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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth May 12, 2017 at 9:15 am 97 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

    Rave: Saw Dear Evan Hanson last night – wow. What an incredible performance. I wanted to see it when it was DC so long ago and I missed it. Glad to see it on the big stage!
    Rant: So many emotions and so much stress. Feel like I can’t do right by anything. And I can’t pare down because I can’t. The next ten weeks is insanity.
    Rant: Can’t get out of my own way. And husband leaves tomorrow for work travel.
    Rave: Hong Kong, Indonesia & Georgia in my future.

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rave: Have been married for six months as of today! And we are going to celebrate by going to Costco to purchase giant bottles of pre-made margaritas. :)
    Rave: Husband is “being considered” for a job…finally…and in Colorado!
    Rave: Anyone catch the show “American Grit” last fall? Season 2 starts on June 11th! Love me some John Cena. John Cena for President (not Dwayne Johnson).
    Rave: Dinner last night was roasted sweet potatoes, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Was supposed to be a balsamic drizzle but I burned the bejeebers out of it.
    Rave: Much peppier today than yesterday!

  • Quotia Zelda

    Rant: If it doesn’t get warm soon, I may lose the will to live. I don’t require 80s in May (though that would be nice), but 50s are unacceptable. Try harder, DC.
    Rave: My family’s tradition, dating back to at least the 20s and continued by my children, of making up silly songs.
    Rave: Funny texts from my dad referencing said tradition.

    • topscallop

      Sunday is supposed to be sunny, high of 74, and next week will be in the 80s. Stay strong!

    • Emmaleigh504

      sombrero, sombreeeeeroooo, sombreeeeeroooo

    • hiphopanonymous

      That’s an awesome tradition!! I’d love to have something like that in my family.

  • Rant: It’s Mother’s Day weekend again…that random day in which complete strangers wish you a happy mother’s day if you’re an adult female, irrespective of whether you’re a mother or not. It’s just so odd; I never exactly know what to say in response.

    • Emmaleigh504

      it is odd. and something I’ve only experienced here.

      • anon

        third that it’s odd and it also feels vaguely sexist in a way that i can’t put my finger on. but i’ve learned to just say “thank you” and keep walking. i just can’t let random strangers get under my skin anymore.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Yeah, it is weird, and I imagine it must bring up some painful / complex feelings for some. I too, struggle with feeling like it’s vaguely sexist, but since I’m not a man I don’t know if men get wished a happy father’s day in June, so maybe it’s equally sexist in that regard? I don’t know. I’ve never liked or wanted kids, but I know I get frustrated when I feel like either I’m discounted as a “full” woman/human because I’ve chosen not to reproduce, or then on the flip side, that because I don’t have kids, I’m not allowed one single opinion on them. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

      • idontgetit

        I got wished Happy Father’s Day a couple of years ago but it was at IKEA, so…

      • cx20020

        Last father’s day, I was wished ‘Happy Father’s Day’ multiple times, in multiple locations, although I don’t have children. I just thanked them and rolled with it.

    • My students wished my happy mothers day and I’m pretty sure I’ve told them I don’t have any kids.

      • FridayGirl

        Teachable moment! Haha.

      • That One Guy

        Um…you do have them. Remember that during the week you probably interact more with the kids than their parents do.

        • dcd

          Please don’t ever say something like this to a working parent.

          • HaileUnlikely

            I don’t disagree with you from an emotional standpoint, and agree that it would be an unwise and unkind thing to say, but it is a straightforward statement of fact, as on school days kids are in school for more than half of the time that they are awake.

          • mtpresident

            Yeah… I get what you meant in terms of support for a teacher, but +1 to dcd’s comment. We have teacher appreciation week for a reason, for sure. But that doesn’t negate the parent’s role.

          • dcd

            @Halie: It’s an incorrect statement of fact. First, kids are at school for about 7 hours a day, so for many of them, it’s a wash re how long they’re at home v. how long they’re at school. Moreover, the comment was “interact with,” not “be in attendance.” Even the best teachers don’t interact more in 7 hours with my kid (when they have a class of 20+ kids to deal with) than I do in the 3 or so hours I have at home with her.

            But that’s not really the point (as you recognized). Statements like this are most often used by people who fetishize SAHM parents, believe preschool is free daycare, and believe anyone who puts their kid with a nanny or (gasp) in daycare is guilty of child abuse. I am not saying that’s how That One Guy meant it, but comments like this come with a ton of freight, and are best avoided.

          • dcd

            Moreover, the thread went like this:
            .
            “I’m pretty sure I’ve told them I don’t have any kids.”
            “Um…you do have them. Remember that during the week you probably interact more with the kids than their parents do.”
            .
            The implication there is the teacher is on equal footing with a mother. Come on.

          • HaileUnlikely

            No disagreement with any of that, and good point on “in attendance” vs “interact with.”
            .
            In full recognition that this is not the central point here: On the time thing, though, I’m not sure there was ever a point in my life when I was at home and awake for a greater amount of time than I was at school on school days. When I was in elementary school I probably slept for close to 10 hours a day, so 7 hours at school actually was about half of time awake. From middle school on, between after school activities and playing with friends, I was probably home and awake for roughly 5 hours a day total, at least half of which was spent doing homework (thus not interacting with anybody). I effectively had stay-at-home parents as I lived with my grandparents back then, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was at least approximately true that I spent a larger number of minutes interacting with a couple of teachers (ones I had for more than one class) than I did interacting with my parents/grandparents/family. Yes, that ignores important qualitative differences in time spent, and no, none of this is the point, but *even with a stay at home parent,* I don’t think it is too far fetched that a student might spend more time with at least a couple of their teachers than they spend with their parents on school days.

          • That One Guy

            People are free to believe and interpret things based on their particular biases. I have no bone to pick with anyone. My own biases are these: I can’t say that a teacher is or isn’t a parent figure to a child, but I’ll not discount the idea. Just because you can bring a child into existence doesn’t make you a parent, and in the same vein, not being biologically related to a child doesn’t exclude someone from being a parent to them.

          • mtpresident

            @ThatOneGuy–I also won’t discount the idea that a teacher can be a parent figure to a child, particularly in the case when a parent isn’t doing his or her job in parenting the child. That said, particularly in that context, your comment implies that this is the case nearly universally. And to that, I take offense. I am grateful for the role that my children’s teachers play in their lives and I am a better parent for their efforts. However, my wife and I are the ones up with them in the middle of the night, caring for them when they are sick, providing for their needs, and supporting their endeavors. Just because I don’t spend the majority of my or their waking hours with them doesn’t make me not a parent.

          • dcd

            ^^^^
            What she said. No one disputes that teachers can sometimes be much-needed parental figures to some kids. But you didn’t make some abstract, theoretical, noncontroversial point. In your colloquy, you basically said to Spite Cupcakes (who, remember, made the point herself that she didn’t have kids), “No, that’s wrong, you do have kids because your students spend more time with you than their parents.” Biases aside, that’s a silly comment, bordering on ridiculous.

          • Formerly ParkViewRes

            As someone with no real bias as I have no kids, your comment did make me cringe, That One Guy. I don’t think it came from a bad place or anything, but yeah it didn’t come off well.

    • BookaholicsAnonymous

      It is definitely odd. While it doesn’t stir up strong emotions for me (I’m lucky enough to have a strong relationship with my mom and have reached a state of acceptance re: no kids), I have lots of friends who have lost their moms, have rocky relationships with their moms, and/or who have experienced infertility or miscarriages. It seems overly presumptuous for strangers to presume.
      Sometimes, though, it’s just hilarious. A couple years ago, I was crossing the street on Mother’s Day and heard a voice yell out: “Hey Mami! Hey Mami! Heeeeeeeey Maaaaaaami….Haaaaappy Motheeeeeeer’s Daaaaaaaay!” I’ve never experienced quite the same coordination of catcalling and national holidays before!

      • mtpresident

        I’m a little torn here. I mean, yes, mothers’ day brings up a whole host of issues for some. However, it’s coming from a good place, right? Is it perhaps similar in naivete to wishing everyone a Merry Christmas even though not everyone celebrates Christmas. It might be more enlightened to not issue a greeting for the former and issue a broader greeting for the latter–but I’ve got too many real things to worry about to fuss over someone issuing a well-intended greeting.
        .
        For what it’s worth, I have had a rough mother’s day or two because of miscarriages, and I would prefer that people take account for how their greetings–no matter how well-intended–can cause pain or difficulty. And I certainly don’t want to minimize the fact that the holiday/greeting can be painful for some, and everyone is absolutely well within their rights to rant about it. But I guess I’ve gotten to the point where I’d rather not be offended when I don’t need to be.

    • textdoc

      I decided a year or so ago that when people wished me a happy Mother’s Day, I would say, “You too!” or “Same to you!”
      .
      It’s almost always men who wish me a happy Mother’s Day — not women. Not sure what the cultural dynamic behind that is.
      .
      I too have encountered this only in D.C.

    • Anonymous

      Well, when is was in the maternity wing for a possible hysterectomy around Mother’s Day, I was treated to roses with my dinner, as was the woman I shared a room with, also in for a hysterectomy. Along with many Mother’s Day greetings.

      • mtpresident

        Oh dear. That’s beyond tone-deaf, particularly since your providers should have known better and could have alerted other staff. There are signs that are placed on doors/cribs in the case of loss to let people who aren’t familiar with a patients’ record not to make breezy comments about the baby/babies (in the case of losing one out of multiples). And while it’s possible you or your roommate could have had children prior to the possible hysterectomy, it still would have been better for one of your nurses to let the food service folks & others coming into your room to not mention Mothers’ Day. I’m sorry you had that experience.

    • Blithe

      I’m from DC, so this type of greeting, to me, is normal. I’ve also had people wish me a happy Mother’s Day, and even hand me flowers, in multiple cities, so maybe it’s a regional/cultural thing. My take on it when the wish comes from a stranger is not that the person necessarily assumes that you are yourself a mother, but that the wish to acknowledge, celebrate, and respect motherhood and that we all had mothers might be a universal one. In my personal experience, it’s also common for men to be wished a Happy Mother’s Day as well, although probably not by strangers.

  • topscallop

    Rant: I have not been sleeping well lately. I toss and turn, have strange dreams, and am tired all day. I’m hoping that stepping up the workouts will help. Maybe it’s a reaction to transitioning to a new job after next week? Except I’m pretty excited for that change…
    Rave: It’s Friday! Potentially reinstating sushi-movie date night unless the rain and fatigue drag me down
    Rave: not much planned for the weekend so I can be as lazy or productive as I want to be

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: Tough research to do at work, so I want to procrastinate. Seriously hate scan tests and clock cycles.
    Rant: The cold nights, I’ve had to use all my winter blankets b/c the heat is no longer on in my building (duh, May!) and my apartment is freezing.
    Rave: Feeling good! :)

  • MadMax

    Random ?: Today’s FQotD begs the question, what’s your favorite post-apocalyptic movie? I could use some weekend watching inspiration.

    • lizcolleena

      ugh this is not my genre because I’m a total wimp, but 28 Days Later and I am Legend have so thoroughly wigged me out that I don’t even like thinking about them!

    • ShawThroughtheHeart

      The Road is superior, but not a light watch. Children of Men I think holds up pretty well.

      Stakeland was fun.

      28 Days Later if you want that angle.

      These are all pitches right down the middle, hopefully some others can get at some lesser-knowns.

      • Sooooooooooooooo Happy!!!!!!!!!!!

        Concur with The Road. Although afterwards we had to go have fun bc it was such a tough watch.

    • jim_ed

      Children of Men is excellent, maybe one of my favorite movies for cinematography.
      Snowpiercer is perversely fun, especially Tilda Swinton.
      Book of Eli has the dumbest ending, but any movie where Denzel racks up a bodycount is worth watching.
      Escape from New York AND Escape from LA. Snake Plissken rules. (NY much better than LA though)
      Does Logan’s Run count as post apocalytpic, or just Dystopian? regardless its terrific.

      • MadMax

        Children of Men has been on my to-watch list for so long, I think I’ll finally get it done after repeated suggestions here.

    • skj84

      28 Days Later and Mad Max:Fury Road. Oh, and Zombieland.

    • dcd

      The original Road Warrior. Of course.

    • topscallop

      It’s ridiculous, but I enjoyed The Day After Tomorrow.

    • TKPK

      12 Monkeys
      Wall E
      Tank Girl for bubble gum fun. Bonus: Ice-T in his most absurd role (Particularly because this movie came out around his Cop Killer album).

    • maxwell smart

      Does Planet of the Apes count (the originals)? THX-1138? I guess these are more like alternative futures than post-apocalyptic.

      • dcd

        Absolutely count, and that’s a really good pull.

        • maxwell smart

          I might even rewatch THX-1138 this weekend myself.

    • eggs

      I really like a lot of what’s been mentioned so far (especially 28 Days Later!) but I also want to throw in for Shaun of the Dead. Not 100% sure if it totally counts but I also loved Cloverfield and 10 Cloverfield Lane (there are definitely people that didn’t like these though).

      • ke

        Ohhh, 10 Cloverfield Lane was really good. Did not expect to like it that much. I’m the OP from the FQotD, and it was partially prompted by watching The Road. Which was good, but a bummer, as was the book.

      • MadMax

        I loved Shaun / Hot Fuzz / World’s End! 28 Days Later was great too, didn’t they make a sequel? Or are making one? One of my favorites, even though it’s more alt-future than post-apoc is V for Vendetta. Then there’s the original Matrix which is an all-time classic.

        • skj84

          The sequel is 28 Weeks later which came out 10 years after the 28 Days Later. Non of the original cast was in it.

    • textdoc

      “The Road” is very good, but thoroughly bleak. “Children of Men” and “12 Monkeys” are more hopeful in outlook.

    • Blithe

      My favorites would include the first 3 Mad Max movies. — with Road Warrior as my top pick. I’m guessing you’ve seen them? Before I moved to New York, friends made sure that I saw Escape from New York and Warriors — so those two are high on my list as well.

      • MadMax

        Oh yeah Thunderdome is one of my all-time favorites. My wife however had never even heard of the series…

      • dcd

        Warriors isn’t exactly post-apocalyptic, but now I want to go watch it. (For years, my fantasy baseball team was called the Baseball Furies.) The Road Warrior is one of my all-time favorites, but I was never a fan of Thunderdome.

  • lizcolleena

    Rant: I read something recently about the increased interaction with medical offices being a top source of stress during major health episodes, and am unfortunately experiencing it firsthand lately. So sick of the incompetence of the clerical staff screwing up my life!
    Rave: other than dinner plans with fun friends tonight we have almost nothing on the books for the weekend. Maybe we’ll go for a hike Sunday. Anyone have recommendations on favorite hiking paths? I’ve done lots in Rock Creek as well as Sugarloaf and Great Falls. What else is not too far?

    • welshie

      Hikingupward . com is my favorite website for planning hiking trips. You can filter based on solitude, views, difficulty, camping, etc. People review the hikes and upload pictures. It’s the best.

      Hope that helps & have fun!

      • welshie

        oh, and you can view all filtered hikes on a map so you can see how far away they are. It’s amazing.

      • TKPK

        Great Resource.

    • msfp

      Not a hike per se, but you can spend several hours/miles walking the paths in the Arboretum, and that’s nice and nearby.

    • Anonymous

      Catoctin Mountain Park. Pick up a trail map before you go.

    • lizcolleena

      Thanks for the suggestions! Fun research to round out my Friday :)

  • artemis

    Rant: I am so tired.
    Rave: Today is Friday, and if the baby permits, I can sleep in tomorrow.
    Rant: My office is freezing.
    Rave: Laid-back brunch plans with the family this weekend
    Rant: As per usual, Trump. Threatening to suspend press briefings and issuing threats to Comey. Awesome. Way to show that we live in a democracy. And really, why are you taking pages out of Nixon’s playbook?

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Here’s hoping everyone takes a page out of the Nixon playbook and impeaches that orange turd. Except then I guess we’re left with Pence, so not really any better?

      • artemis

        I honestly don’t know which one I think is worse. It changes depending on the day.

  • FridayGirl

    Rant: This migraine is driving me insane. I had to leave work early yesterday because I felt awful, and I called in sick today. Disappointed that this messed up social plans tonight.
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    Rave: At least the weather is looking nice next week?

    • Sooooooooooooooo Happy!!!!!!!!!!!

      Hope you get relief soon.

    • Emmaleigh504

      hope you feel better soon, migraines are the worst

    • FridayGirl

      Thank you guys. It’s slowly getting better but I’ve had it since Wednesday afternoon! #sooverit
      Hopefully this will be it for awhile.

  • Rant: It’s been an awful couple weeks since spring break. Everybody is ready for summer and I’m having a hard time reigning everybody back in. Once again it’s giving me serious doubts about whether I’m in the right profession. It sucks that I feel like every decision I make, I’m afraid that somebody’s going to be pissed off at me.

  • skj84

    Rave: picking my sister up from the train station! She’s in town for Mothers Day. We are going to our parents house this weekend.
    Rant: literally just missed out on getting a ticket to the conference my company approved me for. Someone was selling an extra ticket, and in the 14 minutes it took me to respond found another buyer. I’m so frustrated. I don’t know if I should give up, or keep trying.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: It’s Friday!!!! Yay! Have a few fun things planned for the weekend…
    Rant: And a few un-fun things. Have to frantically clean the house and garden since our landlord is coming to check on the property to see what upkeep things, if any, they need to do…
    Rant: I’m annoyed because while I like gardens, I don’t like gardening / the work it takes to keep a yard up. My roommate convinced me that she loves gardening and would be happy to do yard work, and yet I’ve seen no evidence of that, and now, when I actually need her help, she’s run off down south to visit her long-distance boyfriend. Leaving me to do the majority of the work. I’m contemplating seeing if there is someone I can hire to do the tiny amount of lawn-mowing and major amount of weeding, and then just charging her for her share. My allergies are gonna flare soooo bad!

  • idontgetit

    Rave: I showed IDGI Sr the family tree I worked up through ancestry.com. He really enjoyed it and we found one more relative to add which puts us back to France in 1580. (Waving at all the other PoPville Huguenots! Manakin is in the house!)
    Rant: The other senior who was passing around photos of his incision for his cancer surgery this morning at breakfast. Apparently this is common in Seniorville, Florida.
    Rave: IDGI Sr and I went to an all-you-can-eat buffet yesterday after his 4-hour chemo session. Nothing stops his appetite!

  • mtpresident

    Hilarious: Mtpkiddo spent the entirety of yesterday’s walk home throwing a fit that she couldn’t go to her friend’s house for dinner again. When we got in the door, she turned around and said, “You just don’t get it” before running upstairs to her room. I swear she’s turning 4 next month, not 14.
    Rave: Mtpbaby kind of hummed/babbled a tune & I told her that he was making up a song for her. She totally ate it up.
    Rave: Got out of the house a little earlier this morning.
    Rant: Need to do even better for the rest of the school year because they are now cracking down on when the preschool busses are leaving.

    • artemis

      I struggle to get one child out of the house on time. I think that having two little ones to herd probably takes more than twice that effort. I tip my hat to you.

      • Andie302

        I tip my hat to both of you – I can barely get myself together!!!!!

        • mtpresident

          I think it’s really one of those cases of you do what you have to do. @artemis–the two collude in many ways. Sometimes for good (little brother helps get big sister out of bed), sometimes for bad (when they both distract each other from getting sunscreen/shoes/coats/etc on). I never know what to expect, for sure.

  • Sooooooooooooooo Happy!!!!!!!!!!!

    Rave: day off and getting to sleep in! Almost 10 hours straight. Bliss!
    Rave: parents visiting and getting friends together for dinner to hear my parents tell embarrassing stories about me as a kid
    Rave: SO promising to be more involved with the visit this year. Now that he knows my dad isn’t going to give him the evil eye and grill him regarding his intentions, SO seems to rather genuinely enjoy spending time with my parents. Which makes me happy bc entertaining the fam for 4 days is stressful sometimes.
    Rave: woke up headache free for the first time in a few days. Sending positive vibes for those still suffering from migraine today. I’ve felt your pain all week and hope you find relief soon.

  • kharr89

    Question for the PoPulace: Do you think a “t-shirt dress” is appropriate for work (business casual)? Knee length, high neckline. I work in a traditional corporate office. Thanks!

    • LedroitTigah

      if youre asking me whether I would wear one, I would say no. When I see folks at my office wearing one, I have to do a double take to look for their pants (but maybe that’s just me). So, overall, I would say its probably not a great idea for a traditional corporate office, but it really depends on how fashionable your other colleagues tend to be :) (I’m not that fashionable, clearly!)

      • kharr89

        Thanks, all! I think LedriotTigah hit the nail on the head with what I was already assuming – if I’m concerned about it, it’s probably not. And I would likely feel self conscious worrying that people thought it was inappropriate. Alas, I’ll have to save my new purchases for the weekend!

    • Andie302

      Not without a jacket over it. Maybe for a Friday if it’s a relaxed work atmosphere, but generally I would say no. My office is pretty casual, but I would be self-conscious in a t-shirt dress here.

    • S

      I think it depends on the thickness of the fabric. If it’s the shape of a t-shirt dress, but the fabric is thick enough that it doesn’t come across as a long t-shirt, then I think it’s fine. It certainly would be fine on a casual Friday in my office.

    • Honey Badger

      Agree with others. I would wear something like that on casual Friday, but not on a day when business casual attire is expected.

    • skj84

      With a jacket or sweater, leggings and nice shoes, yes. Otherwise no.

    • just my opinion

      Adding my no here as well, especially for a traditional corporate office. Style-wise too casual and the fabric is almost always too thin to be work appropriate, especially without a slip layer and/or tights. Clothes don’t have to be clingy to be too shape revealing for the office.

    • Anonymous

      No, except maybe on casual Friday.

  • MPinDC

    Rave: Ripe strawberries from my garden, serviceberry berries are ripening, fresh greens from the garden (silver lining to all the rain)
    Rant: Rain also => lots and lots of weeds
    Rant: Bad decision to take 16th St bus yesterday instead of 14th St. I would’ve gotten out and walked but it was raining (and of course I’d melt if I got wet!)
    Rave: Benefit of being lax in putting away winter clothes – fleece leggings, wool socks, etc. Perfect work-from-home attire
    Rave: My new tea addition – I’ve always enjoyed tea but thanks to Emmaleigh (recommending Paris tea) I’ve added some other lovely teas from Harney & Sons

    • mtpresident

      I’ve found some great teas from Harney & Sons, too!

  • Anonymous

    Rant: My airbnb rental can accommodate 10 guests. I charge an additional fee per guest/per night after 6 guests. Well someone booked my place and listed 6guests. I checked my security footage and saw that 9 guests actually showed up. I’m wondering how to approach this or do I just let it ride.

    • FridayGirl

      Is there a way to tell AirBnB? I don’t think they’d want people like that as customers, and I’d trust them to help make it right.

    • skj84

      Do they know you had a security camera in place? I could see people getting upset if it wasn’t mentioned. I do think you should do something about it. Check with Airbnb, maybe they can reach out to the guests.

      • Anonymous

        my security cameras are all on the outside of the home and covers all of my door entrances. They are visible. I don’t see why I would have to let them know this. It’s part of my security system. If they were inside- I would definitely let guests know their existence and locations. Some guests have actually asked in the past if there are security in place for there safety etc-which I’ve shared at that time.

    • First – do you know that the extra people were actually staying and not just visiting? If you know they were staying, absolutely contact the guest as well as Airbnb. Airbnb is charging a fat commission, they should be doing something!

  • Anonamom

    Late day post of raves!
    Rave: stepdad made it through his surgery and after an overnight stay he is on his way home. Turns out his surgeon was someone I used to work with, and it made me feel SO much better knowing he had one of the best taking care of him.
    Rave: had an awesome birthday! Got my key lime pie (which was perfectly tangy and not a frog of artificial color in sight), and a bike!
    Rave: took the day off to just chill. I needed it, and it has been really nice.
    Rave: found an awesome Mother’s Day gift for my mom while shopping at Ulta – a make up master class. Should be fun!
    Rave: made it back from Philly alive with my sanity mostly intact. Witnessed an argument between two parents and a teacher from another school that escalated way too quickly. I was caught between wanting to grab some popcorn and being an adult and stepping in. Ended up choosing to adult, but it certainly made for an eventful day! Oldest Anonachild turned to me at one point saying “Mom, you’re right. This place is a shithole.” Before begging me to take him back to D.C. (Sorry LBP – no offense to you, just your hometown!)

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Ha! No offense taken – he’s right, it can be an absolute shithole!

    • HaileUnlikely

      My uncle (who lives there) calls it Filthadelphia.

      • Anonamom

        Ha! My brother calls it that too!

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