Ditto what somechick said about reservations, although I liked the Eurail pass and would use it again. Also, be sure to write in the date of use on your pass yourself as the terms and conditions require. Often the conductors will do it for you, but if you slack and rely on them you may end up with a conductor who threatens to throw you off your overnight train from Hungary unless you pay him a bribe. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 12:12 PM on April 24, 2007
Catcalling. I went to Istanbul with a female friend, and every third guy we passed in Sultanahmet felt free to shout at us, try to pick us up, leer, etc. Women traveling with a man (owner) did not get nearly this level of abuse. So if they come across as a pair of single American het women, I would say to prepare for street harassment like they have never experienced before. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 7:16 AM on April 12, 2007
Flirtation, particularly when we are married or in committed relationship, brings us dangerously close to one of the most pernicious sins of all. No, I don’t mean adultery. I mean the sin of using another human being to soothe our own anxiety, to feed our ravenous ego. Sending out “mixed messages” that arouse interest, deliberately fishing about to see if we can get a little “stroking” — this is toxic, manipulative, adolescent.... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 6:48 PM on March 23, 2007
I liked my first visit with this doctor. She was very personable, talked with me about my history for some time, and made a number of recommendations for non-drug solutions, which I appreciated. The clinic she's affiliated with has phone-in hours although I have not taken advantage of them. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 1:50 PM on March 18, 2007
My doc recommended magnesium supplements for migraine prevention, which I take along with my daily multivitamin, flax pill, and calcium supplement. It seems to have reduced frequency, intensity, and susceptibility (fewer reactions to trigger foods). My previous doctor recommended a B-complex for the same purpose, although that didn't work for me. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 8:47 AM on February 26, 2007
It took a week or so with my cats in a similar situation, but that was exacerbated by one of them wearing a (bad-smelling?) Elizabethan collar. Give it a few days. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 4:32 PM on February 11, 2007
Your entire description applied to me and I just did this very thing in September. Japan is a great place to travel alone. Stay in ryokan where possible. Business hotels can be almost as cheap as hostels, though, and are easier to find if you are just wandering as opposed to having a preplanned itinerary for the whole trip.
Things I found useful:
Japan railpass (must buy in the USA)
This website for train scheduling; seriously, this is the best... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 7:46 AM on January 8, 2007
filmgeek, it does not show up in Device Manager. I just plugged it into my boyfriend's PC and it showed up in My Computer and was recognized by iTunes.
The old nano used to work just fine on my laptop. Ever since I upgraded iTunes, it's been borked. I don't know if that could coincide with some kind of power supply problem. It is also no longer under warranty (the guy at the Genius Bar today said he would "let it slide" since it expired recently), so I don't... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 6:30 PM on December 30, 2006
My digital camera uses the USB ports and it seems to work fine. I will try updating the BIOS as prelude to potentially reinstalling Windows. Sigh. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 7:48 AM on December 31, 2006
dios, you are wrong. Under Warnock v. Archer, which is binding in the 8th Circuit (of which Missouri is a part), the actions of the teachers and principal almost certainly constitute unconstitutional endorsement of religion. (Even if attendance at the Christmas party was optional, the fact that the school threw a Christmas party is problematic.) There have been some cases outside the 8th Circuit dealing with religious songs as well (Marchi v Board, Duncanville v. Doe) indicating that... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 3:24 PM on December 20, 2006
pardonyou?, I agree that those aspects are more like Brown. But the school-sponsored sectarian Christmas party is a big red flag, and the Jesus songs at assemblies, depending on the context, are probably endorsement as well. Besides, dios's arguments would be equally applicable to the scenario in Warnock, and that was what I took issue with. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 5:34 AM on December 21, 2006
Only Mirena and Paragard are available in the USA. I went from Yasmin to the Paragard a few months ago and have been very satisfied. I picked the Paragard because, like you, I was worried about the hormones in the Mirena. Heaviness is about equal to my pre-Pill teenage years, although it lasts a couple of days longer. Pain is actually less. My BC/BS insurance reimbursed me for the IUD and the installation appointments, which I had done at Planned Parenthood. Take the day off when you get it put... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 5:20 PM on December 17, 2006
Vacheron Mont D'or, although the season for it may have ended.
Lamb Chopper is a great sheep's milk cheese.
Temperature is important. Don't buy expensive cheese and then eat it cold from the fridge (avoid storing it in the fridge if you can, actually). posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 1:09 PM on December 6, 2006
Start a blog. Seriously. If you're as awesome as you say, you will get an audience, and some portion of that audience will be male, and some portion of those men will ask you out. If your blog accurately displays your assets, you'll eliminate the losers who can't handle strong, high-achieving women. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 5:29 PM on November 26, 2006
I think it depends on what kind of holiday it is. A couple of years ago, to impress a guy, I tried to start an international version of a sexually-charged British holiday (timed such that we could celebrate it together, natch). I got and still get a fair amount of web traffic about it. The sexual element made sure it was picked up by teens and young adults on Livejournal (see this post for how the Livejournal effect can work to up traffic on a site), and links by a few more prominent bloggers... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 2:23 PM on October 24, 2006
Wouldn't the cats just shred the cardboard? Are you looking to make a new one of these every few months and clean up the chunks of cardboard in the meantime? We had a cardboard scratching platform for our cats when I was younger and it made a huge mess. Maybe these are more durable, but it might be a concern.
That said: I did something like this for an art project, and you probably want to make a stencil for any curved bits that you can move gradually along each piece... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 8:08 AM on October 7, 2006
You might also want to wear the money belt while you are sleeping, or at least put it under your pillow/mattress. The only time I've ever been robbed in Europe was in a relatively decent Greek hotel while I was asleep. I left my money belt on the dresser and he took all my cash. (He left credit cards and passports, although the girl two rooms down woke when he reached her room, he grabbed her whole purse, and she lost everything.)
And ditto on bewaring of "Gypsy" children. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 11:30 AM on September 27, 2006
No on drugs, yes on the first-in-her-family and lesbianism. Schools probably will look down on the community college grades, and English is a soft major and not uncommon among law school applicants. She needs to stress the bootstraps angle; that would explain the community college thing in a more sympathetic way than revealing past drug use. No making excuses; she should illustrate the scope of her achievement. Does she do any mentoring, GLBT activism, etc.? Law school admissions committees love... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 5:16 PM on September 26, 2006 marked best answer
Now that I think about it, if she had any drug convictions from those years, she would have to disclose those on the application. In that case, she's probably going to want to explain her drug problem in the addendum to those questions. If it's already out there because of that, alluding to it again in the personal statement is unnecessary.
Additionally, she sounds like a possible candidate for a Point Foundation scholarship. You might mention them to her.... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 5:34 PM on September 26, 2006
griffey: many applications specifically note that they want you to admit any convictions, "ever," even if sealed or vacated. Others are more lenient. Legal admissibility doesn't enter into it.
To my recollection, law schools do not go back into your high school years for anything else unless you took college classes during that time. But she should call either the specific school she's applying to, LSDAS, or both, about the kicked out question (without... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 6:43 PM on September 26, 2006
I've had a Paragard for about two months, also because hormones suck. Insertion was painful (I'm nulliparous) even with ibuprofen taken beforehand, and I had the worst cramps of my life for the next 24 hours or so. That said, after the first day things have been good. I am strangely conscious of the IUD at random times, though. Not cramps, per se: more like my body telling me that something's still in there.
I don't find menstruation to be much more painful, and while... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 12:44 PM on September 26, 2006
Sorry, that should be OB-oriented docs. Anyway, I'd recommend the Paragard. You might also check out these forums; they have a lot of IUD discussion. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 4:59 PM on September 26, 2006
I like Anne Klein's Manny loafer, which doesn't have more of a heel than the Danskos you linked. Here are all the flat options from Anne Klein. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 6:33 PM on August 29, 2006
I was on Yasmin and it destroyed my sex drive. I had zero, none. Drosperinone, the progestin used in Yaz and Yasmin, has a strong anti-androgenic effect. This means you have less testosterone, which women need if they want to have a libido. On the plus side, it made my skin perfectly clear and I didn't gain weight.
I got off it after I saw an article (which I can't find right now) saying some research suggested that BCP-related libido drops can become permanent. I now... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 10:34 AM on August 28, 2006 marked best answer
This product claims to address the problem, but I haven't tried it. If you're on hormonal birth control, stopping it might cause the discoloration to fade away. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 6:02 AM on August 24, 2006
When I use the Brilliant Brunette line of shampoos and conditioners, I get lots of compliments on shine. It does seem to make a difference. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 7:48 PM on August 23, 2006
The first female head of HLS is Elena Kagan, not Elizabeth Warren.
You need to consider that wages have changed; previously, some men earned a "family wage" and women earned less for the same job (even moreso than may be the case today). It might be harder for a one-earner family to be supported by Dad today, but it's probably easier for it to be supported by Mom. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 2:30 PM on August 21, 2006
Apples to Apples. Fun for geeks and artsy types, can be played while drunk, and doesn't have a board that can be carelessly overturned. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 1:41 PM on August 16, 2006
Are your grandparents aware of the possible financial consequences? Some government agencies play pretty fast and loose with asset forfeiture. Would they like to lose their home if it turns out that your cousin is dealing? posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 12:27 PM on July 24, 2006
Do you really think he'd ask you to do it just to irritate you?
Based on my horrible experiences with the Cambridge-area USPS, I'd say this is entirely possible. You may even have the same obnoxious mail carrier that I did. I had previously lived in places where your name was not required to be on the box; after several days of no mail, I called the station and determined that policy is determined at a local level, so they can essentially set... [more] posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 5:35 PM on July 18, 2006
I used to face away from the shower head, but I found that my hair tangled less if I faced the shower head: something about the water hitting the crown of my head at the wrong angle. But I'm a short girl, so this may not apply for you.
If your shampoo is dripping in your eyes, use less shampoo. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 3:21 PM on June 27, 2006
Not unfounded. I had this happen (with the exception of the bad feedback) with a rather expensive set of bar exam books I sold. Paypal will ask for proof that the parcel has shipped if the buyer wants to do a chargeback. If you don't have this, you're SOL. I would think that recorded delivery (delivery confirmation in the USA) would fulfill Paypal's requirement but am not sure. posted to Ask MetaFilter by amber_daleat 9:57 AM on June 26, 2006