@readyornot I usually do meal plans on Sunday, but every once in a while I really get my ish together, plan on Friday and shop first thing Saturday morning. That timing lends itself to Friday Estimate commenting! Congratulations on whatever it is you are celebrating!
On Amtrak Hacks
I would add, between #1 & #2: before you buy, Google "Amtrak discount codes." For instance, if you are going to Vermont (recommended, Vermont is lovely), you can get a discount—BUT you will find it nowhere on the Amtrak website. You have to go to some Vermont tourism website and click through to Amtrak through there.
Remember the Billfold meal planning Google Group? Is that still active? I don't have an estimate, but this is my meal plan for the coming week: Sunday - spinach tomato quesadillas (from budget bytes) Tuesday - chana masala (from Good & Cheap) Thursday - Mexican bean salad (from Bittman's 101 salads in the NYT a couple of years ago) Saturday - lemon cream basil pasta with garlic bread (from my head) (The missing nights are my husband's cooking nights.) Anyone else care to share?
@Karebot She inspired me to get with the program, and it is indeed great!
Reading the articles about the declining teen pregnancy rates, I would like to see the question of teenage boys' sperm counts addressed. I have no idea if there is actually there, but I read so many things about how many pollutants we consume that can affect fertility, and it seems like it could have an effect. Does anyone have any research about this?
Seeing Anya and Xander raises this question: does anyone else think it's a little weird that Angel (the series) went to the demonic pregnancy well so many times, while Buffy (the series) never did?
@polka dots vs stripes You bring up so many salient points! My one quibble: not all IUDs are hormonal. But yes, you are right, right, right.
Before "spoilers" were a thing, I got mad at my sister for discussing "Out of Sight" in front of me and she looked at me coolly and said, "Get with the program."
@LFR I am a big saver, and then this year we bought an apartment! So that is something. We didn't put down a crazy down payment or anything, but I was glad we had the opportunity to put down what we did. But on a psychological level, saving money makes me feel secure, like I will be able to handle any unexpected bumps in the road. Any month where I spend more than I make gets me feeling a little anxious.
I'm surprised Elyse Sewell isn't on the list! Not that I've followed her career, but I liked her on the show, and she was a very funny writer.