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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  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: I will never ever ever bitch about planning parties for coworkers or stupid managerial stuff again. It could be so. much. worse!
    Rant: My poor dad had to take the lady at work who is spiraling into dementia to the parish doctor because he is her supervisor.
    Rave: Remembered to call my mom for her birthday.
    Rave: Trip to Israel is almost here!

    • How exciting that you’re going to Israel! Is it your first time there? What parts of the country are you visiting?

      • Emmaleigh504

        First time going. I think we will mostly be in Hafia. I don’t know, my dad is planning the whole thing and I’m tagging along. This trip is how I do life: someone plans it and I go along for funsies. My job really should be rich lady’s companion.

      • My trip was “planned” the same way — my husband found a tour company and I just showed up 🙂 We went for the first time this year, too, and absolutely loved it. Even though we went with a tour group, which I would never do otherwise. Have a wonderful trip!

      • Israel is beautiful. Enjoy!

    • tonyr

      PSA – if you’re of Jewish heritage and younger than your 20s (can’t remember the exact cutoff) then you can get a free trip to Israel through something called the Birthright Foundation. My son went last year and saw all the garden spots including the Golan Heights and the border with Lebanon, in addition to Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Tel Aviv etc. etc.

      • topscallop

        I believe the cutoff is 26.

      • My sister went when she was in her mid 20’s. She had a horrible time but is still glad she went.

        • tonyr

          Too bad, my son loved it, food and hotels were great, plus the IDF security detail toting machine guns. He did mention that there were a bunch of Jersey Shore types fresh out of Rutgers, but he kept his distance from those.

          • My sister’s biggest complaint was the food. Interesting to hear your son liked the food. I was eligible for the trip but couldn’t be convinced to go.

          • Machine-gun-toting security detail?? My idea of a nightmare!

  • Rave: Adopted an adult shelter dog over the weekend.
    Rave: She is an unbelievably well-behaved dog.
    Rant: I am so anxious over her. I’m afraid something is wrong with her. I’m afraid we won’t be a good fit for her. I’ve had plenty of previous dog experience and experience in dog training, I’m not sure why this situation feels so overwhelming!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Congratulations on the new dog!

    • Becks

      Congrats on your new addition!

    • Congrats on your new pup!! I hope to see her on the Animal Fix soon! I’m sure those anxious feelings are totally normal.

    • Ally

      Congrats and so cool that you went with a shelter dog. You’ll probably be a little more at ease after you’ve had a week or two to adjust to the new situation; taking on a new pet’s always a tad stressful at first.

    • Congrats! And thank you for adopting! Don’t worry, it really does work itself out over time. Every day for like a month after we adopted our dog, I was really fretful about “fit” and how he’ll do in our home. Now, he’s just a happy member of the family!

    • Accountering

      Congrats! No worries on fit or whatever else. Just love her, and she will love you back. She has to be so happy to have some stability in her life. Don’t worry, you won’t break her 🙂

    • Is this the first dog you’ve adopted? I grew up with dogs and lived with other people’s dogs but it was different when I adopted my own dog for the first time. It’ll take time for both you and your pup to adjust to each other, be patient with the process and enjoy your new best friend : )

      • I wanted to add, it is normal to feel anxious and overwhelmed when finally bringing your adopted pet home. I cried after getting my first cat and was completely overwhelmed. With my second one (the absolute best one-of-a-kind pets I’ll ever have), I was very close to bringing him back to the shelter because I thought I couldn’t handle him (I had to adjust to his more lively, but ultimately endearing, personality). This anxiety passed pretty fast, and they both became wonderful companions. Good luck!!

      • She’s my third dog in my life, but the first adopted as an adult. Perhaps that adds to the worry — breaking any bad habits and establishing good ones/routines.

    • Yay for adopting an adult dog! Yeah, the initial anxiety is considerable, but like everyone is saying, it will wear off as you and your pup get to know each other and establish routines. The fact that you’re worried about providing a good home indicates that you really care about your dog and are trying to be loving and as sensitive to her needs as possible—which means that you’re doing just fine! Best of luck, and enjoy your new friend. You have done a Very Good Thing!

  • Becks

    Rave: Found my new favorite drink at Au Bon Pain. It’s the 4 espresso shot mocha Latte. Yum! And keeps you awake during meetings: whether you like it or not!
    Rave: Yesterday was Taco Tuesday and I used jalapeños from my garden! Yum! They were spicy but not too spicy. I put them on fresh instead of sautéing them with the meat like I usually do.
    Rave: Lady Carlotta of Columbia Heights debuted her Halloween costume last night. Photos being sent in today!
    Rave: Job interview last week. It went really well and he ACTUALLY tried to sell ME on the company. Hopefully will hear something today or tomorrow. And I have two more interviews today!
    Rant: I’m worried about flooding in DC while I am not at home today. I swept the leaves and debris from the backyard this morning, but if the wind kicks up, more leaves will fall to clog the drains.

  • Rave: Trombetta squash (thanks Victoria) – who’d of thought squash can taste like artichokes? I’ll be saving seeds if anyone would like a few.
    I can also attest to the utter adorableness of Sabrina and Sky, kittens Victoria is fostering through Homeward Trails.
    Jury duty today – could be rant or rave.

  • Rant: New job happy for the raise, but not able to spend time with friends or on the Internets much.

    Rant: Random peoole sitting on stoops and leaving trash all around. Wondering what’s precipitating this.

    Rave: Mega storm coming today. Make sure your toupee is glued on! Good test of my home storm drain system.

    Rant: People using bike lanes as (not for turning) traffic lanes on GA ave, and cops doing nothing about it even when they see it happening.

  • Rant – I think a co-worker switched their chair with mine – this one leans back waaayyy too far and doesn’t adjust well.
    Rave – got my hair done last night – first time seeing my stylist at her new place of work – she seems so much happier AND my hair looks amazing AND it didn’t cost much more than the old place. So wins all around on that one.
    Rant – I wouldn’t mind this weather if I were curled up at home. I’ve been tired all week and this is NOT helping.
    Rave – A month until college basketball season starts! Excited for Hoyas games at Verizon Center.

    • Ally

      +1 on college basketball starting up soon! (Go Gators!)

      • dcgator

        Go Gators! There’s a nice related rave: I always yell Go Gators at folks I see wearing Gator gear, but rarely get it back. Did so yesterday, outside of Trader Joe’s, and got it back from both women, not just the one wearing the Gators shirt. That was awesome.

        • Ally

          I have the same experience. I “Go Gators” everyone I see wearing gear, and I think mostly people just think I’m crazy 🙂 So, it may just be you, me, and those two women. Quick question — do you happen to know where the Gator alumni moved since Top of the Hill/Pour House (former Gator bar) closed down this past year?

          • Maybe they didn’t realize what shirt they had on? I’ve had people yell Go Navy at me while wearing my shirt and it always took me a few seconds to realize and to scream Beat Army back.

          • dcgator

            McFadden’s. Foggy Bottom; it’s actually a pretty good experience. They’ve done a good job getting the staff into Gator gear, too, unlike PH. Surly bartenders flaunting their Steelers gear as they do you a favor pouring your beer. The floor is sticky, but the specials and the atmosphere is pretty good.

          • dcgator

            “the specials and the atmosphere ARE pretty good.”

          • Gator Alumni have moved to McFadden’s. (It’s different in the daytime)
            Go to dcgators dot com for more info.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I said go Vols to a dude at work who always wears his UT shirt. He still looks at me like I have 2 heads. I’ve never had that problem LSU fans 🙂

        • SFT

          It makes me so happy when people do this. I usually give the gator chomp!

    • Switch it back when they go to the restroom and don’t say anything. Your coworker sounds fairly passive-aggressive, so I doubt they will call you out on it.

  • tonyr

    Rave: Relatives staying with me
    Rant: For almost THREE WEEKS
    Rave: Dropped them off at Dulles on Sunday
    Rave: PoP has his own show on the TV screens in the baggage claim area. Who knew?

  • Andie302

    Rant: I was in a MOOD yesterday.
    Rave: I made it through without punching anyone
    Rave: and I managed to still have a great time at the Caps game last night.
    Rave: My mood today is MUCH improved! (This exclamation point is warranted, I promise.)
    Rant: Slightly concerned about leaves in my storm drain
    Rant: Didn’t win the 50/50 last night so no trip to Alaska to book today….next time

  • Rave: dinner with mom and BF went great, all laughed and had a good time.
    Rave: Hillwood Mansion – why hasn’t it taken me so long to visit it?
    Rant: Mom leaves today – miss my family being so far away.

  • Rant: Lots of meetings today
    Rave: I slept really well, woke up early this am, and prepped a beef barley stew that will burble away in the crock pot all day. I love my slow cooker. It is the machine equivalent of having a house husband. And the perfect meal for a rainy, stormy day.
    Rave: Mint tea. It really is the best thing for settling the stomach.

  • Rave: excellent weekend in the caribbean. +1 for impulse decisions, +1 gazillion for finally being financially secure enough to give in to such impulses (sometimes).
    Rave with a side of rant: two vacation flings yielded one marriage proposal and one intensely annoying texter.
    Looking for recommendations for curly hair products. I usually use an oil + gel combo, but my hair has been flat and the curl dropping out quickly, so I think I need to change. Any suggestions? I don’t like the crispy feel or look. My hair is curly when wet, but tends to straighten up when dry without some extra help.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Ouidad products, spendy but wonderful. I tried a nice gel (the curl quencher I think) that defined the curl nicely (mine is much like yours, easy to take the curl out), but not crispy at all.

    • I have the straightest, saddest hair known to humankind, but my best friend swears by Be Curly from Aveda.

    • It sounds like we have really similar hair, and thanks to my beloved Kendall at Parlour salon, I have two recommendations for you – both Bumble & Bumble products. The styling creme is really nice for light hold and keeping curls curly. I just rub a dime-sized drop through my hair right after getting out of the shower. I also really like the full form mousse. It’s a bit stronger than the styling creme, and has pretty good hold, but it doesn’t get crispy. I use both products on different days, depending on the weather and how much hold I need.

    • So are you looking for a volumizer, or a different styling regimen? Depending on your hair texture, the oil might be what’s weighing your hair down. Deva B’leave in is a good volumizer and I also like Bumble and Bumble’s volumizing mousse. You can also clip your hair up at the roots while drying to give it a little lift.

      • I’m looking for something to keep the curl longer. I’m pretty lazy, so all I’m willing to do is shower, comb, put some stuff in my hair, scrunch, and go; I don’t dry or style unless it’s really cold. It certainly may be the oil weighing my hair down, although I do love how it tames the frizz.

        • Emmaleigh504

          ooh I might have something I could give you. I’m like you and don’t do anything but wash and go. I have this “glass” serum stuff that takes care of frizz without weighing hair down, but I never remember to use it. If you go to the HH I can give it to you.

        • I like Miss Jessie’s Pillow Soft Curls. I was never thought to use it since most of their products are for black hair, and I’m white. I have really thick, heavy hair with a pretty good natural wave to it. I just comb it through and scrunch and I’m good to go. It’s thick enough to hold the curl without being crunchy.

        • That should be all you need to do, really. Are you plopping your hair and using a microfiber towel or t-shirt to blot it dry? And not touching it while it’s wet as much as possible? That will help your frizz problem a lot more than any product, tbh. Supposedly it’s the roughness of regular towels + touching it with your fingers while wet that makes it frizzy. And you don’t need to deal with blowdrying unless you want to. But WTHBS, it can help the bodifying products work better than just airdrying can.

          • +1-ish. Kendall also sold me on this microfiber towel trick and it really, really helped me to cut down to almost zero frizz. The only reason for the “ish” to my +1 is that after two years of trial and error, I now think it’s okay to use a regular towel to blot. I do that because it’s a lot easier for me than grabbing something else. As long as I -only- blot and avoid unnecessary hair-touching when it’s wet, it comes out frizz-free. A little bit of cream or mousse when it’s still wet also helps a lot with frizz.

    • Ally

      Loving the rant. Seemed like all my past flings didn’t get the “casual” message either and turned into creepy stalkers; can relate!

    • I swear by the Deva Curl products. My hair really hasn’t been happier. The gel goes in and seems crunchy at first, but it evaporates and becomes super soft as it dries. Also like their styling cream, and I use the shampoo and conditioner as well. I also only dry my hair when it’s cold out.

    • GiantSquid

      I use either DevaCurl’s Foaming Mousse or, in a pinch, Herbal Essences Gel for curls (purple container). The oil might be the issue. The crazy weather hasn’t been helping. In dry weather my curls are flat, they fill out when it’s humid.

    • Jane Carter Solution Incredible Curls or Moroccan Oil Curl Defining Cream plus jane carter solution Condition and Sculpt. JCS Curl Defining Cream is also great. I’ve run through a LOT of products for curly hair and these have been my favorites for a couple of years. I wet my hair in the shower, use the cream and the solution while my hair is still wet, then flick out the curls with a comb or my fingers. The key to the curls is not touching my hair while it’s drying.
      I occasionally use Ojon oil or Moroccan oil if I want a bit more moisture in the mix. Okay: first bras, then boots, now hair products…. Formerly Brokem Jaw must be loving this! Lol

    • I hate spending money on product, but I find the Devacurl line to be great. I no longer have frizz, and my curl looks great. Most of my hair is really curly, but the front is just like yours – curly when wet, but straight when dry. Using the Devacurl stuff (shampoo, conditioner and gel), keeps it curly and without frizz. And it doesn’t look or feel crispy. I just dry it a little with a microfiber towel (see the technique on their website) and go. Super easy.

    • Thanks everyone! Now I have too many options to try.

  • Rant: My phone is dying and I need to get a new one. I was going to use this as an opportunity to leave Verizon (because getting another subsidized phone would make me lose my unlimited data.) But it doesn’t look like many of the other phone companies have smartphone packages that are much cheaper without sacrificing quality. The only one that would save me a significant amount of money is Sprint, but they are the WORST and I can’t do that to myself again.

    Rave: Sculpture class tonight! It is such a nice break in the middle of the week

    Rave/Rant: I love big storms, but I do not love when they hit on nights when I have to be out. I much prefer to be snuggled up at home watching the rain pour down.

    • gotryit

      T-Mobile is super cheap!

      • T-mobile is one of the companies I’m considering. How do you like their service? I’ve heard mixed reviews.

        • gotryit

          I’ve been happy with it, but I’d also consider myself not picky (about the phone service at least). I only use if for personal use – not business.

        • I’ve had t-mobile for years. Good service, doesn’t work on metro (underground) though.

          • Me too and I like it. If you spend a lot of time in rural-ish areas you might have a problem. The coverage outside of cities and suburbs isn’t great.

          • In my experience, Verizon’s claims of having service on the metro are way oversold. I can’t do any real web browsing in the underground tunnels and if I can get a call to connect, it will often disconnect very quickly. So yes, you can get SOME service on the Metro, but it is hardly reliable enough to be a selling point.

          • Last year my bf and I were in rural WV and he had reception (t-mobile) and I didn’t (verizon). Now that we’re engaged, we got on a family plan and I jumped to T-Mobile. Happy so far and metro reception IMO is same as with Verizon (which still had issues in the metro).

    • I just updated my Verizon phone with new 2 yr contract and keeping my unlimited plan. google “upgrade-and-keep-your-unlimited-data-with-Verizon” directions should be found on slickdeals . net
      works for me!

    • skj84

      I’m married to Sprint for the next two years unfortunately. I have heard good things about T-Mobile. Have you thought about going with a Non Contract phone? I used AT&T’s service for years. It was super cheap, though I didn’t like the phone selection. I know Verizon offers Non Contract. And Virgin Mobile, though I think Virgin is on the Sprint’s line.

    • I just “downgraded” to T-mobile to save a significant chunk of change on my monthly plan. I was relatively happy with my AT&T grandfathered unlimited plan but was annoyed by the inability to tether and got a deal I couldn’t refuse to switch. Compared to AT&T, T-mobile is much less reliable in buildings but wifi calling (only avail on T-mobile) works like a charm if you can find a wifi connection. Outside buildings, T-mobile is just as good as AT&T. All in all, I think I made the right move, but understand that you are giving up some amount of service in exchange for what is likely a much cheaper plan.

      • What was your good deal with T-Mobile? I currently have the ATT grandfathered plan and pay about $100 a month (plus or minus $5), but I use a ton of data due to streaming Spotify, Soundcloud, NPR, and Howard Stern. I probably burn through about 4GB per month in data. Not sure its worth leaving to ATT to save that money, plus I would need to shell out a bunch of cash for a new phone.

        • Streaming music doesn’t count against your data on t-mobile.

          • Sheeeeeeeee-iiiiiiiiiiiiiiit [/clay davis voice]
            I need to look into this. I bet I can haggle a good deal due to switching from ATT. They love to poach.

          • I’m with TMobile and have unlimited texts, unlimited data, unlimited voice, and 2.5 gigs free tethering for $70 a month. I couldn’t be happier that I left Verizon.

    • totally agree with your rant/rave re: storms!

    • Where are you taking a sculpture class? I need some kind of creative outlet but am too much of a perfectionist to venture into an art form uninstructed. This sounds like the perfect situation.

  • Rave: I went to the mall last night and all I did was get rid of things- returns, hair cut, dropped off pants for alterations.
    Rant: Today at our 7am meeting we learned that we’ve added 2 more 7am meetings. So tired. Zombie Brain.
    Extra rant: I’m worried about the outcome of this project. The leader is angling to make recommendations that would open up a new spot for her because she knows she’ll probably be forced out otherwise. This could change the nature of my job and for once I’m happy with my job.
    Rave: I’m using my early day to go visit a friend and her 1yo this afternoon. Hopefully I’ll get there before the rain.

    • Rant: and I keep forgetting my reading glasses at home. Arrrrghghghgh! I over focus, so when I stare at my computer screen all day it’s like running the AC and heat at the same time; it’s really energy intensive. As though I wasn’t tired enough today.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        Go to Amazon.com and order reading glasses 3 for $12. Buy lots and have them every where.

        • I wish. My prescription is way too wonky for that. But, on the bright side I’m picking up my new pair this weekend, so I can leave the old pair at home and keep the new pair at the office. I will never forget my glasses again!

        • My mother is infamous for her supply of reading glasses, which she has strategically placed all over their two homes as well as cars. Recently her rx changed so she collected all of her old glasses, and they filled a gallon ziplock to the brim.

  • gotryit

    Rave: costco size bag of kettle corn
    Rant: costco size bag of kettle corn
    Rave: school planning stuff is picking up momentum – it’s great meeting other interested parents
    Rant: work is way too closely tied to congressional stupidity.
    Rave: at least I’m getting paid…

    • this fall has been a popcorn one for me. I’m constantly craving kettle corn or caramel corn etc. So good!

    • skj84

      mmm. Kettle Corn. My kettle corn experience this fall has been disappointing. Bad bag’s at Admo Day and the PA RenFaire. Kettle Corn needs to have the perfect balance of salty and sweet. I’ll have to give the Costco brand a try! Or find a street fest that is selling it.

    • Is that the Angie’s kettle corn from Costco?! YUM! It is a staple in our house. It is the way we determine if a Costco trip is needed or not!

  • I’m going to be scheduled for a 2nd interview at a firm I really want to work with soon. Outfit check with PoPville?
    -Straight leg black pants
    -Light or jewel toned blouse (I’d like a high neck one but still shopping)
    -Fitted black blazer/Jacket (I have short arms for my height, but broad shoulders so buying these are always a pain)
    -Black leather, round toe pumps (they are LK Bennet Shiloh’s for reference, with a ~3.5″heel) Could I get away with this heel height and this outfit? I’m 5’5″ for reference.
    -A ton of knowledge on the firm I’ve been cramming into my brain

    I’m not sure if I should go with a skirt or pants, given the shoes.
    Rave: good friends from nyc coming to my part of town to party and chill this weekend
    Rave: free dinner tomorrow with a friend who blogs for a food site.

    • Andie302

      This outfit sounds good to me. I’d stick with pants at that height heel. They won’t be as obvious as they would with the skirt. I’d wear pretty conservative jewelry and make-up. Good luck!!! Let us know how it goes.

    • Ally

      Sounds like a great interview outfit! Good luck!

    • skj84

      Outfit sounds good! I would stick with pants if you are going with a high heel. Good luck!

    • Sounds like a lovely outfit! And I want those LK Bennet shoes, too — I’ve been eyeing them for almost a year now.

    • A 3.5″ heel sounds iffy to me. I’d go with 2.5″ or less. Depending on how conservative the work environment is, maybe even 2″ or less.

    • Would definitely wear a different pair of shoes – 3.5 inches is quite high

    • Be sure to have a list of questions prepared in advance. I would suggest printing the questions so you can take notes.

      • Emmaleigh504

        +1 for some reason having questions printed out always impresses the hell out of the slackers I interview with. One would think librarians would always have printed questions.

    • 3.5″ is too high of a heel.

    • 3.5″ is a fine heel height, especially if you are wearing pants.

      • skj84

        Agreed. Depending on the style of the heel and how much coverage the pants provide 3.5 isn’t too high. And honestly the interviewers probably won’t be looking at her feet.

      • There are enough people here saying it isn’t that (IMO) Yoyotan should err on the side of caution and go for shorter heels. What if one of more of her interviewers are of the mindset that 3.5″ is too high? It’ll then just be a needless distraction, with no real corresponding benefit.

        • I have to agree with textdoc here. Although 3.5″ wouldn’t bother me at all, it sounds like it could potentially raise eyebrows in an interview. Yoyotan, maybe it’s worth saving those great heels for a time after you get the job and have time to suss out the office’s dress code.

        • I think it depends a lot on one’s skill in walking in them. I couldn’t wear heels that high to an interview because I would walk funny. If you can stand up completely straight, not wobble, not stomp, and you wear pants to cover most of the heel, then maybe it would be okay for certain workplaces.

          • Agreed, it depends on the OP’s heel skills. I looked up the shoes the OP is considering and they do look very professional, plus wearing pants will “hide” the true height of the heel.
            That said, OP might also be trying (just a little bit) to compensate for being 5’5″. If you can’t walk in 3.5″ heels with 100% grace and confidence, go for a smaller heel. It’s better to be 1″ or 2″ shorter than look like a clumsy giraffe on ice. That will make a really bad first impression.

          • I’m still really surprised by the number of women PoPvillers think can’t walk in heels. Are you all just ignoring that majority of women walking around? I think there’s anti-giraffe on ice selection bias because you don’t notice the women who aren’t have problems.
            They are shoes. They fit on your feet like other shoes. I wear heels every day. My dance shoes have heels. Most of the women I see wearing heels are doing just fine walking (unless they’re wear curb->bar height Louboutins). I understand that people who don’t often wear heels would feel as though there is a learning curve, but it’s shorter than a pair Manolos.

          • epric002

            meh- i’d consider myself pretty adept at walking in heels, but 3.5″ is pretty high for me. i’m not saying that the OP shouldn’t wear them to an interview- i agree that w/pants that aren’t too short they should be fine. but you gotta be really comfortable/confident walking in heels THAT HIGH. i think we notice women who can’t walk in high heels b/c so often it is b/c the heels are just too tall. it’s pretty rare to see people clomping/stumbling in under 2″ heels simply b/c it’s not that hard to walk in those. the clomping/stumbling is almost exclusively limited to too-tall heels.

          • Jeslett, stand at the corner of K Street and 19th for 10 minutes during rush hour. You’ll see plenty of women in towering heels who can’t walk gracefully in them and look ridiculous. No one is saying the OP shouldn’t wear them, as they are very professional shoes. But if she normally doesn’t wear heels that high or has trouble with them, it’s probably safer to go for something shorter.
            First impressions mean everything in a job interview and you don’t want to look like a fool.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I’m guessing OP would not have chosen the heels for the interview outfit if she could not walk in them. She’s prepared with everything else, why would people assume that walking in shoes she already owns will be her destruction?

          • OP Anon has a point. One only needs to spend a small amount of time around downtown to see lots of women stepping around awkwardly in heels. Maybe I’m wrong and they all walk like that in flats too – somehow I doubt it though. Mostly it’s that weird small-steps-with-a-slight-forward-lean thing; would not surprise me if most are not even aware of it.

    • Bear

      I’d say the heel height is fine with pants, but only if you can walk in them without looking like you are on stilts. I’d go with a shorter heel if you wear a skirt.

  • Rant: I finally got around to reading the Q&A session Muriel Bowser had with GGW on Monday. It’s hard to believe that my opinion of her could become less favorable – but then you read her words. Good lord. She’s likely to be the next mayor, and she either just doesn’t get it, or refuses to divulge her positions.
    If anyone is interested, the transcript is here:

    • Oh gawd. People say Gray has been good b/c he’s been innocuous and stayed out of the way of development, and Bowser is likely to do the same. But I think DC is growing so rapidly that we need a mayor who will actually lead and take charge and in some cases even limit development if it’s not in the long-term best interests of the city.
      With Bowser there’s no there there – she has no ideas other than to study things or to keep plugging along. The mayor of a major city needs to have major ideas.

      • +1
        Bowser stinks

        • Accountering

          A whole lot of “I am going to study this, and we are going to commission that”
          My favorite (least favorite?) was the following:
          “We need some kind of predictable transit– I hesitate to put a label to it. Is it a board? An authority? The idea is that it’s a group who we impanel for transportation planning, and professionals and people involved in the community with some expertise on how transit works and the impact it has on the community.”
          What does that even mean??!? She managed to do an entire hour interview, and legitimately not answer even one question. Outside of saying on a couple of things that we should start from scratch. There is literally not one thing that could stop me from voting against this woman. I would crawl on glass shards to the poll if that is what it took to have my vote against her counted.

          • Would love a serious POPville article on Muriel and this race and what the popville crowd really thinks…

          • There was a Friday question of the day a few weeks ago about who people were voting for and why. I’d like to see a similar poll for the at-large council race.

          • +1 to anonymous at 11:54. I also would love to know more about the ANC commissioners running this year, but realize that may be a bit beyond the scope of PoPville. I can’t seem to find useful info on that anyplace.

          • My favorite was, “Question from cbd: What were your biggest accomplishments as a member of the WMATA board?”
            Answer – It’s been a great experience, you have to make sure there’s a great general manager, and then, this gem, “I’ll say also that I’ve chaired the planning and real estate committee at Metro and led the charge to have Metro adopt an affordable housing policy, and develop an affordable housing program not only in the District but around the region.”
            So, while on the governing board of the regional mass transit organization, her most significant accomplishment was . . . affordable housing. Not anything to do with transportation.

          • The funniest thing is that I wouldn’t be surprised if Bowser loses her own council District in the mayoral election. She’s still going to win the race, IMHO.
            That said, I don’t really see the point of PoP running a “serious article” (wtf does that even mean?) on Bowser. The demographics of this site skew heavily white, well educated, and upper income. Those people are voting in droves for Catania and dislike Muriel’s ineffectiveness for their demographic group. Drive around the areas where the readers of PoP’ville live (Petworth, CoHi, Logan, Shaw, Dupont, etc) and you’ll see Catania posters outnumber Bowser posters easily by 2:1 or 3:1.

  • Rant: Car not working again! Ugh.

  • Rant: So I started watching Top of the Lake on Netflix the other day. Quite possibly the more boring, pointless show ever. Made it through three episodes before giving up. Bunch of sad, weird people in a gloomy town populated by evil men and a colony of middle-aged horny women who living in shipping containers. Kept waiting for it to get good, but it only became stranger and more listless. Only redeeming quality was the beautiful setting of Queenstown.

    • I tried it as well and felt the same. But if you need a great series check out “Happy Valley.” (Though it can be brutal at times.)

    • Becks

      Walking Dead season 3 and 4 are out on Netflix! Try out Monarch of the Glenn. I really liked that series. It did take a few episodes to really get into it, and you have to like dry British humor.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Have you watched Peaky Blinders yet? I watched for the lovely Cillian Murphy, the enjoyable story was lagniappe.

        • God, can we talk about Cillian Murphy? I’m pretty sure he is a gift from the gods. (Also, I went to Coupe de Foudre yesterday- thanks!)

          • Emmaleigh504

            He is a gift from the gods. I can talk about him all day. The swooniest! Have you seen the wind that shakes the barely? Not normally my kind of movie, and there are some very difficult moments, but I watch over and over b/c it is almost the perfect Cillian Murphy delivery method.

          • epric002

            was just talking about cillian murphy w/some GFs at HH last night! did someone on here suggest peaky blinders or did i stumble on that one on my own??? what did you think about coup de foudre?

    • palisades

      I think Top of the Lake falls under the same category of shows like Mad Men and The Killing and Rectify where it’s not so much about immediate drama or in your face action, it’s more of a slow burn and a journey. A nice clean ending isn’t guaranteed but it’s honest and beautifully shot.

      • Agreed. I loved Top of the Lake, but I also like many other beautifully shot, slow-burn dramas.

      • I watched The Station Agent one evening, because I wanted to see more of Peter Dinklage. I thought it was boring and designed to make people sort of dislike people, showing them at their worst. “A slow journey” of a movie is a nicer way to say it. It’s still not my cup of tea. Maybe because the aesthetics of movies are much less important to me than a well-told story and compelling characters?

  • Rave: Aldi had ducks on sale this weekend and there is now one in my freezer.

    Rant: Not sure how I want to cook it – definitely in the smoker, but I’m not sure if I should brine or marinade it or just use a spice rub. It’s been years since I’ve cooked one.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Mmmm use the leftovers for some duck and mushroom gumbo.

    • Ally

      How do you like Aldi? I’ve never been in one. One’s coming to St. Augustine (where my Mom lives) and she refuses to go because they (that one, at least) have the 25 cent shopping cart deposit, which she can’t quite wrap her head around (wouldn’t bother me much).

      • I love Aldi! I always end up buying more than I need there, but still save a lot. I like the shopping cart deposit. It keeps people from leaving carts all over the place. And you get your quarter back when you’re done!

        • Ally

          Yeah, it made some sense to me as well..you also don’t have to pay people to go retrieve all the carts. I’ll have to lie and tell her we’re going to Publix (the big grocery she uses now) and secretly sneak her into Aldi without her knowing. 😉

  • GiantSquid

    Rant: This has been a rough morning. One dog started having digestive distress at 2am, then again at 4am, then didn’t want to be left in the kitchen and cried until I let him out. Then I overslept. Then I forgot I needed gas. Then the gas station pump wasn’t taking my card. Then the attendant somehow misheard $30 and only put $3. Then came into work to find the website down. There’s not enough coffee and I’m not sure what I’ll be going home to.
    Rant: I think my face was having a reaction to a product I’ve been using. It looks awful, like I’m back in high school again.
    Revel: Honey Pig for lunch!

  • Rant: Boss purposely dragged his feet on a deadline I set, that I held bigger people than him to, and when I said I needed it to be done, he said he didn’t care. I can’t even describe how it feels to work for such a piece…

    Rave: Today is my Thursday.

    • laduvet

      ohh yesss… I sympathize and can totally relate, re: boss. Just think Karma.

      • He actually smirked when he said it. If I had one chance in my life to cause someone to burst into flames just by looking at them, this would’ve been it…

    • My boss does that to me ALL the time. Me: “Boss, I need a decision on X, Y and Z.” Boss: “I don’t care (what you do with them.)” I just turn it back on her. “Well, you want this project moved forward, and you are the only one with the authority to decide what to do about this, so I need you to tell me what you want to do.” I think she is ready to retire and just checked out mentally, but that is still no excuse to leave me hanging like that.

      • You have a golden opportunity right now. Do your boss’s job and do it well. Make sure everyone knows that you’re doing it (aka be the squeaky wheel). Think of it as a try-out for the major leagues.
        That’s the best way to line yourself up to take her job when she leaves. Turn lemons into lemonade.

  • Ally

    Rave: Boyfriend surprised me with roses last night.
    Rave: Got to see Sylvia perform at Cafe Mozart last night (highly recommend); she makes accordion playing cool.
    Rant: Subway manager asked me this morning what my secret is — that I’m always smiling. As a former goth, this is disheartening 😉

  • Rant: I don’t care if one was 20-odd years ago and the other was just a quick fling, and I know it’s juvenile, but I don’t like being at a party where two guys The Girlfriend are also in attendance. Awkward conversation starter of the evening: “So, I hear [your wife] died and you’re seeing [my ex].”
    Rave: Pretty good party for a classic Washington book party (Matt Bai’s new tome on Gary Hart and the decline of political journalism), and it was good to see so many old friends from my first campaign — even given the history.
    Hmmm: Interesting reactions from people as they learn the always serious and much-more-accomplished Girlfriend is dating a drunken lout like me.

  • Rave: Won gold at a martial arts tourney over the weekend; nothing but accolades from my coaches and teammates.
    Revel: My opponents were very happy I beat their nemises a rather tall (6ft) woman who ransacked the earlier divisions. She and I are doing lunch to talk job stuff.
    Rant: I now have a cold/flu.
    Rave: Feeling better than yesterday, so hopefully good meds and lots of sleep does the trick.
    Rave: Another tourney this weekend where my coach is participating…he never does. 🙂
    Rave: Last check from old job was larger than expected.

    • Congrats on gold. I’d keep it quiet, though, or potential love interests are REALLY going to expect you to take the lead (“She stomps a ransacking giantess at martial arts and she can;t even get up the nerve to ask for my number?”) 🙂

      • Brazilian jiu jitsu
        My issue is: I would say if you saw me out and about you’d say hey, she’s probably a lesbian; therefore, I think the other lesbians who may be a bit more stealth (see femmes, etc) should at times make the first move when in a primarily hetero setting and/or if you’re giving me the flirty eyes and I’m missing it. That was basically the issue I had with the woman who wouldn’t ask the man. You have a definite advantage over me in that scenario.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Forget the flirty eyes, it’s all about the arm touching. Arm touching means you could get some with minimal effort. The next level is face touching. A chick comes up with a way to touch your face and her panties are ready to come off. Or so I’ve been told.

          • I promise you I’m not as oblivious or dense as OP’s man crush. If you take the effort to touch me, I’ll at least say hello. Also more of that stuff would be fabulous. 🙂

            Flings are great and all, but I’d like that white picket fence business which is why someone who is super aggressive is such a turnoff. I don’t want to feel like hey baby let’s bang is your standard pick-up line.

            As a side note, someone has actually tried that with me, and when I didn’t respond accordingly, I was called soft. Not soft just not interested.

          • Emmaleigh504

            White picket fences take a lot of upkeep 😉 I totally get you, “hey baby let’s bang” or as my pal heard Saturday, “I want to plant my seed in your fertile fields” is so not the way to go. I were looking for a one night stand, I’d run from that.

          • Leg touching. That’s always seemed like the key, particularly if it’s someone that you’ve been being buddy-buddy with to the extend that random arm-touches might not be noticed appropriately. Although, in my brief single life THIS century, I found that women could be admirably direct.

          • Leg touching is what I’ve always heard or saying the person’s name twice during the date to show interest.
            Some women are direct….I hate to imply they’re all waiting, but I do think when they have the advantage in terms of knowing who to approach, they should carpe diem. Then they can enjoy the benefit of my well-planned and thoughtful dates.

            With all this in mind, I can worry about that once I get out of tourney season and have a bit more free time to play flirting charades.

          • Emmaleigh504

            It’s always easier to be passive. Carpe diem makes me want to throw up 🙂

          • Emmaleigh504

            but in a good way?

          • +1 to arm touching
            +1 to saying their name repeatedly
            I’d also add playful banter to that list (swooooooooon)
            Those are the tell-tale signs. Leg touching is a bit too much when it comes to initial contact, IMHO. You go there once the other signs are already clearly expressed.

    • gotryit

      congrats – what martial art?

  • Rant/Rave: Had beef jerky for breakfast today.

  • 15 Scrabble points for “bra” last night.

  • Rave: Week off in between jobs. Cooking, napping, movies, galleries all day long.
    Does anyone know of a good place to get my haircut in adams morgan area? I have curly hair, and not many people know how to get it done right.

  • skj84

    Rave: Dad came down from PA to help sort my stuff. He’s renting me a storage unit for my extra clothes and books. Worked out an arrangment for the things I need to keep in the house. I’m so glad my Pops is here for me.

    Rave: Despite being in a funk all day yesterday I made it to the Yelp Jet Set party. It was so much fun, got a free mani from Mimosa, free drinks and snacks. Plus I ran into JustinBC! I don’t always love Yelp, but they throw good parties!

    Rant: I wore the most uncomfortable dress I own to the party. THe theme was retro travel so I wore this beautiful vintage 1950’s party dress. I’ve had it for 10 years and worn it maybe 3 times. The top has always been a bit snug, but since i’ve gained weight it was even tighter. My shoulders actually hurt by the time the evening was over.

  • RANT: Struggling with the decision about when to put our poor puppy to sleep :(. He has a pretty rare autoimmune disease and is rapidly deteriorating (way faster than expected).
    RANT: Thankfully there is a light at the end of the tunnel (3 weeks from now when I get reassigned) but my current supervisor is actively undermining me with people I manage and passively aggressively excluding me from our team’s mission related work. I CANNOT WAIT to not work for him anymore!
    RAVE: The weekend is approaching?

    • Accountering

      This is so tough. Only two things I would say are think of him first. When it is time for him, it is time for him. Also, stay with him to the very end. Literally worst case scenario is sending him to doggy heaven scared and alone being held on that steel table alone. Go with him.
      Keeping you in my thoughts through this tough time.

    • Sorry to hear about your dog, and the decision you face.

    • Ally

      My Dad opted to euthanize our dog (who had advanced cancer) after she stopped eating her favorite lemon cream cookies. That’s when he knew she was no longer enjoying life. You’ll know when the time is right, and I’m so sorry you’re going through that. Also, if you haven’t already, maybe read up a bit on the end stages of the disease so you know just how bad (or not) it’ll get. My cat passed away from kidney disease a couple of years ago and I wish I had euthanized her sooner (she passed away on her own the day before the vet was set to come by); I think she was really uncomfortable those last few days, but I’d never had to make that decision before. Anyway, thinking of you and of your doggy.

    • skj84

      I’m so sorry about your puppy. What a terrible decision to make.

    • I’m so sorry. It’s so hard because people say you’ll know but one day it’ll be awful and the next (depending on so many factors) can be great. Sending you lots of good thoughts as you make the tough decision.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m very sorry.

    • I’m really sorry. It’s such a difficult decision. But my sweet pup definitely let me know when she was ready, as odd as that may sound it really was like that. And, we went to the vet and they let us stay with her as long as we wanted, both before and after the shot. I still miss her.

    • Thanks for all the warm thoughts. Its a tough decision…but in the end we would rather him not be in pain.
      Thanks for all the recommendations for home visit services…we will have to look into that, I didn’t realize it was an option.

    • Bear

      So sorry to hear this, losing a pet is can be so heartbreaking. My dog died unexpectedly of an undiagnosed autoimmune disease (Addison’s) that would have been treatable if it had been caught earlier. That was years ago and I still get upset by it.

    • Much love to you and your puppy!

  • Rave: Had an awesome night at the barn last night – rode a new horse (a gorgeous Arab), jumped higher than normal, and had a great bike ride home.
    Rave: Gorgeous DC buildings – love the glimpses of the domes and the monuments.
    Rant: Cranky, job search mode. I need to be more positive or something because cranky doesn’t help.
    Rave: Found an interesting job. Now to get the motivation to apply for it…

  • Rave: yesterday is over.
    Rant: Bowser

  • Rave: Because it hasn’t been talked about enough lately… I found a new favorite Chantelle bra!
    Rant: Had to get my 15 year old permanent retainer replaced this morning. All the sounds, textures, and smells of orthodontics really bother me.
    Rave: I haven’t had to go in 15 years.
    Rave: Teleworking and my dog is laying right next to me on the couch, checking out my laptop from time to time. He’s just too cute.

    • Speaking of bras – has the PoP-verse weighed in on sports bras yet? I discovered last night that I’m in dire need of a sports bra revamp. Anyone have any favorites?

      • Emmaleigh504

        +1 I need a new sports bra too.

      • There was a brief discussion of them, but I think we could definitely revisit it 🙂 I recently got an Anita Women’s Momentum sports bra per a recommendation here for the Anita brand. I like the style a lot — it’s a bit techy-looking and has nice lines — but it looks a bit weird on. I might want to get another one soon in a different style or brand.

      • epric002

        anita, freya, panache, shockabsorber, and even underarmour (limited size range) make some great enscapsulation sports bras. IMO, these work much better than compression sports bras (typical cheap spandex ones) especially for larger busts.

        • So where is the best place to find some of these brands? A running store? Modells? Any chance to try them on?
          Thanks for the education – I’m off to learn more about encapsulation vs. compression sports bras.

          • epric002

            trousseau or online: figleaves.com, herroom.com, barenecessities.com. basically, compression smushes your boobs into the lovely uniboob and, from my experience, doesn’t do anything to inhibit movement/bounce. if you’re wearing multiple sports bras at the same time, they are likely compression and they’re definitely not working. encapsulation is more like a regular bra, can be underwired, and holds each boob in its place through *brarcheticture* and has greatly limited movement/bounce, and therefore improved comfort. good luck!

          • I have to say: we are really lucky to have epric002 as our bra resource. (Bresource? Maybe not. I can’t top “brarchitecture” 🙂 )

          • epric002

            @blithe- do you mean bounce.titlenine.com? @shawess- thanks! it makes me happy to see the positive results from bravangelism!

          • I’m a big fan of Panache sports bras. I saw a bunch of them at Nordstrom recently but I usually get them from Trosseau.

          • Epric002 – yes, I mean Bounce.titlenine.com Sorry for any confusion. And thanks much for all the shopping info!

        • I’ve heard really good things about Moving Comfort, which you can buy at Fleet Feet, but I don’t need a super serious sports bra, so I can’t vouch for anything.

          • I only have Moving Comfort sports bras, all of which are great except the last one I bought which scratches me.

      • Has anyone here tried the Lululemon encapsulation bras (like the “boob wired” or the “ta ta tamer”)? I’m surprised to see that they’re actually more affordable than some of the options discussed here, and I could actually pick one up on my way home rather than ordering it.

      • Becks

        As a busty woman, I have given up on sports bras. It’s either way too tight or the uni-boob affect!

    • I just saw a ton of Chantelle bras at Marshall’s in Columbia Heights, including large cup sizes. I was really surprised. I love those bras.

    • I had my “permanent” retainer in for 12 years before I said to hell with it. It’s been out for 6 years and my teeth are pretty much the same, even though I was told my teeth would start shifting dramatically once I had it removed. I haven’t been back to the orthodontist since, but I’m pretty sure everything is gonna be a ok. I think there has been a slight shift in my bottom front two teeth that I can live with. Nothing else seems to be moving around.
      I’m curious to find out why you still have yours in (if it’s not too personal to ask)? Do you feel like you’re being pressured into keeping it by your orthodontist (like I was), or do you have a specific reason that it needs to be in place? I HATED everything about going to the orthodontist and the feeling of the permanent retainer. I was so glad to end that chapter of my life.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I LOVED the orthodontist. It helped that my hillbilly teeth were really noticeably jacked, so I wanted them fixed pronto. And it helped that the nature of my crooked teeth necessitated waiting till I was older than most kids when I got braces. They all started in 4th grade, I had to wait til 7th grade. Then I had braces for 11 months and a day. Orthodontics was the best thing to ever happen to me. fin

      • Not too personal. When I got the permanent retainer I also got a removable retainer for my top teeth. When I stopped wearing the removable, my teeth shifted– not noticeably to others but I can tell. I decided to replace the bottom, glued in retainer this morning to avoid movement on the bottom. I figured $200 for a retainer with a life of 12-15 years without any maintenance was worth this trip to the orthodontist. They offered a clear, removable retainer instead but I think I would end up losing that or forgetting to wear it. The retainer itself has never bothered me but if it had, as yours did, I could see just letting it go.

        • Ahhh… I see… I guess I’m really lucky that my teeth have stayed in place. I was awful about wearing my top retainer but no matter how much everyone tried to scare me into making sure I wore it, I didn’t and it ended up not making one bit of difference. But just having this conversations is giving me ghost pains of what it was like when I did have the bottom retainer in. My tongue would get so sore from that thing.
          And to Emilie… I had some pretty jacked up teeth too. I know I’m very fortunate that my parents got me braces (also at 12… also for 2 years)… I can’t imagine what I would look like if I hadn’t gotten them. So, while I was not a fan of the process of orthodontia, I am very glad I went through it. I just haven’t given it much thought since I had the permanent retainer taken out 6 years ago… and thinking about it is literally making my whole mouth hurt 😀

          • Emmaleigh504

            lol I also only had 4 brackets so there was next to no pain. I think I got a sore on my lip once. My mom, who has the same problem (it’s genetic, yay) had a full set of braces top and bottom for 6 years. She was so jealous of my experience.
            All that said, my retainer got bent and shifted my teeth (the whole thing was so stupid b/c my retainer didn’t retain anything, it had my false teeth on it). I can tell they are wrong, and even though it would be an easy fix, I’m not getting my teeth fixed.
            Aside: I should have become an orthodontist, I love talking about teeth.

    • What’s a “permanent” retainer — is it different from a regular retainer?

      • It’s a wire cemented in behind your teeth. Mine goes behind my front teeth on the bottom of my mouth.

        • Interesting; I didn’t know such a thing existed.
          I had to wear removable retainers all day for a year (or maybe it was two years?), and then at night. I slacked off on wearing the removable retainers when I was a freshman in college, and my bottom teeth shifted slightly as a result. I try to tell myself it gives them “character,” which is what British people say about non-straight teeth, but I don’t really believe it.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Waiting until the rain started to clear out my storm drains.

    Rave: I think “The Mindy Project” was hilarious last night but I was watching it through wine goggles. Must watch again.

  • Rave: Online date and I finally agreed that we’re just not into each other romantically. No second date because we really are better off being friends, if that at all.
    Rant: I fee kinda bad that we didn’t hit it off romantically. On paper, we would be perfect. But in person, we just vibe as friends. I wasn’t physically attracted, and I guess he wasn’t either. This was so disappointing. Back to the beginning.

    • Accountering

      Don’t feel bad! These things happen! Onward and upward. It’s just one date, and there are tons more fish in the sea.

      • epric002

        +100 to “it’s just one date”.

      • Yes! I just got back into dating, so I’m so rusty too. I know we women outnumber men in DC, so I’m trying to keep that into perspective. I don’t mind being single, but dating is kinda fun.

        • You’ll do well in DC with that attitude 😀
          When you start treating dating like a job OR are dating simply because you dislike being single/alone, it loses all fun.

    • Agreeing with the “don’t feel bad” comments. Before I met my last boyfriend, I went out with probably 20 or so people over a year and a half. Dated a few for about a month, but a lot were just first or second dates and one or the other wasn’t really feeling it. Pretty common with online dating. Some people that I seemed great online didn’t really click in person, while my ex I was sort of meh about when we were talking online and then really hit it off in person. (That said, much easier said than done – I still always feel bad if I’m not interested in someone and hate having to say I’m not interested, haha. But it is common at least.)

    • palisades

      screw it I’d be ecstatic about a new friend

    • Did you talk to him after the first date and come to that conclusion? Having 5 or so one and done dates, its kind of a relief. If you arent physically attracted, thats pretty much a non-starter.

      • Yes, we both talked about it. We don’t see each other as romantic partners. We would love to hangout as friends because our personalities are similar, but there’s no couple’s chemistry there. If you saw us on our “date,” it looked like two friends just goofing off.

  • Rave: Very enjoyable evening last night.
    Rant: Tried to clear a clog in one of my storm drains this morning. I spent way too much time on it and didn’t succeed in unclogging it — I think I’m going to need a wider snake/auger thing.
    Rave: My boss was very sympathetic about the whole thing. (I let him know I was going to be late.)

  • palisades

    Can anyone recommend a good scent for my room? I’m a guy so I want something more woodsy and heavy smelling, and not too overpowering. Candles aren’t really my thing but I don’t even know where to start.

    • Andie302

      Pier one has reed diffusers that are great – not too strong and no burning candles. I love citrus and cilantro, but that might be too floral for you (it always smells very earthy and fresh to me).

    • Frebreze clean linen and this is to be used AFTER a thorough cleaning of your space, meaning EVERYTHING, then frebreze

      • palisades

        Yeah I thought about that. It would certainly be the most effective. My girlfriend’s apartment complex re-sprays the lobby every day with that though so it has kind of put a bad taste in my mouth.

    • Emmaleigh504

      You could do what my friend’s mom did, she used one of her favorite perfumes as room scent (Mademoiselle by Chanel). She just spritzed it around the room. Personally, I think cleaning products are the right scent for a room, because it smells clean.
      Fun Fact: (many) gay men lovelovelove the smell of Mademoiselle. I used to wear it and I would walk through the French Quarter and they would follow me to find out the name of my fragrance.

      • palisades

        I still remember when I was maybe 8 or 9 I took all of my brother’s colognes and sprayed everything in his room. I thought I was absolutely hilarious. After the punishment from him I received I don’t think I can look at the combination of colognes and rooms the same.

    • Whole Foods carries a big selection of high-quality and relatively affordable home fragrances, including sprays, diffusers, candles and incense. The Archipelago brand has some really nice woody fragrances in diffuser and candle form, including Bergamot Tobacco scent. There are also nice home sprays in the same section, but from a brand I can’t remember offhand.

      Redeem on 14th has a really nice selection of minimalist-looking candles in more woody, heavy scents and they may have non-candle fragrances too.

      My personal favorite woodsy smells are Diptyque’s “Feu de Bois” (firewood) and “Baies” (black currant and rose). These are a lot more expensive than the others, but I find the scents totally intoxicating. The Blue Mercury location north of Dupont has a good selection of Diptyque candles and they have a much bigger range for sale online in the same fragrances.

      • palisades

        Awesome thanks. Hopefully the whole foods in glover park has a sufficient selection. The other two places sound very intriguing though.

        • The Glover Park Whole Foods should definitely have a nice selection. I also forgot — I think the Blue Mercury In Georgetown also carries Diptyque. Good luck and let us know what you pick!

    • The Glade company has a line of products called “cashmere woods” that is masculine smelling, but pleasantly unidentifiable. I use the candles, but they also have scented oils and room sprays.

    • A deep clean and open windows every chance you get? Everything commercial smells like a public restroom. A CLEAN public restroom, but still.

    • Really? Dudes are using room freshener? Commercial air fresheners — first cousins of the paper pine tree hanging from the cabbie’s rearview — or for someone besides that one aunt and the sort of sexless, jobless ladies that used to pitch cleaning products on daytime TV?
      I’m with Anonymous 4:28. They all smell commercial and artificial. I’d rather have the lingering smell of yesterday’s masala fish, as prepared by an over-educated and perhaps oversensitive South Asian housemate, than aerosol flowers or wax vanilla.

      • FWIW, I specifically recommended only scents that bear no resemblance to commercial air fresheners. Good natural fragrances do exist (and I’m slightly obsessed with them).

      • palisades

        Well I didn’t say air freshener I said scent. No different than cologne or my shampoo or detergent. Something that is my smell and makes the room more inviting. I have a cat and live in a very old apartment. It’s hard to make it smell great

  • Is it appropriate to leave your breast pump drying on the counter in the office kitchen?
    Mind you, this is a kitchen shared by probably 100-150 people each day.

    • Uhh, no, because breast pumps, like false teeth can carry bacteria and can be spread, co-worker to co-worker, stop the nastiness and bag that up and take it home.

    • I would probably feel very uncomfortable seeing one unattended there.

    • Meh. Would I leave my own out? Probably not, because of the chance for bacteria. Unless I was going to wash them later and just rinsed them to keep my office from smelling like sour milk all day. Would I care if someone else left them there? Aside from the “eww, that’s going to get germs on it” factor, I think it’s just fine. I assume it’s not like she’s whipping out the pump in the middle of a meeting. I also assume sometimes you bring things into the kitchen that other people think are gross. That’s the hazard of a shared space.

  • hispanicandproud

    Rave: Offsite work meeting opens a new career possibility! All I did was smile.

    Rant: Offsite meeting also meant I had to miss my favorite outdoor bootcamp.

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