#903: “I have to be very strict about food just now. How to tell family/friends?”

Dear Captain Awkward, All my adult life, I've been an adventurous eater. My partner and I love to cook and try new dishes. We invite people over for dinner parties a lot, and our friends and family love to reciprocate. We also really enjoy trying new restaurants with them. Unfortunately, I recently underwent allergy testing … Continue reading #903: “I have to be very strict about food just now. How to tell family/friends?”

#885: “My psychiatrist is not okay. How do I help her?”

Dear Captain, I have been retraining/job searching for at least 2 years. My psychiatrist expressed that it would great if I could help with filing and organization. This is something my previous job (that I RAN from, as to develop other skills) utilized my talent to the point of burnout. In the past few months … Continue reading #885: “My psychiatrist is not okay. How do I help her?”

#867: “My partner constantly harasses me about my weight. Any advice?”

I know we just talked about this, but this showed up in the box this morning and I want to show side-by-side how PREDICTABLE and DELIBERATE this kind of emotional abuse is. A partner who harps on you about your appearance is not a good partner. In other news, it's about to get very crowded … Continue reading #867: “My partner constantly harasses me about my weight. Any advice?”

#814: “You’re not doing anything wrong, but stop it!”

If this blog were a child it would be a five-year-old today, and I would buy it Star Wars action figures and a bake it a chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting in my mom's old Mickey Mouse-shaped pans. Happy New Year/Blogaversary, Awkward People! ¬†Here is a poem that I think is about forgiving yourself: … Continue reading #814: “You’re not doing anything wrong, but stop it!”

#776: “How do I help my recovering friend navigate a visit with his abusive family?”

Hi Captain My best friend, "Toby" has been living in my city for about a year now and over that time he's gone from being homeless and alcoholic to having a sweet flat and ten months of sobriety under his belt. I'm trying to be as engaged in his recovery and support as possible because … Continue reading #776: “How do I help my recovering friend navigate a visit with his abusive family?”

#744: Informing someone you’re not talking to anymore about STI risks

Dear Captain & Army, About a month ago, I finally broke things off with a long-term Darth Vader ex I'll call Joe. We officially broke up last year, but spent this summer falling in love all over again, though we kept it completely secret. However, when Joe finally admitted to cheating on me with a … Continue reading #744: Informing someone you’re not talking to anymore about STI risks