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: Total bust of a 4th of July weekend (soggy weather, bratty nieces and nephews, etc)
    Rant: ENOUGH with the random fireworks in the middle of the night!

    Rave: Do-over this weekend (minus the fireworks)

  • Rant: I want to start job hunting, but it’s been so long and I fear so much has changed, I don’t even know where to start.
    Rave: today is my Friday. Folklife tomorrow.
    Rant: not the best weather for staycation

    • Any possibility you could stay at the current place, but move back to your former role?

      • Andie302

        Seconding this – your leadership would probably be disappointed to know that you’re looking, and may be able to make a change that allows you to stay and get back to enjoying your work again! They can’t help if they don’t know about the issue. Good luck!

        • Agreed — I bet they’d rather keep you in some capacity (even if it’s not your current role) than lose you altogether.

          • Yes, I think they would want to keep me and I really do like working for my boss, but I am sick of working in the burbs and I want to work at a place where I feel more connected to the mission and values. I feel a bit like I’m squandering my young-ish years working in a conservative place that doesn’t care about the things I care about.
            I got a window into what it would feel like to work at that kind of place a few weeks ago when management actually talked about an issue I care about and it felt good, like bring me to tears good, and I want that more than once every 10 years.

    • When was the last time you looked? I don’t think it’s changed that much over the years, but the process is soooo much longer than I remember. I rely mostly on Indeed and LinkedIn. Oddly, networking did not help me much at all up here, but it always helped me a ton in DC.

      • I started here 10 years ago and have moved around a bit, I had 2 competitive moves, but nothing drastic. And I was in my early 20s when I started here, so I’m at a pretty different level than I was then.
        I looked a bit outside five years ago, got one interview and that was it.

    • I’ll second LinkedIn, which was very helpful in my job hunt in 2015. I found it most useful for:
      Articles on job hunting strategies, interviewing, and resume writing. Some of this helped me with my concerns about where to start, what’s expected nowadays, etc. Some of it was just morale-building.
      Researching companies I was applying for, in and out of LinkedIn

      The things I didn’t find it useful for:
      Job postings. I found some I applied for, without a lot of luck.
      I am not the best networker so didn’t use it much for that, though people I know swear by it.

      • Speaking of LinkedIn, a guy who ghosted on me last summer, and who I was pretty into, invited me to join his network.
        Friends have informed me that if you allow LinkedIn to go through your contacts it can send invites automatically, so I guess that’s what happened.

        • I don’t think LinkedIn sends invites without your permission. I can see a list of suggested contacts but as far as I can tell nothing happens without me choosing to connect with them.

    • Go for it! I have been at my job for 8 yrs and just started looking, 6 applications/resumes and 2 interviews, w/ 1 seriously seriously courting me. My boss and his boss do not want me to leave my agency — yes I told them I was leaving — but I feel like mentally and physically I cannot take it anymore.

  • Revel: Got my insurance check reimbursing me for my out-of-network psychologist. It had been a $75 difference between what she charges and what insurance reimbursed me (and she was letting me pay what I could afford of the difference). This check has most of the sessions still with a $75 difference but the last two with only a $13-20 difference, woohoo!
    Rant: I can’t breathe through my nose at all.
    Rant: Not getting many bites on my car. I wonder if I’d have any luck buying a “For Sale” sign and parking it on the street?

  • That One Guy

    Rave: I actually fell asleep before 3:00 am. This is promising development.
    Rant: this humidity. It’s only a matter of time before the mosquitos will be out in full force.
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    Question: Do you put half/half, whole milk or skim milk in your coffee? Is one a deal breaker for you?

    • jim_ed

      Prefer half and half, but it’s kinda whatever if its milk. Only one I steadfast refuse to use is powdered creamer.

    • Hot coffee – whole milk or half & half if I’m feeling indulgent. Iced coffee – skim.

    • Half and half only. I can deal with whole milk if I’m desperate for caffeine and that’s the only option, but it makes me crabby. Anything less is a dealbreaker. Coffee in France is a problem for me because they do milk instead of cream.

      • I drink regular coffee only when I’m desperate for caffeine, like at a work event where I don’t want to be seen nodding off. (I prefer frou-frou espresso-based drinks.)
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        When I do drink regular coffee, I add whatever’s on hand to try to make it more palatable. Usually work events will have those little single-sized creamers.

    • Prefer 2% milk, can drink whole or 1% but NO skim. Half/half is ok if that’s all there is, but it tastes too rich for regular use

    • Emmaleigh504

      Whole milk. Skim milk is a deal breaker for me.

    • Half&Half. Whole milk if its the only option available. Never skim.

    • Soy milk because lactose problems.

    • HaileUnlikely

      None of the above. I drink it black. I drink coffee because I like it. All of the above are deal breakers. If I make a cappuccino or a latte or anything like that, I prefer to use coconut milk or almond milk, but 98+% of my coffee consumption is in the form of black coffee.

    • Anything but the powdered stuff, I’d rather drink it black. My preference is for Half and Half though

    • Milk for me–but almond milk while breastfeeding since mtpbaby can’t tolerate dairy.

    • I won’t do skim milk. It makes the coffee look so unappealing.
      Otherwise, any milk, or half and half, or cream. All are fine.

      Oh, and no powders. I’d rather drink it black

    • I love regular coffee w/ creamer or soy milk when at home. Out and about 1/2 & 1/2. Never the powdered stuff. Iced coffee I prefer black. No frou frou coffee for me.

  • Odd: Friend that bailed because of whatever reason (sad? mopey?) on the 4th apparently had a freakout last night, and was crying and telling our other friend she was feeling left out and that we were doing things without her (which: that’s not true at ALL — our other friend had plans seperate from me, and jesus, this is a lot of drama that I don’t want to deal with) but I think she is back to herself now? Maybe?

    Rant: I got off the bus this morning and my glasses immediately fogged up because of the heat. Wow.

    Rant: Applied for a position I’d be great for. It’s in NYC. I got rejected.

    Rave: But wasn’t certain I wanted to move back to NYC so I’m going with it’s the Universe’s way of telling me that this is home for now.

    • I don’t want to be mean but that friend would drive me nuts. I am all about honesty. If people don’t feel like doing something, be transparent and tell them you’re just not feeling up to it. Don’t wait and bail at the last minute and then complain about it. (If you were all doing things without her after hearing this I honestly wouldn’t be surprised!)

      • Well, I can honestly say that I’m not planning to do much with her socially right now, not for a while, for sure. It’s hard because we work together (volunteer directors at our condo) and she doesn’t really pull her weight there, either. I’d quit, but I really enjoy doing it. This isn’t the first time I have counted on her to do something and she’s bailed.

        • Bah, I’m sorry.

          • I’ve found workarounds for that situation — other people are willing to help me out so I don’t ask so much now. I plan on doing a lot of shopping for our next when she’s out of the country for work later this month.

        • So I have a friend like that as well, but 1 time she actually came out with the reason for her behavior ..she suffers from severe anxiety and depression issues, and while she gets treatment for it, she says sometimes it is very hard for her to hang out w/ anyone. We have come up w/ a solution in that I “understand” when she has to cancel out, but on her end she makes sure to reschedule when she is feeling less anxious/depressed. After she revealed the reason, I have been more flexible with her.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Waiting for flight to take off for a trip to Indiana for a funeral. Felt really sad this morning saying goodbye to Lucy. She’s not doing well and I’m afraid she won’t be able to hold on until I get back.

  • Rant/Rave: Very quiet day at work today. I almost wish it wasn’t so quiet because it makes me nervous that I’ll get totally slammed with work after lunch.
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    Rant: Sometimes when I’m bored at work I look at real estate listings on the LA Times. If I ever won the lottery, the first thing I would do would be to buy a house for my mom on the outskirts of LA, and I’d work on moving out there as well. It’s my biggest dream.
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    Rave: Half way to the weekend.

    • That One Guy

      I feel like we all have lottery related bucket lists. One of the first things I would probably do is travel the world for a year, spending time in nondescript towns and villages and maybe helping some strangers out in the process.

      • I think what would you do with a mega millions win would be a great question of the day. I too have dreamed about buying a house for my mom, a house for me, and traveling the world via private jet with the dog.

      • I like to make lists of the people I would give money to and how much. Sometimes I have a hard time deciding how much of my fake lottery winnings to give to friends who I’m very close with but already are super privileged vs. other friends that I’m not as close to but who have a lot of student loans or credit card debt. Maybe instead of giving people money I’ll charter a plane and take everyone on a long weekend to Vegas. Then I’ll set up my non profit for charitable giving.

        • I love this plan!

        • I thought about his once and decided that apart from a couple friends who are so close that I consider them family I wouldn’t give anything to friends. People talk too much, and eventually everyone would find out (or even worse, just speculate) who got what and then it could get complicated real quick from there. I don’t know anyone who is in a *really* tough position financially so I think my arbitrary largesse would be more harmful than helpful. Rather than gifts of money, they can use my new country, mountain, and beach homes at a nominal cost. And dinner’s on me.

          • very good point. well, I also have a side fantasy that even if I don’t win the lottery, one of my friends will and offer to pay off my student loans, which is why in my main fantasy of being a mega millionaire, I still want to show my friends some love. besides won’t everyone be so thrilled that they got any free money that they will forget to be mad that someone else got more?

        • Years and years ago I promised my close friends very specific things if I won the lotto, so although they have probably forgotten, I would start with those things. And more.

      • I would hire a personal assistant. And a personal chef. And maybe a personal trainer.

      • I would pay off my parents’ mortgage, my student loans, my fiance’s student loans, and then go to town on my designer handbag wish list.

        • My list is the same, except replace designer handbags with designer shoes. πŸ™‚

          • If I didn’t have such messed up former dancer/current runner feet, shoes would definitely win out over the bags! I love looking at them but I just can’t wear them. I might have to have one pair of Louboutins for good measure.

    • Additional rant: I keep breaking out randomly. I’m not using any new products on my face (minus ones I’ve deemed not-breakout-inducing in an attempt to stop the madness!). It started about two months ago for no apparent reason and seems to bubble up every other week or so, then my skin gets less irritated again for a few days. Wtf. Have other people had this problem in their mid-20s?

      • I’d guess that stress is the culprit.

      • Do you use sunscreen for outdoor activities? Most sunscreens make me break out.

        • You know, this actually occurred to me when it started happening. So I stopped using sunscreen on my face since I’m usually not out for a super-long time — but it hasn’t helped. So I don’t think it’s the sunscreen. πŸ™ Would have been such an easy fix!

      • could it be food related? can you trace yoru flare-ups after eating a particular food? i was never diagnosed with any sort of dairy tolerance or allergy and i never thought my body had issues with it, but i have had close to ZERO breakouts since i stopped eating dairy (and friends have had similar experiences eliminating gluten). i am also mid-20s.
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        disclaimer (and i don’t want to start a debate): correlation is not causation. and my lack of breakouts could be related to changes in age, cities, workout habits, etc.

        • My mom actually asked me the same question. I have food sensitivities that doctors haven’t been able to pinpoint (and aren’t to the point of me wanting to do an elimination diet) … so actually, you might be onto something here. Maybe I should look into this further.

          • When I had to stop eating gluten, my skin improved immensely! Though I had a random, bad breakout last week (which hasn’t happen in a long time) that was probably related to some combination stress/sweat/sun exposure.

      • HaileUnlikely

        My forehead used to break out a lot after intense sun exposure, even if it was not to the point of a sunburn. By “used to,” I don’t mean that I ever successfully “cured” it, I’ve just had a lot of lifestyle ages associated with being old and lazy, and hardly ever experience the kind of sun exposure that would lead to that any more.

      • That One Guy

        Surprised no one else chimed in with the suggestion that perhaps it’s just a result of increased heat/perspiration and that any facial products may clog up your pours in warmer weather.

        • PoPville doesn’t prefer simple, obvious answers.

          • Haha! This is true. I actually don’t wear any makeup though (minus blush) and have had the exact same face cleanser/moisturizer routine for 3+ years so I don’t think that’s it πŸ™

      • This happened to me earlier this year (also mid 20s here, though on the later end of mid 20s) and my dermatologist couldn’t pinpoint why it was happening so she gave me a couple months of doxy to clear the infection under the skin and a topical sulfur cream and it fixed it within a couple months.

  • Rave: Fantastic weekend in Pittsburgh, I visited the Andy Warhol museum, the Inclines, Carnegie Museum of Art and they put on a hell of a fireworks show. Plus I was there during a Furry convention which led to some awesome people watching.
    Rant: After spending 7 hours on a train yesterday, I feel the beginnings of respiratory nastiness coming on. I took a zyrtec last night, but still not feeling super great. I hope I can sleep whatever it is off tonight.

  • Rant: Fireworks going off after 11pm
    Rant: The amount of Debris from all the Fireworks going off still
    Rave: DC 311 actually responding to notifications via twitter about Lamp post that is out with very LOUD humming going on
    Rave: HUMP DAY

  • Clueless

    Rant: Bad case of butterfingers lately… I keep dropping (and breaking) glass cups
    Rave: Grateful for Willis Carrier, the man who invented modern AC

  • Rave: Mtpkiddo is mtpbaby’s biggest fan. Anytime he does anything even remotely noteworthy, she claps and cheers–and insists that we do the same. It’s adorable.
    Rant? Rave? Must have been doing something right this morning given that I was “mean” enough that mtpkiddo decided she wanted her grandparents to come over. Hate to break it to you, kiddo, but your grandparents also aren’t going to let you have candy before breakfast.

    • Your rave is so cute!
      My nieces are that but reversed, niece nugget the younger always cheers on niece nugget the first.

      • That’s awesome! Hopefully mtpbaby is also his big sister’s biggest cheerleader when he’s no longer a baby πŸ™‚

  • Anyone have experience with preventing / getting rid of shrews (the small mammal, not a person)?

    • get a snake? (Seriously. That’s what my dad did to get rid of shrews and voles in his yard – don’t worry, snake was local to the neighborhood, not imported or bought!)

      • I actually watched a video (on NatGeo I think) of a shrew that took down a snake. Then it was followed with a shrew taking down another shrew. Apparently they are quite vicious.

        • oh, ick! well, hopefully you don’t have super-shrews!

          • Also… not sure which is worse. Opening the door to find a shrew on the doormat or opening the door and finding a snake on the doormat.

    • The parenthetical note makes me chuckle. πŸ™‚

  • FtLincolnLove

    Query: Does anyone here have a recommendation for a framing shop that does quality work but doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? I realize framing is one of the many you-get-what-you-pay-for things in life, and I certainly don’t intend to skimp, however I just don’t want to go to a shop that is grossly overpriced. I bought a triptych while on vacation that I need framed, and want to be sure I go to a shop that has a good reputation. Thanks in advance!

    • I’ve been framing exclusively with Framebridge lately. Really happy with the ease of shipping things to them, the quality of the frames, and the prices. Its super quick too since their framing shop is in MD.

    • Biscarr Fine Art at 4620C Wisconsin is great. Very friendly and quick IME.

    • I like Plaza Art in Silver Spring and K.H. Art & Framing in Falls Church – both have great staff that will take a lot of time to help you pick your frame and mat. They both offer Groupons pretty frequently that make them somewhat more affordable.

  • Rant: Uber/Lyft and somewhat taxi drivers. Getting tired of them using the street as their own waiting area. Most annoying is them just blatantly blocking the roads when there are easy places to pull in to get out of people’s way. Additionally, they camp out in parking spots by my house that are zoned for resident parking near U Street waiting to get ‘buzzed’ – literally laying back in their cars taking naps. This weekend, there were literally 3 of them in a row in front of my house almost throughout the entire day – all out of state plates. Nothing you can really do….just annoying.
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    In a dream world, parking enforcement would have dash cams that take pictures of people blocking the roads and ticket them, but that will never happen.

    • I see regular taxi drivers sitting around blocking traffic/bike lanes/crosswalks just as often (even without people in them). At least 3 DC taxis park on my street overnight every day. I don’t know that this is an Uber-specific issue….

      • I mean if they are parking there overnight, they likely are zoned no? The parking on my zoned resident only street is more of an Uber/Lyft thing because they are waiting to get buzzed again for a ride. Taxis don’t do that as much because they’re not operating off an app, but being flagged down. The Uber/Lyft drivers pull over, put their seat back and hang out there.

        Yes, taxis block roads too – but I encounter it more in the neighborhood streets with Uber/Lyft drivers just because they’re used more by people living around there. And it’s become noticeably worse over the last year or two. Overall, it’s annoying as hell no matter who is doing it.

        • You don’t need a zone parking permit to park overnight (though if a car is not registered in DC it can get dinged for a ROSA violation.) And during the day, anyone can park in zone parking for up to two hours usually, so again these non-resident Uber/Lyft drivers can make fairly free use of zone parking spots if they want. Pretty annoying if you live there and are trying to park, but as you say, nothing to be done about it really. One of the downsides of living in a dense and vibrant neighborhood. On the upside, you probably never wait more than 15 seconds for an Uber.

          • I get what you’re saying – but I’m talking about resident only side of the street. That’s not 2 hour parking for anyone. But like we’ve mentioned, nothing you can really do about it. Just annoying when there’s a few non-residents camped out in resident spaces in front of your house that you’d like to actually park in…..not a cell phone/Uber waiting lot!

          • @JohnH, gotcha, so these aren’t the usual “2-hour without zone permit” spots you find all over the city, these are specifically zone-permit-only at all times? In that case it’s a pain in the ass but I think you have every right to tell them to move so you can park there. No way to stop them from standing there in the first place but you can sure tell them to move. Of course if they won’t move then you have to decide whether to call the cops or just park somewhere else….

        • They’re parking in spaces that are 2-hour parking during the day but unregulated at night — I’m not sure what the hours are, but I leave my house around 7:15am and they’re always still out there, so I assume they move shortly after? (Although I wouldn’t be surprised if they’ve been ticked before. The parking enforcement people are fairly relentless on my block.)
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          I’m sure if you wanted to park there and had a resident permit, you could tell them to move, no? (But yes, it is annoying when they block roads/bike lanes no matter who is doing it.)

      • Not to be weird, are you sure your neighbors aren’t taxi drivers? I used to live in Dupont where 3 guys shared an apartment and they were all taxi drivers.

  • Mootje1

    Rave: It’s my 30th birthday!

  • rant/rave: lol online dating. in my head, I have pictured who I want to be with. reality? completely different result. It’s amusing to see who is into me
    rave: did some jean shopping over the weekend. that was sorely needed, but I got a good start!

    • Was it you who was commenting yesterday that you hoped guys wouldn’t judge you for being 35 and single, because you were definitely judging them for being 35 and single?
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      It reminded me of the Groucho Marx line “I wouldn’t want to join any club that would have me as a member.”

    • It really depends on which dating site you use! OkCupid got me some creepy guys. eHarmony got me a great one. πŸ™‚ Of course, eHarm also matched me with my best guy friend, which was slightly awkward but I guess that proves we are a good friend match!

  • Rant – I’ve had some really bad Uber drivers recently, and my driver this morning was particularly bad. He missed several turns, failed to yield to an ambulance, attempted to go down a one way street the wrong way (twice) and made me 15 minutes late to work. It’s like riding with someone who just got their driver’s license.
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    Rave – I’m starting to use BIkeshare more often and it makes me happy. I missed a red line delay yesterday because I biked instead of Metro’d.

    • Just give them a poor rating. I’ve heard that after so many bad drives, Uber basically tells them they can’t drive anymore. (Disclaimer: I would not advocate this unless the driver was really bad, but it sounds like he was.)

      • HaileUnlikely

        Agreed. I don’t give low ratings for petty things, or, for example, making an innocent driving error that even a good experienced safe driver will make occasionally if we’re honest about it, but if the driver does a bunch of unsafe or aggressive things in a span of a few minutes such that it is apparent that the driver always drives like that, then yes, I’d give a low rating.
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        Either Uber or Lyft, I don’t remember which, will bring up a menu to ask the reason for the rating if it’s lower than 3 or maybe lower than 4, and safety is one of the options, and then it lets you enter comments. I’ve only done this once, when I honest to goodness feared that it was only a matter of time before the driver would hurt herself, a passenger, or somebody else, and Uber contacted me within about 5 minutes and asked me for more details, which I provided.

        • It’s Uber. I once had an Uber driver that a friend and I literally thought was going to pull a hit-and-run on some pedestrians the way he drove and was talking. Thankfully we arrived at our destination safely but we both gave the driver the lowest rating, added detailed comments and Uber followed up with me the next day.

      • I did give him a low rating, I’m just frustrated with Uber in general. I find myself taking DC cabs more often now.

        • Same here and we don’t have Lyft up here so sometimes I just walk the 30 minutes rather than taking the 10 minute Uber. A few weeks ago we were waiting for an Uber, it said 3 mins, then like 7, and then 10! Finally he cancelled the ride and then we were charged $5! Such BS. We complained and they gave us a $5 credit. Okay great, but really I’d like my money back.

    • A lot of taxi drivers have turned to Uber/Lyft. No surprise you’d get some bad ones….then add in people who decide to do it as a part-time job who don’t really know a lot of the areas they drive to. I’m not terribly comfortable driving in other parts of DC that I’m not familiar with. I usually tell Uber drivers how I want them to go if it’s an area/route I’m familiar with (i.e. to Reagan).

    • I had a driver recently who apparently didn’t know the area at all, and kept looking down at his phone (which was in his lap) for directions. He an older gentleman who was driving and reacting really slowly and all the looking down made me nervous. I told that him that and advised him to get a mount for his phone. I’m debating whether to give him a low rating. He was a nice guy and I don’t want him to be out of work, and maybe he’ll take my criticism to heart. But the way he’s driving now he’s bound to get into an accident soon.

  • Rant: Gods help me, I didn’t believe that this four month sleep regression thing was real. But my monster has been such a mess. Up every two hours last night. Screaming at 4:30 am. Good times.
    Rave: Amazing friend/coworker that supported me and let me cry this morning.
    Rave: Coffee, a supportive spouse and network of friends, sweet baby smiles.
    Revel: Very big changes coming up this month. Just found out that we got final approval for financing a mortgage. We are about to become homeowners.

    • Prince Of Petworth

      I’ve currently been experiencing the 6 month regression – brutal. πŸ™

      • I feel for you both! Sleep problems are no joke. Mtpbaby has been having a hellish time the last couple of weeks–he was only up once last night, which felt like heaven. Just keep reminding yourself that everything is a phase. It really is. It just feels like forever when you’re in the midst of it. Feel free to ping me at mtpresident.popville at gmail if you need another source of support. My daughter was an awful sleeper as a baby, so I feel your pain.
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        Congrats on impending home ownership! What neighborhood are you buying in?

        • @Prince, may our babies start sleeping better soon! @mtpresident, we are moving to Silver Spring. Sadly, buying in the district was just out of our budget at this point. It will be an adjustment, but I am looking forward to gardening and having a nursery for the monster (we are currently in a one bedroom apartment that feels smaller each week as the Baby Artie grows bigger).

          • I have friends in Silver Spring and am envious of their backyards. It’s still a pretty walkable & transit-friendly area, and the Montgomery County schools are excellent. There’s a lot to like in Silver Spring πŸ™‚

          • HaileUnlikely

            I agree with you about the desirability of Silver Spring. I live just south of the DC/SS border, and in my opinion I benefit more from being “close to Silver Spring” than I benefit from being “in DC.” What part of Silver Spring are you moving to?

          • Depends on what part. Some parts of SS are totally rural!

          • @HaileUnlikely, we will be near the Forest Glen metro stop so not too far out.

          • artemis, that’s where I grew up! It’s a great area (and surprisingly affordable for being so close to Metro and to DC). And Snider’s the local grocery, is excellent and drama-free. It’s also close to Wheaton which has great cheap restaurants and the best schwarma and falafel in the DC-area (at Max’s). And an excellent Costco and a solid Target.

      • Our child didn’t sleep through the night for more than a year. I do not recommend.

        • Oh wow. Brutal. We caved (well, I did–my wife would have been willing sooner) on sleep training our first at 8ish months and it went amazingly smoothly–so much easier than I had anticipated. We were going to do the same with our son (now 8 mo), but his sleep issues have been a bit more related to discomfort & his sleep hasn’t been nearly as bad when he’s not experiencing discomfort. That and we have so much travel this summer that we haven’t had the chance. Over a year sounds beyond miserable!

        • I am really convinced that babies would be effective CIA interrogators. That kind of sleep deprivation is torture. I hope your kid is a much better sleeper now!

        • My SIL’s youngest did not sleep for more than 3 hours in one stretch for the first 13 months. And she was so, so, so colic’y and had digestive issues.
          Now at 18 months my SIL once again looks like a normal person. She’s still not completely sane yet. 2015 was a very rough year for her.

  • Rant: Massive migraine. Keep getting hit with waves of nausea. My sinuses are throbbing – I don’t know if it’s related to the weather or what. blaaaahhhh!
    Rant: trying to sleep last night when it sounded like a war zone. Fourth of July – sure, have a blast, go nuts. Afterwards – seriously, how are you not out of fireworks yet?!?!
    Rave: Making plans for my b-day in August to spend time with the whole family at the beach!
    Rant: Air quality alert days – it is so miserable to be outside, even briefly.
    Rave: Air conditioning! Surely one of mankind’s greatest inventions.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I have to teach a class this afternoon and I’m unusually nervous.
    Rave/Rant: Safe Track wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, though it does add about 45 mins to my commute. ugh
    Rave: My snuggley kitty who makes it difficult to get out of bed on time.

    • 45 minutes? Yeesh. That sounds bad to me! Do you have to shuttle between National and Braddock Road, or are there other things causing delays? I drove yesterday because I had an early meeting, and today because I have to leave early, but tomorrow I have more free time so I was going to brave the Metro. Not if my commute time doubles though!

      • Emmaleigh504

        Yeah I had to shuttle. The Shuttle wasn’t bad, but for some reason the trains stopped forever at every stop. I hope that doesn’t continue. I was planning on only adding 30 minutes to my commute. If I had a car I would drive.

        • I get off at Crystal City, so I don’t have to deal with the shuttles this time, but if the trains are slower than usual that’s more incentive to keep driving (which only takes 10-15 minutes and parking costs the same as metro fare). The past two weeks I drove exclusively because my home station was getting overburdered by shuttle offloading, so I was hoping to get a break from driving this week though.

          • Emmaleigh504

            It probably won’t be too bad for you then. The biggest slow down was the time it takes for the shuttle. Give it a shot and see how bad it is, live dangerously!

  • Rave: No work tomorrow!
    Rant: Intead have to attend a day-long session on “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”. Which I guess is better than a day in the office.
    Rant: Fear of change. Fear of moving somewhere and not liking it. Fear of moving forward in my life. Why am I so afraid??!
    Rant: Long, quiet, boring days at work. I’m so ready for a new job (but too afraid to get one – see above rant!).

  • Any thoughts on the Daily Caller series about residency and tax fraud in DCPS? Yes, it’s a serious issue that DCPS and the Chancellor’s office has conveniently ignored. But it sickens me that the Daily Caller is the outlet that is un-diplomatically addressing the issue.
    And they are running a 6 day series….how the hell did they dig up this much content?!?!
    http://dailycaller.com/2016/07/04/investigation-md-residents-ripping-off-dc-schools-while-admins-refuse-to-address-it/

    • Wow. That is some jaw-droppingly bad writing and reporting. The writer bases the entire argument on license plates, and uses that to engage in buzzfeed-level hyperbole. Is this a HS student paper??

      • justinbc

        I’ve seen that same argument used here, reddit, and other places as well. I’m pretty sure most people know / suspect that it happens, but they definitely need to solidify their evidence trail if they’re going to go big on it.

        • It sounded like the Daily Caller people did pinpoint certain cases (by following people out to their houses in Maryland, checking whether the car was there at 6 a.m., etc.).
          .
          It’s hard to tell how much of this is residency fraud on the schooling side, how much is residency fraud on the car-registration side, and how much is legit cases where the primary-custody parent lives in D.C. and the secondary-custody parent lives in Maryland.
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          It’s disturbing that the school administrators seem to be willing to turn a blind eye to the issue. The article might be hyperbolic, but it seems like they’re on to something.

    • I see this every day. My son attends Shepherd Elementary which is a safe community for DCPS, one with plenty of parking and kids can play outside. That being said, I see parents with VA and MD tags all the time. What’s especially frustrating is seeing parents with out of state tags dropping off their kids in Pre-K, which is highly competitive for the area parents. To think that someone’s kid is taking up a valid space of a DC and Shepherd Park resident.

      Lastly, some tend to be consumers and not contributors to the school. They never volunteer for functions and do not even show up for PTA meetings. For them, everything is OK and they are not in a position to “rock the boat”.

      This is a real issue, with costs covered by my tax receipts.

      #FIRSTworldPROBLEMS

  • That One Guy

    Rant: So much for having nice things. Spilled half my lunch into my suede shoes/floor when the plastic container buckled under the weight of the food. Ugh.

  • Rant: I totally hate these staff from the agency that reviews our compliance. I am so passive aggressive with them and I can’t help myself. And at least 1 of them is soooooo dim witted I have no idea how he/she manages to keep that job. What is worse than incompetent?

    Rave: I’m looking for a new job, and my #1 pick called today to apologize for not email me back (I emailed yesterday evening) about an upcoming meeting with another set of staff, and that they are still very very interested.

    Rave: I really like this new guy I’m seeing…makes me happy.

  • Late Rant: This series of comments on WMATA’s new idea competition — http://metrogreater.org/post/32418/womens-only-quiet-cars/
    .
    Ugh.

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