On Friday Estimate

@ThatJenn This sounds like the nerdiest, most delightful weekend. Geocaching, football, RPGs, turtles. Jenn wins!

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:47 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@BillfoldMonkey Good luck! That will be a pile of compound awesome feelings: clean place! less stuff! same bank balance! :) You can do it.

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:39 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@Heather F G I moved in July and now a) live by a big park (with a one-person tennis wall for practicing your swing!) and also miles of trails that run along the river and are beautiful and b) have a roof deck to read on. Life is divine. But pool rules in the south are bullshit.

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:37 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Eek! I have been off the Billfold for a LONG TIME. Sorry, guys. (...and my financial state has devolved, though that was not unexpected because a bunch of expensive stuff happened.) Today: I was in a rush to get to a doctor's appointment at 8am, so I failed to pack a lunch. I am in love with Cosi, so I may go there for lunch, which usually costs me about $11. After work, I've got a friend's going away party, where I'm guessing I'll spend $15. Then college football watching/dinner out, which will probably set me back another $30. Yikes. Tomorrow: I'll be at http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/ all day (and will get fed there), so hopefully no spending (but I'm going to throw in $30 just in case, because I love books so much). I should pick up my dry cleaning on my way home, and I'm trying out a new place that doesn't post prices, so I'll just guess $50. Sunday: birthday brunch for my bff ($25) followed by chores, running, and then another friend birthday party at a beer garden ($25). Monday: FREEDOM! I haven't had a day all to myself in a very long time, so I will probably just work on a bunch of chores and read books and play outside, but I may do a mini grocery run for about $25. This weekend is busy and spendy, but luckily there are lots of gaps in which I can nap/read/watch Battlestar/run/do apartment things, which will be lovely. I also plan to enjoy this last weekend of my apartment's pool being open. :) (...which is silly in DC, btw, where it's usually in the 80s well into October/November.) Total: $211. Seems about right.

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 9:30 am 1

On Stress-nesting During a Season of Turmoil

Ugh, this has been my month. IKEA visits and work clothes, which are really expensive, seem to be my thing. Do I need another suit? PROBABLY WHAT IF THERE IS SOME KIND OF SITUATION WHERE I NEED A WEEK OF SUITS UGH THE WORLD IS TERRIBLE. That is basically my thought train this summer. Otherwise, it's OH GOD WHAT IF I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH SPATULAS?! LET'S GO TO IKEA JUST IN CASE AND BUY THREE COUCHES.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 10:23 pm 0

On Books That Are Worth The Money

This is basically my list too.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:26 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

This weekend will be expensive. I spent around $16 on lunch/dinner today with friends, and I'll spend another ~$1000 on a couch and $700 on plane tickets for two big trips later this fall (for wedding and friend things). Plus maybe $100 for miscellaneous things like groceries?

Posted on August 15, 2014 at 7:36 pm 0

On The End of Neighborliness

I moved recently and always say hi to my neighbors in the hallway (and know a few on a first-name basis, though I am ashamed to admit that I have had an easier time remembering their dogs' names than many of their names), but... I live in an apartment building in the DC area. My neighbors change every few weeks.

Posted on August 13, 2014 at 9:23 pm 0

On The Cost of Breaking Up and Moving Out

@Anon Writer I just got back from a 2-week trip abroad and saw this post, but I just want to say that this is my life too (more than 5 years, DC, lease up in July but relationship ended a few months prior)! I think things went a little better for me and I didn't move out until the end of the lease because $$$$ (and because I could emotionally afford to do that), but I can empathize with the overall roughness and would like to generally offer my services as drinking/venting company. Thank you for writing this post. Nothing has struck as much of a chord with me lately.

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 12:05 am 0

On On the Purchase of New Pillows

@Stina Yeah, I read this and was thinking "wash your pillows!!!" Pillow washing pro-tip: after washing a pillow as @Stina instructs above, run it through the dryer on tumble dry/low for 2-3 cycles (to dry the insides out too) with 1-2 new tennis balls. They will be so fluffy and clean and soft after. Also, the tennis balls seem to help keep the filling distribution more even.

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 10:53 am 0