On On Seattle and Small Apartments

"Making the choice to live in available housing isn’t the same as wanting it." YES. I hate the fact I do not have a full kitchen. Hate it (we are foodies who can't really afford to be foodies).

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 4:28 pm 0

On It's Heating Season In New York City

I know Auckland doesn't get anywhere near as cold as NYC but we still need minimum temperatures indoors - it's a HEALTH thing. Alas, there are no laws around this. Grr.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm 0

On The Cost of Making My Own Sub Sandwich

I'm no good with sandwiches. I'm just not. Unless it's like, peanut butter. If I want a decent one with all the goods, I just buy it. I'm over the mental thing about buying sandwiches.

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 1:11 am 0

On Chatting About John Grisham

Grisham was an early one for me too (maybe in those Reader's Digest compilations with 4 books each?) I was reading Mills and Boon at 6/7 - not sure why the adults in my life were okay with that. Maybe they didn't know what they were. (Found them in my grandmother's house)

Posted on October 18, 2014 at 1:00 am 0

On It's Utilities, Not Me-tilities

I pay $99 for internet. At least we now have unlimited internet packages - until this year basically every consumer plan had data caps. Sigh. And don't even get me started on the lack of insulation in NZ houses.

Posted on September 27, 2014 at 1:25 am 0

On Why We Live Where We Live

Having done some long term travel, I can say that if money were absolutely no object and unlimited, I would love to be a half-time or 75% nomad and spend the rest of the time at home in Auckland. I love Auckland because I grew up here, people I know and love are here, and it's the best compromise on climate I've found for me and my partner (I hate cold, he hates heat). However I live in the real world. So for practical reasons, I have no desire to do this fulltime, and the practicalities of doing it 50% or 75% of the time just don't stack up for me. (Wrote in more detail here: http://nzmuse.com/2014/07/interested-full-time-travel/)

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 5:28 pm 0

On How The Toast Does Money

The Toast forever!!! I personally feel a bit torn between the two trains of thought: the one that any amount of payment is better than zero, and that small amounts are insulting and either work for free or for a decent wage.

Posted on September 23, 2014 at 5:23 pm 0

On Talking to Chris Guillebeau About His New Book, 'The Happiness of Pursuit'

@TheDoctorsCompanion Here is my Billfold post on this topic! http://thebillfold.com/2014/04/how-real-people-afford-to-travel-the-world-for-extended-periods-of-time/ (Not that I did it for as cheap, nor did I try/want to. But general principles...)

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm 0

On On Reading Insecurity, E+L=M, and a Billfold Book Club Update

Yep, yep, YEP! Not big on ebooks personally but definitely prefer today to my childhood.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 6:02 pm 0

On Canadian Health Care Awesomeness: Is It As Awesome As It Seems?

Optical and dental suck here in NZ, but I am grateful for what we DO have.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 5:58 pm 0