On Help, a Direct Mailing For a Cleaning Service Actually Worked On Me And I'm Worried It Will Ruin My Relationship

Get over your guilt by blaming it on the patriarchy. You should not feel bad for choosing to use (a very reasonable amount of!) your hard-earned money to pay someone else to do a very legitimate job, just because it has historically been done by women for free. Then once you have gotten rid of the guilt, let the cleaner come back as often as you can afford it. It is the best. Signed, a formerly guilty person who now has a much cleaner apartment

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 2:22 pm 2

On The Real World Cost of a $22 Gadget

@aetataureate Both, but the most noticeable effect the last few years has probably been airlines reducing seat width and putting seats closer together, mostly to make space for "premium economy" sections without cutting the number of passengers per plane.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 10:49 am 0

On Books That Are Worth The Money

All books, because you never know which books are going to become 32) Books you want to loan out.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 11:58 am 1

On The Cost of a Full-Page Ad in The New York Times

@clo It is totally coming off as Goliath vs. Goliath, and as much as Stephen Colbert tries to make me care, I cannot bring myself to feel strongly about the intricacies of ebook pricing. I think trying to get the public on their side was the wrong move for both companies here.

Posted on August 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm 1

On Let's Go Shopping for Health Care Plans! Pt 1

@HelloTheFuture Yep. I bought insurance through the same exchange as Ester and while they make it very easy to compare things like how much an ambulance ride would theoretically cost, they fail to mention if anyone actually accepts the insurance. Turns out the plan I picked pretty much only works at clinic-type places run by NY's public hospitals. The NYTimes ran a story about it, which I did not see until after enrolling, called "Public Hospitals Hope to Attract More Upscale Patients Under Affordable Care Act".

Posted on August 6, 2014 at 2:26 pm 0

On The Dead Guy in Your Apartment Building, and Other Lessons in Living Alone

@vanderlyn Good story though! It's spot on about the pain of carrying groceries and the awesomeness of free lobby stuff. And feeling both "comforted and perplexed" by nice but odd handyman behavior.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:22 pm 2

On The Dead Guy in Your Apartment Building, and Other Lessons in Living Alone

@garli Absolutely. My apartment doesn't have a dishwasher and I do most of the dishes, so if I don't wear gloves at least half the time (and all the time in the winter) the skin on my hands gets very dry and cracks and bleeds.

Posted on July 21, 2014 at 2:16 pm 0

On Chatting About Tuna Noodle Casseroles, Jell-O, and the American Iron Housewife

@Derbel McDillet Ditto. There was no delicious, homemade treat I would not part with in exchange for some pre-packaged, artificially colored foodstuff in middle school. I would trade practically my whole lunch for a few Doritos. On the other hand, there are some junk foods that don't really make any sense unless you're introduced to them as a kid. Twinkies, for example, which I first tried as a 25-year-old, are simply terrible.

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 4:36 pm 1

On Think Of The Money I Could Make By Simply Ruining My Life With Airbnb

Ugh I've also done the cost per night math and am always STUNNED. I could easily get rid of my apartment and stay in decent hotels or nice AirBnBs in different cities every night. Plus I bet I could sell all this STUFF (where did it all come from?) for a decent chunk of change. New life plan.

Posted on July 17, 2014 at 5:38 pm 0

On The Art of The "Next Time"

This happened to me at my coffee shop once! It felt lovely, but I actually didn't accept the coffee, because I was on my way home anyway and was like oh I will just make a coffee there. Now I wish I had taken it, as an opportunity to establish rapport or whatever (although that barista eventually left).

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm 0