Archive for February, 2009

Top 10 Signs You’ve Become an Adult

Here’s something kind of fun (or kind of depressing, depending on your view) that the BF and I have been mulling over for the past few months. It all started because one of the big differences we have in the way that we view the world is that I’m happier now as a “real,” “responsible” adult than I’ve ever been in my life. He, on the other hand, misses his college days with all his heart and would go back in a second.

Personally, I think it’s kind of sad whenever you look back on your life and want to be in a particular place again. Looking back and remembering how happy you were is one thing, and looking back and wanting to be there again is another. But the signs of an adult are plain to see, and here are the Top Ten ways you can tell. Continued

Tips for Surviving a Recession (What to do BEFORE You Get Laid Off)

I thought Lance’s article on surviving a layoff contained some real quality advice, so here’s my two cents.  The best defense, they say, is a good offense, so I’m going to focus on what the BF and I are doing now to ensure our financial future whether or not we get laid off.  The two biggest expenses we have are our debt (credit cards and student loans) and our house, so our plan is twofold:

  1. Maximize our debt-payoff strategy, and
  2. Minimize our monthly expenses

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If I Got Laid Off I Would Handle It Like This (Tips for Surviving A Layoff)

This post was inspired after reading Holly Hoffman’s excellent post, The Recession Economy Forces Your Hand, where she writes about the fears and frustration of her job being affected by the economy.

I work for a small firm doing IT and the possibility of getting downsized definitely worries me. I’ve said it many times to my friends, if we have three bad months in row, people are getting pink slips, and if we have six bad months in a row, they’ll lock the doors on us. It’s pretty scary. I hope like hell it doesn’t happen, but I have to be a realist and prepare myself for the worst.

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13 things I’ve Learned from My Six Month Relationship

Did everyone have a totally sweet Valentine’s Day? YAAAKKK. That was me tossing my cookies. I tried my best to break up with my girlfriend of six months right before V-Day and it almost worked…we broke up for three days after she pulled some sneaky stuff, and I was hoping it would last through the weekend so I could be spared the lameness of actual V-Day activities.

Unfortunately, my scheming didn’t work. We broke up and got back together late Friday the 13th. Smokin’ hot makeup sex ensued, and I was obligated to buy a gift and take her to dinner on Saturday, which is exactly what I did. Things have moved on from there. In case you’re keeping score, that’s FOUR pseudo breakups in the span of six months. Yes, I have a f’ed relationship. What, did you expect the perfect romance?

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Our (Weird) Valentine’s Day

So as I implied in my comments to Lance’s blog regarding how he blew his Valentine’s Day opportunity, the BF and I made our plans together.  Last year we went to his favorite sushi restaurant near our house, so this year it was up to me to pick the place.  I chose Canal because I had gone there for a networking event for my sorority alum club.  I remember getting really excited about the menu but all the ladies only ordered one glass of wine apiece and there were enough of them that I thought it would be awkward to order food.  I’d been thinking of the place ever since, so I went ahead and made our reservations.  The BF and I set a price limit on Valentine’s Day gifts ($30 apiece) and we were set. Continued

National Justice for Animals Week

A second brief tangent from sex and relationships, though I promise to post on my Valentine’s Day as well!

February 22-28 marks the Animal Legal Defense Fund’s first-ever National Justice for Animals Week, to raise awareness for those who are abused and neglected but can’t speak for themselves.  Check out ALDF’s website for more information and activities being held around the country on this issue as well as updates on the good work that ALDF does on behalf of abused and neglected animals.

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