On Friday Estimate

Last Friday night, I worked until 9pm and then ordered takeout Thai BUT THE RESTAURANT WAS CLOSED WHEN I GOT THERE. Tonight, whatever it takes to replicate that experience with a different ending ($30 for 2?). Tomorrow I need to make/get dessert + bottle of wine for a dinner party ($20). Sunday we are going to check out the Blue Angels and other festivities for the 1812 celebration. Traffic will be a nightmare, so we are walking - $0 for parking but $25 for coffee/water one way and late lunch early dinner on the way home. Misc. groceries at some point, so I will round up to $100.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 9:46 am 0

On Paying for the Things You Never Fathomed You'd Pay For

@apples and oranges I just posted a comment about this a couple of days ago. We're phone twins. I *really* do not want to pay for data. There are times when it would legitimately help me to do my job better, and there is an assumption that people in my age/income bracket/profession have smartphones, which has been awkward or problematic occasionally. But not like $1200/year awkward, am I right? Holding out ... for now.

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 12:32 pm 0

On Open Thread: When Do You Replace Your Phone?

'Folders, I still have a dumb slide phone and I really need to upgrade to a smartphone, but I am scared and don't know how to do it. And also I technically obviously don't NEED one and I am finding that hurdle difficult to jump over, despite the fact that my phone is dying and my life would be made much easier with an updated phone that would allow me to check email. Wah.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 6:19 pm 1

On The Cost of Five Days on Fire Island

This sounds like a lovely vacation and I have always wondered what those "week at the beach"-type trips would really cost. I am only slightly disappointed that Tina Fey doesn't vacation on an island where people wear dark socks to the beach (after the French custom.)

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 12:45 pm 3

On 1 Thing Compares 2 U

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!

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:54 pm 0

On The Year We Saved $10K: Cue 'Braveheart' Soundtrack

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?

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 1:31 pm 1

On The Year We Saved $10K: Cue 'Braveheart' Soundtrack

@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.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 1:27 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@sariberry Good luck! What's on the menu?

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 10:54 am 0

On Friday Estimate

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?

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 10:41 am 0

On What's in a Name? Oh, Only Your Success in Life

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.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 5:01 pm 0