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I have recently undergone a lot of change in my life - ended a long-term relationship, moved into a new place (previously lived with partner), quit a long-ish-term career (9 years including profession-specific study) and as a combination of the above, changing a lot of my social group. I think this is a sort of make-or-break crossroads time in my life - so would like to actively work on and question what I want to get out of my career/personal relationships. My therapist suggested doing "life check-ins" where I spend time thinking and writing down these things. Does anyone know of any "worksheets" that might give me some guidance to work with? Even a check-list would be helpful, but I'm envisioning maybe a list of questions. Google has brought up some options but I'm looking also for personal anecdata about what has worked for mefites. Thanks!
posted by nvly to Grab Bag at 6:55 PM on Apr 13, 2014 - 6 answers [84 favorites]

Due to being really busy at work, being sad about something in my personal life, and having just moved and not yet finished unpacking or making space for myself in the shared kitchen, I'm having a problem with food/having no appetite, and I can't (don't want to) cook much at the moment. Basically eating has become a giant chore and nothing seems good. To help get through the next week or couple of weeks, I would like your suggestions for the best tasting vegetarian convenience foods and super easy recipes that you know of. [more inside]
posted by treese to Food & Drink at 9:42 AM on Apr 12, 2014 - 52 answers [69 favorites]

I am looking for blogs that deal with small-scale farming, homesteading, and sustainable living. [more inside]
posted by jschu to Computers & Internet at 2:08 PM on Apr 11, 2014 - 19 answers [57 favorites]

We got Carrie Underwood's Before He Cheats, we got Dixie Chicks' Goodbye Earl; I would like more suggestions of country songs sung by ladies about exacting revenge or just seriously fucking up some no-good man.
posted by Greg Nog to Media & Arts at 8:30 AM on Apr 12, 2014 - 28 answers [55 favorites]

What are some things I can do to 'work on' my anxiety? [more inside]
posted by dinosaurprincess to Human Relations at 9:18 AM on Apr 14, 2014 - 20 answers [55 favorites]

Baby WanKenobi loves the song Little Boxes. I think she likes it because it's bouncy. I love singing it because it's subversive and snarky. What other songs might we enjoy? [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi to Media & Arts at 7:29 AM on Apr 12, 2014 - 54 answers [54 favorites]

I'm not usually a mystery reader, but I recently read In the Woods and The Likeness, by Tana French, on a friend's recommendation. I loved them, but I'm not familiar enough with the genre to find others like them. What I like about them: strong characters, suspense that is mainly psychological in nature, clear prose. I also enjoyed the Stieg Larsson books; other Scandinavian mysteries have been hit or miss. Any recommendations, MeFites?
posted by missrachael to Media & Arts at 1:19 PM on Apr 13, 2014 - 27 answers [54 favorites]

As part of a general digital cleanup (thank you, Heartbleed), I want to perform the long overdue task of backing up my Gmail account (with nearly a decade's worth of email) to my mac. I have two questions: 1) Is gmvault the only option? Is there anything more accessible to a user who hasn't used Terminal with any regularity in eight years, and even then wasn't very proficient using the command line? 2) If gmvault is the only option, or the most accessible option, can someone explain very clearly how to run it? I am unable to successfully follow the instructions on the gmvault website--they seem to assume that I'll intuit some necessary steps, when I actually need every step laid out for me.
posted by ocherdraco to Computers & Internet at 12:50 PM on Apr 12, 2014 - 13 answers [48 favorites]

This has been a year of change (breakup, move, deaths, grad school). I'm home at my parents' for the holidays and want to take some time to reflect on what I want for the next year and the rest of my life. I feel like I'm entering a new phase of life, and want to do it with self-knowledge and a vision of what I want it to be. This includes career, love, friendships, travel, everything. I'm hoping you can recommend exercises, readings, and approaches to figuring out what I truly want and (to a lesser extent) how to get there. [more inside]
posted by c'mon sea legs to Human Relations at 2:42 PM on Dec 21, 2013 - 18 answers [131 favorites (45 in the past 7 days)]

What are some of the most useful Excel add-ins that you use on a daily basis? [more inside]
posted by rippersid to Computers & Internet at 7:18 AM on Apr 11, 2014 - 8 answers [59 favorites (36 in the past 7 days)]

In The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, the title character is negatively influenced by a "poison" book that is mentioned repeatedly in the text but never named. "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," the short story by Jorge Luis Borges, mentions several nonexistent books including a mysteriously altered encyclopedia and a History of the Land Called Uqbar. I am looking for more fictional references in novels or stories to other books that do not exist. Help, please? [more inside]
posted by BlueJae to Media & Arts at 3:40 PM on Apr 11, 2014 - 59 answers [36 favorites]

I'm looking for examples of very well produced and engineered rock/pop/folk albums. Perfect acoustic guitar tones, great sounding drums, clear vocals all mixed and balanced well. If you had access to a super- duper audiophile sound system for an hour, what album or songs in your collection would you immediately NEED to hear through it? Some examples inside: [more inside]
posted by BlerpityBloop to Media & Arts at 8:33 AM on Apr 18, 2014 - 33 answers [36 favorites]

I'm sick. I'm watching a lot of Netflix. Specifically, I've been watching a lot of Toddlers and Tiaras. At first I didn't know what had come over me, but I think...I just like watching kids get interviewed about their lives? Even if their lives are ridiculous? I'm in my early thirties and I'm also super into those AT&T commercials so maybe it's a biological clock thing, but I'm too exhausted to second-guess myself about it. I know John & Kate + 8 exists, but that's just as gross and exploitative as T&T, as far as I can tell. I loved the 7 Up documentaries and also enjoyed Babies. What other recommendations for reality TV/documentary film about kids, pitched to adults, do you have for me? Bonus points if it's online. Thanks!
posted by pretentious illiterate to Media & Arts at 2:00 PM on Apr 15, 2014 - 26 answers [35 favorites]

I'm a 36 year old single male American living in northern California. I've always wanted to travel the world for a long time, and I finally have enough money to do it. What's your best advice for making it happen? [more inside]
posted by buckaroo_benzai to Travel & Transportation at 9:39 AM on Apr 12, 2014 - 17 answers [34 favorites]

Specifically books about the blossoming of The Self [more inside]
posted by winterportage to Society & Culture at 11:29 AM on Apr 16, 2014 - 30 answers [33 favorites]

I am interested in doing a Whole30 for some health reasons. I've done a bunch of reading about it and have already gotten many of the things from the shopping list. I am looking for advice on how to do it with minimal time investment. [more inside]
posted by treehorn+bunny to Food & Drink at 10:10 PM on Apr 12, 2014 - 13 answers [31 favorites]

What are some examples of beautiful web apps that feature a really slick dashboard with maybe some basic data visualizations? Something very accessible with a light design touch? [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice to Computers & Internet at 12:53 PM on Apr 14, 2014 - 7 answers [29 favorites]

I'm almost 26, and I don't have the relationship I wanted to have my this age. Being single is starting to feel like a waste of life, and I don't know what to do. [more inside]
posted by summertimesadness1988 to Human Relations at 12:04 PM on Apr 11, 2014 - 82 answers [33 favorites (28 in the past 7 days)]

The thing I do with Swiss Chard -- chopped, sauteed w/olive oil, garlic, maybe lemon juice -- is fine. But I've got some chard I want to use tonight, and I'm in the mood for better than fine. What do you do with Swiss Chard that's amazing?
posted by .kobayashi. to Food & Drink at 12:31 PM on Apr 16, 2014 - 28 answers [28 favorites]

Basically I'm curious what tips and tricks folks have for compartmentalizing, so stress in one area of your life has less of an impact on other areas. [more inside]
posted by pennypiper to Health at 5:00 PM on Apr 16, 2014 - 9 answers [25 favorites]

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