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: It’s 9:40 and I’m already bored.
    Rave: Boss out for the rest of the week!
    Rant: Need to lose some lbs before I go home at the beginning of June! Def put on weight over the winter.
    Rave: My birthday is one month from tomorrow! Very quickly approaching 34, yikes!

  • Rant: I huge Nalgene bottle filled with water fell out of my hands and exploded all over me. And I have a big presentation today.
    Rave: Big presentation today, and then Ill feel much more freeeeee.

    • LOL, stuff like that always happens to me on big important work days. At least it wasn’t coffee! Good luck on your presentation.

      • Thank you! Im grateful that Ive invested in some waterproof makeup – or else Id probably have raccoon eyes right about now 😉

  • Rant: Goddamn intrusive thoughts about creepy old attorney who was doing some work for my family who kept trying to push me to date someone he knew. Attorney barely knew me. He was hired to complete a probate not to be a matchmaker. Thoughts make me feel violated and it makes me want to scream. I hate this damn depression.
    Rant: Meds are barely helping me. I may have to up the dosage. Don’t want to though.
    Rant: the weather
    Rave: worked out yesterday.
    Rant: Not sure if walking/running is enough to get this weight off. Being 39 doesn’t help.

    • Andie302

      I upped my dosage and the impact was really positive. I went from meh to back to my old self. You may want to switch them up instead, if what you’re taking doesn’t seem to be working. This is my third medication and it’s working much better than the two I tried prior. In hindsight I wish I did it much sooner, but I think everyone has to get there in their own time.

      • Thanks for the advice. Do you know how long, on average, a medication is supposed to kick in? I’ve been on this medication for a couple of weeks, slowly upping the dosage per my doctor.

        • Emmaleigh504

          It depends on the medication, some work really fast, but some take several weeks. Your doctor should be able to tell you how long it should take.

        • Emmaleigh504

          If you are upping the dosage slowly, I would wait until you get to the full dosage before giving up on it. Hang in there!

          • Andie302

            +1 – it probably took a good 4-6 weeks for mine to be effective. Stick with it if you’re only a couple weeks in, and keep an open line of communication with your doctor

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Also talk to your doctor about trying other meds. One friend started with Prozac which didn’t seem to help at all – switched to Paxil and was happy with it.

    • hammers

      Tangentially related, I’m considering medication for the first time. Good luck to you

    • Sorry to hear about the creepy conduct of one of my fellow probate practitioners. He should be better about setting boundaries, but it also sounds like there’s some patronization on his part. Yuck.

    • I hope you gave the attorney a good, strong talking to. That always makes me feel better. When someone does something that legitimately makes me angry, that they should NOT be doing, it makes me feel better to let them know that rather than to hold it in. Burying feelings makes me feel worse.

      • My problem is that I am not very assertive with people. I know that burying feelings make me feel worse. But when it happened, I got so embarrassed, I chickened out.

  • Rave: Got the EAP ball rolling. My company will do most of the legwork finding therapists in my area and will cover the first 3 visits! I just have to choose which one I’d like to visit off the list they send me.

    Rant: My battles with Sprint continue. I’m contesting a charge and left a message with customer service on Friday. They called me three times during the storm last night. I was trying to relax and was in no mood to talk to anyone, yet the rep kept calling until I finally picked up. Then placed me on hold when I asked to speak to a supervisor about the issue. I was then bounced to 2 separate departments. By the time I finally spoke to a supervisor I was pretty hot. Thankfully he walked me through the issue and offered me a credit for my struggles. At least he got it, I was about to tweet customer service.

    • Some EAPs look for therapists for you?? Oh man, that’s a game-changer. Every time I’ve gotten up the nerve to start calling therapists, something goes terribly wrong. They don’t accept my insurance anymore or they forget me in the waiting room (true story) for two hours. It’s turned me off to looking for one altogether, but I’d be down with someone else looking for me!

      • Yikes! With my EAP they will find therapists in my network, in my area, under the issues I need cover. I still have to choose a doctor from the list they send me, but its take some of the hard part out.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: My mood matches the weather.
    Rant: The lunch I brought is pretty meh.
    Rant: Middle Zelda has a busy and stressful week at school, and she’s not feeling good.
    Rave: Eldest Zelda is super excited for her pol. sci. class’ tour of the Capitol and Supreme court. She really geeks out on politics.

    • I’m not happy with my lunch today either but am also in no mood to go outside and get something.

      • For what it’s worth… at least in my neck of D.C., it’s overcast at the moment but not actually raining.

  • Rave/Rant: One more exam.
    Rant: Walked out of my room this morning to go study and an old man yelled at me, “do you have your happy, smiling face on today?!” Disgusting. Been awhile since that’s happened.
    Rave: I can’t wait to go home.

  • Rant: My roof did not leak last night in the massive downpour. A rant because it has never leaked in rain, but leaks profusely from melting snow. Two roofers so far have no clue. I need a “Dr. House” of roofing!

    Rave: My 4 foster kittens were all adopted over the weekend, and one adopter might even keep the mom!

    • Fantastic news on the possible adoption of the mama cat!

    • Had a similar situation with pest companies saying they couldn’t find any cracks or entries, but the 3rd company found a ton. I’m guessing the rain is missing the spot where snow is sitting. Good luck finding the issue.

      • HaileUnlikely

        This sounds sensible. Another possibility is that the weight of standing snow is causing one section of the roof to deflect a little bit and open up a gap/crack that water from melting snow seeps through, but that when there is not the weight of standing snow on top of the roof, the gap/crack stays closed and no water enters.

        • That is the leading theory. Though the roof still looks pretty good, it is 15 years old, so I might just have to bite the bullet and replace it.

    • We had minor leak problems in an old tin roof and didn’t have the cash to get a new roof, so we bought a couple of brooms and a few gallons of roof sealant and fixed things for three or four years.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: work blows
    Rave: vacation is getting closer and closer

  • Rave: I love my dog’s shifty chestnut colored eyebrows.
    Rant?: In writing that I just realized that with my new highlights I now have the same coloring as my dog. This is how it starts, apparently, the downward slide into becoming your dog.
    Rave: I’m going on a date with a giant. I can’t wait to feel what the rest of you feel.
    Rant: I hope my dog walker doesn’t have to drag my dog down 2 flights of stairs because he’s scared of the rain. He didn’t go out after his 7pm walk last night. He just refused. So he held it for almost 12 hours.
    RANT: CAPS. You won the Presidents Trophy, how do you not show up for 2 periods in the playoffs????? Cardiac Caps aren’t gonna cut it in the postseason. Ugh.

  • Rant: The ground pounder thing (aka That F***ing Bastard) in the NY Ave/Mt Vernon Sq construction block woke me up an hour early this morning. Anyone else suffering at the hands of that thing?

  • Rant: Feeling groggy. More crazy dreams last night, as per usual.
    Rant: I knew it was going to rain last night, but I didn’t realize it was going to be so windy. The wind knocked over a potted Asiatic lily that was on my kitchen porch, and broke two of its three stalks.
    Rant: I was intending to return that lily and another potted Asiatic lily to Home Depot. I hope the broken stalks aren’t going to put a snag in that plan.
    Rant: The reason I was planning to return the lilies is that I realized that having a pretty plant that’s in bloom on Mother’s Day is probably not a good idea in my neighborhood (especially on the heels of my tulips being stolen a few weeks ago).
    Rant: I seem to be full of rants today.
    Rant: Woke up too late to take the trash bin out in time for trash pickup.
    Rave: The recycling pickup hadn’t come yet, so at least I caught that.
    Rave: New season of “Scott and Bailey” starting tonight on WETA UK.

  • Rant: I think I pulled something in my neck by picking up my wet umbrella off the bus floor yesterday. This is how I injure myself now, through hardcore activities like picking up umbrellas. I’ve tried foam rolling, icing, SO giving me a neck rub, heat pad, and it won’t go away.
    Rave: Getting better at sticking to my guns when I tell people I’d rather stay in instead of being guilt tripped into outings I have zero interest in.
    Rant: Trying to plan a bachelorette party with an interesting mix on the guest list. Some folks can pay quite a bit, others not much at all. The bride wants a few days at the beach, initially requesting something tropical. When I mentioned that may be a financial constraint for some, bride agreed that it was more important to have more friends there than a tropical destination. Now I’m at a loss as to where is reasonable, what’s a reasonable amount to ask people to spend, and if I’m supposed to cover the bride, or if everyone chips in to do so.
    Rave: Bride is marrying her best friend in less than 150 days!

    • It’s awesome that the bride is willing to forgo the beach so people can attend. I was in a wedding last year and the bachelorette party was in NYC, also including a Broadway show. This was a major stretch, especially after co-hosting the bridal shower.

      • Yeah I’m hoping to still get her to a beach, but maybe something state-side. I’ve missed bachelorette parties in my younger years due to the financial burden, and I still regret it years later, so I’m glad she is willing to be more flexible.

      • I see how this is compromising, but it is still a lot to ask of people on a budget. It sounds like it will still be a weekend out of town, which is inherently a larger commitment and much more expensive than going out for dinner, then drinks and dancing. With respect to how much you can ask people to pay, if you’re doing anything out of town, please make very clear that you hope everyone can make it, but will completely understand if some people can’t for whatever reason (finances, child care, need to work, etc).

        • I completely agree with this. Is it possible to start the weekend (say a Friday night?) in town, and then the people going to the beach can leave Saturday morning? This seems like it wouldn’t be too logistically challenging and would certainly be a LOT more inclusive.

        • Right, right. The bride is happy to leave me to plan and communicate, so I have every intention of making sure people know their presence would be so very appreciated, but that it is by no means mandatory.

          I’m not one that’s super into weddings to begin with, so I am struggling with this part of it all. “This part” being the 500 things before the wedding that we do because “tradition and The Knot” dictate it. But, it’s not my wedding so I’m trying to be supportive.

          • I’m not that in to weddings, either. But I tend to take a whatever each person wants approach to it and think that people shouldn’t get their feelings hurt by other’s decisions. But this assumes people will be calm during wedding season. Bride wants [insert whatever expensive party here] and close friend can’t attend because it wasn’t in her budget (even if that’s because she’s budgeted for a European blowout later in the year) – fine, friend understands bride wants this particular party and feels free to say no, bride understands friend can’t make it. Or Bride wants small, family only ceremony, so friend isn’t invited – Totally OK because friend understands that bride’s choice isn’t a referendum on their friendship and was just a choice about how she wanted to spend that day. But I know things don’t always work this way, so I wanted to do a shout out to the budgeters out there who may not feel comfortable saying no unless invited to. Good luck with the planning.

          • Emvee, you sound like a very generous/tolerant/forgiving friend. I just hope you don’t end up footing a large share of the bill to make your friend’s expensive-sounding dreams come true.

    • One of my friends had a similar request and we ended up renting a house out at Chincoteague Island. While it wasn’t tropical, it was still by the water and was breathtakingly beautiful (and it was way cheaper – I think we spent $1300 for a weekend of lodging for 10 people). It was probably my favorite bridal weekend ever.

      • I was about to suggest this. How many in the party? Rent a house for the weekend on Chincoteague, or Eastern Shore, or Front Royal – I know a great one in Front Royal – amazing house on a bluff overlooking the river.

        • I’m definitely open to suggestions! Hopefully we’ll be about 10.

        • Can you share details on the house in Front Royal? Sounds like exactly what I need for a girlfriends weekend this summer.

        • A big plus of renting a house (or some condos) is that you can prepare your own food – bring cheap ingredients and snacks and booze from Costco/wherever, and then pick one dinner to go out, but plan to cook the rest of the time and do most of your drinking at the house/condo. Saves on food/bar tabs enormously. Also, if someone can’t pay for a whole weekend, maybe they can offer to bring food and do some of the cooking.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      Maybe try one of the beachy themed restaurants around town.

    • I’m trying to figure out a bachelorette party request that’s similar to this right now as well. I’m looking into renting a house in Rehoboth/Dewey/Bethany Beach somewhere for two nights but even that is turning out to be kind of pricey per person, especially because the majority of invitees will be traveling via plane or train on top of getting out there. Maybe you can find a deal on Living Social or Groupon for a hotel?

      • I’d initially been looking at Jet Blue Getaway deals when the plan was the Caribbean, but I hadn’t thought of looking for a deal in the area! Good idea.

    • Andie302

      If she hasn’t been to Dewey Beach, just take them there! It’s low key, drinks aren’t terribly expensive, it’s driving distance, and so much fun!

  • Rant: In today’s I feel old moment: My 23 year old baby brother is a substitute teacher back home. Today he’s covering a senior class and one of his students is a girl I used to babysit. The last time I saw her she must have been maybe 5 or 6? And now she’s about to go to college! And the fact my little bro is old enough to be a teacher.

    • This. The girl whose diapers I used to change is applying to college. I don’t feel that much older, but then I look at her and realize, “oh it’s actually been 17 years…”

    • I am now facebook friends with a girl I used to babysit since she was about 1 year old. Now she is in her 20s and has graduated from college, and I have a one year old. Getting older is crazy.

      • I thought about reaching out to the girl who babysat my sister and I when we lived in Chicago. I know she is married and has kids now. She hasn’t seen us since we were babies.

        • My babysitter ending up becoming a famous singer-songwriter. 🙂 I met up with her at one of her shows.

    • The oldest/my favorite kid that I used to babysit is about to be a sophomore in college and has a tattoo. I feel SO old!

    • Quotia Zelda

      The kids I babysat are now parents themselves.

      • anonymouse_dianne

        +1 One kid whose mother was a co-worker and I knew him before he was born and he has kids about to start school
        PS I AM old! 🙂

  • Rant: Starting to question the wisdom of the Europe trip due to mounting expenses and logistical hassles. In addition to mom pulling out and deleting the entire rationale for the trip, the girlfriend’s decision to join me in Barcelona lead to the $200 airfare fiasco, the necessity of another $300/night hotel room and abandoning three of four rooms (two rooms, two nights) in Granada and she’s getting cheesy about pitching in for the food. Plus, she’s said that she broke up with her last, London-based boyfriend because the quality of the sex didn’t justify the expense of the airfare, so I feel as though there’s a lot of pressure on me if she’s spending that much money on a four-day weekend. I’ll probably try to her to amortize things over the long term, since the expense normal inter-house commute is negligible, but who knows? Plus, the credit card on which I reserved El Alhambra tickets (I wonder if I can scalp mom’s) and which has to be presented when picking up the tickets was used to run up Wal-Mart purchases, a Red Rook Inn stay and OK Cupid (what a grand first date that must have been!) thus necessitating its cancellation and an expedited card arrival plus potential hassles when I present it. And a there’s work project on which literally 20 people have to get back to me on time for various things, before I can complete it, which will be a miracle if it happens.
    Rave: Pretty sure that once I get the hotel, drop my bags, walk onto the Champs Elysee and announce to startled passers-by “Lafayette, we are here,” or possibly “Lafayette, nous sommes ici,” these will all seem minor and I’ll be in a pretty good mood and these hassles will all seem very small.
    Rave: People to rant to. Thanks for listening. Merci, gracias, grecie.
    Question: I’m taking a prop plane from DCA to JFK for the flight to Paris. Do they do all the international check-in stuff at National or is my 45 minutes between flights in New York ridiculously inadequate?

    • If you are on the same airline, they should be able to check your bags all the way through. However, sometimes they don’t – I flew from Bend, Or to Denver, then a separately ticketed flight from Denver to DC and the United folks in Bend swore they couldn’t do it. I think it was because they were at a small airport and just didn’t know how.

      • I will be carrying on an emergency stash of socks, underwear and pharmaceuticals in case my bag and I get separated. I’m more worried about the security and getting from one gate to the other although my recent experience with American suggests that there’s at least a 50% chance that the second flight will be late taking off.

      • Also, if you are ticketed on the same airline, you may be able to go into the airline’s website, look up both flights, and combine the tickets. I know United lets you do that if you are a mileage plus member. That will definitely allow you to check all the way through. (On United, it is in the manage reservations tab)

    • My favorite hotel in the world is off the Champs Elysee. So jealous.

      • Which one? We’re at the Hotele du Ministre which we chose not for it’s location (girlfriend prefers a funkier ‘hood, I’m pretty pleased to be two blocks from Charvet, however) but because it has a rowing machine in its gym.

        • Four Seasons George V. It was magical. The first time we stayed for free due to crazy circumstances and I actually cried when we had to leave!

    • For my last Europe trip a few weeks ago was National to Hamburg via Newark. They checked passports at National only. I was on United. YMMV.

    • “Plus, she’s said that she broke up with her last, London-based boyfriend because the quality of the sex didn’t justify the expense of the airfare…”
      Not to be a debbie downer but as a woman, that justification just made me cringe. I guess that’s what society is basing the value of a relationship on these days…..

      • I think she was being somewhat facetious (though did actually say it). I think that if you rephrased it along the lines of “the passion had diminished to the point that the expense and hassle of a long-distance relationship were no longer justified,” you’d be saying the same thing but perhaps inspiring fewer cringes.
        On the other hand, it seems like a perfectly reasonable justification to me. If the thrill is gone…

      • This is what caught my eye too.

        • ETA based on your response above: I was viewing it through the lens of thinking you were implying that she would be done with the relationship if she had to chip in anything at all for this mutual trip based on her history of ending relationships over having to spend her own money. I get what you mean now though.

          • I was cataloging my list of grievances and threw that one in for fun. I will be (modestly) irked if she doesn’t kick in on this particular trip but she is paying substantial airfare to see me and she has historically carried at least her share of the joint travel expenses. As fa as I know, London Guy was the only relationship subjected to a cost-benefit analysis.

          • Ditto.

    • Recent NYT article said budget hours for getting through security, not minutes. And last time I flew via JFK I had to re-check in through security (after changing terminals). I had 90 minutes and only made the flight because it was delayed (and they re-opened the doors for me and another passenger).
      It was horrible and I swore (and still swear) that I’m not flying through JFK again.

      • Can confirm JFK is the worst. I nearly missed a domestic flight even though I arrived at the airport two hours early because the security line was so long. They do not have their sh*t together.

        • And on a tangentialn note: Although Expedia (or whatever) might tell you that you can transfer from a flight landing at JFK to a flight departing from LaGuardia (or vice versa), DON’T DO IT. Not only do you have to pay for the shuttle bus between the two, the timing can be very tight if the bus runs into any traffic. I was about to tear my hair out the one and only time I (foolishly) did this.

      • Anyone have recent experience with National? I’m flying out of there on Friday afternoon, and want to be at work as long as possible, but am getting scared that maybe I should take more time off to get there early.

        • I never have any problems with National. Even during peak times the security line is well staffed and keeps moving, plus the airport is so small as soon as you get through security you’re basically at the gates. I’m more worried about Metro delays trying to get to the airport than security line delays at the airport.

        • Each time I’ve flown out of National recently, I’ve needed just about every minute of the 60 recommended to arrive early. I would be sure to get there an hour before your flight, especially on a Friday afternoon.

  • Revel: Teacher appreciation week! My last school barely acknowledged it but my current school is amazing. Yesterday they brought in high schoolers in a cosmetology program to give us manicures. It was a very smart way to show their appreciation without spending any money (we just gave the students a couple dollars as a tip).
    Rant: Finding a new roommate again. I think we’ve got somebody but she will never be as cool as the one leaving.
    Rant: Stupid boy issues.

  • Rave: Thank you all for your long-distance marriage advice yesterday – it made me feel like I wasn’t alone in this situation! I’m pretty introverted, so I’m looking forward to all of the alone time.
    Rave: Meal planning and prepping on the weekends makes weekday cooking so much easier. I need to make this part of my normal Sunday afternoon/evening routine.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Scented toilet paper!
    Rave: 5:45 am workouts!
    Rant: I’m gassy in the early morning. Sorry!
    Rant: This morning Lizzy started squawking at 12:45 am. She had somehow gotten her front legs and head over the laundry basket side and couldn’t get out. I thought since I had put all the chairs on the counter so she wouldn’t get caught in the evil chair stretchers trap, she would be good for the night.

  • HaileUnlikely

    Rant: listening to NTSB hearing on Metro’s Yellow Line smoke incident that resulted in a fatality a couple years ago. I have heard very little that I did not already now, but having it all pulled together and presented at one time is really really painful and does not make me feel great about riding Metro, or more generally, being a customer of Metro.

    • You have to admit, though, that even if the subway sucks the buses aren’t all that bad and are almost always an option. So all is not lost!

      • HaileUnlikely

        Yes, I do agree with that.

      • SouthwestDC

        Only if you’re traveling within DC though. 🙁

        • HaileUnlikely

          Just out of curiosity, where in Takoma Park is your new place? (ballpark if you don’t want to make your new home identifiable)

          • Allison

            Oops, that’s a different Allison! Sorry, the problem with using my first name as my posting name is that sometimes other people use it too. Our new place is on Carroll Avenue.

          • Farragut

            Hey, that’s actually a different Allison–“my” Allison has a different icon (and her username would be clickable). We’re living about a mile-ish up Carroll Ave from Takoma Metro station.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Yes indeedy. There was some multiple-Caroline confusion on here a couple days ago as well.

          • There was also a Caroline posting yesterday who is NOT the longtime PoPville poster Caroline.

          • HaileUnlikely

            So sort of near the TPSS Co-op and stuff? Nice! Congrats on the new house!

          • Farragut


      • Depending on your starting point and destination, though, the bus can take a painfully long time relative to Metrorail.
        And I think there is a huge variation in what a Metrobus ride is like, depending on the route/location and the time of day — some are just fine, and others are not very pleasant.

        • On Saturday I decided to take the 79 bus from Gallery Place to Georgia Ave.-Petworth, on the rationale that there was a bus pulling up to the stop right then and there and I didn’t know whether the time until the next train was going to be, say, 2 minutes or 12 minutes.
          Not only was the ride much longer, there was a guy up front carrying on a really loud conversation on his cell phone. When he got off near the Shaw Library, I and a couple sitting near me breathed simultaneous sighs of relief… only for him to get BACK ON THE BUS a minute later!
          At least on Metrorail, you can switch to a different car if the people in your car are being annoying.

        • maxwell smart

          It does take a little planning to avoid peak traffic and/or accepting that what should be a 20 minute commute takes almost an hour. That said, before I ditched Metro entirely, commuting from Friendship Heights to Farragut North on the Red Line routinely took 45+ minutes. In the morning, there would always be an issue – break problem, door problem, single-tracking, only running 6 car trains with 10 minute headways. In the afternoon, I would usually have to let a minimum of 3 trains pass before I could even manage to cram into the 4th over-crowded train… and then have the usual door and break issues.

          • Fair enough. I don’t take the Red Line for commuting, which I think makes a huge difference.

          • According to Google Maps (I’ve never actually tried it) my commute would take 2 hours and 35 minutes if I did all bus, versus 56 minutes by Metro. I think in actuality the bus commute would be even longer because of traffic and because of the timing involved with taking three different buses. I wish it were a viable option because I like bus so much more than rail.

          • This. I spent over a year switching between taking the bus and taking the subway between Foggy Bottom and Tenleytown only to find that the bus almost always got me there at exactly the same time if not quicker, without worrying about delays where I couldn’t get out and walk/change buses/uber/etc. It still takes stupidly long, but it’s a good option all things considered.

  • topscallop

    Rave: BF and I are making all sorts of plans for the future.
    Rant: his new job, which he was so excited about, is extremely stressful and his manager is treating him really poorly. Poor guy is working late, working weekends, but nothing is good enough and his boss is making threats about letting him go.
    Rant: this weather is making everything seem gloomy
    Rave: it’s a fairly quiet work week for me, so I don’t feel so guilty about sneaking looks at Pinterest engagement rings every so often (even though it’ll probably be another year before we buy one)

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