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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  • Revel: day off for Rosh Hashanah. As I get older, I’m enjoying synagogue much more.
    Rant/revel: sold my old car last Monday. The new owner has the title and I have the cash. He asked if he could keep the car in my driveway while he registered it at the MVA but it’s still here, over a week later. Wtf?
    Rant: had a depressive episode last night. With most of my friends being married or in ltrs and not having any close family, it made the holiday feel difficult. Normally I manage fine, but it just really got to me this time.

    • A friend of mine just dealt with the same issue after selling her car. The buyer did all of the paperwork to retitle and register it but never picked it up. After two or three months of the buyer not responding to emails, calls, and texts, she confirmed with the DMV it was in his name, took off the plates, and moved it to the street. I’d say give it more than a week, but if more time passes and he’s not responding you may want to investigate your options.

  • Rant: Vacation Brain, I am unmotivated for work


  • Rant: Got ghosted by a person I really trusted and cared about. Feeling lost and very confused by it.
    Rave: Taking the AC unit out of the window!

    • Your rant: I’ve been through that, and now I never propose or accept one-on-one plans with her. She ruined a lot of evenings for me, and since I can only change my own behavior… Anyway, I have sympathy for what you’re feeling.
      Your rave: Don’t do it! You’ll doom us all to another two weeks of 90+ degrees if you do. That’s how weather works.

    • I’ve been there. Several times. smh But most recently, I planned “her” entire graduation celebration, invited her entire family into my home and spent way too much on “congratulations on your graduation earrings” for her–more than I would ever spend on myself. Then…. radio silence for almost 9 months. Like, after her graduation day we didn’t even speak. -_- She finally told me why after I HAD TO INVITE HER to brunch. Her reasoning made absolutely no sense to her nor I. Since then, I refuse to propose any meet ups, hang outs anything with her. Im sure ppl ask her why we aren’t besties anymore and I can only imagine her reply. Laughable really. People tend to take advantage of kindness. Don’t let it get to you.

  • That One Guy

    Rave: someone else noticed the moon yesterday.
    Rant: I’m a creature of habit. Some of which I’m going to have to break…

  • Rave: Did my first cyclocross race this past weekend, and didn’t die. (didn’t actually think I’d die, but did expect to fall every turn because of the mud and wet grass). It was a good time, and I didn’t get lapped until the very end. Also, considering I had NO IDEA how the race even worked, nor had I been on a course until the morning of. . . not too bad of a result. My other concern was getting over the barriers, but during the race, none of that even occurred to me. . . just hopped right off, ran over them, and got back on.

    Good Times!

    • Congrats! That’s awesome. I’m so jealous – I would LOVE to do cyclocross (I’m laid up with a broken foot and a boot right now) but having a tough time breaking in up in NYC where I spend my weekends. Missed some pre-season clinics that would have been awesome but hoping I can try it sometime in the future! Did you use a cyclocross specific bike? Where’d they have the race? How much did you practice beforehand or did you go to a clinic?

      • My practice was a clinic that Bicycle Space did last Tuesday. Mostly it was about the barriers, hopping off, jumping over, and getting back on the bike. Other than that, I walked the course Saturday, rode it a couple of times pre-race Sunday, and then raced. Also, a few YouTube videos really helped (no joke).

        I did use a cyclocross bike, but other than that short clinic, I had no experience with it. I’ve been riding for years (mountain, road, track bikes), but never raced before. I went to watch a few cross races in the past, and it just seemed like something I really wanted to do. The crowds are fun/motivating, and it seems much more laid back than other disciplines. Of course you’re trying to do your best, and working hard. . . but it’s still lots of fun.

        The next one will be DCCX in a few weeks at the Armed Forces Retirement home. Definitely worth checking out for anyone that wants to see something cool/different (the first one I went to watch).

        I entered that one early, so hopefully I won’t be starting in the back row again (one of the things I learned in my limited experience was that the first lap is the most important in getting ahead). 🙂

    • woo! cyclocross is bad ass and I am in awe of everyone who does it!

  • Rant: Trying to keep on chugging along but feeling so incredibly overwhelmed by work – and by new “requests” (that I’m not sure are actual requests rather than things being foisted on me and others) coming from people whose main goal seems to be the pinching of pennies.
    Rant: Seriously my brain is broken. I want to cry I’m trying to juggle so many things and I’m scared by what I might drop on accident.
    Rave: Wonderful, supportive family and friends who are available to listen to me freak out and help me calm down.
    Rant: 4 hours of very interrupted, non-restful sleep. I’m so wired by anxiety right now it’s interfering with my sleep on a level it never has before.
    Rave: I know I have more raves even if I can’t fit them in my head right now.

    • Get a medical marijuana license… seriously, it will help a lot with anxiety and sleep (and better than street weed).

      • I am very concerned about going on record as buying/using a federally-prohibited drug. Until the DEA gets its head out of its ass, I’m afraid the medical route isn’t an option for many people who would really benefit from it.

        • Totally valid concern, especially with the number of people that work/contract for the federal government. We are getting there, the DEA will not prosecute state licensed dispensaries any longer. I feel more confident being able to say that I have purchased state legal marijuana if asked/tested and showing my license than having to admit that I participated in the black market. At least I haven’t contributed to other violence, trafficking, gang activity, and anything else it takes to move illegal marijuana around.

        • I think going the medical route is better than just growing your own or some of the other routes in DC…

          • How so? If you go the medical route, there is absolutely NO denying it if someone decides to go all Duterte on users. Or, more likely, if you want a job that runs a background check.
            At least if you’re buying from a friend of a friend, there’s no paper trail.

          • Perhaps DCbyDay is referencing for drug screens? Frequently, if you have a prescription for something that comes up in a drug screen, then they will give a waiver. However, this is employer specific, and definitely not always the case.
            I think the relaxation of marijuana laws is awesome, and I think there are a great many things marijuana can be used to treat that are currently treated by far stronger narcotics legally by prescription. However, we have to wait for employers and legislators to catch up.

          • I was talking about drug screens — but as Anonamom said, that is employer specific. I’ve never had an employer where this would be an issue (I don’t use personally, but have had coworkers in a medical marijuana situation) and at least you have the waiver and are not just failing a drug test. but none of this was in federal government… so different situation.

      • Sorry, no – I doubt job would be understanding, and also, yuck. That stuff has the complete opposite effect of relaxation for me.

        • I hear ya and not to try to convince you but for others who might be following, a street experience with marijuana is totally different than a medical one. A dispensary can work with you to find a strain and method of consumption that treats you for your ailment and avoids unwanted side affects. Just for those wondering.

    • I’m sure your assumptions are all correct in regards to the first rant. I know others who are in similar boats at the moment. Just try and hang in there. You are doing the best you can!

  • Rave: Middle Anonachild continues to amaze me with her emerging bad-assness. Not content with just normal bike riding, she wants to learn tricks and would rather have the hand-me-down BMX bike than a shiny new pink/purple one.
    Rant: Forgot my lunch and breakfast this morning, so now I’m hungry and irritated that I have to spend money and have to go out today.

  • Rant: stupid dinosaur supervisor. This public sector thing isn’t going to work. At least not this job.

  • Rave: I bought a Harper Macaw chocolate bar at Crafty Bastards and it delicious.
    Rant: I am not longer allowed to eat said 74% chocolate bar 30 minutes before bed. So much for catching up on sleep.
    Rave: DOG carried his new hedgehog toy on his walk last night. I died laughing when he looked up at me all adorably, wrinkled face, with that thing in his mouth.
    Rant: he lost his shit at a husky this morning.

    • Additional rant: I have ordered an returned about a dozen pairs of shoes in the past month. My feet are like skis and apparently I’m doomed to a life of expensive Cole Haan shoes because every other manufacturer expects my feet to be obese or something.

      • There are worse fates than wearing good shoes! 🙂

        • They are good shoes, but Cole Haan has a hard time making casual shoes that are really casual. And while the majority of their shoes fit me, though not all, they don’t all have the correct foot bed angle to be comfortable all day.
          I just want a pair of gd booties I can wear all day!

          • Allison

            Try visiting the boutique store Amano in Takoma Park. I was in there the other day and they have tons of boots/booties. They specialize in comfortable shoes.

      • That One Guy

        You have my sympathy re: shoes. I have spent countless hours (from a guy’s exaggerated perspective) shoe shopping with or for my mom and sister and it’s like no two women’s shoes are made the same. The sizes and fit are all subjective brand to brand.

        • Pair to pair, actually. I have purchased two pairs of the EXACT SAME SHOE and had them fit differently.

          • I have tried on pumps that I literally walk out of on the first step. I have ordered knee high boots that I put on, zip, and then easily pull off without unzipping them. I’ve doubled up on ‘ball of foot pads’ in a lot of my shoes and I just cannot take it anymore.
            If I could afford Pradas I wouldn’t need surgery to make my feet narrower, they would just fit.

          • That One Guy

            If I may enable, Pradas can last far longer than other shoes. I’ve owned a pair for over a decade. While I have replaced the sole, and the upper faded from a black to sort of a greenish hue, they’ve held up well for their age and are one of the most comfortable shoes I own. FWIW, DSW has sales on luxury shoes from time to tkme…right Gucci are on sale.

          • Left Gucci are full price, though.

      • Be thankful you don’t have the curse of wide feet. I don’t even buy what I want anymore, I just buy what fits properly, looks acceptable, and doesn’t cost a fortune. p.s. I gave up on Cole Haan. For the price I didn’t think the quality of the leather and construction was that great for what you pay.

        • I wear a size 11, if I had wide feet instead of narrow I’d have an easier time. I think manufacturers just scale up from a 7 in all directions, making size 11 shoes seaworthy small craft. There are more 11s offered in W than other sizes I think. Because we’re all enormous giants or something. With fat feet.

          • Andie302

            You tried searching for narrow on sites like DSW and zappos, right? When I buy shoes online I assume they won’t fit, but try to hold out hope. If I did it a dozen times in a row though, I’d be frustrated too! Hope you find a unicorn pair soon!

          • I have. If you want to cut down on the number of pages you have to scroll through, just put in 11N.
            Most of them are old lady-ish or not casual enough for what I’m looking for right now.
            I usually just hunt and hunt until I find 11B that fit, but it’s getting really hard. Are shoes getting wider?

          • Late to this and hope you see it. Have you tried Everlane? I really like some of their shoes, they have a good stock of 11s and they’re not exorbitantly priced for what they are. I have one pair of boots from them in an 11 and think they got the proportions just right. For my feet, anyway.

      • I can’t find tall boots to fit my calves to save my life…. #shoeprobs

      • I’m an 11 and get all my Cole Haan shoes from DSW and Nordstrom Rack. Much cheaper there!

    • Did you get any good pics of DOG with hedgehog toy? That would make a great Afternoon Animal Fix!

  • skj84

    Rant: excuse the TMI on this, but dealing with major PMS brain. Forgetful, anxiety ridden, and cranky.
    Rave: PMS food. Eating all the things and I don’t care. At least I’m going to the gym to even all the crap I’ve been eating out.
    Rant: It seems my roommate is back with her shady ex. He treated her like shit, and I’ve always got bad vibes off this guy. I really don’t want him staying over, and I hope this doesn’t last. Which is pretty harsh to say, but he is not a good person.

  • Popville request: I’m in need of a good, reliable, and fairly priced handyman and/or electrician (ideally someone who is both!). I have a few small things to fix/install in my new condo, and the prices on task rabbit seem steep. Figured I could find a small independent person and cut out the middle man!
    Rave: moved into my new condo this weekend! So much stuff left to unpack and do, but we have a place to sleep and a place to eat and cable/wifi (thanks to the best comcast person ever who worked for hours to get it set up)!
    Rant: my new commute. For 5 years I’ve been biking/walking 15/20 minutes to work. Now I’m a 40 minute bus ride (could be 25-30 with no traffic), or a combo bus/metro situation. It’s just going to take a little getting used to. Hopefully I can start READING again on my bus ride!

    • HaileUnlikely

      What electrical stuff do you need done? Licensed electrical labor doesn’t come cheap. The best you’re likely to do on that is probably to be really organized about it so that the electrical contractor can hopefully get the stuff done really quickly and thus their seemingly-astronomical hourly rate will only be applied to a small number of hours.

      • Really dumb, simple stuff, that i could PROBABLY DO, but wont. Switch out some regular light switches to dimmer light switches that I bought at Home Depot, and install some light fixtures in bathroom. A handyman could probably do it, they just mentioned at Home Depot that my ignorant self probably should try it.

        • HaileUnlikely

          If you just mean replacing switches and outlets, yes, a handyman can do that. Honestly, I think you could probably do it too, but wouldn’t recommend working on electrical stuff that you’re not comfortable with.
          Even if you hire somebody to do it now, I highly recommend learning how to do simple electrical stuff like replacing an old outlet with a new outlet or replacing an old switch with a new switch or replacing an old lighting fixture with a new lighting fixture – it’ll really allow you to save yourself a lot of time, hassle, and money. Once in a while you’ll encounter problems that you’ll immediately recognize are beyond your knowledge and skill and recognize that it’s a job for a pro, but with a little practice basically anybody can safely replace an old switch with a new switch.
          Every once in a while I see a little mini-courses offered on things ranging from cooking Indian food to picking locks – I can’t recall who puts these on, but I wonder if there’s ever a basic electrical shop class like “electrical basics for new homeowners.”

          • Great idea. I’m really useless at a lot of things .I ended up searching old POP threads for recs, and reached out to a few. Fingers crossed. Thanks

          • Also, YouTube. There’s an amazing variety of instructional videos on YouTube.

        • I used Yelp to get bids on some similar work a few months ago (removed old fixture & replaced with track lighting, changed switch to a dimmer). Was happy with the company I finally went with

  • RANT: I didn’t sleep well last night, too much going on in my head about a house we like.

    Question: For people who have used escalation clause to buy a house and actually got their offer accepted, was the final selling price always the highest amount of your escalation? We saw a house we like and we want to escalate but we have had a few bad experiences with bad realtors and I am wondering if they use the escalation clause correctly. Sometime I feel like if they see how much you are willing to pay, they might create a fake offer to escalate to the max or they might counter your offer to your max. It seems like a lose lose situation. I know there are some good realtors out there but the last one we had a contract on house with (which fell through) lied to us that they had a higher offer.

    • Andie302

      I’ve had clients come in well under their max. (One example, the buyer escalated to $675k and the purchase price ended up being $642k.)

    • The seller’s realtors are legally required to show your realtor all the other offers on the table.

      I used an escalation clause on my house, and I did not end up paying up to my max.

      • How do you ensure those are bona fide offers?

        • At some point, you have to take a leap of faith. If the seller’s realtor is going to gin up offers, there’s not a lot you can do about that. Also, I’m not sure there’s anything you can do about a counteroffer at the top of your escalation (though a realtor can speak to this better).

      • Yeah, the realtor for our last contract told us they had a higher offer but worst terms (although the house has been on the market for a few weeks, suddenly there were 2 offers! She made us offer 20K more than we had planned to and we asked for the competing offer for days and she just ignored the question. After the inspection it was clear that we were overpaying and we bailed out. The house was on the market for a few more weeks and the price got reduced even under what we originally wanted to offer. So they ended up losing since we will have probably closed on the house with our original offer. GREED

    • “I know there are some good realtors out there but the last one we had a contract on house with (which fell through) lied to us that they had a higher offer.” Wait — your realtor lied to you? Or the seller’s realtor lied to you? In what way did the contract fall through — I take it there was a kickout provision?

    • alissaaa

      I got my current condo using an escalation clause (going against one other bidder), and we came in under my highest price–what actually won the deal for me was the super quick close I was offering.

    • Allison

      We used an escalation clause and the sellers accepted immediately — no escalation necessary. That’s probably pretty rare, but that was our experience anyway.

    • We put in an escalation clause, and the couple ended up taking our intial offer.

    • We used an escalation clause and beat out seven other offers to get our condo. The closest competing offer maxed out at only $2,500 less than the top of our escalation clause, so we really squeaked by. Earlier in our search, we lost out on a condo where we were up against a cash buyer – the seller decided to go with the all cash offer, even though our max escalation would have ended up at a higher price point. One thing our realtor kept telling us is that the seller’s agent is ALWAYS going to try to get the best deal for their client – that’s literally their job.

  • Rant: Sore arm from the flu shot but at least that’s done
    Rave: Apple with vanilla almond butter for second breakfast
    Rant/Rave: I keep waiting for something to go wrong. Things are going too smoothly right now and that’s just not my luck. I should feel fortunate but I can’t help but brace myself for the worst.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Still having difficulty waking up. What gives?
    Rave: bizarro dream where I listened to paintings. I wish I could do that in real life.

  • Rant: Doctors office still hasn’t done anything productive to get the doctor to return my message or schedule an appointment to see my after he canceled my last appointment close to a week ago.
    Rave: Beautiful weather today – and an outdoor going away event planned this evening.
    Rant: Trying to remember that I can’t change the institution on my way out. But I want justice!
    Rave: Looking forward to starting new better work habits at my new job. PoPville – any suggestions of what you’ve done to cultivate great, productive work (or what you wish you’ve done) at a new job?

    • Allison

      Re cultivating good work habits: Figure out in advance how you’re going to organize your e-mail (folders people! folders!) and stick to it. I personally file everything as it comes in, leaving my inbox as a “to do list” for the day, of sorts. There are only 7 e-mails in my work inbox right now. For things you don’t plan to address immediately, use flags/follow-up alerts to pull items out of your folders and to your attention at the right time. And the vast majority of e-mails don’t require a response, those can just be tucked away and forgotten until you need them again. If you use all of the tools available to you, you will never be that person with thousands of messages in your e-mail that gets yelled at by the IT guys for taking up all the server space.

  • Andie302

    Rave: I made my first test recipe for the Washington Post last night.
    Rant: I forgot an ingredient.
    Rave: I’m glad they test their recipes,
    Rant: because this isn’t one I would make again (even if I remembered the damn cloves).
    Rave: I’m loving this weather!

  • Rave: Change! I am READYand we have started to execute our plan to leave DC.
    Rant: We need help to finalize said plan, namely an accountant who can help us walk through the financial realities of keeping our DC house as a rental property when we move out of the area (because a) blood, sweat, and tears of bringing a 100+ year old home back from the brink; b) it feels unwise to sell while values continue to go up).
    Recommendations on good financial people?
    And any recommendations on property management companies who manage single family houses for remote landlords?

    • I really like Nomadic. They won best pm last year, and they’ve been great. They can help with figuring out a good rental price and likely a good idea on realistic expenditures. They do have accountants in house; although an outside person would be best able to give you a full financial picture.

    • I have mixed feelings about Nomadic. They seemed to rubber stamp all requests for repairs, and their solution is not always the cheapest or nicest. We also had some communication issues – we specifically communicated that we did NOT want to raise the rent because we wanted to keep the same renters in the house the whole time we were away, but they told the tenants that we DID want to raise the rent. That said, they did help us find steady tenants, and I appreciated how they got the DC business licence for us.

      • raising the rent against your wishes is selfish on their part. They should have honored your wishes and signed the tenants that you liked to a longer term lease. They work for you and should honor all your requests.

      • Can’t speak to rent because I find my own tenants, but of the 1 repair I had they contacted me for approval even though it was below my rubber stamp limit. Where these repairs below your limit?

  • Rant: Rude coworker who treats our office mate like crap.
    Rave: Appropriately biting my tongue until I can report her to our boss.
    Rant: Need to buy new sheets, but every time I could buy them I forget.
    Rant?: Totally have the hots for a friend, but I’m pretty sure I’m not her type, and she’s probably moving away soon, and I don’t want to ruin the friendship.
    Rave: Windows open.

    • on the third rant – could you kind of jokingly bring it up with her? I am super flattered whenever a good friend reveals feelings for me – and, oftentimes, I have a little crush on them too! If you bring it up in a not super heavy way, it could open the door to a conversation about it – and she can tell you if she feels the same, or not.

  • Rave: Green day was awesome. Not so much punk rock as punk cabaret and the most energy I’ve sen from a band on stage in ages. A little cheesy at times, but the band was tight and explosive and Billie Jo is an incredible front man.
    Rave: Finished extensive writing test for NYC dream job and think I did well.
    Rant: Now convinced that they’ll go for someone younger or more elite-ly credentialed.

  • Rave: mtpbaby starting to take steps! So cute to have him topple into me as he loses his balance. And he is cruising EVERYWHERE. super cute.
    Rant: Both kids exhausted. 2pm is a tough time for family services–smack in the middle of afternoon nap timing. And then of course we can never leave my parents’ house on time, so bedtime was late too.
    Rave: looking forward to seeing some dear friends this weekend.
    Rant: nervous about sleep implications, particularly for mtpbaby.
    Rant: mtpbaby still hates the car, even in the convertible car seat.
    Rave: finally remembered to copy down the chili recipe:
    2 tbsp olive oil
    2 medium red onions, chopped
    Optional: 1-1.5 lbs ground turkey
    3 cloves garlic
    2 tbsp grated fresh ginger
    1 to 2 canned jalapeños en escabeche, to your taste (I skip this or replace with diced green bell pepper)
    2 tsp ground coriander
    1.25 tsp ground cumin
    .5 tsp cayenne pepper
    .25 tsp turmeric
    14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes, with their juice (I usually double)
    3 tbsp tomato paste
    1 cup water (I’ve never found this to be necessary)
    3 15-ounce cans red kidney beans, rinsed and drained (I drop this to two if I include the ground turkey above)
    .5 tsp Salt or to taste
    .5 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream (I skip this)
    For serving (I’m lazy about this and just serve over rice)
    Chopped red onion
    Chopped fresh cilantro
    Plain yogurt
    Warm chapatis
    1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat, then cook the onions, stirring, until softened, about five minutes. (if including turkey, brown the meat with the onion.) Add the garlic, ginger, jalapeños (or bell pepper) and spices, and cook, stirring until onions are browned. Transfer to the slow cooker, add the tomatoes with their juice, tomato paste, water, and kidney beans, and stir to combine. Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours.
    2. Stir in the salt and evaporated milk, cover, and cook on low for another 30 minutes.
    3. Serve the chili in bowls with the toppings and warm chapatis, if you can find them.

    • dcgator

      This is probably the best place to ask—but I have been dragging my feet on getting a slow cooker (for things like chilis, soups, hearty stews, etc), and would love it if y’all had any suggestions? This would be a meal for one (or two, if hiber-dating occurs). Not looking to break the bank, but I’m willing to spend up to probably $80 for a quality Crock-Pot.

      • “This would be a meal for one (or two, if hiber-dating occurs).”
        Hahahaha… I have never heard that term before and I love it!!

      • I’m not sure about cost (it may go over your budget by a few bucks), but I would highly recommend getting one that doubles as a stand alone pressure cooker (not a stovetop one). It’s much more broadly useful. I have been thinking about replacing my existing slow-cooker (Cuisinart, 13 years old, works great), but have a very hard time replacing functioning appliances.
        Not to hijack, but if someone has a recommendation for a pressure cooker/slow cooker . . .

        • Instant Pot!!! It is the single most used appliance in my kitchen. I haven’t even pulled out my slow cooker (which I loved) since getting it in December. And bonus, the homemade yogurt is delicious.

          • I recently got an Instant Pot. I’ve only used it as a slow cooker. (I’ve never cooked with a pressure cooker.) I don’t really know what to do with it. What’s a good source for recipes?

      • I really like my Hamilton Beach set & forget slow cooker….

        BUT i would highly recommend an InstantPot (https://www.amazon.com/Instant-Pot-IP-DUO60-Multi-Functional-Pressure/dp/B00FLYWNYQ) over a slow cooker.

        • I just got the Instant Pot (6 qt) delivered on Sunday! Still in the box so I don’t have any feedback yet but it came highly recommended by FwC (Friends who Cook)

          • I love love love it. I live in a studio with a very small kitchen so having it available as a one pot meal option is so convenient. I also love how you can pretty much get it cooking and then let it go and it will still be delicious 2 hours later (convenient for someone like me who will start cooking around 630 but doesn’t actually get hungry til around 9). And the yogurt is delicious. Look up the Instant Pot Community page on FB for lots of recipes/helpful tips.

            I wish they had a referral program for this thing – since I got mine in December I’ve convinced at least 10 family members/friends to buy one and they all love it too!

          • I’m looking forward to using it! One of the things that sold me on this pressure cooker was making yogurt (which I used to do but got out of the habit)
            And I love the fact that it has a FB page 🙂

          • Thanks, J! I’ll look for the Facebook page.

      • I owned a slow cooker for years and loved it, as well as a rice cooker, and just gave both away because i bought a 7 in 1 instant pot. it sounds like a as seen on tv gimmick, but its legit. I got it for like $70 on amazon prime day, but its honestly worth the price. Keep an eye on it to see if price goes down. The settings can be a little diffuclt to get the hang of, but the pressure cooker function is amazing and very easy!


    • Any advice on cooking this is you don’t have a slow cooker? Can you cook it covered on the stove for a shorter period of time?

    • Thank you! (And a belated thanks for the email, I meant to reply over the weekend.)

  • Rant: Tired and cranky. Feeling overwhelmed.
    Query for HaileUnlikely: Did you have a door installer you recommend?

    • HaileUnlikely

      I don’t. Definitely not Home Depot though. As you probably know I’m a big fan of Consumer Checkbook. It’s informative and cheap (like $48 for 4 years). I’m thinking about replacing my front door in the next couple years, and have done some preliminary research for it already. Reviews and pricing information on Consumer Checkbook presently have me wanting to look into American Home Center (Beltsville, MD) and Crystal Exteriors (Silver Spring, MD), both of which I’ve verified are licensed in DC.

      • Yeah — I had some doors installed via Home Depot’s contractor and I need to get them to come back and fix some stuff they messed up. Most troublingly, one of the doors seems to have a significant draft/air leakage problem, which is not what I’d expect from a brand-new custom door that (IIRC) was supposed to come pre-hung.
        I have two more doors that really ought to be replaced, but it was such a hassle last time that I haven’t been particularly eager to embark on the process. I’ll look into the two you listed from Consumer Checkbook. (I had forgotten your rec regarding Consumer Checkbook itself — I ought to get a subscription.)

        • HaileUnlikely

          As I wrote last week in another discussion, I had Home Depot install a security door I bought from them, because I wanted to have it delivered, and they were running an installation deal such that installation (which includes delivery) was either the same price as or possibly even cheaper than just delivery. The guy “installed” it so poorly that after he left I just took the damn thing down, started over, and did it myself. (I’m not brave enough to try to replace my own front door, though. If I screwed up the security door I’d still have my regular house door until I could get somebody to finish the job. If I tried to install my own pre-hung front door, there will be no sleep until that door is on there correctly!)

      • justinbc

        +1 Checkbook, use it for almost everything.

  • justinbc

    Rave: Offer letter received yesterday and accepted! After 3 years of searching for a better opportunity than what I have now I finally found one that clicked for both of us.
    Rant: Wanted to celebrate at Achipelago last night but they’re apparently closed on Monday. Celebrated at the new Vieux Carre spot instead, which had great French 75s but every other drink was terrible. They’re all so simple syrup heavy you can’t taste anything else. Oh well, cute spot at least and the small food menu has some good items.

  • Rant: seemed to have acquired a posterior tibial tendon injury this past Sunday on a run
    … decided to do another shorter run last night.. not the best idea
    looks like ill be sitting for some weeks now. I really hope this doesn’t last very long
    Rave(hopefully):i can put some extra time in the pool now to strengthen my swimming
    Rant: no running in Cuba next week

  • Rant: Really, request for suggestions. I live on the 12th floor of a condo building, and we recently had the windows cleaned. The cleaners removed the screens (with my permission and not their responsibility), but they did not put them back. I tried over the weekend and can’t figure it out, partially because I’m scared of dropping a screen 12 stories onto an innocent bystander on the very busy street below. I’m single and don’t think any of my friends are up to this task. Has anyone tried TaskRabbit or have another idea?

    Rave: Beautiful skies, beautiful weather. And my mom is visiting this weekend!

    • Can you ask someone else in your building if it happened to them too? And/or if anyone knows how to put them back in? And/or if they’d be willing to help you do it?

  • Rave: I’m going back to school AGAIN. (What’s wrong with me?)
    Rant: I think I waited too long. I finished my Masters almost 7 years ago. What have I been doing for 7 years?
    Rave: Almost done completing applications and should be ready to submit MONTHS early. 🙂
    Rant: These will be my last few months of DC fun (because DC fun is unlike any other “fun” lol) before I go back to my “nerd life”
    Rave: The Purple People Eaters ate a lot of G-men last night. #Skol!!!

    Side note: Had a quick convo w/ a neighbor of mine who is always pretty kind. We started talking about hometowns and guess where he is from??? Ohio, duh! I couldn’t contain my laughter.

  • rant: i’m at the point where weeks of anxiety starts to become depression. I feel tired and heavy and on the verge of tears today–just want to go home
    rant: can’t go home–no one to cover me at work
    rave: reached out to a therapist after not getting any responses to requests for appointments a few weeks ago.
    rant: i have the feeling that once i start finally treating my anxiety I’m going to experience significant grief for the years and opportunities I’ve lost to crippling self-loathing

    • I have terrible anxiety, but keep my benzo prescription as sort of a last resort. You will eventually build a tolerance to them if used frequently, and they are potentially addictive. Ask your doctor about propranolol. It’s a beta blocker that has the effect of calming your heart rate, so you have less of the physical symptoms. Also, look into CBT therapy and meditation. Hope this helps and good luck!

    • That One Guy

      Hang in there…can you talk to someone else (friend or family) to work through some of the anxiety if you can’t get into see your therapist?

    • Allison

      Re: anxiety, I’m sorry you’re experiencing this. I’ve been there. It’s hard to explain to people how you can feel so wound up and yet so exhausted at the same time all the time. It’s real, and it hurts. But it gets better. Whatever treatment you ultimately find works for you — mine’s intensive light therapy — should also help you process any feelings of regret once you’re in a better place than where you are now. Treatment first, everything else is secondary. (Also, you may find you haven’t lost as many years and opportunities as you think; some of that could be the anxiety talking.)

      • +1 to this, esp. “Also, you may find you haven’t lost as many years and opportunities as you think; some of that could be the anxiety talking.”

      • thank you for that–feeling simultaneously wound up and exhausted is such a great way of putting it. Re: the lost years, I’m haunted by all the opportunities I could have taken and things I should have done and things I could have been. I am just hoping for some relief.

    • Stay strong. I have it as well and my medication does help but therapy seems to work more. Do whatever you can to take care of yourself. And don’t make any huge decisions in this state unless you absolutely have to. The anxiety can cause you to make decisions that you might regret when you feel better. Good luck!

    • I don’t know you, but wish I could give you a big hug because of how you’re feeling. And I don’t think it will help you feel better, but know you’re not alone. With your post and the responses from fellow fab Popvillers, I now have a name to put to what I felt for the better part of the summer: anxiety. I had begun to sense, after probably 4-5 weeks of feeling this way, that maybe I wasn’t processing grief as well as I had thought. And now after reading this thread I realize that I really should find a counselor. Until dealing with grief, I thought that counseling just wasn’t my thing. But you know what? Feeling so anxious and like I could literally jump out my skin for weeks on end is also not my thing. I’m sorry you are feeling the way you are feeling. Thank you for being brave enough to post here.

  • Does anyone know what happened in the Eckington/Noma area last night around 9 pm? i heard a lot of sirens and helicopters. thanks!

  • Rant: Hurricane hitting Haiti. Terrified to see the news in the next 24-48 hours.

  • RANT: I’m a guy, and women (and men) have called me “fat” before.

  • Tom

    RAVE: Y’all, I had the BEST time at the DMV this morning after bringing an old Honda back from the brink of death in New Jersey this past weekend. I sailed through inspection (wait time included) in about 20ish minutes, then drove next door to the SW DMV for re-titling and registration. Spent about 10 minutes in line, waited a little longer, then walked out with fresh plates and valid registration/zoned parking. All within the span of an hour! The out-of-state excise tax was way less than I’d have thought, too.

  • Rant: In an effort to not have an entirely pathetic Rosh Hashanah lunch, I bought a challah from Firehook and ate half the damn thing.

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