February 17th, 2014

Hamilton

US-centric question

Who is your favorite forgotten president? (e.g., Rutherford B. Hayes, Millard Fillmore, etc.)

Who is your favorite President in general?

Who is your least favorite President (besides GWB?)

Please feel free to provide detailed responses. :)
Argus on desk

Should I go to my cousin's bridal shower?

I've been invited to attend my cousin's bridal shower, which is in a couple of weeks, and I'm not sure if I should go.
  • I've never been especially close with this cousin.
  • I will send a gift either way.
  • I don't really enjoy this type of thing.
  • It is about 300 miles and 5 hours (one-way) from where I live.
  • My mom is going, and the shower happens to be on my mom's birthday.
  • I used to live about an hour from my parents, but I just moved about 8 hours away from them, and I probably won't see my mom again until the wedding in May. But I just saw her less than 2 weeks ago when she helped me move.

    Poll #1957115 Should I go to my cousin's bridal shower?

    Should I attend my cousin's bridal shower?

    Yes - what's distance when it comes to family?
    12(15.2%)
    No - 600 miles and 10 hours is too far; just send a nice gift.
    67(84.8%)
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(no subject)

Poll #1957042 Poll going on ages mate...

Which is your favourite decade (be it for fasion, music, architecture, economic factors, your personal sense of happiness, back when you still had friends, you had a wife, you didn't have a wife, when it wasn't dangerous to walk down the street etc...) has been or is your FAVOURITE?

I HATE THEM ALL. EVEN THE ONES I WASN'T HERE FOR.
3(7.5%)
I am like, a time-traveller, and I cannot like, explain my favorite decade because it is not like any you've experienced
3(7.5%)
The previous century's naughtish years
1(2.5%)
The previous century's Teen years
0(0.0%)
The Twenties
3(7.5%)
The Thirties
1(2.5%)
The Forties
3(7.5%)
The Fifities
2(5.0%)
The Sixties
3(7.5%)
The Seventies
3(7.5%)
The Eighties
3(7.5%)
The Nineties
8(20.0%)
The Naughties
3(7.5%)
The Teens
0(0.0%)
The present
4(10.0%)

Which of the aforementioned decades have been 'acceptable' in your opinion? ANY THAT YOU DO NOT TICK WILL COLLAPSE IN ON THEMSELVES AND CEASE TO EXIST FOR THE REMAINDER OF TIME!

I LOVE THEM ALL TOO MUCH. EVEN THE ONES I WASN'T HERE FOR.
14(7.0%)
I am like, a time-traveller, and I cannot like, destroy my most-hated decade because it is not like any you've experienced
8(4.0%)
The previous century's naughtish years
10(5.0%)
The previous century's Teen years
9(4.5%)
The Twenties
16(8.0%)
The Thirties
9(4.5%)
The Forties
12(6.0%)
The Fifities
15(7.5%)
The Sixties
19(9.5%)
The Seventies
16(8.0%)
The Eighties
19(9.5%)
The Nineties
15(7.5%)
The Naughties
11(5.5%)
The Teens
13(6.5%)
The present
14(7.0%)

Ticky?

OM YES, TICKYYYY.
27(100.0%)

(no subject)

Have you guys ever gone away to escape the cold to a sunny destination and had it rain most of the time? First world vacation problems over here.

Do you have any creative ideas for what I can do indoors while I wait for the rain to cease? (I'm with my mom so sex is out of the question). I'm in Honolulu if that helps.
Nynaeve

Gifts

Hey TQC -

I have friends who recently became an open foster family. They just had a placement of two girls in the 3-7 age range (she's going from three kids to five). I'm very excited for them and I wanted to send gifts to the two girls. What would be appropriate? I want it to be something they can take with them should they return to their parents. I don't live in the same state, so something I can mail would be good.

I don't even know if I'm phrasing this right or asking the right questions (so apologies if I've said something I shouldn't have with regards to all of this - I'm trying to be super sensitive and have been reading up on articles and such, but all of them talk about practical things that would be great... if I lived nearby). This is my BFF which is why it's a huge deal for me, because I know how excited she's been. I'm also trying to think of ways to help her from afar as well. (I don't have a lot of money as we have our own issues right now we're going through).

Also, what's a good way to stay connected with a friend going through a transition? Her life has gotten chaotic, so I'm trying to find ways to let her know I still remember her even if we can't talk as much as we normally do (I miss her already! LOL) while keeping my expectations from her light to non-existent. We've been friends for a long while so I know she'll reach out to me when she's able. Right now I write letters, so I'll probably continue to do that, or even cards (she knows that I don't expect her to write back, I'm a letter writer by nature and I just like doing it)... what are some other creative ways?

Any other suggestions?

DK/DC - So I beat all the levels on Candy Crush and I'm waiting for new ones (don't judge, it's a fun activity while nursing). What are some other fun FB games? I was playing Papa Pear but got to an irritating level and it doesn't have the same appeal. I didn't much like Pet Rescue Saga either (boo).
Take a Look

phones for my ears

Hola, TQC!

What kind of headphones would you recommend to someone with a budget of $25? Earbuds are preferable, but anything that's not made of that fake leather stuff (like this – I'm allergic to it :() is okay. Has to be at Best Buy (I have a gift card)

Durable is MUST. I don't know what I'm doing but it seems headphones only last me about 6 months, regardless of price point.

Thanks, guys! :)

What would you buy at Best Buy?

(no subject)

Hi TQC!

So I am expecting a daughter at the end of May. :) My son will be 22 months when she is born. For those of you who have had two kids close in age I have a few questions:

1.) What was harder than you expected?
2.) What was easier than you expected?

And 3.) Will you tell me about some of the logistics of when you went into labor? I'm nervous because I have my son to worry about now and my biggest fear is that it will happen at a time that isn't good for my son. My mom will be watching him and he knows and likes her, but he hasn't spent much time away from me/my husband. I just get nervous about things like, if I go into labor in the middle of the night he will wake up and I am just gone and that will upset him... etc etc etc. :P I know whatever happens will happen and he will be fine in the end, but I always feel better reading about other situations, good or bad. :D

Thanks everyone. :)
Grumpy Angel

(no subject)

I need a new book to read, but our library's online system for ebooks is very difficult to browse.  It's much easier to know exactly what you're looking for.  As such, will you tell me the title of a book you have read recently and really enjoyed, and a one-sentence synopsis of the plot?  I'm really not into horror, and mysteries are not my favorite, but I'm sucker for good characters and storytelling!
snowman

(no subject)

I get upper chest pain - a tightening, clenching pain in an arc around the top left of my chest - when I eat. It doesn't matter what I eat. It's not a burning sensation and I don't have acid reflux. The pain was so severe last summer that I could hardly eat, especially in the evenings. It got better and now it's getting more severe again. I have fibromyalgia and have had for 9 years - but this is a new symptom as of last spring.

Does anyone know what it might be?! I went to lots of doctors but nobody knows anything :(