Salmon Jerky I was trying to eat more oily fish, and thought "hey, I like beef jerky!"...no, do not buy salmon jerky. The cat liked it though, based on the fact that she took if off the counter and broke into it. It does kind of smell like cat food.
I get my hair cut by students at the Aveda institute for about $13 with my student discount. I've never had a bad haircut (I'm a woman with pretty long hair, so honestly no one ever even notices my haircuts). I also live in the cheapest haircut city on that map! Yay Minneapolis!
@polka dots vs stripes I keep trying to make whole wheat pizza crust from scratch, and every time I am deeply disappointed because it is not nearly as good (in texture, taste, consistency) as my pizza crust using white flour. I feel like it should be possible to make good whole wheat pizza, bc I love whole wheat everything else (pasta, bread, muffins, bagels, etc.
@WayDownSouth I do think that being able to figure out what sort of work you want for a career when you are 18 or 19 years old is mostly luck though. I think a lot of people end up in jobs that they "chose" as an uninformed young adult, but then can't seem to break out of when they discover they chose wrong. I really, REALLY like your point about choosing a career which is in demand. For the most part, the factors that highly influence how much a person likes a job are culture or financial things which you CAN choose if the field is in demand. Those aren't the ONLY factors that influence how much you like a job though, and there is a lot of luck in having been guided to think about careers this way. ("pick something in high demand" is not really the dominant narrative we as a culture are telling young people about career planning)
I just hate the continued idea that humanities degrees do not offer transferable skills to other fields. Clear writing, analyzing problems, creative thinking, working well with others; the humanities have all of the most high-demand job skills in spades. Majoring in art history because you think you will be an art historian may be foolish; majoring in art history so that you can use all of the general skills you will obtain as a result in another field SHOULD be an option. People are (mostly) not one-function robots.
Oh man. I started teaching hs as a senior in college, and I wore ALL THE SUITS. I was very good at finding deals at second-hand stores, and so that is where all of my quality adult clothing came from; I dressed pretty formally and conservatively at work. My principal had a banner over his office that said "Dress for Success". Then I quit teaching and moved into the tech industry, and I either work at home or in a two-person office. I didn't realize how restrained I felt by my business clothes. I am like "I CAN WEAR WHATEVER - ALL THE RED LIPSTICK AND BADASS BOOTS PLEAZE!!!" This was an unanticipated benefit of my new job. I feel like clothing and makeup are fun again, and I don't worry about 18 year old boys checking out my butt if I wear jeans.
I studied Arabic and computer science, and I feel like the spy jokes are my life. Everyone I talk to about work inevitably says "have you considered...becoming a spy?!" and then looks at me expectantly, as though they have just handed me a valuable career revelation. Then they stare at me dead serious waiting for me to, idk, tell them "yes great idea I'm off to apply!" bc you should definitely announce your desire to pursue undercover work publicly. I feel like I need to head off this conversation by declaring "and no I do not want to work for the CIA k thnx!!!" when I give my background. (To be fair, when I decided what to go to college for at age 17, I mostly DID want to be a spy.)
Tonight: My boyfriend and I gloriously have no plans, so we will probably just hang out at home. I have been eyeing a new pair of riding boots at Macys and conveniently have a birthday giftcard there, so I might end up ordering those. (Boots $119.00-11.00 sale - 50.00 gift card = ~$58.00) Saturday: Boxing class in the morning (already paid) and friends' engagement party at night at a bar (hopefully about ~40.00 in drinks for my boyfriend and I) Sunday: Church in the morning. I need to go to the grocery store, and my goal is $60 for the week but it usually is closer to 80 (I'll round to $70) I'm going to estimate $168, assuming we do not go to the liquor store this weekend.
I just went back to school for software engineering, and I've been so nervous about how I would fit in (as a woman whose undergrad degree was in the liberal arts). So far though, every male programmer/engineer I know has been incredibly encouraging and most of my self-doubt seems internally generated. Like, over the top welcoming and insistent that I am capable. I do worry about upcoming team projects in future classes though, because I don't feel like I have a crowd of friends in class the way some of the guys do. And I do notice that when there are multiple women in a class, they seem to self-segregate to work on things together. I don't mind working with other women, but it seems strange when a room full of working adults separates along gender lines. The program is really diverse in terms of nationality of origin - and project teams seem to include people from different language and home backgrounds - but the gender division is stark.