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by Elsebet
Tue Jun 19, 2018 5:00 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: gray hair
Replies: 114
Views: 5643

Re: gray hair

My husband has been grey on the sides (think Paulie Walnuts from Sopranos) ever since his 20's and now at 42 he is mostly grey with a grey beard. It looks nice on him. I'm 41 and female and have had a few grey hairs for years now, I kind of hope it turns into a nice white/silver color as I think tha...
by Elsebet
Tue Jun 19, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Carpet Installers- Tipping?
Replies: 22
Views: 1374

Re: Carpet Installers- Tipping?

I usually give a small tip to the workers directly if it's an appliance/furniture delivery. Skilled trades like plumbers, electricians, etc I usually don't tip. When I had our mud room remodeled over the course of two weeks, I had fresh fruit, snacks, water, and a nice clean restroom for the laborer...
by Elsebet
Mon Jun 18, 2018 4:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Supermarket are you?
Replies: 153
Views: 7152

Re: Which Supermarket are you?

Costco - I never shopped here until I started working for them in 2013 and got a free membership. I recently left because their IT department is a terrible mess but I adore the company so I rejoined as a regular member. I shop there about once a month or less for non-perishables, paper & cleaning pr...
by Elsebet
Wed Jun 13, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rowing machine motivation
Replies: 82
Views: 5051

Re: Rowing machine motivation

I don't do cardio currently, but when I do my 3x weekly recommended routine from /r/bodyweightfitness I usually watch a movie/tv series that my husband doesn't like. We only have one television and it's a nice treat to watch what I like on the big screen & sound system instead of my computer monitor.
by Elsebet
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?
Replies: 179
Views: 36808

Re: Bogleheads, tell me about your 40's?

I'm 41. I feel I'm doing the best work and am in the best physical and financial shape of my life so far.

A few small health related things I noticed is that I'm now a little afraid of falling when walking down steep slopes and my eyesight is declining noticeably.
by Elsebet
Tue Jun 12, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: How to convince my co-worker to invest more?
Replies: 47
Views: 3249

Re: How to convince my co-worker to invest more?

At my last job I talked to a younger co-worker a number of times about working towards maxing his 401k and Roth IRA and forwarded him the "If you Can" pdf. He didn't seem very interested but over the four years I was there I brought it up on occasion to reinforce the idea. At my going away lunch, th...
by Elsebet
Sat Jun 09, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Why do we work?
Replies: 121
Views: 10028

Re: Why do we work?

I guess I work because when I was a kid I was always told that the proper path is school -> college -> job -> retire. My dad didn't generate the kind of assets that would give me any option otherwise. That said I do enjoy solving interesting, challenging IT problems at work, the problem is those opp...
by Elsebet
Thu May 31, 2018 4:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: steel cut oats in bulk
Replies: 50
Views: 4097

Re: steel cut oats in bulk

Costco usually has them now but it varies by warehouse. Sadly they are a bit behind IT wise and have no ability to see what is available in a warehouse online but you could probably call ahead and ask.
by Elsebet
Wed May 30, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: My mind exploded
Replies: 79
Views: 4645

Re: My mind exploded

I misspent lots of money when I was young and dumb. I'm now 41 with a nice 401k/Roth IRA and cash savings. I wouldn't worry about one incident from an 18 year old. I hope you did buy her the Bogleheads guide to investing as a graduation present. :)
by Elsebet
Tue May 29, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 132
Views: 11518

Re: What have you baked recently?

This holiday weekend I made a lot of older recipes I've already linked. It's my last week at my current job and I've been baking for my colleagues for a long time, so as a way of saying goodbye I made a few of their old favorites: KAF White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Tart - this is gone within the day ...
by Elsebet
Mon May 21, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 132
Views: 11518

Re: What have you baked recently?

I made a few things this weekend from the KAF Baking cookbook, however I have learned my lesson and will consult the web version of the recipes first. :) KAF Tuiles - wanted to try these for a long time after seeing them made on the Great British Baking show. I used the book recipe however in hindsi...
by Elsebet
Tue May 15, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3573
Views: 1019012

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

Hostiles I really really liked this movie! Just watched this last night. Usually I work while my husband and I are watching movies but I could not tear my eyes away from this one. Really enjoyed it, Christian Bale and Rosamund Pike and honestly the entire cast deliver as usual. My only question was...
by Elsebet
Tue May 15, 2018 2:20 pm
Forum: Local Chapters and Bogleheads Community
Topic: Yes, I'm 89 all right! [Jack Bogle]
Replies: 126
Views: 9881

Re: Yes, I'm 89 all right!

Happy Birthday and thank you for all you've done for us Mr. Bogle!
by Elsebet
Mon May 14, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3573
Views: 1019012

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

abuss368 wrote:
Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:13 am
"Out of the Furnace" with Christian Bale on Netflix.
Quoting quite an old post but I watched this recently and loved it. However I grew up about 1.5 hours away from Pittsburgh and once I could drive we went there as often as possible. It was nice seeing some familiar scenes in that movie.
by Elsebet
Mon May 14, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: First Post - On my feet?
Replies: 16
Views: 2298

Re: First Post - On my feet?

I don't have any advice that isn't already said, but just wanted to say you are doing great for your age and I encourage you to keep up the great work!
by Elsebet
Mon May 14, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: The front page is ugly
Replies: 140
Views: 11575

Re: The front page is ugly

I agree with both sides here. A little bootstrap/css work would be nice to make it a little more modern without weighing it down. I'd volunteer to help!
by Elsebet
Mon May 14, 2018 10:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 132
Views: 11518

Re: What have you baked recently?

This weekend I made: KAF White Chocolate Hazelnut Cheesecake - unfortunately I can't link the exact recipe as it does not appear to be on KAF's website. I got it from their paper cookbook. This one from BigOven is the closest one I could find. Very good recipe although I did not add the praline past...
by Elsebet
Mon May 14, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 132
Views: 11518

Re: What have you baked recently?

How do you keep homemade bread fresh? I’d like to make some, but don’t eat a lot of bread. Ziplock? Foil? Fridge? I don’t own a “bread box” if that’s the ol skool answer. My sourdough loaves seem to stay fresh forever if I keep them in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator. My recipe makes two loaves at...
by Elsebet
Fri May 11, 2018 10:25 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Time Span Between Job Changes
Replies: 16
Views: 1442

Re: Time Span Between Job Changes

Mine have been:

5 years (FTE)
1 year (contract)
2 years (FTE)
7 years (FTE)
4 years (FTE)

At one of my megacorps we had a resume from a guy who hopped jobs probably about every 6 months to a year. These were FTE jobs, not contracts, and it was definitely seen as a negative.
by Elsebet
Wed May 09, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: 25 Years Old. Need help. In the Guard. Currently having TSP trying to pay off debt then make plan for Roth IRA??
Replies: 27
Views: 1698

Re: 25 Years Old. Need help. In the Guard. Currently having TSP trying to pay off debt then make plan for Roth IRA??

Can an admin please delete or close out this thread? No one is actually answering my question. I'm done here. And won't be on this site anymore. Thank you. ✌🏻 By this person's behavior after getting some very good advice along with constructive criticism I am not surprised at his financial issues.
by Elsebet
Tue May 08, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: AMC Movie Theaters -- typical OR not?
Replies: 61
Views: 4589

Re: AMC Movie Theaters -- typical OR not?

KSOC wrote:
Sun May 06, 2018 8:37 am
What bugs me is the 20 minutes of commercials & trailers before your show.
I would be grateful for only 20 minutes, at our local theater it's more like 30-40 minutes of trailers.
by Elsebet
Tue May 08, 2018 3:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Las Vegas shows
Replies: 22
Views: 2127

Re: Las Vegas shows

Absinthe was great! Through a stroke of luck as I was walking back on that warm spring evening to the MGM Grand, the Bellagio fountain show started and the music was Con te Partiro . It was pretty magical on my last evening in Vegas. The next best thing was the evening of comedy at the Laugh Factory...
by Elsebet
Mon May 07, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 132
Views: 11518

Re: What have you baked recently?

I baked the following this weekend: KAF Black Forest Cake - this was very tasty and pretty simple to prepare, however my layers were very large and it seemed unlikely it would survive the trip to the office intact as the gigantic 4 layer cake it turned out to be. Thus I separated them and made 2 2-l...
by Elsebet
Fri May 04, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 4117

Re: Gardening 2018

The weather is finally starting to warm up here in the PNW. I have tomatoes inside the mini greenhouse but they won't go into the ground until after Mother's Day if not later, it takes awhile for the nights to stay above 50 here consistently. I am going to start some cucumber seedlings and sow some ...
by Elsebet
Thu May 03, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Not Wasting Food
Replies: 60
Views: 3656

Re: Not Wasting Food

Compost all your veggie scraps if you can, feeding soil is not a waste.
by Elsebet
Wed May 02, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Testimonials on moving with a family
Replies: 29
Views: 2719

Re: Testimonials on moving with a family

I was born in a tiny town (less than 2500 people) in Pennsylvania. Lived there until age 18 (1994) when I went 45 minutes away to a nearby college for my freshman year. I experienced a wealth of things I had never thought of in my old tiny hometown. Did poorly my first year, took a year off and work...
by Elsebet
Wed May 02, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: Making it easier to track posts from the OP
Replies: 29
Views: 2460

Re: Making it easier to track posts from the OP

I requested that feature in this thread but the mod wasn't supported by the forum software at the time:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=165036&p=2949042&hi ... r#p2949042
by Elsebet
Wed May 02, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 132
Views: 11518

Re: What have you baked recently?

Last weekend I made these because I was bored of the usual white chocolate/macadamia nut combination: https://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/macadamia-bars-recipe They were gone within 1 day at the office and were scrumptious. Next time I will either chop the macadamia nuts up a bit or use a smalle...
by Elsebet
Tue May 01, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Career change and going back to school at 40+
Replies: 37
Views: 3395

Re: Career change and going back to school at 40+

I started thinking about the things I enjoy doing and applied to the local community college. I've been looking at an associate of science in horticulture, but I am starting to realize the classes might be nearly impossible for me to finish while working full time. Many of the classes are in the ev...
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 694
Views: 75048

Re: Netflix, Your Current Favorite Show

I am currently watching The West Wing. I love how they portray the President so far, Martin Sheen does a great job. I like the character of Donna a lot too.
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 30, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anyone else use AmazonSmile?
Replies: 31
Views: 2602

Re: Anyone else use AmazonSmile?

I do when I remember to do so, mine is currently sent to the SPCA. I wish Amazon would just default to it, I often forget to change the url.
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 30, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Maple syrup
Replies: 59
Views: 5132

Re: Maple syrup

I use only a tiny splash of it on my oatmeal once a week and my husband has waffles only occasionally, so the jug from Costco lasts us a long time.
by Elsebet
Fri Apr 27, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Learning to drive a stick [car with manual transmission]
Replies: 126
Views: 6173

Re: Learning to drive stick

Please do it! I learned to drive stick around age 22 with a boyfriend's truck. Still a novice at it, I bought a 6 speed car (Toyota Celica) and sloppily drove it home and to work the next morning. By that time I had the hang of it. My Honda Civic and Toyota Tacoma are both sticks. I will opt for a s...
by Elsebet
Thu Apr 26, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Investment Class/Group at Work
Replies: 16
Views: 1303

Re: Investment Class/Group at Work

There's a group at my office called "Financial Fitness" that does exactly this. They have specific agendas for each of their meetings to avoid noise.
by Elsebet
Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Nomadic lifestyle in their 50s
Replies: 101
Views: 10831

Re: Nomadic lifestyle in their 50s

My dream would be to buy/rent a small place in the center of the US (maybe Kansas) then buy one of those RoadTrek vehicles and take multiple trips per year for a few weeks at a time to different areas of the country.
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 23, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How long have you been unemployed?
Replies: 60
Views: 5675

Re: How long have you been unemployed?

Started working in 1997 full-time while working on my degree. Finished my degree in 2001 and was still working at the same company. At the end of 2002 I had an existential crisis and I briefly dabbled with the idea of adopting kid(s) and becoming a housewife. I quit my job voluntarily in Dec 2002 bu...
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 23, 2018 9:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 132
Views: 11518

Re: What have you baked recently?

I made two yeast breads this weekend: KAF Pane Bianco - good but just didn't have a "wow" factor for me, maybe I didn't add enough basil or garlic. I felt like something was missing in the flavor. KAF Chocolate Babka - Fist time making this and I don't think I braided the two halves together enough,...
by Elsebet
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:30 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: [What TV Show Have You Recently Watched?]
Replies: 694
Views: 75048

Re: Hulu, Your Current Favorite Show

I just finished The Looming Tower. I was hesitant to watch it but am glad I did, it's pretty good. I kind of hope they don't make a Season 2 though, it felt right to wrap it all up on 9/11.
by Elsebet
Thu Apr 19, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 3064
Views: 945251

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Emily, Alone by Stewart O'Nan. It's set in Pittsburgh, PA which is near my hometown and the local references are making me so homesick. :(
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 16, 2018 3:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3573
Views: 1019012

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

madbrain wrote:
Sat Apr 14, 2018 5:23 am
Molly's Game. Great movie. Jessica Chastain is perfect, as usual.
Have to agree, just watched that this weekend. Very entertaining.

We watched The Shape of Water last night and while it was enjoyable I'm not sure why it won so many awards. The ending seemed very predictable and rushed.
by Elsebet
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?
Replies: 387
Views: 44338

Re: Name something you had to have and now you regret purchasing it?

When I was in the SCA (Society for Creative Anachronism) a few years ago I decided I wanted to go to Pennisc (a huge annual event) for the first time and insisted on camping in a replica Viking tent because I was super snobby about being historically accurate. Keep in mind I had never camped before ...
by Elsebet
Wed Apr 11, 2018 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?
Replies: 3573
Views: 1019012

Re: What Movie Have You Recently Watched?

I, Tonya - somehow managed to be very sad and hilarious at the same time, loved and was saddened by it. Great! I will probably watch it again. Lady Bird - good coming of age movie, but not something I need to watch again Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - the thing about this movie for me i...
by Elsebet
Tue Apr 10, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How do you estimate your home's market value?
Replies: 53
Views: 3680

Re: How do you estimate your home's market value?

Until I'm ready to sell, I estimate my home's value using Redfin's more conservative estimate. Zillow's estimate is over 200k more than Redfin's and seems a little crazy; if someone wanted to pay me Zillow's price I'd take it and move somewhere cheaper even without another job lined up.
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Gardening 2018
Replies: 49
Views: 4117

Re: Gardening 2018

I started my tomato seedlings indoors and may put some peas and beets out soon. I'll start my pumpkin and cucumber seedlings in a few weeks. We had to move our asparagus patch last year for the well, hoping they come up again this year but I am assuming I'll need to start over.
by Elsebet
Mon Apr 09, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Handling ageism in tech
Replies: 56
Views: 4776

Re: Handling ageism in tech

When I was in my late 20's a co-worker told me her horror story of how it took her over a year to find a job when she was laid off in her 50's and how she had to accept a much lower salary for that job she finally did get. That was one of my many motivations to save while young. We have a 60 year ol...
by Elsebet
Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What have you baked recently?
Replies: 132
Views: 11518

Re: What have you baked recently?

This weekend I made: Crusty Italian Bread - I add an autolyse of 30 minutes and bake the bread on a baking stone. I also add a cookie pan underneath and add a little water to the hot pan to create steam. Still not as satisfied with this loaf as I am my sourdough baked in the cast iron dutch oven. I ...
by Elsebet
Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Permanent DINK couples - Considerations, thoughts, etc?
Replies: 40
Views: 4620

Re: Permanent DINK couples - Considerations, thoughts, etc?

We are a DINK couple currently, age 41 and 42. At age 55 I hope to have enough saved that I can stop working full-time and we can move to a cheaper area. At this point I will consider adoption, I know 55 is pretty old for kids but I would target an older child. I'd like to be a stay at home mom in r...
by Elsebet
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Asking for a raise/promotion with another offer in hand
Replies: 103
Views: 7156

Re: Asking for a raise/promotion with another offer in hand

denovo wrote:
Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:12 pm
So how are you going to celebrate your raise?
In typical Boglehead fashion with a quiet dinner at home and calculating how to use the extra funds to pay off our truck even earlier than planned. :)
by Elsebet
Fri Apr 06, 2018 10:51 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Asking for a raise/promotion with another offer in hand
Replies: 103
Views: 7156

Re: Asking for a raise/promotion with another offer in hand

You are probably late seeking promotion and higher pay where you were. Had you done that earlier on you would know better where you stand. The process can creep at a snail's pace. At this point you will probably be better off making the move. I agree "What will you pay me to get me to stay?" conver...
by Elsebet
Thu Apr 05, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Asking for a raise/promotion with another offer in hand
Replies: 103
Views: 7156

Re: Asking for a raise/promotion with another offer in hand

You’ve kind of got yourself in a pickle here. Does your manager know you have better offer? You want to accept the offer today, is that the deadline they gave you? If you never told them you had competitive offer, then asked for raise with no deadline, then leave before they have chance to put some...