I would say 20-30 minutes is my limit unless it's somewhere I know has a ridiculous line every time in which case I'll usually eat a snack (ok, a small meal) in preparation.
I went out for my friend's 24th birthday and spent $30 on a burger, tots for the group, a beer, and tequila shots for the birthday girl and myself because that's the kind of party it was. Other than that I stayed in and watched Netflix, and also I spent $200 registering for the NCLEX (eek!).
Have we already talked about how Jeph Jacques got a C&D from Walmart for creating walmart.horse? http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/walmart-issues-cease-desist-walmart-horse-owner-article-1.2143849
@fletchasketch I have always had non-standard job titles and it made it a total nightmare to job search and also try to justify getting paid more, since I couldn't do things like search Glassdoor for my made-up title. Now that I've changed careers, one of the only non-terrible things about job searching is that I can just search for "registered nurse" and know what I'm looking at.
@HelloTheFuture Just boil a bunch of it and keep it in a bottle!
"A deeply ingrained distrust of uniforms and any who wear them..." I didn't know that anyone else had a problem with this! In the 60s, my grandma wouldn't let my mom join (or, she could join but she wasn't allowed to wear the uniform) because the Girl Scouts were "too much like the Hitler Youth."
I tend to say things like "I'm so busy, everything is crazy, but it's good! I'm still having a good time." which I hope mitigates some of the need for sympathy and/or one-upmanship.
I will say that we have a Brita filter (and just finally got a shiny new one) because it makes the water taste better, even though our water is totally safe to drink. But also I've been doing some emergency training for my neighborhood association, and part of that is putting together an emergency kit, and that stuff can get PRICEY. I've definitely fallen down some Amazon window-shopping rabbit holes in the process. Do I need the ultra-deluxe emergency radio that has a digital tuner and cell-phone charger, or can I make do with the cheap hand-crank kind? And in addition to all the first aid kits and duct tape and canned food, they want you to do things like put together a two-bucket toilet system in case of a major disaster that wipes out all the plumbing, and... I just really don't think I'm going to go that far.
@hollanding At my nonprofit job I quit a year ago(!), they gave us a 3% COL after THREE YEARS of nothing. Then they acted kind of snippy when we weren't all jumping for joy. I don't even know what I would (will?) do with myself somewhere where raises are an actual thing.
In Washington the birth filing form reads: Is Mother Married to the Father? Yes/No If NO: Was Mother Married to anyone during this pregnancy? and it always just makes me think the form is looking for gossip.