Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ 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 peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Today is my day to deal with mistakes made by others in my office. Bah.

    Rave: My in-laws are arriving today for a visit. I see much good Vietnamese food in my future.

    Rant: My teens are in the middle of week-long try-outs for the school field hockey team. They seem fine with their chances, but I’m so nervous for them!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Good friend’s mom is in surgery now. Her dad had surgery Wednesday. They live in another state so I’m not there to give her a hug and help out.
    Rant: I have a summer cold.
    Rave: Lots of good food at Star Hollow Farm’s farm stand tomorrow!

    @Florista the canning book Quotia Zelda gave me is Canning for a New Generation by Liana Krissoff.

  • epric002

    rant: brother and his gf who had been staying w/us for the past month left yesterday on their round-the-world trip. house is strangely quiet w/o them.
    rave: they’re going on an awesome RTW trip and i can’t wait to follow their adventures on their travel blog!
    rant: we’re taking care of their dog while they’re gone, and the poor guy doesn’t know what’s going on, only that they’re gone.
    rave: we love having 2 dogs, and the benefits of 2 far outweigh the extra work.
    rave: this divine weather. happy friday popville!

  • Rave: Cooler weather… Less people than usual on the street up to no good at night.

    Rant: Georgia Avenue is a traffic trap, obey the obscured “no turn” signs or pay for it dearly. There are cops posted all around strategically to maximize city revenue on top of speed and red light cameras… It’s like playing a video game where you lose money these days along with pedestrians that walk into the road whenever they feel like it, cars or not. Crawl, don’t walk.

    Rant: People who waste my time on top of theirs, people who are perpetually unhappy and negative and asking me why they can’t maintain friendships or relationships, me telling them the truth and then them being mad at me…. An endless cycle called “family”.

    Rave: Friday road trips…

  • Rave: Beautiful weather
    Rave: Train ride up and back to NY yesterday – read one of my favorite books from start to finish throughout the trip.
    Rave: Back into my favorite pair of pre-baby jeans today.

  • Rant: Still sick.

    Rave: 5 days of work left before I’m done and off to the next adventure.

    Rant: Wish I was outside all day today.

    Rave: Was outside all yesterday evening! Windows open all night…

    Rave: Great weekend lined up – lunch with grandfather, engagement party for brother…

  • Rave: Going to the Nats @ Braves series this weekend!

  • Rant: Obama, NSA audit, and the incredible expansion of executive power since September 12, 2001.
    Rant: Better see something from the President on this pretty damn soon, explanations. Deliberate violations of the 4th amendment are impeachable offenses!
    Rave: Great night and morning, super difficult to get up and go to work!

    • I bet you feel sorry for voting for him (twice!) now!

      • Not quibbling with the Obama disappointment, but seriously–like either McCain or Romney would have been Mr. Civil Liberties? All this expansion of power and NSA stuff was set in motion under the W administration, and I have no doubt a Republican president would have kept it going just the same as Obama is now. The frustration comes from the expectation people had that Obama would be different on these policies, when in fact, he is not.

      • Not in the least. He has been miles better than either of the other two jokers would have been.

  • rave: my newly adopted kitty is thriving in her new home and finally getting comfortable and less skittish! i’m so happy to share my home with a cat.
    rant: my friend is getting married. i’m a bridesmaid. and she’s been a nightmare. she’s counting down to the wedding. i’m counting down to when this wedding will be over and i can be done with it.

    • How is she being a nightmare? I’m getting married, and want to make sure I don’t do the same thing to my bridesmaids!! I don’t get how brides do ridiculous stuff to their friends like that.. so far, I’ve only asked my bridesmaids to pick out dresses and answer my emails!

      • it’s a pretty long story, because nothing has been easy. but essentially i’m spending about 6 weekends devoted to things for her wedding. the dress is so hideous that the ladies at the bridal boutique were laughing. she is guilt tripping people over things. she’s cancelling certain things that we have already paid for and not feeling sorry about it. overall, she is being a big, inconsiderate baby and everyone is so sick of her selfish behavior. also, until i finally called her out on it, she kept referring to me as the only single bridesmaid, which is hurtful and she thinks it was funny. and, random things i post on facebook about my life, she relates back to her wedding or her finace in some way. she is usually so easy going, so no one expected her to act crazy. i would say exactly everything she has done, but i don’t think there’s enough space here for that.

        • kallie–wow, your friend to be wed sounds like she’s losing touch with reality. I second everyone else who’s recommended politely declining certain events that are draining your free time, flight miles, and budget.

          All–thanks for sharing crazy wedding stories! Fun Friday reading, and a nice reminder that I’m being a humane bride and will likely be friends with my three bridesmaids after all this hitchin’ business is done ๐Ÿ™‚

      • here’s what not to do: have an engagement party, a bridal shower, a rehearsal dinner, a second bridal shower, a private ceremony for just close family/friends, and a larger reception for everyone (preceded by another rehearsal dinner). I love my friends, but giving up FIVE weekends for one wedding was way too much. added bonus: she lives on the west coast, so none of these events was a day trip.

        • Emmaleigh504

          You don’t have to go to everything. These are supposed to be fun things, if they aren’t just decline. Weddings and wedding events aren’t mandatory for anyone but the bride and groom.

          • Carolyn Hax is always reminding people of this — if you don’t feel like going to a destination wedding or something else expensive/inconvenient/etc., you can always send your regrets.
            It does sound like Jerseygirl’s friend was engaging in overkill, though. (Except maybe with the bridal showers — presumably they were being thrown for her by (non-family) others?) I thought the “typical” model was: rehearsal dinner, ceremony, reception, with engagement party optional, bridal shower optional, etc.

          • epric002

            i’m mostly with you on this emmaleigh. yes, you can always decline, but the bride/groom also need to do their part too, which i believe means 1) not turning your wedding into a year of expensive events that friends/family/wedding party feel obligated to attend/spend lots of money on; and 2) gracefully accepting when your loved ones decline to attend/spend lots of money on your bazillion wedding events, and not making them feel guilty for not attending every.single.event.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Yes! The bride and groom need to accept that people can’t do everything and not guilt them. On the other hand, sometimes lots of activities are planned so out of town guests have something to do (rehersal dinner, brides maid luncheon) and because other people want to celebrate the happy couple.

            In short people should be able to say no to things and the happy couple should be okay with it. Easier said than done.

      • A few real-life stories and thoughts from real-life stories (not all mine). Not saying you’d do any of these, but just putting these out there. Also, I think Carolyn Hax is having a wedding hootenany chat either this week or next week, that should have a lot of good fodder for what NOT to do ๐Ÿ™‚

        Don’t have a 10 hour long bridal shower (a normal bridal shower, then a dance lesson, then going out dancing). If you do, don’t make your friends feel guilty if they can’t attend the entire thing, particularly if you know they are going through a health crisis and are hard pressed to be out of the house for more than a few hours at a time without getting bone crushingly exhausted. Then, when said friend does have to leave because she has to drive an hour and a half home, don’t berate her and then talk about her behind her back for being anti-wedding.

        If you know that your bridesmaids are going to have to help set stuff up before the wedding at the church and you’re going to feed them lunch, don’t only order a meat tray when two of them are vegetarians, leaving them nothing to eat from breakfast until dinner. Or at least when one of them offers to run down the street to get food, let her.

        Don’t plan big out of town events and absolutely expect all of your bridesmaids to attend. Understand them when they say they really want to be there but can’t afford it. Even if you think they can. You don’t always know everyone’s financial situation. Moreover, make it clear up front that you’d love to have everyone there, but understand if people can’t make it.

        Don’t ask anyone to cut, dye, perm, or otherwise permanently alter their hair or body.

        Don’t get ticked off if one of them gets pregnant, engaged or has some other life event between now and then. They’re not stealing your thunder, they’re living their lives.

        And last, but not least, don’t take yourself too seriously. Things will go wrong. If you have fun with it, they will be the things you look back on and laugh. I thought my best friend was going to absolutely wig out when they forgot to defrost her cake, forgot her toasting glasses for her champagne and the actual champagne itself – she had to use the fake stuff brought for her teetotalism family, and a few other things. She didn’t. She was just so glad to be marrying her husband. Now, 10 years later, the things that went wrong are the things she laughs about. She’s actually usually pretty uptight/control freak about things, but that day she just let things roll off her back and enjoyed herself.

  • Revel: Can’t wait to wear my new suit at a wedding I’m going to this weekend!
    Rant: I wish I had someone to accompany me… ๐Ÿ™ Who knows? Maybe I’ll find someone to dance with.

  • Rave: Lovely weather.
    Rave: It’s Friday!

  • Rant: Really afraid that I may have a sinus infection coming on. So tired lately, and I just can’t seem to get enough rest
    Rave: Seeing college friends tomorrow. It has been a long time since we met up.
    Rave: Amazing weather.

  • Rant: My entire water bottle emptied itself in my bag
    Rave: My cell phone was spared from the deluge!
    Rant: Because the book I’m reading conveniently absorbed every drop of water ๐Ÿ™

  • Rave: fantastic weather… heading up to vermont in about 30 minutes (yay summer fridays!!) to enjoy the weekend.
    Rant: just finished eating my lunch, and of course got red spaghetti sauce on my white shirt.

  • Rave: had a nice going away party for my roomate girl friend. My ex-gf of three years was there…we had fun together. Theivery corporation tonight!
    Rant: Had a dream i was cuddeling with her…oh well
    Revel: Everything happends for a reason, so they say

  • andy

    rant: Nats blow it in the 9th!
    rant: why was i seated in the row where EVERYONE wants to get in/out the whole game?
    rave: easy Friday

  • Rant: Almost hit a pregnant woman yesterday who stepped backwards onto the 15th St cycletrack. Yup, backwards, because it’s totally safe to stand in the street and then step backwards onto a bike lane.
    Rave: The amazing weather means the dog is back to being my running partner.

  • Rave: This summer is delightful, and so much better than the last three. My faith in Washington is restored so no time to rant.

  • Rave: I was in and out of the vehicle inspection station in less than 10 minutes this morning. I had an appointment but didn’t even need it. I’ve never seen it so empty before.
    Rave+: The guys working the inspection station this morning were in a great mood! Maybe it was because it was slow or because the weather is amazing, but it made the experience that much better. It was really just an unexpectedly great start to my Friday.

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