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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth April 5, 2017 at 9:15 am 120 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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  • ajr

    Rave: Thanks again to everyone for their good thoughts, thyroid surgery tips, etc. Mom was declared cancer-free yesterday!
    Rave: Headed home to New Orleans later today! I’m really looking forward to introducing my boyfriend to that side of my family. BTW, Quotia Zelda, I went with a purple & gold floral top with a purple sweater. Hopefully I’ll be in jeans if I have time to change out of this uncomfortable skirt. Please say hi!

    • Quotia Zelda

      I’m wearing a nave/white striped top and a grey cardigan. I’ll look for you!

      • FridayGirl

        How funny would it be if you guys ended up in the same row. (This actually happened to me once, I didn’t know I was sitting next to someone attending the same wedding as me until we met our friend in baggage claim. Ha.)

        • ajr

          Ha! Since it’s Southwest it might not be a bad idea to try for it if you’re traveling alone, QZ! Boyfriend and I both showered today, packed our headphones, and I always give away my airplane snacks due to food allergies so we’re pretty much ideal seatmates!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Happy to hear about your mom, that’s great! Have a good time in Nawlins and I hope to hear later that you and QZ were able to meet! How fun and bizarre this small world of ours is!

      • ajr

        Thank you! I’m not sure how I’m going to explain to boyfriend about meeting someone from the internet. This story might get added to the one where within five minutes of meeting someone new we realized we were born in the same hospital. He couldn’t believe it! It’s just so different when two southerners meet than what he’s used to.

        • Quotia Zelda

          Yeah, my husband is from New England, and he finds the southern mode of talking with strangers so weird.

          • ShawThroughtheHeart

            I’m headed to New Orleans for an annual trip next Tuesday and the “southern mode of talking with strangers” is what I love about it so much. You just saddle (mosey?) up to a bar, settle in and meet good people.

            I once belonged to another online community and met some of those folks at an event (this was in ’01-’02). My friends could not wrap their heads around the concept, and how I shared inside jokes with these wonderful Canadians I’d never met before. My answer: they’re my friends too.

        • textdoc

          “I’m not sure how I’m going to explain to boyfriend about meeting someone from the internet.” This reminds me of when two friends of mine from another online community both happened to be in Toronto at the same time (one was there for work, another was visiting her sister). The latter found herself saying to her sister: “This is my friend So-and-So … who I’ve never met before.” 🙂

      • textdoc

        I too hope that you pull it off and get to have a mini-PoPville meetup in the airport/airplane! Have good trips!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Great news about you mother!
      Safe travels to you and QZ!

      • ajr

        Thanks!!

    • SinSA

      That is WONDERFUL news!!

    • Effie

      I went to New Orleans only one time almost 5 years ago.. and to this day I remember my experience by heart. Everyone is just so warm and welcoming. I unfortutanaly cannot say the same for DC… Anyways in NOLA, my friends and I were walking in this neighborhood and got invited to a family crawfish boil in someones front yard. That was a great trip.

  • Anon

    Rav: I stopped reading/listening to the national news, and I’m so much happier. Trump who?
    Rant: I cannot make them disappear by closing my eyes.
    Rav: Moving to sunny Southern California.
    Rant: I’ll miss my home for the last two decades.
    (Rant: Am I seriously that old? How did that happen?)

    • FridayGirl

      SoCal? SO JEALOUS. I would pick up and move back there anytime someone would have me.
      .
      I hope the move goes smoothly. Have an excellent time settling into your new home!

  • eckington chick

    Rave: Nats Park is starting to become a very visible center for the Resistance against Trump! The more people bring their anti-Trump message to Nats Park the more people on tv will see that the folks in DC are not ok with what’s going on.
    Rave: Taqueria Del Barrio opened!

    • Jebediah Thornton

      Rant: People celebrating turning Nats Park into some protest venue. Leave a day at the ballpark alone – have a dog, drink a beer and quit complaining. For many people, the ball game is the only place to escape all this mess.

      • dcd

        +1.

  • maxwell smart

    RANT: In the queue for NMAAHC tickets for 30 minutes!? I don’t think it’s going to happen.

    • maxwell smart

      RAVE: GOT TICKETS! Only took an hour waiting in the queue on 8 different time slots.

      • ajr

        yay!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rave: In 12 hours I’ll be in New Orleans!
    Rave: Life has been so weird and stressful lately, so I’m really looking forward to several days hanging out with my parents and aunt and celebrating my dad’s birthday.
    Rant: My children seem to have a 6th sense for when I have cash in my wallet, and suddenly they have desperate needs for said cash.

  • skj84

    Rave: Feeling myself this morning to use a phrase. I had a great workout, my hair looks fly, and I’m wearing a cute outfit. Coupled with the nice weather, i’m feeling unusually cheery.
    Rant: Still sick, and now my knees hurt from the intense workout. I have a sinus infection, and I’ve been really feeling it in my teeth, which is the absolute worst.

  • MadMax

    Rave: Weather this week is perfect, and the walk to the office has been so lovely with all the smells from everything blooming. If only it were this week every week.
    Rant: Doing some spring gardening and decided to move a Japanese maple from a pot I’ve had it in for 12+ years into the ground finally, and after leaving it in its current spot for several years realized that the roots had grown through the pot and all into the patio, under the brick. It was a real PITA getting it out without hurting the plant or the patio too much, especially moving such a big tree around by myself. Thankfully got it in just before the hard rain the other night.

  • artemis

    Rant: Baby Artie was up at 1AM and 2:30AM, and it took much longer than usual to soothe him and get him back down. I am not sure what’s going on: teething, growth spurt, room to warm? I really hope we aren’t entering another sleep regression.
    Rant: The cat puked twice in my bedroom this morning. The baby spat up all over himself, me, and the couch when I gave him his medicine in the morning. And then the cat puked again in the dining room table. I really hope the cat’s increased booting isn’t a sign that her kidney disease is advancing.
    Rave: I managed to change the baby, change my outfit, clean up the couch, and still make it out the door on time. And I did not step in puke.
    Rave: Very strong, very delicious coffee. Sunshine. A relatively healthy, aging grumpy cat

    • Anon NS

      We are leading parallel lives, except puppy=baby and elder dog=cat. If it’s not one, it’s the other! Or both!

      • artemis

        I hope you have some strong coffee on your desk as well!

  • FridayGirl

    Rave: Teleworking today.
    .
    Rant: Wanted to telework on the roof but my computer wouldn’t connect to wifi even though my phone connected just fine. So I lost some time. Boooooooooo.
    .
    Rant: This is the second week in a row I’ve been deprived of watching the Today Show when I telework because of unimportant breaking local news. Wtf. -_-
    .
    Late Day Rave Yesterday: Date was cancelled, and not by me. Woop woop. Textdoc, I’m not sure if you saw my late reply to your question, but yes, he offered to reschedule… to next week. Um, no. I just unmatched him. This is why I don’t like dating.

    • textdoc

      FridayGirl — I did see your late reply, but didn’t have a chance to reply.
      .
      I dunno… I wouldn’t necessarily unmatch a guy for proposing to reschedule for a week later. Maybe he’s genuinely busy Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday?
      .
      But if your gut feeling was that he was being insincere/flaky/whatever, then perhaps it’s best not to bother further.
      .
      Both times in my recent dating history when a date cancelled on me, I was secretly delighted because it meant I was able to attend events that I’d had to say no to because I’d already agreed to the date. 🙂

      • FridayGirl

        Normally I’d agree, but we started talking last Wednesday so that means he was also too busy last Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
        .
        And Hahahaha…. good point about the events. I was mostly happy not to stay out late because I had a doctor’s appointment early this morning, but I’m definitely looking forward to finding some alternate plans this weekend or next week instead of rescheduling.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rant: Had a pretty terrible day at work yesterday, which included being b*tched out for 30 minutes by an individual who called to schedule something, and a clock jumping off the wall to try to kill me and my cubemate. Second time in two years I’ve ever had to excuse myself to ladies’ room to have a cry at work, and the first time was back when my brother had been admitted to an ER high out of his mind and wasn’t actually work-related.
    Rave: In talking with two coworkers who vividly remembered this person’s antics last year, I felt reassured that no, it wasn’t me and yes, this person is unhinged.
    Rant: Still need to deal with stuff related to at least trying to assist this person.
    Rave: Talked to my bff for almost 2 hours yesterday! I don’t have all the answers to the many questions I needed to ask her, but at least I feel lots better and am going to look into meeting up with her either in CA or FL in a couple months, see what I can swing with airfare/time off.
    Rave: Ended my night with pics from my sister-in-law of the “cousin sleepover” her little guy had with my other nephew – so cute!

    • FridayGirl

      Ooof, I feel you on the unhinged thing. Working in a customer-oriented related job is tough. I’m sorry. Does your work have any guidelines on when it’s appropriate to just disconnect the call?

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Sort of, but since this person wasn’t using foul language, just super-sarcastically and cruelly tearing me and my workplace down, it didn’t seem like there was much to be done except grit my teeth and try to stay calm.

        • It’s really crappy that foul language, rather than blatant disrespect, is the standard.

          • FridayGirl

            Agreed. We’re pretty much allowed to hang up any time there is someone who is being disrespectful or out-of-control. Sometimes after one hang up they call back and are actually cooperative and have gotten ahold of themselves.

        • Anonamom

          Oh, I had a few people like that in my time there. The lucky thing is that they really are few and far between, and it definitely is not personal. It’s just that some people think that the best way to catch flies is with vinegar rather than honey. Glad to hear your co-workers were there to rally support, you really do work with an awesome bunch of people.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Thanks Anonamom! Miss you being here!

      • skj84

        Dealing with irate customers is one of the most dehumanizing aspects of customer facing roles. I still have triggering memories from when I worked in hospitably. The worst part was not being able to defend myself, the power difference was unsettling. And the customers knew it and worked it to their advantage. I’ve had people just dump all their rage on me, mostly over insignificant things.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Agreed. In retrospect I now recognize that I was very fortunate to be in the position of working for pocket money in all of my jobs that involved providing customer service. I didn’t take sh!t from people and I didn’t care what the consequences might have been. Now, I go out of my way to be appreciative and respectful to customer service staff now, and if I have a beef with what they’re telling me I make a point of telling them that I’m pissed off at their stupid f*cking company and not at them personally, because I recognize that having to deal with customers to make a living and support a family is a totally different thing than doing it for pocket money.

          • FridayGirl

            Ha! My mom does the same thing: “I know it’s not you personally, but y’all suck.”

  • Traveler

    Rave: I can finally wear my new Spring dress!
    Rant: Woke up at 4am; finally fell back asleep and the alarm went off.
    Question: If I wanted to “shrink” my room to add a closet, do I need a permit? I figure all I need is to create a frame, put up drywall, add a door, put a rod, etc. (I know I’m making this sound easier than it is), but I wouldn’t plan on any demolition or removal of walls. Thanks in advance for the info!

    • No, you shouldn’t need a permit for that work, but if it’s a condo you should run your plans past your association. Any capable handyman should be able to do that if you don’t want to do the work yourself.

  • Revel: have a doctors appointment and since we can only use half or full days of leave I’m taking the whole day off and it feels luxurious.
    Rant: I miss my class
    Revel: biked to work again yesterday. I managed to shave about 5 minutes off my commute time there, but the ride back is still over an hour for 7 miles. I think I’m being the hang of it?
    Revel: decided to take a girl friend to the wedding at the end of the month, it’ll be much more fun than a date I only met days prior. Sorry gator!
    Revel: 6 more days until spring break!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Way to go on the bike riding, that’s fantastic! Have a nice day off today and a great spring break!

    • dcgator

      Heh, not a problem—we never nailed anything down anyway. Turns out I’m busy that weekend—Climate March, etc. Hope you enjoy FTL!

      • Somehow I had a feeling that a couple comments back and forth and a few minutes of conversation during Wine and Bitch wasn’t a confirmation…

  • That One Guy

    Rant: I’m not sure if it’s medicine induced fog or the PTSD/depression but friend seems really spaced out. The gears in her mind are slow to turn and make connections.

    • ajr

      My PTSD did that to me for a long while. Give her some time. (And possibly make sure she’s eating. In my fog I kept forgetting to eat, which is just not like me at all, but it was to an extent that it made the depression/fogginess a lot worse.)

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: None of my violets are coming up this year. Luckily, one self seeded so I will at least have some violets in one pot. The other two will be sad empty pots until I figure out what to put in them.
    Rant: Cosmos seeds aren’t coming up either.
    Rave: Chamomile seeds are bursting. Gardening isn’t a total bust.

  • Andie302

    Rave: Wearing a fun spring dress
    Rave: Countertops went into the Cambridge house yesterday. We are down to details at this point!
    Rave: This weather
    No rants – I made it to spring and my depression wasn’t nearly as bad this year as it has been in the past.
    Oh wait, one rant: still haven’t scheduled the bridal shower for my friend – fingers crossed we are at least getting closer?!?!?!

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    Rave/Rant: 200 people applied for a position and I made it into the 20 he interviewed! But it was a week ago, and I followed up yesterday. He said I’d hear about next steps this week so not feeling too great.
    Rave: We leave for Bermuda next week!

    • textdoc

      Half of the week still remains! Fingers crossed that you get good news on the job.

      • Formerly ParkViewRes

        I know, it’s just when I interviewed last Weds he said I’d hear this week. And he hasn’t responded to my follow-up email yet. But you’re right, there is still time!

    • PoPOverWork

      Bermuda is the best, have fun!

    • anon

      Good luck. I gotta say, when they actually interview 20 people for one job (as opposed to, say, if they are hiring three in the same position), it seems a bit nuts to me, and I try not to get my hopes up too much. And that’s from someone who has interviewed a lot, and likes interviewing myself. Though I sure wish one of the interviews I’ve been on recently would result in a job – employers have been much flakier about ever giving you an answer, I find, in this world of too many workers for the jobs.

  • skaballet

    Rave: outdoor yoga yesterday
    Rant: moving
    Rave: Someone is interested in buying my old dining table.
    Rave: Went to Infinity Mirrors yesterday and it was great!! It’s worth it if you can get tickets. We skipped the pumpkin exhibit since we’d been there 1.5 hours already and needed to get back to work, but I’m so glad I went.

    • skj84

      Where is the outdoor yoga?

      • skaballet

        City Center at 6pm every Tuesday. Yesterday was totally perfect weather for it!

  • Anonamomtobe

    Rave/Rant: Maternity clothes. I can no longer put off maternity clothes shopping. Equal parts exciting, terrifying, & annoying. It’s so cool what’s happening to my body! And…oh god what’s happening to my body!?!
    .
    Rant: No one seems to carry maternity clothes?! Target was a hit. Stuck out at Walmart (discontinued), Kohls (very limited selection and oddly expensive), Old Navy (online only), & TJ Max (doesn’t carry). And the maternity store I was going to visit went out of business. Online seems so hard bc no clue how this stuff will fit bc I don’t really understand my body right now?!?
    .
    Rave: Got two cute, comfy dresses at Target. Would never wear normally, but perfectly serviceable given circumstances. So, maybe I’ll just alternate every other day.
    .
    Query: Where else should I look? Unfortunately I don’t have friends/family who are remotely my size that I could borrow from. And I just can’t justify spending a ton of money on clothes that I will wear at most a handful of times.

    • FridayGirl

      Have you tried H&M? I feel like I see maternity stuff on their site all the time, and I feel like they’d have it in the stores….

      • Anonamomtobe

        Thanks for the tip! I’ll look.

      • Anonamomtobe

        This was a goldmine. Thank you.

    • Annon

      Go to a mall. They have Pea in a Pod and Motherhood Maternity. Also, Goodwill may have clothes. At one point
      Forever 21 had maternity clothes but I don’t know if they still do.

      • Anonamomtobe

        I hate the mall but I fear you are right! It may be my best option. Thanks!

    • Mtpresident

      Congrats! Honestly, Kohls was one of the places I did the best at, so maybe try another store? Generally, you can get away with using the same size in maternity clothes as you’d use for regular clothes–so hopefully that can be a guide for online shopping. Maybe try a consignment place?

    • Online is really your best option. I did find a number of good things at Destination Maternity (I particularly liked the Jessica Simpson jeans), but a lot of stuff I ordered from PinkBlush Maternity. Also, Gap was a big one for me. Certain locations do carry the maternity stuff in store – for some reason it is normally at GapKids. I still wear the maternity camisole I bought from there. So stretchy and comfortable.

    • rfff924

      I went to Bellies and babies consignment in Del Ray, Alexandria. I’m very short and needed to be able to try clothes on and didn’t want to spend an arm and a leg. Some of their stuff was expensive even on consignment, but was able to score some good deals/staples all in one place. The Macys in downtown DC also has a small maternity section right by the lingerie (of all places) where they sell Motherhood Maternity, Pea in the Pod, and other brands. This was where I went to first when things suddenly got desperate!

    • Honey Badger

      Consignment is great. I’m not sure where you live, but there are a few good ones in the Bethesda and Kensington areas. I bought a lot of my maternity clothes that way, plus Motherhood Maternity sales, and some casual stuff online through Old Navy.

    • wdc

      Consignment stores! I got most of my maternity wardrobe at Wiggle Room in Bethesda.

    • artemis

      If you are on any neighborhood listservs, I would also suggest putting out a request for maternity clothes. I was lucky that I got most of my clothing as hand me downs from friends. That said, I also recommend Old Navy (online), H&M, and Target. I have also seen ads in my FB feed about a place where you can order maternity clothes (sort of like Rent the Runway for pregnant people).

  • E

    Rant: Word and Excel on my work computer is acting crazy.
    Rant: My high school classmate has invited our entire graduating class (200+ folks) to his wedding in July by posting the save the date on our class group on Facebook. I thought that when he posted the baby shower invitation on the page in October that was bad enough. Just tacky.
    Rant: Feeling really bad lately (nausea, irritability, dizziness) and finally got to the doctor who took blood.
    Rave: Blood work is fine which leaves….
    Rant: The medication that I just lowered the dosage on because it caused a lot of weakness.

  • textdoc

    Generally I like redbud trees… but it skeeves me out when I see ones that are blooming directly from the bark on a branch, rather than from stems. It makes me think of barnacles or some kind of skin condition.

    • textdoc

      Oops… that was supposed to be in the “Redbuds Popping!” thread.

  • just my opinion

    Rant: heartsick thinking of the gas attack in Syria and the immense suffering there.
    Rant 2: I know it isn’t fair or reasonable (or even rational) to dictate what people care about, but I am very frustrated with friends and family who are very focused on where Melania Trump lives and blasting that petition but don’t seem to care this, or mass graves in DRC, or other global issues.
    Rave: Tried several new recipes successfully and remembered to bring lunch–slow progress on my new year’s resolutions.

    • FridayGirl

      Re your rant 2: The way I see it, maybe if Trump and Melania didn’t spend so much money on living separate places and security (in NYC, mar-a-lago, etc.) we’d have a lot more money to work with on other issues.
      .
      I firmly believe that everyone needs to pick a few things to be worried or upset about, or else we’d all lose our minds worrying about everything. Clearly you worry about foreign policy, and your friends and relatives are more focused on domestic issues. I also firmly believe that everything is related in one way or another, so I wouldn’t take their focus on a different issue to mean they don’t care at all about yours.

  • ShawThroughtheHeart

    Rave: Spring dresses are back!

    Rant: 10 hour workday + two hour networking event that I need to be “on” at.

    Rave: Fourth date tonight with a promising candidate.

    • FridayGirl

      YEAH on the date! Good luck!

  • aglets

    I have a date tonight with someone that I’ve (electronically at least) crossed paths with 3-4 times over the last maybe two years. The timing just never worked out and I am so excited and nervous. I haven’t felt this in a while and it’s kind of nice

    • Andie302

      WOOHOO! Awesome raves from both you and ShawThroughtheHeart above!

    • ShawThroughtheHeart

      Good luck! Don’t be nervous, just celebrate the wonderful coincidence of it all.

      I am an excellent, possibly genius, date/event planner. I am struggling tonight b/c I want to be outside but don’t want a loud place where we can’t hear each other, and we’ll only have about two hours. I’m thinking back patio of Tabard, the new Tiger place in Petworth, or hotel bar (Off the Record) followed by a walk around the monuments.

      Thoughts?

      • AJSE

        Beuchert’s has a fabulous garden patio and it’s one of my favorite date spots.

        • ShawThroughtheHeart

          Excellent, thank you for the suggestion.

        • aglets

          OH I love beuchert’s….

      • Accountering

        Tiger place in Petworth will likely be quite crowded with the $1 and opening night. If you are looking for quiet I would go elsewhere, but the Tiger place would likely be a lot of fun!

  • SinSA

    Rave: Kitchen remodel request was approved at my condo board meeting last night. Work begins mid-May. I am very excited with a side of slightly terrified. Signed the contracts this morning with my contractor for demo and installation of cabinets/flooring. Now just waiting to hear back from counter top people.

    Rant: Saw my Dad’s will and it makes me miss him. Struggling to accept my stepmom’s feelings that monies don’t need to be left really to anyone (including her children) after she passes away – but now it all belongs to her and I guess if my dad really, really wanted his kids to inherit something, he would have made the appropriate provisions. It just would have been nice for him to have helped me out financially for once in my life (as he never really did in his).

    Rave: Heading to the Caps game tonight and looking forward to sitting in a fancy suite!

    Rave: Going to Boston tomorrow for a long weekend to see friends and go listen to some good music. The break will be nice.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      What? Where will the money go then? That’s a tough pill to swallow.

      • SinSA

        Well, the will clearly states that everything that was my father’s now goes to my stepmom, until she passes away. Whatever is left over at that point will be equally divided amongst all of her children and his children. (I mean, maybe she’ll change her will to say otherwise but I don’t think she is spiteful)
        She is selling their home and bought a new one about 15 miles away to be closer to her family (it makes sense, but it’s still weird – the woman is going to be 84 in a week.)

        • Formerly ParkViewRes

          Dang, that stuff can be so complicated. At least he left a will though. We’re listening to S-town right now, which touches on this stuff and ooof what a mess.

        • textdoc

          That is a bummer — sorry to hear that.
          .
          And IIRC, it’s not usually recommended for someone elderly who has kids (or other non-elderly adult heirs) to leave everything to their elderly spouse, because then it has to pass through probate twice in order to reach the adult heirs.

  • textdoc

    Rant: Adulting.

    • FridayGirl

      +1 to this.

  • anon

    Question: I am trying to figure out my taxes. On my W-2 form, is the Block 14 amount with code letter V the amount I prepaid for health insurance??
    .
    I am confused. A family member is helping me with my taxes, but I can’t tell if what this person is talking about is applicable to my situation (regular employer-sponsored health insurance), or if it would be relevant only if I were purchasing health insurance on one of the Affordable Care Act exchanges.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Can’t answer off the top of my head but I have been using H&R Block’s software for the past several years and Haile Recommend it, at least if your taxes aren’t particularly complicated. For reference, I’m married, own my home, most income is from conventional employment, make some donations, and used to have some rental income, and that’s all a breeze with the $54.99 H&R block software. If your taxes are simpler than that, you could probably get by with one of their less expensive packages or possibly even their free one).

      • FridayGirl

        Same. I use the free online one and it goes through all the health insurance stuff, etc. for you.

      • HaileUnlikely

        p.s. I have no basis to recommend H&R Block over any other competing product (e.g., TurboTax); I chose it for a reason in or about 2007 but doubt that reason is still relevant today. At this point I just don’t have any reason to switch to a competing product as the one that I’ve been using, know how to use, and allows me to import lots of info from the previous year is still meeting my needs.

    • anonymouse_dianne

      I love Turbo Tax. It does both my Federal and DC taxes, it sucks in my W2 info from my gov’t web portal. It has handled me buying and selling a condo, inheriting over $20K. It prompts you for various scenarios and does electronic submission. I haven’t done my 2016 yet, but last year it was less time consuming than I had remembered.

    • anon

      I’m actually doing my taxes on paper. (I know, I know — I’m a dinosaur.) Will probably start using tax software next year.
      .
      So… anyone know about the health insurance thing I mentioned above?

      • FridayGirl

        Not a clue. Sorry, anon. I think the issue is that the computer did it for most of us. Have you tried calling the IRS and asking? The one time I had to call about something I actually found them relatively helpful.

    • logandude

      Anon: Box 14 on Form W-2 is not used for any standard information, but is merely space provided by the IRS for the employer to give you any additional information. The IRS instructions to the employer say that this information should be clearly labeled; obviously, your employer has unfortunately not done this. Because this is a free-form box, “Code V” has no meaning here – it has whatever meaning your employer assigned to it (now, if it were box 12, code V has a very definite meaning – income from exercise of employee stock options – but not box 14).
      .
      If your employer paid your health insurance for you, then there is nothing additional you need to do for your taxes – just make sure that, on line 61 of Form 1040, you check the box that says you had full-year coverage. But if you paid for the health insurance, it gets a bit trickier. The question here is whether it was with pre-tax or post-tax money. Pre-tax means that the amount was deducted from your paycheck and is not included in your taxable wages or salary (i.e., line 1 on your W-2). In that case, you cannot do anything with that amount. But if you paid with post-tax money (i.e., you got a paycheck from which taxes were withheld, and then turned around to write a check for your health insurance), then you can deduct that health insurance as a medical expense on Schedule A (assuming you meet various thresholds that make it worthwhile for you to itemize your deductions).

      • anon

        Thank you, logandude! This is extremely helpful.

  • Anonamom

    Revel: Just accepted a grant I didn’t even know I was eligible for. So this plus the Pell Grant means that mama’s going back to college for free!
    Rant: …. in my mid-30s, with a partner, three kids, two step-kids, a full-time job, and a puppy. How am I going to make this work again?
    Rave: I’ll figure it out! I’m going back to school!!

    • FridayGirl

      WOOOOO! Congrats anonamom! You’ll manage it!

    • Congratulations!

    • Emmaleigh504

      congrats!

    • skj84

      Congrats Anonamom!!!

    • How exciting! Good for you!

    • artemis

      This is so awesome! The house may not be as clean as you’d like, and the kids may have to start throwing together easy dinners 1-2 nights a week (but that just builds life skills). But you will make it work. I am so happy for you.

    • textdoc

      Excellent news! Congratulations, Anonamom!

    • Anonymous

      Not sure exactly how old your kids are but this could be an excellent opportunity for them to mature and learn to look after themselves a bit more. My mom went back to school when I was entering 9th grade and it was about that time when I started doing my own laundry, sometimes fixing meals for myself and my siblings, figuring out how to get myself where I needed to be, and so on. It’s not like she disappeared on us, but she was like hey guys, you’re gonna need to know how to do all this anyway so let’s start now. Served me very well when I moved out of the house completely. It was also nice to have a mom who was too busy to be all up in my grill all the time.

      • Anonamom

        “It was also nice to have a mom who was too busy to be all up in my grill all the time.” – this made me laugh! My kids are all younger, but definitely the age where they can (and are) helping around the house more. I will definitely remain up in their business, in fact, this will probably put me more in it (“I work all day and still have to do MY homework, what’s your excuse?”). I’m sure they will be very excited for me.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Oh my god!!! congratulations! I am so excited for you!!!!

    • Anonamom

      Thank you everyone for the congrats! I have wanted to go back for a long time, but life always intervened. I am very excited!

      • textdoc

        I can’t remember — did you end up getting into the program that was more expensive, but offered more aid possibilities? (And was also the more prestigious of the two choices?)

        • Anonamom

          So long story short, I actually went with the path of absolute least resistance and will just be finishing my Bachelor’s at a state school. I should be able to knock it out in a year and be done. The thought process being that changing careers at this point in my life would be far too disruptive. I have a great partner, but I am also well-aware of how quickly the rug can be pulled out from underneath of someone, especially when they are their most vulnerable. I need to be able to continue earning what I am earning now with the flexibility I have gained from being at this point in my career. However, finishing my Bachelor’s will add to my current skill set, and open the door for me a little wider. I have an eye towards grad school when I am done, and coming out of undergrad debt free will mean that this can be a reality.

          • textdoc

            Ahh, OK. Sounds like a good plan!

    • Andie302

      This is so awesome! Congrats!!!

  • Late rant: clamshell packagaing: 1 – spite cupcakes – 0. I scratched the crap out of my inner wrist. Why is this packaging still a thing?

  • That One Guy

    Rave: I’m going to treat myself to some bubble tea as reward for having come into work. (Initially called out but felt well enough to suck it up and show face).
    Rant: Perhaps today wasn’t the best day to wear shoes that need breaking in.

    • FridayGirl

      Yessss bubble tea!
      .
      I hope you feel better soon!

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