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On Friday Open Thread

@supernintendochalmers I think that is solid advice. Thanks!

Posted on November 9, 2013 at 7:13 am 0

On Friday Open Thread

Posted this at the Billfold FOT, too:
How soon is too soon to ask for a raise/promotion? A little background: I’ve been at my company/position for 6 months. When I interviewed, I made it clear that one of my professional goals what to obtain a certain certification. This certification requires one year of work in a certain professional class with a masters degree (which I have). My current position would require a small classification bump to meet the requirement. My interviewers seemed excited that I was interested in this certification, since it would also look good for my department/supervisor.

So now I have my 6 month review coming up. My supervisor has already told me it will be “glowing” and I’ve received exclusively positive feedback since I started. Would it be out of line to ask if/when I could expect this bump? I’m thinking of couching it in a “I’m very future-oriented (which is true) and would love to discuss what you see for my future with the department.” Is that too much for a 6 month review? Save it for the year?

Posted on November 8, 2013 at 6:17 pm 0

On 12 Books to Creep Yourself Out With

@j-i-a I actually haven't read Time Traveler's Wife, so I was going in fresh! And I definitely agree with @redridinghoodrat, it maybe didn't seem so great as I was reading it, but several years later the imagery and the general creepiness of it stuck.

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 11:18 am 0

On 12 Books to Creep Yourself Out With

I really liked Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger. I remember hearing a great piece on NPR about it before I picked it up. Also, The Darkest Part of the Woods by Ramsey Campbell for some nice, forest-centered horror.

Posted on October 29, 2013 at 12:52 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@Madeline Shoes I usually hate lipstick and sometimes stains can highlight flakiness, but I've really loved Maybelline Color Whisper. Cheap, feels really light (not waxy at all), and the Made It Mauve (or something similarly dumb) actually looks decent with my skin, which alternates between pale and ruddy.

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm 0

On Friday Open Thread

@capturethecastle I just graduated with my MSW in May and loved the experience. I didn't have social work experience besides a year of AmeriCorps when I applied, but I was accepted into my program and did well.

My internships with harried, perpetually on-call social workers made me realize that I wasn't really willing to do the self-sacrificing work that many social work positions involve.I ended up taking an HR job with the university I graduated from. I got the job because of my degree, but it's not particularly social-worky (which is fine by me at this point).

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm 0

On Interview with a Person Who Used to Be Paralyzed

I have this, too! My bad times were in high school, when I missed a ton of school and went through about 3 years worth of diagnostic testing. Eventually the tilt table test diagnosed to POTS. It's interesting for me because I find that I feel healthier when I'm a little on the heavier side. When I'm thinner, the POTS seems to act up. Nothing like a few medicinal potato chips!

Posted on July 24, 2013 at 12:48 pm 10

On America's Next Top Worst Room

@YoungLeafedJune My parents live in Boulder and it is insane! They keep dropping hints about how I should move out there, but there is no way I could match the quality of life I have at my current place.

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 2:42 pm 0

On America's Next Top Worst Room

@MmeLibrarian I live in a smallish college city in Appalachia, and ditto pretty much everything but the public transport (which isn't terrible, but not great either). We pay less than a grand a month for a small house on acreage a little outside of town. It's paradise to me, but then again I was checking out books on homesteading from the library pretty much all throughout high school. I guess we each have our own idea of paradise.

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 2:39 pm 1

On Glow-in-the-Dark Trees

@purplekatie YES! Lumiroses!

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 11:34 am 1