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.
@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.
@drydenlane It's not all it's cracked up to be! You typically either pay for it/control it or don't pay/don't control it. I have done both (currently being boiled alive in my free heat apartment) and I'd honestly rather pay for heating oil and run my own thermostat.
@Katni @angry little raincloud Another disgruntled/sweaty Bostonian. My building *cranks* the steam heat starting Oct. 1, regardless of what the weather is doing outside. Fortunately ("fortunately") the apartment is old and incredibly drafty so once the weather actually gets cold the temperature is tolerable--it's October/November and March/April that are utterly miserable. The lousiest part is that I live on the first floor so I hate leaving windows open overnight or if I'm not home. Our solution is to leave the AC unit in the window (but off) until at least mid-November.
I dunno man. In practice I think it will be great, because the cost of egg freezing is nuts and it should be covered by insurance, but in some ways is also seems like a cop out for companies who would like to slack on maternity leave and otherwise avoid creating a workplace that respects families. It feels just a teeny bit like they're issuing a "best practice" for when to have a kid if you also want a big career at a place like Apple (this is just my own projection). I guess it's the fact that we're hearing about it from the employers that is a little Margaret Atwood.
I ate rabbit several times when I was studying abroad in Spain-- the Spanish, to over-generalize, have pretty much zero sentimentality surrounding animals and don't bat an eye over eating cute things. As an earth-loving almost-vegetarian who can't quite give up meat entirely, I'd be psyched if meats with a smaller carbon footprint became more available. (It does show up on some menus in the US too-- I had a rabbit bolognese over polenta recently that was crazy good).
Buying gifts for kids is awesome, buying gifts for most grown people is kinda torture. I mean, I love it when I'm feeling flush enough to treat someone to dinner or a ticket to a show or something, but picking out objects is stressful and time-consuming and then it's *still* not what the giftee would have picked out. My extended family stopped doing gifts among adults altogether a long time ago. For awhile nieces and nephews got presents, but even that dropped off as people got older than maybe 10? (Now that we're all in our late teens and twenties, my parents generally give me and my siblings one kinda large, nice gift--last year they got me an area rug from West Elm I picked out but never would have bought for myself; this year I will probably ask them to chip in for part of a plane ticket so I can go visit my sister who is studying abroad.)
@swampy New Hampshirite here feeling like I need to chime in with some trivia... we technically have a *huge* state government, actually the largest state legislature in the country (400 reps and 24 senators). They're each paid $200 a year, so we make it up there, and also in investing jack squat in higher ed. (University of New Hampshire is the second or third most expensive in-state tuition in the country).
@dotcommie Yep. I live about 3 miles from where I work, but it's basically Downtown Boston/Back Bay between me and my office and I just won't. I love to ride my bike for fun but I know too many people with stories like this (glad you're OK!). Also, Boston drivers are as bad as everyone says.
@theballgirl I just made the same comment haha! I went to UNH, which is a town over from Portsmouth, and then I worked there for a couple of years, and I can fully corroborate this. It is getting to be pricey for New Hampshire, but its next door neighbor Dover is scrappier/cheaper and still has a lot of what's described here. (You could absolutely find a very nice place for less than $1450 though)