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: my croc rain boots are dying and they don’t make the style I like anymore (they look like traditional rain boots but are like 1000 times lighter)

    Rave: 1 week to Iceland!


    Rave: Getting traction in USA JOBS, getting referred to the hiring officials! Fingers crossed for interviews!

  • Revel: Happy. Hard, painful work is paying off, and hope and change are all around me.
    Rant: In danger of becoming a saccharine sap.

  • Rave: Seven glorious hours of sleep. I really needed that.
    Rave: Spirit playoff game tonight at the Plex!
    Rave: Last night was one of those super comfort food nights: grilled cheese and tomato soup. But we managed to make it a little more grown up with smoked gouda and caramelized onions.

  • Rave: Slept really well last night.
    Rave: It’s Friday.
    Rant: Aldi advertisement still freezing my browser today. Whyyyy.

  • skj84

    Rave: Wore my cape today!
    Rant: It may be more a special occasion outerwear than everyday. Couldn’t find a comfortable way to carry my purse and work bag without storing them both under the cape. Which looks silly.
    Rave: Attended a clothing swap last night. I got a new winter coat, fleeced lined rain jacket, some fun costume things, and lots of jewelry. Unfortunately I also left with most of the stuff I brought. Gonna have to reorganize this weekend.
    Rant: Jerk who throws weights at my office gym. Its not like he’s dead lifting, no he’s tossing at maximum 70 pound dumbbells on the ground. The gym is a tiny one room space which makes it even more distracting and obnoxious. The worst part is we seem to be on the same workout schedule. I may have to start going before work.

  • Rant: Just realized I forgot to add my popville email to my phone after I tried a factory restart to fix other issues. Sorry to those of you I ignored for awhile inadvertently!
    Rant: My mental note failed me and I still don’t have the crock pot recipe. Will try to remember tonight! For real!
    Rave: Mtpkiddo having a great time with her grandparents–grandma took her to a “my gym” class this morning, and I’m sure she’s having a blast.
    Rave: While a little weird, it was nice to be able to focus just on mtpbaby this morning.
    Rant: Got the call yesterday that the infant room teachers are going to start getting mtpbaby ready for the ones’ room–he’ll start napping on a cot next week! And he’ll only get one nap. He’ll also get snack, which I think he will enjoy : )
    Rave: Played up my distress to his teacher who had a great time laughing at me–she keeps telling me he’s making room for another and that she’ll help me get through the baby stage next time. Lol. Not so sure about that one!

  • That One Guy

    Rave: hearing from friends.
    Rant: I wish it wasn’t at odd hours because no one really wants to wake up at 4:00 something to the pinging of text messages.

  • Revel: PD day… small children are exhausting, so I’m excited to have a little break.
    Rant: My school seems to be falling apart.
    Revel: Now that I don’t have aforementioned Tinder date, I have all day Saturday/Sunday to myself!
    Revel: Rosh Hashana = 4 day weekend
    Rant: There go half my personal days for the school year.

    • Ugh, the Jewish holidays are so hard for teachers. A new & somewhat overzealous VP once told my mom that she’d get some kind of notice for taking so many days early on one year–I think all the holidays fell during the week and she was sick one day? Fortunately, the principal had been around awhile and happened to join the conversation–and told the VP to knock it off.

      • Yeah… it sucks that we have to take personal days for it, especially since we only get 4 a year to begin with. But I did go to school in a very WASPy area of Michigan where we never got the days off, so I’m taking this more in stride than others.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Working at home with a snoozy Winston at my feet.
    Rave: Bazzie had upped his game and is currently sleeping in the dog’s bed.

    • Quotia Zelda

      Additional Rant: Eldest Zelda overslept for her first class. That’s the downside of working at home – if I were in the office, I would be none the wiser.
      Additional Rave: She has definitely matured since high school. She got ready quickly, with a minimum of fuss and zipped off to class. We had so much tension in high school when she was running late and would dig in her heels to continue her full, veeeery slow hair and makeup routine.

    • Quotia Zelda

      One final rave: I think I’ve finally found throw pillows that will work with the new, amazingly awesome sofa. I’ve been looking for weeks and weeks.

      • Any online pics of the new awesome sofa? Where is it from? What’s it like?

        • Quotia Zelda

          It’s the Theo sofa from Joybird, and the fabric is Bentley Leaf (dark green). It’s gorgeous, and so comfortable (firm comfortable, not sink-in comfortable).

          The only downside is that Winston loves it too and hops up when he thinks he can get away with it. I don’t want my sofa smelling like naughty dog!

  • Rave: FRIDAY. Next week will be hell at work for me, so I really need this weekend.
    Rave: Going to PA to campaign for Hillary. Woo! I love canvassing, actually — its nice to meet new people, and learn more about why we think differently about issues. I did it a bunch in ’08, and really felt like it was a good way to get out of my little bubble where all my friends share my worldview. I have some family that will vote for the other guy, and talking to them (while FRUSTRATING) got me thinking about how some Americans (even those who are immigrants – latinos!!! – themselves) might support el gran cheeto trump. Don’t agree with them, but at least it helps me attempt to understand their reasoning. Have convinced 1 uncle not to vote at all, which makes me feel better than if he were to vote for you know who.
    Rave: want to do nothing but sit on my couch and read all day sunday.

    • skj84

      Good on you for canvassing. I have been wavering back and forth. I really want to campaign, but I’m afraid of being harassed or heckled. Its cowardly I know. I have been donating, which is the first time I’ve ever gave money to a presidential candidate.

      • I have never been harassed or heckled. So long as you approach people with an open heart and an open, non judgmental mind, I think they respect that. I also approach them as someone who wants to help them find their local polling place, regardless of who they intend to vote for — most people respect that.

        Then again, maybe Ill be heckled in PA this time around, given how polarized our political climate is. We shall see!

    • justinbc

      Nice, we’re headed up to PA next weekend to do the same.

    • I canvass all the time for my job and did for both Obama and Clinton this year. I’ve honestly never had a bad reaction and I have been in some very very tough neighborhoods. People are generally polite when they can’t hide behind a computer screen.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Another day with no work.
    Rave: Got to work on time!

  • justinbc

    Rant: Anxiously awaiting offer letter email that should have come in last night.
    Rave: So ready to drop the mic once I get it.

  • Rave: Got up at 0430 and successfully scored two tickets to see the Stone Roses at Hampden Park in Glasgow next June. Sending me home like an elephant stone!

    • Envious! Have you seen them before? Are tickets sold out now?

      • I caught them at Madison Square Garden in June this year, then flew over to see them at the T in the Park festival in Scotland.

        Apart from Reni, I’ve also seen them all live separately in various capacities: Ian Brown solo, Mani on bass with Primal Scream and john Squire with his (admittedly a bit shite) Britpop outfit, “The Seahorses.”

        They also announced shows in London and Belfast, and will probably headline Glastonbury next summer. If you are a fan I really recommend seeing them. I was a bit skeptical about the reunion (particularly Brownie’s questionable vocals), but I was blown away by both gigs.

        • Yeah — I thought about getting tickets for the NYC show, but hesitated in part because I’d heard that they (and especially Ian Brown) weren’t reliably good live.
          I’ve seen Mani with Primal Scream, but that’s it.

    • Spiritualized is playing two shows in London in November at the Barbican for the 20th anniversary of Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, complete with choir and full strings/brass. I REALLY want tix and they are available for the second show….

  • Rant: paying $55 for no parking signs and people tearing down signs and also not moving! Called parking enforcement and they said ‘they car has a 2 hour window to move then we will tow.’ Ummm then what the F is the point of my permit saying 8am to 3pm?!? If my movers are coming at 9!!! Ughhhhh
    Rave: great moving company. Morenos Move. Super nice dude, cheapish flat rate!
    Rave: moving into MY OWN condo today! No more shitty landlords! Only have myself to complain to when something goes wrong!
    rant: gonna miss my little truxton circle neighborhood!

    • Congrats!!! Moving into your own place is one of the most thrilling things Ive experienced (that is, until something breaks and then you gotta fix it yerself… 🙂 )

      • Hahaha — this happened to me the very day I closed on my condo, when I was pulling the cord to raise the blinds in the kitchen window and the whole blinds fixture fell out of the window framing. 🙂

    • when is the housewarming party??? I want to bring Freya over for a play date.

  • RANT: One of my best friend has a Stage 4 glioblastoma, after 5 years of battling brain cancer. She’s quickly losing her eyesight and communication abilities. This is someone who is only in her late 30s, Ivy League educated, NCAA D1 champion athlete, has a top-tier MBA, and (perhaps) millions in stock options from one of the most profitable companies in the world. Yet, only a 15-20% chance of living until the end of next year. Life ain’t fair.
    RAVE: It’s decorative gourd season, motherf#ckers.
    Neither: pretty awesome storm late last night that woke me up at 230am. But had difficulty falling back asleep.

  • Rave: Friday!
    Rave: I took a sick day yesterday and slept for about 16 hours off and on. And I didn’t have that “Oh no, I slept all day, now I’m awake at night” deal, I went right to sleep around 9:30 no problem!
    Rave: Feeling better, though still drinking lots of tea since I’m still stuffy and my throat is still scratchy.
    Rant: Office morale is a tad low due to the “exit” of an old-timer. She wasn’t well liked, but she’d been there forever, and lots of folks seem surprised. I’m not super-surprised, and I can’t pretend to be sad, but I can understand why people perceive it as a worrying trend, mixed in with some other stuff.
    Question: Has anyone attended the Crafty Bastards craft fair at Union Market before? Verdict? I’m thinking of hitting it this weekend but want to make sure it’s worth braving the rain!

    • Just tell them she’s Rollin’ Down the River…. 😉

    • skj84

      I haven’t gone since it was at Adams Morgan. I can’t really remember how the selection was.

    • justinbc

      I’ve been most years, it’s almost always worth the trip if you’re into unique things. We walk away every year with 2 or 3 things that you might not have known you wanted but once you see it in front of you you’ll splurge. Just be prepared for an unbelievable amount of strollers blocking every pathway.

    • Craft Bastards is great. You can go and browse, eat, and hang out and make a day of it. I think the offerings are nice and varied and it isn’t nearly as crowded as it was in AdMo. City Paper has a list of the vendors and links to their shops so you can get an idea of what will be there, though some vendors are only there for one day or the other.
      The booths are covered by a large tent, but there are multiple tents, so you could get wet between them. The food area was uncovered last year. If it’s not pouring it should be fine.

  • Rave: Got married and it was awesome. Our friends and family really are the absolute best.
    Rave x2: got gift certificates to Sequoia for Sunday brunch! I’ve never been but it sounds amazing! For people that have been is it really fancy – is there a dress code?
    Rant: Really want to renovate our house because its kind of getting a little more rough around the edges (its always been “livable” but we are starting to have roof/water and other issues) than I would like. We have to get our finances together and start really being good with our money.
    Rant: Still working towards a new job. I know I will find something eventually…its just so disheartening to be constantly rejected.

  • Rave: London for work and two extra days for fun is booked!
    Rave: it’s finally Friday!
    Rant: got out of my gym routine and am having a hard time getting back in
    Rave: Octoberfest and Craft Bastard this weekend
    Rant: my Comcast box won’t turn on. Actually, it hasn’t since early August, but apparently I don’t watch that much TV right now, a lot of things are easy to stream, and I’m lazy.

    • If you’re getting charged for a box that doesn’t work, which you probably are, I would pitch a fit right now and get that fixed and your money refunded!

      Maybe I’ll run into you at Crafty Bastards! Are you bringing DOG?

      • Yeah, I’m real lazy. I guess I should call Comcast, but I figure I’ll need to go over there and I’m going to the dump somewhat nearby tomorrow anyway.
        What day are you going? I am not bringing DOG because I will not be driving into that clusterf**k.

        • houseintherear

          fyi Comcast is now at that shopping center by Rhode Island Ave metro! I made that mistake last week- it’s not near the dump anymore.

          • Oh, good to know. Thanks!

          • I Dont Get It

            Whaaat? It’s no longer in Brookland (if that was Brookland?)? Good news since I always found it hard to find there.

          • houseintherear

            There’s still a Comcast sight in Brookland (for workers, trucks, etc) but the customer service “store” is now at RI Metro. It’s like a weird fake Apple store. I was there last week at 5:45pm- figured I’d be waiting a while but I was in and out in less than 5 mins. Four of those minutes were waiting while the staff of 6 finished telling each other stories about who knows what and realizing someone was waiting. Ohhhh Comcast!

        • I’m planning on going Sunday.

        • Actually, the two or three times I’ve been to the DC dump I was really impressed. Yes, the line was a bit long, but employees were super friendly and helpful and really well organized. It seemed to be one of the very few DC govt. institution that actually works!

          • I think Jeslett meant that Crafty Bastards would be a clusterf***, not that the dump is.
            Jeslett, didn’t you just have a Tinder conversation where you told the guy that you were going to the dump and that it was awesome and he didn’t reply? He doesn’t know what he’s missing (either with the dump or with you). 😉

          • I LOVE THE DUMP!
            I went on a date there once and yes, some guy on Tinder was apparently unimpressed that it’s a highlight of my coming weekend. I mean, come on, free shredding every first Saturday. You should read the yelp reviews.
            Parking at CB is going to be a cluster, textdoc interpreted my post correctly.

    • Additional Rant: I’ve been telling my mom for months (a year??) that I’d help her with her resume if she sent me a list of skills, employers, awards, etc. She never sends these things.
      She calls me last night to tell me she needs help NOW because she just applied for a job and in the comments wrote “resume to come.” So, now she wants it in less than 24 hrs. I have so much work to do and plans tonight.
      Anyone have recommendations for a resume structure, resources, whatever else for an RN who has literally never had one? She’s basically had the same job for 40+ years and is applying for a totally different job in the same hospital.

      • Omg, she wants me to write a cover letter too. I need to work a lot, clean my house, and go on a date tonight.

        • It’s posted internally so I asked her to cut and paste the posting text and email it to me. This is testing all her skills. Much consternation on that end of the phone line right now.

        • Don’t get guilted into it! Her procrastination should not become your emergency.
          If she applied and said “resume to come,” any time before Monday ought to be sufficient — it’s not like they’re going to be checking for supplementary materials over the weekend, right?
          Or is this like USAJOBS where there’s a midnight cutoff period and she wants you to write a resume/cover letter for her by then??

          • +1 – for the “Don’t get guilted into it.” She is applying to another position in the same hospital where she has worked for 40 years?? Tell her to just put that in the “resume” section. “I’ve worked here for 40 years. Ask any of my supervisors.”

            I suppose HR/Bureaucrats have to do their thing, but this just seems silly. Call their f**ing bluff. If you actually have to summit a cover letter and resume – just write over and over – I’ve worked here for 40 years, check me out.”

          • Well, she’s been in direct patient care for 40+ years and is applying for a job that doesn’t interact with patients, though her skills from patient care are required. So it’s not like she’s trying to transfer from one unit to another, where I think your suggestion would definitely apply.
            Yeah, I am trying not to get guilted into it. Instead I am spreading the burden to my sister and BIL. I threw out a quick draft, they can add if they want.

        • Ask her to do a draft first (the list you asked her for a year ago) and then your help kicks in. Make her think about her skills, etc. It’s always faster when you have something to start from.

      • It looks like Monster and others have sample resumes for RNs:

      • Honestly, don’t put too much time into the resume. If she is applying for an internal position, they will definitely base their decision on her existing record, and she most likely just needs on to have one. Also, chances are they have an online application process that doesn’t even pre-load the information from her resume. I would go with a standard format, but highlight her skills and achievements more than education and work experience.

  • Rave: The birds finally decided to visit my balcony bird feeder and water canister after months of nothing! Woke up this morning and it looked like the Alfred Hitchcock film on the balcony; bunch of little birds and one big, fat pigeon. Kitty finally has something to look at outside.

  • Rave: I woke up in a good mood for the first time in what feels like weeks.
    Rave: Daycare teacher told me this morning that Baby Artie is starting to show of the fine motor skills that she was concerned about two weeks ago. Based on the conversation with our ped, we are still going to do an EI evaluation.
    Rave: Nephew’s bday party this weekend
    Rant: All the family at nephew’s bday party. Some of them are very challenging.

    • We have done a couple of EI appointments fr our girls because they were born so premature, and I think there is no downside to getting an evaluation done. At best, they can ease your mind about your concerns, and if those corns turn out to be legitimate, they can really help address them. I’ve heard nothing but good stories. I hope your experience with EI is as positive as ours has been!

  • Rant: Winter is coming.
    Rave: It’s Friday!
    Rant: Still feeling groggy and in a fog, as per usual.
    Rant: Crazy dreams last night, as per usual. Including a worrying one about my cat.
    Rave: … which was eased by my cat coming into my bedroom and snuggling with me.
    Rave: Looks like Sunday will be a good day for getting things done outdoors.

    • That One Guy

      Winter is coming–sounds foreboding.

      • I would personally consider the cooler weather a rave, but that’s just me. I do miss the daylight, though. That’s what I dislike most about winter. Not the cold, just the lack of sunlight!

      • Well, it’s getting colder out — chilly in the mornings. So we will have a very brief period of Just About Right weather, followed by a loooong period of Too Cold weather. (Too Cold for ME, that is.)

  • Rave: Just accepted a new job! Promotion, raise, and better work environment! Hot damn.
    Rave: t-minus 5 hours until my short vacation starts!
    Everything’s coming up bizzinger