I need to resemble a productive member of society: I need to to my laundry. (I do it by hand because I am weird and there are no machines in my building. This is way better than going to the laundromat, I swear.) I will also put my currently soaking beans in my crockpot to cook. I will not let my beans soak until they ferment and I have to throw them out because I never got around to cooking them. Earlier today, I emailed my student loan servicer to ask how to apply for cosigner release. Based on what they told me last year, I should be eligible. I am more excited about this than my parents, but it would be super cool if I could put a confirmation letter of cosigner release in my parents' Christmas cards. Super cool!
Yeah Aldi! I mostly get ingredients there: flour, butter, milk, tinned tomatoes, oil, frozen fruits and vegetables, that sort of stuff. I also get yogurt, peanut butter, cheese, and cereal there, but I'm trying to wean myself off buying those at all. (I'm so lazy about feeding myself! I would eat a bowl of cereal for every meal always if it were good for me.) I've stopped buying fresh produce there because it never worked out for me and I'm a vegetarian, so I can't comment on the meat. I mostly supplement with ethnic grocery stores (Little India has the best/cheapest nuts, rice, beans, exotic flours, spices, and really good produce. The Puerto Rican stores near me have pretty good produce and beans, too.) and the occasional trip to a major chain, mostly for cat food.
@readyornot Thanks for reminding me! This is something I agree with, but tend to forget because my dislike of Black Friday is more about people than greed. (So many people! Shopping is already the worst, this makes it worse!) My work has a "buy presents for needy people" thing and people go shopping on Friday to get as much for each of those dollars as they can, which is never a bad idea!
I'm still friends with all the people from high school that I would want to see. I don't understand reunions on this basis. No point to a reunion, really, unless I want to see the people who taunted me while I had panic attacks in hallways. I didn't know them then and I am not interested in knowing them now.
@CubeRootOfPi Agreed. Gladwell is kind of the worst of pop science: he takes anecdotes as trends and trends as irrefutable law. It makes for good reading for some people, it seems, but I worry about the consequences. A lot of scientific studies are already done and interpreted poorly by the scientists and pop science worsens it for the masses.
@LookUponMyWorks It was on my to do list for a year! I finally did it when my lease was up and I moved to a different apartment. Oops.
@polka dots vs stripes My cousin used to have a bad stamp collection when he was young. I got it when I was young. (My parents thought I was fascinated by stamps, but it was really just that I liked how the paper of the stamp catalog felt.) I treated them as "precious" for years, but now I use them and have to pick out a combination to add up to $.46 (is that the stamp price? I have to look it up every time.) It is fun! People like it! I plan to get every kind of stamp I can in every kind of denomination I can when I run out so that I can continue the trend.
Cats! I love Jackson Galaxy, but a lot of those owners are dumb. They don't seem to realize that playing with their cat is a thing that they can/should do. It boggles my mind. And not spaying/neutering? What are they thinking? My cats keep me from killing myself; I love them and they are more than worth their weight in gold, even when they leave poops on my bed.
@fennel Thanks! But look them in the eye? Oh god! I am terrible at eye contact! (I had to learn how to make eye contact in a psych hospital. It went humorously poorly.)
I used to work in a courthouse and a newspaper found that a judge's computer had been used to look at porn. So we got a new internet filter. It wasn't a very good filter and blocked out a lot of legitimate websites. I worked in the library helping people with legal research and finding general information they needed for their cases (the address of this company, how to change your name, etc.), so when we couldn't find those legitimate things, it made my job harder than it had to be.