On Home for the Holidays / Open Thread

@CaddyFdot If it's still possible, find out what the programs you're applying to actually expect in terms of GRE scores, and what weight they actually carry for the application. Finding out that architecture programs just use it as a general cutoff and then throw it out the window made me feel a lot better about not bothering to retake. Also, if it has been a while since you have taken a math test, a brief review of basic algebra is probably a good idea. I didn't realize I had forgotten the power rule until mid-exam...don't be me.

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 3:17 pm 0

On This Holiday Season, Give the Gift of Your Voice

@Sueb Children are definitely recipients of the voices, so I imagine they'd love to have teen voices? If only I could remember what podcast I heard about this on...

Posted on December 20, 2014 at 3:05 pm 0

On Revenge Giving, or Giving Out Of Spite

I gave to planned parenthood in the name of Hobby Lobby's CEO after the supreme court ruling came down- it's not like he'll ever know, and it did make me feel like at least I was doing a little something.

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 7:12 pm 0

On The Cheapest Generation Goes Generous for the Holidays

@Allison I'm seriously considering proposing to my family that instead of exchanging gifts, we should just each adopt a kid/ family in each others' names and send photos and stories about what we got the kids. Because shopping for kids is way more fun than shopping for adults (who buy their own presents anyways, geeze).

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 9:00 pm 0

On Alumni Giving Season

I think I gave my school a token amount after graduation, but I haven't given anything since. Neither my husband nor I have any deep attachments to our alma matters, but we've started giving to our local community college for our "education" giving- they're doing awesome things like making sure their students have access to childcare so that an education is more in reach for more of their students, which is pretty cool

Posted on December 13, 2014 at 2:52 pm 0

On Even With Healthcare, We Can't Always Get Doctors

I've been lucky to have pretty good PPO plans, for the most part. I usually pick based on geographic convenience- which I've been really, really lucky with (if anyone needs a rec. for an awesome practice in Seattle, every doctor I saw at the Swedish Physicans Greenlake at 73rd and Roosevelt was awesome. And they have good Saturday and early morning availability) I like to find a practice rather than an individual doctor- with a practice it's usually easier to get the "I want an appointment now, not next Tuesday when so and so is back in the office." And the rest of the time it's nice to know that Dr. so and so is "your" doctor.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm 0

On What Are You Wearing and What Did It Cost

@chic noir If you like wacoal, have you tried b.tempt'd? It's their "junior" brand, which for some reason means the bras are $10-20 cheaper than the standard line and not beige.

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 7:44 pm 0

On Giving Tuesday

We took the end-of-season giving push to set up the monthly donations we've been meaning to do for far too long- so now our local food bank, women's shelter, community college and NPR station have our promise that we'll keep giving them money. I'd definitely encourage considering throwing some money towards your local community college (or one you just like, I don't know, it's your money). They do a pretty impressive amount with not a lot of money- and most of them have a tiny fraction of the endowments most four year colleges have.

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 10:12 pm 0

On Building a Better Pancake

@nell Buttermilk powder! It's awesome- I keep a canister in my fridge and I have buttermilk all the time without the half-used pint of buttermilk in the fridge for a mysterious amount of time issues. Bonus is you just toss the powder in with your dry ingredients and add water to the wet- super easy.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 11:38 pm 0

On ACA, IRA, 401(K): Got a Burning Question? Ask Us!

@Kimberly Alison I wound up just calling the Vanguard people on the phone since I had a Simple IRA (not simple) to roll over- they called my existing institution while I was on the phone and found out the roll over requirements for me and basically walked me through the whole process. It helps to have a fund in mind for your new institution to roll things into, but basically talking to people on the phone can be the easy way to go.

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 11:06 pm 0