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September 17

Commuting four days a week away from my family -- how do we stay sane?
It's only temporary, but will likely last a few months. I'm looking for any tips for taking care of myself, as well as my relationship with my extremely supportive husband, and my wonderful children. Also, any Seattle-specific advice would be great (should I stay at the Homewood Suites next to the office? Should I get an apartment? How does one get a furnished apartment?? Should I get a UV lamp?). Thank you! [more inside]
posted by CruiseSavvy at 8:57 AM - 11 answers
Can/Should We Get Past This?
We moved in together, but things are going poorly. Not sure where to go from here. [more inside]
posted by Gray Skies at 8:21 AM - 39 answers

Non-synagogue ideas for observing the Jewish holidays?
I want to observe the Jewish holidays without going to synagogue this year. Ideas for non-traditional ways I can commemorate the holy days? [more inside]
posted by JoannaC at 7:44 AM - 15 answers

September 16

Gender Dysphoria or Schizophrenia or both? How to tell, what to do?
Looking for information and support for family of a man grappling with (maybe) emerging schizophrenia and/or gender dysphoria. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 2:39 PM - 12 answers

Father in law insulted me
Is it time to chat with my father in law about how he feels in regards to my income and supporting his daughter? [more inside]
posted by ljs30 at 11:24 AM - 51 answers

Caught husband drinking after 25 years of supposed sobriety
Need help figuring out what I do now. [more inside]
posted by RichardHenryYarbo at 8:01 AM - 22 answers

September 15

But I want to let myself feel the butterflies!
Started online dating. Having trouble processing a pair of dates I recently went on with someone – surely, it wasn’t just me? [more inside]
posted by un petit cadeau at 9:44 PM - 28 answers

Secrets, privacy, fibs or lies?
My partner frequently tells small lies. They also keep certain things secret, including behaviors they deem private. This is a lifelong strategy that long precedes me, and in many ways, has nothing to do with me, however, it drives me up the fucking wall. [more inside]
posted by socks-o-neurosis at 9:34 PM - 30 answers

When/do I tell my ex about my new partner?
Earlier this year, my partner of 4 years and I broke up amicably. I'm seeing someone new. Ex and I both frequent some of the same territories in my city. Should I pre-emptively tell him about the new guy so that he doesn't find out from the grapevine, or seeing us out together? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 3:04 PM - 28 answers

So I met my online friend in real life! What are these mixed emotions?
I met an online friend of about 10 years today in person and feel oddly emotional. What just happened? [more inside]
posted by Kat_Dubs at 2:58 PM - 12 answers

Sex, Lies, and Drama
How do I deal with the fallout from two close friends cheating with each other on a third close friend within the same social circle? [more inside]
posted by christiehawk at 2:25 PM - 16 answers

Baby sleep problems galore with generally-great baby! What to do?
12.5-month-old Supercoolbaby was a very good sleeper from early on (she slept through the night at 2 months and carried on with that until about 10 months, but never more than 2 wakeups during the night), but recently some problems have developed. Would love your thoughts/advice. Many details within. [more inside]
posted by supercoollady at 11:16 AM - 18 answers

Who gets to keep the apartment?
My boyfriend and I are moving in together, and we need a place to live. Currently, I share the lease on a great apartment with a friend. We've been there the same amount of time. I did all the (considerable) work of finding and most of the work of furnishing this place, but I'm also the one instigating this change. Who gets to stay?
posted by the_blizz at 10:26 AM - 28 answers

Son's childcare worker suddenly fired - what to think/do (if anything?)
Has anyone dealt with the sudden dismissal of a childcare worker? [more inside]
posted by wannabecounselor at 10:21 AM - 19 answers

It's me isn't it?
SO and I are not being invited to smaller gatherings that spin off from our social circle. SO is noticing it lately and getting a little insecure while I'm pretty sure I'm to blame. Are there any remedies for this? [more inside]
posted by 01080591 at 8:03 AM - 14 answers

How to cover an uninsured friend in Toronto?
How can we cover my recently-hospitalized, uninsured friend in Toronto? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 5:20 AM - 10 answers

September 14

Getting those pesky butterflies out of my stomach.
Moving on from an old crush... [more inside]
posted by Urban_Painter at 8:49 PM - 7 answers

How can I open up to people?
I have a really hard time relaxing in life and sharing myself with others. It's making me miserable. How can I overcome this? [more inside]
posted by anon1129 at 8:08 PM - 8 answers

How to tell my family we're engaged?
I am 90% sure bf neematoad is proposing this week. I have an emotionally close but geographically far family. We're not on social media. What's the best way to share the news? [more inside]
posted by neematoad at 5:09 PM - 17 answers

How to talk about life insurance without paranoia?
At a dinner party at our home a few years ago one of our guests brought up issues of life insurance and their concerns about adequate coverage for their family. They asked my husband and I how we manage our policies. My husband announced to the group that he refuses to get life insurance because he feels such a policy would prompt me to actively seek ways to end his life. He was serious. This has caused no small amount of angst on my part, and I need some advice. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:17 AM - 55 answers

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