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.

For serial fans – here’s the Jay Interview Part 1.

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  • Rant: jerks who were moving stuff out of Hellers yesterday afternoon took their bloody time moving their truck so that we could get in & out of the alley yesterday afternoon. The morning guys were pleasant & happy to move the truck to let us in & out, but not so much the afternoon folks. As a result, our HVAC guys couldn’t get out to go pick up a part to fix our furnace, and thus couldn’t fix it yesterday. Furnace had to be left off overnight. Got a little chilly downstairs!
    Rave: Have a second furnace for the upstairs, so at least it’s just the ground floor that’s chilly. And the HVAC guys can come back today to fix the furnace.
    Rave: HVAC guys also don’t think we need two water heaters for the house, so we now have grand plans to take out the downstairs one & put in a pantry. Yay for more storage space!
    Rave: At the office during a quiet week.
    Rant: SAS program taking forever to run & I’m not sure why. Any geeks out there have experience with the panel procedure in SAS? I’ve never used it before so I don’t know whether it always takes a long time to run or if something is buggy in my program/data set.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Interesting that the HVAC guys didn’t think you need 2 water heaters. When my folks turned their duplex into a single the contractor suggested they combine the water heaters for never ending hot water. My mom thinks it the best thing since sliced bread.

      • It’s a single row house, and the basement tenants have their own water heater. Right now, under the current configuration, there is a 50 gallon water heater on the top floor (used to be 75 before they replaced it yesterday!) for the two bathrooms on the second & third floors, and one 30 or 40 gallon water heater for the first floor with one half bath, the kitchen sink/dishwasher, and washing machine (though we generally use cold water & don’t washing machines heat the water themselves?). So I think we’d be all set with the new one upstairs?

        • Emmaleigh504

          I don’t know anything about it, I just find it interesting that your guys said one thing and my parents’ guys said another. I never noticed a difference at my parents’ house.

        • Wait, so your house has (or used to have) THREE water heaters?
          Having a water heater on the top floor sounds like a good idea. When I want hot water on the third floor of my house, I have to turn on the tap and wait for the water to warm up — it can take several minutes for the hot water to make it up from the basement.

          • Pablo Raw

            I know there’s a device that helps with that, I think it’s a pump. It works on apartment buildings where water is shared.

          • Yup, it has three – and the one on the top floor was 75 gallons before we replaced it yesterday! And that sounds right on the washing machines. Maybe it’s the dishwasher that heats water itself? Or maybe neither? Not sure where I got that idea. Either way, I suspect that 50 gallons should be enough for the three floors of the house that we use 🙂

        • Re. “don’t washing machines heat the water themselves?” — they have inputs for hot and cold water. I think some washing machines have a “superhot” setting that heats the water beyond the maximum temperature from the hot-water input, but otherwise, I don’t think they heat the water.

    • Accountering

      I can get behind this. There was some jerk in a work van double parked in the bike lane in CH last night. I managed to get my car into the open spot diagonally behind him, after backing up and forward probably 8 times. Then I walk up and see that the asshole was sitting in the van the whole time, and didn’t see fit to move forward a few feet to let me easily get into the spot.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I’m not that familiar with that SAS procedure — but with over 30 yo experience with SAS let me say. SAS is a memory hog and if you don’t have or give it enough memory it will just run on and on looking for more memory. Sounds like your case.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Neda Ulaby and her ability to make interesting topics into boring fluff pieces. Way to suck the fun out of everything Neda!
    Revel: My favorite comment, so far, regarding the Jay interview part 1: “Oh my god, dude, your own interviews with the police are on the fucking internet. At least read them before you go to the press. Jeez.”
    Remember: read the fine print, aka the stuff on page 2 of the work request. oof.

    • I can’t stand her speaking style. And I think there’s someone else on NPR with a similarly distracting style of speaking.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Ugh her speaking style likes she’s trying to suppress a smile drives me insane. I used to hate her just for that. But then I started noticing that she frequently has topics that are interesting to me that she turns into fluff, but not even pleasant fluff. ugh I hate her. She is the worst.

      • Meymo Lyons? She has a very breathy voice that makes me cringe.

      • Steve Inskeep makes me stabby. David Green is inching up there too…

        • Emmaleigh504

          Ugh Steve’s stupid laugh! It reminds me of He-Man. I”m ready for Steve to find a new calling. I really liked David until he had to do the stupid banter on Morning Edition. Stop with the banter already! Y’all suck at it.

          • THANK YOU. David Greene was really good when he started, but he’s almost completed his Inskeep-ification–inappropriate laughing, terrible pacing, weirdly emphasizing the wrong words, responding to every answer with “Okay, so [exactly what the interviewee just said].” NPR’s new broadcast clock and their random hosts on random days have totally screwed up my morning routine. I think I need to switch over to all-traffic, all-the-time WTOP…

        • You take that back right now! I <3 Steve Inskeep!

      • Emmaleigh504

        Is it Lauren Landale? She sort of sounds like she’s smile talking too.

    • gertie_wickler

      I’mmmm. Michael. Pope. (in a tin can)

      • I’ve had to stop listening in the afternoon because I cannot STAND the way Elliot Francis speaks. It sounds like his tongue is too big for his mouth and his lead-ins are always phrased as these conversational questions that drive me absolutely bananas.

      • Emmaleigh504

        lol oh Michael Pope. And poor Armando Trull gets all the shit assignments. Metro fubar and riders pissed? Send Armando! Feet of snow and cars smashing into each other? Send Armando! Hurricane raging outside? Send Armando!

        • Armando might get all the shit assignments because he’s a feature guy, not a reporter. Every one of his stories starts with “I’m standing at the corner of…” (I don’t really care where you’re standing, Armando), and he rarely provides any actual, you know, information.
          Yeesh. Clearly I need to step away from the NPR for a while…

          • I LOVE Armando Trull. He may be at some random corner, but he’ll report the sh-t out of whatever if happening there, and on a rare occasion add the perfect hint of snark.. He’s my local media hero.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Every now and then I have to take a break b/c one of their voices will send me into a rage.

          • I love Armando. He’s NPR’s answer to Pat Collins!!

    • Emmaleigh504

      And now I’m reminded of Kai Ryssdal. He needs to DIAF with his “riddle me this” questions. I hate him the most. He and Neda just piss me off.

    • Dina Temple Raston’s “sotto voce” while rehashing old news – really annoying.

  • rant: I threw my kitchen trashbag down my apartment trash chute this morning on my way to work and the bag snagged my lanyard (which is one of those reel types) and totally snapped off my keys, smartrip, everything and went down the chute
    rave: the trash compactor was overflowing so when I got someone to let me into the trash room, my bag was sitting on top of the compactor tube and someone was able to retrieve my keys for me
    rant: A few months ago I dropped my lanyard set down the elevator shaft as well. I think I need a better key management system.
    Rave: I don’t have to replace my apartment key
    Bonus rave: planning a quiet new year’s eve in with my bf, I feel super burnt out from the past two weeks in terms of socializing so I was really relieved he wanted to just come over and not go out to our mutual friends’ nye party (which is always attended by her fleet of manchildren who are exhausting)

  • special_k

    Rant: I wish I knew how to quit you, Serial. This time it’s Jay’s interview in The Intercept, which I can’t make sense of other than liars are going to lie. I don’t know if we’ll ever even come close to knowing the truth of that day.

    • Out of curiosity, why did Jay choose the Intercept to give an interview? I have never even heard of the publication…

      • special_k

        I hadn’t heard of them either. The interviewer tweeted that he was not paid for the interview so I have no idea.

      • I wondered the same thing, and am thinking that it’s because they probably either wouldn’t ask him hard questions or agreed to certain terms in advance. Or they paid a lot for it. A few days ago, Jay said he would do an interview and I’m sure that more well-known and rigorous publications knocked on his door.

      • The Intercept is a new, yet very credible news website set up by Glenn Greenwald (the guy who broke the Snowden leak case). They do a lot of hard-hitting, in depth investigative reporting – aka they are taking up the reins in areas that the MSM has failed spectacularly. They are funded by Pierre Omidyar (the eBay founder and billionaire). I’m not surprised that they landed the interview, as they are more contrarian than the MSM.

        • Oooh. Interesting.
          But I don’t know about you all, but I wan’t very impressed with the questions in part one, anyway. They all seemed like softballs to me.

          • TBH, I haven’t read the interview and I’ve only listened to the first Serial episode. The first part of the published interview might have been “softballs” in an attempt for the interviewer to ingratiate herself and gain Jay’s trust. Especially if Jay does not trust the media, police, etc.

        • oops – yeah, missed your post.

      • The Intercept is the Glenn Greenwald publication – the one he left the Guardian for after his Snowden/NSA surveillance stories. The Intercept has been around less than a year.

    • I still think that the Innocence Project is saying the most interesting things about this case even though Deirdre Enright sounded pretty nutty in the last episode of Serial. Her recent interview in Time led me right back down the Serial rabbit hole http:// time .com/3639655/serial-innocence-project-deirdre-enright/ . I used to think that Jay was the murderer, but now I’m wondering if it was someone else entirely and the police might have set Jay up for some reason. I don’t think Jay would have been scared of Adnan that night, but he could have been afraid of the police.

      • I had completely ignored Serial (aware of it, but not interested) until I found out recently that Dierdre Enright is involved. I went to high school with her, and had no idea of this connection, so now I will have to get all caught up on Serial, and find out what everyone’s been talking about all this time.

      • I Dont Get It

        I love Deirdre, I think she is great! I want to go drinking with her and that poetry teacher with the English accent who you know cusses like a sailor when she gets drunk!

    • Serial totally has me hooked – I think Jay either is a liar looking to for attention or there was something dirty going down with the B’more PD and prosecutor.

      The fact that he can’t tell the same story – despite Serial having recounted his stories over the past 3 months – is bizarre.

    • justinbc

      SNL did a pretty funny parody involving Santa Claus. I’ve never listened to Serial, so a lot of the specifics were lost on me, but I got the gist enough to get a good laugh.

    • I came down where Sarah Koenig landed – SPOILER ALERT – I don’t know whether Adnan killed his ex or not. But there wasn’t enough evidence to find him guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. I was really shocked at how little time the jurors deliberated and how sure about the decision they (or at least the ones interviewed) were/are.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rant/Rave (not): Trying to decide if I want to go somewhere for New year’s party or just go to sleep and wake up the next year. Decisions.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: I think the flu is gone, no more minnows swimming in my head, random aches, fever, etc.
    Rant: Still totally exhausted from basically sitting on my couch for the past 5 days.
    Rave: I have a physically easy job. and I’m procrastinating.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Speaking of New Year’s, TallE are you going to my cousin’s party? I think I’m actually going to make it this year and want to say hi, but I may have forgotten what you look like. I’ll be the chick with fur and pink in my hair.

    • I will be there! I can use all the possible forms of luck for 2015. I wear glasses and will have auburn hair 🙂 Will be nice to see you.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: IDGI SR’s crazy wife. Five years ago, she *rescued* two baby Norway rats, you know, like the kind PoPvilligians come on here and ask how to eradicate (call 311!). Why she felt it necessary to add these two rats to their menagerie of, at the time, five cats and two dogs is not the point of this. Needless to say Lucy and Ethel have been making the 18 hour trip from Florida to Indiana for years comfortable in their 4 X 2 cage equipped with running wheels and various rat toys. Not sadly, at least to me, a few weeks ago Ethel crossed the Rainbow Bridge. IDGI Sr’s wife wants Lucy and Ethel to go to Heaven together so she carefully wrapped Ethel’s body in aluminum foil and placed her in the freezer for safekeeping so when Lucy finally kicks the rodent bucket she can bury them side-by-side!

    You can’t make this stuff up! Yes, in my father’s freezer is a frozen dead Rattus Norvegicus right next to his sugar free ice cream bars! EEK!

    Rave: Apparently there is a Serial interview with Jay I need to find!

    • Well worth the wait, friend. Well worth the wait.

    • Re. your rant: That is all kinds of crazy! (Although when you said “IDGI Sr’s wife wants Lucy and Ethel to go to Heaven together,” I was worried that the next part was going to be something like, “so she killed Lucy.” So I guess it could be even crazier.)

    • Oh no, that is really odd! I hope the rat is carefully labeled so when IDGI Sr reaches for his ice cream he doesn’t end up with Ethel in hand.

    • Emmaleigh504

      What is it with your family and pets named Lucy?
      Also, why haven’t you sent the men in the little white coats on her yet???

    • Emmaleigh504

      Do you know your Dad and Crazy Wife’s final wishes? If Dad goes too soon is he going to end up in the freezer? There are questions that need answers!

    • I Dont Get It

      I’m worried about what will happen if IDGI SR who is older than her, goes first!

    • This is too hilarious!! I thought crazy wife was gong to off the other rat so they could go together! So glad work is slow this week. Gives me a chance to read through all of these comments and RRR’s!

    • LOL! I actually thought she might be saving Ethel for taxidermy, and would just do both at the same time. I’m really glad that is a freezer I will never reach into.

    • Like others I was worried that IDGI Sr’s Wife killed the other rat. Does she not understand that placing the corpse in the ground may not also be the same time when the rat spirit enters heaven?
      Now you know what to get them for Christmas next year – a chest freezer that can hold your IDGI Sr’s body should he pass away first.

      • “Does she not understand that placing the corpse in the ground may not also be the same time when the rat spirit enters heaven?” — This too. She seems to be overly focused on the rat’s bodily remains rather than on its eternal soul. (Although I guess many people are like this — it weirded me out when, at the time of my grandmother’s burial, my aunt kept referring to the ashes as “my mother.”)
        Let’s just hope she doesn’t go in for ancient Egyptian theology and decide that mummifying the rat will assure its eternal life.

    • I Dont Get It

      I forgot to mention she told me that Lucy has been visibly depressed since Ethel died.

  • Rave: Reconditioned cast iron dutch oven is just about ready for use (one more round of oil + baking in hot oven). Time consuming process to get crud and rust off but now I have another beautiful cast iron pot
    Rant: Still having sticker shock over increase in insurance premium (going up to almost $700/mo for individual). Paying a high premium, and still had to pay $190 for one month of a new medication. I need to find different insurance coverage (and ask my MD for a different type of medication)

    • Do you have pre-exisiting conditions or a platinum plan? I am just trying to figure out why things are so high for you. I pay roughly $235/mo as an individual, and I don’t know how you do it.

      • Self employed & I’ve had a CareFirst plan for the last 12 years. It’s slowly crept up (and one year even went down one dollar) but this year it went up + $140

        • It’s a PPO so not the cheapest option but I really like having the PPO flexibility and great MDs who take this insurance. But need to re-think priorities 🙁

        • I’ve had a carefirst ppo for 5-6 yrs. It went down quite a bit pre-aca, but recently went up to the $235 (10% increase each year over 2 yrs). I am not self-employed, but I buy out of pocket as well. I have a ridiculously low deductible and my few scripts have been $10 or less.

          I’m a woman under 30 who has never had surgery or other pre-existing stuff, so maybe that is why mine is so cheap in comparison, but I believe even with those things you can get a cheaper plan (PPO at gold or platinum level) for less. $700/month is too high!

          • Even pre-ACA it was in the $300-$400 range which was high but not ridiculously high like it is now. The silver lining I suppose is that the almost-25% increase in premium is a real motivator to make a change

    • What method did you use to get the rust off?

      • Soak in a 50% white vinegar/water solution for an hour or so (but no more than 3 hours). This loosens the rust so it’s easy to clean off with a steel wool pad. Still takes some scrubbing but the soak really helps.
        I’d burned the baked on/burned on crusty stuff in a wood stove.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Gosh you are a great person to know! How do you know all this useful information? I can only collect useless information.

          • Thanks Emilie 🙂
            I learned lots of practical things from my very practical mom (and we all place a high value on knowing how to DIY).
            I also have a huge share of not practical info for living in DC – how to braid a horse’s mane, how to deliver a lamb that gets stuck……

          • Emmaleigh504

            well now I know who to call if I ever get trapped into helping birth lambs!

  • gotryit

    Rave: I tried out my new special winter-specific bike shoes. Toes were not freezing!
    Rant: not sure, but something.
    Rave: Fence is complete! Now I just need a few days of nice weather so I can seal it.

  • Rant: Wore my hair curly for the first time since cutting 8 inches off. I look like a poodle (not that there’s anything wrong with poodles, but still!)
    Rant: It didn’t stop me from getting catcalled
    Rant: The giant stack of papers I have to grade is daunting. I need to enter 2 weeks worth of grades. We’re supposed to grade 2 items per subject per student (I have 46), so that’s….a lot of grades to enter.
    Rant/rave: Final inspection of the Woodley house is happening right now. I have no reason to believe it won’t pass but move-in date is Jan 1, so that’s making me super nervous.
    Rant: I’m an idiot for procrastinating finding movers. I need to move the contents of one bedroom and I’ve gotten quotes as high as $650 and most of the companies don’t have any availability. I guess I’ll be hiring someone from CL.
    Rave: Good thing my stuff isn’t worth all that much.
    Rave: Being at home means I can make potato latkes + veggie bacon for breakfast!

    • Allison

      Bunch of friends and a rented mini UHaul, perhaps?

      • gotryit

        +pizza +beer (for after)
        Works best with young single people and really close friends.

      • On New Year’s Day? Most people will be either out of town or nursing a hangover. And I’d rather have it done quickly.

        • I had to move on New Years Day a few years ago. It might have been the single worst decision of my life. My new roommate and I were deathly hungover and tired. No one would help us move, despite us having helped numerous friends move over the years. And OMG soooooooo many stairs.
          I nearly vomited a few times.

          • I plan to be sober for it and it’s worth it to me to pay someone. Just not some of the crazy rates I’ve heard. I know if I wait until the 3rd, I can get some help but I’m impatient, damn it!

          • So this is basically a want, not a need? If you can move on the 3rd and save yourself a ton of money, then do that. Of course mover prices are going to be expensive on (1.) a holiday and (2.) booking at the last minute. They also like to party-it-up on NYE with their friends and family, so you’re going to pay for it.
            Load up your car on the 1st with stuff you can fit inside (boxes of books, bags of clothing, toiletries, etc). Then move all the heavy furniture on the 3rd with your friends. That will make it easy on them, you’ll feel like you’ve accomplished a lot by moving the bric-a-brac on the 1st, and you’ll save money. Win-win-win.

          • justinbc

            Yeah, I mistakenly scheduled a “moving away” party at ChurchKey / Black Jack the night before the actual move when I left Logan Circle. I was barely moving the next day. Luckily my partner was there to direct the movers on everything, and I sobered up by the time I had to carry a massive painting that wouldn’t fit on the moving truck all the way up to the U Street metro and then down King Street in Alexandria.

        • gotryit

          This is why you need diversity in your friends, to include non-drinkers.

    • I’ve had good luck with movers on CL though I was moving less stuff: just big things like dresser, bed, etc.

      If you can rent your own uhaul, that could maybe save money if you just need the bodies. Also if you can avoid the holiday, definitely do it to save some $$$.

      I like the idea to move the small stuff on your own, and it will make the heavy stuff seem a lot faster.

    • BOOKSTORE MOVERS! I have used them three times now to move whole apartments and it’s like $300!! They require 3 hour minimum, but it will definitely be cheaper than $650. Of course they could be booked, but how many people move on NYD?

  • Rave: Finished up all my thank you notes and mailing them out today.

    Rave: New lights for the bike from the husband this Christmas – they’re so freaking cool. They attach to my spokes and make colored circles as I pedal faster.

    Rant: Job search malaise. Had a talk with my husband yesterday and he asks how he can support me and I have a difficult time verbalizing what I need from him. Thankful he asks and checks in though.

    Rave: That beautiful picture. And the gorgeous photos from my cousin’s wedding – love looking at Facebook and reliving all the fun (and embarrassing) moments!.

  • Rant: I have so much work to do but zero motivation to do it. I just keep looking at houses I want to buy but can’t afford. Am also looking at home decor I want to buy for said non-existent home. Irrational!
    Rave: One year with adopted dog and serious love for the little guy. Although his super loud snorts woke me up this morning – I think he did on purpose to get back at me for the bath last night.
    Rave: Never typically celebrate New Year’s due to laziness/don’t understand it, but am going out with friends this year to a low-key dinner. Looking forward to quality time with them!

  • Accountering

    Rave: Found out the stock I raved about probably 6 weeks ago (tiny accounting fraud, has been tons of drama over the past 6 weeks, fired the entire C-Suite, all sorts of nonsense, but still tons of value as it owns a ton of valuable land and collects rents on it) just had a HUGE activist investor take a 7% stake. We finally saw the bottom, and are up 9% today. All those shares I bought at the bottom are up handsomely, and more than covered the losses from the shares bought at the top, pre-fraud. Hooray activist investors, ala Carl Icahn!
    Rave2: Closing on the Shaw house in 4 days!
    Rave3: Construction in Shaw starts in 6 days!

  • epric002

    rant: stupid pharmacy insurance sending vague emails about how “a prescription you take *may* not be covered in 2015”. can’t log in to pharmacy website. genius customer service rep on phone can’t/won’t send me the list of drugs that won’t be covered. list of drugs isn’t on their website. supervisor finally tells me that my migraine RX won’t be covered anymore, but they have a list of alternatives! i’ve already tried every alternative and they don’t work for me. now have to go back through 20 years of medical records IOT document when i tried each of the covered alternatives, so that my dr can request authorization for my current RX, which actually works. then the benefit review dept gets to decide whether or not my copay will make it financially prohibitive for me to continue on my current RX. oh, joy.
    related rant: stupid previous doctor’s office still hasn’t sent my med records to my new dr’s office, even though they were requested on nov 20. medical records people don’t answer, and i’ll bet almost anything they won’t listen to my message/actually call me back.
    rant: took singulair for the first time last night and could barely drag myself out of bed this morning. has anyone else had it make them ungodly tired? i have enough trouble getting out of bed each morning and really don’t need any pharmaceutical assistance in that department.
    rant: too many medical/insurance/pharmacy rants!
    rave: puppy is awesome. he’s being such a good boy without grouchy corgi (we were worried he’d be lonely/anxious without her), is doing a 4-legged trot for the first time (YAY!!!!!), and even sat politely and let a little boy pet him this morning on his walk 🙂

    • Gah, migraines are the worst! So sorry you’re having to jump through hoops for relief.

      • epric002

        thanks 🙁 i know (hope?) there are legit reasons for why a RX will no longer be covered, but it’s maddening to me that insurance people think they know better than a patient/doctor about which drugs will/won’t work. they’re not all interchangeable. and when it’s taken many, many years to find something that finally works, it’s soooo frustrating to have that option removed.

        • Sometimes RXs stop being covered because they’re about to become available as over-the-counter. I wonder if that is the case. That’s a bummer if it is because presciption plans are often cheaper than buying the meds OTC.

          I forget why I switched from Singulair to Zyrtec. I think that there are side effects (such as depression) that are associated with Singulair and I decided to quit while I was ahead. Sometimes Zyrtec does make me very drowsy.

          The number one thing that has helped with my nearly year round “seasonal” allergies (from March until around the first frost): allergies shots. They have been a God-send. My success is apparently not typical, according to my ENT/allergist. But I went from taking medicine everyday, sometimes multiple medicines everyday, from March until the winter and this year, I only NEEDED zyrtec daily about 6 weeks in the spring. I started back up around Thanksgiving when I noticed I was constantly clearing my throat and having a little post-nasal drip (tmi?). The shots have also reduced my sinus infections (used to be every time the seasons changed) to about one a year.

    • I can’t take Singulair for the same reason and I can’t even take Zyrtec because it turns me into a zombie. I seem to be hyper-sensitive to allergy meds.

      I also had hives-of-unknown-origin for about a year and a half– not fun. I hope you find a non-zombie solution soon! Prescription topical steroid cream seemed to work best for me and I also had to stop consuming gluten around the same time for other reasons, which also seemed to help with random rashes but is a pretty extreme option.

      Great raves about the puppy! I’m glad to hear he is doing well.

      • epric002

        — hmmm. zyrtec doesn’t affect me in the least- up until a few weeks ago i was taking up to 4 a day w/no problem. i go back in 2 weeks for a follow-up so we’ll see if it gets any better by then. i guess i can do some googling and see if there are any singulair alternatives. (side note- i’m always fascinated by how a drug can have such different effects on different people). i’ll also have my blood work back then which should indicate whether there are any food allergies at play.
        — and thanks! i am SO happy with the progress that he’s made post surgery. i worried whether we were making the right decision to have the toes amputated so it’s really nice to see that he’s doing so well now 🙂

      • skj84

        Zyrtec makes me drowsy as well. I usually take it before I go to bed if I can.. Have you tried Claritin? I know they have a non drowsy dosage.

        • I’m glad I’m not the only one! My doctor thought it was strange that I reacted to Zyrtec that way. I was on Claritin a few years ago and that was fine. I had the worst seasonal allergies when I went to school in southeast VA and have been much better since living in D.C. (minus the hives).

          • epric002

            really? i know a fair number of people who get drowsy with zyrtec- i thought i was the weird one b/c it doesn’t affect me at all. what about allegra? years ago i tried allegra and claritin, separately, and neither worked. am curious to see how zyrtec + allegra does. 24 hrs in and no rash/hives, so a good start at least!

          • It was just my GP, not my allergist who thought it was weird so they may have just been less familiar. Allegra worked best for my cold-like allergy symptoms to grass and dust– especially when I ran cross country (terrible sport for someone allergic to grass and dust…). I hope it continues to go well for you!

          • epric002

            thanks aliceindc! where did you go to school?

  • Rant: went into my rented basement apartment, I think my tenant is mentally ill, the place is a mess, he doesn’t sleep on sheets, the place was brand new when he moved in, now it looks grimy. Don’t know how he can live in such a mess.
    Rant: just by getting the basement wired seperately the city has decided my place is a two unit so I am paying more taxes, the bank want to charge me a higher rate to refinance.
    Rave: the tenant pays the rent on time, most of the time.

    • Do you all share common space (I mean like a kitchen not just some storage space) but are metered separately?

      If you don’t share any common spaces, you’d be a 2 unit. Separate metering also makes you 2 units…you’re treating them separately after all, but maybe you could argue it if you share a kitchen or bathroom.

  • Rant: I was definitely not ready to go back to work yesterday. Too much drinking and laziness during the long weekend has affected my sleep patterns. Woke up around 4:30 this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep. And I’m working all day tomorrow and most of the day Friday.

    Rave: Going back to the gym soon and I should get back to normal soon.

    Rave: Spent a lot of time over the weekend streaming shows I’ve never seen before. Black Mirror is pretty amazing (although it’s very dark and disturbing and sometimes makes me hate humanity). Never watched Key and Peele before and now I’m binge watching the second season. I’m still cracking up over Baby Forest Whitaker and Ice-T Dog.

    Rant: I really don’t want to go grocery shopping (especially to Costco, which will probably be mobbed) so I can make dinner tomorrow night. I think I have some good steaks in the freezer, but I still need a few other things. I guess it’s better to do it tonight than tomorrow night.

    • I showed my dad Key and Peele’s substitute teacher skit when I was home. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him laugh that hard.

    • +1 to the Black Mirror recommendation. The first episode is tough to watch, but the series is very compelling. Apparently there is also a Christmas special with Jon Hamm and I can’t wait to see it.

      • The first episode is one of my favorites. I thought it was going to be a 24-like thriller, until the kidnapper’s demand was revealed. Then I saw it as a very dark comedy. The Christmas special is the one that makes me hate humanity (even more than I used to!) 🙂

        • Ughhh. Now I have to weigh my love of Jon Hamm against potential hatred of humanity! What a terrible choice 🙂

          • He’s really good in it. You should watch it when you can. It’s not on Netflix yet but there are other places you can find it.

  • Rave: Finally convinced Girlfriend that moving back into my mostly-renovated house was not a nefarious plot to break up, the key step being my moving all my stuff out of her place while she was visiting relatives just before Christmas.
    Rant: Newly confident Girlfriend moving my stuff out of her house with an unsettling zeal.
    Rave: Getting Girlfriend used to staying at my house despite vague ghost of late wife and more corporeal presence of the Girl (and her stuff)
    Rant: Still trying to get the cat used to staying at my — our — house due to corporeal presence of two new cats that arrived with the Girl.
    Rave: House is great. More than this poor sinner deserves.

  • Rave: random old update from a HH but I totally expected Shawess to be a young 40s sassy black lady (shes actually really cute) and Justin to be a mid 50s gay man (no comment not into dudes) and was surprised how way off I was on both.

  • Rave: Good trip home for Christmas – filled with fun time with family and friends.
    Rave: Its nice to sleep in my own bed after a week on a sofa bed – as nice as it is.
    Rave: 2014 was downright terrific and am looking forward to another year and more fun adventures – really hope arctic circle work trip in May doesn’t get cancelled.

    • Rant: Thought I could escape January with no work trips…FAIL! Well, at least I’ll get my United 15K mile bonus – and vacations in 2015 will be cheap with miles and Marriott points.

  • rant: good riddance to 2014.
    rave: nope, nothing, that’s all.

  • Andie302

    Query: Does anyone have a reliable peanut butter fudge recipe? The last one I tried turned into a peanut butter brick, so I’m a little gunshy. Thanks!

  • justinbc

    Rave: Almost all of 2014, really just too much stuff to list in one of the best years of my life.
    Rave: Already planning ways to make 2015 somehow surpass it, although it’s going to be a tough one.

  • Rave – short week.
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    Rave – cranked out two pieces of music in the last twelve hours.
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    Rant – my blackberry won’t let me unlock it so it is a glorified paperweight.
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    Rant – trying to get reimbursement for a rental car from a work trip is like pulling teeth. I am going to say no to future work travel in this office. It’s always a huge pain in the butt.
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  • Rant: I texted pushy guy back yesterday telling him I don’t think we’re a good match. He replies back “I know, just trying to be friends”. I don’t get it.

  • hispanicandproud

    Rave: Going for a noon run today with a work gym bud. Same bud helped me yesterday push myself to max out on pull ups. I can’t wait to get back at being at 100 percent shape again.
    Rave: Super fun time last night selling merchandise at wrestling event. Some crazy cool fans. Best line overheard last night was, “Clarice, put your teeth back in your mouth.”
    Rave: Looking forward to more crazy cool people at Thursday’s winter classic hockey game. Great get away from the real world!

  • Rant: hell is planning a trip with your 3 sisters.
    Rave: loving my annoying sisters and mother enough to go on vacation with them.
    Question: any suggestions for a relaxing long weekend vacation destination? In March. We’re looking at Caribbean but open to anywhere with sun and fun. All-inclusive would be great because group decisions are hard.

    • Andie302

      Aruba (I stayed in a family timeshare, but the Riu there looks fancy). I think the place I stayed in Jamaica was also a Riu. My parents rave about Isla Mujeres off of Cancun, but I don’t think they have a lot of all-inclusive options (and a lot of what they rave about is the local fresh seafood there.) Have fun!

    • Emmaleigh504

      I like Belize. I stayed in San Pedro on the beach at a little hotel called the Spin Drift, home of the the world famous chicken drop (Thursday night). There’s also a really nice resort called Victoria something or other.

      • Emmaleigh504

        There’s also a tasty Cuban eatery on Caye Ambergirs but I forget the name… I think it’s the only Cuban place in San Pedro. such. good. food.

    • jim_ed

      I always recommend Curacao for Caribbean vacations. Beautiful beaches without people hassling you to buy trinkets, the main city is safe to wander and has superb history and architecture, and the water is safe and delicious straight out of the tap. Also, the island features an ostrich farm where you can ride the ostriches and then eat them (not the same ostrich, but still). We stayed at the Kura Hulanda, which has an all-inclusive option, but we didn’t do it, but the restaurants on premise were quite good.

    • justinbc

      Petit St. Vincent, amazing private island.

    • Planning a trip with more than one other person is hellish no matter what. Might I suggest a cruise? They’re really easy and fun, especially if there are single ladies in your group.

  • skj84

    Rave: This year is almost over. 2014 featured two of the biggest high points and low points in my life. I hope 2015 is steadier.

    Rant: My suitcase reeks of smoke and I don’t know why. No one in my family smokes. I had it stored in the conference room at work all day yesterday, which is smoke free. I’m completely stumped and peeved, I washed a load of clothes that were in the suitcase and they stink now.

    Rave/Rant: Family will be in town for NYE tomorrow. I love all the time I’ve spent with them, but I’m a bit overwhelmed. Plus my aunt is planning brunch on Thursday and I have a feeling she’s expecting me to get up early to set up. I’m not down with that idea at all.

  • Was there an update on the long distance relationship possible break up?

    • Emmaleigh504

      not that I’ve seen

      • Shall we speculate as to what happened?

        • Was this the one with the guy going on the trip? He probably went.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Yeah, I think he went since there’s no update. It was 12 days, so he probably hasn’t even broken up with her yet.

          • Agreed with Emilie504.
            I feel sorry for the girlfriend.

          • Accountering

            Disaster. I feel terribly for the girlfriend. She is going to be pissed, and he made this breakup WAY harder by proceeding the way he did.
            Either that, or he saw the avalanche of opinion that disagreed with him, decided he thought he knew best in the face of massive opposition, and decided to take his toys and go home (ie: not come on Popville anymore haha)

          • Emmaleigh504

            Or maybe he’s been here all along under his regular name, just not giving us an update b/c he hates us! (or maybe he’s still kind of upset about it. breakups suck, even if you want them.)

          • I’m going with Emilie’s explanation #2. Maybe he didn’t want to open himself up to another round of PoPville scrutiny right now. Even when we’re trying to be helpful and nice, we can really pile on. And breakups are tough even when there isn’t a spotlight on them.

  • Rant: Feeling particularly nostalgic today in a not-particularly-good way. Maybe its because it’s almost the new year. This past year was a really strange combination of pretty awesome and pretty crappy.
    Rant: Somehow lost my metrocard with my transit benefits on it yesterday. I zipped it into a pouch in my bag and when I went to get it out in the evening it wasn’t there. Not a clue where it went or how it would have fallen out.
    Rave: Having Thursday off, and spending time with a friend I haven’t seen in a few months on Friday.

    • Allison

      Check the lining of your purse for your card? I keep my metro card in an outside pocket of my wallet, but if I “miss” when going to slip it in, the metro card can end up in the bottom of my purse. And sometimes things have a funny way of making it into the liner of your purse.

      • Thanks, just checked again. Nothing. If I missed, then it probably ended up on the bus floor, although I’m pretty attentive to those things. I guess that’s what happens when I’m still half asleep the morning after a long vacation…

        • If it’s registered, you have a new card issued pretty quickly online.

          • Good news: I had a card laying around that my mom uses when she visits, and I applied for a change in my smartrip number for benefits this morning — and somehow it was already approved? I’ll believe it when I see it on my new card on Jan 1st, but if it’s true, that is the fastest I’ve ever seen government paperwork move.

          • Allison

            The transit benefits people are the speediest people at my agency. I have no idea how, but I have zero complaints.

    • Pablo Raw

      I have a sense that you’re gonna be the star of the next unofficial PoPville HH

  • Rave: Just spoke to the LL, the house passed inspection and is ready for move-in. They’re just cleaning it up today 🙂

  • laduvet

    rave: almost done with two grad school applications – half way done with writing samples and preparing my recommendations

    Rant: my desire to grow and potential move for school, caused a fault line between me and my significant other (but i have not regrets)

    rant: i have a smudge on my glasses and i cant find my cleaning cloth! grit grit grit!

  • Andie302

    Rant: Only in government would someone concur on something and then 15 minutes later send out a withdrawl of that concurrence in a panicked email.
    Rave: Otherwise it’s been a pleasant work day.
    Rave: Shit is about to get real with the house/renovation. So ready!
    Rant/rave: I need to clean the house – but if I don’t do a thing my friends won’t care…so I think it’ll be a good quick clean and focus on food.
    Rant: Between planes vanishing and all the shootings, it’s feeling like I should take a news break. So sad for anyone involved in what seems like a massive uptick in tragedies.

    • Allison

      Re: withdrawing concurrence — I (and other people in my office) have to do this periodically. I’d like to think it’s because people in government are focused on results over process! In private companies somebody would second guess the concurrence and then be like “meh, well, it’s already gone and done.” And is that really better? (Sure, it’s better to get it right in the first place, but we can’t always do that.)

      • Andie302

        True – and in this instance it was the right thing to do…but man it sure would’ve been nice to just get the second email with an explanation instead of thinking that briefly things were going to move forward.

    • Accountering

      Solid plan on the good quick clean and focus on food 🙂

  • Major rave: Super cheap tickets to New Orleans means a mini-vacay towards the end of winter!
    Rave: Had a good conversation with my boss about feeling lost in my new-ish role. Still not sure how 2015 will play out but at least I got that off my chest and he thinks I’m doing well.
    Rant: Our office is definitely the only one open this week on our whole floor. Though that does lead to easier parking in the garage.
    Rave: It’s sunny outside and it’s almost a 4 day weekend! Can’t beat that.

  • Score! We are getting three hour early dismissal tomorrow! Yay.
    I wasn’t even hoping for it, after Christmas eve (4 hours) and all day on Friday.

    They may be laying me off at the end of January, but at least they’re making these last weeks better than they might be.

    (Now, fingers crossed for some snow closures in January, or would that be too greedy?)

    • Emmaleigh504

      no way! cross those fingers, I can work from home for a snow closure. but please don’t hope for any other closure b/c Sweden!
      Let’s all take a moment to pray for Bush, Sr’s good health. amen.

    • Allison

      Early dismissal? Is that a White House directive or private sector? (Scanning news for feds)

      • Its at the discretion of the Secretary or Agency Head – I’m excited to have my 3 hours since I took leave on the 24th. I’ve also reviewed 36 contracts/project proposals in the last 8 days and my goal of having everything reviewed by the end of the CY was met – woo hoo!

    • Hm, maybe we don’t work at the same place. I haven’t heard anything yet, although we did get the 4 hours for Christmas Eve. Crossing my fingers for tomorrow, as well, since I’ve worked about 2 hours extra this week already anyway….

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