Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth November 27, 2015 at 8:00 am 48 Comments

Photo by PoPville flickr user LaTur

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.

We’ll be back to our normal posting schedule Monday!

  • FridayGirl

    Rave: RRRR is up early! I suppose it’s for those of us who are one of the very few in our buildings today…
    Rave: My Thanksgiving dinner turned out great! And I have leftovers for today and tomorrow.
    Rant: This final paper. I picked a difficult topic and didn’t realize until too late. It needs to be done. I’m tempted to just stay up tonight until it’s finished. I want to have some fun this weekend.
    Rant: Have zero clue what is going on with the Guy. But I’m starting to wonder if there is, as my previous history here alluded, something wrong with me that my relationships start going downhill after two months every.single.time.

    • Accountering

      Theres nothing wrong with you. There could be something unappealing about your dating? Have you started discussing homeownership, the suburbs, weddings, kids, soccer practices, and things of that nature?

      • FridayGirl

        Nope. (Well, kids came up once briefly and in passing but our opinions were similar, and the conversation lasted no more than a minute. And it was well before the uneasy feeling started.)

        • Accountering

          Ok, then you are all clear, just not a good match (if he truly is ghosting) and time to move on. Says nothing about you, just that you and this dude aren’t compatible :)

          • Accountering

            Sorry, didn’t mean the :) to be insensitive, just that there is nothing “wrong” with you, and that it isn’t working for whatever reason. I know it sucks to see a relationship hit the skids :(

          • FridayGirl

            Thank you, accountering.

    • anonymous

      Think that is normal and good. Better to realize things aren’t working after two months and move on, than to stay for a few years before realizing that. Try to think of it as positive.

    • AnonAgain

      There’s nothing wrong with you. When I was dating, I noticed that most of my relationships fizzled around the 3-month mark and the rest at the 6-month mark (except for the current guy, he’s the only one to stick it out for the long haul). I think that’s just when you start thinking about the “next steps” and whether it fits with that person. For many reasons that aren’t reflective on either person, that answer is “no” or even a “meh…I dunno”. It’s frustrating, I know, but really important to know that it’s not you.
      For what it’s worth, one of those 6-month relationships should have ended after 2, and I really wish it had. We wasted a lot of time and effort trying to keep something alive that was never meant to be. So just keeping it around longer doesn’t necessarily help!

      • FridayGirl

        Thanks for the wisdom, AnonAgain. I’ve always wondered how some people seem to have many long relationships (6 months+) but it could very well be that people just go along without much thought.
        I also need to stop comparing myself to others. I started dating before others in my group of friends, and right now, two of them have been dating someone since the beginning of the summer, one of them is married to her first boyfriend (every group has one of those!) and the other is living with her first boyfriend (of 3+ years). So I feel a little inadequate but you’re all right — it’s probably nothing wrong with me specifically. Just how things have played out.

        • Accountering

          Yes, stop comparing yourself to others in your group. Everyone goes at their own pace and finds their person at a different time. My ex and I were the marry early, everyone is jealous couple, and we made it three years and then divorced. Give it time, take care of yourself, and work hard to keep yourself out there. You will get there :)

        • AnonAgain

          Remember, just because the relationship is longer, doesn’t make it better! I have a friend who once told me that she stopped liking her ex-boyfriend 3 or 4 years into their 6-year relationship. You’re right that some people just go along without much thought or just because it’s easier to stay in. While staying in “just ’cause” was a pretty bad reason, I think having that experience really did teach me a lot.
          And yes, definitely don’t compare yourselves. Some people meet the love of their lives early on and it works out. Some of us do a bit more looking. While I had my low points, in restrospect I’m really happy I spent most of my 20s single, I got to have a lot of experiences my “settled down” friends didn’t have. There’s something to be said for having a point in your life when you can be totally selfish, independent, and just do what you want to do.

          • AnonAgain


    • Anonamom

      There’s definitely nothing wrong with you. I have this theory that it takes 2 months to get beyond the initial fuzzy feeling stage and really start to see someone for who they are, warts and all. I think in the early stage, it’s easy to see what you want to see and for the other person to show what they want to show you. Perhaps you are at that point and his whole break comment was him showing his true colors. Just take it for what it was and on to the next one.
      FWIW, take this old lady’s advice, you are going to kiss many a frog before you get your prince.

    • Anonynon

      Hang in there Friday girl!

  • georgetowner

    Rave: Managed to pull out an ok Thanksgiving despite a hospital being involved.

    Rave: An eight-foot fir in my living room — yes, already.

    Question: What bookstore is that in the photo? I want to be there.

    • That One Guy

      It may be in the Hirshhorn Museum.

      • georgetowner

        You’re right! Thanks, That One Guy.

    • artemis

      I am putting up my tree today too. We always do it on Black Friday. Tradition!

      • I Dont Get It

        Yeah me too!

  • Anon

    Rave: The GF and I are adopting a puppy today and we couldn’t be more excited!

    Also, I too would like to know what bookstore that is.

    • FridayGirl

      Ah, congratulations on adopting a dog!

      • Anon

        Thanks! We were going to wait until next year but found the perfect guy so we couldn’t pass him up.

        • Debra

          best way to go….ADOPT not Shop for a dog/puppy. They are the best. Years of love to follow. ENJOY!!!!

    • Emmaleigh504

      congratulations on the puppy!

    • zem

      Congrats!! Dogs are the best.

  • friday gal

    rave: that dog reminds me of eddie from frasier. good times
    rant: I have to work today.
    rave: it’s friday!
    rant: I miss my warm bed
    rave: Christmas season is officially here. for me anyway. LOL

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Not working at my desk today so don’t have all my accouterments, so naturally I have a runny nose and no tissues. Later I’ll probably get the dries skin in the world and no lotion.
    Rant: I fear it will be a sloooooooowwwwwwww day.
    Rave: 4 weeks until vacation

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Rave: Working at home with leftovers.
    Rave: Christmas decorating has begun!

    • FridayGirl

      YEAH for Christmas decorating! That’s on my to-do list for tonight.

  • kl00t

    Rave: Metro was surprisingly efficient at getting me to and from my Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving meal yesterday!

    Rave: Food. So. Much. Food.

    Rave: Coworkers making a pact that we will leave early if nobody else shows up by noon.

    Rant: Not knowing when, exactly our winter “break” starts – I know we get Christmas to New Years off, but not sure about Christmas Eve. Which is making it hard to plan my travel.

    Rave: I have amazing friends and family, a roof over my head, a job that while I don’t exactly love, is much better than I could have hoped for with my experience level, I am not hungry, I have electricity and running water, and I have a community back in West Africa that still loves me even though I only lived there two years and left them to have all the things I just mentioned like a refrigerator stocked with lots of cheese. I have been incredibly blessed in my life and I just hope I can help spread the love that I’ve been feeling from God/the universe/the big spaghetti monster in the sky.

    • Accountering

      I would say ask someone to figure out the Xmas eve thing. That should be common knowledge IMO.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: I get that there are good intentions behind my aunt/uncle’s attempt to try and get me in touch with someone but come on, really? Nothing like family to try and stir drama into your life. Maybe my own biases are at play but I always approach these things with half a stinky eye.

  • Revel: had a lovely Thanksgiving with a my friend’s husband’s family in Havre de Grace.
    Revel: no work… Should probably start grading
    Revel: shabbat services with friends tonight
    Rant: struggling with work. Expectations are much higher for me this year than last and I’m struggling to meet them.

    • nevermindtheend

      Did you go to the Decoy Museum? (That’s the only thing I know about Havre de Grace, and only because it’s advertised on the highway extensively.)

      • I walked by it but didn’t go in… Not sure if it was open on Thanksgiving. I’m guessing no.

  • Anonamom

    Rave: Good day for work. Commute was easy as pie, been hella productive since I got here, playing MY music instead of listening to Gospel, no one else in the office, and leaving in 45 minutes.
    Rave: Wonderful Thanksgiving meal last night. I adore the BF’s family. I feel like this is karma giving me a kiss since my previous in-laws were such an effing nightmare.
    Rave: Going ice skating after work!

    • FridayGirl

      HOORAY for all your raves! (Especially the leaving-before-lunchtime rave! I think I’ll be doing the same.)

  • Rave: Thank you to whoever posted that they stuff their turkey with cranberries and lemons. We already did the butter and herb rub on and under the skin, but added the cranberries and lemons and it was DELICIOUS. Very excited for leftovers.
    Rave: Finally losing some weight. As my yoga instructor says, I just need to learn to meet myself where I am and be grateful for where I am and not expect everything to happen immediately!
    Rave: Decorating for Christmas today! Bring on the Christmas tunes.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Ohhh QZ did the cranberries and citrus in the bird too! It was so good! Thanks whoever suggested that!

  • fka Shawess

    Rave: In spite of my health being touch and go, I ended up at the most wonderful Thanksgiving dinner last night with absolutely sparkling company. It was a wonderful night and just what I needed to lift my spirits after a week-long hospital stay.
    Rave: Today I’m baking an apple pie and stuffing because I couldn’t let another full year pass without making them. (Thank goodness for Instacart.)
    Rant? MAJOR nesting instincts are kicking in and I’m not sure I can physically keep up with them.

    • Accountering

      I am going to big time +1 both Raves. That sounds awesome! Glad to hear you are out of the hospital and doing a bit better!!! Andie will be happy to hear this as well!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Great raves!

    • zem

      Yay to your raves!

  • Planner

    I enjoy working on the day after Thanksgiving, since I never travel for the holiday, and it’s extra quiet around this place. It also doesn’t hurt that I score some points that I can cash in when it comes to taking Christmas leave.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: this long boring day is almost over

  • zem

    Rave: Leftovers!
    Rave: Cuddle-bear of a dog while I read.
    Rant: The work waiting for me….

  • Breedentials

    $3.2 million for 7203 Georgia Ave NW. The property looks like a basketball court with no hoops. Price/sqft: $2,073 The tax database has some comment about the sale price being confirmed two ways.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Interesting. The same buyer (an LLC) bought two houses on the northern end of this block, which were not listed for sale, for goofy high prices waaaay above market value. I wonder if it was the same buyer. And I wonder what they are planning to do here.


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