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Hit me with your best snack salad.

I am on a quest to find recipes for things that are somewhat "salads" but that can function as a refrigerated snack that lasts for a few days after preparation. I don't know if there's a better term for this than "snack salads," but that's the purpose it would serve for me. [more inside]
posted by bananana to Food & Drink at 2:00 PM on Oct 1, 2015 - 38 answers [151 favorites]

What novels only intelligible in mid-life?

I've turned 40 this year. In high school I used to go around reading Nabokov because I thought that's what smart people would read. I loved the words but missed about 80% of the thematic elements because I was too young and hadn't lived enough. I just picked him up again and am boggled. What other books should I return to? What authors are only intelligible to readers in mid-life?
posted by hoanthropos to Society & Culture at 3:24 AM on Sep 8, 2015 - 35 answers [114 favorites]

What is it like to NOT be depressed?

Either versus being depressed, or not (what I'm saying is, I'm fine with answers from never-depressed people but also comparative answers from those who have gone through depressive periods and recovery). [more inside]
posted by hejrat to Health at 7:26 PM on Sep 16, 2015 - 48 answers [102 favorites]

Looking good. Wait, no. Looking polished.

What "finishing touches" really pull together your look? What do you do (and what resources do you use) when you start to feel bored with your wardrobe, makeup or hair, and just need some inspiration? And what do you do to seal the deal and look "put together" if not "polished"? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:54 AM on Sep 21, 2015 - 26 answers [95 favorites]

Best YouTube Workout Videos

I'm looking for the best YouTube workout videos/channels, in the 20-60 minute range. Specifics for me inside but I'm happy to also have recs for great videos that don't suit me now but may suit my later, or help other people! [more inside]
posted by Eyebrows McGee to Health at 7:08 AM on Sep 18, 2015 - 11 answers [92 favorites]

One amazing trick that turns liquor into a "drink"!

What are some "single add-ins" to ANY kind of spirit or liquor that makes it an interesting drink? [more inside]
posted by ersatzkat to Food & Drink at 10:24 AM on Sep 25, 2015 - 62 answers [88 favorites]

What sci-fi or fantasy books should I read next?

I recently started reading a bit of sci-fi and fantasy books - these genres are new to me and I'd like to read more. I've especially enjoyed time travel books. The challenging part for me is that I'm an impatient and/or lazy reader. If a book doesn't grab me from the beginning, I just can't bring myself to keep reading. So - what fantasy or sci-fi book (or series) do you think I would enjoy? [more inside]
posted by kdern to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:28 PM on Sep 10, 2015 - 59 answers [82 favorites]

Looking for shows that aren't about jerks

I've reached my jerk quota in the real world, so I'm looking for some good TV shows (preferably on netflix or amazon prime streaming) that aren't about jerks. [more inside]
posted by specialagentwebb to Media & Arts at 9:34 AM on Oct 5, 2015 - 90 answers [79 favorites]

It was September 15, 1985 and....

What was it like to be alive on September 15, 1985? I was born 30 years ago today. One of my best friends had a (beautiful and healthy) baby yesterday, and I couldn't help but think how much I will have to tell him about the day, the month, the year he was born (Black Lives Matter, Obergefell, Donald Trump's campaign, the continuing Kardashian plot to take over the world, the ISIS beheadings, Pope Francis, the lion-murdering dentist, Kim Davis's last stand, the rise of avocado toast, and on and on and on). My parents don't reminisce about what the day of my birth was like, despite my asking, and I have always wondered: what was like to be around 30 years ago today--from the mundane to the profound, what do you remember about that time?
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 1:45 PM on Sep 15, 2015 - 135 answers [74 favorites]

Cauliflower Recipes

Saw cauliflower for 75¢ a head, bought four heads. Score! Have any good cauliflower recipes? Thanks!!!
posted by readery to Food & Drink at 6:09 AM on Sep 29, 2015 - 41 answers [72 favorites]

Getting nothing done at work. Help?

I am having a significant, abnormal amount of difficulty getting anything accomplished at work. This problem has steadily been worsening over the last several months, and I am getting worried. How can I snap out of this? [more inside]
posted by dinnerdance to Work & Money at 3:04 PM on Sep 15, 2015 - 21 answers [71 favorites]

My phone takes me.....

You are wasting five minutes on your phone....where do you go? Assume metafilter has already been surfed. As have PhD comics. Please let me know where you're going. Bonus points for suggestions about what's for dinner, women's fashion, science new, and grad students (ifls and PhD comic like finds). I'm betting you're surfing some great sites metafilter.
posted by Kalmya to Computers & Internet at 5:15 PM on Sep 26, 2015 - 31 answers [71 favorites]

How do I pants?

I am a mid-30s lady, and I have recently realized that jeans are not comfortable and I don't want to wear them anymore, but I'm not sure what to replace them with. Help me figure out where to shop and what to shop for! [more inside]
posted by peanut_mcgillicuty to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 8:01 PM on Sep 20, 2015 - 19 answers [69 favorites]

Can you recommend a sci-fi book I'll actually enjoy?

I was more in to sci fi as a kid, and now every time I try to get in to a book, I find it unbearable. I'd like some recommendations for books that are more like The Road and less like, say, Wool. Can you recommend books to me? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock to Media & Arts at 7:57 AM on Sep 22, 2015 - 66 answers [62 favorites]

Ancient podcasts

Hi! I'm looking for good podcasts about extremely ancient history, stretching way back into pre-history! Basically: anything that goes from pre-sapiens hominids to, i don't know, let's use 500 BCE as our arbitrary cutoff date. Stuff about human evolution, early architecture, first farming practices, religions, history of tool use, anything in that nice huge swath that encompasses the shadowy past. I know that's a big-ass series of unrelated eons, but basically: the older the better!
posted by Greg Nog to Media & Arts at 7:00 AM on Sep 26, 2015 - 9 answers [61 favorites]

Travel Life Lessons

I consider myself a fairly savvy traveler yet one who still makes noob mistakes that end up costing me disproportionately in either in time, money, or enjoyment simply because I didn’t know better. Although I’ve gotten better with each trip, it leaves me wondering what easy changes I still have left to make that can boost my travel skills without having to learn them the hard way? Bonus points for recommendations that take advantage of a smart phone! [more inside]
posted by Goblin Barbarian to Travel & Transportation at 4:18 PM on Sep 5, 2015 - 29 answers [105 favorites (58 in the past 30 days)]

Why don't I feel like a grownup?

Why do I feel like I'm not really an adult yet and completely embarrassed by that? What can I do to make myself feel like proper grown up? [more inside]
posted by lifethatihavenotlivedyet to Human Relations at 6:57 AM on Sep 11, 2015 - 49 answers [58 favorites]

Make me a better camper by telling me your favorite backpacking hacks.

I'm looking to up my backpacking game. What tricks, strategies, and indispensable-but-overlooked items do you take with you into the backcountry? I'm looking for little things that cost little or nothing in terms of weight or money, but which make life easier in camp or on the trail. What are some of your most clever solutions? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:46 PM on Oct 2, 2015 - 23 answers [58 favorites]

Suggest current female singer/songwriters?

My iPod is packed with artists like Jason Isbell, Corb Lund, Elvis Costello and Gurf Morlix. I'd like to explore similar music that was written and performed by women. I'm pretty much up to speed on the classics (Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, etc) but welcome suggestions about female artists working now. Who should I be listening to?
posted by workerant to Media & Arts at 7:13 AM on Sep 10, 2015 - 49 answers [57 favorites]

Shut The Front Door

Looking for "mom swears." Details after the jump [more inside]
posted by St. Peepsburg to Writing & Language at 7:15 AM on Sep 20, 2015 - 114 answers [55 favorites]

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