On Lunch Spots and Budgets

Pret is definitely for work days only. When I fall off the brown bag wagon I toggle between Pret's Moroccan lentil soup or a falafel pocket from the food truck near my office. I don't keep very good track of what I spend on buying lunch ...probably because my intention is to pack lunch 95% of the time but it's probably more like 75%, sometimes less. (I find it a lot easier to brown bag in the winter, when I don't care whether or not I actually leave the building during the day).

Posted on October 28, 2014 at 10:01 am 0

On Screwing Myself With The Credit Card I Swore I'd Pay Off Every Month

@mouthalmighty Capital One really is one of the less-awful companies to deal with on the phone, too (in my personal experience)

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 11:59 am 0

On Screwing Myself With The Credit Card I Swore I'd Pay Off Every Month

@Elsajeni Yeah I mean...obviously there are tons of credit card company practices that are predatory but a interest and $25 late fee when you don't pay your bill is just...um, the way credit cards work. Not that I'm not sympathetic, everybody's done this and calling the bank is the wooorst.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 11:57 am 0

On 'I'd Like to Dispute These Charges, Please'

Ummm this looks freakily like my debit card statement (Brighton-ite here). Especially the Ubers to avoid the mob going to Fenway. #greenlineproblems

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 11:51 am 1

On Screwing Myself With The Credit Card I Swore I'd Pay Off Every Month

@HelloTheFuture It's pretty difficult to actually accomplish anything in those chat boxes -- if you have a general question it could be helpful but in my experience they talk to you for a few minutes only to conclude that you need to call anyway.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 3:38 pm 0

On My Day Interviewing For The Service Economy Startup From Hell

@Marille Yep count me out -this reminds me of my first job out of college: had to use my own laptop, hours were 8-7 whether you had work to fill the time or not, the benefits were absurdly expensive, and it was staffed mainly by brogrammers. Most of the people there just gushed about how cool it was that we had a beer fridge.

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 5:04 pm 0

On On Engagement Ultimatums

@Thursty It really is overrated! My parents don't have any sort of story of how they got engaged except: "Well, we were already living together so we just decided to get married." They've been married 26 years.

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:49 pm 1

On On Engagement Ultimatums

@raw money This is pretty much what we did too--we'd been dating for three years and the actual decision to get married happened slowly over many conversations that were natural because we did things like move in together, support each other through grad school, etc. But my husband is a sap so he planned a proposal -- one day after work he basically had a friend trick me into going to a bench by the library where we used to study together in college and proposed there, with a ring I'd picked out. (It was summer so there was no one around, which to me was key--even videos of public proposals make me anxious.)

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm 1

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get for $295,000

I know that building in Portsmouth! Pretty sure it used to be a library, which is nice to think about. Would enjoy living there just for the lions.

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 11:16 am 0

On The Ethics of Only Selling Clothes for the Very Thin

@ccq We have Rainbow in Boston -- the other day I heard a girl in front of the DTX store emphatically saying to her friend: "tell her she's too FAT and OLD to shop at Rainbow" which feels related here.

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 11:03 am 0