On Monday Check-in

@theotherginger That makes me feel a little bit better and like I might have some luck finding stuff since I'm in that in-between area, size-wise. I am smaller on top, but I'm also busty, so that's ANOTHER challenge. Sigh. But I will say that in most stores, I always find tops that will fit me. It's pants I have problems with. Thank you for the advice!

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

@theotherginger I wanted to vent AND get advice. :) I also live in the midwest, in Chicago. I've always been hesitant about thrift stores because I tend to view them as places where only people who wear smaller sizes can find stuff. (I'm also on the upper end of standard sizes; I wear a 16 in most brands.)

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 4:07 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

@Lily Rowan It's especially frustrating when stores' sizes stop at the smaller of the two sizes I'm between, so if that one doesn't fit, oh well, no pants for me.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 11:17 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@LookUponMyWorks Ugh, the absolute worst.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 10:02 am 0

On Chatting About Work Trips and Expense Guilt

@Allison That's a good idea!

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 10:01 am 0

On Chatting About Work Trips and Expense Guilt

@Allison I usually take a big suitcase, especially when I go to visit family because they end up sending me home with lots of things. Plus I was once late for a flight because the Blue Line was delayed -- which, I mean, the Blue Line is almost always experiencing some kind of delay, but this was a big one -- and I never want to go through that again. It's been really smooth getting to the airport via cab or Uber. I'm always taking flights that are two hours or less, and I try to eat at home before I leave so I'm not hungry. If I'm starving, though, I've bought food at the airport because there's really nothing worse than sitting on a plane with a growling stomach, not knowing when you'll be able to eat. I always forget my water bottle at home! I have a reusable water bottle I use at work and it'd be so useful if I could remember to take it when traveling.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:39 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Saturday, I returned some stuff I bought online for a $230 refund. The pants didn't fit, and I'm kind of glad they didn't because I can really use that refund money, haha. I wandered around the mall, looking for a new pair of jeans, but I'm in the weird zone between regular and plus size, so everything was terrible and I went home after my three-hour shopping adventure feeling kind of bummed out. On the way home, I spent $3 at Starbucks, but that was on a gift card. Sunday, I stayed home and worked on some writing. I also got a SUDDEN AND INTENSE CRAVING for Pizza Hut breadsticks, which I haven't had in years. There was a deal to get pizza and breadsticks, so I bought it. (Me, rationalizing spending $17, including tax, tip, and delivery fee on pizza and breadsticks: "This will feed me all week!" And it will.) I estimated $15, so I did pretty well.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:26 am 0

On Chatting About Work Trips and Expense Guilt

I'm exactly like Mike with this stuff, especially with water and food at the airport (both personally and when I'm expensing stuff). I went on a business trip in July and had so much expense guilt, but I took a cab because the one luxury I allow myself when traveling now is a cab or Uber to and from the airport. I used to take the CTA to O'Hare when I first moved to Chicago, lugging a heavy suitcase with me to do a bus to train transfer, and I'd arrive at the airport incredibly stressed. I was like, "OH GOD MY SUITCASE IS IN THE WAY OF EVERYONE ON THIS BUS AND NOW I HAVE TO STAND ON THE BLUE LINE BUT HEY I'M ONLY PAYING $2.25!" It was terrible and not worth it. I'd rather pay $20 for an Uber to the airport and arrive faster and not stressed out.

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 9:13 am 0

On Friday Estimate

I went to visit my family in Pennsylvania last weekend and flew home on Monday. It was a good visit, but jam-packed with lots of activities, so I've been really tired this week at work. I'm looking forward to just relaxing at home, so I don't have any plans at the moment. I took care of grocery shopping yesterday after work (I hadn't gone shopping in almost two weeks), so I don't even have any errands to run. I'm going to hope for a cheap weekend and estimate $15 because I'll probably end up writing at Starbucks or stopping at Walgreens for something I forgot to buy yesterday. I also don't want to spend too much because I've spent a lot on new clothes lately (like $200), but I really needed new pants. They were on sale, though!

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 10:07 am 0

On Everybody Wants to Do 1 Thing

My one thing is to pack my suitcase! I'm going to visit my family in Pennsylvania this weekend. I also have laundry and some other chores to get done before I leave tomorrow afternoon.

Posted on September 4, 2014 at 3:17 pm 0