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: Good friend has cancer. Just found out and is in the how advanced, what are the options, what the hell is happening to me stages.
    ‘Rave: Good friend loves kitties and dogs. Can PoPville help out with links to your favorite cat and dog videos, memes, instagram accounts, etc.? I’d love to supply my friend with daily bits of cuteness.

  • justinbc

    Rave: Finally got my plasma mounted and new soundbar installed this weekend, which opened up a huge amount of floor space after we rearranged all the furniture. Living area is so much more open now, I love it.
    Rave: Started painting downstairs after convincing partner of my color scheme.
    Rave: Also started constructing my overhead catwalk for the incoming kittens (both are now confirmed, due to arrive late May).
    Rant: Only ~6 weeks to complete a rather large task before they arrive, which sounds like a lot, but not that much when you only get about an hour of free time before bed each night after getting home from the gym, showering, and cooking dinner. My weekends are pretty much spoken for now with pre-cat duties.

  • Mug of Glop

    Rant: Surprise rain all day today. Well, probably not a surprise to anyone looking at the forecasts, but a surprise to me!
    Rave: Shake Shack Run tonight! Running and hamburgers and milkshakes! Two out of three things being good isn’t so bad. Everyone should come!
    Rave: Weekend guest has returned home. Back to the routine!
    Rant: Tried to upload all my treepictures to Facebook yesterday, and it seemed to work, but now FB seems to have eaten my album and it, with all my captions, are gone.
    Rant: Need to get my oil changed before my car explodes. That’s how it works, right?

    • I always feared that my car would explode if I failed to get an oil change so you’re not alone there lol. I don’t think it will really happen though. *crosses fingers* lol

    • Oh I’ve been wanting to check out the Shake Shack run! How long is the run before burgers?

      • Mug of Glop

        From Pacers Logan Circle there are 1, 3, and 5-ish mile runs. From Pacers Pentagon Row, it’s a 4.5 mile route.

        • Mug of Glop

          Oh, and they both start at about 7 pm this evening.

          • Thanks! I have a work event tonight so probably won’t make this one but hopefully the next one from Logan Circle. Do you do the Tuesday/Thursday fun runs too?

          • Anonynon

            Is this every tuesday? I did this one time with my roommate when we lived in Van Ness and ran down to dupont and finished with a delicious burger and shake. Do you sign up or just show up?

          • Mug of Glop

            The Shake Shack runs are on the second Tuesday of every month. I’ve never run it from Virginia, but I suspect it’s the same as at Pacers Logan Circle: you just show up and run out with the group. Fun runs out of Logan Circle are on Mondays at 6:30 pm, where there are 3, 4.5, and 6 mile options, and Tuesdays at 7:00 pm, which have different routes each week through the city, and are generally 5-6 miles. On Thursdays at 7 pm we have track night, where we run from the store up to Banneker track and do some technical-ish track workout. No sign-up or purchase necessary for any of it. To answer your other question, SPShaw, I generally show up these days for as many nights as I can.

          • Thanks for the info! Maybe I’ll see you out there at some point.

    • Oil changes are largely a scam. If you get your oil changed, please for the love of planet Earth, don’t do it every 3000 miles. Jiffy Lube invented that. Every 12,000 is PLENTY.

      • jim_ed

        Yeah, waiting 12,000 miles per oil change is terrible advice. Every car is different, but try changing it at every 5,000 miles to begin with, and see how dirty it is and how many quarts were still in it before stretching it out any further. In most of the cars I’ve owned, about 7,000 miles is as far as I could push it without seeing significant losses in viscosity and amount of oil, and at 9,000 I’d notice serious performance issues.
        Not that you asked, but as an FYI, changing your oil yourself is super easy, but if you don’t want to do that, you can save some serious bucks by buying your own oil and filter and taking it to the shop. No one should pay more than $15 for the labor.

        • Mug of Glop

          I’ve done it every 5000 miles for just about forever in all my cars, which comes out to about once each summer given how little I drive. I’ve thought about doing it myself for a long time, but have never had the facilities to do it (i.e. off-street parking). Last year I went to the Shell at Upshur and Georgia on recommendations from this very commentariate, and they were pretty quick about it. I think it was $29.

          • jim_ed

            Those are my guys! Phi (the owner) is the most honest mechanic I’ve ever dealt with. I no longer change it myself for the same reason, and I’m terrified some Maryland driver will run my legs over if I change it curbside. But at only 5,000 miles a year and $30 a change, you’re probably golden doing it annually like that.

      • While 3000 miles is excessive for just about any modern vehicle, following the manufacturer’s service schedule (typically 7500 or 10,000 for most cars) is well worth it, if for nothing else to maintain warranty coverage and maintain resale value with a documented service history. If you NEVER change your oil, here’s some great pictures of what the inside of your engine might look like:

    • Mug of Glop

      Bonus Afternoon Rave: Humid air makes pouring liquid nitrogen much more dramatic and sciency!

  • Rant: We have the highest GDP and # of billionaires, but the 2nd highest rate of child poverty…why is this ok?
    Rave: I complained about my “boring” lunch only to realize that plenty of people even just in DC would be happy to have it. No more complaints about 1st world problems.
    Rave: Skinny pants are now baggy pants.
    Rant: Still waiting to hear about LT project.
    Rant: Got a check in the mail from my last restaurant gig. It’s from Oct 2014. They sent my W2 though; why are you just finding this check?
    Ques: Looking to get my carpet deep cleaned. Thinking of Sears, any other companies I should consider? Just a long hallway and a small living room.

    • justinbc

      Re: poverty… blame the tax code.

      • How so? Would love your prospective on the issue.

        • justinbc

          The tax code is full of loopholes for those billionaires who reside here, so that the “proper” amount of wealth is not being distributed to those children whose families are poor. If everyone was actually paying their “fair” share (and truly accounting for what they have, rather than leaving it offshore), the country would have more than enough to more properly take care of those in need. It’s a broken system, in my mind, and needs a complete overhaul…which will unfortunately never happen, because those responsible for doing that benefit greatly from the current status quo.

          • +1 to everything you said. Even people like Warren Buffett who complain about the system but CHOOSE to use the loopholes. You could file taxes as a joe blow worker bee or send in extra money to the IRS, yet you don’t. Like don’t blame me, blame the loopholes. I do blame the holes, but there is nothing forcing you to use them.

          • Accountering

            As an accountant with pretty intimate knowledge, this pretty much nails it. The loopholes available to people in the 1,000,000+ yearly income is quite extensive.
            The greatest trick the rich have ever pulled in this country is convincing the middle class to blame the poor for their plight.

          • Accountering

            This is an INCREDIBLY frustrating argument that the republicans make. One person “writing a check” is not going to solve anything. I see NO issue whatsoever with a billionaire complaining about the tax code not taxing him enough, and then filling out his taxes to the best of his ability. Fixing the debt and inequality can only be solved by a nation wide approach, and that means taxing both Buffett, the Kochs, the millionaire in DC, and everyone in between more.
            Keep in mind this is someone who has committed to contribute well in excess of 99% of his net worth the charity upon his passing.

          • No, one person writing a check isn’t going to solve a problem…well, some big checks could solve some issues, but I get it.
            I know buffett, gates, and others have committed loads of money to charity post death, but what about now?
            Corporations convincing people that raising the minimum wage is bad when the middle class is financing their welfare recipients. This is some wizard of oz deception. Don’t look at the man behind the curtain!

          • Gates is pretty heavily committed to philanthropy right now via the Gates Foundation — IIRC, Buffett is involved in philanthropy too.

          • Accountering

            As of 7/15/14:
            Buffett, who has pledged to give away 99% of his fortune, has given away nearly $23 billion so far. Gates leads all givers with $28 billion.

          • +1 to Accountering’s comment “The greatest trick the rich have ever pulled in this country is convincing the middle class to blame the poor for their plight.”

          • HaileUnlikely

            This doesn’t happen too often, but I wholeheartedly agree with accountering’s comment: “The greatest trick the rich have ever pulled in this country is convincing the middle class to blame the poor for their plight.”

          • +1 to Accountering’s comment. Plus, bonus points for The Usual Suspects reference.

        • Accountering

          Also, if one decision in the past 15 years had been different, we would be in a monumentally different place. If, instead of making up evidence and insisting on a choice war in 2003 that will wind up costing $3,000,000,000,000 (3 trillion) including interest and health care costs over a 30 year period, the US had instead pledged to spend $100,000,000,000 (100 billion) a year on infrastructure for thirty years, how much better off the country as a whole would be?

      • Mug of Glop

        I wouldn’t blame the tax code so much as the lack of emphasis on and, well, open hostility to social safety and welfare, of which the tax code is just one symptomatic result. The unjust collection of revenue is not quite as bad in my eyes as the crazy things we spend that revenue on in lieu of long term social and real infrastructure.

        • justinbc

          Getting anyone at any level of government to focus on long term goals rather than short term payouts (that more heavily influence elections) is a monumentally difficult task.

          • Mug of Glop

            You can replace ‘government’ with pretty much any hierarchical organization and that would still be true.

          • justinbc

            Only to a certain extent. Profit driven companies focus on long term strategies much more than the government, which doesn’t so much care whether it makes money or not.

          • A huge part of this lack of foresite is the budget process…just terrible.

    • You can rent a carpet cleaning machine from Home Depot for $29/day if you want to DIY.

      • We did this – depending on how much carpet you have, it’s pretty easy. The key is moving everything you can off the carpets the night before, picking up the unit first thing, and spending enough time on it to do it right.

        • I may look into it, but i feel like I’d screw it up somehow. How is the drying time post-cleaning? I don’t have much to move since it’s mostly hallway.

          • If I recall, it takes the better part of the day to dry. I think we waited for it to mostly dry, then hit it again before we returned the machine. The larger issue is you’re not supposed to walk on the carpet when wet, which (depending on where the carpet is) can be a hassle.

          • That is my issue. I would have no way to get to my kitchen or bathroom. I guess if I did it on a day when I’d already be gone, dog gone, and roommate working all weekend. I am wondering if pros have some sort of dryer to make it go more quickly. Anyone?

          • just go shoe-less. your feet (which are probably clean) will get wet. that’s about it.

        • justinbc

          I’ve done this before as well with no issues. Giant also rents them. See my rec below for Ayoub, which got unhinged from this post somehow.

          • I commented earlier that I wanted to leave it to the pros but thanks, and it went poof. That was as unobtrusive as a post could be. I did see that below. I’ll check them out.

    • So poor people are poor because of taxes? It seems to me that a lot of people would be richer, if they were able to keep more of what they made. I make a very good income (200K). Yet, roughly half goes to a myriad of income, business, and property taxes.

      • It you make $21,000 a year ($10 an hour, 40hrs a week), taxes aren’t why you’re not richer

      • justinbc

        You’re probably a relatively bright guy if you’ve secured a job paying $200K/yr, so surely you can comprehend that what affects you in the tax code is very different than what affects low income earners. The tax implication is not to make poor people “less poor”, but rather to provide services and assistance to them (via tax revenue) that can alleviate some of the negative effects of poverty.

    • Because those in poverty have children they cannot afford, which drags them deeper into poverty. While those in the higher income brackets delay or forgoe entirely having kids. It is a big reason the poor are poor and stay poor, and those who have money tend to keep money. If you want to ask questions regarding child poverty, ask why we are not more direct as a society about long term birth control. This is not rocket science, it is obvious reality, if you are poor, don’t have kids, if you do have kids your kids will also be poor, and they will likely be poor when they become adults. The answer is not the tax code, it’s long term birth control. The longer one forgoes having kids, the less likely they will be poor, and same goes for ones children. Having children too early also disrupts ones education and career at a critical time, and makes it much more likely one will end up in poverty. Many people do not like this answer, but it is an answer based on data.

      • justinbc

        And what about those large number of poor people who were not “born poor”? People who worked traditional blue collar jobs that have been sent overseas for cheaper labor, leaving so many unemployed. People whose financial situation shifted drastically during the most recent recession. Those people had, to some extent, at least a hopeful outlook, and could manage to have children, yet now are significantly more strapped and much more destitute…should they just kill off their kids, because their generation is more important?

        • Why must you do that? No one is saying to kill off your kids.
          All these reasons are valid for some swath of the population. Yea, some people were outsourced or lost money with Enron; everybody knows that, right?

      • I think all these things are reasons. Your reason may be the least popular in conversation, but it is absolutely an issue. Easy access to bc, condoms, and good sex ed are key. I knew far too many promising high school students who became pregnant in senior year. We had some of the most real sex ed imaginable including taking to people with HIV/AIDS and access to condoms.

      • HaileUnlikely

        From one data junkie to another: what passes for “evidence” in sociology makes me cringe.

      • HaileUnlikely

        p.s. A substantial proportion of pregnancies carried to term by low-income parents were not accidental. No doubt making effective birth control more widely available and educating young people about it would have some impact, but in calling it “the answer,” I think you are substantially overestimating the impact of birth control on the overall cycle of poverty. In any event, even if that were to be 100% effective (obviously far from it, but for the sake of argument), it would clearly take several generations to phase in the benefits in terms of individual-level poverty reduction, and meanwhile, we have lots of poor children here with us right now. Our country has the means to provide a decent life with legitimate opportunities for upward mobility for them; we as a country have just tacitly decided that it’s not that important to do.

        • +1 to this.
          And to go back to the fundamentals of development economics, people who live in low-income countries have many more children than those in high-income countries as a form of insurance. Because those people will not be able to afford fancy nursing homes, etc. (if they even exist) once they get old. Subconsciously, this may also be in play in our society. Yes, there are poor people who cannot afford to have children, but children will take care of them when they grow old, and if you end up with children who manage to be upwardly mobile, then they can bring you up with them.

      • You’re kidding right? It’s that simple?? Give me a break. If this were true, how did all those East Asian countries rise from being dirt poor to developed countries w/in a couple generations? Yes, their birth rates NOW are very low, but not when they were seeing booming growth (minus China with its 1-child policy).

        Now if you are strictly referring to the USA, then ok, there is a bit more legitmacy to your post, but it still is a gross simplication.

  • Rave: French class is going great! I thought at my age (38) I was too old to learn anything else but I see now that I’m not.
    Rant: Earwax on my earbuds. Eeeeewwww!
    Rant: Loud ass coworker acts like working =talking loud all day. We get it. We hear you. We know you’re in the building
    Rave: Listening to good old 90s R&B to combat said coworker.
    Rant: The weather.
    Rant: Sinus pressure every morning when I wake up. This is even with the air purifier, sinus meds, and nasal spray used the night before.

    • Netipot?

    • Damn you sinus pressure! I always forget it exists until spring hits and “My Face hurts”, literally.

    • I can so sympathize about Rant #3. My quality of life at work went up about 5000% the day my loud coworker left.

    • I have the same rant about a LOUD coworker. When he’s out of the office, it’s so calm and quiet. When he’s here, it’s loud and stressful. Glad I’m leaving this job and don’t have to deal with him.

  • Rave: Spring run in the rain – love it!
    Rave: Got to wear the new galoshes
    Rant Traffic…but got to commute into work with my friend that is visiting so Its really a RAVE!

  • Rant: the health effects of sleep deprivation. I haven’t had a good, uninterrupted nights sleep in a year and a half. Even when my child sleeps, I can’t any more. And I have a head cold, he is sick, so I’m working on 3 hours today. So next time someone says I’m grumpy, have gained weight, look pale….NO CRAP.
    Rant: Really, REALLY wish my husband would hear from the final law school he applied to. It’s starting to become ridiculous at this point – every time he asks, they say “they’re looking at it now”. He keeps saying it’s good because if was going to be rejected, they would have rejected him. Always the optimist!
    Rave: um….the rain will clear the the air for those with allergies.

    • It really is ridiculous. I applied by November and just heard from my last school last week! A bunch of people I met this weekend were still waiting for NYU and Stanford to give them an answer. So crazy. Hang in there.

      • a friend got in to columbia the DAY BEFORE classes started. WTF? He gave a deposit to one, the other isn’t due until May and they said they’d work on his merrit aid package before then. But I mean, really? He applied by the deadline. They should be clear as to his status (and they won’t update online/send email, only a letter)

      • Many moons ago, I got my final rejection from NYU in October. I had been on the waitlist, and they told me I did not get in off the waitlist in October. You know, I’d already been attending another law school for 6 weeks or so at that point. I might not have been smart enough to get into NYU, but I really was smart enough to figure out I didn’t get in by the time I’d started classes at the school I did attend.

        • that’s very annoying! My husband hasn’t gotten anything from this final school except “they’re reviewing your application now, it shouldn’t be long”. No rejection, no wait list. He’s gotten in every where else. He is thinking they are now getting applicants rejecting their spots in the class for other schools they’ve finally heard from, so they are trying to see how many spots they have. Again, ever the optimist.

    • topscallop

      Hold up, someone told you that you looked like you had gained weight? If someone said that to me…flames. Out of my head. Like, Hades from Hercules style.

    • I HATE when my kid is sleeping & I can’t. Or if the cat wakes me up early? Argh. So sorry you’re struggling. This may sound dumb, but if anxiety is part of what is keeping me up (also happens with unexpected night wakings that startle me), I fall asleep easier holding on to a stuffed animal. I have an awesome purple velour frog that I primarily use. Apparently, I sometimes need a lovey just like my child, but at least it works.
      Hope the frog description at least elicits a grin/giggle even if the suggestion isn’t helpful.

  • Rant: I think I’m getting sick
    Rave: Tazo African Red Bush Tea. Seriously saving my life right now.
    Rave: Theraflu. My neighbor gave me a pack, he secretly loves me
    Rant: This rain and the possibility of a fire drill today; while I’m sick. Just no.
    Rant: A childhood friend of mine passed away last week. Its really unbelievable. So sudden. :-/

  • Blithe

    Rave?: Is the person who introduced me to duck fat fries with a chaser of fried Oreos REALLY my friend?!
    Rant-ish: I love, love, love me some Lush products. But the wonderful smelling fizzy bath bomb that turned my bath water brownish-yellow maybe should be re-thought….
    Rave: Talking with a friend about the impact of grief — and growth.
    Rave-ish: Plans with a visiting friend for later in the week. I am going to bravely venture into the wilds of Northern Virginia. Another growth-enhancing socio-cultural experience?

  • justinbc

    I just used Ayoub (multiple locations), thanks to recommendations here, to do 4 rugs that we bought in Morocco. They did an excellent job with all of them and there are various coupons on their site as well. I found the prices very reasonable.

  • Rant/ques: Would it be rude to leave some cough meds for my roomie? She has been coughing like crazy over the last week or 2, but I have yet to see any evidence of meds. I really don’t want to get sick.

    • Better way to handle that would be to say that you’re going by CVS and you were wondering if roomie would like you to pick up something got their cold – cough syrup, etc.

    • Any possibility it could be allergy-related coughing rather than illness-related coughing?

      • epric002

        +1 or asthma. my chronic night-time coughing turned out to be asthma.

      • This. I cough a lot, but it’s all allergies – doctors have given me different medications but nothing seems to be working. Just got prescribed something new, hopefully it’ll work better…

      • Asthma I think is less likely because it’s so new, and coughing is throughout the day not only at night.
        Allergies, sure, could be, but I usually see running noses and such with this one; this is just a cough.

        Whatever it may be, I want her to get some relief. The coughing has woken me up too, so even without illness on the table, I’m happy to grab her something.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Right now I have a bad cough b/c of allergies, and no other outward symptoms. I’ve been using a lot of sugar free cough drops and chloraseptic sore throat spray. The spray is awesome b/c it numbs the area of my throat that is irritated from post nasal drip and is causing me to cough.
          I see no problem with leaving the meds by their bed with a bow and a note saying you hope they feel better. If my roommate did that for me I would feel loved. But your roomie may be different.

          • Same here. Darn post nasal drip… 🙁 I’ll have to look into that throat spray!

          • Emmaleigh504

            I just wish it lasted longer. I have to use it multiple times a night. But it works!

          • I think delivery matters here. Once I had a horrible cough (a lingering effect of whopping cough a couple years earlier) and tried everything to get rid of it with no success. I knew it was terrible and was trying to deal with it on my own.
            My next door neighbor at the time made a comment about it that on its face seemed to express concern for me, but was clearly indicating concern for herself. I remember this five years later. I think that if she had done what Emilie said — expressing concern for how she’s feeling and offering to help — that would be a lovely gesture. But if it seems like AS is just pissed that she’s losing sleep without caring about the fact that the roommate it the one with the terrible cough (and also probably not sleeping), it might not come off well.

          • I don’t have a good read on her. She doesn’t talk much, but we have text convos. For example, she asked me to take her to pick up something before work, and I said ok, then she left w/o me. I caught her only to have her tell me she thought I was busy. I was getting ready for work: shower, printing out some stuff, etc, but I had to wait on her because I didn’t know the location. I expected her to say I’m ready at some point. I was just confused because I readily offered to trade car trips for dog walking, and said yes immediately. I don’t want to offend her or anything.

        • the medicine won’t do much at this point, clean commonly used items and wash hands. That’s about all you can do. But the passive aggressive leaving of the things and notes is a big reason I’m so glad I don’t have a roommate anymore (among many other reasons). Just ask.

          • Maybe you read it as passive aggressive (no shocker there Jin), but I don’t see her much for one, and she doesn’t talk to me even when she needs to, so leaving something was an effort to assist her while not intruding on her space. Forcing an anti-social (that is not a bad thing at all just the facts) person into a conversation didn’t seem like the right thing to do.

          • It is passive aggressive. Why not just ask her(since you text each other) if she needs anything and or say hey I left some cough medicine out just incase you didn’t have anything for your cough etc?

          • It’s like leaving deodorant in the bathroom of someone who smells. Or bringing febreze for your gassy coworker. It’s definitely passive aggressive. If she doesn’t talk to you, that’s a different issue – you don’t have to worry about getting sick if you keep a clean home and clean hands. Metro is probably more gross. Heck, money is more gross.

          • Emmaleigh504

            It’s not exactly the same as leaving deodorant for a smelly person. If someone isn’t feeling well from allergies or a cold or whatever, giving them something to help them feel better is a kindness. Delivery is def important. You have to show you care about them. That’s why you leave a note saying you hope they feel better. Other wise it’s just random drugs showing up. Add a bow/flower/candy and it’s even nicer.

          • Potential illness is one part of the issue, the sound of her cough is the other. It’s loud, and it’s waking me up. Simply washing my hands and keeping a clean house isn’t going to assist me there, and before you say get earplugs, yes, I’m aware they’re out there.
            Thank you for all the ideas folks. I’ll think on it and make a decision on the best course of action from here.

          • Emilie- Some people here find fault in whatever I say, so they’re going to turn my trying not to intrude while offering assistance as something negative. I skip right past that stuff and go to things like what you suggested meds+a kind word. Questions need answers not extraneous opinions on having roomies. Thanks for doing the former.

          • **irony- well maybe if you didn’t complain in the past about your roommate not speaking to you in passing etc. Again- if it’s so genuine why not just do what you feel vs. posting a question about if it’s being rude? If you even thought the slightest that it would be rude, you would have found a way to make it not seem so.

          • It’s totally passive aggressive to leave her cough medicine. If you must leave it w/o speaking with her, at least include a nice note that says something like “heard you coughing and while I was at CVS, thought you could use some medicine. Feel better!”

          • justinbc

            Passive persuasive, at best. There’s no implicit aggression here.

          • it’s assuming this person is not adult enough to know they are sick, be able to find some way to purchase their own medicine or ask someone to do it on their behalf, or to know you’re annoyed by the sounds of their coughing. Hence why it comes across as passive aggressive. Texting is less passive aggressive. Still odd, since you live with them and at some point interacting is healthy. leaving a cute note with the medicince comes across as fake – if you don’t naturally interact with this person, why would they think a cute note is sincere? Hope your roommate gets better soon. Or at least stops coughing.

  • Rant: G/F has decided to buy a house WWAAAYYYY out in NE. No lifestyle that we currently enjoy (public transport, gym, walking dist to restaurants / grocery). She’s asked me to move in, but it would extend my commute to over an hour one way and basically strip my away from everything I love about DC . I truly fear this will break us apart.
    Rave: I’ve had six or seven different people contact me with Tech Writer job offers. I don’t need it, but if anyone is looking for a job……
    Rant: Two very close friends scheduled weddings on the SAME DAY! One nine months in advance, the other within a few months. I’m just going to have to hurt someone’s feelings. 🙁
    Rave: The weather is pleasant and it’s nice seeing those surly DC faces perking up a little. Smile people! We actually have it pretty great here!

    • Rant 1: Was it a matter of more bang for the buck? or wanting more suburb life? I’d definitely talk with her about it. I hope she understands that you love (like) her, but 2 hrs of commuting is more than you can handle. You can still stay over on the weekends though.
      Rant 2: That is a doozy! I’m assuming they are close in time and/or nowhere near each other. I’d pick the 9months in advance one out of principle, but make the reception for the 2nd one if you can.

      • It’s a house that is great structurally, but can be remodeled inside. Has a yard, driveway, and the neigborhood is nice.

        The closest metro is 2 miles away. I can get a bus to the metro and from the metro get to work. But I work in Ballston / Courthouse depending on the day. It’s easy for me to get there now. But if I go to NE, it’s going to make it real difficult. As it is, I hustle to squeeze all my obligation in. If I’m reducing my time to gym / grocery shop / cook / dry cleaning / etc by over an hour (total b/c of commute to and from) it significantly impacts my life.

        She and I had been talking about moving from DC to a place with a lower cost of living for quite some time. We both have a good income, but long to get more for our money elsewhere. (Even if the salaries are slightly reduced.) But she found this great deal. She’s passionate about it and it’s a solid investment. However, it really cuts me out of the picture.

        • I figured you worked further out. You have worthy gripes, and it seems if she wanted you to live together she’d have considered these things beforehand, but I can see how swooping up a good deal could make it unlikely she realizes how much harder it would be on you.
          It doesn’t need to cut you out of the picture. Don’t live together for now but keep seeing each other. Try to do more weekends there and weekdays at your home. I would be clear on the why you’re not opening to moving there, but that you understand it was a good decision for her. Houses can be rented and jobs change after all.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Is this a job where you see yourself forever, or just for now? Not saying that you should get a new job for the sake of making your house work, but if you broke it off over the house and 2 years down the road found yourself working in downtown Silver Spring for unrelated reasons, you might find yourself kicking yourself. I’ve been with the same employer for 11 years. Our office has moved 3 times. The second move was one block, but the first move was from Fairfax County to downtown DC.

        • “But she found this great deal. She’s passionate about it and it’s a solid investment. However, it really cuts me out of the picture.”
          Has she actually bought the house yet — is it a done deal?
          It sounds like the two of you are in a committed relationship and had been planning a future together… but she’s made a decision that affects your future without consulting you. Sounds like you two need to talk about this.

          • One of them unilaterally deciding to buy a house the other one doesn’t want does not sound like “a committed relationship” or “planning a future together” to me. I agree they need to talk; not so much about the house, but about their relationship and where it is going.
            Best of luck, ypawnn. And keep in mind that you’ll figure out the dry cleaning, groceries, gym, etc, that’s the easy part. Making sure the relationship is right is the hard part.

          • Well, they had already discussed moving elsewhere, so it sounds committed not withstanding the unilateral decision on where to buy a home.
            ypawnn- She seems ok sharing space with you, but not buying a home together, and I’m wondering why? I kind of missed that detail until just now.

          • “One of them unilaterally deciding to buy a house the other one doesn’t want does not sound like ‘a committed relationship’ or ‘planning a future together’ to me.”
            Exactly, which is why I think they need to talk — the GF’s action does not fit with ypawnn’s perception of the relationship. Ypawnn thought they were on the same page, but apparently they aren’t, and they need to talk about it — pronto.

    • justinbc

      What neighborhood in NE? No bus line nearby?

      • If you’re moving from an abundance of options to one, it would be a culture shock and a pain in the butt. I’m sure there is some bus that goes in the vicinity, but we also don’t know where they work, so it could mean changing buses to zigzag across town.

    • We bought a place last year just east of Lincoln Park. It’s about a mile to four metros (Union Station, Eastern Market, Potomac Ave, and Stadium). I was worried about it, but honestly, the bus system is decent, there are car2gos and ubers everywhere, and we go out just as much as we did when we lived on top of the train. Give it a try!

    • Are the tech writer jobs for DC only? Could any be done remotely?

      • Northern VA, mostly. Some were full-time remote. Preferred to have experience with NIST / FISMA. (Was with CISCO)

    • With the money you save by shacking up you can get an energy-efficient used car. Northeast to Ballston shouldn’t be too bad going against rush hour.
      Though, really, the question is how much input you had into this decision and what that level of input signals regarding the seriousness of your relationship. Not to breed discontent or anything.

      • Accountering

        Totally curious as to how you propose getting from far away NE (presumable upper NE) to Ballston in anything resembling reasonable?

        This sounds like either Trinidad/Ivy City to me. That drive is 45 minutes to an hour to get to Ballston during rush in the morning, and worse in the evening.

        • I’m equally curious as to how you came up with 45mins to Ballston from Trinidad/Ivy City. I work in Herndon and my drive is about 40mins.

          • What time do you leave? I worked in Herndon when I lived in Courthouse and it took about 35 minutes in the morning and 45 in the evening. Now we live in Park View and SO works in Ballston and it takes 30 minutes on a good day, 45 minutes on a bad one.

          • Accountering

            This is fair.. I drive from Hill east to Rockville, and the slowest part of the drive is getting to 395/GW parkway. Getting into Ballston is a bit more congestion with lights and traffic in Ballston. Admittedly I leave home at 8:15, right at the heart of rush hour.

        • I’d shoot across the river on either Rd. Island or Rte 50 to 295 (which in my experience is hairy but fast-moving) and then cut over on the SE-SW Freeway to the GW Parkway.

    • Your mention of the techwriter jobs caught my eye! Would you mind emailing me, I’d like to pass the info to a friend’s SO who just had a contract that ended. He might be interested in these as an option. chelseahick (at) gmail (dot) com. Thanks kindly!

  • Rant: I’m incapable of keeping track of umbrellas. Every time I use one, I lose it.
    Rave/Rant: School decision pretty much made but I’m afraid of making it official and changing my mind. Giving myself a couple nights to sleep on it.
    Rant: In a running rut due to allergies.
    Question: I have to have most of my spring skirts taken in. Can anyone recommend a good, reasonably priced tailor on the green line or walking distance from Columbia Heights?

    • I don’t know if they’re reasonable, but there’s a dry cleaner on the same block as Starbucks and D’Vines in Columbia Heights.

    • I’m always happy with Bessons at 14&N. Very nice people, good work. Not in columbia heights, but jump on a Circulator and you’re right there….

    • epric002

      i’m getting every skirt i own tailored at french’s cleaners on 14th.

    • Allison

      Re: law school. I’m sure that all of the schools you applied for are great and attractive for one reason or another (that’s why you applied, right?), so I’m sure you’ll thrive no matter which one you choose. And if for some reason you change your mind, you can always transfer. I recall that 2nd year transfer students were common at my school.

      • apparently the transfer thing is getting more difficult, especially if you get money for school. See: AU’s law school

      • Thanks, Allison. ABA employment data came out for the school I’m leaning towards today and I’m not sure what to make of it. I think I just need to commit and stop over thinking… and you’re right transferring is always and option.

        • I obviously don’t know the schools at which you’ve been accepted, but from some hints you’ve dropped you have multiple top 10 options. Don’t stress about this too much. If you do well at a top 10 school, you will be fine. Yes, you may have a better chance of getting an appellate clerkship from H/Y/(maybe S?) but you’ll have plenty of opportunities. Just do well. Congratulations!

          • I appreciate the encouragement, dcd. I just got off the phone with career services and they really helped to put some context behind the numbers in the ABA report– I also liked how easy it was to get in touch with the staff. Thank you 🙂

    • emvee

      Cheryl Lofton on T St right by the Shaw metro won me over doing magic with an unforgiving bridesmaids dress. She’s currently patching up elbows on a beloved blazer and salvaging an amazing vintage skirt that needed some TLC.

      • topscallop

        Seconded! She tailored a dress for me that I had bought online that had a really high (almost choking) neckline. An unusual request but they did a great job.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Seconded! Actually, thirded, I guess! I’m a guy, and I bring my suits to her. Haile recommended for guys, too!

      • I’ve been to her too. She’s fantastic for high quality work, but not inexpensive

      • Does she do simple alterations? I just need a hem on a pair of pants. Last time I went to Lee’s on U St and they did a horrible job (still go there for dry cleaning though!).

        • HaileUnlikely

          Yes. Last time I had a mens suit altered there, the standard fee for hemming pants (no cuffs, just hemming) was $16, which I think is a tad higher than what a dry-cleaner-who-also-does-alterations would charge, but very reasonable for a legit tailor. I also had the waist and crotch taken in on the pants from an Indochino-gone-awry (first try, think I made an error measuring) and she made them damn near perfect for $40. A couple of other tailors quote me significantly more for that one.

    • I Dont Get It

      This is probably not the time to mention that I’ve had the same umbrella for 16 years, that’s got to be some kind of record, right?

      • That has to be a record. I’ve recently made accidental umbrella donations to the metro and to a really strange nightclub in Ann Arbor.

      • Emmaleigh504

        My mother got a rather large umbrella inheritance from her parents when they cashed in their chips. Sadly, I will not get an umbrella inheritance b/c my parents leave them all over town.

    • Thanks for the tailor recommendations, all!

  • rave: my new rockport pumps. I’m very impressed with how comfortable they are and how I don’t even want to saw off my own feet at the end of the day.
    rant: tired mornings. Need to get my groove back somehow.

  • Rave: GP was able to give me a doctor’s note for my weekly appointment. WHEW. Thank you to Blithe for the suggestion!
    Rave: Work has told me I’ll be involved with some exciting events at the end of the month! (Even if one of them involves starting work at 6:30 am, and I am so not a morning person.)
    Sort-of Rant: Normally I’m in charge of events… They had me send off invitations for one, but then told me rather ominously that I’ll be passing the reins over to someone else because I’ll be too busy with unspecified things to manage it. Eep.
    Rant/rave: Think I worked out a good e-mail to send to my roommates. Just nervous to actually send it in case it escalates things or something. Having some friends look it over.

  • RAVE: A beautiful evening yesterday. A hard-pumpin’ hour’s ride through Rock Creek Park and up 15th/16th Street, then a drive down to the Lincoln Memorial with my favorite lady (sigh), taking a very roundabout walking route over to the Tidal Basin and various memorials, and finally saw the Cherry Blossoms for the third time in 39 years of being a DC-area resident.

    RANT: Why must I use OKCupid and search the world for love when I feel like I’ve won the lottery with the woman above? I don’t want to reject her friendship – I cherish it – but egads! The worse thing is I know this is all over the moment she finds a new boyfriend. RAVE: still, I’m thankful.

    RANT: I feel bad for this individual, whoever it is, but a neighbor’s (?) loud hacking all through the night has been awakening me and other neighbors for months now, and last night was especially bad. It’s like they’re coughing right next to their window. I know all of my neighbors, and I can’t begin to imagine who it might be. I have a sneaking suspicion that our back alley (it’s a small cul-de-sac) might be the sleeping area for some rather ill homeless person.

    • Any smokers in the building? My downstairs neighbor had the worst hacking cough. It would wake me up from a dead sleep.

      • Hmmm. There are two that I know of, one of which would be impossible for me to hear (he’s on the street side of our building), but perhaps it’s the other guy. I don’t even quite know where he lives. God, he must feel physically terrible, but he needs to SHUT HIS DAMN WINDOW! I’ve heard other neighbors screaming at him too.

  • Rant: Allergies are killing me.
    Rave: Spring has sprung. I spent all day on Sunday outdoors. I love this time of year.
    Rant/Rave: Invites to three parties on the same Saturday afternoon. There’s no I can make them all.

  • Anonynon

    Rave: I found a job with a company I have wanted to work with for two years…in policy
    Rant: The job says masters degree or two years experience (the experience pretty much matches exactly with mine, and they even say its a bonus to have experience working with a particular federal agency, which i have worked with for two years). I am a little worried someone with a masters would somehow be ‘more qualified’, but i will go for it anyways!
    Rave: Playoff basketball game tonight

    • Anonynon

      Also – has anyone seen seedlings at local hardware stores? I need to get my garden going O.O

      • I think Annie’s Ace usually has them, as do many farmer’s markets. There are also a couple of plant sales coming up: Both the Arboretum & Franciscan Monastery have plant sales next weekend (25th, not 18th).

        • Anonynon

          I want to get my plants in sooner than later, this weekend ideally. I haven’t seen any shops around me that have been selling them. I asked the hardware store in Mt. Pleasant and they said they wouldn’t get them until mid-late April, I am sure by this weekend most shops will get them in.

    • Good luck with the job application process!

    • skj84

      Re: The job, just go for it. If you have the experience, Its worth a shot. You never know what will happen unless you apply.

      • And depending on the job, not having a master’s won’t make much of a difference. In my organization, we tend to gravitate towards people who can do the work and don’t have a master’s yet because they often are willing to stay longer.

  • Rant: Had to break up a dogfight yesterday that my dog instigated. She just snaps sometimes and went after a dog much bigger than her. We both got a little beat up in the process. It was really scary because I was alone with them. Wasn’t sure if I was going to get them apart before it turned more serious. At least we’re all ok, especially my friend’s dog. Why does my dog have to go and ruin a good thing? **Sigh**

  • Rave: Leaving in TWO DAYS for my dream trip to Krakow, Prague, Cesky Krumlov, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest. If anyone has any fabulous restaurants in those cities, let me know!

    • Anonynon

      go to the Ruin pubs in Budapest, definitely the highlight of the trip for me

      • +1. If you like craft beer, be sure to go to Eleszto.

        • topscallop

          And the Strahov Monastic Brewery in Prague. It’s up behind the castle and you get a great view of the city, plus those monks make a delicious IPA.

      • The ruins bar is Szimpla Kert. It’s the best bar I’ve ever visited. Super chill and fun place to meet people.

        • Anonynon

          theres several ruin pubs actually, each one different! I remember one of them was playing Will Smith’s getting jiggy with it on a projector when we walked in..I was like…this is awesome. People also get hammered there…lots of tourists, probably the best place to meet young people

    • Emmaleigh504

      don’t forget your Popville shirt! I have an extra you can borrow if you need to!

    • So so jealous! I lived in Prague for two semesters in 2003 and have yet to go back :(. Kampa Park, adjacent to the Charles Bridge was fantastic when my grandma came to visit and treated my-broke-college-student-self to dinner, and according to trip advisor it’s still great: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g274707-d692129-Reviews-Kampa_Park-Prague_Bohemia.html
      If the weather’s nice enough, get a seat outside. You’ll get an amazing vantage point of the city.
      Also, if beer is your thing, the beer garden in Letna Park is not to be missed: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g274707-d276458-Reviews-Letna_Park-Prague_Bohemia.html
      Have fun!

      • Also, I want to add that when I lived in Prague I got to travel to all of the places you are going, except Bratislava. I really loved Cesky Krumlov, Krakow and Budapest. Unfortunately I don’t have any recommendations for those places, but they were really lovely. I’m sure Vienna is nice too, but I spent the least amount of time there and I didn’t get a good sense of it… it was more of a blip for me.

    • I don’t remember where I ate in Prague/Vienna/Bratislava/Budapest, but DO check out a bath house in Budapest. That was the highlight of my 2 week trip in Feb/March a few years ago. And be sure to drink lots of cheap beer while in Czech.

      HAVE A BLAST!!!!!!

      • I missed that- my travel companion (close girl friend) didn’t want to be naked with a bunch of strangers. I was like “seriously? We’ll NEVER see them again” but she didn’t want to, so we didn’t go. I totally wish I had gone. Sounds amazing.

        • That’s unfortunate. The baths I visited in Budapest were co-ed and required a bathing suit in the co-ed wet areas. The only time I was naked was in the locker room.

      • Emmaleigh504

        And don’t they have places were you can take a bath in beer? I feel like I read about someone doing that in…in Date lab…anyway, sounded awesome. Your hair would be so soft after.

    • In Krakow, I like Bar Smak and U Babci Maliny for traditional Polish food any day or time. I like Bar Smak better, but U Babci Maliny is also good, if hard to find. My favorite, if you will be in Krakow on a weekday for lunch, is the fixed price lunch at Hotel Francuzski–very traditional and tasty. If you want something other than Polish food, I like Zazie Bistro in Kazimierz. I also like Bagelmama in Kazimierz for lunch

    • emvee

      I spent a week or so in Prague (and surrounding areas) last year and loved every moment of it. Cesky Krumlov is adorable, but the food options really are quite slim. I have celiacs, so food was actually kind of a pain all around, but there was an amazing vegetarian place by the Charles Bridge called Lehká hlava that had (definitely not traditional) great food for when you need a break from all the meat you’ll inevitable end up eating.

    • Thanks for all the great ideas! I don’t drink, but kind of wish I did for this trip. And we are signed up at Gellert Spa/Baths in Budapest already (although they no longer allow nudity, phew). 🙂 Can’t wait!

  • Rant:Heads up to all you Airbnb fans, on Saturday night my neighbors woke up to gun fire. A homeowner rented out a house on Airbnb to a adult who turned it over to teenagers. The teenagers proceeded to have a party and invited way too many people. At one point more than 150 kids. One thing led to another and the gun fire started. Needless to say the house is trashed and the neighbors are pissed.

  • Rant: a man in another team in my workplace who has a lot of attitude and talks a lot of crap gave me attitude this morning. I was blowing my nose because I have crazy allergies (dust and carpet = bad news) and he was saying out loud for everyone to hear that I am going to make everyone sick (yes, I was sick one day last week but that wasn’t a big deal) and kept making fun of me for not going to the bathroom to blow my nose. I can’t leave my desk all the time just to blow my nose, I have to answer calls and emails for my team. I said to stop being dramatic and he was like you can’t give me attitude we’re not on the same Team and other nonsense talking crap to his coworkers about me OUT LOUD. It’s my last week. You better believe all of our bosses are gonna hear from me about how rude he has been since he started, and I know that A LOT of people here feel the same way. He works in a call center, and you should hear how he talks to our employees on the line. He has so much attitude, and I know employees complain about him. He’s LITERALLY THE WORST!


  • epric002

    rant: something pulled up one of my vinca, roots and all!
    rant: ordered a bunch of metallic/perforated slide on sneakers from zappos and now i can’t decide which ones to keep!
    rave: also got a fabulous pair of birkenstock gizehs in gold crackle to replace a verrrry old and beat up pair that will now be demoted to dog walking/yard work. i think i’m going to get another pair, in whatever color/pattern is the cheapest, just to wear around the house.
    rave: was hella motivated and got tons of stuff done around the house last night, including making myself a delicious and healthy dairy-free pescetarian dinner! part of dinner was cauliflower seasoned with cumin, paprika, and chili powder and roasted in the oven. i’m pretty sure i’m going to be eating it at least once a week now- SO GOOD! and so easy!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: so much insomnia last night. 3-5 am is a really boring time of day.
    Rave: finally got back to sleep and Donna started pestering me to get up. I got annoyed and looked at the clock to give her a lecture about what time of day it was. It was after my wake up time! I forgot to turn my alarm on and she saved my bacon! I had 2 morning meetings to attend and I wasn’t late!

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: The large group of tourists who didn’t notice they left a little boy outside the Farragut metro station yesterday at 5:00 pm.
    Rave: The nice man who noticed that the child was alone and started yelling down the escalator “Is anyone missing a child” and then the
    Rant: Mother tried running up the escalator and made it up about 2/3 of the way before she fell. Meanwhile the other adults were standing at the bottom of the escalator laughing and none bothered to help.
    Rant: It’s muggy here in the Fishbowl today.
    Rant: Is anyone else having problems with getting PoPville to load? It takes forever here at work. It’s fine at home so I assume it’s my crappy work PC and the crappy network it’s on.

    • palisades

      Why not just let the kid go down the escalator? Seems unnecessary to run up to get him

    • KEVIN!

      • Blithe

        If a kid is young enough, and/or bewildered enough for a stranger to notice that he’s alone, he’s probably young enough and/or bewildered enough to benefit from a bit of help safely navigating an escalator in a busy station.

      • Blithe

        Arrrrgh!! I haven’t had problems with PoPville loading, but I have had problems with posting this week. When I try to post, the text from the previous post is still in the box. Then, while I’m deleting it or clicking “Cancel reply”, it posts again. I’m done for the day. 🙁

    • Yeah I’ve had some issues with it loading, on and off. Some times it’s fine, sometimes it just won’t load for a full day. Also only from my work PC.

  • Rave: Warmer weather. Love it.
    Rant/Rave: On the fence about making a potentially unwise furniture purchase. It’s almost definitely too big and I really shouldn’t be buying furniture right now. But it is adorable and I really want it, so…. Why must so much furniture be scaled too large to fit in city apartments?
    Rant/Rave: I’m getting a bunch of flak at work that I feel is out of proportion to the offense. I’m trying to just concentrate on the things I can control until this blows over. There is so much I’m doing well right now, hopefully it evens out.

    • What’s the furniture item? How big is it?

      • @textdoc It’s a dining table, and it seats 8. It is huge.
        @Emilie You are a bad influence! And yes, that is probably what I’m going to do.

        • Emmaleigh504

          seats 8, perfect for dinner parties, brunch, and hosting Thanksgiving! Your dishes will look fab on it. And you’ll still have room for flowers or silly little turkey figurines.
          It will also make a good space to spread out papers, like when you do your taxes.
          The Enabler

        • Is it an antique? Or something new?
          Does it have removable leaves? (Or would it still be huge even with the leaves removed?)

          • @textdoc-it is new. There are no leaves or capability to make it smaller, it is just one piece.
            @Emilie-I appreciate how committed you are to enabling my questionable decisions. You’re actually making it sound like a good idea!

          • What about something equally awesome but smaller?

          • @ Anon Spock: It is pretty distinctive looking and I didn’t discover it until it was sold out on the website. So I haven’t had any luck finding it in the smaller sizes. I don’t really need a dining table right now, I just like this one enough to consider buying it anyway.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Just think, the next time you can’t sleep you can sit at the new table with a cup of hot milk and read the paper all spread out and not getting ripped or torn, you can eat a sleep inducing snack (cheese and crackers–oh, are you one of the dairy free people? then peanut butter and apple slices), you can take adorable pictures of your cat sleeping in your crystal bowl to submit to the Afternoon Animal Fix. I can go on and on…
            The Enabler

    • Emmaleigh504

      You should totally buy it. It will make you happy and you can totally figure out a way to make it fit. I have faith.
      The Enabler

  • Becks

    Rave: Lady Carlotta of Columbia Heights was on yesterday’s Afternoon Animal Fix!!!She is taking her notoriety in stride.
    Rave/rant: Pipe cracked in the kitchen but it’s not in the wall so they should be able to fix it quickly. I am really impressed how quickly my landlady got the plumber out and ok’d the repairs!
    Rant: Tired, oh so sleepy. Coffee is broken since it doesn’t seem to help.
    Rave: Many Green Bell Pepper sprouts! I will have to replant in other pots!! Woo Hoo! Green Bell Peppers!

  • Rant: Went to bed last night with what turned out to be a too-warm comforter. Woke up at 1 a.m., after crazy nightmares. Changed to a fresh pillowcase, traded the comforter for a blanket, and went back to sleep.
    Rant: At 5 a.m., I was woken again — this time, by my cat meowing loudly outside my door. I had to scoop her up, carry her to the bathroom, and shut her in.
    Rave: Flower seeds I planted last week (in pots) are sprouting!

    • Weird, I had a similar night. I woke up around 2 soaked in sweat because I am not prepared to give up my comforter yet, no weird nightmares though. And I put pulled pork in the crock pot last night and forgot that the crock pot has a super loud alarm that goes off when it’s done, which was 5 am.

      • Sorry to hear you too are having poor/interrupted sleep!
        Yeah, waking up soaked in sweat is no fun. I am especially irked because I had just put fresh sheets on the bed on Sunday, and now they need to be washed.

  • It’s great that you are being there for your friend. Have your friend search Youtube for cats stealing dog beds.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Now that my father is retired, my mother is convinced they’re destitute (they aren’t).
    Rant: And therefore, she’s decided it might be time to sell the tree farm, which her sister – also (not really) destitute – has been wanting to do for years.
    Rave: My parents will be here for a visit soon, so Emilie and I can tell her why that’s a bad idea.

    • Emmaleigh504

      They also think since none of us live nearby the change over will be a hassle. I’ll have to move back down there soon to put their minds at ease.

  • RAVE: Had a 2nd round interview yesterday morning and received an offer yesterday afternoon!!!!!! SO EXCITED!! I feel like I’m a great fit for the position and the new team. YAY! However, I am a little nervous about giving my notice….

  • skj84

    Rave: Booked a doctors appointment to check out what’s wrong with my arm. Its soreness in my pinky finger, elbow and shoulder of my right arm. Started last week and is becoming unbearable.

    Rant: My doctor can’t see me until Monday. Until then I heed to figure out how to deal the the discomfort.

  • Accountering

    Rave: Andie. This Mono is kicking my butt, and she has been awesome through it all! Couple more weeks, and I am going to kick this thing!

    • Good luck with it, Accountering! I had mono when I was in grad school, and it was no fun.
      Are you at home, or are you trying to work? Try to get some rest, and remember that because mono affects your liver, any medicines you take might not be absorbed properly.

    • Hugs to you both! Mono is terrible, and I’m sure the house work and moving aren’t making it any easier. Feel better soon!

    • epric002

      good luck! i hope it’s just a couple weeks for you. it ruined the spring semester of my freshman year, and i wasn’t feeling completely back to normal for at least 6 months. all i could do was sleep and occasionally wake up to eat.

  • emvee

    Rant: Way late to RRRR today because….
    Rant: CityPaws broke my dog yesterday and I had to bring him in first thing this morning. If I’m bringing an animal in for an annual, he shouldn’t come out unable to walk.
    Rave: Looks like little dude will be okay!
    Rave: Met a basset hound/basenji mix in the waiting room who was just the best mix of everything wrinkly and floppy and stubby.

    • Oh no – what happened?

    • what the what????? How did CityPaws break your dog? Who was the vet? That’s where we take our cats….

      • emvee

        My dog is not a fan of the vet, at all, and gets really nervous just when we walk in. They must’ve given him one of his booster shots in his back thigh muscle instead of just his flesh, making him sore. I don’t know, though, they were also holding him down pretty hard even when I told them he had a history of back problems. One part of the problem is definitely my dog’s behavior at the vet, but I also feel like they completely disregarded my concern about his history of back problems.

        • 🙁 hope your pup is feeling better!
          I was at the vet this morning (same place); my pup was nervous and I was concerned she might misbehave. Asked the vet to put a muzzle on her for the exam and it calmed her down and I expect made it easier for them to exam her. This may not work at all for your dog, but thought I’d offer it as a suggestion.
          No cute pups in the waiting room, only kitties in their crates.

  • Rant: So busy prepping for a mini-vacay from work that I don’t have time to read all of the rants/raves today.
    Rave: New client/friend is super easy to work with and we both have the same “vision” for his company. I’m loving this project so far!
    Rant: Puppy gets suuuuuper car sick. Thankfully she allowed BF to hold her head out the window when she started wretching and I couldn’t pull over in time. The right hand outside of our car looked like something you see in a movie on Sunday.
    Rave: Human form of Bonine seems to help, but vet also gave canine script of Cerenia so that we don’t have to push human pills in her. Let’s all keep our fingers crossed for our 7.5 hr adventure tomorrow, followed by 3 more days of 5+ hours over the next 6 days.
    Rave: all of BFs siblings will be at his parents this weekend to celebrate his Mom’s 80th. Should make for a fun-filled weekend of laughs!
    Rave: Did I mention mini-vacay from work?
    Rant: Technically will be out of office, but are we ever really AWAY from work?

    • Emmaleigh504

      awww poor puppy! (and poor humans who have to deal with that!) Enjoy your mini vacay and Happy Birthday to the birthday-girl!

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