On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

I plan outfits, but either in my head or on paper. I usually lay them out on my bed, get satisfactory combinations and pack. When I have uncertain plans (usually the relative fanciness or lack there of at dinner) is seriously messes with my packing mojo.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 8:30 pm 0

On Oprah Is Or Is Not The Richest Black Woman In The World

@annev17 Yes it appears to be. Also notable in the wiki article- the rest of the Angolan government tried to put some limits of what the president can or cannot profit from...so Dos Santos started funneling the investments through his daughter.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:38 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@Stina Please check in on Monday and let us know you survived this experience.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 10:26 am 1

On Friday Estimate

For the 3rd weekend in a row I am going to an annual meeting. Friday night I will be laying low, packing and doing yoga. Saturday-Sunday I have the meeting and on Sunday night I am time keeping at a hockey game. Think I will shoot for $120 for the weekend.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 9:33 am 0

On WWYD: "I May Have Just Fallen For My 1st Scam"

@Joey Joe Joe Junior Shabadoo Agreed, I cannot imagine a better conversation with the FBI.

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 10:40 pm 1

On Which Is Cheaper: Living Like A Model Or Becoming A Tree After Death?

@Samantha I would be down with being Mother Willow! Though I'd probably use my tree mouth to hark on people about recycling, and the evils of over-development.

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 3:59 pm 0

On Which Is Cheaper: Living Like A Model Or Becoming A Tree After Death?

Oooo, I'd like to be reborn as a willow please.

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 11:14 am 0

On Are Business Cards Out of Style?

I like business cards, but not as much as Patrick Bateman does. Seriously though, I have loads of them from work and always forget to bring them with me.

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 9:09 am 0

On Open Thread: Parental Assistance

This has been very interesting! For me college was paid for by a combo of academic scholarships, parents and some savings bonds from my grandparents. I only had to pay for 'fun stuff' in college and did so by working part time in high school and college. It probably helped that I am an only child and first grand-child on one side. I graduated from college debt free, spent a few months living with friends rent-free in return for some nominal work (they were really, really nice) and then started a full time job after a short stint working abroad. Through this time my parents paid car, health and dental insurance. I am now 24 and work full time. My parents pay my cell phone bill and the costly plane tickets to visit at Christmas. I have my own dental plan, car insurance, and used to have a health plan but went back on my Dad's. Apparently he never removed me since the cost was the same for just my mom, or my mom and I (thanks government health plan). When I turn 26 I will go back to paying through my employer. While I am proud to say I am mostly financially independent, it is obvious that my parents gave me a huge advantage by allowing me to start adult life on a blank financial slate.

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 1:07 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

I waved to my estimate as I breezed right past it this weekend. Friday: As anticipated spent a quiet night in with the boyfriend. Drank champagne I had been gifted. $4 on parking. Saturday: Had a coupon and spent $1 on coffee. Went to plasma (+$50) and to my side gig (+eventual $$). Sunday: Got gas at Costco because there were no lines $21. Went to the annual meeting, where I enjoyed a pre-paid breakfast and lunch.Spent $165 at the auction. That night I spent $100 on clothes...oops. Sorry estimate. Sunday: My horse has sore feet, so I took myself to foxhunting (drove around in a car, no foxes to be seen) after spending $4 on a breakfast sandwich. When I got home I did laundry and made the week's lunches and dinners. Estimate: $36+ auction purchase. Actual: $130 + $165.

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 10:07 am 0