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By TheLetterL on Friday Open Thread

@QuiteAmiable Unless there's reason to think there's a fracture, I'd vote for rest and ibuprofen. I hope it doesn't, but if it comes down to it, you could always tell the bride her options are silver flats or the heels plus crutches and an ankle wrap.

And then maybe you get the clashiest neon ankle wrap you can find so that anyone who looks at her wedding photos will have testament to her terribleness.

Posted on July 26, 2013 at 4:17 pm 1

By gobblegirl on Friday Open Thread

@granny squares Have you considered writing her a letter? You'll be able to get everything across without getting too emotional, or getting interrupted.
Like it or not, she's going to be a part of your family for the rest of her life, so I'm always a proponent of making peace instead of cutting people off.
In the letter, you can acknowledge her feelings and desire to be involved in your life. In addition to the possibility that she's just not a nice person, she's probably afraid of 'losing' another family member, and is taking it out on you. Huge upheavals like the death of a loved one, or marriage of another, do NOT always bring out the best in people. I'm not excusing her behaviour, but trust me: you won't be able to manage your relationship with her unless you try to understand her point of view, and why she does what she does. Also, try to reflect on the motivations behind your interactions with her - is your impression of her coloured by what your fiance has said? Are you afraid of her impacting you two's relationship?
Make. Acknowledge that both your emotions are running high with the wedding coming up, and ask to start the relationship fresh. Explain that you want to build a positive relationship with her, and to put everything else behind you. Of course, this won't actually be possible unless you actually do want to! As for asking her to change, explain in the most me-focused language how her actions have made you feel. Don't accuse her of being mean, etc, just pick a few (two or three!) issues - like say, the children comments - and explain how they make you feel. Try to make her understand YOUR point of view, just as you're trying to acknowledge hers.
I hope it helps. Good luck. Worst case scenario, move to Peru.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 5:50 pm 4

By PomoFrannyGlass on Friday Open Thread

@Miss Maszkerádi Mom: "PFG, ugh, you're so flip! Do you talk to your friends like that?" YES OBVIOUSLY.

Posted on June 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm 3

By hallelujah on Things Eva Braun’s Best Friend Said When Hitler First Asked Her Out (Plus One Thing Eva Braun’s Best Friend Said After She Started Dating Hitler)

@joythemanatee Personally, I thought this was HILARIOUS, in a silly, silly way. "Dreamboat Restaurant, table for zwei!“ made me actually LOL. Different strokes, ya know?

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 4:44 pm 18

By Scandyhoovian on Things Eva Braun’s Best Friend Said When Hitler First Asked Her Out (Plus One Thing Eva Braun’s Best Friend Said After She Started Dating Hitler)

@ʕ •ᴥ•ʔ I think the 'exaggerated German accent' thing is why I found it mildly entertaining. "Oopsendasies" got a good giggle out of me.

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 4:38 pm 7

By iceberg on A Student Tells Me “I Would Do Anything, And I Do Mean Anything, For a C”

"I would do anything... except, apparently, the required work."

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 2:41 pm 15

By Tulletilsynet on A Student Tells Me “I Would Do Anything, And I Do Mean Anything, For a C”

Had me at "Would you do the reading?"

Posted on April 1, 2013 at 2:27 pm 18

By gobblegirl on Friday Open Thread

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher Last semester my doctor and I suspected I had thyroid issues but it turned out to be severe stress (all my symptoms miraculously went away when I handed in my last assignment and cut down on my work hours!).
So even if it isn't thyroid or otherwise test-able, it could be something solveable. Good luck.

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm 1

By themegnapkin on Friday Open Thread

@frigwiggin if I were you, I would go to therapy, and speak with your therapist about strategies for how to deal with your unsupportive boyfriend. I think a lot of people dismiss therapy/psychiatry without a good understanding of how it works, and your therapist can educate you on how to address that with him.

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm 4

By TheLetterL on Friday Open Thread

@frigwiggin Oh, this is tough. Only you know if it's time to DTMFA, but in the meantime, can you treat the subject of therapy like religion? As in, this is something you believe in and that you want to explore, and he needs to be supportive and respectful because he supports and respects YOU, regardless of his own feelings on therapy?

Posted on March 29, 2013 at 3:25 pm 5