make your own version of deli salads with whole grains! my current fave is boil a cup couscous (the big kind), roast and chop a couple zucchini/squash, and mix it together with minced garlic, curry powder, olive oil, and a 30oz can of chickpeas. it'll last for several lunches and is delicious. would probably be good with goat cheese, too.
drop off service is SO WORTH IT. especially since my place is $0.65/lb.
my coworker's daughter works at a liquor distributor and they have friends and family sales a few times throughout the year. best discount sharing ever!
These discussions often happen in the context of people de-identifying with soulless jobs, or opting out of the fast lane to take more meaningful work. I have a do-gooder job, though, and still struggle with this--sometimes I think it's harder because if you fail at your job, you're failing your cause and the people who depend on it. I need to constantly remind myself that my personal life is most important, that a mistake at work shouldn't ruin my whole day, that saying no to extra work is ok because I have other values and responsibilities (including grad school!).
i think of that scene whenever i run (rarely these days)
If I'm at a professional event I generally ask some variant of "what do you do?" like "what brings you here?" or "what organization are you with?" I really don't know how else to start a networking conversation. I did get a "I'm just interested in this topic" response today, though. In social situations, I sometimes like to ask "What's your story?" People can answer however they want--how they know the host, where they're from, what they do for a living, other passions. I had a friend meet another friend and get really annoyed that she started the conversation by asking what she does. She's getting a PhD, but she thought the question was just boring. "Who wants to talk about their job on Saturday night??" I dunno...cut people a break! There are only so many ways to start conversations with strangers...
@deepomega pray tell
@aetataureate yep. as an army brat who's chosen to stay in the same place as soon as i could, i don't think the romantic view of being unmoored is quite all it's cracked up to be. but having free flights would be awesome.
This is my first time doing the estimate in awhile, and it's a big one... It's my fiance's birthday so it's going to be a spendy one--we've also just been engaged for a month so I'm going all out on the gift as a combined birthday/engagement gift. The gift: cocktail tools set (already bought) and a full bar's worth of liquor (about 2/3 bought). I need to buy the rest of the booze today, hope to keep it under $150. Mixers: Another $15. Also doing the birthday date tonight. Going to a steakhouse (I'm guessing $180 for the two of us) and then taking him home to surprise him with cocktails from aforementioned gift. Tomorrow, will probably get brunch because we have no groceries ($0 because fiance owes me for a dinner this week) then dinner ($15) and bowling with friends for birthday ($25 for rental/shoes then another $20 drinks) then drinking more ($30). Sunday, I need to drop off the laundry ($10), buy groceries ($50), do homework at a coffeeshop ($15 for bkfast sandwich/teas throughout the day), then going to dinner with fiance's family ($0). Total: $510. Yikes! Oh well, I planned for it.