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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  • skj84

    Rave: My show is done tomorrow. I look forward to being onstage, and everything, but this has been quite the process!
    Rant: Woke up sick as a dog last night. Was afraid it was food poisoning, but the queasy feeling has passed. Almost as worse as waking up sick, was being semi stuck in my dream, about Harry Potter. I was reading “The Prisoner of Azkaban” before bed and was thought I was Harry being punished by Snape. I kept thinking Gryffindor was about to lose points.

    Happy Hour-It looks like August 15th at Roofers Union is the winning date and place. Is that good for everyone?

  • Rave: Lovely book club with friends last night (over delicious food) followed by crossword and dessert with the fella. Not too bad for Wednesday.
    Rave/rant: Not hearing ‘yes’ from the interview means I haven’t heard ‘no.’ Let’s go with that.
    Revel: I’m happy, healthy, and surrounded by good people. Let’s do this.

  • Rave: The weather made the walk to the metro so pleasant this morning.
    Rave: Baby Artie slept for over six hours during first sleep last night and then woke up twice. Dare I hope we may be nearing the end of the four month sleep regression?
    Rave: My college bestie is coming this weekend. It has been over six months since I last saw her. I am so excited.

    • Ally

      The 4-month was brutal for us. Our 13-month old is finally sleeping through the night but it literally took us 11 months to get there (and finally breaking down and following a sleep plan…we’d been hoping he’d just figure it out on his own, which never happened). Glad you’re getting more sleep now πŸ™‚

      • I really don’t want to have to resort to Ferber/CIO unless we have to do so. He’s way to young for that kind of sleep training any way, but I really hope he gets the hang of sleeping well on his own. We shall see. Can I ask what kind of sleep plan you did?

        • If you don’t mind me chiming in, we used Ferber with mtpkiddo, but not until 8 months. And her sleep had been pretty bad throughout–two wake-ups was a “good” night, and then would have a week here and there with 4+ (4 & 6 month sleep regressions were brutal!). With just a few days/nights (did naps at the same time), she was basically sleeping through–without even needing to nurse (I planned to still let her nurse twice/night and deal with night weaning once I knew she could fall back to sleep on her own).
          Given that success, I had no theoretical qualms doing the same with mtpbaby ex ante. But his bad nights are pretty clearly tied to discomfort–and seems to only wake once/night when he’s not otherwise uncomfortable. So, while he’s 9 months, I haven’t felt the need to sleep train yet, even though he’s still nursing overnight. At some point, I want to get on the ball with being able to put him down for a nap without rocking/nursing, but his naps are generally reasonable once he’s asleep, so that hasn’t been as high a priority either. Hopefully this doesn’t bite me in the butt later on!
          When it comes down to it, sleep issues are only “problems” if they are a problem for you (whether that’s your sleep or concerns that your baby is chronically overtired, etc). So you don’t have to “fix” something unless you think it needs fixing–if that makes sense.

          • This is all good to hear, Mt.P. I’m not opposed to Ferber on a philosophical level (I firmly believe that everyone in family sleeping well ultimately is what is important – there are different ways to get there). I just think CIO would be way harder on me than on Baby Artie, and I fear not having the strength to stick it out, which everyone says will make sleep issues even more problematic. But we shall see if it is necessary (I do agree that it depends on the kid and on the parents), and I definitely wouldn’t want to start until at least the six month mark. Night time sleep (before the sleep regression) hasn’t been that bad for us , but since he hit the four month mark naps at home have become impossible. He sleeps well at daycare but will fight it on weekends (even when he’s clearly exhausted). We are still working on that one.

          • I was a veritable mess. Mtpwife was KEY in implementing the ferber approach (if you’re still reading, thanks honey!). And I was lucky that you can’t hear anything from mtpkiddo’s bedroom from the kitchen, so I was spared the worst of the crying during the daytime. What helped me was having a set plan in advance for how much crying we would tolerate–and how long we would give it before reconsidering if her sleep wasn’t improving. Turns out we didn’t get anywhere near those benchmarks, but it helped me to have decided upon that ahead of time just in case.
            Even Mtpbaby used to sleep better at daycare than at home, though that seems to be evening out now that he sleeps better at home. That was partly a developmental thing–started to get better naps at home in the 6-8 month range. We would joke that we needed the “A” team to help him sleep enough since we clearly weren’t cutting it as the “B” team on the weekends! Hang in there–it should get better!

        • Oh–and if anyone is curious–my favorite health policy blog did a piece on baby sleep this week (also published in The Upshot on NYT): http:// theincidentaleconomist.com/wordpress/ putting-your-baby-to-sleep-some-advice-and-good-news/

  • RAVE: Positive things are happening for a bunch of my close friends! House for my sister and condo for a friend, Pregnant friend is have a girl (FINIALLY- they have 3 boys). New job for parental unit

    RANT: Not so positive things happening for me, Death in the family, Injury that is preventing most exercising, Dental work failed and now have to get more work done, unknown Job situation.

    Working on being happy for everyone else and not tumbling into the black hole

  • Rave: Excited to receive and read a book I funded through kickstarter–Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. Looking forward to sharing with both my daughter (mtpkiddo) and my son (mtpbaby).
    Rave: Mtpkiddo is fascinated by her shadow, and she insists on searching for it whenever we get to a grate in the sidewalk.
    Rave: Better sleep last night for everyone.
    Rave: Making plans to visit dear friends we haven’t seen in far too long–and hoping to see some family in the process!

  • Revel: Somebody’s coming to look at my car today. I reaaally hope they buy it.
    Rant/revel: I’ve hand-addressed 600 postcards to send to various businesses. It’s been super dull but I like extra money.
    Also: I think I’m ready to go back to work. I know I’ll be crazy stressed for the bulk of the year, but sitting around the house day in and day out is really getting to me.

  • Rave/Rant: Might finally be getting a bed upgrade now that I’ve saved money and renewed my lease. But getting new furniture is so expensive and complicated. It’s like “If you give a mouse a cookie…” — if FridayGirl gets a new bed she’s going to need someone to take the old one away, and then she’s going to need to try to schedule delivery for the same loading dock time frame. And then she’s going to need new bedding to go with it, and some storage drawers, etc. And it makes me reconsider every time.
    Rave: No headache today. YEAH!

    • Taking the old bed away should be fairly easy. When I moved in with my wife I sold my bed on craigslist. A family came to look at it, decided they’d take it, and hauled it away! Yes, the delivery for the loading dock is a bit annoying, but it will be worth it when you’re sleeping on a new, comfy bed!

      • Thanks! Yeah, I’m not super keen on craigslist but I’m thinking of posting it on my building’s listserv and then asking the Salvation Army or A Wider Circle to come take it away if there’s no takers. I figure maybe better the slight hassle now than next year when I’d have to adding a moving truck to the mix?

    • If you go all foam, it’ll come in a box. No loading dock needed. I really liked my brimnes frame from Ikea. Drawers are huge.

      • I actually have the brimnes now, but in the daybed version! I love the storage but I’ve found it to be pretty… clunky? I’m thinking that I’d prefer just the mattress foundation from Ikea and just some separate under-bed storage. Or if I was feeling really ambitious, an actual dresser (the one I have is TINY). So many options, so many decisions!

    • Andie302

      Some mattress companies will take away the old mattress at the same time as delivering the new one. I don’t know your budget, but the delivery scheduling/logistics experience as well as the product was great with Saatva! They also have a memory foam division now called Loom & Leaf, if you prefer that. I’m not sure if they take the old mattress, but I’m betting it’s on their website. A new mattress is one of those things that I hate spending money on but once I pull the trigger, it’s glorious!

    • If you live in a residential place that gets regular DC trash pick up, DPW will pick up a mattress if you schedule a bulk trash pick up. You can do it online. I use the bulk service all the time, it’s great.

  • Rave: Today is my Friday. Headed out of town with the boy.
    Rant: Delayed Muscle soreness: worked out was on Monday and I am still super sore and walking around like an old lady. Was in too much pain this morning to make it to the gym and walking up and down stairs is a nightmare.
    Revel: I wish I knew what life was going to be like for me in 6 months. I am never anxious about the future and lately I just want to know what’s going to happen.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, everyone.

    • Have a good long weekend!!

    • Try doing some light cardio to get the blood pumping, I’ve found that helps. Also, next time try working out again before the soreness sets in. I’ve started doing TRX Thursday mornings and boxing at night. At first I thought I would be a mess for boxing, but I felt fine, maybe even better than usual. The first week I was crazy sore Friday morning, but after that, hardly any soreness on Fridays. Last week, I skipped boxing and TRX wasn’t even that hard, and I woke up Friday super sore.

  • Rave: I saw Halsey and Oh Wonder last night. Both were great, but I absolutely loved Halsey’s set and her messages between songs. It was also so nice to see so many LGBTQ teens in the crowd!
    Rant: Teens really like snapchat–is it necessary to send 3 snaps of one song? It was funny watching the kid in front of me though. His snaps weren’t going through, but he kept going back in the app trying to send them.
    Rave: New job is great thus far.

    • This is why i am very careful about who i go to see now….being surrounded by teens snap chatting the entire show sounds horrible ruins the experience. More artists need to say ‘hey guys we appreciate you not taking pictures and snap chats throughout the set. Flight of the concords did this at wolf trap, and people for the most part were good about respecting their space.

      How as Oh Wonder live? I really like their music but not sure it would translate into something i would pay to see live, unless it was an imitate small venue (however they are blowing up so i doubt i will get to see them at DC9 anytime soon)

      • Yeah, shortly after Halsey started we got out of the big crowd and went to the back so it wasn’t as bad. I actually didn’t realize Halsey was so popular with the teen demographic until I got there! Oh Wonder was amazing live! They sounded great and they had good energy. I was happy to pay to see them since I got to see Halsey too.

    • Where was the show? I would love to take my niece to a a concert sometime, but I didn’t know there were any all-ages venues in town. Other than Verizon center, of course.
      Halsey seems really talented, but I don’t know the first thing about her. I’m a bad music fan that way.
      They Might Be Giant played at the Science Expo, and they said at the beginning “We want you ALL taking lots of pictures and video! Just hold your phone up and record the whole show!” and later “I don’t see enough phones in the air!” It somehow took the annoyance out of someone holding up his phone, don’t know why.

      • Echo Beach in Toronto LOL so might be a long drive πŸ˜‰ I highly recommend Halsey for daughters if you don’t mind cussing. She cussed a lot haha, but she is also very pro-woman, pro-independence, pro-LGBTQ. She spoke about how she loves doing what she does and gave examples–one being a teen coming up to her and saying she never felt as comfortable being out, being herself as she did attending one of her shows.

      • tonyr

        Pretty much every venue in town is all ages including 9:30, Black Cat, U Street Music Hall (concerts only), Lincoln Theatre inter alia.

        • EVERY time I’ve been to those places (I’ve not been to Lincoln theater) there’s been a bouncer checking IDs. So I just figured they were 21+. Live and learn!

  • Rave: After a lot of finagling, I was able to get an appointment with a general neurologist for next week, who can then hopefully move me a smidge more towards the front to get an appointment with the highly-recommended headache specialist. Holy crap are DC-area neurologists packed!
    Rant: Still fighting this wretched headache. And sad to say, I’m a little afraid to be adventurous this weekend, which was my original plan. I’m supposed to got a fun yoga and brews event Saturday as well as a farewell party for a friend on Sunday, but the little scaredy-cat part of me wants to hibernate inside.
    Rave: I’m going to do it anyway – I’m going to have fun and celebrate my friends.
    Question: Emmaleigh or other jewelry fans, do you have a jeweler who might be able to take some old vintage moonstone and gold jewelry and turn it into something modern and fun without too much $ or hassle?

  • Rant: I know people are going to say talk to dc lanlord tenant advocacy, but i also want some advice and/or sympathy.
    My 70 year old mother in law is staying with us in our apartment, which is in a 7 unit small condo building. the only way in and out is through a staircase in the front, totally typical of row houses. Well this morning we leave to find they have COMPLETELY torn up the front porch/staircase. As in, there is no way to get out, unless you want to jump 8 stairs down. They provided us with ZERO NOTICE. Not an email, note, anything. And it’s not an emergency repair. Its been in the works. (Though the board claims they just found out last night.)
    I’m obviously LIVID and don’t know what to do. They also cant tell us how long access will be restricted. I have a crazy day at work and don’t have time to deal with this. UGH.

    • Wow, that’s not okay. What if someone inside had an emergency and needed to get out? (What about a fire escape plan during this? What about medical emergencies?) Much less normal daily activities and appointments. That is ridiculous. I’m sorry, CatieCat! I would be livid too!

      • That sounds like a serious safety issue.

        • Update: they’ve been super apologetic and blaming it on a “miscommunication” between the management co and the demo company. Apparently stairs weren’t supposed to be demolished today. Either way, its total incompetence at many levels. I appreciate the conciliatory tone, but more reason to start looking to move. UGH!

    • WTF? That’s a huge safety issue. I don’t know what to suggest, either. Is this a condo board issue or a landlord issue? Or both? I’m not sure who thought it was a good idea to destroy the only means of egress without providing an alternative.

      • Its condo board/Management company, who then are blaming the vendor. Someone dropped the ball, and in my experience it is usually lazy and/or incompetent management companies!

    • Holy sh*t, that’s nuts. I’d be livid too. Sounds like a huuuuuge ADA lawsuit.

  • Rant: 1st Spartan Race next month. Cant wait. I am in the best shape of my life at the moment. Should be fun

  • Rave: In two weeks I’ll be laying on a beach in Thailand!
    Rant: So much work I need to get done before I leave.
    Rave?: As long the work is done, I’ll be able to totally unplug for almost two weeks.
    Rave/Question: I’ll have an 8 hr layover in Tokyo en route to said beach where I have to switch airports (Narita to Haneda) and I have absolutely no idea what I can/should do in that time! It’ll be my first time in Japan, so it’d be awesome to get a taste (literally and figuratively) of Tokyo, but it’s so massive and confusing! Suggestions?

    • Oh and totally unrelated Rant: I keep putting off making an eye appointment and am wearing my last pair of contacts waaaaaaay longer than I should. The last two places I’ve been in DC were MyEyDr. locations and it just always felt like they were trying upsell me. And insurance coverage for contacts sucks. Need a new place, but paralyzed by choice :(. Anybody have a rec for a decent, not expensive eye dr. for a simple eye/contact exam?

      • If you’re a costco member, they have eye doctor offices inside. My wife still treks up to College Park because she likes the eye doctor up there so much. I go to Dr. Foley at Eye Central on Penn Ave in Eastern Market. It’s more expensive than the doctor my wife goes to, but more convenient and I really like him. Never felt like I was getting upsold, though I don’t wear contacts so I’m not sure if that factors in.

        • My membership JUST expired, and was hoping to wait a few months before I renewed to save a few bucks. I’ve heard good things about Eye Central from a few people, but unfortunately they aren’t covered by my insurance πŸ™

          • I went to EyeRX for glasses (but I’m sure they do contacts). Maybe you could check to see if they’re included in your insurance? I had a good experience overall.

          • Mtpwife here; you don’t have to be a Costco member to see the eye doctors inside. They’re independent. Just tell the employee at the door that you’ve an eye appointment. And Mtpresident is right — the College Park Costco eye doctor is Dr. Phil Nicholson; he’s great.

          • Another perspective: Costco membership is $55/year. Waiting a few months is going to save you like $20. If you’re going to renew in a few months you may as well renew now.

        • Bear

          Who is her eye doctor in college park? I’m overdue for an eye exam and that is in my neck of the woods.

          • I’m pretty sure his name is Dr. Nicholson–and it looks like he has a website: http:// www. eyedoctorphil. com/

        • I split the different – I go to Eye Central for my appointment, and then take my prescription to Costco for contacts and glasses.

      • skj84

        piggybacking on the is rant since I’m in the same boat.

    • I would probably go to Asakusa (take the Keisei Skyliner to Ueno and switch to Ginza line), Shibuya or Shinjuku (Narita Express should take you to either of these stops) with your layover. It’s gonna take you about 1.5 hours (just travel time) to get to any of those, and then about 30 to 40 mins to get to Haneda from there. There are coin lockers at most train stations so you don’t have to haul your luggage around with you.
      I grew up there, so you can email me at sparklykittytacos at gmail if you want more specific restaurant recs or have other questions!

    • I was in much the same situation, although it was on my way back from Thailand and I had a 20 hour layover, not 8. I ended up going to the Tsukiji fish market, and watching the tuna auction. You may not have the time for that, or be there at the right time (you have to get in line around 2:00 am, and the tour is at 5:30), but it’s still fun to walk around the market and get some amazing sushi.
      There’s a special tourist fare for the train from Narita – it’s for a round trip, so maybe not for you, but I’m sure there are fares for those changing airports. The train is by far the best way to get from Narita to Tokyo. Can’t help getting to Haneda, sorry.

      Enjoy Thailand – are you only going to Phuket, or elsewhere?

      • Also, I have become a convert to long trips with the right backpack – I have a Tortuga, which is amazing, but there are others. I absolutely loved not having to check a bag, and not having to roll a bag, in a foreign city.

      • +1 on hitting Tsukiji, if possible. It’s closing in October, I think, after 100+ years as a fish market. It’s moving to a modern venue outside the city to make way for Olympic-related development. The new fish market is not going to be as awesome, from what I’ve read.

        • Sadly won’t be there at the right time. Otherwise that would have been a no brainer. I think we get in around 4pm and leave after midnight. I have a roller suitcase that can also be carried on my shoulders like a duffel (except a bit more stylish). It can still be a pain on crowded trains and such, but it’s way better for going up and down stairs and it doesn’t stick out quite as much. I’m planning on packing super light on the way over and leaving lots of room to bring back goodies.

          We’re spending most of our time in Koh Samui and Koh Phangan. The weather is supposed to be better this time of year on the Gulf of Thailand side.

          • If you’re a diver or want to dive, check out ‘Discovery Divers’ in Koh Samui. Great operation and the owner is a Maryland grad. They have great reviews on trip advisor. I got certified with them 2 years ago.

        • Where is Jiro going to get his sushi fish?!?!?!?!!?!

  • Rave: We’ve started planning vacations for next year already. As someone who never had vacations as a child, it is really special to be able to do them for my kids. We’re looking into Disney and Universal – they would love it!
    Rant: BUT…. I can’t seem to justify the expense involved. If I am going to spend THAT kind of money, I would rather take them all to Europe for some culture versus roller coasters and mouse ears.
    Major Rant: Ladies, do yourselves a favor and never change your last name when you get married. This is causing all sorts of issues with the Maryland MVA that it did not cause with the DC DMV even though I have a Real ID that is supposedly as good as a Passport and even though I only changed my damn license a year ago and MD had all my name change crap on file.

    • I don’t know if they still do this, but growing up in Florida, my parents would get offers for time shares all the time where we’d get free hotel and either free park passes or discounts as long as they sat for some presentation one morning. Maybe you could put yourself on some mailing lists? You could also turn it into a roadtrip and save on airfare? You need a car when you’re down there anyways.

      • The time share thing was suggested by a friend too, so this may be a valid option. But tickets are really just hella expensive. One day at Universal would cost us near $1000. It’s just ridiculous!

        • Ouch! Yeah, I’d have a tough time paying for that over a trip to somewhere in the real world.

        • Andie302

          My brother has a time share at Orange Lakes in Orlando. They’ve been down with their kids 3 or 4 times. If you want, I could put you in touch with him for a referral and more information. I’ve been with them twice, and the nice part is that they have pools, minigolf, a golf course, etc. right on the facility, so you don’t need to go to a park every.single.day. I think you can score a couple days of park passes for free. You could probably sit through another one nearby for an additional set of passes, or at least a decent discount on them.

        • The tickets are scaled so that once you get to 4 days, or so, additional days are basically free. Although 4+ days at any amusement park would make me want to shoot myself. We’re doing Harry Potter world in October, with 2 days there , which is about at my limit. That said, I don’t think you could do Europe for the price, unless the air fare has come down substantially from when I checked.

    • If you were feeling REALLY ambitious you could go to Disney *in* Europe? Part of me wonders if it might actually be cheaper. Hah.

    • Universal Studios (the Harry Potter parks especially) was actually worth the money. I’m with you, I’d rather go see a new thing, expose them to the real world a little. Yet we had the best time at Universal. It was so much easier on the adults: very little planning needed, compared to a European vacation. Easy meals, easy accommodations, easy transportation, and a pool to play in after a day of rides and attractions.
      I don’t think we’ll go back, but I’m really glad we did it once while they were the right age (between mine and the cousins, our age range was 7 to 12).

      • We figure that nest year is that last year that we can do it with all the kids. The oldest will be 16 and the youngest 6. I *really* want to do Universal (especially the Harry Potter parks), and honestly, I wouldn’t mind skipping Disney all together. Europe would probably equal time in the UK and possibly Ireland, so very familiar to me for planning purposes and such. But, honestly, it might be better done in chunks, like, take the girls one year, teh boys another year, or whatever. The fewer kids I bring the easier it is to stay with friends, and honestly, it would be easier to travel with 2 or 3 versus all five on the train or even renting a car. Ugh. Sounds like we’re heading to Florida.

        • I was born and raised in downtown Orlando. If you know someone who works for the parks, they can let you in for free. I would ask around – coworkers, friends of friends. Maybe someone has a hook up down there?

        • We did three days at Universal, and it was just right. There was a deal (I think it’s always the case but not sure) where you buy two days and the 3rd is free. So we took our time in the parks and didn’t overtax ourselves, leaving time for pool and drinks at the hotel each afternoon. It was a nice balance, and an actual vacation. Just make sure you get the two-park tickets, because the Hogwarts Express runs between them, and you need tickets to both parks to ride it. Hogsmeade/Hogwarts is in one park, and Diagon Alley is in the other.
          We skipped Disney and all that, and didn’t even miss it. My kids were never into princesses much (thank heavens).
          Just don’t think of it as Florida vs Europe. And I love your idea of traveling with fewer kids at a time! My parents used to take each of us on a solo vacation (probably because we fought so much we made them miserable) and it was nice to have that time with them.

      • I’ll second this, if any of the group are Harry Potter fans, it’s so worth it. I’d definitely say it’s more worth it than Disney if there are HP fans to make it worth the entire group’s time.

    • I can’t do the Disney thing, sorry future kid. I am with you and I’d rather spend the money on a different type of trip. We kept our last names and it’s almost been a year with no regrets! Of course, I think it’s more common amongst the gay crowd to keep last names.

      • I really wish I had, and really, if that’s the case with most gay couples, then it is yet another examples of something you guys do better than us!
        It really could be a Maryland thing (since DC really didn’t care), but they want me to prove my entire name change process. So, birth certificate, marriage certificate, divorce decree (because it restored my last name if I so chose to go to SSA and change it), and they are telling me I have to change it to what’s on my divorce decree. Even if I went back to my maiden name, I would have to show everything. If I would like to pretend that I am not divorced, then it is just birth certificate and marriage license. So this is what I’m doing!

    • Try Costco Travel. I think you can get cheaper tickets to Disney World, etc., through Costco. Another idea is to camp or rent one of the cabins at Ft. Wilderness in Disney. We did that one year when I was a kid, and it was my favorite Florida vacation (we used to go every other year as a family).

  • Rave: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I caved and read it all through last night and enjoyed it. It’s not the original series but it was so nice to have those characters back in our lives and see them grown!
    Rant: Over too quickly. And don’t have time to immediately do a reread of the entire series πŸ™‚
    Rave: Heading into the Bachelor Party weekend and looking forward to time with good friends. Also got asked to be part of my childhood friend’s wedding party!
    Rant: Had a tough few weeks with her trying to determine whether or not our childhood friend that has been going through the various terrible mental health issues should be included in the wedding party.
    Rave: Ultimately, she decided she wants her to give her the option to be a part of the celebration, in full recognition of the drama or difficulty that could arise. I think it’s the right choice, but I didn’t tell her that before she made the decision because it’s a decision only she can make.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: Lucy enjoyed her second dish of ice cream last night. This time she just laid on the floor with her snout in the bowl lapping it up until
    Rant: Suddenly she sat up with a startled look on her face. OMG did I give my senior citizen dog who is on death’s doorstep an ice cream headache?
    Rave: I had a Dr’s appointment and noticed all the nice succulent plants in the waiting room. Cuttings of succulent plants are very easy to root from leaves or stems. Not saying WHO, but SOMEONE on here should consider carrying scissors and a plastic bag in her purse during DRs appointments.

  • Rant: Shout out to the biker who almost ran me over on 4th street while i was walking to work. I was in a crosswalk and he ran a light. Aren’t bikers supposed to obey traffic laws?
    Rave: Life is AMAZING in every other aspect

  • That One Guy

    Rave: Fridge was just in diva mode and returned from vacation. Still, need to figure out why the temperature readings were so high.
    Rant: I woke up mid-dream with “use your words” lingering in my mind. What does it mean??? The details and context of the dream faded back to the ether.

    • Allison

      “Use your words” is what I say to my clients (in my head) when they send me just a spreadsheet attached to a blank e-mail. WHAT DO YOU WAAAAAANT!? That is probably not what your dream was about, but it certainly is mine.

      • Also what I say to mtpkiddo when she whines or cries instead of telling us what the issue is….

      • +1.
        I just got an email like this, except it has lots of words… they just told me absolutely nothing!

  • Late Rant: Friend Logistics in DC! The other week I had invited people a week in advance for a get-together and 80% of the people I asked said they were busy. So I scheduled something about 2.5 weeks out, and I got a couple more responses, but everyone else has been radio silence. I’ve also asked around to see if anyone wants to go to Snallygaster with me to no avail. I guess all the people I know are just waiting for something better to come along? C’mon guys, you don’t have to go but at least *respond*.

  • First Rant or Rave in a long time.

    Rave – New Hybrid and pleasant interaction with DC DMV while resolving registration issue
    Rave – Ivy City Tavern (and Ivy City in general) I know someone will post about their awful experience at the Tavern but I liked everything about it.

  • Late day Rave: Once a year, I treat myself to an ice cream sandwich. This year, today was that day. I had one from Baked & Wired (homemade peanut butter cookies and homemade chocolate ice cream). Definitely not a part of my 21 Day Fix program but, I’m not knocking myself for something I only eat once a year. It was glorious and worth every single ounce I gain. SWOON.

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