Holiday Shopping Check-In: Chatting about Progress and Perfect Gifts

How’s your holiday shopping going?

The Joy of Holiday Travel

I was so distracted by work and travel and fall getaways during the previous months that it slipped my mind to buy plane tickets to visit my folks in California for Christmas far in advance.

Chatting About A New Era

Mike: Meaghan, you have some news, yes?

Meaghan:Omg you’re going to make me say it. Yes, as of next week, I am going back to being a commenter.

Flying Over The Ocean in Economy Class

Mike: I definitely brought up Snowpiercer! But then the flight attendant asked me if I was sure if I didn’t want any champagne or wine, and remembered that flying international, no matter what seat you get, is so much more amazing than flying domestic in the U.S.

Here Is Your Open Thread

— Companies that provide their employees with perks like catered lunches and workout classes have also created a role for people to manage those perks. The WSJ has a profile of one of those people in that role: Jen Nguyen, the “head of workplace” at Pinterest.

‘Doing Money’ Wants to Talk to You

We used to do Doing Money interviews on a regular basis, but it’s become less frequent with our current schedule. We have a potential interviewer waiting in the wings who would love to talk to you. She’s a dear friend of ours, and has read the site since the very beginning. Interested? Email notes@thebillfold.com with a short paragraph about yourself. We hope to talk to you soon!

Rationalizing Adorable, Impractical Online Purchases

Meaghan:: Um, can I buy baby booties for $60 with tax and shipping? No, right?

Mike: Hah I mean if you need them. If they are just cute, um, maybe close the tab

Meaghan: JUST VERY CUTE.

Mike: You know that baby clothes last for like, 5 days and then they grow out of it

Meaghan: Definitely. Also we just bought him functional winter booties that were a third of this price. Also they are 0-6 months and he’s 5 months and generally follows the size guidelines. But I mean, look at them.

Mike: Omg. Hah, they are very cute

Meaghan: I put in my card info then saw the shipping and tax and was like WAIT WHAT AM I DOING?

Mike: The Cost of Being Cute For One Month

Here Is Your Open Thread

He said they’re also planning to innovate on Halloween night. Turned off by the people who came to their door last year, many of them adults or kids in street clothes, and few who said “trick or treat,” he decided to try something new: candy tiers. This year, they’ll reward those who play by Halloween’s basic rules — wear a costume, say “trick or treat” and be more or less a kid — by giving them pretty good candy. Those with amazing costumes will get better sweets. Those who don’t dress up at all or are of voting age or older will get a consolation prize: Dum Dums, which our neighbor considers the dregs of the candy pile.

— Roxana Popescu, in the New York Times, talking about a neighbor’s tiered candy-giving system this Halloween.

Photo: Vicki Watkis

Here Is Your Open Thread

— From The Washington Post, examining companies that have policies geared towards work-life balance.

Chatting About John Grisham

Meaghan: The Pelican Brief! I remember there was a movie, and it was funny to me because ‘brief’ meant underwear. That’s really my only context for John Grisham.