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Comment on I’m 35 and I Don’t Know If I Want a Baby by Can A

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:33:07 +0000

Your article was truly insightful. You shared many of my thoughts on having children to a certain point. The fact is I am 34 , not married and not even dating anyone. I like my freedom and the down time I enjoy after work. I prefer to raise a child with a husband instead of voluntarily as a single mom. I know the events of one's life can change drastically, but right now I am figuring out how to meet someone.

Comment on Books Read in January 2018 by Zandria

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 02:21:26 +0000

Thank you for such nice feedback! I'm glad you've been able to find new reads based on what I've posted. And I hope you enjoy Nomadland! That's a neat connection to Breakfast in America. You should definitely read it. He's not a great writer by any means, but his steadfastness to his goal was admirable. I definitely want to eat there if I get back to Paris myself. :)

Comment on Books Read in January 2018 by Emily

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:34:15 +0000

I always love your monthly reading recaps, and this month's added many books to my TBR list! I've already snagged a digital audiobook copy of Nomadland from my library, and am listening to that now. And I've added The Book of Separation, Wedding Toasts I’ll Never Give, and We're Going to Need More Wine to my wishlist. I've had a galley of Craig Carlson's memoir sitting in my apartment for a while and I'd like to read that too - I initially picked it up at BEA because the diner he opened, Breakfast in America, was the location of the first date my (now) husband and I had in Paris after we met back up there following our meeting in a tour group in Australia. So it holds a very special place in my heart. :)

Comment on Why I Drive An Ugly Car by Ken W

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 16:19:54 +0000

Great article. Until VERY recently I considered myself a 'car guy' - stuck in a habit of squandering way too much money on a nice car and then getting bored of high fuel/tax/insurance bills, high servicing costs, and huge depreciation costs. I'd then get rid of the expensive car and buy a small, bare-bum basic 'city car', running that for a year or two before getting bored of the basic spec, and then repeating the cycle by purchasing another 'nice' car. And so the cycle has continued for the past 11 years. Until last year I was exactly the same with motorcycles - squandering money on new bikes and then getting fed-up with 6-week waits for dealer service slots and shoddy, dangerous service from so called 'professional' main-dealer workshops. Sometimes my ownership of cars and motorcycles was counted in weeks instead of years! I've have a decent job but calculated that the money I was unnecessarily throwing away on my car/bike habit accounted for the equivalent of one full day of work, every week for the past 11 years. This was cost over and above what I would have spent had I just bought a sensible, used, mid-size Toyota or similar. I justified it to myself as I don't smoke, drink, gamble or have any other expensive vices. Cars were my vice. New cars = large depreciation costs, being tied in to main dealers (who I find largely employ 'Fitters' instead of real mechanics who can actually fix rather than replace expensive parts), strict servicing time/mileage schedules that don't always allow a busy owner much flexibility, and should you ever need/want to sell your expensive car then you largely have to sell back to 'the trade' at a low price, as used-car buyers generally don't have the finances to buy a pricey car outright from a private seller, instead preferring the convenience of arranging finance at the dealer. I've just traded down on a brand-new Mazda MX5, taking a £3700 hit in 4 months (it was a slow, poorly built, uncomfortable but hugely over-hyped car). Traded down to a cheaper 'utility' SUV (with a few £££s back) which I'll commit to running for a few years. Thereafter my car purchases will be used 3-5 year old Toyotas or similar, which I'll run in to the ground. I would have traded straight down to this level of car, but as mentioned above, dealers don't want to hand over £££s to a customer... the trade don't like this as they are too used to working the other way round. New cars these days are largely over-hyped and offer little over those with a few years and a few miles under their belts. I've seen the light and articles like yours have only reinforced my decision... no more unnecessary waste of money on cars (& car dealers), more money to spend on hobbies/sports, and later this year I'm hoping to re-evaluate my career and make the change to a less stressful and less hours job. P.S. - There used to be a magazine in the UK called 'Jalopy' which was a fairly amateurish A5 sized magazine with stories and anecdotes of the joys of running an old banger. It ran for a couple of years in the 90's and was a refreshing contrast to the mainstream car magazines that pushed the virtues of expensive metal. Jalopy was the magazine for the 'oddball' car enthusiast... and I bought almost every edition :)

Comment on Looking Back at the Books I Read in 2017 by Zandria

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 02:26:07 +0000

I'm always glad to provide inspiration for your future nonfiction reading! :)

Comment on Looking Back at the Books I Read in 2017 by Denise

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:29:39 +0000

PS.I'm really glad Homegoing was on your top five list. REALLY glad. :-)

Comment on Looking Back at the Books I Read in 2017 by Denise

Wed, 03 Jan 2018 14:29:00 +0000

Interesting! I was thinking about your year in books when planning my reading for 2018 and thought you'd stuck to tradition and read less than 10 fiction books, but I didn't realize it was quite that low! I normally read more non-fiction and memoir than I did, this year - that's part of why my counts are low again for 2017. I'm working on that for this year and will be perusing your lists. (As usual.) I think I'm going to be more mindful of the books written by women and minorities. I suspect I do a pretty good job of this in general but I don't know that for sure. You've inspired me to be mindful.

Comment on Books Read in June 2017 by Zandria

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 20:30:44 +0000

I'm glad you like the posts! I always appreciate finding random new books so I'm always glad to be a resource for others. I have the same experience you do with book-loving friends. My friend Jaclyn, for instance, reads around the same number of books per year that I do, but she reads majority fiction while I read majority nonfiction. Sometimes I find ideas from her monthly reading roundups, but most of what she reads isn't something I'd add to my reading list. But we have so much in common otherwise! Kinda funny how that works. :)

Comment on Books Read in June 2017 by Lisa

Fri, 29 Dec 2017 17:15:07 +0000

I liked An Abbreviated Life as well. I haven’t read any of the others. I like your book review posts; it’s always helpful for me to hear about books that people I like have liked/disliked and why. I have a really good friend with whom I have a lot in common, but we rarely like the same books. I find it odd.

Comment on I’m 35 and I Don’t Know If I Want a Baby by Zandria

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 15:49:41 +0000

I decided not to have a baby, but my husband and I are very happy with our decision. Link to updated article here: