@grog Highly recommend Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching novels (The Wee Free Men is the first one). They're great fun and definitely not dark. Patricia Wrede's Dealing with Dragon series is good, too. Or classic Doctor Dolittle?
One thing: find an eyedoctor and/ or dentist, make an appointment with said professional. There are many other things, but I'm out of contacts and my prescription's expired, so this is the top One Thing.
@Marille Second option- look up model number of oven on the internet, see if that bolt can be purchased as a replacement part, have it shipped to your house. Possibly easier than Home Depot depending on your transit options/ location.
@lemonadefish Just called mine yesterday to do the same thing! (It turns out that you really do have to press the confirm button when you submit a payment D:). They were very nice about it and it took basically no time at all- just "oh, you've paid on time for the last 12 months, yep, you're eligible." I'm glad I'm not the only one, though...
@cryptolect If you hit a magic balance point of making enough money to save for retirement but not toooo much money, I think there's also a tax credit. (Yep- if you made less than $28,750 AGI and still managed to save for retirement, there's a credit- according to about.com, so- more research recommended)
@EmilyAnomaly Mint's estimate for what we need for retirement is about double what our financial planner came up with. I can't figure out what its base draw-down rate is, or whether it wants you to live on interest and let your heirs inherit the principle. But employer estimates always assume a rate of return in the 7% ish range, and I usually assume 3-4% (I think our planner assumed 4%? I'd have to double check), so the employer savings calculators are usually too low for me (I am pessimistic and risk adverse, so...)
@MissMushkila Vital wheat gluten! That will up the protein content in your dough, which should help with elasticity. Maybe throw in some semolina flour too. The New York Times had a whole wheat pie crust that was essentially a bread dough that would probably make a decent pizza crust. It's heavy on the olive oil, so it's easy to roll and handle. And King Arthur Flour is always my go-to for all things baking- they suggest an overnight rise, which would also help with flavor and texture.
@ThatJenn I use the same philosophy for hair ties that my father used for pairs of scissors- keep buying more until no matter where you look, you always find one. I try to round them up on occasion, but I'd much rather have too many than not be able to find one when I need it...
@andnowlights The cross cut stuff can't be recycled, but you can compost it- there are places in my city that will actually collect material for compost- maybe there are some near you?
@RiffRandell Have you tried a Zip It drain cleaner? It's basically a mini-drain snake, but plastic so you can't accidentally scratch the crap out of your tub/ sink/ whatever. Should be maybe $4 at any hardware store. It also sounds like there's a non-zero possibility that it's your plumbing vent that's the problem. Basically, in order for water to drain down pipes, air has to be able to flow in to replace the space the water occupied. If you're getting kitchen sink detritus in your tub, it might be that vent for your tub is plugged and the vacuum is pulling air (and onion!) from your kitchen sink instead. Unless you are fond of climbing around on roofs I'd recommend a professional for that one.