Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind โ€“ 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 peopleโ€™s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • Rave: Received amazing job news this morning!!
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    Rant: Can’t make the official happy hour because I have class on Tuesdays. Boooo. Next time…

  • Rave: My bf came over at 7am and made me French toast before work
    Rant: Wheat bread.

  • Rant: People being a-holes when you won’t let them “piggy pack” into your condo building.

    Sorry pal, I don’t know you and you’re clearly sitting outside the door waiting for anyone to open the door so you can slide in. If you’re someone’s guest, either have a key or get buzzed in. And calling me racist isn’t helping the situation.

    • Always tough. I usually let people into my apt building but it always makes me feel weird…I think it’s more warranted to deny them when you’re in a condo building and presumably know the other owners/take more ownership of keeping the building secure.

      • I think it’s warranted to deny someone from piggybacking on any building with controlled access. Not my job to provide access for myself and total strangers too, no matter who they are.

  • Question: Anyone looking to purchase but keep running into dead-end? whether keep losing bids, can’t find anything in price range etc? Would you consider a FSBO property?

    • When I bought, I totally had that issue. I looked at short sales, and wound up getting an incredible deal.

    • Absolutely would consider a FSBO. Why not? Pay for a home inspection and go from there. I bought an

      • I bought an investment property as a FSBO and saved that 3% agent fee

        • The seller using an agent pays both agents’ fees.

          The only time the buyer might pay is when they use an agent in a fsbo.

          You saved nothing and might have spent more money in that transaction.

          • Yes the seller pays the 6%. Traditionally 3% to buyers agent and 3% to the sellers agent. We negotiated the seller fees out of the transaction. We deducted the 3% from the sales price. I used to be a real estate agent for Keller Williams. I saved money on the deal.

          • I’ll agree to disagree that you “saved the fee” directly since it really isn’t there to begin with in a fsbo, but glad you were able to use that fact to save some money.

    • Almost made this my rant…looked at 3 condos just this week and made (and subsequently lost) 2 offers. Really tough out there for a 1 bed under $325. If a listing hits the market, I’m there that day and decide if I want to make an offer. Remaining faithful!

      • Are you looking in upper Northwest? I still see units in that range in my neck of the woods.

        • In ne too. There were 2bd under 300k

          Also big studios throughout the city.

        • Anything south of Columbia Heights and as far west as Eckington…really like Eckington/Bloomingdale, but have also looked and made offers in Adams Morgan/Mt. Pleasant and between U St/Columbia Heights.

          • I feel your struggle. I ended up buying in that price range last year in Admo. I had success (luckily enough on the first offer I put) offering above asking price, but asking for the closing costs in the offer. Bottom line is they are getting asking price, but it looks better on paper. At least that is my theory as to why my offer was accepted. I could be completely wrong.

      • Tip (that may or may not actually be a tip) bought my condo in columbia heights 2 years ago, looked at it over Easter weekend. Not many people out looking that weekend, so I feel like there weren’t as many offers. And I actually got the place. good luck!

    • Allison

      Yes, this is happening to us! We lost one house, and then after I took time off of work to go see another house it went under contract literally while I was in transit to go see it. BEYOND FRUSTRATING!

  • Andie302

    Rave: Morning bike ride around the Tidal Basin
    Rave: Sort of glad the trees aren’t fully bloomed yet, because the people renting our house next weekend are coming specifically for them, and I’m really hoping there are some left by then!
    Rave: It’s 9:30 and I feel like I’ve gotten a whole day in already!
    Rant: I rescheduled book club for the same day as the Official HH, so I’m going to have to reschedule it again. I hate doing that to the group, but I know at least a few of us will want to attend both! Sorry!!!
    Rave: The group seems really accommodating, so hopefully we’ll still have someone show up when we have the meeting in mid-2017 hehe

    • I’ll be there on the rescheduled date :-). No worries about the rescheduling, gotta balance booze and books!

    • Are you accepting new members into the book club? I feel like lately my brain has been turning to mush only reading books written for the 8-10 crowd.

      • Emmaleigh504

        sure, send me an gmail at emmaleigh504 and I’ll add you (and anyone else) to the list.

        • Emmaleigh504

          I should add that only a few spots are open b/c I want to keep the size of the group manageable. I’m sorry in advance for anyone I have to turn away.

      • Andie302

        Bonus – the current book is a very quick read, you’ll have plenty of time if you want to come to the next meeting!

  • Rave: Saw my dad last weekend
    Rant: He’s declining a lot
    Rave: He’s still very interested in my “spinster” status which is hilarious to me
    Rant: But I can tell that it’s getting worse
    Rant: My siblings who planned on visiting him for two days are being incredibly selfish and refused to help my stepmom out until the doctor said my dad can’t stay alone at night under any circumstances (my stepmom had to leave on an emergency family matter) and it makes me furious
    Rant: My aunt is voting for Trump!
    Rave: It’s already Wednesday
    Rave: friends who make me laugh
    Rave: seeing out of town friends on Saturday night for dinner

    • That One Guy

      If I recall correctly, your stepmom was not doing a good job of communicating, has that improved or are you still in the dark about things?

      • She’s gotten better. She is really overwhelmed and distraught, but she knows now that it’s important to keep people up to date (and if she is not able to do it because she’s upset or tired, that all she has to do is ask my sister to tell me, and it’s fine). Like, the news of the results of my dad’s scan this week came from my sister, after my stepmom called to tell her and then asked if she could please call me. Thsi weekend, she told me she finds it so hard to tell me things is because she knows that my dad is closest to me out of all of his children. A lot of things she said this weekend put things into perspective.

        • That One Guy

          Glad to hear that. She’s probably going through caretaker fatigue. Maybe call her once in a while to hear how she’s doing. That may also facilitate the flow of information regarding your dad.

        • Aw I’m sorry to hear about your dad, but glad to hear it’s gotten a bit better (communication).

    • SinSa, I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s declining health.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: I’m only 50 pages in, but I’m already annoyed with the book I’m reading. Nancy Isenberg is a great historian, but she needs a wee bit more critical distance from Aaron Burr.
    Rant: Not feeling super great today.
    Rave: Not too grey and weather in the 70s. That will make up for a lot!

  • Rave: Tribe will always have more hits than the braves and the yankees.
    RIP Phife

  • Rave: the chewy.com website – seriously, best customer service ever. My one kitty seemed like she was have a relapse a bit, and I since I’m going away for a week soon, I didn’t want to leave my roomie with any potential messes, so I emailed my wonderful new vet on Monday. She agreed setting her up with some of the Rx food that she did well on was probably a good idea, so she sent in a script to the Chewy Rx line. Literally within 40 minutes, I got a call from their pharmacy department confirming they had received my script and that I could go ahead an place the order. I placed the order around 1 p.m. Monday, and the package was there waiting for me when I got home yesterday. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love it!
    Rant: I’m so tired and grumpy this morning.
    Rave: Slowly making progress on a bunch of stuff.
    Rant: I have no idea how I’m going to finalize this report I’m working on, there is so much missing data it’s completely awful and I have to go back through three different programs to see what I’m missing and add it it. I feel like surely this is a huge problem and we must be losing money somewhere, because things are totally falling through the cracks. No idea how I’m gonna get this done by Friday ๐Ÿ™

    • Can I ask who your new vet is? Our 9 month old kitten is having tummy issues and we are not pleased with how our new vet is handling the issue. They are very bad at communicating with us. Thanks!

      • I went to District Veterinary Services over in Brookland – Dr. Dani Walker is the vet I’ve seen, but I think they have 2-3 others, along with techs and other staff. Everyone was wonderful, and prices, while not dirt cheap, are very reasonable.I didn’t know how I was going to deal, being so far from my old wonderful vets in Philly, but I am so happy to have someone here to go to if I need to!

        • Dr. Dan Teich started District Vet in Brookland and he’s also great. Helped us through our senior cat’s illness and eventual passing with such empathy and care.

  • Rant: Baby had to stay home from day care yesterday.
    Rave: It was really nice to have some one-on-one time with him. Especially since he wasn’t really sick. His digestive system just seems to have finally recovered from me eating dairy. Fingers crossed day care agrees with my assessment.
    Rave? I guess I can now test whether eggs seem to be problematic?
    Rave: Managed to get both kids up, dressed, fed, and out of the house myself since my wife had an early meeting. And we even got out of the house earlier than usual! Woot!
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    Big shout out of congrats to Artemis on the baby! Read the news right before bed last night and it gave me a big grin. Hope you’re doing alright with the newborn crazies! Ditto the suggestion for the breastfeeding support group at the breastfeeding center on K st. Also check out PACE; I still get together with the friends I made from that group.

    • Thanks, mtpresident. It was a tough first week. The little man has jaundice, which meant daily checks at the doctor’s to monitor his levels. But we seem to be on the mend. His interest in breastfeeding also seems to be improving as his yellow is fading. ๐Ÿ™‚

      Several people have recommended PACE to me. I will look into it.

      • Oh yuck on the jaundice. I’m glad he’s getting better & eating better as well. Congrats on getting through the first week!

      • I went through the jaundice with all three kids (ABO incompatibility, something no one tells you about!), so I know exactly how tough it is. Hang in there, better days are right around the corner! Good luck!

  • RANT: My admin is on the fourth draft of a project. Every single one of the previous drafts has had a spelling error. Call her on it and she gets pissy. No excuse for shoddy work.
    RANT: People who don’t pick up the phone. Not everything can/should be in writing. I know that you’re “cool” and “tech-savvy” but we can resolve this in about two minutes on the phone instead of all day with email.
    RANT: I am coming unglued. My work situation is crap and it’s affecting everything around me. I feel like I’m on the edge of a mental breakdown.

    • That One Guy

      The progression of rants feels like it speaks volumes. Details to the overall big issue. Maybe look into the reasons for the last rant and see where there’s room for improvement?

  • Rant: A friend’s off-cuff comment about her pregnancy (how she has *one* baby entering into 2nd trimester when she is expecting twins and then disappearing for a few hours before replying to messages) still has me in a funky mood a day later. The babies are fine (just one is measuring a day behind the other) but it really upset me. Maybe I’m just overly sensitive these days given what happened to me but that was seriously not cool
    Rave: An adult coloring book and milk and cookies actually put me in a much better mood after all of that garbage yesterday.
    Rave: We’re now out of cookies but I can remedy that problem later. Yay for having ingredients on hand.
    Rave: Things are lining up perfectly for our 5th wedding anniversary.

    • I feel you on that first rant :hug:
      Are the cookies you speak of those salted chocolate chunk? I hope so ๐Ÿ™‚ And kudos on the upcoming anniversary. We have our 1st coming up and are really trying to plan something fun too!

      • They were! They were amazing. But being me, I’m making them again and changing things up a little. I think some toasted sliced almonds would be a fantastic addition so I already have the almonds toasted and cooling on a plate for later.

        • Great idea! Usually I don’t like nuts in cookies but I have never thought of toasting them first. I adore toasted nuts so maybe I’ll try this for my next cookie baking challenge. There’s this one recipe that I do for shortbread thumb print cookies that you roll in coconut and then bake. Normally I don’t like coconut, but toasted coconut turned out to be a whole different story.

          • Honestly, I’m not a fan of untoasted nuts. Toasting them magically transforms them into an entirely new food to me. And toasted coconut is amazing on shortbread. I need to make shortbread again soon.

      • Hugs to both of you, rfff924 and RabbitRabbitRabbit.

    • Btw–saw your story about your nephew (neice?) yesterday asking for his second hug because he has two aunties & thought it was super sweet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rave: How beautiful this city is in spring. Biked from work to U street yesterday, then walked from U to the Kennedy Center. I plan on biking the blooms today. Seeing people out and about puts me is such a good mood.

    Rant: I cannot get the restaurant my family planned to Easter Brunch to return my calls. Granted its probably booked at this point. I do have an alternate place, but this is the place we traditionally go.

    Rant: My family is really spread this Easter. Mom in taking care of Grandma, Brother and Sister in Law are coming back late from Spring Break, Sister is staying with Boyfriend, and my youngest brother is dog sitting for Brother and Sister in Law. I mean, I realize as we all get older its harder to get everyone gathered in one place, but I still feel sad. I don’t think we will be together as a group again until my parents anniversary in July.

  • Rant: Slept crappy the past three nights. Argh.
    Rave: Took care of a good friend’s puppy so got in a long, gorgeous neighborhood walk last night, and snuggled on the couch together to watch the last of Miss Fisher and start Grantchester ๐Ÿ™‚
    Rave: Bruce on the radio.
    Rave: Pick up my new bike tomorrow! And as a reward for getting shit done, hitting the Tidal Basin for a moment later today, just for a peek.

  • Rant: 2nd night of coughing up a lung with this bronchial infection. During the day I feel okay, but at night when everything settles, I am no bueno. Waking up in fits of coughing and choking and trying to sleep in a sitting up position all suck.
    Rave: Still love my new job and feel very challenged by it in the best ways possible.
    Rave: New business cards! Nerdy but they always make me feel very grown up.
    Rave: Weekend plans with the best people.

    • That One Guy

      Perhaps consider using a humidifier to see if that helps with your sleep.

    • Weird…happening to me too, as well nosebleeds at 4am. I got a tiny humidifier off Amazon…does nothing. Go big if you get one. High five on the raves!

      • Oh, it’s funny because I was just going to say that I have a mini-humidifier on my nightstand and I love it….

    • I think the weather fluctuation have just been murder on my respiratory system. I used to get these all the time and then it stopped a while. Usually I go to the DR. to get antibiotics and codeine cough syrup and an inhaler, but I decided just to let it work its way out of my system this time.

      I’ll look into the humidifier, but i figure i may not need it since winter is almost over.

  • Comment Artist

    Rant: This man bun look, which seems to be super trendy in DC at the moment, needs to stop, period. It just looks so stupid!

    • At least the lumberjack beards seem to be in decline. Baby steps.

      • So happy to see this trend go– away completely. I hate when people do things- and it so visible that they are following trend. No dude your beard don’t make you cool.

        • maxwell smart

          You know what else isn’t cool? Spending 15 minutes everyday shaving, so I’ll go ahead and keep my beard, thanks.

      • Beards don’t bother me at all, I don’t see that as trendy, it’s just a facial hair choice like shaving or having a goatee or mustache.

    • It’s EVERYWHERE in Toronto. I see them every time I go outside.

    • Man bun = man fun! *wink*

    • maxwell smart

      I might be joining the man bun trend soon, largely because I am developing a complex about getting my hair cut. No means no, haircutter person. I’m not tipping you more because you cut more. When I say “Don’t cut the top, just the sides, I mean DON”T CUT THE TOP”

    • If we’re discussing annoying trends – can we mention the whacky pattern yoga pants trend? It’s just as, if not MORE, annoying than the man bun thing. It’s getting out of hand.

    • Does Lin Manuel-Miranda’s do count as a man bun? If so…long live man buns!

  • Rant: Just stuck on the disabled train in the tunnel outside Farragut North for 21 minutes. Pretty terrifying after the metro shutdown and the smoke incident last year.
    Rant: I had already waited a ridiculously long time for the train because of another disabled train in front of it.
    Evergreen Rant: WMATA sucks.
    Rave: Beautiful day outside. Maybe I’ll walk home.

    • I was on the disabled train too, and also the one that offloaded before it. I was doing a lot of deep breathing to stay calm. So glad that Farragut N was my stop so I didn’t have to get onto a third train.

  • FtLincolnLove

    Query: I have a dollhouse my grandfather made for me when I was young, and it has been sitting in a box for over 5 years. I don’t particularly want to display it, and I hate that it’s sitting unused. I’m torn as to whether or not to give it away, but if I chose to, I want to make sure it goes to a new home that will love, care for, and appreciate it. Does anyone have any suggestions as to where I could donate a handmade dollhouse? The Children’s Hospital doesn’t accept handmade wooden toys, and I’m not sure if A Wider Circle would accept such an item. I’d like to avoid Purple Heart/Goodwill if at all possible. Again, still on the fence about whether or not to keep or donate, but am interested in hearing if anyone knows of any organizations (or if there is anyone on here) that would be interested in a dollhouse.

  • Rant: DH and I almost got run over in the crosswalk because someone decided to back up into the intersection without looking. I slammed the back of the car and yelled at them and their response was “We didn’t see you!!!” Well that’s not a great excuse, please LOOK at a minimum in your mirror before backing up, but also you should actually look behind you. So. Dangerous.
    Rave: Taking time away from work both via PTO and working remotely.
    Rant: Because things have been tough emotionally lately. I’m trying therapy, acupuncture, prayer/meditation, exercise but it is so hard to dig out of this hole.
    Rave: DH dreaming up scenarios to help me–a dog, a new apartment that accepts said dog, a car so that we can leave the city on adventures, more vacations, moving abroad, early retirement ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Andie302

      Good for you for trying so many things, and for your husband coming up with ideas. If you’re up for the responsibility, a pet really can provide so much love. Best wishes and keep after it, you’re doing everything you’re supposed to!

    • I wish I had some advice on how to get through the emotional stuff since we’ve been going through a similar situation but I really don’t have any. My wife and I have been relying on each other a whole lot through this experience and taking each day as it comes. Some days are easier than others but there’s always this underlying intense sadness and heartache. There’s been lots of tears and hugs and cuddle time (to me that’s the most vital of help). From what I’ve been told from other child loss moms, it does get better… it just takes time.

    • Aw I’m glad your husband is being so supportive!! Sounds like you got a good one. Lots of positive thoughts heading your way.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: sleep issues this week find me progressively becoming more sluggish in the mornings.
    Rave: walking in the morning helps.
    Rave: allergies haven’t started for me.

  • Rest In Paradise Phife

  • Kid came in telling me about this movie he saw with his parent. Spoiler alert: Jesus died. Kids spent a good 5 minutes re-enacting his crucifiction.
    Revel: Half a day til spring break!
    Revel: Assemblies all morning.
    Rant: Got observed at a bad time yesterday when people weren’t cooperative and I got dinged for it.

    • Ha on your first statement! Kids. I don’t know why but that also reminds me of the amazing short story from David Sedaris in Me Talk Pretty One Day–Jesus Shaves. If you haven’t read it, it’s an hilarious re-telling of non native speakers trying to discuss Jesus, the crucifixion, and Easter without having the vocab to do so.

      • Oh my – that piece makes me laugh so hard every time! Google it – there’s a clip out there of him reading it outloud and it makes it so much better, as if that was possible!!

        • I need to see this! I was a French major and I studied abroad so it made reading this that much more funny for me!

  • Rant: Cyclists who don’t think the stop signs apply to them when I’m turning right across the bike lane. Wait your damn turn!
    Rave: Work week is almost halfway over.
    Rave: Getting back into the swing of gym time.
    Rant: Craisin trail mix. I’m sure it’s terrible for me.

  • Check the Rhyme PoP!

    And RIP QTip.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave (I think, maybe, I don’t know): changing my insomnia pill to something that works better with the drug cocktail I take. The insomnia pill made me lose my sweet tooth, not sure I want it back.
    Rave: better living through chemistry.

  • That One Guy

    Query: are there any avid rock climbing POPers out there that can recommend places/gyms to go to? I feel like I should get back into form and was wondering if there are other options out there besides sportrock. Also, anyone interested in rock climbing?

  • RAVE: Update from Friday, my dad made a really quick recovery and was removed from the ventilator Monday, and moved out of the ICU Tuesday. As of Sunday, the ICU staff was preparing to keep him for another 1-2 weeks minimum so that fact he was able to breathe just fine on his own Monday was pretty miraculous. He should be released by the weekend. Thanks so much for all of the kind words on Friday!
    Rant: Having to deal with moving my parents on Monday. I cannot even explain how exhausting that was because the movers didn’t know they’d be packing the house too, and my mom felt the need to explain and justify her reasons for keeping/not keeping every single little thing. 10 hours later it was done thank god. I need some major rest and lots of wine this weekend.

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