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Suppose I never changed my clothes again

A few years ago I bought this Athleta dress from a consignment shop for $11, and it's become one of the most versatile items of clothing I own. It doesn't wrinkle, it still looks (and smells!) good after I've worn it for a week straight in a pinch, and it's washable. I can wear it to work, I can stuff it in my bag when I'm traveling, and it's neutral enough that I can easily dress it up or down. Help me find more clothes like this! [more inside]
posted by tapir-whorf to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 4:56 PM on Jul 27, 2017 - 17 answers [107 favorites]

Favorite cold noodle salads

I want all of your recipes for cold noodle salads! [more inside]
posted by skycrashesdown to Food & Drink at 11:48 AM on Aug 7, 2017 - 22 answers [99 favorites]

Things you were never told about approaching 50

I'm not far out from being a half-century. Recently, in discussions with peers of a similar age, we've discovered several commonalities. For example, most now have little problem in dropping time-consuming people who drain us from networks, or even in mid-conversation, or saying "no" to pressurised requests. On the negative side, nearly all have annoying or restrictive medical ailments of food, bowel or colon. None of this we were told would be a fact of deep-middle age, at school, or college, or in the media. What else - good and bad - is a commonality of most people around the age of 50?
posted by Wordshore to Human Relations at 11:40 AM on Jul 22, 2017 - 60 answers [87 favorites]

How do I improve my storytelling?

Some people can tell the most boring story and keep an audience on the edges of their seats. On the other hand, when I try to tell people about the most interesting things I've experienced (and there are some pretty interesting ones), it tends to land with a thud. I seem to have no natural talent for storytelling, but I'm hoping it's something I can learn to improve. [more inside]
posted by primethyme to Writing & Language at 7:59 AM on Aug 18, 2017 - 15 answers [79 favorites]

Find my perfect exercise routine: 30 minutes and done.

I’m looking for a routine I can do in the evenings when I feel particularly energetic or when I’ve decided not to walk in (raining) or the gym is full (tiny gym, huge office). [more inside]
posted by She Kisses Wyverns to Health at 4:42 AM on Aug 8, 2017 - 15 answers [77 favorites]

Recommendations for books with beautiful prose.

I'm looking to read books that are beautifully written, that have phrases that have you picking up a highlighter immediately or scribbling down on a post-it note to stick on your wall. Books that paint the world, feelings, humans in many different colours. [more inside]
posted by liquorice to Writing & Language at 11:07 PM on Aug 9, 2017 - 53 answers [72 favorites]

Really good historical fiction?

I have some travel coming up and would love to load up my kindle with some really well-written historical fiction. There are three things that seem to come up a lot in this genre that I want to avoid, see inside for snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by cpatterson to Writing & Language at 12:13 PM on Aug 5, 2017 - 51 answers [68 favorites]

I'm down on myself. Please help me be brave.

I'm struggling with depression (diagnosed, under treatment). What I need are written reminders to help me resist the lying internal monologue. Maybe you have a favorite passage, essay, or mantra that might help me be braver in shutting this voice down? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:27 AM on Aug 2, 2017 - 38 answers [61 favorites]

Looking to wander around some new blogs and sites

I'm looking for some new blogs to lose myself in, to take my mind off of the train wreck that is U.S. politics these days. My current favorites these days are Unfuck Your Habitat (cleaning and tidying), Budget Bytes (cooking), Lifehacker (family of sites that cover gadgets and life tips), Kevin Kelly's Cool Tools (gadgets and new uses for existing products), Apartment Therapy (small home decor), and this Metafilter family of websites. The brain weasels thank you.
posted by SillyShepherd to Computers & Internet at 1:57 PM on Aug 17, 2017 - 9 answers [59 favorites]

Thank god we didn't meet before we were 30

I'd love to hear stories of people who met and fell in love after 30, especially if they're still going strong years later. And especially if they've experienced isolation and other adverse life experiences that make it hard to believe you'll find that kind of love. Did you meet your long term partner after 30, and maybe some struggles? And do you think you're better off because of that timing? [more inside]
posted by bizarrenacle to Human Relations at 10:05 AM on Aug 17, 2017 - 35 answers [57 favorites]

Cheerful hostile music!

I've found my perfect work music: songs that are cheerful, melodic, and upbeat but with aggressive, hostile lyrics. Help me make a playlist so I can crush my job. [more inside]
posted by medusa to Media & Arts at 10:28 AM on Aug 19, 2017 - 59 answers [54 favorites]

Give me your organizing closet/pantry/kitchen/basement storage hacks.

My wife and I are closing on our first house a week from now and we're looking for your best closet, pantry shelves, kitchen, garage, and basement storage hacks. [more inside]
posted by notorious medium to Home & Garden at 6:03 AM on Jul 24, 2017 - 33 answers [53 favorites]

Developing healthy relationship skills

What did you do to have a good relationship, after one or many bad ones? How much of that was about meeting the right person vs working at improving old patterns? [more inside]
posted by cotton dress sock to Human Relations at 8:30 PM on Jul 27, 2017 - 28 answers [50 favorites]

Let's create a 5-6 week Salad Guide, with plans and grocery lists

I'm starting to bring food to work! Yay! However, I have limited bandwidth and would like to automate the planning aspect. My goal is to generate a 5-6 week rotation of salad greens and toppings, with associated grocery list and prep plan, that will make efficient use of ingredients. I would like this to be self-contained and not rely on us having particular leftovers on any given week. "Throw in whatever you have in the fridge" is exactly what I want to avoid. [more inside]
posted by telepanda to Food & Drink at 10:47 AM on Aug 4, 2017 - 15 answers [49 favorites]

What resources do you use to find new music to listen to?

I’m in a rut in my music listening. Hit me with your strategies for finding new tunes! Interested in streaming platforms that might help with this, but also any other resources or suggestions. [more inside]
posted by switcheroo to Media & Arts at 11:44 AM on Aug 6, 2017 - 43 answers [49 favorites]

Fixing my prejudices about religion/faith

I have it in my head that strong (Christian) religious faith is incompatible with being intelligent and/or progressive. I don't see it as rational and I have held ideas that, for example, Barack Obama was just pretending to be religous to be palatable - but now, I don't think this is at all correct. Can you point me towards readings/links to help fix my prejudice? [more inside]
posted by ftm to Religion & Philosophy at 1:38 PM on Jul 30, 2017 - 44 answers [45 favorites]

I have no willpower! (can't stop eating junk food)

I'm trying to eat more healthfully for all the reasons people often do (improved health and energy, weight loss, etc). Each day I start out eating well but by mid-afternoon my lack of willpower has reared its ugly head and the day is shot. Help! [more inside]
posted by whitelily to Health at 2:38 AM on Aug 10, 2017 - 46 answers [45 favorites]

How to build a consistent work ethic?

How can I built a consistent work ethic with graduate school, chores, getting assignments done, and finding perserverance for creative writing and academic research jobs? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow to Work & Money at 5:27 PM on Jul 30, 2017 - 16 answers [44 favorites]

Books on the history of housekeeping

I'm reading At Home by Bill Bryson, and it's a pretty fun book, but what I REALLY want is the actual housekeeping side of things rather than the recent history of Western people as told through the house, which is what this book is serving up. [more inside]
posted by hought20 to Society & Culture at 8:03 AM on Aug 11, 2017 - 12 answers [43 favorites]

Homebodies, what do you have at home that help you enjoy it so much?

I am 47 now, 48 in November, live alone in the UK, and have been giving some thought to how to enjoy my life better. For the last year and a bit I have focused my time and effort Meetup events with others, as well as getting out of the house more alone (mostly arthouse films by myself or visiting coffee shops). I want to ease off on that and pursue making my apartment nicer so that I enjoy being at home more. (I know some people would say get a pet, but they are not allowed on my lease and I'm allergic). If you are someone who is at home most days, but loves it, what are the details which makes you love being at home so much? Am prepared to invest up to £500/$500, possibly more. [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky to Home & Garden at 5:13 PM on Aug 5, 2017 - 26 answers [42 favorites]

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