COST-OF-LIVING

we're too young for this

we live in an instant world,
where hamburgers aren’t made
of beef but only cost $1 plus tax,
and live in the daily grind, waiting
for the next sun rise and taking for granted
the hours between then and the sun set-
where the waves of the ocean dance
without notice because we’re looking
at the latest status update, leaving
a carbon foot print on society instead
of marking our legacy in humanity.

Chinese civilians gather for a patriotic rally in Hankou commemorating the thirteenth anniversary of the death of Sun Yat-sen, the first president and founding father of the Republic of China, and to celebrate the resistance to the ongoing Japanese invasion and occupation of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Hostilities between Japan and China would end on 9 September 1945, after over eight years of bloody battles and with the cost of millions of lives. Hankou (now, part of modern-day Wuhan), Hubei, Republic of China. 12 March 1938. Image taken by Robert Capa.

crowdsourcing important personal decisions

(like one does)

SO at the last minute, I got offered admission at Pitt Law, which is very exciting! But also means I have to make a decision:

PITT LAW

  • Scholarship covering about 60% of tuition
  • Guaranteed summer research assistant position with a Health Law professor, and the head of the Health Law Fellowship
  • has the JD/MPH dual degree program that I’m most interested in

LOYOLA LAW 

  • Scholarship covering 80% of tuition
  • One of the top Health Law programs in the country
  • In Chicago, which is a city I know and love, and keeps me near family–plus, my grandparents love Loyola and might help me pay the rest of tuition/living costs

They’re both ranked about the same, anyone know anything about either Pitt or Loyola or law school and would like to weigh in on the subject?

Teachers on the clock

Just had a thought while I was brushing my cat (yes this is when I do all my deep thinking)… The state really gets a deal on public school teachers. Most of us work at least 10 hours a day, some of us work more, and some of us work our way through our weekends. If we were paid hourly, with all of the mandated breaks I got when I worked in retail (and penalties my employer incurred if they didn’t send me on those breaks), they’d be paying through the nose. Some people think, “Oh, $30-$45k for ten months of work is great!” Compared to where I came from, making $30k/12 months in a high-cost-of-living area, it sounds like it. But when I worked in retail/admin, I was clocked out the second I clocked out.

So…for one week, from April 26 to May 2, I am going to track all of the hours I spend at school and/or doing directly school-related work. Teaching is the first salaried job I’ve ever worked, so I come from a background of clocking in/out whenever I go on breaks. The state of California is verrrrrry strict about getting in breaks for hourly employees, so I will ALSO be calculating meal penalties I would be owed and/or at what point I would start making double time wages if it comes to that.

Of course, if I sit in another teacher’s room for half an hour and shoot the shit after school I will “clock out” for that. :) Planning and grading are on the clock, though, as are making copies and shopping for supplies.

Anyone who wants to follow my (mis)adventures or wants to track their own week (because I would love to see what others do!) can follow the tag #teacherontheclock.

Oh! In somewhat exciting news, there was some kind of mix-up when I submitted my income verification papers last January. I don’t know what happened. Anyway, I’ve been overpaying my rent by $5 every month.


I’m really confused about how it’s calculated, especially now that I have lived in two subsidized places. My rent is supposed to be 30% of my income, and I have been getting tiny cost-of-living increases each year. They don’t seem to adjust my rent unless I move, though.

If anyone is interested in Regency Era finances here are some links I found helpful: 

Currency Converter: Will convert any amount in yeas between 1270-1970 to 2005 BPS. 

Pride and Prejudice Economics: Explains exactly how much Mr. Darcy and Mr. Bingley are worth, as well as provides a charge of Jane Austin’s (and some of her characters’) yearly expenses and incomes in 1810 BPS and 2008 Spending Power. 

Cost of Living: Similar to the above link, explains how much one would have to make yearly to live comfortably. 

Master Post

Sense and Sensibility pdf: Chapter 2 is where Fanny and John Dashwood talk about how much money they aren’t going to give his step-family. (Suggested by the wonderful notsomolly).