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: Everything is a little bit off this morning. Didn’t get enough sleep, so I’m trying hard not to be irritated at little inconstencies and issues. Can’t wait to go home and make dinner and rest tonight.
    Rave: Class days are exhausting, but class is actually a whole lot better than work so I won’t complain about having to go too much.
    Rave: Hoping a time/place gets set for my weekend date soon. The guy is a little different than the type of person I usually meet, so I’m looking forward to it.
    Rant: I could fall asleep on my keyboard right now.

  • Question: does anyone know of a good photographer for family pictures? I’m realizing that we have exactly one photo that has both parents and both kids in it…

    • Beverlie does our school pictures, and has gotten some really great shots of my kids. I know she does family pictures too. satsunphotography dot com.

    • If you don’t want to do the whole sheebang ($$) I HIGHLY recommend the fall mini sessions with Katie Jett Walls of Red Turtle. Ours were BEAUTIFUL, prices reasonable for the area, and Katie is lovely to work with. If you want high end and fabulous, then definitely go with Julie Kubal. Hands down. She may have mini sessions, too. But for us, I found mini sessions were perfect, YMMV. But those two are amazing. Katie is more within what I can afford.

      • Also, PoPville’s own Pablo Raw does amazing work – he took pictures at our son’s 1st birthday party and I know someone who had him do an engagement photo shoot and they were lovely. But I never used him for anything other than the party, so I have no experience with that.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Spending time with Eldest Zelda last night. Our relationship was so rocky last year, but it’s gotten much better, and we had a lot of fun just running errands and talking.
    Rant: She keeps wanting to talk politics with me. I don’t want to talk politics with anyone.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Donna appears to be in heat AGAIN.
    Rave: reaching into my hippie heritage and will start making my own yogurt.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rave: Karaoke night was fun (as always), thanks to all who came and special thanks to “that one guy”!

    Rant: Yesterday after work I took my bike, the alleys behind my office were full of police cars, at least ten; I had to bike around and then I saw around another 10 cars on the street. According to a person that works around here, police was chasing 4 guys and caught them behind my office. There was a helicopter involved. I didn’t hear a thing.

    Rave: I already have some requests for photography work for next year.
    Rave: looks like I’m one of the winners of a small photo contest

  • Rant: Just feel like crap today. I thought the nausea portion of pregnancy was over. Breakfast helped, but I am still not feeling great.
    Rave: Tomorrow is Friday! I’m heading to the beach this weekend to see a dear friend who is home from abroad. It has been almost 2.5 years since we have seen each other. So excited for our visit.

    • Sadly, some of that first trimester crap can come & go. How far along are you?

      • 11 weeks – the spawn is the size of a profiterole.

      • I think you’re actually sort of at the peak of the 1st tri pregnancy symptoms (on average). I think the nausea tends to get a lot better around 13/14 weeks. Hang in there!
        Also, are you using the Ovia app, too? They have such fun size comparisons. This week, mine are the size of a creme brulee. Or chipmunks, which is vaguely horrifying to imagine.

        • Yes, I am using the Ovia app as well. I have it set to the Parisian bakery. (Because who doesn’t love baked goods?) And I cringe at the chipmunk analogy, I just picture Chip and Dale running up and down a tree (only inside your body). *shudders*

  • Rant: basement washing machine on the fritz. Timing is crap between wife leaving for Seattle Saturday, solo-parenting until Wednesday night, and Rosh Hashannah on Monday.
    Rave: Tenant is very easygoing and happy to take advantage of nearby laundromats or come up to use our machine until we can get it fixed. Fingers crossed we can get it fixed quickly!
    Rant: Oh, Storen.
    Query: How are we one-third of the way through September? How is time passing this quickly? Eek!

  • Rave: Rain! We desperately need it. It was so nice to wake up in the middle of the night because of thunder! Might this mean that fall is on its way for real?
    Rant/rave: the feeling the day after eating too much Chinese take out. But it’s so good!!! Yet so bad….:(
    Rave: While it’s been hard to stay with my folks this long, it’s adorable to see my kid around them this much. My mom goes by “Bubbie” but my son can’t say that, and he started calling her “Buddy”. He wakes up and goes for their bedroom door saying BUDDY BUDDY BUDDY!
    Rant: The guilt I feel dropping a crying kid off at preschool 🙁

    • I love the Buddy story! That’s amazing. My kiddo is SO excited to be seeing her grandparents more now that they’ve moved down here.
      Totally hear you on the drop-off issue. We’ve largely gotten past it for the time being, but it is so hard to leave a crying child. Chances are, though, he’s fine very quickly after you leave. Maybe give them a quick call to check in if you want the reassurance?

  • RANT: Class till late last night then basically no sleep makes me super grumpy and totally unmotivated. Unfortunately this afternoon I have a job interview (same office different job) and then have class until late tonight. I am hoping to be able to string together some intelligible and complete sentences in my interview.

    RAVE: Taking a half day on Friday?

  • Rave: Had a great time with my family over Labor Day weekend!
    Rant: It’s still humid outside.
    Rave: Fall is on its way!
    Rant: Dreading the Pope’s visit to DC. I pass by Fort Totten, Brookland, and Rhode Island Avenue Metro stations everyday to get to work. I know it’s gonna be hell trying to get to work during Pope’s visit. Keeping my fingers crossed that my boss will let me telework at least one of those days.

    • OPM has recommended that all agencies allow their employee to telework if they have an agreement to do so. Perhaps use that as leverage?

  • In honor of the great cover picture today:

    RANT: STOREN… that is all.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: I had a surprisingly restful night of sleep. I was able to fall asleep around 1:00 am without self medicating and rarely woke up.
    Rave: Nurse Lucy was very cuddly although
    Rant: That damn girl could use a doggy breath mint!
    Rant: An unauthorized smudging of the house to “remove negative energy”.
    Rave: Actually the negative energy should be gone tomorrow but I haven’t told WDS since he isn’t exactly discreet.
    Rant/Rave: WDS may be next if he doesn’t get a job.
    Rant: This was probably not the month to have gone off my antidepressants!

    • Yay for tomorrow–hope that process goes as smoothly as possible. Lol on WDS. Yikes on the antidepressants. Can you check in with your dr to see about re-starting and/or extra talk therapy appointments?

      • I Dont Get It

        Actually I came off over three weeks ago and I am perfectly fine being off them for now. I had a few fluttering days as I was tapering off but I think I made the right decision. Plus they were expensive!

        • Makes sense. Still might not hurt to find someone to talk to? Particularly given the self-medicating? Sorry….genetically predisposed to be a Jewish mother and therefore mother anyone and everyone.

          • I Dont Get It

            I was in therapy for a long time but finally quit it sense we spent most of the session discussing the shortcomings of mutual acquaintances (they weren’t his clients). DC Gay World is a small town.

          • That doesn’t sound very useful. I hope you’re able to find someone else if issues persist. Fingers crossed they don’t.

  • Rant: Feeling antsy. Mostly because I can’t breathe through my nose (damn you, ragweed!), but partly because I’m trying to figure out what I’m doing in terms of housing – do I renew my lease, look into buying, find a new rental? Sooooo many things to think about, and I don’t want to think about them, but I have to. I hate being an adult.
    Rant: This weather. The humidity is killing me.
    Rave: Even though I missed out on karaoke last night, I got to spend some quality time with some friends in my building and my roomie (aka my cousin). So that was nice.
    Rave: The Pope thread – you guys sure know how to make a gal lol!

    • I would start by looking to see what’s out there as far as other apartments go. That will give you an informed idea of what the alternatives to your current situation are.

    • Your roommate is your cousin? I don’t think I realized that.

      • yup! It works out well -it works out great, actually, because she works nights and I work days, so we don’t actually see each other that much and when we do, it’s nice to hang out.

    • Accountering

      Look into buying – IF – you are going to be in DC for a while. The numbers still make sense, and if you can swing the down payment, it is, financially, a no-brainer. I know a good realtor if you are looking for one 🙂

      • Thanks, Accountering – I am planning on staying in the area for a while – I’ve moved over 10 times in the last 15 years, so I’m really really really sick of moving and want to actually put down roots, which is why I was thinking about buying, but the thought of that is beyond stressful. I’ll let you know if I decide I need a realtor!

    • You might also want to ask Hammers about her building — similar location to your current one. Very no-frills (e.g., no central A/C), but she thought it was a good value.

      • Ah, see I can deal with no frills, but in this swamp of a city, A/C is an absolute requirement for me. I’ll ask her, but the thought of no central air is not one I think I can handle.

        • hammers

          its a toughie! though my unit is small enough that window units would do the job. I currently only have one though, and it is swamp city…. one…more…month……

        • Emmaleigh504

          Window units aren’t that bad. You can keep things nice and cool if you have the right size and number for your place. I have probably the smallest apartment in popville so I can get away with one. Back home in New Orleans I had 1 for the living and dining rooms, then each bedroom got their own. Always cool and comfy.
          Full disclosure, I hate central ac in my bedroom b/c the sound of the air starting and stopping wakes me up.

  • rant: new HVAC units are CRAZY expensive. got a quote for $6k. other quotes around the same and according to my neighbors who have all had their units replaced recently, that’s pretty average. there goes my savings account.
    rave: fortunate enough to have a savings account and a good paying job. it’s just money and i can make more of it. and i get a nice new thermostat instead of my super old one with mercury still in it!
    rave: met a really nice guy who seems to be into me
    rant: of course i’m not sure how much i like him! but will definitely hang out with him again

    • I Dont Get It

      How big is your place? I heard they are 12k which is not to say 6k isn’t a lot of money.

      • 12k is probably for full installation; ie: vents etc. 6k is just for the HVAC unit/compressor which is about right.

      • pretty small- a 1BR with a little over 500 sq feet. I’m lucky in that all the original units in my building are nearing the end of the lifespans so like ten of my neighbors have gone through this recently and have been SUPER helpful as a result. so i know my pricing is fair and they were able to recommend a great guy who has been able to work around my schedule.

    • Accountering

      Love the great attitude around your rant! Drives me a little batty when people in your and my situation act like these little things are the end of the world. Being an adult means you take care of your business, and the fact you are in a position to do so, and can deal with it in such a positive way is awesome. Just wanted to give you a little internet +1 today 🙂

      • thank you so much!! i mean, this is the whole point of having a savings account, right? haha, and it sounds so cheesy but hearing about all the syrian refugees with nowhere to go really made me shut up.

        • Accountering

          Finances are a tough thing to stress about, especially if it is unwarranted, which in many cases it is. I can’t pay the electric bill and they are going to shut it off warrants stress, in many other cases it doesn’t though.

        • Even not having a savings account to cover it doesn’t warrant stress. If you have credit, your put the expense on a credit card and pay it off as you can from your earnings over the coming months.

          • Agreed on this. With interest you’ll be paying more, but if you can pay it off relatively quickly from earnings, it would be good to keep savings for emergencies.

          • Accountering

            Well, if you have savings earning .1%, you are better off using your emergency fund for an emergency like this, and then using your earning to rebuild your savings, then you are maintaining your savings, and using your earnings to pay off the emergency + 18% annualized. Either way, she is in a pretty good spot.

    • Call your utility company, they may offer a rebate!!

  • Rant: Realized last night that I allowed my anxiety to creep up on me. I have not really been talking about my concerns/worries with anyone, and instead masking with the happy/”everything is perfect!” face and also projecting on to my boyfriend. I don’t really know how to stop it, and know it’s not one particular thing but an accumulation of factors and stressors (both good and bad).

    • This is so easy to do – don’t let the fact that it happened become one more stress in your life. This happened to me last year and it destroyed the relationship I had with my boyfriend at the time. I would be honest with him that you realize you’re projecting and that you just need a little extra support and love while you’re looking for anxiety outlets (be it a therapist, exercise, journaling – whatever you decide on). Good luck!

      • Accountering

        I agree with the above. Projecting emotions and such on others who aren’t at fault can be extremely corrosive. Be careful with this one, and make sure when you do it, and recognize it, that you acknowledge and apologize. At least then he knows you aren’t just taking out your stress on him unknowingly.

        • I know. He has expressed to me that I seem to get anxious if he doesn’t respond to a text right away or if I don’t hear from him within a certain period of time. That really isn’t the case. But apparently my daily “Is everything ok?” isn’t a good thing. Which is hard for me, in part because of a habit I picked up living abroad (where I lived, “alright?” was a standard greeting, which kinda makes it seem like you are concerned about someone’s well being when all your saying is “hi”), and also in part to me being a mother hen type always trying to make sure everyone else is ok. What I think I’m projecting on to him though is uncertainty about certain things in our relationship. Which I know isn’t good. I know I should trust him when he says everything is good on his end…. ugh. Idk.

          • Ah, I have some not-so-good habits from abroad as well, including being in fairly constant contact with people I’m close to. I would definitely be aware — not anxious or guilty, just aware — of the “is everything okay?” and challenge yourself to come up with different, fun questions each day if you need that contact. And also make sure he understands where it’s coming from.

          • Accountering

            I am just going to agree with the things you know you should do, and give a +1. If he says all is good, then trust him! How about this, a monthly or every other week check-in can be okay, but no more regularly than that. If something *isn’t* ok, he will likely tell you, and it sound like the check-ins are actually causing things to not be okay in some respects. I would say the monthly or bi-weekly check-ins would work well. Otherwise, I agree with FridayGirl, phrase differently (how’s your day going, how’s that one thing at work going, how was your run, etc)

          • Thanks guys… It’s just that I get in these weirdly neurotic phases. For example, the other day he didn’t once call me baby or honey or anything like that, so of course I jump to the conclusion that something must be wrong. So I ask what’s wrong, is everything ok, and he tells me everything’s just fine… then I’m like, but is it really? Am I doing something wrong? I have to be doing something wrong. Oh shit, he’s going to break up with me.
            See, I’m f*cking crazy lol. I need to do a better job of keeping the crazy in check, I recognize this, and I’m going to work on it. I need to do a better job of filling my time (thanks to AJSE for that suggestion) and just basically chill the hell out.

          • Hey, I think it’s okay to say all of that to him! It’s so corny, but I’m a big fan of love languages. One of yours sounds like it might be “affirmations,” whereas his might be gifts or physical touch or whatever. Talking to him about how you need a little different communication (whether style or content) – or even just talking to him about how you’re feeling! – will only make your relationship stronger and more secure.

          • Accountering

            This is the great thing about POPVille, you get someone like me, who will give it to you straight! Don’t sweat this little stuff. Guys don’t even notice something like not calling you “baby” or whatever, but they do notice when you are making a big deal of something he had no clue he even did. Really work on not just ignoring this stuff, but recognizing that he is just wired differently, and that it should not bother you in the least. If you trust him, then trust what he says when he says everything is good.

          • ASJE and Accountering: +1 to you both here! Anonamom, I found doing the love languages thing and having my husband do it too REALLY helpful. my love languages aren’t at all his and he’s always going to struggle to speak my love languages, but knowing what his are makes it a lot easier for me not to freak out when he doesn’t speak mine because I can look to see (and then see, hooray) that he’s speaking his.

  • Rant: Just dealt with a potential candidate who was unbelievably rude. I could not believe the attitude on a person who is seeking out a job! He’s getting a nasty note in his file. Way to actively burn bridges guy.

    Rave: I’m learning even more in this role on how to talk to people!

    • Those kind of candidates ruin my day. Or at least an hour. I keep mentally spluttering “who does he think he is??” and then wondering (in a meeker mental voice) “was it something I said?” And then swinging back to indignation.

      • skj84

        Yeah I definetly had the “what did I do wrong” thought swing through my head. Answer: nothing. This guy was just a douche.

        • Accountering

          There is an episode of The Office where one candidate convinces another candidate that the company is full of jerks. He pulls a sandwich out and starts eating it during the interview to make sure he doesn’t get the job!

    • We had a candidate once who took a phone call, from a friend, at lunch. And chatted for 5 minutes, at the table. Just astonishing.

    • I had a candidate once who answered when I asked the question “why do you want this job?” with “I don’t really, I didn’t know I’d be working for a woman.” He was totally serious and composed. Normally, I’m pretty passive and reserved, but I just couldn’t deal so I stood up and said, “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Oh by the way, it’s 2014, not sure if you knew.” He just sat there (this was just last year!).

  • Rant: Therapist told me that given my age, yes finding a partner is going to be really hard since most of the men left are not interested in or capable of a longterm committed relationship. Fantastic.
    Rant: Need a new therapist. Her approach isn’t helpful to me.
    Rave: Friends.

    • whaaat? There’s someone for everyone – it might not be perfect, but that’s crazy “advice”. Hugs.

    • Ouch. It’s good to be realistic sometimes but that sounds slightly unnecessary.

    • That’s a terrible thing for someone in a place of “authority” to say.
      I think asking someone “why are you still single,” which is on par with what your therapist said, is akin to asking women if they’re pregnant. People are getting into and out of relationships all of the time. Ending a relationship doesn’t mean that either party is incapable of commitment or is uninterested in it. To imply that people who are “worthy” of relationships get snapped up and those who don’t are doomed is just so reductionist, stuck in the past, and mean.
      ALD, you just got out of a relationship, you’re working to heal and you have plenty to offer. There are many other people out there in the same position, looking for the same things you are. It gets harder and more annoying as the years go on, but it’s not some barren hellscape riddled with stereotypical “players” and commitment phobe bachelors.
      Hugs and good luck finding a new therapist!

      • I needed this. Thank you.

      • +100 These are the sorts of things that a good therapist should be telling you.

      • Also, I was super excited about a guy a while ago and I was gushing over how awesome he was, so my friend asked me “why is he still single?” Annoyed, I turned it around on her and asked her why I’m still single. She loves me and understands that I’ve had normal life experiences that have gotten me where I am. I’m not defective or a commitment phobe, I just haven’t found the right person yet. This humanized the question and made her more empathetic towards him and his singleness. Because plenty of great people are single!!!
        The dating pool has a ton of flow, both in and out.

    • New therapist, sure. But also, tell her you aren’t limiting yourself to men your age – that you can certainly go out with younger men! (And you can…I tell my straight women friends this all the time.)

  • Rave: IDGI, for the funniest comment of the week? month? year to date? on another thread: “Think of the fish fries that could break out.” That’s gold, Jerry! Gold!

  • Rave: Otis, aka DOG, now thanks my two year old niece also Oh-Dis Buh-dy, is going to look spectacular in the red, pin dot, bow tie collar I just ordered him. Is anyone else going to the DC Walk for the Animals on the 26th? We’ll be there.
    Rant: I have to downsize my coffee table to give the dog more room and make my rug filled condo feel a bit more spacious.
    Rave: at least I get to do a project. Contact paper and spray paint, here I come!
    Rant: still really tired today. I need to get motivated.

  • Rave: The grocery stores in SF. I’m having a full on love affair with Rainbow Grocery these days. I want to go every day just to meander in the aisles and learn about foods that are new to me.
    Rave: I don’t want to jinx it, but I actually have some energy these days. I managed to get through a full day yesterday with no nap for the first time in maybe a month.
    Rant: Still coughing a lot.
    Rave: Kozy Shack rice pudding. For breakfast.

    • Accountering

      Awesome news all around! When are you all moving back to Shaw?!? 🙂 Andie and I are totally bummed we are likely not going to get to meet these twins!

      • No plans to move back to DC at any point, sadly! We sort of love it here. But You can always visit SF and I’m sure at some point we’ll bring the little ones to DC.

        • Accountering

          I can certainly appreciate the finality of it. For a cross-country move, you have to be all-in, and it certainly sounds like you are! Andie and I certainly enjoy the updates! She has never been to SF, and it is likely my 2nd favorite American city, so we will be there again soon. I have been there the past three summers, so perhaps next year again!

          • I don’t know if I’d call it final, per se. It’s more like we’re here until we’re not here, if that makes sense. We could end up staying a year or for the rest of our lives — we just don’t know yet. But we did sell our Shaw house.
            And definitely get Andie to SF! I’m sure she’d love it too!

          • Accountering

            We got totally hosed. We were praying yours closed and was included as a comp. It was not. The appraiser used some hack-flip-job from Truxton Circle with no rental unit and gave us that price, ignoring the other adjusted comps that gave us an extra 50k, and said that was the comp. Nice job, appraiser guy from Bowie!
            Totally understand the thinking! I know she will, we will get there! Hopefully Virgin does a sale and it doesn’t cost me the $500+ it has the last couple visits 🙂

          • It really amazes me how subjective “comps” can actually be and how much discretion appraisers have to include or not include certain properties in them. Do you know if your appraiser used the shell up the street from our place? I couldn’t believe the closing price on that one.

          • Accountering

            He totally botched it. He used garbage comps, and I think he was probably 50k under on ours. Luckily we left ourselves a lot of margin for this, but I agree, the whole process is kind of ridiculous.

            With that said, there are no really good comps that have sold. A fully renovated 2/1.5 with a studio in the basement that is only 800 sq feet upstairs does not exist in Shaw, except on our row 🙂

          • Still, not having an exact match for your property shouldn’t be an excuse for a crap appraisal. I think at least 5 or 6 places sold over the summer within a few blocks of your place, and there there should be some reasonably standard metrics for assessing how your place compares to those. $/sq ft, for one, with some kind of premium for renovations and a rental property. Is there any way to fight it or is this a one shot deal? It really does sound like you got hosed if they’re comparing your property to one in Truxton Circle, not the places in Shaw that are going for ~$700/sq ft.

          • Accountering

            He was willing to use (after he botched it the first time) a property that is 2br, 700-900 sq feet, and within .5 miles from us.
            I sent 924 W st NW, and he wouldn’t use that because it closed the day after us. All sorts of stuff sold in the 800s and 900s that is 1100 sq feet, and while he used those and did an adjustment based on sq footage, the adjusted value based on those comps was in the high 7s. Then he basically ignored all of that, and used the exact same value as the adjusted comp for the Truxton Circle place. Really frustrating that a guy from Bowie who clearly doesn’t understand the city gets to arbitrarily make calls like this.

          • Accountering

            And the adjustment that gets added for a basement with full kitchen/bathroom and its own separate entrance is $60k. They would argue that two identical houses, with the first being 800 sq feet, 2/1.5 above ground worth $700k, the exact same house next door with a basement rental unit is only worth $760k. That seems insane to me. List a basement studio for $60k, and I am guessing you would have a line out the door at the open house.

    • I’ve been super curious: did the poster who was trying to decide between jobs in Seattle and SF make a decision?

    • Isn’t SF the best? Used to live there, miss it all the time. It has really changed but still that city is hands down my favorite just went for a visit last week. and yes those grocery stores, so easy to be a vegetarian there!

    • topscallop

      I’m leaning strongly toward SF for a solo five-day vacation this fall. Recommendations welcome!

      • Yay! If I’m not still a sick mess, I’d love to grab coffee or something! send me an email at shawessdc at gmail. I’ll think about general recommendations too.

  • Rave: Day 2 of working from home. Really enjoying it so far (both the working from home thing and the job).
    Rave: I actually have the time/energy to cook dinner!
    Rant: I try to cook enough to have leftovers for lunch the next day. BF is incapable of leaving leftovers.
    Rant: So sad I missed karaoke night last night!!

  • Rant: Antsy folks rushing me when I just got the info this morning. Less than 24hrs to send something isn’t slow by any means.
    Rave: Should have a date next week.
    Rant: Temptation to overwork myself is too hard to resist.
    Rave: Fun weekend planned.

  • Rant: Woke up about two hours earlier than necessary and couldn’t get back to sleep.
    Rave: Got some things done in the intervening time.
    Rant: Tired. Also, cranky about numerous things.
    Rant: … including the fact that the handyman chosen by then-Visiting Family Member (after what turned out to be minimal research) seems to have done a poor job on a couple of my house-related repairs. I’m not looking forward to having to get the company to come back and fix the jobs for free.
    Rant: Just thinking about having a phone conversation with VFM — who stresses about everything, way too much — is stressing ME out.
    Rant: Went to the library this morning thinking it was Wednesday. It’s Thursday, so the library wasn’t open yet.
    Rave: I’ve been watching Ken Burns’ “The Civil War,” which somehow I had never seen until now.
    Rave: Kittycat.

    • that happened to me this morning too! woke up at 3:45 and stayed awake until that 5am alarm, made me so angry!

  • Accountering

    Rave: Awesome time at Shakespeare Theater Free-For-All last night! We saw A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and it was awesome! Shop House before hand, which is quickly working its way into the rotation for favorite restaurants!
    Rave2: Work up early today and got a run in. Its going to be a great day!
    Rave3: Approved for the refinance with conditions. Working on those conditions now! Should be closing early next week!
    Rave4: Life is good 🙂

  • Late Rant (per usual): The ONE day I planned to go to an event at a think tank for my office that is actually really interesting to me is the one day my boss decides to spring another meeting on me that I now have to figure out all the logistics for in the next two hours before the meeting. Thus, I can’t go to the think tank event. Apparently he’s known for like a week and just didn’t tell anyone until 5 minutes ago. I can’t even today.

  • Rant: really wanted to go to karaoke and rap last night but my body just wouldn’t cooperate. I slept from 730 to 530 last night/this morning.

  • Rant: Getting pressure from my boss to finish things more quickly.
    Rant: Boss does not understand or value my job function.
    Rant: Got rejected for an internal job I’d applied for and thought I had a reasonably good shot of getting.
    Possible rave: I didn’t think I actually wanted to take the job. I thought that I would be good for the job, but I suspected that the job wouldn’t be good for me.
    Rant: Still, I’m a little disappointed I didn’t even make it to the second-interview stage. (My first interview was really short and only so-so, so I’m not entirely surprised.)

  • Does anyone know if the DC state fair is mostly inside, or mostly outside, or some combo? I can’t puzzle that out based on the website or pictures I’ve found online. Thanks!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Cat update: vet says to wait a few months before I worry about the cat. Her body may not fully acclimated or something. She definately is not as bad as pre surgery so fingers crossed.

  • I Dont Get It

    Bonus Rant: The new org chart was just announced. You know it’s going to be bad when the first slide says “Why change? Because you requested it.”

  • That One Guy

    Glad to read I wasn’t the only person woken up by last night’s rain storms. I had an incredibly difficult time falling back asleep. I even resorted to listening to parts of the sleep symphony recently featured on NPR.

    • I remember waking up a couple times but not being sure why, and then immediately falling right back asleep. When I got up this am, it was clear we’d had a power outage, though i don’t know for how long. Had to reset the outlet the microwave is plugged into.

    • Pablo Raw

      I didn’t even notice that it rained, but I took sleep medicine a.k.a. 2 beers lol

  • Anonynon

    Rave: Lots of fall/winter concerts in DC filling up the next few months with some fun shows (tycho, landmark festival, and RAC)
    Rant: Work has been a bit of a roller coaster, good weeks and then just blah weeks
    Rave: This has been a good week, big deadline coming up next week so we will see…
    Rave: Tentative plans for Saturday with someone 🙂

  • Rave: More rain!!
    Rant: When I thought I heard raindrops, I checked the weather app on my phone instead of getting up and walking to the window.

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