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: Safetrack surge. I can’t wrap my head around why Metro added almost no extra buses to routes that service the heavily affected stations. It’s going to be a long and expensive month taking Uber Pool to work.
    Rave: Traffic was minimal this morning, so my ($10!!!) pool ride was easy.
    Rave: Finally watched the Hamilton documentary last night! So amazing!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: One of the best weekends in recent memory. The shopping in Frederick was excellent, and my cousin and her family were in town Sunday.
    Rave: Why yes, I did buy a largish brass turkey for the Thanksgiving table.
    Rave: Today’s Red Line commute was not as bad as I’d feared. I’ll take what I can get.

    • Hi! Can you give any color to the red line experience? Did you wait a long time, or was the trip slow once you got on? I haven’t decided yet whether or not to attempt it this evening or just go straight other (slower/more expensive) modes.

      • Quotia Zelda

        I come down the west side of the Red Line from Rockville, so I’m more insulated from this surge. I didn’t wait any longer than usual for a train, though that could just be the timing of when I happened to get to the station. I don’t know how long the wait was for the next train.

        The train was definitely packed by the time we got downtown.

        I’m expecting the evening commute to be worse.

      • Bear

        I picked up the red line from Union Station. The platform was very crowded, but the train had only started from NOMA so everyone was able to get on. It was pretty crowded by the time it reached Farragut.

    • Quotia Zelda

      Additional rave: A colleague snapped a photo of me at a recent meeting when I was listening to a speaker. It’s not especially flattering or beautiful, but there’s something about it I really love.

  • skj84

    Rave: Halloween costumes. I swear its probably the theatre kid in me, but I love any opportunity to dress up. My roommate and I did Star Wars theme for the Lincoln Park dog costume contest, then I was Cher later in the evening. Today I’m the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Halloween brings out my inner little kid.
    Rant: Frustrated about my relationship. I realize I don’t trust this guy. He really triggered my anxiety out after his freak out last month, and I’ve been trying to keep my worries at bay, but I’m convinced he is just humoring me at this point. He’s going to have another freakout and drop me. I need to talk to him about my concerns, I feel like I’m misreading little things as signs of disinterest. I have been more guarded myself, which probably isn’t helping.
    Rant: I’m going to be in heightened anxiety mode for the next 8 days. I literally don’t know how I’m going to get through this week.

    • Did you make your own TARDIS costume? Or are you going as TARDIS made flesh (from the Doctor’s Wife)?

    • The uncertainty and fear is the worst! Self-care, self-care, self-care. Eat foods you love, do an extra splash of your favorite lotion in the morning, and pamper yourself. Anything to take your mind off of it – physical activity, a random movie, etc – could also be helpful.

  • Rave: Halloween! I’m ridiculously excited for trick or treaters tonight.
    Rave: Having a very young child means you get to impose your personal preferences and dress him as your favorite super hero.
    Ravish: Dare I say it? While the metro was very overcrowded this morning, the first commute of this Safetrack surge wasn’t as terrible as I anticipated. I’m becoming convinced that the key to real happiness is lowering all expectations. Ha.

    • I always love to lower expectations so that I can be pleasantly surprised and pleased if things even meet a low bar. If they exceed that bar I’m usually ecstatic! It probably isn’t the best quirk of my personality though haha…

      • Yes! It is excellent practice for motherhood as well. Lower your expectations of yourself in all areas of your life and then lower them again! Finally embracing that mentality is the thing that’s keeping me sane and happy.

  • Rant: Holy hip pain… arg. I think it’s relaxin related. Thanks pelvis for opening up.
    Rant: Email bullshit is just driving me batshit bananas. My anxiety is so heightened I just want to hide under my desk until November 9th.
    Rave: Just booked a massage!
    Rave: Found a cardio/strength/stretch prenatal class that should get me through the final few weeks of this pregnancy. I love working out, but running has become too much on my hip.

    • Bear

      I hear you on your first rant…it will all be over soon. How many weeks are you?

      • I’m 33 weeks. It’s so bizarre, I’ve been pretty lucky this pregnancy in terms of physical symptoms. It’s just my darn right hip! And it’s usually feels better once I get moving. But today was horrible–putting on pants and shoes felt like a chore. Sigh. I do use the whole pillow between the legs move but I’m going to add some stretches tonight and a heat pack and see what happens. I think you’re a few weeks ahead of me? You’re almost at the finish line!!

        • Bear

          I was pretty lucky in terms of physical symptoms until the third trimester hit – then came the hip pain and swelling in my hands and feet. I hope you avoid the swelling, it sucks – they don’t look that swollen but feel so stiff and go numb constantly. I’m 36 weeks in a couple days – I can almost see the finish line!

          • Aw, I’m sorry, that sounds painful!! You are almost to term though 🙂 My biggest complaint is being diagnosed with gestational diabetes in the third tri. Luckily my numbers have been great and no need for medicine at this point but it really takes the wind out of indulging which is maybe one of the fun parts of pregnancy. All I want is cake and pasta! But I haven’t had any swelling or numbness yet–hoping to keep that at bay as long as possible but obviously no control over what my body decides to do next.

    • skj84

      The email announcement ruined my Friday. Especially since its much ado about nothing. But that doesn’t matter to the general public. People don’t take the effort to actually read up on what really happened, they just hear ’emails” and assume the worst. I hate election season.

      • The whole thing makes me irate. And could Weiner be anymore of just a nightmare in general?? Ughhhh. So over the emails.

    • “Holy hip pain… arg. I think it’s relaxin related.” Not to diminish your pain, but when I first read this (in my morning fog) I was thinking that you’d been relaxing too hard and gotten injured as a result. I quickly figured it out, but the idea of relaxing too hard made me chuckle. 😉
      .
      (Maybe because last night a friend of mine brought up the topic of “extreme vacations” and my initial response was: “So, is that like… relaxing really hard?? Or vacations involving extreme sports?”)

      • Ha!! One of my best friends called the other day and I was talking about the hormone “relaxin” and he was joking that I just made it up. I think it sounds made up myself. And it sounds so much nicer than it is!!

    • Where is the prenatal class you found? That sounds awesome!

      • It’s called Fit4Baby and is offered at multiple locations but looks like this session will be at the Hill center near Eastern Market. I was doing regular (and still am) group exercise classes but now that I’m entering the last few weeks of my pregnancy, I wanted something a little bit more pregnancy targeted!

  • Rave: Had a great weekend. Back in the city on Saturday, then productive day around the house yesterday.
    Rant: I miss DC, like, really, really miss DC. I feel like I really don’t fit in with the new area, and being home reminded me how good it is to feel like you belong.

  • maxwell smart

    RAVE: Had maybe a little too much fun at Night of the Living Zoo Friday night. I’m definitely at the age where hangovers take the entire weekend to bounce back from.
    RAVE 2: Despite being hungover, also enjoyed Soul Stroll at Congressional Cemetery Saturday evening. Overall a good weekend of Halloween fun.

  • RAVE: Baby’s first Halloween. Getting ready to head to daycare for the Halloween parade. He is dressed as an owl.
    RAVE: Had a very social and busy weekend and the next few through thanksgiving are very busy too. I’m really grateful to have so many wonderful friends who want to spend time with me and fun celebrations ahead.
    RAVE: Also very fortunate to have such an engaged husband who loves spending time with baby and doesn’t resent me going out and maintaining a social life. We DO balance it out!
    RAVE: My parents are coming in two weeks for baby snuggles (and to see me too I guess)
    RANT: It’s been HARD, HARD, HARD coming back to work after maternity leave. Same organization, new job, lots of changes while I was out and I am totally struggling getting my arms around everything. I have not felt so lost and insecure in a job in years. It’s a very strange and unwelcome feeling.

    • Can I ask how long you have been back at work? I promise that it does get better, but it takes time. And regarding the insecurity, it may be the job making you feel that way, but it also may be your new role as a parent. I have noticed that my anxiety/insecurity/worry as a mother just starts to bleed into all areas of my life (I question my competence at work, my supportiveness as a friend, etc). I don’t know if it is the same for you but just becoming aware of that tendency helped me manage it more. Also realizing that my hormones are out of whack and do affect my moods and outlook helped as well. Hang in there, and don’t hesitate to rely on your support systems. These early months and years are hard, hard, hard.

      • Thank you so much for your comment! I have been back almost three months. I just expected it would be like sliding back in with ease, but alas no. I think you might be onto something about my general anxiety/insecurity about EVERYTHING these days. I felt so strong at work during my pregnancy, everything was going smoothly and I didn’t realize how hard it would be to come back. I’m giving it my all each day and that’s all I can do for now.

        • I have been back since mid-June, and it really does get easier. I would say it is only in the past month or so that I have started to feel more competent at work. Also, be kind to yourself. The balancing act isn’t easy. Sleep deprivation and mom brain are real. Do the best that you can and then (as much as you can) let it go. That’s all any of us can do.

  • topscallop

    Rant: work anxiety and general stress. I have too many activities and responsibilities and I don’t have enough time and attention to give any of them the time they need. This is something I need to remember for the future- I can juggle different things if they’re more or less part of the same overarching project, but give me four different projects and I feel like I’m dropping everything.
    Rant: Dacha yesterday afternoon was so full of loud and obnoxious people. My friend and I felt chased away by the people at our table. I had forgotten why I stopped going there, this reminded me.
    Rant: I drank too much this weekend and feel less than sprightly today.
    Rant: I can’t think of any raves.

    • Anonynon

      Dacha is easily one of the most over rated bars in DC. Its pointless to go any weekend day/night

    • skj84

      Try The Brig in Barracks Row. What Dacha used to be, a chill neighborhood biergarten. They have live music and outdoor TV screens too!

  • Rave: street cleaning ends today. No more fussing around trying to find the “right” parking spot.

  • Bear

    Rave: Finally bought a car this weekend, and took it out for a mini-road trip yesterday.
    Rant: The original plan was to head out to Shenandoah yesterday, until we got stuck on the 395 parking lot due to the Marine Corps Marathon, which I had totally forgotten about. After looking at all the road closures and traffic in Northern Virginia, we bagged that plan and headed up to Catoctin instead. It was nice, but not as good as Shenandoah would have been.
    Rant: Hubby is under a lot of pressure at work and isn’t sleeping well. Which means I’m also not sleeping well. Between his tossing and turning, my sore hips, and my hands going numb due to pregnancy-related carpel tunnel, it was not a good night for sleep.
    Rave: Work has at least calmed down this week so I don’t have to be quite as “on” today. Knock on wood…

    • Yay for the car and inaugural road trips!

    • Get a brace for your wrists. It really does help with the carpal tunnel. If I knew where mine was (probably in an unpacked box), I would bring it to you.

      • Bear

        I have one for my right hand that I wear at night, and it helps. Need to get one for my left hand too, but I keep forgetting when I’m at the store.

    • Comment Artist

      These marathons are the worst, especially when you’re trying to get between DC and Virginia. I always wonder how many people who need emergency services during the road closures are affected. While it’s usually not too hard with a little planning to reroute one’s trip when it’s shopping or recreation related, it’s not always so easy when someone needs police or EMS.

      • maxwell smart

        Yes, the revenue coming from 40,000 people visiting DC, staying in hotels, eating at restaurants, etc. is terrible. Just awful.

        Seriously though, there are provisions in place for emergency vehicles to cut through the route if needed. I got stopped on year running Cherry Blossom for EMT’s to come through.

      • Since they have to work with emergency services to even stage an event like this I’m pretty sure that the emergency services are satisfied that it won’t be a problem. I think daily gridlock on area roads are a bigger problem for emergency services than a carefully staged event like a marathon. It’s much easier to clear a road of runners than of angry commuters in their cars.

        • Comment Artist

          I was thinking less about the actual race’s route than the surrounding roads that dead end where they intersect with the race’s route. It’s been my experience that these roads can come to a complete standstill for lengthy periods of time, which is far worse than rush hour congestion.

    • Bear

      Additional rant: My six year old nephew is having serious health/mental health issues – now they think it’s something called PANDAS, related to his chronic strep infections that didn’t go away when he had his tonsils out 3 years ago. It’s been really difficult for my sister and her husband to find specialists who both take insurance and who don’t have year-long waits. They’re at about breaking point and it’s just heartbreaking to watch them go through it and not be able to do anything.

      • I’m so sorry to hear that – I just heard of/read about PANDAS for the first time recently. It was a mother talking about how she felt her child had been kidnapped – like he just disappeared overnight. Just found the link – on HuffPo you can search for “how my son was kidnapped” if you want to read it.

    • You need to take Chain Bridge or the Belt Way. I’m surprised Google Maps/Waze sent you toward the Mall.

      • Bear

        It was apple maps. By the time we realized what was going on we were stuck pretty good.

      • I got stuck trying to get to chain bridge b/c they closed off a section of Canal before the bridge. Fun times doing an 8 point turn with a dozen of your friends.

  • Rave? – First morning of Safetrack went ok. I was able to adjust my work hours to come in earlier and leave earlier in hopes of avoiding the crowds and it seems like that was a good decision.
    Rant – This means waking up earlier than usual and I am not a morning person.
    Rave – Had a great weekend visiting the family and hanging with my nephew and little baby niece!

    • Did you take Metro or some other means?

      • I took the red line to Fort Totten (8 min wait for red line) then transferred to yellow/green. Got off at Gallery Place and walked to my office in the Farragut Sq area. It was fairly crowded but not crazy packed and the walk was nice. Tomorrow I think I”ll take the yellow/green to L’Enfant and take he S/O/B to Farragut West and see how that goes.

        • Good to know! I have the exact same commute (Takoma to Farragut). I wasn’t going to try Metro in the mornings but I am planning on testing out the reverse of this for my commutes home.

  • That One Guy

    Rave: The photo of the running chicken. I’m glad someone took his/her photo. Did anyone take a photo of the person dressed up as Chewbacca running along side Princess Leia?
    Rant: Yesterday’s bike ride has me feeling like I was hit by a bat or 2×4. My butt is super sore.
    Rant: Dreamed I was shot in the head and that there was nothingness on the other side of life. So much for restful sleep.

    • “Yesterday’s bike ride has me feeling like I was hit by a bat” — I guess because of the discussion of Halloween costumes in the Rave preceding this rant, I initially was reading “bat” to mean “furry flying thing.” 😉
      .
      I am sorry to hear that you’re feeling that you were hit by something much harder. And that you had such a terrible nightmare — I had one several years ago in which I was shot by a firing squad, and it really shook me up.

  • Rave: I had such a fun and chill week long vacation dancing, eating, drinking, photographing, and caving my way though TN and KY. I impulsively bought a new hat on vacation too and I love it.
    Rave: Otis had a great week too. Thank you to the Popville community for finding me a new dog sitter!
    Rant: everything was easy in life until this week. Okay, I just mean recently I haven’t had any emotional stress and now it’s coming from every direction. I want to be happy and easy like last week and the fastest way to do that is to pretend like none of this is happening. Too bad I know that’s a stupid idea.
    Rave: half off pizza after the Caps win by 4 and score 4 or more goals, it’s great for when you’re hung over and have little food in your house.

  • Rave: My brother proposed to his girlfriend with a gorgeous custom-made ring he had our jeweler make using a diamond my grandmother had left “for whatever grandson might need it”! They are so happy and she’s due to have the baby this Friday, I’m almost scared to believe my good luck right now.
    Rant: Roommate struggling with alcohol abuse. Feeling very discouraged because I thought things were turning around, but nope. Trying to figure out how to help her without enabling her.
    Rave: Went and cast my ballot on Saturday! Glad to have that over with but oh god I’m still nervous about the outcome.
    Rave: Celebrated a friend’s birthday last night!

    • Yikes, sorry to hear about the roommate. I think I realized there was some level of alcohol-fueled bad decisions… but I didn’t realize that she had an alcohol problem per se. That’s unfortunate. Is she aware that she has a problem?

      • She is, and has admitted as much to me and my sister-in-law, but she is currently not prepared to deal with it, in the sense that eliminating / cutting waaaaay back on alcohol would most likely involve eliminating various friendships or relationships.

  • Was trying something different with the safetrack stuff. I live near Glenmont metro, but I would have to get off at Ft. Totten, take the YL/GR to Chinatown then get back on the red to get off at Farragut North. Instead the wife dropped me off at White Flint, which is about 15 minutes from us, and took it to Farragut North. Figured it would be less complicated and it was. I could take the bus at Silver Spring but then I’m relying on DC traffic.

  • Rave: Good weekend overall. Had conversations that needed to be had, gone some hiking in, and saw friends. Have decided to be the person I want to be, meaning long bike rides, seeing movies I know nothing about, and eating an avocado-based diet. Because that’s what makes me happy.
    Rave: I love seeing adults wearing costumes to work. I wouldn’t do it myself, but I enjoy it making them happy.
    Revel: Blessed.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I’m kind of cranky today.
    Rave: had a great weekend with QZ and cousins.

  • Rant: Being on crutches while 6 months pregnant may be one of the most frustrating experiences I’ve ever had. I really hope this sprained ankle heals quickly.
    Rave: The Other Mrs. Rabbit stayed home to take care of me today.
    Rave: The flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookies I made for the Halloween party this weekend were a huge hit. I need to make them again.
    Rave: Halloween – it does make everything better

    • That sounds so irritating. Good luck with the crutches!

    • Do you have a recipe to share for these cookies? 🙂

      • It’s the flourless peanut butter chocolate chip cookie recipe from Epicurious. So easy. Just make sure to let the cookies cool fully on the baking sheet because they crumble when hot.

        • These look great! I think I’ll try them tonight. Hopefully they come out okay with natural chunky PB. Thanks so much!

    • I am so sorry about the crutches! (As a side note, if people don’t jump up to offer you a seat on public transit, I think you are justified in putting a hex on them ;)). Heal up quickly!

  • Rant: Cat hair. Everywhere.
    Rave: Lint rollers.
    Rave: Had a good weekend!
    Rave: In a good mood, for a change.

  • Andie302

    Rave: Fun weekend in DC. Costume party, pumpkin carving, and Dacha yesterday before it got too crazy. When we got there (11:45ish) it was glorious. It was a bit of a mad house when we left a couple hours later!
    Rave: We walked to a friends nearby and continued the glorious time outside.
    Rave: New Burt’s Bees lip shine is exceeding expectations – I really like the smell, the feel, and the way it looks! This may be a new favorite.
    Rant: So tired today
    Rant: Friend had to put their dog down yesterday. I took it particularly hard – their dog was the reason we met in the first place. Luckily their little girl isn’t quite old enough to understand. I’m sad for their family.

  • Rant?: A black cat came out of nowhere this morning and crossed in front of me while I was walking the footpath to my office, then it was gone. WHAT DOES IT MEAN.

  • Rave: Both kids feeling better, and neither kid woke up before 6am.
    Rant: Mtpbaby woke up at 6, clearly still tired but unable to go back to sleep. At least he took a catnap on the bus–since this week he starts his transition to the next classroom!
    RANT: too damn much going on between the two kids and general life. Feel like I’m barely treading water on what needs to be dealt with and kept track of. Totally missed mtpkiddo’s teachers’ birthday last week, and the logistics of dinner/trick-or-treating/reasonable bedtime for today seem way beyond me. And the fountain of new information/things to deal with for the shift to a new classroom for mtpbaby were a little overwhelming for a Monday morning.
    Rave: at least I pulled off my annual pumpkin oatmeal raisin cookies. Man, I love those things, and it was a great thing to have on hand for a farewell thankyou present for the infant room teachers.
    Rave: Got to hang out with a bunch of friends kid-free yesterday afternoon. I needed that!
    Rant: I really need to start making time for some exercise but I just don’t know where to fit it in, especially when I’m already so damn tired.

    • Can you work out on your lunch break? That’s the only way I am able to fit it in consistently.

      • I’m considering that–but my schedule is so cramped that I’m usually working through lunch or taking some much needed time to catch up with colleagues. I’m considering sucking it up & getting up earlier to run for 20-30 minutes 2-3 times/week. Now that I’m not pumping before bed anymore, I can probably get to bed a bit earlier to facilitate that.

  • RANT: some truck in the alley at 530am and sucking out the grease traps from the new restaurant two doors down. Dicks.
    RAVE: incredible weekend weather. Wow.

    • oh man, I feel you on your rant! I live across the street from a fast-food restaurant and they come to suction / dispose of grease literally in the middle of the night, sometimes, it’s infuriating!

      • I may chat with the restaurant manager and let them know. They are probably clueless, as the restaurant does not open until noon.
        Does anyone know if DC’s private service garbage truck regulation (7am start time) applies to other private maintenance vehicles?

  • Rave: Loving getting back into horseback riding. I picked right back up (after 4 years without riding) and now have the okay to ride whichever horses I want whenever I want. I think strength training has really helped.
    Rant: Tired. Generally and of a lot of things.
    Rant: Need to start studying for finals. Ugh.

  • Rave: Had to go way out in the burbs saturday morning and on our way there we saw a Chick-fil-a! Even though it doesn’t fit into our eat healthier mantra right now – we could not pass it up. Luckily they have some healthier options so I opted for the grilled nuggets and the waffle fries (which is the only reason I freak out at the sight of chick-fil-a anyway). The grilled nuggets are not worth the price, but obviously healthier than the fried nuggets – but yay for waffle fries and their plethora of dipping sauces.
    Rave: went running saturday morning (before chick-fil-a) thus wrapping up week 3 of my 5K training plan. I’ve never stuck with running before and I’m loving that I like it so much. Although we’ll see how tonight’s run goes when it ups how long I have to run in each segment for week 4.
    Rant: haven’t heard yet on this thing I can’t talk about yet. I checked in with the guy last friday and he said he hopes he’ll know something this week. I keep telling myself good things will indeed come through and soon – but dang it if my patience is wearing off. I’ve been waiting since March, then June got good news, then better news in July, and then was told two weeks ago I’d get the bestest news last week – and it still hasn’t come.
    Rant: for whatever reason I’ve started dreaming about the armed robbery I experienced earlier this year. Almost to the verge of night terrors. Over the weekend I woke up thinking the robbers were in my apt. Which is dumb b/c no one was there, but if you’ve ever experienced a night terror – they are just that -absolutely terrifying. I wonder what the trigger is – it’s been almost 9 months since it happened and after some initial therapy to sort out the aftermath I’ve been coping quite well. I haven’t heard from the DA or the police – so it’s not like I got news updating me. 9 month anniversary? :/
    Rave: my SO was awake when I got up at the crack of dawn (to avoid safetrack craziness) so we actually got to see each other and chat it up before the day got crazy. It was actually really amazing. I’d like more mornings like that, but we aren’t on the same schedule so probably not possible at all.
    Rave: my commute from Noma-Gallaudet to Farragut north wasn’t any different in length of time. arrived at metro around 6:15am and was at my desk by 6:45am. I hope to leave work by 3:30 so I can miss the afternoon commute. I imagine that reverse commute is going to be worse than the morning regardless though.

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