On Ice Bucket Craziness Changes Charity Forever

@TreeTownGirl Yeah, some my friends have been buzzkills too. It bothers me that this is in any way controversial. A friend challenged my husband, we gave money, and he did the ice thing too so he could challenge other people. If people want to raise the issue of water conservation, post about watering lawns - it wastes more water and doesn't go for a good cause. If you want to keep people thinking about Ferguson, feel free to post about that, too. Things have been shitty. Can't have this one nice, relatively harmless, heartwarming thing without people shitting all over it?

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 4:06 pm 0

On How To Become a Math Person, Vol. 1

@garli Sure that's true. I guess for me though teachers/my parents had satisfactory (to me) answers about other subjects that I questioned, or I didn't question them because they didn't take as much effort for me. I never had a strong math teacher in secondary school so I never got those explanations for math, and it was challenging for me. In any subject, it's hard to learn when the motivation isn't there. I'm sure there are teachers who explain it in a way that's motivating but I just didn't have one.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 6:46 pm 0

On How To Become a Math Person, Vol. 1

@Theestablishment That actually would have gotten through to me as a student I think. I am pretty sure every kid who is struggling in math has exasperatedly asked "why do I have to learn this anyway?" Maybe it's telling that I always did better at word problems than equations.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:44 pm 0

On How To Become a Math Person, Vol. 1

Yes to all of this. I feel this way in both directions actually. I never felt like I was a math person and I wonder where this came from. And yet I felt like I didn't have the talent for art or music either, because I had to work at it. I was good at reading and writing, I was always a good student, but if I had to work hard at it I got frustrated and gave up. I have heard recently an idea that kids who are told they are good at some things that come easy to them don't realize that they can also be good at things they have to work for and I think that resonates.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 4:40 pm 1

On Books That Are Worth The Money

I bought my most recent books because of reasons 2, 3, 7, 18, 30, 38, & 39. Also not mentioned here: the endpapers. I have an endpaper obsession, and now I've found one that I want to have tattooed on me.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On Equality /= Dystopia

@apples and oranges Exactly what I was going to say. That's pretty much the main premise.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 11:52 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Well, I got a new office chair and it cost a lot. Not as much as it could have I guess, but still, I was planning on spending maybe 150-200 on a chair and spent twice that at my husbands insistence that a good chair is worth the money. I like it so far so hopefully I won't regret it. Other than that, I got a manicure/pedicure for $35, but we didn't eat out at all, not even coffee. I did stop by Marshall's and found a skirt on clearance in a style I've been looking for, and a top I liked for work. So that was $40. So $75, not counting the chair, isn't so bad.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:45 am 0

On Chatting About Date Night

@PicNic I used to be a phone answerer in a doctors office too! It was a busy office too. I wore a headset and everything. We had a similar dual system system which I think probably is pretty common. So I don't feel bad about blabbering about my problem first, and then the person on the phone knows what appropriate follow-up questions to ask depending on their system. Agreed: politeness is worth much more than conciseness.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 8:33 am 0

On The Most Vain Thing I Have Ever Done Cost Me $96 And I Regret Nothing

@Aconite Oh I've thought about trying this! I don't want the extensions, I just am curious about tinting my eyelashes as they are pretty long but also light at the ends.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 11:51 am 0

On The Perils of NOT Working 9-5

@OllyOlly Yes, I was going to say the same thing: it depends on your manager. It was more than 5 years ago but I worked at Starbucks in college and was usually able to make my schedules work together, although I think that did mean getting fewer work hours some semesters. I actually was able to get a transfer to a closer location too, when commuting to the store I was hired at was just taking too much time I didn't have. I worked at three different stores and had at least as many different managers, but closers were never openers at any store I worked at, unless someone agreed to a shift swap, and lots of full-timers worked regular schedules. The part-timers varied a lot more. The hardest thing about the job was not getting to call in sick. If you were sick and no one could cover for you, you either had to come in anyway or risk disciplinary action. I can't imagine how hard a policy like that would be with a kid.

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 10:39 am 0