@MrDean - and this is rapidly becoming Boston. They're building new housing but it's not nearly enough and it's almost uniformly luxury high rises. There is rapidly becoming nothing affordable for anyone other than the super well off.
@hoorayllamas - there was a great article in the Boston Globe today about mental healthcare in this country. It's behind a paywall but the basic take away was the old system of asylums was horrific in a lot of ways but replacing that with private for-profit companies did nothing good. It just placed the burden of the problem on the most vulnerable members of society - the poor. The wealthy can afford to pay for the services they need but the poor can't. And so we are where we are today.
I couldn't live away from the ocean. Every time I think about moving somewhere else, it always comes back to that.
I'm with you, Mike. I'd never pay to make a reservation and I prefer to wait until the hype has died down as well. Last year a restaurant called Ribelle opened in Brookline and it was impossible to get a reservation there. So I just haven't eaten there. I'll finally get around to it in December, when my lady friends and I do our annual holiday dinner.
@OllyOlly - Yes, exactly. My brother's wife wanted the big engagement ring and to have a romantic story to tell. And that is what they did and it made her SO happy. It was really lovely because it was very them.
@garli - I also have a HUGE issue with the concept of you have to wait for a guy to propose to you (if you're a hetero lady). I don't know. I felt like if had to wait for him to decide if I was worthy, it devalued me as a person. It has to be just as much my choice and decision as it is his. The way it ultimately worked for us was like this: met in March of 2012 (OkCupid). Started dancing around the subject of moving together by January/February of 2013. Actually moved in together in June of 2013. Went on a trip to San Francisco in November of 2013 and we were sitting in this speakeasy (which was super cool and you actually needed a password to get into it) that didn't allow phones. So it was just a good chance to have a conversation about life in general. We clearly loved each other, the moving in had made the relationship better, etc. So I remember going somewhere in the course of it that "I'm going ot marry you. I'm sure of this" and he was like "Is this a proposal?" And it caught me off guard because I hadn't actually planned any of this but then I was like "in way, yes, I think it is" and he was like "I'd like that then". And then on our two year anniversary we had another conversation about the actual when we'd have a wedding and decided we'd do it in the summer of 2014. And that's when we told the world we were officially engaged. But there was never an engagement ring because I didn't want one. One ring is enough for me to wear. But I liked how it all played out. It really felt like it was a decision made by us.
@PicNic - You should get the acorns app if you have an iPhone. You link your debit and credit cards to it and it rounds up your transactions and then invests the money in $5 increments. I feel like it's baby step investing, which is exactly where I am. The $10 I've invested so far is up nine cents!
This is why I like mint (it might be the only reason I like mint). But I have my credit cards linked to it and when I check the app, it lists all my most recent transactions and I can quickly go through them.
I'm totally a small snacks throughout the day type of person. It actually makes lunch kind of hard in work environment. I mean, I won't shun a lunch invite but I'm never going to be the one to rally the troops to eat an actual lunch. Normally I just have coffee, a clif bar, fruit at some point, and a snack of some sort of carb (usually rice cakes because have you tried rice cakes lately? The black pepper and sea salt ones are AMAZING). Big meals midday make me a zombie for the hours of 3-5pm. It is not good.
@Ester Bloom - My husband thinks I'm the weirdest person in the entire world for liking cut up apples with peanut butter. He should just wait until I get around to trying out making a peanut butter apple pie.