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March 7

Walking safely around animals after dark

I live in an area with lots of black bears and coyotes (and the usual foxes, raccoons, opossums, etc.), as well as off-leash larger dogs, and I often find myself walking my tiny dogs after dark. I would like to do this as safely as possible. [more inside]
posted by witchen at 10:06 AM - 12 answers

Help me manage my schedule for the next fourteen years?

I’ve been in the process of getting divorced for almost a year and a half, and we finally reached a settlement this week! But kiddo is four, and now I have a totally bananas custody schedule and a complicated set of dated obligations from now until she’s 18. Divorced MeFites, how do you keep track of all this?! [more inside]
posted by centrifugal at 8:42 AM - 12 answers

March 6

ISO a tidy digital calendar (2019 edition)

I'm starting a new job that will have lots of meetings and schedule coordination, and before I get rolling with it, I would like to fix my calendar problems. I'm looking for a solution that will work with my iPhone, Mac desktop, and work Outlook calendar and allow me to sync up all my personal and professional appointments as well as my husband's calendar. More on my wish list within! [more inside]
posted by pupstocks at 9:32 PM - 4 answers

Things we can do every year on our kids' birthdays

Last year we gave my son a canvas and some paint and he fingerpainted a picture on his first birthday. We plan to do the same activity on his second birthday. What else could we incorporate, year after year, that wouldn't be overly taxing/$$ and would be fun to watch progress over the years?
posted by melodykramer at 11:54 AM - 7 answers

Sending something other than flowers

My brother has to have emergency surgery on Friday. I live in another country and can't be there but want to send him something so he knows he is in my thoughts. He wouldn't appreciate flowers as a "good luck / thinking of you" gesture.... what is a good equivalent for a man that can be sent today and will be received tomorrow?
posted by JenThePro at 11:17 AM - 8 answers

March 5

Tell me about "quality of life"

If you are me, but 10 years down the road, what are some "quality of life" considerations that will matter a lot to you, even if it hadn't even cross my mind yet? (34F, details inside) [more inside]
posted by redwaterman at 9:20 PM - 25 answers

March 4

Phoenix, AZ Wedding Venue on the CHEAP

I'm trying to find a wedding venue in Phoenix, AZ VERY cheap. [more inside]
posted by TurquoiseZebra at 11:30 AM - 9 answers

March 2

Cheap, low risk ticket re-seller

We'll be in Chicago in April when Van Morrison is playing. Seeing Van the Man in concert is a bucket-list experience for us, but the resale tickets on the original seller's website have gone up a lot in price and it's making it hard to justify. Seeking your advice about how much additional risk we'd incur with other resellers. [more inside]
posted by Cheese Monster at 8:13 PM - 8 answers

Settle this card game dispute (on my side hopefully!)

In Snap and similar card games where the goal is to slap a pile of cards at some point, do you play with a rule where you are required to slap with a certain hand? This could be either the same hand that you play out cards with, or the other hand. [more inside]
posted by Panthalassa at 12:10 AM - 17 answers

March 1

Man, that hit the spot!

What do you call that noise people make in the back of the throat to show that they enjoyed a drink? It's an outbreath (exhalation) that begins with a glottal stop. I figure there should be a name in order to easily describe it to a deaf person, study it scientifically or script it in a screenplay. So... does it have a name?
posted by serena15221 at 1:22 PM - 13 answers

February 28

Sketch comedy routine about ordering a head, choking on popcorn

I watched a lot of sketch comedy shows in the 90s and a friend and I were trying to remember a sketch and what show it was on. The premise was that someone had ordered a head in the mail and it arrived in the mail in a box and was alive, but just a head. [more inside]
posted by LKWorking at 7:19 AM - 3 answers

February 26

Help me make a bucket list for Portland, OR plus the PNW

I recently relocated to Portland, OR for 'reasons'. In actuality, I miss another city that I previously lived in. My strategy is to make a bucket list of ways to find things that I joined in my previous city in this city OR discover new things here ... [more inside]
posted by wonder twin powers activate form of a sock puppet at 12:41 PM - 18 answers

Are these bed bug bites and what should I do?

Are these bed bug bites and what should I do? [more inside]
posted by sunflower16 at 12:38 PM - 8 answers

February 25

Best way to get laundry detergent to dry on plastic cherries?

Arts and crafts project: trying to figure out how to get liquid Tide to dry faster when painted on plastic cherries, or whether there’s some kind of clear coat that would make the whole thing dry (ish) to the touch. [more inside]
posted by faustessa at 8:49 PM - 15 answers

Dealing with crushing guilt

Involving special needs, my son, and a stupid decision during pregnancy. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 8:05 PM - 35 answers

Wanted: videos of people working to watch whilst procrastinating

I find videos of people working very calming. I just watched the Japanese Moving company video on the front page, and I'd like some more. Anyone got suggestions that might scratch this itch? Or search terms that would be particularly fruitful? [more inside]
posted by kjs4 at 3:24 PM - 9 answers

Awkward interviews

Please link me to the most awkward and uncomfortable interviews you can think of.
posted by Triumphant Muzak at 3:19 PM - 32 answers

Regularly uploading a paper calendar

I keep an online calendar with Google. My wife uses a paper planner. (Together they fight crime!) What's the best way for me to get her appointments online so that I can better schedule things that impact both of us? [more inside]
posted by Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug at 12:26 PM - 7 answers

February 24

I have friends in distant places! How can I stay more connected?

I have a pretty extensive network of work colleagues. I'd like to be reminded to reach out to them on a more regular basis (and some of them, MUCH more regular). Is there a way I could easiy do this with an app like todoist or gcal or outlook or habitica? [more inside]
posted by arnicae at 9:31 AM - 4 answers

February 22

Why aren't there more photographs?

What are some examples of famous people/events/etc that are surprisingly under-represented in photographs? For example, there are only two surviving photographs of Chopin. What are some other important subjects that we don't have many photos of? (Speaking after the advent of photography, of course.)
posted by mermaidcafe at 9:20 PM - 13 answers

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