I totally agree with croguesburg! I don't work in social media but I work for a small independent publisher with no dedicated marketing/PR/social media person. Everyone thinks I and my assistant can just do that stuff (on top of running the whole damn place on a shoestring budget) in our spare time, that it's easy,… » 11/25/14 1:55pm Yesterday 1:55pm

This is also really handy if your miles are about to expire. In United's program, for example, miles expire after 18 months of no activity. Getting even an overpriced bouquet of flowers is still cheaper than most plane tickets, so that's something to keep in mind. » 11/24/14 7:21am Monday 7:21am

This is a solid idea, but the execution is terrible. The sizes go up to XXL in tops, 16 in dresses and 20 in pants, which is okay but won't work for everyone (especially bearing in mind that the average dress size in the USA is a 14, so some larger sizes would be welcome). Also, the suggestions you get don't actually… » 11/24/14 6:13am Monday 6:13am

Totally agree. I love that no one is really 100% at fault for the rift between Lorelai and her parents. They're just really, really different people. And neither side reacts perfectly all the time (or even most of the time). But I love all three characters and their dynamic and how hard they work sometimes to come… » 11/24/14 3:04am Monday 3:04am

Academic journal editor here. From the rest of your replies, it sounds like the paper is 3,000 words long and deals with 3 sources that you're already familiar with, right? So you would have to write 1,000 words today, tomorrow and Tuesday. Only you know if that's doable for you! For many people that's very… » 11/23/14 4:26am Sunday 4:26am

Someone else mentioned this on the MP: kids. I wouldn't consider dating someone if they have kids. I'm just not interested in being a parent or a step-parent. I don't hate children, and I love my nieces and nephews and my friends' kids, but I have no desire to spend more time with them than I already do, and I really… » 11/22/14 4:28pm Saturday 4:28pm

I can't speak for the OP, but I wouldn't date a single parent with an eye to a serious relationship either. I just don't like children and have no desire to be a parent or step-parent. I live in an urban area where the population of single people without children in their 20s/30s/40s is large enough that I don't need… » 11/22/14 12:24pm Saturday 12:24pm

The Scottish parliament is a bit more spread out than the UK parliament so there's less grumbling (the grumbling is my favourite bit). They still yell sometimes and interrupt each other. So it's like less polite than North American parliaments/Congress, but a bit more polite than Westminster. » 11/22/14 4:09am Saturday 4:09am

I really like the epilogue, and I like that the ending is bittersweet at best. But the structure of the novel is a mess from when Katniss hits the Capitol until she's freaking locked away and out of the action while the new government gets sorted out. The last third (half?) of the book is terribly uneven in tone and… » 11/21/14 10:18am Friday 10:18am

I agree with this completely. I try to avoid either term wherever possible because I find both problematic. I don't have children by choice, but I don't want to imply that I am either lacking in children or free of the burden of children. I have friends and siblings who are ridiculously happy with their children, and… » 11/21/14 11:57am Friday 11:57am

GPs in the UK don't weigh patients nearly as often as they do in the US. I much prefer it (but then I would because I've been a fatty since I was three years old) but I also wonder how much gain US doctors actually get from weighing people at every appointment. Yes, rapid weight loss/gain can definitely have a link to… » 11/19/14 10:32am 11/19/14 10:32am

You have my sympathies! I'm going to side with some of the other voices here to encourage you to go to the training. It's a crappy situation, but it's temporary. By the end of one week you'll know whether the income will pay for your gas money, and if it doesn't you can redouble your efforts elsewhere. » 11/19/14 7:25am 11/19/14 7:25am

I absolutely could not disagree more with this comment. My husband died at age 31. We'd been together for 11 years and married for 8 (yes we got married younger than many people, but it actually worked quite well for us). After he died I went to therapy and was involved in a group for young widows and widowers, and… » 11/19/14 3:14am 11/19/14 3:14am

Top tip! I live in the UK so haven't actually been to a Walgreens or CVS in a few years - I was working from memory. But I'll tell my friends and family in the States! Every one I know keeps a bottle just in case for both the humans and pets in their lives. :) » 11/19/14 5:17am 11/19/14 5:17am