On Monday Check-in

@thegirlieshow - It's new! They just opened it in January or something. I keep forgetting it exists but I would love to check it out sometime.

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 2:10 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

@Catastrophe Waitress - Yes. Their chocolate cake donut is a little slice of heaven. Also, if you love cake donuts and don't mind getting up early, go try Twin Donuts in Allston sometime. SO GOOD.

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 11:28 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@Tripleoxer - Holy Donut is so, so, so good. I wish they'd open one closer to me, although Boston doesn't really lack for fancy donut spots anymore.

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 9:33 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Went as expected. Staying in and cooked Friday night. Still felt like crap, so I didn't go for a run. Saturday we got up and spent entirely too much on breakfast sandwiches and coffees (I think $27?, there was take home pastry involved). Then I got my hair done ($175). Had a bit of time, so we walked to the bike shop and a new helmet ($63 but I'm not including it because I had a gift card). Then hit the new Slumbrew beer hall. I spent $30 on food and drinks and I think my husband spent around $15 as well. Sunday: took LS to movies ($40) and then hung out at home. Husband cooked ($40 for groceries for that and things like paper towels and other assorted sundries). Total: $327. At least I budget for the hairs, so it's not an unexpected big spend.

Posted on April 27, 2015 at 9:32 am 0

On Friday Estimate

@orangezest - RUN LIKE THE WIND! I'll be running my first half marathon in September and I'm a little daunted by the prospect.

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 3:39 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@eatmoredumplings - No, the newer new place. :) Boynton Yards - http://www.urbandaddy.com/bos/nightlife/34522/American_Fresh_Brewhouse_Boynton_Yards_Somerville_s_New_Promised_Land_of_Beer_Boston_BOS_Bar. The tent is our weekly trivia place. Which used to have the most amazing first place prize ($150 in gift cards to the tent) but then we won too much and they changed it. Now it's $80, which is still an amazing prize. I do love their beer, especially the new Assembly Sq one. But they do need to work on the food there. It's only okay for what it is.

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 10:55 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Tonight: hanging in and cooking. Seems to be the way a lot of Fridays have gone of late. Been horribly sick all week, so I may or may not run tonight. I might keep it to a very simple and flat few miles. We'll see. Shouldn't spend any money. Tomorrow: getting hairs done ($175) and then meeting friends to check out the new Slumbrew beer hall and celebrate April birthdays. I'll probably spend $50? Not sure. It could be a lot less than that but it's a new place and I'm not sure what the prices will be. Sunday: taking LS out for something. Not sure what. I'll estimate $50 for that. And then at some point some money will spent either at the grocery store or at a restaurant for dinner. So somewhere around $275, due mainly to the cost of hairs.

Posted on April 24, 2015 at 9:32 am 0

On More Than 88,000 People Apply for 55 Affordable Apartments in "Poor Door" Building

I did one of those lottery things in Boston years ago. I was at the very top of the income threshold but I could've lived in a super swank new building downtown. I remember that the rent would've been almost half my take home pay (which was about what I was paying at the time anyhow) and I thought that made it seem absurd to call it affordable. Ah, well. I came in 66th in the lottery for 10 spots.

Posted on April 23, 2015 at 3:01 pm 0

On My Financially Codependent Family

This sounds so much like my mother's family that I kind of feel the pings of PTSD right now. Her family had 8 kids - 7 daughters (2 adopted) and 1 son. At one point, three sisters lived on one street together in the same town and two sister and the brother lived together on one street in a different town while the youngest two sisters shared a condo my grandparents bought. My mother was really the only one that ever had friends outside of her siblings. When it finally blew up, it was both spectacular and deeply traumatizing. And - ultimately - a blessing in my book. The big messy family I grew up with (20+ cousins I saw all. the. time.) was lovely but stifling now that I have distance. The expectation that I would do X over anything else because they were family (for me it was mostly free but CONSTANT babysitting from the ages of 11 to 16ish when things started to fray) was awful when I look back. I love my siblings but I am glad that I have a life that is mine and not wrapped up in theirs. We're close and see each other often but we all have room to be ourselves.

Posted on April 22, 2015 at 10:17 am 0

On The Art of Losing Isn't Hard To Master: J. Crew Shirt Edition

@TheLifestyleCreep - HA. My husband has that shirt. Or one very, very similar.

Posted on April 21, 2015 at 12:39 pm 0