On Grit: It’s not about being smart

By | December 16, 2016

I found another book to recommend to you guys. Grit by Angela Duckworth. It’s thoroughly researched, thoughtfully written, with enough human interest examples to keep the data from being dull and, most importantly of all, I have never felt so motivated in my entire life. Now I’m convinced that the only thing that stands between anyone… Read More »

Wanga bhaji recipe

By | December 6, 2016

I found a few recipes floating around on scraps of paper in my laptop case. I’m sorry if you don’t care about the recipes. My dish today is wanga bhaji. Wanga means eggplant in Marathi. Fun Fact Tween-Thriftygal once tried to play “wanga” for the question of which pizza topping starts with the letter W. It was in… Read More »

The News Illusion

By | November 23, 2016

In real life, I’m a news junkie. Politics and current events and international happenings fascinate me. I like the idea that I’m informed about the world and can talk intelligently about whatever you bring up. At least I used to. Operation Finally Write Your Stupid Book and Cross Off that Bucket List Item In August, a publisher knocked and encouraged… Read More »

Green chutney recipe

By | November 2, 2016

Today’s dish is a spicy green chutney. We eat it with samosas. Samosas are fried dough with peas and potatoes inside. We also eat this with grilled cheese sandwiches. You know what those are. Really, you can eat it with anything you want to make spicy and so freaking good. That’s true of most of… Read More »

How to thoughtfully spend on your hobbies

By | October 24, 2016

To be really happy and really safe, one ought to have at least two or three hobbies, and they must all be real. Winston Churchill seems like such an interesting dude. So insightful. One of the many reasons I love my resolutions chart is that it shows me what I’m actually doing and what I just… Read More »

FAQ about my precious VTSAX

By | October 14, 2016

More of your questions answered! By me! Mostly about VTSAX. VTSAX is, of course, my one true love and where I invest the majority of my money. It’s the total stock market index fund from Vanguard. Read the post I’ve linked above if you’re still confused. Should I wait to buy VTSAX until it’s on sale?… Read More »

Thriftygal’s Book Reviews – October 2016

By | October 11, 2016

Hey, here’s a new thing I’m doing. I like to read and I’ve started writing pithy little reviews of books I finish. Okay, that’s not accurate. Pithy implies short, but full of substance. My reviews are mostly rubbish. If my review of the book makes it sound interesting and if you click on the link and if… Read More »

Let’s all start biking everywhere

By | October 7, 2016

Here’s my best attempt to persuade you that biking is your purpose in life. Or at least the best way to get around a bunch of places. Biking saves money!  Biking is pretty much free after you fork over the initial outlay of money. My commute to work in Chicago using the L cost me $80/month for an unlimited… Read More »

Thriftygal’s Anchorage Bucket List

By | October 4, 2016

I’m retired and I travel and I make stupid lists. That’s kind of my thing. Nearly every trip gets a Bucket List and I thought I’d share with you my Anchorage Bucket List to give you some ideas on (1) what you can do in Anchorage and (2) what life is like when you’re retired… Read More »