63 posts tagged with resolved by Dragonness.
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Bought pre-built Lego at tag sale. How best to take it apart?

I bought a large pre-built Lego toy at a tag sale. It came with three instruction booklets. What do you recommend is the best approach to taking it apart and organizing the 700 pieces so my kid can rebuild it?
posted by Dragonness on Oct 12, 2016 - 17 answers

What can you tell me about this china cabinet and buffet set?

I just purchased a china cabinet and its matching buffet at a tag sale. The owner said they were from the 1920s but she actually bought them in the late 90s. To me this doesn't have the patina of one hundred years, but I'm no expert. What do you think? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Aug 17, 2016 - 11 answers

How to work efficiently with Italians?

I work as a voice UI designer for a US tech company. I've recently started a project for a client in Italy and have just spent several frustrating hours on the phone, first with our team in Italy, and then at the kickoff with the customer. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on May 19, 2016 - 14 answers

How can I make my mattress more comfortable?

I bought a firm-support memory foam mattress online and two weeks later it's still stiff as a brick. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Mar 11, 2016 - 5 answers

This hoodie is so insanely popular you have to wait minutes to get it

How did "America's Greatest Hoodie that you have to wait months to get" obtain all this hype from legit sources? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Feb 14, 2016 - 20 answers

Can you figure out the Spanish (Italian?) words in this house track?

I love this house track but can't tell what is being spoken at 0:31. It sounds Spanish but at 1:02 there seems to be a bit in Italian ("che sensazione, sensazione succosa"). Can you suss it out?
posted by Dragonness on Feb 3, 2016 - 9 answers

Hack my move

I am downsizing from a 3000 sq ft home to a 1000 sq ft home in a month's time. I need your best tricks for making this less painful and more efficient. How to dispose of valuable objects/furniture I can't bring with me? Order in which to pack? Apps for logging what's in the boxes? Lessons you can share? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Jan 16, 2016 - 27 answers

Where to climb trees in central Paris?

We're in Paris and my 8-year old would really like to climb trees. We're staying at Le Marais. Anyone have ideas?
posted by Dragonness on Dec 27, 2015 - 5 answers

How did ATMs become widely accepted?

I am trying to understand how ATMs came to be seen by consumers as a better alternative to tellers. How did people react to ATMs at first? What was the process that led to their widespread acceptance? Do you know of anyone who prefers to go to a teller for their cash and if so, why do they?
posted by Dragonness on Dec 18, 2015 - 61 answers

Buying fish at local grocery store vs. big-chain supermarket

What is the difference between the farm-raised $18.99/lb salmon at my rural grocery store and the farm-raised $5.99/lb salmon I can get at Stop'n'Shop in the nearest larger town? I live in CT.
posted by Dragonness on Oct 19, 2015 - 7 answers

Smoking cessation

What's the latest and greatest on smoking cessation aids/programs? What, if anything, is known to be the best approach to stopping smoking assuming the person, a chain smoker, wants to do it?
posted by Dragonness on Sep 21, 2015 - 34 answers

Three weeks in Italy in August: where would you go?

I am taking an impromptu solo vacation in Italy, three weeks starting Sunday when I land in Milan from NYC. Help me plan a brilliant, immersive trip! Where would you go in my place? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Jul 30, 2015 - 12 answers

No-data prepaid plan recommendations for my old iPhone

I would like my kids to use my old iPhone 4s. I don't need a data plan, since they can use the home Wi-Fi. They won't be making a lot of calls or sending many texts so I just need a plan that allows me to buy minutes rather than pay every month. My phone might still be locked to AT&T but I should be eligible to unlock it if necessary. The AT&T network has the best coverage in my area.
posted by Dragonness on Jun 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Who designed this pattern?

I am trying to identify the shorts (or skirt?) in this image. It is taken from the Summer 2014 women's lookbook by the Webster boutique in Miami. I've contacted them but had no luck. I'm hoping someone here will recognize the pattern.
posted by Dragonness on Jun 2, 2015 - 2 answers

Can you help me find Sindbad the Sailor anime series from 1975?

I am looking for an anime series from 1975 called Arabian Nights: Sinbad's Adventures. Bonus points if you can find it dubbed in English or French, though I don't believe it ever was. As a child growing up in the Middle East I originally saw it in Arabic on TV, so Arabic would work for me as well.
posted by Dragonness on Apr 21, 2015 - 2 answers

Selling on eBay: buyer from China with zero feedback

I had a Chanel garment on eBay and it just sold to a buyer from China who has zero feedbacks. They used the Buy It Now option. I've sent out my invoice, which came to just short of $800 with shipping, and am now waiting for them to pay using PayPal. What should I do to protect myself in this transaction? Should I just cancel and relist? I am worried that I am exposing myself to negative feedback somehow.
posted by Dragonness on Mar 8, 2015 - 17 answers

How to stretch new shoes?

I just received a pair of leather shoes, with a leather lining and a foam wedge, that are a size too small. I really like them and would prefer not to return them as they are sold out in my size. Is there any way to stretch them? I can fit in them and walk about, but they're quite snug and I can't wear thick socks in them.
posted by Dragonness on Jan 9, 2015 - 13 answers

I need help managing my medical insurance claims

I am really bad at dealing with medical bills and keeping track of when I've met my deductible, particularly with out-of-network providers. Is there an app or software that can help with the administration?
posted by Dragonness on Nov 7, 2014 - 9 answers

Jokes for my 7-year old's repertoire?

I'm looking for jokes my 7-year old son can tell at, say, a dinner party, which are made particularly funny by the fact of being told by a child. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Jun 6, 2014 - 55 answers

Should I tell my newly single friend to stop posting duck-face selfies?

A nice girl in her late 30s that I know recently became single after a ten-year relationship with a guy who really didn't appreciate her. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on May 23, 2014 - 15 answers

Crafts that use a laminator?

I'm looking for ideas for crafts that use a laminator for my 8-year old daughter's birthday party this weekend. Although most of the guests will be girls, we will have two boys, so the activity should be of interest to both sexes. Many thanks for your help!
posted by Dragonness on Feb 5, 2014 - 11 answers

Documentaries to watch with pre-teens?

I'd love for my children (7, 8 and 12) to learn to like documentaries. Can you recommend some that would be good to watch together? Ideally streaming on Netflix or Amazon. I imagine there aren't that many out there suitable for that age group so I won't limit the topics.
posted by Dragonness on Jan 7, 2014 - 45 answers

Correct way to charge rechargeable devices (iPhone, laptop, toothbrush)?

I've just been told at the Apple store that it's a bad idea to keep the iPhone plugged into the power for long periods when fully charged, and that if possible I should really only charge it when it tells me to (ie. when the battery is almost dead). [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Dec 30, 2013 - 7 answers

How to make each gift count at Christmas

My kids get so many holiday gifts these days that on Christmas day many of the new items are just tossed aside and only the shiniest given attention. I’m wondering if it would make more sense to stagger the unwrapping rather than let them open everything at the same time. I realize the unwrapping frenzy is part of the fun, but clearly receiving many gifts at once minimizes the value of the individual gifts. I don't come from a tradition of Christmas-time excess so I don't really know what this feels like to a kid. Scaling down is probably not an option, unfortunately.
posted by Dragonness on Dec 18, 2013 - 51 answers

How to give performance feedback on a very unpleasant colleague?

I just received a request for performance feedback from a manager at my company concerning an employee I've worked with in the past year whom I did not like at all. I am uncomfortable telling the manager what I really think. Before I started working with this person I was warned by others to expect a difficult relationship. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Sep 23, 2013 - 18 answers

Where can I buy a German-style pencil case?

This is the sort of thing I had when I was young and it was so practical. I'd love to get something similar for my elementary school kids.
posted by Dragonness on Aug 20, 2013 - 20 answers

Can I contest a thousand-dollar parking ticket?

Last week I was visiting San Francisco and using a borrowed car. I got a $996 fine for parking briefly in a handicap spot in front of a store on Hayes St. The spot was marked in blue on the ground, and there was a sign in front of it, but the sign was obscured by a tree. I didn't know blue indicated the spot was off-limits, I live in MA. I saw the sign too late, and it indicated the minimum fine was $250. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Feb 27, 2013 - 30 answers

Looking for a good online TV guide

As of not very long ago we have an expensive cable TV subscription and a little time to watch it, but no patience for lowest-common-denominator entertainment (we're in the US). Is there a website or even blog that can give us the lowdown on the week's and day's programming that is worth watching? We're interested in smart, thought-provoking documentaries, news-programmes and critically acclaimed movies/TV shows, especially independent and foreign ones.
posted by Dragonness on Jan 27, 2013 - 5 answers

How to get a reluctant reader to love books?

How to get an 11-year old into reading? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Dec 29, 2012 - 33 answers

Is love in the hand worth more than motherhood in the bush?

Asking for a friend in Eastern Europe: I am 45 years old and have been in an online relationship for the past two years with a man in Puerto Rico whom I met on a dating website. I want to marry him and have a child with him. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Dec 6, 2012 - 44 answers

Triple lined journal-like notebook for handwriting practice

Looking for a penmanship practice notebook. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Nov 29, 2012 - 4 answers

Is consuming bottled water in restaurants anything other than snobbery?

When should I order bottled water in a restaurant? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Sep 22, 2012 - 22 answers

Airline change fee through the roof

$475 airline ticket change fee - really? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Sep 12, 2012 - 14 answers

Should I support flyer distribution?

Should I take the flyer/free newspaper offered to me in the street? I am torn between helping the guy get home sooner, and not supporting an environmentally harmful practice.
posted by Dragonness on Aug 8, 2012 - 15 answers

Non-depressing French films I can stream?

Please recommend great French films, ideally critically acclaimed, that I can watch on Netflix or Amazon Instant Video. Difficulty: should not be depressing.
posted by Dragonness on Jul 24, 2012 - 48 answers

Looking for GYN and GP in NYC

Moving to NYC, need recommendations for a gynecologist and a general practitioner. [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Jun 29, 2012 - 8 answers

Are those As-Seen-On-TV onion choppers worth getting?

Virtually every dish my Mum cooks calls for diced onions. Is there an easy-to-clean chopping device I could gift her that could speed up her work?
posted by Dragonness on May 29, 2012 - 31 answers

Is this a toy or a birth control device?

What is this mystery object found on the floor of a public bathroom at a Boston Best Buy?
posted by Dragonness on Apr 30, 2012 - 16 answers

Where to print a tiny book?

Where can I get a hard-cover photo book printed in a small size - say 4" x 4"? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Apr 2, 2012 - 7 answers

Will dry cleaning hurt my cashmere coat?

I have a 15-year old black cashmere coat (women's) from Kiton. I've never had it dry-cleaned. It's in very good shape and doesn't appear dirty but I'm wondering if it can be freshened up. I worry that the dry cleaner might damage it, for example by flattening the hair when pressing it.
posted by Dragonness on Mar 12, 2012 - 4 answers

Please recommend apps/games to improve reading skills

Are there any iPhone/iPad apps or games that would help a 10-year old with her reading? When she reads out loud she does really well for a few minutes but quickly starts to skip words or guess them rather than trying to read what's on the page. She loves computer games so I was wondering if a reading game might motivate her.
posted by Dragonness on Dec 19, 2011 - 10 answers

What to do in Chicago with a child

What to do in Chicago with 10-year old daughter tomorrow? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Dec 4, 2011 - 14 answers

Are these toy walkie-talkies truly useless?

Can the performance of toy walkie-talkies be improved? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Nov 9, 2011 - 7 answers

Am I not special enough a snowflake to deserve a welcome party?

New Yorkers, when a very dear friend visits from out of town, do you pick them up at Penn Station or do you have them catch a cab? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Oct 17, 2011 - 52 answers

I want to hone my kids' aesthetics through choice picture books

Visual artists: what kids’ picture books do you love? I’m especially interested in books appropriate for 4 and 5 year olds, but if you have recommendations for books for older kids that’s great too.
posted by Dragonness on Sep 29, 2011 - 35 answers

The finest of Seventies rock

Mid- to late Seventies rock music wanted. I'd like to put together a recherché sampler while avoiding the well-worn tunes. If there's a good compilation already out there, so much the better. Thanks!
posted by Dragonness on Jul 15, 2011 - 38 answers

Seeking hypnotic music mix

Looking for an hour or longer album or mix of atmospheric music with hypnotic beats, slow or fast, doesn’t matter. The style can be anything, though preferably current, preferably instrumental, and preferably a little dark.
posted by Dragonness on Jul 7, 2011 - 18 answers

Another one for the Mythbusters

Did the last straw really break the camel's back? [more inside]
posted by Dragonness on Jun 17, 2011 - 8 answers

Looking for beauty in America's cities and towns

I'm looking for photographers who explore the contemporary American urban and suburban environment, and see poetry in highways, strip malls, gas stations, motels, SUVs, financial districts that are dead on the weekend, etc. Thanks!
posted by Dragonness on May 2, 2011 - 23 answers

Need website examples to sell my condo

I want to set up a website for a condo I'd like to sell, with photos and all the information. Can you point me to some websites I could use for inspiration? Thanks!
posted by Dragonness on Mar 24, 2011 - 9 answers

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