things i’m convincing myself not to buy (01.14.18)

This post contains affiliate links, because I like money, but I s2g I wrote this post before adding the affiliate links and the monetization does not affect my opinions.

For some reason, I’ve been really into coveralls/jumpsuits lately (and not so lately). Here are two from Forever21 that I’ve been convincing myself not to buy for a week now, as part of my no-spend attempt:

Forever21 jumpsuit - plunging sleeveless wide leg cropped

Plunging Wide-Leg Jumpsuit, $19.90

Forever21 snap button jumpsuit coveralls

Snap-Button Jumpsuit, $48

I would totally wear both of these jumpsuits/coveralls layered with turtlenecks like on the models, probably with Tevas or sneakers instead of heels, for maximum insouciance.

But in the meantime… I’ve got a pair of mom jeans I need to break in.

inaction

This post contains affiliate links, because I like money, but I s2g I wrote this post before adding the affiliate links and the monetization does not affect my opinions.

Hello bubs. I’m currently folded up with menstrual cramps on my boyfriend’s couch while the cat licks her butthole next to me.

I have so many half-started (more like eighth-started) posts sitting around, but even though I want to work on them, I can’t bring myself to actually do it.

I used to feel antsy with possibility whenever a new year rolled around, but I think ever since starting my current job about two years ago, I keep finding myself too exhausted to take inventory of my life after the holidays. Or maybe that’s just adulthood. Maybe that’s just what it’s like to be in a relationship, because what’s happening in front of me feels more important than a hypothetical improved version of myself. Maybe I’m done with self-improvement. Or maybe I just need to find a new job.

sam thinking about work

me thinking about going to work

(I do. I’m unhappy at work, and it’s making my anxiety flare up in a way that hasn’t happened in a couple years. Also, I’m underpaid, because my employer sucks.)

(To be clear: I get paid a lot, by most standards, but I’m making at least $15k less than market rate for someone with my experience. I’m not complaining about making too little; I’m complaining about my company being run by a bunch of assholes. They are underpaying everyone whose salary I know.)

Maybe I should set a baby goal. A mini goal, that is. Not a goal for a baby. I know I’m that age now, but I don’t want a baby just yet.

I did talk to a recruiter on Friday, which is good for phone interview practice. But I’m procrastinating on setting up my follow-up phone call, which is painful to think about, mostly because I’m afraid the technical interviewer on the other end is going to discover I’m a fraud and I’m actually incompetent. (Which is my own fear about myself.)

I gotta do it, though. I gotta do it. How else am I supposed to change my situation?

(THANKS, SELF, FOR MAKING ME WRITE THIS BLOG POST. I EMAILED THE RECRUITER BACK. I’M SWEATING.)

Here’s a mini update of other things I’ve been busy with:

  • reading Ready Player One by Ernest Kline (Goodreads | Amazon)
  • and Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind The Secret Plan To Steal America’s Democracy by David Daley (Goodreads | Amazon)
  • and My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante (Goodreads | Amazon)
  • thinking about buying tickets to go see Betty Who in concert
  • trying to avoid buying clothing, shoes, accessories, or makeup for a while
  • doing a backdoor Roth IRA for the first time
  • playing Overcooked with my boyfriend in an attempt to improve our communication, coordination, and teamwork (IT’S SO FUN! And frustrating. But mostly fun!)
  • getting back into Since First I Saw Your Face (it was a WIP and I was stuck waiting for an update for a while) and LIVING for Holmes’ pining
  • hurtin’ to watch the new Jumanji because KAREN GILLAN!!! Her legs make me useless.

Tomorrow, I’m going to the Legion of Honor to see the Klimt/Rodin special exhibit (before I head home to study more practice problems from Cracking the Coding Interview and to sit in dread thinking about going in to work on Monday). It’s been a while since my last trip to a museum and I’m looking forward to being movèd by art again. I think my heart needs it.

How I Spent My Money: November 2017

This post contains affiliate links, because I like money, but I s2g I wrote this post before adding the affiliate links and the monetization does not affect my opinions.

another toast - samglorious - how i spent my money - let's talk about money - personal finance, budgeting, expenses, purchases, spending

I know it’s barely December anymore (or, possibly, it’s 2018 for some of you), but I can’t bring myself to abandon this post series, so! Here’s the latest installment of How I Spent My Money.

As I mentioned in October’s post, I’ve decided to rework the way I assess my budget because my previous system wasn’t particularly useful for me.

In addition to measuring how many dollars over or under my target spending amount I was, I’m going to look at November’s expenses and ask myself which expenses added happiness (or removed unhappiness) vs. maintained happiness vs. added unhappiness (or removed happiness).

Total spending: -$2539

This is $1635 over budget. (lmao)

Here’s the breakdown:

(more…)

How I Spent My Money: October 2017

This post contains affiliate links, because I like money, but I s2g I wrote this post before adding the affiliate links and the monetization does not affect my opinions.

another toast - samglorious - how i spent my money - let's talk about money - personal finance, budgeting, expenses, purchases, spending

I know it’s almost December (!!!), but let’s ignore that for a moment so I can knock this How I Spent My Money blog post out.

Back in October, I took a trip to LA to watch my friends get married (!!!), got a bunch of money back for items I returned, and took care of some healthcare items I’d been procrastinating on all year.

The end result?

Me, hella happy and pretty healthy, and somehow under budget. 😎

Total spending: -$583

That’s a whole $321 under budget, which is great, but also a little misleading. Here’s why:

(more…)

Halloween Costume 2017: Rachael from Blade Runner

I’m slightly overdue for a How I Spent My Money post and really overdue for a lately post, but first!!! I was really happy with how my Halloween costume turned out this year, so I wanted to share this while it’s still somewhat relevant.

I didn’t have a new Halloween costume planned this year (for the one party I attended, I re-wore my Mathilda costume from The Professional, with my boyfriend as Léon), but exactly 11 days before Halloween, I decided to see if I could put together a costume for Rachael from Blade Runner.

I actually only watched the 1982 Blade Runner for the first time in August, in preparation for the release of Blade Runner 2049 in October. I was pretty psyched to finally see it, in part because my partner is a fan of Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, but mostly because over the years, I’ve seen so many visually stunning GIFs and edits of the original movie that I was sure I was missing out.

I was not wrong. (I also didn’t know there was a scene of Extremely Dubious Consent, which, like, does not read well in 2017, but I get what was trying to be conveyed… I just don’t think it was executed well.)

ANYWAY, I spent the 11 nights leading up to Halloween making Amazon Prime orders and practicing victory rolls and bumper bangs and pinning and sewing and cutting and gluing and this is what I came up with:

blade runner rachael halloween costume - anothertoast - samglorious - rachel replicant sean young black skirt suit outfit 1940s victory rolls bumper bangs

Not bad, amirite?! Yeah, I’ve got a chunk of stray hair flying away, and my nail polish is too dark a shade of red, but aside from not finding a feathered owl prop in time for Halloween, I’m pretty damn pleased with myself.

I plan to post a costume guide eventually (hopefully before next Halloween, ha-ha.. ha….), and I hope I’ll be able to get a Deckard costume together for my boyfriend next year, but until then, I’ve got a pile of laundry and Sunday night to-do items to knock off my list.

Have a good one, y’all.

How I Spent My Money: September 2017

This post contains affiliate links, because I like money, but I s2g I wrote this post before adding the affiliate links and the monetization does not affect my opinions.

another toast - samglorious - how i spent my money - let's talk about money - personal finance, budgeting, expenses, purchases, spending

As I mentioned in my August installment of How I Spent My Money, I’ve decided to switch over to a 5-category budget broken down like so: Going Out, Necessary, Frivolous, Gifts, and Travel.

Here’s how I did in September.

Total spending: -$1742

This puts me at $838 over budget, which is pretty damn bad. Let’s break this baby down.

(more…)