On A Brief History of Being Unhappy at Work

@Michelle Pittman@facebook I really loved the decision to use a photo of Toby in this essay. He's kind of awful, but also one of my favorite people.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 10:28 am 0

On Millennial "Earnings Hangovers" And How to Fight Them

@eatmoredumplings Damned straight. Collective action for higher wages...because a workforce that is able to actually negotiate with management is an essential component of a functioning economy.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 10:27 am 0

On Spending Three Years in College, Rather Than Four, to Save Money

@aetataureate THIS. ALL OF THIS. I benefited immensely from my time at a four-year residential college. I went in thinking I wanted to be a theatre major, and ended up in Political Science. I needed the fourth year to improve my Arabic proficiency, as well as get back into German, something that helped with my Fulbright application (something I would never have considered had I not fallen in love with Austria during my semester abroad there). In terms of the experience I had, as well the skills and opportunities that became available to me as a result of a four-year degree, I think it's a really great way to go.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 10:12 am 0

On The Billfold Book Club Discusses Helaine Olen's 'Pound Foolish'

@sallysitwell Lurking American socialist!

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm 0

On The Billfold Book Club Discusses Helaine Olen's 'Pound Foolish'

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 12:42 pm 0

On Ask A Human Who Actually Practices GTD ('Getting Things Done')

This sounds really great! I've been working on implementing GTD ever since I saw the TED talk about it, but I have been struggling with: 1) the frequency with which you go through the list and organize it into stuff (it seems like I need to do it every day, because of the varying deadlines and stuff), and 2) I sometimes don't have a place for certain things, and it seems like having a million and one different spots for things, or a Miscellaneous folder, would defeat the purpose, because it would be like having a junk drawer. Thoughts?

Posted on July 23, 2014 at 9:58 am 0

On How the Baby-Sitters Club Does Money: Kristy

@ceereelyo I think Stacey will be able to get away with spending a lot on her clothes, because she was the math whiz: she's probably turned that into a cushy gig at PwC or something.

Posted on July 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm 0

On Can I Give You $1,000 and NOT Be a Bridesmaid?

I was the MOH for my sister's wedding four years ago. I was still in college, she was in grad school, and her fiance had just gotten his first "real" job, so we did things in the way our Mormon heritage demanded--we bartered the shit out of everything. As the MOH, I organized her (only) shower, where we went out for Mexican food and then went back to a friend's apartment for homemade cake and present-opening. Luckily, my mom paid for the dresses; Sis only had two other attendants (her future sisters-in-law), and the dresses were made by a friend from church who made them at a discount (because Sis's MIL did some free babysitting for the dressmaker's kid). I think that technically, it cost me about $50 overall, but I also recognize that my experience wasn't typical.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 4:04 pm 1

On I Went to Germany to Be an Au Pair and Get a Master's Degree for 1,000 Euros

So tempting! I used to live in Austria, so my German is technically at uni level proficiency (although as my college prof used to say, speaking Austrian =/= speaking German). Also, I'm looking at grad programs in the States, and holy eyebrows it is expensive (especially for the poli sci/IR programs I want). So, I guess if I can adapt myself to Germany's shameful lack of Almdudler, it might be a good fit.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 3:52 pm 0

On A Pick-Your-Brain Fee?

I have been in the position of giving career advice sometimes--I have some friends at the Women's Center of my alma mater, and I'll participate in their "Young Alumna" panel discussions to talk to current students about my career path (which still seems surreal, but whatever). I also feel a certain level of responsibility as a woman of color to help young marginalized people (whether it's on the basis of race, gender, social class, etc.) develop the sort of informal social networks that more privileged people have traditionally used to get ahead. From a social justice perspective, I feel like that's important.

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 2:47 pm 0