On The Ultimate Hummus Showdown

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...

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 10:49 am 0

On "Can You Conference Me In?"

I am freaking the fuck out at work. BETSY-TACY!!! I didn't even read the rest of the article. GAH! Ms. Bloom, please consider picking up Betsy-Tacy for Babygirl in a few years. It will turn her into a raving lunatic who can't finish articles on the internet?

Posted on August 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm 1

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

@cjm For sure; I didn't think of that. I meant that for people for whom vaginal birth is an option, I'm surprised (or maybe ignorant of whether) its not more popular. Just to be clear, I'm definitely not against going to a hospital to give birth, whatever your situation.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 4:04 pm 0

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

Not to sound like a raging hippie, but it seems like the costs alone would drive more people to consider home birth. My siblings, half of my cousins, and I were born at home, which is the main reason I'm planning to do it, but also JESUS CHRIST who can afford this shit????

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm 0

On It's Time to Talk About 'Snowpiercer,' the Best Action Movie of the Summer

I hated this movie with an intense, fiery passion, and I'm genuinely surprised at the buzz it's received. I thought it was a gratuitously violent piece of tripe. Being fed a heap of clichés about populist uprising, humanity's rebirth, and class warfare from Hollywood, in whose very interest it is to maintain the status quo, is just downright insulting. There's a difference between release and relief from oppression, and Hollywood is capitalizing on the cathartic release of films such as this one.

Posted on July 26, 2014 at 12:31 am 1

On Brief Periods of Unemployment After College, as Told to Me by Friends

I skimmed a lot of this, my apologies, but it was interesting and sometimes amusing and I'm glad everyone was able to make it work, more or less. Getting fired for telling a joke is bogus, especially if your CEO is the one plying you with drinks. No warning, even? Pfft. Glad it worked out, though. My trajectory after college was: apply for job (copy editing, holla) that I really wanted, not make the cut, live at home and gain freelance editing experience as well as work a lame office job for nine months, move to city (Chicago) with savings, work at a grocery store, then reapply for copy editing job I still wanted, and get hired. My path was relatively cushy, but I think, if anything, our generation is way scrappier than our parents'. "I think we’ll be a lot like our grandparents, less like our parents. Save more, spend less, prioritize family/friends/happiness over the dollar." Word!

Posted on June 19, 2014 at 4:41 pm 0

On A Father-Daughter Duo Answers Your Questions: On a Parent-Child Relationship Based on Financial Support

I agree that the LW seems to have a rather narrow view of reality, and/or is not resourceful. "It’s also hard to turn down rent and a cell phone and health insurance when, without my father’s help, I wouldn’t be able to afford these. " Yes, you would. Get roommates and live in an uncool neighborhood. Get a cheap cell phone plan like Page Plus (I pay $15/month). Health insurance, obviously, is something else entirely, but explore your options there, too. You seem to be giving yourself excuses to stay on your dad's dole. Get creative. It's hard and it sucks, but if you're able to apply yourself to grad school, you should be able to apply yourself to the challenges of real life.

Posted on May 29, 2014 at 5:50 pm 0

On "The Rich Are Different From You and Me." "Yes, They're Better."

This is one of those episodes that [WARNING] always makes me cry when I see it. [Along with the one where Bart steals the video game, but eventually gives Marge a portrait of himself, as well as a couple others.] I think it does an incredibly good job of winnowing out Marge's desperation to join the upper ranks of society before she finally backtracks, bending to her love for her family. It's one of a number of episodes that deal with the family's finances. Lisa's sax, anyone? The move to Cypress Creek? "The Simpsons" touches on two issues better than nearly any other sitcom/cartoon of the era—money and religion. Obviously, I'm a huge, huge nerd when it comes to this show. But seriously, this episode is so good.

Posted on May 22, 2014 at 11:57 am 0

On Logan, Where Have You Been?

Congrats, Logan! I know my life became substantially easier once I started an office job with even a low salary. Part of one of a billion reasons that Congress needs to pass a living wage. Anyway! Good luck with getting everything on track; you can do it!

Posted on May 1, 2014 at 5:26 pm 0

On The Cost of (Almost) Getting Bed Bugs in Los Angeles

Bedbugs are such a nightmare. In the weeks leading up to Christmas I suddenly started getting bites—my boyfriend didn't show signs, though he was certainly getting bitten—and we had to call in Terminix. (We're in Chicago.) The distress bedbugs cause is something I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy. Thank goodness you guys came out okay; we were able to clear up our problem by January, and they haven't returned. Good luck in the future! At least you're now bedbug savvy. Keep that mattress cover on, always!!! Seriously, don't ever take it off. Preventive measure.

Posted on April 11, 2014 at 11:31 am 0