SL 752

It’s an Easter egg salad for lunch.

You actually don’t have to go to that Ivy League school that you can’t afford.

I’m addicted to sale online books. Less than a dollar a book, I’ve been power reading through some good stuff. I read Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows. Next up is The German Midwife and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

I’ve been shopping for a new work/conference outfit (I only need two or three outfits that I use for several years), spring/summer dresses, and OCD travel supplies.

18 thoughts on “SL 752

  1. From the caption: “San Francisco created a kindergarten enrollment system so complicated that parents call it a months-long part-time job. It was supposed to integrate schools. But segregation got worse.”

    I haven’t read the article, but who saw that coming?


  2. “..actually don’t have to go to that Ivy League school that you can’t afford…” I was in the generation which formed Suze Orman’s view ‘College debt is GOOD debt’ as she pranced in front of the cameras. Partly this was because college was relatively cheaper, the great run up on tuition had not happened, and partly this was because inflation was going like a house on fire, so the dollars you paid to retire your debt were far less valuable than had been the dollars you borrowed. With the currency more stable these days that’s not going to work in your favor much.


    1. Ha. Feel free to complain. I love your dress, but I was looking for something sure casual and comfortable that would work for a regular day of computer work and mom chores.


    2. Re the Ivy League school you can’t afford article: If the author meant 80K debt for the entire degree, and she didn’t have debt to start out with, I think Columbia Journalism might be worth it for the right person. I also think her alternative path, which was a lot of pulling up by bootstraps and hard work, isn’t the right path for everyone. I agree wholeheartedly, however, that “it is just flat-out wrong to advise people that more formal education is always the answer, especially when it’s so expensive.” But, it’s also not flat-out wrong to take out 80K (total) of debt, depending on your circumstances. It might mean that buying a house occurs later, but that might be a tradeoff one is willing to make.

      In a related topic, here’s a department chair describing their decision to eliminate a MA program in history that discusses the cost benefit trade off, and a university making a decision that they can’t justify encouraging students to make that trade off for their program:


  3. There’s some very nice eyelet stuff in the stores right now.

    I saw it today and it’s much prettier in person.

    I almost bought this today for the 6-year-old:

    I was going to buy it when I thought it was $9, but it turned out to be more like $20 on sale.

    I’d kind of like a couple tops like that for myself.


  4. Husband has an overseas trip coming up and just bought himself an old-school Blackberry with a clicky keyboard.

    It’s oddly satisfying.


  5. Love the shoes, but wondering about the sock situation. I cannot wear shoes without socks, and I have yet to find no-see em socks that aren’t totally uncomfortable. Any recommendations there?


    1. I have a pair of conference shoes that I’ve worn for 20 years (seriously) that I wear with nice pants. I’m hoping that these shoes will be the replacement. I wear conference shoes with high quality nude knee hose. I’ve destroyed my feet with pointy heels and fancy shoes at conferences in the past. There’s so much walking and standing at those things, that I’m very risk-averse to trying new things. I’m preparing for an education writers conference is a couple of weeks.


      1. every pair of four inch heels you see on the street will result in a podiatrist having a nice vacation in Bermuda in fifteen years


      2. Laura said:

        “I’ve destroyed my feet with pointy heels and fancy shoes at conferences in the past.”

        We have duck feet in our family, and I’d have to have several toes removed to wear those.


  6. At some point, we started shopping in the men’s section for tennis shoes for our oldest.

    Ladies’ shoes are just not wide enough.


  7. “To deliver a clear individual and public good, MA programs should either have a low financial barrier of entry, so that cost is a minor issue, or a curriculum oriented toward academic or professional outcomes that justify a high cost. ”

    OMG. It’s like someone in the Brown Administration is living in the real world.


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