On It's Time to Talk About 'Snowpiercer,' the Best Action Movie of the Summer

Loved this movie except for the laaaasssst bit where Ed Harris had to explain everything but it didn't ruin it for me. Although Little Timmy coming out in a fur snowsuit that FIT HIM PERFECTLY *almost* ruined it and definitely had me squawking at my screen. LITTLE TIMMY WHERE DID YOU GET THAT SUIT. Really loved the "Beloved" reference in the above conversation, well done. Also, all the Foucault references (lolz). The trope of "orchestrating social events for population control" is a very sci-fi thing (i read a lot of sci-fi) , so that didn't take me out of it too too much. Loved Tilda. Loved Allison Pill. Loved Captain America. Loved the damn carp. I truly did enjoy this film, in hindsight, and also never want to go on a train, it looks claustrophobic.

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm 1

On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

I am the person who never forgets to pack anything ever, and it is true, your wedding makes you forget everything. The overnight bag I packed for the hotel we stayed at the night of our wedding conveniently did not include: -Deoderant -Facewash (which, that wedding makeup was ON, amazingly I remembered makeup remover) -Shaving cream -Toothpaste -Sundry other toiletries that I borrowed from the husband. I ended up texting my parents at 3 in the morning with a list of items of mine to bring to the casual farewell breakfast the next day, and then that morning had to text them to bring the belts I had left in my childhood closet. Oi.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 11:48 am 1

On Exciting SNOWPIERCER Film Club Updates!

@HelloTheFuture How can I lead with two good arms?

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 4:27 pm 2

On Here Is Your Open Thread

That Caity Weaver article is all kinds of amazing, read it earlier today and shared it with the entire office.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 4:25 pm 0

On The Most Expensive Meals We've Ever Paid For

Spent $300 on an amazing meal in Las Vegas at L'Atelier Joel Robuchon (the less fancy slightly less expensive but just as delicious Joel Robuchon restaurant, right next to the Joel Robuchon restaurant listed above). It was wonderful. We had so much food. We had Iberian ham. I'd go back in a heartbeat. That and the meal I had (but did not pay for) at 11 Madison Park, those meals both rank very very very high in my memory and my/my parents' check book. Then again, my parents have been to French Laundry, so I'm guessing that was probably the most expensive meal *they* have ever had.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 2:46 pm 0

On The Most Expensive Meals We've Ever Paid For

@julebsorry I went there for lunch with my parents once on a family trip to NYC. They paid (yay) and it was, absolutely, one of the best meals I have ever eaten, and such a lovely experience. This was before they revamped the menu to be like, that NYC tasting thing. I was so giddy the entire time. And then afterwards we got concretes from Shake Shack because DUH. Best day.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 2:45 pm 0

On Millennials and Tiny Houses: A Match Made in Heaven

@Stina Husband just finished dental hygiene school and is going to practice for about a year before applying to dental school (which is a 4-year program, like med school, and costs $$$$). So husband is all about saving money so that we can eventually buy a house/send him back to school for another four years. "Town" should be in quotes btw, we're in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area, so there are a lot of rural areas just ten minutes away from the central downtown districts/immediate surroundings.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 3:15 pm 0

On Millennials and Tiny Houses: A Match Made in Heaven

@TreeTownGirl I'm with you--I would happily buy if my husband and I could afford to right now. But he's just out of school and we don't have anything saved up. We also live in an area that has currently become a hot spot and we're worried housing prices will just keep climbing. Right now we are seriously considering moving out of our rental unit in town and moving to my uncles' rental unit out in the COUNTRY. It'd be about a 20-30 minute commute into downtown, where I work. Right now I have a 15 minute commute. But we'd be able to save a TON of money because my uncles would charge us minimal rent (I'd be shocked if they charged us over $400 a month, and would likely charge us less since they don't really need to make any money on the unit). So right now I am debating between LONG COMMUTE FAR AWAY FROM ALL THE THINGS vs. BUT IF YOU LIVED OUT THERE FOR JUST A YEAR (I am not sure I could do more than a year) YOU COULD SAVE LIKE $10,000. Billfolders, guide me!

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 1:58 pm 0

On Can I Give You $1,000 and NOT Be a Bridesmaid?

I have been asked to be a bridesmaid once. My friend ended up eloping. So, therefore, I have never been a bridesmaid. I sent her a fancy menorah since she had recently converted and I knew she and her husband lacked nice Judaica. But, mostly chiming in because I GOT MARRIED THIS WEEKEND and it was wonderful and beautiful and worth every penny and I am so glad it was done the way it was done. I should also note that we did not have any attendants other than our siblings and parents (Jewish wedding, so they stood with us). My sister stood on my side, his sister and brother on his. We had the girls get semi-matching dresses (same line, fabric, and color, but different necklines) but since they were family and love us both there was zero weirdness. His brother rented a tux. I have three friends who would have been bridesmaids had I gone that route; they came over for breakfast and mimosas the morning of the wedding and hung out with me for a little bit while we were all getting dressed. Then they left around lunchtime and went their separate ways to get ready for the wedding, which they attended as joyful guests (one of them gave my toast). My husband also hung out with his friends in a similarly casual atmosphere. It was perfect. Getting married is wonderful. Weddings are wonderful. Love is wonderful. Everything is great.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm 3

On The Billfold Book Club Has Chosen: Suze Orman's 'The Money Book For The Young, Fabulous, and Broke'

Definitely have the 2007 edition of this sitting on my bookshelf, read the whole thing too.

Posted on June 6, 2014 at 10:52 am 0