We all have them: those prudish Facebook friends. They’re the type of people you’re actually not even friends with in real life, because, well, they’re prudes. More
Today’s young mothers have a lot of difficult decisions to make: work or stay at home, bottle or breast milk, free-range or attachment. For me, I find that it’s a balancing act. From the very beginning, I realized that the easiest way for me was to combine all those mothering philosophies into something usable. It resulted with Brenna learning to love both fresh fruits and french fries. She really is her mother’s daughter. More
We’ve probably all found ourselves in the following situation: You’re out in public somewhere, and you’re introduced to someone whose name you already know — either through Facebook, or their blog, or their tweets, or their Tumblr, or their website, or your mom’s eHarmony profile. More
The other day I got a Facebook friend request. The name wasn’t familiar, so I checked the person’s profile picture to see if that would jog my memory. But instead of a picture of a person, there was a picture of an ultrasound. I don’t think I went to high school with any ultrasounds, so I should probably deny the request, right? More
I’ll own up to not always being the best neighbor. I’ve been known, for instance, to have gatherings and not invite the people who live across from me, and then proceed to feel like the hugest douchebag on the planet for weeks afterwards, every time I see them.
To spare you the same pain, allow me to suggest a few neighborly things you should always do: More
Glamour Magazine has a really fun section on what women call their boyfriend’s penis. Here’s one woman’s response:
“I call his thing ‘Rockin Robin’ because one day in the shower, I grabbed it and started singing ‘Rockin’ Robin’ using it as a mike.”
That woman is a psychopath.
There are lots of things — such as having your phone turned off for not paying the bill and deciding not to shave your pits because you love nature — that are sort of cute when you’re young and adorable and become increasingly grotesque as you age. There’s a life cycle on hapless damsel-in-distress behavior — even Sandra Bullock has outlived her ability to play a winsome, helpless idiot in our nation’s romantic comedy industry. More
I love weddings. I love the free food, the free booze, the dancing, the excuse to put on a poufy dress. But not every wedding is so lovable. Occasionally you get invited to a wedding that is far away or costs a lot of money to attend, which makes it not worth the cash or extra vacation time for you. But how can you take a pass on the wedding without offending the couple? More
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Another day, another video of someone flipping out on a customer service representative. As much as it sucks to be on hold for four hours or to be told you can’t return something you were promised was returnable, you should … More
Sometimes, in relationships, we find that our partner is less of a neat freak than we are. And by less of a neat freak, I mean, doesn’t notice dust bunnies until they are usurping his or her place on the couch.
Once we’re in established relationships or marriages, these kinds of disagreements are kind of already what we signed up for. But when you’re just getting to know someone, would you end things if you found out that they lived in a perpetual Pigpen-like state? More
When I was taking cotillion classes as a kid, our teachers would reiterate that the point of etiquette was to be an equalizer. In other words, since we all knew what politenesses were expected of us in social situations, everyone would feel comfortable. However, that’s not the case. Different cultures have different standards of etiquette, and etiquette often becomes a way to quickly indicate who came from the ‘right’ background and who didn’t. While common etiquette united the kids in my social circle, anyone from a different background would have immediately given themselves away as an outsider when they didn’t grab the right fork or know the proper pleasantry to use. More
Sometimes it’s hard to convey your tone of voice in an email or text message. And that’s why emoticons exist. Except that now they mostly just exist to irritate you. According to a CNN poll, :P (I am sticking my tongue out at you saucily) was the most annoying emoticon. Agree? Disagree? Think I am totez unfairz? More
Recently, my friend “Bonnie” and I were having a conversation about a mutual friend who is getting married. The friend asked Bonnie to be in her bridal party, and Bonnie – who hates our friend’s fiance and doesn’t approve of them getting married – struggled for a way to turn down the invite without looking like a jerk. Here are some ways to navigate a similar social situation: More