On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

My initial reaction was that having a spreadsheet was a crazy idea, but it sounds so much more efficient than what I do. My packing style seems to involve wandering around the house, mentally planning it all out while trying to do something else at the same time, misplacing things in different rooms as I go, and then having to wander around some more to pick up all the things I've misplaced.

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On The Cost of Things: Shake Shack Around the World

@sony_b Me too. Moscow is an expensive city to live in even in global terms, and Western things in particular are not cheap there.

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On Kima Jones on 'The Wrath of The Math'

That series was wonderful. I really hope all of the attention she seems to be getting from the blogosphere will translate into some good writing gigs.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm 0

On Six Lessons I Learned After Becoming a Full-time Freelancer

This is further confirmation that freelancing is not for me. I admire people who can do it, but I would turn into a procrastinating, self-loathing hermit. I mean, even more of one.

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 5:35 pm 0

On What We Left in the Vilnius Airport

I was in this same situation in St Petersburg flying SAS to Amsterdam, having spent a year in Russia. I should have done what you did. Instead I paid up like a sucker, mostly because I panicked, and partly because I was already late, having been stuck in gridlock for an hour on the way there.

Posted on August 4, 2013 at 5:09 pm 0

On A Conversation With Myself About Buying a Dress

This all hangs on whether the dress in question reads "beachy" or "Diana Vreeland."

Posted on July 4, 2013 at 8:09 am 0

On The Three Ways I Got Schooled: As a Student, a Teacher, and a Person Trying to Pay Rent

@stuffisthings Ugh, the ribbon. I miss Office 2003. Also, good advice.

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm 0

On Everything You Want to Know About Biking: Part One

There are 2 things stopping me from cycling: 1. I don't want to die or be knocked off. 2. Arriving to work sweaty and gross. A few commenters have shared how they deal with the sweat issue, but I would love to hear more about safety. Everyone I know who commutes via bike in my city has had some kind of accident, or been knocked off, at least once. As a driver, I am terrified of hitting a cyclist and I feel like I am endangering their lives when I overtake them, but also if I don't overtake them. Someone upthread suggesting going slowly, as the cyclist, to be safer, but as a driver I find it a little scary getting behind a slow cyclist, because if I can't overtake them, I can't go slow enough behind them.

Posted on June 17, 2013 at 12:55 pm 0

On How Much Do You Spend on Transportation Each Month?

UK, midsize city: £12 a week for transport on the local rail network, plus a £10 cab journey every other month or so ... let's call it £55 a month for me. This doesn't include occasional use of my husband's car, which is a very different story. Car insurance works out at £75 a month (including business cover), and petrol, I'm guessing £250.

Posted on May 30, 2013 at 6:28 am 0

On No Discounts for Millennials

Senior discounts are simply price targeting. If businesses thought that they would make more money in the long run by doing away with their senior discounts, they would do it.

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