Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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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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  • PSA: CYCLISTS! You need lights! Front and back. These aren’t for you to see, they’re for you to be seen.

    • +1

    • Amen! I’ll never understand the stupidity of riding at night without any lights!

    • This also goes for motorists who don’t bother to turn their lights on when it’s raining enough for them to be using windshield wipers (which I believe is law in VA, MD, and DC). Lights aren’t (solely) for you to see, they’re so that others can see you!

      • Adding twilight to this too. It is so hard to see that time of day! It does not have to be pitch black for you to use your lights people!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Woke up in the night with a vicious calf cramp. It still hurts to walk.
    Rant: Catastrophic baking fail last night. I will be bringing storebought treats to today’s holiday party.
    Rave: Early dismissal after the holiday party.
    Rant: But I have to be at the office for a webinar at 6:30 tonight, bah.

    • Quotia Zelda

      Additional Rant: I’m waiting on a phone call this morning, plus I need to run something downstairs before 11:30. I KNOW that the minute I leave my desk, the phone will ring.

  • Query: How many readers own multiple rowhomes in the city? Not looking for multiple condo owners.

  • Rant: Male coworker this morning: How are you doing today? You look like you are waddling around. Dude, not something you EVER say to a pregnant woman.
    Rave: Thursday! The weekend is almost here.
    Rave: Truffle making date with a dear friend this evening!

    • Very true, but the silver lining is that you are actually pregnant!

      • I’ve heard that phrase or similar used before to a pregnant woman by both Male and Female. Is it only OK for a female to say it? Just like I don’t get why a guy can’t tell a lady that her dress is caught up(without being labeled creepy- by popvillers.)

        • Honestly, it is never ok, ever. For one thing, you can’t do anything about your gait during pregnancy, so pointing it out really does nothing except say “hey! you are different from the rest of the world right now!” which, let’s be real, no one really wants to hear that.

          • Eh- I think that’s a bit to sensitive. I’m sure majority of time it’s been said- it was in a very playful/harmless manner. Like I’m on crutches right now- and I can’t tell you how many times people have said here comes cripple, or the hobble. No way am I offended or hurt by it.

          • It may be, but please keep in mind the extra hormones, the fact that if a pregnant woman is waddling (which is due to the position of the baby in the pelvis or other issues which can actually be quite painful) she is probably uncomfortable and/or in pain, not sleeping well, and already feeling off, “sensitive” is probably the most gentle way of explaining how she may be feeling.

          • Anon- some ppl are just sensitive. Pregnant women only want you to note that fact when it comes to seats on the train/bus and baby showers. Now figure out who’s pregnant and not and offer seats only to the right one lest you offend someone. ๐Ÿ™‚

          • Quotia Zelda

            Yeah no, it’s never okay.

          • some of us just want to be left alone. Not everyone is comfortable with “public pregnancy”, or expect anyone to do anything for us. I never cared if I had a seat, but struggling with having to do IVF, gaining weight, ect, I’d rather have just been ignored. Which is why I never actually made any sort of “I’m pregnant” announcement. It’s really no one’s businesses, for the most part. I think I’d be super annoyed if someone felt OK to comment on it. And it’s also not OK to call someone a “cripple”, but that’s a different story. I’m sure it’s never meant to be offensive, when you deal with it for a while, it get annoying and rude, and everyone thinks their both the first and the funniest when commenting.

          • It’s not really that some people are too sensitive — more that some other people are insensitive and unnecessarily blunt/rude.

          • Little from column a, little from b
            I’m assuming harm wasn’t intended, and that he’s just an idiot. I hope you mentioned it to him, so he doesn’t offend someone else.
            My comment about buses comes from several instances of complaints when a seat wasn’t offered and elation when it was…then sadness when it was offered to someone who wasn’t pregnant. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

        • Wow, this garnered more reaction than I thought it would. My personal thoughts: I don’t care if you are male or female, please don’t tell me I’m waddling. Trust me, I’m well aware of the fact and don’t want or need it pointed out to me. I did mention to my coworkers that it was an inappropriate comment to make (I have a rule: if I’m going to be annoyed or seethe about something someone says, I usually try to address the issue with them directly).

          Pregnancy is this odd thing: to me, it is deeply private and personal but because it can become so obvious at some point, it becomes very public. And the ongoing commentary from strangers or people I”m not close to about what is going on inside my body is just weird sometimes.

          I’m happy when people offer me a seat on the bus or metro, especially at the end of a long day when my back and ribs are hurting, but I certainly don’t expect it. And I’m not going to get bent out of shape if it doesn’t happen. And I have gotten up to give my seat to someone in greater need of it.

          • Cosigned on all points.

          • I once had the second from the top person in my office mention to someone else that I was waddling when I was in earshot. I called him on it because I was pissed and uncomfortable from sciatic pain–I didn’t appreciate people remarking on my gait on top of it. Honestly, those sorts of comments are inappropriate, except perhaps from close friends. But different people will feel differently and some won’t mind. Another reason to not make comments unless you’re a close friend ๐Ÿ™‚

      • This is so true. I will never forget the time a co-worker stopped me in the hallway to inquire how far along I was, at which point I just looked dumbfounded and said, nope, just fat and didn’t wear spanx today!
        But yes, people of the world, never ever ever ask a woman if she is pregnant or tell a woman she is waddling.

  • Rant: I wanted to get in the Christmas spirit on the drive home, even with a raging headache, so I sat through 7 minutes of ads (I am not exaggerating) on the Christmas station. By the time the music came on I was so pissed it just didn’t matter any more. After one song they came on to proclaim it “commercial free” and I lost it.
    Rave: Hammers for getting me to go out and be social last night. And textdoc!
    Rant: I try to teach my mother to fish when it comes to technology. Sometimes I think it’s working when she asks for the tools, but then she just keeps asking for the fish! I helped you download the app, use the gd thing instead of texting me to ask for a coupon!!!!
    Rant: I was already late and when I dropped an egg on the floor this morning.
    Rant: Otis does okay with meeting dogs, but then sometimes he gets reactive, even when things are going well. He straight up hates one of my neighbor’s dogs, so we went the other way when we saw them this morning.
    Rant: I’ve joined all of you in the doom and gloom camp this week ๐Ÿ™

    • Glad you guys had a nice time, would have joined you except for prior engagement, hopefully I can join up next time! And I’m sorry you’ve joined the doom and gloom camp, if it makes you feel any better your RRRR just made me lol – not at all the crappy things going on but the way you write them is quite humorous! Hang in there!

    • justinbc

      Was there a HH last night? I have totally blanked on the RRR discussions lately, I have no idea who’s not dating who anymore.

      • I’ve been reading every day and I’m also lost. I think people have just been less chatty lately. I don’t think this was a HH but I would happily attend if there’s one in the next week or so.

      • Lol, no it was a hyper local get together.

      • Nope, just an impromptu gathering of PoPville ladies near the GA Ave.-Petworth Metro.

      • hammers

        Not a happy hour, I just emailed a few ladies who I know live within a 5 min walk of me and asked if they wanted to get drinks. I had a hard work day and needed a couple beers ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much for joining me! I had a wonderful time, in a mostly empty Walters! Great catching up and hearing all the stories. I feel much better today and am quite cheery actually. Camp Doom and Gloom has some sunny days.

  • Rant: Islamophobia coated in national security.
    Rant: Usps!
    Rant: Pho on the food truck map was nowhere to be found.
    Rave: Apparently it’s jury duty season, and I was skipped.

  • justinbc

    Rant: Fell asleep on the bus home and woke up at Stadium-Armory.
    Rave: Got to see some cool houses walking home that I had never noticed when passing by before.
    Extra Rave: Heading to New Orleans in a week.
    Rant: So many new places to research since the last time I was there.

  • Rave: Nice party last night
    Rant: Haven’t heard back yet from last Sunday’s date about possibility of this weekend, hope he’s not ghosting me. oh well, it’ll work itself out I suppose.
    Rant: Work is just overwhelming at the moment.
    Rave: Had my annual review yesterday, and received lots of really nice, positive feedback. Glad to know I’m making an positive impact, that helps lift my spirit a bit.
    Rave: Talked to a nice, helpful guy at the IRS, and it seems that I should be able to work at least some of this out and get out fairly unscathed, since at least half of the issue doesn’t appear to have been on my end.

  • This is absolutely true. I’d put a PSA out there for cars to look for bikers at night too. I have lights (handlebar and helmet) and since it got dark, have almost been hit three times at four way stops. I stop at the sign and when it is my time to go, cars are trying to go too. I don’t think they pick up me on my bike in their peripheral vision (even with lights) so they just go. Sometimes I think it is safer to not stop at a four way…

  • Rant: Irritated with the Allergist. It has been nearly five weeks since my appointment and I have yet to get a call about my results. I called last week to ask about them, and the very helpful person on the other end put in a note for him to call me, and also forwarded me the referral on my chart that they did not give me. It’s been over a week and no call. I call back this morning, another very helpful person looks and see the note, sees he saw the note (thank you EMR!), and still no call. I ask for a particular result, but she can’t give it to me because he ordered so many tests that there are too many results to wade through for her. So I’m back to waiting. This very helpful person is going to go an personally tell him to call me, so hopefully I will actually get a call today.
    Rant: I miss bacon. I really, really miss bacon. I was asked last night what I want for Christmas, and I said to be able to eat bacon again without getting an excruciating stomach ache or ending up in the ER. Bacon, for all those times I shunned you in order to “lose weight” and “get healthy” – I am eternally sorry.

  • Rant – Yesterday while I was at work my dog pooped and peed (twice!) in the house and then destroyed my favorite and oldest pair of Frye boots ๐Ÿ™ The ones I’ve had for nearly 10 years. A discontinued style. Of all the shoes available to her, she picked those. It was stupid of me to leave them out where she could get them, but she’s never done stuff like this before. And she actually ate half of the boot. So now on top of her heartworm treatment and medication, we have to make sure she doesn’t have a mass of leather blocking her intestines.
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    Rave – It’s almost Friday and I have a work holiday happy hour tonight.

    • That is a bummer of a rant. ๐Ÿ™

    • Sounds like time for a dogwalker or daycare or a baby gate to the kitchen if you can’t do either of those. My dog only ever chumped on stuff when he was restless. I started using a special Kong when I would be gone a whole or in the evening, and he loves it.

      • It’s frustrating because I know she isn’t getting enough exercise, but she’s being treated for heartworm so she can’t exercise. She’s on doggie bed rest for 2 months and she’s driving us nuts. We keep her occupied with kongs and chews when we’re home, but she’s still restless when she’s alone during the day. We even have our dog walker come twice a day now.

        • Aww ok. That sucks. Is the going in the house a side effect of the medicine? That’s a lot of bathroom time. Why not a special Kong only for during the day? I had a puzzle one so it keeps my dog pretty simulated, and I put it away all other times, so it remains new.
          At least you know it’ll be over soonish. Good luck!

          • Thanks! The meds cause increased thirst and appetite, that explains the peeing (she’s drinking more) and I guess the boot eating, unfortunately. I’m reminding myself that this is temporary. And buying a bunch of Kongs on Amazon so I can keep a stash in the freezer stuffed with goodies.

    • I’m sorry, that’s terrible.
      I’ve noticed that when Otis has his walks cut down to deal with hip he gets more riled up about things, likely due to the pent up energy. It’s frustrating, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some changes in behavior because she just isn’t allowed to burn off any energy right now :-/

    • That One Guy

      Talk to your Vet to see if you can administer Benadryl in conjunction with the heartwarming medicine. The Benadryl may make your dog groggy/sleep my enough to cope with the bed rest order.

  • Rant: I love my job, but they have a very hard time prioritizing tasks. Everything is due “ASAP” but I have 4 or 5 things like that. Partly because one person doesn’t work in the office more than a day or two a week, so there’s little face time and partly because I’m sort of working for two independent parts of a whole. I know a number of people who worked at or with small nonprofits and say it’s common, unfortunately.
    Rant: Don’t think we’re going to NYC. My MIL took care of my kid for an afternoon and never brought water or diapers for the outing. Might seem small to many people, but when you’re a mom with anxiety, knowing your kid could be thirsty or have a dirty diaper and nothing can be done about is pretty nerve wracking.
    Rave: it’s not terribly cold, so no need for a jacket. I hate wearing jackets!
    Rave: Macy’s Christmas light show on Sunday!

    • I hope you’ll give your MIL a second chance. Being out with young kids takes some practice if you aren’t used to it. I once forgot to feed my toddler nephew lunch because it truly didn’t occur to me that he needed to eat even if I wasn’t hungry. Maybe a going-out checklist of what needs to be in the bag?

      • this wasn’t her 1st time with him, they go out together frequently and there are instances of her saying, “oh, I don’t know, I didn’t check his diaper after the nap” or didn’t offer a snack or put on a coat. Little things that compound and make it harder for me to trust her to watch him for more than a few hours. It’s a pattern of not realizing he has needs, and because of who he is, won’t generally ask for them (some kids ask for a snack or a drink, he rarely if ever does, so you have to offer and if you don’t have them, you can’t offer and he goes without). I just have to decide if it’s worth my anxiety – if I can’t relax and won’t enjoy the trip, there’s just no reason to go with how expensive it is. Unfortunately.

        • J, I can completely understand your anxiety. To be perfectly honest, I had to confront my own anxieties when I separated from my ex (youngest ALWAYS came home with a nasty diaper rash). In that case, I had absolutely no choice but to get over it in regards to him. But I never really let anyone else watch them when they were young either (my mom gave my exclusively breastfed child rice cereal in a bottle when he was three months – trust gone).
          So anyway, just wanted to give you some validation. I get it, I sympathize, and I hope that if you can’t trust MIL to watch him right now, that as he gets older, you’ll gain more trust.

        • It seems like you have a certain baseline wariness/distrust of your mother-in-law and like you’re almost looking to have your fears confirmed.

          • no, it was my idea to invite her watch him for a night or two. But when he came home very wet and very thirsty, I was questioning my judgment. It wasn’t the first time she never checked his diaper before going out. I would prefer that didn’t happen. She babysits here and there, so maybe that’s the extent we can really do until he starts to ask for things, should that ever happen, unfortunately.

  • Rant: I’m becoming that weird, antisocial coworker. Everyone is really close knit, it seems like they’re all nearing retirement while I just started my career, and I don’t actually work with them much (just share an office). That combined with me being fairly shy/reserved makes it hard to get to know anyone.
    Rant: I feel like I’m just gonna be mentally checked out of work until the holiday break.
    Rave: Slow days at work giving me a lot of time to plan my trip for later this month.

    • I’m sorry about your rants, and I completely understand where you’re coming from.

    • Stick your face in their cube and ask them how their weekend was and where they got their cool necklace. Then chit chat for a minute about places to buy cool necklaces. But not for more than a minute or two. Bring something to eat you made.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: feeling gloomy
    Rave: Fawncy party on Saturday Hopefully Awful Offie will attach herself to other people so I can enjoy the party.

  • Rave: Finally made the effort to to start physical therapy. My shoulder is not getting any better. The pain is down my whole arm. I really should not have off remedying the situation this long.

    I’m still open to planning an unofficial late December Happy Hour. Probably the last week of December. Anyone interested?

  • Rave: The Man in the High Castle on Amazon is fantastic. Turned out to be way better than I anticipated.
    Rant: It took 8 episodes, but Jessica Jones is finally showing some promise. Still not the incredible anti-hero show it was billed to be.

    • I’m two episodes into Jessica Jones and I really want to love it, but I’m not quite there. Good to know it picks up as the season goes on.

    • Don’t miss Bosch either. It hasn’t gotten anywhere near the hype, but it’s fantastic! Titus Welliver (the guy from all those Comcast Business commercials) is absolutely perfect in the role.

    • Loved Man in the High Castle. Rufus Sewell (Obergrubbenfuehrer Smith) is fantastic.

    • palisades

      Man in the High Castle is next on my list. I just finished The Last Kingdom (BBC) and am getting caught up on Rectify and The Affair.

    • I loved Man in the HIgh Castle. Really hoping that there will be a second season. I found it well acted and it kept my attention the entire 10 episiodes. As for Jessica Jones, I liked it (sorry, but I love Kilgrave, I think he’s a great villian) but I thought it could have ended 3 episodes before it did.

    • leftcoastsouthpaw

      Man in the High Castle was better than I expected as well. I really enjoyed the earlier episodes where they set the stage of what life would be like in an occupied America.

      I wanted to like Jessica Jones, but I just couldn’t buy the bad guy in season one. He was a horrible person, but I didn’t find him very scary.

  • Rave: Went to a Christmas concert at work yesterday afternoon, and got a $10 gift card to a local eatery at my apartment’s holiday party. Feeling more chipper today.
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    Rave: Holiday parties today and tomorrow at work.
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    Rave: Tomorrow is Friday. Hallelujah.
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    Lol: Bumped into bagel boy last night on my way home from work. I bump into all sorts of people now that I actually live in a popular neighborhood. It amuses me.

    • + One Rant: Dog down the hall came out of nowhere when I got out of the elevator around 8:30 last night and jumped on me. Couldn’t bring myself to say anything about leashing the dog and I don’t know why. (It looks like they’re having playtime with another dog in my hallway who is quiet and shy.) And I don’t want to leave a note because that seems kind of passive aggressive, which is not my intention. Ugh.

      • So you’re going to continue to be frightened rather than address the issue? Why? You don’t even know this person.

    • RE your lol, I can’t imagine bumping into an ex or someone I dated. I really envy how you’re able to take it in stride!

    • I Dont Get It

      Bagel Boy!

  • Help: We were denied for a HELOC because we failed to turn in one document. Just a dumb oversight. But our credit and equity and everything is strong, so it should be an easy fix.
    But now the person we were working with at the bank won’t return my calls. I have left a half-dozen voicemails and sent several emails, and gotten nothing. Is this normal? Once you’re turned down, they refuse to talk to you anymore?
    Anyone been in this situation? I’m going to call the bank’s main number and talk to them, but would appreciate knowing what to expect, because I certainly didn’t expect my loan officer to start treating me like a crazy ex.

    • I had something similar happen, and I went with another officer in the same affiliate. In my situation, it wasn’t a bank, so each person was more autonomous. I would submit with someone else since you have everything together.

    • I would seek someone else immediately. At least you already have all of your documents together. The behavior of your loan officer makes me wonder if either something else was going on with your loan (like they screwed it up and don’t want to admit it to you) or they’re just distracted. Either isn’t good. The three I always recommend (in no particular order) are Chris Jordan with First Home, Greg Kingsbury with Caliber, and Hillary Legrain with First Savings. I don’t know if all three do HELOCs, but they’ll tell you immediately. If you google them, they also all three have online applications. I’m willing to bet some of their former clients are reading and will pipe up with +1’s for their great work.

  • Rave: All of you. Thank you for being so sweet and awesome.
    Rant: Discovered that I’m not quite up for hanging out with friends yet. Hanging out with a couple of friends last night was just a bit too much for me so we’ve already cancelled our weekend plans (a large holiday party at a friend’s house).
    Rave: Instead we will be reinstituting date night which we stopped doing for some reason while I was pregnant.
    Rant: I am seriously going to punch the next person who tells me “Everything happens for a reason” or some other equivalent.
    Rave: I finally found cinnamon chips in a store so I believe a batch of cinnamon chip scones are in order today.

    • Re: your second rant. imo, that is the most terrible response to bad things happening. i understand that people are trying to be kind-hearted but it just makes it worse! there needs to be a PSA on not saying ‘everything happens for a reason’.

    • “Everything happens for a reason” ugh that is such a terrible response. You should tell them saying things like that is not helpful.

      Date night is the best–we try to do one to two a week. Ahhh I love cinnamon chip scones!

    • oh Rabbitx3…the number of people I could have punched who told me “everything happens for a reason” after our daughter was stillborn…ugh it makes my blood boil. I took to responding “no it doesn’t and that’s an incredibly hurtful thing to say.” I also hate the all the religious bs (like God only gives you what you can handle…really??!! wtf) That actually makes me think I forgot two websites that have been of comfort since losing her: glow in the woods and still standing magazing–they both have great communities for grieving parents like us. it’s been great to go to a safe place like that and rant about things like what people say after you lose a child.

      Be patient with yourself on hanging out with other people. I couldn’t do it for several months after our loss. It was easier if one or two friends stopped by for a coffee but no more than that. There were also times when going out was rough, we invariably ended up having to ask to be reseated because some family with a baby ended up next to us and it sent us into grief tailspins…

  • Rave: I have a date tonight. First in a very long time. We’re getting drinks and seeing a show. I’m excited about it.

    Rant: Despite breaking up almost two years ago, I still think about my ex daily and get upset about it (to varying degrees). And I don’t like that I’m still stuck in the past wondering what could have been.

    Rave: My belgian dubbel was a big hit at the DC Homebrewer’s meeting on Tuesday. It received a lot of high praise which made me feel good.

  • Rave: I booked my flight to Boston, with trip insurance. I am glad to be seeing my friends.

    Rant: My dad’s tests came back. Cancer has grown. They’re bringing hospice in starting on Tuesday but it’s not like urgent crisis hospice (like how I think about it) — they’ll come in a couple times a week at first to help my stepmom out with things and monitor him. As he declines, they’ll be there more frequently to help her.

    Rave: My dad is not resisting people coming in to help him.

    Rave: This cancer is slow growing, so the doctor is saying maybe 6 months to a year (but doubts a year).
    As far as cancers go, I’ll rave about that.

    Rant: My friends are dismissing and kind of callous about the guilt and sadness I feel about booking the Boston trip because of worrying about my father’s health. It made me feel like curling up in a ball and not talking about it to them, or anyone.

    Rave: My light up Christmas dinosaur arrived last night. He makes me smile.

    • I’m so sorry your father and you and your family are going through this.

    • A million years ago, I did specialized training in Palliative Care. Hospice is of great benefit to people in this process, and the sooner they are involved after this sort of diagnosis, the better. It will increase your father’s comfort level with the carers, as well as the family’s as his time nears. I am so very sorry what you are going through. It is very tough and I do not envy your position. As far as the friends go, I’m guessing that none of them have been through much loss, and don’t get what you feel like, so it is hard to empathize. However, what you are feeling is not out of the ordinary. My BF lost his dad at age 8, and his sister (who was 21 at the time) still says she regrets leaving home too soon, and had she known he was going to pass, she would have stayed. Most of us get that she could never foresee the circumstances, but to her, the guilt still gets to her. Grief is a funny monster.
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      On another, entirely different note, can you tell me more about this dinosaur? The youngest is obsessed with dinosaurs and I have never heard of such a thing.

      • I think that’s why Hospice is coming in now, so my dad gets used to what is going on, which is a relief.

        Grief is a funny monster.

        So my dinosaur came from Target — I don’t know how I will store him the rest of the year so he might just be a dinosaur that lives in my home year round once I take the santa hat off of him….

        http://www.target.com/p/tinsel-dinosaur-lit-decor/-/A-17433064#prodSlot=medium_1_2&term=light+up+dinosaur

        • Hospice is great. Spend time with your dad now as much as, in whatever way, you can. But also, live your life. Death is an obnoxious guest, taking up far too long with tedious stories and eating up all the nice cookies, but hospice should provide enough good drugs to smack him upside the head.

          The moment doesn’t matter. I did weeks of bedside vigil, but my dad happened to die while the dog needed to pee.

    • Oh SinSA, I am so, so sorry to hear about your dad’s cancer growth. But I’m glad that he’s not resistant to help/support at this time. And I hope and pray that you get more than six months and that it is “good” time.

      Re: your friends, even if you don’t feel like you can get the support you need from some of them, I hope you keep sharing and have other people in your life who can help you process all the mixed emotions and offer you support.

      Thinking of you and sending big, e-hugs.

    • binpetworth

      Sorry about your dad but will second Anonamom’s statement that hospice is a great benefit. There’s been a lot of research done that suggests in some cases, it actually lengthens life by several weeks/months as opposed to trying to aggressively treat a terminal illness. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend Atul Gawande’s book Being Mortal. It’s really about what choices families make at the end of life and how to support your/their wishes.

      • Being Mortal is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

        SinSA – I’m so sorry about your dad but I’m glad he is getting the care and attention he needs.

  • Rant: Toddler meltdowns. And general failure to listen/get ready to leave the house. Particularly combined with baby being a little out of whack, makes for a tough morning. I’m not looking forward to the logistics of going back to work when I need to help my wife get out of the house with baby plus toddler in addition to getting myself out of the house. The evening pick-up/commute home will be another kettle of fish too!
    Rant: May need to suck it up & get up earlier in the morning in hopes that helps make things run more smoothly. Not ideal when not sleeping consistently, but might be necessary.
    Rave: My wife is going to try to shift her day a little earlier to get the kids dropped off sooner & ultimately be home for dinner most nights. Fingers crossed we can make that happen–would make evenings easier for sure.
    Rave: My mom came over yesterday to hold the baby & I got a two hour nap. Woot! Win-win ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rave: Beautiful weather. I think I’ll take a nice, long walk this afternoon.
    Rave: Found a crew of women in my neighborhood with similarly-aged babies. So lovely to have people to get together with while on leave. Makes it far less isolating.
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    Sending love, support, and hugs to the folks who have recently experienced losses. You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

    • Hang in there!! It is really tough adjusting to having a newborn and a toddler. Sadly, getting up earlier might be the best option. I have found that even an extra 10-15 minutes in the morning means the difference between a “happy” morning and a “JFC pass me a cigarette and a whiskey” morning.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: too much work on my mind. It even filtered into my dream. (Who dreams about needing UCCs!?!?) Woke up at 5 something and contemplated getting into work early. Then closed my eyes and it was 7 something.
    Rant: knot in my shoulder just harder the more I try to massage it out.
    Rave: these too shall come to pass.

  • Rave: Serial is back!
    Rave: Those corn muffins hit the spot.
    Rant: Reading RRRR on my phone. I want to respond to more posts but it’s hard to read and write on this thing without losing my post or posting too early.

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