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.

Ed Note: I was out of town Friday and Saturday – sorry for the delay in replies to your emails.

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  • Rant: Temperature was below 70° this morning so the heat is cranked up in the office. Have my desk fan going full blast so I’m not sweating just sitting here. Will I need to bring a pair of shorts to change into at work all winter?

    • ugh it’s the worst – I hate that!!!! Layers are your friend, unfortunately (if possible)

    • I had the opposite problem– they were blasting the heat in the Metro station (which I had to be in longer than usual due to the fire) but they’re still blasting the AC at work. The 20-minute walk from metro to work was very comfortable, though!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: I’ve decided

  • Not a rant or rave per say, but did anyone hear what sounded like an explosion near freedom plaza about 15 minutes ago? Around 9:25?

  • Rave: After a wonderful day-long date on Saturday…
    Rave: The guy and I have deactivated our OkC accounts! HUZZAH! It’s official.
    Rant: Migraine. Took double medicine yesterday (yes, I can do that) and I still have a weird nagging headache on one side. Kind of wish I had just left it and let it run its course.
    Rant: Busy week at work, still no date for the move to the new office.

  • Rave: Glorious weather yesterday, and what looks to be a lovely start to Fall this week
    Rant: Changing weather fronts = massive pressure headache bordering on a migraine.
    Rave: Fun weekend, including exploring the Hirshhorn Museum
    Rant: Monday.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Quick business trip to Miami last week was productive, and I got to see my cousin and her family.
    Rave: Cousin’s 4-year-old daughter is still obsessed with North Korea. She brought it up within 5 minutes of my arrival.
    Rant: The Office Princess is back today after 3 weeks away. It was so nice not having her around.
    Rant: I hate dreaming about work.

  • Rave: One of those weekends that just fired on all cylinders: Major household chore accomplished, killed my 2k (rowing) test, high quality romantic moments, ‘skins won and cooked and ate a great meal with good friend. I feel so good about Saturday and Sunday, I can’t even feel bad about a rainy Monday.

  • Rant: I’ve been having sleep problems recently. If it’s not waking up every 10 minutes, it’s night terrors and sleep paralysis. Starting to wonder if I should go to a sleep specialist. I’ve had these issues most of my life but I think it’s getting worse.
    Rant: Anxious about having to go in to work on Wednesday. I want to take leave on Thursday but still worried it might reflect poorly on me because my boss is still coming in.
    Rave: Had a very nice weekend, reconnected with an old friend and met some new people too.

    • Yes, you should definitely go to a sleep specialist. Make the appointment today. Report back tomorrow.
      Think about it: if you were throwing up every time you ate, or even just gagging every time, wouldn’t you see a doctor? Sleep is utterly essential to your wellbeing.

    • Ally

      Any options for telework?

      • Unfortunately not for me. Since I’m a newish employee, they won’t let me start teleworking yet.

        • I understand completely. I’ve been debating calling in sick since my office told me I couldn’t telework even though I am telework eligible, but I also don’t want to be “that” person…

    • I’m sorry, insomnia is just miserable. Sleep paralysis sounds especially nightmarish! If you want provider recommendations, I saw Vivek Jain at Medical Faculty Associates when my insomnia was at its worst and really liked him. He was very sympathetic about what an issue it was and had a lot of good ideas about how to get it under control.

      • Is Vivek Jain an insomnia specialist, or a more general sleep specialist?
        I don’t have insomnia all that often, but I do tend to have nightmares and poor-quality, non-restful sleep.

      • Bear

        Sleep paralysis is awful. It’s only happened to me twice, both times were when I had taken some kind of cold medicine with a sleeping aid in it. It is the most terrifying experience – I felt like I couldn’t breathe but I couldn’t wake myself up enough to snap out of it.

    • Emmaleigh504

      You should listen to http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/361/fear-of-sleep?act=1 if you haven’t already. It brings a little humor to your sleep situation and maybe will help with your decision to see a specialist.

    • I’ll look into that doctor rec. And thanks for the link to the This American Life episode, I love that show and I will have to listen to that later.

  • Rant: Terrible smell/fire near Brooland yesterday. Was on Rhode Island Ave near Mt. Cavalry yesterday evening and the entire area was under a cloud of smoke. It smelled like burning chemicals, but there were no sirens and we actually saw two fire trucks sitting idle at the station house.

  • Neither: Woman from last week’s fame responded apologetically then ghosted immediately thereafter. Life goes on.
    Rave: Fun next 2 weeks ahead.
    Rant: No idea what to do for the next lunch batch. Ideas anyone?
    Rave: Another day with the database down.

    • I haven’t been following – lunch batch = food you make and take for a week? If so, I have loads of ideas. If it’s a dating thing, I have no idea….but happy to share lunch ideas

      • LOL food to eat for a week
        I’ve just done chicken and veg for the last 2 weeks.
        I like simple, easy to cook.

        • I’m a fan of quinoa salad – black beans, cilantro, diced bell peppers (and hot peppers), some lemon juice and olive oil. Or, white beans or chick peas, diced cucumber, parsley, sliced cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and sliced kalamata olives. I also like peanut noodles/sesame noodle type thing. Big bowl of thin noodles of your choice, homemade peanut sauce, edamame, diced veggies like carrots, bell peppers, snap peas, ect. some cilantro, chopped peanuts, and if I have time – diced baked tofu. I like big bowls of salads I can divide up for the week. If you need meat, you could probably add chicken to any of these things.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’m a 1 pot meal kind of girl. My fave is soup:
        sweat the holy trinity (celery, onions (bleck I use carrots, but I know it’s blasphemous), bell pepper)
        add water or broth, 2 bay leaves, whatever veggies you like, and cooked meat of some sort (I like chicken and browned smoked sausage). If you want to get fancy you can add a can of beans and/or a can of crushed tomatoes. If you want to get REALLY fancy add a bottle or 2 of clam juice.
        I make a big pot and take it to lunch for the week, and also freeze individual servings for later.

    • Andie302

      Turkey chili and cornbread or roasted pork loin and veggies (onion, apple, potato is a good combination)…I use Real Simple’s fennel-crusted pork with roasted potatoes and pears, but I never have the foresight to buy the pears and let them ripen, so I substitute apples.

  • I’m afraid my cat is dying. He hasn’t eaten anything in days. I took him to the vet on Saturday, who didn’t seem too hopeful that it was something that could be cured– just possibly “supported,” like daily meds and sub-q fluids at home. She didn’t find any actual cause, so made some guesses like hepatitis or pancreatitis. But i’m having a hard time letting go. Wondering if I should take him in one more time, just in case it’s an illness that needs to run its course, and he needs to not die of dehydration while it does. He’s 12. And I am opposed to extensive medical intervention for pets. At least, I am in theory. The reality is making it a little hard to stick to.

    • That One Guy

      Maybe a different vet will have a more insight. Sorry to hear your cat isn’t well.

    • You have my sympathy – it’s so hard to know what (and how much) to do for a sick pet, since they can’t tell you anything to help you make a decision. If it will give you peace of mind to get a second opinion, I would go for it.

    • Ugh, that is tough. I’m so sorry. I think that getting a second opinion will give you peace of mind that there’s nothing you haven’t tried to help your kitty. Best of luck.

    • Emmaleigh504

      “I am opposed to extensive medical intervention for pets. At least, I am in theory.” I’m the same. It was the hardest thing ever to decide to put Ashlee to sleep, but it was the right decision for our situation. I hope you can get some guidance. All the hugs for you in this difficult time.

      • Ally

        If you end up needing to go this route, we went with a service called Lap of Love who come out to your home so you don’t have to make your cat travel. It was as nice of an experience as it can ever be, but I can tell you that they were very very compassionate, my cat was never in any pain, and she went very peacefully. It was the first time I’d had to euthanize a pet. And we waited until we had no other choice (she’d had incurable cancer that we’d managed for months until she finally had a really bad stroke after it spread to her brain). I got to stay with her the whole time.

        • I was thinking about this. Do they send a vet? Do they examine the animal and advise? Or do they just come to put him to sleep? Do you have to get some kind of sign-off from a vet before they come?

    • Definitely get a second opinion. This is so hard. My heart goes out to you.

    • janie4

      Where are you? Do you want the name of a second vet to visit?

    • I’m so sorry, I went through something similar with a cat I adopted a few years ago. I hope you’re able to develop a plan that will give your mind, and your cat, peace.

    • Ally

      So they ruled out kidney failure? That was what happened with my cat. I second the recommendation to try a different vet. HIGHLY recommend the folks at Atlas Vet. They will tell you if they don’t know the cause and can then refer you onto specialists (we’re having to go that route now with our FIV-positive cat who has persistent colitis). Good luck and hugs. I’m so sorry your cat is sick.

    • It’s a tough time and a difficult decision. But a 12 year old cat who stops eating might just be following his natural destiny to a peaceful death. If you do decide to get a second opinion, insist that the vet be straightforward about options before you even make an appointment. Explain that your vet found nothing treatable, but guessed at some conditions. Ask what how the new vet would go about diagnosing, what possible treatments and outcomes would be, and what it would cost. Sadly, most vets are terrible about this.

      But a couple of doses of sub-q fluids can make a miraculous difference for un-specific maladies, so you might want to try that. I actually have fluids & needles (administer it often to sick foster kittens) and could come
      help you if you like.

      • Thanks all.
        And thanks Victoria, that’s very kind.
        It was an emergency vet on Saturday (we don’t have a regular vet per se, just a regular practice– we always see someone different there), and she did give him fluids, but it didn’t make any difference. She also gave him anti-nausea meds in the hopes of getting him to eat a little, but again, no change.

        • Oh dear, if fluids and Cerenia (anti-nausea) are going to change anything it is usually pretty immediate. Sending you good thoughts.

        • houseintherear

          Although they cannot “tell” us, they do tell us. It sounds like your cat is telling you, and you can feel it. A second opinion may help you rest easier, of course. But your gut knows what to do. Sending vibes of peace-

    • The answers from the vet seem pretty vague. I would go to Friendship Animal Hospital, on an emergency basis if you think it necessary. Letting go is extremely difficult, but consider that he has had a long life with you and has been well-loved. Also, step into his paws to determine if you would want to live with his symptoms. Best wishes to you.

  • Rave: Beautiful weather
    Rave: My house is looking amazing – it’s all coming together!
    Rant: trying to do events in DC when you aren’t actually in DC – not easy.
    Rant: I CANNOT BELIEVE THERE WILL BE A SHUTDOWN. I truly don’t understand the logic.
    Rant: Missing the DC farmers markets

    • Ugh, is the shutdown very likely now? Crazy because it’s just over a week out, but I haven’t heard much other than “prepare for a potential shutdown.” I cannot believe they’d let this happen for the second time in two years!!!

      • I’ve heard the same thing. I don’t know whether to be happy that I might get a day or two off to catch up on my school work, and get paid later, or be terrified that it will last a long time. I assume those of us who are getting paid on October 1st will still get that deposited in our bank accounts either way…

      • well, I assume it’ll happen. I’m not reading otherwise. I care because I need my separation bonus and paid out leave. That said, I worry about this being common. It’s so pathetic. The Post piece today says most people haven’t heard anything. I also hate the whole “oh, they get paid anyway so who cares!” belief. Congress has to approve that.

        • Yes, that’s what someone said to me — I was like “I don’t know if we’ll get paid or not! That has to be approved!”

        • Yes, Congress has to approve it, but Federal workers will likely (and I believe have always) get back pay. Even if federal workers get back some (who live pay-check to pay-check) will suffer significantly and others such as contractors or people who have to deal with the federal government to do their job will not get back pay.

          • exactly. It can also take a few cycles to get the pay, so if you have bills due now, getting paid back soon doesn’t help. One of my husband’s friends was like “who cares, they get back pay”. I was like so….if your wife (a doctor) worked for 2 or 3 weeks without pay, you’d be fine with it? I’m pretty sure no one is OK doing that. (national security personnel work without pay)

          • nope- the furlough in 95 did not result in back pay for federal employees!

  • Rave: New haircut and new clothes for the new season! Feeling refreshed.
    Rant: New season changes explains why I had a terrible headache all day yesterday.
    Rave: At least I got to stay home and catch up on my DVR’d stuff.
    Rave: My dad called me for the first time in a few weeks (he used to call me once a week and then as his cancer progressed, I’d have to call him instead.) and he sounded lucid and said he was looking forward to seeing me in a couple of weeks. While I am sure he’ll have forgotten again before my visit, I’m holding onto the moment of clarity with all I’ve got.
    Rave: My mom is almost done paying her crazy medical bills off, which means my stress level has gone down!

  • Rave: The Pope has personally intervened to allow me to work from home Tues-Thurs this week. This means extra sleep, comfortable clothes, and a doggy by my side at the home office.

  • Ally

    Rave: Dangerously Delicious Pies
    Rant: This is why my pants don’t fit 😉

  • Rave: grad school alumni event got me fired about some great stuff.
    Rave: Iceland tickets booked! I can’t wait. If you have hotel recs please let me know, that’s my job this week. I’m going with a friend who’s a higher up at a global hotel chain, so you know, no pressure for me to find us a good place (her hotel brand doesn’t have any hotels there).
    Rave: my boss, who lives just so far away from civilization is cool with me working from home Wednesday while the Pope is at Catholic.
    Rave: my niece called Sunday the greatest day of her life because she and Otis spent a good chunk of the day in her backyard. There was lots of playing fetch, patient hugs, and destruction of 2 wiffle balls and a yoga ball.
    Rant: between my neighbors’ party that went til 5am and my dog, I didn’t get the best sleep this weekend.

    • Love all your raves! I really really want to do Iceland sometime soon! Here’s hoping you’re able to catch up on sleep throughout the week.

    • Love your niece/Otis rave!
      And Iceland sounds like a perfect get-away

    • Fabulous raves! An acquaintance of mine went to Iceland a couple months ago and posted the most incredible photos of her trip on Facebook. I had been interested in going before but after seeing those photos am just dying to go.

    • Question: where do you guys board your dogs while on vacation? My trip is over Thanksgiving, so my dog walker isn’t an option.

      • We use DogVaycay.com and so far we’ve had positive experiences. My dog doesn’t like other dogs and hates being confined so she would be really stressed in a kennel. We like that she gets to stay with a family in their home.

      • If the PoPville dog sitting coop doesn’t work (I’ll be away but perhaps others will be around), check out rover.com

      • binpetworth

        Jeslett, do you live in southwest Petworth? (I can’t remember if it’s you or another person with a j in their username.) If so, I’m around this Thanksgiving and would be willing to dog-sit if you don’t want to kennel.

        • I’m in Parkview, so I guess that’s like southwest Petworth (j/k, please don’t kill me textdoc). Wow that’s a really nice offer. I did just message a woman on DogVacay (thanks for the rec Pixie!) who is also in Petworth, which would be convenient for me. But shoot me an email at jeslettpopville at gmail dot com and we can chat.
          As an aside, I have it on good authority that a particular dapper gentleman will be making his Popville debut at 3:30 this afternoon. Shhh!

      • My pups LOVE K-9 Divine! It’s located in southern MD but they do pickups and drop-offs in DC.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Otis and your niece! So adorable!

    • I have a few friends that went to Iceland this year – it looks amazing! I want to go badly – next time I go to Denmark, I’m going to do the layover in Iceland trip. But that’ll be a long ways away.

    • Also, glad to hear that you ended up going to the alumni event (I remember you were on the fence), and that it turned out to be a good thing!

      • Yeah, I had hoped to go to more, including a reception on Friday night, but I just went to a lunch with a talk and a historical tour of the campus Saturday. I would have liked to meet with current students at a happy hour, not to mention go to Brewer’s Art, but I didn’t want to ditch my dog for the equivalent of a work day on a weekend.
        I was the only part-time distance student who went, but it was nice to meet a lot of people who have really different backgrounds.

    • I stayed here – http://www.vrbo.com/329618ha – perfect apt. in perfect location. There is an upper and lower flat, the upper is nicer because the house is right on the street, but either one is great.

      And don’t miss the Penis museum!

    • laurelo

      I went to Iceland in February, and highly recommend the Radisson Blue 1919 in downtown Reykjavik. I stayed at their other location in Reykjavik (the Saga) but the 1919 had the best location and the staff was super nice when we were always in need of something and happened to be close by (their wifi password, calling us a cab at 5 a.m. after a night at the club, etc.).

  • Rave: Got to spend some much needed quality time with the BF and managed to come home at the time I wanted to on Sunday without feeling guilty. The emotional side of me seems to be finally listening to the rational side of me that it’s ok to have my life still and that it’s not an indicator of anything being wrong in the relationship. This is what mature, responsible adults do. We have lives, we have each other. (Do I sound like I’m trying to convince myself? lol)
    Rave: Finally finished some projects around the house yesterday, hanging pictures and curtains. Very happy to have a generally productive day.
    Rave: This weather! Three years in the UK and I really appreciate cool, overcast days. Stew in the crock pot and corn bread for dinner.
    Rant: I got none. I had a shitty week last week and I am determined to make this one a good one!

  • I remembered the recipe! Pumpkin oatmeal raisin/chocolate chip cookies:
    – 4c flour
    – 2c oats
    – 2tsp baking soda
    – 2tsp ground cinnamon
    – 1tsp salt
    – 1.5c butter or margarine, softened
    – 2c brown sugar
    – 1 egg
    – 1tsp vanilla extract
    – 1 can (16oz) pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie mix–just plain pumpkin)
    – 1c semi-sweet chocolate or raisins, depending on your preference
    preheat oven to 350. Combine dry ingredients (flour through salt). Cream butter, add sugars, beating until until light and fluffy. Add egg & vanilla and mix well. Alternate additions of dry ingredients & pumpkin, mixing well after each addition. Stir in chocolate/raisins. Drop 1/4c of dough onto lightly greased cookie sheet & pinch some at the top to form stem.
    Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes until cookies are firm and lightly browned. Remove from cookie sheets, cool on racks. Then–if desired–decorate using icing or peanut butter to affix assorted candies (the little cinnamon candies, I think they’re called red hots? are my favorite) to make jack-o-lanterns. Yields about 32 large cookies.

  • Rave: Lovely weekend at the farm, bald eagle spotted (but not by me), uncovered a mama mouse nursing her baby, hummingbirds, finishing some big farm projects
    Rant: Stung by a bee on my foot – hurt for many hours.
    Rave: That hornet’s nest attached to a tarp I moved – it wasn’t abandoned after all. But no stings
    Rave: NYT recipe for baked chicken, potatoes, tomatoes and herbs, made extra delicious with tomatoes and potatoes and herb from the garden.

  • Rant: Tried to get my flu shot at Target yesterday, but whoever they had staffing the pharmacy wasn’t certified to give vaccines in VA. WTF?
    Rave: Laid down for a nap both weekend days.
    Rant: I suck at napping and laid away for an hour+ both days. At least I rested?
    Rave: baby hiccups–very cute 🙂
    Rave/Rant/Undecided: one month to go!

  • Rant: I was sweating when I started work this morning cause the heat was on in the office when I came in.
    Rave: Gotham comes on tonight.
    Rave: My report at work got rave reviews from the assistant director and director.
    Rave: Viola Davis and Regina King winning at the Emmys. I love her in How To Get Away with Murder. Loving Regina King since she was in 227.
    Rant: I need a new place to live. I gave notice where I currently stay and I’m having a hard time finding a new place. I went to 2 places this weekend with no luck at all. I want an apartment with a washer and dryer in the unit. I’m tired of fighting folks to use a washing machine.

  • Rave: Made challah for the first time and it is delicious. If any of it makes it to the stale stage, I’ll be making some challah french toast.
    Rave: Back at the gym this morning. The 5 am alarm came early but it felt really good.
    Rave: Jon Hamm winning the Emmy. Disappointed Elisabeth Moss didn’t win, but if someone had to win, I’m glad it’s him.

    • I love homemade challah! I make several loaves at once and put them in the freezer so we have some for every Friday night. It makes excellent french toast even if not stale 🙂

      • I need to get my braiding game a little tighter – tried a six strand and towards the end, it was a mess but it still tasted great. Do you freeze baked or unbaked? I definitely plan on doing this again – maybe this weekend.

        • Oh wow–you’re more on top of the braiding game than I am! I just do three strands and braid like I would my hair. Perhaps I should look up instructions online for something fancier. I freeze them baked, and it seems to work out well. Also try making with raisins–so yummy!!!

          • You guys are seriously inspiring me to bake! I made banana nut muffins this weekend and want to bake the pumpkin cookies and banana bread (yes more, banana) this week, too. Now I might have to try challah! My friend recently made the Fennel and Orange-Scented Challah from the NYT for a dinner party and I still dream about it. It would make KILLER french toast.

          • there was a recipe for apple stuffed challah on Tori Avey’s facebook page. if you like Jewish food and the history of Jewish food, definitely follow Tori on FB – she’s really interesting with great recipes.

          • The Kitchn has great step by step instructions on the six strand braid. I think part of my issue was my dough was a touch too sticky and towards the end I just said eff it. Still delicious. I LOVE raisins in my challah but the rest of my family is firmly anti-raisin – I did a raisin corner in my Rosh Hashanah kugel just for me.
            fka Shawess: Fennel and orange-scented – I am intrigued. I love love love fennel – I usually roast it with figs and vidalia onions and am thinking that could be an intriguing filling too.

          • The fennel and orange are pretty subtle in the final product — more a fragrance that a flavor. It’s absolutely wonderful. And now I want to make it!

          • blues, I followed the The Kitchn instructions too! love Smitten Kitchen’s visuals for round braided challah as well http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/09/fig-olive-oil-and-sea-salt-challah-book-tour/

    • Oh! Challah bread French toast is the best! I’ve never attempted to make my own challah, I rarely attempt any sort of yeast bread, but I don’t know, that sounds so wonderful!

      • This was my first time attempting a yeast bread where you proof the yeast (Smitten’s babka is yeasted but you do a fridge rise, which didn’t rise as much as I hoped it would) and it turned out perfectly. I was so pleased. Delicious this morning with some whipped cream cheese and jam.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I hate Elizabeth Moss, I even hated her in that Excedrin commercial like 10 years ago. And I hate hate hate Peggy. Why did Peggy get so much love? She was just as terrible as everyone else. Hell, Pete was a better human than she was. *ucking Peggy.

      • Quotia Zelda

        She’s awful. Also, Scientologist.

      • Quotia Zelda

        As is Jason Dohring, but we don’t think about such things.

      • I always liked Joan way more than Peggy.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Betty was always my favorite. Then Joan. Oh and Roger’s ex wife. She’s awesome. I didn’t like Julie(?) much, but I loved her make-up and clothes.

          • YES. Betty was the best, followed by Joan. I didn’t really like Peggy until the last season.

          • Betty was your favorite?? She’s not an entirely unsympathetic character… but I found her a mostly unsympathetic character.

          • palisades

            Yeah…Betty was only good around Season 5 and beyond. They really fleshed her out by the end and she becomes such a strong person.

          • I always loved Betty’s character. She had her own set of issues and flaws like everyone else on that show and yet she’s supposed to be this cold, heartless character we’re not supposed to like. I liked her and enjoyed how they ended her story.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Betty was always strong, but wasn’t allowed to be. For example, her doctor talked to her husband, not her. She had an education and spoke Italian! But she was just the little lady which was barely a step up from Sally aged 7. She was just supposed to be pretty, but she had so much more going on underneath that cool facade. I found her issues and struggle and story line way more compelling than Peggy’s.

          • palisades

            @emmerleeee : I agree, but my point was that Betty’s character was written in a way that she didn’t have any strength until the later seasons. They really drove it home how controlled she was. I loved how strong of a person she became though, and how the writers gave her lots of credit.

      • Rave: To me, Elizabeth Moss will always be Zoe Bartlett, form the greatest show of all time, and for that I think she’s great.
        Rant: Would vote for Josiah Bartlett over ANY of the current presidential contenders in a heartbeat.

      • palisades

        It’s about what Peggy’s character stands for. She’s the most progressive out of the bunch. She has a drive that can’t be stopped by all the misogynistic men. She pretty much embodies the 60’s transition into the 70’s (and beyond) for women. Elizabeth Moss does have a punchable face, but Peggy is a fantastic character that grows so much in the show.

        • I always liked Peggy (although I haven’t seen the final 2-3 seasons, so I can’t speak to her character in those). Agreed with Palisades about Peggy being a symbol of change. And the show chooses to use Peggy’s arrival as its starting point, even if it doesn’t portray everything as seen through her eyes.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Everything just fell into her lap and she was just so awful about it. “That’s what the money’s for!” fking Peggy.
          Joan had ambition.

          • palisades

            haha oh man. You really don’t think Peggy had ambition? And god forbid she needs more than money to feel accomplished. It’s not like Joan did either…oh wait.

          • Emmaleigh504

            Peggy can do no right. She is a terrible person and I hate her. Peggy was mean, mostly when she didn’t understand how she was supposed to behave. I’m ok with mean, if there’s a reason. The show would have been sooooo much better if they had a character named Anne that had a similiar trajectory but not terrible and not Elizabeth Moss.

  • Rave: Doing some contract work, so that’s exciting.
    Rant: One of the jobs for which I was a finalist never bothered to get back to me and tell me an update. I just searched on LinkedIn and found that they hired someone. So rude. And, sadly, common on my job search.
    Question: Anyone have a good housecleaning recommendation? We are up closer to Takoma Park if location matters.

    • Allison

      Ugh, so sorry they didn’t bother to send you a rejection letter. That is so shockingly common now. I interviewed one place three times (!) and they just never bothered to send a rejection. Those people are now in my general work community though, so it’s not like they’ve escaped me. It’s like “hello! remember me!?” and then I get to enjoy the instant look of shame on their faces, which is probably entirely in my imagination.

  • Rave: One out of 8 rooms in the house officially painted/decluttered/staged and ready to show/sell.
    Rant: ONLY ONE. Although the others will be ready as soon as the moving pod arrives and we remove the clutter.
    Rave: Got a lot accomplished over the weekend.
    Rant: Every muscle in my body hurts!
    Also, anyone looking to buy up in Brightwood? Semi-detached, 4 bdr, 4.5 bath, 1.5-2ish car attached garage, covered front porch, fenced yard, brand new everything (HVAC, appliances, garage door), walking distance to Takoma metro and shops/restaurants and rec center and splash park, 1 min walk to 62/63 bus line. We should have the house ready for market by mid-October. And “You’re welcome” to whomever does buy the house because we’re nit-picking every tiny detail and making it totally awesome. (Why didn’t we do this stuff 4 years ago?!)

    • Actually, a friend of mine is looking in Brightwood right now. The market is pretty thin, she’d prefer to buy from an owner/occupier and not a flipper. How can I get her in touch with you for a potential viewing?

    • Accountering

      Brightwoodess – I would be interested in discussing this with you further – I sent you an e-mail 🙂

  • Rant – Made the mistake of taking Metro this weekend and was late for an appointment.
    Rave – Went kayaking on the Anacostia yesterday, it was so peaceful. Saw lots of birds, including bald eagles!

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: I finally kicked off my New Year’s Resolutions and made an appearance at the AB-Y where
    Rant: Things have gone to hell in a towel basket without my close supervision. First I had forgotten about the stench—I was almost overwhelmed by the smell of pumpkin spice latte and Axe.
    Rant: Within minutes of arrival I had to cite a young lady for excessive lululemonism and am fairly certain upon entering the locker room I broke up a shirtless selfie.
    Rave: Judgmental fitness!
    Rant: Water abruptly stopped flowing from the kitchen faucet although it is fine in the rest of the house.
    Rave: The nice folks at Brookland Plumbing who gave me some suggestions to troubleshoot most of which I will only pretend to do since plumbing is not my forte. I have an appointment Wednesday where they will fight their way out of papal-locked Brookland and come to my rescue!

  • Pablo Raw

    Rant: Cancelled a trip out of DC to do some volunteer work with an organization and they basically didn’t show up.
    Rave: Fall weatherk, jackets
    Rave: Fiesta DC is the most colorful parade in DC; the diversity of cultures in latin america is incredible.
    Rave: Small but important step on the renovation, slowly, but I’m getting there.
    Rave: Fun visit to the Hirshhorn with lBP, but
    Rant: One of the exhibits triggered my PTSD I’m afraid.
    Rave: Carmen

  • Rave: You guys! I had an emotionally rough week last week (found out ex had been cheating, etc.) and your kind words really helped me out so much. Thank you!

  • That One Guy

    Rant/Rave: Seeing family.
    Rant: Going forward, not buying anything else for one aunt. Her personality of thanking you then complaining about the gift is really irksome.
    Rave: Made it back in one piece, with most of my sanity albeit a little worse for the wear.

  • Rave: Medicine is working!! I actual feel like a human being again!
    Rant: Now I have to dig myself out of my to-do list hole. It’s big.
    Rave: We found a house we really like this weekend and hope to make an offer. I’m not sure we can be competitive but we can certainly try.

  • Rave: We had the NT scan this morning at the OB. Everything looks good with the little one. And yes, I cried buckets of tears when I saw him waving his little fists on the sonogram.
    Rant: I slept like crap last night — so many strange dreams.
    Rave: This weather! I love autumn.

    • Yay! Little baby hands are the most incredible.

    • Awww… lovely! And gotta love the pregnancy hormones 🙂

    • Yay! We have ours scheduled for next week.

    • yay!
      (we had a difficult NT scan because my son wouldn’t get his hands out of his face to measure his nasal bone. That said, I was told that the way your baby is posed most often before birth is the way they will sleep most of the time early on after they’re born….and yes, my son often slept with his hands in his face – I found it interesting!)

      • This is utterly terrifying to me because whenever we go in for scans, the girls will not. stay. still. They seem to think my uterus is a disco or a wrestling ring. Does this mean they will never sleep?

        • Our spawn would not stop flopping or waving its fists during the scan either. I’m really hoping this doesn’t mean I am giving birth to acro-baby. 🙂

        • Old-timey OBGYN of my acquaintance says that yes, sleepy/ quiet fetuses are sleepy/ quiet babies, and hyperactive fetuses are hyperactive babies.
          BUT! What feels like a rodeo in your belly will probably be much less bothersome when it’s not happening on your bladder.

          • disagree. having a child that only slept for 45 minutes at a time for 4-5 months was FAR worse than having to pee. FAR worse! But I also always found belly activity reassuring and not a bother. He is insanely active now, at almost 2. But he was pretty static before he was born. He had periods of big activity, and sleep. Perhaps he did all of his sleeping in the womb and was born making up for all that sleep? Ugh.

          • I *really* hope this isn’t the case for us! Our doctors always tell us the activity is a good sign that they’re healthy, so I’m just going to go with that instead of freaking myself out 🙂

        • Emmaleigh504

          My older niece seemed to always have the hiccoughs. Creeped me the fuk out, and it wasn’t even my uterus. Then there’s my dad who cracked my granny’s rib by kicking the same place so much. And people wonder why I don’t want to have kids…

        • ….hopefully not! Twins have to vie for space so I’ll hope it’s just them getting comfortable. My wasn’t especially active (though I have nothing to compare to) and he never slept. And he still doesn’t sleep well (I look at the footage and he wakes up a lot, moves around a lot. it’s bad). So fingers crossed!!

  • Rant: I’m afraid I’ll never have my shit together at work. It’s been several days of sick-to-my-stomach anxiety and hysterical tears. I’m working 6:30-6 or 7 often but then I feel guilty because other people are staying until 10pm even though I know that’s silly. I think it’s time to check in with my EAP because to be this upset and anxious is unsustainable.
    Rave: lost 5 lbs in week 1 of weight watchers
    Rave: graze.com

    • Congrats on your rave, although your rant sucks! Checking in with an EAP can be really really helpful, in my experience. Hope things start looking up for you soon!

    • houseintherear

      I’m a teacher and always sympathize with your posts. Please hear this… after my many many years of teaching, I’ve found that the people who stay until 10pm (especially those who tell everyone that they stayed until 10pm) are absolutely *not* spending all of that time working. There’s a strange competition that happens among teachers regarding how much of their personal lives they sacrifice for the job… especially young/new teachers. Let that go and you’ll feel a weight lifted like you wouldn’t believe. And at some point, give yourself a Go Home Rule. I didn’t do that until year 5 when things started getting easier at work. I’m finally at the point where I come in a little early but leave exactly on time. Make that your future goal. Stay strong!!

  • Rant: Groggy.
    Rave: Made some progress this weekend in my mission to prevent golden raintree seedpods from sprouting in my yard and treebox. I did some more vigilante pruning, and I also cut down the foliage of the daylilies in my treebox so that the seedpods (and other tree debris) wouldn’t get trapped around the bottoms of the plants.
    Rant: Running out of space in my trash bins because of all of the yard waste.

  • I’ve read here that people take their pets via Uber. Is that something I have to clear in advance for a cat in a carrier? Or do I just hop in with my cat box and smile?

    • Andie302

      I’ve taken my small dog twice without a carrier. I think it’s at the discretion of the driver, but mine were fine both times for short trips.

    • binpetworth

      I’ve had no problem taking multiple Users with my cat. Usually I let them know when I’m getting in the car, or if they call to confirm, just so I’m sure the driver is not allergic. But I haven’t been refused yet.

    • It’s at the discretion of the driver, as Andie said. I usually just ask the driver politely right when they arrive and have never been refused. I’ve been surprised by how many drivers seem to enjoy having our cuddly pals around! As long as they’re well behaved and in a carrier, that is.

    • HaileUnlikely

      It would be pretty lame if the same company who did the “UberKittens” gimmick where you could have an Uber driver bring a kitten to your office to play with for 15 minutes then refused to allow you to bring your pet in the car… I understand that it is indeed up to the individual driver, though.
      I wonder if it there is a uniform policy for UberBlack drivers or if it’s still 100% ad hoc as with UberX – anybody know?

    • emvee

      So I’ve actually had zero success with this. I had to take my dog to the emergency vet one Saturday and would call my Uber driver as soon as we were assigned to make sure they were okay with a non-mobile dog, and five out of five turned me down. I ended up biking to a zipcar like four miles away to be able to drive my dog to Tenleytown, but the whole affair took an extra hour and a half to get him there. If I ever have a situation like that again, I’d likely illegally shove him in a car2go with a towel, tbh.

    • I picked up my dog from the shelter in an uber. I called the driver ahead of time to let them know that I had a do no carrier but on leash. Driver said it was fine since they’re not allowed to decline someone because they have pets.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: vaguely watching old movie where dances are a thing. Men need to find women so they can dance, they seem to be paying them, and it’s sort of implied that the men expect more than dancing and some of the women may do more than dancing. One great line from the ticket taker (a gruff old man), “Hey! Use your feet!”
    Also $30 a week seems to be a vast amount of money (about 500 in today’s money).

    • Emmaleigh504

      uh oh. She’s gonna have a baby and her man doesn’t work. He goes to dances and tries get rich schemes.

    • Isn’t that a wacky thing? Can you imagine it today? Dime a Dance halls show up in 1930s movies every now and then, and although not “classy” generally were presented as clean – often with stern chaperones. They were sometimes called “taxi dancers” cause you could hail the next available one, like a taxi, which as I write that, makes it sound horribly demeaning. They seem to have gone away in real life by the 1940s, though they made a mini return, in fiction anyhow, in the play & film “Sweet Charity” which one still sees now & then.

      • Emmaleigh504

        The dance halls in this movie seem to have the women on the payroll. And the knockedup chick is taking her man back. He claims to be on the mend. fin. She didn’t look very happy when the credits rolled.

  • Rant: After talking it over with family a lot last week, ended up not going to England. I’m glad I got to see my grandmother last summer at least when she was happy and doing better…
    Rave: My grandfather on my other side (who has been in and out of the hospital several times a month for the last year and a half) is doing much better lately, which is a huge relief.
    Rant: Been sick most of the past week. Finally starting to get less congested.
    Rant: SO COLD. 🙁 I don’t want it to get any colder, can we just skip winter…
    Rave/rant: Been messaging a lot with a guy who seems cool. He just moved to DC a couple weeks ago though and has been working crazy hours/still moving up from his old state on the weekends, so it’ll be a while until we can meet up. Boo!

    • Not sure if rant or rave: Was told on Friday that I’ll be helping out the head of the organization now as well as my normal work. I did that a bit before when one of his assistants was out on long-term sick leave, but sounds like it’ll be more involved this time… Apparently that starts today! Little confused, but I haven’t been very busy so it should be fine for now.

      • That One Guy

        It’s good in that they recognize you as an asset that can help the head of the organization. Hopefully your not stuck in the middle between two different influences vying for your time.

        • It should be very interesting, hopefully everything will balance out okay though!
          Late rave: My boss just invited me and a few other coworkers to a horse race and picnic next month. Oooh! I’ve never been to a race before, this should be fun…

    • hammers

      I’m sorry about the troubles your family is facing- but I’m glad you have some solid great memories to hold on to. I hope making your decision helps ease some of the stress- that might be why your body was also sick. Regarding your rave/rant– good luck! It will be fun exploring the city with someone who has fresh eyes, once he finally does make it up here for good. I fully support importing.

      • Thank you! It would make sense that the stress didn’t help with getting sick…And haha yeah, it’s fun to get someone new introduced to the city. 🙂

  • Rave: Beautiful weekend with friends. Also took two amazing naps. I love naps.

    Rant: The death of Jake Brewer. Never met the guy, but I was really affected by the WaPo article on his death. He seemed like a good and decent man who lived a giving life. Life is so fragile, It’s really important we live it to the fullest.

  • skj84

    Rave: Avoided the whole brouhaha on the Orange line by taking the bus this morning. I still got to work on time and I got to catch up on NPR during my commute.

    Rant: in my haste to run for the bus I forgot to grab my lunch.

    Rave/rant: wore this amazing Bodycon dress for the first time yesterday. It looked great, however it had a mind of it’s own. Going to have to rethink foundation garments next time I wear it.

  • Rave: Got notice this morning that the wife’s naturalization interview has been scheduled! Hopefully the letter with the details will arrive in the next day or two.
    Rant: Why do I foresee it being scheduled during the next possible government shutdown?
    Rave: Cool weather and a crockpot filled with chili cooking away
    Rant: Terrified of dealing with the traffic tomorrow. Why did I schedule an appointment at 9am during the Pope’s visit?
    Rave: Fun weekend visiting with friends at the Dulles Plane Pull. Their 5 year old daughter was asking the pilots tons of questions about the planes. It was beyond adorable.

    • If your appointment is 9 am tomorrow you should be fine. AFAIK the only road closures tomorrow morning are in the immediate vicinity of the Vatican Embassy on Mass Ave (near the Observatory). The rest of the closures don’t start until tomorrow afternoon/evening.

  • RAVE: Allergy drugs.
    RAVE: Costco.
    RAVE: Fully unpacked the apartment and put things away. It’s now a liveable home.
    RANT: Did not accomplish to hang any art this weekend. Still need to do more research on “gallery style” hanging options, especially for a piece that weights 35 pounds (I don’t want to put any holes in our large brick walls).

    • Emmaleigh504

      It’s not liveable IMO if there is not art on the walls. Hanging pictures etc is the first thing I do!

    • For a piece weighing 35 pounds, I’m not sure if you’ll really have any hanging options in a rental. If it weren’t a rental, you could use a molly bolt.

      • I had it on anchors into the drywall studs in my last rental. I was able to easily patch and sand it when I left. Unfortunately, with brick walls that option doesn’t fly. There’s a decently thick (1.5 inches?) piece of plain wood rectangular trim at the corner where the brick wall meets the drywalled ceiling. I think I can attach some sort of anchor into there and then have “gallery style” wires drop from there. I just need to get over to Ace Hardware and talk through my options with a specialist.

    • That One Guy

      Not sure if the 3M temporary hangers will stick to a brick surface, but maybe give it a try. If it works you can stick up a few to distribute the weight so it hold up.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Get a book case the height you want the art and put it on top. I’ve done that with several heavy pieces. I don’t have brick so I also just use those nail hook thingies. Can you add a picture rail some how?

  • justinbc

    Rave: Been going to H Street Festival since 2007 and this was one of the best that I recall. They fixed a lot of the layout issues, had much better vendors, and at least when I was there (between noon and 3) the crowd size seemed just about right.
    Rant: Painting the new staircase is taking foreverrrrrrrrrrr. It looks awesome, but I really need to stop coming up with crazy projects to torture myself over.

  • Papal parking ban all along Irving St. Just a heads up – signs went up all over both sides of Irving St. from 14th east to as far as I went walking the dog, but I’m guessing all the way to the Basilica.

  • Rave: Fiance visited this weekend and it was wonderful to see him.
    Rant: I miss regularly catching up with PoPville. Darn class schedule and no laptop policy in every class.
    Rant: Allergy-induced headache and sinus pressure.
    Rave: Essie gel top coat.
    Question: Planning to go to Chicago for the very first time in November and want to AirBnB… any neighborhood recommendations for a first time visit?

  • That One Guy

    Rave: Sometimes when my sister sends pictures of the niece she has a mischevious facial expression that reminds me of the mom from Goonies. I find it funny, but my sister hates it when I mention it. Hehe

  • emvee

    Rave: Had a gorgeous weekend in Cville running my first footrace and going for a lovely hike!
    Rave: Reuniting myself with the four-legged family member this evening.
    Question: The dog’s arthritis is getting pretty rough. I briefly bought him those joint supplements for pets from TJs, but I don’t think they did much of anything. Does anyone have any joint supplements they’d recommend for dogs? Bonus points if your dog is long and low.

    • That One Guy

      My dog used to love getting massages so a little hand held three pronge personal massagers was great.
      I think there are dog treats like greenies that claim to be good for hips and joints. If your dog eats greenies already it may not be a hassle getting those.
      Good luck.

    • houseintherear

      I use Dasuquin chews with my westie/korgi. It seems to help a lot. Bonus, they taste good so no shoving down the throat.

    • My vet suggested fish oil to keep my large dog’s joints in good shape. She gave me a whole chart about DHA and EPA doses based on dog size. As a scientist I was shocked at how confounded I was in the supplement aisle at Costco. Every fish oil supplement has a wildly different dose, so getting the mg/$ amount was nuts. I gave up and picked something decent and I just dip them in peanut butter and put them right on top of his food.

    • emvee

      These are super helpful! Thanks Popvillagers!

    • Cosequin works wonders in my dog.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        My mom used this with her 16+ yo dog, and I used it with my 16+ YO diabetic kitty. Works wonders and quickly. When the cat died I gave the rest to a friend to give her beagle. I think you can buy a generic version at Petco and/or CVS.

  • Rant: I always feel like someone is questioning my relationships. Perhaps this is why I generally hate dating. How many times a week do you usually meet people when you first start dating? I don’t think twice a week is too much but apparently my family members feel otherwise.

    • Apologies if this isn’t helpful, but let me ask you this in response: if you’ve just started dating someone, why do your family members even know about it? Maybe you don’t need to share that information with people whom you can’t trust with it.

      • You have a fantastic point, and my only excuse is that my family is a little loopy and telling them things is the path of least resistance.

        • I’m going to challenge your view a little here. My family (nope, that’s not fair to my family – it’s really just my mother) is loopy. I got to the point when I was dating that I told my mother nothing. Largely because it would lead to self-doubt. If your family is giving to self-doubt, then stop sharing with them Trust me, it will do you a world of good and help you to make confident choices based on your own instinct and not someone else’s opinion.

    • Twice a week is what I shoot toward. Not too much, not too little, but if I’m busy once a week will do.

    • You mean how many times do you see one person in a week, right?
      I think one or two is a good target. I had one guy ask me on a second date for the next day at the end of the first date. It was flattering, fun, and totally not my usual thing.
      But people have lives that they’re scheduled before meeting you, so just once a week is fine too.
      I think what matters more is getting into a rhythm that works for both people once you’ve gotten a couple dates under your belt.

      • Yup, that’s what I meant. And thanks guys. Once is fine with me, but twice seems nice when we can swing it since I work normal business hours and the guy I’m dating usually has evening shifts — so it’ll be rare to meet during the week.
        I’ll stick with once a week and see how it goes. We can talk. You’re totally right about getting into a rhythm.

    • Dating exclusively? You can do see each other how ever often you want!

  • Rave: Productive weekend. I finished lots of projects around the house and got some new houseplants (now I’ll have something to talk about at Gin and Gardening!)
    Rant: Metro this AM. These service interruptions would be much less of a mess if Metro did a better job of communicating what’s going on. This is the second time in a month that there was a major outage that wasn’t announced anywhere until I actually got on a train. It’s crazy that they do not post the news prominently and make announcements in all affected stations.
    Rave: Surprise brownies! I love my office.

    • Re your rant. I was in the metro for about half an hour when they had the HUGE smoke incident, and didn’t find out about it until well after I got out of the metro. I was stunned. They do need to be much more prompt in telling people if there’s a problem somewhere in the system.

      • That is so scary. It really doesn’t do much to give me any faith that they learned from the last incident or will handle it any better in the future.

  • Rave: went to dinner and a show with my new friend (thanks low match!) and my HS bff who now lives in DC. We all got along so well! Making friends is fun! New friend and I plan on staying in and watching a movie soon.
    Rant: sniffles. voice still not 100% normal. why?
    Not sure: I am supposed to plan a first date this week, but I am still kinda sick. I’m thinking Friday night. I should be healthy by then! Crossing fingers!
    Rant: work. passionate about the mission not about the actual job. i can apply for a transfer next month to another department but that would be bad for my current department since no one else on my team has the same skill set/is willing to learn a new skill set. tryinbg to stick it out but this is also not a permanent job. it has an end date so coworkers suggest finding a permanent gig when the right one comes along. decisions!

    • I’m sorry you haven’t been feeling well! I hope you feel better by Friday. I think that would be fine for a date, assuming its just the cold that has been going around.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Someone gave Donna some puppy-uppers when I wasn’t looking. She’s driving me batsht. Where are the doggie-downers??

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