I think Mike is right about the conversation you need to have, and phrased it well. Also, remember none of this is your boss's fault, sounds like, so I would try to frame it as a joint problem-solving exercise as much as you can, rather than a complaint. When you figure out what that X number you need is, though, you need to include a cushion, too, because, yeah, uncertainty is the reality of project-based work.
I will eat packaged ramen three times a day to save money before I give up having a cleaning person again.
@probs where are these bars? I have never been in one.
I've done a meat-share thing in New York, where a group of us got together to buy basically a half of a cow, and we split it up into I think eighths? Even then, that was too much meat for me, sadly.
@3jane I have the curly hair, so this is close to my routine as well. Try putting some Devachan One Condition on your hair after your rinse it out - you can rinse the conditioner out, or leave it in, or both. (I have also heard good things about Garnier Fructis products, which are cheaper, but if you are in NYC, Ricky's is ALWAYS having sales on Devachan, and the giant container of conditioner will last you for months) Curly hair can either be lazy hair, or intensive-effort hair, there is no inbetween.
@LO friends of mine got married in a park in Durham, NC. The ceremony was right by a lake, and the wedding party walked in down a small hill. We moved to a covered area for a buffet dinner (picnic food, both vegan for the happy couple and non-vegan for their family) and then dancing. This was YEARS ago now, but you can tell what a great wedding it was by how vividly I remember it. A+++ would attend again.
"In fact those extra 40 hour were less productive than the first 40 hours." Testify. It's my firm belief that any time you say "well, we're going to have to work on this all night," productivity takes a nosedive. If you can say "let's get as far as we can with this by 6," there's a lot less faffing around.
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@Euphemistic Response Amen.
I have a birthday party tonight, so I am going to buy my friend a gift certificate to a local bookstore, and probably get a few drinks and a cab home if I can. Saturday I'll do some grocery shopping, cleaning, and cooking. Sunday, some Sandy volunteering locally, and then probably dinner out. Let's say $200-300 total. An expensive weekend, but I spent so little during Sandy it evens out.
So, let me get this straight- your doctor in a foreign country asked you to have your American doctor fax them with instructions, and you did... what? You waited until you were hacking up green stuff and went to the ER? Whether you're in the US or Canada or the UK or an astronaut en route to Mars, you bear some responsibility for your own health and healthcare. Doubly so if you have an unusual condition. Either you left out part of what happened, or you don't understand the actual moral of the story.