June 24th, 2014

god bless the world

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I am writing a story about high school girl who is being stalked by her teacher.

I have also invested some energy in the subplot that her mother committed suicide, although the timing isn't worked out yet.

Without resorting to any obvious Freudian puns, how would you connect these two story lines?

Why did she kill herself?  And how does that relate to the main plot of being  chased by a psycho high school music teacher?

Please, I am so stuck on this.  I need fresh eyes.


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I'm thinking of taking a trip to Mood (a fabric store, famous from Project Runway) in New York. Has anyone ever been?

What dress pattern should I make and therefore buy fabric for at Mood? I'd prefer something more casual than dressy so I can wear it whenever.

Do you sew? What's the last thing you made? I just finished a bag using this general pattern: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2013/07/two-tone-fabric-totes-2-variations.html but I quilted the top and bottom halves.
Animals - Bad Pun Dog

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I'm heading on a couple of vacations in the next month and I need some suggestions on books to download for my trips! I want stuff that's not too involved or heavy but I like things with a bit of substance (one of my favorite books like that is Water for Elephants for example). I'm open to any suggestions as long as I can get it cheap on the nook or kindle app. Genre doesn't really matter, though lately I've been reading mostly YA books and Game of Thrones series with a Stephen King thrown in.

What books would you suggest I download for my trips?

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What are the biggest cultural differences between the UK and the US that you know of? What are your thoughts on these?

What is your response to people who tell you eating out in a waste of money?

It's my 23rd birthday tomorrow and I will be on holiday in Rhodes, Greece. What shall I do to celebrate?

Who is the worst and best boss you've had?
iasip; longjohns

Sims 2 Expansion Packs?

So, I'm a big The Sims 2 player! After playing the game plain jane for awhile, I finally decided to get an expansion pack to make things more interesting once I started getting bored. So I got Seasons for Christmas last year, and loved it. But now that I've had it awhile, once again the game is wearing a bit thin so I'm thinking about getting a second expansion pack. I'm trying to decide which one to go with, so I figured I might ask any of my fellow Simmers out here in TQC Land if they have any recommendations? What are your favorite expansion packs for The Sims 2?

Right now I'm leaning towards FreeTime, since one of my favorite things to do in the game is just have my Sims climb the career ladders, and it has a handful of new careers that sound fun. (The main reason I went with Seasons for my first expansion pack.) So if anyone has that one, I'd love to know what it's like and if it's any good. But I'm open to all suggestions - whatever expansion pack you think deserves a high recommendation, feel free to do so. :D

Which wine to get?

I'm hosting a fondue party on Thursday. I don't drink anymore and when I did I never liked wine. I want to get a couple of bottles to serve. I was thinking something light and inexpensive (super cheap if possible but still be yummy??) and available at the supermarket. Any suggestions? Are 2 bottles enough for 7 guests? I'll also have other drinks for any other non-drinkers.

ETA - thanks for all the input!! I decided to make it BYOB so I don't end up buying something unpalatable. 


I have two weeks off at the end of summer and can't find anyone to go somewhere with for one of the weeks. Trying to decide if I should still go somewhere or just spend the whole time chilling at my parents'.
For what it's worth, I'm a 20-something year old woman, well travelled and been on plenty of day trips etc myself.

Have you ever been on holiday by yourself?
What about with a tour group?

Is it weird to post on my Facebook asking for holiday companions? (I've already asked closest friends)

And as i can't decide where to go, if I do go:
Is there a website that tells you where the cheapest flights are to if you put in your start point and dates?

Where shall I go?
I'll be flying either from Frankfurt or London. Probably easiest to stick to Europe. I'd like to go to a new country, so not: France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Austria, Italy, Croatia, Greece, the UK, Ireland or Sweden.

Hotel Pools

I live in an area with lots of tourism...and I would give anything to have a place to swim laps in the early morning hours. I was thinking about asking the closest hotel if I could pay them a little something (per month perhaps?) to have access to the pool during low-trafficked hours (I would probably typically swim around 4:30 or 5 in the morning).

What would you say to a hotel concierge in this situation? How much money would be appropriate to offer for an hour swim five days a week?

Also, have you ever sneaked into a hotel pool before? How did it go?