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

@bowtiesarecool Yes the "cash only dance" is especially hard because I feel like I never have cash other than maybe an emergency $20 and then what do I do, ask for change from the valet who is sprinting from car to car? Can I Venmo tips from my phone please, can THAT please be a helpful sharing economy startup/app?

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:49 am 1

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

I'm really embarrassed because I travel all the time, with people who also travel all the time (including many people who have been or are in the hospitality industry), and I grew up travelling frequently with parents who were good tippers and who traveled frequently their whole lives, and somehow I have never heard of tipping housekeeping or ever seen someone tip housekeeping. Somehow it is lodged in my brain that the custom is to tip on additional/optional hotel services (steward, valet) but that things like housekeeping and the front desk, because everyone has to use them, is already covered in my room fare. Can everyone just charge me more and pay everyone, everywhere a fair, living wage? That would be great.

Posted on September 17, 2014 at 10:45 am 2

On Savvy Drinking: Is the Smart Buy the Best Value?

@Ester Bloom This has pissed me off so much while pregnant... $4 for a club soda with lime? WHY? HOW? Can't I just get it for free because you pity me?

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm 0

On Aspiring To Be An Effortlessly Cool Woman With $400 Shoes

@Punk-assBookJockey I do find Kate Spade jewelry and watches (and products in general) to be of high quality for the price tag.

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 8:09 pm 0

On Pros and Cons of "The Uber for Housecleaning"

@tw0lle I just used a new company called Thumbtack - www.thumbtack.com - to get quotes on cleaning from multiple companies at once. So you get the Homejoy ease of getting pricing and booking options online but with options of both licensed companies and independent contractors so you can try to find an "ethical" option from there based on pricing, reviews, etc. I haven't booked a service yet so I can't comment on the full experience.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 4:38 pm 0

On Professor Dumpster Still Trying To Make Dumpster Happen

@drydenlane Yes that "my startup fucked up my life" but not really because his startup was one of the rare ones that was successful and he was never homeless or had to declare bankruptcy or really face any long term negative consequences due to his entrepreneurial venture made me white hot with rage. For the uninitiated: http://www.techinasia.com/quitting-corporate-job-startup-dream-fcked-life/

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 4:20 pm 0

On The Tax Man's Taken All My 1 Thing

My 1 thing is to complete all the forms needed to pre-register for my labor and delivery so I don't have to fill out paperwork while dealing with labor pains. Which means I finally have to stop procrastinating a cord blood bank decision, which, ugh.

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 3:17 pm 0

On Cleaning House With Jenny

I have been looking into getting a cleaner for the first time ever due to having a baby + getting a raise that can allow me to do so... is it standard to tip each time if you're paying normal rates? All my quotes are around $100 every two weeks for a 3 bed, 2 bath apartment, so I feel like the cleaner should be getting a good rate and I shouldn't need to tip? Other than maybe an annual/semi-annual bonus or gift like you would a nanny or your postal worker? Am I wrong? Someone please help me with my WASP guilt and make sure my future house cleaner is not getting stiffed.

Posted on September 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm 0

On If You Have to Pee, Pee in a Baby Store

@angry little raincloud Yes - you want nice but not TOO nice and big but not TOO big. The closer to more "touristy" areas vs. trendy/hip areas the better. Best places to pee downtown in Chicago are the hotels by Michigan Ave but NOT the ones close to State which usually don't have lobby bathrooms.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm 0

On Express Your True Identity With a DIY Job Title

This has been on my mind because I just got a promotion and am trying to figure out my new title with my boss. I'm at a tech startup so there's the option to go wacky/outside of the box (I've tossed around technology/product/user evangelist for one) but I think what's more important is that your title is how HR filters you for future positions outside of your current company. I worked at a SUPER quirky startup in the past and had to just make up a title when applying to future positions because no way in hell was my title going to play in more professional settings.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 3:21 pm 0