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July 25

Calm the itch that AskMe scratches.

I spend most idle moments browsing recent Ask Metafilter questions on my phone. Whilst I have learnt some (many!) useful facts from this, I acknowledge the point raised by a loved one that this mindless scrolling is not particularly constructive or good for my thumbs. How can I "selfsoothe" without relying on a website? [more inside]
posted by limoncello at 3:08 PM - 7 answers

Worried about friend, what can I do?

I haven't been able to get in touch with a friend of mine all weekend and neither has their family. (Just found out about the family part late last night.) At first I chalked this up to just disengaging from facebook for a while but now I'm concerned. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee at 9:19 AM - 9 answers

July 24

Nalgene Bottles & BPA

I have a dozen 10+ year old Nalgene bottles that were manufactured with BPA. I've finally decided to get rid of them, and buy new bottles without BPA. What should I do with the old Nalgene bottles? Throw them out? Some kind of other non-food/liquid storage? Will Nalgene replace them? Any other ideas? [more inside]
posted by gregr at 7:29 AM - 11 answers

Au Revoir, Le Creuset teakettle?

Alas! My beloved Le Creuset teakettle was sitting empty on a burner, and the burner was turned on and not noticed until damage occured. Is my teakettle a lost cause? Warning: damaged le Creuset teakettle images within, get yer tissues handy before you view [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex at 6:57 AM - 11 answers

July 23

Ideas for volunteering with children?

I have very young children. I'd love to get into some volunteer activity. BUT I am basically a stay at home mom now. It would be great if I could think of a volunteer activity that I could do with my kids in any form, esp. if the kids were an advantage! [more inside]
posted by EtTuHealy at 11:28 AM - 11 answers

July 22

I would like to live alone, but I also like money.

My current roommate is moving out. The prospect of finding and living with another roommate is giving me the howling fantods. Monthly rent for the whole apartment (plus utilities etc) would be ~50% of my average monthly income before tax. Is this workable? (snowflake details inside) [more inside]
posted by btfreek at 10:20 PM - 25 answers

Wherever you go, there you are

I spend a lot of time alone, and I'm very good at keeping myself entertained. I need a lot of alone time in order to thrive. Yet, sometimes I feel bored/tired with myself, and I'm not sure how to snap out of that. What helps restore you when you're tired of yourself? Please don't make any suggestions that depend on social activities or travel--I love both, but I can't access those on command. [more inside]
posted by mermaidcafe at 12:13 PM - 30 answers

Help coming up with questions for monthly newsletter

Hi Metafilter, I am trying to spiffy up the monthly newsletter that is put out through my local mothers club. One feature I want to add is a monthly interview with a mothers club member who owns their own business/is in business for herself. I was thinking I would ask the same set of 3-5 interview questions to each person. I would love suggestions for questions that you think would be interesting in this regard. Also, I want to feature a different member family each month. Instead of asking them to provide the usual biographical blurb, I'd like to ask each family the same fun question each month. I also would love suggestions for what this question could be. Thank you!
posted by corn_bread at 11:12 AM - 9 answers

July 21

Ideas for a low-key bachelorette party in Montreal

What fun and non-touristy activities could I help plan for one of my dearest friend's bachelorette party in Montreal? I know she'd like something more on the relaxing end of the spectrum than a typical party, but I'm doing this from California and not able to check things out in person. [more inside]
posted by erratic meatsack at 8:28 PM - 9 answers

mystery location in the late 1960s

I'm looking to identify a remembered location from my childhood. Mom remembers about as much as I do. [more inside]
posted by the Real Dan at 4:14 PM - 6 answers

La Vie En Rose-Colored Glasses

I have been back in New York City for less than 24 hours after my second trip to Paris, and came home with starry eyes. And - in the past 3 hours, enough people have remarked on that and said "why don't you just move there?" that I'm starting to think about it. I need some reality. [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 11:00 AM - 36 answers

What's the best way to send money or transfer funds to Ecuador?

I need to send some funds from the US to Ecuador in a timely manner. My recipients have provided me a name, a phone number and a bank name. I'm not sure my recipients have a bank account. [more inside]
posted by rw at 8:16 AM - 7 answers

July 20

I need to stop all forms of solicitation on my property.

I need a way to completely prevent solicitors from coming to my house. My current track isn't cutting it. [more inside]
posted by furnace.heart at 3:49 PM - 58 answers

July 19

What do I owe UPS?

What are my responsibilities regarding a package sent to the wrong person at my property? Complications within. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour at 12:19 PM - 21 answers

Help me find this online quiz to prove I have no discernment.

Is it under $100 or over $1,000? [more inside]
posted by rekrap at 12:03 PM - 8 answers

July 18

Tan Sedan Caravan?

Not long ago, I was traveling on Interstate 35, driving north from Laredo, Texas to San Antonio. On the way, I saw a line of about six late model cars traveling together. Each was a basic four-door sedan in a neutral color, each had a four-digit number in large white lettering on the rear window, and each had a very large grill guard attached to the front--the kind you usually see on heavy duty pick up trucks. What was going on?
posted by Pater Aletheias at 9:48 AM - 3 answers

Bedbugs: Summer Edition

How do you know when bedbugs are gone, when it's summertime? [more inside]
posted by dysh at 4:30 AM - 8 answers

July 17

Wedding planning notebooks - HALP

I really want this planner. But $63 seems steep. But it's really, really pretty. But are there better options?! [more inside]
posted by witchen at 8:09 PM - 24 answers

Why does the university library need to report to the IRS?

Got a new library card at the nearby university library (community access; I paid a small fee for access since I'm not otherwise affiliated with the university). Why did the application form demand my full social security number? [more inside]
posted by amtho at 6:47 PM - 9 answers

July 15

All out of jokes

I need new jokes. Lots and lots of jokes. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger at 10:24 AM - 89 answers

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