Have you read "Save the Date" by Jen Doll? She chronicles her life as a wedding guest doing this over and over... I wish I could understand how it is, because I LOVE weddings but never seem to know anyone getting married! I have friends who go to, like, six weddings every summer, and I could see how that could get old, but I so far have only gone to one this year that wasn't my own!
@Stina Thank you! Good to be back! It was definitely worth all the trouble previously mentioned... at one point my husband looked over at me as we were walking down the Rue St Michel and said, "you know what? You WERE right about all this credit card debt and dog pee."
@Caitlin with a C Books and playing outside! I know, the pools are all closing here in Louisville too, with the forecast in the 90s for the foreseeable future.
@lemonhead3159 WV gas station snacks > all other gas station snacks. My husband is teaching at Marshall this semester so I hope some are in my future!
@andnowlights Haha, I hadn't even read that when I replied to you that you should get it! Meant to be. Longer ones you can always twist or braid and pin back, which is both cute and functional, unlike this Cleopatra fringe that sometimes I want to poison with an asp. (Just kidding. Also this is the first time I've had caffeine this week so I may sound totally crazy saying that and be completely unaware.)
@andnowlights Have fun! FYI, that haircut you tweeted is CUTE! (I have been Twitter-ghosting since I got back and thought I'd weigh in).
Not my first weekend back in the U.S.S.A, but definitely the first one not mowed over by jet lag and copious amounts of laundry! Today I already spent $5.55 on a dirty chai (I tipped so it would be a nice triple digit) because the change in climate gave me a cold (this always happened going from KY > Great Lakes in August too... why is August NOT the most godforsakenly hot month of the year other places?), which makes me hate the taste of coffee even though I need it more than ever. I plan on a bang trim on my lunch break. These things own me. $6. Tonight I have a meeting with the school I tutor at re: our September classes right after work, then out for dinner and maybe a drink with a friend, $50. I hope to get the drink free for looking over my friend's statement of purpose for an application, haha. Tomorrow my friend whose sister is getting married this weekend is coming up to host a CAbI party in my town, so I'm going to that and then hanging out after, and then going to a wine-and-cheese-and-snacks party (that's what the invitation said). I'll shoot for $30. Sunday groceries will set me back $60ish (still have stocking up to do), then I hope my husband will accompany me for the annual Bluegrass and Barbeque festival on the riverfront, which is $20 for us both to get in. I'll round the day up to $100 for incidentals. Monday I have no plans that cost any money. I hope to keep it that way! My parents AND in-laws are out of town so there are two empty "grown up" houses with cable and snacks, so I may take advantage of that. Weekend total: $191.55
@RiffRandell But what if it DID come from a time machine? You could stand to make slightly more $$ writing a sci-fi book about that! (Which reminds me that I need to get on my Gossip Girl fanfic I have been intending to write, at least one person says they'd be willing to buy it, so I could potentially make $2!)
I'd LOVE free seltzer all day, though I do get free Diet Coke, which saves me $$$ because I have a problem, I know, I know. My work has free snacks and seriously it's been AWFUL. I either have to stay away from the break room entirely or watch my pants get tighter and tighter.
Oh, how many crazy interviews have I had? There were the countless retail interviews where I found out (multiple times! I think I'll never learn) that it doesn't matter HOW you dress, and I showed up in business casual just to see someone in torn jeans with their bra straps showing get the job because they had more experience. I interviewed at every temp agency in the greater Erie County, NY area, the worst of which was probably the factory that wouldn't tell me what they made, where everything was coated in carbon dust (like, they told me not to touch any surfaces because I would have to wash my hands), where the HR department was a mess and they asked me if my mom (who had been an HR director in her day) could help them. And they warned me I'd be "the only lady" in a place where "the guys could get a little rough". I got that job but for the sake of my sanity and my future children (see: carbon dust), even though it was $2.50 more an hour than I was making, oddly enough, I declined. Then there was the one I mentioned yesterday about the position that had been vacated because the person who had the job previously had died suddenly, and her grieving boss was REALLY WEIRD. At this point I wonder if it's them or me, because something like a third of the interviews I've had in my life have basically followed a script written by an absurdist playwright. At least none of them REALLY cost me any money.