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It’s Finally Friday!!!

After last weekend’s wedding festivities I definitely felt my age! Then I found this shitshow and felt much better 🙂

Everyday life lessons. #5 is a personal pet peeve.

A handy little tip for all you nerds out there.

Granny get your gun! Awesomely awkward grandparents.

Can you name the 8 parts of speech? Do you know the difference between an adverb and an adjective? Check out this handy grammar guide.

The first few hours of your work day have a HUGE impact on your productivity. Get your day started off right!

It’s hard to start the day right if you didn’t end the last one well. Set yourself up for success!

5 weird medical tests you can try right now.

Want to keep your hair out of your face?? Still want it to be cute?? Check out the simple knot.

Too busy to plan date nights? Check out Dejamor.

And last but not least a couple giggles:

Girls NEVER lie!

Someday somebody gonna make you wanna gobble up a waffle fry!

Don’t be kneady!

Have a great weekend!!!

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Baby Makin’ Time?

These days it seems like everyone around me is catching the itis.

The baby-itis that is.

Don’t worry! I’m not in any danger.

I have the vaccine, it’s called the Nuva Ring 🙂

Don’t get me wrong!

I love kids!

who wouldn’t love this lil nugget??

They’re awesome little people.

Unless their parents are complete assholes, they’re usually innocent, full of wonder, playful, funny, clever, and uncomfortably honest.

If it weren’t for the incessant questions and the inability to understand sarcasm, they’d be my favorite people.

I especially love kids I get to give back!

It’s not that I never want kids of my own. (Calm down Mom!)

It’s that I want to raise my children.

I want to be there every day for every repetitive question, shame-inducing meltdown, and skinned knee.

who wouldn’t want to take this hot mess out in public??

I was privileged enough to have a Mom who was able to be home while I was growing up and I want my kids to enjoy that same privilege.

I just don’t have it in me to pop out a baby and drop them off at daycare two weeks later.

I applaud women who can do that. Most women don’t have the luxury to be a stay-at-home-mom, especially in this economy.

working mom = wonder woman

I’m just too selfish to do it myself.

And I’m not a 30 year old intern working two jobs because I like to stay busy.

I’m working way too hard pursuing my career right now to take a baby time-out.

But I do worry that by the time I’m ready for kids the window of opportunity to bear my own children will have passed and I’ll forever be the super cool aunt who has disposable income and free time for days.

Where do you stand on kids?

Love ’em?

Hate ’em?

Love the ones that aren’t yours?

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That wasn’t the plan!!

I have two jobs, an internship, and a blog.

I work over 6o hours a week and volunteer.

I schedule when to wash my hair.

To be honest, I was like this before the super, crazy schedule, just not as intense.

Some of my favorite people (like my super awesome friend Rachel) go through life flying by the seat of their pants.

It drives my crazy!! But, I love them for it!

Sometimes I wish I could just let go and let whatever happens, happens.

But, I NEED to know what’s going on and when and where I’m expected to be.

It can get a little frustrating, especially when other people don’t realize I’m not just being crazy-anal-retentive-planner Bethany.

I literally need to know exactly how long drinks/dinner/coffee is going to last so I can schedule something immediately after.

It’s kind of hard to explain to family and friends, “No, I’m not avoiding you. I literally have ZERO free time.”

Trust me, I feel like the world’s biggest asshole telling someone I can hang out for an hour and a half, two weeks from next Wednesday!

Do you plan?

Or do you just wing it?

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

My parents were awesome and so is this tumblr.

Only in New York.

Could you live off the kindness of strangers??

Feeling like a failure??? Take a look at this:

10 places every American should see. How many have you been to??

Going on a road trip? The only app you’ll need.

All I really need to know I learned in kindergarten.

Desperate for a job? Check out these creative job search methods. My personal fave is #6!

2 questions everyone should ask themselves.

This asshole’s definitely Father of The Year material.

Apparently multitasking is BAD.

Why can’t camera straps be cute AND functional??

The next 10 years will define the next 10,000.

I’m obsessed with this!

You should be too! Get involved here and here.

And now for some giggles:

Poor white guys.

Shit nobody says.

How diets work.

The more colorful the thing the better it is for you!

Have a great weekend kids!

P.S. (I started an internship this week. That’s right folks! Between the two jobs and the blog I felt like I had too much free time so I decided to become a 30 year old intern! All jokes aside, due to the extremely limited free time I now have, Adventures In Adulthood will be going to a Wednesday and Friday publishing schedule. Enjoy!)

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Don’t Touch Me!

My mother’s the first person to tell you I like my personal space.

(In my defense, even for a Mom she pushes the touchy feely boundaries.)

That being said, I’m not adverse to ALL touching.

Get your mind out of the gutter!! I wasn’t talking about THAT kind of touching!

When saying good-bye to friends and family or greeting a loved one I haven’t seen in awhile, I’m an excellent and enthusiastic hugger.

Personal boundaries can get a little cloudy in the professional arena though.

As a woman it feels a little awkward to shake hands with a female colleague.

Since this is a re-building year for my career, I’ve been doing a lot of networking and volunteering for various professional organizations.

You have a great experience, share some stories, bond over a glass of wine (or two), and then comes the awkward good-bye.

If it were a friend the hug good-bye would be a given.

Between two male colleagues the handshake is automatic.

But how do you know when to hug?

It’s like the professional version of a first kiss. One person leans in, the other one leans back, and now it’s weird.

How do you suss out a hugger?

Ladies do you hug professionally?

What about you guys, do you ever hug a colleague?

In today’s litigation happy society is a friendly and innocent hug sexual harassment?

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

Ever heard of Reddit?? Here are 13 you should subscribe to.

This documentary pretty much sums up my life’s dream. Want to get involved?

This awesome site helps you get your creative mojo back.

Ever use Yelp? Watch this actor read a real Yelp review.

5 tips to get yourself going on that boring, awful task.

Not usually a Kimmel fan but this is Hilarious!

It’s almost hurricane season…

Ever wanted to punch Justin Beiber in the face?? Check this out!

Why KFC is better than Chick-fil-A.

Email driving you crazy? 5 ways to get it under control.

For all my Western Mass peeps:

Tommaso’s has amazing food and is BYOB! But the service sucks and if you get  waitress named Tammy – RUN!

Do you have a roommate? Do they get on your very last nerve?? Check out these gems and then thank your lucky stars they aren’t your roomie!

No matter what’s got you down, dance it out girl 🙂

Have a great weekend!

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Pull yourself together girl!

Shit happens.

Feelings get hurt in both our personal and professional lives.

Constructive criticisms can cut deep, but as far as I’m concerned, lock it down and take it to the bathroom.

It is tough enough to be a successful woman without being labeled an “emotional” woman.

I can’t lie, I’ve cried at work.

Once was even while sitting in my boss’s office.

In my defense, I was informing him I was taking a leave of absence due to my father’s recent cancer diagnosis.

In his defense, he was the perfect boss and gentlemen, quietly handing me tissues and allowing me to get through that difficult announcement uninterrupted.

It may have helped that he managed a team of all women, was married, and had two daughters at home.

That man definitely spoke hysterical female.

(Btw Dad made a full recovery and is totally fine with the exception of a recent diagnosis of dumbass-itis for starting smoking again.)

The only other time I fell apart in the office, I was lucky enough to work with a good friend, who immediately pulled me into the ladies room and told me to get it together. (Thanks, Amina!)

Me and my super awesome girl Amina 🙂

There have certainly been other times when I felt the pin prick of emotions behind my eyelids while on the job, but I’ve always managed to bully myself back from the edge.

Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO, admits to crying at work and is an advocate for being your “real self” in the office.

It’s easy to be your “real” self when you’re at the C-level

I completely agree with being your true self at work (pretending to be someone you’re not will just lead to stress and misery).

But as young women can we really be taken seriously if we respond to work challenges with water works?

It’s one thing to share your emotions at work as a seasoned and established contributor but what about when you’re first starting out?

Have you ever cried at work?

Was it in front of a superior?

How did you handle it?

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Where the hell do you think you’re going?!?

Since summer is officially here and the eye assaults are OUT OF CONTROL, I’ve put together a list of acceptable and appropriate attire for work and every day.

Don’t worry guys, I have some words of wisdom for you too. (Feel free to skip to the end)

Ladies, things to never, ever, EVAH, EVAH wear to work (Now this applies to a business-casual office-environment, if you’re say, a stripper, obviously these don’t apply to you):

  • Flip flops
  • Shorts – while I think the shorts, tights, blazer outfit is absolutely adorable unless you work in the fashion industry, don’t wear it to work.

You are NOT an over-paid actress

  • Any skirt or dress that is more than 3 inches above your knee (this should be measured while sitting, if there’s a slit, you should measure from there)
  • Club shoes (Those four-inch clear heels are only work appropriate if you get paid in singles girl)
  • Club tops (You know that cleavage showing, bedazzled top doesn’t belong at work, take it off)
  • Sweatpants (For that matter, can we all PLEASE stop wearing pajamas in public?? Put on some fucking pants already!)

Pretty sure this also applies to other geographical areas.

  • T-shirts
  • Sneakers
  • Excessive accessories (Coco Chanel said you should always take off the last thing you put on)

Some every day advice:

Just because it zips doesn’t mean it fits!

Also if you put on a spaghetti strap top and the straps disappear you should immediately take off that top and burn it.

If you look like you have 3 boobs or a lump growing our of one of your breasts with a bra on – It’s too small!! Go get fitted for a bra already! Both Macy’s and Victoria’s Secret provide the service for free. If you’re shy, you can measure yourself at home.

Follow the 3/4 skin rule. If you’re showing a lot of leg, keep the girls covered, and vice versa. You don’t have to sell it. Is that really the kind of attention you want? If so, have at it!

“Hooker or Whore”??

And now for you gentlemen:

A wife-beater is NOT a shirt. It should NEVER EVER be worn in public as such. For that matter a shirt is ALWAYS required. Do NOT run to the store, walk down the street, ride around town, etc. without one.

Pull.Up.Your.Fucking.Pants. It is NOT attractive – AT ALL.

Oh and by the way, this trend stated in prison so inmates could advertise they were DTF without alerting the wardens. That’s totally the message you were trying to send right?!

You’re a grown-ass-man.

You should have a shoes/belt combo in brown and black, do NOT mix the two.

And while we’re at it, if you own a braided belt, THROW IT OUT!

I should NOT be able to see your chest hair sticking out of the top of your button-up. While shaving your chest is GROSS, trim that shit or button another button.

Fit is EVERYTHING! Make sure your shirts and dress pants fit properly.

Find a good tailor, they will make you look like this:

Things that make you look like a raging douchebag:

  • Blow-outs
  • White sunglasses
  • Wearing your sunglasses at night/in da club. (Also saying “in da club” definitely makes you a douchebag.)
  • Ed Hardy ANYTHING
  • Popped collars
  • Fedoras
  • Earrings bigger than mine
  • Excessive accessories – especially that obnoxious watch – we get it – you be making it rain up in hurh. Would it kill you to try and keep it classy??
  • Over-groomed brows and facial hair. I should NOT be able to tell you groom your eyebrows and the chin strap needs to die already.

Don’t forget!

I’m sure I left out a couple so feel free to add your particular fashion pet peeves!

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Step away from the shoes ma’am!!

One of the most wonderful and rewarding parts of being an adult is the joyous privilege of paying bills! (severe sarcasm intended)

These days it feels like I’m on a never-ending hamster wheel of work, work, work, bills, bills, bills. (seriously, it’s super fun)

How do you play catch-up when you never get ahead??

Do you make a budget?

I plan for everything. If it’s going to cost me money, I include it in my budget.

Rent, groceries, gifts, toothpaste, gas, drinks with friends, an oil change, whatever it is, if it has a price tag, it goes in the budget.

And in case you haven’t noticed, EVERYTHING comes with a price tag!

Since my mom is super awesome (and maybe a little crazy) she taught us kids to be super responsible when it comes to our finances.

Thanks to her; I never carry a credit card balance, know the difference between a “need” and a “want”, put whatever I can into savings each month, and always keep a little mad money around for that pair of shoes I just can’t live without 🙂

Totally a “need”! Right, Mom??

I hate when people say they live on a “fixed income”.

Everyone lives on a fixed income! It’s called your paycheck!

These days my budget’s so tight, it not only squeaks, most days it screams!

So I have to count every penny.

Ain’t that the truth!

I religiously keep track of expenses in an excel spreadsheet and balance my checkbook on a weekly basis.

My friends have often heard me ask for a receipt with my purchase (and of course mocked me for it) but, if I don’t write it in the ledger, it never happened and then my budget is all sorts of screwed.

I don’t care if printing that little slip of paper for my $3.78 purchase isn’t environmentally friendly.

Unless you come up with a system where you can email me my receipt, print that bitch out! Please 🙂

slightly time consuming but incredibly effective

How do you keep track of expenses?

Do you write your budget out each month or just wing it?

For those of you who could use a little financial planning help, check out money guru Suze Orman’s five tips for women.

Don’t worry boys, you can check it out too, financial advice is gender nuetral 🙂

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It’s Finally Friday!!!

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.” ~ Maya Angelou

Oh.My.Clooney!

They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Do you eat breakfast? What successful peeps do before breakfast.

The 21 funniest worst things EVER.

What the what?!? Yet another reason dogs are better than cats.

Why didn’t I think of that?!

Turn your LinkedIn account into a super cool infographic.

For my friends who aren’t ready for kids:

Like I always say, “Best Birth Control Ever!”

For my friends who already have children in their lives.

Going on vacation? Find out how to pack for ten days using just a carry on bag!

Got a trouble spot you want to take care of before that vacation?

Check out this super awesome website!

No.Friggin.Way!

Apparently it’s not that simple 😦

Here are some detailed instructions for you kids.

And last but certainly not least, a couple giggles:

Beauty and The Beat!

Hey Drunk Town!

Have a great weekend!!

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