The Cost of Evicting a Skunk

In May, I glimpsed something black-and-white disappearing into the shrubbery.

The Cost of Losing Your Keys

After getting into my house, I could recover my spare house and car keys, but I was on my own to remember what else was on the ring.

The Cost of My Newfound Knitting Habit and the Unforgiving Quest for Gauge

After knitting my first scarf, I decided I was ready to knit a sweater.

The Cost of Attending a 100th Birthday Party

Born at home in rural Manitoba, Grandma grew up on a farm, digging Seneca root to earn the money to buy her First Communion dress.

The Unexpected Costs of Having a Baby Two Weeks Overdue

Our tiny daughter was due to be born on December 4, 2017. She arrived on December 18th — exactly two weeks late, after 42 weeks of being pregnant.

The Cost of a Thrift-Store Couch

It was cheap. It was ugly. We thought we could improve it.

The Cost of Moving to Providence for Grad School

On August 4, 2017, I said “deuces” to my six-figure salary, clambered into the driver’s seat of a rented U-Haul, and drove my stuff to Providence, Rhode Island to start a PhD program.

The Cost of Moving: Adding Up the Numbers

When I decided to move from Seattle to Cedar Rapids, I told you I’d keep track of every expense—and I have, from the security deposit to the pack of breath mints I bought at the airport.

The Cost of Moving: Getting From Seattle to Cedar Rapids

Right now I am sitting in my new apartment next to 14 of my 27 boxes (thanks, Sip and Ship!).

The Cost of Moving: Getting Groceries Delivered on the First Day

I’m scheduled to get the keys to my new apartment at 11 a.m. on Friday; the internet is scheduled to arrive at noon and my groceries are scheduled to arrive at 2.

The Cost of Moving: Completing the Shipping Process

Plus an update on my mattress.

The Cost of Moving: Shipping the Next Ten Boxes

Plus taking a pile of stuff to the Goodwill.

The Cost of Losing My Hair

I had never expected to lose my hair, and certainly not at 23.

The Cost of Moving: Going Full Huel

Huel is saving my butt.

The Cost of Moving: Shipping the First Eight Boxes

As you might remember from my Monday Check-In, I shipped my first eight boxes to Cedar Rapids this weekend.

The Cost of Moving: Learning That My Mattress Is Being Shipped to the Wrong Address

I cannot even believe how much time I’ve spent on this, but here goes.

The Cost of Moving: Selling My Furniture

So I met with the person who will be moving into my Seattle apartment, and I sold this person all my furniture.

The Cost of Moving: Changing My Affordable Care Act Insurance

For some reason I thought this process would be easy.

The Cost of Moving: A Week in Cedar Rapids

It’s time to total up exactly what this week of apartment-hunting and furniture shopping has cost me.

The Cost of Moving: Buying Furniture

I did not reclaim any pine.

The Cost of Giving Birth Abroad

I live in Kathmandu—but I gave birth in Bangkok.

The Cost of Moving: Two Days in Cedar Rapids

I wanted to give you an update on my Cedar Rapids adventure!

The Cost of Moving: Renewing My Driver’s License 25 Days Before I Move

Even though I haven’t driven a car in ten years, I still have a valid driver’s license.

The Unexpected Costs of Getting Ready for a Baby

There are a lot of unexpected costs.

The Cost of Moving: Healthcare

I’m going to be applying for two different ACA plans in the next month.