On Remembrance of College Interviews Past

I only had one interview, for Georgetown. It didn't go well and I didn't get in (which I actually think was more due to other things, like my general blandness). The one thing I remember is she asked if I had any questions and I said, "I am worried Georgetown will be too hard for me." Dead God. I can't believe I got into any colleges.

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:52 pm 2

On Here is Your Open Thread

Found out this week that my employer is cutting benefits and changing all the health care plans, and I am feeling a bit bummed out about finances next year. And some of my chronic health issues are flaring up again, so that is fun. Bah humbug I guess!

Posted on September 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm 0

On I Want to Illustrate Your Daydreams About Money

My recurring daydream is to suddenly get a raise or other lump sum and be able to make a large donation to the DC abortion fund. I thought about this extensively when interviewing for a job with a large salary bump recently. Alas, I didn't get the job. I do owe them $20 I have had earmarked for that for a while though. Like you know what "HERE'S $1,000 LET ME GET YOU THAT ABORTION" (all my other day dreams are boring and involve like, paying off student loans)

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 4:27 pm 0

On Ask An Assertive Person, Vol 1: Discounts

@andnowlights I was at a firm lunch at Maggiano's and there was a piece of glass in my food. All they gave me was a coupon!! (Spend $50 get $25 off or something like that).

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm 0

On Cleaning House With Jenny

My parents hired a cleaning service once my mom was diagnosed with cancer. She found her through a neighbor's recommendation. As far as I can tell, it is a woman who organizes people she knows into a fleet, and the person at our house would vary within a small group of women. I would usually sit in my room out of the way when they were over. One time my mom told me the main woman said, "Your kids are so nice. I clean another house where the kids will eat something and then throw the wrapper down on the floor in front of me." People are so horrible. My mom eventually hired her husband, who was a handy-man for a few things around the house. One year my mom gave her $1,000 at christmas to help pay her mortgage since she knew work had been light for her husband that year. So I don't know what my point is exactly. I certainly have a lot of odd feelings about the whole thing - but I probably shouldn't.

Posted on September 12, 2014 at 9:42 am 1

On Harvard: Too Rich to Be a Nonprofit?

@Weasley The line from my university is that the overhead rate does not cover the infrastructure for supporting grants. We have multiple org charts of salaries whose only jobs are to work on grant administration (proposal approval, compliance, accounting, invoicing) plus all the operating costs for those positions.

Posted on September 10, 2014 at 3:00 pm 0

On On Reading Insecurity, E+L=M, and a Billfold Book Club Update

I do not get the GOT reference, and yes it is bothering me unnecessarily. :( I did also find myself re-reading all of the Harry Potter books after jokingly picking one up a few weeks ago. So I guess my childhood book patterns are alive and well. What now Slate??!

Posted on September 9, 2014 at 2:59 pm 0

On Starting a Business from Scratch When You Know Nuthin About Nuthin

An old coworker definitely paid someone over $1k to be his consultant to get into business school. I think she mainly just read over his essay. There is money in this ladies! You can do it!

Posted on September 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm 1

On Are Family Dinners Anti-Feminist?

I grew up in a family-dinner household, although starting in late middle school I was the one who made dinner almost every night. My mom usually got home from work at 9:00pm. She was a workaholic and not really around for my teen years. And although my dad was home much earlier and would make dinner without complaint - I was always hungry and would just start making it for everyone myself. House rule was, if you cooked you didn't clean. Now my boyfriend and I plan and shop together. And then he usually makes dinner every night, because he enjoys it, and because he gets home earlier. I always clean up though! I wonder if our generation will vary a lot in this family dinner dynamic / moms-must-do-all.

Posted on September 3, 2014 at 5:09 pm 0

On The Cost of Bringing a Person Into The World Via C-Section

1. I would make my partner call the insurance company because I already had to deal with growing a human and being sliced open, but maybe I am a cruel woman who will use that excuse way too long if I ever give birth. 2. I was born in a birth center, and my mom got to take me home that same day. I wonder what insurance costs would look like for this nowadays? Does insurance cover midwife only assisted birth?

Posted on August 27, 2014 at 9:33 am 0