Dead rats in DC

Dear internet,

DC is so woodsy, a deer ran across the avenue yesterday evening. The drivers looked surprised af. 

Another common DC wildlife sighting: rats. So many rats. Even more rats now that all the restaurants are closed down.

The worst rat sighting so far: someone put a dead rat under a yellow cone on the school track/playing field. Yup. Dead rats on playgrounds in Washington, DC. How did I discover a dead rat was under a cone? Because il Bambino overturned the cone. Whoever put that rat there had hella mala leche.

Washington, DC: a lot of green space, not really a city, but way more a city than the suburbs.

yours,

Daya

No scarf November

Dear internet,

After my many years of exile on the frigid northern steppes of the continent of Northern America. I will never take for granted the joy of being able to sit outside in November with only a jacket and gloves on.

yours,

Daya

 

Places (not) in DC II, solved

Dear internet,

The answer is, the perpetually under construction Arlington Memorial Bridge!

Usually I take the Key Bridge but there was crazy traffic and Waze suggested the memorial bridge. “It’ll save 6 minutes!” it chirped.

HAHA lol, memorial bridge was super backed up, then rock creek parkway was being weird, so we went around in circles for a while but we eventually got home.*

Arlington Memorial Bridge, under construction
Blurry Neoclassical Elegance & Traffic Cones

And the clue photo:

artfully blurred picture of the Washington monument and Lincoln memorial
the monuments are of course the Lincoln and the Washington**

Fun fact, it is technically a drawbridge, but it stopped opening in 1961. The construction project should reinstate the drawbridge functionality. The other drawbridge in the area is the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, as a child I always hoped to be there to watch when the bridge opened. Never accomplished that goal, but I still love bridges. and ferries.

yours,

Daya

*Rock Creek Parkway is usually a two way street EXCEPT during rush hour when it becomes one way. and then sometimes there are events at the Kennedy center and they just block off lanes. which is what happened. Had to turn around the Valero gas station and then get on I-66 then immediately get off it to re-approach rock creek parkway while staying in the two left lanes, which is, hoo-boy, a lil stressful. Shoulda just taken the key bridge and dealt with the veeeery slow light.

**This probably ur classic “This tv show is set in DC” image. I was surprised at how many people were biking at night along the Mt. Vernon Trail.

Places (Not) in DC, II

Dear internet,

Another day, another edition of Places (not) in DC!

Where is this? It’s blurry because it’s night time. 

Arlington Memorial Bridge, under construction
Brightly lit due to construction

Some clues:

artfully blurred picture of the Washington monument and Lincoln memorial
it’s blurry but maybe you can make out the monuments across the river

Technically not IN Dc but with a nice view of the city. 

yours,

Daya

Why I’m breaking up with my Instant Pot

Dear internet,

Have you ever bought something and you weren’t sure if it would be a great thing, but then you found out it sucked?

The thing I don’t like that I bought: my instant pot has broken again. It stays pressurized for *hours* after unplugging it. YIKES y’all. I ended up putting a bag of ice on top of my Instant Pot Duo Evo and that, finally, after all the ice melted, cooled the pot enough to release the pressure.

I contacted instant pot customer service and they wanted me to run this water test where I would put in three cups of water in and they wanted me to take a VIDEO so the technicians could see if steam escapes, etc. etc. etc.

And I was like…no, no way am I doing that. #1 the problem is not with steam escaping, it’s that the steam doesn’t escape! My instant pot remains pressurized for hours. I am not plugging my defective instant pot back into the wall and adding water and videotaping the steam–I mean, they cannot be serious, right?? Did no one think through the liability implications of instructing customers to get their phones close enough to capture a video of steam coming off a broken instant pot?

Instant pot’s supposed to make life easier, not harder. My feeling is, you want to test it, send me a box and I’ll send it back to you and you can complete whatever tests in your own laboratories.

So, I am now in the market for a new electric pressure cooker from a different brand, because seriously, that’s two instant pots in 1.5 years. And that is why I’m breaking up with my Instant Pot.

If you have any suggestions for a better product, I’m all ears. Should I get a Breville? a Ninja Foodi? A Crock-Pot pressure cooker?

I think part of the challenge is, the instant pot and its ilk are too cheap. I don’t think they are made to last. I use my electric pressure cooker 2-3 times a week. I think their target audience is someone who buys it and keeps it in the box and never uses it. I’d pay triple for quality. But who makes a quality electric pressure cooker these days?

A photo of an instant pot that does not work
Goodbye my Instant Pot. 

yours,

Daya