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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth May 25, 2017 at 9:15 am 201 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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  • MadMax

    Rant: Between the budget cuts that directly target federal employees in numerous ways, and the attacks at the Turkish embassy here by a foreign government, I really wish the rest of the country would see the residents of DC as Americans, just like them, and actually give a $#!% what happens to us. THEIR politicians are the ones they should be mad at, not those of us trying to keep the damn thing from falling apart.

    • Emmaleigh504

      amen!

    • kanon

      +infinity

  • Revel: assembly is a nice little break
    Rant: especially after staying at work until 8 last night
    Rant: overdue laundry means I’m making some interesting clothing choices.

  • Formerly ParkViewRes

    Rave: Filled the room! And right as we were filling it we got two people who came by for a viewing and wanted to fill out applications. I also had to cancel four viewings. Phew, such a relief.
    Rant: The weather has been super depressing this month and it’s raining today. Supposed to rain the next 6 out of 7 days.
    Rave: DC and New Orleans next month where I am sure it will be super hot!

    • MadMax

      Were you asking about Iceland the other day? I’ve seen most of the inhabited part of the island, if you had any questions about certain sites worth seeing.

      • Formerly ParkViewRes

        I’ve been (last October), but we mostly stayed within two hours of Reykjavik. So this time we’re doing a camper van to drive along the southern coast. We mapped out our itinerary last weekend, but open to suggestions. We have some time on the drive back. Then we’re headed to Norway and Ireland.

        • Anon

          Vestmannaeyjar islands were my favorite part by far when I was there for a few weeks last year. Restaurant called Slippurinn had some of the best food, Icelandic or not, that I’ve ever had.

          It was also a little less overrun with tourists compared to the rest of the country, though I’ve seen it featured in a few places since then, so that might not be true anymore.

          • Anon

            Meant to say 4 years ago…

        • MadMax

          Vik and Hofn are both very pretty areas with some great restaurants (by Icelandic standards anyway) if you’re taking the southern ring road. The further east you get there is some great ATV territory too, if you’re into that.

          • Formerly ParkViewRes

            Yep, we have both Vik and Hofn on the itinerary! We did ATVs last time and it was really cool. We might try to visit the Vestmannaeyjar islands on the way back.

    • Emmaleigh504

      While you are in New Orleans try to get to Franky and Johnnies for the fried bell pepper rings (and good poboys). It’s at the corner or Tchoupitoulas and Arabella.

    • kanon

      Remember last April/May when it rained like 30 days straight? Ugh.

      • Formerly ParkViewRes

        No because I lived in Toronto then and still do! :) It was perfect here last May. Can’t say the same for this May!

  • hiphopanonymous

    Rant: It’s only 9:30!!
    Rave: Had an awesome time bowling with my coworkers and their spouses last night at Pinstripes! I really enjoy the atmosphere, the food, my peeps…if only my bowling skills were better.
    Rant: SI joint definitely sore after bowling.
    Rant: Cancelled our couches from Wayfair…turns out they wouldn’t be arriving until June 8th at the EARLIEST, which is about three weeks past what they told us. And that’s just to the company who delivers, who is apparently HORRENDOUS. Our couches have already been sold…so going to look at Salvation Army tonight.
    Rant: Came in this morning to find an empty kleenex box sitting in the TRASH can, which is DIRECTLY ADJACENT TO THE RECYCLING BIN!! You’re killing me, Smalls!!!

    • hiphopanonymous

      One More Rave: Came home last night to a jury summons for district court! I’m actually kinda’ stoked!

    • I’ve had three very good experiences with AllModern (Wayfair) and one “we have not yet received an update from our delivery company almost five weeks after it was shipped, we don’t know where it’s at, we don’t have a resolution, and no we won’t offer to expedite another one” experience. Super frustrating experience from the first customer service rep to the dedicated customer service resolution rep.

    • Hookdntx

      Have you tried the Crate and Barrel Outlet in Alexandria?

      • MadMax

        Also check the Restoration Hardware outlet in Leesburg. It’s a haul out there, but you can get some pretty incredible discounts.

      • Andie302

        Green Fronts furniture too – if you find something you like you can arrange to take it off of the floor! They have a wide range of prices

    • textdoc

      People often pooh-pooh IKEA, but some of their sofas are pretty good. I’ve been happy with my Karlstad model (but it’s now available in only one color).
      .
      IIRC, HaileUnlikely has the Kivik model and has been happy with it. (That’s the model I’d probably get if I were getting a new sofa — that, or maybe the Stocksund model.)

      • HaileUnlikely

        Good memory. What I like about the Kivik is that the arm rests are low and soft; comfortable enough for a person nearly 6 ft tall to lie down and put my head on the armrest as if it were a pillow, or put a pillow on the arm rest and lie down flat. The Karlstad is too short for me to lie down on, and the tall armrests mean that a tall adult that wants to lie down would have to have their knees bent or feet dangling awkwardly over the arm rest.

    • CityKitty
      • hiphopanonymous

        Thanks, e-mailing now!

        • CityKitty

          @hiphopanonymous: I replied to your email.

    • kanon

      I really love my couch from Macy’s…the quality seems fine, it’s holding up well in time (it’s only been 3 years tho), it’s super comfy, and was well-priced.

      • Andie302

        I had real estate clients that swore by Macy’s furniture department for multiple purchases, including their very comfy couch.

      • Quotia Zelda

        We bought a family room sofa from Macy’s 15 years ago that we only just replaced. Structurally, it was still great, but 15 years of hard use by 3 active children meant that the upholstery was in rough shape (mostly thanks to Youngest Zelda and a pair of scissors).

        We had such a good experience with it that we got its replacement from Macy’s, too.

  • LedroitTigah

    Hi my health conscious povillian friends! I downloaded the ‘myfitnesspal’ app to finally start logging what I eat more aggressively. Is that the best app out there? Is there another app that folks have used they’ve liked more?

    • If your concern is more with eating than exercising, you might like Fat Secret. You log food (and can also log exercise) and it breaks down your diet to the macro nutrient level, so you can actually see how much protein, salt, sugar, etc. you’re consuming, in addition to how your calorie intake stacks up against your activity level. It also has a pretty extensive database of prepared/fast-casual foods, and a recipe library.

      • LedroitTigah

        wow! hadn’t even heard of that one. thanks! myfitnesspal seems to allow macronutrient analysis at their ‘premium’ level, which is kind of annoying

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Oh, that’s really helpful, thanks! I had been using myfitnesspal and then just said, screw it, and stopped tracking what I eat entirely. Hence my tummy being pudgier than is probably best!

      • LittleBluePenguin

        binntp, do you know if Fat Secret is better/easier when it comes to inputting your own foods in? That was one of the problems I had with myfitnesspal – there was TONS of data from the menus of fast-casual chains or pre-prepared/packaged foods, but since I make the vast majority of what I eat from scratch, it became a major PITA to try to input things like my spaghetti sauce – because I don’t make that to a particular recipe / use specific measurements, it was soooo hard and time-consuming to try to break down even some of the simple things I made, and I just had to hope it was calculating the calories correctly.

        • That is a downside of a lot of these apps, including Fat Secret. Though what I tend to do is enter the name of the dish and find something somewhat comparable from the list rather than inputting the ingredients–however this app does have a lot of entries that are just “homemade-style xx”.

        • Anonymous

          I found that myfitnesspal works best with a “close enough” approach for home cooked stuff. It’s not that important to be perfect, unless you are tracking specific nutrients for some reason.

        • eggs

          If it’s something you make often, you can save it as a recipe in MFP. I do this with a lot of dishes. You can also now import the recipe directly from a webpage, if it’s posted somewhere.

    • MPinDC

      I used myfitnesspal for awhile but it became tedious to enter an approximate amount of different ingredients for meals made at home. But in general it was a useful app, well worth trying (since it’s free!). It also synced to my fitbit which was helpful

      • textdoc

        Myfitnesspal is free? I definitely need to try it, then!

  • wdc

    Rant: All the people who approve of congressional candidate Gianforte assaulting a reporter last night. Welcome to Trump’s America.

    • MadMax

      It’s funny how the party so worried about slippery slopes is so eager to slide right on down them.

  • mtpresident

    Rant: Crazy mornings make me feel like a sh!tty parent. Especially when drop-off at the bus concludes with a crying preschooler. I’m sure she’ll be fine at school, but still. Ugh.
    Rave: Nice walk with another mom last night–we used to do that regularly, but schedule changes have precluded us from doing so on a regular basis.
    Rant: Sleep deprivation catching up with me and all problems are magnified 100x. And I’m not doing yoga because I’m too tired. I need to right this ship.

    • Anonamom

      I am with you in the sh!tty mom feelings these days. Hang in there. As much as we may feel like it, we are doing our best, and trying at least keeps us out of the real sh!tty mom category!

      • mtpresident

        I think you’re right. And I do recognize that a lot of the time. But ugh, sometimes it feels crappy. Here’s to solidarity!

      • artemis

        +1000 to this. My therapist reminds me that just being a reflective parent and feeling bad about my parenting failures makes me a relatively good parent. I try to hold onto that knowledge on the rough days. This week, I felt like a shitty mom for making my sick toddler go to school. But as a working parent with limited leave, I don’t really have a choice. We really are just doing the very best we can. And I’m sure Baby Artie is going to need therapy too (but my goal is that he’ll need it for different reasons than his mama). :) Hang in there!

        • mtpresident

          Oh, we had a bit of that as well. Middle-of-the-night earaches that didn’t seem so bad during the day, so we kept a wait-and-see approach. Until getting an email from her teacher that she was complaining of ear pain yesterday afternoon. So that led to an evening urgent-care visit and a very wired little girl who couldn’t fall asleep until after 10:30 last night–and then predictably had a hard time getting up this morning. The fact that her little brother threw a fit about eating breakfast instead of going back upstairs with me to coax his big sister out of bed and through the morning routine didn’t help matters.

        • mtpresident

          But thank you!

      • anonymous

        If you’re worried about being a sh!tty mom, that means you’re probably a really good mom (a bad one wouldn’t know or care)

  • E

    Rant: Every time I wear my rain boots. It just starts sprinkling.
    Rave: Telework tomorrow.
    Rave: My birthday is Saturday and it’s Memorial Day weekend.
    Rant: Sick coworker who is coughing over everyone. This lady never takes leave and is always here. Just go home! You’re making us all sick!
    Rant: Trying to get into a conference at the FTC yesterday. When I got there, I signed in and given a visitor’s badge but was not told where to go to get through security so I’m looking stupid trying to scan a visitor badge in where the employees go through. While I was going through security, one of the guards was talking at me to get me to talk to him about wheat pennies cause I had a some change in my purse while the other security guard was giving me instructions to wand me since I set off the metal detector. I hate it when someone is talking loudly at me while I’m clearly trying to pay attention to something important like getting through security without any problems.

    • Emmaleigh504

      Happy early birthday!

      • E

        Thanks!

    • Blithe

      Happy Birthday! Enjoy your holiday!

      • E

        Thanks!

    • MPinDC

      Nice to have a long birthday weekend – enjoy!

  • dcd

    Rant: Nationals rescheduled the 4:00 game to noon, because of weather concerns. I know the Mariners don’t want to have to make a special trip back, but please – it’s going to be empty, as I’m sure many people are in the same boat as I am – leaving at 3:00 after a couple of weeks planning is doable; leaving at 11:00 with no advance notice is not. They better at least offer replacement tickets (but they won’t). I hope it’s just rained out.

    • dcd

      Additional Rave?/Rant?: Argument yesterday about the constitutionality of the structure of the CFPB. The case is going to the Supreme Court. I shouldn’t like this stuff as much as I do.

      • MadMax

        Isn’t it more about the overreach of executive powers than the specific structure of CFPB? As an aside, it really annoys me that Gordon will likely get off (because CFPB admits they didn’t follow procedures), even though he so clearly violated the intent of the law.

        • dcd

          This particular case is actually about the opposite – the encroachment into the executive’s power by independent agency’s in general (which will not be decided by this case/court) and by the CFPB’s structure in particular. The bank, PHH, had achieved a limited victory earlier, but that opinions has been vacated, and it’s likely that this case will go to the Supreme Court.

          • MadMax

            Oh wow, haven’t seen that case at all, thanks for the reference!

          • dcd

            The audio is up on the DC Circuit website. The first half hour is Ted Olson getting hammered. Haven’t heard the rest yet.

  • MPinDC

    Rave: Smitten Kitchen’s broccoli farro salad was the most delicious thing I’ve made in a long time. I used freekeh instead of farro but any hardy grain would work.
    Rant: Long list of things to do around my house, I really do need a house elf (but not one that hides things like my keys)
    Rave: Long weekend starts tomorrow – farm time, two dog nights, gardening and other projects

    • msfp

      Ooh, I just flagged that for my recipe box last night. Glad to hear a recommendation. I am bored with my usual work salad standbys.

    • Pixie

      I can’t wait to try it! Looks like it will be a good salad to prep for work lunches. I love the way she uses broccoli. The broccoli pizza recipe on her site is amazing too.

    • LedroitTigah

      do you think the broccoli recipe would work with cauliflower? I still have some cauli in my fridge, so think it could even attempt it tonight!

      • msfp

        I know not of what I speak but I would think so. The broccoli rubble reminds me a bit of some cauliflower “tabbouleh” recipes I have made before which have been delicious and same basic flavor profile. I would just be careful not to overcook the cauliflower (I don’t mind mushy broccoli but for me mushy cauliflower always tastes a bit waterlogged).

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rave: It’s my day to go into work late, so I got to have a nice lie in.
    Rant: No one to bring me cafe au lait in bed.

  • Beth Scott

    Rave: So happy with PT. Thanks for the recommendations from Popvillers about places to go.
    Rave: Memorial Day weekend. Four days back from vacation and already ready for another trip.

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: Slightly better mood continues.
    Rant: Kind of bummed about this weather because I wanted to be productive and check out a couple of stables over of the weekend, see how close (or not) they are to my house, find out information about lessons, etc, but the weekend looks to be gross and rainy. Boo! Any suggestions of things to do (that will not put me in the path of lots of tourists, preferably) on a rainy holiday weekend if I don’t want to be shut up in my house alone and in my pjs?
    Rave: I know I’ve said it before, but I love you guys – PoPville peeps really do come through so often with knowledge, insight, advice, funny stories, great pics, and support, even if it’s just internet hugs! Thanks all for your contributions, and thanks again Dan for hosting an amazing site.

    • Emmaleigh504

      + a billion to your rave. Popvillagers are awesome and I can’t thank Dan enough for giving us this community.

      • SinSA

        I agree, thank you Dan!!!

    • That One Guy

      If the rain continues I may indulge in some pho/Vietnamese and bubble tea. I know you have an allergy to star anise and some pho places use it in their recipe but if you’re interested let me know.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        Ohhh! Pho sounds realllly good right now! I’ll keep in touch as the weekend/weather progresses!

    • Anonymous

      Round up a couple of friends and go indoor skydiving. It’s out in Ashburn, so combine it with a trip to the Leesburg outlets, the Udvar-Hazy center, Great Falls, Top Golf, etc. and make a day of it. There are also breweries and wineries not too far out in that direction so you could do a bit of that too. Will require a car though.

      • Effie

        ehhhh.. if the OP was trying to avoid tourist spots, the indoor skydiving gets kind of touristy…especially since they got featured on an episode of really popular reality show recently. But definitely worth a try, it is a great place

    • MadMax

      If you wind up heading out to any of the stables in/near Middleburg make sure to get some BBQ at The Pit Stop in Aldie on the way :)

    • ke

      Nice! Are you going to check out the Rock Creek Park stables? I always think it’s neat that there is horseback riding in the middle of a big city park. As for fun stuff to do over the weekend, are there any exhibits or museums that appeal to you? You could do one of the free tours offered by the museums. Or maybe go to a smaller museum off the beaten track, like Lincoln’s Cottage or Woodrow Wilson’s House.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        I’ve already been to Rock Creek Park Horse Center, they’re great, I did a trail ride with them last September. I just wanted to check out a couple other places in various parts of Silver Spring, which may be a bit closer to where I live…. Thanks for the weekend suggestions, though!

        • MPinDC

          One of my friends used to ride at Wheaton Park Stables & really enjoyed it. I think one of the PoPvillagers also was riding there – UDPie?

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Ah! that’s one of the places I’m looking at – not one of the ones I was planning to visit this weekend, but I do have a message in to them to find out more info!

  • Anonamom

    Rant: Completely and totally stressed to the limit. There’s just not enough time in the day for everything that needs to be done.
    Rave: Last week I posted about fast meal options. This week, I have been getting the per-prepared meats from Whole Foods. The meatballs were a huge hit with the kids, and last night we had pre-seasoned chicken thighs. I’m able to pop things in the oven and do a minimal amount of stove top type stuff for the veggies or pasta or whatever, and boom! I feel like I’m cooking a decent meal for my family in half the time. I suppose I could make things ahead of time, but let’s be real, it’s not happening and I’d rather pay someone else to do the prep for me.

    • mtpresident

      So glad you came up with that solution! That sounds great!

    • dcd

      Got an email from Epicurious yesterday that discussed the versatility of frozen shredded chicken. 4 lbs (or more) of chicken thighs (or boneless breasts, or a combination) cooked in a slow cooker, shredded, cooled, and frozen in whatever size packages make sense. Can be defrosted quickly, and have many different uses – tacos, enchilada skillets, quesadillas, stir fry, BBQ sandwiches, curry – I’m sure you can find it online.

      • mtpresident

        That sounds perfect! I’ll take a look, too. Thank you for passing it along!

      • Anonamom

        This sounds very interesting. I actually don’t currently own a crockpot since my SO hates basically everything that comes out of one, but I think that it’s time for a purchase. He can make his own food. lol.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          oh my gosh I have sooo many crockpot recipes and stuff, including recipes you can prepare and freeze, then just dump the freezer bag of stuff in the crockpot, turn it on, and go – I’ll see what I can find later tonight/tomorrow and send over to you when I can!

          • mtpresident

            Oooo–that’s a really neat idea! Do you mind emailing it to me as well? (mtpresident.popville at gmail)

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Sure – give me a day or so, to gather my recipes up and send!

          • mtpresident

            Thanks so much!!! No rush, I’m just always interested in ideas that allow for planning ahead.

          • SinSA

            I love this idea as I celebrate Crocktober every fall!

          • LittleBluePenguin

            SinSA – Love it! any good Crocktober recipes you’d be willing to share? (can you tell I love my crockpot?!)

          • SinSA

            Plenty…I can bring some to some kind of social outing for you..? :)

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Sure, maybe to whenever our next Wine and Bitch shindig is scheduled?

        • dcd

          “He can make his own food.”
          .
          I was going to suggest that the other day, but didn’t know how it would be received. Since you brought it up, though . . . parents (us included) go to great lengths to train their kids to eat what the family eats so we don’t have to make separate meals. If my daughter doesn’t like what’s for dinner, she’s welcome to have (make herself) a PB&J with a handful of carrots. There is no reason adult picky eaters should get the same treatment. You’re cooking for your kids AND his kids – you don’t have to make a separate meal. Period.

          • Anonamom

            I have always had the samy PB&J rule with my kids. In my efforts to be Ms. Perfect-Mom-SO-House’wife’-Everything, I do too much. Well, I am just spread too thin right now and it’s something has got to give. Plus, I have noticed that his daughter has started to follow his tendencies too, not because of the same issue as him (he has some weird textural thing where certain foods make him gag, it’s not just a picky thing) but because she gets away with it. So from now on, I cook the meal, you want to eat, you sit and eat. If not, you know where the kitchen is!

          • Formerly ParkViewRes

            My mom always had that rule: you either eat what I cook or you don’t eat! LOL, it worked too b/c I will pretty much eat anything, or at least try it.

          • artemis

            Growing up, we had this rule as well. By age five, I could make myself a PBJ if I didn’t like what was on the dinner table. By second grade, I was packing my own lunch.

            I plan to enforce the same rule in my house when Baby Artie is old enough.

          • Anonamom

            Sweet jesus, if I could just train them to pack their own lunches I could gain an extra 15 minutes in the morning!

      • artemis

        Oooh my partner unintentionally froze some chicken thighs from Costco before I could break the package down into more management quantities. I will be doing some crocking this weekend. Thanks for the tip!

        • You need a crockpot the size of a bathtub for a whole package of frozen Costco chicken!

          • artemis

            I have a huge crockpot. I think I once stuffed nearly nine pounds of pork shoulder in it.

        • Anon Spock

          The Costco thighs are usually in 2 packs, so you could just cut them apart to get down to a more manageable amount…roughly 3lb or so.

      • dcd
  • Hookdntx

    Rave: Last night I had the whim to make pancakes for dinner. I went a little overboard, and Now have pancakes for a month, but they freeze well!

    PANCAKES FOR DAYS!

    • Pleasanter

      Mmmmm!

    • hiphopanonymous

      I’ve been told that frozen pancakes are really good if you warm them in the toaster!

      • I hear they’re even better if you put them in the toaster, then put PB on one and nutella on the other and smack them together into a pancake sandwich.

        • Emmaleigh504

          yum!

        • LittleBluePenguin

          drool! that sounds delish!

      • Hookdntx

        I have also dont breakfast sandwhiches out of them instead of sandwhich bread, like the fast food versions but better.

        Any nut butter, tahini, jelly, butter, pretty much all of the toppings you can think of. My batter wasn’t super sweet so it can lead it’s self to savory options; there is only 4 tablespoons for 60 pancakes…

        • Hookdntx

          +done breakfast sandwhiches

  • Anonymous

    Help! My sister flew into town for an important presentation and her luggage was lost! Does anyone know any brick-and-mortar where we can buy a nice, professional women’s suit that is both plus size *and* tall? She’s 6’1 and 240 lbs, so any regular plus size is way too short in arms and legs, and this isn’t something she can go into with a comically ill-fitting suit!

    • Hookdntx

      Macy’s is my go to or MM LaFleur if you have a larger budget

      • crazydoglady#1

        mm lafleur usually ships your items too you; I think they don’t necessarily have a huge inventory in-store.

    • CityKitty

      Try Talbots; pricey but they carry plus size workwear

    • ke

      Try the Nordstrom’s personal shopping department. They should be able to pull options for you and have them available to try on at one time.

    • Blithe

      Definitely Nordstrom’s. Talbots is a good pick. The Talbots in Friendship Heights has a plus size department and their clothing tends to be cut long-ish, I think. I don’t know if there are still separate Talbots Women stores around. Lord and Taylor has lots of plus size suits and separates — although the quality is not going to be what she’d find at Nordstroms.
      All of these stores can do store searches — so if she finds something she likes at, say Friendship Heights, they can check to see if other sizes are available at, say, the Tyson’s stores.
      – In a pinch, I’m pretty sure that Lane Bryant carries Talls — not sure where the closest one is though.
      – tldr: I’m pretty sure that Tyson’s has Nordstrom’s, Talbot’s, and Lord & Taylor’s, so that would be a good place to start.
      – Does she have to have a traditional suit? Going with an outfit — or a jacket by Eileen Fisher with 3/4 length or roll up sleeves over a light sweater and dark slacks or a dress could work for all but the most traditional settings.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks for the suggestions! We’re mapping out a shopping plan and calling places. She’s pessimistic about the department stores for length reasons, but we’ve got to do something. Yes, it needs to be a traditional suit.

      • Leenie

        Pulling for you guys! I am tall and plus size (sadly I order just about everything online, so no advice), and this is a major fear of mine.

      • Blithe

        What’s your time frame? Today? Tomorrow? I don’t know if she’ll do phone consultations, but Wendy Block at the Friendship Heights Saks might be able to provide some suggestions. Not sure who might carry Lafayette — which could be a good option.
        If your sister has until tomorrow, as a backup option, she could also some NYC stores — like Lafayette, or a personal shopper at Saks or Neiman Marcus, – which have plus sizes online. It might be possible to get something shipped overnight.

      • ke

        Good luck! Keeping my fingers crossed for your sister…I travel for work too and this is one of my nightmares.

    • It’s just me

      I second MAcy’s or nordstrom. I would not go to the Macys in DC – Pentagon City has a better plus sized selection. I’m only 5″9, but their suits often hit me long. The other option is Lane Bryant, which has long pants, but they’re out in the ‘burbs (I think there is one metro accessible at PG plaza) and their quality isn’t as good.

      Another option is a suit-like dress. Jones New York makes nice ones for about $100 and they have a lot of them at Macys

    • BookaholicAnonymous

      She should start her search at Nordstrom. The store brand– Classiques Entier runs long. I’m 5’9, and when I weighed about what she did, I always had to have the pants shortened, just so I could wear them with 3 inch heels. So worst case, she can wear flats. The jacket may be a bit of an issue, but I often had to get the sleeves shortened, plus in the summertime it can be easier to find a 3/4 length sleeve jacket or one in a lighter weight fabric that looks okay rolled up a bit. Definitely call their personal shopper so you can get in and out quickly if you need to look elsewhere.
      Also, Dress Barn Women (hate the name!), is a really good bet, especially if she’d be interested in a dress/jacket combo. Plus, she may not want to spend an arm and a leg on an emergency purchase.

  • textdoc

    Rant: So very tired.
    Rant: Street musicians who perform with elaborate backing tracks. Go solo or go home!
    Rant: Littering, manspreading, and other antisocial behaviors. C’mon, people — we’re all in this together!

    • Anonymous

      You forgot people with umbrellas. Possibly the least considerate people around.

      • MadMax

        Especially when they get on the bus and proceed to dump all their water onto the laps of everyone seated.

    • MadMax

      I got manspread on for 13.5 hours on my flight back from Qatar, dude was unrelenting, no concept of personal space. I can’t imagine how frustrating it is for someone who’s less assertive than me (I was constantly pushing back, unwilling to give up my precious inches).

    • Emmaleigh504

      Street musicians with backing tracks are totally cheating!

  • rss

    RANT: my husband and I have 38 family members coming to town this weekend, and our big family dinner is supposed to be outdoors on Sunday. we were already sort of pushing the limits of the space (it comfortably seats about 35), and I’m worried if we have to set up tents to keep the rain out we are going to be uncomfortably on top of each other. or, we can seat some people inside, but it would be nicer if we were all together.

  • idontgetit

    Rant: Maybe it’s the weather, or the worrisome DR report this week, but I’m feeling really down lately. Maybe a long weekend will help?
    Rant: Mostly have plans to clean my house this weekend.
    Rant: If only my house was clean enough to hire a cleaning service!

    • textdoc

      What about the Taskrabbit cleaner?

      • idontgetit

        She only saw a very edited* first floor. Random “found” furniture and various sidewalk flotsam are now back in the dining room.

        *Okay I missed the C*ck ring under the couch.(not mine).

        • Anonamom

          Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

    • Blithe

      I think the weather has been generally oppressive. On top of the general malaise that many people — including me — have been experiencing since, ooh, November-ish, that has only intensified over the last several months. Stress is exhausting. I hope that having a relaxing long weekend will help you recharge. You might want to plan some specific treats in there as well.
      – Not sure what your concern is re: your last rant, but maybe hire a cleaning service — and pretend that it’s someone else’s house! Like: While my uncle/neighbor/friend/is temporarily indisposed, I wanted to get his house cleaned so that he wouldn’t fret about things….. ;-)

      • Emmaleigh504

        Love the idea of pretending it’s someone else’s house!

      • idontgetit

        I’m not very good at that. I did a very bad job trying to explain the altar in the fireplace for the Task Rabbit.

    • Emmaleigh504

      I’m sorry you are feeling down. hugs

      • idontgetit

        Thanks. At least you haven’t mentioned fried green bell pepper rings today.

        • Blithe

          Are you sure? ;-)

          • idontgetit

            GASP! I need to go wash my hands in my vessel sink!

  • Rasputin

    Rave: Mac DeMarco’s show last night. Weird Italian accent? Check. Two two-story stage dives? Check. Studio quality music? Check.

  • wdc

    I learned this morning that my favorite aunt is going to give up on cancer treatments. I don’t blame her. The last few years have been utterly miserable. I hope she gets a couple months of feeling less sick between the end of the chemo/radiation and whatever final illness causes her to die. But it’s a strange thing to contemplate.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      oof, that’s rough, wdc. I hope you and your aunt and family are all able to find some peace and happiness in enjoying one another through whatever good days are left.

    • Herewegoagain

      My sympathies to her, to you, and the rest of the family. My mother was recently hospitalized in poor condition and with aspirational pneumonia. She was given the options of an aggressive course of antibiotics, which would decrease her already poor quality of life, and hospice care. How do you choose? She picked the latter and we buried her less than two weeks later. I wish your aunt as much joy as she can find in whatever she has left.

    • Blithe

      I’m sorry for your troubles. I hope that your aunt is able to feel better and spend her time doing things that she enjoys.
      – In a similar situation, my family and I really appreciated the services and support that hospice services could provide.

    • cachito

      I am so sorry you’re going through this. My uncle is likely approaching something similar, and it’s hard to see. But obviously you also want what’s best for them, and want to be supportive of what they choose for themselves. Hang in there, and spend as much time as you can with someone who sounds super special to you. Hugs.

  • Blithe

    Rave: It’s my birthday! Like E, I’m totally enjoying having a holiday for my birthday! :-)
    Rave: Cajun spiced chicken wings for breakfast. Yum!
    Rave: I want to do something silly — ’cause it’s my birthday. Not sure what yet.
    Rave/Rant: I successfully assembled a rocking chair so that I could sit outside and enjoy the lovely warmth of spring before the mosquitoes take over. So, um: what happened to the lovely warmth? I hope we don”t skip straight into a sweltering summer. This might be the first birthday I’ve ever spent wrapped in polartec.

    • Happy Birthday!!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Happy birthday!

    • LittleBluePenguin

      Happy birthday Blithe! Hope you have a great birthday weekend!

    • Blithe

      Thanks y’all! :-)

    • MadMax

      It was 90 this day last year, ugh. And of course because it’s May our building has the AC on full blast, even though it’s cold out.

    • idontgetit

      Happy, happy birthday!

    • MPinDC

      Happy birthday Blithe!

    • textdoc

      Happy birthday, Blithe!

  • georgetowner

    Rant: Calling HaileUnlikely! I just pulled a previously pristinely white running sock out of my washing machine’s rubber gasket; it came out black, which led to the disgusting discovery that the folds of the gasket of my front-loader are beslimed with black mold. Bleach? Vinegar? Hydrogen peroxide? New washing machine? And should I wrap a towel around my face as I attack the gasket with a toothbrush so I don’t die of black-mold-itis?

    Rave: I, too, am planning to spend the weekend cleaning house and joyously crossing things off my domestic to-do list.

    • LittleBluePenguin

      – look forward to seeing what advice you get, because our front-loading washer smells so mildewy and gross we have to keep the door open whenever there’s not actually of load of washing going. I’ve been too afraid to attak it, though., so I’m following this post eagerly…

      • Anon Spock

        They have companies that can take it apart and clean it. The reason it smells bad is because ppl aren’t letting it air out between loads. It happened with my tenants. The visible mold and horrible didn’t cue them into the issue.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          well, we are definitely letting it air out between loads! But why are front-loaders so much more prone to this stupid nonsense? How come top loaders seems so much better in the smell/mildew arena?

          • Anon Spock

            If the people before you didn’t, then the mildew is already built up and being reactivated with each load. I’ve never had this issue with a front loader only my tenants who definitely didn’t air it out. I also occasionally ran empty bleach loads to freshen it up. I imagine most ppl instinctively leave the top loader open, so it never has a chance to happen.

          • textdoc

            Top-loading machines don’t have to be watertight at the top, whereas front-loading machines DO have to be watertight around the front door.

          • Anonymous

            “we are definitely letting it air out between loads”
            .
            Despite what Anon Spock is suggesting, this doesn’t necessarily prevent mildew (and smell) from occurring. Our (brand new when we bought it) front loader occasionally has this problem, and the door is only ever closed when the machine is in use. Like most machines in the home, it just needs a little maintenance every now and again.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Ok, thanks all for the input. Maybe I’ll go attack the machine this weekend with some bleach and lemon kool aid! I’m not sure what the recent attracting to front-loading washers seems to be, but I’d just as soon get a nice top-loader, there are plenty of good top-loaders out there that don’t seem to have these problems, I guess because of the gasket/no gasket thing.

          • HaileUnlikely

            As for the attraction to front-loaders: they use about half as much water as the old kind of top-loader with the agitator, and they are gentler on clothes. I bought a “high-efficiency” top loader 4 years ago for the same reason, but the problems described above were too maddening to continue to put up with. I don’t mind cleaning my washer once a month, but if it has mechanical problems like the outgoing HE top-loader did, that’ll likely be the last straw for me, and I’ll just buy one of the old water waster ones if they’re still available at that time.

          • LittleBluePenguin

            Ah, gotcha, thank Haile! My aunt has a really nice HE top-loader that, to my knowledge, has not had any major issues and has many settings so that it can be as gentle, or as heavy-duty, as it needs to be…I’ll have to ask her what brand it is. I do remember that the top is clear, though, and it’s sort of mesmerizing to watch the clothes get washed!

          • HaileUnlikely

            Cool. Mine is an LG. It’s baffling, really. My parents have a different LG high-efficiency top-loader with no such problems. LG denies that the model I have is defective, even though this specific model was the subject of a Consumer Reports article titled “Putting and End to the Endless Washing Machine Cycle” (look it up, it’s haile entertaining!) published about a year after I bought mine. LG sent a tech out to service it, for free, even though it was out of warranty, but it did not help. I asked the tech what kind of washer he has at home. He said “The old kind.” I asked him what kind he’d likely get when his eventually breaks down. He said “It won’t.”

    • wdc

      I’d spray vinegar everywhere you can reach before you go at it with a toothbrush. The acid might loosen it up enough that a simple rinse will take care of the worst of it. And then run the machine with a cup of vinegar in it. I do that as routine maintenance, especially on the dishwasher.

    • This is one reason front-loaders are awful. Be glad it was just a sock in the gasket – I washed a “pet towel” that I didn’t realize had a little bit of poop on it. I could smell it in the washer – did 3 empty wash cycles with cleaning tablet and bleach, then eventually found the tiny poop nugget stuck in that gasket. And if there is pet hair on anything it will coat the inside of the drum. You have to vacuum it out, then wipe it down.

      I would hand wipe the gasket with vinegar, then run a cycle with bleach. I always leave the washer door open to prevent mold.

    • HaileUnlikely

      Ick. Incidentally I have no experience with front loaders but am about to – I have a new washing machine coming on Saturday, to replace my only 4-year-old “high efficiency” top-loader that squanders the purported “high efficiency” by completing filling with water up to three extra times per load to attempt to “rebalance” a purportedly “unbalanced” load before ultimately giving up, stopping the cycle, giving me an error message, and leaving my clothes soaking wet, all after having just used an extra 30+ gallons of water for no good reason.
      .
      Anyway, I imagine you can successfully get it cleaned without having to replace it (I presume you were kidding about that part). I’d use bleach. The instructions for the washer I just bought but haven’t yet received (a Maytag) say to mix 3/4 cup of bleach with one gallon of warm water, wipe the thing down with a cloth, and then wipe it dry after 5 minutes, and then let it air dry with the door open. The recommended protection for dealing with black mold is a NIOSH-approved N-95 particulate respirator with a full facepiece or a disposable mouth-and-nose type one plus goggles. This isn’t as crazy as it sounds but it’s more expensive than like the dust mask that a painter would use. You can get a full face respirator at Home Depot for ~$40-$50 (worth it if you ever have to deal with larger quantities of mold!) or a disposable one for about $10.
      .
      LBP – I’d start by running a “tub clean” cycle (I assume your washer has one) with a cup of bleach or an Affresh tablet. I’d expect that to help a lot. High efficiency washers say to do this monthly, but hardly anybody actually does.

      • Hookdntx

        you can do the lemon kool aid trick! Works for my front loader and my dish washer. Run a full cycle with unsweet lemon kool aid, the gunk should be loosend, then a damp cloth wipe down to get rid of anything still clinging.

      • georgetowner

        Thank you all for all this advice (and, Victoria, for the phrase “tiny poop nugget,” which sounds like it should be the name of a metal band or a term of endearment)! I must confess I’ve managed to live more than a half a century without ever knowing that you were supposed to wash your washing machine! To the basement I go….

      • That One Guy

        Agree about the bleach. Check your manual to see if there are specific instructions about running a cleaning cycle with bleach. I would also suggest using a q-tip dipped in bleach to try and clean out some mold before running a cleaning cycle.

    • mtpresident

      In general, it’s a good idea to dry the gasket and leave the washing machine door open–that prevents moisture retention and therefore prevents mold & mildew.

      • georgetowner

        I’ve always made a point to make sure the door was closed after use because otherwise all the lights on the “dashboard” stay on. Who knew? Guess I’ll start unplugging it and leaving the door open.

        Operation Clean Gasket is now under way. I managed to dig up the manual, which said to wipe down the gasket with a bleach solution, then run more bleach through the hot cycle. Thanks, everyone!

        • anonanon

          Is it possible that the lights turn off eventually if you don’t press any buttons or open/close the door?

    • idontgetit

      Joining me in wishing HaileUnlikely was my neighbor….

      • MPinDC

        Agreed!

        • textdoc

          We would all totally be knocking on his door with questions!
          .
          I think the washing-machine q is maybe more of a Jolie Kerr (“Ask a Clean Person”) question than a HaileUnlikely question. I was impressed by the portion of his answer dealing with respirators for black mold, though!

        • MPinDC

          We’d also bring him cookies (or broccoli/farro salad) to thank him for his good advice!

        • HaileUnlikely

          Bring cookies. Bring pork chops. Bring beer. Anything but broccoli/farro salad ;)
          .
          P.s. I actually own one of those respirators. I’ve had to clean up a *lot* of mold, as well as some other unpleasant stuff, in my house. When I bought it, it was not only not well cared for, but actively trashed by the previous owner, and they were quite creative with their trashing of the place. (I have no ill will toward them. If the bank took my house away from me, I don’t imagine I’d be happy about it either.)

  • Revel: 3 our of 5 foster kittens have been “reserved!” 2 more still available, plus their beautiful Russian Blue looking mom. https://washingtondc.craigslist.org/doc/pet/6130553703.html

    • textdoc

      Mama cat is beautiful, and those are some very cute kittens!

    • womp

      OH MY. what beautiful kitties. I hope you find homes for the last two kittens and mama :)

  • flieswithhoney

    Rant: met with two different real estate agents and their styles are very different but neither seemed to click. One doesn’t start working with you until you get pre-approved for a mortgage and the other was a bit, well, snobby/judgemental. Both seem imply that I need to raise my budget by at least 50K and are steering me towards houses, almost exclusively. And both came highly recommended by friends.

    Rave: I know I’m very lucky to be in the position of buying a home. And my doofus of a dog still makes me smile every day.

    • Formerly ParkViewRes

      You should get pre-approved for a mortgage before looking anyway. It’s a good idea to know and be pre-approved. You never know, we put an offer in on the first house we saw. As far as them implying you need to raise you budget by at least 50k…yeah that’s a turn off. I feel like they’ll just take you to places that are 50k or more over your budget!

    • anonymous

      I really liked my realtor, my budget was on the low side, I wasn’t 100% certain I wanted to buy, and had a ton of stupid questions. She was great, very nonjudgemental, honest, informative (lots of recommendations), and responsive. I never felt like I was a waste of her time, and she never pushed me into anything. She also doesn’t require you signing an agreement committing you to work with her until you want to put an offer down, which I respected. It was my first time buying, and she’ll be my first call when I look to move again.
      .
      Just Google Katie Wethman, Wethman Group to get her contact info

      • flieswithhoney

        Thanks!

    • anonymous 11

      I honestly would not work with someone you don’t feel comfortable/click with. I spent a lot of time with mine, looking at places, and we had a last minute closing issue (the title company’s fault) that she solved. I would have totally melted down if I didn’t both like and trust her to represent my interests. [I kinda did melt down the day I moved in with a mortgage and no furniture but it was still a great decision.] I would really suggest you get pre-approved with a smaller or local bank and then meet with other realtors.

      • textdoc

        +1. Condo/house-hunting is hard/stressful/emotional enough as it is — if your realtor is a bad fit, it’ll be even tougher.
        .
        Find someone you feel comfortable with.

    • Hookdntx

      If you are buying in DC, you might want to look into the Open Doors Program too. I used First Home Mortgage and they were great and know all about the program.

  • MichelleinMD20721

    My cousin insisted on renting a car for his visit. Today he texted that he won’t stay with me tonight because “traffic is so much worse than he realized,” so he’s going back to my sisters.

    • textdoc

      Is this a rant or a rave? ;)

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