On The Best Restaurants In America Are Not That Expensive

I'm going to go ahead and assume that the best places to eat aren't primarily west of the Mississippi but rather West Coasters are more avid Yelpers/not as critical as East Coasters/more likely to write about a good experience than cynical, petty New Yorkers, who only write a review if something horrible happened.

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 2:55 pm 4

On Why Don't Ebooks Have In-book Ads? Because We Don't Read Enough

Knowing that hardly anyone finished The Goldfinch makes me feel so much better about how long it took me to get through it.

Posted on January 23, 2015 at 12:15 pm 0

On Tax Season

I've used TaxACT for the last few years and it is super convenient when you have fairly straightforward taxes like mine. $14.99 total for my federal and NY state. I got my W-2 last week and already had another form for some award/prize money I won last year (you may have seen me on tv!), and I'm not even bothering to wait for the rest of my student loan interest forms because I make too much to take the deduction. What I'm saying is that I filed my stuff this weekend and got the federal return acceptance email today. Refund coming w/in 21 days!

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 1:23 pm 0

On Deciding to Buy Renters Insurance

I am, in general, ultra risk-averse and have had renter's insurance on every apartment I've lived in since college (5 of them, in 2 different cities). I've got Nationwide and have somewhat more extensive coverage than the policy you were quoted: $300,000 personal liability, $10,000 personal property, plus extras for other weird things ($500 for guns I do not have? $250 for furs I DO have but $250 would not even come close to compensating me for the 70s vintage fur coat that my bf's mom gave me upon cleaning out her closet). Anyway, I pay my premium in the yearly lump sum ($92) to save a few bucks. I have never had to make a claim, but I would likely pay twice that amount for the peace of mind.

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 3:45 pm 1

On My No-Purchase November Adventure

You went on a shopping cleanse! I do the same thing occasionally. Much like a juice cleanse, I'll feel smug and self-satisfied and convinced that I'll never be over-indulgent again for roughly 36 hours after I finish and then I immediately buy a sweater/eat nachos.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 2:39 pm 4

On Alumni Giving Season

Both my undergrad (also NYU) and my law school call regularly and I've saved the numbers as "DO NOT ANSWER" as if they were some sort of terrible ex-boyfriend. The last time I picked up for NYU, the student on the other end was a politics major interested in law school, as I had been. It was past 8pm on a Friday and I was just leaving the office and I was, as usual, doubting my choice to pursue a legal career. I dryly advised her that law was a bleak field to enter, especially now, and that she should seriously consider her career aspirations and debt load before deciding to attend law school. Chances are, if a kid needs to earn extra cash making calls for the school, they won't have anyone to pick up a law school tab.

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:59 am 0

On The Cost of Figuring Out a Guy Isn't Right

Guys I had to stop reading when I cringed at "expressos."

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 11:20 am 7

On Low-Cost Ways of Entertaining Aunt Flo

I used Insteads occasionally a few years back when a roommate discovered them while googling "ways to have sex on your period" (she would be seeing a former hookup over Christmas and the timing was less than ideal). They worked great once I figured out how to get them in there, but for some reason, keeping something in my body for 12 hours felt weird and I only used them to supplement my routine, rather than completely replace it. I sort of just stopped using them when I moved and the closest drugstore didn't stock them. When I found them again, I couldn't seem to get the hang of getting them situated and it was more trouble than it was worth. ::shrugs::

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 11:39 am 0

On Hacks for the Worst Airports in America

@cryptolect I fully support being appropriately pleasant with everyone you are forced to encounter at an airport, but if you see me at EWR tomorrow at 6am, please, please don't strike up a conversation in the security line. I just want to get through and get a terrible cup of coffee as soon as possible.

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 10:45 am 1

On American Girl Dolls Are Still Expensive (But Not As Expensive As They Could Be)

I was #Mollyforlife because she had mousy brown hair and was essentially the only character that never wore anything with lace, but it is important to note that Samantha's cream of carrot soup was the most delicious recipe in any of the AG cookbooks.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 12:35 pm 0