On The Cost of Buying a Washer/Dryer from Sears Outlet When Six (then Seven) Months Pregnant

Ummm... I have that exact set that is shown in the article photo, but the washer is on the left and the dryer on the right. I was looking at it thinking "Why is this familiar?"

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 12:37 pm 0

On How To Get Our Belongings of Questionable Worth Across The Country

I've moved cross country 3 times: 1) Used ABF which is kind of like PODs but you fill up part of a semi trailer, section it off, and pay per foot. Cost: about $4000 including the (at the time) $99 cross country flight. 2) Used freightquote.com and packed what I wanted to move on a 40" x 48" palette. I had a lot of fun packing it, covering it with shrinkwrap, and then a forklift picked it up and put it in a semi. Cost: about $2000 not including flight (about $350). 3) Used FedEx and packed stuff into 18" x 18" x 24" boxes. By this time I had stopped moving with any furniture. Cost was about $1000 for 12 boxes and I drove the width of our great nation in 4 days (about $800 for gas and decent lodging). I enjoyed this option the most. There is a pattern here of shedding material possessions. Gradually, I got rid of lots of stuff I don't miss one bit. Finally, I got rid of all those books. Finding furniture is easy and the only thing I bought new is a bed. Since you are two persons, using the POD system is probably the best and you will have a new home with all your familiar stuff. I got rid of all the spices on the first move and emptied each container into the compost and recycled the containers. I buy salt and pepper new after each move along with cinnamon and chili powder.

Posted on November 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm 1

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $475,000

Bold and whimsical? More like tasteless and kitsch. It's like a dog urinated in every room leaving its inimitable mark. Makes you want to wipe your feet ON THE WAY OUT.

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 12:12 pm 0

On American Workers Want to Know When Their Workday Ends

I used to be in an advertising agency where everyone pretended they didn't have a home. It was very stressful and almost killed me. It's important to recognize the tradeoff between success and sanity.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:35 pm 0

On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

Um... cheating? Cheating what? I avoid the entire holiday season from October to January. Is that cheating? I usually feel better around Valentine's Day but I don't get involved in that mess either.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 1:06 pm 5

On The Allure of the Free Thing

Love the photo for this article. That pretty much sums up my feelings about free things.

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

On How to Charge: By the Hour or By the Project

Likewise. I was told to never quote a flat rate. When I do need to create an estimate I look at the number of hours it will take and then double it. Most people who farm out to freelancers are given no budget at all. They are required to find out how much something might cost and then sit around a conference table for the rest of the week trying to figure out how to do it more cheaply.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm 0

On Would Taxes on Sugar Make You Eat Less of It

Is there a medication for orthorexia nervosa yet? Even better, a vaccine.

Posted on November 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm 0

On How Much I Earn, In Royalties, For The Piece of Choral Music I Published in 2002

@HelloTheFuture Nope, I haven't written a single song, but am looking forward to the Coursera songwriting course, Date TBA! Did you ever read that Little Suzy Snowflake story? About the cannabis smoking backup singer that insists on recording the B-side, Let It Snow first? Mr. Boyle keeps it here as a holiday treat: http://www.tcboyle.com/news/tqwh.html

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:48 pm 0

On The Cost of Camping When You Haven't Gone In 10 Years But Want To Be a Person Who Camps

I'm the Princess and the Pea when it comes to sleeping pads for camping. I use two: a bulky self inflating monstrosity (contains foam rubber panels that inflate) and an enormous slab of foam rubber. My tent is about 1/4 padding. I sleep extremely well and definitely prefer camping to the weirdness of a motel. I tried an inflatable air-only mattress once but felt like I was sleeping on a blimp and the air in the mattress stays super cold. As long as you are car camping, go for the padding.

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm 0