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: Work trip Mon-Fri next week.
    Revel: It’s on the other side of the country (though not far enough to be somewhere awesome) so the United miles are pretty hefty.
    Super Revel: I totally missed in my budget planning that this is a pay period I don’t have to set aside mortgage money. That totally just paid for…
    MICKEY Revel: …the improptu trip to Disney I planned for my birthday weekend! I have family that’s already going to be down there, so I decided to tag along. We’re going to the Disney Halloween party with my almost-four-year-old niece and it’s going to be AWESOME.

  • Revel: Rose’s Luxury last night. As advertised. Not sure I could pick a favorite dish – we have all but one of the small plates – but gun to my head, the foie gras french toast is pretty special. And it’s very reasonable for the food quality.
    Rant: Slight headache this morning, which made me ditch my morning run. Worth it, though. Will make it up tomorrow.
    Revel: James Kerns is one of the truly nice guys out there. It’s heartening when good things happen to good people.

  • Rave: Beautiful morning for a walk with the dog!
    Rave: my neighbor took in a stray and is asking around the neighborhood if anyone recognizes the dog. A photo is posted in the forum here: http://www.popville.com/forums/topic/found-dog-at-1st-and-longfellow-nw/. forgive the user error technical difficulties in the first upload attempt!

  • rave: fios was installed yesterday with only a few hiccups! and the actual connection is great (so far). I’m still glad I went with fios instead of comcast.
    Rave: plumber coming to fix my shower dial, which wouldn’t go past halfway on the dial leaving me with lukewarm showers
    rave: coworker’s birthday today so gtown cupcakes at work and happy hour for after! being in a small office is great for these kinds of things.I feel like I’m actually a semi-social person now.

  • Rave: Beautiful fall weather
    Rave: Friday
    Revel: Our Kickstarter to fund a Little Free Library in Columbia Heights is more than half way funded and we’ve still got three weeks to go. I love that the community is coming together to support the idea. I think it’s gonna happen!
    Rant: Nothing!

  • Rant: can’t seem to finish this cover letter for a job I really want and have an “in” for. I feel underqualified and I think it’s paralyzing me.

    • skj84

      Don’t overthink it. I know it can be overwhelming applying for a dream job. Focus on your strengths and what you can bring to the table. Try not to dwell on what you can’t do, but what you do best.

    • Go for it. I always find it nerve wracking, but my sister is great at this stuff and claims that employers always expect a lot of on the job training, not necessarily complete preparedness in all areas.

    • As someone who spends a lot of time reading cover letters screening for my organization, don’t sweat it. In my experience, the small details won’t make a big difference. If you’re a good fit, no one’s going to be dissecting your cover letter. Just make sure it hits the main points and doesn’t have grammatical errors.

      • The crazy thing is that I actually teach people to write cover letters and resumes for a living, so I know it’s not a lack of technical ability. I think it’s definitely part of a larger tendency to be of overly critical of myself when I’m not perfect.

        • The important thing, as I”m sure you already know, is to just get it written — then you can tweak it. Would it help to pretend that you’re writing it for someone else? To outline your points first? To dictate it and have a friend type it out for you? In any case — Good luck! Fear is not “crazy” — use it not to block you from finishing the letter , but to remind you to check for typos!

  • Rave: Brother is getting engaged today!!!
    Rant (1): I won’t be there to celebrate with the fam (once again! Every time a brother gets engaged its while I’m traveling to another wedding).
    Rant/Rave: Just met the soon-to-be fiancee for the first time this week. She seems really sweet. They’ve only been dating a short time but they seem in love and great together.
    Rave: Reunion with husband tonight! And we’re “glamping” (it may be a cold night though! We’ll have to find a way to keep warm ๐Ÿ˜‰ ).

  • Accountering

    Rant Section —
    Rant: To avoid an accident yesterday, went to the right and tire drilled a curb. Flat tire.
    Rant2: Whoever owned my car before me did something with the tire wrench, so after taking out the spare and the jack, couldn’t change it. Had to put my tail between my legs, and call Geico Roadside Assistance to come and help.
    Rant3: Custom Towing took 2 hours to shop up, and 3 minutes to change the tire.
    Rave Section —
    Rave: Promotion finally approved on Monday. I am now an Assistant Controller, instead of Senior Accountant!
    Rave2: Friday, and the weekend/Snallygaster!
    Rave3: Having hot coffee today instead of iced coffee that I have been having all summer. Starting to feel like fall!
    Rave4: Friends, family, and girlfriend, in no particular order. Life is good!

    • skj84

      Congrats on the promotion!

    • Congrats!
      Don’t feel bad about the tire. I got a flat hours after the Derecho, moving out of the way for a firetruck and inadvertently onto a construction screw and I waited 1.5 hours for a tow when it turns out I was 4 blocks from Mac’s 24 hour tire store. I didn’t even know 24 hour tire shops existed, so I didn’t even google it. The tow truck driver was definitely laughing at me. But, now I swear by Mac’s.
      Btw, Firefox suggests I correct Derecho to Chowder. Thanks for the laugh Firefox!

      • Accountering

        I got a flat on H St before, and made it to the gas station at 5th and Fl NE. Was putting air in it, and hearing it come right back out, and a guy on a bike pointed out Macs.
        Shameless Rave: Macs Tire Repair at 4th and Florida Ave NE. If you EVER need tire repair, this is the spot. They are open 24 hours, will get you in and out pretty quickly, and charged me something like $18 to plug a nail hole. Just put this in the back of your mind, and you can thank me later ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Mac’s is the best! I got a flat on the way to a camping trip in Assateague over 4th of July once and they totally saved my trip.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Great Raves! Congratulations on the promotion!

    • Congrats on the promotion! Great news – Controllers make the big bucks (well at least in my office they do)!

      • Accountering

        Hehe, pretty small company, mostly just a title change, though I am now directly supervising 3 people. Certainly not making the big bucks haha. But this is definitely a great stop towards at some point making the big bucks! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • skj84

    Rant: Was passed over for a job prospect I really wanted. I knew it was an extreme longshot, but I went for it anyway. However I knew someone at the company and she was lovely enough to email me personally to let me know. And offer to chat sometime on job searching.

    Rave: Rooftop happy hour tonight! The weather looks awesome and I’m going to bust out a new dress i’ve been dying to wear.

    Rant: Superficial, but I broke the strap on one of the shoes I wanted to wear with the dress. They were the most comfortable heels I own, so now I need to shop my closet for tall shoes that will go with the dress.

  • Rave – Beautiful morning! Seriously the clouds were beautiful today. And it’s Friday!
    Rant – Bus driver gave me card saying he thought I was pretty and appreciated how nicely dressed I was. I’m not sure if I should feel flattered or creeped out. I guess it’s better than being catcalled on the street… but I feel weird/embarrassed about it. Now it’s going to be awkward when I get on this bus to go home. And I get on at the first stop so it’s always the same bus driver.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Like a Hallmark card?

    • skj84

      Wow, that is really inappropriate of the bus driver.

    • What bus line? There used to be this old, white guy with a southern accent who drove the H1 . He would say really creepy, inappropriate comments about my clothes and wanted to know where I worked so he could come “talk me up.” about 1 year ago. Then one day he was gone. I always wondered if he tried his “charms” on someone else and they turned him in.

      • Yikes! This driver is not an old white guy. It’s the 31. I’ve never had any other interaction with this driver other than saying “hello” when I get on the bus, which I do every time I get on any bus.

    • It’s sounds more like what someone with a developmental disability would do than a creeper.

      • +1
        That said, I empathize with the OP feeling uncomfortable. No one should feel like they need to change their commute.
        I’d say that so long as he doesn’t make rude remarks or harasses the OP, she should chalk it up to just having an admirer. If he persists or somehow intrudes into the OP’s space/life in an aggressive manner, then I would report him.
        Would she feel uncomfortable if he simply asked her out on a date, face to face?

    • Becks

      It is awkward, but sweet. If it was a real card, he was trying not to be creepy.

      • It doesn’t matter if somebody is trying to be creepy or not. It’s completely inappropriate.

        • Actually, intent matters a great deal.

        • I have an “admirer” on my bus route who isn’t necessarily creepy but has acted creepily towards me. I don’t see him all the time but it unnerves me that he knows my approximate schedule and roughly where I live. I think it was totally inappropriate and unprofessional. He’s lucky that Pixie is handling it well.

          • I dunno. Imagine the other side of this. If someone wrote to PoPville saying that on a daily basis, while doing his job, he’s noticed an attractive lady that he’d like to approach in a non-creepy way — what advice would you/we give him? Based on reading lots of post here, I’d imagine that most of us would say that he should in some way make his positive feelings known. What would you suggest?

      • At this point, I’m in the “awkward but sweet” camp. Most of us meet people on the job that we might be interested in, and sometimes agonize over a proper way to express the interest. The guy probably decided — correctly — that a verbal come on would be inappropriate. So he chose something that could easily be ignored — so that you could say “Thank you for the nice card” and never bring it up again, or show a bit more enthusiasm and interest — if indeed, you were interested. It’s also good that it’s a Friday, so you have a weekend before you see him again. If you’re not interested, Monday will be awkward, but just saying “good morning” or whatever you usually do will likely maintain the current status quo.

      • I’m in the “awkward but sweet ” camp. I think that he wisely decided that a verbal approach would, indeed, be creepy and inappropriate — so he went for something that you could easily ignore. You could just say “Thanks” for the card, and pursue it if you were interested, and just ignore it if you’re not. With the weekend, you won’t see him for a couple of days. On Monday, just say “Good Morning”, or whatever you usually do, and keep walking.

        • I’m with Blithe on this. I can understand that you were perturbed by his actions, but I don’t think he meant any harm. “Good morning” and carry on ๐Ÿ˜‰

        • Thanks Blithe, that is what I thinking. He hasn’t done or said anything offensive to me so I don’t really want to report him or change up my whole evening commute just to avoid him. But I don’t want anymore cards from him either. I’m thinking of just ignoring it and doing with my usual “hello” when I get on the bus like nothing happened.

          • I missed that you’ll be taking the bus again this evening. I’d still say the same thing though — it will likely just feel a bit more awkward. I guess the tone I”d take for a bit is to be conspicuously polite — obviously not any more familiar than you usually would be. I’d probably imagine that it was the 1950’s, and that I was wearing gloves and a hat to pull this off! Hope that things go smoothly for you!

  • Rave: working on the patio at Qualia. Wow, it’s nice out.
    Rave: got my brewing stuff last night and I saw pumpkins in the window at Safeway this morning. Great timing!
    Rave: I joined Toastmasters a few months ago and I really like it. I helped out with a contest last night and it was really fun.
    Rave: Snallygaster tomorrow. Get the Plombe app if you’re going. Going Out Guide has a good article about its usefulness. I think I’m going to go pick up my mug tonight.
    Rants: not a lot, just trying to squeeze in necessary stuff between the fun stuff this weekend.

    • I just Googled Toastmasters, is it really just a fun public speaking club? Because that’s a skill I really need to improve.

      • It is mostly a fun public speaking club, but there are of course responsibilities. Though, those can also be fun. To earn your Competent Communicator you need to finish 10 speeches from the manual and to become a Competent Leader you need to finish 10 “projects” from that manual. You don’t need to do these on any real time frame, but the club maintains its standing by having good attendance and its members making progress.
        My club is at my office, which actually isn’t the best way to do it, but we’re kind of far from other clubs, so it works. Since May I’ve already finished 1 speech and 2 competent leader projects without a great amount of effort. I’m actually more excited about it than I thought, though for reference I am a bit of joiner when it comes to these things. You can be a guest at a meeting without any commitment.

        • Formerly Broken Jaw

          We have a Toastmaster club at my office. Didn’t know you could sit in as a guest.

          • If you know anyone who’s in it, ask them to direct you to the VP of Membership. They can fill you in further. Also, one of the parts of a Competent Leader projects is to bring a guest, so people might be clamoring to bring you!

    • Which toastmasters are you attending? This is something I’ve wanted to do
      Last time I looked there was one that met at Petworth library on Saturdays at a not great time

    • palisades

      Just a heads up that it’s spelled “Pombe”. Thanks for turning me on to this though! I’m really looking forward to snallygaster

  • Rave: Date went well on wednesday! Potential 3rd date this weekend wohoo
    Rave: DC Brau Solidarity Session IPA – delicious (on tap at big hunt) might be my new favorite beer along side Bells Amber Ale.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Comparing sleep patterns on my activity tracker thingy (Shine) shows that I’m not getting any better or more sleep with the new pillow. It’s depressing to see just exactly how many times I wake up each night.
    Rave: I do feel better when I wake up b/c new pillow is more comfortable.
    Rant: Favorite coworker who was supposed to become my office mate is in a meeting RIGHT NOW to change positions.
    Rave: Finally ordered some new saddle shoes. They are RED! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Emmaleigh504

    Additional Rave: Pixie’s post reminded me that I found a card yesterday that a patron at my old library gave me. She was an older woman who couldn’t see to read any more, so I used to help her find books on tape. She was always so apologetic, even though that was my job and it was fun. One day she came in and gave me a card thanking me for my help. It was nice to reread it and remember what nice lady she was and how I enjoyed helping her.

  • Rave: Friday! It has been a long week, and I’m so looking forward to the weekend. I need time at home to catch up on errands, clean my house, and do some cooking.
    Rave: Having awesome female friends in this city.
    Rant: Feeling so unmotivated to work out. I have been hitting snooze multiple times every morning this week. I’m dragging myself to yoga tonight even though I don’t really want to go.
    Rave: If that’s my only rant, I’m doing more than ok.

  • I so enjoy watching the afternoon cross fitters bound up the sidewalk, all pumped up on adrenalin and accomplishment. And, as they pass the storefront windows, each and everyone turns their their head to the side… and checks out their own behind. Firm glutes AND flexibility!

  • Mug of Glop

    Rave: Looks like good running weather for this weekend.
    Rave: Looks like good drinking weather for Snallygaster this weekend!
    Rant: I think I might be getting sick, which doesn’t bode well for either.

  • Rant: I got off Facebook a month ago and so far only two people have noticed. One of them was my mother.

    Rave: I was finally approved for Medicaid. Yay! But kinda depressing at the same time. Being poor and uninsured yet working 60 hours per week sucks! Oops- this was supposed to be a rave… woohoo fall is almost here!! And I’m insured!

    • Other people may have noticed but not said anything. Because really, how would they let you know if you’re not on fb anymore? ๐Ÿ™‚

      • By calling like we did in the olden days? Or emailing? Or texting? Or showing up unannounced? lol

        Funny thing is, both people who asked me if I got off FB then said- and I quote- “Are you okay?” Like getting off FB means something serious is going on. Sigh…

        My mom is never even on FB- I think she just goes on to see what I’m up to even though we talk all the time. She’s funny that way.

        • Apparently we can’t. Someone I am friends with on FB posted a whole thing explaining not to call her on the phone because she’s “not a phone person.” How does someone who is not a phone person schedule appointments and otherwise conduct their life? Sure, it’s not always fun but it’s a skill you need to have in life. At least for the next few years.

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    Rant: Walked in to find an email from my boss asking for Power Point status report #1 (which isn’t due today) and updates to the 7 page Excel PMLC form for the PMO which was laid off several years ago. SharePoint Status report #2 IS due today. Better get crackin’ …

    Rant: Feedback on status reports like “Please delete the additional rows in the template and put them back as you need them.โ€ Uhmโ€ฆreally two rows? BTW these status reports are only seen by my boss.

    Rave: This weather is good sleeping weather.

    Rant: The windows in my bedroom have been stuck for years and wonโ€™t open!

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: First yoga class last night since back surgery. Went well. No funny calf pain this morning (knock on wood)
    SuperRevel: Mr. Squid attended the yoga class with me and said he liked it.
    Revel: 13 colonies ride tomorrow! Hopefully the gross weather will hold off.
    SecretRevel: While Mr. Squid is away on travel next week, I think I’m going to repaint the guest bathroom light grey. The burgundy I did 5 years ago is too dark.

    • Would you mind sharing what your back surgery was for? I’m having issues and my MD said back surgery might be indicated (decompression to remove the parts that are compressing the nerve)

      • GiantSquid

        My back surgery was for a severely herniated disc in the lower lumbar region. It was pressing on my spinal nerve, compressing it, causing severe sciatica down my left leg, lower back pain, and increasingly limited movement and quality of life. I tried PT, massage, and acupuncture, with only very temporary relief. Had an MRI which made the issue very clear, saw an Orthopedic doctor within the week, and was having surgery a week later: discectomy (removing part of the disc) and laminectomy (enlarging spinal canal by removal of back part of vertebra).

        • Thanks – I have similar symptoms but caused caused by overgrown bone. Hoping surgery isn’t in my future (but if it is I may come back and ask about your recovery and what helped you during the process).

  • I’m so hurt and angry about the hypocrisy of a friend, and I’m embarrassed that two women in our 30s aren’t past this juvenile bullshit. This friend has never hesitated to ask for favors– running errands for her when she’s sick or overscheduled, lending her money (always promptly repaid), watching her children. And I’ve been genuinely happy to help out. Lately, I’ve had some health trouble, and I emailed her basically complaining about it and having a little pity party (for the first time… this is not something I do routinely); she blasted back with how busy and stressed and overwhelmed she is. “You KNOW how much I have going on right now…” and “I love you but you gotta understand…”
    I don’t view friendship as a quid pro quo arrangement, but if I get a scolding when I’m sick from the person whose bathroom I cleaned when she had stomach flu… What’s the point??
    So now I’m sick AND sad.

    • This friend sounds like a piece of work. I cannot IMAGINE writing what she did to you no matter how busy or overwhelmed I was. Were you even asking her for a favor or were you just bitching? it’s irrelevant, really- but my god she can’t even put one minute aside to respond nicely and wish you good health? And if she is so busy and couldn’t do whatever favor you may have asked, there are countless other ways to respond. Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate this friendship. Sounds fair weather to me and… wait- you cleaned her bathroom after a virus??? You are a saint. She clearly doesn’t see this and without knowing anything else about you, I’d assume that you certainly deserve more.

      We’re all busy- hell I haven’t even seen my boyfriend all week because we’re both so busy- and we live together! But if someone I love is in need, I will stop everything to help. Because (let’s all say it together) that’s what friends are for.

      • +1. She sounds really self-absorbed. You sound like a really good friend, which makes me think that you likely have other people to turn to. As you say, real friends don’t keep a scorecard of who owes what, so don’t worry if these are friends who you haven’t done so much for in the past – they’ll still be happy to help you out.

      • +1. We are all busy, but if she’s really, really too busy to help you, she should apologize for not being there rather than try to make you feel bad for asking.

      • 12:45, I was just bitching. The only thing I asked for (I re-read what I sent) was “sympathy”.
        12:56, exactly. I have responded to her some of her requests in the past with “I’m sorry, I wish I could, but I really can’t get away right now” or something like that. She responds to me with exasperation and a recitation of everything that’s wrong in HER life. (It’s the same stuff that’s always wrong in her life. Objectively speaking, she IS shouldering more than most, under difficult circumstances, but still…)
        Thanks everyone. Feels good to know I’m not crazy.

        • You definitely aren’t crazy. I hope this friend realizes she incorrectly directed her venting and apologizes to you.

    • Ugh, sorry. People like that are the worst. It’s their world…you’re only living in it. Just remember that there are people out there who really do care about you!

    • She sounds extremely self-absorbed. So sorry that this happened to you and hope you’re feeling better soon!

    • sorry, some people are just like that, they use you until they don’t need you anymore and they don’t even try to be nice about it.

    • I’m so sorry for your “friend’s” words. As I’ve gotten older, I have begun to focus more on the relationships in my life that are two-way streets and forget about the ones where I’m always initiating, planning, reaching out, or left in the dark because I didn’t initiate, plan, reach out. I can only imagine how hurt you must feel.

  • Rave: working right now from my backyard, eating breakfast and drinking homemade iced coffee. Gorgeous weather. I never want to go back to my depressing office!
    Rave/Rant: relationship with a good friend changed significantly last night. Admitted we’ve had strong feelings for one another for quite a while, lots of passionate kissing, and intense chemistry. Our respective love lives are currently very complicated. Neither of us have any idea where this headed.

    • sounds very complicated!!! I recently had two friends who had been friends for over a decade turn friendship into relationship. They seem very happy, although i am sure it was scary for them at first. But it is possible. Cheers

    • skj84

      Talk it out before you proceed. I did the friendship to relationship thing once and got burned. We never discussed what we were doing and I feel like I got the short end of the stick. Just make sure you both are on the same page.

  • Becks

    Rant: woke up feeling sick to my tummy again. I had felt better yesterday and had gone out to lunch with co-workers. I shouldn’t have had Indian food, now I am paying for it.
    Rave: Get to work from home today!
    Rant: Boss sent me an email letting me know that my WFH days are over. One a week, period! But it is still good that I can WFH in the future.
    Rave: Tomatoes are still on the vine and the squirrels haven’t found them yet!
    Rave: The weather is lovely and cool today!

  • ATTENTION PEOPLE PARKING CARS- You can line up your car bumper with the signs that denote the parking zones. No need to leave 1, 2, sometimes even 5 feet between you and the sign. There’s too much wasted space with street parking these days. We’re all in this together.

  • Rant: Friday question of the day. I’m not quite ready to give up summer. I also don’t own any REAL snow boots, just cute-ish ones. Should I start saving up for Sorrels?
    Rave: A great Tai Ji class yesterday. It kind of shook some stagnant stuff loose for me. And it’s starting to feel more coherent. This has definitely been a good step for me.
    Rave: I DID, indeed, squeeze in one last shivery swim.
    Rave: Re-Reading Barbara Kingsolver. Some of her books are on my personal best ever list. I’m having fun with this.
    Rave: Americanah on my book pile.

    • Emmaleigh504

      No, find some cuter winter boots to buy! They exist!

      • Any brand recommendations? I’m also searching for winter boots and have found that Sorels are amongst the better looking ones.

      • I’d appreciate any and all suggestions. Years ago I had some Santana boots that were very comfortable, very practical, and looked okay — so that’s probably going to be my starting point.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Here are some cute boots that I’ve found. They may not be your taste.
          Fantasia by Blondo is nice (and spendy)
          Snowflake III by Trotters isn’t bad
          Blondo has some cute boots too.
          I wish I could remember where I got my South Dakota boots. They look like regular shoes but are warm, water proof, and got me through Snowmaggeddon and winter in South Dakota.

          • The Blondos look great! And I’m always reassured by winter products that are made in Canada! :-). They are speedy though — especially for something that I’m half hoping that I’ll never need to wear. I guess I can think about it as excellent boots for the next decade or so of serious snow….

          • Emmaleigh504

            Yeah, I really like the Blondos but sadly my South Dakota boots are still look good 15 years later. I can’t reconcile 2 pairs of winter boots while living in DC.

          • I meant: “spendy”……not “speedy” — although I hope they’ll be both! lol I’ll look up the South Dakota boots as well. Something that lasts 15 years and still looks good would be perfect!
            Um, Emilie, if you need a nudge — for some reason I’m thinking that you’re Really Not Supposed to wear the same shoes two days in a row. So, in a really bad winter, we might have snow for more than one day. Hence, a new pair of Blondos might help you be healthier, happier, safer, and supportive of our still-faltering economy! ๐Ÿ˜‰

          • Emmaleigh504

            South Dakota boots is just what I call them, not a brand ๐Ÿ˜€ When I get home I’ll check what they are.

          • Emmaleigh504

            omg you are so right! TexDoc said shoes last longer if you don’t wear them two days in a row!

          • Have you looked at Aigle’s snow boots? They look similar to the Santana ones (if I’m thinking of the right Santana ones).

          • OMG!!!! The snowflake III Trotters is at 6pm for $50! And they have my size! Emilie you are clearly a shoe goddess extraordinaire!!!

          • Shawess — thanks for the recommendation! I haven’t found the snow boots yet, but I’m now drooling over an expensive pair of rain boots! This looks like a great brand to know about!

          • Emmaleigh504

            I’m always happy to help with shopping, Blithe!
            Shawess, I’ve been needing some rain boots and Aigle has some cute ones, thanks for the rec!

          • Blithe and Emilie, I’m glad you agree! The snow boots I am mentioning are the “Aiglentine.” I love them, but they are definitely pricey.

            As for rain boots, I’m a fan of Loeffler Randall. And J Crew has some very nice ones right now!

          • Emmaleigh504

            I want the Aigle Miss Julie rain boots. The Aigletine is nice, too. Over at Loeffler Randall, of course I like the $500 biker boot. Off to window shop at JCrew!

          • Emilie, if you like the LR Biker Boot, check out the No 6 Store, which has (IMHO) even nicer and somewhat less expensive clog boots. I bought a pair there in 2009 and they still look almost new after lots of wear.

      • I love my LL Bean boots with Thinsulate lining. I’ve had them for about 15 years, though they didn’t get a lot of action for a few winters here.
        I kind of want to upgrade to the higher ones lined with sheepskin, but mine are still in such good shape I can’t justify it. I’m a New Englander at heart though, so I think Bean boots are cute and totally appropriate with most winter outfits.

        • +1. If I were buying snow boots now, I would get the LL Bean ones. I wish I had thought of this before getting my enormous Sorrels, which I never wear.

        • Thanks Jeslett. I kind of lived through my LLBean phase in college. My hope is that I live far enough south to never need/want chain tread soles ever ever again! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m looking for something more urban. If I could find Jodhpur boots that are made for slush and snow — that would be pretty perfect.

          • Get Yak Trax or something similar ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Sad face for LL Bean being a phase.
            LL Bean is a way of life. And the Bean boots did seem kind of trendy last winter, but as we know, I am totally biased about this.
            Here’s an added rave for the day: I went to their website and saw that I can get shearling inserts for my existing boots! That’s a $20 upgrade.

          • Jeslett – Have you seen the Your LL Bean Boyfriend tumblr? I highly recommend checking it out!

          • Omg. Thank you Pixie!
            I love the summary: he will build you a table then have s3x with you on it.

          • Sorry jeslett. But if it’s any consolation, I went WAY, WAY overboard during my phase. As In : owned MORE than one norwegian sweater! I even had one of their field coats — with the gusset pockets for stowing game. I should be clear that my idea of wilderness at the time was Central Park. lol So I understand your bias! And congrats on the shearling inserts! That’s pretty a great bargain for toasty toes! I

    • I didn’t even pull my Sorrels out during Snowmageddon winter. Keen and Merrell have some boots that are pretty cute, super comfy, and waterproofish. They’ll get you through winter and are more versatile b/c you can wear them even when it isn’t snowing without looking like an idiot.

    • skj84

      I have a pair of giant clunky Sorrels I purchased during Snowmaggeden four years ago. They were the last pair of snow boots left in my size, as I decided to purchase a new pair of boots an hour before the mall closed. On the eve of the biggest snowstorm. They are sturdy and served me well, but can be difficult to walk in due to weight. However, I have seen some cuter pairs since then. My sister in MN has knee high pair that are light and stylish.

      • Same here — bought Sorrels during Snowmageddon and have barely worn them since then because they’re so huge. I’d like to replace them with something more stylish and less weighty, but it’s hard to justify replacing them before using them more.

    • Le Canadienne has some nice, non-clunky, warm, waterproof boots. I got a similar pair 5 years ago from Ugg, which makes surprisingly nice normal looking boots. For cities like DC, waterproof boots are important to protect against those big puddles of gray slush that form on the curbs after it snows. IMO, you don’t need serious winter boots here unless you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors in the snow.

      • Emmaleigh504

        +1 my second Blondo rec was supposed to be for Le Canadienne. I goofed.

        • Oh yes, I have a pair of La Canadienne. They are my fashionable, but insulated and water proof boots. I don’t know about the rest of their boots, but mine have terrible traction. The markings on the soles are so small that snow just clumps in them and then I’m walking on a platform of snow.

          • That was my experience as well. I have a cute, warm pair of La Canadienne boots that are great for snow — but surprisingly slide-y on the Metro platforms and such. I had a pair of winter Uggs that ruined my feet. I walk a LOT, they were very comfortable, and because they had low heels and were very cushiony, I didn’t realize that I was wrecking my arches. Major ouch. So that was my first and last pair of Uggs.
            I appreciate the comments about the Sorrels. They’re convincing me that I don’t want to go quite that clunky — since there are lots of more versatile options out there.

          • I’ve been thinking about getting EMU boots which are like Uggs but have arch support and can also be used with orthotics.

    • Bear

      I adore Barbara Kingsolver. What books are you re-reading?

      • “Prodigal Summer” — which is one of my favorite books, and “High Tide in Tucson” — which was my pool book for the past few weeks. And since I can’t remember if I’ve read it or not, I might add “Small Wonders” to the pile, once I’ve finished the first book of essays. I never warmed to — or finished — “Poisonwood Bible”. Do you have any favorites that you’d recommend?

        • I loved also Prodigal Summer, and would recommend Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

        • I love Prodigal Summer, it’s my favorite Kingsolver book. I’ve read the Bean Trees and Animal Dreams years ago and remember really liking them. I liked Poisonwood Bible too, but not as much as her other books.

        • Bear

          Animal Dreams is awesome, it’s one of my favorite books. I loved Poisonwood Bible. I first read it years ago before I worked in development, and then re-read it last year, after having worked in development for close to 10 years. I loved it the first time around, but this time I found a lot more meaning in it – her descriptions of that part of Africa, both visually and in terms of the ongoing struggles, are spot on. I just finished Animal Vegetable Miracle too, which I also loved. It’s hard to write a book like that without coming off as preachy, and she totally doesn’t. Makes me want to buy a farm in the mountains.

    • msmaryedith

      I LOVE my Sorel “Conquest Carly” boots. I get stopped on the street about them all the time. They probably are not the warmest ever, but they got me through our snowy winter last year and are perfect for slush. I was worried about the leather strap that goes under foot getting ruined, but it held up fine. And I also get tons of compliments from dudes about them–they aren’t just girl cute.

    • I just wear my 14-year-old pair of Asolo Gore-tex hiking boots when it snows. It never gets very cold here so I wouldn’t think you would really need anything insulated.

  • Formerly Broken Jaw

    Bonus Rant: I saw my dermatologist in the cafeteria again and she didnโ€™t seem to recognize me. Maybe I should start wearing that blue gown to lunch?

  • Rave: I took a class this week on growing shiitake mushrooms and came home with handouts and a small log inoculated with ‘shiitake spawn’ called Night Velvet. Because apparently shiitake spawn strains have names.
    The log goes in a good spot behind my house and next spring there should be shiitakes!
    I had some rants earlier today but I forgot what they were. Must have been mini-rants.

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