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NYC ACA signup

In NYC, need to sign up for ACA Insurance plan today. I’m out of spoons (tired, pain, anxious, ashamed). The library I was going to go to (thompkins square park branch) doesn’t have someone coming in today (when I called this morning at 11 they said the person would be in at 2, that person is unable to go in today). I’m locked out of the online portal. Who should I go see?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 11:31 AM on December 14, 2017 (14 comments)

Traveling internationally with a cooking knife.

Is a cooking knife in checked luggage a problem going into or out of China? From Tokyo. With a US citizen.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 5:30 AM on December 3, 2017 (4 comments)

Help me find an NYC Therapist

Please help me choose some NYC therapists to visit. This person takes Aetna, has a trauma informed approach, goes a bit further than DBT skills can take me, and understands that ADHD is different in women than in men. Perhaps someone with a proficiency in Bessel Van der Kolk’s work, as I’m also not dealing well with some complicated grief that’s associated with really fucked up childhood attachment stuff. No triggers in the rest of the ask.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 8:52 AM on November 27, 2017 (3 comments)

Dermatologist in NYC

Please help me choose a dermatologist in NYC. This dermatologist will accept Aetna, be near the N/R in brooklyn or Manhattan, and won’t shame me for having all these unattended moles and this other thing on my head.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 6:14 PM on November 15, 2017 (10 comments)


I need an NYC ENT with a friendly staff and not horrific scheduling/availability (NP or PA is fine with me!) that takes Aetna. Bay Ridge or Brooklyn/Manhattan on the N/R line preferably below 59 Street/Columbus Circle. Bonus points if you saw them for nosebleeds. My chronic nosebleeds have returned to being two or three times a day and I’m currently having my second nosebleed of the morning.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 5:26 AM on November 13, 2017 (7 comments)

Cheapest place to get a Neti pot in NYC tonight?

I have an unlimited metro card, time, the beginnings of a cold, and not much money. What is the cheapest place I can pick up a Neti pot (plastic or ceramic is fine, the squeeze bottle is not ok) and maybe even the fine salt?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 3:09 PM on October 25, 2017 (6 comments)

My IUD has never really felt right. Help me proceed?

I got an IUD back in April. It hurts all the time. I'm going to make an appointment to have it looked at this week. What do I say when I'm there so that they take me seriously/what can I expect them to do to investigate without them just taking it out? It seems to be my best bet for long term birth control given my tolerance for hormones.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 4:34 PM on September 10, 2017 (12 comments)

A question about pickling okra

I have 72 ounces of okra with the stems ends entirely removed. All the photos of pickled okra that I can find just have the stem removed. What will this do to the okra when it's pickled and water bath canned? I don't want to can 12 jars of this stuff if it's going to be slimy. I know that pickling mitigates the slime, but of course, these okra are overtrimmed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 6:51 AM on July 26, 2017 (7 comments)

Tribeca Tailor?

I have been tasked with finding a tailor in or very near to Tribeca in New York City. They ideally are open at 7:00am or open until 7:00pm. And this tailor can take in the waist of a pair of pants without making one of the rear pockets off center to the seam. Chinatown is fine as long as it's west of the Canal street 456/NQR station. Other Manhattan neighborhoods considered if the work is really spectacular and inexpensive.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 4:53 AM on August 4, 2016 (2 comments)

Fixing cast iron stove grates after dishwasher

In a moment of desperation I put some cast iron stove grates in a dishwasher. They're done washing. What do I do now? I'm kind of terrified that I've ruined them. Please explain to me like I'm five. And scared.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 1:44 PM on October 12, 2015 (9 comments)

Songs in the Key of Suck Major

I'd like to make a mix of songs that say "everything sucks" for a group of people who I know for sure would appreciate and enjoy it.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 12:04 PM on September 1, 2015 (86 comments)

Inviting a priest to lunch?

In the greater NYC area, when having a child baptized in a small private Catholic ceremony, is it normal/accepted/expected to invite the nun and the priest participating to a restaurant lunch after the service? Also in addition to the offering for the baptism, should the parents give an additional, uh, tip? To the priest and nun since they are living off a small stipend.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 5:48 AM on August 17, 2015 (7 comments)

Lost my iPhone 4s in Manhattan

My iPhone 4s was lost in Manhattan today, and has been traced to a very different neighborhood. I went there with a friend and it's in an area with lots of cars and apartments, so finding it's exact location is not as easy as if it were in a house that had a big yard. Or any yard. What else can I do to potentially get my phone back?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 7:49 PM on July 28, 2015 (12 comments)

What else do I need to know my at home manicure?

So the current nail tech FPP on the blue, and my comment inside have me wondering what other tips and tricks there are for at home hand care.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 2:36 PM on May 7, 2015 (24 comments)

What do I need to know about having a seasonal wardrobe?

I have not lived in a place with seasons since I was 13. Now I do. Help a poor person take good care of her belongings so she don't have to replace them in a few months.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 6:14 AM on April 16, 2015 (7 comments)

seeking books in Spanish on Amazon Kindle

Please help me find books on Amazon Kindle that are free, or part of the unlimited program, or are less than $2. Duolingo says I can understand 75%-80% of Spanish newspaper articles. I would self report that I am a minimally competent Spanish speaker/reader, with English as my first language.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 2:14 PM on March 7, 2015 (7 comments)

How do you wear a winter coat with a blazer?

I find myself in the realm of needing to wear a winter coat on a regular basis in the nearish future. A winter coat with other layers underneath. As a person who really hates cold, and owns a few blazers, I am hoping to wear them sometimes with a winter coat. But how? Is it as simple as wearing a blazer to the store and finding a coat the fits over the blazer? And oh god, how do you do that?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 1:10 PM on September 26, 2014 (16 comments)

Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

What delicious things do you make with cheddar cheese? Breakfast, snacks, lunches, sandwiches, dinners, all are welcome.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 6:31 AM on April 10, 2014 (37 comments)

I need your secrets for Yard Sale Success

I have to have a yard sale next weekend for reasons. I need your tips to help me maximize this experience by decreasing stress and increasing income.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 2:40 PM on March 22, 2014 (22 comments)

Things to do with hummus

What interesting (food) things do you make with hummus? Sandwich combinations? Other ideas?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 9:16 AM on December 26, 2013 (22 comments)

I need more information about advocating for myself in the American Health Care system

So this was me commenting a bit ago about how some views toward health care actually damage the lives of real people. And now I need advice, because the situation has grown so far out of my control and I think I’ll go out of my mind with worry.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 7:05 PM on September 26, 2012 (52 comments)

What art have you seen that addresses illness, healing, or fertility?

What great art have you seen that addresses illness/healing/fertility loss?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 9:16 PM on September 18, 2012 (7 comments)

All dressed up and nowhere to go?

Help me find or create a calendar of events in Orlando that would be suitable for a couple in a tuxedo and gown or cocktail dress. Not just things that are in the near future, but year round types of things!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 8:51 AM on June 28, 2012 (1 comment)

Need cute boots for my narrow feet and narrow calves

Recently stumbled on this years ago question about a search for boots with narrow calves. I have this problem too!
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 10:21 AM on June 3, 2012 (6 comments)

Need help naming a polydactyl girl kitten

Name the kitten. Polydactyl edition. Details and pictures within.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 4:11 PM on April 21, 2012 (52 comments)

I want recipes for Chicken Casseroles, please.

Your favorite Chicken Casseroles with real vegetables and no hash browns? What is in them? How much? Double points for links to recipes that you love. Please limit my need to think or experiement.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 2:14 PM on February 29, 2012 (20 comments)

My brain wants me to hate myself. My self wants me to finish college. Help.

Please help me make a plan to deal with the aftermath of this episode of severe depression. For various reasons I would really prefer not to be enrolled in college again next semester. It's long, I'm sorry, but I wrote this too quickly to pare things out.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 7:41 PM on November 30, 2011 (12 comments)

What should I make with fake Crab?

Recipes for Krab with a K, also known as "fake crab" or "surimi." Preferably not sushi rolls.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 2:43 PM on October 29, 2011 (24 comments)

Help me decide how to get this job!

I think I'm interested in a job as a "field consultant" with a specific franchise tutoring company. Is my plan feasible/reasonable? This is the first job posting I've seen in months that has gotten me excited.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 8:06 PM on September 29, 2011 (6 comments)

Songs like Melanie Safka's Brand New Key?

"I'm really enjoying Melanie Safka's Brand New Key right now for a particular mood I'm in. What other songs convey that angsty 'I really want to keep having hot sex with you, but you could care less' while being relatively upbeat?" asking for a friend. I never thought I'd say that, and I always thought it was baloney.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 10:04 AM on July 29, 2011 (16 comments)

How do I get this shower floor ready for shower pan and/or tile?

What do I do about this shower situation? The step down shower floor is a mess and has tile sticking up from it, it's lumpy and uneven. I'm in charge of getting this bathroom put together, and I want to make sure it's done correctly. Tools don't scare me. A long explanation with a SLYT.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 1:24 PM on May 7, 2011 (6 comments)

Forced to redecorate the bedroom. Halp!

So. This renovation just keeps getting worse. Now the bedroom is involved. Help me brainstorm new flooring, wall color, and keep me sane.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 1:21 PM on April 26, 2011 (8 comments)

Choosing shower floor tile shouldn't be this hard.

Now I need help choosing tile for the shower floor. Is the one I picked going to hurt me? I know you are not my tile setter but I've got to order tile soon. Testing the tile before ordering is not an option.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 12:37 PM on April 14, 2011 (12 comments)

The bathroom needs lights. LED lights. Please.

Please help me find LED lighting options for the bathroom.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 4:58 PM on March 25, 2011 (7 comments)

Need specific inspiration images for shabby chic bathroom.

I need inspiration for an impending South Florida master bathroom remodel. I like a shabby chic style, and I understand the principles, but desperately need specific images for a bathroom that totals 45 sq feet outside of the shower stall, and probably more like 30-35 sq feet once you subtract the water closet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 6:51 PM on February 25, 2011 (9 comments)

A poopy cloth diaper by any other name would still smell like a poopy diaper.

Help me brainstorm names for a friends South Florida natural mothering store, with online presence, eventually transitioning into a brick and mortar location while maintaining the website.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 12:59 PM on February 12, 2011 (18 comments)

“I still have my feet on the ground, I just wear better shoes.” Oprah

Shoes for a man. From a woman who knows only the barest bit more about fashion than he does. Difficulty: for an engineer who wears mostly khaki slacks and jeans, wants to look a little sharper at work, and wants to be more comfortable working out and dancing (resoling for dancing is perfectly fine). Bonus points: men's 11 AAA (yes, that's 3 A).
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 5:17 PM on December 8, 2010 (17 comments)

Foods? Show me how to freeze them?

Piggy backing on my previous question about freezer friendly foods for a workplace drama fridge- now I need at home freezer help - how to freeze a variety of stuff so I can stop tossing out wilted celery, slimy mashed potatoes, etc. I have some ideas and need your input (or commiseration). What foods/ingredients do you freeze, amd how? Specifics inside, and begging for advice with freezables not listed.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 7:14 PM on November 5, 2010 (26 comments)

Help me pack a lunch for the whole week.

Packing lunch with two restrictions: weekly bringing, and an office fridge that freezes things regularly.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 6:58 PM on October 23, 2010 (18 comments)

You give me a recipe and make me a Puff Daddy?

I bought a box of frozen puff pastry. I live alone. Please help me make it into delcious meals for one, preferably with leftovers I can bring for lunch the next day (so, serves 4 might be ok). Savory and sweet. (I'm already hoping an apple thing, and maybe an apples/walnuts/cheese thing)
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 6:27 AM on October 12, 2010 (19 comments)

Give me all the steamy details...

Inspired by today's question about choosing between garment steamers, I've just decided that I need need need a garment steamer, because I am not equipped to iron. My budget is smaller, and so is my storage.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 9:37 AM on October 1, 2010 (6 comments)

Yogurt sauces. I want to make some.

Your favorite yogurt/yoghurt sauce/dip recipes. I want them. Sour cream sauces are good too, if you have them.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 5:39 AM on August 13, 2010 (20 comments)

It's no use carrying an umbrella if your shoes are leaking. Irish Proverb

Shoe Filter. Cute, affordable, and comfortable. I'm not willing to pick only two. Metafilter, I want to be cute and summery this summer, and my small shoe wardrobe does not support that. Also, I am a special snowflake with slightly weird feet.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 11:41 AM on April 6, 2010 (31 comments)

God doesn't actually offer special supervision of idiots. I don't either.

Camping and general outdoor sports filter. Inspired by the camping stove question below, and a recent near disaster of canoe camping, how do vet potential sport companions?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 6:12 AM on February 16, 2010 (18 comments)

All I want for Christmas is...two butt cheeks

Ravenously hungry in the middle of the night, lazy, and bored with my known options. Also: eating plenty in the daylight. Bonus round: I'm poor.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 9:01 PM on December 17, 2009 (20 comments)

Look into my...ear

YANMD filter. I have had an earache for...a long time. I need a super low cost ENT type visit in the miami/fort lauderdale area.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 9:51 PM on November 17, 2009 (20 comments)

Honey, sometimes I have a hard time...Ooooh shiny!

Relationship filter: He's an Austrian in Austria, I'm an American in America, and I have ADHD/Inattentive type. He's not familiar with this concept. What books can I suggest to him?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 5:30 AM on October 18, 2009 (7 comments)

Tired of vending machine food!

I've read all the food questions. I have a new one. I need portable foods that don't need refrigeration or heating that can keep me alert and satisfied for 12ish hours.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 8:51 AM on August 25, 2008 (15 comments)

How do women know how to be women in America?

Is there academic research that claims that viewing of advertising material a ritual of genderization?
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 8:47 PM on April 28, 2007 (25 comments)

Seeking chronic pain treatment facility

My boyfriend's mother has suffered from a variety of chronic pain issues for roughly 15 years and is in the process of trying to find a facility that is best suited to her needs.
posted to Ask MetaFilter by bilabial at 6:11 AM on February 12, 2007 (6 comments)

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