On Friday Estimate

tonight: birthday party for someone I don't know that well, but maybe I should get a gift? I don't know. It's at a pretty formal place. Tomorrow, lunch with a friend (less than $15, hopefully) and then a haircut ($50?). Possibly grabbing some groceries, but hoping the weekend will be under $100.

Posted on April 17, 2015 at 10:07 am 0

On Are You Paying A Marriage Penalty Or Enjoying A Marriage Bonus?

Ooh, my former boss got married December 31st at something like 10pm. A month ago or so she was doing taxes and realized she and her husband had to pay taxes as if they were married all of last year, not just two hours, and she was peeved because it was thousands of dollars. They're both on the affluent side, though I'm obviously not sure of any specific numbers. In any case, if you're going to get married on New Years Eve, wait a couple hours and save yourself the dough.

Posted on April 15, 2015 at 8:50 pm 0

On Who Knows One [Thing]? I Know One [Thing]

My one thing is done! I updated my resume which is the first step in finding myself a new job. I sent it to one person and tomorrow (or maybe today) I will update my "people" spreadsheet and email it to a few more people. Or maybe I'll wait until Monday when everyone is back from vacation?

Posted on April 2, 2015 at 6:12 pm 2

On Spending Money In Indiana And Arkansas

Wait, but has anyone else seen the reports that it's not just Indiana with these sorts of laws? They don't all fall under RFRA, rather, a lack of non-discrimination laws. I guess that's why it's a big deal - this seems much more proactive, rather than the status quo - but still, boycotting almost half the states is difficult. (This is what I was reading from: http://www.vox.com/2015/4/1/8325585/lgbt-nondiscrimination-laws)

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 4:09 pm 0

On The Decline And Fall Of The Family Business

Ooh I know people that run family businesses together and they are successful, but it isn't the easiest relationship for everyone. At least, one person usually thinks everything is fine, while another party is unhappy.

Posted on April 1, 2015 at 11:10 am 0

On How Other People Do Money: Kids Around The World

I took a personal finance class in college and it wasn't bad. Money with family can be so touchy and it's good to get an overview from an outside source. What I really wish we'd covered were the exact steps - like, I know I'm supposed to put money into a mutual fund. But how do I do that exactly? Call my bank? Can I do it online? What is the difference between all of these options? That's the intimidating part for me.

Posted on March 31, 2015 at 10:16 am 0

On The Resources We Have to Give

I just gave someone a ride last week - she was probably 10 minutes out of my way and a delightful conversationalist - but she was so appreciative it felt like I'd driven her across state lines. I remember in college getting rides and committing to give when I could - but Nicole, I wonder if there are other things you could give? Advice, time serving/helping, babysitting, etc? Emotional support can mean a lot.

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 2:45 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

Friday I stayed in. Saturday I picked up some essentials at the grocery store ($13.47) after swimming (nothing. thank you DC pools. Someday I will write an ode to you.) And then Saturday night I met up with friends but we just chatted and watched something so that was free. Sunday I didn't buy anything though did drive a bit more than usual.

Posted on March 30, 2015 at 10:08 am 0

On The Pros and Cons Of Collective Living

This is really interesting, because I've heard my parents talk about it with their friends: once the kids leave, find a house where each couple had their own room/bathroom/study, but there were common kitchen and living areas. Part of the problem is imagining what that space looks like, since most living spaces aren't designed with multiple master bedrooms (and older couples used to it, at least, are used to that). Interesting to think about, for sure.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm 0

On The Pros and Cons Of Collective Living

This is really interesting, because I've heard my parents talk about it with their friends: once the kids leave, find a house where each couple had their own room/bathroom/study, but there were common kitchen and living areas. Part of the problem is imagining what that space looks like, since most living spaces aren't designed with multiple master bedrooms (and older couples used to it, at least, are used to that). Interesting to think about, for sure.

Posted on March 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm 0