On Ask The Grindstone: How Do I Manage People Who Aren't Turning in Good Work?

@RocketSurgeon I just asked my newest staff person to show me things at an earlier point, because I feel like she was spending too long working on something to no real benefit. And I was right! She thought she was half-way done, but I thought she was 90% done and could wrap it up and move on to something else.

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 4:17 pm 0

On Our Debt to Our Parents

I have a lot of thoughts on this, many of which I am reluctant to share because of the specificity, but it should not go without saying that I know how lucky I am that my parents have enough money and so do I, and also that we all like each other a lot.

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 1:23 pm 0

On Our Debt to Our Parents

@therealjaygatsby Oh man, that sounds really hard!

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 1:20 pm 0

On Spiritually Bankrupt: How I Went Broke Trying To Teach Yoga

@Samantha Yeah, everything I read makes me think teaching yoga is just a racket. I have a coworker who teaches on the side, but she has a day job (and also a rich husband).

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:07 pm 0

On City vs. Suburb

@garli Exactly!

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 12:05 pm 0

On City vs. Suburb

You would be shocked how many guys have told me on dates that I would eventually want to move to the suburbs to "settle down." Yeah, no. I did not grow up in the suburbs, and still have no interest. Although where I live now/where I grew up is not like a big city, either -- I live between two subway stations, can walk to basically anything I'd want to do, but also have a driveway.

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 10:47 am 1

On Shopping, Travel-Wise: Are You An Ester Or A Nicole?

@RiffRandell I'm like that -- I don't usually write the plan down (unless it's a long trip and/or I'm weirdly stressed about it), but I lay the outfits out on my bed before they go in the suitcase. And then throw in something extra, depending on what I think the uncertainty is -- weather, fanciness, etc.

Posted on January 26, 2015 at 9:42 am 0

On Are Business Cards Out of Style?

I have business cards from my job, but hardly ever use them. Even in the settings where they would be useful, I usually forget! (Could I have used more words that start with "us"? Unclear!)

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 9:09 am 0

On Open Thread: Parental Assistance

I'm 41. My parents paid for most of my undergrad expenses, aside from about $25K I had in loans. Since then, they've loaned me $5-$6K a few times for moving expenses, which I have paid back. They never supported any of my regular day-to-day expenses after I graduated from college. Now my mother is my landlord, and I am definitely getting a family rate, but I pay way more than the previous tenant (my grandmother) and do more to help out, so it works out well for all of us.

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 9:18 am 0

On Tax Season

@Lily Rowan Ooh, I just eyeballed some things, and it looks like I will owe money this year, which really explains some things. I accidentally overwithheld at my last job and got a big chunk back last year. But this year, I have had a ton of available cash, more than I would have thought with the increase I had in my salary. Now it all becomes clear!

Posted on January 20, 2015 at 11:06 am 0