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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  • Query: Anyone have experience with getting grape cuttings (or other similar vines) to root? We have the vines in water to grow roots for now, but in the past have had cuttings die when we then put them in soil. Any suggestions for next steps once we have roots? Thanks!
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    Rave: mtpbaby must have been exhausted from his vaccinations–he didn’t even wake up once last night!
    Rant: Still got out of bed late this morning. Amazed that we weren’t later out the door, especially with needing to prep baby breakfast & feed it to him on top of the usual morning to-do list. I really need to get back into the habit of getting up when my alarm goes off!!
    Rave? Can’t wait for the Caps second round to start. The Pens make me super nervous, but it should be a good, hard-fought series. I’m hoping our weight & physicality can wear them down over the series.

    • Is it wrong that part of me looks forward to the first round of vaccinations if it means longer sleep at night? (I hope he feel better but continues to sleep longer!)

      • HA! It doesn’t always go like that–depends on the kid and where they’re at (I don’t think he responded like this previously). But no, definitely not wrong 🙂 I’m just hoping we don’t get some kind of rebound effect tonight!

    • I Dont Get It

      Have you considered using a root hormone and rooting them directly in light soil? Oh wait I just re-read and realize they are already rooted. Not sure if root hormone would hurt/help in this case.

      • Not rooted yet–last time we tried, we got great roots in water, and then they died once put into soil. I think we’ve got some root hormone on order & plan to add that to the water to encourage root growth.

  • I love that picture. I’d hang that on my wall.

  • Rant: Hungover at work is the worst feeling in the world. I need coffee and bacon right now. What was I thinking going out last night? Though seeing my friends plays was worth it.

    Rant: Donald Trump is speaking at the Mayflower, a block away from my office. Which means my lunch run is probably going to be all messed up. And also yuck Trump.

    Rave: I got an application for my rooms. Fingers crossed we start moving forward!

  • Anyone know a good construction lawyer? Friend has a gut job+ pop up+ basement dig out coming next door, and they want to make sure their interests are protected.

  • Rave: Folger Library – first time there last night and my goodness is it gorgeous!!
    Rant: Didn’t get to knock out a chunk of my to-do list.
    Rave: Looking forward to our trip to France in June and we got tickets to a EuroCup game!!
    Rant: Brother/Sister-in-law invited other people to our family vacation in France (that my husband and I mostly arranged all the logistics for) and now her two sisters are coming to be with us for 7 out of the 9 days… They’re good people and all but they tend to take over. And they didn’t ask us about accommodations (we’re in an Airbnb and I’m pretty sure we can’t host them in it, I’ll double check the listing. Cranky and feel like our time with our family got co-opted.
    Rave: France in June with my husband and people I love.

    • I decided a few years back that I no longer wanted to travel or vacation with anyone except whoever I am sleeping with and my kids (ok, they can bring a date, too — I’m apparently scary enough that the kids S/Os try not to bother me). All those personalities and endless negotiations and things they think you should do that you don’t feel like doing and things you feel like doing that they don’t want to do (and if you don’t travel as a gang, feelings are hurt). And there’s always someone with weird food preferences or who hates my music. I didn’t go to Provence just to listen to piano jazz for six straight days, people! Even people you really like, you can end up wanting to punch in the nose.

      • I only travel with others if they know how I travel – if we want to do the same things, great. If we don’t then we go our separate ways for that day. They also need to know that I am NOT a planner. I jump into a country and figure out what I want to do. If they want to plan, that’s fine, but then see rule #1 – if I want to join, I will, if not, we can do different stuff. Once I realize I need to lay out these ground rules before any plans or agreements are made, it has worked out well. Some people have decided they don’t want to travel with me because they don’t wan to do things alone, others do travel with me and we have a great time being together and apart.

        • “They also need to know that I am NOT a planner. I jump into a country and figure out what I want to do.”
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          In contrast, as we speak I am looking at a 6-pag itinerary (not including appendices of hotel reservations, flight information, and other confirmations) for a 4 day trip to Thailand. I am a planner. Perhaps THE planner.

        • My singular travel goal right now is to NOT have flashing banner ads alongside everything I read on POP for hotels in Phuket when I already stayed there two months ago!

      • I generally agree, though it depends on the type of travel. If it’s a week in a house at the beach, I’m a lot more open, as long as people don’t object to eating well. Ditto for a ski trip – there’s no expectation of doing things as a group. As for other types of travel, international or otherwise, we have one set of friends we travel with. If they’re not interested, or available, we go alone.

        • Cruises are great for traveling in a group. You can hang out together when you want to, but do your own thing and not have to worry about the others as well.

      • My rules for who I travel with are significantly more stringent than the rules for who I date/sleep with. I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing.

    • Simple reply: “I’m so excited that you can be in France the same time we are. But so sorry that our rental apt. is already full. Here is the address so that you can find your own accommodations close by! Besides Airbnb, check Homeaway.com, local bed and breakfasts or hotels.”

  • Rant: Work, as always.
    Rave: Mentally escaping with travel planning…technically for a conference but going to tack vacation onto the beginning and end because it’s in Orlando.
    Anyone familiar with the theme parks there? I can get discount admission to Universal and Disney after 4 PM through the conference. What’s the best park to go to in the evening? Was thinking maybe the Harry Potter stuff.

    • Andie302

      Definitely go to Universal (where Harry Potter world is) – it’s great! If you can upgrade to the fast pass option it helps you to get through things more quickly since you’ll be going after the conference. Epcot is also great, and they have the option to pick up a ticket with a time to come back and fast track the line for the most popular attractions. Some of those get taken by mid-morning though, so maybe plan on that on a day when you can be there relatively early. Enjoy! My dad would go every single year it we would let him, so I’ve been more in the last ten years than I care to admit!

    • Harry Potter World is phenomenal. We were blown away, kids and grownups alike. It’s actually worth the price of admission. Even if you don’t stand in line for any rides, you can just wander around and have a great time.
      NB: the express pass doesn’t apply to very many of the HP rides. It’s good for other parts of Universal, but HP has its own rules, and I think our express passes only worked on one attraction there.

    • I have limited information, just my two visits in the last two years. Disney would be good at night, since I believe they do a parade and fireworks just about every night there. Plus, when the parade is going on, the lines for the rides tend to be shorter. As for Harry Potter, I have only been to the “old” part – the part with Hogwarts and Hogsmeade. It was awesome. I am a huge Harry Potter fan so I loved it. I have not been to the “new” part, with Diagon Alley and the train between the two parts. Just so that you know, if you want to go to both parts, you need a ticket to both parks (I think Universal is split into different sections or parks). I was at Universal during the day, so I don’t have tons of information on being there in the evening.

    • Okay I’m really excited about Harry Potter World now. Maybe I’ll devote a whole day to that and do Epcot one night.

    • I went to the Harry Potter part of Universal about a year and a half ago and LOVED it. If you’re even remotely interested in Harry Potter, it’s totally worth it. We spent the whole day there (probably from around 9am to 5pm?) and got through the entire Harry Potter parts of the two parks. We did all of the rides, ate lunch, rode the Hogwarts Express, went in all the shops, everything, in the one day. It’s definitely possible, I think we waited in line for Gringotts for around 2 hours and for Forbidden Journey (in Hogwarts) for a little over an hour. You do have to purchase the ticket that includes both parks if you want to do Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley, and ride the Hogwarts Express (get a beer for the train ride!). Definitely get a butterbeer and an interactive wand (they react to various things throughout the park so you feel like you’re causing all of these magical things to happen with your wand).

  • Rave: Dear friend coming to visit and meet the little one today.
    Rave: My nephew – he’s such a lovely kid whose is growing into a fantastic adult. I adore him.
    Rant: Rainy weather. I hope there’s a break in the afternoon so I can get outside for a stroll.
    Rave: Slowly learning how to balance caring for the baby and managing the house and cooking. I really don’t know how people are stay at home parents. It so isn’t in the cards for me. Thank the gods I have the ability and option to go back to work. (I say that now, but I’m pretty sure there will be a lot of tears when it happens.)
    Revel: Baby smiles.

    • The concept of one mom staying home alone with a baby all day every day is a very new and very crazy phenomenon. Whatever you sort out will be fine. Don’t worry about the house (germs are healthy!) or the cooking – box of salad + rotisserie chicken = just fine. Or cook some grains (barly, quinoa etc.) when the creature is sleeping, and you’ll have them for a week to throw into soups, stews, salads, etc.

    • I’m reading this very late and don’t really expect you to see it, but today was my first full day back at the office and there were definitely tears. I can’t wait to see my little goobers again and am definitely that annoying mom who keeps texting our babies’ caretaker. Yikes.

  • Rant: Not as great a night of sleep, despite having the lights out at 10 p.m. Had lots of really bizarre dreams and woke up angry.
    Rave: Just a few more days til the weekend!
    Rant: Feeling like nothing I do really matters, in the end. Gloomy weather is not helping my mood.
    Rave: Going to yoga class tonight to try to snap out of it. Trying to focus on the many positives, like having a home, friends, food, access to medical care, a job that I care about, family who love me, etc. There is so much good, but why is seeing the glass half full such a struggle?!

    • Break the damn glass! I’ve always hated the half-full half-empty bull**it. Yes, focus on and embrace the beautiful life you have, but don’t be afraid to acknowledge/accept/resign yourself to the fact that you’re probably in the 99.9% of people in the world where nothing they do actually really matters. Seriously, not a bad thing – and for all time.

  • Rave: Pizza at lunchtime staff meeting today.
    Rave: Little old me had to generate statistics for the White House this morning. For a small town girl like me, this is huge!
    Rant: The weather is yucky!
    Rave: My mother and sister are planning a birthday dinner for me for the end of May.
    Rant: My mother wants to invite my crazy loud mouth aunt to the dinner. I hope she doesn’t tell her.

  • Rave: Closing on my first condo on Friday!
    Rant: Setting up utilities…so many hours on hold…what’s with Washington Gas? (web services down/won’t recognize my address no matter how many different ways I enter it).

    • Is gas included in your condo fees? Mine is, that’s why I ask.
      Though I did have lots of issues with my unit number when I first moved in.

    • Congrats on the closing! I LOL’ed at your Washington Gas question because I kid you not I just got a reply a few weeks ago on a request I sent to set-up my online account with them when I got my place. I just celebrated my 1st year anniversary so yeah…

      If it helps I got help by talking to someone on the phone for gas and after having issues with Pepco not billing me for 4 months the only thing that worked was tagging them in a tweet, they replied same day and got my account set-up that same week.

      Good luck!

  • Rant: Petworth Library was closed yesterday at 6:30ish for unknown reasons. I didn’t know this until I parked and walked up to the door.
    Rave: Looked into NPS Ranger jobs for fun. There’s an opening in American Samoa, that would definitely be a change. I doubt my science background is the right science background for them, but damn that could be fun for a year.
    Rave: blowing my savings on travel, cause f this s I’m going to Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, and Alaska this summer. I’m really feeling the big nature stuff more than the international stuff lately it seems.

  • Rant: Toddler boys. Rushed to the ER for Nursemaid’s Elbow. A thing I had never heard of. It was miserable until it quickly wasn’t. So glad to have a great Peds ER nearby though.
    Rant/Rave: My senate candidate lost, but he put up a fantastic showing (20%ish)
    Rant: My old boss lost. I guess that happens when you’re under indictment.
    Rave: Voting – it’s nice to live somewhere that it counts.
    Rave: Got our first FreshDirect delivery earlier this week. I’ve been happy with it but the fact is, I’ll still have to shop at Trader Joes and Giant for some things, so not sure it’s realistic to keep ordering if I have to food shop anyway.

  • Has anyone used the free compost at Fort Totten? We’re building raised vegetable planters this weekend, and I’m wondering if the free compost is fit for growing food.

    • It’s leaf mold from the fall leaf collection. As such you will definitely find little bits of ground up plastic bags and assorted other trash that got sucked up with the leaves. In other words, you don’t know what is lurking in there. I would call Ft Totten and ask if the compost is approved for vegetable gardening, I’ve only ever used it for flower beds we use our own compost for the veggies.

      Associated Rant: Ft Totten didn’t provide mulch this year, only the compost. In the past they’ve had a couple of dumpsters full of aged hardwood mulch from xmas trees and such. I hate using the bagged stuff from HD, but there is no room on our property for somebody to dump a load of loose mulch so that is what we are stuck with.

  • Rave/Rant: Made it past the final rounds of interviews for a job I really want and now I wait. It was really hard to come to terms with needing to take a step down in order to get back into the field I want. But I think in the end, it’ll be worth it on the happiness scale. I am just hoping beyond hope the organization will take a chance on me!
    Rave: Peter Frampton on NPR Tiny Desk getting me through this rainy morning.

  • emvee

    Rave: Allowing myself to full introvert for a little bit. Sometimes I just need a few weeks to myself, and I’m thankful for friends and family that are supportive of that.
    Rave: I finally bought and found the time to watch Beyonce’s Lemonade last night. This woman, I cannot handle her brilliance.
    Question for the masses: What does one get an 8 year old girl for her first communion when neither you (the gifter) nor the parents are particularly religious?

  • Rave: time for a spa day. Where’s a good place to get a massage, haircut and pedicure all at the same place? Willing to drive to the burbs…

  • Rave: Have a wonderful foster dog!
    Rant: Afraid I want to keep her which will send me on the path to dog hoarder
    Question: Applied for fed job a few months ago. Was referred to hiring official on first notice, interviewed, was highly qualified but not selected. Applied to a new announcement. Initial email just says eligible, nothing about referrals either way. Does this mean I’m a no go?

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Someone hit my parked car and didn’t leave a note.
    Rave: Two witnesses did!
    Rantish: Initially I couldn’t find the damage amongst the all other damage that comes from parking on a DC street for 13 years. There’s about an 8 inch dent where the front of the driver’s side door meets the car body. I wouldn’t bother fixing it if it was only cosmetic but I discovered that now you can’t open the car door from the inside. At 6’2” inches climbing over the passenger seat to exit is a non-starter.

  • RANT: allergies/cold? + not a lot of sleep = cranky and sniffle-y.
    Rave-ish: I worked as an Election Judge yesterday and, while it was exhausting, it was a pretty rewarding experience. Going through the training and doing a day of work (17 hours of working straight, and you can’t leave the building, use cell phones, anything!) –made me really appreciate all the folks that volunteer that make voting happen.
    Rave: its been a rough week. The only thing getting me through is planning on seeing a movie mid-day Friday on my compressed day off 🙂

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: rules that people don’t even pretend are guidelines. Every day the requirements change and it’s making me insane.
    Rave: I’ve decided that for today, I’m sticking to the rules. f*ck ’em

  • Dear NIMBY’s of Cleveland Park – can you please use your powers for good, for once in your lives, and do something about the deplorable condition of Connecticut Avenue, specifically at the intersection of Connecticut & Macomb? What was once a typical rutted out DC road is now so bad, there are at least 4 different road heights and surfaces – I almost wiped out last night on my bicycle due to the abrupt surface changes.

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