On The Cost of Things: Getting The Flu When Your Insurance Sucks

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!)

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 5:40 pm 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Harry Potter

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.

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 6:50 pm 0

On #Ferguson

@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.

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 11:51 am 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

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.

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 4:34 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: October 2014 Check-in

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?

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 8:50 pm 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: October 2014 Check-in

@BreakTheTerror Welcome! Great job making yourself accountable, baby steps for all!:)

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 8:30 pm 0

On How Wizards Do Money: Ginny Potter

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.:)

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 1:35 pm 2

On Want a Job in the Sciences? Good Luck Navigating the "Unsustainable Hypercompetitive System"

ps- if you ever want to do a "how a super overeducated scientist still in a trainee position does money", I'm your girl.:)

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:24 pm 0

On Want a Job in the Sciences? Good Luck Navigating the "Unsustainable Hypercompetitive System"

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.

Posted on October 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm 1

On Why You Should Buy Thanksgiving Tickets Now

@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.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 4:21 pm 0