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 Today 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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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 Yesterday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 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 Wednesday 3:14am

Hello! Looks like I'm late to the party (and usually I'm early - damn UK time) and people have given you some great poly resources - Ethical Slut is a great read. Fetlife also has some good poly groups, but - like any Fet group! - take things with a big pinch of salt. There seems to be a lot of fantasists running… » 11/18/14 7:09pm Tuesday 7:09pm

Hibiscrub, followed by a AHA or BHA lotion. Hibiscrub is what surgeons use to scrub up with before surgery and it kills yeast, fungus, germs - even MRSA. Actually, I discovered it when my husband contracted MRSA and we both bathed in it for two weeks. It really, really helped with my underboob area and also made my… » 11/18/14 8:33am Tuesday 8:33am

The Audible recordings are really good, too - or at least the UK ones are (I'm assuming US Audible sells the same version, by Anton Lesser, but I know sometimes they release multiple versions of popular books). He starts out almost too posh, but once you get used to his reading he's great and his voices for the… » 11/17/14 1:34pm 11/17/14 1:34pm

I've totally gone for coffee with kinky people and it's just been coffee. No big! I usually arrange to meet for coffee at a place I know well that's close to home but not so close that they could stalk me. Most times coffee itself is super short if I'm really just looking for a fuck buddy - we talk a bit about… » 11/15/14 1:56pm 11/15/14 1:56pm