I can't figure out how to get my cat to swallow his pills and normal cat-pilling methods are failing me. [more inside]posted by Jacqueline to Pets & Animals at 7:15 PM - 7 answers
I suck at gardening. Past gardening efforts have ended in disaster (bug infestations, groundhog eating everything, plants dying for no obvious reason that I can see). This year, though, I would like for it to be different. I would like to grow my own leafy greens--kale, spinach, lettuces, chard, collards, etc. I'm not so interested in other things like tomatoes and peppers. Do you have any advice for exactly what I need to do to grow great greens? [more inside]posted by whistle pig to Home & Garden at 7:12 PM - 0 answers
I was never diagnosed but it is pretty clear that I have OCD. I understand that irrational guilt, doubt, and anxiety are classic issues associated with OCD. Are there any tricks or ways that anyone can say has helped them to step back and evaluate circumstances somewhat objectively to decide if guilt and anxiety towards something is appropriate or irrational? I have found that explaining a set of circumstances to people whose opinion I trust and them telling me that my concern is irrational has only helped a little. Thank You.
P.S. I have already set up a first meeting with a psychologist so that base is covered. posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness at 6:34 PM - 2 answers
Chronic back pain every night with no explanation from doctors. Looking for explanation. [more inside]posted by red47Apple to Health & Fitness at 5:57 PM - 8 answers
I need help identifying these gross things that have appeared on my garage walls in the last week or so. They are grayish-brown, each about the size of a piece of orzo, and are stuck to the walls in my garage. I can spot about a dozen of them around the garage, but I don't know how many more might be hidden behind boxes, etc. I suspect it is some sort of poop or some sort of egg sac, both things that completely gross me out. The shape is pretty unique to all of them. I live in Southern California, with temps over the last few months ranging between 55 and 85F. Anyone have an idea what these might be? Pic inside. [more inside]posted by emily37 to Home & Garden at 5:31 PM - 4 answers
Is there a particularly good handbook/regimen for using weight machines
at a gym? Something preferably geared toward strengthening the back, improving posture, eliminating back pain (as opposed to e.g. weight loss.) [more inside]posted by griphus to Health & Fitness at 4:23 PM - 4 answers
[rock climbing filter] Each year I make it a goal that this will be the year that I start climbing outdoors. It hasn't happened yet. Now that spring seems finally to be here, outdoor climbing season is upon us. How can I hook up with a group of friendly local climbers that will take me under their wing and show me the ropes (no pun intended). [more inside]posted by prunes to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:01 PM - 6 answers
We have been searching for a mattress for quite some time. The only mattress that we both unequivocally love
is the St. Claire Kluft Latex mattress
. It is rather firm, supportive, non-bouncy, doesn't transfer motion, and in general felt very 'solid' and comfortable. But Kluft is one of those luxury brands that doesn't seem to publish much on how the mattresses are constructed, and we can't find any reviews of this model or even any other reviews of high-end Kluft latex mattresses. After a few poor mattress choices, we're worried about divots in the bed in a short amount of time, or other general construction problems. Do you have experience with Kluft mattresses, particularly their latex models? Or have any advice on buying this brand in particular? [more inside]posted by barnone to Home & Garden at 3:51 PM - 0 answers
In search of a decent, relatively small camera to use for research and traveling, preferably under 500 bucks. I don't really want a DSLR, because I used to travel with an SLR and a massive lens and I don't want to deal with it now (nor do I really need it.) Is this
enough camera? Would this be too much camera
? Or this
? [more inside]posted by jetlagaddict to Technology at 3:29 PM - 10 answers
How can I easily and reliably bypass the IWF blacklist and Cleanfeed in the UK? [more inside]posted by Thing to Computers & Internet at 2:55 PM - 5 answers
We'd like build and replace some raised garden beds for a school in Chicago. We've had an unseasonably cold winter and the ground may still be frozen. We have the last weekend in March dedicated to this project. How much can we reasonably dig out and how? What are some rental tools to look into? How long would it take to thaw the ground with fires and heat lamps? posted by jadegenie to Home & Garden at 12:22 PM - 9 answers
What PC games involve a lot of walking around and talking to people and not so much combat? [more inside]posted by pH Indicating Socks to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:37 AM - 29 answers
I am getting a new roommate soon and this time, I want to do everything right. Please share your platonic cohabitation tips! [more inside]posted by showbiz_liz to Human Relations at 10:36 AM - 21 answers
I want to get a soda charge holder today. This place
is in Seattle but not open today. I want to get it in person because I'm not sure the measurements are the same. I have an older iSi soda siphon and want to bring it in to make sure the charge holder fits. Can anyone think of a place in Seattle that sells seltzer bottle parts or even new seltzer bottles and is open today? posted by kittensofthenight to Food & Drink at 10:19 AM - 2 answers
My friend asks: "I once saw a sci-fi film where people had worked out how to record conscious experiences and then others could experience it directly themselves. There's one bit where a guy ends up driving himself into an insane catatonic state when he loops this recording of someone having sex at the point of orgasm and plays it for 12 hours straight."
Q: what is that film? posted by urbanwhaleshark to Media & Arts at 10:11 AM - 12 answers
I'm an American who has lived in Groningen for over 5 years. I am voting in the municipal elections this Wednesday, but I have no idea what to expect when I go to the voting location. My Dutch is not that great. If someone could fill me in on what I should expect when I go to vote, that would be great! posted by Philosopher Dirtbike to Society & Culture at 10:08 AM - 4 answers
After 17 years, I'm leaving my beloved Brooklyn apartment for my NEW beloved Brooklyn apartment. Hooray! Except - how on earth do you do this? Please share any advice, tips, motivational thoughts, etc for any and all aspects of how to undertake the process of moving. [more inside]posted by fingers_of_fire to Home & Garden at 8:26 AM - 17 answers
I work for a local small business. I was just promoted from Assistant Store Manager to Store Manager. The raise that was proposed to me was less than I thought it would be. Is there a standard or accepted percentage?
See extended explanation: [more inside]posted by kbbbo to Work & Money at 8:18 AM - 7 answers
I'm meeting up with a friend to attend a concert at Town Hall in New York next month, so I need some dining suggestions. [more inside]posted by shiu mai baby to Travel & Transportation at 7:56 AM - 6 answers
I'm a mid-level thing-maker at a small company (details left intentionally vague to protect the guilty). It was recently revealed at a company meeting that we're faltering financially due to management issues. We'll weather this storm, but it'll take some belt-tightening across the board. My position is secure, but my contract is up in two months. Do I ask for a raise when my contract is renewed? Details below. [more inside]posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 7:54 AM - 13 answers
I'm 99% sure the symptoms I've been experiencing for years are caused by a chronic H. Pylori infection. My understanding is that eradication is only 70-80% likely to actually work. I'd like to do this right. Can you recommend a doctor in NYC? [more inside]posted by zeek321 to Health & Fitness at 5:55 AM - 5 answers
I grew up and attended university on the East Coast. I don't know what I was thinking when I matriculated at a graduate program in the Midwest-- perhaps I thought that having lived in diverse settings would be a good life experience or something (?) ... Well, what's done is done, and I'm here for the next three years. Please help me better deal with this culture shock! [more inside]posted by anonymous to Society & Culture at 11:07 PM - 53 answers
I'm curious. What's the normal meaning? What's your meaning? Do you have expectations associated with saying it/what expectations?
My details inside. [more inside]posted by chrysanthemum to Human Relations at 10:08 PM - 21 answers
What's a good free or cheap service for load/stress testing a website? posted by signal to Computers & Internet at 8:13 PM - 8 answers
I am currently scheduled to take an application test a week from tomorrow. This test is for an entry-level county government job. I REALLY want this job, but I haven't taken a test that meant anything in almost 15 years. I need help knocking off the rust! [more inside]posted by Brocktoon to Work & Money at 7:56 PM - 10 answers
Due to some changes in my life, I need to start getting up earlier in the morning. Problem is, I am a lazybones and I LOVE to sleep. In fact, I normally WAKE UP and start the day at 8 AM, and soon I will need to report to work at that time. I need to go to work looking very polished and feeling great. This means I need to start showering in the morning and eating breakfast before I go into work. This is going to mean a change in the way I deal with mornings. Please help me make this change as painless as possible. [more inside]posted by SkylitDrawl to Health & Fitness at 6:01 PM - 49 answers
My boyfriend and I are looking to go to Paris this fall. Between the two of us, we have two San Francisco apartments to swap out. Have you done this? Please give us all the advices! Airbnb? HomeExchange? Something else? posted by dame to Travel & Transportation at 5:51 PM - 1 answer
If anyone here is familiar with marital property laws in Wisconsin, can you tell me if my boyfriend's views are correct? [more inside]posted by ella wren to Law & Government at 5:44 PM - 9 answers
I would like to create custom gardening calendar - biodynamic calendar + edible wild plants for my region + crop rotation + phenology + some other things.
And then I would like to receive email reminder for each day that would remind me what to sow when, with what and what to pick in the wild.
What would be the best software to do so? posted by leigh1 to Home & Garden at 4:43 PM - 3 answers
I am beginning the manufacture of small stainless steel parts that I hope to sell. They are back from the machine shop with an oil or lubricant and grit that needs to be completely cleaned off prior to adding an injection molded santoprene (thermoplastic elastomer) part. I have an ultrasonic cleaner available - how do I get them clean before and after the injection molding? posted by Northwest to Technology at 4:16 PM - 10 answers
After years of his turning me down sexually and not wanting to touch me as I enjoy, now he's interested... and I’m not. Is there anything we can do? [NSFW] [more inside]posted by Someone Else's Story to Human Relations at 4:12 PM - 16 answers
How can I actually make a good soup/general use stock? I feel like I've tried a whole bunch of different recipes and none have ever been better than Swanson's from a box. Seriously I've made it 15+ different times, both chicken and veal. I'm pretty handy in the kitchen and can do most everything else, but not this, help me! [more inside]posted by Carillon to Food & Drink at 3:48 PM - 37 answers
An acquaintance from years ago recently found me on facebook. I haven't spoken to him in 15-20 years. I am getting a bit of a stalker/creeper vibe off him and not sure what to do. I've read some of the other stalker threads on AskMe, and I'm still not sure what to do in my situation. The problem that is perplexing me is that he is a member of the same club I am, and I'm afraid if I too aggressively ban him from my online contacts, it will make club attendance and club related communications a problem. How do I "deal" with this person? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]posted by [insert clever name here] to Human Relations at 3:41 PM - 19 answers
Looking for recommendations for a hotel or B&B in the Barcelona area. We are driving and arriving late May. Need a place with parking ideally north of the city but easy walking distance to the metro. €150 or less. TIA! posted by cosmac to Travel & Transportation at 3:29 PM - 2 answers
I’m heading to the Milwaukee airport tomorrow, but my flight isn’t till the evening. Somewhere I read about a spot by Lake Michigan that was a good place to see migrating birds. Now I can’t find that article. Is this even the right time of year? If so, where should I go? posted by Hoenikker to Science & Nature at 2:31 PM - 5 answers
Finally got over my aversion to cooking, and now want to make sure I'm not missing anything fun out there!
Hoping you can recommend great websites that have intrigued you, any testimonials on cutlery brands you are in love with (assume I already know what a chef's knife/paring knife is), and hopefully share some "Wish someone had told me THIS when I first started cooking!" advice.
To keep this thread more specific, I'm primarily interested in breakfast dishes and interesting dinners for two. My favorite tastes are in Thai food and hearty, rustic Italian. [more inside]posted by Lipstick Thespian to Food & Drink at 2:23 PM - 17 answers
Former exercise nut turned semi-couch-potato may or may not want to try out hot yoga after only 2 non-hot yoga classes. Good or bad idea? [more inside]posted by Tsukushi to Health & Fitness at 2:19 PM - 13 answers
Inspired by dotgirl's cookie question. In college (Houston, TX, 1988-1992), the cafeteria used to make a pie I loved. It must have had a crust of some sort but I don't remember what. It had a thick layer of dry, sweet, chewy, crunchy granola-like (but not granola) stuff - topped with a thick layer of whipped cream type stuff. The granola-like stuff was the key to the deliciousness - chewy yet crunchy at the same time; somewhat rice-krispy like.
I haven't run into it since, and can't find the right terms to get a hit on google. Anybody recognize it?
Thanks! posted by bluesky78987 to Food & Drink at 1:59 PM - 13 answers
What should I be looking at in addition to Wordpress? [more inside]posted by Eddie Mars to Computers & Internet at 1:53 PM - 13 answers
I need a way to track food eaten/physical symptoms/weight/ in some sort of printable format that also works with android phones. Every app I find focuses on weight loss or precise measurements of food or doesn't include symptoms. The chart should be a simple graph. Does this exist? posted by kanata to Health & Fitness at 1:36 PM - 6 answers
Where's the best place to get pie in Bloomington, Indiana? [more inside]posted by ErWenn to Food & Drink at 1:23 PM - 8 answers
Synthetic funk has set into my clothes. They smell even after washing. These are otherwise good quality clothes. Halp. [more inside]posted by St. Peepsburg to Home & Garden at 1:14 PM - 32 answers
We just got a nice new mattress. It came with a box spring. We were using our old mattress on an IKEA bed (the Redalen, which I guess they don't sell anymore) with their cheap wooden slats, the Sultan Lade
, as support. All things being equal, we'd stick with the IKEA bed and slats. But are all things equal? Are there advantages to using the box spring instead of the slats? posted by Xalf to Home & Garden at 1:01 PM - 13 answers
What's the most efficient way to get non-condom birth control without health insurance? [more inside]posted by Sara C. to Health & Fitness at 1:00 PM - 26 answers
For Purim this year, we are sending out traditional hamantaschen (this year's fillings are blueberry, strawberry, poppyseed, and chocolate), as well as a triangular meat and potato -filed pasty. We would love to make it a trio of triangles (Hamantaschen Three Ways?), but are stumped what third thing we can make that would complement the first two. [more inside]posted by Mchelly to Food & Drink at 12:52 PM - 14 answers
How much notice should I give my roommates if I want to move out as fast as possible without being a total jerk? Would paying the rent I owe for April be acceptable instead of giving them a 30 day notice? I'm not actually on the lease, if that helps. I haven't been in a situation like this before, so I am not 100% sure what to do. Thanks. posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 12:46 PM - 14 answers
tl;dr: Advair is no longer covered by our insurance so we'll be paying out of pocket. If you're in the same boat, where have you found it for the best price in the US? Please don't recommend online pharmacies based simply on Google, I'm looking for personal experience.
I read this question
, but it is 5 years old and a lot has changed in the US medical landscape in that time. [more inside]posted by superna to Health & Fitness at 12:32 PM - 8 answers
I've got an older MacBook Pro. I'm on 10.8.5 right now. I'm wondering if I should upgrade to 10.9 or let it be. Specs to follow... [more inside]posted by kathrynm to Computers & Internet at 11:56 AM - 15 answers
I want to start reading/watching Voltron. Not sure where to dive in. [more inside]posted by xenization to Media & Arts at 11:55 AM - 2 answers
I work for a company where we have some independent sales reps and some in house reps. I want to compare the sales data between the two, and account for regional differences in the economy. How can this be achieved and is this even the right path for achieve what I want? [more inside]posted by bodgy to Work & Money at 11:44 AM - 1 answer
I'm going to be up in Vancouver this weekend and want to shop for a new spring coat. Something trenchcoat style but not in black or beige - cool colors or prints/patterns would be better. Size 12 or M/L, between $100 and $200. The style constraints are that it should not be teenagery but not dowdy either - I like classic cuts but trendy colors and patterns. I already plan to check out The Bay. posted by matildaben to Shopping at 10:41 AM - 7 answers
I ride recumbent bicycles and I have for years. The risk with recumbents is that if you don't fall well you can break your ankle. This happened to me. I have two bikes, the one that I fell with is a Vision brand. It's much faster (and less stable) than my Sun that I'm continuing to ride. [more inside]posted by notned to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 10:32 AM - 6 answers
I recently moved to Downtown Los Angeles, and am getting a kick out of exploring the neighborhood--it's changed a lot since I last visited in the early 2000s, has amazing architecture, and a fascinating mix of people and different communities. But I'm new to Los Angeles and unfamiliar with the neighborhood... what are the gems of downtown that are worth checking out? posted by huskerdont to Travel & Transportation at 10:13 AM - 11 answers
Video is here.
I'm guessing tai chi, but I have never seen that specific maneuver. If you know of any good videos or web pages with related moves that also would help. Thank you! posted by bukvich to Health & Fitness at 10:08 AM - 3 answers
An advertising company contacted me about turning a comic of mine into a short animation for an awareness campaign for a non-profit client. Do I ask for compensation or an honorarium? [more inside]posted by robot-hugs to Media & Arts at 10:06 AM - 10 answers
Many years ago, I had a coworker from Long Island who made these delicious cookies and brought them into the office. I've never been able to find them since, and cannot remember what she called them. [more inside]posted by dotgirl to Food & Drink at 10:04 AM - 9 answers
I'm looking for non-fiction books that describe the day-to-day life of an allied tanker (guy in a tank or other AFV) in World War II. [more inside]posted by bondcliff to Technology at 9:54 AM - 5 answers
I was on the Depo Provera shot for a few years and my doctor advised me that it was time to stop the injections as long term use can impact bone density. While on the shot, I did not menstruate.
For the first few months after stopping the shots, I had no menses -- but my period started again two weeks ago -- and has not stopped since. Doctor put me on a two-week course of progesterone pills to stop my period two days ago. It's really slowed down, but has not stopped yet.
How long might it take to work to stop my bleeding?
I am going to have a full workup in two weeks -- and I know this could be perimenopause, but I am not too worried about that necessarily. I am 45. posted by Lescha to Health & Fitness at 9:51 AM - 3 answers
I'm trying to recreate this rainbow mosaic cake
(by Cakes of Our Lives
in Melbourne), and need candies for the sides. The best US possibility I've found is these rainbow tropical gum tabs
from Sweetworks/Oak Leaf, but they seem to be available online only in bulk quantities, for use in mall gumball machines and the like. I need suggestions for either (1) other ways to source those chiclets (for instance, anyone know a large brick-and-mortar candy emporium that might be able to do a one-off mail order?), or (2) alternative brightly-colored square/rectangular candies that I could use to create the same effect. [more inside]posted by Bardolph to Food & Drink at 9:49 AM - 25 answers
I am considering one of those "design your own" mobile phones and would like to make the most of the limited line of characters that can be printed on the back. Examples and requirements within. [more inside]posted by juliplease to Technology at 9:11 AM - 15 answers