On Eating Thanksgiving Dinner in a Restaurant is Cheating Y/N

Not cheating! I feel like the holiday season is so filled with unrealistic expectations already, why not ease a little bit of the stress by letting somebody else do the cooking and cleaning? Granted, I'm a bit of a Scrooge anyway, and come from a pretty non-traditional (read: dysfunctional) family, so my perceptions may be skewed. My husband comes from an absolute by-the-book family of traditionalists though, so for much of our marriage, he has gone home for Thanksgiving, while I stay with my mom and we go out to eat and have a lovely time, just the two of us.

Posted on November 19, 2014 at 10:18 am 4

On American Workers Want to Know When Their Workday Ends

I think I must be in the minority here, but I have never had a job that did not have a set "stop" time that was respected by all parties involved. I have certainly held jobs where we were encouraged to work late and/or take work home, but it was never mandatory, and we weren't punished if we opted not to. It is worth noting that I have largely worked for Big Corporate America and/or in the finance industry, not in the service industry, freelance, academia, etc.

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:54 pm 0

On Are You What You Wanted To Be When You Grew Up?

I went through the same veterinarian/archaeologist/meteorologist phases as any other red-blooded American girl, but I also thoroughly enjoyed playing "office" as a child (it should go without saying that I was an only child), so, look at me, living the dream! *sob*

Posted on November 18, 2014 at 3:46 pm 6

On Here Is Your Open Thread

My first roommate ever in my first apartment ever decided to invite these Iranian-American (this is pertinent) twin brothers that she had met god-knows-where to live with us while I was out of town for a week, and not only was the place completely thrashed when I returned (trash everywhere, my bedroom had been ransacked, pretty sure somebody had urinated on the carpet at some point), but they had also hung a LARGE Iranian flag on our living room wall. This makes it sound like I have something against Iranian-Americans, but really, I have something against strangers redecorating my fucking house while I’m gone! The whole scene was disconcerting, to say the least. I broke my half of the lease pronto and got my own place. No idea what ever became of the roommate.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm 1

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get For $290,000

Does the Bisbee house come with a vast collection of squash blossom necklaces and a wardrobe from Chico's? If so, SOLD, because that is no joke how I envision my golden years, just being a kooky broad in the desert somewhere.

Posted on November 14, 2014 at 11:53 am 2

On I Don't Believe in Psychics Strictly Speaking But Also I Am Afraid I Will Give Them All of My Money

@bgprincipessa I sincerely think that I would fall for the free dog paw reading. That's great. "There are sausages in your future!" You are a stronger person than I am. I agree that it's absolutely not legit, but I admire their moxie!

Posted on November 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm 1

On A Passionate Defense of Taco Bell

I call shenanigans. We most certainly do have the Taco Bell/KFC combos in Texas. The worst of both worlds! (jk, I love Taco Bell.) We also have scaled-down versions of Pizza Hut combined with Taco Bell or KFC, where you can only get personal-size pizzas. Oddly enough, I have found that the fast-food hybrid restaurants are most prevalent in small Midwestern towns, which I guess makes sense when you consider that real estate is harder to come by, in addition to the smaller demographic that maybe couldn't fully support two separate fast food chains.

Posted on November 10, 2014 at 10:37 am 0

On Which Halloween Candy Is The Most Expensive?

@Liz the Lemur I cannot get into Aldi. I have tried! The selection is just so limited, and I have heard other people rave about it, and I feel like maybe I'm just not Aldi-ing right!

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 3:57 pm 0

On Which Halloween Candy Is The Most Expensive?

@Erica I wouldn't say "behemoth", but it's a pretty big bag! And it seems like I've heard the Smarties/Rockets thing somewhere before. So what kind of candy are your Smarties?

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 3:55 pm 0

On Which Halloween Candy Is The Most Expensive?

I got a bag of assorted Reeses, Almond Joy, etc for $8.89, Skittles for like $5? I think? And Smarties for $3 NOT because I'm cheap but because I genuinely like Smarties! This is our first Halloween at the new house, and I have no idea how many trick-or-treaters we'll get. Our neighborhood definitely skews geriatric, but there are also some apartment complexes just down the street with younger families. So I didn't want to be stuck with a bunch of crappy candy in the event nobody shows up.

Posted on October 31, 2014 at 3:15 pm 0