IllinoisTimes - Advice Goddess http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-109-1-advice-goddess.html Sun, 26 Oct 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Knight terrors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14616-knight-terrors.html Knight terrors
 I’m a woman in my early 30s. I was one of the employees who got laid off after my employer lost a big account. I’ve found a new job, but it’s not on my career path and it pays terribly. St...]]>
Will onesies never cease? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14579-will-onesies-never-cease.html Will onesies never cease?
My married friend just had a baby and posts what’s essentially the same “Look how cuuute!” shot on Facebook several times daily. Beyond finding this annoyingly boring, I’m 32 and unhappily sin...]]>
Fasten your Bible Belt http://illinoistimes.com/article-14561-fasten-your-bible-belt.html Fasten your Bible Belt
 My boyfriend and I are spending Christmas with his family. I like them and get along well with them. However, they’re very religious, and he wants me to join them in going to holiday church se...]]>
Heavy meddle http://illinoistimes.com/article-14545-heavy-meddle.html Heavy meddle
Is it okay to keep your income a secret from someone you’re dating? I recently started seeing a girl I work with (at an advertising company). She believes women at our company get paid less on avera...]]>
To leech according to her needs http://illinoistimes.com/article-14503-to-leech-according-to-her-needs.html To leech according to her needs
 My roommate’s girlfriend is unemployed and just hangs around our place all week, even when he’s at work. (She has her own place but is never there.) She’s very wasteful with our utilities....]]>
Doody-bound http://illinoistimes.com/article-14461-doody-bound.html Doody-bound
You printed a letter from a guy who doesn’t want to be a father and wanted to know how to be sure his girlfriend is on birth control. You said, “The single worst form of birth control is trusting...]]>
Whoa is me http://illinoistimes.com/article-14439-whoa-is-me.html Whoa is me
 Last year, after I split up with my girlfriend, the law firm I worked for went belly up. I haven’t been on a date all year. Friends try to set me up, and I keep giving excuses for why I can’...]]>
Beard-death experience http://illinoistimes.com/article-14411-beard-death-experience.html Beard-death experience
This adorable, smart, funny guy I’m dating was clean-shaven when we first met, but for the past three weeks, he hasn’t shaved much. He has this really weird facial hair pattern (like patches on hi...]]>
MP3’s a crowd http://illinoistimes.com/article-14385-mp3%25E2%2580%2599s-a-crowd.html MP3’s a crowd
 I’ve been dating a girl for two months, and I go back and forth from thinking the relationship has legs to wanting to end it. I just had a birthday, and she got me a new iPod Touch with my nam...]]>
Under new anger management http://illinoistimes.com/article-14351-under-new-anger-management.html Under new anger management
When my boyfriend and I started dating, he was kind of a hothead. His first encounter with my friends was a game of touch football on the beach. He and another guy collided, and he lost his temper. Th...]]>
I’m with stupor http://illinoistimes.com/article-14305-i%25E2%2580%2599m-with-stupor.html I’m with stupor
 A close friend has a drinking problem. His wife kicked him out, he lost his job, and he’s been a lousy father to their 1-year-old son. He begged to stay with me (his only single friend) and ha...]]>
Empty Shelly http://illinoistimes.com/article-14276-empty-shelly.html Empty Shelly
My girlfriend of a year is really pretty and sweet, and we love all the same outdoor activities. However, I feel there’s a ceiling on our connection because she lacks a strong personality of her own...]]>
Cheat exhaustion http://illinoistimes.com/article-14258-cheat-exhaustion.html Cheat exhaustion
 My girlfriend and I are mostly happy together, but we have this ongoing fight where she accuses me of wanting to cheat whenever I so much as glance at a woman she perceives to be my “type” (...]]>
Tales from the cryptic http://illinoistimes.com/article-14213-tales-from-the-cryptic.html Tales from the cryptic
My boyfriend of two years got an early birthday present from his sister and her husband: a really expensive, second-row ticket for a major sporting event next year. The trouble is, it falls on my 30th...]]>
Pierre pressure http://illinoistimes.com/article-14195-pierre-pressure.html Pierre pressure
 I’m an 18-year-old woman, recently asked out by a handsome, charming 34-year-old guy from France. He took me out to a nice restaurant, and everything was wonderful until he admitted that he ha...]]>
Is this deceit taken? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14168-is-this-deceit-taken.html Is this deceit taken?
I’m a 54-year-old single man. I’ve discovered a troubling and apparently rampant trend among people around my age doing online dating – women not being honest about their age. I think the women...]]>
Destitution wedding http://illinoistimes.com/article-14153-destitution-wedding.html Destitution wedding
 A friend asked me to be a groomsman in his wedding. It’s being held hours away, and the only hotel is pricey. With tux rental, attending will cost me over $500. I’ll also have to miss work....]]>
Bridle party http://illinoistimes.com/article-14088-bridle-party.html Bridle party
 I’m going to a friend’s bachelor party in Vegas, which includes a strip club visit. My girlfriend said I have to sit that out. She believes going could lead me to cheat on her. I assured her...]]>
All is not flossed http://illinoistimes.com/article-14061-all-is-not-flossed.html All is not flossed
 I’ve gone out several times with a girl I really like, but her breath bothers me enough that I don’t want to kiss her until it improves. (It smells like pepper and socks.) She doesn’t smok...]]>
Are we having fund yet? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14021-are-we-having-fund-yet.html Are we having fund yet?
I’m a single mother with a 12-year-old son. Four years ago, when my boyfriend fell in love with me, he would buy me clothes and jewelry. He also promised to build a house for my son and me to live i...]]>
Que syrah syrah http://illinoistimes.com/article-13992-que-syrah-syrah.html Que syrah syrah
 I’ve been dating a fun, very attractive woman for about a month, and things have been going great. However, on our last date, we were out at dinner, and the female server accidentally spilled...]]>
Bad harem day http://illinoistimes.com/article-13925-bad-harem-day.html Bad harem day
I’m 30, and I’ve been married to my sweet, beautiful wife for three years. I am a bartender at a club and have numerous opportunities to cheat dangled in front of me. After coming close on several...]]>
Sneer pressure http://illinoistimes.com/article-13896-sneer-pressure.html Sneer pressure
My boyfriend of eight years and I love each other to death and are very happy. Still, I’d be lying if I said it doesn’t bother me that some people think we aren’t in a “real” relationship be...]]>
All doc and no action http://illinoistimes.com/article-13810-all-doc-and-no-action.html All doc and no action
 I’ve been going to the same primary care doctor for a few years. I’m very attracted to him, and I believe he’s attracted to me, too. There’s always been a dynamic between us. I thought i...]]>
Gone with the Windex http://illinoistimes.com/article-13786-gone-with-the-windex.html Gone with the Windex
I’m a woman sharing a house with several roommates. We’re all in our mid-20s. This one male roommate and I sometimes cook meals together, and we share a bathroom (since we’re both cleaner than t...]]>
Watching paint die http://illinoistimes.com/article-13767-watching-paint-die.html Watching paint die
 I’ve been dating a girl I really like for six weeks. She pays her rent with a 9-to-5 job but studied painting at art school and wants to make it her career. Unfortunately, I don’t like her p...]]>
Six-month lay away http://illinoistimes.com/article-13728-six-month-lay-away.html Six-month lay away
For my New Year’s resolution, I committed to not having sex for the first six months of the year and then another six months from whenever I start dating someone. I’ve never been good at waiting. ...]]>
The fastidious and the furious http://illinoistimes.com/article-13685-the-fastidious-and-the-furious.html The fastidious and the furious
My boyfriend of nine years is extremely messy, while I prefer things tidy and clean. Cajoling, asking and flat-out begging him for consideration and help on this hasn’t worked, nor have tactics like...]]>
Serf’s up! http://illinoistimes.com/article-13653-serf%25E2%2580%2599s-up_.html Serf’s up!
 My boyfriend works at a hardware store and can fix things, and in the past six months, his sister and her husband have asked him to install their new kitchen faucet, mend their fence (with the h...]]>
Save the wails http://illinoistimes.com/article-13647-save-the-wails.html Save the wails
Are guys scared of politically active women? My boyfriend of two months just broke up with me over my support for animal rights, and I’ve generally had difficulty keeping boyfriends because of this....]]>