Tuesday open thread

We have an open thread all day.

Sleeping with the TV on may make you gain weight

Or it may not.  But I’ve seen enough reporting on the role of sleep in maintaining good health that I’m willing to believe it could be true.  Do you have a TV or other screen devices in your bedroom?  Do you watch in bed?

Upcoming topics:

Wednesday  —  Country clubs on the decline?  (July)
Thursday  —  Open thread
Friday  —  How many towels?  (July)
Sunday —  Politics open thread

Thursday open thread

We have an open thread all day.

Do you have a favorite World War II book?  I’m currently reading Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II, which IIRC was recommended here. It offers fascinating insight into an aspect of the war effort that has not previously received much attention.

Here’s a short informative video about D-Day:

Tuesday open thread

We have an open thread all day.

If you’re in the mood to rant, go right ahead.

Public Behavior – What Are Your Peeves?

This question set off a long and rambling thread.  Some complaints included taking a long time to pull out of parking spot (controversial), keyboard sounds not muted, slowpokes in the checkout line, kids in restaurants (also controversial), pedestrians who walk diagonally across the street in parking lots, and more.

Upcoming topics:

Wednesday  —  Faking it  (S&M)
Thursday  — Is it a sin, crime, or both?   (Swim)
Friday  —  What’s new in the world of laundry?   (Becky)
Sunday —  Politics open thread

Tuesday open thread

We have an open thread all day.

Here’s a starter topic.

Rise of the Lady Backpack
Some white-collar women are ditching their purses for a more practical toting solution. They say they’ll never go back.

For both men and women, what’s your preference for business or travel — backpack, tote bag, purse, briefcase, or something else?  If you use a backpack, do you go for a more stylish, professional version?

Tuesday open thread

We have an open thread all day.

Do you have an opinion on this?

Now that the holiday meal is over, I have a question.

Was invited to Easter Brunch at a friend’s home. Took several dishes and some liquor. There were leftovers which I would have taken some home but was never asked. I should have asked but didn’t think it was proper. When they come to my house I always offer and they accept. Is it okay to ask to take food home?

Upcoming topics:

Wednesday  —  Home affordability  (AustinMom)
Thursday  — Vision correction   (Finn)
Friday  —  What sparks special memories for you?  (Sheep Farmer)
Sunday —  Politics open thread

Tuesday open thread

We have an open thread all day.

Pick one.

As of earlier this morning we had no submitted posts in the pipeline except for those listed below.  I encourage you all to send in topics otherwise we’ll be seeing more open threads coming up.  That could work, too.  But if you have topics you’d like to see posted, send them in or put them in the comments here.

Upcoming topics:

Wednesday  —  Uncertainties are a sure thing (S&M)
Thursday  —  Open thread
Friday  —  Real estate topics  (July)
Sunday —  Politics open thread

Tuesday open thread

We have an open thread today.  What’s on your mind?

Upcoming topics:

Wednesday  —  Sleep  (S&M)
Thursday  —  Open thread
Friday  —  Your first apartment  (July)
Sunday —  Politics open thread

Tuesday open thread

Open thread all day.

Upcoming topics:

Wednesday  —  What’s On Your Grocery List?   (Seattle Soccer Mom)
Thursday  —  Open thread
Friday  —  Back in the day   (July)
Sunday —  Politics open thread

Thursday open thread

We have an open thread all day.

As always, if you don’t care to discuss this starter topic feel free to ignore it.  It’s been discussed a few times before.

From elementary school through college, girls are more disciplinedabout their schoolwork than boys; they study harder and get better grades. Girls consistently outperform boys academically. And yet, men nonetheless hold a staggering 95 percent of the top positions in the largest public companies.

What if those same habits that propel girls to the top of their class — their hyper-conscientiousness about schoolwork — also hold them back in the work force?

When investigating what deters professional advancement for women, the journalists Katty Kay and Claire Shipman found that a shortage of competence is less likely to be an obstacle than a shortage of confidence. When it comes to work-related confidence, they found men are far ahead. “Underqualified and underprepared men don’t think twice about leaning in,” they wrote. “Overqualified and overprepared, too many women still hold back. Women feel confident only when they are perfect.”

As a psychologist who works with teenagers, I hear this concern often from the parents of many of my patients. They routinely remark that their sons do just enough to keep the adults off their backs, while their daughters relentlessly grind, determined to leave no room for error. The girls don’t stop until they’ve polished each assignment to a high shine and rewritten their notes with color-coded precision.

Tuesday open thread

We have an open thread today.

For a starter you can take this challenge:

What do you pack for a one-week trip to . . . San Francisco?  Or San Diego?  Or pick another location.  Can you stick to carry-on?  What do you wear on the plane?

I was inspired by this thread:  Help Me Pack

Since I try to be a minimalist packer, I like the advice in this NYT article to leave behind ‘Most of the clothes you’re thinking of bringing’ and ‘Anything you “might” use’.

Upcoming topics:

Wednesday  —  Break down the silos  (Rhode)
Thursday  —  Open thread
Friday  —  Enjoy a cocktail and improve your Spanish   (July)
Sunday —  Politics open thread