On Teach Your Children Well

My mother worked at my preschool, in order to maximize my learning potential and our time together. She also considered teaching at my high school, but happily it didn't pay enough. Teenage me did not want any more quality time with my mother, thank you very much.

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 11:46 am 0

On Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

I was startled when I started a new job and was called "kiddo" by one of my co-workers. It was sort of cute, but also felt patronizing, and I was thinking about asking him to stop, until I realized he called everybody that. Male, female, coworker, customer, boss- everyone is kiddo to him. Now I enjoy it, but it is definitely a context thing.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 6:30 am 0

On Honey, Sweetie, Chief, Boss: How We Talk to Strangers

@Hulk Running Yes! I also like primo/prima (cousin). It feels so welcoming.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 6:24 am 0

On You Can't Afford To Be Fat At Work

I had a coworker who was a large lady. In our workplace, she had a job that was performed sitting down, but she applied to one of the higher paying, more active jobs. Somehow, my boss (who was terrible) just never got around to giving her an application and hired someone else. Andwe all knew why, and it still makes me cringe to this day. Ugh ugh ugh.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 12:00 pm 0

On Unnecessary, Compulsive Frugality

Oh, man. The reel lawn mower which I love despite (or because of?) its punishing difficultiness (especially in Florida humidity) drives my boyfriend into rages whenever he (rarely) ends up with lawn mowing duties. But... I just can't not. Even though I kind of hate it too. But at the end of the mowing session, I feel purged and cleansed. Virtuous. Kind of stupid and stubborn. But good.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 5:44 pm 1

On Getting Sugar Cereals As A Gift

My parents were of the "sugar cereals are toxic" camp. Weirdly, they went to a dry cleaner who would give out those small boxes of cereal to kids whenever they stopped in with their parents. I still think it is odd that the dry cleaner handed out cereal.

Posted on November 11, 2014 at 11:52 am 1

On When Is It OK to Quit a Job Without Having Another One

This is a timely reminder that when I have what semms likely to be a somewhat fraught meeting with my boss and coworkers, the phrase "Fuck it, I quit" should not be one of my talking points. Though I dearly wish it could be.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 11:53 am 6

On The Argument Against the Penny

I hate pennies anyway, but yesterday my bf broke the jar of pennies that we kept rather foolishly on a tall shelf in the kitchen. After that glass and penny cleaning debacle, rot in hell, pennies.

Posted on November 5, 2014 at 12:03 pm 2

On The Cost of Owning a Pit Bull in the City, Pt. 1

@jquick Okay, let's get some things straight. Some pit bulls are trained to attack. By heartless fuckers who should be shot. Breeding is a whole different thing. Pit bulls have had a lot of uses over the years, such as for herding (can't kill the animal if you're going to be a good herd dog) and companionship (can't kill your owner if you're going to be a good companion). Don't be racist. Don't be breedist. There are good pits and bad pits, like there are good Labradors and bad Labradors. And a whole lot of that boils down to training.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 7:46 pm 4

On The Cost of Owning a Pit Bull in the City, Pt. 1

Also, when my bf's dog was attacked, I didn't want to report it, because it was another pit bull statistic that would make life harder for good owners of pit bulls. But as this dude has no control over a clearly dangerous animal, I had to.

Posted on November 4, 2014 at 11:51 am 0