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March 19

Help me prank my honey!

Mr. Confusion and I are coming up on our first wedding anniversary, and I need some help in coming up with a way to prank him appropriately. We had the good sense to get married on April 1, so this will be an annual problem, but I need some help getting the ball rolling. What would be a good way to prank him lovingly? Bonus if it involves the traditional wedding anniversary gift nonsense—for the first year of marriage, it's supposed to be paper.
posted by pleasant_confusion at 10:03 PM - 14 answers

This is doomed, yes?

I'm ostensibly "dating" someone "casually," but where is the freakin sex??? [more inside]
posted by MiraK at 11:42 AM - 43 answers

Is my boyfriend a people pleaser ? And what should I do about it ?

I start constantly getting pissed off of my boyfriend's behavior/attitude towards his friends/acquaintances/strangers. Because I think he's wasting his time and energy to people just want to use him. [more inside]
posted by dadaxiang1204 at 11:28 AM - 11 answers

Strategies for working with hostile learners

How do you deal with adult learners who resent being told what to do? [more inside]
posted by pipeski at 8:27 AM - 16 answers

Supporting friend during a "reset" stay away from abusive relationship

My friend from this question and her partner are planning a "break" due to the already abusive situation escalating over recent months. My friend's partner suggested my friend move out for a few days to "reset" and she has asked to stay with me for this time. I'm keenly hoping this will spell the beginning of the end. How can I best support her, without becoming an unofficial therapist? [more inside]
posted by doornoise at 5:37 AM - 13 answers

How can an adult learn to play or be playful?

Say you're an adult with a more or less happy, fulfilling life, but as a result of some adverse childhood stuff, you didn't really learn to be playful, and you find anything that involves being silly and frivolous pretty terrifying. What are some baby-step-type ways you could ease into incorporating play into your life?
posted by anonymous at 12:03 AM - 28 answers

March 17

Have I been dating a couple?

I've been friends with a couple for about 4 months and I thought we were just friends, but I received a text from them today saying that they would like to discuss relationships when we see each other next. I'm not sure how to feel about this. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:08 PM - 48 answers

What is 'home'? And how do I choose mine?

I am reaching a crossroads about where I want to put down roots in the next year or two. But I am seriously torn on staying in Spain or moving back to Scotland. Help me decide, or begin the thinking process? Or tell me your experience? [more inside]
posted by Willow251 at 8:26 AM - 13 answers

March 16

How much alcohol is OK in the early stages of dating?

I (27, F) have had bad experiences with alcoholics both in my family and romantic relationships. I also tend to match the drinking habits of the people who are in my life, which is why I want to steer clear from heavy drinkers. I've started to date a guy I'm really into, but I'm getting anxious over the amounts of alcohol that is involved in our dates. Am I overreacting? More special snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by mesija at 6:17 AM - 74 answers

March 15

Dating while woke

There's a common-ish first date/getting to know you question that I dislike because it makes assumptions about my background, and the truth is a sensitive topic. Surely I must be doing this to other people. Tell me your questions I should avoid or word more sensitively. [more inside]
posted by unannihilated at 11:34 AM - 42 answers

Should you voice your insecurities to your partner?

What is reasonable to voice? What should you keep to yourself (and just tell your therapist or close friend instead)? How much should you reasonably expect for your partner to try to understand or is it just a burden? I don’t have any good relationship models (besides TV) and I am lost. [more inside]
posted by socky bottoms at 9:28 AM - 36 answers

March 14

Tired of wearing my heart on my sleeve

I'm tired of showing every emotion on my face. How do I not? [more inside]
posted by Nyx at 1:50 PM - 10 answers

Why do men keep texting when we're no longer going on dates?

Why do men keep texting when we're no longer going on dates? [more inside]
posted by sunflower16 at 1:06 AM - 40 answers

March 13

What is a good gift for my baristas?

The baristas as my favorite coffee shop (that I go to 2-3 times a day) keep giving me free coffees (the other day I got 3 coffees and paid for none). What is an appropriate gift to give them to show my appreciation? [more inside]
posted by ejfox at 7:20 AM - 21 answers

What's the time frame to assume a ghosting?

How many days/hours should pass before one can safely assume that one has been ghosted? [more inside]
posted by Capt. Renault at 6:59 AM - 26 answers

secret lunch hour dates and public anonymous gestures

My new(ish) partner likes surprises, especially surprise activities and surprise gestures of affection. I am not the spontaneous type, have limited funds, limited time to do it (something that we could do during a lunch hour would be perfect), and we're trying to keep our relationship secret, but I'd still like to try to do something for them. Help? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 6:20 AM - 6 answers

March 12

Can't figure out the new okcupid. Help?

It appears there's no longer an inbox on okcupid. I get emails from okcupid saying "Someone's messaged you," but I have no way to find this message. It says "Go to Double take and the messager will be near the top," but this is not so. What gives?
posted by gigondas at 2:16 PM - 9 answers

How do you manage during prolonged periods of profound stress?

The last few years have been really, really hard. Stressors, grief, and disappointment have been relentless and it feels like one more thing just might break me. How do you get through periods like this? [more inside]
posted by robertthebruce at 1:26 PM - 14 answers

Advice for a theatre board of directors?

Hi. I am hoping to run for a board of directors position with a theatre stage group. I am wondering what are some important skills and qualities a possible board member candidate should have in theatre and arts? [more inside]
posted by RearWindow at 11:54 AM - 9 answers

March 11

How do you set limits on client feedback?

I am the art director at a small design agency. Part of my job involves project management, and I am really struggling with keeping client feedback at a reasonable level/pace. How do you handle this at your company? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger at 11:56 PM - 28 answers

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