HOW DO THEY DO IT with the pants that are strange and very awkward but still so stylish?! but yeah, your reaction is spot on. i love lady companies! lady weed delivery = awesome. them being pretty = unnecessary.
@compbiochick I live in Austin, so I'm not a Houston expert, but I think people really don't differentiate between the sprawling part of the metropolitan area from the more urban parts inside the loop. There are amazing museums and cultural events downtown, and some gorgeous historic neighborhoods. Plus, I saw recently that it has (is about to?) become the most culturally diverse city in America, passing up NYC. But, the traffic can be a nightmare if you live out in Katy or The Woodlands or something; I-10 between Houston and Katy is this crazy 12 lane monstrosity that manages to always be congested. Plus, it is a Texan city at the end of the day... I think you'll be fine if you go in seeking the fun and diverse aspects of it! It's a huge city, so I'd have to imagine there is a strong grad student / young professional subculture that is pretty solid.
I estimated around $100, I believe. Friday - My kayaking plans fell through, unfortunately. I ended up going to a yoga class that was awesome and kicked my butt. Leftovers for dinner and then $9 on a six pack to take to a party later on. It was an okay party... Saturday - I slept in and watched TV in bed. Then, I headed to the bookstore to go through some other GRE prep books (without buying them) to steal their vocab words. I stumbled into an Alicia Silverstone appearance though! Apparently she wrote a book about being a mom? She uncannily looks and sounds exactly like she did back in the Clueless days. I walked over to Anthropologie, which I do every time I go to that book store, and spent $4 on a little jar that was on sale. Then, walked to Whole Foods and bought an apple and some mashed potatoes (lol) for $3 before driving down to my mom's house. She paid for dinner out. Sunday - I woke up early and did a practice test, which I did very well on! Feeling much better about taking the test in a few weeks. I continued to help my mom clean out her house in preparation for moving. I took a ton of stuff to Goodwill which ended up being closed for Easter. But, lots of other people had just stacked stuff outside, including like TVs and sofas, so I just added our stuff. I found three awesome Ikea mirrors in the piles of things which I took for myself. Made dinner with foods my mom had around and then spent $42 on gas to get back home. So, only $58!
Chemex coffee is the most delicious coffee! Coincidentally, today is the first day I've had coffee in like two weeks. Regarding the "paper" taste, I have a friend who works for a company that makes reusable cloth filters, so that could be an (eco-friendly) solution?
@RiffRandell haha, yes, yes it does. I think just the whole dating thing in general is anxiety producing; dating is the worst/occasionally the best.
My week seemed to take forever! Thank goodness for Friday! And, I get to sleep in an extra hour Monday morning, so that'll be nice. Today - I'm going kayaking after work. It will probably be around $10 for the kayak rental. I have thai food left over from dinner out with a friend last night, so that'll be dinner. Later on, an old friend of mine is having a house party. Another $10 for a six pack to bring along, I suppose. Here, I will declare my promise to myself of not driving at an inappropriate level of drunkenness. Saturday - Going to hit up yoga class in the morning, which is already paid for. I really need to study for the GRE, as I've kind of fallen off of my good study pattern I had for a while. Probably $5 for some sort of coffee shop purchase while I study. I may head down to my mom's house to help clean out her house / pack for the big move, but I've done that the last three weekends so I may duck out this time... If I do, I'll need to buy gas (again) for around $40. If I don't, I'd guess I'll spend that same $40 on some sort of social times. Sunday - It's a mystery! The evening will probably entail a grocery store trip and a short cooking session for next week's lunches, another $40. That puts me at $105.
@RiffRandell Ambiguous maybe dates are the worst. Try to have some fun, though!!
My one thing is to finally register for the GRE. It's just, you know, the commitment (!) and the money (!) but I got paid today, so the time is right.
I wonder how much that is skewed by the insane incomes of people who go into wall street/finance. I don't think majoring in Econ made me more selfish, but I have serious critiques of my department and their short-comings in teaching quantitative skills. I pretty much just feel more pragmatic than others; that's why I majored in Econ in the first place. But then I've done nothing with my degree so haaaaaaaaaha to me.
I currently work a 35 hour week! I definitely am less exhausted than people I know who work 40+, but I don't know that I'm really more productive. I am also at a job I'm really over-qualified for because life is freaking me out... or whatever. That's why this is working out well for me; I have time to pursue my actual long-term goals (grad school) after work. Anyway, I really enjoy the amount of time I work but I think your personal relationship with your job is a lot more important than the number of hours you're working in the long run.