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
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
Your sex toy could lead to birth defects. – AOL Health
Here’s some etiquette rules to breaking off your engagement. – YourTango
And you thought the height difference between you and your boyfriend was a big deal. – The Frisky
Don’t worry, girls: he doesn’t listen to what his friends say, either. – College Candy
Now your Jewish mother can use technology to pick your boyfriend. – PR Newswire
Whether we’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant or simply have a lot of extra time on the internet, plenty of women can spend hours searching for the right baby name. We read lists of the most popular, favorite up-and-coming, celebrity-inspired and literary-inspired (by which I’m always disappointed). From there, we move to the more obscure collections – soap opera names, names from musicals or Gilligan’s Island. We search the names of every ethnicity we might possibly have a connection to. My cousin’s husband is from Moscow, so a Russian name might work. A hundred years ago, someone in my family came over from Croatia, maybe I should look at Slavic names? No, I don’t know how to pronounce them, because I’ve never even heard the language spoken, but there’s history there.
If you’re actually pregnant, this process is extremely stressful. Finding the right baby name is difficult. Getting the father of your child to agree with you is even harder. Thinking of all the possible nicknames your child can get and reconciling with them is the hardest of all. More
Ah, mass email. It’s both the savior and scourge of offices and a good way to keep in touch with a lot of people at once. But there are some do’s and don’ts about using this form of technology. Listen up. More
I contemplated calling you assholes in the headline, but I didn’t feel like it. Yet. But, listen up my fellow ladies, I hate your stinkin’ guts. You make me vomit. You’re the scum between my toes. You know why? Because you’re disgusting pigs who don’t know how to keep a public restroom clean. More
This is why you need to be nice to people in the service industry.
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays – there’s a major emphasis on food and minimal emphasis on any kind of religion. However, Thanksgiving is supposed to be about family, so what happens when you don’t get to spend the day with your own family? I’m planning a trip to visit my parents at the end of December, so I don’t want to pony up cash to go twice in two months. There are a lot of people who are ‘Thanksgiving orphans’ – people whose families live far away, who have to work on the holiday weekend, who can’t afford plane fare, etc. So what’s an orphan to do? More
Recently, two of my friends – we’ll call them Christina and Denise – had a falling-out. It sucks for me because I’m friends with both of them and don’t want to have to choose between them, but it also reminded me how hard it can be when you realize you’re in the wrong and need to apologize to one of your nearest and dearest. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind: More