On The Cost of Dealbreakers While Making Travel Plans

Depending on where in Italy you'll be (and what month) I think y'all would probably be fine without AC. I was in an apartment in Rome in June (no AC) and it was totally fine. In general, I found lodging (apartment rentals) in Italy to be surprisingly affordable. I'm sure your group will find something great.

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 12:02 pm 0

On The Vomit Jeans, or: What I Did to Avoid Paying $70

I can't get over that extremely potent bottled cocktail. Seems crazy to give that to people without noting how strong it is. It sounds like it's straight alcohol with no mixer. Jeez. I got puked on in first grade. I was wearing an outfit that I was really into (leggings on their first go 'round and a cute tee). I don't remember what we (ie my mom) did with the clothes. Hmmm... I did get a sweet gift bag from the girl who threw up on me a couple of days later. Stick on earrings and candy! Ha.

Posted on April 30, 2015 at 11:58 am 0

On After I Go

Phew, at first I thought this was an announcement you were leaving the Billfold! Interesting stuff. I think about this only in the abstract, and not about specific details. I guess I should get on it.

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 3:54 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I don't really have plans yet. I'm going to services tonight and I have half a mind to get dinner out somewhere cheap-ish after, say $15. Tomorrow night I'm going to a show. Cover should be free (boyfriend's band, and I feel like a dork saying I'm on the list every time), but I'll probably buy a beer ($5). Sunday I realllllly need to do laundry, so say $8 for that. And I want doughnuts and coffee, so that's another $6. If my math is right: $34 If I buy a pair of jeans I've been wanting, too: $73

Posted on March 20, 2015 at 2:44 pm 0

On Traveling Lighter

Mike Dang in Portland?! Be still my heart.

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 2:32 pm 1

On Convenient Cooking, But at a Cost

For a fleeting, miserable second I thought this was going to be yet another gd post sponsored by Blue Apron. Thank you for not letting me down, Mike Dang.

Posted on March 18, 2015 at 4:15 pm 3

On Billfold Housing Survey: What Is Your Dream House?

I didn’t find any of the answers for my “dream house” really in line with what my dream house is. I suppose I should have answered other, but instead I went with a rambling home. This is meant as friendly constructive criticism and not as a jab: Overall, I sort of wish this survey had been designed to be a bit more subjective and less reflective of its author’s specific writing style/tone. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this feature for the week and the real estate theme for the month in general.

Posted on February 27, 2015 at 3:05 pm 0

On Paying to Belong

I have recently found myself wanting to join a synagogue. The one I like in the town where I live has very reasonable dues for someone my age, but they require all members to pledge thousands of dollars to a building fund, which is not reasonable for me. (They might also be willing to waive it, but I haven't asked.) They did let me pay a nominal chai to attend High Holiday services this year, which I appreciated.

Posted on February 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm 0

On Transitional Furniture

I think I had one. The easiest move of my life was when I moved to Atlanta for graduate school and bought all of the furniture that came with my apartment (basically everything, including a bed, table, coffee table, futon, dishes, printer, etc. etc. etc.) for, I think, $500. Pretty sure the table was a Lack. I like Ikea for the most part. Buying and loading in my car a bookshelf all by myself was a huge win for me. (I did not assemble it. I have zero spatial/motor skills wahwah.)

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 3:30 pm 0

On Uber and PDX: A Not-Exactly-Love Story

I can't use Uber (no smart phone), so I don't have much of a horse in this race, but the city's response sounds EXACTLY like the conversation surrounding Airbnb six months ago. I'm thinking PDX just needs to see some of that Uber $$. Airbnb moved some of its operations up to Portland, and suddenly that relationship blossomed.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 11:29 am 0