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Here is an infographic about different ways to tie your shoes for different shoe-related concerns. Do they work? I guess we’ll find out!
A twitter account that enumerates chill situations. Laneia thought you might like this.
a big beautiful old tree
oh my god look
there's all those birds
— Chill Situations (@chillsitch) September 8, 2015
I feel sort of dumb saying this because maybe you all already know it? But in case you don’t: there are still people out there whose livelihood is repairing shoes, and it’s a great service! You can very likely find someone in your area who will refurbish and resole your winter boots for $30-50 instead of you buying brand new winter boots for $100; you don’t necessarily have to get rid your favorite pair of flats that are horrific-looking right now but you can’t replace because they’re discontinued! The best person on earth at this is Walter, an Amish cobbler near Bird-In-Hand in PA, but whichever shoe repair person lives near you is probably great too, check Yelp.
HEY do you have a Brita filter pitcher thing? When was the last time you changed the filter in it? They should be changed every 3 months or so, just FYI.
Last column I suggested you buy a humidifier! If you did, congrats on your more comfortable living space. You should know that they do develop dirt and gunk inside eventually, like anything else, so in a few months you should probably clean it. Here’s how!
They always say you should write a thank you note after a job interview, and it’s nice to send one after someone has you over for the first time or if they buy you a bouncy castle or something, I don’t know. Here’s some very detailed tips on how to write the best thank-you note ever.
This is an article about how to say “no thank you” to things and also how to respond when someone else says no thank you to you! It’s ostensibly about food, like saying no thank you to being offered food you don’t want, because it’s on the Kitchn, but I feel like it translates pretty solidly to the rest of our lives too.
If you are still a person who eats Chipotle (I am! Because I don’t eat meat and have convinced myself that you can’t get food poisoning/ill from eating vegetables; please don’t disabuse me of this notion even if I am wrong, let me dream), you can get a free Chipotle burrito this week.
If fancy intimate evenings at home are more your style than Chipotle, here’s five steps to a romantic Valentine’s dinner at home.
It’s still tax season! Taxes! They’re coming! Last time in this column we talked about finding an accountant and/or free volunteer tax prep help. Let’s imagine, for a second, the worst-case scenario and that you don’t get your taxes filed, because it’s always better to have more information than less! Mental Floss has a piece on what happens when you don’t pay your taxes on time.
I didn’t know that Lifehacker had monthly money challenges! Now I do. This month’s is about negotiating to lower your monthly bills.
The US Presidential election is still months away, but it’s never too early to register to vote. In some states you can register to vote online! Here’s how to look up whether you can and make it happen if you’re in the US, and here’s a resource for those living in the UK.
A long time ago I found a #lifehack somewhere that said if you keep unripe avocados in a paper bag with some bananas, the enzymes released from the bananas as they ripen will help hurry the unripe avocados along too. This week was the first time I happened to have both unripe avocados and bananas in the house at the same time, and I can report that the avocados did indeed ripen in about a day and a half of being in the paper bag. Unfortunately I forgot to leave one avocado out of the bag so I could see how fast it ripened sans banana, so this isn’t actually much of a tip, but I don’t know, maybe you want to try it too!
I do not listen to Note to Self, which I believe is a podcast, but they’re doing an interest project called Infomagical meant to help you cut down on information overload and be generally more well. Officially the challenge was Feb 1-5, so technically it’s over, but you can still listen to recordings explaining each of the challenges and try them on your own. Maybe you’ll find it helpful!