On Crowdfunding Your Life, Including Your Abortion

Off the coast and I'm headed nowhere...

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 10:59 pm 1

On "Can You Conference Me In?"

Ester, I used to work for AWP! It's a great org and the conference is a wonderful experience -- just be prepared to be very, very exhausted. Also, Nicole gave some expert advice: healthy snacks are a must, and refill that water bottle every 2 hours. Hotel environments are very dry! Also, with over 12,000 people attending, the hotel Starbucks lines are crazy. So be sure to take advantage of being in a new city and explore the local coffee shops! If I still worked at AWP, I would have offered to hook you up with a discounted rate. But what I can suggest instead is to try to sign up to volunteer -- unless things have changed in the 2 years since I left AWP, volunteers are compensated with waived conference registrations, and you basically spend a couple hours checking people in at the reg desk. You never know who you might check in! I'm excited for you!

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 1:53 pm 1

On From Botanical Gardens Intern to Anthony Bourdain's Assistant

This is one of my all-time favorite Billfold pieces! More writing from Laurie Woolever!

Posted on June 28, 2014 at 1:14 am 0

On WWYD With a Five Figure Check?

@Ester Bloom Ahhh she's so lucky! Yeah, I read about it on the metro this morning. VA was offering money towards kids born today -- the one born closest to 5:29pm in each of 8 selected hospitals in the state. My friend just had her baby Tuesday -- two days too late! Not sure if NY has any good offers, but would be worth checking out!

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm 0

On WWYD With a Five Figure Check?

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 9:39 pm 0

On WWYD With a Five Figure Check?

I'd use it first to take care of debts, add some to savings/down-payment, but put the majority of it in a 529. (Incidentally, today is 5/29 and some states are offering waivers/deals towards 529s today.) I'd like to the be the kind of parent who says to their kid, "don't worry, grandma's money is paying for your college."

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 9:17 pm 0

On Your Bosses Think They Work Longer Than You Do

mike dang! what a great tag!

Posted on April 2, 2014 at 5:22 pm 1

On Let 1 Thing Go

Please don't go, Logan. My one thing is to beg you to please, please, please, please keep being the 1 Thing lead.

Posted on March 7, 2014 at 11:13 pm 1

On Monday Check-in

Really low-key weekend, which was totally fine because last weekend took all week to recover from. Friday night: worked late and then babysat (I made $51 --I have no idea how they came up with that dollar amount). Saturday: cleaned my apartment, ironed, and did some writing for a work assignment. Babysat again and pulled in $60. Sunday: super long and boring babysitting assignment and only made $104 (no tip). I'm probably not going to sit for that client again. Then a date over at DC Improv and bought two rounds of drinks (about $70 total). Things I didn't buy yet: groceries (prob $60 for this week), Britta filters ($20), another pack of 4 tall drinking glasses (I broke one of them this weekend) -- can't remember the price of those, but I got them at BB&B, so they were fairly inexpensive. I think I'll about break even this weekend, which isn't bad in my book!

Posted on October 21, 2013 at 10:03 am 0

On Interview With a Woman Who Wants to Pay for Her Boyfriend But He Won't Let Her

@eagerber Also, if they're living somewhere where rent costs $900/mo, she can likely charge more than $10/hr for babysitting.

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 4:31 pm 1