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1st person narrator mystery recommendations (with special requirements)

Recently I’ve discovered a mystery subgenre I really enjoy—clever, witty first person narrator (often a woman) who gets drawn into a twisty, slightly dark (but not too dark) mystery and decides to solve it. Please help me find more like these! The ones I’ve read and enjoyed recently: Elly Griffith’s The Stranger Diaries, Sophie Hannah’s Perfect Little Children, Nicci French’s The Lying Room, Anthony Horowitz’ Magpie Murders and The Word is Murder. [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl to Media & Arts at 4:29 PM on May 24, 2020 - 16 answers [35 favorites]

So many (boneless, skinless) chicken thighs!

Because we have a fondness for Country Captain Soup and Fire Chicken, we always keep boneless, skinless chicken thighs on hand. But now, for Reasons, we have far more packages of them than we can use in a reasonable period of time making just these two dishes. Please share your favorite recipes for boneless, skinless, chicken thighs!
posted by DrGail to Food & Drink at 12:47 PM on May 24, 2020 - 31 answers [34 favorites]

Small apartment cardio fitness equipment for a fat n00b?

I'm absolutely not looking to get skinny, but I really want to move my body more, with a big emphasis on cardio. I will admit I might be looking for a piece of equipment that doesn't exist, but I come to the fit folks of MeFi for advice! I do have some significant restrictions, and that, paired with me being a bit exercise-phobic - - I'm floundering, afraid to make an expensive mistake. [more inside]
posted by anonymous to Health at 2:30 PM on May 24, 2020 - 25 answers [16 favorites]

Taking Advantage Of Stand Mixer

I'm temporarily staying with my sister, who has a stand mixer. As someone who loves baking I've always wanted one but never had the opportunity to use one. Before I move to my new apartment, I'd love to make some recipes with the stand mixer that really take advantage of it. [more inside]
posted by Aranquis to Food & Drink at 8:19 AM on May 24, 2020 - 21 answers [14 favorites (13 in the past 24 hours)]

Besides Scalzi, who's writing modern "golden age" scifi?

I like the whole awe of exploration, optimistic, problem solving, clever protagonist vibes of golden age science fiction (Heinlein, Asimov, etc.) but I'm running out (and also some of it doesn't hold up well). Who's writing that type of stuff, but new and maybe better? Basically the Brandon Sanderson of science fiction, except I've already read everything by Scalzi so I need moooore. [more inside]
posted by anaelith to Media & Arts at 5:02 AM on May 23, 2020 - 20 answers [62 favorites (12 in the past 24 hours)]

Help us explore financial structures for one-house intentional community

Friends and I are looking into buying a house together to live together informal coop style. We need to figure out how to structure the agreement around how people leave down the road, ideally such that they can get their money out ideally without forcing everyone else to sell also. It would help us to see examples of other small intentional communities' agreements and financial structures. Do you have one you could share, or can you recommend a resource along those lines?
posted by spindrifter to Home & Garden at 3:49 PM on May 24, 2020 - 8 answers [11 favorites]

Looking for non-dairy chocolate candy

I have always wanted to go dairy free and now my body is forcing me to. Happily, I've discovered violife non-dairy cheese. Now I am trying to find a good substitute for chocolate candy, especially peanut M&Ms. I do not like the brand Coconut Cloud. All suggestions welcome. Thanks!
posted by KleenexMakesaVeryGoodHat to Food & Drink at 4:35 PM on May 24, 2020 - 13 answers [11 favorites]

New iPhone SE 2020. Essential apps?

I just got a new iPhone SE 2020 and my previous smartphone was never my friend so I didn't do much with it. Suggestions for apps that might be useful or fun or distractions, that are essential, cheap/free... and other ways I can be friends with my fabulous new hand computer? [more inside]
posted by hippybear to Technology at 7:18 PM on May 23, 2020 - 32 answers [12 favorites (8 in the past 24 hours)]

erasure of Ancient Egyptian trans history?

Sometime before the pandemic (a couple months maybe?) I read a Twitter thread where someone was talking about a case of erasure of Ancient Egyptian trans history. I'd love to find that thread again. [more inside]
posted by johnofjack to Society & Culture at 6:51 PM on May 24, 2020 - 3 answers [7 favorites]

High Quality, Body-Positive Fitness YouTube?

I've been doing fitness videos on Jitsi with my mother and I'm on a quest for some reasonably body-positive quality fitness videos (ideally available on YouTube, so we can do the simultaneous viewing on Jitsi). Richard Simmons is providing good music and actual people instead of fitness models, but is hard to follow. Kathy Smith's videos are high quality, but dull and have these comments about how you're doing the video to be "toned" rather than for general fitness. [more inside]
posted by hoyland to Health at 8:18 AM on May 23, 2020 - 8 answers [21 favorites (5 in the past 24 hours)]

how i learned to stop worrying and enjoy cooking

Does anyone else get 'cooking anxiety' and how do you handle it? [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser to Food & Drink at 6:31 AM on May 25, 2020 - 22 answers [5 favorites]

Simplest easy strength training routine

I do not enjoy exercise, and I particularly don't really enjoy weightlifting. However, I need to build a bit of all over muscle so that I don't become frail as I age, and also I am told it may help my blood sugar. [more inside]
posted by Serene Empress Dork to Health at 9:48 PM on May 22, 2020 - 11 answers [28 favorites (4 in the past 24 hours)]

visualizing complex data sources

I am working on a project that will help key stakeholders visualize and understand all of the sources currently being used in an enterprise (a big one) and then drill down to the source, how its being used, by whom, for what in multiple dimensions. [more inside]
posted by specialk420 to Computers & Internet at 9:22 AM on May 24, 2020 - 3 answers [4 favorites]

Recommendations for a cheap, goof-proof printer

The last printer I bought couldn't/wouldn't talk to my laptop. In frustration I finally gave the printer away (that I was moving and it was a $40 printer didn't hurt). I've upgraded my laptop, sort of, this HP (15-dy1xxx running Windows 10) seems to have issues of its own but returning it may be problematic in this day and time. I am definitely a Luddite, feel free to explain to me as such.
posted by intrepid_simpleton to Computers & Internet at 12:06 PM on May 24, 2020 - 8 answers [4 favorites]

Virtual Escape Room Adventures

I tried a virtual escape room adventure for the first time this weekend, and it was quite fun. I did it with my sister's family over Zoom. Does you have recommendations for other virtual escape rooms we can try? Looking for family-safe adventures.
posted by storybored to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation at 11:46 AM on May 18, 2020 - 7 answers [66 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

How do you handle confrontation with strangers?

I'm not a confrontational person, but sometimes it seems necessary. How do you approach and handle this? Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by stillmoving to Human Relations at 11:42 AM on May 23, 2020 - 14 answers [8 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Gamify my inbox

I used to love a site called "The Baydin Email Game by Boomerang" where you gave permission for the site to access to your Gmail inbox, and it gamified the task of emptying the inbox. But it's gone. Does anything like this still exist? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne to Computers & Internet at 8:14 AM on May 24, 2020 - 1 answer [4 favorites (3 in the past 24 hours)]

Book Search: A Book About Recording Rock Music Written in the late 80s

The book explored how various artists used the recording studio to sculpt music as opposed to how it's played live. I recall there were specific chapters on the works of Martin Oldfield and Jimmy Page. [more inside]
posted by Ber to Media & Arts at 8:43 AM on May 24, 2020 - 2 answers [3 favorites]

Sewist-filter: Tiny Irons

I need a new iron, but since I bought a steamer I ONLY use it for sewing, primarily using the point for pressing seams and corners and other targeted uses. Should I just buy a tiny iron? Are they good quality w/ settings and durability or mostly cheap/novelty? Will I regret not having a full sized iron? Reccomend me an iron please!
posted by wellifyouinsist to Home & Garden at 12:53 PM on May 24, 2020 - 11 answers [3 favorites]

Worksheet/homework for defining and making progress toward life goals

I'm feeling deep ennui in quarantine and approaching that age where everyone is having kids, but that's not my plan. I want to do something else, but I'm feeling aimless and blah. I tried a coaching session but just talking doesn't work for me: I want structure. I want homework. Please point me to something that has helped you set and structure steps towards (not purely financial!) personal goals, whether it's a downloadable PDF, interactive form, or a workbook I can to purchase. Thank you.
posted by thirdletter to Human Relations at 1:53 PM on May 19, 2020 - 9 answers [55 favorites (2 in the past 24 hours)]

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