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Sizing a surprise ring?

I want to propose but I'm getting hung up on not knowing my girlfriend's ring size. How does this work? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 26, 2014 - 39 answers

A Supposedly Fun Thing that Will Hopefully Actually Be Fun

Cruise recommendations for two female BFFs in their 30s? [more inside]
posted by Jess the Mess on Jan 2, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me figure out clues to a gift please

My mum makes me an advent calendar with little gifts and chocolates every year. The past two days I've unpacked a nail and a piece of a vinyl disc - she says these are clues to an event on Monday. She had previously asked me to keep a two hour slot at an allotted time free the day after tomorrow. Now I wanna know what treat I'm in for (I can only assume it's something positive!) but I cannot for the life of me figure out what this could be. I mean, I have one idea but don't wanna list it here as to not distract you. I'd really like to see what you guys might come up with. (Full disclosure: There's a chance this is a play on words and my mother is German. Nail is "der Nagel" and for the disc I have apparently not figured out the correct term yet...)
posted by mrsh on Dec 21, 2013 - 15 answers

$3100 bill for "completely covered" procedure.

My doctor sent me for a colonoscopy due to family history. The clinic gave me some paperwork saying it would be completely covered unless they found something, and then it would be $250. They didn't find anything. I lost the paperwork. Now they're sending me bills for $3100. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Dec 19, 2013 - 26 answers

Need a quick advent activity for tonight!

It's my turn to come up with a surprise advent activity, and I'm running out of steam! Help me find a short, seasonally-appropriate thing to do with my fiance. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 19, 2013 - 12 answers

Keeping the Surprise a Secret

I've chosen the destination for a surprise trip and have all the basics planned - how long can I can keep the secret going and how/when should I plan the reveal? [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Sep 30, 2013 - 10 answers

Surprise Weekend Trip - West Edition

I want to treat my lovely bf to a weekend getaway somewhere within a few hours flying distance from the PNW. Details inside. [more inside]
posted by DuckGirl on Sep 12, 2013 - 12 answers

A Surprise for the Band

How do I surprise my friend who's a touring musician -- long distance? [more inside]
posted by Miss T.Horn on Aug 23, 2013 - 8 answers

The meaning of English words

I have three English questions. All are from a movie. 1) About a verb"play". "You could play Holiday Inn." I understand this sentence. But a bit confused about.. "You've played a lot of tough houses.When they didn't listen,did you quit and go home?Or keep playing?" I guess that "houses" means the audience.So what does this "play" mean here? To deal or to handle? 2) "They just sit there staring up at me. There's no there there." What is this " there"?? A noun? And what does it mean actually? 3) "It's Monday.It's turkey spam surprise. You could mortar walls with it. Word of advice. Always bring a bag lunch." My question is, what is this "surprise"? Could you explain it and give me more examples to use this "surprise"?Thank you.
posted by mizukko on Apr 8, 2013 - 25 answers

A Dirty Dancing themed karaoke surprise

How do I hire someone in New York City that can provide a very unique service for a bachelorette party? This would involve specific timing, possibly a costume, decent voice, decent looks, heaps of charm. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Mar 25, 2013 - 9 answers

How to word a party invitation without sounding tacky?

My husband mentioned to me some years ago that he'd never had an actual, cake-and-candles, friends from the neighborhood invited, hats and horns birthday party in his entire life. I'd like to give him a small surprise birthday party for his upcoming birthday in late March, but I have questions about how to actually word the invitations. [more inside]
posted by Oriole Adams on Feb 26, 2013 - 14 answers

Ideas for time-release secret messages and surprises?

In a few weeks I'll be traveling for the last time to a remote place that my young kids will continue to visit for the rest of their lives. I'd like to leave some thing(s) behind for them to find over the next few years that will be fun, secret, and remind them of me. Difficulty level: humid/salty conditions, and other visitors who I don't want to find the items. [more inside]
posted by Yoshimi Battles on Feb 7, 2013 - 15 answers

How to present surprise gift to grandparents

For Christmas, my family is endowing a college scholarship in my grandparents' name. My grandparents have no idea. How should we present this gift to them? [more inside]
posted by pear on Dec 21, 2012 - 12 answers

What can I mail in a care package to friends that are going to Burning Man?

I want to send a care package to my friends at Burning Man, what should I include? [more inside]
posted by brinkzilla on Aug 23, 2012 - 13 answers

I want to surprise my boyfriend with an international vacation. How do I do this given logistics? Special snowflake details inside.

I want to surprise my boyfriend with an international vacation. How do I do this given logistics? Special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by anotheraccount on Aug 10, 2012 - 8 answers

Help me deliver a bacon-peanut butter-honey-and-banana birthday donut to someone in Washington, D.C.!

I would like to surprise a friend in Washington, D.C. for his birthday with a special treat; however, it's a donut made in a mom-and-pop store here in Dallas, and I won't be flying up there anytime soon. Can you help me figure out a hack for this? [more inside]
posted by Unicorn on the cob on Jul 12, 2012 - 21 answers

Slow Jam the Secret Service method for me.

Can the president of the U.S. make a truly surprise appearance? [more inside]
posted by vytae on Apr 26, 2012 - 21 answers

Something special for my sister's first mothers' day

My sister is expecting her first child. On Mothers' Day (which is after the baby will be born), my sister, brother-in-law, and the new baby will be getting together with both of the baby's grandmothers. I don't live in the state where this will be happening, but I'd like to do something special to surprise all three mothers. What awesome (but inexpensive) thing can I do? [more inside]
posted by ocherdraco on Apr 16, 2012 - 20 answers

"That's a very pleasurable sensation!"

Hi all. Definite TMI/physical intimacy question pertaining to matters of the backside and heterosexual male turn-ons. Details after the jump! [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Great ideas/places/activities for a surprise birthday party (for a 29-year-old guy) in Seattle?

Great ideas/places/activities for a surprise birthday party (for a 29-year-old guy) in Seattle? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Kinder Surprise Collector Callout!

Does anyone have information about collecting Kinder Surprise Toys in Canada or getting German goods into Canada affordably? [more inside]
posted by Count on Dec 2, 2011 - 6 answers

Help us get as many people as possible to our post-elopement surprise reveal party

My fiancé and I are eloping. Woo! We’re having a big ‘engagement’ party afterwards with our family and friends where we’ll reveal that we are married. But our family and friends live in multiple countries, as well as multiple states of Australia. We are a bit worried that people will be think, ‘I can’t make an engagement party, but I’ll go to the wedding’. Which, um, they won’t get to do. We know we won’t be able to get everyone to come to the party where all is revealed, but how can we maximise the number of people who do come? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 28, 2011 - 71 answers

What is a fun/cute way to display a large amount of cash as a gift?

What is a fun/cute way to display a large amount of cash as a gift? [more inside]
posted by heyheylanagirl on Nov 28, 2011 - 35 answers

How did your parents make Santa real for you?

How did your parents make Santa Claus real for you? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Nov 21, 2011 - 53 answers

How to shake up a party mid-way through?

Help me make this party extraordinarily memorable! [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Nov 21, 2011 - 12 answers

Create ways to present a gift to my wife?

How should I surprise my wife, the love of my life, with her new iPad 2? [more inside]
posted by siclik on Oct 6, 2011 - 16 answers

Help me surprise my awesome hubby

Help me surprise my husband for his birthday. My husband always picks out his gifts for his birthday and this year I want to do something special. We live in the Bay Area and are on a low budget. He is a tech geek, but also loves the outdoors and having adventures. Any ideas for romantic gestures/ outings/ gifts that aren't that expensive?
posted by tessalations999 on Sep 28, 2011 - 11 answers

How would Mark Twain have written "WTF!"

Is there a word that would express your combined surprise/confusion/confoundment upon witnessing an event or situation? How would best express, in a single word, your brain's "WTF-moment"? [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Sep 19, 2011 - 32 answers

Surprise date night in Bellingham, with love from New England.

Looking to set up a surprise date night for a friend and her husband in the Bellingham, WA area. The problem? I'm not local to the area and don't know what's fun to do/see/eat or how to go about setting something like this up. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 2, 2011 - 7 answers

Help us make her cry (happy tears!)

How can my coworkers and I surprise our awesome receptionist on her 50th birthday? [more inside]
posted by lbo on Jun 7, 2011 - 14 answers

Building Up An Immunity to Assholes

When someone yells at me, or tells me I've screwed something up (oddly, in my profession these two events seem to be somewhat mutually exclusive) I get a physical reaction. My throat constricts to the point that it becomes sore. I get dizzy. My brain turns into jello. What's going on and can I train myself out of this?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Feb 22, 2011 - 14 answers

Over-thinking a plate of cake.

Cake dilemma: I want to surprise my friend with homemade birthday cake, but I don't know what kind of sweets he doesn't like. I have my own tentative solution (two or three small cakes) for which I need guidance and recipes, but I'm also open to other solutions. [more inside]
posted by Nattie on Jan 5, 2011 - 18 answers

Need your creative juice for filling a toy vending machine for my girlfriend

What creative, fun and affordable things could I fill 2" capsule vending machine with designed specifically for my girlfriend? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 15, 2010 - 38 answers

Internet gift-giving at it's most creative?

How can I creatively and virtually give my travelling sister and brother-in-law their christmas gift of their travel-blog-turned-into-a-book? [more inside]
posted by andreapandrea on Nov 18, 2010 - 5 answers

Quirky/romantic way to surprise my girl?

When my girl returns from a 6 week trip, I want to do something cool and quirky and romantic for her as a surprise. Nothing necessarily big and tacky or public and embarrassing. Any ideas? She doesn't like "objects" too much -- she's more of a road trip, beach night, indie-mix-cd kind of girl. We write a lot, so I don't want to do anything like that. I made her a CD for the flight there, so not that either. It could be a gift, or an experience. We do not live together. It doesn't have to be something immediately when she comes back. I just wanted to do something sweet that was a little more out of the ordinary for us. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 18, 2010 - 20 answers

Congratulations! You're a Grandpa!

GrandpaFilter: I just found out that I'm pregnant and would like to break the news to my stepfather in the form of a gift... specifically, a book. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 8, 2010 - 6 answers

teleportation would make this much easier

How could I ensure that a surprise trip overseas with my wife remains a surprise for her, without any logistical hiccups? [more inside]
posted by randomstriker on Jun 15, 2010 - 49 answers

suprise my sweetie at the airport

[hive.love.mind]: picking my sweetie up from the airport after many days away. [more inside]
posted by anya32 on May 25, 2010 - 21 answers

Dealing with negative responses to 3rd pregnancy

What's the best way handle negative responses to the news that we are expecting our third child? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2010 - 50 answers

Suggest for me some SciFi short stories.

I'm looking for some Sci-fi to read, but I have some pretty specific requests: Short stories, bold endings. More inside. [more inside]
posted by GilloD on May 7, 2010 - 31 answers

Baby chicks won't work either.

What wonderful things for grownups can be hidden inside standard plastic Easter eggs? [more inside]
posted by Lou Stuells on Mar 31, 2010 - 24 answers

The unexpected cowboy in the arts

I'm looking for examples from literature, comic books, film, and other media, in which a character, for no clear reason (or unexpectedly), is a cowboy. [more inside]
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 15, 2010 - 46 answers

Help me plan an awesome anniversary party!

How can I make my parent's surprise 40th wedding anniversary party the best? [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Jan 21, 2010 - 9 answers

Slick ideas for a seven-day countdown?

Help me count down from my wife's birthday to her Special Surprise. [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Nov 23, 2009 - 7 answers

By Thor's Hammer!

By the beard of Zeus! I'm looking for fantastic exclamations! [more inside]
posted by blahtsk on Oct 14, 2009 - 86 answers

New! Improved! Mood-brightening and enlightening!

What are some good, fun, little Internet surprises? More like this, less like Goatse. Little things you can make and send to a stranger/acquaintance/friend/lover/imaginary Internet person. [more inside]
posted by fiercecupcake on Sep 22, 2009 - 11 answers

Oh baby, did I just blow it?

Are baby showers, by default, supposed to be surprises? [more inside]
posted by shiu mai baby on Sep 21, 2009 - 38 answers

absent anniversary

Myself: absent during anniversary. Boyfriend: potentially finding gifts around the house. You: help me! [more inside]
posted by chronic sublime on Sep 21, 2009 - 18 answers

Because the "sonogram on a billboard" card has been way overplayed . . .

Help me creatively share with our (long-distance) parents the wonderful news that my wife and I are expecting our first child. [more inside]
posted by siclik on Sep 2, 2009 - 21 answers

Happy Birthday! Love, Canada

Birthday surprise from far away - I need help with ideas for a friend in NZ. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2009 - 5 answers

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