Here Is Your Open Thread

I’m too distracted by Christmas Cats TV to post anything else for this thread, so maybe you should be distracted by it too? (As you can see in the screencap, there are lots of strange things happening there!)

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echolikebells (#3,272)

Video doesn’t play at ALL at work so basically my entire day is ruined, since I won’t get to watch this at all! So many references I won’t get. So many cats I won’t see.

Mike Dang (#2)

@echolikebells It’s just a lady and an elf boy drinking from a flask and carrying cats around while Johnny Cash sings some Christmas hits, and it’s WONDERFUL.

echolikebells (#3,272)

@Mike Dang I’m even more disappointed to be missing it, this sounds like the perfect solution to the crappy-weather Friday so many of us are having!

Laurabean (#3,040)

@echolikebells Surely someone will archive it for the benefit of all humankind.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@echolikebells Same! I’m feeling very oppressed right now.

echolikebells (#3,272)

@EvanDeSimone Precisely! Ugh, office jobs and their terrible work computers!

echolikebells (#3,272)

Work has been predictably terrible this week and I just want to camp out in this post for the rest of the day, but no one else seems to be having the same issue I am. Probably because they have christmas cats to console them.

lemur_niemer (#3,125)

@echolikebells @EvanDeSimone No worries, I’m camping too. Just awkwardly lurking.

This morning it said “Feels like -18 outside” and I seriously debated having a netflix day. But I only get 3 days til the end of the year, and I really want to spend Christmas with my family.

honey cowl (#1,510)

@EvanDeSimone WE ARE BEING OPPRESSED BY OUR HORRIBLE NON-CHRISTMAS-CATS-PLAYING CUBICLES

Laurabean (#3,040)

@honey cowl We’re a bunch of modern day Bob Cratchits around here.

echolikebells (#3,272)

@lemur_niemer Thankfully it wasn’t that cold this morning, but when the sound of hail on my window woke me up at 4:30AM, I was sure I was not going to work. Yet here I am. Cold and Christmas-Cats-less.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@honey cowl Revolution Now!

Fig. 1 (#632)

@echolikebells it was -41 with the windchill here this morning. I don’t have to put the scale since -41 is the same in both Celsius and Fahrenheit. Still had to get out of bed and go to work.

Related: I am crabby.

echolikebells (#3,272)

@Fig. 1 There is absolutely 0 chance I would get out of bed and leave my house if it were that cold. I mean 0. I would pretend to be sick, pretend my fictional relative was sick, fess up and say there wasn’t any chance I was leaving my house. Whatever it took.

This is why I make sure to live in places where that doesn’t happen. I would probably get fired from a lot of jobs for not showing up. It gets cold here, but it doesn’t get that cold.

I hope there is something in the rest of your day to help ease the crabbiness.

Fig. 1 (#632)

@echolikebells I went to school when it hit -61 C here (with windchill), but that was mostly just to say I did. I grew up in this weather and dress appropriately, so it’s manageable. Oddly enough this doesn’t feature prominently on our tourism brochures.

And the Christmas Cats TV is helping immensely with the crabbiness.

sherlock (#3,599)

@echolikebells I can see it at work and to be honest I’m a little disappointed? I have no idea what I was expecting, but it is very, very strange. The camera keeps zooming in super close and then awkwardly moving around in ways that make me a dizzy so I haven’t been able to watch more than a minute straight.

echolikebells (#3,272)

@sherlock I suppose it’s good I can watch it, in some way. I can’t be disappointed by it! but… Christmas. And cats. In sweaters sometimes? Really seems like it could only improve my day.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@echolikebells Oh man guys, I’m home from work and I’m watching it and it is really quite something.

honey cowl (#1,510)

@EvanDeSimone GOOD NEWS! I decided to be unethical and watch it instead of working!

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@honey cowl I support this choice!

TheDilettantista (#1,255)

Is there a purpose to this Christmas Cats? Is it for adopting the kitties?

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@TheDilettantista I think it’s for pet adoption but I GUESS I’LL NEVER KNOW!

OllyOlly (#669)

@TheDilettantista Partly the point, but also to sell CDs, the thing was set up by the Sony Legacy Collection

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

I’m stuck in a morass of (expensive!) bureaucracy. I feel like crying. That is all.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@LookUponMyWorks Noooooooo. Details? Can we help?

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@LookUponMyWorks PS IF THIS IS AN EMERGENCY I WILL DECLARE A MINI-DC BILLFOLD-UP FOR COFFEE (which I will buy, because I don’t have any expensive morasses).

LookUponMyWorks (#2,616)

@Caitlin with a C Thank you, that is very kind. And it is not an emergency. Just a paperwork-bureaucracy-catch 22 that I find myself stuck in and which will cost a couple hundred dollars to get out of. Mostly it’s just a mess that will take time and money to clean up, neither of which I have in abundance. :-/

Minuscule in the grand scheme of things, but it’s weighing on me now.

Caitlin with a C (#3,578)

@LookUponMyWorks Boooo. Maybe plan something for yourself for after you are out of it? That way when you are really stressed out about it, you can think about the fun thing that is waiting for you at the end instead.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@LookUponMyWorks Sorry to hear. Keep us posted if there’s anything we can do to help.

echolikebells (#3,272)

@EvanDeSimone So jealous I can barely stand it. I’m still at the office! Getting ready to leave, but still!

lemur_niemer (#3,125)

Does anybody have tips on first-time FSA budgeting?

Alternately, does anybody have any tips on motivating myself to do it?

Ellie (#62)

@lemur_niemer I spend a ton of money on health stuff so I signed up for $600. (Really.) I go to acupuncture a lot and I can put acupuncture in mine which is absolutely fantastic, and if I really had to I could probably fill up the rest of the amount with acupuncture. I would read the list of approvable expenses in close detail and try to get a rough idea of how much you spend on prescriptions, approvable OTC medications, doctor visits (I go to the doctor like once a month for one reason or another, so it adds up) and the like.

Meaghano (#529)

@lemur_niemer I had $20 taken out of every paycheck because when I signed up I was on birth control with a stupidly high co-pay (pre-ACA), but then went off of it and couldn’t spend the money fast enough. I think my acct expired with $200 in it :(

But if you’ll use it, it is awesome! And you can always buy stuff on drugstore.com before the year is up — we now have a lifetime supply of sunscreen, contact solution, band-aids and condoms.

Beaks (#3,488)

@lemur_niemer Don’t trust me on this, but I’m pretty sure new rules let you roll over some amount ($500?) year to year, so you could make that your annual contribution and then even if you spend $0 on health stuff you won’t lose your money.

ellabella (#1,480)

@lemur_niemer Well, Warby Parker emailed me today that it now accepts FSAs for buying glasses, so maybe think if you’d like/need those (~$100)? I was bummed that they didn’t when I got mine last year.

Ellie (#62)

@Beaks The new rules do let you roll over $500 year to year, which is fantastic.

aproprose (#1,832)

Yet another executive resigned at my job today. Things are NOT GOOD around here. Has anyone been in the situation where they fear their company’s demise is imminent? I know I should be job hunting but I have a great, really flexible arrangement here and I want to hang onto it for dear life. (and if worse comes to worse, a severance package would be nice)

Also, I have a BA in Economics but I’ve been working as an Admin for 2.5 years. =/ Initially I was okay with that, because it allowed me to leave my job at the door and focus on my creative pursuits. But now I want a career with a growth path and a ticket out of Admin work. I can’t go back to school because I already have student loans. Why didn’t I study Computer Science? FEELINGS!

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@aproprose I’ve been in this position more or less. I hate to say it but you probably should be job hunting. You don’t want to have the rug pulled out from under you later and be caught unprepared. In the meantime I would say try to take advantage of the situation. If the work from these resignations is being spread around it might be a good time to request a raise or at least an enhanced title. The former will help your bottom line and the later would be useful when you’re applying for new positions.

aproprose (#1,832)

@EvanDeSimone You are totally right and that’s exactly what I’m trying to do. Been having discussions with a department VP on moving into a role there. They’ve had a lot of turnover and not enough hands. Hopefully I can lock that down ASAP and move on to greener pastures! Thanks for the advice and the affirmation that I’m heading in the right direction. Helps to know that others have been there before!

jquick (#3,730)

@aproprose I suggest a new Econ, non admin job search no matter what. Find a more appropriate job and leave.

Beaks (#3,488)

@aproprose At a minimum, get your cover letter/ resume situation up to date and job search ready (Ask A Manager is a great resource). Pick a job search engine and have it send you email alerts for jobs you might be interested in. Right now, I’d apply to jobs that look like a really good fit/ significant improvement- then, if things go down hill, you can start being more pragmatic, but there’s not a whole lot of downside to some aspirational job searching in the meantime.

DebtOrAlive (#5,233)

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::Internet scream:: I have nowhere else to put this feeling so I’m putting here. I (try to) budget (-ish). I throw around ~55% of my take-home at my combined problems. I spend less than 25% of my take-home on rent + utilities. I make compromises to do that, and I am okay with those compromises. I take the subway everywhere because, well, New York. I have a dumbphone which I hate and is inconvenient but is what can afford. I try to cook as many meals as I can and plastic grocery store bag my lunches (Cause, do people actually use brown bags? Yeah no.) Even though I really like bourbon, I don’t drink. Again compromises, all I accept.

But when I’m going through my cupboards and planning my Food Bazaar grocery (cause “oh-so-affordable” Trader Joes doesn’t fit the budget, and hell, won’t even be in this nabe/hood for a decade), and my friend who I haven’t seen in a month even though we live 3 miles apart who works a consultant/lawyer/corporate shill-type job with accompanied salary is having brunch with another con/law/shill friend visiting from out of town I STRUGGLE. I don’t want the things. (Except for when I walk into Uniqlo; then I do want ALL of the things.) But I would like to afford the experiences, or barring that, not have to figure out a convenient lie for why I can’t make it to brunch with two people who I actually like.

UGH.

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aardvark (#3,451)

@DebtOrAlive INTERNET HUGS! That sucks. Really sucks. Does your budget stretch to meeting up with them at the tail end of brunch for a coffee (or a beer if that is more applicable)? Or would that make lack-of-brunch sting even more?

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