Short Answer Friday! Reading a story tonight! Kittens! Exclamation points!

Hello readers, You can submit questions at the Patreon thread (advantage: you get more than 280 characters and first dibs) or on Twitter (@CAwkward, #awkwardfriday). Submissions close at noon. FYI answers will slide slightly later today and probably won't be updated piece by piece since I have a last minute appointment at noon. Like, everything … Continue reading Short Answer Friday! Reading a story tonight! Kittens! Exclamation points!

It Came From The Search Terms: August

It's time for that thing we do, where we use the search strings people typed in to find this place as if they were questions. First, as is traditional, a song: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=51&v=iBjo55ZvRnU Lyrics here. 1 "How to encourage husband to make friends." The subtext runs deep with this one, does it not? Like, where is … Continue reading It Came From The Search Terms: August

#1124: “My girlfriend wants to move in and I am having major cold feet. How do I tell her?”

Is it me or is this cover of It Ain't Me, Babe by Kesha the soundtrack for lots of the posts this week? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sisAiNJPwK0 Now, a letter: Dear Captain, A friend that I’ve had for more than a decade recently said she wanted us to start dating. It’s not the first time we’ve done this … Continue reading #1124: “My girlfriend wants to move in and I am having major cold feet. How do I tell her?”

#1109: “My mom is judgmental about how I spend my money.”

Hi Captain, Your blog has been really helpful in establishing boundaries with family, but my mum has brought us into conflict and I don't know how to approach it. Background: I finished uni with depression and no job prospects, so spent a year living with my parents working occassional cash-in-hand cleaning jobs, which I used … Continue reading #1109: “My mom is judgmental about how I spend my money.”

#1019″ “I’m scared of spending money and everybody in my life pressures me not to.”

Dear Captain Awkward, I have a stable job, am financially independent, and have savings for a rainy day. Yet I have trouble when it comes spending money on myself, and I’m having increasingly emotional reactions to people who comment on how I spend money. I feel guilty when I spend on necessities - if it’s … Continue reading #1019″ “I’m scared of spending money and everybody in my life pressures me not to.”

It Came From The Search Terms: Sometimes It Snows In April

It's that time of the month where we treat the search strings people typed in as actual questions. Before I dive in: The trip to France was wonderful. We ate all the foods and saw all the arts and drove many kilometers and met lovely France-based Awkward folks who had excellent ice cream recommendations. I think … Continue reading It Came From The Search Terms: Sometimes It Snows In April

#913: “You don’t have to quit your day job right this second to follow a creative dream.”

Dear Captain, I'm in my early 30's. Having spent my 20's doing the 'right' things (college -> law school -> office job), I have now recognised what was clear all along, namely that this is not for me at all, and that maybe that's okay. I've also realised that maybe it's okay to not be … Continue reading #913: “You don’t have to quit your day job right this second to follow a creative dream.”