@dollars¢s Thank you so much! That's so helpful. A neighborhood called Friendship—I love it. We'll look into these, for sure!
@dollars¢s My BF and I are talking about moving to Pittsburgh! I've never been there and he's only visited a few times. Can you recommend a couple neighborhoods to check out?
This is great.
LEXIE! HI! It's Maddie, from Knox! I was so pleasantly surprised to see your byline! Good luck with your home-finding adventures—it sounds like you've got a really great start!!! My boyfriend and I are talking about our next place and he's OBSESSED with sending me postings from Zillow and Redfin—it's a nutty process. But I'm sure you'll find something awesome. (And decorate it fabulously with your superb taste.) Can't wait to read the next installment!! :D
@MemphisBlues I agree, we live in a consumer-oriented culture—one that puts undue stress upon those forced to peddle to the consumers. I just don't see why Black Friday and its kin are a necessity, simply because the demand is there. Demands can change. In this situation I think they should, for social and moral reasons. Of course, that's simply my opinion, and you're entitled to your own.
@MemphisBlues Employees may know this going in, but that doesn't mean they had many other options. Often, working at places like Wal-Mart, Kmart, etc. is the only option on the table for a single parent with no degree, or someone in similarly downtrodden circumstances. I think that makes it doubly unfair for these stores to push these Black Friday extravaganzas—their employees have almost no recourse to find another job. It's manipulative and, in my opinion, a beyond the pale example of crass consumerism. To echo Nicole, this is what we have to be thankful for.
My boyfriend calls men in all sorts of situations—social, familial, commercial—"bud." Generally not middle-aged men, but guys around his age (20s to 40s) and kids. I've always liked it—it's always struck me as class-neutral and friendly (at least, the way he says it). I very rarely use a form of address, maybe 'cause I'm on the shy side, but I actually like being called "hon" and related.
@cryptolect What is with people getting cats and not taking care of the litterbox? I had a roommate who got a kitten on a total whim, stationed the box in the KITCHEN, and never cleaned it. It was so, so gross and unsanitary. We were out of college at this point. Grow up!
Instead of a uniform, I buy things in multiple colors. Three striped shirts from J. Crew. Three plaid shirts from Uniqlo. Two silk blouses from Everlane. Three pairs of skinny jeans from Target. I stick to affordable basics, and everything pretty much looks good with everything else. Takes about 5 minutes to get dressed in the morning. Also helps that I hate, hate, hate shopping, so it makes buying stuff online pretty low-stress.
I've also tried to make classic hummus at home and it failed. Store-bought all the way. What kind of cheese do you put on your sandwich? I also bring lunch to work and that sounds tasty...