On Take the Vacation

I've never had paid vacation in my life, but that's because I work 80 hours a week for 7 months and then get laid off for 5 months. I'm going to Ecuador in March for 3 weeks and it feels like it will be the shortest trip ever. I'm much more used to months of travel at a time! I don't know how I'll ever transition to being an adult with a two week trip.

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 1:20 am 0

On Take the Vacation

@lisaf You definitely want to maximise time in two weeks. If you haven't been to too many places, I'd recommend you start by making sure you don't waste time with massive layovers or flight times. I'm not sure if your departure city is Edmonton or Calgary... from Calgary, you can fly direct to Hawaii or Cuba (if hot is your jam), or to Halifax or New York (if east coast is your jam). If you want to go to Europe, you can fly to London or Frankfurt non-stop, and take the red-eye... just be sure to get some sleep . If you are out of Edmonton you could hit up San Fransisco, and tour that area of California, or maybe head to Scotland! Allison suggests New Zealand which, while my favourite place in the world, is definitely too far to go for two weeks. I personally think that if you're going to spend that long getting there, you should stay a while. I'm not a big fan of spending a few days here and a few days there... much better to linger and really get to know a place. (OKAY SORRY THIS IS SO LONG)

Posted on January 18, 2015 at 1:16 am 0

On The Culture of Eating Out

oh man. this is my vice. I LOVE eating out. especially for brunch. But it has been bad on my wallet and on my width (i.e. I get fat every winter because of eggs benedict) BUT. I do it for the food and the good times with friends. I do not care about crossing places off of lists. (Also I live in Edmonton, so the list wouldn't be all that long anyway) I will say that I basically don't ever buy clothes, I go to the bar extremely rarely and I don't have cable or really any other spendy habits. The last couple of months I've gotten a lot better and have only eaten out a few times. PROGRESS

Posted on April 18, 2014 at 12:27 am 0

On The Downsides of Trying to Retire 'Inside of Your Screensaver'

Is that supposed to say "six countries on three continents"?... or are there continents within continents that I don't know about?

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 6:48 pm 0

On When One Person Earns More Than the Other in a Relationship

@nell YES!!! My partner has chronic pain and it would be completely insane if we split every bit of contribution down 50/50. Being in my current relationship has really taught me that it's not about how much you do vs how much they do. It is exactly what you said.. does this person and the things they do make my life better! Do I feel like I am in a partnership where we enrich each other's lives? What makes that happen is about how things are done and with what intention, not whether everything is split equally.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 6:01 pm 1

On When One Person Earns More Than the Other in a Relationship

@longjanes Yes! I agree! I also really felt like the author believes that his lifestyle and his fiancée's lifestyle are separate, so I can see her worrying about the future and how they might merge into a team. My partner is probably going to make a lot less money that me in the long run but we have taken turns bearing the bulk of expenses in times when it has been harder for the other. We also change our lifestyle TOGETHER depending on what we are making/how employed we are. It's not that one of us will necessarily pay for everything, but we are a team and if one of us is financially stressed, we take it on as a team and maybe make it easier by changing how much we are spending together. Honestly, it doesn't sound like these two have a financial plan for the future where they work together to achieve their goals. Maybe that works for them, but it would be hard for me to have a partner who wanted to live a totally different kind of lifestyle from mine, and not collaborate.

Posted on March 31, 2014 at 5:49 pm 0

On Is It Weird For a Brother and a Sister to Share a Room?

I shared a room with my little brother when we lived abroad for two years. I was 6-7 and he was 4-5. We had bunkbeds and my older brother had his own room. It was never weird for us and probably helped us feel close, especially with moving to a new country. I probably wouldn't have wanted to share beyond around age 10 because I became intensely private, but not because of gender. All children are different and should be evaluated separately and have different needs. It's damaging to use inductive reasoning about ALL children just because it might not work for SOME.

Posted on February 6, 2014 at 1:39 pm 1

On Vlad in the Snow on Broadway

@aetataureate I totally agree!

Posted on December 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm 1

On DIY Christmas Decorations

Wow, that's a pretty cheap pulp mill! Also: this is awesome.

Posted on December 11, 2013 at 10:54 pm 0

On Ralph Hicks Bought and Saved an Independent Bookstore

Be still, my heart! This is like reading a fantasy novel. I'm sure the people of Creemore know how lucky they are!

Posted on December 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm 3