On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get for $295,000

Clawfoot tubs! I just redid my bathroom and was lucky enough to pick up one that someone was tossing out. A little sanding, a couple coats of "soft iron"-colored spray paint (with glossy white for the feet), and it is looking sharp. I'm living the dream! Affordably!

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 12:50 pm 0

On It’s Time to Pony Up for an Accountant

@sherlock Me too. In 15 years, I've taken my taxes to an accountant exactly once, on recommendation from friends who insisted I'd get more back that way. When I came to pick up the paperwork, he said, "I did them exactly the same way you did them last year. You should just keep doing them yourself." He charged me $150. I think he felt bad.

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm 0

On Why Don't American Women Bike To Work?

I live in Minneapolis and bike the four miles to work as long as the temperature is above freezing. I carry all my clothes in a messenger bag, but I also have a pair of kickass panniers if I need to haul more. I don't get helmet hair. (Pixie cuts FTW!) And I work in the creative department of an advertising agency, so no one cares if I look a little disheveled in the morning. (We all do.)

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 5:43 pm 0

On It's Utilities, Not Me-tilities

The water in my radiators is heated by gas. And this post just reminded me that there's no insulation (none) in the walls of my Minnesota house. I should probably do something about that.

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 2:54 pm 0

On Remembrance of College Interviews Past

I had no idea college interviews were so common. I applied and was accepted to three schools (two private and the Big Ten school I ended up attending) and never had to do one. Maybe I aimed low?

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 2:29 pm 0

On Jimmy John's Employees File Lawsuit Re: Working Off The Clock

Jimmy John's made headlines here in Minneapolis a few years ago for illegal union-busting tactics. And you can easily find photos of their asshole CEO posing with all the animals he killed while on vacation in Africa. JJ's is bad news.

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 11:31 am 0

On Plus-Size Shops Vs Plus-Size Shoppers

@cjm I've heard good things about eShakti too. A bunch of my friends have ordered customized, affordable dresses from them and loved the results.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 12:52 pm 0

On Shopping For Homes Among The Undead

I looked at one foreclosure while I was house hunting. There were still toys lying on the floor in the kids' bedrooms. Once you see that, it's hard to envision a place as your own.

Posted on March 21, 2014 at 4:14 pm 0

On Why Do We Tolerate Whole Foods-ian Pseudoscience?

@Meaghano I hate to break it to you, but all honey is bee puke.

Posted on February 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm 0

On Now What? How Answering This Question Lead Us to Changing Everything (Part II)

Please fix the headline. The past tense of "lead" is "led." (And hello to David from a former AV Club coworker!)

Posted on February 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm 0