Just FYI - If the person to whom you are sending these flowers has pets (in particular cats), NEVER sent anything with lilies in it. Lilies are REALLY toxic to cats, they can get incredibly sick if they just lick a petal or encounter some pollen, so keep that in mind when buying flowers for people.
@Ester Bloom Damn and blast indeed but I read a lot of epic fantasy series and there is nothing better than finishing a book of the series in bed and having the next book DELIVERED IMMEDIATELY into my greedy little hands. I am also trying to cut down on clutter in my life, and books are such a HUGE cause of that. We moved recently and, even though I had just done a book purge a few months earlier, I still ended up purging 4-5 more boxes of books. I've really culled it down my collection to books I look at *a lot* or books that really need to be, you know, physical books (big art books, graphic novels, etc.), so I'm feeling a lot better about that. Also, fewer paper products/waste/etc.!
I started watching Transparent this weekend and it is great! The family is sooooo Jewish, it is almost like the show-writers were listening in on my family's conversations (shtetl people!). My husband has a Prime subscription; I guess convenience, in this case, is outweighing my ethics. (I also have, and love, a first-edition Kindle, no lights no gadgets, just a simple e-reader, that I've had since, like, 2010 or 2011, and is still chugging along wonderfully, thank you Kindle).
@ThatJenn Sarasota is my hometown so yeah, it is pretty much the best and by far my favorite part of Florida, hands down, no question. And you are right, you can't wear shorts in all of Florida in December, but that is like, for a 3 or 4 week period tops.
@garli Um, I was born and raised in Florida and it is great and all you people are just jealous because half the year your weather is awful. Florida has beautiful beaches, wonderful seafood, quaint old Southern towns, cool wildlife, and incredible history in terms of architecture, art, circus, etc. Also, Disney World and theme parks and roller coasters, right in the middle of the state! I left Florida for grad school a few years ago and haven't moved back because life and jobs and whatnot, and every winter/every time I go visit my parents I am like "why did I leave?!" Sadly I probably won't be moving back anytime soon because the opportunities for what I do are somewhat limited in Florida. As stated above, I am pretty convinced that Florida haters just hate on Florida so much because Florida has beautiful weather year-round and you can wear shorts in December and that makes everyone not in Florida super jealous. Yes, Florida's state government has some cray people, and yes, Florida has a lot of cray things going on, but it is a pretty fun place to live and also not cold.
Hahaha the pie tag, amazing.
Okay, joining this again because many things in life have changed, namely I have a husband now vs. a fiance, and the husband is no longer a student but instead a working man, and we moved two weeks ago to a place where our rent is SIGNIFICANTLY lower. So we are now a two-income household with low rent, but a lot of debt from school and wedding and having to buy a second car because our new home is very far away from downtown and transportation and our workplaces are nowhere near each other. The car loan can't be helped, but we're going to use the opportunity of cheap rent to aggressively pay down our CC bills and start saving. Husband has his own debts with which he is dealing, both student and credit card, so I'm just going to track mine here: Visa Amazon Rewards Card August Debt: $4,002. This is a big combination of necessary wedding costs (ring, Ketubah, other things I didn't want my parents to pay for), filling in the gaps from my husband not working, and miscellaneous other expenses, some necessary, some not. The goal is to put no less than $500 a month here until it is gone. 2014 Ford Focus: We have $19,103.44 on a brand new car we bought in early August. APR is 5.7%, with monthly payments of around $300. Just going to pay this one slow and steady. Going to focus on paying the Visa down and then will be using surplus money to help husband with student loans and school-incurred credit card debt. And once we pay our credit cards off we hope to start saving for a house. Life is expensive.
Oh Ester, this is so timely for me. This morning while at shul, I picked up a membership packet at the synagogue I go to in my area. This synagogue, which is primarily a Conservative congregation that has an Orthodox Kehillah as well, thankfully does not ticket non-members on the High Holidays (a perk of living in the South, where there are not many Jews, and where a lot of the Jews go to Reform synagogues). But, I've been to this synagogue enough times that I was thinking I might want to get a membership. But when I saw the membership costs -- yikes!!! If you are in an adult household and one of you is under 30 (which will be me until March), it is $730 a year. But if you are over 30, eesh...nearly $2,000 for a household of two (which we are, although my husband is not Jewish so maybe I should only sign up for a household of one). Oi vey. I will give the synagogue props though for having a very cheap ($100 for the year) student rate, which makes sense because it is two blocks from a major university. Additionally, there was a note in the membership packet that if you can't pay the full fee, the synagogue is willing to work with you. As someone who works for an arts non-profit, I appreciate that. So, is it worth it? I am looking to build a stronger Jewish life for myself now that I have been in this area awhile, but I usually spend at least one of the High Holidays (both if my work schedule permits) with my family because my dad, who is a lawyer in his real life, is also a registered cantorial soloist with the Conservative movement and so travels around the country during the High Holidays to sing at synagogues that don't have a full-time cantor. For nearly a decade he's been at a lovely congregation in Pittsburgh which is quite pleasant to visit and, as the cantor's family, we don't have to get tickets (because, duh, but we're getting flights and hotel rooms, so, wash, I guess). I primarily attend the synagogue in my area for major holidays and the occasional Shabbat. When I'm feeling really Jew-y I'll actually participate, I've read Torah, and I read from the Megillah for them a few Purims ago, that is one *crunk* congregation on Purim. But--I don't have kids right now, so I don't care about the Hebrew School perks, and since the husband is not Jewish I'm really only at the synagogue a handful of times a year. So what do I do?!?! Continue to freebie it up while I can/am still childless/continue to attend a synagogue that awesomely doesn't charge for tickets on the High Holidays, or submit to my Jewish guilt and pay some membership fees. Or maybe just send a small donation to the synagogue around the High Holidays to thank them for not actually charging me anything to attend? Life is hard and being an adult is hard. Shanah Tova by the way.
My feelings toward coffee are totally the same as Ester's, and I've consumed Diet Coke my whole life (minus staggered periods of cold-turkey quitting), though as of late I actually prefer Coke Zero. Coke Zero 4eva. But I do try to limit it to one soda a day (typically a lunch) and don't need it every day at this point. Maybe my mornings would be more "up" if I had caffeine like coffee or tea but who knows.