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March 2

Missed text = 6 weeks of silent treatment? Really? How do I solve this.

My birthday was a couple of days ago, and I didn't receive a card or a gift from my sister, which I thought was strange as we've always sent each other something on our birthdays. I did talk to my mom, who told me that my sister didn't send me anything because she was mad that I didn't reply to a text she had sent at Christmas. I live on the opposite side of the country, and she sent me a picture of the family Christmas dinner. I had just spoken to her that same day so I didn't think a reply was expected. I actually didn't think about it much at all. We've never kept in touch very often (~monthly) so I didn't pick up on anything, but apparently she's been fuming mad at me for weeks! How do I resolve this? [more inside]
posted by piper4 at 3:40 PM - 13 answers

How to deal with friend's infidelities

My friend has been involved in a committed, sexually exclusive romantic relationship for over a year. However, he has already had multiple affairs outside of the relationship. His girlfriend does not know. I like and respect her and am sick of seeing this going on behind her back. Seeing my friend lie, cheat, etc. has also damaged my liking and respect for him. I want this stressful situation to end but do not know what I can ethically do. Please advise. [more inside]
posted by NeverGrowSoOldAgain at 1:20 PM - 37 answers

How do I bar?

I'm going to have a lot of solo work travel this spring and would like to spend some of my evenings with other people. I'd like to be able to chill out with random people at bars, and am not averse to going home with one occasionally, but don't know how to go about that. Everyone there who appears remotely appealing always seems to be with a group already and I don't know how to break in. [more inside]
posted by metasarah at 1:13 PM - 5 answers

Brother with cancer; now what?

My 30 year-old brother called me last night to tell me that he has been diagnosed with testicular cancer (based on blood markers/physical examination). His CT scan is later this week, and he'll be scheduled for surgery/radiation/? shortly depending on the results. If you have been through this, what can I do or not do to make this easier for him? [more inside]
posted by My Top Secret Sock Puppet Account at 11:04 AM - 11 answers

How do Indian Arranged Marriages work?

I will be visiting India soon to get an arranged marriage. I would like to know what to expect and how to handle the situation. [more inside]
posted by json12 at 9:26 AM - 15 answers

Baby number one due in T-minus 4 months. What should I register for?

Having my first kid. Need to get stuff. Looking for for some tips! [more inside]
posted by Rocket26 at 6:57 AM - 33 answers

February 28

In love with best friend for about a year but he's taken. Now what?

About a year ago I realised I loved a close friend of about a decade. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs at 9:47 PM - 29 answers

A question for only children with elderly/aging parents

As my question might imply, I'm an only child and I'm a little concerned as to how I'll be taking care of my parents in their old age. While they're not frail and elderly, they are in their 50s with various health issues and they're certainly not going to be getting any younger. I'm thinking a lot about my future lately and a large part of that includes this. Most people I know share that responsibility with their siblings, which I assume does make it a little easier (but I know that's not always the case). Right now I live with them but that won't always be the case obviously. Plus, I've got a lot of emotional/mental health struggles of my own so I'm concerned that I might get overwhelmed with the added responsibility. Extended family members won't be a resource either because of a number of issues. I know this might be a little early for me to be thinking about this, but I want to be prepared. [more inside]
posted by KTN at 8:38 PM - 16 answers

Help me get back up again after rejection

Hello everyone. I am back to my favorite advice site for help on this relationship rut I am in; specifically the lack of ever having one. [more inside]
posted by christiehawk at 2:27 PM - 10 answers

Isolating myself as a reaction to work stress

I have a problem with work stress. It causes me to isolate myself and not want to go out and meet people and do fun stuff. I'd like to get some input as to how I can overcome this negative pattern. [more inside]
posted by jason's_planet at 12:16 PM - 12 answers

February 27

Trip cancellation etiquette amongst friends

What's the commonly acceptable etiquette on reimbursing someone when you back out of a trip? [more inside]
posted by arcticseal at 4:44 PM - 40 answers

No, really, I like writing...

Even after my anxiety has decreased significantly, creative activity of any kind still makes me extremely anxious. These things used to be very interesting and fulfilling, and now I can't even think about them on a regular basis without worrying excessively. How can I get rid of this? [more inside]
posted by myitkyina at 4:30 PM - 11 answers

Step mom angst

I feel like the worst stepmom in the world. I feel like I'm disengaging from my stepson... [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:35 PM - 28 answers

Dating someone with mental illness

I recently started seeing someone that disclosed that he has a serious mental illness that needs a lot of medication to keep somewhat under control. I got freaked out and after giving it a few weeks of thought, broke it off. Did I over react? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:24 AM - 35 answers

How to celebrate a good friend, in writing

My mom asked me to help her write a nice celebratory message to her friend who is turning 60 years today. I have about 2 hours to do this. HELP! [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade at 9:03 AM - 4 answers

guilty of adultery, need help

I have cheated on my wife. Basically a one night stand, but the relationship was somewhat longer. I am now in the depths of despair and need to figure out where to get help and how to proceed. If anyone has any online support resources for adulterers I'd be interested. I'd also be interested in any therapist recommendations in the Newton, MA area. I am in disbelief that I've even typed these words. Thanks for any input.
posted by anonymous at 6:10 AM - 26 answers

Personality changes with age? Maslow?

I vaguely recall reading that people will tend to change as they get older so as to "balance" their personalities. Extroverts become more introspective, for example. Does this idea have any merit and where can I read about it in more depth?
posted by egk at 6:04 AM - 9 answers

How do you deal with rude people?

I'm really sick of dealing with rude people. Its like everywhere I go people are terribly rude and mean. Like people who are supposed to be doing their jobs and greeting you and being polite. I respect and treat people good but they are rude and condescending and it makes me so angry because I don't understand why they talk to me in such a way when I haven't done anything wrong. [more inside]
posted by home at 3:16 AM - 46 answers

February 26

Am I being unreasonable?

I need some help understanding if my husband's behavior is completely out of line or if my expectations are completely out of line. [more inside]
posted by all the dead are dead alike at 4:24 PM - 70 answers

Should I prepare to experience discrimination when I get hearing aids?

It's time for me to get hearing aids. It isn't age-related but genetic. I am still relatively young, and I'm concerned about discrimination professionally and socially. Please provide advice and reassurance. [more inside]
posted by Beethoven's Sith at 3:23 PM - 23 answers

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