On The Week It Rained and the Future of Umbrellas

I think we need a photo of Mike in the rainboots. I live in the PNW and typically my (half-price) Marmot raincoat does alright. (Along with my penchant for hibernation during the eternal rainy months.) My feet are almost always wet, though, which sucks. I approve of Zuckerberg's pretty normal house. (Photos here for others who haven't seen it before: http://www.forbes.com/pictures/mel45efdk/mark-zuckerbergs-backyard/)

Posted on October 24, 2014 at 4:15 pm 0

On A Drunk Stole My Kale. You Won't Believe What Happened Next!

My car was broken into a couple of years ago. My Raybans ($100) were stolen, along with my boyfriend's ancient iPod that only worked on his equally-ancient dock. I repurchased the sunglasses about a year later and no longer keep them, or any other valuables, in my car. My laptop was stolen from my bag, which I was sitting with, in Barcelona. I ran after the guy yelling Ladron and an undercover cop helped me find it where the thief had stashed it.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 2:34 pm 0

On Getting the Paper

The Oregonian is especially crappy because of recent transitions. They're now delivering just four times a week and the paper is tiny (it's tabloid format now). I don't subscribe to any papers. I dream of one day subscribing to the NYT, though I never plan to live in NY. If I move back home to Florida, I'd subscribe to the Tampa Bay Times (ne St. Petersburg Times), one of the great local papers, in my book.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 4:33 pm 0

On It's Heating Season In New York City

FREE HEAT?!!? Jeals.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 2:12 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

I didn't do an estimate. I felt like money was flying out of my hands this weekend. Friday, I bought a couple of things at the grocery story ($5)and we went to dinner with another couple. Our share (and part of theirs) was $35. Saturday I stayed inside and read all day for Dewey's Readathon, so happily I didn't spend any money. Sunday, we went on a fall excursion to Halloweentown (St. Helens, OR). I found cheap gas outside the city, so I filled up ($26). I grabbed a snack for $3 and we had dinner out. My share was $13. Total: $82

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 12:08 pm 0

On My Whole Foods Discount Is the Best—Worst?—Mostly Best

@NoReally Chavez Freddies REPRESENT!!

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm 3

On My Whole Foods Discount Is the Best—Worst?—Mostly Best

I worked at Whole Foods for years, and definitely spent a lot more there than I would usually. I worked on front end in a ritzy retirement town and was shocked by how many people would drop $500, $1k+ like it was nothing. I rarely go to WFM anymore, but I do really love it. It feels familiar and I feel like a part of it after all the time I put in there as a mostly pretty happy employee.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm 0

On Monday Check-in

I didn't do an estimate, but I spent $45.50. TBH, a bit more than I had planned/hoped, but not terrible. I've been in the habit of checking my retirement account quite often, but I realize I need to step away/do it less often because the drop panicked me, which I know is dumb.

Posted on October 13, 2014 at 12:34 pm 0

On It Don’t Mean a Thing If You Don’t Do 1 Thing

For a few years, my mom wouldn't cash checks from her mom, who started giving her cash instead. I agree that maybe you should just talk to Dustin about it. Sending a check rather than transferring money sounds simpler. I have a one thing but I know I won't do it. But I really need to. It's to figure out my continuing education requirements and start working toward those. I am majorly slacking. Ayy. Congrats on booking the Portland trip! I hope there is still decent weather for you guys. Let me know if you want any recommendations for 'hoods/places to go/etc.!

Posted on October 9, 2014 at 4:08 pm 0

On Why You Should Buy Thanksgiving Tickets Now

I am actually going to Israel with my family for Thanksgiving, for the wedding of a family friend. I found a decent-ish price a little over a month ago.

Posted on October 7, 2014 at 4:46 pm 0