On How Taylor Swift Does Money

It's insane that a person who sings songs can buy $37 million in property.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:13 pm 2

On The Cost of Insomnia

I don't wake up in the middle of the night (at least not much), but I have the hardest time getting to sleep. My natural sleep time is at about 2:00am. If I try to go to bed earlier, I just lie there until about 2:00am. That gets me six hours of sleep, which doesn't always feel like enough, but I've tried so many sleep aids to little or no effect that I'm sort of used to it by now. This may just be my life until society stops making me work 9-5. One thing I have found that sort of works for me: white noise like a fan. When I catch myself thinking way too much to fall asleep, I focus on the monotonous sound of the fan and try to push all other thoughts out of my head. It's sort of like meditation, I guess.

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 10:03 am 0

On To Pay Back Loans Faster, Go West, Young Man

As if I needed another reason to move to Washington state!

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm 0

On Things I Miss About Having A Real Job

"In school I did not speak up much. I stayed so quiet, my heart beating and adrenaline pumping through me, the answer running on repeat in my head. I knew nobody liked someone who always had the answer. I also knew how stupid people around me sounded sometimes, as they struggled to speak. I was afraid my voice would crack or trail off." Oh I can identify with this. I think part of it is growing up, finding your confidence. I barely spoke in class during my undergrad days, participated a lot more during grad school, and now talk all the time during meetings at work. I think you just need to gain that first little foothold of confidence--the "so what if I sound stupid" or "I can do this" mentality--and then build on that feeling. Confidence breeds confidence, I suppose.

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 10:28 am 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: September 2014 Check-in

I didn’t do this last month, so I am reporting from July: Student Loans: Private: July 2014 balance: $18,048.64 September 2014 balance: $17,924.01 Dept. of Education: July 2014 balance: $62,423.72 September 2014 balance: $62,870.62 TOTAL STUDENT LOAN DEBT: July 2014: $80,472.36 September 2014: $80,794.63 I’m paying the minimum and that's it. Screw interest right in the ear. * * * * Savings (my goal is $3,500.00): July 2014: $2,100 September 2014: $2,300.90 NEW DEVELOPMENT - I am now reporting interest on my savings! I have earned 90 cents in interest since opening this account in either fall 2012 or spring 2013. My bank has probably made hundreds of dollars loaning my savings out to people. C'est la vie, non?

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:43 am 0

On The Widespread Popularity of HGTV

@bgprincipessa Oh man, Trading Spaces. My dad was obsessed with it, meaning I always had to watch it as a kid.

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:29 am 0

On "What Does Your Father Do?"

@call_her_alaska "he was kicked out of high school in his final year for not cutting his long hair" ...badass

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:25 am 0

On My Obsession With Health Food Products Is Eating Away at My Bank Account

What do you think about kava re: possible liver damage?

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 9:52 am 0

On Cooking: Secretly The Worst?

Lord knows I try and I try, but whatever I make usually tastes horrible. I swear I'm just following the recipes...

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 1:50 pm 0

On Why Can't Every Doctor Take Every Insurance?

The weird thing is that if you purchase international health insurance, it will probably work at more hospitals abroad than regular insurance works here.

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 10:05 am 0