@Human Centipaul I think you make a great point. Mr. McDillet and I chose the other side of the coin: living in a rural area and accepting that we have fewer career opportunities. It's worth it for us, because we're ag-type people (bees, chickens, garden, the works) but we understand that our career progressions may not be as direct as our peers. Luckily, we are able to commute together to the small city in which we both work.
@megra This is hilarious. I just ordered two rain jackets from Sierra Trading Post before seeing this comment.
@LA Agreed. I hike a lot in homemade skirts with $10 bike shorts underneath and cheap-ass t-shirts. Also agreed about REI. I think REI is to me what Whole Foods is to some people. I both lust after everything there and resent the fact that I lust after everything there.
@ceereelyo Sierra Trading Post (online) has great deals on good brands. I just bought Marmot rain jackets for Mr. McDillet and myself for $50 each.
@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.