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: At work and really hoping we get early dismissal to make the trek home easier this evening.
    Rave: Finally feeling like I have conquered my cold. Ready to get back to the gym today.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Working from home due to closed gov’t, but I can’t get into the intranet which is annoying.
    Rant: Bossman who tells us to enjoy our snow day after giving us all kinds of instructions on how we have to work today. Enjoy your work at home day would have been a better choice of words since it’s not a snow day if we have to work.
    RaveRaveRave: I get to work from home and not use up at vacation day or go out in the cold!!

  • Rant: DPW – my Christmas tree has been in the alley for 3 weeks. Seems like pickup has been spotty, with some trees getting picked and others seemingly ignored in the alley. Anyone else in the same boat?

  • Rave: snow day!
    Rant: I’m doing some work.
    Rave: I’m taking time out from working to put a second coat of paint in my bedroom. Omg, I am in love with the color.
    Rave: I summoned the balls to go bold.

  • I was supposed up do my demonstration lesson/part 2 of my elementary teaching interview today, but school is closed.

    Rant: prolonging the anxiety and nervousness
    Rave: I have more time to fine-tune the lesson.

  • not really a rant: Feeling blah about the Super Bowl. Nobody I really care about is playing.
    Rave Getting back to exercising after bout with plantar facilitis. Forgot how good the endorphins are after.
    Rave: Got rid of old sofa and chair. Salvation Army came Sat. to pick them up. Next door neighbors wanted them both so I gave it to them. Salvation Army guys even moved sofa and chair to their apartment. Felt great after.

  • Rave: Snooooow day + cleared jobs = not possible to work from home!
    Rant: Unexpected home repairs are just punching us in the gut again and again. It seems like every time we turn around there’s something new.

  • Rant: Back door knob broke off and I can’t get the door open…wee pads time!

  • justinbc

    Rave: Looks like the trash and recycle trucks are still running this morning, good thing since we were totally filled up!

  • Rave: Snow day! Spent the night at my girlfriend’s place, and her roommate also had her girlfriend spend the night, so now we’re all hanging out like an adult sleepover!
    Neither Rave nor Rant: A job that I thought was going to be mine went to someone else. Though I was initially devastated, I’m feeling pretty at peace with the situation and eager to continue growing in my current role.
    Rave: life is so good.

    • Rave: Adult sleepover with Sarah, who has been cooking amazing delicious food for us all weekend. I am so lucky to have her in my life.

  • Rave: Life IS good. Even though I am working on a snow day, I’ve got my guy working next to me and soup on the stove.

  • rave: hot chocolate!

  • Rant: Four moths ago today, I got out of a 12 year relationship. It was my first serious relationship, and I entered it when I was 23. So young. The pain isn’t subsiding. When will it?

    Rave?: I’m single.

    Rant: being single sucks when you don’t have any local friends because you’ve spent the last 12 years in a long distance relationship.

    • I, too, spent 13 years in a long distance relationship, that was my first serious relationship. For me, it took a long time for the pain to subside completely. I think the “long distance” part made mentally getting completely out of the relationship more difficult — because since we didn’t see each other daily, it took longer for me to “get” that things had truly changed. The pain will subside, as, I’m sure you know. And building your local life will help a lot. It gets better…. it really does!

    • There’s no set timeline, but it will get better.
      As CT says, building friendships and finding distractions and establishing new routines can help a lot. Hang in there!

    • It just takes time. It’s different for everyone though. But eventually you will start feeling better. Going to talk to a therapist really helped me when I ended my 8-year semi-long distance relationship, which was also my first serious relationship. I felt so guilty and so alone, I didn’t have any friends of my own and didn’t know who I was without my ex. Having a therapist, just someone who could really listen to me, validate my feelings, and tell me it was going to get better made a huge difference for me.
      It took me a long time to learn how be alone without feeling lonely. You’ll get there, too. Now is the time to be selfish. Do you things you love, discover things that make you happy, do whatever you want. You have no one to please but yourself!

      • Echo what everyone else has said, but most importantly, take this time to get to know yourself (the real “you”, not the relationship you) and yes, be selfish! Do all the things that you want to do without having to think about anyone else. I know at this point, this probably sounds like something you’re not looking forward to doing, but after my break-up (which admittedly my relationship was nowhere near as long as some of yalls) I didn’t know how I’d go on alone, now I don’t know how I’ll ever function in an adult relationship again (ok, it’s not that bad, but there is something to be said about being selfish). I’ll tell you one thing, it’s made me much more comfortable with who I am, what I want out of life, and a relationship.

  • Rave: Beautiful sunset yesterday! Beautiful snow today!
    Rave/Rant: Lovely “milkshake” colored suede boots. Which are now stained with indigo from my jeans. One of my snow projects will be seeing if I can get the stains out. Hope I don’t have to settle for tie-dyed looking boots.
    Rave: I have groceries, I have toilet paper, I have projects. I’m grateful to be warm and indoors, watching the snowflakes fall.
    Rave: I have friends with fireplaces and dogs who like house guests. I could show up with my quilt and a bag of marshmallows……

  • @300sqft
    It will get better. DC is a great city with lots of energy and social options. The key is to stay active–go for walks, happy hours, arts events. Do things that soothe your spirit and you’ll begin to meet people. Stay open.

  • Rant: Very saddened to hear about the stabbing deaths of the two Germantown children in the alleged “botched exorcism”.

    Rant: “Sketchy types”, whatever that means…however based on past post I have my suspicions. And y’all say WTOP and WAPO commentators are bad… It is the same thing people no matter how PC, liberal and colorblind you claim to be.

    Rave: Looking at the silver lining in having to come to work today and it is that at least there will be a lot less non-driving clowns on the road for my commute home. Be safe out there folks and stay away from the “sketchy types” for they mean to do you harm.

    • Some of my favorite childhood memories are associated with people that would likely be viewed as “sketchy types”. The guys who hung out on the corner near my house looked out for me, encouraged me, and made sure that I knew that they were proud of me for having options that they, themselves, did not. My DC used to have a real Southern community vibe. I’m really missing that — despite some of the silver linings that come with change.

      • I can dig it. I didn’t grow up here but I know EXACTLY what you mean, I can truly empathize. Even after graduating from college, I moved Boston and hung around and lived with (they opened their home up to me when I didn’t have anywhere to go for a couple months) with folks that I am sure the good majority on here would call something worse than sketchy and you know what? They made sure nothing ever happened to me, EVER! We are talking about a family where only one kid has graduated high school but I never judged them and am truly grateful for the experience because it has helped make me the person I am today. I think it truly has to deal with being afraid of what is unfamiliar, different or perceived less than…Good to know that there are others on here that have been exposed to more than just their immediate circle and realize good and bad people come from all different types of backgrounds and should only be judged on their own merit.

  • epric002

    rave: snow/telework day
    late rave: equinox for RW dinner- totally fabulous.
    rave: trousseau in vienna- great customer service, quality fitters, excellent selection, and they’ll order stuff for you too 🙂
    revel: cute, comfy bras that FIT!!!

  • RAVE: In Los Angeles this entire week. It’s consistently been 80 degrees and sunny everyday. Crazy surf swells all week (5 to 9 foot).
    RANT: 20 to 25 foot wave swells this upcoming Friday. I ain’t crazy.

    • Just got back from a long weekend in LA. Malibu is so freaking gorgeous, breathtaking. I still dig snow though, so I’m glad I’m back here for our first hopefully real snowfall in awhile.

  • rave: snow day!
    rant: “extended hours” to see Bao Bao yesterday meant that they cut the line off at 2:30 instead of 4:30pm like they had announced, oh well.
    rant: classes begin tomorrow and I have a distinct feeling of dread this semester – I need to keep reminding myself that I am doing this voluntarily – but I’m not sure that will make this semester any less painful…
    rave: the guy I met on OKcupid is really nice – I had pretty low expectations when we first met (b/c most of my recent online dating experiences haven’t gone very well) but I keep being kind of amazed at how compatible we are. that said, I almost feel like he is a male version of myself and I’m not sure if that’s what I want, but so far he is a refreshing break from the guys I have dated in the past.
    rant: there’s one other guy on OKcupid that I wanted to email but I can’t decide whether to do it or not based on guy #1. do I try to meet guy #2 now, and then pursue the one that I find myself most interested in? or do I wait and see how things play out with guy #1 first? I have no interest in seeing 2 guys at the same time, so that’s not an option. (or is it? ugh)

    • You almost have to be willing to see a couple of people at once. If you wait on #2, he may be gone or no longer interested. Online dating is an exercise in multitasking, that’s for sure!

  • Mild Rant: Anti-climactic trip to see Bao Bao yesterday. She was curled up sleeping in a crater in her rock formation, and then her mother came over and curled up in front of her, so she was barely visible.
    On the other hand…the two of them are adorable no matter what AND I live here and can go back anytime (unlike some other out of state visitors I saw), so it’s all good. Plus the line wasn’t too long, and the spot where I had to wait to get into the panda house was right next to the red panda habitat–and Rusty and Shama are always awesome!
    Rave: In other good zoo news, the red lemur has an actual lemur companion again (after several months making do with a stuffed animal), and the tiger cubs are really growing!

  • Rant: Snow Umbrellas

  • Rave: – Billy Goat trail yesterday! Was it really yesterday? 52 degrees? Had 6 little kids along and no one whined – they were climbing all over.

    Rant: Both Target and Marshalls today had NO gloves or mittens! Not even sold out, just they don’t re-stock. Hello – it is only January. Target did have plenty of flip flops. . .

    Shouldn’t rant but am: Snow looks like it will keep visiting family here an extra day.

  • Rave: today was supposed to be my first day back at work after 4 months of maternity leave. Extra day at home with the babe!
    Catching up on the new HBO show True Detective. It’s darker than I thought it was going to be, but good nonetheless!

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