On Interview With Someone Who Farted In Front of Her Boss

This is by far my favorite Billfold article ever

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 8:27 pm 0

On What Did You Bring For Lunch as a Kid, And How Are We Still Alive?

I usually had pretty standard lunches, PB or baloney, but the one weird thing (that I totally owned) was that my mom would pack me a little baggie of sliced up bell peppers instead of chips for lunch. I think people made fun of me for it, but I guess I must have not given a shit because bell peppers are delicious and I don't care if you think otherwise.

Posted on December 14, 2013 at 5:57 pm 0

On Too Embarrassed to Order What We Actually Want

@Jake Reinhardt I totally agree! I always explain what I want, and I don't care if it's a little complex (usually isn't) or takes me a while to decide. The seller is providing a service to you...shouldn't you get exactly what you want, within what's feasible? I think this is a larger issue-- some people just don't enjoy small interactions with strangers. I suppose I can kind of understand that, except I totally do enjoy talking to strangers. It's a survival skill on the bus.

Posted on December 13, 2013 at 12:18 pm 1

On Charitable Giving Has Its Critics

@boringbunny yes. I understand that his point is that something like alleviating hunger is a more immediate need, but education-- which is largely what any cultural institution's fundraising goes toward-- is still vital and not that far down (or up?) the hierarchy of needs. Museum professionals, and in particular educators, spend a lot of time trying to make sure that their spaces and programs are accessible to all. Basically, my point is-- it's not mutually exclusive, and there can be giving to many different types of orgs.

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 12:22 pm 0

On Buying Gifts While Sharing an Account

@kentuckygal Yay for you! When my then-fiance and I moved in, we got a joint checking/savings account and pretty much used it for everything, with some caveats that strictly personal purchases should be discussed (within reason, not talking like a cup of coffee or something). We are married now, and each still have credit cards in our names, but basically...most things go on my husband's credit card, and I use my credit card exclusively for presents for him that I don't want him to find out about. We've never once "split" anything and pretty much consider all money shared money, though do still each retain personal pre-relationship-existing checking and savings accounts. I suppose that might be a "just in case," but really it's mostly because those accounts exist at our college's credit union, which has better rates so no incentive to move the money. And we're lazy.

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 3:20 pm 0

On What It Costs [Me] to Apply to Grad School

What do we think about the ethics of charging for transcripts? My undergrad alma mater does not charge at all, no matter how many copies; my grad alma mater charges I think after one copy per year? And then I found out that charging for transcripts is a thing that many universities do. Isn't that part of their obligation to you as alumni? The fees are never exorbitant, but it still bothers me.

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 3:16 pm 0

On My Last Hundred Bucks: Normal Texas Stuff


Posted on December 5, 2013 at 2:46 pm 0

On Can We Talk About the Aldi Grocery Store Chain?

I went to an aldi once in DC and was neither impressed nor unimpressed. Some things seemed like a good deal, others not really. I think the best deal I got was a pack of bell peppers for like $2 or less, and they were all very good. I recall that the fancy cheese section was also generally a good deal. Also, I was unprepared for the debit card only thing.

Posted on December 4, 2013 at 4:12 pm 0

On Pope's Office Says to Search Out the Poor, Help Them

I've said it before and I'll say it again: Papa Francesco is my spirit animal. He's basically all that's right with Catholicism.

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 3:10 pm 0

On I'm Working at an Office and Need Lunch Ideas. Help!

Wow, I really want a bacon lettuce and mango sandwich on ciabatta now.

Posted on November 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm 0