On Our Debt to Our Parents

Personally, I've been giving this more thought lately. My mom is probably going to retire in the next ten years, and while I have an older sister, she doesn't live in the US. I also have stepsiblings who live closer to my mom and stepdad, and they are totally great and would absolutely pitch in, but...she's my mom, you know, and I don't want anyone else taking that responsibility. So I have already made my plan that I will move back to my home state when my mom starts getting on a bit in years. Not just to take care of her, but because I want to enjoy more time of just living near her while we're both able to enjoy it.

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 9:17 am 1

On One Is the Loneliest Number, So Find a Cell Phone Family Plan

@polka dots vs stripes And I'm a big fan of the phrase "the cut of your jib". Internet friends!

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 1:21 pm 0

On One Is the Loneliest Number, So Find a Cell Phone Family Plan

I've never been on a family plan. When I was fifteen, and my mother told me "You need a cell phone", what she meant was "You are going to pay for a cell phone", and she didn't really appreciate all my talk about unfunded mandates. Still, I've been with Virgin Mobile for the past nine years, because I could pay $20 a month out of babysitting and birthday money. My current plan with a smartphone (which my mom did buy, as a way of helping me get started with my first grown-up job), runs to exactly $37.96 per month, including data, which is fine because I basically always use wi-fi if it's available. I would kind of like to be on some sort of family plan, because I sometimes want to switch networks and because apparently my parents are each paying for individual cell plans (????), but so far that hasn't happened.

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 10:32 am 0

On One Is the Loneliest Number, So Find a Cell Phone Family Plan

I've never been on a family plan. When I was fifteen, and my mother told me "You need a cell phone", what she meant was "You are going to pay for a cell phone", and she didn't really appreciate all my talk about unfunded mandates. Still, I've been with Virgin Mobile for the past nine years, because I could pay $20 a month out of babysitting and birthday money. My current plan with a smartphone (which my mom did buy, as a way of helping me get started with my first grown-up job), runs to exactly $37.96 per month, including data, which is fine because I basically always use wi-fi if it's available. I would kind of like to be on some sort of family plan, because I sometimes want to switch networks and because apparently my parents are each paying for individual cell plans (????), but so far that hasn't happened.

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 10:32 am 1

On Tax Season

Tax season! Last year, I paid someone to do it (H&R Block), because I had weird things from the previous year with my Fulbright, and I wanted to make sure I did it right. This time, things are way more straightforward since it's just a deduction for my student loan payments, so I might do it myself. I just need to go ahead and buy Turbo Tax. I kind of feel like this is a serious step to Adulthood--like, I should get a merit badge that says "Self-Prepared Taxes", and I can pin it to my sash.

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 9:31 am 0

On How to Survive a Networking Event as an Introvert

As a fellow introvert, conferences have always seemed really intimidating--especially the first time I went to one, because I was the new person and it felt like everyone already knew each other. I'll admit, it really helped that the conference had special lanyard colors for newbies, which took a lot of the pressure off me, because it meant that other people were specifically keeping an eye out and making an effort to be friendly.

Posted on January 13, 2015 at 9:00 am 0

On The Cost Of Things: Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed at 30

@calamity I was on the gas and air for my wisdom teeth removal, but I was conscious--I distinctly remember thinking "Oh my God, I LOVE this song!" a lot (Top 40 radio at the dentist's office) and "Don't say anything stupid". It was the summer before my junior year of college, and I spent the rest of the day in a Vicodin-induced haze, watching "Rizzoli and Isles" episodes in the basement and having milkshakes. I was supposed to go back to work (Democratic Party polling center) the next day, but I discovered the hard way that 1 milkshake + Vicodin = puking ALL OVER your bathroom floor, and took another day. Beyond that, all was well.

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 1:06 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

@calamity The guy I've been seeing recently seems to not like me trying to split the check. Every time I make a grab for my purse, he raises an eyebrow and says "I hope you're not reaching for your wallet". So next time, I'm asking him out and insisting on paying for the movie tickets. So there!

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 12:59 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

Let's see...lunch with coworkers today: $15, since we're going to the fancy sandwich place. Dinner is leftovers from my date last night: free! This weekend is doing work (gross), going to the library, laundry (free, assuming I can use my landlady's washer/dryer and not take it to a laundromat), and knitting. I also need to go grocery shopping: $40. Added up: $55 estimate. Welcome back, everybody!

Posted on January 9, 2015 at 10:59 am 0

On Is "Dry January" Worth The Savings

@ThatsMyOtter I need to get on your level. That goat cheese sounds AMAZING.

Posted on January 8, 2015 at 11:38 am 1