Super General Advice (the thread for advice without making a thread)

Discussion in 'General Advice' started by NevermorePoe, May 8, 2017.

  1. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

    How to buy gift? For sister???

    I've finally hit the last person on my Christmas list and she's near impossible to buy for YoY
    Okay, that's exaggerating, but still! Her likes basically amount to hard to follow music tastes, weed and weed paraphernalia, and ranch hand stuff like tools and... Idk, cows? I still don't understand her job and I really want to but I just can't grok the technical stuff :(
    Buying range is 40 dollars tops and I know that's not a lot but I just want to make her smile please help
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  2. theambernerd

    theambernerd dead to all sense of shame

    Are you close at all?? I know it's sappy and vulnerable but i've honestly had it go really good to just give cash and a heartfelt card-- specifically, my sister gave me straight cash a few years back when i was just out of college and tight on money, and this year i know was hard on her so i returned the favor and wrote in the card how much it meant to me that she just gave me cash when that's the main things i needed... so obviously that's a personal circumstance that's not super transferrable but.. y'know, drawing on that good good relationship history and shared experience is always good if that's something that exists between you-- gift giving is a way, in the end, to let people know that you think about and appreciate them and like... people just like knowing that they matter to you in the end
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  3. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

    That's a good idea! I think I'll draw her something and buy a related gift, she has seemed to like art from me in the past and that way I can express something more heartfelt

    She can be hard to get close to and so can I, and despite living in the same house communication or even simple contact is few and far between. I think she'll like the reminder that I still think of her maybe
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  4. Acey

    Acey dancing there in the moonbeam rays

    So I’m moving at some point in the not-too-distant future. I don’t know the exact dimensions of the apartment off the top of my head, but it’s a fairly small studio.

    Does anyone have advice re: furniture and storage—stuff I’m likely to want, where to find a good deal, etc.?
  5. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    I'd recommend checking if there's a Habitat for Humanity ReStore anywhere nearby. They sell donated used furniture that's usually decent-quality and in okay shape, which you can't always say for stuff you find at thrift stores.

    (Also, when I first moved out, it didn't occur to me that "furnished apartment" didn't include "shower curtain," so make sure you've got the easily-forgettable stuff like that. Or like. Clothes hangers.)
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  6. theambernerd

    theambernerd dead to all sense of shame

    My experience having just moved to an unfurnished bedroom for the first time was just last week... if you're looking cheap, for-now solutions the little plastic wire assemble-yourself boxes like you see people using for their art displays at a con artist alley have been my savior for storage. easy to fold up and down, will hold your clothes that don't hang in a pinch

    also, i'm currently living the floor mattress life and unless you really have trouble with standing in the morning it's not bad. mattress is essential, bedframe can wait a week or two. I also have a folding plastic picnic table in place of a desk while I wait for my desk to arrive, also perfectly functional and easy to move around

    don't forget your towels!!! I always forget towels until the first day I go to take a shower in a new place. I forgot my towels in my last two moves, and one of those was international
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  7. swirlingflight

    swirlingflight inane analysis and story spinning is my passion

    Take a look on Facebook to see if there's a Buy Nothing group in the area, people put up things that are usable that they don't want anymore, sometimes a good way to get good stuff)
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  8. Emma

    Emma Your resident resident

    It's also good to remember that you don't have to get everything all at the same time. It's perfectly okay to only be half furnished for a while.

    What personally helped me was asking family members if they had anything going spare. They gave me some really cool stuff they didn't want any more.
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  9. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

    It can technically wait while other furnishings are done, but a big problem for me when moving is lighting. Assess what kind of bulbs you may need for existing lighting, and consider some cheap lamps for whatever area you end up using most. You'll avoid a lot of (literal sometimes) headaches
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  10. Deresto

    Deresto Foolish Mortal

    Oh, and unless you've got access to a free laundry washer and dryer, something that can be made fun is picking out a fun quarter jar, and other laundry supplies! Look for safe laundry soaps, maybe a cute portable hamper, dryer balls, stuff like that. Also a shower caddy or one of those hang-over-the-spigot shower shelves if you haven't already got any for your bathroom. Oh, and trash cans! Trash cans are your friend
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  11. LadyNighteyes

    LadyNighteyes Wicked Witch of the Radiant Historia Fandom

    Does anyone know anything about best practices for painting/generally renovating a room? I need to repaint my bathroom, but the building I'm in wasn't exactly well-built in the first place and also hasn't been particularly well maintained- e.g. when I tried to remove the old caulk around the shower so I could redo it, it turned out to have been painted over so many times that when I pulled it off it took the bottom edge of the paint off the wall with it. It's a rental, so it's not my responsibility to fix everything, but I'd like to do the best job I reasonably can since I have to live with it (and right now I can certainly tell stuff like that whoever painted it last didn't use painter's tape around the shower, painted over the baseboards, and didn't bother painting behind the toilet tank). Tips? Advice on how to make sure it's not obvious that there was a ring of damaged paint on the wall just above the top of the shower that someone painted over? General suggestions to avoid creating more things that I will extremely notice forever?
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  12. Loq


    If it's had as many layers as it sounds like to be peeling off in layers, you'll want to sand down at least the edges of the damage ring-- if not the entire wall, so this doesn't happen again. (And obviously if you find water damage anywhere, that should be dealt with before any paint goes overtop-- paint will not save structural faults.)
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  13. ChelG

    ChelG Well-Known Member

    I'm getting an error message when I try to reblog from a specific Tumblr. It's not the same as the "this post cannot be reblogged" message that happens when I'm blocked by the user, but the helpdesk page isn't actually very helpful. It looks like this.
    Does anyone know what's going on?
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