I love the idea of focusing on petty enthusiasms, looking forward to seeing how the Hairpin develops over the next few months. Welcome!
@jennaskies Yeah, obviously there was probably a lot else contributing to the vibe of that conversation, but I think I would find if pretty rude if, after mentioned I loved a particular artist someone replied with "there is nothing more boring to me." Seems like people can disagree without phrasing it like you think the other person is stupid for liking something, which is how that reads to me.
This was really beautiful. I spent three days with my brother while he was in the hospital after his resection. We watched Bring it On and a lot of My Cat From Hell, in some kind of comedy tragic hang out session that will always stick with me.
Thanks for sharing.
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Dusting off the ol' user name to say your writing is a treat.
@likethestore YUP. I came across Jezebel in 2007, I didn't really realize it had only just started then. Can't say exactly when I stopped reading, but I haven't looked over there in ages.
@Aspiriationally Natalie omg, I had seen episodes very casually after the Amazing Race, but got so into it this season and am now starting over from the beginning on Hulu and dang why don't more people watch this show.
@Emby My older brother was a financial disaster, which led a bail out loan from my parents to save him from credit card interest rates. But then years later we found out he didn't even admit all of his debts at the time. WE STILL LOVE HIM. I am sure it was a scary conversation, but it will get easier.
@klemay I just want to say, don't feel silly or vain. My mom has some foot problems and she ended up at a plastic surgeon for feet because she thought this lady would be on her level about not wanting to trash a shoe collection.
@adorable-eggplant I use Mint to categorize and track my expenses on a regular basis. I have a few set categories [car insurance, internet, rent] and then a few flex categories [home goods- cleaning supplies, toiletries, shopping - any personal goodies, and amusement - a random tag for going out fun money that includes bars or restaurants or movies]. At the end of the month any money I saved (to make it easy I pick a base number in my checking account, and transfer out anything above that number at the last day of each month) gets moved to my 'high' yield savings account. And then I have a google spreadsheet where I track and divide what I save every month. I have a column for cash savings, IRA contributions, and then vacation money (which is excess savings above my goal for the other two).
@Sunny Schomaker I had a German friend in college who told me, "now I am pretty conservative - but I don't get this. Why do people not want health care."