Dear loyal readers
your questions gave me such joy
My favorites below
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I've tried everything but I can't seem to get my husband to pick up his
dirty socks. And his dirty underwear. And jeans and shirts. His dirty
laundry is pretty much thrown all over the house. I've tried everything,
from simply asking him to aim for the hamper to more passive aggressive
techniques (i.e. sabotaging his underwear drawer etc.) Nothing has worked
and my back is killing me! What should I do?
Alison (ed note: this advice was originally requested for an interview which appeared on Alison's website Haiku by Two)
shame him to action
refuse to pick up laundry,
invite HIS friends 'round
My HR department would probably deny it, but my office is gossip-crazed. Between people dishing in the breakroom, and instant messages flying around the office I feel like I am trapped in a seventh grade girl's world. I try to stay out of the fray, but my reluctance to take part in the office whispering has made me a target of constant questions about my personal life. I don't want everyone to dislike me, but at the same time I don't feel like I should have to pour my heart out to everyone in the building. How do I politely let them know I am not into "sharing".
Standoffish in San Francisco
Be non comittal
I'm well, not much, oh you know
smile, and walk away
A few years ago my husband and I made the decision not to have children. Since then we have been very happy with our decision and feel it was 100% the right thing to do. Unfortunately, many of our friends have trouble understand that this was our choice and are constantly questioning us about our decision. How do we tell them to stop their badgering and let us live our lives?
Kid-free (and loving it)on Clement Street
Dear Kid Free:
decision happily made
smile and change subject
My boyfriend works for a social media company, and he is a total tech junkie. If I want to communicate with him, even just to make plans, I have to log in to a zillion different websites just to get his attention, and then once we go out he is constantly tweeting, foursquaring etc. I am getting super fed up with his inability to communicate in person. I want more facetime, less facebook. Help!
Low-tech in the Tenderloin
Dear Low- Tech:
hints at a deeper problem
time to un-friend him
Do dudes ever ask you questions? Seems like everything on you site is chicks complaining about guys that don't want to commit, or what they should do about their bitchy friends. What about the guys, can you help us with our problems? I know a guy who needs to find the balls to ask this woman he sees every day on BART but never talks to, to hang out. Would that be creepy, because they never spoke? Help my friend out with a little advice .
The Dude in Oakland
Practice the approach
Say hello, grab nearby seat
Offer her your card
Happiness and joy to all
Love from Haikusue