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Real Live Permanent Weight Loss?

Are you a MeFite who has finally succeeded in keeping weight off, after more than one try? I successfully lost 10 pounds in 2015, and have in the last year, put ALL OF IT back on. What should I do differently this time? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 to Health at 3:26 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 35 answers [27 favorites]

Art History starter pack

A friend and I want to get a good introduction to art history. I'm seeking recommendations for the best resources to do this, be they entertaining, authoritative books, lecture series videos, local resources (we live in San Francisco), or something else entirely! [more inside]
posted by estlin to Education at 8:18 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 11 answers [20 favorites]

In search of happily ever afters...

Give me your (diverse, feminist) romance novel recs! Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by Tamanna to Media & Arts at 8:47 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 6 answers [20 favorites]

Shimmer nail polish that's ONLY shimmer?

I'm looking for nail polishes which have a completely or nearly transparent base and colored shimmer. I have found very few examples of this type of polish - the only ones I know of/own are e.l.f. Big Bang Blue (no longer being made), which is a totally clear base and mostly blue shimmer, with little flecks of pink/purple in there too - and Sinful Colors Just You Wait, which is a very sheer pink (almost invisible on the nail) with green shimmer. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:19 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 11 answers [19 favorites]

Like mosquito bites, but with memories.

I can't seem to stop my mind from briefly, randomly replaying uncomfortable or unhappy moments. It's as if my mind is continually searching through the archives of my life and finding little moments when I've let someone down or didn't quite do the right thing. This isn't a negative chain of thought, like CBT might address, nor is it obsessive, as the memories are almost never the same ones, nor is it constant - these randomly negative memories often "appear" out of nowhere and then disappear almost immediately, even when everything else is fine. These thoughts are all about me very slightly wronging others, but not the other way around, and aren't really deeply traumatic memories like with PTSD. They're happening more and more. Have you experienced this? What worked for you? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 12:05 AM on Dec 4, 2016 - 9 answers [16 favorites]

One Perfectionist with an Instant Pot

What are your best Instant Pot recipes for an anxious, depressed, perfectionist, one-person household? [more inside]
posted by yueliang to Food & Drink at 11:25 AM on Dec 1, 2016 - 28 answers [93 favorites (13 in the past 24 hours)]

Unable to get past my grief over the election results

I have major depressive disorder, comorbid with anxiety. I have a therapist whom I see weekly. I have a prescriber whom I see monthly. We talk about this. But I still wake up every morning and experience about 20 seconds of normalcy before horrific reality sets in, and all of the grief and fear ratchets up. [more inside]
posted by tzikeh to Health at 11:03 AM on Dec 4, 2016 - 15 answers [13 favorites]

Whatever could it be / that has brought me to this loss?

In a year full of grief, I’m searching for music, writing, and art to get me through. Please share what was meaningful for you in working through your own grief. [more inside]
posted by Synesthesia to Human Relations at 12:36 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 8 answers [12 favorites (11 in the past 24 hours)]

I need post-election house signage

I've been loathe to take down my Hillary 2016 sign, but eventually I'm going to have to do the thing. I want to replace it with something else, though, a sticker or sign that expresses inclusiveness and support for those who are most vulnerable in this scary new world. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! to Society & Culture at 9:39 AM on Dec 3, 2016 - 19 answers [20 favorites (10 in the past 24 hours)]

Toddler iOS/iPad apps that encourage a LONG attention span?

As a followup to my previous question, I'm wondering about toddler-appropriate "slow" iPad apps that encourage a long attention span. I'm explicitly looking for things that do not have stupid music, falsetto voices, branding, IAPs, or really anything saccharine. The more abstract, the better.
posted by dmd to Computers & Internet at 3:33 PM on Dec 2, 2016 - 10 answers [29 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

There's Always a Subway

Experienced road trippers, what do you do about eating? Especially lunch? [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat to Travel & Transportation at 8:35 AM on Dec 3, 2016 - 32 answers [10 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

Seeking stupid arguments to fight about at lunch for fun and profit.

My coworkers like to good-naturedly argue. Help us find new topics! (Hurry, please, lunch is in an hour!) [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Grab Bag at 8:43 AM on Dec 2, 2016 - 64 answers [39 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

To explore strange new worlds...

I received Star Trek TOS and TNG box sets for my birthday and have been slowly working through TOS with my husband. I would really love to do some supplemental reading/listening to enhance this, so I'm looking for blogs, articles, and podcasts which discuss the episodes, themes, background info, whatever. [more inside]
posted by catch as catch can to Media & Arts at 1:44 AM on Dec 3, 2016 - 18 answers [21 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Escapism for a social justice multiclasser.

Please recommend well-written cozy mysteries that won't make me angry. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 1:16 PM on Dec 2, 2016 - 18 answers [52 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Christmas Crackers with non-awful gifts

Crackers are a christmas tradition in my family, we all like the bad hats and bad jokes but I always hate the silly cheap toys, especially because every year some child gets excited by their cracker present and then dissapointed when they try and play with it and work out it is rubbish.(sometimes this child is 29yr old me) Can Mefi reccomend some christmas crackers with fun, well made gifts inside?
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory to Society & Culture at 1:40 PM on Dec 2, 2016 - 13 answers [22 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

Examples of ambitious women in fantasy lit?

After finishing the penultimate novel in The Queen of the Tearling trilogy I have a sudden desperation to read about ambitious and competent women in fantasy. I'm thinking anywhere along the lines of the ruthlessness of Cersei Lannister to the intelligence of Hermione Granger. I'm not looking for books that follow the familiar Young Adult trend of someone being thrust into a responsibility they are reluctant to take on. I want to read about women who are driven and set out to accomplish what they want, with no preference to YA or adult fantasy.
posted by queenrelan to Media & Arts at 5:31 AM on Dec 1, 2016 - 37 answers [67 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

I can't believe it's not snake oil!!!

I want to put some high end (or at least very effective) skin-care potions on my holiday gift wish list this year. I know nothing about this stuff. Need some specific recommendations and/or caveats. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 12:40 PM on Nov 30, 2016 - 32 answers [66 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

USPS package delivery problem

What should I do about a package that USPS says was delivered but I haven't received? [more inside]
posted by hapticactionnetwork to Shopping at 8:22 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 8 answers [4 favorites]

Viennesian Snares

I'm looking for electronic music that foregrounds pitch. [more inside]
posted by invitapriore to Media & Arts at 10:06 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 3 answers [4 favorites]

What is this writing thing and how do I stop?

When writing I often seem to switch from past tense (-ed verbs) to present whatever(?) tense (-ing verbs) within the same sentence. What is this called? How do I stop it? [more inside]
posted by Orca to Writing & Language at 10:08 PM on Dec 3, 2016 - 11 answers [4 favorites]

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