@rural 14 At the end of the essay he says he prefers "efficient," which I think is a great term for it.
Hey y'all! My husband and I are spending around $700 on plane tickets for this four-day weekend. Good grief. It would have been closer to a thousand, but his mom felt bad and gave us $300 towards the flights, which was incredibly generous of her. She also already purchased ingredients for the scalloped potatoes I'm bringing to the giant family gathering. When I say giant, I mean that the "kid's table" is for people under forty. Oh also, Emily Gould, who knows if you're reading these comments, but check out Sullivan St. Tea & Spice Company! You can buy tiny quantities of every spice on earth for a dollar or two each.
@angry little raincloud My friend got bumped to number one on the standby list with twenty minutes to go before the flight (his original connection had been cancelled) partially because of his airline status - which is high - and because he slipped the gate agent $20. Bribery!
@angry little raincloud I think part of it is that college is just so, so much more expensive, that the FAFSA now assumes that your family will have to fork over a much larger percentage of their assets to the school. My mom was PISSED that they wanted her to consider equity in her house as part of our finances; you can't give the college your living room. Oh! And I believe the FAFSA took into account my mom, stepdad, and dad's $$, even though my dad was not willing to contribute anything above his child support payments. My stepdad, fortunately, considers me his daughter and contributed, but I thought it was utter BS that his income was considered part of my package when he and I aren't legally family.
@Arlene Ivana@twitter That's AWESOME.
@ThatWench My favorite from the old Hairpin thread is Sexy Bruce Springsteen. So easy! So hilarious! White t-shirt, some bandanas, cutoffs, and - for the super ambitious - a cardboard guitar cut out of FreshDirect boxes. Then you can walk around bemoaning the state of small-town America while avoiding the subject of your daughter's passion for dressage.
So I have actually been to this park! A friend with a knack for ferreting out ridiculous housing situations got himself a long-term dogsitting job in one of those 39 fancy buildings and promptly began bringing a stream of friends into the park on weekends. This ended quickly, though, because once you're inside the park, there isn't much to do. You just sit there, thinking about how envious people will be once you told them how you finagled your way into this exclusive park. It brings on some soul searching.
I could have gone part time my last semester of college and didn't... because I was too lazy to figure out an off-campus housing situation. WOW was that dumb.
@P.J. Morse@twitter Thrift stores! Not always, obviously, but often.
That was awesome! My husband also brought a lot more money into the marriage than I did, but I try and remind myself that I, too, have a good job, and without his paycheck would still be just fine. Would go to a cheaper gym - but really, just fine. Congrats on the book deal.