On Would You Pay for a Restaurant Reservation?

@Josh Michtom@facebook Nope, I'm with you. They opened an Olive Garden in my town (suburb in between Boston and Providence) and people were waiting in line for hours. Even at The Cheesecake Factory in Providence, which isn't even NEW, people will wait an hour+ to get a table. Why, why, why!?

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm 0

On 'Can We Talk Finances?' 'Not Tonight Dear I Have a Headache'

I feeeeel yoooou. My dad keeps sitting me down and lecturing me about putting a chunk of my savings account into the stock market. Last week I went so far as to open a Merrell Edge account and a new bank account to link to it, but then there was a $6.95 trading fee so I panicked, shut down, and never bought any stocks. And if I sound like I have no idea what I'm talking about, it's because I have no idea what I'm talking about, because I glaze over with panic whenever he brings it up.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 5:06 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

@RiffRandell I am super jealous that you got a trailer! I've been relying on the kindness of friends forever :( Owning a big enough truck is more the problem for me than the trailer, though.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

@Erica Thanks! We do have a reservation for the $25/a person deal at Moishes for Saturday night, so we will get to try at least one fancy dinner!

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 11:46 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@EmilyAnomaly I also made @ATF's bacon and apple risotto! I probably used 2 cups of stock and 1 cup of wine. Served it at a dinner party on Sunday night. Delicious!

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 9:16 am 0

On Monday Check-in

Pretty good weekend. Friday, I spent $40 on groceries and $20 on beer and wine for Sunday night's dinner party. I also went to the gym. Saturday, I went to the bank to swap some cash to Canadian dollars for our Montreal trip at the end of this week. I spent $1 at a yard sale for a cool jack o'lantern candle holder thing, and went to the gym and went riding. On Saturday night, my boyfriend and I went to see Jimmy Eat World in Providence. Tickets were bought long ago, but I spent $5 on parking, and he picked up the tab for our (awful) pre-show dinner. Oh, and I also needed gas, $40, and a coffee ($1) before the show. Sunday: Went on a donut quest in the morning. Ended up spending $20 on donuts and a few last minute grocery items. Spent the rest of the day cooking (I ALSO made @ATF's Bacon and Apple Risotto!) and cleaning. Hosted dinner for 9 people on Sunday night, which was fun. Total: $127. I estimated $100. Basically the beer, parking, yard sale, and coffee weren't planned for, but whatevs.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 9:15 am 0

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get for $295,000

@tw0lle That's absolutely insane. I pay about $2000 a year for taxes on a 3 bedroom house with a big yard south of Boston.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 3:13 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

I ate 4 day old Pad Thai for lunch and now my heart is racing and I feel like I'm going to barf. Also, why would anyone buy a vacation home in Detroit? I read the article (okay, skimmed) and I still don't know the answer.

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 2:28 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Omg, such a busy weekend ahead. Tonight, I need to grocery shop and hit CVS. $40. Then ride my horse, and make it to the gym before close. Saturday: riding, gym, and going to see Jimmy Eat World in Providence. Tickets were a gift, but we may get dinner before the show. $20. I also need gas, $40. Sunday: I need to spend the day cleaning the house because we're hosting our monthly "family dinner," which is really just when our friends come over for a potluck dinner and wine. I also have a lot of cooking to do. Total: $100

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 9:56 am 0

On Monday Check-in

@RiffRandell Thanks! I'm a powerlifter, so competitions are based on bench press, squat, and deadlift.

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 10:36 am 0