On Analyzing America's Most Affluent Towns

I live in the most affluent town in Maryland! In an apartment that's really doesn't feel like part of the town at all and feels much more like the small city to the east. When I drive through the actual town I like to refer to it as "Mansionville," because there really are so many mansions. People are obscenely rich. We have two independent groceries (three?) and they're expensive but lovely. There are trails and synagogues and mansions. That's basically my town. I like it a lot, but mostly for the trails. My apartment is right near the creek that runs through, and the view out the windows is woods. It's quite lovely.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 12:44 pm 0

On Open Thread: When Do You Replace Your Phone?

@charmcity Are you 100% sold on using the entire Apple ecosystem across your life? If you're not, go for an Android. I thought I was pro-Apple (I have a MacBook Pro) until I got an iPhone and realized I only use Chrome and Gmail, and I decided I shouldn't have gotten something just because it was pretty and my friends had it.

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 9:14 am 0

On Crowdfunding Your Life, Including Your Abortion

Can I just say, I love the feminist/political tilt that The Billfold has taken recently? I'm not sure if it's the new editors or what, but it's awesome. (And I've loved literally all of the editors here ever.)

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 12:01 pm 8

On Trying to Define "Enough:" How a Freelance Writer Makes a Living

Have you talked about your debt and how much you have and how you're paying it back? I'd be really interested in details but understand if it's too personal.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 11:33 am 0

On Two Weddings, One Summer

I'm due to be a bridesmaid in a wedding in Florida next spring, and THEY'RE PAYING FOR MY DRESS AND HOTEL. I'll only have to pay for my flight, my shower gift, my wedding gift, and incidental food. It's still going to be expensive but I'm getting three nights at a luxury hotel + the joy of seeing my dear friend wed.

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 10:42 am 0

On The Billfold Book Club: David Allen's 'Getting Things Done'

I was given a copy of GTD a few years ago at work, when everyone got one. I didn't really pay attention to it then. I started reading it for real just before you suggested it for BBC. I've read a few chapters, and I've started implementing a combination GTD/bullet journal, where I write everything down in a bullet journal. I live by lists, and I'm really excited to read more of GTD so I can get a bullet journal for work and implement GTD in it. Oh, and I've also started dividing my work to-do lists into follow up, long term, projects, and immediate to-dos. It's something like GTD.

Posted on August 28, 2014 at 4:00 pm 0

On Amtrak Hacks

Food tips on Amtrak, from about three years ago, so ymmv: you can get a box of TWELVE mini Entenmann's cookies for $4.00. The best value for your money is the $6.00 huge footlong sandwich. Have them microwave it a little for you. The hamburger is not bad. If you take the same train often enough the cafe car man will recognize you and let you microwave your own food in his microwave.

Posted on August 23, 2014 at 8:04 am 0

On Yes, I Do In Fact Owe My Entire Career to Browsing Reddit

AAAHH I am almost done The Magician's Land and I feel like I'm dying. I must say, Chapter 25 makes me happy beyond words at how the female character feels towards the male character, because I always feel that way towards him. (Trying not to spoil.)

Posted on August 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm 0

On Books That Are Worth The Money

YES to (9)! I try valiantly to avoid buying new books by white men. It's challenging because they're such a large proportion of what's published.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 12:10 pm 1

On The Most Vain Thing I Have Ever Done Cost Me $96 And I Regret Nothing

I get my eyebrows, upper lip, and chin waxed. I usually hold out for three months, but I've just decided that it's worth it to do regularly, even if I have to drive up to Baltimore to see my waxer. I've been waxing my eyebrows since I was 11 (which is really a terrible comment on beauty standards), and I can only really recognize my face when my eyebrows are done. I didn't realize how happy it made me on a macro scale, so now I'm going to make more of an effort to keep it up. It's worth the $42.

Posted on August 16, 2014 at 11:38 am 0