On Expenses Relating to My Wedding That I Couldn’t Possibly Have Anticipated

@TheDilettantista Deoderant forgetting seems to be a thing, makes me feel better! But not only did I forget to pack it, I just never noticed, forgot to put it on for my wedding, and was just a stanky bride. I was regularly wiping sweat from under by pits, very classy.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 8:08 pm 1

On The Year I Saved $10,000

@loren smith I think my husband and I are too compatible...in our desire to spend money! We just like to eat out, drink, see shows, go on trips. We make similar money and would of course like to save more but there's cool clothes and comic books and records to buy!

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 7:29 pm 1

On Only Suckers Don't Buy Generic

@Lily Rowan I do love the taste of real Advil, that coating is delicious! Am I weird? But yeah, I'm not paying for the taste so no more brand name for me. Recently, I discovered that CVS brand "clinical strength" deodorant is awful, very chalky compared to the name brand and the container is just weird. I'm sad too because I bought them buy one, get one half off so I have 2 to get through!

Posted on July 22, 2014 at 9:01 pm 0

On The Art of The "Next Time"

I got in a real bad habit of getting coffee and breakfast at the Starbucks drive thru by my old apartment (not bad because it tasted bad, I am not a Starbucks hater, it's good for what it is! bad because it was expensive) and one morning after getting trapped in one of the epic, 10 car line ups, I realized I had no wallet and was like SORRY! when I got to the order box but then the window recognized me as I drove by and was like "I would have said you could just pay next time!" and I was like DANG! So the Almost Next Time, a sad variation.

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 4:26 pm 0

On Does Someone You Work With Have a 'Dark Triad' Personality Trait?

I was thinking about this today, kind of, in that a coworker- who I'm pretty sure is a dark triad, he's just a shady mofo. Super friendly and nice-seeming but it became clear that he is "nice" to everyone in order to get information because he is Mr. Gossip. Even though we started around the same time, he really has positioned himself to appear much more important than he is. Being nice isn't a problem, it's being "nice"...it's just a matter of sussing out the sincere from the fake. This coworker was telling me today about how he asked another employee if they were happy that someone else had quit and she was like "We are not friends! I am not friends with anyone at work so don't act like I am!" Which was kind of nuts, but I also kind of respect that, she was not going to a part of his gossip games.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 7:37 pm 0

On A Hospital Bill, Annotated

@LookUponMyWorks the 1,2,3 counting also cracked me up! It'd be like counting 1,2,3 but meaning two labia lips and a clitoris! Or like 1,2,3 meaning 2 ears and a nose, it makes no sense! I know doctors need to get paid but it seems like it's billed so weirdly (and I can only imagine what the actual hospital bill will be like.) My SIL had a baby in France and it's like, no bills! (But they do pay for a private insurance above and beyond the regular state insurance, which I thought was interesting.)

Posted on July 9, 2014 at 4:25 pm 0

On The Woman We Hired to Help Us Communicate With Our Cat

@cryptolect I had no idea he had a biography, I must read it! While I usually have contempt for white guys with dreads (or bald guys with weird long goatees like he has now) but he gets a pass!

Posted on June 26, 2014 at 9:40 pm 0

On WWYD: Judging Friends for Being Broke and Wanting to Have a Baby

@cawcawphony I don't generally have these thought but I know, for me, being in a similar situation as her friends (make okay money, luckily live somewhere cheaper but still not super responsible with money, take trips when we want to, buy things we want, have debt, etc.) and I know I wouldn't want to have kids in my current financial situation. But of course, I don't want to have kids at all so that's not really the main issue. But even if I did, I'd want to be in a much better situation. But if biologically making a baby together is something important to them, eggs don't last forever and I guess that's just a call they have to make. But since it's something that I don't desire and seems extraneous, it DOES seem really wild and dumb to have babies when the situation isn't great but I have a friend who's family story is very much like Mike's and of course I'm glad she was born! Regardless, you can think whatever you think but as long as it's "that's not the right choice for me but to each their own" then it's not a big deal.

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 5:55 pm 0

On The Woman We Hired to Help Us Communicate With Our Cat

@roboticllama While I love Jackson Galaxy, he does get a little hippie dippie sometimes. But like you said, he is just presenting himself as a cat behaviorist not claiming to actually talk to cats! This kinda made me roll my eyes because acting like the cat "told" her anything is absurd; is there a reason she can't just say "maybe make sure there isn't anything slippery around the litter box?"

Posted on June 25, 2014 at 5:19 pm 0

On The Odious Things We Do for Money

@Heather F G I too have sold plasma! But I didn't really "need" to - I was very privileged in college and my parents were paying for everything and I wasn't working but I wanted to buy my mom a present with my own money...so off to the plasma place (conveniently located across from the dorms I lived in.) One time I didn't eat enough before I went and passed out afterwards in the shower (luckily didn't drown but I did pass out again and hit my head on the toilet...still lucky that I didn't get seriously hurt!) They put the blood back in you so why did I pass out? I don't know but it was scary! I will say the process itself is kind of chill, just watch TV and squeeze a stress ball!

Posted on June 24, 2014 at 7:53 pm 0