@par_parenthese Yes to all of this. Maybe part of my attraction to bow ties is that for most men they take some thinking and effort. They are not the default choice. Mr. Twist doesn't dress over-the-top but I love that about once every other week he busts out a bow tie to wear to work instead of a tie. Maybe more during the summer. And he likes his socks to have patterns. Little touches let men, like ladies, indicate they considered what they would wear and aren't afraid of what they like.
I don't understand the bow tie hate. Maybe it's from going to a college that prided itself on being both southern and liberal? I find them charming and a nice change of pace from regular ties.
@LeafySeaDragon How do you pick people off of Craigslist that won't kill you? I wimped out during my last move and hired a professional moving company for my very un-professional furniture.
@iceberg I want to know about all of that, please.
@Bebe I get Kate. My name is not Kate, it is not similar to Kate. I'm still not sure what it means to looks like a Kate.
@heartubleachie and @bevrockin
Seconding Essie's Good to Go. I had shrinkage problems with Seche Vite. I do almost exclusively wear Essie nail polish though. There might be something to wearing top coats of the same brand as your favorite nail polishes.
Thanks! If I have a bouquet of not-flowers I will post pictures.
This is really shallow, but I need some sane-person advice.
I'm getting married, in front of a large group of people (my original suggestion was to elope but that was shot down by everyone, most vehemently by the person I'm marrying). I'm getting excited about all of it and have more or less found the sweet spot of not doing all of the things I think are weird or stupid. But bouquets have now come up. They are pretty. I like pretty. I also feel like they are kind of superflous and I might not even walk down the aisle as 200 people stare at me. We might just hang out together. If anyone has opinions on bouquets, please share them. Or processionals. The wedding part of the internet is terrifying.
@werewolfbarmitzvah and @Ophelia
I nannied about 20 hours a week my first year of grad school! It was great. Hire for a decent hourly wage (I did $15/ hour in a major city) and provide snacks/ babysitter's favorite sandwich fixings and you'll have tons of grad school students happy to come supplement their income. I also did a thing with the family where they had a blank calendar and I wrote down all of my appointments (including every class) so there would be less back-and-forth on "Hey, can you come Thursday morning?" They also had a secondary helper who was a college student that would sometimes pick up a half day or would take over for me if I needed to leave sooner than they could get home. That combination worked out really well.
We still get wrapped presents from Santa, which include gifts from whichever reindeer my mom can remember. Rudolph is never included.