@shannowhamo Yes!! See that's a perfect example of a one thing!
@Allison Yes! Honestly, I'd be happy to write in my one things and you can use those, because I'd really like to see this column stay!
I LOVE THE ONE THING. Ok so I have...I don't know what to call it but I have no focus and am easily distracted and get overwhelmed with stuff and forget things and procrastinate because I hate trying to remember the things I have to do. But, because of this I am also an intense lover of to do lists and schedules so having the one thing pop up makes a huge difference as to whether or not I get things done. It gives me a day, Thursday, to focus on it and it feels sort of like a community thing because you get to read the comments and everyone is doing their things. And yeah, occasionally I wont do my thing because of issues or whatever but most of the time I do and I do way more things and get things done much faster and better because of the 'one thing thursday'. So, I hope the one thing stays.
My haircuts are usually $35-45 at Sei Tomoko (in NYC) but I sometimes get a student discount, depending on if I bring my ID. My boyfriend goes to Casablanca Hair Salon where all haircuts are $15 (or maybe $20) and I got a good haircut there once (the only time I went) but it's easier to go from my neighborhood in Queens (Jackson Heights) to Manhattan than to that part of Astoria so I pay more for convenience/familiarity with the hairdressers.
@garysixpack I mean, unless there are jobs that consist of just filling out standardized tests all day (and I'm sure these jobs exist) it shouldn't be a problem? Being stressed out by standardized test doesn't mean you can't handle any other kind of stressful environment.
@meatcute For vegetables, sometimes CSAs and farmers markets can be a really good deal. This varies widely depending on where you live though. In my neighborhood, aside from the winteriest months where only the fancy stands remain, the farmers market has super cheap veggies (like, fill up a whole bag and it's magically $2). But the CSAs are expensive. In my friends neighborhood there are no affordable grocery stores or farmers markets but her CSA is really cheap. So I'd recommend poking around and seeing what you have outside of the standard grocery stores.
I've said this before but I would like to say it again: the billfold's photo choices are flawless.
@angry little raincloud I will try that! Because of the nature of my position (I'm an assistant) and the way my office treats people in my position (other assistants)/people they perceive as beneath them I do not get the same leeway for just taking time off without a detailed excuse, even though technically company rules mean we have to be treated the same/get the same amount of vacation time. This is part of why I want to quit! I think I will try your example though, and if pressed maybe make a vague reference to 'personal errands' or something. We'll see how it goes!!
@nell I think the issue for me is that I just had a bunch of real appointments, so I'm not sure I could convince them that I suddenly need more (fake?) appointments when I have basically run out of sick time and also told my boss that the health issue was resolved and wouldn't result in me taking any more time off. Vague appointments sounds like a good idea.
@sea ermine I'm sorry, I think I may have been a little unclear! I was legitimately sick with a real health issue that my boss is aware of, that required me to take a number of days/hours off work over the past few months. I have not lied about being sick at any point and do not intend to, I have been sick enough already and certainly wouldn't want more doctors office trips, fake or real. Also I would feel wildly uncomfortable faking sick time since my office has already been accommodating with my actual illness. What I was trying to say is that because I had to recently take some time off for my illness, which was exacerbated by work, I now don't know how to realistically take more time off work (not sick days, just like...hours where I am not in the office, general PTO) and I wasn't sure how to combine that with interviewing. Especially since if I start taking time off for interviews and then get hired, I am worried they will think I wasn't really sick when I very much was, it just coincided terribly with my job taking an awful turn. That said, I do like your idea about saying that I am seeing someone outside of work for general/ambiguous appointments. I'm not sure if I would mention stress, as my manager is..part of the toxicity of my workplace and I am concerned she might assume the stress comes from her (it does) and then lash out at me for it. But I still like the general idea you provided, it was very helpful.