Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Rant: Rain makes busses slow.
    Rant: Went to bed too late again last night. Ugh.
    Rant: Stepped in a puddle when I got off the bus. Cold and wet. Yuck!
    Rant: Slipped on the escalator going down into the metro station. Ouch!
    Rant: Too many medical appointments to juggle this week.
    Rant: My old lady cat is in surgery today. Supposed to be a routine surgery. Hope it goes well! Poor kitty is going to be mad at us later!

    • Emmaleigh504

      hope the rest of your day gets way better, and your kitty has a speedy recovery!

      • Thanks Emillie! On the plus side, it may stop raining before I need to leave for my dentist appointment. That would be nice 🙂

    • Rave: done with the dentist for another six months (though why do they want to do full-mouth x-rays every five years? I’m highly suspicious of the frequency of dental x-rays) and bloodwork is completed.
      BIG RAVE: kitty did great with her surgery, and woke up well from the anesthesia & was very lovey towards the veterinary staff. And we’ll have some cute photo ops coming up since she’s going to be wearing a shirt to protect the incision sites from her and her brothers. She’ll be grumpy about it, but it’ll be cute 🙂

  • Homeward Trails Animal Rescue as part of “Giving Tuesday” is making a big push to win the 10-11 AM Power Hour prize so please donate NOW if you are able. We are trying to win a $2,500 prize for having the most donors so we really need as many people as possible to donate between 10-11 a.m. We’re been incredibly successful in winning these prizes in the past and we know that with your help we can do it again!

    Again – the prize goes to the group getting the most donors – not the most money – so even if you can give $20.00 it will help.

    If not, a donation any time today would be much appreciated. Giving Tuesday ends at 11:59 PM tonight so we have less than 18 hours left to make a difference in the lives of thousands of homeless animals


  • Aglets

    rant: UPS. I’m on hold with UPS right now because they think my business is a residence and trying to deliver my stuff at 7:30pm…jerks….

  • Andie302

    Rant: Earworm of Taylor Swift’s Blank Space
    Rant: I thought of the song in the first place because out of no where my mom smelled the new perfume Incredible Things and really like it, so I tried to find it as a gift, and it’s sold out. (My mom is not very basic…or does that make her more basic?)
    Rave: Decorating for the holidays tonight and baking donations for a bake sale at work tomorrow
    Rant: I was going to ask if anyone wanted to go to Live Band Karaoke tomorrow night at Hill Country, but it’s tonight and I can’t swing that. Another time!

    • Taylor Swift has a fragrance based on her song? Even though I really shouldn’t be surprised, I’m a bit surprised/impressed/sickened. She’s quite the marketing genius, that one. And now I’m going to have to listen to 1989 again. #sorrynotsorry

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’m not gonna lie, I want to be besties with Gwyneth and Taylor. We could be the Basic Blonde Bitches and take over the world, or just throw really great parties. I’m ok with both.

        • I’m right there with you, Emilie. Except for the blonde part. I keep asking my hairdresser to make me blonde and he always talk me out of it.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Come to my house! If I can make my nieces blonde, I can make anyone blonde! (I really wish I could convince older niece to stay blonde and keep up with the roots, she looked great blonde.)

          • I trust my hairdresser on this one. As much as I wish he were wrong, I know he’s right. I would look completely effing crazy as a blonde.

          • Emmaleigh504

            party pooper 🙂

          • That said, I did have a lengthy Taylor Swift conversation with my hairdresser at my last appointment, and definitely asked him to make me look as much like her as he possible could, given that I’m 10 year older, brunette, etc. He totally came through. Now if I only had a team of stylists to replicate the look every morning….

          • Emmaleigh504

            wow, I may have to use your stylist!

          • My guy has a plan to take me ev-er-so-slowly blond, as I gradually transform into a caftan-wearing, martini-spilling romance novelist.
            But he’s with your guy– doesn’t really approve of faux blond. At least not with my coloring.

          • @Shawness – is your hairdresser Kendall at Parlour? (I think we had a PoPville discussion on him and his ability to convince us to buy expensive Oribe hair products). I’m laughing at your comments because he has talked me out of many of bad hair ideas!

          • Kendall’s the guy! He’s the voice of reason in many parts of my life 🙂

      • Andie302

        I don’t think the fragrance is based on the song, my brain just made the association and will.not.stop.

    • Please, ladies, don’t be Taylor Swift! She looks like a plastic love doll and I’m convinced that all those guys dump her because she’s like Barbie in the sack.
      Reality is much sexier.
      (Though do whatever feels right re: the blond thing)

      • Hahaha — I love this. Thank you.

        Believe me, NO ONE would actually mistake me for Taylor Swift or Barbie, which is the reason this conversation with my hairdresser is at all remarkable or amusing to me. I’m a big fan of reality (most of the time).

      • Except that no woman wants your opinion on what she should look like. Keep it to yourself.

    • By the way, if anyone is curious what all of the Taylor Swift fuss is about but doesn’t want to read an entertainment magazine or spend $13 on the album, I have a recommendation. The 8-minute review of her new album, 1989, on Fresh Air is really great. It explains the appeal for adults and tweens and provides some context for her success. The segment is called “Taylor Swift: The Peppiest Pop Star We Have Right Now.”

  • justinbc

    Rave: Thanks to the Popville post yesterday I went and checked out the “unlimited free beer” at DC Harvest (with requisite order of Old Bay fried chicken). The fried chicken platter is $24, and includes basically a half of a chicken and a side of slaw. The chicken was very good, with a nice flavorful crust, and the beer was indeed free and unlimited (I had 3 pints before cutting myself off, although I was offered more). Overall, I would say it’s a pretty legit deal, if you were planning to go out drinking anyway. It’s not the best beers (Star Hill Pilsner and Flying Dog “The Truth” IPA), but they’re not bad ones either.

    • Accountering

      I have always liked “The Truth!” Beer Advocate gives it a 92, and I would say it is a pretty exceptional Imperial IPA. Very cool you were able to get this for $24!

    • I didn’t see the post yesterday. So, $24 gets you chicken, a side of slaw, and unlimited beer? Does it include a biscuit? Also, was the chicken hot and fresh? If you can’t tell, chicken is serious business to me! There are too many people trying to do fancy southern food and I’ve yet to find one that’s more satisfying than a fresh two piece from popeyes.

      • justinbc

        Yes, it’s made to order. On the fried chicken scale I would say it’s a bit on the fancy side, but not in a bad way. There’s a high quality of chicken used and you can taste it, was cooked well all the way through too. No biscuit unfortunately. I’m a Bojangles loyalist (from NC), so I’ll refrain from picking on Popeye’s too much 😉

        • Good to know. Thanks, Justin! As for the biscuits, Bojangles will do in a pinch if popeyes is not available 🙂

      • justinbc

        Oh, and it’s apparently going on again tonight as well. You just have to show them their tweet mentioning it to get the deal. They apparently did it last week too, not sure if it’s going to be a regular M/T thing.

  • Rant: I can’t hear much through my condo ceiling, but my new neighbors wake up to their phone vibrating and they must leave it on the floor so that it reverberates downstairs through the hardwood floors. It is as loud as if it were in my room. And they hit the sleep button over, and over, and over, and over, and over again. So all morning I just hear this buzzing and reach for my phone to see why it is vibrating, only to realize my phone isn’t in my room and it is coming from upstairs. How can a phone buzz that loud? And, yes, eventually when I get home from work at a decent hour I’ll go see if there is anything they can do (maybe put the phone on a towel so it dampers the buzz down to my place? I don’t even know what to ask them to do?)

    • How annoying!! Per stories I’ve read on Popville and been told by friends: use caution when approaching neighbors about the things they do in their home that affect you! Not sure how to delicately approach the subject, but I hope that it goes well!

      • +1 — good luck! I agree that you should use caution, but will mention that I was on the other side of this once and felt terrible when my downstairs roommate told me my vibrating phone alarm was waking him up. After he told me, I always left my phone on my bed instead of the floor or nightstand. I really had no idea that the floor amplified the sound until he told me.

    • Yeah, my (former) upstairs neighbor did that from time to time. It wasn’t every day though thankfully. Also, the sleep thing, well it might be because they hit sleep once, then got up and forgot to turn it off, so it keeps going on and off while they’re in the bathroom. I’ve accidently done that a couple times.

      But yeah, I’d go upstairs and tell them that while you never hear them ever, you can hear the vibrating phone in the mornings. Any chance they could put a kitcen towel, rag, etc under it if they want to place it on the floor?

    • They might be leaving it directly on the floor. I had the same problem for a while when I had some new upstairs neighbors in the condo where I used to live — the vibration was waking me up at 6:15 every morning. I told them about it, and I’m not sure what they did, but afterward it wasn’t a problem.
      I think there must be something about the vibration noise that travels especially well through walls/ceilings. A couple of jobs ago, I had an office next-door neighbor who had a BlackBerry. I couldn’t hear his actual telephone ring, but I could hear his BlackBerry every time it vibrated.

      • I think this must be it. They just moved in, so maybe they don’t have a bedside table to put it on? I can’t hear much else coming from their condo, but I can hear the phone vibrate. Its weird. It also probably doesn’t help that it happens when the building is really quiet in the morning. It really isn’t a huge deal, just disconcerting in the morning when you’re not awake and you think your alarm is going off and then realize in brain fog that A) your alarm doesn’t vibrate, B) it is too early for your alarm and c) your phone isn’t even in your room.

        • Yep. And I think this is actually one of the easier neighbor-related problems to resolve, because it’s so easily fixed — much easier than something like loud footsteps.

        • Blithe

          I think this is one of those things that most neighbors would want to know about — that there’s no way they’d know they’re disturbing you, unless you tell them. So maybe take a plate of brownies, welcome them to the building, and, as msus said, mention that you never hear them except for the vibrating phone. It’s likely a simple fix — if they just put it on a different surface. I was once awakened in the middle of the night by a horrible noise that was between me and the front door — my only realistic escape route. It turned out to be my vibrating pager on a wooden tabletop. On any other surface I would barely hear it. Hope things work out well!

  • Rant: Dry contacts…. they caused me to get in a wreck on my bike sat night/ sun morning
    Rave: got to try out the new medal in my elbow and it held up well against the asphalt… also didnt destroy my once shattered elbow
    Rant: messed up my left hand pretty good and my right hip is black & blue

    • skj84

      Yuck on your first rant. I hate dry contacts. It’s one of the worst feelings in the world. I hope you have a speedy recovery from your spill. Have you seen a doctor about your hand?

      • no, ive been keeping a close eye though
        it is doing a lot better today, swelling is pretty much gone and i have strength in it again
        now half of it is turning colors
        bruises everywhere

  • Rant: Friend I’ve known since I was 16 started dating my (not super close but in the same friend group) friend. She told him he’s no longer “allowed” to talk to me. Annoyed with her, but more upset with him for just going along with it.
    Rave: Largely avoided Cyber Monday sales except for a pair of jeans that I’m excited to get in the mail!
    Not sure yet: Downloaded Hinge yesterday. We’ll see how it goes.

    • yea thats kinda wild
      my ex tried that with one of my good friends that i went to elementary school with… there was zero reason for her to worry and it took us having that conversation a couple times before she was comfortable
      took her some time to warm up to my friend but eventually they became cool

      either way there isnt much you can do about it from where you sit. maybe mention it to your friend that it does not have to be THAT extreme and that you do value their friendship

    • Your friend is acting like she’s still 16 (or maybe in middle school?). I just don’t understand giving ultimatums to one’s partner about who they can/can’t be friends with. I guess the only scenario I can understand is if your partner has cheated/had an affair, then I think it is fair to demand a cutting off of contact as a condition of trying to rebuild trust/repair the relationship. But even then, one would hope the cheating partner would volunteer to do it rather than have to be given an ultimatum. And clearly that’s not the scenario here.

      • The thing is, they met through me and I don’t think she feels threatened by me or anything like that (the guy is the one I’ve known since I was 16, he’s much older and originally my oldest brother’s friend). Some mutual friends think it’s more that they’re terrible for each other (I’ve kept my mouth completely shut about all of it) and she’s embarrassed that they always fight and they’ve already broken up 3 or 4 times in the span of just a few months and doesn’t want me to talk about it with his friends that she hasn’t met yet (I wouldn’t, plus they’re dudes and don’t care).
        But whatever her reasons are, I agree with everything you said.

        • Accountering

          This is bogus. Controlling demands like this are crap, and he should dump her ass. This kind of thing only gets worse, and speaks very poorly about her, and the future prospects for their relationship.

      • +1. It’s sad when someone is so insecure that they think the only way to prevent their partner from straying is to remove all possible sources of temptation.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: I checked My Holiday Village® this morning and Cressida and Huxley were rolling a big snowball together. How cute!
    Rave2: Leftover stuffing in the waffle iron.
    Rant: Leftover green bean casserole in the waffle iron.
    Ranrt2: My boss just told me that I have my sweater vest on inside out. She could see the tags from outside the goldfish bowl as she walked by.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: Just got some really great feedback from a customer. Hopefully he does what he said and writes it down so I can send it to my bosses.
    Rant: No one ever gives negative feedback; they don’t want to get people in trouble. I need constructive criticism to do a better job, y’all!
    Rave: picked up a Stanton Hall knife for not too much on eBay. Now to find a fork and spoon to round out a set to use at work. Or I could just steal one of mom’s spoons…

  • epric002

    rant: cold rain.
    rave: gluhwein!
    rave: belated thanksgiving dinner last night with bro & his gf.
    rave: tonight they’re going to help us take xmas photos in front of the tree. the doggies have their fabulous xmas collars to wear, and i am very excited. darling husband is rolling his eyes at the whole thing- such a grinch.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I love to take my sister’s holiday photos. They are not as into it as I am. This year I scouted 3 locations (in their front yard) and tried to get them to do 2 different poses in each location. They wanted one and done. What is wrong with them? Good photos take thought!
      Jealous of your extra Thanksgiving!

    • epric002

      we have never had professional photos done (except at our wedding) so in the past i’ve just used photos from earlier in the year on our xmas cards, but dammit we are getting nice photos done this year! (for free :D) our extra thanksgiving was courtesy of homechef- we ordered their thanksgiving meals and everything was super yummy.

  • Rant: following the crash and burn of Elizabeth Lauten, how long before she is back in the game, always a second act in politics
    Rant: crazy person on the bus this morning

    • Blithe

      I’m thinking that Lauten will be hired as a commentator by New Year’s Day. I hope I’m wrong though.

      • LOL, yeah, I’m sure she’ll be on Fox soon enough. Either that or will be in PR for some lobby firm.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I”ve decided she’s trying for a position at Fox, but she doesn’t quite have the look, yet. She needs to sit down with a stylist to get it.

          • SFT

            When I first saw her picture (the one they used from LinkedIn), I thought that Brittney Spears had gained weight. But then I read the headline 🙂

      • I don’t know, I read some of her twitter feed last night and she is vapid. Maybe she’s more professional at work, but I’d think that a spokesperson should be more professional in any social media that is out there, work or personal.

    • skj84

      Fox should pick her up any moment. I’ve already seen at least one “she’s a victim of the liberal media” post from a conservative friend on FB. Cause nothing says victim than a grown adult picking on children.

  • Rant: Even with my rain coat, umbrella, and wellingtons, I still managed to be wet by the time I got to the office.
    Rave: At least my feet and wool socks stayed dry.
    Rave: Mushroom and spinach scrambled eggs, toasted English muffin with butter and cranberry relish, and cardamon coffee for breakfast. In the winter months, it takes a good breakfast to get me out of bed. This may be the month of 101 uses for leftover cranberry sauce.

  • Rant: Need to get 3 filings replaced. Apparently our dental insurance sucks and it will cost $900.
    Rave: I can afford it
    Rave: Have gotten up before work to work out yesterday and today!

    • Wooo working out in the morning! I keep telling myself that I will be “that person.” But it hasn’t happened yet…

      • Much as I’d love to be a morning exercise person, it will never happen. I’ve tried, and my body flat out refuses to participate. Except when I come back from a trip and jet lag gets me up at false dawn….

    • Andie302

      If you have it available, you may want to consider a health savings plan for 2015 to save on the taxes. I had about $1500 in dental work done last year and it saved a decent amount.

  • Rant: I was hoping to not tell my coworkers that I’m pregnant until after the holidays, but it’s becoming readily apparent that that won’t work. I don’t know why, but I just don’t want to tell them.
    Rave: I’m pregnant!
    Rave: Just entered the second trimester and nausea/morning sickness is waning. Yay!!

    • Wonderful, exciting raves!

      On your rant, do you -really- have to tell them, or can you just let them figure it out on their own? I once sat next to a woman at work who was pregnant and she never made any announcement. We all just kind of figured it out over time, and as far as I know, everyone respected her decision to keep it private. (Obviously this applies more to colleagues than bosses. Maybe you’re just talking about bosses?)

      • I’ve thought of that, but I had a woman in my office ask me if I was pregnant this summer when I wasn’t. She felt bad and apologized, but I feel like allowing her to guess at it and her be right will reinforce that bad behavior. Maybe you and BeverlyS are right, though.

        • Accountering

          The summer situation was probably incredibly embarrassing for her. I am guessing she is not going to be speculating ANYTHING regarding your stomach region at any point in the near future 🙂

          • I know that sounds totally rational, but most people who ask women if they are pregnant way too early are not shamed by a negative answer. Many will keep asking.
            I have a friend at work who has been asked by the same woman like 4 times since she had her twins. You far overestimate the amount of shame people feel.

          • Accountering

            Fair enough. As a male, I have made it a point to simply not comment on my co-workers appearances. Period. Full Stop. It has worked out well for me so far. If there was an issue with one of my direct reports (perhaps not dressing appropriately for work?) I would address it, but in the meantime, I have basically buried my head in the sand, which I think is appropriate.

        • I think the key now is just giving her a non-answer. Like raising your eyebrows and saying “really?” or “why do you ask?.” You could also go the route of, “when we have news to share, we’ll share it.”

      • I also don’t really want to tell my boss, though. Again, not really sure why.

        • I don’t think that you’re obligated to tell anyone on any given schedule, including your boss. This is your news to share when and how you want, when you feel comfortable doing so. The busybodies will always be busybodies, regardless of they way you handle it. I would suggest ignoring them if you can!

          • Accountering

            Meh, this is a tough one. You certainly do need to give a bit of notice, as presumably you are going to be out for an extended period of time? I would say a month or so would be the minimum, perhaps a bit more depending on your industry and what is going on during your absence and your responsibilities etc.

          • Accountering is right — there is a schedule on which you will need to tell you boss, and I didn’t mean to suggest otherwise. I think Blithe’s recommendations for this are more than reasonable, and you have plenty of time if you choose to take it. There isn’t a rule that you have to share the news at the beginning of your second trimester even if it’s commonly considered a safe time to do so.

          • Accountering

            +1 to the above. Just want to make sure we aren’t saying that it would be appropriate to just call out sick one day and say that the baby had come and you would be back in 6 weeks 🙂

          • Haha — no way, Accountering!

        • Blithe

          I think that the time to tell your boss — unless you choose to do it sooner — is at the point that it affects your work: either when/if you need to take time off for doctor’s appointments, and when it’s time to plan leave and do a transition plan for when you’ll be out for an extended amount of time. Telling your boss kind of makes you officially pregnant — meaning that it’s a more public thing, where up until now it’s been private. So if you want to keep things private, I think you have a few more months to do so. Or until someone outright asks you — which I hope no one would do.

        • I remember not wanting my coworkers to know when my wife was pregnant with our daughter – it was an special, amazing, precious thing that I wanted to keep far away from their small mindedness.

      • I had co-workers who were pregnant and never made an announcement (or if they did, nobody relayed it to me). I felt a little awkward about it, because I was pretty sure they were pregnant but I didn’t want to risk congratulating them if I was wrong. So I didn’t say anything until they mentioned it or someone else did.

        • I understand someone not feeling like they have to make a formal “announcement,” but I do think it’s nice to at least tell the coworkers that you work closely with. I’ve had several coworkers get pregnant and never say anything about it, and it does get awkward for others – you want to congratulate and be happy for them, but sort of feel like you aren’t allowed to say anything about it.

    • So exciting! At my office, there was a woman who just told her immediate supervisor (for leave reasons) but never really “told” anyone else. It was more than appropriate.

      • Emmaleigh504

        We had a lady who did the same. She didn’t tell anyone until after the baby was born and let her boss send a baby announcement. We also have had a lady tell as soon as she peed on the stick (she sent a text message with a pic of the stick) and one who waited until she was comfortable telling the gossips who would spread the news. Do what works for you.

    • Ally

      Congrats! I’m in the same boat (but only in month two). Two of my coworkers know and I have no desire to tell anyone else (but will have to). Seems like a private thing to have to share with people you may or may not like. And glad you’re feeling better. I still don’t have any morning sickness, which worries me a little, but hopefully everything is trucking along okay.

      • Hey, I’m in my second trimester and my job still doesn’t know 🙂 I’m going to tell them in the next few weeks but I wanted friends/family to know first, and I didn’t want it to affect my year-end evaluation (and annual bonus).

      • Try not to worry about the lack of morning sickness. Pregnancy affects different people different ways. I didn’t really have morning sickness–just a bit of indigestion periodically, and then several weeks of crazy fatigue at the end of the first trimester/beginning of second trimester.

    • If they ask, tell them “no, we just had a big thanksgiving dinner and I decided to gorge myself for the next few months because America.”

  • Rant: I know this opinion won’t win me many friends, especially here, but I hate when people are more concerned with the well being of animals than of people. The PTO at the elementary school I went to is doing in school fundraisers for the local animal shelter and refusing to give any aid to students in need. This is a school where more than half the students are on the free lunch program. What is really more important, sheltering stray animals or making sure impoverished children get a good education? I would continue with my thoughts on the absurdity of getting pets expensive medical treatments that many people need but can’t afford but I’m going to restrain myself for now.

    • epric002

      i think your anger here is misplaced. the PTO is “refusing to give any aid to students in need”? really? is it possible that they decided that for THIS fund raising opportunity they decided to focus on another cause? perhaps one that a majority of students/teachers/parents support? charity isn’t an either or proposition. if YOU want to support impoverished children, please do so. but it’s pretty judgmental to get upset that other people/groups support other causes too.

      • Yes, they are really refusing to give aid to students in need. They have declared as their official policy that they will not being using any money they raise to buy school supplies or subsidize field trips for children who can’t afford them. They refuse to raise money to replace the playground that was burned down. (Yes, the schools playground was burned down. It’s a wonderful town I grew up in.) If people support giving money to animal shelters instead of providing for the needs of the students, especially when in an organization that is suppose to exist for the benefit of the students, I am going to angrily judge them.

        • epric002

          where is this place? excuse me for being a bit suspicious about a PTO with an “official policy” that they won’t help the kids at their own school.

          • It’s a shitty town on Long Island that just turned out in full force to elect a half-wit to congress because he is an alum of the high school. Where no matter how poor people are they think everyone else is a lazy welfare queen gaming the system. A place where the AP students are told by the guidance department to attend the local 2 year college. A town that was at the forefront of the resurgence of heroin addiction. Think of the worst excuse for a suburb you know, and then replace all of the businesses with fast food chains and all of the people with morons and racists.

          • epric002

            i’m with anonymous from 11:30 then- i don’t think this is an issue of animals v. people- this sounds like a generally crappy organization. i will amend my previous opinion: they sound like jerks. (but please don’t generally hate on people who happen to donate to animal causes. we don’t usually joint PTOs to purposefully deny kids assistance).

        • Wow, that’s appalling. To me, it’s not even a matter of animals versus humans, but more that it’s the PTO. Isn’t the whole point of a PTO to engage with (and support) the students and the school?

    • I’m with you. I love animals. I rescue little birdies that fall out of the nest, I foster kittens, I donate old towels to the shelters, etc etc. But when it comes to people vs animals, I do not understand how animals can ever come first.
      (Although in the case of the elementary school fundraiser, it’s very likely that the students chose the cause.)

    • I like animals more than people. Many people I encounter truly suck. Very few animals do.

      • binpetworth

        On a personal level, I agree with you. I too like animals more than people. On the other hand, no kid gets to choose what sort of situation they are born into, and I think we (society as a whole, even though I don’t have kids) have a duty to equalize the playing field for all children if we truly want to call ourselves an advanced civilization.

        • Emmaleigh504

          +1 And it’s in our own best interest to see that all kids get the best chances in life since they will be running things when we are all old and decrepit.

    • Blithe

      I’m totally with you, although I will allow that it’s certainly possible to be concerned about the well-being of both people AND animals, and I personally give the edge to people — especially kids. Do you think that you could maybe round up some other concerned people and maybe work with someone else in the school, such as the school social worker or counselor, or AP to maybe do some backpacks with school supplies, winter hats and mittens for kids that need them?

    • I understand why people feel more love for animals than people – they are honest and you know exactly where you stand with them. But not recognizing the limitations of this inclination is ultimately a cop out and selling oneself short.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Giving Tuesday Ideas: Rhinos.org (having tech difficulties–hopefully from lots of people giving) SaveTheRhino.org

  • Can anyone recommend some small local companies who do IT outsourcing? And will work with very small Mac-using organizations? (I’ve found a couple that only support PCs/ windows.) We don’t need much.

    • Ally

      I’m with a federal agency and we outsource/contract out a lot of ours to a little company out of Bethesda called Computech. They’ve been decent so far.

    • Bear

      ShipShape IT, based in Bethesda. They have certified Mac engineers and work with a wide range of clients.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rant: I prefer it when rains early in the morning when I can sleep in.
    Rant: Who am I kidding? I can never sleep in, I always wake up too early.
    Rave: I wake up early because I need to create things.

    • Blithe

      Just wanted to thank you — again — for your wonderful description of your NMAI tour! I commented yesterday, but quite late in the day. You’ve given me a lot of interesting ideas to think about! Definitely a Rave!

      • Pablo Raw

        My pleasure! I keep thinking about doing a guided tour of the museum, I didn’t tell you everything because I didn’t want to spoil it for you in case you do it- I should confess that sometimes I go there for the food and specially for the hot spiced chocolate! I’ll be happy to join you if you want to go some time. My favorite exhibit ever was the paintings of Fritz Scholder.

        • Blithe

          Awww, come on: tell more, tell more! Can I bribe you with spiced chocolate for more stories? 🙂 I do plan to go again, probably for something music-focused. Getting to hear Tim Nevaquaya was an unexpected treat. And it would be great to have your company if you’re up for it!

  • Rave: Super excited for a night off tomorrow. Second job is awesome, but I am le tired.
    Rave: Have been leaving the dog out of his crate all day and it’s going great. He’s pulling all his toys out of the bin and leaving them scattered throughout the house so we come home to a toy graveyard.
    Rant: Still sick and wondering how to get better. I’ve been to the doctor, and have been using cough medicine and such, but the cold/flu thing is still here. I took four days off last week (from everything, was stuck to couch) to rest and still no luck. Any suggestions?

    • epric002

      whooping cough? i had a cold last month that literally took 2 weeks to get rid of- they can be quite stubborn. i hope you heal quickly!

    • If it’s the flu, it could take a while. The one year I didn’t get a flu shot (long story), I got the flu and had to miss two weeks or work. 🙁

    • Emmaleigh504

      Remember it’s the relapse that will kill you. “Spanish flu” in 1918, it was the relapse that really sent the death and dying into overdrive. Take care of yourself (rest and lots of fluids) and go back to the doctor if you start feeling worse!

    • KSB

      Ugh, Im so sorry. Can I ask if you’ve had a fever or is it a cough/headache/body ache-type thing? I seem to have relapsed from a cold a few weeks ago into a bronchitis situation and it’s miserable. Not quite bad enough to stay home, but worse than a cold.
      Sending healing vibes your way!

      • I am super tired. But I did get a whooping cough booster a few years ago (for travel) – how does one get bronchitis?! I wish there was like a flu-healing booster. I just want to be better. I’ll stop whining now.

        • KSB

          I’m using “bronchitis” as the umbrella term for a painful, persistent cough. I’m completely relying on Dr. Google at this point, but oh is it miserable. Few things drive me crazier than a cough, especially one that’s painful. Since I’m not running a fever, I’m thinking it’s not bacterial/an infection and that I wouldn’t respond to antibiotics. Just trying to let it run its course…
          And amen to just wanting to be better! Whine away 🙂

          • Is it a totally dry, unproductive cough, that maybe doesn’t respond much to cough suppressants? That sounds like whooping cough. I would have awful coughing spells and would feel OK when I wasn’t coughing, but oh, man, the coughing.
            Even if you’ve gotten the vaccine, it is only good for 4-20 years so if it was a while ago you’re still susceptible.

          • KSB

            Yikes! Hadn’t considered whooping cough. And I don’t think I’ve been vaccinated against it in recent memory – thankfully my children have been! Now I’m not sure if I can blame it or bronchitis. I’ll give it another day or two and make a call…

          • epric002

            @ KSB- you’ll have to report back on whether or not you are the 3rd PoPviller who has gotten whooping cough this fall…

          • I had whooping cough this summer despite getting the vaccine 3 or 4 years ago. I didn’t actually have the whoops but felt like I’d been kicked in the ribs from the coughing. It started like a typical cold (post-nasal drip, slightly achy) but the cough lasted longer than the rest of the symptoms. It’s called the 100-day cough, if it’s just started you might want to visit a doctor so you can avoid having it stick around for several more months – it tends to last longer and be worse if you haven’t been vaccinated.
            Also, vaccinated children (or adults) can be carriers! The bacteria gets into the shallower parts of their respiratory system, they don’t get the cough but can pass it on to others.

          • Emmaleigh504

            @epric002 who has the whooping cough popville spreadsheet? let’s track the progress of this thing!

          • epric002

            @emilie- i nominate textdoc, as i am regularly impressed with her archival/retrieval/general data skills. 😛

          • I think SparklyKittyTacos had whooping cough, but I can’t remember who else (other than Epric002, but I think hers was in the spring or last year or something).
            If y’all want to dig through the threads:

        • Emmaleigh504

          Bronchitis can be bacterial or viral. It usually comes about after a cold or flu. Antibiotics are not usually needed, but Rx cough medicine (narcotic or those lovely non narcotic perls) is usually prescribed for comfort. A steroid inhaler usually knocks mine out pretty quickly (I get bronchitis annually b/c my lungs hate me). There’s also pneumonia, I’ve never had it so I can’t help you much there. I know when I have particularly bad bronchitis I have to get an xray of my lungs to rule out pneumonia.
          In short, see your doctor again if you think you are getting worse or you want to Rx strength cough meds.

          • KSB

            My biggest worry has been this bronchial stuff morphing into pneumonia. I’m hoping it works its way through and leaves me healthy for Christmas/NYE! Fingers crossed!

          • Emmaleigh504

            Good luck, hopefully it’s gone soon!

          • Emmaleigh504

            oh yeah, and for my lungs it’s the dry air that makes everything worse, so my doctor recommends humidifiers (they work great when I remember). maybe some wet air will help you get over this more quickly.

  • Blithe

    Rave: Bought a randoseru — Japanese school bag — online. Yay internet shopping! After decades of black accessories, I went with pearlescent lavender. We’ll see…
    Rave: I realized that my old pair of red blunnies will likely do just fine in snow — if I just get a few pairs of warm socks. So now I know what to say if anyone asks me what I want for Christmas.
    Rave: Paul Bollenback. Wonderful, wonderful music!! Hope I get to hear him play live at some point.
    Rave: Not feeling rant-ish. Despite the many many things worth ranting about.

    • I suggest asking for merino wool socks, at least 60%.

      • Blithe

        Thanks for the suggestion! I’m already imagining conversations that go: “Socks! I said SOCKS!!!!! Stop tickling me. Socks! Socks!” lol Being able to say “merino wool socks” adds a nice bit of clarity! 😉

    • I have a pair of ten-year old blunnies that I love. I bought them when I moved to Ukraine as I could add as much insulation as needed for the cold but knew they’d hold up and keep me from slipping on the ice.
      I recommend smartwool – fantastic!

    • I had to google “randoseru” to make sure it was what I thought it probably was — “you know, those distinctive backpacks you see schoolkids wearing in Japan.”
      To this day I regret having contemplated buying — but having not actually bought — a cute little randoseru omamori (luck/protection charm) when I saw them for sale at Sanjusangen-do Temple in Kyoto. (Especially since I didn’t find the temple itself interesting enough to want to pay for a second visit just to get the omamori.)

  • Rave: Serial fans, Adnan got a second appeal!
    Rave: Today I did my fifth *hard* workout in five days. I’ve been in a real workout rut for almost a year, with even three small workouts a week seeming like a huge chore, so this is a huge deal for me.
    Rant that’s really a rave: My entire body is screaming at me right now.
    Rant? Rave? A senior manager from another part of my company asked me to early morning breakfast tomorrow. Is she going to ask me to join her group? Would I say yes if she asked?

    • *spoiler alert!*

    • Late rave – I’ve forgotten it so many days in a row that I’m posting now just to get it off my chest. Despite the fact that I’ve mocked the restaurant Chaplin several times here on PoP, I went recently and really liked it. I had dumplings and vegetable ramen and while neither would win any awards, they were exactly what they were supposed to be. I’d totally go back and order the same thing again and am glad to have this place as a neighborhood option.

  • Rave: Back in DC after a lovely holiday at home, where I did nothing but read in front of the fire, force my cat to cuddle with me and eat lots of delicious food.
    Rave: Avoided Black Friday and Cyber Monday craziness.
    Rant: I don’t want to be back at work, booo… So sleepy after getting in late last night.

    • Oh, another rave: For the others in the RoR last week who also liked Pentatonix, they’re coming to Fairfax VA in March on tour. 🙂 (I have never actually been to a proper concert before – going to try and make this my first, haha).

  • novadancer

    Rave: snagged a reservation for NYE’s at RL. looking forward to a fun date night out (not too many of those in the last 8 months!).
    Rave 2: Classpass recommendation – can’t remember who. LOVING it so far in my first month. As a pilates reformer/barre lover, I don’t seem to have an issues booking the classes I want.

    • Andie302

      Do you attend classes during evenings and weekends? I was thinking about doing this, but don’t know a lot about it and worried I wouldn’t be able to get into classes. Thanks for any feedback! And enjoy Roses!!!

      • novadancer

        yes. I have an 8 month old who will only take a bottle from our nanny so I tend to take classes after she is in bed and during naptime on weekends. Have had no problem with anything after 7:30 and anytime on weekends!

        • Same here! Lots of availability at the studios I like in the later evenings and weekends. I’ve noticed that the studios aren’t very well distributed throughout the city, though, so it would be worth checking to see if you have plenty of convenient studio options before you sign up. The 3 class/studio/month restriction can get tough quickly if you only have a few places nearby.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: I should know better than to buy lipstick online. What looked like a nice cranberry red on the web turned out to be darkish fuchsia. Back it goes.
    Rave: Another off-site meeting this afternoon.

  • SFT

    RAVE: I turn 35 today. This one seems bigger than 30 to me. I feel substantial. There was a lot of personal struggle throughout my 20s, so to be at this place now feels good. I have a great job, a sweet and caring partner, a beautiful home, the sweetest little boy, and good friends. Life is good and I need to appreciate the moments more!

  • skj84

    Rant: every time I take a step forward I feel like I take two steps back. I’m glad to be employed, but I feel like I may need a second job, at least for a month or so. Just to get steady.

    Rant; pettiness in the office. My office provides snacks for the team which is great. So when I saw a bag of cookies in the snack area of course I grabbed one, as well as my fellow coworkers. So imagine how surprised we were when one of the interns threw a hissy fit because we had eaten “his” cookies. Which he left next to the communal food, unmarked. Like if someone had grabbed his lunch from the fridge I’d understand, but a package of cookies? He actually went to the owner who sent out a company email! So stupid.

    • Someone should inform him that pettiness in the office is bad for his professional reputation. Bad for the good references he hopes to get by doing an internship. And just generally bad. Ideally, the owner would have told him that when he tattled.
      Internships are a learning experience. Someone has to teach.

    • palisades

      Crumble cookie pieces and make them trail to a box of tissues so he can cry about it

    • I can understand being a _little_ upset about a package of cookies (esp. on an intern’s salary)… but he should have realized his mistake in placing it next to the communal snacks and thought to himself, “My bad. I won’t do that next time.”

      • skj84

        And he’s still going on about it today! Like honestly it’s a $3 bag of cookies. He needs to move the f on.

  • Rave: My big holiday sale splurge was to buy a pack of kefir starter (since I’m on a fermentation binge)
    Rave: Home. I love spending time with my family but I slept so well last night in my own bed, with just one dog.
    Rave: I was able to improve my skeet shooting this weekend so that I could hit a target hung on a branch. Progress!
    Rant: Feeling the effects of a cold wet gray dreary day…..must be time for tea.

    • Emmaleigh504

      water or milk kefir? I gave up on the water kefir, too much work for me (I slowly killed it). I’m thinking of getting a yogurt starter culture since it doesn’t need to be made quite as often.

      • It’s powdered so it can be used in different liquids and doesn’t have to be kept going like the live grains. It looks like it can be re-used once or twice then you have to use fresh (dried) starter for the next batch. Culturesforhealth (com) is a good resource.
        Your yogurt starter culture can be plain yogurt. I’ve used an old Fanny Farmer recipe for making yogurt. I’ll go find it while my tea is brewing 🙂

        • Emmaleigh504

          Cultures for Health is my go to for fermenting recipes 🙂 I want to try their viili yogurt. I tried the filmjolk (a Swedish yogurt) and it was vile and disgusting. Tasted like sour cheetos. I may have to rethink moving to Sweden.

      • Heat 1 qt of milk to just boiling for 1 min. Cool to 115 degrees, gently mix in 2 T of fresh plain yogurt. Pour into bowl, or several small bowls, cover tight with plastic wrap and put in warm place (110 is ideal). Yogurt ready in 5-8 hrs, tilt the bowl to see if it holds together. Refrigerate for 3 hrs and it will set up more.
        This recipe was faxed to me from my sister on December 1, 1994 – ! and 🙂

  • Rave: Only 23 days left in the holiday season.
    Rant: Still have to suffer through 23 days of the holiday season

  • Rant: I promised myself I’d say hi to the cute guy on the bus next time I saw him. Instead all we did was smile at each other. Hopefully there’s a next time and I won’t be so chicken!
    Rave: new haircut and new dress are getting lots of compliments!

  • Ally

    Rave: Have managed to have a pizza night with friends two nights in a row. If I can con another friend into going for cheesy goodness tonight, I’ll have a perfect trifecta. And, yes, I know… this is why my pants are tight 🙂
    Rant: Stressing over daycare when my kiddo is born this Summer. Don’t want to turn this into a Mom forum, but if any of you have been particularly impressed with your care provider (cost and/or service), I’d love recommendations.

    • gotryit

      Well, that brings a new meaning to PoPville, although you could start the corresponding MoMville.

    • I love my daycare–Small Savers–currently in the GSA building on F between 18th and 19th streets (NW). Once the building they had been in is renovated in a couple of years, they’ll be back at 1700 G st nw.

    • Advice 1: Get on the waiting lists of every daycare center, and ask PoPville later about the ones that offer you a spot.
      Advice 2: Go visit a couple of home daycares within a 5 blocks radius of your house. Licensed home daycare providers can be found here: http://childcareconnections.osse.dc.gov/providersearch.aspx

  • RANT: Salary negotiation, or lack thereof, at non profit organizations. Tired of working 50+ hours a week to be paid like a stipended volunteer, and then have it implied that you’re only out for your career and you don’t care about the cause if you try to negotiate hard to be paid like a professional. Feeling trapped.

    • That doesn’t just happen at nonprofits! They just call it a “mission” instead of a cause”.

      • oh honey. if you as a defense contractor are as overworked/underpaid as a non-profit employee, then you are doing it wrong.

    • oof – I have some Public Defender friends who’ve gotten that spiel (sp?). Like everyone is only doing it so that they can later become a professor or judge.

  • Rave:finally feeling better afgter laproscopic surgery the week before Thanksgiving.
    Rave: my mother traveled here and stayed with me through the surgery, helped me out at home last week and left my fridge and freezer stocked with food before she left last night.
    Rant: the weather
    Rant: self-assessment for job is due Friday and I don’t feel like doing it.

  • Hey Friends!

    Has anyone had a great experience with a 203k friendly general contractor in the city? Our original contractor proved unfit and we had to remove him from the job. Unfortunately, that means nothing is being done at our house and we’re in need of a reliable 203k contractor who does good work asap! Any leads would be appreciated!

  • jim_ed

    Thanks to our infant developing an ear infection, and my wife’s insistence that I go without her, I have an extra ticket to see Chuck Ragan tonight at Gypsy Sally’s. The ticket is free assuming you buy the first round.

    • palisades

      Just looked him up on Spotify. Sounds cool. Reminds me of Bruce. Good luck finding someone to take your extra ticket!

  • Rave: booked my ticket to Merida. Thanks, Irving Streete, for the recommendation.
    Rave: off today and thinking happy hour. BUT WHERE?!

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