Autostraddle has a great interview with Emily Gould, which is mostly about Emily Books and you should read it. But this is the part that is relevant to us:
Writer and internet person Austin Kleon holds regular office hours over on his blog, and today someone wrote in to ask him for advice about balancing paying the bills and doing creative work.
Something to talk about with your family around the Thanksgiving table, if your family is anything like mine (super Catholic): Pope Francis just issued an 84-page “apostolic exhortation” about the idolatry of money and the new tyranny of unfettered capitalism.
Hi Billfold! I am preparing to go back to working in an office after five (!) years of working from home, and I am a little panicked about lunches. Help me!
When my grandfather died, the family was shocked to discover he had left a considerable amount of money behind.
I looked up my credit score info, and apparently it’s bad because of a $30 charge at Kohl’s five or six years ago. I’m fairly sure I just received the card in the mail and tossed it, so I suspect someone found it and used it, but it doesn’t really matter. I would just like to pay the debt and start building up my credit. But since the account is closed, how do I pay it off?
FROM: R TO: LOGAN SUBJECT: HELP
This past Friday, I was offered a six-month contract position working for employer X. The conversation started out with: “Are you interested in this being part-time or full-time?” meaning they were flexible on the hours that could be worked, and I said that I’m interested in full-time only so long as it has the possibility of leading to a full-time, salaried job. There will be two full-time, salaried jobs opening up in 3-5 months, which she made a point to mention, though she also said of course that she obviously can’t guarantee that I’d get it. So we talked about it, and the hiring manager said she would draft a contract and send it my way early this week, like today or tomorrow. She sounded excited about it. And I should probably also mention that they are voluntarily paying me a little bit more than the rate I asked for (actual amount unclear until I see the contract). So I kind of verbally said yes, but did not say “I accept” or sign anything, as I haven’t seen the contract yet.
THEN: This morning I found out I am have a final interview for a full-time, salaried position with employer Y that I would very much want. The interview is tomorrow, but I suspect they wouldn’t be able to let me know their final decision until next week, or possibly Dec 1. I plan to let them know that I have another offer and hopefully ask them if they might be able to let me know by next week (right? this gives me anxiety about pressuring them, but I kind of have to).
WHAT SHOULD I TELL EMPLOYER X??? I have to tell them about this situation, right?
“I feel like Vitamixes are like KitchenAids- if you’re regularly using another tool and thinking to yourself “gee, if only I had a Vitamix/ KitchenAid/ Cuisinart,” it’s probably worth getting one. On the other hand, if you think to yourself “If I had a Vitamix/KitchenAid/Cuisinart I would totally make more smoothies/ bake more/ cook more,” you’re lying to yourself and it’s probably a waste of money to buy the fancy appliance.”
But for those of you who do have HR departments: you do not have much time to schedule a vacation without seeming too obvious about using up your vacation days before they expire! You should do it now. Maybe take a super long break for Thanksgiving and go somewhere warm, or just you know, don’t work for awhile. Maybe you could spend your vacation studying STEM and making something of yourself? The world is your oyster!
This girl I’m seeing (1 month) shops all the time and it’s kind of ridiculous. I don’t want to call her out on it, but like, what gives?
Brandon Stanton from Humans of New York always captures such good moments with the people he photographs:
“My sister taught me how to ask for money from my parents.” “Oh yeah? How’s that?” “First you give them a compliment. Then you talk about your day. Then you tell them about your grades. Then you ask for money.”
My strategy is to wait until the situation is dire dire dire and then call and be desperate and hem and haw and be really quiet on the phone until one of my parents reads my mind. Then I apologize profusely. (Her tactic is better.)