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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  • Rant/Rave: Work is actually really hectic right now.
    Rant: It comes at a time when we’re short-staffed, so the overflow office management work is falling on me, but I have my own other work to do (including my performance review, etc). Everything is time sensitive and I’m having trouble prioritizing. Hoping I can get some actual work done while people are out of the office at lunch.
    Rave: Bernie was SO CLOSE. Yessssssss.
    Rave: I will get a lot accomplished this week whether or not things get done as fast as I’d like them to. So I should be happy about that.
    Question: Anyone have experience working at Cove? I’m thinking I might need the extra space to focus this semester — I’m basically working two full-time jobs right now + one other random class and I’m having trouble staying focused.

    • Cove is pretty great! For $60/month the membership was definitely worth it while I was studying for the GREs/applying to grad school. It was one of the only co-working spaces that had a special subscription for those who only needed extra space after 5pm, which made it affordable.

      • Great, that’s the subscription I’m looking at (mostly because of weekends, though, since I have classes in the evenings other days).

  • maxwell smart

    RANT: The S-bus this morning was a nightmare. First of all, traffic on 16th street is out of control. Yes, I left later this morning then usual, but holy cow…. traffic is really bad. Second, the bus driver had yet to master how to use the brakes in a smooth and controlled manner… so combined with the traffic and that it was the local bus, meant one of the roughest, nausea inducing commutes in recent memory. I’m not one to get car sick, but I was close to losing it. Finally, if the bus is full, don’t stop and try to allow more people to shove on the bus. Bypass the stop and let the next bus get them. Yes, it sucks when the bus skips you, but it also sucks for everyone already on the bus who are already smashed in.
    RAVE: Groundhog says early spring!

  • Rant/PSA: The sidewalk is closed in front of the old WaPo building. The temporary bike lane is NOT a sidewalk and someone is going to get hit b/c they are too lazy to cross the street. Sidewalk=plastic barricades. Bike lane=orange cones.
    Rave: made it to work on time.

  • Rant: Forgot to lock my car door last night, so came out with all of the stuff in our car just sitting on the passenger side seat. The person had gone through glovebox, console, sunglasses storage place, everywhere. The front seat was also pushed all the way back, which I thought meant they tried to steal it, but maybe they were just looking to see if anything was hidden there?
    Rave: We apparently keep nothing of value to others in our car. I am a little surprised they didn’t take our iPhone charger and they left car seats, etc, which would have been a pain and huge expense to replace. I think all they got was a bag of quarters.
    Rave: A much better night of sleep last night has me feeling like a new woman

    • Emmaleigh504

      I used to have a POS truck that I never locked. It was always interesting to me how people rifled through it. In my neighborhood they were very neat and tidy and never took the spare change. But the neighborhood with a favorite bar they pulled everything out and left a mess.

    • I knew the neighborhood had improved when I felt I could leave my quarters in a bag instead of just loose in the console (which would take a thief much longer to collect.)

  • Rant: commute took FOREVER yesterday evening. Does anyone know what was going on at Rock Creek Parkway at 5ish yesterday? The entire four lanes were blocked between M and P St.

  • Kukki Bakemono

    Rave: All the snow mounds are melting on my block which are uncovering more parking spaces. I feel like an urban archaeologist when I discover a new spot to park that wasn’t there when I left for work in the morning.
    Rant: I thought adding some ground clove to the toffee sauce for a sticky toffee pudding I made would taste good…I was wrong.
    Rave: I went spelunking for the first time over the weekend and I found the one activity (other than hiding underneath a tall person’s trench coat to sneak into movies) where being small is an advantage.

    • where did you go spelunking??

    • Try nutmeg next time!
      Re: urban archaeology: Enough snow has melted to reveal the leaf bags I put out, on schedule, in mid December. Still there, much wetter and flatter, and having attracted all kinds of other trash. I’m blaming Bowser.

      • Kukki Bakemono

        Thanks, I’ll try nutmeg for the next batch of toffee sauce! [email protected] Bowser for wet pancake trash.

  • Rant: I think I’m falling in love with the woman who owns the Bestworld grocery store on Mt. Pleasant Street. She’s age-appropriate, quite attractive, brings a certain elegance to her work despite looking as though she could step in to unload canned goods or mop the dairy aisle if one of the stock clerks didn’t show up, and she always has a smile and a bit of conversation when I come in to buy mangoes and fish sauce (“where you been? Is your son still dating that Korean girl?”). But I’m sure she has a nice home and brilliant children out in Annandale or something (not to mention a husband) while I’m just another with romantic entanglements of my own, and it can never be. But, a boy can dream….
    Rant: Did not get the job in New York.
    Rave: Consoling myself with my renovated house and huge kitchen, loving “romantic entanglement,” good friends and nearby children.
    Rant: Wondering if I’ve become too old for new adventures and looking forward to twilight years defined by a boring job, soft foods and regular check-ups.

    • What happened to the lady you were seeing? Did I miss something?

      • Naah, it’s all cool, though she continues to find new reasons to worry (*are we just together because it’s practical?”). Just indulging a mid-winter, mid-life fantasy possibly (probably?) driven by my last rant .

    • Kukki Bakemono

      You’re never too old for new adventures. As the great Amelia Earhart once said, “Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” And not all soft foods are bad. Cake is soft. Cake is delicious. Eat cake.

      • I Dont Get It

        Yeah but how did that work out for Amelia Earhart?

        • It worked great! We’re still talking about her, aren’t we?

          • I Dont Get It

            Yes, in English and Japanese!

          • I Dont Get It

            I was going to make an Amelia Earhart joke but decided against it because my mother, with short hair in her teens and 20s looked like Amelia Earhart. Then I remembered that in my teens and 20s I looked like my mother with short hair. OMG I LOOK LIKE AMELIA EARHART! You found her/him!

      • You’re right! And I actually have a professional cake cook living in my house. Let me eat cake.
        Rant: Forgot to grab the a couple of the cupcakes she made last night on my way out the door this morning.

    • phl2dc

      Re: Your last rant – Noooo! Banish those negative thoughts!

  • Rave: Partner is home from a long trip. Neither one of us travels a ton for work, just enough for us to miss and appreciate one another when we return.
    Rant: Sometimes I think I will never sleep for a solid six hours without waking up again.
    Rave: Somehow I am still managing to stay on top of things at work and home.

    • Re: six hours of sleep, it could happen again sooner than you think! It just requires having a breast pump/formula and a helpful partner/night doula.

  • Rave: Made the most incredible black bean and vegetable quinoa bowl for dinner. So good.
    Rant: There has to be a better way to determine the winner in a tie than a coin flip.
    Revel: Vacation starts tomorrow! See y’all in a week!

      • No recipe for this one. It was literally one of those “what do we have in the produce drawer that needs to be eaten before we leave” meals. I think I chopped up a celery stalk, half an onion, a clove of garlic, a red bell pepper, and a yellow bell pepper. Sauteed it up in some olive oil and tossed in a can worth of rinsed black beans. Then added in some quinoa that had been cooked in vegetable stock and some salsa. We topped it with cheddar cheese and sour cream. It was ridiculously good.

    • I Dont Get It

      LOL when I WFH I keep a TV on. Yesterday someone made this on some talk show I just don’t remember who but at the time I thought it sounded good and that I should get the recipe.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: When life gives you a Porta-Potty, take selfies! Yesterday I was on a call and heard a lot of shouting outside and some loud dragging sounds. When I was finally able to get to the window, I saw a parking control officer walking away and the Porta Potty that had been in the street was now in the middle of my closest neighbors yard. Later the comfort station was resituated abut to my fence near my porch (YES I said ABUT!). Anyway, having grown up in an old farmhouse with an outhouse in the backyard I find it hilarious that now I’m in the big city with one in my front yard! I’m moving on up!

    Rant: I gained four blizzard pounds yet wasn’t here for the actual blizzard. Once again I need to start on my 2015 Resolutions and make an appearance at the AB-Y.
    Rave: It felt good today to come into the office and have other adults to speak to and no need to mop up after someone missed the wee pad again.

  • Rant – I hate this up and down cold/not cold weather. I cannot adjust.
    Rave – I joined a gym! They offered a 6 month membership so I went for it.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Ridiculously tired.
    Rave: Lunch with colleagues today.
    Rant: Because one of my favorite colleagues is leaving for another job.
    Rave: Belly dancing tonight!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Feeling very blah. I feel like nothing new is ever going to happen again.
    Rave: enjoying a cup of tea.

  • Rave: Wonderful dinner last night with a whole bunch of friends that I haven’t seen in a long while! And looking forward to a nice dinner with another good friend and her mom tonight.
    Rant: I swear to god I am going to completely lose my sh!t one of these days soon, my cube mate narrates her entire day. She just narrates! All day long I have to listen to her mumble under her breath. “Ok,” (huge sigh) “I’m going to write to X I need her to approve that.” Pause. (huge sigh) “Uhh….oh ok, here it is. Let me just give her a call. Jesus father! I can’t believe how much paper they need.” (huge sigh). I swear I’m going to snap one of these days. I don’t know how to nicely tell her “Hey, shut the f@%k up, stop narrating your day!” I feel like it’s probably one of those things she’s done her entire life, and she’s at an age where I don’t think you start totally revamping your life. Agh. I wish I could just be mean and not care if I offended her or not by asking her to shut up. In the beginning I tried turning around and asking “are you asking me a question? Do you need something from me?” and she’d just say “No, baby, sorry, I’m just talking to myself.” And I get it, I know I occasionally mumble something to myself, but I like to think i don’t narrate my entire goddamn day! AGH!
    Question: the friend I’m having dinner with – we want Mexican, and I’m debating between El Sol and El Chucho – which is better for a sit-down meal?

    • binntp

      My vote is for El Sol for a more substantive dinner.

      Also, that rant is hilarious…and awful. I’ve known people like that. I also do that sometimes with my cat (“OK, let me put the laundry away and wash that dish & then maybe I’ll come sit down with you.”) but thankfully not at the office!

    • Have you tried keeping a spray bottle handy, and giving her a little spritz each time she pipes up? It’s working pretty well for my cat.
      [this is a joke. I do not advocate water behavior modification for cubemates. But I will take credit if someone tries it and it works.]

    • When we went to see the new Star Wars movie, I sat next to someone who wanted to narrate the whole film: “Okay!!! Here come the words!!” “wow, and now the spaceship is going to come up from below… WOW. Did you see that? What did I say?!” and “And this is the part where we meet the new Darth Vader”.. etc. We soon asked her to stop.. Perhaps it was your coworker? :0)

    • I Dont Get It

      Maybe you should get some little finger puppets and reenact the conversations?

  • Rant: Have you ever had that feeling like, wow, things are going pretty good, life seems to be pretty easy and stress free and moving a long swell, and then WHAM! Something comes along and just fucks your entire world? Yeah. That.
    Rant: Just not knowing what to do or how to help. I am a “fixer” and it’s in my nature to try to fix bad situations. So when one comes along that I can’t fix, it just kills me.
    Rave: Little Anonachild turned 5 this past weekend, and we took him to see Kung Fu Panda 3. First off, he loved it, but secondly, the movie was essentially about how giving chi (or love) to others, grows our own chi, that even though you can take from someone, you are more “powerful” when you give back, and it’s in this giving back that we gain the most. Great little message, and one I did not expect from a movie starring Jack Black.

    • Not sure what’s going on, but I’m thinking of you and sending happy thoughts! And believe me, I do know what it’s like to have the rug pulled out from under you just when you think everything is ok. It massively sucks. I hope you’re ok!

    • Jack Black is all about the good feelings! Shallow Hal? School of Rock? (Ok, I haven’t seen a lot of JB movies. But these two were nice, message-wise.)

  • Rave: I’m starting to plan a potential long term trip. Anyone have any recommendations for India of South Africa. I’m a single female. I’m comfortable traveling around SA by myself, but as much as I hate tours, should I be thinking of tours in India? If so, does anyone have any recommendations?

    Rant: I have no idea if my boss will actually let me do this. But I need to make sure it is possible before talking to him.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Ooh jealous if you go to South Africa. I would love to go there to see the rhinos (before they are all gone).

    • I traveled around India by myself for about a month back in the 80s. I had a great time, but you have to be prepared for relentless attention from men. Mostly harmless, but constant. You can never sit by yourself in a park, a man will just come sit by you, follow you, offer to show you this or that place, clean your ears etc.

      • Emmaleigh504

        clean your ears?!

      • SouthwestDC

        Silly question: What did you wear when you were in India? I’m going in March, and made the mistake of watching India’s Daughter recently. Now I’m thinking I should be covered head to toe, except it will be pretty hot by then. I normally live in dresses and skirts, but I think showing some leg will attract too much attention. I do have a few pairs of pants, but they’re either skinny jeans or pencil pants that are on the tight side. I really don’t feel like buying new clothes that I wouldn’t otherwise wear. I do like leggings and could wear them under my dresses, but do you have any other ideas that won’t cause me to pass out from heat exhaustion? Last time I went in the winter so I didn’t have to worry about this as much!!

        • I haven’t been to India, but what about something like shalwar kameez? That way your legs would be covered, but with loose, lightweight fabric.

          • SouthwestDC

            Like I said, I don’t want to buy clothes I wouldn’t otherwise wear. I hate shopping in India in particular, and the clothes there fit terribly off the rack. I’d have to get them tailored.

        • Lightweight cotton maxi dresses! Re: how comfortable you’ll feel, it really depends on where you are – more urban areas tend to be more accepting of western wear, but you’ll probably feel a little scandalous in anything less than modest clothing in more rural areas. I always carried a scarf, even in the heat of summer, and it did come in handy sometimes to cover my shoulders/bust. FWIW, I did travel alone – and made some interesting travel buddies along the way!

          • SouthwestDC

            I’m actually more concerned about the urban areas (esp Delhi) because of all the rapes. In rural areas men appear to view women in western clothing as more of a curiosity than a target, at least in my experience. Maxi dresses are tricky for me because I’m petite, but I do have a long black skirt that I plan on wearing a lot!

        • Do you have any shirts that are just a bit longer? (i.e. cover your butt) That would probably work with jeans or yoga pants. Or a shorter dress with capri leggings underneath?

          • SouthwestDC

            That’s probably what I’ll do. I’m guess I’m just wondering if knee-length skirts are even a possibility. Maybe in Mumbai/Goa.

          • I think knee-length is fine. I was dressed really conservatively (it was also winter, so pants were perfectly comfortable), many other women I saw had more Western style. Western women are also viewed differently than Indian women, so I think we can get away with some things, it just might draw more attention.

        • I actually arrived in Delhi straight from working all winter in St. Moritz, so I was wearing wool pants and had few lightweight clothes. The first morning I woke up in my cheap little guest house, there was a tailor waiting for me in the courtyard with fabric samples. (The night clerk’s cousin or friend of course!) He measured me and delivered 2 pair of light cotton pants that evening. They were great – except after one long sweaty bus ride when I was momentarily alarmed to see my legs were bright red (Indian dyes are notoriously unstable!)

          • SouthwestDC

            Wow! I remember my girlfriend getting some jeans hemmed at her family’s tailor last time and they did a terrible job, though it didn’t cost much. I guess that’s why the clothes are cut so big– you can always pay someone a few rupees to make them smaller.

    • When would you go? And what are you interested in? I’ve been to India twice, first time was northern part (Kolkata-Varanasi-Agra-Amritsar-Manali(Himalayas)-Delhi. Lots of culture, not much nature (minus manali). 2nd was Kerala. A lot more chill and nature oriented. Nearly every meal I had in Kerala was cheap and fantastic. In northern part of India, it was a little more difficult for me to find food that made me go “Wow!”.

      You don’t need to take a tour of India. Super easy to get around (trains and buses go everywhere, and are super cheap), lots of people speak English.

    • I sort-of went to India on my own a few years ago. I say “sort of” because it was a 2-week trip where the first week I was with friends for a wedding and then the second week is where I went solo. It was a great trip, and while I generally hate traveling alone I’m so glad I went. I planned the entire thing myself (aside from the wedding). I found the tours to be ridiculously overpriced and I was very specific about what I wanted to do. If you’re at all interested, I basically did the Golden Triangle tour but without returning to my starting point: a few nights in Jaipur, a night in Agra to see the Taj Mahal, and a few nights in New Delhi. I hired a driver in Jaipur through my hotel to take me to Agra and New Delhi, which was great. I can look through my notes, but he was very reasonable, super nice (noticed I was scared crossing a road by the Agra Fort and came to help me), and allowed me to go at my own pace and make some pit stops like to a stepwell.
      General advice:
      – Don’t drive. Hire a driver. They drive like nuts over there
      – Dress conservatively, but you don’t need to be totally covered. I like tunics, so I wore leggings (full or capri) and a couple of tops from Fab India (a local chain). Otherwise, get some long shirts and wear those (short sleeves are ok). A few people commented on my clothes and liked that I made the effort. The main thing I’d avoid is shorts and strappy tank tops, otherwise you should be ok.
      – Book things like tours, guides, or a driver once you’re there. This was hard for a planner like me, but I found all the quotes I got while in the U.S. to be way overpriced. I had my hotel book things for me and it was about 1/3 the cost of what others had been telling me.
      – Haggle like a maniac. In most places I’d normally take the first price, cut it in half, and work towards ~75%. In India start off at a quarter of the initial price. You can also ask your hotel (if they’re reputable) what things should cost so you’re aware
      – Spend a night in Agra so you can get to the Taj Mahal as soon as it opens around sunrise. And the Taj is completely and totally worth the hype.
      You’ll get a lot of attention, particularly from men, and might get groped a little. If you have light colored hair a lot of people will want to take your picture (not all creepy, I had a few families ask). Begging/haggling is also a lot more intense there than other countries I’ve been to, which was exhausting after a while. I was there just after the big rape incident and was a little freaked, so I stayed on tourist paths and booked hotels that were inexpensive but reputable. I figured that they’re invested in their reputation and have an interest in keeping you safe. I also avoided going out at night, which might have been overkill but who knows. In New Delhi, ride in the womens-only car of the metro, it’s awesome.
      I can probably think up more, but that’s all I got right now. In addition to Jaipur, Agra, and New Delhi I also spent time in Chennai. It’s not really a tourist place (I was with friends), but still a cool city and very different.

      • Also avoid white clothing, unless you plan to toss it in the trash when you get home.

      • Good point re: white clothing (my stuff was all darker so it hid the sweat).
        Also, sandals that are easy to clean (i.e. rubbery plastic; Crocs actually has some really good ones), particularly if you’re going during monsoon. Or, sandals you don’t really care about and just toss them at the end of the trip. It’s amazing how much I missed paved sidewalks!

        • SouthwestDC

          Even if you don’t sweat, there’s dust and dirt that gets on everything. I remember bringing brand new sneakers but they were so filthy after three weeks that they had to be thrown away. I was also wearing an off-white fleece jacket that was similarly dingy and dirty after the trip. I think all the crap in the air that makes breathing so difficult also gets into clothes and stains them.

  • Pablo Raw

    Rave: I’m at home enjoying a wonderful cup of coffee and seeing the photos of Gallery Place metro. I hope that is not on my future.
    Rave: I have met some really wonderful people through PoPville.

  • Rant: Had a friend visiting for the weekend that I didn’t know too well. Known him for a long time, but never been close friends. Nice guy, meant well, but exhausting and I was on edge most of the time. Just… very different personalities. He’s really friendly and strikes up conversations with random people, starts singing randomly while we’re walking around, and is very touchy-feely (not in a trying anything way, though). I am much more reserved and that kind of thing makes me uncomfortable.
    Rave: Really great couple of dates recently with someone. Keeping my fingers crossed! He seems really sweet.

    • I wish i was more like his personality than my overly reserved self. Especially the part of striking up/engaging in conversations with strangers in social settings.

      • That wasn’t bad, I agree – wish I did that more easily! Some of the rest though… I’ll hug friends when I see them and sometimes goof around, but he was way more physical than I’m used to being. Between being a New Englander, British, and the Japanese influence it’s hard to shake being reserved haha.

        • SouthwestDC

          The conversations with strangers usually strikes me as contrived. Like they’re making a point to show they’re being inclusive by engaging with everyone.

    • Ah, those kinds of people freak me out. Not so much the striking up conversations but the touchy-feely, constantly friendly types. I can imagine that was difficult to be around all weekend.

    • Oh god, my mom does that. She takes advantage of the courtesy of strangers to talk about whatever is on her mind and it makes me so uncomfortable. She also sings randomly, in a faux opera voice. Thank goodness she’s not touchy with strangers. I wouldn’t be able to go anywhere with her, as the mortification would end me.

    • I’m a bad person. I would want to punch them,

  • Rant: Despite discussion pre-leave to get a product out early enough to avoid having to repeat the new analysis with the following year’s projection updates, said product moved too-slowly through the review process and now I need to repeat the analysis & tables. Again.
    Rant: Takes too damn long to get projects completed around here.
    Rant: Urgent crowds out the important. Again.
    Rave: Better sleep last night.
    Rave: Kids are damn cute most of the time. Singing “This Old Man” on the bus with my toddler is especially fun because we’re trading lines now. And this morning, while hanging out in bed, she was singing it to herself and periodically interjecting “that’s a silly song” in to the mix. Adorable. And the baby is just a laid-back sweetie pie most of the time. Thank goodness!

    • I love the kid updates 🙂 It made me wonder why there isn’t an afternoon kiddy fix – or would that be creepy? I guess my facebook feed (with two new babies added in the last 72 hours) will have to suffice.

      • Thanks! And enjoy the kid & baby photos on your facebook feed! I post way too many of those these days too. Not sure I’d want to post kid photos on a public website, though. Even anonymously, that makes me a tad squeamish. Am I nuts?

        • Why squeamish — are you worried that some weirdo will look at the photos while doing, um, inappropriate things?

          • Thanks to a certain visiting dignitary, my daughter’s pic was all over the internet for a while a few years ago. It didn’t bother me, but now it bother me that she is more google-able than I am and there are pictures of her that other people/organizations actually own the rights to. So, future notice to parents who would not want that, don’t sign the DCPS photo release!

          • Anonamom — RIght, but Mtpresident was talking about a case where her child’s name _wouldn’t_ be linked with the photo.

  • Rave: Back at my home agency with co-workers I like.
    Rant: It’s been 5 days and they haven’t given me any work. Why is it always this way…hopefully they’re just letting me get “settled in” and I’ll be busy soon.
    Rave: The Iowa caucus was interesting. Really glad Trump didn’t win and it was SO close between Sanders and Clinton!

  • Turns out my office crush is single. We were leaving at the same time last night, and he asked if I wanted to get a drink. He told me about how, instead of going to his mom’s for Christmas together as planned, they stayed home and had a three-day breakup and parted as friends. She moved overseas right after the new year.
    We talked for two hours, not one bit about work. No romantic advances on either side, just a deep and satisfying conversation with someone I feel very comfortable with. 🙂

    • “No romantic advances on either side, just a deep and satisfying conversation with someone I feel very comfortable with.”
      Uh-oh. Those are the ones you’ve got to watch out for. 🙂

  • Rave: Major training class tomorrow. Most of my training has been on the job, which works well for me. Looking forward to getting some more fundamental knowledge.

    Rant: Sometimes I have problems focusing. Well, not sometimes, a lot of times. Like I used to daydream like no one’s business when I was a kid. Still do. I hope I can stay on track with this class.

  • rant: my current agency is forever slow in processing anything, so they haven’t gotten around to releasing funds to my company for our contract. two beautiful consequences of this situation are that i have to be super meticulous about my timekeeping (only to have to go back and redo it once the funds are released and our proper charge code is set up), and also, more frustratingly, that i can’t yet submit expense reports for charges incurred in 2016. it. is. FEBRUARY. this isn’t a “new” contract – for the CY, yes, but not for our team and services we provide. they knew it was coming. the process has been ongoing for well over 2 months. UGH.

  • Aglets

    Rave: I just quit my job. Well, gave two weeks notice. I don’t have anything to fall back on other than my own small business so this might be the dumbest thing i’ve ever done but my instincts say no.

  • Rant: Increasingly dissatisfied with my job.
    Rant: Not many openings out there at (or above) my current level.
    Rave: The trash was finally picked up today, for the first time since before the snowstorm.
    Rant: When I heard the truck in the alley, I was rushing to add a bag on top of the bin that I’d put out last night. It’s still icy in my parking pad, and I slipped a bit — I didn’t fall, but my back and neck don’t feel quite right.

    • Additional rants/raves:
      Rave: USPS’s website now lists where all of its blue collection boxes are located.
      Rave: There’s one fairly close to me that I’d never noticed (or had forgotten about).
      Breakfast-related rants and raves:
      Rave: Tried Dunkin’ Donuts today for breakfast.
      Rant: Was preoccupied with getting my egg-and-cheese sandwich in bagel form, and ended up getting it on a blueberry bagel because there were no plain or wholegrain-type bagels. Only later did I see that I could have gotten it on a croissant or an English muffin.
      Rant: Dunkin’ Donuts employee was utterly unhelpful when I asked what product of theirs was closest to the Starbucks Frappuccino. I should have looked at their website in advance.
      Rant: I ended up getting a Frozen Dunkachino, which I’d say is like a Starbucks mocha frappuccino and is too sweet for me, even though I have a sweet tooth.
      Rave: It looks from the website as though the Dunkin’ Donuts Frozen Caramel Coolatta might be what I’m looking for. WIll try it next time I’m there.

      • Ah, sorry about the dunkachino issue. I didn’t even realize that the coolattas came in coffee version for some reason. I thought they only had juicy ones. Whoops!

      • hammers

        Dunkaccino (to my knowledge) is a blend of hot chocolate and coffee. According to the websites, a small Frappuccino has 36g sugar, whereas both varieties of the Dunkin’s you list have 71– they both might be too sweet! I’m not much of a fan of drinks from DD.

      • SouthwestDC

        Nice! I’ve always wished there was a way to see where the collection boxes are (although at this point I think I’ve figured out where all the ones near home and work are).

  • That One Guy

    Uber puppies is happening tomorrow and I’d totally be down with playing with a dog except work and rain. Ugh.

  • Rant: My MIL wants me to come with her after work to confront her tenant who hasn’t been paying rent. Umm, I choose not to have rental properties precisely so I don’t have to deal with things like this! Plus I have dogs to come home and walk and things I wanted to do tonight, and what am I supposed to do about it anyway? I’m not exactly the threatening type.

    • If this wasn’t my business, I wouldn’t get involved. A family friend was literally shot in Philadephia a few years ago doing something similar. If you’re not comfortable, you should not go.

      • Yikes, good point. This is in VA where there are guns all over the place! I was more concerned with wasting a whole evening trying to get out there and back without a car. 🙂

    • HaileUnlikely

      Unless the tenant is somebody you already know (e.g., a personal friend who you referred to your MIL), then no way, stay out of it.

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