On Things I've Learned, and What I Got Paid For Them

@chnellociraptor yes! Theatre taught me so many life skills.

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 9:08 pm 0

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

Cheating. But then, I also consider any Thanksgiving with fewer than 10 attendees cheating. I think it's important that the meal take place in a home rather than in a restaurant. I think that matters more to me than who prepares the food.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 9:55 am 3

On What Marriage (And Remarriage) Has To Do With Money

I wish platonic life partners were more of a thing. Back when I was single I would've loved to be one with my (also lesbian) BFF or with my other (gay male) friend. Think of the life improvements!

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 7:56 am 0

On American Workers Want to Know When Their Workday Ends

@ronswansonluva Timelines are flexible, but that doesn't stop some of my coworkers from feeling like they're rigid enough to warrant 11:15 PM emails. I've stayed seriously late for a project twice, and both times it was because of a project I was working on for the deputy head of my agency.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 7:53 am 0

On American Workers Want to Know When Their Workday Ends

God bless the federal government. I will leave at 4pm today, and tomorrow, and every foreseeable workday after that, unless I decide I want to stay late, in which case I get compensatory leave. But they basically can't make me stay late. Actually, screw the government. God bless my union.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:55 pm 8

On The Cost of Being a Salmon Swimming Upstream

Wait, can you please talk more about moving to be closer to family? I'm curious. Also, do you actually like Northern VA? It's just hard for me to imagine anyone moving from Brooklyn to Northern VA.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:29 pm 0

On Are You What You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

@coastalelite THERE ARE ALMOST NO LIBRARY JOBS. I wanted to be an academic librarian until I realized it was bullshit and also impossible to get. Oh, and if you are a staff person in a library and want to move up, the class difference between the two will prevent that. Get another degree. Unless you can't live without being a public librarian, get another degree.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:26 pm 1

On Are You What You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

@dromeda Sing it! Luckily I started in a government internship before the recession, and I'm still working for that same government organization today as an analyst. I use my "organized for hire" skills all the time, and they're somehow useful. I hated grad school, but I can't really complain about it, because grad school is what got me both my job and my girlfriend. And really, what else is grad school for?

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:24 pm 0

On The Second Time I Lost My Life Savings

UGH I had put out of my mind the terrible group-house housemate who couldn't make rent and tried to get us to float her. SHE WAS THE WORST. I literally got my own apartment to escape her. Thnks fr th mmrs, Nicole. (What, is my 2007 Fall Out Boy reference not still timely?)

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 12:10 pm 0

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

So if the 401k contribution limit is $18,000 next year, and I have a non-Roth 401k, that means that I'm contributing $18,000 of pretax income. Does that mean if I have a Roth 401k, I can contribute $18,000 of post-tax income? If so, doesn't that mean that I'm relatively contributing a LOT more income to my Roth 401k? Because, assuming I make $100,000/year, that means they're taking out something like $25,000 towards my Roth 401k, and $18,000 is going into the Roth 401k. Am I understanding this all right? (Also, if it matters, I'm actually a government employee, so it's all a TSP/Roth TSP anyway.)

Posted on November 17, 2014 at 10:44 am 0