Category Archives: Relationships

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On Losing A Pet

On Monday, my parents put to sleep our 14-year-old Wheaton terrier, Timmy. This photo is exactly what Timmy looked like — i.e., sooo cute. My mom is really the one broken up by Timmy’s death; with all her kids moved out of the house, he became like another child (albeit one who never aged past being an impatient, demanding toddler!). I feel a twinge of sadness about Timmy’s death, because I hate to think of animals suffering in pain. But I know he was spoiled rotten during his 14 years in the Wakeman family and had a good life. Keep reading »

8 Bachelorette And Bridesmaid Traditions We’d Be Glad To See Go

Spring is in the air, peonies are in season, and bank accounts are slowly being drained … it can mean only one thing — wedding season has arrived! I’m attending a wedding this weekend in Napa and am quite excited for all the festivities — seeing old friends, drinking wine, eating yummy food, hearing the exchanging of vows, crying tears of joy, cutting a rug at 3 a.m. with a bottle of bubbly in my hand, etc. But as the movie “Bridesmaids” so hilariously illustrated, wedding culture — specifically bridesmaid culture — often goes too far. Many pre-wedding celebrations have become more of a bizarre, self-indulgent spectacle and less about rejoicing in true love. And the expectations made of bridesmaids? Well, I have heard some horror stories that make me want to punch a giant cookie. After the jump, eight bachelorette and bridesmaid traditions we’d be glad to see go. Feel free to add your own (or disagree!) in the comments!
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Love It Or Leave It: Wendy Williams Wishes Demi Moore Hadn’t Married Ashton Kutcher

Wendy Williams, host of GSN’s new show, “Love Triangle,” holds what might be a kind of controversial opinion about celeb couple Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore. Though she thinks they make a nice couple, she wishes Demi hadn’t married Ashton because, at the end of the day, she won’t be able to give him children of his own. Now, I am pretty sure Wendy does not have a second job as Demi’s OB-GYN, so I’m going to take her assessment of Demi’s current reproductive capabilities with a grain of salt. I also am pretty sure she doesn’t hold a third job as the couple’s marriage counselor and is thus privy to their discussions — or lack thereof — about having a baby. And I don’t think it’s fair for her to assume that just because Ashton is from the midwest, he must want to procreate. All that being said, Wendy’s judgments about the seemingly happy couple do bring up a subject that us lesser famous folks can discuss — would you commit to someone who didn’t share your views on having kids?

Be sure to watch “Love Triangle” weeknights at 7:00 p.m. EST /6:00 p.m. CST on the Game Show Network. [Love It Or Leave It] Keep reading »

The Love Guru: My Terribly Unglamorous Moment Of Clarity

As I got ready to go on my second date with Party Boy, the be-dimpled guy I had shared witty banter and a cigarette with at my friend’s birthday party, I was hopeful, grateful in fact, that going to see one of our favorite bands together would be an awesome way to spend a Wednesday evening. Dr. Diana’s call to gratitude had kicked my negative dating booty in gear. This dating thing was actually becoming, dare I say it, kind of FUN. Keep reading »

Dear Wendy Updates: “165 And Ready To Run” Responds

It’s time again for “Dear Wendy Updates,” a feature where people I’ve given advice to in the past let us know whether they followed the advice and how they’re doing today. After the jump, we hear from “165 And Ready To Run,” whose boyfriend confessed to her that he was really bothered by her 8-pound weight gain and it was the reason he had been seeming distant. “Since he told me, he has been affectionate and loving again; he says he just needed to get it off his chest and now everything will be fine. But I’m pissed. Is it worth it for me to put up with his shallowness?” After the jump, find out whether she decided to keep putting up with his shallowness or if she MOA’d. Keep reading »

For The Week Of May 23-29, 2011

Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

Get ready for someone to challenge your authority and be regretfully wrong! Yes, they hardly get what you’re capable of and due to that negligence, it’ll have them eating more crow than they can handle. So while on one hand you’ll have a victory, on another you also have to deal with its fall out — as in someone not being such a graceful loser. Yes, a mixed bag kind of week.

Libra (September 23 – October 22)

Consequences don’t have to be scary, so forget trying to coast right now. Yes, life is changing and it’s time for you to roll with it — expand your imagination to think beyond the limit of what is your norm and make this magic moment all that it’s worth. You know it; if you want to live out that fantasy, today is the first day to start making it a reality.

Scorpio (October 23 – November 21)

You know what you want, so don’t be shy about it. If that other is worth your while, they will listen openly. Sure, you might be the kind of person who always has a back up plan for when the other shoe drops, but as you should know by now, if it’s going to fall, it will, no matter what you do. The only thing to do is keep being honest with yourself.

Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21)

Having aspirations is great, but if you don’t take the time to sort out the step-by-steps to get there, you never will. Yes, fate may be calling, but unless you take a more balanced approach to reaching the destination, you will lose yourself in the confusion and damn yourself. Life isn’t necessarily better the harder you make it.

Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Use those backup coping mechanisms of yours now, as it’ll be that kind of week when chaos takes center stage and you’ll need to make some crucial moves to get your romantic matters into better shape. Yes, seems it’s time to re-sort your priorities and get back to what truly matters, as simplicity is honesty.

Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

You love a good mental challenge, as that is your sex. Lucky for you, a puzzle will present itself this week that will be so involved, that you’ll be toast from the moment you lay your eyes on it. However, do set limits on the time spent playing with it, as some mysteries have no solution — there are such things as true enigmas.

Pisces (February 19 – March 20)

As much as you want to believe, you are going to have to hold off on jumping to any conclusions now. Facts will be impossible to find, and nothing will come quickly — like, nothing! For now, just sit back and observe. As time goes on, the obvious will make itself known and only when you get there will your next move need to happen.

Aries (March 21 – April 19)

Gratitude is a priceless tool and the more you show it, the more you will get it back. Sure, you may be entitled to more than you are given right now, but being the bigger person is sometimes the only way to get the full payback you deserve. As they say, you got to spend it to make it, so make those investments now — you have to trust the potential is there.

Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

As much as you think you have it all under control, something this week will start to go out of whack and throw you into a last minute tizzy. No matter, you have your resources and if you call up for backup, you will get the advice and support you need to jump through a few more hurdles. Nothing is impossible for you now, if only just a few minor details.

Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

Set matters straight by taking the reins in any negotiations you’re sorting through, as leadership power is in your stars. That’s right, don’t underestimate your past experiences, as you’re an expert in this particular problem you’re grappling with. As it goes, it’s just giving yourself that last push into the unknown that’s the scary part, but right now, totally doable!

Cancer (June 21 – July 22)

Stop making pride your excuse to hold back. Sometimes life is dirty and groveling is necessary to get what you want. No, love shouldn’t be such drama, but nothing in life is ever as perfect as we’d wish, but if you can’t live without it, you just can’t live without it. So, sorry to say, desperation just happens to be part of life — and especially for you this week.

Leo (July 23 – August 22)

You know who those undermining people are in your life. So, don’t walk into the fire by letting yourself get involved with them now by trying to seek out approval or make anyone change, because it’s not going to happen. If they try to fool you into thinking otherwise, well, then the joke is on you. Trust not to trust those shady people that you know you can’t trust!

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