@Carmen Aiken@facebook I ALSO work in research, as a research manager, so I wear jeans and t-shirts regularly. I gradually have transitioned to nicer versions of what I prefer to wear-- like I have well-fitting, high-rise black jeans that look nice with any top tucked in, or I have a lot of pants like these, which basically feel like sweatpants but count as trousers. It depends on your body type and preferences, obviously, but I've found Joe Fresh, Zara and Everlane are all good places to find reasonably priced work-appropriate clothing that isn't too stuffy. Good consignment stores are also a goldmine-- I like ones in the upscale neighbourhoods, where I pillage rich people's castoff cashmere sweaters and silk blouses.
@bgprincipessa It's so technical and yet so judgemental, as if the authorities are glowering over your fecund harlotry while printing the certificate.
This experience also serves as a glaring reminder about how important paid maternity leave is.
I recently went to a community acupuncture clinic, which was wonderful-- sliding scale of $20-40, and there was a pregnant lady there who was two weeks overdue, so at least this one data point suggests that they are not concerned about water breakage. Basically I sat in a big comfy chair (with a blanket) and got a bunch of needles, which were strangely relaxing, and then my acupuncturist was like "You can just chill here for up to two hours. Do you want to take a nap and let me know what time to wake you up?" Pretty great.
Ahh, the sprint of squeezing in all kinds of extended health/dental appointments before coverage runs out.
@Stina This is a very good point! I'd be interested to see what proportion of affluent children on the autism spectrum have milder diagnoses (eg, high functioning Aspergers) as opposed to children from lower-income families.
I don't have a microwave-- my fiancé has never had one and I had given mine away a few years before we moved in together. To be fair, we both have workplaces with microwaves, so we still use them regularly to heat up leftovers at work. But I never miss having one-- we have a popcorn popper, and a really great toaster oven. They take up so much space!
Another major difference that didn't get mentioned in the article is the cost of post-secondary education. In Canada tuition has been rising, but on average undergrad tuition is still less than $6000 a year. Reading and hearing about what people pay to go to university in the US seems totally insane, and no wonder a lot of the younger members of the middle class in each country have different debt loads.
If the fashion bloggers are married to their photog husbands, presumably all the revenue generated by the blog is shared within the marriage, so it's hardly unpaid. As for the boyfriends, if I could travel all over the world for free with my beau in exchange for shooting some moody looking DSLR photos at the magic hour, I would be stoked.
@DebtOrAlive I loved a lot about my undergrad degree and current job, but definitely if I could go back in time I would do an Econ degree instead of Anthropology. I am now slavishly devoted to pop economics podcasts and essays and books and it's just so neat.