Splurge Monday’s TPS Report: Garton Wool-Blend Jersey Blazer

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The Row Garton wool-blend jersey blazerHuh. This blazer took a few glances to grow on me — there’s something very disconcerting about the stark colorblocking — but I really like it. I’ve never seen colorblocking have this effect before, but the gray sleeves look somehow longer than they are, and the back of the jacket looks like it has more flounce than it does. Very, very odd, but I love it. It’s, um, $1490 at Net-a-Porter. The Row Garton wool-blend jersey blazer

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  1. Very cool jacket. Anybody seen anything similar for less?

    So, I just found out that I “won” the lottery to run in the half marathon in my city. Ha ha. I’d rather have won a different kind of lottery, but whatever. The problem is that I’m TTC, and the race is in January, so hopefully we’ll be successful by then. Can you run a half while pregnant? If not, I’ll just give my registration to someone else. I’ve heard you can keep doing the same exercise you’re already doing, but I don’t run *that* much. Probably a few miles a few times a week, and this just recently because I had a period where I was super busy at work. I did run a half earlier this year, though. What do y’all think?

    • A friend of mine ran the Crescent City Classic (a 10K) at around 7 months pregnant, but she was a serious runner. I’ve never seen anyone else do it. If you don’t run that much, then it’s a question of whether you want to take a chance that you wouldn’t be able to do it when the time comes.

    • I have a similar dilemma: I’m currently TTC but there’s a marathon in December that my brother and my sister are both running, so I want to do it to. What I’ve decided to do is to register for the marathon and train for it, and if I do get pregnant before then, I’ll drop out. I feel like TTC is such an unpredictable and emotional process that I don’t want to start declining invitations to do things six months in advance. This way, if I don’t get pregnant in six months, at least I’ll have this “I couldn’t do this if I were pregnant” activity to enjoy, and if I do get pregnant, then yay I’m pregnant.

      • * “I want to do it too” not “to.” Mondays, man.

      • Yes! We’re approaching this the same way — plan things we’ll do if I’m not pregnant so if a cycle goes by with no baby on the way, we can say “hey, but at least we get to go [white water rafting, on that brewery tour, etc. etc.]” Not sure if it’ll still work if it’s going on a year with no baby, but we’re still in the early stages so it works for now.

    • Cornellian :

      I would obivously talk to my doctor if I were you.

      I trail ran with two pregnant women who were sort of in a holding pattern to run ultramarathons once they gave birth. We routinely ran 15+ miles together, and their doctors thought this was fine. Both of these women, however, have had weeks in their lives where they’ve run more than 100 miles. We talked about it a lot, in part because of all the judgmental stares/comments we got on runs. Their doctors said that there are essentially three dangers with running while pregnant: falling, raising your body temperature too much, and not getting enough oxygen. Because these women were in ridiculous shape, dropping to 85% of their pre-pregnancy speed/intensity (ie my peak speed/intensity, haha) was enough to keep their heart rate and temperature down to be safe for baby. One invested in a proper heart rate monitor with a thermometer to help her know if she was pushing too far. Falling is a bit trickier… we were running on flat city paths along the river, instead of the normal rocky trail, because falling was an issue.

      If you do want to keep running, I’d invest in equipment to watch your heart rate and temperature, and be careful on terrain. If you want to run a race, I’d also think about how crowded, etc it will be, and what the terrain is like.

    • If you’re running regularly, you should be OK even if you get pregnant between now and the half marathon. When I was pregnant, the hardest part for me was feeling like cr*p (nauseous, tired, dizzy) in my first trimester, hence I fell right off the exercise wagon. So if you can train through that — or if it’s already part of your routine — so much the better. As always, check with your doc.

    • It is definitely possible, especially if you are early in your pregnancy on race day. Start upping your mileage now so that your training will be “maintenance” rather than “building” prior to the half. And use a heart rate monitor to avoid the “red zone” during the race. It goes without saying, but clear it with your doctor before proceeding.

    • Yay for Houstonians! ;)

    • I’ve done the research on this topic, as a MD and a pregnant lady, and I’ve come to a couple of conclusions:

      1) There is not a lot of data concerning the actual risk of exercise and pregnancy. There’s a lot of fear and some speculation. Over time, OBs have general reduced the restrictions. It used to be that they recommended a HR less than 120 when pregnant, then 140, now they’re generally not advocating for a specific HR.

      2) Most people agree that you shouldn’t increase your physical activity while pregnant. It’s okay to maintain, but trying to “train up” to a specific distance may be challenging.

      On a personal level, I always find the first trimester incredibly difficult to maintain my level of physical fitness. I’m exhausted, barfy and generally not feeling that great, and exercise makes me feel worse not better. So I would say sign up but be prepared to drop out if things go the way you hope.

    • Research, Not Law :

      You’ll definitely need to be in ‘maintenance’ mode by the time you get pregnant, so start training now.

      I’ve found running impossible during my two pregnancies. Although I was a routine runner before, I ran a total of once with my first pregnancy and didn’t even bother attempting with my second. I was too ill for the first half, then had too large of a belly by the second half. The weight of my belly pulling with every step was horribly uncomfortable for me. I preferred swimming and water aerobics. I maintained my usual pace with those activities until slowing down in the last month through the end. So the exercise was fine; it was the physics of running that I disliked.

      • My experience was very similar. Go ahead and train now — just try not to be too disappointed if running proves too difficult during pregnancy.

        And now, I’m going to stand on my soapbox: definitely, definitely, definitely keep running now, especially if you enjoy it and like having a race to work toward. TTC can become all-consuming if you let it, particularly if it’s not happening quickly. Having an outlet for all that energy is good. And, putting your entire life on hold while TTC is a good way to make yourself pretty miserable. Obviously, I’m not talking about things like heavy drug/alcohol use; I’m talking about the activities that make you feel like a whole, happy person.

    • If you’re in Houston (our lottery was announced this morning), I don’t think you can give your registration to another person. They used to have a problem with people selling their spots. You can, however, defer your spot for a year – my husband did that one year when he fell behind in training. It’s nice because you aren’t subject to the lottery the next time.

    • I agree- check with your doc. I did a lot of fitness walking and also swam up until the day I gave birth both times. They key was being used to the exercise before conception.

  2. Oh, that’s what I need. The look-at-me color right around my hips and belly.

    Interesting idea, though!

    • Thought the same thing. The only people who could possibly look good in this jacket is someone who has absolutely NO HIPS.

      The rest of us it’s highlighting your widest part. I think this jacket is the WORST.

      • I don’t think that’s true. I can see how this jacket might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I don’t think absence of hips (esp. since, technically, we all do have ‘em) is a requirement for it to look good.

        I have “hips” and I like it. I also don’t think a slight belly would necessarily be a problem since the jacket is fairly structured. I am not a fan of cropped cardigans and the like myself but people of all sizes tend to favor that look and I think this jacket would essentially be creating a similar effect but in a more flattering way (b/c of the structure it has vs. a cardigan).

        • Oh, and that’s where we disagree. I think the cropped cardigan look looks horrible on hippy people. I think this, as a more structure material, would actually flair out more.

          My whole theory on fashion though is that only wear what is incredibly flattering to you. Hence, I’ll never wear skinny jeans. And I see A LOT of women who I think should never wear skinny jeans rocking some skinny jeans. So maybe “in style” is more important than “flattering” to many.

          Also, I may have watched WAY TOO MUCH “What not to wear”.

          • Well, you’re entitled to your opinion. Cropped cardigans and jackets are a blessing for body types that look like huge cylinders when wearing longer cardigans and jackets.

          • “Flattering” is also a matter of perspective. By “flattering” shows like WNTW usually mean “creating a silhouette as close to a tall thin hourglass as possible”, which is the societal ideal, but it doesn’t have to be universal. I like a wide-shouldered look, trapeze dresses, etc. Might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but doesn’t mean it’s wrong either. I enjoy seeing people rock whatever makes them happy, so in that regard Simon Doonan rather than Tim Gunn is my style guru.

    • AH MAH GAH why does it have to draw attention to my forearms? They’re hideous! Don’t look at meee!

    • First, it is WAY to expensive for me, even if the manageing partner agreed to pay his 20%, I would not get this.

      Second, the colorring is NOT flattereing to me, b/c the bluet will hilite the midriff, and in my case, in the back, my tuches. No thank you, I get alot of atention already here and it is NOT positive. FOOEY!

      Finally, the lines look like something that hapens when you walk into a swimming pool, or worse.

      I will stick to my Anne Klein, thank you very much!

      • Ellen, I’m finalizing the guest list for my wedding and wonder if you’d like an invitation? The groom has a few single friends your age, but you’re also welcome to bring Lourine or Alan’s mother if you’d prefer. Let me know! If you can’t make it, please just give us your blessing and I will see about setting an honorary place for you.

        • (1) You’re getting married??
          (2) If Ellen does come to your wedding, *please* find a way to share pics.

          • (1) Yes…you must have missed my short, apologetic threadjack a while ago asking about the lowest-key wedding dress imaginable.
            (2) Believe me, believe me….

          • I did miss that! Belated congratulations!

  3. This makes me feel like someone whizzed by and painted a stripe over the model’s tummy and arms….

  4. DC Darling :

    Definitely not my style. I prefer not to have to constantly explain why I’m wearing elbow length gloves.

    Just wanted to say thanks to TCFKAG for recommending a Talbots long sleeved ponte dress. It’s early but I don’t foresee any problems with it. It’s comfortable like wearing sweat pants, light enough to be summer ok, and heavy enough to keep me warm in a perpetually freezing office. Getting the 3/4 length sleeve scoop neck dress too. Thank you!

  5. I actually love it. But then, I (when not 5 mos pregnant) have no hips. Have to wonder if the color wouldn’t be so stark if you wore it with something not black on the bottom? Grey? Tan? Or would that just look like Neapolitan ice cream? Maybe black but just not leather (yikes!).

  6. Don’t think of it as a $1500 “LOOK AT ME” blazer; think of it as a between $300-500/wear “look at me” blazer :-)

    Too distinct for the price point, for me. Even if I liked it, which I am still pondering.

    • :-). Excellent summary. There is such a thing as too unusual, especially with a no-hip requirement. I’m surprised at Kat, she must be having a distracted moment..

    • TurtleWexler :

      When I first scrolled through, I read the price as $149.00 and thought, wow, Kat’s “splurge” this week is unusually affordable…but still higher than I’d pay for that jacket. When I went back and saw the real price, yikes!!

  7. kira kira :

    Reporting back on my recent purchase of the Lo&Sons OG bag that has been mentioned a few times recently. I traveled with it a couple weeks ago and am generally very happy with the bag – lightweight, great organizational features and the leather straps are comfortable even when the bag is fully loaded. My only complaint is that the zippers are not very smooth and I found it hard to get a couple of them fully closed (there were often a few cms at the end that wouldn’t budge).

    • I’ve found that rubbing candle wax on stubborn zippers sometimes makes them better. It sounds odd (I laughed when my grandma told me to) but it works surprisingly well.

  8. Hey, all. I’m a regular poster here, but I didn’t want to associate this with my regular handle. If you figure out who I am, that’s fine, but there is a lot of personal info here.

    I’ve been really down today. I had a great weekend, but yesterday and today I’ve just been completely on a downslide of depressions. The only people who know about my depression just aren’t around and I really can’t tell anyone else. (This makes it sounds worse than it is – she really has a lot going on, so I’m just frustrated that she hasn’t responded to any message and I have nobody else, which is in no way her fault. I haven’t sent a ton, but she knows, said she would try to help, and now it is just… nothing. I’m sure when things calm down she will, but I can’t help but overthink everything. I logically know that what she is doing is understandable, but… I also know that it is tough on her, but I really just want my friend back, which probably makes more sense with the whole story but I already gave a lot of info here and don’t want anyone to figure this out.) My other friend that knows, I told in the past but not recently and doesn’t really follow up on stuff, especially since we don’t see each other much and haven’t talked a lot lately. I think that friend just thinks it was a passing thing or something. (I’m wretched at talking to people, in case that wasn’t obvious.)

    I feel like I’m making a lot of this up (logically and in my mind, I know what it is but my emotions won’t follow suit), which just makes me more and more depressed. And while everything isn’t perfect, it isn’t this bad. I finally got out of bed, but now I’m sitting on my couch looking at the list of stuff to do and absolutely unable to do anything.

    I have no idea what to do here, hive. I’ve been trying for years, but I don’t have any idea what to do. I recently started a supplement that seemed to help me out of my lost spike a few weeks ago but now it is what it is. The other thing is that my family doesn’t know and instigates it, but I can’t tell them. I know that at some point one of them will come over and flip out that I’m not doing anything, but I can’t, and they won’t understand at all and then just be disappointed and that will make everything worse.

    I just want to be happy, see friends, and be okay. and I’m not a person that has to go out – I love being alone, except when I’m down like this because I just keep thinking and it all gets worse.

    I don’t know what the point of this was; I guess I just needed to share with anyone and am hoping someone here reads it. Sorry for the super long post.

    • Hey gurl, you didn’t mention anything about a therapist. Or anything about a professional treating your condition. I really, really hope that you are consulting a professional or will consider it in the near future. But if you’d like an internet friend to minddump on, feel free to email me at rummyredd at the gmail.

    • Have you tried a therapist? IME, having someone whose only role in your life is to listen to you as you work through your struggles is such a relief. The shift from going to my friends all.the.time. to having a designated person/time for unloading made me feel so much better.

      (((((Eeyore))))))

    • Have you sought professional help? It’s a really hard first call to make, but once you get on the other side of it, you will be so grateful that you did that. In the meantime, lots of self-care. Sunshine, exercise, eating well, anything that gets you moving in the direction that you want to go in and helps stop the spiral. Good luck.

    • I’m so sorry to hear this. Hang in there. (Also, I know you’re not asking for advice, but have you talked to your doctor about this?)

      • Advice is fine, really. I haven’t, because I can’t let my family know and telling a doctor would lead to them knowing. I know I should, but I just can’t because of this.

        That’s also why I can’t go to a professional. I want to now (which is a big step, personally, and one that I realize is truly necessary) and I tried in the past when I had chances through anonymous sources, but it only semi-helped once and I can’t go to her anymore. I’m hoping that things will change in the near future so I can get a different doctor and go to a specialist. I’d just pay on my own so it didn’t go through insurance or get back to them, but I don’t have the money and beyond that, they would figure out that I was disappearing for hours at a time.

        • If money is a concern, see if there’s a local university that trains masters’ degree therapy students. In my area, there is, and the highest rates are half of what they’d be otherwise, and they do a sliding scale.

        • Can you just go to your GP and ask to be screened for depression? They can let you know if meds might help you and prescribe them if necessary, and it wouldn’t ping on your family’s radar like a psychiatrist or a therapist

          • Also, I just have to say that this situation is really terrible. Your family should not be an impediment to your good health and well-being, and I hope you find a way around them.

        • If telling your doctor would lead to your family finding out, as I think I understand you to say, you need to find another doctor. That’s not acceptable, unless your covered by family insurance and that’s why they would find out. Even if you were covered by family insurance, the bills should be very general (office visit, etc)

          • Yeah, it’s a matter of insurance. I know insurance isn’t supposed to show your info to other members of even your plan, but mine makes the mistake constantly.

          • Blonde Lawyer :

            I’m on my husband’s plan and all of the EOB’s go to him, listing the doctor I saw, the tests I had, etc. My husband knows my medical issues anyway but I’m just shocked this is legal. I’m sure it is the same deal for a dependent on a parent’s plan.

        • I’ve been through a depression; it can be really awful, even lifethreatening. Talk therapy can help. For me at least, religion is important. Medication can be important too…you will probably get better much faster with an antidepressant than without one. Your family may just have to get over it.

          One reason some people object to medical treatment for depression is that they see antidepressants as some kind of unatural happy pill. The truth is, when we are depressed there may be some neurochemicals in short supply, or just not functioning properly. The idea is not to produce some artificial happiness, but to help your brain function more normally. Would you want a doctor’s help for some other illness? Depression is an illness.

    • SF Bay Associate :

      +1 on a therapist and medication. The combination of both was absolutely essential for me when I was depressed. My thought process then sounds pretty similar to yours now. My only regret was avoiding them for so long that I didn’t seek help until I hit bottom. It would have been much smarter for me to avoid hitting bottom in the first place. Friends are very important, but they are not professionals. Please get help.

    • /hugs/ Oh, honey.

      I was reading your post and nodding my head a lot, because I’ve been there. Especially the bit about making things up. I think for many of us it’s so hard to break out of that cycle, even if we know, logically, that things aren’t actually that bad. Sadly the brain doesn’t take to logic very well, sometimes.

      I don’t really have any advice to offer but I do offer hugs and commiseration and lots of good vibes.

    • Reading this post, I thought that this could have been written by me. I can related to each of your feelings (trying for years, inability to do things(big or small), loved ones that can’t/don’t understand).

      For me, the breaking point happened when I realized this was starting to affect not only my personal life, but my professional one (I know, this in and of itself seems off. . .). Here’s the incredibly recent plan I started to implement: I finally told my PCP. We talked through anti-depressants and I started on an incredibly low dose. I also researched therapists and fond one whose approach resonated with me, at least on paper. I’ve been to one session and have another this week. I think time will tell, but for now it helps me to know that I’ve at least started down the road to recovery…

      I truly hope you are able to identify a few steps that will help you move forward. I wish I could give you a big hug!!

      • Thank you for posting this. It is so great to hear both the people above who have made it through or at least significantly ahead and you, who seem to be a few steps ahead of me (very important steps, of course, that I know I need to take but just can’t figure out how).

        • Hugs. Perhaps the first step would be contacting a PCP. While I echo what other people have said above about how your family should not be an impediment to your health, I understand that this is something that you don’t want to share with them. Going to see a “regular” doctor could be that good first step – if someone asks why you went to do the doctor, you could just say you were feeling run down.

          • I'm a PCP and... :

            …want to echo the thoughts of those above. Some PCP offices who are moving toward “medical home” status actually have a social worker or psychologist who can work with you on the counseling end while your MD works with you on your meds. Most patients in our office see me and the social worker (individually) in the same visit. Bonus–no extra charge for counseling, just the usual copay.

    • Confidential Professional Help :

      There are clinics (at least in the US — not sure where you are) that will treat you and let you pay what you can afford on a sliding scale. They will not charge your insurance, so your family will not find out. Can you find one near you?

    • You might want to pay some attention to the vicious cycle of “I love being alone” and obsessing about how your friends should be available right when you need them. These things aren’t compatible, and both extremes are equally unrealistic. I second therapy, if you can manage the insurance indiscretion thing. But you should really wonder also whether it’s really worth letting yourself get this bad just in order for some people not to find out?

    • MaggieLizer :

      Give yourself permission to not accomplish everything on the list today. In fact, don’t even look at your list until this afternoon. Get out of the house – if you haven’t showered, done your makeup, picked out the perfect outfit for the day, don’t, because it’ll just immobilize you – and go take a walk, grab a book and go to a coffee shop, go window shopping, whatever. It’s not exactly a long term solution but hopefully it’ll help for today.

      Also, if you had a frank discussion with your family they might be a lot more supportive than you expect. Most people don’t understand depression, so they just label you as lazy/unmotivated/etc., but as soon as you tell them there’s an actual explanation they change their tune and really get behind you. Hugs and good luck.

    • Only you know your situation, but maybe you should reconsider your decision not to tell your family — you’re cutting yourself off from a potentially huge source of support by not telling them what’s going in your life. They might not understand at first, but hopefully they would support you on things like going to therapy, etc. I had myself worked into a pretty dark hole about a year ago, and therapy + medication helped me immensely, but I’m really not sure how I would have done it without the support of my SO. I also don’t know if I would have been able to keep therapy a secret and still do it effectively since my therapist assigned a lot of “homework” to be done during my daily life. Obviously I don’t know your family at all, but if you have a strong relationship with your partner I’d urge you to consider telling at least him/her the extent of what’s going on.

      • I’m also feeling like your situation/depression will never be resolved if you feel you have to hide it from your family your whole life. I understand wanting to keep medical issues private, even from family members, but in this case it seems like it is keeping you from proper medical care (I had a medical issue that I never told my parents about, but I was on my own health insurance-wise so was able to get the care I needed without them knowing). It almost seems like the effort you are expending to help yourself without them knowing could be better spent by quickly getting under the care of a therapist, having your family know, and working with the therapist on how best to deal with the blowback.

        I’m also not sure if you don’t want them to know for cultural reasons, because they’ll think you’re “weak,” or if they’re afraid that having mental health treatments on your “permanent record,” as it were, will lead to trouble getting health insurance down the road. So it’s hard to know quite what to say. Is it possible for you to let them know you need help for depression but maybe play down the severity a bit? I do think your family should know what you are going through, but maybe they don’t need all the details.

    • Oh, honey. I’m almost crying for you because I know exactly how you feel. Counseling and possibly medication will make you better. I understand about not being able to pay. Call a local hospital’s psych department and ask if they can recommend any free/sliding scale clinics. Most of these clinics work with a psychiatrist who will write you a prescription if needed, without your having to pay. And even if you don’t need meds, the counseling will help.

      Tell your parents you’re taking a free yoga class or going for a run or something. Wear your running clothes to therapy; the counselor won’t care.

    • K... in transition :

      not going to advertise my services since I always feel like that’s a little slimy in such moments, but feel free to contact me if you want/need such.

      in a general sense, how are your dietary/sleep/exercise habits? could that be causing or contributing? I understand your enjoyment of being alone, but could you alter that slightly? for example, be alone in the sunshine and soak up vitamin d? be alone at a park near laughing children? be alone watching hours of silly you-tube videos? something that allows you to be as alone as you want while still being around positivity could help.

      hug!

      • I actually want to use your services, but I’m in a bit of transition now and need to wait a few weeks. I appreciate you mentioning it!

        My habits could do with adjusting. I’ve fixed my sleep and diet a bit, but exercise definitely needs more work.

        I’m going to try the positivity angle of aloneness. Thanks!

    • Hang in there. With all the great advice posted here already I hope you’re already feeling more upbeat.
      Can’t stress how much I feel you need a therapist. I’m not sure you’re describing depression, but whatever, I hope you get access to somebody skilled who can help you through this. From your post I have no doubt that things should improve quite soon (with you taking steps to set the wheels in motion). Im hoping you don’t delay seeking that help and end up thinking, further down the road, that those were ‘lost’ weeks or months.
      Cyber hugs buddy!

  9. Ann Taylor sizing question: it’s been a while for me, so I was hoping someone could comment on the sizing, particularly for the stretch-cotton short-sleeve button-front shirts (could I have used more phrasal adjectives there?). I’ll reply with the two styles I’m looking at. I’m particularly concerned with the arm holes, since I have meaty upper arms. But I also have a small chest. For tops, I tend to be a 6 but more of a medium than a small, if that makes sense. Please pick my size!

    • Former MidLevel :

      Since the AT redesign, I’ve found their sizing to be really inconsistent and some of their arm holes/sleeves to be ridiculously small. So you may just go have to try some on. (FWIW, I have a similar body type – small chest, but non-stick-thin arms.)

    • DC Darling :

      AT definitely runs large but I’d stay with a 6 if you have a smaller chest because my biggest complaint about AT button downs is that they don’t leave enough room in the chest so I’d be concerned you’d have that pulled gaping look if you sized down.

      Other biggest complaint about AT button downs. Not buttoning all the way up and having the first button mid cleavage. Not a fan of AT for under suit things at all. Their suits, however, are very nice.

  10. Eh, not doing it for me- it looks as if two jackets were stitched together, at best, or that you fell into a vat of paint and didn’t notice.

    Sorry for the early threadjack, but I need your help, ladies.

    I’m twenty-four, and I’ve been coasting all my life. I’m not proud of it, but I basically drifted my way through school and college with a combination of raw intelligence and an ability to bullshit. It all worked out pretty okay for me- I graduated from an elite university with good but not stellar grades and lucked into finding a career I love.

    In order to get where I want to go, I’m going to have to have to get into a particular (extremely good, extremely competitive) grad school. My field is like finance or law in that in order to break into the upper echelons, it really, really helps to go to a top-tier school. I’m planning to work for a couple years before I apply, which gives me two years to get good enough to not only get in but also land some much-needed scholarships.

    Here’s where my problem begins. In order to get into the school, I have to really up my game. I’m looking at a /huge/ amount of prep, three-four hours every day for two years, at minimum. It’s not the work itself that bothers me (I love this field) but the sheer volume of it. Every time I think about it, I just want to curl up and cry or bum around on the internet, which just makes things worse.

    I’d love some advice from anyone who’s been in a similar situation. How did y’all manage a) having stupid amounts of work b) not being paralyzed by said amounts of work? And any tips for how to actually buckle down and /work/ would be appreciated too, being as I’ve somehow managed not to learn how to do that for the past two decades…

    TIA!

    • If you feel paralyzed by this amount of work, maybe you need to evaluate more realistically how much work you would have if you really got into this place, and then got a job to match afterwards? Perhaps you need to concentrate on the work you’re doing now for a while, so you can find better equilibrium before trying to do something else.

    • Anne Shirley :

      What on earth kind of grad school requires 3-4 hours of prep a day for 2 years prior?

      Sometimes when I find myself coasting it’s because I’ve set an impossibly high expectation, and failing by doing nothing is easier.

      • It’s not the grad school as much as it’s the field- it requires a pretty big knowledge/skills base, plus being on top of current events, not to mention considerable writing and speaking skills, and in more than one language to boot. It wouldn’t actually be so bad, except I’ve slacked off majorly the last three years and now it’s coming back to bite me.

        /nods/ That’s something to think about, definitely. Hades knows the imposter syndrome is kicking in already…

      • Kontraktor :

        Yeah, agreed. I would recommend focussing 6-10 months on test prep (and depending on the person, one might not even need that) and concentrating most of the effort there. Pretty much an LSAT or GMAT score is the only thing you really have 100% control over re your admission decision. Getting a 720+ GMAT or a 168+ LSAT is pretty much the best thing you can do to assure the highest chance of admission at a T5, but even doing that is no shoe-in. GREs seem to matter less across that admissions spectrum, but it probably wouldn’t hurt to get a good score on this either (especially the math section) if it were applicable.

        Then, once the OP gets her awesome test score, she could presumably spend a ‘normal’ amount of time writing essays/doing the application, but I don’t think it would require months and months worth of time for 4 hours a day.

    • The first thing is to remember the big picture. This is the field you want to be in. What are you willing to do to get there? Ask yourself whether all this work will be worth it in the end.

      Second, figure out exactly what prep you need to do, whether it be taking classes, self-study, etc. Then think of it like a second job, break it down into manageable pieces, and schedule it as such (for example: you need to go to work M-F from 9-5. Then on T/Th you need to go to class from 6-8. On M/W/F you need to do homework from 6-9. On weekends you need to wake up, eat breakfast, do work for 3-4 hours, and then can go out and see friends).

      For self-study (homework, etc.), set a countdown timer on your computer, microwave, etc. with the total number of hours you intend to study. For every break you feel compelled to take, stop the timer. Don’t resume the countdown until you’re about to turn back to work. This is really hard at first, but you’ll soon realize that you’re actually spending 5 hours studying when you only intended to study 3.5. This is a huge motivator to improve your focus.

      Remember that you also need to build in time for relaxation, the gym, and to be flexible within your schedule without derailing yourself. This is key. If you don’t get 3-4 hours in every single day, it won’t be the end of the world. You may have to spend more time studying on the weekends than during the week.

      I also really recommend looking up some of the bar study threads (where people are asking for help on how to focus) on this site. Good luck!

    • It may help if you tell us the field. We have a variety of community members in different professions, and maybe they can tell you which part of the work is really essential, how to plan it, or how they got where they are.

    • Break the work down into smaller tasks. I used to feel really overwhelmed when I was writing my (undergrad) thesis because I, too, had coasted through school. As part of the research for my thesis, I had to read hundreds and hundreds of newspaper articles on a given topic and I remember just looking at these stacks of paper and thinking it was so insurmountable that I would just push it off “until I had more time.” What worked for me in this instance was to always have a few articles with me, so that if I got a seat on the train on the way to my internship I could read a few, etc. All of a sudden, I had read 15 or 20 in just a few spare minutes here and there during the week, so sitting down to read a bunch of them at once was less daunting and I could tell (even if at the beginning I couldn’t see) that I was making progress. What, if anything, can you break down?

      All the other stuff applies about still living a balanced life. You’ve got 3 8 hour blocks. Roughly, one is work, one is sleep, and one is “free.” I’ve found that if I use my free time in a structured yet enjoyable way (like seeing friends for lunch, going to the gym, hiking with my parent’s dog) that I’m more focused on everything else.

      I’ve got imposter syndrome too and right now I feel like a lot of my life is “fake it until you make it.”

  11. emcsquared :

    TJ: Was supposed to meet a law student for breakfast this morning. I waited half an hour and he didn’t show, no e-mail, no calls. The only phone number he has for me is my office number, and a voicemail to that number would have come to my e-mail so I would have gotten it immediately.

    So what did he do instead? Texted my office phone, which is land line. Does anyone know if there is a way to receive texts to land lines? He seemed a little peeved that I had not read the text. Am I a failed millenial for not knowing how to access texts to land lines?

    • SF Bay Associate :

      If you are, then I am too. I don’t think land lines can get texts. It also sounds to me like he did it on purpose, because if he REALLY wanted to ensure that you got the message, he would have communicated with you in all formats he had available to him, including an email and a call. He’s peeved that he blew you off and you didn’t know that he had blown you off because of the format in which he bothered to inform you?? Seriously?? This guy sounds like an idiot and/or a jerk, IMO.

    • Some land lines will convert texts to voice. (So you get a read out by a computer over the phone.) It’s confusing and not something people typically plan on or use.

    • Former MidLevel :

      I had never heard of this before your post, but apparently it is a thing: http://support.verizonwireless.com/faqs/TXT%20messaging/faq_text%20to%20landline.html.

    • Sydney Bristow :

      I had no idea you could receive texts on a landline. What were you meeting m for? Call me crazy, but I think canceling or running late deserves an email or phone call unless the person you were meeting was a friend. It seems totally inappropriate to me that he is upset that you didn’t read his text.

    • Sorry, but this guy sounds like a typical student. It probably didn’t even occur to him that it was a land line because nobody he knows has one.

      • Newbie law prof :

        Even if this is true, it doesn’t make it okay. I actually just attended a presentation about how we can (and should) model professionalism in our law school classrooms–for example, by explaining and enforcing proper etiquette in our syllabi and communications with students. The OP’s story actually just reaffirmed my decision to make this part of my classes.

        • That’s a great idea. I am faculty at a university and I tell my freshmen at the beginning of their first semester that if they want something from me, they need to behave like adults. They don’t have my cell phone number (I occasionally give it out to juniors or seniors) so they need to email me or call me with coherent and professional information. One student gave me her number to let her know something important and she had this outgoing voicemail message of her with a fake Cockney accent and I couldn’t even tell if it was the right person!

        • Thanks Newbie and NOLA. Faculty too and would totally like to borrow the idea. In a sense I already do this, but I’ve not discussed it with my students explicitly.

    • Kontraktor :

      Strange. Could he have thought the office number was a cell number? Admittedly, I am not super into technology but I have never heard of being able to text a land line. Perhaps if you didn’t let him know it was a hard office line, he just assumed it was a cell?

      But I will say I would never, ever text a person I was meeting in a professional capacity (unless they had given me instructions to do so). If I had an emergency I would phone. If I couldn’t reach the person over phone, I would send a frantic email. I don’t know why in general this person thought a text message would be the best way to get in touch with you.

    • I don’t think you can send a text to a landline. I once accidentally tried to text my mom at my parents’ house number, and it did not go through. So, if you’re a failed millennial, that makes two of us.

    • downstream :

      Whenever I try to send a text to a landline (accidentally of course) I get a text back telling me that the text didn’t go through, and I can have the text converted to voicemail for 50 cents.

      But this guy sounds like a jerk. Even if you had received the text, a text is not a sufficient excuse for showing up late/not showing at all (OK fine there are exceptions – but rare ones). If you’re going to be a half hour late or not show, you owe at least a phone call. People need to be the places they’re supposed to be at the time they’re supposed to be there, and using technology as a crutch to be flaky is not OK.

    • Texting seems inappropriate to me in this case, even if you could text to a land line (which I didnt know what possible). He should have emailed you / called you and if he didn’t get a hold of you, maybe even call your assistant for help. Too bad for him.

    • Geek here. I think traditional land lines can’t receive texts, but if your land line is really VoIP (that is, using the internet instead of traditional telephone wires) it can. I definitely think it is presumptuous on the student’s part to assume this, though. I mean, you may be young and cool and completely current on all current technologies, but you can’t assume everyone already working is too.

    • Some phones, including Blackberry, hav a text to landline app. I received one recently… a very odd robot like voice.

    • Second geek here: yes, it’d be possible for some land lines to get a text.

      But personally: sounds like trying to pull the techno-wool over the old ladie’s eyes. Anyone who sends a text and doesn’t get an answer knows they need to check the communication is clear. Anyone polite, that is. Sounding peeved about standing you up is a real jerk thing to do. Write this one off..

    • No, your student has failed etiquette for being peeved about what’s his fault. Also, he’s a presumptuous jack@ss for assuming that the office phone can take texts.

      Don’t extend yourself for this person in any way if you can help it.

    • MaggieLizer :

      Even if he thought he could text a land line and that texting was an appropriate method of communication, why was he upset that you hadn’t received and read his text? He should’ve been apologetic! I can excuse a student’s ignorance about professional norms, but being upset at you for not receiving his improperly sent message is just plain dooshy.

      • Yeah, my thoughts exactly. Maybe some land lines can get texts, but even if he knew you were going to receive the text, it’s totally unprofessional, and he should be mortified that he even unintentionally stood you up!

    • emcsquared :

      Thanks for the comments! You all have restored my confidence in my millenial intuitions. And, I am totally going to explore the texting-to-landlines links!

      For background – the law student is a nice guy and we’ve met before to discuss some shared professional interests, but the only phone number he has for me came from my professional e-mail signature. He replied to my follow up e-mail with an apology, so I’ll let him know next time I see him that texts aren’t the best means of getting in touch with a professional contact when one is running late. (I was clueless in law school and got lots of help from family friends in the industry, so I try to pass along the favor whenever possible!)

    • This kid would have been all out of luck with me, too. I have texts blocked on my cell phone (I never text! It’s expensive!) and people get really mad when they assume they can text me mission-critical information and then I don’t receive it. And I AM a law student, so presumably in the same age group as this kid. I think people need to get over texting and call when something is important. Otherwise, how do you know the information has been received?

  12. Kontraktor :

    Her mana is only half full. She needs a potion to replenish it.

    • emcsquared :

      +100 points. Just laughed out loud and snorted hot tea onto my keyboard.

    • Hey, did you find everybody on Saturday? I was worried when I saw your post. How was it?

      • Kontraktor :

        I did!! Thankfully I just got there way too early and my social anxiety was making me freak out a bit. :-P Everybody was so nice (shoutout to meet up attendees). All the C-tte cities should have more meet ups. It really is very fun to meet and chat with new people, but especially ones from this site because I feel like we share something in common so immediately when you start talking you can tell you are at least somewhat similar to everybody else.

        • Yay! I think we only have 3 of us here, so probably a no go, but I have this fantasy that there will be one in NYC when I’m up there. Ha ha.

          • Kontraktor :

            You could suggest one! I am not sure who is in charge of the NYC email distro (if there is one), but I put in a vote on behalf of NOLA to do a meet up when she is in NYC. :-)

    • There is something particularly awesome about seeing a gaming reference on this site. I keep a D&D minature of an ancient red dragon in my office. I get tons of complements on it (oddly enough), but I have yet to have anyone recognize what it is.

    • Awesome!

      Says this geek who saw a number of hours disappear into her Nintendo DS this weekend. (Am trying to powerlevel my Disgaea characters so they can take on the Prinny Baal.)

    • Gail the Goldfish :

      Like.

  13. Repost on account of getting caught in moderation, sorry if this shows up twice!

    Eh, not doing it for me- it looks as if two jackets were stitched together, at best, or that you fell into a vat of paint and didn’t notice.

    Sorry for the early threadjack, but I need your help, ladies.

    I’m twenty-four, and I’ve been coasting all my life. I’m not proud of it, but I basically drifted my way through school and college with a combination of raw intelligence and an ability to BS. It all worked out pretty okay for me- I graduated from an elite university with good but not stellar grades and lucked into finding a career I love.

    In order to get where I want to go, I’m going to have to have to get into a particular (extremely good, extremely competitive) grad school. My field is like finance or law in that in order to break into the upper echelons, it really, really helps to go to a top-tier school. I’m planning to work for a couple years before I apply, which gives me two years to get good enough to not only get in but also land some much-needed scholarships.

    Here’s where my problem begins. In order to get into the school, I have to really up my game. I’m looking at a /huge/ amount of prep, three-four hours every day for two years, at minimum. It’s not the work itself that bothers me (I love this field) but the sheer volume of it. Every time I think about it, I just want to curl up and cry or bum around on the internet, which just makes things worse.

    I’d love some advice from anyone who’s been in a similar situation. How did y’all manage a) having stupid amounts of work b) not being paralyzed by said amounts of work? And any tips for how to actually buckle down and /work/ would be appreciated too, being as I’ve somehow managed not to learn how to do that for the past two decades…

    TIA!

    • I’m also prone to coasting, and similarly freak out at the start of an ambitious goal… What I’ve found is that all seemingly-insurmountable tasks have to be tackled a little bit at a time. Don’t think of it as 3-4 hours of work every day for 2 years! Tell yourself “This week I will do xyz for 3 hours on these 5 days,” and schedule time blocks for it in your calendar. Next week, do the same thing. Take it one week at a time.

      If you can break things down into meaningful chunks, put that on the schedule, too. Make a master list of all the things you eventually need to accomplish (include sub-steps, if that helps you organize) so you can check them off as you go and feel like you’re making progress. But keep that list out of sight most of the time, and don’t actually *plan* more than one week ahead. Make sure you also schedule time to relax, or you’ll go crazy!

      Good luck!

    • Oh man, I’m a coaster too! Tuning in to this thread.

    • I don’t have much advice but I can sympathize — I have always had a problem overcoming my laziness. I think it came from being one of the smartest in my class in elementary/middle school so I learned that I could coast without putting in effort. The thing that broke me of that was law school. In law school, there are big, scary consequences to not doing all the work, so I just kind of forced myself to do it. And then once I got in the habit of focusing on work, it got easier. I still go through periods where my mind just rebels and I want to surf the internet all day, but I think about the consequences, and also of how valuable my time is and what a waste it would be to just bum around instead of being productive. Hope this helps. Good luck!

    • From your post, I’m not sure if your daily prep work refers to prepping for a standardized test, or networking, or a combination of things. That said, my thoughts:

      a) Develop some real time management skills. A lot of us think we have great time management skills because we got through college or business school but this is seldom true. I recommend David Allen’s Getting Things Done, but there are plenty of other methods out there.

      b) Be honest with yourself about your prep work. Four hours per day on top of a full time job sounds like a lot. Sit down and prioritize what absolutely needs to get done versus what would be a bonus to complete.

      c) Set a schedule and deadlines. I know people that studied for the GMAT for years and did not do any better than those who hunkered down and really put in the work for a few months through a prep course. If your goals are more about connecting with other professionals, make a rule that you will contact 1 new person in your field every month.

      Good luck!

    • Been there done that :

      This was me about 8 years ago. Coasted through college, but was fortunate to go to an Ivy League where there was major grade inflation, so my GPA is deceptively high. Rank wise, probably ranked in the upper 50%. Skipped lots of classes and goofed off. Never even thought that I might be going to grad school and probably should have worked a lot harder.

      Five years later, I decided to apply to grad school and realized that my brand name school couldn’t get me in the door to lots of places that I wanted to go to. Got lots and lots of rejections, ego was seriously wounded. Ended up getting into a good, but not great, law school (within T1 but not within top 20). I’m now embarassed to say that I thought I was “too good” to go to X school, but go I went.

      It was the best decision I ever made. Loved my law school, kicked butt, and went on to a fabulous career, top clerkships, etc.

      What made me really focus in law school was that I just kept remembering how important it was to do extremely well, particularly given that my law school wasn’t a brand name. I didn’t socialize much, just worked very intensely, and got used to it within no time. To be honest, after goofing off so much college, it was refreshing to really really work hard in grad school. I’m unusual, but I absolutely loved law school.

      So my best advice is just because you goofed off until now does not mean that you can’t change. If you really want to go to grad school, you have to keep reminding yourself of why you want to go and what you need to do to get there. Good luck to you.

    • Patience is a better fix to moderation than duplication.. You’ve been working on this problem your whole life, a few hours make that much of a difference :-)?

    • Don’t know if this will help in your situation, but as a fellow coaster, this got me through studying for the bar exam (mountains of material, requiring diligence and discipline over relatively long period of time):

      I broke up what I needed to do, divided it by number of weeks, and then set myself rewards at milestones for getting stuff done. Silly things, like a pedicure for finishing secured transactions, or renting an indulgent movie for getting 70% or above on a practice MBE. Grand prize for making flashcards for all subjects was a 1-hour massage. On really bad focus days, I resorted to smaller rewards for smaller bites: a cup of hot chocolate for 20 pages, an M&M for a section (yes, sounds like potty training). But it worked for me, and ended up being one of the best summers ever.

      Speaking of which, I need to do that again for some work projects that are languishing. Step one: cup of coffee for staying off the internet for 2 hours…

    • Can you practice your learning and determination skills on more than just the test prep?
      For example, like many here I was a decent worker but school came easy to me. One of my hobbies now is a martial art which I enjoy a lot but I have to work much harder than many others to make progress. Learning to enjoy the practice, to study it hard and not goof off has helped me to become a more patient, harder worker in other areas of my life. Are there any hobbies which you like but which don’t come easily to you that you can practice as well?

    • I posted above, but I second breaking things down into chunks and doing them when you have time. Like, if you finish one task at work and have a meeting in 30 minutes, it is really tempting to just use the half hour to go to the bathroom, get some coffee, check this site, etc. But if you use the 30 minutes wisely you can probably finish a small part of a substantial task for the day. Easier said than done, but it’s really the only thing I have found that helps me.

  14. SF Bay Associate, Zora, Kontractor, SF CPA, and any one else following my dating worries:

    First date last night. He looks like the hot guy in Suits (clean shaven), and dinner lasted 3 hours. I am trying to not get too excited but yay!

  15. Sorry for the early TJ. So here’s the background story: I work on Team A. For a recent project, I received updated information from Team C. Team B was also working on a similar project but had not incorporated the new info. I mentioned in meetings that I was using information frm Team C. I’m too junior to tell Team B what they should do but it turned out that Team B should have been using the updated information. My surpervisor from Team A was fully aware that we had new information and told me to go ahead. But now that there are problems, Team B is claiming that I witheld the new information and Team A had the leg up even though we are working on projects for our own teams. Head Honcho Boss that supervises Teams A and B said that it’s my fault there was miscommunication and that I should of spoken up. But I already made clear that I mentioned this in meetings. It’s just that I’m very junior so Team B’s head didn’t listen to me. Now I’m getting blamed for Team B’s mistake while my head on Team A knew from the start that we had this info.

    I guess my question is, is it really my fault and should I have pressed the issue further with Team B? I didn’t see it as my place to speak on how they should run their project. I already told them that new info was available from Team C but they did not seek it out. Now I feel like my reputation has been tarnished and it will affect my future prospects.

    • hellskitchen :

      I don’t think it’s your fault that Team B chose to ignore you and that your team head needs to back you up (perhaps you can tell him this). But I would NOT give the reason for not speaking up more as “i am too junior or it’s not my place.” That’s a cop out, it makes you look bad, and could be used against you in future. One is always too junior to do something until one does it :-) Just say you mentioned this in meetings, no one asked you for more info, so you had no reason to assume that they didn’t have the new info. And pull your Team A manager into this to back you up – s/he is trying to let you take the blame, which is not okay! It is possible that Head Honcho and Team B expect you to be meek and take the fall. It’s not very comfortable to be assertive but in the long run, IMO this will be better for your future prospects

    • Your teamA supervisor should really be sticking up for you at this point.
      If she doesn’t, you might want to make it clear she was aware and told you to go ahead.
      But yes, alas, the junior person often gets blamed, especially if she was right..

    • Not sure if I’ve correctly followed everything but I’d say 2 courses of action :
      (1) if Head Honcho Boss addressed you directly on failing to communicate, you should respond with the information that you had your Team A boss’s ok to proceed without Team B. This should clear up your reputation but does have the potential to make Team A boss feel that you’re not watching her back.
      (2) if you’ve heard about Head Honcho Boss’s comments indirectly, then it may better just to let this one go – speak to Team A boss to confirm that you both have similar understanding that you thought you had her clear ok to proceed and ask how she wants you to proceed in future – to cover your behind by communicating everything to Team B OR to communicate primarily within Team A and leave it to her to assess when Team B should be informed.

      Either way, I would avoid inferring too much into Team B’s working methods if you don’t report directly into this team. You don’t know for sure why they didn’t pick up your hints and saying ‘they didn’t listen because I’m too junior’ doesn’t do that much for your own dignity.

      Good luck, hope this helps.

    • Do you have any email chain confirming your side? Your Team A manager should really be backing you up, speak to him face to face to confirm you went ahead with new data because you had his approval. In the future, meticulously file all emails with cross-team communication. Always confirm/FYI/cc your boss on these emails and keep a copy in your folder. If something was agreed to in meeting or face to face, come back to your desk and send your boss/team an update “as discussed and agreed upon in today’s meeting ,we are going to use team C’s new data in our XYZ analysis, will keep you posted with latest results”. Word your emails appropriately so you don’t sound like a “little girl seeking permission”, instead clearly communicating what is going on and keeping people in the loop. This may not help with current situation, but something you can do to cover your bases in future scenario as you have seen how the teams point fingers at each other and you are the junior most person to be blamed.

  16. SF Bay Associate :

    PSA – Nordie’s just did second markdowns on a lot of men’s half yearly items. I just chatted with a rep for a lovely price adjustment!

  17. reposting from the weekend: (long time poster, using a different handle now)

    This might be too late in the weekend, but I’ll try anyways. Visiting San Diego soon and would love the hive’s recs on good restaurants. A close friend’s son just graduated from HS and I’d love to take her and her son to a “friend, congrats on raising such an awesome son!” and “son, congrats on graduating!” dinner. Mediterranean/Italian cuisine, preferably somewhere with an awesome view of the ocean, maybe $50 or so/person? TIA!

    • Kontraktor :

      Anthony’s for fried seafood and Filippi’s for pizza/Italian food.

      • Il Fornaio at the Del Mar Plaza. It’s a somewhat distant view of the ocean but has a nice outdoor seating area. Although not Mediterranean/Italian, George’s At the Cove or The Steak House At Azul, both in La Jolla, have amazing ocean views.

    • MaggieLizer :

      Second George’s. La Valencia in La Jolla is fabulous; ask for the upstairs outdoor patio for a great view, and make reservations well in advance. Their brunch is amazing and a graduation weekend favorite, so if you’re interested make a reservation ASAP. Four Seasons in Carlsbad has a great Italian restaurant, I forget the name, and I’m not sure of the view from the restaurant but the hotel is in a lovely location. Little Italy in downtown has a bunch of good restaurants but I don’t know of any with views.

      • La Valencia also has one of the best signature drinks known to man at the The Whaling Bar — it’s called a Whaler, and it is basically an alcoholic vanilla milk shake! Second George’s for the view. Also, if you’re not completely set on Mediterranean/Italian, I also love Cody’s in La Jolla — it’s kind of down the hill from George’s. There are views from the outside patio and the food is amazing. It’s a small restaurant with a varied menu.

    • Not a local, but I love Jake’s Del Mar. It’s right on the beach with gorgeous views. Mostly seafood, but not far from Cal-Med in the focus of the menu.

  18. Hi ladies! I’m searching for the Jockey Skimmies in a B&M store – failed when I looked at JCPenney and Kohls this weekend – can anyone send me in the right direction?

    Thanks!

  19. My super awesome boss just announced he is moving on to a new job. The heir apparent for his position is not really someone I want to work for… I’m holding out hope that it will all be OK, but sprucing up my resume just in case. Not a great way to start my week.
    *sulk*

    • UGH. This totally stinks and I completely feel for you. Is there any way Great Boss could take you with him — if not now, eventually?

    • Oh, that reminds me of so -much bad stuff… Do spruce up the resume! Do talk to ex-boss and tell him you love him, and would he please let you know if there’s ever any way that you could work together again? Friend him on LinkedIn before he goes, give him your personal contact info, be sure he knows you want to keep in touch :-)!
      But seriously, start looking. Schmuckface will know you’re grieving, and resent it..

      • Haha, maybe don’t tell him that you love him, per se, but rather that you’d love to work for him again. ;)

        • Anastasia :

          He’s the kind of boss (and person, in general) that I really could say, “but I love you, take me with you!” and he would laugh and keep me posted on job openings at his new place. Unfortunately, new place is not in a location it’s feasible for me to follow him in the near future, due to DH’s career. I will definitely keep in touch, though.

          Still sulking. I will be referring to potential new boss as “Schmuckface” in my head from now on, though. :) That makes it a little better.

  20. SAlit-a-gator :

    Update: Reporting back on gluten-free, vegetarian, lactose intolerant dinner party. I made a coconut curry with butternut squash, crimini mushrooms, lentils, spinach and garlic. I had quinoa as a side dish and it was a big big hit, in large part because you guys gave me such inspired suggestions for the menu. Thanks again!

  21. Spotted- most intense statement nail ever, I ran into a woman yesterday who was pushing 65 with beautiful clothing, hair perfectly done etc. and fake nails with a french manicure which looked very nice up until I saw the American flag bedazzled on one of her nails.
    It was much more in depth than our statement nail choice or the choice of any of the 15 year old girls I see on a regular basis

    Also… I think I would like the jacket more if the colors were switched, but that’s just me

  22. Revision app TJ :

    Hi! May here…
    Some kind person on this site recommended a cool app last year, which, for a few dollars lets you make ‘online revision cards’ to use on your smartphone / PC.

    Tried it, but long story short, can’t trace it, having lost that laptop.
    Um… you guys…. it’s Anki.

    Had a helluva time remembering it all day; could just recall the star icon. Now all of a sudden, typing out my post on this this SUPER site, I remembered :) awww…
    Decided to proceed to post anyway since its such a great app.

  23. Hi ladies, my family is visiting Boston and my hubby took the day off today to take them around places. Unfortunately, the weather is really rainy and original plans to take a walking tour of Harvard and some of the other universities have been scrapped.

    Any ideas on fun things to do in Boston on a rainy day? My aunt is not interested in art museums, and she’s going to the Museum of Science tomorrow. She loves nature and history.

    • Go to the aquarium. It’s really nice.

    • Then she should like the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Be sure to see the exhibit of glass flowers, which is really cool. They could do a tour of the State House. Or go to the Mapparium at the Christian Science Center.

    • big dipper :

      (1) Although its rainy, you should still check out the Prudential Skywalk. Instead of paying for the ticket – take the elevator up to the restaurant. You can each have a drink for <$10 (less than the price of a ticket) and you get the same view.

      (2) Boston Public Library. Beautiful, historic building. Free tours at random points during the day.

      (3) Aquarium. They have the best aquarium I've ever been to, hands down. It's seriously amazing.

    • The Boston Athenaeum is also lovely. It’s across from the statehouse. It has museum-quality artwork as well.

    • I would probably spend the day eating and drinking! Hit up the North End for a long, lazy lunch and then wander over to get desert at Modern or Mike’s pastries. For the history buff in her, Paul Revere’s house is in that same neighborhood… which is also not far from Faneuil Hall, and the aquarium is also in that area. That’s a whole afternoon right there — just pack an umbrella :)

      • Not going to be much view from the Prudential Skywalk today! With the clouds and rain, I can barely see from my office to the harbor, which I usually have a beautiful view of.
        The Aquarium’s not a bad place to kill some time, but frankly I think it’s fairly over-rated as aquariums go. A trolley tour might be a good thing today, you get to see a lot of the sights but still stay dry.

    • If they are here for more days, go to the Boston Harbor Islands.

    • Two cents :

      Thank you ladies – you’re awesome, as usual! They decided to go to the JFK library today but I will take them to the aquarium and some of these other places that you have all recommended later in the week.

    • My mother was just in town and a big hit was renting kayaks to row between Cambridge and Allston. Not much for a rainy day but it gives a very different perspective on the city.

  24. 12 year old daughter now wants a cat more than anything else in the world (we will need two because we are gone a lot). I have been slaying for a long time now (years). I am trying to wrap my jews around the potentially 20 year commitment. I really have to let her get the kittens this week even though I really don’t want them! summer is the best time as she is home. Anyone been there done that?

    • Uh….. autocorrect much? What have you been slaying and why would you want to bring a cat into that? Not to mention your issue with jews.

    • This made me really laugh out loud

      • Ok, but seriously, has anyone brought a pet they really don’t want into their home just to please a child?

        • Cornellian :

          That sounds like an awful idea. Animals are a LOT of work and money, and they live a long time. You’re the parent here, and you’re the one who ultimately has to pay for vet bills, destroyed furniture, etc if something goes wrong.

          • another anon :

            Agreed. I would not get them unless you are 100% prepared to do 100% of the work in caring for them. Otherwise it is just not fair to the cats. Your daughter may be very adamant that she will do it herself, but even if she is quite mature I don’t think you can be guaranteed that a 12 year old will really follow through on that promise (and there will be things that she is simply incapable of doing on her own, like taking them to the vet, going to the store to get food and litter, etc.). Also, what happens when she goes to college in a few years? (yes, she may be able to take them with her, but if she goes to a college that requires that students live in campus housing, she wouldn’t be able to do that. )

          • This. Don’t do it. Your daughter will be fine. She will get a cat when she has her own place if she still wants one by then. Instead of delaying (or slaying…), just say no. Sorry honey, love you but don’t love cats. You can get one when you’re an adult. Then maybe set her up with some volunteer hours at the local animal shelter if you still feel bad.

          • Don’t get a cat. My neighbor caved in to her child about getting a cat, and the cat ended up living in their garage and looking like a mangy little monster because she was so neglected. Neighbors would constantly offer to adopt the cat from them because it looked so sad and unhealthy. Just don’t go there. Your daughter will be fine without a cat for a few more years. Why burden yourself or put yourself in a situation like this? Say no.

        • Totes McGotes :

          No, seriously. What on earth was “slaying” supposed to say??

          • Delaying?

            Maya Gallo: Any messages for me?
            Cindy: No. Oh, wait. Death stopped by to say hello.
            Maya Gallo: Death?
            Cindy: Aha.
            Maya Gallo: Death stopped by?
            Cindy: To say hello.
            Maya Gallo: Was it Beth?
            Cindy: Could have been.
            Maya Gallo: Was it a short redhead, or a tall guy with a sickle?
            Cindy: It was Beth.

          • Totes McGotes :

            <3 you NOLA!

            I would want to know why you don't want the cat and what has turned the tide before I could be particularly helpful. However in the meantime I would suggest getting an adult cat and considering toilet training. You can get a Litter Kwitter for like $50 online and it's totally worth it – I have had success toilet-training a 12-year-old cat. That way you won't be getting angry about litter on the floor and the smell when your daughter forgets to change it.

    • The slaying plus kittens reference now has me thinking about poker.

    • Anne Shirley :

      Kittens will still exist when she is living on her own! Please do not make a 20 year commitment to dependent living critters you don’t want.

    • Anon for this :

      Maybe look into adopting slightly older cats? Kittens, even two of them, require work and attention. You might be able to find a pair of kitties that were together at a previous home that would be better off when they are left alone.

      • Whoops, didn’t mean to be anon for that.

      • karenpadi :

        This. I adopted two adult cats. One was 4 (now 8) and the other was 8 (now 9). So many people don’t want an adult cat because kitties are so cute and the adults stay in shelters for so long.

        • Concur. Our most recent cat was an adult who had been at the shelter for literally years. She’s the sweetest and most appreciative little critter ever.

    • Kontraktor :

      First, you really don’t need two if you don’t. Cats are pretty self sufficient and will do fine on their own for a few days at a time. Second, why is this your 20 year commitment? If your daughter wants the cats (and presumably you will be telling her to take care of them in terms of feeding and litter, since she is 12 and fully capable of this), why wouldn’t she take the cat with her to college or eventually when she leaves? Third, what is your general worry about getting them? In the grand scheme of more salient animals, cats are actually pretty low maintenence. I scoop the litter of mine every night and fill their food and water bowls every 2 days or so. That’s about it.

      • “Cats are pretty self sufficient and will do fine on their own for a few days at a time.”

        Not all cats are self sufficient or okay to be left alone.

        • Kontraktor :

          In general they are. They aren’t like dogs where you need to crate train, take them out daily, or generally put in a lot of effort. Yes, there is always going to be that 3rd standard deviation of cats that needs constant care and attention, but as a general class of animals, they are pretty self sufficient.

    • Gail the Goldfish :

      When my brother and I were 6, we desperately wanted kittens. My dad was very reluctant and totally against this plan, but eventually relented. Guess who ended up completely in love with the cats? (which did turn out to be an 18 year committment). So you might like them more than you think.

      An older cat would be easier to care for than kittens, but if you must get young kittens, definitely get a pair. One kitten left alone by itself=disaster for your furniture and toilet paper rolls. Two kittens can entertain each other and be less of a disaster.

      • Gail the Goldfish :

        Also, maybe you could try fostering kittens as sort of a test run? Not the itty-bitty need-constant-attention-and-bottle-feeding kittens, but the old-enough-to-be-adopted-and-our-shelter-is-full kittens.

        • another anon :

          I would be hesitant to do this, because the daughter is very likely to get attached to them even if they foster for only a short period of time. I have a very vivid (and sad) childhood memory of getting a kitten, only to have to take it back to the shelter a few days later because it turned out I was allergic (an allergy that I have since grown out of, thankfully).

    • Senior Attorney :

      OMG I am laughing so hard at “wrapping my jews around” that I can’t. even. breathe.

      And OMG the slaying!!

      *dies from happiness*

    • Can I suggest adopting a pair of bonded adult cats? That will be much less work than kittens. Look on Petfinder and call some local animal rescues, and I’m sure one or two will have some bonded adult pairs.

      Where do you live? If you’re in DC, I’d recommend Washington Animal Rescue League. They class all their adoptable pets by personality, so you could make sure to get cats who will be suited to your being gone all the time and having a preteen in your home.

      • LOVE Washington Animal Rescue League. We got our cat there and we also volunteer there. Favorite part – I never leave feeling sad about leaving animals behind.

        Stand your ground if you really don’t want the cats. My dad got us a dog that he didn’t want and every time the dog misbehaved he would threaten, very seriously, to get rid of it. He had it in the car once backing out of the driveway and I was a wreck. It was an emotional roller coaster that just could have been avoided if he had held his ground, since he never wanted a dog in the first place.
        If you get the cats, love them, care for them, and make them part of your family. If you’re not prepared to do that, don’t get the cats.

    • My parents weren’t interested in a pet either, but they eventually relented and let me get a kitten when I was 13. I wasn’t awesome at taking care of it, but like Kontraktor said, cats are pretty low maintenance compared to dogs. A 12 year old is definitely old enough to be required to clean the litter box and fill the food bowl. My parents paid for my kitten’s food and litter, but I was plenty old enough to take care of him and he was fine on his own for days at a time (if you have a yard and are willing to pay to get the kitten spayed/neutered (which you should in either event)) it will probably be fine being outside a lot of the time. Although a kitten may appreciate a friend, most cats don’t need a companion.

      When I went to college, my dad made him become an outside cat, which he didn’t love but he survived. 3 years later when I got a place of my own I relieved my parents of the (pretty minimal) responsibility and brought him home to my apartment, and we are currently living happily ever after.

    • Just get a dog. Then everybody wins.

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