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On rest, productivity, spontaneity, and balance; how to schedule time?

Hello. I am curious to know how fellow humans balance their time. Do you purposefully plan rest days? Do you work your butt off and only rest when you burn out? Do you set aside a chunk of time each day to relax, or every week? Month? How do you turn off the “productive” / hustle mindset when there’s always something to be done? [more inside]
posted by sucre to Work & Money at 11:30 AM on Apr 15, 2021 - 6 answers [18 favorites (15 in the past 24 hours)]

Growing up with depressed parents.

Resource request. [more inside]
posted by ihaveyourfoot to Human Relations at 10:44 PM on Apr 15, 2021 - 6 answers [14 favorites]

Did I imagine this band?

Years ago I was standing at the magazine rack of a bookstore reading about a band called DECRE. The name stood for Decreationism, the philosophy that God was de-creating the universe. They had a song "(HE Gives Me) Satisfaction" Everytime I read a post about DEVO I try to look them up DECRE. Google searches always come up blank. Did they exist, but were they, and all evidence of them, de-created? Am I the only remaining person who remembers them?
posted by otherchaz to Media & Arts at 3:13 PM on Apr 15, 2021 - 6 answers [9 favorites]

I cannot get the words out of my head and into my mouth...

I have a problem that I'm getting really sick of. My mind is always teeming with thoughts and I have a constant internal monologue, but I have a lot of trouble *speaking* them. How can I begin to explore what this is all about and possibly improve? Do you experience this? [more inside]
posted by kitcat to Grab Bag at 10:00 AM on Apr 15, 2021 - 19 answers [15 favorites (7 in the past 24 hours)]

Cooking 101: Is there a "spices and seasonings starter pack" I can buy?

Watching too much America's Test Kitchen and SortedFood (and Mythical Kitchen) during lockdown made me realize I don't have many spices in my pantry, just your basic salt, pepper, and a few other odds and ends. So, is there a "starter set" that one should get? That comes with, say 10-20 of the most frequently used ones? [more inside]
posted by kschang to Food & Drink at 6:06 AM on Apr 16, 2021 - 46 answers [7 favorites]

Art of beginning and feeding a conversation

I need ideas for starting, extending, deepening, and sometimes salvaging a conversation. [more inside]
posted by ebesan to Human Relations at 8:22 AM on Apr 15, 2021 - 8 answers [16 favorites (6 in the past 24 hours)]

yoga makes me homicidal. what else helps flexibility & balance?

My doctor told me I'd better figure out a yoga practice, or I'll be sorry in just a few years. I think she means I need something for flexibility and balance, and I agree, 100%. But skinny ladies telling me to hold uncomfortable poses, and think calm thoughts and visualize or whatever, drive me into a hulk-smash rage. What else can I try? [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes to Health at 8:19 AM on Apr 7, 2021 - 33 answers [87 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

microfiber trap for washing machine?

We're looking into getting a microfiber trap for our washing machine. Any recommendations (or ones to steer away from)? Tips? We're in the US. [more inside]
posted by joyceanmachine to Home & Garden at 6:57 AM on Apr 15, 2021 - 2 answers [10 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Recommendations for Zoom video backgrounds?

There's a ton of Zoom background sites out there, but searching them feels spammy and it's a bit overwhelming to find good ones. What are your favorite sources or examples? I'm particularly looking for video backgrounds (beach/forest/office etc.) Thanks very much for any tips!
posted by Bwithh to Computers & Internet at 8:15 AM on Apr 15, 2021 - 5 answers [6 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Calm my baby brain

My partner recently dropped a metaphorical bomb on me. Early in our relationship, Partner and I discussed, and seemed to agree on, the Big Things – e.g., marriage (yes), kids (no). However, about a month ago, Partner let me know that their feelings towards having kids has changed and they feel they would deeply regret never being a parent. I've been planning for a childfree life since I was young. [more inside]
posted by Robocat to Human Relations at 9:46 AM on Apr 15, 2021 - 10 answers [5 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Communal Watchlist

Is there an app anywhere like Letterboxed that will let me and a small group add films to for a regular watch party? [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know to Media & Arts at 5:11 AM on Apr 15, 2021 - 4 answers [4 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

True stories of emotionally supportive men

Do you, a heterosexual woman, receive verbal emotional support from your partner? Can you provide a typical example with specifics (preferably including what was said)? I'm not looking for that one heroic time they really came through but more what you've come to expect day to day. The point of this question is to better understand the range of possibility in real life.
posted by HotToddy to Human Relations at 4:44 PM on Apr 10, 2021 - 23 answers [80 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Feed my family: quick and easy meals

I need to get dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less. What are your favorite/go-to quick and easy recipes? One-pot wonders, favorites, meal hacks all welcome. Bonus points for quick, easy meals that also make leftovers (6+ servings). [more inside]
posted by carrioncomfort to Food & Drink at 6:46 AM on Apr 13, 2021 - 31 answers [61 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Reaching out to an ex friend when they've told you not to

My longest, closest friend has dumped me, or at the very least, has declared we are on a break. This whole situation has completely blindsided me, and while I understand this is mostly out of my control, I want to do the right thing and let my friend know they are important to me. I have been told to respect their boundaries by not contacting them, and I totally will if that's the right thing, but I can't help but feel like I should try one last time. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Human Relations at 9:19 PM on Apr 14, 2021 - 62 answers [5 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

Partner has GI problems and we're getting scared

Partner has gastrointestinal problems and we're getting scared. [more inside]
posted by Arthur Vandelay to Health at 3:02 PM on Apr 14, 2021 - 33 answers [4 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

How to foster a future politician/policy maker?

Our thirteen year old was *activated* by the horrors of the last four years. He wants to start working towards a better tomorrow—now, right now! What first steps should he take as a budding politician/policy maker? He’s doing research into becoming an intern at our state capital (Colorado) and reaching out to progressive candidates for volunteering opportunities. He’s also contacting the state arm of the Democratic Party and the DSA. What else?
posted by Don.Kinsayder to Education at 3:11 PM on Apr 15, 2021 - 16 answers [2 favorites]

Watering can recommendations? (Large, for outdoor use)

I'm looking for recommendations for a large watering can (ideally ~2 gallons) with a comfortable grip for outdoor use. Further details inside. [more inside]
posted by aws17576 to Home & Garden at 3:30 PM on Apr 15, 2021 - 8 answers [2 favorites]

Hair loss: which drug, or both?

Two simple questions, anecdotes welcome [more inside]
posted by Sterros to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion at 5:20 PM on Apr 15, 2021 - 6 answers [2 favorites]

Please help us choose some plants for this outdoor dining structure.

Helping a friend figure out plants for their outdoor dining structure in New York City. What would thrive outside in bright-ish light from spring to fall without being too cumbersome/bushy/expensive? Said outdoor dining structure pictured here [more inside]
posted by wowenthusiast to Home & Garden at 7:03 PM on Apr 15, 2021 - 4 answers [2 favorites]

Why does tax filing service say I owe no taxes?

Just filed my taxes online. Typically I pay a few thousand dollars. But this year I owe nothing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Work & Money at 7:55 PM on Apr 15, 2021 - 6 answers [2 favorites]

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