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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth January 10, 2017 at 9:09 am 90 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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  • UDPie

    Rant: Early morning for calls – was stood up for one call and waiting on a partner for the other.
    Rave: Got in a good workout last night – I’ve been enjoying lifting and stepping it up.
    Rave: Enjoying Good Girls Revolt on Amazon. Sadly lost access to Veronica Mars as I was working my way through it.
    Query: I really want to better my Spanish but I’m concerned about losing my French (native Eng speaker, advanced French) – last time I studied Spanish it really slipped into my French language and I had a really tough time separating the two. Any suggestions? Should I take classes in Spanish AND in French so I keep advancing in both…?

    • mtpresident

      Have you checked out the duolingo app? You could use that to keep fresh on your French while learning Spanish.

      • UDPie

        I have – yes. Unfortunately, it’s not at the level I need for the French but has been great for Spanish. It’s not the grammatical structure or the words I lose but the fluency and the aptitude – the ease of it rolling off my tongue and coming up with French filler words instead of Spanish. I try to read novels and listen to news in French but it’s the not the same. I guess I need to speak French while also learning Spanish so I keep it up…

        • Anon Spock

          Meetup has conversational groups. I’d check that out for some practice.

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: Tired, cranky, a little woozy from allergy meds.
    Rave: Secured a coveted 4 pm slot for Youngest Zelda’s next orthodontist appointment. It’s the little things.

    • That rave, I love it when you get the last slot of the day.

      • Quotia Zelda

        And these are especially hard to get because everyone wants the after-school appointments.
        All the parents, that is. Youngest Zelda is a little miffed because he won’t miss any school.

  • Hill Denizen

    Rave: Just found out I don’t have to come into the office on inauguration day, so I finally booked my ticket outta town for the weekend.
    Rave: Yay! I get to miss all the madness (both the good and the bad) that will be the city that weekend and spend time with my family
    Rant: Fighting off a cold. I hate this weird almost sick phase. Not bad enough to stay home, but still feel fairly poopish.
    Rave: I have a pretty strong immune system. Been over two years since I got an actual cold, over four since I was sick enough to miss work (and no, I don’t try to be a hero).
    Rant: Sometimes I wish my body would just give in, so I could stay home and sleep all day.

  • artemis

    Rave: That poster.
    Rant: Baby Artie has a cold. He was up a couple times last night and extremely fussy and cranky this morning. We were so so late for work and school. I am so tired.
    Rave: Ginger tea and a tamale for second breakfast.
    Rave: Starting therapy again today. Not as a result of new year, new me BS. More that I just need some time carved out in my schedule were I take care of myself, rather than the sick cat, the fussy baby, etc.

  • That One Guy

    Was blowing my nose this morning when I recalled that my parents told us growing up that if we blew our noses too hard our eyes would pop out of our heads. True story.
    It’s the little things that make you wonder what else your parents taught you incorrectly. At least my parents taught me to wash my face up and down instead of side to side. I know someone who washed his face side to side growing up.

    • anon

      My 2 year old son has started regularly picking his nose. I keep telling him that if he continues to do that, his nose is going to fall off. It’s not working to stop him yet…

    • skj84

      hahaha. My mother told me diet soda causes nightmares in children when I was little. To this day I don’t drink diet soda (never developed the taste for it.) My dad told us that food left in the fridge to expiration date would explode at midnight. I think this was an effort to prevent us from wasting food.

    • houseintherear

      Whenever we’d get hurt, mom would say to “put a little water on it.” She prob did it because I was a hysterical, ridiculously dramatic child and she needed a quick fix for my tantrums. Anyway I still put a little water on basically everything bad, and also use it as a quick fix almost every day while teaching little ones. : )

  • blues

    Rave: New mantra band bracelet – I found one that speaks to me and it’s nice to see it on my wrist throughout the day.
    *
    Rant: Husband’s 6 month contract gig ended two months early – he should pick something up soon but I hate the uncertainty.
    *
    Note: For hiphopanonymous, who asked about HIIT: It’s high intensity interval training. It intersperses periods of intense exercise with less intense recovery. This one was set to great music and it followed the beat. So we might do burpees, followed by a jump forward, then shuffle back. I was so red in the face afterwards and sweaty as could be, but I really enjoyed myself. Nice to change it up every so often.

  • FridayGirl

    Rant: At home sick when I’m supposed to be flying to CA on Thursday morning for vacation. I am only sick once every 1-1.5 years so this is really awful timing. Praying I’m recovering and not congested by then. And also that I don’t get my poor friends sick.

    • skj84

      awwww. Rest up and get lots of fluids. Have you been to the doctor? I had a gnarly sinus infection the week before Christmas that I couldn’t kick. I finally bit the bullet and got antibiotics which cleared it right up.

      • FridayGirl

        Thanks skj! I haven’t been. It feels more like a cold because my glands were pretty swollen on Sunday so I was hoping I was fighting it off but here I am. I’ll see how I feel tonight and I can go tomorrow if I’m worried.

    • That One Guy

      Maybe a hot steaming bowl of pho (or some other soup) would help?

    • DCbyDay

      nothing helps more than neti potting or something similar that physically clears your nose.
      .
      I like this one from CVS – http://www.cvs.com/shop/health-medicine/allergy-asthma/nasal-care/cvs-ready-to-use-sinus-wash-kit-prodid-968737?skuId=968737

    • textdoc

      Hoping you feel better in time for your trip! Get as much rest as you can, take NSAIDs (and possibly decongestant?), and have some hot soup.

    • Blithe

      You might want to try using Afrin — or something similar — and oral decongestants a bit before your flight. (I learned this the hard way after having a horribly painful earache on a long-ish flight.) Hope you feel better soon!

  • That Man A

    RIP Polo
    … inspired by the picture

  • skj84

    Rave: Changed up my routine a bit to become more productive. Instead of checking my phone I read a book before bed. Feel less agitated and more clearheaded this morning. I get sucked into facebook and the news and it riles up my anxiety something fierce. I’m not cutting social media out of my life completely, but I hope cutting it down helps me focus better.
    Rave: My office is officially closed on Inauguration day. I was taking the day off as it is, but now I feel less guilty.
    Rant: Still undecided on what to do Inauguration day. I’m still set on leaving town, but I don’t know where to go. Looking at Richmond, VA Beach, or maybe Lancaster? I just want to go somewhere where I can be quiet and cut out from the world.

    • RabbitRabbitRabbit

      We usually head up to one of the small Amish villages outside of Lancaster for inauguration time (can’t this time since I’m at the point of being too pregnant to travel). Personally, my favorite is The Inn and Spa at Intercourse Village. A little pricey but absolutely amazing. And they serve possibly one of the best breakfasts I’ve ever had at a B&B. Plus it’s only about 10 miles outside of Lancaster so you still have easy access to a larger city if you desire.

      • skj84

        Thanks! I was thinking about sticking close to Lancaster city so I could explore the breweries and market, but it may be better to do a BnB. Really isolate and unplug.

    • Look at Front Royal Va. – my “go to” places there are not available those dates, but some others look promising. It is an easy 1 hour drive, with many places on the river. Look on Homeaway.com.

      .

  • SinSA

    Rave: Momma was removed from that backyard…
    Rant: By someone who is obviously horrible and it’s been bothering me since yesterday that I don’t know if she’s in a safe area (and also all the other animals that this is happening to and what can I do to help)
    Rave: lost a pound so far in my quest to get healthy in 2017
    Rave: mashed cauliflower I had yesterday was so good, I almost forgot I wasn’t eating potatoes and I need to make it for myself

  • ajr

    Rave: Thanks to all who recommended Bangkok 54 on Columbia Pike in last week’s Thai restaurant questionaire. It’s near my house and I’ve been saying I want to do more in Arlington (I still spend about all my free time in DC, hence my lurking on Popville) so I gave it a try. Definitely did not disappoint!

    • That One Guy

      It’s in Springfield but Thai Ghana Waan is also worth trying out.

      • ajr

        Ooh! Thanks for sharing!

  • Anonamom

    Rant: Middle Anonachild’s anxiety appears to be ramping up once again. It’s so unfair that such a young kid has to deal with this type of crap that even leaves grown adults not wanting to leave the bed in the morning.
    Rave: Excellent school nurse who identified the issue and cared enough to call. She also gave me a wonderful list of resources, including a CBT with a practice geared towards kids with anxiety issues, and a local pediatrician who provides psychological services and referrals without just thinking a kids needs to suck it up and/or stop being coddled, neither of which will fix actual, clinical anxiety issues.
    Rant: Partner is also obviously depressed. All these mental health issues are giving me mental health issues. At least I can do something for my kid?

  • LedroitTigah

    Rant: The most hated feature of winter for me is my almost unique ability to (literally) shock people – Im just a gatherer of a lot of kinetic energy, and so I electrify people (and myself) all the time. Maybe its my penchant for cheap UNIQLO puffers with synthetic fibers? I dunno, but Im constantly startling myself when I brush by metal (or other humans). Going to drag my feet a bit before I have coffee with that hot guy on the 5th floor later today.
    Rave: its going to be like 50 degrees later in the week. break out the bermudas, people!

    • Oh, I feel ya! I am walking static at this time of year. My hair, my clothes…and sparks fly every time I pet my poor kitty (who seems to think it’s worth tolerating).

  • Anon Spock

    Rant: Online dating. Women approaching me don’t at all fit what I’m looking for. Women I approach either don’t respond even after mutual likes or they’re more into the let’s talk for weeks and never meet or she’s a bot.
    Rave: Maybe I’ll snag some new friends from the first group.
    Rave: Only working 2 days in the next 2 weeks.

    • DCReggae

      Anon – My advice to you and to all my friends with the same issue: delete the apps!!, and scrap online dating all together. “Meeting” so many people at once and in that high frequency/date anywhere forum (swiping on the toilet, for instance) isn’t natural and takes all the excitement out of dating. Go organic – approach women that fit what you’re looking for in-person, where it’s comfortable for both you and them (not on the street, for example). It’ll be much more of a rewarding experience and will help you feel like normal people do actually exist in the real world. Just my opinion, though.

      • textdoc

        DCReggae, did you use that approach yourself, and if so, how did it work for you? And what is your gender and orientation?
        .
        The significant advantage of online dating is that it’s clear from the beginning that the parties involved are interested in dating, period, and — once contact is initiated/returned — interested at least to some degree in each other.

        • Anonamom

          I disagree with DCReggae, though I do hear what he/she is saying.
          I met my SO on Tinder. I had also done the dating cycle of download, delete, repeat. I hadd the added fun of being in weird dating territory (newly separated, awaiting divorce, single mom) with little time and/or patience for many types. What ended up working for me was to let go of my expectations, re-evaluate my standards (though very importantly knowing what was a deal-breaker and maintaining that) and geographic parameters, and finally just keeping an open-mind. For what it’s worth, my SO and I also talked for like, 2 weeks before our first date, then another two weeks before our second. I did not stop looking or seeing other people during this time, and neither did he. We ended up in a relationship when neither of us expected it. The key was taking the pressure out and just being.
          Th fact is, DC dating sucks. The pool is shallow and tends to be inhabited by a lot of fish who think they are bigger than they are. But have fun and go with it, and you never know what you might find, especially if you look a little beyond the 202.

          • Anon Spock

            Unlike most DC-ers, I drive, so I’m pretty open geographically. Even with that expansion, the pool of people I could be realistically interested in is small. We basically said the same things about why we like online. I have worked very hard to get it down to the musts and maybes.

          • DCReggae

            Anonamom – thanks for weighing in and sharing your experience! I’m super happy that it ended well for you. But I do have to say, your experience falls into the minority. Most conversations I have with people regarding tinder are negative. They walk away feeling emptier than they did before, with no real progression towards whatever goal they have in mind (just dating, marriage, etc). Dating in general is a stressful experience but, for me, going back to my roots was the best option.

          • stacksp

            Agree with DC Reggae again. All my single and not so single male friends that join Tinder are just looking for conquest. They say whatever or do whatever to accomplish that. Any female friend of mine, i tell them to stay away from tinder if they are looking for something serious because basically its is known in my circle as purely a hook up app.

            Tinder and Whats app…

        • Anon Spock

          That first advantage isn’t guaranteed. Plenty of people just want friends or worse pen pals…evidenced by the sheer number of out of towners who reach out to me with no plans to come here.
          The primary advantage for me is crossing paths with people I’d otherwise never meet in person while being able to immediately weed out folks.

          • textdoc

            Anon Spock, I can see how repeatedly hearing from out-of-towners would be annoying.
            .
            Are you using OKCupid? There’s a message-filtering setting that (IIRC) automatically puts into a separate “filtered” inbox any messages from people who are 1) less than a 70% match and/or 2) outside your specified geographic range.
            .
            I’ll amend what I said — at least with online dating, the parties are IN THEORY interested in dating.

        • DCReggae

          Hey textdoc – yes, I did. Male, straight. I scrapped all the online stuff a long time ago and couldn’t be happier that I did. It was causing me a lot of anxiety, having to keep 5-10 conversations up in the air at any given point. And going “organic” for lack of a better term was much more exciting and allowed me to focus on just one person at a time. It led to a lot more valuable relationships and exchanged. But like Anonamom says below, sometimes it will lead toa happy ending. Its a personal pref based around if/how you can approach someone.

          • textdoc

            DCReggae, if you’re a straight man in D.C., the odds are stacked in your favor.

      • Hill Denizen

        The problem with “going organic” is that for some of us, we don’t meet eligible singles in our day to day life very often. Once most of your friends are married or you mostly go out with people you already know, there just aren’t that many people to approach. Online dating lets you meet a bunch of people you wouldn’t normally meet.

      • stacksp

        Totally agree !!!! No apps, get back to meeting people personally in real life.

  • J

    Rant: Bachelor Mondays returning also means the return of Wine Headache Tuesdays
    Rave: Headache already gone
    Question: Want to get out of town for Inaug weekend but can’t decide where to go. Suggestions?

    • DCbyDay

      “wine headache tuesday” feel that.

  • bizzinger

    Revel: Did yoga last night and raised myself on my toes for the first time in about 6 months without pain (post broken foot). Between that and the uncertainty of last year during that time and the decisions I made working out, I found myself with happy tears in my eyes. It was a really good moment.
    Rave: Decided on a date for Iceland/Norway and the budget plan is in place. So excited!
    Rant: 10 days until Inauguration Day. So much uncertainty and dread.

    • Yay! Happy to hear your foot is better!

  • Rave: I got my chase sapphire reserve before they phase out the 100k mile bonus. I feel like a rock star!
    Rave: made a portabella melt for dinner last night after a long hiatus. I missed you, pesto-y, cheesy, mushroom thing.
    Rant: according to my boss I’m doing work on the next level, but I need to annex territory to justify a promotion to the next level. Political moves are the very definition of ‘not my strong suit.’
    Rave: still oddly positive about almost everything in life. I don’t relish stomping on the unrealistic feelings of my guy friend who asked me out, then interpreted my ‘no’ as a ‘no for now,’ but I am going to straight up tell him no because I have that skill and it needs to be done.

    • bizzinger

      Damn right you got skills. We all got this!

    • Anonamom

      Please tell me more about this delicious-sounding mushroom recipe!

      • It’s so good and so easy. You take a portabella cap, spoon some pesto into it, top with mozzarella and some salt and pepper, pop it in the oven for 14-ish minutes at 400F, then broil’til it browns the cheese on top, 1-2 minutes.
        Additionally, I just realized that the vowels and portabella and mozzarella are in the same order and now I might actually get the right on the first try and the look on my dog’s face when he saw the portabella was hilarious. He didn’t know what it was, but he sure as hell wanted it.

        • Anonamom

          I am so going to try this – thanks!!

    • flieswithhoney

      I’m picturing you slowly moving cubicle walls outward to gain territory, which I’m guessing is not quite what he meant. Also, thanks so much for the reminder to apply for the chase card.

      • There are two empty cubes in front of me, do you think I should erect a flag?

        • textdoc

          Hahahaha! With an image of Otis, of course.

        • flieswithhoney

          Absolutely, especially if it’s a pirate flag. Or just remove the cube walls and make a giant lounge for yourself.

          • So, Pirate Otis flag?

          • flieswithhoney

            Perfect!

      • textdoc

        The card still has an annual fee of $450, right? Is the 100,000 miles (?) bonus considered to be worth more than that? And/or are there other features that offset the annual fee?

        • So, I have had the preferred for a while and I love it. The reserve comes with a lot of extra features, which if you use them all would total at least $400. There’s a $300 annual credit applied towards travel, you can get a $100 reimbursement on either TSA Pre-check or Global Entry, but most importantly, all of the points are worth 50% more when they are used to book travel through chase.
          I just transferred 42,000 points from my preferred, where they were were 120% of that for travel, directly to my new reserve account where they are now worth 150% for travel.
          You also get access to a variety of airport lounges, I just activated that and I’ll get the card and more info soon. You also get additional perks and credits at certain hotels, which I doubt I would use, but some are $100 spa credits, so depending on how you travel this card could pay for itself easily.

          • JoDa

            Oh, man…now you’re making me reconsider my previous decision not to upgrade from the CSP (I no longer travel a *ton,* so the lounge pass didn’t appeal to me too much, and I thought the $300 was just for travel *fees,* not travel *spending,* so the fee is actually more like $150 if you do $300+ in travel/year, which I do and then much more some).
            .
            Is the below information correct that you can apply in a branch by March and still get the 100K bonus miles?
            .
            Was thinking about visiting family in February, and there are Chase branches where they live, so I could do that AND would be much more likely to spend $4K over 3 months from late Feb-late May when I have some travel booking and home improvement that I’ll be spending on than from now until early April (will probably book big summer vacation in late April/early May and doing home improvement in late March – May depending on weather (painting’s on the agenda, and I like to be able to leave the windows open even though I use the zero-VOC paint)).

        • Anonymous

          Oof. $450 annual fee.
          .
          OK, here’s an opportunity for you all to educate (or perhaps persuade) me. I am 1) cheap and 2) always trying to keep things as simple as possible, therefore I refuse to even consider any credit card that has an annual fee. What am I missing out on? Under what circumstances will the net benefit to me be significantly positive?
          .
          [For example, I think some credit cards w/ fee get you bonus air miles or upgrades. But I don’t fly that often so that doesn’t seem like a great benefit.]

          • Anonymous

            And jeslett has already answered my question to some degree. Sounds like I’d have to travel a fair bit more than I do and go out of my way to take advantage of many benefits in this particular case though. Thanks.

          • skaballet

            You have to look at what you are getting for the cost. Credit cards with annual fees almost always have more benefits than no fee ones. You need to look at what those benefits are and if they are valuable for you.

            I love the reserve, but if you don’t travel and eat out a lot it probably doesn’t make sense.

          • JoDa

            Anonymous, if you’d like to earn travel points, a base-level travel card with fee could still make sense, even if you don’t travel a ton. The CSP (NOT the CS*R*) has a $95 annual fee. To earn $95 worth of points, assuming you use them on travel through Chase’s booking system (where you get 1.2 cents per point), you’d have to spend somewhere between $4000-8000/year on the card (you earn 2 points for dining and travel and 1 point for everything else). If you spend more than that, you’re getting free stuff. There are other travel cards out there with fees of $50-75/year, and you have to do similar math on them to see if they’re worth it for you.
            .
            I like the CSP because of the transfer-to-airline-miles option (same benefit available on CSR). I have had good luck paying for flights and hotels through United Mileage Plus and getting far more than 1.2 or even 1.5 cents per mile. For example, a couple years ago I got a $450 one-way ticket for 10,000 miles, or a whopping 4.5 cents per mile. I recently got a $600 last-minute ticket for 20,000 miles, which is, after subtracting the last-minute mileage booking fee that I had to pay in cash (because I’m *that* person who considers *all* costs), about 2.7 cents per mile. You will almost always get better redemption rates through airline mileage programs, so I like that feature of the CSP/CSR. If you fly Southwest, as many occasional/budget travelers do, you can transfer to their program with the CSP/CSR! And, as others noted, if you’re willing to do the legwork to book on “alliance” airlines through a participating airline’s website (takes some work/skill), you can use almost any airline at better redemption rates.

          • JoDa

            Oh, and the other reason I like travel/higher level cards is for the protection they provide. If my flight is delayed by more than 12 hours (or cancelled and I can’t get rebooked on a flight taking off for more than 12 hours or overnight), I get up to $500/day to pay for a hotel and meals wherever I’m stranded. If my baggage is delayed, I get something like $100/day to pay for necessities. If I remember correctly, I can get up to $3000 for lost-and-gone-forever luggage through my CC’s insurance. There’s some level of sickness/injury/natural disaster trip delay/cancellation/evacuation coverage. And, as with all Visa signature cards, they cover the CDW on rental cars, which is especially important to me since I don’t own a car (it’s secondary to your car insurance if you have one…but if the rental company is demanding $40,000 for a brand-new vehicle plus loss-of-use and your car is only worth $15K, the card will cover the difference).
            .
            While I’ve never needed to use any of these benefits, I know people pay a lot for trip insurance, CDW, etc., in some cases, and I feel like $95/year is a pretty reasonable fee to just *have* them if I book my travel on the card. Doubly so since I earn more than $95 worth of points every year.

        • I forgot the obvious financial incentive, if you get the 100,000 mile bonus that would be worth $1500 towards travel booked through Chase. Or you could redeem it for $1000 worth of gift cards.
          One of the nice things is that you can apply any number of points. If you have 387 points you can apply that when you’re buying an airline ticket.

          • DCbyDay

            can i ask a dumb question — is this restricted by airline? I fly Southwest a lot because there are a lot of direct flights between the cities I travel to often (also, have status form old job, so like that), so I’m sometimes weary of travel cards because I’m not sure there is as much freedom in airline choice?

          • Daniel

            Yes, there are a limited number of airlines you can directly transfer the miles to – at the moment, British Airways, Air France/KLM, Korean Air, Singapore, Southwest, United, Virgin Atlantic. Of course, if you book through Chase, you will be able to book on other airlines as well. And this may be too much effort, but more airlines will be available if you transfer to a participating airline above, and can tap into that airline’s alliance.

            I consider myself willing to do a moderate level of work, and I love this card. I previously had the United Explorer Plus, and when I discovered the benefits of this card (mostly the signing bonus), it was a no brainer. It’s definitely a premium card though that isn’t for everyone, and if (1) you can’t meet the $4K purchase minimum in the first 3 months, and (2) don’t spend a lot on travel (incl. Uber) and dining, you may want to look at the Preferred card instead. Sorry for the long post!

          • Hill Denizen

            Yes and no. There are limited airlines and hotel partners you can transfer points to (can get you up to 3 or 4 cents per point, especially for premium cabins) or you can book through the Chase portal on most airlines for 1.5 cents per point. You can also use points to pay for part of your ticket (I just used the points I earned last month to knock $20 off a ticket).

            As far as for people who don’t fly often, this is far better than an airline card because you’re not stuck in one program and there are more earning opportunities (3x points on all dining and travel, including things like Bikeshare and Uber). You also get way more options when you redeem your points, and who wouldn’t want to fly for little $? Last year I used my American miles, which I mostly got through credit card and bank signups, to fly my boyfriend and myself to Thailand and came back in business. The tickets would have cost $6k each if I paid outright (we flew JAL and Cathay Pacific and bf was flying from his small town airport), but I paid about $150 for each. I also used points to pay for part of our hotel and spent about $50 a night at luxury hotels.

            Your MMV on the lounge perk depending on where you fly. I fly out of the west coast a lot and used it quite a few times b/c Alaska and some Virgin lounges are included in Priority Pass, but DCA doesn’t have a Priority Pass lounge and I believe the BWI lounge is only for people flying on an international ticket.

            And for people scared off by the $450, you get $300 refunded for travel purchases, nothing to submit, not just for airline fees like some cards (looking at you AmEx). You spend $5 on Uber, you automatically get $5 back until you reach $300. This is money you’d likely spend regardless.

        • kanon

          They’ve changed it. Now you can get 50k miles (for a limited time) and annual fee is $95 after first year.

          • That’s the Preferred, the Reserve is 100,000 miles is you apply online by the 11th or in a branch by sometime in March and it’s $450/year.

  • RabbitRabbitRabbit

    Rant: I just realized that I scheduled a doctor’s appointment the day before inauguration at an office that is part of the restricted area. I guess I’ll be parking a few blocks away and walking over.
    Rave: Decorations for the baby’s room arrived and they’re even better/adorable than I had hoped they would be.
    Rave: Trying to think of how to spice up my cranberry muffins without resorting to my usual methods (soaking the dried cranberries in Grand Marnier and fresh orange zest) before I host a huge brunch this coming weekend.
    Rave: Just a few more days until I pick up my best friend from the airport. So excited to spend some time with her.

    • artemis

      Could you add some crystalized ginger to the muffins?

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: a day full of stuff I hate doing at work: meetings and teaching
    Rant: they changed up the format of the class I have to teach, so now I’m nervous
    Rave: I cleared my schedule so I can spend all day going over the class materials and panicking

  • Anonynon

    Question: Does anyone have information on the constructions going on in adams morgan on Columbia road where the burger king, payless, radio shack use to be?
    Rave: Things are going pretty well so far this week finally starting to get back into the routine

  • pago

    Rant: I can’t make myself stop reading the forums run by these “pizzagate” idiots and scaring myself, not because I think they’re true (LOL no) but because they won’t stop expanding it until everyone in the DC area is guilty in their eyes. Some things that at least some of them believe now:
    – The 11th and Monroe trolley turnaround playground is where people take kids to be enslaved (most of them believe this now)
    – Joe Biden literally eats children
    – The Satanic Panic of the ’80s was actually correct, people like Jack Chick and Texe Marrs are accurate sources, and all the accusations against the McMartin Preschool were true and covered up by the news media; the older pizzagaters basically have the younger ones convinced that the McMartin Preschool thing was a historical coverup (historical from the younger ones’ viewpoint)
    – There’s an Arby’s in the Maryland suburbs where it’s possible that children are slaughtered to be used as ingredients for Comet pizzas
    – These mainstream news media articles they have dug up about police busting politicians and government workers for sex crimes are proof that the police will not investigate politicians or government workers for sex crimes and the mainstream news media will not cover it
    – Anyone who does any kind of art/music/other creative endeavor in DC either is a sex criminal or covering up for their friends who are

    • Anon

      There’s no shortage of utter nutjobs on the internet. It’s completely up to you to either indulge their morass or safely stay away. (Assuming of course that you’re not forced to track this as part of your job.)

    • DCbyDay

      i know this is terrible but this made me laugh… it’s so absurd. but unfortunately, also dangerous.

      • skj84

        agree. On one hand its mind boggling insane, but as someone involved in the DC arts scene I’m real concerned they are going to start coming for people I know. These people have proven they are vicious and common sense does not matter to them.

  • mtpresident

    Rant: Day 2 of forcibly changing my daughter’s clothes to get her ready for school. I’m recognizing a pattern compared to starting school. It should be better next week.
    Rant: Despite being exhausted, mtpkiddo didn’t go to sleep until sometime after 9:30.
    Rave: At least we had her tucked in (for the first time) at 8:40–much better than we’d been doing of late!
    Rant/Rave: Sandra Boynton music. So catchy. I want to be your personal penguin.
    Rant: Mtpbaby’s daycare class seems to have been decimated by a cold. He’s congested, but not too runny yet. Fingers crossed we can avoid the worst of it!

  • textdoc

    Rant: Feeling groggy and tired.
    Rant: Last night’s bitingly cold weather. Walking from Metro to my destination (rather than taking a bus from Metro to the destination) was a bad idea.
    Rave: Caught a Circulator bus on the way back.
    Rave: Warmer today.

  • Chinatown

    Rant: Saw a dead fox on the track between Takoma and Fort Totten this morning.
    Rant: I was so stressed out from work in the weeks leading up to Christmas that I wasn’t sleeping and felt completely exhausted. I even felt so sick on Metro one morning that I got off the train to get some air. I wasn’t eating right either. Only now, after I get back from vacation, I find that I feel so much better. I realize some changes need to be made before I have some sort of breakdown.
    Rave: My uncle is recovering after having surgery in the hospital in Alabama during the holidays.
    Rant/Rave: Went to see my therapist last night and decided that at, I haven’t really been living lately. Getting close to some sort of breakdown and not eating right due to stuff at work is not living. There are a few vacations that I’d like to take and I need to either let go of some of my work duties or get a new job. Something’s got to change.

    • DCbyDay

      i know the feeling. last year, the day after i received a new job offer my boss told me I had never looked better… it was like all of the stress and awfulness just left my body

  • DCbyDay

    rant/rave: morning gym sessions. getting out of bed earlier is a pain… but man, does it feel great when you’re done.

  • Blithe

    Rant: Governing is not the same as marketing. Or, at least, it shouldn’t be.

    • Hill Denizen

      As a press staffer, I disagree. Governing is all about marketing.

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