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May 22

Need help making plans for my possible death

I am making plans for my loved ones in case I die. I know the coroner will take my body away, but I'm afraid there will be an awful mess left behind. How do other people handle this? I don't want my loved ones to have to clean it up. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear at 12:45 PM - 13 answers

Creative wedding word play - Show me what you've got!

I'm an uncreative person. I'm seeking some of your imaginative love related word play for two wedding items. [more inside]
posted by JenThePro at 8:45 AM - 8 answers

May 21

something extravagant?

I received an unexpected $700. I want to use for super frivolous spending, and buy something that I wouldn't purchase within my normal budget. What should it be? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia at 2:13 PM - 53 answers

Burgled on Tuesday. Still can't leave the house.

I was burgled on Tuesday while I was away all day. There is a high likelihood one of my neighbors was involved, and it is a certainty that other neighbors saw what was happening and did nothing about it. I've filed the police report, called the credit agencies, I'm checking Craigslist. But psychologically I am a mess--mainly, I can't convince myself to leave the house and get on with my life. [more inside]
posted by schroedinger at 11:09 AM - 19 answers

May 20

Tell me about your post-work rituals.

I'd like to develop a post-work habit or ritual for as soon as I arrive home. Something that will send a signal to my brain that "work is over, and now you're home." What habits, rituals or environmental changes have worked well for you?
posted by nightrecordings at 4:58 PM - 38 answers

Santa Fe, Portland, and ?

Three overeducated, artsy young liberals are searching for a reasonably affordable small-to-mid-sized city to move to—someplace with a vibrant arts and/or academic community. We're seriously considering Portland, OR and Santa Fe, NM, which both offer the atmosphere and cost of living we're looking for. But which other cities should we consider? [more inside]
posted by alycoop at 3:42 PM - 37 answers

How to temporarily put a parking sticker on a car

My workplace demands a permanent sticker in the back windshield of all cars on the premises. I hate having stickers on my car. The rules state the sticker cannot be taped, etc. but held by its adhesive. Can anyone help me brainstorm a hack to make this sticker look like it's put right on the windshield, but have it actually on in such a way that I can put it on before work and take it off after?
posted by anonymous at 3:08 PM - 12 answers

We need a (Jewish) baby girl name!

I thought we had locked down the girl name for our baby due next month (Lila) but my husband is having cold feet. We are stuck! Please help. [more inside]
posted by semacd at 9:44 AM - 94 answers

May 19

When is a person missing?

It's 1:30 AM, well after my roommate typically comes home, and she's not here. I wouldn't typically worry, except she also hasn't come by to feed/walk her dog, which I've never known her to do. At what point do I do something and is there anything other than calling the police that I could do? [more inside]
posted by R a c h e l at 10:28 PM - 36 answers

Please reinforce my favorite quote

My favorite quote is, "[God has] hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children." I'm looking for art, literature, and quotes with the same idea. [more inside]
posted by cmcmcm at 4:13 PM - 11 answers

The night never questions the stars when they appear.

I was listening to a mix tape and THIS BIT was included. It has a nice bit of spoken word that googles no real results. [more inside]
posted by humboldt32 at 11:14 AM - 5 answers

Where are the OTHER self defense items?

Whether or not you agree, guns and knives, and even pepper spray, are a hot button issue in the realm of self defense. Some states don't permit them, some areas are incredibly restrictive regarding type, and certain businesses or buildings won't allow them on the premises. Not to mention the social stigmas of everyone and their mother who will take issue with whatever you use. I am not asking about guns, knives, and pepper spray, all three of which I've already researched laws and possibilities of, and _may_ decide to obtain at some point. I'm asking, where are the websites and reviews for OTHER self defense items? [more inside]
posted by DisreputableDog at 3:11 AM - 30 answers

Cookbook Reviews: what would you want to read?

I've been put in charge of the cookbook section at my Library, and I've been asked to do something interesting to promote them. I was thinking of creating a tumblr or Instagram-style blog to show them off. Please help me figure out how best to do this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:49 AM - 17 answers

May 18

Volunteer work for loners

Posting for a friend: What kind of volunteer work can a solitary type do in five hours a week that will make the world a better place without requiring a lot of social interaction? [more inside]
posted by orange swan at 4:51 PM - 25 answers

Can you tell me anything about this old song?

My mother learnt a song from her (now deceased) mother, but we don't know anything about it other than the lyrics. I've found a few traces on Google, but can you help me track down any more information? [more inside]
posted by katrielalex at 2:31 AM - 6 answers

May 16

Help me not hate weekends

I hate weekends. It's a struggle to get myself to leave the house on Saturdays and Sundays; I just want to hide under a blanket all day. Work is different; I looooove going to work Monday through Friday, and I love work in general. What do you do to get yourself out and about, or otherwise excited about weekends? [more inside]
posted by topoisomerase at 4:01 PM - 27 answers

E-cards for a dying friend.

An online friend of mine is dying. He's not my closest friend or anything, but he is a cool, grumpy, interesting, funny person I am glad I have known and I am sad to see him go. He seems to very much appreciate the e-cards he has gotten so far so I would like to send him one that is not glurgy but expresses that. It can be offbeat and weird. Does anyone have suggestions? Thank you.
posted by Omnomnom at 1:26 PM - 9 answers

May 15

Explain fast food pricing to me like I'm 5 years old.

I ordered a meal in a Burger King a couple of days ago and it was over $12. I ordered the exact same thing in a different city today and it was about $8.50. Explain this to me. Obviously, meat and potatoes are not the only thing being factored into that price difference. [more inside]
posted by Michele in California at 12:17 AM - 12 answers

May 14

Where (online) can I find New Zealand newspaper articles from 1968?

My mother and her sister were involved in a dramatic mountain rescue in New Zealand in 1968. I'd like to be able to read the newspaper articles about the event, but I can't find online sources for NZ later than 1945. Are there other places I could look to find the articles? [more inside]
posted by girlgenius at 6:40 PM - 12 answers

Baby don't cry?

My friend's little girl just passed the 6 month mark. She is very afraid of people and will tolerate others being nearby, but if anyone other than mom or dad try holding her it's an instant trigger for tears and screaming. My friend is trying to get the baby more used to me so I can babysit, but it's not going so well. What to do? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 12:54 PM - 17 answers

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