On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

@EA_Mann When I gave birth I was working for a university that also ran a medical school/hospital. I paid $0 out of pocket for my prenatal care and labor & delivery (it was not a C-section birth). It was insane. I feel like there should be a booklet that you're given when you enroll in a healthcare plan that outlines this shit because I would have popped out a dozen (ok not really) if I had realized what a deal they gave you. (Of course, we moved and now our healthcare is complete shit.) Having a baby is an extremely common practice for a sizable chunk of the workforce and I feel like the costs associated with it should be open information and fully known well in advance!

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:15 am 2

On How About Just Don't Do What You Hate?

@Marille "what do you even do in a business?" Ha!! Honestly, in most any office job, it's all work that anyone could do. You just need a hierarchy to maintain order and a process manual to show you the ropes.

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:04 am 0

On The Emmys: A Billfold Perspective

Thank for acknowledging this! This is why I appreciate The Billfold so much-- it takes blog-worthy pop culture talk and filters it through the lens of money. Awards shows (on network TV! yes!) seem to be a national event that we can gather round, but it is a paradox when there's such a high price on even watching these shows. We're still coming out of a recession, people! Maybe that's why the Oscars are so big-- even if you have to pay $10/ticket to see a movie, you can see the top 10 films of the year, over the course of a year, and feel invested in the show. For the same price you can afford maybe a month/4 episodes of all of the TV shows.

Posted on August 26, 2014 at 12:38 pm 0

On Chatting About Amusement Parks

The only way I have any sense of popular music is through the radio in my car. I just ended my two-month summer of not driving so I am way behind on what's cool, and my first thought about any song named "Fancy" will always be Reba McEntire ("I had a slit in the side clean up to my hip').

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm 0

On To Refund or Not to Refund, A Tumblr Message Exegesis

@cryptolect Dude, Out of Sight is a great movie.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 11:09 pm 1

On To Refund or Not to Refund, A Tumblr Message Exegesis

@Karebot side note: I have already read Gone Girl

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 4:28 pm 0

On A Midwestern Room of One's Own

You could probably swing living in Ypsi! Though my heart belongs to A2 so I don't blame you for needing to rip off the bandaid and doing it right somewhere new. We left Ann Arbor heartbroken but in need of post-grad degree employment too. Good luck!

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 4:13 pm 0

On To Refund or Not to Refund, A Tumblr Message Exegesis

I was just about to buy this book for my flight yesterday but I couldn't find it at the airport bookstore! I will now go to a real bookstore and buy it to offset Tumblr girl's refund because this must be a sign.

Posted on August 21, 2014 at 4:07 pm 1

On Chatting About Date Night

@ronswansonluva I think these tasks fall to the person most bothered by them not getting done and/or the one with the most time to stew on them until they have address it. When I've felt I'm dong more than my fair share, we've sat down and discussed what's a "karebot" priority vs what's a "household/family" responsibility and it's helped to clarify what really needs to get done and who is best equipped to do what.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:53 pm 0

On Chatting About Date Night

@Jake Reinhardt I'm not saying he's shirking this task as a symptom of being a man (to address your comment below) or that I, as his wife-mother, am enabling such behavior. Rather, in relationships we all fall into our pegged responsibilities and making the grunt-work phone calls is mine. Apparently everyone hates calling people and I thought I was simply commiserating.

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 9:45 pm 0