@pocket-witch lol I love the oil change. With my luck, I would have done that but it would have taken too long and I would have been late!
@eastcoaststudent I'd disagree with do not pay for a master's - there are several fields in which the degree is practitioner, not professor, oriented, and very rarely will those be fully funded and include living expenses. If no one got master's in my field unless they were funded, there would be no master's. Granted, that is part of a larger discussion about the raising of professional standards for different careers (do you really need a master's to do what I do? No, but enough people are getting them that now you're at a disadvantage if you don't, which is problematic), but that's for another time. Secondeding your "take a year off" advice, so so much.
I consider it a win if the only problem at the DMV is waiting a long time. I once had to get my car re-inspected because the first inspector never checked off if my odometer was digital or analog. One check box cost me at least 3 hours! Although, the second inspection took place while I watched a (new?) immigrant and his companion argue with the test taker about whether or not the immigrant needed to speak English to take the driving test. It was kind of thought provoking: no, we have no "official" language, but the driver does need to be able to understand street signs/notices. The main reason for the argument, though, was that the companion wasn't allowed to be in the car to translate (might give the test-taker "tips," etc etc), but then if there wasn't a Chinese (making assumptions, I'm sorry) speaking test-giver what were they supposed to do? Is the DMV obligated to have a multilingual staff for driving tests if the road signs are not multilingual? SHOULD WE HAVE MULTILINGUAL ROAD SIGNS???? I ended up down quite the America's-issues-with-NonEnglish-languages rabbit hole that afternoon.
I am, arguably, still paying off my graduate school applications from 2008; since I called and got my credit limit raised in order to afford it and since then have still not managed to get a $0 balance on that card. I also got a 4/6 on the writing and was INCENSED. I have no idea how that thing is scored.
@highjump This is belated but - thank you! I like H&M especially, I'll make sure to go there more often. I have similar :) / :( feelings about American Apparel
@sherlock I went to a parochial school, which was pretty economically diverse, but yeah - the American Girl Doll Havers (and the multiple-doll-havers!) versus the nots were the easiest way to figure out who was on reduced tuition and who wasn't.
@highjump Where DO you get your ethical clothes from?? I've found some niche stores like One Mango Tree but no place to find work appropriate clothes or winter wear! For some reason everything I find is really summery.
@mintyesq There's actually a reason for that! Apparently, when you only hear one half of a conversation (so - a cell phone call), it's harder for you to tune it out, because you can't hear the reaction/cadence of the person responding. It's easier to tune out a two or more person conversation because your brain isn't waiting for the second person to fill in the blanks. Hopefully that makes sense? I'm not a scientist, just read too much.
I try not to buy much from Amazon, but I do have a kindle and love it. I also have a Nook, though, and try to alternate buying from B&N and Amazon. Between the library and borrowing from my sister, though, neither store is getting much of my money lately so: a loss for all big box stores?
@themmases I don't remember Jia's comment, but I completely agree! I have a pretty solid makeup routine that's going on a couple years strong now, and I just recently gave up trying to make it "better," in whatever ridiculous way I meant that. But it means I can go into Sephora and pick out higher quality versions of the drugstore stuff I'm already using regularly, and if I do want to try something for fun I can either get a free sample (how I tried out tinted moisturizer) or get help from an assistant. I never went to Sephora before because I'd just get too overwhelmed about why I don't do makeup "properly" with foundation and this and that and whatever. Now I can go, play around with some fun stuff, get what I know I'll use, and then get pizza, and it's only a little painful. That got longer than I meant! Constantly comparing your appearance and make up routines to others gets tiring and, frankly, is more stress than its worth.