On Why Don't American Women Bike To Work?

I wish I could bike to work! I live three miles and no hills from work, but the road I take is a very busy one with amounts of shoulder/sidewalk that range from wide, pleasant expanses to teeny spaces composed primarily of potholes. I do see maybe one person a week biking there and I'm always worried for them (slash angry when they are not paying attention while also not wearing a helmet). I have bad hair enough of the time that helmet hair wouldn't make my life notably worse.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 2:58 pm 0

On Who's Taking Care of Your Baby?

I'm impressed that you've managed not to shout "FUCK OFF" in response to any of the pointless "who's watching the BABY?!?" inquiries. Why do they care? Do they think you just forgot you had a kid and left them at home? Is it that mind-blowing that someone other than the mother is with the baby?

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 3:55 pm 1

On Online Shopping Is the Devil, and I Won’t Do it

I think I'm better at clothes shopping online because when trying on stuff at home I can pair the new stuff with the stuff I already own and figure out if this sweater actually matches this dress instead of convincing myself it will and then going home to find out I'm wrong. Sure, I could just return it in either case, but when I order stuff online I'm often already committed to making a return (I order a lot of multiple sizes) so I'm less likely to blow it off. Also, it's way less stressful to try things on at home alone with something fluffy on tv and a beer to drink when no pants fit.

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm 1

On Online Shopping Is the Devil, and I Won’t Do it

@garli Totally seconding camelcamelcamel. It's great for pricy things you know you want eventually; I used it when buying my camera and my sound system and it was great knowing I got the best price they'd ever offered.

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 3:12 pm 0

On Chatting About Amusement Parks

If I have to pick, I gotta go with amusement parks over water parks (I love roller coasters) but most amusement parks around me have water park areas, so in my family we usually hit the water park first thing before it gets too crowded, do all of that, change into dry clothes, and then do the dry rides. I find it really interesting that some places still make you pay per ride as opposed to having a single entrance fee. I always went with the single entrance ticket model when building parks in Roller Coaster Tycoon because it seemed unfair to do it the other way, since I never wanted to pay per ride at the fair or whatever. Of course, I'm the kind of person who gets there when it opens, stays until it closes, and rides literally everything.

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 5:00 pm 0

On How the Baby-Sitters Club Does Money: Karen

Whew, I was SO WORRIED Karen would turn out to be a jerk, so this is a relief. (I was SUPER INTO the Little Sisters books because my name is Karen.)

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 1:43 pm 0

On My Boxes of Fiestaware

My grandma got me four sets of Fiestaware as my masters graduation present and at first I thought it was ridiculous because there's nothing wrong with my dishes from Walmart (if you ignore that a fair amount of the set is chipped or missing) but it turned out to make my first apartment by myself feel a lot more homey and permanent.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 9:30 am 0

On Why is Salad So Expensive AND The Solution to the Problem

@oh boy. I make a similar but less thrilling salad based on a Panera one they stopped making (romaine, chicken, black beans, corn, tri-color tortilla strips) and that ranch and BBQ sauce combination is the BEST.

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 4:26 pm 1

On OMG Bathing Suit Shopping is the WORST

@LookUponMyWorks Yes, Lands' End forever! I still have suits that I got over five years ago that are still in good shape. My tip is to order a bunch of sizes and then return them to a store so you can skip the whole mail thing (which I'm terrible at). There's a Lands' End store near me but I think you can also return to some Sears stores.

Posted on June 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm 0

On Job of the Day: Public Librarian

I'm glad things like this exist to help me shed my childhood librarian dreams.

Posted on May 6, 2014 at 10:56 am 0