On I Don't Get Las Vegas

My husband and I had our first "real" date in Vegas (it's a long story) and also eloped to Vegas two years after that, so I have a soft spot for the place. Having said that though, he and I are not "Vegas people" by any means. In fact, we haven't been back in the 5+ years since we moved out of SoCal (aka, driving distance to Vegas). For me, the appeal was always the vacation-y "this isn't real" feeling that I'm sure also draws a lot of people to cruises and all-inclusive resorts. I would always rather take a "real" vacation that involves some sort of culture and change of perspective, but there's something to be said for staying up all night and recovering with a fruity beverage poolside, for relatively little money (we aren't big gamblers, so, we were always able to do Vegas on the cheap.)

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 11:27 am 0

On It's Heating Season In New York City

Chalk this up to me being a rube who has never lived east of the Mississippi, but I am ASTOUNDED by the fact that your landlord controls the temperature for the entire building. I take it this is common? At least for NYC? How many units are we talking about? What would happen if you turned it on yourself, being that it’s IN your apartment and all? Anarchy in the streets??? Even when I have lived places where the utilities were included in the monthly rent, I still had autonomy over my own thermostat, and so did my neighbors.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 1:13 pm 1

On Good Enough Homes & Destinations: What You Get for $295,000

Does the Kentucky house remind anyone else of the promo poster for "The Cabin in the Woods"???

Posted on October 17, 2014 at 11:41 am 2

On Who Is the Wealthiest Woman in Each State?

@Gef the Talking Mongoose Dammit! I guess I'll have to find a non-terrible-person with a ridiculous name now!

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 4:24 pm 0

On Who Is the Wealthiest Woman in Each State?

I don't know who Belinda Vandersloot is but I DO know that I just found my new fake name for restaurant reservations and the like. I could be from Idaho!

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 3:10 pm 2

On How to Tell if You’re About to Get Laid Off

When they hold an impromptu town-hall-style meeting, like so many before it, but they make everybody log their attendance on a sign-in sheet this time just to prove that yes, you were all in fact told you would not have a job in three months. (And I really hope you are at least receiving unemployment benefits during this time. Good luck!!)

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:08 am 0

On Love and Nostagia for the Cheaper Stuff

@LookUponMyWorks Sadly, not even that fancy. Boiled eggs chopped up and stirred in, and plain ol' cheddar cheese melted on top. We're classy folk!

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 10:17 am 0

On Love and Nostagia for the Cheaper Stuff

My husband introduced me to ramen + egg + cheese (which was one of his college staples), and at first I was skeptical, but it has since become a lazy (read: hungover) Sunday afternoon staple in our house. Also, Kraft mac FTW. If I'm feeling extra nostalgic and unconcerned with my sodium intake, I'll even cook hot dogs to cut up and mix into it.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:31 am 0

On Advice for Retirement: Invest in a Metal Detector

I have already told my husband that I will absolutely be one of those weird old ladies puttering around in the park with a metal detector in my golden years. Now I just need to convince him to move to Scotland!

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:54 am 0

On Sympathy Flowers

Have you thought about maybe sending a live plant? When my dad passed away, my in-laws sent my mom a small pot of African violets, and they're still alive over 3 years later. It's a nice way to remember the person who passed as well as the person who gave you the plant. And they're often cheaper than regular flower arrangements.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 9:07 am 2