On You Can't Afford To Be Fat At Work

Maybe every interview should be done like an orchestra interview, eg, behind a curtain, also with a voice-modifying box. That is my only suggestion. OR we all become heads in jars, a la Futurama.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 5:27 pm 0

On You Can't Afford To Be Fat At Work

@garli WTF fire that engineer.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 5:26 pm 0

On On Food, Cancer, and the Illusion of Control

@apples and oranges In Canada at least, you can avoid BPA by looking for the recycling code on the bottom of a can or bottle- BPA can be found in those with a little "7" on them. I'm not sure if the codes are the same in the US! It's a possible risk factor at this point-- Tufts University has a ton of researchers who are really into the "BPA > cancer" argument, but I haven't seen much published anywhere else. There's no harm avoiding that kind of thing if you can and you're concerned, but generally it's worth not blowing them out of proportion, in comparison to heavy-hitting risk factors like tobacco use or inactivity.

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:40 pm 0

On On Food, Cancer, and the Illusion of Control

@nell Thanks so much for responding! It sounds like a perfectly reasonable choice-- I was just panicky thinking that a whackjob health care provider was like, "Welp, the only thing you can do to survive is NEVER EAT REGULAR STRAWBERRIES AGAIN."

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 3:34 pm 0

On On Food, Cancer, and the Illusion of Control

I'm so sorry for what you and your husband went through! It's truly awful. But I am interested in what led you to feel like organic produce is more chemopreventative than regular produce-- I work in cancer research and everyone agrees lots of fruits and veggies are great, but I have never seen any studies on the benefits of certified organic produce. I hope this doesn't sound insensitive- I just have a professional curiosity. Best of luck to both of you with your health!

Posted on November 6, 2014 at 1:57 pm 2

On Living Together to Save Money

@francesfrances It totally does! And it's just tedious-- especially when one of you tends to remember to stop at the grocery store, or pick up coffee beans or dish soap-- little expenses that add up but are hard to keep track of.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 1:19 pm 0

On Living Together to Save Money

I impulsively cohabitated with two exes, neither of whom I had been dating for long-- one moved in with me because he and his roommate were being renovicted, and later I moved in with one because my roommate and I had to move within a week. Both were short-lived disasters. So my then-boyfriend, now-fiancé gave it a lot of thought & dated for two years before moving in together, because we wanted to make sure it was a good decision. We've been sharing an address for two years now and I have lots of tips! My biggest one is: get a joint checking account. We spent our first year living together using a shared spreadsheet of expenses in Dropbox which we updated semi-regularly and I hated it. Eventually we opened a joint account which has been amazing –we put in our share of the rent + $500 each month, and pay for everything (dinners out, groceries, trips, movie tickets) out of it. It’s so easy, and really it seems pretty low stakes because there’s not a ton of money in it. DO IT.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 12:53 pm 0

On The Work and Money-Related Secret Fantasies of Adults

Also Jazmine really nailed it with the universal desire for someone to selflessly share with you an HBO Go login.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm 2

On The Work and Money-Related Secret Fantasies of Adults

My secret money-related fantasy is every time I call a service provider to complain about how high my phone or internet bill is in comparison to the quality of the service, the person I talk to says, "Yep, let's cut that right down for you, no problemo, lookin' good, hey how about I give you a credit for all the annoyances of the past too." And they never put me on hold.

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 3:48 pm 2

On Kids Trick-or-Treating Across Class Lines Makes 1%er Feel Faint

I grew up in a fairly affluent neighbourhood, but would regularly trick-or-treat in a friend's even MORE affluent neighbourhood, where all the houses could be relied upon to hand out full-size candy bars. FULL SIZE. I would do it again, too. Kids go where the good stuff is.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 3:58 pm 0