On Who Are Our Favorite Rich People?

Mark Cuban because he seems like he'd be a blast to hang out with (and also, go Mavs!) and the Maloof clan because they're basically New Mexico royalty (even though I think they all live in California now and some of them sound like they're kind of obnoxious and terrible, not even including the one who was on Real Housewives. She's definitely obnoxious and terrible.)

Posted on September 29, 2014 at 2:48 pm 0

On How People Do Money: The High Holidays

You have to pay to go to services?? This is the most fascinating thing I will learn all day! But you know, I kind of admire the upfrontness of it, as opposed to the Protestants who just guilt you into putting something in the offering basket every week. I think there's something....somewhere.... in the Bible about tithing, and I know that my mother adheres pretty strictly to this and donates generously to her Southern Baptist church, so it's kind of the same thing I guess. But still! Fascinating!

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 4:10 pm 0

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $325K

Boise currently sits at the top of my “places I’ve never been but have nonetheless decided I should live at some point in my life” list, so I’ll take that first house, please and thank you. Although my giant four-legged roommate would take issue with the small/non-existent yard.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 10:02 am 0

On My 1 Thing Don't Want None

My 1 thing is to physically pick up some sort of paperwork from Dentist A (who is not in-network) in order to drive it half a mile down the road to Dentist B (who is in-network) and the reason that I am having to do this in the year 2014 is because Dentist A is VERY old school and they keep all records BY HAND and claim that they don’t have email, which, wow. They may give me a handwritten sticky note that says FIX TEETH, I’m not really sure at this point.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 3:01 pm 3

On Cooking: Secretly The Worst?

@nell YES, this. If it requires more than five ingredients and a special trip to the "fancy" grocery store after work, NOPE. Weeknight dinners are all about providing just enough sustenance so that I don't perish in my sleep. Not everything has to be Instagram-worthy! Hell, I decided this morning that we'll be having BLT's and canned tomato soup for dinner tonight because I am out of creativity, patience, and fucks to give this week.

Posted on September 25, 2014 at 11:58 am 3

On Fall Fashion

I know I'm probably in the minority here, but I haaaaaate tights/leggings. I would much rather wear regular pants or jeans. Don't get me wrong, I love wearing dresses, but if it's too cold to have bare legs, pants it is. I have only ever lived in one place that had "real" winters anyway, so I guess I'm fortunate that I don't have to worry as much about buying and maintaining a wardrobe for different seasons. Something to consider if I ever relocate again!

Posted on September 24, 2014 at 4:31 pm 1

On How Do You Do Groceries?

I mostly buy the same staples every week, but I definitely try to mix it up with seasonal veggies, and I'm a pretty big fan of the "about to expire" discount meat section! Not only is it value, you also get a little thrill from living semi-dangerously! Just yesterday I got a whole rack of pork ribs for $9, originally $17. I just pop 'em in the freezer until I feel like doing something with it.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 4:06 pm 0

On Out-of-Network Horror Stories

I had minor outpatient surgery last winter and was cognizant enough of how the system works to ask the assigned anesthesiologist (who I obviously had no choice about, and hadn't spoken to until immediately prior to my procedure) if he accepted my insurance. His response? He laughed in the most infuriatingly condescending way possible and said "I have no idea. You'd have to call my office to find out." The maddening subtext of course being "I'm too important to bother myself with such matters as whether or not me knocking you out for an hour will bankrupt you, I only care whether or not I get paid by SOMEBODY." So anyway, my point is, even if you DO ask if a given medical service provider accepts your plan, there's a good chance they won't have a clue.

Posted on September 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm 0

On I Got a Great Clip at Great Clips

I've been preaching the Great Clips gospel for years, but I also have always had long-ish hair with minimal layers, so I never really needed anything beyond a trim. I recently got about 6 inches chopped off and wanted some actual style added to it, so I went to my mom's stylist and spent a whole $45 before tip. But you know? I think I'll be going back to GC next time. I like the haircut I got, but I also don't really feel that it was worth the 300% markup (and yes, I realize that $45 for a "real" haircut is still a steal in most parts of the country.)

Posted on September 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm 0

On Chatting About Work Trips and Expense Guilt

Oh man, I am the total opposite of this when I am in an airport. I tend to view airports as these magical zones where currency is meaningless and, why, sure! I would love another $11 bloody mary while I read this $6 magazine that I NEVER would have bought otherwise. I have spent absolutely shameful amounts of money at airports during unexpected layovers. I may have a problem.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 4:30 pm 0