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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  • Rave: I slept so well last night. I think I have just reconciled myself to the fact that working out in the morning doesn’t work for me in the fall and winter months. My body just requires more sleep than that, so I’m off to the gym during lunch. Sometimes, I just give up fighting my natural inclinations and decide to work with them.
    Rave: Joni Mitchell’s birthday is today, and I’m enjoying lots of her hits on streaming radio this morning.
    Rant: I’ve got nothing. It is Friday; I’m well rested; the weekend is on the horizon.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: FRIDAY. It has been a long and exhausting week.
    Rave: Emilie is coming over this evening.
    Rant: She’s taking Donna Martin away. Wah.
    Rave: My office is still freezing cold, but I bought a cozy chenille blanket and brought it in. I look ridiculous sitting at my desk all wrapped up in a blanket, but I’m warm.

  • palisades

    Rave: Birdman. Incredible movie. Cinematography is unbelievable. The score is so tense and fits the film’s narrative perfectly. The acting was, of course, top notch as well.
    Rave2: Nightcrawler. Equally amazing. Definitely recommend it for the more casual movie viewer. Reminded me of Collateral and Drive.

  • thatnewplaceon14th

    Rant: It’s almost Thanksgiving… next thing you know it’ll be 2015! 😐

  • Rave: The weekend is here, almost done with prepping for a big awards show this weekend. Once it’s done, will have less on my shoulders.
    Rant: Having to miss out on a beer festival Saturday with friends because of above awards show. The turnout of the elections, so much red. Gay marriage bans being upheld in four different states.

  • Rave: Offer! Signed! The one I wanted too in the end, everything worked out and I feel like a huge weight has been lifted. Thanks to all you beautiful popvillers for the advice and good vibes. I have 3 more weeks at my current place to wrap things up and then I’m onto the new thing.
    Rave: I’m going to see my bf tomorrow and I’m so psyched I missed him so much this week it was actually a little sad
    Rant: the gallery place bed bath and beyond is the nearest to car-free me, but its also the worst I’ve been to in terms of selection and so on. Maybe I should just suck it up and order online.

  • Can any eagle-eyed Popville reader remind me where I should be looking for a reasonably priced (less than $2k) sofa? Someone mentioned a warehouse-type store here a few weeks back but I can’t find the discussion.

  • Rave: Got my butt in gear & went running this morning! It was lovely, and I ran over 4.5 miles. Go me!
    Rave: Kiddo just makes me smile. So freakin’ cute. A little imp with a lot of spunk.
    Rave: Funny stories from daycare teachers–apparently, they’ve had to move her cot 4 times because she & one of her buddies keep talking & giggling during nap time and waking up the other kids. The two of them used to chase each other around in the infant room, and it sounds like they’ve resumed their “best buds” status in the one’s room. The little boy was super excited to see her this morning & repeatedly said “Hi! Hi! Hi!” when my wife came in with my daughter–prompting the naptime storytelling.
    Rave: No scheduled activities this weekend! So looking forward to that.
    Rave: No rants. Happy Friday everyone!

    • CUTE! I love adorable daycare bff stories like this.

      • Uh, I think that was a “tell your kid to take a nap during nap time” story.

        • She’s not even 18 mo, so I can tell her to be quiet during nap time until I’m blue in the face and she’s not going to make the connection. At least that’s my guess.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Aww your kid sounds cute! I love that she and her bestie are causing a ruckus at nap time!

      • Cute? Not to the people who you pay to put your kid (and other people’s kids) down for a nap.

        Seriously, how many rants here are about kids melting down in public, and you know what causes toddler meltdowns — missed naps! I need a nap myself now.

        • I didn’t hear the story directly, but I’m pretty sure it was told as a funny story. There would have been a different context if it were a problem or concern. For what it’s worth, I think this is happening at the end of nap time (the last half hour or so). And disruptions are unfortunately part of the name of the game with day care naps. My child’s naps have been disrupted by other children struggling or playing as well. While unfortunate, it’s part of day care and group settings. And I’m fully confident that her teachers are drawing on their multiple decades worth of experience to sort out the situation.

          • Don’t let anyone give you shit. Kids aren’t electronics, you cant set them to sleep on command. My kid did the same thing on occasion, talk to her “best friend” during nap-time. It lasted a week, went away, came back. No day care has all kids napping all the time at every nap time. You sound to me like you’re doing it right, because to any parent who knows how to roll with the punches, your story was adorable/funny.

        • Settle down, Beavis. They’re friggin’ KIDS.

    • Thanks guys! It made me smile too 🙂

  • epric002

    rant: stubborn cold is hanging on.
    rave: narcotic cough syrup.
    rave: we adopted foster puppy! very excited to get his foot fixed! the wellness limited ingredient diet food continues to work!
    rave: thip khao’s soft opening last night with neighbor friends.
    rave: friday!
    rave: feeling super cute in my outfit today 😉

  • pablo .raw

    Rave: Great to see everybody at PoPville’s anniversary last night! I”m proudly wearing my new t-shirt today 🙂
    Rant: The fact that I have never noticed the reference to the metro green and yellow lines at the top of PoPville’s page.

  • Rant: worked late and missed last night’s HH.
    Rave: Had pancakes for dinner.
    Rant: Already feeling overwhelmed about next year’s weddings. I only went to two this year, and still spent close to 5 grand between the two (including the bachelorette parties and multiple engagement parties/bridal showers). I’m all for celebrating but people go waaayyyy overboard these days and I’m beginning to feel a little bitter about how much money this is costing me.

    • It’s OK to say no and to skip the extras.

    • epric002

      embrace saying no to excessive wedding celebrations 🙂

      • I’m 100% with you on this — my wedding was intentionally as low key as we could make it. But I will say that opting out can be more of a friendship dealbreaker sometimes than it really should be. Some people take it really, really personally. I’ve actually had friends call me out on opting out of their events more than a year later, and say how much it really hurt their feelings. Although it still may be worth saying no, it’s worth thinking about how upset it might make the friend. It’s easier in some cases than others.

        • epric002

          for me it’s pretty rare to need/want to say no to EVERY wedding celebration opportunity for a couple. i can almost always swing attendance at at least one party/shower/rehearsal/reception for each couple. it’s when one couple has 12 events that you really just need to own saying “no” when you can’t afford/just don’t WANT to attend each and every event. IMO, If a “friend” doesn’t understand that you can’t afford/don’t want to spend 12 weekends traveling around the country over the course of a year to celebrate their wedding, then they’re probably not that good of a friend to begin with.

        • Honestly, if you decline a second or third bachelorette party with an excuse of not having the funds or the leave or because you have another event at the same time, and your friend gets miffed, then you shouldn’t have gone to the first party, either.

        • Over the years, I’ve realized that I was glad to have been dropped/downgraded by the (3) friends that took issue with my gently saying no to certain wedding celebrations. It hurt at the time, but after some time passed, I realized that they were also the friends who were really not good friends in the first place – it was usually all about them, and the friendship was very one sided. I can’t say I miss any of them.

        • The friendship-breaker is what I’m concerned about. I know I can technically skip events, but with the weddings last year, some people skipped the bachelorette party (but went to the wedding) and I know it caused a lot of drama between everyone. Which is stupid, I know.
          Also, a few of the friends getting married next year are in the same friend group. How do I justify going to one bachelorette party but not the other? I know I shouldn’t need to explain myself, but I feel like it’ll come up/cause problems.

          • Wait…my understanding is that bachelorette parties are for the bridal party (and a select few friends if they can come) – that’s terrible that not coming to a bachelorette party caused issues!

          • Because your schedule has changed, your budget has changed – those are totally valid reasons to go to one and not another event. And even if they’re not strictly true, nobody is going to check your leave records or pay stubs and they’re able to think that it’s about you and not them.

          • I wish I had great advice for you, and I don’t, but will say that I fully commiserate. These are tough choices that really could change friendship dynamics — even though they probably shouldn’t if everyone is being super levelheaded and thinking about things rationally.
            Honestly, I would suggest choosing the events that you think will be the most feasible and enjoyable. Give yourself a free pass for skipping the really expensive/logistically difficult/emotionally complicated ones.
            I think simple explanations about your choices really should suffice (“With all of this year’s exciting celebrations, I had to make tough choices, but I can’t wait to celebrate with you and XX, XX and XX events!”) And if they don’t, maybe it really is for the best in the long run to let that relationship run its course. Even though it sucks.

          • *AT xx, xx, and xx events. Not AND.

          • Thanks, y’all. I need to just suck it up and say no to the ones I can’t manage/don’t want to go to. And y’all are right, if it causes problems I probably don’t want them as friends anyway.

          • circumstances change. that is all the justification you need.

    • palisades

      holy mother of god $5k

      • No kidding! My suggestion: increase your 401K today, and your United Way donations so that you can’t in fact afford these excessive costs.

      • My husband and I tried to make our wedding as guest-friendly as possible while still looking at the needs of family.

        We opted to host it at a museum venue close to my aging parents at about a two hour drive from DC so my parents could make it but also so no one would have far to drive if they wanted to skip the hotel.

        We did away with groomsmen and bridesmaids and the rehearsal dinner, and we imposed no dress code at all, though all out guests did dress nicely. The only attendees who had to rent fancy clothing were the two of us. 🙂

        In the end, we spent about 13K of our own money with 55 guests, catering, cake, decorations, venue, and a live band. If you’re having to spend $2500 just *attend* a wedding, your friends need to dial it back or you need cheaper friends, IMHO. 🙂

      • Seriously. My entire wedding, for 50 people, cost $5000. And we weren’t drinking out of dixie cups – we had caviar and champagne, beautiful venue, etc etc.

        • Bear

          I’m going to need some tips from you in the future…

          • epric002

            it can be hard to do a smaller wedding, but it’s definitely possible. ours was 21 people, including us and our 6mo old niece. ceremony was in a garden, dinner at 1789, and we had a lovely time. and we probably spent less on the whole thing than a lot of people spend on a photographer.

          • happy to oblige! I should probably write a book… seriously, as soon as you say wedding, price skyrocket. it pissed me off so much – sent me on a mission to not overpay. like the other poster above, we didn’t have attendants – we were both over 30 and it felt undignified – and really limited the booze, which kept costs down.

    • daaaaang that’s a lot. I would totally feel bitter too!

    • I’m in the same boat – it’s tough to find the balance. I’ve been in two weddings this year and have three others that I’ve attended/am going to attend. Definitely advocate for doing what you need to and are able to in terms of money and time!

    • Quotia Zelda

      I think weddings have gotten insane lately (note: I was married in the dark ages). Personally, I think bachelor/bachelorette parties are stupid, especially if they involve travel. I would absolutely turn those down. I love showers, but I’m only going to attend one per bride (and if there are multiples, the guest list should not overlap), and no games, please! Engagement parties I can take or leave, but I really disapprove of turning them into gift-giving occasions.

      I do love bridesmaids’ luncheons, rehearsal dinners, and post-wedding brunches. Basically for me, providing hospitality for your guests = good. Expecting them to lay out money and buy lots of presents = bad.

      I should be Queen of the World.

      • I don’t get the whole multiple celebration thing. But, I didn’t have a wedding party so that helped a lot. We had a “rehearsal” dinner which was a way for just family to spend time together. That was it. It’s a DAY. Respect that your friends have lives and other financial obligations!

      • You would have my vote!
        I think the more you can do for guests (especially out of town guests) the weekend of the wedding, the better (though making it clear those events are entirely optional to allow flexibility for travel, sightseeing, or whatever else they might want to do instead of having brunch with your new in-laws). But expecting people to travel for anything other than the wedding itself is not cool.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I would add expecting people to travel for a wedding is not cool. No one is obligated to go to a wedding just because they are invited.

      • Emmaleigh504

        The best bachelorette party I ever went to was the bride’s maids and the bride’s few best friends from high school. We all knew each other and it was a couple of days before the wedding. We spent the night in the Quarter being silly and acting like we did in high school. Then we all piled into a hotel room for a slumber party and room service. It was fun, small, inexpensive, and not required!
        On the other hand, I’m all for small weddings and elopements. I will send a present every time (tell me your silver pattern!), but I can’t always go to a wedding b/c I have no leave.

        • The worst bachelorette party I went to was when a girl, living here, decided that we were all going to drive to Baltimore and rent hotel rooms to go out because she didn’t want to be drunk in a town where people might recognize her. The insane maid of honor wanted everyone to pay to rent a limo for two days (at about $500 each) to drive us there and back. We all ended up carpooling, sleeping on floors of hotel rooms, and generally being miserable and poor.

        • That is exactly the kind of bachelorette party I want if/when I get married, Emilie504!

    • weddings are so expensive! The worst are when people who live here decide to host weddings in their hometowns, despite the fact that they haven’t lived there in 15 years, so it’s “cheaper.” Welp, it’s certainly cheaper for them, but nearly everyone they know has to fly across the country, rent a car, and get a hotel room!
      We tried to be nice with our wedding – had it here, which is halfway between where both of us grew up. It was a long drive for most of our family, a few people flew, and we hosted a rehearsal dinner for about 60 people and a brunch for the whole group the morning after. The shower/bachelor/bachelorette parties were all local (people who expect the whole group to travel to another city for a bachelorette party are insane) and no one stayed at a hotel.

      • I’m getting married in October next year. It will be in my hometown, even though I’ve lived here just over 5 years. Why? Not because of price. It’s as expensive as it would be here. No, we’re doing it there because there is a lot more family back there and my handful of friends here aren’t a big enough reason to make it more dificult for everyone else.

    • If I’m close enough to my friends to be actively involved in their wedding events, I’m also close enough to have the conversation that goes: “I’m really sorry — everything sounds lovely, and I want to be there, but I only have so much leave time/money/energy to do a couple of events. Which of them are the most important to you?” It’s honest, and it means that the friend gets to tell me which events really matter to them. If someone gets miffed because I can’t do everything, and doesn’t understand why, then they probably aren’t going to be in my inner circle of friends anyway — and I’ll plan accordingly.

    • This is one of those times I’m glad I am a dude. We don’t hold grudges about this stuff. For whatever reason, this really is a female-on-female crime.
      If I tell a guy friend: “Hey buddy, I don’t have the time/money to be a groomsman or attend your wedding,” usually they’ll be like “Aww too bad, but no problem. Let’s pound a beer.” And I’ll buy them a drink because I feel bad. For about 30 minutes.
      Though when this happens, the wife sometimes ends up harboring a grudge. That’s happened to me a few times. I’ve also turned down invites to attend weddings of female friends, but they’ve always been cool about it and it really didn’t change the relationship.
      Maybe I’m just oblivious (strong possibility)

      • I think that’s part of my issue. My pre-DC female friendships never had any of the grudge-holding, friend drama that I experience now and I don’t know how to navigate it because I’ve never dealt with it before! I’m definitely the “let’s pound a beer and move on” type but that doesn’t seem to fly a lot of the time with my female friendships here and it’s made me hyperaware of potentially offending them and it’s exhaaaausting.

        • +1. It just shouldn’t be this hard. I blame it on being surrounded by a bunch of other type-A-ish, ambitious people who are spread too thin in almost every way. But really, I think that should be a reason why we all give each other a lot more latitude in our personal lives, not less.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I find this happens with people I’m not all that close to in the first place. My good friends always understand if I can’t do something wedding or other event related. A work friend stopped speaking to me when I wasn’t able to attend her wedding (which had a reception color dress code). The only thing in life I am obligated to do for a friend is go to Middendorf’s at the drop of a hat.

    • PS – what’s up with the Southern thing of having 15 bridesmaids and 15 groomsmen? Is this exclusively Southern? B/c not even my Italian friends in NY with massive families (50+ first cousins!) do this. I see some acquintance’s wedding photos and I’m not sure if I could even think of 15 male friends/family to potentially ask, lol

  • Rant: I was told to come in to my contracting gig today as an extra day (I don’t usually work there on Fridays) to work on a specific project, and lo and behold, it’s not ready for me. Which I predicted. So, here I sit, waiting for this project to be ready for me to work on.
    Rave: They’re paying me regardless? Not that I don’t have other work I could be doing and being getting paid for.

  • Rave: Excited to meet Dan, Justin, Pork Chop and Freya’s owners and others whose names I didn’t catch last night at the anniversary party, and to hang with The OP Anon.
    Rant: Apparently I just missed Accountering, which is a bummer, especially because I wanted to welcome him and Andie to the neighborhood in person if I could. I’m sure I missed plenty of others, too.
    Rant: The internet appears to have collectively hated episode 7 of Serial, but I thought it was a really important one. Am I really alone in thinking that?

    • When I first listened it felt like a panic episode — like on Tuesday she realized she had nothin’ and grasped at anything to fill out half an hour. But I listened a second time and while it certainly didn’t give us new info about the case, it helped me understand some of the process of the investigation/legal system a bit better and how many places it can fail. I suspect that may become important.

      • I think it could be very, very important and it didn’t feel like a throwaway at all to me. **SPOILERS** The most significant things I heard were 1) that true sociopaths are extremely rare, even to lawyers who have defended people for decades, and 2) Adnan not being able to remember his activities on the day of the murder is more likely to indicate innocence than a cover up. I’ve been waiting for an episode like this one since about the second installment.

    • I agree re: Serial! There was nothing groundbreaking or particularly new, but I think it was a good ‘set up’ episode and got me excited for more. Definitely important that they introduce the new team.

    • Were you there on the later side? I don’t think we met — I would’ve asked you if you made it to the Nickodemus show.
      I don’t remember seeing OP Anon there either, so maybe you were part of a later wave of people.

      • We got there around 9:30ish and I definitely didn’t meet you, even though I wanted to. I didn’t make it to Nikodemus, sadly, but I have a feeling our paths will cross soon, Textdoc!

    • I’ve been hooked on this podcast and I felt Ep. 7 was kind of a set up episode.
      I will say the end of Ep. 6 was a bit weird. The host was getting a bit weird on the phone with Adnan and he also seemed a bit freaked out by her…

      • I’ve thought a lot about that passage in episode 6, too. I wonder if they included this as a way to demonstrate Sarah doubting Adnan and to raise the specter that the whole project could turn up nothing new or different in the end.
        As I said yesterday, I’m pretty sure that the Serial team knows pretty well how the whole thing will turn out, and have since they starting broadcasting. So I would guess that this segment is just a device to raise doubt in listeners and make the series even more of a cliffhanger. Whatever they’re doing to make it a cliffhanger is working!

    • It was so nice to meet you too! Hopefully this weekend we’ll get some more good shots of PC and Freya to share with Afternoon Animal Fix. (I actually have a million but picking just one is so hard, so I’m just going to try to take a new one.)

      I REALLY wish I had known last night that you liked serial, because I would’ve loved the opportunity to dissect it with you. Maybe at the next HH!

    • Weird, I loved Ep 7 because it was the first time i felt like there might actually be an outcome. Other people, who do this for a living, might actually be able to clarify the situation. Something other than a great story might be happening.

    • special_k

      I LOVE this podcast and this episode was one of my favorites. I was actually surprised there were so many people who hated it. I think it was a nice counterpoint to people speculating guilt based on behaviors or words that they deem odd (e.g., Adnan called Jay “pathetic”–he used that word because he’s guilty!).
      I also found episode 6 so tense–those long silences of Adnan’s during his call with Sarah–that this episode was somewhat of a relief, a chance to exhale and step back a bit, get a new perspective.

      • I sort of liked those silences in episode 6. I don’t think reporters typically let themselves get so obviously annoyed by most of their interview subjects (I think interview subjects can act in all sorts of ways!). That was one of the first conversations that really gave me a sense of how many hours Koenig and Syed had actually spent chatting on the phone to produce the few snippets we’ve heard, and that the relationship is somehow more than just a typical reporter/subject.

  • Rave: great PoPville HH last night. Congrats on 8 years Dan and thanks for an excellent evening.
    Rave: spin class tonight.
    Rant: I feel like I’m never not tired.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      Thanks and thanks to everyone who came out!!

    • I went to MP to meet some friends, and didn’t even realize that the PoPville party was last night until I was paying my tab and noticed the “Happy Anniversary” billboard behind the bar. Oops! Would’ve introduced myself otherwise.

      • tonyr

        Rave: Fun evening kicked off at HH last night
        Rave: Great concert at 930 afterwards – not sure where she goes from here, but enjoy the moment
        Rave: Just woke up – days off are the best
        Rave: Other than mouth feeling like the bottom of a birdcage, feel OK really

  • skj84

    Rave: I had a great evening last night! Company dinner at a Korean BBQ joint which was awesome. Then finally meeting Dan and getting a T-Shirt at the PoPville Happy Hour! For those who asked, I’m going to try to schedule a brunch next month at Bistro LaBonne.

    Rant: Feeling it this morning. Should make today’s shows an interesting experiance.

  • Red Panda

    Rave: It was so great meeting everyone at the happy hour last night! Maybe I’ll stop lurking now…
    Rant: My Uber ride home last night was extremely uncomfortable. The driver kept asking me what I did for god to make me so beautiful, and wanted me to get dinner with him.
    Revel: My phone auto-corrects “Popville” to “Popsicle.”

  • Rave: spent an exorbitant amount on ugg slippers and they’re supposed to arrive today. My feet get so cold in the winter and I can’t remember being this excited about a purchase in a long time.
    Rave: mom is coming into town and we’re painting the condo
    Question: want to paint a north-facing living room/kitchen gray. There are many large windows in the room but half of them are under an overhanging balcony above, so the room is often pretty dark. Plan to go with Benjamin Moore paints. The baseboards, crown molding, and window wells are all white for contrast. Floors are an orangy yellow hardwood. Cabinets are medium brown with lots of red. Any suggestions or tips?

    • Sheepskin slippers are the BEST. I get super cold in the winter, even my heated mattress pad isn’t enough for my feet. I recommend buying or making microwavable heaters (usually filled with rice) and putting them at the bottom of your bed. I’ll admit I’ve also shoved them in my slippers too.
      I used Ben Moore Grey Owl at a 50% tint in my kitchen/living area. I also have dark cabinets, but not very red. It is the most neutral grey I could find and I love it. It is nice and light and gives the space and airy feel.

    • My Ugg slippers were worth every penny!! I’ve had mine for over ten years and they’re still in great shape. They’ve kept my feet toasty through many New England and Midwestern winters. I love them.

    • The fact hat you’re acknowledging that Uggs are slippers makes me happy! (and as long as you don’t wear slippers out of the house, I think that this is NOT a check on the Basic list.)

    • oooh slippers are the best! I have a pair of LLBean ones that were expensive but are AMAZING.

    • My go-to gray is Sherwin Williams Silverpointe. It’s not too green, not too purple, can be bright or dark and moody depending on the time of day. a nice neutral gray.

    • GiantSquid

      How dark of a grey? We have charcoal in a bedroom and a very light grey in a bathroom.

      • The space is pretty small so I don’t want to feel totally squashed into a cave by a super dark color, but I’m pretty open if the color works. Honestly I just want to emphasize what light there is from all the northern windows and make it feel a little more sophisticated.

      • If it’s north-facing and you’re trying to maximize the light, I’d go for a super-light grey.

  • Rave: the Popville community. I posted here several times in the spring and summer when we were really in the doldrums trying to conceive our first child. People on popville were supportive and kind and made me feel less alone. I am now safely in my second trimester and hope that i can pay all your kindness forward to anyone else out there struggling to get pregnant.

    Thanks, everyone!

  • Rave: PoPville anniversary party! And great to meet the little PoP princess : )
    Rave: It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood
    No rants this morning, just raves 🙂

  • Rant: My new boss is trying to fire me.
    Rave: I’m starting to not really care about it.

    • At this point, if it seems inevitable, do everything you can to position yourself to receive a decent severance package. Will they pay out your accumulated vacation and sick time? If not, you might as well take it.

  • Hey, Hivemind:
    I would like to hire a person to come to my small office and fix our network. It’s outdated and slow. I think we need new routers. I bet we could have a better configuration. But I don’t know enough to do it myself, and don’t have the time to learn.
    What sort of business/ person would I hire for this? How would I get someone who genuinely knows what they’re doing and won’t try to upsell me a bunch of unnecessary gadgetry?

    • My husband does this kind of stuff and is interested in picking up some side consulting work. Wouldn’t try to upsell you anything–just get your network fast and functional and recommend equipment upgrades if necessary. He currently does this for a volunteer fire department 🙂 Send me an email at faucetini (at) gmail dot com if you’d like me to connect you two!

    • My small office has used Wittig & Associates for a few years now and have been happy with them. They are prompt, friendly, etc. and the cost seems to be acceptable to the bill-payers here: 202.862.5555.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: jet lag
    Rave: Getting my sweet, sweet kitty back today! I’ve missed her so much! I wanted to steal every kitty I saw in Haifa to fill my kitty needs.
    Rave: Haifa has so many sweet street/community cats! The shop owners near my hotel worked together to keep the street cats healthy, fixed, and friendly. It was awesome. The cats would just wander in and out of shops saying hi to the owners and inviting passers by to come in.

  • rave: others endorsing my idea of birthday party donations to the DC Diaper Bank – it’s super easy to do and it’s a great way to clear out ununsed items! I hope others are encouraged to do this. Reading about the need for diapers was so heartbreaking, we’re fortunate to have such a dedicated group at the DCDB.
    rant: I’m not rich enough to give money away, endlessly, to all the charities I want to support.
    rave-ish: standing by my dedicion not to contribute to my coworkers baby shower. They’re going ALL out and people were all over me about what I’m being voluntold to bring. It’s really uncomfortable.
    rave: got special passes to the Concert for Valor.
    rant: Can’t go. Stupid babies!

  • Aglets

    Rave/Rant- It’s friday but it’s shaping up to be a supremely shitty day work-wise

    Rave: I have a hot zeke’s coffee in my hand so I have that!

  • Rave: PoPville anniversary happy hour! Everyone is so nice, I just wish I still lived in Columbia Heights so I could have stayed later, haha. Was great to meet Dan and get a T-shirt! Now I need to travel somewhere fun…
    Rave: Taking a half day today since my parents are visiting. Thank goodness, because I am having a hard time staying awake this morning.

  • Rave: Biking to Arizona Ave today – should make for some good hills and quads of steel.

    Rave: Three job postings I’m really interested in and qualified for – now to put the work in and get the applications out.

    Rant/Rave: Having to get our floors redone AGAIN after property management group messed things up with the repair the third time! But the new floor guy seems great.

    Rave: Off to Hunt country Virginia this weekend with friends to foxhunt!! (no killing of the fox, no worries) I’ve always wanted to foxhunt. I cannot wait!

  • Rant: public school cafeteria food.
    Rave: I think I’ve filled two of the rooms in my house. The other two are friends who are a “maybe”
    Rant: driving across town to show the house

  • Rave: Last night was my first happy hour and it was a lot of fun! It was great to meet everyone.
    Rant: I’m in the “Is it allergies or a cold?” phase of my sneezing/sniffling.
    Rave: The Serial Podcast parodies by Will Stephen, Zach Cherry, and Paul Laudiero. I was dying laughing!
    Revel: Just looked up the meaning of this word (couldn’t quite distinguish it from rave) and discovered that it’s exactly what I plan to do tonight.

  • Rave: took a bunch of photos on the way home last night and ended up with more quality images than I planned. Yay!
    Rant: performance review today.
    Rave: show tomorrow at the National Electronics Museum!
    Rave: pumpkin beer tasting with friends tonight! All hail the Great Pumpkin!

  • Rant – Missed so many other fun things the past few weeks due to work craziness and moving. I feel so burnt out.
    Rave – There are signs that the work craziness may start dying down. We had “let’s wrap this up” meeting yesterday and I’m hopeful that things will start getting back to normal soon.
    Rave – Planning to spend time this weekend walking in Rock Creek Park to enjoy the nice fall weather and recharge! I need it.

  • Bear

    Rant: The lack of accountability at my organization. I had a big RFP drop that I’ve been expecting for a while. We’re in decent shape and should be able to produce a solid proposal. Except that the same day this one was released we found out we lost another one, and it’s really embarrassing loss (note: I wasn’t involved in it). So half my proposal team is getting dragged into “what went wrong” discussions and pointing fingers at one another rather than focusing on the one that’s due in a couple weeks. I can tell them in one sentence what went wrong – they assigned three “leaders” to it who collectively make half a million dollars a year and none of whom can lead anything for shit. I don’t know why any of them even have jobs anymore, they have a long record of embarrassing losses.
    Rave: The RFP came out with enough time for me to be able to keep my Thanksgiving plans.

    • palisades

      I work in proposals as well and this is an all-too-common occurrence. So many big whigs in nice suits think they need to contribute, but then proceed to add nothing. Was it a re-compete that they lost? Those seem to draw the most complacency and over-confidence from PMs and higher-ups

  • Rant: Stepped in dog poop this morning and didn’t realize it until I got to my office. Uggghhhhh.
    Double rant: Wearing sneakers today so the sole has lots of crevices.
    Rave: It’s Friday

  • Rave: my eye is less swolen today, so I don;t look like Quasimodo. It still hurts a bit, but MUCH better.

    Ok – I know I need to ditch most of my eye makeup out of an abundance of caution, but any thoughts on taking a knife and cutting about an inch off my eye pencil and using it from there? Seems like such a waste since I’ve barely used it.

    • I guess it depends on how much risk you’re willing to take re: getting another infection. Maybe chop off an inch of it and dip it in peroxide. Or use it as a nudge from the Universe to get a new one from Urban Decay.

      • +1 to Urban Decay. I’ve been experimenting with drugstore eyeliners and none of them can compete with UD.

    • The same thing happened to me, but it was obvious what the culprit was because I poked myself in the eye with my mascara about 8 hours before the infection became symptomatic. And I also called myself Quasimodo. It’s so hideous and painful, I feel for you and hope you got some antibiotics.
      You can put it in the freezer for 24 hours, but that’s not guaranteed to kill everything. If that still feels like too much for a risk for you, then chuck it.

  • Mike

    A little late to the party today.
    Rant: Fridays in the office are always crazy because everyone is a procrastinator, I burned my bagel, and I can’t find my favorite shoes!
    Rave: Narrowly survived another week of work / school / life. My reward: a bottle of hard cider, shipped from an angel in NY, waiting for me at home in the fridge, to be savored late tonight on couch with a pup, a cat, a Better Half, and some Bollywood.

  • Rant: being the fall guy. I told everyone at our company that it would be a conflict of interest to contract with this client and I didn’t want to do it. I tried to get them to do conflict of interest language. I wanted the scope of work specified in the contract. Everyone told me it would be fine and not to worry about it. Guess what? Now there’s a conflict of interest and everyone is blaming me for not getting everything in writing. ARGH.

  • Rave: closing on refinance today.
    Rave: saving $300 a month
    Rave: original loan amount only went up 4k. It’s only been 6 months since buying.

    • How was it doing a refinance so soon after purchase? Who did you use?

      • Well for my situation it was very easy. My loan is a VA backed loan and was able to do a VA streamline refi. Literally took 2 weeks from start to close. I stayed with Wells Fargo who was already the servicing my loan.

  • rave: workiong from home today
    rant: boss let a cowrorker review report draft hat I wrote by myself and now she is a coauthor on the report having re written the whole thing. Beyond pissed. And this coworker has put all kinds of errors in the report and is giving every excuse in the world not to change them.
    rant: surgery coming up.
    rave: my motehr will be traveling here to be with me during the surgery. She’s not that overbearing but likes to pick on me alot. I know she’ll leave me witha stocked fridge though.

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: finishing first week at new job. So much to learn but glad to be learning!
    Rant: vacation last week in Seattle and Portland feels like it was several months ago
    Rant: anyone else underwhelmed by Portland? Felt kind of like Syracuse, NY, but with people and filled storefronts.
    Revel: awesome curly cut yesterday and changed color streak to purple
    Revel: Missed the PoPvillians and RRoR. Hope new job will allow me to actually hit up a happy hour and meet many of you.

  • Becks

    Rave: It’s Friday.
    Rant: I no longer have time to read the comments section on the raves and Rants.
    Rave: I am going on a picnic tomorrow. Let’s hope the weather is nice.
    Rant: So, so tired!
    Rave: I am taking off Monday and then have Tuesday off. FOUR DAY WEEKEND!!!

  • Not really a rant or revel, but I’m doing a photography project and I could use PoPvillains’ help. Here’s the CL link: http://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/vol/4749287894.html

  • Rave: The sun has come out from behind a cloud.
    Rant: Literally, not metaphorically.

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