On Friday Estimate

@ATF As a fellow tall lady, I hate searching for dresses of an appropriate length, especially since my waist is naturally high as well. I do a lot of wearing very thick, opaque tights and calling it okay. Best of luck on the dress hunt!

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:52 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I'm headed to my mom's house for the weekend. I won't need gas and she usually feeds me; thanks mom! I do have one last grad school fee to pay ($85, UGH) when I definitely submit all of my applications. Sunday, I'm coming back early to attend my friend's college graduation party (/rager because it's my service industry friends) which is a fried chicken and mac and cheese potluck. I suppose I'll spent $15 making some mac and cheese. Anyone have a good, stand-out recipe? This upcoming work week I have TWO office holiday lunchtime parties and an Indian food lunch date, so I will probably skip making lunches for the week like I normally do on Sundays. Plus I'll be irresponsibly drunk anyway. Estimate: $100

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:43 am 0

On Even With Healthcare, We Can't Always Get Doctors

@dotcommie Good to know! My experiences were in New York and Virginia. I ended up just not going to the doctor in both cases because my only option was the emergency room for what were alarming but not emergency situations.

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

On Even With Healthcare, We Can't Always Get Doctors

Thanks for the reminder to pick by PCP for my new insurance!! I also have followed the route of just using my gynecologist for all of my needs. I go to the urgent care clinics (that are all over Texas but don't seem to be a thing in other states?) for other, more urgent things. It's only been twice in the last 6 or so years: once for a kidney infection aka the worst week of my life and once for steroids for this crazy bug bite situation I had after camping in Maine. Anyway, yeah, I guess I'm gonna pick a PCP at random. This will be my 1 thing!@moreadventurous I do use my gyno for a lot of my needs, too. And urgent care clinics are definitely a thing in Illinois!@dotcommie Good to know! My experiences were in New York and Virginia. I ended up just not going to the doctor in both cases because my only option was the emergency room for what were alarming but not emergency situations.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 2:21 pm 0

On What Are You Wearing and What Did It Cost

Leather, knee-high boots, bought on sale ~5 years ago, going strong: $180 Jeans, bought second hand: $30 Madewell wool sweater bought on sale last week, retails for $90: $42.42 Forever 21 layering tank: $3 Leather purse, bought from a garage sale: $10 Underwear and this cheap necklace and ring: ~$10 Real ring: inherited Not so bad; about $275 ETA: socks! I have no idea, honestly. They're kinda nice knee-highs from target. $8?

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 11:59 am 0

On Monday Check-in

I spent a bit more than I expected this weekend, and didn't make it to the grocery. Friday: I went out for drinks with a friend. I spent $35 and got a bit drunker than I planned on... Saturday: I slept in very late for me and watched a bunch of old Parks and Rec episodes. I ran to CVS to pick up a prescription ($27, but out of my FSA,) got a smoothie for $5 that was upgraded for free by an old friend who happened to be working there, and spent $50 at Trader Joe's on lots of wine and ingredients for pizza. I had a bunch of friends over for a homemade pizza party that was rather delightful. Sunday: I watched more old Parks and Rec. I spent the afternoon at a coffee shop working on grad school applications where I befriended a writing professor who read my personal statements and gave really thoughtful feedback. Totally worth the $2.50 I spent on tea. I called in thai food take out ($10) for dinner (and leftovers for my lunch today.) The night ended with a shower and the most recent, and upsetting, episode of The Newsroom. Total: $102.50 plus the medicine. But, like I said, I still need some groceries and I desperately need to get my mom's Christmas present sorted out.

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 10:41 am 0

On Do You Hold Back on Buying Items You Want So People Can Give Them as Gifts?

I tend to put of buying things anyway, so it ends up working out. This year I asked for some combination of: nice wine glasses, some speakers to play music from my phone, coasters, an ll bean backpack, and this particular expensive but beautiful shower curtain. I have, many a Christmas past, asked for washer-safe wool socks and never regretted it. When I was in college, there was a lot of more practical presents like laptops and such. The real issue is buying things for my mom who is very particular and never asks for anything specific.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 1:23 pm 0

On Cops

@moreadventurous my html skills failed me. this article: http://savejersey.com/2014/12/how-big-government-killed-eric-garner/

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 9:53 pm 0

On Cops

@moreadventurous Update: That conservative uncle of mine just posted this article about how it is all really big government to blame. LOL "The bottom line is that it’s time government step-back and stop taxing, tolling and regulating Americans, literally, to death."

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 9:47 pm 0

On Cops

You're so right that it is hard to see a silver lining to the continuance of unnecessary murders, but as Vox predicted, my incredibly conservative uncle posted on Facebook that he disagreed with the failure to indict in the Garner case. So there's that... The fact that the guy who videotaped it was indicted while the officer was not is just patently absurd.

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 3:45 pm 2