On Talking to a Former South Pole System Admin

This is amazing. I want to know more. I could read about this for hours.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 10:17 am 2

On Would You Work the Overnight Shift In Exchange for Free Tuition?

This sounds just exploitative and not good at all.

Posted on March 25, 2015 at 3:34 am 0

On In Which I Learn How Much I Will Be Paying in 2014 Taxes

My taxes here are pretty much exactly 1/3 of my gross salary. It's so sad.

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 12:49 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

@CJ Cregg Buying a good chef's knife is always worth it.

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 11:41 am 1

On Monday Check-in

@Stina Neither, it's a guilty pleasure that I imported with me and watch on the internet. Sometimes you just need to veg out, and mostly play Threes on your phone while something is running in the background, and I just have an eternal love for Lisa Vanderpump ... plus, to be honest, German TV makes the Real Housewives look like Downton Abbey mixed with The Wire.

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 9:13 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Around 5 pm on Friday I started feeling the scratchy throat of an impending cold, so I spent most of the weekend on the couch with the Real Housewives. I did make one trip to the supermarket and drug store, spending a total of €51, which was pretty much my estimate anyway, so thats that!

Posted on March 23, 2015 at 9:05 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I have no idea what I'm doing this weekend, but I have 120 € to last me until Wednesday, sooooooooooo I'll estimate 50 € for this weekend and leave it at that :)

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 9:02 am 0

On On Calling Your Employees "Partners"

I have a fun story about this. After I was made the head of the English translation team at my last job, I was going to attend a trade fair and needed business cards and so I needed a job title. I approached my boss about this and he suggested "Lead linguist", which I'm sorry, isn't a "thing". So I tried not to be offended by this, and politely replied saying I'd prefer "Head of English Translations", since that actually described my job. He agreed, and then gave the other 2 in my team the title "Lead linguist" in their email signatures. That's right. They were BOTH "lead linguists" whatever that means. I think he just liked that title and wanted to use it. I've also been called a "mitstreiter" in the workplace in Germany, which is something like "comrade-in-arms" and is weirdly militant?

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 7:29 am 0

On Monday Check-in

This weekend was a million times lazier than anticipated and I still spent SO much. Friday: pretty terrible birthday party. BF and I got very drunk to make it bearable. I spent €30 on a bday present, 7 € on a bottle of wine, and then 5 € on drunk pizza on the way home and 5 € for a cab instead of taking the subway 2 stops bc BF was feeling very queasy. Saturday: hungover lazy day. We cancelled our hair appointments, slept a lot, and spent the rest of the day catching up on crappy reality tv. Spent 20 € on hangover-curing fried chicken and soda. Worth every greasy penny. Sunday: met friends at a ridiculously expensive (but apparently tres authentic) French bakery and spend 20 € on 4 mini quiches. Then went to a craft beer bar, spend 12 € tasting delicious beers. Then, slightly tipsy, I decided to treat the BF to a giant burger because TREAT YOSELF. So that was another 35 € for the two of us, but he's broke this month and I was in a spendy mood. Total: 135 €, mainly on food and booze. Trying to embrace it and not feel guilty!

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 9:55 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@annecara Glad to hear the ballet was excellent!

Posted on March 16, 2015 at 9:49 am 0