DUDE. pawn shops exist for a reason! Could have pawned the keyboard,then come back and picked it up later? Their whole purpose is to exist so you have a (theoretically) better option than selling your stuff because of a one-time shortfall.
Spending less is never a substitute for earning more, in my experience. We're often guilted into feeling like we could just cut our way to financial solvency by eliminating our $5 daily latte habit. But at a certain salary point, there's nothing left to cut - and if you can somehow get yourself a $20k raise, that $5 latte becomes just a drop in the bucket.
I'm having some trouble understanding how the McDonald's food list is "a ton" of food. I mean, all those items together are 1435 calories for the day. If you add dressing to the side salad, it's 1585. That's hardly "hulking adolescent boy levels" of food. What's with the normal-amount-of-food shaming?
The most annoying was the switchover initially with cab drivers, when they were first required to accept cards. Soooooo many of them bitched at me and whined "the card costs me money!" When I tried to use it to pay. The thing was, I wouldn't have taken a cab if I couldn't use a card, because is didn't have cash on me...and I always tip 30%, which should more than make up for the fees. Maybe they've caught on now, because I've gotten a lot less complaining recently when I use a card to pay.
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.