On It All Comes Out In The Wash: A Story Of Love And Laundry

Also, this is one of the greatest things I've ever read on the Billfold.

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 3:59 pm 0

On It All Comes Out In The Wash: A Story Of Love And Laundry

@swirrlygrrl A-- very out-of-touch, never did laundry ever I bet, and male to boot-- academic once made an argument about private washing machines being anti-feminist. I don't remember what, exactly, was the argument. Collective good? Something Marxist? I don't remember anymore. Anyway, this dude of course had his own private washing machine, so didn't know the levels of hell outlined so wonderfully in this essay. (And all I dream about is a washing machine of my own. Then, and only then, will I have found success.)

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 3:57 pm 1

On Traveling Lighter

@swirrlygrrl Yes! Especially if travel involves picturesque European cities or the like, a duffel or backpack is so much more convenient. I mentioned Tom Binh above, but the Patagonia MLC is an also great, cheaper alternative. And I say this as someone with neck and shoulder issues (and who is on the older side): it's actually much more comfortable for me to handle things in the backpack mode than to pull a roller bag. I haven't used my roller in years.

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:21 pm 0

On Traveling Lighter

@xtinamartinson Tom Binh bags are fantastic: I got one as a gift last year and it's gone to Dublin, London, Chicago, Miami, and Costa Rica. I've used it as a carry-on and also checked it, and it still looks like new. I've done up to 6 days with just the Tom Binh and a small tote bag. I used to proselytize on behalf of the Patagonia MLC, but I like the Tom Binh better. (The Patagonia is still a very good bag.) The biggest thing is that Tom Binh has more useful pockets, especially for separating shoes. Tom Binh is pricy but very worth it.

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm 0

On On Calling Your Employees "Partners"

@Lily Rowan Yes, exactly! Legal Secretary is a well understood thing. Nobody outside the firm understood the titles. I think paralegals and others had wacky titles, too, but thankfully this job was a long time ago. @HelloTheFuture: oh yes, many jokes were made back in the day. And, yuck, the firm is still using the same term. I just found a Linkedin description of the job. Seeing the ad brought back the nightmares of being A Pod Person: "Cover for other Practice Assistants in "Pod" (assigned workstation or cluster), as needed." Ugh, I hated that job.

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 5:47 pm 0

On On Calling Your Employees "Partners"

@ronswansonluva This drives me batty, too! I once worked someplace where a mid-level job (held by a lot of PhDs) had the title that most other museums used for people straight from undergrad. At another job, which required a graduate degree, I had the glorious title of Intern, although it was a two-year, full-time, paid position with a research and travel allowance. The institution justified the intern designation because I wasn't a permanent employee, but it was demeaning and confusing when I'd contact people outside the institution.

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:02 pm 0

On On Calling Your Employees "Partners"

My stupidest job title: "Practice Assistant" I was a legal secretary (fun times), but I guess the firm wanted to foreground how much I was assisting my attorney's practice? I assisted, of course, by answering the phone, formatting documents, and making copies. I've realized that having someone else's name in your title is a mark of fanciness (e.g., Andrew W. Mellon Curatorial Assistant), regardless of rank, because endowed positions telegraph fanciness. At least in the arts.

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 3:59 pm 0

On President Obama and the Student Aid Bill of Rights

@eatmoredumplings I totally agree it's not weird. I am 39 and still paying off undergraduate student loans: in fact, I just paid one off this month (which, unfortunately only was a loan from my first year; I'm still paying off a larger amount for my final three years.) Anyway, I don't find it particularly weird that I'm still paying as I had a few years 'economic deferment' after graduation--my workaround so I didn't have to pay them off while I lived abroad-- and then five years while doing a PhD, and signed up for the graduated repayment plan. I did not have loans from graduate school (never do a humanities PhD without full funding, kids!) At the current rate (although I will probably start throwing more money at them now that I actually finally have a stable job), I'll make my last payment sometime around 2020... 23 years after graduation!

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 3:24 pm 0

On How to Find 'the One' (Purse)

@selyse Thanks for that link: it's canvas bagapalooza! The Paperback is aptly named and is the perfect size, but why isn't it available in black?!

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 5:26 pm 0

On How to Find 'the One' (Purse)

@tw0lle I am emphatically not a bag person, but I've also been thinking about a Clare Vivier bag, but dye rubbing off on clothes sounds no good at all. I have one purse (from a half-off sale at Liebeskind two years ago) that I use very infrequently, otherwise I just carry various canvas bags or totes. I do have the Everlane tote bag which is nice when I have to schlep crap, but it's basically just a step up from freebie totes I usually carry. I'm bummed to hear the Everlane backpack is bulky, because I was considering it, due to some ongoing shoulder issues. All I want in a bag is a simple style (no wacky doodads, no logos) that is just big enough for a wallet and a book (and, edited to add, sunglasses! I have bad eyes and expensive prescription sunglasses in a bulky case), with an easily accessible pocket for my Metrocard. It could be leather or a heavy fabric, as long as it's well made. It shouldn't slip off my shoulder, and the bag itself shouldn't weigh a ton. Why is this so freaking hard? I saved this to my Evernote today, but I think it's probably too small: http://www.ofakind.com/shop/product/2572-vela-bag

Posted on March 13, 2015 at 3:23 pm 0