On Don't Want No Scrubs: What Not to Wear to Work

My main takeaway from this is OMG What Not to Wear is finally streaming on Netflix!

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:39 am 3

On Say Yes to the Dress, Pt 3: The Conclusion

Wedding dress shopping made me cry, but not in a happy I found the dress way. More in a please make this end way. And the crying was not on a pedestal in front of a 3 way mirror, it was in the privacy of my car.

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm 0

On Remembrance of College Interviews Past

My college interviews were so deeply embarrassing that I have blocked most of them out of my memory. I do remember that during an interview for Northwestern (let's get this out of the way now, I did not get in) the very friendly middle aged man interviewing me asked, based on my interest in theater, whether, if I were to make it big, I saw myself as a character actor or a star. I did not at the time understand the distinction, and also had no interest in acting, but of course, did not know how to communicate that in anything other than awkward mumbling.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 2:20 pm 0

On Everybody Wants to Do 1 Thing

Renew my driver's license (by mail) so that I can avoid the DMV!

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 1:32 pm 1

On Are Family Dinners Anti-Feminist?

This is great just for the "Supermarkets are not Red Tents."

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 7:59 am 1

On It's a Weird Day. Let's Rank States!

Vermont for the win! But seriously, it is the best here.

Posted on September 2, 2014 at 1:04 pm 0

On How About Just Don't Do What You Hate?

@Samantha My attitude started shifting when I lived in a different country for two years and was exposed to a different culture around work and home. The people I got to know worked hard, but their jobs didn't define who they were as people. Their home and family lives were as important, and they made that their priority. It really changed the way I thought about myself and my (at that point unknown) future career. I had been raised in a culture obsessed with achievement, and I found a new happiness in myself when I let go of the idea that career and success would make me a whole person. Instead I thought about what I was good at and liked to do and how that would translate into a paycheck.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 1:04 pm 1

On Saving Money Vs. Earning Money

This is not universally applicable, but when I was in college and sick of earning $7 an hour for folding shirts at The Gap I decided I needed to earn more money. I tried to get a job waitressing, because I had an idea that I would make more doing that. Nobody would hire me because I didn't have any restaurant experience. So I went to bartending school. It was a totally bizarre experience on so many levels and the whole time (two weeks worth of evenings) I thought this was such a dumb idea. And it cost $750 up front. BUT I did learn how to make over 300 drinks from memory and within a week of completing the program, they helped me find a job at a fairly upscale neighborhood bar. I worked there for a little over a year and made great money. I haven't bartended since then, but the experience helped me get other jobs waitressing, and I like knowing that if I do need extra cash, bartending can always be an option for me. So even though those bartending school commercials sound weird, it worked for me! It was a skill that was easy for me to acquire, there was a great market for it, and I was well compensated.

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm 1

On Five Characteristics of Good Mentors

I just want my own personal Jack Donaghy. (I also impulse purchased O Magazine this morning, so maybe I'm just having a Lemon kind of day)

Posted on August 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm 0

On Vision Benefits

I am pretty strict with myself about not wearing a pair of contacts for longer than 2 weeks. I used to be more relaxed about it, but then I got a horrible eye infection in both eyes and a pretty stern talking to by my optometrist. This was back in college, and the memory of sitting in my 8:30 am intro to astronomy class next to my cute lab partners while both of my eyes were nearly crusted shut is enough to motivate me to change them out regularly, even if it seems silly and of course, costs more.

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 9:11 am 1