On 'Here Is a Gift Card to Target'

Last year my friends and I were playing a gambling game and someone bet a Shell gas card they had in their wallet - had no idea how much was on it, had no idea how long they'd had it. They lost it. A couple weeks ago I was riding with my friend who won that pot and we stopped for gas. "Remember that gas card I won from gambles? It had a hundred bucks on it!" Find that card.

Posted on January 24, 2014 at 2:45 pm 0

On A Married Couple Discuss Tipping And Also The Probability That It Will Lead to Their Divorce

My feeling is, if you can afford to eat at a restaurant, you can afford to tip 20% in all circumstances. I even tip 20% for delivery, because why not? Am I really, truly, going to be struggling at the end of the month because I tipped a guy $8? For me, personally, the answer is no. And if I was, I would have to start cooking at home much, much more often. There’s no reason to turn yourself into a mathlete and factor in distance traveled x water refills x bigness of smile to find some Platonic Tip Ideal, because it already exists, and it is 20%.

Posted on July 11, 2013 at 11:08 am 7

On Ice Creams of Summer, So Far

I recently dropped some cash on my own ice cream maker, a good kind where you freeze the canister rather than mess with ice and rock salt. I’ve used it four times already to varying degrees of success. My strawberry sorbet was great, my peanut butter + peanut butter cup ice cream was great, my green tea ice cream was a failure in that it tasted nothing like a restaurant’s but was pretty good on its own (too milky), and my frozen yogurt was a DISASTER that expanded in the freezer like three times more than I was expecting and split the plastic container. I’ve got some fresh peaches that are kind of on the way out, so those are getting turned into another sorbet tomorrow. I looked at a recipe for a peach gelato online but the one I saw had the fat and calories listed and I was like “HOLY CRAP NO THANKS.” Sorbet all the way.

Posted on July 1, 2013 at 3:45 pm 0

On Snap Reactions to New Federal Student Loan Rates

I am a college graduate, but I studied English and History and Media, so this is bookmarked. http://www.math.com/students/calculators/source/3percent.htm

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 11:30 am 0

On When My Parents Remodeled Their Living Room

Were your parents separately involved in ballroom dancing before they met and married, or was it something they decided to start after they were already a couple?

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 1:34 pm 0

On Very Specific Reasons to Buy and Eat Dessert

Snickers does indeed satisfy. It's the perfect road trip candy bar. "Oh no, still 3 more hours until grandma's house. Better get a Snickers at the next gas station."

Posted on May 31, 2013 at 2:13 pm 0

On I Am Fastidiously Frugal And Exorbitantly Flagrant (Because: Balance) (And: Parents)

I get compliments on my skin all the time, and I fully credit it to using expensive makeup and cheap cleansing products. Cetaphil is your friend. Witch hazel is your friend. Wash your face grandma-style and enjoy the smoothness.

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 12:36 pm 2

On Not All of Us Are Wasteful

Cable's great. I love cable. TV makes me happy. Worth every penny I pay.

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm 1

On Fried Dough Snobbery

Krispy Kreme > Dunkin' Donuts Seriously

Posted on April 12, 2013 at 12:42 pm 1

On Snoozing and Losing

Science is gonna have to Deal With It on this topic, I'm afraid.

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 4:44 pm 4