I finally made my appointment for a dermatologist because I have like eight new moles? Terrified.
I've been stressing about this. I'm a personal assistant working out of my boss's home, so I can't really pool resources or anything. ALSO, her birthday is right around Christmas. I'm leaning towards a birthday card, with a nice, heartfelt note inside, and a "PS Merry Christmas" footer. Yes? No? OMG IT'S STRESSFUL. Also, she was the nicest for my birthday. She gave me a $50 gift card to the coffee shop near my house, an orchid plant, and also a raise (it happened to be my 6 month anniversary at the job.) I feel like the bar is high.
@John C. Calhoun I've also done "junk content" writing. The only issue I really had with it was that I worked for a specific industry rather than freelancing for a number of topics. Writing about that one topic got really old really quickly, but it was cool to do research on the random things nonetheless.
@Nerdalie That's pretty much exactly what my situation is like. Got the job randomly off of craigslist, and my friends are jealous/perplexed but also confused about what I do. I live in Austin, though. That's awesome about the shoes and clothes! What do your rich people do?
Ha! I'm a PA, too, but "entry level" or whatever--seven months in. A lot of what she said totally rings true. Writing checks for hundreds of thousands of dollars really is a trip, and I totally have this weird lifestyle creep based on seeing exactly what my boss spends on what. I suspect different PA's days are totally different than others, depending on what the boss does and what other staff he or she has access to. For me, my boss manages several rental properties, so a lot of what I do is basically "office manager" type work for that, and I do bookkeeping to separate those expenses from her personal expenses. But, you know, I also take the car in for inspections and go to Nordstroms and organize her vacations and pay bills and once I baked a pumpkin pie. Oh, and her husband steals me all the time to do random things for him, including dealing with the lawyers working on his late mother's estate. It's a pretty cool job, tbh.
Yeah, I have "exercise-induced asthma" which means I need an inhaler about once or twice a month, and sometimes more in allergy season. For years, I used Primatene Mist, an OTC inhaler that was like $12 and awesome. Now you have to get a prescription. I finally went through the whole process of getting a doctors appointment, re-verifying my diagnosis, and getting a prescription. With insurance, the inhaler cost $41, but there is literally no other option. I guess I'm lucky my asthma is so mild, and that I (finally!!) have insurance, but it's absurd.
@seaermine I'm the same way. Even if I am just throwing the bags into the car, I feel like the baggers always do stupid things like put bread in bags with canned beans. UGH. It's one of my few OCD moments. Plus, the more often you do it, the more efficient you become at it.
I have never once thought to fear being a bag lady. I don't even really know what a bag lady is...? Should I worry about that? 1) 4 probably. I mean, I still haven't lived without roommates yet, so in terms of bills and stuff it has all been pretty structured. But I'm about six months into a job where I basically manage my boss's bills and credit card payments and stuff which can get pretty complicated. I joke that it is training for being a rich person, but it kind of is. I've also managed to save up quite a bit of money already only 15ish months after graduating college. Edit: Oh! I also do car payments and that has been going well. Double payments every month! 2) Yes, yes I do. I haven't ever had one, but I'm only 24 so I'm okay with that. 3) I don't even know what two years from now looks like... but I know I want to plan to have dollars when retirement comes. 4) Not really. My mom has a guy who manages the investmenty things that she's put in my name. I'll be planning to meet with him soonish. 5) I feel like there are a million things that "all ladies" are afraid of becoming. What will be next?!