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The Virtues of Working More


More money

Being able to report that I’m earning more money

More time at my standing desk, reaping the health benefits of standing

The ability to listen to all 9 hours of “Harry Potter: The Complete Soundtrack”

The theory that I will pay down my remaining $13,767.37 of debt more quickly

Also, I want a Fitbit

Gotta have something to do until all my friends get off work

What else am I going to do with my time, stare into the void? I CANNOT FACE THE VOID

Gaah, the Goblet of Fire soundtrack is awful, I’m going to skip ahead

I actually really like creating things

Even listicles

So I saw the trailer for The Theory of Everything and it made me feel bad about myself because I thought I was doing all amazing at being creative but I’m kind of a hack and I’m never going to discover anything about black holes

Maybe if I let myself stare into the void a little more often I might be able to have more original ideas

I don’t want to look at the void, it’s hard enough to look at the news right now

Do you realize The Theory Of Everything’s Wikipedia page begins “For the Stephen Hawking biopic starring Benedict Cumberbatch, see Hawking (2004 film).


Let’s go back to that idea of “if I weren’t working, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself”

No, let’s not go back to that idea

I gotta work out how Ron can be a time-traveling Dumbledore for the next How Wizards Do Money

Then I gotta figure out how to turn them all into a book and sell the book at Urban Outfitters

Is that even legal? I should ask Reddit

If I had a book deal, I would earn more money

I wouldn’t stop freelancing though

But I would totally buy a Fitbit

You know I’m totally going to buy a Fitbit anyway even though I could spend that $99 on paying down my debt

$99 plus tax and shipping and handling

It’s okay because I’m essentially earning $240 a day now, before taxes

I’m working more too

But that’s okay

I like working

I don’t know what it’s like to stop working


Photo: Jesper Särnesjö



9 Comments / Post A Comment

cryptolect (#1,135)

Wait, isn’t the Goblet of Fire the one with Jarvis Cocker and Radiohead singing about hippogriffs? I’m not sure how I feel about your choices.

Allison (#4,509)

I want to lock cumberbumble away in a remote cabin, not exactly in a Misery way, more in a STOP BEING IN THINGS FOR FIVE GODDAMN MINUTES way.

@Allison why would you do that he’s so beautiful

@Allison but this piece does make me want to do something similar to Nicole

Allison (#4,509)

@Ester Bloom a friend once compared his face to a fetal horse and I strongely agreed, so we’ll have to disagree on “beautiful”.

sherlock (#3,599)


The void is your friend. When you smile into the void, the void also smiles back at you.

I would really like to know more about this “Harry Potter: The Complete Soundtrack” is. When we’re at a loss music to listen to our house alternates between listening to the book on tapes, we prefer Stephen Fry to Jim Dale but have listened to both versions too many times to admit. Some new Potter audio media might shake things up…and I’d love to surprise my boyfriend.

Also, wouldn’t it be great if they created a ridiculously television mini-series of the book verbatim? Hello, Netflix??

And Nicole, your financial fan fiction is brilliant!

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