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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  • Rant: Cashing in retirement savings to fuel home renovation.

    Rave: Will be coming home from my job as a t WalMart greeter in 2026 to unconscionable opulence. And an oven that puts out as many BTUs as the space shuttle.

    • It might be too late in regards to taking out a 401(k) loan to renovate your home, but this is literally never a good idea. Please don’t do it.

    • OPULENCE!!

      • Doggone it… I had put in faux HTML tags to invoke Pepper LaBeija from “Paris Is Burning,” but the posting system interpreted it as real HTML and didn’t show it.

    • Well, there’s still a surprising (to me) amount of money stashed away; in addition to a modest insurance settlement, my wife’s passing left me with a carpe diem outlook — I’ll probably see 70, but I’m not counting on it; the house needed extensive work anyway; if the new girlfriend leaves, I’ll need a hot bachelor pad to attract a woman of means; and I bought in 1999, so I will have vast equity if I have to sell. Plus — how long has the cat got? Now she’ll have her own door.

      • SFT

        I like your outlook. Carpe the crap out of your diem!

      • Why not a HELOC? I had an easy time with TD bank.

        • I can always do a HELOC eventually. The question is — as it would have been if I’d taken one out in the first place (they won’t give you one once construction has started, as I learned) — is, will the after-tax return on invested money be greater than the after-tax interest on the loan (which would also have to be paid out of current earnings)?

    • Are you over 59 1/2? If not you pay a 10% penalty and it is added to your taxable income so immediately you lose 20-40 % (maybe this has changed, its been a while since I was in banking).

      • I think that’s if you cash out your 401(k) . I also think you can use your 401(k) to finance purchase of a primary residence and even a kids college.

        • You’re taking a loan against it. This is better than taking the money out, but you lose the compound interest on the amount you loan yourself, and the payback terms can be quite strict.

          • Don’t you have to repay within 1 year, otherwise the penalties kick in?
            I guess Irving can borrow from the 401(k) now and then repay with funds from a HELOC, once the construction is finished.
            Oy, this would turn me into a ball of stress.

    • Have you considered a kickstarter campaign? That Wolf range ain’t paying for itself, you know.

      • Not with this tightwad crowd — if they’re not going to help Three Little Pigs build a “third place” for the community, I doubt they’re going to pay for the Carerra Marble backsplash and and brass inlays and ivory temperature dials for the stove.
        Though, anyone who kicks in can come for brunch. Bring some bubbly, though, will ya? And decent stuff….

  • Accountering

    Rave: started my morning off with an awesome 3.1 mile run along the Mississippi in St Paul. Great pace, cool path. Amazing.
    Rave2: meeting today with the President and VP of our parent company, as well as my CEO, and COO. They a saw fit to include me in the meeting. I am ready.
    Rave3: back to DC tonight!
    Rave4: NYC this weekend – should be an awesome trip!

  • thatnewplaceon14th

    Rant: I was reading the article about how Portland is going to make homelessness “illegal.” And I’m wondering how many people getting offended and shocked by that have ever met or seen a homeless person in real life.

    Sure, throwing homeless people in jails only makes matters worse, but if they’re breaking the law (public urination, threatening random people, shooting up in the alleys, etc) what are we to do? Sure, not all homeless people do that, but Ugh.

    I guess I need coffee.

    • The best article I’ve ever read about the consequences of social policies in America:


      • thatnewplaceon14th

        Thanks for sharing. I’ll read it during my lunch break.

        • Great! I’d be interested in your reaction to the article — if you’d care to post them!

          • thatnewplaceon14th

            AH! I was only able to get halfway through it.

            I’ll continue when I get a break at work. Really well-written article. I’m enjoying it.

      • The best fix to short sighted social policies is always more short sighted social policies…

      • ” It is as though we have run up a credit-card bill and, having pledged to charge no more, remain befuddled that the balance does not disappear. The effects of that balance, interest accruing daily, are all around us.” interesting comparison

    • I wrote a response to your comment – but it got eaten by the “You’re posting too quickly” powers that be. My shorter response is that it’s easier to criminalize behavior than it is to fix the problems that support it. And I’ve posted a link to the best article I’ve ever read about the consequences of social policies in America.
      And yes, I’ve known many homeless people — and many more who are one crisis away from being homeless. I’ve also known many people who have searched for mental health care, educational and training options that can lead to jobs that pay enough to allow them to be self-supporting, effective drug treatment options, and affordable, safe housing — without success. I’m all for personal responsibility — when the resources to support it are available.

      • +500000000. So many of our homeless are alcoholics, drug addicts, mentally ill. And there are also a lot of military veterans. So many people our society is failing. And while no one wants to deal with the panhandling or sanitation problems that can come with homelessness, no one wants to address the systems that brought these people to homelessness and keep them there, either. Fixing the social safety net is so much less popular than throwing more subsidies and tax breaks to companies that are already making money hand over fist.

    • The only thing I can think of here is that my old boss who had lived in Portland many years said that there was a culture of homelessness in Portland – and that Portland has the highest number of PhD’s living on the streets. He made it sound almost like the hipster culture thing to do was give it all up and be homeless. Maybe that is what they are trying to address?

  • Rave: Dragged my butt out of bed for a run this morning ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rant: Only 6 kids began the day in my daughter’s day care room (out of 12), and 3 of them went home sick by lunch. Impending sense of doom as hand foot & mouth runs rampant through the classroom….. apparently, there are five kids in the class today, so we’ll see what happens.

    • …had that. It just ran through our daycare, and then our entire house last week. Blisters on my fingers are just healing now. Good luck–keeping my nearly healed fingers crossed for you!

      • Ugh, sorry. But thank you for the crossed fingers! Dare I ask how long it kept your kid(s) out of daycare?

  • Rant: My dog tore up her doggy bed last night and then started whining at 3am because she didn’t have a bed to sleep on.
    Rave: She’s adorable. Even at 3am.
    Rave: I’m in a fabulous mood despite not getting enough sleep!

    • justinbc

      Hah, dogs are hilarious.

      • Amen to that! Last night my dog decided to drag his bed from the bedroom to the living room so he could sleep there (it’s slightly cooler) and then halfway through the night decided to come back into the bedroom to sleep and then started whining because he couldn’t find his bed.

        • My dog doesn’t always sleep on my bed, but when she does she always has a little ritual. First she jumps on the bed. Then she stands over me and licks my face a few times. Then she lies down next to me and goes to sleep. It’s like she has to give me a goodnight kiss before she can settle in.

          • How sweet! Mine tried to curl up in a ball on my face last night. I had to remind her she is not a cat and that she’s 60+ lbs.

          • Love the good night ritual!
            When I’m awake, or almost awake, my dog starts making sounds and kicking her legs as she presents her belly to be rubbed.

  • Rant: Short staffed at work, it is chaos, and I have to work late tonight.
    Rant: Sewing machine is being extra horrid, making the roman blinds project extra frustrating.
    Rant: This Friday is my only day off between now and August 1st.
    Rave: August 1st marks the start of a 2 week vacation in Maine. It cannot come soon enough.

    • We leave Friday for Maine – lobster coma, here I come. If you’re going to be in the Boothbay Harbor region, or in Portland, I have (many) restaurant recommendations . . .

  • Rant: The verbal job offer that I accepted a month ago is still on hold due to internal reshuffling. The new company keeps in touch regularly and assures me that they still want to hire me. But this delay is agonizing. I’m so ready to quit my job, I think about it every minute of ever day!
    Rave: There is a new job on the horizon. Just not sure how far away the horizon is!

    • That is so frustrating. My current job gave me a verbal offer and then made me wait three months to start (my predecessor was waiting for his security clearance to come through at his next job). Hopefully they come through soon!

  • RANT: These two guys who sit in my cube “pod” are raising my blood pressure– They are these crusty former military guys who sit and complain ALL day and every other word is f* or f*ing–very eloquent those two. Well today all this negative energy makes me want to scream!
    RAVE: Been pretty consistent with exercise the last week or two!
    RANT: Most of my “exercise” lately is walking a few miles, which is fine but I need to really rev it up
    RANT: Offered to help a friend, and it is a little more than I expected…helping out with a show 5 days a week for the next 4 weeks!
    RAVE: Will find a way to make the best out of it ๐Ÿ™‚ including maybe reading a good book while helping

    • Having worked with “crusty old military guys”, you’re going to have to them ignore it, or forcefully tell them to shut up. Say something like “can you be quiet, I need to work.” Saying anything about the negativity is going to make you the laughingstock of the office. It’s stupid, macho stuff, but its the culture.

      • I second that. I’m in an office full as well. If you tell them to shut the F up and stop swearing they probably will and won’t think much about it. But don’t try to say it tactfully. I’d even recommend interrupting them mid swear to do it. Go for the surprise attack.

    • I have a former military guy in my cube group too, and every other word out of his mouth is the f-bomb. He’s always yelling about something, all I hear is, “f-this, f-that, that mother f-er” all day long. At least I don’t have to deal with two former military guys! My coworker just rants on and on to himself, I can’t imagine how bad it would be if another person ranted with him. We all just ignore him.

    • I also find others’ use of foul language stressful. To me it subconsciously signals anger or distress or aggression, even if it’s just a verbal tic.

    • haha my husband is probably the only current or former Marine who NEVER curses. He’ll actuall say “Eff this”. It’s a bit ridiculous. But I work with all military and we’re a dirty mouthed office. I guess I just don’t notice it but also appreciate not having to over edit my thoughts

      • I work with military (mostly sailors not Marines) and they’re all very classy. I guess there’s some cursing but no more than I would normally encounter as an engineer. Maybe it’s because they’re all older. I did have a cubemate who was like the OP’s coworkers, but he didn’t have any like-minded people to engage with so he mostly kept his negativity to himself.

    • skj84

      Yuck on the profanity! Is profanity part of the company culture? If not could you speak to someone higher up? I come from theatre/hospitality where profanity was the norm unfortunately. But people knew when to clean up their mouths.

  • Congratulations to Pablo.Raw – one of his moon photos was featured by the WPost Capitol Weather Gang http://tinyurl.com/l5xa5bm
    Rave: Challenging yoga class yesterday evening => good night of deep sleep.
    RaveRant: Lumbar steroid injection scheduled, hoping for good results.
    Rant: Back issues that flare up every so often
    Rave: Last flare up was 7 years ago and an injection worked

    • Nice one, Pablo!
      MPinDC, missed you at Saturday’s brunch! (I think you said you were out of town and weren’t sure if you’d be back in time?)

      • pablo .raw

        Thanks! MPinDC ๐Ÿ™‚
        I had a very tight Saturday that included the PoPville Brunch, but my after brunch commitment was moved to early in the day ๐Ÿ™ The good news is that I’m finishing a big photo editing work, and I’m already able to touch freedom a little bit ๐Ÿ™‚ So next time.

      • I was sorry to miss the brunch textdoc; I didn’t get back to DC until later in the afternoon. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Rant: The gut-wrenching hate I have for my current job is boiling over. It is affecting my mood, sleep, and state of mind. No end in sight.

    Rant: Family member not doing very well with cancer surgery recovery. Her kidneys aren’t functioning properly and is feeling miserable. She needs to feel better before starting post-op chemo…

    Rave: Only 2 people ahead of me on the library waiting list to read The Silkworm.

    Rave: Less than 1 month until a much-needed *vacation*!

  • Rant: Children are germy carriers of disease. I have an unpleasant summer cold given to me by a very adorable five-month-old that I watched for a few hours this weekend. My ability to get sick whenever a cute kid just looks at me makes me very scared to have children. I’m going to be sick ALL the time.
    Rant: Men at work who think they know best how to do my job. The sexism makes me want to scream.
    Rave: Leaving work early today to go to a concert at Wolf Trap.
    Rave: Heavy whipping cream in my coffee this morning.

    • Yum heavy whipping cream! But the sick kid thing is weird, I haven’t gotten any of my son’s colds yet, even though I’m covered to the elbow in his snot. I think there is some sort of mom immunity gene that keeps you from getting the babe’s colds. Come to think of it, I never remember my mom getting sick either.

      • I have a crappy immune system, and I am usually sick all winter. That’s the part of parenting (along with the lack of sleep) terrifying me as my partner and I think of starting a family. I home the parental immunity gene is real!

    • This is why I am a strong advocate for two-parent households. No morality position, no false nostalgia… just that it’s awfully nice to have a partner to care for the baby when you’re sick, or just plain tired.

    • Maybe it has nothing to do with sexism and more to do with you leaving work early for concerts

      • Yeah, but if you blame it on sexism you don’t have to confront the possibility that there might be something you need to do to fix it.

        • Or maybe she’s using vacation time, approved by her supervisor.
          That’s right, I forgot, only women with our delicate minds and tempers need to take vacation. Men just suck it up and use their innate manly abilities to push their feelings into a deep, dark place, from which they will never emerge.
          If I’m wrong about this you should mansplain it to me, I don’t always understand these things so good.

          • Holy moly, sounds like you’ve got a few things to work out there. Nice ultra-defensive pose you struck there. I have no idea whether she’s using vacation time or not, nor did I suggest anything about men vs. women needing to take vacation. Just because someone thinks sexism is to blame doesn’t mean that’s actually true. Taking it as a given is just as dangerous as ignoring the possibility.

          • I’m kidding and it’s mostly about anon 12:38. It sounds like that anon is scolding artemis for leaving early and using her time as she sees fit and possibly with approval that we’re not aware of.
            Also, you can “blame” sexism and still confront the possibility that there are things you can do to fix the situation. But if it truly is her male coworkers viewing her as incapable, there’s nothing she can do to fix that. That’s a larger issues that lies with them and is wrapped up in a bunch of other societal, cultural BS.

        • Wpw, I didn’t expect this level of a response to my rant and rave this am.

          For the record: 1) I don’t often leave work early for fun events. I’m using vacation time, and it is approved by my supervisor. 2) I’m good at my job and generally don’t scream or see sexism everywhere, but it is alive and well (especially among some of the older cohort) in my work place. 3) The person in question who I felt was being sexist doesn’t in anyway supervise me. He just has an annoying habit of being condescending and very “father knows best” in how he interacts with others, especially with me and other females. And maybe it isn’t sexism, maybe he’s just patronizing in general. But given that I’ve seen him do it to me and other women in the office, it feels like sexism.

      • Maybe she’s focused and efficient and has finished everything and done it well before she leaves. And STILL has to listen to BS from the good old boys, who are used to running out the clock rather than viewing work as *work*.

      • Seems like some Anonymi got out on the wrong side of bed today.
        Why not take her complaint about coworkers’ sexism at face value? Why draw a link between the coworkers’ behavior and her leaving work early FOR ONE CONCERT? (There was no mention of this being a habitual action.) And why assume that even if the coworkers AREN’T being sexist, that automatically means there’s “something [Artemis needs] to do to fix it”? Even if her coworkers aren’t sexist, they are very possibly plain old jerks or people with bad attitudes.

  • Ah, it’s only the first couple of years of day care that are ad, then your (and their) immunities kick in.
    Besides, the occasional cold is so far from the most annoying thing about child-rearing, that you’ll hardly notice the sniffles after a the first couple of times. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Rave: I’ve had three positive pregnancy tests in the last few days! SO HAPPY to be pregnant after “trying” for 8 months! (It was sooooo difficult ๐Ÿ˜‰ )
    Rant: My happy thoughts are mixed with fears of miscarriage
    Rant: I want to tell everyone I know _right now_ but know it’s right to wait a couple of months at least. I have no idea how I’m going to pull that off!

    • Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!! Just keep telling random internet strangers and scream it from the virtual rooftops. It helped me keep the cat in the bag.

    • KSB

      Congratulations! Sending happy, healthy pregnancy vibes your way ๐Ÿ™‚ And miscarriage is a very valid fear so don’t dismiss it (I’ve had one in addition to three full-term pregnancies) but just listen to your body and trust it to do what it needs to do.

    • Congratulations! I definitely understand the miscarriage fears – I had one before my full-term pregnancy. That said, just take things one day at a time and try to let the anxiety get to you. On the plus side, things that are good for you to do to stay healthy (exercise, sleeping, etc) are also good for helping keep the anxiety at bay ๐Ÿ™‚

    • pablo .raw

      I understand the fears of miscarriage, but I think you should combat them with positive thoughts. Every time one of those negative thoughts happen, think something positive.

    • Thanks, all! Such an exciting (and wild) time!

    • Congrats!!!! Tell VERY close people to you who you would want to have be there if you had any issues (for me, it was my mom, who had been through a terrible stillbirth 40 years ago). It’ll help you from feeling like you can’t talk about it. Now, getting them to not share is a different story!!!

      Congrats – rest up!

    • Congrats!!! Keep posting here, the time for me between my + tests and telling people was pure torture, but keeping quiet was the right decision for us.

      I’m 6 months pregnant with a baby boy and had a miscarriage 3 weeks before I became pregnant again. The same symptoms of my miscarriage also occurred in this healthy pregnancy – I pretty much held my breath until we heard the heartbeat. Find a good reassuring doctor who can run tests if you have reason for concern. That was really helpful for me.

      Oh, and stay off the baby forums. Best of luck to you! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks and good luck to -you-! Out of curiosity, why stay off the baby forums?

        • There are two kinds of commenters on baby fora: alarmists and bitches. (There might be others, but they are usually drowned out by the alarmists and bitches.) And it’s like there’s a contest to see who can come up with the worst horror story that bears some similarity to your situation, and who can be the most catty and judgmental about your every choice. Breastfeeding? Co-sleeping? Naming your child after a relative? They have opinions on it all, and you will always be wrong, and probably “tacky”.

          • jim_ed

            Don’t forget the morons and low-class sobbers. The morons dish out psuedoscientific hokum about vaccines, natural births, medicine to everyone, regardless of post. “Oh, you want to name your daugher Marie? Well you must not be familiar with Marie Curie who was a scientist, and we all no science is worse than Hitler, you monster! Little Willow and Dumpling have never gotten sick, and also have never worn shoes or ever sat down.”

            The low-class sobbers use the forums to vent about how terrible and depressing life is in flyover country. “I was waiting in the visiting line at the medium security prison to visit Kaydlyyn Reagan FreedomTrigger’s father, Ronnie Lee, when it turned out 27 other pregnant women were also there to visit him! He told me all those late night trips were just to sell meth to high schoolers, but it turns out he was selling them meth AND getting the knocked up!”
            Regardless of the type you run into, they’re all terrible and should be avoided. Unless you read them to mock people, like my wife and I did when she was pregnant.

          • Out of curiosity, are there any online resources you all -would- recommend, maybe some that are DC-oriented? I know about the DC Moms listserv, but it seems to be for parents of actual children :). And the DC parenting books seem to assume that you live in Upper Northwest, Bethesda, or McLean. Not exactly my part of town.

          • DCUrbanMoms does have an “expecting” section, but that’s where the aforementioned alarmists and bitches hang out.
            Honestly, I would recommend that you make your own forum, composed of real people, in real life. The internet makes people say things that wouldn’t, and shouldn’t, be said to actual pregnant women. Or anyone.
            Check out Meetup for groups of expectant parents who might gather at a coffee shop or something. There used to be a group that met weekly in my neighborhood, but these things come and go and I haven’t seen them in over a year.
            Also, the Breastfeeding Center on K street has weekly meetings for new mothers, but I don’t know if they have get-togethers for pregnant ladies. It’s worth a call to find out. I know several people who have found a valuable community through their new mothers groups.

          • Super suggestions, wdc. Thanks!

        • Well, that sounds pretty horrible. Thanks for the warning!

  • I made bourbon ice cream to bring to a dinner party tonight. I cannot wait to put some mint in there and have myself an ice cream julep.

  • Rave: Verizon agreeing to replace my phone!

    Rant: Not having a phone on the Metro this morning. Having nothing to do but make eye contact with folks I finally decided to pull out my wallet and make faux Facebook updates.

    Rave: People wondering who I was and what I had done to get the beta Tommy Hilfiger iPhone6.

  • Rave: I lied, I can’t stop talking about ice cream. I made brown butter ice cream and mixed in homemade almond brittle. I think it’s the best thing I’ve ever made.
    Rant: my love of baking/ice cream making is tanking my weight loss plans. Oh well, at least I’m in good shape and continue to get stronger.
    Rave: This Friday is my summer flex day off Friday.
    Rave: I had a bathroom door epiphany last night. My bathroom is small and the door swinging in goes almost all the way to the toilet. I kept thinking about bifold doors, but I hate the track and if I used that I would have to drill into my hardwoods for the bottom anchor, I looked at trackless, but I don’t have room for them to fold all the way flat against the wall. So, I thought why not replicate my closet doors- two doors that meet in the middle. I can put the clicky/stay closed things at the top, add a latch if I really feel like it, and the only alteration to the jamb is adding hinges on one side, which can easily be changed later. I’m so happy I had a good idea for this! I thought I was doomed to staying cramped or getting an accordion door (ick!).
    Rave: Spin class! I really like Ride DC and fully endorse it if anyone is looking for a spin studio.

    • Brown butter ice cream sounds like the most delicious thing in the world! Mmmmm brown butter makes everything taste amazing.

    • can you put a barn style door that rolls on a track at the top?

      • I have thought about that. I would need to move the light switches from outside the bathroom (kind of weird, I know) to inside the bathroom, which would be a win, but also a bit pricey. However, if I use a barn door with my super deep jambs it means there would be about 7 inches of wood floor now “in” the bathroom. I would also have to remove 2/3 of the molding and I’m not sure how many alterations I want to make because a bathroom barn door might be tough for resale. In my research I’ve found the closures for barn doors aren’t that great. That’s not a problem for me, but if I’m having a party it would be an issue.
        I definitely like the idea of a barn door and I have the wall space for it, but I’m just not sure it’s the solution for me.

        • The electrical might be outside of the bathroom because it would be too close in proximity if it were inside the bathroom. I’ve seen that in other houses! Let us know how it turns out…sounds awesome!

    • SFT

      Which icecream maker do you have? I’ve had several over the years, but everytime I move I tend to get rid of things and the icecream maker has been first to go. I’ve been looking at some that don’t require ice or rock salt and it looks pretty hassle free. Thoughts?

      • I have the KitchenAid mixer attachment and I really like it. I’ve heard good things about the stand alone Cuisinart models, in fact, I think other PoPvillers have commented that they have that type and like them.

      • I have the Donvier hand cranked ice cream maker – I debated between this and the (electric) Cusinart. Some reviewers said they’d had their Donvier for 10- 20 years. The hand cranking is really simple – three turns every few minutes for 10-15 mins.
        Both this and the Cusinart would be good choices.

      • I have the cuisinart and it’s awesome. I bought it on a great deal at Williams Sonoma – came with two freezer bowl attachments, so one can always stay in the freezer.

        It’s a great little machine and works well. If you have a mixer, that can work too, but we dont. So cuisinart it is!

        • All this talk of ice cream making…. I thought about buying an ice cream maker the other day, then dismissed it from my head, don’t really NEED an ice cream maker or have the space for one. Oh, but it would be fun. Decisions, decisions….

          • yes, you need one.
            when we had time, I’d make a few quarts and invite people over for an ice cream party. It was great.

          • And you need Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams at Home. Her recipes are incredible.

          • ok, you guys talked me into it. Ice cream maker purchased! Jeslett, Jeni’s was the cookbook i was looking at that sparked this entire idea – good call!

      • saf

        I have one with a self-contained freezer. Takes a bit of storage space, but doesn’t crowd the freezer. It’s an older model of this one: http://www.amazon.com/Lello-4070-Gelato-Junior/dp/B00009365G

        Here is a good review of ice cream makers: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/category/ice-cream-making-faqs/

    • I have the same problem – when I renovated my bathroom I was really hoping to put in a pocket door but with plumbing and electric there wasn’t space.
      Can you change the orientation so the door opens out? That’s what one of my neighbors did.

      • A pocket door would be amazing, but I have the same issue with plumbing in the way. Swinging out is not a bad idea. It would also be a solution that puts 7-8″ of wood floor “in the bathroom, but would be easy to change back if I end up not liking it.

    • Emmaleigh504

      My parent’s bathroom used to have doors like that. The doors themselves sucked (levoured, who puts those on a bathroom door?!), but the meeting in the middle was perfect for a tight space. They finally replaced them with a regular door that they had cut down the middle (they wanted the door style to match the other doors, so they didn’t just get closet type doors). Good luck!
      Quotia Zelda, I hope you are reading all these ice cream ideas!

      • Oh my goodness, I am so happy to know this is not some totally hair brained wacko idea. But yeah, who puts louvered doors on a bathroom? Maybe I’ll use my Friday off go buy tiny doors or one solid core door and get it cut down the middle!

      • I have the levered door on the bathroom in my house nowโ€ฆwhich I agree is totally weird. I so so badly wanted to do pocket doorsโ€ฆbut the electrical and stuff was in the way. I’m hoping to do the barn door style on rollers up top. Trying to save up the money for bathroom redo.

        Question for PoPville: how do people typically pay for home reno projects? I don’t really have a whole lot of equity in my houseโ€ฆbeen here for only a year. Do most people save up cash or take out loans?

        • I’d saved money for my renovations although I also had a line of credit at the bank. I put things on my credit card when I could but then paid off the credit card balance each month.

      • Aren’t louvered bathroom doors somewhat common in New Orleans? I’ve been in a few homes where they had these doors for the bathroom.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Not that I ever noticed. I only saw them at my house and they weren’t original to the house. Maybe they were a million years ago, but as people got money they changed them, much like they get money and move out of the shotgun or convert the double to a single.

  • Rant: My solarizing is not working. I have been doing it for about a month now and I am starting to notice little weeds starting to show under the plastic. What am I doing wrong? So annoyed and pissed off.

    • Do you have mulch over the plastic? If you don’t, there will be some light penetrating the plastic, and that can contribute to weeds.

      • Even _with_ mulch, you’ll get some tenacious weeds that poke through… but mulch makes a BIG difference in blocking the light.

        • I think it is good these weeds are coming up. They’ll be killed by the heat. I wouldn’t recommend putting down mulch – it will prevent the light – and heat – from getting to the top layers of soil.

          • Hmm, I guess I don’t understand the “solarization” thing very well. I thought from the name that the light/heat was supposed to kill the weeds… but when I had mulch-free circles over weed-blocking fabric and bare dirt (the circles were for where I was going to plant shrubs), the weeds thrived wherever they could get light. Granted, I wasn’t purposely trying to solarize…

          • I believe weed blocking fabric is permeable so it wouldn’t hold heat like plastic does. And our “tenacious” weeds – how we both described them ๐Ÿ™‚ – can sometimes push through the fabric.

          • Ahh, OK. I didn’t realize that the “solarization” process involved regular plastic, rather than permeable weed-blocking fabric. Now I understand.
            For a while I had a nasty vine growing under my back deck (and up through the gaps between the planks). I tried to pull it up/out with a metal coat hanger, which helped me get rid of a lot of it, but I couldn’t reach the base until I was able to open up the back fence. I called it the Tenacious Vine. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • I just have bricks holding the plastic down am I supposed to have the whole thing locked down? The bricks are about 4 feet apart with nothing between them.

          • Kam having all edges locked down is desirable – if there is room for air flow, the heat won’t build up the way it needs to for solarization.
            What I’ve done is to dig a small trench at the edges, put the edge of the plastic in the trench and then backfill. And the recommended way is to do one side, go to the opposite side and pull the plastic taunt (without pulling it out of the trench) before putting the edges of the second side in the trench and backfilling. Same procedure with the remaining two sides.

          • textdoc very smart to use a metal hanger as a vine pulling implement!

      • No, I do not have mulch over the plastic.

    • Some weeds are really tenacious – I have a tree of heaven/stinky sumac growing in a closed bag of sand. Are the weeds close to the edge of the plastic?
      Solarization will work. Give it a few more weeks

      • justinbc

        Tree of heaven might be the most inappropriately named plant I’ve ever encountered. Mfers.

        • +1. Tree of heaven has got to be one of the nastiest weeds out there. And I don’t know if it’s the leaves or stems or what, but every time I’ve used my loppers to cut one down (like in the alley behind neighbors’ houses), it smells like rancid peanut butter. Blech!

          • justinbc

            Last year when we put an offer in on our place there were none visible in the yard. By the time we had closed there was a 10 foot tall one growing through a rose bush. They’re absurd.

      • No, they are under the plastic. Do you think all of the rain we had affected it?

  • Rave: My friend from Israel is staying with me
    Rant: It’s because she had a falling-out with her brother whose house she was staying at
    Rant: I’m about to take my fifth Praxis 2 test, because I have all the ones necessary to be licensed in VA and DC, but MD is the state where I’ll be working, and they require a different one
    Rave: I tend to do pretty well on standardized tests
    Rant: The industry is a f’ing racket – another $139 that I don’t really have/care to spend right now

    • I just saw on my AP alerts that Delta is canceling all flights to Israel indefinitely. Hope your friend and her brother are holding up ok.

  • thatnewplaceon14th


    I bought one of those lamps that automatically turn on in the morning to make you up, and holy Jesus, what a difference. I actually woke up feeling great. No need for my alarm clock.

    It was just this one morning though. Hope it continues to work…

    • thatnewplaceon14th

      *wake you up

    • Which brand/model? I always wake up feeling exhausted, and would be very interested in waking up feeling great.

      • thatnewplaceon14th

        I was considering buying the Philips Wake Up Light (http://www.amazon.com/Philips-HF3500-60-Wake-Up-Light/dp/B00F0W1RIW/) as I’ve heard excellent things about it.

        Not knowing if a light would wake me up, I bought a timer that turns on my lamp at the time I wanna wake up. I bought this timer (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0026PZQHY/) for $12 with shipping to try out the “wake up with light” method. Worked great for me! I might buy the Philips Wake Up Light now, but this method is so much cheaper, and seems to get the job done.

        Best of luck!

        • I have a similar version of the wake-up light. These days it doesn’t do much for me because the sun rises around the time I would normally get up, and in the winter I think I had it too far from my bed to be effective. I’ll have to wait until the days get shorter to determine if it really works.
          My problem is that the light initially wakes me up, but unless I leap out of bed right away my body gets used to it and I fall back asleep.

          • thatnewplaceon14th

            Yep. If I don’t get up right away, I probably won’t get up.

            On a related note, I used to use an app on my phone that would wake me up during my “light sleep cycles”. App was called Sleep as Android, I believe. Worked great… but if I don’t get up right away, it gets harder and harder to wake up.

            I’m hoping the light will work better cause my eyes are very sensitive to light changes.

      • skj84

        Ohh, what is the brand? I had a sleep machine from Sharper Image that I loved. It had an ambient noise feature, aromatherapy and also the light up feature. It just stopped working one day and it looks like Sharper Image discontinued selling it.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Wow that sounds like a great machine! Too bad they quit selling it, I would love to get one! I need ambient noise, and aromatherapy would be fabulous.

  • Rant: Had no lemons to make BLTs yesterday.

    Rave: Tried lime instead and it was just as good. Now I need to buy lemons and limes. I might try them with a mix of both juices next.

    Rant: Probably drinking too much bourbon.

    Rave: With all of the fresh citrus I’m consuming, there’s no way I’ll ever get scurvy! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: In a foul humor and have nothing nice to say.
    Rave: My momma taught me not to say anything when I have nothing nice to say, and sometimes I do what she says.

    • “If you don;t have anything nice to say….sit next to me!”
      –Alice Roosevelt Longworth

    • Emilie504, I don’t know if this will make you feel any better, but do you watch “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries” on WETA/WETA UK? It’s about a “lady detective” in 1920s Melbourne. Not only does she have lots of moxie, she has fantastic hats. I was thinking that you, as a hat aficionado, might like them.

      • Emmaleigh504

        ๐Ÿ™‚ I love her! I want to be Miss Fisher when I grow up!

      • Farragut

        You should try out the books by Kerry Greenwood (first is “Cocaine Blues”). There are like 20+ of ’em. Also, the TV show apparently white-washes the cast a bit–in the books, she eventually gets a Chinese lover, but the showrunners took that out.

        • She’s got a Chinese lover in a couple of the episodes I’ve seen, but I don’t think they’re together very long — maybe two episodes.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I’ve already added the books to my reading list. I have to get through some Swedish crime novels first. And she did have a Chinese lover, my favorite part of the show so far is when Jack and Linn keep passing each other at her house at odd hours.

          • Farragut

            I looked up where I saw the comment about Lin. It looks like in the books he’s the main love interest for the rest of the TV series (even if not in every book), not just a couple episodes, and Jack is an older married man who’s only friends with her. *shrugs*

          • Farragut

            Wow, that came out badly. Trying again!
            I looked up where I saw the comment about Lin. It looks like in the books heโ€™s the main love interest for the rest of the book series (even if not in every book), not just a couple episodes like in the TV show, and Jack is an older married man whoโ€™s only friends with her. *shrugs*

          • Emmaleigh504

            Sounds pretty similar except Lin doens’t stick around. And Jack seems to be the same age, but he looks way younger. Who knows. I like that in the show she sleeps with lots of men from diff backgrounds (that hussy!) instead of just one long term guy. And the sexual tension with Jack is fun, even if they never hook up.
            On the other hand, I was shocked and dismayed that Hugh accidentally killed Sammy before he ever got a chance to fulfill his dancing dreams. ๐Ÿ™ But then again, Dottie gets some moxie and joins the resistance when Australia gets invaded by the bad guys.

          • I love the sexual/romantic tension between her and Jack. ๐Ÿ™‚
            Somehow I had originally thought that Jack was single, but it came out in one episode I saw recently that he’s married, but estranged from his wife. I think maybe she wouldn’t grant him a divorce — not sure if it was because of the scandal of divorce in the 1920s, or if she was Catholic, or what.

          • I think I read on Wikipedia that in the books she’s 28 or something, whereas in the TV show she’s around 40.

          • Emmaleigh504

            And Jack looks 28!
            He gets the divorce, but is too goody-two shoes to just hook up or soemthing. And she doesn’t want to marry, so just tension all the time. For now anyway ๐Ÿ™‚

          • I think she and Jack look about the same age.
            Hugh, on the other hand, looks about 17. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rant: Worried about report I am working on at work. Usually, I can whip up a draft with little problem but his one has some stuff in it that doesn’t make any sense to me. Giving me fits.
    Rave: Going to see therapist today about ugly intrusive thoughts. I wrote about them in my journal maybe he can help me deal with them.
    Rave: Vacation next week to see the fam!

  • Rant: Still have the VOLT gift card that we can’t use. It’s the wedding gift that I keep almost losing every time we move.

    If anyone is interested in $300 worth of food at VOLT in Federick for less than $300, let me know.

    Rant/rave: my 95 year old Bubbie is in the hospital and won’t really wake up and I hope, for her sake, this is the end. She is miserable – parkinsons, strokes. She just wants it to be over – she was always a very stylish women and the last few years having to rely on everyone to do everything for her have made her even more miserable, I think, than just being sick. I’m sad she’s in this state, but I’m “glad” (any other word I can use?) that she might be close to a painless end.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m so sorry. My grandmother was always very stylish and when she got cancer and finally had to be hospitalized she always had the nurse give her lipstick and a comb before seeing my grandfather. I hope when she was too sick to do it herself they did it for her.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I’m so sorry about your nanna. As for the Volt gift certificate, have you asked if you can use it at his other restaurant(s) in Chevy Chase Pavillion? I think it is called Range, and he just opened a bistro within the restaurant.

      • yes, we’ve asked…and no, oddly enough you can’t (we might actually do that if we could). So we’re stuck with it because, logistically, a trip to Frederick isn’t possible.

        • Can’t you just sell it on Craigslist? I’m guessing you could get at least $250 for it, and I’m sure there’s someone in DC who could use it.

  • Rant: It is time to find a new job. I will probably be laid off at the end of the fiscal year anyway, but even if not, I need to get out of here. Trying to balance my hatred of the current situation – can’t let it show – with the need to harness it to get the job hunt revved up.

  • skj84

    Rave: last minute temp job! If it works out I work for the company for a month.

    Rant: as glad I am about the temp gig I do wish I could’ve started it next week rather than today. I’m not on normal people sleep schedule and I had to shuffle my week around.

    Rave: Potential Skype interview with a company I really want to work for on Thursday. I’m waiting on confirmation.

    Rant: It’s at the same time I’m working temp gig. I’m going to ask if I can take my lunch late or something. I really want this other job.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: My foul humor is lifting.
    Rant: Donna is still in the dog house for waking me up at 4:30 again (no sleep makes me cranky).
    Rave: I think she’s waking me up b/c she’s hungry, b/c she’s on a diet. I’ve been slowing decreasing her food and I think the last decrease was just too much. She’ll get some more food tonight and hopefully I can sleep at least until the sun comes up!

  • I can take the Metro to Tyson’s the day after payday and when I’m sick of all my summer clothes? Don’t mind if I do! Please don’t let WMATA eff this up. And please don’t let Tyson’s get all grotty like Pentagon City.

    • I don’t know what you mean by grotty, exactly, but I was at Tyson’s in the winter at it had similar crowd (fewer tourists, but equally trashy). I think even the fanciest mall is going to mainly attract those types. Classier folks usually avoid mall shopping.

    • What’s grotty about Pentagon City? I’ve never noticed it being unclean, or poorly stocked… Just a regular mall.

      • They’re probably thinking of the rowdy teenagers, thugged-out dudes, and rude tourists that make the place unbearable. The staff does a decent job cleaning up after them, but all the noise and antics make the mall seem sleazy somehow.

        • So… just a mall then. That’s what malls have always been like, everywhere. Rowdy teens and bumpkin tourists and whatnot. Some of my happiest teen moments were being rowdy at the mall.
          I think this is a race complaint. Too many black people for your comfort.

          • Really? Have to been to Tyson’s? It ain’t exactly lilly white out there either.

          • “Really? Have to been to Tysonโ€™s? It ainโ€™t exactly lilly white out there either.”

            Tysons is incredibly diverse, but the diversity comes mainly from a large number of Indians, Asians, and people from the Middle East. For whatever that is worth.
            There is a tendency for people to believe that once someplace becomes accessible by public transportation, it will go downhill. For example, the long running opposition to a metro stop in Georgetown. I think there is definitely a racial component to that belief.

          • Yep, that’s why I said “I think even the fanciest mall is going to mainly attract those types. Classier folks usually avoid mall shopping.” All malls, at least in the DC area are like this. I’ve also found the malls, whether they’re metro accessible or not, to be much more diverse than anyplace else in the DC area.

          • Just to set the record straight, it’s a myth that Georgetown didn’t want a metro bc they wanted to keep the riff raff out. It was all about geology and the difficulty of building a tunnel there.

      • Hordes of tourist teenagers, all the nicer places gone for cheap, tacky teenage stores, the WORST Macy’s in America, …

        • Yep, exactly. Not that the other malls in the area are much better (Fair Oaks is the nicest I’ve been to, but even that one isn’t great). They cater more towards materialistic low-income minorities, so the merchandise tends towards cheap flashy things.

          • jim_ed

            Not only is this casually racist, it also shows a lack of mall experience in the metro. There is no way anyone could say with a straight face that Pentagon City is the worst mall in the area if they’ve ever been to Landmark, Springfield, or Iverson Mall. Step your mall game up.

          • I think they’re all bad in different ways. Springfield is more minorities, Pentagon City is tacky and overcrowded, and Landmark is just desolate and depressing. Tysons is a version of Pentagon City for people who think they’re too good for Pentagon City.

          • I don’t think it’s particularly racist. If you’re materialistic and low-income you’re pretty much stuck buying cheap flashy things.

          • puke at this comment.

          • Anon at 3:04 “I think they’re all bad in different ways. Springfield is more minorities”…wth.

          • I mean Springfield can feel a bit unwelcoming if you don’t speak Spanish. Yeah, that came out wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Also, not sure if this is still the case, but at one time there were a lot of women getting attacked in the Springfield mall parking lots. That would make it a “bad” mall for me.

          • Ditto to what Jim_Ed said about Pentagon City Mall. Prince George’s Plaza (now renamed “The Mall at Prince George’s”) was somewhat dubious last time I went there, despite having some reasonably nice stores. And the mall in Greenbelt along 193 (maybe Greenbelt Plaza? I forget if it has a name) — well, you KNOW you’ve got a trashy mall if the addition of a Target makes it a substantially classier place.
            Incidentally, that Target is the only one I’ve ever been to where there are signs in the dressing rooms saying something like “Attention! This is not a bathroom or diaper-changing area!”

        • epric002

          nope, sorry. the macy’s at ballston is the worst in america ๐Ÿ˜›

          • Ha! That’s what I thought immediately ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Come on everyone. Can’t we agree that EVERY Macy’s is the worst Macy’s? I think what truly sets them apart as a store is that each time you enter a Macy’s, any Macy’s, you immediately think, “Why did I come here? This is the WORST Macy’s!”

          • +1
            Went there on my lunch break today in search of shoes for a wedding I’m going to later this summer. Hardly any selection at all, it was so sad.

          • Haha, I needed basic tan wedges for my sister’s wedding a few years ago and had to get an absolutely hideous pair with 4-inch plaforms because it was the only thing they had (though to be fair I had already tried DSW and Payless and they didn’t have them either).

          • HA, the Macy’s in West Hyattsville has to be the all-time worst!

        • Maybe the dressing rooms in the Target in Columbia Height need such a sign (this isn’t a bathroom or diaper changing room). Twice I’ve gone into a dressing room and found a used diaper – ugh!

          • Should’ve know this wouldn’t show up where I intended. This is in response to textdoc @4:53

          • Ugh! Sorry to hear that the Target in Columbia Heights apparently suffers from that same problem.

  • Rant: hungry.
    Rave: power to satisfy my hunger.
    Rant: motivation to get up to do so is lacking.

  • Rave: My dad had a heart catheterization yesterday and the results indicated that there’s no problem with his heart!
    Rant: We still don’t know why he passed out a few weeks ago – but more tests are in the works.
    Rave: New schedule has been great so far
    Rant: I don’t get to check out Popville quite as much.
    Rave: Fun week coming up: friend visiting Wednesday/Thursday, trip out of town this coming weekend with great company ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rant: I might have to tone down my social calendar in the coming months for the new gig.
    Rave: I’m on board with that (at least in theory)!

    • So sorry about your dad. I passed out a few months ago and was having unexplained dizzy spells/vision problems. The tests are so frustrating but once they figure it out, it feels good to know what it is and to have a plan of action. I hope they figure it out for your dad soon!!

      • Do you mind sharing what it was (in the off chance that it could be the same thing for him)?

        It’s sort of insane to me that he’s literally never had his lungs checked when he’s been short of breath for years. They kept blaming it on the fact that he has an artificial aortic valve…but with the test yesterday it confirms that it has nothing to do with his heart. Thanks!

        • My mom was recently diagnosed with COPD, and they originally thought it was a heart issue as well. She was short of breath for years too, and it seemed to be getting worse, so my dad made her get it checked out. She has had asthma for awhile and apparently it turned into COPD (even though COPD is most common with smokers and she has never smoked). Good news is she’s on a new med for it and it’s helping.

        • Of course. I know how frustrating it can be so anything I can do to help!
          I have idiopathic intracranial hypertension (more commonly called pseudotumor cerebri). It’s basically an overproduction of cerebrospinal fluid causing too much pressure around the brain. I will say that it took 3 GPs (who all insisted that I just have really low blood pressure), an endrocrinologist, a neurologist, an MRI, EEG, and finally a neuro-opthalmologist and spinal tap to figure out what it was. I think it’s more common in women of child bearing age, but it can’t hurt to bring it up with the doctor if any of the symptoms sound familiar.

  • Becks

    Rave: Screen on the Green last night was wonderful! Can’t wait until next Monday!
    Rave: Friday night is the next showing at Hong Kong Film Festival. I really am enjoying all of the free movies!
    Rave: Slept in and I feel great!
    Rant: Not a one! Which I guess is a rave!

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