@la_di_da Also great is the National Network of Abortion Funds, which exists in large part to help people deal with issues like these. Here's the Oklahoma fund: http://www.fundabortionnow.org/funds/roe-fund-0
Today - I have to buy lunch, but I didn't buy lunch all week, which for me is an impressive feat for me. So I'll probably get a fancy salad: $12 Tonight - Halloween party (includes dinner/open bar) - $0, thanks, girlfriend! - followed by another Halloween party at a friend's place. I'll bring some beer: $10. Tomorrow - Farmer's market ($20), insane quantities of laundry ($40), plus running, cleaning, and a family party at night (all $0) Sunday - Brunch? ($25), maybe cheering on marathoners ($0), baking (maybe $10 for ingredients?) ETA: $105? Trying to keep it around $100.
I'm in publishing, and unless this internship is *exactly* what you want (not just a house you like, but a specific imprint or editor, with lots of opportunity for facetime with the particular people you want to hire you for a full-time job), I say stick with the Americorps job. Then use these few months to read tons and tons of contemporary books in the genres you're interested in pursuing, and take lots of informational interviews with people in publishing. Between your previous internships and your friends in the industry, it sounds like you already have the seeds of a publishing network. That network will help you get the job you want much more than one three-month internship will, and if you start out by telling people that you have an Americorps gig for the next few months and are genuinely just looking for advice and contacts in the industry, they'll likely be receptive. Sticking with Americorps is the right thing to do, and it demonstrates that you have the ability and organizational skill to stick something out long-term - those traits are very important to people in publishing.
@seaermine Yes, ditto on Queens! My commute to midtown is under 30 minutes - about the same as it was when I lived uptown - and we pay $1500/month for a large one bedroom with a separate kitchen, etc. ETA: We're right on the Sunnyside/Woodside border.
Yes -- my grocery store just replaced all the vegan yogurt (soy, coconut, almond - all of it) with tiny versions of Chobani to supplement the regular-sized Chobani. You know, in case the regular size just has too many calories, and it's too hard to eat just half of it and put it back in the fridge. Ugh ugh ugh.
Vacation next week! But first, picking up dry cleaning: $52. Ugh ugh ugh. I'm flying to Atlanta tonight, hanging out there for a couple of days, then driving back to New York with my girlfriend, visiting both of our sets of parents along the way. On Saturday, we're going to the aquarium and roller derby in Atlanta (already bought tickets), so I'll just be spending money on food and drink. Hoping to keep the whole weekend under $100 (including the dry cleaning.)
I love my job, and I feel very adrift when I'm just home and not working for long periods of time. So with $10 million? I'd buy a brownstone, go on nicer vacations, and maybe buy my lunch every day(!!!), but I'd keep working.
I estimated $180 and ended up spending basically that, but not really as expected: $42 - dinner and drinks on Friday $25 - farmer's market (so many tomatoes!) $54 - Sephora run $20 - my Nook broke - I got a new one under the warranty, but I decided to shell out for the two-year extended warranty (hopefully they are still around long enough to make it worthwhile...) $30 - RiteAid Total: $185
I'm exhausted and have a manuscript to read, so I'm mostly planning to hermit. Friday: Going to the Met for a couple of hours for some culture. $0 (with work ID.) I also have to make a Sephora run, which I'm trying to keep to $40. But let's say $75. Saturday: $20 at farmer's market. Was planning on a picnic, but it looks like rain. Maybe I'll try to do lots of work! But, realistically, The Canyons is on Netflix, and I still haven't finished Orange Is The New Black. Possibly a big Trader Joe's run ($50.) Early drinks: $20. Sunday: Will have to go to a coffee shop to actually do work. $20 for coffee/lunch, assuming I go to two different places? Total: $180, less if I don't make it to TJ's.
Drinks: $36 Farmer's market: $23 Drugstore: $18 Brunch: $26 Pet supplies (I broke my turtle's heat lamp, and in the process of buying another one, picked up some replacement bulbs and filters that I was planning to buy soon anyway): $66. So basically $170, or more than double my $80 estimate. Turtles are way expensive, you guys.