On Moving to Cambodia Was My Socialist Revolution, And Other Things My Parents Taught Me About Following Your Dreams

I really, really loved this. The Billfold and its amazing contributors have been killing it lately.

Posted on April 23, 2014 at 4:10 pm 3

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@Caitlin with a C Good call! I wear the work dress + cardigan combination regularly, so the suit jacket swap wouldn't be too obvious to coworkers.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 5:12 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@ThatJenn You are an inspiration! I really need to go the automatic route. Right now we're doing a sort of "looks like we might have an extra hundred bucks in the checking account, maybe we should move it into savings?" thing that is not particularly successful.

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 5:10 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

The stress of the unknown! A few weeks ago, my boss mentioned that her boss was considering me for a new position that was being created. It would be a serious jump for me, and would include a significant pay increase and about 10 additional paid days off per year. After asking my boss if it was ok, I discussed the position with her boss, who was very positive, spoke to me at length about my credentials and experience and drew me a diagram of where "my" office would be. We emailed back and forth for about a week, then nothing for several more. Finally, yesterday, she told me the job has been approved and should be posted within a week. I am having kind of a meltdown. This is very good news, but I have no idea what my actual chances of getting this job are. The vibes I've gotten from my boss and her's have varied from "it's as good as yours!" to "no harm in applying." I am wanting to plan fun summer trips but can't until I know what's going on with this position. I guess I don't have a question, I'm just turbo-analyzing every interaction I've had with either boss in the past month. Actually, I do have a question: if I interview for a position within my department, should I still wear a suit to the interview?

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm 0

On Should Vs. Must

@guenna77 "Of course, the best way to make money is to figure out what you love and then give yourself to it. Because the people who consistently choose Must over Should find a way to make it work, and, once they take the leap, they find it’s easier to make money doing what they love than they ever imagined." My eyes almost rolled out of my head.

Posted on April 9, 2014 at 9:57 am 0

On The Rust Belt, a Biodynamic Farm, and Other Places I've Lived

@Nicole J. Johns@facebook Mountains are where it's at. For all of the awful things that can be (and usually are) said about WV, we have some spectacular open space. I'm so glad camping season is upon us!

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 4:40 pm 1

On The Rust Belt, a Biodynamic Farm, and Other Places I've Lived

Mr. McDillet and I discussed biodynamic farming on our first date, down to its spooky yet weirdly effective nature. Off to bury a cow horn packed with the entrails of a hog on the northwest corner of our property! Also, Morgantown, WV represent! Not that you mentioned Morgantown, I just feel like SW PA is the closest we'll get.

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:27 pm 1

On Friday Estimate

@Derbel McDillet Haha, "loosing." I guess that kind of works when it comes to bowel control.

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Friday – Fishing licenses for Mr. McDillet and myself (and I?), $75. Hotdogs, buns, and various snackie bits for Friday night bonfire, ingredients for chocolate babka, around $30. Saturday – Hopefully $0, pruning fruit trees, fencing our beehive (the bears are waking up!). Sunday – Also hopefully $0, fishing, maybe starting some seeds indoors. So around $110-120 Wow, this weekend makes my life sounds way more idyllic than it is. I live in a trailer and my dog seems to be loosing control of his bowels, if that helps balance the picture.

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 12:16 pm 1

On Student Loan Debt: Bad for the Economy

@Sarah Rain@facebook Just wanted to chime in to say that I totally agree. It seems like every year there is a new "necessity" that comes with a monthly bill. Blurgh.

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 7:41 pm 0