@Derbel McDillet Looking back at the pictures, I also wish I had worn a bra.
I wore a $15 white sundress from TJ Maxx. We had a cookout at a local state forest and my mom made a cake decorated with marzipan salamanders. It was pretty awesome. I've been to some big, beautiful weddings, and had a great time at every one, but I don't regret our low-key celebration. I do wish we had sprung for a professional photographer.
I work in an office and definitely have my "work face." I think two big factors for me are being really busy at work and working with clients in crisis (albeit over the phone). I usually don't have time to stew. Another factor is having zero desire to get involved with co-worker drama (arguing with coworkers about politics/religion/dietary preferences ruins my day). I tend to keep a pretty firm work life/personal life separation. Maybe to the point where it's not entirely healthy.
This is my plan, too. My husband is about 10 years older, so the plan is for me to hopefully work part-time (but benefits-eligible, so 20 hours a week or more in my organization) when he retires. I actually enjoy working, despite not having an amazing, creative job.
@Allison oh man, I make those oven fajitas all the time. I've found that I like an all-veggie version of them best, but I've made them with chicken and venison, too. Budget Bytes is the best!
@jquick Thanks! I really appreciate the advice.
I really liked this piece. I guess I could consider taking a lower-paying job with more leave as prosocial spending, since I'm essentially paying to have more leisure time. Worth it!
How soon is too soon to ask for a raise/promotion? A little background: I've been at my company/position for 6 months. When I interviewed, I made it clear that one of my professional goals what to obtain a certain certification. This certification requires one year of work in a certain professional class with a masters degree (which I have). My current position would require a small classification bump to meet the requirement. My interviewers seemed excited that I was interested in this certification, since it would also look good for my department/supervisor. So now I have my 6 month review coming up. My supervisor has already told me it will be "glowing" and I've received exclusively positive feedback since I started. Would it be out of line to ask if/when I could expect this bump? I'm thinking of couching it in a "I'm very future-oriented (which is true) and would love to discuss what you see for my future with the department." Is that too much for a 6 month review? Save it for the year?
Our school clothes were always bought on layaway when I was a kid. While I've never personally used it, I definitely support its existence. I'm also with backstagebethy in that I love my large tax refund.