IllinoisTimes - Advice Goddess http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-109-1-advice-goddess.html Fri, 19 Dec 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 The company you keep away http://illinoistimes.com/article-14847-the-company-you-keep-away.html The company you keep away
 I’ve got an intense attraction to this musician I’ve been dating for four months. He’s on the road a lot, plus he’s new to the city and recently out of a relationship. He says he’s not...]]>
American idle http://illinoistimes.com/article-14809-american-idle.html American idle
My girlfriend is beautiful, highly intelligent and interesting. She’s smart for a living (as a strategic planner in advertising) so I find it sad that she watches so much television – maybe two ho...]]>
Belittle Richard http://illinoistimes.com/article-14778-belittle-richard.html Belittle Richard
 My girlfriend says she likes that I’m smart but says I can be “on” too much of the time. For example, if someone pronounces a word wrong or uses it incorrectly I’ll correct them. If they...]]>
Lord of the lies http://illinoistimes.com/article-14749-lord-of-the-lies.html Lord of the lies
In social situations, my boyfriend will often pretend to have read books I know he hasn’t. He doesn’t just fake it with some casual “Yeah, I read that.” He will try to say something deep and p...]]>
Scoot force http://illinoistimes.com/article-14728-scoot-force.html Scoot force
 My husband’s been saving for a motorcycle, and I was excited about riding on the back hanging on to him – sexy and fun! But then he came home with a Vespa, the little Italian scooter. It jus...]]>
Along came polygraph http://illinoistimes.com/article-14686-along-came-polygraph.html Along came polygraph
I’m an aspiring comedian – seriously aspiring – so I’m out most nights doing stand-up. My girlfriend gets upset about all the time I put into this and expects my nights off to be spent with he...]]>
Scold Rush http://illinoistimes.com/article-14668-scold-rush.html Scold Rush
 I try to be direct, but my girlfriend often sees this as meanness. For example, when we’re out to dinner, she sometimes takes forever to order when the server is standing right there. I’ll c...]]>
The agony of delete http://illinoistimes.com/article-14654-the-agony-of-delete.html The agony of delete
 I just had the humiliating experience of being dumped via email. I’d been seeing the guy for three months. Just days before, we had a romantic date and he kept saying things like “We’re so...]]>
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...]]>