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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ 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 peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: reaction to new drug and now I have cankles.
    Rave: why can’t morning people just leave me alone in the morning. none of your stupid stories are going to be amusing to me.
    Rave: Had fun at book club last night.

    • Yes! Book club was fun, thanks for organizing and thanks Annonymousediane for hosting! Sorry about your cankles ๐Ÿ™

    • Ugh, yes on your morning people rant. I have an annoying coworker who loves to come up to me and start talking about work the minute I get to my desk. Like before I even take off my coat. Just, no. Stop. Let me at least get a slip of coffee before you start annoying me.

    • To quote Lorelai Gilmore again, “Hate early. Must kill early.”

      Can’t handle morning people.

    • Thanks Emmaleigh for organizing and Anonamouse for hosting! And
      Rave: All the pet photos ๐Ÿ™‚

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Book club was fun and such a convenient location! Just in time to catch Scandal (which has been going down hill steadily). Just the right turn out and time spent. See you in January.

    • Another thanks for organizing and AD for hosting! I enjoyed it.

  • Rave: The lobby of the Hecths warehouse apartments has to be by far the best in the city.
    Rant: I think landmark buildings like this should be condos vs apartments. I’d be inclined to live there if I was able to own vs rent.
    Rant: $1500 for studios- maybe in 2-3years I would agree when the area has a lot more amenities, but I guess by then they’ll be $1600-$1700.

    • How big are the studios? $1500 next to a gym and market doesn’t sound too bad, and I imagine most people living there will drive; although a bus stops right outside.

    • $1,500 is a lot cheaper than most studios in DC, and considering they are brand new…its pretty reasonable. Free access to the gym in the building, as well as planet fitness is a nice amenity (all brand new as well). Grocery store right across the street. There is a business workspace area (I didn’t get to tour that because it wasn’t finished), 3 courtyards with wifi access as well as on the roof deck. Good for me since I work from home, I can work on my roof? Woot. Granted its still pretty expensive…the studios vary in size and it doesn’t really say the total square footage but I think its around 360-370. Very small, but has kitchen, washer dryer, good sized bathroom. I don’t really need much space…id rather have less space less ‘crap’ and have access to some nice amenities. My concern is its a lil disconnected so it might also cause me to have higher transportation costs. But I think its worth it. I am also pretty sure all the studios have been taken, I am not sure if any units are still available actually. the website says call for info, before it had them marked as ‘available’. When I reserved mine there were only 2 studios left (so they told me).

      • If you’re relying more on buses, transportation probably goes down because you get a 2 hr free transfer from bus to bus. Maybe it’ll be a pain on the weekends, but I’d suspect no worse than relying on the train. I thought my tiny studio would feel cramped, but it really doesn’t.

  • I’m looking for a place to take my dog on Saturday where he can run around and roam free. We love the dog parks in the area, like Shirlington, but he seems to be more active when there’s large open spaces and no other dogs around. Are there any places out in VA or MD, like farms, where you can take your dog and let him roam off-leash??

    • That One Guy

      There’s a dog park/run in Alexandria search Beatley Library Dog Park. You can also take your dog for a walk in Ben Brenman Park across the street next to Cameron Station.

    • There’s a doggy day care service that picks up your dog in the morning and takes them to a farm for the day and then brings them back in the evening. A friend of mine uses it once or twice a week for her apartment dwelling golden. They even post pictures to their facebook page throughout the day so you can see what your pup has been up to. It’s surprisingly inexpensive too.

  • Rave: Going to see live music with two of my dearest friends tonight.
    Rave: I am almost at the end of this very long week. At least I have been very productive at work this week.
    Rant: Heartburn, rib pain, back aches.

    • Artemis, are you sure it’s heartburn? This sounds very worrying.

      • How far along are you, artemis? Heartburn usually gets worse as you go because there’s less room for the acid to go….

      • It is definitely heartburn — the constant belching is the telltale sign. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m made major changes to my diet that have helped a lot, but some days are still unpleasant.

        The rib pain and back aches come and go. And those I attribute to rib cage expanding and muscles over-compensating to the growing stomach and weight that I”m putting on. Yoga and stretching help so I’m trying to be more mindful of doing that a couple times a day: when I get up, at lunch, and before bed. This has been one of those weeks where I am parked at my desk and not as physically active as I should be, and that usually manifests as more pregnancy aches and pains than normal.

        • Artemis, do you have any underlying conditions? I have scoliosis, so my back/pelvic/hip pain during pregnancy was made much worse. Also made getting an epidural a crap shoot. Hope you feel better!

          • Huh. My dad has scoliosis and degenerative disks. I was diagnosed with slight curvature of the spine as a kid, but never receive any formal treatment for it. I wonder if that could be aggravating/enhancing the normal pregnancy pains.

          • It definitely could. In my case, one kid decided he would be posterior, so he was against my spine all. the. time. The real issue was when I had my epidural; since my spine is curved, it was difficult for the anesthesiologist to find the epidural space and place the block. The first time, I had to have it placed twice (first one was wrong), second time I was only numb on one side, and the third time (the worst), I was numb from just above my breasts to the area around my uterus not including my cervix, and once this was discovered, it was immediately discontinued.

    • So, not to scare anyone, but please get that rib pain checked on regularly. I have a friend whose baby broke a few of her ribs while she was pregnant.

  • I found a set of keys this morning on the corner of 5th and L Street NW. 2 keys with a square rubber black and white keychain. Email PoP and we can get in touch.

  • RANT x 1000-just found out a neighbor in petworth was attacked by group of guys at 7pm on his way to Sherman Circle. Wife and kids witnessed it.
    This pretty much seals the deal for me. I am ready to move to VA in the Spring. This is the scariest the City has been in 20 years I have lived here. Bowser is useless.

    • phl2dc

      That’s horrible.

    • Isn’t it strange that as most crime is much less common, you now see these mob-attack situations? Maybe it’s just a question of priority, i.e. maybe this still happened when there were much bigger things to worry about.

  • Rave: Out all next week for Thanksgiving stay-cation!
    Rave: Monday morning shave at Barber of Hells Bottom.
    Rave: Should be a light workload today, so I get to work on my stack o’ reading.
    Rant: No rant.

  • Thanks for the new baby kitty love yesterday on AAF!! Little monster pounced on my face at 4:45 this morning and I thought of how sometimes he’s sweet like in that picture. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rave: Lovely time at book club last night, and looking forward to the next one
    Rave: Got my big box o’ Zyrtec, and hopefully I’ll kick these allergies back into line soon.
    Rave: Friday! So ready for this week to be done – should be a nice weekend, and then I only have two more days before my mini-Thanksgiving vacation!
    Rant: Still overwhelmed at work. Trying to figure out effective strategies for managing various projects.
    Rave: Free Starbucks reward this morning, which worked out very well since I ran out of ground coffee this morning and didn’t want to risk waking my roommate with the grinder noise!
    Rave: I much prefer this colder, crisper weather. I wish it would stay consistent. I’m not ready for full-on winter, but this late November days in the upper-60s are messing me up so much.

    • Completely agree on the weather. Love the fall, but D.C. stays too warm and humid too late in the year for my taste. And let me also recommend Nasacort for allergies. Pills alone don’t cut it for me.

      • I’ve tried that, but it ends up giving me palpitations and bloody noses. I can’t use steroid sprays, they don’t help enough to make the side effects worth it. ๐Ÿ™

        • Yipes, I had no idea that could happen! When I moved out here in ’07 my allergies went completely overboard. Claritin and Zyrtec make virtually no difference, but I’ve found my sweet spot with generic Allegra and Nasacort. I take them from late August until the leaves are down and the frost arrives. I even started getting allergies in the spring, which is rare for me. Love the fall, hate the allergies.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Nascort is a miracle drug for me. It takes care of all my allergy symptoms.

    • Yes on the weather. Also figuring out what to wear is hard! I end up wearing a odd mixture of winter and summer clothes.

  • Rave: Lovely time at book club last night, and looking forward to the next one
    Rave: Got my big box o’ Zyrtec, and hopefully I’ll kick these allergies back into line soon.
    Rave: Friday! So ready for this week to be done – should be a nice weekend, and then I only have two more days before my mini-Thanksgiving vacation!
    Rant: Still overwhelmed at work. Trying to figure out effective strategies for managing various projects.
    Rave: Free Starbucks reward this morning, which worked out very well since I ran out of ground coffee this morning and didn’t want to risk waking my roommate with the grinder noise!
    Rave: I much prefer this colder, crisper weather. I wish it would stay consistent. I’m not ready for full-on winter, but this late November days in the upper-60s are messing me up so much.

  • binntp

    Rant: Have been dealing with a tension (?) headache on and off for the past four days. Prescription strength Advil is merely taking the edge off this morning.
    Rave: Halfway done with Christmas shopping and have a plan of action for the other half. People are going to get gifts/cards on time this year!

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: The last two nights Lucy has awakened me at 2:00 am barking to be lifted out of the bed so she can get a drink of water and then barking later to signal she was ready to come back to bed. I think the “Dolls” she is on is making her extra thirsty.
    Rant: I’m pretty sure while she was in the bathroom drinking from her water bowl she tried to flush my wig down the toilet.
    Rave: IDGI Sr offered to pay half my flight expenses to Nashville over the Holidays.
    Rant: I’m cheap enough to accept.

    • Emmaleigh504

      All those puppy-uppers and doggie-downers, just like Judy Garland. smh

      • I Dont Get It

        “They drummed you out of dcist, so you come crawling back to PoPville. But PoPville doesn’t go for booze and dope. Now get out of my way, I’ve got a man waiting for me.”

  • Rave: Adorable dog and dog snuggles while partner is out of town, plus her new strategy of giving kisses to wake me up.
    Rant: Wake up kisses are now apparently appropriate starting at 5AM.
    Extra Rant: I need to let go of a whole lot of anger, frustration, and sadness and I’m not sure how to do it. News and social media are absolutely infuriating me (so much misinformation!), and it seems like every single commute that I drive includes at least one idiot cutting me off for failing to look in their mirrors or deciding to block the box because their ability to go 5 feet supersedes everyone else on the road. I don’t like being an angry person!

  • Rave: Heading to the library on a sunny day to tuck into some interesting work.
    Rant: Leaving early from time at home with the husband so I can get to a conference in Mexico.
    Rave: Already got two invites from potential funders/partners to meet while at the conference. Need to get my Spanish back up to speed.
    Rant: Missed the book club last night – hope you had an awesome time!
    Rave: Hopefully the next one will be on a night I can go…. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rave: New Adele album. Not hitting me as much in the feels as 21 did, but still a great record.
    Rant: Can we still call them “albums” and “records” when it’s really just a playlist?
    Rave: Friday. Dear, sweet Friday. I have missed you so much.

  • FtLincolnLove

    Rave: Friday, and I’m home.
    Rant: 6 weeks in a row of work travel already with no end in sight until the week of Dec 14.
    Rave: All this travel means racking up hotel & airline points…which we thankfully get to keep
    Rave: The Points Guy blog.
    Rant: Too much stuff in my garage (and house in general), need to seriously pare down.
    Rant: Struggling to find the time and energy to attack the stuff.
    Query: I’m still trying to get rid of Danish teak furniture. No bites on Craigslist, attempts to get in touch with furniture consignment shops have proven futile, is anyone here interested? I have an 8 person dining room table (with chairs, though they need to be reupholstered), two end tables, and a coffee table.

  • Well, crap. I have preeclampsia. Looks like I’ll be in the hospital a while.
    Yay for amazing doctors, good insurance, and a rockstar husband.
    Boo for having to type on a laptop around a giant belly covered with monitors. Not sure I’ll be around here much as a result ๐Ÿ˜

  • Rant: Have been in a funk all week.
    Rant: So ready for Thanksgiving break. Need a couple days at home with my family and pup to recharge. And eat all the mashed potatoes.
    Rave: Extremely caring and supportive professors. Not only are they brilliant but they are having students over for TG and actively encouraging us to take care of ourselves as we go into exams.
    Rave: It’s supposed to snow 5-8 inches here tomorrow! In the words of Lorelai Gilmore, “everything’s magical when it snows.”

  • Rave: Fancy banquet tomorrow and then off to the boonies for Thanksgiving with the bf’s family. Can’t wait to get out of the city for a bit!
    Rant/Rave: Have to metro then uber to pick up my bridesmaid dress from alterations. It’s inconvenient, but I’m so glad I got it for *much* cheaper than the $300+ a Dupont tailor quoted me!
    Rant: Puppy has been really whiny lately. She whined and whined so I thought she had to go out but when I got up she just took my spot in bed and went back to sleep. :-/

  • Any tips for getting tickets to theater events that will cost less than my engagement ring for a family of four? National Theater is doing Cinderella, and there’s the Nutcracker, which we’ve never seen, but I just can’t justify spending $300 on two hours that may or may not be any fun.

  • Rave: Found out the wife has off from Dec 23-Jan 4!! So excited because that means we’ll spend more time in the states for Christmas including NYE in DC! ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rant: I have the worst sore throat. Last week I had weird congestion for a day then it was gone, but this has been going on for two days.

  • phl2dc

    Rave: Those really weird Old Spice commercials with Terry Crews. Like, what the hell?
    Rant: It’s technically still Friday morning and I can’t wait to go to sleep tonight.
    Rant: I can’t ever seem to drink enough water. I try. I try, and I always forget to water myself. Tips for staying hydrated?

    • That One Guy

      Have something salty to retain water.

    • Do you keep a glass of water at your desk? I also fill a pitcher with water in the morning and make a point to drink it all by the end of the day.

    • Why do you think you need to drink more? There is NO scientific evidence that we need to drink beyond what our bodies tell us we need. It’s a lot of marketing by the beverage companies.

      • Yeah but sometimes our bodies tell us we need water in ways other than “feeling thirsty” – things like dry skin, headaches, feeling oddly hungry, stuff like that can be clues that you’re not drinking enough.

    • I keep a glass of water at my desk all day. I usually refill it 4 times a day, and I really notice the difference when I don’t (headaches, sleepier, and my skin changes after a few days).

    • SouthwestDC

      I have Emergen-C packets at work, and every day I pour one into a big bottle of water. The flavoring makes it easier to drink, and it’s easier to talk myself into it because it’s full of Vitamin C and B vitamins. It also has electrolytes so it’s more hydrating than plain water.

  • Rant: 8am coffee date because he’s not local and it’s the only time that worked for us.
    Rave: at least I got up to do it? haven’t dated in a while so I tried given that it was a friend setting us up.
    Rave 2: the friend who set us up, we can laugh about the mismatch over some treyf tonight.

  • Rant: If you are so sick that your voice is a mere croak, and you wonโ€™t shake the hand of a new hire because you โ€œare really sick so I wonโ€™t shake your hand so I donโ€™t get you sick tooโ€, and you are hacking and coughing away in your cubicle just a few feet away from 10 other people, then STAY THE EFF HOME!! Ugh! Gross! Not impressed with your work ethic or your stamina or any other BS, just super annoyed that you are anywhere near me! This is a government agency, you never take a sick day, we would all like a break from your sanctimonious martyrdom anyway, so what are you even doing here??? Go home!!

    POP, you did say โ€œrantโ€ after all.

    • That sucks. My boss will just outright tell people to go home. We work in close quarters and better to have one person home than the entire office sick.

      • +1. My old boss used to do this. I miss her. Even with just a sore throat, I thought of staying home today to not spread my germs.

    • Isn’t the cold no longer contagious once you’re coughing? But yeah, if I was in a cubicle (and sick leave still existed in the private sector) I’d spare my colleagues the annoyance.

  • Poll! We’re expecting and I want to do some superfluous baby shopping. We already have the “must haves” but I really just want to go somewhere, browse, and look at clothes that aren’t outrageously expensive (so none of those fancy boutiques). I’ve hit up Goodwill and TJ Maxx with some success. Any other recommendations out there?

    • H&M has suprisingly adorable children’s clothing.

      • But H&M is increasingly expensive for the quality.
        I always liked going to Babies R Us. Inexpensive enough for impulse buys, and sort of self-indulgent… no other items to check off my list while I’m there (like at Target)… you can just wander around in a baby haze. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I agree on both points for H&M; I buy a fair amount of kids and baby clothing from them, but I also don’t expect them to last. For babies, this works because they won’t wear them for long anyway. Also, a note about H&M – European sizing. For my skinny kids, this is actually a major plus, but I have known others who had issues right-sizing. ThinkGeek has some cute/funny options for babies if you don’t mind online shopping.

    • phl2dc

      Congrats! Hit up Macy’s – they always have sales going on, and if you have a Macy’s card you get even more taken off the price tag!

    • Target, Kmart, and Kohl’s have really cute kid’s clothes at decent prices.

    • Target definitely, and I get a lot of stuff from Gap and Old Navy on their clearance rack. Their clearance is fairly extensive, especially online. Also, I have a girl and I put her in a lot of jeggings, and I get most of them at Walmart. A lot of their clothes are not really the style I like to dress her in, but a lot of their leggings/jeggings are very basic and work great.

    • Lots of cute stuff on super sale at Old Navy!

  • Rave: Final (?) garden haul of 2015 – ripe and still ripening tomatoes, sweet/hot/very hot peppers, tulsai tea leaves and a mini-haul of quinoa
    Rave: Seed catalogues, and planning for next year’s garden hauls
    Disenhearted reading the response of many people in leadership positions to the refugee crisis. Let’s build walls, pull up the drawbridge, put away welcome mat and then we’ll be safe

  • Accountering

    Rant: Trump thinks we should have a database of all muslims in this country.
    The statement “Those who fail to learn from history are bound to repeat it” rings quite true here.

    • That One Guy

      There’s also the phrase history repeats itself.

    • Trump is such a disgusting excuse for a human being…why doesn’t he just start requiring all Muslims to wear a crescent moon on their sleeves while he’s at it creating a database? That anyone with any semblance of knowledge of history, any speck of taste, any morsel of a heart would continue to listen to – and support – this scumbag is mind-boggling to me.

    • A distant family member posted on FB last night “we need a redneck in the White House”…. um, because blatant racism, xenophobia, and religious discrimination akin to the Nazis is really ok?!? I am actually incredibly concerned that this whole idea of registering/identifying Muslims (and even internment) will gain strength. This has all sorts of crazy, scary implications that I don’t even want to think about it. I just don’t know what we are supposed to do here. On the one hand, I’m thinking, this will never happen; people are being reactionary and ridiculous and it will just die down. Then on the other hand, I know that’s what a lot of people in Germany thought before the Holocaust too.

      • Accountering

        It’s quite shocking. With that said, I remain quite convinced that we are looking to Madam President taking the reigns from BO, and without presidential approval, this junk goes nowhere – but I agree, the fact this is the leading Repub candidate is quite scary.

        • You are absolutely right – and I take solace in the protections built into the Constitution, and also the Madame President will take her rightful office and all will be well. But, I also worry what governors will do at the state level, and how long this will take to work through the courts.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Friday.
    Rant: That’s all I have for raves. Just not feeling it today.

  • Rant: Bit of a tough week mentally for me. It sounds like I’m not the only one. I appreciate the solidarity.
    Rave: Friday
    Rave: Jogged this week – more than I’ve done in a long while…and I took it easy enough that I’m still able to walk up and down the stairs. Aiming for a slow and steady improvement.
    Big rant: Basement plumbing is acting up and my go-to guy isn’t available. Ended up checking back on the RRR from earlier this week and calling someone else. Fingers crossed that this isn’t a big issue BUT
    Rant: I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s an installation issue that involves breaking of tiles and concrete. AHHHH
    Rave: It’s still Friday, and I have relatively little (solidly) planned.

  • Rave: WOW!!! Good news for our neighborhood!!! Two DC public schools (Langley Elementary & Walker-Jones Education Campus) participated in last weekโ€™s FIRST Robotics qualifying tournament at McKinley Technical High School. They have advanced to the State Championship in Harrisonburg, VA on Dec. 5th & 6th. Go DCPS!!!

    Rant: There is no DCPS money to cover transportation & housing costs.

    Rave: Our community is supporting both teams Go Fund Me requests.

    Langley Tigers Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/mhatnv38

    Walker โ€“ Jones Tigers Go Fund Me: https://www.gofundme.com/pgaz7atg

    • Soo cool! This is exactly the kind of thing we should be doing with kids in DC.

    • Accountering

      This drives me crazy. We pay for ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING as a city. These kids are doing really cool things, and the school doesn’t have the funds to come up with travel funds. We give away a 25,000,000 site for $400k, but we can’t come up with $9700 to send some smart kids who are working on SCIENCE STUFF to a science tournament. WTF DC.
      Congrats to the kids! Very cool, and good work!

      • Anonjmous

        correction: ENGINEERING *more fun than science ;-)*
        But yeah, I agree… wtf DC?
        Still need to donate to this. Kids with robots? Yes please.

  • Rave: I just have to slog through this afternoon and I’m on vacation for a week!
    Rave: 24 hours of my vacation, while still in DC, will overlap with the boy’s time back in DC. Much excitement and adorableness.
    Rant: so much on my to-do list.
    Rant: I thought DOG was finally into the memory foam bed, but right now he’s laying on the rug, with his butt 2 inches from touching it. I’ll just lay on it while I attempt to “snuggle” with him.
    Rave: whatever, he loves the piggy I bought him at WalMart the other day. I usually only go there for olives, but all of their dog toys are about $5 and I love to spoil my dog.

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