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Podcasts to sleep to

I need 20-30 minutes of fairly boring content I can listen to, followed by another half hour of additional content while I’m actually sleeping. [more inside]
posted by OrangeVelour to Society & Culture at 8:58 PM on Jan 17, 2018 - 43 answers [35 favorites]

Help me upgrade the quality of my life for 100 bucks?

What could I buy with 100 USD that would improve my happiness and quality of life? [more inside]
posted by whitelotus to Shopping at 7:19 PM on Jan 16, 2018 - 47 answers [34 favorites]

Help me figure out my first all inclusive vacation...

My best friend and I want to spend 3-4 days at an all-inclusive resort in March. We are picturing being warm, laying on a beach, drinks with umbrellas and good conversation/reading/doing-nothing. We are not picturing loud club-like environment or cruise-style planned activities. Difficulties: She is coming from Montreal and I'm coming from Boston. We have never done anything like this before. All previous travel done together or separately has involved more...effort/adventure. We want neither. (Please see aforementioned umbrella drinks and lounging.) Advice? Planning tips? Great ideas? Details and questions below. [more inside]
posted by jeszac to Travel & Transportation at 1:27 PM on Jan 18, 2018 - 10 answers [32 favorites]

Any good verbal games for car rides?

Besides "I spy" -- what are some good games for kids that can be played in a car ride? (Not necessarily a long car ride) Bonus for educational games....
posted by mhh5 to Education at 5:06 PM on Jan 12, 2018 - 32 answers [38 favorites (31 in the past 7 days)]

I already made kaespaetzle.

I am in need of a fussy recipe that requires lots of time in the kitchen. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish to Food & Drink at 4:51 PM on Jan 13, 2018 - 36 answers [22 favorites]

Tell Me Your Favourite Job Perks

The (very) small company I work for is hiring in a competitive tech market, and I'm hoping to mine the hive mind for job perk ideas. [more inside]
posted by dotgirl to Work & Money at 3:16 PM on Jan 16, 2018 - 85 answers [22 favorites]

Mini-corb needs lunch, badly.

The kidlet needs to eat lunches that at least have a modicum of nutrition. She is not able, because of cafeteria size & time, to sit down to eat, so needs lunches that make little mess and can be eaten standing. Halp. [more inside]
posted by corb to Food & Drink at 3:03 PM on Jan 17, 2018 - 53 answers [22 favorites]

YouTube fitness routines with...

Bare minimum weight-loss related chat please. I expect some, but that's not the reason why I exercise. I tend to prefer longer routines to High-Intensity stuff, and the less equipment the better. Thanks.
posted by threetwentytwo to Health at 4:43 AM on Jan 17, 2018 - 3 answers [21 favorites]

Broke vegetarian, in winter, dislikes beans

Hi! I am a vegetarian on a tight budget and I do not like beans (or lentils, or other legumes). I will tolerate dal or refried beans if they are served in a restaurant or something. The only exception is chickpeas or black beans in a cold salad, which I enjoy, but how many salads can you make?! [more inside]
posted by 8603 to Food & Drink at 7:42 AM on Jan 18, 2018 - 38 answers [21 favorites]

What to Watch Next? Yarn Store Edition

At our yarn shop, we host a weekly nerd night where we watch a couple of TV episodes and knit or crochet. Star Trek (especially TNG and now Disco) has been a popular favorite, as has Doctor Who and Stranger Things. We did Firefly a couple years ago, and we've done some Miyazaki movies in between. The plan was to get people hooked on the Expanse, but it looks like we may need a plan B. We knew the Expanse was dark and complicated, and if we can't get people into it, we need another option. [more inside]
posted by rikschell to Media & Arts at 6:28 PM on Jan 14, 2018 - 41 answers [20 favorites]

Cozy mystery series sought, with requirements

Specifically, books without first-person narrators and featuring fantasy or magical elements. [more inside]
posted by furtive_jackanapes to Media & Arts at 1:34 PM on Jan 18, 2018 - 11 answers [19 favorites]

Minimalist baby must-haves

My sister is throwing me a baby shower which is so nice of her. My husband and I really, REALLY don't like to accumulate stuff and we buy very few things new. So what the fuck do I register for? [more inside]
posted by pintapicasso to Grab Bag at 9:23 PM on Jan 13, 2018 - 60 answers [17 favorites]

But do they sell a hot dish?

Casseroles are ubiquitous comfort foods in the Midwest, but they're almost never found at restaurants. What other foods do people cook at home but are rarely seen in a commercial context?
posted by steady-state strawberry to Food & Drink at 2:37 PM on Jan 14, 2018 - 124 answers [16 favorites]

workout leggings for thunder thighs

Are there specific brands or styles of workout leggings designed for athletic women who are proportionally smaller in the waist, and larger in thighs? [more inside]
posted by raztaj to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 2:05 PM on Jan 15, 2018 - 17 answers [15 favorites]

Cookbook Suggestions Needed

I have a friend who is getting interested in cooking, which is wonderful. The book that has gotten him interested, however, appears to be filled with super not good recipes. Help me find him a better book? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by hilaryjade to Food & Drink at 6:56 PM on Jan 14, 2018 - 38 answers [14 favorites]

Hearing amplifiers vs. hearing aids - any experiences?

I have moderate hearing loss in my right ear, mostly high frequency. This was discovered when I was a little kid, and I'm 47 now. It has gotten worse over the years and has made social and professional situations difficult. I am currently trying a set of Otofonix amplifiers, both ears and want opinions on these vs. "real" hearing aids. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by jeff-o-matic to Health at 7:39 AM on Jan 15, 2018 - 6 answers [14 favorites]

How to follow Vacationland

I just finished reading Vacationland by John Hodgman and loved it. Looking for humorous memoirs in a similar vein to read next. [more inside]
posted by pilibeen to Writing & Language at 8:12 PM on Jan 15, 2018 - 10 answers [14 favorites]

Savoury rice porridge recipes

Looking for nutritious grain or rice porridge recipes that I can make in my rice cooker. [more inside]
posted by kinddieserzeit to Food & Drink at 6:10 AM on Jan 18, 2018 - 9 answers [14 favorites]

Sleazy instrumental music for a circus-themed RPG

I'm running a D&D 5e homebrew campaign featuring circus performers solving a mystery in a town rife with crime and corruption. I'd like some music to play in the background that evokes sleaze, slyness, and highly-unusual goings-on. There must be no vocals or very minimal vocals (and preferably not in English if they exist). Any recommendations for that bizarre constellation of requirements? [more inside]
posted by lieber hair to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 9:50 PM on Jan 12, 2018 - 24 answers [16 favorites (13 in the past 7 days)]

How do I get grandma home from Nigeria when she doesn't want help?

Entire family is worried sick about Grandma. She's been courted the last 6 months by a scammer in Nigeria. Yesterday she left in the middle of the night without telling anyone, got on a plane, and is now in Nigeria. Help us get grandma back safe. [more inside]
posted by Marinara to Human Relations at 6:31 PM on Jan 15, 2018 - 18 answers [13 favorites]

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