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A nerd-cation pilgrimage to the homeland of Harry Potter and Doctor Who

We made a nerd-cation pilgrimage to the United Kingdom to visit the homeland of two of our favorite stories: Harry Potter and Doctor Who.

We cast a wide net at first, noting every possible location we could visit within a reasonable budget. Eventually we narrowed our travels to three cities: London, Edinburgh, and Cardiff, as those cities had the biggest draws for our nerdy hearts while still being accessible by public transit.

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How do I break up with my church community while maintaining friendships?

I've been debating converting to Judaism for about seven years now, and I've finally decided to go for it. However, I'm pretty heavily involved in a Christian church community. Since it's a liberal denomination, I'm pretty confident I can maintain these friendships even if I tell them I want to be Jewish. But how do I nicely explain that I'm not a Christian and I'm looking to get my spiritual fix elsewhere?

Finding plus-size maternity clothes: A Canadian struggle, eh?

Once the bump started forming, and my regular clothes started tugging in weird places, it was time to take the journey into finding plus-size maternity clothes in Canada. Oh boy? Hooray? I had a gut feeling that things wouldn’t be all that easy and boy was I right.

Finding plus-size maternity clothing was a nightmare!

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How do you deal with dust?

Much as I love my black furniture, it shows dust at the drop of a hat. Are there any tactics I can use to preemptively minimize dust, so that when I do attack everything with a damp cloth everything will get done at warp speed?

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The idea of "home" in my head looks nothing like where I actually live

When I picture a "home" I imagine a 2000 square foot cookie cutter suburban house, with builder beige walls, that is neat as a pin and sparsely decorated.

But I've never lived in a house that's been decorated like this. If you gave me a million dollar budget and an entire Pottery Barn catalog to choose from I would never, ever come out of the other side with rooms decorated like this.

So why is this somehow the gold standard for me? How in the world does this read as "home" when I've never had a home that looks anything like it?