@Marille If you can afford a personal trainer, or small group personal training, it has made a world of difference in my workout (from doing half an hour of the elliptical occasionally to doing weights/high-intensity interval training 3x/wk.) Also look into an independent gym owned by one or a few people instead of a big corporate gym. Below someone linked to The Toast and Nicole has excellent weightlifting advice. I have also heard good things about the book The New Rules of Lifting for Women.
@garli Yeah wtf was that about
Bob's Red Mill 10 Grain Pancake and Waffle Mix. Butter and cinnamon and sugar on top. Done.
@Allison See my comment below -- sounds like we are in roughly the same boat.
Only cheating in the same way that hiring a housecleaner is cheating, by which I mean: totally not cheating. When your family doesn't all live in the same place, and parents and grandparents are too frail to host and too frail to travel to another city for someone else to host, your options are really limited. Why manufacture a guilty feeling about that?
Mike! I sign my name AND write "SEE ID" on the back on my card. So I figure I'm covered in both cases. Because I have SEE ID, I do get asked for my ID fairly regularly, actually. Plus I figure it's a deterrent for someone who would try to steal my card and use it in person.
This is adorable! And I was just thinking about how other peoples' productivity systems (or lack thereof) work for them but might drive another person up the wall. It genuinely makes my dad angry that my mom has 20,000 unread emails in her inbox but it doesn't bother her at all! I thought having that many unread emails might be a parent thing, but a friend of mine in her 20s has about that many, too.
That happened to me once, the first time I got my hair colored. It was an all-over color, but it was still $150. Gahhh! I was 22 and making $1500/month then.
On Lost Luggage
My bag didn't make it onto my connecting plane once, but it was delivered to me a day later. Not fun but not the end of the world. However, I wish I had known or thought to contact my credit card companies (AmEx and Discover), which reimburse for "travel essentials" if your bags are delayed by a certain amount of time. Has anyone ever utilized this service?