I want the recipe for the hummus and cheese sandwich! Ive never thought of putting hummus and cheese together - it sounds delicious.
I'm always surprised at the families that use the "whoever cooks doesn't have to clean" model. In my experience, that leaves no incentive for the cook to minimize dishes, and is more likely to result in the designated cleaner facing a wrecked kitchen. In my family, whoever cooks usually cleans as well, and then we alternate dinner nights between my husband and I. Realistically, I cook and clean up more often, since I work fewer hours and am home earlier...but I know if I don't have to clean up after myself, I'm much less likely to wash as I go, or be aware of excessive pot and utensil use.
Oh man, as someone about to take her 12 weeks of mat leave and then planning on returning to full-time office work, I have to say everything I hear about pumping makes me less than enthused. I really appreciate the honest look at the costs. My work does have a lactation room (...somewhere)but just the idea of hauling a pump to work every day, having to take breaks, having to store and schlep the milk...is formula really THAT much worse?
@Allison Ooh yes, Corso Comos are nice too! I also have a great pair of Indigo by Clarks pumps that are super-comfy while still looking professional - although they haven't held up as well as the Cole Haans.
Cole Haan Air Juliana black pumps. The ultimate in serious-business-lady attire. I looove these things. If you can find them on sale or at an outlet, totally buy them. They're the only pumps I can actually wear all day without my feet hurting! http://www.zappos.com/cole-haan-air-juliana-pump-75-black-patent?zlfid=191&ref=pd_sims_p_ab_1
This post basically just has me terrified of how, exactly, I'll manage when my 12 weeks of maternity leave is up. All the responsibilities, but with a 9-5 schedule...erk.
-Step 1: get another job offer from a different company at a higher salary -Step 2: Go to your boss and tell them you're leaving unless they meet/exceed the offer from the new company -Step 3: be prepared to make good on your threat and leave if they won't work with you I don't totally agree with this article - I think you're perfectly right to be irate. However, the above method is the only way I've ever been able to leverage a substantial increase. Companies get complacent, and basically won't make a move unless you hold them to the fire and threaten to leave. It's sad, but unfortunately my experience.
Right now, at 36 weeks pregnant, I'm delighted to get a seat on the subway (my commute is a 45 minute subway ride, with one switch midway). Although it's still surprisingly rare! I keep worrying I don't look pregnant "enough" or something.
Oh god, apartment brokers. The worst. The bait-and-switch they pull with CL listings is jaw-dropping. One broker got me into his office, and of couuuuurse the fantastic listing he'd posted on CL had "just rented." So, I told him I wanted a one-bedroom for less than $2500/month below 14th street. He nodded,and then showed me a studio in Hell's Kitchen. WTF. Even better was the broker who offered to show me his "exclusive listing" - which turned out to be an apartment I'd found the day before on CL and had already toured, which was definitely being rented directly by the previous tenant and not by any brokers. Basically, he wanted to charge me a fee for showing me a by-owner listing he found on Craigslist. Yeah, that would totally have been worth $2000, dude.
@Heather F G It was an AWESOME car. A 1965 Lincoln Continental convertible. Took our best pics posing next to and in the car -it was a real highlight! So, I don't feel as bad about it as I probably should :D And definitely true about the difference between "maxxed out" and "almost maxxed out" - those tiny bits of wiggle room are wedding lifesavers. Thanks so much for this article!