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April 16

etymology of "sic 'em"?

When you tell your dog to go attack somebody, we say "Sic 'em!" Anybody know the word origin of this phrase?
posted by Opengreen at 11:33 PM - 3 answers

Rough waters in early-ish sobriety

Posting for a friend: "My SO is several months sober, after a few decades of alcohol and drug abuse, and is having a rough time of it. They chose sobriety, and often say they're happy to be sober, that they know it's the right choice, etc. Basically, the sobriety was not court-ordered but a result of "enough is enough." They're seeing a therapist regularly, going to meetings, taking an antidepressant...and still feeling crappy. What can we do? [more inside]
posted by elken at 9:21 AM - 17 answers

Obsessive thoughts after a messy break up

Finally ended things for good with my ex-boyfriend after a long, drawn out break up and feeling down along with obsessive thoughts. How can I feel better about these thoughts and quiet them? Many more details inside. [more inside]
posted by koolaidnovel at 8:18 AM - 12 answers

April 15

Had an anxiety attack in front of a girl I like who's just a friend

How do you come back from an emasculating, embarrassing event where you most likely weirded out a friend, particularly a friend you have feelings for? Should I just not look back and run, because that's how I'm feeling right now... it's fight or flight, and I'm not showing up to a smackdown. [long] [more inside]
posted by ggp88 at 10:23 PM - 39 answers

Same-Sex Wedding Etiquette: Do We Invite Non-Supportive Parents?

My same-sex partner and I have decided to get married. However, on both sides of our family we have immediate family members who are either tepid or outright hostile to gay marriage--specifically, both sets of parents. Should we extend to them invitations to our wedding anyway out of courtesy or deliberately not invite them? [more inside]
posted by Quaversalis at 9:02 PM - 42 answers

How do I better my listening skills at work?

I have a hard time listening to and participating in conversations at work... how can I improve? [more inside]
posted by watrlily at 7:29 PM - 11 answers

Same-field-friends, sensitive to each other's success or lack thereof...

Today I had to take a "break" from a long-time friendship because my friend's announcements (directly to me) of her career successes has been making me feel pretty bad about myself. I feel like I did the best thing for now, but would like other people's opinion on my situation. [more inside]
posted by Sa Dec at 5:58 PM - 29 answers

Student leadership

I've been elected president of a collegiate performing arts organization and am trying to figure out how to deal with very dynamic personalities; furthermore, most of the people on board have more experience with board than I do. My greatest fear is that I will one day lose control of the board as a leader, so what are some ways to approach this issue? [more inside]
posted by JYuanZ at 8:06 AM - 7 answers

Wanking in the Window

My neighbour directly opposite me has started masturbating in his window whenever I am visible through my window or out on the balcony. How do I get him to stop? [more inside]
posted by rubyrudy at 7:00 AM - 54 answers

April 14

Need relationship advice

So this is an interesting relationship situation for sure, but I need advice: [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:16 PM - 45 answers

My cat is an awful roommate

For a number of reasons, my partner and I have decided to live separately for the first time in our relationship. I've lived with a partner for the majority of my adult life, and I have no idea how to make living alone not suck OR how to do a grown-up relationship without living together. Snowflakes galore inside. [more inside]
posted by cheerwine at 9:51 PM - 14 answers

My neighbor probably stole a package from us. What to do?

My partner ordered an item through the US Postal Service. He received an immediate text when it was delivered yesterday, but when he stepped outside to get it there was nothing there. [more inside]
posted by tivalasvegas at 9:03 PM - 23 answers

How should I tell my 6 year old that my boyfriend and I are engaged?

I asked the love of my life to marry me this weekend, and he said yes! But what's the best way to tell the other love of my life, my 6 year old son? [more inside]
posted by pleasant_confusion at 7:59 PM - 7 answers

What are some essentials for a second child?

I am expecting my second baby in about three weeks (!). My first is not quite 2, so it feels like we just did this and we still have all of our stuff. Other than newborn diapers I'm not sure what else we need. Please tell me what I'm missing! A list of some of what we have after the fold. [more inside]
posted by apricot at 3:17 PM - 16 answers

How traumatic is elementary school in a language you don't speak at all?

We recently moved from Toronto to Montreal and are planning to stay here for at least a few years, possibly permanently. Our 5 year old daughter starts Kindergarten in the fall, and we would very much like to send her to a French school, but will this do her more harm than good? [more inside]
posted by 256 at 2:39 PM - 36 answers

And I'm (Not) Proud To Be An American...

I have this weird hang up about my nationality that I feel is impeding my social progress in a new country. Any and all advice about how to get past this would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by lana0112 at 10:00 AM - 29 answers

Destination wedding/bridal shower - gifts?

What is the gift etiquette when you are attending both? [more inside]
posted by sevensnowflakes at 6:54 AM - 9 answers

In the ninth circle of sleep hell

I desperately need some perspective on my toddler's multiple sleep issues. Hope me??? [more inside]
posted by lollymccatburglar at 2:51 AM - 39 answers

April 13

How to moderate a potentially contentious discussion

I will soon be moderating an election for the leadership in one of my hobby groups, in which candidates are discussed after they leave the room. I have never moderated a discussion before. We're usually a pretty harmonious group, but in past years these discussions have sometimes gotten heated and devolved into personal attacks behind candidates' backs, leading to general unhappiness for all, or people have gotten sidetracked on issues irrelevant to the election at hand. What can I do or say to help keep things under control if people start to say inappropriate/hurtful/irrelevant stuff?
posted by st elmo's fire at 10:07 PM - 14 answers

Should I stay in retail or go back to school and pursue a dream?

I've been sucked into retail and have put my education on hold due to a lack of certainty on a major. I had tried three different programs, but an impractical dream sits in the back of my mind that I have never even attempted. Do I give up good money in the interim for long term fulfilment with a risk? [more inside]
posted by Chelsaroo650 at 11:41 AM - 26 answers

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