On 1 Thing Will Make You Jump, Jump

@garli I have the earliest appointment I could get (half hour after opening). It should only take about an hour, but I'm afraid I'm going to get some type of crazy bureaucratic response like "We cannot process this here" and then 50 million steps to follow to get it done, you know?

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 6:18 pm 0

On 1 Thing Will Make You Jump, Jump

@garli Ahh that's too bad! I have a national and a local credit union, and the local one just started mobile deposit...bummer.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:48 pm 0

On 1 Thing Will Make You Jump, Jump

Ugh tomorrow is my 1 thing: I have to go to the DMV to make sure my registration doesn't expire on Sunday. For some reason, I changed the apartment number on my address (I don't know, it sounded like fun?) and usually the mailman is good about putting mail in the right mailbox even if it has the wrong number but of course the one actually important thing hasn't arrived (he did make sure I got the New Yorker clips my mom sent and addressed incorrectly, though). I realize this is a bizarre problem totally of my own making, but keep your fingers crossed for me as I deal with the DMV gods, please.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:32 pm 0

On 1 Thing Will Make You Jump, Jump

@garli Does your bank have mobile deposit?? I was against using it for awhile (and I still only use it over my home wifi) but it is a lifesaver...

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 5:29 pm 0

On 'I'd Like to Dispute These Charges, Please'

@andnowlights I had a hotel do that too once! They automatically charged you for parking even though there was a pay machine in the structure? I managed to get the hotel staff to not charge me but I did check my statement for a few weeks just in case.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 12:49 pm 1

On How Going Cash-Only Helped Me Curb My Spending

I have started carrying around cash when I have a spendy weekend coming up and want to make sure I either a) leave enough money in my account for it (if it's later in the month) or b) leave enough money for the rest of the month. I do one of two things - either take out money to spend that is "all my non-[spendy weekend] cash for the month" or take out money to spend as a limit on that weekend. I get paid once a month, and it's really helped me manage my spending throughout the month so that I suddenly don't get to something I was really looking forward to & I have no money left for it.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:14 pm 0

On The Work Habit Rules I Aspire to Live By

@OllyOlly That is fair! I do use email a lot for that purpose. If I have an important phone conversation I'll often send a summary email to the person I talked to "So we established that you will X by Y date and I will complete..." so there's something on the record.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 1:01 pm 1

On A Review of Pizza Hut's Nostalgia Pizza

My email never came!! Oh well.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 12:44 pm 0

On The Work Habit Rules I Aspire to Live By

Rule No. Two: Pick up the phone, instead of relying on email PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, for all the reasons she listed, there is a reason I asked you to call me back and not to email/text me PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE. I realize some people have phone anxiety, but sometimes I wonder how much of that is brought upon ourselves? We KNOW there's options that are less confrontational and less direct than calling someone so we work ourselves up about it and avoid it. I'm not trying to devalue anyone's real experience of anxiety but sometimes it seems like phone aversion is just...not wanting to pick up the phone, rather than truly being anxious about interpersonal interaction. I wonder about phone anxiety in like, the 50's-80's, where it was the major way to get in touch with someone immediately?

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 12:38 pm 0

On Why Don't American Women Bike To Work?

@polka dots vs stripes Also, seconding almost every comment here. There just isn't the infrastructure OR the social expectations to support biking, especially for women (esp, see: social expectations), so ergo - we don't bike.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 3:13 pm 0