@aproprose More sexing.
Nice rug underneath... looks like a Turkish flatweave?
RE: HBO online. You probably know someone, maybe even a family member, who has cable with HBO but who doesn't use the online access. With my parent's cable username password I get access not only to HBO but to a bunch of other things online. Worth asking a friend or family member, and guess what, they don't even care if passwords are shared (see recent interview with HBO CEO saying this)!
Drynuary! I've done it for 3 or 4 years now, after hearing about it on the Hairpin. I don't drink enough for it to have that big of a health impact, or even a financial impact, but I do it because I like the idea of a time of austerity after the high times of the holidays. I also try to eat better and spend less money in general. It's not so much a penance as it is a reset button.
@swirrlygrrl Really? The only way to escape "misery" when flying is to fly private? First of all, those first-class seats look pretty non-miserable every time I walk past them. OK, true, only the rich can afford that level of comfort. That is also true of every other type of transportation! Only the rich can afford owning a car in a city/ taking cabs/ not using public transpo. Also true of every other aspect of life in our country, which doesn't make it right, I know, but makes singling it out make less sense since uncomfortable airline travel is something that disproportionately affects middle-upper class people. Even when talking about economy class I think it's a major exaggeration. Misery? Yeah it's uncomfortable but there's a reason people still to prefer to fly over a long distance ground-transport trip. Hours of heightened discomfort still rules over many times that number of hours of slightly lower discomfort. And although I am glad when I have bags to not have to pay the fees, not everyone needs to check bags on a trip, so it makes sense to charge for those who need it and offer a cheaper fare for those who don't, in a way. I don't know, I hate airline companies too but I have a hard time accepting the most dramatic interpretations. I mean, it's not that bad, all things considered.
@BillfoldMonkey All sweaters may pill to a certain extent but certain fibers are much more susceptible to it than others. Yarns made from long fibers will result in a fabric that pills less than shorter fibers. Also the texture of the knit can contribute. A fine, tight knit will pill less than a big chunky knit. I have a merino sweater that is over ten years old that has literally no pills on it. It is also quite warm. It is, however, not a soft fluffy type of knit (although it's not scratchy at all), so I think you do have to give up some characteristics for a knit that is durable.
@dromeda I bought a new backpack because the rough surface of my old one was pilling even my cotton shirts at the spot where the backpack hit my lower back. I thought I was alone. ;)
I've had super bad luck with J. Crew sweaters pilling. I have one magical sweater that is from Banana Republic but that I bought used at Buffalo Exchange probably 10 years ago for about 10 dollars. I have worn it a ton and washed it myself plenty and it has NARY A PILL. I unfortunately caught it in the zipper of a jacket a while back so it has a small hole in it. I am constantly on the hunt to replace it. It is Merino wool but it is that type of knit that is not soft and fuzzy at all, it is almost rough feeling? The knit is very fine gauge and is not fuzzy at all. The texture is almost crepey (is that a word?). But it is still very warm. I am having a hard time describing this type of knit, but I feel it is the secret to NO-PILL sweaters!! lol. My husband had a great Brooks Brothers sweater that was very resistant to pilling, that was victim, along with most of his other wool sweaters, to a moth infestation that only seemed to affect his drawer. We went to go replace it (it was a gift from his family a long time ago) and the equivalent would have cost like 300 dollars. Nope! So I bought a similar one online from Ebay for 50 dollars. Turns out it had a hole! Too good to be true, etc. But when I complained they refunded my money and didn't have me send the sweater back so I just mended the hole and that's how my husband got a free BB sweater. Sorry for the sweater novel, this topic is relevant to me, haha. Edited to say: Most higher end companies will refund you even a long time after purchase if you complain of shoddy craftsmanship. J. Crew refunded a sweater of mine that had pilled a couple months (maybe even 6-12 months) after the purchase. It is always worth it to complain. Nothing to lose.
I also enjoyed this.
Uggghhh. My husband and I spend Christmas with his family every year because they care a lot about it and my family would just as well have us visit another time because they don't really celebrate anyway. The in-law family is all adults, and I really wish we would do away with the gift giving but it's not my family so I don't feel I can be the one to promote that. My husband has two siblings, one of them with a long-term SO, and then there's his parents and grandmother. It's just a lot of gift buying and I really feel that everyone is just buying gifts for the sake of giving a gift. I don't like spending the money, and I don't like other people spending money on gifts for me that I don't want/need. It's all just such a waste, but I feel like such a grinch. The other problem is that my husband is really bad at/ dislikes shopping for gifts, and although I don't like wasting money/ buying useless crap, I am actually a pretty good gift buyer so I end up doing all the shopping for his family. I kind of resent it but at the same time if I left it up to him he would wait until the last minute and we would end up spending more on last-minute shipping, or just spending more because when you buy at the last minute you are more likely to just settle for something to get it over and done with rather than taking the time to comparison shop, etc. I also kind of resent that if I pick a really nice thing, my husband gets most of the credit for it, but if we had crappy gifts, I somehow feel that it would reflect poorly on me, as shopping is more of the "women's realm", and my husband's family is kind of traditional. Anyway unfortunately the gift giving season brings out a lot of neuroses for me. I think I would enjoy the holidays a lot more without the gift giving. I also feel that I should just try to relax and not worry about it so much. Any tips on that front?