On Friday Estimate

I've been cooking a lot on Sunday nights. Either we're making sweet pork and coconut rice from the Pok Pok cookbook, or pierogis and kielbasa and cabbage. If pork: 2 lbs pork shoulder (?? it's got to be less than $20, right? Former vegetarian here, not used to buying meat), jasmine rice ($4), coconut cream ($2), sweet soy sauce ($3), plus other stuff at the Thai grocery store ($20) If pierogis etc: Idk, $30 total? I'd just go and buy a ton of stuff at the Euro Market. I'm also making a cake, and I'm low on a lot of baking supplies, so let's just say $70 for all groceries and hope I come in under that. $10 for Saturday after-workout lunch. I'll just round up to $100 for the whole weekend.

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 12:39 pm 0

On New York on $70 a Week

I did this once when I was doing the unpaid internships thing. My parents paid for 3 months in a pseudo-dorm in Brooklyn and gave me $50/week for food, subway, and whatever else. $50 sounds like so much, but it really isn't, and I felt guilty asking for any more. And when you're doing 2 internships with weird hours and have no bartending/food service experience, it's hard to find a job. Therefore, hard summer. So I hear this author.

Posted on February 26, 2015 at 4:40 pm 0

On "If You Don’t Have Tchotchkes, I Don’t Trust You": Celebrity Real Estate Wisdom

@TheDilettantista Seconded on the Kondo thing…I'm fascinated by it, but part of me feels like discarding things that don't "bring you joy" is kind of…wasteful?

Posted on February 23, 2015 at 5:10 pm 0

On Work Memoirs!

As an editor, I've read a lot of book publishing memoirs. Some are better than others. Here are a few good ones: Counterculture Colophon: Grove Press, The Evergreen Review, and the Incorporation of the Avant-Garde by Loren Glass The Business of Books by Andre Schiffrin (and A Political Education, which is fantastic) Gaston Gallimard: A Half-Century of French Publishing by Pierre Assouline (not in print, but soooo worth a $.01 copy. Fascinating, fascinating history) My Life in Publishing by Harold S. Latham (also not in print, but available used) Stet: An Editor's Life by Diana Athill Jackie as Editor by Greg Lawrence (not a memoir but a great book about Jackie O's publishing career) I've heard The Time of their Lives by Al Silverman is also quite good but I haven't read that one yet.

Posted on February 20, 2015 at 1:50 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

Haircut ($75; $60 + $15 tip), $2 candy, Starbucks cheese box thing ($5.39) and later a slice of pizza ($2) on Friday for dinner, and two drinks ($9 each plus $2 tip on the first and $1 tip on the second). Saturday I spent $5 on sourdough bread, $4 on tiny potatoes, $11 at the pharmacy, then 3 bottles of wine (2 for me, one for my friend, who then bought me lunch): $19. $10 cab to take me and said friend to cat adoption (she adopted a cat!). No spending on Sunday, thankfully. So the whole total was $154.39. Could've been worse!

Posted on February 16, 2015 at 10:52 am 0

On Valentine's/St. Cyril's Day Estimates!

@cryptolect Yep!

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 4:58 pm 0

On Valentine's/St. Cyril's Day Estimates!

Idk, I'm staying in and pulling out my fondue pot. In part because my Valentine hates Valentine's Day. One time I dragged a guy I had been dating for a few months out to dinner and a museum--not romantic, it was MoSex and an Indian joint--and it was fun but I felt guilty afterwards because I hadn't really considered the politics of going out on Valentine's Day and how much some people seem to hate it (men especially)? Anyway, a pound of gruyere and a pound of Emmentaler plus some Laughing Cow and a bottle or two of wine, some sausage, some potatoes, some more cornichons, some bread. I'm going back and forth on whether it's worth it to pay for some kirsch. Some chocolate and raspberries for chocolate tarts, or the cost of a flourless chocolate cake from Hungarian Pastry Shop. Boom. $50, maybe? $50-70.

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 4:15 pm 0

On The Best Start-Ups and Innovative Companies

I was gonna say Warby Parker before I even got to the article mention. Really friendly setup, great and affordable glasses, and cute packaging. I've also really been enjoying Birchbox, in part due to their rewards and insider stuff and their great customer service. I also like their blog content.

Posted on February 10, 2015 at 4:16 pm 1

On Monday Check-in

I spent a lot of money on groceries (about $80, although I didn't go grocery shopping last week), $50 on dinner the next night (somehow! it was a moderately priced Thai place), then $15 on my friend's nachos late night. I'm kinda bummed about how much dinner was. We had planned to go to Shake Shack but it was incredibly crowded, which I guess I should've expected. I meticulously planned what I was going to order in order at SS to circumvent paying a lot of money, and then when we got to the alternate place I didn't have a plan. So we tried ordering one main and splitting it, but we were both still hungry, so I asked my friend to order something else and she picked a bunch of small plates, which probably added about $20 to the bill. But I think the killer was the cocktails...we each had two, and they were $12. I should stop drinking at restaurants...

Posted on February 9, 2015 at 10:04 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Maybe $50 for groceries, $10 for lunch on Saturday after working out, and then something for dinner at Shake Shack before we go to late night Matisse at the MoMA. Shake Shack I know I'll probably get a 'shroom burger, so that's $7. If we want to drink the best option is probably to go halfsies on a bottle of wine, which is $30, so $15/each for like 2-3 glasses. My friend is broke though, so I don't know if she'll want to do that. And then there's the question of whether we can deal with not getting fries, or a concrete to split. So minimum of $7, max of $30ish. Unless I offered to buy the bottle of wine, which I should probably avoid since I'm not exactly flush either. And she explicitly asked that we go somewhere cheap because she has no money. So if we've gotten to the point where we can talk about such things it would sort of negate her saying that if I was like, "Sure, we'll go somewhere cheap…but then I'll buy the most expensive thing I possibly can." And do we NEED to drink wine at Shake Shack? Probably not. Their wine is pretty good, though, and surprisingly decent with greasy food.

Posted on February 6, 2015 at 10:11 am 0