On A Cautionary Tale About Generation Gig

@annev17 @andnowlights Yep, me three. I have freelanced, and it pays almost 2x what I make now, but I work way more than 2x as hard, and the lack of structure just kills me.

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 1:45 pm 0

On The Cost of Long-distance Friendships

My best friend lives on the other side of the country and we fly to see each other once or twice a year. It's expensive, and it got even more expensive when we both partnered up and insisted that our SOs join our friendship so we can go on joint family vacations togethers. (Surprisingly, this strategy is working so far.) Most of our free interaction is via gchat and texting. We spend hours and hours on gchat (email open during work, school, whatever), so we have ample repeated and unplanned interaction there.

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm 0

On Why Put Your Family Photos on Facebook When You can Put Them on the Moon?

@Allison You mean a UNESCO Moon Heritage Site?

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 2:12 pm 1

On Alumni Giving Season

My alma mater doesn't bother me anymore. After requesting to be removed from their dialers several times, I resorted to pretending I'd never heard of them: "University of what? Why are you calling me? I don't even have a degree. TAKE ME OFF THIS LIST." It worked, so. My alma mater has boggling attrition rates, and its average grad leaves with more than $60k in debt. The board of directors, 6 white dudes, is paid more than 10 million dollars. You do you, creepy exploitative university, but don't ask me for money.

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:13 am 1

On Friday Estimate

I could have done without this whole week. Friday - I have to do a little Christmas shopping ($15), and then we're going to a show ($7 for a drink, free admission because I won tickets at work) Saturday - We're going to a Christmas market ($25?) and then sitting on the couch and binge watching Christmas movies ($0). Sunday - It's supposed to be unseasonably warm so we'll take the dog on a walk ($0) and then we're making gingerbread houses ($20 for supplies?). Total: $67

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:00 am 0

On Even With Healthcare, We Can't Always Get Doctors

I have a PPO, so I pick whatever clinic is closest to my house and cycle through all the doctors until I find a good one. If I don't find a good one, I jump to a new clinic. I have a good collection of complex chronic illnesses, so I need to get more out of my primary than most folks do. It's a long process, but I got SUPER LUCKY with my last move and got the best primary I've ever had on my first try.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 2:59 pm 0

On Holiday Shopping Check-In: Chatting about Progress and Perfect Gifts

@garli My family is also a no-gift family and it is GREAT. The rule is that if you're not a child, you don't need Christmas or Hanukkah gifts. My wife and I do a low-limit exchange for funsies, but we pretty much buy each other candy and socks.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:45 pm 0

On The Cost of Things: Crossfit, Lifting, and Making It to Provincials

I LOVE THIS never stop

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 5:31 pm 0

On Keep Your Eyes on Your Own Paper

@Theestablishment this is terrible advice! "continue comparing yourself to everyone else but try to be really cynical about their accomplishments!" i won't deny that this is fun, but those of us who enjoy disparaging others are a different audience from those who need to keep their eyes on their own paper, i think.

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 11:34 am 1

On Friday Estimate

FRIDAY! I've been looking forward to Friday since last Sunday night. Today: We have to do a grocery shop ($20 because we have a gift card). Saturday: We're going to an outdoor holiday festival that will almost certainly require warm drinks ($10), and then we're going to my parents' and doing a Costco run ($100). Sunday: More holiday merriment, this time at a museum ($20 for admission for two + $20 food/drink). Probably we should also clean and crap ($0). Total: $170

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 9:48 am 0