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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  • Rave: Had a wonderful weekend with just enough alone time, just enough social time, and almost enough resting time.
    Rant: Guy from Tinder I was hopeful about I still haven’t met and am no longer hopeful about. If he asks me on a date when he returns to DC this week I might say no thanks.
    Rant: Didn’t want to get up this morning. I keep waking up multiple times in the night and it’s very annoying.

    • I sometimes think we might be the same person. Your second two rants are my rants as well!!!!!!

      • Still haven’t tried Tinder yet. May have to resort to it! What’s up though with guys messaging but not asking you out?

        • Tinder is definitely fun but has only yielded one actual date ever for me (far less than OkCupid). I think people find it more amusing than serious. And I have no clue what’s up with guys! They baffle me.

          • Funny enough, a few years ago I posted in the Craigslist dating section. I’d usually get 100+ emails and the majority of them were creepers, but the site did net a few decent dates and one short-term relationship. I stopped using the site when I noticed diminishing returns. I’ve had half a dozen decent dates with OKC but I’ve just been skittish about meeting people from Tinder (I realize that makes no sense when I was meeting people from CL)

          • Ive been on several tinder dates – I think like 4? But, to be honest, its too hard to keep up the messaging with folks you haven’t met IRL, and, given everyone’s schedules, if you don’t meet right away, it just wont happen.

            haven’t tried OKC, but may do.

          • Ok, almost time to try Tinder and OkC. The other apps just haven’t led to enough decent dates yet. Def not trying Craigslist, but glad it worked for you, Cupcakes. Yeah, things fizzle real quickly if you don’t meet up right away.

          • Haha, I wasn’t suggesting anybody use CL. I’m just amused at my success rate from various platforms.

      • I’ve been doing that waking up nonsense for the last few nights. Hopefully we’ll all get good rest tonight!

  • Rave: I hear the theme song from Mission Impossible in my head looking at the squirrel pic……
    Rant: Back at work with nothing to look forward to after 2 weeks in Europe and a lovely weekend in rural Maryland. bummer

  • Rant: we are supposed to get married at Chez Billy next June. Closing permanently, closing temporarily, dumpling place?? I don’t know what to think, or do. If Chez Billy is technically still in existence and can serve us I don’t know whether that constitutes breaking the contract we signed in March. I emailed the GM and hoping to get more information so we can make an informed decision.
    Rave: in the scheme of things I guess this is a minor rant.

    • skj84

      I don’t think that’s a minor rant, even in the grand scheme of things. I hope the GM get back to you as soon as possible so you can make alternate plans.

    • You can now have the Pokemon-themed, dumpling-catered wedding of your dreams.

    • I agree that that’s not a minor rant. If the decor and food won’t the same as what you signed the contract for, I would argue to break the contract (if they try to say it’s still valid) because you’re not getting what you signed for. I’m sorry, at least you’ve got time, but that is really crappy.

  • Rave: Cappy’s Crabs.

  • Rave: Lovely, restful, nourishing weekend of friends, family, and good food.
    Rave: Feeling powerful and ready to kick some a#@ this week.

  • Revel: Just bought $58 worth of school supplies at office Depot for $10. Cheap Ticonderoga pencils ftw!
    Rant : the fact that I have to buy supplies to begin with
    Rant: I go back to work next week
    Revel: Hershey Park tomorrow!

  • Rave: Got an award at work on Friday. Nothing major, but it’s nice to have some recognition.
    Rant: This has apparently triggered some emotions with my co-worker. She found out about the award before I did on Friday and barely spoke two words to me. She’s tight with the person who processes the awards and knew about it ahead of time, so that explained the silent treatment. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do here. I refuse to apologize for getting recognition for going above and beyond for work, and it sucks to not be able to feel proud of myself too.
    Mega Rant: Dyed my hair and it went horribly, horribly wrong. It is way too dark and very splotchy. I’m going to spend the week washing it 5 times a day in attempt to get it to fade because I just don’t have the time to go to the salon to get it fixed this week.
    Family Funnies: While watching RuPaul’s Drag Race with the kids, I discovered that the oldest in the family is both too old to allow some of the raunchier jokes to go over his head, but too young to understand them. Queue the question of “What do they mean by ‘top’ and ‘bottom’?” Now THAT was an interesting conversation for a Sunday evening.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: finally got my Rx the coupon was honored.
    Rave: Finally transferred my drivers license to DC, maybe now I’ll get called for jury duty.
    Rant: busy day at work.

    • Strangely enough, I’ve had a DC drivers license since 2011 and I have yet to be called for jury duty. It would feel like a vacation for me though!

      • I have always wanted to serve on a jury and have never. been. called. What’s a girl gotta do? Have had a DC license since 2008.

    • I still have my license in Illinois, and I have been called for jury duty in DC. It may be based on voter registration.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I’ve been registered to vote since I moved here and never got called up. What is the magic word to get called up??

        • I’m pretty sure you can seek to volunteer for jury duty, even if not called? You could look into it if you’re that enthusiastic. My experiences (served once and called multiple times in 9 years) haven’t been very positive.

      • maxwell smart

        It’s not based on voter registration

        • What is it based on?

        • from dccourts. gov
          “Jurors are selected from lists of registered District of Columbia voters, persons who have obtained driver’s licenses or identification cards from the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles, records provided by the D.C. Department of Tax and Revenue, and public assistance rolls”

          • So, it sounds like it is, in part, based on voter registration. Oddly enough, my wife and I have lived in DC for 7 years and neither of us has ever been called for jury duty.

        • Some of it must be. I was registered to vote, never had an ID or DL from DC, but was called for jury duty.

    • My husband and I got our DLs and registered to vote, together, on the same day well over a decade ago. I’m called for jury duty like clockwork, every two years. He has never been called ONCE. Oh, DC, you’re so silly!

      • I think they keep going back repeatedly to the people who are reliable, within the constraints of the 2 year time limit. It’s the same reason DPW will enforce tight restrictions on garbage cans and levy fines only in certain neighborhoods (i.e., where people have money). The city bureaucracy learns to keep going after the same individuals over and over again.
        I got a jury summons sent to my old house. My old roommate gave it to me a few months AFTER I was supposed to show up for service. I ended up losing the notice, never called to reschedule, etc. Basically, I dropped the ball. It’s been 4 years and I still have yet to receive another jury summons. Since then, my address has changed 3 times.

      • Same as your husband (though I lived in VA 2008-2011, which may have confused them).

    • leftcoastsouthpaw

      Just like WDC, I’m called in every 2 years without fail. Unfortunately I’ve never made it on to a jury.

      • Me neither. I’ve only made it to voir dire once, and was dismissed by the defense when I said I had a college degree.

  • Bear

    Rave: Painting nearly done, aside from some minor fixes they’ll need to come back to finish. It looks so much better!
    Rave: In the process of locking in a great rate on our refinance. We’ll be able to finance a bunch of renovations and our monthly payment will only go up a little (assuming the house appraises for what we expect it to).
    Rant: Our house has been, and will continue to be, in a constant state of flux as we redo rooms, clean out closets, etc. I’d like at least a few weekends to just be able to chill before the baby comes.

    • Bear

      Oh, and a question for red line riders – how was the commute today? I’m working from home so I didn’t experience it myself. I am on the red line between Union Station ad Farragut, usually before the rush hour madness really picks up, but I’m wondering if I should plan to work from home more this week.

      • skj84

        It went surprisingly well for me. Granted I did the reverse commute from Metro Center to Bethesda, but there wasn’t much crowding, trains ran on time, and there was no stopping in the tunnel. I got on around 8:15am.

      • I avoided the red line altogether by busing to the green/yellow, but I saw reports on twitter that it wasn’t terrible, especially earlier before the 8am rush

      • Quotia Zelda

        My commute down the west side of the RL was fine.

      • Around 5:40-5:45 this morning I waited 10 min for a train at Noma headed to Farragut North. Hoping to get out of here early enough to avoid rush hour this afternoon.

      • I avoided public transport all together and took an UberPool from Takoma to Farragut. It was quick and easy (possibly because I left at 7:30 am). The other two people in the Pool with me had waited for 20 minutes for a SG bound train and then gave up.

        • Allison

          The 63 bus this morning from Takoma to Federal Triangle was great!

          • Good to know! I was afraid it’d be super crowded since they didn’t add any extra buses to the route this week.

          • Allison

            I got on the bus at 7:00, so at that time it was fine (definitely got more crowded further down the line once we got to the petworth area.) Not sure about other, later times.

          • I saw that they’re adding additonal S9 express buses.

        • According to the WMATA website the expanded S9 service is only during mid-day hours. There’s no expanded bus service from Takoma (the S9 doesn’t go to Takoma).
          “Enhanced weekday rush hour service will be provided on Metrobus 80, G8, P6, and Y7.
          Enhanced midday service will be provided on MetroExtra S9 limited stop service.”

          • Ah. I missed that. I just saw it on the scrolly thing on my bus stop this morning. Good that they’re expanding rush hour service on the 80 though. That bus is always packed as it is around 4:30-5pm. I try to avoid it if at all possible.

  • Rave: SUCH a great weekend–was so awesome to catch up with my cousin. And she got up with my kids both days to spend time with them & let us sleep, too, which was also awesome πŸ™‚
    Rave: Love that photo above. Squirrels are so wily!
    Rave: So grateful that mtpbaby is feeling better. He is back to his smiley, giggly, bouncy self. Though man does he want to get into EVERYTHING in a way his big sister never did.
    Rant: Mtpkiddo was up with some kind of discomfort we couldn’t figure out last night. Poor thing did not sleep well. Fingers crossed we can get her to bed early today.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Nice, quiet vacation in New England.
    Rave: Looking forward to a conference later this week.
    Rave: Visiting my parents in September has gotten me out of some things that I don’t really want to attend but would feel obligated to (NOT the picnic, Emily! I’m sad to miss that). Oh sorry, I can’t go to your event that weekend because I’m visiting my dad who has cancer. No one can argue with that!

  • rave: had a great weekend catching up with friends I haven’t seen in a long time. One guy friend is going to propose to his gf, which is awesome.
    rant: tons of violence in DC this weekend. I don’t even know what it will take to curb the shootings, but Im feeling powerless about it.
    Rave: now-cast suggests Hill is up; Khan family story may have stuck?

    Q: did anyone else get a letter from a renewable energy supplier asking if you want to switch to renewable energy?

  • That One Guy

    Did anyone check out the stink plant the last time it was in bloom? How bad was it?

    • I was so excited to smell the stink, but was disappointed it didn’t open over the weekend, and I don’t really have time to see it this week. If you smell it, please report back, That One Guy!

    • We went to see it several years ago, and I don’t remember it being that bad.

    • I went a couple years ago when it was supposedly blooming, though past peak bloom. The stench wasn’t that bad. I thought Durian fruit smell worse.

      • Quotia Zelda

        Ugh, durian. I know people say it tastes better than it smells, but THEY LIE.

        The other week, the couple in front of me at Great Wall bought a $65 durian. Not a choice I would make.

      • A few years ago when I was in line for check-in at the Bangkok airport, I was looking at the big flat-panel screens that were displaying a progression of slides listing the security rules, with corresponding line drawings. There was a screen saying “No guns or explosives,” a screen saying “No flammable items,” a screen saying “No knives or sharp objects”… and then a screen saying “No durian.”
        I got a kick out of that. πŸ™‚

        • Both hotels in which I stayed in Bangkok expressly prohibited durian in the rooms. After trying some, and smelling it, I wholeheartedly concurred. It’s terrible.

          • I had a friend visiting from Asia this summer, and she couldn’t get over how good our grocery stores smelled. I even took her to PanAm market, which is great for produce but on my god their meat/fish section stinks so bad. And my friend said “Nope, not as bad as Asian markets– there’s no durian smell!”

    • When I saw the one three years ago, I was disappointed because it didn’t stink at all.
      This time around, I was reading that the plant emits the stink for only about 24-48 hours after it opens. Maybe I caught it too late last time around — I don’t remember whether it had already been in bloom for a while.

  • Andie302

    Rave: Productive visit from boyfriend parents yesterday. His dad helped us hang a second bike from our ceiling, put up some wine glass storage, change out some damaged bi-fold doors in our basement, and install a nest in the basement too.
    Rave: Excellent dinner afterwards at All Purpose. It was our first visit there and I can’t wait to go back!
    Rave: Fun weekend all around – lots of time with friends, in a tube, entertaining, relaxing – and then sleeping approximately 10 hours last night…which was glorious in and of itself.
    No rants today!

  • skj84

    Rant: made an attempt at reconciliation with the guy I was seeing, but things are done. We are at different stages in our lives. So bummed. I really liked him, we had a great connection, but he has major baggage. Maybe another time.
    Rave: Good friends to pick me up. Have a sleepover with my best friend planned for Friday. Wine, Pizza and mani’s on the docket.
    Rant: I’m pretty sure my dentist is pushing an unneeded crown on me. I’m not feeling any discomfort in the tooth, nor did they do x-rays at my cleaning. I’m really not on board with dropping $600 if it’s not a needed procedure.

    • Can you get a second opinion? My wife’s dentist (and now mine) is amazing. He isn’t in-network with anyone, but they will file insurance paperwork for you if you have out-of-network coverage. Name is Dr. Pukatch & his office is right by Farragut Square.

      • skj84

        I’m going to get a second option before going forward. I may check out Dr. Pukatch, it sounds like he is near my office.

      • My dentist – Dr Spiegelman – is in the same office. I saw Dr Pukatch when my dentist was away. I’d second mtpresident’s recommendation for Dr Pukatch (and his partner Dr Spiegleman)

    • I’m sorry about your first rant. That always sucks. But your Friday plans sound wonderful!

    • Wow – who is doing a crown for only $600.00? $1,500.00 seems about the least I’ve found in this area.

      • HaileUnlikely

        A recent Consumer Checkbook evaluation of dentists found that charges for identical procedures varied by roughly a multiple of 5.

  • Rave: Nice date with fun, intelligent, normal guy, Fri evening
    Rant: Text on Sun night that he’s getting more serious with someone but he had a nice time meeting up with me. At least he had the decency to NOT ghost! The dating in D.C. quest continues. ARGH!

    • Arg! I’m glad he at least told you. (I can’t date multiple people at once for the life of me, so I forget other people do that. This is a good reminder!)

      • Glad to provide the reminder πŸ™‚
        Yeah, that’s how it goes these days, with online dating….

        • I never understood putting all your eggs in one basket. I’m not advocating full blown haram status, but going on dates and hanging out with a couple people seems reasonable. Gotta kiss some frogs before you found the prince(ss).

          • It’s reasonable for some people, I just get exhausted if I’m trying to meet with a couple people at once (ambivert here, like company, but multiple dates per week with different people would absolutely kill me).

          • Afraid I might run out of eggs one day…(ten years?) So yes, definitely going on dates with different guys in the same week! Good point about the frogs. And it is exhausting but a necessary exhausting.

  • Rant: Spent most of my weekend hospitalized due to the worst migraine ever – couldn’t see, could barely speak, doc were afraid I was throwing clots and/or having a stroke or TIA. One of the scariest and most painful hospitalizations ever. And I’ve been hospitalized a lot for a lot of things!
    Rave: Kind and loving yoga teacher who helped me walk back from class when she could see I could barely hold myself up. Wonderful, amazing roomie who helped me stay calm, got me to the ED, and stayed by my side the whole time they were doing tests and admitting me. Wonderful doctors who let me cry when I couldn’t form words anymore and who reassured me (even if they weren’t 100% sure themselves) that everything was going to be ok, and wonderful friends who checked in on me and even gave me a lift home when i was released. I am so thankful for the circle of friends and good people I have around me.
    Minor Rant: I’m still sick, but that’s to be expected. So I’m working from home today and feeling grateful for a boss who lets me work from home when I’m sick.

    • OMG, I am SO SORRY, LBP. I can’t even imagine the pain, since my worst migraine ever was so bad I couldn’t open my eyes for about 6 hours (but also couldn’t sleep) but I could talk and didn’t go to the hospital. I can’t imagine. [How did you know it was time to go? This is one of my fears since I live alone and don’t have anyone to call in an emergency except 911.]
      I’m glad you’re feeling better and you had someone there to support you.

      • Thanks, FridayGirl – I knew it was time to go to the hospital after I had thrown up for the fifth time and didn’t have anything left to throw up but my body kept wanting me to anyway. I was afraid I was going to get too dehydrated and then my systems would shut down. Plus, while I’ve had migraines that have sent me to the hospital before, I’ve never had ones quite this bad and I was really afraid I was going to stroke out or have some sort of seizure or other brain damage – I don’t know, I’m not a doctor, but I just knew I needed to go see actual doctors!

        • Wow, that is incredibly, incredibly scary. I’m really glad you’re home and doing okay. And it puts things in perspective for me. Goodness.

      • FridayGirl–yikes on the potential lack of someone to call in an emergency. The Jewish mother in me can’t help but to offer my contact info in case you need someone. Feel free to email me at mtpresident.popville at gmail to connect for my real contact info in case you need someone sometime.

      • I Dont Get It

        YIKES! Scary stuff! Glad you are feeling a little better!

    • Andie302

      So glad you are well enough to be home! Hoping that you get some answers to what’s going on and getting some relief!

    • How frightening! Hope you’re feeling better. *hugs*

    • That sounds horrible – glad you had some good folks supporting you.
      Which hospital were you at? Always good to know where the good emergency rooms are.
      Friend takes THC pills for his migraines. Only thing that works.

    • skj84

      That is so scary LBP. I’m glad you are feeling better.

    • Holy crap, that sounds terrifying.

    • Wow. That is awful. I’m so sorry. Glad to hear you are feeling a bit better, but really hope you are further on the mend soon. What an exhausting and terrifying experience.

    • Oh my goodness, how terrifying! I am glad you’re feeling better and I’m glad that you are aware enough to have gotten the help you needed. HUGS.

    • Yikes – what a frightening experience! Hope you’re feeling better soon.

    • Thanks everyone! Knowing you were/are rooting for me helps! On a related note, does anyone have a neurologist they can recommend? The person I was advised to see isn’t available until March. That’s not going to work for me, I don’t think πŸ™

      • I have seen Guinevere Que at GW. She is okay but there are probably better doctors at GW for severe migraines. They do have a large (and seemingly quite advanced) neurology department, though, so I’d suggest giving them a call and asking if anyone can see you soon. (I think I had to wait about 2 weeks for an appointment when I last called. Could be better, could be worse.)

      • I see Dr. Rhanni Herzfeld at the Neurology Center on 21st and K. She’s great and it was fairly easy getting an appointment with her (though this was a couple years ago).

    • Glad you are better and home!

    • That is so scary! I’m so sorry you went through that, but also glad to hear you have a great support network. Hope you start feeling better very soon!

    • I’m happy you’re home and doing better. It sounds like that was horrifying, but that you had great support.

    • binntp

      How terrifying! I’m glad you’re on the mend, LBP.

  • Jury duty coming up on Thursday. Sort of looking forward to it, at least as a change of pace, and a day out of the office. I had gone a long while without ever being selected for a jury, but the last couple times I’ve been called, I did get selected, so don’t know what to hope for.

    Maybe the ideal would be to get selected and have to report Friday, but then have the case get settled on Friday, too late to have to go to the office….

  • Rant: Visited D.C.’s 311 website and realized that my request of a couple weeks ago did NOT appear on the map. Downloaded the 311 app on my phone and it won’t let me login. Can login on the laptop though. What the heck…I want to login to follow my request(s).

    Rave: Hiked with a friend – Rock Creek Park is such a great treasure!
    Rave: Had a lovely discussion at bookclub, with some fellow great gals
    Rave: Brought a friend to Meridian Hill Park for her first time (rant: none of the fountains were on! she wasn’t very impressed – though I still love the park)
    Rant: While sitting down chatting on a bench at Meridian Hill Park, catching up, a man came up to us and started chatting about how his parents were in the Black Panthers (I said something innocuous like “that’s really neat”). We didn’t really engage with him but he told us about living nearby on Belmont St. and how ‘these days it’s a more Sophisticated Racism.’ He looked all funny at us as he said that and walked away. We looked at each other quizzingly and asked, “did he just call us sophisticated racists?” despite the fact that we’re merely two women sitting down minding our own business. WEIRD and uncalled for!
    Rave: The papusas at Judy’s and the cinnamon ice cream at Love ‘n Faith Cafe
    Rave: Friend brought me over a couple jasmine flowers (very small) from his mom’s garden. Placed them near my bedside and slept soundly with such a pleasant smell

    • What kind of request was your 311 request?
      I find that when I place sanitation-related 311 requests, they’re closed out almost immediately (usually within two days)… and DPW opens a _new_ service request to assign the actual task to the sanitation people.

      • Hi, it was a request to fix the crosswalk lights. Still not functioning properly. I just wait for the red light to know it’s safe to cross but many people depend on the crosswalk!

        • There are SO many crosswalk lights out. I saw at least three near Capitol Hill on Saturday while I was out and I was going to put in a request when I got home but then I couldn’t remember where they were :/

        • Ugh, that sucks. Try resubmitting the 311 request and referencing the original service request number. And/or e-mail DDOT and cc your councilmember, MOCR rep, and ANC SMD rep,

          • Yes! I did resubmit it. My original request was made by phone while walking to the bus stop…so I didn’t write down the original service number. The weird thing is that the light is on – it just never turns to ‘walk’. Great idea about messaging DDOT and cc your councilmember, MOCR rep, and ANC SMD rep. It may come to that. Wish the phone app actually let me log on. It never allows the ‘password’ part to show up so I can enter it….thus my submissions at night via laptop (when I forget what 311 call I was going to make)

          • I haven’t used the mobile version of the new DC 311 site, but every time I use the regular desktop website recently, it’s made me change my password.
            I wonder who’s getting kickbacks for the contract to redesign the 311 site/app. Whoever redesigned it screwed a bunch of things up; the previous version was much better.

          • Meant “every time I’ve used”

  • Getting a strong and disturbing Fargo vibe from this pic

  • Rant- too much to do too little time!
    Rave- heading to Spain for 2 weeks!
    Query- any recommendations for things to do places to stay in Madrid and Barcelona? Any suggestions for a third stop or day trip from these two cities? Thanks in advance!

    • Barcelona:

      Sitges is a cool town outside of Barcelona, easily accessible by train.

      Don’t waste too much time around Las Ramblas, hit up whatever museums and the market, but dip out after that. Universitat (area at that metro stop), Eixample, Barrio Gotico, and Barceloneta are nice neighborhoods that we spent a lot of time in but Gracia was our favorite – so many good restaurants, bars, and shops and its way more of a locals spot than other places.

      As far as specific restaurants and bars, Yelp actually steered us to some great non-tourist spots. Tickets is an incredible experience.

    • I love Madrid-the Prado is fantastic. Mercado San Miguel for great small snacks from all the vendors.
      I love visiting the markets in Barcelona–La Boqueria. I would suggest getting tickets ahead of time if you plan to visit the Sagrada Familia

    • I also recommend Sitges, and the beach there is great. If you want more amazing beaches, the Costa Brava is wonderful once you get past the commercialized part just north of Barcelona. You’ll find a mix of small, cove-like beaches and some larger ones but they aren’t that developed. Some are by picturesque towns and others have ruins to explore.
      Toledo and Segovia are great day trips from Madrid. Toledo has an amazing cathedral and preserved Jewish and Moorish architecture so you get a sense of how the three cultures co-existed. Segovia is lovely, especially the Romanesque churches and famous Roman aqueduct.

    • leftcoastsouthpaw

      I would highly recommend Uma for dinner. It probably was the best meal of my life.


    • In Barcelona, eat at Cal Pep. No reservations however, and you have to go early and line up.

  • Rave: I survived the first morning commute from the new house.
    Rant: I hate moving – there are boxes everywhere. It is going to take us at least a month to get settled.
    Rave: I own a house even if its squeaky floors belong mostly to the bank at this point.
    Rant: Moving, transitioning Baby Artie to his own room, and getting up earlier than I’m used to mean that I am so so tired today.
    Rave: Baby Artie will not have to spend his formative years sleeping in a broom closet.

    • Andie302

      Congrats! That’s so exciting!!!

    • Congrats on the move! But Artie would have been fine wherever you stashed him, it worked out ok for Harry Potter, right? πŸ˜‰

    • When we have company, I move one of my kids out of her room and into a (pretty large) closet. She LOVES it. It’s always a fight to get her to move back into her own room. She actually sleeps better in the smaller space, all cozy like a little bear in its den.
      And I spent my first few months sleeping in a bureau drawer, because my parents couldn’t be arsed to get the crib out of storage and re-assembled.
      Baby Artie will be just fine. πŸ™‚

    • Congrats on the move! i hope the transition goes smoothly!

    • Congratulations! That’s awesome!

  • Rave: I declared potential feelings for my friend last night (he told me in June he’d like to consider us as an “us” and I had originally said we were better as friends) — it was an honest conversation and I didn’t expect him to give me an answer, I just wanted him to know, and I was able to let go of the “what if”…

    Rant: He said he didn’t know what he wanted yet. Not outright rejection or saying let’s go for it. The quote “Ambiguity: the devil’s volleyball” is fitting.

    Rave: But, we still stayed out and talked and had a great time, so, no matter what, we’re going to be friends and there’s not anything awkward. Is this called being a grown up? Finally figuring this out in my 40s.

    Rant: Can’t drink like I used to — body doesn’t handle it as well. :/

    Rave: Looking forward to a fun friend-filled week!

    • SinSA, I’m impressed. That sounds like a hard conversation to have, but it apparently went well. Hopefully it goes the way you want it to.

      • Thanks! We’ll see if anything comes of it. If not, it’s moving me that much closer to the relationship I want to be in with someone, right?

  • Rave: I got engaged over the weekend!
    Rave: I was able to keep it a secret from my now fiancee, completely suprising her
    Rave: She said yes!
    Rave: We did it on a hike with some friends so we have pictures of the moment we will be able to cherish for a lifetime
    Rave: I also, unbeknownst to her, was able to fly our parents in to celebrate, making it a wonderful, celebratory weekend

    Lots of raves!!

  • Rave-ish: Although I had in mind a half-bushel of peaches, I wrote bushel of peaches on orchard shopping list. That’s a LOT of peaches! After the weekend, I still have about 3/4 bushel now sitting on my kitchen counter!
    Rave: Peach crumb pie (Pie Academy recipe)!
    Rave: Going to be canning for the first time since I was a kid helping my mom can. Peach preserves, peach butter, peach honey, peach shrub, frozen peaches…other favorite ways of preserving peaches?
    Rave: Being able to use lots of old canning jars – Ball, Kerr, Atlas
    Rant: I haven’t won the lottery yet ~

    • A few weeks ago I ended up with too many peaches. After making Melissa Clark’s Peach Crumble Slab Pie (a BIG hit among my friends) I still had two pounds left, so I made a batch of hand pies and froze them. They reheat beautifully in the toaster oven for an easy breakfast or snack. I used a recipe from Smitten Kitchen, which turned out well, but I’m not sure I’d recommend it because the dough was messy and hard to work with.

  • Rant: Trying to decide if I should continue the gym membership at the on-campus gym. I only use it for cardio equipment, but I also do boot camp and 1x a week personal training. In theory, shouldn’t 4-5 days a week of a mix of cardio/strength in the hour-long class. I’ve tried to get to 20-30 min on the treadmill before my other gym time, but not as often as I’d like because of work. Maybe I should not renew and see how it goes and then retroactively join? gahhh
    Rant: I think we missed any chance of FAFSA because my husband sat on his hands.
    Rave: ummmm….Oh, good netflix stuff coming like luke cage and the defenders!

  • Rant: Neighborhood listserve blew up on Friday because there was a black man on a moped holding a package driving around. You’d have thought Rayful Edmond had just set up shop in front of the school. Police were called, postings about “Do not approach him!” were bandied about, talk of paying for a private security force (no effin’ way) – unbelievable.
    Rave: The new people in the neighborhood (at least the ones that I spoke with, and our friends) were universally scornful/appalled by this behavior, and called it out.
    Rant: Unfortunately, it turns out that he was, in fact, a package thief. So now all the Chicken Littles are feeling smug and justified. They still want to pay a private police force. (I repeat – no effin’ way.)
    Rave: He didn’t get my Jets tickets.

  • topscallop

    Rave: working out regularly the last couple weeks is doing wonders for my mood! However, the fact that BF has lost 10 pounds in a month while I am not seeing a change in the scale is making me jealous. At least I’m feeling more energetic and toned, and motivated to keep it going.
    Rant: work is full of tedious things this week
    Rave: but at least I have my checklist and I know how to do the annoying things – I prefer that to ambiguity
    Rave: foodtrucks for lunch

    • Many of us workout for weight loss and many for mood enhancement. They’re both important! Impressed with your working out regularly. I need to work on that motivation!

  • Rant/Rave: When I went to Home Depot the other day and was going through the self-checkout, the screen asked me toward the end whether I wanted to purchase any bags. I looked more closely at the register and there was a little sign saying something about a bag tax/fee effective July 1, 2016.
    (Rant because I’ve always reused plastic bags as trash can liners. Rave because some people litter with them and pollute the Anacostia, and rave because plastic bags in landfills don’t decompose.)
    Rant: I can’t find any information anywhere about what I assume is a new expansion of D.C.’s bag tax (beyond businesses that serve food or alcohol).
    Rant: While going through the bag-tax-related information on DDOE’s website, I discovered that one of the exceptions to the 5-cent fee is for “Paper bags to take food home from a restaurant that has seating.” That means Sala Thai has erroneously been charging me every time I’ve gotten takeout there.
    Rave: Now I know.

    • Sala Thai can charge whatever it wants for takeout contains, as long as it doesn’t pretend the fee is a tax.

      • I believe the receipt always itemized it as “DC bag fee” or “DC bag tax.”
        The bag law applies to Target because they sell food. Previously, it had not been applicable to places like Home Depot that didn’t sell food.

    • I thought bags were always 5 cents in DC unless it was from a food place? Did they raise the price or have some places just not been complying? (Sidenote: I missed the button on the new Target self-checkouts that asked if you needed bags the other day, then I couldn’t go backwards, then an employee yelled at me for not paying for my bags. I didn’t even see the button and expected it to ask automatically. Went in yesterday and my machine actually asked me this time! They must have changed it…)

      • Oops, I responded to two different posts in a single post.
        What I meant to post in response to FridayGirl was:
        “The bag law applies to Target because they sell food. Previously, it had not been applicable to places like Home Depot that didn’t sell food.”

    • Allison

      Home depot has those refrigerators near the front with drinks, and some candy at checkout. Do you think that qualifies as food and drink so they have to do the tax?

      • I don’t think that’s it — I could’ve sworn the big sticker on the register said something about “effective July 1, 2016,” and something about the D.C. government.
        I didn’t read it closely because I figured that all of the details would be on a D.C. government website. Now I wish I’d snapped a photo with my phone.

  • Rave: resisted temptation of jalapeno cheddar popcorn at Walgreens.
    Rave: Ate my usual lunch.
    Rant: Hypothyroidism leading me to an endocrinologist. I hate doctors.
    Rant: Depression making my thoughts go crazy on me. All sorts of imagined embarrassing moments floating through my head.
    Rave: Seeing therapist on Wednesday. hopefully will sort it out then.
    Rant: Still having moments of weakness in diet. Had a Sprite on Saturday. Didn’t work out like I wanted to yesterday.

  • Rave: Vacation soon!
    Rant: so much to do! I forgot I need to refill my dog’s Rx, but of course the vet isn’t on my way anywhere, so I’ll have to make a trip.
    Rave: Saw my college roomie for the first time in months. She’s such a great person, I wish I could see her more often.
    Rant: dates that get agreed to but never materialize. I’m getting sick of it.
    Huge rant: I am so beyond sick of people saying they won’t support Hillary because [insert thing a different politician that they would vote for agrees with, voted for, takes money from, etc]. Just admit that you’ve blindly bought into the slander.

    • There are plenty of valid reasons to not like her agenda – including her stance on war – that isn’t about accepting slander. I still agree I would vote for her as the least worse alternative compared to Trump. Because I live in DC, and we have an electoral system, and our 3 electoral votes will go to Hilary even if all of us who feel this way don’t vote, I actually may not.

      • I’m not saying there aren’t reasons to dislike her policies, past votes, etc. I am just sick of people who say things like “I wouldn’t vote for her because of her vote for the the Iraq war, but I would vote for Biden.”

        • HaileUnlikely

          I agree with this. I strongly dislike HRC for personal and policy reasons, but will vote for her anyway. I likely would have voted for any of the previous three Republican nominees over her (Bush and Romney definitely, less sure about McCain), but having Trump in the equation changes everything – I will vote for Clinton.

    • I read an excellent piece by a blogger, Shannon Dingle, whose whole raison d’etre is pro-life, pro-family, Christian evangelism stuff. And she laid out in a very lengthy and well-researched piece why Clinton is the candidate for her. Lots of citations of actions Clinton has taken to support families and to reduce the demand for abortion, even as she (Clinton) supports the right to abortion. For every argument against Hillary, the blogger had a response based in her belief system that supported Hillary. If you come across an undecided voter (do those exist anymore?) I bet you could use some of her arguments.

      • HaileUnlikely

        One of my friends is a life-long Republican and virtually a single-issue voter who has always voted for pro-life candidates. He has changed his party affiliation to Democrat and has publicly proclaimed his intention to vote for Clinton. He has very well reasoned arguments based on centuries of writings by philosophers and stuff (he teaches philosophy to aspiring priests in a seminary in another part of the world), but none of that was as compelling to a normal person who isn’t a PhD philosopher as his analogy to Star Wars: “If I have to choose between Jabba the Hutt or the Emperor, and Jabba says he’s pro-life, I’m still not voting for Jabba. I’ll vote for the lawful evil one over the chaotic evil one.”

  • Allison

    Hi guys, sorry I’ve been away for a while. Anyone have any tips on controlling ivy? The former owners of the home we bought in Takoma Park planted it everywhere and I’m worried it’s going to take over all the trees. I spent all weekend cutting it off the trees. (And got stung by a bee as a thanks for my effort.) Am I just going to have to resign to hiring a professional, and if so, any contractor recommendations?

    • I Dont Get It

      No recommendation on the ivy but you have my sympathy. I love my neighbors but hate the fact they planted ivy out front of their house years ago. it’s an ongoing battle to keep it on their side of the fence.

      • Impressed with your fortitude. Remove that invasive plant! Maybe you can pull it out? Might take all day though…Plant some pretty native plants in its place!

    • First step is to do what you’re doing – cut it off trees, also dig it up if it’s in the yard. And keep digging it up until it’s gone.
      Has it taken over yard?
      It definitely can be a DIY project if you have the time and energy to dig it up/cut it off.

      • Allison

        I’m not afraid of work, mostly of creepy crawlies. Goddamn spiders just LOVE ivy. I felt like I was in the Australian outback whacking spiders out of my way all day. And, all I have are pruning shears which don’t seem to be good enough for some of the thickest vines (as thick as my wrist) that need a coping saw!

    • I remember a flyer from Arl. County encouraging people to stop the spread of ivy in woods, by just cutting it off low to the ground and letting the upper part die. Then maybe hit the base with some Roundup?

  • I Dont Get It

    Rant-ishβ€”I think my sister was drunk texting me last night. I don’t think grandmas should be drunk texting.
    Rant: Meeting with managers later today to review my evaluation. I hate these self-assessment things.

  • Random – whatever happened to that man who had his jaw destroyed months ago on the Metro when he was viciously attacked by hooligans? And did they ever catch the perps?

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