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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  • Rave: Warm weather weekend!
    Rant: Have lots of work to do (both personal and professional) – hoping I can intersperse outside time with serious getting shit done time.
    Rave: Shopping for a new bike – I love my 10 year old Fuji touring but it’s my DC bike and it’s a beast. I want one for NYC (belong to bike share but want my own for longer rides and easier commuting). Looking for a lightweight (but not super fancy) bike with gears and brakes (no fixies!) – not sure if I want drop handlebars or upright. Any thoughts?
    Rave: Going wedding suit shopping with my best buddy next weekend. A family friend owns a custom suit shop and we’re hooking him and his fiance up :-).

    • I ride with drops which is nice for windy days but there are times that I’d really like upright bars for stability (I’m wobbly when using my left arm for signalling) and for slowing me down. Maybe the Trek FX bikes would work?

      • oooh I’l check these out. Thanks for the rec!

        • You’re most welcome! If you’re going for longer rides I would try to look for a bike with the geometry of a road bike even if you get upright bars otherwise it might feel like you are pedaling on an elliptical.

          Saw below you might do CX. I’m too chicken and already have a road bike but I really really want this one: http://www.jamisbikes.com/usa/renegadeexile.html. I’d never lock it up outside though; it’s too steal worthy.

          • Oh wow – loving that jamis too. I have an old Fuji touring and so am really drawn to the look of workhorse bikes. Great point about the handlebars and geometry.
            I have a buddy who makes bamboo bikes in the Philippines and I’m seriously contemplating commissioning a bike from him… it’d be light at least!

      • I have a Trek DS (hybrid) and love it. it’s great for me because i wanted flexibility in use (light off road use but still good in city). Adding bar ends is my compromise between the upright bars and drops; it gives me flexibility to move around and adjust position and grip on longer rides.
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        also, my S/O has a Trek FX and enjoys it too.

    • I bought a Specialized Vida Sport a few years ago and love it. It’s a nice, lightweight, not too fancy hybrid bike. The upright handle bars are great for city riding. I got a grood deal because it was last year’s model. I also really liked Jamis Coda bikes, but the steel frame made them too heavy for me (but such a comfy ride!)

    • I bought a hybrid bike with straight bars for my commuter and I regret it everyday.
      Just find drop bars much more comfortable over longer distances.
      Depending how much you want to spend, Fuji’s tread series seems like a reasonable priced all around work horse with drop bars. And the top of the line model even comes with 105 groupset for a descent price.

      • Can you attach drop bars to the existing handlebars? Or replace the existing handlebars with drop bars? It might not be that difficult/expensive to do.

      • Wow that’s a sexy bike. Thanks for telling me about it! I have dreams of doing cyclocross one day :-). Unfortunately, it seems they don’t say what the weight is on many of the bikes!

        • yes it really is a nice looking bike. I’ve been eyeballing it to replace my hybrid and use it as my daily commuter but still shopping around before I commit. Even the models with the cheaper groupset (Shimano Sora and Tiagra) are a great value.

          • I love bikes but haven’t yet immersed myself in the components – any tips/good blogs for someone who doesn’t want to get too technical but wants to understand the pros/cons?
            What else have you been looking at?

          • a good place to start is Sheldon Brown’s website. Pretty much explains everything about biking. Don’t worry about the old school looks of it, there is a ton of info in there.

            The other bikes I’m looking at are a few Surly models. The Long Haul Trucker, Cross Check and Pacer. All are steel frames so probably heavier than what you are looking for. But good sturdy bikes, which I want for my commute.

    • That One Guy

      Dahon bicycles? Their folding bikes are functional and are storage friendly. The draw back is they weight ~25lbs.

    • Thanks for the thoughts. I’m hoping no foldable bikes – cannot get over the uncomfortable ride. I have a serious workhorse bike in DC (carry all my stuff on that bike, it’s steel, has awesome gears, a great rack, etc.) so looking more for a zippy, durable but not super fancy bike for NYC.

    • Accountering

      Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but Andie and I found this at the Bike Rack and loved it! Perfect city bike!
      .
      http://www.momentum-biking.com/us/bikes/street

  • Rant: Cat I’m watching decided to pee all over the laundry room yesterday. Her people said it’s likely from dementia so…
    Rant: Now I’m dealing with a confused senior citizen lady cat!
    Rant: Norovirus outbreak at school. Hoping it doesn’t make it over to the law school.
    Rave: Lovely yoga class last night. Instructor tried to get me to do a headstand – nope! Not ready for that.

  • Rave: Wife’s back after been gone for a week
    Rant: Too old to get in trouble
    Rave: DC has great Asian delivery

  • Rave: Great phone call with my women’s group last night. We should all be nicer to ourselves and enjoy where we are and not focus on where we’re not.
    Rave: Helped two friends develop talking points for their new business ventures this week. Wonder if there’s a way to turn this into a side gig.
    Rant: Hearing nothing from job apps. Onward!
    Revel: Unlimited taco bar with friends and the boyfriend tonight. They’re meeting him for the first time and we’re meeting one of their girlfriends for the first time. Good thing tacos bring people together.

  • Rant: 40. FML.

    • I Dont Get It

      Actually wouldn’t the FML be if you didn’t quite make it to 40?

    • No, own it! Love it! 40 ideally comes with more self-confidence than you’ve had since you were six, and more financial security, too. And if you don’t have those things, you probably have a good idea of how to get them, or access to people who can help. Celebrate 40. If nothing else, please don’t saddle another generation of girls with age shame.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      You will enjoy 40. At 50 its even better because you’re no longer judged. And 60! Let me tell ya!

      • yes, it only gets better after 40. 50 is truly the new 30, and 60 (which I’m inching toward in a few years) is definitely the new 40. You will only go down in age from here!

        With living longer, and better health for many than in earlier generations (maybe for those of us not wearing ourselves out early anymore with physical labor), there are extra decades to enjoy good health and energy.

    • Having recently gone to the funeral of a 30-yr-old, I say enjoy 40! Not everyone gets there, and from what I hear, it’s pretty great – you’re almost at the point where you don’t have to give a $hit about anything anyone says and have hopefully accrued some really great wisdom and experiences to help guide you along the way further….

    • I Dont Get It

      I agree with others here–the 40s are great and I’ve enjoyed all 15 years of them!

  • Rant: After having a few good days, I’m riding another wave of grief. Hoping a weekend of warm weather and outdoor time will lift me up again.
    Rave: Hiking tomorrow.
    Rant: I really don’t want to go to my wife’s best friend’s birthday party tomorrow night. I’m feeling very socially awkward these days and I don’t know how to deal with it.
    Rave: Homemade vanilla honey butter on waffles with mixed berries on the side. If I could eat that every morning, I would be the happiest human being ever.

    • Could you get a pass on the party and just have a quiet evening to yourself? My partner is way less social than I am. And it works that he picks and chooses which social gatherings to attend. I’m completely cool with that and will always let him know which events are “mandatory.”

      Your breakfast sounds amazing!

      • I think if I tried to get a pass on the party, my wife would opt to stay home too and then I would feel guilty about it. We’re not very good at having separate plans on the weekends. Right now, I’m leaning towards asking her to not drink so we can leave whenever. This is a totally new experience for me (I’m usually very social) so I’m still trying to figure out how to deal with it.

        • Putting in an appearance and leaving early may be a good compromise. Perhaps have a talk with the Other Mrs. Rabbit beforehand and even agree on a phrase or code word that signals “it is time to go.”

          Re: feeling socially awkward generally and that being a new thing, please be gentle with yourself. And I agree with hammers’ suggestions. I hate large crowds, so hiding/helping out in the kitchen is usually my coping strategy.

          • Allison

            Sometimes agreeing in advance on a set time (e.g. 9:00pm) when you will leave the party helps because you know you only have to get through a set period of time, and it avoids the negotiation with your significant other about leaving. Knowing I won’t end up staying up late and getting cranky makes the social experience more enjoyable.

    • hammers

      hide in the bathroom! help in the kitchen! it’ll be warm, you can even sneak outside. These are my I-hate-parties coping tips.

    • That breakfast sounds incredible. I’m sorry you’re going through a very rough time today — I agree — could you take this night for yourself?

    • Emmaleigh504

      I want breakfast at your house!

    • That breakfast sounds delicious!

    • That One Guy

      How does one go about making vanilla honey butta’? Is there a recipe or procedure to it? I imagine I’d end up one greasy and sticky mess if i attempted to create it without guidance.

      • Let a couple of sticks of butter get up to room temperature. Then scrap out a vanilla bean into the butter and mix in a couple of tablespoons of honey (to taste basically) and a little salt if you use unsalted butter like I did. Mix it all together and then let it hang out in the fridge overnight. It’s flipping amazing.

      • Now that I’m thinking about it. Compound butters really have become my thing lately. I made a savory one the other night with garlic, shallots, and crushed black peppercorns to go over a steak that was mind-blowing. We also now have a backup sweet one in the freezer using up my leftover raspberries.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Yesterday was full of meetings, but they were actually productive.
    Rant: Ridiculous Type A MoCo parents. I just can’t with them.

  • Rave: The adorable car in today’s photograph.
    Rant: My allergist’s receptionist who asked me, “Are you sure you aren’t having twins?” She’s so lovely, and I know she means no harm. But that isn’t really the thing I want to hear on a day that I feel like a lumbering wooley mammoth.
    Rave: Making progress on purging, organizing, and finding room for all the little parasite’s stuff.
    Rant: Not sleeping well.
    Rave: Friday! A weekend ahead to rest and relax. And somehow even with the crappy sleep, I have managed to be really productive at work this week.

  • Rant: Why does it take forever for DC to get me my tax return? I did it so early this year, got my federal return within days, and now a month later, still nothing from DC. Grumble.

    • I Dont Get It

      Did you file electronically? I did and got mine in less than a week.

    • Have you checked the refund site? I had the same issue, and I found out they sent a paper check instead. In my case, they sent it to a different address then what was on the return. Hopefully, it’s just delayed, but I’d check just in case.

    • Something is up with DC. I filed my taxes on 2/9 – and checked Where’s my refund last week – it said DC had received my return and was processing. Got my federal refund yesterday and went back to check my status in DC and now when I put my info in – it says it hasn’t gotten my return yet…WTF you had it last week and now you don’t…..Last year it took DC until December to get us our refund (at least they paid interest).

      • I’m relieved someone else is having that problem! I did my DC taxes during the blizzard but it took weeks for them to even accept my digital return (kept getting all these vague technical error messages that required tons of internet sleuthing to fix, some of which were internal to the DC system). They finally accepted it 2/10. Last week on the refund status site, it said it was processing, now I just get a message saying they haven’t processed my return at all. Ugh. Why are DC processes THE WORST?

      • I agree. In the past 10 years, I have received the DC refund immediately. This year, I got the letter requesting proof of ID, and it still says “processing.” Maybe the tax department is under an investigation or something.

  • Rave: Was able to get a Saturday appointment for sick (?) kitty, so I don’t have to take time off work, and I don’t have to wait until Monday or scramble around today.
    Rave: Sick (?) kitty didn’t get sick again last night or this morning.
    Rant: Both kitties are getting seriously annoyed at the food limitations – the older one because I can’t leave food down for her to graze on at her leisure, and the younger one because she’s stuck with small amounts of bland food and NO dry food. Those little buggers woke me up at 5:30 this morning jumping on me to get me to get up and get them food. I did not oblige, so they starting knocking things over on tables and desks. Brats!
    Rave: Weekend is almost here, and it looks like it’s going to be gorgeous.
    Rant: Still no solid answers re: my building…

  • anonymouse_dianne

    Rave: Squirrels are back to their nest! They abandoned it during the blizzard. Slowly I have seen the birds come back to my trees, and this morning, the bushy tail of squirrel scampering up the tree. It must mean spring is truly coming.
    Rave: Friday and no one is here at work. Yeah!
    Rant: Need to pick up mail and books.

  • Rant: A “gentleman” called me a fat ass after I yelled at him to stop walking in the bike lane.
    Rave: I’d rather be a fat ass than a misogynistic jackass.

    • hammers

      you should never be called that; although I think yelling at strangers is kinda rude in the first place.

      • That’s fair, I was just trying to get him to walk on the sidewalk instead of the bike lane with increasing urgency as my earlier (nicer) attempts failed and I didn’t want to hit him.

      • But when they’re endangering themselves and others (by walking in the bike lane and probably completely oblivious to their surroundings) then sometimes you have to yell. I haven’t yet found a good way to tell people they’re in the wrong and doing something dangerous (turning into me, standing in the bike lane, passing way too close)from a bike – seems you’re an asshole no matter what you do.

        • Ha, too true, people and cars seem equally annoyed by and oblivious to our presence even if you’re following the rules of the road. I usually start with screaming BIKE really loudly that that tends to work better than my horn. I try not to think what that says about my voice, that it’s more strident that a screeching horn. 🙂

  • Rave: So excited for 60 degree weather tomorrow!
    Rave/Rant: I’m performing in a show tonight. In Annandale. I do not want to go out to Annandale. It shouldn’t be too hard to get there from work, but coming home is going to be brutal. The only reason I’m doing this is because it pays and I get to wear a pretty dress.
    Rant: I’m stuck in the pre-sick mode. Congested and sneezy, but not so bad that I need to go to a doctor. I’m not getting worse, but I’m not getting better. It’s annoying.

    • SouthwestDC

      Good luck. I used to commute into the city from Annandale and the 12-mile trip normally (on a good day) took an hour and a half each way.

  • hammers

    Rant: super high turnover at my job. My favorite person is considering leaving.
    Rant/Rave: I’m almost there myself. I am almost feeling brave enough for the job search. This just isn’t a good fit for me.
    Rave: Had a date last night where we just picked a neighborhood and moseyed around. I think this will be a new thing for us!
    Rant: Have spent SO MUCH MONEY lately; but (rave) it has all gone to good things; in two cases, travel and lodging, and in one case the purchase of my first (real) piece of art!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: forgot to put on my rings today and I feel naked.
    Rave: nothing really, does this mean my antidepressant isn’t working?

    • Your rave actually describes me when I was on antidepressants. I was never happy nor sad. I just was.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I still get sad, so yay? I’ve taken this one before and actually felt good and happy and stress free most of the time. That just isn’t happening this time around. Stupid brain chemistry.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: The picture of yesterday’s scam artist “Gene”. He looked very familiar so I asked my favorite barfly if he had seen him before and he said “Isn’t that your father?”
    Rant: Apparently certain scaffold otters have never seen a normal dude in baby blue cowboy and injuns pajamas amble down his sidewalk to retrieve his newspaper.

  • Rant: The Reliable Tavern, the new bar opening (?) a block from the Petworth metro. Earlier in the year they put in a beautiful wood and glass door, and new windows. Three months ago the glass door was smashed and is now boarded up. Yesterday the plate glass window was smashed and is also now boarded up. I’m guessing the owner is wondering why he bothered with Park View in the first place.

    • “Yesterday the plate glass window was smashed and is also now boarded up.” Whoa, I totally didn’t notice that this morning! I guess I was more preoccupied than I realized.
      .
      I thought the door glass getting smashed was a disappointing case of “This is why we can’t have nice things.”

  • Rave: Date night last night was actually really great. SO great. This is encouraging!

    Rant: My ears. Once a year, every freaking year since moving here, they get completely blocked with wax and I have to go get them irrigated because drops just don’t work. Usually it happens in the spring. Except for right now. Right before I’m going to be judging a music competition! Feels like I am completely underwater.

    Rave: Found an ENT on ZocDoc that can fit me in today. Hooray!

    Rave: Great advice from my therapist on how to approach my weekend plans — they totally worked! Plus, plans in place to have a longer, very compassionate conversation with my friend after this event is over with.

    Rave: My cat was so freaking cute this morning!

    Rave: There is a cute black dress at the store that I really really want to have. It’s 30% off. Do I need it, though?

    • Emmaleigh504

      Of course you need it! It will make you happy and you can wear it on another great date! Plus 30% off is a steal.
      love, The Enabler

    • Have you tried the DIY route with the irrigation? I have that problem occasionally and can usually get it out myself with some time & effort. Helps to put the drops in for a few days in advance to loosen things up.

      • I have. This is day 6 of trying drops, olive oil, steam, warm compresses, and nothing.

        • Not to beat a dead horse, but I can’t tell–have you tried irrigating it yourself as well? There are kits with bulb syringes that you can use to do the irrigating. If so, sorry to press the point. If not, give it a try?

          • Oh, sorry. Yes, I have tried that too. Nothing was happening (which is why I tried Minute Clinc yesterday — she she said she couldn’t get it out either).

          • Ugh, yikes if even the Minute Clinic folks couldn’t get it out. I hope the ENT brings relief!!!!

      • hammers

        I am having quite the opposite problem. I haven’t produced any wax in my right ear since 2015. It’s quite itchy and uncomfortable.

    • You DO need to have it! I have a million black dresses and just bought a new one last week because Anthropologie was having a fabulous sale. It was necessary.

    • For the ear thing, have you tried pregnancy? After my second pregnancy, I stopped producing earwax. It’s so weird. I keep expecting it to come back some day, but it’s been a lot of years, and nothing.
      Also from the “why should this be??” files, my hair got thicker (very common) and stayed thick (weird). I spent my whole life with miserable thin limp hair. Made a couple babies, have enjoyed supermodel hair ever since.

      • How is the earwax thing possible? My ears have been clogged for weeks now. I am constantly popping them like I’m on an airplane. Wondering if I should try the irrigation route too.

        Crossing my fingers for the fabulous hair – I have had think limp hair my entire life too.

      • You’re so lucky on the hair! I’m in the midst of the massive shedding that seems to often be part of the postpartum fun. It’s not even the thinning out that I mind (yet), but I’m WAY overdue for a haircut, and I keep finding super long strands of my hair EVERYWHERE. And when it’s on the baby’s pacifier, in his mouth, or beginning to get tangled in his fingers, it’s really the worst. Yuck.

      • Hahaha, I have not tried pregnancy yet. But I’ll keep that option for next time, maybe!

        My ear canals are just basically entirely blocked at this point, and it only happens like this about once a year. The rest of the time, no issues! So weird. Part of me wonders if I should be tested for allergies.

    • hammers

      somewhere along the line I broke my “do I need this?” button.

  • Bear

    Rave: Friday! Despite this being a short week, it has been exhausting for some reason. Looking forward to some low-key activities and not much else this weekend.
    Rant: My littlest nephew has a potentially terrifying health issue – craniosynostosis – that might require him to have reconstructive surgery on his skull. There’s a chance he won’t need the surgery but they won’t know until the meet with a surgeon in a couple weeks and have an ultrasound done. My sister is freaking out, understandably, and this is one of those times when I really hate living far away from family. Luckily they live in a city with excellent children’s hospitals so they will get good care regardless of the prognosis.

  • Rave/Rant?: The Kiehl’s midnight eye recovery. I saw quite a few PoPvillagers talking about it on here so I decided to take the plunge. Rant because holy crap it’s expensive! 🙁
    Rave: Got my nose pierced the other night. OMG, the pain was intense, but so quick so I can’t complain too much. With a tattoo it’s a little bit of pain (to me) for a longer amount of time. The nose piercing made my eyes water!

    • SouthwestDC

      I’m surprised– mine didn’t hurt at all. You’ll love the piercing though!

      • Maybe I am just a wuss haha. Yeah, I love it so far!

        • hammers

          I have 9 piercings and the nose was the worst. I know from more experienced piercers though, that part of the problem was the placement for me. Enjoy your new piercing. And echo what everyone else said about keeping it in for the needed amount of time and not switching to a smaller ring. Do not I REPEAT DO NOT use any suspicious metals until way after you think it’s healed. I mean like mixed metal or sterling silver or anything from claire’s. The metal leeched into my skin so now I have a permanent nose ring tattoo.

          • SouthwestDC

            I was wondering if the placement had anything to do with it, since I only felt pressure and no pain sensation whatsoever.
            I’m thinking about switching to a smaller stud. I like the size of the one I have now, but it juts out more than I’d like. Maybe a smaller one would sit in the hole more? I got pierced in November so I think it would be healed by now.

          • hammers

            if you got it pierced in November, I would honestly wait until May. But I’m also paranoid from my personal experiences. I use smaller ones myself and like the look better, but I never really healed enough, so now I can’t wear any other type of ring, including any of the types with a ball at the end because I can’t get it through….
            Your piercer should be able to tell if the hole is ready, and should even change the ring for you for free (which was really hard for me to do myself for about 1.5 years.)

          • SouthwestDC

            Yeah, I was going to go back to the piercer since I have no clue how to get this thing out. But now you’ve convinced me to procrastinate doing it for a bit longer. 🙂

          • Yeah, I actually wanted to start with a hoop and the piercing dude said NOPE, you can’t start with that because it won’t heal correctly. I am sensitive to metals and told him that so we went with titanium, which so far is great. So I do want to try the hoop, but I’ll wait 6 months or so. I really like the stud in there now. Thanks for the tips!

          • I am also very sensitive to metals, and switched to a bioplast stud for my tragus – no mor problems! I think they do bioplast for nose studs too.

    • What does everyone think about nose rings in the professional DC world? I was asked to take mine out when I started at my first, entry level, govt job here. Now it’s been a few years and I want to re-pierce mine, but I don’t want the hassle of it being a professional limitation at all!

      • In DC, I think it REALLY depends on your industry. I am not surprised you’d be asked to take it out in a govt job. In my 7 years of working in/with govt I don’t think I saw one person with a nose ring. I am in Toronto and I see nose rings everywhere. Even women at my wife’s law firm have them so I figured I should be okay. I am honestly more concerned about my parents reaction than a potential employer!

        • SouthwestDC

          I see so many professional-looking women with nose rings that I think it must be generally accepted. I don’t think anyone in my professional world cares, or else they’re too nice to say anything (I’m an engineer).

        • Allison

          Huh, that’s weird. I’m in government and I know at least two gov’t attorneys I work with who have nose studs. No ones seems to care. I guess it depends on which agency and how high up you are in the food chain. (My agency is pretty progressive, culturewise.)

      • Yep, what ^^ said. Totally industry dependent.
        In my field (international non profit) tats and piercings are more common than not. I’ve often heard “wait, you don’t have ANY tattoos??” And given how many South Asian women there are in our workplaces, they can hardly ban nose rings.

        • I see the nose piercing as a declaration that you’ve made it. That your skills are in high enough demand that you don’t fear getting fired, or not getting hired, because of your appearance. I think that’s why you don’t see a lot of entry-level government employees with piercings, but lots on of mid-level professionals in fields like law and STEM.

      • I got mine about 2.5 years ago working for dept of defense… i’m squarely a mid-level employee and no one has ever said anything about it. but its just a small stud though. i haven’t changed since i got it! i do really love it.

      • This is the exact reason why I never got mine re-pierced (I was in college and looking for internships and jobs). In retrospect, I don’t think it would have made a difference
        .
        Honestly…I’m not too sure. One of my former colleagues had a her nose pierced and I don’t think anyone really noticed (small stud). Pretty sure I’ve seen others around the building (headquarters for a large federal agency). And many of my Indian friends, naturally…
        .
        Now I really want to re-pierce my nose. Do they make any rings that are smaller/more discreet that still allow for proper healing?

      • hammers

        I have (as mentioned) lots of ear piercings, including an industrial, and a nose stud. I’ve worked for various offices in the government for 6 years. I’ve never had anyone comment or suggest I remove it, not even for interviews. I do think a stud tends to look more professional than a ring, but that’s a personal preference, akin to hoop earrings.

      • “Now it’s been a few years and I want to re-pierce mine, but I don’t want the hassle of it being a professional limitation at all!”
        .
        Have you asked your current boss what his/her take on it is?
        .
        Even within government, some environments are more conservative than others. I don’t think I’ve seen any nose piercings at my current job, or in the two before that.
        .
        Honestly, I’d err on the side of caution.

  • Rant: Kennedy Center’s website and the inability to deal with traffic during ticket releases. I think I remember people complaining about this for previous high-demand shows – maybe Book of Mormon. Still am not quite sure whether I got tickets, whether I didn’t, or whether I will be charged 8 times either way.

  • Rant: regretting using my cell phone to call my students parents (I had to but didn’t *67).
    Revel: hiking and wine tasting tomorrow!

    • If it’s a frequent but not daily occurrence, you should get a cheap prepaid phone for only calling parents.

    • Oh! your revel sounds wonderful! Enjoy!

    • I’m a teacher & have occasionally used my cell to call parents & have never had any problems. What happened?

    • I would be straight up. I had a parent text during my birthday dinner. I didn’t reply and then sent an email from my work account the next day saying I prefer she contact me there. She was super apologetic and has been using my work email ever since! Reasonable people will understand. There is always however the unreasonable parent to consider 🙂

    • It’s funny, at my kids’ school, the teachers freely give out their numbers and text frequently with the parents. Knowing this is not the norm makes me miss their school already!

  • Following a bike/ car collision near Meridian Hill Park this morning (I didn’t see who hit whom, but the cyclist appear uninjured) the driver stopped his car in the middle of 16th Street, during rush hour, leaving the door open I guess for maximum traffic calming purposes, while he got out to inspect/ confer.
    PSA: Move your car out of traffic. The CSI team is not coming out with little flags and yellow tape and laser tools to inspect the scene. You do not have to worry about preserving the evidence.

  • That One Guy

    Rave: Done with my taxes. At least that’s one personal task I accomplished this week.
    Rant: Debating whether to return the Moncler jacket I bought. Not a fan of being a walking brand advertisement and don’t know if the jacket is warm enough to overcome the self consciousness of it all. Keep or return?
    .
    Mono no aware. It’s been in the back of my mind for a while.

  • Rave: It’s Friday. Treated myself to a latte from Pleasant Pops downtown. Their coffee is so good!
    Rave: DH and I are going to start trying again to get pregnant. Though last time ended in heartache, we have no way to tell the future so for now are focusing on living in the excitement of living in this moment.
    Rave: Off to Charleston for the weekend. Thanks everyone for the recs–and please feel free to include any last minute ones especially for cheaper local eats. We managed to get a reservation at Husk for a nice dinner and are hoping to bike around, go on a long run in the sun, explore the area, and enjoy ourselves!

    • Yay! Sending positive vibes & many crossed fingers your way 🙂

    • For a cheap but awesomely naughty breakfast, check out Wildflour Pastry. They make amazing scones and turnovers that are ridiculously cheap. And on Sundays, they make cinnamon buns that are to die for.

  • palisades

    Rave/Rant?: I remember making a bet many months ago with someone on here that Papelbon would be on the Nats for Opening Day 2016. I can’t wait to enjoy the beer won from that bet.

  • topscallop

    Rave: it’s Friday!
    Rave: and it’s supposed to warm up tomorrow
    Rant: got my nails done last night and immediately smudged one badly
    Rave: Checked out Le Busterie in AdMo and holy moly is that place nice. I know there have been bra discussions on here in the past so this may be redundant, but the owner is amazing and I learned my actual size. For some reason I found this revelatory and I highly recommend the shop.
    Rant: I spent way too much money yesterday
    Rave: date night tonight should be low-key and fun

  • Revel: heading to The Pinch tonight to see/shoot a friend’s band tonight
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    Rant: not sure where to grab food. Not Red Derby. Would like to sit down and also have drinks. Any recommendations?

  • Rant: Work stuff.
    Rant: No good escape plan — at my level there aren’t that many openings.
    Sorta-rave: Things aren’t (yet) bad enough at work as to make me seriously contemplate moving down a pay grade just to get out.
    Rave: Almost the weekend.
    Rant: Still feeling kind of meh.
    Sorta-rave: … which at least is an improvement over yesterday.

  • SouthwestDC

    Rant: Work is so light right now, there’s really no reason to be here.
    Rave: Designing a fancy cake for my niece’s birthday.
    Rave/Rant: Three weeks ago I got an email that I was being considered as a finalist in a big photo contest, and haven’t heard anything since. The suspense is killing me.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: One of my bosses is a comedic mishap. I laughed when he tried to call someone else without hanging up the phone with me. Also, I tell him to do something and he ignores my suggestions only to do something at the last minute to see that I was right. If he had followed my suggestions…

  • Garment sewing brunch meetup this Sunday 21 Feb at 11 am at the Penn Quarter Teaism! This is a casual group, all are welcome. Feel free to bring any fabric/notions/patterns/supplies you want to swap, a bag to haul away any goodies that you pick up, and any projects that you want to show off and/or get help on.

    • That One Guy

      Do people roll in with their sewing machines and work there? Or is it more a show and tell/ fabric swap?

      • SouthwestDC

        I have questions about this too. I’m currently hand-stitching a quilt, which is too big to tote around everywhere, but I would take it to work on at a sewing meetup. This Sunday is not ideal for me since I have a houseguest, but I’d be interested if this is a reoccurring thing.

        • SouthwestDC

          (although on second thought, Teaism would probably be way too dark for sewing, unless we were able to get seats upstairs)

      • Sorry, didn’t get a chance to check this thread earlier. This is just show/tell/chat/swap, not a working session. It is a fairly irregular but repeating event, usually every few months but this one has had closer to a year gap. There used to be a meetup dot com group that had bring-your-machine meetups in Silver Spring or Wheaton, not sure if they still exist or not though.

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