I grew up right over the state line in Currituck County, NC. Small, small world. Is this a safe place to remember punk and ska shows at the Boathouse?
@Mellivoracious Yep, I did a year of AmeriCorps about seven years ago and have had a great response in interviews. I've also used the director of the non-profit I serve at as a professional reference, which has worked out really well, too!
@ATF@twitter Tent camping is the best! Wool socks are the name of the game! Some thin gloves are great for sitting around the campfire in the evening, too. Spiced rum is delicious in hot chocolate and makes a great evening camp drink, by the way.
I worked at a call center a few years ago. Our phone systems had options to choose from for why you weren't accepting calls at that time (lunch, break, personal (bathroom)). We got paid for lunch, two fifteen minute breaks, and bathroom breaks. However, if a supervisor noticed that you were taking multiple or very long personal breaks, you would get called out. Interestingly enough, since we could all see each others statuses (kind of like a messaging system), there was a fair amount of peer policing. If Logan were taking a lot of personal breaks, everyone else would bitch because more calls would come to them. Luckily, no one was completely heartless, and pregnant or older ladies were never called out by peers or supervisors. Man, I never thought I'd be speaking well of my old call canter job. T-Mobile can suck it.
Ok, I have an etiquette question (after 4 attempts to spell etiquette). Yesterday, I had a 14-hour workday with a 2-hour break in the evening. My husband met me for dinner at a local brew pub and we were settling in to have a nice dinner before I had to return to work for the night. I got up to use the restroom and met one of my professors with her small child. The pub was very full and she asked if we had room at our table. I laughed at first, because she said it in kind of a joking way, but then she added "no, seriously, do you have room?" Now, Mr. McDillet and I don't have kids and honestly don't regularly hang out with kids. Mr. McDillet also has some social anxiety that would make having an unplanned meal with my professor and her kid pretty torturous. Since she put me on the spot, I blurted out something about my husband not being very child-friendly, which of course sounds weird. She eventually got a table and talked to me before we left, so I don't think she was too bothered. But on a scale of 1 to 10, how rude was I to not let her join us?
@jfruh I spent an entire year sleeping on an inflatable mattress, and our $800 mattress is probably my favorite possession. 6 years after buying it, Mr. McDillet and I still have regular conversations about how awesome it is (usually after traveling).
@ThatJenn I love our pricey mattress so, so much. It is really the best $800 we ever spent. We did one of those "no interest for a year" things and made payments, but it was worth it. It is 6 years old now and still amazing.
I live in a college town and it would be pretty easy to do something similar here. It seems like every department has a stack of half-eaten pizzas in the main office at any given time. The med school in particular seems to cater every handshake.
@bowtiesarecool I was actually allergic to my first wedding band (white gold has nickle in it! Did not know that!) and ended up replacing it with a $7 sterling silver band. So there's that.
@TheDilettantista Congrats! I had a similar experience of not particularly wanting/needing an engagement ring, but then-boyfriend (now husband) really wanting to get me one. I had suggested an emerald ring but found out that emeralds are very soft and I was working in what was essentially manual labor at the time, so it would have been destroyed pretty quickly. I ended up picking out a little 3-stone diamond ring (totaling like .5c)and Mr. McDillet was upset when he heard me describe it as "you know, one of those anniversary-style rings." He really wanted it to read "engaged." @ThatJenn, I hear ya on the crazy wedding pressure. We had a cookout at a state forest and I definitely got some side-eye for it not being "weddingy" enough.