I got home from a very active vacation in an extremely hot and humid place on Tuesday evening and have left a backpack full of laundry in a corner of my apartment since then. Tonight's the night!
I would *love* to have a spreadsheet that lists the best prices for staples. I feel like I just don't know, even though I am old and have lived on my own for years and cook most of my meals. I am easily overwhelmed by all of the different grocery stores and circulars and whatnot, and feel like Lucille Bluth half the time. I mean, it's one banana, how much could it cost, $10?
@zimm $800 for a 2BR is definitely a pipe dream these days near H Street! I got an awesome deal when I moved to NoMa (before they changed the name, I guess?) in 2010 and it was still awesome when I left DC to take a higher-paying job in a cheaper city (Baltimore) where I could still afford a 1BR apartment on my own. My landlord charged the next person in my room 25% more than I was paying.
@sariberry Good luck! What's on the menu?
Studying is finally over and I'm itching to get out and have fun. It's payday and the first deposit that reflects my merit raise - but also rent is due and I am going on vacation next week, so gotta moderate. Tonight is Restaurant Week dinner with pals in Little Italy ($80 if I cover a friend to whom I owe a favor, $40 if she outsmarts me), tomorrow is book club ($25 for gas, $5 for ice cream), Sunday brunch with other friends and their babies (no idea! $30 if we're going out?), dinner with my family ($0), and hitting Target for a few vacation sundries ($15). $115 to $150?
Me, me! I have a first name that many people read as African American and a last name that is Central European/reads as "white." Everyone from the HR Director at a former employer ("we were debating whether you were black or white, based on your resume!") to my boyfriend's mom (her first question about me when he mentioned he was dating someone with my name was, "Is she black?!" - charming) has something to say about it.
@missedconnections I could really get on board with the concept of a year of EWYL (Eat What You Love)
@Anon Writer Anon! Thanks for writing. It sounds like you made the right call - emotionally, I would NOT be able to handle living in my tiny 1BR with an ex. Hope you have exactly what you want planned for this weekend, and I wish I could buy you a drink!
@Allison Ugh, I hear that. And I hate it.