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: I did not sleep well last night. Postpartum night sweats are the worst, especially in this heat.
    Rave: Michelle Obama’s speech last night. So inspiring.
    Rave: Baby Artie manages to be a morning person even though his parents are not. His morning smiles are better than the strongest cup of coffee.

    • Oof, sorry about the night sweats. I did not know they were a thing when I had my daughter. Waking up drenched each night was the worst. Hopefully they pass soon!

  • Does anyone have a recommendation for an electrician? Just a couple of small repairs.

    • A neighbor in Bloomingdale recommended Mark Blassingame to my partner and me about five years ago, and we’ve been using him ever since. I strongly recommend him. He’s competent, a nice guy, very reliable (has come right out in emergencies) and is reasonably priced. His phone is 202-413-8814. He texts in case you’re not into calling.

  • Rave: Got our place rented! Thanks to Popville for all your advice. Such a weight off my back.
    Rave: Celebrated by buying myself two books and a Mcdonald’s Hot Fudge Sundae.
    Rant: Work.
    Rave: Working from the shore for the next week or so.

  • Rave: Michelle Obama’s speech last night. Brought me to tears, and I’m not a crier. She filled me with such hope in this bleak election season.
    Rant: I really need to find a good hair salon that won’t cost me an arm and leg. And can do African American hair. I had a disappointing experience getting my hair blown out yesterday, was made to wait 30 minutes past my appointment, and the stylist was just plain weird. I had an awful experience at Aveda institute earlier this month where I was made to wait almost an hour past my appointment, and my trim was mediocre. Most salons uncharge for “ethnic” hair, and the ones that cater to Black people can be flakey. What is a girl to do?

    • I go to Salon Revive on U St.. No complaints but they are a bit pricey. If you have a car, MWM Salon in Falls Church is good (and cheaper) but the only lady that could cut hair isn’t there anymore.

    • Amanda at Glynn Jones in Dupont is fantastic. She is African American so I’d think she can do African American hair (and I’ve seen African American customers there). I pay $150 for cut and color.

    • There’s a stylist at my salon (Immortal Beloved) who does Michelle O’s (and her mom’s) hair — I can’t remember his name, but you could always call and ask about his prices?

      • skj84

        Johnny Wright. He is probably way out of my price range. However I do see Immortal Beloved does hair model days. Which is usually way cheaper than normal price, just would have to be flexible with time. I may sign up for that, I’m pretty open with what I do my hair.

    • Try Cierra at Signature Image Salon in U street. Great for blow outs and usually done in 2 hours. Good with natural hair.

  • Rant: Pepco is making me groom my dogs sooner than expected. They say they are going cut off electricity next Monday from 9 to 4pm for repairs.

  • Rant: Work continues to ask more of my emotions that I want to give. I’m here to work, not affirm your existence.
    Rant/rave: Knowing how ridiculous that is, and having the ability to go toward what I want.
    Revel: Thursday is my Friday, and I’m set for a good weekend.

  • Rave: The First Lady. She made me all weepy
    Rave: Get to see the boy this weekend and i can’t wait
    Rant: This dang heat
    Rant: Too tired to get to the gym this morning, now I have to go after work.
    Rantish?: Friend going through a bad break up and is leading him back into destructive behavior. He asked to get drinks with me, I hope i have the courage to tell him how worried I am about him.

    Have a great day!

  • Rant: DWS – what a joke!

  • Rant: Still feeling kind of feel-y today, but I actually have work at work this morning so that’s good.
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    Rave: Thanks again for all the feedback on my potential food allergy issues yesterday.
    Rant: Trying to figure out if food allergy testing is covered under my insurance. Skin testing is definitely not but no one can seem to figure out if the blood testing is covered. Not going to bother paying $40 to see a specialist just to be told “Whoops, sorry, it’s actually not covered and will be $500+.”
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    Rave: Looking forward to this weekend already. I’m planning to treat myself.

  • Rave: Did the gym last night. I almost didn’t go because I started to get all nervous about not knowing what to do, where to start, or any of that, but I went anyway. So I’m proud of myself.
    Rant: Since all the equipment was full, I went with the stationary bike. I rode 5 miles. My ass was numb.
    Rave: Partner’s best bud will take me to the gym to show me some stuff. He knows what he’s doing, and it will help to just have a little more confidence.
    Rant: How is it that I can have all the confidence an adult should have, but when thrown into a new situation I feel like a goddamn teenager again?!

  • Rave – Planning a trip to Iceland later this year is an excellent distraction from this heat.
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    Rant – My job. I’ve been trying and failing to get a new one for over a year now. It’s so discouraging.

    • Feel you on the job. I had great interviews and an offer at a place where I wanted to be, but the salary offer was a no-go. The status quo stinks, but I’m not desperate enough to take a pay cut.

    • I know the feeling! I’ve been applying for about a year as well and it has been really discouraging. But I am in the offer stages for a great new job so there is hope. Just keep pushing and talk to as many people as you can. Good luck!!

    • I heard a really good way to think about it: all you can do is apply and judge yourself on that. It’s not in your hands how people respond to you, but what’s in your hands is what you yourself send out.

      That’s what I keep telling myself.

  • Rave: Spectacular weekend. Stayed in a funky converted barn on the property of a twice-widowed, thrice married slightly eccentric Alabaman (we bonded because my mother’s “people” are from Huntsville and she had family there, and because we both drink martinis) who has peacocks roaming the yard, five rescue thoroughbreds in her paddock and an eccentric eye for interior decorating. Probably my best day racing ever — despite the heat — on Sunday with the team winning the overall trophy and m,y boats winning three races, including a half-second win over the hated arch-rivals. Recovered from the heat by sipping pink wine by the swimming pool.

    Rant: Coming back to reality on a hot rush-hour drive over the Bay Bridge late for work.

    • Were the peacocks really noisy? The barn I rode at in college had neighbors with roaming peacocks and they made the strangest loud noises.

      • The occasionally let out a random shriek, which took some getting used to, but they were generally pretty calm and refrained from waking us up too early.

        • This reminds me of the first dig I went on. They housed us at an agricultural college outside of Lincoln, and they had roaming peacocks. They were SO noisy and would attack car mirrors. They were pretty cool to watch though!

        • I actually went to high school down the street from Janet Reno’s Miami residence and she kept peacocks on her property. Occasionally someone would call the police to report a child being attacked somewhere in the vicinity… it was always her peacocks shrieking.

        • We had peacocks and guinea fowl growing up – they were great watchdogs (watch-fowl?) letting us know when anything was stirring nearby.

  • Rant: A blocked vent in the freezer resulted in not enough cold air getting to the refrigerator and most of the food spoiling. Ugh.
    Rant: This election season is getting to me. I wish we could actually have a civilized event instead of people acting petulant.
    Rave: We got to see the baby bunny on ultrasound yesterday and hear the heartbeat. That really makes everything better in life.
    Rave: We went to lunch at The Happy Tart in Falls Church and their new lunch crepes were everything I needed in life yesterday.

    • I was wondering how their crepes are – thanks for sharing! I will have to check them out soon.

      • The dressing on the side salad that it came with was probably the best part. It was a truly amazing concoction that I wish they would bottle for sale.

    • I ate crepes weekly when I was pregnant. It was one of my more delicious pregnancy cravings.

      So glad you got to hear the bunny’s heartbeat.

  • emvee

    Rave: Michelle Obama and Cory Booker. I know everyone’s said it, but damn, that woman is eloquent, graceful, classy, inspiring and I’m going to miss her and her family dearly.
    Rave: Bacio’s gluten free pizzas. I hadn’t been in months, and it’s still just as amazing as it was before we moved across town.
    Query: I had a lot of misses last summer with optometrists and am reaching that point of the year where I need to go back (running out of contacts). Does anyone have a recommendation for a solid optometrist or ophthalmologist in the city?

  • Rant: Three more days in NYC.
    Rave: Looking forward to getting back to “real life” and setting up my new apartment. I haven’t seen most of my stuff in over a year so I’m looking forward to going through everything.
    Rant: Fiance on a five day hiking trip with his brother without phone service. While I’m glad he has other people to do this stuff with (I hate it), I miss him and I worry about them.
    Rant: Have to do a 12 mile run tonight. Not sure how I’m going to make that happen in this heat.

  • Rave: Sarah Silverman. Right on.
    Rant: Back from vacation. Blargh.

    • HaileUnlikely

      A wise man once said, “No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” [Undoubtedly applies to all; gendered language in original]

      • Ain’t that the truth. It’s 10:30, and I JUST finished making a detailed list of the things that I have to do that have been deferred from last week. Not to be confused with the things I was going to have to do this week anyway. Plus, I’m not having lobster or oysters AT ALL today. (God, I love Maine.) My pants are too tight (see aforementioned menu from last week), my reflux is in overdrive (ditto), and I have conference calls all afternoon, so a nap is unlikely. Worst day of the year.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: It’s not fair for me to complaint, but it feels like every time my mom says she’ll do something for other people it ends up costing me money.
    Rant: don’t understand why there’s a $30 difference between a 10″ cake ($55) and a 12″ cake ($85). Do economies of scale not apply to cakes?
    Raves: Good exchange with friend yesterday. Sounds like she’s coming out of her own funk.

    • What in the world kind of cake are you buying? Do cakes usually cost that much? The 10″ cakes at Whole Foods are like, $30.

    • Actually, the cost per square inch of the larger cake is slightly lower, 1.33 cents vs. 1.42 cents.

      • I think you got your numerators and denominators mixed up. The area of the 10″ pie is 78.54 inches(sq); the area of the 12″ pie is 113.1 inches(sq). Based on your cost numbers, the pies would have cost $111.53 and $150.42, respectively.

        • This is why I never became an engineer. The correct cost is .7 cents per square inch for the smaller cake and .75 for the larger meaning that WF does not pass along whatever economies of scale it realizes to the customer.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I wonder if the 12″ cake might also be very slightly thicker than the 10″ cake. To any baker that may be reading this – do 10″ cake pans and 12″ cake pans typically have the same depth?

          • That One Guy

            Hadn’t thought about the height of the cake so that could contribute to the price difference.

          • Cake diameter shouldn’t change the thickness.
            — home baker who occasionally makes large tiered cakes

    • HaileUnlikely

      That’s odd – I don’t know if I can think of a single other example of a food item for which the price per unit food is higher for a larger size than for a smaller size.
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      That said, this is a very small discrepancy. Assuming equal thickness, a 12″ cake is 44% more cake than a 10″ cake. If the 12″ cake were the same price per unit cake as the 10″ cake, it would be $79.20. (Actually maybe a little less, because the difference in surface areas and thus frosting quantities is slightly less than the differences in the volume of cake fill, but you get the idea, the difference in the quantity of the cake is greater than the difference in diameters.)

      • Maybe oven space & time, plus general customer demographics is a factor? If you can fit 10, 10 inch cakes through one baking cycle you make $550.00 But perhaps the oven will only hold 6 12-inch cakes, so you’re only making $510.00. Plus WF customers are probably more likely to buy the smaller cake. Though you’re also paying a bit more labor costs, as frosting 10 cakes takes more time than 6. (The extra total square inches are negligible.)

        • HaileUnlikely

          Good point. Opposite of economies of scale in that regard.
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          Not sure why the pricing structure would be fundamentally different than pizzas though. Pizzas go in ovens, too; big pizzas take up more space than small pizzas; and it takes more time to assemble more pizzas than it takes to assemble fewer pizzas virtually independent of their size (within the range of sizes of pizzas that would actually be offered at the same establishment), and larger pizzas are almost always a significantly better deal in terms of cost per square inch than smaller pizzas.

  • Bear

    Rant: Good lord, being pregnant in the heat sucks. I’m so glad I’m only 5 months and it will have cooled off by the time I’m really big.
    Rant: Feeling very unmotivated at work. There’s just so much going on with refinancing, finding contractors, prepping for baby…it’s hard to stay focused. My brain can only process so much information at once.
    Rave: I think we’re going to get a really good rate on the refi. Even if our appraisal comes in low it will be well worth it.
    Rave: So many tomatoes and peppers coming in…now I just hope that whatever killed one of the plants doesn’t spread to the rest of them!

  • Rave: Michelle Obama. Can’t she please also be Hillary’s FLOTUS????

  • Rant: The knife attack in Japan. Yet another day in what has been a heartbreaking few weeks.
    Rant/Rave?: SO and I decided to go vegetarian in light of his recent gouty attack and his family history of gout. We’ve already decided Thanksgiving and Christmas are cheat days. 😛

    • emvee

      SO and I have have gone full vegetarian for all meals at home, and I try to be vegetarian when I can at restaurants (that can be tricky with a gluten allergy). We’re hoping to go to Argentina for vacation, though, so that will be a cheat few days…

      You save money not buying meat and are considerably reducing your carbon footprint, if that’s of any importance to you! Good luck!

      • That sounds similar to our approach. We also decided we can eat meat/seafood on vacation, and if we go to a friend’s place for dinner or something we won’t be picky. We had been talking about doing it for environmental reasons for a while and the gout was just what pushed us into actually doing it so yes, that’s definitely important to us. Thanks!! 😀

  • hammers

    rant: went to the hometown to see emotionally manipulative mother. it didn’t go well. but only one fight/breakdown. no thanks for making the drive and doing any work. though that was not expected.
    rave: smartly decided to make a night seeing old high school friends in nearby metropolis. stayed in an absurdly fancy (for us) hotel and really enjoyed it.
    rant: the bill. HOLY FREAKING HECK this weekend almost cost a grand. AAAHHHHHH.
    rave: supportive partner
    rant: spiraling depression and acid reflux
    rant: Power went out last night, and the room heated up to at least 250 fareinheit.
    rant: work. Applied to another job and not selected for interviews, again.

    • I’m sorry about the mom issues, but glad you got to have some friend time at least!

    • Aw hammers! You and your SP are welcome to come over anytime for dinner/drinks/just to cool down, if you need it! I’m thinking of you and sending you happy thoughts!

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I just don’t feel like working. When will I get my motivation back?
    Rave: Loving Stranger Things, so 80s and so weird.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant: Normal summer TV time mode was with always somewhat addled Lizzy snoozing on the inflow side of the floor fan and Lucy on the outflow. Last night Lucy was on the inflow side. I’m trying not to overthink this.
    Rant: Reading on Facebook this morning about the dog in Falls Church who died after being left in a hot car outside of PetSmart while the owner was away for an extended period of time. What is wrong with people? Seriously, some people just should not be allowed to have animal companions.
    Rant: I thought I had done my first six month self-assessment but apparently I just input my “goals”. Fun time this week to complete the entire year in what is a pointless exercise.

    • That story broke my heart too. I wonder if she was actually IN PetSmart, and if so, why in the world didn’t she take her dog inside with her? I cut the walk for my two short last night because I was worried about them being outside for too long at all, let alone in a hot car. So sad.

  • Rave: down five pounds in five weeks, even with a number of indulgences.
    Rant: I left for two hours last night and when I got home DOG didn’t just want to not go outside, he looked like he thought I was going to punish him for something. I don’t know what’s going on, but I feel like a progressively worse dog mom.
    Rave: my copy of Rocky Mountain Tree Finder arrived. Nerdcation is coming soon.

  • Rant: Super-frustrating study visit that has eaten up all my time today
    Rave: AC. I am not exaggerating when I say I would die without it in weather like this.
    Rant: In a lousy mood
    Rave: Had a wonderful night’s sleep last night, which makes today’s lousy mood confusing.

  • Rant: DC Landlords do not allow pets, like no one!
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    I love the house that I am in, I share it with amazing housemates. However, our landlord does not allow pets. I am convinced that having a dog will actually help me out, dogs can relieve stress and anxiety which I have a lot of. Can anyone recommend what to do in this sort of situation? I don’t want to move at all, and I don’t want to move.

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