@LookUponMyWorks what is this Binder O' Life business? (I didn't read the book, and have used the BBC as a spark notes of sorts...)
My job has an extremely lax (non-existent) dress code. I'm the only young woman (the others are in their forties/sixties and wear dresses/business casual) so I don't have a reference point for what is normal or acceptable. The men in the office wear jeans/shorts and ratty t-shirts. I'm stuck in the middle because I work mostly in the office, but also do a lot in the warehouse. I usually stick to jeans or skirts in the summer (I hate going from a 70 degree office to hot warehouse in jeans!). My boss once told me I could wear shorts, but the thought of gross office chair fabric on my legs is too awful. The best is when I wear a skirt or dress and have to deal with truck drivers. They have no idea how to react to me happily doing heavy lifting in a skirt.
got a kick out of 1.24 acres being a huge tract of land! :)
I work at a company whose main mission was to produce components for our industry in the US--without being too precise, it is a green industry but most materials were being shipped from Europe. We buy domestic aluminum and steel even though it costs a few cents more per pound. I do not think it hurts our business at all. Definitely not enough that we would be able to hire another employee if we bought foreign materials.
not totally related, but my mom hates grocery shopping, so instead of pretending with the newspaper ads,I took care of most of our family's grocery shopping once I could drive. I'd make a list, my mom would give me a certain amount of the grocery gift cards purchased through my little brother's school and I'd just do the shopping. If I wanted something outside the family's stuff, I paid for it with my own money. (here is an actual list my exasperated dad once wrote before I took over: milk, eggs, bacon, EVERYTHING) I also had a baller summer job making $14+/hr full time which usually tided me over for the upcoming school year, but it worked well.
@Caitlin with a C Yes to @lemonadefish -- I do the giving away, but I am also responsible for suggesting pairings/recipes/etc so I have to taste as well. I found this gig on goodfoodjobs.com and I have met a bunch of people that work for similar companies through the demo-ing
I have a great side gig where I sample fancy foods at stores like Whole Foods and wine/cheese shops when I can (I aim for one per weekend). I usually end up with an extra $200 or so dollars a month, and they conveniently send out checks on opposite weeks from my regular job. This works really well because I get to do things I enjoy (talk with people about food) but other people do most of the administrative tasks to do with the business. I was also offered a role in the admin side at the same time I took my current "real job." If you're side-gigging for someone else, there could also be potential to grow in another organization.
@jquick http://coffeeinthewoodshed.com/2013/10/08/id-like-to-sip-my-cider/ that is a great one! very easy in a crock pot and I added sweet potatoes (peeled and chopped to be a little smaller than the squash) and lentils (the protein really helped keep me full!). I'd definitely pack a slice or two of lime to squeeze on top right before you eat it. Also froze a jar or two and that worked well!
If you want to have any money left in your bank account do not sign up for the emails from Sierra Trading Post. If you love Smart Wools and fancy rain coats (seriously, everyone: Helly Hansen) do it! Things are usually a tiny bit irregular (has never been enough that I notice) and a whole lot of money off. The best/worst part is when you see your total you also see how much you would have paid full-price.
@Jaya My best friend's dad still wears his wedding suit to every wedding he attends. After 30 years he still looks great in it! I love the idea of it becoming his "wedding suit" instead of just the suit he was married in.