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December 6

30 is right around the corner and I’ve never felt more lost.

I wake up and live every day like a zombie – miserable at work and then I go home, go to the gym, eat crappy takeout and go to sleep. It just all feels so pointless, like I’m slowly wasting away and not living the full life I’m supposed to live. I want friends, love, a family, and a job or hobby to live for. But I almost feel paralyzed – if I have no interests and don’t want to be around anyone, how do I get my life started? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel at 12:31 PM - 11 answers

Finding focus and mental energy for side projects

I would like to spend more free time working on side projects, but I can't find the focus by the end of a workday. Can you? Tell me how. [more inside]
posted by enn at 7:33 AM - 8 answers

December 4

Help us have a cheerful Christmas in the Northwest!

We are looking for a video that used to be floating around of a couple lip-syncing to the song Christmas in the Northwest. We can't find it online anywhere, and it's driving us crazy!! [more inside]
posted by I_love_the_rain at 11:37 PM - 0 answers

Name that flash

Typical Northeast US suburban neighborhood. Every night, between 11:30 and 11:50 PM, a bright flash, like from a camera, is visible through the windows of two rooms. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour at 12:09 PM - 23 answers

December 3

Any rat-friendly homes open for the holidays?

I am looking for a place to board my two pet rats, in the Boston area, from December 23rd to December 27th. [more inside]
posted by miniraptor at 1:05 PM - 5 answers

December 2

[BDSM] Where to get knives for play?

Looking for recommendations for where to find knives for knife play.
posted by city_park at 11:07 PM - 4 answers

"Jolly" just doesn't feel right

Post-election, I'm looking for boxes or sets of secular winter holiday cards that have a thought-provoking or supportive message, and also don't have blithe good wishes that I wouldn't be able to send with any sincerity. [more inside]
posted by wintersweet at 10:25 PM - 8 answers

Seeking stupid arguments to fight about at lunch for fun and profit.

My coworkers like to good-naturedly argue. Help us find new topics! (Hurry, please, lunch is in an hour!) [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 8:43 AM - 67 answers

December 1

How do I Christmas?

This will be my first Christmas season without my mother, and I am not sure how to celebrate. [more inside]
posted by Archipelago at 8:58 PM - 10 answers

Scottish atheist solves crimes, has steamy romance, on Mystery!

I can't believe I'm asking this, but here we are. Sometime between 1990 and 1998 I saw a miniseries on Mystery! or Masterpiece Theater or just PBS and all I remember is that it was about a Scottish atheist who was a detective, or a PI, or something mystery-related? And he points out that men wearing just socks are silly, but women wearing just socks are sexy? Setting was contemporary. It was in reruns when I saw it. What the heck did I see and can I watch it again?
posted by blnkfrnk at 7:19 PM - 10 answers

Dating Pre-1492 Events in the Americas

Are there any events in the Americas before 1492 that we are able to date exactly with a reasonable confidence? What's the oldest such event? We know that Julius Caesar was assassinated on exactly March 15th 44 BCE. Do we know any such exact dates in the western hemisphere? [more inside]
posted by Plutor at 1:01 PM - 6 answers

How to grieve for a pet from afar

My ex texted me yesterday to let me know that one of her cats -- whom I referred to as my step-cats whilst we were together -- was hit by a car yesterday. I'm devastated, though I haven't seen said cat for nearly a year, and I don't know how to process it properly. [more inside]
posted by six sided sock at 12:12 AM - 11 answers

November 28

Christian blog post about pro-life/pro-choice having lots in common?

I am searching for a blog post I read a few weeks ago, and regretfully didn't save a link to. It was written by a pro-life Christian woman, and the topic was essentially how the pro-life and pro-choice crowd on the left, have a lot more in common than we think. [more inside]
posted by Joh at 3:16 PM - 3 answers

November 27

Sensually yours (need erotic books/vids recommendations)

I’m seeking suggestions for steamy books, fanfiction, and videos/shows/series because I'm simply awful at picking these myself. Snowflakes divulged in the extended explanation. [more inside]
posted by glass.hourousha at 3:36 PM - 12 answers

Bullet Journal journaling newbie. Simple resources?

I've wanted a good paper planner for a while, but can't find one I like. Inspired by the responses in this AskMe question, I think a bullet journal might work for me. I'm looking for YouTube channels or blog posts that outline how to start one from scratch. I'm also looking for any tips you have on maintaining one, or making it look pretty without spending hours on it. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday at 12:06 PM - 15 answers

November 26

You Make Me Sick

I like salt. Why do certain types make me sick? [more inside]
posted by Enchanting Grasshopper at 6:55 AM - 15 answers

How do you set good long-term goals if your values shift over time?

It’s a simple question, but one I’ve been thinking a lot about recently. As I’ve grown, what I want out of life has changed dramatically. As a very goal-oriented person who takes a long-term view, I’m struggling to understanding how to set good life goals given that I know my perspectives will shift with time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:51 AM - 14 answers

November 25

Help me identify this velcro-friendly fabric!

I'm helping a friend design a hand puppet out of a material that can be used with hook-and-loop fasteners (also known as Velcro). I remember helping my 3rd grade teacher cover a bulletin board with a smooth, low-pile, loopy fabric that velcro hooks would stick to; that fabric would be perfect. I remember it being pretty common in other classrooms in the 90's. What is this fabric called? [more inside]
posted by lemonadeheretic at 10:48 PM - 3 answers

charity recommendations (in lieu of gifts)?

We need your best lefty charities for our Christmas lists! [more inside]
posted by griphus at 7:31 PM - 15 answers

OK, time for yet another episode of name this thing!

My friend bought a mysterious antique thing. It looks like a cage, only it has no top, just sides and a bottom. The front is hinged and can open forward. It looks like this. Please do tell what you think it is.
posted by pickles_have_souls at 10:25 AM - 19 answers

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