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I find myself engaging in small comforting tasks or routines when I’m feeling anxious (or to ward off anxious feelings before they hit). Small things that make me feel safe. I’m realizing how meaningful these are for me and am hoping to integrate more small comforts into my daily life. [more inside]
I've been a bit of an employment nomad for years and so have never really kept much "stuff" at work - tell me what items you keep in your desk/cubicle/office make it a better place. [more inside]
On two subsequent plane rides, I ended up talking with people who were bragging about how they went to Mexico and got a full set of dental implants. In both cases, the men said they paid 75% less than what they would've paid in the U.S. I don't remember where in the country they went, but it might've been Mexico City or a dental office in the outskirts. [more inside]
I love fancy-pants artisanal bars of soap. The kind you can get at farmer's markets, craft fairs or Etsy, generally cold-process, very nice smells, sometimes fun colors or with fun mix-ins or toppings. If you also like using handmade bar soaps, who are you buying yours from? What are your favorites? [more inside]
Over in the current POTUS45 megathread on the Blue, the question "How does everyone keep up with the news?" came up. Rather than expand on the topic there, I wanted to ask the Green how everyone these days manages not only to stay informed about issues important to them - without entering a bubble - but also to avoid burning out or becoming overwhelmed. For the former, are what are particular websites, Twitter lists, or podcasts that provide useful news digests? For the latter, do people practice certain techniques to manage media-induced stressing out, such as restricting the number of sources to check regularly, setting aside specific times of the day for them, or limiting the amount of time spent on them? What else is there to do?
What are good examples of simple, or understated, honors, regalia and awards that are extremely important? I'm thinking of things like the Roman grass crown, a crown of grass and wildflowers that was considered the highest military honor, or the Hellenic white silk headband diadems that showed kingly authority.
Help me stay positive about my career and romantic prospects later in life. Details below. [more inside]
My current web host has jacked their prices through the roof. Where to go now? [more inside]
Spending tomorrow in the University City district, what is there to eat, drink, see, do? [more inside]
I have moderate anxiety related to work. I often get home and panic that I may have done something wrong. Sometimes my ocd sends me back to work to verify that I did not make a mistake and all is well. I would love to hear from someone who has also done this and how they learned to quit doing it. Thanks
How did you start contributing to open source projects? Looking for advice on identifying an appropriate project and participating in a (healthy) OS community. [more inside]
I get adrenaline rushes at work when conducting interviews. Afterwards I am exhausted, but need to continue working. Is there any way to come-down after a rush and still have energy left to to work? [more inside]
How do I learn to like and/or not care about the way I look as a fat woman? [more inside]
What is the best pair of shoes that you've used for all-season walking? I walk about 1.5 miles each way for work. I live in Milwaukee, so I'm interested in shoes that can handle the elements, but are also comfortable and can take a beating. Thanks!
I wear TOMS a lot and like to wear them with no-show socks, except every pair of socks I've tried pops off my heels after just a couple of minutes. I've tried every brand Nordstrom sells and a couple of generic brands from Amazon. The little grippy bit on the heel does NOTHING to help. Have you found any that will stay in place? Extra challenge: must fit size 11 (women) feet. [more inside]
How do I prepare physically for hiking in mountains in 4 months when I live in a flat, cold place? [more inside]
I have a two-hour workshop I teach on Topic, which I'm an expert in. I'm a great presenter, the workshop is always fun, and I get great feedback. Now, for the first time, I'm going to be delivering this via Skype. What do I need to know about teaching in this manner? [more inside]
I'm going to a friend's house for a double-feature screening of Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 tomorrow. I'd like to show up with a pitcher's worth of delicious, non-alcoholic, themed beverage. Whatever this post-apocalyptic punch is made of, it's going to be called Tears in Rain. I need help with an appropriate mocktail recipe! Replican't you help me, Hive Mind?
I love to travel, I love diversity, I love celebrations, and I love spectacle. My mission in the coming years: to regularly combine these into a melange of awesome. I'm looking for events that are unusual and full of people. They're probably extremely reflective of local culture, or of a particular sub-culture. A few examples: [more inside]
I have been a knitter for 10 years. I've never moved beyond hats, scarves, or small plushies. I want to start working up to knitting sweaters but am unsure of how to best approach it. [more inside]