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September 2

What do you do when you and your SO have different tastes?

My girlfriend and I have pretty clashing tastes about many things: movies, art, decorations, you name it. However, we're both interested in moving together at some point. How do we both get our way about how the apartment is decorated and what's on the TV/computer without walling ourselves off from each other? We have some commonalities and I believe that a good relationship is one the challenges both parties to consider new things, so I don't want to give up on that. Help?
posted by Fister Roboto at 2:51 PM - 18 answers

Dealing with workplace gossip

The boss has a husband who is gossiping about me to my co-workers. Can anything be done about this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:46 PM - 11 answers

When to start a family - how to find our bearings?

My husband and I are in our early 30's. He is in a big hurry to start a family, believes that our window of time is rapidly closing and feels that soon it will be too late. I am not ready for this, and do not share his sense of urgency. I've told him that if it were up to me, I would postpone trying to conceive for one more year, but if that would be a deal breaker for him, I would suck it up and start trying now. He does not want to force me, but fears that if I'm not ready now I may never be ready. How do we find our way through this quagmire of emotions and practical considerations? [more inside]
posted by keep it under cover at 11:29 AM - 60 answers

My mother's passive aggression hurts me. How to deal?

My mom is a lovely, intelligent, caring person. She also has lifelong untreated dysthymia. What's the best way to deal with her frequent, subtle passive aggression? (Wall of detail inside, feel free to skip to TL;DR if you have general advice for coping with passive aggression in family context.) [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:02 AM - 17 answers

How do we survive an extensive home remodel?

We just bought a new house. Yay! It needs a LOT of work. Boo. How do we make it through the next year with our sanity intact? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky at 10:06 AM - 12 answers

"Inside-out":Too gooey for a movie date?

I recently had an interesting first coffee date with a girl. We discovered that we shared an interest in psychology and human behaviour and spent hours speaking about it. I'm thinking of inviting her to the movies next. I've found that the cartoon "Inside-out"(which explains the workings of human emotions) might be of interest to both of us. However, I wonder whether an invitation to watch a cartoon (even when "Inside-out" seems to have a serious message) might be seen as, to be frank, "unmanly". We are in our early-to-mid 20s.
posted by samufer at 6:56 AM - 40 answers

Unsure if I should continue seeing someone

Is it wise to romantically/emotionally invest by dating someone knowing that they are currently not fully settled or stable in their life situation? [more inside]
posted by sara479 at 3:07 AM - 9 answers

September 1

appreciative apartment-dwelling Germanophile

My building manager was born in 1930 in the Sudetenland. She is really nice. How do I show appreciation in a culturally and generationally sensitive manner? [more inside]
posted by knuspermanatee at 6:08 PM - 11 answers

Describe This Relationship

I have a friend who's all over the place. I can't figure her out or how to respond. [more inside]
posted by CakeFragments at 5:33 AM - 46 answers

re-using a non-traditional wedding dress

I got married in a small courthouse ceremony last December. I wore a normal purple dress. My sister-in-law is getting married this weekend. Would it be a faux pas if I wore the same dress to her wedding? [more inside]
posted by swamp rocket at 3:55 AM - 18 answers

August 31

What is superficial charm?

When superficial charm is used to describe people with anti-social personality disorder or sociopathy, what is meant? [more inside]
posted by Chaussette and the Pussy Cats at 10:29 PM - 24 answers

Legitimately dom or mentally unstable?

If it's apparent that a guy's interest in being a dom is linked to emotional issues, is that a red flag? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 10:14 PM - 17 answers

How to respond to guy's negative comments about his kids/family?

So I recently met and started dating a guy (let's call him Chris) who makes me feel all warm and fuzzy. Which is good! I could go on about it, but that's not really what the question's about, so...just be assured that we're having fun and he's been nothing but kind to me so far. But I have noticed, I guess enough times to notice, him not speaking positively of other people in his life. I don't know how to respond when he makes negative comments, especially if it has anything to do with his (young adult) kids, for various awkward reasons. [more inside]
posted by picardythird at 8:59 PM - 24 answers

Gift for friend who has everything

Last year I left the SF bay area, leaving behind 98% of my possessions in a storage room in the area. I finally decided to move my things up here to Oregon and asked a friend of mine to meet with the estimator from the moving company to let him into the storage room. She agreed and spent maybe an hour with him. Now that my move date is set I'm driving down to the bay area to supervise my move. [more inside]
posted by bendy at 8:45 PM - 13 answers

Digging up the past

When I was 19 I was raped by my ex boyfriend. For some reason I've messaged him. He's telling me it didn't happen and wants to meet. I don't understand what's happening internally. [more inside]
posted by blackzinfandel at 5:45 PM - 24 answers

Help me get over my rat/vermin phobia.

There are rats in the garbage shed behind my house. My landlord has been contacted and I have no evidence of them being in my house, but I am completely terrified to be there at night now. I know about all of the logical things I can do, but I am filled with terror and don't want to sleep at home knowing they're outside and knowing that they could get in. [more inside]
posted by lollipopgomez at 5:35 PM - 13 answers

This One Weird Trick...Marriage Edition

I'm getting married this Sunday to a wonderful person. We've been together 5 years and have lived together for two of those years. We are both in our 30s. I'm interested in your "tricks" for a fulfilling and healthy marriage. [more inside]
posted by CMcG at 6:38 AM - 42 answers

August 30

I Don't Like You That Way: Love, Sex and Dating On Four Wheels

What do you do about your fear of intimacy and your lack of potential sutiors when you're a virgin at 25 and universally held to have the sexuality of a potato? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 at 5:25 PM - 35 answers

How to meet men as an introverted, attractive, "successful" 20-30s woman

I'm an attractive, successful, and put-together woman in my late 20s, and find it impossible to meet men I'm interested in. I have zero social circle in my newish city, live and work with older people with families, and have had no luck online. I'm also not naturally outgoing so don't meet people at random places. Not desperate but just want to find a good person to share my life with. What's a girl to do? [more inside]
posted by ribboncake at 3:17 PM - 34 answers

How do I date feminist-leaning women online?

I'm single (straight male, 32) and starting to date women online again. I tend to have much better relationships with feminist-leaning women than with women that believe in traditional gender roles because they match better with my personal feelings about gender. How do I represent this in either my online dating profile or messages without coming across as awkward? I tend to overthink these kind of things. [more inside]
posted by JZig at 2:19 PM - 16 answers

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