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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  • justinbc

    Reminder: PoPville unofficial HH @ Barcelona this Thursday! HH runs from 4-6PM, come as early or late as you like, we’ll likely have folks there most of the night. If you do plan on attending please let me know here so I know how big of a space to grab.

  • Rant: Weird anxiety dreams kept me up half the night.
    Rave: I managed to drag my butt to the gym anyway, which helped work off some of the anxiety.
    Rant: Personality clashes/weird dynamics at work. I will not engage, I will not engage.
    Rave: Long weekend coming up which includes in overnight trip with good friends. And I get to see my west coast bestie in a couple weeks. This month is flying by and going well so far.

  • Rave: Onto a new work notebook (a silver Rhodia) – god I love good office supplies.
    Rant: Can’t start or it’ll be too negative…
    Rave: Barn. Puppies. Friends. Beer. End of steroids (hopefully end of Shingles). Jane the Virgin. Tucking into Infinite Jest. Best friend’s wedding save-the-date.
    Rave: Return of biking the DC state avenues in alphabetical order. Made it to Mississippi Ave SE this weekend.

    • I Dont Get It

      Fingers crossed for end of shingles! I had them two years agao and even with the mild case I had they were no fun!

    • Seconded. Usually, with celeb deaths, I think “oh, that’s sad,” and go on my way. But for some reason, this one is really affecting me. I’m not even that big of a Bowie fan, but he was somehow immortal and timeless.

      Cancer sucks, man. Just another reminder today.

      • +1 to “he was somehow immortal and timeless.” I couldn’t believe it when I heard this morning.

      • Agreed, I almost posted something on Facebook earlier about how for some reason I always unconsciously thought he wasn’t fully mortal. Didn’t end up posting it because I was worried it would come off callous or something.

    • The news of his passing was one of the very first things I read this morning. I’ve been in a mood ever since.

    • Agree. I like to think though that his anthems for the outcasts will live forever.

    • I woke up at 4:30am to use the bathroom, saw the news alert on my iphone, and couldn’t fall back asleep.
      Decided to work from home today because I was such an exhausted mess this AM. Have been writing emails and blasting Bowie all morning. ๐Ÿ™‚
      He truly was an immortal legend. Hopefully he’s singing with Freddie somewhere.

  • Rant #ArrestGovSnyder see also Mark Edwards’ statements that the CDC publish reports about the water poisoning in DC that lead to this.

  • Rave: Work event this weekend went very well, I think. I’ll know more once I go through all the feedback, but it seemed to have been a success.
    Rant: A friend passed away last night. He’d been in a coma for a few days, so it wasn’t entirely unexpected but it’s still extremely upsetting. Trying to process a lot of stuff.

  • Blithe

    Rant: That cheerful chirping that I heard at the grocery store was, indeed, birds. And now I’m wondering, with some horror, if the sneeze guards are ENOUGH, and if those really were poppy seeds in the cabbage. :-/
    Rant: Plantar faciitis. My mother was right — one day I would regret wearing those really cute shoes.
    Rant/Rave: I’ve finally joined the idgaf Birkenstock generation: arch support and comfy toes.
    Rant: The nutritionist that I paid years ago who urged me to eat MORE carbs. Decades later: No! Jut: NO!
    Rave: Finally set the humidifier up. My guitars — and my hands — thank me.

  • Rant: Back in another insomnia cycle. The howling wind last night did not help.
    Rave: Bought a skein of yarn and crocheting hooks. My first attempt at a donation for Stephen’s Heart is underway.
    Rave: Finally getting to make some of my favorite cold weather foods. I just can’t make them when it’s warm out.
    Random Popville Hive-Mind Question: Does anyone have a local tattoo artist that they absolutely love? Bonus if they’re really good at smaller pieces and flowers (roses in particular).

    • Kim Ewell at Cirque de Rouge. I had a big piece done by her and I couldn’t be happier with the process and the finished product. her wait-time may be significant, but she’s WELL worth it. if you’re looking for someone to do something sooner, I’d say check out ANY artists at cirque. Lot of talent in there.

      • That’s the shop everyone keeps telling me to go to. I love their portfolios but their rule against having anyone in the room with you makes me not want to use them for this tattoo. It’s a memorial tattoo for our daughter and my wife really wants to be there when I get it.

        • All of the places I called in DC had that rule. I’d never been anywhere before that enforced it 100%, but apparently it’s A Thing amongst DC parlors. That was another thing I was a fan of Time Bomb for – they don’t care at all who else is there.

        • Everyone at cirque is awesome…Im sure if you explained the situation to whatever artist you picked they would be more than happy to allow your wife in with you.

        • Hmm, I had both of my tattoos done at Tattoo Paradise and first time a friend went with me. Second time wife and I were both getting one so we accompanied each other. My tattoos are relatively simple, but I think they have a pretty good reputation. I have friends who have tons of tattoos who have also gone there. Beware: they’re expensive, but I have never had a problem with that since it’s permanent haha!

        • I got a huge tattoo (cover up) that last several sessions by Cyn at Cirque and my husband could be with me. He stopped coming after the first session but…they didn’t have an issue with it so either it’s flexible or a new policy (got mine in late 2012). She was amazing.

      • My husband and I got related/not matching tattoos at The Tattooery in College Park, and we were both able to be together during them. I was pleased with Gabby–she did a great job on our fairly simple tattoos, but follow them on Instagram and they really do beautiful work in the studio.
        Remember that DC doesn’t have the same regulations as Maryland–if you donate blood like I do, you’ll be barred from donating blood for a year if you get inked at a DC studio (in MD, you just need to wait until the tattoo heals).

    • Not quite THAT local, but I am starting on a large cover up piece at Time Bomb Tattoo in Frederick MD soon. I did a bunch of research into local parlors and called around to a bunch of places and was really happy with them from a customer service, friendly staff, accommodating schedule point of view (and their awards for their work certainly didn’t hurt!). There were one or two places in DC that were downright rude – get you in and out, not taking the time to discuss what you’d like out of it, cannot meet the artist ahead of time unless you walk in and wait for 5 hours (I’ll pay for a consultation, I don’t expect that to be free if they’re an amazingly busy artist).
      All this to say just do your research and don’t be afraid to walk out if you don’t feel totally comfortable.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        Don’t forget there is the big Tattoo Expo this weekend in Crystal City.

      • Wow. Their portfolios are amazing! Thanks for the rec!

        • I left my initial consultation a couple months ago extremely impressed, but I cannot vouch for the quality of the work from a personal standpoint yet – I start mine in a month. The shop passed around my photo of what I wanted covered up and let different artists say what they thought and emailed me back before I even came in for an in-person consultation. It’s been so personal and friendly so far!

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m a fain of Deidre Aikin’s work.

  • Rave/rant: Date on Friday with someone who’s been out of the game for a while. Hmmm
    Rave: Full week should go by quickly.
    Rant: Still haven’t made it to the gym.
    Rant: No idea what to do for lunch this week.

    • Out of curiosity, how did you find that out? I’m recently back in the game after being out due to a LTR, and I’ve been trying to avoid telling people that until at least date 2. Maybe that’s a bad strategy?

  • Rant: (OK, I’m not really mad, just a bit late to work): What was responsible for Georgia Avenue shutting down in Petworth this morning? I saw a large police presence from a distance, before cutting over to New Hampshire Ave. It may have gone on for over half an hour, but I haven’t come across any information.

    • It appeared to be an accident right in front of the Wendy’s. When I went by the left lanes in each direction were closed, but not the whole thing. I think one of the vehicles was a potato chip delivery truck.

  • Looks like I’m not the only one dealing with anxiety and insomnia. I’ve been clenching my jaw for days, and have to conscious ease my shoulders. And did anyone else have a horrible headache for the last few days? I’m blaming the change in atmospheric pressure. And the jaw-clenching.

  • Rant/Rave: Tinder, you silly.
    Rant: the weather
    Rave: the sun is out!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: can’t make it to HH this week.
    Rant: stupid anxiety is back
    Rave: stupid anxiety is not as bad as it was.
    Rave: trying to be nicer. I smiled while AO talked at me.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Conference was great. I got to catch up with a grad school friend and meet one of the History Guys.
    Rant: Office Princess is back after her annual winter vacation in Florida.
    Rant: Seriously, she can’t send a simple email without sounding like a condescending bitch.
    Rant: We’re understaffed, but there’s now an agency-wide hiring freeze. Should make for a swell year.

  • Rave: Starting a new job! After 10+ years as a consultant, working full time will be a big change.
    Rave: Avocado toast newly discovered thanks to PoPville. Favorite version (so far) has roasted garlic, yogurt, sumac, salt & pepper.
    Rant: Bought a new digital scale, gained four pounds.

  • Rant: I need new/more friends here. All my close friends have either moved away or newborns/jobs/life has made us drift apart. I have plenty of casual going out friends but none that I can just invite over for a glass of wine and heart-to-hearts.
    Rave: Getting into the groove with exercise. I don’t know why I waited so long to get back into dancing. It really is the only exercise that I actually look forward to doing.
    Rant: Job hunting is the worst.

    • I read a fluffy little article recently that might help. I know it’s hard to break the routine of “let’s grab drinks” but some of these are less weird than others if you’re looking to expand a friendship. I like “make a complicated recipe together.”

    • Ugh I feel your rant. I feel like I have sooooo many friends here but like you, they’re drifting away for various life reasons. I feel like I’m the only one out of my group that got married and didn’t immediately start trying for babies and/or move way far away after. None of our couple friends (for the most part) anymore are married, because as soon as someone DOES get married, poof they vanish. I also make time for my single friends but they (rightfully so) want to go out with other single friends to hit on people at bars. I fall into that weird category of married but still want to go out by myself sometimes and not settling down after getting married.

    • Totally feel you on your first rant. It gets really lonely sometimes.

    • I hear you on the friends thing. Being in a new city it’s hard to make friends at this age. I had so many friends back in DC and different groups. Not that I wanted to, but I could have found someone to do something with me every single night. Blah.

    • could not agree with you more on both of your rants!

    • Hey, you can always call me up if you want to! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Thanks, littlen! I did recently get a griddle and bought okonomiyaki flour so we need to do that soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rant: basement is still not finished. I not slept in my own bed for nearly 3 weeks now. I’ve been nomadic since last week. I just want this work to be done!

    Rave: Stayed with my best friend last night. Had a relaxing evening of HGTV and Mean Girls. I need to come out and visit her more often. However she lives in Fairfax. A good 20 minute drive from the Metro. I miss when she lived closer into the city.

  • Rave: Partner & I are going to start trying for kids. My age plus some past health issue makes it a long-shot, but we’re excited and completely onboard with adoption too.

    Rant: Mentally ill family member already asks about kids and makes comments about babysitting. If/when we succeed in having/adopting a child, this family member can never be alone with the kid. Everything is a battle with this person and this message will be WW3.

    • might not be a long shot – I highly recommend Dr. F at GW fertility if needed good luck!

    • As part of a couple that tried for a while, but ultimately decided to embrace being child free, those family members and nosy friends of the family are the worst. I wish you the all the best but strongly recommend you keep your efforts as private as possible. We found those obnoxious people only got worse if you ever engaged the topic publicly or even just outside of a few trusted friends and family members.

      • Thanks sproc! We actually haven’t told anyone anything yet. Our families, and this family member in particular, have been asking about kids since we got married and the more time passes, the nosier they get!

      • This. I was suprised out how anxious I was during the whole process of trying to conceive. Each month was an emotional roller coaster, and I think I made it harder for myself by announcing to a lot of our circle of friends and family that we were planning to start a family. Looking back, I really wish I had kept quiet and maybe only told 1-2 really close, supportive friends. It added so much pressure to what was already felt like a stressful process.

    • Good luck! We just watched a documentary about a single woman who decided to start trying for a child at 41ish. It was about more than that–it was about family, life, relationships, etc. It’s called First Comes Love and we thought it was good.

  • goaldigger

    Rave: Ovie #500!!! (great to be there in person to see).

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Had to do one of my least favorite things over the weekend, scrape off and replace my DC registration sticker. I always wait until the last day just to add to the fun!
    Rant: There is a small crease in my new registration sticker due to my lack of precision in its placement. This is going to drive me crazy for the next year staring at it.
    Rave: In and out of the Inspection station Saturday in 35 minutes. The guys that work there are always hustling and so jovial!
    Rave: Iโ€™ve been enjoying making meals from โ€œWhole Grains for a New Generationโ€ in 2016. Over the weekend I made Barley Risotto and it was delicious, of course I went off script and added heavy cream so how could it not be good! Last night I made orange scented quinoa!
    Rant: Yet somehow Iโ€™ve gained 4 pounds in 2016. I need to work on portion sizes and save some for a few lunches!

    • +1 on the inspection crew! They are some of the best public employees I have ever dealt with anywhere. Last summer I was in mid-week at the opening and I was done less than 5 minutes after pulling into the driveway.

      • I Dont Get It

        I think they are happy they no longer do safety inspections! Usually I’m in and out in a few minutes but went at Noon on Saturday.

      • SouthwestDC

        Last year my girlfriend came with me– we were going before work and I assured her it would be very quick. Of course that happened to be the one time that it took over an hour! It was one of those insanely cold days and the low temps had caused their equipment to break, but they were amazingly cheerful despite it. Good thing you went this weekend when it was warmer!

    • Evidently great procrastinating minds think alike — I just scraped off my old registration sticker last night and put the new one on. It was the last possible day. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • I Dont Get It

        I used 10w40 for the first time and my sticker came off rather quickly. Then it was 10 minutes of trying to get the 10w40 off my windshield!

        • I stumbled across this nifty razor thing at Dollar Tree a few years ago. (I can’t remember what I was using beforehand — maybe a box cutter?) It holds a razor blade in place horizontally and is just the right thing for scraping off an old registration sticker!

          • However, for some reason the razor thing was no longer in my car and I ransacked the house looking for it.
            I must’ve had some reason to use it inside the house, but I can’t think what it was. My plan had been to keep it in my car so that it would be there every year when I needed to scrape off the old sticker.

          • SouthwestDC

            I had the same thing from the Dollar Tree and I can’t find mine anymore either ๐Ÿ™

          • I Dont Get It

            Just as weird when I was ready to colect all my gear and go back indoors, I couldn’t find the two razor devices I had brought. I need to be careful reaching under the seat now!

          • Check at Home Depot around where they sell razor blades – I have one or two I got there (or at Lowes). Look for a “razor blade scraper”

  • Rave: Accomplished lots of cleaning and organizing this weekend in anticipation of a houseguest.
    Rant: Didn’t accomplish quite as much as I wanted to.
    Rant: So very tired.
    Rant: Back to winter weather.
    Rave: Kittycat.

  • Rave: Extra day of telework this week!
    Rant: No sleep again due to puppies sleeping in my bed.
    Looking for a really good restaurant in northern VA for husband’s birthday?

    • How far out in northern VA?

    • Allison

      Try portofino restaurant. Very tasty and intimate! Also was able to accommodate a large reservation for my graduation dinner, if you’re inviting friends.

    • In Arlington, Boulevard Woodgrill is pretty good!
      I feel like there are much better options in Alexandria. Jackson 20, Columbia Firehouse, The Grille at the Morrison House, The Wharf, Landini Brothers…they’re all solid. Restaurant Eve if you want something really fancy!

  • Rant: Advertising. Littlest Anonachild absolutely insisted on “the wonderful world of Halos” clementines versus Cuties brand clementines.
    Rave: Got the damn Cuties. Sorry kid, better learn how to break brand loyalty now.
    Rave: BF and I went to an awesome little diner this weekend where the waitress called everyone “hun” and offered them “wader.” Easily the best french toast I’ve had in a while, and the coffee was so good I didn’t even miss the bottomless mimosas. Bets of all, the entire bill was less than $20. I didn’t even think that was possible anymore!

    • Wow! Where was this diner? “Hun” makes me think Baltimore?

      • Yup, Baltimore, just a little hole in the wall off Route 1. We were looking for somewhere close and just didn’t feel like going down to Fell’s Point or down around Patterson Park like we normally would. I don’t think the place has changed in 50 years (including the waitress and the patrons!).

    • I drill suspicion of marketing into my kids so hard. Every time they say “Can we get this soup/ cereal/ random plastic crap?” I fix ’em with a gimlet eye and say “Why do you want it?” If the answer is any variation of “because it has Phineas and Ferb on it,” then the answer is no. They’ve started giving each other knowing looks and saying “Pfft… Phineas and Ferb cereal. They’re just trying to sell it to kids by using the cartoon characters.”

  • rave: found someone to help me with my resume.
    rant: the weather

  • Bear

    Rant: Colds are the worst, especially when you have an important work deadline coming up and your brain fog is too bad to string together multiple coherent sentences.
    Rave: Weekend away with two of my favorite ladies coming up! I really hope this cold kicks before then.

  • Rant: health problem that hasn’t been problematic since high school is back in a big way. Luckily I was able to get in to see my specialist while I was home over winter break and hopefully there is no major damage yet.
    Rant: Doctor attributed return of health problem to underlying stress. Dentist also commented on the fact that I seem to be under a lot of stress. Law school must be causing more stress than I thought!
    Rave: only one more semester without the fiancรฉ here with me.
    Rave: it’s actually winter in Michigan!

  • justinbc

    Rave: Honeymoon planning. We originally weren’t going to do one because we’ve traveled so much lately, but decided to go ahead and do it anyway since we don’t really need anything for our home and the wedding guests have been asking us what they can buy. We’re planning to fly into Albequerque, drive to and through Sedona to the Grand Canyon, then up to Salt Lake and onto Idaho Falls, then Big Sky, then Jackson Hole for camping in Yellowstone. 6 states and lots of beautiful scenery in spring.

  • Rant: This is TMI but I am so frustrated and need to vent. After waiting almost a week for blood test results that I was supposed to receive the next day, I just got the call today and the results were mixed. Could be pregnant again after MC, likely not but eh borderline according to my Dr. See what happens over the next few weeks if I don’t get a sign my body is back to normal. I’m sorry, but WTH?! My body is a mystery and I’m not liking my practice since they are terrible with communication. Anyone love their OB/GYN practice and want to share names? I prefer downtown DC but will travel at this point. Also don’t care if it’s a Doctor or NP–My PCP is an NP and I love her.
    Rave/Rant: Insurance covered my D&C fully which is amazing. But when I got my statement of benefits Saturday it amounted to over $6,000. Thank God for good insurance but how do people afford this?
    Rave: Enough ranting…I organized our book collection this weekend, alphabetically by author’s last name. Our bookshelves look so amazing now. Lots of our old books found new homes when we left them on the sidewalk ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rave: DH made chicken and dumplings on Saturday. So. Good.

    • I LOVE LOVE Dr. Nicole McClendon in Arlington, VA. It actually makes me sad to think that I can’t have her as an OBGYN since I moved.

      • Thanks for the tip! I don’t have a car, but might be worth it considering what I’ve gone through.

        • Not ideal, but it’s about 1 mile from the Ballston metro station and right next to Virginia Hospital Center (which I also love).

    • I think you should request an ultrasound. There are many reasons to still have increased HgH resulting in a possible positive. An ultrasound should confirm or rule out many of these. I would also think that finding out the cause of the increased levels would be a slightly higher priority than letting you hang out for a week awaiting results, so good call with wanting to switch practices.
      Also, tangential, but, regarding your rant, this is one of the many reasons that Planned Parenthood needs to be fully funded and available to women. A very good friend of mine had an incomplete medical abortion and ended up need a surgical one. Well, in her wonderful state (Louisiana), insurance providers are not allowed to cover the cost of abortions at all, so the incomplete abortion had to become an incomplete miscarriage in order for it to be covered and in order for her to have the procedure she needed close to home rather than requiring travel. She had already paid out of pocket and traveled a significant distance twice including an overnight stay (waiting period and a follow-up) for the abortion itself. What’s more, she will never be able to upfront and honest with her care provider about her medical history without fear of judgment or fear of repercussions.

      • !!! How terrible for your friend. My DH and I were seriously wondering how people afford surgical abortions after we saw the price of the D&C. We are strong supporters of PP and this info is informative. I was also really gutted to think of a woman going through the pain of a missed miscarriage and having to pay this money… talk about adding insult to injury.

    • I am currently pregnant, and love my doctor at GW. There are several good doctors there and all the communication has been good – test results returned quickly and my many annoying questions answered without making me feel like an idiot. ๐Ÿ™‚ They have downtown DC locations and a location in Bethesda which isn’t as convenient, but worth it because I like the doctor.

      I hope you feel better soon and I am so sorry for your loss.

    • Rfff924 — There was a recent thread with OB/GYN recommendations:

      • Yes! Thank you so much for flagging… I realize now the forums are a much better place to ask this. I just forgot since I don’t hop on to the forums.

        • The forum postings themselves don’t get all that many replies, but when the Prince chooses a forum post to re-post as a regular PoPville post, the resulting thread will often get lots of comments.

      • Highly recommend Dr Bruce Bonn – he’s at 23rd and M NW

    • I really like the Women’s Wellness Center at WHC.

    • I love the midwives at GW, but also really like Dr Keller and Dr Sheff with the OB staff there. Good luck and I hope things get better and less confusing soon.

    • FWIW I hated ob/gyn at GW and still have issues relating to their crappy care. I’ve heard great thing about WHC’s midwives, though. Even though I disliked GW, you could try Bathgate because of her experience w/ difficult pregnancies. GW’s RE practice was wonderful to me, so if you find you may want to consult an RE…Dr. F rocks. good luck!

    • I was just having the same insurance rave this afternoon! I was terrified of how much we would owe after 4 nights in the hospital, L&D, and a D&C for our stillbirth but the insurance has covered almost everything (and we’re talking over $20,000). I do not know how someone would be able to afford it without insurance. I know you can negotiate a bill down but not by that much.

      I’ve seen a few different OBs with GW Medical Faculty & Associates and I’ve really like all of them. The staff can sometimes be not that great but the doctors are amazing. Plus with the EHR system they use, I’m able to check my own test results and communicate with my doctor directly.

      • The sticker shock is crazy! At first I got a statement for $850 and I was thinking hmmm that seems really low. It must’ve been for something related to that day because I finally got the line item one and was totally floored. Apparently it started at over $8,000 and insurance paid out about $6,500 and right now it says I owe nothing. Our healthcare system is so screwed up. I’m very fortunate but sheesh… the employer-based insurance system is problematic. I’m also concerned I’ll be one of the ones forcing our premium up next year :/

        Thanks for the tip on GW. I like places with EHRs, especially because I find city practices to be so busy it can be hard to get your results. For the most part, I like my GYN, and the OB who did my D&C was excellent BUT this is not the first time they’ve been uncommunicative to a fault. I had to call their 24 hour nurse line 3 times during pre-op, once in tears, and it took 3 DAYS (!!!) for someone to return my call.

  • Rant: Pregnant and having a bad cold is really pretty awful.
    Rave: After about a week, I am really feeling better!
    Rant: Feeling pressure to have a baby shower and to do all this baby prep-stuff and I am just getting overwhelmed.
    Rave: Getting ready to travel to Rome! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • I hope you get better soon! I hate colds and it’s terrible to not really be able to take much for it. Lots of tea, water, and sleep.

  • Rant: I thought I was over really liking a friend, but I’m not. This person is one of the only people I know that share most of my interests, so I still want to hang out with them. I was excited when I realized I didn’t feel as strongly as I used to, but then really sad when I realized I still feel something.
    rave: I don’t feel as strongly as I used to. I can do this.

    • Having feelings for a friend is the pits. I had a disastrous crush on a friend and we’re essentially not friends anymore and it makes me sad. Hope you guys can fare better!

      • I think anon should just make a move and see where it goes. It might ruin the friendship but it’s going to be painful being friends when there’s an undercurrent of sexual tension that’s not addressed.

  • Rant – Burgundy & Gold loss. I’m a transplanted Jets fan but It was fun being in town with a playoff team. I guess I should not be surprised I am the first football rant on PoP.
    Rave – National Championship game tonight. I hope Clemson can make it a game.

  • SouthwestDC

    Rave/Rant: My quilt supplies arrived! Excited to learn a new craft, but damn the basting part is taking forever.

    • What kind of quilt are you making, is it a standard type of pattern, log cabin, flying geese, star, etc? What part(s) of it are you basting?

      • SouthwestDC

        I’m piecing together a bunch of hand-embroidered linens that my great-grandmother made. It’s about 40″x50″ and I’m hand quilting it. The Craftsy tutorial I watched said to thread baste over the whole thing, so that’s what I’m doing. If I end up liking quilting I’ll try something more standard next.

  • Rave: Weekend away with my love. #Bliss
    Rave: Ate my way through Big Apple and thought I’d gained weight, turns out I lost a bit. Must be the walking!
    Rave: Another long weekend coming. Hurrah
    Rant: Traffic is going to be a snarl for SoU address Hoping there are no Metro meltdowns as well. Fingers crossed.

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