@ellabella He sounds pretty somewhat cynical to me. I guess I look at his advice as cathartic for him—"this is what I should have done" as opposed to "this is what you should do." From where I'm sitting, if you go into marriage with someone with this level of suspicion, you shouldn't be getting married.
Loving the WSG sketch of Grumpy Cat.Is that an engraving? A woodcut? Anyway, let's hope that's something archaeologists of the future dig up and completely misinterpret.
I live in a small, sprawly city with no public transportation. My hobbies are all outdoorsy, which means frequent drives to the mountains about 20 miles away. I drive myself everywhere, every day. Car payment: 260 Insurance: 70 Gas: 300 That's $630 a month BEFORE any maintenance.
I just finished a tech-related continuing education course through a large midwestern university. My experience was much the same, though my instructor's voice was not quite so melodic. :) Essentially, the course required me to watch two Powerpoint slideshows a week and submit a rudimentary summary of how the info related to the company I work for. There was a forum, but the lack of real time interaction made it very different from "real college." I think an undergrad would be very poorly served by something like this, but as others have said, it was fine for getting some CEUs and picking up a new skill.
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I'm going to say something horrible, and please feel free to berate me. After reading this article and the "23 weeks 6 days" article, I can't help but wonder if part of the problem is the incredible amount of time/effort/resources going to create (and then save) babies who up until a decade or two ago would not have existed. I know that to an individual parent, no price is too great for a baby... or so I've heard. But to a nonparent like me, it seems, I don't know, like preemies are to health care costs what lattes are to personal finance?
@pandaonaplane I am exactly the same. I can spend the whole day on blogs now and no one would ever know or care.
So about a year ago, I went from a semi-open plan (pods of 4-8 people) to my own personal office with a door. I am lonely and unproductive in here. My job requires creativity, and I've discovered that I do my best work when I can feed off the energy of the people around me. I used to get annoyed by other people having conversations near me, but now I long for that kind of social connection.
Seriously. Does my husband notice when my chin gets stubbly? Where did all these dark hairs on my neck come from? What if they are actually a power source (a la Samson) and I am plucking them out every morning before work and can never be successful?
@DickensianCat Your high school senior picture norms sound a lot like mine. Small town, midwest, class of 2000. I had one with my horse.
@highjump At work we recently had a team-building contest thing where everyone brought in a senior picture. It was interesting to see how much that has changed over the years. My oldest co-worker (in her early 70s) was very much a school portrait style, in cap and gown. My youngest co-worker (early 20s) was outdoors, leaning against a tree or something. The people in the middle were mostly staged indoors with a hobby, a pet or a favorite outfit.