On Wages For Housework!

@Karebot There are SO many debates of this type that I feel could be put to rest if we made subsidized childcare a priority in this country. Shockingly enough "having it all" is pretty impossible for everyone when childcare costs as much as the mortgage.

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 3:57 pm 2

On Tipping Housekeeping is Controversial? (No It Isn't)

So I agree that it's BS for Marriott to be reminding guests to tip instead of paying their people enough. That said I have been that huge jerk who forgot to tip housekeeping because I was rushing to catch a train or whatever more times than I care to mention, and at a practical level I'd kinda appreciate the reminder to tip.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 3:43 pm 0

On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With a $20 Flip Phone

@sea ermine I would also be lost constantly without Google Maps. I suspect it's making us all dumber/less spatially aware but I would be two hours late all the time without it.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:56 pm 0

On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With a $20 Flip Phone

@guenna77 This is pretty much my MO. I took Twitter and Facebook off my phone a few months ago, because I found that a) I didn't really care that much about them but b) I was spending tons of time scrolling through them in a when I was bored anyway. Kept my reading apps (love u, Pocket), podcasts, Google Maps (key) and yes, email & Instagram. All of my push notifications are turned off, and my read receipts for texting are disabled.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 2:46 pm 0

On Chatting About Work Trips and Expense Guilt

Ughh I just today took a going-to-be-expensed Uber ride back to my office from an event (with two co-workers and a bunch of signs, boxes etc) and then realized I had a free Uber ride on my account that got automatically used. So the receipt I would have turned in for reimbursement is for $0 and I used up my free Uber ride. My boss told me to just expense the next ride I take but I definitely would feel way too guilty to do that. (sorry, I realize this is an extremely first world problems whine)

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 4:36 pm 0

On Crowdfunding Your Life, Including Your Abortion

This is such a classic example of why the term "pro-life" is a joke. They won't be associated with abortion (which is legal, at least for now), but will happily take their 5% off the top of a GoFundMe for someone who actually murdered a kid.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 12:47 pm 2

On Express Your True Identity With a DIY Job Title

I have a question semi-related to this My title has "assistant" in it, but although my role supports a director I'm not an admin/PA--it's more of a project management role. I was fine with it when I took the job but now I've been here just over a year and I'd really like to bring up changing it, just to "associate" or something. Pretty much the definition of first world problems but it's been bugging me recently. Any thoughts on how to have this conversation? I feel like it's asking your boss to help you polish your resume, which is kinda awkward.

Posted on September 8, 2014 at 3:04 pm 0

On The Ultimate Hummus Showdown

I've recently dabbled in homemade hummus too and find that I can't get the texture quite right--always too dense and not smooth and creamy like store-bought. But, came down to say: if you're cooking dry beans a crockpot is your friend! No soaking needed, you just rinse/sort, dump them in the crockpot with plenty of water and then let them cook on low all day while you're at work.

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:54 am 2

On Let's Argue About Prostitution

@Runawaytwin Not sure it would ever come to this, but this is a very good point. Rich white congressmen certainly think they know exactly what's best for struggling single moms.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm 1

On Everybody Loves Uber!*

I live in Boston and use Uber a couple of times a month--either when I'm out late or when the T is hopelessly jacked and I have to get somewhere in a hurry. At least in Boston, to me the advantage Uber has over cabs is the professionalism--I have had LOTS of sketchy experiences when out with a group of girls: cab drivers begging for phone numbers, trying to kiss my friend when we got out of the cab, illegally picking up 5 passengers and then insisting once we arrived that the fare was *double* the meter because he was breaking the law for us, getting "lost" in super murdery locations. Like I say, I don't use it super often but without exception every Uber driver I've had in Boston was super polite and a safe driver (added bonus, no one got sexually harassed!). Not to impugn all Boston cabbies, but let's just say I've never gotten ready to tuck and roll out of a moving Uber.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 4:49 pm 0