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slow fade isn't working

I have a friend who I consider to be almost family. We used to be extremely close through middle and high school, and probably most of while I was in college. She had a really rough childhood that resulted in PTSD and lasting issues with relationships. Over the past few years our daily lives have become pretty different and I think as she's had less going on she's gotten harder to talk to. I've been trying the slow fade, but she's noticed and I have to figure out how much to explain. [more inside]
posted by sepviva on Jun 2, 2014 - 14 answers

Did My Friend Steal From Me?

My friend helped herself without asking to a lot of guest soaps/shampoos etc. when she stayed at my house. Lots of soapflake I mean "snowflake" details inside. [more inside]
posted by WalkerWestridge on Oct 23, 2013 - 59 answers

Facebook friend request from a stranger?

What might be going on here? [more inside]
posted by ragtimepiano on Sep 16, 2013 - 32 answers

Should we rent a room to our friend?

My husband and I just bought a house. We have more space than we currently need, and a friend is starting grad school in the area. We are considering renting a room to her. Have you done something like this? How did it work out for you? What made it work? What problems did you encounter? [more inside]
posted by Adridne on Aug 3, 2013 - 24 answers

Should I give up my cat to a roommate?

When my partner and I wound up living apart for grad school, our girl cat went with him to his new shared house. In the past 2 years, his roommate has become very attached to the cat. However, my partner is moving to my place to share an apartment with me and our male cat - these cats have managed together in the past, but some specific challenges (within)... What would be best for everyone, but mostly the girl cat, in this situation? Warning - long! [more inside]
posted by NorthernAutumn on Jul 22, 2013 - 18 answers

I'll just start sleeping with my shotgun then...

Boyfriend wants to help lifelong thief friend without becoming a victim. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 13, 2013 - 34 answers

Who asks who out after a raincheck?

If you mutually agree to raincheck who should ask who to do something next time? [more inside]
posted by earthquakeglue on Mar 1, 2013 - 20 answers

Should I tell my coworker/friend about my upcoming job interview?

I just landed an interview for a job I really want, and I'm very excited about it. I'm seeing a coworker, also a very good friend, for dinner tonight. Should I tell her about it? [more inside]
posted by eleanor_of_aquitaine on Jan 18, 2013 - 27 answers

I really regret not hanging out with him

I really regret not going to the movies with him, is there anything i can really do? [more inside]
posted by ohtimorousme on Jan 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Fictional criminals with imaginary friends?

Books/movies: Fictional criminals who had imaginary friends/accomplices? [more inside]
posted by 99percentfake on Dec 19, 2012 - 17 answers

Paging amateur Miss Manners..

Miss Manners filter: What to do when I feel like my friend/roommate is trying to drive a small wedge in my relationship. I can't decide what the "I'm afraid that won't be possible" is for this situation. Small wall o' text inside. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Oct 22, 2012 - 22 answers

Please just go away!

Pulled away from a friend and now he's pestering mutual friends about me. How do I tell him (nicely) to back off? [more inside]
posted by cucumber patch on Oct 9, 2012 - 23 answers

Should I maintain this burgeoning friendship? If not, how should I end it nicely?

He's nice in some ways, but really annoying in others. Should I continue trying to build a friendship with him? [more inside]
posted by dean_deen on Sep 28, 2012 - 24 answers

Whether and how to tell my shy, older friend I like-like him?

Help me decide whether, and how, to man up with a shy friend I like-like with a significant age gap. Cue the snowflakes. [more inside]
posted by hungry hippo on May 4, 2012 - 35 answers

Should I ask this girl to a date this summer?

Should I ask this girl to a date this summer? If so, how should I ask? [more inside]
posted by Thisispiggy on Mar 31, 2012 - 14 answers

We are not friends anymore. STOP CALLING! also don't murder me in my sleep.

A former acquaintance (non-close friend) from college continues to contact me regularly despite me ignoring his calls for almost a year. He calls me about once a week and occasionally he will call in bunches. He has probably called 40-50 times in about 9 months. The fact that he has persisted this long is freaking me out a bit. Should I just tell him to stop contacting me or has it gone beyond that? More below. I’m a man btw. [more inside]
posted by Ommcc on Feb 15, 2012 - 34 answers

Appropriate gift for the favor of bringing my child home from school 5 days/week for 4 months?

What is an appropriate gift card amount to thank a friend who is bringing my son home from the school she teaches in, 5 days a week for 4 months? [more inside]
posted by palliser on Jan 9, 2012 - 11 answers

Where to meet in Chicago?

Looking for suggestions for a convenient (and delicious?) place to meet a friend traveling through Chicago with a small dog. [more inside]
posted by quiet coyote on Oct 19, 2011 - 6 answers

Love, thou know'st, is full of jealousy

How do I deal with these feelings of jealousy towards my boyfriend's female friend? [more inside]
posted by bookgirl18 on Aug 11, 2011 - 29 answers

My suicidal friend

This is a follow-up question to this question about my suicidal friend. [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet on Jun 27, 2011 - 27 answers

We're not having sex, I get that, thank you!

My closest friend keeps telling me that we're not going to have a physical relationship. How should I handle this? Possibly NSFW. [more inside]
posted by Solomon on May 28, 2011 - 31 answers

Suicide is not painless...not to me

What is the best way to support a close friend that has suicidal tendencies and to handle the feelings I have about it? [more inside]
posted by sucky_poppet on May 27, 2011 - 24 answers

Chump or Heel? Giving money to an old friend or not?

I can't decide if I should offer any financial assistance to an old HS friend and his family who are facing some heavy duty medical bills also while enduring extended unemployment. [more inside]
posted by Jamesonian on Mar 9, 2011 - 40 answers

A friend in need

How to politely bring up money to a friend before I work for free? [more inside]
posted by blazingunicorn on Feb 28, 2011 - 14 answers

...and don't forget to write!

Another gift-filter: our friend is moving back to China! [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Feb 2, 2011 - 3 answers

My friend's dad just passed away. How can I help him?

My friend's dad just passed away. How can I help him? What can I do? I live couple thousand miles away from where he is. Can you give me some suggestions? Is it bad if I start compiling list of government agencies or funeral homes for them to call? What else I can do?
posted by Carius on Jan 2, 2011 - 16 answers

Go west, young woman.

Asking for a friend: Any experience with Pacific Northwest College of Art? [more inside]
posted by functionequalsform on Nov 11, 2010 - 9 answers

What option should my friend take in dealing with a hospital mix up?

My friend was in the hospital and a surgeon delivered the wrong (and devastating news to the family). How should we handle the situation? [more inside]
posted by Felex on Nov 3, 2010 - 43 answers

Help a sister out

Did I do the right thing by telling a friend off about her abusive ex? If not...how to fix, please? [more inside]
posted by motsque on Oct 8, 2010 - 15 answers

How to help a person to see the better side(s) of life?

I have been with my girlfriend for what will be 4 months total as of October 4th. Still feels like the “honeymoon” period. Though, neither of us have had the best lives, so meeting each other was a blessing to say the least. Life changing in a lot of ways. The only issue that seems to ever come up doesn't even directly relate to us or our relationship. It's her one friend of 3 years. [more inside]
posted by jolynntech on Sep 24, 2010 - 21 answers

Tactful CV help.

A friend of mine who is an intelligent, hard worker, is looking for a job. She's been applying for a while, and I was truly surprised that she hasn't had an offer yet (academic post-docs) - until I saw her CV/ resume. It is not at ALL well-written. [more inside]
posted by Everydayville on Sep 23, 2010 - 29 answers

Do I have to RSVP?

An ex-friend I ended the frienship with contacted me via email after over a year of no contact. The email was along the lines of, "do you still use this account? I guess sending this means I wish to reconnect." I don't want to resume the friendship with her, but she has serious mental health issues and we have a lot of friends in common so I feel obligated to answer the email... mostly to not seem like an a-hole. Do I have to answer it? If so, what should I say? I'm afraid even a really vague response will encourage her; she has really poor boundaries. [more inside]
posted by ShadePlant on Sep 15, 2010 - 26 answers

Are casseroles the answer to everything?

How do I help my friend recover from having his home broken in to? [more inside]
posted by shesbookish on Jun 4, 2010 - 6 answers

May need immediate help for out of state friend

I have no phone and little contact information on a friend who may be suicidal right now. I need quick answers - I am very concerned. [more inside]
posted by deacon_blues on May 27, 2010 - 18 answers

Helping my friend with Cancer

How do I go about appropriately and respectfully helping my friend with cancer? [more inside]
posted by pennstatephil on May 22, 2010 - 17 answers

Friendship SNAFU

How do I rectify this friendship and change? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 6, 2009 - 16 answers

Sex with an ex?

I'd like to hear stories or comments from others who have slept with their exes. [more inside]
posted by bananaskin on Oct 17, 2009 - 28 answers

How to deal with a narcissist?

I mistakenly became friends with a narcissist, who I also work with. I've avoided a confrontation with her, but she keeps prying to find out if I'm mad at her or don't like her anymore, and I feel like eventually I am going to have to explain myself. But how do you tell a narcissist that you just don't care about them without having them explode? [more inside]
posted by tastybrains on Sep 14, 2009 - 42 answers

Help me choose a gift for a hard to buy for female friend.

I want to buy a small cheering, comforting, gift for a friend who has recently endured financial troubles, a relationship breakup, the start of a new job and an interstate move - and moved back in with her parents. But we have very different tastes and I'm at a bit of a loss as to what, exactly, I might get her. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on May 31, 2009 - 20 answers

What to do for my friend whose boyfriend just died?

My roommate's boyfriend just died. My other roommates and I want to do something for her, but we are drawing a blank. [more inside]
posted by firei on Jan 14, 2009 - 24 answers

How do I give money to a friend who is too proud to accept it?

A friend of mine is coming in from a couple hours away (each way) for the night (halloween party), and money is tight on her end. I would go pick her up myself, but have to work late into the afternoon and wouldn't have time to drive up and back twice between today and tomorrow. I want to give her the money for gas (I am in a much better position financially), since I know this is a big expense for her and she is saving me the trip, but she is very independent and does not want me reimbursing her. How can I get her to accept it without making damaging her ego or seeming like this is out of pity?
posted by pennstatephil on Oct 31, 2008 - 21 answers

Work with a friend

Where can I work alongside my friend? [more inside]
posted by MrBCID on Sep 7, 2008 - 6 answers

How can I make it up to my pal?

I did what I was asking about in this question , and now I've lost one of my friends. [more inside]
posted by stedman15 on Feb 20, 2008 - 59 answers

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