On Coffee vs Diet Coke vs a Pure, Uncaffeinated Life

I'll be a huge asshole here: I do not drink any caffeine, ever. All I ever drink is water, with the occasional juice. I recently swore off the booze, but even before that I very rarely drank any alcohol. Because I've never been a coffee drinker, and was not a big soda person either, I am extremely sensitive to caffeine. When I get bad headaches, I like to take the Excedrin Migraine-strength pills, because they knock it out, but they have caffeine in them, so I can't take them after noon or I'll be up screaming all night. It's an interesting life. No caffeine, anti-depressants, and regular exercise means I sleep like the dead every night. And dude, it's totally worth it. Sleep more!

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 11:20 am 1

On Job of the Day: Fake Patient

"Our eyes met across the crowded hat store. I, a customer, and she a coquettish haberdasher. Oh, I pursued and she withdrew, then she pursued and I withdrew, and so we danced. I burned for her, much like the burning during urination that I would experience soon afterwards." As a fun aside, Malloy is my coworker's father, and we were all quite tickled to hear of his fake-diagnosis-turned-real-diagnosis at UVA.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 11:17 am 0

On Job of the Day: Spokesperson For Death Row

For those who enjoy true crime, Texas Monthly can be regularly relied on to provide fascinating (and also horrifying) stories about false convictions, unsolved mysteries, and crooked police/courts. Thanks for the link!

Posted on August 25, 2014 at 2:35 pm 1

On Weird Al Becomes Wired Al And Everyone Wins

Come on now, Al's parody "Whatever You Like" is the anthem for broke-ass young people. "Tater tots, Cold Duck on ice, and we can clip coupons all night, and baby you can have whatever you like…" "You like Top Ramen? Need Top Ramen? Got a cupboard full of ‘em, I’ll keep ‘em comin’,You want it, I got it, go get it, just heat it dump the flavor packet on it and eat it." "My chick can have what she wants…at Walmart, she can pick out anything she wants." And the ultimate: "It's all about the Washingtons." Yes it is Al, yes it is. My personal favorite will always be "Fat." My god, was that the most perfect video or what? And "Party in the CIA" is so freakin' catchy.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 11:23 am 0

On Family Plan Shame

I'm 27 and have been living on my own since I was 21, but I'm still on my mom's family plan. She and my sister have smart phones but I have an old fashioned flip phone, and Mom insists my part of it is less than $20, so she just covers it (even though I keep offering to send her money). I do pay for my own phone, but in the last 11 years, I've had exactly 3 crappy flip phones. And I'm proud of it! I'll never have a smart phone! (In fact, she bought me one when we switched to a new plan and I made her take it back. Never!)

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 8:45 am 0

On Millennials and Tiny Houses: A Match Made in Heaven

I LOVE tiny houses and would love to have one. My dream one is about $50,000 which is so affordable…but land where I live (Charlottesville VA) is sky high. :( Some day I will have my tiny home, skylights, wrap around porch, and built in bookshelves!

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 1:26 pm 0

On How Evangelical Christians Do Money: On Tithing

I really appreciate this. As someone raised Presbyterian, then a longtime atheist, and now a budding Buddhist, the concept of tithing was always puzzling to me. Were Christians trying to buy God's favor? Seems historically that was somewhat the case. But I really appreciate what Tara says about freely giving away money in order to lessen the evils of greed and stinginess. Buddhism has very similar principles about being generous and living simply on little, so when she said that, it really resonated with me. Still, I always hear George Carlin's routine about God and money when people start talking about religion and cash: "But God loves you. He loves you, and He needs money! He always needs money! He's all-powerful, all-perfect, all-knowing, and all-wise, somehow just can't handle money! Religion takes in billions of dollars, they pay no taxes, and they always need a little more." But that's probably more of an indictment of organized and corrupt churches, not on an individual level. I felt like I could relate with Tara about what she gets personally, and when she says you should be wise with your money. That means being involved in the organization that you're giving it to, and I respect that. But I'm still a little skeptical about there being a set number. Why not leave it up to the individual? That part kind of bothers me.

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm 0

On How Do You Decide Which Books To Buy?

I LOVE buying books. Nothing makes me happier than going to B&N and piling on anything that looks even vaguely interesting. But, about two years ago I started really focusing on personal finance, and now I'm a library fanatic. I don't mind long waiting lists, because there are so many books out there to enjoy, so I can wait a half year for "The Cuckoo's Calling" (but I'll be smart enough to request "The Silkworm" before it comes out, so I got the number 1 checkout!). My library lets me create lists, so I can add books to the list without checking out too many at once, and then when I find myself without anything at the library, I can pick stuff of the waiting lists and check them out. I also am incredibly fortunate to have wonderful friends who are always giving me books to read. I have piles all over my house! I have almost stopped buying books altogether, which saves me lots of money. These days I only buy from my absolute favorite authors (like Jose Saramago) or books about Buddhism or (ironically) money. It's been hard to trim down my collection at home too. I just love sitting around my books and looking at them. They make a house feel cozy!

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 1:21 pm 1

On The Extra Paycheck Club

@erinep I too get paid on the first and it does suck! But at my place, if the 1st falls on a weekend, my boss processes payroll early so we get paid a day or two before, so we don't have to wait. Waiting until the 5th would be awful! I have rent to pay! Stresses me out thinking about it. I too would much rather prefer to be paid biweekly.

Posted on June 18, 2014 at 11:32 am 0

On "Unable to Handle My Candy": The Maureen Dowd Story

You have to be careful when eating weed. My friend makes some incredible hash brownies but you have to go very easy on them, really just one (or even less) will do you. Lesson learned Mo!

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 12:07 pm 0