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: Still grumpy. Hopefully the weekend will help.
    Rant: Time change. Ugh. Fingers crossed kids’ schedules will adjust quickly.
    Rave: Working from home in comfy clothes today.

  • Rave: Friday! My favorite day of the week!
    Rant: Was invited to Thanksgiving dinner by an ex who knows I usually stay home (I met his family previously and they’re very nice) and then uninvited a week later when he realized they’re not hosting it at their house. Whatever. I hesitantly agreed in the first place because he’s always been flaky, but I know it would have made my mom happy for me to go somewhere.
    Rave: For some reason, despite minor annoyances this week, I’m feeling pretty good. Hoping I can spread the good cheer around today.

    • I know this is random, but I am hosting a Friendsgiving at my condo. If you don’t want to be alone, you are welcome.

      • Thanks, SinSA! I’ll let you know. I’m kind of leaning towards just staying home since I’ll have work early the next morning anyway. It wasn’t so bad when I did that last year.

  • rave: this will sound nuts, but I am just about done with my christmas shopping. HELL YEAH!
    rant: trying to figure out what to get a teenage boy. may just get a amazon gift card and tell him to go wild. LOL
    rave: friday 🙂

  • skj84

    Rave: Knocked it out of the park at my performance yesterday. Apparently I’m funny!
    Rant: Brought my gym clothes with me to work, but forgot my shoes. I guess I can do body weights barefoot.

  • Rant: I think Baby Artie is getting another cold. He had a cough last night. Patient Zero is lucky that he’s cute.
    Rave: Friday! I’m so ready for the weekend.
    Rant: So many household chores on my weekend to do list.
    Rave: This cooler weather.

  • Rave: For the first time in over 25 years, went to the Chinese restaurant my Dad and I used to go to before or after Mets games. It looks exactly the same, with the same dishes on the menu. But . . .
    Rant: . . . it wasn’t very good.

  • Rant: Evening got away from me last night – how did it become so late so fast?!
    Rave: Probably because we were working on booking those four vacation days in Lisbon! Looking forward to relaxing after crazy amounts of work and a huge business trip.
    Rave/Rant: Traveling up to middle of PA for Thanksgiving to be with my elderly grandfather (Rave because I’m looking forward to seeing him) but there is NO place open to get any food…other than the diner. Trying to figure out some creative options – and cooking unfortunately is not one of them.
    Rave: Sara Bareilles writing and Leslie Odom Jr. singing on what Obama is thinking through this election: “No man’s ignorance will ever be his virtue. Is this the best we can be? Seriously.”
    Rant: Having to monitor my facebook wall above I posted the above so I could delete the hateful things my cousin said in response.

    • Andie302

      Sometimes nearby grocery stores will allow you to order a completely cooked meal and pick it up. If you could find one (either at your departure or arrival place) that makes sense with your timing, that could be an option. Jealous of Lisbon, that’ll be awesome!

      • That One Guy

        To piggy back maybe see if there’s a Boston Market where your heading to and see if you can order some food from them.

      • Thanks, I’ll definitely look into these options. We’re also hoping to get my grandfather out of his apartment as well (it’s small and he gets stressed with having people there) – so we were hoping there might be a place to eat and relax as well. Maybe it’ll be nice out and we can eat outside…

        • Andie302

          Ahhh! It might be worth checking if any senior centers or fire halls are hosting any fundraiser dinners. That could be a decent outing, support a good cause, and solve your conundrum.

          • Oooh fundraiser dinners are a great idea! They’ll probably have those. He’s in an assisted living senior center (but has his own apartment) so want to get out of senior centers though! I’ll look into the fire hall option.
            Thanks!

      • Emmaleigh504

        +1 to the grocery store idea. We did that with my grandparents and it was very tasty.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      You can order a cooked meal from Harris Teeter here and then reheat it in PA. I’ve done it at Thanks giving and Christmas and the food is quite good.

    • I just came from Lisbon and absolutely loved it!!! If you have any specific questions, I will check back here later today. One thing is definitely go to sintra for the day – its a 45 minute train ride and its amazing. And while there, go to quinta regelaria (spelling?). Its a residence and awesome grounds, including a well with hidden tunnels that lead to a waterfall.

      • So exciting! I’ve been before but around 9 years ago – we’re definitely planning on Sintra. Trying right now to decide about a cool hotel in the hills of Alfama or in a nice hotel near the Restauradores station. Any absolute highlights beyond the typical (absolutely getting pastel de belem, going to the Monastery, the tower, the castle, etc.

        • Ramiros was one of my favorite meals. There is a long line, but you can drink in line and it moves pretty quickly. All of the seafood is very fresh and really delicious. Our favorites were the garlic/oil shrimp and the prawns.

          We also went to the timeout market (http://www.timeoutmarket.com/en/), which is basically a better union market. There are stands just like in union market, but they are all run by famous chefs so everything is delicious. It is packed with tourists and locals, and its really a great place if you love union market like I do. It is “expensive” for lisbon standards, meaning that the main dishes are like 10 euros. Its great.

  • Rant: Hastily approved historic district designation for Union Market is going to keep those terribly maintained warehouses in that area for years to come.
    Rave: at least it’s the weekend, or just about.

  • Rant: First getting dressed in the dark mistake of the year; thought my tights were brown, they are in fact black. I look like a hot mess today.
    Rave: At least it will be lighter when I leave the house on Monday! I hate, hate, hate going to work in the dark. Also, I am glad to finally be at the stage where I don’t care how the time change affects the kids and their sleep patterns – sorry parents of infants and toddlers!

  • Rant: Why is it so hard to get my profile pic to update? I can delete it and nothing shows up, but when I upload a new photo, the old one reappears.

    • Allison

      In my experience it just takes a little while to show up. Have you tried deleting your cookies?

      • It shows up when I view my profile, but I’m still seeing the old avatar when my comments are posted. Then again, there are times when everybody’s avatars show up as broken or missing images, so maybe there are some technical issues behind the scenes.

  • Bear

    Rant: Stayed up way too late trying to get my family’s travel to DC organized for after the baby comes.
    Rave: It’ll be the first time in 3 years that I get to spend Christmas with my parents, and my brother will come up for a few nights beforehand as well. Wish my sister and her family could come too, but they’ve got too much going on. She’ll at least come up right after the baby is born for a little bit.
    Rant: I was supposed to get a massage today but the therapist called in sick. I was so looking forward to lying down in a dark room for an hour…

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: I am cranky and everything my office mate does is annoying on a good day. Today I want to throttle him.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Bought one of those wake up lamps. I don’t know if it’s supposed to be stationed right next to your face while you sleep in order to be effective, but my initial reaction is meh.
    Rave: It’s been a long week so very thankful it’s Friday.

    • I go back and forth on those lamps, and can never bring myself to buy one. I’ll take your “meh” as a sign that I should just walk away from the idea altogether.

      • That One Guy

        Amazon was having a sale so I ordered two different Phillips models. One arrived yesterday and it has a big time display in the middle of the lamp which is the reason placed it away from me. I would find the time display annoying to see as I stir in bed. I’ll report back if the other model is better when it arrives next week.

      • Emmaleigh504

        I like my light box with sunrise capability. It’s bright enough to combat SAD. In the depths of winter it’s the only thing that gets me out of bed.

  • Rant: I’ve been on antibiotics for almost a week and I’m only feeling slightly better (sinus/ear infection). Mostly staying home (again) this weekend. Boo!

    Rave: I mean, it’s good for my wallet that I’ve stayed home so much, I guess?

    Rave: I found a place that has fixed my boots! I go pick them up tomorrow. I’m excited.

  • Rave: Just found out that “Dear Evan Hanson,” the musical that debuted at Arena and made me think that maybe I don’t hate all heartwarming musical theater after all is not only making it to Broadway, but was called by the Times one of “5 must-see shows.” I’m pleased to see a good production get called up to the big leagues, and it’s kind of fun that — with “Hamilton” and “The Front Page,” (and the short-lived “China Doll”) that I’m kind of “up” on Broadway these days, as though I were some sort of sophisto Manhattanite.

  • Rave: I’ve decided to cheat on a few parts of Thanksgiving dinner (appetizers, bread, and dessert) and it has reduced my stress level by more than I thought it would. I’m glad I finally came around.
    Rave: I really needed that vanilla latte with a sprinkle of cinnamon this morning.
    Rave: Just a few more days until I get to escort the other Mrs. Rabbit to the voting booth for the first time. We’re both ridiculously excited by this.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Working at home.
    Rant: Feeling like it might be time to shake things up, careeristically speaking. I love the work I do and my organization, but there’s not a lot of room for growth. I just can’t see myself doing the same thing for the mext 20 years. But I don’t know what else I would/could do.
    Rant: MLMs. Honey, selling Rodan & Fields is not “a career in skin care,” and no, you aren’t a small business owner, either.

    • Ha! At least it’s better than the people selling fiber lashes thinking they work in skincare. Also, now apparently leggings have taken over the world of ‘small business owners.’

      • Ugh, yes. I am currently in the middle of facebook event that I was put into by a friend selling leggings. I keep getting alerts that she’s posted in the event. I don’t want to be rude and leave it, but it’s so annoying!
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        I’ve had to fully block friends who do Rodan & Fields. I tried to block only R&F posts but it didn’t seem possible.

    • MLMs are the absolute worst. They’re terrible to the people who do them, and they’re terrible to the innocent bystanders who are seen as “potential customers.” Please, friends, don’t monetize our friendship.

    • I have been feeling the same about my career. Was talking to a friend this week and she said “maybe you need something like a life coach…or career change coach?” I think that is what I will look into in the new year. I’ve been in the same field for 10 years, so it makes it hard for ME to understand what else I’m qualified to do. I need someone to translate my skills to other fields.

    • In case anyone else was wondering what “MLM” stood for:
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      “Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a controversial marketing strategy in which the sales force is compensated not only for sales they generate, but also for the sales of the other salespeople that they recruit.”

    • OMG, such a rant! R+F, Lularoe, nutrition company, blah blah MLM–soooo many FB friends seem to be involved in these! It’s seriously my number one pet peeve. I’ve had one girl who is strictly an acquaintance (sister of my friend from high school!) ask me to join her team TWICE. Then people add me to their groups without even asking. No, I am not joining your team and I am definitely not spending my Canadian dollars on crap I don’t need! Also, it’s really annoying how they try to guilt you into the product by saying oh, I am a business owner, you’re supporting a mom and her child’s needs: daycare, dance lessons, blah blah instead of supporting Mr. Big CEO! Sorry, but my other friends who have side jobs don’t hassle me to come buy a drink while they’re bartending or buy clothes where they’re a sales associate.

    • So, I love the Lularoe leggings but hate hate hate the marketing etc. I discovered that there are large Facebook groups for “multi-consultant sales” – so when I want a pair of leggings I just go through what’s listed on those and order that way. Since it’s not a “party” or anyone I know they never bother you again.

  • question: does anyone use a nanny/pet-cam to spy on their pet during the day? even better if it is two way/interactive (dispenses treats)? I’m considering getting one for my partner/our dog for Xmas and not sure where to start.

    • Andie302

      This was definitely on shark tank recently! I don’t know of anyone who has used it, but it’s called icPooch and they sell it on amazon.

    • I keep thinking about buying one of those. Glad I’m not the only one.
      There are some that even have lasers so you can drive your pet crazy from work!

    • I have a Dropcam for my dog and I love it! It’s really easy to use and you can download the app and see the video feed on your phone. Although I think it increases separation anxiety among humans! I always need to check in with my dog throughout the day to see how she’s doing.

      • I wanted to add that Dropcam does have the two-feature that allows me to talk to her through the camera, but I don’t use it. I tried it once and it totally freaked her out.

        • lol I am 100% certain my dog would be terrified of that. I’m not even sure she would like it if treats were dispensed — she is a total scaredy-cat-dog.

          • Yeah I have scaredy-cat dog too. We originally bought it to monitor her separation anxiety, which thankfully is much better now. I felt so bad for her because after we talked to her via the camera she went around the apartment looking for us and could not settle down again. She couldn’t figure out why she could hear us, but not see us or smell us.

        • but I think my partner thinks it would be fun to “talk” to the dog, so I am interested in features like that, so thank you!

    • thanks for the tips guys!

    • i have a petzi that was gifted to me by my fiance last year – its really fun. i can see them on video, talk to the, and dispense treats. i can’t heat them though – so not two way. works on wifi in the house, and an app on your phone. good luck

  • Rave: 8 days till the wedding! Holy crap, so many things to figure out and complete…eep!
    Rave: Coworkers threw me a surprise bridal shower yesterday! It was lovely, and especially lovely that we enjoy each other’s company and can let our hair down. And celebrate together! The amusing part was that I checked my boss’s calendar, which he shares with me, and saw “SURPRISE bridal shower”… 😉
    Rave: Counting today, only 3 more days of work! Really, just looking forward to two weeks off.
    Rave: Heading to Vegas for the honemoon. Any must-sees???
    Rant: Having two cavities filled at 10 a.m. tomorrow. Better now than later, I guess…

    • Good luck with all the wedding preparations! And Rave #2 is especially sweet.

    • I am actually getting married / mini-mooning in Vegas next year!!! we were there last summer and went to see Britney Spears at her residency at Planet Hollywood which I HIGHLY recommend if you are anywhere near my age (early 30s) and have 90s nostalgia. She played all of her hits and it was sooooo so so so so good. Partner who is in his 40s and doesn’t like pop music even had a good time.

    • See a Cirque du Soleil show (Zumanity is lots of fun, it’s the 18 and up adult themed one) and Penn & Teller for sure! Mr. Eggs and I went for our first anniversary last year and had an incredible dinner at Prime Steakhouse in the Bellagio. We also really enjoyed the brunch buffet at Bacchanal Buffet in Caesar’s. Ride the High Roller. See the Bellagio fountains at night, and the statue show in Caesar’s at some point throughout the day. Have a great time!!

  • Rave: Bff gets here soon! Where should I take her for a chill HH where we can actually chat? We can start early. I keep thinking Il Reconcito II would have been good, but obviously that won’t work and my brain is stuck on it.
    Rant-ish: I had a meeting with a contact for a project yesterday and it was fun to come downtown and get coffee with someone (I work in the burbs near zero coffee), but I was way over my head. He was very nice and super smart, but I spent a decent chunk of the time thinking that he should be talking to someone more senior and knowledgeable.

    • I think if you are starting early enough (like 5 / 6?) just about anywhere will potentially be chill enough to have a conversation – I love Wonderland, Red Derby, or Looking Glass for an early evening hh.

      • This is a good point.
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        For HH, I was thinking maybe Petworth Citizen, but that’s probably already on your radar.

    • Fainting Goat and Kapnos are both surprisingly not crowded for the early HH crowd and have great HH offerings.

  • Rave: Met someone inspiring last night. Just…wow.
    Rant: My co-worker moved the candy bowl and I’m sitting 2 feet away from my favorite type of candy. I’m going to need all the Reese’s Cups.
    Revel: Looking forward to the weekend, especially getting to visit the African American History Museum. Can’t wait!

  • Rant-ish: Went to vote after work yesterday but the wait was an hour so I left with a plan to vote today (thinking I’d be in and out in just a few minutes this morning). WRONG! There was a long line to get into the room to wait in line to check in and then wait longer to actually vote. Estimated wait time on the dcboee website isn’t accurate
    Rave-ish: Lots of people voting? My sib (voting in MD) waited over an hour to vote.

    • MPinDC, which early-voting location did you go to — the Columbia Heights Rec Center one? Judiciary Square? Neither?
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      I had been thinking about stopping by Judiciary Square after work today, since today is the last day of early voting… but I think I might just wait until Tuesday and vote at my regular precinct location.

    • I went to Columbia Heights Rec Center– there was a long line to go up the stairs to the second floor.
      Looks like my plan is now to vote on Election Day!

    • This really worries me for places like PA where they don’t have early voting. Ugh. But, yes, happy to hear that theres so much enthusiasm for voting!!!!!!!

    • houseintherear

      I went to Takoma yesterday- super long line, but was out in about 15 mins. It usually goes very quickly!

  • topscallop

    Rant: when my eyes are bigger than my stomach, my default is to “power through” and finish what’s in front of me. I think growing up with a dad who abhorred wastefulness (likely instilled by his own parents who grew up in Brooklyn during the Depression) led to a habit of plate-cleaning. And then feeling ill after.
    Rave: the two slices of pizza I powered through last night were very tasty, and it was fun to catch up with a friend on an impromptu friend date.
    Rave: the weekend is almost here! Date night tonight, parties tomorrow, and hopefully resting on Sunday
    Rave: clearing stuff off my desk feels awesome. Why oh why am I such a procrastinator?
    Rave: feeling a difference in my arms already from starting a free weights routine this week. Yay muscles!

    • Ugh I do the same thing with overeating to avoid being wasteful. It’s something I’ve been trying to get in the habit of not doing but it’s so hard!

  • Something like 20% of voters in DC have already voted. I thought that was interesting.

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