I like having nice things. I’m still not used to having nice things. But I drove my car to the city (not just the airport in the city, but a conference in the city) and it was SO NICE having google maps on apple carplay. Getting home through a zillion different highways and city streets was stressful, but it would have been insanely stressful without up to the moment instructions telling me which lane to be in with plenty of warning, especially without me having to look down to see my phone.
I just realized that I haven’t even noticed that I haven’t gotten annoyed by water pooling behind the sink since we got the kitchen redone. (This was one of my major annoyances with the kitchen prior to redoing the sink and countertops and something we definitely wanted to fix.) So much of being well-off is being able to throw money at annoyances to make them go away. And then sometimes I don’t even appreciate them, but also I’m no longer being regularly annoyed by them. So let me pause for a second to get a little burst of appreciation. I should probably do a whole obnoxious post about removing annoyances as an update to our previous frugal version, except I just wrote a similar post about the loveliness of the reduced mental load of being well off and there’s only so much obnoxiousness a readership can handle. So maybe this bullet point is enough.
DC1 auditioned for, and then unexpectedly got into regional orchestra. After that was announced, the orchestra director moved hir from second violins to first violins. Yay DC1! (How I found out about the promotion: me: That sounds like a… melody? DC1: Yeah, I got moved up to first violin after she announced regional results last week.)
Whoever decided that queso and Thai red curry needed to be mixed together is a swearwording genius. Seriously. I had it recently while traveling and am itching to try it at home– I’m thinking about using the velveeta recipe with coconut milk instead of cow and adding some prepared thai red curry sauce (unfortunately TJ’s has yeast extract in it now which gives me headaches, but maybe you don’t have that problem?) The closest recipe I could find online was for mac and cheese.
The other weekend we had a hankering to go into the city, but my sister had to spend all Saturday cooking for having her book club over that night. So DH and I offered to menu plan and cook for her while she took care of our kids. That turned out to be surprisingly nice. Since our favorite couple moved to jobs at a top university, we haven’t been entertaining at all (not counting DC1’s friends who just play video/board games and DC2’s friends who always have playdates at park or pool), and I find I enjoy the planning and cooking more than the actual socializing. (In case you’re wondering, the book was Auntie Mame and we went with fancy appetizers. My sister made champagne cocktails to go with them.)
I recently saw a talk from an economist (prominent) who used to comment on our blog (but hasn’t been around for years) which was so weird since this blog is anonymous and zie has no idea who I am. I did not make things awkward by telling hir I know about hir laundry situation from several years ago (I, in fact, did not say anything at all, remaining an anonymous face in a crowd). The only other time I met a reader, it turned out she’d asked the blog for the same advice she was asking me in person so I was like… that question sounds really familiar! (She took the advice and is doing really great now ;) )
Property taxes this year: $8,261.12. Have to pay that out of savings (i.e. where my paycheck deposits to), which means we really aren’t living on DH’s paycheck alone.
It’s that place! We finally closed and moved :) I’m so glad we did this – I like our new neighbourhood better (much quieter) and it’s also amazing to have multiple floors, more space, and newer, upgraded stuff without having to orchestrate a remodel ourselves.
Here’s what you can do right now:
Call and tell your House Representative you’re paying attention! Demand they uphold their oath and vote yes on today’s resolution to ensure the next phase of the impeachment inquiry is transparent to the public. Dial 701-484-0521 to be connected to their office.
This vote will be the next turning point in holding Trump and members of his administration accountable for their unrelenting abuses of power. Let’s make sure that our calls for impeachment are echoing through the halls of Congress as a signal to every representative that no one is above the law.
Did you suddenly get inundated on Monday with tweets, phone alerts, and CNN coverage about an upcoming House vote concerning the impeachment inquiry?
At first glance, it mayyy have looked as if the House was deciding to vote to “officially start” an impeachment inquiry. That is not what is happening. Here’s what is happening: Today, the House will vote on the rules and procedures for the next phase of the impeachment inquiry (the public phase!).
This inquiry is already underway and has already collected extensive evidence and testimony from eyewitnesses of Trump’s corruption. Today’s vote simply establishes the rules of the road as we drive down the path toward impeachment. The rules will establish how congressional committees will hold public hearings, how the articles of impeachment themselves will actually be drafted and voted on, and more. This vote will also draw a clear line in the sand between those who know that no one is above the law and those who are too concerned with self-interest and power to do anything to stop Trump.
This is our chance to get every single representative on the record and on the right side of this fight. No one is allowed to stay on the fence.
This week alone, we learned:
White House official Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman became the 5th person to publicly confirm the illegal quid pro quo scheme that Trump proposed to Ukraine;
the White House attempted a cover-up of that scheme by doctoring the transcript of the call between Trump and Ukraine;
That Republicans, who cannot reasonably defend Trump’s behavior on the merits, will instead create conspiracy theories out of thin air.
This vote is about the public phase of this impeachment investigation, and will allow the American people to see the full array of evidence into Trump’s corruption. There is no reason to oppose this resolution.