On How to Stay Married: Splurge on the Honeymoon, Not the Open Bar

@EM I think the main difference between our honeymoon and regular couple travel was that we splurged a little more on the honeymoon--stayed a nicer hotels, ate at nicer restaurants, etc. Some places offer packages where they leave a bottle of champagne and chocolates in the room, but it's cheaper to just buy your own champagne and chocolates...

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 1:12 pm 0

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

my workplace does crosstraining, asks people to document how to do their jobs, and keeps track of passwords as a matter of course. that's just a good management practice, imho. but yeah, if it comes out of nowhere...

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 11:55 am 0

On Jimmy John's Non-Compete Agreement Bans Employees From Working at Restaurants that Serve Sandwiches

I never understood the appeal of Jimmy John's. They're just normal sandwiches, made of cold cuts and bread? Sandwiches I could make myself? If I buy a sandwich, I want it to be something FANCY. At least melt the cheese for me. So, no love lost here.

Posted on October 15, 2014 at 2:27 pm 0

On Things I Would Do Around The House If There Were Wages For Housework

oooh what about washing the walls?? THAT will never happen

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 4:15 pm 0

On Why Don't American Women Bike To Work?

I used to bike to work and then I was hit by a bus, so now I'm skittish. I know I'm supposed to suck it up and get back in the saddle, but I just don't care to risk it, I guess. Isn't part of the reason that American women bike less than Dutch women the same reason that American PEOPLE bike less than Dutch people? Literally everyone bikes there, it's ingrained in the culture that drivers yield to bikes, no one bikes super fast, there is integrated bike infrastructure, etc. If we had the infrastructure and culture of the Dutch, then sure, I would bike to work. But even in a major city where a lot of people bike, the reality here is that the streets are just not super bike friendly and I don't feel safe.

Posted on October 6, 2014 at 3:10 pm 3

On Open Thread: When Do You Replace Your Phone?

i've had my samsung galaxy s3 for exactly two years and i rly want the s5 but it's not busted enough (despite a cracked screen) to justify getting a new one. i have tmobile and bought the whole phone upfront in order to get lower monthly bills, so i now feel like i want to get my money's worth.

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 5:11 pm 0

On Are You an Unwitting Participant in The Athleisure Market?

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 12:30 pm 0

On The Cost of Flying Across the Country to Be a Guest at a Convention

no delivery at midnight?! THIS is what is wrong with DC

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 11:45 am 0

On Can Feminism and Breastfeeding Coexist, Take 2

@Ester Bloom HORROR My boss just had a baby and I swear, the things I've learned about childbirth has given me second thoughts.

Posted on August 19, 2014 at 3:05 pm 0

On How To Become a Math Person, Vol. 1

I never thought I was a math person, despite taking BC calc my junior year and getting a 5 on the exam. I've been taking a lot of stats and econ in grad school and to my surprise, I'm doing well, really love it, and want to pursue it more in my career. I think part of it is that I'm just smarter and more confident than I was in high school. Also, I work full time, so math homework seems like a fun diversion compared to my job. It's like a logic puzzle. The stakes are also lower, since it's no longer "if you fail this class you will never get into college or get a good job!!!1!"

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 5:32 pm 1