.

  • Rant: Read my horoscope, it was correct, my boss is a total pain in the ass today! He refuses to shut the *&#@ up!
    Rant: Seriously, get out of my office and stop telling me about buying a car for your daughter! I don’t care! I actually have shit to post before COB and I’m not staying late on Friday!
    Rave: Jim O’Rourke’s album Insignificance! What a bad-ass album.
    Rave: Secret journeys abound this weekend.

  • Rant: it’s hot as amazeballs outside
    Rave: Weeeeeeekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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