Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Had a dream that dredged up all my parental anxieties and shortcomings. I still feel anxious.
    Rave: Belly dancing tonight!

  • Rave: Haven’t bought lunch/food at work at all in 2016. Wooot.
    Rant: It’s only been like a week….so it’s not that special
    Rave: Wawa coffee is 99 cents. Any size. Amazing.
    Rave: Been to the gym a few times – I can’t yet make classes work, but cardio is better than nothing.
    Rant (warning, parenting discussed): Toddler-dom. Whenever I think it might be worth considering the steps for a second child (IVF-related), my son does something that makes me think of how rich and thin I’d be if I hadn’t had a child at all. Lately, it’s bath refusal – like, hardcore. He had a could of accidents, and we’re taking steps to begin potty training, but every night he is SO upset at getting in the bath since the accidents. It’s so awful.
    Rant: My MIL – we let her babysit all day, at her request, and she both failed to put our kid down for a nap or feed him lunch. So, I’m not irrationally crazy. She was specifically told to head home around noon for a nap, and she blatantly ignored it, let him sleep in the car for 15 minutes and said that’s enough of a nap, and then couldn’t get him to eat lunch because….he was tired. So…three days later we are still playing catch up. Gotta love it, but at least my husband is on the same page now WRT not letting her take care of him like this again.

    • Also rave: Orange dreamsicle bread: http://www.chef-in-training.com/2014/11/orange-dreamsicle-bread/ I want this, but I don’t want to make it. And so it goes…but it looks and sounds soooo yum

    • Ahhh the joys of Wawa. πŸ™‚

    • If you haven’t tried it already, Crayola Bathtime Crayons are amazing for getting kids in the bath tub. Also, if he is having accidents, then his skin may be irritated and the water may hurt (even if it doesn’t look very red or rashy). A little aquaphor before bath helps to provide a barrier to get the bum in the water, then washes off fairly easily.

      • so, I think (warning, parenting talk) he is either 1) worried he’ll have an accident because the warm water is relaxing (but he’s on the potty before hand, and asks for the potty) or 2) is worried there is p__p in the tub still, because he points to the empty tub and tells us it’s in there. I can’t tell. We’ve tried putting him in a swim diaper, last night my husband got in the tub, we’ve tried putting him in there empty and filling it up. Nothing. We also tried a shower, but he wants to shower in our bathroom, which is proceeds to get covered in water (stall shower). Hence why we are likely to take the potty training route soon – or at least attempt. We really don’t know what’s wrong, but I’ll try the bathtime crayons! He LOVED baths until the accidents happened, and we didn’t get angry at him or anything.

    • Ugh, re: MIL issues, that is SO frustrating. Glad you both are now on the same page.

  • Rave: One class down that seems like it will be okay this semester (minus me having to write 2 short essays and 1 long essay and two presentations crammed entirely into weekends over the next 2.5 months).
    Rant: One class left to go that I have very little hope for….
    Rave: Long weekend this weekend, it’s like a bright light at the end of the tunnel this week.
    Rant: Still feeling like I’m having a quarter life job crisis. But I can’t do anything about it at the moment, except to keep in touch with my contacts and keep my eyes peeled for opportunities. Having the “do I want a *job* or a *career*?” conversation with myself daily.

    • hammers

      Just wanted to let you know I go through a lot of the same struggles daily. Hopefully we will figure it out sometime! I’m trying to “let it be” more, but it’s hard!

    • I feel you on your last rant. I quit a 3-year job I loved and am not exactly happy in my new/current role for a few reasons, though I’m hoping that I will be cleared to transition projects in the coming months (and I’m holding my breath it helps ease my frustrations and the “i miss my old job” feelings i have pretty much every day).
      People and, more importantly, my bosses and managers always ask the “where do you see yourself in 1-3-5 years” question, which resembles the job vs. career question you pose, and I absolutely hate it. Perhaps it’s because I have many varied interests, or am just ignorant of vertical climb options of someone in my field, or because I love being hands-on and in the weeds on projects and dislike managing people, but the question is almost impossible for me to answer. I am 26, hold multiple degrees and certifications, have great experience in my field (and I actually enjoy my field), but I don’t know that I see myself in it for the long haul. Furthermore, I don’t have the slightest clue what I see myself doing for the long haul (full disclosure: I am a commitment-phobe).
      I realize this response doesn’t help you in the slightest other than for me to selfishly say that I can relate to your struggles.

      • Thank you! I’m glad this isn’t just me. People I know keep telling me that I should stay in my field/agency/etc. because I have a lot to offer — but most days I just don’t see it. The place I work is the only agency I have ever worked at and is the field in which I’ve studied. But I would love to… go somewhere else for awhile. Because I also have quite a few interests that I wish I had pursued more. (And quite honestly, I feel like my current agency has been pretty terrible at “professional development,” and I feel like I’m missing out on this early in my job/career/whatever-we’re-calling-it.)
        That is to say — I hope we can both figure out how to be content with our choices or take steps in better directions soon!

        • hammers

          I quit that “good job” at an agency last year. I wouldn’t say I regret it, but it definately was a terrible move “career” wise, and I do not like my new position. Now I’m so lost because I don’t want to go back, but I don’t see a way forward.

        • Does your agency ever have details, which allow you to work at another position temporarily without giving up your current one?
          I think I know how you feel. I went through this myself a while back, and without being the voice of doo, now I wish I had not been so quick to move around. There’s a lot to be said for the continuity of staying in an organization, if not a specific position.
          On the other hand, I have had some pretty interesting experiences over the years, even if they are disjointed and don’t really add up to a ‘career’.

  • Rant: I slept really well last night but I still feel like I’m dragging today. I don’t know if it is the lack of coffee or if I am on the cusp of getting sick. I’m going to try to get lots of rest this week.
    Rave: Cinnamon toast – there is nothing better than rediscovering your favorite childhood comfort foods as an adult.

  • Rave: Finally moved back into my house! The workman finished yesterday. Now I can unpack and reorganize my room.

    Rant: The workman locked my bike to the back porch with my old lock. I have no clue where I left the key. How do I cut a bike chain? At least they didn’t use my U-Lock.

    • Bolt cutters.

    • I’ve cut off a U-lock with a hacksaw with a metal cutting blade (buy a spare blade, as well). That’s the cheap fix, but will take you about 30-40 minutes of cutting. Your arm will be sore for a few days. The metal in the chain will probably be softer than the metal in the lock, so cut the chain.
      You can rent a cordless bench grinder from Home Depot (and maybe even your local hardware store). That will cut it off quickly (but very loud and sparks will fly).

  • Recs on a mason or gc with experience? Looking to get a stone and brick walkway repaired and a simple drainage system installed.
    Rant: Dog is on a new 6am wake-up no matter how late he goes to sleep.
    Rave: Only uncommitted night this week.
    Rave: Will be able to do taxes the first day they’re available.

  • Rave: Looking forward to PoPville book club tonight!
    Rant: Anxious over having my friend visit this weekend – going to try and spend some time at the barn and on the bike with her, but she’s ill. And she needs help. And I cannot get her to get help, or take meds, or go to therapy, although I’ve tried (to the point of involuntary commitment). So at this point, I need to have a relationship with her that I can control. But maybe two days with me in DC is not such a good idea….
    Rave: Trying hard to be positive and supportive – hosting husband’s new colleagues on Thursday in our home (well….our half home since half of our life is in NYC). He has an insane week and he’s stepping up big time to help lead this so I need to step up too.
    Rant: Love nephew pics but feel like it’s not appropriate now for me to share horse or puppy pics…

    • Why wouldn’t it be appropriate for you to share horse/puppy pics? I remember you said a while back that your family was SUPER-focused on your nephew (like, to the exclusion of all other good things/good news) — is that it?

      • hammers

        possibly because said nephew is in the pics?

      • I’m not sure why – just feel like we’re all supposed to be focused on the cute nephew (and he’s my godson, so I feel like I really SHOULD be focused). So they share pics (on a family Whatsapp group), and we all comment on his cuteness but it feels like there’s no space for others’ lives to be shared… And yea – there is a really explicit focus on my nephew from my family (to the point where my mom has planned my birthday party on an inconvenient date for me so that that event won’t take place the evening before my nephew’s christening -since as godmother, “i have important responsibilities that I have to take seriously” not that my party would be a rollicking crazy blow-out event or anything). He’s cute, I love him, I’m happy for my brother, SIL, and parents, but need some space I guess…

        • Yikes. You’re entitled to your own life and interests. Also, and I mean this as gently as possible, perhaps some respectful distance from the family on all fronts is warranted. There seems like your family is significantly (over)involved in your life, and they lack respect for healthy boundaries. Bad combination.

        • Start posting those horse pics! Otherwise seeds of resentment might start to form. I say this as someone who has a 6 year old nephew and 1 year old niece (with a birthday the day after mine) and no children myself. There is room in the universe for both – and that’s something that you love! There are already enough times where a kid is the center of attention (look at the cute thing they did, or they won’t eat, or our whole weekend is at a resort location that caters to kids)…so I would say online is a perfect place to still share other things that you love. I also don’t think that takes away from your nephew at all.

        • Didn’t someone here a few weeks ago make the comment that the heart is not a pie? (I want that embroidered on a pillow.) There’s plently of room to adore the nephew and also celebrate your horse and pup. I say post the pics of your four-legged animals, especially if it is something you did pre-nephew. The world is big enough for all of them, and you shouldn’t edit or change what gives you joy in life because your brother decided to have a child. (This comes from someone who is currently about to become a parent and is trying to be very aware of not making my spawn/parenting in general the focus of every conversation, especially with my supportive non-parenting friends. Children are wonderful, but they aren’t the end all and be all. And that’s ok — probably even very healthy for them to realize.)

        • Thank you all – this is such good advice – I feel like i have back-up thanks to you guys :-). I’m working through boundaries, control, relationships with the fam, etc. but it’s a process.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: so sleepy this morning
    Rant: things like my hair and my scarf touching my neck. It’s driving me nuts.
    Rave: Lady Grey tea is the perfect tea this morning.

    • Your rant #2: I just had to get my hair cut because all of a sudden it was making me crazy touching my neck! Thank you for making me feel not-quite-so-crazy:)

  • Rant: None!
    Rave: I like the crispy weather outside.
    Question: What is good protocol for messaging with someone via online dating and then deciding you don’t want to meet up in person. I’m finding a lot of people are happy to message forever, or to hint about meeting up but then be unavailable, etc., which is not so much my jive… is it better to just stop responding when they finally decide they want to (typically after I’m losing interest due to aforementioned flakiness), or to say explicitly that you’re not feeling a meet up? Does anyone have a way of doing this that they like?

    • IMO, you don’t really have to come out and say “I don’t think we’re a match” (or similar) unless the other party is asking you out and you want to decline.
      Are you a man or a woman? If you’re a heterosexual guy messaging heterosexual women, it’s possible that they’re waiting for you to do the asking out.
      It’s also possible that someone might be interested in meeting up but unavailable for a particular day/time… though in that case the person should suggest an alternative day/time if he/she is interested in you.

      • I’m a heterosexual woman messaging with heterosexual men. Are you saying that if there is no explicit date ask out, and just too much back and forth for me, I can just stop responding? And if there is an explicit ask out, but has come after so much back and forth that I’m no longer interested, I should explicitly decline?

        Maybe I have some kind of common thread in how I’m interacting with people that’s creating this, but it seems like very often the conversation is like this:
        – lots of back and forth
        – he says, we should talk about meeting up sometime
        – i say, sounds good, i’m available x, y, z
        – he says, i’m not available any of those times, but maybe this time

        and by that time, i’m uninterested (what is this ‘maybe,’ yuck). So I don’t reply, and then they ask about a specific time, but I no longer want to.

        • I think it’s best to keep the back and forth to a minimum and meet up sooner rather than later. If you’re interested and the guy shows no sign of asking you out, then ask him out. If you’re not interested, you can try to wrap up the conversation (e.g., with a brief reply that asks no questions).
          The pattern you describe above sounds like a guy who’s only half-heartedly interested and is perhaps reluctant to make plans in advance.

          • +1000
            I’m not sure how long the back and forth guys, but I’m rarely waiting longer than 2 weeks to meet in person. Major holidays excluded. If you’re that busy, how do you have time to date?

          • OK, cool. I appreciate the feedback. I’m new to the dating thing after a LTR, so am just figuring this stuff out.

        • hammers

          If he asks you again, you could always say “no thanks, I kind of got turned-off by the back and forth” if you wanna

    • No protocol needed. Ghosting is perfectly fine in this scenario. Maybe you should broach the topic of meeting rather than leaving the ball solely in their court. Then you can more easily gauge interest vs them looking for a pen pal.

      • Thanks. People keep talking about how ghosting is the worst, but maybe it’s just the worst for people you have already met and not people you haven’t.

        • Exactly. Ghosting complaints have mostly covered people they’ve met and started dating sometimes a first meeting is thrown into the mix.

        • yeah – if you haven’t met them I don’t think there’s really anything wrong with it. But if you’ve met up, especially on more than one occasion, then it’s super not cool, in my book at least.

        • topscallop

          I don’t consider it ghosting until you’ve been on a couple of dates and haven’t given the other person any indication that you’re not feeling it – you just fade away without warning.

  • Bonus rant: I think the person I’ve been crushing on is dating someone. Which is like the story of my freaking life. I need to be more proactive at expressing my feelings. Or putting myself out there.

  • hammers

    Rave: diet, excercise, cleaning the whole apartment (the “cure”), therapy
    Rant: hungry, sore, messy home, confuddled mind
    But really- I’m taking on a lot right now, but it makes me feel good to be busy and working on some things I’ve been putting off due to “just can’t with life-ing.” I’m hoping to get myself into a better place, so I can work on some bigger things- friends, new city possibly, new career perhaps?
    Rave: Book club tonight, was so bummed I missed the last one.

  • Rave: Made a yummy soup in the crockpot last night and have tons of leftovers.
    Rant: It’s only Tuesday. I need this week to be done.
    Rant: Metro. I’m normally only traveling one or two stops so I rarely notice anything beyond the usual annoyances (escalators not working, only one gate functioning, trash everywhere, etc). But I had to get blood work done this morning in DuPont circle, and holy hell, I’m reminded once again that Metro is an absolute sh!t-show. Seriously, it’s absolutely embarrassing that the capital city of one the most technologically advanced – and wealthy – nations presents its citizens and visitors from around the world with such a shameful piece of crap system.
    Rant: I am in a terrible mood today. And it’s only 10 am and I have awful heartburn. I want to just go home and sleep but I’m supposed to meet up with one of my mom’s best friends, who is in Old Town for a conference and wants to have dinner. I’m sure it’ll be nice to see her but right now I just want to hibernate.

  • Mugging at gunpoint on my street in Columbia Heights at 11:30 last night. Right across the street. I heard nothing. Neighbor is ok, fortunately.

  • phl2dc

    Rant: Groups of kids randomly attacking other Metro riders. Groups of kids randomly attacking people in the street. Groups of kids being shit stains.

  • Question: do people have any show-stopping dessert recipes? We’re doing a fancy beer dinner (8 courses each paired with a beer) and one of the courses we’re assigned is dessert. Last year I made the six layer salted caramel cake. I think I peaked too early! We’ll be serving it to 8 people. I’d love some suggestions. I need to avoid apple, as that’s already slotted for the other dessert. Thanks in advance fellow dessert lovers!

    • Mille-crepe tiramisu cake! I’m obsessed with both tiramisu and crepes so I absolutely love this. tastingtable.com/entry_detail/chefs_recipes/12552/Mille_CrΓͺpe_Tiramisu_Birthday_Cake.htm?utm_source=PureWow&utm_medium=pinterest
      I recommend using coffee liqueur instead of Marsala wine for the tiramisu filling.

      • Do you think I can pull this off without practicing it?

        • Absolutely! I make extra crepe batter in the beginning since I usually end up burning a few of the crepes but it’s a lot less overwhelming than the recipe makes it sound!

    • Guinness cake or maybe a flourless chocolate cake?

    • Chocolate ganache with crΓ¨me fraiche, orange oil and spice/nut mix from the Nopi cookbook. I made it for a dinner party and it was amazing.

    • Chocolate peanut butter cake from Smitten Kitchen! Or a dobos torte, made with super thin layers of sponge cake.

      • I’ve made that cake and it’s delicious, but definitely not something I’d want to eat after 8 courses and beers.
        What about cherries jubilee or bananas foster? There’s nothing more showstopping than fire!

    • After such a heavy meal, how about a fresh fruit pavlova? They are relatively simple to make (just baked meringue) and can look stunning.

    • what else is bring served? The hardest cake, to me, is carrot cake…but it’s an acquired taste (which I love). You could do a surprise cake, where then you cut in to it, a treat spills out like mini reeses or similar. (Pinata cake?) like http://sallysbakingaddiction.com/2015/04/29/how-to-make-a-pinata-cake/ (also that web site in general rocks for sweet treats)

      • I won’t know until I get there – except I know to avoid apple because I asked the host outright. So I can go in any direction. Thanks to everyone for all the great ideas!!!

    • I think mousses [did I spell that right? Should it be meese πŸ™‚ ] make such a nice dessert. Individually served in 8 martini glasses or similar always looks nice and you can fancy it up with garnish. Julia Child’s recipe is a classic, or a banana mousse.

    • Allison

      I think I read about something the other day called tea-ramisu … I suspect it’s like tiramisu except made with green tea matcha powder instead of coffee flavored. It sounds heavenly

    • Kind of late, and it’s really heavy, but the dessert people raved about the most was my white chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate graham cracker crust topped with raspberries and a Frangelico (or amaretto, brandy, or no liquor) dark chocolate drizzle. Looks awesome, but super easy. It’s the first (and only) cheesecake I’ve ever made.
      Base recipe: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/7385/white-chocolate-cheesecake-with-white-chocolate-brandy-sauce/
      The main changes I made:
      – in the bottom of the pan I pressed some crushed Oreos or chocolate graham crackers for a crust (can mix with butter until crumbly, but I didn’t bother)
      – dropped some extra white chocolate morsels in the pan before pouring in the cheesecake batter(?)
      – in the sauce, replaced white chocolate with dark and brandy with Frangelico (since I’m not a brandy person)
      – once baked and cooled, and still in the springform pan, dot the top with fresh raspberries and drizzle with the sauce. It looks gorgeous. You can refrigerate it overnight with or without the berries and sauce, but if you put both on just be forewarned that the berries will soak up the alcohol. I did this by accident, everyone loved it.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Bonus rant: people at work who let their voicemail get full.

  • rave: bf bought me the marie kondo book on a whim because he thought I’d like it (I do). But frankly I have mixed emotions because he’s the one that needs to read a book about tidying. Maybe I can get him to read it after I’m done.
    rave: maxed out my gas category for one of my credit cards (weirdly productive feeling)

    • In the Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up she says you shouldn’t push family members to tidy, but that they’ll be inspired to tidy once they see you doing it. I personally haven’t found that to be true!

    • Yoyotan — You and BF now live together, right? Have you talked about the tidiness issue?

    • After reading the book, tell him that you really want to do the Kondo method. But in order for it to be successful, he will also need to abide by it. Then make it something you do together πŸ™‚

  • Rant: not much time for posting/reading now that schools started again
    Rant: fcking testing. Until mid February

  • Rant: Morning phone calls to a medical billing office where I was accused of ignoring my bills. Ummmm, no. Why would I ignore a bill for $18 and another one for $7.50 and potentially screw up my credit? So frustrating.
    Rave: Dealing with another medical billing office that was positively delightful.
    Rave: We’ve finally settled on a date to go visit my folks. Really excited since we missed our scheduled visit in November.

  • Rave: Made a really tasty chicken gyro for lunch for the week. The marinade for the chicken was really good! I’m usually meh about what I cook haha, but happy with this.
    Rave: Glad this month at work seems to be fairly quiet. Trying to teach myself how to use the database still. So useful but so complicated… And then we’re moving over to a new one this fall, oy.

  • Rant: I spilled half of a huge smoothie in the trunk of my car this morning. It got on EVERYTHING! Ran out of paper towels while cleaning it up, so my car is going to smell like Kale and strawberries for a while. Yuck. I tried going back when I got to work, but it had dried up into the carpet by the time I got to it.

  • Rant – Spent the weekend stressing out over my sick dog.
    Rave – Took her to the vet Monday morning and she’s doing better, just having some side effects from all her meds.
    Rant – I have a love/hate relationship with my Kindle. Love it for traveling and being able to get books instantly. But sometimes I like a book so much that I want to buy and read the actual book, even though I already have it on Kindle. The Kindle version doesn’t seem real. This results in me buying books twice. I have a feeling I’m going to be one of those stubborn old ladies who refuse to adapt to modern technology. Like my grandmother who never gave up her rotary phone and refused to buy an answering machine. She never even left messages on other people’s answering machines.

    • DC public library (though Overdrive) is a great way to use your kindle.

    • I’m exactly of the same mindset! I love the convenience of the Kindle – I tend to get all my Kindle books through overdrive in the library. But then I love the book, want a physical copy, then feel like a fraud with a never cracked spine of a book I loved :-). Also, I love the wear and tear on a book that you’ve well-loved. I go back and forth (right now lugging around Infinite Jest has reminded me why I enjoy the Kindle!) but reading makes me so happy that I’m comfortable as long as I have books to read!

      • Yeah, I get books through the library for my Kindle when I can, but sometimes when I travel I just need something to read asap. I wanted to start reading Elena Ferrante’s novels, but they weren’t available through the library. I bought the kindle version of the first book, loved it, and last night I bought the hard copy.

        • They’re not? I got My Brilliant Friend on Kindle from the library, right after her latest book came out. I thought they had some of the others in the series too.

          • Really? I guess I have bad timing. I was on the wait list for weeks and there were no available ebooks πŸ™ I gave up and bought it on Kindle.

    • I found a Kindle in the fall and have been trying to use it. I don’t know if I’m having bad luck picking books or what, but I can’t get into anything I’ve tried to read on it. Now I’m trying it with cookbooks, but I don’t really like it for those either. Maybe it’s not meant to be.

  • Rave: running with my toddler daughter–great way to spend quality time together and get some exercise. Trying to do it every weekend if I can. And she enjoys running the last block with me :
    Rant: Toddler pushing limits. Ugh, here’s where the hard work of parenting ramps up.
    Rave: Baby’s transition week is this week. Trying to get some de-cluttering done around while I have the house to myself, but there is a LOT to do and not really enough time.
    Rant: Family members (not those living in my household) hassling me about said clutter, which simultaneously makes me want to ignore it and tackle it all at once by throwing everything away. Said family members also like buying lots of stuff for my kids, but that’s neither here nor there….

    • Just a thought, when do you think is a good time to start running with kids? Oldest is almost 10 and has mentioned wanting to run with me in the past.

      • Just to chime in–I’ve seen so many young kids run 5, 8, and 10Ks it honestly surprises me. My friends children have been running races with us for three years and her youngest was 8 when we started to run together. Both kids are faster than me (I’m pretty slow at 10-10:50 miles depending) and during races I see plenty of kids who look to be around 10-13, and a few younger than that, running with parents. It’s really impressive, I don’t remember any of my friends doing any running other than cross country when I was that young!

      • That’s a good question, I haven’t thought about it. I guess we’ll see where we are with her level of interest in the coming years. For now, we’re using the jogging stroller and she gets out to run the last block with me.

        • Rereading your question, though, I think 10 is definitely old enough, especially if the child has expressed interest. Just start slowly.

      • Quotia Zelda

        My son ran a 5k when he was 10, and there were lots of other elementary-aged kids there.

      • My 10 year old nephew did four 5ks in the last year, and is getting ready for his first 10k. (He has crippling ADHD, and running is one of the ways he copes.)

  • Rant: Day 6 of a headache. I know it’s bad to take the migraine meds so much but nothing else works, and then one enters the cycle of bouncebacks.
    Rant2: an echo of skj’s rant-I could have written exactly that.
    Rave: plans for spa world this weekend with a good friend, something to look forward to!

    • Oh geez, I’m so sorry about your migraine. I feel you — I had two back to back right around New Year’s that lasted 3-4 days each. It was almost unbearable. I hope you feel better soon!

  • Rave: Moved into a new room yesterday and I am much more comfortable.
    Rant: I’m really great at writing cards and letters to friends but SO bad at actually getting them in the mailbox to go out.
    Rant: Back to homework.
    Rant: Still no grades from last semester.
    Rave: Beautiful snowy day.

  • Rant: I know we all rely on autofill in Outlook and sometimes it steers us wrong, but how much email for the new “Jeslett” am I going to get?
    Rave: dating an adult, a functioning adult.
    Rant: I’m so tired I almost fell asleep on the drive to work even though I got about 7.5 hours of sleep. I guess no more leftover pancake, nutella, peanut butter sandwiches for breakfast. I don’t think the carb bomb helped.
    Rave: antibiotics! I feel so much better than I did last week.

  • Rave: Lana Del Rey overpowering the gospel this morning… there’s something oddly satisfying with sultry f-bombs in my ear versus praise music.
    Rant: I have always been overly optimistic about this city. I love this city. I see such great things, and great people. But here lately, I just can’t help but think that it’s all just going to shit.

  • RAVE: I’m enjoying life, to the extent possible at the moment.

    RANT: I’ve been experiencing some very acute panic attacks for the first time in my life. I thought I’d had them before, but I was wrong. NOW I know what it means to have a panic attack. Horrendous. How have my fellow sufferers dealt with theirs?

  • Rant/Rave: I went from being on such a “I love this city” high this morning to feeling hopeless (for lack of a better word) after reading the PoPville post and comments on the Metro attack.
    Just really frustrating in general. I feel like we’re past the point of no return when it comes to resolving the underlying issues that result in such behavior and awful, traumatizing experiences.

  • Rant: Discovered yesterday that my ex-girlfriend has been accessing my email for the past few months and reading my messages. She’s supposed to be over me. WTF.

  • Rant: I was already in a terrible mood this morning but I managed to make it to work early to prepare for two back to back meetings. Meetings were a COMPLETE waste of my time. Just a confluence of issues. I literally wanted to flip the conference room table, drop the proverbial mic, and walk out. ARG!
    Rave: I’m an adult. I didn’t flip the table. And I only slightly slammed my office door and that’s only because no one was around and it felt quite satisfying.
    Future Rave: Wrapping up things ASAP at work, walking home in the cold to literally cool off, and then will work from home the rest of the afternoon.

  • Rant: Missed the Golden Globes this weekend
    Rave: Missed the Golden Globes this weekend
    Question: Is Mozart in the Jungle actually good? I need some new shows.
    Question 2: If I don’t want to pay for Amazon Video but to wait for the DVD, am I hopelessly old-fashioned?

    • Do you have Prime? If you do, you get Amazon Video for free. I am a Prime addict.

    • Re. Question 2: No (IMO).
      Where are you getting the DVD from, though? Are you already subscribed to Netflix?
      The D.C. Public Library has a lot of DVDs, but also has frustrating gaps in its collection.

      • I don’t find watching on the computer relaxing because I sit at a computer for a living (or it feels like that sometimes). I still get my Netflix DVDs in the mail–I feel like I may be both Netflix and the Post Office’s last customer these days.

        • Yeah, I too prefer watching on a bona fide TV vs. the computer. (And my TVs are too old for HDMI hookups.)

        • Buddy, you are definitely old fashioned if you are still getting Netflix DVDs in the mail πŸ™‚ I suppose I am as well since I get the Post delivered every day because I like the experience more than reading on a tablet. But seriously, do you have internet at your house? If so, you can very easily get Amazon or Netflix video and stream it to your TV, so you’re not watching on a computer.

          • Need A Name might be old-fashioned, but not _hopelessly_ old-fashioned, IMO. πŸ˜‰
            To stream Amazon/Netflix video to his/her computer, Need A Name needs not just broadband, but somewhat-above-lowest-tier broadband. Netflix’s specs are as follows:
            Required – 0.5 Megabits per second
            Recommended – 1.5 Megabits per second
            Recommended for SD quality – 3.0 Megabits per second
            Recommended for HD quality – 5.0 Megabits per second
            Recommended for Ultra HD quality – 25 Megabits per second
            I think an HDMI connection (or a “smart TV”) would be necessary to stream to the TV.

        • ChromeCast might be your cheapest option, at around $35. But the Amazon Fire TV Stick is much, much better. With these, you can stream to your computer and watch on your TV. I also hate watching on my laptop, and I really like the fire interface.

  • Rant: Had a really unpleasant encounter with the “$20 for two $10s” scammer in the U Street Metro on Saturday afternoon. After I told him I wasn’t going to participate in his scam, he got right up in my face and screamed at me for being “FUCKING TRASH!”

    I said, “No, you are!” (not my best comeback) and texted the cops, but I’m sure nothing happened. So frustrating.

    Rave: Indoor tomato plant that, despite not being watered for several months, is inexplicably still alive and producing ripe tomatoes in almost no light! Wonderful.

  • That One Guy

    Last Monday, girl said let’s be friends. I say okay. She then send me an email at 3:15 am on Saturday morning saying she was up working late, was going to go to bed and that I should be carefully not to catch a cold.
    Am I reading too much into this or do others see this as sending mixed messages too?

    • I think you’re reading a bit too much into it, but I think her actions also count as mixed messages.

    • Maybe she’s trying to establish just which kind of friends she wants you to be…there any time day or night, versus limited to more of a hands off, only contact during waking hours sort of thing. If it’s not something you would expect from other friends, consider telling her that.

      • +1. I was thinking something along these lines or that she might have put you on the back burner and is sending mixed signals.

  • Rave: ROLL TIDE! that is all…..

  • Anyone know if there is going to be a David Bowie dance party at any of the venues in DC? I feel like honoring him by dancing the crap out of an evening to his music.

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