Maternity leave is not the only reason people have to take off from work. My manager missed six months last year recovering from chemotherapy and a double mastectomy. Another manager missed at least a month while she had shingles. We're a small company (fewer than 20 employees) and we dealt with it. Maternity leave is… » 7/24/14 9:27pm Thursday 9:27pm

It's amazing how times have changed and yet haven't at all. 35 years ago, my unmarried mother legally changed her last name to that of my deadbeat bio dad who had moved across the country with his secretary while she was pregnancy. I was therefore born with his last name, all because an unwed mother wouldn't have been… » 7/20/14 12:59pm 7/20/14 12:59pm

We just had our hospital tour and one of the other moms asked if she could bring her breast pump with her to the hospital so she could get some lactation assistance with it from the get-go and from the specialists. The tour guide thought that was a great idea. » 7/17/14 11:56am 7/17/14 11:56am

I admit that I look at my 401K and Roth IRA much too frequently, but that's because I track them with Mint and they're just sitting at the bottom of the page when I'm looking at other account balances. I'm awful about taking the steps to re-balancing though and I finally switched to a higher percentage in index funds… » 7/16/14 11:30am 7/16/14 11:30am

I never thought we'd be new car people, but we just bought my husband a new car. We had the cash saved up and could buy a used luxury sedan or a new standard sedan. The new car had even more features than the luxury car that it just didn't make sense. Plus, his old car was a 1998, so we're definitely the type to drive… » 7/14/14 1:11pm 7/14/14 1:11pm

Not technically divorce though, didn't he call it more of an annulment because she had been married to his brother first and may or may not have had sex with the now-dead brother? Of course, he was really just doing it to marry the hot, hot Anne Boleyn who may have been able to give him a son. Later, he figured out… » 6/19/14 12:39pm 6/19/14 12:39pm

I think it's also important to take into account the vesting period when determining how much to contribute to a 401K vs. a Roth IRA or Traditional IRA. If you plan to leave before that matching money is really yours, then you might be better off with retirement funds that give you more investment options. That match… » 6/18/14 4:35pm 6/18/14 4:35pm

Can I just remind everyone that STEM does not equal computer science? I'm a female engineer and I work in environmental consulting. My boss is a woman. Half of our staff of geologists, chemists and other scientists are women. Biology is STEM and there are lots of female doctors. We don't all want to work in silicon… » 6/01/14 11:59am 6/01/14 11:59am

With regards to community college, maybe Southern California is an anomaly, but it is very difficult to get into the classes you really need at our local community colleges, especially for the last few years. Maybe this is purely anecdotal, but I've heard from several students that they have to wait list and petition… » 5/12/14 9:30am 5/12/14 9:30am

I remember clearly that I watched Seinfeld in the rec room of my college apartment building with a big group of people. For Friends, I was 25 and like the author, I had definitely cooled on it for the last few seasons. Season 5 is still pretty much perfection to me though, with Monica and Chandler fooling around… » 5/06/14 6:30pm 5/06/14 6:30pm