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July 15

Looking for gateway vegetable recipes

My mom needs to eat more vegetables but is intimidated by most of them. I’m looking for the most delicious, “see, [vegetable] isn’t scary!” recipes. [more inside]
posted by bananacabana to Food & Drink at 7:16 PM - 27 answers

Hello, I'm President Lady and this is my wife, Mrs. Lady.

Another ID this mystery movie question: a world without men. [more inside]
posted by phunniemee to Media & Arts at 2:58 PM - 6 answers

German-American U.S. Presidents?

Have there been any German-American U.S. presidents other than Eisenhower and Trump?
posted by clawsoon to Law & Government at 4:34 AM - 2 answers

July 14

Buying custom jewelry for the first time

I'm having a piece of jewelry custom made for the first time, and the combination of my inexperience and the possible hefty price tag involved has me nervous. I'd appreciate some help from anyone experienced with this sort of thing. [more inside]
posted by Chuck Barris to Shopping at 8:04 PM - 5 answers

Looking for more retrospective company disaster books

I've discovered there's a particular type of story I'm drawn to and would like to find more books like this, but it's quite specific. [more inside]
posted by bellebethcooper to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:03 PM - 23 answers

Emergency prescription drug refill when you have no prescription

When I lived in the U.S. I always had photos of my original prescription slips available when I travelled out of the country in case my meds and I got separated. Now living in Mexico I take a different set of drugs that are also prescription the U.S. (and I’m sure many other places), but they are all OTC here. I have no prescriptions. How do people deal with this situation when traveling?
posted by Tell Me No Lies to Travel & Transportation at 8:05 AM - 12 answers

Where to find online support for noncoastals with life difficulties?

Hello, I am very much steeped in our (Mefi, coastal, blue-state...) world and its open attitudes toward therapy, meditation, self-development, etc. I am interested in learning about how Americans who aren't part of my world talk about their difficulties. For example, a friend from the Appalachian region says that in her hometown, antidepressants are acceptable but therapy is absolutely not, because the medical model has taken hold successfully but only truly messed up people need therapeutic help (and also, meditation is considered prayer to a non-Christian god so it's no good). The problem I am trying to solve is how to translate some of the insights I have gained from transformational work into a language others can benefit from. The question I have for you: Do you know of communities online where you/your relatives/etc. go to discuss difficulties so that I can better understand people's language and mental models around these topics? I have found this approach to be helpful for me in the past in understanding more of how people think before speaking to them directly. Thank you! [more inside]
posted by namesarehard to Human Relations at 8:00 AM - 21 answers

July 13


What is this 1980's children's book? [more inside]
posted by Toddles to Media & Arts at 9:49 PM - 4 answers

How mountainous/hilly is the driving around Badlands National Park (SD)?

I'm considering a trip to South Dakota in September to visit Badlands National Park and the surrounding area (partially inspired by this AskMe). If I fly into Rapid City Regional Airport and drive there, how much mountainous/hilly driving can I expect - steep mountain passes, exposed drop-offs, etc.? [more inside]
posted by rogerroger to Travel & Transportation at 6:19 PM - 8 answers

Dandruff leaves stains on my glasses.

I get dandruff. This is fine and I'm managing it and it's not a big issue, except in one aspect of my life: Tiny dandruff flakes get on my glasses gradually over the course of a day. They're a bit greasy and leave residue, so even if I blow them off they leave stains. Because of this, I have to clean my glasses at least once a day, and often twice, a process that is tricky to do without leaving smears. Help! [more inside]
posted by LSK to Grab Bag at 5:08 PM - 16 answers

Best way for a 30 year-old making $22,000/year to save for old age?

What is the best way for a 30 year-old person making $22,000/year and living paycheck-to-paycheck in the US to save even a small amount for retirement? [more inside]
posted by tomorrow to Work & Money at 2:27 PM - 15 answers

My friend is scraping her grinder for weed with a butter knife... help!!

I learned yesterday that a close friend has been scraping her coffee grinder with a butter knife because "guitar tabs don't get everything." I let her know that her scraping with this will likely also scrape off small bits of (aluminum?) metal which she could breathe into her lungs while vaping. She is being stubborn for some reason and refuses to believe me. I would appreciate some second opinions/science so I can convince her that this is indeed a very very bad idea for her health. [more inside]
posted by CottonCandyCapers to Health & Fitness at 11:20 AM - 24 answers

An osthyvel by any other name

I'm curious to know how well-known the Nordic-style cheese slicer is. If you live outside of the Nordics, are you familiar with it? Can it be bought in your country? Thank you!
posted by Vesihiisi to Home & Garden at 9:37 AM - 53 answers

ID This Band

This has been bugging me for years - can someone tell me more about the band here (seen in front of the blue wall at the 30:30 mark in the full video)? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Media & Arts at 4:46 AM - 5 answers

July 12

Names for two sister kittens

Tomorrow we welcome two young sisters into our home from their foster family. They're currently called Ruby and Shuri, but as they ignore their names anyway, we'd like to rename them something linked. So far, the family argument list is Brunhilda & Sigrdrifa, Willow & Blossom, Friday & Saturday, Starlight & Moondust, Monkey & Mouse, but nothing is quite clicking. Pop culture, feminist and historical names are great. I promise photos in updates. They are pure black with bobtails and very active.
posted by dorothyisunderwood to Pets & Animals at 11:14 PM - 39 answers

Baby life jacket

Suggest a good life jacket for a baby... and can I size up slightly? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 8:05 PM - 5 answers

Seeking Silly Phrase Pairs for Sign-in Sheet Freight Field

I have to fill out another company's sign-in form for my work trips to gain building access, and have realized an opportunity to insert a dad joke or corny turn of phrase on a certain field of this form because basically no one reads it or cares except for the other people who might casually glance at what others have written; I'm seeking silly phrases to write there. [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher to Grab Bag at 6:41 PM - 26 answers

What Shoes Are These?

What are these rust-colored suede wedge booties at the top of this page? They apparently aren't shoes for the advertised brand "Sole Society" - I've searched for over an hour on Google, Zappos and Ebay. Google image search shoes nothing. Who's skilled at this? Thank you!
posted by alice_curiouse to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 4:06 PM - 4 answers

Was I right to break up?

I had planned a nice romantic trip with my partner and it ended badly. Wondering if I am in the wrong and if/how I should fix things. [more inside]
posted by pando11 to Human Relations at 2:06 PM - 28 answers

Am I obligated to accomodate a surprise vegan houseguest?

It was supposed to be just my niece and her boyfriend for the weekend, but boyfriend's vegan roommate is also here and niece didn't call to tell me he would be. We're at a lake house full of food but nothing for the poor kid to eat except for a cantaloupe and 4 ears of sweet corn. The closest supermarket is about an hour away, and I feel like I should go get him some stuff. (The three of them are outside drinking beer and doing bong hits, so it's only me or my wife who can go) Thoughts?
posted by BadgerDoctor to Human Relations at 1:18 PM - 100 answers

Landlord Selling

My landlords have informed me that they are intending to sell the property. They live out of state so this has all been done over email/phone. I live in a cottage/granny flat/back unit, they are selling both the empty front unit and this one. They've told me they want to try to get the new owners to continue my lease. I've never dealt with any of this before and I have a ton of questions. [more inside]
posted by primalux to Law & Government at 12:08 PM - 10 answers

Apps to help me remember to do weekly/monthly chores

Most of the habit tracking apps I’m aware of are focused on daily habits, but I have a pretty good handle on those. What apps help you remember to do tasks that only need to be done once per week, two weeks, or month? [more inside]
posted by capricorn to Technology at 8:16 AM - 12 answers

Domain/web hosting?

What's a good domain host that also offers web-hosting for under $10 a year and doesn't raise the price to ridiculous levels every year? [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher to Computers & Internet at 7:36 AM - 11 answers

Timing a home purchase as a current renter?

How do people typically manage the timing of closing on a house vs. the end of their lease when they are renting? [more inside]
posted by somanyamys to Home & Garden at 7:08 AM - 14 answers

Starting at Rutgers University in the Fall - need an insider's guide!

Calling all Rutgers students and alumni! What were your favorite classes, professors, parts of the Rutgers experience? [more inside]
posted by Lipstick Thespian to Education at 4:42 AM - 3 answers

July 11

How do you define a purse vs a shoulder bag vs etc.

What makes a bag constitute a purse rather than a shoulder bag, messenger bag, briefcase with strap, etc.? Is it the apparent gender of the wearer, what the manufacturer labels it as, the use, the contents, or some other factor? [more inside]
posted by Hactar to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 10:08 PM - 23 answers

Give me two places to stop on a drive from Heathrow to Cairnryan

I am picking up a rental car and Mrs Gotanda on the evening of the 21st of July and driving via York to Cairnryan to get the ferry to Belfast on the 24th. I know we are missing a lot but those dates are fixed by external requirements. I have a place to stay on the evening of the 22nd in York, but need to make a decision about where to stay the 21st and the 23rd. Tell me if my general plan is OK and gift me with specific suggestions, please. We are more interested in quiet and countryside than cities this trip. I am paralyzed by choice. [more inside]
posted by Gotanda to Travel & Transportation at 9:37 PM - 8 answers

Pining for Meander Where you May (NYT books forums)

Many years ago when the New York Times still had it's book forums, there was a thread called Meander Where you May. I have two questions! [more inside]
posted by Rufous-headed Towhee heehee to Society & Culture at 7:12 PM - 2 answers

What would you name a penguin?

Help me name a penguin at our zoo (aka. how has this not been asked before). [more inside]
posted by allkindsoftime to Pets & Animals at 3:45 PM - 47 answers

Recommend me a used motorcycle - new rider, older standard bike

Looking for recommendations for motorcycles to keep an eye out for. I'm a new rider, and prefer the style of the older standard bikes and UJM's. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:08 AM - 6 answers

Looking for my perfect sandal

Good for both walking and work with a minimalist design. [more inside]
posted by ohsnapdragon to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 6:47 AM - 30 answers

I got a Dartboard! Yeah! But how do I install it?

A few weeks ago, I received a surprised package: A dartboard inside a cabinet. Something along the lines of this. [more inside]
posted by james33 to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 4:56 AM - 4 answers

July 10

Regency sexting

Vaguely remembered: topless self portrait hidden inside a locket [more inside]
posted by Ideal Impulse to Grab Bag at 7:47 PM - 5 answers

British gold sovereigns - any experts in the house?

1963 British gold sovereign with George V on it instead of Elizabeth II - error? Counterfeit? Something else? [more inside]
posted by Mirax to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 7:00 PM - 4 answers

He's fallen, and we want to help him up

My father, who lives with us (me, husband, two adult daughters), has Parkinson's, which has reached the early part of Stage 4. No dementia, just mobility problems, but those are growing. He regularly needs help shifting between sitting and standing, or help to go from standing to lying down. We'd like some kind of device he could use to notify us, instead of yelling for whoever's closest right now. [more inside]
posted by ErisLordFreedom to Health & Fitness at 5:18 PM - 7 answers

Videos of orchestras with featured people of color

My two year old watches videos each night in the bathtub and he’s on a timpani and piano kick. All of the featured solo artists that pop up for us are white and male - I’d like to create a playlist featuring more diverse orchestra solos or recitals and need your help! Any instrument welcome - we tried oboe tonight.
posted by melodykramer to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 5:10 PM - 18 answers

Laguardia to Pompton Plains NJ

My sister, my one year old, and I will need to travel from LGA to pompton plains NJ at 800am on a Friday and be back to the airport by 830pm on Sunday night. What are our public transportation options to/from the airport? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to Travel & Transportation at 4:02 PM - 9 answers

Tell me about your favorite (destination) weddings.

We are just starting to think about our wedding, and have decided to do a destination wedding. Please tell me about the best destination weddings you've been to (location included if you have it) and what was memorable about it. [more inside]
posted by fonzie to Travel & Transportation at 3:14 PM - 15 answers

Considering career change to a lower level position

I have been in my current role (corporate marketing) at my company going on five years now and am ready for a change. For the past few months I have sadly realized that at my level there are no real horizontal opportunities in my current city, and don't feel like with my recent promotion that I am ready to move up another level. I could use some advice. Details below. [more inside]
posted by hillabeans to Work & Money at 2:49 PM - 5 answers

I really hate it here

Was just placed in a temp-to-hire job via a staffing agency. Three days in and I know this is not the job for me. How do I handle this without burning a bridge (if that is even possible)? [more inside]
posted by thereemix to Work & Money at 10:41 AM - 20 answers