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: Home opener – rain, need I say more? 🙁

  • Rant: Got a notice yesterday from DC Tax turning my refund of around $500 into a bill of around $1,000 (and the notice was dated April 1st, no less).
    Rave: The very helpful customer service representative at DC Tax’s office who this morning fixed all of the issues in their system, so that I will now get exactly the refund I originally asked for.
    Rave/rant: I’m lucky in that I’m retired and have the leisure to saunter on down to the Waterfront to fix these problems in person. A lot of other DC taxpayers don’t have that luxury and may get screwed as a result.

    • Yes, that office was very helpful for me a few years ago. Unfortunately I had to do so because they were useless in the phone.

  • Rant: The weather
    Rave: Telework tomorrow
    Rave: Went to see new therapist. We seem to be hitting it off OK so far.
    Rant: Don’t know what to get for my soon to be 13 year old nephew.
    Rant/question: Is it legal for someone to basically set up a home in the middle of the sidewalk? In front of the Starbucks at 7th and H NW behind the bus shelter, there’s this guy who has placed all of his stuff on the sidewalk and occasionally sleeps there. He has a dog too. If I go out to get lunch I see other folks sitting in the spot smoking and begging for money while people struggle to get by due to the amount of trash, cigarette butts, dirty blankets and other things they have. I was just wondering if this is illegal.

    • It’s public space, so it’s going to be kind of hard to kick them out. I supposed there’s some sort of “obstructing public right of way” statute on the books, but good luck getting (and keeping) that enforced.

  • maxwell smart

    RAVE?: I made it to work today.

  • Rave: Finally back home after almost a week in Indy. Despite the sad circumstance it was good seeing my whole family. I got to bond with my siblings. And realizing the scope of people my Grandmother touched in life was powerful. She achieved much despite so many obstacles, she truly is an inspiration. The thing i will miss about her the most is her love for her grandchildren. She wanted and gave us the very best, yet never judged us for our mistakes. She had more empathy and compassion than anyone I knew. I’m so glad she was in my life for so long.
    Rant: Grief is an awful feeling. I have a tendency to slow burn reactions. I was ok for most of the week before the funeral, but now. I feel awful. Not so much sad, more depressed, anxious and angry. I feel sad for my mother who is taking her loss badly. She tries to be so strong for my siblings and I, but she is struggling. I feel angry that I didn’t appreciate my grandmother more. I should’ve called more often, visited more often. And just depressed that she is gone. Anxious because I realize both my parents are getting older. I’m afraid about being in my mothers shoes. I’m looking into grief counselors. I realize I really need to talk to a professional about how I’m feeling.

    • Oh! Hugs, Skj84! Losing a grandparent is so hard. After my last grandparent, my Mom-Mom, died, I struggled with a lot of the same feelings – guilt about why I didn’t call her more, express my love and appreciation of her more, etc. Good on you for acknowledging your need to talk to someone and looking into grief counseling, that’s what I should have done at the time but instead I tried to bottle it all up and it just ended up compounding things. I’m glad you were able to have a nice time in Indy remembering your grandmother and celebrating the wonderful person your grandmother was.

    • I had a lot of those same feelings when my grandmother, my last grandparent, passed away a few years ago. It’s scary to think of my parents now in her shoes, being the oldest generation in the family, now they are the grandparents, and they are getting older. And now I’m in my parent’s shoes. Still hard to wrap my head around. *hugs*

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m so sorry for your loss. It’s easy to push your grief aside when you are with your family, but when you come back home it creeps up on you.

    • Thanks all. She was my last grandparent, and I do think the shock of realizing my parents and aunts are now the elder generation is hitting me the most. I did speak to my Dad about setting up a time when the entire family sits down and discuss end of life plans for my parents. Its morbid, but needs to be done.

  • Rant: This weather is icky.
    Rant: Fighting hard to stay vacation-level zen. Trying not to freak out about how much I need to do in the next week or two!
    Rave: I made a muffin-cup breakfast (eggs, sausage, cheese on a hash brown bottom) and they came out delicious! Hooray for a filling, delicious, easy breakfast in the morning.
    Rave: My creamer didn’t curdle today! I think it was something weird with my travel cup – gave it a good scrub-down last night and all is well today.
    Rave: Another good meeting with my counselor last night. Slowly developing some techniques for dealing with anxiety stuff. Though I’m still wondering if a visit to a psychiatrist is in order. Pros? Cons?

    • Re the curdling creamer: did you happen to let your coffee sit after it was brewed longer today? I’ve found that coffee that is REALLY HOT tends to curdle creamer/soy milk/etc.

  • Rant: Anxiety yesterday afternoon stemming from its top two triggers.
    Rave: Realizing what was going on & being able to settle down.
    Rave: Visit with in-laws went reasonably smoothly!
    Rant: So very tired 🙁

  • Rave: went on my very first tinder date ever last night and it went well. 3.5 hours is a long time to just grab drinks. second date is a go! he’s not my normal type, which is great. thanks, tinder!
    Rave: never updated on low match and I meeting up and me meeting his gf. it went well! they don’t seem to “fit” but he really likes her and is planning his future with her (no comment), and I’m happy for him. glad we could be friends & knowing there are no residual feelings left for each other.

  • Rant: Bernie trolls on twitter. I am on twitter for work and tweeted one totally innocuous thing yesterday that actually wasn’t related to Bernie (it was total satire & obvious from the link) but since it had his name in the tweet, within seconds I was completely trolled. First telling me I’m stupid and that I’m spreading lies, then explaining his policy (which I understand, thanks). It’s still happening today. Unreal! I was struggling to #FeelTheBern. This really didn’t help.
    Rave: DH couldn’t find the handkerchief I had embroidered for him for our wedding. He tore the house apart last night and we were both a bit sad about it. He stopped at the dry cleaners today to ask and the front desk person was so happy to hand it over and lit up immediately–“We were wondering who this belonged to!” What a relief, it was just an object but had a lot of sentimental value.

    • I Feel the Bern and all my social feeds are divided. Don’t let the trolls get you down. And good for that dry cleaners to find and hold onto your handkerchief. Good service.

    • After listening to his NYDN interview, the Bern has cooled for me.

  • Rant: No one in this office owns headphones, apparently.
    Rant: Bad anxiety all week but it looks like I’m not alone in this. Spring fever? (Despite the weather.)
    Rave: Made delicious fajitas in the crockpot last night and have leftovers for lunch.

    • Oooooh! I’d love the crockpot fajitas recipe, if you can share it!

      • Me too! Bonus if it doesn’t include cheese/other dairy 🙂

      • It’s really simple! 2 green/red peppers sliced into strips, leftover chopped white onion (it was probably about half an onion), 1 tbsp. olive oil + 1 tsp each of smoked paprika, chili flakes, and cumin. Cook on low for about 4 hours, adding halved cherry tomatoes in the last 30 minutes. I served it with canned refried beans and guacamole.

        • Did you use any chicken or beef?

        • This sounds amazing. I need a slow cooker. I’ve been searching for ways to eat more veggies and this sounds like a super-easy option. Thanks!

        • That does sound fantastic, thanks! I bed you could add browned ground beef or chicken to it as well if desired.

  • Focusing on the raves since the rant hasn’t changed…Thanks for your support yesterday, Popville.
    Rave: Managed a decent night sleep.
    Rave: Not having to commute means I get to read, drink my tea, and eat breakfast listening to the radio.
    Rave: Husband back from overseas today and no real plans for the weekend, relax and reconnect.
    Rave: Reasonably productive at work this week and saying above the fray for now – focusing on being positive and on substance.

  • Rave – Someone on here recommended I check out pour overs from coffee chains when I was ranting about Swings closing down. So thank you, coffee person, because my pour over from Greenberry’s is giving me life this morning.
    Rant – Kinda felt like an annoying, holier than thou coffee snob ordering a pour coffee during the morning coffee rush. It seems like a time consuming PITA to make.

    • That One Guy

      There’s also Filter if you’re not put off by walking a little more.

      • Filter is too out of the way for a rainy morning, but once the weather is nicer I will definitely walk a few extra blocks to check them out.

  • Rave: we got the lease on the new house!! We’ll have more than one bathroom starting in May!
    Rant: 7 hours after we received the lease, I found out I have 2 weeks at a minimum, 2 months maximum before my job poofs. My company didn’t win their rebid and now I’m screwed.
    Potential Rave: I’ve been wanting to change lanes career-wise for a while and since staying here with new company means a pay cut, I may as well try and make a change and have the job search and likely pay cut mean something other than more of the same. Job searching sucks though.
    Rave: The husband has plentiful work at the moment and I just wrestled our budget into shape, so at least we’re in a not-awful position to deal with this right now.

  • Rant: Feeling so unmotivated.
    Rave: Going to see my sister this weekend. Though apparently there’s snow in the northeast currently.
    Point of Interest for some PoPvillagers: Sweden created it’s own phone number so you can have a chat all about Sweden with a random swede. I’m kind of intrigued by this.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: bed bug scare in my building
    Rave: They are inspecting and treating my apartment to be on the safe side.
    Rant: slipped and fell spectacularly in front of a whole bunch of people at work.
    Rave: not hurt, only embarrassed

  • That One Guy

    Rant: feel like I need a big bowl of chili to combat this rainy day.
    Rave: I too made in to work even though I dreamed I took the day off.
    Rave: phone interview wasn’t too bad, but the dad asked for a family photo. Whatever…I feel like I completed whatever I was obligated to do.

    • For some reason I really like reading your rants and raves. I agree about the chili (I was tempted to go get BBQ from a food truck for lunch but resisted the urge and am eating what I packed). And I’m glad the phone interview wasn’t bad. I’m still giggling about that.

    • binntp

      Family photo as in a photo of you + your parents? I wouldn’t even know what to do if someone asked me that. I think the last family photo I had with more than a single relative was probably 2 decades ago. Does one of you at age 4 count? 🙂

      • That One Guy

        That’s the thing, I told my mom the dad wanted a family photo and she called my aunt to give her the play by play and to see if that’s a thing. She was like I’ve never heard of that before is it normal…like any of this is normal. I found one from when my dad was alive and sent it off so it’s more than 4 years old. *shrug*

        • I am having flashbacks to my best friends in college. They dated and lived together for over 3 years before telling their parents, and then had to somehow make it seem like it was their parents’ collective idea for them to get married.

    • I’m so intriqued by this interview!

      • That One Guy

        It was more like an awkward conversation than an interview. I was expecting a very intrusive line of questions along the lines of: how much do you make, what church do you go to, what are your intentions for my daughter, how many children will you have, etc. The typical over the top type of Asian parent questions. Instead I didn’t get any of that.

        • hmm. all so weird and interesting at the same time. usually, the parents just talk it out amongst themselves! Have you seen pictures of her or know anything about her?

          • That One Guy

            So you’re saying in your experience/understanding that by the time kids meet its more or less a done deal? That does sound scary. Like watching the Asian version of How I Met Your Mother as a suspense drama rather than comedy.

        • I didn’t mean to make it sound so strict! in my experience, photos and phone numbers get exchanged between parents/matchmakers/potential suitors and if one party is interested, then they (either the matchmakers or the person) call the other person and set up a date.

  • Love this photo. Baby + NYRB!

  • Rave: Excitedly waiting for my first Ipsy bag to ship. Didn’t look at whats supposed to be in my bag because I want it to be like Christmas.
    Rave: Finally being able to spare some extra cash to reward myself for being so.close.to.finishing.grad.school.
    Rave: My final papers are progressing, and group projects aren’t ALL bad.
    Rants: No rants today!

    • My sister gets the Ipsy bags and loves them. I’m thinking about signing up myself. She gets decent products!

      • This is good to hear! I debated a lot about which subscription to get, but really excited about Ipsy. I’m starting with literally no makeup minus the couple things I use daily so this is a big step up for me.

  • Rant: Questionable things causing questions and just generally pissing me off. I have days where I wonder if moving out of the city is the right decision for me and my little family, and today is definitely one of those days.
    Rant: Slightly resentful of the fact that I have been busting my ass at work for the last several weeks to basically cover for the new person (not annoying office person – a different new person). I have lived in fear of them terminating her and then ending up with all the work since it’s so hard to recruit an experienced person. But now I’m just getting fed up.
    Rave: I made overnight oats for the first time, and had an amazing breakfast. So at least I’m not all grumpy and pissy while hungry!

  • Rant: My wife, on a hunch, took a pregnancy test this morning. Guess what? Yeah. #2 is on the way, a heck of a lot faster than we had planned.

    I am happy. I am petrified as to how we’re going to pay for all this. We’re feds, and she doesn’t have a ton of leave saved up. We’re going to have to go unpaid for a bit. #$$%$. #1 is still in daycare, costing an arm and a leg. We still have student loans. #$@%#%.

    Happy and $%$@% at the same time, i’ve never had a day like this in my life. WTF. I can’t concentrate at work right now.

    • Edit: “RAnt” was an inappropriate title for the above. I meant Rave. 🙂

    • Congratulations!! It’s scary as hell, but exciting!

    • Congratulations! You’ll make it work. We had to try intentionally, but were successful far more quickly than we expected based on our first go-round and were similarly startled. But so far, life with 2 is going well. Our daughter ADORES her baby brother, and it’s just so sweet to watch them entertain each other.

    • Congratulations!

      Since both of you are federal employees you have the ability as a spouse/family member to donate some of your annual leave to her under the Voluntary Leave Transfer Program.

      • Thanks all. I’ll get through. It’s wonderful at the end of the day. Oh, and as for the VLTP, I can transfer a grand total of 52 hours to her, which is a week and change. Better than nothing, but it’s not a game changer.

  • Rave: Seems like condo sales in my building are picking up and people are cashing out before the new condos are built. Been living in SW for 4 years and the difference between now and then is amazing. Cannot imagine what it’s going to look like in two years.
    Rave: Honeymoon booked! At least going and coming back, first stop is definitely Lisbon though, ending in Athens.

  • justinbc

    Rave: The insane rain stopped. Hopefully that’s the last of it, we have outdoor wedding events on Fri, Sat, and Sun.
    Random humor: All of those LMW breast milk reviews were removed from Yelp.

    • Ahh, so this is the big weekend? Fingers crossed for

    • I hope everything goes smoothly! Congrats in advance–loved the photo on the nbc website you directed us to.
      And how funny on the LMW yelp reviews.

  • RANT:
    My neighbor has a sprinkler that goes onto and across the sidewalk. They seem to turn it off by 7-730 AM, but that means anyone up before them (in the dark) gets smacked by cold water. Can I write them a note about this? Let alone that this seems like a complete waste of water. For instance, it was going off this morning even though it’s raining all day.

  • RANT:
    My neighbor has a sprinkler that goes on and across the sidewalk. They seem to have it set to go off around 7-7:30 AM. But that means if you’re up earlier than that you can easily get smacked (in the dark) with cold water. Let alone that it seems crazy they’re watering their plants this regularly (and considering it’s raining all day). Am I being ridiculous or are they?

  • Are these sets from the movie “Ghost of Albert Speer”?

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