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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  • justinbc

    Rant: Zipper on my favorite leather jacket that I’ve had for about a decade snapped off this morning. Is there somewhere to get this kind of thing replaced?

    • Any tailor should be able to do it.

    • Bit of advice: not all zippers are created equal! If your tailor can’t recommend a solid YKK zipper for the repair job, do some sleuthing online to find the one you want and bring it to your tailor, rather than going with some mediocre replacement s/he may have in stock.

    • Its hard to find a tailor that can do good leather work while matching the zipper correctly. The folks at Lamont Cleaners did just that on my favorite leather jacket for a very fair price. Give them a visit!

    • Try Corrective Shoe Repair in Dupont (21st and P), they do more than shoes

  • Rant: Work basically told me to do that thing I already did two weeks ago that no one looked at again, and do it however I want, but don’t do it that nice, neat way I did it before.
    Rave: Because it’s Monday morning and I don’t have energy to spend complaining, I’m just going to try to do it better. And heaven forbid I actually put things in nice neat easy-to-read tables… won’t make that mistake again!
    Rave: Might have a new job offer by the end of the week. Fingers and toes crossed.

  • binntp

    Rave: Thanks to all the folks who came out to cheer on the runners at RocknRoll this weekend! I chuckled at many a sign mocking Trump/the DC streetcar/politicians.
    Rave: Race weather was perfect for a new PR.
    Revel: Can’t think of any rants today!

  • Rant: This is the worst Monday ever. I woke up sick in the middle of the night, my metro bus broke down on the way to work, and minutes after I get into the office, I find out my best friend’s mother died. I am literally sitting here in shock. I called her and couldn’t even think of anything useful to say. I can’t focus on anything. I was going to post about the lovely weekend I had and it all seems pointless.

    • Oh my goodness, you need to go home — take a personal day and take care of you. I’m so sorry!

    • I’m so sorry to hear about your rough morning. I agree with SinSA – take a personal day if you can, grab food/drink that will help you feel better, and wallow in the dreary weather. Sending good vibes your way!

    • Oh no, skj84! Please see if you can take a personal or sick day. My condolences to your friend, and I hope you are able to take care of you and start feeling better!

    • Thanks guys. I want to take the rest of the day off. I think I need to go home and lay down. My direct supivisor is off today, and I’m not sure who to check with. I guess the OM?
      I really did have such a relaxing weekend, A friend was kind enough to invite me to spend Sat-Sun at the Mandarin Oriental for a spa day. It was so lovely and peaceful, and now I feel shattered.
      I want to check back in with my friend, but I don’t want to overwhelm her. I’m not sure if I should let our mutual friends know or let her do it? She gave me to ok to tell my family, but I don’t want to overstep. I do want to make sure people can send condolences and such.

      • skj, I’m so sorry you’re having this kind of day.
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        I would wait for a few days before saying anything to mutual friends. One of my close friend’s mom passed away a couple years ago, and she kindly requested that I keep it to myself until she was able to reach out to everyone. I think it’s helpful for the person who is grieving to sort of spread that grief out (rather than presumably being bombarded by calls/texts unexpectedly).

        • Thank Fridaygal. It looks like she did post on Facebook, but I still don’t want to overwhelm her. I will probably organize a card/flowers later this week.

  • Rant: I think I made it one stop before I told myself this metro commute wasn’t going to work today and decided to cab it in to work. Uber had a 2.4 surcharge.
    Rant: Future wifey and I went to a wedding florist and I was shocked at how much they charge for flowers. Does anyone have any recommendations for wedding florists, or would you recommend going the “do it yourself” route?
    Rave: Wedding is in 6 months and 2 days!

    • Check out Andrea Gagnon & Lynnvale Studios. Andrea grows her own flowers but can also order as needed. She does really beautiful arrangements as is super sweet and super on top of things. Her farm is out in Gainsville, so you can check it out for yourself if you’re so inclined. http://www.lynnvale.com/

    • I would only recommend the DIY route if you have help the day before the wedding. The last thing you’ll be wanting to focus on the day before it is prepping bouquets after you’ve made the trip to Costco or where ever. I had mine arranged by a silk florist which cut my costs significantly, and I got to keep my bouquet.

      • That’s my concern, it sounded like a good idea in theory but the more I thought about it, the more I realized we weren’t going to have time to do this. I really need to get into this whole wedding business thing, the amount of money these vendors make is ridiculous. You’d probably just have to do 5-10 weddings a year to make bank.

    • There are some great articles over on A Practical Wedding blog on how to DIY wedding flowers. I highly recommend that blog for everything wedding related in general. I’m not crafty and no one in my family is crafty so I paid for a florist. We went to Park Florist in Takoma Park because they were recommended by the venue. They did an amazing job.

    • I did my flowers at the local grocery store (Petworth Safeway). For 2 bouquets, 3 corsages, and 5 boutineers — the total was under $300. We didn’t do floral centerpieces so that saved a lot. I brought tons of photos and had them do a practice bouquet that cost me about $35. Huge savings!

      • +1 We used the Petworth Safeway too, but we didn’t do the centerpieces either. We’re not huge flower people and didn’t want to spend a ton of money there.

    • We did the DIY route with members of our wedding party the day before. I think I spent $300 on flowers from Costco (ordered online and shipped directly to my house) and honestly, we could have probably gotten less. They looked amazing and it was a fraction of the cost for bouquets (and there were a lot since there were 2 brides and 6 bridesmaid/men of honor) and table arrangements. But I’m one of those people who really enjoys doing DIY projects.

    • May be too late, but if you find a really pretty venue, you don’t need flowers for the venue itself, you just need a bouquet and little boutonnieres (if you want them). My sister found a beautiful church and reception site – neither needed flowers, so she saved a ton.

      • +1 I’m not a big flower person so I made sure we picked a venue that would be beautiful with limited flowers. We are also getting married Dec. 29th so we will benefit from the Christmas greenery. Most of the would-be flower budget went towards my dress… πŸ™‚

        • Luckily the venue has flowers, and the landscaping is really nice. So we’re saving $ on that, we’re looking more at centerpieces and the sweetheart table at this point.

    • HaileUnlikely

      We got our own at Potomac Wholesaler up in Silver Spring (closer to Kensington, not metro accessible). The place can be kind of intimidating if you haven’t been to a flower wholesaler (basically big refrigerated warehouse) before, but the prices and quality were fabulous.

      • We got ours from there too. We went with simple carnations and baby’s breath bouquets/centerpieces and flowers + delivery was $215 (even ordered the same week as the wedding). We were lucky to have family available to put them together the day before for us.

    • You might check out 41St Flower Design Studio
      41stflower[dot]com
      She does beautiful work.
      I’ve never been a client but have seen much of her product. (The owner is a friend of a friend.)

    • Also try Event Studios in VA – they not only do beautiful flowers, but also rentals of wedding stuff (guest book signage, chalkboard signs, envelope box, vases) and set-up. It was the best $$ I spent on my wedding, hands down. They were awesome.

    • I’ll put in a plug for Danisa’s Wholesale Flowers in Silver Spring – the owner is AWESOME and they are in the business of supplying couples with DIY wedding flowers

      • Appreciate all the tips guys! Will look into them over the next day or two, already placed a couple of calls.

    • Having recently gone through this, I can’t recommend Jolie at Uncloudy Studio enough. We didn’t want much in the way of flowers and she worked with our modest budget and it came out great. She is based right in DC and communication is great.

  • Rant: Morning Amtrak commute.
    Rave: Spent the first unencumbered weekend together with my husband in our NYC home since…ummm… beginning of December?! It was lovely. And we’re looking at 8 straight weekends of no travel plans (except for me to and from NYC/DC) – time to start investing in that city.
    Rant: Missing friends and fun opportunities in DC. Trying to maintain my DC lifestyle and develop a new NYC life is rough.
    Rave: Moving ahead on France Euro Cup plans – now to get a private tour guide for the DDay beaches…

  • Rant: Trip to Philly was a bit of a disaster.
    Rant: As was this morning.
    Rave: At work.
    Rave? Trying to take the long view.

  • Rave: Awesome weekend where everything came together
    Rant: I think I have mono, but no idea how I would have gotten it. Not swapping spit with anyone.
    Rave: Friend is pregnant, and I’m one of the few who knows. She had a rough time going, so I’m especially happy for her.
    Query: Looking for trash services for my condo bldg. Have called tenleytown, bowies, Bates, & kmg. Any others I’ve missed?

    • William R Braxton – it’s a smaller family owned concern and generally cheaper than the others. We use them for my business. 301-384-7413

  • Rave: Yoga with puppies really does wonders for the soul! You can’t possibly be in a bad mood when you’re playing with tiny little puppies!
    Rant: Scariest, most terrifying migraine I’ve ever had on Friday night. My eyes wouldn’t work together, I had to close one or the other to see anything. Couldn’t walk or stand up straight for a good 20 minutes due to extreme vertigo. It took about 2 hours to be able to actually use my eyes together. Literally thought I was having a stroke and/or dying.
    Rave: An amazing neighbor who met me where I was and escorted me home so I wouldn’t have to call an ambulance and possibly spend 24+ hrs in the ER.
    Rant: Gonna need to tell my specialist team about this. So not in the mood for more scans, sleep studies, etc.
    Rant? Also decided I need to find a psychologist/counselor of some sort to work through some issues.
    Rave: Fun time yesterday playing dress-up for a portrait session – great to break out my grandmother’s hats and gloves!

  • Andie302

    Rant: My life hurts.
    Rave: Wonderful wedding this weekend – great friends, food, it didn’t rain on us, and the bride and groom seemed to be able to really enjoy themselves and guests!
    Rave: Considering how crappy I was feeling yesterday, today is a vast improvement.
    Rave: Walked to work after getting the text update about the metro this morning – it sounds like that was a good choice!

  • Rave: Thoroughly enjoyed having a functional transit system this weekend to move around the city…
    Rant: … until this morning.
    Rave: Crawfish etouffee came out killer on Saturday night! Well worth the effort even if the price of crawfish tails at Whole Foods was cringe worthy. Mud bugs should not cost more than king salmon.
    Rave: Rock and Roll 1/2 was a blast. Woefully under trained this winter, so just slowed down and enjoyed the view. Major props to the nice folks in Bloomingdale–the sip of beer around mile 9 was perfect!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Nervous about applying for different job on new contract. I think I want it more than I’m telling myself.
    Rave: Pulled out spring and summer clothes over the weekend.

  • RAVE: Never noticed before how nice the A Terminal at DCA looks because…
    RANT: I guess usually when I’m there it’s for a 6 am flight.

  • Rave: Great weekend. We took the kids minus BF’s oldest to the cool diner we found on Saturday and they were all super well behaved. That, and it only costing $38 for six of us to have brunch was awesome. Then Sunday we went to indoor mini-gold and laser tag. We had a blast!
    Rant: It goes without saying, Daylight Savings sucks. It is totally screwing with me today.

    • So glad to hear about your weekend. Sounds like outings can get to be more fun as kids get older. πŸ™‚

      • So much more fun. One of my kids asked about Van Gogh, because she’s into the Starry Night painting as seen all over umbrellas and mugs and such. She asked where he lived. She was disappointed when I said he was dead, but that he had lived in Europe. So I told her we have some of his paintings here in DC, and she jumped up and put on her shoes. Quick bus ride down to the National Gallery! (Ok, then she was a little disappointed that her favorite painting wasn’t there, but still pretty impressed overall.)

        • wdc – have you done any of the family programs at NGA? We did Stories in Art several times, and the kids loved it. They also have some programs for older kids that are more hands on.
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          mtpresident – it has gotten so much easier, especially now that Littlest Anonachild is older and will sit for longer at restaurants and things of a “quiet” nature, and he is now old enough/big enough to participate in the more robust activities. We did Hershey Park last year and he was too small for most rides, but I think this year will be much better.

  • Rant: Medication side effects + gloomy weather has me in a funky mood.
    Rave: Tomorrow is a high anxiety day for me and the ever-awesome other Mrs. Rabbit proposed we go out to breakfast so we can start the day out right. She’s just so amazing.
    Rave: The perfect pair of sparkly summer sandals have been found. And I will be wearing them tomorrow.

  • That One Guy

    Rave: Good time in NYC. The food at 1or8 was spot on. I’m glad I had the sushi before the fried chicken.
    Rant: Somehow turned into the tech guy/fixer. Second time where I’ve gone to aunt’s house and was conscripted to help look at a computer.
    Rant: sleepy.

  • Rant – It was great seeing my family but the drive between DC and NYC is always terrible. Plus daylight savings… Blah.
    Rave – I had an amazing dinner last night at Republic, just want I needed after driving 5 hours through the rain. I love that place.

  • Rave: Refuse to wear tights until next fall. My legs are finally freeeeeeeeee!!!!!
    Rave: Great run on Saturday. Weather was perfect for running. Plus I left late enough to not feel like a weenie by running by people doing half and full marathons. Ran on Hains Point and got to stare in fascination at planes taking off and landing. Originally meant to run 8.5, but made it 9.4 according to my running app. Looks like I won’t die at Cherry Blossom!
    Rant: Can’t get rid of the crick in my neck.
    Rant: I’d forgotten my friend is a needy drunk. It’d been a while since I went out with her and she gets super dramatic/depressing. I’m too old to be babysitting drunk friends (they get a pass for puking though, as long as it’s not on me).

  • Rave: Pi day!
    Rave: my birthday!
    Rave: Free pizza pi(e) on my birthday!

  • Rave: Happy Pi Day!
    Rant: I overate this morning and now my stomach feels like a boulder is in it.
    Rant: Still arguing with coworker about changes that she needs to make on her report. Felling like pulling my hair out.
    Rave: Family coming in for a visit this week end.
    Rant: Not sure if I have enough pillows for everyone to sleep on.
    Rave: Bed Bath Beyond is up the block from my job.

  • Query: We’re finally going to bite the bullet and do some test driving this weekend. Any tips for doing so? We plan to test drive three cars (VW jetta sportwagon, mazda cx5, and the subaru forrester). I’ve never bought a car, so I’m not sure what to expect from the experience.

    • The test driving is the fun part! I just recommend driving around town and getting out on the highway too. The negotiating stuff is the tough part! FWIW, I had a VW Jetta for 9 years and wife just got rid of her Mazda 3. Both were great cars.

    • Maybe try the Outback while you’re at it; they are pretty spacious.

      • The outback seemed a little too big/tunnel like when we checked it out at the car show. It seems like a big adjustment from the golf, which is what I’ve been driving for 15 years.

    • I have a Jetta SL and I love it! A good note, with the emissions scandal, the values have gone down on VWs in general. This is great for people buying them now as you will get a great deal. My only suggestion with test driving is don’t be shy. Get in there, really try things out, including the back seat. My only regret with getting a Jetta vs a Passat is that the Passats have the rear climate control, which would be amazing to have to avoid the “I’m hooooot/ I’m cooooold” from the kids. Are you looking new or used?

      • I was thinking that might be the case. Interesting note on the SL–though we’d have to choose between that & manual transmission, which we’ve been favoring. The manual is only available at the lowest trim-level. We’re planning on looking at new cars.

    • You may also want to consider a pre-owned Audi wagon. They hold up their value quite well and are built for the snow. Quite popular in Switzerland and southern Germany.

      • The Audi A3 is pretty much the same thing as the Golf/Jetta Wagon, except for the fancy cabin. Unless you need all-wheel-drive (you don’t in this climate), I’d save some money and get the VW variant (used or new, up to you).

    • That One Guy

      I would recommend looking at the Consumer Reports car guide. Their information on the current model of car as well as prior models of vehicles can give you an idea of what to expect assuming the model you’re looking at isn’t a new iteration. Also, go get financing ahead of time through your bank/credit union/USAA/etc. You financing institution may be partnered with Trucar so you can also see the cost too. Save yourself from a headache if your financing the car. With regard to test drives, take your time and make sure you get a feel of the car as it turns, brakes and goes over bumps (i.e. real world road conditions). Try to test drive both during the day and night too.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Not a very restful weekend. On Saturday, as I was running around doing errands, I was so tired I wanted to cry.
    Rant: Work stress.

  • Rave: Staying on top of my marathon training plan so far.
    Rant: Upper body day… it seems like the gym bros have never seen a woman lift before.
    Rave: Loved having my parents visit this weekend!
    Rave: Switched my winter clothes out for my spring clothes. Here’s hoping it stays warm.

  • Rant: My barber shop offers a free “touch up” cut in between cuts as part of the high cost. Well I went in for one of these for the first time and it’s really just snipping some strays and cleaning the neck. It’s supposed to be free and takes like five minutes…but I got all sorts of heat for not tipping for this?! Do other people tip in this situation? I already tipped him WELL for the full cut.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: My older sister is bringing her grandson here for visit this summer.
    Rant: My older sister is bringing her grandson here for visit this summer.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Friend is really struggling with her depression. Ugh.

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