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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 to Grab Bag at 4:58 PM on May 20, 2015 - 39 answers [69 favorites]

When I’m 64 - Help me age gracefully

What’s the one thing I should be doing to stay healthy as I age, keep up my energy, stay healthy and be in good health for the neither or four decades? [more inside]
posted by mulcahy to Health at 8:16 AM on May 24, 2015 - 30 answers [65 favorites]

Slow Food

What are your favorite slow cooker recipes that (a) rely on fresher ingredients instead of canned or frozen, and (b) are practical for single-person portions? Difficulty level: no beef or pork. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Food & Drink at 8:48 AM on May 25, 2015 - 11 answers [45 favorites]

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 to Grab Bag at 10:28 PM on May 19, 2015 - 36 answers [44 favorites]

Ultra-beginner-level interior furnishing/decorating/design advice?

I'd like my home to look well-put-together, but my interior decorating ability never advanced beyond college-dorm level. I have no idea where to start, and I'm a little overwhelmed thinking about it. I need the most basic, beginner-level, baby-steps, for-dummies advice you've got. [more inside]
posted by Metroid Baby to Home & Garden at 10:12 AM on May 22, 2015 - 20 answers [42 favorites]

Childhood Reading - Making Up for Lost Time

Help me experience the reading I missed out on as a child. [more inside]
posted by xenization to Media & Arts at 6:02 AM on May 20, 2015 - 60 answers [41 favorites]

What are some works of SFF that use extraordinarily beautiful language?

What are some works of SFF that showcase beautiful language on a par with All The King's Men, Gilead, and Raymond Chandler's detective novels? I've read plenty of SFF that has transported me, but little that's struck me as gorgeously written. Thanks!
posted by Going To Maine to Writing & Language at 9:08 PM on May 24, 2015 - 28 answers [39 favorites]

Lull me to sleep

I'm putting together a playlist to doze off to most nights. Downtempo probably goes without saying, piano is a plus, vocals are acceptable, and I don't want to lean too much on the ambient genre. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by dee lee to Media & Arts at 2:32 AM on May 21, 2015 - 28 answers [35 favorites]

Oh my god I'm finally going to Japan!

After years of wanting to, I finally bought tickets to go to Japan this summer! (Eeeeeee!!!) I'll be flying into Tokyo and I'm already planning to get tickets for the Shinkansen to travel to Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. Can you help me figure out great places to see, delicious things to eat, special keepsakes to bring home, and how to deal with logistics while I'm there? [more inside]
posted by chatongriffes to Travel & Transportation at 3:31 PM on May 20, 2015 - 15 answers [31 favorites]

What are some mind tricks to use while running to keep my mind occupied?

I've been running and there is a certain level of boredom that creeps up. It's become a lot better as my endurance has increased but I am still looking for some strategies and mind-tricks to keep me engaged in running. [more inside]
posted by RapcityinBlue to Health at 7:33 AM on May 20, 2015 - 19 answers [28 favorites]

Too many greens

I just got a CSA box full of 6 different types of greens. Four to five pounds of fresh greens is a lot for a single person to eat in a few days! I have about 3 days to cook or eat them before they will start to spoil. While I am skilled enough in the kitchen, I don't cook greens very often so I am stumped on what to do with them. How can I prepare these so that I am not wasting food? I am looking for delicious, easy recipes that can combine as many as possible into a single dish. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by KMoney to Food & Drink at 9:48 AM on May 24, 2015 - 35 answers [28 favorites]

Alternative scientific poster designs

I'm presenting a poster at a scientific conference. I'm an old hat at this, but am tiring of the boilerplate designs that we all use. Can you point me to more minimalistic, aesthetically pleasing scientific posters? [more inside]
posted by redlines to Media & Arts at 12:17 PM on May 22, 2015 - 7 answers [27 favorites]

Feminine women's clothing at fair price?

ISO a women's clothing retailer (with shop-online availability) that sells clothes with really nice feminine detailing and such and isn't any more than lower-mid-range in terms of pricing. [more inside]
posted by Tess to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:56 PM on May 20, 2015 - 14 answers [23 favorites]

Name me some really cool princesses?

I'm putting together a book for a very little girl who is going through a princess phase, hoping to expand her idea of who a princess can be - e.g., "Here's Princess Sophie - she worked for the World Childhood Foundation." Most of the lists of favorite princesses are Disney characters, and others are too specific to an era or kingdom. I realize that this project is subject to criticism, but I'm thinking of it as a "Yes, and..." contribution to her enthusiasm. Can you name me some good role model princesses?
posted by mmiddle to Society & Culture at 2:07 PM on May 19, 2015 - 31 answers [22 favorites]

Great hollywood films made by women?

What are some great movies from the 80's and 90's that were either directed by or written by women? [more inside]
posted by Orange Pamplemousse to Media & Arts at 6:02 PM on May 21, 2015 - 38 answers [22 favorites]

dissertation-free research

I love research and learning, and keep running into a lot of research groups and programs that sound absolutely fascinating. However, most of them either involve getting a Masters or Ph.D., or require possession of a Ph.D. beforehand - which I do not want. Is there any way I can still get involved with these research groups that doesn't involve being responsible for an academic paper? Are there similar groups that do this kind of research work that aren't necessarily academic? [more inside]
posted by divabat to Education at 12:37 AM on May 23, 2015 - 13 answers [22 favorites]

I want to lose weight and I want to learn how to cook

... and I want to do both at the same time. Where can I find recipes for food that - is geared towards beginners (not too much prep time, not too many ingredients) - has calorie counts per serving/weight - is not always red meat or grain-heavy - and doesn't require an oven? (I only have a microwave and two heating elements.) [more inside]
posted by Busoni to Food & Drink at 11:30 AM on May 23, 2015 - 10 answers [22 favorites]

Bedtime is in 3 hours. Help me sleep tonight.

I had a terrible fight with a loved one today, and my stress levels are sky-high (to the point of nausea). At this rate, I'm not sure I'll be able to sleep tonight. Bedtime is in three hours - Please help me get to sleep. [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo to Health at 4:30 PM on May 25, 2015 - 32 answers [22 favorites]

Words and their lesser-known meanings

Help me find very common words with secondary, uncommon definitions. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger to Writing & Language at 7:00 AM on May 21, 2015 - 63 answers [21 favorites]

Questions to ask when spending long hours with someone?

A friend and I travel together frequently. What are some interesting questions we can ask one another while we're hiking for hours on end? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai to Human Relations at 12:32 PM on May 16, 2015 - 20 answers [84 favorites (20 in the past 7 days)]

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