@3jane I just want to point out that at the Yankee Candle factory store in the Berkshires, it's Christmas all day everyday and it is terrifying.
Any orchards selling seconds at the farmers market? That's usually where I get my apples in the winter. They usually come in 10lb bags for ~$10, but that means you can make this bonkers crockpot apple butter.
I worked in admin at a cancer center for a few years just as this campaign was starting to ramp up (2008-2010) and now it drives me absolutely bonkers.
@Jellybish I've done this, too! They were happy to fill the room, we were happy to not have to sleep in the park, so everybody wins!
@ThatJenn This eggplant curry is pretty fantastic!
This is my first year doing a CSA (Farmer Dave's, if you're in/north of Boston), and I kind of like it? I like knowing that I have a constant stream of veggies coming in, and it's made me a better cook, but it is actually really stressful. I've had to add a giant plastic bin to my fridge because I ran out of room in my crisper drawers. However, because the share is fresh-picked, everything lasts longer. (A pro-tip I learned from my farm: turn down the temperature in the fridge a couple degrees if you have problems with stuff going bad really quickly.) It's also cheaper, but the same quality as, the farmer's market. For me, it worked out to $25/week for what feels like an unlimited supply of food. I think it's worth it if you're prepared to cook at home most nights and also eat mostly vegetarian.
I lived in France for three months during college, and managed to lose my debit card in a sketchy ATM machine on a Friday afternoon before I left town for the weekend. I ended up borrowing money from my host parents. For reasons that elude me now, I couldn't call BoA directly. (Trouble calling the 800-number internationally or something...?) So I ended up on an improvised 3-way call with my mom and the bank. My mom had me on one line and the bank on the other, and literally just held the two phones together so I could talk to the bank. It worked, though!
@kellyography When I was outfitting my apartment, I fell into a time vortex and somehow spent 5 hours by myself, in Ikea, hauling around two (two!) carts worth of stuff, like a crazy person. The $120 dining set was worth it, though.
Yep, done this. For a month in the fall of 2007 post-college, and then again this past fall for three months. Both times I was in-between things, and I left as soon as I found work, because my parents live in a small town and I didn't want to live there long term. Love my parents, but I grew up out in the country, and I'm done with that. I was thankful to have a place to hunker down during my job search, though. I didn't give them rent, because I was unemployed, but I bought my own food and cooked dinner most nights.