Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Rave: Great restaurant week dinner at Art and Soul last night. Wide menu, good food, awesome company.
    Rave: Philly this week for a bachelorette party. I’m sorry kidneys.
    Rave/Rant: Lots of people gone at work, but still lots to do.
    Rant: I have “Party in the USA” stuck in my head. Help me.
    Rave: That’s pretty much my biggest rant at the moment.

    • I hid someone on facebook the other day for referencing that piece of noise. Why would you go and do that to the rest of us? Don’t be the person who says “I have the worst song stuck in my head. Let me sing it to you so you have it too.” That’s just mean.

    • This is how I feel about Blurred Lines.

  • Rave: first CSA delivery today! thanks to everyone who wrote in with suggestions.
    Rave: it’s my friday!
    Rant: got soaked on my way home yesterday. this stretch of nice weather made me complacent, and i wasn’t prepared to bike home in a storm!

    • Just be thankful that the temps are higher. Wet is fine when it’s 80+ out, it’s a whole other ballgame when it’s 30-40 degrees. When you see people still biking in that, you know they’ve reached hard-core level.

      • I bike year around, rain, snow, or shine… which means I have a closet full of clothes for any weather situation — so it’s super frustrating that I didn’t have a raincoat with me yesterday! 🙂

  • Rave: This has been such a challenging month: at work and in my personal life. Finally seeing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel as I wrap up some lingering work projects and wedding details.
    Rave: Nice to not feel so overwhelmed by everything.
    Rave: Visiting good friends and their baby tonight. Excited to snuggle with the little one.
    Rant: Visiting said friends means I was up later than I would have liked cooking for them.
    Revel: I have extra homemade tomato sauce leftover from my eggplant parm cooking extravaganza last night!

  • binpetworth

    Rave: That workingatanonprofit Tumblr. I don’t know whether to laugh or cry because of its accurate reflection of my career.
    Rave: Booked my first class at culinaerie in early Sept. Excited to learn three new curry recipes.

  • Just had the strangest interaction with someone at work. He asked if I had one or two kids (I don’t have any) and then how long I’d been married, to which I said, I’m getting married next month! Then he replied with something along the lines of “ah, yeah that’s good. You know you gotta be careful because you could get pregnant by the wrong guy and have to marry him and you just never know. Gotta do what you gotta do!” Now I’m left wondering if he thinks I’m pregnant (I’m not and don’t think I look like it) and that’s why I’m getting married. He’s known to have a few lose screws, so I’m chalking this up to a rave because I couldn’t help but laugh after he walked away.

    • Emmaleigh504

      For some reason this reminds me of some stellar career advancement advice from a coworker. Have your wife stay home with the kids so you can concentrate on your career. I’m a single straight woman who doesn’t have/want kids. Sometimes I think people just talk to hear themselves talk.

    • @MCC Do you work at MCC?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I don’t think I’m very good at my job, but no one will give me any real feedback so I can improve.
    Rave: Ordered a new lunch box yesterday so I can quit having messes in my work bag. Also ordered a bonus boat and tote just for fun (and because they are super useful).
    Rave: Retail therapy even if it’s for something I actually need.

    • epric002

      what is a boat and tote???

      • Emmaleigh504

        It’s the LL Bean signature bag. Apparently it’s called a boat and tote (I just learned this).

        • epric002

          huh. i also learned something new 🙂

        • I used to be a complete boat and tote devotee (still am really). I have SO many of them and use them for grocery shopping. The X-large is wonderful for Costco shopping. Then I discovered that the Lands End knock offs have a pocket on the outside and some pockets on the inside. LOVE! They are great for taking to work because I can put my metro card in the outside pocket and my badge in one of the inside pockets.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I’m trying to build up a collection for grocery shopping because the bags I have now are not washable. They are also cheaply made, but they were free! I have an extra large boat tote that I love, so I’m going to get some other sizes now. All I have to do now is decide if I’m going to stick with my usual monogram or get the grocery bags labeled groceries. decisions!

    • I hate when people won’t give you feedback about problems at work. You can’t give them what they want unless they tell you what it is!

      • Emmaleigh504

        I don’t even know if there are problems because the only feedback I get from the customer is “thank you”. But I feel like my work is not as good as it could be, I just don’t know how to improve. My supervisors aren’t any help either. grrr

      • Emmaleigh504

        I just got feedback praising my highlight skills. Nothing about the actual work part of what I did, but the really liked that I highlighted a paragraph. great

  • Rave: It’s my Friday!
    Rant: I have Fridaytitus
    Rave: Excellent dinner at Mintwood Place. Definitely one of the top Restaurant Week deals for sure.

    • Rave: I’m excited I’m going to Mintwood tonight for RW! Hoping it’s better than our meal at Bibiana this week…it was still fun though.

      • Not terribly impressed by Bibiana either, but I will give them credit for having a good wine list.

        • Really? I went to Bibiana during Restaurant Week a couple of years ago and was really impressed — so much so that I’ve been meaning to go back.

          • The food was decent, but the service was a little overbearing and I felt like they were constantly trying to upsell us to the chef’s menu, which kind of turned me off to the place.

  • Thinking – and saying – “oh crap it’s morning” doesn’t set a positive tone for the day. So rave: Plan to start my days with gratitude instead.

    And rave: gratitude for a good breakfast – fried banana with plain yogurt & grapenuts, and a cuppa good coffee.

  • Rant: Lame horse. Terrible traffic on the parkway. Storm making me miss out on my bike ride. General all around crankiness.

    Rave: Planning on making nutella brownies tonight and maybe (maybe!) getting the house in order. Might end up just eating said brownies and watching Parts Unknown…

    Rant: Forms. Exit surveys. Farewells to good people.

    Rave: T-2 days!

    • T-2 days til what? You’re moving? If so, why didn’t you tell us before?!

      • Yup – Leaving my job this Friday and heading to London for grad school come mid-September (so you’re stuck with me for a little bit!).
        I’ll be back though – the husband and the house are in DC still!

        • Oh wow, didn’t realize you had a house and husband. Now that I’m married and a homeowner I feel like it’s too late to do things like run off to study in another country, so it’s inspiring to see you doing it! How are you handling the mortgage while you’re away?

          • I’ll be working part time, we’re renting out half our apartment (husband is getting a roommate!), husband has a great job, and we’ve been saving for a long time… plus my degree program is only 12 months so cheaper, less wages lost, and not too long of a time commitment.
            Fingers crossed it all works out as planned.

    • Your 2nd rant was my favorite part of my last job.

  • Revel: I met a great girl. I like her, she definitely likes me.
    Rant: I met her while on vacation and she lives in another country. After encountering problems just dating someone who lived in another state, I’m not sure how realistic/feasible it would be to escalate things with her.
    Revant (is there such a word?): There’s someone else I met recently who I also like.
    Revel: Great girl as well. Physically attractive, easy-going, smart.
    Rant: We’ve been out a few times and I bump into her occasionally randomly (we live near each other). She always seems enthused to hang out but I still can’t really tell how interested she is.

    • Well, I can’t tell how enthused you are about the local gal either. Seems like you should be, though.

    • Keep in touch with the girl from another country and see where it goes. Make an effort to see neighborhood girl. But if neighborhood girl never initiates, then there’s a good chance she’s not super interested (although she could just be busy, unsure about your feelings, a traditional ‘guy asks the lady’ kind of person, etc.)

  • Rave: Finally made it to Daikaya Ramen in China Town… I thought it would be one of those overpriced sit-down spots, but was pleasantly surprised to find that it was a 12$ a bowl place! When we got Ramen at Ippudo in NYC, our tab for 4 people was very near to 180$, (Costs about 30$ per bowl up there). Though Ippudo was gourmet, I’m glad to know there are spots here with reasonable pricing.

    Rave: Watched Jiro Dreams Of Sushi last night on Netflix, got me back into sushi mode, too bad my favorite go-to has changed their menu too much… Need to find a good new sushi spot that does good Teriyaki.

    Rant: It seems lately like some people are on a mission to wind each other up instead of positively/creatively contributing to a discussion… I’m a pretty pleasant person to be around with a laid back sense of humor, but lately it seems like some people rather than being social prefer to be negative/competitive in group settings. I hate having to turn a jovial conversation into a pointed one on one debate about fact in front of everyone… It screws up my chi.

    Rave: Friends stopping by and pulling me out of my usual routine this week.

    Rave: Looking forward to good weather this weekend, no good plans yet, and luckily no obligation.

    • I loved Jiro Dreams Of Sushi, but watching everything being handled to death made me NOT want sushi!

      • The germs don’t kill you, they make you stronger! haha. Besides that, all legit sushi chefs are extremely well versed in safe food handling of which hand washing is paramount. It’s raw seafood to begin with, it takes a bit of courage.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Thanks, now I want sushi, and I was trying to not spend so much money on food.

    • Blithe

      My favorite local restaurant for sushi is Mei Wah in Friendship Heights. I also really like their salmon teriyaki – but they only have it as a bento box lunch on weekdays. Now I’m jonesing for a salmon roll with salmon roe AND a salmon skin roll. Drool….

      • I heard about Mei Wah… May need to give it a chance. I used to go to Rockville Sushi, I loved the Mom&Pop feel of that place, and it was darn cheap for the quality. I can’t wait for a good sushi/ramen spot to pop up on Georgia Avenue, that would be a dream come true.

  • Has anyone encoutered someone on the street asking for donations for a reward fund for information about a murder? A guy came up to me on Connecticut Ave in Cleveland Park, saying it was his cousin who was killed and asking for money for the reward fund. He had the wanted poster, but I had a bag of melting groceries, so I said I was sorry about his cousin and declined to give. I’ve lived here for years, and never heard of that one, so I’m wondering if it’s legit or another one of those “selling candy for the baseball team” things.

    • I think DC offers a $25,000 reward fund for info leading to murder suspect. So no one should need to get extra money for that.

  • Rant: woke up an hour late this morning because I forgot to set my alarm. OOps.
    Rave: still make it to work on time.
    Rave: tomorrow’s payday 🙂
    Rant/Rave: for the first time in forever, I’m not ready for summer to be over. Usually by now, I’m so over it, sick of my summer clothes, and ready for fall, but not this year. Maybe because we’ve had so many nice days it hasn’t really felt like August?

  • msmaryedith

    Rant: Landlord probably going to sell the house I’m living in.

    Can anyone explain to me how first right of refusal works in DC?

  • Rant: I didn’t put a capsule in my Nesspresso machine this morning, so I made a water latte. I realized this at least 6 blocks from home when I started drinking said water latte.
    Rave: I got a delicious, allbeit overpriced, latte at Tryst instead. Seriously, $4.18 and I had my own thermos(?!).
    Rave: I’m not really annoyed that I was dumb this morning and this day is actually pretty good. That might be due in part to the awesome spin class I go to on Wednesday nights and the beet, goat cheese and arugula pizza I made and the awesome Martinez my roommate’s friend made me last night.

    • Where do you spin?

      • I read the above reply before I read the original posting, and thought that the original posting referred to DJing. 🙂

      • I go to Peloton on 14th, just south of Florida. I’ve been four times, two different classes, and so far I really like it. It’s the first spinning studio I’ve been to that has computers on the bikes and I’m not sure how I feel about those yet. I’m still trying to get the hang of combining the resistance and beat with the target RPMs.

        So far both classes have involved getting off the bike and doing some strength work. The Wednesday night 7-8 class is 40 minute spin and 20 minute core. It’s for serious.

        • That sounds awesome. I used to go to Biker Barre and do a barre class to get some strength training after spinning, but that place is so expensive and it has some logistic and customer service problems. Wish Peloton wasn’t so far away! If anyone knows of something similar that’s closer to Capitol Hill please let me know!

          • Ha, I had the opposite problem–Biker Barre was just too much of a hike to be my regular workout place. The cost was an issue too, although unfortunately they seem to be more or less on par with similar “boutique” studios, at least in their per-class prices. There seems to be more of a variety in studios’ monthly unlimited prices, which can be useful if you plan to go to several classes a week. For example, I think Biker Barre was over $200 for a monthly unlimited, whereas Off Road is $125–though on U Street, so not helpful for your Capitol Hill dilemma. (But for any people in the U St area, I HIGHLY recommend Off Road. Great mix of classes, and the owners are super-nice local residents. Peloton is on my list to try, as well.)

  • Rave: Cheerful radishes growing in my deck railing boxes – like a little clown-army greeting me as I come and go.

  • rant: I can’t decide if managing people sucks or if it’s just that people suck.

  • Rant: Had rehearsal last night. We usually have it on Thursdays, so I keep thinking today is Friday.

    Rave: Don’t have to drive to Baltimore tonight, and a great festival gig booking in September has been confirmed.

  • Rave: Awesome Restaurant Week dinner at Range last night. Would definitely go again when I’m in Chevy Chase.
    Rave: Going to the beach this weekend!
    Rant: My boss comes back from vacation next week. Things are about to get busy!

  • Rave: getting close to Friday and looking forward to weekend plans.
    Rant: metro seat-hogs. Your bag did not pay its own fare.

    • epric002

      my favorite part is when they grumble at you when they have to move their bag. entitled glass bowls.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I picked my seat this morning b/c the guy had his phone, ipad, and a folder on the seat. He picked them up no problem, but took issue when I spread my legs out as wide as his. He gave me some nasty looks, some groans and sighs, and finally moved. Men get so pissy when I take up my fair share of the leg room.

      • Biggest pet peeve ever! Keep your legs on your side of the seat. I promise, it doesn’t need as much room as you think it does.

  • RANT: woke up to crime scene in the kitchen. cat smashed bottle of red wine from counter top. broken glass and red wine EVERYWHERE. floor, walls, dishwasher, drawers. was super late to work cleaning up.
    additional RANT: bottle of red was FULL!
    RAVE: no one got cut on the glass shards……

    • Cat did it to hide the evidence from the real murder scene. 😉

    • Emmaleigh504

      What did you do to anger your cat so much?! Ugh what a way to start the day.

      • the short answer is that i shut him out of my room during the night because he wouldnt settle down and I couldnt sleep.
        the long answer is that he was a kitten i fostered along with siblings he was attached to who have since been adopted, he shares the house with two middle aged lady cats who dont want to wrestle with him, and he generally needs a ton of attention and has a ton of energy.
        his other crimes include chewing through electrical cords (all of them) and peeing on couch. when he’s not up to no good, he’s a nice boy.
        any pet whisperers/psychologists out there? Kind of hoping he grows out of this….he’s still young.

        • Sounds like he needs someone his own age to play with. Maybe it would be better for him (even if painful for you) to find a home where he had a cat playmate of a similar age?

          • i’ve thought about that but its seems like all cat people are already saturated with cats! I am going to try to set up a play date with a friend who has cats around his age though.

          • Another idea would be to adopt a young-cat playmate for him… though that means that you’d have four cats, at least for a while.

        • We had the peeing-on-the-couch issue with my boycat, and the solution was a product called SssCat. It’s a can of compressed air with a motion sensor. You put it where the cat is misbehaving, and every time he gets close, the can hisses at him. Fixed that problem in no time flat. We used it two years ago for a peeing problem that had gone on for over a year. He has not relapsed or found another inappropriate place to pee.

          • ooohhhh……i have never heard of this device. its brilliant. the little guy wigs out really easily so this is definitely worth a try – thank you!

        • Emmaleigh504

          Oh dear, shutting the door is a mortal sin in the cat world!

        • Do you have this? http://www.amazon.com/Da-Bird-Cat-Toy-Store/dp/B000F9JJJE

          Totally burns off kitten energy AND it’s recommended by the Cat from Hell guy.

        • saf

          I bet he’s orange.

  • epric002

    rant: dog #1 has decided she doesn’t want to go out in the backyard. at. all. she refused to go out before bed, refused to go out before breakfast, refused to go out after breakfast. WTH- you haven’t peed in like 12 hours?!?!?
    crazy person rave- i am more stubborn than you, dog. you will not get 12 walks a day b/c you’ve suddenly decided that the backyard is not adequate for your bladder needs. hope you learn quickly.
    normal rave: it’s almost the weekend/husband comes home from work trip tomorrow.

    • Has anything changed in the backyard? Sounds crazy, but you may need to get down on the dog’s level to check it out. Regardless, your dog shouldn’t need to go out 12 times a day anyway unless there’s some medical problem. I always thought it was weird to do that anyway– I have a backyard but don’t use it for dog relieving purposes because I don’t want it to smell like pee and attract flies.

      • epric002

        no, she’s just being stubborn. i am regularly amazed at the things she randomly decides to be stubborn about. dog #2 is perfectly fine using the backyard, and dog #1 has been until yesterday. she’ll go out willingly to bark at someone/something, she’s just decided all of a sudden that she doesn’t want to go out right before bed/before/after breakfast like she has every.other.day. up to this point. and she doesn’t need/get 12 walks a day, i was exaggerating. and for the record, the backyard does not smell like pees/attract flies.

        • Fair enough. My yard does whenever a dog sneaks a pee out there, so I try to prevent that from happening. Fortunately I enjoy the routine of walking my dogs.

      • Emmaleigh504

        So you have your dog do it in public spaces/other people’s yards instead? This is why people hate dog people.

        • Uh yeah, while the dogs are out on a leash. And if it’s solid I pick it up. It’s called a walk? What do you think yardless dog owners do?

          • Oh, and it should be obvious but you seem pretty clueless so I’ll add that I never let them go on other people’s yards.

        • I didn’t realize people hated dog people because they took their dogs on walks or to dog parks. I thought it was because of loose dogs, ill-mannered dogs, excessive barking, dog attacks, and poop not being picked up.

  • novadancer

    Rant/Rave: Just finished the last of the GOOP meals I made on Sunday (thank you DC library!). Was hoping they would last until tomorrow but hubby found them appealing. Yes, she is annoying but as I’m off meat right now, she has quite a few recipes that I will be adding to my rotation!

    • Yeah, I’ve never been a huge fan, but I have to admit, GOOP has a great recipe for carrot-ginger dressing (on the website). Granted, I always add extra carrots and I probably use 10x as much on my non-macrobiotic salad as Gwyneth does, but still. (The carrot-ginger dressing is a part of the “detox” diet that Gwyneth apparently follows when she’s overindulged–yeah, right–and is feeling fat.)

  • Rant: Yelp reviewers who give a place four (or THREE!) stars, when their write-up is nothing but positive. A good review accompanied by three stars just screams “I’m a self-important asshat, and no one deserves MY five stars”. I think poorly of those people.

    • Well, I don’t like when a mediocre review has five stars. For something to be five stars there should be absolutely no room for improvement, which is rare. That said, I do try to note those areas where improvements could be made.

    • epric002

      my yelp rant involves the people who would never be satisfied no matter what happened, but whose reviews are never filtered out (like the good ones are) so they drag down the rating of a good place.

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