my dad always loves to say to me and my sister "you know, statistically-speaking, people with daughters are a lot less likely to get put into nursing homes than people with sons." so he's made it pretty clear what he expects of us. that said, they have given us a lot and i definitely feel that i owe it to them to take care of them well when they're old.
i like buying snacks when traveling because i feel like airport/airplane calories don't count. chocolate and gummies for everyone!! also i second the water bottle move. i always bring my empty klean kanteen- so many airports now have special water bottle filling stations at their water fountains.
I hear this conversation happen a lot and I feel like people often forget that there are other options besides just urban city center and sprawling suburbs choked with tract housing. There are so many shades of gray in between, and I feel like we're limiting our options by creating this false dichotomy.
my employer provided them for free. i rarely use mine except to give to family members as sort of a souvenir of adulthood, but i'm glad i have them.
my parents' stance had always been that i could live at home if i needed to, but they wouldn't be giving me a dime post-college. considering that they paid for undergrad, it seemed more than fair. i did live at home for 3 months post-college while i job searched, and helped out a lot with chores while doing so. pretty much earned a masters in housewifing during that time- did all the cleaning, cooking, shopping, and laundry.
On Tax Season
taxes season stresses me out so much, mostly because 1. i have investments that make my tax situation sorta complicated and 2. interacting with the people who i hire to prepare my taxes gives me major anxiety. for some reason, it's really really important to me that they (a bunch of middle aged dudes) not think i'm an idiot who has no idea what is going on with her tax situation. also whenever they call me i am at work in my open-plan office and have to frantically dash around to find a private place to discuss with them.
@limenotapple i agree. when i was doing an internship in college during a particularly depressed point in my life, i ate out almost every work day and it really helped keep me sane. i don't think that eating out for lunch is an inherently bad idea- it all depends on how it fits into your greater financial (and mental health!) picture
I don't know where this myth of the messed-up only child came from... I know plenty of only children who are wonderful, socialized, well-adjusted adults.
went to a fancy spin class and there was a minor malfunction in their fancy metrics system. emailed to ask what happened and got a free fancy spin class!
On Living Alone
Interesting- I have never lived with friends (post-college, that is) and always lived with strangers, which perhaps is why I was so eager to live on my own. I had 3 stranger roommates in 3 years in NYC and by the end I was more than ready to just not have to deal with other people. Perhaps if I had lived with someone knew and felt more comfortable/in harmony with, things would have been different. But I love my studio and you can pry it out of my cold, dead hands.