On "Is There Anything More Ironic Than Coming to Live in Des Moines"

@Liz the Lemur @francesfrances I love this thread.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 4:54 pm 0

On My Spouse Confessed to $4,500 of Debt Right Before We Applied for a Mortgage

@beastlyburden Yeah, I found that really uncomfortable too.

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 8:29 am 1

On On Engagement Ultimatums

As my lovely friend @reediekris put it (regarding engagement chicken): "It's not even a great roast chicken recipe! If someone proposed to me because I made them a roast chicken that involved ZERO GARLIC, I would question their taste." I absolutely agree with her.

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 8:25 am 1

On On Engagement Ultimatums

@Thingamabob Because it's a man doing the asking, and they're ALLOWED to make decisions about these things without it being an ultimatum! (/sarcasm)

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 8:08 am 2

On On Engagement Ultimatums

@Allison Mmmm, orange popsicle! My dude and I realized we were planning our wedding and he went, "huh, I guess we should tell people eventually. Hey, where's that ring your mother jokingly said I should give you the very first time she met me?" I went and got it from my office, which involved clambering over a treadmill to a far-off set of drawers, and as soon as I had handed it to him he did the whole one-knee thing. (Not to be outdone, I dug out another ring I happened to have in his size and a frog finger puppet I found in the same drawer and proposed to him, too.) Of course, this did come after I had casually said, six months earlier, that I thought I'd like to get married in the next two years, and asked him what he thought about that. We were on the same page, since we were already making plans for him to go back to school while I worked and it seemed like it might be better for him if he were married to me while he did that. Which is how we were accidentally planning a wedding in the first place. (This is my second marriage. The first time, we picked out a ring together and I knew he had it and hadn't asked, and I jokingly told him I was going to wrap it and put it under the Christmas tree when we had Christmas with his family if he didn't use it soon. I wouldn't have actually done it, and told him so, but it's a sign of the fabulous level of trust in our relationship that he totally scoured the tree area for any tiny packages with my name on it when we got up Christmas morning. ...I'm so glad I'm not 22 anymore.)

Posted on October 22, 2014 at 8:06 am 0

On C is for Collateral

I love this series. :) Though I don't think I've ever taken collateral on a loan to a friend! (Then again - I haven't often loaned things to friends with an actual expectation of return.)

Posted on October 21, 2014 at 7:30 am 0

On Getting the Paper

I've lived in my town for 8 years (next week) and just started to subscribe in August. I finally hit the point where the 10-articles-per-month-before-paywall thing was getting in my way, so I decided to cough up the $10/month to subscribe digitally - and when I learned it was only $3 more per month to get delivery 4 days a week (Thurs-Sun) I decided to go for it, because I figured I could make up those $3 in coupons. I do, most months, make it up (not every month, as I don't allow coupons to determine what I buy or when I buy it, so it's only helpful if it's for something I already need during the period the coupon's valid, and a brand I already like & use). I don't really have time to sit down and read the whole paper, though, so I might switch to digital only next time. We'll see.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 10:56 am 0

On Monday Check-in

I had a three-day weekend due to a local holiday, so I didn't estimate on Friday as I was already off on an adventure! Friday: First we stopped at Walmart to buy some random stuff we wanted/needed for camping ($36.24). Then we were off for burgers and a bunch of other stuff at the local burger place in the town nearest to the place where we'd be camping ($32.38). We were happy to discover there were still campsites left at O'Leno, and paid for the campsite ($19.98) and two bundles of firewood ($10.70). We camped one night and it was glorious. Saturday, we got up early and, uninspired by our camp breakfast, bought breakfast on the road back into town ($11.83). When we got home, I registered for a race I want to run in November ($33.28). We then went out and bought new shoes for both of us ($291.40, eek - he needed new all-around shoes and I needed some good hiking shoes). We also went for a walk at a local city park neither of us had been to ($0). Then, we set off for the county fair, where we met up with friends and spent $29 ($10 admission, $3 parking, $16 for fried food). Sunday, we went to a local ice cream place's "chocolate night," where they have 30+ crazy chocolate flavors and you get a bowl full of mini-scoops of your choosing ($12, including tip). We also went to our local comic shop and I spent $10.59 on a book. We got gas on the way home ($33.53). In the evening, I stopped by CVS for a snack on the way to choir rehearsal ($3.20) and paid for a choir t-shirt in cash ($12). Total: $536.13. I'd be annoyed, but it was all in the name of either great local food, great local nature, or great future fun pursuing one of the latter - investments I find totally acceptable.

Posted on October 20, 2014 at 10:43 am 0

On 1 Things in The Stream, That is What We Are

I totally did my work 1 Thing of clearing out a project I started a year ago! My home 1 Thing is going to be either going through my sock drawer to get rid of the ones with holes, or actually cleaning the kitchen counter.

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 3:24 pm 0

On Love and Nostagia for the Cheaper Stuff

@madrassoup I find that this happens to me all the time. Things I am super-nostalgic about taste kind of terrible to me now (and always either bland or super-salty - I eat a much more varied diet now than I did until about five years ago).

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 9:32 am 0