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October 18

The most dramatic Askme ever?

I'm a single woman, 35, recently out of an LTR. I made a mistake and slept with my (partnered) graduate program director. I am now pregnant after the morning after pill did not come through for me. Hope me out of this clusterfuck. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:24 AM - 36 answers

October 17

What is the best way to react when people point out that I am shy?

I am a shy reserved person, and whenever people feel the need to point this out I feel slightly offended and awkward. What is the best way to react? [more inside]
posted by iamsuper at 11:13 PM - 40 answers

If we quote any Bible verses, the urns will be rollin'

It appears it will fall to me to say some words at the interment of my grandparents' ashes. Help me find a light-hearted, even irreverent poem or very short reading, nothing religious or overly emotional! [more inside]
posted by bluebelle at 6:44 PM - 5 answers

Help me let him down gently...

An adult with autism recently befriended my kids at the swimming pool in our apartment complex. Now he wants to hang out all day, every day. I am extroverted, but my "alone" time is very important to me so I am going nuts. [more inside]
posted by tacodave at 5:01 PM - 11 answers

How do I discourage my annoying coworker from asking me to hang out?

I have a co-worker who really wants to socialize, but while I like her all right as a person, and we have some things in common, I find her incredibly difficult to work with. This makes me feel like I don’t want to hang out with her after work, which she is constantly trying to initiate. [more inside]
posted by TochterAusElysium at 9:50 AM - 16 answers

Why am I having a strong reaction to ending a short-term relationship?

I started dating someone I met online and things were going pretty well. I knew up front (and I told her on day one) that I didn't want a long-term relationship. I recently ended it (reasons explained below) but I'm still having some strong emotional reactions. The question isn't about our compatibility, I'm mainly curious if others have had similar experiences. [more inside]
posted by modernman at 9:36 AM - 18 answers

Alternatives to Love

I'm doing everything I can to "find someone", but started thinking that perhaps there are some other great experiences that would be more attainable that I could work towards. [more inside]
posted by seraph9 at 8:04 AM - 19 answers

What to get a 25yo Chinese-American girlfriend

My Chinese girlfriend is turning 25. Lives in Shanghai but very Westernised having studied there. Conservative parents but not conversative herself. She likes coaching and soft skills - personal empowerment and conflict resolution. Blogs. She lives quite modestly. Likes cute gadgets. Creative and colorful. Has a bright sunny but gentle personality. Loves western sitcoms and drama. Paints but not very well. Wears Kate Spade. Any ideas? Help. I'm stuck.
posted by vizsla at 1:20 AM - 12 answers

October 16

Cheer up, bucko.

I wish to be cheerful, mortals. [more inside]
posted by Evilspork at 11:50 AM - 24 answers

Ended it, now Flooded with Confusion

Three weeks ago I ended a relationship of three years. On one level, I know it had to happen. On another, I’m completely thrown, and hoping for some perspective. Thanks in advance for reading—there’s a lot here, and it means a lot that y’all are listening. [more inside]
posted by bluecastle at 8:30 AM - 43 answers

Getting Over Fear: the Art Edition

How do you create when you don't like being watched while you do it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 4:48 AM - 12 answers

October 15

We're splitting up over photographs!

My boyfriend didn't take any pictures of me in our two years together, and as soon as he took some, he also photographed an ex-love. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:08 PM - 41 answers

Is This Really How It's Gonna Be?

I've not had a lot of luck with guys recently (I'm a bi trans male in my mid-20s, if it matters). This is the second time in a row where someone seems decent and then, not long after us getting to know each other, they do something that demonstrates otherwise. I am basically just here to ask for some affirmation that I did the right thing by defacto breaking things off, as I am feeling very sad after realizing this person will not be in my life anymore now... (Note, some NSFW details inside) [more inside]
posted by sevenofspades at 4:54 PM - 17 answers

What do you think is acceptable when men talk about women?

First I'm a man but as of late I have started to wonder what is it that people find acceptable and what they don't when it pertains a group of men talking about women. I'm very new to sex and everything related to it, but I have always been uncomfortable when other men start talking about women. I really don't know if it's because what they say is uncomfortable or because I'm just not used to it and have a lot of shame about sex. [more inside]
posted by Braxis at 4:16 PM - 25 answers


Have anyone had a bad experience with a therapist, and like a poison in your mind, can't seem to let go until an apology is rendered by the therapist? It has been three years since therapy ended and in distress I left a vm for him (drunk) demanding he call me and apologize. [more inside]
posted by Jaspersen145 at 11:02 AM - 28 answers

October 14

Should I stay or should I go now?

My husband has been addicted to opioids for the last five or so years of our 23-year marriage. He has had chronic migraine-related problems since the 6th year after we wed. The opioids help mitigate the migraine problems for an hour or two at a time but he began using them regularly beyond the need for migraine relief. He sunk so far down into opioid abuse that he became a recluse and I only saw him for about 15 minutes a day. He never left the house unless there was absolutely no way to avoid it. Between the illness and the drugs, I have been single in my marriage for over a decade. I recently gave him an ultimatum regarding the drug abuse and he has started tapering off the pills. His old, loving self has returned and I find that I continue to be as out of love with him as I have for years. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:13 PM - 29 answers

Friends saying mean things?

I am a woman in her 30s. My friends, also women in their 30s, will occasionally say things that I find very hurtful. I know how to handle this in romantic relationships but not so much in non-romantic contexts. When should I say something, and what should I say? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 12:10 AM - 26 answers

October 13

Help me kill the hope of getting back together

A week ago, I broke up with the guy who featured in my last three questions. We both agreed that breaking up was the right thing. We haven't spoken since. I am really sad, of course. But I'm struggling to stamp out that little flame of hope that maybe everything will change and maybe he'll miss me so much and maybe we'll get back together and it will be better than ever before. [more inside]
posted by wreckofthehesperus at 6:54 PM - 23 answers

Help for a caretaker

Hi! Someone I know has had to move back in with her parents, probably temporarily, to help care for her mother after a big surgery. There are some complicating things -- she's depressed, just had a disappointment with regards to her treatment options, and now she's comparatively isolated while helping take care of her mother. I'd like to give or send or offer her something that would help lift her mood, if possible. What would have helped you while you took care of a parent? [more inside]
posted by schadenfrau at 5:39 PM - 5 answers

My sister decided not to attend my wedding...

...and I don't know why and it hurts me deeply. I am not sure how to proceed in this instance since we haven't spoken since about a month before the wedding. Do I reach out to her? Do I wait until she decides she should contact me (which may never happen)? [more inside]
posted by singinginmychains at 5:05 PM - 34 answers

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