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: Frozenyo 50% off coupon in Northwest Current. I’m finally going to try it.

    • Don’t do it at the location opposite the Zoo. I think their price per pound is more than elsewhere — I did a double take when the container I filled there (which I think was the smaller of the two available) cost me $10.18.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: I would trade my least obnoxious child for a little warmth and sunshine.
    Rave: The 2nd Earl Grey, my own personal hero.

    • Yes, as I was trying to wake up and get out of bed and get dressed, all I could think was –
      “This is why people move to Florida or Arizona. I just don’t want to be cold anymore.”
      And possibly some snow flurries this weekend. Oy.

  • Rant: WMATA discontinued my stop on the D6. The next closest stop is a block and half away. You’d think it wouldn’t make that much of a difference, but it does. I guess I need to give myself a bit more time to make it to the bus stop now.

    Rant: My new ID has not arrived in the mail yet. I have happy hour tonight and I’m worried I won’t get served if I get ID. I do have my temp paper ID in addition to my expired ID. Do bars accept the temp ones? The whole Real ID process is the most frustrating experiences i’ve ever been through. How is it more secure to mail me my ID?

    Rave: Going to see Jeopardy Power Players tomorrow! My Dad got tickets. So excited. One of my goals is to compete on Jeopardy one day. Or any trivia based game show.

    • If you have a passport, I’d bring that in lieu of a temporary ID (or along with). The paper ones are the worst! I’m due for my paper ID soon, and I’m not excited about it. Good luck.

      • No passport. ๐Ÿ™ Sigh.

      • Tangentially related: I went to school in North Carolina, and have a good friend who is visually impaired, so she can’t get a driver’s license. She does have a NY State issued identification card, which has every bit of information a DL has, except that it doesn’t allow you to drive. The laws in NC for entering a bar said you must have a driver’s license [of any state], federally issued ID, or a North Carolina issued ID card. Some bars wouldn’t let her in, and she had to carry her passport with her everywhere.

    • So jealous of your Jeopardy tickets! I’m bummed I couldn’t get any. Have fun!!

    • Clueless

      I’m also going to Jeopardy tomorrow! Heard Louis C.K. and Anderson Cooper may be there.

  • Rave: Going to see Louis CK at the Lincoln Theater tonight! I had tickets to see him a few years back in Baltimore and then a friend ended up planning her wedding on the same day and I had to sell them. I’m so excited I was able to buy some for tonight before they sold out!
    Rave: Checking out some distilleries in VA tomorrow for my brother’s birthday.
    Rave: Friday!

  • hammers

    Rant: Boss said I’m the grumpiest person on the team today. It’s probably true, but really frustrating that this man, who is completely unprofessional in a multitude of ways, thinks I’m both mean and grumpy. I think this job is really digging at core aspects of my personality.
    Rave: Some day, a long time from now probably, I won’t work here anymore. I hope.

    • I’ve had a similar situation at work — and I think the pot often calls the kettle black. It’s not you.

    • Accountering

      I hear you on all of the above – with that said, if he felt the need to say it, gotta button it up. A professional office is not the place for emotions (of any stripe.)
      Without knowing your boss, if he said this, its because he is thinking it, and that is not good. You want to leave your job on your terms, and your timeline, not on theirs. Perhaps another cup of coffee will help, and of course rant away here! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • +1 on all points. Very good advice, Accountering!

      • hammers

        Accountering- I agree with you. My issue is, I can literally do no right with this guy. If I try to be nice, and be jovial, he finds a way to tear me down. If I tease back, he can’t handle it at all (hence him saying I’m mean–outside of work at a hh at least). So mostly I am just quiet. And I guess quiet looks like grumpy. He’s a real piece of work. Of course this is my one-sided view, but I feel like I cannot win with this guy. I have turned completely inwards at work.

        • Accountering

          That sucks… He sounds like he sucks. I think your best bet is to act like the consummate professional, and keep your happy face on. Feel for you in this situation – this sucks. The difference between a good work experience and a bad one often falls on whether you have a good boss, and he sounds crappy. Sorry you have to deal with this ๐Ÿ™

        • “And I guess quiet looks like grumpy.”
          My quiet looked like “unenthusiastic” even though I fulfilled all my work duties with fantastic reviews from my coworkers. I just wasn’t… peppy… enough. I am just not a super peppy person and have no clue where I would even acquire that skill (nor should I have to be bubbly at a desk job, imo). I agree with Accountering’s advice right above this.

        • This reminds me about a recent-ish article on the Resting Bitch Face designation, and how it basically boils down to expectations that _women_ should smile and radiate enthusiasm.

    • Clueless

      You are not alone, hammers! Hang in there.

    • That One Guy

      There’s an episode of Seinfeld where George discusses how he looks very busy at work…you need to master that expression. It’s akin to the Zoolander look but for work environment. It does wonders to keep people from talking to you.
      Alternatively, screw your boss and be yourself.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Despite not watching โ€œAmerican Idolโ€ for several years I really enjoyed the series finale last night. It was good to see all the former champions again. Kelly Clarkson, despite being about 50 weeks pregnant, performed a medley of her hits and killed it!
    Rave: Maybe this is a rant. IDGI Sr called me after J-Lo performed and said it was one of the best performances he has ever seen on television.
    Rave: Looking out the window this morning and seeing someone leaning over the fence taking close-up pictures of my pink tulips. Itโ€™s nice to know people enjoy them even if it is just fodder for their Instagram account.

    • I love Kelly. She’s so incredibly talented and just seems like she’d be the best friend to hang out with.

  • Rant – Finding work pants that actually fit and don’t make me look frumpy. I hate pants.
    Rave – The weekend is here! I’m actually looking forward to a cozy rainy (snowy?!) Saturday because I have to plans to do lots of yoga, baking, reading, cleaning, and snuggling on the couch with my dog.

    • Andie302

      I keep getting ads for those yoga/work pants and a friend was raving about them. I am so tempted to order a pair. Anyone have good experience? They look good in the pics!

      • A few of my friends have purchased them and love them! Warning though – they apparently shrink up/shorten after washing, so if you’d normally need petite, order standard; if you’d normally need standard, order tall; etc. If they don’t do that for you or it isn’t too bad, you can always get them hemmed. Though a friend of mine had no issue exchanging them after washing them because of this, the company was very helpful.

      • Accountering

        Do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

      • What are these magical yoga/work pants?! Right now my favorites are the legging pants from Uniqlo but I’m looking for something more formal, like slacks. Funny side note, I just Googled “uniqlo” to see how it’s spelled and the first result on Google Maps was for CityCenter DC. ๐Ÿ™

        • I didn’t know Uniqlo had legging pants! This is a game changer!

          • I love my legging pants and have so many colors! FYI I’ve found the sizing to be inconsistent between different fabrics and even different colors. Still love them, but buying them is a process of trial and error.

        • Andie302

          The brand she was raving about is called Betabrand. Sounds like they have a discount if you refer someone? I figured when I was ready to pull the trigger I would reach out to her and get her code. Good to know about the length issue from eggs above!

          • Ohh these look really promising, thank you!

          • Andie302

            If you get them let me know how it goes!

          • I tried the Betabrand ones in 2 sizes (small & medium). I am a healthy weight, but much of it is on my hips and thighs and the pants were extremely unflattering, even the size that actually fit. I was really disappointed as I’d hoped they’d become my work uniform.
            I also tried some pants at Uniqlo, not sure if I tried the legging pants, but they were not flattering.

      • Bear

        I have a pair of their leggings and they shrank A LOT after washing – and I only wash in cold water and hang dry. I can’t wear them anymore. I liked them before they were too small…

    • I Dont Get It

      Well, there is always Apartment Pants.

    • Have you tried Loft? I like their different fits and they are pretty much the only dress pants that fit me. I wear the Julie fit trousers and like that I can adjust the waist.

      • I just bought and returned pants from Banana Republic, J Crew, and Nordstrom. I will try Loft next! Thanks for recommendation. I really hate how stores are constantly changing their styles and sizing. I used to love this style of pants of BR, but they don’t have them anymore and the replacement style (Sloan I think? I don’t know anymore) is awful.

        • hammers

          sloan is actually the only pair of pants that work for me— but frustratingly enough, only in 2 of the color/fabrics. The rest are awful– no consistency.

        • Yeah, give them a shot! BR and J Crew pants really don’t fit me so maybe Loft will work for you too.

          • YES. I also had trouble – Sloan pants I bought almost two years ago are amazing, anything I’ve bought or tried from BR since then is waaaay too big in the waist and too small in the thighs. I don’t understand.

          • All pants are too big in the waist and too small in the thighs. What works best for me are high-waisted pencil pants in a stretchy material (The Limited has some that I like). They’re still skin-tight in the thighs but at least I can get them over my hips, and I don’t have all that extra material floating around the waist.

  • Rave: Got to hang out with brother, sil and nephew last-minute last night.
    Rant? Rave? I’m going to be babysit dear nephew tomorrow. He does not seem like the easiest baby, that’s for sure!
    Rave: At least there will be 2-3 other people with me to help out! oh god I hope I don’t break this baby!

    • You’re not going to break the baby. How old? If he’s difficult and cries a lot, do what you can to soothe him, but crying won’t break him. Babies like to look at themselves in the mirror, and often like music–so those might help.

      • He’s 14 months. Our apartment isn’t very child friendly – lots of sharp corners to bash his head on, not much carpeting, cabinets with no locks that he could easily get into and pull everything out of….I know kids are resilient and stuff, but oh man! I’m just scared he’s going to get upset, start screaming and never stop. Holy hell, those high-pitched baby screams are the worst!

        • Oh, you’ve got a bunch more options than I was envisioning then. Keep a close eye on him to make sure he doesn’t get into things he shouldn’t, but he’d probably enjoy banging on tupperware or metal/wood bowls with a wooden spoon, rolling a ball around, looking at books, and general silliness… and even if he gets upset, you’ll probably be able to settle him in minutes. Agreed on high-pitched baby screams–but then as they get older, you get toddler shrieking. Even at almost 3, my daughter enjoys doing this. Brutal!

        • Mtpresident has really good ideas. Opening and closing doors was also a big hit for ours at that age. The DCUM crowd would absolutely vilify me for saying this, but watching an episode of Sesame Street, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, or some other toddler show can do wonders for calming him down if he gets really upset. All available on demand (assuming you have cable) or via streaming services. Obviously don’t plop him in front of the TV the whole time is there, but it can be useful for that or even just getting a quick 20 minute break from constantly chasing a toddler.

          • Yes on the tv! Daniel Tiger is a big hit in our household, too. We do minimal tv for the kids, but don’t mind if they see extra tv when in someone else’s care since it’s not the norm.

          • Yep, we do the same. We attempt to limit TV on most days, but when she has a babysitter, we’re definitely more lax. And I’ll admit it – sometimes have her watch a show is the only way I can get anything done (dinner, laundry, etc.)

          • I figure limiting TV most of the time leaves a lot of leeway for the occasional need to use TV as entertainment/”babysitting”/whatever without inducing too much guilt ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Just realized that came across as kind of snitty–meant to be reassuring! Babies are often less fragile than we think, so try not to stress and enjoy some baby snuggles!

        • No worries, I didn’t take it as snitty at all! ๐Ÿ™‚ thanks for the suggestions, I just wish babies in general were quieter and like quieter activities! My neighbors are going to hate me if I have a screaming loud kid cooped up in my apartment all day! If it were going to be nicer on Saturday, I would totally take him out somewhere to run around, but since it looks to be miserable, I’m trying to figure out indoor, small-space strategies.

          • Oh good, I’m so glad. Do you have any large boxes? (Or time to try to pick up produce boxes from the grocery store?) You could make a fort with boxes & blankets. Boxes are also great for climbing in and out of or for putting things into & taking them out, etc.

          • I may have some boxes and stuff he can climb around in!

      • Farragut

        Obviously, Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” is the only appropriate(?) song to accompany the baby’s mirror-staring.

    • wow. that sucks. and yeah, who actually thinks these kids are going to listen to the judge ordering them to “stay off the metrorail system”? That is some bullsh!t right there.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Honestly, I can appreciate the difficulty associated with proving that 6 specific members of a group of 30 people actively participated in an assault in a case in which it is know that there was a large group present and a few of its members participated in the assault. The fact that the victim admits to having punched one of them (after he was allegedly struck first by the one he punched, but before several more got into it) also complicates the prosecution, as each individual other than the first could plausibly assert that they did not know that their friend punched the other guy first and just saw him punch their friend. As much as I know we want to see “those wild teens” held accountable, unless they had a great deal more evidence than has been publicized as to who did what, I think this was probably the right call.

  • Rave: New batch of foster kittens!
    Super Rave: Trip insurance actually paid my claim. I’d never bought it before, but this was a month-long, 3 country very far trip with high injury potential, so it seemed a good idea. I wound up getting bronchitis and the insurance re-imbursed me for the clinic visit, plus taxi fares to get there, plus both precription & otc meds. So I’ve got to recommend “Insure and Go.”

    Rant: Sign in to Popville hasn’t worked for me in numerous tries. It won’t let me re-enter the new password a second time.

    • I sometimes have to sign in again even after posting successfully earlier in the day. It’s very weird.

    • this is so timely – one of my tasks for the day is finding travel insruance! Thanks!

      • For a big expensive trip with lots of moving parts travel insurance is definitely worth it. One person on the NZ bicycle part of this trip had to go home after 4 days because his mother was hospitalized. I don’t know if he had trip insurance, but if not, he lost plenty. (But also, when you’re 98 years old, maybe it’s time to set up your life so you get to die peacefully, without $100,000.00 of heart surgery.)

  • Rant: Freezing my booty off at the Nats game last night.
    Rave: At least baseball is bal
    Rave: Eating healthily, feeling the results almost immediately: more energy, less tummy issues
    Rave: Jeans that were on the fence now officially unwearable because they are sliding off me. Back to old jeans that were once too tight,
    Rave: FRIDAY

  • Eaglets look like they’ve gained a pound each since yesterday! Their crops are so full they keep falling over. I just saw one squirt a poop about nine feet (and looked so proud after!) Eagle cam is the best thing in the world!

    • I am loving the eagle cam. Right now the babies are just chilling in the nest by themselves. They are getting so big!

  • PSA/Reminder: The OurRFP Workshop for the 1125 Spring Road site (the former Hebrew Home and Paul Robeson School) is TOMORROW, Sat. 4/9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Raymond Rec Center.

  • Rant: I need to convert my VA license to DC and have been putting it off for a long time now….
    Rave: Louis CK was amazing last night. I am glad I was able to get tickets see him at DC improv, I think that smaller comedy venues are more fun.
    Rant: My boss is out of town and my coworker went out with an early pregnancy. Awesome! Except that nobody is left to do the massive data collection drill (via excel spreadsheets emailed to everyone because we’re all terrified of using technology and hampered by security concerns) except for me and my days have been hectic and stressful for past few weeks. I need a new job where the average age is less than 58.
    Rant: Got a rent adjustment and my already stupidly high rent went up another couple hundred. I need to move, looking for Capitol Hill area, top dollar I can afford is about $480-500k but less is much better. Anyone have any suggestions for a nice condo complex, house or area I can afford (dog friendly)? I would like to be close as possible to SE where I work and also stay in DC and not across river. I want to walk or bike.

    • What you’re looking for is a realtor.

      • Yeah, I just was wondering if locals without a profit incentive to close me on whatever already is on the market had some advice.

        • Not sure your prior experiences, but every good realtor I’ve encountered brought me places that weren’t yet listed.
          Alternatively, there’s redfin who is paid off your satisfaction rather than the standard 3%.

    • If you’ve ever tried to convert a DC license to VA you’ll be happy to know the same process is 100000 times easier in reverse.

  • That One Guy

    Rave: Took the morning off to go see the niece at day care assembly thing.
    Rant: Was called Granda That One Guy a few times (assume it was because it was a grandparent and friends event and the majority of people were grand parents)
    Rant: Need to go into the office now, but first…
    Rave: Pho75. I know it’s only 11:45ish but after yesterday’s questionable life choice of creating tater tot chili cheese (from Melt Shop cheesy tots and Por Belly chili) this feels like a cleanse.

  • Rant: Working too much, but the worst is almost over
    Rave: A friend living where I used to live abroad is staying with me – whoop

    Popvillian Brain Trust – Q: Since Im working too much, I haven’t had the time or energy to get to the gym, and the scale has not been kind to me. I’d like to lose about 15 lbs before a friends wedding in June. A long time ago, I used Jenny Craig and successfully lost those 15 lbs (which came back — darnit, being 30+ is hard), but wanted to try another local fresh food prep service, if one exists. Do you guys know of anything that might work?

    • This isn’t meal prep but I really love Power Supply. They deliver balanced, fresh, and delicious meals weekly to locations around the city and you pick them up from the one closest to you. It helps keep me from the “Crap, I didn’t meal plan, I’m busy at work and starving so I’m grabbing the closest/unhealthiest option” wall that we all hit way too often.

    • Not a prep service either, but I like Galley. They have different options for every day so there’s usually a seafood and/or veg entree for lighter meals. It’s precooked, they deliver, and you reheat. Easy for last minute, no plan eating without giving up and ordering something unhealthier!

  • Rave: Flowers continuing to bloom.
    Rant: After a bunch of not-so-exciting yellow tulips, I’m now seeing tulips blooming in more exciting colors — red, and a yellow-tinged-with-orange shade. After last week’s flower theft, I’m wondering if I can safely leave them alone or if I have to cut them and bring them inside to prevent someone else from doing so.
    Rant: I think I’m going to stick with Home Depot bulbs in future and not get any via mail order (well, online order). Two of the three sets I mail-ordered turned out to be different than described, and the description for the remaining one didn’t mention that it has tiny, miniature flowers rather than full-sized ones.

    • PoPville hive mind, what would you do — take a chance on the tulips NOT getting stolen, or play it safe and bring them in?

      • hammers

        I would let them grow outside. But yes, it is risky ๐Ÿ™ I was wondering if yours got stolen last week due to proximity to Easter.

        • Hmm… they were stolen two days after Easter, so I don’t think it was Easter-related.
          I ended up cutting a bunch of them this afternoon and bringing them inside. I hate doing it… but I’d be upset if they were stolen again, and I’d also be kicking myself for having taken the risk.
          Grrr. This is why we can’t have nice things.

      • I had some tulips in a pot that I brought in this week, not because of theft concerns but because of the frost. They ended up getting all wilted and dried up. I wouldn’t recommend it.

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