On The Cost of Insomnia

Melatonin gives me migraines. My therapist gave me some tools to deal with anxiety-driven insomnia: focus ferociously on the sensation of the bed underneath you. If your mind wanders, come back to the support underneath you. Feel every part of your body being supported. It sounds too simple, but it puts me back to sleep within minutes.

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 12:45 pm 1

On This Is Terrible, But: The Pain of Tipping People Richer Than Me

I tip 20% across the board except when I'm receiving a service from someone who owns their own business. I get facials from a lady and feel a little badly every time I skip the "add tip?" part of her phone's credit card processing app, but she sets her own prices and works out of her home. I don't tip my housekeeper either, but I would if she worked for a company. W/r/t your hair woes, it is so hard to find a trustworthy stylist that I feel you on having a hard time moving on from someone even if their services have become unsatisfactory. Keep asking around for recommendations. Your lobster hairstylist is out there.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 7:16 pm 0

On These Boots Are Made For Walking

Buy the boots again. Get them in two colors! I once bought a pair of perfect sandals. When they went on sale two months later, I bought them again, even though the original pair had not worn out. 2 years later, I felt no remorse throwing away the original pair and breaking out the new pair and still wear them nearly every day. If they were still made, I would purchase them again in a heartbeat. (It was 90 degrees last week; sandal weather never ends 'round these parts.) (brb, googling the sandals to see if I can restock.)

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm 0

On The Price of David Sedaris' Briefcase in 1993, in 2014

I am pleased you looked this up because I followed this AMA and was curious how extravagant a purchase this was but was too lazy to google it myself. Whenever I get a significant raise, I buy myself a new purse (in the $300 range) and schedule a 90 minute massage. Windfalls are 70% savings, 20% shopping sprees and celebratory meals.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm 0

On WWYD: Should I Be Upset Because a New Hire is Getting Paid the Same Salary as Me?

Ouch. It is definitely time to start looking for a new job. You might consider voicing your concerns to HR. The phrase "you will never be paid what you're worth" while they're paying someone with less experience near the same amount reeks of discrimination.

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 12:07 pm 1

On The Other Side of the Desk

Having been on both sides of the table many times over, here is my the best universal feedback: -practice with at least two different friends with the standard and industry-specific interview questions a few days before the interview so that you'll know what you want to say but it will sound fresh and unrehearsed -research the company and come up with 2 questions before you go in (something specific about the position that wouldn't be covered in an informational interview and "How do you like working here?" is a nice standard - most people like to talk about themselves) -meditate for a minimum of 10 minutes an hour before you go into the interview.

Posted on August 8, 2014 at 4:27 pm 0

On Baby Purchases, Reevaluated

@samburger came down to here say this very same thing.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 6:46 pm 0

On The Massage Conundrum: WWYD?

Two at the known place for sure, and then treat yoself to a third because girl, you deserve it.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:36 pm 0

On The Massage Conundrum: WWYD?

@Allison I had a nice conversation with a car rental rep who had gone on two such trips and was getting ready to head to Ireland for her third. She loved them. But every time I find one I might be interested in, the hotel or some part of it has horrific reviews :/ Like, there's a reason that safari package is discounted, you know?

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:35 pm 0

On The Massage Conundrum: WWYD?

@Weasley You will have a difficult to impossible time getting reimbursed. Let the university pay for it.

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 12:30 pm 0