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Help me feel less lonely during solitary tasks

Turning away from the Internet and doing a solitary task (like reading, journaling, or cleaning) makes me feel lonely. Help me feel more cozy and stimulated/supported during these times. [more inside]
posted by delight to Human Relations at 9:49 PM on May 21, 2017 - 20 answers [22 favorites]

Looking for tightly plotted cozy mysteries

I'm interested in reading some recently published (last ten years) cozy mysteries. I'm looking for books that are very well paced and plotted as opposed to books with lyrical prose. If you have an author to suggest, please also recommend an individual book, not just a series or an entire body of work. Thanks!
posted by bq to Media & Arts at 1:16 PM on May 20, 2017 - 14 answers [44 favorites (13 in the past 24 hours)]

How can I stop the endless negative chatter that stops me focusing?

I know lots of people have an inner monologue of negative thoughts, I believe the Buddhists call it the "monkey mind" but I'm not sure. But I seem to have it to a ridiculous extent, to where it's impeding my ability to focus and do back to work activities, and I think my bipolar brain chemistry is a big reason it's so bad. What can be done about and what sort of specialist help could I seek (it's something I'd be willing to pay privately for help/ classes with if there was a good chance of success). [more inside]
posted by AuroraSky to Work & Money at 11:40 PM on May 21, 2017 - 14 answers [13 favorites]

Getting in Shape with Chronic Illness

Recently I've realised that I have not been taking care of myself. I am woefully out of shape, I have packed on the pounds & I am hitting my 40s with family members falling ill with lifestyle-related illnesses. Time to start taking care of myself - but how do I do that when a chronic illness stops me from hitting the gym hard? Details below fold. [more inside]
posted by kariebookish to Health at 7:01 AM on May 22, 2017 - 20 answers [9 favorites]

Host sweet host

I hosted an old friend at my place for a few days. Before she left, she told me she loved staying with me because I had a comfortable home. While this made me feel pretty good about myself, I also thought I could ask the hivemind 1) what makes a home a comfortable one? and 2) practical ways to make short-term guests feel as comfortable as possible. Bonus points for things you appreciated as a guest in someone else's home.
posted by orangutan to Human Relations at 8:20 PM on May 20, 2017 - 26 answers [39 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

I just wanna be a humble tavernkeep

Is there a MMO or similar game out there where I can join in not for combat but to set up shop, like as a trader or innkeeper or something? Particularly one that allows me to talk to other players and get to know them? [more inside]
posted by divabat to Media & Arts at 3:39 AM on May 21, 2017 - 12 answers [17 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Where to stay and what to do in Seattle

Planning a trip to Seattle in late August. Trying to decide where to stay and what things to prioritize, having never been there before. [more inside]
posted by sabotagerabbit to Travel & Transportation at 3:44 PM on May 21, 2017 - 13 answers [8 favorites]

Bedtime snack for a diabetic who gets hungry at night?

I cannot sleep when I'm feeling hungry. I often get hungry at night -- not just "oh, my stomach's a little growly" but "I need to eat something NOW" hungry. I would just eat a granola bar or something, except for the complication of type-II diabetes. I don't want to raise my blood sugar too much, but like I said, can't sleep if I'm hungry. Fellow diabetics, what snack recommendations do you have?
posted by sarcasticah to Health at 5:29 PM on May 21, 2017 - 24 answers [7 favorites]

Make tangly hair less tangly/velcroey & more slippery?

How can I make my tangly/velcroey hair very very slippery and untangly? (I'd rather not use silicones, which is what most detangling sprays seem to be mostly composed of, because I think they do actually make my hair more birds-nest-y after a couple of days.) [more inside]
posted by tangerine_poppies to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 4:39 PM on May 21, 2017 - 16 answers [6 favorites]

Left eye woes

I have worn contacts daily for 15 years and had the same brand of lenses for a few years (Air Optix). Within the last few months, however, I have noticed that my left eye -- and only my left eye -- gets irritated after a few hours of contact wear. It will get red and the lens seems to be loosely shifting back and forth. And the morning after contact use, my left eye will be crusty and feel generally strained. I have thrown away more than 5 or 6 contacts because I thought that the lens may be the problem. But this pain/redness happens with new lenses too. I have gone to my eye doctor twice to discuss this issue. She examined my eye and said it was healthy and that maybe dryness was causing the irritation. Upon her suggestion, I started to use Systane Ultra eyedrops but every time I try my contacts, I have the same issue again. I used to wear contacts daily but now I am stuck with my glasses. I have tried warm compresses, cold compresses, opening a new pair of lenses, trying to wear contacts only if its humid, giving my eye a long break between contact wear. I am at a loss. Have you fixed your eye woes? Am I doing something wrong?
posted by allthingsconsidered to Health at 7:39 AM on May 22, 2017 - 12 answers [6 favorites]

Care of the Tender Creases

Mefites of size, please share with me your best practices for the care of skin folds. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 7:18 PM on May 20, 2017 - 20 answers [15 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Simple Facebook content harvesting

A friend passed away last night after a brutal struggle with cancer (which can just f*ck right off, by the way). He was a longtime Austin musician and my Facebook feed is flooded today with memories and photos from his huge network of friends. His family are very dear to me and I'd like to harvest all these good memories for them to look at later. HOPE ME. [more inside]
posted by pantarei70 to Computers & Internet at 8:07 AM on May 22, 2017 - 2 answers [5 favorites]

The soprano sous chef was full of angst.

Distinct languages have dominated the terminologies of various societal areas - what other examples are there? [more inside]
posted by backseatpilot to Grab Bag at 4:56 PM on May 20, 2017 - 18 answers [11 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

How do I use a Mortier Pilon fermentor jar?

My wife got me the 5L mortier pilon fermenting jar. I'm excited to use it. There are no instructions and I don't want us to die from botulism and I'm convinced this will happen. [more inside]
posted by Baby_Balrog to Food & Drink at 4:04 PM on May 21, 2017 - 10 answers [4 favorites]

Rigorously Defining a Value System

Is there a philosophy book or site that would be helpful in guiding me through rigorously defining my own value system? [more inside]
posted by bfranklin to Religion & Philosophy at 5:54 AM on May 22, 2017 - 5 answers [4 favorites]

Help me make a camping/travel fun kit for my kids.

My family spends a lot of the summer traveling and at times camping for business reasons, and my kids (ages seven and ten) kind of hate it - or at least they think they do. I want to make a kit of fun, non-electronic, highly portable stuff to try to distract them from their misery. Besides computers, their interests include nature stuff, games, answering questions, reading (especially comics), arts and crafts and not camping. But seriously, stuff to feel more at home or comfortable on the road would be good, too.
posted by lgyre to Travel & Transportation at 2:25 PM on May 21, 2017 - 23 answers [3 favorites]

Time is ticking...

I was 100% definitely just exposed to the stomach flu. If I caught it - which I am 99.9% certain I did - I have 24-48 hours before I become ill, what should I do to prepare? [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Health at 9:11 PM on May 21, 2017 - 29 answers [3 favorites]

How to plan a strategic planning session

I've been tasked with organizing a one-day strategic planning session for an organization I am very familiar with, for about a dozen staff people and Board members. How do I make it great? [more inside]
posted by ITheCosmos to Work & Money at 6:33 AM on May 22, 2017 - 2 answers [3 favorites]

Legit personality/career testing resources

Where on the internet can I find high-quality, non-scammy personality / career testing to help me identify what type of work I enjoy, what jobs may be a good match, and what my strengths and weaknesses are? I'm a HUGE fan of the Myers-Briggs, but it seems that should be taken with a grain of salt. And, I am looking for something a little bit more career-oriented. Ideally such a resource would range from free to low cost (<$50).
posted by houseofleaves to Work & Money at 11:53 AM on May 22, 2017 - 3 answers [3 favorites]

In search of the perfect bag (or a knockoff of one)

Can you help me find a medium crossbody bag that is similar to Lululemon's "festival bag"? [more inside]
posted by raztaj to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 11:08 AM on May 19, 2017 - 10 answers [10 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

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