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March 10, 2012

Mary asks…

Ladies, what color will look good for a room you want to have dimly lit?

I plan on having a floor lamp in my studio apt when I move in to my studio this weekend, so what color should I paint it to make the light look good off of it?

BTW, my furniture is cherry walnut and one thing is maroon.

Im a 26 year old male, btw

Administrator answers:

The lighter and brighter the color is, the more light it absorbs and reflects. Since you have cherry furniture dominating the wood accents, you may want to have a cream/white/very light beige with a red undertone to compliment the furniture. If a color has a red undertone, it looks warmer. If it has a blue undertone, it looks sharper.

Take a trip to home depot and pick color samples in the lightest beiges, and creams and whites with the red undertones. Bring them next to your furniture, check which color you like the best by inspecting how it looks early in the morning, later in the day and with the evening lighting option. You can eliminate color samples (chips) as you inspect. The one that stays is the color for you.

Good luck

Robert asks…

Help. Tell me what my dream means?

My dream starts out with me on my porch and there is this girl that pulls in the driveway. (I don’t really know her but I had seen her around before. ) She comes on to my porch and I am surprised by the visit. She looked like one of those alternative types of girls. I noticed she had a piercing in her lip and cheek but the rings weren’t there. We start to talk for a bit then I invite her inside my home. We walk in and this place looked nothing like the inside of my actual home it had more furniture and my studio apt doesn’t have a bedroom. Then I start to panic a little as I see different sets of panties lying everywhere, I try to pick them up before she notices. I get caught. She then says to me “I should have known what you were all about.” I turned away and got rid of the variety of thongs in my hand. I turn to my bedroom to see the girl already down in her underwear. She wants me to have sex with her obviously so I start to remove her bra and panties and then I get the feeling that I should get a condom to protect myself. So I tell her I am going to get a condom, but she doesn’t want me to. I say just hold on right here then I kissed her. She jumped up and told me by breath was rank and then she got dressed again and headed back outside. I went in her retro 80’s van to convince her to come back in and this where it gets even weirder. She looked nothing like how she looked in my home she somehow gained 50 pounds and switched her ethnicity. I don’t know why either. In my home she was white and skinny in her car she was chunky and black. But this doesn’t deter me from reconciling with her. I first start off by telling her “sorry but I wasn’t expecting you over like that.”
She says “I shouldn’t be with you anyway, your just like my last boyfriend.”
I say “I am nothing like your old boyfriend.”
She says “yes you are. You’re just like bumble bee.”
I say “Who is bumble bee?”
She says “You are bumble bee.”
I say “I am bumble bee?”
Then she mocks me saying “I is bumble bee.”
We argued a little more after that and then I just hopped out of her van and she took off.

This is whole dream is pretty stretched; that home was completely different from my own, I had never met that girl before, I wouldn’t have different women’s underwear lying around my house either. Can someone tell me what my dream means please.

Administrator answers:

A bumblebee stings, and as a dream symbol, it could indicate that you sue stinging or mean words for females – maybe you are cruel with your words if a female is overweight or chunky, as you seem to describe weight a lot in the dream. Maybe you need to be nicer.

Lisa asks…

What Is My Dream Telling Me?

My dream starts out with me on my porch and there is this girl that pulls in the driveway. (I don’t really know her but I had seen her around before. ) She comes on to my porch and I am surprised by the visit. She looked like one of those alternative types of girls. I noticed she had a piercing in her lip and cheek but the rings weren’t there. We start to talk for a bit then I invite her inside my home. We walk in and this place looked nothing like the inside of my actual home it had more furniture and my studio apt doesn’t have a bedroom. Then I start to panic a little as I see different sets of panties lying everywhere, I try to pick them up before she notices. I get caught. She then says to me “I should have known what you were all about.” I turned away and got rid of the variety of thongs in my hand. I turn to my bedroom to see the girl already down in her underwear. She wants me to have sex with her obviously so I start to remove her bra and panties and then I get the feeling that I should get a condom to protect myself. So I tell her I am going to get a condom, but she doesn’t want me to. I say just hold on right here then I kissed her. She jumped up and told me by breath was rank and then she got dressed again and headed back outside. I went in her retro 80’s van to convince her to come back in and this where it gets even weirder. She looked nothing like how she looked in my home she somehow gained 50 pounds and switched her ethnicity. I don’t know why either. In my home she was white and skinny in her car she was chunky and black. But this doesn’t deter me from reconciling with her. I first start off by telling her “sorry but I wasn’t expecting you over like that.”
She says “I shouldn’t be with you anyway, your just like my last boyfriend.”
I say “I am nothing like your old boyfriend.”
She says “yes you are. You’re just like bumble bee.”
I say “Who is bumble bee?”
She says “You are bumble bee.”
I say “I am bumble bee?”
Then she mocks me saying “I is bumble bee.”
We argued a little more after that and then I just hopped out of her van and she took off.

This is whole dream is pretty stretched; that home was completely different from my own, I had never met that girl before, I wouldn’t have different women’s underwear lying around my house either. Can someone tell me what my dream means please.

Administrator answers:

A bumblebee stings, and as a dream symbol, it could indicate that you sue stinging or mean words for females – maybe you are cruel with your words if a female is overweight or chunky, as you seem to describe weight a lot in the dream. Maybe you need to be nicer.

Lizzie asks…

do dogs get depressed…seriously.?

we moved about 1.5 months ago to our studio apt with barely any room or furniture and before that we were in a den sized room for about 2 months in a house with two other roommates and a bunch of animals. before that we were in a nice sized 1 bedroom apt with lots of furniture for a year and a year before that we were in a 2 bedroom apt for a year. we’ve definitely downsized because of money and the crappy economy. we’re saving up for a bigger and better place but my terrier always looks sad. she has a canine buddy and they play alot. is the move and the drastic space and furniture upsetting my dog? i mean, i have to put hot water in her food or feed her wet food or she just won’t eat. will it get better after we’re in a bigger apt with a view of the outside. i think that b/c she can’t see outside she is also getting upset about that. i don’t know what to do. i have bought them treats and toys and i switch dogfoods b/c she is a finicky eater to begin with, but it is tough.

Administrator answers:

Yes dogs do get depressed, and then they don’t eat when they are depressed. Also, dogs are very empathetic and sensitive. They can sense fear and stress in others especially their masters.

Http://www.ehow.com/how_2034691_treat-dogs-depression.html

http://www.thedogbowl.com/PPF/category_ID/0_226/dogbowl.asp

good luck.

Chris asks…

how much to move to chicago?

I’m thinking about moving to a different state, I am working and saving my money. So how much would it take to move to Chicago, concerdering If I got a crap studio apt but in a neighborhood thats safe for a white girl alone to live in lol… I also will be using public transportation.I will be looking for a job before I move but that may be hard since Im to far away for an interview.So I wuld need enough to survive until I found a job so how much do you think I could live off of?

keep in mind Im not tring to live a rich life (money wise) Im not tring to go shopping right when I move and things like that.

I can live in a crap apt with crap furniture until I could get settle down.

Administrator answers:

There is NOTHING cheap about Chicago. Sale tax is at 10%, everyone is price gouging on everything, traffic is aweful, crime is high, gas is way more expensive, cost of living for a middle class person is too high and the list goes on. I would reconsider moving to Chicago.

Betty asks…

How To divide space in my Studio Apartment?

I am moving into a studio apartment this time, instead of a 1 bedroom apt. (me and one other) I have never had just one room before, and Im wondering if you have suggestions for breaking up the space- so I will have a bedroom and living room. I want the privacy of a separate bedroom….and of course I cant make any major changes.
If anyone has clever furniture scheme- ideas, to spearate the space, or maybe I should just hang curtains? or any other ideas are welcomed! I know its difficult to find pictures, but if you have anything… that is welcomed also!

the apartment lay out is very similar to this xexcept the bathroom kitchen is on the left and theres a tiny balcony on the right: http://www.apartments.com/avsummary.aspx?page=avsummary&srt2=0.62&msc=studio&pdrivefrm=1&rgn1=57&state=md&srt3=0.82&property=102585.8.0&pdriveit=0&area1=y&srt1=0.47&prvpg=8&area6=y&rent_minimum=0&area4=y&rent_maximum=900&model-name=glen+burnie+local
asyamone… you are stupid, dont answer anymore of my questions

Administrator answers:

I live in a studio and it’s great! I have to tell you tho, i think you will have a hard time dividing the space up. Your studio is small (similar in size to mine) and dividing it up will only make your place seem smaller. If you must divide it, consider hanging the partitions from the ceiling. I suggest suspending curtain rods a few inches (3-6) from the ceiling and hanging a light fabric on them that reaches the floor. This will give an airier and more open effect. Make sure you also install tie-backs (either fabric ones that can be tied around the curtains or the metal hook kind that you tuck the fabric behind) so that most of the time the curtains are pulled back leaving an open floor plan, but when you wish you can untie and enclose the bed.

Put the bed into a corner and have one curtain rod parallel to each exposed side of the bed. It could also look cool to have two panels of fabric per curtain rod so that instead of tying them back you can push one panel on each toward the wall, and the other two toward each other, creating a column of fabric by the outer corner of the bed.

Furniture for seating can be positioned so that the curtain serves as a backdrop, or wall.

Anyway, good luck! I hope you find this helpful! Enjoy your new space!

Jenny asks…

My boyfriend’s 50th birthday is coming up in the beginning of February. And I don’t know what to do!?

He says he would not like me to throw him a party, but I feel it would be good for him to remember how many people love him. I only have about $500 and a studio apt., (15×15) which I am moving into soon. I’ll have very little furniture. Should I just set up a table with wine, booze, and hors d’oevres in my little place and have everyone over? Or should I just take a few friends and family out to dinner? I could also have something in one of the local bars, but I doubt I could pay for much of an open bar. Some teens and kids are coming. That might be a little strange. Having something at his house would be a problem. He is taking care of his elderly dad, and we wouldn’t want to wake him up. Other more interesting ideas welcome!

Administrator answers:

You could have an open house over several hours. Just invite your friends and family over at their leisure during the day. You could have a food and beverage table. Since it is an open house, I would assume that there would not be to many people there at a time, so his Dad would not be to disturbed……he may actually enjoy the change of scenery.

Another idea is to invite his friends and family to a dinner get together. Everyone could pay their own way. Then take your money and plan a little surprise for just the two of you.

Joseph asks…

Should I start this business?

Today a guy came to clean my carpet and he cleaned it good in just like 20 minutes( only one room of carpet) Anyway, he tried to sell me the machine for like $55/month. I didn’t want it at first because I only stay in a studio apt and my bills are already kinda tight. But then I got to thinking that I could charge people like $15-25 to clean their carpets, so even if I only get like 3 or 4 clients a month, I’ll make a profit. The thing is there’s no guarantee that I’ll get clients. My mom said she’ll give me $25/month on the bill(which is half), and in return I told her she can use it for her house(which has all carpet and 6 kids),and even to make $ for herself if she wants, and my sister will take over half of a bill I’m now paying on my wireless internet because she uses it more than me, so that will also be money i can use to pay the $55 bill for the cleaner. It also details cars and furniture.You guys think I could get a lot of clients that need carpet,car, and furniture cleaned?
Oh, and it also gets dust mite/allergens off beds and cleans hard floors, and ceiling fans and blinds.

Administrator answers:

If you are offering a service I would look into getting insurance if a client turned round and said you ruined their 10 year old carpet and tried to sue you for a brand new one you could be in trouble
Apart from that it sounds like a good plan.

Richard asks…

NYC Manhattan moving help?

(re-post)
Ok, so… I’m 18 and I lost my job in like October or November due to the owners having to sell, since then I haven’t been able to find a job because the economy just sucks.

Me and my cousin (who is currently 17) are trying to plan to move to NYC next year once she’s out of high school and 18 so we can both go to college(mines in soho and hers is in midtown Manhattan) there (she gets full coverage for tuition and me and my parents have an agreement). The thing is neither of us have a job or money (I have like 60$ to my name). We have some stuff figured out, we can get an ok, 1 bdr or studio apt for about 1200 a month (already came across a few with utilities included), and we both have furniture and stuff we can fill it with. And if it comes down to it we will try to get another roommate.

The thing is I have no idea how much money we should save up before we actually move there, what we should expect, or anything….were both extremely excited, but I’m starting to get more nervous and worried that this won’t work out. Can anyone tell me how much we should save up, exactly how we should plan this, or do you have any ideas of where I can look for a job, I’m almost willing to do anything (almost).

If you can give and advice on what to expect or what to do for money (I’m not in school either, so I can work full time, but I don’t have a car to get anywhere right now)….. Or what were going to have to pay for….we have this worked out so far…
Rent, Cable?, Food, Laundry, Phone/internet (we were thinking of maybe getting just a cell plan together and not getting a regular phone line….unless maybe its included, I don’t know), Heat?, Water, electric….is there anything else were missing?
Any HELPFUL advice is greatly greatly appreciated.

(i also have a loan i need to pay back soon, hopefully ill be able to make a deal with my parents)

Administrator answers:

New York is not a cheap city, but don’t fret, it’s not impossible to get by on a budget. If you’re planning on getting a car, DON’T! You won’t need one, and it’s ridiculously expensive to park. The subway is a great way to get around. Most New Yorkers who live in Manhattan don’t own cars. Make sure you understand which utilities are included in your rent. Water, electricity, heat (heat could be gas or electric),cable/internet. The cost of utilities is different depending on usage and the size of your apt. If you’re conservative I’d guess $100/month. I would suggest against a land phone. Its just extra money and if you have a cell you probably won’t use a land line. I would look into a shared cell plan or prepaid. Laundry if you do two loads once a week is probably like $10 on the high end. As far as finding a job… If you’re looking for your average part time situation, you’re probably not going to have one before you get there. You’ve just gotta start looking as soon as you arrive. I suggest criagslist.org. Keep in mind absolutely anyone can post on craigslist, and probably no one is going to respond to “I’m moving to NY in 3 months etc…” but if you’re physically in NYC and can appear for an interview craigslist is a great place to start. As far as finding an apt goes…look into what it means to have to pay a brokers fee. A brokers fee is usually about one month’s rent. So upon move in let’s say your apt is $1000/mo. You will have to pay 1st mos. Rent, a brokers fee and security deposit (usually also 1 mo rent). That’s $3000 upfront. The brokers fee is simply a on time payment to the broker in charge of leasing the apt. It is possible to find apts without brokers fee but you’ve gotta do a lot of leg work. I’d suggest finding a neighborhood you like (east village is still affordable) and walking around and replying to rental signs. It is definitely appropriate to ask if there’s a brokers fee involved. I don’t know where you are traveling from when moving, but bring as little stuff as possible. NYC apartments are small and it costs a lot of money to rent a truck or hire someone to move your stuff. On the other hand it also costs a lot to buy new stuff and have it delivered. My suggestion on saving would be to save as much as humanly possible before your move. I moved to NYC when I was 23 (about a year ago, also in school) with about 1,500 saved and found a job ASAP. It was a tight budget, almost everything I had saved went to getting into my apt. However, it was so worth it. New York doesn’t just give it up, but if you want it and you’re determined, you can certainly have it. Good Luck!

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