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/Rave: THAT STORM! I love a good storm, but I thought the windows were going to blow out. Plus my poor dog was going nuts. Hope everyone (and their property) is okay.

    • Wasn’t that storm something??? Woke me up from a sound sleep around 1 am with crazy lightning and thunder. Very heavy rain and very strong wind, I’m surprised there aren’t trees down all over the city. My rave is that my basement is still dry!

      • it was crazy! My kid woke up just a little before and as I was rocking him to sleep, i thought his stomach was growling and then it was CRAZY. I was worried the doors were going to blow open!! It was so loud and bright. husband slept right through it.

        • I had no idea it even rained last night until reading these posts… :-/

          • I slept through it too. Shame, I love a good thunderstorm.

          • it was kind of scary to be honest, but it was amazing. It I weren’t a parent and i didn’t have to get up, I definitely would have pulled a chair up to my window and enjoyed it with some tea. Hopefully it didn’t kill our veggie plants

          • I slept like a rock too. Didn’t realize until I was out running around 5 and there was a huge branch blocking half the street at 16th and R. Really huge tree fell over in the park on the north side of Pennsylvania Ave just across the bridge into West End.

        • My daughter slept right on through. Fine by me, but it scared the hell out of me!

      • I Dont Get It

        The front door blew open, it doesn’t latch well (don’t worry I have a security gate) so wwe had to block it with the recyling bin and two Hello Fresh boxes.

    • That was something else. I was going to get a decent night’s sleep last night, but then all of that lightning started and I couldn’t resist watching. I love a good monsoon, as long as I can watch it from somewhere safe and dry.

    • That non-stop lightening was bananas! The wind smacked the rain up against the windows making it sound like a hurricane. Unbelievably, my dog slept through the entire thing.

    • Anonomnom

      It woke me up as it was coming through NW around 1. The sky was beyond intense! The poor cat had flattened herself to about an inch and was hiding under whatever furniture she could find. She hates thunder…. Poor thing, we just adopted her and she doesn’t yet know what DC is like on the 4th…

      • My cat is bizarre. That storm came rolling through, and even I wanted to hide under the bed.

        The cat, on the other hand, jumped up on the windowsill for the worst of it and was pawing at the glass trying to play with the sideways rain and the lightning bolts.

    • I woke up enough to close the windows but then fell right back asleep – a bit sorry I missed the show, but happy for a solid night of sleeping.

    • The storm woke me up, but somehow I didn’t realize that it came through around 1 a.m. — I was thinking that it was about 6 a.m.

  • Rave: USA! USA! USA! Finally a good game from the USWNT!! I believe that we will win!
    Rant: None today!

  • Rave: USWNT win last night – what a great game. Love Carli Lloyd- she’s from near my hometown so we got lots of “play like Carli” from my coaches throughout the years!
    Rant: Lacking motivation at work. Despite interesting work to do, I keep getting bogged down in the process/functional stuff and it takes so long to dig myself out.
    Rave: Looking forward to a Brazil work trip soon! And hoping to tack on some vacation time too!

  • Rant: PoP is one of the slowest-loading websites, regardless of the device or web browser. What’s up with that?

    Rave: It’s worth the wait.

  • justinbc

    Rave: Last day of work for the week.
    Rave: Another good meal at Maketto, still not crazy about the space though. I wish Erik would buy out the Durkl guys and just turn the whole downstairs into a proper restaurant. Is anyone actually buying those clothes?

    • I agree that the Maketto setup is a bit odd. How do servers bring the food inside from the kitchen when it’s raining?? The space is lovely, but I don’t think the indoor/outdoor setup is well thought out.

      • There’s a covered walkway on the west side of the outdoor patio. But, yes, it’s definitely an odd setup.

    • Isn’t the Maketto space a Fundrise investment?

    • palisades

      Couldn’t stand Maketto. So much wasted space. The long communal table in the courtyard was so uncomfortable. The upper deck part in the back was completely uncovered and no one wanted to go up there. All the plants were dead too. The place seems like such a half-assed idea.

  • Rave: my 15 year Accord can make the drive to and from Michigan
    Rave: tart cherry season!
    Rave: time to start planning my itinerary for Israel – I leave in 12 days!
    Question: I’m flying from JFK – what is the best way to get there from here? I’d consider flying if the cost is low enough, but between the flight/luggage, that will wipe out any savings ($500!) flying from JFK instead of Dulles to begin with
    Rant: I need to pick up some babysitting jobs before I leave but I’m not really getting many bites yet.

    • If you don’t mind going to Capitol Hill, you should ask someone to post on Moms on the Hill on your behalf. A friend posted for me there years ago and I’m constantly turning down sitting jobs on the Hill.

    • Have you put a notice on the Petworth Parents listserv?

      • Not in Petworth – I’ve stuck to Chevy Chase, Tenleytown, and Cleveland Park (I live in Woodley). I actually just got a gig for today in Glover Park minutes after I posted. But Petworth Parents is a good resource to know about. Thanks!

    • Way back when, I actually took the bus up to NYC & then public transit to JFK when I was flying to Israel. Or check and see what the train prices are? That might not be too bad if it’s far enough in advance. Where are you going in Israel?

      • I’ll be all over – mostly staying with a friend in Tel Aviv but I’m going to try and do an overnight in Petra. I’d like to take a trip to the Golan and spend some time in Haifa and Jerusalem as well. Maybe even a trip to the crap town I lived in a few years ago, Ramla.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I loved Haifa when I was there. It’s so pretty. And there’s a great little bakery with these awesome chocolate croissants, right near the best gyro place I’ve ever eaten at. Also the Haifa cats. Love the Haifa cats 🙂

        • It will be 10 million degrees in Petra. Bring lots of water.

      • I was going to suggest Megabus or the train.

    • I’m on the Dupont and Logan Circle list serves (and U St but it’s not very active). happy to help, i know people are always looking especially if you’re willing to do more than just a one off thing. I know we’re looking for late July but you’ll be in Israel.

    • There’s the Cleveland Park listserv – people are always posting the need for sitters and likewise sitters posting their availability. I live in CP – we don’t have any needs in the next 12 days, but we’re always looking for someone else to add to our rotation for our 4 year old.

  • A week until I’m done with work! My bosses want to go out for a boozy lunch tomorrow in celebration – any recommendations for a casual place near Farragut/Foggy Bottom?

    • Not necessarily “casual” but District Commons has a great beer/liquor selection. Elephant & Castle is near Farragut West, that could be another decent option as well.

    • Elephant and Castle is pretty good pub food and has a lot to drink. Not too expensive either. If you like Asian Nooshi is good too

  • Sad rant: We had to put Radar down yesterday. It turns out the sickness from the past weekend was his liver and kidney’s shutting down. It was most likely a developmental issue that he had from birth. He was such a sweet little guy and I’m glad we had the time with him that we did. All the tears

  • Rave (I hope!): taking in a litter of 5 7-week old kittens for a week. This should be interesting.
    Rave: Made it through June! Only 2-2.5 months of summer brutality to make it through.
    Rave: Long weekend at home with very little planned. Hoping to spend some time relaxing. Maybe we’ll put the hammock up again!
    Rave: USWNT! Fabulous game! Can’t wait to see who they play in the final.
    Rant: Can’t watch the England-Japan game w/o cable. Boo Fox. What the hell is Fox Sports 1 anyways???
    Rave: That’s my only rant. 🙂

    • Yay for the kittens! You will have a blast! And thank you for taking them! The shelters are so over-full now a lot of kittens are being euthanized. (They can’t stay in shelters because they are too susceptible to illness. So it’s a foster home or a cardboard box. . . )

      • I’d so love to take in a litter… we’re around for the rest of the summer. But the process to become a foster seems so onerous. And then taking them around to adoption events on weekends… I can barely feed my kids and get to the grocery store on weekends.
        If there’s an org that does all the legwork for you, I’d sign up.

        • We do temp fosters only because our weekends are also a little stretched for adding in adoption events. Plus we have three adult cats, one of whom likely wouldn’t warm up to additional new cats well and I don’t like to stress her out. I signed up with Homeward Trails and just volunteer when they need somone for a short period of time. We still have to pick up/drop off and have food/litter/etc on hand, but it’s not quite as onerous.

        • I should add–applying to become a foster wasn’t too bad. I had to fill out a questionaire and then chat on the phone for a little while with one of the coordinators. There wasn’t a home visit. As victoria says, Homeward Trails is desperately looking for people to foster cats and kittens over the holiday weekend–so if you’re around, drop them a line. I can pass along an email address if you’re interested.

        • For WHS, I filled out a form and went to an orientation. I’m currently fostering my second pair of kittens. Kittens by the way are in some respects easier than fostering older cats (in some ways not). I only get kittens that have been weened, so say about 3-4 weeks old. I take them in every 2 weeks for vet checks and when they reach 8 weeks and are 2lbs, they go back to be fixed and put up for adoption. You don’t take kittens that age to adoption events on weekends, so it is a pretty easy commitment. Plus.. KITTENS! Seriously, KITTENS! They are better than TV and books.

          • Different rescue groups have different vetting processes for fosters. HT doesn’t require a home visit if they chat with you and you’ve had experience. We do take 8 week old kittens to adoption events (or once they’ve had all their 3 distemper vaccines.)

            The main thing with fostering kittens is for you to know when to suspect they are sick – which can happen very fast. But again, I’m available to help anyone in the neighborhood give fluids & meds for sick kittens or cats.

      • I think it’ll be fun too 🙂 My wife doesn’t think our daughter will let us return them, but we shall see. She got pretty attached to one of the pair we fostered last time but managed alright when we returned them.

        • Temp fosters are in great demand just to fill in a couple of days as needed. Homeward Trails is begging for people this 4th of July weekend. Also, for any potential fosters in the Columbia Heights/Petworth area, I’m happy to pick yours up & return for adoption events that mine are attending.

    • FoxSports One is their sports channel – lots of NASCAR and they do Big East College Basketball (which is the only reason I know it exsits) . There’s also FoxSports 2 which is even MORE impossible to find. Really wish they’d air all the World Cup games on Fox to get them more exposure!!

  • Rave: Bought a new car to replace my crappy old one this past weekend, and got a great deal!
    Rant: On the way home, I got a screw in my tire in my brand new car, which revealed that I infact had a bald tire that could never have passed the MD Safety Inspection (car was purchased in Maryland).
    Rave: Dealer has agreed to put four new tires on and do an alignment, and was incredibly apologetic.
    Rant: BF spent 4 hours at the inspection station yesterday to get it DC inspected.
    Rant: I have to somehow find time to get down to Rhode Island Ave to get my DC license that I have neglected to get over the last two year living here… oopsie
    Rave: Becoming a for real DC Driver (as in, licensed and registered) led to my insurance dropping significantly! Apparently Geico is on to how bad Maryland drivers are 😉

    • palisades

      You know Maryland is bad when a city’s insurance rates are lower. wow.

      • Wow, really. Maryland must be crazy – I’m from NJ, which is known for being bad and moving to DC raised my rate, even though I had a good record/passed an age milestone that normally would have dropped it!

    • Four hours in the inspection station? Wow! In the future, keep in mind that they open at 6AM in the summer. A few weeks back I rolled in about 6:10 on a Wed morning and the whole thing took less than 5 min.

    • Weird when I moved from MD to DC my insurance went up significantly with the same car. Are you sure it didn’t have something to do with getting a new car?

    • I’ll second going early. I went Friday at 7:15am, and pulled right up to the service bay, 5-10 minutes total. I’ve also been to rhode island ave a few times recently. I would get there 15-30 minutes before they open (the line will already be around the corner of the building), but I have been out of there by about 9am each time (they open at 8:15).

      • I think the main thing for me was going from main purpose of commuting to main purpose being pleasure. On my old car, the insurance dropped by about 75%… Another thought I just had is that as of last month I have had my license 10 years, so perhaps I get a discount for that? Who knows.

    • You can also make appointments on-line for inspection.

    • I Dont Get It

      I saw this DC alert yesterday ….maybe this was the problem, normally I breeze through

      The District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles’ (DC DMV) Inspection Station will be closed on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 due to significant system issues. Customers who have an expired inspection sticker (a sticker which expired either June 30th or July 1st) can visit the station to receive a temporary 30 day inspection sticker. All late inspection fees resulting from this closure will be waived.

      • Ah!! That totally explains it! He said that they were very apologetic saying that there were computer problems.

    • saf

      I was there yesterday too. Their computer was WAY messed up. But I’m glad I waited, because they are closed today for the same problem.

  • RAVE: USWNT in the final! Yes, ladies, YES! Where are people going to watch the game on Sunday?
    RAVE: random casual day at work today. yay jeans!
    RANT: partner is house/dogsitting in far-off tenleytown & its weird going home to an empty house at the end of the day.
    RAVE: love her enough to miss her! I’m so glad we still want to spend time with each other over anyone else.

  • Identical twins are confirmed. I think that’s a rave, but I’m hesitating only because I’m super worried about how this will all play out. Lots of risks. I would be delighted to have two healthy babies, or one healthy baby, at the end of the process, but it’s a long road before we’ll have any certainty there.

    • P.S. I think my new screen name will be Twinner 🙂

    • CONGRATS! And this certainly explains the tight clothing – not too much weight gain, just double the babies! Best of luck!!

    • The risks with twins are much lower than with multiples in higher numbers, though, no? Isn’t the main risk some degree of premature birth (but usually without any lasting adverse effects)?

      • there are other risks, but I’m not going to post because they’re downers and this news is all uppers

        • My thoughts exactly. The risks are pretty serious.

          • google isn’t your friend at this point in your life!

          • Google is my worst enemy. Dr. F made a very good point a few weeks ago on a different subject, which I’m now using as a way to interpret any and all statistics: It doesn’t matter what the statistical chances of success or failure are. The results will be binary, yes or no, so it really doesn’t matter what statistics tell you. He’s so right.

          • Dr. F is just such a good doctor. If you see him again, give him a hug from us

          • The two doctors I’ve dealt with at GW’s RE practice both have exceptionally good bedside manner, as well as solid medical chops. They’re very, very impressive.
            Also, I really want a second egg and cheese sandwich right now. Can I say the first one this morning was for Baby A and this one is for Baby B?

          • “Also, I really want a second egg and cheese sandwich right now. Can I say the first one this morning was for Baby A and this one is for Baby B?”
            Totally! Remember, you’re eating for three now. 🙂

    • Wow – congrats!!! How exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. Sending you lots of positive thoughts!

    • Wow! And congrats. I smile every time I see you post- I’m so glad things are going smoothly.

    • Holy moly! Deep breaths 🙂 But congratulations!! One step at a time. Twins are more risky than singletons, sure, but I think it’s manageable from what I understand.

    • Holy crap that’s amazing!!! How rare – these really are special babies! I’m sure Dr F is floored! Congrats – i know people who say that Dr Bathgate at GW is amazing for twins if you have any concerns the midwives can’t help you with. AMAZING!

    • Blithe

      Congratulations! I’ve been looking forward to your screen name change. Sending positive thoughts and multiple good wishes your way! I’m glad that things are going well for you.

    • Yay twinsies! Sending virtual hugs and good thoughts your way 🙂

    • Fingers crossed for everything proceeding smoothly! It may add an additional layer of potential complication, but I’m hoping that the end result is Insta-Family. 😉

    • Happy for you!!! That’s amazing!

      You should do that thing where you don’t tell anyone it’s twins, and then record their reactions when they meet “the baby”. Sure, it’s been done, but it was adorable.

    • Exciting news! And I love your new screen name 🙂

    • emvee

      So exciting!! Congratulations!

    • Oh my goodness, congrats!!

    • Congrats! This is such exciting news (and has brightened my day)!

    • Oh wow — I’m sure you must be feeling so much right now! I am sending positive thoughts your way for an easy pregnancy. Yay double trouble!

    • Wowzers! Wonderful news and congrats! I’m hoping for the best health for you and the twinsies 🙂

    • Congratulations!!

    • Wow, thanks for all of the well wishes, everyone. I started off the day feeling pretty freaked out, but it’s amazing to get all of this support here!

  • Blithe

    Rant: Posted multiple Raves in the wrong spot. I need a nap. Probably done with posting for the day. 🙁

  • Aglets

    Rave: Dinner and walk around the capitol building and adjacent grounds with a new friend last night. Yay for new friends.
    Rant: Stood up 2.5 times (really more 3 but the first *could* be chalked up to miscommunication) granting 4th chance tomorrow but i’m pretty sure I’m being played.

    • Wait… the SAME PERSON has stood you up more than once??

      • Aglets

        I know. i have very little self respect. Or, let’s face it- options.

        • Aglets

          maybe not stood up- but 9th/10th/11th hour cancellations

        • You know that you deserve better than this. Unless there is a good reason (personal/family/pet health emergency, work complications, etc) for the flakiness, someone who starts out this weak does not have great odds of getting any better.

          • Aglets

            So far it’s been all work complications. I think I agreed to one last chance just to see what the excuse for not meeting tomorrow will be.
            My money is on ‘surprise amputation’ because why not.

          • Well, no one can say that you haven’t given them a fair chance! Even if this person is a hopeless workaholic, they have to know that this is hopelessly rude behavior. I hope that they get it right this time.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Well now I want to cancel plans with someone at the last minute so I can use “surprise amputation” as the reason 🙂

          • Aglets

            As a hopeless workaholic, i partially sympathize. Plus he’s funny. I’m willing to forgive a lot in the face of funny. But this is it.

          • Surprise Amputation would be a good band name.

          • @kserasera – they could remake Detachable Penis, by King Missile . . .

          • Aglets

            Oh king missle…..the teacher who over saw the radio station took that CD away from us 🙂

          • Is this person a lawyer? The work complications sound like someone who is a young associate at a firm. Ugh.

            I commend you on giving him/her another chance.

  • Rant: Went to Metro’s lost and found yesterday in the hope of finding my beloved Japanese sunglasses. (Items can take up to 5 days to get to the lost and found, so I waited a little over a week.) They were not there. I got a little choked up leaving the building — up until that moment, I’d really been thinking that I’d find the sunglasses and all would be right with the world.
    Rant: I know I shouldn’t be so upset… they’re just sunglasses.

    • Do you have a picture of the sunglasses/you in the sunglasses? You can do a reverse google image search and see if you can find a source for these glasses. I know it’s not the same as the pair you lost….

      • I do have a photo somewhere… will have to give the Google reverse image search a try. Thanks for the idea!

    • I’m sorry, that is really disappointing. I hate when that happens.

    • Emmaleigh504

      That just sucks. I hope you can find a replacement pair.

  • Blithe

    RePost: fingers crossed:
    Rave: One cool thing about the stuff I snagged at the PoPville cosmetics and cookbook swap: Since I can’t try everything all at once, I have weeks of dabbling to enjoy. So far I’m absolutely smitten with the m-61 Power Glow Peel; I liked sampling the Caudalie elixir spray enough to go out and buy my own bottle; and I’m looking forward to trying the Dr. Hauschka Rhythmic Night Conditioner. Whoo Hoo! Again, many thanks to all who participated. Way fun! I’d definitely be up for doing a Round 2 if people are interested.
    Related Rave: Whilst clearing my closets I found a bottle of my favorite OPI polish: Hearts & Tarts. That will get me through summer and beyond.
    Shopping Rave: Snagged multiple swim suits for an unbelievable price. No more soggy suits when I swim twice a day.
    Rave: Friends who welcome books — which makes it a lot more easy to cull as I organize my shelves.
    Rave: The Silver Diner. Wicked yum. Wondering if the “real” Silver Diner still exists somewhere. Researching this one should be fun.
    Future Rant/Rave: Have not yet experimented with the pheromone stuff. Will report back to the PoPulace if anything really interesting happens.

    • palisades

      Silver Diner is surprisingly good. They’ve done a complete 180 since my childhood days.

    • topscallop

      I agree, it’s fun to have enough products to try for weeks ahead. I tried one of the eye creams last night and overzealously applied it, resulting in a slight stinging sensation in my right eye. I look fairly awake this morning (though this is most likely due to sleeping hard last night, rather than one application of undereye cream – I was so tired I slept through the storms that woke both my roommates up).

    • M-61 products are great. Love the face wash and the fast blast mask

    • Silver Diners are good, I agree, but when I’m really hankering for diner food, I think City Diner on Leesburg Pike is the best around. Great food and really captures that classic NY/NJ diner experience.

      • Blithe

        Thanks for the recommendation sproc. I miss NY diners. I REALLY miss Baltimore diners. I’ll add City Diner to my field trip list.

  • EckingtonDoodle

    Rave: Today is my Friday! Leaving to go to Cape Cod for the 4th with my fiancee tomorrow early morning.
    Rant: Bright flashes of lightning waking me up last night means–tired today 🙁
    Rave: No damage from the storm and the pup slept through the storm!

  • Rant – breakups suck. Especially when someone you thought you had a future with/cared about just stops caring and won’t talk/give any real closure. I know I’m better off but damn, this hurts. And I’m not dealing terribly well – lots of tears and “what ifs” despite the fact that I think this is more about his issues than mine. Just sad.
    Rant – birthday coming up soon and I’m just not excited because of the above. I usually love summer right now I just don’t because I feel so lost.
    Rave – my friends are pretty amazing and I’m lucky to have them.
    Rant/Rave – the storm last night – wish it had been a little earlier so I could have sat up and watched it with a glass of wine.

    • I’m sorry. It sucks that there isn’t much that can make post-breakup periods less awful. You just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other until it hurts less. I’m glad your friends are taking good care of you.

      • Thank you. I’m trying – I’m pretty good at distracting myself, until late at night when I’m home alone and it comes rushing back. Telling myself it’s normal that something that was a part of my life for months and months to take more than a few days to get over!

    • I went through this once…. Things seemed perfectly fine and then one day they just weren’t. He went from staying at my house to not returning texts, and then a day or two later I got a break up call with many excuses and hurtful statements that made it about me. This led to several weeks of tears, what-ifs, thinking there was something wrong with me, etc. I know now that it wasn’t me at all, it was him (we ended up getting back together and he said he basically made shit up to hide his insecurities or whatever – we also broke up again lol). When people do this sort of thing, it is always about them. It doesn’t make it hurt any less, but it does not take away from who you are and how wonderful you are. So cry your tears, do what you need to do to put the feelings to rest, and move on. And take it from me, when he comes back in two months, tell him thanks but no thanks – you really are better than that.

      • Thank you for this – a lot of things I know but right now it’s very, very helpful to keep hearing it from people 🙂

      • Emmaleigh504

        “When people do this sort of thing, it is always about them. It doesn’t make it hurt any less, but it does not take away from who you are and how wonderful you are.” perfectly stated.

      • This just happened to me a few months ago. A lot of reflection later, I still occasionally wonder what I ‘did,’ but know it really had to do with him and not with me since it came so out of nowhere. It takes time, but hope you feel better soon.

    • Emmaleigh504

      sending you hugs.

    • emvee

      Oh man, hang in there. Remember that it’s okay to be sad and to cry, and really convince yourself of that. Now is definitely also the time to pick up that hobby you’ve always wanted to do. Make it your birthday gift to yourself! Pottery, rowing, knitting, cooking, becoming a vintner, whatever. You do you! You’re awesome!

      • Thank you 🙂 I have a hobby I love very much that I haven’t been able to give much time because of injuries/work/life – I am feeling better (physically) so getting back into that is helping – giving me a feeling of achievement/accomplishment. Also planning a trip home next weekend to see some old friends, so that should be a good change of scenery.

  • Mug of Glop

    Rave: Back from Columbus! Had a good time at the wedding in Pittsburgh! Pretty good weekend overall.
    Rant: Got a robot speeding ticket mailed to me the other day. I was probably speeding, so it’s fair I guess.
    Rave: Not in Columbus anymore.
    Rave: It’s not horribly hot outside and running isn’t so difficult.
    Rave: Four day week!
    Rant: Apparently I missed a big storm last night!
    Rant: The traffic backed up on 9th for six blocks that doubled my commute time this morning. It was due to a blown over construction sign that blocked half of one lane of the two southbound lanes. And It was where it transitions from two-way to one-way, so there’s not even oncoming traffic avoid when going around the thing! Come on, people!

  • emvee

    Rave: I love a good thunderstorm, even if it wakes me up in the middle of the night. I opened the bedroom window and watched the storm in all its glory.
    Rant: Poor dog is not as into thunderstorms. We allowed him a rare few minutes on the bed so he could get some human cuddles and stop shaking. I’m thinking of sending him to my folks’ place in VA for the 4th since the fireworks have already started in the neighborhood and he’s getting jumpy.

    • I’m picturing the dog on an old fashioned steam train, with a paper tag on his collar saying his name and what station he’s going to. Like London kids being shipped to the country during the Blitz.

  • Rant: the spa I was going to escape to on Saturday is closed for the 4th of July.
    rave-ish: sort of enjoying our trials of Blue Apron – it’s a different experience, but my husband likes it even if he still doesn’t understand some fundamental basics of cooking. As long as he doesn’t cut himself, it’s fine.
    Rave: the white house girl scout camping trip – so adorable

    • GiantSquid

      I signed up for a free trial of Blue Apron and this was the week. I appreciate that the packaging is recyclable, and there’s just enough of the ingredients. I don’t need a huge head of cabbage, just part of one, so I feel less wasteful. I’m going to give it a month and see how it goes. The kale-cabbage slaw was tasty but needed a smidge more mayo.

      • I wasn’t a fan. I liked the convenience and the clear directions for how to make the meal, but I thought a lot of the meals still entailed a lot of prep (especially cutting!). By the time the meal was done, it usually took an hour from start to sitting down to eat! Maybe I am slow with Blue Apron, but most meals I make from scratch take 30 minutes!

        • agreed. As a vegetarian that tried the veggie meals there was so much prep work that I lost interest pretty quickly. I just need a personal chef the husband didn’t sign up for that when we got married, bummer.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I like Scratch DC. I’m single and Blue Apron is just way too much food. Altho I notice that some of the folks in my condo complex are regulars. Scratch DC is just one meal (for two) and all the chopping and marinating, etc. are done for you. very clear instructions and everything comes out done at the same time!

  • Rant: My new hobbies cost way too much money and I have way too little money already.

    Rant: I’ve gone on 6 dates with a girl I like and she seems to be pulling the fade…which is more awkward than normal because she’s in a friend group I’m part of.

    Rave: Upcoming 3 day weekend with family and friends.

  • palisades

    Rave: Norfolk/Virginia Beach for the extended weekend. Love seeing all my old friends.
    Rant: My roommate is driving, and he’s a very very bad driver. Should be an interesting drive.

  • Rave?: I slept through the storm last night. When I don’t have insomnia and do sleep, man, do I sleep hard.
    Rave: This weather.
    Rant: Yesterday was my dad’s birthday. Wishing him a “happy birthday” just felt so inadequate after he spent three hours of his afternoon getting chemotherapy and radiation. I’m trying my best to be as supportive as I can without hovering. All of this is just so hard. And I’m trying to “do my feelings” away from my dad. He just doesn’t need to be burdened with care-taking of me when he’s fighting for his life.
    Rave: I tried a new class at the gym this morning. I am so uncoordinated, but it felt so good to burn off some aggression and energy. In my mind’s eye, the punching bag was cancer. It took a few hits from me on behalf of my dad.

    • Is your dad local? Can you visit regularly? If not–what about sending cards & small care packages periodically to brighten his day. I’m sorry–this sounds so hard.

    • Ugh. I’m so sorry. This just…sucks. All of it. Hugs.

    • Thinking of you!

    • Thanks, MtPresident — he lives about two hours away. I’m making it a goal to go home once a month and sending lots of emails and funny cards in between visits. SinSA, I am sorry to hear about your dad’s health situation as well. Andie, thanks for the support.

  • Rant: We’d put up a 5′ wood fence at the farm to keep one determined-to-be-exploring dog from such adventures. But yesterday, while trying to catch a rabbit on the other side of the fence, she managed to climb up the first two boards of the fence and was just about to wiggle through the V. Sigh. We may hve to put another fence behind the fence, or get an invisible fence. Love my dog, but wish she was more of a play-right-here pup.
    Rave: Experimentation in tomato grafting has resulted in two tomatoes in the ground and growing. Four, counting the ones I grafted at a workshop. Unsuccessful grafts were valuable lessons learned.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Reminds me of my dog in high school. Nothing could keep him in the yard, he climbed every fence. His favorite thing to do was find someone watering their garden and play in the water. One time he actually climbed back into the yard before he was caught being bad. A neighbor saw and warned my dad that big scary dog had climbed into the backyard. He was the sweetest dog ever.

      • If only my dog would climb back in when she finished her chasing….
        When we were picking out the fence, it just never occured to us that my dog would climb up and (almost) wiggle out.

        • Emmaleigh504

          It took years for Tristan to learn that he needed to get back in the yard before a parent came home. And you couldn’t stay made him b/c he was such a happy dog.

  • Belated rave: Enjoyable show from Basement Jaxx last night at the 9:30 Club. Last time I saw them there was with Ugly Duckling opening, in 2001

    • Oh, wow, Basement Jaxx!! I had some great, substance fueled dance parties in college in which they played a huge role! Loved Rooty!

  • Rave: Nothing is wrong with my HVAC, and I don’t have to get a new one! He said nothing needs to be replaced, everything is in great working condition (but the filter could be replaced soon, he said) so YAY I don’t have to figure out where to find giant sums of money.

    Rant: Even though the guy used his little laser thermometer thing and said it was 59, 63 and 65 degrees in various parts of my home, it certainly does not *feel* that cold. I’m someone who is cold most of the time in general (I use the space heater at my desk at work every day) so I am stumped, and also I had to turn my fan on in my room at one point in the middle of the night. The Boy (haven’t resolved it, I know, I know) said that it is cool, but feels almost humid inside my place. So maybe a dehumidifier? Anyone have any ideas?

    Rave: We may have our receptionist position filled? Sort of hopeful.

    Rave: Despite my father’s worsening condition, he did something last weekend that I find incredibly adorable – he wanted to go to the Legion before we went to dinner for “one drink”, so we did…then we get in the car afterwards, and he says “Okay, I have a confession to make. The reason we went there is because there is a guy there that I want to set you up with, but he wasn’t there tonight.” He said he “wants to make sure I’m taken care of” and I said “I’m doing fine taking care of myself” and he said “I know that, you are, but I want there to be someone to also take care of you. I’m not going to be around forever.” It was everything I could do not to cry, and it is a memory I will always cherish.

    • “59, 63 and 65 degrees in various parts of my home”
      The air in your home couldn’t possibly be that cold without you feeling it; presumably the guy was measuring the surface temperature of something, the a/c ducts or vents I would guess. So it could be you are poorly insulated somewhere (or everywhere) or it could be that your thermostat is “lying” to you. If the thermostat is in a relatively cool spot, when it says 75, it’s actually hotter than that elsewhere in the house; or it could be that the thermometer on the thermostat is inaccurate. The solution to either of those problems is just setting it to a lower temperature. If you’re really curious to find out what’s happening, buy yourself a decent thermometer and measure the air temperature in different parts of the house.

      • Exactly, that’s the thing – if it was 59 degrees, I’d be shivering in my home.
        I guess I’ll get a thermometer. The thermostat matched his laser thermometer thing pretty much (was 2 degrees off) and I had the thermostat over to the left as far as it could go (below 60 when he was there). It’s a little cooler in my home, but not cold like that.

        • Are your central A/C ducts near the ceiling? If so, your room will probably never get to a low temperature. That was the case in my previous apartment.
          Also, if sounds like you have a very inefficiently insulated place or it’s not sealed properly.

          • I live in a condo. Yes, the ducts are near the ceiling.
            I know the windows are very old, but I do not have the $12,765 to replace them (that’s the lowest estimate I got from the approved companies we can use) because they’re floor to ceiling sliding glass doors in each room.

        • If your thermostat itself was around 60 degrees (not the setting, the actual device) then you probably need to move it since it must be immediately adjacent to a duct or something. If it’s measuring the surface temperature of something (that is 10 or more degrees below the air temperature) rather than the temperature of the air then it’s not doing its job properly.

          • I don’t know that it can be moved? It’s right by the closet where the HVAC system is located. (I know nothing about this kind of thing)

          • The thermostat I had set to below 60. The mercury (I cannot get an electronic, programmable one) said it was 68 degrees, which means it is cooler than it has been, but I feel as though that is a big discrepancy. Is it possible that it’s just because the vents are up near the ceiling?

          • I’m still not clear on what’s happening. You have the thermostat set to 60, the air in the room (?) is actually about 68 – is the AC running? If not, then your thermostat is either very close to something cold, or it is not measuring temperature correctly. If it is running then there’s no problem, unless it keeps running and the air never gets any cooler. (Having said that, you don’t want it cooler than 68 degrees inside, do you?)

        • Allison

          If you happen to already own an instant-read digital meat thermometer, they can actually be used to pretty accurately measure ambient air temperature. Mine was correct (79 degrees) when I tried it, anyway. Doesn’t work with other types of meat thermometers.

          • I do own an instant-read thermometer, I’ll try that when I get home tonight.

            I had the thermostat set to 60, yes, and the air in the room (or whatever the man yesterday pointed his laser thermometer to, in various rooms) was different. In my living room, the air was 59 (that is the one closest to the HVAC in the closet.

            In the hallway, next to the cold air return vent (I believe that’s what it is called), he read his laser thermometer at 63 degrees (and my thermostat, which is to the left of the cold air return, on the wall where the HVAC is) while turned down to 60, the mercury said it was about 66 or so).

            In my room, the vent above my bed, it was 65 degrees, according to Laser Thermostat reader.

            I’ll give it that POSSIBLY it was 68 degrees or so (in that I didn’t need a sweater in my home). I definitely don’t want it cooler than 68 degrees, but it still didn’t feel like 68.

          • Laser thermometers measure the temperature of solid objects, not of air, so he was measuring the temp of the actual vents; it’s logical to assume that the air *at the vent* was that cold if the vent itself was that cold, but once it mixes with the rest of the air in the room, the *room* is not that cold. Also, his other readings sound about right, since the farther from the HVAC unit the air travels, the warmer it will be when it comes out of the vent. So my guess is that your AC is working fine mechanically but isn’t running long enough because the thermostat is measuring a colder temperature than the ambient air temperature in your condo. And I’m guessing that’s because you thermostat is a) malfunctioning (i.e. measuring temperature incorrectly) or b) in a particularly cool location (e.g. right next to a duct carrying cold air from the HVAC unit).

    • Emmaleigh504

      Oh man, that is adorable and kind of heart breaking.

    • I just had to close my door after thinking about having that conversation with my daughter. Your Dad sounds great.

      • My relationship with my dad has been ever-evolving. My stepdad was always the primary guy in my life and I miss him terribly (he died 11 years ago) and my dad and I have been working on our relationship ever since then – we’ve made really good strides, both making efforts.

        He has never done or said anything like this directly *to* me, ever. I suppose he may have done other things without my knowledge, but the fact that what he really, really wants is for me to be with someone and know that I am “taken care of” (so to speak) is wonderful. It’s what I’d love, too.

  • Rave: old kitty’s bath was mostly a success, thanks for that foam bath rec. She seems to be feeling ok but not totally normal. However, definitely good enough to splash half the water out of the bowl onto herself and the floor! two soaked paws and a wet chest.

    Rant: bad knee feels just like it did three years ago before surgery. I’m guessing that there’s no point to going to a dr until I’ve taken a week off from exercise and taken anti-inflammatories. Frustrated that I can’t do my usual workouts and wishing I could swim better so I could do that instead.

    • Would it help to do water walking? I usually swim for a few laps then walk/jog for a lap or two (using hands in the water to add resistance). Livestrong has a list of water aerobics you can do w/out special equipment

  • Rant: Have lumpy girl parts have have to have a mamo. I’m sure they’re fine, but still HATE HATE HATE the testing part.

    Rave: I love my doctor. She asks me about my life and how things are going.

    rant: Things aren’t going well. I work too much and a job i don’t like, my social life isn’t great because most of my friends have moved in the past few years. I’ve looked at my options for other jobs, and I could get another job, but I don’t see another option where I’d work less. Really need to figure out how to change what I do for a living – I think part of it is I just don’t like what I do.

    • Accountering

      Good job getting the mamo. My mom had one 20 years ago when she was 34, and they caught cancer VERY early. She has been cancer free for 20+ years at this point. You are doing the right thing!

      • Actually, the whole “early detection saves lives” thing is scientific bullshit. It is true for some cancers, but not all, and not breast. (The relevant studies involve places where mammography has been made universal, and breast cancer deaths haven’t budged. They are finding lots more cancers, but saving no more lives by treating them early as opposed to treating them later when they would have been evident without invasive and expensive tests.)
        What obsessive mammography DOES do is increase false positives, and result in over-treatment. And of course, lots more donations for Komen from “survivors.”

        • Accountering

          Well, my mom certainly had cancer, and she is certainly still alive and 100% healthy, so I am going to respectfully tell you to shove your “scientific bullshit” right back where it came from. Sometimes anecdotes DO matter.
          With that said, I agree that Komen is a terrible, terrible organization.

        • “Obsessive” mammography yes – but this generally refers to “baseline” mammograms. If one has a lump, one needs to have further testing, whether it be a mammogram or a sonogram, and which type of test one needs is largely dependent upon the woman’s breast tissue make up. Please jump off the anti-mammogram soapbox for a minute and realize that although you may think them unnecessary, they are in fact completely warranted in cases such as these.

        • What Anon for This is saying isn’t necessarily applicable for Anon, but the current scientific evidence does indeed show that some types of screenings are actually doing more harm than good. This is a difficult idea to get one’s head around, since we grow up with the idea that screenings are good and that catching breast cancer, etc. early is good. But apparently in many cases, the cancers being treated would not have progressed on their own.
          This is some good background on the issue:

          • As a health policy researcher, I’d agree. And like HaileUnlikely says below–there is a fundamental difference between screening an entire population of healthy people vs. getting something abnormal checked out. PSA tests for prostate cancer are also overused. More tests are more costly and potentially lead to unnecessary fear or unnecessary treatment (costly on two dimensions: money & health/well-being). It’s certainly hard to figure out where to draw the line, but more testing & more detection aren’t leading to fewer deaths from cancer.

        • HaileUnlikely

          There is a fundamental difference between screening an entire population of healthy people vs. getting something that is obviously abnormal checked out.

        • More on the issue of cancer screening and overtreatment:
          http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/22/health/22screen.html – “Benefits and Risks of Cancer Screening Are Not Always Clear, Experts Say”
          http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/21/health/21cancer.html – “Cancer Society, in Shift, Has Concerns on Screenings”

  • RANT: Received word that Grandma has been in the hospital since late Sunday night and the odds are not looking good. This isn’t one of the typical hospital visits. May need to spend this weekend taking an emergency flight to the West Coast. 🙁
    RANT: Canceled my 4th of July trip to NYC.

    • Oh, no! I know you were really excited about that trip and I’m sorry you have to cancel it for any reason. But especially this reason. ((Hugs))

      • Thank you. It is disappointing to cancel, but I think it’s best if I remain close to DC this weekend.
        Meh blah.

    • Oh no! Oh no. I’m so sorry. 🙁

    • I’m so sorry. I hope you can find peace and comfort spending time with family. Take care.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: 2 interviews today and 2 more next week. I’d much rather be the candidate than the interviewer.
    Rave: So far all candidates have been good. Maybe we will get to hire 2 people instead of 1 (we are very short staffed).
    Rave: Donna has lost her excess weight and can go back to being Tiny Kitty instead of Piggy Kitty.

  • All raves from me today, in no particular order:
    .Birthday celebration yesterday was amazing.
    .Dinner at Blue Duck Tavern was absolutely top-notch. Have ZERO negatives to say.
    .Book of Mormon at Kennedy Center was so incredibly inappropriate that my face still hurts from laughing. The girl next to me never laughed once and left at intermission. We watched he stomp away out the door. She was stuck 10 people deep or else I bet she’d have left sooner. Did she not know what she was there to see? Did someone trick this poor girl?
    .Puppy had a wonderful playdate at a friend’s all day yesterday and was too exhausted to even get up off the couch this morning to get into her crate. She’s so cute it makes my heart melt.
    .Project I’ve been working on for months (feels like years) received it’s final approval to go to press today.
    .I have a severe case of vacationitis. Random funny videos for the rest of the day, it is.
    .Vacation starts in 24 hours.
    .Co-worker bought me breakfast today for two reasons 1) to cure my slight “I’m in my mid-30s not my early-20s” hangover and 2) as a “Congrats on living another year” present (his words, not mine!)

    • Ha! I also sat near a couple that failed to see the humor in Book of Mormon when I saw the show a few years ago. They looked SO uncomfortable. And they also left during intermission.

      • palisades

        I don’t get it. They’re spending a couple hundred bucks on tickets, why aren’t they finding out what they’re paying for? And someone could say, well maybe they got the tickets for free. Same thing, you’d think they’d have the sense to do a quick google search or something.

      • When we saw it last run through, we had a great time thinking of the geriatric season pass holders at the Kennedy Center who heard it was funny, and a little vulgar, and decided to chance it anyway. Some left 10 minutes in. Hassa diga ebowai.

        • Oh God, you’re right, I bet that happens a lot! The 70-something-ish group of 6 ladies sitting at the end of our row were hooting it up so loud it was contagious. They were having a great time!

      • I saw Look Who’s Talking in a theater, and several groups got up and left huffily during the opening credits (where the happy sperms race to the egg.) It was the first time I had ever seen that happen.
        The only other time was Dogma. And like you all said, how did they not know they were going to be offended??

    • So funny that was me one year ago, I saw Book of Mormon and then went to Blue Duck, perfect!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: people keep bringing donuts, cakes, and cookies to work. I’m trying to cut down on sweets b/c new medication makes me want all the sugar all the time. #NotHelping
    Rave: better living through chemistry
    Also: plastics

  • Rant: didn’t bring a book with me to babysit. Kid’s been napping over an hour and I’m bored to death.
    Rave: happy to be babysitting and making money today

  • GiantSquid

    Revel: Dog’s barking alerted us to the storm.
    SUPER RANT: Frantically laying down towels, buckets, and moving furniture in the dining room due to window and ceiling leaking. Found out from downstairs neighbors this morning, it was raining in their bedroom as well. Guys, do we suck it up for the landlord reference or do I contact DCRA and report them? This is ridiculous and after six years of nothing done, my goodwill and patience have skipped out of town like Thelma & Louise.
    Revel: Weekend in Upstate NY for niece’s grad party. Biking, swimming, chilling is on tap.
    Rant: Missing July 4th in DC. City is nice and chill.
    Revel: Hopefully seeing a place at the Car Barn tonight, cross your fingers and toes!!! (especially that they’re ok with dogs)

    • I am really sorry you’re going through that. If I were you, I’d probably threaten to report it to DCRA first, then if no follow-through on the landlord’s part, then file a complaint.

      When you see the place in the Car Barn ask whether they had any of the same problems. Not all the units have had issues, but there are certain spots on that block that have had terrible water issues, especially upper units. If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Good luck!

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Very frustrated by a deliverable due next week. Plus a VP wants a PowerPoint which I think is totally inappropriate.
    Rant: I know I’m all rants lately but between the stress of being kicked out of my office and having insane deliverables due, I’m not dealing well. Sorry!

  • Rave: Excited about my 3 1/2 day weekend, which includes quality time with visiting extended family.
    Rave: Even though it’s already been a said a lot, wow, was the storm amazing! I halfway slept through it, but was just awake enough to appreciate how insane and awesome it was. I wish I had been able to see more but the rain was blowing so hard on our windows that I could barely see three inches past them. Surprisingly the dog seemed totally unimpressed.
    Rave: Feeling unusually mellow about the move. Everything seems to be falling into place and I don’t have the sense that the other shoe is about to drop. I -always- have the sense that the other shoe is about to drop. I’m glad this just feels easy breezy.
    Rave: My new building has a pool and I’m daydreaming about swimming in it every damn day.

  • Rave: Sooo excited for my 3 1/2 weekend! Longwood Gardens “Nightscapes” tomorrow night, and just chilling with family the rest of the weekend! It cannot come soon enough!
    Rant: Actually, it can come too soon because I have too many things to do before I leave.
    Rant: All those poor broken and uprooted trees from last night’s storm!
    Rant: Soooo much to do at work, a lot of it is stuff I’m actually really excited about doing or learning how to do, but it’s also incredibly overwhelming and stressful, I want to cry a little bit. or just sleep for three months. or both.

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