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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth January 3, 2017 at 9:09 am 119 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.

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  • artemis

    Rant: People lollygagging while getting on and off the metro this morning.
    Rave: Despite a long, wet walk to the metro, I managed to make it to work on time this morning.
    Rave: Baby Artie only woke up once last night. Dear gods of sleep and parenting, please let this be the start of a trend.
    Rant: Congressional changes to ethics rules. So much for draining the swamp.

    • artemis

      Additional rant: Turkish nightclub attack.

    • mtpresident

      Yay for Baby Artie!

    • Anonymous

      +1 on Rant #1, but every day, not just today. Can’t understand why some people need so long to enter and exit a train.

  • FridayGirl

    Rant: I’ve been in a bit of a slump since I’ve been back from vacation. I’m finding it hard to motivate myself to do work and household chores.
    Rave: But I’ve exercised 3 of the past 4 days, which is something. And I go on vacation again next week.
    .
    Rant: Feeling inept at having relationships. I never mind spending New Year’s at home because I find it to be a generally disappointing and odd holiday. But it’s disconcerting to me that I’ve really stepped up my efforts in asking people out to events/dinner/happy hours and inviting people over to my apartment only to find that it is almost never reciprocated (except by the one or two people who have always included me anyway). This goes for dating too.
    .
    Unknown: Some days I think, if nothing else, that I could be truly happy if I had enough money to move my mom into an apartment down the hall from me and adopt a dog that she could babysit during the day. A little like Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fischer. That would be the life.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I dream of owning an apartment building and moving all my family in. Or living on the same street as them. I wish we all lived closer together.

      • skj84

        That’s one of my dreams as well. I spent New Years Day with a good friend of my aunts who has been able to accomplish this dream. She purchased an apartment building in Hill East years ago and turned it into a family home. Her brothers live in the upstairs units, and she lives in one of the downstairs units part time. She rents the other unit out to business travelers. One of her neighbors did the same thing.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      It is hard getting back in the swing of things, especially if you’re lucky enough to enjoy being with family. Mine is scattered along Northeast coast cities and then out in CA, and I dream of having a beach house where we can all go on vacations, together and separate. But I doubt that’ll ever happen. And yes, NYE can be a sh!tty holiday good at making you feel inadequate. But I refuse to give in to the despair of having spend every single one of my NYE without “someone special.” And hey, once I’m moved in, I’m planning on hosting a housewarming party and I hope you’ll be able to make it!

      • FridayGirl

        Thanks, LBP :]

    • That One Guy

      +1 about dog adoption. I’ve been feeling like it would be nice to have a grand pup for my mom.

      • textdoc

        Awww!

  • Rant/Revel: I got called for jury duty. I’m now on the every 2 year schedule like clockwork!

    • TX2DC

      Grand Jury or Petit?

      • Petit thank God. But I did a notice for Grand about 6 months ago, I just didn’t get called for it. I had to call in every day for like a month or something like that.

    • Clueless

      Checking in from jury duty right now! This wait is awful.

      • good luck!!

      • MPinDC

        The quiet room/business room was a good place to park last time I had jury duty. And I can recommend treating yourself to Rasika’s for lunch!

        • dcd

          I may have recently posted this, but my wife just had jury duty in Montgomery County for the first time, and was mightily disgruntled that she wouldn’t be able to treat herself to lunch at Rasika.

    • It’s just me

      I feel you. I have jury duty TWICE in January – DC Superior Court (one day/one trial) and US District Court for DC (two weeks call in every day). Apparently the feds don’t let you off just because you did jury duty at the “state” level a week and a half before. Luckily both are Petit.

      • Maybe I’ll see you in the waiting room :)

      • Emma

        Twice in January? That’s pretty crazy. I’ve been a DC resident for 6 years now and have never been called. I hope I don’t jinx myself. Good luck to you!

  • skj84

    Rant: My first real day back to work and my brain is not ready. At all. I’ve literally been staring at my inbox trying to process what emails to tackle first.
    Rave: Fun brunch with friends yesterday! Nice seeing Little Blue Penguin!
    Rant:I think i’m allergic to something in one of my new towels. I’ve only used the towel twice and both times my skin felt inflamed afterwards. I don’t know if its the material, or if I need to wash it first.

    • mtpresident

      Try washing the towels–that’s probably a good idea, even if you’re not getting a reaction.

    • Hookdntx

      You should always wash things from the store before you use it! you have no idea who sneezed on it or what germy hands have touched it!

      • FridayGirl

        +1

      • wdc

        +1. Anything that touches any skin more sensitive than my shoulder is getting washed before I use it.

      • skj84

        I’ll wash when I get home. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to wash them first, thats a very good point. Hopefully whatever is making my skin itch gets washed away!

        • textdoc

          New clothes/fabric items often have a coating called “sizing” on them. It’s usually a good idea to wash them before wearing/using.

    • textdoc

      I would’ve been up for brunch on Monday — I guess I should’ve checked back with you on Sunday to see whether any plans had materialized.

  • mtpresident

    Rave: I got mtpkiddo on the last bus *just* in time this morning, and I made it to work. That’s my big win for the day, right there.
    Rant: We all had trouble getting up & moving this morning.
    Rave: Mtpkiddo was super sweet coming into our room & wanting to snuggle shortly right around when we needed to get up.
    Rant: She said she wants to sleep in our bed tonight. No way, kiddo, we are not starting cosleeping at age 3.5
    Rant: Mtpbaby had a tough night–ultimately seemed to need ibuprofen, though I’m not sure what the issue was. Hopefully it wasn’t that we gave him too much cheese (one of those cracker-cut slices) after he handled some mac & cheese ok the two days before. At least it was before I went to bed, rather than after.
    Rave: Lovely visit with my FIL. Far less stressful than usual. So yay for that!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Daddy came home from the hospital! His recovery from the stem cell transplant is going well so far.
    Rave: Binge watching The Man in the High Castle with Mr. Zelda.
    Rant: Who chatters throughout every episode. That’s where Middle Zelda gets it.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I just binge watch The Man in the High Castle. I may have to watch it again b/c I kept getting distracted by her shoe choices and hair. And why did no one notice that one guy missing for several days?!

      • CapitalDame

        THANK YOU, I’ve been wondering the same thing. He was gone for literally days.

      • Anon

        I thought it was because his assistant knew that he had “gone” and was making excuses for him. The Kido guy did mention something to Tagomi about the fact that there was some distress that he was gone. I really liked the second season.

    • Quotia Zelda

      Additional Rant: Mr. Zelda took today off, and I’m about 90% certain he’s going to finish The Man in the High Castle without me.

    • topscallop

      We just started binge watching this over the weekend! Almost done with season 1. Also we binged all of Broad City. It was a TV-heavy, hungover weekend.

    • My mother did a stem cell transplant about 10 years ago. Just keep on him for all of those side effects that they talk about.. My mother got really bad pneumonia every year for about five years afterwards – hospitalized every time. Now she is having some heart issues and they are trying to figure out if it is related. It’s an effective procedure but there are definitely some lasting effects.

  • bizzinger

    Rave/rant: Back to work today. Enjoyed the time off, but I’m also glad to get back into some sort of structure.
    Rant: Slipped back into childhood eating habits while visiting family. Fudge at 10pm – why not? Time to hit the gym.
    Rave: Did yoga for the first time in about 6 months last night. Yes please.
    Rave: Focusing on a growth mindset. Joy comes from meaning and small moments, and we can pursue that.

  • maxwell smart

    RANT: 45 minutes into the day after a week and a half of vacation and I’m already over it.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Today would have been a great day to sleep in. It took everything I’ve got to get out of bed.
    Rant: Gonna be another busy day.
    Rave: Lady Grey can see me through the day.

    • I Dont Get It

      I just looked up Lady Grey tea and it sounds very good. I’ll put it on my tea shopping list!

      • Emmaleigh504

        It’s good iced or hot. But for a really great iced tea, get Lady Londonderry.

        • I Dont Get It

          OK but first I need to finish the 3 packages of TJ’s Vanilla Cinnamon Black tea I’ve horded away.

          • UDPie

            Lady Grey is sooo good.
            Also, you’ve now got my Mom and grandfather hooked on that tea – they decimated my one and only box over the Holidays. Now to search for more tea before it disappears!

          • I Dont Get It

            I was just at 14th St TJs and they had at least 15 boxes out.

    • I Dont Get It

      Forgot to say Thanks!

    • skj84

      Agree on your first rant. This is nap and soup weather.

    • textdoc

      Agreed on today being sleeping weather. Seems criminal that it’s a workday.

      • FridayGirl

        +1

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Good riddance, 2016. Buckle up, 2017!
    Not Sure: Vacillating between feeling confident and ready to handle whatever gets thrown at me, and feeling utterly overwhelmed by everything that has to get done at work AND everything I need to do to get all moved out / in next week. Trying to take things one step at a time.
    Rave: Trying to keep my eyes on the prize – got keys and did a walk-through with the owners, who are absolutely lovely, on Saturday, and I’m really excited about this place. Just not excited by the whole “moving” part of it!
    Rave: Nice brunch with skj and friends yesterday, it helped me get out of my panicky packing bubble.
    Rant: This weather is gross. I guess hooray it’s not snow or ice, but still, yuck.

    • skj84

      You’ve got this LBP!!! Moving sucks, but once its over you have a lovely new home to live in.

  • J

    Rant: What a shitty day to go back to work. On top of the weather and general malaise (TMI alert) my period decided to say hello for the first time in four months. Good timing.

    Rave: At least there were no metro delays? Looking on the bright side.

    • Anonamom

      I feel your pain. Mine has decided to come back after THREE FUCKING YEARS. Bitch.
      (sorry for the language Dan, but it is warranted)

      • textdoc

        Aren’t you on Mirena?

        • Anonamom

          I am. According to the doctor, some women experience periods at this point (I’ve had this one for just under three and a half years) due to the build up of progesterone. It’s no less effective, and does not happen to everyone. Apparently I am one of the lucky few (insert eye roll here).

          • mtpresident

            Ah, gotcha. Either way, yuck. That’s one of the best things about being pregnant and breastfeeding–no periods. Though mine came back within six months of both kids being born, so I’m just lucky on that front I guess. :-P

          • Quotia Zelda

            Just double check to make sure it’s still there! When my periods came back, it was because the damn Mirena came out.

          • Anonamom

            Oh yes, definitely still there! That was my first thought too, and I booked an appointment as soon as I could (seriously, this baby factory is CLOSED.) to get it checked. I am very irritated though. I had hoped to go through the next 15 years or so with zero periods until menopause. No such luck I suppose.

      • mtpresident

        Yikes! How on earth did that happen?

      • J

        YIKES! That makes me feel slightly better (I am also on Mirena, going on month 7, and was really getting used to this no periods thing).

  • wdc

    Who knows stuff about water heaters? My current one (15 years old, tank, electric) is providing less hot water than ever, so I think it’s time for a new one.
    I was thinking tankless, but did some reading and I think the high cost/frequent repairs plus the fact you can’t use it for more than one purpose at a time are deal-breakers.
    Now I’m intrigued by condensing heaters. I have a gas furnace (don’t know why I have an electric water heater) and would prefer to use it. Anyone done more research? Anyone HAVE a condensing water heater? Up front cost isn’t as big a deal as reliability and energy efficiency.

    • mtpresident

      I don’t, but the guys at HD Johnson are great for consulting on these types of things in my experience if you want to talk to a professional for advice.

    • Start by draining and refilling your water heater. Over the years gunk builds up in the bottom. If that doesn’t work, you need to get some electrical measuring thingy (can’t find out where I wrote it down, I was on the phone with my water heater manufacturer. They said I could call them and they would talk me through what I was supposed to be doing to measure the electricity coming in. Or something.)

      Otherwise, yes, 15 years is sadly about right for replacement.

      • textdoc

        Somehow I read the first sentence as “Start by yelling at your water heater,” and really liked that suggestion. ;)

    • textdoc

      If you get a new water heater, or get your existing one repaired, do NOT have it done by Accel. They are apparently Home Depot’s partner contractor for water heater installation, and they botched an installation they did for me, requiring multiple extra visits on my part. (It was for the condo I own and rent out, not the house I live in.)

  • RabbitRabbitRabbit

    Rave: I had a completely nonproductive weekend and it was amazing.
    Rant: I wish the non-productivity could continue into today.
    Rave: I think this year’s pot of black eyed peas for New Year’s Day may have been the best ever. Who knew picking up the wrong pack of ham hocks could result in such deliciousness?

  • anono

    Rave: This week is my holiday break, trying to catch up on all the things y’all enjoyed over the last two weeks!
    Rant: But the rain…sucked my errand-running desire right out of me.
    Rave: Heading into month #2 of recovery from double jaw surgery, as of 4 days ago I started chewing food! I still have to cut it with a fork and knife because I can’t bite that well yet, but being able to chew has been an amazing milestone!!
    Rave: I am trying bullet journaling. I am testing it out before I go full cra and buy another moleskin notebook that I’ll use 6 times. 2017 needs to be the year I get organized.
    RAVE: 28 days till we close on our home in Petworth!! I CANNOT WAIT. After numerous lows (5 to be exact) I am so glad lucky #6 was our house!

  • CapitalDame

    Rave: I pretty much slept the last two days, and feel much better for it
    Rant: The reason I slept so much is because I’m sick again
    Rave: since I haven’t really cleaned the house in a month thanks to work and being sick, I bit the bullet and hired a cleaning lady! I expected to feel like “what a waste of money” and instead I feel super excited about the house finally getting a deep clean.

  • Irving Streete

    Rant: Perfectly awful day to come back to work to have almost nothing to do except sit around for three weeks and wait to be fired.
    .
    Rave: Got airbnb ad up for the house. “Quiet convenience in a gracious rowhouse.” The house looks kind of nice.
    .
    Rant: Rich Republicans/8-to-a-room feminists apparently not as eager to shell out big bucks for Inauguration Week housing as legend has it. Maybe it’s the ad. And, admittedly, still work to.
    .
    Rant: I’m really going to miss living in that place.
    .
    Rave: Girlfriend seems genuinely excited fro me to move in.

    • How much are you asking for Inauguration or the March? On VRBO/Homeaway there are still lots (62 today, but it changes) of houses & apts. on the market. Good locations are asking around $500.00 and up per night.

      I started mine (apt. sleeps 4) at $1600.00 total and have gone down to $1000.00 total and saw a huge jump in page views, but no inquiries yet. I think people are waiting to see if prices drop.

      https://www.homeaway.com/results/refined/region:5000/keywords:Washington%2C+DC%2C+USA/minSleeps/4/arrival:2017-01-19/departure:2017-01-21/page:1

      • Irving Streete

        I’m asking $1000/night for inauguration (two bedrooms, sleeps 4 or 6 id you use the amazing colossal air mattress which is actually more like a bed), not sure if I’ll have to drop it — right now I’d be happy to get a little experience and pick up some cash for a new bed and other furnishings. I assume the price needs to drop somewhat for March, but I’ll be up to three bedrooms and the secondary bedrooms should have a little more curb appeal. My page views are minimal and, since I couldn’t figure out how to add a cleaning fee at first, I think I’ll drop it to three figures and add the fee in. I’m just learning my way around the site.

  • mona

    Random: A recruiter emailed me for a job in the government, I am not familiar with government agencies but I didn’t know they reached out to random people directly, I thought you had to go through that long process everyone talk about here all the time. Can anyone clarify?
    Rant: I don’t want to work for the upcoming government, otherwise I would be excited about this. I still scheduled an interview to hear more.
    Questions: What are the benefits for working for the government. (this is a serious question, I always worked for a non profit and I know a lot of people try to get job in the government but I never understood why)

    • textdoc

      Sometimes for a given position, a government office might get what’s called “direct hire” authority, which means they can hire someone directly without (I think?) going through the process of listing a position on USAJOBS. Maybe that’s the case with the position the recruiter contacted you about.

    • FridayGirl

      Re your first question: It’s probably a contractor. Contractors don’t go through as long of a process but they also have very little job security.

      • textdoc

        +1. It’s possible that the recruiter is hiring for a contractor position, not an actual federal-employee position.

    • stacksp

      Direct hire and if your are interested, I would really give it some thought because its the easiest and most direct way to get into the govt that bypasses all the bs and red tape.

    • textdoc

      And I wouldn’t let the thought of the upcoming presidential administration dissuade you. It will of course depend on the particularly agency and position, but most government positions are fairly insulated from the president and political higher-ups.

      • Mona

        Would you say the same if the job was actually at the white house? I am surprised they are still hiring “mid-level” positions (i mean not cabinet related).

    • Anonymous

      “I don’t want to work for the upcoming government, otherwise I would be excited about this.”
      .
      Well, as textdoc said there’s a difference between working for the government and working for Donald Trump. If the position is a good fit for you then you’d be a fool to turn it down simply because you hate the president. And if it helps to think about it this way, if you turn it down, that’s one more potential spot in the government for someone who does like Trump.

      • Mona

        Would you say the same if the job was actually at the white house? I am surprised they are still hiring “mid-level” positions (i mean not cabinet related).

        • Anonymous

          “Would you say the same if the job was actually at the white house?”
          .
          Yes, but if the job is at the White House I guess there’s a better chance that it is “working for Donald Trump” than if the job somewhere else.

        • textdoc

          If it’s in the White House, that’s a different kettle of fish.
          .
          Are they trying to hire you as a political appointee or something??

          • Mona

            Not at all, I am in IT, but still don’t like the idea to be associated with that guy.

          • dcd

            Would I turn down an IT post at the White House because I didn’t like/agree with the President? It depends. If it’s at all policy related, I probably would turn it down. But if you’re responsible for maintaining White House systems with no policy implications, then I’d probably take it (or rather, I wouldn’t let the current occupant factor into my decision). But, it’s unclear from your description whether it’s a policy or political position (“mid-level” positions (i mean not cabinet related)).

    • textdoc

      On your question “What are the benefits for working for the government”: I’d say the following:
      .
      – Generally considered to have more job security than the private sector or the nonprofit sector
      – More transparency on pay (you usually apply for a job at a given GS level — there’s no elaborate dance where the company tries to figure out how low of a salary they can get you for)
      .
      Those are the first ones that come to mind for me; I’m sure others can provide more.

      • dcd

        To add to this, despite the grousing you’ll often hear, above average benefits (in particular, health insurance).

        • Formerly ParkViewRes

          This. I also found the leave really generous, especially the sick leave. I think it’s become more common for companies to just give you x weeks of leave and that’s to be used for sick, vacation, emergency etc.

      • GinDC

        If this is a direct hire job, you’ll want to ask if this is a Term job – basically, the job lasts for a set number of years (usually 18 months to start with the possibility of extension up until 4-5 years) and after that you need to find a permanent, civilian job, they try to convert your existing billet or you’re out.

        Mind you, a term job is for the most part exactly the same as a full status civ job – you get the benefits, the leave, the GS pay. There may be one or two things you can’t do (like do a rotation to a different agency). Otherwise it’s the same.

    • Anonymous

      One word of caution. Don’t assume that you have the new job after you get the job offer. Until all the paperwork is done, a job offer can get withdrawn because of a hiring freeze or because of some other catch in the process. Especially likely with a change in administration. Happened to me a while back, but at least it became clear that the offer was going to be withdrawn before I quit my job or made plans to move to DC.

    • Mona

      Thanks all, this is really helpful!

  • The upside?

    Rant: Back and work, and promptly spilled water all over my desk after being jolted by the coffee seeping into my lunch bag
    Rant: Spent all of NYE weekend with the kind of cold that makes you forget where you are
    Rant: Have a contract on my condo but everything seems to have gone silent with the buyer and I’m starting to worry that we won’t get things wrapped up by next week.
    Rave: Quiet in the office today, I can at least ruminate in peace

  • textdoc

    Rave: Kittycat did not wake me up this morning.
    Rant: Had kind of a blah/meh day yesterday.
    Rave: In better spirits today.

  • Anonamom

    Rave: Had a really great New Year’s weekend, and according to Walter Mercado, my 2017 will be equally amazing.
    Rant: This whether tho’. Ugh.
    Rant:: SO’s son is turning 16 this week. Good god, I feel old. However, I also see the benefit of having a 16 year old around. I told him he needs a license ASAP so that he can handle the last minute grocery runs on my behalf.

  • MPinDC

    Rant: Dreamed I was sharing a taxi with a large person who kept spreading and getting larger. Stepped on the scale this morning and I realized that large spreading person is me
    Rant: The cleaning elves and the organizing elves were a no-show this past week even though I was home and ready to supervise their work
    Rant: Pup, who has been rained on more than once in her life, did not want to go out this morning. Dragging her around the block in the rain wasn’t particularly effective
    Rave: Recently discovered (re-discovered?) this one-hit-wonder song from the early 70’s — it gets me up and dancing ~ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QXyqk9flwk

  • UDPie

    Rave: Happy to be back at work. Incredible what a good group of people, interesting work, and some autonomy and agency do to morale!
    Rant: Nasty bike ride. Looks like I need to get new rain coat and rain pants because those things definitely weren’t up to today’s rain. Do I need to spray them or something?
    Rave: Has a wonderful break and holidays. Lots of great stuff with family. And colleagues that respected that break.
    Rant: Still really angry and frustrated over this board and performance review situation. Lots of discussion over the past few weeks with the husband. He’s so level headed and such a hard worker that he’s buckling down and working his ass off to respond properly to the criticism. While I just want to yell how dare you and who do you think you are (but I won’t).

  • dcd

    Rave: Great vacation, no injuries, and everyone improved their skiing.
    Rave: Actually happy to be back at work.
    Rant: Guy in the parking garage this morning holding up people trying to start their days. I am not here at 7:10 in the morning for my health, I am here because I have things to do, and that does not include you asking me a bunch of questions to “create a profile” on me. Your company has my name, address, email address, and credit card number, which you use to charge me an exorbitant amount for parking each month. That’s all the profile you need.

    • HaileUnlikely

      I’m sure I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know, but rant about the employer not the attendant. The dude has a sh!tty job and I’m sure the profile thing wasn’t his brilliant idea.

      • dcd

        Of course. Not his idea, and not his fault. However, he was oddly aggressive about collecting more information (though to be fair, I wasn’t very receptive to his approach – there’s probably a chicken and egg discussion there).

  • Rave: capped off an excellent vacation with a visit from one of my college roommates last night. It’s so great to have wonderful friends even if you don’t get to see them all the time. But, she’ll be back for the march, so I do get to see her again soon!
    Rave: just got awesome feedback from my boss for my mid year review. Way to go me!
    Rant: this day. I thought we were having our meeting in the middle of the night it’s so dark out.
    Rave: my puppers is the best and I’m lucky to have him. He keeps me laughing.
    Rave: Christmas dog toys at Target are 90% off, so the puppers got 3 Santas for $0.69 each. They’re still 50% off at Petco, but I couldn’t resist.

    • Additional rant: I descaled my Nespresso machine yesterday and thought I had cleaned it well after, but no, no I did not. That was one chemically latte.

  • Andie302

    Rant: After her first transfer process with IVF, best friend is not pregnant. We spent some time together over the New Year and we were all just so hopeful and optimistic. She has two more embryo’s, but she’s understandably defeated. So bummed for her and her husband. They’ve lost parents, relatives, a job, a family home to hurricane Sandy – I keep thinking their luck will change.

    • Andie302

      Forgotten rave (among a bunch of others from the holiday break): Last night, after getting hooked randomly on the last Bachelor in Paradise we watched the tail end of the first episode of the Bachelor and the fiancé asked with a straight face “Why is she crying?” ha!

    • mtpresident

      I’m so sorry. Fingers crossed for the remaining two embryos.

    • eggs

      Does she live in the area? Shady Grove seems to come highly recommended from my friends who have successfully gotten pregnant through IVF (and hadn’t at other clinics). Sending lots of positive thoughts her way for the other two!!

  • Rave: Won my football fantasy league – woo!
    Rant: 495 traffic this morning.
    Rant: Radio silence from both Progressive re: my broken mirror via not-my-fault accident last week AND my HR department re: not sending my information to my new health care provider by January 1st.
    Rave: Still quiet in my office post-holiday. Hoping it stays this way all week :-)

  • mtpresident

    Rant: Family drama. My mom and aunt are currently not speaking to each other. Fortunately, my other aunt is willing to try to bring them back together so we can all get together for Passover again. Fingers crossed….

  • littlen

    Rave: Boyfriend didn’t have to work late on NYE, and we were able to spend it together! First time really spending it with a significant other (past relationships were long distance or away for the holidays), so that was nice to be able to do.
    Rave: Nice lazy and relaxing Sunday and Monday.
    Rant: Thought about wearing rainboots, decided against it, found out the sneakers I wore instead have a hole in the heel. Argh.
    Rant: Agreeing with others that this is not a very nice day to go back to work. Had the hardest time dragging myself out of bed this morning.

    • littlen

      Oh, additional rave: Now that I have fewer business trips this year, I can start looking for a cat to adopt! Whee. Little overwhelmed at the number of different shelters/organizations in the area though, whew.

      • textdoc

        Yay on potential kitty adoption!

      • FridayGirl

        I thought I heard on TV that the Humane Rescue League (Washington Humane Society) is doing another clear the shelters event soon. Although I was in the other room so I didn’t hear many details. That might be a good option.

        • littlen

          Thanks for the tip! They were definitely one of the ones I was planning on checking out. :)

          • I was at the New York Ave location a few weeks ago and they had tons of cats! Otis wanted to eat all of them, so you know they were good cats. Well, at least living breathing cats, his standards are low.

          • The Oglethorpe St. location also has a lot of cats.

      • Super! Start by examining your lifestyle/time and deciding what sort of cat (or cats) you want. (More active, more laid back etc.) If you work long hours, kittens might not be your best choice (also most rescues only adopt kittens out in pairs.)

        But then also, sometimes you just go to the shelter and fall in love. The advantage of working with a rescue is that most of the animals are in foster homes, and the foster will be able to tell you a lot about the personality. I’ve fostered for years with Homeward Trails and recommend them. (Plus I’m getting 3 “teenage” kittens this weekend if you want to meet them!)

        You can sign up online and get approved so you will be ready to welcome the right cat when it comes along.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: I tell you The Carpenters had it right, rainy days and Mondays bring me down.
    Rave: I was thinking this morning that it’s nice that rainy weather wasn’t the norm, but I guess that would make sunny days really amazing.
    .
    I’m feeling like grabbing something soupy for lunch.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Super glad that I packed my tomato soup with rice – very satisfying on a day like today!

    • FridayGirl

      I honestly don’t know the Carpenters song, but now I have that song by the Cure stuck in my head – “I don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s grey and Wednesday, too…”

  • anon

    Rave: Online dating is going better than I expected it would. It probably helps that my expectations were really, really low (especially as I’m coming back into it as a woman over 40), but I’ve been pleasantly surprised.

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