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In an effort to step up my bag lunch and picnic game, and in response to a recent Francophile phase, I am seeking recipes for things like rillettes, potted meat, pates, and terrines. Hit me (a couple of specific preferences inside). [more inside]
I read this article and was so inspired by her journey and thought I could do the same. My wife and I are DINKs and have talked about saving more to put toward our mortgage and investment accounts. This no-spending-for-a-year plan could give us some actual structure to that. But we need a plan before we dive in! Your advice needed and welcome. [more inside]
After reading this question about "Porn style sex" being a dealbreaker, I'm interested in finding depictions of what "normal" sex looks like. I'm a virgin dude and I have questions. [more inside]
What are some good current YA books? I prefer them to NOT be dystopias because dystopias tend to feel rather bleak to me but if there is less of a bleak feeling go ahead. I have enjoyed Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie, The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, and Enthusiasm (by Polly Shulman). Bonus points for nerdy characters, strong friendships, or some mystery, but please recommend anything new and exciting.
I'm realizing that I tend to buy games and never play them, especially RPG's, because I'm looking for something in particular that I'm not finding often. More inside. [more inside]
I suffered an embarrassing setback at work on Friday and am dreading going back tomorrow. Practical advice and Jedi mind tricks for overcoming shame and resentment are equally appreciated! [more inside]
For fun, I make budgets, pay bills, coupon etc. Yes, I'm weird. I thought maybe I could find a video game - online, for an iPhone, or downloadable etc. - that would scratch that same itch. It does not have to be an elaborate game - it could involve farming in some fashion. Extra bonus points if it teaches me about some form of budgeting, economics or money management.
For several years now I've found myself in a state of constant ennui. Art has helped- but some artworks have helped more than others. First, there are artworks which have made me feel less alone in the feeling- works that deal with themes of existentialism, boredom, alienation, the futility and disappointment of living. Second, there are artworks that have helped me find value in the mundane everyday. I want to find more, of both. I'll try to be more precise about what I mean below, with examples. [more inside]
I'm going through a really tough time at work. I stood up to my boss about something and got threatened with disciplinary action for being "disrespectful". All that to say, I need some music to make me feel better about standing up for myself and taking care of myself. What songs inspire you to feel that?
How to recognize Mother's Day for a woman whose child died? [more inside]
Often for lunch I rinse a can of beans and throw them in a container with some other ingredients to make a salad, like chickpeas + lemon juice + Parmesan. It is quick and easy. What other simple can of bean "recipes" should I try? No dietary restrictions.
I want things. All the things. All the time. Things are fascinating and beautiful and shiny. My desire for things is so impulsive, and absorbs so much of my energy, it's maddening. I am seeking out practical advice - actions; habits; constructive methods for self-reflection that I can work on putting in place - to help me change my outlook on life and reduce the importance I place on possessing and desiring material things. [more inside]
Bae and I are planning a murder mystery party from scratch, and I am soliciting ideas for cool features. [more inside]
I will soon have to attend my partner's parent's funeral. This is in the UK. I am from another culture/ country and don't know what to expect. What are UK funerals like? [more inside]
I am in the San Francisco Bay Area for about two months (East Bay, to be exact). I'm looking for ideas for things to absolutely do before I leave, particularly weekend day trips. I am interested in music, technology, tabletop gaming, art, and the outdoors. Snowflake detail: I am limited to public transport.
I've been offered to join a board of directors position for a non-profit environmental-justice organization. It is strictly voluntary work. I'm wondering if it is worth it in terms of polishing one's resumè; if there are benefits to joining a board? I know there's a lot of leadership, fundraising, organizing, and budgeting involved like a real job on some plane of thought. I think it also counts as work experience, but I'm not sure. In a nutshell: What benefit is there as a board member? Thanks kindly, RW
I am trying to rebuild my self-confidence and am seeking inspiration and stories from others who made a comeback after a long period of low self-confidence/self-esteem. [more inside]
Emily Post devotes her entire second chapter to the etiquette of introductions. The Victorian-era Lady Constance Eleanora Caroline Howard likewise spends 20 pages on the subject. But what were the larger purposes and goals of introductions? [more inside]
My husband has expressed the desire to incorporate some rituals into our (mostly secular) lives to mark the turning of the seasons, and the progression of the year. We're looking for small meaningful acts that we can incorporate in our lives, and repeat each year. Any and all ideas welcome! [more inside]
I bought a new Instant Pot. It has a grounded plug, but I'm in an old house, and the nearest plug is not grounded. Much anxiety and paralysis has ensued. See more below.... [more inside]