On Family Plan Shame

Basically as soon as I moved out of my parents' house (about 9 months after college), my dad was like, "Yeah, you need your own phone plan now." So I went out and got one that weekend, told my dad to cancel my line on his plan (I had a shiny new New York number!), and moved on with my life. I got a grumpy email from him a week later that I should have waited six more months before switching because he had to pay for early cancellation of my line. Sorry-not-sorry, Dad.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 3:37 pm 0

On How Muppets Do Money: Prairie Dawn

I am Prairie Dawn and Prairie Dawn is me. (It was a magazine internship rather than theater; the magazine tanked, and here I am, at a website for going on eight years. I love my job, but also ... why not me?) Also I didn't realize how many vowels are actually in the word "prairie" until just now, and it no longer seems like a word at all.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm 0

On How Muppets Do Money: Grover

See, I would say if Grover doesn't invite you over it's more because he knows his house is a mess and is a bit embarrassed by it more than anything else. (This piece makes me sad. I love Grover and want him to succeed. He is one of my favorite muppets! And I am taking this way too seriously but now I want to hug him and be like IT'S OKAY YOU'RE ALSO VERY TALENTED, GROVER, AND WE KNOW YOU MEAN WELL.)

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 1:38 pm 2

On Be Less Ambitious

"because my parents lacked money and stability, I always accepted without much consideration that whatever my artistic inclinations might be, I had to find a steady, reliable job and keep it." YES, THANK YOU. That is totally my life and how I feel. This is why I get so frustrated by "follow your dreams!" advice that doesn't also include "while handling realities in a pragmatic fashion!" And why I have no patience for anyone who claims work gets in the way of art. There are definitely people out there who have both the talent and the hustle to make ends meet on artistic dream jobs alone, but most of us have to balance both. Your art doesn't have to suffer, you just have to figure out your priorities and how to fit pieces of your life together.

Posted on June 13, 2014 at 4:41 pm 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: May 2014 Check-in

Allrighty! I am paying down my student loans (2.1% interest rate). My minimum payment is $120/month, and I pay $300/month. I'm hoping to get this done within the next few years. Start of May balance: $7,833.19 Current balance: $7,545.85

Posted on May 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm 2

On Summer Fridays Past and Present

Hm, so, I totally get what you're saying wrt working for a Jewish company and the office closing early, but answering a question about banking ("Do bankers get summer Fridays?") with "Yes totally. One time I worked for The Jews..." makes me really uncomfortable.

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm 0

On Logan, Where Have You Been?

Changing the narrative you tell about your life is tricky stuff, but I am very happy you are doing it, Logan! It sounds like good stuff is happening for you, and I hope it all goes awesomely, even though I will miss your posts around here.

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:17 pm 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: April 2014 Check-in

@annpan That's so cool, congrats!!

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 2:14 pm 1

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: April 2014 Check-in

I'm paying of my student loans (2.1% interest rate). My minimum payment is $120, I've been paying at $200/month for a couple years now and last month upped it to $300. Start of April: $8,119.11 Currently: $7,833.19

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 2:11 pm 1

On Banning Laptops, Making More Money

Years ago I worked at a business magazine, and one of our recurring topics was home offices vs coffee shops vs traditional offices. The coffee shop goes we interviewed generally all agreed: if you're working there, please buy something at least once an hour to "rent" the space.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 12:12 pm 0