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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  • justinbc

    Another Reminder: PoP HH @ Black Jack this Sunday starting at 4PM (their HH officially starts at 3PM if you want a head start).

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Have to cancel my trip to south Louisiana next week. I want to cry.
    Rant: Sliced the hell out of my thumb while cooking supper last night..
    Rant: I don’t feel so great and am beginning to think I should have stayed home from work.

    • 🙁 Hope your day improves!
      Why do you have to cancel the trip — because of the injury/illness?

      • Quotia Zelda

        No, it’s kid related. Nothing serious, but no trip. At least we were flying Southwest, so we’re not out that cost.

        • Emmaleigh504

          And not *bad* kid related. Oldest Zelda has choices and shouldn’t rush into it. But she *better* make the right decision! Or she’s out of my will!

          • Emmaleigh504

            Never mind. with more information I have determined that Oldest Zelda is a dumb-ass. 🙂

          • Are you ever worried that Eldest Zelda might stumble upon your PoP’ville conversations?
            “MOM! I can’t believe you and Aunt Emilie are airing all my drama on a website!! OMG, SOOOOOOOOO embarrassing!” 😀

          • Quotia Zelda

            Nah. In her world, the internet is only for Tumblr.

          • Emmaleigh504

            NEVER Aunt Emily ONLY Emily!!!!

          • Emmaleigh504

            Also, I already sent her a text telling her she’s a dumbass, so if she hasn’t lost texting privleges, then she knows 🙂

  • Rave: Dragged myself to the gym last night, and it was so worth it. Back tonight and tomorrow.
    Rave: Easy access to a nutritionist to get me primed for the tourney.
    Rant: Stayed up late being unproductive= no lunch from home.
    Rave/rant: Lunch splurge!

  • Rave: Had a really nice dinner at home with my bf and our mutual friend. Rather than going out, we picked up some steaks and wine and I got to use up a lot of my produce share veggies and we had a not-quite-spring cook out.
    Rant: wine hang over and also hosting exhaustion, trying to lay low today
    Rant: crazy dry hands. Any drugstore recs for hand lotion? Weirdly they only feel very dry at work

    • Check out cerave lotion–it comes in a tub & it’s awesome. A friend who has SUPER dry skin said her dermatologist recommended it. It’s done wonders for my dry hands. It’s a bit expensive, but really good.

    • My skin gets dry at work because offices tend to keep humidity to a minimum for equipment. It’s petroleum-laden, but Eucerin’s original healing lotion will last hours and has no scent.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I like the blue St Ives lotion and Aveeno. Both don’t have a lasting smell and absorb quickly.
      Love the getting steaks and cooking at home. My friends and I used to do that in college, it was fun!

    • o’keefe working hands- it’s about $6 at cvs for a small tub but seriously works the best of anything i’ve tried, absorbs fast and no grease. also no annoying scent, if you’re sensitive. /end infomercial pitch

    • I like the red label Lubriderm.

    • Eucerin intensive repair hand lotion and Gold Bond lotion are my drugstore favs.

    • Blithe

      Burt’s Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Creme is not just my favorite drugstore rec, it’s my favorite hand/foot cream period.

  • epric002

    rant: tomorrow’s weather forecast.
    rave: taking tomorrow off for doctors and repairmen appointments.
    rave: was in bed before 10 and was only a partial zombie this morning.
    request: a family member will be in town next week and i reluctantly (long story) agreed to meet them for dinner. they are staying in alexandria, i work at the pentagon, and i’m trying to find somewhere decentish to meet for dinner b/n the two. needs to be metroable for both of us. any ideas?

    • Emmaleigh504

      Ted’s Montana is good and at Crystal City.

    • binpetworth

      There’s a Jaleo in Crystal City that has good happy hour specials until 7.

    • Lebanese Taverna in Pentagon City. Also has a good happy hour menu.

    • There’s a Morton’s and Ruth’s Chris in CC as well, but really not much non-chain or non-lunch stuff. My out-of-town brother stays in CC frequently on business, and I’m usually pretty good at convincing him to ride up to Gallery or U St. If you can’t convince your relative to cross the river, I’d probably just ride the train a few minutes longer to Old Town, maybe meet them somewhere in the upper King St area? I’ve heard good things about Brabo, and it’s only a couple of blocks from the station.

    • skj84

      Would you want to head to King Street? The Majestic, Hanks, Eammons, Charthouse, and many other options out there. Not to far from the metro, plus there is a trolley available. Oh and you can get coffee at Killer ESP. Its my favorite coffee shop in the area.

    • Becks

      There are so many good restaurants in Alexandria. Why not just wander around there? Personally, I like Hank’s Oyster Bar. And next door, Killer ESP sells Delicious PIE!

    • epric002

      thanks for the suggestions, y’all!

    • Ray’s the Steaks in Arlington (Courthouse, I think?) is very good and way cheaper than I expected, given the quality. Vermilion in Old Town is always lovely. And I have also heard nice things about Brabo, but have not been myself.

    • justinbc

      If you’re going to go into Alexandria and want to impress them go to Eve, by far the best restaurant down there (and you don’t have to do the tasting menu).

  • Rave: Friend just became and American citizen, woo hoo!
    Rave: Scored a deal on two coats yesterday – glad I waited to buy them!
    Rave/Rant: One last round of snow before spring.

  • Question: Lanier heights and Admo people: Would you walk through the Walter Peirce park connecting Woodley Park and the apartments in Lanier Heights after dark? I am a young(ish) female, so I was just wondering if people did this. I am talking 8-11pm not at 2am. I did last night because its seemed pretty well lit, but I wasn’t sure if that was a bad idea because it felt safe, but pretty empty so you never know. (People who don’t recommend women walking anywhere alone at night please keep your opinions to yourself).

    • As a 27yo male, I find Walter Pierce to be questionnable after dark since it’s tucked back from Calvert. But I’m wary in any park that is near-empty after dusk.

      • I used to walk through this park semi-regularly from 2006-13. I never felt entirely safe doing so at dark. But I have to say that in 7 years I never had anything happen nor did I ever hear about anything happening to any friends/neighbors that walk through it.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m of the mind that if you feel safe, go for it.

      • binpetworth

        +1. When I lived in the area, I never felt completely safe doing that cut-through (though I did a few times without incident), but ultimately it comes down to how you feel and not what anybody else thinks.

    • Hmm, I wouldn’t do it. I walk through Rose park in Georgetown to get to work, and take the bus or the long way home during the winter since I’m not comfortable walking through the park after dark – I don’t feel like it’s well let enough, and there have been incidents of flashers in that park and other things I just don’t want to deal with. If you feel comfortable, though, go for it. You may also want to consider (1) not walking with headphones in or while on the phone, and (2) carrying pepper spray, just in case.

    • I used to live in Lanier Heights and generally I didn’t walk through that the park after 9-ish. It’s kinda tucked back away from the street. But it depends, if I saw a lot of people around, like on warm summer night I’d cut through the park to get back home. If no one was around I stayed on the sidewalk.

      • I’m like Pixie. If there are still people at the dog park or on the field, I’d walk through that late, but not otherwise.

    • Thanks for the input! These comments reflected my general feeling about it. Seemed a little desolate, but I just wanted to get a better sense in case everyone screamed NO PEOPLE GET ROBBED/PUSHED INTO THE PARK TO NEVER BE SEEN AGAIN THERE!

    • When I first moved to Lanier Heights in 2000, a good friend said “oh, you live next to rape, death, murder park.” Back then I would not walk through it at night. But I think with the dog park there now, it’s a lot safer than it used to be and I don’t have a problem walking through it. The only time I’m somewhat concerned is in the fall when the clocks change, but they don’t get the lights on at dusk for a few weeks.

  • Rant: I keep getting prompts to download sketchy files when I look at PoPville. Anyone else having this problem?

    • If you’re not using Firefox, make the switch. Then install (browser add-ons) Ghostery and Adblock-Plus. If you’re feeling REAL tech-savvy today, install No-script, but be warned that it will “break” a lot of sites that you try to visit and requires tweaking to get it just right. If it “breaks” a site or a site won’t load, you just temporarily disable (or whitelist) the site and refresh the page.

      If you complete the following and are still having problems, you may have a bigger issue on hand. What files is it trying to get you to download? What’s the filename and extension? I wonder if popville is susceptible to XSS…

    • justinbc

      I use Chrome and have had no issues.

    • skj84

      I’m also a Chrome user and I don’t really have any issues. Though sometimes when I’m Safari on my phone i’ll get redirected to spam in the app store.

  • Rant: Senators Cruz and Lankford. Fans of local control, my ass. Leave us the eff along.
    Rave: The sweet, sweet spell of irony. (See comments to MPD bike theft. Nicely done, folks.)

  • Becks

    Rant: People who pee on the toilet seat at work, should have random people pee on their home toilet seat! Clean up your mess!
    Rant: I woke up way to early this morning.
    Rant: My coffee is broken. I just can’t fully wake up!
    Rave: It’s Thursday and I am going to treat myself to dinner and see Man of La Mancha tonight.

    • There is someone in my office who sprinkles the floor in front of the toilet. I know who it is, and I am SO tempted to call him out. But he’s senior and humorless, and it would be worse for me than for him, so I seethe in silence.

      • leave a note… in comic sans, of course, so other bathroom users will find the pee-er’s rage even more hilarious

    • Emmaleigh504

      It is hard to believe how disgusting people are when using the bathrooms at work! Who are these people?! Why do they think it’s ok to leave bodily waste all over the place?! I feel so sorry for our cleaning people.

    • Are people actually peeing on the toilet seat or is the toilet spraying water when it flushes? Not like that’s better, actually I think it’s more terrifying, but seems pretty common.

      • There are far too many hoverers.

      • In my case, it’s men who sprinkle. It’s… obvious. *shudder* If I ran the world, I would make it against code to have a single bathroom to be shared by unrelated men and women. Not that women are blameless, see above re: hoverers (also the unwillingness to perform simple toilet repairs, preferring to leave it unflushed and scuttle away when the chain falls off the handle) but experience indicates that a greater percentage of men are guilty of bathroom grossness.

        • I’ll disagree as a former janitor who frequents mixed gender bathrooms that are mostly men. Men may pee on the floor, but ladies are more messy…paper everywhere, pee on the seat, etc. You also have the monthly visitor to contend with.
          I’d take my chances in a men’s room with urinals over a ladies room most days.

          • In that case, the men shouldn’t be subjected to US! (But back when we were all women in the office, the bathroom was totally unobjectionable. Now that we have a few men on the team, it’s routinely just nasty.)

  • Rant: A very close relative has been on daily benzodiazipines (spelling?) for over 14 years. This person also started taking more than they should when they received a three-month supply. Now, they will be forced to go almost cold turkey because the doctor is refusing to help taper for the rest of the three-month period. The relative should not have been taking more than was prescribed, but things got out of hand. When you take a high dose of Xanax, cutting down to 30 percent or less may result in seizures or heart attacks and definitely high anxiety. Doc was willing to prescribe anti-seizure med to get the person through this. Needless to say, I’m very stressed about the whole situation. Being on benzos for that long, along with an older anti-depressant, is concerning.
    Rave?: This is the time to think about how to improve things for this person. A reliance on drugs hasn’t helped, and the anxiety has been worsening for years. As someone who has a lower, but still high level of anxiety myself, I can relate, but I can’t totally understand the whole situation. Encouraging this person to stay in group therapy, etc.

    • Yikes, that sounds like a rough situation. Your relative is lucky to have you looking out for them.

    • How old is this relative? If he/she is a senior citizen, you might be able to get a geriatric social worker involved so the burden and stress don’t fall quite so much to you.

      • Thanks. There is another person who lives with this person, so that should help. I’m halfway across the country, so I’m not able to be there for the next few weeks, which we think are going to be hard. Worse comes to worse, the relative knows she will need to go to an ER. Distinguishing between a hard core panic attack (very possible now) and a heart attack might be difficult especially since both are possible at this point. Just frustrated.

    • I am sure you know this, but only two drugs can KILL from withdrawal: Alcohol and Benzos. A decade of heroin use, stopped cold turkey, won’t kill you outright – you might choke on vomit etc., but only alcohol and benzos can make a person drop dead from a seizure. Best wishes and good luck to your friend.

    • Can this person go to a live-in or out-patient facility for the taper period? This person needs their meds monitored and doled out daily by a professional. I understand why the doctor does not want to prescribe more, but cold turkey is BAD news.

      • She won’t be going totally cold turkey. She has enough Xanax to reduce down to about 30 percent and get through the next 3 weeks until the doc writes another prescription. That said, my understanding is that dropping your dose down by 70 percent is radical and will result in withdrawal symptoms. The doctor did provide anti-seizure medication to hopefully ward off seizures, but he is not budging on providing a more gradual taper. I’m guessing she is now on a list of patients who can be trusted and need to be closely monitored- i.e., no more 3-month supplies. My feeling is that she’s going to end up in the hospital, but we’ll come to that bridge when and if it happens.

  • Rant: When I walk to work on a cold day and arrive all warm from the exertion, then the chill sets in. Some days I don’t warm up again at all.
    Rave: I’ve walked to work (three miles) every day since the thaw, and am feeling my energy pick up as a result.

    • Good for you for walking to work! I totally understand the chills setting in and not being able to warm up! On nice days when I don’t feel like going to the gym, I’ll walk about 3.5-4 miles towards home and then catch the bus the rest of the way. It feels good : )

    • Good on you! Sometimes I wish I had your problem, though. The colder it is, the more my metabolism goes into overdrive, and it takes me forever to cool off. Really annoying to start sweating the moment you walk inside, even in the dead of winter. Busses are probably the worst, especially when the driver has the heat cranked.

  • Rant: still periodically waking up to cough. What I can do about it is definitely on the list of questions for the midwife today.
    Rave: March Maddness! Fun!
    Rant/Rave: Going to the circus tomorrow with my daughter’s day care for a field trip. Lots of missed time from work & I’m not super wild about the circus, but I think she’ll have a blast.
    Rave: Can’t wait to skype with my folks this weekend. Kiddo is going to wear a shirt that says “I’m getting promoted to big sister” and we’ll see how long it takes until they notice 🙂 Should be a riot! We’re doing the same thing when we’re ready to tell her teachers, etc–we’ll just send her to school in the t-shirt. This will be so much fun 🙂

    • re: the cough, just plain robitussin is what my OB recommended. That, plus lots of water and tea with honey.

      • The funny thing is that it happens some nights and not others, and only once or twice during the night–so it’s not clear when I do or don’t need cough syrup. The coughs are often productive, so I’m not sure if something like mucinex would be more effective if it helps get the crap out of my lungs. We shall see 🙂

        • Mucinex is muscus thinner – it is all guaifenisen – that’s the only mucus thinner out there. Robitussin is also guaifenisen – at least the basic one that is only guaifenisen – many cold remedies come in various varieties with other medicines mixed in.

          What I find works best is a cough syrup I’ve seen at Whole Food and Yes Market called Naturade – it is guaifenisen and other herbs – and I have found it works better than mucinex or other form of guaifenisen alone – must be something in those other herbs. And why not? Guaifenisen is an old herbal remedy, comes from a tree bark I believe. I like the Naturade cherry flavor, haven’t tried the licorice.

    • Becks

      That is a cute idea. Congrats!!!

    • Ally

      Very cute! Congrats 🙂

    • And thanks all – I’m pretty amused by the idea as well 🙂

  • Rant: Weather. Was looking forward to my parents visiting, but they might cancel. Blurgh.
    Rant: Can’t get out of my funk. Taking meds, but just funk.
    Rant: Wish my kid would f’ing sleep through the night already. It’s great population control, though.

    • 🙁 What a bummer. I’m sorry. And double 🙁 on the sleep thing (which is likely not helping the funk). I can’t remember from before–have you considered a sleep consultant? There are some in the area that come to you & there’s a website that I get newsletters from that does consultations over phone/email. I’m sorry, though–I’m cranky when my kiddo has a temporary sleep regression. I can’t imagine still not sleeping through. (Probably wouldn’t have jumped into trying for #2 yet either!!!) Sending a hug.

      • we had a consultant. At this point, they all just say let them cry. And when I do, he will cry for 45 minutes until I just give in. And I give in because he needs the sleep SO badly. I could let him cry for an hour, or just get him back to sleep? He gets tired so easily during the day and definitely doesn’t wake up totally rested.

        • Well shoot. That’s not helpful. In theory, getting worse sleep for several nights will be worth it in the end if it leads to better sleep from then on out. But it’s so hard to predict the future to know how long that would take and whether it would work. I’m pretty sure that the baby sleep site (consultants over email/phone) are less quick to move on to CIO-type stuff in case you wanted to try someone else. But perhaps your son is a late bloomer in the sleep department and it will just take time. I’m sorry. Just curious–does he fall asleep on his own at night? Also – if you go in right away when he starts crying, how long does it take him to fall asleep?

          • depends. Sometimes he gets a fresh diaper and I can rock him back quickly. Others it’s longer while he plays with my face, hits me, ect. And he doesn’t fall asleep on his own. He gets a bottle before bed because he still doesn’t eat/drink enough during the day, so he needs the calories. I’m hoping to do away with it, but if I reduce it he’s like “um, hello? where’s the rest?!” It’s also been recommended to me that I get him checked for apnea because he snores. So there’s that. There are a lot of variables. He hates sleeping being the biggest one. It sucks, but luckily I don’t have my heart set on a second child

          • Well shoot. I was hoping it was a quick fix if you just went ahead and caved altogether. But that doesn’t sound quick.
            Would he still drink his bottle if it weren’t *right* before bedtime? If so, I wonder if it would help to focus entirely on working towards him falling asleep on his own at bedtime. (and do what you have to do with the nighttime wakings in the interim) Maybe that would ultimately help with the night wakings as well? And hopefully still get that nighttime bottle in?
            Forgive my continual peppering of suggestions–I’m a fixer at heart and can’t help myself (damn Jewish mother genes!). If you’re out of patience with alternatives & suggestions and just want to vent, ignore all of my suggestions and just take my hugs and support. It will get better eventually. I just wish we had a crystal ball to know when eventually would be 🙂

        • Well, I’ll tell you what worked for us, and you’ll dismiss it saying why it would never work for you: I snuggled my lousy sleeper to sleep for four years, and I let her come and climb in bed with me in the middle of the night and stay there. She finally outgrew needing me at bedtime, and she’s starting to outgrow getting in my bed.
          I tried EVERYTHING else before I gave in. I tried all forms of cry-it-out, I tried waiting for her to get tired and sleep naturally, I tried warm milk, I tried bribes (sorry, “rewards”) and reasoning, I tried special bedding and every nightlight and stuffed animal configuration. What worked was just being there for her. And then she slept, happily and fully.

          • I wish I could – if we bring him in to our bed, it’s suddenly play time. He has NEVER fallen asleep in our bed (when he was an infant, I held him either in the glider or in bed with the cosleeper next to me. I truly wish he could do that. Sleep on his own for a bit, then when/if he wakts up, bring him in to bed. Nope PLAY TIME!!!!

          • My daughter was the same way – parents’ bed = no sleep, ever. (She also hated pacifiers. WTF?) I wish I had some advice, but this is outside of my experience. I can only imagine how much it much suck to stay in, or return to, the infant/no sleeping stage for an extended period of time.
            In a perhaps vain effort to make you laugh in this trying time . . .


          • And it doesn’t work to totally ignore him? My daughter tried for a while to have midnight playtime in my bed, but I pretended to be asleep and she got bored and fell asleep too. This was before/around her first birthday, and took a couple of nights to sink in.

          • epric002

            ignoring dogs works 🙂 the dogs are allowed to climb in bed with us on sat/sun mornings and usually formerly foster puppy thinks he needs to climb all over us and find any exposed skin to lick incessantly. if you hide under the covers for a minute though he’ll give up and go back to sleep. (yes, i know dogs aren’t kids, and yes, i know i hijacked a kid thread with my dog anecdote :P)

          • As needed, we’ve done the lie in bed & ignore technique. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. One time my wife fell asleep & my daughter didn’t 🙂 But we’re lucky to have a twin bed in kiddo’s room that we use for that purpose. We have a rocking chair as well-and she doesn’t really fall asleep being rocked anymore, but sometimes the ignore & pretend to be asleep technique will work for convincing her it’s time to settle & go back to sleep.

  • Rant: Girlfriend says maybe it’s time for me to to quit drinking for a while.
    Rave: Girlfriend says that even if I don’t quit, she’s sure that there are plenty of women who will sleep with me anyway. Options!

  • Question: I love healthy food but am bored with my usual recipes and routines. Do you have any healthy recipes to recommend, with “healthy” defined as broadly as you would like to interpret it? The only think I don’t eat is pork products, but I shy away a bit from all animal products and processed grains. (Rice and quinoa – good all the time! Bread and wheat flour — good less often!) Thanks in advance.

    • Over the winter I bought Vegetable Literacy and Salad Samuri and have loved everything I’ve made from both. Salad Samuri is also great for organizing lunches/dinners and tells you what you can make on Sunday for meals throughout the week.

      • Just added this to my Amazon Cart — it looks awesome and I love Veganomicon. I’m also getting into a real salad mood now that spring is coming!

    • I have a great pasta recipe where the sauce is a mix of (equal parts) canned chickpeas (mashed/chunky pureed with a stick blender) & crushed tomatoes. Add crushed red pepper, salt, and ground black pepper to taste and serve over pasta with a parmesan or romano cheese garnish. Delicious!!!

      • This sounds so good — and protein-rich, which is definitely a priority for me at the moment. I recently realized that I rarely got more than a quarter of my recommended protein in a day, so I’m trying to amp that up.

        • It really is awesome in so many ways. I also have this great moroccan chickpea dish that has dried apricots and spinach in it, served over cous cous–though I’m sure you could serve it over anything you want. Do you still have my email address? Send me a reminder & I’ll send it to you–I have it in hard copy at home but can make a pdf of it on my phone.
          Another slightly less healthy is cheese & (ground black) pepper pasta, with a side of sauteed spinach with white beans–seasoned with nutmeg, salt, and black pepper. It’s a Rachel Ray recipe; let me know if you’re interested & can’t find it online.
          I also have a pumpkin pasta recipe that isn’t too bad for you–with spinach & mushrooms & sausage. Sausage can be excluded; I use a chicken sausage, though.

          • Just emailed you — or at least I -think- I did! If you don’t hear from me, could you possibly send me a message at shawessdc at gmail?

          • I got your email. I will try to remember to send the recipes along tonight!

    • Risotto – you could probably cut back on the butter. I usually melt 2T butter, mix the rice in so it’s coated, add a cup or so of wine, let the liquid be absorbed, and then keep adding chicken stock (or veggie stock) until the rice is fully cooked. You can add veggies, garlic, scallions and almost anything you like (my family go-to is shrimp and asparagus, roasted on a baking sheet at 350 degrees in the oven, covered in olive oil and salt and pepper for about 10 minutes). Takes about 45 minutes.
      I also make a chicken dish that’s fairly popular – dip chicken breast in an egg white (or other binding agent), then dip in a panko bread crumb (or something crunchy), salt, pepper and parsley mixture and bake at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes. I cover the whole breast vs. just a top, and serve with rice and a veggie. I got this recipe from Mark Bittman’s app – he might have other options you’d like!

      • epric002

        i love risotto, but hate making it. this faux risotto is fabulous, though a little wintery, imo. http :// http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/baked-barley-risotto

        • I’m usually lazy when making it – it says to stir almost continuously in my recipe. I add some stock, stir, and then go watch tv for 5 minutes. Works well every time! If I’m at the boy’s place and making it, I have him help me keep an eye on it, help me taste to see if the rice is cooked, chop the veggies while I prep something else, etc.

      • Adding a risotto to my list — it’s also perfect for spring! I’m thinking about peas, mushrooms and asparagus. Maybe with some chicken.
        And the chicken recipe sounds easy and really nice. i almost never bread chicken and that might be a way to help me out of my chicken-breast-again? rut.
        Also I LOVE Mark Bittman 🙂

        • I feel you on the chicken breast rut – I had it for like 4 nights a week growing up. You can really season to taste – once I get a better handle on how spices taste I might try changing it up. I like that the breast stays fairly juicy, that the bread crumbs don’t taste like much so I get a full load of salt, pepper and parsley, and that it’s fairly simple to set up. Unless you miss-measure the bread crumbs, then you’re standing there with egg on your hands yelling at your SO or friend to grab the bread crumbs and start mixing if they want any dinner 😛

          • re: chicken…cooking light has a whole magazine maybe 2-3 months ago of all chicken, mostly breasts. My coworker gets it and I flipped through – tons of ideas. My go-to is santa fe crock pot chicken from skinny taste. SO GOOD.

        • in the summer, make corn risotto. It’s AMAZING. I make corn stock (a la Joe Yonan) and then fresh kernels. It’s amazing.

        • Emmaleigh504

          A really tasty and easy chicken breast meal is chicken marinated in yogurt and dijon mustard then pop it all in the oven to bake until the chicken is done. Slice the chicken, and blend the yogurt mustard mixture into a sauce. sever over salad greens or in a tortilla with greens or any way you like.

        • Great blend of veggies for a risotto, make that all the time! I also often make a pea puree (just peas and a little bit of chicken stock in the blender). If you add it right near the end of your risotto cooking, you can don’t have to add to much parmesan to get that nice creamy richness.

          I like to put a sauteed scallop or three on top, but it’s totally optional.

        • Ina Garten has a YUMMY spring risotto recipe that has asparagus, peas, and lemon zest (and mascarpone among other creamy goodness). It may not be as healthy, but it is DELICIOUS! I love risotto 🙂 In the fall, our go-to is either butternut squash or mushroom.

    • Becks

      I really like to stir fry. Tofu is a great option and it takes on the flavor of whatever you cook with it. I honestly prefer the tofu skin or dried tofu that you can buy at the Chinese grocery store over the white block tofu most stores sell. But you can slice and bake it, then add to your stir fry. I like broccoli, cauliflower with tons of garlic and chili oil, stir-fried with tofu. I use a little soy sauce (for salt), but mostly use fermented Chinese vinegar.

      • I’m also a huge stir-fry AND tofu fan 🙂 We probably have some variation on this suggestion twice a week in our house! but I don’t think I’ve tried fermented Chinese vinegar. Do I need to go to a specialty market for that, and if so, is there one in the District that you’d recommend?

        • Becks

          I go to the Chinese grocery store up in Rockville and stock up. I know the kind I like is Old Wang, but I’m not sure if it’s in English or not. There are many kinds of fermented Chinese Black vinegar, but I am particular about the kinds I like. If you ever want to go to Rockville , I can go with you and show you a Chinese restaurant that I really like. It comes the closest to Chinese food in China. Anyone else interested?

          • Blithe

            I could be up for this. Are the restaurant and grocery store walkable from the Metro?

          • Becks

            Yes, they are walkable. I do not have a car. The walk to the restaurant is about 8-10 minutes and the grocery store is across the street. I usually take my push cart with me.

          • PoPville excursion to Rockville for Chinese food and condiment (etc) shopping? Yes !

          • Quotia Zelda

            I live in Rockville, so I’d totally be up for that.

          • Becks

            Does everyone want to meet this Saturday (March 21) or next Saturday (March 28)? We can meet at 11AM at the Rockville metro or 10AM at L’Enfant.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Me Me Me!

          • Blithe

            I can’t do this Saturday, but I can probably do the 28th. If you all go this week, Becks, would you mind posting the names of the store and the restaurant? I’d still like to go — even if I can’t make the field trip.

      • Fried rice and / or stir frys (fries?) are great, cheap, healthy ways to eat a balanced meal. I like to meal prep on Sundays but unfortunately I get bored of something after 2-3 servings, so I take note every time someone asks this question here.

    • epric002

      i have a recipe for a blended spinach & brown rice soup is that is fabulous and freezes well. i’ve also enjoyed both crock pot chicken tikka masala recipes recently, as well as a quick chicken tagine (can’t find the exact recipe right now but google turns up quite a few). are you opposed to trying a meal delivery service? that’s how i do the bulk of my cooking/find fabulous new recipes.

      • Ooh, can you share the spinach/brown rice soup recipe? I bet I could make that with ingredients I already have.
        I’m not at all opposed to a meal delivery service — I’ve tried a few and have had some excellent experiences with them. I mentioned a few weeks back that I was a beta tester for a new service I love, and may end up using that once they have their launch. In the meantime, I’m sort of enjoying a return to being able to pick my own produce and recipes. But maybe a bit out of sorts because I just spent a month following others’ directions 🙂

    • SouthwestDC

      I have endless ideas when it comes to that kind of cooking. In the past few weeks I’ve made vegetable paella, strawberry goat cheese salad, pumpkin curry, shakshuka, french onion soup, cornmeal crusted tilapia with roasted potatoes and broccoli, tofu and cabbage potstickers, black bean and butternut empanadas, black bean and sweet potato enchiladas, numerous veggie stir fries… any of those sound good? If I can find some frisee I’m going to make the potato and soft egg salad that Smitten Kitchen just posted.

      • epric002

        can you share the pumpkin curry recipe pls?

      • Please share your shakshuka recipe!

        • SouthwestDC

          I like it without peppers, which may not be authentic… I saute diced onions and garlic in olive oil, add some crushed tomatoes and a tablespoon or two of harissa (or tomato paste and red pepper flakes), and let it simmer until it’s reduced and thickened. Then I crack the eggs in and continue simmering until they’re just a bit runny. Usually I drizzle more olive oil and throw some chopped parsley on top, but after being covered in snow my parsley plant is dead. 🙁

    • I read cooking blogs for inspiration. Have you tried 101 Cookbooks? For the opposite side of the specturm, there’s Nom Nom Paleo. And it always shames me to admit this, but I have cooked some really delicious meals from Gwyneth Paltrow’s cookbook. You can get a lot of her recipes online. In terms of cookbooks, Jerusalem is amazing. Everything in it is delicious.

      Each year I try to pick a cooking theme. One year was the year of the legume (to incorporate more of them into my diet and list of recipes). This year the theme is Cuban cooking. Maybe try Greek or Thai (both healthy cuisines with lots of flavor as inspiration to try new recipes)?

      • LOVE Jersualem (and Plenty)! You’re the second person to recommend 101 Cookbooks to me this week — I definitely need to spend more time on that site! Re: Gwyneth, her cookbook was written by the marvelous Julia Turshen, so I’m not surprised it’s awesome 🙂

        • SouthwestDC

          101 Cookbooks is a beautiful site, but I think it’s better for general inspiration than recipes. A lot of her recipes involve a handful of something rare and beautiful that she found at the farmer’s market, scattered artfully on a plate with some interesting seeds and edible flowers. It’s hard to recreate that at home. Her cookbook (which I just found recently at a Little Free Library!) is better for actual recipes.

    • I am a big fan of roasting up a bunch of root vegetables and eating those all week. I’ve also been into rice bowls lately after getting a really good one at Sweetgreen last week: rice, granny smith apples, sweet potatoes, kale and chicken with vinagrette.

      • I do both of these things — roast vegetables for the week and recreate Sweetgreen-style rice bowls at home. But do neither one nearly enough. Thanks for the reminder 🙂

    • justinbc

      check out Thug Kitchen

      • Ha — the website is funny although vaguely NSFW. And I’m not sure I’ve ever been able to say that about a recipe website! The recipes look awesome in any case.

    • I’ve made a kale, kimchi and quinoa recipe that is delicious and healthy. Recipe came from NY Times article called “Grain Bowls: How to make your own”

      • I’d also recommend “Moosewood Cooks at Home” — great stew and soup recipes, plus a Greek scampi recipe that is a family favorite.

        • I’m a huge fan of the Moosewood cookbooks (and NYT Cooking) too! I actually think the beige Mollie Katzen cookbook was my first ever, and I still have some of those recipes memorized. Like Hungarian Mushroom Soup, which completely changed the way I think about paprika.

          • Yes, I have that Moosewood as well – it has also been well used over the years. Somewhere along the way I lost the Enchanted Broccoli Forest…:(

    • All of these responses make me want a popville cooking thread – people send in recipes and pictures of the process. Could help some of us expand our weekly meals!

    • I just made mapo tofu last night. This recipe has pork in it but you can substitute or take it out entirely! epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ma-po-tofu-103565

    • Blithe

      My favorite quick and healthy dinner is salad topped with salmon or a crab cake, Tessamae cracked pepper dressing and a dollop of guacamole. It’s fast and healthy, and I could eat this every day for a week or so before getting tired of it. If I want something heavier, I’ll add a baked sweet potato with butter, cinnamon, and nutmeg. My favorite healthy dessert is to grab a bag of frozen peaches, add nutmeg, and cook it until it has the taste and texture of pie filling. No sugar, way yum. Top with coconut sorbet for even more yum. And now, thanks to your question, I already know what I’m having for dinner tonight.

      • I honestly can’t remember the last time I had salmon or crab cakes and now they’re all can think about 🙂 Thanks, Blithe! I just bookmarked this recipe, which reminds me of jindc , who got me into this blog. skinnytaste.com/2013/12/baked-salmon-cakes.html

    • Every New Year’s, Bon Appetit has an online program called the “food lover’s cleanse” which is a month worth of recipes fitting your criteria. I’ve made a lot of things there I really liked and you can find the last couple years online.

  • Rant: I have a hangnail
    Rave: I got a bonus for my Performance Evaluation
    Rave: Coffee
    Rave: Life
    Rave: March Madness

  • For those who have used Warby Parker or other online sales for eyeglasses: How did you get them fitted? I hate the idea of walking in to an independent retailer and saying “Hey, can you adjust these glasses I bought from the company that is totally undermining your business?” I know a lot of places do it for free, but it feels wrong to me.
    Are there places that will charge a reasonable fee for adjusted glasses they didn’t sell?

    • I did just that – went into Vision Source at 800 K St NW and asked, meekly, to have my glasses adjusted – the guy was kind of grumpy, but didn’t ask for payment. It took about two minutes, they heat the plastic up and bend them so they sit well behind your ears.

      • I did this with a pair of glasses – heated up the plastic nose bridge with a blow dryer and gently bent it to fit. They were non-prescription and not particularly expensive – good for experimenting with DIY repair.

    • epric002

      i just got my first try-on box delivered last night 🙂 i think a lot of places will do it for free, but you can always ask to pay for it. isn’t a warby parker coming to DC later this year?

    • Anonynon

      They are happy to do it, I went to a place on Penn Ave and 18th. I also got my eyes check done their so i figured it was equal. But i also got them adjusted a few times before getting my eyes checked. My WP’s are like 2 years old i feel like they are getting very crooked…too bad that new WP shop won’t be in shaw for a few years 🙁

  • Rant: In a funk. I think it’s driving away a friend (although we talk in waves – several hours one week, virtually nothing the next, etc.). I need to find the positive in my life again.
    Rave: call with my adviser today to discuss options for classes and career guidance – I’m nervous he’ll think what I want to do is pointless/I shouldn’t be working on my degree, but at this point I’m halfway through so I might as well get it, right?
    Rave: Friends who remind me that I’m working towards my goals, meaning I’m not there yet, and that everyone faces similar challenges. People who seem to have “made it” by their mid twenties aren’t the norm and shouldn’t be concerning.

    • Anonynon

      Hang in there! I actually like friends who I can go a week or so without chatting and its not a big deal, then when we do meet up its like no time has passed. It sounds like your doing good things with your time you have a job…in grad school? That one more thing than I am doing…I am just getting my butt kicked studying for the GRE. Maybe you need to check out the Popville HH, bourbon is the cure all.

      • Haha I want to! It’s usually during crunch time for class stuff/during class/I’m out of town this weekend. Next month hopefully!

      • Also, I took a GRE prep course my last semester senior year, and took the GRE still sleep deprived/hungover from graduation. I didn’t over study and barely did any prep work the week leading up to it and was fine – granted, I like math and read a lot (although nothing that expands my vocabulary). I went in not expecting to do well, didn’t put pressure on myself, and miraculously avoided my propensity to do poorly on standardized tests…

    • Lol, I didn’t start my “real” career until I was 29 after I finished my degree. Agreed that “making it” by mid-twenties isn’t the norm.

    • I don’t even know what making it means. In my mid-20s, I hadn’t even had a real job yet. But then I got one. And I’ve had several since then, each an improvement over the last, along with several promotions and accolades, and I have never – not once – thought I’ve “made it.” Frankly, “making it” in your 20s would be a little depressing – where do you go but down? (OK, that last bit might be sour grapes.)

      • That depends on your definition of “made it”. I won’t feel I made it until I have a salary, 401k, etc, but my income has increased every year, I own a home, and should have another by year end.
        Even if I had a salary now, I’m sure I’d feel something wise was missing like being able to travel, so I could strive that as well as promotions and accolades.
        I think even the ceo of a big company can find something else to work toward.

      • For me, it’s working in my field and gaining skills that allow me to receive promotions or has an interesting title and the opportunity to receive credit for projects – I look at people younger than me who have “policy director” as a title or something and I feel self conscious. I recognize that they aren’t necessarily doing work different than what I’m doing or they relied on connections I don’t have, but it’s kind of a kick in the heart to think I’m not successful yet (and yes, I recognize it’s all in my head).

  • Rant: should I tell me neighbor the house she just purchased was renovated by a notorious flipper who messes up every house he has ever touched, or leave it alone and let her figure it out when on her own?
    Rant: Nothing good will come of this
    Rave: going out this evening for a great dinner

    • Tell her before the statute of limitations is up on getting things fixed. Why wouldn’t you tell her? Why didn’t you tell her before the purchase?

      • “Why didn’t you tell her before the purchase?”
        Not sure that’s feasible, unless Moon knew the purchaser beforehand (in which case, I’m sure she would have said something).

      • That’s a good point about the SoL and also any warranty that covers the house. Tell your new neighbor to get another, more thorough inspection of all systems and structure. It’s the neighborly thing to do.
        Unfortunately, the flipper has probably already dissolved the fly-by-night LLC.

        • I’ve owned my house for 9 years and just now – because of a roof leak – discovered that a major truss/support beam was ridiculously perched 1/4 inch on top of a crumbling pile of bricks. It wasn’t even a flipper – but some govt. program that “renovated” it – but the takeaway is -sad but true – all flippers are suspect.

  • skj84

    Rave: Empire Finale! LAWD!!! Such soapy good fun. I also watched the House of Cards finale last night.Liked the Ibsen esque ending. Lucius Lyon and Frank Underwood are not too far off from each other. What was it Freddy said? “It’s like blaming a snake for having fangs.” Indeed.

    Rant: Could not sleep last night. Went to bed around midnight, didn’t fall asleep until 3. Did not consistently stay asleep. Not sure what was going on there.

  • SouthwestDC

    Some of you have mentioned ClassPass in the past– have you had good experiences with it? They’re offering 3 months for $149 today, so I might just do it.

  • Rant: nervous about my show (Velvet Lounge!) tonight
    Rave: delicious dinner last night with the family.
    Rant: horses asking to be led to water, then, once led, refusing to drink.

  • Rant: Walking on Irving St. near Tubman yesterday I saw a kid (about 8yo) throw a glass bottle to a group of kids which landed inches from them. One of the kids form the group and the bottle thrower started fighting. Adult from school separated the kids and detained the kid who the bottle was thrown at. I imagine she told the bottle thrower to go away because she didn’t know him. I guess I’m still impacted by this because the bottle thrower popped the lid off (while walking next to me ) a half a block before throwing it.

    • When my 8 yo daughter asks why she can’t walk around the neighborhood by herself when other 8 yos can – this is why. Aargh.

  • justinbc

    Random: Share your Final 4 picks? (I have UK, Arizona, Louisville, and Gonzaga)

  • Anonynon

    Random: Anyone have creative ideas for lunch? I work from home and almost always have the same thing over and over again (granted it is good – i need some variety in my life). Ideally something that could be made in under 10 minutes
    Rave: Girl who asked if we could play it by ear when i asked her out for date #2…let me know by not saying anything, classic! I am glad she didn’t say anything because using the potential of having to work late as an excuse is a deal breaker for me. Thats really as low as it gets IMO. Its silly too because the idea i had for our date wouldn’t have started till 8PM (although i didn’t bother to mention that after she used the work excuse).
    Rave: It still was a good first date regardless (not everyone will stick)

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’ve been on a baked (microwaved) potato kick. Zap potato, add cheese, sour cream, and zapped frozen veggie mix. Delish and full of veggies. Sometimes I add beans and fresh veggies. You can add all sorts of yumminess, whatever you feel like.

    • “I am glad she didn’t say anything because using the potential of having to work late as an excuse is a deal breaker for me. Thats really as low as it gets IMO.”
      I’m glad you’re doing the best thing for you, but imho, there are some people who actually might really have to work late who have really fabulous careers (i.e. at the NSC, etc.). It is used as an excuse way too often, but I don’t think it always determines how awesome the person may be.

      • +1. It sounds like she’s not interested, but if she were, she could’ve said: “I might have to work late on Wednesday — how about we meet up on Thursday instead?”

      • When I worked in a law firm, I never knew if I was getting out at 5:30 or 6, or if I was leaving at 3am or later. My friends who are all still working in Big Law and I have a phrase: Big Law Gods Willing, because any second a sh*tstorm could start. My friends on the Hill have similar problems, and Boy is constantly checking work email or popping on his laptop to address issues, even after 10, 11pm at night. You never know what’s going on in people’s careers or what their offices/bosses are like.
        That being said, unless there would be a clear need for me on weekends I always managed to find time to see people or volunteer. If she didn’t suggest another day, she either isn’t all that into you or at that moment, she had something else going on and was distracted.

      • +1. I know it’s hard not to feel a little hurt when someone you like turns out not to be a match, but that’s no reason to paint them as a bad person.

      • Blithe

        Not saying anything, is, indeed, a sign that someone is either not interested or not mature enough for me to be interested. And of course, you get to decide what your own “deal breakers” are. I just want to put out there that my jobs have often included unscheduled meetings; meetings that went far longer than I anticipated, and a fair amount of crisis stuff, so if those things are deal breakers for you, you’re ruling out a lot of professions as potential dates.

    • Blithe

      I do a lot of omelets — or messy scrambled eggs — mixed peppers; crabcake; corn, pearl onions and bacon; popcorn shrimp and spinach; matzo brei with salami; I’ve even done an omelet with leftover pizza (internet idea). It’s a nice way to get in some veggies and/or use up leftovers.

  • Rant: Ted Cruz. Looks like it is time for DCers to bomb his Facebook page with requests for potholes to be filled.

  • Question: Does/has anyone participated in the Pacer’s Fun Runs or any other casual running groups in DC? I’m looking to get back into running and would definitely be more motivated if I ran with a group but not looking for anything too intense! How long are the runs usually?

    • justinbc

      I’ve done the Pacers runs. They have various groups that run different distances so you can choose which one you’re comfortable with. I did some of them when I was training for my first race and it was a great way to not hate it quite so much 🙂

  • skj84

    Rant: I made the stupid mistake of creating and sharing a cover letter via Google Docs. The hiring manager had to send me a request to read it. I was editing the letter with a friend which is why I used Docs in the first place.

    Rave: at least I know the hiring manager looked at my application?

    Does anyone know of any good creative writing classes or course work? I need to brush up my writing skills. Nothing too expensive, I’m on a strict budget. And social media courses. I need something to gain experience.

    • It didn’t affect me at all when I did the same with my resume. I was conflicted out unfortunately. You can change drive setting to open with link so they won’t have to request permission, so maybe docs has the same.

    • Blithe

      I don’t know about the prices, but I’ve heard good things about the Writing Center in Bethesda.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: bossman who clearly doesn’t know how to use the tools we use is requiring us to add extra steps to our work. He dinged someone in a review for not doing something but the program does it automatically. Now he wants us all to do it even thought the program does it for us. so annoying!
    Rave: Working at home so I don’t have to see bossman’s face. Some days just looking at him fills me with disgust.

    • Pretty certain I’ve worked for this guy before.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Rave: decided not to let it bother me. can’t change it, I’ll just do it and move on. 🙂

      • Unfortunately, sometime we gotta pick our battles. However, if it’s too bad, don’t do what I did and let it build up and then go all “I’m packing it up and leaving. Good luck a–hat” without having a backup plan. Not my smartest move but did work out unbelievably freaking well for me.

        • Emmaleigh504

          It helps that he’s a nice person, just a crappy boss. So I won’t be storming out screaming obscenities. I just mutter obscenities under my breath and keep on trucking.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Wiccan Dog Sitter’s bedroom looks great with all the nice stuff I purchased like a new bedspread, sheets and memory foam mattress topper. I hope this creates an atmosphere conducive to love and the three day visit from his Maine friend will end with a proposal. A proposal to get him out of my house!

    Rant: Yesterday afternoon, just a few hours after his friend’s arrival, WDS’s boss messaged him with an emergency request to purchase toilet paper and bring it to the invalid they help take care of. WDS left leaving LL Bean locked in the house. Meanwhile LL Bean’s boyfriend called and said the boyfriend’s mother was sick and they needed to leave immediately for Maine (don’t overthink this one kids, remember it is WDS!). WDS told LL Bean to find the key hanging by the door, let himself out, and throw the key through the security gate. He did so but found the key hanging by the back door. I do not have an easy exit from my backyard. Anyway he had to wait on the poo-ridden deck for WDS to let him back inside so at least they got to say good bye in person.

    Rant: I’m still stuck with WDS and I threw away the receipts so I guess I can’t return anything.
    Rave: At least the house is clean.
    Rant: Really need to clean the deck.

    • Wait, WDS has a lover (LL Bean?), and the lover has a boyfriend? And the boyfriend knew that LL Bean was in DC with WDS? Or is the relationship between WDS and LL Bean not a romantic one? Maybe I was thrown by the idea that LL Bean might propose and get WDS out of your house…

    • I’m sure you’ve explained it before, but why is wds still there.

      • I Dont Get It

        What would I have to post about? My life is borring!

      • If I remember correctly, WDS pays IDGI a low rent to sleep at his place like 2-3 nights a week. (The rest of the time he’s a live-in home health aide.) Though WDS has his drawbacks, like a predilection for unauthorized smudging, he does keep an eye on IDGI’s senior dogs and frequently engages in Ritalin-fueled housecleaning sessions. So aside from that and the vomit incident that IDGI mentioned the other week, it sounds like on balance, having WDS in the house is a good thing.

        • My syntax above was questionable. By “aside from that,” I meant “aside from the unauthorized smudging.” (IIRC, IDGI considered the housecleaning sessions a good thing, not a bad thing.)

        • I Dont Get It

          Excellent recap!

        • I Dont Get It

          However his job focus has changed, he’s more on the procurement side now that the invalid has round the clock nursing assistance* and spends most nights in my house. It is nice though to have someone to send downstairs to bring up the laundry.

          *This poor guy must be very rich or have hella good insurance

        • I’m just catching up on all of this, but have to say that the IDGI/WDS stories make my day. The addition of LL Bean to the mix just made this an extra happy day. Along with Textdoc’s fabulous recap.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Your life is like a soap opera, only better!

    • Blithe

      Well, at least the WDS and LL Bean didn’t (haven’t yet) decide that the new bedspread, sheets, and memory foam mattress topper and breakfast options were soooooo wonderful that the visit ended in a proposal — and LLBean’s decision to move in too!

    • Dear PoPville:

      My neighbor has an incredible amount of dog poo on his deck! Yesterday I noticed that there was a young man out there and I thought he was going to clean it up but after spending a long time on his phone, he disappeared.

      Should I leave an anonymous note on his door?

  • Rave: Went to the cafeteria to get a salad to go with my trader joe’s mac and cheese for lunch. Came back with a take-out box of kimchi.
    Rant: Really exhausted this week, and work has been particularly hectic. I’d feel a lot better if my job had more independent tasks and less keeping-the-tigers-at-bay interactions.
    Rave: Admitted to intensive summer language program on a fellowship! Woot woot!

  • Ally

    Rave: Debt free for the first time in years. Very good feeling.
    Rant: My co-worker who just got back from India has been quarantined due to unknown illness, and now is set to return to work tomorrow even though he still has a fever. My pregnant, paranoid self is not thrilled.

    • That’s AMAZING! The debt-free thing, not the mystery tropical illness thing.
      I don’t think I’ll ever be totally debt free. I spent like a year being jealous of my cousin who lives in a low-cost-of-living area, because she was always on about Dave Ramsey and having no debt and whatnot. I thought, man, I love DC, but I will have this mortgage FOREVER. Then I find out she’s consumer- and student-debt free. Still has a mortgage and loans on two cars, which for some reason don’t count as debt in Dave Ramsey World? And then I felt good about my choices again. 🙂

      • Ally

        Oh, and I should clarify…I still have my mortgage. Just no more unsecured/credit card debt. I think I’ll be paying on my mortgage until I’m about ready to retire. At least that’s building equity, though.

    • Congrats on your rave!!!!

    • Self-quarantined or health department quarantined? If the latter, I would be more worried.
      Tomorrow is Friday and it may snow – take the day off or work at home 🙂

      • Ally

        Thanks all! As for the mystery illness, it was a high fever combined with a weird rash. His doctor asked him to stay home until results of his blood work came back. I’m just going to bathe in some lysol and hope for the best..heh.

    • I Dont Get It

      Congrats on being debt free. This has happened to me several times 🙁

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