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

On Do 1 Thing Baby Just Do 1 Thing

@cryptolect That makes a lot of sense, but I actually usually leave my cell phone off/on silent and forget about it (I have a regular alarm clock, though)... I set my alarm for earlier than normal when I left this morning, so I'm hoping that going off at the wrong time wakes me up and reminds me.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 1:15 pm 0

On Do 1 Thing Baby Just Do 1 Thing

I'm hanging out with a friend tonight and then going to a concert, so my 1 thing is silly: find a way to actually remember that I have an 8:30am doctor's appointment tomorrow.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 12:41 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

I am when I am not working such crazy hours that I am constantly sleep-deprived! After working, I just cannot convince myself to work out. However, I'm a light sleeper, and if I set my alarm for 5:30am, then once I'm awake I feel like I might as well work out because I won't succeed at going back to sleep and it's too early to get ready for work. (I also used to sleep with my loud alarm on the other side of the room so I had to get up to make it turn off. I'm less a carrot and more of a stick kind of person.)

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 5:10 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@LookUponMyWorks Delicious boozy milkshakes about town (an incomplete list): http://dc.thedrinknation.com/articles/gallery/10625-630-Where-to-Find-Boozy-Milkshakes-in-Washington-D-C-#gallery; http://www.zagat.com/b/washington-dc/5-places-to-drink-boozy-milkshakes-right-now. I'd add The Hamilton to those lists. Shake Shack is, of course, also wonderful for non-boozy shakes. Sometimes even LivingSocial will host boozy milkshake happy hours at their HQ on F Street. :)

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:46 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@lemonhead3159 Wow, that's classy. Sounds like something got misplaced and he was looking for a place to point a finger.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 9:39 am 0