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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth January 9, 2017 at 9:09 am 114 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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  • JohnH

    Random question: Are the yellow stickers on the corner of Virginia driver’s back windows a rideshare driver sticker? I’ve been seeing them all over the place, and a couple I’ve noticed to be Uber drivers (parked in a lane waiting for someone…).

    • anon

      You are required to get a specific inspection to be allowed to ride share in Virginia, which is what the sticker indicates if I remember correctly

    • uberrrrrrrrrrrrr

      The black&yellow stickers designate rideshare TNC vehicles that can legally make pick-ups in Virginia. The sticker up in the top left of the rear window is for MD and DC registered cars. VA cars have the black&yellow sticker as the expiration year on their tags. These are issued by the Virginia DMV. DC and MD currently have no registration requirement for pick-ups other than displaying the uber/lyft tradedress in the rear passenger window.

    • JohnH

      Thanks to you both!

  • BRKLND

    Question: Does anyone have a recommendation for a landscaper? We have a small row house front yard and are not trying to spend a ton of money. Basically I am looking for someone to make suggestions/do a little work so that our front yard does not look like hell. Thoughts?

    • Herewegoagain

      My neighbor has a small business that probably could do this. Elliott Hays; Gardens c/o Elliott.

    • JohnH

      Unless you are trying to add complicated water features or what not, you can probably find a good amount of what you need online. If you’re dealing with a small front yard, you likely need a tree or two and some small shrubs with some sod. If you want to spend the money, go for hiring a landscape designer/landscaper, but most of this is relatively simple to do yourself if you have the motivation.

    • BrooklandRez

      If you are in Brookland (which I assume you are based on your handle), try reaching out to Mary Pat Rowan. She is (or was) the President of the Brookland Garden Club and is great at offering advice for making your yard look great or at least more presentable. She was able to give us some good, easy suggestions for our yard. She won’t do the work for you, but she’ll give you easy ideas on how to do it yourself.

      • BRKLND

        This is exactly what I was hoping for…but didn’t think anyone would do for free. We have an odd situation where we had to cut a tree down to the ground but cant get the stump out because it is right next to our gas line (hence why it needed to be cut down among other things) and I have no idea how to make it look presentable since we can’t put anything on top of it…if that makes sense? Thanks!

        • BrooklandRez

          She wasn’t free for us, but was very reasonable (maybe $100 for a consultation), where she basically walked around our yard and drew us a map of where to plant what flowers/shrubs/plants to help make our yard much more attractive. She has a great eye and knows the climate and area well enough to be able to recommend plants that will thrive in certain locations in your yard. Plus she’s a local and will come by to check out the progress and make additional suggestions/recommendations.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Migraine on Sunday means a lot of things didn’t get done.
    Rant: Adolescent snarliness from Eldest and Youngest Zelda. Probably only avoided if from Middle Zelda because she spent all of Sunday out with friends.
    Rave: Middle Zelda got into University of Toronto, AND she got into Trinity, which was her first choice among the U of T colleges. She loves the hardcore Hogwarts vibe.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      I read an article last week saying U of T saw a huge uptick in applications from Americans over the past year! Congrats, it’s really hard to get into U of T and yes, the campus is beautiful.

  • BeverlyS

    Rave: Leaving for Morocco this weekend and not returning until the 25. Hoping for a safe and stress-free trip across what looks to be an awesome country.
    Rant: So much work to do before Friday. Blergity blerg.

    • LedroitTigah

      Awesome! Im going to a wedding there in March. Really excited, as Ive never been!

    • Anon5

      Neat! I’m thinking of going there in March. Are you planning on doing a desert excursion?

      • BeverlyS

        Yes, we’ll do a few nights camping (not too many, because the temperatures can dip pretty low overnight this time of year). Super excited!

  • mtpresident

    Rave: fleece-lined tights and boots. My legs were pretty cozy today!
    Rant: mtpkiddo sick Saturday night. She was still exhausted this morning and did NOT want to get up and go to school. The cold did not help our cause, either. (she seemed fine all of yesterday, other than being a bit more tired as one might expect–otherwise I would have kept her home today)
    Rave: Spent yesterday in my pajamas and took advantage of long naps to get some extra straightening up taken care of. I can get into my closet, and see parts of the top of my dresser now! Woot woot!
    Rant: waiting on technical support at picaboo so I can get back to working on mtpbaby’s baby book. I really want to make some progress on that soon! Pretty soon I’ll need to start working on mtpkiddo’s fourth-year album.

  • JohnH
    • dcgator

      This is fantastic!

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rant: I am completely and utterly discombobulated today. Left my phone at home, but didn’t realize it until I got to work. Couldn’t confirm, based on “Find my iPhone” whether it was in my house or somewhere on the street outside, so to be safe I had to call my roommate and have her check – but first I had to call the manager’s office at the apartment to get her phone number, since without my phone apparently I know nothing and can contact no one! Argggh!
    Rant: So tired. Packed all weekend. Couldn’t fall asleep for anxiety and then when I finally fell asleep, I kept waking up playing out questions in my mind.
    Rave: This too, shall pass. I’ll be ok if I can just make it to Sunday afternoon.
    Rave: No frozen pipes at the house over the weekend. Hopefully they’ll stay that way all winter!
    Rant: Seriously, I feel so lost and vulnerable without my phone. I remember I used to do stuff without a cell phone all the time. Gallivanting in foreign countries with no phone and no crippling need to have one. But now….oy!

    • Anon

      I think if you back up your contacts to iCloud you can access them via the iCloud site.

  • AnonForNow

    Rant: Couldn’t get my butt up for the gym this morning. Will have to go tonight
    Rave: Down 31lbs since August and fit into a dress today that hasnt fit in a WHILE
    Rave: Walked 1.6 miles to work to make up for missed gym
    Rant: Still can’t feel my legs because of above Rave. So cold!
    Rave: Friend who has been battling gambling addiction is starting a 12 week out patient program today and he’s really excited about it.

    Have a great day everyone

    • bizzinger

      Love all your raves! Go you!

      • textdoc

        +1! I am especially impressed by your having lost 31 pounds since August — that’s incredible!!

      • SinSA

        Those are some really inspiring raves!

        • AnonForNow

          Oh jeez, thanks guys. Im so glad the december holiday treat season is officially over.
          Really proud of my friend. He relapsed a little over a week ago and finally decided he needed to get serious. Im pretty much the only person who knows and luckily(?) I have a background in dealing with addiction so hopefully I’m being helpful.

    • V

      Awesome with the -31 lbs. and walking to work today!

    • LedroitTigah

      I don’t even know you, but am so so proud of you. Well done!

    • Emmaleigh504

      You are doing great! You are an inspiration!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Way to go! That’s great!

  • skj84

    Rave: Fantastically relaxing weekend. Caught Hidden Figures with my best friend on Friday in Tysons. Loved the movie, want to go back to see it again. Had a gig on Saturday, spent yesterday in solo Sunday Funday mode. Treated myself to coffee, brunch and a movie. Saw Arrival at Atlantic Plumbing Cinema. Hated the movie, but the theatre is cool. Finished the evening watching the Golden Globes with my aunt.

    Rant: Not feeling super great. I really need to watch what I eat, I had indigestion so bad that I thought I caught that super bug that’s been going around.

    • dcgator

      Interesting you hated Arrival…why? I loved it. Also, kinda funny, but I hate the seats at APlumbing—they are soft enough, but feel kind of stiff at the same time. Hard to explain.

    • eggs

      I also want to know why you hated it! I caught it yesterday and loved it.

      • skj84

        I was really excited about Arrival going in but as the movie unfolded I wasn’t feeling it. I did think Amy Adams did a wonderful job, but that was about it. I just didn’t feel invested in the storyline or the characters. And the plot twist was WTF.

        • eggs

          I knew going in that it was more of a focus on language and the human condition in general versus something truly scifi-esque so I think that helped for me.

          • skj84

            I did appreciate what the story was trying to say about the human condition, and the power of language. I just felt it could’ve been deeper? Actually, I think my biggest issue is I feel we never really got to know the characters as people. Of course Amy Adams is compassionate, but thats about it. I didn’t really have a reason to care about them or the outcome. At least that was my take on things.

  • bizzinger

    Rave: Excellent week with the right balance of friends, volunteering, entertainment, and introvert time. Feeling excited about where things and where they may be heading.
    Rant: Last year presented so many surprises, it’s hard not to feel a looming sense of “what’s next that I don’t know about?” How do others deal with this? I can’t be the only one.
    Rave: Planning a trip to Norway/Iceland later this year. Any suggestions on best times to go?

    • BRKLND

      I forget what month I went but it was during the summer. We explored Oslo for a couple of days and it was great. It was a little expensive (maybe 60-80 USD per person?) but we did a fjord cruise and it was absolutely amazing. The scenery was jaw dropping and the cruise we were on did all you can eat shrimp and all your can drink wine. I can’t remember the name but they get underway from the dock right near the Nobel Peace Center/museum.

    • Love your raves!
      I don’t know about your rant. I’ve been burned before, but for some reason I don’t think there’s a cosmic score keeper who’s out to being me down when things are up. I wish I had a recommendation for how to change your mindset, but that’s easier said than done. I will say that I’m pretty risk averse, but I’m trying to focus on doing what I like and knowing that I will only know how I feel about something after I try it (not carte blanche to be a jerk though). It’s made it easier for me to break through a bit of the nagging risk feelings.

    • LedroitTigah

      The last half of 2016 was pretty rough for me too. After the unexpected and random death of my uncle right before Christmas, I became anxious about the health and well being of all of my family members. Now, whenever I know my parents are driving somewhere relatively far, I ask them to let me know by text when they are back home (same with my brother). And Im communicating with them a lot and telling them that I love them more frequently – but that’s a good thing regardless.

      Reading and listening to music (and steering clear from cable news) has helped me mellow out some. Exercise and taking care of yourself helps too. I think just acknowledging the feelings of anxiety, and what sets it off, has been a positive first step for me.

      • J

        Completely agree with these methods. My brother died very suddenly and randomly 2 years ago and I still have these feelings. It also helps to let people know about the anxiety – my mom, for example, knows certain things (calling me and then not answering when I call back if I miss the call) will send me into a tailspin and makes an effort to avoid doing them. (Sorry about your uncle, btw).

        Exercise and mindfulness (I like Headspace) – and, randomly, episodes of Friends – really help me the most.

  • J

    Rant: WTF metro. 15 minute waits on the green line during rush hour.

    Rant: Someone accidentally (I may be saying naively…) took my coat from a coat rack at Penn Commons (it was next to a similar looking one, so I’m assuming they took mine instead of their own). Hoping they realize their mistake and return it to Penn Commons…I loved that coat!

    Rave: Slept nine hours last night!

  • dcgator

    Rant: Globes were a snoozer last night. I LOVED LLL, but it got a little toooo much over Moonlight, which I am now worried will be totally overshadowed at the Oscars.
    Rant: My damn iPhone is having a whole lot of trouble with battery life in these low temps. Never happened to me before; but apparently, is a thing?
    Rave: Good, fun day with close friends yesterday as we kinda ambled aimlessly around Dupont. I love my friends.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      My battery on my iPhone 6 went to shit after the last iOS update. Then the cold made it even worse. I’d leave work and it would be at 30% and by the time I got home (10 minute walk) it was dead!

    • J

      My battery has been doing the same thing. Yesterday it died at 60% (and when I plugged it in, it was still at 60%). WTF.

      • bll

        YES what is this!?! I’ve had this happen several times and don’t understand…yesterday, almost 70% and it shut off, stopped in a phone store and charged it for 2 mins, back up to 70%. then I go outside, it goes down to 20%.

        • Huma

          iPhone 6s in particular have battery issues and Apple is offering free battery replacements for affected devices. You can see if your device is eligible here: https://www.apple.com/support/iphone6s-unexpectedshutdown/ I just had mine done at the Apple store in Georgetown and it took them a couple of hours (on a weekday, I was in at 9am)

          • dcgator

            Thanks for this…I qualify!

        • dcgator

          Yup, a bit of googling shows that it just doesn’t do well in low temps. This past weekend was definitely an outlier as far as temps go.

        • JohnH

          Question – for the battery replacment, it mentions if you have a cracked screen, it may need to be repaired before they can switch out the battery. I have a small sliver of a crack on mine – do they have to completely remove the screen to replace the battery? It’s going to end up costing me $100 to get a new f-ing battery that was bad in the first place….
          .

      • houseintherear

        I’ve had my iphone 6 for 14 months, same issues started last month. Had the battery replaced last weekend for $79 and no more issues. I figure even if I’m spending $79/year to keep up the phone, that’s okay… but disappointing that it needed a new one so soon.

        • JohnH

          It shouldn’t EVER need a replacement unless you’re using the same phone for several years. Phone batteries are used to the tee how they should be used. To optimize battery usage, a battery should be fully charged, then used to completion, then re-charged – and repeated. Constantly charging a battery is not great for longevity (i.e. if you have your laptop plugged into power at all times). So no, you shouldn’t run into battery problems on an annual basis by ANY means.

    • skj84

      I’m chock full of unpopular movie opinions, I’m also not into the La La Land hype. I haven’t seen it yet, but the trailers grate. I’m hoping once I do actually see it my mind will be changed. I felt the same way about Zootopia and it ended up being one of my favorite movies from the past year. Planning on catching Moonlight this week.

      • dcgator

        My LLL love is almost entirely from my love of classic Hollywood and movie musicals. The magic feeling it gives you hit my sweet spot perfectly. I totally realize it’s got it’s flaws, but I can’t help but love it. Moonlight is definitely more of a classically good Oscar film, that likely deserves awards for Screenplay and Director.

        • skj84

          It’s funny, I’m a huge musical theatre nerd. Love classic hollywood musicals, was obsessed when I was younger. We rented Singin’ in the Rain the day Debbie Reynold passed away and my sister and I realized we knew the movie almost word for word. So I should be super psyched about La La Land right? I can’t quite put my finger on what is dampering my enthusiasm. It looks too twee? i dunno. Again I hope i’ll get over my dislike when I see it next week.

  • Tinkerer

    Rant: Trump transition staff. They’ve posted a guard in front of the conference rooms they’re using – as if we’d stand there at the frosted glass and listen? WTF? Are any other feds seeing this or are they just treating EPA extra hostile?

  • UDPie

    Rave: Had a great (albeit cold!) weekend reconnecting with friends that I really care about and miss!
    Rant: Feel like I need to connect with friends and family more often via telephone. Is it wierd to set up a call schedule so that I remember to check in once a week? I was thinking of making Tuesdays grandfather day, Wednesdays Mom, etc. (not telling them though!) to remind me to check in with them.
    Rant: Two thirds of my week will be on calls/meetings with partners.
    Rave: It’s energizing to talk with them and to plan for the year ahead together.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I think call schedule is a great idea. I may steal it remind myself to call my parents more often.

    • AB

      My husband has a scheduled weekly video Skype with his parents. It’s a great way to stay in touch (they live in Europe–we’re here in DC)

  • Irving Streete

    Rant: Heard from a reliable source source that my last day will be February 10.
    .
    Qualified Rave: That’s 3 weeks “severance,” which will come in handy.
    .
    Unqualified Rave: Girlfriend twisted my arm into me letting her fund a trip to Mexico with her and another good friend.
    .
    Weird: Other friend is someone I had a brief but torrid affair with back in the day (yes, girlfriend knows).
    .
    Rant: No one is even looking at my airbnb’d house.
    .
    Rave (I guess) forced detailed cleaning just in case making the kitchen look spectacular.

    • Andie302

      Maybe post an ad with a couple pics on craigslist with a link to the listing and see if that bumps up your traffic? It may also be that people are filtering to instant book, super hosts, or some other feature and just not having your listing pop up in the results.

    • Well Airbb is showing over 300 properties for Inauguration weekend, and Homeaway still has 76 available, so there is lots of competition out there. But it can’t hurt to post on CL under Vacation Rentals. Their map search is excellent – better than both Airb & HA. CL won’t let you include a link to the Airb listing, but you can direct people to it with the listing number.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: feel like ass today and should have stayed home, but I thought I would be the only one in the office and we have rule that one of us has to be here, so I came in. I am not the only one in the office :(
    Rave: Had a great Saturday with Quoatia Zelda.
    Rave: Have all new rugs to replace the moth infested ones. I killed one moth yesterday, but my traps haven’t caught any new ones. Maybe the infestation is gone!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Bonus rave: my safeway has started selling Lady Grey tea again! No more bulk orders from Amazon (probably).

      • AB

        If you like Lady Grey, have you had Paris from Harney and Sons? It’s my favorite!

        • Emmaleigh504

          No, but that sounds good! I’ll have to try it. I think I’ll order some now.

    • UDPie

      Oh man – from friend has dealt with a moth infestation for over a year. She has had them exterminated multiple times but they keep coming back. She’s gotten rid of rugs, cleaned everything in her house, etc. It’s been such a process for her!
      All that to say, best of luck! It’s quite the battle.

      • Emmaleigh504

        That sounds awful. I hope getting rid of the food source ends my infestation. They haven’t found my clothes yet. (knock on wood)

  • blues

    Rant: Office had no heat this morning and we are ALLLL windows.
    *
    Rave: Heat back on again and I can finally feel my fingers.
    *
    Rave: Took an incredible HIIT class this weekend at the gym that thoroughly kicked my butt. Going back for more next weekend. Once I stopped worrying that I was the least coordinated, most out of shape person in the room, I had a ton of fun.

    • hiphopanonymous

      What is HIIT? I’m intrigued…

  • skaballet

    Question: any recommendations on where to find affordable ski pants? I don’t ski that often so would prefer not to spend a ton, but my old ones no longer fit.

    • Anonymous

      I got some from Modell’s for like $25 last year. They’re the baggy snowboarding type but I ski once every 5-10 years so I didn’t really care what they (or I) looked like.

    • JohnH

      If you don’t want to buy cheap ones that aren’t very great, I’d check out Amazon for used ones. You can get some nice ones very cheap if you don’t mind that someone else has owned them. Not like you don’t wear anything under ski pants…well, you shouldn’t be doing that at least.

    • Goodwill. Check for some ski club listserves online – people are always selling second-hand gear.

    • I got a pair from Costco last year for $30.

      • I got them online, not sure if they sold them in store, but I also want to second the thrift store option.

    • anon

      i got a decent pair from H&M, of all places, a few months ago.

  • artemis

    Rant: I could not get my shit together this weekend. I didn’t make it to the grocery store until almost four on Sunday. How do solo parents do this crap? I struggle with only one child and an involved partner.
    Rant: Baby Artie has started to have temper tantrums when he doesn’t want to nap. This is a glimpse of the toddler years ahead. Gods help me.
    Rave: I’m learning to hold fast despite the temper tantrums, and the kid is taking longer, much needed naps as a result.
    Rave: Lovely partner woke up to drive us to the metro this morning.
    Rave: Some interesting work projects have landed on my desk.

    • mtpresident

      To your rant–a lot of it is experience and doing what needs to get done. Having “just one kid” feels so much easier the second time around–but I sure as hell didn’t feel like that the first time around! One random note about the grocery store–my kids love going with me. Sitting in the cart and babbling about whatever is apparently a treat, likely in part because I often go by myself while they are napping. Sometimes I end up with extra fruit that way (the one thing I’ll indulge mtpkiddo’s requests on thus far), but that’s nbd.

  • Andie302

    Rant: How fucking hard could it be to figure out some bureaucratic roadblock and take a dog out of the cold? Ugh
    Sorry for the cursing, but this has hit a nerve. I love this city, but sometimes it’s like we cannot get out of our own way. And why keep a dog if you never interact with it, don’t take care of it, etc. Because you can? I hate people sometimes

    • LittleBluePenguin

      +1000 on all of what you said.

    • topscallop

      Agreed. I would contribute to a GoFundMe for legal fees for someone who broke in and rescued this dog, if they were prosecuted.

      • Hah! I would contribute to that.

  • textdoc

    Rant: I dropped my Chromebook last night while attempting to carry too many things upstairs and it fell down the stairs. Still seems to work OK, but the plastic at the hinges keeps separating and making it hard for me to fold the screen down. I hope I can coax the hinges into cooperating and that I’m not going to be adjusting them every.single.time forever.
    .
    Rave: Things are otherwise going well.

  • topscallop

    Rave: packed everything over the weekend
    Rant: I’m exhausted, that’s hard work!
    Rant: it’s sooo cold out. Is it the weather making it so hard for me to get moving in the morning?
    Rave: I will be in warmer climes very soon
    Rant: for work
    Rave: at least it’s interesting work, and I’ll have some down time too
    Rave: when I get back it’s time to move into the new place!
    Rant: I’ll be jetlagged but moving boxes is a good way to stay awake

    • Andie302

      I saw your question from Friday this morning. My fiancé used Chris Rent Painters recently. They were competitively priced and did a mostly good job (great for painting a whole house for $2400 on fairly quick notice). I figured you may want to give them a call! 301-646-9100 is their number. Good luck with the transition!

      • topscallop

        Thank you! I think we’ll probably have a painting party, rent equipment from Fragers, and do it ourselves with help from friends instead. It’s just not an expense we can really afford right now.

        • Andie302

          Nice! My only advice is to put test patches on the walls. I learned this the hard way after coming home one day to a supposedly tasteful beige color that turned out PINK!

          • Agreed! Picking paint colors is an iterative process- tape up paint chips, get samples, go back for the full purchase.
            Moving furniture to paint is a pain, but it’s so much better than hating the colors.

        • anonymous

          I painted almost my entire 2-bedroom apartment by myself (I say “almost” because I caved and paid someone to do the last 1 1/2 walls in my bedroom). My approach was to just take my time and break it up into manageable chunks when I could. It wasn’t so bad, I’d wrap up the brush and pan so it’d stay wet for a couple of days, which helped speed set/clean-up. I knew I could a room in a day, including moving furniture, but during the week I’d also do a wall or so when I had a couple of hours free. However, I like painting, so putting a second coat on the hallway while listening to music/TV is a relaxing notion to me.
          .
          I hate painters’ tape with fiery passion, I found it worthwhile to get edging brush (used Wooster Shortcut), which I actually found a lot easier than dealing with tape.

  • anon

    Rave: Met someone via internet dating, been out a few times. I like him.
    Rant: Not sure yet how reciprocal it is.
    Rave: As a result of having something to think about (and lust after) other than FOOD, I’ve lost eight pounds. Hallelujah!

  • LedroitTigah

    Sometimes I think I want to date someone for the companionship…. and other times I think maybe I just want to date someone so that they can move in, pay half of my mortgage for me, and then be available to help care for the dog Id like to adopt. :)

    • Emmaleigh504

      +1 and go to the grocery store when I don’t feel like it.

    • anon

      Maybe you need a dog-liking roommate?

    • LittleBluePenguin

      hahaha! YUP!

    • Irving Streete

      Don’t forget that sex thing! Although having your mortgage cut in half is not to be sneered at. ;)

      • LedroitTigah

        Yes! And the sexy time! See??? so many benefits!

    • I’m with you. I need to find someone who likes the chores and household stuff that I don’t so we can divide and conquer.
      And someone to walk the dog with so one of us can wait with the dog and the other can get coffee.

  • 1301

    Rave: A few weeks ago, I asked for tips on adopting a kitten. Thank y’all so much for the advice, bf and I went up to the Montgomery County Animal Shelter and brought home a 6-month-old tabby kitten. She is a DELIGHT. She’s curious and playful and apparently not afraid of anything. If we can’t find her, it means she’s under the couch–not hiding, just waiting for you to walk by so she can sneak-attack your ankles. I kid you not, last night was night two in the house and she hopped up on the bed with me, curled up at the foot, and snoozed.

    Rant: Had to leave kitten at home and go to work today. Boo.

    Rave: She’ll be there when I get home. Maybe even waiting at the door.

    • Congratulations on the kitten. Do think about discouraging the “sneak attack” to the ankles however. It isn’t fun for long. Get a feather-wand type toy and dangle that as bait instead.

      • 1301

        We’ve got two wand toys! I propped them to dangle from the couch cushions so she can play while we’re at work.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Aww she sounds cute! Please take some pics for the Afternoon Animal Fix.

      • textdoc

        +1!

      • 1301

        I will! Soon!

    • IDontGetIt

      What’s her name?

      • 1301

        Leia :)

        We’re both huge Star Wars fans and Carrie Fisher fans. She already runs the house, so I call her the General.

  • Suggestion – birds can’t get water to drink when everything is frozen for several days like this. If you can put out a shallow container (I use a frisbee) full of hot water it will help.

  • fka Shawess

    Rant: Hopelessly behind in RRRR, so I stopped posting. I had fallen too far behind and I’m never on Popville early enough to be part of the conversation.
    Rave: No time like the present to check in. Thinking of you all and hope all is well!

    • mtpresident

      Hope you are doing well! I’m sure I’m not alone in thinking about you time to time. Hope the girls are treating you well too :)

    • littlen

      Haha I’ve been way behind on RRRR as well. We miss you Shawess! Hope things are going well for you. :)

    • fka Shawess

      All well here! Finally getting into a good routine with the babies, who are completely awesome. Sending love all around!
      .
      Is Rabbitrabbitrabbit still around? I want to hear her updates but couldn’t find any recently.

      • Anon Spock

        She posted as recently as last week.

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: Husband finally learned that it’s okay to just lay around sometimes, so we did a lot of that over the weekend. It was awesome.
    Rave: Successful birthday party for the hubby on Saturday! Saw lots of friends, and t’was the first time we’ve hosted since the summer. We love hosting!
    Rant: Not so much the cold, but the fact that it’s going to be in the 50’s tomorrow. I can’t handle this up and down stuff!

  • Rant: a very close male friend of mine asked me out. I turned him down. He didn’t get it.
    Rave: I have worked very hard on my EQ and communication in the past few years and I’m a touch nervous about having to 100% shoot him down, but I can and will do it in no uncertain terms.
    Rave: Paid back my tinder travel luck by going out with a guy who was in town for a conference. It was nice.
    Rant: I’m pretty sure I could die of hypothermia when it’s 50F out, so yesterday and today have been trying.
    Rave: I got a new goose down comforter for Christmas and it’s a fantastic replacement to the 12 year old comforter. I wake up roasting and I couldn’t be happier.

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