On How It Feels to Pay Off $70,000 in Debt

Get the prescription sunglasses! That's not even a frivolous expense: it's a legit medical need. And you might be able to use FSA money for it, too, if that's available to you. And, again, congratulations!

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 7:02 pm 0

On How (Some) Women Dress For Work

I'm totally freeboobing it at work right now. Then again, there's not a lot to support anyway, and they're quite perky, if I do say so myself, so I don't think it looks inappropriate. And I'm the only one here.

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 2:58 pm 1

On Are You an Unwitting Participant in The Athleisure Market?

@ThatJenn I still harbor a grudge against Old Navy for producing the most unflattering yoga pants ever. These were pants that had one of those gusseted crotches, and, well, the gusset had this tendency to pop out. I referred to them as The Labia Pants. I wouldn't wear them at home, I was not about to inflict them upon some poor soul shopping at Goodwill, so they were cut up into rags. I gathering the rest of you, who extol Old Navy yoga pants, aren't having that problem? Or the problem was fixed? Or, more ominously, I truly do have massive swinging labia... Oh dear.

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 2:46 pm 0

On The Most Vain Thing I Have Ever Done Cost Me $96 And I Regret Nothing

Meghan, would you report back in three weeks on how well they held up, please? If they last the full time (or longer!) I might be swayed to do this. Of course, I probably should spend the money on getting my hair professionally colored, but that's no fun...

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 11:32 am 4

On How To Do Money Before, During & After Grad School

@ruth_zweig I think your advice is spot-on, including the advice to avoid teaching as much possible after you've got a few courses as instructor of record. I got hired into a cushy full-time gig (2/2 load) with one self-designed class and two years of being a TA leading discussion sections, and most of the people I knew at the time who got jobs within a year or two of defending had similarly weak teaching backgrounds. The people with more teaching experience, not surprisingly, took a lot longer to finish, and they seemed to struggle to get interviews and offers as much as the rest of us.

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 12:46 pm 0

On Link Round-up! Cheap Hotel Rooms, Egg Sandwiches, Commutes

@sara_am Yes! I love being able to pop home. I no longer am a bag lady, carrying ridiculous amounts of stuff in case I need it after work. My walk to work is about 7 minutes (depending on how I hit the lights), and it is glorious. I never want to live farther than short walking distance again.

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 12:02 pm 0

On Printing & Crying

Also, I'm fascinated by the idea of writers not having printers. Is this a generational thing? I can't edit things productively on a screen (I miss too many things), and when I'm deep into writing, I go through so many drafts. That's the reason I finally broke down and bought a printer once I know longer had reliable printer access at my day job.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:05 pm 1

On Printing & Crying

@jfruh I have (almost) the same printer! It's fantastic! I cheaped out and didn't get the duplexing version, and probably should have spent the extra $20. Yay Wirecutter printer recommendations! Meanwhile, at work, I am having issues printing from a crappy inkjet printer that takes forever, jams constantly, and is generally persnickety. I need to convince my boss to buy the same laser jet one I have at home.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 5:01 pm 0

On How David Shapiro, Creator of Pitchfork Reviews Reviews, Does Money

This was really a great interview. Logan should be the next Barbara Walters. By which I mean, old school Barbara Walters from back in the day on 20/20 or whatever show she was on that I hazily remember from my childhood. (It's really much, much better than a similar article that ran recently on another web site affiliated with this one, which really made David Shapiro quite unappealing. But this interview is great.)

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm 0

On Soon We Will All Enter Through The Poor Door

@gyip Colleges used to do stuff like that for the scholarship kids: doesn't Sylvia Plath write of those indignities when she was at Smith? And Harvard has that thing where students can clean other students' rooms. At my alma mater, the only job open to first-year work-study students was in the dining hall so it was pretty obvious who was on aid and who wasn't. And I will admit: it was kind of embarrassing for me.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:05 pm 0