Cheddar Pielosophy

Is Grad School Worth It?

I'll admit I've been delinquent in my writing recently. I have a good excuse, though -- maybe the best excuse. I've been on a multi-week, joy-filled, and overwhelming high after attending my 10-year grad school reunion. It really couldn't have been any better -- great friends and amazing people doing amazing things. Am I one of those people? Sort of -- I work in a related field, but it's not what I went to school for and I went on to get ANOTHER degree after this one that's required for my current job. (Yes, I be crazy. Way too much schooling.) So I have a somewhat random Master's degree on my resume that always confuses people and no one's quite sure what to make of it. To be honest, neither am I. But was my two-year academic jaunt "worth" it? (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Frugality

Budget Basement Reno Rundown!

Woohoo! I am proud to report that my basement renovation is finally, totally, completely, almost done. There are just a couple of minor repairs (shaving off a door that can't clear the new, plushy, cushy, awesome carpet and repairing a leaky toilet) and then hanging some pictures on the walls when my photo prints arrive in the mail. I am even prouder to report that it came in ... over time and over budget! Not a surprise, but thankfully the overruns were not too extreme. (more…)

By Cheddar Pie, ago
Cheddar Pielosophy

Dollywood

There’s a weekend every year when I turn down my frugal sensibilities. It involves what’s probably one of the least frugal places on earth, Dollywood. (Yes, Dollywood.) As someone who identifies as a liberal-hippy-kale-eating Pacific Northwesterner, this always comes as a surprise to me too. I grew up in Tennessee and Read more…

By Cheddar Pie, ago