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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth August 10, 2015 at 9:45 am 195 Comments

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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.

  • UDPie

    Rave: My friend is out of the hospital and heading home. Thanks for all the support and help last Friday.
    Rant: I kinda wish she was under observation for the next 30 days in a safe environment. It’s not like she was miraculously cured.
    Rant: Instead, her parents, who don’t really believe in therapy, mental health issues, the need for meds, etc. are caring for her and bringing her home from the West Coast
    Rave: They’ve got her into a good intensive outpatient program and she’s only 3 hours from me.
    Now to learn how to talk about this and everything with her. And how to support her.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Thinking happy thoughts for your friend!

    • BRKLND

      I so feel you on this. Mental illness runs in my family and both my sister and I have issues with depression and anxiety. I have a reliable support network here and have regular treatment, but this weekend I found out my sister is having a major depressive episode right now. Unfortunately she lives in Chicago and doesn’t really have any sort of support out there. Trying to encourage someone to get help when they are so far away is extremely difficult.

      I’m so sorry your friend does not have family that is willing to work with her. At least they have her in a program – that is a good start. Personally (and this may not apply to your friend as everyone is different) I think its helpful to remember and remind that person that they can remember a time they didn’t feel that way and there will be a time in the near future where they won’t feel this way – depression is not a part of you, its something that happens TO you. All of the terrible thoughts and feelings those are just symptoms of what is happening to you – its not actually you. Its important to remember because sometimes it can seem as if the depression is all there is and all there ever was and is all there ever will be, you start to incorporate it as part of you. Just my two cents.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Huh! I really like that way of thinking about depression, BRKLND. I – and most of my family members – have struggled / struggle with depression and/or anxiety issues at different points in time, and many of us have sought various types of professional help, but I really like this way of thinking :)

        • BRKLND

          Thanks I like it as well. I can’t take credit for it though, my therapist said that to me one day and it was like shedding light on something I was feeling but hadn’t really put into words/thought about.

    • mtpresident

      Glad to hear your friend is in a good outpatient program. That sounds like steps in the right direction. As for learning how to talk to about things–would it be possible to contact someone in her program to discuss? Or maybe worth finding a therapist here for a few visits to discuss? Good luck & thinking of you.

  • Rant: In a “mood”, I guess. Being a fully-functional adult is hard.
    Rant: Petty, but every single document/email from my principal has my last name spelled wrong. But at least they haven’t gotten my first name completely wrong (Linda) like my last school did.
    Rant: Hated having the whole house to myself. One roommate came back late Saturday night, but I couldn’t sleep Friday night because it made me so anxious.

    • Anon Spock

      Not petty. It’s really unprofessional.

      Can you maybe have some friends over to alleviate the anxiety?

      I had the opposite problem; 3-4 ppl in my apt every day for the last week. Just annoyed.

      • My last name isn’t the easiest to spell, but it’s not all that difficult, especially to copy/paste! But the sign-in sheet at my old school said Linda and had some weird spelling of my last name that you wouldn’t even pronounce the way it’s said. Maybe it’s one of those things they just don’t have time for?
        .
        Sadly, when my social life is mainly built around my roommates/married couples lately it’s a lot harder to get friends over.

        • Anon Spock

          That is unfortunate, but maybe you can join some social clubs, meetups, etc. That wouldn’t help the empty house thing, but at least you’ll get some fun in.

        • Anonymous

          I hear you. I have the same problem as I’ve gotten older and friends have married.

    • Krampus

      You should send a note to your principal alerting him/her to the misspelling of your last name. It’s just a simple point of fact that should be corrected – no reason to let it turn into something else.

    • anon with the same name

      The other day I got an email addressed to Linda/say. I took it to mean they weren’t sure which was right so kept their options open.

      • I hope your first name isn’t part of your email address. Mine is.

        • AnonAgain

          As is mine, and people still misspell it pretty often. Or send me messages directed at the one other person in the agency with a similar, but different, name (if the first syllable or two of the name is similar, it must be the same person, right??). You’d think they’d pick up on it, but no. I’ve even gotten into arguments with people when I’ve insisted they have the wrong person.

          • Are you sure you know who you are?

          • Emily

            People like to send stuff to the woman who works here named Elizabeth Similar-Lastname. And Elizabeth is kind enough to never forward the emails to me or to tell the person who sent it that she’s not the right E name. I hate her.

          • AnonAgain

            iindsay, you might be right! I suppose I just blacked out during all the meetings I supposedly had on the project that I didn’t realize existed (in a totally different unit from mine).

        • Emily

          I get sooo annoyed when people mess up my name. I get why it’s confusing, but ppl only get one pass. If it’s written out like in an email, I just just hate the person on principle.

          • My email is first.last @ domain so there’s really no excuse

  • Rave: Caitlin Flanagan’s piece in The Atlantic. She totally expressed how I’ve felt about this over-PC BS we’ve been dealing with increasingly in a much more well written manner than I could bother to sit down and pen. I think the problem is a lot more far reaching than the college students she focuses on though, but maybe that’s more of a DC thing and other areas aren’t as annoying with it.
    Rant: When you only need a few things from Amazon and aren’t close to the $35 limit.

    • BK2H

      Amazon Prime Bubba!

      • I honestly don’t order enough to justify it or I would definitely sign up.

        • Anon Spock

          Maybe you can split it with someone who’s in the same boat.

          • Accountering

            Bingo. Once you have it, you will use it.

        • shadesofpale

          Prime is everything, there is a lot of stuff on there with a good price that you wouldn’t think to buy but can save some serious money. AND it gets delivered to your door., but maybe that is just great for city people like me sans car

          • I am a city person without a car. I also just don’t buy a lot of miscellaneous crap.

    • palisades

      Just read it, great recommendation. Still piecing together my thoughts on it. It’s funny because I look back and the comedians that came to my college when I was there were Aziz Ansari and Michael Ian Black. Both harmless comics. I never really gave that much thought.
      .
      I’m considering posting it to Facebook, but I doubt most people would have the brain-power to read the entire article and also articulate a coherent argument.

      • Her comment about their “conservatism”, with regard to expression rather than beliefs, is exactly how I’ve felt about DC since I moved here. The irony is that it was liberals who demanded this recognition of rights through alteration of speech in the first place, and now they’ve gone so overboard with it that the (mostly) liberal comedians can’t do a real gig. If only it were limited to comedians though, that would be a sufferable loss, but it’s every damn where you look now.

  • Anon Spock

    Rant: A very inconvenient day.
    Rant/rave: Might get sucked into mandatory ot…boo, no free time, yea to huge paychecks
    Rave: Closing in 3 weeks!
    Rant: Appraiser is very slow to schedule.

    Andie: May I have your email, so we can discuss? I thought I had it but can’t find it.

  • Emily

    Rave: May the 12 Days of Quotia Zelda commence! Happy Birthday, Schwesti!

    • Blithe

      Happy Birthday QZ! How cool that you get 12 days of celebrations!

    • Quotia Zelda

      Rave: Thanks! Now I just need to remember how old I actually am. I’ve been going around telling people I’m a year older.

      • Emily

        It brings me so much joy to know that you share the day with Kylie Jenner :)

        • Quotia Zelda

          GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH

    • mtpresident

      Happy birthday QZ!

    • MPinDC

      Happy birthday!!

    • littlen

      Happy birthday Quotia Zelda! :)

    • Quotia Zelda

      Thanks, y’all!

  • Rave: I met my bff’s gorgeous baby boy and had a lovely time catching up.
    Rave: fantastic time at my cousin’s New England wedding in Amherst. It’s the first wedding in our family since my sister’s 8 years ago. Her flower girls are all grown up and everyone was there except for 1 cousin. That’s no easy feat in my family.
    Rave: be jealous Pioneer Valley lovers, the place cards were Atkin’s Farm apple cider donuts. My sister didn’t want hers, so I had two :)
    Rant: back to work, back to summer winding down, back to not much food in the house, back to 17 minute waits for a Metro Sunday night.

    • Quotia Zelda

      Who doesn’t want an Atkins doughnut??? I’ll be up there next week. CAN’T WAIT!

      • I wasn’t about to talk her out of handing over the donut.

    • Pixie

      Who turns down an Atkins donut?? I went to college down the street from Atkin’s. We used to cut through the corn field from our dorm to Atkin’s right before they closed and they would give us the all leftover, about to go stale donuts for free. We’d walk back to the dorm with sacks of donuts for everyone. That’s basically how I made friends in college.

    • topscallop

      The donuts with the sugar on them, right? The ones without make me sad :) What was the venue?

      • Yes, the ones with the cinnamon and sugar on them. As a native New Englander I learned long ago that if you don’t eat them the first day, which I didn’t, you should mix up some more cinnamon and sugar and douse them again. Rogers Orchard in CT has basically the exact same donuts. My grandmother used to buy the plain ones and mail them to me when I was in college with a huge bag of cinnamon and sugar to toss them in. She’s a smart lady.

        It was at the Lord Jeffrey hotel, very nice and the church was right next door.

        • Quotia Zelda

          Ooooh, I love the Lord Jeff.

        • Anon

          Another oft-overlooked gem in Amherst, Henion Bakery. Their scotch oat cookies are my favorite things!

        • topscallop

          The Lord Jeff is very nice! I never understood how Atkins could sell the mixed bag, half with sugar and half with no sugar on them. Who wants to eat the plain ones?

  • mtpresident

    Rant: father in law had a stroke Friday evening.
    Rant: didn’t find out until Sunday afternoon.
    Rave: At least it was about as minor as it could be? Clot dissolved on its own and no apparent ill-effects other than more tired.
    Rant: Not sure how this will interact with lymphoma-related concerns that have been evolving.
    Rave? We’re already scheduled to fly out there for 10 days this week.
    Rant/Rave: Good excuse for finding a hotel for at least the first several days of the visit.
    Unrelated rave: Overall nice weekend (bad health news not withstanding, of course), got to see my parents’ new house, spend some time with friends, etc.

  • SinSA

    Rave: Really nice weekend spent with friends.
    Rant: When I actually write my name in an email introducing myself on a dating website, and the guy writes me back with the name spelled wrong. I don’t go out with them. (I am used to people spelling my name wrong, because my parents went with the phonetic spelling versus the way that every other person spells my name)
    I also school the attorneys I work with when they spell my name wrong. They learn very quickly.
    Rave: Date this week with a seemingly nice guy.
    Rant: Slight anxiety about finances, but the budget I am on is working fine, everything will sort itself out in a month or so, and I’m on the right path. Plane tickets are expensive. Necessary, but expensive.
    Rave: I’m on the right track. I am. :)

  • Rave: Finding happiness in the small things
    Rave: Got Bullgrog bagels. Ate Barbeque pork pie at Dangerously Delicious Pies.
    Rantave: Things getting real, condo mini-demo and mini remodeling starts tomorrow!

  • SparklyKittyTacos

    Rant: Office manager’s moodiness. One day she’s perfectly fine and wants to go to lunch and bitch to me about things, and the next she’ll give me the silent treatment for three days, complete with grumbles, glares, and eye rolls and I have no idea what I did. It’s EXHAUSTING. I can hear her yelling at someone on the phone right now so I suspect some of that wrath will fly my way soon. Sigh.
    Rave: Very supportive colleague who gets it. Equally supportive friends and boyfriends who make job stress so much easier.
    Rant: Supportive colleague is on a business trip this week and bf is out of town (but they’ve still been great from afar).
    Huge Rave: Plane tickets to Japan officially purchased! It’s still several months away but it’s giving me something happy to focus on. :)

    • SparklyKittyTacos

      Errrr, boyfriend. Singular.

    • yoyotan

      ooo what are you planning on doing/seeing in Japan?

      • SparklyKittyTacos

        I grew up mostly in Tokyo so I’m excited to see friends and eat at all the places I miss (okonomiyaki, yakiniku/shabu shabu, kaiten-zushi. Nom nom nom)! The bf has never been before so I’ll have to make a list of touristy things for us to do, which will be fun since I’ve never really done the tourist thing there. We’ll be in Japan for two weeks so we’ll definitely do Kyoto for a couple days and possibly Hiroshima/Miyajima if it looks like we’ll have time! I definitely want to take him to Kamakura and go to an onsen at some point too. :)

        • SparklyKittyTacos

          Also, I’m not at all familiar with Kyoto other than the tourist spots so if you have any recommendations for local restaurants/hidden gem ryokans or anything that would be amazing (I hope I’m remembering correctly that you did a homestay there)!

          • AMDCer

            Did you go to ASIJ? I was there for one year of school back in the 80’s. Check out Ryokan Yuhara in Kyoto. They sort of cater to foreigners, but in a charming quirky way, and the family/proprietress (if she is still actually working) is so sweet.

          • SparklyKittyTacos

            Whoa, I did!! Go Mustangs! Would love to chat with a fellow ASIJer at an HH if we’re ever at the same one. :D
            .
            Thanks for the rec! I’ll definitely check that out.

          • AMDCer

            Yay Mustangs! ASIJ was definitely the best (K-12) school I ever went to. Unfortunately I was only there for my sophomore year of high school. Definitely check out Yuhara – I was just looking on the map to remember where it is located – smack in the middle of everything but on a very cute side street. I’ve stayed there three times (once in HS, once when I lived in Nagoya for junior semester abroad, and once after I went back to teach after college). All together I lived in Japan for about 3.5 years.

          • SparklyKittyTacos

            Awesome! I’m probably more excited than I should be to find an ASIJer on here. Haha I moved back and forth but lived there for about 15 years all together and miss it aaalll the time!

  • wdc

    I’m drawing a blank on a place to take my parents for dinner this week. I was thinking Le Diplomat because they’re country mice and they would be impressed and the food is good too, but the prices would stress out my dad. Something with entrees mostly under $20 would be ideal.
    Thanks for suggestions! Bonus points for places walkable from CH.

    • mtpresident

      I love Mintwood Place–longish walk from CH, though the 42 goes right by it.

      • Emily

        or Cashion’s which is on the same block. Both excellent places, though I find Mintwood too loud. #getoffmylawn

    • msus

      Maple. In your price range, and it’s very nice.

      Mi Cuba Cafe. Obviously not upscale in any way, but great food at reasonable prices and w/in walking distance of CH metro.

      • mtpresident

        Mmmm… Mi Cuba Cafe is indeed delicious!

    • Irving Streete

      Maple?

    • AnonAgain

      Not in CH, but since you mentioned French, what about Bistrot du Coin? Prices are a bit more reasonable than Diplomate and the food is really good with lots of options. You could take the 42 there since it would be a pretty hefty walk.

      • msus

        Yes, good suggestion. Reasonably priced French food that’s pretty good.

      • Colhi

        Agree. I have taken a lot of out of town folks there and they love the vibe and energy.

      • Anon

        Good suggestion, though it is super loud and some people don’t like that.

    • The OP Anon

      +3 to Maple in CH
      Libertine in Adams Morgan is pretty nice/upscale for that strip and has decent food at a very good price. Excellent cocktails!

    • emmafor

      There’s also Room 11 or Thip Khao in CH and a bit further away, Etto, Tico, Estadio, Maketto (and anything else that ends with an o…!)

    • blahblahblah

      Eatonville is nice and a short walk from Columbia Heights. It’s a little farther, but they might also like Dino’s Grotto.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Started doing yoga again, and I feel so good – I forgot how much I loved doing it! Going to explore my options as far as style, teachers, locations, (and of course, $) goes, and hopefully develop a consistent practice again. Trying to go to a class every day for at least a week. So far 3 down, 4 more to go!
    Rant: This weather is icky.
    Rave: FaceTimed with a bunch of friends this weekend, including friends in England and my lil’ baby nephew!
    Rant: I need more workout clothes, but I hate buying them because they’re rarely comfy and never flattering. Any suggestions of good brands/types would be appreciated!

    • blahblahblah

      Yoga is the best, I really need to get back into it. For workout clothes, I like Lucy’s tops and yoga pants. They’re not cheap, but they offer 30% off sale prices pretty regularly.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Where does one find this brand?

        • blahblahblah

          http://www.lucy.com They used to have a store in Union Station, but I don;t think they do anymore.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Thanks!

        • Blithe

          I also really like Lucy’s. There’s a store in downtown Bethesda, and I’ve purchased some sale stuff on line. As blahblahblah said, the sale prices are very good, and the quality is great. I’ve also gotten basics at Lands End. They also have sales and frequent coupons. Lands End stuff is very well made and they stand behind their products indefinitely. Check out Title 9 (catalog and internet) and Athleta for a few more options.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            oh! I forgot Lands End made workout gear! And I’ll check out the other suggestions as well. Thanks all!

    • Pixie

      I really like Athleta. They have frequent sales and a great return policy. REI-brand clothes are great too.

    • emmafor

      Keep us posted on the yoga studio/instructor search! I need to get off my lazy arse and start going back to yoga too. Will be interested in any recommendations since I’m not familiar with any of the studios down here.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Will do :)

      • Anon Spock

        Most places have a new student package for a week or month & some have Groupon or living social deals. I used to try a bunch of places while keeping costs down.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          That’s what I’m doing right now with the studio that’s super close to my house. Enjoying it so far. I can certainly look at see what other deals there might be at other places, but then I also have to factor in potential travel time/expense, plus the difficulty of maintaining a routine if I’m constantly switching studios…something to think about.

      • andie302

        I had a great class Friday morning with Tricia at the Bloomingdale Yoga District. This may sound strange, but she has a great voice! I wasn’t intimidated (it’s been awhile) but she offered lots of modifications for higher levels (it was a 1.5-3 level class).

        • LittleBluePenguin

          Thanks for the suggestion, I’ll check Yoga District out next!

        • I do yoga at home with the p90x dvd; I can turn off his voice if I want to and I can do it any time I want.

  • Mug of Glop

    Rave: Portland was pretty fun! But the conference sure was tiring.
    Rave: Wedding in Michigan was okay. Too tired really to enjoy it. Staying with parents for the weekend was okay, too, except…
    Rant: The bed in their now spare room is crazy hard. It’s like sleeping on a slab of granite. Mom apparently picked out that mattress and likes it, so I don’t know…
    Rant: Alamo is a pretty horrible rental car company. I was basically stranded for a whole day because the car they rented to me may or may not have been a death trap. The computer kept throwing me vague warnings about the airbag system, so I didn’t really want to drive it around.
    Rave: Back in the District finally! Slept in because I forgot to set my alarm clock, so I guess that’s good, too!
    Rant: True Detective…

    • palisades

      Double Rant: True Detective. Absolute abomination of television. The fact that people are saying it was good is terrifying to me. That was 8.5 hours of my life I will never have back.

      • msus

        I’m glad I read the first couple episodes in the Atlantic before diving in. Saved me from wasting any time on the show.

        The only other show I can think of that took such a big nosedive after the first season is Homeland, and from the sound of it, True Detective’s “fall” makes Homeland’s drop-off seem more like a flat line in comparison.

        • palisades

          My issue is that S2 of TD was so bad, it made me realize that S1 was also bad. Homeland S1 is a masterpiece. There were even some nuggets in the season season.

      • jim_ed

        The only people I’ve seen claiming True Detective Season 2 was good are people who are doing it because they think it makes them seem smart and cultured. There’s a large crossover of them and people who prominently leave their copy of Freakanomics in a conspicuous place in their home and really love TED talks.

        I actually thought the ending to this season was better than last seasons, which was singularly the worst conclusion in prestige TV history. That said, the dialog in this season was absolutely dreadful, to the point where we’d have to pause the episode so we could laugh at it.

        • palisades

          I wish you could follow me around and diss people that piss me off during my day. Your comments are the best.

          • jim_ed

            Starting September 1st, I’m available for hire. For all your insulting needs, big or small, highbrow to vulgar.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          +1. Just, ugh.

        • It wasn’t just the dialogue, it was the actors and actresses too. Everything about it was so poorly executed. This season’s dialogue though was so full of that McConaughey-esque “deep” BS that every sentence sounded like it was trying to blow your mind but instead just sounds inane.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            I still admittedly enjoyed watching Colin Farrell, just because he somehow made all that inanity seem plausible – perhaps because he pontificated the least, but I don’t know, I found him the most watchable and thought he did well with the BS he was given.

          • Emily

            “McConaughey-esque ‘deep'” just sounds like serial killer to me.

        • The OP Anon

          The last 3 episodes of the season were decent. I sort of want to go back and re-watch to pick up on the “breadcrumbs” that I missed the first time around.
          .
          Still, Lynch did Twin Peaks better than Pizzolotto. I’m you’re going to do it campy, go FULL ON weird.

          • It’s embarrassing for HBO that Ballers was better than True Detective.

          • Mug of Glop

            I need to pick up and watch Ballers! I missed the first episode, and haven’t found the energy to catch it back up. I guess that’s what I can start watching now.

          • It wasn’t ground breaking or anything, but it was plenty entertaining, especially if you’re into sports.

        • Mug of Glop

          The whole thing was just so bleak and depressing, and without any actual pay-off in terms of excitement or understanding of the plot until the last pair of episodes. “Everyone loses” wasn’t something I especially want to watch, especially given how plodding the first five episodes were. I get what they were going for, but it didn’t really make for something I especially wanted to watch.

          I did think, though, that the acting was pretty on point, despite the nearly universally awkward dialog. Eh, well, I guess we now have season 3 to look forward to. The real question, though, is what’s on television between now and the X-Files in January?

          • palisades

            Rectify. The Knick. Fargo. Mr. Robot. :)

      • Anon

        Weird, I liked it, as have many others I’ve seen online or been talking to. Different strokes for different folks.

  • littlen

    Rave: Friend’s wedding in Minnesota this weekend. Really lovely time, and my first trip to the state. I’m good friends with both the bride and groom and was so happy for them. I just wish they weren’t living on the West Coast now!
    Rant: Weddings make me a little wistful.
    Rave: While at the hotel bar with friends the night before the wedding, a middle-aged couple sitting next to me struck up a conversation. They were pretty funny, told me their nephew goes to GWU, is studying Chinese, and “is really good-looking and wealthy!” And even though he was 6 years younger than me and I was too good for him I should totally date him, because they would love to have me in their family. It was pretty entertaining.

    • SparklyKittyTacos

      Haha, I love that last rave. Glad you had a good time in MN!

    • Quotia Zelda

      Your last rave is adorable.

    • emmafor

      hahahaha love it!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Tonight’s birthday dinner of Mr. Zelda’s fried rice (seriously, y’all, this stuff is GOOD) and my homemade hummingbird cake.
    Rant: Won’t be able to meet up with my aunt and cousin on our upcoming vacation.
    Rave: So much other great stuff planned for our vacation.

    • Quotia Zelda

      Bonus Rave: DCC is back!

    • eggs

      Oh my god hummingbird cake!!! I haven’t thought of that in so long (my dad’s mom used to make it – she was from Alabama). Now I need to find a recipe!

      • Quotia Zelda

        I used a Southern Living recipe. So good.

  • artemis

    Rave: Hardly anyone in the office this week.
    Rant: I am in the office this week.
    Rave: I spent most of the weekend sleeping. if I had it my way, I’d still be in bed.

    • emmafor

      <3 sleep!
      And it was way too dark this morning for getting out of bed…

  • MPinDC

    Rave: Hummingbirds! Finally got around to putting out the new feeder on Saturday; Sunday a male stopped by (after visiting the petunias and runner beans) and this morning a female has been feeding. Also, goldfinches on the sunflowers.
    Rave: A delightful overabundance of heirloom tomatos => many tomato things this weekend. Two kinds of gazpacho (NYTimes Best, Epicurious gochujang), tomato basil shrub (made with basil vinegar), tomato kimchi-chi (WPost). I’ve made the tomato kimchi-chi a number of times because it is so delicious.
    .
    Rant: Yellow-jacket stings from a week ago are still welts, still itchy.

    • AMDCer

      I saw a hummingbird when I was on my balcony this weekend!

  • Chinatown

    Rave: Woke up without sinus headache or pressure.
    Rant: Have to wash clothes tonight.
    Rant: Loud talking folks at work. The whole floor does not need to know that you’re late for a meeting.
    Rave: Wearing new blouse I got from Macys to work today.
    Rant: After going to sleep last night, I kept waking up after a few hours. Don’t know what’s causing it.

  • palisades

    Rave: Less than a month until the Montana adventure with the gf. Flying into Bozeman, renting a car, and driving to Yellowstone, then all the way up to Flathead Lake and Glacier National Park. Camping the entire time. Should be wonderful weather too.

    • That’s awesome. I really want to do Yosemite but can’t decide if I want the summer splendor or the snowy winterscape.

    • andie302

      Jealous! This sounds awesome

    • Pixie

      That sounds awesome. Was it crazy expensive to fly to Bozeman from here? Where’s your stopover?

      • palisades

        About $400 roundtrip. We have a layover in Seattle first. The car rental will cost as much as the flight! Luckily we save money by camping.

    • emvee

      This is awesome! I’m going to Montana in the spring for work and extending it for pretty much what you’re doing. I may ask for tips later down the road. It’ll be so beautiful, I’m excited for you!

    • I am so insanely jealous. Glacier is extremely high on my list.
      Sounds like a great time. Have fun!

      • Emily

        Hmmm you like camping? And cold weather? How do you feel about boats?

        • I don’t like cold weather, that’s why I’m thinking about planning my Glacier National Park trip for this time next year.
          I do like camping, it’s another reason to wear my LL Bean boots.
          I like boats.

          • Emily

            So camping a snow cave is out? I was about to figure out a way to hook you up with my good looking boy cousin. But he’s had issues with snow camping with girlfriends in the past.

          • Emily

            He also lives in California, but has a VERY transferable job…

          • It’s too early in the year to start the LLBeans Boot wars

      • Emily

        Also, how do feel about snow caves for camping?

        • Are you trying to find out if you should set me up with the abominable snowman?

          • Emily

            He’s very good looking ;)

          • Quotia Zelda

            He is ridiculously good looking.

          • I’m fairly certain I’m incapable of generating my own body heat, so I don’t think this is going to work out.
            But thanks(?).

          • emmafor

            perhaps he is very good looking and awfully warm too..

    • Anon

      Pitamakan Pass to Dawson Pass in Glacier is one of the most amazing hikes in the entire country. Its a long hike but well worth it. I highly suggest you devote a day to it. My friend and I ran up a social trail up Flinsch peak on the way – one of the most spectacular moments of my life.

  • Blithe

    Rant: I do NOT need more jewelry. Even a necklace with a tiny silver okra pod. I also do NOT need more guitars. Even a lipstick red one that plays like a dream. Not, not, not!
    Rant-ish: Tried to make 2 ingredient sweet potato pancakes. They came out more like fritters. Next time I’ll try a recipe with more like 7 ingredients. Then maybe I’ll get actual pancakes.
    Rant: At some point soon-ish, I’ll need to change the strings on my guitars. I’m already wondering how to butter up a friend in the hopes that he’ll show me how to do the archtop and the bigsby. I really, really miss the guys at the old Guitar Shop.
    Rave: Quinoa chorizo soup. Yum. Sometimes, but only sometimes, Whole Foods is my Friend.

    • Emily

      The okra is super cute, if you like okra. love, The Enabler.
      LIpstick red and plays like a dream, what could be better! love, Then Enabler.

      • Blithe

        But, but don’t I have to STOP somewhere? (Somewhat) Reformed Shopaholic
        Can I add that the lipstick red guitar is inexpensive, and I can probably get a friendly price. And matching nail polish?

        • Emily

          The Enabler does not enable frugality, only acquiring beautiful things and experiences.
          You totally have to get matching nail polish and a lippy if you can find it!
          love, The Enabler

          • Blithe

            I’m pretty sure that between Armani and Nars I can find the matching lipstick! You’re Very Very Good!!! I wonder if I can find a support group for reformed shopaholics with minimalist aspirations.

          • Emily

            If you do, sign me up!

          • Blithe

            .Well, we COULD combine it with our plans for an eventual Sparkle meet-up, but that might kinds defeat the purpose…. lol As in: We’re being Minimalist y’all! No more than four pretty sparklies per person!

          • Emily

            Minimalism = more room for jewerly!

        • blahblahblah

          Don’t ask The Enabler about any purchase you don’t secretly want to make. Because the answer is always yes.

          • Emily

            Exactly!

    • artemis

      Blithe, did you boil and then mash the sweet potatoes? That may make all the difference in taste/consistency.

      • Blithe

        I baked the sweet potatoes and mashed them, smooshing them into the egg. I think one issue was that I should have smashed them more, to make them thinner. I was excited to find a recipe without flour — so I might give it another try. I also might try adding things — like almond flour, or a bit of milk to see what happens. This cooking stuff is almost as much fun as play doh! :-)

        • artemis

          I think the milk should do the trick. Report back. To me, the most enjoyable part of cooking is the experimentation. :)

  • Because I need a revel somewhere: Tax-free holiday in MD, so I guess it’s a good time to update my wardrobe to look more teacherly.
    Question: What are some of your favorite meetup groups? I know it’s mostly interest-based, but I’m still curious which ones people have had good experiences with.

    • skj84

      I’m part of 20’s and 30’s going out group, The Wine Lovers Group and The Reading Railroad Bookclub.

  • skj84

    Rave: Productive weekend. Worked and hung around CoHi yesterday. Tried Room 11 for the first time. And hit up the Wonderlsnd Ballroom anniversary party(Hi Hammers!)

    Rant: the dryer stopped working. Going to have to suck it up and take my clothes to a laundrymat. I have to big of a load to air dry everything.

    Question: How quickly does Mason Dixie Biscuts usually run out on Saturdays? Planning a crawl around Union Market for my Bday. I want to start at Mason Dixie, if it’s not to crazy of a line.

  • Pixie

    Rave – Had a nice quiet weekend alone. It was so desperately needed. And my new coloring books are awesome!
    Rave – I got a stand-up desk at work. No more sitting on my butt all day. Now to get a wireless mouse and keyboard because all these wires a pain.
    Rant – My wedding is in seven weeks and really want to fire the DJ.

    • ParkViewRes

      I feel you. I am so over the officiant drama. He canceled and I asked for our deposit back and he hasn’t responded!! I wanted to fire him anyway so at least he’s out of the picture either way.

      • Pixie

        I kinda wish he’d cancel so I could start looking for someone else or start working on a Spotify playlist! He’s unresponsive and when we finally get a hold of him after weeks emailing/calling, he doesn’t seem to remember anything about our wedding.

  • fka Shawess

    Rant: Crippling morning/all-day sickness starting late in week 12. I thought it was supposed to get better, not worse!
    Rant: I also have a cold and it’s making the morning sickness worse.
    Rant: Busy work week.
    Can anyone help me out with some raves here?

    • MPinDC

      How about:
      .
      Rave: Morning snuggles with Gary

      • fka Shawess

        Great one! Because it’s actually happening right now! And in case you were wondering, Gdog really seems to like it here.

        • Emily

          Rave: “He’s whizzing! ahhhhhhh!” Is my new animal video go to when I need a laugh.

          • fka Shawess

            Mine too! And btw he’s now a champ at going outside :)

          • Emily

            I’m giggling just thinking about it. Whizzaterias are best outside.

          • fka Shawess

            In other Gary news, he seems really overjoyed and slightly confused about me working from home. He clearly loves the company, but can’t resist doing things like sitting on my feet or snuggling up so close I can’t type. He’s like, “What’s the point of you being here if you can’t play with me all day?!”

          • anonanon

            Aw Gary. I think my dog gets annoyed when I work from home for that reason.

    • Blithe

      The little cashews are now bouncing apricots? (I’m just guessing here — and hoping that you’ll leap in with regular updates!) Um, I’m reaching, but you now have a good reason to try every possible brand of grapefruit soda over shaved ice? Hope you feel better soon!

      • fka Shawess

        Peaches this week! :) Grapefruit soda sounds so yummy right now! Is that a pregnancy thing? A SF thing?

        • Blithe

          It’s a nausea thing, as is the cracked/shaved ice — so worth a try with morning sickness? Ginger ale is good too — if you get the kind actually made with ginger, but I think grapefruit soda poured over shaved ice wins on the yummy-ness scale.

          -Yay “Peaches”!!!

        • I Dont Get It

          Meyer lemons?

          • fka Shawess

            I think that’s next week, actually :)

    • artemis

      Sea Bands really do help. Ginger ale, ginger chews, and ginger chewing gum: all our your friends.

      I hope you feel better soon.

      • fka Shawess

        Just ordered Sea Bands! Thanks for the reminder :)

        • artemis

          I sent a pair to my dad in the hope that they also help with some of the chemo-related nausea.
          Very multi-use, those sea bands.

    • The OP Anon

      RAVE: Our “move in” is complete! This morning L watched burly guys lift furniture and she pointed at where to put it. They did the job in 3 hours.
      RAVE: People actually respected our purchased “NO PARKING” permit signs this AM in Adams Morgan. Thank you, friendly neighbors. :)

      • fka Shawess

        Congrats, OP Anon! What a relief it must be to have that finished! And I fully support the approach you and L took. There’s nothing better than outsourcing all of the heavy lifting.

    • AB

      Rave for fka Shawess: you’re pregnant! and you made it all the way to week 12! Do you have a good stash of ginger ale/beer (the good non alcoholic kind like Gosling’s or fever tree)? That helps.

      • fka Shawess

        How could I have possibly forgotten THAT rave? The biggest and best rave of all the raves :)

  • RabbitRabbitRabbit

    Rant: Comcast. Sometimes they’re okay but sometimes they are the suckiest thing that ever did suck. Today is the latter.
    Rave: Breakfast conversations that span from the topic of politics to the Snorks to Vegemite. I definitely married the right person.
    Rave: Made the big decision not to pick up any new consulting projects after I finish the current one this week. We’ll see how long this lasts.

  • blues

    Rave: Dinner at Le Diplomate Saturday night – delicious food and great company.
    *
    Rant: Said company is moving to Phoenix for the foreseeable future and it makes me sad.
    *
    Rave: Visit with my cousin yesterday.
    *
    Rant/Rave: Homemade babka. Recipe calls for an overnight rise in the fridge and a second rise once the babka is assembled. The dough never really rose in the fridge and the assembled rise was negligible. The babka rose some once in the oven and it was tasty as hell, but should have been MUCH airier and higher. Off to find a different kind of yeast, I suppose.

  • LA

    Rant: sore throat. slight fever. it’s like being kicked when you’re already down. thanks, health.
    Rave/Rant: two of my friends are successfully dating people exclusively. their good news came the same day and week low match and i ended. balancing the “yay! i am so happy with you” with “what is wrong with me?” has been weird. don’t like being the downer.
    Rave: hungout with my bffs from high school last night. love em.
    Not sure: resurrect the old online dating profile? dust off the cobwebs. update some photos. add some more funny things. why am i so nervous about it this time around?

    • Anon Spock

      Maybe because you’re worried the next guy won’t work out. No matter the reason, don’t stress. It’s just dating…and I say that as someone with most of my friends married with kids or in long term relationships and a desire for a family.

      • LA

        Becoming more resilient so I might really try to give it a shot again. Not everyone I’ve met from online dating has been horrible. Y’all just hear about the extremes. Lots of pleasant but just not “right” for me dates. Those are fine but unremarkable and are sometimes more disappointing than a really bad date because it’s not even interesting to discuss.

        • Emily

          “sometimes more disappointing than a really bad date because it’s not even interesting to discuss.” yep. A good story makes almost anything bearable.

        • Anon Spock

          If you’re not ready to handle the good & bad, maybe give yourself some more time off the market. My philosophy is I’m great, and I need to find someone who agrees. I don’t allow myself to get down because I’m not seeing anyone.

          My online experience is leaning toward everyone being into polyamory/ open relationships. Is that a new trend?

          • LA

            There is a point for introspection on my part where I might be the reason things don’t work out. I don’t care about being single or not. I care about the fact I might truly be unlikeable. Frightening. And I haven’t dated people who wanted open or poly relationships. People can sense I’m not into that but a lot of people are nowadays.

          • Anon Spock

            I had to add a disclaimer because I got so many in a row…all very high matches, of course. This isn’t getting to the dating stage where I think it would be obvious for me too.
            Maybe you can consider the other person’s prospective more to curb whatever it is that makes you unlikeable. I’d definitely start being more anon with posting negative things about someone you like….You never know.

          • LA

            Low match doesn’t read this site. But I am not gonna be posting much about actual people here anymore.

    • That One Guy

      Buy Olba Tea. It tastes good and is soothing.

  • AliceInDC

    Rant: Moving. Remembering why I swore I would never move without movers ever again. Splitting our stuff between my parents’ house, my fiance’s new place, and my new place has been a real treat.
    Rant: I miss my stuff already. I’m totally a stuff person. I could never live in a tiny house.
    Rave: New computer and looking forward to school supply shopping once again.
    Rave: Solidified engagement party plans!

  • That One Guy

    Rave: While walking home last night from Wegman’s, I saw frog and a mantis.
    Rant: Tried to take a video of the mantis so I could show the niece but failed to push the record button. Fail!!!!

    • LA

      There goes your viral video money…

  • GSM

    Rant: Looking down into the rabbit-hole of leaving a 5-year relationship. Terrifying and freeing at the same time.
    Rave: Getting better at knowing who I am, and not pretending to be someone I’m not.

    • SparklyKittyTacos

      : ( / : )

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