On Let's Help FT Make Work Poetry Happen

I once won entry to an overbooked psychology class by crafting a series of behavioral psych-related limericks, so... [cracks knuckles]

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:09 pm 0

On Remembrance of College Interviews Past

Ha! Man, I have absolutely no recollection of anything I said or didn't say in any of my college interviews. I do remember doing an interview for Yale (I wanted to be Rory Gilmore) and while we were talking, the guy was taking written notes on me IN RUSSIAN, which even as an anxious 17-year-old I recognized as the most goddamn pretentious thing I'd ever seen.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:05 pm 1

On True Value: One Pair of Black Pumps From Payless ShoeSource

Ha, this is great! Whenever I read those articles about calculating the "true value" of items—usually used to justify a $1000 leather jacket that is *really* only $250 if you wear it 4 times!!!—I think about the $5 Target t-shirt I've worn probably 100 times and will continue to wear until it's literally shredding on my body. I'm trying to balance my wardrobe with more "investment pieces" now, but the true value calculation always seemed silly! This has totally inspired me to seek out some adult shoes though and I'm stalking all the recs in the comments.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 1:57 pm 0

On Are You an Unwitting Participant in The Athleisure Market?

Do aspirational purchases from The Rock's "Team Bring It" line count?

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 6:58 pm 0

On Susan Miller on Salary Negotiations

Ha, at one of my first interviews after college I really lowballed myself, and for "salary requirements" I basically filled in a number that was my rent plus a TINY allowance for food/other extravagancies. I realized almost immediately I shouldn't have put my literal base survival number... but then they called back and said, "We really liked you, but your salary request was much too high." I basically laughed them off the phone and said, "Well, that's too bad then." I still see them around town and wonder how much they ended up paying whoever they did hire!

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 7:40 pm 0

On Rejecting Money

@madrassoup I actually didn't realize PayPal doesn't charge a fee for money transfers (as I knew they did for purchases), so... probably a lot of it is millennial consumer ignorance :) That being said, I don't use Venmo either, and had never heard of it until this post! So I'm probably not the best sample.

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:43 pm 0

On Crazy Interviews and What They Cost

Ahh I interviewed at some... start-up? Media? Tech company? I don't even remember. It was in some dinky office park and they still had boxes everywhere, but clearly felt they were the Next Big Thing. It was for some really basic receptionist/office assistant position, and in discussing my experience, the guy asked if I had brought a portfolio with me so he could see some samples of (among other things) emails I had sent. Like, he wanted a hard-copy portfolio with particularly good examples of my supposed "emailing skills." Uh, no, dude. I did not bring my email portfolio, sorry. Then in order to test my Spanish proficiency (note: I am Latina), he had another guy come into the interview who PRETENDED TO ORDER MEXICAN FOOD from me, because he was the foremost Spanish speaker in the office but that was the only context in which he could speak it. D:

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 7:40 pm 6

On The Cost of Seeing Beyoncé and Jay Z in Concert

Ahh I just went this weekend in LA! I totally knew what that gif was gonna be before I even clicked, because when she did it live my inner monologue was most definitely "She's doing the thing! SHE'S DOING THE THING!" As a West Coast comparison: - I think my tickets were more like $45, also towards the back but NOT in the bench seating that was one section over. I was just about the point on the stairs where people would pause, look up to see how far they still had to go, sigh, and keep walking. I'd also assumed it would be super expensive, and just bought them like two weeks before the show when I saw there were still tickets left. - All alcoholic drinks there were $14! Though the wine may have been slightly cheaper. I got a corn dog, chips, and lemonade for $12 (ugh). They also tried to hassle my dietary-restricted bf for bringing in fruit when the website specifically said you could. - Parking on-site at the Rose Bowl lot was $40!!!!!! I refused, REFUSED to pay that, so I made us get there 2 hours early and we found a street spot about a mile away. Totally worth it when we saw the line of cars trying to get out after the show and we breezed on out through the neighborhood streets. - I totally fell for the $40 shirt. But I justified it 'cause I'd already taken the cash out in case we had to pay for parking, so Mint already considered it lost.

Posted on August 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

I would love to work out in the mornings, but Sleepy-Me is way too easily swayed by "Or... you could just keep sleeping!" Awake-Me is slightly more reasonable about the Things We Have To Do. In other news, I just sent in the final payment for my laptop!!! I'm really excited about this bonus monthly money I get to keep now; hopefully I can allot it somewhere practical.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 8:48 pm 0

On Following Soccer Around Europe on $20 a Day

Aww, this is great! I was au pairing outside of Prague during Euro 2008, and took the train in to watch some of the Czech team's games, which were being broadcast in the big square in the city center. The night they lost in a last-minute heartbreaker, my friend had brought so many beers (and I, obligingly, consumed them) that I had to pee in a playground on my way home 'cause there weren't any public restrooms open. The beers were free, the memories... priceless.~

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 4:03 pm 0