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Bitch in Business

Metafilter feminists help me out! I an trying to compile a list of things that only ambitious women get to hear as they fight their way into management. Things like "you sound too abrasive". But also getting ignored in a specific way. I would like these to be things someone has actually said to you or someone you know. Can you help me?
posted by Omnomnom to Human Relations at 6:27 AM on Jan 22, 2015 - 213 answers [221 favorites]

Something funnier than "Hang in there, baby!"

My guy sent me this cute photo of a cactus when I was nervous about a big presentation. He has a big interview coming up. Do you know of a similarly adorable, quirky, inspirational-ish meme photo that I can send him? [more inside]
posted by Paper rabies to Society & Culture at 11:46 PM on Jan 8, 2015 - 25 answers [164 favorites]

Which must-read non-fiction books can I tackle in a single sitting?

I loved Buzzfeed's 46 Brilliant Short Novels You Can Read In A Day last year. I've just started reading the very short, very good Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway and it made me wonder...what other classic non-fiction books can be read in a single sitting/day? Are there any non-fiction lists like that Buzzfeed one? [more inside]
posted by Junebug79 to Media & Arts at 12:34 PM on Jan 5, 2015 - 25 answers [163 favorites]

I want the easiest-reading, most engrossing history books.

Tell me the history books you've read that you could not put down. History of just about anything, but especially historically significant people, say, before WWI. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Writing & Language at 9:08 AM on Jan 25, 2015 - 35 answers [137 favorites]

Comfort me with novels

I'm entering a period in my life that's going to be, shall we say, a little challenging. I'm looking for novels that will get me so engrossed that I'll forget everything outside them for a least a little while. [more inside]
posted by holborne to Media & Arts at 8:09 AM on Jan 28, 2015 - 69 answers [132 favorites]

Best cardigans evah?

I love cardigans, but I'm tired of my cotton cardigans pilling / wearing out. What are your favorite cardigan brands that are super durable? [more inside]
posted by ellerhodes to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 7:37 PM on Jan 25, 2015 - 22 answers [122 favorites]

Best Science Fiction of the last year

I've gotten out of the loop on recent Science Fiction writing. What are the best science fiction short stories and novels published within the last year?
posted by Artw to Media & Arts at 12:21 AM on Jan 25, 2015 - 14 answers [109 favorites]

My favorite small town in my state is _____________.

Please tell me about your very favorite small (or smallish) town in your state or province (US/Canada, only, please). [more inside]
posted by MoonOrb to Travel & Transportation at 8:37 PM on Jan 17, 2015 - 68 answers [98 favorites]

Movies that are perfect examples of their genre

After reading so many people say that Die Hard is a perfect (or at least near-perfect) action movie, I've wanted to watch other films that are considered perfect executions of their particular genre. What are the films you consider "perfect"? I'd love it if you could tell me why you or someone else considers them so, but if you can't do that I'm not really fussed.
posted by bunglin jones to Media & Arts at 5:51 AM on Jan 4, 2015 - 77 answers [95 favorites]

Insert awesome 'stew' pun here...

I need to make a giant pot of stew today to eat all week long. What should it be? Challenge Level: Vegetarian or vegan preferred. Protein is a must. Healthy is best. Cooking time: Doesn't matter, I have all day! [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Food & Drink at 9:14 AM on Jan 11, 2015 - 21 answers [95 favorites]

Readable yet extremely comprehensive history books

I just finished reading The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer again and it was just as incredible if not more so the second time around. I'm wondering if there are other nonfiction books of similar quality and comprehensiveness for other topics - primarily looking for a diabetes book but also interested in any other comparable books. [more inside]
posted by cybertaur1 to Education at 10:54 AM on Jan 16, 2015 - 30 answers [94 favorites]

How to stop mindlessly surfing the web for hours?

This question is kind of hard to phrase. I've gotten into the habit of relying on my laptop for stimulation, especially since I started working from home and am at my computer most of the day anyhow. I'm not talking about looking at porn or online gambling, but just being online. I get bored so easily now when I'm not online. [more inside]
posted by atinna to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 12:22 AM on Jan 17, 2015 - 16 answers [94 favorites]

Shopping-averse cook seeks pantry-friendly recipes

Most weeknights, I'm responsible for figuring out and cooking a dinner for two adults and a 1-year-old that is on the table by no later than 6pm. I am hands-down finding this the most unpleasant and soul-killing part of day-to-day parenting, as making it to the grocery store is extremely difficult during the workweek and the last thing I want to be doing on the weekends. I'm looking for recommendations of either a cookbook or specific recipes that use ingredients that are likely to already be present in my pantry, freezer, and/or spice rack. [more inside]
posted by iminurmefi to Food & Drink at 3:01 PM on Jan 12, 2015 - 49 answers [91 favorites]

Things you wish you had talked about before getting married

My partner and I are discussing getting married within the next year, and I thought I'd get the hive's opinion on important topics to go over before tying the knot. [more inside]
posted by Blissful to Human Relations at 2:10 PM on Jan 4, 2015 - 37 answers [84 favorites]

One life-changing experience, please.

I've read a lot about saving money for experiences rather than things. What are some experiences that are absolutely worth saving up for? [more inside]
posted by elisse to Grab Bag at 9:57 AM on Jan 29, 2015 - 39 answers [83 favorites]

How do you take care of a house?

I've realized that I have little idea how to properly care for a house. What regular maintenance and preventative maintenance tasks should I be doing? How do I do them? What things should I be checking for, on what schedule? What equipment do I need? What things will I probably need to hire someone for? I'm a-googlin too, but thought you all might know some good resources.
posted by SampleSize to Home & Garden at 7:55 AM on Jan 21, 2015 - 16 answers [82 favorites]

Inspiration for tiny living

We're realizing that the only way our little family of three is going to ever own a place is if we buy something tiny - 900 square feet or less. I need some inspiration for a livable design though. [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Home & Garden at 3:42 PM on Jan 18, 2015 - 25 answers [75 favorites]

Can you point me towards some 2014 "best-of" musical playlists?

I'm old enough to be sort of out of touch with new music, so when I have a little downtime at the end of the year one of the things I try to do is seek out some of what I've missed over the year. Ideally, what I'd like is some way to listen to to some "best of" from 2014 while I do other things, like trying to clean up or cook, for example, so without having to click each track one at a time. [more inside]
posted by tyllwin to Media & Arts at 3:40 PM on Jan 1, 2015 - 16 answers [73 favorites]

I need an epic way to prepare meat

I promised my husband I would make him a special meal and I really want to wow him. Details and restrictions within. [more inside]
posted by PuppetMcSockerson to Food & Drink at 11:54 AM on Jan 13, 2015 - 41 answers [69 favorites]

What should I buy from a korean supermarket?

I now live two minutes away from a huge korean supermarket that has an amazing and cheap produce and seafood section. I have no idea what a lot of this stuff is, but I love Asian cooking, so what are some things I should buy, now that I have an opportunity? I'm particularly interested in any recipes that are easy, inexpensive, and depend on 'ethnic' ingredients that you can't find in most grocery stores, or fresh seafood or unusual cuts of meat (pork belly, chicken feet, etc)
posted by empath to Food & Drink at 11:34 AM on Jan 4, 2015 - 19 answers [65 favorites]

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