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Soft benefits

What do you like best about your current job/employer/manager? I’m kind of glad that my company doesn’t know how important their flexible schedule is to me, because they could pay me a significant amount less and I still wouldn’t leave. The normal workday is officially 8:30 - 5, but in reality it’s “show up…

Smokers in the office

Apologies if this offends any smokers here, but we have a new employee who is sitting in my office area (a smallish room that has no openable windows) who smokes, and, well, she reeks. Some days you can smell her as soon as she walks into the room. There’s no body odour or hygiene issues; she just always smells like…

Small in-law gripe

My parents-in-law are going to Europe next month for four weeks. These are the people who have come to Mr L and I multiple times over the years and asked us to help them manage their spending, and then ignore all our advice. They’ve got 6 figures’ worth of debt, all from decades of living an upper middle class life…

Holy crap: Elena Ferrante

So the latest book in my 2017 reading spree (27 books so far, which is more than all of last year) is Elena Ferrante’s “My Brilliant Friend”. I finished it a few hours ago, and am stunned at how much it affected me. This is only the second book I’ve ever read that really, truly portrayed how vicious and competitive…

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Money spending habits

My husband periodically empties his wallet of all his change (including loonies and toonies) and gives it to me, since he doesn’t like standing at the cash register and counting out coins to the last 5 cents. He also hates using up tiny amounts on gift cards. I’m the complete opposite; I have no problem saying “Can…