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: Free Guinness at B&W (Thanks for the tip, dcd, right?) and THEN a nice man paid for my chai, and THEN I got back to my desk and there was a cookie waiting for me in the shape of a shamrock. Plus I’m wearing my festive green tophat-headband in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. Also looking forward to my lunch at Ri-Ra. Today is a good day. I choose to look at it as a turning point day.

    Rave: A friend of mine went through some terrifying health problems last fall, and we came very close to losing her but she amazed us, and the cardio team at MedStar by giving death the middle finger and continuing to build her health back up. Tonight we are celebrating her 40th birthday and going to dueling pianos!

    • Yes! I was the first one to partake this morning. My days of imbibing at 7:00 am on a Thursday are long since past (thank God), but I make an exception once a year. I almost has a carbomb cupcake for breakfast, but I felt guilty. ‘Cause a huge slice of pumpkin ginger bread is so different than a cupcake . . .

      • You were there at 7am? God bless you! Pretty sure this is the only time I have ever imbibed pre-9am, ever, but it was delightful. Plus, free chai.
        Pumpkin = healthy. You chose wisely.

        • I keep telling my wife that a slice of zucchini bread in the morning is like having a salad for breakfast. She disagrees. My belt size is skeptical as well.

  • Rant: Volunteered for a lot of projects at work because I was bored, and now I might actually be juggling too much.
    Rave: I have no plans for the weekend and I’m actually excited about that, I need a break.
    Rant: Actually I need like…an extended 2 week vacation. I feel like I shouldn’t be this tired already in March.
    Rave: Just bought tickets for Awesome Con in June!

  • Bear

    Rant: Woke up an hour before my alarm. WTF? I could have used that hour of sleep…guess I’ll just have some more coffee instead.
    Rave: It’s almost the weekend!
    Extra rant: I have to get my MD license this weekend so I’ll be registered to vote in the primary. I’m almost two years late on this…so dreading it.

  • Rave: Had a productive few long days at work where I successfully asserted myself, waded through BS, and came out with a focus on substance and being positive.
    Rant: No milk, eggs, yogurt, cereal, bread, etc. at home. So I had to make do with oatmeal.
    Rave: Stirred in honey, peanut butter, and a bit of nutella and it wasn’t half bad.
    Rant: I hate the frantic searching for my glasses when I get up in the morning. I need to remedy this but after close to 3 decades of wearing glasses, I still haven’t found a good solution.
    Rave: Seeing Matilda on Broadway tonight – my husband has never read any Roald Dahl. This should be fun!

    • Andie302

      Regarding the glasses, could you get a fancy bowl/container that you really like, buy several of them for popular spots that you normally keep your glasses, and then commit to only put them down in those containers? I did this with my wedding rings (when I was married) and it really made a difference. Obviously glasses are a little bigger, but I could see a fun bowl/piece of china/tiny tray serving the same purpose.

      • Yeah, I do this with my rings and glasses! I put the rings in the box they came in whenever I am not wearing them. Then I put my glasses in the case or right next to it on the nightstand.

      • Thanks for the suggestion, I do this for my keys. Unfortunately, my glasses are really only a problem at night, when I have to take them off to sleep – when I fall asleep early and take them off haphazardly, or flail in my sleep and knock them off the bedside table, or sleep work and move them, etc.. I cannot see anything without them so searching for them is stressful and difficult. I still haven’t found a solution!

    • I take mine off and put them in their case and then put them under my pillow. The case is decent size so I can just reach under there and usually find them very quickly. This should also make it less likely you will knock them around. I don’t know about the sleep walking though.

  • Rant: Horrible no good very bad day at work yesterday.
    Rave: Taking a much needed mental health day today and am looking forward to getting some sun and fresh air later this morning.
    Rave: Didn’t know who to talk to when I felt terrible yesterday, so I messaged the ex (we’re still friendly) and he called me right away and was incredibly kind and supportive and made me laugh a few times. Grateful.
    Rave: Time for a new name soon, I think.

  • Rant: I’m having an issue with my roommate. When she moved in we discussed shower times, and she keeps encroaching on mine. She’s due into work probably 30-40 minutes before I am so i take the later time. However the past few weeks she has continuously woken up at the time I usually get into the shower. I wasn’t able to get in until 20 minutes past my usual time today, had to rush to get ready for work, and just missed my bus. Then almost vomited from sprinting to the bus stop. Seriously I had to sit on a stop for a moment to catch my breath/get my gag reflex under control. I was 10 minutes late today.

    Rave: I ended up biking in again. I got turned around at Stanton park again, but turned it into in impromptu sightseeing tour of the Capital. I love seeing the bike commuters on my way in, and I feel energized. I may have to make this a habit.

    • Keep at it! The first couple trips may get confusing but it’s so so worth it Enjoy the ride 🙂

    • If she’s just getting up when you’re supposed to start your shower, can you hop in first? It’s not your fault she missed her window….

      • I may start doing this. I figure I should talk to her about the issue first and ask if she wants to change the shower schedule around. If it continues to be an issue I may just start getting up earlier. Which i’d rather not do, but I’d rather not be rushed or late either.

        • I would mention it to her — tell her it’s made you late to work even though you rushed, and that you would be willing to switch if you can be clear on a new schedule. and then if it persists for one or two more days, just go in at her normal time.

    • Ugh – sounds just like my former roommate, even after we had already discussed it several times. I do not miss living with her at all.

  • Rant: Loud ass keyboards at work. Mine and everybody else’s. Getting on my nerves.
    Rant: A woman who I don’t even know kept acting like she had to sit next to me in a meeting at work. I was sitting in an aisle seat (the seats in the room were in rows) and she came up behind me and barked “Move on in!”. I jumped and went down the row and went to the row behind it. The lady followed me into the next row and sat in the seat next to mine. I felt weirded out so I went to sit next to someone I knew where there was no other seats were around. She asked me where I was going when I moved next to the person I knew and gave me an ugly look when I sat down. I felt creeped out. Am I being paranoid?
    Rave: The weather today.
    Rant: Cramps.

    • This is what I would do if I were you. Find out who she is, and then show up at her desk. Tap her on the shoulder. Don’t say anything. Make eye contact, And then very slowly, put your arm on the desk and, “swipe” everything (papers, phone, purse, laptop, etc) off on to the floor.
      Then tell her, “for the rest of the time we work together, don’t say anything to me.”
      Then, walk out and go sit at your desk and start typing loudly. Make sure at least one other person witnesses it. If they ask you why you did it, tell them she was typing too loud. Problems solved.

    • That’s super creepy.

  • Rant: Feeling completely and totally overwhelmed at work. I have been doing a really good job of keeping the anxiety at bay but it smacked me full force yesterday. The organization I work for requires that we take an intensive course leading up to an exam that we must pass with a 90% or higher. It has taken two hours out my day for the last several weeks, plus I need to study at home. If I don’t pass with at least an 80%, I have to take the course all over again. I am behind in my work, in a complete and total reactive vs proactive mode, and it’s really just not working out. If I don’t get an 80%, I’m putting in my notice. There’s no way I can do this again.
    Rave? A quick indeed search reveals many open positions in my field, and I could probably go back to the organization I used to work at fairly easily. But, I just don’t want to start another job.

  • Rave – I really enjoyed my “sick” day yesterday. I explored a new to me bike trail – the one that follows the NW branch of the Anacostia and ended up by the Bladensburg boat house, with a pit stop for Vigilante coffee in Hyattsville. What a beautiful day.
    Rant – Back in my cube.

  • Rave: start a new job on Monday! This has been way too long coming.
    Rant: new job means new commute to NoMa. Farewell, six years of lovely walks from U Street to Farragut. I’m glad we got in a few springlike days this year, for old time’s sake.

  • Rave: It’s almost the end of the week!
    Rant: So much to get done in so little time!
    Rave: Great yoga classes last night
    Rant: which I was hoping would help improve sleep, but no, still sleeping like crap
    Rave: 10 days away from vacation!!!!!
    Rave? First appointment with a counselor tonight. Hoping this person and I mesh well, and that we can come up with some productive strategies for managing anxiety.

  • Revel: Got decent news, but I’m not sure I want to stay here, considering I was even in the position of possibly being let go to begin with. LBP, can I still take you up on Sangria brunch in the near future?
    Rant: This whole ordeal was incredibly emotionally draining.
    Revel: 4.5 more days until spring break.
    Rant: I plan to spend it on my couch.

    • Yay for the good news. That’s good in the short run, and hopefully keeps you in a better position to look elsewhere in the long run, right?

    • Of course, spite cupcakes! Just let me know when and where!

    • I’m glad it ended in the better way for you. I wasn’t following the whole story, but the whole review process seemed very trying – I’m not sure how you got through it, but I know it would have been a tremendous lift for anyone. Couldn’t hurt though to look elsewhere, right?

    • Emmaleigh504

      Glad it’s not bad news.

  • Rant: Still at it with freaking MedStar. Someone from “reputation management” reached out to me…not sure if I am surprised or not that they have someone in that role.
    Rave: It’s amazing how “warm” 45 feels to me now. Haha it’s sunny and 41 right now and I am like oh wow, what a nice day!!
    Rave: Free ride on the streetcar last night plus $6 concert featuring 3 artists! It was a great concert too.

  • Rave: Super cute kids. My daughter was SO excited to take a bath with her brother last night, though his bath was quickly aborted when she dumped water on him twice. I think she understands she needs to pour gently now 🙂 She also loves hanging out with him on the activity mat and talking to him, which is great, because it sometimes means that both are entertained while I’m trying to get something done. Woot!
    Rave: Working from home yesterday. I think I got more writing done at home than I would have at work, and still managed to run a quick errand.
    Rave: Loving the sunshine in the evenings.
    Rant: Mornings are getting later and later. Not cool. Need to get more on top of getting out of bed & going on time again.

  • Revel: 8 hours of sleep. That was amazing!
    Rave: I’ve been on a cheap dress buying spree lately and I’m in love with all my new pretties.
    Rave: Date night tonight with the other Mrs. Rabbit.
    Rant: Waiting to see if the latest round of treatment worked is always the hardest part of it all.

  • Rave: Shoutout to Planner on the Random Reader Rant and/or Revel thread from a few days ago. If all goes well, we might hire the florist from 41st Street.
    Rant: Feel like I’m coming down with something, haven’t been myself lately, and people at work are coming in sick. They have the leave to take off, but they don’t use it.
    Rave: Potluck today at work, which is great b/c I completely forgot my lunch
    Rant: Just getting price quotes for stuff like DJs…I’m in the wrong profession. Being in the wedding business would be a really good side hustle.

    • Don’t be afraid to negotiate a little! We negotiated our DJ price down a little bit.

      • Yeah right now we’ve asked like 7 or 8 different DJs for a price quote, I enter that in an excel spreadsheet and my fiance and I sit down and and go through them all. I think what’s making it expensive is the uplighting, the reception would be under a tented patio and based on the dimensions, it would “require” a certain amount of uplights. We shall see…

  • justinbc

    Rave: Really awesome dinner last night at Espita Mezcaleria, highly recommend the spot.
    Rave: Tournament starts today!
    Rave: St. Patrick’s day, and awesome new corned beef sandwich at The Dubliner!

    • Glad to hear Espita Mezcaleria was great! I really want to try it soon, but was a little worried it was overpriced and overhyped.

      • I’m glad/surprised to here that you enjoyed your experience there. I had one of the worst dining experiences there ever on Friday night. Maybe because it was a weekend night but it was SO loud that my ears actually hurt afterwards and I could not hear anything the waiter was saying or the rest of my party. Also, the guacamole was the smallest portion I’ve ever seen for $13. I found all of the food underwhelming and over priced.

        • justinbc

          They must have changed the price, because the guacamole was $10 (we didn’t order it, so can’t comment on size). I don’t really care about noise in restaurants, so that’s almost never something I judge them on, although I do notice when it’s louder than expected. We didn’t have reservations, but they sat us anyway and let us know what time a reservation was slated for the table so we could gauge our time there, and then when a reservation canceled they came over and let us know so we didn’t feel rushed. I thought all of the flavors were really bold for everything we ordered, my only real complaint was the pork jowl tacos were a bit undercooked so texturally it was a bit too fatty. Total including tax & tip was about $160, but we ate and drank a lot.

  • Rave: Beautiful weather for being outside
    Rant: I’m inside
    Revel: Think I’m starting to have deeper feelings for a guy I’m dating than I initially thought I would when we started dating. He’s great and I’m glad we’re seeing each other, but I do worry that I keep falling for people since I just got out of a (albeit brief) relationship in January. Maybe I just have a lot of love to give and I need to stop overthinking it.
    Rave: really great weekend ahead
    Rave: got recognized at work for a project I did and am now getting assigned more responsibility because of it!

  • Euro vacation was awesome. Seriously considering the ex-pat life if I could get a job/ work visa. Anyone have any experience on getting a UK work visa and/or job in London?

    Came back to news that my job is being eliminated. They’re replacing it with a much more senior role, and I’ve got until that new person is installed – an estimated 30 to 90 days. I’m not surprised, just really angry. It was like pulling teeth to get HR and management to spell out what it means for me, and it was terribly unprofessional. I HATE THIS PLACE. I’m working as long as I can to keep the paycheck coming in, but I’m out as soon as I can find something else.

    Interview on Monday. No pressure there. 🙂 I really, really, really want the job (not just because I’m desperate to get out of here). Phone interview was fantastic, and I’ve got colleagues in common who’ve already put in a good word for me. So I’m feeling fairly confident.

    Having panic attacks combined with lethargy. Sounds weird, but it feels like the only time I’m not forcing myself to do something, it’s because I’m freaking out.

    • Depends on your field, but I think they just recently changed rules making it harder for Americans to get work visas in UK. We tried for 6 months to get a job there and gave up. Can you try working for an american company there? that seemed like an only option to us.

    • As someone going through the ex pat life in Canada it’s hard, a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I’m also working toward perm residency/dual cit, but my god it’s a long road. Getting a work visa has proven to be really hard (and I am eligible for a TN, which is not as hard as the normal work visa) so hoping it will be easier once I get my open work permit. Agree with real maria…easiest route is to get a job with an American company.

    • I started on student visa, which I had hoped to convert to a work visa when I lived in the UK. It is incredibly difficult to convert, and it is incredibly difficult for Americans to get work visas. You have to work in a “shortage” field or for an American company who can sponsor you there, and in any case, you have to earn more than a certain amount per year. From my understanding, it is harder to get a work visa in the UK than it is the US.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: All of bulbs are coming up and flourishing!
    Rant: Looks like I lost my rosemary again! Bummer since it takes at least one season to get it established enough to harvest.
    Rave: The Portajohn out front is gone.
    Rant: All of my neighbors houses look great including the one next to me that also had a new sidewalk installed. My house looks like the ugly step-cousin.

  • Rant: 37 weeks. Had a horrible nightmare that the baby wasn’t moving. Woke up in a middle of the night in cold sweat and the baby wasn’t moving! gah! poked and prodded it and drank cold water and it finally woke up and started moving after like 30 minutes. Causing me to cry hysterically.
    Rave: Coffee. SUNSHINE (in Seattle, even though it was 32 degrees, SUN!!!!)

  • Rant: Bohemian Caverns closing. Jazz fans lose another venue in DC, and my wife and I lose another spot that lives on in our memories. Where will the music go?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: The cat has decided I sleep too much and has begun doing irritating things to wake me up. She’d been so good. grrr
    Rave: The wine and cheese party that I forgot about has been rescheduled. Now I just need to not forget again.

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