38 posts tagged with resolved by ShadePlant.
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Do I have to attend a wedding if the bride hosted my engagement party?

Someone I used to be close with but haven't seen for over a year even though we live in the same metro area has sent a 'save the date' card. She voluntarily threw my husband and I a lovely wedding reception when we eloped 6 years ago. Am I obligated to go to her wedding because of this? Snowflake circumstances inside... [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jan 11, 2017 - 61 answers

What could low glucose but normal H1ac levels mean? (YANAD/YANMD)

Saw my primary care doc for annual physical. She did a metabolic panel and my glucose came up as 64 (70-110 is normal for this lab), 2 hours after eating, and my H1ac was 5.1 (Which falls within normal limits for them). I have an appointment with an endocrinologist in a week, which in my experience is very quick. However, what could I be looking at with this? Yes, you're not a doctor/my doctor, but thanks for any insight! [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Dec 22, 2016 - 13 answers

Is the cost of a move to a cheaper apartment worth it to pay less rent?

Is moving worth it to save $ on rent or should we stay put and try to make it work? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jul 10, 2016 - 27 answers

Give more quitting notice during the holidays?

I'm likely going to be able to accept a new job (Yes, no resigning until I have a written offer, I know) but I am concerned about giving only 2 weeks notice during the holidays. For example, if I resigned 12/17 and my last day is 1/31, no one will be working for most of those two weeks. I supervise 6-7 other social workers and an intern; if I leave during a break I worry that they will not have A. heard about it and B. been able to sort of make any coverage plans. I know I'm not irreplaceable; I just don't want to burn bridges. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Dec 12, 2013 - 11 answers

Why does my cat chomp on my bare legs when I'm walking around?

YANMC (You are not my cat), but why does my 2 y/o cat attack my legs? Bare legs = Wide, crazy kitty eyes and sideways CHOMP right into my calf. This has been going on for about a month. And I mean MY legs- we've tried to see if she will go after my husband's and she won't! This is not a serious problem; I'm just curious. I'm an experienced cat owner but this is funny and baffling. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Nov 12, 2013 - 37 answers

Employer liability insurance + individual coverage= Necessary?

I am a clinical social worker (Therapist/supervisor) and I'm covered by my employer's liability insurance. I've been told it can be helpful to have additional liability coverage. I'm not sure if I need it, and the NASW (Nat'l Association of SW'ers) policy feels scam-my. To get NASW insurance, (the most common insurer for sw'ers), you need to be an NASW member, which is approx $180, on top of paying the policy premium. I don't trust google results because anything could pop up, regardless of quality. Practicing in MN if that's relevant; I also have an adjunct teaching position. IDK if that college has social work liability coverage for clinical staff. 1. Do I need two liability policies? If so, why? 2. Can I get good malpractice/liability coverage independent of NASW?
posted by ShadePlant on Oct 7, 2013 - 3 answers

Any way to get a deposit back if we didn't read the fine print?

We kant reed. Husband and I were interested in an apartment and signed an application. We also paid a deposit, but did NOT sign a lease. Five days later, we changed our minds about the apartment due to costs. Apt. co. is saying they get to keep our $400 deposit because it stated so in eeny weeny font on the application. Is there anything we can do or is this a very expensive reading lesson? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Nov 19, 2012 - 21 answers

Lease vs. own to save money short term?

Should I lease a car in order to lower my monthly car payment and have an extra $100 a month or suck it up and pay off my car in three years? A local lease special I qualify for would have my paying approx $200/month to lease a sedan which I neither love nor hate. I know leasing is not a great long-term financial plan, but would trading in my current car for a lease to have a little breathing room be worth it in the short term? My current car I've had for two years and it's "right side up" by about $1500. My payment is $330 with a 3.5% rate (In November I refinanced down from 7%). I like this car a lot. Aside from some dings, it's in good shape. Runs well; loan is up in 3 years. *Snowflake stuff inside* [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Feb 26, 2012 - 20 answers

Forget it, I'm registering at the dollar store.

Do I have to register at Big Box Red Store, even if I hate this store, just to be "polite?" (Friends act flabbergasted/annoyed and say we should register at BBRS basically because it's convenient for them. Rant inside about why I don't think we need to register there.) [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Oct 14, 2011 - 45 answers

Paging ShadePlant Sauerbraten...-Smith?!

What have your experiences been if you have a different last name for your job vs. personal life? Will this help protect my privacy, or just make things a confusing mess? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Oct 4, 2011 - 10 answers

Are the words "grace" and "rain" either identical or similar in Persian?

Are the words "grace" and "rain" either identical or similar in Persian? Someone wrote me a letter about a Rumi book they sent me when I was little and I remember them saying that in the language Rumi wrote in, "grace" and "rain" are the same word. According to Wikipedia, Rumi wrote the the "New Persian Language." (Yes, crappy sources, I know, hence I ask!)
posted by ShadePlant on Jul 31, 2011 - 5 answers

How to make my graduate degree look reel purty and not disintegrate?

What's the cheapest way to frame my Master of Social Work degree while preserving it/making it look professional? Do I need to look for special "preservation quality" materials or not so much? Mental health practitioner norms indicate I need to display the diploma in my office, along with my social work license. (Neurotic circumstances elaborated upon within!) [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jul 1, 2011 - 13 answers

I'll expect my slippers and a newspaper by my chair, with a martini, when I get home...

Any advice for a relationship in which a girfriend works full time to support a boyfriend who is a full time student? Is it worth a try or just a recipe for gender role/financial disaster? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Mar 31, 2011 - 55 answers

To rice cracker or not to rice cracker?

YANAD/YANMD, BUT... What does an apparently high level of TTG antibodies mean? Does it indicate a problem with gluten, or just tissue damage, or what? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Mar 8, 2011 - 11 answers

How to reduce cardio effects of caffeine?

Is there a way to help reduce my heart rate after it gets all ramped up from drinking caffeine? Lately I've noticed that whenever I drink even a small cup of black tea my heart starts to beat rapidly a few hours later and I feel a lot of pressure in my chest, like my heart is trying to beat faster but there's a rubber band around it. The sensation is similar to panic or running, but I don't feel panicky in my head. Aside from obviously avoiding caffeine, will doing something like drinking tons of water help calm me down faster than just waiting it out?
posted by ShadePlant on Jan 27, 2011 - 15 answers

I'm going to mark all my stuff with urine and/or a sharpie...

Would the SO moving into "my" place seem like a recipe for disaster? I know once he moves in it's "our" space, but I've heard bad things about someone moving into someone else's space, and want to make the living-together transition as smooth as possible. (Yes, another living together question, but I didn't see one so far about the acutal living space.) [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Dec 13, 2010 - 24 answers

It DOESN'T go to 11... How to overcome a fear of yelling?

How do I overcome my fear of being yelled at, and getting all disregulated when I do get yelled at? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Nov 12, 2010 - 16 answers

How to be supportive of my SO with job offer anxiety issues?

How can I help my SO keep his cool while waiting to hear about a job interview? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Oct 29, 2010 - 18 answers

Do I have to RSVP?

An ex-friend I ended the frienship with contacted me via email after over a year of no contact. The email was along the lines of, "do you still use this account? I guess sending this means I wish to reconnect." I don't want to resume the friendship with her, but she has serious mental health issues and we have a lot of friends in common so I feel obligated to answer the email... mostly to not seem like an a-hole. Do I have to answer it? If so, what should I say? I'm afraid even a really vague response will encourage her; she has really poor boundaries. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Sep 15, 2010 - 26 answers

I no has tin heart?

How to tell if I might be a decent therapist? I already have a degree which could lead to a therapy license. Everyone seems to think I could be except me. Sorry for the story inside... [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Sep 7, 2010 - 17 answers

Should I get a crappy TV or Crappy laptop?

Should I get a crappy TV or a crappy laptop? I have enough money to get one or the other, and I don't want both. Convoluted reasoning inside. I don't want to spend a bunch of money then think, "Ah crap, I never thought of X before I bought this!" [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Aug 27, 2010 - 21 answers

Cute, office-y/date/go out shoes for narrow, high-arched feet?

Where can I find cute, office-y/date/go out shoes for narrow, high-arched feet? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Aug 6, 2010 - 6 answers

Take a new temp job or stay at long-term job where he's thisclose to being fired?

Should my friend stay at a current job where he's been for a while but where all his friends are leaving and he's thisclose to being fired or should he take a new temp job which pays more but offers no benefits and no guarantee of being hired? Asking with friend's permission; he's feeling pretty mixed. He will know if he was offered the other job or not in a few days. tl;dr *special snowflake* details inside. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jul 23, 2010 - 12 answers

How to overcome my fear of getting sued?

How can I get over being afraid of getting sued? I like my mental health-related job but internally panic every time I have a client start saying they'll sue me, take my license, etc. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jul 15, 2010 - 23 answers

How can I avoid neck pain when riding rollercoasters?

I get neck pain from tensing my neck up whenever I ride rollercoasters. It's either like my neck is in lock-down mode or my head is getting battered every which way. Is there a way to cope with this so I can continue to enjoy rollercoasters? Or now that I'm 25 and decrepit do I have to stand on the sidelines and hold everyone's sno-cones? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jun 10, 2010 - 11 answers

Why would shirts get too small in the sleeves?

Why would my Oxford shirts be tight at the shoulders all of a sudden? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on May 19, 2010 - 3 answers

Heeeeere's ShadePlant! How to better conceal my feelings?

How can I better conceal my feelings? My face gives away every thought I have... Whether I'm angry, delighted, anything! [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Apr 26, 2010 - 18 answers

How to avoid tortugas rellenas?

How can I avoid tortugas rellenas? Which lights does a Box turtle/tortise need, and for how long? Yes, I know turtles and tortises are different but I don't know which one this creature is! [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Apr 1, 2010 - 10 answers

How can I share office birthday treats without seeming like a pompous six year-old?

How do I let people know there are birthday treats for me, from me, in the office kitchens without sounding like OMG ITS MY BIRFDAY PAY ME SOME ATTENTIONS? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Mar 5, 2010 - 27 answers

Tofu vs. soy protein powder?

I am trying to get more protein into my diet and have started making smoothies with tofu. Is there any nutritional/physiological reason to use soy protein powder rather than tofu?
posted by ShadePlant on Feb 4, 2010 - 10 answers

Advice for applying to a social work/psych doctorate program?

Any advice for applying for a joint Doctorate of Social Work and Doctorate of Social Sciences program with an emphasis on psychology? How tough is it to get into a DSW program? The school is a midwestern big 10 school. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Nov 3, 2009 - 3 answers

How to replace a bent wheel rim?

Where can I get a wheel rim (new or used) to replace one I bent while driving with a flat? I don't even know how to figure out what size I need. Details below. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Oct 11, 2009 - 12 answers

Cruelty-free acne products?

Does anyone have any suggestions for acne products that are effective but don't use animal testing? I've tried Burt's Bees and natural stuff my esthetician makes to no avail. I am looking for stronger treatments but am leery of animal testing. Have also found the dermatologist to be pretty much useless... Prescription stuff just makes my face peel off. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks.
posted by ShadePlant on Sep 22, 2009 - 33 answers

Halp. I r teh Sirius.

Which Sirius radio setup works well for in home/portable use for the technologically challenged? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Aug 26, 2009 - 7 answers

I can has buy used phone?

Where can one get a used/cheap cell phone? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Aug 6, 2009 - 12 answers

More bounce for the ounce: Any suggestions for a ridiculous, over-the-top push up bra?

Any suggestions for a ridiculous, over-the-top push up bra? I'm 5'3, 145# and bra size 38-A and am trying to find a crazy, I See Wot You Did There bra as a joke. Yes, the bra size is accurate. I'm all A and no T! I'm specifically looking for specific brand names/lines. My price range is approx. $75.00.
posted by ShadePlant on Jul 21, 2009 - 19 answers

Is it normal for a company to ask that you pay for your own training?

Is it normal for a company to ask that you pay for your own training? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jun 11, 2009 - 22 answers

Stay for work 'cos I should or move 'cos I can?

Do I stay for a few years where I'm unhappy to advance my career or do I move to be closer to nature/family/cool stuff? If I stay, how can I cope? [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Jun 2, 2009 - 15 answers

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