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8 years ago @ The Toast - A Day In The Life Of A... · 0 replies · +6 points

it me.

8 years ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread For No ... · 0 replies · +1 points

this is really helpful! thanks so much!

8 years ago @ The Toast - An Open Thread For No ... · 6 replies · +1 points

pretty sure I'm too late for this, and if so I'll try again tomorrow, but...

can anybody tell me about the Durham/Raleigh/Chapel Hill area of NC??? I've lived in major northeastern cities my whole life and desperately need a change of pace, but I've never been to the area. I want to live in a warmer, smaller, but still diverse & artistic place... any thoughts on Durham in particular?

8 years ago @ The Toast - The Writer Does The Wo... · 0 replies · +6 points

wow, this started out hilarious and rapidly became FUCKING BEAUTIFUL

8 years ago @ The Toast - Friday Open Thread! · 0 replies · +2 points

just here to echo what everyone else has said and chime in with my own story, in case you're interested.

in my case, I'm the youngest sibling, but it was my older 2 siblings that were allowed to live at home well into their 20s without contributing to rent/utilities, often without even having a job of their own but depending entirely on my mother.

my mom confided in me that she wanted these siblings to leave, but felt too guilty to ask them to. she would ask me, "does that make me a bad mother?" what was sad about all this was that my mom was doing it because she wanted to care for these siblings as best she could, but by allowing them to live off of her for so long rather than encouraging them to move out, she was essentially conveying to them that she doubted that they could make it on their own, which is a really harmful message to send to your kids. when they eventually did move out, it was notably more difficult for them to learn to stand on their own 2 legs than it was for me (I haven't lived at home since 18). these things are so tied up in insecurity/anxiety/self-efficacy, I think it's rarely just plain laziness. the more years you've gone on without ever being independent, the less sure you are of your ability to do so; you can come up with all sorts of reasons why it's supposedly just not doable for you. sadly, nobody else can convince you that you're capable -- you have to see it for yourself by doing it.
one of these siblings still resents having been kicked out, and struggles a lot with being independent. the other sibling thinks being kicked out was the best thing that happened to him, and is financially independent now, but still in denial about how much preferential treatment he received, and well, I'm not going to argue with him about it at this point.

I think without my gentle nudging & reassuring my mom that kicking them out actually WAS the most caring and loving thing to do for her children, she would have waited who knows how long. it only worked because she had already confided in me that the reason she didn't kick them out was guilt, and she was at a sort of breaking point because my siblings were sucking her dry and she was going broke.

hopefully some day things with your sister will change, for everyone's sake. I totally empathize with how frustrating it is. & in the meantime I agree with the advice others have already written.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +3 points

I am super introverted and somewhat shy, and I went on a trip by myself to New Orleans a few months ago. I felt lonely and awkward my first night there, but the next few days were amazing! as Allpha7 wrote, the best thing was being able to just do whatever the fuck I felt like doing at any given moment without having to check in with anyone else. if I felt like exploring, I explored. if I felt like taking a nap in my hotel room, I did that. I drank and ate by myself and chatted with strangers occasionally and went to a museum and went on tours and walked around taking it all in. after it was all over, I had not only really enjoyed myself, but I also felt really empowered and proud of myself for making it happen. as a non-driver, I'm somewhat limited in what types of places I can travel to alone, plus I have limited vacation funds, but if it weren't for that I would do lots lots more of it.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +4 points

nikki giovanni!

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +2 points

I saw that documentary, too, and Iris was at the theater to introduce the show I went to! I didn't even know she would be there until I got there and got my ticket -- it was a cool surprise. she's wonderful and hilarious.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +2 points

hi yes, I too have kids on the brain constantly, even though I do not realistically intend to have any in the near future.

8 years ago @ The Toast - Cocktail Hour: Open Th... · 0 replies · +1 points

happy birthday!