Awesome Comments and Posts 18-31Oct 2014

Kyle eating a (classic) fried Twinkie at the State Fair

Kyle eating a (classic) fried Twinkie at the State Fair

You know, being funemployed really makes it difficult to keep track of time and what I’ve been up to. I often don’t really realize what day of the week it is until the evening when I go to my more-or-less weekly activities. What I’ve been focusing most on these past two weeks is my PF-for-grad students seminar – the first week I worked on making my slides and scripting it almost nonstop and the second week I didn’t work on the presentation itself at all but rather tried to promote it. My contract work has also picked up recently as I became a squeaky wheel asking for more from my supervisor. I had another set of interviews this week for a position so I’m really hoping that works out!


I convinced Kyle to watch a scary movie with me in celebration of Halloween – The Conjuring. It was a good movie, but I think my expectations were too high based on the reviews I read. Or maybe I just need to accept that I will never recreate my experience of watching The Exorcist for the first time.


The really big news for the last two weeks, though, was our launch of PhD Stipends. We have over 120 entries so far! Even with just that number, there have been several entries that have quite surprised me. I’m really trying to not spend all day long looking at the entries. 🙂 If you are a grad student, would you please visit the site to enter your pay data and then (very very crucially!) share the site with your peers through social media, email, links from sites, etc. Thank you!



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ervinshiznit added an extra bit of analysis to my simplistic comparison of the price of my MegaBus ticket to the cost of gas for making the trip: “You shouldn’t be comparing the gas cost of driving yourself to the Megabus ticket. The IRS estimates that when you take into account the maintenance that is eventually required for driving the average car on the road today, along with the gas costs, is 56 cents a mile.” With that calculation, the cost of driving would be $288 for the round trip!



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J from Ambitious Adventures perfectly describes what the end stages of a PhD feel like and explains why she is now long-term traveling.


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Have you gotten any big projects out the door recently? Did you do anything scary for Halloween?


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12 Responses to "Awesome Comments and Posts 18-31Oct 2014"

  1. Thanks for sharing my post! Sounds like you have a lot going on right now which is pretty awesome! Good luck with everything 😀
    Lance Cothern recently posted..10 Simple Steps To Survive The Holiday Season On A Budget

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks! I’m really enjoying myself.

  2. Jenna says:

    Thank you for sharing my post! It’s an honor : )
    Jenna recently posted..Weekly Updates and Links

    1. Emily says:

      My pleasure.

  3. Julia says:

    Awww! Thanks you for the kind words! 🙂
    Julia recently posted..Yoga Retreat on Koh Yao Noi, Thailand

    1. Emily says:

      You’re welcome! Thanks for your post!

  4. Congrats on the launch of PhD stipends–such a great idea! I can’t handle scary movies myself. The most intense I can go is “The Shining.” Anything more extreme has me cowering behind a pillow!
    Mrs. Frugalwoods recently posted..Weekly Woot & Grumble: Frugal Hound’s Halloween Costume Is…

    1. Emily says:

      Thank you! I’m so excited to see it grow! If you have any PhD friends please let then know!

      The Shining is very scary! I love Stephen King stories.

  5. Myles Money says:

    Thanks for the post list, Emily. I always like reading those because, no matter how much I read during the week, there are always some great posts I miss: Anton’s story about becoming a millionaire by 27 was one of those.
    Myles Money recently posted..Halloween #SmartMoney Roundup

    1. Emily says:

      I enjoy finding new blogs to read through these types of posts!

  6. Hi Emily, I am surprised that I am one of your frequent commenters. Thanks! By the way, I also watched The Conjuring yesterday before I watched Oculus. Both movies are great, when watched at night. You may also try Annabelle.
    Jayson @ Monster Piggy Bank recently posted..How I Accidentally Learned to Invest Like Warren Buffett

    1. Emily says:

      Thanks for the recommendation!

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