On One Answer for All the Advice Column Questions Ever

I have these kinds of "Will I regret..." crises constantly, especially lately where I've been casually thinking of changing jobs even though I don't dislike my current job. I've been trying to deal with the cost-benefit analysis as pragmatically as possible, but I've been so filled with self-doubt for not being able to take the leap into something new.

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm 0

On Infinity Zillion Vacation Days, the HORROR

@Aconite Yeah, my company only gives us one pot of vacation time and no defined sick time. It's a horrible policy because no one wants to use "vacation time" for say, a cold, and rightly so, but then people come into work with a bad cold and infect everyone else. I have never been so sick so often in my life.

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 11:47 am 0

On Let’s Throw Some Money at Our Problems: September 2014 Check-in

Paying off a Citi Card: End of July 2014: $2688.25 End of August 2014: $2437.62 End of September 2014: $2,221.48 Getting there!

Posted on September 30, 2014 at 5:34 pm 1

On DOL Leading the Charge on Paid Leave

@MargaretMead A friend of mine was able to get FMLA leave to care for her mother with Alzheimer's. Not sure if it varies by state or what (We are in MA).

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 12:06 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

Awesome weekend, awesome weather! Friday: hung out with my boyfriend at home and watched movies and cooked tailgating foods. Yay! I did stop at CVS on the way home and spent $5 on some shampoo and Halloween candy (I had coupons). Saturday: went to the gym, rode my horse, and went to a polo match with my aforementioned tailgating foods. Spent $12 to get in. Sunday: went trail riding in the morning, then came home, showered, napped, went to the gym, grocery store ($4), and cooked a chicken pot pie. I got gas on the way home ($46). Total: $65, which was under my estimate of $75.

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 9:42 am 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

@beastlyburden If it were any other company, I wouldn’t think twice about it. But this company is 10 minutes from my house, it’s a household name brand with a reputation for being a wonderful place to work and my former coworker went from my current company to there and loved it, their hours are strictly 9-4 with half days on Fridays in summer, free meals, an on-site gym, etc. It just seems like my quality of life would be a lot better (unless I got very sick while not having health insurance...). I currently work very long hours and have a not-so-great commute (although not awful).

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm 0

On Here Is Your Open Thread

Yay Friday! Currently on my mind: I got a call back from a company I interviewed at a month ago and did not get the job. However, they had a new position become available and thought of me. However, this position would be a 6-month temporary position, a big paycut, wouldn't offer benefits, but *might* lead to a full-time permanent position (I currently have a full-time gig with great benefits). But, I really want to work for this company!? Argh. The worst. They gave me until Monday to think about it. Also, my current job made me cancel a doctor's appointment for this Monday because it's closing week, and I called to reschedule and they can't fit me in until April. I have a history of problems-- cancer problems-- and am so annoyed at my current job and at the state of the health care system. Hmph. #billfoldtherapy

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 2:30 pm 0

On Cooking: Secretly The Worst?

@cryptolect yup, I do this too! Especially if we're having company. I dice/measure/get everything out in advance so I can just...cook when the time comes.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 11:08 am 0

On Friday Estimate

Today: hopefully just getting the gym out of the way after work and watching a movie with my BF. Saturday: We are going to a polo match in Newport, RI. It costs $12 to get in, plus I need to buy some snacks for tailgating. Sunday: we don't have anything planned but something always comes up. Total: $75 because I need gas at some point and also need to get shampoo at CVS which always ends up being more expensive than I expect.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 10:22 am 0

On Cooking: Secretly The Worst?

@andnowlights yup, I am a big proponent of baking brownies from scratch because it's barely any more difficult than making them from the box, and IMO they taste SO much better, but my old roommate still preferred boxed mixes. I'm fairly certain she didn't come from a baking family.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:26 pm 0