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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  • Is that Rusty?!

  • Rave: Getting my house ready for the 5th Annual Miriam’s Chili Cook-off! Long neglected corners & counters purged, piles of stuff sorted and disposed of, even my storage closet is newly neat!

    Rant: You haven’t bought your tickets yet! This is a great fun (and cheap!) event to raise money for a great cause (homeless services) Only $30.00 for chili, beer, wine, rum punch & desserts. (Cheap date anyone??) And did I mention kids are free? They can color and play in Barbie’s rooty tooty chili lounge while grown-ups eat chili.

    Have a secret chili recipe? Want to show off those gorgeous peppers from your garden? There are still a few slots for Chili cooks. Enter today – enjoy bragging rights all year!

  • Rant: Visa forms for my husband to stay here. So much photocopying.

    Rave: I found out that I’m a finalist for a full-tuition scholarship to a university in Europe. Still a long shot (1 in 20), but I’m pretty excited nonetheless.

  • rave: woooooorks out for BABY. Sorry, Alice Cooper, for borrowing the tune. But out of office on, buh bye work.

    rave: assuming nothing changes, completely free weekend. Other than walking, considering going to Bangkok Golden but worry about that much thai food in my system should I end up birthin’. It looks really, really good.

    rave: Bluejacket opening. I just LOVE NRG

    • Is it true what they say about spicy food being able to induce labor?

      • There’s no science behind it….but for me, it’s more of trying to be “nice” to the L&D nurses who would have to deal!!

      • If it is true about spicy food – come to the Chili Cook-Off! Plus, I’ve actually delivered a baby before – in a treehouse in the redwoods no less – so we can handle any unexpected arrivals!

    • Good luck and god bless you and your family (not a religious person but seems appropriate).

    • Good luck, and enjoy your last weekend of freedom. I wish I would have reveled in my alone time a little bit more, and slept a lot more! My guy is now 4 weeks and I haven’t slept more than 3 hours in a row since bringing him home. So take a long hot shower, and a big ol’ nap!!!

  • Rant: BRRRRRRRR!!!!! Winter is here. Temps in the 30s!?

    Rave: The boiler fired up nicely this morning (for the first time this year) and my house is roasty-toasty warm.

  • KSB

    Rant: Head cold.
    Rave: Rocking the nose whistle at the most random of times…

  • Rave: bluejacket preview tonight!

  • Rant/rave: On day 12 of the Whole 30. It’s a super-restrictive elimination diet that claims to help with things like hormonal imbalances, inflammation, etc. It’s not easy to give up all the things I had to give up, but I’ve slept better in the last two weeks than I ever have. Hoping I can reduce the NSAIDs I have to take for my arthritis, and that my thyroid problems will stabilize – things have been way out of whack this year.

    • I’ll be interested to see how you like it. I have a friend who swears by it, but she is WAY more ascetic in the diet department than I am.

      • I’ll report back closer to the end. I’m over the hard part of it – the first few days are kind of rough. I know I’m gluten sensitive so it wasn’t really an issue for me to cut that out, but other things like dairy and legumes have been tough.
        I’ve had pretty severe joint inflammation since I was about 27 and have been on harsh NSAIDs since then that wreck my stomach. Things have gotten worse over recent years, and the only thing my doctor seems comfortable with is just increasing my dose or switching to scary drugs that suppress my immune system. I have definitely had days on this diet where I think it’s absolutely bananas, but I made a commitment to stick it out for 30 days and see if it helps. I think it’s absolutely worthwhile to explore how food might be affecting things before talking about more/stronger drugs.

      • I finished my first Whole30 earlier this month and I have never felt better. It wasn’t easy in the beginning but it was well worth it. My sleep improved and had a steady level of energy from the moment I woke up until I went to bed each day. My workouts improved and overall I just felt happier. I focused on the things I could eat, rather than what I couldn’t and I don’t think there was a single meal I had to force myself to eat. My boyfriend and I continue to eat this way unless an occasion arises were we feel it’s worth it. It’s really changed my relationship with food and I feel in control of my choices.

  • That picture should have been a photo caption contest. Here’s 2:

  • Rave: puppy sitting!
    Rant: puppy barks at 3AM– not needing to go out but to play.
    Rant: puppy is not fully house broken and my friend has stopped using the pads. So…yeah…
    Rant: UPS returned my packages without notifying me.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Pest control guy put out traps for the rodent. (traps are not where cat can get in them.)
    Rant: It evaded the traps and my cat.
    Rave: The cat at least has started to show some interest in catching the damn thing.
    Rant: Weekend with a rodent ;/

    • Are they glue traps or snap traps? In my experience, snap traps work best. As bait, I put peanut butter with some pine nuts or other seeds embedded in it. Works like a charm.

      • Emmaleigh504

        He only had glue traps, but he also stuck some poison in the hole. They are going to patch the hole, hopefully today, since I found it. But I”m sure there are other holes, it’s an old building. I plan on getting some snap traps & paper bags tonight. I’m done with this little fucker pooping all over my counter!

        • Emmaleigh504

          Also, big thanks to kyle-w who put my snap trap fears to rest, and jindc who suggested the paper bag idea!

          • Happy to help! I agree, I don’t care about their feelings or whatever, and that doesn’t make you a bad person. I just want them dead, and if there is a quick and painless way to do it, may as well.

            I am very meh about feeling bad for the cat messing around with them until they are dead. The animal world is a cruel cruel place.

            Cats have been torturing mice for tens of thousands of years. Not something to even consider.

            We use these: Ortho 0321110 Home Defense Max Press ‘N Set Mouse Trap, 2-Pack

            They are $3.92 for a 2-pack on Amazon, so pretty cheap too. They are easy to set, and have two rows on spikes, so the mice has to be one both rows and then trigger the tab to make it hit, they work well.

            Someone finally figured out how to build a better mouse trap 🙂

          • Emmaleigh504

            I kept hoping I would be awakened by a screaming glue trapped mouse last night. Instead me & the cat were awakened to it scurrying up the counter a different way to avoid the glue traps. Naturally the cat didn’t catch it b/c she’s afraid of heights. Maybe tonight I’ll get awakened by snap traps snapping!

        • Definitely go with snap traps. The glue traps are really cruel, the snap traps are quick and painless.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Yeah, it’s a mouse, I really don’t GAF about cruel. Yeah, yeah I’m a horrible person and I’m going to Hell, but are the glue traps worse than poison? Both seem like not great ways to die. Hell, even my cat playing with them is a not great way to die. I just want them DEAD.

          • Glue traps usually means the mouse dies of starvation. Snap traps are quick.
            Poison = BAD IDEA! Mouses can die in your walls or floor, and you’ll be smelling (and regretting) for a week +.

          • Ok gross story – – I used to work in this office in Dupont Circle where we had this whole circle of life thing goin with the pests (fitting, as it was an environmental org). We had mice, pigeons (yes pigeons! hole in the wall. they would get trapped) and everything in between. To this day I can recognize the distinct stench of a rotting mouse.

            We used glue traps for the mice….here’s where it gets gross….sometimes…*deep breath*…only PART of their body sticks…..*holds back vomit*…so i’ve seen like…only mice bellies stuck to the trap and the rest of the mouse a few inches away from the trap. EWWWWW!

            And I remember the horrible sound of the mouse crying for help because as Monroe says below they get stuck but don’t die immediately.

            I’m not advocating for or against mice. I’m just traumatized and apparently wanted to ruin everyone else’s afternoon. LOL

          • *oops! meant not advocating ‘for or against GLUE TRAPS”. not ‘for or against mice”. i guess if i had to make a decision, I’d be pro-mouse. If they were of the Mickey variety.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Gag! That reminds me of the time I found what looked like a kitten scalp in my bedroom growing up. The cat ate her babies and left a piece for me? I don’t know it was gross and traumatizing.

          • What to you do when you find a mouse in the glue trap though? Bludgeon it to death? I had to do that to mouse once– I think it was sick or poisoned because it wasn’t moving but definitely alive– and it took a few blows before it stopped twitching. I hate mice but I was bawling when it was over.

          • gotryit

            If the mouse on the glue trap is alive, drown it in a bucket of water.

          • Rat Zapper! The only way to go! Google it. Quick, painless, effective, no muss no fuss – an electrocution chamber basically. Kills instantly, no gore, just tip the body out into the bin.

    • Yeah, I’d consider you a horrible person if you think it’s acceptable to let a small mammal rip itself apart and chew its limb off trying to escape. If you have to kill something, do it quickly and humanely, don’t torture it to death.

  • Rave – the most beautiful StoryCorps this morning about true love (warning: tissues needed) – http://www.npr.org/2013/10/25/240291885/never-say-goodbye-a-love-and-life-kept-vivid
    Rave – Can’t wait to see my friend this weekend

  • I am off to my 20th High School reunion this weekend. It is not possible that I am that old, right?

    • Have fun at your reunion!

      I had a similar feeling last year when preparing for my 20th. I don’t really feel like a grownup, and how can that much time possibly have gone by??

  • Rant: auditors are the new Stasi
    Rave: mashed potatoes and gravy. Gravy!

  • Rant: I hate it when I need only to fill out a form and the website says to call for the form and when I call for the form, I’m put on hold and wait only to be disconnected. I call back and the same individual answers the phone and says that I hung up. They will snail mail me the form. Ugh. I’m just trying to do the right thing and register my pepper spray. Ugh, DC government offices!

  • Rant: Every single bill I get from my physical therapist is wrong. They don’t credit all of the copayments I pay at the time of visit to my bill. The first time it was months after my first visit and because of how they invoice it took me hours to sort it all out. Now that I’ve figured out the invoice, it usually only takes me a few minutes, but it is just irritating. Then it takes time to walk the billing person through the issue showing her my credit card statement to show that I paid what I paid. They always fix it, but it shouldn’t happen in the first place. I wonder if this happens to a lot of clients and most people just don’t think to look and pay the bill. Or maybe it just happens to me. Not sure which would be worse.

  • Rant: Innumeracy. It is amazing how many bosses will spend hours micromanaging a presentation or some language, but if you hand them data analysis, they’ve got to have it spoon fed to them like babies.
    Rave: Weekennnnd. And re-using old halloween costumes because why not.

  • Revel: Finally some red panda coverage!
    Rant: Only one post about red pandas today? This is unsatisfactory.

  • Rant: Park Service Police and their horse’s crap. Pick it up! We have to clean after our pets, clean up after your damn horse. So gross to jump over huge piles of horse dung while jogging on the Mall – it’s disgusting.

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