On The Widespread Popularity of HGTV

If you don't have cable, I recommend you get an antenna and partake in the many down-market, broadcast channel versions of HGTV programming, which is as addictive to me as real HGTV. I get two full channels of "lifestyle" programming, including IONLife and the Livewell Network. I watch Livewell a lot more because the reception is better, but IONlife has a lot of programming from HGTV Canada. Livewell almost all originals and contains hilariously blatant rip-offs of cable programming INCLUDING: Sweet Retreats- structured exactly like Househunters, except it about vacation RENTAL PROPERTIES, so people spend a weird amount of time agonizing about the size of the kitchen in a house they will be spending a week in. Knock It Off- in concept, it is a home makeover show about outfitting people's rooms with high-end-quality looks FOR LESS, in reality, they paint people's floors with housepaint, never appear to prime ANYTHING, and use wrapping paper as wallpaper. HOME with Lisa Quinn- another home makeover show, where she buys every single item of furniture from Ikea. There is also a number of Food Network rip-offs that are outside the scope of this article, but you should check them out as well, particularly the one where Joey Fatone goes to people's houses, gets drunk, and pretends to be amazed by food items like gnocchi. (and yes, I am basically always waiting to natter on about this progams, but I rarely get the opportunity. THANKS FOR THE OPENING, BILLFOLD).

Posted on October 1, 2014 at 10:59 am 1

On Here Is Your Open Thread

Ugh, so what would YOU do if you had a possible new job offer coming for a once in a lifetime job opportunity, but your current job is two months away from the end of a big project that is mostly only your responsibility AND your job had paid for the registration for you to go to a conference at the end of October that of course you can't cancel? Asking for myself.

Posted on September 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

WHOOOHOOO Friday after the world's longest week!! Tonight: I'm spending my Friday caulking the tub, because WHY NOT?? Small grocery stop: $10 WINE: $10 Caulking supplies: $25??? Maybe? I have no idea, sometimes I go overboard and buy fancy shit when I do these jobs. Trying to keep the cat out of the bathtub while I caulk it: Priceless Saturday: swimming, making fancy corn muffins and peach butter with all the shit from my CSA. Day pass at the fancy gym for swimming: $20 Baking supplies, groceries: $80 Sunday: NO ONE KNOW??? Probably seeing Boyhood: $12 Estimate: $157 LET'S SEE.

Posted on August 1, 2014 at 2:19 pm 2

On What Would It Be Worth To You To Be a Laker Girl?

I found the This American Life story really frustrating, because it seems to elide the point of the cheerleaders' lawsuit- from what I understand, they aren't making any claims about the fairness or usefulness of the rules per se, but rather using the rules as evidence that it's a demanding job that requires work above and beyond performing at the games themselves. Chana Joffe-Walt's conclusion felt flip to me. Like, yes, the rules exist for a reason* and maybe the job is fun, but this is really an issue about wages. *= that part was pretty interesting and made sense, although the idea that women can protect themselves and/or their reputations entirely by monitoring their own behaviors is sketch.

Posted on July 25, 2014 at 11:00 am 1

On So You've Decided To Join The CSA

I am one of THOSE PEOPLE like you wouldn't believe. This is my first year with a CSA and I think about it all the time.I have been pretty good about using nearly everything, although the cucumbers suffered terribly and just forget fresh herbs after day one, I mean, really. I have found that when all else fails, put it all in a pasta (cucumbers need not apply, of course). Cabbage + pasta? Yes. The cost up front was rough, but it has helped me plan my meals ahead of time, which has always been a problem for me. SECRET: I also picked the more expensive CSA option in my area because it did not require a volunteer shift. I prefer the agriculture to the community, tbh.

Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:46 am 0

On The Morality of Paying to Skip the Line (at Theme Parks)

@Trilby Anyone who gets a ticket to the park can use Fast Pass. It’s good for three rides initially, and then you get one “rolling” pass after that. If you buy your ticket to the park ahead of time, you can book your Fast Pass before you even get to the park, so the earlier ones book up fast and if you book them the day of you will probably have to wait until the afternoon. It was slightly complicated, but as with all things in Disney, they really make it as easy as possible. I just went a couple of weeks ago- I had free day passes because my bf is an employee, so we couldn’t book Fast Passes ahead of time, but I found it didn’t matter. I thought even the regular line times weren’t that bad (like 15 minutes for low-key rides and 45 for bigger rides). Then again, I don’t have kids!

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 12:30 pm 0

On When The Internets Save You Money

@HelloTheFuture :( Tears for days over the gutting of poor, poor Chess: The Musical. Incidentally, I carry a serious grudge against Mama Mia because it has received all the success I feel rightfully belongs to Chess.

Posted on June 20, 2014 at 1:04 pm 0

On The Realities of Being an Adult With a Job Through Beverly Cleary's Mr. Quimby

The money and job stuff in the Ramona books stressed me out so much as kid, probably because I came from a really similar family. It also captured a particular child experience that I don't think I saw anywhere else: having to go to someone's house after school to be babysat and having to deal with their weird snacks and weird rules.

Posted on June 16, 2014 at 3:52 pm 1

On Doin' That 1 Thing You Do

Sent in my lease renewal! Woohoo.

Posted on June 5, 2014 at 2:44 pm 0

On Friday Estimate

I'm going away NEXT weekend, because I am an iconoclast, so I am going to try and be cheap this weekend (WE'LL SEE) Tonight- Cooking in, need breads and garlics: $4.00 Tomorrow- Free stuff: working on a pro bono project, MOMA (I'm a member!), X-Men (b.f. will be paying). $25 for coffee/beers/snacks Sunday- FASSBINDER movie at Lincoln Center: $26 for 2 tix Monday- Cleaning/laundry for Vacation, plus misc projects. Breakfast & coffees maybe?: $20 I estimate $75. My guess is it will be more about 100. TIME WILL TELL.

Posted on May 23, 2014 at 3:49 pm 0