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: That damn facebook “copy & paste” about people wanting the same insurance that Congress gets. That was perhaps a reasonably rallying cry for opponents of the ACA when people were afraid of what the plans on the exchanges would look like (perhaps ignoring the fact that they were intended to make coverage more accessible for those without it), but now it just doesn’t make sense. Congress and most congressional staff now get their employer-sponsored insurance on the exchanges. If you want to purchase your insurance on the exchange, go ahead!
    Rave: While mtpkiddo woke me up out of a deep sleep because she couldn’t find a lovey that was right on her bedroom floor, she at least went right back to sleep and didn’t keep anyone up for hours. I can live with that for now.
    Rave: It’s Friday! So glad to have a break from the school-day morning routine for a bit, even if this weekend will be busier than I might like.

    • Blithe

      When I scream about the topic of your first rant, it means something slightly different. The members of Congress are getting tax-payer supported health insurance, while at least some of the citizens helping to pay for it can’t afford and/or don’t have access to similar coverage. For me, the rallying cry is about the hypocrisy of enjoying the security of a tax-payer supported health plan — since tax dollars pay for their salaries and their benefits, while actively working to prevent others — who lack employer-sponsored insurance — from enjoying similar security.

      • I can appreciate that nuance, but are you arguing that they shouldn’t be eligible for any employer-sponsored insurance, except through a spouse? Would you also argue that they shouldn’t be paid a salary for the same reason? Where is the logical end of those types of assertions? I worry about suggestions that members of congress/their staff should be affected by their decisions in a punitive fashion because it could also hamper the development of good policy as well as changing legislative priorities. Most policies will have winners and losers, especially in the short run. Should congress be hit with a stick for each type of loss to feel the pain of whichever group is being hurt? I don’t think that would lead to good policy in the long run.
        Please don’t take my commentary as being in favor of the AHCA. I’m also not naive enough to believe that all members of congress think they are doing the “right” thing for the country without being influenced by special interests. But I worry that the state of politics and the ability of our country to move forward and grow would be hampered by these types of ideas.

        • Blithe

          No. But I am arguing that people who recognize the huge, huge benefit of having the security of not just employer-sponsored health insurance for themselves and for their families, but that it is actually paid for by tax payers should understand — and, ideally fight for — that same type of security for their constituents. I’d also love it if the those who view this as less than crucial for their constituents would give up their own benefits, but that’s obviously not going to happen.
          —I appreciate your questions, and I want to really think through my responses, but I don’t have time to do it now. I’ll ponder them tonight — and give a more-thought out response. I don’t want to “punish” Congress. I do want them to recognize that it’s better not just for individuals but for the country as a whole if we have an educated, healthy populace.

        • HaileUnlikely

          I agree with your general point here, however, in the specific context of financing the healthcare of citizens, I find the notion that there have to be “losers” unfounded, and quite honestly, offensive. There don’t have to be losers. There are losers because of a policy decision that causes there to be losers.

          • There were losers under the ACA as well. Some people had to pay more, whether because of higher taxes or higher premiums for coverage that was more generous than they would have chosen or because their employer no longer offered coverage. Also, hospitals got hit with a substantial cut to future Medicare prices, which could have long-term effects on hospital supply/availability/etc. There are limits to what society can pay for, so we will always have to make choices. If you are offended by my suggestion that there will be winners and losers even in the context of financing healthcare, then you are misunderstanding my point. Expanding coverage and subsidizing it comes with a cost, and someone has to pay it. So those people may be worse off. If we reduce entitlements to allow for lower taxes now or in the future, other people are worse off. Hell, if we make the tax system more progressive & raise revenue by eliminating the tax exemption for employer-sponsored health insurance, there will be lots of losers (myself included because I benefit from that particular exclusion)–though perhaps that would help fund entitlements to help those who need more help. Does that make sense? I really don’t think this concept is offensive, but keep poking at me if you disagree. Because perhaps I’m not being clear. Or perhaps we’re talking about two different things. Or maybe I’m being offensive–though I don’t think that’s the case (and hope it’s not).

          • HaileUnlikely

            No disagreement there, I was a loser under ACA, not in a way that was so severe as to lessen my support for the policy, though. I just mean, generally speaking, I reject the notion that the means by which healthcare is paid for have to be such that there exist losers, at least not as many and as severely as we have under ACA or this alternative. Our elected officials needlessly accept as fact that there will be lots of losers and some of them will lose very very badly.

          • I’m not sure how we can avoid having no one lose anything. Health insurance and care is expensive so we need to pay for the benefits somehow. It would be great if we could pay for everything with improved efficiency but even if there is that much slack in the system, how do you make it happen from a legislative or regulatory change?

          • HaileUnlikely

            Neither this administration nor the previous is addressing the cost side of the equation at all. Ok, ok, if costs were reined in, providers and healthcare bureaucrats would “lose,” but that’s a different kind of loser than citizens not being able to access care.

          • The cost side is presumably he next step and is incredibly complex, as evidenced by the fact that health care systems are struggling across the wealthier countries. And I’m not sure how we regulate cost reduction outside of price reduction – which was a part of the aca with the Medicare productivity cuts – or having the government get much more involved in what treatments can and can’t be used, which would likely get railed against and called rationing. Also, if providers lose, that could have downstream effects on access, especially in more remote areas that already have access issues. It’s complicated. If it wasn’t, it would have been fixed by now.

          • HaileUnlikely

            Although the complexity of it all may be a contributing factor in why costs not only haven’t been reined in but are continuing to spiral out of control, it certainly is not the sole reason. The business interests involved, on both the provider side and the insurer side, are a major factor there as well. (I’m not a healthcare policy expert. I don’t pretend to have all of the answers, but it is painfully clear when nobody is making a good faith effort to try to find answers, and that has been the case for a long time.)

          • I definitely don’t view health care as a zero sum game. But it’s also the case that we can’t get something for nothing. It’s also true that special interests and lobbying are a part of the problem, but from a pragmatic perspective I’m not sure how we fix that since there is very little support for a socialized system. And even if there were, those systems are struggling mightily as well. That said, I was only thinking about health care on its own rather than within the whole budget. Certainly, rebalancing between components of the budget could make a difference. Though that doesn’t change the fact that entitlements take up so much of our budget and that our population is aging magnifies that issue from both the health cost and social security side. Expanding the tax base through allowing more immigration would help on that front, but could also make life harder for certain segments of the population.
            Going back to my first point, some of these decisions are incredibly complex, especially because different people have different priorities. It’s hard enough for law makers to deal with some of the easier issues. I don’t want to make it even harder to make the hard decisions by somehow punishing them for making some people worse off. Perhaps I’m too idealistic in thinking that they may tackle some of the harder issues and do it well in the first place, but at some point their hands are going to be forced on disability and social security benefits. I wouldn’t want them to be further hamstrung.

          • Blithe

            Not sure where this will go, but: mtpresident, I replied to your 3:31 (Saturday) comment underneath your 3:32 comment. Again, I appreciate the issues that you’ve raised. Thank you for giving me a lot to think about!

        • Blithe

          Wow! This is now so involved that I’m not sure where to start. I will say that mtpresident, I have the sense that you’re viewing health care as a zero sum game. While there probably will be winners and losers, the winners and losers don’t necessarily have to all be health care focused. As in: if our priorities as a country were education, health care, infrastructure and defense, resources can be balanced – or imbalanced – between them. There really don’t have to be any losers in health care if health care is viewed as a priority equal to defense. It’s odd to me that we give billions to Israel and other countries that provide better health care and educational options to their citizens than the US does.
          — At this point, I think that the ACA prioritizes insurance companies far too much. I would argue for a public option or an extension of Medicare and/ or Medicaid as an option that people could buy into — with significant subsidies. Private insurance would continue to cover options that exceed the basic coverage offered by the public options. In any case, while I don’t advocate punishing members of Congress, I do see a huge problem when the decision makers aren’t personally affected by the decisions that they make. I think that the Administration and Board for Metro need to take the trains and buses to work every now and then. I think that our representatives in Congress who are making decisions about health care and social security and other social programs should have a stake in their decisions. The funny thing is that many of them are all to willing to enact onerous penalties supposedly so citizens will be more responsible — when their own benefits are safe — and unaffected by their decisions, for the most part.
          My initial reaction to your post was primarily to your last sentence: For me the issue is not: “Wow, I can purchase the same policy” but rather ” Why do my tax dollars go to support guaranteed health benefits for members of Congress, while for me — and other citizens — it’s a struggle, and often impossible to have the security of having basic health coverage. For me, the face of this is Paul Ryan — who owes at least some of his success and personal security in life to social security benefits and government jobs. He’s quite eager to make decisions that ensure that many of us will not have the benefits that changed his life for the better. I think that’s wrong. I think that’s evil. And if that’s a feature of the system rather then a bug, it’s something that I would like to change.

          • Blithe

            Re: 10:30 post: Some of the cost issues could be “fixed” by taking out the profit motive that private insurers now have. Medicare and Medicaid already do rationing. So do private insurance companies. I realize that it’s complicated — but at least one of the reasons that the current system hasn’t been “fixed” is that at least some of the people and entities who now benefit from the system as it is don’t want it “fixed”– because they’re profiting Bigly/Hugely (sorry-ish for that) from the current system as it stands.

          • Blithe

            One more bit: I’m sure that it’s clear that while I’m very opinionated, I have no formal training in health care policy. I have worked for a hospital though, and I have spent a lot of time on the phone with insurers, including Medicaid. Which means that I possibly have more experience in health care than some of our Cabinet Secretaries do with their respective balliwicks — a terrifying thought.

          • I replied above by accident – didn’t mean to ignore your well thought out contribution.

          • Blithe

            Now I’m REALLY not sure where to put this! 🙂 – mtpresident, I appreciate the clarification of your stance re: my “zero sum game” comment. I also appreciate your idealism — even as I share your sense that special interests and lobbyists are definitely a part of the problem. I’m not clear, though, that there’s very little support for a socialized system. Just as there were many people who, reportedly, hated “Obamacare” but loved the “ACA”, I think there are many who would welcome expanding the familiar Medicare framework — perhaps by allowing younger seniors who lack employee provided health care benefits to buy into it if they wish. My sense is that many support the ideals and the actuality of a Medicare-type of structure — as long as it’s not called anything scary like “socialized medicine”. As to the expenses, they are, indeed, considerable. But preventive care and early intervention will always be less expensive than the alternatives. The key is who we as a nation — and our representatives in Congress — chose to be responsible for paying the bills. And whether health care is viewed as a necessity and as a right (obviously my view) or as a luxury.
            – Sadly, frighteningly, I don’t think that the priority of many of our representatives in Congress is as simple as figuring out the best way to get at least basic health care benefits to the most people. To me, the question is simple, even if the solutions are not. Since the solutions follow from the way that the questions are framed, at this point, I’m feeling both discouraged and terrified about the ways that our current administration will address any of these issues. I quite agree with you about also needing to address issues such as disability and social security. Sadly, my sense is that people who view health care solutions as “boot strap” individualistic issues — which need to be addressed by individuals and families rather than with government intervention — will likely view disability, social security, and public education in similar ways.

            — Thank you VERY much for taking the time to raise these issues. I’ve learned a lot from your comments!

          • Thank you as well! It’s been a great discussion. I’m not sure I agree on how much support there is or isn’t for socialized health care, but it’s hard to tell. One thing I want to note-prevention and early intervention will not always save money. It depends on the cost of the preventative measures and the cost of the care after the fact, especially if not everyone who gets the preventative treatment would come down with the related illness. This is especially true in the case of diagnostic tests for certain types of cancer for certain populations – not quite the same thing as prevention but the same idea. And thank you again. I’ve appreciated your thoughts and the chance to think more about the issues.

  • Rant: This training is becoming totally insufferable. Stop making us play ridiculous games for 45 minutes and tell us the info so we can stop guessing and get out of here.
    Rave: Looking forward to having plans this weekend and getting some yummy food. I’ve been scrounging my fridge for a day or two now.

    • I have a training every year that involves games and I dread it. Weird thing is that some of the folks I trained with last year were all into the game trying to “out play” each other. I consider it a victory if I get through it without falling asleep.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Curiosity got the better of me this morning. Bought a couple packs of Bumble Bee Protein Packs (sun dried tomato and basil flavor) at CVS because they’re being discontinued and on sale. It didn’t taste bad until I swallowed. What do I do with the second pack? Ugh….

  • Help please! I have a friend in town tomorrow who just had knee surgery. He won’t use a wheelchair, and can only walk short distances. My MO is to walk to metro and go someplace to walk for hours (museums, monuments, RCP). I can’t think of a single thing to do that won’t be hard on his knees. And of course, I”ll need to drive, which means I’ll need to park. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • The rock and roll marathon is tomorrow so driving and finding parking in the city may be a challenge. Check the race route for closures.

      • Driving in will be a challenge. I imagine finding parking will be easier than usual on account of the very cold weather and the road closures.

    • Andie302

      A movie in the burbs? Some sort of show (check Kennedy Center, Ford Theater, etc.)? Just ride around DC on the trolley thing to see the sites? That’s a tough one! Any recipes he might like to cook while relaxing at your place, or a game or puzzle? Is he even up for walking short distances? I’d try to put together a couple options and then let him dictate what he’s got the energy for. Enjoy the visit!

    • Does he have a temporary handicap parking pass? If so, he should bring it, and parking will be free at meters for 2x the max time. That may also make it easier as many people won’t park at the marked handicap meters because they don’t realize that program is now defunct.

    • duck boat tours are fun (they leave from union station and DC residents can get half off)…if the weather is nice.

    • Thanks everyone! I’ve been meaning to check out the Kreeger. Maybe tomorrow’s the day.

    • Chill in the atrium of the National Museum of American Art/Portrait Gallery? Once there you can access – on one plane – a little art, a little food, a little people watching, etc. All in a beautiful space.

    • Yeah, the marathon really screws things up…one attraction that is outside of the marathon area is the National Basilica. Visiting kind of feels like seeing the huge cathedrals in foreign countries, if you or your friend are interested. The mosaics are fantastic, and there are places to sit. One downside is that it can be a long walk from parking, so I would either drop him off or Uber/Lyft. And then you could go to Brookland’s Finest, Brookland Pint, etc. for food/drink.

  • Rant – I’m moving in a month, but needed to renew my car registration today. Since I park on the street, I had to renew my RPP. I don’t get RPP in my new house, so I may have spent $70 on a month of RPP.

    Rave/Rant – $70 is still cheaper than finding somewhere off-street to park my car. Rave for my wallet, but I don’t particularly think the low price of RPP is good public policy.

    Rave – it didn’t take me long at all to get my car through the inspection station today.

    • I thought rpp was only $15. Alternatively, you can just get a visitors pass at the new place and use that until is time to renew. I know it’s not the intended purpose, but what the Hell.

      • I was surprised it was $70, too. I think I may have inadvertently renewed my registration for 2 years. At any rate, I did think about using a visitor’s pass until I move, but I think I’d get a ticket for an expired registration. And they ticket nightly where I live now. Oh well, I’m just mentally adding it to the cost of moving.

        • I think it’s $35/year — sounds like you accidentally renewed for two years.

        • “Oh well, I’m just mentally adding it to the cost of moving.”
          This is the smart thing to do. No matter when you move the timing won’t be exactly right to minimize every single ancillary expense. There’s always a cost of doing business.

        • I was suggesting you use the vpp AFTER you move rather than paying for a rpp twice, but it sounds like maybe you can get a refund which is better.

    • Are you moving within DC or will you be headed to another jurisdiction? When I turned in my DC tags after selling my car, DC refunded a pro-rated portion of my unused registration/RPP fees (and they did so in pretty quick order too). Perhaps a good chunk of that money will be coming back to you?

      • Moving within DC, but maybe I’ll get a refund as well because the new place isn’t RPP eligible? That would be great! Thanks for the info

  • Rant: Finicky eyes that require the latest and greatest contacts which are NOT given the $10 insurance rate.
    Rave: Glasses Rx changed slightly, which means I can get new glasses! Yay, I love getting new frames…
    Rave: Pope Francis may allow married Catholic men as priests! One baby step closer to ordaining women…possibly??
    Rave: My sister-in-law is staying with us for a few days in May! We’re not the closest and I really didn’t think she’d take me up on the offer. Excited to show off our awesome apartment, as the last time she was here I was in a crappy group house and felt judged.

    • Extra Rave: Got my first StitchFix box yesterday! Going with a super cute tank I never would’ve picked out myself. LOVE IT.

      • That’s good to know you liked it. I’ve been thinking about trying StichFix, but have been nervous because I’m petite and it’s so hard for me to find clothes that fit. I am a perpetual orderer and returner. lol

        • I had mixed results with stitcfix, although they definitely have petite sizes, which I also need. I actually prefer trunk club, because you can go to their clubhouse in Chinatown and actually try stuff on (but you don’t have to if you just want them to ship you stuff). The other benefit of going to the club house is that they will do alterations for free.

          • I will check that out. I assume you only pay anything at the club house if you actually purchase something?

          • Oh this is good to know about free alterations! I should check into that.
            I had 4-5 items of clothing from Stitchfix, that cost a decent amount (think $50 for shirts and $90 for pants) literally just come apart at the seams over the course of the couple months I did it, so I quit. I had one tailor tell me that the pants were made extremely cheaply, with not enough fabric used on the seams, and that she would have expected it from Walmart clothes but not at that price point. The quality just wasn’t there for me. I hope they’ve improved!

        • Keep in my mind that if you don’t keep anything from the box, you’re out $20. I didn’t realize that when I tried it–I thought I would get a credit.

          • Whoa! Good to know. (Although StitchFix’s introductory mailer thing didn’t make me want to try them out — all four (?) profiles of (supposed) customers and outfits selected for them depicted ripped jeans.)

        • For what it’s worth…. I’m thinking about trying MM. LaFleur (although probably the in-person option rather than the “bento box” delivery option) after reading favorable comments from PoPvillagers in this recent thread:

          • stitch fix is fun since you get cute stuff you may not have picked, but expensive for the quality

          • I was inspired by the positive reviews of MM. LaFleur last week and signed up for the bento box. It came yesterday and was a total disappointment. In setting up my profile, I specified that I did not want any accessories and was really interested in getting day to night clothes (especially dresses) that would be forgiving on the mid-section. My bento box arrived with one itchy scarf, a poofy black shirt, a black blazer that was okay but had massive shoulder pads, a pencil skirt, and one dress with a belt placed just above my waist-line so it absolutely drew attention to the area I wanted to disguise. I was so disappointed I almost cried. Kicker is that if I want more boxes, I have to either start keeping items or pay a $25 fee. (The fee was not mentioned on the site during sign up process). I am glad to hear people have had good luck with MM. LaFleur, but sadly I did not.

          • Fellow petite hard to fit orderer and returner here. I’ve tried Stitch Fix, Tog and Porter, and Trunk Club. Stitch Fix was a total disappointment, and the clothes seemed both of middling quality and they ignored requests (I got 2 dresses of the 5 items after specifying no dresses). I liked Tog and Porter (you communicate via Skype with a stylist and they shop for you). I also like Trunk Club (owned by Nordstrom) but individual items are a bit pricier, so I can’t use it for all of my shopping. The Chinatown clubhouse is a fun place to try on clothes, but only hemming is free–other alterations involve a fee.

          • Definitely go for the in-person, but make sure you have an appointment. They’ll have all kinds of things waiting for you and you can sip champagne while you try them on. I’ve been to their boutique in Manhattan, but didn’t have an appointment. They were able to squeeze me in, but everyone arriving with appointments had lots of options waiting for them. I’m pretty picking about clothes and err on the more frugal side, but their quality and fit really is worth the price.

          • Colhtsmom, thanks for the intel on the MM. LaFleur bento box; that sounds really disappointing. (Especially how they ignored your no-accessories request.)

    • That One Guy

      I shouldn’t joke like this but maybe Pope Francis is hoping that married men are a better option than the current exiled to the boonies pedophilia priest population.

    • That One Guy

      Also regarding contacts maybe look into Hubble. Don’t know how much contacts usually go for but they seem affordable.

  • Andie302

    Huh? I dreamt that I was in a CVS and found an inflatable item that looked like a giant fork that upon closer inspection was a four person beer bong. I promptly decided to procure this item (which was $99) and then walked out of the store without paying. I woke up before I got to put it to use in my dream.
    Rave: Love the Friday QOTD today and reading through all the responses.
    Rave: It’s Friday
    Rave: Fun weekend planned
    Rant: but it involves a lot of driving (as usual)

  • skj84

    Rave: Wonderful time seeing Ruth Bader Ginsburg present opera with WNO last night. A friend gave up her ticket last minute. It was a lovely evening of music.
    Rant: Goodness its gross outside. Why does the weather decide to turn nasty the evenings I host events?
    Rant: I have a lot on my plate for work and personal stuff and I can’t focus. I literally am having issues forcing myself to face anything Why does my brain betray me like this?

  • Rant: Felt like shit yesterday. Headache all day.
    Rave: Finally got washing machine fixed after being broken for about 5 days. So glad to not have to listen to loud bumping of an uneven tub against the outside of the machine worried that it was going to break through the wall or something.
    Rant: My hand hurts.
    Rant: Loud ass coworker on the phone for 30 minutes about some discrepancy on her travel voucher.
    Rave: Road trip to Philly tomorrow!

  • Rant: Managed to strike my head on the lip of a cast iron urn in the lobby, rising after looking at parcels the letter carrier left on the floor. Ouch, ouch.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: cold weather this weekend and I have outdoor plans
    Rave: found a station that plays 90210 during the day, about to fill up my DVR with the best show evah!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Really nice alumnae event last night. I had the last-minute “why did I register for this? I just want to go home” waffle, but I went, and had a good time. Got to meet some impressive current students and catch up with some people I haven’t seen in a while.
    Rant: It’s alumnae, people. You should know this.
    Rant: I have a lot on my mind, and it’s hard to focus today.

  • Revel: Marathon tomorrow!

  • Rave: Friday! I am so ready for this work week to be over.
    Rave: Our new bed frame arrives today.
    Rant: We still have to shop for a new mattress.
    Rave: No scheduled plans this weekend. Time to get caught up on housework and spend some time with the family.

    • FWIW, I just did some mattress shopping and I’m very pleased with what I got from Urban Mattress (local locations in Vienna and Leesburg). The big takeaway I got from reading all the serious mattress shopping/review sites was that the major brands are crap and you’ll get a much higher quality product for a comparable price from smaller house brands. When I visited their showroom, it was immediately apparent to me how true this was.

    • Andie302

      Plug for saatva – I love them so much that I got them for the Cambridge place too. We have a luxury firm and the bed is wonderful as was the customer service experience.

  • The guy from the post earlier this week, mentally ill with vitiligo? He spat at me this morning. But thankfully not ON me. This was at U/ New Hampshire/ 16th.
    I put on my mean-teacher face and snapped at him to mind his manners. It worked (it almost always works.) He slunk away.

  • I Dont Get It

    Rave: I’ve been trying a mostly plant-based diet this week.

    Rant: I’m hungry dammit!

    • That One Guy

      Nuts, both figuratively speaking, but also literal. Supposedly, you need protein in order to feel satiated and nuts will do the trick. Also, can I interest you in a bag of Bumblee Bee Protein Pack (see my above rant). 😉

    • Blithe

      Try McCann’s Irish Oatmeal. Or any brand of steel cut oats. Possibly with a dollop of peanut or almond butter, and maybe a sprinkle of chocolate chips. When this is my first meal of the day, I’m often not hungry again until it’s time for my third meal of the day.

      • I’m intrigued! I could certainly use a meal that kept me feeling not hungry for hours and hours.

        • Steel cut oats are great – but do take lots of time to cook. Whole rolled oats are also good, and take 10 minutes. And if you don’t like sweet oatmeal (I hate it) make savory. It’s kind of like making risotto. Saute chopped onion in olive oil until nearly soft. Add oatmeal, stir until toasty. Gradually add hot broth/stock/bit of bullion in a cup in the microwave. (Be careful here, the first pour can steam up and burn you.) Add liquid until you get the texture you like – 5-10 min.

        • Blithe

          There actually is a “quick and easy” 5 minute version of steel cut oats by McCann’s. And I’ve also “cooked” them by putting them in a thermos with boiling water in the morning — and by lunch they’ve become porridge.
          – If you want to add protein, you can stir in an egg (carefully) or, better: put in a few eggs and make baked oatmeal, which is delicious, and has a texture that I prefer to boiled oatmeal.
          – I, too, like savory options, and not so sweet ones — like almond butter with a few dried cherries. It’s possible that one factor that staves off hunger is that the versions that I fix usually have no sugar or other sweetener mixed in the oatmeal, although I might use raisins or dried cherries or a few chocolate chips.

    • Toasted pumpkin seeds (pepita) are super easy and very satisfying, both for snacky/crunch and sheer protein. Toast them in a dry pan – or with a bit of oil – 5 min. (toss often to not burn) then keep them in the fridge. You can put them on everything. Toast with sliced avocado + pepitas is the best thing ever!

  • Revel: speed cameras were found to be unconstitutional in Ohio and have to repay fines to people
    Rant: I doubt i’ll ever see any money back from DC

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