On Monday Check-in

I didn't predict but oh well. Friday: $0 Put up Christmas stuff including assembling our tree. Drank alcoholic cider while wrapping presents. Good thing I started with the Angel tree gifts because I don't wrap well sober, much less with a buzz on, however clear tape solves everything. New cat spent the night in the tree box. Saturday:Chores, dinner out $45. New cat figured out how to open the latched dry food box so we went looking for a sliding door bolt to put on the hall closet that will store the now not cat-proof box but were unsuccessful. Sunday: Tithing $280 Had a quick meeting of new volunteers for homeless shelter. I am doing an overnight shift this week and was joking with my fellow volunteer that we are sleeping to help the homeless (and being there in case of emergency) but really doing the minimum possible. Went home. Watched How to Train Your Dragon 2 and cooked.

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:35 am 1

On Monday Check-in

@Allison Yay! Lots of animals with new homes! Yay you.

Posted on December 15, 2014 at 9:24 am 0

On Every Year, Around This Time...

@HelloTheFuture @Allison @sherlock [Wisconsinite] I am sorry, wine that is just sitting there.....not having been drunk? Wha? Is it because you had some beer or whiskey that you wanted to finish first? *confused*

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 3:07 pm 1

On Friday Estimate

@grandma_nancy Aw. Feel better!

Posted on December 12, 2014 at 10:17 am 1

On In Which I Help Economists Become "Un-Baffled" About America's Dropping Fertility Rate

@Glen Raphael@facebook Because Hospitals aren't restaurants, they have much higher capital expenses to start and most people don't choose their hospital. It's the one their doctor works out of or the closest one to wherever the bad thing went down.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 7:58 pm 0

On Madison Is A Great Small City, Unless You're Black

Person who lived in and still lives near Madison: Unfortunately, yup. That's about it for the vast, vast majority of cities in Wisconsin really.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 1:37 pm 1

On In Which I Help Economists Become "Un-Baffled" About America's Dropping Fertility Rate

@Glen Raphael@facebook " unless you also do something to allow more hospitals to open" In a lot of areas there are actually too many hospital beds than is truly medically needed (note: these were private insurance company studies that admitted some areas are over supplied as it were). This drives up the cost of care because all the fancy equipment and people waiting there still need to get paid. Also the high cost admits (stroke/trauma/heart attacks/births etc.) to a hospital do not increase due to more people getting insurance, those stay the same. You get more short term stays for elective surgeries (back pain/joint replacement) but those could be offset by better case-management of the newly insured which will reduce those frequent flyers to the ER and inpatient stays.

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 12:18 pm 0

On The Economics of Dating, OKCupid Edition

@TheDilettantista "but it is a fun mental road to go down sometimes." Oh I hear you. I hear you. Side note: Husband and I also met on Match.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 1:56 pm 0

On What Are You Wearing and What Did It Cost

Grey Turtleneck $3 Discount rack Boot cut jeans: $8 Goodwill Sketchers shoes $35 Belt St Vinnie's $2 Bra Warner's $14 Marshall's Socks, undies both from multipacks maybe $3 Glasses $110 including lenses. My wedding rings are the most expensive things I wear $4500 I'm basically cheap but as I've confessed before I'd cut someone for a Rick Owens jacket.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 11:34 am 0

On When Budget Beauty Starts to Hurt

1st: http://www.xovain.com/author/tamara-anderson Damn you, damn you , damn you. How am I supposed to be productive now? 2nd: I picked up an Angel tree card for a teenager one year who requested some makeup to play around with and used it as an excuse to go completely flipping bananas. I got her the 200 bajillion eye shadow Coastal scents palette but also some Urban Decay and MAC stuff. Good times, good times.

Posted on December 9, 2014 at 10:58 am 0