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I’m In Love With Being Alone

I’ve learned a lot over the course of writing this column. Readers don’t care for wedding critiques. Also, if you want to generate a ton of comments, write an impassioned polemic against open-toed sandal-boots and vodka tonics. Interweb columns sure are strange!

My editor, when not worshiping Cthulu or excising all of my best jokes, likes to remind me to write honestly. And in trying to do so, I’ve started to come to some startling conclusions about myself.

Conclusions like, I think I’ve realized that I’m in love …

… with being alone. Read more Keep reading »

Can I Get Pregnant If He Pulls Out?

Will a doctor be straight with me — does pulling out work?

First, let’s be clear about what you’re trying to prevent here. If you’re looking to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STI), then stick to a condom (and keep it on the whole time), because pulling out is NOT going to provide protection against infection. If you’re just looking to prevent pregnancy, then you’ll be happy to know that withdrawal method (pulling out) is a potentially viable alternative if other contraceptives don’t seem to be ideal for you. Read more Keep reading »

Dear NY Times, Here’s Why I Haven’t “Grown Up.” Love, A 20-Something

Yesterday I received the same message via email, text, tweet and wall post no fewer than a dozen times:

“I’m sure you’ve already seen this, but …”

The “this” was Robin Marantz Henig’s hefty New York Times article about the state of today’s 20-somethings — an extensive assessment of the way my generation is choosing to spend our transition into adulthood, what our choices mean, and if they’re good or bad. Read more … Keep reading »

Would You Give Away All Your Stuff?

At one point in her life — when she owned a two-bedroom condo, two cars, and enough wedding china to serve two dozen people gazpacho at the same time — Tammy Strobel, 31, asked herself if all that “stuff” actually made her and her husband, Logan, happy.

Then, she gave it all away. Read more Keep reading »

She’s Got The Gown, Now She Needs The Groom

Lisa Linehan, 35, is getting married on February 15, 2011.

Most of the wedding’s details are already set — she’s picked out the venue, chosen a DJ, and narrowed her gown possibilities to four lucky finalists. There’s just one thing missing: the husband-to-be.

Lisa, a singer-songwriter, has neither a fiance nor a long-term boyfriend. She intends to find her soul mate through what she’s calling “Project Husband,” a venture sponsored by Dallas’s local CW affiliate. She’s even written a song about it — “I Want to Get Married.” Read more Keep reading »

I Tried Whale Semen Hair Conditioner And It Worked

If there’s one thing I’ve learned about whale semen, it’s that if you Tweet about it, you get … crickets.

“HAHA, ASSIGNED TO CONDITION MY HAIR WITH WHALE SEMEN!” I wrote to my unwitting public (of, like, 140 followers).

Nothing. No one wants to hear about that. But they should! Because whale sperm is actually a truly excellent hair conditioner, and I learned this the very, very hard way (my, there are so many semen jokes) when I purchased a tub of whale sperm this week, for the low, low price of $6.99, then slathered it all over my own head — and a good-natured neighbor’s. Read more Keep reading »

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