Saturday Personal Finance GIFs: I’m Engaged edition

As many of you know, I got engaged last month:

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I’m almost 29, and will sneak in my wedding right before my 30th birthday. Bet you didn’t think I’d make it.

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I want a small, very small, wedding — but I have a really big family. I’m having a hard time telling them.

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My fiancé and I were actually so averse to disappointing our families, we considered throwing a 150-person party just so everyone else has a good time and there would be no hurt feelings (only our hurt wallets).

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I also realized quickly that while every other girl may have been fantasizing about her wedding since age 7, my approach to wedding planning is unenthusiastic:

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I don’t care about trying on wedding dresses:

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Choosing wedding venues is such a pain in the ass I’m willing to take the easy road:

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And when anyone asks me if we’ve chosen our colors/photographer/cake yet I wish they’d ask about anything else:

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My unwillingness to plan a wedding is matched only by the deep love I feel for my partner, which is often so overwhelming I cannot eloquently put it into words:

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And no matter what kind of wedding we decide to buy, I’m so excited to be married to him.

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Saturday Personal Finance GIFs: job hunt edition

I’ve been meaning to post about my internship job-hunt for a long time, because I thought it would be over by now! It’s not.

It’s been an adventure and as I’m heading into final-round interviews, I’m optimistic that the right opportunity is going to pan out — but that doesn’t mean there hasn’t been a lot of hilarity a long the way! So for this weekend I present to you:

Personal Finance GIFs: Job Hunt Edition

When I get an email only hours after submitting my application to a job posting that doesn’t close for another 5 days letting me know that they “thank me for my interest, but the role has been filled”:

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Competing for a position that’s open to both MBAs and undergrads… and having the employer select a 3rd year Finance student over me:

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They are 22 years old for god sakes! You can’t trust them with anything!!

Explaining to my family that while a year ago I was a successful young professional with a robust savings account and more paid work than I had time for, I am now unemployed:

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When an employer called me at 4pm Thursday and asked if I could be at interview at 9am Friday. At the airport.

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When I went to an interview and then 10mins in they said, “oh we’re not interviewing you for that role, we’re interviewing for this one” and slid a job posting I’d never seen before across the table to me:

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When an interviewer asks if I have any experience at all in corporate finance/accounting/supply chain:

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When an interviewer asks me to tell them about some of my strengths:

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When an interviewer asks me if I have any questions for them:

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When I get called back for a second interview:

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When I don’t get called back… when I don’t even get a courtesy email telling me they’ve selected another candidate:

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When May is next week and I still don’t have a summer job lined up, but I’m not applying to any new postings:

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More to come =) Have a  great weekend!

Saturday Personal Finance GIFs: MBA edition

Congratulations to me, readers, I am now 1/4th finished my MBA!

I wrote my last exam of my first term on December 19th, and then celebrated with copious amounts of champagne with my classmates. Finals was a rough go, but we all survived.. and are better for it or something.

Getting an MBA has been more or less exactly what I expected. I would estimate I’m taking it about 60% less seriously than most of my classmates, which seems flippant considering the cost, but I know what I’m here for and it’s not to repeat my neurotic type-A ways from undergrad.

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Besides, I’m type B now. I know because I took an online personality test.

Unfortunately for me my program is busy and challenging, so I can’t slack off nearly as much as I want to, though I make a sincere and continuous effort.

Here’s what the past 4 months of my life has looked like:

I go to school Monday through Thursday, there’s no classes scheduled on Fridays. I erroneously thought this meant I got 3-day weekends, every week. It was a trick. I spend Friday, Saturday and Sunday in group meetings, mandatory seminars (literally ALL DAY on Saturdays), and at events that I reluctantly attend in order to “network” or whatever.

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My classmates and I spend the bulk of our time working in groups. It’s exactly what you’d expect.

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I try not to be pretentious about getting an MBA because I hate people that are smug about what they study or what they do for a living.

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I don’t think getting an MBA is a big deal. I’m getting one because I wanted to study business without doing another round of undergrad (my first degree is a BSc. in Chemistry). I already resent the level of interaction I have to have with undergrads as is, which includes being in adjacent classrooms and having to stand next to them in line for coffee.

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So when I meet someone new (on those very rare occasions I interact with someone outside of my class), I try to avoid the “so, what do you do?”-question as long as possible, and then jokingly answer that I’m unemployed. There’s something painfully tragic about being a 28 year old student and I like to lean into that:

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… but all that sadness is erased when you say the letters M-B-A because then everyone becomes immediately congratulatory and tells you how successful you’re going to be.

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It always makes me feel like a bit of a fraud because if they knew how much Netflix I indulge in as part of my student lifestyle, they probably wouldn’t pat me on the back for going back to school. Seriously you guys I watched the entire first season of Downtown Abbey in one day. ONE DAY. Don’t encourage people like me.

Nevertheless, I have learned I have an aptitude for Economics, I find Accounting terribly boring, and my love of spreadsheets has been nourished to reach epic proportions.  I enjoy my classes and and my classmates are rad, so I’m having a really good time.

My favourite moment of the entire term was when an interviewer for an extra-curricular thing (not a job, thankfully) told me I had “extraordinary business intuition” and “no hard skills”. The comment came after a lengthly discussion on the rising trend of collaborative consumption and what effect aging/contracting populations would have on markets. Then they asked me to calculate some obscure ratio and and I realized that being good at math means absolutely nothing if you don’t understand what variables you’re looking for.

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I want to make “extraordinary business intuition, no hard skills” the tagline on every social media profile I have, but that seems self-destructive.

How do I feel after term 1? Ready for another round.

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Mostly.

Wish me luck!

Saturday Personal Finance GIFs: My Dating Life Part 9

Back by popular demand. I’m sorry, all men who know me.

When my cousin tries to give me dating advice:

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How I feel when I explain to investment bankers and engineers that I earn my livelihood blogging:

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When anyone gives me any of that “you need to love yourself first” bullshit:

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When a guy let his crush on me get a bit out of hand, our Facebook chat ratio was 10 messages to 1. I stopped answering, and he actually wrote “you’re not writing me back, so text me” and gave me his phone number. I had to tell him to leave me alone 3 times and proceeded to avoid him at events for the next 2 months.

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Trying to get my friends in law school to let me into their events:

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My reaction to guys in suits with ponytails:

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I actually followed one of them for 3 blocks earlier this week. I can’t even help myself.

When a good-looking, successful guy that seemed nice, mentally stable, and financially secure asked me out:

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Seriously. I am the worst.

Have a great weekend!

Saturday PF GIFs: My Dating Life Part 8

It’s been awhile since I did a Saturday PF GIF edition, and since my dating life continues to be a source of amusement for all parties involved and anyone that gets to hear about it, I figured it was time to share an update. Enjoy!

How I feel when I go out on weekends in Calgary, a city which boasts 25,000+ more single men than single women:

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When a guy has fallen off the face of the earth for so many weeks/months I actually forget he exists, then he texts me for a date like nothing happened:

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When I went on a date with the man I now refer to as “The Most Offensive Man in Calgary” and he told me, “all women should get breast implants” and “Mitt Romney should have won the presidential election”. tumblr_m9y23qdKIk1ql5yr7o1_500

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any worse he let me know what a “personal burden” HIV-positive patients are to him as a taxpayer, since their care is so expensive. At that point, and I kid you not, he leaned across the table and said, “you know it’s mostly the gays, right?”

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I told him I hated him no less than 3 times on that date, and the next morning he still texted me, “I had a lot of fun, I think you’re feisty. We should hang out again”.

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When I downloaded Tinder and actually sat down to go through all the men in Calgary, only to swipe “yes” to 7 of them. I chatted briefly with 4 and then deleted the app, because.. I don’t know, why was I even on there?

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When a guy I’d been crushing on for weeks came home with me after a night out… and slept on my couch:

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When someone tries to pick me up a) before 8am b) when I am reading a book c) or uses ANY technique I recognize from The Game:

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When a guy gave me his business card and told me to call him if I wanted a date with him or a job with his company:

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When I’ve been seeing someone for a few weeks and it’s going really well:

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I am still in the game, guys. I’m doing it for the GIFs.

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Happy Saturday!