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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth January 5, 2017 at 9:09 am 96 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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  • Rave: I set up my Google wifi (basically google’s wireless router) last night and it was easy and now I have enough wifi in my bedroom to not get annoyed. My condo is like 600 ft^2, but it’s long and sort of off-set, so it’s harder than it should be to get good wifi in there. It’s also just pretty for a router.
    Rave: I now subscribe to WaPo, NTY, and Vanity Fair.
    Rave: DOG had a good time in doggy class and I’m happy the instructor focuses on having fun and connecting with your dog.
    Rave: I updated my dating profiles and have a renewed enthusiasm for it.
    Rave: I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback in many areas of my life lately. Everything’s coming up Jeslett these days.

    • bizzinger

      Yay to your last rave!

    • topscallop

      Woohoo! great raves today! We miss DOG and talk about him regularly so I’m glad he’s having a good time ;P

      • Oh! That reminds me I need to email you!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Aw! Yay, I like all your raves!

    • SinSA

      That’s awesome!
      (I updated my profiles, too — we’ll see how things go)

      Congratulations on 2017 being the Year of Jeslett!

      • So far it’s the week of Jeslett, but we’ll see if I can maintain it.

  • LedroitTigah

    Rant: Back to DC after an emotionally taxing holiday break. A close relative passed away unexpectedly (after having hit his head) the day before Christmas, and the week was filled with tears, funeral homes, trying to find the coroner, and church. Im exhausted.
    Rave: My colleagues have been gracious.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      oh my! that sounds so hard, I’m so sorry! My condolences on your loss, I hope you find time to rest and process everything in these coming weeks.

    • Planner

      So sorry to hear this. I hope you can get some rest soon.

    • I’m so sorry for you loss. I hope you’re able to get some rest and grieve.

    • skj84

      I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • FridayGirl

      I’m really sorry to hear this LedroitTigah. Hang in there.

    • UDPie

      That’s really difficult. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • SinSA

      I’m so sorry for this. I hope you are able to rest soon.

    • Quotia Zelda

      I’m so sorry.

    • Andie302

      So sorry to hear this!

    • artemis

      So sorry for your loss.

    • That One Guy

      My condolences to your family.

    • kgw

      I’m so sorry for your loss.

    • Irving Streete

      I’m sorry.

    • Emmaleigh504

      My condolences.

      • LedroitTigah

        Thanks everyone! I was happy to be with my family during this difficult time. Also happy to be back in DC, sorting out my brain and getting through it.

  • skj84

    Rave: Aced my performance review at work! Still have a bit of imposter syndrome though. Ugh, pesky self doubt.
    Rave: Both my roommates have been spending more time at their SO’s houses so its been super quiet at home. No disrupted sleep!
    Rant: I don’t have a SO to stay with. Got get back into the game. I had a brief dalliance, but no real prospects at this time.

    • LedroitTigah

      Congrats on acing the review!
      And, yeah, I have to get back into the game too. No more election related staying in, because that has just gotten me a bit depressed.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Finally got ahold of person at Washington Gas to get established with a new account
    Rant: Got the account number, but now I cannot set up the online access because the website is freaking out and telling me to call customer service. No. No no no no no!
    Rant: I have a bruise on the sole of my foot and it is so painful to walk on! I have no idea how it happened, but it’s been 3 days now, the pain won’t go away and it feels like now everything else on that side hurts because I must be subconsciously making adjustments in how I walk, so now my back and knee hurt! Wah! Ok, rant over.
    Rave: Getting ‘ish done!

    • Anonymous

      WG’s website and online features are a clusterf***. I so rarely say this but with Washington Gas, you are far better off speaking to a rep on the phone for any customer service needs. I hope they get their internet act together but save yourself some hassle in the short-term and call them.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Aw dangit! ok, thanks for the heads-up :(

        • Anonymous

          Also, I’m not sure if you saw the discussion here some days ago, but they are doing a significant upgrade or overhaul of their online system, I think in particular the bill pay/autopay stuff. Can’t remember when they are supposed to be done, but hopefully it will mean their online services will work soon. Whatever web issues you are having now might actually be resolved fairly soon.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Yeah, I’ll be keeping my eye on things. Right now I just needed to make sure I established an account with them, and I have the account number. I’m just very skeptical of utility companies to get things right, since almost every interaction with utility companies has been….frustrating to say the least. And rarely positive.

  • topscallop

    Rave: we signed a lease last night! I was surprised we got the place, it seemed like the competition would be fierce. I’m super relieved and excited.
    Rant: now to keep packing all the things
    Rave: watched Minimalism last night on Netflix. It was pretty much common sense, and the guy who insists on hugging every single person he meets was pretty irritating, but it did keep me motivated to pare down my stuff further. Also, fiancé suggested we could share my (admittedly large) dresser, so it’s definitely time to reduce.
    Rave: this morning at work has been busy and productive, even if some of the stuff I got done was of the urgent but tedious variety

    • Congrats!!

    • Andie302

      Awesome news! Where are you heading?

      • topscallop

        Eastern Market! I will be first in line at the new Trader Joe’s when it opens.

    • Congrats!

  • FridayGirl

    Rant: So tired today. I hope I’m not catching something because I’m going to be in California next week. I’ve been so good about not eating random food and using hand sanitizer and stuff too. Maybe it’s the weather?
    .
    Rave: I think I have some Emergen-c at home and I have nothing to do tonight except to go to bed at like, 8.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      My mom was telling me last night that I need to take Emergen-C or something to boost my immune system – the only thing that Emergen-C boosts for me is my need to run to the restroom!

      • FridayGirl

        HAHA! Yeah, I mean, I don’t know if it really helps all that much, but I figure it won’t hurt if I drink it periodically. Really what I need to do is just start taking daily vitamins and eating more fruits and vegetables generally…

      • Sooooooooooooooooooooooo Happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        I think I read on a previous post of yours that you get migraines. Do you find that emergen-c bothers you in that respect? I used it last winter and would always get a migraine after. I didn’t make the connection at first, but when I stopped using it my migraine frequency declined.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          I have literally only used Emergen-C twice. Both times resulting in an extremely upset stomach, I assume from vitamin C acidic overload. I don’t recall having a migraine afterwards, though. Sorry!

        • FridayGirl

          That’s really interesting. I have not noticed that, but I do have a friend of a friend whose migraines are triggered by citric acid (which is bizarre and must be really frustrating).

        • There’s also sugar in it and that’s a huge trigger for a friend of mine who’s a regular migraine sufferer.

  • UDPie

    Rant: Muddling through something at work where I don’t know if the contact is a partner, a competitor – working for us, working for someone else, working against us, etc. Not sure how to sort it out.
    Rave: Looking forward to an exciting 2017 where I have a lot of space and room to do what I want with my program (obviously in consultation with partners and great colleagues but I have agency and control and that’s awesome and motivating).
    Rant: Organizing partner calls across many many time zones and many schedules. I wish we could all just see each other’s calendar instead of this incessant e-mailing back and forth.
    Rave: Have a full week in DC soon – looking forward to being able to meet with friends, go to happy hours, and not rush back on the train.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      have you tried using Doodle.com? that can be a good way to get everyone on the same page without tons of back-and-forth.

      • UDPie

        Thanks for the suggestion – doodle has definitely been a great for large groups. I’m trying to schedule one-to-one meetings with over 40 people across the world so doodle won’t be much help unfortunately… Ahh if only there was some sort of thing that would look at my calendar and their calendar, my time zone and their time zone, and sort it all out for us… I wish!

        • LittleBluePenguin

          ah, yes, then nevermind. That’s a pain in the ass!

        • kgw

          Have you considered sending a email to a regional group, bcc’ing the group, leading with Dear Colleague or Dear Partner, and giving your availability across 3-5 days and ask them to let you know what time works for them?

          First come-first serve, when someone requests a slot that has been filled reply “Something has come up and I am no longer available then, can we do….”

          • UDPie

            I’ve found direct e-mails that address the partner by name really boosts my response rate. I used the BCC last year but always had to follow up directly and/or risk losing someone.
            Timeanddate.com is my savior but going between that and google calendar and e-mails is exhausting (to say nothing of booking rooms in the office for calls!). And then there’s the comm tool question – Skype? Whatsapp? Phone Call? Videoconference?
            Luckily when I finally get people on the phone (or whatever means of communications we’re using) it’s always worth it.

        • wdc

          I use Doodle for that. I just put in each time slot that I’m available, send a BCC to everyone I need to meet with instructing them to pick ONE available time, and that all times are in EST, and to sign up with their first name only (in case I don’t want everyone to know everyone else’s business). It’s worked great!

    • AJSE

      Try “You Can Book Me” – it will sync with outlook and gmail to show others your availability. If they book something, that slot disappears to everyone.

      • UDPie

        This is awesome!! Thank you – I’m definitely going to try this out.

  • Andie302

    Rant(ish): I’ve been thinking of doing a project for a long time but I know it’ll be hard and a lot of work and it’s really for nothing else than my curiosity. It’ll cause me to focus on a couple things that I haven’t in awhile (namely the cost and make-up of food), but winter seems like a good time to do it. Maybe I just need to set a date, clear my schedule and do it.
    Rant: I know what’s stopping me is the same thing that stops me from sharing more on social media/writing more/doing more projects, fear of it not being perfect. I always said that if I took the time to write a book (for example), I would want everyone to read it and love it the way that I had writing it. I know stuff doesn’t work that way, and I shouldn’t care, but I do.
    Rave: Doing a lot of reflecting over the holiday and new year and just ultimately feeling very thankful!

    • artemis

      One of my favorite quotes that helps me combat perfectionism: Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.

      • Andie302

        Absolutely! It gets me more times than I would like – mostly when I’m a little out of my comfort zone.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: Doing a de-cluttering challenge with some friends and throwing out SO MUCH stuff. Don’t get me wrong, I loooove stuff, and I always will. But I’m focusing on only keeping the really nice stuff and getting rid of the rest.
    Rave: Also working on organizing the things I keep (esp. papers and books). I love creating organizational systems.
    Rant: Maintaining them is another story.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Oh man, that sounds like me – I’m trying to get rid of things before I move so I’m not moving stuff I never use / look out / forgot I had, but I’m so stupidly sentimental when it comes to my stuff…I’m trying to get better, but it’s hard! I also love creating organizational systems, but maintaining them is…challenging!

      • topscallop

        I’m in the same boat! Are there guidelines for this decluttering challenge? I did the Marie Kondo think once and one thing I found helpful was to take all my clothes out and sort them into piles, and then pick just my favorite 1-2 items from the plethora of black dresses, green sweaters, etc. Definitely need to do that again! Also there are things I’ve held on to because I think I might need them someday, which I should probably just donate. Does anyone know if shelters would accept slightly used bath products like a face wash I didn’t love and only tried once?

        • Quotia Zelda

          My friend organized it – I’m not sure where she got the idea. Basically, we’re all getting rid of the same number of things as the date (1 thing on 1/1, 2 things on 1/2, etc.) for the month of January and posting our progress in the FB group she set up.
          We’re very informal, so one friend is only discarding 1 item per day, and another is banking her discards, so if she throws out 5 expired spices on 1/1, she can compensate for only donating 15 purses on 1/19.

        • MPinDC

          Two other decluttering resources – search for “get rid of 100 things” and/or “you have too much shit”

        • just my opinion

          I’m late to see this but I am trying the Apartment Therapy January Cure this year. (a quick google will link to the site) It breaks everything down into discrete projects each day for the month–all about decluttering and cleaning those things that always get forgotten. I usually give up pretty quickly on my projects, but this one feels manageable.

  • artemis

    Rave: Baby Artie’s sleep appears to be back on track. He has only woken up once a night for the past three nights. Fingers crossed it continues.
    Rave: We ordered pho for dinner and watched Wishful Drinking. Another reminder of how hilarious and self-aware Carrie Fisher was and a lovely way to spend the evening.
    Rant: I have another clogged duct. Part of me sees Baby Artie growing up and looking more like a boy than a baby as bittersweet while another part of me would be very happy to have him weaned. Such mixed feelings.

  • Irving Streete

    Rant-ish: jeslett’s Rave reminded me a problem I’ve had, being that I’m tech-challenged. My wi-fi router is in the back of the first floor of my house. Reception in the first floor front room is somewhat OK, but it’s pretty terrible in the master bedroom — second floor front. I’ve been looking into booster systems, but the one that seems to work best — eero — is pretty pricey and I’m not sure about other brands. Is the Google wifi (the jeslett Solution something that you plug into the existing router and run with, or does it replace the existing router (which I’m not sure I can do, because I have a Fios router)? Does anybody have experience with Eero, Luma, or Orbi? Low price and easy setup are plusses but, in the end, a good system is most important.

    • houseintherear

      A couple years ago I got a $23 Linksys extender that works wonderfully.

      • Irving Streete

        I hate not spending hundreds of dollars on pircy, complex and sleekly-designed hardware (every time I see a picture of the Eero it reminds me of Scandinavian furniture, the Dulles terminal and the original iPhone), but cheap, simple and effective has its appeal, too. How big is your place. Does it cover two floors? It doesn’t have to be wired to the router, right? My guess would be that I’d put it in the living room in expectation that the signal could make it through the ceiling into the bedroom

        • That One Guy

          If your router is older (roughly 4+ years) than the devices connected to it you should think of replacing the router outright. The reason is that the wifi signal on your router may operate at a slower connection speed than the current protocol (n/ac) and a new router will likely offer two frequencies 2.4 and 5 GHz, which will help with stability.

          • Irv

            I think it’s about a year old — I know it has the two band feature. Again, I hesitate to replace the router because I am led to believe that my TV needs the FIOS features (though I may be absolutely wrong about that.

          • That One Guy

            If you have the dual band make sure you have the 5GHz activate and connect to that to test out whether you have better connectivity. If all else fails you can move the router to your living room to see if that solves the issue.

          • OffTheAvenue

            Horning in here…my FIOS router was installed by Verizon 5 years ago. Can I ask them to replace it? Or would I just select a new router and do it myself/have someone install it? (I’ve done it myself before, but now that I have FIOS I’m not sure best way to proceed)

        • houseintherear

          My place is 1100 sq ft on two floors. Modem/router are on the first floor at the east end of the house, and I was not able to get service in the west end of the house upstairs (about 40 feet away horizontally and 15 feet vertically). It just plugs into the wall and you do a little quick set up, and you end up with a second wifi choice on the list (yourwifiname_ext being the second one). I didn’t expect much from it and thought I’d end up returning it, but have been pleasantly surprised!

  • houseintherear

    Anyone have Grand Canyon visiting advice? Want to stay two nights, then we are driving to Big Bear and up the coast to Portland. Any tips would be appreciated. :)

    • Do you want to hike down? It’s an incredible experience, as long as you don’t go on the Bright Angel trail. Otherwise, if just staying on the rim, if you can get and afford it, stay in the El Tovar Hotel.

      • houseintherear

        Mehhh probably no hike since I’m a lazy eff. Thanks for the hotel rec!

    • CatieCat

      Go to the El Tovar website, and it will take you to the other hotels in the collection. We stayed at the “Bright Angel Lodge” which is next door to El Tovar, and it was perfectly wonderful. We had a “partial view” of the GC, and it was amazing. Booked the day before and it was $170, which i didnt think was that bad, but i mean it is a no frills place so you’re paying for the location. There are also a few hotels in Grand Canyon village, about 20 minutes south of the canyon, you can look at. But we loved being right there!!
      We were only there for one night, but did an awesome sunset drive just west of the El Tovar, and then saw the sunrise at the Mather (i think) point near the visitors center. We then did a helicopter tour with Maverick which was amazing, but pricey. Not sure about hiking because it was COLD and snowy when we were there! Have fun

  • Anonymous

    Can anyone recommend someone in the area to help with an IRS issue related to personal foreign earned income? I’m not sure whether I’m looking for a tax accountant or a tax lawyer at this point.

  • That One Guy

    Rant: While cleaning up my room last week I mindlessly threw out an evenlop with a gift card. The gift card was for a large amount. Ran back to staples to see if I could fish it out of athe shred bin. It’s a no go.
    Rave: Life goes on and I’ll take this lump as a lesson about letting go of attachments and worldly desires.

    • Ask whoever gave it to you if they have the receipt. You might be able to get a new one. But this is one of the many reasons I hate gift cards.

  • Revel: my students did awesome on this reading assessment that determines how effective of a teacher I am.
    Rant: having to look at 7 and 8 year olds as data points.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Love your Revel!

  • domrep

    Rant: Wifey and I are taking turns getting sick. Been happening since Thanksgiving. Plus the wild swings in temperatures doesn’t help at all.
    Rave: On a brighter note, 2017 is looking good already traveling wise. Japan in April, possibly a Dubrovnik/Greece trip in September for our one year

  • anon

    Rave: Walgreens Clinic and Minute Clinic (formerly CVS Clinic) offer the HPV vaccine at a lower cost than Planned Parenthood.
    Rant: Not clear whether they offer it off label, which is what I’d need since I’m beyond the approved age range.

    • anon

      And Walgreens and MinuteClinic both say they don’t administer the HPV vaccine off label. (Although I didn’t ask if that would still be the case if I came in with an actual doctor’s prescription for it — maybe I could still give that a try.)
      So it looks like I’ll probably be paying $285 per shot for it at Planned Parenthood. Walgreens charges $250 for the first shot and $215 for each of the 2nd and 3rd. MinuteClinic charges $235 per shot.

      • anon

        Total cost at Planned Parenthood: $855
        Total cost at MinuteClinic: $705
        Total cost at Walgreens: $680

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: no cavities! Even though I haven’t had a cavity in about a hundred years, it still makes me happy.
    Rave: No rants!

    • Andie302

      None for me either today!!!

  • MPinDC

    Rave: Slept eleven hours last night
    Rant: Because I’m under the weather with head cold and low grade fever
    Rave: Hot and spicy Thai soup for a late savory breakfast
    Rave: Gave in to my impulse to buy some Washi tape for my bullet journal and other crafty projects

    • Emmaleigh504

      Feel better soon!

    • MPinDC

      Thanks Emmaleigh! It’s definitely a time to drink all the tea (with a white peony in my cup right now).
      I’m going to look for your Lady Grey tea – Early Grey is one of my favorites and it looks like the Lady Grey is similar, but with more lemon flavoring.

  • Anonamom

    Rave: Celebrated my SO’s kids’ birthdays last night. We invited his ex to come over, and it was actually really nice. It’s definitely not always easy to not only be on friendly terms with the ex (and I’m sure that goes the same for her), but I’m glad all three of us are on the same page when it comes to the kids and doing what is best for them.
    Revel: After cake, my oldest son went to his room. I went in expecting to have to yell at him for playing on the Xbox, but nope! He was reading, completely unprompted! Extra bonus, he was reading “A Young People’s History of the United States.” The night before we were discussing classism in Colonial America and he was really actively getting it. It fills my Socialist heart with pride.
    Rant: Reading about everyone’s efforts at decluttering and reorganizing is making me realize how desperately I need to do the same. I hate stuff, yet I have so much of it!

    • wdc

      Are you sure he didn’t have a nudie mag tucked inside the book? (wink)

      • Anonamom

        Hahaha, please, I need no reminders of young male hormones! I have a newly minted 16 year-old who is suddenly taking two showers a day o.O

    • artemis

      I really hope that as Baby Artie continues to grow that I do parenting as well as you do.

      • Anonamom

        Aw, thanks Artmeis! Honestly, most days I don’t know wtf I’m doing or if I’m doing it right, but comments like these really help. Thank you :)

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rant: Today just sucks, all around. So much going wrong! Ergh. Left gym bag at home (no Zumba!), didn’t dress warm enough, nose ring fell out in shower…among other things.
    Rant: I have an outpatient procedure in early February and am scrambling to get a PCP so I can have the necessary pre-surgical screening. This is proving to be extremely difficult. I finally got an appointment this morning, with an office close to my house, but hubby pointed out that it is on Inauguration Day. This office is near Eastern Market, so what will the crowds be like??
    Rave: I know that things could be a LOT worse.
    Rave: Gave hubby an awesome watch for his birthday, and it made him tear up! :) I’m awesome.

    • Anon Spock

      If any of the one medical locations is convenient, I’d go there. You should be able to get in before the 20th.

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