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Compromise... how does that work?

I am madly in love with my boyfriend and I want to spend the rest of my life with him. But I also desperately miss being single and only being responsible to and for myself. I'm not sure how to cope with this; I don't know whether it's going to get better on its own as we get better at communicating with each other, whether I'm just going to gradually get used to the status quo, or whether I need to mourn that loss of independence and move on with my (generally pretty great) new life (maybe all three). [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:52 AM on Oct 3, 2015 - 16 answers [25 favorites]

Make me a better camper by telling me your favorite backpacking hacks.

I'm looking to up my backpacking game. What tricks, strategies, and indispensable-but-overlooked items do you take with you into the backcountry? I'm looking for little things that cost little or nothing in terms of weight or money, but which make life easier in camp or on the trail. What are some of your most clever solutions? [more inside]
posted by Anticipation Of A New Lover's Arrival, The to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 2:46 PM on Oct 2, 2015 - 23 answers [39 favorites (18 in the past 24 hours)]

Saucy chicken dishes?

I need to feed five pounds of chicken thighs and drumsticks (don't ask) to someone who says she'll only eat chicken if there's a lot of sauce. Please recommend some easy, saucy chicken recipes. [more inside]
posted by d. z. wang to Food & Drink at 7:41 PM on Oct 2, 2015 - 28 answers [18 favorites]

Looking for a fun birthday experience with end product

Recently, a friend celebrated her birthday with a "learning to Batik" party. We all went to a Batik shop, created a design, Batik'd that design onto a product of our choosing, and then had lunch together. I really enjoyed that we got to learn something new to all of us, were all working on the same type of thing but out own separate versions, and there was an end product for each person. I'd like to something similar to celebrate my birthday and would love more Maker/geeky-esque ideas. Any suggestions for what the skill/end product could be? More specifics inside. [more inside]
posted by wiskunde to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:32 AM on Oct 3, 2015 - 13 answers [18 favorites]

Did the Founding Fathers have a "Sent Mail" folder?

Did people commonly make and keep copies of their handwritten personal correspondence? [more inside]
posted by brentajones to Writing & Language at 11:14 AM on Oct 3, 2015 - 7 answers [13 favorites]

Engineering fiction?

I'm looking for more science fiction to read, along the lines of The Martian or Seveneves, where solving engineering challenges is a major part of the story. Lots of technical detail is good.
posted by pombe to Writing & Language at 1:37 PM on Oct 2, 2015 - 31 answers [33 favorites (11 in the past 24 hours)]

Approaches for financial imbalances in a committed relationship?

My partner and I are in a committed relationship of over three years. She's in academia getting her PhD, I hold a professional 9-5 "knowledge-worker" position making a substantial salary. We've been living together for a year and a half, and have worked out a financial situation based on equitable contributions (pretty much a percentage of our incomes). But, my partner is about to enter into the writing the dissertation phase, but her grant money will run out and taking out additional student loans just seems like digging deeper into insane debt. We're discussing a situation where temporarily I'll effectively be supporting her fully. What approaches have other MeFites taken in this situation? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 3:55 AM on Oct 3, 2015 - 35 answers [10 favorites]

Hit me with your best snack salad.

I am on a quest to find recipes for things that are somewhat "salads" but that can function as a refrigerated snack that lasts for a few days after preparation. I don't know if there's a better term for this than "snack salads," but that's the purpose it would serve for me. [more inside]
posted by bananana to Food & Drink at 2:00 PM on Oct 1, 2015 - 36 answers [138 favorites (9 in the past 24 hours)]

Dealing w/ being an Average Jane engaged to a brilliant genius?

So I screwed up undergrad, pretty much eliminating the possibility of an academic career for myself, and got engaged to a guy who is in the most academic of careers. I'm envious and embarrassed about my lack of career path compared to his glittering academic future, and my current job is really not long-term sustainable. Hopeless, miserable, and alternating between feeling bitterly envious and then tortured by guilt for being such an unfair jerk, I'm being a bad partner, and I really don't know how to navigate all this. [more inside]
posted by bugperson to Work & Money at 4:54 PM on Oct 2, 2015 - 48 answers [13 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

Lowish carb/cholesterol weeknight dinner recipes for the pescetarian?

We're trying to de-starchify our vegetarian/pescetarian weeknight dinners. Your help with specific recipes would be awesome. [more inside]
posted by charmedimsure to Food & Drink at 9:14 AM on Oct 2, 2015 - 21 answers [27 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

Help me get some forest time!

I live in the SF Bay area and I might be getting some last minute time off to take a break. My ideal destination is somewhere where my husband and I can stay in a cabin with our two kids (2 years and 6 months) and take long walks through the forest. [more inside]
posted by insoluble uncertainty to Travel & Transportation at 10:08 AM on Oct 2, 2015 - 17 answers [13 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

Good Online Career Counseling

Since graduating college, I've wandered from job to job. I taught kindergarteners English in China, then I got an EMT certification and worked on and led Americrops chainsaw crews, and now I'm in the Peace Corps, at a health center in Rwanda. When I'm done, I think I'll be ready to go back to school (if necessary) and move towards something that could be a more permanent career, but I don't know what that would be. I'd like to talk over that decision with someone qualified, online. [more inside]
posted by Rinku to Work & Money at 10:18 AM on Oct 3, 2015 - 4 answers [7 favorites]

Is "8-Minute Abs!!" still a thing?

I haven’t exercised regularly in a long time and am really out of shape. I think I can swing spending between 15-20 minutes exercising most mornings. (I know it’s not much, but I figure even 15 minutes is a lot better than the 0 minutes I currently do.) What activities/types of exercise should I try that can be done in that short amount of time? [more inside]
posted by pupstocks to Health at 9:30 PM on Oct 1, 2015 - 30 answers [47 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

People who work from home- how do you get your day started early?

I've fallen into a bad pattern of starting the days work later. Sometimes I don't get going till 3 or 4 PM! Give me your tips & tricks to get started on the day early, reliably.
posted by skjønn to Work & Money at 8:05 PM on Oct 1, 2015 - 25 answers [38 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

¿Metafilter en español?

I am trying to learn Spanish. I took 4 years of it in high school, many years ago, and I'd like to continue learning about it. What I'd like to see is a website that's like metafilter, but it links to spanish-language websites, and has cool smart people comment on them in spanish. Is that a thing?
posted by Galaxor Nebulon to Society & Culture at 8:21 AM on Oct 2, 2015 - 10 answers [21 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Tinkering with electronics & mechanics: getting started

I want to start tinkering with electronics/mechanics/appliances, specifically stereo equipment (preferably vintage/obsolete). I have little experience and I've never thought of myself as one with a good sense of "electronics" or even "mechanics" nor do I have any kind of STEM background. What baby steps do I take to get started? [more inside]
posted by nightrecordings to Technology at 5:36 PM on Oct 2, 2015 - 8 answers [10 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

Time Budget App Like YNAB?

I've searched the time management questions and answers and can't find a time-management version of You Need A Budget. I've only just started YNAB and think it's perfect for me. I want a time-management version that won't let me overbook my time. Does such a thing exist?
posted by Bella Donna to Technology at 2:40 PM on Oct 3, 2015 - 3 answers [6 favorites]

How did this person find out my address?

Super creeped out how a guy who only had my first name, cell phone number not billed to my address, town I live in, and birth year could have discovered my mailing address. Help me protect my privacy better in the future! [more inside]
posted by shortskirtlongjacket to Law & Government at 2:09 PM on Oct 3, 2015 - 24 answers [5 favorites]

Renters insurance that acts more like car insurance

I was wondering if anyone had any tips for finding a renters insurance provider that is as straightforward as car insurance. [more inside]
posted by bleep to Work & Money at 6:58 PM on Oct 2, 2015 - 10 answers [11 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

Hello awkwardness my old friend

I've recently moved back to my hometown, 20 years after graduating high school. I'm apprehensive about running into old classmates. Angst within. [more inside]
posted by Elly Vortex to Human Relations at 7:33 AM on Oct 3, 2015 - 24 answers [4 favorites]

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