@Tripleoxer That's really tough. I definitely wouldn't take the new job as offered... at a minimum, they need to offer you benefits or pay the costs of your COBRA coverage for six months. What is it about the other company that makes it so attractive to you? Have you talked to any former employees or current contractors off-the-record?
@nell I agree. I'm someone who mostly loves to cook, so I understand the allure of cooking-as-performance, but seriously, making a meal doesn't have to always be an exercise in Pinterest fulfillment. I know the writer in the Cafe piece was being partially facetious when she said "the galette of the century is the only type of galette I am interested in making," but... she was also being partially serious, I'm sure. We shouldn't need to be entertained by our food all the time--most of the time, it's enough to just make food to eat.
Pieces like this are so interesting to me because I was raised to believe that getting help from your parents is no big deal--it's just what parents do, if they're able to. Of course, I also totally get the dominant narrative in the US where it's frowned upon and people make "must be nice" comments and where if your parents help you out with your phone bill or buying a computer or a lease deposit, you automatically have to flash your independent bona fides. Can't we just acknowledge how privileged and grateful we are, and leave it at that?
We're going camping this weekend! Tonight, we need to buy firewood, and water ($15); tomorrow, we'll get dinner out ($25); and Sunday, we'll have an end-of-camping brunch ($30). We'll probably have to fill up the tank at some point as well ($40). If I can stay away from any antique malls on the way back down, we should be good at $110 for the weekend.
When mankind finally becomes a space-exploring species and leaves the Earth for multigenerational missions to the beyond, they will have Dippin' Dots on-board, and they will STILL seem futuristic and awesome.
New Orleans is doing well, but the gains are really unevenly spread out--i.e., black households earn about 50% what white households earn. :/
So, instead of being rainy this past weekend, it was GORGEOUS, so we were out and about instead of staying in. I estimated $165, and we actually spent $246.
An anecdote: a woman recently left my organization, and we're paying her male replacement 20% more because... reasons? I've seen both their resumes--they have very similar educations and work experience. Honestly, outside of straight-up bias (which is a possibility), I wonder if he negotiated harder. (Which is not to say that's okay, since women are punished for negotiating salary more than men.)
@happy_misanthrope That would have been a really interesting piece--how entitled are we to the work we want. Logic says we have zero entitlement, but human beings are funny and complicated and can convince ourselves of pretty much anything. I would have loved to have read about that particular thought process.
@j a y Yowza. Super super impressive. Are you planning to retire early, or is it more about feeling secure?