So, I'm in my 30s and I had my first car accident last night. [more inside]
So we've started fixing up our condo a bit with an eye on selling it later this year. I managed to install a new dishwasher all by myself, and am feeling pretty good about it. Of course, a day later we notice that there's a puddle of water under our 18-year-old hot water heater, so I can't really rest on my laurels. More Inside! [more inside]
Looking for good record stores in chicago: my buddy is coming this weekend for Lollapalooza, and to make up for the fact that we didn't get tickets for all three days, I want to take him around to some record stores. I know about Reckless and Dusty Groove in Wicker Park, but what else is out there? I'm in Andersonville, and we'll be in Logan Square tomorrow for Kuma's, so anywhere in between is highly welcome.
My air conditioner has stopped...conditioning. I live in a condo on the north side of Chicago in an old conversion building. The furnace in my mechanical closet hooks to a AC unit on the roof, and for the last few days, it's been running full blast and can barely keep my unit below 80 degrees. I checked on the roof unit, and the fan is blowing cool air out. At this point, I'm pretty sure I need to call in a HVAC guy, but even the best reviewed places on Yelp are combinations of THANK YOU FOR SAVING MY LIFE and OMG SO OVERCHARGED. So, mefi, what do you recommend? If anyone here has any expertise in the field, I'd love to know whether you think this is something simple like a coolant recharge, or I'm looking at a new AC unit. My best guess is that the AC is about 5 years old, give or take.
Responsible Adult Filter: In the last year I've bought a condo, gotten engaged, and received a small inheritance. While I've used TurboTax to file in the past, I think I'm in a little over my head now. Does anyone know a trustworthy, reasonably priced accountant in Chicago who is still accepting new clients?
Gotta-Get-Away Filter: I'm trying to book a weekend away with my darling fiancée in late september or early october for our combination birthdays/two year anniversary. [more inside]
My mother gave me a pearl ring (one white and one black natural pearls on a simple silver band, can't find a close match online) to give to my fiance. It's incredibly small, and I would absolutely need to have it resized to fit her finger, by at least a half size, and as much as a whole size. What would that cost, and given the ring, is it worth it? It's from about 1970 or so. I'm in Chicago, is there any place that you can recommend?
Where can I dump my mom for a couple of hours in the Chicago Loop [more inside]
Is there an easy and relatively inexpensive way to ship a pallet of furniture and household goods halfway across the country? [more inside]
What's a safe minimum temperature to keep my apartment during the day while my cat is home alone? [more inside]