Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

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You can talk about whatever is on your mind – quality of life issues, a beautiful tree you spotted, scuttlebutt, or any random questions/thoughts you may have. But please no personal attacks and no need to correct people’s grammar. This is a place to vent and/or celebrate things about daily life in DC.

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  • RANT: My body just doesn’t seem to want to move this week. Even going up stairs is exhausting. Probably burned out.
    RAVE: Very excited to catch up on rest this weekend.

  • Rave: Teleworking. It’s been a quiet day, so aside from taking care of this morning’s emails, I’ve already showered, washed dishes, put in a load of laundry, and started cooking pasta for pasta salad for lunch (which will also be my lunch tomorrow). Plus, I’m already in gym clothes so I can go down at lunchtime. #winning
    Rant: I get kind of lonely when I telework. I’m probably the only person who has ever thought that.
    Rave: Talking to someone new on Tinder, the first person I’ve talked to in any potential-date context in like, months. This is good. We’ll see how it goes.

    • Oh, additional question for the PoPulace: I know we’ve talked a million times about which building management tends to be good vs. not good. I remember UIP was cited as not good. Was it Berstein that Emmaleigh and others said was decent? I’m going to start visiting buildings in the next month or so for my move this summer so I’m making a list.

      • Emmaleigh504

        Bernstein is my management company. They are great!

        • I’m about to move in to a Bernstein building this weekend, after getting recommendations from Emmaleigh and others on here! I obviously can’t comment on much so far, but they have been so clear, proactive, and helpful with the application and move-in process, including reaching out to us this week to see if we had any questions before we move in, and responding to emails in 30 minutes or less consistently. I’m extremely impressed (although maybe my expectations are too low after living in a terribly managed building previously!)

      • On Haile’s rating scale, Toll Brothers is on the low to un(?) end of acceptable. I wouldn’t rent from them again.

      • By Bernstein do you mean Tilton Bernstein? They manage our condo building and are reasonably competent.

      • I live in a Bernstein building now and lived in a different one a very long time ago. I’d say it’s a pretty middling management company. It’s not awesome, but it’s not terrible. The employees are a teensy bit rude, many of the buildings have few amenities and while they’re quick to perform repairs, they don’t always perform them well. YOu’ll be perfectly happy in a Bernstein building, you may just not be blown away by how great it is. But their rental prices are decent in the context of DC’s insane rental market. You get what you pay for, in other words.

        • Given how most management companies work, middling may indeed be the highest praise one can expect in this business.

      • I lived in the same Keener Management building twice (moved out, moved back in) and had great experiences. I’m not sure if it was just my building or the management in general. My building’s management turned over multiple times during my stints and they were all good, so I assumed it was the management company overall.

    • HaileUnlikely

      FWIW I would characterize my wife’s experience with two separate Bozzuto properties as somewhere in the low-medium end of the acceptable range. They did not exactly excel, but they were mostly ok. We had a few minor complaints, most but not 100% of which they resolved adequately. Given what I know of her experience with those, I would not go out of my way to seek out a Bozzuto property to the exclusion of others, but if I found something I liked and it happened to be with them, that wouldn’t cause me to change my mind either.

      • Thank you! I have a colleague who had an experience that sounded very similar to your wife’s. I’ll keep them on my “maybe” list.

      • I have a lot of friends that live in Bozzuto buildings and I can say their experience is almost exactly the same. Very meh.

        • I usually avoid “meh,” but if I can get “meh” with a W/D for under $1600ish near my current place I’ll happily take it.

          • If you’re searching for a 1BR around U, that’s not remotely possible.

          • Studio, and there’s actually a few available right now if I’m willing to move about 15 minutes north, which is totally fine! The question is whether the prices for the floorplan will increase or be unavailable in a few months. Womp womp. Still, they’ll go on my maybe list.

          • Ah, gotcha. Studios should be possible in that range (I’d hope). Perhaps you could inquire if a building would be willing to sign a lease for a future date? Might be possible if management expects an opening on that date?

      • Wow, I’ve rented from five different apartment companies and Bozzuto blew the rest out of the water. Def my best experience to date. Maybe it was that specific apartment building, but I loved living there.

        • HaileUnlikely

          FWIW our complaints were 1.) They “replaced” a defective fridge with itself, twice. (first “replacement” didn’t work either, so, suspecting they did not actually replace squat, we made a little mark on the back before they “replaced” it again. Second “replacement” had our mark on it. Gee, that’s sure odd. Called them on it. Then they really replaced it.) and 2.) confusing and generally inadequate communication after a shooting in the alley behind the building. #1 is admittedly minor and could have been a single incompetent or dishonest employee and not the company, and #2 is something that I’ve never heard of any management company handling particularly well. Other than that, they were fine.

          • Making a mark on the back of the fridge was very clever! Ridiculous that you were put in the position of having to do that, though.

          • HaileUnlikely

            She thought of that. I’m not that clever. I was going to write down the model number/serial number/manufacture date and all. I was going to write them down by hand – I didn’t even think of taking a picture, much less simply making a little mark on the back.

      • I’ve lived in the same Bozzuto building for about 10 years (too lazy to move). My experience has varied widely during that time, depending on who is in the management office, which seems to intentionally rotate every 1-2 years. The current manager is thoughtful and reasonable and responsive (albeit sometimes slow), which has been generally good. Prior managers have varied.
        One was so horrible that wouldn’t fix an intermitent leak in my apartment for many months – wouldn’t supervise maintenance to make sure completed repairs, kept saying it was fixed when nothing had been done, and once when it was actively leaking and I asked the manager to come to my apartment and see for himself that there was in fact water pouring into my apartment through the baseboard, so much that I had to move furniture to avoid damage, he said he was too busy to take the elevator to my apartment but would ask maintence to reconfirm not leaking on Monday (it was Saturday morning). I had to complain all the way up Buzzuto to finally get fixed (after, mind you, they sent unqualified contractors into my apartment, unsupervised, while I was a work – and they somehow managed to set off the sprinklers, ruining much of my property, flooding five adjacent/below units, and leaving me homeless for a week or two). Now that I’m reliving that – wow, those was dark times.
        Another manager was so incompetent that they asked us to renew lease (required every year – or substantial rent hike), but then forgot to follow up when I didn’t sign and return, which meant I was month to month with no rent increase for a year. So that one worked in my favor.
        Generally, they don’t really seem to keep records. The current manager is trying admirably to straighten things out, but it is clear they don’t have records of who is assigned to which parking spaces (twice I have come home to find another car, complete with office issued parking sticker, in my spot. So I have had to go to office and inquire, and was told they didn’t realize already rented to another tenant.), or who is renting storage units. We have been getting building wide emails asking us to identify which parking spots are ours, and asking that tenants come to the office and claim their storage units, bc they don’t have records. It’s harmless, I guess, but just kind of mind boggling that the prior managers assigned to the building apparently didn’t track those things? An aside on this, in response to the email asking me to ID the parking spot I’ve been renting for literally 3 years, I emailed back that I didn’t know the number, but gave the floor/general area, make, model, color, and licence number (all already in my lease) so they could figure it out. Instead of getting up with a clip board, walking 15 feet to the elevator, and checking on the number himself – the guy just wrote back asking when I thought I’d be able to go downstairs and look up the number for him. SMH.
        Most of the managers have been…serviceable. The real issue is its just a total crapshoot who you get, and if it’s someone bad, you are out of luck until they rotate again. Individual building managers seem to have a lot of autonomy/little oversight, so you really are at the mercy of the one assigned.

    • No you arent the only one! Teleworking can be a bummer… slightly less of a bummer than actually going to work though!

  • Does anyone know of a good vacation spot for a family with a 5 month old? Something within driving distance?

    • Outer Banks, specifically Duck. We had a wonderful time with our five month old last summer.

    • I’m a big fan of the Delaware Beaches… Bethany for quiet, Rehoboth for more to do.

    • More details would help. What is “driving distance?” Two hours? Five hours? What do you want to do? Hike, swim? Lie around and relax? See some city life, museums, history? Mountains or beaches? How long a vacation?

    • Can’t advise about a 5mo old, but being on the water at Wisp in western MD is nice and relaxing. Roughly 2-3 hour drive from DC.

    • Chincoteague Island is good. Rentals there are very cheap, too.

  • Question: I recently installed a Nest thermostat. My inside temperature currently reads at 75degrees, the heat has not come on in couple days because I have it set to 70. The outside temperature has been about 15degrees cooler- does this mean my home is well insulated and is retaining the heat?
    Rave: Saves on utilities costs.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Generally speaking, yes, especially if you are in a house. If you are in a condo in a large building, you are probably also benefiting from heated hallways, heat used by the person below you, etc., but still, generally, yes.

    • On what floor is your thermostat installed?

      • The main level of a 3 level rowhome.(basement, main, upper)

        • HaileUnlikely

          Is the thermostat in the same room as a lot of windows facing south? If so, great right now, but will make cooling an expensive challenge in the summer. Also, in the cold months, the rooms on the north-facing side of my house (i.e., the front) get much colder than those on the south-facing side, because the thermostat is in a room that gets a lot of heat from sunlight.

        • Lights, electronics and appliances in the same area as the thermostat can also generate heat.

    • “does this mean my home is well insulated and is retaining the heat?”
      Probably to some extent, yes. But remember that the thermostat reflects the temperature near the thermostat, so it might not be that warm everywhere in the house. Also remember that other things in your house generate heat (lights, stove/oven, other electrical appliances for example your refrigerator, people, sunlight through windows) so these things can also help to keep the furnace from running, especially if the thermostat is near one or more of them.

  • Rave: Made lemon garlic chicken zoodles last night to bring in for lunch today and they smell so good! I’m trying to restart my habit of cooking things at home and bringing them in in a bid to get healthy.
    Rant: Family bullshit.
    Q: Have any of you ever had to be the executor for a will? Any advice anyone is willing to give besides “Looks like you’re screwed?”
    Rave: Looking forward to a very fun weekend seeing friends and celebrating birthdays.
    Rant: This weather is making me very sleepy.
    Rave: But I’ve hit over 10K steps the last two days, I am hoping to continue that streak for at least the rest of this week!

    • Omg lemon garlic chicken zoodles?! That sounds AMAZING.

    • justinbc

      What’s a zoodle? My brain is imagining animal shaped pasta…

    • Blithe

      Re: Q: “Looks like you’re screwed” is about right. Being an executor is genuinely one of the hardest things that I’ve ever had to do. It helps if you have a wonderful attorney to guide you through the process. It also helps to have some knowledge and experience with what you’re going to have to do. i.e. if, for example, this is your first time dealing with real estate transactions, that might be a source of added stress because you’re going to have a crash course in dealing with multiple complex issues. I would suggest making a spreadsheet and/or time-line with all of the major things that you’ll need to accomplish — from setting up an estate account, getting copies of the death certificate, filing taxes, etc. If other people are involved as beneficiaries, establish guidelines for contacting them, so that you’re not getting constant unexpected calls. Treat this as a job: you can delegate many tasks to others, such lawyers, appraisers, real estate agents, even someone to do closet cleaning and selling things through ebay, and the estate can be billed for this. I don’t know if this differs by state, but the estate can also be billed for your time — so it might help to recognize that this can be a time consuming and emotionally draining thing to do, so setting aside blocks of time as billable hours might make the process easier.
      – I’m sorry for your loss.

      • This is actually my sister and my stepsister’s job — I don’t think that they have really done anything (I know my sister hasn’t, she’s admitted she’s clueless) in the almost year since my father passed away.
        Since I haven’t seen a copy of the will, what I am hearing is that my stepmom gets all of my dad’s money and whatever is left is divided amongst her children and us even though my father was not close to her chiildren. And her response is “I was married to him for 33 years…” but I was his daughter before that! I don’t love that she’s buying a super expensive brand new home at 85 years old.

      • Not much to add to this, but if the estate can be billed for your time, keep really good records of what you’re doing when. It’s a pain, but especially if there are other beneficiaries, it is worth it to have detailed records in the end.

        • I just think that my stepmom and her family are kind of doing things without informing us that they are doing them…

          • I hate to say this but in my experience that’s pretty much how it goes. I would demand to see a copy of the will, and if you feel like there’s something shady going on, I would look into whether you’d like to get an attorney. You may not be able to do much about what hasn’t/has been done, but if they’re really messing it up you may be able to have someone else appointed as executor from this point on, from my understanding.

          • Blithe

            Would it help to offer to help? That could make communication about the process easier, since you’d be in the loop, as well as provide practical assistance to to people who may be “clueless” and/or overwhelmed.

          • I think once I review a copy of the will and can actually have one of my attorneys look at it, I’ll know whether or not we’ll need to get legal help. But if my sister was not able to handle it, she should have said something before now. I know she’s stressed and overwhelmed, and I told her last night I’d try to get information for her but if she is the executor then it is her job to figure this stuff out. It’s tough too, because we don’t live near my stepmom and so we can’t necessarily keep track of stuff (my sister lives closer than I do) like her kids can and do.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Saw a family on there way to vacation (or perhaps home from vacation) and I am really jealous. I wish I were going on vacation.
    Rave: Will have enough PTO (if no presidents die *knock on wood*) to take the full wee off when my parents come up in June.
    Rant: June is so far away.

    • Emmaleigh504

      *their. it’s too early in the morning

    • Emmaleigh504

      Bonus Rave? Someone read my mind and brought donuts to work yesterday. This ends the donut obsession portion of my life.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Bonus Rant: Bad feedback was given for a member of my team. Instead of bossman talking directly to team member he is emailing me the questions he has so I can ask team member and email them back to bossman. It would be so much easier if we just had a quick meeting to discuss the issue instead of all this back and forth.

    • “Will have enough PTO (if no presidents die *knock on wood*)”
      OK, I admit, I couldnt figure this out.

      • Emmaleigh504 is a contractor. If a president dies, the federal government closes on the day of the funeral… but Emmaleigh isn’t given a day off, so she would have to use a PTO day to cover it.

  • Rant: I really need a vacation, somewhere sunny, on the water and cheap to free
    Rant: I don’t have the leave to do it.
    Rave?: At least we are half way to the weekend….

    • Camp on Assateague National Seashore. 3 hour drive so you could get away easily for a weekend. Too cold to swim right now, but it is a beautiful wild beach and you camp right behind the dunes.

  • Rant: Friend lost her teaching job yesterday, and it’s heartbreaking. She loves the school, the kids, and the city, not to mention that she’s AWESOME at her job. All because the other teacher has seniority. Also, just bought a house that needs a LOT of work before she can sell it.
    Rave: Spending two upcoming weekends helping her with projects around the house. Err, my husband will…I might just supervise.
    Rave: Even though I can’t stand my job most of the time (today included), it’s safe.
    Rant: It’s staff meeting today. My LEAST FAVORITE DAY. EVER.

  • skj84

    Rave: The Creator Awards were a blast! I got a better idea of how to present a pitch and business plan. WeWork throughs the best parties, good food and open bar. They handed out $50 credits to use in the local business vendor area. I used mine at The Outrage which sells feminist inspired clothing. I’m now the proud owner of a “The Future is Female” sweatshirt! Mark Ronson Dj’d the final part of the night. Was up late boogying with my friends.
    Rave: Somehow I do not have a hangover this morning. Granted I may feel it later today, but I’m not super tired or sick feeling.

  • Carried over from yesterday…
    Any recommendations for career counselors? I had thought someone on here (Andie maybe?) had recommend a friend or a friend of a friend of theirs but maybe I am making that up. Either way other recommendations are also welcome.

  • binntp

    Rave: Watched the baby eaglet hatch this morning! This is the one on the webcam at the Arboretum.
    Rant: Consultants. I have spent a day’s worth of time correcting shoddy work that someone is being paid handsomely to not do well. If we actually vetted consultants instead of hired the first one recommended by a friend of a friend of the boss, we might not encounter this time and again.

  • I am one of the many who had their tax refund checks mailed to them even though I didn’t ask for it, to “prevent fraud”. I finally got DC OTR to issue a Stop Payment form, which I mailed in last Monday. Called today and DC OTR says they STILL haven’t received it. I am livid. What the hell am I supposed to do??

  • That One Guy

    Rant: Sore throat.
    Rave: I’ll take coming in a few minutes late if it means I can lazily walk to three different store to make a breakfast of it. There’s something immensely pleasing to me about walking and eating.
    Rave: Tax refund came in.

    • Oh no about the sore throat! I hope you feel better. Do you think you’re catching something, or is it allergies? One year around this time I had a sore throat for a week and it was just allergies (thankfully).

      • That One Guy

        I’m not coughing and talking normally so aside from the daggers I feel sleeping/at waking, whatever it is isn’t really affecting me too much. It’ll pass.

  • justinbc

    Random ?: Anyone have a good contact for muralists in DC? I was hoping to have something uplifting / inspiring done across the side of our place since we have such a great view from the street, but unfortunately MuralsDC doesn’t work with residential properties. I know there’s grant money out there for artists to do projects like that from my previous conversations with some, but hadn’t yet convinced my partner at the time to get on board.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I don’t know anything about murals but this friend of a friend of a friend is reportedly quite good: http://www.jordannwine.com/

    • Check out Elizabeth Graeber’s work (top hit on Google). I know she’s done a number of murals around DC, including one in the new WF on H st. Her contact info should be on her website.
      Kelly Towles is another option to check out (though I know some folks aren’t partial to his style, I’m a fan).

      • justinbc

        Thanks for the recs. I actually spoke to Kelly a few years ago about doing one, hopefully he’s still interested.

  • Rant: Horrible dreams last night in which my parents (? I think?!) were acting as my body guards as they snuck me into college, but we were all carrying massive machine guns. When the students spotted us, they all got their machine guns and we had a big shootout. No more watching “Fargo” on Hulu anywhere near bedtime for me!
    Rave: Looks like my littlest brother will be coming out for a visit from CA in a couple weeks! Soooo excited to see and host him!
    Rant: Did annual labs this morning for my specialist and had 7 vials of blood drawn. I’m sure that’s not actually a lot, but ugh, I feel crummy and queasy!
    Rave/Rant: Finally just sucked it up and made an appointment (and then immediately tried to get out of it!) with a dentist in a couple weeks. I’ve had multiple serious surgeries, but going to the dentist is terrifying for me!!!!! I am at least looking forward to having a proper night guard made so I can cut down on stress migraines and teeth grinding!
    Rave: Decided to cash in a Groupon I had bought a couple months ago and just go get a message tonight! Hooray!

    • Blithe

      Are there things hat you can do to make your trip to the dentist easier? Take a buddy with you? Plan a treat for after your appointment? Practice relaxation techniques? It also might help to tell your dentist that you’re terrified — so that they can address this as part of your treatment. I had a dentist that would explain everything in detail: “you’re going to fell some pressure, but it shouldn’t hurt. Tell me if you feel ANY pain.” — which, for me, was very reassuring.
      – My new dentist recommended a night guard, but suggested that I try over-the counter options first. Two that I tried made the problem that I was not previously aware of worse. Plackers Grind No More (Amazon) seems to be helping with none of the problems that I had with the first two. OTC guards may not be an option for you, but I just thought I’d throw it out there, since you’ll have a bit of time before your appointment. Hope your appointment goes well and that you’re results are reassuring!

      • Blithe

        Sorry for the multiple typos. Ugh.

      • Oh yeah, OTC mouthguards are NOT an option, I’ve already tried that. This comes on the insistence of my new headache specialist/neurologist who is 98% sure I have TMJ (plus, I know from past dental visits that I grind my teeth). I will certainly be telling my dentist that I’m terrified of all this, I’m just sorely tempted to pop a couple of the xanax the vet prescribed for one of my cats when I was moving!

        • This may or may not help you like it did for me, but I was able to get on top of my TMJ through massage. There are massage therapists who are trained in this, it may be worth giving it a shot. Warning: it involves massaging the inside of your mouth, so, weird, but helpful.

    • Question for PoPulace: My brother would appreciate recommendations for fancy-schmancy restauratns in D.C. Since I don’t have the $ to frequent (or even infrequent) these types of places, I can make no recommendations, but I’m sure some of you can! Suggestions please?

      • Does he have any parameters? Like, is he looking for fancy formal client dinners, or fun birthday/friend dinner splurges? Any neighborhood preferences?

        As a general resource, the Post’s Spring/Fall Dining Guides, DC Eater, and Washingtonian tend to have good recommendations.

        • I *think* he’s looking for fun friend splurges. Not sure about neighborhood / where he’ll be headquartered, so I’ll have to look into that, but yeah, he’s a big foodie with the cash to back it up.

          • Kyirisan. If I was rich I’d eat there every week.

          • Ah, lucky him! Lots of good suggestions already. Haven’t been to all of these personally (don’t I wish), but I’ll add Tail Up Goat, Hazel, [Petworth’s own] Himitsu, Compass Rose, Thip Khao, Bad Saint, The Red Hen, Little Serow, Daikaya, and Raskia.

          • If you’re still reading this, ke’s list is excellent. I haven’t been to Hazel or Himitsu, but I would have recommended all the others. I’d add Kyirisan, the Dabney, and Mintwood Place.

      • That One Guy

        Check the Washingtonian website for their top 100 list.

      • saf

        Kinship – delicious food, amazing service. Expensive.
        Rose’s Luxury – the line may make this a no-go.
        Corduroy – delicious food, amazing service. Expensive.
        1789 – although I haven’t been since the new chef took over.
        Johnny’s Half Shell – delicious. And I am not a seafood person, but had no trouble finding a good meal there. The seafood eaters I was with REALLY loved it.
        Do you have a preferred neighborhood or cuisine?

        • He LOVES sushi and seafood. Me, not so much, but I’m willing to try non-crustacean seafood in a restaurant. This is a kid who waited for 3 1/2 hours to get into the Tsukikiji Fish Market in Tokyo to watch tunas get auctioned off, and then ate sushi for breakfast, so he’s not opposed to waiting in line but I don’t know how that would work with his work schedule.

          • For sushi, I’d recommend Sushi Taro (17th St. in Dupont) and Kaz Sushi Bistro (I think Farragut West-ish).

          • “This is a kid who waited for 3 1/2 hours to get into the Tsukikiji Fish Market in Tokyo to watch tunas get auctioned off, and then ate sushi for breakfast,”
            I did that same exact thing. Kid after my own heart. Try Bad Saint or Littl Serow, and if he’s as flush as you say he is, have him spring for a line stander for his sister.

      • Andie302

        I’ve had a couple great experiences at Convivial and I always love Thally too (wanted to add ones not already mentioned, concur with many of the above as well, especially Kyirisan!)

  • Blithe

    Rant: Seeing the ShopHouse where I went for my weekly fix turned into a burger joint. And I don’t eat burgers. Ouch.
    Rave: Finding an etsy source for what I hope really are “non-allergenic” earrings.
    Rant: I tried wearing a lovely pair of earrings with sterling silver wires yesterday, and even a few hours was irritating. I bought the last two niobium French hooks at Beadazzled. I didn’t notice that they are not identical until I got home and pulled out my tiny pliers.
    Rant: I’ve been feeling yucky for a while. More exercise, less white flour and sugar, and getting through allergy season will, I hope, help a lot with this.
    Rant-ish: I bought a jacket on sale. I am now trying to decide if it’s “good tacky” or “too tacky”. I’m leaving the tags on while I decide. It’s nice to have a champagne problem in the mix.

  • Rave: Walking back to my office after a long and productive meeting – route takes me across the mall (with a brief pause in the NGA just because)
    Rant: Wrong shoes for a 30 minute walk
    Rave: My oyster mushrooms are almost ready to harvest!

  • Rant: Waiting for doctor to call with the official results but not expecting any miracle.
    Rant: I still feel stupid and embarrassed for having started to plan ahead and for being so upset when I know many other women have a difficult time even getting pregnant and close family have lost children at birth.
    Rant: Having to work when I just want to be home. Saving sick days for when I get the procedure or the inevitable happens.

    • saf

      Yes, other people have problems and sad events. That doesn’t invalidate your rights to be sad.
      While it’s safer to live in an eternal now, it isn’t practical. Planning ahead is always dealing with uncertainties, but it can be a source of joy, a way to hash out multiple options, and a way to acknowledge the many might-bes in our lives.
      Please don’t beat yourself up. Know that you are a worthwhile person who deserves to live their life. While you will feel what you will feel, and so it goes, comparing troubles is a no-win setup. Your life is just as important as anyone else’s life.

    • Sending hugs. This is a shitty experience, regardless of your path leading up to that. That others’ experiences are “worse” doesn’t minimize your pain. Given your family history, I hope you are able to find support and assistance in future attempts to have a baby. Take care of yourself.

    • Please don’t beat yourself up. Your feelings are your feelings — it’s OK to feel upset about your loss.

  • Rant: I’ve been in a funky, bad mood for a couple days
    Rant: my bad mood has resulted in a very not clean house
    Rave: making plans with friends and for vacation
    Question: has anyone camped at Isle au Haut/Duck Harbor in Acadia? There’s an application process and I fear this will be another Kusama saga for me.

  • Revel: biked to work today!
    Rant: Google maps said it would take 39 minutes but it took me closer to 55. There are some hills I had to walk up.
    Rant: sore af
    Revel: feel like a badass
    ?: just got a new kid in my class. She has a popular first name that 4 other girls in my class have.

    • That One Guy

      On the butt pain, see if you can adjust the bike seat forward or back so you sit on the seat more comfortably. There are online videos on this.
      I need to get back on a bike. Thank for the motivation.

      • I’m finding that spending less time with my butt on the saddle (standing up) is what’s helping the most so far. But as someone who hasn’t been on a bike in years before this past week, it’s a lot more exercise than I’m used to.

    • Way to go! That’s so great, you are sooo much braver than I am! Be safe and we’ll have to catch up sometime soon!

  • rave: as an update to yesterday’s tax credit question, I managed to get in touch with an auditor with OTR about the homeowner/renter property tax credit… they consulted with the lawyers there and said I would be fine taking the renter’s credit instead of the owner’s credit, which means big money refund headed my way! … eventually… if OTR direct deposits it into my bank… or at least mails the check to the right address… *fingers crossed*

    • I didn’t have a chance to check back in yesterday but glad to hear you are able to take the renters credit! I thought that would be the case.

  • Rave: I think fingers crossed have found someone to rent my place!
    Query: How much do people tip movers generally? In case it matters it’s a small 1 bedroom room with 2 movers 2-3 hours.
    Rant: Drank expired almond milk on accident. Stomach did not like that at all. Ick.

    • I tipped my last movers $20 each for a slightly-less-than-3-hour move. But I have absolutely no idea if that’s average or not.

    • justinbc

      Probably like $50 for those specification.s

    • I always have the same feeling, is the amount too much, too little? Whatever tip you give is more money than they walked in with.

    • justinbc

      For pretty large moves I typically tip a couple hundred to split among the 3 or 4 guys it takes to move. It really all depends on how good the guys are at 1) showing care to my items, particularly the delicate / expensive ones, and 2) how good they are at placing things where I ask in the new place. I’ve used My Truck Buddy for almost all my moves in DC and they’ve been excellent, so I typically try to show them a good level of gratitude (and always buy them lunch).

      • I should add to this — even if the movers come after lunch, always have bottles of water for them. They’ll really appreciate it!
        (Also, it makes sense that MadMax tips more than I since I believe he has a whole house and I had a small apartment with exactly 4 not-huge-pieces of furniture and some boxes. It wasn’t a big haul, the driving is what took time. Next time I may tip more since I have more stuff.)

        • justinbc

          LOL yeah it’s usually an all day affair, which hopefully won’t be happening again since whenever we move abroad we won’t be taking stuff with us. I’ve always struggled with this question though, it’s not like there are any real accepted guidelines out there (and if you read any it’s probably written by movers). I honestly don’t even know how they get paid (or how well they get paid), tipping might not even by an expected thing.

  • Andie302

    Rant/rave: I may have been sucked into the Lularoe vortex. It’s like they created this company for me – I either wear super plain or very bold patterns/colors, and they’ve got the boldness covered. (Luckily I love my skin care routine and am satisfied with the length of my lashes, thank you very much R&F consultants.)
    Rave: A client that was getting a bit frustrated with the buying process is under contract as of yesterday. The timing and the house are perfect for them! So thrilled for them!
    Rave: Already looking forward to the weekend! Heading back to Cambridge to do more work, then pizza tasting party Saturday night which is perfect carb loading for Sunday’s 10-miler. I think I’m most excited that I managed to prepare in time and that this means I am on track for the half I signed up for at the end of the month. WOOHOO!
    Rant: None of this running is offsetting enough of the calories to make a huge difference in my waistline. I’m seeing small changes and feeling a bit better, but I need to get on the food/booze monitoring train.

    • OMG my friend asked me if I had tried R&F mascara cause she was thinking about getting it.
      IT’S 160 DOLLARS!!!!!
      For mascara!

      • I am speechless. I have tried a wide variety of mascaras ranging in price from $4 to $35, and even the ones over $35 I think is pretty absurd, but $160?!? JFC!

        • Andie302

          Not that this is defensible in any way shape or form, but the stuff is supposed to make your lashes grow. You put it on at night and some of the before/after’s seem to have some pretty legit results. That being said, my lash length is fine right where it is – I’ll use that $160 (!?!?!) for something else!

          • I wonder if it’s cheaper to get an appointment and a script for Latisse.
            I’ve heard the results are good, but my god that is so expensive.

          • Andie302

            I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s the same ingredients! I was wondering the name of that, I remember Brooke Shields promoting it when it first came out.

        • $160 for mascara?!?!? I am having a hard time getting my head around this idea.
          Isn’t it recommended that you throw out mascara after six months (or something like that) anyway, because of the risk of eye contamination?

    • My sister gave me a pair of Lularoe leggings (a friend of her sells them) and I was a bit surprised people rave so much. I love leggings, but the Lularoe leggings don’t quite fit me. They fall down at the waist and I get that “saggy crotch” fit. The material is super soft though. Ugh don’t even get me started on the R&F consultants. I have one girl who posts at least 3 times a day and has messaged me twice to join her team!

    • I was all on board the LLR train, until all of the printed leggings started ripping on me. The quality is TERRIBLE with what they’re producing now (I’m only speaking to leggings, I didn’t buy anything else). The solid ones seem find but literally everyone I know has had a pair of the printed ones rip in weird places in the exact same way (almost like a run in pantyhose). They were my go-to yoga leggings and I’m sad.

  • Rant: Feeling groggy.
    Rave: One of my irises has bloomed! And there are several others that have sent flower stalks up, so there are more blooms in my future.
    Rave: It’s warm and sunny!
    Rant: The ongoing problem of litter.

  • Rave/Rant: Current tenant extended the lease for another two months. Hopefully, I’ll have better luck renting out my studio in July.
    Rant: My little sister is going through a hard time right now wish I can help her more, but she lives on another side of the world.
    Rant: Sometimes it’s hard for me to express my feelings. In result, I’m get frustrated and shutdown.
    Rave: Going to FL next month for work and going to make a vacation out of it.

  • Rave: My first Rave/Rant.
    Rave: User name is a shout out to my first relative to live in Borderstan (immigrant 4 generations ago). Two of her sons; one grandson and his kids; and me have lived in Borderstan spanning over 100 years.
    Rant: Future of the planet. Post ran a great Graphic on the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes. Worked in EPA’s Chicago Office on the Great Lakes water quality programs the article covers.

  • maxwell smart

    RANT: Commute. It’s getting progressively worse and worse. I had to wait 40 minutes for a bus in my neighborhood, because for some reason between 7:45 and 8:30 there are no buses, despite being prime commuting hours. The hour+ commute each way (to travel a total of 5 miles) is wearing me down. I would move, but I know it will now be impossible to find somewhere equal in price and amenities as my current apartment. Ugh.

    • where do you live/commute to? Mine is fairly similar about an hour to go about 5 miles…

    • Geez, I’m sorry about that. That sucks.
      If it makes you feel any better, my new mission is to walk home from work almost every day this summer (unless its literally 100 degrees or raining) because it only takes me 10-15 minutes longer to walk the 3 miles uphill home than it does to take the bus. And my feet are always there, unlike the bus.

    • HaileUnlikely

      You’ve mentioned before that you run. Ever try running for your commute, at least in one direction? I commuted 4.6 miles each way every day for over a decade before gradually slipping down the slippery slope of laziness, weight gain, and other symptoms of oldness that running used to keep at bay.

      • maxwell smart

        I think I’m going to start biking again next week (now that it’s warming up), although with the Beach Drive shut down, I’ve been a little nervous about biking Connecticut Ave this year as the traffic has been noticeably worse (not only in quantity but also in quality). The safest route would be Cap. Crescent, but that doubles the distance each way and I’m not sure about riding it after dark.

  • So happy to see A Rake’s Progress aiming to open in The LINE Hotel in Adams Morgan in May! A big win for DC and Spike Gjerde fans

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