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

On The Dead Guy in Your Apartment Building, and Other Lessons in Living Alone

This is my life in a nutshell, including the shower, the maintenance, the grocery bags, and the death. But oh, the 1-bedroom is so worth it for the silence and the cleanliness and the zen feeling of not having to put up with someone else's shit for a bit (until one of the lights in the living room ceiling comes crashing down in the middle of the night during a stressful work week).

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 4:33 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@LookUponMyWorks Yeah, should be pretty chill. :) ...but after this, I have 4 days of chores/work/seeing friends, and then I leave for 2 weeks in Asia. I get back, and I live in my new place, finish my last day at work, and switch jobs. In a few weeks, a giant cloud of calm will settle in, and my biggest worries will be where best to buy a couch from and what happened to my favorite shirt in the move.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 11:17 am 0

On Friday Estimate

This weekend is when the madness really begins for me. Also, this weekend is likely to cost somewhere north of $1000, so... woo! Today: I went to the travel clinic this morning, and it cost $270 for everything I needed. I move tomorrow, so... I didn't really have lunch foods to pack at home this morning. I'm guessing $10 for lunch today. Tonight, I am going to return a skirt I got online a few weeks ago that isn't quite what I was looking for (can I say -$27?), pick up antibiotics and maybe some pepto for my international travel per the travel clinic's advice (dunno, $50?), and then go home and finish packing. Oh god, not done packing! Tomorrow: get up at 7:30am and have my friends come at 8:15 to get me and a carload of stuff and drive to the new place. I will pick up keys, move in the carload of stuff, and then go next-door to buy my friend/neighbor's second TV from him for $40. After that, I will put on a fancy dress, take the metro to Alexandria (probably need another $30 on my farecard), and hop an Amtrak train to my friend's wedding town. ($100 gift, card and train ticket already purchased.) I have a few hours before the wedding, so I'm guessing I'll spend $75 on cabs/food/shopping. I don't know how much stuff costs down there or how bored and spendy I will get. Thankfully, another friend is giving me a ride home and already told me I can't pay her for gas. We'll crash on my air mattress at the new place, because it's closer and I need to be there really early in the morning Sunday. Sunday: internet/cable guy comes to install things for me between 8am and 9am. If my friend is still around, I will probably go pick up some breakfast for us ($15 -- thank you, Einstein Bagels across from my new place). Then I will deflate the air mattress, put some things away, and head back up to my old place to (I hope this isn't necessary) finish packing and getting things ready for the movers. By this point, the ex will be mostly moved out and maybe out playing sports with friends. Probably make lunch with the ex, and then my TV-selling friend comes over at 1 to help with driving + the movers. Movers will probably set me back about $600. Then I will collapse in a sad heap at the new place and nap. (JK, I will unpack some stuff, go back to the old place, meet the ex, and clean for some hours before heading home. And maybe spend $20 on more food.) So... no big deal, guys. Probably just something like $1200.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:37 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@LookUponMyWorks Happy birthday! I am sorry for ditching you on your birthday weekend -- can we have a @LookUponMyWorks 1-month birthday-versary party in August?

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 10:22 am 0