On The Ethics of Only Selling Clothes for the Very Thin

@ronswansonluva I wonder about that also-- I'm tall & slim and I wear a size 0 or 2, and I can't imagine how girls who have the same build as me but are 5'0 instead of 5'8 would ever find anything that fits them! Clothing sizes for women are weird across the board.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 1:41 pm 0

On How to Stay Married: Splurge on the Honeymoon, Not the Open Bar

Can someone explain to me if a honeymoon is different from just a normal vacation that happens soonish after one's wedding? My fiancé and I have an agreement/goal that we like to take one international vacation to a new place every year, determined by whims and flight deals, basically. So is it a "honeymoon" if it's our first trip post-wedding? Or do we have to do weird stuff like get the hotel staff to sprinkle rose petals on our bed? I seriously am not sure. I imagine honeymoons date back to when travel was more expensive and newly married couples were younger and so it may have been their first real trip together, but now that many people DO travel so much, is it just an outdated concept?

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 12:51 pm 0

On My Debt Problem Began With a Wallet

Oh wow, I loved your first novel. Congrats on the second!

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0

On How the Gilmore Girls Do Money

A few comments from a Gilmore Girls-obsessed lunatic: 1. It bothers me immensely that Rory and Lorelei never actually eat the food in front of them. They are always picking at it with their forks and rarely actually consuming it. They are always leaving full plates at Luke's! It pains me to see so many staged cheeseburgers go uneaten. 2. Logan is a dirtbag but I appreciate that he calls Rory out for being a hypocrite when she makes fun of rich people. She is so rich that her grandparents endow a planetarium in her name. 3. The show deals really badly with all the non-rich people. There is no class mobility in Gilmore Girls! No one but Rory gets to go to college: Dean becomes a construction worker and divorcee by age 19 (19!), Lane drops out of college and has two kids and a minimum wage job by 21, the class differences that make Marty sympathetic are negated by the show inexplicably turning him into a crazy person in Season 7. Ugh!

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm 1

On Things I Am Looking For in The Mid-Sized City of My Dreams

@Josh Michtom@facebook Nanaimo, BC actually fits this bill pretty well! I mean, Maeghan, look at this: http://www.kijiji.ca/v-house-for-sale/nanaimo/1265-mcgillvary-ave/1023118033?enableSearchNavigati (I mean only in relation to weather; I only drove through Nanaimo on my way to more fun places, and cannot speak to their culture.)

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm 0

On Money Talks: An Advice Column for Women in the Workplace

@ALady Also at universities I'm pretty sure they'd respond by saying "Well, that might be standard at Company X, but here we can only pay you between these amounts." Because they have unions and standard pay rates for different jobs.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 12:36 pm 0

On Money Talks: An Advice Column for Women in the Workplace

@wafflez Yes to all of the above, and also keep an eye out for other positions at your university. Being an internal hire is a huge advantage, and a good way to move up to a higher pay grade in a related field. My university is very similar to the above- 2% annual COL raises + 1-3% performance raises per year. I have always thought that was pretty decent, plus it's extremely hard to NOT get a raise-- HR steps in on behalf of employees who are not getting salary increases each year, which is nice if you're an employee.

Posted on October 3, 2014 at 12:33 pm 0

On The Cost of Running in My First 5K

I am also in favour of foam rollers for fixing shin splints (I am evangelical about mine) AND good sports bras. I am a big fan of the Fiona by Moving Comfort, which is not unreasonably priced (I got my last one on sale for like $40), which just keeps everything where it should be. I feel sympathetic pains when I see women running in unsupportive bras. Also agree that the only real necessary expenses are good shoes + a good bra. I ran in old t-shirts and leggings that doubled as pjs for the first year I was running regularly because I didn't want to blow money on nice gear until I knew the habit would stick. But I do vote that if you have high arches or flat feet or anything requiring special support AND you have extended health insurance or some disposable income, get custom orthotics. Mine made a huge difference, although I might not have been eager to spend $450 on them if my insurance didn't cover it.

Posted on October 2, 2014 at 5:44 pm 1

On Who's Taking Care of Your Baby?

@vanderlyn Well it seems to follow from your statement that the corresponding first condition is "Have children" and the second is "having too many children." Which we have improved on, considerably, because the average number of children in countries where things like contraception and family planning are broadly available has fallen sharply, to the point where most industrialized nations are not having enough children to maintain the population. A world where industrialized nations have too few children and improverished countries have too many children doesn't balance out economically, culturally or socially; it doesn't make any sense for Germans to stop having kids just because there are so many kids in Uganda.

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 5:27 pm 1

On Who's Taking Care of Your Baby?

@vanderlyn The first flaw in your take on this topic is that basically nothing in human behaviour is rational (please see: drinking alcohol; desk jobs; hot yoga; impractical footwear; listening to music really loudly). It seems pretty flimsy to suggest that the abundance of "unwanted" children should negate the desire for biological children. That seems to speak a lot more to the need for cheap, available contraception; sex education; and legal rights and equality for women. Plus it's terrible that there are so many children waiting for adoption and in foster homes, but as anyone who has tried to adopt can tell you, it's neither simple nor straightforward to adopt one. The rest of it-- having children doesn't always render one's life more financially tenuous, and maximum financial stability is not the top priority for many people. And I'm pretty sure there are ways that everyone can decrease their impact on landfills and global warming besides voluntary nulliparity. It's cool that you don't want to have children, but this seems a lot like throwing out into the world "I don't understand why anyone watches football and I'd just like to engage on this topic in a reasoned way." Like, I also don't have children, but come on.

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 4:49 pm 3