When fear of over-committing meets terror of letting other people down, that's where you'll find me and way more than one of you, if my inbox is any indication.
Licensed therapist Rae McDaniel reminds a reader that discomfort is not harm, and trans people aren't messing up their family events by existing at them.
Hi, Captain, To cut to the chase, I (she/her) have an autoimmune disease for which I take several immunosuppressant medications — none of which are working particularly well. My parents are both over the age of 60. You can probably tell where this is going. My sister (she/her) is getting married at the end of … Continue reading #1274 and #1275: COVID-19 and Family Visits and Weddings
In which I share only pleasing (to me, at least) things! With exclamation points! Story Club: Live! Tonight! In the Internet! I read at the very first Story Club in Chicago (and many more since) and the glorious founder Dana is hosting an online version in Zoom tonight, 8pm EDT, 7pm Central. I'll link you … Continue reading Story Club Social (tonight!) and other links.
I wrote a piece for VICE about taking good care of yourself during holiday visits with family. We're at work on the sequel about hosting holiday visits that people won't have to write to internet advice columns about. The therapist I spoke with for the Vice piece, Rae McDaniel, is a delight and had so … Continue reading Captain Awkward at Vice and other links.
Dance Dance Party Party is a Chicago-originated fun, welcoming dance and social event that has now spread to Texas. From the organizer: Dance Dance Party Party has come to Dallas! Please join us at the kickoff dance event: DDPP is kind of about exercise, kind of about socializing, and mostly about having a friendly, women-only … Continue reading Last Minute Dallas Event Invite: Dance Dance Part Party Dallas starts tonight!
If you're in Chicago and you want to see me engage in a competitive live lit bout (vs. the great Jeremy Owens of You're Being Ridiculous) come to the Hideout Inn next Tuesday at 7pm. Venue information and link to purchase tickets is here (and live/working). Bumping this up the page. Come out, Chicago! ❤
Hello, monthly feature with short questions from patrons continues from the previous chapter. Q7: I am single in my 40s and have never had a serious long-term partner. I used to think I hadn’t met the right person yet but have recently come to understand that I’m aromantic (and probably demisexual - not ace but … Continue reading Short Questions for August 2019: Part 2 of 2
I'm accumulating questions from people about birthday stuff, and Mr. Awkward just had a birthday (jaunty photo at link) so we're gonna talk about birthday stuff. The questions are along the lines of: "I make a big deal out of my spouse's birthday, they treat mine like an afterthought (if they remember at all)." "I've … Continue reading Birthday Blues Bulletin Board: Advice + Open Thread
From your host, Agne: York, UK Meetup When: Thursday 27th June, 6pm Where: Rowntree Park. See this map for the meetup point. The meetup point is the corner of the field by the Millennium Bridge. It can be accessed via Cameron Grove/Butcher Terrace (from Bishopthorpe Road, if you're driving or taking public transport), Terry Avenue or Millennium Bridge. If … Continue reading York, UK Meetup: June 27th