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The Vine: January 26, 2006
January 26, 2006 – 6:42 PM | No Comment

Thanks to everyone who wrote in with the obvious solution to Mic's kids-at-the-wedding problem that I didn't even think of: getting a babysitter or designating a "kids' room" for the duration of the ceremony.
Dear Sars,
I …

The Vine: January 25, 2006
January 25, 2006 – 6:33 PM | No Comment

Dr Pepper Lipsmackers. I've sworn by it for five years running.
Yeah, it's a little tween-y, but it gives my fair-skinned, dark-haired
self just enough color when I'm not in a lipstick mood. It doesn't
have the best …

The Vine: January 24, 2006
January 24, 2006 – 6:06 PM | No Comment

This is an roommate question wrapped in a cat question wrapped in a vest.
I'm a university student, living for the first time off-campus. I've come to live with a friend of mine, and after overcoming …

The Vine: January 20, 2006
January 20, 2006 – 5:44 PM | No Comment

One of my close relatives is in hospital, and I am
very upset about this. My two best (girl)friends are
out of the country, and I've needed someone present.
The only other option for that kind of friendshippy
comforty …

The Vine: January 19, 2006
January 19, 2006 – 5:36 PM | No Comment

Dear Sars,
So how do you completely change your career path?
For the past four years I've been working as a
substitute teacher. I took a long-term position this
August that ends next June, and I'm already miserable.
I know …

The Vine: January 18, 2006
January 18, 2006 – 5:29 PM | No Comment

I was in this position — quite literally — when I was pregnant. Phone calls are great as books, yarn, magazines, et cetera. In the four weeks I was on bedrest, I blew threw all …

The Vine: January 17, 2006
January 17, 2006 – 5:19 PM | No Comment

O Wise Sars,
I have a question for you. It's not about a boy, but it is, in its own way, about negotiating relationships.
First a little background: I am a Ph.D. student at a large university. …

The Vine: January 13, 2006
January 13, 2006 – 4:36 PM | No Comment

Dearest Sars,
To make a long story as short as I can, I have a Boy Problem. No, not THAT kind of boy problem. The Problem Boy is a friend of a very dear friend of …

The Vine: January 12, 2006
January 12, 2006 – 3:45 PM | No Comment

Dear Sars —
I've tried to write this question a gazillion times to make it sound less stupid than it does, but I can't. So, here goes. I work in a small office — a few …

The Vine: January 11, 2006
January 11, 2006 – 3:37 PM | No Comment

Hey Sars,
I work with this girl at my college in a part-time job. She eventually was hired full-time at another place of business, but still decided to work weekends at the college. She lives quite …