oh my god, I love " the immuno-exceptionalism normally found in anti-vaxxers", that is exactly the right way to put it. I could go on and on about correlation vs. causation and how people don't understand the relationship between statistics, randomness, cause and effect. But anyways, I'm sorry for your medical bills, I kind of thought that obamacare was supposed to eliminate crappy coverage like that? And I did almost the same thing this year, I had what I think must have been the flu, but when it was starting I thought it was just a cold so I kept going to spin class because I read an article about how exercising when you're sick has no effect on the illness itself except you FEEL as if you're better. I ended up super sick and out of commission for about an extra week- the lesson is, listen to your body (and take your sick days, for those of us lucky enough to have them!)
Goosebumps!!!! Oh, it was so perfect, as they all are. I didn't want to read this because then I knew it would be over, but then I just had to read it. SO GOOD NICOLE.
@Push It Along Yes, I keep reading about the impressive protests and people shutting down the highway, and thinking, " I should be out there too, this is my generation's civil rights movement. " Nicole, thanks for these, especially the one from Bijan Stephen, which is just such a great encapsulation.
at work, I am dressed as a low level goth, which is basically pinning in a bright red hair streak that I got for $1 at target, and wearing all black and a choker. (Side note- how did we ever wear chokers? I had to take it off because it was driving me crazy). For the party tonight, trying decide whether to recycle my thrift-store sourced Oktoberfest barmaid costume that I wore last week, or re-use my Hit Girl costume from a couple years ago. Really, it boils down to whether I feel like wearing a wig all night, or not.
Wow, how is it possible that I haven't checked in since May? Although sometimes that's kind of fun, you can see progress with a longer lens. Emergency fund (goal of 3 months expenses, ~$5000): May 2014: $2354 October 2014: $2312.39 (ok, unimpressive, but I took out a bunch to totally pay off my rolling credit card balance, so I'm now paying in the month I make the charges rather than the month after. And, I opened an IRA.) Travel fund to visit my cousin in Europe at Christmastime: May 2014: $1387 October 2014: $2673 fully funded wooooooo!!!! this is kind of a cheat, bc I've bought a bunch of tix for this trip but haven't transferred the money to my credit card yet, but after I do I'll still have about $1300 to spend while I'm there! Christmas markets here I come!!!! I've also quit the crappy SAT tutoring company I was working for and struck out on my own, which I am hating so much less (and making so much more!). Savings balance to try and not keep a rolling credit card balance: May 2014: $7 October 2014: $181 (and, have started paying the charges in the same month) New Roth IRA (trying to fully fund it this year?!?) May 2014: $1100 October 2014: $2467 Slow and steady wins the race, right?
@BreakTheTerror Welcome! Great job making yourself accountable, baby steps for all!:)
I want to second everyone else's glowing praise and just say how wonderful these always, always are. Don't ever stop Nicole, and I really want JK Rowling to see them and love them and for you to somehow make a million dollars out of that. Also, I LOVE how you keep weaving the Ronbledore thread through everything.:)
ps- if you ever want to do a "how a super overeducated scientist still in a trainee position does money", I'm your girl.:)
Man, every time there is a comment about how "everyone should just study STEM and get rich" I want to write about this whole phenomenon, but I have just been too lazy to link to all the studies. So thank you Nicole! As a postdoc (in my 6th year) in the biomedical sciences who wants a faculty position, I am the person they're all talking about, and yeah- it's tough, and confusingly hopeless/hopeful (data- "there is a 5% chance you'll get a tenure-track job!" vs. my wonderful boss- "don't worry, you're going to be fine!"). I just went to a symposium in boston talking about exactly this problem and what to do about it, and honestly I think it has two sources: 1) expansion of Ph.D. and postdocs as the workforce of science, despite the fact that we are supposed to be "trainees", and 2) public distrust/lack of investment of science that has led to funding restriction. Which, OK great, those are two super easy problems to solve (not!). Which is too bad, because I genuinely think that having more scientists is good for America, economically and socially.
@bgprincipessa I am pretty sure I started looking in July for Thanksgiving and they were also "absurdly priced" (according to me, which, looking at them now..d'oh!) and did the same thing. I was like, maybe, somehow, magically they will go down? No. they have gone up. The other problem is that two years ago I was planning not to go home for thanksgiving bc it was too expensive, and then jet blue had this magical last minute sale where I got tickets for less than $200 buying them the week before, and so now every year I keep hoping that will just happen again, but I think it was a one-time miracle.