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Random Reader Rant and/or Revel

by Prince Of Petworth June 15, 2017 at 9:15 am 95 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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  • Revel: booked a flight to Mexico City!
    Revel: can afford two international trips because when I’m not traveling I’ll be in workshops with a few free days in between

    • bubbles

      I have only heard wonderful things about Mexico City… Eat all of the tacos!
      .
      Kind of funny that all of the places said to be ‘too dangerous to visit’ by family and friends when I was growing up are now fun, interesting places to tour. Exhibit B: Colombia

      • I think Colombia will be next year :)

        • skaballet

          I was in Cartagena in Feb and loved it. I want to go back and see more of the country.

          • Yessss, I wanted to go there but I found cheap flights to other places, so..

        • M

          Best part of my trip to Colombia (or maybe anywhere for that matter) was hiking the Valle de Cocora in the coffee region, so highly recommend that if you have the time/interest.

      • Joshua

        Except North Korea. Don’t go there quite yet.

  • LedroitTigah

    Question: Is it illegal to put rat poison in one’s own backyard in DC?

    • textdoc

      I think you’re allowed to do it _if_ you put it in a bait station (large black plastic thing, sometimes inaccurately referred to as a “rat trap”).
      .
      I’m not sure of the exact rules. When I first moved to my house, I put rat poison out loose because I didn’t know any better, and because Home Depot sells poison baits but doesn’t sell bait stations. I later ordered a Tomcat bait station off Amazon, but I don’t bother baiting it any more — from the droppings I could see around the bait station, it looked like it was attracting only mice, not rats.

    • textdoc

      Are you seeking to put out poison in your backyard, or is a neighbor doing it in theirs?

  • SinSA

    Rave: best friend for over 20 years is coming to visit me today!

    Rave: counter top people are sending someone to fix the back splash on Saturday morning. I agreed to remove my negative review if he does excellent work.

    Rave: Off tomorrow and Monday!

  • rockyartdc

    Rant: while walking to work today, several firetrucks and ambulances were trying to respond to a call with sirens blaring. At 2 separate intersections a block apart, saw cars cut right in front of the emergency response vehicles and almost get hit. Wherever you’re going, it can wait 20 seconds for emergency responders to get through.

    • Anon Spock

      I saw the same thing. Just insane.

  • Chinatown

    Rave: Telework tomorrow.
    Rant: Idiotic coworker. Some folks at my agency were invited to a lecture at another agency because I am working with folks from the other agency on a project. Coworker goes even though he doesn’t work in the subject matter area that the lecture was about. Me and another person who went do work in that area. Idiotic coworker proceeds to hold us up from leaving because he had a million questions and comments for the lecturer. He kept repeating that he got his undergraduate degree in the area (even though he doesn’t work in the area at all now) and kept talking about himself to the lecturer. After we get back to the office, this jerk has the audacity to tell me to get the slides from the presenter. Jerk doesn’t even supervise me. He should’ve asked for the slides when he was running his mouth trying to impress the lecturer. I have to work with this clown later on this year on a project and hope to God that I don’t tell him off in the process.
    Rave: Wearing new blouse I got online from Macy’s that I love!

    • H_E_Pennypacker

      That sounds really annoying. Seems like the type of person who will never blatantly run afoul of any rule, but will absolutely drive you up the wall until you reach your breaking point and overreact for seemingly no reason. Important to play your cards right. My approach to those people is to completely ignore them (and i really mean completely). You live in your world and they live in theirs. That being said, i should probably see a therapist, haha!

      • _____Woods

        penny_packer strikes again!

  • LittleBluePenguin

    Rave: I don’t have pneumonia!
    Rant: I’ve been out of work about 3 days for the most vicious sinus infection ever. Still wondering when the antibiotics are really going to do their thing and kick in – I’m still having bouts of extreme sinus pain, yesterday I was contemplating whether or not to try to pull a tooth out to see if that would help relieve the pressure / drain some of the disgustingness. I’ve been crazy sick with various things before, but this is the sickest I’ve ever been with a sinus infection – 3 1/2 days of fevers, trying to sleep sitting upright, and going through so. many. tissues. Also, apparently all that gross stuff will try to leak out of your f*$&king eyeballs if you get stuffed up enough!!! UGH.
    Rave? Back at work, back in the real world, trying to take it easy and kill small tasks one at a time…
    Rant: Still exhausted.
    Rant: This heat.

    • SWChick

      I’ve been there. I’m usually ALWAYS there. smh I have stupid sinus pressure, always. I had a sinus infection so bad a couple of years ago I had to be put on steroids. I too wanted to pull ALL of my top teeth out because of the pressure. And yes, it will leak out of your eyes. I wear contacts and I always look like I’m crying. It just sucks. Once this subsides, try Sudafed PE Pressure + Pain Max strength. I find myself poping one almost daily (i know i shouldn’t) in fear that if I don’t, the worst pain in life will ruin my day. Feel better.

      • LittleBluePenguin

        I unfortunately can’t take Sudafed anything, it makes my heart race like crazy and makes me physically nauseous. Even the fake sudafed gives me palpitations sometimes and always upsets my stomach, so I’ll take it only when I’m desperate (which I’ve been). I even considered going ahead and taking a real sudafed, but didn’t have any on hand….maybe I’ll pick up a few at the CVS later today….Thanks for the good wishes, I’m just almost embarrassed to be laid so low by my measly sinuses!

      • SinSA

        I feel your pain (literally) — well, felt it. I was sick for 5 months this year (5 rounds of antibiotics, 2 courses of steroids and an inhaler for 2 weeks first, then an entire month). It was insane and I looked like my face was leaking.
        I am SO sorry and I wish there was anything I could to help make you feel better (but, if the antibiotics are not doing anything, ask to be switched. The only thing that seemed to really help me was doxycycline out of all the kinds they put me on.)
        Have you also tried Afrin? It was amazing what 3 days of the maximum strength non-drippy formula did for me.

        • LittleBluePenguin

          Yup, tried afrin, not that much of a help this time, but usually it works well. I just popped a sudafed, first one in like 10 years, so we’ll see what happen but I’m desperate to not be so congested that I think i’ll take whatever palpitations may come with it! I’m on a week of augmentin and an inhaler (which I forgot to bring to work with me today, whoops). I think I’m getting better, but it’s just soooo much slower than any recovery from a sinus infection has ever gone before….

  • Rave: omg Handmaids Tale, so good and so terrifying and so, so compelling
    Rant: I love taking trips to visit friends and I love vacations, but why do I feel so much FOMO about leaving town? I’m trying to maintain a healthy balance between leaving summer weekends free to do whatever fun things come up and going to visit people/places, but I still feel like my social life is going to pass me by or something.
    Rave: part of the FOMO feeling is because I have so many dates to set up, can’t complain about that

    • MaebysMom

      Rave- YESSS to handmaid’s tale and its relevance. was episode 10 the season finale?

      • Ugh yes and I can’t take the wait.

    • ShawThroughtheHeart

      This is an eternal thing for me. I love to get out of town whenever I can, but I also then feel that I’m missing on just the regular groove of my life in DC and getting into a rhythm (and caught up on errands!). For instance, you hit up an exercise class a few weeks in a row and get friendly with the folks sitting next to you, then disappear for X weeks. Plus, I miss activities: kayak at Fletchers, outdoor movie, still haven’t done the moonlit hikes at Arboretum.

      I am thinking about copying the Prince and next weekend just doing a big walkabout with a bunch of places on my list, I’ll look pretty cool with my tennis shoes and bottles of water.

  • bubbles

    Rant: after more than 3 years, the screen shattered yesterday on my iPhone 5s. It was thrown onto the sidewalk from my car when I grabbed my backpack. The battery life on the 5s was horrible, but I’m not enthusiastic about how expensive phones are now that I no longer get my 2 year upgrade with Verizon! I’m thinking I might bite the bullet and get an S8 (with plans to hold onto it for a long time). Hmm.
    Rave: for now, I can still use it with a broke. screen.
    Rant: check engine light came on during my commute this morning.
    Rave: my dealership has wifi so I can work there while it gets checked out this afternoon.
    Rant: need to shift my workouts from evening to mornings since I keep having time crunches after work. Last night I skipped a workout to make it to my volunteer commitment on time, but ignored my alarm this morning to make it up. I need to make a mental switch that makes morning bubbles appreciate the extra “me” time before work.

    • Anon Spock

      S8 is a great phone and battery life is amazing.

      • SinSA

        I love my S8!!

        • bubbles

          Glad to know there are fans out there!! I want to hold it before I make my final decision, but it looks great. And it has a headphone jack!!

    • Andie302

      I’m in the same spot as you with Verizon. No upgrade coming, a 5s that literally has to be plugged in more of the day than not, but I want to go to the iphone 7. I haven’t had the time to do the research on whether switching companies makes sense, because I still have a couple weeks on my contract. If anyone has done this search recently and has an easy answer, I would love to hear! They want me to either commit to that thing where after I reach my data limit the service slows or spend $40 more per month for unlimited plus the cost of the phone unless I want to pony up all at once. I’m on a plan by myself so it’s already $87 per month. I feel like it shouldn’t be this expensive!

      • skaballet

        If you haven’t already look at how much data you actually use. I was really worried about losing unlimited, but we use a lot less data than I thought so it hasn’t been a problem. Sprint and T-mobile are cheap, but I’d ask around for experiences with them. I had a friend who got Sprint and her service was so terrible she went back to AT&T. T-mobile seems fine in DC, but has large swaths of the country that are totally uncovered and I didn’t want to deal with that if I’m driving somewhere not in a city even if I don’t do so often.

        • domrep

          Yeah, I’ve had Sprint for about 2 years. I had a lot of issues when living in SW, at least for the first 2-3 months. My calls wouldn’t go through, and then my calls would drop in the middle of a conversation. It’s gotten a lot better though. I too have a 5S, I really hate the way they’ve set up upgrades now. 5 years ago you plunked down $200 and had your plan, now that doesn’t happen and instead you’re charged $21 every month or whatever it is for 2 years. It’s extremely annoying.

    • skaballet

      The cost for a new phone with Verizon really isn’t any more now than it used to be with a 2 year upgrade. They give you a discount on your service every month so it works out to be nearly the same in the end.

      • bubbles

        That’s really interesting– I didn’t know that. In the end, even though it is more expensive now, I do prefer the pay upfront cost for phone without 2 year contract than subsidized phone and being locked it… Like you said, it ends up being probably about he same. It just feels like such a big cost (but I’d rather pay once than every month on top of my bill)

      • Ms. D

        If you have multiple lines with full data/text/voice packages. For two people, my plan would actually cost more to move to their new “discounted” plans, since my mom doesn’t have data/text (because she is incapable of using a smartphone), and just *one* line, as Andie indicated, is *really* expensive.

    • Ms. D

      I just picked up a refurbished S7 on Newegg for just over $300. That’s nearly half what Verizon wanted for a new one. Just a thought to consider refurbished/unlocked. I also have a refurbished Dyson vacuum that I got for about half price, and works great. Refurbished products come with the manufacturer’s original warranty, and I’ve never gotten one that wasn’t the same quality/reliability as a new product.

      • bubbles

        That is a good thought. I have looked at a few of those as well. My one question is, is there an advantage to getting the newer phone since the OS is theoretically optimized for the new hardware? This is a theory that I have been including in my decision, but don’t actually know if it’s true.
        .
        The Droid I owned before this iPhone moved at glacial speed towards the end, and I don’t want a repeat of that. Although that also could have been attributed to not having enough space, since phones had less storage then?

        • Ms. D

          In the period from just over 5 years ago to just over 3 years ago, there were a LOT of updates to the Android OS. At one point, I believe there were new versions more than once a year. By comparison, the last major update to Android was developed last March, so the S7 should still be optimized for it. I’m still using an S4 until I get to the Verizon store (the SIM card is a different size in the S7), and outside of very slight lagging, the only reasons I’m replacing it are battery life (I’m down to less than 8 hours, sometimes as few as 4 depending on what I’m doing – I don’t even stream, so we’re talking what should be moderate-consumption apps) and capacity (I sometimes have to clean my phone up to fit updates).
          .
          All that’s to say I think the longevity and forward-compatibility of Android handsets has vastly improved since you last had one.

          • bubbles

            That’s good to know- thanks!

          • Ms. D

            Anon below is right that at some point they stop upgrading you to the latest OS, but I don’t think the security risks are that great so long as you remain on a *supported version.* You how Microsoft said they were going to stop supporting XP a while back (and everyone wept)? Same concept with Android. In supported versions, they’re actively checking for security problems, other glitches, etc. The OS versions back to 2013 are supported, and I was upgraded 3x without much hassle.
            .
            I finally found the version history, and you can see that right about when you had an Android was when they were doing 2-3 updates a year, which definitely hurt older phones after a while. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Android_version_history

          • Ms. D

            I will also note that when I switch this off my plan today, I will have had this phone for 4 years and 3.5 weeks. Most people don’t keep them quite that long. If you upgrade hardware every 3-ish years, you will probably be on the most recent version of Android OS.
            .
            I posted a more detailed comment with a link. Hopefully Dan will approve soon. :)

          • Anon Spock

            I don’t know when that point is because my s5 had just upgraded to the newest os before I got the s8. That’s 4 gens behind if you count the note 7. I switched for storage and battery life, but it never felt slow, and I use my phone a lot..15gb on average monthly.

          • Anonymous

            One thing is for Google to support the operating system but another thing is for the device manufacturer (Samsung, HTC etc..) to support the updates and send it out to your phone. Yes, Samsung and the big manufactures have gotten better about supporting the latest Android releases but the only way to ensure you have the latest software is by buying a Pixel phone directly from the Google store. From experience, I’ve had android phones that never got updated even though Google released a new version. I was kind of left hung to dry with an unsupported (by the manufacturer) phone.

        • anonymous

          That’s the thing with Android. They release an updated version of the OS every year (Android O is the latest version to be released) but for various reasons it never make it onto all the phones. There are a lot of android phones running old software and will never get upgrade to the latest and greatest which leads to a bad user experience (including security).
          Apple has it faults, but one thing it does is keep devices updated to run the latest software. The fact that you’re still using a iPhone 5s that was released in 2013 and can still have access to the latest OS is pretty cool.

    • HaileUnlikely

      On the battery thing – you must use your phone a whole lot. I have a 5s, just plug it in overnight while I’m sleeping, and usually have about 60% power left when I plug it back in when I go to bed the next day.
      .
      If you generally like iPhones (and Andie too with not wanting the 7), I’d probably buy an SE.
      .
      FYI, if you can live with not having an “unlimited” package, you can get an iPhone SE from Consumer Cellular (third party carrier who uses both AT&T and T-Mobile networks) for $200 (I don’t mean $200 down plus monthly installments, I mean two hundred dollars period). Their plans are very reasonably priced as well. My wife and I have 2 lines on the same plan with 1500 minutes (way more than we need), unlimited texts, and 5GB data (sufficient if you don’t stream a lot of video; might not cut it if you do though), and the total cost is $88/month for both of us after all taxes and fees.

      • dcd

        My old 5s was the same way after a while. I’d leave the house with a full charge, not use it at all, have all apps closed, and by 4:00 I’d have 14% of battery left. Add to that the connector was twitchy and caused the phone to stop charging if you jostled it at all, and I couldn’t replace it fact enough.
        .
        I also got an SE, and love it. I know people like the larger sizes, and I’m close enough to needing reading glasses that I may soon as well, but you can’t beat it for sticking in a pocket.
        .
        You have been happy with Consumer Cellular? Cause that’s a really great price.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Yes, very. If you can live with 5GB of LTE data per month, I don’t think you can beat it. (If you routinely use a lot more, though, it probably will not be suitable. They charge you $10 per additional GB and slow your data speed to a crawl, i.e., basically useless for anything but email). All plans are a la carte. Mine is $20 for 1500 minutes + $40 for 5GB data/unlimited texts + $10 for additional line + $14 taxes/fees = $84/mo total. (Just looked that up; it’s $84, not $88).

          • HaileUnlikely

            p.s. Those amounts of minutes and data are shared between the two of us, not that much per line.

      • bubbles

        I do use it a lot, but the battery seems to have degraded significantly. I don’t have a laptop, so anytime I want to look up a recipe or something while I’m aroun the apartment, I use my phone on wifi. Not sure if that is more or less than the average person. If I don’t charge at night and also while I’m at the office, it will die. Feels like I’m constantly fighting an uphill battery battle.

      • cx20020

        Another option, which I use and am perfectly happy with:

        I have cricket (which is owned by and uses AT&T connections) and it costs me a flat $35 a month. No taxes, no surcharges– a flat $35. I have 4 GB of data, which is way more than enough for me.

        As for a phone, the Moto G4s are decent phones and you can purchase a brand new unlocked one for $150-$200, and then use it on the cricket network. It’s not as popular or flashy as many phones, but it does the trick quite well.

    • Ms. D

      I just went to the store to activate the refurb…my account was eligible for a 2 yr contract upgrade. $99 + 40 activation for a brand new s7.

      • Ms. D

        Dashed that off quickly while waiting for something…so my advice is to try going into the store and asking. Yes, they will charge you that additional fee for upgrading in the store, but $139<$600. :)
        .
        The guy had to open my account, scan the phone, and go to payment options to see what my choices were. I went to the F St. location, and they were very helpful.

  • bizzinger

    Revel: Plotting trips this year and next with friends, including the Grand Canyon next summer. Can’t wait!
    Rant: Bad things happening to a friend. She’ll have clarity of a lot of stuff by Friday, but it’s so stressful in the meantime.
    Rave: Feeling smart for making my own iced coffee at work.

  • CapitolHillHipHopHooray

    Rave: this week is moving at a pace I am comfortable with.
    Rave: despite having a schedule packed to the gills, I have been able to sneak down to my office gym and run every day
    Rant: My sleeps patterns are really bad and it’s starting to show.
    Rave: This weather was decent to walk in.
    Rant: Been a little lost at the moment. i dont feel like the same person I was even three months ago and I’m not sure if I like where I am headed. May be time for a reset.
    Rave: I have amazing friends who are entertaining distractions.

  • PetworthGuy

    Rave: Proposed to my (now) fiancee last night! She said yes, and we couldn’t be happier!
    Rave: My parents are visiting this weekend and we will be surprising them with the announcement over drinks. Apologies to anyone at the Hamilton tomorrow for happy hour…..my mother can (and will) be a bit animated.

    • skj84

      Congrats!

    • Emmaleigh504

      Congratulations!

    • textdoc

      Congratulations!

    • eggs

      Congrats!!

    • Andie302

      Woohoo congrats!

    • mtpresident

      That’s fantastic all around–and if I were there, I would be delighted to see your mom get excited : )

    • SWChick

      CONGRATS!!!!!

    • PetworthGuy

      Thank you all for the kind words! Feeling the love from the PoP community

  • skj84

    Rave: Going to Brew at the Zoo for the third time! I have a running tradition with a friend to attend. Hopefully they won’t run out of glasses like they did last year.
    Rave: Despite all my stress about sleeping arrangements, I’m really excited about vacation this year. I’ve actually never been to Ocean City before! Looking forward to unplugging and relaxing. Plans include hitting up Seacrets, and Assateauge Island a some point.
    Rant: I have a few projects at work that I’m passing off for vacation and I’m trying to to fret. This is the first long term vacation i’ve been on since I started this job. The last time I went on vacay was when I worked in hospitality and I didn’t care about what was going on at work during that time. Both of these projects are important to me, and I’m particular about how I do my work. Reminding myself to trust my coworkers and not check in while I’m off.

    • ShawThroughtheHeart

      I enjoy Seacrets, many of my friends do not. My favorite time to go is around 6ish, after the day-drinking kids have left but before the nighttime craziness starts. Stay for the sunset, then get the heck outta there.

      • skj84

        ohh! Thanks for the heads up! I figure go for day drinking. Nothing about hanging at Seacrets at nighttime appeals to me.

  • Emmaleigh504

    Rant: My router died and now I have no internet at home.
    Rave: Office mate gave me a rose from his garden and it smells divine.

    • textdoc

      That is an excellent rave!
      .
      (Is this his way of making amends for leaving trash on the floor?)

      • Emmaleigh504

        No, he’s been giving everyone in the office a rose as they bloom. It was just my turn :)

    • cx20020

      I thought my router died last night, too, but found out that it needed something simple called a MAC CLONE. It was all fixed in under 30 minutes! You may want to try this before throwing it out, unless something like liquid was spilled on it or whatever.

  • Jay

    rant: The bar where I host trivia on Wednesdays nearly cancelled on us at the last minute last night, then they delayed the start, causing confusion, angst and stress for my players (and myself). It’s been really difficult to get things off the ground there and stuff like this doesn’t help the cause…
    rave: The bar where I host on Tuesdays is awesome and looks even better by comparison.
    query: I’m taking a friend out for a special dinner tonight. We would like to go to the Red Hen, but we don’t have reservations. Will we be able to do this without a lengthy wait?

    • LMFB

      If it’s just the two of you and you go a bit early, you should be able to find a seat at the bar

    • kharr89

      Get there and line up right before they open. Have done this multiple times and gotten a table without a wait even on Friday and Saturday. Worst case if you get there early you can probably snag bar seats.

  • dcd

    Rant: Dishwasher clogged last night, discovered this morning.
    Rant: A quick review of the manual makes the fix seem more involved than I’d hoped.
    Rant: Brother-in-law, sister-in-law and kids coming to visit today, so if I can’t fix it tonight, we’re hand-washing dishes for 8, instead of 3.
    Not sure?: Wife wanted to call repair guy immediately (she’s working from home tomorrow), but I resisted – why spend whatever that would cost on a clog? Can someone reassure me that I won’t regret this bitterly (Haile?)?

    • HaileUnlikely

      Before you do anything else, turn the power off at the circuit breaker. Take your time to verify you got the right one. You probably won’t get electrocuted reaching into the water in there, but better safe than sorry.
      .
      Then get a bucket and a bunch of haile absorbent towels to clean up any mess you might make on the floor.
      .
      With those bases covered, the worst that can possibly happen is that you’ll end up wasting time and getting frustrated and calling the repair guy anyway.

      • textdoc

        Actual LOL on “haile absorbent towels.” :)

        • mtpresident

          me too!

      • dcd

        Sure wish I’d discussed this with you before fishing around and cleaning out the screen this morning [embarrassed face]. Good advice.

        • HaileUnlikely

          Assuming proper installation and no unknown damage (e.g., rodent partially chewed through cable), the water in the dishwasher should not be electrified. Most people wouldn’t worry about turning the breaker off. Hell, if you call the repair guy, I’d guesstimate there’s a 50/50 chance he won’t bother to turn the breaker off either. That said, I’ve received a few minor shocks that as it happened were of no consequence but probably would have killed me if another part of my body was submerged in water. A woman in Chevy Chase was electrocuted to death last year when she stepped into standing water in her basement that had become electrified because the sump pump either was not plugged into a GFCI or the GFCI had failed.
          .
          As for the towels and bucket; I wish I had consulted me before the last time I attempted to clean out the screen ;)

  • anonopoo

    Rant: people who put make up on in the bathroom at work in the mornings. Can’t a woman poo in peace without her colleagues listening in?!

    Rave: telework tomorrow (so can poo in private)

    • textdoc

      I get where your angst is coming from… but surely the bathroom is the most appropriate place to put on makeup at the office?

    • _____Woods

      I wish they would just have floor to ceiling stalls….is it really that much harder to clean up? Maybe some ambient music? Nothing better than finding that empty bathroom after going to 2-3 that have people in and unloadinggggg :)

    • Anonymous

      Try pooing louder. That will drive them away.

      • dcd

        Yeah, take this as an opportunity to really cut loose.

      • navyard

        OMG, work with deaf people. Then ENVY them because they have NO embarrassment over it. They are much much healthier in that department!

      • anonymous

        It’s not the volume that gets me, it’s the odor.

    • Anonamom

      The poowars are real. Some people are anti-workpoo in general. Some spray the shit out of shit. My least favorite? The pootalkers who either sit on their phones talking or talk to their neighbors while pooing.

      • Oh, I work on a floor shared with another office and there’s one woman who always uses the bathroom as her personal telephone kiosk. I always try to make extra noise when she’s in there.

        • H_E_Pennypacker

          +1 both of you are amazing. this entire string is amazing. there’s only one way to handle pootalkers, and that is to sink their battleships.

  • mtpresident

    Rave: I let my parents take both kids overnight and so I got a real night off from parenting! I’m still exhausted, but it was super nice to have a night off of the daily grind, and it sounds like my kids had a super-fun time with their grandparents yesterday. Wins all around!
    Rant: I don’t want to bail on my weekly run tomorrow morning, but 5:45 am is early–especially since we have a more relaxed morning schedule and just need to finish packing up to head up to Baltimore by 10 or so. I will try to be disciplined about not taking too much time to pack tonight so I can just go to bed–and plan on finishing up when I get in from my run.
    Rave: weekend away with dear friends should be lovely.
    Rave: watching my kids play with our friends’ kids–so much fun.

  • skaballet

    Rant: Fast casual places that don’t mix the salad dressing in. Those small bowls make it hard to do without making a huge mess.

    • Jay

      +1… it’s like they’ve never sampled their own product… Chop’t and Sweetgreen are good about this though…

  • textdoc

    Rave: I am in a fairly good mood today. Not sure why, but I’m going to enjoy it while it lasts!

  • Anonamom

    Rave: Step-dad is scheduled for bariatric surgery at the end of the month with a doctor I used to work with. It always feels better when you have very intimate knowledge of a surgeon’s data. Perks of the job!
    Rant: That old job is looking a hell of a lot better than it used to. You know, whenever being screamed at is preferable to whatever it is you are doing, it’s time to re-evaluate things.
    Confession: There are days where I wish I could just take the kids back to DC, get a shitty little apartment, and go back to the way things were 4 years ago. Life felt so much more simpler when I didn’t need a car, when my job ended at 4:30, when I didn’t have to worry about another person or people. If only the Middle Schools weren’t so shit.

  • That One Guy

    One of those days when I am in a foul mood. Argh.

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