On The Rental History Of An Academic Nomad

Former Walla-Wallite here. Wish I had known of AHP's existence when I was there so I could have bribed her to help us with the classic movie trivia rounds at the Red Monkey.

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm 0

On An Unreasonably Frugal Person Tries to Figure It Out

@MissMushkila And having a computer-related degree doesn't mean you have to work in a computer-focused company or at a sweatshop/startup. Nonprofits, health care, education, realty, (basically all industries) have tech jobs available. I do web stuff for a nonprofit, and no one here, not even the lowliest programmer, works more than 40 hours a week.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 4:42 pm 0

On An Unreasonably Frugal Person Tries to Figure It Out

@jquick Seriously, I read that and thought, "Fiancee must be a very special snowflake indeed." Seems to me that she's going from extremely frugal to compounding bad financial decisions one on top of the other. Hindsight will be 20/20 as always. If I could do it over, I would have gotten married at the courthouse and thrown a party later, once we were better settled. I would NEVER have encouraged my husband to follow his dreams to grad school. We're buying a house right now on my income alone because he has none to speak of, terrible credit and a spotty job history. A theatre degree will do that. I just see where the author is headed, and it makes me feel tired for her.

Posted on November 21, 2013 at 12:08 pm 3

On So What Mid-sized City Are We All Moving To?

If Milwaukee weather is unacceptable, then so is Omaha's. :) You will also never see me living in a deep red state, regardless of the weather there. Nor east of the Mississippi. So... Albuquerque?

Posted on November 18, 2013 at 12:31 pm 0

On We Should Get Up More

@olivia Me too! I modded mine out a little extra with fancy brackets. The first few days were really rough as far as sore feet, but now I'm mostly used to it. Different shoes every day help, as do meetings spaced out to give me half an hour of sitting here and there. My posture is the most changed. I was getting more and more hunched over sitting at the computer. Standing, I've rediscovered my shoulders!

Posted on October 31, 2013 at 11:43 am 1

On My Boss Tried to Get Me to Join in on Her Beauty Pyramid Scheme (It Kind of Worked)

We have a guy in our office who has a "side business" doing ACN. He has been relentlessly trying to get people to come to his house and learn more about this wonderful opportunity. It got to the point that he made everyone so uncomfortable that one person printed out a copy of our company's solicitation policy and left it on his desk. The shilling stopped for a month or so. Then, just the other day, he brought me a survey "just for market research". I might have believed him if the survey hadn't asked me for all my contact information. Call me at home? I don't think so. It might be time to print out that solicitation policy again. I think the thing that he doesn't realize is how much this is hurting his image around the office. A lot of us are really squicked out by the endless sales pitch and avoid working with him because of it. (Also, doesn't it show pretty bad judgement on his part to get involved in a pyramid scheme?)

Posted on October 16, 2013 at 12:35 pm 0

On Our After-work Routines

Ugh, the very idea of having "do some more work" in your after-work routine. Gross. My boss knows that if I am not physically in the office, I'm unavailable. 4-5:30 Leave work, run errands, drive home 5:30-6 Change clothes for leisure activity, grab a quick snack 6-8/9 Leisure activity: Ride horse, run, hike, [play Starcraft], [paint], [call parents] 8/9 Make and consume dinner 9-10 Clean up post-dinner, fold laundry, sit in front of TV or computer

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 12:47 pm 0

On What Various People in Various Industries Wear to Work

@Catface Yeah, the article/photos referenced above have a very NY or maybe LA vibe. I'm in Oregon. We're not allowed to wear jeans but virtually anything else is OK. Zip-knee hiking pants and company logo fleece is for sure standard "business casual" among the non-execs and anyone under 50. (I'm at a large nonprofit.)

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm 0

On Young People: Richard Florida Tells You Where to Move

@forget it i quit Short answer it is like anywhere else: It depends how nice of a place you want, and how close you want to be to your work. I live in Portland but wanted to live in Seattle. The big difference is that Seattle has better rents than you'd expect for a city that size. You can actually afford to live "downtown" on a normal human salary. And you can live quite well if you can stomach the suburbs.

Posted on September 10, 2013 at 12:39 pm 1

On Dick and Jane Both Work Hard, But Jane Pays the Bills

@anonybill That sounds like a utopia. BUT, you will need to adjust to his way of managing the household. If he already knows how to cook, clean, iron, run errands, etc., in a way that will actually save YOU time and trouble, he is my hero. In my experience "letting" my husband do "his share" of the household work, things did not get done correctly or in a timely way. For all that really wanted to hand him the household tasks (my job pays enough to support us both), I'm not interested in spending the whole of his learning curve eating burned toast and wearing wet, wrinkled shirts to the office. I think that the different ways that girls and boys are socialized from young childhood means that women are able to anticipate and meet men's needs much more easily than the reverse.

Posted on July 9, 2013 at 5:53 pm 0