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: job application keeping spouse up until all hours several evenings in a row. And she might not be able to get transcripts in time.
    Rant: Waking up coughing. Guess I still need cough syrup.
    Rant: Kiddo seems a bit messed up by DST–had to wake her up at 8:15 yesterday, and she was yelling in bed this morning at 7.
    Rave: Rest of the morning was pleasant & we got out of the house at a reasonable time so I could at least take care of drop-off & let my wife have a little more time to get herself up and moving this morning.
    Rave: job application due tonight, so hopefully only one more night of this.
    Rave: Just so thrilled with my daughter’s childcare situation. She LOVES it there. Always excited to arrive, and running to get engaged with activities. Practically ignores me when I’m leaving. I’m just so happy that she’s so happy there. 🙂

    • which daycare/preschool….?

      • Small Savers. It’s currently in the GSA building on F St between 18th & 19th while their permanent building is torn down to the studs and renovated. They’ll move back to 17th & G in a couple of years when the renovation is completed.

        • oh, I took a tour when they were in CFBP. We decided against the wait list because it wasn’t on our commute. sigh.

          • They’re still affiliated with CFPB, but that building is being renovated so they’re at the GSA building in the interim. My colleague sent her kids there & always spoke very highly of them, so we were thrilled to get in. It’s not quite on our commute either, but we’ve been able to make it work out. Last fall, we had the opportunity to move to a place closer to work (and less expensive!) but couldn’t bear to do it, so we stayed put.

          • yeah, we both metro to work. I’ve said before – I’m on 15 wait lists…no spot. Ridiculous. I’m hopeful that we’ll get a JCC spot NEXT fall (2016)

          • Ugh, good luck. For us, it’s about a 10-minute walk from the bus stop (unless we take the S1) for getting between day care & home and a 10 minute walk from the metro for getting between day care and work. A bit of a pain, but we’re used to it & it’s doable.

  • Andie302

    Rant: Sick – I stayed home yesterday. I am feeling much better today, but definitely not 100% (yet).
    Rave: Mouse zapper trap. I reloaded the batteries a couple days ago, and have caught three mice in three days. I have to be getting close to eliminating them, right?
    Rave: Haircut tonight
    Rant/Rave: I tried making potato leek soup for the first time. The flavor was good, but I wanted it to be thicker, but ran out of patience trying to boil it down. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great either. It probably didn’t help that I was sort of improvising with some broth I had leftover from cooking a chicken (not just straight broth, but had some other things in it too). I would at least try it again following a recipe more closely.

    • Hope you get back to 100% soon!
      I like adding curry to potato leek soup for some warmth and flavor. If the soup didn’t thicken overnight, grating a potato and cooking for a bit will work.

    • IF you take out some of the soup, puree it in the blender, and add it back in, that usually will thicken it up. Worth a try with the leftovers?

      • Andie302

        I pureed all of it, which may be part of my issue.

        • In my experience, pureed soups thicken up a lot in the fridge, If you put leftovers there, you might find that they are already thicker than yesterday’s puree.
          Also, I’m sorry you were sick and am glad you’re on the mend!

          • also, this – it will thicken more. Sometimes I have to re-thin potato leek soup when I do leftovers. This is a soup my mom always has in the freezer.

    • Oh yum. I haven’t made potato-leek soup in ages. Thanks for reminding me! I should make some soon. So delicious!!! I don’t make soups as often because they’re harder for my toddler to feed herself. You should see the pictures I have of her face after feeding herself tomato soup–and then after she decided to play peek-a-boo with soupy hands! Oh my goodness. Tomato soup EVERYWHERE. Fortunately she was headed straight for a shower afterwards anyhow. It was hilarious.

    • I made a really good potato leek soup this weekend, adding curry and a bunch of watercress. It definitely thickened up in the fridge, but you can always cheat and add a little cornstarch too.

    • Try thickening with sour cream instead of milk. (Or low-fat sour cream.) Or just boil up a couple more potatoes and blend them up with a minimum of liquid then add. You can even blend and add cooked rice. And yes, a little cornstarch mixed with water isn’t such a big cheat.

      • Yeah, I like to add sour cream (or yogurt for a healthier option). It thickens it up a bit, and I think the slightly sour note makes for an improved and more complex flavor.

    • hmm….which trap is this?! where are you putting it? As for the soup…I’ve always made potato leek soup with just butter, leeks, potatos, salt, pepper, and broth JUST to cover, a stick blender, and then adding cream and chives to taste. It’s good hot AND cold. Nothing else added to it.

      • Andie302

        Search for Victor Electronic Mouse Trap on Amazon. I’ve been putting this in the base of my pantry, as it seems to be where there is some frequent activity. I baited it with some dog biscuits and it’s working like a charm. I think we had a small litter, the ones I’m catching are very small, and they seemed to have all appeared at once.

        • My hippy former downstairs neighbour saw a mouse and did nothing. That mouse had babies in the walls when I was on crutches. I killed two by hand (broom and a shoe) it was horrible!

        • skj84

          I’m about to purchase one today. The mice in my house have gotten brazen. They need to go ASAP.

        • I’d also recommend the d-con ultra set covered mouse trap – it works much better than other snap traps.

        • ours have definitely bred. our landlord was like “oh, there’s only two adults and then a few babies that’ll die without parents”. “you only have two mice” said no one ever. Mice aren’t like “Ohhhh incest?! ewww” lol

      • I’ve had great luck with the “Rat Zapper.”

    • I’ve been pretty happy with Ina Garten’s potato leek soup- it of course involves heavy cream but you can sub that out, and it also adds arugula and creme fraiche. PLUS crispy carmelized shallots on top which are AMAZING.

    • Andie, glad to hear you’re recovering! Hope you feel completely better soon.

  • I don’t really like to listen to the church organist at the L’Enfant Plaza Station (D St exit). I prefer to listen to the guy who hands out the Express. In fact, I feel bad for the Express guy because he has to listen to the same 3 songs from the organist over and over, and it prevents him from doing his own job!

    • The worst is the guy that shouts gospel music while clapping his hands. He is terrible, and I don’t care to hear about “Jay-sus Cries” on my way to eight hours in a windowless office.

      • That’s the guy! He has a keyboard sometimes. The other times he just claps and sings “In the name of Jesus….in the name of Jesus…” ugh. Let the Express guy do his job! By the way, I like Sbarro too.

    • I find him tolerable and sometimes the Express guy sings along, which I love. I think my favorite are the violin duo and when there’s a brass band

  • Rant: Sure, a clean office is good, but we don’t need the floor vacuumed first thing in the morning three times a week or the garbage collected every 4 hours
    Rave: At least the cleaning people are nice..

    • Allison

      I also face the conundrum of the overenthusiastic vacuuumers. I get kicked out of my office like at least three times a week first thing in the morning for vacuuming. I think it might have something to do with the janitorial contract administration…

    • Our office cleaners come before I leave for the day, so I’m always faced with the decision of trying not to throw anything out until the next day or just doing it anyway. I feel like a jerk messing up her work, but when she comes in at 5PM on the dot, I’m not always done working (or generating trash, apparently.)

    • You guys must not work for the government. I’m lucky if my office gets vacuumed once a month. Not a good combination when rice cakes are the week’s snack!

      • epric002

        i’m a contractor in a fed bldg. we have to vacuum our own offices. and apparently the housekeeping contract doesn’t cover cleaning up the communal kitchen so someone decided they would take it upon themselves to task each office with a week of kitchen cleaning duty. ummm, no. i don’t work for you, and i’m really not interested in cleaning up after random people who work in the same general area. how about you update the contract to include that?

      • Weird. I’ve worked in 3 fed offices, all were vacuumed at least once a week. Only one was a government-owened building though…

    • I’m fairly certain my office gets vacuumed every evening.

  • Rave/rant: Friend didn’t win a big event. He still won a lot of money. I have to play with him. Yikes!
    Rant: Finally time to have the chores talk with the roomie. I’ve tried to wait it out, but nothing is ever going to get done.
    Rant: Dog was very barky this morning. Maybe too much noise: kids screaming, stroller scraping, etc.
    Neither: My dating life has been different than a lot of other lesbians like I’ve never lived with someone I’ve dated. I think that’s mostly positive for me. Less messy!

    • Ally

      This isn’t a WSOP circuit event from yesterday, is it? My friend came in 2nd 🙂

      • Yea, mine did too. Do you play?

        • Ally

          I have a feeling we play together and just don’t know it. We’re both apparently FOF (Friends of Faisal). 😉

          • I’ll be at the challenge event Sunday. If you play in those, we’ve definitely played together.

          • Ally

            Yep. Will try to make Sunday’s AIE event if I can (been playing less often since I’m expecting a kiddo at the moment). If not, see you on the felt soon1 May play EP’s home game tomorrow as well if he hosts. Small world!

          • Ally

            Oh, and for ID purposes, I was the 2nd place finisher to Adam White’s 1st back at the December 2012 charity event at Arena Stage.

          • I don’t recall. Sorry I’m busy, but I’m sure I’ll see you around.

          • I don’t recall because I wasn’t playing in 2012. I started coming to challenges in 2014.

  • Rant: folks who say “we’ve all done something dumb/regrettable/bad when we were young” in response to stories about crime or, in this case” SAE racism. Yes, I understand we all make mistakes, but can we please recognize that there are different degrees of severity?

    Rave: The way the administration at OU handled the SAE incident. Bravo.

    • What those idiots did was inexcusable. But I’m also wondering why these digital natives don’t seem to get that anything recorded is a permanent record and definitely can come back to you. I guess alcohol loosens all those inhibitions.
      Not quite the same thing, but did anyone see the huge debacle with U of Michigan frats/sororities trashing hotels? Apparently, they held rented blocks or rooms and thoroughly trashed the place (i.e., ceilings being destroyed, insulation being torn out, beds being torn apart, furniture destroyed, etc.). One hotel is looking at $500K in damages. I was talking to my mom about this and the Oklahoma thing last night, and she said she just can’t remember stuff like this going on. People got wasted, but they didn’t totally trash places in their drunkenness. Pent up rage? Regardless, no hotel should rent to a frat. Every room should be on the individual occupants’ credit cards- they won’t be so crazy if they know their name is tied to it!

      • Wow, $500K – that’s incredible! The destruction might be new, but the racism isn’t. Something tells me that the OU SAE chapter is hardly unique in that respect.

      • I don’t know if people didn’t do this way back when, but now it’s definitely more visible for the world to see. I imagine if the Michigan thing had happened 40 years ago, the school may have been able to keep it quiet or it wouldn’t have gotten out beyond the school and the immediate area eventually just becoming an unsubstantiated rumor. It’s not like this stuff happens all the time. On the Oklahoma stuff, this has probably been around for ages but now there’s a way to hold these turds accountable.

        • The internet wasn’t around 40 years ago. The same stuff is happening just that a lot more ppl are able to see it.

      • “People got wasted, but they didn’t totally trash places in their drunkenness.”
        Sure they did. Maybe not $500k in damages, but I remember hearing about (and seeing) a lot of trashed hotel rooms back in the stone ages when I was in college. College kids really haven’t changed that much at all.

      • “But I’m also wondering why these digital natives don’t seem to get that anything recorded is a permanent record and definitely can come back to you.”

        The video was shot by someone who was on that bus. I assume that the participants believed they were in the company of people who would keep their behavior secret. It wasn’t new behavior – they all knew the song. I guess there was no reason to believe that the evidence would leave their circle. remember what happened with that awful gang rape at Vanderbilt University, which resulted in the recent conviction of two of the participants with more to go on trial. Someone shot a cellphone video of this group of males (they were not men) sexually assaulting an unconscious woman. That video was then circulated to other males who weren’t there. When the incident came under investigation, none of those males offered up the video, they tried to erase their copies of it. So unfortunately, there is often good reason to believe that your offensive, disgusting behavior will be kept secret.
        It would be interesting to find out who actually sent the video to the student newspaper and the campus black students alliance. Was it a member of this group or someone who got sent the video and decided to drop a dime on them.

    • RAVE: David Boren (former Democratic Senator and current head of University of Oklahoma) is a very smart, reasonable, and compassionate individual.
      RANT: Mr. Boren will probably never be reelected by the Oklahoma electorate to federal office or even the Governor’s mansion.

  • Rave: Was like that squirrel in the sun yesterday – eyes closed, basking.
    Rant: Not restocking the fridge due to an upcoming international trip means PB&J sandwiches and carrots for lunch.
    Rave: Earl grey tea and time to read and think critically this morning at work.

    • That One Guy

      Nothing wrong with PB&J. Carrots on the other hands…deadly.

      Also, Peregrine had a special drink in January called the long embrace comprised of earl grey tea, Langdon barrel aged maple syrup and a slice of lemon. That combination is amazing together. I believe they use Rishi tea which is a really nice balanced earl grey. Try to recreate it and see how you like it.

      • Oh that sounds heavenly. I’ll have to check that out. I love getting a London Fog (earl grey tea latte with honey) but haven’t recreated it at home.

  • justinbc

    Informal poll for late March HH: Bluejacket (no “deals” but they offer taster sizes of 25 beers all priced very reasonably), Sushi Taro (Half price on regular sushi and all alcoholic drinks from 530-7), and Black Jack’s Sunday all-day HH (1/2 Price Pizzas; 1/2 Price Draft Beers; $5 Glasses of Red/White/Sparkling Wine, many more specials). All of these destinations will be in the future rotation, so don’t be upset if your choice isn’t selected. They’re in hoods we haven’t hit yet.

  • epric002

    rant: the dude who bumped into me out of nowhere and when i said “excuse me!” he said “oh, i’m fine”. i beg your pardon?!
    rave: flirt pole + nice weather = very tired, well behaved formerly foster puppy.
    rant: dishwasher stopped working. all of the online/youtube troubleshooting has not fixed it 🙁
    rave: domku’s last pierogie night tomorrow with neighbor friends.

    • justinbc

      What’s a flirt pole?

      • epric002

        like a big cat toy for dogs. it’s a flexible pole with a rope on the end with a toy attached to it. you wave and fling it around and the dog goes nuts trying to catch the toy. it wears my dog out in 10-15 minutes which is AWESOME 😀

        • I need to get my dog one of these. Hello, Amazon

          • epric002

            it’s truly amazing. aside from it’s exhaustive properties, b/c my dog loves it so much it’s been really easy to train/reinforce commands like give it, leave it, touch, sit, down, and stay b/c we do all of them while flirt poling and he is SO FOCUSED on getting to play again that he is super obedient.

    • I’m not sure if this will help, but my dishwasher stopped working one day and was puzzled because it was in my new house. Guess I had to run a drain cycle and then it worked again. More of user operating error. Though I had a dishwasher in other house I never once used it

      • epric002

        the problem is we can’t get it to do anything. the lights by the buttons are flashing and we can’t get them to stop flashing so we can start/resume the cycle. we’ve tried all of the online recommendations about hitting a certain sequence of keys to unfreeze them/stop the flashing, and cutting power to to it, and nothing is working.

        • creepy but true – roaches like to congregate in the dishwasher touchpad/button area because it’s warm. My friend’s fairly new dishwasher stopped working, and the repairman opened the control panel and it was all gummed up with roach poo. Me, I would have thrown out the dishwasher, but he let the repairman clean it and after that it worked. Something to check out if you haven’t already.

        • Call the maufacturer. They should give you free phone trobleshooting advice.

    • saf

      We’ll be at the bar – say hi!

  • Rant: F’in mice. We told our landlord about the issue almost a month ago….we’ve been setting traps. We’ve now caught 2. The one we got last night? His buddy must have climbed over him to get the cheese his dead buddy left behind. Also, there are balls of fur near the base of appliances, clearly indicating them trying to hide nests. We’ve removed them…and as quickly as we do, they’re replaced.
    Rave: Told our landlord that we are having an exterminator whether she wants it or not, and will deduct from rent if she won’t pay for it. We aren’t professionals OR building supers. A pro should be taking care of the initial sweep and then routine care. She’s being penny wise but pound foolish.
    Rave: The more I rent, the more I realize that my husband and I are/have been fantastic landlords. Locked out? Ok, on our way. HVAC no up to par? Next day service scheduled. We’ve never waited in the name of saving a buck.
    Rant: This is all testing my anxiety. That, and my child not wanting to sleep..living off 3 hours a night for this long is not healthy.

    • I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with this crap, but am glad you’re calling the professionals. You shouldn’t have to do this yourselves.

    • Grgghhh, gross. I’ve only ever seen one mouse, but recently started hearing one. We set traps months ago, but nothing. However, we bought a new dishwasher and had it installed Saturday and ewwwwww, ewwwwwwwwwww when he pulled out the old dishwasher. I refused to even look, but there were a lot of droppings! An exterminator was supposed to come Saturday, but rescheduled for tomorrow. I know we have holes because the plumber showed us when he pulled out the old dishwasher. He sealed up as much as he could. I am betting we have a lot more holes behind cabinets though! Good luck.

      • The landlord want US to do that! My husband was like, NO! I’m not a super! And to me, unles you’re ready to deal with EVERYTHING you find by yourself…hire a professional!

        • Yeah. If the landlord doesn’t want to hire an exterminator to put steel wool in the gaps, holes, etc., that’s one thing — but then she needs to do it herself, not tell the tenants to do it. (She’s local, right?)

    • +1 on your rave. The more I live elsewhere I appreciate how good my tenants have it. I was over next day to patch a hole or get a plumber. I stopped short of getting an exterminator but the mouse went away once they stopped living filthy. At my apt, I’ve waited days for roof repairs, etc. Property managers can be a godsend too.
      Do exterminators patch holes too? You might want to get a handyman also.

      • We will see what they say today. They might put steel wool and we’ll so from there, I guess. If a handy man is needed, it’s on her. And it’s on her, like, now. I’m tired of being polite about it.

  • Rave: Rasika last night. Thanks for passing on your reservation SparklyKittyTacos!
    Rave: The early spring weather the past 3 days. Winter might be finally over- woo hoo!

    • It really is SUCH a good restaurant. Glad to see so many POPvillers enjoying it lately. Every time we go, my husband is like, “I never think palaak chaat can be this good…and then I have it again…and it is!”

      • justinbc

        I like their palaak chaat, but I think it takes too much credit away from the other good dishes they have. They’ve always had a really strong drinks program too.

        • re drinks: yes! And actually, we went somewhat regularly when I as pregnant and their no-alcoholic drinks are excellent. Sounds lame, but it’s nice to be able to have a tasty non-alcohlic drink. Founding Farmers in that area, too. My fave Rasika dish is that avocado banana dish and that peanut eggplant one. I don’t like eggplant, but that’s the exception!

          • yeah, a friend recommended the eggplant dish, so we got that (along with the palak chaat of course) and it was pretty fantastic. I generally don’t go for eggplant either.

      • Oh man. I really need to get back to Rasika. Date night?

    • You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

  • binpetworth

    Rant: I seem to have insomnia after switching to daylight saving time this year. Normally have no trouble falling asleep, but the last two nights I’ve managed only 4-5 hours.
    Rave: Gorgeous weather = great run yesterday. So excited to be warm enough to build in more walking into my commute, thereby avoiding Metro as long as possible.

    • Cinnamonster

      I’ve been having this problem too! I have a hard time falling asleep AND I’ve been waking up an hour or two before my alarm. Grossss.

  • Rant: What’s up with the two circling helicopters? I’m in Mt Pleasant and they keep going round and round. Loudly.
    Rave: Glimmers of Spring!

  • Rant: I’m seeing so many cute condos that are in my price range on the market right now. I wish I were ready to buy.
    Rant: Insomnia. It’s been fine for a few months, but has really come back with a vengeance.
    Rave: It’s finally warm enough for iced coffee! Hopefully it stays that way, because I am completely done with winter.

    • What’s stopping you from buying? There are a lot of programs out there, so if you want to buy I’d say look into it.

      • Mostly that I don’t have enough saved up for the down payment. And I want to get my credit card balances paid down a bit more before I apply.

        • The balance doesn’t matter that much. They look at the minimum payment and credit history. Same thing for student loans. I have a lot of loans but a low payment. You need 3.5% with fha, and they do have programs to assist with down payments.
          The only stopping me is a lack of salary or 2 years in the legal field. Just being patient in the meantime.

          • Maybe not for approval but for any kind of financial pragmatism. It is great for you to focus on paying the credit card balances first. There will be condos but you don’t want to feel house poor (I have felt kind of house poor and not enjoyed it).

          • I don’t agree depending on the amount. If it’s a few thousand, I don’t think that’s worth missing out on a deal if one comes along. Lots of cc debt; sure. I have never felt home poor luckily, and my cc debt is such that I could pay it off anytime, but choose not to because it’s interest free for a long while. I have my everyday card which I pay off every month, however.
            I think some ppl delay buying for the wrong reasons, but hey, that’s me.

        • That One Guy

          You should talk to NACA and also see what programs are available through DCHFA. Depending on your income there are programs out there to help with down payment assistance and/or closing costs.

        • dchfaopendoors.com/dc-open-doors-program-dchfa/

      • Agree. Lots of programs and rates are still low. You could always buy our condo 🙂 But yeah, take advantage of low rates.

  • Mug of Glop

    Rave: It was finally warm enough to run in shorts yesterday evening! And it was actually still light out due to DST! (Small consolation for stupid DST…)
    Rave: I was actually healthy enough finally to run a respectable pace! Marathon this weekend might not be so bad after all. Still worried I won’t beat my previous time, though…
    Rave: Pleasantly surprised by the bar having Hopslam on tap after the run.
    Rant: Marathon weather still looks to be cold and rainy.
    Rant: Running is apparently all I talk about on here.

    • binpetworth

      Doug Kammerer (NBC4) suggested that the rain might not come until later on Saturday. Assuming you’re running the Rock n Roll (as I am), I’m praying he’s right!

    • Really looking forward to R&R Half this weekend as well, hope you enjoy running with the small group that tackles the whole! Between the weather and injury, just couldn’t get my training to that level. Anyway, mid-50s and rainy sound fine to me compared to the last couple of months.
      Rave: In addition to being well organized, Rock & Roll DC is a great race because it’s truly a race through the city, as opposed to a parks and monuments tour.

      • Mug of Glop

        I ran the half last year and it was a pretty good race. Really not looking forward to Calvert hill at the beginning and Fort Dupont Park hill near the end, though!

        And yeah, training through this winter was really not fun, and I’m in nowhere near as good a shape as I was in at the end of last fall. So, we’ll see…

        • So true. As painful as the climb out of Rock Creek is, I found the continued climb on Columbia & Harvard for another mile and a half the most painful part. The spectators in Bloomingdale offering beer and jello shots on their front lawns were a hoot, though!

          • Mug of Glop

            I really wish I could have partaken in some of those jello shots lost year! The worst part for me was all the little hills on North Capitol as it passed under all the crossroads. I imagine I’ll have a whole new worst part to complain about from this year, though. At least I have an excuse to eat spaghetti all week!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: This week, I feel like I’m falling to pieces, physically. Nothing serious, but a bunch of minor annoyances – I’m tired, I have a stye, my head hurts, etc, etc, etc.
    Rave: Belly dancing tonight will help.

  • oh, Rave: South Mountain delivery screwed up (thanks, husband, for messing with it!) so we have lots of extra milk. Which means….ICE CREAM!

  • Rant: My home computer died just when I started the process of applying for new jobs. Will need to sneak around at work to do it.
    Rave: Bought the cutest midcentury modern night stand through Craigslist.
    Rant: Feb was hard to workout and now I am fat, fat, fat!
    Rave: Paid off one of my Credit Cards…on my way to financial freedom

    • Good luck! As much as I see some of my coworkers on USAJobs, I don’t feel the least bit guilty about scanning PoP a few times a day.

  • Rave: This weather! I am so happy to be experiencing signs of spring. Let the Great Thaw continue.
    Rave: Quiet morning in the office.
    Rant: People who do not clean up after themselves in the communal kitchen/break room. This isn’t your house (and judging by the cleanliness of some of you, I wouldn’t want to eat at your houses); have some respect for the people who share your space.

  • Rant: Really bummed that Verizon Fios dropped The Weather Channel. I need a good morning news show for my morning routine and AMHQ had been fitting the bill nicely for the past year. I get that the rest of the programming on The Weather Channel is akin to MTV and its lack of music television….but still! While I love some of the personalities on the ABC and NBC morning shows, I can’t stand all the BS news. I’m also a bit taken aback at how bummed I am over this! Things are OK if this is what is upsetting me, huh?!

  • skj84

    Rave: Already have a job interview set up for today! For a direct competitor of my last company weirdly enough.

    Rant: I have to go in the my old job to pick up my paycheck. I was working from home when I found out about the restructure, so I was hoping I’d not have to make the trek back up. Or go through the awkwardness of picking up my stuff.

  • JayKay

    Rave: The weather and being able to bike to and from work in daylight.
    Rant: Going to miss the fun that will be karaoke tomorrow night.
    Rave: Seeing G. Love instead.

  • How are there no Bachelor-related rants/raves yet?

    Rave: #teamwhitney
    Rant: Britt and Kaitlyn both being the next Bachelorettes? Clearly no one likes Britt, as evidenced by the audience and twitter reaction. I don’t plan to watch.

    • “How are there no Bachelor-related rants/raves yet?”
      We’ve been pruning the dead weight of Basics on PoP’ville. It’s a good thing.

      • Oh really? Sorry I slipped through the cracks! As for your capitalization of “basic” and use of it as a noun, there is a Mean Girls Plastics joke in there somewhere.

  • Damn road closures!! Trying to figure out how to get out to Dulles (we don’t own a car) by 8AM Saturday morning from Downtown DC is a NIGHTMARE….and potentially impossible. Any ideas? Washington Flyer is a possibility but can’t get to Wiehle by 7:45 by way of downtown DC. And can’t get to Rosslyn to take the 5A (plus it’ll be messed up by the road closures in the city). Any ideas? Super shuttle and taxis won’t be able to get through the mess of road closures…

    • Can you stay overnight near there on Friday? Can you rent a car?

    • Well on the bright side, Metro will open at 5AM due to the race, and Silver and Orange lines have normal service from Stadium Armory west. I don’t think you’ll have any trouble getting to Wiehle if you stick with rail.

    • Also wanted to say that depending on where you’re coming from it shouldn’t be that bad for a taxi/uber. You can cross North Cap using RI avenue or NY avenue. If you’re “inside” the marathon course you can get on 395 via NY avenue or a couple of the other usual places. You can also head west over RCP and out of the city via Key Bridge, Chain Bridge, or the Clara Barton Parkway. Knowing where *not* to go is obviously key and you should probably not expect a taxi/uber driver to know that. Having said that I would say metro is the least perilous option. Whatever way you go I would leave yourself plenty of time (which one does anyway when one is heading to the airport, right?)

  • Rave: BF got a new job and we’re moving to LA!!
    Rant: I can’t tell anyone yet.

  • topscallop

    Any Kindle recommendations (preference: cheap but entertaining) from the PoPeratti? I’m about to get on a really long plane ride and want to stock up. Thanks!

    • You can get a lot of books in Kindle format for free from the DC Public Library. If your return flight is in less than 2 weeks, then you’re set both ways.
      I just used used it today because I forgot my work book club book…and to read my work book club book.

      • I’ve found that if I keep my wi-fi off, then my books don’t disappear when they expire until after I’ve turned the wi-fi on.

    • Best part is you can stock up to 10 books and then turn your kindle wifi off/into airplane mode and keep the books! They will automatically return from your amazon/library account so others can use them but they won’t disappear from you Kindle until whenever you reconnect. That’s how I do long flights/trips 😀

    • Yes, if you don’t already have Overdrive on your kindle, get it. It’s the app that lets you borrow from the library.
      What kind of books do you like? I thought the Discovery of Witches trilogy was entertaining and compelling.

      • I don’t know that I have overdrive on my kindle, but I connect to both through my amazon account & the account knows to download to the kindle. I don’t remember having to do much to set that up, so it should be easy to do.

      • emvee

        I literally just did this two weeks ago. You borrow the book through Overdrive/DC library, and then tell Overdrive how you want it (read online, deliver to kindle). If you “deliver to Kindle” it takes you to your Amazon page for “manage your kindle” and you just select the ones you want to move to the device. Easy peasy! It’s how I took four books to Hawaii. It’s like magic!

    • I’m re-reading favorites. “Confessions of a Prairie Bitch” by Alison Arngrim, Kerry Greenwood’s other series, mysteries featuring a bakery owner in Australia, “Little Heathens” by Mildred Armstrong Kalish, and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”

      • topscallop

        Thanks for all the suggestions! I liked the Discovery of Witches trilogy too, though the last one went a little long. I stick to fiction, mostly. Just finished All The Light We Cannot See and enjoyed it, maybe I’ll download another book by the same author. I will look into Overdrive tonight!

    • special_k

      I’ve been enjoying books by Rainbow Rowell–Eleanor & Park, Fangirl, and now Landline. I’m also liking The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty.

      • Andie302

        I just started Eleanor & Park and am enjoying it so far! I also liked The Husband’s Secret, and What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty. The last thing I finished was Silver Star by Jeanette Walls and also really enjoyed it!

        • special_k

          The Husband’s Secret is my first Liane Moriarty book and I’ll definitely be reading more from her. Although I admit, a skipped ahead a few chapters to find out the secret; I couldn’t take it anymore!
          I read The Glass Castle quite awhile ago and really liked it. Will have to check out Silver Star. Thanks!

  • Rave: My cat was in yesterday’s Afternoon Animal Fix. She’s an internet sensation now. Three of my friends suggested that the name of this site should change from popville.com to Poppyville.com
    Rant: Never paint your kitchen cabinets. And soapstone countertops are pretty but easily damaged.

    • I like your rave. And your cat is beautiful!

    • binpetworth

      +1 on your rave! I knew I had “arrived” when one of my neighbors mentioned seeing my cat on the Animal Fix. Probably the only fame I’ll achieve in this town 🙂

      • I was saying to Shawess on Sunday when we were walking around Shaw/Blagden Alley/Mount Vernon Squangle that when I see in real life a building I’ve previously seen only on PoPville, it’s like spotting a celebrity in the flesh. 🙂

  • Rave: Leftover niter kibbeh (spiced clarified butter) that I made for my Ethiopian cooking – I’m adding it to just about everything that uses butter/oil. Yum.
    Rave: Snow melting, warm temperatures == time to plant peas and sow seeds of early spring greens.
    Rant: Back issues flaring up again which limit my walking/exercising. Sigh.

  • Rant: Meds I’m on have seriously killed my appetite and the idea of food keeps making me nauseous. I made chili for lunch for the week but accidentally made it a bit too spicy (I have a low spice tolerance on the first place) and I could barely force myself to eat any of it. Gave in and ordered delivery for today, hopefully a simple sandwich will be easier to manage. At least the dizzy spells from the first few days seem to have passed. The adjustment period is a pain…
    Rave: At least I don’t have to worry that the queasiness is being caused by anything else! :p

    • Hope you feel better soon!

    • Feel better! If you would like some, I made waaay too much chicken noodle soup this past weekend for a friend, and have quite a bit left over.

    • That One Guy

      Um…medicinal marijuana. Isn’t that a thing in DC now?

      • Haha I was actually looking up info about what I’m taking and saw the section on interactions with other substances. “Marijuana – when used with Wellbutrin has been known to induce psychotic behavior”.
        I don’t think I am going to try that!

        • My understanding is that just about any substance can have adverse interactions with Wellbutrin.

        • That One Guy

          That does not sound like fun. Maybe talk to your doctor to see if you can stagger the dosing until your body adjusts to the medicine and/or see if you can get an prescription for some anti-nauseous medication like zofran.

          *Note-I have no sort of medical background so feel free to piss on these suggestions.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Is this where we get to tell our meds horror stories? I took Abilify exactly once and it made me projectile vomit for about 30 minutes then I hallucinated all night. Interesting night.

        • wait, wellbutrin is limiting your appetite? I stopped taking mine because I saw absolutely no difference but pounding afternoon headaches. If it’ll make me stop eating, back on it I’ll go!!

          • Andie302

            I didn’t have any luck with it either, It had zero impact for me, positive or negative.

          • Apparently it’s a pretty common side effect of Wellbutrin (was looking up the side effects this morning), but it’s not always the case and looks like it’s usually just the first few weeks. I hope, at least!
            I was on it in the past for a year or two, I don’t remember it having much in the way of side effects back then except for increasing anxiety a bit.

          • Yeah, it has dramatically reduced my appetite, and I’ve been (back) on it for nearly a year. But, now, if I want to, I can still throw down some food. But in the beginning, it was really difficult to eat. I also had really bizarre dreams and increased anxiety.

    • Adjusting to meds can be tough. I hope you start feeling better soon!

  • Query for Allison: Any luck with the shoe search?

  • Rave: I think the decrepit takeout joint on Georgia Avenue near the Georgia Ave.-Petworth Metro (next door to what used to be the hardware store/locksmith) might actually have gone out of business.
    Rant: The place looked about equally decrepit when it was definitely in business — the first few months I lived in the neighborhood, I thought it was a vacant storefront.

  • Big Rave: New positive outlook, start of Spring, good therapist, new friends, are all resulting in a huuuge reduction in feelings of depression. Feeling a big personality difference the past few weeks.

    Rave: Hank Green is coming to Black Cat in late April! So excited!

    Rant: making my fourth trip to the DMV in the past five weeks. Why so much paperwork DC?!

    • Love the Big Rave! 😀
      Ugh, I need to go to the DMV to switch my license over to DC but I’ve been putting it off… blegh.

      • Ugh, that’s exactly what I’m doing SKT–and changing the title on my car, etc–and it’s just way too much.

      • Switching an out-of-state license is really easy. Just make sure you carefully read the website’s instructions and triple check to ensure you have all the necessary forms of identification. Bring extras forms of ID, just in case.
        I went to the Rhode Island Ave DMV about 10 minutes before they opened and waited in line. I was in and out of the DMV in 10 minutes. They take away your old license and give you a crappy temporary ID printed on plain white paper from a laserjet printer. Don’t try to fly with that and you’ll need to still bring your passport to go to bars.

        • They mail you the full license? Why can’t they just give it to you when you switch?

          • Yes, they need to mail it to you. The new DHS-approved “Secure ID” is created at an off-site facility. The old DC ID’s were just printed on a blank card by a special printing machine located at the DMV, which apparently wasn’t very secure from forgery (probably because DMV employees could be bribed to create legit ID’s – it was a weak point in the system).
            All states now need to switch to the Secure ID system. Anyone remember the proliferation of fake NJ and FL identification cards back-in-the-day? That was because they had really crappy identification cards compared to other states.

        • SouthwestDC

          Agreed. Switching from VA to DC was (no exaggeration) 90 times faster than switching from DC to VA. It only took 40 minutes!

    • Hooray for the big rave! 🙂 Glad things are going better!

  • Hi–Does anyone know if ANC meeting minutes are posted anywhere?

    • I think it varies a lot. My ANC posts their agenda and YouTube videos of the meeting but doesn’t have minutes. Does your ANC have its own website? If so, there should be links there to any documentation they have.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Cute: My dad called last night to make sure I knew he was retiring. He had seen a friend of mine over the weekend and told her. Then panicked b/c he hadn’t told me. Never fear Dad! Mom’s been worrying about it for at least a year!
    Rant: ‘Rents have been sick and Dad joked that he hoped I didn’t catch it over the phone. I’m sick today.
    Rave: tea and lipton’s noodle soup when I’m sick.

    • That One Guy

      You should try pho.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’d have to get dressed for pho. I don’t have the energy to boil water yet, but I’m enjoying thinking about tea and soup.

        • How about Pho14 delivered to your front door?

          • Emmaleigh504

            Most delivery places make me go downstairs and let them in instead of using the call box like I instruct 🙁 I could probably throw on a bathrobe, or tell the apt manager to let them in…I’m not quite at that stage yet. Still contemplating moving more than my hands (on a keyboard). Pho is pretty magical, hopefully if/when I get hungry I’ll have more motivation to get some.

          • Emilie – I love you and your lack of energy when sick.

        • That One Guy

          Dress to get pho? Unless you’re currently naked, I don’t think attire is an issue at a well established pho place. Part of the magical healing powers of pho, in my opinion, come from the aroma that envelops you as you eat pho so I would recommend comfortable clothes since you’ll smell of pho for a while.

          PS. I recommend Pho75 in Arlington near the Ben’s Chili Bowl.

          • Emmaleigh504

            I like Pho 75 in Rockville 😀 but that is way too far. And I sleep in an actual nightgown, not old tshirt and sweatpants or something that I could go out in public in.
            When a woman goes walking down the street in a disheveled nightgown, the men in little white coats aren’t far behind.

          • Allison

            “The emperor’s new clothes are made of phoroma!”

    • My go to “sick soup” is tom kha Thai soup from Regeant Thai in Dupont. So good. You can order it without the chicken.

  • That One Guy

    Rant/Rave: Dentist appointment today to have the remaining 4 amalgam fillings replaced with non-metallic material. I wonder how much mercury I’ll have ingested from having all 8 amalgam fillings drilled out. Yeah, I had 8 amalgam fillings.

  • Rave: Kingsman. HIGHLY entertaining, and who knew Colin Firth was such a badass??
    Rant: Miss Pixie’s. How does that place stay in business? Such a ridiculous overpriced collection of crap. They were charging $100 for an end table with peeling wood veneer. I didn’t see ONE thing that was old in a charming way and in decent condition.

    • Maybe that end table didn’t appeal to you, but I’m guessing that it will to others. When shopping for a dining room table, I found that they had a number of reasonable options when compared to buying new from elsewhere. I mean, they have to pay their rent somehow, right?

      • That does sound like a lot of money for something with peeling veneer, though. You’d think they’d at least fix the veneer and then add x amount to the final cost.

    • I’m with wdc here. I’ve been to Miss Pixies maybe 20 times since I’ve lived here, hoping to find some cute diamond in the rough, and have only walked out with a (small) purchase a single time. I think their inventory is a -lot- worse than, say, Modern Mobler in Takoma and costs about the same. Yes, they have to pay the rent, but if they had better inventory, they could get away with charging bigger margins and have more happy customers.

      • Have you been to Ruff and Ready? I’ve gotten some really nice furniture/etc from them (bookcases, chairs, lamps, small rugs, whatnots). If you go be sure to check out the basement for good sales. And bargain.

        • I’ve heard so many good things about it, but haven’t gone yet! I’ll keep it in mind next time we’re looking for housewares.

        • I’m always getting Ruff and Ready the furniture store confused with Ruff N Ready the crab house in Maryland near the D.C. line. I need to check out the furniture place (14th between Crittenden and Decatur) sometime.

      • Modern Mobler is AMAZING.

        • +1,000. They have great pieces and are very reasonably priced for what they offer. I once was looking for a “secretary” desk, found one there online within two clicks, and had it delivered the same day. It was exactly as advertised and the perfect piece of furniture for our space. I would think this was a fluke, but the same basic thing happened a few years earlier when my husband wanted a bureau.

    • Agreed, Kingsman was so much fun. Firth and Strong were awesome, and the kid was pretty good, too.

      I also find Miss Pixie’s to be really hit or miss. I’ve gotten some living room furniture from them for really cheap, and occasionally see things I would buy. But IMO the good stuff tends to go fast.

    • Another place that may be worth checking out is Simon Vintage on 9th just off U.

    • I love wandering around Ms. Pixie’s just to look at stuff. I find little decorative items I like a lot, but most of the furniture is either not my style or too shabby condition for me to buy. (But apparently others go for it – inventory seems to turn over pretty quickly. ) When I do find something in one of my furniture styles, and in perfect shape, they are great deals – I got an oak mission reproduction desk, and an antique birdseye maple dresser there – both in perfect shape and great deals!

    • Also not to be forgotten: Good Wood. We’ve found some real gems there too, and they’ve been less expensive than we would have expected them to be.

  • Rave: Got the absolute sweetest card from my mom – hit the jackpot with her in the Mom Lottery
    Rave: Colleague from out of town is in DC this week – she kills me. Just out of her mouth on the way to lunch:
    Me: “Yeah but your kids will all be out of the house by the time you are 45.”
    Her: “Yep, and I’ll still be hot then!”
    Got to love her!

    • Ha, I am going to have to steal that mom lottery line from you. I like that. I definitely hit the jackpot for that lotto as well.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I like when people rave about their parents. It’s so nice to hear good stories about family instead of bad stories. Hurray for you and your mom!

      • Would you believe that I have been told to stop talking positively about my family? “It’s insensitive of you to talk about your family vacation when you know Christy has such a difficult relationship with her parents. Put yourself in her shoes.”

        • Emmaleigh504

          yikes! More happy stories not fewer!

        • It all depends on context/tone — some people tell stories in such a way that it comes across as gloating or as though they’re unconscious of their good fortune. (I don’t get that impression from your PoPville posts, though.)

    • Aww, yay for mom-raves! I love “Mom Lottery,” haha. 🙂

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