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: Total 1st world rant – I don’t know how to consume all that is in our weekly CSA. It’s SO much. Three kinds of potatoes. MORE radishes. It’s like aaaahhhh.
    Rave: Having family and coworkers take some off my hands.
    Rave: Coming to DC on Monday, excited
    Rant: Looks like rain:(
    Rave: Get our new mattress next week!!!!!!!!!
    Rave: Feel like life is settling in to place here – I feel myself a little less anxious and at the end of my rope. But I’m still overwhelmed with all I have on my plate.

    • Is there anyone you could split the cost with? If you’re sharing produce anyway might as well save some money.

    • I can very much relate to your first rant. I recommend freezing stuff! Too much spinach? Blanch it and freeze it for later! Too many apples? Cobbler! I mean…. slice and freeze! Sometimes I’ll also unload veggies and friends and family if it’s getting really bad. I’ve also had good luck with taking some time to prep my veggies right when I get them to make them last longer. Wrapping greens in damp paper towels and storing them in a bag, or placing herbs in some water and covering them with a ziploc bag – it’ll get you at least a week if not two out of them before they start looking sad. Good luck!

      • the problem is there’s only so much you can do with turnips and radishes! On a good day, I don’t want to consume too many fresh let alone frozen! We’re allowed to leave it behind but when my husband picks it up, he has no idea what anything is so brings it all home.

  • Rave: BikeShare’d to work!
    Rave: It’s International Women’s Day! Take time to thank the women in your life, and keep fighting to promote equal rights in this country and all countries.
    Rant (ish): Outside of the NGO folks in DC, people in the US don’t really celebrate International Women’s Day. I miss living in a place where you could buy fabric with “International Women’s Day” printed on it, and where men and women would wish all women a happy women’s day.
    Rave: Hopefully I can get my skype account fixed so I can call my host family from Peace Corps tomorrow!

    • Yes! Happy international women’s day to you!
      And a mini-rant : Within the NGO space though, could we please stop with the tweets, reports, conferences, etc. on “Sector name and Women” or “Gender in Such and such a sector”?! Stop alienating the work. And why does helping women have to be good for all?

  • Rant: Still sleepy at 9:30 am. This is gonna be a long day.
    Rant: Dentist needs a 48 hour notice for rescheduling appointment or else I get fined. Only doctor I have that does this. What happened to 24 hours?
    Rant: Allergies so bad yesterday that I had to stay home from work.
    Rant: I was checking someone else’s numbers at work and found an error. It turned into this big issues cause the coworker doesn’t want to be wrong. Involved our mutual supervisor and other folks. So crazy. In the end, I was still right.
    rave: Today’s weather.

  • justinbc

    PoPville Unofficial (re: no free t-shirts) Happy Hour for all readers, ranters, posters, lurkers, and whoever else you want to tow along tomorrow at Biergarten Haus. Just the excuse you needed to ride the streetcar before it catches ablaze and has to be shut down! The happy hour specials run from 4 to 7PM and include half liters at $6 and full liters at $10 (Spaten Lager, Franziskaner Hefe, and Warsteiner Dunkel currently), $6 any wine or rail drinks, $6 Schofferhoffer Grapefruit, $5 Bitburger Pils cans, and $5 Fireball, as well as a few food specials. Dogs are also allowed on the patio on Wednesdays beginning at 4PM.

  • Rant: Kidney infection. Going to the hospital next door on my lunch break for an ultrasound to see if there’s a stone or abscess in there. Feeling like death warmed over, though I’m feeling better than I felt all weekend, so I guess that good.
    Rave: Antibiotics…
    Rant:….that make me feel incredibly nauseous and my desire to eat goes away after a few bites of food…
    Rave…although maybe that’s a good thing? One way to jump start some weight loss?
    Rant: Wish I brought my heating pad to work. Also wishing I had Rx painkillers. Tylenol is only doing so much.

    • Why in the hell are you at work?!?!?!

      • Too much to do! Plus, I may as well be – I have to pop next door for the ultrasound, so I’d have to be out here anyway.

        • **crosses arms, gives the mom look**
          Take care of yourself. Work isn’t going anywhere. I hope you can go home after the appointment and that all goes well!

      • This was my first thought too. What are you doing at work????

    • Andie302

      Oh no! Hope you feel better soon!

    • binntp

      Hope you feel better soon! That is one painful thing to go through.

    • That is so painful! Take care of yourself. I hope you feel better soon.

    • hammers

      oohhh feel better. You do not need another hurdle πŸ™ let me know if you need anything. How are things with the apt by the way?

      • Ha! Thanks hammers – the apt is still a mess because I was hoping to finally get my kitchen re-unpacked and all organized this weekend, but that didn’t happen as I was laid up on the couch the whole time! I’m still hoping karma comes to pay a visit on my property managers, but for now, I have too much else to deal with that I can’t take it upon myself to dish out anything. We’ll have to catch up sometime so I can fill you in a bit more….

    • I hope you feel better and it’s nothing extra on top of the infection. Get well soon!

      • Thanks Jeslet! I was hoping to attend tomorrow’s Unofficial Popville HH, but I don’t think I’m going to be up to it – plus, I can’t drink any booze while I’m on these meds, so…bummer.

    • Kidney infections are no joke – take care of yourself!

    • Hope you feel better! Like mtpresident, I’m wondering if maybe you can go home after the ultrasound.

    • Thanks all for your good wishes – got the ultrasound done, and of course the techs aren’t allowed to tell you what they see, but she asked me if I was going to my doctor after it was done, which to me implies there is something there that she spotted. I told her I was going back to work but would be following up with my doctor as soon as she got my results, which should be by tomorrow at the latest, and that I had to go in for bloodwork and stuff anyway. So hopefully I’ll know what the source of this infection is soon….

  • Rave: This weather!! The kids got outside on their bikes and played after school, I got to have some porch time, and it was a smoother night with them getting some activity after school.
    Rant: Trying to fight the urge to be a helicopter parent. The kids want to be able to play in front of our house while I make dinner, but I just don’t feel comfortable. It makes me sort of sad for the days when I was a kid and we roamed the streets no problem at those ages. Then again, I was hit by a car as a child walking home from school, and I can’t even begin to describe the trouble my brother got into, so perhaps it’s not such a bad thing.
    Rant: Spring = Allergies in the Anonafamily. All three have allergies of some sort or another and this morning marked the return to daily meds. I have some pretty unhappy kiddos right now!

    • Allison

      I am having a lot of internal struggle myself about the urban safety childhood issues. I’m not a parent yet, but I think about it a lot (especially since we’re looking for a house right now). I grew up in a quasi-rural suburb in Texas, where kids played flashlight tag unsupervised all over the neighborhood at night. My childhood was great, and I want my kid to have some of the wild freedom that I now think was so important to my development and who I am today, but I’m having trouble figuring out how to do it in an urban environment safely.

      • I feel as if I am tempting fate here, but as a parent of a public schooled teenager living in an EOTP neighborhood, I have so far (please stay that way) some upside to DC living as a family. While the chances of encountering a random crime or trouble is unquestionably greater here than in the burbs, it seems to prompt other parents I know to be healthily protective and engaged. Kind of sad that this is the way, but on a purely anecdotal level, I know more of more reckless behavior in the burb-based teens I know vs. those I know here in DC. That said, when I hear of trouble in DC schools, on the Metro, etc, I do open up Zillow…

        • I guess my greater concern is them getting hit by a car or something like that, rather than falling victim to violence. Although, I would worry about them falling in with the wrong crowd. But then again, that can happen anywhere. This, I guess, is just an eternal parenting worry.

  • Andie302

    Rave: NOLA bound
    Rant: Rain
    Rave: wet hair don’t care, except Friday
    Rant: All the things to do before taking off tomorrow.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Spaced on getting the kitties their annual rabies shots, and I’m pretty sure I owe a big huge fine now. My city doesn’t mess around.
    Rave: Vet was able to squeeze us in this Saturday, so it will be taken care of soon.
    Rant: Eldest Zelda made me take a huge long political quiz last night and used the results to harangue me about Bernie Sanders.
    Rave: I love that she’s so passionate, even if she thinks I’m a symptom of just about everything that’s wrong with America.

  • Rant: Chaos everywhere I turn
    Rave: A whole wheat everything bagel to enjoy at my desk.

  • Rant: Road surface conditions have done in the suspension my trusty 17 year old Honda. There goes my tax return and spring vacation funds.
    Rave: Warm weather upon us!

  • maxwell smart

    RANT: There are few things worse than starting your day having to ride the accordion bus on 16th street. I usually staunchly refuse to ride them, but the next bus after it was 15 minutes away and I was already late for work as it is. Ugh.

  • Rant: Husband back to NYC.
    Rave: I get to follow him tomorrow. And we had a wonderful two days in DC.
    Rave: Biked to Nevada Ave – husband gets major props for doing it on a bike share bike. Those are some hills man!
    Rant: Morning spent in the DMV so I can officially become a DC driver (about 5.5 years too late, woops!). As a former NJ driver, does this mean I now can’t narrate my every move and have to give up my rights to jughandles?
    Rave: Was relatively painless and efficient. And included a bike ride past the mall.

  • Rave: Job interview tomorrow to return to a beloved former place of employment.
    *
    Rave: MIL coming to visit this weekend. Hello, free babysitting!
    *
    Rave: Dinner reservations with great friends at Osteria Morini to take advantage of said free babysitting.

  • hammers

    Rant: Bit by a bedbug in my sleep. I found the sucker. This is the third time in 2.5 years that I’ve had an isolated bed bug incident. As in, found one, had an exterminator come, there were no more.
    Rave: This is silly, but I don’t feel like my world is falling apart, so I think that means my anxiety is lessening.
    Rave: Visiting folks went better than I could have expected, everyone was pleasant and I stuck to a schedule so hopefully there were no hurt feelings. Still wasn’t FUN, but it was nice.
    Rave: Was visiting a family friend who now lives in my deceased grandmother’s house. I stepped into the house and it just smelled just like her, even though it’s been 14 years. I had a nice little grandma reunion.

    • I’m so happy it went better than you thought it would.
      The difference between expectations and reality causes a lot of our unhappiness, so I wonder if fun really should be the ultimate goal. Maybe just pleasant and time spent together is all it needs to be.

      • Rave: A few of my daffodils have opened up!
        Rant: I think my flowers are going to be at their best when I’m out of town and not around to see them. Will need to get catsitting friends to take photos.

      • Doggone it, posted in the wrong place. (I think because I was previously going to +1 Jeslett’s comments to Hammers.)

    • Have you been traveling? My isolated bed bug incident came from a hotel.

      • hammers

        Possible. I stayed in a hotel Friday and Saturday night. So it seems somewhat unlikely I wasn’t bit before Monday. Also it was a new hotel in a fairly rural location. I asked my landlord if other units in the building were having any problems. I seriously hope it’s just the one. sigh.

    • Aw, your last rave is so sweet. I have a bunch of my grandma’s old silk scarves that still smell like her, so much so that I’m hesitant to wear them.

      • Allison

        Aw, I keep a deck of playing cards that absorbed my grandpa’s cologne throughout the years. I put them in a zip lock baggie so they will stay extra scenty. That sounds creepy but I don’t care. πŸ™‚

    • It’s been far too long since both my grandmother and my mother passed away for any of their possessions to have their scent still, but that is easily remedied by the Chanel counter at Macys – a little tester of No 5 and both of them might as well be standing next to me.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I’m the weakess link at work.
    Rave: New position on my contract opened up and I think I may try for it.

  • houseintherear

    Anyone have any knowledge of Pittsburgh? Going with a friend soon- driving up in the morning, doing Warhol museum in afternoon, then hotel for one night (Hotel Indigo) and will be looking for a place around there to eat and have some nightlife kinda fun that evening. Into live music of the rock variety, dancing of the 80s non-clerb variety, food of the anything yummy variety. Any recommendations?
    _
    Rave: I have become fully obsessed with spaghetti squash, thanks to Weight Watchers… LOVE.

    • hammers

      I haven’t seen any spaghetti squash when I’ve tried to buy it in the last 2 weeks. It’s great.

    • have so much fun in Pittsburgh!!! I left in 2001 for college, before Pittsburgh was hip, so I don’t know too many of the good spots these days. but, I know that you’re staying in a (now) awesome part of town so I’m sure you’ll find plenty of fun activities. If you are into greasy diner food for breakfast/brunch you MUST go to Pamela’s or P&G diner (multiple locations). Get hotcakes and home fries. Seriously do this and report back.

    • Try Lava Lounge on the South Side in Pittsburgh. Super divey, not sure about live music but they usually only do old school jams. It’s not really close to your hotel in East Liberty but it’s worth the trip. Near East Liberty you should try to eat at Spoon, the Livermore, or Whitfield.

    • Bear

      Definitely NOT weight watchers approved, but you must get a Primanti’s sandwich from the strip.

  • Rant: Pregnancy rash itching. I’m waking up with bloody wounds from scratching so much at night. In full on attach mode of benadryl and hydrocortizone cream. Having traumatic flashbacks to chicken pox as a child. Ugh.
    Rave: Sympathetic nurse at my ob practice with lots of practical suggestions.
    Reminder: This too shall pass. I won’t be pregnant forever.
    Rave: Busy days help take my mind off of it.
    Rave: Sunshine and warmer weather!

  • Rant: most of the time I’m completely removed from the rumor mill at my office. But last week my boss brought something up he heard, which was not true and I reassured him, and today someone came to my desk because she heard she just had to see my jacket. I’ve been here for 2 hours and not in any meetings. Where is this coming from? Are people discussing my sartorial choices on the regular?
    Rave: it is a really sweet new blazer my mom bought me when we went shopping this weekend.
    Question: I started using Bumble, I think I like it, but I can see that not being super picky as the woman could quickly get overwhelming, should I be ruthless in my pickiness? The onus is on me to start talking, so should I only swipe right on men I know I would want to talk to? What if I’m on the fence?

    • re: Bumble, I quit because it stressed me out too much (that might be a tid hyperbolic) but personally, I was less picky because I got to start the conversation so even if we matched, I was the one who chose whether he got to contact me.

      • Thanks for the feedback. I find Tindr overwhelming, but for some reason this is not. I think it’s because I am being super picky and swiping slowly.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: The scaffold otters have finished their noisy work but
    Rant: Now are loudly replacing sidewalks.
    Rant: DINKS!
    Rave: Talked to my father last night and he is doing great. He was taking a break from working on a house he and his wife are flipping that they bought in their park for $5000. A bargain since when my sister and I looked at it it was a crazy $13k.

  • tonyr

    Rant: Got one of those real estate flyers in the mail yesterday and along with the self-congratulatory language was a bullet point that stated they the specialize in “Senior Relocation”. Is this some sort of euphemism like “ethnic cleansing”? Do they send Big Tony round to encourage old people to get out of town?

  • Rave: Just about secured summer housing in NY. And there’s laundry! The idea of sending my clothes out weirds me out a bit.
    Rant: Paying WAY too much for summer housing. Thank you, school, for providing a stipend to all 1Ls.
    Rant: Wedding contracts. Is is possible for a vendor to not screw up a contract in some way? So much back and forth.
    Rave: Fiance finally back in the same time zone. Not on this continent for long but at least the time difference won’t be as bad as it was last week.
    Rave: Committed to running my first marathon in October. Now to get on the training! I’ve been feeling pretty out of shape and generally blah so I look forward to having a major goal to keep me on track.

    • Congrats on getting housing – that’s exciting (and with laundry! Wow!). We send out for laundry cause we have little other choice and I’m starting to think I like it!
      And yay for having you fiance back in this time zone! Life is so much easier that way πŸ™‚

      • Thank you! I’m sure when we live in NY after graduation we will have to send out the laundry and I’ll probably grow to like it… just seemed so foreign to me and my particular, clothes-loving self.
        Yes, SO much better! πŸ™‚

        • hammers

          is it normal to send out the laundry in NYC? I lug mine to the wash and fold because I’m lazy…

          • Yes, my good friend has lived in NYC almost 10 years and has always sent his out. I have to say I HATE doing laundry and would love to be able to justify sending mine out, haha.

          • It’s normal not to have access to a laundry machine. There are lots of laundry services and we’ve found the 15-20 bucks we spend every two weeks on laundry (drop off and pick up) is a lot better than spending the day in the laundromat to do our own laundry.

    • Ohhhh, be careful if they’re already screwing things up. I have to say all my wedding vendors were great EXCEPT for the officiant. He was a pain and there were some issues…he ended up bailing about a month before the wedding! It was a blessing in disguise, but still frustrating and stressful.

      • Oh I think I remember that – what a mess! Luckily, it hasn’t been anything major, just tiny points that they are happy to fix right away. The back and forth is just kind of annoying.

  • Rave: was happy with my time in the Pacer’s St. Pat’s 5K/10K race this weekend, and looking forward to the Rock n Roll half on Saturday.
    Rave: weather looks good for Saturday!
    Rave: haven’t drank alcohol since MLK Jr. weekend (well, 1 cheat day), and feel like a million bucks!
    Rave: having a beer or two on Saturday after the race.

    • justinbc

      Yeah it turned out to be really great weather for the race about halfway through (I only did the 10K). We’ll be out on Saturday cheering on the marathoners, since the route still goes right in front of our house and it’s impossible to sleep through!

      • Agreed- weather was just about perfect on Sunday. I took off my hat in between the 5K and the 10K, and felt great throughout. The only bad part was walking to the metro after! Saturday is looking even better!

  • Rave: NOLA this weekend for a friend’s birthday! It’ll be my first trip down. We’re likely just going to play it by ear, but I’m open to any suggestions of things I shouldn’t be missing!
    Rant: I had my folks over for dinner last night and it actually went pretty damn well. However, we made the mistake of veering into a political discussion and I discovered that my mother, an immigrant who got her citizenship about 15yrs ago, would vote for Trump if it were a Hilary vs. Trump scenario. You would think that having left her country due to a crazy leader, she’d be more aware of the signs. But alas. It’s infuriating, but it’s actually more sad and disheartening than anything else.
    Rave: I made pulled pork tacos for them, and the leftover pork is proving to be amazing on everything.

  • Mega Rant: Insurance companies and their lack of coverage/inability to tell you something is not covered when you call to check your coverage. And when they misrepresent said coverage.
    Rave: Being fortunate enough to be able to cover things when insurance doesn’t. There was once a time when I couldn’t and it was not a fun spot to be in.
    Rave: Super warm wonderful day to get rid of frustration by prepping the garden for new vegetable beds.

  • Rant: Place I did freelance work for still hasn’t sent me a 1099 form so I can’t do my taxes. I’ve asked them three times already. So frustrating.
    Rant: Financial concerns. Job hunting woes. Sigh.
    Rant: Puppy, who hasn’t had an accident in about two years, had two accidents in one day. One of them was in the middle of the night in our bed and I woke up with dog pee all over my leg. Sigh.
    Rave: I’m somehow still in a great mood right today.

    • Accountering

      Are you able to confirm the amount of money you got from them? If so, a 1099 is quite simple, you just need their FEIN and the amount they are going to report as income… This is frustrating though! Companies have an obligation to send these out by 1/31, so to still be waiting is ridiculous.

      • I do have all of the invoices that I sent throughout the project so I know how much I got from them (and how much of that was reimbursement for travel/lodging/etc). Is there an easy way to look up their FEIN?

  • justinbc

    Rant: Still haven’t found a place I want for our post-wedding family meal, and it’s a month away as of today. All of her family views me as some sort of restaurant guru, so it’s a rather ominous task to pick the perfect place. The disparities in terms of eating preferences between everyone is causing quite the challenge.
    Rant: Also still haven’t decided on an officiant, argh. At least I got a good lead on someone who might fit the bill today.
    Rant / Rave: Playlist this morning was especially attuned to what I have to deal with this evening, made the morning commute rough and also reflective.
    Rave: This weather is providing some wonderful relief to everything that’s bothering me.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      We had a lovely family meal at Le Diplomate. It’s trendy enough for our resident restaurant guru – who had the duck. And basic enough for the rest of us who mostly had the Steak Frites. I think they have a room at the back for groups.

    • That One Guy

      Fiola Mare just so that you can say they are ate the “best” restaurant in town if people complain, which they shouldn’t.

    • We had our rehearsal dinner at Woodward Table and it worked out great. Food was tasty, staff was really friendly, they had a nice private dining space, a kid’s menu, and both the foodies and the picky eaters in our party were satisfied. The location by the White House was great for our out of town families. It’s not a super trendy spot, but it fit the bill.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Rant & Question: Anybody here get insurance through DC HealthLink last year? Were you able to download your 1095-A? We were doing our taxes last weekend, my wife went to download her 1095-A, and got an error message that in English basically means the person who created the PDF did it wrong so it isn’t readable. I can’t imagine that my wife is the only person affected by this and thus wonder, was anybody able to get their 1095 A from DC HealthLink?
    .
    Related rant: we called DC HealthLink to follow up. We got a recorded message stating that the office was closed, and stated their hours – we were calling during the open hours stated on the “we’re closed” message.

    • I’m having the same issue. Mine doesn’t give me an error message other than “Failed to download PDF.” I also haven’t been able to get through to anyone via phone but I’ve had many many issues with them in the past few months so this doesn’t surprise me all that much.

      • I actually just called them again and got through. The woman I spoke with said she has to submit a ticket to the tech side and they’ll send the resolution (and hopefully the PDF file) directly to my email. But she also said she has no idea how long it will take.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I’m pretty sure you can actually get all of the information that you need from elsewhere in your account without having the actual 1095A form. I’m just annoyed with the sloppiness that they have demonstrated so many times. It took them over 2 months to process my wife’s application a couple of years ago, and nobody she spoke with on the phone was able to get it moving either. I suspect she would have had a gap in coverage if not for the same thing happening to the former general council of the Washington Post and her writing about it and spurring action.

          • Yes, agreed. It takes them incredibly long to process things and I usually have to call 3 or 4 times before I can get someone to give me a straight answer. I’m still listed as a male on my insurance and I’ve called at least 7 times asking them to fix it and each time they say they’ll submit a ticket. I had a similar problem with a potential gap in coverage but I was persistent/annoying/angry enough to get them to fix it but the whole situation was a headache. It’s also expensive and I have sh*tty coverage (for my needs) but that’s a whole other story.

    • I got insurance via DC Health Link and was able to download my form without issue (though the form was incomplete because it failed to list a few things). If they aren’t answering the phone maybe try emailing? I’m not sure what your situation is, but if you don’t qualify for a subsidy you can just look up all the information needed and in-put it.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Yes, we can just look up the info and put it in. I’m just annoyed with the sloppiness, carelessness, and incompetence that they demonstrate at every opportunity.

    • I had no problem downloading my 1095-A, though I did that in early February (system might have become corrupted since then). I also got a paper 1095-A in the mail in about mid-February.

      • HaileUnlikely

        We definitely did not get a paper 1095-A in the mail, though we get enough mail for other addresses (typically the houses on both sides of us and the one with the same number on the street behind us) that I could not rule out the possibility that somebody else got our 1095-A and just didn’t bother to bring it over to us (what I do when I get my neighbor’s mail) or return it to the post office (what my neighbor does, oddly enough, when they get mine…).

    • I had the same problem downloading the PDF, but when I tried a few days later, it worked. Keep trying and maybe with different browsers. I also ran into a Turbo Tax issue where they insisted I needed info from ‘column B’ on the 1095-A regarding SLCSP. My column B is blank. I just kept entering zeroes until Turbo Tax finally accepted it and let me keep moving forward. You might not have the same situation, but thought I’d pass along the tip anyway.

      • HaileUnlikely

        Thanks for the tip about just trying again. We have tried on Chrome, Firefox, Explorer on a PC and Safari and Firefox on a Mac already. We’ll try again, though. We’re using the H&R Block software (I seem to be one of the last people who has not converted to TurboTax – I’ve been using H&R Block’s software since about 2009 and have been very happy with it.)

  • Reposting in correct location…
    .
    Rave: A few of my daffodils have opened up!
    Rant: I think my flowers are going to be at their best when I’m out of town and not around to see them. Will need to get catsitting friends to take photos.

    • hammers

      glad you found someone!

    • Emmaleigh504

      How are the container bulbs doing? I just have little sprouts on my container bulbs.

      • No signs of life. I will be pleasantly surprised if any of the 50+ bulbs I planted in eight containers ever sprout. πŸ™
        .
        I thought I had dug up all of the crocuses in my front yard (and then replanted them in one of the containers). Fortunately, I seem to have missed two and they look better than they did last year.

        • Emmaleigh504

          Boo I’m sorry.

          • Unless the container bulbs miraculously sprout in the next few weeks, I am DONE with container gardening. (At least as far as bulbs are concerned… and probably most other things.)
            .
            I might try planting daylilies in the containers. If those can’t survive, then nothing can.

          • I Dont Get It

            FYI I’ve had day lilies in containers for years. They are very durable.

      • Textdoc, are the containers in a sunny spot?
        You can check to see if any of the bulbs are alive – carefully dig around in a container until you find a bulb or two.
        Are they growing roots, or are they dried up?

        • They’re on my back deck, which faces north. I have them in the maximum-light spot, but it’s not much light.
          .
          I’ll try digging to see if I can determine whether the bulbs are growing at all.
          .
          The ones I planted last time were all rotten when I finally emptied the containers. This year I put large rocks in the bottom of the containers, but I was using just regular soil — nothing fancy. From what a gardening-pro friend told me, I probably should have used a soil specifically meant for good drainage.

        • Drainage is important, good potting soil as well.
          And sometimes the pot still doesn’t drain.
          A few times I found the tops of my pots started to thaw but the bottom was still frozen so the water didn’t drain. I had standing water in my pots (until I dumped them).
          .
          Hope you find signs of growth!

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Why am I on this conference call if I’m just going to have it muted? It’s been going on for about an hour and they’re only about half through the list of items. πŸ™

    • That One Guy

      Additional Rant/Rave: grabbed my door knob and felt what felt like pollen residue. Spring and it’s related allergies can’t be far away.

  • Andie302

    Rant: Uber account got hacked for a ride in Machester, England. Has this happened to anyone else?

  • Blithe

    Rave: Awe-some concert at the KC Millennium Stage last night. I got to hear one of my guitar heroes and one of my favorite musicians. Sublimely satisfying.
    Rant: Third week of “spring allergies”. “Spring” allergies really should have the decency to wait for, like, actual “Spring”. Starting in February is a bummer.
    Related Rave: Trying a homeopathic remedy — which is not miraculous, but very, very helpful.
    Appreciation: A comment that I read in another post has been helpfully affirming. PoPville is a wonderful resource. It’s on me to scale back my expectations.

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