On "If you're enjoying yourself, you're not working hard enough" (Or You're In Denmark)

@ragazza I hope he gets gout. It would serve him right.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 5:34 pm 0

On My No-Purchase November Adventure

This was really great! I know I like to think I don't shop a lot, but my weakness is going out to restaurants--not for the experience, but the convenience of not having to cook. I think in January, I might try a "Cook for Yourself" challenge, to remember how much better (and cheaper!) it is to avoid the lines at Chick-fil-a.

Posted on December 17, 2014 at 2:27 pm 0

On Starting A New Job Right

Good to know! We've got some new people starting in my area of the office this week, and I want to make sure they have a smooth transition in. This way, I can feel like I don't totally suck at helping them feel welcome and supported in their new role.

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 10:19 am 0

On Even With Healthcare, We Can't Always Get Doctors

Well, since I work for a university with a medical school and a teaching hospital attached to them, we're kind of spoiled for choice where I live and work as far as options and doctors. Plus, basically everyone here takes BCBS. I chose my doctor by crowdsourcing on Facebook; she left the practice about three months after she became my PCP. Then, I picked a different branch of the same office (which is still in town, slightly farther, BUT right across the street from Chick-fil-a and a bagel shop), during the annual Staff Benefits Fair. They were handing out free nail files. My new doctor is great, responsive, and I've never had any trouble getting an appointment.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm 0

On Even With Healthcare, We Can't Always Get Doctors

Well, since I work for a university with a medical school and a teaching hospital attached to them, we're kind of spoiled for choice where I live and work as far as options and doctors. Plus, basically everyone here takes BCBS. I chose my doctor by crowdsourcing on Facebook; she left the practice about three months after she became my PCP. Then, I picked a different branch of the same office (which is still in town, slightly farther, BUT right across the street from Chick-fil-a and a bagel shop), during the annual Staff Benefits Fair. They were handing out free nail files. My new doctor is great, responsive, and I've never had any trouble getting an appointment.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm 0

On One American's Search for a Bank Account Abroad

Gosh, that's rough! When I lived in Austria, opening a bank account was comparatively easy. For proof of address, you just had to show up with a document called a Meldezettel; it's something filled out by your landlord to prove that you live at X address. The Meldezettel is your lifeline. If you sneeze in Austria, you must show a Meldezettel to get a tissue. But on the bright side, once you have it (and some photocopies), you're set: you can register with your district magistrate (required), get a bank account, start setting up a phone service, buy a student pass for public transit...the possibilities are endless.

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm 0

On In Defense of Small Cheap Cities

@TheDilettantista Awesome! I'm currently in Winston-Salem, which I love but I'm looking for something a bit bigger, and the Research Triangle is looking like a really good way to go (although my inner Westerner quails at the thought of being so far from the mountains).

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 10:05 am 1

On Okay, So Where Should We Move to Get What We Want?

Yeah, Provo! I'll admit, I'm biased, because it's where my family is, but you guys--Provo is actually kinda cool. The mountains are excellent, which means good hiking is in town and good skiing is maybe 20 minutes away (Sundance, y'all!) There are really good restaurants, including THREE different really good Indian restaurants (and they do takeaway!), arts, cool crafty types, and an awesome free summer concert series where you can hear some good local bands (past performers have included Imagine Dragons). It's also incredibly clean.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 2:09 pm 0

On The Cost of Things: Crossfit, Lifting, and Making It to Provincials

This is so cool! I'll admit, I'd love to learn to lift with bars, but the weight section at my gym is not really friendly if you don't already know what you're doing. Are there books or resources you recommend for someone who is just starting?

Posted on December 5, 2014 at 1:08 pm 0

On If You Buy Your Wife a Mansion

The only way this would work is if 1) I knew exactly what house I wanted but the person wasn't selling, and 2) I actually wanted to stay in the area for several years, and 3) it passed a homeowner's inspection and 4) actually, you know what, never mind, there's no way this wouldn't be a disaster.

Posted on November 21, 2014 at 2:10 pm 0