@xtinamartinson The tone means everything with "honey."
@TheDilettantista Seriously, the more I think about this, the more I want people who think this is “cheating” to disclose how much cooking they do each year, if they like cooking, and specifically how much cooking they feel pressured to do each year. My Dad complained about the lack of home-cooked food one year, and never again, because he realized he’s not gonna stick his ass in a kitchen all day and doesn’t have the right to expect his loved ones to do so.
Also, the staff at the B&B does get to eat the food and mingles with people there throughout the night rather than cooking all night.
@Erica My family has done Thanksgiving at a B&B with a buffet-style meal a few times. Some relatives have stayed at the B&B and the rest have just RSVPd for the dinner each year. Everyone does get the option of filling a takeout box with leftovers at the end of the night. My friend who worked in a regular restaurant and worked Thanksgivings also mentioned prepping "leftover" boxes for everyone who had made reservations. For the B&B option, there are actually couches everywhere and a TV room for football, and some lucky people who are actually sleeping at the B&B. Plus it's later in the evening rather than a mid-day meal, so going home and sleeping in bed is a reasonable option.
My mother was a housewife for decades, and she never *loved* cooking. Thanksgiving was a giant source of stress for her for years. She has insisted--demanded almost-- on going to a B&B that has a delicious buffet for Thanksgiving for the past couple of years, and fucking good on her for doing so. The food is better, there is less stress, and we actually spend more family time, because everyone is together instead of those who are expected to cook (ie, mostly the women, let's be fucking honest) being in the kitchen while others get to kick back. I alternate between Thanksgiving with my family and my fiance's family, who all love to cook and do it together, and I love both equally.
@Riaana Yes, I'm really surprised too! I had to disclose like 2k of credit card debt before purchasing a home with my SO, and I felt nervous and embarrassed about that amount alone. He was also mildly put-off because of the way delayed way it was presented and I didn't think that was unreasonable. Also, there are a lot of differences between credit card debt and student loan debt. The former is much more concerning if you are going to merge finances with someone. It's no immoral to have CC debt, but it's a fair point of concern for partners.
@TheDilettantista I didn't question the snowsuit, but mostly because it was goddamn adorable.
I had zero information about this film before watching it. The beau downloaded it early on Amazon, and I didn't know it was a current movie or even an American movie until we had watched a few minutes. So I, maybe incorrectly, interpreted the entire movie through an environmentalist lens, especially the ending. It makes Wilford and his obsession with balance seem less cruel--it's the simple, heartless reality of an ecosystem. The ocean doesn't care what eats you, especially if you're the plankton going into a whale. In my mind, the ending was extremely bleak. Humans had simply destroyed the last version of an inhabitable environment for themselves in a last ditch effort to improve it, just as they had in the prologue. This also made some of the seeming plot holes or technical difficulties of life on the train less questionable to me. Note: This is a cold interpretation that in no way my reflects my personal belief system or politics!
I left my first full time job (copy-editing) after 3 months for an internship at a non-profit that I had admired for years. I was only making $30,000 at the original job, but made $9.25/hour at the internship and had to take up a second job hostessing at a pub. Ultimately I think it was worth it since it helped my career develop in the direction I desired. The organization's name added a lot of value to my resume, even though it added little value to my bank account. Plus I was incredibly bored at the first job. I shudder at the thought of staying there for longer than I did, even though I ended up spending 2 years making zilch.
Saving does make me happy. It makes me feel secure and proud of myself. However, I imagine having the means to be able to save $100,000 would make me really, really happy.