@EM Thank you all for your advice! This is really helpful
Wise 'folders! I have a rather specific question for you, but any help/advice- no matter how general- would be much appreciated, as I don't really have a starting point and Google isn't doing me any favours. I'm a grad student in History and have been asked to serve as an archival consultant [i.e. go do archival research- one of the things I most love to do!- for a professor]. He's putting together a grant and needs my budget, including transportation, lodging etc. and my 'consultation fee.' I have NO CLUE what such a fee should be. The project would involve about 6-7 weeks total of archival research [which I could spread out], my costs should be covered, and the research is somewhat related to my own [so it would be benefiting my larger academic projects to undertake it.] On the other hand, the funding comes from a grant and not out of this professor's pocket, so I might not need to lowball... any thoughts/resources would be much appreciated. Thanks!
I have veggie chili in my slow cooker as we speak! A friend is coming over to eat it before we go to a show tonight. We have pretty much opposite flavour profiles so we'll see how it goes ('opposite flavour profile' = all the foods he likes best I like least. We can never order pizza together...)
@vanderlyn Thanks for this response. I've used Air BnB in France, where subletting is illegal and leases are hard to obtain especially as a foreign. I found it to be a practical way to lease an apartment for a month or more, typically at the same rent the lessee pays their landlord (I would meet the person, ask to see a copy of their lease, and arrange to pay them directly rather than go through the site). You've highlighted a lot of troubling downsides to this system that I wouldn't necessarily have thought of, and I'll think hard before using Air Bnb in the future (and for what it's worth, I now have a legal lease!)
Oh man that is some impressive negotiating! I tend to just give up when it seems like the hassle/time will be too much- this is inspiring me to get my haggle on.
This was great; thanks Logan! Now that I'm living on my own in Chicago, I struggle a lot about when and where it's OK to walk alone/take transit etc. I want to err on the side of caution (especially since my boyfriend got mugged on our street) but I also hate feeling like a prisoner in my own city
WHAT. Do you think this is some kind of compulsion/illness? Who would need to watch that much porn? On that many computers? At work??
Welcome Meaghan! Looking forward to reading your posts. Your landlord sounds like the worst.
Not wanting to lose my job has worked pretty well so far.
@siege91 I hope knowing that you are a stellar partner for doing that is a warm comfort for you! [Sincerely. That is a lovely gesture.]