On "How Are You?" "Busy."

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.

Posted on November 9, 2014 at 12:08 pm 0

On Fear-Based Spending

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.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 12:57 pm 0

On Multiple Raises a Year

@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.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 12:47 pm 0

On Account Joined

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.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 2:40 am 3

On What Did Your First Job Pay Then and What Does It Pay Now?

My first job (gardening/landscaping) paid $9/hour, which in 2003 dollars is $11.59. Since I went back to school last year, I have a minimum wage work-study job that pays $9/hour, which in 2014 dollars is... $9. Sad trombone!

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 12:40 pm 1

On Fourth of July Weekend Estimate

Driving out of state for a wedding (probably 4 tanks of gas round trip, about $150 split two ways) Staying in a big house with friends, $115 per person for three nights Pitching in for groceries/beer for said house - $20ish Probably going out for meals or drinks at least a couple times, $60? Just bought the gift last night so I'm going to count it, $70 split two ways AND if we are counting today as the weekend, my best friend is visiting just for today so we'll probably be eating our way through the city so that's maybe $60 also. Total: about $360, oof. Also I have to pay my half of the rent but I'm not counting that. :P

Posted on July 3, 2014 at 9:53 am 0

On Do 1 Thing (And a Report on a Successful Thing!)

@acid burn I did 2 of the three terrible things! Plus some bonus terrible things that weren't so bad. Hooray!

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 8:19 pm 0

On Do 1 Thing (And a Report on a Successful Thing!)

I have SO MANY 1 things today. :( Priority 1 is: I need to call my car insurance because I realized that I never got my bill/new insurance card, and my insurance expired on the 22nd so I can't drive my car until I get that figured out. 2) Call my health insurance company and fight with them about the $400 bill that it says very clearly in my coverage info should be covered. I have always only had HMOs, where there is no point in fighting, so I'm feeling very out of my depth here, but people... can do this, right? 3) Figure out what I'm wearing to this wedding in a week. Clothes shopping: blerg.

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm 0

On Battle of the Budgets: YNAB or Mint?

I used to use Mint religiously but all their dumb glitches combined with the fact that I'm mostly living off my savings while I'm in school has made it pretty useless. These days I just glance at it on my phone when I want to know how much I've spent on eating out so I can justify buying my lunch. I'm trying the YNAB free trial but I don't yet see how they're different, other than YNAB being a lot more work. But I'm not dismissing it yet!

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 2:22 pm 0

On Have You Considered Being an Air Traffic Controller Today?

@@fo I knew something looked weird about it, whoops. The curse of the five-minute edit window!

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 12:56 pm 0